Healthy at Work

A national company with deep roots in Kentucky is offering a financial incentive to employees who choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dollar General is offering a one-time payment, equal to four hours of regular pay, to hourly workers after they receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

The company wants to encourage workers to get the vaccine when it’s offered to them in the priority distribution schedule. 

In a corporate press release, Dollar General said it is also removing barriers to vaccinations by offering travel time, and assisting with mileage expenses and child care needs.


The National Quilt Museum

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically reduced the number of visitors to popular tourism destinations in Kentucky, and across the nation. Since the shutdown of most Kentucky businesses and cultural sites in mid-March, and the gradual reopening, museums are among those that have been hit the hardest.  

In the first of a two-part series, WKU Public Radio reporter Rhonda Miller talked with Frank Bennett,  CEO of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, about how museums are maintaining a presence during this time of limited tourism.

Bennett is also a consultant to other museums, and has a blog called

During the conversation, Bennett said the museum follows all the safety guidelines required during the pandemic. He added that Kentucky’s statewide mandate to wear masks has made it easier to keep visitors safe when they come to the National Quilt Museum.

Tom Morris

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread anxiety about what used to be common daily activities, like going to the grocery store and getting a haircut.

Now, Bowling Green area residents are using social media to share information about businesses that are using safety precautions, and others that are not following guidelines for masks or social distancing.

The public Facebook group is called 'Safe Places to Patronize in Bowling Green, KY.'

Retired engineer Tom Morris, who created the group,  said it’s grown to more than 2,500 members in two months.

“Actually, it kind of started on a whim," said Morris. "Somebody had posted something about, you know, it would be nice to know where we can go that’s safe. And I said, ‘Well somebody ought to start a Facebook group about safe places to patronize, you know.’ And I said, ‘Well, heck, I’ll start it'."

Rhonda J. Miller

The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro is reopening on June 17 after being closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the museum's annual four-day outdoor music festival, ROMP, which was scheduled for the end of June, won't be held this year. 

WKU Public Radio reporter Rhonda Miller talked with Executive Director Chris Joslin, who said visitors will find things a bit different now, with the museum's Wednesday through Saturday schedule and 'Healthy at Work' precautions in place.


Warren County Public Library

Kentucky’s ‘Healthy at Work’ timeline gives libraries across the state approval to open on June 8, with safety regulations in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Two of the four branches of the Warren County Public Library are opening on that first reopening day.  The Bob Kirby branch in Bowling Green and the Smith’s Grove branch will both be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To comply with state guidelines allowing only 33 percent occupancy to allow social distancing, Library Director Lisa Rice said each branch will limit the number of people inside the building.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association is awaiting approval of its 30-page proposal submitted to Gov. Andy Beshear in advance of the June 8 reopening date for distilleries.

Distilleries are expected to welcome visitors with lots of COVID-19 safety precautions in place, as required by the state’s Healthy at Work guidelines.

The proposal submitted by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association has recommendations for the 18 distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and 20 on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.