Levon Helm’s Friday News & Views

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People have got to stop dying this week.

Despite April 20th’s counter-culture connotations (if you want that, go over to Louisville Sports Radio), we gather here tonight to celebrate the life of a music legend. Levon Helm, best known as the drummer and singer of The Band, succumbed to throat at the age of 71 on Thursday.

Helm’s soulful southern voice headlined hits such as “Up on Cripple Creek,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “The Weight.” Helm hailed from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, and it showed in his music, which, in my mind, was made for summer road trips across the South. During his fifty-year music career, Helm played with many legendary rockers, including Bob Dylan, with whom he frequently collaborated. His most famous work came with The Band, and is documented in the brilliant film, “The Last Waltz,” a concert thought to be the group’s last that was filmed by Martin Scorsese. Helm and his Band mates were joined by over a dozen special guests, including Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and Neil Young.

In a time when most popular music is manufactured on a sound board, it’s nice to look back at the people that truly mastered the craft. Rest in peace, Levon.

Now, take a load off and enjoy these news and views…

Let’s start with two very important packages that Coach Cal received on Thursday: Nerlens Noel’s Letter of Intent (more on that later), and the big crystal NABC National Championship trophy. After its football counterpart shattered due to a pair of butterfingers recently in Alabama, I doubt this one will leave the Craft Center.

However, if you missed the other, non-crystal National Championship trophy during its statewide tour last week, it will be on display from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday before the UK/LSU baseball game at Cliff Hagan Stadium and also at Commonwealth Stadium from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. prior to the Blue/White game. Fans are invited to come take a picture with it. You’ll never need a new Christmas card picture again.

Your Anthony Bennett update: On Thursday, Bennett cut Washington from his list, which leaves Florida, Kentucky, Oregon and UNLV battling for the talented 6’7″ forward. Bennett will make three visits before making his decision, but hasn’t said which schools get the honor. Bennett spoke to Orlando Antigua on Wednesday, which was followed by a “lengthy sit-down” with Florida coach Billy Donovan. Coaches from UNLV and Oregon were also present at Bennett’s workout at Findlay Prep. Florida is considered by many to be the front-runner for Bennett, but there’s nothing like a National Championship and potentially six first round draft picks to sway the decision in the Cats’ favor.

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Perhaps Nerlens Noel can fill Bennett in on what is sure to be an amazing visit to Lexington? Despite already committing to be a Cat, Nerlens is taking his last “official visit” to Kentucky this weekend to deliver his Letter of Intent. After receiving the letter, Coach Cal was finally able to discuss his new player, whom he likened to Anthony Davis (see, even he can’t help it) and Marcus Camby as someone who can have an impact on a game without scoring. Cal reminded Cats fans that like Davis, Noel is not a finished product who has a lot of work to do, but one capable of doing special things that he is “ecstatic to have an opportunity to work with.” I think the feeling is mutual, Coach. And as if the weekend couldn’t get any better for Noel, he was named the 2012 USA Today National High School Player of the Year, an accolade of the likes we hope he gets pretty used to around here.

Cal said that like the 2011 class, the 2012 class will “all play off one another,” and are “all great kids who have a desire to win, have terrific talent and who all complement each other.” If history teaches us anything, it’s that 99.9% of the time, Cal’s kids have character that matches their talent, which is why you should stop worrying about next season.

With Marquis Teague and Doron Lamb making the jump to the big league, Kentucky’s recruitment of Torian Graham is back on. You might remember Graham most for his commitment and subsequent decommitment from NC State earlier this year. Along with SG Archie Goodwin, Graham can bring some much-needed depth to the back court. Graham is ranked 67th in the class of 2012 by Rivals and Orlando Antigua watched him play on Wednesday. Some doubt Graham’s chances at qualifying, but if Cal sent Antigua to watch him play, he must be confident. Graham has until May 16th to make his decision.

Are you ready for some football? Come on…the Blue/White game is this Saturday at 6 p.m. and I can think of a whole squad of blue-clad men who’d love to see you there. Need more incentive? The athletic department is pulling out all the stops for this event, with an appearance by the National Championship trophy, a free poster commemorating the team’s win over Tennessee, and a “Super Surplus Sale” of UK team apparel beginning at 3 p.m. That means your dreams of owning Randall Cobb’s old socks may come true (if I don’t beat you to them).

If you’re looking to make it a day full of Wildcat fun, head over to Cliff Hagan Stadium and take in the Bat Cats’ game against #2 LSU at 2 p.m. It will be the second of a three-game series against the Tigers, with the first Friday night at 6:30 p.m. For those of you unable to make it, the series will be televised on Fox Sports South.

