District 7 E-Newsletter

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


Paula McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street

Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-1107


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Phone Numbers
of Interest

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

Property Valuation Administration: 502-574-6380

Public Works: 574-5810

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

TARC: 585-1234

Veteran's Affairs: 595-4447

happy mother's day

In this Issue...

Message From McCraney

I get teary-eyed after Derby weekend because I know two things will happen the following week - my youngest son's birthday will be celebrated, and all across the world a loved one will be honored on Mother's Day. These two special events warm my heart.

My son was born on Friday, two days before Mother's Day in 1992. It was a joyous day (although, I did think for a moment that he had quite the nerve arriving on my special weekend). I like to make a fuss over his birthday, forgetting that in a couple of days, or on the same day, I, too, will be made a fuss of. I've enjoyed sharing my big day (or weekend) with him for 29 years. He has already called to tell me that he and his wife would be by on Saturday for his birthday, and before he hug up he said, "Oh, and we will come back Sunday for Mother's Day." Interesting...

Mother's Day, in my opinion, is the most precious holiday of them all. It truly is a time when everyone should pause and pay tribute to a woman. A mother can be biological in nature or a woman in your life who is mother-like in how she interacts with you. Regardless of your relationship with your mother, be sure to pause this Sunday and think of her, visit her, and/or shower her with love. If most mothers are like me, they cherish any and all attention.

Below is a song that my husband and his three brothers sang to my loving mother-in-law during a Mother's Day years ago. It was a moving moment, and although my mother is no longer here on earth, I'm dedicating this song to her. It suits her to a tee.

Click here to hear the song by The Intruders: I'll Always Love My Mama 

happy mother's day

I'll Always Love My Mama

I'll always love my mama
She's my favorite girl
I'll always love my mama
She brought me in this world

Sometimes I feel so bad
When I think of all the things I used to do
How mama used to clean somebody elses house
Just to buy me a new pair of shoes

I never understood how mama made it through the week
When she never ever got a good night's sleep

Talking 'bout mama
She's one of a kind
Talking 'bout mama
You've got your yours, and I've got mine
Talking 'bout mama
Oh, hey mama, hey mama, my heart belongs to you

I'll always love my mama
She's my favorite girl
You only get one, you only get one, yeah
I'll always love my mama
She brought me in this world

A mother's love is so special
It's something that can't you can't describe
It's the kind of love that stays with you
Until the day you die

She taught me little things like "Say Hello and Thank you, please"
While scrubbing those floors on her bended knees

Talking 'bout mama
She's one of a kind
Talking 'bout mama
You've got your yours and I've got mine
Talking 'bout mama
Oh, hey mama, hey mama, my heart belongs to you

I'll always love my mama
She's my favorite girl
I'll always love my mama
She brought me in this world

I'll always love my mama
I'll always love my mama
I'll always love my mama
I'll always love my mama

I'll always love my mama
I'll always love my mama
I'll always love my mama
I'll always love my mama


Songwriters: Huff, Whitehead, Gamble, Mcfadden

For non-commercial use only.

Louisville Metro Government Budget


You have two opportunities to voice your opinion on the FY 2021-2022 budget process. Let us hear from you!  Here's how:

1. Participate in one of two upcoming Metro Council Budget Committee public hearings on May 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. or May 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

2. Submit a question or recommendation to the Council through e-mail using the Budget Comment Form below.   

Budget Comment Form:  


This form will accept comments through the end of May. Comments made using this form will be compiled and shared with all members of the Louisville Metro Council.

For information on signing up to speak at one of the two Metro Council public hearings about the FY22 budget, please visit: https://louisvilleky.gov/metro-council/document/guidance-public-addresses-public-hearings-metro-council-budget-committee.

Additional Budget Links:

FY22 Budget Hearing Schedule:  


FY22 Mayor’s Proposed Executive Budget:  


FY22 Mayor’s Proposed Detail Budget: 


Kentucky Gives Day


Rally with Kentucky Nonprofit Network and participating nonprofits for the 9th annual statewide day of action on May 11!

Charitable nonprofits stepped up to meet the unprecedented challenges of the last year because Kentuckians are counting on them. These nonprofits are counting on you to help them continue to meet community needs.

