Health Coalition doles out remaining grant monies

Lisa Roark, Jody Carroll and Brendia Moses listen as Josh Callahan discusses long-term benefits of walking tracks.
Lisa Roark, Jody Carroll and Brendia Moses listen as Josh Callahan discusses long-term benefits of walking tracks.

By David Stewart

“So the problem is that we have about $8,000 to $9,000 in needs and we have $5,000 to spend. Is that about right?” asked Jody Carroll, a Union College representative at the November Health Coalition meeting.

The comment benchmarked the conversation, and the group voted to spend the $5,000 by allotting $1,800 to the Farmer’s Market and the remaining $3,200 to complete the frontage and signs for Sandy Bottoms Hike and Nature Trail. In the event funds are left over, the Flat Lick walking track will receive the remainder.

The remainder of the meeting was spent to cover the group’s expansive, yet focused items:

• Kentucky Oral Health/Dental Health Grant: Although funding is over, the group will continue to focus on “Dental Health” because “Oral Health goes beyond any funding.”

• Stiver’s Center’s “Frogs Gone Wild Triathlon” was cancelled due to lack of participants.

• Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Project reported that three people had taken advantage of the program. This program is free and non-invasive (which means nothing enters your body).

• It was announced that Smoke-Free Barbourville has been changed to the Knox County Breathe Team.

The Farmer’s Market ended Oct. 30 with a showing of 54 vendors and a final tally of $33,000. Local shelters received fresh fruits and vegetables totaling 10,000 pounds.

The Belk’s Charity Sale provided $270 that will be sent to pay down the blacktop bill for the Flat Lick School walking track.

Halloween on the Square had a bunch of people show up, even though they faced driving rain and windy cold weather.

The “Toilet Paper Drive” brought in 7,500 rolls of the “necessary” paper. All of the paper goes to local drug rehab centers. It was pointed out that Rockastle County won the challenge, but they were the ones who started it.

The Paris Park (in Girdler) was discussed as a great walking track, but family dogs (from surrounding houses), have become a problem. The coalition plans to talk to County Judge J.M. Hall to determine what needs to be done to make the track safer to use.

Josh Callahan said, “We need to take care of our walking tracks. It has been proven they have the longest payback for health.”