PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville is working alongside AppHarvest in its goal of making Eastern Kentucky the high-tech greenhouse capital of the U.S. The agricultural startup, founded by emerging entrepreneur and Kentucky native Jonathan Webb, will break ground on its first $60 million high-tech greenhouse in spring of 2018. The company selected to locate in Pikeville, due to its geographic location and access to nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population within a day’s drive. Utilizing revolutionary growing techniques, AppHarvest will supply sustainable produce to consumers nationally. 

AppHarvest is currently operating from an office located in UPIKE’s new Health Professions Education Building. The university is actively exploring the idea of developing curriculum that aligns with the high-tech Ag industry and specifically provides valuable skills desired by AppHarvest’s large-scale greenhouse operation.

UPIKE President Dr. Burton Webb and Provost Dr. Lori Werth plan to visit Wageningen University & Research and HAS University of Applied Sciences this month. Both institutions are located in the Netherlands, which has earned a reputation for being the high-tech Ag capital globally.

Burton Webb and Jonathan Webb, who are of no familial relation, quickly formed a collaborative relationship. “Businesses like AppHarvest are looking to Appalachia because of our beautiful surroundings, willing workforce and open arms. We are pleased that AppHarvest is investing in the lives of Appalachians as we work together to build a new, more diverse economy,” Burton Webb said.  

“AppHarvest has received incredible support from the University of Pikeville,” said Jonathan Webb. “Partnering with a leading institution committed to pursuing a high-tech Ag program will set us up for success in the long run.”

U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) commented on the importance of developing a high-tech workforce and diversifying the economy in Appalachia.

“We are planting seeds of innovation and hope in Eastern Kentucky with home-grown engineers, like AppHarvest, leading the way as we strive to bring Silicon Valley to Silicon Holler,” said Rogers. “We are developing a high-tech workforce for high-tech enterprise in the Appalachian region to elevate our competitive edge for jobs and economic development. The resiliency and sheer talent of our people are the very reasons why we are able to diversify our economy and advance incredible ideas, like these high-tech greenhouses, in one of the most rural parts of the country.”

Today, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest® seed fund announced it has made an investment in AppHarvest, Inc. The fund is managed by AOL co-founder Steve Case and J.D. Vance and is backed by more than 30 iconic business leaders including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz, fashion designer Tory Burch and Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt. The Rise of the Rest® seed fund supports entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley and other coastal tech hubs.

“The Rise of the Rest investment brings national attention to the model we’ve created in Pikeville, Kentucky,” said Jonathan Webb.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said, “Rise of the Rest’s investment into AppHarvest, a promising Eastern Kentucky Ag-tech startup, recognizes the immediate potential of Kentucky as a key player in the tech world. When you combine Kentucky’s improved business climate, workforce training initiatives and central location, we make a compelling case as the best place in America for high-tech and advanced manufacturing investment. The commonwealth is quickly becoming the nation’s center of excellence in engineering and manufacturing. We are grateful for this investment by Rise of the Rest and look forward to continue working alongside Jonathan Webb and AppHarvest as they create new opportunities for Eastern Kentucky and beyond.”

 — Submitted for publication by University of Pikeville

JOINING FORCES: From left, Jonathan Webb, founder of AppHarvest, and University of Pikeville President Dr. Burton Webb visit the site in Pikeville, where AppHarvest will soon break ground on a $60 million high-tech greenhouse.
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Friday, February 16, 2018

GEORGETOWN – Third-ranked University of Pikeville saw a second-half lead slip away as Georgetown evened the score, beating the Bears 93-74 at Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium on Feb. 15.

Rze Culbreath tossed in 15 points and Jayvian Delacruz followed with 14 as the Bears fell to 24-3. Chase Parsley and Michael Chambers chipped in eight apiece.

Shadell Millinghaus led all scorers for the Tigers (22-4) with 25 points.