Please donate on Tuesday, May 11, when nonprofits will be engaging in friendly competition for prizes and working to secure matching gifts! And after you give, please help us spread the word by sharing your participation on social media using the hashtag #KYGives21.

Update From the Mayor


Mayor Prioritizes Electric/Hybrid Vehicles


Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order directing all Louisville Metro Government (LMG) agencies and departments to prioritize the purchasing of electric and hybrid vehicles, green equipment and necessary infrastructure to support Louisville Metro Government's transition to electric vehicles.

“Emissions from gas-powered vehicles are the second-largest source for greenhouse gas emissions in our city,” said Mayor Fischer. “Louisville Metro Government employees—from LMPD and code enforcement officers driving their routes to Metro Parks employees cutting the grass—operate many gas-powered vehicles. We need to practice what we preach and lead by example. This executive order will move us toward electric vehicles, which will provide cost savings over time and improve environmental health.”

In addition, the executive order states that any contractor or supplier doing business with LMG in excess of $1,000,000, collectively, shall commit to reduce their carbon footprint and provide a plan that details how they will achieve such reduction.

To view the executive order in its entirety, please visit:


Get Vaccinated Louisville


The Mayor and Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness leaders remind residents that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, powerfully effective, and readily available throughout the city. On Tuesday, they spoke with Dr. Mark Burns, infectious diseases specialist and assistant professor for the University of Louisville, about the resumption of the Janssen, or Johnson & Johnson, vaccine in Louisville.  Watch, and find a vaccine at louisvilleky.gov/covid19.

Mayor's Proposed Budget 2021-2022


On the latest episode of his podcast, Mayor Fischer speaks with Chief Financial Officer Daniel Frockt and Budget Director Aaron Jackson about the Mayor’s recommended 2021-22 budget, which seeks to build a model that ends the pandemic, lifts our economy and realizes racial equity. Listen.

SummerWorks 2021


Louisville youth 16-21 can now register online for help getting a summer job

In March, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio, Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) President and CEO Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, and other community partners at the YouthBuild Louisville headquarters downtown to announce the start of SummerWorks 2021.

All Louisville youth who are between the ages of 16-21 (as of June 1) are eligible to enroll in SummerWorks. Once they register online and complete a new virtual job readiness training course, youth will be able to apply for job opportunities geared toward them.

SummerWorks, which was founded by Mayor Fischer in 2011 after federal funding for summer jobs was eliminated, has directly placed Louisville youth in more than 6,700 summer jobs. The program’s core operating funds are approved by the Louisville Metro Council. Private donations sponsor jobs for youth in greatest need of the opportunity. Those contributors include the James Graham Brown Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, the Gingko Foundation, the Community Foundation of Louisville, the Diaz Family Foundation, and other organizations and individuals.

SummerWorks is operated by YouthBuild Louisville in partnership with KentuckianaWorks, the Louisville Region’s Workforce Development Board. To learn more about SummerWorks and how to get involved as a participant, employer, or supporter, visit www.summerworks.org.

PARC New Requirements - Starting July 1


The Parking Authority of the River City (PARC) announced  that, in accordance with Louisville Metro Code Ordinances 72.128, the booting of vehicles with three or more outstanding citations will once again be enforced starting July 1. Due to many hardships that came from the COVID-19 pandemic, booting was paused in March 2020.

“PARC was very intentional last year in pausing normal operations due to the unique challenges brought by the pandemic, and we knew that booting a vehicle could exacerbate those challenges,” said PARC Director Tiffany Peebles. “With vaccine numbers increasing and more activity taking place in the central business district, we will be returning to our regular procedure of booting vehicles that have three or more outstanding citations. Appeal opportunities remain available.”

If after July 1, a vehicle is issued its third or more citation, the vehicle will be booted. In addition, if a vehicle was issued three citations prior to the pandemic but was not booted due to the pause in booting, that vehicle remains qualified to be booted after July 1.

Citations are issued to encourage drivers to pay parking meters and adhere to parking guidelines, which leads to an increase in safety and economic development. If citation fines are not paid, booting is the next step.

To pay a parking citation, PARC offers several options, including using the Go502 app, paying online at louisvilleky.gov/PARC, calling (888) 757-2616, mailing the payment to PARC’s office or paying in person. A $3.50 convenience fee will be added to the payment if done online or by phone, and a $1.50 fee will be added if paid through the Go502 app.

