Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic http://weku.fm en Georgetown Toyota to Resume Plant Tours http://weku.fm/post/georgetown-toyota-resume-plant-tours <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_3d4098ec-db3f-11e0-ad6d-001cc4c03286.html">Beginning Monday, Toyota Motor Manufacturing</a>, Kentucky will resume plant tours that lead visitors from the birth of three models to viewing the finished product in the visitors center. The free tours will be offered at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. weekdays, and reservations are recommended. TMMK suspended tours last December as the plant began to transition to building the next- generation Toyota Camry, said TMMK spokesman Rick Hesterberg. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 14:15:22 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 12207 at http://weku.fm Next Generation Camry Gets New Look http://weku.fm/post/next-generation-camry-gets-new-look <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_0304ea02-cae6-11e0-819e-001cc4c002e0.html">The wait will be over Tuesday afternoon when Toyota Motor Corp.</a> reveals the highly anticipated, redesigned next-generation 2012 Camry to the public. The Japanese automaker is pulling out all the stops to introduce the vehicle, which will be built at Georgetown&rsquo;s Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky. A Hollywood-style red carpet premiere that can be viewed online is planned Tuesday for Camry fans and automobile enthusiasts. The global launch will show the first vehicle coming off the assembly line in Georgetown. Sun, 21 Aug 2011 16:59:53 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 10950 at http://weku.fm Georgetown College Lands on Top 10 List http://weku.fm/post/georgetown-college-lands-top-10-list <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_dbf16b20-c982-11e0-b20d-001cc4c002e0.html?success=1">Georgetown College has landed in a top 10 list</a> compiled by a well-known news magazine, highlighting decisions made by the class of 2009. U.S. News and World Report put Georgetown No. 10 on a list of colleges and universities with the highest percentage of students that go on to pursue graduate studies. Sixty-five percent of the private, faith-based college&#39;s 2009 graduates went on to graduate school within a year after completing Georgetown. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:16:06 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 10798 at http://weku.fm Toyota No Longer Largest Carmaker http://weku.fm/post/toyota-no-longer-largest-carmaker <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_08b2fc2c-c209-11e0-8b91-001cc4c03286.html">Toyota Motor Corp. has been knocked from its spot</a> as the world&rsquo;s largest automaker. General Motors Co. said it sold 4.5 million vehicles worldwide in the first six months of 2011. Volkswagen AG of Germany claims the second spot with 4.13 million vehicles sold. Toyota fell to No. 3 with 3.7 million vehicles sold, a drop of 11 percent from a year earlier. Tue, 09 Aug 2011 13:32:41 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 10187 at http://weku.fm Toyota Production Down this Year http://weku.fm/post/toyota-production-down-year <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_15d9d61a-b70e-11e0-8091-001cc4c002e0.html">Toyota Motor Corp. announced Monday</a> that its production dropped 23.3 percent worldwide in the first six months of 2011. Company officials say the March 11 earthquake and tsunami severely affected the parts supply, leading to production slowdowns. The supply issue remains a concern at some North American and Japanese plants. But in Georgetown, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky has been running at 100 percent production since June. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:22:19 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 9343 at http://weku.fm Training Service Dogs in College http://weku.fm/post/training-service-dogs-college <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_7295f3c2-b18f-11e0-a329-001cc4c002e0.html">Frank Wiseman&rsquo;s organic chemistry class </a>at Georgetown College has two unusual students in attendance this summer semester. The two &ldquo;students&rdquo; sit on the floor, quietly listen to the lectures on electrons and molecular weight, and when class ends walk out on all fours. Graham, an 8-month-old golden retriever-poodle mix, and Romeo, a 6-month-old labradoodle, are training to become service dogs. Organic chemistry students Katie Skarvan and Stefanie Hadley, who raise puppies, bring Graham and Romeo to class with them as part of the socializing training. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:03:36 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 9091 at http://weku.fm Training Service Dogs in College Beshear Recognizes Lemonade Stand http://weku.fm/post/beshear-recognizes-lemonade-stand <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_c20ee774-a6f9-11e0-9dd5-001cc4c03286.html?success=1 ">He may only have graduated from kindergarten</a>, but Harrison Owens is already being commended by the head of state. Harrison, 5&frac12;, came home last week to find a letter in the mailbox from Gov. Steve Beshear. The letter arrived in response to a letter Harrison sent in April. Harrison had told the governor he planned to hold lemonade stands to raise funds to place seat belts on school buses. The Stamping Ground Elementary School student said it was not safe to ride in vehicles without seat belts. Tue, 05 Jul 2011 14:03:15 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 7899 at http://weku.fm Toyota Camry "Most American Car" http://weku.fm/post/toyota-camry-most-american-car <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_bbcf5da4-a108-11e0-af4d-001cc4c03286.html?success=1 "><strong>A Georgetown-built vehicle </strong></a>has been named the most American-built car by the website Cars.com. For the third year in a row, the Toyota Camry built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky and at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Ind., was named No. 1 as determined by the Cars.com formula for &ldquo;most American car.