At Georgetown


UP (24-3)…..40  34 – 74

GC (22-4)…..42  51 – 93


UPIKE (74) – Chase Parsley 3 2-2 8; Rze Culbreath 5(1) 2-5 15; Jordan Perry 3 2-2 8; Rodney Hawkins 2 2-4 6; Darrion Leslie 2 2-4 6; George Johnson 0(1) 0-0 3; Jayvian Delacruz 2(1) 7-8 14; Da’Rell Domineck 3 0-0 6; and Michael Chambers 0(2) 2-2 8. Totals: 20(5) 19-27 74.

Georgetown College (93) – Quan Poindexter 4(1) 0-1 11; Jahyde Gardiner 0(1) 0-0 3; Shadell Millinghaus 9(1) 4-7 25; Darion Burns 1 1-2 3; Trent Gilbert 0 1-2 1; Eljay Cowherd 7(1) 2-5 19; Jacob Conway 4 0-1 8; Malik Dow 1 1-2 3; Troy Stewart 5(2) 2-4 18; and Devon Rowan 1 0-0 2. Totals: 32(6) 11-24 93.


Cumberland U…83

LEBANON, Tenn. – University of Pikeville rallied from a 17-point, second-half deficit to stun Cumberland (Tenn.) University, 91-83, in a game played at Dallas Floyd Gymnasium on Feb. 10.

Michael Chambers led a balanced attack for the sixth-ranked Bears (24-2) with a game-high 27 points. Darrion Leslie followed with 17 while Rze Culbreath and Jayvian Delacruz tallied 12 apiece. Chase Parsley chipped in 10.

Diondrey Holt Jr., led the Phoenix (10-14) with 18 points.

At Lebanon, Tenn.


UP (24-2)….36  55 – 91

CU (10-14)…51  32 – 83


UPIKE (91) – Chase Parsley 2(2) 0-1 10; Rze Culbreath 2(1) 5-6 12; Da’Rell Domineck 2 1-1 5; Jordan Perry 3 0-0 6; Darrion Leslie 7 3-4 17; Jayvian Delacruz 4 4-7 12; Rodney Hawkins 1 0-1 2; and Michael Chambers 3(4) 9-9 27. Totals: 24(7) 22-29 91.

Cumberland, Tenn. (83) – Juandrico Walker 3 1-2 7; Ty Sean Powell 7 0-0 14; Diondrey Holt Jr. 6(1) 3-3 18; Andrew Rogan 1(5) 0-1 17; Rhyan Townes 1(2) 0-0 8; Trenton Perry 1(2) 0-0 8; Blake Johnson 1 0-0 2; and Charles Sweatt-Washington 2(1) 2-2 9. Totals: 22(11) 6-8 83.




GEORGETOWN – University of Pikeville rallied from a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to beat Georgetown, 63-62, in a game played at Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium on Feb. 15.

The Bears, now 13-14, used a 19-2 run in the fourth period to complete the comeback.

Jamie Castle and Aundrea Matchen poured in a game-high 19 points apiece while Adison Corder added nine.

Lydia Graves led the Tigers (8-18) with 13 points.

At Georgetown


UP (13-14)…11  15  11  26 – 63

GC (8-18)…..12  11  28  11 – 62


UPIKE (63) – Jamie Castle 7 5-8 19; Kayla Mullins 1(1) 0-0 5; Aundrea Matchen 8(1) 0-0 19; Taylor Berger 1 0-0 2; Adison Corder 1(1) 1-2 9; Hailey Anderson 0 1-2 1; Zaria Hollier 1 2-3 4; and Elisabeth Latham 1 2-5 4. Totals: 20(4) 11-22 63.

Georgetown (62) – Raegan Williams 1 0-0 2; Markizjah Mimms 1 0-0 2; Lydia Graves 4(1) 2-3 13; Dasia Kilbourne 2 0-0 4; Shelby Beam 1(3) 0-0 11; Kennedy Flynn 2(1) 1-2 8; Leslie Fries 1(1) 1-4 6; Hailey Ison 0 1-2 1; Martina Lytle 6 0-0 12; and Kaci Currens 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals: 18(7) 5-11 62.

Cumberland U…59


LEBANON, Tenn. – University of Pikeville struggled offensively from the floor, hitting just 15-of-52 shots, in a 59-37 loss to Cumberland (Tenn.) University in a game played at Dallas Floyd Gymnasium on Feb. 10.

