When an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 Corvette enthusiasts roll into Bowling Green in three years for the 20th anniversary of the National Corvette Museum, officials plan to have a new attraction to show off. Wendell Strode, executive director of the museum, discussed plans Wednesday for a $20 million-plus motorsports park to be built south of Interstate 65 near Exit 28, not far from the museum and General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly Plant, where Chevy Corvettes are built.
Mammoth Cave National Park has a $62 million annual influence on the area’s economy, a number that could be even greater with a renewed emphasis on its designation as an International Biosphere Reserve. About 500,000 visitors come each year to the park, spending $32 million. That, coupled with an annual income of $11 million for the 525 local jobs that are created and $19 million from the ripple effect, adds up to those benefits, according to park Assistant Superintendent Bruce Powell. But that return could be greater if further tourism develops as a result of the cooperation among the park and six counties near the park: Edmonson, Barren, Hart, Warren, Butler and Metcalfe counties.
There aren't many rules on the train called the Hurricane Turn. Dogs roam the aisles and sit next to their owners on the seats. The baggage car doors are wide open, even when the train is moving.
"Oh yeah, this is like the best job in the whole railroad, you bet," says conductor Wade Sherwood.
The Hurricane Turn is one of the last whistle-stop trains in the U.S. — trains that allow travelers to hop on and off where they choose. With tight schedules to keep, most train operators have abandoned them.
In his book from a few years back, Tom Brokaw of NBC News called the men and women who fought for America during World War II “The Greatest Generation.” Brokaw wrote, “They answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled...They faced great odds and a late start, but they did not protest. They succeeded on every front. They won the war; they saved the world...(They) immediately began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world they wanted...(And) they remain, for the most part, exceptionally modest.”
The newest opinion host on cable news channel MSNBC is the Rev. Al Sharpton, a figure much better known for a past in which he cast more heat than light.
F. Scott Fitzgerald notwithstanding, Sharpton is now on at least his third act in public life: as a civil rights activist with a history of divisive and confrontational tactics; an increasingly accepted player in Democratic Party politics; and now, cable news pundit and host of PoliticsNation, which airs weeknights at 6.
Stick with it to the end (or fast forward to about the 2-minute mark) and the part where reporter Sonu Wasu says that if you find a 200-pound hive containing an estimated 250,000 killer bees "do not try to eradicate these bees yourself, it is a very dangerous job that should be left up to professionals."
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and his staff are relocating their offices to the IdeaFestival next week to help promote the annual event and encourage innovative thinking. Founded in 2000, the three-day festival is setup to bring people from around the world to the city with diverse backgrounds, knowledge and perspectives on various cutting-edge ideas. The topics range from cooking to government to technology, and has been one of the more popular local events over the past decade.