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While we were looking the other way….

News is happening in other areas besides the Paul victory and the Gulf oil spill. Here's a tiny glimpse of what went past us.
 
Tennessee continues to clean up from devastating flooding. The damage to Nashville and the tourism industry in middle and west Tennessee is largely unremarked. Estimates of repair and replace costs to residents and businesses? One billion dollars. Underreported, but significant, Opryland Mall and Opryland Hotel, a tourist magnet, won’t be fully operational until the Christmas season.

Congressman Whitfield has sworn off earmarks. According to an NPR interview with MSU President Randy Dunn, the Congressman is following the lead of his party. Dunn said he understands and he's depending on Sen. McConnell and retiring Senator Jim Bunning to come through for Murray State.
 
KY Dems cast 520,412 ballots in US Senate primary. Kentucky’s second place Democratic candidate, Dr. Dan Mongiardo, got 224,989 votes. That’s 18,177 more votes than GOP winner Rand Paul. 168,485 more Dems voted than Republicans in May.
 
The task this fall for Paul is not to attract moderate Republicans (he had them at “hello”) but to attract moderate Democrats. The task for Conway? Attract the 291,881 voters who voted Democratic – but not for him.
 
Two category 5 schools in Purchase left out of House passed budget. West Kentucky GOP House Representatives Brent Houseman and Steven Rudy didn’t get funding for schools in their districts that are among the worst in the state. Houseman told those hoping for a replacement for Paducah Middle that he couldn’t ask for more money in these bad economic times. Rep. Rudy has been silent on why Carlisle County Elementary didn’t get funded. We expect candidate Mike Lawrence to raise the issue as he faces Rudy again for the seat.

There's a 7-10% chance of a 7+ earthquake along the New Madrid fault in the next fifty years. Jennifer Rukavina, meteorologist at WPSD Channel 6 told an audience in Clinton recently that's the prediction of geologists in Memphis studying the fault. Chances of a quake at 6 or below in the next 50 years?  25-40%. 

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