There was a lot to do this week as I prepared for some sitting-around time post-surgery, and it seemed there was some urgency around town too.
It’ll Probably Take 40 Days and 40 Nights: Now that we’ve got a religious conservative heading to the Governor’s Mansion, most folks think it won’t take long for Matt Bevin to restore state tax incentives for the Ark Park in northern Kentucky. Last year, the state tourism cabinet revoked $18 million in tax credits because the Park wouldn’t say it would hire anybody who wasn’t a Christian, and the state doesn’t support religious ideas. Maybe. This week Ken Ham announced the Park will open in 2016.
A Bridge Too Much: Also in 2016, you’ll have another reason not to go to Indiana. That’s when tolls will be collected on the new I-65 bridge. Officials announced a complex system called RiverLink that requires you to get a transponder on your car and establish an account with a minimum of $20. Then you’ll pay from $1-$12 to use the Bridge. You can also use the Sherman Minton or the Clark Memorial for free. Or Swim. The new bridge is expected to open for traffic by Christmas, and there’s a walk-across opportunity for citizens Dec. 5.
Denton Gets Airbnb Delay: The Metro Council has struggled for much of 2015 to come up with a way to regulate Airbnb rentals. Thanks to Council member Julie Denton, there’s another delay in introducing the ordinance. Denton believes homeowners using Airbnb-type services to rent their homes shouldn’t be subject to the same discrimination laws as other landlords. Expect a public outcry if the Council ever advances this legislation.
Next Week – New J-Law Movie Premiere and the Brain Ball: Listen to this week’s Rusty Satellite Show for info on the new Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2 with our darling movie star Jennifer Lawrence. It’s Tuesday, and her Mom is promoting a local event. And Kevin Harned will be the emcee at the Brain Ball on Nov. 20, and you can hear about what Kevin does other than weather on the show.
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The Last Kickoff: Louisville’s last home football game is another Saturday at 12:30 affair, this time with Virginia, and a win would make U of L bowl-eligible. The Cards are big favorites, unlike UK, which must find a way to beat Vanderbilt to salvage its season and hopes of a bowl games. Vandy is favored in Nashville. WKU, which is 8-2, has the week off.
This Week on Scandal: After several women from Katina Powell’s book lawyered up to refute charges that they were involved in the sex-for-money allegations, Powell attorney Larry Wilder says his client is moving ahead to talk with NCAA enforcement personnel. Wilder says there’s a lot more evidence coming, and that some of it is funny, like Terrence Williams’ claims that he never paid for sex.
But What about the Moose: Joe’s Older Than Dirt is selling bar stools, beer signs and other memorabilia from the now-closed bar through an online auction site. But your wife isn’t going to let you put up those neon beer signs in the house.
What’s Up with Tom Owen? Tune in to next week’s Rusty Satellite Show and hear Tom Owen talk about why he wants to close bars at 2 a.m. And, I asked when he’s going to decide whether to run again for his coveted Highlands Metro Council seat.