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Wheelwright plans summer projects

First Posted: 10:45 am - May 26th, 2016

By Andrea Saddler - asaddler@civitasmedia.com



The Wheelwright Clubhouse is pictured as it was prior to being torn down.
Wheelwright Central Park is pictured as it will look once completed.
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WHEELWRIGHT – The Wheelwright City Commission met Tuesday to discuss a road improvement project. Mayor Don Hall said the road through Wheelwright had some bad pot holes that needed to be repaired. The project will begin in the next couple weeks.

“We try to keep our small town in top shape,” Hall said. “Several pot holes have gotten worse over the past few months and we want to keep the roads in good condition. When a car hits a pot hold hard, it can do major damage to a car. The money to repair the pot holes will be taken out of the Road Aid fund.”

Another project getting underway this summer is the new Wheelwright Central Park. The park will be located in the lot where the old Wheelwright Clubhouse was located. The clubhouse was once the place to be in Wheelwright.

The Wheelwright Clubhouse once stood in the center of town and represented an era that although gone was still a refreshing memory in the hearts of those who remembered what it was. In recent years, however, that building became an eye sore and eventually something worse. It became a hazard that kids were using to play in and adults were visiting for illicit reasons. The building, in a dilapidated state, had to be destroyed; leaving a void not only in the landscape of Wheelwright, but the hearts of those who live there as well.

Now that vacant spot stands to be the site of the new Wheelwright Central Park, a fully functioning modern park where kids will have a safe place to play, adults will have a peaceful place to enjoy a stroll on the full size walking track or simply curl up at the shelters provided and read a good book. This park will be a testament to not only what was but what is to come.

This park will not be the property of any one person or group but the property of a community much deserving of some positive change. The City of Wheelwright set up a GoFundMe account and raised over $15 thousand dollars to build the park. This citizens and local officials of this community are thankful to the many contributors who have donated to make this park a reality.

The Wheelwright Clubhouse is pictured as it was prior to being torn down.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_clubhouse.jpgThe Wheelwright Clubhouse is pictured as it was prior to being torn down.

Wheelwright Central Park is pictured as it will look once completed.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_park.jpgWheelwright Central Park is pictured as it will look once completed.

By Andrea Saddler

asaddler@civitasmedia.com

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

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Chamber holds 52nd Annual Awards Banquet

First Posted: 10:36 am - May 26th, 2016

By Andrea Saddler - asaddler@civitasmedia.com



The 52nd Annual Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet was held on Tuesday night.
Several local business leaders were honored during the 52nd Annual Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton is pictured with Jean Rosenburg.
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PRESTONSBURG – The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet Tuesday night at the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park’s Wilkinson- Stumbo Convention Center. The 52nd Annual Awards Banquet was a tribute to all Floyd County Chamber members who continue to shape Floyd County for the benefit of all businesses and residents.

Big Sandy Singers entertained guest as they dined on coconut breaded chicken, carved roast, garden corn and green beans, salad and dessert. Individuals from Big Sandy performing were Candace Kelly, Beth Runyon, Jerica Grim, Caleb Hall and Clayton Case. Guests enjoyed listening to songs such as Stand by Me, Natural Woman, Cowboy Take Me Away and Free Falling.

Belfry High School football head coach Philip Haywood was the night’s guest speaker. Kentucky’s winningest coach, Haywood spoke on his philosophies on winning, making leaders and what it takes to become a champion. Haywood is the author of Faith, Family and Football. He told guests leadership comes from within and every good leader must ask themselves, what they must do to help their community succeed?

“It’s not about me, it’s not about you, it’s about us,” said Haywood. “It takes four key elements to make great leaders: Be passionate about your career; Be passionate about your community; Be passionate about your family; Be passionate about your creator.”

Haywood was presented with a handcrafted wooden outline of Kentucky made by artist Ronnie Allen.

The Chamber presented several awards at the event. A breakdown of the awards follows.

Chamber Special Recognition: Floyd County Schools Youth Service Center’s Staff.

Chamber Partner in Education: East Kentucky Science Center.

Eco-friendly Recognition: City of Prestonsburg Public Works.

Community Service Award: Floyd County Cooperative Extension Office.

Special Tribute: Paul Gearheart and Dr. William Loftus.

Chamber of Excellence Award: Ellen Adams of Century 21 Realty.

Floyd Countian of the Year: Sheriff John Hunt.

Floyd County Hall of Fame: Dr. Nancy Johnson.

Horizon Award: Bright Beginnings Daycare.

Business Person of the Year: Dr. Henry Webb.

For more information on the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, call (606) 886-2374.

The 52nd Annual Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet was held on Tuesday night.
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Several local business leaders were honored during the 52nd Annual Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton is pictured with Jean Rosenburg.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_leschamber.jpgSeveral local business leaders were honored during the 52nd Annual Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton is pictured with Jean Rosenburg.

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By Andrea Saddler

asaddler@civitasmedia.com

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506

City working on drainage flow at Highland Avenue

First Posted: 10:34 am - May 26th, 2016

By Andrea Saddler - asaddler@civitasmedia.com



Work is continues on Highland Avenue in Prestonsburg.
Highland Avenue residents are thankful for work being done on their street.
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PRESTONSBURG – Prestonsburg Utilities has been hard at work for the past month in the Highland Avenue area. The residents living on Highland Avenue have been tolerating the dust, noise and blocked roadway in hopes that the outcome of the project will be worth the small inconvenience. The water flow for storm drainage and sanitary water have been compromised due to heavy rains during the spring season. Federal guidelines specify that the two must be kept separate.

