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KY 2466 in Breathitt County to be closed Saturday, Nov. 22

JACKSON, KY – In order to replace a drainage pipe, the Kentucky Department of Highways plans to close KY 2466 (Meatscaffold Branch) in Breathitt County on Saturday, Nov. 22. The road will be closed near milepoint 0.6. The project will begin around 8 a.m. and will be completed by 2 p.m. No detour is available. Motorists should plan their trips accordingly. Provisions will be made should emergency vehicles need access to areas beyond the closure point. In case of inclement weather, the closure will be postponed until another suitable day.

DISNEY ON ICE coming to Rupp Arena


Lexington, KY, November 11, 2014 — Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four magical destinations all in one fun-filled ice production! Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt will take audiences on a sightseeing tour of the imagination. This ice spectacular visits Lexington from March 12 to 15 for eight performances at Rupp Arena. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 14.

Embark on the ultimate sightseeing holiday with all your favorite Disney characters in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch.  You’ll explore the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage under the sea with Ariel and all her aquatic friends; tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy, before flying to Never Land; and travel to Hawaii to visit Lilo and Stitch.

Upbeat music, loveable characters and exciting destinations make Passport to Adventure a holiday you’ll never forget. Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a colorful set that captures all four unique worlds. Audiences will be entranced as they experience this exciting excursion — one that will fill the arena with magic, music, and best of all, Mickey and Minnie!

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure are available at Rupp Arena. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

To learn more about Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, visit, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.

Cal’s Boys Open Season Friday In Search Of Title # 9

By – Ira D. Combs / Tri State Sports Service Media Inc. / 

For those BBN faithful that don’t have the luxury of attending many games in Rupp Arena I’ll set the scene for you going into this coming friday nights season opener against mighty Grand Canyon (8:00 o’clock SEC TV Network) . When the UK starting lineups are announced at the beginning of each game the lights go out in Rupp Arena and the players are announced to a lot of fan fair along with indoor fireworks , etc . This year when that pre-game segment began for the Blue – White scrimmage and both exhibition games recently a video tape of Andrew Harrison popped up on the large video jumbo-tron in Rupp Arena and the lead guard for the Cats this year simply said with a very serious and stern look on his face , “ the story isn’t over “ . Now if you’ve been in a cave for the last six to seven months you don’t understand that quote but if you’re a loyal card carrying member of BBN you know exactly what he meant . After a sluggish and somewhat disappointing regular season last year Cal’s boys circled the wagons and charged thru March Madness like a Gator does thru the southern swamps gobbling up everything in it’s path until they run into it’s new nemesis of recent years the U Conn “Huskies” and finished one game short of NCAA title # 9 for the historic program .  So the stage is set for those Wildcats who decided to return to Rupp Arena for another season instead of testing the NBA waters . The new story to inter-twine into this season is John Calipari’s new platoon system . With so many talented players returning to the roster Cal has come up with a (2) team platoon system of (5) players each playing in (4) to (6) minute intervals throughout the 1st half and most of the 2nd half . Cal says only the players buying into the concept will make it work and so far they have . How long it will last into the season nobody knows . For the blue-white scrimmage and (2) exhibition games the platoon system has been made up mostly of (Towns – Poythress – Harrison Twins – Cauley-Stein) on the starting unit and (Ulis – Booker – Lyles – Lee – Johnson) on the 2nd unit . Nine of the ten players just mentioned were McDonald’s AA coming out of high school and many well respected college basketball gurus ( Dick Vitale & Jay Bilas  ) have said the 2nd unit could pull enough votes to be a top 20 team if not higher . In state players Dominique Hawkins / Madison Central and Derek Willis / Bullitt East are set to be the 6th man at their respective positions when the first player in one of the (2) platoon systems gets into foul trouble or injured during a game . So there you have it sports fans , a 12 member mega talented roster of basketball players for John Calipari to keep happy along with BBN over the next (4) months until March Madness kicks in , then the run for NCAA Title # 9 hopefully will begin with one of those (4) coveted # 1 seeds in the 1st weekend of play at the Yum Center in Louisville and will culminate right up 1 – 65 in Indianapolis , Indiana for the Final Four weekend . I’ve searched and as astutely as possible for my trained eye evaluated this team from the baseline of Rupp Arena thru the Blue – White scrimmage and (2) exhibitions games and I can’t see any true weaknesses so I suggest you hang on thru any bumps in the road and whatever you do don’t anybody jumping off the wagon this year , hop on now it’s gonna be a sweet and exciting ride .

