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Trend- ROMP 2015

2015 is a year of transition for ROMP and the International Bluegrass Music Museum. On The Trend, we talked with museum officials about the festival and the new International Bluegrass Music Center, which is set to begin construction this fall. We had a long interview with outgoing museum executive director Gabrielle Gray, who may be producing her last ROMP festival in 2015. We also heard from one of the bluegrass genre's brightest new stars, Philpot teen Annabelle Watts and had a chat with...
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Ozone Alert issued for Saturday

Jul 24, 2015

The Evansville EPA and Vanderburgh County Health Department have issued an Ozone Alert for Saturday.

The combination of bright sun and little or no wind could cause ozone levels to reach or exceed unhealthy levels for sensitive people.

The agencies are warning people with heart or lung disease, children, and older adults to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors, especially between noon and 7 p.m. when ozone levels are highest.

Man accused of arson, possessing explosives

Jul 23, 2015

An Evansville man is accused of setting an early morning fire at Sugar Mill Creek Apartments and then taking a pipe bomb and a Molotov cocktail to a nearby McDonald’s. 

Evansville Police rendered the two explosive devices safe - one by a controlled explosion outside the restaurant. 

Sgt. Jason Cullum says breakfast diners inside the McDonald’s noticed 25-year-old Caleb Loving, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying a bag containing the explosives.

Gibson Co seeking more Toyota supplier jobs

Jul 23, 2015

Gibson County is trying to attract 160 jobs through a Toyota supplier. 

Princeton-based Toyota Boshoku and Illinois-based Automotive Technology Systems are vying for a contract to build parts for the Toyota Highlander.

Toyota Boshoku already makes seats, door trim, and interior components for Toyota. It currently employs 900 workers. The new contract is expected to create 160 jobs.

Tropicana Hires New GM

Jul 22, 2015

Tropicana Evansville has hired a new general manager. 

John Chaszar replaces Jason Gregorec, who left Evansville in May for a job with Rock Gaming LLC in Detroit.

A news release from Tropicana says Chaszar has served as GM for Hollywood Casino properties in Louisiana and Michigan. He’s also held management roles at Hilton Hotels.

Tropicana President and CEO Tony Rodio says Chaszar brings “a proven track record in casino hotel management and strong leadership to his new role at Tropicana.”

Four SW IN Counties seeking Regional Cities Money

Jul 22, 2015

Four southwest Indiana counties are vying for state money in the Regional Cities program. 

Officials have created the Southwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, which consists of Gibson, Posey, Warrick and Vanderburgh counties.

The group is considering more than 100 ideas to be supported by potential funds, including river front development in Evansville, converting the closed New Harmony School to an arts center, strengthening broadband access, and developing an event center and student housing at Oakland City University.

USI Students to Make Pitches at "Tech on Tap"

Jul 21, 2015

Two groups of USI students will make business pitches in hopes that you’ll invest in their ideas.

Tin Man Brewing will host the “Tech on Tap” innovation showcase, involving students from USI’s Technology Commercialization Academy and USI’s Eagle Innovation Accelerator Wednesday evening.

Mike Thissen is manager of the I-69 Innovation Corridor at USI. He says $550 in fake money will be handed out to each attendee, and students will make pitches.

The pitches start at 6:00 p.m. at Tin Man. The “investing” starts at 6:30.

Master Plan, McCurdy Move Forward

Jul 21, 2015

A Denver-based company has won the right to negotiate with Evansville officials on developing a new downtown master plan. 

The Redevelopment Commission has chosen Progressive Urban Management Associates -- or PUMA -- in collaboration with Hafer Associates of Evansville.

Metro Development Director Kelly Coures tells WNIN that the last master plan was done in 2001, so Downtown needs a new road map.

The plan will be drawn up as the city prepares for construction of the IU School of Medicine, a convention hotel, and the prospect of Tropicana moving its gaming onto land.

Nightclub DJ shot dead on Evansville's East Side

Jul 20, 2015

A man found shot to death on Evansville’s East Side Sunday night is being remembered as a talented musician and disc jockey.

41-year-old Shane Breedlove of Evansville was found dead on the sidewalk in the 6000 block of Washington Avenue at Thompson at about 9:20 p.m.

Breedlove worked as a DJ at several local nightclubs, including KC’s Time Out Lounge which has posted a tribute on its Facebook page, asking for prayers for Breedlove’s family and friends.

Heat Advisory Issued

Jul 17, 2015

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the Tri-State this weekend. 

The advisory is in effect from 1:00 p.m. Saturday until 8:00 Sunday evening.

Forecasters at Paducah say afternoon temperatures in the mid-90’s combined with oppressive humidity will produce heat index values of 105-to-110.

A heat index of 105 is generally considered the threshold where the body begins to succumb to the effects of the heat, requiring precautions to prevent heat exhaustion and the more severe heat stroke.

Jasper vying for "best community"

Jul 17, 2015

The city of Jasper is trying to win a contest against 49 other small cities and towns across the U.S.

A group of volunteers in Jasper applied for the America’s Best Communities contest, and the Dubois County town was chosen as a quarter-finalist.

The top prize is $3 million.

Jasper’s ABC committee will come-up a submission on what the city would do with $3 million.

A news release from the committee says public meetings will be held in the near future to reveal their plans, which will align with Jasper’s Downtown and Riverfront Master Plan.

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