“The smell at sometimes is intolerable,” said Highland Avenue resident Morgan Joseph. “We are very anxious for the city to complete the project because it is something we need. I have lived in this area my entire life. The city utilities have always taken care of their customers and this project is no exception. The guys have worked very hard on this project because it has been a tough project. One night, workers were here working until after midnight. I personally am grateful for the hard work the city and city workers do to make this a wonderful place to life.”

The project is a separation project. Workers are separating the storm flow from the sanitary flow. Once that is completed, all the residents along Highland Avenue will be reconnected to the city’s sewage. This project has been in the process for a little over a month and is expected to be completed in early-July.

Work is continues on Highland Avenue in Prestonsburg.
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Highland Avenue residents are thankful for work being done on their street.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_road2.jpgHighland Avenue residents are thankful for work being done on their street.

By Andrea Saddler

asaddler@civitasmedia.com

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Rebels claim district championship

Allen Central doubles up Prestonsburg, 6-3

First Posted: 10:12 am - May 26th, 2016

By Steve LeMaster - slemaster@civitasmedia.com



Allen Central doubled up Prestonsburg 6-3 to win the 58th District baseball championship.
Allen Central pitcher Austin Lawson earned the win in the championship game and was named MVP of the 58th District Baseball Tournament.
Allen Central players celebrated after defeating Prestonsburg in the 58th District championship game. The Allen Central Rebels hoisted the 58th District championship trophy.
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DRIFT – Allen Central returned to the top on Wednesday, doubling up Prestonsburg 6-3 in the 58th District Tournament championship game at Drift Field.

The Rebels captured their first 58th District championship since 2010.

With the win, Allen Central improved to 19-11.

Prestonsburg dropped to 23-14 with the loss.

Both Allen Central and Prestonsburg advance to the 15th Region Baseball Tournament.

It was an extremely emotional victory for first-year Allen Central head coach Jeff Aldrich and his players.

“This was a complete and total team effort,” said Aldrich. “Both teams fought hard. Cameron Blevins had another great night at the plate. The fans were Awesome on both sides. This was for my son, who would be graduating with my seniors. Trey Aldrich, number fifteen, fly high baby boy! Daddy will love you always and forever! Trey passed away on August 5, 2014. Baseball was his life.”

Allen Central starting pitcher Austin Lawson claimed the win. Lawson was named the district tournament’s most valuable player.

Allen Central reliever Steven Howard posted the save.

Prestonsburg pitcher Nick Caudill suffered the loss.

The Rebels and Blackcats plated two runs apiece in the first inning. Allen Central, however, managed to tighten up defensively. The Rebels outscored Prestonsburg 4-1 after the opening inning.

Cameron Blevins led the Allen Central offensive effort. Howard, Jeffrey Samons, Seth Hall, Wyatt Crisp, Dustin Johnson, Kane Taylor, Cameron Nelson and Rico Dominguez also contributed at the plate for the Rebels.

The 15th Region Baseball Tournament will be held at Shelby Valley High School next week.

Allen Central doubled up Prestonsburg 6-3 to win the 58th District baseball championship.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Allen_Central.jpgAllen Central doubled up Prestonsburg 6-3 to win the 58th District baseball championship.

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Allen Central pitcher Austin Lawson earned the win in the championship game and was named MVP of the 58th District Baseball Tournament.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Austin_Lawson-1.jpgAllen Central pitcher Austin Lawson earned the win in the championship game and was named MVP of the 58th District Baseball Tournament.

Allen Central players celebrated after defeating Prestonsburg in the 58th District championship game. The Allen Central Rebels hoisted the 58th District championship trophy.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Trophy.jpgAllen Central players celebrated after defeating Prestonsburg in the 58th District championship game. The Allen Central Rebels hoisted the 58th District championship trophy.
Allen Central doubles up Prestonsburg, 6-3

By Steve LeMaster

slemaster@civitasmedia.com

Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Kinzer finishes sixth in Plateau 50

First Posted: 10:11 am - May 26th, 2016

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ALLEN – Veteran Late Model driver Brandon Kinzer and his number 18 team invaded Crossville Speedway in Crossville, Tennessee on for the ‘Plateau 50’ on Saturday evening. It marked the first Super Late Model special at the facility in over seven years and Kinzer wound up finishing one spot outside of the top-five.

The Southern Nationals Bonus Series presided over the dirt track event, which featured a $5,000 first-place prize. Kinzer clicked off the third fastest time in Group B during the qualifying session prior to scoring the victory in his consolation event. After starting the 50-lap feature race from the outside of the third row, Kinzer drove up to the fourth spot before losing a couple of positions late in the distance on his way to a strong sixth place effort. The Floyd County native trailed only winner Donald McIntosh, Mike Marlar, Cory Hedgecock, Shanon Buckingham and Billy Ogle, Jr. to the checkered flag.

Drivers from numerous states made up the field for the Plataea 50 at Crossville Speedway Full results from Crossville Speedway can be accessed online at www.southernnationalsseries.com.

