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Local judge executives talk UPike on "Issues and Answers"

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

They all agree on one thing, the idea.

"There is no judge against Pikeville College, you know truly against Pikeville College." Perry County Judge Executive Denny Ray Noble says.

But when it comes to using multi county coal severance money to make UPike a part of the state system, opinions differ.

"The multi-county coal money is strictly for economic development." says Floyd County Judge Executive, R.D. "Doc" Marshall, who is for the move.

"What an opportunity this is and it only takes nine to 11 million of that 20 million." adds Pike County Judge Executive, Wayne T. Rutherford.

Others are against the proposal, claiming coal severance money is vital for many of their county projects.

"One of the concerns we have is that it is guaranteed, it is 14 million dollars and it is indefinite. Those three things have to be adjusted, it can not be guaranteed." Harlan County Judge Executive Joe Grieshop says.

But now matter the opinion, right now it is currently up to state legislators to decide UPike's fate.

The general assembly will conclude on April 11 and so far the UPike bill has not been brought up for discussion


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