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Showing 3 articles from February 17, 2011.


Professor suspended for racial comments

Editor's Note: According to a report in Friday's Paducah Sun, Professor Wattier resigned his position.  The story below is from the student newspaper at MSU. Thanks to Elizabeth and Nick for allowing us to reprint it.

 Mark Wattier, professor of political science, has been suspended without pay and benefits for this semester after allegedly making discriminating remarks "on the basis of race" last semester to black student Arlene Johnson, freshman from Sikeston, Mo.

    According to Johnson, she arrived to Wattier's POL 140 class three to five minutes early on Aug. 25 to find a film already playing. At the class' end, Johnson approached Wattier with a question about the syllabus. Another black student, DeVaunte Martin, freshman from Maryland Heights, Mo., also approached the professor, asking why the film had been started before class.

   According to case documents, Wattier explained his class begins 10 minutes early when films are shown. However, his syllabus does not cite that information. Wattier then responded, according to the documents, "I expect it out of you guys anyway." When the students inquired further about this statement, he went on to say, "It is part of your heritage. The slaves never showed up on time to their owners and were lashed for it. I just don't have the right to do that."

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Graves County Schools, CWI partner to highlight benefits of recycling here
The Graves County School District is partnering with CWI to promote recycling throughout the county. Recycling has been popular in urban areas for decades, but has not been as popular in rural areas for various reasons. As a way to draw attention to the need to separate paper, plastics, and more, CWI and the school district’s Maintenance Department are co-sponsoring a contest.
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Community and Regional News

Goodyear Tire: End of an Era for West Kentucky and Tennessee

At 7:58 a.m., Thursday morning, February 10th, 2011, the end of heavy products manufacturing in Mid America was announced in Union City, Tennessee. This was the bad news that the Goodyear Tire Plant at Union City, Tennessee would be closed in 2011. The early morning news stunned the 1,900 workers at the plant and sent economic shock waves through Union City, Tennessee. 

...In summary, the Goodyear Tire Plant closing will cost West Kentucky $56,000,000...

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