Stoops and Asst. Coaches Have Lots Of Mental Work To Do 

Four  weeks ago the UK football team set at 5 – 1 and Mark Stoops was riding as high in the saddle as Roy Rogers ever did , if memory serves me right Stoops remarked , “we’ve only just begun” . Note to coach Stoops , be careful what you say it could come back to haunt you . Four weeks and four consecutive losses later the saddle has slipped and Stoops is clinging to stay on the horse . I’ll be the first to admit even though I picked the Cats to go 6 – 6 that there was some serious doubt at times even after the 2 – 0 start when I also suggested UK would be 5 – 1 at the mid season break although I could still see some serious bumps in the road .  The Florida and South Carolina games got everybody excited but it was a another classic case of some ”Fools Gold” , little did we know at the time how average those two teams were . Then our eyes got opened at LSU but we came back to the friendly confines of CWS and pumped a little juice back in our legs with a very competitive performance against # 1 Miss. State . Then last saturday against a good Georgia team the wheels fell off and everything Mark Stoops had accomplished was put in the rear view mirror if not buried and you could sense the mindset of the players was wondering back to the past .  Now Stoops and his staff who have been so successful on the recruiting trails need to pull another rabbit out of their hat and do some serious coaching of the mental aspect with this young team to bring them back to the point where they were at mid season . This is not an easy challenge , many coaches will tell you on any level , when you lose the players competitiveness it’s one thing but when you lose there heart , desire , and  solid mental approach it’s very difficult to get them back especially late in the season with (2) games left and both on the road . This is exactly where Stoops and his gridiron Cats are at , how they respond beginning this week in Knoxville ( 4:00 o’clock SEC TV Network ) will come a long way in telling if they have enough in the tank left to get that 6th win for bowl eligibility . Both games at UT and U of L are winnable but the mindset must change first then play on the field must make a turnaround back to the first half of the season . UT opened as a 6 ½ point favorite monday morning in Vegas , I don’t know if that’s a slap at UT and there paltry season or UK and how they’ve fallen apart . You can go online to for more coverage of UK football & basketball as well as KHSAA football and basketball and you can now follow me on my new twitter account at @combsbrothers5 .

Georgetown feels wrath of Wildcats

UK Wildcat LogoSure it is only exhibition, but can you really say you don’t see the difference in last years National Champion runnerups and this years newest Wildcat team? Last year, the Kentucky team that was supposed to go undefeated, started off fairly good enough with a 7-1 record and looked like a team trying to find it’s way. It was like that all season long until the NCAA Tournament where the Cats finally got it together. So far this year in two exhibition games, UK has thoroughly dismantled it’s two opponents. UK opened with a 116-68 win over Pikeville and followed that up with a 121-52 beat down over Georgetown. Granted, these two teams are not the caliber of teams the Wildcats will face this season, but they are not rollovers either. Kentucky is 12 deep and can literally field two teams good enough to win every night with either group. For those of you with dreams of a 9th title banner hanging from the rafters at Rupp Arena, this could very well be your year.

Official Basketball Box Score
Georgetown College vs Kentucky
11/09/14 7:00 pm at Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.

