Arts
2:21 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Set To Expand With $14M Investment

Rendering of the Ryman renovation.
Credit WPLN

The Ryman Auditorium will be undergoing construction at the end of the summer to grow the back spaces of the concert hall, which will not affect the historic auditorium and famous red brick facade.

Colin Reed, who heads up Ryman Properties, says visitors feel cramped in the areas outside of the music hall. So the add-ons include a new box office, more bathrooms and a reworked concessions area, and other renovations totaling $14 million.

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Commentary
1:47 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

The Voice of Reason: Remembering Senator Howard Baker

Portrait of Senator Howard Baker
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Former Senate Majority Leader and White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker died last Thursday at age 88. Baker was one of the key players in Ronald Reagan's historic tax and spending cuts and was an influential member of the Senate committee that investigated the Watergate scandal. He served as US Senator from Tennessee from 1967 to 1985 and Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy remembers the Republican Senator as a voice of reason in the later half of the 20th Century.

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Education
12:09 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Judge Grants Injunction to Halt Auction of Cuba Elementary School

Credit Paul Schaumburg

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd is granting the group of disgruntled residents suing the Graves Board of Education a temporary injunction effectively halting the sale of Cuba Elementary School. 

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Government
11:52 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Kentucky Automotive Industry Assoc. Names First Executive Director

Dave Tatman
Credit KAIA

A new group formed to advance the Commonwealth’s auto industry has named its first executive director.

Dave Tatman, a former general manager at the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, will lead the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association.

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Government
11:23 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Edelen Puts Crittenden County Offices on Notice Following Audit

Credit crittendencountydetention.com

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen has put the Crittenden County Fiscal Court on notice after finding several problems with the county’s financial statements, particularly those from the county jail.

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Business
11:13 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Proposed Gas Pipeline to Route Through Henderson

The green line is the proposed route for the Southern Indiana Market Lateral.
Credit http://www.txgt.com/ExpansionProjects.aspx?id=4294967397 / Texas Gas Transmission, LLC

Texas Gas Transmission is planning to build a 30 mile natural gas pipeline through Henderson County, Kentucky. Known as the Southern Indiana Market Lateral, it will extend from Texas Gas mainline facilities in southern Henderson to Posey County, Indiana, to serve the new Midwest Fertilizer and SABIC Innovative Plastics plants.

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Datebook
8:31 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Datebook: July 1 - Princess Diana's Birthday

Murray Art Guild holds the annual Summer Art Party Thursday night from 6 to 9. The event kicks off the Guild's membership drive and features a Monster Draw Rally, George Bandarra's Works in Metal exhibition, live music, and art making opportunities. Willow artist Justin Roberts has donated a Classic Fan Back Chair to be raffled during the event. The public is invited to attend.

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Sports
8:17 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Boat Drag Racing in West Kentucky This Fourth Weekend

Credit Wikimedia Commons

While NASCAR fans in the Commonwealth are still recovering from action at Kentucky Speedway this past weekend, drag boat racing enthusiasts are preparing for competition this Saturday and Sunday. 

Four different types of boats can compete in drag boat racing.   Kentucky Drag Boat Association President Roger Austin says thousands will be on hand this weekend to watch between 40 and 50 boats race at speeds exceeding 150 miles per hour.

"It will be wall to wall boats from 80-90 foot houseboats to 16 foot dinghies out there watching the boat races all up and down the side of a quarter mile," Austin said. 

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Business
7:26 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Genova to Start Production in Paducah Mid-July

Credit Lance Dennee

The McCracken County Fiscal Court approved a lease to Genova Products, a Michigan-based vinyl and plumbing products company, for the former Infiniti building for ten years with an option to renew at $298,000 annually during a special meeting last night. Greater Paducah Economic Development Corporation president and CEO Chad Chancellor said Genova can start manufacturing by the middle of the month.

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Government
3:14 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Kentucky Property Tax Goes Unchanged for 2014-2015 Fiscal Year

Kentucky’s property tax rate remains unchanged for 2014.

The state Department of Revenue has set it at 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value. 

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