Aundrea Matchen was the lone Bear (12-14) in double figures with 15 points while Jamie Castle chipped in eight.

Kyra Tucker paced the Phoenix, now 16-9, with 15 points.

At Lebanon, Tenn.


UP (12-14)….7  11  11  8 – 37

CU (16-9)…13  12  18  16 – 59


UPIKE (37) – Jamie Castle 4 0-0 8; Aundrea Matchen 2(3) 2-2 15; Emily Baker 2 0-0 4; Mia Greatrex 2 0-0 4; and Adison Corder 0(2) 0-0 6. Totals: 10(5) 2-2 37.

Cumberland, Tenn. (59) – Micah Norris 1(2) 0-0 8; Ant’Treasia Patton 4 2-2 10; Kaitlin Oliver 3 2-6 8; Kyra Tucker 3(3) 0-0 15; Cydney Goodrum 0 5-6 5; Kerrice Watson 2(1) 0-0 7; and Carli Codner-Pinto 1(1) 1-2 6. Totals: 14(7) 10-16 59.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, February 16, 2018

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville baseball was forced to cancel its opening home series with Goshen this week because of unplayable field conditions.

The Bears, now 2-4 after dropping a doubleheader at Ohio Dominican on Feb. 9.

UPIKE will open its home schedule with a doubleheader on Sunday at Davis Park against Alice Lloyd. The first pitch is scheduled for noon.

Here is a look at results from the twinbill with Ohio Dominican:

Ohio Dominican….5


Ohio Dominican’s Max Banke singled home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to left ODU (2-0) to a 5-4 win over UPIKE in the nightcap played at Veterans Memorial Park.

UPIKE had tied the game at 4-all when Luke Hartlage came home on Alec Barba’s single to left field in the top of the seventh inning.

The Bears tied the game on two other occasions. Jacob Alverado raced home on a wild pitch in the fifth inning to make it 3-3. Brendan Halstrom scored on a double play in the second inning to pull UPIKE even at 2-2.

Bruce Bell suffered the loss.

Game 2

At Chillicothe, Ohio


UP (2-4)….020  011  000 – 4-8-3

OD (2-0)….201  010  01x – 5-9-1


WP – Tim Zeller

LP – Bruce Bell

Hitting: Jacob Alverado 2-1b, 1r; Alec Barba 1b, bb, 1 RBI; Jay Vincent 1b, 1r, 1 bb; Kase Mattingly 1b, 1 RBI; Luke Hartlage 1b, 1r, 1 bb, UPIKE.

Ohio Dominican…..18


UPIKE starting pitcher Dalton Dahley was roughed up early on as the Bears were hammered 18-0 in the opening game of the doubleheader.

The Bears managed just three hits in the loss. Nelson Muniz, Travis Haen and Barba each singled.

Game 1

At Chillicothe, Ohio


UP (2-3)….000   000  0 – 0-3-2

OD (1-0)….146  610  x – 18-16-0


WP – Matt Kittelberger

LP – Dalton Dahley

Hitting: Nelson Muniz 1b; Travis Haen 1b; Alec Barba 1b, UPIKE.


Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, February 16, 2018

The Pikeville Medical Primary Stroke Center recognizes that American Heart Month is the perfect opportunity to educate the public about the dangers of high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation (AFib), both serious risk factors for stroke.

“Eighty percent of strokes are preventable,” explained Dr. Naveed Ahmed, Primary Stroke Center Medical Director. “It is the leading cause of disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the world.”

High blood pressure is considered the most common controllable risk factor for stroke, but AFib is the most powerful.

A person with high blood pressure has almost twice the risk of stroke than a person without. But someone with AFib has more than five times the risk of stroke.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association estimates that 15 percent of strokes that occur in the Unites States each year are caused by untreated AFib. About 2.7 million Americans have AFib and most don’t know what it is or if they have it.

The heart is divided into four chambers. The upper two, or atria, are the collecting chambers for blood returning from the lungs. In normal function, they are supposed to receive a strong electrical impulse to contract and empty out all the blood.

