Patricia Gaye “Patty” Maynard, 79, of Hatfield, died March 7. Funeral, March 10. Burial, Stepp Cemetery.


Ivan E. Blackburn, 88, of Pikeville, died March 8. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Funeral, March 13 at Zebulon Church of Christ. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Margaret Helen Smith, 69, of Sidney, died March 8. Funeral, March 11. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Elder Bobby G. Scott Sr., 77, of Hardy, died March 9. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served as an MP. Funeral, March 12. Burial, Bobby Scott Cemetery.


Sidney Ward Sipple, 67, of Dandridge, Tenn., died March 5. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Vietnam Era. Funeral, March 11. Burial, Sipple Cemetery at Beech Creek, W.Va.


Ralph Martin, 85, of Garrett, died March 8. Funeral, March 11. Burial, Martin Cemetery.


Dennis “Dick” Goble, 56, of Dwale, died March 10. Funeral, March 14. Burial, Goble Cemetery.


Hazel Layne Hicks, 98, of Dema, died March 13. Funeral, March 15. Burial, Hicks Cemetery.


Pauline Sparks Wells, 84, of Prestonsburg, died March 12. Funeral, March 16. Burial, Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.


Brandon Dock Colley, 39, of Morristown, Tenn., died March 6. Funeral, March 9 at Bowling Fork Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Family Cemetery, Hellier.


Marie Lester, 90, of Elkhorn City, died March 12. Funeral, March 15. Burial, JU Thacker Mausoleum, Shelbiana.


James Earl Moore, 69, of Langley, died March 6. Funeral, March 9. Burial, Moore Family Cemetery.


Earnest M. Wallen, 56, of Martin, died March 10. Funeral, March 14. Burial, Martin Cemetery.


Herman France, 87, of Rogersville, Tenn., died March 8. Funeral, March 12. Burial, Roberts France Cemetery.


D.M. Adkins, 64, of Kimper, died March 9. Funeral, March 13. Burial, Coleman Family Cemetery.


Enola Gay Allen, 61, of Harold, died March 12. Funeral, March 16. Burial, Salisbury Family Cemetery, Toler.


Lincinda “Cinda” Case Kidd, 90, of Pikeville, died March 9. Funeral, March 11. Burial, Kidd Family Cemetery.


Virgil Thacker, 92, of Pikeville, died March 13. Funeral, March 15. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


William Harrison Adkins, 74, of Hurricane Rd., died March 12. Funeral, March 16. Burial, Mack Adkins Cemetery.


Malta Josephine May, 79, of Pikeville, died March 10. Private family funeral.


Anita Fitch, 56, of Pikeville, died Feb. 23. Funeral, March 18 at Jubilee Christian Assembly of God, Shelbiana.


David Robinette, 46, of Varney, died March 13. Funeral, March 18 at Pilgrim Home Old Regular Baptist. Burial, Robinette Family Cemetery.


Clayton Slone, 67, of Raccoon, died March 11. Funeral, March 13. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville.


Jimpy Thacker, 71, of Winchester, died March 12. Funeral, March 17. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Braydon Ray Endicott, son of Kimberly Wright and Billy Endicott, born Feb. 27; weight: 7lbs. 6oz.


Lilly Elizabeth Slone, daughter of Lesley Thornsberry and Brian Slone, born Feb. 28; weight: 7lbs., 14oz.


Kassidy Rae Ann Green, daughter of Jessica and Larry Green, born Feb. 28; weight: 4lbs., 6oz.


Easton Zachery Tate Shepherd, son of Amy and Zachery Shepherd, born March 1; weight: 8lbs.


RaeLynn Grace Meadows, daughter of Shaley Meadows, born March 2; weight: 5lbs., 3oz.


Benjamin Ryder Staggs, son of Hannah and Zachery Staggs, born March 3; weight: 8lbs.


Willow Ernestine Bailey, daughter of Jessica Childress and Joshua Bailey, born March 3; weight: 8lbs., 4oz.


Ian Conor Chaney, son of Rebeca and John Chaney II, born March 4; weight: 6lbs., 14.9oz.


Emma Paige Rosaleigh Conn, daughter of Ashley Gross and Jimmy Conn, born March 4; weight: 6lbs., 8oz.


