Kentucky’s notable and notorious titles

| June 15, 2011

Kentucky Road SignLast week, an article highlighting Esquire magazine’s decision to peg Kentucky as the most stylish state in the country circulated on Facebook and Twitter.

The designation was and is pretty cool – even though the article was originally run in 2006.

I reached out to the style editor of the men’s magazine to ask if the honor still stands. After all, it was bestowed upon us because Kentucky has produced nine major style setters: George Clooney; My Morning Jacket; the Kentucky Derby; Muhammad Ali; Johnny Depp; Hunter S. Thompson; Allan Houston; Chuck Woolery; and Col. Harland Sanders.

The Esquire editor reached back to me about my interview request. I’m hoping to have an update on our title (or lack thereof) by next issue.

Regardless of whether the Bluegrass is best dressed, we already know we rank abysmally in so many areas that have to do with life and death issues. I suspect that’s partially why so many people joined in on the online conversation about the Esquire piece: Sometimes, you just need a fluffy, feel-good bit of reprieve.

That being said, The New York Times recently highlighted Kentucky’s fight with obesity and how Louisville is battling it one step, one person, one walkable route at a time. (If you haven’t seen the article, I’ve posted it on my Facebook page.)

When it comes to health issues, it’s no secret that we’re in a collective crisis. What’s the answer? The Voice is hoping to find out.

This week we begin a series of articles chronicling the very personal battle of Lisa Thermen, who is beginning a two-month journey guided by her sister and local life coach Stacey Vicari. Lisa’s goal: to reshape her body and how she approaches life.

In addition to covering this journey, The Voice will also seek input from area experts and report on how our local initiatives are – and sometimes are not – affecting the community in the ways we need most.

I’d like to report back that the Bluegrass State has remained No. 1 on Esquire’s most stylish state list.

Even more – much more – I’d love to report back that Louisville and the Commonwealth are making moves that will soon eliminate us from ranking so high on the lists we wish we weren’t on at all.

Stay tuned.

Scotty Davenport.

Scotty Davenport.

Coach Davenport

I shouldn’t have been shocked to run into Scotty Davenport at the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors (GLAR) charity golf outing and dinner last week. The Bellarmine University men’s basketball coach is incredibly generous with his time, particularly when it comes to worthy causes in our community.

Scotty didn’t show up at Standard Country Club to golf away the gorgeous day, and – goodness – it sure was one. No, he popped by just to say hello to those in attendance because the event benefited the St. John’s Center for the Homeless and Gilda’s Club Louisville.
Coach sure makes it easy to be a Bellarmine fan.

Kevin Miles and Scott Hensley play cornhole at Big Blue Country.

Kevin Miles and Scott Hensley play cornhole at Big Blue Country.

Good Eats

I’m always on the lookout for new places to grab a bite to eat. Can’t tell you I thought I find such a place at Big Blue Country, a sports bar located on the corner of Baxter Avenue and Lexington Road.

Despite the name, you don’t have to be a card-carrying University of Kentucky fan to enter, though if you are, you’ll definitely appreciate the decor. You don’t even have to be a sports fan, either. I popped in on a Saturday afternoon just for the heck of it and wound up finding one of my new favorite salad spots (try Francie’s Fruit Salad) and one of the friendliest additions to the area bar scene.

Also, if you like karaoke, stop in on Friday nights. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to hear Lisa the Singing Bartender.

Third Thursday

Come Eat • Play • Live with The Voice-Tribune at our Third Thursday After-Work Party, brought to you by Bacardi, at Captain’s Quarters.

As always, guests will enjoy complimentary appetizers, make your own mojitos (yum!), lots of fabulous giveaways and the opportunity to mix ‘n’ mingle at one of the city’s hottest warm-weather hotspots.

Plus, our first 50 guests will receive swag bags.

Join us – and our networking sponsor Northwestern Mutual – from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.(ish) on Thursday, June 16.

Contact Angie at, 502.551.2698, or

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Angie Fenton
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.

Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.

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