In AFib, a constant stream of electrical energy bombards the atria causing them to quiver instead of fully contracting.

“This is dangerous because it allows blood to pool in the atria, which can lead to clotting,” Dr. Ahmed stated. “If a clot is pumped out of the heart, it can find its way to the brain and block off the blood supply to an artery, causing a stroke.”

Healthy atria contracts 60-80 times per minute. In AFib, they quiver 300-400 times per minute.

The heart in AFib works overtime even if the patient is relaxing. Because of the overactive heart, symptoms of AFib most often include fatigue, lightheadedness, shortness of breath and even fainting. Some AFib patients report feeling a flopping or pounding sensation in their chest. Some patients don’t feel anything at all.

As with many health conditions, the prevalence of AFib increases with age.

According to the Mayo Clinic, fewer than one in every 100 people in their 50s has AFib, but about 10 out of every 100 in their 80s experience it. The most common cause of AFib is longstanding, uncontrolled high blood pressure and heart disease. Additionally, AFib is the most common complication after heart surgery.

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the wall of your arteries as the heart pumps blood. High blood pressure means that your blood is moving through your arteries with a pressure higher than normal. This causes gradual damage to the arteries, including the ones to the brain. A weakened blood vessel may rupture in or near the brain, or diseased arteries may become blocked by a clot or plaque buildup.

High blood pressure usually has no symptoms.

“Nearly one-third of Americans who have it, don’t know it,” Dr. Ahmed explained. “This is also what makes it so dangerous. People can have slow, continued damage to their organs and arteries without feeling bad at all.”

How to Reduce Stroke Risk

Stroke can be prevented, even if you are among the millions with high blood pressure or AFib. Controlling high blood pressure and AFib can greatly lower your chances of having a stroke. Here’s how:

•Don’t smoke.

•Get regular physical activity.

•Maintain a healthy weight.

•Limit alcohol to no more than two drinks a day for men or one drink a day for women. 

•Eat a healthy diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, include low-fat dairy products and limit salt, saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol.

•Monitor your blood pressure and work to keep it at your goal.

•Take your medication as prescribed if you have high blood pressure or AFib.

“PMC is fortunate to have two electrophysiologists on staff who work closely with the Primary Stroke Program to diagnose AFib in patients and work to treat the condition to prevent the risk of stroke.”

Dr. Ahmed treats patients on the 8th floor of the Pam May Clinic at PMC, as well as the South Williamson Specialty Clinic and the Prestonsburg Specialty Clinic. To schedule an appointment, please call 606-218-2208.


Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PIKEVILLE — Join Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center (APCC) in celebrating their fifth-annual Banquet for Life at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. Preparation is already underway for this exciting event.

“I am full of excitement for this year’s banquet,” APCC Director Kay Hammond said. “We are so thankful for the continued support we receive each year to make this event a success.”

Hammond said funds from the banquet help provide and maintain programs for the center.

“We are investing in our future,” she said. “The event raises a level of awareness within the community, in addition to raising money to maintain a much needed facility within our region.”

Hammond said it will be a night to cherish.

“Committee members have been working diligently to make this magical night a reality,” she said. “I hope the community will join us as we celebrate the legacy of life.”

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church Choir, an all men’s choir from Lynch. They will be performing some favorite hymns.

Throughout the evening, attendees will have the opportunity for a photography session with Deneisha Osborne owner of Moments of the Heart Photography and visit a photo booth. They will also be able to purchase silent auction items donated by various local businesses and individuals.

Sponsorships are still available. Diamond sponsorship ($3,000) includes two tables of eight, banner and program recognition.

Gold sponsorship ($2,000) includes a table of eight, banner and program recognition. Silver sponsorship ($1,000) includes a table of eight and program recognition.

Businesses and individuals may purchase tickets for a table of eight for $500, non-profit organizations and churches can purchase a table of 10 for $400 and individual tickets for $65.

For more details, to become a sponsor or register for the event by email apcc@setel.com, call 606-433-0700 or visit their office at 193 Main St., Pikeville.

The APCC was founded in 2007 and serves 12 counties.

