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The new year of 2015 must be a real new year for our region.
The most recent report on state growth puts the Purchase behind other areas of Kentucky in growth...
...New county judges from McCracken to Fulton have a chance to change the economic down hill slide. It's going to take a commitment that mirrors, but does not imitate SOAR, (Save Our Appalachian Region).
Those prospective employers/businesses who state they do not want to come because of the lack "right to work" protections are the very ones we wish would go somewhere else. Businesses expecting a "permit" to hold employees in perpetual poverty should each and every one be rejected because WE RECOGNIZE OUR RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH THE CITIZENS OF FULTON COUNTY NOT CORPORATE PROFITS.
from Nettles' Letter to Fulton County Magistrates December 24, 2014
New local taxes, embattled within the new Home Rule laws, will be fought at the state and local levels. Local government will have to scramble to cover loss funding from the state and feds.
Right next to Kentucky's mania with UK Sports is the mania for electing our constitutional officers. Normally, the race for Governor is the big show every four years. But in 2015, several new factors are at play in West Kentucky and across the state...
This story begins, as good ones often do, unexpectedly. My decision to take a random string of back roads from Memphis to a family reunion in central Illinois was driven by an urge to explore and treasure hunt the off-the-beaten-path antique stores that dot rural America. After a number of interesting stops, I found myself northbound on US Route 51, a highway with its own unique history, with the sun setting. As I pulled into the small town of Clinton, two thoughts came to mind; first, even if there are any antique stores they are bound to be closed by now and second, I need to keep moving anyway because, at the rate I am going, central Illinois may as well be central Wisconsin. However, logic and reason quickly went out the car window once I caught a glimpse of what looked to be an interesting piece of architecture...
...Proponents promise these laws will open the floodgates to new employment, but states that are right-to-work are not more effective at growing and attracting jobs. In fact, seven of the 11 states with the highest unemployment rates are right-to-work states, and 12 of the 15 states with the highest poverty rates. After Oklahoma passed right-to-work in 2001, its trend of growing manufacturing employment in the decade prior to the law was reversed.
The Hickman County Arts Council, Inc. will celebrate its tenth year with a birthday party.
A potluck dinner complete with birthday cake will be held at the Young Center in Clinton on Tuesday, January 13th at 6:00...
The program for the evening will be a tribute to the Council's oldest member, Dorothy Nell Harper.
MURRAY, Ky. -- Jessica Brown and Craig Bayens, two Murray State University alumni, will showcase their design and craftsmanship skills on the premiere of Framework tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 9 p.m. (Central Time) on SPIKE television.
Brown, a 2006 MSU grad, is from Paducah. She currently owns Lady J Designs.
Bayens, MSU '04, owns C. Bayens Furniture and Functional Designs in Louisville.
(Hickman, KY - December 30, 2014) - In less time than it took to walk into the meeting, all Fulton County Fiscal Court members present voted unanimously to pass right to work ordinance...
The reason repeatedly cited - jobs for Fulton County.
Who needs 10 top stories when 12 will do? Here are our picks for the big stories we saw in 2014:
From politics to the polar vortex to building collapses, 2014 shook up the status quo in the Jackson Purchase.
Saudi Arabia last decided to teach the world a lesson in oil politics in 1973 through 1976. The lesson was you don't mess with the oil producers if you want energy.
The 2014 version of the lesson is that Saudi Arabia is only one nation can play the oil card. There will be no room for upstarts and no tolerance for alternative energies...
Where will they go from here?
Hickman County Chamber of Commerce Leadership students spent December 11th learning about the major industry of their rural county - agriculture.
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting looks at the costs of jailers without jails. Four far western counties, Carlisle, Trigg, Lyon, and Livingston, have jailers with no jails. Carlisle pays its jailer a modest $24,500 a year.
...Counties without a local jail either put arrestees in a regional jail or else transport them to a neighboring county jail that has agreed to house them. All 41 no-jail counties still have an elected jailer, which in Kentucky alone is a constitutional office.
Those counties are scattered around the state but generally are rural and among the least populous. More than a third are in eastern Kentucky, and many of those are financially strapped, periodically grappling with the possibility of cutbacks in basic services while paying thousands of dollars to jailers who, in the eyes of many, don't earn their keep.
"More than 80 percent of the nation's jails are run by sheriffs," said Michael Jackson, a program specialist with the National Institute of Corrections in Washington, D.C. "Kentucky's the only state that has elected jailers."
For the full report, follow the jump.
Why would Fulton County Kentucky pass a right to work ordinance that legal experts say is illegal?
A desperate need for jobs and attention...
Editor's Note: A recollection of when gas prices first spiked. Mr. Potter began singin' the gas pump blues. For the whole sad story, follow the jump.
Gas Pump Blues
Hot August day,
Sweat pouring down my brow
As me and my old dog, Blue
Set in the Chevy truck, thinking about how
George Bush done stuck it to me.
I came to town with $5.00 in my pocket,
Enough for a gallon of gas,
A Dr. Pepper, and two Moon Pies,
One for me and one for old Blue....
In 2014, the Hickman County Clinton Arts Council, Inc., celebrates its 10th year of operations. It's time again for the Arts Fair which is going to be the biggest ever.
Over the past ten years, with money generated by the Friends of Hickman County Arts, the Council has sponsored musical performances for young people, gardening and beautification programs, "Romeo and Juliet", folk artists, created quilt squares in public spaces, sponsored photography contests, book signings and scholarship programs, to name only some of the events throughout the last nine years the Council has been in existence.
No-Count Dog, the story of the hound who went from nuisance to hero in forty picture book pages, will be among the 200+ titles offered at this year's Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort on November 15th. When asked to comment on the exciting trip to come, the hound said what he always says when he doesn't know what to say - "AH-ROO. AH-ROO. AH-ROO!" (Translation: "Follow the jump for the full story!")
Marshall County Judge Mike Miller collapsed in his office this morning and died at the Marshall County Hospital around 11 a.m.
The longest serving county judge in Kentucky, Miller, had just been elected to his 11th term.
Judge Miller was a favorite friend of ours and his wit and plain speaking will be missed.
"With Mary Landrieu's ignominious exit, the Democrats will have lost their last senator in the Deep South. And that's a good thing. They should write it off--because they don't need it." Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast 12/8/14
A disturbing editorial by Michael Tomasky in the Daily Beast advocates Democrats abandon the Deep South to its own devices.
Is it 1850 all over again?
MURRAY, Ky. - Murray State University's December 2014 Commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, in the CFSB Center, and will begin with the Presentation of Colors by the Paducah Tilghman High School NJRTC Color Guard. There are 873 degree candidates for winter graduation -- 592 undergraduate and 281 graduate candidates.
Utility will now have full ownership of East Bend plant in Rabbit Hash
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) - Duke Energy Kentucky will become the sole owner of the East Bend electric power plant in Boone County following Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) approval of the company's purchase of a minority interest held by Dayton Power & Light Co. (DP&L) of Ohio.
The Graves County School District is, in fact, a Distinguished district on the 2014 Kentucky Unbridled Learning assessment.
Handicapping the presidential primary field, Washington Post writer, Aaron Blake, has a top ten list of who's most likely to be the GOP's 2016 nominee for president.
Follow the jump for the surprising (or not so much) answer.
(Frankfort KY) - Crit Luallen was sworn in on Friday, November 14th to become the second woman to serve as Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor.
She took the oath before a crowd of 500 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol.
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