Great news, golf lovers! Topgolf is coming to Louisville. The famous Dallas-based golf entertainment chain filed plans on Monday to build a new location adjacent to the Oxmoor Center at 7900 Shelbyville Road.
The 65,000 square foot three-level complex will include an outdoor driving range with 102 climate-controlled hitting bays and numerous bars and patio spaces. No word yet on when it will open. As someone who frequents the Topgolf in Nashville, I can tell you it’s entirely too much fun. Check out my review of it from September to get an idea of what to expect from the new facility in Louisville:
Here’s a piece of news to get your mind off basketball: Top Chef is coming to Kentucky. Yes, Bravo’s famous culinary competition series selected Kentucky as the location of its 16th season, which will air later this year. According to Bravo, Kentucky’s traditions of bourbon and barbeque and growing culinary scene make it an ideal setting for the series.
“We are always looking for rising culinary destinations and are looking forward to planting our flag in Kentucky and soaking up a diverse region of the country that we haven’t yet explored on Top Chef,” Shari Levine, Executive Vice President, Current Production, Bravo Media said in a statement. “Kentucky has a strong food identity and we know our incoming chefs will be inspired by the bourgeoning culinary scene, known for its innovative takes on Southern cuisine, melding flavors, and use of Kentucky’s agricultural bounty.”
Kentucky Department of Tourism commissioner Kristen Branscum added, “Kentucky is internationally known for its bourbon and horses, but our rich culinary culture is an unexpected, hidden gem. Our robust agricultural offerings and unique approach to food in every region of the state, combined with Kentucky’s natural outdoor beauty will surprise and delight the Top Chef viewers.”
Hot browns, burgoo, bourbon, mutton, country ham and biscuits, oh my! Filming will take place in Louisville, Lexington, and Lake Cumberland this spring. If you’re interested in throwing your apron in the ring, applications are currently being accepted. Drew, you got this.
By Nick Roush on ©February 15th, 2018 @ 1:45pm
Dan Issel has joined a group that is spearheading an effort to bring an NBA team to Louisville. Today he joined KSR to talk about what the Louisville Basketball Investment Support Group will do to bring the NBA to Louisville.
“This is a legitimate effort. We have a great organization.” Issel said the group has already raised $750,000 and has an early goal of $3 million.
Critics say Louisville is not big enough to support an NBA franchise. Issel disagrees.
“All of research and data shows that not only can Louisville support an NBA team, but they can also support the UofL basketball, both men and women’s, and co-exist very well here in Louisville.”
The former Kentucky, ABA and NBA star explained what makes this movement different than any of the previous failed attempts.
“The answer is: everything,” Issel said. “In the past, Bruce Miller has kind of been a one-man show. He’s been out there by himself for the most part, trying to bring the NBA to Louisville, but now we have a great support group. We have an advisory board as well that will keep expanding as people want to come alongside and help us in this effort….We have the support of the Mayor. I can’t speak for UofL. We have not spoken to anybody at UofL. However, I will say the chairmen of the board there, David Grissom, has been a longtime friend of mine. He’s a brilliant man, a very trustworthy man and we’re going to have that conversation real soon.”
Greg Fischer is not the only politician who supports the idea. Governor Matt Bevin has not spoken publicly on the matter, but in private conversations he has pledged his support to the group. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also told Issel he likes the idea of an NBA team in Louisville.
“The league would be flattered if Louisville had an NBA team,” Silver told Issel. “He doesn’t have a timetable for expansion. They haven’t discussed it, but there is speculation that expansion is coming and I think that’ll be the NBA’s official position until the day they start taking applications. What we want to do is when that comes, we want to be ready to have Louisville’s application on the top of the pile.”
The KSR conversation ended with a mic drop. When asked who is the greatest Kentucky player of all-time, Issel or Anthony Davis, Kentucky’s all-time scorer answered: “If you look at the statistics, it’s pretty clear.”
Listen to the entire conversation halfway through the second hour of today’s KSR.
By Nick Roush on ©February 13th, 2018 @ 1:21pm
The manager of the Martin County Water District has announced his retirement.
According to WYMT, Joe Hammond announced his retirement at this morning’s Martin County Water District meeting. The district is now searching for an interim general manager.
