Michael Hennigan is the Director of Emergency Management and
Homeland Security at Scott County’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA). He grew
up in Buffalo, New York and moved to Scott County in 2000. When Hennigan moved
to Kentucky, he started working in the transportation industry in Lexington
where he was involved with a terrible bus crash that inspired him to begin
volunteering with the Scott County EMA. He wanted to help to aid those who are
affected by incidents like this on a larger scale. He started working at the EMA
department in 2006.
The EMA department is in charge of planning and preparing
for major incidents that would require several first responders. This could
include natural disasters, major highway crashes, or anything that would
require collaboration between several different emergency departments and
agencies. The EMA will either get involved on scene directly working with the
first responders or provide the resources to ensure the other emergency
departments can assist in any major situations.
Hennigan is involved with disaster response, environmental
impact and coordination between different agencies in the county. He says that
his favorite part of the job is knowing that every day he will do something
different; it is never the same thing twice. His 2020 goals for the department
are to improve relations with other agencies, invest in improving his staff and
those working with the EMA, and to maintain the safety of the community.
Paula Roe is a Deputy Jailer at the Scott County Detention
Center. She has worked in Scott County full-time for eight years. Roe always
knew that she wanted to go into a field where she could help people while also enforcing
the law. This passion for justice started when one of her friends was murdered after
just having a baby three days prior. She wanted to help families and children
never have to experience something like that again. She thought she wanted to
work in the police force, but after a short time at the Fayette County Detention
Center, she found a passion for guiding people back onto the right path. She then
began working at the Scott County Detention Center where she has been teaching Moral
Recognition Therapy (MRT) classes for the inmates. These classes are meant to
help inmates learn about themselves and how to think critically. It is a 12-step
program for encouraging inmates to want to turn their lives around by
thinking positively and reducing their chances of returning to jail. Roe spends
a lot of time developing these classes to give the inmates resources they need
to succeed and to keep themselves out of trouble once they get out.
Roe says she loves what she does at the jail. Knowing that
she makes a difference by encouraging and growing the inmates into productive
citizens makes her job so much better. She says that her favorite part of the
job is seeing inmates out in the world doing well for themselves, and when they
thank her for treating them like individuals and being a role model for them. “There
has to be a line where you do your job well, but still coach them and encourage
them to be better for themselves and for their families,” she says, “It’s all
about showing them that they are capable; they are smart.” She always makes
sure they know that she is there for them once they get out to work with them
on finding jobs and resources that can help them stay out of jail.
This year, Roe hopes to bring more classes to the jail
including a parenting class and domestic violence classes. She believes these
classes are important for men and women to take to show them what life can be
like once they do get out. “It is important to have something in the jail to
let them know it can be better on the outside,” she says. Her hopes for the
future of her inmates are that they will take care of their children to keep
them out of jail and to develop these classes so that inmates will have all the
knowledge and resources necessary to just be good people in the world.
Terry Vance works for the Scott
County Emergency Medical Services Department as a First Responder. It had
always been his goal to work in Emergency Medical, but there were not very many
resources in West Virginia where Vance previously resided. For that reason,
Vance and his wife moved to Kentucky in 2001 where he attended EKU to major in
Emergency Medical Care. While in school, Vance worked at the University of
Kentucky and completed his Emergency Medical Training basic at EKU. He also
completed several hours of ride along and hospital experience. He has worked
for Scott County since 2007 after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University
in 2006. As an EMS First Responder, Vance provides complete patient prehospital
care. This involves cardiac care, assessing trauma, transporting patients to
hospitals, and so much more!
Vance says that his favorite part
of the job is “Knowing at the end of the day I made a difference in someone’s
life.” Because the guidelines of medical care are always changing, he is always
looking for new ways to improve in his career and stay up to date on how he can
better serve our citizens. In 2020, Vance is looking forward to finishing his
house that is being built for his family. He also will be striving to continue making
a difference in the lives of Scott County citizens.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently designated Scott County as one of four Kentucky counties to be primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Fayette, Fleming, Jessamine, and Scott counties who suffered losses due to drought and high temperatures that have occurred since Aug. 28, 2019, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans (see below for applications). FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. Producers in the contiguous Kentucky counties of Bath, Bourbon, Clark, Franklin, Garrard, Grant, Harrison, Lewis, Madison, Mason, Mercer, Nicholas, Owen, Robertson, Rowan, and Woodford, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
Aaron Anderson has been with the Scott County Road
Department since December 2015 as an equipment operator, but he has lived in
Scott County for almost his entire life. Before joining the Road Department,
Anderson worked on a local cattle farm for about 7 years. He still goes there
time to time due to his love of the outdoors. On the job, Anderson has several duties
to maintain the safety of those travelling through the county including
operating all types of equipment, plowing snow, fixing pot holes, trimming
trees, and overall repair and maintenance of all county roads, properties, and
buildings. To become an equipment operator, Anderson had to attain
certifications and licenses to handle all machines and equipment necessary to
do the job right.
