- Associated Press - Sunday, February 2, 2014
Band offers to pay for Ky. family’s funeral

DEPOY, Ky. (AP) - A country music group made up of three siblings has offered to pay for the funeral of eight children and their mother who died in a western Kentucky house fire.

Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Tim Burden told WLKY-TV (http://bit.ly/1aQAK8ihttp://bit.ly/1aQAK8i ) on Saturday that The Band Perry has reached out with an offer to pay for the services for Nikki Watson and eight of her children. The Tennessee-based trio is made up of two brothers and their sister.

A posting on the Watson Family Fundraiser Facebook page Friday night said the band “has paid for the entire funeral.”

Burden, a close friend of the family, led a candlelight vigil for the victims on Friday night at the church in Central City.

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Police: 3 bodies found in burned home

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police say three bodies have been recovered from a house fire in central Kentucky.

The Madison County Fire Department responded to a home on Oakley Wells Road just before midnight Friday. The single-story home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Officials put the fire out but were unable to search the scene until later Saturday morning, The Richmond Register reported (http://bit.ly/LmjNWShttp://bit.ly/LmjNWS ). Authorities recovered the bodies of three unidentified people from the debris. Investigators said the cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison had confirmed the three deaths Saturday morning by 10:15 a.m. The bodies have been sent to Frankfort for autopsies by the state Medical Examiner’s office.

The fatal fire occurred just two days after a house fire in Muhlenberg County killed nine family members and injured two others. Police say that blaze was likely caused by a baseboard heater that came in contact with a flammable material.

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Tenn.-based Bluegrass Today to have Ky. presence

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - A Tennessee-based company that provides online services for fans of bluegrass music is establishing a presence in western Kentucky.

Terry Herd, co-founder of Nashville-based Bluegrass Today, told the Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1e2SFsz) that the decision is a sign of the significance of Owensboro, Ky., in the bluegrass music industry.

“We recognize Kentucky’s important role in bluegrass music’s past, present and future, and Owensboro is at the epicenter of it all,” Herd said. “By establishing a presence in Owensboro, we intend to show our commitment to the region, as well as bluegrass music’s future.”

The city is home to the International Bluegrass Museum and hosts the annual ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival, which was named the “event of the year” in 2012 by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Bluegrass Today, which launched about two years ago, includes news, airplay charts, forums and directories for fans.

“We’ve seen explosive growth since launching Bluegrass Today just 27 months ago, and we’re incredibly excited to have a presence in Owensboro,” Herd said.

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Beam announces center in Franklin County

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Construction should start late this month on a 600,000-square-foot distribution center that spirits maker Beam Inc. is building in Franklin County.

The center, which is expected to cost $20 million to $25 million, was announced Thursday just after Franklin County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a $200,000 economic incentive for Beam, The State Journal (http://bit.ly/1fFZAF8) reported.

The facility is expected to open early next year with about 60 employees. It will exclusively serve Beam’s distilled spirits brands and warehouse its finished goods, bottled in Frankfort, before they are shipped to distributors.

“With two-thirds of Beam’s total spirits case volume being produced in Kentucky, having our new Beam long-term distribution facility in close proximity to our production will help us gain increased efficiencies in our supply chain,” David Hunter, Beam’s vice president of global manufacturing, said in a news release. “We are excited to be the catalyst for more growth in Kentucky.”

Beam U.S. manufacturing director James Morehead told local officials in a letter that Beam had considered sites in Franklin and Woodford counties.

Morehead said in September that the project is mainly to accommodate moving the company’s Pinnacle Vodka and Calico Jack Rum brands to Frankfort.

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