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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Energy
8:47 am
Wed September 24, 2014

PPS addresses City Commission and Residents

Credit Lance Dennee

The Paducah City Commission introduced a resolution ‘Call for Action’ demanding a solution from the Paducah Power System. Last night the commission heard a presentation by Prairie State Energy Campus executives addressing their part in sky-rocketing energy costs to area consumers. Residents like Gayle Frye voiced their concerns to Prairie State and Paducah Power executives.

“I felt like I was listening to a philandering husband or a wife who had been caught cheating. And, all that you were doing was explaining why you were not producing,” Frye said. “And, your capacity, it seems, produces a product that you cannot produce.”

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Education
6:29 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Western Kentucky Educational Cooperative receives $750k

Credit www.ed.gov/school-safety

The U.S. Department of Education is awarding more than 70 million dollars over 38 states to improve school climate and keep students safe, including a Western Kentucky organization. The  Western Kentucky Educational Cooperative will receive nearly $750,000 in School Climate Transformation grants that are part of President Obama and Vice President Biden’s “Now is the Time” initiative, a comprehensive plan to make  schools safer, reduce gun violence by keeping guns out of dangerous hands, and increase mental-health services.

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Crime
7:32 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Additional Arrest Made in Bobo Case

John Dylan Adams
Credit Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Decatur County man in connection with the murder of Holly Bobo. TBI Agents say on April 13, 2011, John Dylan Adams disposed of items he knew could be used as evidence in the case. John Dylan Adams is the brother of Zachary Rye Adams, who faces Felony Murder and Aggravated Kidnapping charges in connection to Bobo’s death.

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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

Credit iStockPhoto

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

Credit www.christiancountychamber.com/

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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