VISITORS: Georgetown College
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
13 Kimbro, Tony…….. f  1-7    1-2    1-2    1  3  4   3   4  1  4  0  1  31
14 Washburn, Corey….. f  4-11   2-4    1-2    1  4  5   5  11  1  2  0  1  34
35 McWhorter, Deondre.. f  7-17   0-0    2-2    3  2  5   4  16  1  1  1  0  25
04 Cottrill, Noah…… g  4-16   2-8    0-0    0  0  0   1  10  1  1  0  1  39
12 Coleman, Gerald….. g  1-9    0-1    2-6    1  1  2   3   4  3  6  0  2  30
01 Stenzel, Bopper…..    1-4    1-4    0-0    1  0  1   2   3  2  0  0  1  16
03 Burns, Darion…….    1-2    0-1    2-3    1  1  2   0   4  3  1  0  1  13
34 Sandoval, EJ……..    0-2    0-0    0-0    0  4  4   3   0  1  0  0  0  12
TEAM…………….                         2  1  3             1
Totals…………..   19-68   6-20   8-15  10 16 26  21  52 13 16  1  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-35 22.9%   2nd Half: 11-33 33.3%   Game: 27.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-14 28.6%   2nd Half:  2-6  33.3%   Game: 30.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-7  57.1%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 53.3%   4,1

HOME TEAM: Kentucky
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
12 Karl-Anthony Towns.. f  5-5    0-0    3-5    0  8  8   1  13  1  2  1  0  18
15 Cauley-Stein, Willie f  6-8    0-0    0-1    1  5  6   0  12  2  0  3  1  19
22 Alex Poythress…… f  6-7    0-1    3-3    2  2  4   0  15  2  0  1  0  18
02 Harrison, Aaron….. g  6-9    5-7    0-0    0  4  4   1  17  5  1  1  0  18
05 Harrison, Andrew…. g  1-3    0-2    4-4    0  2  2   5   6  6  2  0  1  13
00 Marcus Lee……….    3-3    0-0    0-0    1  5  6   3   6  1  1  0  0  15
01 Booker, Devin…….    4-9    3-7    0-0    0  1  1   1  11  4  1  0  3  16
03 Ulis, Tyler………    0-3    0-3    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  4  0  0  0  19
13 Malone, Sam………    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  1  0  0  1   2
21 Tod Lanter……….    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  0   2
24 EJ Floreal……….    1-1    0-0    0-2    1  1  2   0   2  1  1  0  0   5
25 Dominique Hawkins…    1-1    1-1    1-2    0  1  1   2   4  2  0  0  1  10
32 Long, Brian………    0-1    0-1    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   3
35 Derek Willis……..    3-5    1-2    0-0    1  1  2   0   7  0  0  1  0   8
41 Lyles, Trey………    6-9    2-2    0-0    0  4  4   4  14  1  2  1  1  17
44 Dakari Johnson……    3-6    0-0    6-8    5  5 10   2  12  1  2  1  1  17
TEAM…………….                         2     2
Totals…………..   46-72  12-27  17-25  14 40 54  20 121 32 12  9  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 19-35 54.3%   2nd Half: 27-37 73.0%   Game: 63.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  7-16 43.8%   2nd Half:  5-11 45.5%   Game: 44.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 15-18 83.3%   2nd Half:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 68.0%   3,2

Officials: John Hampton, Bart Lenox, Jacyn Goble
Technical fouls: Georgetown College-None. Kentucky-None.
Attendance: 21490
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Georgetown College…………   24   28  –   52
Kentucky………………….   60   61  –  121

Repairs on Hal Rogers Parkway bridge in Perry County to begin Nov. 10

Traffic to be reduced to one 13-foot lane and controlled by temporary signals 

Bridge repairs Hal RogersHazard, KY – A bridge repair project in Perry County will result in one-lane traffic and delays for motorists using the Hal Rogers Parkway west of Hazard.

Repairs to the span carrying the Hal Rogers Parkway across KY 80, the North Fork of the Kentucky River and the CSX Transportation railroad tracks at milepoint 57.243, just east of Exit 56, will start on Monday, Nov. 10. Temporary signals will control traffic at the bridge. These temporary signals will be in place for approximately 30 days as work on a bridge deck overlay project proceeds. In addition, barrier walls will be placed on the bridge, resulting in one-lane traffic.

During the work, the bridge will be restricted to vehicles less than 13 feet wide. Vehicles wider than 13 feet will need to find an alternate route around the work zone. KY 80 (Combs Road) and KY 15 is the recommended wide load detour.

Drivers should slow down as they approach this construction zone, watch for stopped traffic and obey the temporary traffic signal. Motorists should always be aware of workers, traffic control devices and construction equipment when traveling in this and any other areas where projects are ongoing.