Felix Greyson Reynolds, son of Crystal and Randy Reynolds Jr., born March 4; weight: 7lbs., 5oz.


Madeline Paige Brooke Scarberry, daughter of Brooke and Rodney Scarberry, born March 4; weight: 6lbs., 4oz.


Bailey Rylyn Elizabeth Stevens, daughter of Katelyn Johnson and Ryan Stevens, born March 4; weight: 7lbs., 13oz.


Brystol Jayde Daniels, daughter of Kayla and Raymond Daniels, born March 5; weight: 7lbs., 14oz.


Carter Layne Walters, son of Samantha Hall and Charles Walters, born March 5; weight: 7lbs., 3 oz.


Owen Kennix Howell, son of Christan Salisbury and Zachary Howell, born March 7; weight: 7lbs., 4oz.


Jaelynn Nicole Hurley, daughter of Shellie and Jason Hurley, born March 7; weight: 7lbs., 2.4oz.


Madelyn Rose McCoy, daughter of Miranda and Timothy McCoy, born March 8; weight: 6lbs., 11 oz.


Sadye Lakaye Morris, daughter of Brittany Dawn Bailey and Gregory Allen Morris, born March 8; weight: 8lbs., 8oz.


Skyler Jade Bowens, daughter of Angelia and Dustin Bowens, born March 8; weight: 6lbs., 13oz.


Carter James Case, son of Talisa and James Case, born March 9; weight: 6lbs., 9oz.


Sawyer Landon Collins, son of Tiffani and Michael Collins, born March

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Wound Care Center at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) specializes in the treatment of hard-to-heal or complicated wounds which, if they do not improve, may lead to serious complications.


Randall Stanley of Belfry learned first-hand of the Wound Care Center after developing a wound in his mouth.


Stanley was diagnosed with oral cancer in August 2016 and underwent surgery and radiation treatments within two months. Although the radiation therapy killed the cancer cells, it also left an open wound in his jaw.


This condition is known as osteoradionecrosis. Essentially, the radiation destroyed some of the very small blood vessels within the bone.


“The radiation therapy damaged some of the teeth and bone in my mouth,” said Stanley. “I had an open wound in my jaw that I could not see but was very painful.”


Stanley’s oncologist referred him to the PMC Wound Care Center, which treats osteoradionecrosis with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).


HBOT is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process. Patients breathe 100 percent oxygen in a total body chamber where atmospheric pressure is controlled. This therapy has long been used as a treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving, and has evolved to treat other conditions that resist healing.


“I had 20 treatments,” said Stanley. “Then I took a break to have some dental work done, then 10 more treatments. Now, the wound is completely healed and the skin has grown back over the bone.”


Stanley’s oncologist was well pleased with the results.


“It’s been a good experience,” added Stanley. “The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and will help in any way they can. They know what they are doing.”


The PMC Wound Care Center is staffed by professionals who are certified in wound care. Staff physicians include Dr. John Fleming, medical director, Dr. Tim Wright, surgeon and Dr. Molly Meier, podiatrist. David Thacker serves as the HBOT Safety Director and has completed training and certification in this field.


Other members of the Wound Care Center staff are Marla Schafstall, scribe, Craig Staton, Wound Care tech, Tabbetha Fleming, certified medical assistant, Amberly Johnson, RN, case manager, Kayla Tackett, RN, case manager, Jenna Osborne, RN and Tonya Newsome Goble, RN, BSN, Clinical Manager


For information on the Wound Care Center, call 606-218-4721.

Author Name: 
Kathy Atkins
Friday, March 10, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Earlier this year the American Optometric Association (AOA) announced the creation of a surgical curriculum project team consisting of some of the most accomplished clinicians and educators from around the United States. The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) is proud to announce founding faculty member, Gregory S. Moore, O.D., was nominated and has accepted his nomination by the AOA board of directors to be a part of this team.


Moore has extensive clinical experience and is licensed to practice optometry in West Virginia, South Carolina and Kentucky as well as being certified by the Kentucky board of optometry to perform laser surgical procedures.


“I have no doubt that my inclusion on this historic surgical curriculum project team the AOA has developed is a direct result of the efforts being put forth by the amazing faculty we have assembled here at KYCO to revolutionize optometric education,” said Moore. “I am quite certain what we are doing here will be a large part of the results of the curriculum change this project team will eventually recommend.”


