Big Blue Crush celebrates 30th anniversary of Kentucky vs. Tennessee blood drive Nov. 13-17

This year marks the 30th time that Kentucky and Tennessee fans have competed to see who can donate the most blood for the holidays. The annual Big Blue Crush is Nov. 13-17. “Big Blue Crush is a fun week for donors and our staff, but it’s mostly about Kentucky patients. It’s our biggest blood donation week of the year and supports the healthcare of Kentucky during the holidays, a time when blood...

‘Cats quarterback Stephen Johnson was the right play caller at the right time in win over Tennessee

Stephen Johnson may not be considered the top quarterback in the Southeastern Conference and isn’t in the running for the Heisman Trophy, but he’s the right signal caller at the right time for Kentucky. Although the junior college transfer hasn’t been perfect during the past two seasons, he has been instrumental in leading the Wildcats to what will be back-to-back postseason appearances. Johnson...

SEC Tournament: Monk still struggling but his UK teammates sense a breakthrough coming soon

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer NASHVILLE — Malik Monk is struggling but Kentucky keeps right on winning. Coming off a six-point performance in the regular-season finale, a 71-63 win at Texas A&M, Monk was hoping to get back on track in the Wildcats’ postseason opener but remains in a funk. Monk struggled yet again, this time scoring just two points in a 71-60 victory over Georgia...

Hawkins, seniors will be the key for Cats in postseason

Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder will be counted on to provide leadership and valuable minutes for the Wildcats during the postseason (Tammie Brown Photo)When Kentucky takes on Georgia today in the Southeastern Conference Tournament here in Nashville, it will be the beginning of the last hurrah for seniors Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder. Hawkins and Willis were part of two Final...

Out of the Blue: Pappy John’s BBQ a piece of hog heaven

Pappy John’s BBQ in Selmer, Tennessee, has been in business for more than 40 years (Keith Taylor Photos) Pappy John’s BBQ has a reputation as one of the top BBQ places in the region with outstanding customer service Pappy John’s BBQ meats are smoked in-house When I’m traveling, I like to try new places and see different faces. When my wife Rhonda and I drove to Tupelo, Mississippi...

What’s new in Tennessee? Elvis Week’s 40th anniversary, 100th birthday for the MoonPie

Tourism in Tennessee continues to expand with new attractions, impressive state-of-the-art developments, and milestone anniversary celebrations of iconic attractions and events that helped shape “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” In 2017, Tennessee celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis Week, the 50th of The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, the 90th anniversary of the Bristol...

Keith Taylor: Georgia throws punch, UK fights back to oust Bulldogs from tourney, advance to finals

NASHVILLE — Georgia threw a punch at Kentucky. The Wildcats fought back and knocked the Bulldogs out of the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 93-80 victory Saturday at Bridgestone Arena. The Wildcats (25-8) advanced to the league finals and will defend their title against Texas A&M on Sunday. The Aggies (26-7) rolled to a 71-38 victory over LSU in the first of two semifinal games. Texas...

Dollywood holds open auditions for artists and performers, offers unique opportunity

Dollywood offers performers an opportunity to showcase their talents on stage. (Photo provided)   Several upcoming auditions throughout the Southeast offer performers the opportunity to put their talent on display for Dollywood’s award-winning entertainment team. Dollywood, which recently earned its sixth consecutive honor for Best Shows, seeks world-class entertainers ready to share their passion...

The SEC isn't as terrible as we thought

A lot of space over various media was given to the downfall of the SEC this season. The league was going to get just a few teams into the NCAA Tournament, coaches were going to be rightfully fired and rebuilding processes would begin, further delaying those teams’ emergence in league relevance. Yet somehow, in just 10 days since Selection Sunday, three teams are now in the Sweet 16 and Bruce...