Friday, October 25, 2019

No Regrets

I read an article recently that really hit home. I want share some of it with you. It was about living life with no regrets, and about living for things that matter, not about filling our lives with distractions that keep us from being who we are really meant to be. This is exactly what we need in our society, and our local community, now more than ever.

We all need to be a no-regrets neighbor. Engaging our community in a creative way. Here are ten things the original article listed as "things you will not regret as you seek to bring meaning to your neighborhood."

1. You will not regret spending time with your neighbors. There are so many amazing people who live nearby, invite them over and find common connections as you get to know them.

2. You will not regret exploring your neighborhood. Go for walks, find pathways, visit a local shop, attend community events, and sit for awhile on a bench. Memories are made when we go on small adventures.

3. You will not regret speaking kindly of others. No neighborhood has ever benefited from drama and gossip. Make it your goal to create a healthy culture everywhere you go.

4. You will not regret being yourself. There’s no need to keep up with the Joneses. In fact, it would be great if you had the Joneses over for coffee sometime.

5. You will not regret creating fun for kids. Go and play, go to the park -it is good for you and the kids in your life.

6. You will not regret starting a group for people who share your interests. Be a gatherer, because if there is something you enjoy doing, you will likely find others in Burkesville who enjoy doing it, too.

7. You will not regret learning about other cultures. Meeting people from different ethnic or cultural backgrounds can be exciting and it offers new experiences and stories.

8. You will not regret growing trees. You may not be around in 40 years, but others will. Give the gift of a big tree for some future kid to climb, it’s a gift to the future of our city that raises value and makes our city beautiful for generations to come.

9. You will not regret throwing a block party. Block parties are one of the few times that all of your neighbors gather together. Organize a party, it is easy and creates an amazing sense of community.

10. You will not regret visiting with other leaders in our city. Sharing your hopes and dreams about Burkesville, and listening to others, builds common ground that helps us weather the storms, take steps forward on big projects, and fosters trust.

When we become neighbors who are courageous, kind, and bold in our passion, we not only give meaning to our community, but we find meaning for ourselves. May we be a city without regrets and neighbors who make the most of every moment.

Monday, October 7, 2019

County Burn Ban Lifted!

County Burn Ban Lifted!!!
Due to the amount of rain we received, the County Judge has lifted the county wide burn ban. However, remember the state burn ban started October 1st and is in effect until December the 15th, you can burn after 6 pm till 6am.

Bridge closure delayed until Tuesday, October 8th.

KY 90 closure in Cumberland County postponed to Tuesday night
Closure part of bridge rehabilitation project

SOMERSET, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2019) – Due to the forecasted weather the temporary closure of the KY 90 bridge (Cumberland River) in Burkesville originally scheduled to take place on Sunday night has been postponed for Tuesday, Oct. 8.

The closure will begin at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and will reopen approximately 5 a.m. CT on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Motorist will detour via KY 449.

The date and duration of closure may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Bridge Closure Sunday night

The Highway 90 bridge here in Burkesville will be closed on Sunday night as they pour the conrete decking on the south side. Here is the details from the KYTC.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Recycling Bin Location

Just a reminder to everyone. The city does have a recycling bin located behind the fire station on Upper River Street, adjacent to City Hall.

Help Wanted - Water Department - City of Burkesville, Kentucky

Here's a GOOD JOB opportunity with the City of Burkesville!!
Help Wanted: The City of Burkesville is accepting applications for a full-time position for the water department. Applications can be picked up at City Hall at 214 Upper River Street.
The qualifications are a high school diploma or equivalent, ability to work well with others, must complete the required Kentucky Division of Water Plant Operator Certification, perform manual labor and subject to be on call at anytime for various problems, alternate shifts, which may occur due to, leaks, sewer blockages and etc.
The City of Burkesville is an equal opportunity and does not discriminate against race, color, creed, national origin or handicap status.
A drug test is required before employment and an aptitude test will be given.
Please send resume with application to the City of Burkesville, P.O. Box 250, Burkesville, KY 42717. Applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 28th, 2019.

Census Jobs Available!

