Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Funding for Knox County

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 26, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

           Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Knox County.  Funding will be used for the Knox County HELP, Inc. Senior Citizens Center Project.

            “Senior citizens have special needs that Knox County officials are working to fulfill,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This project will provide enhanced services to seniors in the area.”

            CDBG funds will be used to secure a new senior center location for Knox County.  Currently, the senior citizens center is operating from the former county jail after operations at the jail were shut down.  The senior citizens center moved to the jail in June 2004 due to an eviction from its prior location.  Funds will be used to renovate an existing 5,000 square foot (SF) facility that will be owned by the county and located in Barbourville.

            Senator Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) said, “The Knox County seniors have had to move from place to place for their services.  Finally, they will be able to have a place to call their own.”

            The building will be renovated to accommodate a recreation area, lobby, staff offices, commercial kitchen, cafeteria, computer room, restrooms and a storage area.  Renovations to the HVAC, plumbing and electricity will also be included.  The facility will provide ample space for expanding programs and activities offered to the seniors and it will provide a commercial kitchen that will eventually allow meals to be prepared on-site rather than being catered.

            Representative Jim Stewart (R-Flat Lick) said, “Knox County seniors will now have proper facilities to take part in their activities.  It is an exciting day for the senior citizens of the county.”

            Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.