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As Louisville Metro Government works to address budget constraints caused by the increasing state pension obligation and lack of new revenue, Louisville Parks and Recreation today issued a request for proposals (RFP) for management, operation, and maintenance of its 10 golf courses.

The city is accepting proposals until October 15, when the process will be closed, and the proposals will be evaluated. Interested parties can learn more about the solicitation including deadline dates and requirements at the city’s procurement web page, https://louisvilleky.gov/purchasing. The accepted proposals may include lease, hybrid or concession options.

Louisville Parks and Recreation golf courses are Metro-owned and currently managed independently by PGA professionals whose contracts expire at the end of 2019 – except for Quail Chase where the contract expires December 31, 2024. The state alcoholic beverage licenses for the PGA professionals expire at the end of October.

Deed restrictions on the golf course properties ensure that nine of the 10 Metro-owned golf courses must remain public spaces and used for recreational purposes, meaning that they will not be turned over for commercial or real-estate development. Bobby Nichols Golf Course in southwest Louisville is the only course with no such restriction.

The city issued a request for information (RFI) this spring to gauge interest and gather ideas for use of Metro’s golf course properties. The responses to the RFI helped in the development of the RFP being released today.

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Louisville’s 10 public golf courses offer a quality golfing experience at some of the most affordable prices in the nation. Each course has its own unique character, and some consistently rank among Kentucky’s best and most challenging courses. The 10 municipally-owned golf courses meet the needs of everyone from beginners to scratch golfers. For more information, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/parks/golf-courses.  Continue reading

Trained advocates will provide support to victims at every KSP post in the Commonwealth

Gov. Matt Bevin today joined with Kentucky State Police, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, and the federal Office of Justice Programs, within the Department of Justice, to announce a new initiative that will provide trained advocates at every KSP post to support and assist victims of crime.

KSP is among the first state police agencies to implement this program on a statewide basis.

The program, called Victim Advocate Support Services (VASS), is launching this fall with a dual purpose. Advocates will administer care to crime victims – or those involved in traumatic events – connecting them with immediate resources, such as mental health services, crisis intervention or legal support. These skilled professionals will also serve as liaisons between law enforcement and the victim, simultaneously helping victims navigate the system while allowing detectives to focus more efficiently on the details of the case.

“I am proud of KSP for leading the charge to ensure that every single state police post in the Commonwealth has a trained advocate that can provide compassionate care and essential resources to victims of crime,” said Gov. Bevin. “The Victim Advocate Support Service program will ensure that victims are immediately connected with trained professionals who will be available during every step of the process. We are grateful to the federal Department of Justice for partnering with us on this important program, and I am confident that this initiative will allow us to better serve and support crime victims who need it most.”

One advocate will be assigned to each of KSP’s 16 posts throughout the state. They will work with community partners to provide fair, compassionate and sensitive treatment of victims, families and witnesses – from the investigative stage of a crime through a follow-up period after the case has been adjudicated. Providing these services in the first hours following a crime is not only vital to healing, it also helps victims secure available compensation funds for out-of-pocket expenses.

KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders said the VASS program will fill a void in the system when it comes to victim outreach and ensure that victims are provided with immediate assistance and resources.

“Last year, our agency opened more than 8,000 criminal cases involving more than 10,000 victims,” Commissioner Sanders said. “Many of these victims have experienced severe trauma and need support from a trained advocate. Although, our troopers are compassionate, they must use their training to immediately investigate the crime or assist with a critical incident as it is unfolding, and having a trained advocate at each post will allow victims to receive immediate support.”

The VASS program is funded through the federal Department of Justice’s Victims of Crime Advocacy (VOCA) grant program. Last month, the Grants Management Branch in the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, which administers VOCA funds in Kentucky, awarded KSP $2.5 million for the program. KSP is providing a $632,000 match.

In addition to the advocates, the grant will fund vehicles for each position and a program director. It also includes funds for staff to attend training in trauma-centered care, compassion fatigue, and victim advocacy. KSP will also work with community-based agencies to develop a resource guide for each post’s service area.

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley praised KSP for the innovative approach to helping victims at a time when police are taking on more complex roles.

“We want to empower victims right from the start,” Secretary Tilley said. “Enduring a traumatic event is overwhelming enough without having to worry about navigating the complexities of the criminal justice system. We have a duty to uphold the rights of victims while also helping them navigate the labyrinth of information, resources and procedures. This will also help KSP troopers and detectives focus on what they do best – solving crimes and protecting communities.”

