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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

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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..

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.”

NIH study finds varied responses to calorie restriction in obese adults

For the first time in a lab, researchers at the National Institutes of Health found evidence supporting the commonly held belief that people with certain physiologies lose less weight than others when limiting calories. Study results published May 11 in DiabetesExternal Web Site Policy.

Lead researchers Drs. Martin Reinhardt and Susanne Votruba

Lead researchers Drs. Martin Reinhardt and Susanne Votruba stand next to the carbon dioxide and oxygen analyzers, and outside the whole-room indirect calorimeter. The analyzers measured the study participants’ energy expenditure while they were inside the calorimeter. Credit: Enrique Diaz

Researchers at the Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch (PECRB), part of the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, studied 12 men and women with obesity in the facility’s metabolic unit. Using a whole-room indirect calorimeter – which allows energy expenditure to be calculated based on air samples – researchers took baseline measurements of the participants’ energy expenditure in response to a day of fasting, followed by a six-week inpatient phase of 50 percent calorie reduction. After accounting for age, sex, race and baseline weight, the researchers found that the people who lost the least weight during the calorie-reduced period were those whose metabolism decreased the most during fasting. Those people have what the researchers call a “thrifty” metabolism, compared to a “spendthrift” metabolism in those who lost the most weight and whose metabolism decreased the least.

“When people who are obese decrease the amount of food they eat, metabolic responses vary greatly, with a ‘thrifty’ metabolism possibly contributing to less weight lost,” said Susanne Votruba, Ph.D., study author and PECRB clinical investigator. “While behavioral factors such as adherence to diet affect weight loss to an extent, our study suggests we should consider a larger picture that includes individual physiology – and that weight loss is one situation where being thrifty doesn't pay.”

Researchers do not know whether the biological differences are innate or develop over time. Further research is needed to determine whether individual responses to calorie reduction can be used to prevent weight gain.