Knox County was represented at Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the Manchester campus of Eastern Kentucky University on Thursday. Among those in attendance are Knox County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Claudia Greenwood and local pastor Rev. Leonard Lester. Also in attendance was Knox County Public Schools Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles and Mountain Advocate publisher Jay Nolan.
During his remarks, Vice President Pence mentioned Knox County three times, and announced a $167,000 grant to Grace Health. In total, $9 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was announced to help Kentucky battle the opioid epidemic sweeping the state. $167,000 was also announced for Eastern Kentucky University's treatment and prevention services and $750,000 to the University of Pikeville for training.
“We are honored to host Vice President Pence and Secretary Azar in Kentucky and to have the opportunity to visit with military medical personnel participating in Operation Coal Country,” said Gov. Bevin.
As part of Operation Coal Country, Barbourville was one of the cities in eastern Kentucky to receive part of $1,000,000 in medical services to people at no-cost, no matter their income or insurance situation. The operation was set up at First Baptist Church on North Main Street.
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