Charles Edward Scott Jr., 62, of Williamson, W.Va., passed away August 11. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Graveside service, August 17, family cemetery, Hardy.


Glenedith Jarrell, 98, Warfield, passed away August 13. Funeral, August 16, Martin County Freewill Baptist Church, Pilgrim. Burial, Jarrell Memorial Cemetery, Hode.


Faye Cline, 86, of Turkey Creek, passed away August 15. Funeral, August 19, Turkey Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Cline Cemetery, Turkey Creek.


Henry C. Trout, 81, of Louisa, formerly of Ransom, passed away August 15. Funeral, August 18. Burial, family cemetery, Ransom.


Stewart Laferty, 85, of Canada, passed away August 11. Funeral, August 12. Burial, Smith Cemetery, Sidney.


James Ballard Smith, 71, of Hardy, passed away August 12. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, August 14. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Inis Crigger Thornsbury Brown, 88, of Sidney, passed away August 13. Funeral, August 16, Dix Fork Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Thornsbury Cemetery, Sidney.


Shawna Faye Brown, 42, of Williamson, W.Va., passed away August 9. Funeral, August 15. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Lisa Marie Griffith, 54, of Martin, passed away August 10. Funeral, August 14. Burial, Griffith Cemetery, Martin.


Randy Tackett, 62, of Ivel, passed away August 12. Funeral, August 16, Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, Teaberry. Burial, Hamilton Cemetery, Teaberry.


James Elmer Patton, 54, of Prestonsburg, passed away August 13. Funeral, August 16. Burial, Chaffins Family Cemetery, Mousie.


Viola Bowley Hall, 83, of Harold, passed away August 9. Funeral, August 12. Burial, Robert Hall Cemetery, Galveston.


Pauline Burnette, 91, of Pikeville, passed away August 13. Funeral, August 17. Burial, Burnette Cemetery, Coon Creek.


Eli Junior Lucas, 69, of Jenkins, passed away August 14. Funeral, August 17, Old Elkhorn Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Blaze Branch Cemetery.


Larry Dean Blackburn, 60, of Shelbiana, passed away August 9. Funeral, August 12. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.


Brenda Lou Carroll Slone, 57, of Pikeville, passed away August 10. Funeral, August 12, Island Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Brenda Lou Carroll Slone, 57, of Island Creek, passed away August 10. Funeral, August 14, Island Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.


John Lee Bryant, 59, of Grethel, passed away August 10. Funeral, August 14, Little Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, family cemetery, Akers Branch.


Kenny Osborne, 58, of Dorton, passed away August 13. Funeral, August 15. Burial, Wright Cemetery, Dorton.


Amber Johnson Tackett, 47, of Virgie, passed away August 8. Funeral, August 11. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.


Trenton Holland, 32, of Poor Bottom, passed away August 10. Funeral, August 14. Burial, Buddy Ratliff Cemetery.


David Samuel Butcher, 61, of Oak Hill, W.Va., formerly of Newtown, W.Va., passed away August 8. Funeral, August 11. Burial, Ellison Hatfield Cemetery, Newtown.


Frankie "Steve" Justice, 48, of Frenchburg, formerly of Phelps, passed away August 13. Funeral, August 16. Burial, Denniston Cemetery, Denniston.


Phyllis Coleman Daugherty, 70, of Phelps, formerly of Freeburn, passed away August 8. Funeral, August 12, Cornerstone Apostolic Church, Jamboree. Burial, Daugherty Cemetery, Freeburn.


Bennett Sawyers, 84, of Lick Creek, passed away August 12. Funeral, August 17. Entombment, J.U. Thacker Mausoleum, Pikeville.


Alice Kaye Smith, 67, of Feds Creek, passed away August 15. Funeral, August 18. Burial, Boyd Cemetery.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kaylee Brooke Keathley, daughter of Sara and Samuel Keathley, born August 9; weight: 7 lbs., 3 oz.


Maverick James Damron, son of Kayla and Chad Damron, born August 8; weight: 7 lbs., 14 oz.


