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Ryan Quarles meets with Lexington small business owners, chefs for first ‘Restaurant Roundtables’

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles met with several Lexington small business owners and chefs today for the first stop in his “Restaurant Roundtables” series to thank Kentucky small business owners and chefs for sourcing food from Kentucky farms and hear firsthand about the challenges they faced during the coronavirus pandemic. Ryan Quarles speaks to Lexington business owners...

Community Trust names Tina Parsons as commercial loan officer in downtown Lexington branch

Community Trust Bank Central Region President Larry Jones announced Monday that Tina Parsons has been promoted to the position of Commercial Loan Officer at the downtown Lexington branch. Tina Parsons Parson’s responsibilities include providing commercial lending options to new and existing clients, as well as offering a variety of financial solutions to individuals and businesses including the acceptance...

Community Venture’s The Met opens first commercial business, Carolyn’s Crown & Glory Hair Salon

THE MET welcomes its first commercial business with the opening of Carolyn’s Crown & Glory Hair Salon this weekend. The full-service hair salon’s grand opening includee a special ribbon cutting ceremony by Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton.   Carolyn Dunn, owner of Carolyn’s Crown & Glory Hair Salon, says this opening is the realization of a long-standing dream. “I’ve been a hair...

BBB: Spring cleaning should include closets, basements, garages — and PASSWORDS

New season, new password. Springtime traditionally inspires people to clean out their closets. But this year, there are areas that require cleanup that may be overlooked — such as digital devices. Many people are still working from home, making the recent focus on cybersecurity and protecting sensitive information as critical as ever. BBB reminds everyone that when it’s time to clean out physical...

Keeneland to build six new barns, make additional enhancements at The Thoroughbred Center

Keeneland has announced plans to build six new barns and make other enhancements at The Thoroughbred Center (TTC), its 245-acre, year-round training facility on Paris Pike on the northeast side of Lexington. Home to 900-1,000 horses, TTC is within a six-hour drive to 10 race tracks. Plans call for two existing concrete barns to be demolished and replaced with six state-of-the-art barns. Improvements...

Lack of inventory, rising interest rates dampen hot housing market; pending home sales dip nationally

The low inventory in Kentucky’s housing market, along with slowly rising mortgage interest rates, is finally influencing the sales boom we have experienced since May of 2020. February closings topped out at 3,484, up just below 2% from February of 2020 (3,424). Nationally, pending home sales dipped for a second straight month in February, according to the National Association of Realtors. Each...

Lexington Legends, UK event planning students to host ‘Shop Local with the Legends’ event April 24

The University of Kentucky’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communication Event Planning students, in partnership with the Lexington Legends professional baseball organization, are planning an in-person vendor fair, while respecting CDC pandemic guidelines, Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The event, to be held rain or shine, is expected to attract people...

UK to spotlight innovators, entrepreneurs during virtual 2021 Entrepreneur showcase April 8

By Jacqueline J. Greene University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky (UK) Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) in partnership with the UK Alumni Association and UK Philanthropy will host its UK Entrepreneur Showcase noon-1:15 p.m. Thursday, April 8, on Zoom. The event offers an opportunity for everyone to learn about the innovative and entrepreneurial work UK faculty, UK alumni and community...

Gasoline demand continues to grow as pump prices fluctuate; Ky. sees four cent increase on the week

The laws of supply and demand continue to be the story behind fluctuating gas prices across the country, including Kentucky. Gasoline demand measured 8.9 million barrels per day in the Energy Administration’s (EIA) latest weekly report, up nearly 4% from the week prior. Because of the jump in demand, gasoline supplies tightened to 230.5 million barrels, the lowest level this year. As a result, state...

Leadership Kentucky announces 26 members of Elevate Kentucky Class of 2021

Leadership Kentucky has announced the members of the Elevate Kentucky Class of 2021. Elevate Kentucky began in 2017 and has since provided young professionals with an in-depth personal and professional development program while fostering a better understanding of challenges facing our Commonwealth. The class participates in three sessions, taking place April through June, in Owensboro, Central Kentucky,...

Local organizations partner on campaign to support Louisville’s small business recovery

Greater Louisville Inc., Louisville Tourism, Louisville Downtown Partnership, and Louisville Forward have announced the launch of a new campaign to support businesses in downtown Louisville and the surrounding neighborhoods. The organizations joined forces to support efforts to revitalize the city’s urban neighborhoods and launch ‘Lou Needs You’, a primarily digital and social marketing campaign. Through...

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases unemployment rates for February

Unemployment rates rose in 69 Kentucky counties between February 2020 and February 2021, fell in 43, and stayed the same in eight counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham and Todd counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 3.5%. It was followed by Logan County, 3.6%; Green,...

Keven Moore: April and May bring rain and flowers and the prime season for tornadoes; some helpful tips

It is that time of the year again where we must be on the lookout for severe storms and tornados. Tornados can occur throughout the entire year, but April & May is prime time season for tornados. Today tornado type weather can be forecasted out days in advance and you can usually tell just how bad a ban of severe weather is going to become by learning that the Weather Channel has sent in a reporter. A...

Quarles to host ‘Restaurant Roundtables’ to hear first-hand from Kentucky Proud buyers

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles will host a series of “Restaurant Roundtables” in the coming weeks to thank Kentucky small business owners and chefs for sourcing food from Kentucky farms and hear firsthand about the challenges they faced during the coronavirus pandemic. “No industry has suffered more during the coronavirus pandemic than those businesses in the hospitality...

Kentucky leads way with 6-cent per gallon drop as gas prices fall across nation for first time in months

Landing at $2.86, the national average has decreased week-over-week for the first time since November of last year. Today’s average is two cents cheaper on the week. Since last Monday, 45 states also saw their averages decrease or no change at the pump. Kentucky leads them, falling to $2.68 on average, a 6-cent drop from one week ago. “Growing stock levels and cheaper crude oil prices are putting...

Dave Hatter: Work from home securely — cyberattacks increase and you must protect yourself

Cyberattacks continue to increase in frequency, sophistication, and impact, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic when many workers were suddenly forced to work remotely. Remote workers are often working in environments that are much less secure than the corporate environments they fled. For example, personal devices may intermingle with work devices and personal equipment is likely not...

Tennessee Valley Authority announces plans to build state’s largest solar site in Logan County

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Tennessee Valley Authority announced plans last week to build the largest solar-plus-storage project in its Kentucky service area, which will benefit two well-known companies. The new Logan County solar farm, part of the TVA’s Green Invest program, will provide Facebook’s regional data center operations with 145 megawatts of solar power and General Motors’ Corvette...

Kentucky unemployment rate improves slightly in February mirroring trend in joblessness nationally

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2021 unemployment rate was 5.2%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). The preliminary February 2021 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from January 2021 and up 1% from the 4.2% recorded for the state one year ago. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for February 2021 was 6.2%, down from the 6.3% reported in...

Jonathan Miller named member-in-charge of new Frost Brown Todd Washington D.C. office

Frost Brown Todd (FBT) has announced two new Members-in-Charge in its Lexington and Washington, D.C. offices. The firm promoted Jonathan Miller from the head of the Lexington office to lead FBT’s new Washington, D.C. office. Jan de Beer will take over for Miller in the Lexington office. De Beer focuses his practice on international regulation and trade. Miller heads up the firm’s hemp industry...