A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Rural Blog: Appalachia hit twice by coal declines; fewer jobs, ‘crippling’ bills for more expensive power

“As coal mining has collapsed across Appalachia, residents in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia have been socked with a double whammy—crippling electric bills to go along with a declining economy,” James Bruggers reports for Inside Climate News. (KyForward file photo) American Electric Power subsidiaries Wheeling Power and Appalachian Power requested permission from the West Virginia...

BBB Trends: Nanny job may sound too good to be true; scammers could be trying to get your money

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau The school year has begun and for many families, it may be necessary to find a babysitter or nanny to ease the pressure of a hectic schedule. If you’re in the market for such a job, be wary of the posting descriptions that sound promising. The posting may read as a family seeking a nanny offering a great salary with wonderful working conditions. For example,...

Lexington Art League announces hiring of Matt Collinsworth as interim executive director

The Lexington Art League Board of Directors announces the hiring of a new interim executive director, Matt Collinsworth. His hiring is a key component of the Lexington Art League’s budgetary and strategic planning processes, which will include input from key stakeholders across the community and conclude in March 2019. Collinsworth is a familiar figure to many artists and art collectors in Lexington,...

Second annual Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit set for Sept. 10-12 in Louisville

Learn about the rapidly expanding career and business opportunities available to Kentuckians at the second annual Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit Sept. 10-12 at the Kentucky Exposition Center at 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville. Registration for the free event, co-hosted by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and UPS, is at form.jotform.com. The summit will bring together...

Award-winning broadcasting veteran Mike Savage named general manager of WEKU-FM

An award-winning 25-year broadcasting veteran and a former member of the NPR Board of Directors, Mike Savage has been named general manager of WEKU-FM, the public radio service of Eastern Kentucky University. Most recently, Savage served four years as general manager of WBAA at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he led a full-time staff of 12 and was responsible for managing a $1.5...

LBAR records $269.2 million in real estate sales in July; sales down four percent from 2017

Real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors positively impacted the Bluegrass economy as of July 31 with 1,294 reported sales totaling $269,237,011. July sales activity decreased four percent with 1,353 sales reported closed in July 2017 compared to 1,294 sales reported closed in July 2018. Of the 1,294 sales, 301 sales were to first-time homebuyers and 172 sales...

As school begins, Better Business Bureau is offering tips to protect students from ID theft

Classes are beginning for many students across the Bluegrass this week. Whether they are in elementary school or in college, Better Business Bureau serving Central and Eastern Kentucky is warning parents that a student can be a prime target for identity theft. “Children are especially good targets for ID theft because they have zero credit history and no questionable banking transactions in their...

McDonald’s, franchisees to invest $124m in KY to modernize local restaurants, offer technology

McDonald’s had announced that the company and its franchisees are investing approximately $124 million in the state of Kentucky throughout 2018 and 2019 on the construction and modernization of approximately 200 McDonald’s restaurants, transforming the customer experience inside and outside the restaurant. In total, McDonald’s and franchisees are investing $6 billion to modernize most U.S. restaurants...

Partnership between Mercedes-Benz, JCTC will address growing demand for automotive technicians

A new apprenticeship effort between Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) in Louisville will address the national demand for automotive technicians through the innovative Mercedes-Benz Accelerate training program. The JCTC program will prepare students to become a level one Mercedes-Benz Certified Systems Technician in just three semesters. Students will train...

Alltech’s Deirdre Lyons named Business Person of the Year by Southeast Ky. Chamber of Commerce

The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce gave its 2018 Business Person of the Year award to Deirdre Lyons, the co-founder of Alltech, during its annual awards night on Aug. 9 at the East Kentucky Expo Center. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated support for the advancement and development of business in Eastern Kentucky. Mrs. Lyons and the late Dr. Pearse Lyons initiated the development...

Home sales experiencing a decline in Kentucky; prices and inventory on the rise throughout the state

June home sales were at the lowest level for the month since 2014, with the number of transactions decreasing 5.4 percent compared to a year ago at 5,207 in 2018, versus 5,504 in 2017. Even with the decline, total home sales for the first half of 2018 are still on track to be the second highest ever for Kentucky. Through June, home sales reached 25,253, only 2.7 percent (or 697 total homes) below the...

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates announces appointment of four new board members

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) has announced four new members to its board of directors. KODA is one of the 58 organ procurement organizations in the U.S. working to save lives through organ donation and enhance lives through tissue donation. The Board of Directors is KODA’s governing body and meets periodically to discuss and vote on KODA affairs. Julie Bergin, BSN, MHA, KODA’s president...

Kentucky American Water’s Dorothy Rader gets national award for distinguished service to industry

Dorothy Rader, manager of water quality and environmental compliance for Kentucky American Water, has been recognized with the George Warren Fuller Award, one of the highest individual honors bestowed upon water utility professionals by the American Water Works Association. The award recognizes water industry leaders for their long-time distinguished service and commitment to the advancement of water...

Keven Moore: Flight attendants are safety professionals in disguise, vital to airline experience

Working as a flight attendant has its perks. You get to travel the world, live where you want and set your own schedule. To some this appears to be glamorous and fun, a well-traveled restaurant server that comes with a suitcase. But they are really safety professionals in disguise. I have never worked as a flight attendant, but I have stayed in my fair share of distant Holiday Inns over the years....

Commerce Lexington names 39th class of Leadership Lexington — 50 people of varied backgrounds

Since 1979, Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Leadership Lexington program has been cultivating Lexington leaders, producing over 1,400 graduates from this highly informative, educational and results-oriented leadership development program. The program recently completed in 2018 was the 39th class of Leadership Lexington. Graduates of the program have impacted our city in areas such as public art, childhood...

BBB Trends: Back to campus or into a new home, choose your moving company carefully

Moving back to campus or moving to a new home takes a lot of organizing, planning, and patience. Choosing someone to pick up all of your belongings and take them to another location is a scary prospect, and sometimes the details involved with moving aren’t exactly clear before the first box is packed. Know this: you have rights and responsibilities that protect both you and the moving company that...

Georgetown-assembled 2019 Lexus ES will offer drivers and all-new ‘game-changing’ vehicle

The next generation 2019 Lexus ES 350 is roaring off the production line in Georgetown and drivers will soon have a chance to burn up the streets in this game-changing vehicle. “We’ve implemented the all-new Lexus Global Architecture platform,” said Susan Elkington, president, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., (TMMK). “The 2019 ES starts with a newly developed, more rigid chassis...

Keven Moore: Employees’ driving habits can lead to negligent entrustment claim

We all have seen it happen before — a good employee makes a terrible decision while at work or on their personal time, but what if he or she does it driving their personal vehicle while conducting business for his or her employer? I suspect that most of you reading this article are saying “what does that matter to my employer? It’s my car and my life, so what does this have anything to do with...

Economic Policy Institute says right-to-work laws don’t increase employment — they reduce wages

Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Right-to-work laws do not bring jobs – and in fact reduce wages – according to new research. The laws say that even workers covered by union contracts don’t have to pay anything toward the cost of getting and keeping the contract. Supporters argue that states with the laws see job growth because employers are drawn by their business climate. In 2017,...

Greg Gerard named new president of Baptist Health Richmond; served as interim president since January

Greg Gerard, MHA has been named the president of Baptist Health Richmond. Gerard has served as interim president since January when Todd Jones accepted a new position with BayCare Health System in Clearwater, Florida. Greg Gerard Gerard joined Baptist Health in 2015 as Vice President of Ambulatory Services. In that position, he successfully led the restart of the cardiac intervention program, helped...