Trent Lovett

Marshall County Schools officials are trying to dispel social media rumors of a high school student with a “hit list” on other classmates after he was caught with a knife at school.

Mike Miller County Park, via Facebook

The Marshall County Parks Department is looking for a new director.

The post is now vacant after director Larry Whitt submitted his resignation last week.

The Marshall County Board of Education is moving forward with the consolidation of more than 500 students from Benton and South Marshall middle schools.

Area schools are being hit with hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties, in the wake of the dissolution of the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust, or KSBIT.

The penalty payments are intended to fix a $60 million deficit in KSBIT's worker’s compensation and property and liability pools. The penalty amount is 60 percent  based on premiums, and 40 percent based on that school district’s past claims.

The insurance program was attractive to districts due to its low premium costs in worker’s comp and liability coverages.

Principal Resigns Amidst Rape Charges

Mar 22, 2012

FormerSouth Marshall Middle Schoolprincipal Kent Barlow has resigned in the midst of an investigation into charges of rape and unlawful imprisonment.  Barlow appeared in Marshall District Court Wednesday and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The Paducah Sun reports Superintendent Trent Lovett confirms Barlow’s resignation.  The district begins a search for his replacement today and will fill the position before July 1.  Kentucky State Police arrested Barlow following allegations of rape by a female acquaintance.  The case now goes before the grand jury.