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DECEMBER 16, 2017

HUNT WARNS SIX SLEEPING IN HOME TO 'GET OUT OF THAT HOUSE NOW!'

Teenager Matthew Hunt sid he didn't even think when he saw the smoke from the burning house, he just reacted to what he saw.Teenager Matthew Hunt sid he didn't even think when he saw the smoke from the burning house, he just reacted to what he saw.

SEE WSAZ.COM video HERE

The Shepherd home on Greenlawn Drive had exterior damage and the garage was a total loss but the interior reportedly did not have as much damage as expected.The Shepherd home on Greenlawn Drive had exterior damage and the garage was a total loss but the interior reportedly did not have as much damage as expected.

Shepherds garage was totally destroyedShepherds garage was totally destroyed

Without 16 year-old Matthew Hunt and his mom Andrea, one Lawrence County family's Christmas could have turned out to be a disaster. But with quick thinking, along with heroic action everyone is alive and well.

Hunt was with his mother on his way to take his driving permit test early Friday morning at about 9:30am, but God had other plans for him. As he was traveling down Route 2565 he saw smoke and fire which looked to be at Greenlawn Cemetery Road in Louisa.

Flames reached for the sky from the Shepherd garage as Matt Hunt warned the family and perhaps saved their lives.Flames reached for the sky from the Shepherd garage as Matt Hunt warned the family and perhaps saved their lives.

Hunt, who is a junior at Lawrence County High School, began to run up the driveway of the house and realized that the attached garage was fully engulfed by fire. He began pounding on the doors and windows, doing anything to wake the family that was asleep inside, he said later.

After not getting an answer the young man ran inside and upstairs just as the flames had began to spread across the yard closer to the Shepherd's house.

Shepherd said she and the others inside were unaware of the danger approaching.

"He ran through my upstairs and woke everybody up," Shepherd said.

Matthew and his mother quickly helped get the entire family including Cindy Shepherd, her husband, her daughter and her boyfriend as well as her son and his girlfriend, along with the family's fur babies outside to safety. Hunt found a water hose and began to spray water until the Louisa Fire Department arrived.

Members of the Shepherd family outside house with Matthew Hunt after the fire yesterday morning.Members of the Shepherd family outside house with Matthew Hunt after the fire yesterday morning.

Without Matthew Hunt and his mom Andrea, this family's Christmas could have turned out to be a tragedy. 

"God dropped those angels on my front porch this morning," Shepherd told WSAZ-TV. "That little boy saved my family."

"I am just so thankful to Matthew and Andrea, they are now a part of our family," Cindy Shepard said today.

Cindy Shepherd had the following posted on her Facebook page at noon today (Saturday).

Cindy's Facebook quote:

"...Hasn’t happened often in my lifetime that I have been at a loss for words but today I have found myself lost. The what if’s and did I’s and coulda’s that just don’t matter.

God dropped a Christmas angel on my doorstep. Simple as that. Matt Hunt and his sisters and his mother Andrea Tackett saved us. They saved my house and they basically saved us .

The infamous garage is gone and every single item that was in it. Brandon’s beautiful car is a mere frame. The front of our house is completely melted. And while I know the clean up and future rebuild lies before us, tonight my children, Jimmy and I, Brandon, Moriah, and ALL of our fur babies are safe with our roof still over our heads .

Our AMAZING family did what we do-they charged in like a brigade and took care of everything - my love for them is immeasurable and I pray they know that.

I don’t say it enough but tonight I’m shouting. GOD is good - ALL the time. And ALL the time-GOD is good.

Thank you God for Matt and his family. My faith in humanity has been restored."

 

Louisa's very own 2017 Christmas miracle.

 

 

December 15, 2017

Battery manufacturer will invest $412 million across two locations

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2017) - Gov. Matt Bevin today joined local officials and executives from EnerBlu Inc., a high-power energy-storage provider, in Pikeville to announce the company’s decision to locate its headquarters and manufacturing operations in Kentucky.

Pikeville, a town of 7,000 near Kentucky's eastern tip, "will get 875 jobs paying an average of $39 per hour Pikeville, a town of 7,000 near Kentucky's eastern tip, "will get 875 jobs paying an average of $39 per hour

The company will invest $372 million and create 875 full-time jobs in Eastern Kentucky with the establishment of a production facility in Pikeville, and an additional $40 million and 110 jobs with the relocation of its headquarters to Lexington.

“We are excited that EnerBlu has chosen Kentucky as home for its headquarters, research and development facility, and for the first Lithium Titanate battery facility in the United States,” Gov. Bevin said. “EnerBlu will help power our nation’s transportation and defense industries, while providing job 

EnerBlu presidentCEO Dan Elliot (Click on pic for video)EnerBlu presidentCEO Dan Elliot (Click on pic for video)

opportunities that will harness the highly skilled workforce of Eastern Kentucky. We are grateful to EnerBlu for locating this incredible project in our state, and congratulate the communities of Pikeville and Lexington for the opportunities this new corporate partnership will create. This project will have a positive impact on Eastern Kentucky and the commonwealth as a whole for many years to come.”

