Nature lovers should be making plans for a unique Kentucky State Park tradition – Eagle Watch Weekends in January and February 2012. The park system will sponsor this wildlife-watching opportunity as bald eagles gather around the major lakes of western Kentucky looking for food. The park tours allow you to observe and learn about these beautiful birds of prey. For four decades, the Kentucky State Parks have offered Eagle Watch Weekends, a chance to view the eagles from land and water and learn about the national symbol and other wildlife.
Employee pay rates and recent citations from environmental and occupational safety agencies took center stage at a special called meeting of the Cumberland City Council on Thursday. Mayor Carl Hatfield brought up comments from state and federal officials. “Every time they come in they say that we are not paying our people enough to keep them on the job. That’s true. We have qualified people, but we don’t have certified people. Other cities are paying their plant supervisors as high as $22 and even $25 per hour. We were paying our highest paid supervisors $15 an hour, so they left. We currently don’t have a supervisor. Our pay rates go back twenty years,” said Hatfield.
The news that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) have decided not to participate in the Dec. 27 Republican presidential debate that businessman/TV personality/self-proclaimed potential independent presidential candidate Donald Trump is supposed to be moderating means just two GOP contenders would be left for the event:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.).
Bah, humbug! A 16-foot, natural Christmas tree recently installed in the lobby at Lexington City Hall has to go. The Lexington fire department advised city officials Thursday that the tree constitutes a fire hazard and violates a state regulation prohibiting live or natural trees in places of public assembly. Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs said his department received a complaint about the tree, insisting that removing it has nothing to do with firefighters' recent disagreements with Mayor Jim Gray over health insurance.
In a carefully worded statement, Augusta Mayor John Laycock terminated the employment of the city police chief Wednesday. Greg Cummins had been employed in different capacities in the city since 1978, officials said. He served as an officer and was named chief following the retirement of Chief Phil Cummins, his older brother, about 15 years ago. Following a special meeting of Augusta City Council on Wednesday, which was primarily held in an executive session, Laycock announced termination of Cummins as an employee and chief.
For the 51st year in a row, the Kentucky Human Rights Commission has heard more complaints about racial discrimination than any other issue. The commission handles cases of discrimination for any protected class in Kentucky. That includes race, gender, age, color, disability, familial status, national origin, religion and smoking status. The panel released its annual report of filings this week (read it here). It covers any complaints sent to the panel between July of last year and July of this year.
Kentucky Secretary of State-elect Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her transition team on Friday as she prepares to take office in January. The Lexington attorney easily defeated Todd County businessman Bill Johnson by a 21-point margin, keeping the statewide office in the Democratic Party column. Grimes appointed former state Rep. Tim Firkins, D-Louisville, to chair the group, which will be organized into six working teams.
On Saturday, college football's best player will be awarded the Heisman Trophy in New York. This year's front-runners attend Baylor University, Stanford University and University of Alabama; but 75 years ago, the Heisman winner was a Yale man. In 1936, at a time when the Ivy League was a hotbed of football talent, Yale end Larry Kelley was the first to win a Heisman Trophy.
Piano Jazzcelebrates Marian McPartland the composer with a set of selected performances by McPartland and her guests, including a few surprise arrangements. She performs solo in "Silent Pool," "Melancholy Mood" and a few of her famous musical portraits.
Most people will find the first 20 minutes of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy difficult to follow — I did, and I've read John le Carre's novel and seen the haunting 1979 BBC miniseries starring Alec Guinness, although decades ago.
The movie is chopped up into short scenes featuring people we don't know working for a circus — what? — and for someone called "C," and talking about a woman called Karla? Meanwhile, the star, Gary Oldman, doesn't say a word for the first 18 minutes.