Phil Everly is remembered at the Merle Travis Music Center in Central City, Kentucky
For 15 years beginning in 1988, Phil and Don Everly returned to the town of Central City, Ky. to perform an annual benefit “Homecoming” concert which, at its pinnacle, drew a crowd four-times the town’s population. On Saturday, hundreds of people from that same town turned out to pay tribute to Phil Everly, a day before what would have been his 75th birthday.
The recognizable hits poured from the stage of the Merle Travis Music Center. As one performer put it – being asked to pick out an Everly Brothers song to cover was like being led into Fort Knox and being asked to select a favorite piece of gold to take with you.
He picked "Bye Bye Love" and "Wake Up Little Susie".
Two of the Everly Brothers second cousins, Tim Giageos and David Everly performed four songs including "All I Have to Do is Dream" and "When Will I Be Loved."
One of the Everly Brother’s first cousins, Diana Sue Taylor described one of the first memories of her famous relatives – when she was eight years old was escorted backstage at the Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana.
A woman who fled police officers is dead after her car went off the northbound lanes of I-65 in Warren County and overturned.
Police have not released the identity of the driver pending notification of next of kin.
Franklin Police officers first made contact with the woman Friday after they received a call from a local Wendy’s saying that the vehicle the woman was driving had been parked in the back of the restaurant for over a week. Officers say the woman was uncooperative when confronted, ignored their commands, and drove off.
Despite efforts to stop the car, the driver made it on to I-65 north. Officers with Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement tried to stop the driver on the interstate. According to officers, the driver lost control of her vehicle near mile marker 19, went off the road, and overturned. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Warren County Coroner’s Office.
The investigation into the incident is being conducted by the KSP.
Snow showers across much of Kentucky have caused roadways to become slick and several school districts to close.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory on Friday for areas across the state. It said snow showers are expected for much of the day, and accumulations would amount to about an inch in most areas. The northern-most counties in Kentucky could see up to 2 inches.
The snow was expected to cause slick roadways and reduced visibility.
Several minor accidents were reported Friday morning. Kentucky Department of Transportation spokeswoman Andrea Clifford said crews were out treating roadways.
The snowfall also led several school districts to cancel classes, though some -- including Jefferson County -- remained on a normal schedule.
A visit with Mitch Wright about the future Motorsports Park adjacent to the Corvette Museum
The last three months have been full of good news for the 2014 Corvette Stingray. In November it was named Automobile Magazine’s Car of the Year, followed the next month by the same honors from Autoweek. Monday, it was named the Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
It’s a car with a long and storied past – and no place is that more celebrated than at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. In August, the museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary. As part of the celebration, the Corvette Museum will open a new Motorsports Park featuring a 3.1 mile road course on 184 acres just across the highway from the museum.
Leading the planning for the track is Motorsports Park General Manager Mitch Wright – a former professional race car driver-turn-motorsports park operator, who’s been behind the wheel for most of his life.
“I started quite young – I was 11 years old when I started racing go-carts,” said Wright. “From as far back as I can remember, I wanted to race…I wanted to race something.”
A memorial service is being held this weekend for Phil Everly near Central City, where the Everly Brothers entertained for years at a homecoming benefit.
The Central City Tourist and Convention Commission said the service will be at 2 p.m. CST Saturday at the Merle Travis Center in Powderly with music from cousins of the Everly Brothers and a tribute band.
Phil Everly died Jan. 3 at 74. With his brother, Don Everly, the duo had 19 top 40 hits between 1957 and 1962.
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Everly Brothers began the homecoming concerts in 1988 and continued through 2001 to help raise scholarship money and funds for other projects.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is encouraging many of its employees to retire early or resign.
The nation's largest public utility outlined its plan on Wednesday to reduce its workforce and cut spending so that it can save $500 million a year in operating costs and keep rates more in line with neighboring utilities.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports severance packages are being offered to all non-nuclear employees who have been with the company for at least a year.
TVA officials say they hope the offer helps the utility limit or avoid major layoffs later this year when the utility plans to close more coal plants and limit other operations.
TVA supplies power to about 9 million people in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
The Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky will expand to four lanes in the coming years under a proposal from Governor Steve Beshear.
Beshear's proposal will be paid for with nearly $600 million in state and federal highway funding, and over $150 million in funds recovered by toll revenues.
“The Kentucky Highway Plan that I will be recommending to the General Assembly will include a series of construction projects by which the Mountain Parkway will be four-laned, lengthened and thoroughly modernized by the year 2020," the Governor said.
House and Senate leadership eagerly support the plan, which will need to be approved by the General Assembly.
Construction on the project’s first phase, which includes Magoffin and Morgan Counties, is slated to begin later this year.
A federal judge in Louisville is weighing the fate of Kentucky's ban on same sex marriages as similar laws around the country have been overturned.
Two cases brought to force the state to recognize same sex marriages have been fully briefed and submitted to U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II. Among the filings were decisions by federal judges in Oklahoma and Utah striking down laws in those states.
Heyburn isn't bound by decisions in other federal districts. Attorneys for the two couples suing are hoping those rulings will come into play.
Judges in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah have all ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Gay marriages in Utah have been put on hold pending a decision from the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.