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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...

Virtual showcase offers high school students a look at high-demand manufacturing and trade career paths

Over 15 high schools across central Kentucky, including public, private and homeschooled students, recently participated in a virtual showcase of manufacturing and trade programs anchored from the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Georgetown. Students and parents learned more about BCTC programs that lead to high-demand, high-wage careers in manufacturing and trades. Many of these programs...

BrightView acquires four Renew Recovery Centers in Kentucky; services continue without interruption

BrightView, a comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment provider with 28 locations throughout Ohio and Kentucky, has acquired Renew Recovery Centers with locations in Louisville, Georgetown, London, and Crestview Hills. All four locations officially began operating as BrightView centers on Jan. 1, 2021. Originally opened in 2014 in London, Renew Recovery was founded to address the opioid epidemic...

Louisville strengthens offensive line for 2021 with addition of Virginia Tech transfer Bryan Hudson

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville Bryan Hudson, a 2019 second team Freshman All-American, has joined the University of Louisville football team as a transfer from Virginia Tech, head coach Scott Satterfield announced on Wednesday. Hudson joins the Cardinals after playing in 19 games, including 12 starts during his two-year career with the Hokies. Bryan Hudson has transferred from Virginia...

Toyota employee Janet Bays earns national recognition with Women in Supply Chain award

Supply & Demand Chain Executive, a national magazine covering the global supply chain industry, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the introduction of a new award designed specifically for women leaders in the supply chain industry. Among the recipients is Janet Bays, a senior manager in Information Technology at Toyota Tsusho America, Inc., (TAI). Bays, of Georgetown, was one of the company’s...

Kelly Stephens appointed clerk of Supreme Court of Kentucky; UK grad succeeds Susan Stokley Clary

For the first time in 25 years, the Supreme Court of Kentucky has a new clerk. The Supreme Court justices appointed Stephens to the position permanently on April 21 after she was named interim clerk on Feb. 1. As Supreme Court clerk, Stephens oversees case filing and management for the commonwealth’s highest court. The Supreme Court clerk is responsible for the custody, control and storage of all...

Quarles challenges Beshear’s executive orders, claims violations of process in state constitution

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles filed a lawsuit Monday in the Scott Circuit Court in Georgetown to declare several of Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive orders to be violations of the processes outlined by Kentucky’s Administrative Practices Act and the state constitution. Quarles filed the case alongside Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC, which joined him as a co-plaintiff in the case. “The...

Gas price increases slow nationally as demand dips; Kentucky prices at pumps only a penny higher

After weeks of watching prices tick upward with the reopening of the economy, the rate at which gas prices are increasing across the country is slowing. Thirty states only saw an increase of a penny or two over the past week, including Kentucky, causing the national average to push more expensive by just three cents to $2.13 since last Monday. In Kentucky, the average for regular unleaded inched up...

Kentucky gas prices continue to be among cheapest in nation; demand is at lowest since 1968

With Monday’s price at $1.51 per gallon, Kentucky continues to be the fourth-lowest gas market in the nation. This is down from last week’s price of $1.58 and the previous month’s average of $2.08. In Lexington, the average gas price is down 7 cents to settle at $1.45 for regular unleaded, compared with $2.05 a month ago. Last year at this time, the average in Lexington was $2.75. Other local...

LG&E and KU to supply additional 100 megawatts of solar power to Kentucky customers

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company has filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission for approval of three contracts that could mean one giant step forward for solar energy generation in Kentucky, with construction of the largest solar array in the Bluegrass. The filing consists of two separate renewable power agreements with two of the utilities’ largest industrial...

Georgetown resident Nevills to receive 2019 Media Eclipse Award for feature/commentary writing

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters today announced the winners of the 2019 Media Eclipse Awards in six categories. Joe Nevills of Georgetown won the award for Feature/Commentary Writing for his entry “Biting The Dust: A Long Goodbye to Mount Pleasant Meadows,” written for the Paulick Report on July 22. Nevills (Photo...

Ron Daley: From Casablanca to Georgetown, artist Abdel Abe shares his art and Berber hospitality

Georgetown Moroccan artist Abdel Abe in front of one of his paintings. (Photo provided) Georgetown resident Abdel Abe began painting when he was six years old in his native land of Casablanca, Morocco. Abdel paints Moroccan scenes including majestic Arabian horses and now Kentucky Thoroughbred horses. His home in his native Morocco is located near the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest religious...

Bevin announces $2.9 million in Community Development Block Grants for housing projects

(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with new numbers provided by the Governor’s Office.) Gov. Matt Bevin joined federal, state and local officials in Georgetown last week to announce $2,911,999 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for housing rehabilitation projects across the Commonwealth. These federal funds, allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...

BCTC first Kentucky community college to earn prestigious CAE-CDE designation from NSA, DHS

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is the first community college in Kentucky to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). This designation is granted by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through academic year 2024. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor...

Country Boy Brewing announces $1.8 million expansion to Georgetown brewery and taproom

Country Boy Brewing has announced today that it is breaking ground on a $1.8 Million expansion of its production brewery and taproom located in Georgetown. The nearly 19,000 square foot expansion will house additional storage, a future testing lab, and future canning line- expanding the production capacity and efficiency of the brewery. Along with the additional four acres, the brewery acquired in...

Quarles welcomes EPA Administrator Wheeler to Kentucky for Farmers’ Roundtable in Georgetown

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles welcomed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Kentucky on Friday for a roundtable discussion with Kentucky agriculture producers and industry representatives at Meade Tractor of Georgetown.  “Administrator Wheeler is no stranger to Kentucky agriculture, as he visited the Kentucky State Fair as my guest in 2018,” said Quarles....

Toyota emphasizes commitment to Kentucky, investing $238m in two new models in Georgetown

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. executives, Gov. Matt Bevin, and local officials announced a $238 million investment to add production of two models at the Georgetown plant; the Lexus ES Hybrid and RAV4 Hybrid. “Toyota has been a remarkable corporate partner to the commonwealth for the past 30 years, and we thank the company for its continued commitment to Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said. “We...

Georgetown, Scott Co. featured in newest episode of KET’s Downstream; preview party set for Dec. 9

Georgetown and Scott County have starring roles in an episode of KET’s production of “Downstream,” and everyone is invited to a Preview Party on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Country Boy Brewery & Taproom to celebrate. Hosted by Georgetown/Scott County Tourism, the party will include a screening of the episode, entitled “Georgetown KY – Elkhorn Creek, Bourbon Blending and Local...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College to offer both eight and 12 week sessions this semester

Prospective students who missed the first fall enrollment start date or who would like to complete a college class in a shorter time may now enroll in eight-week sessions or 12-week sessions at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. The 12-week session begins Sept. 10, and the eight-week session begins Oct. 12. BCTC offers a wide variety of majors that prepare students for high-wage, high-demand...

Navy cryptologic technician, a Georgetown native, teaching a new generation of information warriors

By M. Dawn Scott Special to KyForward A 2013 Scott County High School graduate and Georgetown native is stationed with a command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world. Seaman Alashia McKinney works as a cryptologic technician (technical) and operates out of the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station. Alashia McKinney...