The non-profit organization offers services and support for women, teens and families facing the uncertainty of unplanned pregnancies while helping secure a brighter, more stable future for themselves and their newborn.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Natalie Elaine Bowens, daughter of Savannah Webb and Zachary Bowens, born Jan. 31; weight: 8 lbs., 5 oz.

Zendaya Chanel Dawn Rose, daughter of Autumn Sumner and Robert Edwards Rose, born Jan. 31; weight: 4 lbs., 7 oz.

Amelia Marie Dixon, daughter of Sheena and Walter Dixon, born Jan. 31; weight: 7 lbs., 7 oz.

Sadie Jo Tackett, daughter of Julie Stevens and Joseph Tackett, born Jan. 30; weight: 7 lbs., 8 oz.

Khylen Luke Stanley, son of Amber and Rickie Stanley, born Jan. 30; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.

Zoey Rayne Stiltner, daughter of Joyce and Christopher Stiltner, born Jan. 30; weight: 5 lbs., 9 oz.

Brian Addison Sharp, son of Courtney Edwards and Nathaniel Sharp, born Jan. 30; weight: 6 lbs., 11 oz.

August Blake Bostic, son of Kenissa and Steven Bostic, born Jan. 30; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.

Milo Kade Bailey, son of Taylor and John Bailey, born Jan. 27; weight: 6 lbs., 6 oz.

Rylee Cole Morrow, daughter of Faith Caudill and Jordan Morrow, born Jan. 26; weight: 8 lbs., 4 oz.

Dylan Thomas DeRossett, son of Lindsay and Jesse DeRossett, born Jan. 25; weight: 7 lbs., 7 oz.

Norah Mae Justice, daughter of Miranda Webb and Evan Justice, born Jan. 25; weight: 8 lbs.

Jackson Todd Stalker, son of Caitlyn Wright and Denny Stalker, born Jan. 23; weight: 8 lbs., 10 oz.

Elyse Brooke Johnson, daughter of Brooklyn Chafin and Russell Johnson, born Jan. 23; weight: 7 lbs., 4 oz.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tami Sue Slone, 48, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 6. Funeral, Feb. 10, Canada Freewill Baptist Church, Canada. Burial, Smith Cemetery No. 2, Sidney.

Ruth Dotson Ferrell, 71, of Hazard, formerly of Phelps, passed away Feb. 2. Funeral, Feb. 5. Burial, Howell Cemetery, Island Creek, Pikeville. 

Mary Elizabeth “Sis” Marcum, 74, of Forrest Hills, passed away Feb. 1. Funeral, Feb. 4. Burial Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.

Stephen Ernest ‘Ernie” Cisco, 60, of Beech Creek, W.Va., passed away Jan. 30. In honoring his wishes, the body has been cremated. Burial, Cisco Cemetery, Beech Creek.

Ronnie Lee Justice, 69, of Shelbiana, passed away Feb. 3. Funeral, Feb. 6. Entombment, Annie E. Young Cemetery Mausoleum

Howard Raines, 68, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 1. Memorial service, Feb. 5.

Jack Howard Thacker, 86, of Lexington, S.C., formerly of Pikeville, passed away Jan. 31. Funeral, Feb. 4. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.

Judy Fay Fraley Slone, 76, of Wayland, passed away Feb. 5. Funeral, Feb. 7. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

Tray Wayne Smallwood, 62, of Georgetown, formerly of Pike County, passed away Jan .30. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Graveside service, Feb. 4, Sanders Cemetery, Rock House.

Andy J. Dye, Sr., 75, of Printer, passed away Feb. 4. Funeral, Feb. 7. Burial, Little Cemetery, Price.

Paul Bryan Horn, 78, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 3. Funeral, Feb. 5. Burial, May Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

Evie Ousley Thornsbury, 92, of Martin, passed away Feb. 2. Funeral, Feb. 5. Burial, Lakeview Gardens, Staffordsville.

Herma Lawson Pratt, 93, of Louisville, formerly of Garrett, passed away Feb. 1. Funeral, Feb. 4. Burial, Lawson Cemetery, Garrett.

