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Keven Moore: Workplace ‘going to the dogs’ can boost productivity — and create risks too

Over the centuries, dogs have been used as guards, hunters, herders, eyes for the blind, drug and explosive detectors, rodent controllers — even weapons. Not to mention, loyal companions. Now, it seems, they are also used as morale-builders, stress-relievers and productivity boosters in the workplace. Recent surveys and studies have suggested that the presence of a dog in the workplace can have...

BBB Trends: Check out home remodeling shows for ideas on your updates, but read contracts carefully

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Home remodeling shows highlight the latest and greatest must-have features to update any living space. Homeowners attending remodeling expos should plan to listen to presenters and pick up contact information from potential contractors – not go in with the intent to hire someone on the spot. After returning from the show, sift through the information, select...

AK Steel announces plans to shutter remaining operations at Ashland Works by end of 2019

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The news that AK Steel was closing the Ashland Works by the end of 2019 was like a punch in the gut to Ashland Mayor Steve Gilmore. “Armco (the former name of the steel plant) raised me,” he said. “I have very strong feelings about it. Being the mayor, losing that many jobs in a small town, is very difficult. We’ll have to regroup. We’ve been a survivor of a...

ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference returning May 19-21, special rates available now for Kentuckians

ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE19) returns May 19–21 in Lexington to welcome everyday heroes united by the search for inspiration, motivation and ONE meaningful idea. ONE19 is a unique global conference that transcends culture and industry, presenting innovation-driven solutions for business, health and wellness, brewing and distilling, agriculture and everyday life. Keynote speakers who will...

Upgrades at LG&E and KU’s Ohio Falls Hydroelectric Generating Station in Louisville now complete

LG&E and KU have announced the completion of a modernization effort at the company’s historic Ohio Falls Hydroelectric Generating Station in Louisville. With the upgrades now in place, the facility is poised to enter a second century of generating clean, low-cost energy by harnessing the natural power of the Ohio River. “We are especially proud of Ohio Falls, which was a modern marvel when...

Kentucky Lottery Corporation board of directors announces overall sales surpassing $20 billion

In Thursday’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors, it was announced overall sales since inception have passed the $20 billion mark. According to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Howard Kline, sales reached this level as of January 10. From this amount, more than $5.3 billion has been earned for the Commonwealth. The board also learned lottery sales...

Community leaders, volunteers honored during Commerce Lexington annual dinner Thursday

About 1,000 business professionals, community and regional leaders, and elected officials attended the 2019 Commerce Lexington Inc. Annual Dinner presented by Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance at Lexington Center on Thursday, January 24. This event gave a look back at 2018, highlighted some of the key goals of the organization, and recognized Commerce Lexington’s most involved members, volunteers,...

Keven Moore: Employers can assist with subrogation of workers’ compensation claim caused by third party

Workers’ compensation was the first form of social insurance to be developed in the United States. According to the Insurance Information Institute in 2017, U.S. employers paid in excess of $45 billion in net workers compensation insurance premiums. About 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2017, occurring at a rate of 2.8 cases...

Green named new finance director of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

Jessica Green has been named as the senior director of finance and administration at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Jessica Green (Photo from TOBA) Green joins TOBA from Lexmark International where she was a corporate reporting analyst. Green has extensive experience within the Thoroughbred industry, as she spent 17 years in the Keeneland finance department, rising from staff accountant...

BBB: Government shutdown doesn’t slow down imposters; as watchers aren’t watching, be careful!

The recent Federal Government shutdown is impacting agencies consumers and businesses depend on. Until a resolution is announced, a number of services provided by the FTC, the SBA, and the IRS are unavailable to the public. It also allows an opportunity for scammers posing as a government agency and phish for personal information, so watch out for bogus phone calls, emails, and text messages during...

Kentucky Lottery has highest sales ever for the first half of its fiscal year — $36.5 million more

Kentucky Lottery sales have closed the first half of the fiscal year higher than any other period in the organization’s history. July-December sales for the lottery came in at $544.2 million. That’s a full $36.5 million (7.2%) more than the same period last year, which was the previous record-holder for the six month sales period. Net income, in turn, grew at an even higher percentage. This was...

University of Kentucky alumnus to lead ServiceMaster spinoff business Frontdoor

By Jeff Broth KyForward Contributor The University of Kentucky has a long track record of producing successful alumni over the years. From a long list of professional athletes to members of Congress and high-level business executives, UK has no shortage of notable graduates. In recent news, yet another UK alumnus is being added to the list by leading new company and ServiceMaster spinoff Frontdoor...

Kentucky American Water names Jasmine Mungo manager of customer accounts, customer advocacy

Kentucky American Water has announced the appointment of Jasmine Mungo as manager, customer accounts, reporting to Kevin Rogers, vice president of operations. Jasmine Mungo In this position, Mungo will serve as the primary customer advocacy point of contact for customers and regulatory officials and will oversee Kentucky American Water’s customer advocacy team, located at the company’s Lexington...

Keven Moore: Restaurants need to prepare for transparent response to hepatitis A outbreaks

In the spring of 2018, there were a total of 660,755 restaurants in the United States and according to an article in TheSimpleDollar.com, Americans on average eat 4.2 commercially prepared meals per week. In other words, as a nation, we eat out between four and five times a week. This number equates to 18.2 meals per month eaten outside the home. There is no doubt that owning and operating a restaurant...

Lexington business leaders appointed to Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Cincinnati branch board

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has announced the following appointments and elections to its main office board of directors and its branch boards in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh and to the Federal Advisory Council effective Jan. 1, 2019. Tucker Ballinger Holly Wiedemann A pair of Lexington business leaders, Holly Wiedemann and Tucker Ballinger, were among those who received appointments. Wiedemann,...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes crunches numbers — 41k new businesses created in KY in 2018

Secretary of State Alison Grimes has crunched the numbers and has announced that in 2018 Kentucky businesses broke records across the board – from the number of new businesses to those utilizing online services. Here are the impressive statistics Kentucky businesses made possible in 2018: • 41,530 NEW businesses created in 2018 • 219,526 Annual reports filed in 2018 • 79% Business filings...

Braidy Industries names executive vice president Tom Modrowski to head Atlas mill operations

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries, Inc., has named a veteran of the steel industry to head its Braidy Atlas mill operations, the company announced Monday. Tom Modrowski, who served as executive vice president of construction for Braidy Industries since 2017, will oversee mill completion and integrated aluminum sheet production. Tom Modrowski, a veteran in the steel industry, will lead...

LG&E, KU offers assistance to customers, including furloughed government workers, on energy bills

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are committed to assisting customers who may be having difficulty managing their energy bills. With the current government shutdown, the utilities are reminding all customers, including those who are furloughed government employees, of the companies’ energy bill assistance options.   “We know that customers want to be comfortable...

Community Trust and Investment Company adds two to its team — Jeffrey Thomison, Keren Salehi

Andy D. Waters, President and CEO of Community Trust and Investment Company (CTIC), is pleased to announce that Jeffrey S. Thomison has joined CTIC’s Wealth and Trust Management team as Vice President, Senior Equity Manager and Strategist and Keren Salehi has joined the team as Vice President, Compliance Officer. As a key member of the Wealth and Trust Management team, Thomison is responsible for...

Keeneland January sale closes with highest gross since 2008, record average and record-tying median

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale closed Thursday with robust results – the highest gross since 2008, a record average and a record-equaling median – produced by vibrant trade that reflected the continued buyer confidence and demand for quality Thoroughbreds seen during last fall’s September Yearling Sale and November Breeding Stock Sale. Highlighting the auction was the sale of champion...