Paducah, KY – McCracken County Commonwealth Attorney Dan Boaz says no charges will be filed in connection with the October 10th shooting of 10-year-old Kyler "Beau" Mathis. Mathis was target shooting with two other children in his grandmother's back yard when a .22 caliber rifle accidentally discharged; the bullet struck Mathis in the forehead. Mathis is in Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville. The Paducah Sun reports his condition has been upgraded from critical to stable.
Clarksville, TN – The city of Clarksville is planning a display of trees to honor the 101st Airbone Division. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will provide half of the $8,000 the city needs to plant 40 trees at an intersection near Fort Campbell either late this fall or early next spring. The trees would be arranged as a circle enclosing a smaller star-shaped formation that would be visible from overhead. The design will include shumard oaks, Kentucky coffeetrees and bur oaks.
Paducah, KY – McCracken County Jailer Bill Adams is expected to ask the fiscal court tonight for permission to begin a construction project adding on a 130-bed annex to the Regional Jail. 410 prisoners are currently housed in the building, which reached capacity at 342. Adams plans to use the annex for low-risk inmates involved in work programs. The addition would also allow the county to reinstate a work-release program. According to the Paducah Sun, if all goes smoothly, the add-on will be open in early 2011.
Murray, KY – ANNOUNCER - An honors seminar in theater at Murray State takes students on an interdisciplinary adventure, combining traditional elements of drama with scientific themes and concepts. Through bringing the two seemingly-unlike subjects together, the course aims to both quantify the acting experience and flesh out the emotion of science. Chris Taylor explores the experiment and what students stand to gain from the course.
Murray, Ky. – The very visible Keep it Local campaign to legalize package liquor sales in Murray now has a competitor. In a counter-effort launched within the last few weeks, Keep it Out of Murray has positioned itself to trump the pro-package-liquor group, by launching its own petition. Their objective: to beat Keep it Local to the punch, and get a very different local option vote on the ballot. Jacque Day has the story.
Murray, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has appointed a new Murray State University Regent to the board. Louisville Health Care Executive Stephen Williams will fill the position vacated by Judge Jeff Taylor, who was forced to resign. The Republican Williams is an MSU alumnus and native western Kentuckian. University spokesperson Catherine Sivills says Williams' first appearance in his role as regent will be November 3 at a recruitment function in Louisville. He will attend his first board of regents meeting December 4.
Paducah, Ky. – Bradley Thornton has cooked for plenty of hungry celebrities. The 24-year-old Murray native works as a chef for The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, a swank North Carolina golf resort with a course designed for Tiger Woods. He's returning to the area to guest chef with Master Distiller Jimmy Russell at the Carson Center Distiller's Dinner Saturday night. Jacque Day spoke with this young culinary artist, who has a modest way with words, but an elegant way with a knife and menu.