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Moyer to visit Floyd County Public Library

First Posted: 9:49 am - May 26th, 2016

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PRESTONSBURG – The heritage of hard work, of literal blood, sweat and tears, built Appalachia, sustained families through wars, depression and difficult times beyond reckoning. Miriam Moyer, a local author from Knott County, recounts the struggles and hardships of mountain life in her works At the Head of the Holler and its sequel, Out at The Forks.

Moyer’s novelization of mountain life during the late 1800’s is a fictional account of an Appalachian family’s endurance, their labors and amusements, and their resilience of holding tight to their values.

The Floyd County Public Library in Prestonsburg will host Moyer as she visits Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Moyer, who is on a book tour, will have available her works, which recount tales of hard living, of a time where ‘traditional crafts’ were a daily part of life; where toiling in the fields meant supper on the table and raising hogs meant there would be meat to eat.

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For the Record

First Posted: 9:08 am - May 26th, 2016

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Arraignments

Micky Young, 26, flagrant non-support.

Christopher Mullins, 30, public intoxication controlled substance, disorderly conduct.

Justin Hughes, 34, second degree criminal trespassing, possession of burglary tools, theft by unlawful taking under $500.

Donny Gene Newsome, 42, theft by deception under $500.

Steven Spencer, 33, theft by deception under $10,000.

Paul Arnett,26, theft by deception under $10,000, theft by deception under $500.

Darren Green, 48, first degree criminal possession of forged instrument.

Phillip Wells, 34, alcohol intoxication, menacing, resisting arrest, drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance, 2 counts- 3rd degree possession of controlled substance, three counts – first degree possession of controlled substance.

Zachary Bowen, 24, flagrant non-support.

Eric Reid, 21, fourth degree assault, menacing, third degree criminal mischief.

Robert Goble, 52, failure to send child to school.

Samantha Newsome, 27, failure to send child to school.

Bonnie Jasper, 64, fourth degree assault.

Nicholas Parsons, 20, no/expired registration plates, no/expired registration receipt, rear plate not illuminated, failure to produce insurance card, failure of non-owner to maintain insurance, possession of marijuana.

Nicholas Collins, 24, theft by unlawful taking under $500.

Sarah Boyd, 62, falsely reporting an incident.

Crystal Hall, 34, possession open alcohol container in motor vehicle, alcohol intoxication.

Larry Orosz, 54, alcohol intoxication.

Joseph Kidd, 36, possession open alcohol container in motor vehicle, DUI, possession of marijuana.

Kelsey Bradley, 35, third degree criminal trespassing.

Anthony Wallen, 26, careless driving, rear plate not illuminated, failure license to be in possession, no/expired registration receipt, failure to produce insurance card, driving on suspended license, permit violations, failure to maintain insurance, failure to transfer vehicle.

Cody Wicker, 23, theft by unlawful taking under $500.

Jackie Collins, 59, theft by failure to make required disposition of property.

Arick Hall, 38, harassment.

Katie Collett, 28, harassment.

Kristyn Spears, 30, theft by unlawful taking under $500.

John Shane Blackburn, 38, second degree criminal trespass.

Shannon Prater, 38, driving on suspended license, failure to maintain insurance.

Randy Goble, 64, driving on suspended license

Ciara Skidmore, 22, driving on suspended license, failure to produce insurance card, failure to maintain insurance, failure to notify address change to DOT.

Robert Jason Patton, 37, DUI.

Jason Hunter, 35, 1st degree trafficking legend drug, tampering with physical evidence, two counts – first degree trafficking controlled substance.

Paul Bryant, 50, fourth degree assault.

Alberto Cruz, 35, DUI – first and second offense, no license.

Missy Hall, 31, failure to send child to school.

Sally Hale, 26, failure to send child to school.

Ashley Holbrook, 25, failure to send child to school.

Millis Hall, 44, no/expired registration plates, no/expired registration receipt, failure to produce insurance card, failure of non-owner to maintain insurance, DUI, driving DUI suspended license, failure to wear seatbelts, failure to register transfer of vehicle.

Joshua Vanhoose, 33, carrying concealed deadly weapon, failure to maintain insurance, driving DUI suspended license, five counts- possession drug paraphernalia, 2 counts- 1st degree possession of controlled substance.

Traci Combs-Hall, 30, two counts – first degree possession of controlled substance, five counts- possession drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana.

Eric Hall, 30, 2 counts- 1st degree possession controlled substance, five counts – possession drug paraphernalia.

Regina Reed, 42, theft by unlawful taking under $500, third degree criminal trespassing.

Kimberly Smith, 41, failure/improper signal, driving DUI suspended license.

Scotty Conn, 26, license to be in possession, DUI, improper equipment.

Timothy Thornsbury, 41, fugitive from another state.

Trenton Ward, 43, tampering with physical evidence.

Christopher Allen, 32, DUI, driving on suspended license, failure to surrender revoked license, possession of revoked license, failure to produce insurance card, failure to maintain insurance.

Charles Tackett, 47, theft by deception under $500.

Jordan Stewart, 20, improper display of registration plates, DUI, possession of marijuana, possession drug paraphernalia, failure to produce insurance card, failure to maintain insurance, licensing violations.

Fay Campbell, 29, disorderly conduct, terroristic threatening, failure to notify address change to DOT.

