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Rural Blog: New 60-acre Ky. greenhouse is part of a plan to get fresher produce to Eastern U.S.

In Morehead, ground has been broken on a project that, its founder hopes, will help bring jobs to Eastern Kentucky and supply fresher produce to the Eastern U.S. AppHarvest founder Jonathan Webb plans to build a series of huge greenhouses to grow tomatoes at first. The solar-power professional “has no prior experience in farming, but he has managed to attract $97 million in project financing...

Anixter to centralize East Coast sales team, add over 100 jobs with $4.2 million investment in Lexington

Anixter Inc., a global distributor of technology, electronic, network and security products, announeed Thursday plans to invest $4.23 million and grow by 103 full-time jobs as it relocates within Lexington. “Anixter is excited to have Lexington as the home of our new East Coast sales hub for our Network & Security Solutions segment. As a company that is constantly adapting to meet the changing...

EWDC to offer education, career counseling for employment seekers at Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) invites Kentuckians seeking employment and educational opportunities to visit the EWDC booth at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair. The EWDC booth will be located in the South Wing on Main Street near the B107 entrance of the Kentucky State fair. The booth will highlight employment and adult educations services offered by the Kentucky Career...

Phoenix Paper plans $200 million recycling facility at Ballard Co. Mill just one year after purchasing facility

Phoenix Paper LLC announced last week plans to invest $200 million to build a paper recycling facility on the grounds of the Wickliffe mill it purchased only a year ago. Company leaders plan to use the existing site to build a paper-and-pulp recycling facility. With an estimated 700,000-ton annual capacity, the new facility will receive post-consumer cardboard and mixed paper from various regional...

BBB Trends: Bugged by robocalls? If you can’t block them, then report them; there’s something you can do

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau You’ve tried ignoring, blocking, teasing and hanging up on these annoying robocalls. Nothing seems to work. Is anyone doing anything about them? The short answer — yes. (Click for link) The Federal Trade Commission is taking aggressive action in concert with law enforcement, the court system, wireless carriers, and Congress to tackle this complicated issue....

Krista Snider selected as CEO for Belle of Louisville Riverboats; Mark Doty promoted to COO

Waterfront Development Corporation officials have announced that Krista Snider, a nonprofit professional with extensive strategic marketing, tourism and fundraising experience, has been selected as the new chief executive officer of the Belle of Louisville Riverboats. Snider most recently served as managing executive director of the KFC Foundation, where she developed award-winning national charitable...

Brant Laue elected TOBA’s Board of Trustees chairman; three new trustees also selected

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has announced the election of Brant Laue as chairman of its Board of Trustees. Also joining Laue on the Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms as new members are Marshall Gramm, Stephanie Hronis and Jason Loutsch. Re-elected to three-year terms were current trustees Joe Appelbaum, Brett Brinkman, Doug Cauthen, Everett Dobson, Sol Kumin, David O’Farrell...

TAZ trucking announces $7.3 million expansion to Bowling Green facility, to add 57 new jobs

TAZ Trucking Inc. has announced plans for a $7.3 million investment in it’s Bowling Green facility expected to create as many as 57 new jobs. “We are ready to grow with the Bowling Green community and increase our capacity to serve our current customers and new customers,” said Tahir Zukic, TAZ Trucking president. “We know this will assist in the access to transportation in South Central...

Keven Moore: The risks of high school football heat exhaustion — and what to do about it

As an old retired peewee football coach and 20-year fantasy football vet, it’s that time of year where many of us are just barely surviving on NASCAR races and MLB games, as we crave the start of the football season. I believe that men are physically and biologically drawn to this war-like sport because of our tribal embedded territorial, hunter and warrior-like instincts. Rivalries are all...

Paducah-based Dippin’ Dots LLC announces $3.3 million expansion to manufacturing facility

Dippin’ Dots LLC, a Paducah-based cryogenically frozen ice cream producer, will expand its operation in McCracken County with a $3.3 million investment expected to create up to 28 full-time jobs. Dippin’ Dots will expand to accommodate demand for its patented cryogenic technology. The technology has been found to be instrumental in producing ingredients used in plant-based meat alternatives and...