Julia Rhae Reinthaler, daughter of Monika and Chad Reinthaler, born August 8; weight: 7 lbs., 1 oz.


Henry Austin Daniels Jr., son of Jamie and Henry Daniels, born August 8; weight: 6 lbs., 13 oz.


Paisley Louise Fields, daughter of Irene Hamilton and Mikey Fields, born August 7; weight: 6 lbs., 15.7 oz.


Ethan Nathaniel Blankenship, son of Samantha Hurley and Steven Blankenship, born August 7; weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz.


Grayson Robert Stewart, son of Tiffany Stewart, born August 7; weight: 6 lbs., 13 oz.


Isaac Alexander Moore, son of Shiayne Moore, born August 6; weight: 8 lbs., 13 oz.


Asher Bennett Newsome, son of Christina and Brian Newsome, born August 6; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.


Erin Serenity Hope Begley, daughter of Lindsey and Cody Begley, born August 5; weight: 8 lbs., 1.5 oz.


Kylie Danielle Hess, daughter of Ashley and Kyle Hess, born August 5; weight: 8 lbs., 15 oz.


Amorie Camille Stevens, daughter of Jerrie and Leighton Stevens, born August 5; weight: 6 lbs., 14.9 oz.


Case Michael Maynard, son of Haley Cannon and Travis Maynard, born August 4; weight: 8 lbs., 4 oz.


Savannah Faith Looney, daughter of Brentany and Joshua Looney, born August 4; weight: 7 lbs., 2.6 oz.


Trenton Mark Ryan Heath, son of Victoria Trent and Mark Ryan Heath, born August 4; weight: 6 lbs., 3 oz.


Gatlin Kolt Bentley, son of Macayla and Zachary Bentley, born August 3; weight: 8 lbs., 7 oz.


Greyson Conor Bartley, son of Sarah and Jordan Bartley, born August 3; weight: 6 lbs., 12 oz.


Addison Lucille Bartley, daughter of Stacie and Larry Bartley, born August 3; weight: 6 lbs., 8 oz.


Victoria Faith Lyon, daughter of Sara and Jared Lyon, born August 3; weight: 6 lbs., 12 oz.


Renleigh Danielle Dye, daughter of Kaitlan and Joe Dye, born August 2; weight: 5 lbs., 1 oz.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

PIKEVILLE – Creating jobs, enhancing regional innovation and improving the quality of life across eastern Kentucky was the focus for the fourth-annual Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) summit held at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on August 4.


Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins gave a warm welcome on behalf of PMC, a presenting sponsor of the SOAR initiative.


"In my tenure at PMC I've had the great privilege and opportunity of working with the greatest visionary and innovative leader in this state, Mr. Walter E. May, our president and chief executive officer. Under his leadership, you have seen our organization grow from a small acute care hospital to a large precision-care facility," she said.


PMC is one example of what can be accomplished when you have vision, great leadership, innovative thinking and great people to work with.


"Please enjoy the Summit and thank you for supporting Pikeville Medical Center, our valued partners and SOAR as we drive new and innovative ideas in eastern Kentucky," Deskins concluded.


More than 1,200 attendees came to Pikeville to hear U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers, Governor Matt Bevin and University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calapari, while showcasing more than 130 innovators.


Congressmen Rogers, who serves as co-chair along with Governor Bevin, told those on hand that SOAR gives the region a chance to enhance efforts and inspire new opportunities for job creation.


"We're working together carefully and closely and seeing some good things happen. That's what this is all about, making sure that something happens. We are beginning to see the fruits of our collaborative effort," he said.


"We've all got to pitch together," he said. "We can't rely on county lines, this is a regional problem we have. It's going to take a regional solution to that problem and a regional attack. What happens good in Martin County is going to help Floyd County and so on and so forth."


The summit was full of individuals with the same goal in mind – creating better communities for our region one idea at a time.


Governor Bevin praised eastern Kentucky counties for their involvement with SOAR.


"We have folks who you will hear from as this day progresses who are looking at investing in this specific community and in eastern Kentucky in general," he said. "Ralph Waldo Emerson, a great writer and great poet, noted that nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."


