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Keven Moore: Shark Week coming up; just how dangerous are they and how to protect yourself

Every summer, the Discovery Channel stokes my fear of sharks, by airing their much-anticipated program called “Shark Week.” Shark Week is an annual, week-long TV programming block which features which will air this July 28 to Aug. 4. It not only features celebrities such as Adam Devine, Damon Wayans, Jr., and Joel McHale swimming with sharks, Josh Duhamel stars as a capsized captain in grave...

Commonwealth launches free online tool to help Kentuckians explore career pathways

The Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) has launched a free online Career Explorer Tool to allow students and job seekers to explore careers matching their knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Designed by KYSTATS, a recognized leader in data platforms, the new Career Explorer Tool was developed with grant funding from the Workforce Data Quality Initiative. The tool is designed to help Kentuckians...

Casino.org reports big increase (85%-plus) in total handle for instant racing at Kentucky’s four venues

The total handle for instant racing in Kentucky jumped more than 85 percent in the 2019 fiscal year ending June 30, reports Steve Bittenbender for Casino.org. Bittenbender attributes the growth in large part to the addition of Churchill Downs-owned Derby City Gaming in Louisville but notes that the Kentucky Downs in Franklin generates the most revenue of the state’s four betting parlors. The...

Central Kentucky government and community leaders set for annual Washington, D.C. Fly-in July 24-25

Central Kentucky business, government and community leaders are gearing up for the Bluegrass Region’s annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In presented by Columbia Gas of Kentucky on July 24-259. The two-day visit offers the opportunity for leaders to advocate for federal issues important to the regional economy. Attendees on the trip are diverse and represent various sectors of the local economy such as...

BBB Trends: School dazed? Watch for identity theft; share information only on need-to-know basis

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau In just a few short weeks, school bells will ring announcing the start of another school year. For many parents, that means forms, forms, and more forms -— applications for scholarships, sports teams, scouts and the list goes on.  Need-To-Know Basis As you get started, consider how much of your child’s information you’re sharing and how to protect it. You...

Diageo breaks ground on $130 million distillery in Marion Co.; expected to be fully operational in 2021

Diageo broke ground Wednesday on its new $130 million distillery in Lebanon. Diageo executives joined Marion County elected and community leaders to celebrate the milestone and view the facility’s first public renderings. The “Diageo Lebanon Distillery” is expected to be fully operational in 2021. The facility, sitting on an approximately 144-acre property at “100 Bourbon Drive,” will include...

All Charming Charlie stores are closing, including at Lexington Green; price reductions in effect now

Charming Charlie began offering huge discounts at their closing sales. The jewelry and accessories retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday, July 11, with plans to close all of their 261 stores in 38 states. This includes the store in the Mall at Lexington Green.    Charming Charlie shoppers will find significant price reductions of 20-50% off original prices with an extra 20% off the...

Keven Moore: Electrical shock drowning is a silent killer — please be careful when boating this summer

Boats can be a great source of summer fun and leisure as 141.6 million Americans go boating every year. According to the National Marine Manufacturer Association, there are 12 million boats registered in the US, with 173,344 of them being registered in the state of Kentucky. There are approximately 12,000 marinas nationwide, 1.1 million boat slips in the United States and in Kentucky I counted 123...

Braidy Industries’ Bouchard confident Atlas mill on path to impacting Eastern Kentucky economy

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard expressed confidence Tuesday that the company is in perfect position to open its $1.7 billion Atlas mill in northeastern Kentucky in 2021 – and it has done it faster than anybody expected. As of Tuesday, he said, $300 million has been raised and the majority of the capital needed is now in hand either in cash, binding commitments...

International Farmaceutical Extracts announces CBD oil production facility to locate in Danville

International Farmaceutical Extracts LLC (IFE), which specializes in CBD oil extraction and distillation, announces Tuesday its plans for a $6 million-plus manufacturing plant in Boyle County that would create up to 34 full-time jobs over a 10-year period. IFE plans to buy an 11,750-square-foot facility on Roy Arnold Blvd. in Danville to house the manufacturing operation. The company will use its...

