Barren River Lake Resort Park

BRADD Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living

The uncertainty around possible cuts to federal programs for the elderly and disabled is raising concerns among some social service agencies in southern Kentucky.

Some of the proposed cuts impact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That department funds the Older Americans Act, which provides support to Area Agencies on Aging in southern Kentucky.

Michelle Hines is the director of that agency in the Barren River Area Development District. She says many low-income, elderly and disabled residents in the region could suffer if the proposed budget is approved.

“That could spell disaster in the future of the Older Americans Act programs and services. The services under there include case management, transportation, home delivered meals, elder justice and long-term care ombudsmen.”

The Greenways Commission of Bowling Green and Warren County has received an $8,900 grant to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Miranda Clements is the multimodal coordinator for the commission. She says safety begins with making sure everyone takes bicycle riding seriously.           

“A bicycle is considered a vehicle, so when you’re on a bicycle it’s like you’re driving a vehicle, so you have to follow the rules of the road.”

Part of the grant is for the production of short safety videos for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

Kentucky State Parks

Four Kentucky state resort parks will receive $4.9 million in funding for renovations.

The announcement this week is part of a campaign called “Refreshing the Finest”—a statewide effort providing structural repairs, painting, and other upgrades.

The latest round of funding will be used at Barren River, Dale Hollow, Lake Cumberland, and Rough River Dam State Resort Parks.

“Most of the money is either going toward safety upgrades or other aesthetic improvements," said Kentucky State Parks spokesman Gil Lawson. "For example, at Lake Cumberland, we had several sidewalks that were cracked or in disrepair, and work on that is nearly complete.”

Lawson said the funding will also provide new dining room finishes and painting at Dale Hollow; electrical repairs and painting at Barren River; and conference center painting and repairs at Rough River Dam.

A total of $18 million has been dedicated to state resort park improvements that are scheduled to be done by the end of next year.

Farmers in south-central Kentucky are discussing a partnership with a state park that would lead to more farm-fresh foods being served at the location.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports farmers around Barren River Lake State Resort Park met recently with chef Rick Lenoir to discuss a partnership in which he would purchase more local goods to serve at the park's Driftwood Restaurant.

Lenoir, who started working at Barren River Lake State Resort Park last summer, said his preference is to use locally produced food.

"I want folks to be more aware of what we have around here," Lenoir said.