Scott Tolson, 44, failure to produce insurance card, DUI, failure to maintain insurance.

Trinity Dye, 28, leaving scene of accident, driving on suspended license, failure to maintain insurance.

Crystal Dale, 38, alcohol intoxication.

Donnie Jones, 63, alcohol intoxication.

Rabon Williams, 53, public intoxication controlled substance.

Donald Greer, Jr., 36, alcohol intoxication.

Christy Jenkins, 40, public intoxication controlled substance.

Travis Scott, 28, no/expired registration receipt, failure to produce insurance card, failure of non-owner to maintain insurance, DUI, driving DUI suspended license, failure to wear seatbelts, failure to register transfer of vehicle, license to be in possession.

Johnanna Tackett, 31, terroristic threatening.

Andy Osborne, 32, driving on suspended license, failure to surrender revoked license, possession of revoked license, failure to produce insurance card, failure to maintain insurance, no/expired registration plates, no/expired registration receipt, rear license not illuminated, improper display of registration plates.

Marriages

Gordon Hall, 22 of Weeksbury to Ashley Burke, 31 of Weeksbury.

Laura Price, 43 of Dwale to Brent Lysek, 48 of Dwale.

Jessica Frasure, 39 of Lexington to Stewart Hall, 37 of Lexington.

Rebekah Goble, 25 of Auxier to Matthew Zemo, 34 of Prestonsburg.

Desiree Bradley, 24 of Prestonsburg to Ronald Johnson II, 29 of Prestonsburg.

Shirley Moore, 48 of Martin to Joe Poe, 45 of Martin.

Alisha Owens, 19 of Garrett to Jessie Jarrell, 22 of Prestonsburg.

Complaints

First Financial Credit vs. Larry Lafferty.

South Eastern Emergency Physicians vs. Solomon Kilburn.

South Eastern Emergency Physicians vs. Ladonna Shepherd.

South Eastern Emergency Physicians vs. Justin Mullins.

Nora Marsilett vs. Kevin Marsillett.

Leigh Ousley vs. Cartney Conn.

Lee plans to withdraw from NBA Draft, transfer from UK

First Posted: 7:30 am - May 26th, 2016

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LEXINGTON – University of Kentucky men’s basketball junior forward Marcus Lee will remove his name from the 2016 NBA Draft but plans to transfer to complete his collegiate eligibility at another school.

Upon completing his paperwork to withdraw from the draft, Lee will be granted a full release with no restrictions.

“Marcus Lee informed us today that he is pulling his name out of the draft but has decided he is going to transfer to a school out west to be closer to his family,” head coach John Calipari said. “We talked it through together and discussed the team next season, which he said had no bearing on his decision. I also told him he was a semester away from graduating. With that said, he was still adamant that, after the combine experience, a year off and regrouping would be the best thing. As always I support my players and their decisions.”

Lee enjoyed the best season of his Kentucky career during his junior campaign where he boasted career highs in points per game (6.4), rebounds per game (6.0), total blocks (59) and total assists (11). He shot a team-best 68.0 percent from the floor, the best single-season field-goal percentage in school history with a minimum of 150 attempts. His 216 total rebounds were the most on the team, and he led the team in blocked shots in a team-high 18 games.

“I want to thank the University of Kentucky, the basketball staff and the Big Blue Nation for supporting me over the years,” Lee said. “I’m sorry it took me so long to come to this decision, but I’m trying to do what’s right for me and my family. I’ll always think fondly of my time at Kentucky.”

Lee ranks 20th all-time with 100 career blocked shots. He averaged 3.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots in 100 career games at Kentucky.

A two-time Southeastern Conference Community Service Team member, Lee recently concluded participation in the 2016 NCAA Leadership Forum where he was the SEC’s male representative at the weekend-long conference.

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Briscoe plans to return to Kentucky for 2016-17 season

First Posted: 7:30 am - May 26th, 2016

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LEXINGTON – University of Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe plans to return to UK for the 2016-17 season after going through the process of declaring for the NBA Draft. Utilizing new NCAA rules that allow players to “test the waters,” Briscoe entered the NBA Draft without hiring an agent to protect his NCAA eligibility with the option of returning to school.

Players had until 10 days after the conclusion of the combine to make a final decision based on the new rule between the NCAA and NBA so long as they didn’t hire an agent.

On Wednesday, Briscoe informed UK of his intention to come back to school. He will join Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Isaac Humphries, Mychal Mulder and Tai Wynyard as 2016-17 scholarship returners.

“I really grew from this experience and I appreciate the opportunity to be evaluated by these NBA teams,” Briscoe said. “I also want to thank the coaching staff and the fans for their support during this time. The NBA is my ultimate goal, so I’m returning to build on last year. There’s no better place to grow as a player or to win a championship, and I want to do both.”

Briscoe will return as the leading scorer and rebounder to form a nucleus alongside the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class (according to Rivals and ESPN), which features Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Malik Monk. With Briscoe coming back to school, UK will return 24.2 percent of its scoring and 30.0 percent of its rebounding from last season.

