From UofL settling with former AD Tom Jurich to Chris Thieneman’s possible plans to make an independent run for mayor, here are Insider’s top stories this week.
UofL settles with former AD Tom Jurich for $4.5M, plus benefits and tickets
The University of Louisville has settled with former athletics director Tom Jurich, the university and its athletic association announced at a joint meeting Friday, reported Olivia Krauth. Read more about how as part of the “complete, mutual and amicable” agreement, Jurich will receive $4.5 million in a specific settlement sum. However, Jurich’s total settlement agreement is worth at least $7.17 million.
Mike Safai ‘breaks ground’ on Logan Street Market
Shelby Park is a neighborhood that has been struggling with poverty and crime for years, but now it’s enjoying a renaissance of sorts. The latest part of that progress is the addition of the Logan Street Market, which “broke ground” on Tuesday, wrote Lisa Hornung. Read more about how the Safais have been using part of the building as their coffee roastery, and now are expanding into a city market, similar to Seattle’s Pike Place Market or Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, they said.
Ehrler’s Ice Cream opens first store in 15 years, grand opening is Saturday
Under new ownership but using the same recipes as the original founders, Ehrler’s is opening its first brick-and-mortar location in 15 years, wrote Sara Havens. Read more about how the small, quaint space sits at 201 E. Main St., on the corner of Main and Brook, and held its official grand opening celebration on May 19.
Mystery group sending out political mailers in District 21 council race
A mysterious group is sending out mailers in the competitive Democratic primary race for the Metro Council District 21 seat in south Louisville, but the candidate that the group is trying to help is now distancing himself and calling for them to cease and desist from such activity, reported Joe Sonka. Read more about how a group called “Concerned Beechmont Citizens” has sent out at least two mailers in the past two days criticizing candidate Nicole George and advocating for the election of the incumbent Councilman Vitalis Lanshima.
Thieneman will run for mayor as independent if county attorney wins primary race, police chief not fired
Chris Thieneman is currently putting significant energy behind opposing the reelection on Tuesday of Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell — who he contends has been covering up the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Youth Explorer Scandal — paying for advertisements like a large mobile billboard on a truck that sometimes follows O’Connell around the city, wrote Joe Sonka.
Read more about how if the county attorney is able to beat Councilman Brent Ackerson in the Democratic primary on Tuesday and Mayor Greg Fischer does not fire LMPD Chief Steve Conrad — two leaders that he also accuses of covering up the sexual abuse scandal — Thieneman told Insider Louisville that he will likely complete the necessary paperwork that he has already started to run against Fischer as an independent candidate in the mayoral general election this fall.