Hey Folks! Here is a great opportunity to make good money for this area!
The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring locally NOW! The job will last the next 15 months, till October 2020. $14.00 an hour plus .58 cents a mile, and what you get paid for mileage is not taxed. Must be able to work 30+ hours a week.
If you are on Social Security and between the ages of 62 and 66, this income WILL NOT count against you. Also Section 8 Low Income participants can work and it WILL NOT be counted as income by HUD.
Training is paid also. And this is not what most people think of as a census taker. Mostly done in your vehicle on an iPad/tablet that will be provided to you.
The only people NOT eligible for this job are elected officials and those that are sworn officers.
Folks, the census of 2020 is very important to our county and city, as the numbers are used for the next ten years for determining eligibility for grants, loans, etc. The Census Bureau needs workers for this area to make sure everyone is counted!
Please don't call me asking any more about the job, as what I've stated is all I know. It's a federal job.
or 1-855-JOB-2020

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Hello Everyone!

I’m starting my fourth month in office, the water has now receded, and I have time once again to focus more on priorities, and less on flooding. If you read this week’s Cumberland County News you will see my monthly article in which I write about the incentives for new and existing businesses I’d like to see approved for the city. I believe these are very important for the future of Burkesville. But, I’m writing about a different topic today.

If any of you have read what I’ve written over the past year or two you will remember my feelings regarding how our town looks to others; Tourists. Prospective business owners. Investors. And Visitors in general. All these people have one thing in common, they all contribute financially to our community.

Some of the grants I spoke about in the paper deal with improving the looks of our commercial buildings in town. If a prospective business person comes into town they don’t want to see dilapidated buildings, rusted cars, and trash everywhere. If they are not impressed by the pride we take in our community they will probably take their business elsewhere.

Which brings me to the current subject. Nuisances.

These would be the dilapidated houses that are falling down and never get mowed. The empty lots that are all grown up. The junk cars next to the road. The bushes and trees that grow into the road and make it impossible to see. The trash. The junk. The crap. That makes our town look bad to visitors.

It’s time to clean it up, Burkesville. If you are a property owner, or you rent a property, within the city limits of Burkesville, you have an obligation to keep your property in good order.

Chapter 92 of our Ordinances is entitled Nuisances. 92.02 states Common Law and Statutory Nuisances. “Those offenses which are known to the common law and statutes of Kentucky as public nuisances may be treated as such and be proceeded against as is provided in this chapter or in accordance with any other provisions of law. Penalty (which is 92.99 PENALTY) reads, “Whoever violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than $500 for each offense. Each day’s continued violation shall constitute a separate offense.”

Again, it’s time to clean it up, Burkesville!

We have copies of these documents referred to at city hall, and we will be happy to give them to anyone that wishes to receive them.

I’ll hit the highlights from 92.03 - CERTAIN CONDITIONS DECLARED A NUISANCE. I’ll not post the exact wording to save space and typing, but give a definition after each.

“It shall be unlawful for the owner, occupant, or person having control or management of any land within the city to permit a public nuisance to develop thereon. The following conditions are declared to be public nuisances:”

(A) Dangerous trees or stacks adjoining street. This means dead trees ready to fall and cause harm.
(B) Accumulation of Rubbish. It uses the words filth, refuse, trash, garbage, or other waste material “which endangers public health, welfare, or safety, or materially interferes with the peaceful enjoyment by owners or occupants of adjacent property” because it might catch fire, attract vermin, rodents, or insects.
(C) Storage of Explosives. Enough said.
(D) Weeds and Grass.  If the lots has a building on it, not over 6 inches. No building, 12 inches. This does NOT apply to land that doesn’t adjoin a city street or which is zoned for agricultural use. (Ord. 1982-18)
(E) Open Wells. If it’s unfenced, wells, cisterns, cellars, etc. need to be covered.
(F) Trees and Shrubbery Obstructing Streets and Sidewalks. Shrubbery - Anything closer than 20 feet from an intersection of two streets can’t be over 3 feet tall.
(G) Keeping of Animals. Failure to keep pen, yard, lot or enclosure in a sanitary condition from from preventable offensive odors. No swine within 300 feet of a dwelling in the city.
(H) Junk, Scrap Metal, Inoperative Motor Vehicles. The storage of such is prohibited within city limits.

92.04 ABATEMENT PROCEDURE. Some of these cover the same ground, as previously stated above. I’ll skip the duplicated ones.

(A)(2) Mobile or manufactured homes that are junked, wrecked, or nonoperative.
(C) Structure on the property cannot become unfit and unsafe for human habitation.
(E)(1) The city shall have a lien against the property for the reasonable value of labor and materials used in remedying the nuisance situation.
(E)(2) The lien shall bear interest.

So that is the gist of it in a lengthy nutshell.