“Dr. Moore is one of the principle architects of the extensive optometric primary care surgical curriculum,” said Andrew Buzzelli, O.D., M.S., vice president for optometric education at the University of Pikeville and founding dean of KYCO. “He is one of our many faculty designing the Kentucky College of Optometry curriculum for the contemporary practice of optometry. The AOA has added a true expert in the field to their committee.”


A native to the Appalachian region, Moore graduated from West Virginia State University with a bachelor of science degree in biology and then received a doctor of optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. He has a vast base of practice experiences ranging from serving as optometrist for the Chicago Cubs Professional Baseball Organization Inc., to owning and working as clinical director of the West Virginia Laser Eye Center LLC. Along with four ophthalmologists in two locations in West Virginia and one in Kentucky, Moore provided peri-operative care for LASIK as well as premium intra-ocular lens implants for cataract surgical patients through the West Virginia Laser Eye Center LLC.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Invasive colorectal cancer is a preventable disease. Early detection is the most important factor in the recent decline of colorectal cancer.


The American Cancer Society estimates that 95,520 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2017 and nine out of 10 colon cancers may be prevented or cured with regular checks.


 “Colorectal cancer is a multifactorial disease process,” said PMC Colorectal Surgeon Jasneet Singh Bhullar, MD. “Risk factors include environmental exposures, lifestyle choices, inflammatory bowel disease and genetics.”


 The colon and rectum are parts of the digestive system. Colon cancer begins when abnormal cells grow inside the colon or rectum. The cancer often begins as a small growth called a polyp. Polyps are not cancer, but they can turn into cancer over time.  Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in Ky.


Dr. Bhullar says colon cancer is often detected during screening procedures. Other common clinical presentations include iron-deficiency anemia, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, change in bowel habits and intestinal obstruction or perforation.


“Screening for colorectal cancer and adenomatous polyps should start at age 50 in asymptomatic men and women,” said Dr. Bhullar. “Because there are generally no symptoms for colon cancer, it is important to have regular cancer screenings, eat a healthy diet, exercise, maintain a healthy weight and do not smoke.”


He says screening for colorectal cancer should start at an earlier age and be more frequent and more stringent for individuals who carry an increased or high risk of developing colorectal cancer.


 “Persons with a prior history of polyps or colorectal cancer, a family history of colon cancer or history of inflammatory bowel diseases are those who are considered increased risk or high risk patients.” said Dr. Bhullar.


When the disease is more advanced, common symptoms include blood in the stool, a change in bowel habits, cramps, weight loss, a tired feeling and nausea. Often these problems are caused by other health conditions.  People with these symptoms should see their physician.


For additional information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhullar call 606-218-2202.


Source: Kentucky Cancer Program

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, March 10, 2017

FRANKFORT— Agricultural startup AppHarvest plans to build a $50 million high-tech greenhouse, creating 140 full-time jobs in Pikeville at a former surface coal mine re-purposed for new industry, Gov. Matt Bevin announced last week.


“AppHarvest’s project will bring exciting, high-tech job opportunities to Eastern Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “Our administration is dedicated to increasing economic opportunity across Kentucky, and this project presents a fantastic opportunity to help our Appalachian region continue its rejuvenation. We intend to make Kentucky the engineering and manufacturing center of excellence in America, and job growth in Eastern Kentucky will be a key part of our success.”


Targeted for a 60-acre site, AppHarvest’s 2 million square-foot greenhouse will rank among the world’s largest. There, the company plans to grow fresh vegetables year round for consumption in the US Northeast, Southeast and Midwest. The operation will grow a variety of produce with a focus on cherry tomatoes and bell peppers.


The high-tech facility will feature computerized monitoring and cutting-edge hydroponic, above-ground growing systems.


AppHarvest Founder and CEO Jonathan Webb sited Pikeville’s proximity to retail markets, quality of the regional workforce and opportunities created as the coal industry transitions as reasons for locating in Eastern Kentucky.


“The spirit of the region is unmatched and we want to work alongside those hardworking men and women,” Webb said. “Appalachia, let’s grow veggies, let’s do work!”


