Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed October as National Arts and Humanities Month in the Commonwealth.
Governor Beshear made the announcement in celebration of Kentucky’s artistics traditions and cultural heritage.
The governor was quoted as saying that the arts play a major role in telling the state’s unique cultural story from our earliest days.
According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, performing arts, museums and related activities contribute $427 million of Kentucky's annual gross state product.
The state also has more than 8,000 arts-related businesses and entrepreneurs that employ over 27,000 people.
Hopkinsville Community College has become the first KCTCS school in Kentucky to participate in a new college sustainability rating system.
A news release from HCC Says the program is called “Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System,” or STARS for short.
The system is called a “one of a kind” because it involves publicly reporting comprehensive information to a college or university’s sustainability performance.
Participating colleges report achievements in education and research, operations and planning, administration and engagement.
The unemployment rate in Christian County increased by seven tenths of a percent last month, with the jobless rate also up in Trigg and Todd Counties.
Numbers released by the Office of Employment and Training show unemployment at 11.5 percent in Christian County last month—up from 10.8 percent in July. Todd County’s jobless rate was up by two tenths of a percent to 8.4 and Trigg was up eight tenths to 8.9 percent.
Muhlenberg, Hopkins and Caldwell each fell by two tenths of a percentage point—Muhlenberg to 9.1, Caldwell to 7.3 and Hopkins to 7.2.
Christian County has the highest unemployment rate in the Pennyrile, followed by Muhlenberg. Caldwell narrowly edged out Hopkins for the lowest jobless numbers.
The nine county Pennyrile Region as a whole came in with a 9 percent unemployment rate, up by a tenth of a percent from last month.
On the positive side, only Livingston County had a higher unemployment rate than it did from one year ago. Fulton County had the highest jobless rate in Kentucky last month at 16.7 percent and Oldham County was the lowest at 6.5 percent.
Governor Steve Beshear says he’s confident the increased speed limit on U.S. 68-80 set to go in effect next week will eventually boost the economies of the four affected counties.
Interviewed after an appearance at the Trilogy Center Thursday, Governor Beshear said the increased traffic volume through Trigg, Christian, Todd and Logan County has to help.
The 65 miles per hour speed limit will likely mean GPS systems will route more motorists through the southern Pennyrile instead of a longer route on Parkways and interstates. The Governor says traveling from Cadiz to Bowling Green will also become an easier task for local residents.
Governor Beshear is expected to make an official announcement Tuesday regarding the long sought after change.
Senate President David Williams could be considered for a judicial spot in Southern Kentucky.
Governor Beshear tells the "Herald Leader" he would consider the idea. Beshear and Williams have been longtime political rivals and squared off in the last run for governor.
Governor Beshear says it's not just Williams' name, as he's willing to consider anyone qualified.