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7:47 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Lake Barkley Airport Closed Until December

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The Lake Barkley State Resort Airport will be closed until at least mid-December for a runway paving project. The airport shut down Monday to allow contractors to begin the resurfacing project. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says work could be delayed by weather conditions, but they expect the paving will be finished before Christmas.

Government
7:51 am
Mon October 15, 2012

TVA Shortfall Affects Ratepayers

A new Tennessee Valley Authority quarterly report shows their pension fund shortfall is affecting ratepayers. TVA officials say one of the main reasons for the 2 percent increase was the $300 million the agency put into its pension fund. TVA has added nearly 1.3 billion from customers to the fund since 2008. But, the utility didn’t add to the fund or increase rates this year. John Thomas with TVA says he expects market gains to make up for the shortfall in 10 to 15 years.  He says TVA will continue to take care of its employees and retirees. Less than 20 years ago, the fund had a surplus.

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Society
7:19 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Clarksville Babysitter Charged with Abuse

A Clarksville babysitter has been charged with abusing a 2-month-old boy. Police say Jessica Watkins turned herself in Saturday and is facing charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect. The infant was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center for multiple broken bones last month. Watkins called the boy’s mother and said he had a swollen leg. She told the police the infant’s leg popped when she took him out of the car while babysitting him. The police issued a warrant for Watkins and Montgomery County jail officials say she is being held on a $50,000 bond.

Society
7:13 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Peak season for deer on roadways

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Drivers should be on the alert for deer in Kentucky. October marks the beginning of a three-month peak season to see deer on roadways. The Department of Fish and Wildlife says that’s because this time of year is mating season. Deer are more likely to cross roads with bucks chasing does. The Kentucky Farm Bureau says almost half of all collisions involving deer happen in October, November and December. Hardin County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Greg Lowe says deer are most active early in the morning or late at night.

Society
6:35 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Montgomery Co. Sheriff Dies

Montgomery County Sheriff Norman Lewis has died after battling a long illness. County Mayor Carolyn Bowers says Lewis died at his home. He had been receiving stem cell treatments in Houston in the weeks leading up to his death. Lewis had been a member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and served three terms as sheriff.

Weather
6:30 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Tornado Touches Down in Mayfield

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An EF-1 tornado hit Mayfield early Sunday morning injuring one and causing moderate damage to several buildings. The tornado touched down southeast of the Highway 80 and Purchase Parkway intersection around 6:35 a.m. with peak winds at 105 miles per hour. Several cars were shifted in a parking lot and one business lost part of its roof. No fatalities were reported.

Education
7:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Ill. Lt. Governor Says College Should Be Affordable

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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she supports making college tuition more affordable. She visited the University of Illinois-Chicago Thursday and presented a plan to stop rising tuition costs. She says both state and federal officials need to work together to bring costs down. While at the university, she shadowed two students in a chemistry lab work-study program. Simon’s office says increases in college tuition and fees have outpaced inflation, citing a Pew Research Center report that found students had an average of more than $26,000 in student loans in 2010.

Society
6:33 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Engineer Company Returns to Fort Campbell

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A group of Fort Campbell soldiers will return home today after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. The group includes soldiers from the 887th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade and 101st Airborne Division. The unit provided direct support to the 172nd Infantry Brigade at the Forward Operating Base Sharana and is comprised of heavy equipment operators. The soldiers will be welcomed home in a ceremony at the Personnel Processing Center.

Health
3:22 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Tennessee Continues to See Increase in Fungal Meningitis Cases

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Tennessee health officials reported that the number of cases of rare fungal meningitis has increased by five to 49 cases. The number of deaths in Tennessee from the outbreak remained at six as of noon today. At least one person in our region has been diagnosed, according to the Union City Daily Messenger. Six Kentuckians have fallen ill, and one has died. The Kentuckians were infected in Tennessee and Indiana hospitals.

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Society
8:01 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Injured Vets to Ride Through Ft. Campbell on Bikes

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More than 200 injured veterans, troops and their supporters will ride bicycles and hand cycles through Fort Campbell, Ky., today. The Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge started in Cincinnati Sunday and will end Friday in Nashville. The ride is a way for veterans to improve their health by cycling. Most of the participants are from Warrior Transition Units that help troops rehabilitate from injuries. The cycling veterans include some from Clarksville, Dickson and Murfreesboro.

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