Louisville Zoo Wildlife Photography Classes with Murphy’s Camera Back by Popular Demand

The Louisville Zoo is happy to announce the return of its popular Wildlife Photography Basics class on August 12 and September 9.  The one-day course is presented in partnership with Murphy’s Camera.

Participants will learn the building blocks of great Zoo wildlife photography. Zoo staff will lend their expert advice on what animal behaviors to look for as well as the best times and seasons to photograph different species.  Murphy’s Camera experts will advise on the basics of framing a shot and practical methods for taking advantage of available light.

The class meets from 9 to 11 a.m. and is designed for teens and adults eager to learn the basics of wildlife photography. For the August 12 class participants will take a photo walk through the South America area with views of puma, bald eagle, lynx, maned wolf, flamingos, sloth, hyacinth macaws or toucan (depends on rotational schedule) and jaguar.  The September 9 class features the Islands area with views of the little penguins, dalmatian pelicans, Aldabra tortoises, and rotational islands mammals which could include Sumatran tiger, orangutans, babirusa, tapir and siamangs.

Registration for both classes is open now for $60 for non-members and $40 for members and includes all-day Zoo admission. Visit louisvillezoo.org/photography for more details and to register.

The Zoo is open daily year-round. Spring / summer hours are 10 a.m. ─ 5 p.m. (enjoy the Zoo until 6 p.m.). The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Visit louisvillezoo.org for more info.

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The Louisville Zoo, the State Zoo of Kentucky, is the top, non-profit, paid attraction in the state. The Zoo is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Clarksville Police Officer Recognized for Saving Crash Victim’s Life

The crash shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 on July 6, 2023.

CLARKSVILLE, IN (August 2, 2023) – A Clarksville Police Officer is being called a hero for saving the life of a crash victim on Interstate 65 in Clarksville. The crash happened just before 5:30 pm in the northbound lanes of I-65 just past the Veterans Parkway exit. Clarksville Police say a Ford F-150 side-swiped a semi, which ripped the right side of the vehicle to shreds.

“I happened to be driving by the crash scene that evening and witnessed the interstate being shut down,” said Ken Conklin, Clarksville’s Communications Director. “My wife and I were both shocked at the destruction of the vehicle and didn’t think anyone could have survived that crash.”

Fortunately for the passenger in that vehicle, Clarksville Police Officer Zachary Skaggs happened to be in the area and responded to the scene quickly. When he arrived, he found the passenger still in the vehicle with severe injuries including a deep cut to his leg. Officer Skaggs worked quickly to free the victim and applied a tourniquet to his leg. EMS crews arrived a short time later and took over the medical aid for that victim. The EMS personnel noted that if not for Officer Skaggs’ quick work, the victim would most likely have died from the injuries sustained in the crash.

“There are several character traits that set Officer Skaggs apart from others,” said Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer. “The one that stands out the most is his ability to set the example. He won’t ask someone to do something that he isn’t willing to do first. It is what makes him a good officer and a leader for these new officers.”

In recognition of his quick thinking and act of service, Officer Skaggs was presented with a Life Saving Award from Chief Palmer at Tuesday’s Clarksville Town Council meeting. Officer Skaggs received a standing ovation from Town leaders, staff, and residents. He received a certificate as well as a special Life Saving pin which he will be able to wear on his uniform.

When given the chance to speak, Officer Skaggs said he only did what every other officer in the Clarksville Police Department would do and credited his training for helping him save a life.


Thanks for Renewing Your Membership | July 2023

One Southern Indiana would like to thank the following members for renewing their membership during the month of July 2023.

