From the arrival of a “Top Chef” star in Louisville to the Bar Belle’s trip to Buffalo Trace to sample Wheatley Vodka, here are Insider’s top stories this week.

‘Top Chef’ star lands in Louisville, tweets about food

Padma Lakshmi, host of “Top Chef,” has landed in Louisville and is sampling the local food scene, wrote Lisa Hornung. Read more about how she tweeted a photo of herself eating at Feast BBQ, 909 E. Market St. “Welcome to Kentucky! #TopChef @FeastBBQ.”

Hargens-era officials fight for JCPS takeover

Two former, high-ranking Jefferson County Public Schools administrators have emailed the state’s top education official to support a state takeover of the district, citing problems including implicit racial discrimination, wrote Olivia Krauth. Read more about how former Chief Business Officer Tom Hudson told Interim Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis that the district’s teacher assignment plan is perpetuating institutional racism. And how former Chief Academic Officer Dewey Hensley wrote that he questioned whether the district, under the leadership of Superintendent Marty Pollio, was making measurable improvements.

White supremacist Matthew Heimbach booked into Louisville jail

White supremacist Matthew Heimbach is being held in Louisville Metro Corrections jail Tuesday after a judge revoked his probation, reported Jonathan Meador. Read more about how Mark Bolton, director of Metro Corrections, told Insider Louisville that Heimbach is being processed into the overcrowded, 2,200-inmate facility “just like everybody else.”

Audit document signals possible JCPS recommendation switch

A wording choice in a February 2018 JCPS audit document may signify that former Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt intended to recommend state assistance for the district. His successor recommended a takeover, wrote Olivia Krauth. Read more about how audit attachment 13, a memo from two Kentucky Department of Education lawyers to former Commissioner Pruitt dated Feb. 8, 2018, focuses on the findings of testing anomalies in some JCPS schools. In the conclusion, it appears the lawyers were working under the assumption the audit recommendation would be for state assistance — not a takeover.

Bar Belle: Jetsetting to Buffalo Trace by way of United Airlines
Wheatley Vodka will now be served onboard of all United flights. | Courtesy

OK, so I did not jump on a plane to get to the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, but I’d never say no to a free trip there, writes Sara Havens, aka the Bar Belle. Read more about how the folks at United Airlines asked if Insider would like to attend a meet-and-greet/tour type of experience at the distillery on Thursday — celebrating the announcement that all United flights will now serve the distillery’s Wheatley Vodka on its planes — and she said yes without hesitation.


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