To appeal a citation, drivers can file an appeal at louisvilleky.gov/PARC, or download the appeal form from louisvilleky.gov/PARC and submit that form via fax at 569-6611 or mail/bring it to PARC’s office.

PARC’s office is located at 222 S. 1st Street, Suite 106, and is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reach PARC by phone, call (502) 587-7275.

Update from the Governor


KY Ranks 3rd Nationally For Economic Projects


Gov. Beshear said that one of the big three credit rating agencies, Fitch Ratings, improved the state’s financial outlook to stable, reflecting the commonwealth’s solid economic recovery from the pandemic. To learn more, see the full release. He also said that last month, Site Selection magazine ranked Kentucky at the very top of the South Central region and third nationally for 2020 economic development projects. Finally, the Governor said he learned Friday morning that Kentucky’s sales tax revenue for April set an all-time record.

1,000 or Less Events Can Go To 75% Capacity


On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that on May 28, all events and businesses with 1,000 or fewer people present can increase to 75% capacity.

In addition, starting May 28, indoor and outdoor events with more than 1,000 people can be held at 60% capacity.

“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now projecting a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases by July. I’m hoping we’ll be fully done with all capacity restrictions by July. That is my expectation,” said Gov. Beshear. “We don’t have to be patient for that much longer, but we do have to finish our work and protect the people around us.”

Unemployment Update


Amy Cubbage, general counsel for Gov. Beshear, updated Kentuckians on unemployment insurance (UI). Cubbage said claimants have made over 12,000 in-person appointments at the 13 Kentucky Career Centers across the state. In addition, UI staff have received more than 2,300 phone calls from claimants since May 1. More than 125,000 claimants have completed registrations since the UI system temporarily shut down to prevent fraud.

Work Search Requirements
The Office of Unemployment Insurance is reinstating work search requirements, effective May 9. To learn more, see the April 22 release where the reinstatement was initially announced.

More information on work search requirements is posted here: kcc.ky.gov.

$21.6 Million Grant For Vocational Rehabilitation

Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced today the state has received a $21.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to boost efforts to help newly injured and ill employees remain at or return to work. To learn more, see the full release.

PACCAR Parts Breaks Ground in Louisville

On Thursday May 6th, Gov. Andy Beshear congratulated PACCAR Parts, as the distributor of aftermarket parts for heavy and medium duty trucks, trailers, buses and engines, broke ground on a $52.2 million, state-of-the-art parts distribution center in Louisville Riverport Authority’s Phase 5 development, an investment expected to create 80 full-time jobs.

The 260,000-square-foot facility will be used  for motor-vehicle-related parts distribution, including original equipment and replacement parts and aftermarket products. The facility is expected to be operational in 2022.

The performance-based agreement can provide up to $500,000 in tax incentives based on the company’s investment of $52.2 million and annual targets of:

  • Creation and maintenance of 80 Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs across 10 years
  • Paying an average hourly wage of $23.50 including benefits across those jobs

The complete press release may be found here. For more information on PACCAR Parts, visit PACCARParts.com.

Vaccine Updates


Louisville/Jefferson County Updates

If you are part of a group, organization, neighborhood, or demographic interested in hosting a LouVax Mobile Mission you can reach out to LouVaxMobile@louisvilleky.gov or call the LouHealth Helpline at 502-912-8598 to discuss setting up an event.

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

For detailed information on COVID-19 vaccinations and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

Covid-19 Updates


Here are the key COVID-19 data metrics for the week of May 3, 2021 for Louisville: 

  • There were 859 new cases over the previous week
  • 16 cases per 100,000 population

To view this week's COVID briefing with public health officials CLICK HERE. Individuals looking for a vaccine appointment can CLICK HERE

Derby Attendees Encouraged To Get Tested


Dr. Moyer encourages unvaccinated individuals that attended events at Churchill Downs or Derby related parties and gatherings to get tested.

Additionally, Dr. Moyer said it's important for people to monitor their symptoms and quarantine if they attended gatherings or were around large crowds because they may have been exposed to COVID.  

"Cases are on the rise. This week we reported the highest number of cases since March," she said. "Testing allows us to track the spread of COVID and helps us find new variants that are driving spikes in cities across the U.S. and across the globe, and helps us make sure people get medical treatment quickly."

To view a list of testing sites, click HERE.

