Government
4:03 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Tennessee Gov. Haslam Rolls Out Health Care Plan

Credit Bill Haslam, Facebook

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is rolling out his new program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseeans currently uninsured or who have limited options.

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Culture
3:57 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Bluegrass Music Museum Director Leaves to Run ROMP Festival

Credit IBMM

The International Bluegrass Music Museum's executive director is leaving her post to head production duties at the ROMP Festival in Daviess County. 

The Owensboro museum's board of trustees announced today that Gabrielle Gray is retiring from executive director after 12 years.  

Gray will retain her position as Executive Producer of ROMP, the signature bluegrass music festival she founded in 2004. She also remains the museum's primary grant writer. 

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Business
3:52 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Kentucky Great River Road Invites Travelers to "Come Closer"

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the Mississippi River through ten states, from Minnesota to the Louisiana delta. Along the way, it moves through four Kentucky counties that make up the westernmost portion of the state: Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton. In this portion of the road, travelers might see the Wickliffe Mounds, Ft. Jefferson, Columbus-Belmont Park, Dorena Hickman Ferry and other sites. Norma Pruitt is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Great River Region Organization and joins Todd Hatton on Sounds Good to share how this marketing organization came to be and hopes for future tourism.

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Government
2:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

PPS Evaluates CEO Candidates, Mum on Finalists

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Paducah Power Board Members evaluated 12 CEO applicants in a closed meeting today. The board has employed the national search firm, Dowdy Recruiting,  to find a new leader for the embattled power provider

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Government
12:50 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Murray Officials Seek Public Feedback on Future of Downtown Projects

Credit Murray Main Street

Murray city and economic officials seek public input on the future of Downtown.  

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Government
11:21 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Eggners Ferry Bridge - Closed Tuesday Night

Credit KYTC

UPDATE, Monday (12/15/14) - The Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake will be closed tomorrow night from 9 PM to 5 AM Wednesday morning. 

The closure is to allow contractors to place concrete for Pier #8 as part of construction of the New Eggners Ferry Bridge. The contractor will place message boards along US 68 in Marshall and Trigg Counties and on KY 80 in Calloway County to alert the public to the overnight closure.   There will be a marked detour between Cadiz and Aurora via Interstate 24 and the Purchase Parkway. 

KYTC says expect a closure once a week for the next few months. 

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WKMS Press Releases
9:55 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Sounds Good Week Ahead: December 15 - 19

Here's who's featured on Sounds Good this week. Please note: Sounds Good is only an hour long each day this week. The second hour will be a variety of holiday specials, as part of our Holidays Sound Good series.

Monday, December 15

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Society
9:26 am
Mon December 15, 2014

To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 3:53 pm

When it comes to teenage drinking, the typical venue is a party — where some teens play drinking games and binge. It may surprise you to learn that the majority of parents are aware that alcohol is flowing at these events.

On any given weekend, some teenagers receive three to four text messages about parties, says Bettina Friese, a public health researcher at the Prevention Research Center in Oakland, Calif.

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Datebook
9:21 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Datebook: December 15 - Blood Drive, Healthy Bites, Grandparent Support

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive this Thursday from 12:30 to 5:30 at First Presbyterian Church, located at 1601 Main Street in Murray. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative, or B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.

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Society
9:20 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Military Suicides Have Spiked in Kentucky in Recent Years

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 6:01 am

Suicides among Kentucky veterans and active military service members have increased the past several years. In many cases, those who have died never sought help through the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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