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Human Rights Planning Committee moves ahead

2014-05-31 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo CM staff photo. The Joint Columbia/Adair County Human Rights Planning Committee appointed by Columbia Mayor Mark D. Harris and Adair County Judge Ann Melton met last night, Friday, May 30, 2014 in the Adair Annex with Glenda Green, Kentucky Human Rights Field Supervisor, center and completed plans for the establishing the Columbia/Adair County Human Rights Commission. From left Adair County Magistrate Sammy Baker (District 3), representing Adair Fiscal Court; Columbia City Council member and representative Linda Waggener, (Green), Columbia City Council member & representative Charles Grimsley, and Bobby Bowe, who has recently retired after a distinguished career in State Government where, among many duties, he led seminars on human rights goals for state government. A look at the 15 local Human Right Commissions listed at Local Human Rights Commissions in Kentucky indicates that the Columbia/Adair County Human Rights Commission may become the 16th in Kentucky, and would the C/AC Human Rights Commission will serve the second smallest (after Berea, Population 13,561), on a population basis, entity with such a commission. The latest local HRC is in Berea, a college town with many similarities. Communities closest to Columbia which have Human Rights Commissions are Danville/Boyle County, and Bardstown/Nelson County. The opportunity for Columbia/Adair County to have a local Human Rights Commission was facilitated by long time local Kentucky Human Rights Commissioner Duane Bonifer, KY Human Rights Commissioner for the 3rd Supreme Court District, and Public Relations Director for Lindsey Wilson College; and Kentucky Human Rights Executive Director John Johnson. Lindsey Wilson, though not represented at the meeting, sent word through Green that they will actively support the local HRC.
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