Bevin said the thing he appreciates about SOAR, and specifically about eastern Kentucky, is their enthusiasm, pride and sense of dignity.


"This is an area where people want to work. Where there is pride in what is done, a sense of loyalty and a sense of home, a sense of roots and a sense of commitment," he said. "We're just getting started. We're just warming up. Good things are happening, there is a ripple effect. Up and down the eastern side of Kentucky there is an incredible activity unfolding."


The morning session included keynotes from Calipari, Max Espinoza, Senior Program Officer for Postsecondary; Philip Brown, Executive Director of Kentucky Communications Network Authority; Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Chief Operating Officer for the National Science Foundation; and John Stephenson, Senior Manager for Amazon Web Services.


SOAR Executive Director Jared Arnett said innovators are making a difference all across the region.


"Together we are shaping a better future for not only eastern Kentucky but all of our state," he said.


Arnett said it is exciting to see the energy in the area from local individuals, who are willing to invest their time and efforts to improve our hometowns.


The afternoon consisted of breakout sessions, where attendees participated in two discussions entitled "Broadband and the Digital Economy" and "Aerospace and Manufacturing Opportunities in Appalachia."


Congressman Rogers said he had the privilege of announcing the 2017 granting period for the next round of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) pilot projects alongside the governor's office.


SOAR awarded mini grants to eligible groups who showcased their projects at the summit.


Those awarded were Manchester Memorial Hospital Telehealth Program, Last Mile Fiber Infrastructure Regional Forums/Boards, Paths2Promise, America's Entrepreneurial Schools and Colleges, Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center, Cultivating a Culture of Health in Appalachia, Community Health Initiatives, Homeplace Clinic, Teleworks USA, Pikeville Farmer's Market Production Initiatives and Himler Project.


For more information, contact SOAR at 606-766-1160 or visit

WELCOME: Pikeville Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins addresses more than 1,200 people inside the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center during the 2017 SOAR Summit held on August 4.
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Abigail Gibson
Friday, August 11, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Nearly 1,250 people and more than 130 groups made their way inside the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center to take part in the 2017 Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Summit held on Aug. 4.


Here is a look at some of the highlights:


• Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin jointly announced a $200,000 grant for the Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation for the Appalachian Regional Commission to help eastern Kentucky companies become ISO certified, which is generally required for government contracts.


• Congressman Rogers touched on a previous announcement of three grants totaling nearly $5 million to spur economic development in eastern Kentucky. The city of Prestonsburg has been given preliminary approval for $1.95 million towards the creation of the "Rails to Trails" project which will run from Prestonsburg to David. In addition, Royalton Trail Town, Inc., a project in Magoffin County, has been preliminarily approved as well for $1.9 million. It will be used for campsites and recreational area on a tract.


• University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari was the keynote speaker. He told those in attendance one of the first fundamentals of having a good team is teaching each player to be a good teammate. "The greatest thing about eastern Kentucky is you're about each other."


• Governor Bevin said people of eastern Kentucky are not afraid of getting their hands dirty when it comes to work. "What I love about the people of eastern Kentucky, you are hard workers. This is an area where people want to work."


• SOAR Executive Director Jared Arnett announced $10,000 in BB&T mini grants.


• Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton pitched the idea to create a new Country Music Highway 23 television channel. "We're going to work closely with Big Sandy Community and Technical College to teach students how to operate cameras, as well as technical and audio skills."


• It was announced that AppHarvest, which released plans earlier this year to build a greenhouse in Pikeville for growing tomatoes, will partner with Sunset Produce to distribute the harvest. It will be located at the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park. The tomatoes will be sold to local businesses.


•  Aerospace industry expansion in eastern Kentucky was discussed. It includes making parts for aviation and space flight. Matthew Satterwhite, president and chief operating officer for Kentucky Power, said attracting aerospace manufacturers brings with it the potential of creating much-needed jobs.

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Teddy Paynter
Friday, August 11, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Trauma Department has spent several months implementing the Stop the Bleed campaign.