He knew he wanted to work for the Road Department when
he saw the opportunities to face new challenges and tasks every day. He also
enjoys spending his time outdoors, so this field was a perfect fit. He says
that his favorite part of the job is working with good people who value the
safety of Scott County citizens. He says they all enjoy doing their part for
the county by keeping the roads safe and facilities secure. His goals for 2020
are to continue keeping both the citizens and his teammates safe without
injuries or accidents.
When he is not working, Anderson likes to go fishing
and spend time with his 4-year old son, Waylon. He was nominated by Road
Supervisor, JR Brandenburg, who says that Anderson is very valuable in the
department and an asset to his team.
John Bright is a Deputy Sheriff at the Scott County Police
Department. He moved to Scott County in May of 2015 and first started working
for the department in September of 2015. He knew he wanted to work in the
police force since high school when he spoke to his school’s resource officer
about the highlights and benefits of working in law enforcement. Bright
graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern
Kentucky University. After his
graduation, Bright went to work for the Cynthiana Police Department where he
attended the Department of Criminal Justice Training for 18 weeks. This
training included basic law enforcement tactical practices, critical thinking,
report writing, firearm training, driving skills, and other talents needed for
a successful career in law enforcement.
As a Deputy Sheriff, Bright has several duties to ensure the
safety of Scott County including patrolling roads for traffic violations, maintaining
safe traffic conditions, responding to emergency calls, conducting criminal
investigations, gathering physical evidence for preservation of the court, writing
reports, servicing warrants, transporting prisoners, apprehending suspects, making
arrests, interacting with the community even when it does not involve criminal
activity, and so much more! He is thankful for all the rewarding duties and
challenges he takes on every day in this profession and says that these
challenges are what really drew him to love this profession.
When asked what his favorite part of the
job is, Bright said, “I enjoy the camaraderie of the Sheriff’s Office as a
whole. Every deputy here has a mutual mindset for the betterment and safety of
the county.” His goals for 2020 are to grow as a Christian, expand his family,
and continue to protect and serve the community to the best of his ability. Bright
was nominated by County Sheriff, Tony Hampton because of his energetic attitude
and diligence in always looking for new opportunities to excel in his career
and become a better deputy for Scott County citizens.
Runyon is the EMS Assistant Director of Quality and Assurance. He first moved
to Scott County in October of 2017 and began working for the EMS Department in
February of 2017. He has now had over 30 years of experience in Emergency
Medical Services. Before starting in Ems, Runyon worked in the coal mines. His interest
in this field began when he was asked to volunteer to go to EMT School. “I climbed on an ambulance for the first time in
1989 and I’ve been hooked ever since,” he says.
As the Assistant Director
at GSCEMS, he has several duties and responsibilities such as maintaining Quality
Assurance and Quality Improvement. He also is involved with in-house public education
for paramedics, and he enjoys being able to be a paramedic himself on occasion.
Runyon says that there
are many things he enjoys about EMS, but his favorite part of the job is being
able to help others when they are in need. He is thankful to be able to serve
alongside his brothers and sisters in such an admirable profession while
helping citizens of Scott County as a team. Lastly, Runyon especially enjoys
mentoring the new generation of pre-hospital healthcare providers while leading
them to love EMS as much as he does.
2020 begins, GSCEMS will have their challenges to face, but Runyon says that
his biggest goal is to be a positive force for effective change this year. Lastly,
he says “I’m passionate about
public service and consider it an honor to be able to serve the residents of
Scott County.” Thank you for your dedication and service, Chris!
Meet Honey! She was the furry firefighter of Scott County from 2009 until January 1st of this year when she retired. The county first acquired dogs in 2004 when the Scott County Fire Department received a grant from State Farm Insurance sponsored by Steve Woodrum to receive an accelerant detection canine from Maine State Police’s Specialty Dogs. The county’s first dog, Smokie, worked for the department until August 2009 when he retired and Honey took over. Smokie lived with Jim Kanavy and his family until he passed in 2013. Honey is a yellow Labrador retriever and has been working for the county since Sept 11, 2009 and has served the county for over 10 years. Honey has been nominated and competed in the American Humane Societies Hero Dog Awards and has traveled to Washington D.C. for that nomination. All the dogs work and live with Jim Kanavy, their certified handler. Jim Kanavy is certified through the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a Canine Team. He is also certified by the International Association of Arson Investigators and the National Association of Fire Investigators as a Certified Fire Investigator. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Arson Investigators which is a worldwide organization with over 10,000 members that covers over 80 states and countries. Lastly, he represents the public fire agencies with National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Investigation Units Committee. He trains them by giving a food reward with a passive alert signal. This means that the dogs sit when they find the source of odor and are rewarded for their good work by being given a treat. The dogs live with Kanavy when working and when they retire. They are trained daily 365 days a year, and they go on family vacations and trips when he goes.
Honey retired from duty on January 1st, and State Farm has given Mikey to the county to replace her. Mikey is a 6 year old Black Labrador, and he was received in October. Mikey is also going through his training requirements daily to prepare for the job and fill Honey’s shoes. Both Kanavy and Mikey will be traveling to Maine in a couple months to complete the certification training.
