McCracken County

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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.

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

Progress on Ledbetter Bridge Demolition

Aug 14, 2014
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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

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: 


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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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.

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.

Severe Weather Sweeps Through Western KY and Southern IL

Jun 5, 2014
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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. 

Old Ledbetter Bridge Sinks Farther Over Weekend

May 19, 2014

A sensor placed on the Old Ledbetter Bridge Friday by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers and inspectors detected additional movement in west approach spans on the Old Ledbetter Bridge this weekend.