Friday marks the end of an era in Bowling Green as the woman behind Teresa's Restaurant calls it a career.
Teresa Blair-Reno has been in the restaurant business for three-quarters of her life, and has spent the last 16 years as the self-proclaimed "queen bee" at Teresa's.
After decades of hundred-hour work weeks and personal sacrifice she realized she didn't have the same passion for the business.
"I lost a son a few years ago, and just had an awakening that it was time for me to enjoy my family. I just think it's time--time for me to take time for Teresa, and do what I need to do."
Still, Blair-Reno admits she's going to miss the staff and customers who have been like parents and siblings to her.
"I love the people who walk in the door. They've watched me grow up and have helped me grow up. I've been waiting tables since I was 13. And I get pretty emotional because they've helped me raise my family."
"I get pretty emotional because this community has been like a family to me."
In the first 48 hours since a new law took effect, 54 school districts in Kentucky have voted to raise the high school dropout age to 18.
Ninety-six districts need to act in order for the higher age to become mandatory statewide. Already halfway there, Governor Steve Beshear says he's confident the goal will be met by the end of the year.
For those districts that do act early, Beshear says they'll receive $10,000 grants to implement programs for students at risk of dropping out.
"Virtually every student I know who drops out doesn't do so because they just don't want to be there or they're just not smart enough to do the work," suggests Beshear. "They drop out because they're just not interested. We haven't found a way to prick their interest in completing an education."
Senate Bill 97, known as the “Graduate Kentucky” bill, passed this year and phases in an increase in the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18, amending the school attendance law created in 1934.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the fate of a death row inmate condemned for the kidnapping and killing of a high school honor student in western Kentucky.
The high court on Thursday granted a Kentucky prosecutor's appeal seeking to reinstate the death sentence of 39-year-old Robert Keith Woodall. A jury sentenced Woodall to die for the 1997 death of 16-year-old Sarah Hansen. Hansen vanished on Jan. 25, 1997, after going to a store in Greenville. Her remains were later found in Luzerne Lake.
U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell overturned Woodall's death sentence in 2009, concluding that jurors were improperly instructed before sentencing and Woodall didn't get a chance to object to the dismissal of a black juror.
The case will be heard later this year or in the spring of 2014.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has suggested that Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage will move the country closer to accepting marriages between people and animals.
A spokeswoman for the Bowling Green Republican insists the Senator was being sarcastic.
Paul’s comments came during an appearance on Glenn Beck’s radio program. Beck asked the Kentucky Senator if the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act would eventually lead to the legalization of polygamous marriage. Paul responded by saying, “I think it’s a conundrum. If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further, does it have to be humans, you know?”
The founder of a now-bankrupt Barren County oil and gas drilling firm will surrender all interest in the company as part of a settlement with a bankruptcy trustee that ends years of litigation with the trustee for the company.
Under the terms of the agreement, the trustee for Mammoth Resource Partners is dropping a $770,000 claim against former company chief executive officer Roger Louis Cory of Cave City. In exchange, Cory is relinquishing any ownership claim and financial interest he had in Mammoth and its various partnerships and projects.
The settlement, approved Wednesday by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Joan Lloyd, ends any involvement Cory founded in 2004. It also brings to an end the bankruptcy trustee's drive to collect at least $770,000 thousand Cory transferred from the company in the five years before it went bankrupt in 2010 with $ 1 million to $10 million in assets and between $500,000, $1 million in liabilities at the time of the filing and each of the plaintiffs as a creditor with the amount owed as "unknown."
The settlement includes dismissing a lawsuit filed in 2012 against Cory seeking the money.