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  1. Prison Worker Accused of Taking Bribes
    A prison employee is Lexington is accused of taking more than $22,000 in bribes to smuggle tobacco to inmates.

    The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that a federal grand jury indicted Michael Hardin on one count of taking bribes and one count of supplying contraband to inmates between July 2014 and Aug. 11, 2015.

    The indictment issued Thursday seeks a judgment of $22,429 against Hardin if he is convicted. That represents the amount the Federal Medical Center prison employee allegedly made from the illegal activity.

    A magistrate judge issued a summons for Hardin to make his initial court appearance Oct. 26.

    The bribery charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.

  2. Historic East Coast Rains A 'Slow Motion Disaster'
    Even with Hurricane Joaquin no longer as big of a threat, the weekend promises little relief for the most waterlogged parts of the East Coast.

    The National Weather Service says the risk of flooding will continue through Monday morning, especially in parts of North and South Carolina that already have gotten up to 11 inches of rain this week. Forecasters say some areas could see storm totals as high as 15 inches.

    Once the rain ends, the threat of flooding persists because the ground is too saturated to absorb water, meteorologists say. And high winds could bring down trees like the one that hit a vehicle near Fayetteville, North Carolina, killing a passenger. The storm also has been linked to a drowning in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

    An estimated 22 million Americans have been affected by flood watches and warnings from this storm system, and continue in the Carolinas, Delaware and parts of New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. Meteorologists said the Carolinas will probably get the worst of it, including possible landslides in the mountains.

    "It's going to be a slow-motion disaster," said meteorologist Ryan Maue of Weather Bell Analytics. Hurricane Joaquin, no longer seen as a danger to the Atlantic Seaboard, continued Friday on a path expected to keep it well off the U.S. coast.

    "It looks like we dodged a bullet this time," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said amid street flooding at the Jersey shore, devastated by Superstorm Sandy nearly three years ago. "Let's keep our fingers crossed."

    Forecasters warned that even as Joaquin peels away from the coast, its effects will be felt, because it will continue supplying tropical moisture to the gusty rainstorm stretching from Georgia to New England. South Carolina could get more rain in three days than it normally gets during the entire fall, in what has been called a "200-year rain event" by one meteorologist.

    "We are growing increasingly concerned about the situation in South Carolina, western North Carolina and perhaps even in northeast Georgia," said David Novak, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Prediction Center. "We're pretty confident that some places are going to have 15 inches. A lot of places are going to have 5, 6, 7 inches of rain, particularly the whole state of South Carolina."

    Parts of Virginia and Maryland could get up to 5 inches. The storm was blamed for the death of Sylvia Arteaga, 56, drowned in a flash flood under a railroad bridge in Spartanburg, South Carolina, while driving home from the night shift.

    Joaquin tore off roofs, uprooted trees and unleashed heavy flooding in the Bahamas, and the U.S. Coast Guard searched for a missing 735-foot cargo ship with 33 people aboard.

  3. Paul: Kentucky Needs Gov to Stand Up to Feds
    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul says his home state of Kentucky needs a governor who stands up to the federal government he wants to lead.

    The libertarian-leaning Paul said Saturday that too much power has been consolidated in the presidency, and that the states should play a role in curbing that power.

    Paul, a U.S. senator from Kentucky, made a pitch for the state's GOP gubernatorial nominee, Matt Bevin, at a campaign event in Frankfort. Bevin is running against Democrat Jack Conway.

    The joint appearance came days after Bevin snubbed Paul by saying during a debate he would vote for Ben Carson for president. Bevin quickly backed away from the remark, and on Saturday he said Paul would make an "extraordinary" president.

    Democrats say it's the latest example of flip-flopping by Bevin.

  4. Kentucky's Only Military School Files Bankruptcy
    Kentucky's only military school, Forest Hill Military Academy, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

    Brian Canupp, the lawyer who filed the petition, told The Lexington Herald-Leader that the Chapter 11 filing stops a planned master commissioner's sale that had been set for Thursday.