Miranda Lambert Coming to Rupp Arena January 16

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert

Certified Platinum Tour


and special guests RaeLynn and Jukebox Mafia




Lexington, KY (11/7/14) – Fresh off the success of her highly successful, summer Platinum Tour, Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert has announced her upcoming Certified Platinum Tour. Miranda thrilled audiences across the country, and the critics raved about her performances with The Boston Globe saying, “Lambert busted out of the gate like a woman possessed and didn’t take her foot off the pedal for 85 minutes, much to the delight of a packed amphitheatre happy to hold on for the ride.” The Philadelphia Inquirer proclaimed “Miranda Lambert works the same thematic turf about growing up and growing older in rural America as her (almost entirely male) competitors atop the country charts. She just does it way better than they do.”

Kicking off in January 2015, The Certified Platinum Tour will include ACM New Artist of the Year winner Justin Moore who has 5 #1 singles to his credit including “Point At You,” “Lettin’ The Night Roll,” “Small Town USA,” “If Heaven Weren’t So Far Away,” and “Til My Last Day,” and several Top 10’s from his Gold certified albums.

Miranda also adds more girl power to the show with up and coming female artist RaeLynn.

Tickets for the Lexington show, $54.75 and $29.75 (plus applicable fees) go on sale to the public on Friday, November 14 at 10am at and, the Rupp Arena Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000.

Dates, times and artists are subject to change without notice.

Cardinals Too Much for McSweeney and the Knights

Sunday’s game featuring the Louisville Cardinals versus the Division 2 Bellarmine Knights started with the feel-good story of the early season. Patrick McSweeney, a 15-year-old St. X student, started and scored the first basket for the Knights. McSweeney, faced with life-threatening leukemia, put up three shots for Bellarmine, finally hitting his third shot. He finished the game with 2 points, 1 rebound, and even added a steal for good measure.

The feel-good story was over early. After McSweeney left the game the Cardinals got down to business by using their size and speed to put away the Knights. Montrezl Harrell led the Cardinals with 17 points and a game-high 9 rebounds. He closed out the first half with a driving layup. He then received a pass from Quentin Snider and hit a three-pointer as time ran out. Wayne Blackshear continued his strong performance in the exhibition season by showing more offensive aggression than any of his first three seasons. Blackshear finished with 16 points on 6 of 12 shooting. The starting backcourt of Chris Jones and Terry Rozier figures to be Louisville’s biggest strength. They combined to score 24 points, grab 7 rebounds, dish out 6 assists, and get 7 steals.

“The first half was about as well as we’ve played all year,” head coach Rick Pitino said after the game. “That was a great half of basketball in every phase of the game; pressing, offense, defense, ball movement, rebounding. It was really outstanding. The second half wasn’t as good. But the first half, I was really, really pleased and we looked like an outstanding basketball team.”

The regular season begins this Friday as Louisville will face Minnesota in the third annual Armed Forces Classic in Puerto Rico.

Traffic Alert: Delays on KY 451 in Perry County Nov. 17-18

Drivers using KY 451 (East Main Street/Christopher Road) through the Lothair section of Hazard should expect significant delays on Monday, Nov. 17. Two beams for the new KY 451 Glomawr bridge are scheduled to be delivered and put in place on the supports for the new bridge that day. The trucks delivering the beams will have to drive in reverse for 3.3 miles from downtown Hazard to the site of the new bridge. That process is estimated to take approximately 90 minutes. Once the beams are delivered, there will be additional delays at the bridge site while the beams are set. Two more beams are scheduled for delivery and placement on Tuesday, Nov. 18, and this process will be repeated.

bridge beam

Times for these deliveries have not yet been determined. Message boards will be used to provide this information to drivers when the times are scheduled. More detailed information will be provided to the public next week when more is known about the timing of the bridge beam deliveries.

UK Hoops Defeats Pikeville 141-63 in Exhibition Play

UK Hoops Defeats Pikeville 141-63 in Exhibition Play

Eight Wildcats scored in double figures led by Jennifer O’Neill and Alexis Jennings


LEXINGTON, Ky. –  Led by eight players with at least 10 points, the Kentucky women’s basketball team opened the 2014-15 season with a 141-63 exhibition victory over Pikeville  on Thursday in Memorial Coliseum.


