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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The 1850s Homeplace Trade Fair takes place this weekend at Land Between the Lakes. The annual event offers attendees a taste of American life from two centuries ago. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross sat down with Homeplase Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls to learn just what the fair's all about.

Glenn Hall, with thanks to Maiden Alley Cinema

American roots musician Pokey LaFarge played a sold out show at Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema last week. Tracy Ross had a moment to chat with him before the performance about his love of baseball, his favorite music outside of the style he plays, favorite venues around the world and time zones. We also hear a couple songs from the evening's performance.

McCracken County Sheriff's Department

A former Reidland Middle School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student could spend three years in prison after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

Kentucky Department of Education

After a four-month search, the Kentucky Board of Education has named its five top candidates to succeed former commissioner Terry Holliday, who retires next week.

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A new government study shows Tennessee’s economy is improving, but the state still faces a rising number of closing businesses and a stubbornly high unemployment rate.

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The Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs has received a $618,437 federal grant to help explore defense-related economic opportunities statewide.

Specifically, those funds come from the Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment, an organization responsible for supporting state and local governments dealing with defense program changes.

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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.