Saturday, April 30, 2011
EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-1-'11
- Here are the most recent death tolls in the states hit hardest by the storm system that spawned dozens of tornadoes across the Southeast, killing at least 341 people:
-- Mississippi: 35 dead
-- Tennessee: 34 dead
-- Georgia: 15 dead
-- Virginia: 5 dead
-- Louisiana: 2 dead
-- Kentucky: 1 dead
- Whiskey distilleries are making a slow comeback in Tennessee, two years after a state law overturned Prohibition-era restrictions on the manufacture of distilled spirits. Corsair Artisan Distillery in Nashville is one of only two distilleries that have set up shop so far in the state, The Tennessean reports. The other is moonshine-making Ole Smoky Distillery in Gatlinburg. Local distillers say the modest beginnings are the start of a growing movement for Tennessee to reclaim its whiskey-making heritage. They predict in less than a decade whiskey enthusiasts will be flocking to Tennessee's micro-distilleries just as wine lovers visit the Napa wine country in California. Several other distilleries are in development. Andrew Webber, distiller and president at Corsair, said startup costs can range from about $500,000 to as much as $12 million.
- Pikeville College took a bold step forward Saturday as it changed the name they held for 121 years. Beginning July 1, the college on the hill will be known as the University of Pikeville. The name change was announced by Terry Dotson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The decision of the Board was announced as unanamous. President Paul E. Patton said the University would continue to seek ways to serve the citizens of the region.
- Kentucky Lake could reach record levels before next Friday. According to a news release from the Tennessee Valley Authority, the utility is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to retain water behind Kentucky Dam to reduce flooding on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers downstream. TVA expects the lake on the border between Tennessee and Kentucky to reach about 374 feet on Thursday, 15 feet above the normal summer pool level. Neighboring Lake Barkley is also expected to be high as well as other reservoirs along the Cumberland River basin as the corps reduces flows from those dams. The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area has warned visitors who use the trails, roads, camping areas and boat ramps to be extremely cautious and observe all closures.
- A central Kentucky church is hosting an exhibit to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible being published. The exhibit at Harmony Christian Church in Georgetown will include pages from an original 1611 King James Bible, as well as will pages from earlier versions of the Bible. Exhibit organizer Perry Ryan told the Georgetown News-Graphic that he hopes it will result in a greater awareness of struggles that English-speaking scholars endured to get an English translation of the Bible printed. The exhibit runs 4-8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.
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