The Wildcats improved to 7-1 in exhibition contests under eighth-year head coach Matthew Mitchell. The meeting between UK and NAIA member Pikeville was the first in the series.


“It was good to get into Memorial Coliseum tonight and play and be back on that floor,” Mitchell said. “We believe this is the most special place in the country to play and we love being in Memorial. I thought the players did what they were charged to do tonight. We really talked about energy and effort and playing hard. We are long way away from being a finished product, but we have worked very hard on our effort and conditioning and running the floor. So, the things that we could control tonight – I thought we did a pretty good job.”


UK’s offensive charge was led by senior guard Jennifer O’Neil (Bronx, N.Y.) and freshman forward/center Alexis Jennings (Madison, Ala.), each with 20 points. As a team, Kentucky was 56-89 from the field and 11-23 from beyond the arc.


Kentucky won the turnover battle by a 37-16 margin. Fifty-two of UK’s 141 points came off turnovers, and the Wildcats held an 18-0 advantage in fast-break points.


Pikeville was held to 23-57 shooting and 6-20 from beyond the arc. In addition to forcing 63 turnovers, the UK defense held the Bears to 26 points in the paint and just four second-chance points. In contrast, the Wildcats scored 80 points in the paint and had 25 second-chance points.


Sophomore Makayla Epps (Lebanon, Ky.) just missed out on a triple-double, with 18 points, a team-high-tying eight rebounds and a team-high-tying eight assists. Senior Bria Goss (Indianapolis) also had eight assists in addition to 11 points and four rebounds, while fellow senior Azia Bishop (Toledo, Ohio) had eight rebounds and 14 points. Sophomore Linnae Harper (Chicago) was one shy of tying for the team lead with 19 points.


Kentucky jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on a pair of free throws and a Bishop layup. Pikeville cut UK’s lead to two at 7-5, but that’s when the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run to break the game open. The stretch, which gave Kentucky a 19-5 advantage, was fueled by two three-pointers by O’Neill and two Harper layups.


With a 26-13 lead, UK extended its advantage to 24 at 40-16. Bishop had five of her 14 points in the run, while Jennings and sophomore Kyvin Goodin-Rogers each tallied four points.


A jumper by junior Janee Thompson (Chicago) with seven seconds left in the first half gave UK a 58-34 lead at the break.


Eight seconds into the second half, Thompson buried a three to add to UK’s lead, which it extended to 89-42 with a 16-0 run. After a Pikeville jumper ended Kentucky’s run, the Wildcats turned around and scored 11 in a row to hit the century mark for a 100-44 lead.


The Wildcats continued to expand on their lead until the final buzzer for a 141-63 victory.


Kentucky begins the 2014-15 regular season vs. Appalachian State on Friday, Nov. 14. Set for a 7 p.m. ET first tip from Memorial Coliseum, the contest will air on the SEC Network+ and on the UK Radio Network. Tickets are available on or

Breathitt Man Dies after Being Struck by Car

(Lost Creek, KY) – A Breathitt County pedestrian was fatally injured Tuesday evening after being struck by an oncoming vehicle in the Lost Creek community of Breathitt County.  Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call at approximately 6:00 p.m., advising of a collision on KY 476, and of a man being seriously injured.  Troopers with KSP and McIntosh EMS responded to the scene.


It was initially determined that Noah Glenn Campbell, age 34 of Lost Creek, was walking along Highway 476, and was attempting to cross to the opposite side of the roadway.  Mr. Campbell stepped into the westbound lane of the roadway just as a 2004 Ford Taurus came around a curve in the same lane.  The car, which was driven by 20 year old Michael Fugate of Jackson, collided with Noah Campbell.  Noah Campbell was pronounced deceased at the scene by Breathitt County Coroner George Griffith.  Michael Fugate was not injured.


Trooper David Hobbs with KSP Post 13 is actively investigating this collision. Impairment is not believed to be a contributing factor at this time, though toxicology results are pending on those involved.  There have been no arrests made related to this incident.