Eastern Kentucky has long played a significant role in the global energy market with its strong ties to the coal mining industry. With this announcement, the region will expand upon that concept as it enters into the renewable energy industry.

EnerBlu will construct a 1 million-square-foot, high-tech facility in Pikeville to manufacture lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries, called EnerBlu Advanced Energy Storage Units. The batteries will power transit busses, commercial trucks, military vehicles and other equipment. Construction is scheduled to start in mid-2018 and the facility’s opening is planned for 2020.

EnerBlu site in Pike Co., Ky.EnerBlu site in Pike Co., Ky.

Lexington operation will have 110 jobsLexington operation will have 110 jobs

Additionally, the company will relocate its headquarters from Riverside, Calif. to a 150,000-square-foot building in Lexington, where it will create 110 administrative, research-and-development and executive positions. The office is expected to open early next year.

The LTO is a rechargeable battery with the advantage of a faster charge than other lithium-ion batteries and provides high currents when necessary. Currently, more than 70 percent of the world’s LTO production is located in China. The Pikeville facility will be the first LTO factory in the US.

In selecting Kentucky, EnterBlu leaders noted the state’s logistical advantage of being within a day’s drive of 65 percent of the US population, the availability of a trained workforce in Eastern Kentucky and low costs for industrial power contributed to their decision.

“Creating a team that is building something meaningful that can benefit both the local and global community is not only exciting, but very meaningful to us,” said Michael Weber, executive chairman at EnerBlu. “You cannot imagine how thrilling it is to play a part in helping revitalize a region and put coal miners back to work through retraining and good jobs. It is tremendously gratifying to be more than just a company that sells products, but to also make an impact on people’s lives.”

“The Commonwealth of Kentucky provides an innovative company like EnerBlu with the resources and support necessary for success,” added Daniel Elliott, EnerBlu president and CEO. “It has a highly skilled workforce with strong understanding of direct current (DC) power, complex machinery and robotics’ operations in production environments. We appreciate the exceptional support we have been given by state government leaders and look forward to creating good-paying jobs for the state.”

The LTO is a rechargeable battery with the advantage of a faster charge than other lithium-ion batteries and provides high currents when necessary. Currently, more than 70 percent of the world’s LTO production is located in China. The Pikeville facility will be the first LTO factory in the US.The LTO is a rechargeable battery with the advantage of a faster charge than other lithium-ion batteries and provides high currents when necessary. Currently, more than 70 percent of the world’s LTO production is located in China. The Pikeville facility will be the first LTO factory in the US.

EnerBlu, established in 2015 through a collaboration between BRAC Global Automotive and Symblu, is an energy-storage provider focused on electric transportation, PV hybrid microgrid, power grid and genset hybridization.

The company provides research, development and production of low-cost, high-performance LTO batteries. EnerBlu plans to supply batteries and other energy storage devices for industrial, automotive, defense and commercial applications in the US and internationally.

Its EnerBlu AESU is compatible with hundreds of thousands of US and NATO military generator systems, which will help to reduce fuel usage. In turn, that will lessen the need for dangerous military fuel-resupply missions.

EnterBlu executives anticipate growth of its zero-emission commercial truck, shuttle bus and school bus business. Electric school buses also will be equipped with vehicle-to-grid technology for emergency energy storage.

“EnerBlu is the exact type of company we need in Kentucky, especially in Eastern Kentucky,” Sen. Jones said. “These quality jobs can help diversify our economy and keep our hard-working men and women from leaving our region.“EnerBlu is the exact type of company we need in Kentucky, especially in Eastern Kentucky,” Sen. Jones said. “These quality jobs can help diversify our economy and keep our hard-working men and women from leaving our region.Sen. Ray Jones, of Pikeville, acknowledged the impact this project could have on Eastern Kentucky.

“EnerBlu is the exact type of company we need in Kentucky, especially in Eastern Kentucky,” Sen. Jones said. “These quality jobs can help diversify our economy and keep our hard-working men and women from leaving our region. This investment will result in a real economic boost to our area. I look forward to seeing EnerBlu grow and prosper and am hopeful this will be a sign of more good things to come in Pikeville, Eastern Kentucky and our commonwealth.”

Rep. Angie Hatton, of Whitesburg, said the project was a team effort.

“This announcement is the perfect early Christmas present for Eastern and Central Kentucky, and I cannot overstate how much it means to those of us in Pike County and the surrounding area,” Rep. Hatton said. “I want to thank EnerBlu for making such a significant investment in our community and giving hundreds of families a bright future to look forward to. I have been proud to work with our local and state economic development leaders to make projects like this possible and stand ready to do whatever else I can to build on the gains we have made.”

Rep. John Blanton, of Salyersville, said Kentucky is “open for business.”

