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Business briefcase: Nov. 23, 2012

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By The Staff

Famed moonshiner’s wife signing bottles at Coxs

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The product and family of a famed “moonshiner” will be in Shelby County next week.

Pam Sutton, wife of renowned moonshiner Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton will be at the Coxs Smokers Outlet and Spirit Shoppe at 43 Breighton Circle at 5-7 p.m. next Friday to sign a limited edition mason jar called “The Last Run.”

There also will be a tasting for Popcorn Sutton TN White Whiskey.

Sutton, who has been featured on the History Channel show Moonshiners, is a descendant of a long line of brew-makers who came from North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. He was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for illegally brewing spirits and possession of a fire arm, but he was sentenced to house arrest and committed suicide that same day.

 

Higher fuel prices, less driving this holiday

Motorists will find the national average price for gasoline will be the highest it ever has been on Thanksgiving.

GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan is estimating that the national average will sit at $3.43 per gallon on Thanksgiving, some 10 cents higher than it was in 2011. In Louisville, gasoline prices currently stand at an average of $3.16 per gallon, compared to last Thanksgiving, when prices stood at an average of $3.12.

"Gasoline prices have continued their slow decline in the last week across a solid majority of the United States, with the national average sagging to its lowest level since this early summer," DeHaan said. “Even though consumers are seeing gasoline prices decline in most parts of the country – and we’re certainly thankful for that – the national average will remain higher than where it was a year ago.”

As pump prices have fallen, GasBuddy has asked surveyed motorists about their travel plans. Results from the poll of more than 15,000 households showed 16 percent would not be driving at all for holiday gatherings, up from 15 percent last year. About 53 percent indicated they would be driving a similar amount compared to last year, up from 50 percent from the year before.

More notably, 18 percent said they would be driving less than last year, a drop of 4 percent. Eight percent said they would be driving slightly or significantly more.

LGE/KU issues fraud alert

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company alerted customers of a new telephone scam in which a caller claims to be a utility employee and asks for bill payment over the phone or in person, and threatens to disconnect electric or natural gas service if the targeted customer does not cooperate.
The companies have alerted authorities and offer the following advice to residential and business customers in  the wake of this new scam:

  • LG&E and KU never call and ask for credit or debit card numbers or other personal information.
  • LG&E and KU do make computer-generated calls to remind customers if their payment is late, and the call includes an option for customers to select if they want to make their payment  by phone.

Customers who receive a live phone call, an E-mail or letter that is suspicious should call 800-331-7370 for LGE or 800-981-0600 for KU.
 

Bulletin board

  • Shelby Development Corporation’s board of directors will meet at 8 a.m. today at the Cardwell House.
  • The Shelbyville Board of Realtors will meet at 9 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Coldwell Banker office.  The 2012 Realtor of the Year and will be honored, and officers for 2013 will be installed.

 

Bits & bytes:

  • A new online portal has been launched by the U.S. Small Business Administration to accept nominations for its 2013 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award. The portal is accessible at http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/.
  • Norton Cancer Institute and Norton Brownsboro Hospital have been named 2012 Summit Award winners by Press Ganey Associates Inc. –  the health-care industry’s most coveted symbol of achievement in patient satisfaction. This is the fourth consecutive year that Norton Cancer Institute has achieved this extraordinary accomplishment in the medical practice category. Norton Brownsboro Hospital won two Summit Awards –  one for inpatient care and one for Emergency Department care – in the hospital’s first year of eligibility. See attached for more information.

 

The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. The Sentinel-News welcomes Briefcase items. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.