• Business briefcase: Nov. 15, 2013

    Kentucky’s business climate ranked top 10 nationally

    Site Selectionmagazine has recognized Kentucky’s business climate among the top 10 in the nation in its 2013 Top State Business Climate ranking. Jumping two spots from 2012, the state is ranked ninth overall in this year’s annual survey, which includes input from corporate site selectors and a mix of other leading indicators.

  • Business briefcase: Nov. 8, 2013

    KentuckyOne launches

    24/7 in-home care

    KentuckyOne Anywhere Care, a phone and video chat-based medical service available 24/7 launched this week, offering what KentuckyOne Health said is one of the first such a services in the country.

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville is part of KentuckyOne Health.

    New or established patients can consult with board-certified family practice providers without leaving home and can request care at www.KentuckyOneAnywhereCare.org or by calling a toll-free phone number.

  • Business briefcase: Nov. 1, 2013

    PSC predicts gas prices to increase by 19 percent

    The Public Service Commission said Thursday that the price of natural gas will cost more this winter than it did in 2012-13 but will remain well below its peak prices of 2008.

    On average, customers in Kentucky can expect to pay about 19 percent more this November. A total gas bill for 10,000 cubic feet – including base rates – is projected at $101.61.

  • Business briefcase: Oct. 25, 2013

    Survey shows food prices in state at 40-year high

    Food prices in Kentucky in the third quarter of the year have reached the highest total since measurements were put in place 40 years ago, according to Kentucky Farm Bureau’s statewide Marketbasket Survey of 40 basic grocery items.

    The total cost of those 40 items was $119.15, which was $6.45, or 5.7 percent, higher than the same list of items reported in the previous quarter – the highest total price recorded in the survey’s four-decade history.

  • Business briefcase: Oct. 18, 2013

    Gas prices fluctuate but remain below 2012

    The gasoline prices keep bumping up and down in Shelby County, with some stations seeing a swing of more than 25 cents during the past two weeks – some having fallen as low as $3.19 per gallon – and it’s contrary to the national trend.

  • Business briefcase: Oct. 11, 2013

    Hardesty, Batliner named to League of Cities board

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty and Simpsonville City Clerk Debbie Batliner were reappointed to the executive board of the Kentucky League of Cities during the organization’s meeting last week in Covington.

    Midway Mayor Tom Bozarth took office as president, with Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles as first vice president and Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison as second vice president.  The officers will serve 1-year terms. 

  • Business briefcase: Sept. 27, 2013

    2 Masonic employees are honored for work

  • Business briefcase: Sept. 20, 2013

    Kentucky’s unemployment goes down a tick in August

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate inched down to 8.4 percent in August from 8.5 percent in July, according to the Office of Employment and Training.

    The preliminary August 2013 jobless rate was 0.1 percentage points above the 8.3 percent rate recorded for the state in August 2012, according to a state news release.

  • UNDERWOOD: Learning leadership as a substitute teacher

    Every adult should be required to volunteer as a substitute teacher for one week a year. While this is impossible, such experience would be an eye and mind opener. As a performance consultant and leadership coach, I am have been amazed at the lessons learned as I occasionally serve as a substitute teacher.

    Although my experience is not in the Shelby County schools, I am certain that the lessons would be the same. Therefore, I thought this might be a good time to share some of those lessons as a new school year gets under way.


  • Business briefcase: Sept. 13, 2013

    Jewish adds to board for its foundation

    The Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, announced new appointments to its 2013-2014 executive committee and board of directors.