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6 - Hinton News Tues. Nov. 21, 2017 • " f High ommlssloner o ways nd Secretary of Transportation talks upcoming road projects By Jordan Nelson, The Register-Herald West Virginia Commissioner ~f Highways and Secretary of rransportation Thomas J. Smith told Beckley Rotarians Tuesday over the span of Gov. Jim Justice's four-year term, around 40 road projects will be completed within Road to Prosperity, the centerpiece of Justice's economic recovery plan for the state. Commissioner of Highways and SecretaryofTransportation,Thomas Smith, spoke during the Beckley Rotary Club meeting held at Black Knight Country Club Tuesday afternoon. (Register-Herald photo by Rick Barbero) Smith said Justice's program is $2.8 billion in size, but that number will grow with additional funding and knowledge. He called Justice's program "pretty simple," and said it was a goal tO find three different sources of revenue and sell state bonds out as much as possible. "We have been proud• to offer you all the opportunity to bring projects forward to us," Smith said. "Suddenly the number of dollars associated with projects was well over $3 billion." "We're proud to call that a candidate list of projects because we really want to do what's right for the citizens of West Virginia." Smith said Justice had three different "pots"ofmoney for different sets of projects in his program; the first being using existing federal aid funds to push bridge and interstate reconstruction projects. The Department of Highways and Transportation receives $450 million a year, Smith said, and the department had a limit of $200 million they were able to sell out in bonds. The state legislature then gave the department a new limit of $500 million, which he said they are using to push bridge and inquires general obligation bonds, impossible to do so. which includes what many WestAbout 25 interstate bridges Virginians voted for during a special on Interstate 70 near Wheeling election on October 7 involving a $1.6 billion bond referendum. '~e're actually struggling how to plan all of this because that is also fall under the third "pot" in a huge amount of money," he said, Justice's plan. '~ut we will be using this to work on 'Those bridges are just falling the biggest projects throughout the apart in front of our eyes," Smith state, the most expensive projects, said. "And we need to fix that. and we're intending to do well with The most expensive projects come that." first." The Turnpike widening projects Justice's program will allow for falls under the third "pot," aceording projects that the state has been to Smith, which will allow for neglecting to be completed, he Interstate 77 to be widened between said. Interstate 64, making the Turnpike "I ask that you all please be six lanes to help with congestion, happy and patient ff you're caught Widening the Turnpike is in road construction next year," one of the first projects set to be Smith said. '~ou more than likely completed; Smith said the project will be with all the projects we'll was supposed to be completed in have going on to better our state's 2006, but lack of funding made it roads." Improve Your Cell Reception In 10 Simple Steps (NAPS)--If your home is liKe most, you no longer have a landline. Accord- ing to the Centers for Disease Con- trol and Prevention, 51 percent of U.S. ~, homes rely on cell phones alone for a ~ :* telephone cohnection. So a rdiable cel- lular signal is more crucial than ever. The Problem °~ Unfortunately, bad cell reception can happen in urban areas, thanks to all the *,~ obstacles that block cell tower signals • from reaching your phone. And it can be even worse in rural areas, which make up more than 72 percent of the U.S. land area. In fact, most cell phone users have used a number of creative ways to make or receive a mobile call, including going outside, standing near a window, finding the one spot in the house with a signal, standing like a statue and even moving like a ninja. Getting a strong signal for your cell An Answer phone when you need it may be eas- If that doesn't work, you may want ier than you realize. to try these 10 signal-boosting tips that interstate reconstruction as quickly cost nothing. 8. Use the Wi-Fi network. All newer • . Tips To Improve Your Call Signal smartphones allow native Wi-Fi calling as!possible[,~..~~ r~* ' ~ ..... i"~F"'?T.~ff~Vdu'r~,m0vin~, stun When and :feXfiff~ 14hicIi i~ s"upported by all= Smith ~k~[~iniOcfober,"'~ ~ ' .... --, ,..~ ,. ~-.. , .. .................................... ,, tl~.~=:= yOn~re~ sta'aon~ry~y~r phOn~ .and the.