    The petition says U.S. Army Cadet Corps, which owns the property, has debts of between $500,000 and $1 million while its assets are between $1 million and $10 million.

    Canupp says the new filing will allow Army Cadet Corps to keep possession of the property and submit and plan for its future.

    The school, once known as Millersburg Military Institute, was founded in 1893 by Col. C.M. Best, but has recently struggled to make ends meet.

  5. This Is 'Wolf Week' at Land Between the Lakes
    Celebrate Wolf Week, October 3-9, at Woodlands Nature Station in Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

    Bring the kids on fall break to see the Nature Station’s resident red wolves and attend educational programs about these intelligent and awe-inspiring animals. Most Wolf Week programs are included with Nature Station admission; $5 ages 13 and up, $3 ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and under.            

    The Nature Station participates in the Red Wolf Recovery Program, a captive breeding program for the endangered Red Wolf. “Red wolves were once declared officially extinct in the wild. Thanks to recovery efforts, they have been reintroduced into a wildlife refuge in North Carolina. Red wolves are still designated as a critically endangered species. Wolf Week is an opportunity to learn about endangered red wolves and other wolves around the world,” explained John Pollpeter, Nature Station’s Lead Naturalist.            

    Wolf Week is also a time to dispel some common myths people have about wolves. “We will discuss myths, including those of wolves being portrayed as wicked characters in fairy tales, such as the Big Bad Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood,” added Pollpeter. “People often think predators are undesirable because they kill other animals, but they are actually an integral part of wild ecosystems.”            

    Wolf Wee features feeding time for the red wolves every day at 3 pm. Take a night hike or create a wolf stepping stone craft; additional fee and reservation required. Specific information about Wolf Week can be found at http://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/calendar/wolf-week-a-howlin-good-fall-break/2015-10-03/ or by calling 270-924-2299.            

    Saturday, Oct. 3- Mon., Oct.

    12 10 am-4:30 pm       Wolf Week Geocaching Scavenger Hunt            

    Saturday, Oct. 3

    11:30 am-12 pm     Wolf Story Time with Smokey Bear

    1-3 pm                  Wolf Craft for Kids

    3-3:30 pm             Happy Wolf Day Party!

    6:30-8:30 pm         A Howlin’ Good Night Hike

    ($3 per person; reservation required; call 270-924-2020)            

    Sunday, Oct. 4

    1:30-2 pm             The Amazing (Wolf) Race–A Wolf Game for Kids

    3-3:20 pm             Red Wolf Treat Time            

    Monday, Oct. 5

    1:30-2 pm             Wolves of the World

    3-3:20 pm             Red Wolf Treat Time            

    Tuesday, Oct. 6

    1:30-2:15 pm         Make Your Own Wolf Track Stepping Stone

     ($2 per person; reservation required; call 270-924-2020)

    3-3:20 pm             Red Wolf Treat Time            

    Wednesday, Oct. 7

    1:30-2 pm             I Wish I Was a Werewolf–Discover fact & fiction behind werewolf legend

    3-3:20 pm              Red Wolf Treat Time            

    Thursday, Oct. 8

    1:30-2 pm             The Voice: Canine Edition–Can you howl like a wolf?

    3-3:20 pm             Red Wolf Treat Time            

    Friday, Oct. 9

    1:30-2 pm             Incredible Canines

    3-3:20 pm             Red Wolf Treat Time            

    To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000.

  6. Mayor's Christmas Ornament Contest Accepts Entries
    Mayor Gayle Kaler is inviting students who are Paducah residents to participate in the 3rd annual Student Christmas Ornament Contest. 


    Mayor Gayle Kaler is asking students to handcraft Christmas ornaments to decorate a tree in the foyer of City Hall.  The contest is for all students, kindergarten through 12th grade, who are City of Paducah residents.  

