Communities cancel festivities because of weather
Posted: 6:04 PM - Several communities have already canceled their weekend plans in anticipation of the wintry weather.
"People get ready, there's a change a comin'."
- Curtis Mayfield
When I read The Financial Services Shockwave 23 years ago, I immediately grasped how Watt's idea would help my business.
I live in Central Kentucky. Many of the attorneys and claims professionals I work with are in places like Washington D.C. or New York City. It's expensive and time consuming to visit them.
As the group Spinal Tap said, "It's a great big world and there's only one of me."
My expertise in is obscure financial topics, like structured settlements, qualified settlement funds and special needs planning. I realized that improved communications would open large new markets.
I was the first person I knew to use email. It took me awhile to find a second person. Same with Facebook, Twitter and social media. I was ahead of the curve and had to bring my customers and peers along with me.
Then I found a Skype television. Mine happens to be a SONY Bravia (which costs about $1,000) but there are several brands. It was simple to set up and suddenly I was video conferencing on a 50-inch screen with perfect sound.
I then asked my baby boomer Facebook friends how they used video conferencing.
Former Lexington (Ky.) Mayor Jim Newberry is the managing partner for the law firm of Hargrove, Madden. That firm, which specializes in estate and tax planning, seems to be the embodiment of John Watt's vision. They have an "online practice" that combines the use of internet, expertise and video conferencing.
Video conferencing is not a new technology. But being able to do it easily and efficiently, with good quality, is new to me.
Now communicating around the world is as easy as picking up a television remote.
Updated: 6:22 PM - Kentucky Utilities are staying on alert as a winter storm approaches.
Updated: 6:21 PM - With snow and ice both in the forecast road crews and emergency managers are facing a big challenge.
Updated: 6:21 PM - Rain in Bath County is causing a concern for officials.
Updated: 6:22 PM - The winter storm could impact the state high school football championship games in Bowling Green. As of right now, the games are scheduled to go on, but the KHSAA will make changes if necessary.
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Posted: 4:52 PM - Be Ready Lexington is giving out tips for families to stay safe during winter storms
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Posted: 3:33 PM - Lexington Police are searching for a man suspect in a string of recent robberies.