Greater Louisville Inc. chosen as 2019 Chamber of the Year at conference in Long Beach CA

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has named Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) the 2019 Chamber of the Year for large chambers of commerce. The announcement was made at the ACCE conference in Long Beach, Calif., Monday night.   “Being recognized as the best large chamber in the country is a tribute to the perseverance of GLI’s investors, board and staff and is a clear indication...

BBB Trends: Pause — read the fine print for online auction sites and read it fully before buying

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau   Going to a live auction to find a unique piece of furniture, jewelry or art can be an exciting but exhausting experience; a frenzy of people who get up close and personal with the items on sale. If you want the auction experience without the crowds or the crashing sound of the gavel, it’s easier than ever to access online options where the only sound you’ll...

Farm debt shifts to smaller banks as Wall Street lender pull out on less profitable farming sector

The Rural Blog As cash-strapped American farmers are increasingly forced to declare bankruptcy or retire early, farm loans are shifting to smaller banks as large Wall Street lenders pull out of the less profitable sector. “Fewer loan options can threaten a farm’s survival, particularly in an era when farm incomes have been cut nearly in half since 2013,” P.J. Huffstutter and Jason Lange report for Reuters....

eCommerce means booming business for Kentucky companies despite fluctuating trade policies

As trade policies continue to change by what seems daily, one thing is for sure: online business is still booming in the Commonwealth. While utilizing the UPS Worldport in Louisville, companies can reach 80 percent of the world’s population in less than 48 hours. Leveraging these types of assets can help eCommerce companies in Kentucky quickly scale up to meet growing online customer demand internationally...

David Stumbo: Ladder work is one of the most dangerous activities — at home or at work

(David Stumbo is filling in for Keven Moore this week; Moore will be back next week with his regular ‘riskologist’ column.) I’ve noticed scores of homeowners cleaning out gutters and contractors putting fresh shingles jobs in my neighborhood lately all using one of the most universal tools in existence: the ladder. Most everyone knows what most ladders are used for: reaching higher (and...

A&W Restaurants to locate global headquarters in Lexington’s new industrial park at Coldstream

The new global headquarters for A&W Restaurants, Inc. — which is celebrating the centennial of its founding this year — will likely be the first company to locate in Lexington’s new industrial park at Coldstream Research Campus. Linda Gorton“We’ve put a strong plan in place to attract new business and help local businesses grow at Coldstream,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “It’s great...

BBB Trends: Looking for a garage sale deal — you aren’t alone; beware of the cons

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Summer is ripe with signs for estate sales, garage sales, and weekend flea market explorations. It’s also a great time to find a great deal, discover an antique or find the perfect decorative item that will look fabulous in your house. You’re not the only one looking for a steal, con artists are too. Lock It Up Having a yard sales isn’t necessarily a dangerous...

Former White House chief of staff to be keynote speaker for Kentucky Chamber Annual Meeting

The 14th annual Kentucky Chamber Business Summit and Annual Meeting will be held July 11-12 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, with the Annual Meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. on July 11. John Kelly The Annual Meeting keynote speaker is Gen. John Kelly, a 45-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who has led the U.S. Southern Command, served as the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and most recently...

Community Trust Bank President Mark Gooch names Jamie Harrison Market President in Williamsburg

Mark A. Gooch, President and CEO of Community Trust Bank, has announced that Jamie Harrison has been promoted to the position of Williamsburg Market President. Jamie Harrison Harrison’s responsibilities include providing consumer, residential, and commercial lending options to new and existing clients, as well as offering a variety of financial solutions to individuals and businesses including the...

Alltech names Dr. Ronan Power new chief scientific officer to advance research on health, nutrition

­Alltech has appointed a new chief scientific officer to advance innovative research to improve the health and nutrition of animals, plants, and people. Dr. Ronan Power has assumed the role following the retirement of Dr. Karl Dawson on June 28.   Dr. Power joined the Alltech team in 1991 as the European director of research and has been closely involved in the development of Alltech’s product...