By Nick Roush on ©April 16th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
You see that? It’s the look of a man who knows the winners before the race. Some people say that after a victory you should act like you’ve been there before. Obviously, those people are losers.
Just before Tiger slid into a green jacket to retake his crown atop the world of golf, Omaha Beach fought through the slop to win the Arkansas Derby, and more importantly, give me the title, “Best Derby Prep Race Handicapper Ever.” Most would typically only use Tiger Woods and Nick Roush’s name in the same sentence to describe male pattern baldness, but not anymore.
Over the last three months, I spent $10 imaginary dollars on each of the 22 Derby Prep Races. Nine wins later, 58 others must bow to me, their Derby Prep Race Picking King.
Now that I’ve finished my boasting (just on this blog; believe me, my friends are going to be hearing about this for at least a year), here’s where each horse stands after the 22-race circuit.
The inaugural year of our homemade fantasy league was also the first year I’ve completely kept up with every single prep races. The points system adds some juice to Derby season and can turn a casual fan into a crazy person (see: me). It also has given me a good idea where the ponies stand before the fastest two minutes in sports. These three will certainly be in my five-horse trifecta:
1. Tacitus — Don’t fact-check me, but I believe since they instituted the points system the leader has won every single Kentucky Derby. Regardless of playing favorites, it’s a Tapit with an extra gear down the stretch who might have the best W of the season with the victory in the Wood.
2. Long Range Toddy — I was actually pumped LRT lost in the slop this weekend. Now the closer that took down Improbable will be somewhere around 20-1. Give me all of that.
3. Omaha Beach — Just when you thought he couldn’t get any better, Omaha Beach was absolutely incredible in the Arkansas Derby. I’ll be shocked if he isn’t the ML favorite.
Thanks for letting me brag and an even bigger thanks to Harvey Wallbanger. I would not be here if it wasn’t for the Holly Bull.
18 days till Derby.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©April 16th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
One Kentucky substitute teacher had a rough day at work on Monday.
Brook Ellen West, a 32-year-old substitute at Royal Springs Middle School, was arrested yesterday morning after she admitted to authorities she took four shots of vodka around 11:00 a.m. while on the job.
According to the arrest citation, West blew a .317 on a breathalyzer test, smelled like alcohol, and was heard yelling and cursing at students.
In a statement given to WKYT, Scott Count Schools said:
“On Monday, April 15, 2019, a substitute reported to Royal Spring Middle School to fill a half-day opening in the afternoon. The substitute demonstrated erratic behavior. School staff acted immediately upon learning of this behavior. Scott County Sheriff’s Department escorted the substitute off school grounds later charging her with alcohol intoxication. The individual is no longer employed by Scott County Schools in any capacity.”
West has been charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Matt Jones hosted Kentucky Congressman Jamie Comer on Monday night’s Hey Kentucky. In an eight-minute discussion the two talked about the latest political developments from Washington D.C., from the Mueller report to the problems with partisanship.
Congressman Comer and Matt Jones talked about a lot more than politics. Click here to see tonight’s entire episode.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 12th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
What does Bill Murray do on a Thursday? Some distillery day drinking followed by some bar hopping in Lexington, apparently. The actor was spotted around town yesterday, enjoying the Bluegrass’ finest beverages.
Murray started his day at Woodford Reserve:
He also stopped by Castle & Key Distillery:
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From there, he went to Bourbon on Rye:
Bill Murray came to hang at Bourbon on Rye last night. ??
And Parlay Social, where one patron said he acted liked a “big jerk,” according to the Herald-Leader. Judging by this picture, he may have been feeling the effects of a long day by that point:
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Any good night out isn’t complete without some grease, so Murray polished it off with some fried chicken and biscuits from Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites:
In possibly the weirdest pop up turn of events ever, Bill Murray housed a to go order of my fried chicken and biscuits.
— Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites (@tuktuklex) April 12, 2019
Murray has been spotted at several Louisville games since Chris Mack took over (Murray’s son Luke is an assistant coach for the Cards), but it’s nice to see him spreading some of that fun to Lexington.
By Drew Franklin on ©April 04th, 2019 @ 11:55am
An Eastern Kentucky furniture store is currently holding a mega sale, all because Duke failed to make the Final Four.
Hazard Furniture in Hazard, Ky., is offering special deals as part of its “Duke Got The Hell Beat Out Of Them” Sale.
Listen to the radio ad that plays in the area:
— Shawn Burkett (@ttekrubs) April 4, 2019
I don’t even need new furniture but I’ll buy a couch to support the cause.
By Maggie Davis on ©April 01st, 2019 @ 10:00pm
If you were brave enough to listen to Kentucky Sports Radio Monday morning, you heard our good friend Harold tell the gang about Marshall County’s annual Tater Day. Believe it or not, the first Monday of April is always celebrated in Benton with tater-related activities – in recent years, the event has spanned multiple days. This year marked the 176th celebration of Tater Day.
The festivities actually began Friday, held alongside the Marshall County A and I Fair. This year, Tater Day(s) included carnival rides, food trucks, a demolition Derby, specialty vendors and a parade.
“The first Monday in April is our unofficial start of spring with the Tater Day Festival,” Marshall County Tourism Executive Director Randy Newcomb told the Western Kentucky Star. “Tater Day brings people from all over to enjoy great food, entertainment and family fun.”
Herold said there were 20,000 people in town ready to celebrate Tater Day. I’m not sure if these pictures show that many tater-goers, but it definitely looks like a busy Monday on the streets of Benton.
The annual Tater Day Parade will start around 11:00 a.m. on Main Street in Benton, Kentucky. ? Are you heading out to get your spot? pic.twitter.com/uHxAcf5hAq
— WPSD Local 6 (@WPSDLocal6) April 1, 2019
Benton, Kentucky is the place to be. People are lining up for this morning’s Tater Day Parade. This marks the 176th tater day. Such fun! Did you make it out this year? You still have time to make it to the parade. The parade will start at 11. pic.twitter.com/cKKDxkhkoo
— Stefanie Martinez (@SMartinezWPSD) April 1, 2019
Apparently, local businesses even close for the day:
No April Fool’s joke here!
All of our libraries really are closed due to Tater Day festivities happening today.
We hope to see everyone visiting us this week for some Spring Break fun! https://t.co/8hdJ3aJrE6 pic.twitter.com/NFPW4Ovs39
— Marshall Co Library (@MarshallCPL) April 1, 2019
Reminder: Our Benton Office will be closed today due to the Tater Day festivities; however, our Draffenville Office is open for business.
Thank you! Happy Tater Day 🙂 pic.twitter.com/Aur5shFrsa
— First Kentucky Bank (@FirstKentucky) April 1, 2019
No fooling… On Monday, April 1, our Benton office will be closed to celebrate Tater Day! Even though it started as trading, today it is full-family event! It’s worth the short drive to Benton to get in on the fun! Will we see you there? #heritagebankusa #taterday #benton #ky pic.twitter.com/OR0fFvSTmN
— Heritage Bank (@heritagebankusa) March 28, 2019
Can we please petition to make Tater Day a statewide holiday? I think the BBN could have used a day off to celebrate taters in peace.
By Nick Roush on ©March 28th, 2019 @ 2:25pm
The Hazard Hampton Inn’s job requirements are…unusual.
An Eastern Kentucky man has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the hotel and its manager, Sharon Lindon. According to WDRB, Jason White claims he was harassed by Lindon once the front desk clerk revealed he was getting a divorce. Blaming his marital problems on “demons,” Lindon allegedly asked White to get an exorcism to continue working at the hotel.
The suit, which names Lindon and Hampton Inn as defendants, alleges Fields was told if he was going to work for Lindon, he had to be “cleansed.”
