- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015
Tourism booming at Kentucky bourbon distilleries

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Tourism is booming along with production at Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries.

Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail - featuring such venerable brands as Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Four Roses and Maker’s Mark among its nine participating distilleries - tourists made a record 627,032 visits in 2014, up 10 percent from the prior year, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association said Thursday.

When adding tourist stops at the nine small distilleries making up the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, visits totaled nearly 725,000 last year, up 14 percent from 2013. KDA counts each stop at a participating distillery as a visit.

KDA President Eric Gregory said the latest record-breaking numbers show distilleries are “the hottest tourism attractions around.”

The distilleries drew visitors from every state and more than 50 countries, he said. Bourbon tourists generally spend hundreds on food, lodging, fuel and souvenirs, circulating money in the region, according to a recent study of the state’s bourbon sector.

Distilleries have spent tens of millions of dollars on new or expanded visitors’ centers in recent years to cater to tourists.

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2nd suspect arrested in Kentucky after Missouri carjacking

RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) - The FBI says a second person has been taken into custody in connection with a carjacking and kidnapping last week in Missouri.

The agency says the person was picked up without incident in Radcliff on Thursday, a week after the carjacking in the Kansas City area. The victim was able to get away after a struggle and was found near St. Louis.

The FBI said the person taken into custody Thursday is a juvenile and the agency isn’t releasing further information.

On Tuesday, police arrested 25-year-old Robert Caldwell of Danville, Kentucky, in Lincoln County. Police said he was booked on charges including kidnapping, robbery and auto theft. He is accused of taking a Jeep from Casey County with a teenage boy who was released a short time later.

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Kentucky inmate stabbed at penitentiary, in stable condition

EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A 58-year-old inmate at Kentucky State Penitentiary is hospitalized after a stabbing at the western Kentucky facility.

The Kentucky Corrections Department said Herbert Eades was stabbed multiple times Thursday in a dormitory. He was taken to Caldwell Medical Center, where he’s in stable condition.

The Corrections Department said in a news release that 46-year-old inmate Sean Noakes was placed in segregation and will face administrative charges.

Kentucky State Police are investigating and criminal charges are pending.

Noakes is serving a life sentence for murder and criminal attempt to commit murder from Boone County.

Eades is serving a life sentence for sodomy and sexual abuse from Ohio County.

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Truck dumps hazardous material after slipping on roadway

MAYSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A truck driver has been injured and part of a load of hazardous cargo dumped when the driver lost control on an ice-covered roadway in northeastern Kentucky and the truck turned over into a creek.

Kentucky State Police say 43-year-old Russell R. Leach of Duff, Tennessee, was northbound on Springdale Road in eastern Mason County delivering a blasting agent, ammonium nitrate fuel oil mixture. The Ledger-Independent said the delivery was headed to a lime and stone mine.

The newspaper said the driver suffered a broken arm and other injuries and was treated at a hospital and released.

Police said the Kentucky Department of Environmental Response was sent to direct cleanup. Springdale Road was expected to be closed into the night.

The truck was operated by Austin Powder Co. of Cleveland.


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