Muhlenberg County http://wkms.org en Construction of Natural Gas Plant Underway at Paradise Fossil Plant http://wkms.org/post/construction-natural-gas-plant-underway-paradise-fossil-plant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Construction crews have cleared about 60 percent of the land needed to begin building a new natural&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">gas plant at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The new plant is scheduled to open by&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spring of 2017, and will take the place of two coal burning units currently in operation at the Tennessee Valley Authority facility.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:50:22 +0000 Kevin Willis (KPR) 41039 at http://wkms.org Construction of Natural Gas Plant Underway at Paradise Fossil Plant Coal Miner Alleges Discrimination for Reporting Safety Issues at Western Kentucky Plant http://wkms.org/post/coal-miner-alleges-discrimination-reporting-safety-issues-western-kentucky-plant <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Decumanus / Wikimedia Commons" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201210/800px-Ashtabulacoalcars_e2.jpg" alt="" /><p>A Western Kentucky coal miner is alleging several counts of workplace discrimination, after he reported safety problems at his job and was fired.<p>Patrick Shemwell worked at a coal plant operated by Ken American in Muhlenberg County. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:21:05 +0000 Erica Peterson 38774 at http://wkms.org Coal Miner Alleges Discrimination for Reporting Safety Issues at Western Kentucky Plant Church Leader: Muhlenberg County House Fire Survivors Improving http://wkms.org/post/church-leader-muhlenberg-county-house-fire-survivors-improving <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">A tight-knit community in western Kentucky is preparing to say goodbye to a mother and eight of her children who perished last week in a house fire.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Thirty-six-year-old Chad Watson and his 11-year-old daughter Kylie were the only ones who made it out of the house alive, but they won't be at the funerals.&nbsp; They are still being treated for lung damage and severe burns. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:43:17 +0000 Lisa Autry (KPR) 38555 at http://wkms.org Church Leader: Muhlenberg County House Fire Survivors Improving Muhlenberg County Students Cope with Losing Classmates to Fire http://wkms.org/post/muhlenberg-county-students-cope-losing-classmates-fire <p>In western Kentucky, Friday was a solemn day in the Muhlenberg County School System.&nbsp; Classmates&nbsp; mourned the loss of eight children a day after they died in an early morning fire in the Depoy community.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Randy McCarty spent much of the day at Longest Elementary School, where two of the Watson children attended.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:54:34 +0000 Lisa Autry (KPR) 38420 at http://wkms.org Muhlenberg County Students Cope with Losing Classmates to Fire Nine Family Members Confirmed Dead Following Muhlenberg County House Fire http://wkms.org/post/nine-family-members-confirmed-dead-following-muhlenberg-county-house-fire <p><strong>Updated at 3:20 pm</strong></p><p>The nine victims of Thursday's Muhlenberg County house fire ranged in ages from 4 to 36 and included twin brothers.</p><p>Investigators with the Kentucky State Police and state fire marshal’s office say the fire was accidental and caused by an electric baseboard heater malfunction.&nbsp;</p><p>Kentucky State Police spokesman Stu&nbsp;Recke&nbsp;confirmed the names of the nine family members who died in the fire that broke out around 2 a.m. in the town of&nbsp;Depoy.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:41:53 +0000 Lisa Autry (KPR) 38384 at http://wkms.org Nine Family Members Confirmed Dead Following Muhlenberg County House Fire Hundreds Gather at Phil Everly Memorial http://wkms.org/post/hundreds-gather-phil-everly-memorial <p>About 200 people listened to songs and tributes at a memorial service in Powderly this past weekend for Phil Everly, who passed away January 3<sup>rd</sup> at the age of 74.&nbsp; With his brother, Don, the duo had 19 Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1962. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.&nbsp; Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:41:43 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 38164 at http://wkms.org Hundreds Gather at Phil Everly Memorial McConnell Urges TVA to Keep Coal-Fired Plant http://wkms.org/post/mcconnell-urges-tva-keep-coal-fired-plant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell met Wednesday with Tennessee Valley Authority president William Johnson to seek continued operation of the Paradise Fossil Plant, a coal-fired generator in Muhlenberg County.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:15:27 +0000 The Associated Press 36041 at http://wkms.org McConnell Urges TVA to Keep Coal-Fired Plant Muhlenberg County to Get New Gas-Fired Power Plant http://wkms.org/post/muhlenberg-county-get-new-gas-fired-power-plant <p></p><p>Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities are asking for approval to build a new 700 million dollar natural gas-fired generating plant in western Kentucky, and a smaller solar-powered station at one of their existing sites.</p><p>Spokeswoman Chris Whelan said the new gas-fired facility in Muhlenberg County will be similar to the station being built at Cane Run in Jefferson County. The companies are phasing out three of their coal-fired plants. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:17:15 +0000 Rick Howlett (KPR) 35423 at http://wkms.org Muhlenberg County to Get New Gas-Fired Power Plant New Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center Receives Funding http://wkms.org/post/new-muhlenberg-county-opportunity-center-receives-funding <p></p><p>The Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center in Greenville is ready to begin construction on a new facility that will create 25 additional jobs.</p><p>The vocational evaluation and training center received a $500,000 Kentucky Department for Local Government grant Tuesday, matching $500,000 federal grant.</p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:08:35 +0000 John Null 33972 at http://wkms.org New Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center Receives Funding Divas & Dogs & Other Circus Adventures Comes to Greenville http://wkms.org/post/divas-dogs-other-circus-adventures-comes-greenville <p>"Divas &amp; Dogs &amp; Other Circus Adventures" occur Friday, April 26th, at 7 p.m. at the Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall Creative and Performing Arts Center in Greenville, Kentucky. The family show involves a funny clown, a hat stealing dog, a lady who barks, skateboard riding dogs, and more! We speak with David Probus about the show. <a href="http://www.felixmartinhall.org/">See more at the Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall website</a>.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:23:05 +0000 Kate Lochte 30882 at http://wkms.org Divas & Dogs & Other Circus Adventures Comes to Greenville