Building near its markets will significantly reduce shipping costs, Webb said, and also lower costs for consumers. As a gateway between the Midwest and South, Kentucky’s boarders lie within a day’s drive of 65 percent of the US population and income. That continues to make the commonwealth a major draw for logistics-intensive companies.


Webb has supported U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives’ efforts with private financing and development of some of the largest solar projects in the Southeast. He recently founded AppHarvest to provide a local, more logistically feasible option in response to US produce imports from Mexico tripling over the past decade.


AppHarvest employees will be trained in agronomy and agricultural science. Positions include management, human resources, logistics and picker/crop worker. Webb said he expects greenhouse construction to begin in June.


The company’s greenhouse environment will provide dramatic yield increases versus traditional field and low-tech greenhouse operations and allow it to adjust to customers’ needs and demands, as well as provide a longer shelf life for produce.


Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said AppHarvest’s project stands to benefit the state on multiple fronts.


“Agriculture is economic development, and this facility would bring much-needed investment and jobs to eastern Kentucky,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This project would capitalize on increasing demand for US-grown produce, technical innovation, the opportunity to recapture market share from beyond our borders, and an available workforce. This is an exciting opportunity that could change the economic trajectory of the entire region for decades to come.”


Sen. Ray Jones of Pikeville said eastern Kentucky has a workforce ready for new opportunities and that AppHarvest will be a great fit.


“Eastern Kentucky is continually seeking ways to diversify and attract much-needed jobs to our region,” he said. “Many of our people lost their jobs because of the decline in the coal industry. Our region stands ready with a willing and skilled workforce to meet this company’s needs. We are pleased that AppHarvest is locating in our region and look forward to their success, along with the economic boost they will bring to eastern Kentucky.”


Rep. John Blanton of Salyersville said the project will assist with efforts to diversify the local economy.


“I am thrilled to welcome AppHarvest to Pikeville,” Rep. Blanton said. “Eastern Kentucky is home to a dedicated and reliable workforce, and the creation of 140 jobs is a much-needed boost to our local economy. We continue to work diligently in diversifying our economy, and AppHarvest is a welcome addition to our business community. I thank them for their investment in Pike County and look forward to their continued success.”


Pikeville Mayor James Carter said the community has worked endlessly to make opportunities like this possible.


“The City of Pikeville has worked diligently throughout the past several years to develop and market Kentucky’s newest first-class industrial park. Today’s announcement by Governor Bevin authorizing the enhanced incentives through the Kentucky Business Investment program will allow us to continue our work,” Mayor Carter said.


“AppHarvest’s interest to locate their new and amazing aquaculture project within the boundaries of our park is a fantastic next step. This will not only create greatly needed jobs for eastern Kentucky, but will be another example of a major investment that will allow us to diversify our economy while creating new jobs and a sustainable business model here in Pikeville.”


To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority in February preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $2.5 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mary Smith, 84 of Sidney, died Feb. 27. Funeral, March 2. Burial, Cochran Family Cemetery.


Hubert Vermillion, 78, of Georgetown, died March 4. Funeral, March 8. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Ivalene Varney, 83, of Matewan, W.Va., died March 5. Funeral, March 8. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Jewel Frasure, 66, of McDowell, died Feb. 28. Funeral, March 2. Burial, Frasure Family Cemetery.


Carl Adams, 79, of Lorain, Ohio formerly of Floyd County, died Feb. 28. Funeral, March 3. Burial, Greenberry Hall Cemetery, Galveston.


Lucille Francis, 88, of Garrett, died March 1. Funeral, March 5. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Katherine Justice, 68, of Pikeville, died Feb. 28. Funeral, March 3.


Clancy Gene Compton, 68, of Martin, died Feb. 6. Funeral, March 10. Burial, Stevens Cemetery, Pikeville


Elmer Hampton, 83, of Long Fork, died Feb. 28. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Funeral, March 4. Burial, Fords Branch Cemetery.


Rhonda Mullins, 44, of Dorton, died March 5. Funeral, March 8 at Faith Baptist Church. Burial, Smallwood Cemetery, Myra.


Beverly Eugene Jones, 64, of Rockhouse, died Feb. 28. Funeral, March 4.


Phillip Johnson, 76, of Jenkins, died Feb. 28. Funeral, March 3. Burial, Wallace Family Cemetery, KettleCamp.


