Tuesday, August 29, 2000

Kentucky Digest


Bourbon ads have down-home appeal

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LAWRENCEBURG — Wild Turkey bourbon comes from Kentucky, as all true bourbon does, and Austin, Nichols Distilling Co. is poking fun at some current big-city trends to emphasize those down-home origins.

        Accompanied by country/bluegrass music, a voice on the one-minute radio spot explains that Wild Turkey comes from a small town deep in the heart of Kentucky called Lawrenceburg, and then continues, “which is about as far as you can get from them chardonnay-sniffin', double mocha skimmed latte-sippin', cell phone worshippin', cyber-datin', hip-hop techno retro-ravin', underwear-showin', private-part-piercin', sprout munchin', voice-mail forwardin', goatee-sportin', hair-gel-wearin' folk who wouldn't know a fine bourbon if they was swimmin' in it.”

        The campaign is being launched in Austin and Houston, Texas; New Orleans; Chicago; Charlotte, N.C., and the Greater Cincinnati market beginning this month and running through December.
       

Park concert
performs classics

               COVINGTON — The Northern Kentucky Symphony closes its summer series in Devou Park with the familiar classics heard in Disney's updated Imax animated feature, Fantasia 2000.

        The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Devou Park amphitheater.

        Works by Beethoven, Respighi, Saint-Saens, Dukas, Elgar and Stravinsky will be performed. Two 17-year-old Northern Kentucky pianists will be featured. Anna Polusmiak, a Northern Kentucky University freshman, who will perform the first movement of Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto, and Scott High School senior Miko Hukki will play Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Kenton may change
course operation

               COVINGTON — County officials are considering making Kenton County's three golf courses private to cut costs, but they're awaiting results of an efficiency study of county operations.

        “A lot of times, the short-term benefits (of privatization) are positive, but the long-term benefits aren't,” said Kenton Judge-executive Dick Murgatroyd. “This is just one of a number of services being looked at for efficiency and economy.”

        Mr. Murgatroyd made his comments Monday after Kenton Fiscal Court appointed Tom Mackie interim general manager of the county golf courses. Now the assistant general manager, Mr. Mackie will take over when longtime general manager Bill Gibbons, 50, retires Friday.

        By the end of October, the county expects to receive an efficiency report from former Cincinnati City Manager Gerald Newfarmer and his consulting firm, Management Partners.

        Kenton County manages three 18-hole golf courses in Independence.
       

Ways to help
elderly explored

               FORT MITCHELL — Those working with or wanting to help ill, poor, lonely or disabled seniors will be welcomed at an “Ethics for Elders” seminar Wednesday.

        The free seminar, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, will seek to help create a framework for tackling the ethi cal dilemmas accompanying work and personal relationships with seniors.

        For more information call Carol Marek of the Northern Kentucky Area Development District's Council on Aging, 283-1885.

State fair gate
is down slightly

               LOUISVILLE — Attendance at the Kentucky State Fair apparently declined from a year ago, which an organizer attributed to the unusually rainy weather.

        The fair, which wrapped up Sunday, attracted 640,000 to 650,000 people, said Harold Workman, president of the Kentucky State Fair Board. That's down slightly from last year's attendance of 654,122.

        Mr. Workman noted that it rained during four of the fair's 11 days. “This was probably one of the rainiest fairs in the past 15 years,” he said.

        Saturday was the worst of the rainy days, he said. “It started at noon and went on to 5 p.m. — right in the heart of our busiest time,” he said.

        At least this year's fair escaped the scorching heat that August typically brings, Mr. Workman said, noting that fairgoers enjoyed relatively mild temperatures.

        Fair officials probably won't have an official tally until later in the week. Mr. Workman said the fair was a success.

        “The numbers don't always have to meet or exceed last year to be successful,” he said.
       

Computers to ease
officers' workload

               LOUISVILLE — Dozens of Jefferson County police cars are getting computers that should let officers spend more time patrolling.

        The computers will allow officers to write reports in their vehicles, rather than at the station, and quickly run checks.

        The computers are part of a system called “electronic citations.” The in-vehicle citation system is expected to be completed by spring.

        When making a traffic stop, an officer now radios in to check on the driver and the vehicle. The officer — and the motorist — may have to wait 10 minutes or longer before getting a response, depending on how busy the dispatcher is, said Maj. Kenny Brown, commander of the county police administrative services division.
       

Army says deaths
murder-suicide

               FORT CAMPBELL — A soldier shot his wife and then killed himself at a home in Clarksville, Tenn., the Army said on Sunday.

        Sgt. Derrick L. McFowler, 34, was found dead along with his wife, Silke Meyer, on Saturday. A handgun was found at the home, the Army said.

        Sgt. McFowler, of Maywood, Ill., was with the 501st Signal Battalion, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. His wife was from Germany.
       

DAYBOOK

               Crescent Springs: Crescent Springs/Villa Hills Task Force Committee, which is reviewing the draft report of the merger of the two cities and/or city services, 6 p.m., Crescent Springs City Building, 739 Buttermilk Pike. Written comments from the public are welcome and will be addressed. Kentucky events

        Independence: Independence Police Bike Rodeo, 5 to 8 p.m., Villages of Beechgrove Clubhouse, 4214 Beechgrove Drive.

       



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