Bluegrass & Backroads: A visit to historic and beautiful Keeneland is always a safe bet

With one of the world’s most beautiful tracks right in the heart of horse country, you’ve got a safe bet on a day at Keeneland in Lexington. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so much more...

Murray State’s Town & Gown Program contributes $25,000 to building to attract future industry

Murray State University’s Town & Gown Program has made a $25,000 financial commitment towards construction of a spec building that is designed to welcome future industry in the Murray-Calloway County area. The campaign for the new building is being led by the Murray-Calloway County Economic Development Corporation, a member of the Town & Gown partnership program, along with the Murray-Calloway...

LG&E, KU earn EPRI Technology awards for electric vehicle charging stations, Brown Solar

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company was recently honored with two Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute for its achievements in research and development. Presented annually, EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize power system leaders and innovators who have helped their companies deliver safe, affordable, reliable, and environmentally...

Keven Moore: Threat of vehicle-ramming attacks could take place anywhere — always be alert

In the America’s heartland, many of us live out our everyday lives without the worry of terrorist striking close to our towns and cities, simply believing that the threat of terrorism will not visit their own home town or city. Since 911 our government has successfully thwarted similar attacks on a grand scale, but they have been unsuccessful at stopping them entirely, as terrorists today have changed...

BBB Trends: Beware of job offers online — some sites just aren’t what they are pretending to be

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Any job offers extended from www.rds-usa.com should not be accepted. BBB learned that the domain for the website is registered in Hong Kong and isn’t the site it’s pretending to be. The fake website has details designed to make it look like it represents a local company – Rapid Delivery Service, a BBB Accredited Business – but it’s actually...

Whitworth Tool Inc.’s $3.6 million reinvestment project to create 50 new jobs in Hardinsburg

Whitworth Tool Inc., a manufacturer of precision-machined components for the tool and die industry, plans to invest $3.58 million in its Hardinsburg headquarters, creating 50 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Wednesday. “We are grateful to the owners of Whitworth Tool for their decision to reinvest and add more jobs here in Kentucky,” said Bevin. “Companies, like Whitworth, have gained...

Nominations for 2017 Pacesetter Awards sought by Kentucky Small Business Development Center

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center is seeking nominations for the 2017 Pacesetter Awards. The recognition program was created to honor high performing, second-stage businesses that are changing Kentucky’s economic landscape. The deadline to submit nominations is March 15. KSBDC encourages small businesses that meet the following minimum qualifications to apply: · Privately...

J.D. Power ranks LG&E highest in Midwest in customer satisfaction in latest study

Louisville Gas and Electric Company was named the top-ranking utility in the Midwest segment in the newly released J.D. Power and Associates 2016 Calendar-Year Gas Business Customer Satisfaction Study. “It’s an honor to once again be recognized by J.D. Power, this time for top-ranking customer satisfaction among natural gas business customers,” said Lonnie Bellar, senior vice president-Operations...

BBB Trends: Let me call you sweetheart anytime of the year, but beware — tricksters are out there

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Sweetheart scammers are con artists who prey on lonely people by pretending to fall in love with them in order to win their trust and steal their money. While sweetheart scams can happen face-to-face, today’s sweetheart scams often take place online. Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing because it doesn’t just happen on Valentine’s Day but...

Kona Ice’s ‘Going Pro’ conference features former Boone County, NFL star Shaun Alexander

By Vicki Prichard Special to KyForward Back in 2007 when Kona Ice founder Tony Lamb held his first conference with his franchisees, he had a $250 marketing budget and about 70 people attend. It’s no stretch to say that Kona Ice has come a long way since that first convention. This year marks ten years since Kona Ice, a mobile, Hawaiian-style shaved ice franchise based in Florence, rolled out its...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Alltech’s Town Branch bourbon provides a real taste of Kentucky

Alltech’s Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company, the home of Town Branch, has been brewing award winning beers since 2000. With the addition of their distillery, Town Branch gives you a taste of Kentucky! Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader...

Ted’s Montana Grill to open second restaurant in Lexington, will add over 70 jobs

Ted’s Montana Grill, a Classic American restaurant recently voted the “No. 1 Bar and Grill” and a “10 Great Dining Pick” by Consumer Reports, will open at The Summit at Fritz Farm in Lexington this spring. This is the second restaurant in Lexington (Ted’s is also located at the Hamburg Pavilion) and will mark Ted’s 48th location. Founded by media mogul Ted Turner and famed restaurateur...

Lexington tourism builds on record year in 2016, fueled by increased social media exposure

Following a record year in 2015 as a result of hosting the 2015 Breeders’ Cup, Lexington still managed to increase room revenue and tax revenue in 2016. Total room revenue topped $182 million and total tax revenue collected rose to $12.5 million for the year. “Lexington continues to gain momentum as the destination for convention and leisure travel,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX....

Christine Luken: How you think about money translates to action, so upgrade your thoughts

The battle for your money begins in your mind. Many people make financial related resolutions for the New Year: save more, spend less, pay off credit cards. Our thoughts are a very powerful force that can either support or sabotage these money goals. Yet most of us never stop and think about what we’re thinking about when it comes to money. What are you saying – in your head and out loud –...

UK Gatton College of Business report expects ‘robust’ economic growth in Kentucky this year

Forecasting “robust” economic growth this year and identifying education as the most important factor affecting Kentucky’s economic future, the University of Kentucky Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) released its 45th Kentucky Annual Economic Report Wednesday. CBER is the applied economic research branch of UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics. “The...

Lemons Mill Brewery becomes first tavern to open in Harrodsburg area since Prohibition

A new craft brewery and a new distillery have opened their doors in Harrodsburg. Lemons Mill Brewery earns the distinction of being the first tavern or taproom in the area since before the 1920s. Olde Towne Distillery is the first distillery in the United States to produce Hemp Moonshine. Brewer LeMayne Ellis, Lemons Mill Brewery (Photo: Ad-Success) “We are thrilled to offer visitors new, fun...

BBB Trends: If caller asks ‘can you hear me,’ it’s probably a scam — so just hang up

By Sandra Guile Special to KyForward The phone rings but the number is unfamiliar. You answer it and the voice on the other end of the line asks “Can you hear me?” You can, so you respond with a simple “yes.” Unfortunately, that answer may cause problems you weren’t expecting BBB’s Scam Tracker has received several reports in the Greater Cincinnati area about calls that...

State Labor Cabinet collects $107,614.90 in unpaid wages in January

The Labor Cabinet recouped $107,614.90 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers in January. Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing wage violations. The...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Two generations working side by side to produce beautiful folk art

Day in and day out, Justin Roberts and George Beard search the land for willow and spend their nights working side by side in George’s woodshop in Murray, Ky. Like two peas in a pod, the age differences disappear; and stories from an era past, along with a beautiful and lost folk art are passed down from one generation to the next as they “walk the willows.” Kentucky is a state defined...

Record breaking year for Kentucky housing market; total home sales highest ever recorded

After a record breaking year in 2015, Kentucky’s number of homes sold set new highs in 2016. Total home sales were the highest ever recorded in the state at 52,123, an 8 percent increase over the 48,259 sold in 2015. The Kentucky Association of Realtors (KAR) reported that over the past five years, home sales increased monthly, year-over-year, in all but seven months. In both November and December,...