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NATIONAL NEWS: TV SHOW, BOOK PUT STEVE NUNN BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT — STORY ON A10 SEASONINGS I A4 SPORTS I B1 Tantalizing tomato tidbits Focused Lamb thinking of title, not NBA this year Also: A casserole fit for Passover Advocate-Messenger The 75¢ | Danville, Kentucky Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Companies collaborating on refuge chambers Federal certification could mean 200 new jobs By STEPHANIE MOJICA LANCASTER — Engineers from an Arizonabased firm that regularly works with NASA are in Lancaster this week to help Mine Shields enhance its refuge chambers for coal miners. Paragon Space Development Corp. and Mine Shields representatives negotiated for about a year to work together on the project, said Paragon aerospace engineer David Zuniga during a Tuesday press conference. Mine Shields chambers can provide underground workers up to four days of air, water, food and waste management in the event of an accident. e company is poised to create as many as 200 new jobs once its refuge chambers become federally-certified. e certification is imminent, according to Mine Shields CEO Connie Hendren. SO YOU KNOW — By Stephanie Mojica KENTUCKY LOTTERY TUESDAY MIDDAY Pick 3: 2-3-6 Pick 4: 3-7-2-2 EVENING Pick 3: 1-7-7 Pick 4: 4-6-2-5 Mega Millions: 2-8-30-36-48 Mega Ball 31; Megaplier 3 Cash Ball: 8-14-22-32 Cash Ball 10; Kicker 1-0-2-8-3 5 Card Cash: JD, 2S, QH, KS, QC TONIGHT Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High: 70s Low: 50s Complete weather map, A10 Advice Classifieds Comics Deaths Local News National News Opinion Scrapbook Seasonings Sports Vol. 146, No. 223 6 05358 12300 7 Printed on recycled paper © 2012 The Advocate-Messenger Unusual job fair attracts dozens By STEPHANIE MOJICA LANCASTER — Dozens of people from across the region came to a job fair Tuesday hoping to snag an electrical technician position in Iraq or Afghanistan that pays more than $100,000 a year. Sustainment Solutions, also known as SSI Worldwide, is based in Garrard County and has secured a contract that will send qualified workers overseas for a year. Workers must pass extensive security and medical clearances, said SSI Worldwide CEO Scott Shinn. Ideally, each hired worker will have a degree or equivalent experience in electronics. Mechanical, diesel generator and HVAC experience is also helpful. Applicants must be able to lift at least 50 pounds. People who come close to meeting the basic qualifications might be eligible for training. Year-long contracts also include 30 days of paid Guest conductor Stuart Underwood, above, conducts the finale, “Rhythm of Life,” during a chorus program Tuesday in the auditorium that bears his name at Lincoln County High School and Area Technology Center. March is “Music in Our Schools Month,” and students in the Lincoln County school system performed Tuesday. The concert consisted of each choir singing one song before performing the finale together as a combined choir. At right, the Men’s Ensemble performs “Kiss the Girl.” Clay Jackson/ See JOB FAIR, on A8 Public meeting on Danville Mercer hopes to hire water project draws little interest superintendent soon By STEPHANIE MOJICA A6 B5-B6 B9 A2 A2-A3 A10 A9 A5 A4 B1-B4, B10 Stephanie Mojica/smojica@ Company based in Garrard seeks workers for jobs in Iraq, Afghanistan By DAVID BROCK INDEX A Mine Shields employee works on a refuge chamber for coal miners Tuesday at the company’s plant in Lancaster. Sweet, sweet sound Streamland to get new storm siren Danville officials are replacing a tornado siren in the Streamland pool parking lot at an estimated cost of $16,000. The siren is one of eight within the Danville city limits, said network administrator Mike Warren. It was placed in its current location during 1996 or 1997. All of the tornado sirens in the city are old, noted Interim City Manager Ron Scott. Some were placed in the 1990s, while others were installed in the 1970s, added Boyle County Emergency Management Director Lennie Shepperson. “It’s the ones from the 1970s that seem to never have trouble,” Shepperson said. Several residents complained about not hearing the Streamland siren during recent tornadoes. However, some of the complaints came from people already inside their homes, and tornado sirens are not intended as warnings for people indoors, Shepperson said. “The purpose is so people who are outside can go inside,” Shepperson said. Sirens only go off to warn people of an imminent tornado; there are no “all clear” sirens, Scott added. During their time together, Paragon and Mine Shields engineers will place special focus on the air management of the chambers. Hendren and Paragon CEO Taber MacCallum said the effort is likely just the beginning of collaboration between the companies. “We are just thrilled,” said Garrard County Economic Development Director Nathan Mick. “You all are forging the future of the safety of underground mines.” Danville continued to deliver details of one of the largest projects in city history before a small crowd Tuesday night. A handful of residents assembled at city hall to hear an overview of the $27.5 million water treatment expansion project that will begin this year if all goes according to plan. Earl Coffey, city engineer, and Brent Tippey, vice president with HDR Inc., the company managing the expansion, discussed the city’s need to meet federal regulations, satSee WATER, on A8 David Brock/ Brent Tippey with HDR Inc., the company managing Danville’s water plant expansion, speaks at a public meeting on the project Tuesday night at Danville city hall. Construction on the $27.5 million project should begin in early September. The Advocate-Messenger | HARRODSBURG — A screening committee could submit a list of finalists for the vacant superintendent position to the Mercer County Board of Education by next week, and in the meantime board members are drafting a list of interview questions for the potential candidates. e board plans to select a new superintendent by April 24, and the new leader will begin his duties July 1, according to Phil Eason, a consultant with the Kentucky Association of School Administrators and Leadership Strategies Group, who is helping with the search process. Twenty people have applied for the position. Sixteen are from Kentucky, and four are from other states. Out of the pool of applicants, five have superintendent experience. e identity of the candidates is confidential; only the names of finalists will be divulged, Eason noted. “is is a real good number of applicants, and we are very pleased with the quality of the applicants, as well,” See MERCER, on A8

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