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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...

Ky. Chamber report provides educational insights on pipeline management from business community

By Jacqueline Pitts Kentucky Chamber of Commerce The demands of today’s economy require a strategic alignment between employers, education and workforce partners, and the state in order to better support Kentuckians as they enter into today’s workforce. By making Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) a priority, more than 200 employers across Kentucky are working toward this alignment and seeing results. Our...

Brown-Forman announces plans for expansion of Woodford Reserve Distillery to meet growing demand

Stills ar Woodford Reserve Distillery (Photo from Brown-Forman) Brown-Forman Corporation has announced plans for expansion of the Woodford Reserve Distillery to meet the growing demand for Woodford Reserve bourbon, the company’s top-selling American whiskey. The expansion will double its production capacity, including adding three new iconic copper pot stills. “Woodford Reserve is celebrating...

Central Kentucky home sales decline in February due to frigid temperatures, lack of inventory

A cold stretch in the middle of February shook up the real estate market as a winter ice storm shut down much of Central Kentucky. For a two-week period, showings were less than the averages in both 2019 and 2020, and February ended with a 16 percent dip in foot traffic. By the end of the month, however, showings were back above the numbers seen over the previous two years. Although traffic to properties...

Kentucky Housing Corporation honors state’s top lenders during virtual Annual Recognition Awards

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC), the state housing finance agency, recognized its 2020 top lending partners at the 16th Annual Recognition Awards held virtually via Facebook live. Kentuckians who received a KHC home loan in 2020 worked with one of more than 111 partnering lender banks and mortgage companies in communities across the state. KHC offers loans for first-time and repeat home buyers with...

Kentucky American Water reminding homeowners to check for leaks during Fix a Leak Week

More than two in three Americans have experienced a leak at their home, according to a recent survey conducted by global research agency Opinium, on behalf of American Water, in an effort to better understand Americans’ awareness of household leaks. The results coincide with the annual recognition of Fix a Leak Week, a national campaign led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) each...

Hosparus Health engages Texas-based talent firm in search for replacement for retiring CEO Phil Marshall

Hosparus Health on Friday announced the appointment of Austin, Texas-based talent acquisition firm Zingaro, Fidler, Wolfe & Co. to lead the national search for its new CEO. The company was selected for its specialized expertise in healthcare executive recruiting. Hosparus Health is one of the largest nonprofit hospice and palliative care organizations in United States, offering hospice care under...

William ‘Bill’ Farish to serve as Keeneland trustee following retirement of Seth Hancock

Lane’s End Farm’s William “Bill” Farish, who serves on the boards of numerous Thoroughbred industry and Central Kentucky organizations, has been appointed a Keeneland Trustee. Farish succeeds Claiborne Farm co-owner Seth Hancock, who is retiring as a Keeneland Trustee after having served since 2015. “I am thankful for the opportunity to have served as a Keeneland Trustee for the past several...

Keven Moore: U.S. car crash deaths increased in 2020 despite the pandemic and we drove much less

In my line of work as a safety and risk management, we know that frequency always breeds severity, and the less frequency you have these severe accidents you will have. But that motor vehicle deaths in 2020 are estimated to be the highest in 13 years, despite the dramatic drop in miles driven due pandemic. As a result such an anomaly has many safety professionals across America scratching their heads...

Toyota Kentucky celebrates major milestone as 13-millionth vehicle rolls off Georgetown assembly line

(Photo from TMMK) A very special RAV4 Hybrid rolled off the line at Toyota’s largest plant worldwide in Georgetown earlier this month. What is so unique about it? Its striking exterior finish or its finely tuned hybrid powertrain capable of thrilling performance and efficiency? Yes! But this SUV also marked the 13-millionth vehicle assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) since production...

Kentucky Lottery marks $1 billion annual sales threshold faster than any previous fiscal year

The Kentucky Lottery Corporation board of directors has announced the organization passed the $1 Billion in annual sales threshold on March 4. That’s 247 days into the fiscal year and 73 days ahead of when the milestone was passed last year. The Lottery first hit $1 billion in sales in 2017, when the landmark was met in the final hours of the final day of the fiscal year (June 30). “Given everything...

Accounting veteran Rebecca Broaddus joins Kentucky American Water as new finance manager

Kentucky American Water has announced the appointment of Rebecca Broaddus as finance manager. Broaddus will provide management support for the financial function of the company, including supporting the business planning process, completing financial reports and analysis, and serving as a liaison for state business leaders on financial matters. Broaddus will report to Brian Queen, chief financial...

AAA: New signs that travel dreams won’t be deferred much longer — folks are itching to travel

One year after the COVID-19 pandemic upended plans for travelers in Kentucky and throughout the world, there are new signs that travel dreams won’t be deferred. A recent, Coronavirus Travel Sentiment Index, conducted by Destination Analysts, found that the majority of respondents say they are ready to travel. This survey, which tracks how Americans feel about the pandemic and the safety of traveling...

Louisville’s first Energy Manager leading state’s largest city toward sustainability, renewable energy

By Nicole Childress Building Kentucky Louisville Metro Government is taking steps to become a leader in renewable energy. Last year, the Metro Council approved the 100% Clean Energy Resolution which outlines energy goals including: • 100% clean renewable electricity by 2030 • 100% clean energy for metro government operations by 2035 • 100% clean energy community-wide by 2040 Other sustainability...

Alert: Cyber-attacker ‘Hafnium’ targeting businesses using onsite Microsoft Exchange servers

Attorney General Daniel Cameron issued a consumer alert for organizations and businesses using onsite Microsoft Exchange Servers. Currently, a nation-state attacker, called “Hafnium,” is exploiting organizations who use this system to gain access to sensitive information and data. Cyber-attackers who successfully gain access to this information may encrypt it for ransom, execute a destructive...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association cancels annual Bourbon Affair for second year due to pandemic

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association on Thursday announced the cancelation of its annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp for a second consecutive year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. “While we are encouraged with vaccinations and declining cases, it would be difficult to hold such intimate, elegant events that attract people from all over the world,” KDA President Eric Gregory said....

Bourbon Conference panel to explore diversity, equity and inclusion in the spirits industry

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky As chairwoman of the board for the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, Jessica Pendergrass said 2020 was a year that required action and change, not just words, when it came to diversity, equity and inclusion. She is only the third woman chair of the board in its 140 years. Pendergrass will co-chair a panel discussion March 12 during the James B. Beam Institute...

Department of Financial Institutions lists Internet, social media scams as top threats for Ky. investors

The Department of Financial Institutions is reminding investors to be on the lookout for investment schemes pitched through the internet and social media. “Kentuckians deserve for their hard-earned dollars to stay safe,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Investing can help our families build wealth and achieve their goals, but it’s important to be careful through this process so your money works for...