Four west Kentucky riverports are receiving most of about $400,000 in state grants to perform repairs to their facilities. The Paducah/McCracken County, Hickman/Fulton County, Henderson County, and Owensboro ports are matching the state money, most of which will go to dock and rail repair. Paducah/McCracken County is getting the largest share, with $150,000.
Northwestern Tennessee's long-planned Cates Landing Mississippi river port is set to open in early spring. Tri-County Port Authority Chair Jimmy Williamson says final site work at the Lake County port begins in November after storm debris from 2011 flooding is cleared from the river. Williamson says the port will bring heavy use from the commercial barge industry to northwest Tennessee.
The Panama Canal expansion project promises to increase river traffic in our region, but to service those ships, area ports will need to invest money to make the ports accommodate large ships. The Alabama Port Authority has made some of those investments in Mobile. Vice President of trade and development for the port authority Mark Sheppard spoke to Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce members as a follow-up to a Transportation Summit the Chamber held in May 2011.
Much of western Kentucky has been upgraded to “exceptional” drought status .This means crops are struggling, sport practices are being canceled, and bottled water sales are up. The effects reach past the shoreline, though, to our waterways. Regional lakes and rivers are below normal levels. Rose Krzton-Presson explores how a nearly 10 foot drop in the Ohio River has affected traffic for both the Four Rivers Region, and all of the southeastern United States.