Kentucky COVID-19 Statistics


Case Information

People vaccinated in Kentucky (have received at least one dose): 1,837,229.

To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

News You Can Use


$100 Vouchers available For Spay-Neuter


Spay-neuter vouchers cover up to $100 of the cost to have the procedure done at a local veterinary clinic or hospital. Vouchers are limited to one per household. Jefferson County pet owners who need assistance providing medical care, food or shelter for their pet is encouraged to visit the intake office at the LMAS Shelter, located at 3528 Newburg Road. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday from 12-6pm. To contact the intake office, send an email to animals@louisvilleky.gov or call 502-473-PETS.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance


Calling Young People of Color For C.O.R.E 2021

100 Black Men of Louisville, Inc. invites Metro Louisville young people of color ages 16-24 to participate in the Summer 2021 C.O.R.E. Virtual Program. The C.O.R.E. (Career Orientations, Resources & Exploration) Program is an seven-week program for young people of color that aims to provide career exploration,  job coaching skills and business writing portfolio development. This program also offers networking opportunities with professionals and businesses around the country.

This program will begin on June 12, 2021 and concludes on July 31, 2021. Participants will receive a stipend upon successful completion of the program.  This summer program is free of charge for the participants.

This program is co-sponsored by DevonshireSmith Diversity and Education Solutions (DVS).


View attached. Those who are interested can register online at this link, Summer 2021 C.O.R.E Virtual Program Registration Form

Please complete the attached forms, scan and send back to info@dvseducation.org or send via snail mail to 100 Black Men of Louisville, Inc., 9505 Williamsburg Plaza, Louisville, KY, 40222 by June 4, 2021!

For more information about the 2021 C.O.R.E. Virtual Summer Program, please contact the 100 Black Men of Louisville at info@100BMOL.org.


Calendar of Events


Winners For Wellness Football Event


Virtual Walk For Pre-Eclampsia May 15th


May 15, 2021 at 9 A.M.

The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™ supports the mission of the Preeclampsia Foundation as we improve the outcomes of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy by educating, supporting and engaging the community, improving healthcare practices, and finding a cure. To register for this virtual event click here.

Annual Women In Technology Conference


May 18-19 In-Person and Virtual

Over 500 women and a few good men will converge in one location to network, learn a new technology, be inspired and motivated by women who have been in the IT industry for years. Only IT conference you will attend with ALL female speakers!

The conference will be held May 18-19, 2021 - Galt House East in Louisville or Virtual from anywhere.

For more information visit Women in Technology and Computer Careers.

How to Honor Mental Health Awareness Month


Wear Green During Mental Health Month

As many have turned to working from home in response to the pandemic, fill  video calls with a sense of togetherness by wearing green, the ribbon color of mental health awareness. 

Be Open About Mental Health

Knowledge is key. Research  information and resources about mental health and how to cope under stress. 

Do Something Creative

Whether you are trying to keep your kids occupied at home or want to join in, try a stress-relieving coloring book. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy can be used to "explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, … reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem."

Keep It Light When You Can

With conditions cramped and everyone on edge, it’s important to laugh. The Mayo Clinic cites many short-term and long-term benefits of laughing, from soothing tension to improved immune systems. A Fun-To-Fidget Cube or a  stress ball can help to lighten the mood.

Stay Physically Active

While we may be staying indoors more these days, it’s important to keep up a healthy and active lifestyle. 

Yoga is a great way to connect the mind and body, having been found to reduce many chronic health conditions. 

Stick to A Routine

Motivate coworkers and friends to stick to a schedule.  They can use the time they would have spent on commuting to take their favorite buddy on a walk, enjoy a cup of coffee, or try a new recipe.

Find a Retreat Within your Home

Since we are all cooped up, it is important that everyone has their own quiet space to be alone in. Set up a tranquil corner of your home with a healing aromas candle, essential oil spray or other aromatherapy.

Designate Time For Anxiety

It can be easy to lose track of time when every day seems to blend in to the next.  Keep track of your activities in a journal or set fun activities ahead of schedule on a  Wellness calendar so you have something special to look forward to each new day.

Remember to practice physical distancing, not social distancing

Isolation and loneliness are bad for humans. While we need to physically be apart, we can still connect socially with friends and family. It has never been more important to take stock of how you and your family are  coping with the unprecedented implications of coronavirus, especially during Mental Health Month. Be alone, together.