In addition, Fields was given a form to fill out with questions about his religious background, if he had lustful thoughts, whether he was conceived out of wedlock or had been sexually abused and if he had ever “made a pact with the devil,” among other questions.
The form White refused to complete is bizarre, to say the least.
The lawsuit also claims that members of Lindon’s church came to the lobby of the hotel to pray for him while he was on duty at the front desk. White eventually quit his job and filed the lawsuit March 21.
If you thought your work was hell, think again.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 26th, 2019 @ 10:47pm
In a few days, Kentucky will compete for a spot in the Final Four in Kansas City; Georgetown College just blazed the trail. The Tigers beat Carroll College 68-48 for the NAIA National Championship in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, only a few blocks away from the Sprint Center, where the Cats will play Friday night. Good omen? I sure hope so.
This is Georgetown College’s third title, and the second for Chris Briggs, a former Kentucky Basketball manager under Tubby Smith. The Tigers also won it in 2013 and 1998.
By Drew Franklin on ©March 25th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
Stop getting drunk and buying things online, Kentucky. You’re out of control.
According to a study by The Hustle, Kentuckians spend an average of $742 a year while drunk shopping online. This number was found by polling 2,174 people, although those people don’t exactly represent the average Kentuckian:
First, a quick note on methodology: The information presented here is based on a survey of 2,174 alcohol-consuming readers of The Hustle between March 11-18, 2019. Our average respondent is 36 years old, has an income of $92k (more than double the national average), and skews a bit more male (53%) than female (47%). The data presented here is by no means definitive or conclusive; nonetheless, it still provides an interesting snapshot of the drunk shopping market.
Still, Kentucky is No. 1 nationwide in money spent on purchases while under the influence.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 25th, 2019 @ 11:11am
What do you do if your wedding is at the same time as Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament second round game? If you’re this couple from Somerset, you let your guests watch it during the ceremony.
Scheduling your wedding during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is still frowned upon, but shoutout to Devan and Randall Smith for making the most of the situation.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 14th, 2019 @ 4:30pm
We’re very proud of the work our friend Ramel Bradley is doing with AppHarvest, and on Sunday night, they’ll both be featured on 60 Minutes.
The famous CBS News show recently spent a week in Eastern Kentucky to learn more about the high-tech agricultural company that’s building giant greenhouses to grow produce and create jobs in a region that desperately needs them. The “Rise of the Rest” Fund recently invested in AppHarvest as part of its focus on working with entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley and other coastal tech hubs. The fund is managed by AOL Co-Founder Steve Case and best-selling author J.D. Vance (“Hillbilly Elegy”) and is backed by more than 30 iconic business leaders, including Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos and former Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.
As part of the feature, 60 Minutes crews filmed Ramel leading the agricultural entrepreneurs class at Shelby Valley High School in Pike County. Talk about must-see TV.
Here’s a preview:
“75% of venture capital money went to three states: California, New York and Massachusetts… not in the middle of the country and we just have to change that.” Billionaire investor Steve Case looks to bring that change, Sunday on 60 Minutes https://t.co/S0GbKt3Kb1 pic.twitter.com/276DZh4Pig
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) March 13, 2019
Sunday night, 7 p.m. ET. Set the DVR.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 14th, 2019 @ 2:30pm
This morning, multiple tornadoes touched down near Paducah, causing significant damage. So far, there’s only been one injury reported, and it’s not life-threatening, which is pretty remarkable when you see the footage and pictures of the storm and its aftermath.
— Live Storm Chasers (@Livestormchaser) March 14, 2019
This is the school, Ryan and the girls where in the car on that street as the trees fell and watched it happen.
