Bevin names five to Center for the Arts board, three to Military History Museum Committee

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Tierra Kavanaugh Turner, Scott Flynn, Donna Hall, Christopher Todoroff and Sandra Frazier have been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Turner, of Louisville, is owner and CEO of TKT & Associates, Inc. She will serve for a term expiring April 29, 2021. Flynn, of Anchorage,...

Volunteers from across the state recognized as part of annual Governor’s Service Awards

Gov. Matt Bevin, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson honored 15 individuals and four groups from across Kentucky for their volunteer and service contributions at the 22nd annual Governor’s Service Awards Tuesday. The annual awards are coordinated by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS),...

House members go behind closed doors to discuss controversial public pension proposal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky House members got their first look at the consultant’s report on reforming Kentucky’s troubled public pension plan during a two-hour, closed-door meeting in Frankfort on Tuesday. A report by PFM Group Consulting suggested moving new state government hires to a 401-K type retirement, putting new teachers on the Social Security system, and making those on hazardous...

Increasing the retirement age, limiting cost of living raises among proposed pension revisions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Independent consultants are recommending that Kentucky lawmakers take away some of the cost-of-living raises awarded to government retirees over the past two decades as part of a strategy to restore financial solvency to Kentucky’s beleagered pension system. That was one of several recommendations the consultants with PFM Group made to the Public Pension Oversight Board...

Bevin, Braidy Industries’ CEO Bouchard talk leadership, development at Local Issues Luncheon

Gov. Matt Bevin and Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard shared center stage Thursday at the 42nd annual Local Issues Conference Governor’s Luncheon at the Galt House in Louisville, discussing key developments and decisions that led to one of the most historic economic investments in Eastern Kentucky. “I am blessed by the opportunity to speak to people like Craig Bouchard on a weekly basis, as...

Special session to deal with state’s underfunded pension system coming in October, speaker says

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Lawmakers will take a long look at the public pension systems in October during a special session, House Speaker Jeff Hoover said Thursday. Hoover addressed reporters prior to the 54th annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast at the Kentucky State Fair. The Public Pension Oversight Board will take recommendations on pension reform prior to a meeting next Tuesday...

Grand Champion ham attracts $325,000 bid at 54th annual KFB Country Ham Breakfast charity event

The 54th annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast brought in an incredible $325,000 winning bid for the Kentucky State Fair’s Grand Champion Country Ham Thursday. Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney kicked off the remarks portion of the program. “Along with other agriculture organizations, we are committed to improving lives in rural Kentucky. We love Kentucky, because we believe...

Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame will induct 23 new members in Class of 2017

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 23 inductees to the 2017 Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame received a grand preannouncement surprise when the Fastrax parachute team dropped onto the front lawn of the State Capitol on Tuesday carrying large American, Purple Heart and Veterans flags with them. It was a fitting display since the inductees served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines in such conflicts...

Bevin names Leitchfield police chief Henderson new Grayson County judge-executive

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Kevin Henderson, of Leitchfield, as Grayson County Judge-Executive. Henderson has over 25 years of law enforcement experience, including service with the Leitchfield Police Department, Grayson County Sherriff’s Office, and the Kentucky State Police. He currently serves as chief of police for the Leitchfield Police Department. Additionally, Henderson owns and operates...

‘Kentucky Leads’ the theme as officials gather for 42nd annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference

The 42nd annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference officially begins this week at the Galt House in Louisville, with a conference registration of over 850 locally elected officials, community leaders, and advocates. The official theme, “Kentucky Leads,” is a testimony to the historic developments and milestones already seen in 2017. “I am overjoyed at the start of the 42nd Annual Governor’s...

Bevin fills positions on MLK State Commission, Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Board

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Pamela Sue Dimmerman has been appointed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission. Dimmerman, of Crestview Hills, is a retired staff member of U.S. Senator Jim Bunning’s office. She will serve for a term expiring Dec. 12, 2019. Founded in 1992, the mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission is...

Disagreement over reorganization of UofL board of trustees moves to Kentucky Supreme Court

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A political fight between Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear over a reorganization of the University of Louisville board of trustees spilled into the Kentucky Supreme Court on Friday. Justices heard oral arguments Friday morning in a lawsuit questioning Bevin’s power to disband members of the board and to appoint new ones. Beshear...

Bevin swears in Kentucky native Kelly Craft as U.S. ambassador to Canada in Frankfort ceremony

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky businesswoman Kelly Craft called her new role as U.S. ambassador to Canada the “highest professional honor of my life.” Gov. Matt Bevin swore in Craft during a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort on Friday. She was confirmed by the U. S. Senate earlier this month, and becomes to first female U. S. Ambassador to Canada. “Growing up in Glasgow,...

Stratus Plastics plans to open $4 million manufacturing facility in Butler County

Stratus Plastics International Inc., an automotive and consumer goods supplier, will invest $4 million to locate a factory in Morgantown, creating 29 full-time jobs in Western Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. “Our state’s leadership in the automotive industry is increasingly well recognized in North America and around the globe, as we continue attracting businesses like Stratus Plastics,”...

Bevin launches new website highlighting public pension issues in advance of special session

The Office of the State Budget Director launched a comprehensive new website aimed at keeping Kentuckians informed, as the Bevin Administration works with state legislators to address the Commonwealth’s public employee pension crisis. Visitors to KentuckyPensions.com can obtain answers to frequently asked questions, view detailed reports and a glossary of key terms, follow the latest developments,...

Bevin appoints Kitchen circuit judge for second judicial district in western Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Tony Kitchen, of Paducah, as Circuit Judge for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, Division 2. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, Kitchen graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Tony Kitchen Kitchen...

Murakami mirror systems expansion in Taylor County to employ 20 on investment of $2.7 million

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday that Murakami Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc., which makes automotive vision systems, will build a more than $2.7 million, 20 employee warehouse on its Taylor County campus. “This investment by Murakami highlights the increasing strength of Kentucky’s automotive sector, which employs more than 100,000 people statewide,” Bevin said. “It shows ongoing confidence in...

Bevin makes appointments to medical licensure board, Jefferson County tourist commission

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Richard Whitehouse and Dr. Kenneth Payne have been appointed to the State Board of Medical Licensure. Whitehouse, of Louisville, is executive director of the Kentucky Dental Association. He will represent citizens at-large and serve for a term expiring Aug. 31, 2020. Payne, of Louisville, is an obstetrician/gynecologist...

Louisville legislator files measure to eliminate Confederate related state holidays

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Kentucky lawmaker is filing legislation for the 2018 session aimed at removing Confederate-related holidays from the list in the state’s statute. Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, said it includes Robert E. Lee Day on Jan. 19, along with Confederate Memorial Day and Jefferson Davis Day, both of which are observed June 3. However, it does not include removing statues across...

Governor Bevin makes numerous appointments to statewide boards and commissions

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Michelle Diane Penque has been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors. Penque, of Cold Spring, is senior business project analyst at Greater American Insurance Company. She will represent the public at-large and serve for the remainder of an unexpired term ending June 21, 2020. The Kentucky Board of Home...