Humana hiring temps for Medicare signup period

Screenshot from Humana’s website.

Humana is looking for about 500 temporary employees who can help the Louisville-based insurer manage applications and inquiries during the upcoming Medicare enrollment period.

The employees would begin work between Aug. 28 and Oct. 16 and remain with the company for no more than six months.

The insurer declined to tell Insider how much the temps would earn. A spokesman told Insider via email only that they would receive “training and a good salary.” The downtown workers also will get access to the company’s wellness programs and onsite fitness facilities.

Humana said that it is looking for people with customer service experience, attention to detail and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Humana’s career website indicates it also wants applicants to have at least a high school diploma, an ability to adapt to change quickly and an established credit history because they will need to access Humana’s Medicare eligibility check software system.

Also, sociopaths need not apply: Humana wants applicants with the “ability to show empathy.”

For more details, check Humana’s career website. The requisition number for the enrollment specialist is 178613.

Enrollment for Medicare Advantage plans runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and Humana annually ramps up employment to handle the additional applications and inquiries and to reconcile enrollment information.

Medicare is the traditional health care program for the elderly, managed by the federal government. With Medicare Advantage, the benefits are provided through a private health insurer.

Humana also said that it “continues to have a number of full-time roles available across the company. Once individuals create a profile in our career database, he or she can use it to apply for any open role.” —Boris Ladwig

City recommends naming Butchertown alley in memoriam

Branden Klayko | File Photo

Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government has submitted documents recommending that an alley in Butchertown be named to honor the late Branden Klayko.

Klayko, who died in June after a battle with leukemia, was “an outspoken and passionate Louisvillian, who according to Mayor Fischer ‘challenged us to make the city better,’ ” reads a letter from urban planner Anthony Mattingly justifying the naming.

The letter continues:

Through his writing and advocacy work, it is clear that Branden loved the entire city, but he particularly loved Butchertown, where he and his wife Melissa had just had an offer accepted on a condo space on East Washington Street. As a walkable urban neighborhood with momentum, the type which Branden promoted, and with the announcement of the soccer stadium, this alley will be in the middle of a city and neighborhood transformation. There are already some well-known, established alleyways such as Billy Goat Strut and Nanny Goat Strut that add to the richness of the neighborhood, and it is our belief that Branden Klayko Alley would be a fitting and appropriate addition to that network.

The alley, located in Butchertown, stretches from North Hancock Street to North Wenzel Street and is bound by East Washington Street and Franklin Street. —Caitlin Bowling

Hargens departure ‘saving’ JCPS $91K annually

Marty Pollio

Due to the departure of its former Superintendent Donna Hargens, the local public school district has $91,000 in additional funding at its disposal.

Hargens, who left July 1, made $276,000 per year, while Jefferson County Public Schools Acting Superintendent Marty Pollio earns a daily rate equivalent to $185,000 per year.

Pollio said this week that he wants the funds to be redirected to schools, much like the $175,000 the school will not be spending on the vacant chief business officer position, which Pollio does not plan to fill.

The acting superintendent said that one of his priorities is making sure that schools have the proper technology, supplies and professional development needed to help students succeed.

“That money will be used to support schools,” Pollio said. “Coming directly from a school, I have seen the impact on culture of ensuring that all employees have what they need to be successful.”

The superintendent said JCPS will consider, for example, restoring some copy technicians that were eliminated during budget cuts.

“I believe it’s unacceptable that schools should have to limp along for days or weeks without a working copy machine in the building,” Pollio said. “I’m exploring how we can streamline our systems and central office to make sure principals have a primary point of contact to get answers and an easy way to request items that they do not have if it is needed for student success.” —Boris Ladwig

Renovations beginning on downtown retail store

Duluth Trading Co. will occupy more than half the retail space at 111 Whiskey Row. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling

Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government last week approved a building permit for 111 W. Main St., clearing the way for the build out of Duluth Trading Co.

According to the permit, the estimated renovation costs are $350,000.

The Wisconsin-based retailer is opening a 15,000-square-foot store on Main Street in the multimillion-dollar 111 Whiskey Row development, Insider previously reported. It’s expected to open its doors later this year.

The Duluth Trading Co. will be the first major retail store to come to downtown Louisville in many years, but experts say it will take more than the single store to change the face of retail downtown.

“The announcement that Duluth Trading Co. is coming to Main Street represents another positive step for the resurgence of downtown and Whiskey Row,” Mayor Greg Fischer said earlier this year.  “Our downtown is vibrant and growing.” —Caitlin Bowling

Mint Julep Tours event takes on another Kentucky tradition

The local company specializes in drink and food tours. | Courtesy of Mint Julep Tours

Locally owned Mint Julep Tours is hosting an event on Wednesday, July 26, that focuses on a key Kentucky food: fried chicken.

