McCracken County

Government
8:30 am
Fri November 28, 2014

McCracken Asst. Attorney Writes Law Proposal to Change Misdemeanor Trials

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A proposed bill could give prosecutors across Kentucky more teeth in convicting repeat DUI and domestic assault offenders.

3rd District State Representative Gerald Watkins is sponsoring the bill crafted by Assistant McCracken County Attorney Todd Jones. 

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Society
3:44 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

VIDEO: Paducah Veterans Day Celebration Full of Cheers Despite Rain

Hardy Gentry speaks after receiving his Distinguished Veteran Award.
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The cheers of school children erupted as veterans marched up Broadway during the annual Veterans Day parade in Paducah today. The rain did not dampen the onlookers’ spirits.

Hardy Gentry was awarded the Distinguished Veteran Award this year for his service not only in the military but also in the community. He has been the American Legion post commander numerous times.

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Business
7:22 am
Tue October 28, 2014

TeleTech Receives $100k from McCracken Co. Fiscal Court

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The technology based support provider TeleTech will receive $100,000 from the McCracken County Fiscal Court to assist in employee training. Judge Executive Van Newberry says the court will provide support to TeleTech after creating more jobs than originally expected.  

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Government
12:11 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

VIDEO: Final Ledbetter Bridge Span Demolished

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Contractors have demolished the third and final span of the Old Ledbetter Bridge with explosives.

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Infrastructure
6:18 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Progress on Ledbetter Bridge Demolition

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A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is continuing to make progress on the demolition of the Old Ledbetter Bridge. The contractor has removed all the concrete decking from the 3 truss spans and has started removing decking on the eastern approach spans at the Livingston County end of the 85 year old structure.

The contractor submitted a demolition plan to the US Coast Guard for approval about a month ago.  The Coast Guard shared the plan with a river industry trade group and federal agencies for their input.   This week the US 

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Arts
6:26 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Kentucky Arts Council Awards $1.4M to Arts Organizations

The Kentucky Arts Council is awarding more than $1.4 million  to arts organizations across the Commonwealth, including support to Calloway, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Graves, McCracken, and Trigg counties. Here's a breakdown of where the award is being allocated in our region: 

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Environment
6:19 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Preparation for Demolition of Old Ledbetter Bridge Continues

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Engineering analysis work is continuing toward the start of demolition on the Old Ledbetter Bridge crossing the Tennessee River between Livingston and McCracken Counties. Revised demolition plans for the 83 year old structure were submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard for review last week.  

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Government
2:11 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Newberry and Harnice Deny Deal and Go to Trial in McCracken Zoning Case

Van Newberry (left) and Doug Harnice sitting in McCracken County Circuit Court
Credit Stephen Lance Denee

McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry and Deputy Judge Doug Harnice will head to trial after rejecting a plea deal over allegations the two illegally changed zoning maps.

Commonwealth Attorney G.L. Ovey is prosecuting Newberry and Harnice on felony charges affecting at least 500 pieces of property. 

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Environment
9:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

UK Study on Hazardous Waste Impacts

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The University of Kentucky will use a $12 million federal grant to reduce the negative health and environmental impacts found at hazardous waste sites. 

UK Superfund Research Center According to Director Bernie Hennig, lab studies are indicating healthy individuals stand a better chance of warding off contaminants.

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Weather
7:09 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Severe Weather Sweeps Through Western KY and Southern IL

Funnel Clouds were spotted in several communities in our region last night.
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Communities throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois are contending with high water, hail damage, and downed trees this morning following severe storms that passed through our region last night. 

Residents in Beulah in Hopkins County reported a large funnel cloud at about 7:30 p.m., and a large wedge-shaped tornado close to a mile wide was reported in Christian an hour later.  Winds of up to 70 miles an hour were recorded near Elkton in Todd County. 

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