John Mark Stephens, Jr., 65, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 1. Graveside service, Feb. 5, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.

Elaine Reynolds Newsome, 70, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 1. Memorial service, Feb .2.

Teresa Lynn Martin Damron, 48, of Allen, passed away Jan. 29. Funeral, Feb. 2. Burial, Curt Hamilton Cemetery, McDowell.

Phil Osborne, 72, of Ivel, passed away Feb. 5. Funeral, Feb. 7. Burial, Ferguson Cemetery, Harold.

Callie Sue Galati, 82, of Pikeville, passed away on Jan. 31. Funeral, Feb. 2. A private burial will follow.

William “W.C.” Charles Chapman, 71, of Sidney, passed away Feb. 1. Funeral, Feb. 3. Burial, Maynard Cemetery, Sidney.

Beatrice Irene Thacker, 90, of Huddy, passed away Jan. 30. Funeral, Feb. 3. Burial, Coburn Point Cemetery, Huddy.

Shaun Dustin Mounts Price, 22, of Belfry, passed away Jan. 28. Funeral, Feb. 2, First Baptist Church, Williamson, W.Va. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.

Christine R. Golden, 75, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 7. Funeral, Feb. 9. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.

Lewis Montgomery, 29, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 3. He was a member of the U.S. National Guard. Funeral, Feb. 8. Burial, Hicks Cemetery, Blue River.

Stella Marie Davis, 85, of Dwale, passed away Feb. 2. Funeral, Feb. 6. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Allen.

Mable Lois Morris, 76, of Hueysville, passed away Jan. 31. Funeral, Feb. 3. Burial, family cemetery, Eastern.

Fred Little Jr., 74, of Lincoln Park, Mich., formerly of Melvin, passed away Jan. 30. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, Feb. 4, Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Poplar Grove Cemetery, Weeksbury.

Danny Burgess Slone, 66, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 2. Graveside service, Feb. 6, Potter Cemetery, Elkhorn City.

Joyce Ann Blair Blackburn, 87, of Regina, passed away Feb. 2. Funeral, Feb. 5, First Baptist Church, Harless Creek. Burial, Blackburn Cemetery, Harless Creek.

Walter Hamilton, 59, of Pikeville, passed away Jan. 31. Funeral, Feb. 6, Island Creek Old Regular Baptist Church, Pikeville. Burial, Hall Cemetery, Pikeville.

Lavern May, 78, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., formerly of Pike County, passed away Jan. 28. Funeral, Feb. 5. Burial, Wilson Cemetery, Draffin.

Eldeen Belcher, 84, of Ashcamp, passed away Jan. 30. Funeral, Feb. 2, Glory Bound Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Cook Cemetery, Ashcamp.

Renee Buchanan, 53, of Banner, passed away Jan. 30. Funeral, Feb 2, Lick Creek Holiness Church. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville.

Wanda Lou Kiser Thornton, 68, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 6. Funeral, Feb. 10. Entombment, York Mausoleum, Pikeville.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

VIRGIE – The Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) family is mourning the death of Hobart Clay Johnson, 86, of Virgie, who passed away Feb. 1.

Johnson was a member of the PMC board of directors and was an attorney, having assisted the Pike County Attorney’s office. He was also instrumental in the formation of East Kentucky Broadcasting, along with Walter E. May and others.

He served his country in the United States Air Force as an agent in the Office of Strategic Intelligence from 1952-58.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George F. and Vesta Roberts Johnson; his wife, Jean Johnson; brothers, George F., Stanley, Woodrow and Charles Johnson; and sisters, Marie Anderson and Irene Spence.

Survivors include his sister, Ruby Picklesimer of Lexington; daughter, Amy Johnson of Pikeville; son, Benjamin Clay (Jeanie) Johnson of Virgie; stepson, Robert (Vicki) Bell of Robinson; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Feb. 4, at Hall and Jones Funeral Home in Virgie. Burial followed in Johnson Memorial Park Cemetery, Pikeville.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Symptoms of a heart attack began to present themselves while 59 year old Jim Patton of Pikeville was working in his home office on December 28, 2017.

