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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Kentucky Tourism -

According to new state data, Kentucky tourism and travel saw a boom in spending last year, a total of over $13 billion. That’s up 4.4 percent from 2013 and part of a wider five-year trend.

Christian County Chamber of Commerce /

Christian County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Marian Mason has resigned her post, effective immediately. In a release, she said her reasons are personal.

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Christian County has taken its first step toward a compressed natural gas venture in Hopkinsville. The proposed project would be a filling station for natural gas-fueled vehicles or those that are dual-fuel: engines that run on both diesel and natural gas. 

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After more than a year of delays, work has begun on Murray’s planned Springhill Suites hotel. 

Owner Priyesh Nathu, mayor Jack Rose and Marriott representatives met for the groundbreaking ceremony on the North 12th Street site Wednesday.

Fort Campbell photo

Months after a public support session in January, community leaders in our region are still working to protect Fort Campbell from the threat of army-wide personnel cuts.

The Carson Center

The Carson Center in Paducah's hosting its 11th annual Vintner's Dinner May 8th. The fundraising event consists of an upscale 5-course meal and live entertainment.

The 132nd "Big Singing" takes place in Benton next month. The city tradition has been described as "the oldest indigenous musical tradition in the nation."

Gene Gilliland is one of the event's leaders; he spoke with Kate Lochte on what the Big Singing is all about.

The 31st annual QuiltWeek event in Paducah ends Saturday. Each year, thousands from the region and beyond gather to celebrate the craft.

Executive Show Director Bonnie Browning spoke with Kate Lochte on "Sounds Good" about how the week's gone so far and what to look forward to Friday and Saturday.

100,000 Strong in the Americas /

Murray State University is one of four places in America to host a Belizean journalist for a part of the "100,000 Strong in the Americas" initiative.

The initiative's designed to increase educational exchanges between the US, the Americas and the Caribbean.


"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged Revised" opens tonight in Robert E. Johnson Theatre. The Murray State Arts and Entertainment event condenses all 37 of the playwright's works into one 90-minute show.

Director and MSU Professor Matt Crider spoke with Kate Lochte on the work that went into this one-of-a-kind play.