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University of Louisville Foundation fires former aide to ex-President Jim Ramsey

06/22/2017 05:36 PM

The University of Louisville Foundation has ended the employment of a former aide to ex-President Jim Ramsey, prompting her attorney to call her client a “fall girl” in the aftermath of a scathing forensic audit. Kathleen Smith, Ramsey’s former chief of staff and assistant secretary at the U of L Foundation, had been on paid administrative leave since September, but the nonprofit charged with handling the university’s endowment notified her late Wednesday that her employment would end Thursday, according to Smith’s... Read more 

GE Appliances CEO steps down

06/21/2017 11:26 AM

GE Appliances CEO Chip Blankenship has elected to leave his position at the end of the year, according to a press release from the company. Blankenship served as CEO for the Louisville-based company for six years. He will be succeeded by Kevin Nolan, who is the current vice president and chief technology officer for GEA and its parent company Qingdao Haier. China-based Qingdao Haier purchased GEA last year. Liang Haishan, chairman of Qingdao Haier’s board of directors, praised Blankenship’s leadership... Read more 

Report: U of L Foundation financial head placed on paid administrative leave

06/09/2017 04:50 PM

A day after the University of Louisville’s board of trustees reviewed the findings of a forensic audit into the nonprofit group that handles its endowment, news broke that U of L Foundation Chief Financial Officer Jason Tomlinson had been placed on paid administrative leave. Insider Louisville first reported the change in Tomlinson’s status at the foundation. The audit, conducted by the Chicago-based firm Alvarez & Marsal, explored the foundation’s finances from 2010 through 2016 and detailed several millions in overspending... Read more 

Bridging the Talent Gap Survey results show many businesses still struggle to find qualified workers

06/09/2017 09:54 AM

COVINGTON — The Northern Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management released results on Thursday from a statewide Bridging the Talent Gap survey that showed 81 percent of businesses in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties have a good economic outlook but still struggle to find skilled workers to fill their job openings. The survey also showed there are still many businesses are not partnering with schools to try to entice students and allow them to get the skills they need while... Read more 

Trey Grayson unsure of future plans, but doesn't totally rule out a return to politics

06/05/2017 12:36 PM

FORT MITCHELL – Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who announced on May 30 that he is stepping down from his position as president and CEO on the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, isn’t sure what his next step will be, but hasn’t totally ruled out a return to politics one day. Grayson, who has served in the role since July 1, 2014, originally said that he would probably spend five years at the chamber. However, Grayson felt that the... Read more 

Jim Bunning, former senator and baseball Hall of Famer, dies at age 85

05/27/2017 12:58 PM

Former U.S. Senator and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning has died at age 85. The River City News reported Saturday that Bunning passed late Friday, and his son, U.S. District Judge David Bunning, tweeted that “Heaven got its No 1 starter today.” “Our lives are better off because of your love & dedication to family,” he wrote. Heaven got its No 1 starter today. Our lives & the nation are better off because of your love & dedication... Read more 

Spectrum launches affordable Internet initiative for low-income Louisville residents

05/25/2017 07:15 PM

LOUISVILLE – Spectrum announced Thursday that it will be offering reduced-price, high-speed Internet for low-income residents in Louisville. The initiative, called Spectrum Internet Assist, will provide 30-megabit-per-second download speeds and 4 megabit-per-second upload speeds for $14.99 per month, including free modems and installation. Jason Keller, Spectrum’s senior director of government affairs, said the program will be available for families with students in the National School Lunch Program or receive free or reduced lunch and residents 65 and older who get Supplemental Security... Read more 

Greenbo Lake lodge reopens after fire and structural damage repair

05/25/2017 01:59 PM

GREENUP – With Memorial Day weekend upon us, the start of the traditional summer tourist season means that many more visitors will be flocking to the Commonwealth’s 49 state parks, and employees at one of the 17 resort parks are a little happier than others now that the 2017 summer tourist season is here. The Jesse Stuart Lodge at Greenbo Lake State Park opened its doors this week after being closed since October 4, 2015. Nineteen months ago, a kitchen fire broke... Read more 

County Connections: Menu hasn't changed much at Flemingsburg Dairy Queen operated by state representative's family since 1953

05/24/2017 08:30 PM

FLEMINGSBURG — State Rep. John Sims says he knows the first and last names of about 80 percent of the customers who dine at his Dairy Queen restaurant in Flemingsburg, and it’s pretty easy for him to spot first-timers who peruse the menu for the first time. “You can usually tell the out-of-towners because they’re like, ‘Wow,’” Sims said. “You know, it takes them a few minutes to order.” Unlike most Dairy Queen restaurants, the Flemingsburg location’s menu hasn’t changed much since... Read more 

County Connections: Fleming County covered bridges offer links to the past

05/24/2017 02:57 PM

FLEMINGSBURG – Of the 13 wooden covered bridges still standing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, three are located in Fleming County. Covered bridges were first built in the 1790’s but did not become widely popular until after 1814. The bridges were covered to protect them from the weather. At one time Kentucky had over 400 wooden bridges as the timbered spans played a romantic role in the state’s history. Lori Ulrich, member of the Wooden Covered Bridge Authority, and... Read more 

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