    Mayor Kaler says, “The purpose of this contest is to provide an outlet for artistic expression.  Each ornament submitted meeting the criteria is placed on the Christmas tree, and each ornament is beautiful in its own way.  The real joy is watching students find their ornaments on the tree to show their friends and family.”   

    The deadline to submit an ornament with a completed Ornament Submission Form to City Hall is Friday, Nov. 20 at 4:30 pm.  No entry fee is required. 

    The top three ornaments in each of the three categories will be recognized at the December 8 City Commission meeting.  The judging categories are K-3rd grade, 4th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.   

    The criteria for the ornaments are listed below:

    Ornaments should be 3-7 inches in height (not including hanger) and ready to hang.

    Ornaments should be approximately a half pound or less in weight.

    No glass or other breakable materials. Only one entry per student.

    The use of recycled and natural materials is encouraged.

    Special consideration will be given to ornaments featuring Paducah’s history, landmarks, name, etc.

    Enclose a completed Ornament Submission Form with your entry providing a detailed description of the ornament. 

    Ornaments that cannot be matched with the Ornament Submission Form may be displayed but will not be eligible for judging.

    Artwork must be the student’s own.  

    Ornaments will be viewed close up so details are important.  

    For more information about the 2015 Student Christmas Ornament Contest including the Ornament Submission Form, visit www.paducahky.gov.  

  7. Tennessee Man Injured in One Car Crash
    A Union City, TN man was injured in a Fulton County crash Saturday morning that apparently involved alcohol.

    According to Kentucky State Police, the crash happened shortly before 1 am, Saturday, when David Reyna, Union City, TN, was driving along KY 125 near the intersection of KY 166.  

    Police say Reyna lost control of his vehicle, causing it to roll over. Reyna was thrown from the vehicle through the driver's side window from not wearing his seat belt, according to police.  

    Reyna then allegedly left the scene and hid in a nearby field. Troopers and deputies with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office to search for him.  After receiving several verbal commands from officers, police say Reyna revealed himself and was taken into custody. He was taken to Lourdes in Paducah and was treated for multiple injuries.

    Reyna has been charged with: Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, Operating vehicle with expired operator’s license, Failure of owner to maintain required insurance, Leaving the scene of an accident, and Failure to wear seat belt. The investigation is ongoing.

  8. School Employees Challenge Mandatory Union Fees
    Eleven public school employees in Kentucky's largest school district have filed a lawsuit saying they shouldn't be forced to pay union dues if they don't want to be part of the union.

    The Courier-Journal reports the employees filed the federal suit against the Jefferson County school district and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

    The suit alleges the requirement that nonmembers pay a "fair share" fee to the union is unconstitutional.

    In response, Jefferson County Public Schools Chief Operations Officer Mike Raisor says union officials asked the district to stop collecting the fees from nonunion employees until further notice.

    The suit asks that even if the court upholds the fees, it provides certain procedural protections to ensure nonmembers are not paying dues for political activities.

  9. Discovery Park's Alvin York Exhibit Opens Oct. 10
    Discovery Park of America and Center Point Business Solutions of Union City are bringing "In the Footsteps of Sergeant York," a traveling exhibit to the Reelfoot Room of Discovery Center beginning October 10.


    This enlightening exhibit features Sergeant Alvin York, one of the most decorated and colorful soldiers of WWI. Born in Pall Mall, Tennessee, Sergeant York was of humble beginnings as the third of eleven children born in a one room log cabin, son of Mary Elizabeth Brooks and William Uriah York.

     Developed by the Museum of the American Military Experience, and enhanced by Discovery Park of America historians and fabricators, the 3,000 square foot exhibit explores Sergeant York’s rural roots, illustrious military career, and colorful personality.

