A Sunday morning car accident in Calloway County injured four and left one man dead. 66 year old Danny Pittman of New Concord was killed when his car was pushed into a head-on collision by a man attempting to pass on HWY 121. James Sasse of Murray attempted to avoid an oncoming car while passing Pittman, but struck Pittman’s car sending it into oncoming traffic. Kentucky State Police are investigating the accident.
Police have found a Graves County teenager who went missing last week. 14-year-old Sidney Williamson was found in Shereveport, Louisiana following a joint investigation by the FBI, Graves County Sheriff’s Department and Shreveport Police Department. Williamson was found with 27-year-old Tyler Martin, with whom she had been in an internet relationship. Martin was arrested and is charged with Kidnapping. Shreveport officials say Williamson showed no visible injuries.
A new poll by a nonpartisan health organization suggests a majority of Kentuckians would support a statewide smoking ban.
The Kentucky Health Issues Poll is conducted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. And its 2011 poll, taken last fall and released this week, shows that 54 percent of Kentuckians would approve an indoor statewide smoking ban.
Kentucky’s General Assembly has flirted with a law that would create a statewide smoking ban, but it has yet to fully make it through both chambers.
Clarksville Police have charged two teenagers in the shooting death of a Fort Campbell soldier. Police found 22-year-old Specialist Taylor Hotzoglou inside his car with multiple gunshot wounds early Sunday morning. Yesterday, police announced the arrests of 18-year-old Giovanni Johnson and a 17-year-old youth. Johnson is held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail. The juvenile suspect is in the Columbia Juvenile Detention Center. The victim’s family says he had just returned from a deployment to Afghanistan.
The Murray-Calloway County Community Foundation will host a seminar on the benefits of establishing endowments. Philanthropy 360 is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 Tuesday evening at Wrather Museum on the Murray State University campus. Featured speakers include Bob Long, a former grantmaker for the Kellogg Foundation, and Tony Watkins, executive director of the Community Foundation of West Kentucky. More than $150,000 dollars remain in the Endow Kentucky tax credits program for fiscal 2012. Endow Kentucky to increase philanthropic activity in the commonwealth.
Illinois' dropping unemployment rate will trigger the end of a federal program for the state’s long-term jobless. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the Extended Benefit program ends May 12th. The program pays 20 weeks of benefits to anyone unemployed beyond 79 weeks. Department spokesman Greg Rivara says the program started paying benefits in Illinois in 2009 because of high unemployment, but the recent fall below 9 percent triggered its end. Officials urge anyone without a job to visit the Illinois JobLink website. It has postings for more than 90,000 job openings.
Former Tennessee Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Chesteen passed away yesterday at the age of 72. The Union City native was a candidate for governor in 1994, and was a longtime political science professor at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Chesteen was an Obion County commissioner from 1982 to 1994, and taught at UT-Martin from 1969 until retiring in December 2007. He’s survived by his wife and two children.
A new poll shows Kentuckians are becoming increasingly aware of the commonwealth's health issues and willing to act on them.
The Kentucky Health Issues Poll is conducted annually by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The latest poll for last year was just released this week and found many Kentuckians worry about childhood obesity and depression.
The only super-maximum security prison in Illinois may not close after all. An Illinois panel voted Tuesday against closing the Tamms Correctional Center and other prisons.
The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted 7 to 3 against the closure. Republican Representative Mike Tryon was among those who voted no. He said he couldn’t support closing prisons without a plan for what to do with the structures.