Parker Franklin


Parker's a senior majoring in journalism with a sports communication minor at Murray State. He's from the small town of Dixon, Kentucky. After studying architectural engineering in high school, he realized his true passion was news. When he's not busy with classes or at the station, you can usually find him watching sports or playing games with his friends.

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Murray State University

Murray State President Bob Davies will deliver his first “state of the university” address November 9. He spoke with Todd Hatton on what he plans to cover, ranging from the state’s significant pension liability to university funding and even the ongoing 16th St.discussion.

Muhlenberg County Schools

Muhlenberg County voters have struck down a three percent county wide utility tax aimed at generating revenue for area schools. Eighty eight percent of 7161 votes were against the measure.

ASSE Murray State University Student Section, Facebook

Murray State University’s newest freshman class shows a smaller but higher-achieving group.  


The MSU Board of Regents approved new, tougher admission standards this past June, including a minimum 18 ACT composite score.  These standards won't go into effect until the 2016 fall semester.

LRC Public Information

After a week of mulling it over, State Representative Gerald Watkins of Paducah says he will not vie for Ed Whitfield’s 1st District congressional seat.

Whitfield announced in September he wouldn’t seek a 12th term.

Whitney Jones / WKMS

Fulton County is looking to grow its local business with an upcoming industrial pad. According to Kentucky Labor Market Information, the area has had a stubbornly high unemployment rate that currently sits at 6.4 percent.


University of Louisville basketball head coach Rick Pitino says he will not resign amid prostitution allegations in the program. Earlier this week, ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported that five former players and recruits attended parties involving exotic dancers.

One player said he had sex with a dancer paid off by staff member Andre McGee.

Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club of Paducah, Facebook

Just months after closing one of its two facilities amid financial consolidation efforts, the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club of Paducah has begun a search for its next leader.

OCBGC Board of Directors President Todd Faulkner says former director Don Dorris has resigned to pursue other opportunities after five months on the job.

Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau (

The Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau has received state honors for its role in the city’s artistic reputation. 

Governor Steve Beshear will present the Kentucky Arts Council “Government Award” at a ceremony in Frankfort Thursday.

Kentucky Governor's Office

After more than a year of work, a Kentucky task force charged with discovering new ways to fight bullying has announced its recommendations in a 29-page report

The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center has received a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation to help furnish the Paducah nonprofit’s soon-to-be new home. Merryman House plans to buy the old McCracken County Board of Education campus next year if the group can raise enough funds.