tobacco

Health
12:44 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

American Lung Association Report Gives Kentucky Low Marks

Credit Challiyil Eswaramangalath Vipin, Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky received straight Fs on the 2014 “State of Tobacco Control” report published Wednesday by the American Lung Association.  The study looked at four areas including creating a smoke free environment, cigarette taxes, insurance coverage for cessation programs and tobacco prevention.

Read more
Society
4:22 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Local Writer Shares 'Passions of the Black Patch'

Bobbie Smith Bryant
Credit Ulysses Hayes

Kate Lochte speaks with western Kentucky native and author Bobbie Smith Bryant on Sounds Good. Bryant was born in the Black Patch of Calloway County and shares her family's heritage in a new book titled, "Passions of the Black Patch: Cooking and Quilting in Western Kentucky." Black Patch is the region in western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee where a specific type of tobacco, which has distinctly dark leaves, is grown.

Learn more at bobbiesmithbryant.com.

Culture
11:20 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Western Kentucky Black Patch Tobacco Documentary Airing on KET Tonight

Last November, a new documentary about raising dark-fired tobacco titled “Farming in the Black Patch" debuted in Murray. The film starts its first run on KET at 8 p.m. Central tonight, with shows scheduled through March on both KET and KET KY. The name Black Patch comes from the dark leaves of the kind of tobacco that's smoke-cured in barns and used for pipe blends, chewing, and snuff. Kate Lochte has more with the filmmaker and writer. 

Read more
Culture
7:45 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Group Urges State Institutions to Go Smoke Free

Credit Challiyil Eswaramangalath Vipin, Wikimedia Commons

While state lawmakers ponder a statewide smoking ban, a coalition of health care groups is sponsoring an advertising campaign urging Kentucky to go smoke-free.

Read more
Business
6:31 am
Fri December 28, 2012

KY Tobacco Sales to Minors Under National Rate

Credit Challiyil Eswaramangalath Vipin, Wikimedia Commons

A new survey of retail tobacco outlets in Kentucky shows more than 94 percent are compliant with the law barring tobacco sales to people younger than 18. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services says Kentucky's average since the program began in 1997 is 9.5 percent violation, which was below the national average of 15.8 percent in that time.

Read more
Agriculture
7:01 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Burley Tobacco Farmers See Best Paydays in Years

Burley tobacco farmers in Kentucky and Tennessee are seeing their best paydays since plunging into the free market. Tight leaf supplies and a quality crop that bounced back after this summer’s drought are bringing burley growers nearly $2 per pound.

Read more
Government
11:09 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Judge Cunningham Previews Constitution Day Speech

Justice Bill Cunningham

Recommended readings on the black patch wars include “The Tobacco Night Riders of Kentucky and Tennessee: 1905-1909” by James Nalland “On Bended Knees: The true story of the Night Rider Tobacco War in Kentucky and Tennesseeby Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham. Cunningham, also gives tonight's (Monday) keynote at Murray State’s Constitution day celebration.  The title of his presentation, “The Fourth Amendment; the Majesty of the Ruined Tenement,” references a statement attributed to William Pitt while he was speaking about the cider excise tax in the British House of Commons in 1763.  Judge Cunningham gave WKMS a preview of the speech. 

Read more
Barn Named Landmark
8:44 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Tobacco Barn Deemed Historic Landmark

Murray Ledger & Times

The Kentucky Heritage Council has recognized a Calloway County tobacco barn as an area landmark.  Built in the 1880s, the log frame barn was part of the Arnett Farm in the southwest of the county. A descendent of the family, Sam Arnett, told the Murray Ledger & Times that he sought historic recognition for the barn as a way to signify the cultural importance of tobacco in the region.  Although tobacco barns are plentiful in the area, few have been the subject of artwork. J. C. Goodman, one of Arnett's cousins, used the Old Arnett Tobacco Barn in one of his paintings.

Afternoon Update
4:21 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 2/22/12

Local, State, Federal Legislation:

Last week, the South Fulton city commission passed the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the fire department to respond to rural fire calls.

Governor Steve Beshear's constitutional amendment to legalize casinos in Kentucky passed the Senate's State and Local Government committee 7-4 today.

Read more
Regional Headlines
10:25 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Lawmakers Urge Inclusion of Tobacco in Free Trade Agreement

Kentucky lawmakers are protesting a current trade agreement that they say would hurt tobacco.

The U.S. is currently negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which includes countries like New Zealand, Peru and Vietnam. But the lawmakers say the proposal excludes tobacco protections.

At a news conference in Frankfort today, Democratic and Republican lawmakers urged President Barack Obama to add provisions for tobacco to the agreement.

Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says including the crop will help Kentucky farmers.

Read more

Pages