Quarter Century Club (25 Years or MoreMember Since
Clark County REMC1976
E. M. Coots’ Sons Funeral Home1976
Geo. Pfau’s Sons Company, Inc.1976
Lee Building Products1976
paco manufacturing1976
Water Tower Square1977
Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana, Inc.1982
The Marketing Company1985
Southern Indiana Works1988
Hosparus Health of Southern Indiana1990
Derby Dinner Playhouse1994
Monroe Shine & Co., Inc., CPA’s1994
Nimlok Kentucky1994
Taco Bell1994
Mills, Biggs, Haire & Reisert, Inc.1996
Chemtrusion, Inc.1996
Ten to 24 Years 
LMH Architecture2002
Kentuckiana Air Education Network2004
Highlander Point Center2006
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis2007
Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau2007
Applegate Fifer Pulliam LLC2009
S & J Precision Inc.2009
Security Pros, LLC2009
Timmel Associates, LLC2009
Jimmy John’s2011
Crown Services, Inc.2012
Fox Insurance & Investments, LLC2012
Heritage Engineering, LLC2012
ProMedia Group, LLC2013
Five to Nine Years 
Clark Dietz, Inc.2014
Culver’s of Jeffersonville2014
Elite Printing Resources, LLC2014
Estes Waste Solutions, LLC2014
HWC Engineering2014
HMC Service Co.2015
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana2015
Shoe Sensation #9732015
Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group2015
Bubba’s 332016
Church, Langdon, Lopp, Banet Law2016
Cornell Harbison Excavating, Inc.2016
Habitat for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana2016
J & C Technologies2016
Kaiser Home Support Services, Inc.2016
River Valley Resources2016
Force Construction Company Inc.2017
Louisville Water Co.2017
Montgomery Farms2017
River Heritage Conservancy, Inc.2017
Farmers Insurance2018
McRae Enterprises, LLC2018
Mission BBQ2018
Two to Four Years 
Chick-fil-A Jeffersonville2019
KCC Manufacturing2019
Operations Kick Start2019
The Mustard Seed, Thrift On Mission, Inc.2019
Board and You Bistro2020
Qualified Staffing2020
Family & Children’s Place2021
Thom Crimans – Retired Executive2021
One Year 
Louisville Low Voltage LLC2022
Shrewsberry & Associates, LLC2022

Economic Update | More Progress on Inflation and Growth

submitted by

Uric Dufrene, Ph.D., Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Sanders Chair in Business, Indiana University Southeast

The U.S. economy grew more than expected during the second quarter of this year.  The BEA released preliminary estimates of GDP and it showed that the nation’s economy grew at 2.4%, exceeding the consensus estimate of 2%. Consumer spending was the largest driver of growth, contributing 1.12 of the total 2.4% growth. Spending on services was the primary driver of consumer spending, exceeding the contributions from goods spending. The economy imported more goods than exported, subtracting from the overall GDP growth. On the investment component of GDP, non-residential investment was the largest contributor of gross private domestic investment, specifically, investment in equipment and structures.   Residential investment contributed negatively to the overall change in GDP. Government investment also contributed favorably to growth, with local and state government spending contributing the most. The GDP report was a boost to the idea of a soft landing. Even though the GDP report is a look at the economy through the rear-view mirror, it provided further evidence that the economy is inching toward the so-called soft-landing scenario.   

The big news from the past couple of weeks was out of the Fed and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Fed announced another increase in the targeted Fed Funds rate to 5.25%.  This increase was largely expected, but followers were more interested in Fed statements and of Jerome Powell for clues on subsequent rate hikes. The CME Fed Watch Tool now places an 80% probability of no change in rates at the next September FOMC meeting, and a 20% probability of a quarter percent hike. All this will rest on data over the next couple of months, with a greater focus on inflation indicators and the labor market. 

Markets and the Federal Reserve did get some reassurances about inflation with the release of two recent price reports:  the CPI and PCE price index.  First, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) declined to 3%, down from the prior month of 4%. The core rate, CPI minus food and energy, came down to 4.8%, from the prior month of 5.3%. The monthly changes for both the headline CPI and the core rate came in under the market consensus. The monthly change of .2% in the headline CPI is consistent with an annual rate of 2.4%. As we’ve mentioned on these pages, the rate of inflation is coming down, and the CPI report provided a significant boost to that argument. The Fed’s preferred gauge on inflation, the PCE Deflator, showed additional disinflation in both the headline rate and the core. The headline rate declined to 3% and the core moderated to 4.1%, down from the prior month of 4.6%. The quarterly Employment Cost Index (ECI) was also released the same day as the PCE Deflator, and it too showed moderation in employment costs, providing additional support for moderating inflation. 

While still above the Fed’s preferred inflation target of 2%, the past two weeks provided additional data in support of moderating inflation. We will likely not see a rate increase in September, or the rest of this year.   The July rate increase may be the last. If the last quarter sees a significant slowdown in the labor market, either through a higher unemployment rate or a reduction in monthly job creation, the Fed could even begin reducing interest rates later this year. I think that scenario is highly unlikely, however.  The labor market remains tight, and employers are reluctant to let go of employees.  Unemployment claims are not pointing to any labor market slowdown, and households have been quite resilient, providing support to overall growth. No recession for this year, and moderating prices, along with a tight labor market, will continue to pave the way for a soft landing. 