--~ major U,S: cell careers. Thereare alsoa " state had the biggest levy in its network don't have to constantly adjust bunch of~messagin~apps now for audio .history for transportation, a total of $260 million. This allowed for a revenue for 18 significant bridge replacements and 13, interstate reconstruction projects. Interstate construction consists of no longer just resurfacing the interstate, but taking the surface out and rebuilding it. Smith said over the last 10 years, the state has completed seven miles of interstate reconstruction state- wide, but by next year the state will have 60 miles of interstate reconstruction going on state-wide. =You can only resurface the interstate for so long," he said, "but :then you get to the point where it's no longer the best thing to do. We need to fix more than just the pavement, we need to take care of the roadways the way we need to." Smith said Justice's second "pot" consists of utilizing tolls and the Turnpike. He said this will allow for building projects off the Turnpike possible. The Mountaineers Are Always Free program comes into play here, Smith said, which would cost West Virginians about $8 to purchase and E-Z pass. "The idea would be that West Virginians could benefit from this very reduced toll," he said, '%ut then the tolls that we collect could. actually be spent in 10 additional counties, and completely discount 10 counties nearby." Smith predicts the Mountaineers Are Always Free program could bring in anywhere from $350 to $500 million of bonds to go towards fixing up the Turnpike and additional projects off of it. Of the many additional projects the state has planned, Smith said the department has a definite two in mind. First would be completing the King Coal Highway Project in Bluefield, which was been completed partially with "the bridge to nowhere" which is set to connect the highway with 1-77 off U.S. 460. As of now, the bridge currently runs into the side of a mountain. Secondly, officials would work to fix up Route 10, south of Man. Smith said Route 10 is partially in Logan County, but coincides with other counties including Wyoming. He said Route 10 will not be completely reconstructed, but several operational improvements will be made including anti-skid - pavement additions and widening curves. Smith said the third "pot" for your changing location, and video calling. Solid Wi-Fi may be a 2. 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It's a comprehensive, free resource that includes detailed tips on small parts, advice for new parents, how to keep kids safe during active play, information on battery and magnet safety, the importance of parental su- pervision during play and much more. It's important to know that all toys sold in the U.S., no matter where they're made, are~ubject to strict federal safety laws and standards. So just be sure to pick out toys that match a child's age and interests and then get on the floor and play with your kids. Showing little ones how to properly use a toy can be the best way to make sure they understand how to safely enjoy it. • Ms. Lawrence, a.k.a, the "Toy Safety Morn," is a lifelong child safety advocate with more than 20 years of experience in the toy industry and senior vice president of standards and regulatory affairs at The 7by Association. e e • • lee minor Editor's Note: This is the fourth part of a seven-part series on West Virginia University's efforts to address the opioid crisis in the state. The speakers in this series shared the work and progress in their respective fields and departments at an academic media day held by WVU on Nov. 13. By Tiffany Towner, Times West Virginian If a man broke his leg, or had diabetes, he wouldn't be treated by someone who just had an interest in helping people. He would be treated by a skilled professional. Frankie Tack, clinical assistant professor and addiction studies minor coordinator at west Virginia University's College of Education and Human Services, disqusses the need for trained workforce professionals to help treat addiction• (Times West Virginian phot by Tiffany Towner) The case should be the same with treating addiction, argues Frankie Tack, clinical assistant professor and addiction studies minor coordinator at West Virginia University's College of Education and Human Services. "It's not just enough to stick a person with an interest in helping a problem in a role to try to intervene," Tack said. However, at the moment, there the state for this at the bachelor's theories course. Students look at and master's degree levels, drugs and their effects on the body, "What we're embarking on is Tack said. a process to try to roll out some • The diagnostic course is called tliings to try to begin to get people addictionscreeningandassessment, some good, formal training," Tack one of the focuses of which will be said. "This is a specialty counseling the best-practice mode.1 SBIRT: arena that requiresspecialty Screening Brief Intervention and training•" ~ Referral to Treatment. Step one to develop this training • Addiction counseling is is to create an undergraduate minor the third course, focusing on at WVU, which is in the works, motivational techniques. Tack sai~. • The fourth course is families While the minor would be and addiction. targeted to those wanting to work "We talk about the person primarily in addictions counseling, With the substance-use disorder Tack said there are allied a I~, as we should ... however, professions and majors that may there are rings of destruction that also come in contact with people happen around the person with the with substance-use disorders who substance-use disorder," Tack said. could help with intervention and • The final course is research- screening, based, and includes a service After the minor is developed, the component that will require hope is to offer courses online so students to be in the community to that students across the state can see the opioid situation first-hand. also receive the training, Tack said. The introduction to addiction Then, she said a