All the canines, with the support of the Fire Chief and the Fiscal Court, have been a huge asset for the County and the State. Up until last year, Honey was the only accelerant detection Canine in Kentucky. The dogs will often be called into other agencies to detect the crime of arson with their keen sense of smell.
Kara Oliver has lived in Scott County for her entire life. After Graduating from Scott County High School, Kara went to nursing school for a while until making her way back to Scott County to start working in the court house. She is now the Personnel Officer for Scott County Fiscal Court. She is in charge of payroll, retirement, benefits, sick and vacation time, and the wellness program for all county government employees. People are always coming in and out of her office to ask for help regarding their paychecks, benefits, or anything in between, and she always leads them to the right place with a smile. Kara enjoys her position because she gets to meet and talk with so many different people, and when she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughter.
Kara has always been a dedicated employee, but with all the
recent changes with payroll and benefits, she has been working extra hard to
make sure all employees are happy and accounted for.
The Legacy and Legends Scholarship applies to any graduate of Scott County High School or any resident who has lived in Scott County for over one year. It is a full tuition scholarship which only leaves a student to cover the costs of room, board, and any fees. This scholarship is the only scholarship that can be given by the college to a student, but the student can cover their additional costs with outside grants and scholarships that they may receive. The total cost of attendance for a year at Georgetown would be approximately $11,600 for a student receiving this scholarship making college highly affordable for eligible students. Each student still has to meet all the normal requirements for entrance into Georgetown, live on campus, and remain on good standing in their 4 years of enrollment. The money for this scholarship comes from the same place as all other scholarships: the generous gifts of donors and alumni.
Scott County is not the only county receiving the Legacy and Legends Scholarship. Just this week, it was announced that Owen County will also be able to apply. There are actually four other counties that will be able to receive this full-tuition scholarship, but at the current time the other two counties cannot be disclosed. All four of the counties have a deep historical connection to the college. Scott County being the home of Georgetown for all these years, and Owen County for having a strong connection to the family of former President Mills. They decided on these four counties also due to financial reasoning. The goal was to reach students of counties who do not usually come to Georgetown. Dr. Jonathan Sands Wise, VP of Enrollment Management, says “It doesn’t help us to simply give a much bigger scholarship to students we were already getting. We need to get new students by doing this; that is how we help our current student body.” The current students enrolled at Georgetown that are from each of these counties will be receiving free housing equivalents to the dual occupancy standard housing cost once the scholarship is installed. Georgetown hopes that these students will see that this is a big scholarship coming their way that they had not originally planned on, and that they could not be grandfathered in because it would not help the current student body nearly as much due to real money that would be lost. Frustrations from these students are understood and recognized, and Georgetown hopes that this significant scholarship for them will help with potentially $15,000 being given to each county’s currently enrolled students.
The college had gone through a
rough patch of declining growth in previous years, and they have now hit a
point where growth is stable. They just enrolled the largest freshman class
since 2011, but there is still major growth that needs to happen in order to develop
Georgetown to the standard they wish to achieve. Sands Wise speaks on the
necessity of this scholarship saying, “We need to grow to begin to do the other
things we want to do and to begin living up to what student expect when they
come here in terms of housing, food, class options and trip options, and that
requires growth.” Sands Wise and the other members of the board project that
they will have enough beds to house the immediate effects of the scholarship
considering that the historic enrollment had been around 1300 students and
currently there are just over 900. Long term, having new students coming to
campus will allow the college to begin working on housing facilities that are
shuttered, like Knight Hall, and potentially building new housing facilities.
These options will be further discussed once the new students are enrolled.
This scholarship came about with the new president of Georgetown College, Will Jones. He had experience with a scholarship like this with his previous college, Bethany. He came in with plans to implement the same thing for Georgetown. In one of the faculty’s earliest meetings with President Jones, he asked Dr. Sands Wise to begin crunching the numbers and seeing if it was a real possibility for the college. They had to calculate the current number of enrolled students from these counties, what kind of scholarships those students already receive, and what it would look like for the college if they did this. They also had to make estimates of how many students it would bring in and what kind of reach they could get with counties and students that normally would not come to Georgetown. Efforts to communicate with the current students and their families are being discussed currently, and town hall meetings will be had in order to have their questions answered. Meeting times and sign ups will be announced this week.
“We really wanted to make sure that we did a program that was good for every student,” says Sands Wise, “We have been able to talk through what this would be able to do for all our students, and most of them are able to see ‘This is good for me too.’” Dr. Sands Wise and those developing the scholarship say that there will be major growth for the college allowing them to begin working on existing facilities immediately that need updates and renovations and give them the ability to control cost of attendance. Next year, they will be able to freeze tuition and keep it at the same rate for all returning students. There will be a fee applied to all students’ bills (even those receiving the scholarship) of $990 which is considerably less than they have raised tuition in recent years. Tuition for next year will not go up, but other costs will for every student. These costs will not increase more than they have historically, but it will increase by 2-3%. Without the influx of new students to Georgetown, tuition would have been raised, but thanks to this scholarship, tuition will stay the same. By bringing in these new students that would not have come to Georgetown in the first place, the college will actually be able to charge current students less. The goals of this scholarship are large, but the faculty behind these decisions are confident that they will be accomplished.