Katharine T. Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs, praised the initiative.

“The Department of Justice is excited about Kentucky’s new program and always happy to make these resources available to support crime victims at the moment they need it the most,” Sullivan said. “I’m confident that this program will serve as a model for other states, and I’m hopeful that it will set a new standard for law enforcement agencies everywhere as they seek to do more to respond to the needs of victims.”

KSP has begun interviewing and hiring victim advocates and will begin offering services as soon as the hiring process is complete.

The full schedule of music performances for Bourbon & Beyond is now available. The third year of the unique destination event expands to three days, Friday, September 20, Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 at the newly created Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center.

Bourbon & Beyond’s music lineup includes a unique mix of rock, roots, bluegrass and folk acts led by Foo Fighters, Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, the Zac Brown Band, John Fogerty, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and ZZ Top, among many others. In total, nearly 50 artists will play on three stages over the course of the weekend, including two side-by-side main stages and a bluegrass stage curated by the genre’s leading authority, The Bluegrass Situation. In addition, the World’s Largest Bourbon Festival also celebrates the craftsmanship behind award-winning spirits, master distillers and world-class chefs. Bourbon author, expert, and Amazon Prime host (Bourbon Up) Fred Minnick has curated one-of-a-kind tastings and seminars celebrating Louisville’s world-renowned distilleries, while culinary curators Edward Lee (The Mind of A Chef) and Anthony Lamas (Seviche) have teamed up to arrange special food experiences.

The schedule of bourbon workshops on the Kentucky Gold Stage and culinary experiences on the Better In The Bluegrass Stage is below. Visit BourbonAndBeyond.com for full details.

A limited number of Bourbon & Beyond exclusive VIP packages, General Admission tickets, camping and hotel packages, as well as special event tickets are still available at www.BourbonandBeyond.com.

The music schedule for Bourbon & Beyond is as follows (subject to change):

Friday, September 20

Barrel Stage

Oak Stage

9:20 PM

Foo Fighters

7:55 PM

John Fogerty

6:40 PM

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

5:25 PM

The Flaming Lips

4:10 PM

+Live+

2:55 PM

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

2:10 PM

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of Real

1:25 PM

Blackberry Smoke

12:40 PM

The Record Company

12:00 PM

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

11:30 AM

Pearl

The Bluegrass Situation Stage

5:20 PM

Greensky Bluegrass

3:45 PM

Mipso

1:40 PM

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

11:45 AM

Amythyst Kiah

Saturday, September 21

Barrel Stage

Oak Stage

9:30 PM

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters

8:05 PM

Daryl Hall & John Oates

7:00 PM

Trey Anastasio Band

5:55 PM

Alison Krauss

4:50 PM

Grace Potter

3:55 PM

Jenny Lewis

3:05 PM

Squeeze

2:15 PM

Del McCoury Band

1:40 PM

Samantha Fish

1:05 PM

The White Buffalo

12:30 PM

Maggie Rose

11:55 AM

Patrick Droney

The Bluegrass Situation Stage

4:20 PM

The Travelin’ McCourys

2:55 PM

Fruition

1:25 PM

Cedric Burnside

12:05 PM

Ben Sollee

Sunday, September 22

Barrel Stage

Oak Stage

8:40 PM

Zac Brown Band

7:25 PM

ZZ Top

6:20 PM

Leon Bridges

5:15 PM

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros

4:20 PM

Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul

3:25 PM

Kurt Vile And The Violators

2:40 PM

Margo Price

1:55 PM

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

1:20 PM

Whiskey Myers

12:45 PM

White Reaper

12:10 PM

Southern Avenue

11:35 AM

Caroline Jones

The Bluegrass Situation Stage

4:15 PM

Dustbowl Revival

2:40 PM

Birds Of Chicago

1:20 PM

The Lil Smokies

11:50 AM

Front Country

The culinary experiences and bourbon workshops, along with the Derby Dance Hall schedule, are as follows:

Friday, September 20

Better In The Bluegrass Stage (culinary)

Kentucky Gold Stage (bourbon)

12:00 PM

Edward Lee

11:35 AM

Welcome

1:30 PM

Jose Salazar & Matt Abdoo

12:40 PM

Beer Drinker’s Bourbon

3:00 PM

Michael Voltaggio & Adam
Sobel

2:05 PM

How Highball Can You Go?

