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Hebert Takes New U of L Job; School Promotes John Karman

FROM U OF L TODAY:  John Karman, veteran journalist and current communication specialist in the Office of Communications and Marketing, has been appointed interim media relations director at UofL.  Karman, a former Business First reporter who most recently covered the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and other areas for OCM, will assume the post recently vacated by Mark Hebert, who has taken a position as director of programming and production for the university. Hebert is overseeing all work related to the “UofL Today with Mark Hebert” radio show on 93.9 FM, a new UofL blog and all university video and radio…

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THE WEEK: Political Rebels, Arts Heroes and Finishing a Bowl

Yippee! I’m celebrating a birthday, so it’s already a good week. Plus, it’s the last weekend before the start of FOOTBALL SEASON, and all your teams are undefeated, and your fantasy football geeks are all tied for first. Here in Louisville, the news is picking up, like. . . Hartman Arrested: Ex-Rusty Satellite guest Chris Hartman, director of the local Fairness campaign, got himself arrested for disrupting a breakfast sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Bureau at the State Fair. Hartman and two others held banners and made a lot of guests at the Ham Breakfast uncomfortable by going inside (they…


Metro Louisville To Try New Approach to Methane-Energy Project

Mayor announces effort to answer citizen concerns about green energy investments Company will offer revised proposal for biodigester within two months  LOUISVILLE  – Citing the need for greater understanding of green-energy-producing biodigesters in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that an Indiana company will spend the next two months listening to and addressing concerns before seeking formal approval of a proposed methane-energy project at 17th and Maple streets. “Residents of West Louisville have historically suffered from environmental problems created by our community’s past. They deserve to have their valid concerns heard and answered,” Fischer said. “They also deserve to hear the…'s headquarters is getting a tax break

News Flash: Property Taxes Going Down in Metro

First reduction in years takes effect this November  LOUISVILLE, KY (August 24, 2015) – Citizens in Louisville will see a slight reduction in their property tax rates starting this year, Metro Government’s Office of Management and Budget  announced today. “The real estate market and property assessment values are improving, and we continue to see higher employment rates,” said Metro Chief Financial Officer Daniel Frockt. “These tangible results have led to the first property tax rollback in years.” A property tax ordinance filed today to Metro Council will move the Urban Service District real property tax rate from 36.66 cents per $100…


THE WEEK: No Jaywalking Allowed, Jennifer’s Riches, Art, the Fair and the Chief

Stories we weren’t interested in on our Facebook feed: Who’s on the Ashley Madison list, your strategy for your fantasy football team, and your opinion on Donald Trump. But all those back-to-school pics sure were cute. Here are items of local interest: Jen Makes The Best List to Be On: If you are among the many locals who claim to have known Jennifer Lawrence when she was in middle school here, well, maybe you should ask to be in her entourage. Forbes announced its “Highest-Paid Actresses” list for 2015, and Lawrence’s $52 million blew away 2nd-place Scarlett Johansson by a…

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THE WEEK: Let me Tell You About My Golf Score, and More

THE WEEK is, well, late this week. Sorry about that. On Thursday, when I usually put it together, I was hosting a special dinner for my son Nick (an ex-Rusty guest who is leaving to study Theatre in Italy) and my son Josh (who turned 24 Friday). Check out my account of our hiking trip to Red River Gorge on If you’re like me, you hate it when people come up and think you’ll be interested in how their round of golf went. So with apologies in advance, the other reason THE WEEK didn’t happen on time was that…

Louisville Film Society

Mayor Fischer Launches Commission to Grow Local Film Economy

Commission will work to attract film opportunities to city  LOUISVILLE, KY – Seeking to promote Louisville as a premier location for film, television, and new media production, Mayor Fischer announced today the creation of the Louisville Film Commission. The 17-person commission is made up of a diverse group of local film industry experts who will work with and advise Louisville Forward on establishing, marketing and promoting the city to the global film community. “Louisville has a great depth of knowledge when it comes to the film economy,” Fischer said. “We have growing resources, and now with the new state incentives…

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Back to Nature with the Boys at the Gorge

For us city folks, getting out into nature is a beautiful thing. It teaches us to appreciate the majesty of mountains, to understand how harsh the environment can be, and it challenges us physically to climb and cross terrain. During an adventurous weekend with my three sons at Red River Gorge, we hiked a few miles into the woods and set up camp on the top of a ridge, where there were no other people, and the stars shone brighter than usual. It wasn’t lost on me, however, that there were dozens of emergency vehicles at the trailhead, all on a search…

Kirk Kandle is a local biking advocate

The ‘Ville is a Silver City — For Biking

Louisville Gains Silver Bicycle Friendly Status Upgraded from bronze status by League of American Bicyclists  Louisville, Ky.  (August 10, 2015) – Mayor Greg Fischer today said the city’s recent designation as a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community means Louisville’s work to make traveling by bike easier as part of a larger plan that takes in motorists, pedestrians and cyclists is gaining national attention. The League of American Bicyclists upgraded Louisville from bronze status in June. Each year the League examines hundreds of cities across the country to determine how bicycle friendly they are based on specific criteria. Louisville was cited for having…


“Lou’s Brew” Guide Suggest Bike-Brewery Tours

Mayor Fischer, CVB introduce “Lou’s Brew” —a guide highlighting local breweries Fischer hosts “Lou’s Brew” bike tour Aug. 29 LOUISVILLE, KY (August 10, 2015) – Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau today introduced “Lou’s Brew” — a guide that highlights local breweries for locals and tourists. The idea for “Lou’s Brew” resulted from the Beer Work Group created by Fischer in 2014 to grow the brewing industry — and create more jobs as part of the city’s effort to become a global food and spirits capital. “Our city continues to gain popularity as a food and beverage…