FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) – Governor Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on a few issues, including the historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky, the creation of the Council for Community Recovery and Resiliency, COVID-19, Kentucky All-Stars and declining gas prices, among other topics. He also named the 2023 Kentucky Teachers of the Year and Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Schools as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

Eastern Kentucky flood update

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is starting to remove and collect abandoned cars and trucks and start the process of notifying their owners. This applies to vehicles that came to rest on public rights-of-way or in waterways and which block access to a public area or pose a threat to infrastructure. For more information on this process please visit this website.

The Council for Community Recovery and Resiliency

Governor Beshear announced that he signed an Executive Order to establish the Council for Community Recovery and Resiliency. The group will consist of members from several state and federal agencies ranging from local government, health and family services to transportation, infrastructure, housing and more. This group will meet and provide leadership and guidance for community recovery and resiliency planning across the state.

“We have to accept the fact that we are going to face more frequent disasters with more intensity. Once we accept that, we know we have to be ready. We have to be resilient and we have to be strong,” said Kentucky Emergency Management Director Jeremy Slinker. “This council will allow us to all come together with our resources, our funds and our expertise and sit down in the same room to make sure we are not duplicating efforts but amplifying them.”

Kentucky gas prices continue to decline

The Governor shared that while other states are seeing an increase in prices at the pump following a break in the 99-day decline of gas prices nationwide, Kentucky’s gas prices continue to decline. The average price for gas in Kentucky is almost 43 cents lower than the national average of $3.684 at $3.253, according to the American Automobile Association. To see a full list of tips to help families save, click here

Health updates: COVID-19

The Governor urged eligible Kentuckians to get the new booster shots to protect against COVID-19. These boosters are recommended for all people 12 years and older who had their last COVID-19 vaccine dose at least two months ago. The updated vaccine is available at pharmacies, doctors’ offices and health departments. Locations and appointments can be found on this website.

“These vaccines are the exact same technology that has been used all along. They are also the same technology that has been used to immunize hundreds of millions of Americans,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “They are well proven, highly safe and very effective and well tolerated.”

Team Kentucky All-Stars

Governor Beshear named the 2023 Kentucky Teachers of the Year as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. In terms of within the local area, this year’s Teacher of the Year is:

  • Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Kelly Gates of Pride Elementary in Hopkins County.

Governor Beshear also recognized the schools named 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools, and in this area of Kentucky the place is:

  • Cairo Elementary School in the Henderson County School District.

“These past few years, schools across Kentucky have shown resilience during unprecedented times. Our teachers have kept showing up each-and-every day for our kids. Our schools have adapted and bounced back better than ever,” Governor Beshear said. “As Governor, and as a dad to two young kids myself, I am so grateful.”