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World No Tobacco Day is an initiative run by the World Health Organization (WHO). The aim of this event is to inform the public about the dangers of using tobacco and make them aware of the business practices of tobacco companies.

World No Tobacco Day also aims to educate people about the work WHO undertakes in fighting the global tobacco epidemic.

A large part of this work is educating the public about the manipulative tactics tobacco companies use to 'dupe' people into smoking their products.

Tobacco companies spend billions of dollars on advertising each year, portraying people who smoke as being cool, glamorous, macho and having other valued after traits.

In truth, cigarettes are highly engineered products designed to cause addiction and which often kill.

Cigarettes are highly addictive due to the presence of nicotine in the tobacco. However, over the years executives from the major tobacco companies have denied this.

Whilst there are more restrictions on how tobacco companies can advertise their products in developed countries such as the United States, in other parts of the world people are still subjected to the more aggressive & manipulative advertising tactics.

Whilst there are fewer restrictions in these countries, international sales will keep these tobacco companies going.


LOUISA Ky.  (May 26,  2015)  — City of Louisa as part of it’s Rediscover Louisa initiative has received 6 recycling bins designed specifically for placement at public parks and the city pool as part of a national recycling bin grant program made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation. 

The project is one of 89 recycling initiatives receiving support from the Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Recycling Bin Grant Program.  Nationwide, the grant program is providing 5,300 recycling bins to colleges and universities, nonprofits, local governments and other community groups in 2015. 

“We hope this is a small step toward more recycling opportunities for residents of the city in the future” Mayor Slone said.

“Through this program and our more than 50-year partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to ensure that communities understand the importance of recycling,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America. “Community recycling not only impacts the environment today, but it helps build sustainable communities for the future.”

“Research has shown that convenience is a key factor in getting people to recycle,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “With Coca-Cola’s continued support, the recycling bins provided through the grant program create literally thousands of new opportunities for people to recycle in public areas across the U.S.” 

The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on criteria including the extent of their need, recycling experience and their ability to sustain the program in the future. Since 2007, the program has placed more than 45,000 recycling bins in over 560 communities across the U.S.  A full list of the spring 2015 Recycling Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at

About Keep America Beautiful

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About The Coca-Cola Foundation

Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $660 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship women’s empowerment and well-being. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go to

Law enforcemnt in several states warned of dangerous pill that resembles Oxycodone


MAY 17, 2015 - written by WADE QUEEN

A warning about a potentially dangerous drug found in pills that otherwise appear to be oxycodone has been circulated in the last few weeks to numerous police agencies across several states in and around the Appalachian Mountain regional areas, including Kentucky and West Virginia.
According to the warning memo, just recently in one particular incident, a Tennessee law enforcement agency recovered what appeared to be several 30mg pills of oxycodone during a traffic stop. Each was the same size and featured the signature A/215 stamp characteristic of oxycodone.

However, laboratory analysis performed by forensic scientists with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), indicated the pills were counterfeit and did not contain oxycodone.

Instead, they contained fentanyl, a pain killer 50 times as potent as heroin that can be deadly in high doses.

“This disturbing discovery only compounds the problem of fighting drugs in Tennessee,” said Tommy Farmer, TBI Special Agent-in-Charge and Director of the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force. “We want those addicted to prescription drugs to get help, not seek pills from illicit sources. It's just a matter of time until it costs someone their life.”

In anticipation of a proliferation of fentanyl abuse in Tennessee, TBI Director Mark Gwyn in 2014 proposed the agency launch a program to protect agents and forensic scientists who may come into contact with fentanyl with auto-injectors containing naloxone, which can potentially save an individual from a fentanyl overdose.

Agent Farmer stated his belief that it was suspected that the counterfeit pills were purchased on the internet from one or more illicit and murky "drug-store/pharmacy websites. He further remarked that consumers should only use prescription medications obtained through a licensed pharmacy and avoid purchasing prescription medications online.

“It might look convenient to order medicines from home, but it's not a safe alternative because you have no assurance of the quality or the actual ingredients,” said Farmer.

Farmer summed up the situation: “Furthermore, our state is ranked 3rd in the country for prescription drug abuse. It's not just typical drug addicts, either. It cuts across demographics. It's time for lawmakers to further enhance our state's laws to address the new ways criminals are trying to take advantage of our state's residents for the sake of profit.”


Three Rivers Medical Center honored their recent Employee of the Quarter Belinda Baisden with the Case Management Department.


By Pat Hart

Belinda Baisden, RN, BSN of the Case Management Department was selected as the Employee of the Quarter, announced Chief Executive Officer Greg A. Kiser, MHA. The announcement was made during an Employee Recognition Reception recently.

Baisden is a Registered Nurse who is a Case Manager for the Case Management Department and has been with the hospital since September 15, 2010. She received her bachelor’s nursing degree from West Virginia Wesleyan and is a certified professional with CMC - Case Manager Certified and a CPHM - Certified Provider Health Management. She was acknowledged by management and her co-workers for exhibiting outstanding performances in her case management role and going the extra mile for the assessments, continued reviews and coordination of discharge planning activities for the hospital.

Ms. Baisden snd TRMC CEO Greg Kiser“As Director of the Case Management Department, I am pleased that Belinda Baisden was honored because she goes the extra mile for her patients and fellow employees. She is also instrumental for the successful departmental operations in the delivery of quality emergency care with her patients in the Emergency and Case Management Department,” says Brandy Preston, Case Management Director. Baisden is one of the Case Managers of the department who is responsible in her duties for the implementation of the Emergency Department case management activities. The Case Management position requires the monitoring to assess medical necessity and appropriateness of Emergency Department care and admissions while maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements and providing cost efficient, quality patient care. She is also responsible to provide all discharge planning from the Emergency Department and to assist patients with access to needed community resources.

Baisden who resides in the Huntington, West Virginia area with her husband Tom Baisden. She is proud mother of one daughter Sarah Fannin. She will receive a complimentary dinner for two recognizing her with the distinction as Employee of the Quarter. She is also a recipient of a monetary award as a token of appreciation for her exemplary service for this deserving recognition.

She along with the other Employee of the Quarter recipients that will be selected during the year will be considered for the honor of Employee of the Year. Congratulations to Belinda Baisden for exhibiting outstanding qualities of service as TRMC’s Employee of the Quarter!


Classes to meet each Monday

Kevin Tackett is teach two courses this summer on Beginning Weight Training and Cross-Training beginning June 1 on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College.


PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will offer Beginning Weight Training and Cross-Training courses this summer.

The classes will begin on June 1 and run through July 26.

“Anyone starting out in weight training needs to know how to do it,” said Instructor Kevin Tackett. “If you do not approach weight training correctly, you can get injured.”

The Beginning Weight Training class will meet each Monday from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on the Prestonsburg campus.

“It’s important to remember that it’s never too late to start,” said Tackett. “No matter what your goals are, strength training is an important part of an exercise program.”

Cross-Training is a technique that involves using different types of exercise to provide variation, train for sports and/or reduce the risk of repetitive injury.

“Cross-Training is really for everyone,” said Tackett. “Sometimes trying something new can get you out of a rut.”

For more information, contact Tackett at (606) 471-2360 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..