EnerBlu will construct a 1 million-square-foot, high-tech facility in Pikeville to manufacture lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries, called EnerBlu Advanced Energy Storage Units. The batteries will power transit busses, commercial trucks, military vehicles and other equipment. Construction is scheduled to start in mid-2018 and the facility’s opening is planned for 2020.EnerBlu will construct a 1 million-square-foot, high-tech facility in Pikeville to manufacture lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries, called EnerBlu Advanced Energy Storage Units. The batteries will power transit busses, commercial trucks, military vehicles and other equipment. Construction is scheduled to start in mid-2018 and the facility’s opening is planned for 2020.

“Since the GOP took control of the House a year ago, economic development has been the top priority of the House Majority Caucus,” Rep. Blanton said. “I am elated about the $372 million dollar investment and nearly 900 additional good-paying jobs that EnerBlu Inc. plans to establish in Pikeville. Kentucky is open for business because enterprise entities around America are beginning to see the quality of people we have right here in the Bluegrass.”

Pikeville Mayor Jimmy Carter noted the significant scope of the announcement.

“This is a revolutionary announcement for the City of Pikeville and all of Eastern Kentucky,” Mayor Carter said. “It is the culmination of years of hard work by the Pikeville City Commission and many others. Pikeville is known as the ‘City that Moves Mountains’ and much like the Cut Through project, EnerBlu will change the landscape of Pikeville and Eastern Kentucky. With this project, we will continue to lead in energy production and provide high-quality jobs for a skilled and dedicated workforce.”

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray described the arrival of EnerBlu as a “win-win” for all of Kentucky.

“We look forward to the good jobs EnerBlu will create in Kentucky,” Mayor Gray said. “Lexington has a long history of partnering with its neighbors to the east. Partnerships between cities like Lexington and Pikeville are a win-win for all of us.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $27.5 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program for the Pikeville project and up to $2.5 million for the Lexington location. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

In addition, EnerBlu can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal year 2017, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for more than 120,000 Kentuckians and 5,700 companies from a variety of industry sectors.

An introductory video shown during today’s event can be viewed at https://youtu.be/vPTR8D5Jlsw.

For more information on EnerBlu, visit www.EnerBlu.net.

Detailed community profiles for Pike and Fayette counties can be viewed at http://bit.ly/PikeCoKy and http://bit.ly/FayetteCo.

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.

 

December 13, 2017

CITY APPROVES $100,000 TOWARDS 'RIVERFRONT OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER' ON BANKS OF BIG SANDY

Louisa City Council met in regular session on December 12, 2017 at 7pm.  Council members present were Mitch Castle, Ron Cordle, Tom Parsons, and John Nolan.

December 12, 2017

      *  Call to order 7:02pm, with the Pledge of allegiance and prayer.

 

*  Mayor presented awards to Local Community Group, Rise Above, for partnering with the city for multiple projects including the basketball court rehab and the new deck at Lockview Park. Receiving the award on behalf of Rise above was Daniel Ward and John Nolan.

 

*  Mayor also presented an award to City Clerk Kathy Compton from Harold Stone, a resident of Ohio who came to Louisa for genealogy research, His Grandfather RA Stone, is named on the placard in City Hall, and was once Mayor. Mr. Stone, Wanted to present an award to Kathy for her assistance in assisting him in finding information while researching his family history.
*  Motion to approve minutes from November meeting was made by Ron Cordle, Seconded by John Nolan, all approve.

 

*  Motion was made by Mitch Castle, and seconded by Ron Cordle, to approve the second reading of The City’s ordinance dealing with garbage pickup, this would add a voluntary $5 maintenance fee for upkeep of commercial dumpsters. All approved

 

*  Motion made by John Nolan, Second by Mitch Castle, to approve first reading of Amendment to Employee pay ordinance. All approved.

 

*  Motion to approve application for an energy savings grant by Ron Cordle, Second by Mitch Castle, all approve. Grant is $80,000 to pay toward current energy savings project.

 

*  Police Chief Greg Fugitt advised council that in recent weeks, the oldest Police Cruiser in the fleet had a transmission breakdown and has been taken out of service, this cruiser was scheduled to be replaced in the current FY. Another cruiser was also taken out of service due to an accident. The cruiser was a total loss in the accident. The insurance payout will be paid to the city in the coming weeks. Motion was made by Mitch Castle, Second by John Nolan, to approve the purchase of 2 new police cruisers from Paul Miller Ford, the current holder of the state contract. All approve.

 

*  Councilman Parsons inquired of adding a Port-a-Potty to Lockview Park for the summer months. As he had reports there are several parents taking their kids into the woods to use the restroom as there are no 24 hour bathrooms at the park. Mayor will inquire and update before the spring outdoor season.

 

*  Council went into Executive Session to discuss acquisition of property, sale of property, and litigation.

 

Upon returning from executive session, Council approved purchase property on the Big Sandy River in downtown Louisa. Purchase price of $100K, paid by $20,000 per year installments until paid in full, with no interest, also approved acceptance of another adjacent property donated to the City.  This site will be for future construction of a Riverfront Outdoor Amphitheater, part of the Re-Discover Louisa, Riverwalk Project. No final actions were taken on the other executive session items.

 

*  Meeting adjourned Adjourn at 7:58pm.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!