If you live in Louisville or Shelby, Franklin, Anderson or Mercer Counties?
Then take note.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says a massive industrial dryer standing more than 20 feet tall (weighing more than 275,000 pounds) will be moved from the Buddeke Dock in Louisville to a paper plant in Harrodsburg.
From a release:
Movement of an overweight/overdimensional “super load” of equipment from a dock in Louisville to a plant outside Harrodsburg will require temporary closure of some traffic routes, beginning Tuesday night, June 19.
Most of the move will occur at night, under Kentucky State Police escort, to minimize disruption of traffic.
The load, a 275,500-pound industrial dryer, is being transported on a 16-axle trailer. It is to leave the Buddeke Dock on the Ohio River in Louisville at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 19. It is expected to reach the Wausau Paper plant, north of Harrodsburg, in the early hours of Thursday, June 21.
After leaving Louisville, the load and its convoy will pass through Simpsonville, Shelbyville, Frankfort and Lawrenceburg en route to Harrodsburg.
On Wednesday, the load is expected to reach Shelbyville by 5 a.m. EDT and will be parked under sheriff’s guard on the KY 55 Shelbyville Bypass. The move will resume at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
When the transport trailer is included, the load is 20 feet, 5 inches high. Along the route, various work crews will raise utility lines to create necessary clearance. Some bottom panels of overhead highway signs also will be removed and will be replaced when the load has passed. Steel plating will be laid on Zorn Avenue to protect underground water mains.
From Buddeke Dock, north on River Road.
Right on Mockingbird Lane.
Right on Mellwood Avenue.
Left on Zorn Avenue.
Left on Brownsboro Road (U.S. 42).
Right onto the Gene Snyder Freeway (KY 841/Interstate 265). Will travel south in northbound lanes.
Left onto U.S. 60 east.
Shelby, Franklin, Anderson, Mercer
U.S. 60 east, through Simpsonville, to Shelbyville.
Left onto Shelbyville Bypass – KY 55. (Park on bypass at Burks Branch Road.)
Left onto U.S. 60 east, to Frankfort.
Right onto U.S. 127 south, through Lawrenceburg to Harrodsburg.
What happens when WDRB/FOX41 says this in a story about the Southern Indiana serial killer?
In a letter to the local newspaper, Gibson says he would plead guilty and accept the death penalty “just to save some more heartache.” His trial is scheduled for August.
Employees of A Kentucky Newspaper go into full meltdown mode on Facebook complaining about it.
They apparently don’t realize that WDRB is doing two things: pointing out the hilarity of the local paper referring to a major Kentucky-based website as “a Kentucky blog” instead of properly crediting and humorously rolling its eyes at previous meltdowns over the departure of two prominent sports writers to the teevee station.
If FOX41/WDRB/whatever doesn’t matter, why continue to complain, A Kentucky Newspaper people? The bitterness is getting worse than your bitterness toward anyone who dares question your credibility or the Ohio River Bridges Debacle.
Yesterday we raised questions about Metro Government/Metro Council’s $10 million payment to Kentucky Retirement Systems.
And we’ve got more questions:
Was $10 million the right amount? There’s no way to know because Jim King didn’t want to spend the $50,000 to get an actuarial opinion. So there’s no way to know if it was $5 million, $9 million or $15 million. There’s no way to know what the real number is.
$5 million was shifted from CERS on the currency deal. That’s illegal but KRS will claim/is claiming the losses were wrong before and they were just correcting an error. So why do Metro Councilcritters sit on their hands over shenanigans like that?
Why is it Jim King and the rest of the foxes guarding the hen house scoff and obfuscate when questioned about why it’s okay for CERS to subsidize KERS and SPRS?
Why isn’t Louisville considering the development of its own retirement system? And why did we receive threatening messages from two people – one in Metro Government and one a Metro Councilman – after our story ran yesterday?
Why the heck won’t Frankfort consider hiring an actuary to examine its troubled pension system in much the same way Illinois is doing?
These questions will never be answered. We’re just asking for the sake of asking.