Hammond’s decision comes just weeks after Matt Jones and the Hey Kentucky team made a trip to Eastern Kentucky to spotlight the water problems in Martin County. When encountered in front of a camera, Hammond denied his identity. Watch the interaction below:
By Nick Roush on ©February 13th, 2018 @ 11:15am
If you’re going to live in Kentucky, U.S. News and World Report says you should live in Louisville.
Louisville is the 43rd-best place to live in America, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s annual Top 100 that’s based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area. Louisville ranked best in the value and job market categories, but it got the biggest bump from the Kentucky Derby.
The two-week Kentucky Derby Festival enhances the region’s appeal, attracting visitors from all over the world to gamble and drink mint juleps. Meanwhile, locally owned restaurants and coffee shops make Louisville a culinary destination, with restaurants serving bourbon, produce, meat and dairy products sporting the “Kentucky Proud” label identifying them as Kentucky-grown or Kentucky-made. And bumper stickers that unapologetically carry the “Keep Louisville Weird” slogan, show Louisville residents’ strong support of independent businesses.
No other Kentucky cities cracked the Top 100. The highest-ranked SEC city to make the list is quite a surprise — Fayetteville, Arkansas.
By KSR on ©February 12th, 2018 @ 3:30pm
You saw The Hammer’s commercial make its debut on Hey Kentucky!. You saw Isaacs & Isaacs takeover KSR. Then you saw The Hammer’s commercial during Super Bowl LII. The Daily Dot even did a feature on the commercial saying it had the “production values of a summer blockbuster.”
We would like to congratulate Darryl Isaacs and his staff as their Super Bowl commercial now has over one million views on YouTube. Be sure you check out their commercial in case you missed it!
The 144th Kentucky Derby will take place on May 5th, a little over 80 days from now. There are basically two more rounds of significant prep races that will take place between now and then in key winter racing states like California, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New York. We will compile a ranking of the top 8 contenders for the Run for the Roses after each round of preps and once more after the post position draw on the Wednesday prior to the race. Here is your inaugural Elite Eight for 2018:
# 8 – Mitole is the long shot of this group and a definite reach to be included on any Derby watch report. He has only a 6 furlong maiden win to his credit, but the manner in which he thoroughly dominated his competition, running 1:09 and change en route to a 96 Beyer is certainly noteworthy. He’ll likely only have 2 opportunities to stretch out and earn enough points to qualify, but in the capable hands of Steve Asmussen anything is possible.
# 7 – Instilled Regard left the deep waters of southern California after the dramatic finish in the Los Al Futurity and shipped to Louisiana where he easily dispatched a full field in the Grade 3 Lecomte. The Arch colt has one of the deepest pedigrees of any horse on this or any other watch list. The “Big Easy” win should serve him well as a confidence booster when he returns in the Risen Star this coming Saturday.
# 6 – McKinzie has a perfect record thanks to the stewards at Los Alamitos. While his Grade 1 “victory” was given, not earned, he did battle Solomini and Instilled Regard gamely to the wire in just his second lifetime start. The colt certainly has some fight in him, and you can bet that Baffert will get every ounce of it out of him.
# 5 – Avery Island, by 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, owns the only 9 furlong stake victory in this group. His handily defeat of Grade 1 winner Firenze Fire in Aqueduct’s Grade 3 Withers was the first prep of 2018 to extend beyond a mile and a sixteenth. The Derby distance will most likely not be an issue for the Kiaran McLaughlin trainee, but he will definitely need to step his game up against tougher competition as the road to Derby 144 narrows over the next two months.
# 4 – Audible owns the most impressive victory of 2018 thus far, a dominating win in very good time against a highly regarded field in Gulfstream Park’s Grade 2 Holy Bull. That effort took his lifetime record to 3 for 4, and he certainly appears to be improving with every start. His pedigree does not exactly scream 10 furlongs, but the talent is definitely there.
# 3 – Solomini is ranked lower on many other Derby watch lists, but he is a very solid 3rd in the Elite Eight. He has only been beaten by two horses in his career – the two ranked ahead of him on this list. The Zayat stables color bearer was a clear runner-up behind the champion Good Magic in the Breeders’ Cup, and then came back to cross the wire first in the Grade 1 Los Al Futurity. The two primary rivals he BEAT that day both came back to win – McKinzie took the Grade 3 Sham at Santa Anita while Instilled Regard shipped to New Orleans to capture the Grade 3 Lecomte. The son of Curlin spiked a fever and missed a few days of training earlier this year, but had a solid half mile drill at Santa Anita this past week and should have no problem getting in two strong preps prior to the Derby.