certificate program studies course is currently being would be created "for people who are not enough trained people to meet the demands caused by the perhaps are'already working in the opioids crisis, she said. field, but who would like to become a specialist in addictions•" Understanding the deficit Many people first got into the WVU'sgoalistoofferanaddictions concentration in the current master addiction-treatment field from the of arts in counseling program, and 1960s through the 1980s, Tack Tack said the accrediting program said, adding that many people who were in recovery from treatment CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related themselves saw the career as an Educational Programs) already opportunity to give back. has an accreditation for addictions Now, many of those people are concentrations• Tack said the aging out, Tack said, and it seems concentration could be added to younger people are not being an array of options, with different attracted to the field, levels for different professionals. Tack also said that, historically, ,, - - , , .... . ~ lo get to the end goat, however, mere nave oeen access issues mr .. , ...... , . ........ racK said there need to be proposals peopmwl~n suosmnce-use alsoraers . . . ~.~ to get treatment, due to a lack of ~.~,:~ro~.:s )~:~(_e~r~Anf~~nn~nn VAI ~v~.rvRt nor tnewav treatment providers, insufficient ..... • , . , ~ process anu upper aammmtratlon. insurance coverage, aenlal ann ,~ .. urearlng a minor offered, with 11 students enrolled from a variety of majors, Tack said. For the spring semester, that class will be offered again, along with a second special-topics course. Thirty- two students are registered for those two courses for the spring. "There seems to be quite a buzz that we're going to get a lot of students," Tack said. She hopes that, if the final approval occurs, the minor will be running in the 2018-19 school year. Notice V.F.W MEETING V.F.W Casey Jones Post 4500 stigma• "We've known for a long time we have a whole lot more people who need treatment than are getting it," Tack said, adding that this even "predates the opioid epidemic. When the Affordable Care Act came about, Tack said, about 2 million more people had access to health-care coverage, and access to addiction treatments was expanded• "For the first time, we had people who had insurance," Tack said, adding: "Heretofore, many insurance plans did not cover substance-use disorder treatment." While this was great news, the effect was that more people began seeking treatment in a system that didn't have adequate staffing. And then the opioid epidemic hit. Many more people were in need of treatment. Beyond medication There is a need, Tack said, for counselors and case managers. • 'W[edicine is important, but when we hear about things like medication-assisted treatment, the: treatment they're talking about is provided by counselors, case managers, social workers, people like that," she said. i The need for these trained professionals isn't just in West: Virginia; it's across the nation, Tack. said. And it's a growing problem, as Tack said that addiction studies meetings 3rd Monday 7:00 p.m." ~: Museum 419 ~ " " "~"'~' ;:: ' ~L'" "~ .......... ~ '":~~ ton:~ ~: r~~termS"~;~e ai~P~ ~tr'li~ ~ • - process.- .... Needed. " ~~ ......... Call 304-250-4152 or 304-573- 3550 for more information. The minor, which will be available for all majors, won't be general interest- it will be clinically based, Tack said•, looking at how to intervene in the problem as well as helping people get better. While there are many fields that this minor would complement, she said the university's focus is on majors such as social work, psychology, public health, nursing and education• The minor would encompass 15 credit hours in five courses. • The first is an introduction to addiction studies, which is a MASONIC MEETINGS Hinton Masonic Lodge # 62 meets ist. and 3rd, Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. HEALTH DEPARTMENT SCHEDULE. Immunizations are given every Monday and Wednesday at the Summers County Health Department. Please call if any questions 304-466-3388. If the opioid crisis hasn't peaked yet. Several groups, such as •the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services NAADAC, Addiction ! iii t NEWS ARTICLES General Information and Writing. 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The Hinton News -P O Drawer 1000 Hinton, WV 5951-1000 initiatives underway to develop the workforce needed to prevent and treat substance-use disorders, Tack said. By now, many know that West Virginia leads the country in opioid overdose rates, she said, as well asI the highest rate of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). '%Ye have this challenge, and yet, 21 percent of our counties have no counselor," Tack said, adding that there may be a therapist in a county, but not one who specializes in addictions. '~/hile this is a national issue, we are even worse off as far as having trained professionals ready to work with this population when we are in the state that has the biggest problem," she said. "That's a disturbing juxtaposition in my mind." Setting goals WVU wants to be part of the soluti0n,: Tack said, and can do that by developing formal training programs for addictions counselors. Currently, there are no programs in