If a person receives a Certified Letter from the City of Burkesville regarding a piece of property in town, it needs to be taken seriously. If the  person receiving the notice does nothing, the absolute least that will happen is that the city will clean it up and put a lien on the property for the amount it costs the city.

This isn’t being mentioned to be mean, but some people have been asked nicely, and not so nicely, to clean their property up over the years, and nothing was done. No consequences. 

We need to take pride in our town.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

PSA for Diabetes and your Eyesight

A pharmacist friend suggested I use my current medical situation to warn others about diabetes and your eye health. I'm usually not one to air personal medical problems online, but I think Lydia was correct. It's important for folks to know to be careful and vigilant when dealing with diabetes and health related issues.

A quick synopsis. About a year and half ago I discovered my A1C was out the roof. Into the hospital for shots of insulin and other medicine. I did well with diet and medication and kept levels fairy low. After a while I slacked on the diet.

I hadn't been to the eye doctor in years, but had recently noticed a slight distortion in the vision of my right eye. A waviness of what should have been straight lines. I went to an optometrist for new glasses. The best they could do for my vision was about 20/25 in my left eye with a new prescription. The right eye with glasses is at about 20/50. He noticed my right eye had a problem and sent me to an ophthalmologist. The Dr. said by the looks of my eyes it appeared I had been diabetic for at least 10 years.

The diagnosis was diabetic retinopathy with cystoid macular edema. I had to look it all up to figure out what it all meant.

"Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the tissue at the back of the eye (retina). Poorly controlled blood sugar is a risk factor. Early symptoms include floaters, blurriness, dark areas of vision, and difficulty perceiving colors. Blindness can occur. Mild cases may be treated with careful diabetes management. Advanced cases may require laser treatment or surgery."

The retinopathy is not curable but should not progress as long as the diabetes is under control. The edema might start in the other eye at some point in the future however.

"Macular edema occurs when fluid and protein deposits collect on or under the macula of the eye and causes it to thicken and swell. The swelling may distort a person's central vision, because the macula holds tightly packed cones that provide sharp, clear, central vision to enable a person to see detail, form, and color that is directly in the center of the field of view."

Mine has multiple tiny cyst-like areas of fluid on the very center of the macula on a area known as the fovea.

"Fovea: a small depression in the retina of the eye where visual acuity is highest. The center of the field of vision is focused in this region, where retinal cones are particularly concentrated."

Since the problem area is at the center of the fovea, laser surgery is not an option.

So how are we to treat the problem? Monthly injections of a chemo medicine into the eyeball itself in the hopes of reducing the swelling. Actually two injections. One antibiotic and then the medicine.

The vision in the right eye has now progressed to something more distorted. I'm hoping the shots help and vision returns to what is normal for me now. And I'm looking forward to the next round of injections which comes up two weeks from today so that I might see some progress in my vision.

Does it hurt? They numb the eye well, so not really at the time. A little. But when the numbness wears off if feels like a stick in the eye.

So, if you have diabetes, or suspect that you might, go to the doctor regularly and make sure to follow their medical advice. A lot depends on it.

Pictures are included on this post. The one of the blue house is the best I can explain how things look out of my right eye, except it's a combination of the blurry and distorted views. I've also included some pics of the eye and/or its parts. The other pic is of a scene from Clockwork Orange that sums up how I felt waiting for the treatment.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

More Rain and Increased Discharge from Wolf Creek Dam

Hello everyone. I thought I'd give you all an update on the plans to release more water from Wolf Creek Dam. Here is the latest information I have on the plans for water release.

"LRN Water Management has informed us that they will increase discharges at Wolf Creek Dam on Sunday, 24 February to 40,000 CFS. We do not have a specific time for the gate change, will transmit when available. Additionally, 24 hours later (approx.) on 25 February, another gate change will be made and the discharges will be increased to 45,000 CFS."

The largest amount of water ever released from the dam is 40,000 cfs, back in January of 1974.

That's a lot of water, folks. When they release at 45,000 cubic feet per second, the river at the boat ramp here in town might get up to the second level of parking, which is the top of the stairs in the photo. Also, the yellow caution tape was down again as I drove to the river this morning. PLEASE do not tear the tape down. It's easy to see the problem during the day, but it would also be easy to drive straight into the river at night with the caution tape down.

This morning at 10:00 a.m., the river gauge at the city park riverbank was 47.1 feet. The highest crest in recent years was 55.76 feet on 5/3/2010.

