Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Oh, Kentucky

Five Kentucky National Guard troops are headed to New Mexico to join the U.S. Department of Homeland Security border patrol.

The bedbug problem at Louisville's Dosker Manor public-housing complex sounds awful (per this terrific report by Jacob Ryan for the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting).

Newport High School has a new football coach, but it's not a happy story--by Matthew Monks in The River City News.  

Chris Harris in the Commonwealth Journal: "So as of yet, the mystery of Somerset’s smelly Saturday night remains unsolved."

The IGAs in Calhoun and Livermore--the only two full-size groceries in McLean County--are closing.

A passing of the mom-and-pop-hardware torch is afoot in Lexington.

The Leitchfield city council has voted to compensate the local tourism commissioners.

Good jobs news from Bowling Green.

Rest in peace, Charles Martin "C.M." Newton, a native of Rockwood, Tennessee, who came north to come off the bench for the University of Kentucky's 1951 national-championship basketball team; who pitched in the New York Yankees minor-league system; who coached the Transylvania Pioneers to the 1963 NAIA basketball tournament; who moved on to the University of Alabama on the recommendation of Adolph Rupp to Bear Bryant; who coached Vanderbilt to the 1988 and '89 NCAA men's basketball tournaments; who chaired the NCAA rules committee when the shot clock, three-point line and coach's box were implemented; who, as the school's athletics director, brought national-champion coaches Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith to UK; who presided over USA Basketball when the "Dream Team" was formed and won Olympic gold, and who brought the first African-American basketball players to Transylvania and Alabama and the first African-American basketball coaches to UK, among other accomplishments.


  1. Yes and yes.

    Most of those individual facts of C.M. Newton's career, I could've guessed at correctly. (Who coached Vandy to the NCAA tournament twice in the 1980s? C.M. Who was the UK AD who hired Pitino and Tubby? C.M.) But I didn't have a sense of all those accomplishments fitting together into a single giant career that all made sense together.