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Lee drug RU marks 4,000th UNITE arrest

BEATTYVILLE – Operation UNITE made its 4,000th drug-related arrest during a roundup of suspected dealers in Lee County on Friday, February 22. “This is a significant milestone for UNITE’s Law Enforcement Drug Task Force,” said Paul Hays, UNITE law enforcement director. Law enforcement officers had arrested 17 of 25 individuals sought in the sweep and seized a small quantity of marijuana...

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‘The Highway To Heroin’

“The Highway to Heroin,” a FREE, public domain video program available as a C-Satellite Downlink and as an on-demand webcast, will air from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Click here to register. The push to close pill mills and reduce the painkiller supply is creating a new problem. Opiate addicts need their fix, so when they can’t easily get their pills to pop,...

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Rogers awarded for fighting drug abuse

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) received the Congressional Leadership Award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) for his unwavering commitment to keeping America’s youth drug and alcohol free. Rogers was joined by Senator Bob Casey, U.S. Reps Michael Fitzpatrick and Frank Wolf in receiving this honor for...

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Police oppose hemp legislation

Industrial hemp production in Kentucky is not economically sound, would impose an unnecessary financial burden on the state, and could facilitate future efforts to legalize its cousin – marijuana, according to law enforcement officials across the commonwealth. “All of the rhetoric you’re hearing from the small group of proponents seeking to reintroduce hemp cultivation is based on desired...

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Yates new Treatment Director

LONDON – Operation UNITE is pleased to announce that Rockcastle County resident Amy Yates has been named its new Treatment Director. “Amy brings a strong background to the UNITE team,” said Karen Kelly, director of UNITE. “Her skills, enthusiasm and deeply-felt concern to help others made her a perfect candidate for this very demanding position.” Yates will oversee UNITE’s four-person...

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KEMI officer joins UNITE Board

LONDON – Mary C. Colvin, chief operating officer for Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI), is the newest member of Operation UNITE’s Board of Directors. Colvin’s appointment to the board began in December. Her tenure will expire in 2015. “Mary Colvin will be a great addition to our UNITE Board,” said Lonnie Anderson, board chair. “Her employer, KEMI, provides workers’...

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ChalleNGe Academy seeks participants

HARLAN (12-20-12) – If you are looking for a life-changing experience outside of a traditional education setting, the National Guard’s Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy (ACA) might be a good option. The ACA program is offered free for youth between the ages of 16 and 18 who may be working to overcome problems in their lives. In addition to providing an education alternative, the course is...

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Food drive feeds 41,255 people

Southern and Eastern Kentucky residents opened their hearts to help make the recent Thanksgiving holiday a bit brighter for many struggling families. More than 10.3 tons of food was collected in food drives conducted by UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) members and student members of school UNITE Clubs as part of the annual “Make A Difference Day.” “This is the highest total in our food...

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Training for disasters

Tornados, floods … and now earthquakes. Disasters can strike Kentucky communities at any time, and it is important to have trained individuals in place to facilitate rescue and recovery efforts With this in mind, each of Operation UNITE’s 44 Service Corps (AmeriCorps) members will receive disaster response certification training classes over the next few months. The first training on...

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Botts named Deputy of the Year

FRENCHBURG — James Botts, a long-time member of Operation UNITE’s Drug Task Force, was named Deputy of the Year by the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association earlier this fall. Botts, who works through the Menifee County Sheriff’s Office, was honored for his humanitarian efforts following the devastating March 2 tornado outbreak. “This young man stands out as a man who went above and beyond...

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