    -Seven years ago on October 8th, Sergeant York displayed valor and courage worthy of the attention of the Saturday Evening Post and eventually the major motion picture industry when he single handedly killed twenty-one German soldiers and captured 132 more. Until now, the movie release in 1941 entitled Sergeant York By Howard Hawks and staring Gary Cooper has provided the most compelling story of Sergeant York, although much of it is fictitious.

    More recently, between 2006 and 2009, an international team of historians, archaeologists, and geographers made a series of expeditions to the Western Front battlefields of WWI to rediscover the site where Sergeant York made his epic stand against overwhelming odds and was awarded the Medal of Honor, among other honors, for his courage under fire. In the Footsteps of Sergeant York, a new exhibit from the Museum of the American Military Experience, explores the research behind the expeditions, the marriage of history and science, the Alvin York story, the men who lost their lives, recovered artifacts, and sheds new light on what really happened that fateful day in October 1918 that made Sergeant York one of America’s best known military heroes.

      Discovery Park of America has expanded the 800 square foot exhibit to 3,000 square feet of historical information about Sergeant York and his life. In addition to the 18 exhibit panels, 8 exhibit cases of artifacts and a supporting interactive website, Discovery Park has built a winding wall that allows guests to see what life was like when York was born, travel through a trench much like the one he hunkered down in during the war, enjoy a taste of the famous movie portraying his life, and see additional artifacts of times in which York lived and fought.

    Members of Discovery Park of America are invited to be the first to tour the new exhibit at a special "Member’s Only" Reception from 5 -7 pm on Thursday, Oct. 8th. For a $10 contribution, Discovery Park members will enjoy hors’devours and a free beverage before heading to the Reelfoot Room to tour "In the Footsteps of Sergeant York." 

    The exhibit will be open to the public on Saturday, October 10th. The exhibit is free with admission to Discovery Park.

    For more information about the Sergeant York exhibit, visit Discovery Park’s website at www.discoveryparkofamerica.com.  

    Discovery Park opened November 1, 2013 and has celebrated its 500,000th visitor last weekend. The venue is a unique blend of history, science, education and fun.

     In addition to the "In the Footsteps of Alvin York" exhibit, Discovery Park has the following events scheduled between now and the end of the year:

    October 1 – 31- McDonald’s Pumpkin Village

    October 31- Halloween Costume Contest (Free admission for children through age 12 in costume.)

    November 11- Veteran’s Day- Free admission for all military

    December 1-31- Christmas Village Drive Through (Sponsored by City of Union City)

    December 6, 13 & 20- Polar Express (Sponsored by Simmons Bank)

    December 31- New Year’s Eve Party in Dino Hall (Featuring Magi and sponsored by KYTN) $50 per ticket

    January 29 – May 1- Bodies Revealed Exhibition (See inside the human body!)

  10. Beshear Appoints Several Locals to Boards

    Governor Steve Beshear recently appointed several western Kentuckians to various Kentucky state boards and commissions.

    Beshear reappointed Casey L. Allen of Paducah as a member of the Kentucky State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children.

    He reappointed Lana Mullins of Mayfield to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.  

    Scott Kirkpatrick of Paducah was named to the Center for Pollution Prevention Board of Directors.

    Patricia Pryor of Hopkinsville was appointed to the Charitable Gaming Advisory Commission.

  11. Stumbo Invited to Attend Bulletproof Glass Demo
    Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has been invited to attend a safety demonstration in San Antonio, Texas, that will be held Saturday to view the effectiveness of bulletproof laminate on law enforcement vehicles.

    The invitation reportedly came in response to the press conference he attended with other legislators, and the father of Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, who was killed on Sept. 13 by a shot fired through his cruiser’s window.
    Stumbo said that while he will not be able to attend, and does not endorse any particular product or company, he would like the public to be aware of the event.