“After finishing up academically, Isaiah Briscoe used the new rules to the fullest by working out for eight different teams to get a true barometer on where he stands at this point in his career,” head coach John Calipari said. “I can tell you all the teams were impressed with him physically, defensively, his rebounding ability, his strength, his ball-handling ability and his basketball IQ. He shot the ball well at the NBA workouts but will look to continue to improve that to take the next step in his career. With that said, he’s pulling his name out of the draft and returning to Kentucky as the leading scorer and rebounder. Without his impact and competitive spirit, last year’s team would not have been nearly as successful. I fully expect him to come back and be a leader on and off the court for this young team. I’m excited to have him back.”

Briscoe transformed into an elite defender during his freshman season and one of the best-rebounding guards in the country. He averaged 5.3 boards per game in 2015-16 and scored in double figures in 18 games. The Newark, N.J., native posted 9.6 points and 3.1 assists per game.

Among Briscoe’s highlights included a double-double (11 points and 12 rebounds) in his season debut and a double-double (13 points and 11 rebounds) in the NCAA Tournament win over Stony Brook. Three times this past season he posted at least 10 points, at least five rebounds and at least five assists in a game, and four times he scored 15 or more points, including a career-high 20 at UCLA.

Briscoe ranked ninth in the SEC in minutes per game at 32.2 and was also among the league leaders with a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. He’s among the top 10 performers in the Calipari era in total assists, assist-to-turnover ratio and assists per game after one season.

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Matthews to be granted full release

First Posted: 7:30 am - May 26th, 2016

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LEXINGTON – University of Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard/forward Charles Matthews will transfer from UK, head coach John Calipari has announced.

Matthews will be granted a full release with no restrictions.

“The hardest thing as a coach is to lose a player that you really want to coach,” Calipari said. “In Charles’ case, I believe he is going to be a productive college player who has the ability to play at the next level. I know Charles’ best basketball is ahead of him, and while I’m a saddened to see him go, I support his decision and will help in any way I can.

“It hasn’t happened very often in my career, but transferring is a part of our game. It doesn’t change who we are as a program. We will support every kid in whatever way we can to make sure they can pursue their dreams, because ultimately that’s all I want for these young men.”

Matthews was one of four Wildcats to play in all 36 games for UK during the 2015-16 season. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in helping the Wildcats claim the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships.

“I want to thank the coaches, my teammates and the Big Blue Nation for all of their support this season,” Matthews said. “I gained great experience during my freshman year at Kentucky. This was a difficult decision for me, but at the end of the day I felt like it was in my best interest to explore other options. I appreciate the support Coach Cal has given me in making this decision and the commitment the coaching staff made to me for this past season and beyond. Kentucky will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Matthews’ season highlights included a career-high 11-point performance vs. South Florida and a seven-point, five-rebound effort in the home victory over Georgia. He started three games and finished the year with 370 minutes played.

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UPIKE appoints new provost

First Posted: 7:00 am - May 26th, 2016

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PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville has announced the appointment of Lori Werth, Ph.D., M.S., as the institution’s first provost.

The University of Pikeville’s Board of Trustees, following a national search and a series of campus forums with students, faculty and staff, unanimously approved Werth’s appointment.

“Dr. Werth is uniquely talented and has the breadth of experience we need at UPIKE,” said President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D. “I could go on at length about her academic acumen, energy, and passion for students, but I am most pleased with her expression of calling to the University of Pikeville; it is as compelling as her ideas for helping us move forward as an institution.”

Werth has served as a higher education administrator and faculty member with extensive experience at private, liberal arts universities in Idaho and Nebraska, including the College of Idaho, College of Saint Mary and Northwest Nazarene University.

At the undergraduate and graduate level, Werth’s diverse academic and administrative background will be central in developing strategic initiatives to support faculty teaching and scholarship, strong academic success and student life programs.

Previously, Werth served as vice president for enrollment management, associate professor of education and department chair of graduate education. As an administrator, her focus included program accreditation, development of new academic programs, admissions, student services and residence life. With a special interest and experience in women’s philanthropy, Werth has collaborated on grants specific to innovation in teaching and learning and support for first generation students from rural communities.

Earning a Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership at the University of Idaho, Werth also holds a Master of Science in college student services administration and counseling from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from the College of Idaho.

Along with her husband, Eric, who holds a Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction, a Master of Science in molecular biology and medical microbiology and a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry, the Werths and their daughters will relocate to Pikeville in July.

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KSP makes drug arrests in Pike County

First Posted: 6:54 am - May 26th, 2016

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The Kentucky State Police (KSP) confiscated drugs in Pikeville on Tuesday.
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PIKEVILLE – The Kentucky State Police made a felony drug arrest in Pikeville during the early evening hours on Tuesday.

The KSP Post 9 Criminal Interdiction Team received information that a quantity of marijuana would be transported to Pike County. Troopers contacted Christopher Higgins, 48 of Stockbridge, Michigan, in the parking lot of the Pikeville Food City. After a KSP canine unit alerted on Higgins vehicle, Troopers located and seized approximately eight pounds of marijuana. Higgins was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana over five pounds – first offense.

Higgins was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center. The case remains under investigation by Trooper Bryson.

Drug tips can be reported to investigators at Post 9 by calling (606) 433-7711. Callers can remain anonymous.

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) confiscated drugs in Pikeville on Tuesday.
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Goble accepted to The Kentucky Center ‘s GSA Program

First Posted: 6:46 am - May 26th, 2016

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LOUISVILLE – The Kentucky Center will host over 200 eager young artists from every region of the Commonwealth, as The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) takes place at Danville’s Centre College from June 19-July 9.

