Saturday, September 22, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

TANK driver gets 1st place at Roadeo

— A veteran Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) bus operator took first place in this week's Kentucky State Bus Roadeo competition in Florence.

        Mike Porter, a 25-year TANK driver and Independence resident, received his prize at an awards ceremony Tuesday.

        The Bus Roadeo is a statewide competition where professional bus drivers can show off their job skills. Drivers take a written test and maneuver buses through obstacle courses, focusing on situations that are encountered in everyday bus driving.

        The state Roadeo featured 13 bus operators from seven transit agencies across Kentucky.

        TANK sent Mr. Porter and Dailey Stamper to the competition because of their safety record at TANK.

        As the top scorer in the Roadeo competition, Mr. Porter maneuvered through the obstacles making the fewest errors and maintaining a fast pace.

Fields will honor baseball biggies

— The “Who's Who” of Covington baseball greats will be honored during a dedication of the city's new Youth Sports Complex at 43rd Street and Decoursey Avenue today.

        The ceremony will start at 1 p.m.

        Bob Barton, Leo Foster, Joe and Fran Lubbers, Bob Marsh and Everett Justice will have a baseball/softball fields named after them. Ribbon cutting and unveiling of the names will take place on each field during the ceremony.

Folk Festival debuts at Devou

— The first Fall Folk Festival today will feature live stage performances and more than a dozen local artisans selling and demonstrating their crafts.

        The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Devou Park.

        “The Fall Folk Festival was designed with families in mind,” said Robin Klaene, event spokeswoman. “There will be nine hours of live entertainment, everything from an African dance performance to storytellers and even an exhibition by children trained as circus performers.”

        At the Fall Folk Festival, participants also can watch pottery being made, as well as purchase it. There also will be American Sign Language interpreters at the main and second stages, as well as around the craft booths.

        The event is sponsored by the city of Covington, the Kenton County Public Library and the Kentucky Arts Council. For information, visit and click on Fall Folk Festival.

Oak and Acorn event returns to Kenton

— There will be entertainment galore at Kenton County's third annual Oak and Acorn celebration from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. .

        The event will feature food, music, and family entertainment, including clowns, a magician, hot air balloon rides, square dancing demonstrations and a visit from the Cincinnati Zoo's cheetah.

        New this year is a volunteer recognition picnic. Volunteers who have helped coordinate Kenton County's parks and recreation programs or build park amenities, such as bluebird nesting boxes, will receive T-shirts and will be invited to eat for free.

        To get to the park, take exit 79 off Interstate 275. Drive south on Ky. 16 seven miles to Mills Road. Turn left and go one mile.

        For more information, contact Kenton County Recreation at 525-PLAY (7529). And for a recap and photos of last year's event, check out the county's Web site at and click on parks and recreation.

Counties to get some tobacco deal proceeds

        FRANKFORT — The Agriculture Development Board approved more than $6.5 million Friday for 22 individual county projects, several joint livestock operations and three statewide initiatives.

        The money comes from Kentucky's share of the national tobacco settlement. The General Assembly in 2000 set aside half the proceeds to assist Kentucky farmers in weaning themselves offgrowing tobacco.

        The other half goes to individual tobacco growers, a program to improve water quality, obtaining conservation easements, early childhood development, higher education and other initiatives.

        To date, the board has distributed $24.3 million for state projects and $14.9 million for county projects.

Chamber publishes "Emerging 30' list

— The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has released its annual Emerging 30 list of the region's fastest growing businesses.

        Based on averaged annualized growth in revenues, the fastest growing businesses in Northern Kentucky are:

        A.F. Kelly & Associates; Architectural Group International; AZA Construction Inc.; B.L. Spille Construction Inc.; Bertke & Sparks Inc.; Bluegrass Diesel Specialists Inc.; Business Communication Services Inc.; Eagle Financial Services Inc.; Everclear Communications; Flottman Company Inc.; InterStar North America; J. Charles Crystalworks Inc.; James M. Daugherty CPA; Jolly Plumbing; Kentucky Rebuild Corp; McD Concrete Enterprises Inc.; McHale's Catering/The Marquise Banquet & Conference Center; Medical Research Laboratories International; Minuteman Press-Crescent Springs; Morning Star Communications Inc.; Northern Kentucky Electric Service; Parsons & Associates LLC; PCM INK Inc. Pediatric Associates; Radius Construction Co., Inc.; Spanpro Fiber Optics Inc; Spanpro Solutions; SSK Communities.

        To qualify companies have to be three years old, be located in Northern Kentucky, have grown at least 15 percent in revenues over the last year, have sales of at least $250,000 and fewer than 150 employees.

        The key factors contributing to the growth of the companies will be the focus of the chambers's Oct. 16 Eggs 'n' Issues breakfast. For more information contact the chamber at 859-578-8800.

Official took bribes

— A former official with the company that performs drug tests for Louisville pleaded guilty Friday to charges he solicited and received bribes to alter court-ordered drug tests.

        Rodney K. Sanford, 49, former president of Adapt Inc., pleaded guilty to using an interstate facility to promote bribery and wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Monica Wheatley said.

        Mr. Sanford is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 14.


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