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Company sues university over use of ‘Kentucky’

LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Mist Moonshine is suing the University of Kentucky over use of the word “Kentucky” on clothing.

The company filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court. The Lexington Herald-Leader says the suit was filed in Pikeville but later reassigned to Lexington.

Kentucky Mist is a small Whitesburg company that opened its Main Street location less than two months ago.

The lawsuit says UK threatened legal action against Kentucky Mist Moonshine for its pursuit of a federal trademark registration.

The lawsuit contends that “Kentucky” is a geographical location and says the word has been in use since at least 1792.

UK spokesman Jay Blanton told the newspaper in an email last week that registering of the word “Kentucky” for clothing, educational services and collegiate athletic services was done in 1997.


2 former deputy jailers indicted by federal grand jury

LONDON (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two former deputy jailers in eastern Kentucky in the death of an inmate in 2013.

The U.S. Justice Department says 38-year-old Damon Hickman and 59-year-old William Howell are accused of civil rights violations in 54-year-old Larry Trent’s death while Trent was in jail awaiting trial. Hickman is also charged with attempting to cover up his involvement.

Hickman and Howell are accused of using excessive force against Trent and failing to provide him with necessary medical care.

A Perry County grand jury charged Hickman and Howell with manslaughter a month after Trent died, and the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Monday that the case is still pending.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting reported earlier that Trent’s estate had won a $2.3 million civil settlement.


Ex-social worker faces more charges after false complaints

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A former state social worker charged with making false child abuse complaints against her Elizabethtown neighbors is now facing additional charges she made false abuse complaints against two people in Grayson County.

The Courier-Journal reports that Beth Bond was arrested last week on the new charges. Bond quit her social work job with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in June after being charged in Elizabethtown with six counts of complicity to call in false complaints.

According to Kentucky State Police Detective Scotty Sharp, Bond made two unfounded accusations each against Jerry Beauchamp and Roger Allen. Beauchamp is the husband of Bond’s longtime best friend and Allen is the pastor at Bond’s local church.

Bond’s attorney Adam Cart said his client plans to plead not guilty to the charges on Thursday.


University of Pikeville hires new president, Burton Webb

PIKEVILLE (AP) — The University of Pikeville has hired a new president.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Burton Webb will take office as president of the university on Jan. 1.

The school’s board of trustees chairman Terry Dotson says the board’s vote to hire Webb was unanimous.

In a statement, Dotson says Burton has the vision and leadership skills to lead the university into the next decade.

Webb currently serves as the vice president for academic affairs at Northwest Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho. He spent 16 years at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he held several positions, including associate dean for the School of Physical and Applied Sciences.

The University of Pikeville has 2,500 students with colleges of osteopathic medicine and optometry.

The school’s most recent president, James Hurley, resigned in April.


Century Aluminum announces lay off at its Sebree smelter

ROBARDS (AP) — Century Aluminum has announced it will lay off nearly 30 percent of its workforce at its Sebree smelter by year’s end.

According to the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, the company says it’ll lay off 150 people at the plant by Dec. 31 and curtail one of its three pot lines. Century currently has about 525 employees at the Sebree smelter.

In a statement, Century’s president and CEO Michael Bless said the company is struggling to compete with the low prices of subsidized Chinese aluminum, calling the practice “unfair.”

Last month, the company laid off approximately 320 people at its Hawesville smelter.

The Hawesville smelter is down to 250 employees and has two pot lines operating.

On Thursday, Century reported a net loss of $56.1 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30.


International film fest begins Thursday in Paducah

PADUCAH (AP) — The 11th annual Rivers’ Edge International Film Festival gets underway this week in Paducah.

Organizers say the film schedule includes entries from seven counties besides the U.S. They are Australia, Switzerland, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, China and Ecuador.

The festival is held at the historic Maiden Alley Cinema. It begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Organizers announced a juror for this year’s festival is David Wilson, the director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film. Bradford is located in West Yorkshire, England, and is UNESCO’s first city of film.

Paducah has been named a UNESCO Creative City for its thriving arts community.

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