We could get inches more rain before this is over. We are having some problems with sewer lines stopping up and/or running slow in Burkesville at this time. We have a great crew of water department and wastewater department guys out working in this weather to try and clear the lines. I appreciate their dedication and hard work.

Everyone be safe and remember, 12 inches of moving water can sweep a car off the road. Turn around, don't drown!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Live City Council Meeting Streaming Link

Hello Folks! Our website needs to be updated! But our tech person retired. So I've put a permanent link on my blog, top right sidebar, to get you to the YouTube channel for the City of Burkesville.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Wolf Creek Dam increases draw down of Lake Cumberland

Posting this to keep everyone informed regarding the water level of the Cumberland River here in Burkesville and what's going on at the dam.

The Corps of Engineers is going to be releasing more water from Wolf Creek Dam for a period of time, not because the dam is failing, but because they need to make room in the lake for more water. With above average rainfall this winter the lake is at a water level (736.7) above normal for this time of year.

The Corps is building a temporary dam at one inlet just downstream from the dam because when the release reaches about 30,000 cfs, that particular area floods the road and cuts off access to some land, homes and buildings.

"Wolf Creek Dam is currently discharging water at a rate of 28,000 cubic feet per second, but plan to increase to 35,000 cfs as soon as conditions allow."

At first the Corps stated that the river could get up to the second parking lot at the boat ramp area here in Burkesville. They then stated that it probably wouldn't get that high. Might only raise the level by 4 feet or so.

Here is a link to the notice from the Corps...

NR 19-005: Wolf Creek Dam increasing releases to drawdown Lake Cumberland

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Employment Opportunities in the Burkesville Area

Hey Folks! Here are a few job openings in the Burkesville area. I have no other information regarding these jobs, so you'll need to contact the companies themselves for more info.


Police Officer - City of Burkesville - Burkesville, KY
The City of Burkesville is accepting applications for a full-time position for a police officer.
Applications can be picked up at City Hall at 214 Upper River Street, Burkesville, KY. The qualifications are a high school diploma or equivalent, ability to work well with others, and must complete the required POPS certification. 
The City of Burkesville is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against race, color, creek, national origin or handicap status. A drug test and background check is required before employment.
Please send resume with application to the City of Burkesville, P.O. Box 250, Burkesville, KY 42717.
Applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019.


Custodian - Cumberland County Elementary School - Burkesville, KY
Classified Position
Michelle Cash
2/11/2019Expires: 2/25/2019

The Cumberland County Board of Education is now accepting applications for the following classified position:  Custodian at Cumberland County Elementary School.  Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.  The position will be 8 hours a day starting at $9.59 per hour (without experience).  Questions concerning this position may be directed to Lisa Perdue, 270-864-4390. Applications will be accepted until February 25, 2019 or until a suitable applicant is found.  If you have filed an application with the Board in the past year, please notify the Central Office to have your application activated and considered for this position. The Cumberland County Board of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Job Title: FT Key Holder - Store 1188 - FRED'S - Burkesville, KY

Position Overview:
The Key Holder is responsible for opening and/or closing the store and ensuring that proper store procedures and policies are followed when store management is not on duty or unavailable on the floor. The Key Holder will be the lead for all team members and oversee sales, merchandising, a high level of customer service, and all operational functions in the absence of store management.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Open and closes the store following proper procedures documented in the opening and closing checklist
  • Ensure that each customer receives outstanding service by providing a customer friendly environment which includes greeting and acknowledging every customer, maintaining outstanding standards, solid product knowledge and all other components of customer service including safety
  • Maintain all merchandising standards, display presentation, signing standards and monitor inventory levels in the absence of store management
  • Work with Store Manager and Assistant Manager in executing the assigned daily goals, tasks and assignments
  • Maintain adherence to all Company programs, policies, and procedures including Loss Prevention
  • Assists in the management of all office tasks including management of funds, receiving, inventory and payroll
  • Performs other duties as assigned by member of management
  • Follows all Out-of-Stock policies, including the identification of damaged merchandise, proper processing of each piece and the notification of store management to review and approve all disposals
  • Understand all policies and procedures concerning cash, check, charge card and refund transactions, voids and offline procedures
  • Maintains a high level of awareness and accuracy when handling bankable tenders

Knowledge and Skills:
  • At least 1 year of retail store experience or equivalent required
  • A high energy, high impact sales floor leader
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including solid communication, customer service, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the business, including potential evening and weekend shifts
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of customer service techniques
  • Organization and planning skills
  • Team-building skills
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information

