- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) - A proposed addiction recovery center has finally found a home in eastern Kentucky.

The Independent (http://bit.ly/1mzPCcO) reports Genesis Kentucky Recovery Center will be located in Grayson.

The announcement last week comes after partners in the project evaluated dozens of sites. Originally, partners in the project wanted the center to be located in Boyd County, but magistrates there rejected the proposal.

Officials in Grayson and Carter County welcomed the center, which will house up to 100 males from six eastern Kentucky counties. Partners in the project at first rejected the idea of moving to Grayson, but eventually decided to make the move after continued resistance in Boyd County.

Carter County Judge-Executive Charles Wallace said he made several calls to state officials seeking support for the recovery center in Carter County.

“The need is here in Carter County and we welcome it here,” he said. “I’m glad they decided to come back here.”

The center will create 18 jobs and have a positive impact on the local economy, but Grayson Mayor George Steele says that’s not the important factor in locating the facility there.

“The money is not important here,” Steele said. “What is important is that people in the FIVCO area are going to get help with a very serious problem in their lives.”

Pathways Inc., which will operate the center, said a groundbreaking could happen as soon as August.

Pathways Director Kim McClanahan said the Kentucky Housing Authority has approved the site for the facility, and officials were glad to be at the end of a long search for a home.

“We were welcomed,” McClanahan said, later adding, “It is very nice to be wanted. I will say that.”

State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, noted efforts of Attorney General Jack Conway, first lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Housing Corp. for make sure the center was a priority project for the area.

“It’s finally going to be turning dirt, and only a couple of months behind,” Webb said.

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Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com

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