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New Racer Ranks

Feb 27, 2012
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The Murray State Racers have climbed back into the top ten in this week’s ESPN rankings and moved up two spots in the AP poll. The now 9 and 12 ranked Racers, respectively, are 28-1 after beating Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech on the road last week to close out the regular season. The Racers begin OVC Tournament play in Nashville on Friday. Murray State sits atop conference standings giving them a bye and an automatic bid to the semi-final round. The other OVC bye goes to Tennessee State, who handed the Racers their only loss on the season on February 9th. 

Officials say crews have found the body of a barge worker who fell into the Tennessee River in Marshall County over the weekend.  Marshall Rescue Chief Curt Curtner tells WPSD-TV co-workers lost contact with the man around 1:30 Sunday morning. He says crews were called in to help search and the man's body was located about an hour later.  Curtner says the man's identity isn't being released pending notification of kin and the outcome of an autopsy.

Paducah native and Calloway County High School alumni Lieutenant Colonel John Darin Loftis was among those killed in Afghanistan Saturday in a Taliban attack. Lieutenant Colonel Loftis was one of two who died in the attack on a heavily guarded ministry building in Kabul. The Taliban claim the attack is in retaliation for reports of Qur’an burnings at Bagram Air Base north of Kabul. Loftis is survived by his wife and two daughters in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

A group comprised of restaurant and resort owners in Marshall County is making a push to allow the sale of alcohol in the county. The group, called "Marshall 1st", is attempting to get the 2,100 petition signatures required by state law to allow the issue to be put up for a special vote. "Marshall 1st" spokesperson Sissy Wommack says the group is taking on the issue to try and boost economic growth.

A Madisonville church maintenance worker charged with 300 counts of possession of child pornography is in jail on a $10,000 dollar bond. Kentucky State Police executed a search warrant at 25-year-old Martin Clouse’s home Wednesday night. Police say the warrant was part of an investigation of online child pornography sharing that began in November. Pastor John Thomas of Christ the King Church, where Clouse was employed, says Clouse rarely had contact with children at the church. He also says they perform background checks on employees and attend training to protect children in the church.

Jo Dortch & the Empty Bowls Project

Feb 24, 2012

Last year, local residents glazed hundreds of bowls in preparation for the Empty Bowls Project, a charity event organized by Michael Terra of Paducah. During the event, patrons purchased $15 tickets and filled handmade bowls with food donated from local restaurants. All proceeds benefited the Paducah Community Kitchen. Now, as the second annual Empty Bowls approaches, WKMS’ Casey Northcutt takes a look at one woman who has spent the past year glazing bowls for the project, and in doing so, she has nourished her own soul.

A Clarksville man is detained in Montgomery County Jail on false report charges after he allegedly posted a Craigslist ad for a baby for sale. Last week, a concerned citizen called Clarksville Police about the ad, which listed the baby for sale for $850. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Detective Debra Kolofsky investigated 24 year old Jacob Marshall for posting the ad. Officials determined the baby was not known to Marshall and he had only posted the ad to see what kind of response he would get. Marshall’s bond is set at $1,000.

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.

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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.

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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