A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Keven Moore: New generation of smoke detectors is game-changing technology that will save lives

The smoke signal is one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication. In today’s world, however, detecting a “smoke signal” is synonymous with warning occupants within a home of potential fire hazard and saving lives. According to a somewhat-dated National Fire Protection Association report, smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. Statistics indicate that three-quarters of...

Kentucky Small Business Development Center to celebrate Small Business Award winners on May 2

National Small Business week is April 29 – May 5, and the Kentucky Small Business Development Center is ready to celebrate. In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, KSBDC is preparing for its Kentucky Celebrates Small Business awards ceremony, in the Capitol Rotunda at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 2. The ceremony will honor both the U.S. Small Business Administration award winners and...

The real estate market in Kentucky is seeing a rise in home prices as sales are leveling off

The real estate market in Kentucky is seeing a rise in home prices for the first two months of the year while home sales have leveled off. The median price rose 5 percent year-over-year to $119,523 in February compared to $113,833 in 2017. In January, the median price was up 4.6 percent to $122,433. This compares to Kentucky’s median price for all of 2017 of $128,589. Nationally, the median home...

LBAR announces $215.6 million in Fayette County real estate sales in first quarter 2018

Residential real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR) positively impacted the Fayette County economy in first quarter 2018 with 920 reported sales totaling $215,628,456. Sales continue to be a driving force in Fayette County economy. Residential sales decreased 12 percent from 1,050 sales reported in first quarter 2017 to 920 sales reported in first quarter...

KCTCS colleges partner with Metalsa for registered apprenticeships in effort to build, maintain workforce

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is the largest provider of workforce education in Kentucky and has partnerships with businesses across the Commonwealth. One of the longest standing partnerships is with Metalsa Structural Products, which has registered apprenticeship programs with Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC)....

Venture Connectors announces 2018 Venture Sharks finalists; $30K in cash and services up for grabs

Venture Connectors has selected four startups to compete in the final round of its 9th annual Venture Sharks™ business competition on Wednesday, May 2. Entrepreneurs seeking funding for their business plans will fend for themselves against a panel of savvy investor sharks fishing for the next great deal. The final round will be held during the monthly Venture Connectors’ luncheon meeting at the...

Lexington tax service owner charged with preparation of false tax returns between 2015-2018

The Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced today that Tiffany Ann Williams of Georgetown, KY was indicted by a Franklin County Grand Jury on twenty-eight counts of Willful Preparation of False Kentucky Income Tax Returns. The indictment, filed last week, charges Williams with preparing fraudulent tax documents for customers of her business, Quality Tax Service,...

Beam Suntory in Clermont presented with second Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Beam Suntory in Clermont recently to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,025,643 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “On behalf of Gov. Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, I would like to congratulate Beam Suntory in Clermont on earning its second Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary...

UK Gatton College marketing professor studies the how and why of asymmetric pricing

Remember a few years ago when airline ticket fares increased dramatically due to surcharges which were added quickly in response to sharply rising fuel costs? Even though fuel prices have moderated substantially, many, if not most, of the higher fares are here to stay. And yet such pricing practices, dubbed “asymmetric pricing” by academics, seem to be less prevalent in other parts of the world....

Independent Stave Co. to build new $66.5 million cooperage in Morehead creating 220 jobs

Barrel manufacturer Independent Stave Co. will create 220 jobs for Kentuckians with a new $66.5 million cooperage in Morehead. “Our strategic plan has been simple – continue investing to best support our customers and the ongoing growth of the wine and spirits industry,” said Brad Boswell, CEO of ISC and fourth-generation cooper. “After looking at several locations for a cooperage, we decided...

Century Aluminum announces $116 million investment to upgrade Hawesville smelting plant

Century Aluminum Co., a global producer of primary aluminum, will invest approximately $116.5 million for improvements at its operation in Hawesville that will create over 250 full-time jobs. Century will use its investment to upgrade its smelting technology and to train new and existing employees to use the new equipment. The Hawesville operation produces high purity metal required for the defense,...

