By Lorie Hailey
An appeals court decided Wednesday that only Maker’s Mark could use a red dripping wax seal on its bottles.
Noting that “all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon,” an opinion released Wednesday by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says that only the Kentucky-made bourbon can carry the distinctive bottle topper, the Associated Press reports.
The decision comes in an appeal brought by London-based Diageo North America and Casa Cuervo of Mexico, which used a dripping red wax seal on special bottles of its Reserva tequila.
Amazon.com announced plans Wednesday to open a new 70,000-square-foot customer service facility in Winchester, Ky., investing more than $20.7 million and creating more than 550 full-time and 600 seasonal jobs in the by 2017.
The Winchester facility will be Amazon’s first customer service center in Kentucky. Amazon subsidiaries currently operate fulfillment centers in Louisville, Lexington, Campbellsville and Hebron, Ky. The multi-million dollar investment in Winchester will help Amazon to provide customer service and technical support.
Women Leading Kentucky honored three women Wednesday with the Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award. This year’s recipients — former state auditor Crit Luallen, former Lexington mayor Pam Miller and Lois Combs Weinberg, founder of the Hyndman Settlement School’s dyslexia program — were honored during the 13th Annual Women’s Business and Leadership Conference at the Griffin Gate Marriott.
Jim Host, who served as chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority during the planning and construction of the KFC Yum! Center, has officially resigned his post, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Host, 74, announced last December that he planned to step down, but he stayed on as chairman through last month’s board meeting, when a consultant presented a review critical of some management practices of the Kentucky State Fair Board, the paper reports.
Retiree health care costs have increased an average 6 percent a year since 2002, according to a study by Fidelity Investments, reports USA TODAY. A 65-year-old couple would need $240,000 to cover medical expenses during their retirement years, it estimates. That amount could eat up 35 percent of the couple’s annual Social Security benefit. And it doesn’t even include any long-term care costs.
A nation still struggling to clear up one housing debacle has run smack into another — soaring rents.
The Associated Press reports that the foreclosure mess has pushed millions of former homeowners with tarnished credit into a competitive apartment market across the U.S. Add fresh demand from young workers, few new units and tight standards for home loans, and the result is rental sticker shock not seen in years.