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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 9  No. 9 September 2017 (c)

FrontPage News

$169.9M For Support of Phalanx Close-in Ship Defense Guns

Naval Phalanx weapons system - 90% of work done in Louisville.
$169.9M For Support of Phalanx Close-in Ship Defense Guns

Military spending on naval weapons affect Kentucky's bottom line.

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Ivan Potter

Gimme That Ole Time Religion - Old Hymn Sing brings out crowd

Helen Greer singing "Old Time Religion" at Old Hymn Sing in Clinton September 8, 20117
Gimme That Ole Time Religion - Old Hymn Sing brings out crowd

Hundreds turned out to listen to talented musicians sing and play. There were plenty of chances for everyone to join in singing old favorites.

Photo slide show follows.

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Mary Potter, slide show

Chandler to PADD: Kentucky near bottom in health outcomes | smoking, Kentucky, health care, economy, Purchase Area Development District, PADD, cancer

Ben Chandler, executive director of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, addresses PADD members.
Chandler to PADD: Kentucky near bottom in health outcomes

Ben Chandler came to the Purchase Area Development (PADD) meeting last Monday to share some bad news: Kentucky is not healthy. In fact, the Commonwealth ranks 45th in economic outcomes, a statistic that takes health into account.

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Mary Potter, Ivan Potter photos

Gas detection devices lacking in state universities | Murray State, college, education, health and safety

Photo by Chalice Keith, The MSU News
Gas detection devices lacking in state universities

Collin Morris, News Editor at Murray State News, did some digging in the wake of this summer's on campus dorm explosion at New Richmond Hall which left one employee badly injured. His research found that MSU and several other universities in Kentucky lack gas detection devices in the buildings that use natural gas.

Why would universities lack equipment that most homeowners purchase at the local hardware store?

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Collin Morris, Murray State News

Labor Parade - unions turn out in Paducah | labor, Labor Day 2017, union, Kentucky,

Paducah Labor Day Parade 2017
Labor Parade - unions turn out in Paducah

Organized labor marched in an hour-long parade through downtown Paducah on Labor Day. Floats, flatbeds, big trucks, fancy cars and the Shriners made a long line on a perfect September Monday.

The theme of this year's parade "Still Standing."

Follow the jump for the slide show and story.

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Mary Potter

State employees, teachers to take brunt of pension crisis | Kentucky, retirement, politics, education, teachers,

Funding Kentucky\'s retirement system. Longest bar indicates legislative pension funding.
State employees, teachers to take brunt of pension crisis

Pensions in Kentucky regarded as the "inviolable contract" are under siege. Supporters of Governor Bevin's position on converting retirement to a 401K plans believe that changing times require changing retirement plans. Retirees and state workers strenuously disagree.

Fueling the distress many of them are feeling is the release of a 113 page report "Pension Performance and Best Practices Analysis"...

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Mary Potter

Community and Regional News

Hickman County Heritage Days September 5 - 9: A Legacy Worth Celebrating | Heritage Days 2017, Kentucky history, Hickman County, art, Jackson Purchase
Hickman County Heritage Days September 5 - 9: A Legacy Worth Celebrating

TIMELINE 225 will be the starting point of a court square "Walk-Around Timeline" opening during Heritage Days, September 5-9.

The horizontal timeline chronicles 225 years of Hickman County history and coincides with this year's celebration of Kentucky statehood, 1792-2017. "Origins"(shown at left) is the first of ten timeline panels created by John Kelly Ross and Liz Jewell.

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Editorials

A Political Street Dictionary for a 21st Century

Our new reality of life is rapidly spiraling back to the beginning of the 20th Century. Most experts will agree that history does repeat its events and trends exactly. Yet, history can and does reflect the events of 100 years ago.

The forces unleashed in the time period of 1900 through 1920 set and framed the energy of the entire 20th century politics, government, economics, resources, and war. Those forces are still at work in the 21st as recent events show.

What follows are short definitions of political terms.

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Ivan Potter

Agriculture, Home and Garden

Hemp: the holy grail for West Kentucky farmers | farming, hemp, Rand Paul, Calloway County, Western Kentucky, agriculture,

Sen. Rand Paul, left, and Rep. Richard Heath listen to hemp presentation. Hemp food additive in bag manufactured in Canada can be sold but not produced in US.
Hemp: the holy grail for West Kentucky farmers

Hemp is quickly becoming the Holy Grail for Western Kentucky farmers. The promise of a new crop that can be animal feed, people food, medicine, fabric, and a building material is a siren call for agriculture.

Senator Rand Paul spent some time in Calloway County recently listening to an extended elevator pitch at the Scott Lowe Farm. The farm grows over 700 acres of hemp and has capacity for 200 more acres.

Senator Paul and State Representative Richard Heath, Graves, McCracken, heard farmer Joseph Kelly discuss the potential for hemp, among other uses, as a food source. There's just one problem: the crop is still considered a Class A drug by the federal government.

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Mary Potter

Politics & Government

Edelen and Jones bring New Kentucky Project roadshow to Paducah | Adam Edelen, Matt Jones, New Kentucky Project, Paducah, Emerge Kentucky, politics, media,

Adam Edelen, left, waits while partner Matt Jones
Edelen and Jones bring New Kentucky Project roadshow to Paducah

The New Kentucky Project founders Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR) and former Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen brought their roadshow on Wednesday evening to the historic 1857 Hotel in downtown Paducah last week.

They brought news of a change in the media landscape in 2017.

They are launching a news site for Kentuckians unconnected to traditional networks and outlets.

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Mary Potter

Emerge KY Class 2018 Apply September 1st  | Emerge Kentucky, women, politics,
Emerge KY Class 2018 Apply September 1st
Applications for the Emerge KY Class of 2018 now opening!
Twenty-six Emerge Alums hold elected office now! Will you be number 27?
Apply online starting September 1st.
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Blair Haydon

Social and emotional learning important in early childhood, lawmakers told

Young children need to learn their ABCs and numbers to advance in school, but they'll need good social and emotional skills to advance in life, an early children expert told a group of state lawmakers today.

"If you want academic success, it requires social and emotional learning," said Dr. Tom Lottman, a senior director and researcher with Children, Inc., an early childhood development agency in Northern Kentucky.

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LRC press release

About Us

Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing | Ivan Potter, Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal, politics, Clinton Kentucky,

Ivan and Mary Potter shopping in Hazel KY
Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing

Meet the husband and wife team responsible for West Kentucky Journal.

Editor's Note: Updated - Ivan Potter retired from the Clinton City Council as of January 1, 2017.

WKJ now has over 6000 articles and 2.5 million yearly views.

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal


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