“It was a different type of pain than anything I had experienced in the past,” said Patton.  “My chest was very tight and it actually felt like there was a heavy weight sitting on my chest.  I was having some very slight pain in my left arm, my breathing was a little strained, and I was slightly nauseated.”

He said the symptoms were nothing he was overly worried about but the tightness in his chest was an issue that was becoming a concern.

“I decided it was time to go visit the Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) emergency department,” he said.  “I am not someone who goes to the hospital, except to visit someone, but I felt like the Lord was telling me to get up and go.”

As soon as Patton arrived, he moved quickly through the hospital. He said the emergency department(ED) was so crowded there were no available seats yet the staff responded unbelievably fast. They had a wheelchair waiting for him in the amount of time it took him to sign his name.

“They wheeled me straight to room number 22 where a team of doctors and nurses were waiting for me,” he said. “I was never alone, except for the 60 seconds it took me to put on a hospital gown. Actually, I was not alone then either because God was right there.”

After a quick EKG Patton was told he either had a heart attack or was in the process of having one.

“Off to the cath lab we went.” Said Patton. “I had 99 percent blockage in my right coronary artery, due to a blood clot. They removed the clot and placed a stent in the area of the blockage to prevent further issues.”

Patton says within two hours from the time he entered the front door of the emergency department, he had been diagnosed, treated and moved to the ICU where he continued to get excellent care.

“In less than 48 hours I was home watching football,” he said. “It is hard to explain how fast your life can change but within a matter of days my life sure has. If not for the Grace of God and the outstanding response of the Pikeville Medical Center ED and cardiac team my life could have ended.

Patton and his wife Jonda say they are still every emotional about the entire chain of events.

Jonda said, “We are just very, very thankful. We just cannot say thank you enough, first off to our Lord and Savior, and then PMC and of course our church family at the Pikeville Freewill Baptist Church.”

Patton said, “All our praise and glory goes to our Heavenly Father first and foremost. I can never thank PMC, the PMC Emergency Department, the Cardiac Care Team and the countless others who cared for me. Jonda and I will be eternally grateful.”

Patton says as a pastor he has been in countless hospitals but was amazed at the professionalism and compassion he saw at PMC.

“I do not think PMC gets enough credit for the team they have put together. The cardiac team is just excellent.  Trust me, I have never seen a more impressive response to anything, anywhere.  I do not think I could ever find a more impressive response than what I actually experienced.” 

Patton is continuing his recovery process in phase two of cardiac rehabilitation at PMC.

For information about heart care at Pikeville Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute or the PMC Cardiac Rehab Center call 606-218-2201.

ROAD TO RECOVERY: Pikeville Medical Center cardiac rehabilitation patient Jim Patton is shown with PMC Interventional Cardiologist Muhammad Ahmad, M.D. Patton is currently a patient in phase two.
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Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Monday, February 12, 2018

PIKEVILLE — The Kentucky Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), now describes influenza activity in Kentucky as an epidemic.

The flu (influenza) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by various influenza viruses.  Serious outcomes of the flu can lead to hospitalization and even death if not properly treated.  The flu is most common in the fall and winter and peaks in the months of December through February.

The most common flu type identified in Kentucky is influenza A.  It has resulted in 78 percent of the 65 influenza-associated deaths this season, according to the CHFS. Of those deaths, 7 percent were identified as influenza A.

Signs and symptoms of the flu are: cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea.

People with the flu can spread it to other up to six feet away, so it is important to stay vigilant and learn how to protect yourself and your family from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested guidelines to best protect yourself against this crisis. The flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, and it’s not too late to get vaccinated. It is important to understand that after receiving the vaccination it takes two weeks for the antibodies to develop in the body to protect against the flu.

 Here are additional prevention tips from the CDC website:

•Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

•While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

•If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).

•Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

•Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

•Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

For more information on the flu epidemic, visit http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/Influenza.htm or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov. For more information on Shaping Our Appalachian Region’s public health initiatives around obesity, diabetes, and substance use disorder in Appalachia Kentucky, contact Williams at vyj4@cdc.gov or call 606-766-1160.


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Monday, February 12, 2018