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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 7  No. 9 September 2015 (c)

FrontPage News

Kentucky's Economic Development Incentives: pay for play not promises | work, Kentucky, tax incentives, economic development
Kentucky's Economic Development Incentives: pay for play not promises

Kentucky's Economic Development Authority approved $124.4 million dollars in tax incentives so far this year.

So, what's the story behind Kentucky's tax incentive program?

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Mary B. Potter

Jobs report in Kentucky - Everything's coming up roses | jobs, Kentucky, statistics, employment,

Last year - a bigger jobs crisis than 2015
Jobs report in Kentucky - Everything's coming up roses

The most recent jobs report from the Kentucky looks good as the highest unemployment counties' numbers slide upward...

The best employment statistics in the Commonwealth continue to be in Northern Kentucky Area Development District (ADD) with an unemployment rate of 4.5% followed closely by the Bluegrass ADD (Anderson to Woodford Counties) with 4.6%.

The worst in the Big Sandy..

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Mary Potter

Are Humans Underrated? Yes and no according to Fortune Magazine | work, robots, jobs, economics,

Are robotics taking all human jobs?
Are Humans Underrated? Yes and no according to Fortune Magazine

This month's Fortune Magazine trumpets "Humans are Underrated." In the magazine's lead article, Geoff Colvin, in an article, adapted from his book of the same name, tells today's workers that while they should be worried about what technology is doing to the world of work, there is still a place for them. Whew!

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Mary Potter

The Gig Economy in 2015 | work, economy, Millennials, gig economy, jobs, economics,
The Gig Economy in 2015

The gig economy has no standard definition, according to Monica Oss of OpenMinds.com, "but it's a shorthand reference to the growing numbers of Americans who no longer hold a regular "job" with a long-term connection to a particular organization..." The Gig Economy-Welcome to the World of Microentrepeneurs

For those of us older folks living more rural West Kentucky, getting our heads around the gig economy is not so easy. For city dwellers, programs like Uber, the we'll-pick-you-up driver company is one example. Few connections to the center, drivers come and they go. Other examples are only an app away.

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Mary Potter

Community and Regional News

Heritage Days set for September 8 -12th | Hickman County, Kentucky, history, Heritage Days 2015
Heritage Days set for September 8 -12th

Editor's Note: more events have been added to this week's festivities - Mayor Phyllis Campbell invites visitors to stop by City Hall on S. Jefferson Street (behind the Hickman County Courthouse) on Thursday for refreshments. Hickman County Homemakers will be providing cookies downtown on Wednesday morning.

Hickman County has a history worth knowing about and celebrating. With a dramatic view of the Mississippi River and some of the most fertile hills, valleys, and woods in the upper South, this place was off and running from the beginning...

Heritage Days, a week-long event spearheaded by the Hickman County Museum and Hickman County Historical and Genealogical Society, is a time for Hickman Countians to reflect on their local history and applaud those communities and individuals of Hickman County who helped establish a legacy worth remembering.

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Liz Jewell

WKMS interview: Heritage Days  | radio, WKMS, NPR, Heritage Days 2015, Hickman County, Clinton
WKMS interview: Heritage Days

WKMS Tracy Ross and Matt Markgraf interviewed Liz Jewell and Mary Potter about Heritage Days. Follow the jump for the audio at their website.

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WKMS

Horse and buggy doctor's office being restored | Kentucky, history, Clinton, medicine, Hickman County,

Dr. Thomas Lamkin\'s office has been relocated next to the Hickman County Museum.
Horse and buggy doctor's office being restored

In horse and buggy days, a physician could only cover so much territory. Consequently in the early 1900s there were as many as 28 doctors in Hickman County, "from Columbus to Clinton and from Oakton to Springhill."

Dr. Thomas Lenard Lamkin was one of these "horse-and-buggy doctors." His one-room office, located in the Springhill community, had all the necessities: an operating table, a life-sized skeleton, and castor oil in a whiskey bottle.

Dr. Lamkin's office has been relocated several times but now it has a permanent home. Thanks to its most recent owner, Carlean Black, the old doctor's office is now being restored and is part of the Hickman County Museum in Clinton...

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Liz Jewell

Editorials

It sucks to be a Millennial  | Millennials, baby boomers, jobs, culture, technology
It sucks to be a Millennial

..."Before we get too excited about all the low-cost goods and services our generation can summon with an app, we need to understand that even these features of the "sharing economy" are making some people above us very rich while we become a generation that owns virtually nothing."

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Mary Potter

Education

Graves County teen Becca Green named Miss Teen Kentucky 2015

Becca Green, Graves County High Senior, now Miss Teen Ky
Graves County teen Becca Green named Miss Teen Kentucky 2015

Graves County High School senior Becca Green competed in the Miss Teen Pageant in Lexington this past weekend and won first place in her division, earning a title that advances her to the Miss Teen Nationals in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 9-13.

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Katie Meade, News Editor Eagle Eye Graves County High

Governor Beshear Acknowledges

Kentucky Air Force Captain Matthew D. Roland | Afghanistan, Afghan War, Kentucky soldier, Operation Freedom's Sentinel

Air Force Captain Matthew D. Roland, age 27
Kentucky Air Force Captain Matthew D. Roland

According to the Department of Defense, Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, of Lexington, Kentucky, died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle he was traveling in was attacked near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan. Capt. Roland was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida.

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Governor's Office Press Release

Health & Wellness

Baptist Health Paducah heart attack care receives national performance award

Paducah, KY - Aug. 31, 2015 - Heart attack treatment at Baptist Health Paducah was recently recognized among the nation's best by the American College of Cardiology for the third year...

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Angie Timmons

Travel & Tourism

Discovery Park of America hosts Labor Day "Party in the Park" | Discovery Park of America, tourism, Tennessee, Cowboy Dan, Labor Day 2015

Cowboy Dan is taking the stage on The Great Lawn at 11:00 a.m.
Discovery Park of America hosts Labor Day "Party in the Park"

UNION CITY, TN- All tickets are just $10 on Monday, September 7th, as Discovery Park of America employees invite you to their Labor Day "Party in the Park!" Discovery Park is ordinarily closed on Mondays, but they are opening Labor Day with even more excitement than usual!

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Mary Nita Bondurant

Fancy Farm Arts & Crafts Fair Sept 12 | Fancy Farm, Kentucky, arts and crafts, Graves County, travel, tourism
Fancy Farm Arts & Crafts Fair Sept 12 See the full story ...

About Us

Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing

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

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal


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