District 7 E-Newsletter

Councilwoman Paula McCraney 601 W. Jefferson Street (502) 574-1107


Paula McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1107



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Phone Numbers
of Interest

l Air Pollution: 574-6000

Animal Services: 363-6609
or 361-1318

Anonymous Tipline:
574-LMPD (5673)

Brightside: 574-2613

Jefferson County Clerk's Office: 574-5700

Legal Aid: 584-1254

Metro Call: 311 or 574-5000

Metro Parks: 574-7275

Metro Police: (Non Emergency) 574-7111 or 574-2111

Metro Safe: 572-3460
or 574-7111

MSD: 587-0603

PARC: 569-6222

Poison Control: 589-8222

Public Works: 574-5810

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

TARC: 585-1234

Veteran's Affairs: 595-4447


In this Issue...

Message From McCraney

"I dedicate this issue to all essential workers in our community. Thank you for your dedication to your work and taking care of us during these most difficult and novel times. We truly appreciate you!"

Hello neighbors and friends,

While Derby is generally all the rage, this weekend's celebration will be a wee bit subtle. In fact, some would argue that Derby should not take place at all this year, given COVID-19 and the civil unrest in our fair city. But, in the spirit of bringing some normalcy to the most exciting 2 minutes in sports, I've included information in this issue about this year's unprecedented race.  Best wishes to each of you for a fun and winning "pandemic Derby."  

Labor Day, on the other hand, is a federal holiday in the United States that is celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers. The long weekend holiday is brought to you by the blood, sweat and tears of the labor movement. 

As I write my message, I pause to tip my hat to Labor. It's because of the labor movement and need to protect the common interest of workers, our nation's laborers through the years have enjoyed better wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions.

I can't think of the labor movement without being reminded of what is going on in our streets today.  Civil unrest - civil disobedience - civil disturbance - all demonstrations with a purpose to achieve certain outcomes. 

As I've stated in prior messages, I support everyone's 1st Amendment rights and the ability to petition one's government.  I stand in unequivocal solidarity with peaceful protestors whose message is condemnation of racism, bigotry and inequality, which in my opinion, contradicts our purpose for pledging allegiance to the flag, i.e. "and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

I do NOT condone deplorable acts of rioting and lawlessness whereby participants, in the name of protesting, become hostile toward authorities and make it almost impossible for law enforcement to maintain public safety and order over a disorderly crowd. I have zero tolerance for this form of "protest."

During last week's "Muffins with McCraney," we discussed some of the civil unrest in our downtown area, and the parts that, at times, found its way to the suburbs. We all agreed that protesting has its place, but we do not support harassment of any kind, or the destruction of property. I maintain that there is peaceful and meaningful protesting taking place in our city, and then there are some folks who take pleasure in hijacking the protest for an excuse to break the law. Those who are breaking into cars, destroying businesses, driving in caravans and disobeying traffic rules, and striking at (or back at) law enforcement, should be held accountable and face consequences for their behavior.

In honor of the labor movement and in recognition of the necessary civil unrest occurring all across America, I extend these quotes of comfort to all workers (even those who are currently unemployed) and peaceful, lawful protestors: 

  • Tough times never last, but tough people do.
  • I say find one true friend to help you get through the tough times.
  • You’ve got to stay strong to be strong in tough times.
  • Tough times call for tougher decisions.
  • Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds. 
  • If you feel the lack of confidence, always remember that a really strong person never doubt himself/herself. 
  • Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else. 
  • Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.

Kentucky Derby - Pandemic Style


While the 146th Run for the Roses will be staged without fans this year, there's still plenty of excitement for those who will be watching on television or streaming online.

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Watch the Races on TV

Thur, Sept 3rd 12:30PM - 6:00PM Fox Sports 2
Fri, Sept 4th 11:00AM - 2:30PM
3:00PM - 6:00PM
Fox Sports 2
Sat, Sept 5th 11:00AM - 2:30PM
2:30PM - 7:30PM
Fox Sports 2

All times and dates are subject to change and are ET. 

Catch Up on Derby Week Action

Making the Garland of Lilies

From the Farm: How Derby Champions are Fed

From the Farm: The Home of Secretariat

From the Farm: Nyquist & Street Sense

Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw

TwinSpires.com Handicapping Roundtable

Kentucky Oaks Post Position Draw

Pedigree fun facts: 2020 Kentucky Derby


Although we’re in novel circumstances with a Kentucky Derby on Labor Day weekend, the pedigree entrants bring us back to familiar territory. Derby winners factor in the sire lines of possibly 15 contenders, even the three exceptions trace to beaten Derby favorites, and the dams contribute further connections.




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A Message from the Department of Motor Vehicles


Zoning Change Notification


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Update from the Governor


Governor's Update on COVID-19

As of 4 p.m. Sept. 3, Gov. Beshear reported that the number of positive coronavirus cases has now surpassed 50,000, with at least 50,885 cases in Kentucky, 906 of which were newly reported Thursday. One hundred twenty-four of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 17 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was a two-month-old baby from Henderson County.

“COVID is a once-in-100-year pandemic and we’ve got to take it seriously. We’re seeing a rough week this week,” said Gov. Beshear. “While our positivity rate is going down, we’re still seeing some high numbers. Today we’re reporting 906 new cases of COVID-19. That’s our third-highest total since the very beginning.”

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 10 new deaths Thursday, raising the total to 976 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

As of Thursday, there have been at least 902,446 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 4.53%. At least 10,547 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here. To see all recent daily reports, click here.

Information about COVID-19 and schools is also being made available. To view the reports, click here for K-12 and here for colleges and universities



COVID and Child Care Facilities


COVID-19 Testing


Who Should Get Tested?

  • Anyone who has symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Contact your healthcare provider about scheduling a test.
  • Testing for people who do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) including:
    • Persons without symptoms who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Consider getting tested during your 14 day quarantine if you do not develop symptoms. 
    • Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders without symptoms.
    • Residents in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings, including prisons and shelters, without symptoms
    • People without symptoms who have been in large gatherings where social distancing was difficult and you do not know if you were in close contact with a positive case.
  • ​For all testing please follow instructions to call ahead or pre-register for the testing site.

To see a complete list of testing sites throughout Jefferson County, follow this link.

Seeking Help for COVID



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