The event is a progressive dinner that takes customers to three different Louisville restaurants to enjoy their version of fried chicken. The Silver Dollar, RYE, and River House Restaurant and Raw Bar will serve up their dishes with a specialty cocktail.

The cost is $119 per person and includes three courses, cocktails, guided transportation, and tax and gratuity. The evening starts at 5:45 p.m. at The Silver Dollar, 1761 Frankfort Ave., and lasts roughly four hours.

The fried chicken progressive dinner is part of the Southern Supper Series. Mint Julep Tours will host a biscuit tour on Aug. 23 to Le Moo, Village Anchor and PICNIC; and a pickles tour on Sept. 20 to Proof on Main, Eiderdown and Varanese. —Caitlin Bowling

Pizza Hut to hire thousands of new delivery drivers

Texas-based Pizza Hut is taking its first visible steps toward improving the brand and its sales since its parent company Yum Brands announced plans to invest $130 million to turn the struggling brand around.

The company announced this week that it plans to hire roughly 14,000 new delivery drivers to improve its delivery service, according to CNBC. The pizza chain also is introducing a new software program that will allow for more accurate deliveries and delivery times by factoring in weather, local construction and traffic.

“This focus and commitment to the best experience will hopefully help some customers re-assess the brand if they haven’t tried us in a while or haven’t had us deliver a pizza before,” Nicolas Burquier, chief operating officer at Pizza Hut, said in a statement. “This is about accuracy and consistency, giving our customers a trusted experience.”

Yum Brands also will invest in upgraded store equipment, marketing and other technology. The restaurant company hasn’t reported its second quarter earnings yet, but during the first quarter of 2017, Pizza Hut reported a 3 percent decline in same-store sales. —Caitlin Bowling

Kentucky Distillers’ Association welcomes new distillery, recruits more Lyft drivers

Some of the current Silent Brigade offerings | Courtesy of Silent Brigade Distillery

On Monday, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association welcomed its 34th member, the Silent Brigade Distillery in Paducah. The distillery was founded in 2014 by two friends — Keith Bundy and John Brown — who started making their own copper stills and then decided to take it to the next level.

Silent Brigade currently makes flavored moonshine and is working on a bourbon. The craft distillery features a full-service bar, tours and tastings.

“Silent Brigade is an exciting addition to Paducah’s downtown scene,” said KDA president Eric Gregory in a press release. “Keith and John have created an inviting space that welcomes the community and visitors to come together and engage in Kentucky’s thriving craft spirits industry.”

And with the increase in membership comes increased responsibility. In an effort to prevent drunk driving by bourbon-curious visitors, KDA has partnered with Lyft to help recruit drivers who live near the major distilleries — mainly Bardstown and Versailles.

In March, the partnership between the two companies first began, but as you might expect, there have been hefty wait times as drivers predominantly come from Louisville and Lexington. So the more drivers from the in-between areas, the better.

KDA is hosting two informational breakfasts for anyone in those communities thinking about taking on an extra job as a Lyft driver. The first one will be held on Monday, July 24, at Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles from 9-10:30 a.m.; and the second will take place at Heaven Hill in Bardstown on Thursday, July 27, from 9-10:30 a.m. The free sessions include breakfast, distillery-tour vouchers and more.

Those interested in driving must be 21 or over and may be eligible for a $350 bonus. —Sara Havens

In Brief

Charge it. | Courtesy of EVolve KY

Bernheim Forest is charged — charged with nature, beauty and, now, an electric vehicle charger set up for two cars thanks to EVolve KY, our local electric vehicle organization. It marks the first natural area in Kentucky to get a charger, and it’s something EVolve president Stuart Ungar hopes spreads to other parks. There are seven community chargers now installed throughout the state.

A new establishment is planned for 1335 Story Ave. in Butchertown, and that’s nearly all we can say. According to an advertisement announcing an ABC application, Christopher Witzke and Albert Gruneisen III plan to apply for a 4 a.m. liquor license at that address on behalf of their company ODEON LLC. When reached by phone, Witzke said it was too early to talk and would not say whether they plan to open a bar, restaurant or something else.

It’s like Uber — for your dog! The app Wag! schedules on-demand dog walkers for your precious pooch and is now available in Louisville. Sign up to be a dog walker (you’ll be carefully vetted) in your spare time or start using their services, which also include dog-sitting and boarding. According to the website, the typical walk is 30-minutes long and costs around $20, $5 for every additional dog. The app maps the walk with GPS and the walker notes whether your pup pooped or peed. Good dog!