This Friday is the Super Bowl of economic indicators, the national employment report.   Payroll gains have moderated from last year but are still above historical monthly gains. In the past couple of years, we’ve observed that “good news” reports resulted in negative stock market reactions due to the impact on Fed Reserve interest rate changes.  A “good news” report implied that the Fed would have to increase rates to slow down the economy and temper inflation. “Bad news” reports had the opposite effect. A “bad news” report produced a positive stock market reaction. If we see a strong report this Friday, it may produce a positive reaction in the markets.  A strong report will provide further support for no recession, and as inflation continues to moderate, the markets will place greater emphasis on growth, over the Federal Reserve’s impact on interest rates. 

Fire Chief Brandon Skaggs to Receive First Responder Award

Celebration scheduled for August 17th at Huber’s Orchard and Winery.

CLARKSVILLE, IN (July 24, 2023) – Ask just about anyone in the Town of Clarksville and they will tell you that the community is fortunate to have Chief Brandon Skaggs leading the way for the Clarksville Fire Department.  Since taking over the department, Skaggs has worked diligently to improve the department in every way from response times and firefighter training to community outreach and education.

Other organizations have taken notice of Chief Skaggs’ contributions including Clarksville-based Personal Counseling, Inc.  In fact, an independent panel of six judges chose to award Chief Skaggs with the Diane Fischer Award of Excellence in the First Responder/Healthcare category.  Chief Skaggs will receive the award at the Norman Melhiser Samaritan Awards Gala annual on August 17th at Huber’s Orchard and Winery.  According to PCS, the awards gala began in 2008 to recognize and honor individuals and organizations making significant, demonstrable, positive contributions to the community.  Independent, community leaders judge the nominees and select the winners.

“I’m very honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Chief Skaggs.  “I have dedicated my life and career to serving others in need of emergency medical care. Being a first responder has been very rewarding and humbling over the last 25 years.  This service can’t be provided by one person or agency, so for that, I’m grateful for the team of people that I get to work with in Clark County and from IDHS.”



Managing IP Selects Mandy Wilson Decker to 2023 “Top 250 Women in IP” List for Ninth Time

Decker is the Only Attorney Honored from Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 25, 2023)Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) magazine recently selected  Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Mandy Wilson Decker to the 2023 edition of Managing IP’s “Top 250 Women in IP.” This is the ninth time Decker has been honored on this list, and she is the only attorney honored from Kentucky.

The “Top 250 Women in IP” list recognizes the leading women IP lawyers at the international level. Nominees are selected from the global research conducted for Managing IP’s 2023 “IP Stars” list, which included extensive client and peer interviews. The highest-ranking women attorneys from that list make up the “Top 250 Women in IP.”

Decker is a Member (Partner) of Stites & Harbison based in Louisville and Lexington. She is a Registered Patent Attorney. Her practice focuses on intellectual property protection strategy, including counseling clients on infringement, validity and patentability, transfer of intellectual property, patent drafting and patent prosecution. Contributing to her practice is a scientific background in chemistry and experience with academic and commercial research in the areas of biochemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sciences. Decker is regularly called upon to speak across the country on issues relating to patent prosecution, protecting intellectual property, intellectual property strategies in a global marketplace and life sciences technologies.

Outside of the firm, Decker is active in a variety of professional and community organizations. She is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Association of University Technology Managers. Decker is Chair of Kentucky Intellectual Property Alliance’s Board of Advisors. She is Chair-Elect of the Kentucky Bar Association Intellectual Property Section. Additionally, she is a member of Legal Aid Society’s Justice for All Campaign Committee and an active volunteer at Saint Agnes in Louisville, Ky.

About Stites & Harbison

Stites & Harbison, PLLC is a nationally recognized, full-service law firm. With 11 offices across six states — Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia — the firm represents clients across the United States and internationally. Tracing its origins to 1832, Stites & Harbison is known as a preeminent firm managing sophisticated transactions, challenging litigation and complex regulatory matters on a daily basis. For more information, visit www.stites.com.

Southern Indiana to Host Tour Operators from Across the U.S. at 2024 Conference

Travel Alliance Partners Meet in SoIN for TAP Dance Travel Conference June 9-11, 2024

Southern Indiana (July 19, 2023) – Travel Alliance Partners (TAP) has announced Southern Indiana as the host destination for its 2024 TAP Dance Travel Conference taking place June 9-11, 2024. Held annually since 2001, TAP Dance brings together premier North American Tour Operators offering tour products from around the world.

