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NKY smoking rates continue to be concern for health officials


Northern Kentucky streets and sidewalks are consistently littered with discarded cigarette butts. The volume of smokers in Kentucky ranks the state as third in the nation, and Northern Kentucky contributes heavily to that.

Twenty-seven percent of Kenton County residents use cigarettes, including high school and middle school students.

“We have a long rich history of growing tobacco in Kentucky. Even though that's not the number-one crop in Kentucky, the historical knowledge and influence that it has had is still very prevalent for us today,” said Stephanie Vogle, Director of Population Health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department. “We hear about people being sent to college from their parents growing tobacco. They may still have plots of tobacco. You have that particular piece that plays quite a bit into why we in this region smoke more.”

Campaigns against smoking, citing the serious health risks associated with cigarettes, are ubiquitous. Here, the Northern Kentucky Health Department has teamed up with other like-minded organizations to form the Tobacco Prevention Coalition of Northern Kentucky.

Read the full River City News story here.
 

VonLehman breaks ground on new $3 million headquarters in Fort Wright


VonLehman & Company — a leading regional CPA and business advisory firm with offices in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and Indianapolis — broke ground Nov. 12 on the a new $3 million headquarters building the company is developing in Fort Wright.

One of the largest accounting firms in the Greater Cincinnati area, VonLehman will build a 57,000-square-foot Class A office building at the Wright’s Summit Office Complex, which is owned and developed by Wessels Construction & Development Company Inc. and its affiliates.

The project was cited by Gov. Steve Beshear last month as an example of “a great corporate citizen for many years” continuing to expand and add jobs in Northern Kentucky.

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune story here.
 

New cross-county TANK route creates quick trip through town

Officials in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties have agreed to fund a bus route that runs across the region. Currently, all TANK bus routes run to and from downtown Covington and downtown Cincinnati, but the new route will connect cities across Northern Kentucky. 

Reports The Cincinnati Enquirer:
 
The extra dollars ... will pay for the first east-west connector that doesn't run through downtown Cincinnati or Covington. The cross-county route has been on TANK's wish list for seven years and will start operating Aug. 1.

TANK leaders believe the route – which will stretch from Florence to Cold Spring, stopping in Crestview Hills, Fort Wright and Northern Kentucky University – will connect people to employment, education and shopping opportunities.

With demand expected to rise for public transit from young adults and a growing senior citizen population, county leaders hope it will also increase ridership. 
 
Read the full story here.
 
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