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Nancy Hale named President/CEO

LONDON – Nancy Hale, a long-time educator and current Co-Program Director of the UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) initiative, will become President and Chief Executive Officer of Operation UNITE effective Monday, February 9. Hale succeeds Dan Smoot, who has been tapped to lead a new drug prevention/education initiative for Appalachia HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area). “I am humbled...

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Feb. 17 ‘Celebration’ event canceled

Operation UNITE’s “Celebrate Successes in Prevention and Education” Coalition Awards luncheon scheduled for 11 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesday, February 17, at the Eastern Kentucky University Manchester Campus has been CANCELED due to the prediction of hazardous winter weather coming into the region. It will be rescheduled. Two of America’s top officials in the effort to reduce drug use and its...

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KY fares well in new drug report

A new national report shows Kentucky fares well compared to other states in the number of patients potentially misusing non-prescribed medications or abusing illegal drugs. Kentucky, “which has long been known as an epicenter of the national prescription drug epidemic,” was “noticeably absent” from the top 10 worst performing states in each of three categories studied, according to the...

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Kentucky invited to “Stand At The Cross”

CARYVILLE, TN – Residents of southern and eastern Kentucky are invited to participate in a unique and massive prayer walk on Saturday, November 8. Sponsored by the Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO) – whose mission is similar to the anti-drug organization Operation UNITE in Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District – the “Stand At The Cross” prayer walk will take place at noon just off...

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A reason to say no to drugs

MT. VERNON – A new drug prevention initiative designed to provide youth another way to resist peer pressure to experiment with drugs was launched in Rockcastle County Tuesday, October 14. The “Give Me A Reason” program – a collaborative effort by the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) and Operation UNITE – will provide free saliva-based drug test kits to parents...

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AmeriCorps having impact

AmeriCorps logo

It’s all about service – to youth, to schools, and to communities across southern and eastern Kentucky. Operation UNITE’s Service Corps (AmeriCorps) initiative provides before and after school math tutoring and healthy choices programs to address drug prevention and nutritional education. Members also serve as sponsors for anti-drug UNITE Clubs and recruit volunteers for school-based...

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1,600 pounds of pills collected

Residents across southern and eastern Kentucky brought 1,656.3 pounds of pills to drop box sites as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 9th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. “Operation UNITE collected unwanted or outdated drugs from each of the 42 drop box locations in our service region,” noted Dan Smoot, president of the anti-drug organization. “Combined with the...

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USC members attend conference

The second week of September 2014 was the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps program. The UNITE Service Corps, along with other AmeriCorps groups in Kentucky, attended the 20th Anniversary Conference hosted by the Kentucky Commission of Community and Volunteer Service (KCCVS). The conference was held September 10-12 at the Galt House in Louisville. The USC team was instrumental in arranging for...

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Polson to attend Harlan SHND

Four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson will join fellow University of Kentucky alum Jeff Sheppard for the final UNITE Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camp in Harlan County on Thursday, July 10. “We are excited to have a player of Jarrod Polson’s character to join Jeff Sheppard for our Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camp,” said Dan Smoot, UNITE president/CEO. “His attitude toward the...

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SHND camps conclude July 7-10

The last of Operation UNITE’s regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps this summer will be held the second week of July. Conducted by former University of Kentucky all-star Jeff Sheppard, the camps are free to any school-aged youth. Three camps will be conducted over a four-day stretch: Monday, July 7, at Johnson County Middle School, 251 South Mayo Trail in Paintsville; Tuesday, July 8,...

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