You want more baseball? Okay. The Lexington Catholic/Farragut High School (Knoxville, TN) baseball series this weekend has been selected the “ECoach/Perfect Game National Game of the Week.” Friday night’s game is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST, and Saturday’s broadcast is set for 12:00 p.m. EST. Both teams are ranked first in their state; Lexington Catholic is ranked 46th nationally and Farragut close behind at 45th. Both broadcasts can be viewed at www.perfectgame.org and www.ihigh.com (and additionally on Lexington Catholic’s www.knightvision.com).

While the major renovation project remains up in the air, the off-season renovations to Rupp Arena are well under way. Preliminary work on the locker rooms has already begun, with construction set to begin next month. The project is set to cost $2.9 million, and the renovations will include improvements to the training room, the addition of a hydro-therapy treatment whirlpool, a medical room with an X-ray machine, team meeting room, a second coach’s office, team lounge and food service area, along with a new press area.

Drummer Levon Helm

Want to be the next Matt Jones or Radio Ron? Head to Northern Kentucky for Saturday’s KSTV Casting Call! The auditions will be held in Florence at Insight Communications Studio (7906 Dixie Highway, Florence, KY 41042). To try out, you MUST be present at registration, which runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more details, click here.

Would you rather write about sports? We need you! We’re looking to add new writers to KSRCollege.com for the summer and fall semester. To qualify, you must be a college student (preferably at Kentucky) and send a resume and a writing sample to [email protected] Entries need to be in by Monday, April 22, and all applicants must be available for an interview in Lexington on Sunday, April 29. It’ll make you popular (just kidding).

Finally, one last “rest in peace” for DeMarcus Cousins’ pup, Roscoe. The 18-week-old bulldog died after suffering an allergic reaction to a bee sting. When asked about it, DeMarcus said: “He just collapsed in his crate while I was on our last road trip. We had an autopsy done and everything because we wanted to know what happened. The (veterinarian) said it was from a bee sting.” Yet another reason to hate bees…

The boys will be back bright and early, broadcasting live from Keeneland. Tune in at 10 a.m. for stories and fail-proof racing picks. Who knows? Maybe they’ll talk about sports, too.


If you have been injured – Get a Great Attorney

When another person causes bodily harm, a personal injury lawsuit is in order. This sort of situation can be very confusing and intimidating. Read on to find out what you should do if you’ve been injured and are thinking about suing. In this article, we will discuss how to win a personal injury lawsuit.personal injury law

If you have a personal injury situation, it can be rough finding an attorney. Having said that, it helps to seek out someone with a good amount of experience in personal injury, specifically the type of injury you are dealing with. It takes a great deal of knowledge in the field to win such a case, so the more experience they have, the better.

Preexisting conditions do not necessarily rule out your ability to win a damage award. Always be honest with the lawyer about injuries you suffered prior to your accident. Do not ask for a settlement that exceeds the impact of the personal injuries the other party can be held responsible for.

Talk to your loved ones if you need a lawyer; they may have solid recommendations for you. You will have a much better chance of getting the results you want with the right lawyer. You deserve to get an attorney that you’re able to work well with.

Look online to discover a well respected lawyer. You will be able to look at more information this way. Look for a lawyer who has experience with other similar cases and proper qualifications.

Meet with a number of lawyers before hiring one. A lot of lawyers provide consultations that are free to find out if they are a good match for you. During these consultations, you can find out about any costs that you can expect, which can help you avoid someone with lots of extra fees or someone that overcharges.

The law firm’s size is a crucial piece of your decision. When you are going up against a major player, it’s in your best interest to have an equally formidable lawyer behind you. Conversely, smaller cases don’t require a larger firm .car accident law

Proceed with caution when dealing with the insurance companies. In a normal personal injury case, you will probably be dealing with an insurance company. The purpose of these businesses is to have the matter solved as fast as possible. Talk with your attorney before you accept an insurance settlement.

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For personal injury cases, only hire experienced personal injury lawyers. There are lots of people who believe all lawyers are the same. You have to find an attorney who has been through it before. You might not win your case if your lawyer is not properly qualified and experienced.

Do not apologize after you realize you are injured. They can use it as proof it was your fault. It doesn’t matter if you know the accident is your fault. You should not apologize.