Ryan Long grabbed this photo. One of the tornados damaged this church by Barkley Regional Airport in McCracken County. pic.twitter.com/hbJD9ShpJe
— Eric Chumbler (@EricChumbler) March 14, 2019
TORNADO – Paducah, KYPermission: Jared Borum
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Wild. Everyone stay safe as these storms make their way across the Bluegrass (and Nashville) today.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 07th, 2019 @ 3:30pm
We’re getting close to that time of year when Louisville becomes preoccupied with all things Derby, and to celebrate, the Louisville Bats will become the Derby City Mint Juleps for two games next month.
This morning, the Reds’ AAA team and Four Roses Bourbon announced that on April 13 and 27, the Bats will wear special Mint Julep-themed uniforms to kick off the start of Derby season at Louisville Slugger Field. Mint Juleps will be sold, along with Derby City Mint Juleps merchandise. Here’s a better look at those uniforms, which honor the drink, the Derby, the city of Louisville, and the sport of horse racing:
A dash of Louisville, a twist of Derby, and a whole lot of baseball makes one strong cocktail. On April 13th and 27th, we become the Derby City Mint Juleps. pic.twitter.com/oAMNUG70qb
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) March 7, 2019
Can’t wait until next month to get your hands on some Derby City Mint Juleps gear? It’s already up for sale on derbycitymintjuleps.com.
Warren Central student suspended for refusing request to stop sitting in other team’s student section
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 01st, 2019 @ 1:45pm
In January, Warren Central student Keylin Haynie attended his school’s basketball game at South Warren. At one point, he got up from his seat and walked over to the South Warren student section to talk to some friends he grew up playing baseball with. A Warren Central teacher came over and asked him to move back to the visitor’s side, but he refused. Little did he know that decision would result in his suspension from school and being kicked off the baseball team and out of the Junior ROTC program.
As you might expect, Haynie and his mother appealed the suspension, which would force him to miss six days or attend Jackson Academy for 25 days, and started an online petition, which has over 4,000 signatures. The Warren County Board of Education held a public hearing over the matter last night, which lasted over six hours. The school argued that they wanted Haynie to move back to their side to prevent an altercation, referencing his history of bad behavior, but Haynie insists he was just chatting with his friends.
“They brought up the fact that I need to move and the principal was going to give us a referral if we didn’t move,” Haynie told WNKY40. “I’m just sitting here socializing. There’s nothing wrong going on.”
“He wasn’t doing anything, and he still has that right,” said Stephanie Tracy-Bundy, Haynie’s mother. “If he’s not doing anything, [the teachers] should’ve never approached him in the first place.”
According to WBKO, the school board decided 5-1 to extend Haynie’s time at Jackson Academy by another 25 days.
UPDATE: Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton submitted this statement to KSR about the matter.
“Typically, we would not comment publicly on a student disciplinary incident; however, in this case, the parent requested that it be made open to the public. Based upon much misinformation, I find it important to provide clarity by sharing some important facts surrounding this entire situation. First, the safety of students and staff at school events is paramount and school officials have an obligation to take proactive measures to ensure the safety of students, staff, and spectators at all school activities and school sponsored events.
It’s important to note that in an effort to prevent a potential situation that could endanger the safety and welfare of those in attendance, multiple students were directed to move out of the opponent’s student section and most of them complied. Those who didn’t were held accountable for defiance of authority in accordance with Board policy. Unfortunately, the parent, student, and his attorney have taken the position that he did not have a responsibility to comply with multiple requests from adults.
I am proud of how multiple adults, including Principal Mike Stevenson and assistant principal Rita Daniels, tried to de escalate this student’s situation before it became a disciplinary incident. But this is not solely about where a student was sitting in the stands or a singular incident that occurred at a basketball game. There are more than 6 hours of testimony and 2 ½ years of behavior records the Board members carefully considered and the facts, taken as a whole, speak for themselves. I encourage everyone to review the entirety of this information before passing any judgment.
Moving forward, our community can trust us to continue adhering to all Board policies in an effort to ensure schools’ activities are safe and enjoyable for all involved.”