Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Editorials

October 4, 2013

Recovery center a gift from Boyd County

Oct. 3, 2013 — Rural residents and public officials in Boyd County apparently did Carter County a huge favor last month when they decided not to support the location of a drug and alcohol addiction recovery center at Cannonsburg.

Now it appears likely that the 100-bed residential facility for men will be located in Grayson on property near K-Mart and Smithfield Foods.

Pathways officials acknowledged publicly last week that they had been informed that the Genesis Recovery Kentucky Center would comply with Grayson’s planning and zoning requirements.

The Ashland Independent reported Sunday that Pathways and Recovery Kentucky officials would be attending a City Council meeting in Grayson on Oct. 8 to discuss the project.

Kim McClanahan, Pathways CEO, insists the project is “not a done deal” but, with Friday’s endorsement by Carter Fiscal Court, we believe it will happen and that is wonderful news.

In our view, Carter County is a great location for such a facility, not only for the jobs it will create in construction and operation, but also for the hope and help it will bring to addicts and their family members.

Recovery Kentucky is a joint effort of the Kentucky Department for Local Government, the Kentucky Department for Corrections and the Kentucky Housing Corporation.

The Genesis facility is among four new centers being planned across the state. Currently, there are 10 Recovery Kentucky centers statewide, including one in Rowan County – the Morehead Inspiration Center.

We applaud the political courage of Judge-Executive Charles Wallace for being the first elected official to speak out publicly in favor of such a facility.

All county and city officials should be supportive of the proposed $8 million investment because Carter County’s addiction problems are painfully real to its citizens.

If the Grayson site gets final approval, construction would begin in February and the facility could open its doors about a year later.

Text Only
Editorials
  • Juvenile justice bill finally wins passage

    We complained in this space last month that the General Assembly, specifically the Senate, was headed down the wrong path in its handling of Senate Bill 200, a carefully-crafted, broadly supported effort to modernize Kentucky’s juvenile justice laws.

    April 16, 2014

  • Numbers say stop fussin’ and start fixin’!

    We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again. It is long past time for Republicans like U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell to stop complaining about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and start working with the other party to fix the pieces of the massive law that need fixing.

    April 9, 2014

  • Benching Rupp Arena project a mistake

    Folks who believe that college basketball is more important than anything else in Kentucky apparently don’t serve in the State Senate.

    April 2, 2014

  • Snow days decision can wait no longer

    We had hoped this editorial would not have been necessary by the time you read it in today’s issue of the Journal-Times.

    March 26, 2014

  • Are some legislators smarter than experts?

    Ready - shoot - aim. No good deed goes unpunished. There’s the right way, the wrong way and the Frankfort way. We could go on with pithy sayings about the strange happenings at the State Capitol when the Kentucky General Assembly is in session.

    March 19, 2014

  • Shouldn’t majority rule mean smoke-free?

    Recent statewide polls show as many as 65 percent of Kentucky voters say they are in favor of outlawing smoking in workplaces and public facilities, including restaurants and bars.

    March 12, 2014

  • Legalized marijuana, hemp must be explored

    Whether you call it marijuana or cannabis or whether you believe someone can get high on industrial hemp, Kentucky is making history with both plants.

    March 5, 2014

  • We must protect against dating violence

    We were encouraged when the leadership of the Kentucky House of Representatives came forward last month with House Bill 8 to amend the domestic violence protection laws to shield unmarried individuals in dating relationships.

    February 26, 2014

  • Did Bluegrass Poll predict our future?

    Life may have become much simpler for Kentucky voters recently when the Bluegrass Poll released its most recent survey.

    February 19, 2014

  • Senate race poll attracts national spotlight

    “Mitch has met his match” shouted the headline on the Huffington Post, a trendy, online news aggregator and blog founded by socialite Arianna Huffington.

    February 12, 2014

Poll