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Vaughn named CEO of Tug Valley ARH

Paula VaughnSOUTH WILLIAMSON, KY. – Throughout nearly four decades in healthcare, Paula Vaughan has primarily been driven by two things. “I’ve always had a desire to help and to learn,” she says. “And the more I learn – the more I know – the better I can help.” It was her quest for knowledge that led Vaughan to obtain an associate’s degree in nursing in 1983. Wasting no time, the Belfry native immediately put her degree to use as an ICU nurse at Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center. And as she helped her charges, she continued her pursuit of knowledge. “I […]

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Lawrence man arrested for assaulting arguing couple

LOUISA, Ky. — A Lawrence County man is in jail, after police say he intervened in an argument between a husband and wife by beating the woman and stabbing the man. Lawrence County deputies were called to a home on Three D Road over a report of a stabbing. When they arrived, a woman told them she was in an argument with her husband, when 25-year-old Philip Hart, of Louisa, began punching her in the face, then climbed on top of her and started choking her. When the husband tried to stop the attack, Hart allegedly pulled a knife from […]

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Belfry rallies past ER; P’burg nips Menifee

Belfry overcame a big first-quarter deficit to beat East Ridge, 77-66, in the season opener played on Tuesday night. Jonathan Banks finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds for a double-double. Eric Daniels followed with 11 points and 10 boards while Cody Erwin added 10 points and dished out 15n assists. Nate Brown had 19 […]

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Ky. foster children increasingly placed in institutions instead of homes

LEXINGTON, Ky. — According to a new report, a significant number of the state’s youths are institutionalized, not because of a need for intensive supervision but because kinship or foster families are not available. The pandemic pushed Kentucky’s child welfare agencies and workforce to its limits, and after the recent deaths of children in the state’s residential facilities, advocates are calling for reforms. In 2020, more than 8,000 children in the Commonwealth were placed in foster care. Tamara Vest, a University of Kentucky graduate student and intern for Kentucky Youth Advocates, said prevention is the best strategy. “Catching things upstream so […]

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PMC agrees to pay $4.39 million to resolve self-reported record-keeping violations

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that Pikeville Medical Center has agreed to pay the government $4.39 million in civil penalties to resolve record-keeping violations related to the Controlled Substances Act, which allowed thousands of pills from the pharmacy to be stolen by a pharmacy technician and sold illicitly by her husband. However, the announcement credited PMC for self-reporting the diversion of the drugs and fully cooperating with the investigation into the matter. Authorities also recognized PMC for taking “substantial steps to address deficiencies in its handling of controlled substances even before reaching the settlement.” “After discovering […]

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