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 at the station, you can almost always find him watching sports or immersing himself in his small (but growing!) vinyl collection.

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Kentucky State Police

Update Tuesday Late Morning: Two deputy jailers have also been arrested for their alleged involvement in the escape. Fulton County Jailer Rickey Parnell tells local media that deputy jailers Monica Mayes and Jason Smith were arrested and charged with first degree official misconduct and second-degree escape. They have also been fired.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Tuesday night, Murray State University will hold its 22nd annual Provost Concert at Lovett Auditorium. Master Gunnery Sgt. Susan Rider of the United States Marine Band and MSU Director of Bands and Orchestras Dennis Johnson speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the performance.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

It's National Library Week. Sandy Linn with the Calloway County Public Library says it's a time to celebrate the positive transformation that libraries bring to communities all across the country. Hear her speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about upcoming CCPL events. 

Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State University’s Governors Stadium will soon have a new name through a partnership with Fortera Credit Union.

KYTCDistrict1, via Facebook

Update Friday Morning: KYTC says the new U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge opening is back on for this afternoon between noon and 3 p.m. The bridge will open to two-lane traffic. 

Parker Franklin, WKMS

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes visited Murray State University today as part of her tour to promote a new online voter registration portal. launched late last month and lets users register to vote or update their information.

Murray State University

This story was originally published April 5.

As Murray State University anticipates a finalized Kentucky state budget and possible cuts therein, MSU President speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about how the university is already tightening its belt.

The Dooms Chapel Horror, Facebook

Tracy Ross talks to area filmmakers John Holt and Austin Madding about their upcoming film “The Dooms Chapel Horror” and their contribution to the short film anthology “Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories.”

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A state audit has found a handful of discrepancies in the Hickman County Sheriff’s office, including unauthorized purchases and an overspent budget.

Verso Corporation / Facebook

Months after furloughing more than 300 employees, Verso Corporation says its Wickliffe paper mill will close by July 1. Verso cited low demand and increased foreign imports when idling the facility in November.