Lena Mae Cornett, 71, Viper passed away Monday, July 28, at the Nim Henson Geriatric Center in Jackson. She was the daughter of the late Algie and Ida (Bach) Frazier. She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Charles Edward “Rabbit” Frazier, Willis Frazier, Wilford Frazier, Bennie Frazier, John Frazier. She is survived by one son, Roger Lindon Cornett of Viper; two daughters, Kimberly Lynn (Terry Lynn) North of Hazard, Vivian Leigh (Brent) Pulliam of Hazard; one brother, Mack Frazier of Noctor; one sister, Charlotte (Clarence) Bailey of Noctor; seven grandchildren, Whitney (BG) Dalton, Nicole Hollon, Austin North, Taylor Pulliam, Lexie Pulliam, Destiny Cornett, Ethan Cornett; two great grandchildren, Braxton Dalton, Gunner Pulliam. Funeral services Friday, Aug. 1, 2:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. officiating. Burial in the Frazier Cemetery at Noctor. Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Cleta Mae Noble, 90, Southfork passed away Wednesday, July 30, at her residence. She was the widow of the late Robert Noble. She was a member of the Rehobeth Church. She is survived by two sisters, Bea Noble of New Richmond, Ohio, Ernie Kidd of New Richmond, Ohio; one niece, Arlene (Gary) Jones of New Richmond, Ohio; special friend, Donna Turner of Jackson; host of close friends. Funeral services Saturday, Aug. 2, 1:00PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobby Hollon officiating. Burial in the Hardin Cemetery at Southfork. Serving as pallbearers, Dustin Turner, Willie Turner, Steven “Scoober” Noble, James Paul Noble, Gary Jones. Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Jimmie W. Edwards, 67, London passed away Mon., July 28, at the Springview Hospital in Lebanon. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in London. He was the son of the late Otta Ray and Josephine (Mann) Edwards. He is survived by his wife, Arnell Edwards of London; one son, Timothy Edwards of Nashville; one daughter, Brandi Smalley of London; two sisters, Carolyn Roberts of Dallas, TX, Candace Lee of Floresville, TX; one granddaughter, Chloe Smalley; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Burns of London, Carlene Price of Richmond; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral will be Thurs., July 31, 1:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Noel officiating. Burial in the Justice Riley Cemetery at Freeman Fork. Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
(From Fortune.com) New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union.
When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time.
A new studyfrom researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of those states’ average expenditures per year.
The researchers studied more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union. Based on this method, the the most corrupt states are:
That these places landed on the list isn’t exactly surprising. Illinois, which has gain notoriety for its high-profile corruption cases in recent years, is paired with states like Mississippi and Louisiana, which are some of the least economically developed in the country. The researchers also found that for 9 out of the 10 of the most corrupt states, overall state spending was higher than in less corrupt states (South Dakota was the only exception). Attacking corruption, the researchers argue, could be a good way to bring down state spending without hurting services that people need.
Researchers also found that spending in these states was different than their less corrupt counterparts. According to the report, “states with higher levels of corruption are likely to favor construction, salaries, borrowing, correction, and police protection at the expense of social sectors such as education, health and hospitals.”
The paper explains that construction spending, especially on big infrastructure projects, is particularly susceptible to corruption because the quality of large, nonstandard projects are difficult for the public to gauge, while the industry is dominated by a few monopolistic firms. Corrupt states also tend to, for obvious reasons, simply have more and better paid public servants, including police and correctional officers. The researchers argue that the need for correctional officers is greater in corrupt places too because “the overall extent of corruption will be higher in states with higher numbers of convictions of public officials.”
Of course, it’s not all bad news, as the study also found the least corrupt states too. Citizens of these states–Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Vermont, Utah, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Kansas–can take solace in the fact that they’re not getting ripped off as badly as the rest of us.