This guy from the Humane Society of the United States has been snowed into believing Louisville wants that hot mess of a killing machine. So he’s bringing his book tour to town today. To show how disconnected from reality the guy is – thanks to his boy, Justin Scally – he’s appearing at a dying Barnes and Noble location rather than the city’s independent bookseller. [WFPL]
Here’s one of the many reasons Adam Edelen will never get to the bottom of the Kentucky Retirement Systems disaster(s). [Page One]
Last week Greg Fischer was proclaiming that he had little to nothing to do with Kentucky Kingdom. This week he’s claiming to be involved in the process and says he’s not giving up on reopening the park. [FOX41]
Guess no one likes Cordish Cos anymore. Here’s a story about a big fight with AMC Entertainment (movie theaters) that ended in an epic business divorce in Kansas City. [KCS]
Greg Fischer continued his extreme ignorance related to State Government and the Kentucky Kingdom fiasco as Harold Workman called the Koch Family naive. [WAVE3]
You can’t even go to Louisville these days without some idiots leaving their nine-month-old in the car for it to die in the heat these days. [H-L]
The Kochs were complaining about red tape and wanting more from the state without putting up their own cash more than a week ago. But Greg Fischer still maintained that everything was puppies and rainbows. [WHAS11]
An Indiana man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for bludgeoning and dismembering a 9-year-old girl, then hiding her head, hands and feet in his freezer. [WKYT]
Really, don’t even think about going to Elizabethtown if you don’t want to get beaten to death with a hatchet. [WLKY]
Now WLKY is negotiating with Time Warner to remain on your overpriced cable package. This time the fight’s over when an existing contract ends. Looks like Louisville is in for some fun times with the new cable giant. [Business First]
Can Louisville Metro Government continue funding the Kentucky Retirement Systems mess? Of course not. But it absolutely will. [The 'Ville Voice]
Last Friday afternoon, Greg Fischer appeared on Joe Elliott’s show saying that he had complete confidence that Kentucky Kingdom would reopen as Bluegrass Boardway by the Koch Family. He went on to sing their much-deserved praises:
You’ll note that Fischer admitted on-air that he had received assurances from the Kochs. Meaning he did, indeed, have contact with them and knew what was going on – despite his claims to the contrary.
Also entertaining to listen to him not have much of a clue about the realities of the financial impact on the metro area.
Fast forward to three hours later and his office was spinning like crazy to combat negative news about the Kochs backing out of the deal.
If that doesn’t illustrate just how far in over his head Greg Fischer is on matters like this? Nothing will.
We brought this up way back when (a few months ago) but it’s time to hit it again. First, some background:
Kentucky Retirement Systems consists of ten separate pension and retiree health plans for three main groups: state employees and retirees (KERS), county and city employees (CERS) and state police (SPRS). CERS is the best-funded of the three main KRS pension programs because cities and counties – primarily because Louisville pays 100% of the actuarially-required contribution while the state pays barely 50% for KERS and SPRS.
The largest entity of CERS is Jefferson County School Employees (non-teachers). Second is Metro Government, including police and fire. Since Lexington’s system is independent and not part of CERS, it’s safe to assume Louisville/Jefferson County entities make up the majority of CERS in assets. Especially when you include the Louisville Water Company, the fairgrounds, the airport, Metro Sewer District and Seven Counties.
Metro Government, by way of Metro Council, sent Kentucky Retirement Systems a $10 million check without consulting an actuary. This back room deal, brokered by Tommy Elliott and involving Jim King, should be enough to make any thinking person’s eyes roll to the back of their head. Yes, King was directly involved. He told us via email that the payment was being made to KRS so Metro Government/Metro Council could avoid having to pay any legal fees – an insane excuse.
That $10 million was supposed to flow into the firefighters’ accounts at CERS. But. Uh. $5 million disappeared.
KRS staffers, who are part of the nearly-bankrupt KERS, pulled some fancy accounting tricks. $5 million was pulled from CERS (county employees). $4 million was given to KERS and $1 million to the Kentucky State Police. That trick involved shifting $5 million worth of losses from the currency speculator from KERS and SPRS to CERS. We could give you a million stories about the currency speculator but we’ve already been foaming at the mouth about them for, you know, years.
