Paducah, KY – McCracken County commissioners expressed support yesterday for a plan that would create a community scholarship program for Paducah and McCracken County High School graduates. The program would cover two years of tuition at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. The court would be required to allocate $125,000 annually to the program. Commissioners are expected to vote at a meeting next week.
Clarksville, TN – Report cards for Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools will go out Friday, but students won't be toting their grades home. The school system is implementing a paperless system this year, using PowerSchool, an online, password-protected resource for parents to check grades, attendance, and their students' lunch accounts. The Clarksville Leaf Chronicle reports hard copies are still available for parents without computers at home.
Frankfort, KY – Although energy costs are expected to be lower this winter, high unemployment and the recession will likely mean more households struggling to pay to heat their homes. The state government is offering a tax credit up to 15-hundred dollars to make energy-efficient improvements. Kentucky Public Service Commission Andrew Melnykovich recommends weatherization.
"Replacing worn weather stripping, adding insulation those sorts of things are definitely good steps to take toward reducing energy consumption."
Murray, KY – Murray Police continue to search for three suspects who were involved in a stabbing late last week. Murray State University student Cody Adams was stabbed in the back after an altercation early Friday morning. Police say the 23-year-old was taken to Murray Calloway County Hospital. He was then transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. His condition has not been released. Police Sergeant Tracy Gooch says the three suspects have only been identified by race, one is white and the other two are black.
Louisville, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has appointed a 31 member task force to chart the future of the state's public education system. Beshear held a series of press conferences across the state today to announce the formation of the panel, called Transforming Education in Kentucky, or TEK. The governor says the world has changed dramatically since the Kentucky General Assembly passed sweeping education reforms in 1990.
Bowling Green, KY – In the month since Kentucky began offering a tax break to spur more new-car sales, response has been weak. The one-year program was approved in a special legislative session as means of boosting the struggling auto industry. Under the program, car-buyers pay sales tax only on the difference between the value of their trade-ins and the price of their new vehicles. Lee Searcy with the Kentucky automobile dealers association blames the slow start on a recent federal program.