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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 5  No. 4  April 2014 (c)

FrontPage News

Arising from the rubble - Historical Society celebrates on Saturday

The new Society building - bigger, newer, stabler.
Arising from the rubble - Historical Society celebrates on Saturday

(Clinton, KY) - On Saturday, April 24, 2014, the Hickman County Historical & Genealogical Society will officially re-open its doors to the community. The Society will provide brunch foods and tours of its new facilities between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and noon.

It will be a celebration of arising from the rubble of the past year.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Grimes supports approval of Keystone

Alison Lundergan Grimes, candidate for US Senate, supports approval of Keystone Pipeline..
Grimes supports approval of Keystone

On Wednesday, Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes urged President Obama to approve the Keystone Pipeline.

The Pipeline doesn't go through Kentucky, but Grimes has been under pressure from Republicans to take a stand on its approval. Environmentalists urged her to stand with them and oppose the project.

According to a report in the Huffington Post, it's all about jobs, jobs, jobs.

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Huffington Post

2014 Spring Chicken Festival April 25 -26

All dressed up and ready to party - Arts Council chicken will be feather flauntin' this weekend.
2014 Spring Chicken Festival April 25 -26

The chickens are springing up all over Clinton in anticipation of the 4th Annual Spring Chicken Festival.

There will be fun runs, a "Chicken Idol" competition, music on the square, cornhole tournament, open houses, and chicken themed food available on the square.

Follow the jump to the Hickman County Chamber website for event times, dates..

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Murder in Mayfield: Easley to share book
Murder in Mayfield: Easley to share book

(Mayfield, KY) - Author Sid Easley will read from and talk about his recent book A Courthouse Tragedy: Politics, Murder, and Redemption in a Small Kentucky Town Saturday morning in the Mayfield, Kentucky, courthouse where the crime and subsequent trial took place more than ninety years ago.

The event, hosted by the Jackson Purchase Historical Society, begins at 10:30 AM Saturday, April 26, in the District Courtroom on the ground floor of the historic Graves County Courthouse on the square in Mayfield, Kentucky. It is free and open to the public.

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Dr. Bob Lochte

Quilt Festival 2014 enjoying great weather, quilts and crowds

Best of Show for 2014 - ElaTed by Ted Storm, ‘s-Gravenzande, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Quilt Festival 2014 enjoying great weather, quilts and crowds

There's still time to see some of the most creative art shows in America - and all on cloth.

The American Quilters Society's Paducah Show continues through Saturday.

Show winners come from as far away as Japan and as near as Paducah, Kentucky.

To see more winners and for more information on the show, follow the jump to the AQS website.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Community and Regional News

DOE Contractor LATA Kentucky Exceeds 2.5 Million Safe Work Hours

Mark Duff, LATA Kentucky project manager addresses workers.
DOE Contractor LATA Kentucky Exceeds 2.5 Million Safe Work Hours

PADUCAH, KY — U.S. Department of Energy prime contractor LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky credits the diligence of its workers for safely completing 3½ years of facility demolition and environmental cleanup at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

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Joe Walker, LATA

Education

Meteorologist shares weather info with 2nd graders
Meteorologist shares weather info with 2nd graders

WPSD/Local 6 chief meteorologist, Jennifer Rukavina recently visited Fancy Farm Elementary School second grade students in teachers Diane Smithson's and Kim Brickeen's classes.

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Paul Schaumburg

Politics & Government

To close or not to close?  | jail closing, Hickman County, Kentucky, detention,

County Judge Greg Pruitt cites revenue losses from state prisoners as reason for closing jail.
To close or not to close?


(Clinton, KY) The Hickman County Fiscal Court may be soon asked by the current Hickman County Judge Greg Pruitt to vote to close the county jail and move police dispatch and 911 functions out of the county.

Rumors of a closing have circulated for months. The matter hasn’t come before the Fiscal Court, leading locals to believe that the rumors were unfounded. The issue arose again when a letter entitled “Open Letter to the Citizens of Hickman County” appeared in the March 18th issue of the Hickman County Times.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal - 1 opinion posted

A tale of two counties - Carlisle and Fulton made opposite decisions on local jails | Hickman County jail, Fulton County, Carlisle County, dispatch

Carlisle County located their dispatch service in their new courthouse.
A tale of two counties - Carlisle and Fulton made opposite decisions on local jails

When confronted with the same question - whether to build a new jail or not - the two counties to the north and south of Hickman County reached exactly opposite conclusions. One built. The other did not. And both are happy almost fifteen years later with the decisions they made.

While Hickman County struggles with deciding the fate of its jail, 911 call and dispatch service, Carlisle and Fulton Counties made those decisions years ago. We talked with both county judges to get their take on how their counties are dealing with jails and 911...

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Jail gets stay of execution

L to R: Judge Greg Pruitt, Magistrates Harold Jackson, Ricky DeWeese, Tommy Roberts, Treasurer Carol Melugin.
Jail gets stay of execution

(Clinton, KY – April 15, 2014) –The Hickman County Detention Center (aka “the jail”) has been sitting on death row for the past month. That’s about the time when the news leaked out that the jail would be closed by the Hickman County Fiscal Court at its April meeting.

Rumors of an April execution turned out to be premature.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Check, please.

Clinton Mayor Tommy Kimbro, left, and City Councilman Howard Dillard.
Check, please.

(Clinton, KY) – You're sitting in a nice restaurant in a party of six. Five get up and leave. The last one out says, "Just pay 1/6 of the check."

No problem. How bad can it be?

You open the bill and your heart skips a beat. The bill is over 200% more than you spent last time you were here.

Now what?

That's the scenario that confronted the Clinton City Council this week. The bill for dispatch is check is a lot more than they bargained for when they began planning next year's budget a month ago. The bad news came by mail.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

KET announces candidate debate schedule
KET announces candidate debate schedule

Beginning April 21st, KET's Kentucky Tonight with Bill Goodman will host a series of Congressional candidate debates.

Print and save the schedule so not a word is missed.

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KET press release

Ag puts Farmer's guns, knives up for auction

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The state will auction dozens of high-quality collector’s items left over from a 2008 agriculture conference during Richie Farmer’s tenure as Kentucky agriculture commissioner.

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Ted Sloan, Ky Dept. of Ag

Hillary Clinton coming to Louisville

WFPL, Louisville's NPR station is reporting that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Louisville on April 26th to speak to the United Methodist Women's Assembly, a gathering of 7000 Methodist women.

The event is sold out - but - Clinton's speech will be streamed online. Follow the jump to WFPL for more info.

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Health & Wellness

Baptist Health Paducah welcomes four new physicians to its medical staff

Dr. Nanette McCullough - back at Baptist
Baptist Health Paducah welcomes four new physicians to its medical staff

(Paducah, Ky.) April 16, 2014 — Hospitalists Alice Hall, MD, and Karl Hammonds, MD, rheumatologist Cara Hammonds, MD, and emergency medicine physician Nanette McCullough, MD, have recently joined the medical staff at Baptist Health Paducah.

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Angie Kinsey, Baptist Health Paducah

Arts & Entertainment

DATE CHANGED! Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss to be at MSU May 21st

Legendary singer, songwriter Willie Nelson and virtuoso Alison Krauss will be at Murray State on May 21st for their first joint tour.

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