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Former assistant Walt Wells named head football coach at EKU; press conference to be held Tuesday

Eastern Kentucky University’s new football head coach Walt Wells is a familiar name. Wells served as an assistant under legendary EKU head coach Roy Kidd from 1997 to 2002 and was an assistant again with the Colonels in 2015. Interim Director of Athletics Mark Sandy announced the hiring of Wells as the 15th head coach in program history on Monday. A press conference and reception will be held on...

University of Kentucky wins Big Blue Crush blood-donor battle with University of Tennessee

University of Kentucky fans can claim a life-saving victory, having prevailed in the 32nd annual Big Blue Crush blood-donor battle with an impressive 651 donations to the University of Tennessee’s 416. Kentucky supporters’ final score of 2,894 donations for the Kentucky Blood Center outpaced Tennessee’s 1,999 for Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville. The winning total for Kentucky was the...

Project to map white oak DNA aims to provide greater understanding of major part of state’s signature spirit

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Bourbon isn’t bourbon without the mighty white oak. Distillers have been aging bourbon in oak barrels as far back as the Roman Empire. Oak barrels give bourbon its unique caramel, vanilla, nutty and toasted flavors. Kentucky distillers rely especially on the white oak. But what if disease hits the species? How would industry professionals protect it? The University...

WKU approves honorary doctorate for alumna, University of Tennessee Chancellor Davenport

Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents on Friday approved an honorary Doctorate of Letters for WKU graduate Beverly J. Davenport, Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Beverly J. Davenport “This is a wonderful way to celebrate her accomplishments,” said WKU President Timothy C. Caboni. Dr. Davenport earned her bachelor’s degree from WKU’s Communication and Journalism...

Rural Blog: Study shows how coal’s fall has hurt Appalachian suppliers, may threaten rail network

A 45 percent drop in Appalachia’s coal production from 2005 to 2015 has put other industries in the region at risk, says a study commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Researchers from West Virginia University and the University of Tennessee and identified the “coal industry ecosystem” in the region, mainly the industry’s supply chain of goods and services. “As...

Billy Reed: Narrative as players lament Pat Summitt, Buddy Ryan very similar — ‘old-school,’ tough, fair

As various former players and fellow coaches lamented the recent deaths of Pat Summitt and Buddy Ryan, the narratives began to sound much alike. Their sports were different – college basketball for Summitt, pro football for Ryan – but both were remembered as “old-school” coaches who were tough but fair. They had leadership qualities that brought out the best in their players. Neither seemed...

Kentucky dairy farmers to benefit from new six-state study on Southeast milk decline

By Aimee Nielson Special to KyForward   The nation’s dairy producers have been celebrating June as Dairy Month for more than 75 years. In the past decade, celebrations have declined, just like the size of the dairy industry. Statistics show that more than two-thirds of the dairies in the Southeast have closed since 1995. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is joining five other...

Calipari hopes latest ‘crisis’ is the spark young Cats need to start buying into his philosophy

When Willie Cauley-Stein looked ahead to his freshman season at UK, he did not know what to expect.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] However, a five-loss season was not on the list, let along in the first 15 games.   “No. I mean, it’s Kentucky,” he said Monday.   But at the start of the second semester that’s exactly where Cauley-Stein and his teammates...

Calipari hopes latest 'crisis' is the spark young Cats need to start buying into his philosophy

When Willie Cauley-Stein looked ahead to his freshman season at UK, he did not know what to expect.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] However, a five-loss season was not on the list, let along in the first 15 games.   “No. I mean, it’s Kentucky,” he said Monday.   But at the start of the second semester that’s exactly where Cauley-Stein and his teammates...