KRS is now claiming that the final hard dollar losses from currency speculation are roughly $54 million (common sense says they’re much greater than that). While the CERS plan is 47% the overall KRS system, the original accounting had them absorbing 54% – or about $29 million – of those currency losses. KRS management, which obviously favors KERS, and the State Police, didn’t think that was enough. So they yanked another $5 million from CERS, dishing those $4 million to KERS and the rest to the po-leece. That left CERS responsible for 64% of the losses – roughly $34 million.
It’s also entirely likely that additional operating costs from the entire KRS are being unfairly attached to CERS. Things like separate legal funds and issues that never come to light. Matters about which we could go on for days.
So here are the big questions:
Should Metro Government pull out of Kentucky Retirement Systems and form its own fund like Cincinnati, Nashville and St. Louis have done?
Should Louisville be funding 250 non-merit jobs for the Frankfort good old boy network headed by Greg Fischer’s guy, Tommy Elliott?
Can Louisville, in addition to its own employees, continue subsidizing the tens of millions of dollars for other plans around the state while folks in Frankfort play fast and loose with their money?
We’ll likely never know. Because people like Jim King turn out to be exactly what they say they aren’t. He continues to claim he’s the opposite of Greg Fischer and wants to work with his constituency. In practice, however, he’s just like Greg: work super-fast to make problems disappear/prevent them from making it into the mainstream. When it comes to major issues like Metro Animal Services shenanigans, he worked hard do the wrong thing. When it comes to deals with the KRS, it seems he’s also taking the easy route out while playing with the very people he claims to detest.
If the Koch Family wasn’t playing the victim, they would address Ed Hart’s comments that the Kentucky Kingdom effort was a move to protect Holiday World. They also ought to come clean about the real, specific reasons they’re not opening. If it’s state government, the public deserves to know which individuals played a role in their decision because our tax dollars are being wasted on them. [C-J/AKN]
The number of animals in this city that suffer abuse at the hands of their piss-poor owners is disgusting, for sure. But it’s no where near as disgusting as the number of animals neglected and eventually killed at the hands of Metro Animal Services each and every month. [FOX41]
Job-hunting teenagers in cities across the United States face the third bleak summer in a row. They must compete for scarce slots in scaled-back government work programs and against adults forced into low-paying positions by the unemployment crisis. [Reuters]
People are still freaking out over the latest ruling regarding instant racing/horsey gambling. [WAVE3]
Have you read this story from Raleigh about poor schools getting poorer under a new choice plan? It’s worth a read. [Raleigh Public Record]
Isn’t it interesting reading all of these Bluegrass Boardwalk/Kentucky Kingdom/Koch Family stories that never really get to the bottom of anything? [WHAS11]
Will these Northern Kentucky workers be protected by the state for blowing the whistle? Well, this is Kentucky, so probably not. They’ll be bankrupt before the year is up. [H-L]
You can’t even go to Elizabethtown these days without getting killed with a hatchet. [WLKY]
Ford Motor Co. has reduced the amount of energy required to produce each vehicle in its manufacturing facilities by 22 percent in the last six years, according to its annual sustainability report, which was released Friday by the automaker. [Business First]
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s task force on violence prevention is set to meet [today] with supporters looking forward to the group getting started. What the 37-member task force will accomplish has been an ongoing conversation since its was launched by the mayor. But as more heinous acts of violence continue, critics such as Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, have commented that the administration is talking while others are acting. [WFPL]
There are a couple great bourbons on this list for Father’s Day. But the guy needs to get a grip if he thinks real bourbon is made outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky. [HuffPo]
The company behind Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey will create a barrel-making plant in Lawrence County, bringing about 200 jobs to north Alabama, state and company officials announced Thursday.
The new facility, which represents Brown-Forman Corp.’s second move into Alabama in less than 12 months, involves a $55 million to $60 million capital investment for the company, according to Greg Roshkowski, vice president and general manager of Brown-Forman Cooperages.
State and local governments are providing the company with tax breaks, land and worker training worth about $63 million, according to information from the governor’s office.
Because both Metro Government and Frankfort are utterly up a creek, you can bet B-F isn’t just rumoring a partial move to Southern Indiana.
In fact, we’re all betting you can safely hold your breath on moves. More and more transitions like this are going to take place.