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Obion Clerk Refuses to Collect Fees
4:26 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Obion Clerk's Office No Longer Accepting Fire Fees

Obion County Tennessee Clerk Volle Boehms says her office has stopped collecting rural fire subscription fees because she thinks it is illegal. In January the county joined seven communities to establish a countywide fire protection service to residents outside town and city limits.

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Business
3:31 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Dippin' Dots, Inc. Sold to Dippin' Dots LLC

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A U.S. Bankruptcy Court ruling in Louisville approved the sale of Dippin’ Dots, Inc to Oklahoma-based Dippin’ Dots, LLC for $12.6 million. The sale will settle the novelty ice-cream manufacturer’s outstanding debt of over $11 million and close a bankruptcy proceeding beginning in November 2011. Investor Scott Fisher will serve as president of the newly formed company. Dippin’ Dots founder and former CEO Curt Jones is expected to return to the company in some capacity after stepping down in March.

Fulton Project Ready for Final Summer
3:19 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Volunteers Ready to "Paint the Town"

Volunteers with Fulton and South Fulton’s “Let’s Paint the Town” program are ready to begin the final summer of work. The community project began in May 2010 to revitalize the appearance of the Twin Cities to attract new businesses. Volunteers have met for two summers to restore buildings and plant landscaping.

Fulton resident Jeff Campbell has been involved with the project since it started. He says although progress revitalizing Fulton has been slow, the program has already seen some success.

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Beshear Makes Appearance at CCMS
4:13 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Beshear Celebrates Completion of Murray Sidewalks

Gov. Steve Beshear meets with students at Calloway County Middle School.
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Gov. Steve Beshear met with community leaders and students at Calloway County Middle School to celebrate the completion of two sidewalk projects meant to improve pedestrian and bicycle access for local students.

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Murray Half Marathon
2:22 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Murray Half Marathon Road Closures

Several roads in Murray and Calloway County will be closed tomorrow morning for the Murray Half Marathon. Runners  start at the Center for Health and Wellness on Poplar Street at 7 a.m. Traffic will be restricted in downtown Murray, Central Park, and on U.S. Hwy 641. Stretches of Main Street, Poplar, Bailey Road and Poor Farm road will also be closed. The Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare hosts the marathon to promote health awareness. Organizers expect traffic to return to normal after 11 a.m. Below is a complete list of the roads affected by the event:

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Morning Cram
9:25 am
Mon April 16, 2012

the morning cram [that's just, like, your opinion, man edition]

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What would Jesus do... with the economy?

NPR reports the God-and-government debate has turned toward the Republican budget plan. Liberal religious leaders say the plan, which lowered taxes and cut services to the poor, was an affront to the Gospel — and particularly Jesus' command to care for the poor.

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The Bridge
4:22 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Bridge Prep Work Nearing Completion

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are expected to finish work preparing the Eggners Ferry Bridge for repair work by early next week. Workers are replacing guard rails and removing concrete debris from the bridge deck ahead of a crew from Hall Contracting of Kentucky. Hall Contracting was hired in March to replace the 322-foot span of bridge which collapsed when the Delta Mariner cargo ship struck the bridge. KYTC spokesperson Keith Todd says the cabinet is hesitant to set dates for the repairs.

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Morning Cram
8:57 am
Mon April 9, 2012

the morning cram [a mother's work is never done edition]

U.S. Obesity Rate by BMI in 2008
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Scientists have found one more reason that pregnancy and obesity can be a bad combination.

NPR reports a new study in the journal Pediatrics suggests a link between overweight mothers and the likelihood of giving birth to children with developmental disorders.

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Tax Deadlines Pushed Back
8:35 am
Mon April 9, 2012

KY Taxpayers Get Extra Days This Year to File

The Kentucky Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers this year they’ll have two extra days to file their income taxes.  The 2012 deadline is April 17th because of Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia which falls on Monday, April 16th.  By law, D.C holidays affect tax deadlines in the same way federal holidays do.  All valid six month extensions filed on or before April 17th will extend the due date for filing until October 15th.   Also, the IRS is postponing certain tax deadlines for those who reside or have a business in a disaster area until May 31st.

Python Found in LBL
12:40 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Abandoned Animals Problem for Public Lands

A 10-foot albino python discovered in Land Between the Lakes Wednesday is the latest in the growing problem abandoned pets pose to public parks. LBL's Denise Scmittou says abandoned animals are a burden to LBL staff who must capture the animals and find a suitable shelter. Abandonment is also hard on the animals, who often lack the skills to survive in the wild. She says people unable to take care of their animals have plenty of options other than abandonment.

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