Participating from Floyd County is Cameron Goble of Prestonsburg High School (New Media).

As one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges that strives to create a nurturing environment where creative young people have transformative experiences, Centre College is excited to host GSA again for the third year on its campus.

During their three-week stay, 256 student artists from 53 counties will be immersed in a rigorous schedule of daily seminars, master-classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips to regional arts attractions. Instruction will be offered in nine disciplines: Architecture+Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, New Media, Visual Art and Vocal Music.

Since 1987, more than 5,400 talented high school rising juniors and seniors have attended the GSA summer program. The program will culminate on July 9 with an all-day festival that celebrates the achievements of Kentucky’s young artists. Additionally, 27 colleges and universities currently offer scholarships to alumni of GSA.

GSA is a public/private partnership inaugurated in 1987 by The Kentucky Center, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and numerous private supporters. Today, the vital funding required to make GSA a reality is provided by the state through the leadership of the Governor’s Office and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, as well as The Kentucky Center Endowment Fund, Toyota Motor Manufacturing and more than 300 corporations, parents, educators, alumni and friends of GSA.

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Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games to be held June 3-5 at EKU

First Posted: 6:36 am - May 26th, 2016

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FRANKFORT – Special Olympics Kentucky will return to its home away from home at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, when that campus hosts the organization’s State Summer Games, June 3-5. The Games are Special Olympics Kentucky’s largest event of the year with nearly 1,400 athletes competing in five sports, and hundreds of coaches and volunteers also taking part. This is the 22nd consecutive year that EKU has hosted the State Summer Games.

Summer Games activities get underway early on June 3 in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort with the opening of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg at 9 am. Governor Matt Bevin and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders will speak in the Rotunda. The Final Leg group will then head to the Capitol steps for the lighting of the Special Olympics Torch, which the Final Leg participants will then carry to Richmond for the Summer Games Opening Ceremonies.

Opening Ceremonies for the Games will begin at 7 p.m. on June 3 in The Ravine near the center of the EKU campus (weather permitting). The Ceremonies will include the parade of athletes, the National Anthem sung by Marlana VanHoose, an appearance by singer Lauren Mink and the lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron by 2015 Special Olympics Kentucky Athlete of the Year Tommy Parson of Berea. In the event of bad weather, the Opening Ceremonies will be held in Alumni Coliseum.

The Opening Ceremonies will also feature the introduction of the two Kentucky athletes who will participate with the Special Olympics USA team at the 2016 World Winter Games in Austria. Skiers Kelly McCormick of Louisville and Patrick Tutsch of Lexington will be introduced to conclude the Parade of Athletes.

Competition will begin Friday night immediately following the Opening Ceremonies. Tom Samuels Track will host the distance races and relays beginning at approximately 8:20 pm on June 3. There will also be several heats of the shot put competition held on Friday night. The Don Combs Natatorium will also see aquatics action on Friday night, beginning at 8:30 with the short course relay events.

The main action gets underway early in the morning on Saturday, June 4, with the opening of all remaining competitive events. Athletes will be competing in track and field, swimming, bocce, soccer and rhythmic gymnastics.

The public is encouraged to attend the Opening Ceremonies and all competitions. All are open to the public and there is no admission charge. Most competitions on Saturday will be underway by 9 a.m.

Saturday’s activities will also include the popular Chick-fil-A Olympic Town area, which includes several interactive activities for athletes and their families. Chick-fil-A Olympic Town is also the location of the annual Healthy Athletes Athlete Wellness Village. This year’s Healthy Athletes program features a Special Smiles location where athletes can receive dental screenings; an Opening Eyes vision screening venue; a Fit Feet location where athletes can receive podiatric evaluations; FUN Fitness, which gives physical therapy evaluations; and the latest addition Health Promotions, which offers advice on diet and other healthy lifestyles. All of the services provided in the Healthy Athlete Village are free to the athletes and provided by volunteers.

Photos from all competitions and other Summer Games activities will be available on line throughout the day at http://flickr.com/photos/sokentucky/albums. Photos will be downloadable and can be used for publication.

Saturday’s activities conclude with the official Closing Ceremonies, which begin at 7:30 pm in the Alumni Coliseum parking lot. Closing ceremonies include the presentation of the pentathlon medals, fireworks and an athlete victory dance.

Volunteers are still needed for several venues at the Games. For volunteer opportunities, contact Justin Harville at 800-633-7403 or jharville@soky.org.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives have served as the Platinum Sponsor for the Games. Touchstone Energy is the largest single supporter of the State Summer Games. This will be the third year that Chick-fil-A Central Kentucky stores are teaming up to provide all lunches for athletes, coaches and volunteers on Saturday, June 4.

For information about the 2016 Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games, contact Special Olympics Kentucky communications director Mark Buerger at 502-695-8222 or via e-mail at mbuerger@soky.org.

The 2016 Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games are made possible through the generosity of platinum sponsor Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Special Olympics Kentucky year-round partners The Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and Texas Roadhouse; Gold Olympic Town sponsor Chick-fil-A; Silver Sponsors AECOM, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond Tourism and Southland Dairy Farmers; Bronze Sponsors Golden Corral, Greentree Forest Products and Lockheed Martin and games sponsors the City of Richmond, Dever Golf Cars, and Positively Java.

Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation in competitive events is open to all individuals eight years of age or older. Training and competition in local, area, state, and national programs is offered year-round in Kentucky in 15 sports. In addition to its traditional sports competitions, Special Olympics also offers early childhood programming through the Young Athletes Program and medical screenings though the Healthy Athletes Initiative. Special Olympics Kentucky began as a one-day event in Louisville in 1970 and has expanded to serve more than 7,400 athletes statewide annually. Special Olympics has now been changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in Kentucky for 46 years.

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HCTC graduates honored at commencement

First Posted: 6:33 am - May 26th, 2016

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HAZARD – Hazard Community and Technical College honored a total of 515 students who received a total of 1,411 credentials. Associate in arts, associate in science, and associate in applied science degrees were awarded along with diplomas and certificates. Commencement was held Saturday, May 7 at Perry County Central High School in the John C. Combs Arena. The graduates from Floyd County were Emily Elizabeth Davis of Banner, Kelsey Nicole Jarrell of Prestonsburg, Shawn Douglas Porter of Allen, and Kelly Wayne Williams of Prestonsburg.

Additional in-state graduates hailed from Bell, Breathitt, Christian, Clay, Fayette, Hardin, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Russell, Wayne, Wolfe and Woodford counties. The graduating class included additional individuals from Virginia, Colorado, Texas, Indiana, Tennessee, Maryland, New York and South Carolina.

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MSHA announces results of April impact inspections

First Posted: 6:23 am - May 26th, 2016

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that federal inspectors issued 90 citations and three orders during special impact inspections at 10 coal mines and three metal and nonmetal mines in April 2016.

Begun in force in April 2010, these monthly inspections involve mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or particular compliance concerns. MSHA conducted impact inspections at mines in Alabama, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Here are the details of one inspection:

On April 19, 2016, MSHA conducted an impact inspection at the Inspiration Resources Inc., Mine No. 5 in Pike County, Kentucky. Enforcement personnel traveled to the mine and took action to ensure no advance notice was given. They issued 15 citations and three unwarrantable failure orders, the latter for an inadequate pre-shift examination, failure to water down roadways to prevent dust, and too-wide entries on the mechanized mining unit. These violations exposed miners to serious hazards associated with roof falls, equipment accidents and respirable coal dust. As a result, inspectors issued closure orders affecting 3,400 feet of roadways to the unit and its working section.

Among the hazards associated with the citations were mine fires, electrical shock, inadequate ventilation, explosive environments and black lung. Inspectors determined that airlock doors were not being closed and stoppings in certain areas were not maintained properly, in violation of the mine’s approved ventilation plans. These conditions affected the overall ventilation supplied to miners working at the face. Consequently, the mine was shut down for two days for the operator to correct all the violations.

Since April 2010, MSHA has conducted 1,142 impact inspections and issued 16,226 citations, 1,313 orders and 60 safeguards.

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Kentucky House re-authorizes technology committee

Rep. Martha Jane King to serve as chair, again

First Posted: 6:01 am - May 26th, 2016

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FRANKFORT – The Kentucky House of Representatives has announced the re-formation of the House Special Committee on Advanced Communications and Information Technology for a second year. The committee, which state Rep. Martha Jane King will again chair, will meet during the legislative interim to discuss technological issues important to the Commonwealth.

“I applaud House Speaker Greg Stumbo and our Democratic House Leadership team for re-authorizing this committee and giving me the opportunity to continue serving as chair,” said Rep. King (D-Lewisburg). “Over my last eight years in the legislature, many of my colleagues and I have studied how technology affects the business landscape, education, and everyday lives of people in the Commonwealth. This committee gives us a more formal opportunity to look at those issues in-depth. I’m excited to work with those who share my enthusiasm for learning about the ever-changing world of technology, and I am confident our work will highlight the need to make this committee permanent.”

Those state representatives re-appointed are Will Coursey, James Kay, Terry Mills, Chris Harris, Dean Schamore, Arnold Simpson, Regina Bunch, Adam Koenig and Brian Linder. Representative Jeff Taylor is a new appointment.

The General Assembly has sixteen standing committees that meet during the legislative session each year, but none are devoted specifically to technological issues. Currently, legislation in this area is assigned to various committees.

Rep. Martha Jane King to serve as chair, again

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Walmart announces 2,582 veteran hires in Kentucky

First Posted: 5:58 am - May 26th, 2016

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LOUISVILLE – On Tuesday, Walmart announced it has hired 130,828 veterans since it introduced its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in May 2013, including 2,582 veterans in the state of Kentucky. Of those 130,828 veteran hires, 15,176 have been promoted to jobs with higher pay and greater responsibility.

On Memorial Day 2013, Walmart introduced the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, which guaranteed a job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran who was within 12 months of active duty. The initial goal was to hire 100,000 veterans by the end of 2018. In May of 2015, Walmart announced the expansion of that original projection, with the goal of hiring 250,000 veterans by the end of 2020. Walmart has also changed the eligibility from within 12 months of active duty, to any veteran who has been honorably discharged since the announcement of the commitment in May 2013.

Despite unemployment among veterans being at its lowest in eight years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans from the Gulf War era continue to be under- or unemployed.