4:30 PM

Justin Sutherland & Ben Jaffe
(Preservation Hall Jazz Band)

3:50 PM

Whiskey Women

5:05 PM

Bourbon Disrupters

6:05 PM

What Is A Master Distiller?

Derby Dance Hall

12:30 PM

Charleston Lesson

1:20 PM

Jitterbug Performance

1:30 PM

Jitterbug Lesson

2:50 PM

Foxtrot / West Coast Swing Performance

3:00 PM

Foxtrot Lesson

4:05 PM

Cha Cha Performance

4:25 PM

Cha Cha Lesson

6:35 PM

West Coast Swing Performance

6:45 PM

Music And Open Dancing

Saturday, September 21

Better In The Bluegrass Stage (culinary)

Kentucky Gold Stage (bourbon)

1:05 PM

Graham Elliot

11:25 AM

Bourbon Storytime

2:30 PM

Tiffani Thiessen

12:25 PM

Barrel Finish Vs. Traditional Bourbon

4:00 PM

Brooke Williamson

1:35 PM

Whiskey’s Dark Past

5:30 PM

Kelsey Barnard Clark & Sara
Bradley

3:00 PM

The Barrel

4:45 PM

The Van Winkle Family

Derby Dance Hall

12:25 PM

Jitterbug Performance

12:35 PM

Jitterbug Lesson

2:10 PM

West Coast Swing Performance

2:20 PM

Foxtrot Lesson

3:00 PM

East Coast Swing Performance

3:10 PM

East Coast Swing Lesson

4:45 PM

West Coast Swing / Foxtrot Performance

4:55 PM

West Coast Swing Lesson

6:35 PM

West Coast Swing Performance

6:45 PM

Music And Open Dancing

Sunday, September 22

Better In The Bluegrass Stage (culinary)

Kentucky Gold Stage (bourbon)

12:45 PM

Ouita Michel

11:15 AM

Welcome

2:05 PM

Rusty Hamlin & Coy Bowles
(Zac Brown Band)

12:05 PM

Manhattan Vs. The Old Fashioned

3:35 PM

Amanda Freitag & Tierinii
Jackson (Southern Avenue)

1:15 PM

Sweet Mash: The Whiskey Revolution

4:15 PM

Jamie Bissonnette

2:35 PM

Master Taster: How To Taste Like A Pro

4:15 PM

Executive Round Table

6:15 PM

Slavery In American Whiskey History

Derby Dance Hall

12:40 PM

West Coast Swing / Charleston Performance

12:50 PM

Charleston Lesson

2:40 PM

Jitterbug Lesson

3:20 PM

East Coast Swing Performance

3:30 PM

East Coast Swing Lesson

5:10 PM

West Coast Swing Performance

5:20 PM

West Coast Swing Lesson

6:05 PM

Music And Open Dancing

Festival doors open at 11:00 AM each day. Download the official Bourbon & Beyond mobile app through the Google Play and Apple stores. The app allows attendees to build their own schedules, learn more about the artists and personalities appearing at the festival, and get the latest information through push notifications.

Those looking to kick off the weekend early are encouraged to attend a number of exclusive events on Thursday, September 19:

  • The official Bourbon & Beyond Pre-Party featuring Pearl takes place at 9:00 PM at Fourth Street Live! in Louisville
  • The Bourbon & Beyond Supper Club at Seviche will offer a special menu that showcases what makes Chef Anthony Lamas’ food so unique
  • Chef Edward Lee will host the Expect The Unexpected Supper Club with friends at Falls City Market at the Omni Hotel
  • Bourbon & Beyond bourbon curator and author Fred Minnick will host the The Art of Bourbon at Speed Art Museum, a night of cocktails, a bourbon-inspired Kentucky Bison dinner and a live auction of extremely rare bourbons and one-in-a-lifetime experiences

Visit https://bourbonandbeyond.com/experiences for details and to purchase tickets.

In accordance with the proclamation by President Donald J. Trump and the U.S. Flag Code, both American and state flags at public office buildings will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in observance of Patriot Day.

President Trump further calls upon Americans “to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. EDT (7:46 a.m. CDT) to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.”

All individuals, businesses, organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute of lowering the flag “in honor of the brave first responders, resolute members of our military, and ordinary Americans who showed extraordinary courage to save others on that fateful day.”

Flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/flag-status/.

