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Who in Hickman County do I talk to about my water bill?
Mickey Beck, Clinton City Council, in blue shirt, had his own story of a soaring water bill to tell. Mickey and Jeff Morrow are the only two councilmen to contact the PSC about the proposed rate increase.
Who in Hickman County do I talk to about my water bill?
Those having trouble with their water bills are urged to call the Public Service Commission at 1-800-772-4636 and lodge an informal complaint.
Angry citizens confronted Clinton City Council over high water and sewer bills at the regular April meeting. One woman said that her water was cut off in February, 2009. Her bill, which had been a steady $45 a month for ten years, suddenly ballooned to $180 a month. She fell behind, she told the Council and the water company would not take payments. The month her water was turned off, she received a bill for $600. The next month was $700. The bill she received on April 6th, the day of the Council meeting was a $1000.
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Good News for Poultry Farm in WKY
WESTERN KENTUCKY BACKYARD FLOCKS
TEST NEGATIVE FOR AVIAN INFLUENZA
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Paducah Lowertown Featured in St. Louis Story
St. Louis Today  has a very nice story on Paducah’s Lowertown arts relocation project. Just in time for the Quilt Festival which starts April 22nd. The movement from quilting to other arts was brilliant and brought millions of dollars into the local economy. Houses that looked only fit for demolition or a rat colony were converted into homes and galleries.  
What Paducah did right was to have a vision, get buy in from the banks, the arts and government.  The city of 27,000 now has a world class tourist attraction – and it all started with bits of cloth, needles and thread.
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Conway Officially Annouces Candidacy for US Senate
Jack Conway and some happy bloggers at the Graves Co. Dem Breakfast.
Conway Officially Annouces Candidacy for US Senate
Attorney General Jack Conway made it official today. He's running for the US Senate. Before he meets incumbent Senator Jim Bunning, he'll have to beat Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo.
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Is It Bread or Water This Month?
"Is It Bread Or Water This Month?"
Utilities Inc. Customers Write to the PSC
“My wife keeps getting a (water) bill for a house we haven’t lived in for a year. After asking repeatedly, it doesn’t do any good. What do I have to do? Hire a lawyer?” wrote Clinton resident Thomas King.  
 King and other customers of Utilities, Inc. are writing their anger and concern to the Kentucky Public Service Commission. 
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Attention Water Co. Customers!
ATTENTION UTILITIES INC. CUSTOMERS!
 GOT A BILLING COMPLAINT? 
CAN'T WORK IT OUT
WITH THE WATER COMPANY? 
CALL 1-800-772-4636

********
UTILITIES INC. the water company that serves
Clinton is asking the
Kentucky Public Service Commission
for a 50.8% rate increase.

THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL!
 
        We can defeat this request.
The more of us who protest, the louder our voices will be.
        We need YOU to write a letter to:
               
                KENTUCKY PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
P.O. BOX 615
FRANKFORT, KY 40601
 
 
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79 Million Going to Paducah to Clean Up Cold War Nuclear Waste
Still cleaning up from the Cold War - Paducah to get a $79 million cleaning boost
79 Million Going to Paducah to Clean Up Cold War Nuclear Waste

WASHINGTON, DC -- Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced $6 billion in new funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate environmental cleanup work and create thousands of jobs across 12 states – including a major investment in Kentucky.  Projects identified for funding will focus on accelerating cleanup of soil and groundwater, transportation and disposal of waste, and cleaning and demolishing former weapons complex facilities. .. 
Among other projects -
            Paducah ($79 million) - Remove and dispose of large process equipment and demolish surplus chemical processing facilities, shrinking the area of contamination prior.

 

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A Response from Utilities, Inc. President Re AIG Link
First of all I would like to thank you for the opportunity to respond. In an effort to fully explain the relationship between AIG and Highstar, and then the further relationship to Utilities, Inc. I would like to use an analogy. I am sure many of your readers have heard of FedEx Field in Maryland and understand the concept of naming rights. FedEx Field is where the Washington Redskins play their home football games. The ownership of the stadium is by Daniel Snyder/Redskins. FedEx has entered into a marketing agreement to have its name associated with the field. Prior to FedEx the name was Jack Kent Cooke Stadium. As everyone understands FedEx does not own the Washington Redskins stadium or the team. This is strictly a marketing arrangement. The same can be said about the former AIG Highstar name, it was naming rights, a marketing arrangement (that worked for both sides) and has no impact on ownership.
I truly hope this clarifies your understanding. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact my office, Larry Schumacher - President & C.E.O.
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PSC Enters Order to Water Company
            WATER RATE INCREASE PUT OFF UNTIL SEPT. 15 BY PSC
           Water Services, Inc., the company that provides water to two Kentucky towns, Middlesboro and Clinton, won’t get a 50.8% rate increase right away.
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Purchase Region Industrial Park Gets Mega Status
IT'S MEGA! Certification of WKY site will blowtorch uncertified competition.
Purchase Region Industrial Park Gets Mega Status
MAYFIELD, KY - The Purchase Region Industrial Park was certified a "mega-site" by McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC), one of the nation's premiere site-selection firms. The site located in Graves County on US 45 is eight miles from the Purchase Parkway and ten miles from Interstate 24. The site, which is 2200 acres, is actually two parcels - one of 1000 acres and a second of 1200 acres. Both are served by five Class 1 railroads. Within a 70 mile radius is a potential workforce of 430,000.

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Editorials

Hebert Leaving WHAS
Hebert at Fancy Farm in 07 with Wellman, Bartlesman and Ellis.
Hebert Leaving WHAS
I am not going to wax poetic over Mark Hebert's leaving journalism. But I, for one, will miss him. He is making a safe move to public affairs office at U of L. Regular hours. No ambulances. No disasters. No middle of the night emergencies (we hope). Just nosy reporters wanting just a bit more than his boss is going to want to reveal. Life will change for the better for Mr. Hebert. It won't change for the better for those of us wanting and needing unbiased journalism from a reporter who followed a story wherever it led.
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