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New Book Details 20th Century Advances in Western Kentucky
Kentucky Dam and electric energy played a key part in economic development.
New Book Details 20th Century Advances in Western Kentucky

Editor's Note: The Fall of Kentucky's Rock: Western Kentucky Democratic Politics Since the New Deal was selected for a 2022 Kentucky History Award, presented by the Kentucky Historical Society. Congratulations, George!

George G. Humphreys' new book, The Fall of Kentucky's Rock: Western Kentucky Democratic Politics Since the New Deal, examines the roots of a region once believed an impregnable stronghold for the Democratic Party fell. ..."The development of the public power system in western Kentucky was critical to the development of the region. The availability of cheap, abundant electricity was a key to the federal government's location of the massive uranium enrichment (atomic bomb) facility outside Paducah in the early 1950s. Some suggest the choice to locate in Paducah was influenced by Vice President Alben W. Barkley, the former US senator from Paducah..."

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Teen Pregnancy: So What?
Teen pregnancies by Area Development District - 2008
Teen Pregnancy: So What?

There is a financial cost to teen pregnancy to the taxpayer. Teen moms who need government assistance because they cannot work, children who have special needs because their mom didn't get prenatal care early on, court systems and paternity enforcement agencies going after dads, schools that won't get the average daily attendance money for moms that drop out, the costs go on.

Editor's Note: this article was published January 17, 2009.

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Tutu to Press - report some good things
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu urged reporters to find good things to report on young people
Tutu to Press - report some good things

Editor's Note: Bishop Desmond Tutu passed away in late December 2021. When I saw him at this MSU press conference, he taught me saints can be funny and being chided by a saint is not so bad.

At a press conference preceding a speech at MSU, Bishop Desmond Tutu chided reporters for their reporting on young people. The press focuses on the negative too much.

"It is not such a wonder how many young people go off the rails - but how many do not."

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Masks for Mayfield: 1500 distributed by Indivisible
Two Hispanic children received masks. Mayfield has a large Hispanic population.
Masks for Mayfield: 1500 distributed by Indivisible

Following the December 10th tornado that devastated towns in western Kentucky and Tennessee, help has flooded in... Not all the help has been the same.

One group, Four Rivers Indivisible, has distributed over 1500 quality high filtration masks in January to Mayfield residents.

They can use your help to meet more needs.

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Graves County more than just one picnic
Mayfield was a vibrant city before December 10, 2021 and it will be again.
Graves County more than just one picnic

(July 2011) Graves County Kentucky will become central Kentucky for politicos and their supporters. The St. Jerome's Picnic in Fancy Farm on Saturday will be the culminating event of a week of picnics, bean suppers, fundraisers, private meetings, golf outings and breakfasts held around the region.

Carr's Restaurant was a popular dining and watering hole for locals and visitors. Staff and guests escaped before collapse.

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