Family-friendly activities that include crafts, music and games will be part of Archaeology Day at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site on Sept. 21.

The day – part of Kentucky Archaeology Month — will feature demonstrations and hands-on educational activities about archaeology for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Activities include a mock excavation for kids, artifact laboratory station, spear and atlatl throwing, stickball game area, flint knapping, bow and arrows, finger weaving, basket weaving, corn shuck dolls, a drum circle and make and take home a pottery craft.

This event is sponsored in part by the Kentucky Heritage Council.  Entrance to the activities is included in the museum admission of $5 for adults and $4 for kids, seniors and military.  Parking is free. For more information, call the park office at 270-335-3681 or email carla.hildebrand@ky.gov .

Wickliffe Mounds is an archaeological site of a Native American village of the Mississippian culture. The park features a museum, mounds, walking trail, picnic area, visitor center with tourism information and a gift shop.  The park is located along the Mississippi River’s Great River Road National Scenic Byway at 94 Green Street, Highway 51-60-62, Wickliffe, Ky. For more information about this and other Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov

Last week, Mayor Greg Fischer joined Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith and community members to unveil a new public art project, the Louisville Knot.

Through a series of bent and bundled steel tubes, the Louisville Knot transforms the Ninth Street highway underpass that connects Museum Row to west Louisville into a welcoming pedestrian thoroughfare. The installation, which is illuminated at dusk, serves as an interactive sculpture and street furniture that can be used as seating, tables, a bike rack, and an extra-large swing.

“For too long, we’ve allowed an imaginary distinction to exist between downtown and west Louisville along the Ninth Street corridor. By activating this previously underutilized space, the Louisville Knot welcomes residents and visitors to explore the corridors leading to the Portland and Russell neighborhoods,” the Mayor said. “I’m delighted to already see people of all ages and backgrounds coming together at the Louisville Knot.”

The Louisville Knot came out of a call for proposals from Louisville Metro Government and Louisville Downtown Partnership seeking a project that combined art, design, and infrastructure. The design team is led by Philadelphia-based Interface Studio Architects (ISA) with fabrication by Louisville’s Core Design.

“The Knot project was a special opportunity for ISA to get to know a city – its history and people – and devise a unique intervention to help enliven an underutilized piece of urban fabric. We hope the installation not only reinforces the Main Street link across two neighborhoods but motivates creativity, sharing, and social connections among the broadest range of people who live in and visit Louisville for many years to come,” said Brian Phillips, ISA Principal.

The project was funded by Louisville Metro Government and the Rotary Club of Louisville.

“For 107 years, the Rotary Club of Louisville has supported worthy causes in our community,” said Luke B. Schmidt, Rotary Club of Louisville president. “The Club is focused on ‘Connecting our Community,’ and we believe the Louisville Knot’s location will help build a bridge as we work to eliminate the Ninth Street Divide.”

The schedule of music performances is now available for Hometown Rising, the first-ever Country Music & Bourbon Festival, debuting Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center, combining two of Louisville’s cultural cornerstones — great music and incredible bourbon.

Hometown Rising’s music lineup will be led by country heavyweights including Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, and Little Big Town with additional appearances from Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins, Brett Young, Jake Owen, Bret Michaels, Frankie Ballard, and many more. In total, more than 30 artists will play on three stages, including two side-by-side main stages, over the course of the weekend. In addition, Hometown Rising will feature bourbon selections from nearly two dozen distilleries, a variety of food options inspired by Kentucky flavors, and onsite experiences from Jack Daniel’s, Kentucky Department Of Tourism (KDT), and many more.

A limited number of Hometown Rising exclusive VIP packages, General Admission tickets, camping and hotel packages, as well as special event tickets are still available at www.HometownRising.com.

