Society

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

Police Reports
3:03 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Structure on Fire in Kirksey

A fire has fully engulfed a structure on Norsworthy road near Kirksey, Kentucky. The Calloway County Sheriff’s office received a call about the fire around 1:30 this afternoon. The Fire and Rescue squad is on the scene. No further reports including any injuries are available.

Soldier Arrested
8:58 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Fort Campbell Soldier Arrested

A Fort Campbell soldier has been arrested in Georgia after a high-speed chase in connection with the fatal shooting of his wife. Army officials say they were responding to a report of a domestic dispute in on-base housing Friday when they discovered the body of the soldier’s wife. The suspect was apprehended after a chase involving Georgia State Police.  Fort Campbell officials say the suspect shot himself and was in critical condition Saturday evening. The names of the suspect and the victim are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

 

Missing Child Case Open
8:52 am
Mon April 16, 2012

West Tennessee Child Missing 24 Years

As the disappearance of Marlena Childress from her Union City home reaches its 25th anniversary, the lead investigator says he thinks about her every day. Marlena was three years old when she disappeared on April 16, 1987. A massive search turned up no trace of her. Then, her mother told police she accidentally killed Marlena and put her body in the Obion River - a confession she soon recanted. Union City Police Lieutenant Andy Gibson tells KYTN radio as investigative techniques have advanced, they’ve put DNA samples from the child into a national database.

KY Lane Restrictions
8:45 am
Mon April 16, 2012

I-69 Lane Restrictions

There will be lane restrictions along Interstate 69, former Western Kentucky Parkway, between Eddyville and the Pennyrile Parkway beginning today. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say contractors are upgrading overpasses and barrier walls to meet Interstate highway standards. Drivers should slow down and be alert for slowing and merging traffic as they approach marked work zones. Upgrade work is expected to continue into the summer with work zones in several locations.

Habitat for Humanity
4:13 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Human Rights Commission Honors Habitat for Humanity

In Paducah, the Human Rights Commission paid tribute to fair housing practices in the area by honoring Habitat for Humanity and the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center with Fair Housing Awards on Thursday.  Casey Northcutt  provides a quick update on the efforts in Paducah to build homes for low-income families.

Homes have sprung up around the area as part of a citywide effort to provide housing to all segments of the population.

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Society
4:06 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Drug Abuse in KY Mines

Prescription drug abuse is an ongoing problem in Kentucky’s mines but recent steps taken by the state legislature are helping get control of it. That’s what a member of the state mine safety review commission told the senate judiciary committee this week. Paducah attorney Duncan Pitchford says miners in the western Kentucky coalfields are also struggling with methamphetamine addictions.

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Fair Housing Luncheon
4:31 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Local Non-Profits Recognized for Service

Merryman House

Two local non-profit organizations received recognition during the 15th annual Fair Housing Luncheon in Paducah Wednesday. The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center and Habitat for Humanity both received plaques for their efforts to provide housing for citizens in need. The Paducah Human Rights Commission and the City of Paducah hosted the event. The audience included legislators, police officers and non-profit managers, a mixture that impressed Merryman House Assistant Director Dawn York.

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Fair Housing Luncheon
4:24 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Local Non-Profits Recognized at Fair Housing Luncheon

Two local non-profit organizations received recognition during the 15th annual Fair Housing Luncheon today. The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center and Habitat for Humanity both received plaques recognizing their efforts to provide housing for citizens in need. The Paducah Human Rights Commission and the City of Paducah hosted the event, inviting the public to enjoy helpings of chicken and mashed potatoes while speakers from the Paducah Board of Realtors and the US Bank offered advice on housing acquisition.

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