Joe Darwin Rose, 34, of Prestonsburg, died March 1. Funeral, March 4. Burial, Family Cemetery.


Earnie Gilliam, 49, of McDowell, died March 1. Funeral, March 6 at Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, Bypro. Burial, Gilliam Cemetery, Wheelwright.


Sandra Kay Rudd, 56, of Prestonsburg, died March 3. Funeral, March 11 at Elevate Church.


Stella Mae Green, 77, of Hi Hat, died March 5. Funeral, March 8. Burial, Terry Cemetery, Quicksand.


Daisy Wright Barnett, 98, of Martin, died March 6. Funeral, March 9. Burial, Barnett Cemetery, Martin.


Ronnie Lee Johnson, 50, of Melvin, died March 5. Funeral, March 9. Burial, Matthew Tackett Cemetery.


Ora Potter, 81, of Garrett, died March 6. Funeral, March 10. Burial, Jones Frasure Cemetery, Maytown.


Paul Edward Roberts, 53, of Pikeville, died March 3. Funeral, March 7. Burial, Roberts Family Cemetery, Jonancy.


Glema Mae Murphy, 74, of Pikeville, died March 4. Funeral, March 8. Burial, Slone Family Cemetery.


Draxie Delores Adkins, 58, of Defiance, Ohio formerly of Pikeville, died March 4. Funeral, March 8. Burial, Thacker Memorial Funeral Home.


Mildred Hall, 81, of Virgie, died March 6. Funeral, March 9. Burial, Booker Wright Cemetery.


Jo Coney Smith, 79, of Sidney died March 5. Funeral, March 9. Burial, Family Cemetery.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Headaches are a common pain that most everyone has experienced in their lifetime. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is fortunate to have on staff neurologist, Dr. Naveed Ahmed, board certified in headache medicine, stroke medicine and spinal cord injury medicine.


“A headache is a symptom of another condition,” said Dr. Ahmed, “like how a fever is a symptom of illness.”


Headaches are a presenting symptom of something that is wrong above the shoulder area. Muscles and ligaments in the neck, sinuses, eye problems, blood vessels and brain issues can all cause headaches.


“There are basically two types of headaches, primary and secondary,” explained Dr. Ahmed.


A headache classified as primary means the headache itself is the main medical problem, although associated factors, such as muscle tension or exposure to certain foods, may be identified. Other contributing factors may include medications, dehydration, or changing levels of hormones. Tension headaches fall into this category.


In contrast, for secondary headaches, the pain is a symptom of some underlying illness, such as a common cold, influenza, or sinusitis, TMJ, high blood pressure, glaucoma and whiplash. Other, more serious causes can include infection, such as meningitis, bleeding in the brain that may occur from a stroke or aneurysm.


Testing is important for accurate diagnosis.


“As a headache specialist, I first approach a headache by taking down a proper history of the patient’s pain,” explained Dr. Ahmed. “Identifying the type of headache a patient is experiencing determines if a CT scan or MRI is needed for further diagnosis.”


“Primary headaches typically don’t need diagnostic testing,” said Dr. Ahmed, “unless their history points to a reason, or their pain and symptoms change.”


There is a lot of misinformation about headache and treatment that people use to treat themselves.


“Do not self-diagnose and take too many over-the-counter (OTC) medications,” warned Dr. Ahmed. “Each type of headache has its own treatment and approach.”


Some of the types of headache that Dr. Ahmed treats are migraine, rebound headache, tension headache, cluster headache and post-traumatic headache.


Migraine is a disabling headache and more common in women.


Migraines are diagnosed based on the description of the attack. The location and character of the pain, as well as symptoms such as nausea or light and sound sensitivity are helpful clues to the diagnosis of migraine.


“Patient’s with migraine headache find it difficult to perform daily functions,” said Dr. Ahmed.


Migraine is treated with preventative medication as well as medication to alleviate the cause and manage the pain.


Rebound headaches are the most common cause of chronic daily headache pain. They are caused by over use of short-acting OTC pain medications to treat headache pain, including migraine.


“Pain relievers offer relief for occasional headaches,” explained Dr. Ahmed. “But if taken for more than a few days a week, they may trigger rebound headaches.”


