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Jay Atkerson: Memories of a UK championship

No matter where you live in Kentucky or what month it is, Kentuckians are ready to talk a little basketball. With summer all-star games, college recruitment and NBA playoffs in the news, it seems fitting to tell a basketball story that has been lost to the ages. If you will step...
Posted On 24 Jun 2019

Cryptocurrency: How I turned $3 into just 43 cents overnight!

The whole cryptocurrency thing … I just don’t get it. I consider myself a reasonably savvy guy when it comes to technology and its use in our culture. I pay attention to trends and listen to tech news regularly. But I have yet to get my mind around this stuff, no matter how much...

Say goodbye to Obama’s power plant rule and hello to energy independence

It looks like it’s finally time to say goodbye to President Obama’s power plant rule – and hello to energy independence. I am thrilled to join Kentuckians this week in celebrating our latest victory in our ongoing fight to end the War on Coal, with the Trump administration...
Posted On 21 Jun 2019

You shouldn’t expect to get all of your news for free

Nobody goes to the grocery store expecting to be given free food. No one goes to the doctor for an infection, and isn’t expecting to be charged. Nobody runs their air-conditioner and charges their cell phone without expecting to get an electric bill. No one goes to the movie...
Posted On 13 Jun 2019

Ted Forcht could always make you smile

When I think about Ted Forcht, I can’t help but smile. The guy was just funny and made you laugh. If you spent any time at all around him, then you probably had a smile on your face before you left Ted’s company. Given the health problems he had during his life, which included...
Posted On 07 Jun 2019

Funds are needed for cemetery upkeep

Here it is Memorial Day, or as we used to call it decoration day. As a child I remember when crowds would gather, bring lunches, having singing and linger at the cemetery. Things have changed with the passing of time. Now fewer people decorate and the stay lasts for only a few...

Overcorrecting pension systems creates greater problems

The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees grabbed the wheel two years ago this month and abruptly overcorrected a pension system whose tires had dropped off a steep shoulder on the side of a road winding toward a very uncertain future for the commonwealth’s retirement...
Posted On 10 May 2019

The cigarette smoker I may have never been

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell claims he will introduce a bill that would make the purchase of tobacco products illegal for anyone younger than 21-years-of-age. You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please Login. Not a...

May Day Festival and the Derby make it a special week

The first weekend in May is one of my favorites. The Kentucky Derby is special whether you attend or watch it on television. Preceding the Derby will be the May Day Festival Friday night at the Corbin Arena. Last year I was honored to be the Master of Ceremonies for the 75th...
Posted On 02 May 2019

Pit Bull: The just-because-you-can dog

I’m convinced there is a certain percentage of people who do things simply because other people would prefer they didn’t. Call it an oppositional-defiant streak. I remember a case, when I was on the city of Corbin’s Code Enforcement Board, where someone we had cited for property...