CVG hits new records in May for local origin and destination volume for passengers and cargo

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) set a record in May for local origin and destination passenger volume, as well as cargo volume in its 70-year history.   Local traffic was up 16.1 percent year-over-year with 323,049 originating passengers, compared to 278,344 in May 2016, representing 44,705 new travelers coming through CVG’s front door.   CVG also set a record in terms...

BBB Trends: No rest from cybercriminals — think before you click because someone is out there

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau More than $50 billion is lost to financial fraud each year and most of it is committed online simply by accessing an unsecured website or not having a strong password. Without having either protections in place, thieves are able to quickly make a profit and commit identity theft using information that is easily accessible.   Crimes are committed with a click The...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Patti’s 1880’s Settlement Restaurant has become a food phenomenon

Patti’s 1880’s Restaurant started as “Hamburger Patti’s Ice Cream Parlor” in 1977 with a seating capacity of 20 people. Today they have grown into Patti’s 1880’s Settlement Restaurant with seating for over 400. And the restaurant draws over 350,000 hungry customers annually to the tiny town of Grand Rivers. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things,...

Alsco extends relationship with KY Speedway; pens multi-year deal to continue as XFINITY race sponsor

Alsco has extended its relationship with Kentucky Speedway with a multi-year agreement to continue being the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Alsco is a worldwide leader in the rental of linen, uniforms, healthcare garments, and washroom products. The family-run business introduced linen and uniform rental services to the world in 1889. “Renewal by an event sponsor is the highest...

Texas de Brazil Churrascaria expansion continues with opening of new restaurant at The Summit

Texas de Brazil Churrascaria continues its expansion into new markets by opening its 53rd Brazilian-American steakhouse this week at The Summit at Fritz Farm development in South Lexington. The family-owned restaurant treats guests to authentic churrasco-style grilled meats and a continuous dining experience that blends the unique culture of Brazil with the generous hospitality of Texas. “We...

American Metal Works, Big Sandy Community and Technical College team for apprenticeship program

Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey joined officials from American Metal Works and Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Paintsville to announce the creation of a new apprenticeship program. The first of its kind in the region, this CNC Programming apprenticeship will enable area apprentices to begin a 4-year Computer Numerical Control (CNC) program at American Metal Works that will require 2,000...

Total of 74 counties experienced lower jobless rates in May; Woodford, Oldham, Fayette the lowest

Unemployment rates fell in 74 Kentucky counties between May 2016 and May 2017, rose in 28 and stayed the same in 18 counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.3 percent; Shelby County,...

Keven Moore: Working from home doesn’t relieve employers from duty to provide safe environment

Thanks to evolving and improving technology, telecommuting from home has been a growing trend over the past two decades. It is defined as a work arrangement in which employees do not commute or travel by bus or car to a central place of work, such as an office building, warehouse or store. Telecommuters will use mobile telecommunications technology such as Wi-Fi equipped laptop, tablet or personal...

Ford Motor Co. announces plan to spend $900 million for upgrades to its truck plant in Louisville

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Ford Motor Co. has announced a major investment at a Louisville plant that makes large SUVs. Ford will spend $900 million in upgrades at the Kentucky Truck Plant to build the all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, which will begin arriving at dealerships this fall. The two full-size SUVs will be exported to over 55 markets globally, including the Navigator to China. Ford...

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders to host Ownership Seminar at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is hosting an Ownership Seminar on Saturday, July 15 at the Indiana Grand Racing and Casino in Shelbyville, Ind. The day-long event is being held on the same day as the Indiana Derby and will offer those in town for the state’s top day of racing an up close and personal view of Thoroughbred ownership. The audience will have the opportunity to speak...

Churchill Downs announces $60 million investment for historical racing machine facility in Louisville

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Tuesday it is investing approximately $60 million to construct a state-of-the-art historical racing machine (HRM) facility in Louisville. The 85,000-square-foot facility will be built at 4520 Poplar Level Road—Churchill Downs’ former Trackside (also known as the former Sports Spectrum) site, and conveniently located less than half a mile from the Poplar Level...

Governor’s Safety and Health Award presented to Louisville-based tech leader Raytheon Co.

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Raytheon Company in Louisville Monday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 1,384,573 production hours without a lost-time incident. “Congratulations to Raytheon Company on achieving their second Governor’s Health and Safety Award,” said Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working over 1,000,000 hours without...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Passion for conservation drives researchers at Green River Preserve

Follow Zack Couch, Zeb Weese, and Albert Meier in their pursuit of bats at the Western Kentucky University upper Green River Biological Preserve. A passion for science and conservation takes these men on a search for endangered bats in the hope of gaining information that will help preserve these threatened creatures. The preserve, near Bowling Green, is home to a number of endangered species. Kentucky...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5 percent in May 2017

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May unemployment rate was 5 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for May 2017 was down 0.1 percentage points from the 5.1 percent reported in April 2017. The preliminary May 2017 jobless rate was unchanged from the 5 percent rate recorded...

Keven Moore: Robotic equipment could save the day by lowering risk of lawn mower accidents

Summer time is almost here and an estimated 54 million Americans will be mowing their lawns as we all try to keep up with the spring rains. Mowing the lawn is a summer-time ritual and a rite of passage for many teenagers and as the school year draws to a close many will take on this proverbial family chore. Despite all the new safety features that have been added to lawn mowers since my childhood,...

Nominations open for 28th annual John W. Galbreath equine industry entrepreneurship award

Nominations are open for the 28th annual John W. Galbreath Award, which recognizes outstanding entrepreneurship in the equine industry. The University of Louisville College of Business Equine Industry Program has given the award annually since 1990 to honor entrepreneurial leadership that has had a significant and positive impact on the equine industry. Past recipients have included Hall of Fame trainer...

BBB Trends: To keep your summer yard and garage sales safe, keep on the look-out for scammers

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Summertime is ripe with opportunities to explore, and some of the best adventures can be had at quirky flea markets, out-of-the-way estate auctions, and weekend garage sales. Hosting a sale might also be a good way to clean out the closets and make room for that new summer wardrobe. To make sure your summer sales are safe, keep an eye out for scammers. Lock...

LG&E, KU customers reach new milestone with 50,000 appliances recycled in utilities’ program

If teamwork makes the dream work, then thousands of customers of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are working from the same solid game plan – aimed at protecting the environment and better managing energy use as a community. Thanks to their participation, the utilities’ Fridge and Freezer Recycling Program has reached a new milestone – celebrating 50,000 appliances...

Toyota honors top employee volunteers after donations of over 15,000 hours to nonprofits in 2016

For the 23rd consecutive year, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) is recognizing team members for outstanding volunteerism in the community, including Georgetown resident, Bethany Giordano. Giordano received the company’s “Volunteer of the Year” award after volunteering more than 1,200 hours to local nonprofits, including the Scott County Humane Society and Girl Scouts, in 2016....

Wilderness Trail Distillery to add new jobs in Danville on $10 million expansion project

Wilderness Trail Distillery, a producer of bourbon, rye whiskey, vodka and rum, will increase capacity at its Boyle County facility by six fold with a $9.91 million investment and 10 new jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. “Wilderness Trail’s expansion will create exciting opportunities for people in the Boyle County area and beyond, not only in relation to new jobs, but in attracting new visitors...