Society

Fiscal Court
9:17 am
Thu April 26, 2012

McCracken Fiscal Court Discusses Animal Shelter Funding

The McCracken Fiscal Court tentatively plans to spend about $364,000 dollars next year to cover expenses at the county's animal shelter.

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Health & Welfare
7:44 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Conway Coming to Talk About Drugs

Attorney General Jack Conway will make stops in Paducah and Murray today to warn school kids about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. During his two terms in office, Conway has traveled throughout the state to tell children and teens about the potential consequences of abusing painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs. Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill into law earlier this week aimed at identifying people who go from doctor to doctor seeking excessive amounts of prescriptions.

Fulton Project Ready for Final Summer
3:19 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Volunteers Ready to "Paint the Town"

Volunteers with Fulton and South Fulton’s “Let’s Paint the Town” program are ready to begin the final summer of work. The community project began in May 2010 to revitalize the appearance of the Twin Cities to attract new businesses. Volunteers have met for two summers to restore buildings and plant landscaping.

Fulton resident Jeff Campbell has been involved with the project since it started. He says although progress revitalizing Fulton has been slow, the program has already seen some success.

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Crime
10:37 am
Wed April 25, 2012

UT Martin Student Arrested Before Planned Assault

A former University of Tennessee at Martin student was arrested Tuesday night near the Boling University Center before a planned assault could be carried out against a former girlfriend and her male friend.

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Health
4:23 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Hopkinsville Mayor to Propose City Smoking Ban

Hopkinsville’s mayor says he thinks it’s time to join other major Kentucky cities in banning smoking indoors in public bulidings. Mayor Dan Kemp says he’ll introduce his proposal at tomorrow’s city council meeting. He says he wants to give time for people to voice their opposition to the ban, but so far residents’ opinions have been overwhelmingly positive. He says,

“Our health department ran a survey and our chamber of commerce ran a survey of businesses and about 80% of those responding to the surveys thought we needed a smoke-free law in Hopkinsville.”

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Law
9:14 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Judge Upholds Metropolis Adult Club Ordinance

A judge says the city of Metropolis, Illinois can now enforce laws restricting adult businesses in the city limits. On Friday, southern Illinois US District Court Judge Phil Gilbert ruled the city can enforce ordinances restricting alcohol sales, dancer attire, and contact with customers. City officials drafted the ordinances last year shortly after the opening of the Pony adult dance club. Club owner Jerry Westlund filed a restraining order saying the laws would cause him to have to close the business.

Tourism & Heritage
9:05 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Tennessee Adds New Tourism Trail

Tennessee state tourism officials have launched a new driving tour through eight western counties.  The Screaming Eagle Trail travels 353 miles through Benton, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery and Stewart counties. It’s the 13th of 16 self-guided driving tours in the Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways program.  There are 76 tourism sites along the route, including Fort Campbell, Fort Donelson, and the Loretta Lynn Ranch.

The Bridge
7:59 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Eggners Ferry Bridge Hearings Conclude

John Wright, Pool Photographer, Paducah Sun

Joint U.S. Coast Guard/National Transportation Safety Board hearings on the January crash of a cargo ship into the Eggners Ferry Bridge concluded Friday with testimony from vessel pilot Michael Collins. Collins was the last in a line of Kentucky Transportation workers, ship crew and representatives of vessel owner Foss Maritime who testified on policy, regulations, bridge lighting and ship conditions. Foss Senior Vice President of Operations Scott Merritt gave testimony Wednesday. After the hearing concluded, he said he could not confirm if his company would seek litigation.

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Jobs
4:37 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Tennessee Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Recession

Tennessee’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since November 2008. The drop in March to 7.9 percent marks the eighth straight month of decline. Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis says the state lost jobs in March, but the number of unemployed declined at a faster rate. The national unemployment average is 8.2 percent. 

Jobs
3:25 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Illinois Unemployment Falls Below 9 Percent

The Illinois unemployment rate fell below 9 percent in March in what continues to be a slow, sometimes unsteady recovery from recession. The state Department of Employment Security reports an 8.8 percent March rate which is the first time the jobless rate has fallen below nine percent since February 2009 and the seventh straight decrease. Illinois’ unemployment rate still remains higher than the US average of 8.2 percent. 

 

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