In 2018, the General Assembly and Kentucky voters demonstrated their strong support for crime victims when they overwhelmingly adopted the Marsy's Law constitutional amendment. Their intent was as clear as their message: "you deserve better, we support you, and your voice matters". Victims were able to breathe a sigh of relief knowing they would finally be afforded the same level of constitutional protections as the accused and convicted.
Five years ago over a Christmas holiday my friend introduced me to a place that helped change the nighttime landscape of a city and welcomed love, laughter, hopes and dreams to the hearts and souls of those who walked through its doors.
It's always interesting to see what the top priorities in each Kentucky legislative chamber will be. Those priorities are typically given Bill 1, Bill 2, etc., in their respective chamber.
As my wife and I were scrolling through Facebook a couple of weeks ago, we came across a story that said John Calipari was named the college basketball coach of the decade by Sporting News. We found it interesting because we are both big Kentucky Wildcat fans, and I thought it was well deserved considering all the success he has led the program to over the past 10 years.
Growing up I remember several ladies who left a lasting impression on me throughout childhood. Established forces of nature within my sleepy hometown — women like Merry Jeffries, Edna Early, and Marcella Mountjoy. Strong women who would impact me in such a way that I smile even now as I remember them.
At our core, Eastern Kentucky University is a teaching university. That is what our faculty does. We take great pride in the impact that teaching and learning make on our students' futures.
On the evening of January 2, 2019, I left the London/Laurel County Animal Shelter with a brown and white puppy wrapped up tight in my scarf and nestled in close to my chest.
The old calendar may not hang on our wall anymore, but its last several days of December remain posted in our hearts. We’ll remember that period as one of peace and goodwill. Some of that goodwill was expressed through the giving and receiving of gifts.
Bill's relationship with his wife Alice could be told in three words -- matrimony, acrimony and alimony. After many years of wedded bliss, Alice suddenly decided to change her religion from that of Bill's religion. And, while it is said that faith can move mountains, Alice's new adopted faith only caused Bill to move out of his marital home. Angry at his wife's having changed her religion, he packed his bags and left Alice high and dry.
Seventy years ago, Lyman T. Johnson became the first African-American student enrolled at the University of Kentucky. He bravely opened doors that were closed to too many, for too long.
Whether your Christmas festivities have all wrapped up, or if you’re still squeezing in a few final visits this weekend, I hope you all have had a fun and safe holiday season.
Harold would have been better off had he gotten his wings from God instead of the Civil Air Patrol. During a routine Civil Air Patrol flight, his plane's engine began to sputter and he had no choice but to make a forced landing over water. And, while he made a perfect three point landing, he would have been happier if he could have been able to switch his pilot's wings for a pair of water wings since, after treading water for three hours, he finally succumbed to Poseidon, God of the Sea. He drowned.
In less than two weeks another decade will come to a close, a new year will dawn and new dreams will be cast forth. Looking back however, I’m consumed with the amount of grace and mercy God’s gifted me in this whirlwind of life.
Tommy Turner has earned his retirement. At the end of this year he will have served 24 years in the Kentucky House of Representatives. That's nearly a quarter of a century.
As a professor in a university’s information sciences department I get the pleasure of creating new, exciting degree programs continually. It’s a laborious, research-laden process. It’s also engaging and exhilarating to stay atop the most recent trends in technology and its education demands. In just over two years that I’ve been writing in this column I’ve created or been on teams building degrees at various levels—e.g., master’s, bachelor’s concentrations—in fields such as digital forensics, informatics, and cyber engineering. Every new degree begins similarly by first defining a need. Why a graduate degree in computer forensics? Why offer a concentration in cybersecurity, or informatics? It speaks to the common joke-of-a-degree you’ve probably heard of, basket weaving. Obviously, there’s no student who needs four years of college to make a basket. Not that I could even fathom embarking on such a project, though I’d start at YouTube rather than Little House University.
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