The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing efforts to clean up an oil spill along a stretch of the Mississippi River near Columbus, Ky., after two tow boats — one carrying about 1 million gallons of a potentially toxic petroleum product — collided earlier this week.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has shut down a section of the Mississippi River south of Paducah, Ky., after two tow boats collided, causing an oil spill of unknown size.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said that the collision occurred Wednesday at 8:22 p.m. at Mile Marker 937, just north of Columbus, Ky.


Hickman, Kentucky’s Elvis J. Stahr Harbor will receive $625,000 for dredging as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to improve Mississippi River ports.

Hickman/Fulton County  Riverport Authority director Greg Curlin says the funding will allow for dredging about half of the harbor. He says securing funding for dredging is always a battle, but is necessary to keep the harbor navigable and open.

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Hickman, Ky. Mayor David Lattus is in Washington D.C. as part of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, which aims to create a coordinated voice and bring national attention back to the country’s longest river.

The group is asking Congress to fully fund $200 million in the fiscal year 2016 budget for the federal pre-disaster mitigation program.

Dorena-Hickman Ferry Returns

Jan 21, 2015

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry resumed operation at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, after being closed for nearly two months. The ferry closed November 18th, with officials thinking it would be out of operation for a few weeks. Instead, the closure lasted over two months.


Fulton County Sheriff Bobby Hopper says he suspects ammonia thefts have increased at an agricultural supplier's tank farm because the thieves sent to jail earlier are now out again.

Thefts of anhydrous ammonia have picked up at Speed Ag in Hickman. The substance is a popular farm fertilizer also used in making methamphetamine.

The man charged with killing Hickman Mayor Charles Murphy early last year has pleaded guilty today as part of a plea bargain. Under the agreement, 31-year-old Tommy Lattus pleaded guilty, but mentally ill, and will serve more that 37 years in prison for the murder. A formal sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 28th.

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A Hickman, Kentucky man has been indicted again in the fatal shooting of the city’s mayor after he was ruled competent to stand trial. Commonwealth Attorney Mike Stacy says murder charges have been issued against 30-year-old Tommy Lattus for the January shooting of Mayor Charles Murphy.

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The man who allegedly killed Hickman Mayor Charles Murphy in January was found incompetent to stand trial. Police say 30 year-old Thomas Lattus came into the station and stated he had killed the mayor a little after 1 am the night of the murder. Lattus will be committed to Western State Hospital in Hopkinsville to be treated for up to 360 days or until doctors determine he is competent to be tried. Commonwealth Attorney Mike Stacy says he disagrees with the ruling, but he’s confident Lattus will still be prosecuted.

Hickman Dredging Ongoing

Aug 15, 2012

The Army Corps of Engineers is dredging the Elvis Stahr Harbor at Hickman, Kentucky this week. Low water levels on the Mississippi River have led to a buildup of silt on the harbor. It has been closed for over a month.