Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader en Kentucky's Highlights from 2012 <p><a href="" target="_blank">It hardly seems possible that 2012,</a> the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s 220th year, has come to an end. As with most years, there was good news and bad news, joy and sorrow, beginnings and endings. What will we remember most? Wildcat basketball fans will remember 2012 as the eighth year of nirvana for Kentucky’s secular religion. The University of Kentucky men’s team beat Kansas 67-59 to win its eighth NCAA crown and the first since 1998. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:26:19 +0000 Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader & Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader & Tom Ebl 37778 at U.S. Senator Speaks About Future of Coal <p><a href="">Americans heard something</a> on the U.S. Senate floor last Wednesday that they haven&#39;t heard for nearly three years: a coal-state senator and longtime supporter of the coal industry speak eloquent truth to power. Sen. Jay Rockefeller&#39;s 16-minute speech was remarkable for its wisdom and candor. It echoed a similar address in 2009 by another West Virginia Democrat and longtime coal-industry champion, the late Sen. Robert Byrd. They both sounded like old friends trying to warn an alcoholic that his behavior had become unacceptably destructive, both to himself and to others. Sun, 24 Jun 2012 15:27:48 +0000 Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader 28546 at Obama Declares Disaster for Kentucky <p><a href="">President Obama issued a major disaster declaration</a> for Kentucky on Tuesday night, triggering the release of federal funds to help people recover from the storms in the state last week. The president&#39;s action makes federal funding available to businesses and residents in Johnson, Kenton, Laurel, Lawrence, Menifee, Morgan, and Pendleton counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses. Earlier Tuesday, residents and business owners re-entered the devastated Morgan County seat for the first time since Friday&#39;s deadly tornadoes. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 15:58:46 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader & Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader 22754 at Obama Declares Disaster for Kentucky Gatewood Galbraith, a Kentucky Original <p><a href="">You could say a lot of things about Gatewood Galbraith</a>, except that he was &quot;just another politician.&quot; Galbraith, who died Wednesday at age 64, was a Kentucky original. Everyone knew him as Gatewood &mdash; as with Elvis, the last name eventually became superfluous. In fact, I&#39;ll bet if you showed most adult Kentuckians a tall, lanky silhouette of a man wearing a wide-brimmed hat, they would know immediately who it was. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:51:40 +0000 Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader 19218 at Gatewood Galbraith, a Kentucky Original Future of KY. Solar Panels Bright <p><a href=" "><strong>The sun shines bright</strong></a> on our Kentucky homes, and Alternative Energies Kentucky LLC thinks that could become a great business opportunity. Last year, Alternative Energies became Kentucky&#39;s only manufacturer of photovoltaic panels, which convert sunlight into electricity to power homes and businesses. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 13:46:27 +0000 Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader 14047 at Future of KY. Solar Panels Bright The Grange - A Glorious, Notorious Home <p><a href="">Every house has a story,</a> but few have one as glorious and notorious as The Grange &mdash; from its opulent architecture to the dungeon in the cellar. The home, north of Paris, was built starting in 1800 by a man known as a slave trader. The elaborate, ornate home had a secret - a basement dungeon, left over from his slave trader activities. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 17:36:02 +0000 Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader 13319 at The Grange - A Glorious, Notorious Home Kentucky Promoted Through Super Bowl <p><a href="">It is an idea so crazy, it just might work</a>. Griffin VanMeter, Kent Carmichael and Whit Hiler are 30-something marketing guys. They also are native Kentuckians who are proud of their state and think everyone else should be proud of it, too. A year ago, they had this idea: Let&#39;s produce a television commercial promoting the &quot;brand&quot; of Kentucky and get it on the Super Bowl telecast. Their goal is to raise $3.5 million in 60 days in order to buy the commercial time. With $3.5 million worth of public momentum, the three marketers said, they think Kentucky producers, directors, writers and actors would rush to help them make one awesome Kentucky commercial. Are you listening, George Clooney, Jerry Bruckheimer and Ashley Judd? Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:41:29 +0000 Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader 12424 at Kentucky Promoted Through Super Bowl Service Center Still Going Strong <p><a href="">Georgia Clemons is only 5 feet tall</a>, but she cuts quite a figure: pastel suit, black high heels, hair coiffed and a twist of pearls around her neck. But she is standing behind the front counter of Georgia&#39;s Service Center, a circa 1963 filling station and auto repair shop at the corner of Lexington&#39;s Nicholasville Road and Malabu Drive. She owns the place, and she runs it seven days a week. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:27:51 +0000 Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader 12261 at Service Center Still Going Strong Confederate General Honored <p><a href="">Descendants of Gen. John Hunt Morgan&#39;s men and other Civil War buffs </a>will gather Saturday outside the Lexington History Museum to mark the 100th anniversary of Morgan&#39;s heroic statue being placed there. But it will be nothing like the spectacle that occurred at what was then the Fayette County Courthouse on Oct. 18, 1911. That day, 10,000 people packed the square, and hundreds more filled the windows and roofs of nearby buildings to honor the &quot;Thunderbolt of the Confederacy.&quot; Mon, 22 Aug 2011 14:16:28 +0000 Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader 10988 at Confederate General Honored Exit Interview for UK's Todd <p><br /><a href=" "><strong>Lee T. Todd Jr. steps down</strong></a> next week after a decade as president of the University of Kentucky &mdash; a decade of big ambitions, tough challenges, notable accomplishments, a few controversies and much left unfinished.<br />The Hopkins County native had been a UK engineering professor, then he spent 17 years as a technology entrepreneur. After selling a couple of companies he had started, Todd returned in July 2001 to become UK&#39;s 11th president.<br /> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 16:37:31 +0000 Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader 7378 at