Hickman County

via River County Economic Development Project

A multi-county effort in far western Kentucky seeking to tap into an economic boost from the newly expanded Panama Canal is seeking public input on a name. 

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Residents in the Clinton area of Hickman County will soon see a lower monthly water bill.  

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has issued a settlement granting Water Service Corp a 16.7% revenue increase, which is a third smaller than the 24.6% requested by the utility.  

Allison Crawford, WKMS

County and economic development officials of Kentucky’s four western river counties are collaborating to develop a regional economic development initiative driven by the Panama Canal expansion. The expansion, which is set complete next month, is expected to significantly increase container shipping along the Mississippi River.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A state audit has found a handful of discrepancies in the Hickman County Sheriff’s office, including unauthorized purchases and an overspent budget.

Allison Crawford

Farmers, fishermen, business owners, park managers and government officials from Kentucky counties along the Mississippi River met Thursday at Columbus-Belmont State Park for a National Geographic workshop on geotourism, which focuses on the distinctive geographical character of a place. 

Hickman County Arts Council Friends, Facebook

Friends of Hickman County Arts & the Hickman County Arts Council host an Arts, Crafts & Book Fair this Saturday in Clinton at the Hickman County Elementary School gymnasium, featuring local arts and crafts by over 45 local vendors. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Mary Potter and Cherry Pyron about how the event has grown since it began 11 years ago.

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The Mississippi River near Columbus, Ky. remains closed to traffic following a Wednesday night tow boat collision that dumped more than 120,000 gallons of waste oil into the waterway.

Assessment and clean-up is underway, but it’s a complicated process compared to cleaning up an oil spill in the ocean.

Hickman County Museum of KY, Facebook

Hickman County is gearing up for Heritage Days, September 8 - 12, with activities including historical displays around town, a community birthday cake, the ribbon cutting for a new garden at the Historical Society and an Old Hymn Sing. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Mary Potter and Liz Jewell about the event. 

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  The Hickman County Fiscal Court voted Wednesday morning to close the Hickman County Detention Center – a move that will save the county around $150,000 a year.

Jailer Chad Barber, who will stay on with the county as a transportation officer, says the decision to close the jail came down to a lack of staffing as well as a lack of inmates.

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the Mississippi River through ten states, from Minnesota to the Louisiana delta. Along the way, it moves through four Kentucky counties that make up the westernmost portion of the state: Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton. In this portion of the road, travelers might see the Wickliffe Mounds, Ft. Jefferson, Columbus-Belmont Park, Dorena Hickman Ferry and other sites. Norma Pruitt is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Great River Region Organization and joins Todd Hatton on Sounds Good to share how this marketing organization came to be and hopes for future tourism.

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