Friday April 4, 2014

Kentucky has more barrels of bourbon than it does people and soon those barrels could be aging tax free. State lawmakers have voted to effectively eliminate a tax on aging barrels of distilled spirits in a nod to one of the state's signature industries that is quickly becoming a tourist attraction. For years, Kentucky distillers have had to pay a tax every year for every barrel of bourbon it has aging in a warehouse - the only such tax in the country. Kentucky still manufactures 95 percent of the world's bourbon because it is home to major corporations that make bourbon in bulk.
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Former Jenkins resident Charles Dixon will sign copies of his series of books “A Journey of a Lifetime: A Pictorial and Written History of the Dixons” next Friday, April 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Jenkins Public Library. Volume I covers the family history of the Dixons at Carcassonne and on Elk Creek as well as the Bryants of Johnson’s Fork. This five-volume family history contains over 3,000 pictures in its 2,000 pages. The five volumes may be purchased as a set or by single volumes.
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A 34-year-old Letcher County native says he is hiking the entire Appalachian National Scenic Trial in an attempt to “walk off ” the war. Michael Campbell has served nine years in the United States Army including three combat tours in Afghanistan. He earned two Bronze Stars for valor, one for exposing himself to enemy fire to drag a wounded Afghanistan to safety and the other for exposing himself to enemy fire to put down supporting fire to allow his commander to get back to safety.
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More than 600 workers will lose their jobs as Fruit of the Loom says it plans to close its plant in Jamestown. The company said it was moving the plant's textile operations to Honduras to save money. The company plans to close the plant in phases from June 8 through Dec. 31. decision was the result of a competitive global business environment and not a reflection on the efforts of the Jamestown employees.
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Nearly 100 students from around Kentucky are competing Friday in the National Geographic Bee. The event is state-level competition, and it's being held in Bowling Green. The winner at the state event goes on to represent Kentucky in the national competition May 19 through May 21 in Washington, D.C., where a $50,000 scholarship is offered.