&rdquo; Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:45:46 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 7496 at http://weku.fm Home Sales Sag in Scott http://weku.fm/post/home-sales-sag-scott <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_fb56ead4-9eb3-11e0-9cd4-001cc4c002e0.html "><strong>Despite record-low interest rates</strong></a> and a surplus of available homes for sale, the housing market in Scott County and the region has yet to see a sign of relief from sluggish sales. According to the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors, 606 sales were reported in the region in May, compared with 839 in May 2010. There were 53 sales in Scott, down from 62 a year earlier. For the first five months of the year, 191 homes have been sold in the county, down from 241 for the same period in 2010. Sun, 26 Jun 2011 16:46:38 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 7381 at http://weku.fm Bengal's Departure Tough to Measure http://weku.fm/post/bengals-departure-tough-measure <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_2cd11208-9b92-11e0-a64b-001cc4c03286.html?success=1">The Georgetown Scott County Tourism</a> office typically gets calls in June about the Cincinnati Bengals&rsquo; training camp at Georgetown College. This year, callers have one question. &ldquo;We have already gotten calls from people asking about camp and the status,&rdquo; said John Simpson, director of the tourism commission. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t answer their questions. Right now, we can just tell them the tentative dates.&rdquo; As more days pass with the NFL lockout still in place, it is becoming more difficult to stay positive. Simpson says he has already heard some nervousness from local business owners that the NFL team and its fans may not travel to Georgetown this summer. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:59:26 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 7030 at http://weku.fm Back to Full Production in the Fall http://weku.fm/post/back-full-production-fall <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_2fdee140-9995-11e0-b9bb-001cc4c03286.html?success=1">Toyota Motor Corp. officials announced Thursday</a> that vehicle production at all North American plants will have rebounded to 100 percent by September. The announcement is good news for the company&#39;s plants in San Antonio, Texas, which builds the Tundra and Tacoma pickups, and Ontario, Canada, home to the RAV4 and Lexus RX350. For Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, one of 11 plants running at 100 percent production, the announcement has no direct impact. TMMK resumed full production of the Camry, Avalon and Venza on June 6. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:27:00 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 6902 at http://weku.fm Teens Face Tight Summer Job Market http://weku.fm/post/teens-face-tight-summer-job-market <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_6adf980a-9609-11e0-9711-001cc4c002e0.html?success=1">When it comes to finding a job,</a> teens have it rough right now. As workers ages 16 to 19 fill out applications, they will likely find less &ldquo;help wanted&rdquo; signs and more competition for available jobs. A decade ago, it was fairly common for teens to be employed at their first job or a summer employment position. According to an employment study released by Northeastern University, during the summer of 2000, 45 of every 100 teens held a job in the country. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 15:24:38 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 6395 at http://weku.fm Normalcy Returns to Toyota Plant http://weku.fm/post/normalcy-returns-toyota-plant <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_b3272966-9091-11e0-be96-001cc4c002e0.html">On Monday, things went back to normal</a> at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky. TMMK production has returned to 100 percent, up from 30 percent production levels the plant experienced from mid-April up to last week. The Georgetown production line was hurt by parts shortages caused by the continuing impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The largest Toyota plant in North America stopped the line for two non-production days each week in an effort to conserve parts supplies. Tue, 07 Jun 2011 14:02:18 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 5740 at http://weku.fm Toyota Panel Urges More US Control http://weku.fm/post/toyota-panel-urges-more-us-control <p><a href="http://www.news-graphic.com/news/article_5d81ecf0-8590-11e0-b53b-001cc4c002e0.html">A report released Monday</a> by the Toyota North America Quality Advisory Panel criticized the company&rsquo;s structure of operations, with all major decisions coming from Toyota Motor Corp. in Japan. &ldquo;Toyota has erred too much on the side of global centralization and needs to shift the balance somewhat toward greater local authority and control,&rdquo; the panel advises. Thu, 26 May 2011 13:22:25 +0000 Laura Eastes, Georgetown News-Graphic 4695 at http://weku.fm