The music schedule for Hometown Rising is as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, September 14

Barrel Stage

Oak Stage

9:20 PM

Tim McGraw

8:00 PM

Little Big Town

6:55 PM

Dwight Yoakam

6:00 PM

Trace Adkins

5:10 PM

Frankie Ballard

4:20 PM

The Cadillac Three

3:35 PM

Jimmie Allen

2:50 PM

Lindsay Ell

2:15 PM

The Steel Woods

1:40 PM

Clare Dunn

1:05 PM

Noah Guthrie

12:30 PM

IMAJ

Boots & Bourbon Stage

4:10 PM

J.D. Shelburne

3:10 PM

The Sisterhood Band

2:10 PM

Raelyn Nelson Band

1:10 PM

Alice Wallace

Sunday, September 15

Barrel Stage

Oak Stage

8:20 PM

Luke Bryan

7:00 PM

Keith Urban

5:55 PM

Brett Young

4:50 PM

Jake Owen

3:55 PM

Bret Michaels

3:05 PM

LOCASH

2:35 PM

Drake White And The Big Fire

2:05 PM

Mason Ramsey

1:35 PM

The Wild Feathers

1:05 PM

Gabby Barrett

Boots & Bourbon Stage

5:40 PM

Everette

4:35 PM

Dillon Carmichael

3:35 PM

Jeffrey East

2:35 PM

Larry Fleet

1:35 PM

Hannah Ellis

12:35 PM

Kendall Shaffer

Festival doors open at Noon each day. Download the official Hometown Rising mobile app through the Google Play and Apple stores. The app allows attendees to build their own schedules, learn more about the artists and personalities appearing at the festival, and get the latest information through push notifications.

The festival’s centerpiece, Kroger’s Big Bourbon Bar presented by Louisville Courier Journal, will feature more than two dozen hand-selected bourbons from top distilleries, and a unique opportunity to enjoy bourbons and exclusive one-time specialty cocktails from 1792, Angel’s Envy, Barrell Bourbon, Coopers’ Craft, Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Jefferson’s, Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon, Kentucky Peerless, Michter’s, Rebel Yell, Old Forester, Stonehammer and Wild Turkey.

Fred Minnick’s Mini Bar–hosted by the Hometown Rising bourbon curator, bourbon author/expert, and Amazon Prime host (Bourbon Up)–will showcase craft selections from Louisville’s world-renowned distilleries. Acclaimed Louisville whiskey bar The Silver Dollar will operate The Hunter’s Club, where attendees can find vintage bourbons dating as far back as the 1930s, as well as contemporary collectibles.

In addition to performances from top music artists and various onsite attractions, attendees at Hometown Rising will enjoy a variety of onsite food and beverage offerings that celebrate menus and flavors inspired by Kentucky. Selections from local and regional restaurants were curated by Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC, DWP’s affiliate concessionaire.

As part of Danny Wimmer Presents’ innovative partnership and Kroger’s commitment to Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, 25 cents from every Hometown Rising ticket sold will be donated directly to Dare to Care Food Bank (www.daretocare.org). Dare to Care Food Bank works to ensure that no one in our community lacks enough food to live an active, healthy lifestyle, and Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative is their bold plan to end hunger in our communities and eliminate waste in their company by 2025.

Those looking to kick off the weekend early are encouraged to attend the official Hometown Rising Pre-Party featuring Raelyn Nelson Band on Friday, September 13 at 9:00 PM at Fourth Street Live! in Louisville.

That same night at the Hometown Rising Supper Club at Seviche, a special menu will showcase what makes Chef Anthony Lamas’ food so unique. Chef Lamas brings a genuine artistry to his award-winning cuisine, with elements of his Latin heritage, his Southern home, and his experimental spirit. Seviche showcases a brand-new take on the farm-to-table dining experience, with a rotating seasonal menu of the freshest local ingredients that perfectly complement Chef Lamas’ eclectic cultural influences. Visit https://hometownrising.com/experiences for details and to purchase tickets.

Hometown Rising partners include 291 Colorado Whiskey, 1792, Angel’s Envy, Balcones Distilling, Barrell Bourbon, Boone County Distilling, Bud Light, Catoctin Creek, Cooper and Thief, Coopers’ Craft, Eagle Nest Outfitters, Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, Four Roses Bourbon, Fxck Cancer, Jack Daniel’s, Jeptha Creed, Jim Beam, Kentucky Peerless, Kentucky Tourism, Knob Creek, Kroger, Larceny, Louisville Tourism, Maker’s Mark, Metro by T-Mobile, Michter’s, Mint Julep Experiences, Monster Energy, Rebel Yell, Robert Mondavi Private Select, Old Forester, Smooth Ambler Contradiction, Stella Artois, Stonehammer, Southern Comfort, The Music Experience, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Uncle Nearest Whiskey, US Marine Corps, Vendome, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve and Zyn.

The Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center are located at 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville, Kentucky.

Hometown Rising is produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination rock music festivals in America. DWP events include Aftershock Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Epicenter Festival, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville.

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