Troy Taylor

Morning News Producer

Troy is gunning for an MFA poetry writing at Murray State after leaving the civilized world for camp life for 12 years following undergrad work at UT Knoxville. He thinks radio is way cooler than TV and possesses the ability to professionally climb trees, talk to owls, and impersonates Saint Francis of Assissi. Dreams include: sailing a ship on the Mediterranean, hiking from Patagonia to Alaska, doing play-by-play for a Chicago Cubs World Series Game, being named Poet Laureate, and putting the world at ease whenever his voice goes out over the airwaves.

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Infrastructure
6:13 am
Fri September 12, 2014

New I-69 Contract Awarded in Marshall, Graves Counties

  Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced Thursday  a contract for improvements to bring a portion of the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway up to interstate highway standards and an eventual designation as Interstate 69.

The project involves reconstruction of 30 miles of the parkway from Exit 22 (mile point 22) in Graves County to U.S. 62 at Calvert City (mile point 52) in Marshall County. Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. was awarded the contract on a low bid of $8.08 million. The project has a completion date of Sept. 15, 2015.

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Infrastructure
6:28 am
Fri September 5, 2014

First Section of Old Ledbetter Bridge Truss to be Demolished

Demolition continues on the old Ledbetter Bridge.
Credit kentucky transportation cabinet

The first truss section of the old Ledbetter Bridge is scheduled for demolition next week, weather permitting. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says C.J. Mahan Construction Company will bring down the bridge’s left descending truss using controlled explosives Thursday September 11.

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Education
7:50 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Education Summit in Nashville Announced

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Top Tennessee Government officials will convene key stakeholders of K-12 education from across the state in Nashville September 18th  for Tennessee’s Education Summit.

Governor Bill Haslem, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, State House Speaker Beth Harwell, and nine other state lawmakers will participate in the summit, whose theme is:  Progress of the Past, Present and Future. 

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Society
7:35 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Increase to Paducah Police/Firefighter Pension Pay-out Fails

Paducah's retired firefighters and police will not see an increase in their pension payments after Tuesday's City Commission meeting.
Credit paducahky.gov

An ordinance to increase payment from the Paducah Police and Firefighters’ Pension Fund by 2 percent to retirees did not pass at Tuesday night’s City Commission meeting. The ordinance failed by a 2 to 2 vote with one commissioner not present.

 Commissioners Carol Gault and Richard Abraham voted to approve the increase. Abraham says Paducah’s police and firefighters are among the most deserving of increased support from the city’s budget.

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Infrastructure
6:02 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Lane Closures on I-24 Ohio River Bridge

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Commuters between Paducah and Metropolis could encounter slower passage over the I-24 Ohio River Bridge this week. The Illinois Department of Transportation will begin work Tuesday, taking place in both eastbound and westbound lanes causing daytime lane closures extending through Friday. IDOT spokesman Keith Miley says through traffic should seek alternate routes.

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Society
9:40 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Christian County Chamber Considers Future with Fort Campbell Reduction

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The Christian County Chamber of Commerce has conducted a study to project the effects of a proposed reduction of 16,000 troops by the U.S. Army and compare it to the Army’s Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment, and the Chamber says the economic impact would be devastating.

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Society
3:48 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Professional Basketball Player, Ministry Founder Bob Warren Remembered as Generous Man

Credit lifeonthehill.org

A Western Kentucky native who played professional basketball before becoming a faith leader died Monday.

Bob Warren was born in Murray in 1946. He played basketball for Vanderbilt University from 1965-1968 and was drafted by both the American and National Basketball Associations. Warren opted to play for the ABA, where he spent eight years from 1968-1976, in an era of greats such as George “Iceman” Gervin and Julius “Dr. J” Ervin.

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Crime
6:18 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Paducah Man Arrested with 136K of Synthetic Marijuana

Credit McCracken County Sheriff's facebook

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a Paducah man on charges of trafficking synthetic marijuana. Feras Marj was arrested Tuesday with possession of $136,000 worth of the drug also known as Spice. 

During the search of Marj’s residence, detectives located over 2,700 bags of synthetic marijuana, a loaded handgun, and over $3,000 believed to be proceeds from drug sales. detectives determined that Marji was selling the bags of Spice at an average of $50 per bag, giving the seized synthetic marijuana a street value of approximately $136,000.

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Business
5:56 am
Tue August 19, 2014

(Update - Honeywell Issues Statement) Honeywell Negotiations Continue This Week

UPDATE: Honeywell has issued a statement on the situation.

“The company and the union continued bargaining on Tuesday, but little progress was made. 

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Crime
6:06 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Hopkinsville Police Make Arrest for April 2013 Homicide

Credit Hopkinsville Police Dept.

Hopkinsville Police have made an arrest connected to the death of 44 year old Kathleen Davis.  Eighteen year old James Devontrel Day was arrested Thursday and charged with murder. Davis was found strangled in a vacant apartment April 6, 2013. Day is currently being held in the Christian County Jail. 

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