Keven Moore: No such thing as ‘restroom rights’ for teachers, nurses; that could account for shortages

It’s common knowledge today that teachers and nurses are overworked, stressed, under appreciated, disrespected and disillusioned. Consequently many are leaving their profession at such a high rate—to the point where many states are dealing with teacher and nursing shortages. Meanwhile, the number of college students who choose to go into these professions is steadily dropping as well.   There...

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to host ownership seminar at Keeneland April 22

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is hosting an Ownership Seminar Sunday, April 22 at Keeneland in Lexington. The day-long seminar will provide an inside look at the basics of Thoroughbred ownership. Panels will consist of industry professionals who will cover various topics of ownership such as acquisition, the purchasing and selling process, owner and trainer relationships, partnerships,...

Mattress cover and component maker JOMEL Seams Reasonable opens sewing facility in Jamestown

National mattresses component maker JOMEL Seams Reasonable Inc. celebrated the opening of its 30-job manufacturing facility in Russell County last week. The $422,000 project included reconfiguring and equipping the former GGF Heritage manufacturing plant on Ferco Way. The leased plant, already operating with 14 employees, primarily manufactures zippered smooth-top mattress covers. It can also produce...

Startup indoor farming company Hydroponic Farms USA plans 121-job facility in Breathitt County

Startup indoor farming company Hydroponic Farms USA had announced it will invest more than $44.5 million in Eastern Kentucky’s Breathitt County and create 121 jobs with the construction of a new facility on a reclaimed mine in Jackson. “Appalachia has much to offer the world in terms of natural beauty and abundant resources, but what really makes this place special is its people,” said Tim Davis,...

Pioneer Plastics announces $600,000 upgrade to Webster County plant creating 17 new jobs

Pioneer Plastics, which manufactures a range of products for the restaurant, retail and appliance industries, will invest $600,000 and create 17 full-time jobs as it renovates its Webster County facility in Dixon. During the project, Pioneer will purchase new equipment and make upgrades to boost production capacity at its 100,000 square-foot facility. The new jobs will come atop the company’s current...

Fitzgerald Industries to buy former Belden Plant in Monticello, Create 250 Jobs

Fitzgerald Industries II LLC, which manufactures aluminum dump truck beds, will locate in the former Belden Inc. plant in Monticello with a $6 million investment that will create 250 full-time jobs. The company’s $6 million investment will reconfigure the plant and add machinery to cut, form and weld aluminum sheet for production of commercial-grade dump beds for Class 8 trucks. The facility also...

Bellarmine University adds to commercial real estate holdings with purchase of Watterson Medical Center

Bellarmine University has announced that the university is under contract to purchase the Watterson Medical Center, an 80,000-square-foot health care facility at 3430 Newburg Road. Bellarmine’s endowment fund will pay approximately $11 million for the two-story building – which opened in 1992 – and the surrounding land. Bill Mudd, chairman of the Bellarmine Board of Trustees, said, “while the...

Keven Moore: Getting closer to George Jetson’s age, think of the time saved — and of the risks

By Keven Moore Special to NKyTribune The days where George Jetson hops in his flying saucer-like car from his Skypad Apartments in Orbit City to go to work at Spacely’s Space Sprockets may still a bit seem farfetched, but we are closer than you would have ever imagined. A world where traffic jams and road rage will no longer exist; where commuters could sleep in an extra 30 minutes and apply...

Wealth management firm Hilliard Lyons unveils new branding and logo for Kentucky Market

Hilliard Lyons, a wealth manage­ment firm headquartered in Louisville, is unveiling a new brand and logo firm-wide. The 21 branches in Kentucky will reveal the new Hilliard Lyons logo this week in their exterior signage. Hilliard Lyons employs nearly 300 Wealth Advisors, Client Service Associates, and other staff in Kentucky. Hilliard Lyons new logo “We are really excited to reveal our new branding,”...