PMC is using this time to bring attention to the types of traumas people sustain and ways to prevent them while training law enforcement and first responders.


Stop the Bleed is a nationwide campaign, designed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. The program is aimed to provide training on how to respond in an emergency bleeding situation.


"We are taking this opportunity to educate the public and help people become more aware of traumatic injuries with the implementation of "Stop the Bleed" and express the importance of safety," PMC Injury Prevention Coordinator Angie Reed said.


Annually, traumatic injuries account for over 41 million emergency department visits, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).


Reed said the campaign is something everyone should educate themselves on and be prepared in case of an emergency.


Kentucky State Police Sgt. Jimmy Anderson attended PMC's training. After the course, he kept his kit in the trunk of his police cruiser. Anderson recently responded to a call of a gunshot victim, and in quick response, applied the knowledge from the training.


"In a situation where seconds matter, I was thankful for the training I received," Sgt. Anderson said. "I believe the kit and my knowledge was crucial to assist in saving a life."


Trauma awareness, safety and prevention can make all the difference.


"I'm proud to help provide this course to local law enforcement and first responders," Dr. Rudy Judhan said. "The knowledge received from this course can make a substantial difference in the first few minutes in saving a life until the patient arrives to a trauma center."


He commended Sgt. Anderson for his quick actions and knowledge in helping save the patient's life.


PMC plans to continue training and hopes to reach as many people as possible.


"A part of PMC's mission is to provide quality care, this campaign is part of our outreach to the community to educate and train people in the region as the first line of defense," PMC Trauma Data Coordinator Olivia Akers said.


PMC is the only Level II trauma center in Kentucky and is verified by the American College of Surgeons. The trauma team is comprised of trauma surgeons, a number of specialty physicians and staff who stand ready 24/7 to treat traumatic injuries.


For more information about trauma prevention at PMC's Trauma Center, call 606-218-6334.

STOP THE BLEED: Pikeville Medical Center Trauma Department personnel are pictured with Kentucky State Police Sgt. Jimmy Anderson. From left to right are Trauma Program Director Sandy Tackett, Trauma Data Coordinator Olivia Akers, Trauma Surgeon Rudy Judhan, Sgt. Jimmy Anderson, Trauma Nurse Practitioner Kenny Hawkins and Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator Angie Reed.
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Amanda Jo Lawson
Friday, August 11, 2017

MARION'S BRANCH — U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers was joined by a number of state and local officials to break ground on one of the first Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) pilot programs in the country.


Congressman Rogers and others turned up dirt on the new Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park during a ceremony held on August 3.


"The outlook is much better standing on this mountaintop where economic development and broadband connectivity are in the pipeline," Rogers said.


He has headed the AML pilot program in Washington since last year to boot reclamation and economic development in coal producing states that have been devastated by the decline of the coal industry.


"This is a game-changer for the region," he said.


Congressman Rogers secured a $5 million grant that will help construct a 50,000-square foot spec building, which includes 400 acres of available reclaimed land.


The park has also received $34.6 million in grants and loans for the property purchase, construction of a new road and bridge and new sewer, water and transmission lines.


State Senator Ray S. Jones II said the securing of funds during the 2018 budget session is vital to building an access road from Foggy Mountain on U.S. 23 to the new park.


"That would make this park a sure-fire winner in every way," Senator Jones said. "This is the crown jewel city of eastern Kentucky."


Senator Jones said the park has the potential to attract some new businesses.


Representative John Blanton said those who have labored to see the park become a reality are seeing the fruits of their hard work.


"The first building is soon to be built here with many others to come," Representative Blanton said. "As Senator Jones said earlier we must secure funding for a new road."


Congressman Rogers said Congress has approved $195 million for the AML pilot program, with Kentucky having received $55 million.


He added that thus far seven projects in eastern Kentucky have been awarded AML funding through the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement and the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet.


As part of the AML grant, the conduit installation for high-speed broadband through the Kentucky Wired initiative will provide one-gigabyte service to the park.


