Frankfort, KY – Volunteers and local officials will be out for 24 hours starting at midnight to count the number of people in Kentucky who are homeless or living in precarious conditions. The Kentucky Housing Corp. is coordinating the count, and the agency says it helps determine how much funding will be available for homeless assistance. The count is also meant to help determine progress under Kentucky's 10-year plan to end homelessness.
Greenville, KY – Coal is making a comeback in Muhlenberg County. The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports that mining jobs had declined from more than 3,500 in 1977 to under 1,000 in 2008, but now the county is seeing a revival. Ohio-based KenAmerican Resources announced last week its Paradise Mine will reopen at the end of the month and eventually will offer 250 to 300 jobs. That's on the heels of Armstrong Coal Co. opening an underground mine last year and Oxford Mining Co. taking over some surface mines.
Paducah, KY – 20 Paducah Sam's Club employees will be affected by the company's massive nationwide layoffs. Sam's Club parent-company Wal-Mart has cut over 11,000 of its in-store demonstration jobs, about ten percent of its entire workforce. It will instead outsource the jobs to another company. The Paducah Sun reports of the 20 jobless affected at the Paducah store on James Sanders Boulevard, 18 are demonstration program workers and two are business membership recruiters.
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville police officer charged with a DUI in Henry County last week has been put on a week of paid administrative leave. 27-year-old officer Richard Allen Leese was arrested last Wednesday on violation of implied consent. He allegedly wrecked a truck into a yard, failed a field sobriety test, and refused a breathalyzer. The Clarksville Leaf Chronicle reports Police Chief Al Ansley put Leese on leave, while he makes a decision on how to proceed.
Cadiz, KY – The first of several licenses to sell alcohol are trickling into Trigg County. Three businesses received licenses yesterday. Daily's, Ideal Market, and Handy Corner, all convenience stores, now have beer on hand available for sale. They're the first of many businesses anticipated to begin selling alcohol after the county opted to end prohibition there last September.
Murray, KY – Murray State Public Safety is investigating threatening graffiti in Waterfield Library. The message on a bathroom stall indicated a threat to "Blow Up" Waterfield Library February 14th. Anyone with information regarding the threat is urged to contact MSU Public Safety.
Frankford, KY – Otis "Bullman" Hensley of Harlan County says he will make a third bid for the governor's office in Kentucky next year. We get more from Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh.
Hensley dropped by the State Capitol to tell reporters he plans to run as a Democrat in next year's governor's race. In the meantime, Hensley says Gov. Steve Beshear should resign for raising taxes on Kentuckians last year.