Eastern Standard - January 9, 2020

Jan 9, 2020

Drugs, incarceration and the Kentucky business community: Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ashley Watts on de-felonizing drug possession. And, Kentucky Health News reporter Melissa Patrick on how newsrooms are changing the words used to report about drug addiction. Plus, the micro-credential, a tool for classroom teachers that is making a difference. And, Tom Eblen with the 2020 inductees into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.

Contact: Tom Martin at or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

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Wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with Voices of Hope in a vibrant blue, Ethan Hawes pushes their straight black hair over a shoulder and starts to work making phone calls under the steady gaze of a plush hedgehog on the corner of the desk. "Hi, this is Ethan calling from Voices of Hope. How are you doing today?”

It goes like that for about 30 minutes as Hawes works through a contact list. Some don’t answer. Some just can’t chat.

“Okay, darling. Well, how about just give us a call back when you have a few minutes? Okay. Alright, sounds good.”

A Growing Recovery: Food Service And Farming Jobs Provide A Path Out Of Addiction

May 20, 2019
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Located in South Charleston, West Virginia, the former church turned restaurant has a funky, yet calming vibe. Twinkle lights and mismatched dining room sets dot the space. For $8 to $10 a plate, diners can enjoy a locally-sourced meal. The menu today is apple sage pork tips, spiralized zucchini (or “zoodles”), roasted broccoli, and a salad of spinach grown just a few miles away.

Autumn McCraw helped prepare today’s meal. The 35-year-old Charleston resident sports a maroon apron and greets every customer with a smile. Her days here typically start around 8 a.m.


The parents of two teenagers killed during a shooting at Marshall County High School last year testified on Thursday in favor of a bill that seeks to improve safety in Kentucky schools.

Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, both sophomores, died on January 23, 2018 after police say a fellow student took his step-father’s pistol from a closet at home and opened fire on a group of students before school started.

Grants Support Marshall County Recovery Efforts

Sep 3, 2018
Marshall County High School

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet have approved additional grants to support victims and families affected by the Marshall County High School shooting.

The two grants come through the federal Victims of Crime Act. The Marshall County Board of Education will receive more than $260,000 dollars for its Marshall Strong Recovery Project.

This will pay for a coordinator to develop and oversee a comprehensive recovery plan. More than $220,000  will go to support victim services during the trial of the accused shooter.