Employee Ethics Tipline Launches Tomorrow

There aren’t many issues in Louisville that have come with as much controversy as the proposed Metro Government tippling. So with that in mind, take look at the latest press release from the Mayor’s office:

Beginning tomorrow, Louisville Metro Government will have a new tool that citizens or employees can use anytime to report suspected wrongdoing on the part of Louisville city employees, contractors or suppliers.

Through the city’s Office of Internal Audit, Metro Government has contracted with The Network, a private company that specializes in ethics reporting, to develop and operate a new Ethics Tipline ─ that will be available 24/7 by phone or online.

“This tipline will be an independently-operated and efficient tool that city employees or citizens can use to report any suspected unethical or illegal behavior,” said Internal Auditor Mike Norman.

The tipline number is 1-888-226-2264. Reports can also be made online, at the city’s website: www.louisvilleky.gov. Persons using the tipline do not have to provide their name.

Hopefully this is a turning point for the city. Looking forward to hearing from individuals – anonymously, of course – who (will) have used to service. So let us know about your experience with the new tippling.

The Latest From Attorney General Conway

Here’s the latest column from Attorney General Jack Conway:

Outstanding or unserviceable warrants not only slow the criminal justice system, they jeopardize public safety. To address a backlog of some 300,000 warrants, Kentucky became one of only a handful of states to begin using an electronic warrant management (eWarrants) system. The system currently operates in six Kentucky counties and has proven effective, increasing six-fold the service rate of warrants. I am pleased to say that the eWarrants system will be installed in virtually all of Kentucky’s rural counties over the next two years.

On April 22, 2009, I applied for an American Resource & Recovery Act (ARRA) grant to expand the eWarrants system. Our grant request was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and my office has been awarded $3.94 million to install the eWarrants system in rural counties in the Commonwealth. In this effort, my office will work closely with Kentucky’s County Attorneys, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, Kentucky State Police and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), which provides administrative support to the state’s judges. Each of these agencies played an integral role in the initial implementation of the eWarrants system in Kentucky.

How does the eWarrants system increase public safety? eWarrants is an automated system that facilitates the sharing of information concerning active warrants among law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth. Any backlog of this system can allow individuals charged with multiple offenses, or even violent crimes such as domestic violence, to remain at- large in communities to possibly victimize again.

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Really, Folks, It’s Time to Grow Up

To the moderated individuals who continue to malign my personal character and that of Rick Redding, keep it up. I’ll eat you alive in court.

For the record, it’s no secret that Gill Holland is an investor in Full Signal Media Group. Attempting to attack him is also childish and down right ridiculous.

And if anyone has questions about why Rick no longer writes for The ‘Ville Voice? Email me privately and we’ll talk. I’ll make public comment when I’m good and ready – not before. I will not speak poorly about him.

I will not be bombarded by bullshit artists who feel it appropriate to air dirty laundry and attack people personally. If you have a bone to pick with us, stand up like an adult.  My personal health is my business.  So think twice about that, folks, while attempting to malign me.

This is absurd and it will stop today. Until certain employees of the Courier-Journal can act as adults, until one individual at Louisville Magazine can get their attack rhetoric in check, and until everyone can behave in a rational manner? Commenting on this site will require you to be a registered user. This is temporary. But if you wish to comment here, you’ll take that privilege seriously.

Did You Take Back The Night?

We’re in meetings most of the day, so let’s take a few hours to consider something we all mostly ignore.

Domestic violence.

Take Back the Night was held at the University of Louisville and it’s time this entire community starts a conversation. We don’t necessarily have to pass legislation each time something terrible like the Nunn-Ross tragedy occurs. But we most certainly should discuss what we can change as a local community in order to prevent domestic violence.

From the Courier-Journal:

Lemlem Zellelew was one of many people joined on the University of Louisville campus on Tuesday night who had witnessed domestic abuse firsthand.

Standing at the edge of the large crowd gathered for “Take Back the Night,” an annual university event aimed at raising awareness of sexual abuse and violence against women, Zellelew said such gatherings were important in building intolerance to violence.

“It’s one of those issues that keeps coming up, and unless we recognize it as a society and as students not allowing it to be present in their relationships, then it won’t stop,” said Zellelew, 25, a student at Spalding University who said abuse had occurred in her family.

Click here to read the rest.

The ‘Ville Voice audience is one I don’t often question about matters like this. So, folks – liberals, conservatives, et al – what can we do to curb domestic violence? Is legislation necessary? What shouldn’t we do as a community?

Clay Co Census Worker’s Death a Murder?

This is an issue we haven’t really been discussing too heavily in Louisville, so let’s start.

From the Herald-Leader this afternoon:

The son of a U.S. Census Bureau worker found hanging from a tree in eastern Kentucky with the word “fed” scrawled on his chest said Tuesday he has no doubt his father was slain.

Josh Sparkman told The Associated Press in a phone interview that he is frustrated investigators still have not ruled out suicide or accidental death.

“I look at it as disrespectful to be still throwing suicide and accident around,” he said. “He didn’t do this to himself. That’s dishonorable. My dad was a good man. No person on this planet is going to fight cancer like he did, then turn around and kill himself a year or so later.”

There’s a growing segment of the mainstream media that believes the death is tied to drugs and anti-government sentiment. But what do we believe here in the big city?

Let’s discuss.

Wanna Be In a Music Video?

Here’s your chance. Jason Epperson is filming and directing a music video (in just a few weeks) for Spanish/Christian artist Melody Joy of Melrose Music Group. He’s working to locate latino/a actors for the storyline.

If you’re interested in any of these parts or know someone who is, you could make some cash.

Leads paid approximately $125 per day

Parents: Latino, late 30s to early 40s
Latina, late 30s to early 40s

Child: Latina, 11 to 15-years-old

Extras (non-paid): All races, genders, ages. Used to fill up auditorium seats, watching Melodie in concert. Dressed in their best attire, of course.

Filming will take place at the Louisville Palace on (tentatively) October 7. If you’re interested, send your headshot and resume to mjmusicvideo@gmail.com.

UPDATE: I obtained the correct email address (above) and the set time and date info:

The Palace
October 8 – Extras should arrive at 8:45 A.M.

Arena to Host Arena Football?

Looks that way.

Check this from a Tacoma newspaper:

The Fever is one of 16 confirmed franchises in the new league, which combines teams from the defunct Arena Football League, the arenafootball2 league and other indoor leagues.

The initial 16 teams are: Arizona, Arkansas, Bossier-Shreveport, Central Valley, Chicago, Iowa, Jacksonville, Kentucky, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Spokane, Tennessee Valley, Tri-Cities, Tulsa and Utah.

But aside from announcing the teams, new commissioner Jerry Kurz was short on details, saying that structure, organizational details, schedules and other particulars will be determined in the upcoming weeks.

Thoughts? Quick, somebody ask Jim Host to give the press a non-statement.