  • High School diploma required

Physical Demands/Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Frequent walking and standing
  • Frequent bending, stooping and kneeling to run check out station, stock merchandise and unload trucks
  • Frequent handling of merchandise and equipment such as hand-held scanner, pricing guns, box cutters, merchandise containers, two-wheel dollies, and U-boats (six-wheel carts)
  • Frequent and proper lifting of up to 40 pounds; occasional lifting of up to 55 pounds
  • Fast-paced environment; moderate noise level
  • Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions
  • Occasional pushing, pulling, lifting or carrying up to 75 lbs
  • Occasional ascending or descending ladders, stairs, ramps
  • Constant computer/POS Register usage
  • Constant reaching, turning, and moving product throughout store
  • Constant receiving detailed information through oral communication
  • Constant talking, expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word


Job Title: Pianist - Burkesville First Christian Church, Burkesville, KY

Burkesville First Christian Church is seeking to hire a pianist for worship services Sundays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

For more information call Betty Hess at 270-433-5226.



The construction laborer performs tasks involving physical labor at highway construction projects. The position may operate a variety of hand and power tools and may clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, clean up rubble and debris, and remove waste materials. The position may assist other craft workers.
Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Performs a variety of tasks involving strenuous manual labor in highway construction projects; performs manual work.
  • Maintains a clean job site: picks up all tools and equipment and secures job site each day to eliminate potential hazards.
  • Performs materials handling and storage.
  • Loads and unloads trucks and hauls and hoists materials.
  • Ensures that proper safety and incident reporting procedures are followed. Brings problems to the attention of the foreman.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. Regardless of other duties, has a responsibility to follow HALL Contracting of Kentucky’s safety, and quality procedures.
  • Comply with the company’s drug and alcohol testing requirements
  • Must be physically healthy to stand, bend, and walk for up to 10-12 hours a day
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Time Management
  • Communication skills
  • Confidence Abilities
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Have a sense of urgency to meet deadlines
  • Multi-task and set priorities effectively
  • Excellent hand, eye and foot coordination
  • Accomplish goals in a team environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent sense of balance
  • Possess a positive “can do” attitude
Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to a variety of extreme conditions at construction job sites. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud. This position is performed in outside weather conditions
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The employee is required to use proper personal protection equipment. Use of sunscreen and long sleeves is recommended.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Hours of work vary based on project needs. Overtime as required.
Travel is expected for this position.
Required Education and Experience
Applicants must have at least 1 year commercial construction related experience. Previous concrete/highway experience a plus. Must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must hold a Regular Operator (Class D) driving license. Applicant must have no felonies that are violent in nature and/or theft related in the last 7 years. Applicant must have reliable transportation to and from job site. High School Diploma or GED preferred
Job Recruitment Information
Use Apply Now button below to submit your application. Or apply in person at 3800 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, KY between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Insurance
401k with Company Match
Paid Holidays
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
Employee Referral Program
Quarterly Safety Awards

Disclaimer: this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

EOE – M/F/Disabled/Veteran
Women and Minorities encouraged to apply
VERRA Federal Contractor
Our priority for referrals of protected veterans is highly desired


  • Receives, organizes, edits, corrects or enters various data via keyboarding.
  • Maintains files, logs, manuals or other documents.
  • Prepares documents for filing, storage, and data entry.
  • Drafts or prepares correspondence, detailed forms, reports or other materials.
  • Answers inquiries and provides detailed information on office inquiries in person, via telephone or electronic mail.
  • Prepares daily, monthly or annual records or reports.
  • Operates personal computers, office machines or other office equipment.
  • Orders office supplies and/or maintains inventory.
  • Schedules appointments or meetings for managers or supervisors.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in U.S. CHFS will only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9. For more information on E-Verify, or if you believe that CHFS has violated its E-Verify responsibilities, please contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at 888-897-7781 or

EDUCATION: High school graduate.
EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: Two years of office support experience.
Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: Additional education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.


Minit Mart

Minit Mart has part-time and full-time positions available also! Get in there and fill out an application!


ACE Hardware

Sales register, Customer service, Mixing paint, Stocking, 
General knowledge of Construction, Electrical, Plumbing is preferred but not necessary. 
We are open 6 days a week 7am to 5pm, in spring will start summer hours 7am to 6pm. 
Must be available to work Saturdays.

228 Keen St, Burkesville, KY 42717-7681, United States

No Regrets

I read an article recently that really hit home. I want share some of it with you. It was about living life with no regrets, and about l...