• Celebrate September at the Marion County Public Library

    By Amy Morgeson
    Guest columnist

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…nope not Christmas, September! You have the warmth of summer with a hint of cool in the evenings. The city itself seems happier in September. Street curbs get a cheerful coat of fresh yellow paint. The Main Street flowers are in full bloom. Store windows are ready for Ham Days. The holiday season is coming, but you know the worst of the cold is a few months away. Everyone just feels like celebrating.

  • ‘Be aware, be prepared, have a plan’

    In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, September has been designated Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky’s Office of Homeland Security and Kentucky Emergency Management urge Kentuckians to “Be aware – be prepared – have a plan.”

  • It’s fall festival time in Kentucky

    While the temperature may not feel like fall just yet, many of the traditional signs of the season are starting to arrive.
    One of the most telling is the sheer number of festivals that has already started to take place and will run through Halloween. They are centered on items you might expect – country ham, dairy products, apples and bourbon – and a few more that may seem odd until their history is known.

  • EPA needs to reconsider its proposed change to ground-level ozone regulations

    By Clifford E. Falls

    Affordable power can be the lifeblood of businesses and a critical element to growing manufacturing jobs across the U.S. A proposed federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation regarding ground-level ozone emissions could put the cost of power out of reach for manufacturers and place untold numbers of jobs at risk.

  • Women making waves in Kentucky and beyond

    Last week, the United States celebrated the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote, a milestone made possible by the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Kentucky was the 23rd state to ratify that amendment, but it did not clear its final legislative hurdle until Tennessee became the 36th in Aug. 1920. Interestingly, that decision was a close one, occurring only when a young legislator voted in favor at the request of his mother.

  • Finding a way forward for state’s retirement system

    One of this interim period’s hot button issues is finding a way to stabilize the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS) and the Kentucky Employee Retirement System (KRS). KTRS was debated in the waning days of the last General Assembly, and the momentum continues. As a member of the Public Pension Oversight Board, I have had a seat at the table on these issues, continuing to deliberate with the various stakeholders and legislators who want to find a solution.

  • Where Opportunity Knox celebrates first anniversary

    By Wendell Lawrence
    It is hard to believe Where Opportunity Knox, a regional initiative to connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville Region by the end of 2017, is celebrating its first anniversary in September.  
    In the last year, nearly 1,500 veterans and spouses have been connected with employment opportunities throughout the region and over 130 participating employers have signed up to support this initiative.

  • Kentucky Classic Orchestra debuts, Ralph Curtis and the Nashville Imposters return

    By G.B. Dixon
    With the sublime prompting of a simple downbeat, a new artistic entity has arrived, promising more in the way of things to do in central Kentucky. Under the fluid direction of Dr. Lisa McArthur, Kentucky Classic Orchestra held its inaugural concert before an appreciative crowd of around 100 people Sunday at Centre Square in Lebanon.

  • Time for the “tax talk”

    By Kaelin Reed

    It is the beginning of the school year, and we have begun to settle into our familiar fall patterns. The days are starting to get a little shorter, the morning air is beginning to feel a bit more brisk, the school buses are back on the roads carrying our children to and from school, and the Marion County Board of Education, of which I am now a member, will be convening soon to set the property tax rate for the upcoming year.

  • Taking care of our veterans

    One of the ongoing challenges our country faces is making sure our veterans receive the full benefits they have rightfully earned. Unfortunately, as we discovered during a legislative meeting earlier this month, there are still some who are either unaware of what is available or who have become mired in bureaucracy. The good news is that, thanks to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), we are making great strides in closing these twin gaps.