Pikeville facility is open for tours

PIKEVILLE — State and regional leaders converged on Hambley Boulevard June 27 for the ribbon cutting ceremony to honor the opening of Alltech’s Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery.

Alltech co-founders Dr. Pearse and Deirdre Lyons felt a connection to Eastern Kentucky upon visiting the area. Alltech said Pearse Lyons saw the potential of Pikeville and Eastern Kentucky and how the landscape and the people of the area reminded him of his home country of Ireland. Pearse Lyons passed away on March 8 at age 73 due to an acute lung condition that developed during his recovery from heart surgery.

Rusty Preston of the Paintsville Funeral Home was sworn in as president-elect of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky at their 136th Annual Convention held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville June 5-7, 2018, according to a statement from the FDAK.

During this three-day meeting, 50-year-old firms and 50-year Kentucky licensed funeral directors were honored, as well as over 40 funeral directors from across the state received continuing education awards. There were over 75 exhibiting companies displaying in the Exhibit Hall and over 300 attended a Kentucky Luau on Wednesday evening.

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U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers conducted tours of local advanced manufacturing endeavors during a visit to Paintsville Monday, praising both for their contributions to helping stimulate a recovering economy and workforce in the region.

Rogers’ first stop in Johnson County was at the Haas eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute, where director Kathy Walker introduced him to the current class of students learning computer-guided machining.

Members of the Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce have made it a bi-weekly routine to stop by and spotlight member businesses, and spent Monday morning sharing donuts and coffee with the teams at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC and Hutch Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Paintsville.

Peggy Calhoun has been running the Country Cottage in Paintsville for more than 20 years; Now, she says, she’s stepping away.

“I’ve always heard it said that when the time comes to retire, you’ll just know,” Calhoun said. “Well, it’s time. I’m excited to see what’s next.”

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in 2017 from 5.1 percent in 2016, while non-farm employment gained 11,300 jobs, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2000 when the rate was 4.2 percent.

The Ramada Conference Center in Paintsville was the site of the 19th annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium Tuesday, hosted by the Morehead State University East Kentucky Small Business Development Center. 

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