# 2 – Good Magic is really more of a 1b in this spot. The reigning two-year old champion’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile victory was ultra-impressive. The Curlin colt sat a perfect stalking trip, hit the front at the top of the stretch and pulled away from the field with authority. It was his first start around two turns after two runner-up finishes, and the added distance certainly played to his strengths. He has been training steadily at Palm Meadows for Chad Brown and will make only 2 starts prior to the Derby as Brown is one of several trainers subscribing to the increasingly popular “less is more” theory when it comes to racing the horses in their care. Good Magic is currently pointing to the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream on March 3rd.
# 1 – Bolt D’Oro entered the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile as the odds-on favorite after beginning his career 3 for 3 with a pair of Grade 1 victories to his credit. He endured a very wide trip all the way around the race track after bobbling at the break from post 11 to finish a well-beaten 3rd behind eclipse award winner Good Magic and the hard-knocking Solomini. The strength of his 3 prior victories combined with the fact that everything seemed to work against him in the Breeders’ Cup are reason enough to believe that he is still the best of this crop. A minor setback forced him to miss some training time, but he is now back training regularly with 3 solid works under his belt. Trainer Mick Ruis currently has the Medaglia D’Oro colt scheduled to make his first start this year in the March 10th San Felipe at Santa Anita.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 08th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
Here’s a study many will relate to less than a week from Valentine’s Day. According to Wallet Hub, Kentucky is the fifth worst state in the country to be single in. The Bluegrass State came in at No. 46, behind North Dakota and ahead of Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, and Arkansas. California ranked as the best state to be single in, followed by Florida and New York.
How did Wallet Hub come to this conclusion? They compared the 50 states across three key dimensions: dating economics, dating opportunities and romance and fun. Per the study, Kentucky ranks among the lowest in dating opportunities, which range from online dating, mobile dating apps, and share of single adults. Kentucky ranked 32nd in dating economics, which is measured by average price of beer and wine, movies, beauty salons, annual household income, unemployment rate, etc. The state was near the middle of the pack in romance and fun, which was evaluated by restaurants per capita, number of attractions, movie theaters, music festivals, nightlife options, bars, crime, etc.
Can I get an “Amen” from our single readers?
By Nick Roush on ©February 02nd, 2018 @ 12:42pm
A Corbin woman tried to escape a shoplifting charge by turning a Mountain Dew bottle into a weapon.
According to WYMT, Rachel Doan was allegedly found shoplifting $154 in Wal-Mart merchandise by an employee. Doan was detained and taken to the back of the Corbin store. As employees led her to a secure room, she attacked them with a 20-ounce bottle of Mountain Dew.
Using the delicious drink as a weapon actually worked. Doan evaded the Wal-Mart employees and sprinted to the exit. The police arrived just before she could escape.
Doan was charged with second-degree robbery and taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 30th, 2018 @ 11:10am
Tonight is the State of the Union and, for Kentuckians, a familiar face will be in the crowd. Corporal Matthew Bradford is one of 15 guests invited to the event by President Trump and First Lady Melania. He will be sitting in the first lady’s private box for tonight’s speech, which begins at 9 p.m.
“For me to be recognized by the President of the United States for going out and living life to the fullest, because it’s really what I try to urge other people to do is to go out and do things that they never thought they would do,” Bradford said.
By now you should be familiar with Bradford’s story. The former Marine lost his vision and both of his legs after stepping on a roadside bomb in Iraq back in 2007. After undergoing multiple surgeries and therapy, he reenlisted in the Marine Corps in 2010, the first blind double amputee to do so.
Last May, Bradford graduated from UK with two degrees and now works in Congressman Andy Barr’s office as the National Security Fellow, where he focuses on outreach to veterans. He also leads the Sixth District Veterans Coalition, competes in several wounded warrior athletic competitions, and is a close friend of UK Athletics, specifically Mark Stoops. If anyone in this world deserves to be honored tonight, it’s him.