Five months after Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” made its debut in theaters, residents of Elizabethtown will have the opportunity to see the film on the big screen this weekend. The State Theater in downtown Elizabethtown will show the movie Friday through Sunday.
In August, Ike Boutwell, the owner of the town’s first-run movie theater and a Vietnam veteran, refused to show the film because it featured Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.
Fonda’s actions during the Vietnam War have not been forgotten by many veterans.
But Emily West, the director of the State Theater says Elizabethtown residents deserve a chance to see the movie on the big screen.
“I appreciate his decision and I appreciate what he [Boutwell] did for this country,” said West. “I am in no way a Jane Fonda supporter, I do think what she did was wrong, but it was a very long time ago and this is a wonderful film that was not able to be shown originally and I’m just giving folks the opportunity.”
The semi from this morning’s tractor trailer crash has been removed and the detour has been removed. The right eastbound lane of the parkway at Mile Point 100 will remain closed for another approximately another hour as debris cleanup continues on the shoulder and right of way.
Motorists traveling in the area should reduce speed and be aware of the scene until cleanup is complete.
The Kentucky Department of Transportation has released the following statement regarding a Thursday morning accident on the Western Kentucky Parkway:
A mid-morning tractor trailer crash may cause delays for eastbound motorists traveling on the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway in Grayson County near Mile Point 100.
President Obama heads to a Nashville high school Thursday, two days after a student fatally shot a classmate in an apartment building. Grief counselors were at McGavock Comprehensive High School on Wednesday to help students cope with the shooting.
It happened within an hour of the President's State of the Union address Tuesday night, in which he renewed calls to curb gun violence.
Police said the shooting took place at an apartment when 17-year-old Kaemon Robinson was playing with a pistol. It discharged, striking 15-year-old Kevin Barbee in the face. An attorney for Robinson said the teen didn't know the gun was loaded.
It's unclear just how the President would address the shooting in his Thursday afternoon speech to the school.
Italian gun maker Beretta says it is building a new manufacturing and research facility in Gallatin, Tenn.
The $45 million plant in the Sumner County is projected to create 300 new jobs.
The family-owned company has operated in Italy since 1526. Beretta makes a variety of firearms, ranging from hunting shotguns to the U.S. Armed Forces M9 pistol.
Several states began wooing Beretta from Maryland after the company raised objections to a wide-ranging gun control measure enacted there last year. Company officials said Wednesday that have reached capacity in Maryland, requiring the expansion elsewhere.
Beretta said it plans to complete the new facility this year.
Indiana's House of Representatives has approved a proposal that would write the state's gay marriage ban into the constitution.
The Republican-led House narrowly voted 57-40 Tuesday in favor of the measure. The proposed ban now heads to the Indiana Senate.
The vote followed weeks of uncertainty for a measure that swept through the General Assembly with ease just three years ago.
"This amendment has jumped the shark," said Democratic Rep. Mat Pierce, who voted against the measure. "History has really passed it by. And that’s why I think we need to give up on it."
The House measure leaves open the door for approval of civil unions and employer benefits for same-sex couples. It also would potentially reset the clock on Indiana's lengthy process of amending the constitution.
But Senate Republicans could potentially place the measure back on course to appear on the November ballot.
The new Owensboro Convention Center opens for business Wednesday as the Ag Expo begins. The city also has grand opening festivities slated for this weekend.
Work began on the 170,000 square foot, $40-million dollar facility in March 2012. Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne says the finished product is impressive.
“You go in and the lobby is 60 feet high and you have a lot of lot of unique artwork in there and two huge ballrooms up on the third floor. Off those ballrooms to the north and you have a balcony overlooking the Ohio River,” said Payne.
Payne says despite the facility’s size, it will be able to play host to events large and small.
“The exhibit hall can actually be separated into three separate exhibit halls if you want to do it," said Payne. "Or you can take the panels and open up the entire thing. So, lots of versatility which gives you a lot of options.”
The Ohio River bridges project is ahead of schedule and under budget according to an updated financial report.
The Courier-Journal reports the project will cost about $240 million less than previous projections, thanks to efficiencies in design and construction. The savings bring the total cost to about $2.34 billion.
Most of the joint Kentucky-Indiana project could be complete by the end of 2016, months ahead of schedule.
Kentucky is in charge of building a new bridge for northbound Interstate 65 traffic; a renovated and reconfigured John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge for southbound traffic; and improved downtown interchanges in Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind.
Indiana is in charge of building a new bridge and approaches to connect the Gene Snyder Freeway in Kentucky with the Lee Hamilton Highway in Indiana.
The Kentucky general assembly is about a third of the way through the 2014 session. As is the case in most Kentucky legislative sessions, a great deal of the voting comes in the later weeks and days. For instance, no votes occurred in either house Friday and both the House and Senate were in session for less than an hour. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer says his chamber tends to move at a slower pace.
“If you go back and look at the formation of our country, I believe it was Ben Franklin who said that the House is like legislation that comes out as hot as coffee and the Senate is the saucer on which it cools. So, we are contemplative and more deliberative in our approach than the House of Representatives,” said Thayer.
The pace of the legislative session is pretty typical for the first third of the session. Franklin County Senator Julian Carrol says the majority party sets the agenda when it comes to bill consideration.
“In terms of their leadership, they want to make certain they don’t want to put them into a spot of having to vote on a bill that be of some harm to then in their effort for re-election, but we’ve moved too slow. We’ve got an enormous amount of work to do and certainly the pace should have been much better,” said Carrol.
The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 4 inches of accumulation on Saturday for a portion of the state.
The weather service says up a system is expected to hit the state early Saturday and could bring up to 4 inches of snow in central and eastern Kentucky. Northern Kentucky is expected to see up to three inches of accumulation and south-central parts of the state could see up to an inch of snow.
It comes on the heels of another system that dropped 3-5 inches of snow over a large section of the state earlier in the week.
The weather service is also warning of high winds and frigid temperatures. Wind chill readings could have some areas seeing subzero temperatures.