Society

New Obion County Animal Shelter
3:31 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Volunteer Group Discusses Obion County Animal Shelter

A group of Union City voluneers met with Tennessee animal rights activists this week to discuss the establishment of a new animal shelter to serve Obion County. The group, which currently has no formal name or officers, is working closely with Native Way Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on designs for a shelter in the Troy area. The current design is modeled after a Hopksinville, Kentucky shelter.  Animal rights activist Josh Pool says the group will make a final decision on design and the cost of the project when the group meets again in March.

Fire Service
1:44 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Proposed South Fulton Fire Service Ordinance

cnts.org

South Fulton Tennessee is working on a solution to a controversial rural subscription fire policy that has drawn negative attention to the city in the past. Last week, the city commission passed the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the fire department to respond to rural fire calls. City Manager Debra Craig says that's whether or not the homeowners have paid a fire subscription fee.

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Gambling Oppostion
2:07 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Catholic Coalition Opposes Gambling

Catholic bishops have issued a stern warning about the potential consequences if Kentucky lawmakers approve a proposal to legalize casinos. Catholic Conference of Kentucky executive director Patrick Delahanty distributed a letter to state senators today detailing the concerns of the state's four Bishops who represent some 400,000 parishioners in the state.

“A lot of this opposition is for us is because this is not a reliable source of income, it’s regressive in nature, and we need to find better ways to meet the needs of Kentuckians.”

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Crime and Law
7:32 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Clarksville Woman Pleads Guilty to Charges

Kentucky State Police

A Clarksville, Tennessee woman facing charges stemming from an incident in which police say she hit her toddler over the head and left him lying on a dark stretch of interstate has plead guilty. The Paducah Sun reports 30-year-old Cynthia Palmer could spend nearly a decade in jail after pleading to charges of assault, wanton endangerment, public intoxication, and driving under the influence.

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Local Charity
7:04 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Murray-Calloway County United Way Reaches Goal

mcunitedway.com

 

The Murray-Calloway County United Way Chapter has reached its annual fundraising goal. Chapter Executive Director Aaron Dail says as of yesterday, United Way pledges are at over $331,000 dollars, more than $41,000 dollars over the goal. Dail says the 2011 campaign involved more than 40 businesses and 72 employee volunteers coordinating with their respective companies. The organization also received the largest donation in its history in this campaign, $140,000 dollars from Chuck and Sarah Jones of Murray. 

College Basketball
3:19 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Racers Move Up in Rankings

goracers.com

The Murray State Men's Basketball team is creeping back up in the national rankings following two wins last week. The Racers moved up two spots in the AP poll to number 14, and two in the ESPN poll to number 12 after successfully navigating past Southeast Missouri State and then number 16 ranked St. Mary's.

Society
8:23 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Death Sparks Anti-Bullying Movement in Western Kentucky

The death of a 14-year-old Christian County girl has sparked a movement against bullying and suicide. The movement started this month after Miranda Campbell fatally shot herself. Angela Felty is the director of the Elevation Teen Center in Hopkinsville. She says she started the movement with help from youths who attend the center. She says the Miranda Campbell Challenge has a Facebook page and had more than 1,000 "likes" from users just a few days after being set up. Felty and Campbell's father say the teen was bullied because she was bisexual.

Society
3:50 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Occupy Nashville Removed From Capitol

Malina Chavez http://www.facebook.com/OccupyNashville

This past week, the Tennessee House passed a bill that would force Occupy Nashville’s encampment off the plaza outside the capitol.  Debate in the state Senate delayed action on the measure for a week, granting protesters a temporary reprieve. Some protesters began taking down tents Wednesday, but they said their movement was not defeated. They instead argued the camp had become a distraction from the inequalities that first galvanized Occupy Wall Street. This report brought to you by Daniel Potter of WPLN.

Society
3:34 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Journey Story: Jan Basile

A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution called “Journey Stories” is at Murray State’s Wrather West Kentucky Museum through March 10th.  So, we asked our listeners for their “Journey Stories.”  We received this one from Jan Basile  of Murray.

 Jan Basile of Murray offered her “Journey Story” for a limited series we’re producing to highlight the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition also called “Journey Stories.”  It’s at Wrather West Kentucky Museum at 16th and University Drive on the Murray State Campus

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Society
4:51 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Draffen's Department Store Demolition

For the past several years, the building that once housed Draffen’s Department Store has sat vacant on a street corner in Calvert City. Boards cover its front windows and “Keep Out” signs warn people away from its unsteady walls, but at one time, the store operated as one of the city’s chief centers of commerce. Yet money counts more than memories in the preservation of buildings, and Saturday, Calvert City will lose another historical landmark to demolition. Casey Northcutt has more.

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