It appears that any medication taken for pain relief can cause rebound headaches, but only if someone already has a headache disorder. Pain relievers taken regularly for another condition, such as arthritis, has not been shown to cause rebound headaches in people who never had a headache disorder.


Rebound headaches usually stop when you stop taking the pain medication. It’s tough in the short term, but your doctor can help you beat rebound headaches for long-term relief.


Cluster headaches occur in patterns or clusters, which gives the condition its name. Cluster headache is one of the most painful types of headache and is more common in men.


Cluster headache commonly awakens you in the middle of the night with intense pain in or around one eye on one side of the head. Bouts of frequent attacks, known as cluster periods, may last from weeks to months, usually followed by remission periods when the headache attacks stop completely. During remission, no headaches occur for months and sometimes even years.


Fortunately, cluster headache is rare and not life-threatening. Treatments can help make cluster headache attacks shorter and less severe. In addition, medications can help reduce the number of cluster headaches.


Post-traumatic headache occurs after a trauma to the head and neck.


“Someone can suffer from headaches after a trauma from days, weeks, months or even years,” said Dr. Ahmed.


The headache may be caused by, blood or fluid buildup inside the skull, changes in the brain caused by the injury, neck and skull injuries that are still healing, or tension and stress.


“Occasional headaches are common, but it’s important to take your headaches seriously,” advised Dr. Ahmed. “Some types of headaches can be life-threatening.”


There are times when you should go to the emergency room if you are experiencing a headache.


“Watch for red flags associated with headache pain,” advised Dr. Ahmed. “These are changes in abruptness, severity, blood pressure and patterns in the pain.”


If the headache pain is accompanied by numbness, weakness, confusion, double vision or seizure, you should seek medical attention immediately.


“If the pain is the worst headache you have ever had in your life, you should go to the emergency room right away,” warned Dr. Ahmed.


It is important to be under a doctor’s care if headache pain is more than occasional.


“Please do not diagnose yourself,” advised Dr. Ahmed. “Talk to your primary care physician about your pain and get a proper diagnosis.”


Make an appointment with a physician if you are having two or more headaches a week, if you need more than the recommended dose of OTC medication to relieve pain or if headache patterns change and the pain gets worse.


“The neurologic team at PMC would be honored to help headache patients in need of treatment,” said Dr. Ahmed.


Dr. Ahmed is located on the 8th floor of the PMC Clinic. To make an appointment call 606-218-2208.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, March 10, 2017

PIKEVILLE — The American Red Cross (ARC) is involved in a Home Fire Preparedness Campaign (HFC) and has been for the past three years.


ARC is teaming up with volunteer fire departments, faith-based organizations and civic organizations in an effort to reduce the number of fatalities, due to home fires, by 25 percent over a five-year period.


ARC has scheduled an HFC event in Salyersville on April 8.


During the event, individuals go out in teams of three with one person being the installer, educator, and recorder. Training for all three positions is provided the day of the event.


To date, the Kentucky Region of the Red Cross has installed 11,091 smoke detectors in Kentucky homes, have made 7,000 homes safer and have documentation of 18 lives saved from installed smoke detectors.


The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 10, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing Brain Injury Awareness Month during March.

According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAUSA), more than 3.5 million children and adults sustain brain injuries each year. More than 12 million Americans live with the impact of brain injuries.


Every 13 seconds someone sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States.


An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative or induced by birth trauma. A TBI is subset of ABI and caused by trauma to the brain from external force.


“Traumatic brain injury is a contributing factor in more than 30 percent of injury-related deaths in the United States. TBI can be devastating to patients and families, yet public awareness remains low. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of brain injuries in adults and children and the common causes,” said PMC Trauma Doctor William Peery II.


The BIAUSA states that the typical cause of an ABI include:


•Electric shock

•Infectious disease

•Lightning strike

•Near drowning

•Oxygen deprivation

•Seizure disorders


•Substance abuse

•Toxic exposure




The BIAUSA states typical causes of TBI include:



•Being struck

•Motor vehicle accidents



“Our brains are fragile and vulnerable to all sorts of injury,” Trauma Coordinator Angie Reed said. “Think ahead and learn the common causes of TBI, so you can take steps to prevent injuries during everyday activities.”


Safety measures should be taken before any indoor or outdoor activities.

Author Name: 
Amanda Jo Lawson
Friday, March 10, 2017