BBB Trends: School supplies, schedules filling, you are ready for school — but have you had ‘the talk’?

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau School supplies are packed, schedules are filled with upcoming sports and extracurricular activities and closets are filled with new clothes and shoes: everything appears to be ready to go for the new school year—or so it seems. There’s just one more little detail to check off the list. Have you had “the talk” with your children about online security?...

KU, LG&E provide boost to renewable energy in Kentucky with opening of Simpsonville solar facility

Kentucky’s renewable energy portfolio got another boost this week as LG&E and KU officially cut the ribbon on the utilities’ new solar facility in Simpsonville Wednesday. Located just off Interstate 64, one mile west of exit 28, construction of the first 500-kilowatt section of LG&E and KU’s Solar Share Program began earlier this year thanks to founding partner Ford Motor Company and...

Keeneland catalogs 4,644 yearlings for 2019 September Sale; Book 1 will cover first three days

Keeneland has announced that 4,644 yearlings have been cataloged for the 76th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale to be held Sept. 9-22. The auction, which attracts the Thoroughbred industry’s most prominent domestic and international buyers to purchase horses to compete at the highest levels of racing globally, features a revised format for Books 1 and 2 among the changes and enhancements to...

Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center recognized by International Alliance for Invitational Education

The Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment announced that Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center in Thelma has been named a 2018-2019 “Welcoming School” by the International Alliance for Invitational Education (IAIE). As a part of the Welcoming Schools Initiative, IAIE recognizes schools across the nation for their efforts in nurturing a welcoming atmosphere that fosters student engagement...

Student entrepreneurs complete rigorous summer program with highly competitive Demo Day

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) hosted its annual Demo Day at Northern Kentucky University on July 13. Teams of Kentucky high school students developed business models, designed prototypes and pitched 18 startup ideas to an audience of more than 400 people. More than 300 high school students applied to participate in the GSE program that ran from June 23 until July 13, but only 72 students...

AAA: Kentucky gas prices down another 8 cents, second-largest drop in nation, after Florida

Kentucky’s average gas price dropped another 8 cents, week over week, to land at $2.54. The decline was the second-largest drop in the nation, trailing only Florida, which saw a 9 cent drop on average. Kentucky’s current average gas price for regular unleaded is about 22 cents less than prices seen at this time in 2018 and 3 cents less than on the same day last month. Prices dropping across much...

Lack of homes for sale threatens record-setting year; median home price in Kentucky at all-time high

For only the second time in the last ten years June home sales did not top those of the previous month. June home sales have historically been three percent higher than that of May’s (of the same year). June saw a five percent drop in that figure as closings fell to 5,097 sold, down from 5,347 in May 2019. June’s figure was down year-over-year from last June by 2.4 percent. Strong spring sales...

BBB Trends: Utility imposter scam overheats victims — beware and report to scamtracker.org

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau The hot summertime weather may come with a rash of fraudsters. These seasonal scam artists make rounds of calls to businesses and residents, claiming to be with the utility company calling to collect bills that are past due. The caller threatens victims that if the bill isn’t paid right away with a prepaid debit or gift card, the power will shut off within...

Kentucky Lottery sales set record in Fiscal Year 2019; total sales of $1.1 billion an 8.4 percent increase

During last week’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s Board of Directors, the group learned the results of Fiscal Year 2019 sales. These included: •Total sales of $1,129,655,000, which is $87.1 million more (8.4 percent higher) than the previous record set in FY18. •Transfers totaled $272.7M, of which $263.9M went to the General Fund to pay for college scholarships, grants and education...

Five economic development projects announced by Gov. Matt Bevin will bring 1,600 jobs to state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A series of five economic development announcements by Gov. Matt Bevin’s office last week means the creation of up to 1,600 new jobs across the state in the coming years. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc., an air cargo company, will move its operations center from Florence to Erlanger near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, with a $34.1 million investment...