Newscast: Third restaurant due at East Bend. Bekaert updates. Busy weekend. Christmas trees. Rant: About those ‘conservation easements.’

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A busy Friday with more brewing for the weekend:

  • East Bend: Add Texas Roadhouse to the list of confirmed East Bend occupants. Also confirmed so far: Panda Express, Chipotle. Now what about the other 20 to 25?
  • Business: Bekaert closing Shelbyville, Ky., plant; 100 to be laid off in January. That’s after layoffs here earlire this year.
  • Business: Prep work begins on Christmas Tree City; opens Nov. 25. Silver Creek Christmas Tree Farm opens Nov. 29.
  • Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center. Christmas Open House, Candy Cane hunt, Forum on Ice. Exhibit ‘Seeking Botany’s Designs’ opens Saturday with reception.
  • Advertising: Hardy Realty’s open house gallery for Sunday: Seven homes in Rome, Menlo and Mentone, priced from $225,9000 to $699,000.
  • Rant of the Day: A primer on conservation easements, a term we’ll hear a lot  2020.

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