Just 4 Fun!


Think you're ready to begin? The process is simple, read the question (most will be short and sweet), answer said question, check your answer against the answer given to see if you are right. Enjoy and good luck! Answers will be at the bottom of the newsletter. 

1. If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring?*

2. Tom's mother has three children. One is named April, one is named May. What is the third one named?*

*Answers to #1 and #2 are listed at the end of this e-Newsletter.

3. A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, an attractive girl named Sarah. The bus driver had to go on a long bus trip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Sarah seven apples. Why?

Answer:  An apple a day keeps the doctor away! 

4.  A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?

Answer:  The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry.

5. What is special about these words: job, polish, herb?

Answer: They are pronounced differently when the first letter is capitalized.

Riddle: What two things can you never eat for breakfast?

Answer: Lunch and Dinner.

Riddle: What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs?

Answer: A clock.

Riddle: What tastes better than it smells?

Answer: A Tongue.

Riddle: What kind of room has no doors or windows?

Answer: A Mushroom.

Riddle: What do Alexander The Great and Winnie The Pooh have in common?

Answer: Same middle name.

LMPD Crime Reports- District 7


5th Division Report


Interactive Crime Map Available

Metro Louisville now has an interactive map that will allow you to see what is happening in your neighborhood as well as others across the city. The map updates daily and if you choose you can receive alerts for your area by subscribing using the red receive alerts button on the page.  Click here to try it out: Interactive Map to Track Crime.



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Updates from the Governor


To view the Governors most recent updates on click here: https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=GovernorBeshear&prId=641



Metro 311





In August 2016 Louisville Metro Emergency Services teamed up with Bullitt County, Oldham County, and Washington County to create a regional emergency notification system – Louisville Emergency Notification System (LENSAlert).  Its enhanced capabilities include using all communications modes to send alerts – mobile phones, landlines, email, text, social media, IPAWS-OPEN.  Take another step in being prepared for disasters and sign up for LENSAlert today.

SMART 911.com


In addition to receiving notifications, individuals can create a Safety Profile for themselves and their household that can include any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. When individuals make an emergency call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker, allowing them to send the right responders to the right location with the right information. Information about medical history, allergies to medication, number of residents in a home and even a picture of the family dog can all be added to a Safety Profile.

Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions About Smart911

Dial 2-1-1 for Assistance with Food




Are you looking for a public place to exchange items you've sold online? Do you share custody of a child and are looking for somewhere to exchange custody?

The Louisville Metro Police Department is providing MetroSWAP Zones outside of some Division offices.

There is 24 hour video surveillance. LMPD recommends:

  • Agree to meet the person ONLY at a MetroSWAP station.
  • Meet only during daylight hours.
  • Tell someone you trust where you are meeting and at what time.
  • Meet in the parking lot at two designate areas of each location.
  • Make the interaction brief and to the point.

MetroSWAP Zones are at:

Sign Up to Receive Crime Alerts


Visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroPolice/Patrol+Divisions/ to sign up to receive the LMPD’s new crime alert update for your neighborhood. Simply select your LMPD division number and click "Subscribe to Crime Alerts by Beat" to begin receiving the update.

  • Division 5, please call dispatch at 502-574-7111
  • Division 8, please call dispatch at 502-574-2111

Fifth Division - This division covers the area including the Highlands, Clifton and Cherokee and Seneca Parks.

Eighth Division - This division covers the area including Middletown, Lyndon, Oxmoor and the Ford Truck Plant.

Interactive Crime Mapping

You can now map crime in Louisville using the interactive mapping tool

Lock Your Car!


Tune in to View Metro Council Meetings

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NOTICE: All Metro Council meetings are carried live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 and  U-verse Channel 99.

The meetings are also available online at the Metro Council home page at http://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk. (Click here and click on the “Watch Meetings Online” button.)  

OR access prior or current meetings here:



Agendas for these meetings can be viewed using the following link:


State Government Website Information


Click Here for State Government Website

Click Here to:  View All Agencies

Kentucky General Assembly

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Click Here to Visit Website for Laws, State Legislators, Watch Bills, etc

Click here for more info.

Answers To The Riddles in Just 4 Fun

1. Pilgrims

2. Tom