You should be sure to ask the question to each attorney you consider concerning what experience they have with cases like yours. This is the best way to determine if they are likely to prevail for you. If your lawyer commonly handles cases like yours, then you have a greater potential of winning your case.

If you’re physically injured, document them using photos before getting treatment. Pictures do not lie, so this could be the best evidence you could have. It can also affect the amount you are awarded when you win your case.

If you can’t afford to pay an attorney up front, find out if your attorney will work on contingency. Contingency plans dictate that you do not have to pay your lawyer unless the case is decided in your favor. That way, you won’t have any fees that come from your pocket before the case is won, and you get adequate representation.

Don’t rush the process and dedicate enough time to allow you the chance to view all of the options you have available. Shopping for an attorney to help with a personal injury case is similar to shopping for a vehicle. There are so many options, you need to choose the best.

When you get into a car accident, document every single detail. Write down license plate numbers. Get the details of the insurance agencies that will be involved. If the police issue a citation, take note of the citation number and make copies. Gathering this information facilitates a speedier, more efficient suit.

Ask for a list of references from any lawyer you’re considering. References will give you a clearer picture of the lawyer’s past, personality, experience and so on. If you’re not able to get any references from a potential lawyer, then something could be amiss. You would be better off looking elsewhere for an attorney. accident law

Be honest with your physician when discussing your injuries and mental state of being. When you lie about how badly you’re hurt, you will be wasting everyone’s time. Just be truthful about your injuries to be sure that your case can be handled appropriately.

Insurance Companies
Learn everything you can about how to deal with the insurance companies. If you are well versed in this, you will be better able to handle the situation. If you prefer to handle the insurance process through a lawyer, you may do so. Many people are uncomfortable communicating with their insurance companies.

Consider whether a prospective lawyer chooses mostly settlements or trials. Take a look at your attorney’s track record. Your eventual settlement can be affected by it. If the defendant understands that your lawyer is likely to take the case to court, he or she may tend to want to settle for a greater sum.

Photograph your injuries right after an accident. It could be a great deal of time before you go to court, and your injuries will likely have healed by then. Without picture proof, it can be much more difficult or even impossible to win your case.

Regardless of how much money you win, nothing can take away the injury. But, having proper compensation for your pain and suffering, time off work, and your medical bills can be a godsend. This article will get you well on your way.


Shopping For Car Insurance – Follow These Tips

Shopping For Car Insurance – Follow These Tips

Reaching The Lowest Bottom Line With These Auto Insurance Shopping Methods

If you have a car, you need to insure it. However, selecting the best auto insurance policy is not always the easiest thing to do. You need to find an auto policy that is inexpensive and that caters to your needs. By researching which type of coverage you need, your purchasing decision will be much easier. Here are some helpful suggestions towards figuring out how much coverage you’ll need and how to find the right policy for you.   car insurance - insurance agency
When you are dealing with car insurance you have to walk that fine line of how much coverage that you actually need. You don’t want to end up with not enough but you also don’t want to have too much insurance because that can be expensive. Insurance will depend on how much income you have and also, how many assets that you have. Be sure to research because most times, the state minimum, is actually not enough coverage.
Auto insurance for young drivers is very costly. You can save some money by choosing the right kind of car for your teenager to drive. If you allow your teen to drive the Mustang, prepare to pay through the roof. If, on the other hand, you restrict your teen to the most “beater”-like car you own, your premiums will be notably lower.
A simple way to save a bit of money on your auto insurance, is to find out whether the insurance company gives discounts for either paying the entire premium at once (most will give you a small discount for doing this) or taking payments electronically. Either way, you will pay less than shelling out each month’s payment separately.
If you are married, you can drop your monthly auto insurance premium payments by simply putting your spouse on your policy. A lot of insurance companies see marriage as a sign of stability and assume that a married person is a safer driver than a single person, especially if you have kids as a couple.
Car insurance costs can be cut down if you know what to do. Make sure that your car falls into the low risk category, you add a spouse when you can, tell the insurance company that you have children, and keep a clean driving record. If you are over 25 years old your premiums will go down as well. auto insurance
Keep your record clean! Your driving record is the main thing that insurance companies look at when deciding what to charge you. It is more important than the car you drive and your credit rating together. Even getting a simple speeding ticket can set your premiums higher, so keep your nose clean!
When you purchase an auto insurance policy, sound research will always benefit you. It will help you to understand your insurance needs, and the policies which might best meet those needs. When you have adequate information, you can most likely locate the policy that is right for you. Follow the suggestions here to make sure that you obtain the type of car insurance that you require.