"We have thousands of hardworking, laid-off coal miners who are waiting for a good job," Congressman Rogers added. "The work ethic of eastern Kentuckians is unmatched."




— The Medical Leader does not endorse political candidates or legislation

AML PROJECTS: U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers addresses the crowd at Marion's Branch for the groundbreaking ceremony
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Teddy Paynter
Friday, August 11, 2017

Today many people make the common mistake of thinking of the here and now. Our minds get wrapped up in daily life. Our daily thoughts are comprised of a son's soccer game, a doctor's appointment or a planned golf outing. Occasionally we think about our future and we plan for our retirement or owning our own home.


However, our primary plan should be planning for our eternal future. Before being crucified Jesus told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them in His Father's kingdom. When we come to Christ, He gives us a part of that future in His kingdom. To have a place in God's kingdom should bring joy and hope even in sadness and despair. When we come to Jesus we can say, "…You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name." (Psalm 61:5b).

~ PMC Chaplain Chris Dool may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Kristi Tackett, D.O., family medicine physician.


Dr. Tackett received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Pikeville and a medical degree at the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville. She completed a residency at PMC's Family Practice Clinic.


She is board certified in family medicine through the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP).


Dr. Tackett specializes in the delivery of comprehensive family medicine for the whole family.


"Each day brings something new," she said. "I get to help educate my patients on how to live healthier lifestyles, achieve goals such as tobacco cessation or weight loss and make informed decisions about their medical care."


She says it is truly rewarding getting to know patients and gaining their trust through continuity of care.


Dr. Tackett said, "I love taking care of my patients and the differences I can make in their lives."


Her residency experience at PMC's Family Practice Clinic gave her the opportunity to work closely with Maleshea Hopkins, D.O. and Jennifer Kingery, D.O. She calls them both wonderful, kind and caring physicians.


Dr. Tackett said, "Through their wisdom, guidance and support they have helped me grow and develop into the physician I am today. Most importantly they have taught me compassion can be as powerful as any clinical skill."


She says compassion, kindness and listening to patients are keys to being a successful physician.


Joining the PMC family was an easy decision for Dr. Tackett.


She said, "I had a wonderful experience during my residency training here. I had the pleasure of working with some amazing attending physicians who always took the time to teach me. The atmosphere at PMC is warm and welcoming. The hospital is growing and expanding exponentially and I am excited to be part of the team."


She says when patients visit her at the office they can expect a caring and friendly environment from both the physicians and staff.


"Treating patients' illnesses competently and promptly are always my priority," she said.


Dr. Tackett is a native of Pikeville. She graduated from Shelby Valley High School and grew up in and around Pikeville.


Dr. Tackett and her husband, Ryan, have one son and one daughter.


In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, boating and camping.


Dr. Tackett is located in the PMC Family Practice Clinic along with Jahnave Gudaru, M.D., Maleshea Hopkins, D.O. and Jennifer Kingery, D.O. at 184 South Mayo Trail, Pikeville.


For more information visit or to schedule an appointment, call 606-218-4800.

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Carol Casebolt
Friday, August 11, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of critical care Physician Worawute Supaongprapa, M.D., FCCP.


Dr. Supaongprapa received his Doctor of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine Residency from Prince of Songkhla University in Thailand.


He is board certified in Internal Medicine.


"I look forward to taking care of my patients at PMC and providing honest care with a patient focus," Dr. Supaongprapa said.


He looks forward to providing critical care to the region.


Dr. Supaongprapa is certified in pulmonary diseases, critical care, internal medicine and sleep medicine.


"I chose PMC for several reasons," Dr. Supaongprapa said. "I was very impressed with the atmosphere of this facility. PMC is patient friendly and provides quality health care."


He said his patients can expect him to provide the best care possible.


"PMC is an excellent facility and I'm excited to join this medical center," he concluded.


When he's not caring for his patients, Dr. Supaongprapa enjoys swimming and spending time with his wife, Lacy, and their children, Madison and Jonathan.

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Amanda Jo Lawson
Friday, August 11, 2017