Society

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. 

 

Summer Feeding Program
2:05 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Graves County Summer Feeding Program Expanding

Leah Holland-Mills addresses feeding program volunteers.
Graves County Schools

Graves County School’s summer feeding program is adding another location this year. Symsonia Elementary will join Central Elementary School in providing free meals to area children. The program has started to fill the gap in student’s diets when school is not in session. Food Services director Leah Holland-Mills says it’s been very successful in the past.

“In past summers the program has serviced anywhere between 2500 to 3500 students or children under the age of 18 per month.”

The Bridge
12:46 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Bridge Collapse Hearings: Day Three

Hearings continue today in the US Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the late January allision of the cargo ship Delta Mariner into the Eggners Ferry Bridge.

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Alcohol Vote
3:15 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Marshall County Tourism Board Supports Alcohol Sales

Marshall County’s Tourism Board voted last night to support the legalization of alcohol sales in the county. The resolution in an updated version of one passed 10 years ago. It states the tourist commission believes the lack of legal alcohol is hurting tourism in the area. Tourism Director Randy Newcomb says the board needed to take an official stance on the matter. He says,

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Crime
8:47 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Paducah Sun Seeks to Keep Hearings Open

The Paducah Sun reports it has filed a petition in Calloway Circuit Court to keep pre-trial hearings open in the arson/manslaughter case against Jerry Wayne Walker, Junior.  Commonwealth's Attorney Mark Blankenship wants to close the hearings to both the media and the public, citing "media attention" to the case as the reason.  Walker is set to appear in his second trial later this year over charges he set the 1998 Murray State dorm fire that killed Michael Minger and injured another student.  Walker's earlier trial in 2001 ended in a hung jury.  Circuit Judge Dennis Foust has not yet ruled

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