“TAP is thrilled to be bringing our unique travel conference, TAP Dance, to SoIN in 2024,” said Lisa Doerner, TAP Executive Director. “This site was selected because of the demonstrated collaboration by the regional partners. Todd Read, Trade & Consumer Sales Manager for SoIN Tourism, engaged area hospitality partners to build a conference that reflects the high-quality transportation, accommodations, entertainment, food and attractions that TAP Dance attendees expect. We look forward to showing off this beautiful region to travel industry professionals.”

During the conference, preferred professional travel providers, including SoIN Tourism’s Todd Read, will have the opportunity to meet with tour operators to showcase their destinations and products.

“The daytime appointments are a great starting point and introduction, but it’s the moments in between when you really get to know the operators, get to know what they are looking for and build relationships,” Read said. “Hosting this conference will put Southern Indiana, its restaurants, attractions and other businesses in front of the country’s top tour providers, making a case for inclusion in tour products and planting a seed for future visits.”

TAP Dance 2024 will take place at the Sheraton Louisville Riverside Hotel in Jeffersonville, Ind. TAP 2023 attendees booked approximately 500 room nights in host city Rochester, NY. In addition to an uptick in overnight stays, TAP 2024 attendees will shop, dine and explore Southern Indiana during their stay.

“Studies we’ve commissioned in the past show that people who visit SoIN have a more favorable impression of our destination than those who haven’t been here before,” said SoIN Tourism Executive Director Jim Epperson. “Conference attendees will get to see, firsthand, what makes Southern Indiana a great standalone trip, as well as a great part of a lengthier, multi-destination vacation.”

The 2024 TAP Dance Travel Conference location was shared with industry professionals at the 2023 conference in June. During the conference, TAP officials also named Todd Read the winner of the annual “Spirit of TAP” award.

The Spirit of TAP Award was established in 2012 after the loss of one of TAP’s tour operators, Ann Thomas of Western Discovery. Each year TAP recognizes a preferred professional travel provider who truly has the vision and embodies the true spirit of collaboration that is TAP. This honor is given to someone who has participated in TAP on multiple levels, recognizes the value of collaboration and represents TAP as an ambassador to other industry professionals.

If you are interested in interviewing someone about the 2024 TAP Dance Travel Conference or if you would like more details, please contact Communications Manager Anna Rosales-Crone at Anna@GoSoIN.com or 812-282-6692.

SoIN Tourism is the official destination marketing organization for Clark and Floyd counties in Southern Indiana, just north of Louisville, Ky. Offering authentic experiences in the Kentuckiana region, SoIN includes historic downtowns in Jeffersonville and New Albany, Clarksville’s retail corridor, as well as the communities of Charlestown, Floyds Knobs, Henryville, Memphis, New Washington, Sellersburg and Starlight. Visitors who would like more information can visit the destination’s website, GoSoIN.com.



Town of Clarksville Selects New Economic Development Director

Tammi Gibson comes to Clarksville from Washington County, Indiana.

CLARKSVILLE, IN (July 26, 2023) – Clarksville administrators have selected a new Economic Development Director to continue building on the success and momentum currently underway in the growing southern Indiana community.  Clarksville Town Manager Kevin Baity announced that Tammi Gibson will be joining the Town staff beginning August 7th.

“Clarksville is exploding with new development, so it is no surprise that we had a great amount of interest in the position,” said Kevin Baity, Clarksville Town Manager.  “We are very happy Tammi will be joining our team and hit the ground running with her vast business experience and knowledge of Southern Indiana.”

Gibson comes to Clarksville after spending the last two years as Executive Director of the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership in Salem, Indiana.  Her background includes a wealth of experience in sales territory management, real estate, marketing, website management, and more.  Gibson holds a degree in Communications Management from Robert Morris University.

“I am flattered that the Town of Clarksville selected me as the new Economic Development Director, said Gibson.  “Our region has such a strong pool of worthy candidates, and I am thrilled to be chosen to lead Clarksville into the future.”

Gibson joins the Town of Clarksville at an exciting time with tremendous growth currently underway in South Clarksville, a new 3C Master Plan for the future of the Lewis and Clark Parkway corridor, and increased opportunities for redevelopment of vacant retail.

“Clarksville has such a great mix of history and new development,” said Gibson.  “It is apparent that everyone associated with the town is passionate for future growth, while maintaining the history and charming aspects. I am excited to work with such a proactive and motivated team.”

Gibson resides in Salem with her husband Mark and her daughter Maggie.  Her son Jimmy is currently a student at the University of Louisville.




Rural 1st Announces 40 Under 40 Honoree

Congratulations to Matt Schickel with Rural 1st for being selected by Louisville Business First as part of the prestigious 2023 40 Under 40. The 40 honorees were selected from over 600 candidates in the region.