Updated 2 months ago
HARTFORD, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court has denied a request to review a case over how the name of legendary bluegrass musician Bill Monroe can be used.
The Messenger-Inquirer reports that means a court of appeals ruling stands. The panel concluded that county officials meant to grant the festival the legal right to use Monroe's name but failed to formalize the agreement in writing before a falling out occurred in 2004.
The battle isn't quite over yet, though.
Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Foundation of Kentucky Inc. Director Campbell Mercer said the Ohio County Industrial Foundation and Bill Monroe's son, James Monroe, obtained a temporary injunction in Tennessee to prohibit him from using the name.
"We still have to go back to Tennessee and ask the judge to lift the injunction," Mercer said. "There's a little more legwork. He said in the past that he would give deference to the Kentucky courts. So, we're hoping when we show him the Kentucky Supreme Court decision that this will all be over."
A statement from the Jerusalem Ridge Foundation said it plans to "reassume the Bill Monroe name and to use it to further the tourism and economic development interests of Ohio County, its citizens, the surrounding area and the entire state of Kentucky."
He said there's not enough time to change the name of this year's festival that runs Oct. 3-6, but he expects Monroe's name to be in the festival's title next year.
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