“As a veteran, I know how critical it is for our men and women in uniform to have a strong support structure when transitioning back to civilian life,” said Retired Brigadier General, Gary Profit, senior director of military programs for Walmart. “A job is an important part of that transition, and at Walmart, we’re proud to use our strengths as one of the nation’s largest employers to be a part of that bridge back home by providing meaningful opportunities to more than 2,500 veterans, and counting, in Kentucky to use their unique talent and skills. Veterans are among some of our strongest associates and we are pleased to see the growth and success they have achieved at Walmart.”

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Seven Kentucky veterans to be inducted into In Memory Program

First Posted: 5:45 am - May 26th, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 300 Vietnam veterans, including Kentucky natives Cleburne E. Atwell (Hart County), Nelson Couch (Buckhorn), Jerry Lee Mudd (Louisville), Robert Preston O’Bryan Jr. (Owensboro), Donald Neill Simon (Owensboro), Larry Dean Westerfield (Owensboro), and Riley Dee Westerfield Jr. (Owensboro), will be inducted into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) In Memory Program in 2016. The program honors Vietnam veterans whose lives were cut short as a result of their service in Vietnam, but are not eligible for inscription on The Wall under Department of Defense guidelines.

On June 18, 2016, VVMF will host more than 2,000 attendees at the annual ceremony on the East Knoll of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This year, 312 service members will be honored during the ceremony. The master of ceremonies will be Capt. Denis Faherty.

During the In Memory ceremony, the names of all the honorees are read aloud and certificates bearing the honorees’ names are placed at The Wall. These certificates are later collected by the National Park Service and stored in a permanent archive.

In Memory began in 1999 and has since honored more than 2,500 veterans. The plaque that honors these veterans was dedicated as a part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 2004. It reads: In Memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice.

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UPIKE to host Esports and Vision Science Academy

First Posted: 5:18 am - May 26th, 2016

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PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville will be hosting the second Esports and Vision Science Academy. The camp will give middle school and high school students the opportunity to learn more about the science of vision.

During the course of the three-day camp, students will listen to presentations from various University of Pikeville biology students and representatives from the Kentucky College of Optometry. These presentations will cover the physics of optics, the anatomy of the eye and the genetics behind eye color. Participants will also explore the science behind virtual reality with a hands-on look into the making of a virtual reality application.

Applications are due by June 1, 2016. Space is limited, preference will be given to entering juniors and seniors. If accepted, individuals will be notified by Friday, June 10.

The Esports and Vision Science Academy is sponsored by The Holler, University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry and UPIKE Esports.

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Stolen four-wheeler recovered

First Posted: 7:20 pm - May 24th, 2016

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A stolen four-wheeler has been recovered thanks to tips from the community.
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PRESTONSBURG – On Monday, May 16, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen 2002 Honda 450 four-wheeler from the John Hall/Bill Hall Branch area. Thanks to the watchful eyes of the community, Sheriff’s deputies were able to recover the stolen 4-wheeler and return it to the owner.

A warrant has been issued for Douglas Martin, of John Hall/Bill Hall Branch, in connection with the theft.

Sheriff Hunt commends the citizens of Floyd County for their diligent observation of the activities going on in and around their community and willingness to call the tip line to report criminal activity.

A stolen four-wheeler has been recovered thanks to tips from the community.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_4wheeler.jpgA stolen four-wheeler has been recovered thanks to tips from the community.

By Andrea Saddler

asaddler@civitasmedia.com

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Faulkner, Medley join UPIKE men’s basketball coaching staff

First Posted: 4:15 pm - May 24th, 2016 Updated: 4:15 pm - May 24th, 2016.

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PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville head men’s basketball coach Kelly Wells announced the addition of graduate assistants Evan Faulkner and Noah Medley to the Bears’ coaching staff on Friday.

The pair is set to begin their time with UPIKE next season after the departure of Ross Fanning and Bradlee Yoder who graduated on May 14.

Faulkner comes to UPIKE after two seasons as the head coach at Ripley High School (W. Va.) where he led the team to a 16-9 record last season, giving it the most wins since 1997 and the school’s first trip to the regional tournament in 15 years.

Prior to taking over at Ripley, Faulkner spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at NCAA Div II Charleston (W. Va.). Charleston reached the NCAA Div. II National Tournament that season after winning the Mountain East Conference Tournament title. Faulkner’s duties included scouting, recruiting, budget management and academic success.

As a collegiate student-athlete, Faulkner spent two seasons at NCAA Div. I Radford (Va.) before finishing his career at Charleston where he was part of 45 wins in two seasons and was a Second Team All-WVIAC selection as a senior.

Faulkner’s prep career at Elliott County High School in Eastern Kentucky included three 16th Region Championships and 141 win in his career.

Medley joins the UPIKE staff after serving as a student assistant at NCAA Division I member Tennessee Tech over the last three seasons. Medley assisted with individual instruction, film exchange and served as a tutor for the men’s basketball student-athletes. He also helped with preparations for team travel and arranging equipment for games and practices.

For the 2011-12 season, Medley was the head coach at Irving College Elementary School after also serving as an assistant coach at Eastside Elementary in 2010-11.

Medley was very involved on the Tennessee Tech campus within Greek Life, the STEA Teaching Club and the TAB Student Giveaway Board.

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