    In a Friday release, Stumbo made the following statement:
    “The death last month of Trooper Ponder has focused our attention on officer safety, and tomorrow’s demonstration will give us an opportunity to review how effective bullet-proof laminate could be in furthering that cause.  We look forward to seeing how this product performs under field conditions.  I have forwarded this information to KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer as well as state Rep. Will Coursey and state Sen. Albert Robinson, the chairmen of the legislative committee that will review this issue.  My hope is that frontline law enforcement participating in this rigorous testing will report back to KSP on the effectiveness of the protection from hostile fire. We owe it to our defenders to do all we can to protect them.”
  12. Security Guard Charged with Credit Union Burglary
    A Metropolis man working as a security guard at a local power facility was arrested Friday after a multi agency burglary investigation at a TVA credit union.

    At around 12:28 am on September 22, McCracken County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an alarm activation at the TVA Employees Federal Credit Union, located at 7755 Metropolis Lake Road. When deputies arrived, TVA employees alerted deputies to a suspicious car parked about 100 yards southeast of the building. Police said the car belonged to 36-year-old Jesse Williams, of Metropolis, who was employed as a private security guard for the TVA Shawnee Power Plant. 

    Deputies said that during their investigation, they discovered a metal cash box and tire tool lying in the front passenger side floorboard of Williams’ car. Deputies also reportedly noticed one set of shoe prints leading from Williams’ vehicle to the area of the credit union.  TVA employees also reported seeing a set of shoe prints on the wooden ramp leading to the front door of the credit union, which had dried by the time deputies arrived.

    About an hour after deputies arrived on-scene, Williams, who identified himself as an off-duty TVA guard, called 911 and said he was in the woods east of the credit union. According to Williams, he was on his way to the plant and observed three individuals on the side of the road, across from the credit union. Williams told police that as soon as the individuals saw him, they began running toward the woods. According to Williams, he drove toward the woods in an effort to chase the individuals, at which time, they dropped several items and ran into the woods. Williams told police he got out of his car, picked up the items—which included the cash box—and threw them into his car. According to Williams, after he threw the items into the car, he chased after the individuals into the woods and became lost. Deputies said Williams, who was not scheduled to work at the plant the night of the alarm activation, could not explain why he waited an hour to contact them.

    Deputies said they couldn’t find any sign of forced entry to the building. Employees of TVA told police the cash box may have originated from inside the plant and TVA Police agreed to continue the investigation internally.

    Later that afternoon, detectives learned that the cash box had been stolen from inside the building, and that the credit union employee didn’t notice the cash box missing at first. Detectives said they eventually found evidence that Williams was responsible for the burglary. Williams was arrested with the assistance of the Metropolis Police Department.  He was booked into the Massac County Jail on burglary and theft charges.
  13. Century Aluminum Says 250 Workers Will Stay
    Century Aluminum says about 250 employees will remain  working at its Hawesville Smelter in western Kentucky.

    The Messenger-Inquirer reported in a statement  Wednesday, the company said that the plant will continue operating at about 40 percent capacity after Oct. 24. Company officials had originally planned to shut  down the smelter on that date, citing a stagnant aluminum market and low prices  for Chinese aluminum.

    The company now says it will keep two pot lines operating at the plant.

    Century Aluminum's spokesman Kenny Barkley says the company would monitor the  economy and the price of aluminum to determine if the two pot lines would  continue operating.

    Barkley says the company believes it can still operate with two pot lines and  be profitable. 

  14. Man Killed by Falling Tree in West McCracken Co
    A Mississippi man was killed Thursday while cutting down a tree in western McCracken County.

    According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, emergency responders received a call at 5:08 pm to respond to a remote area of Western McCracken County northwest of the Ragland area. It was reported that a man was down and barely breathing after being struck by a tree.

    After arriving at the area on Carrico Landing Road location, crews had to hike several hundred yards through a densely wooded area with freshly cut trees to get to the victim, 29-year-old Brandon J. Mitchell of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Responders made every effort to save Mitchell, but were unsuccessful. The McCracken County Coroner was then called to the scene.

    An investigation into this incident by the sheriff’s department and coroner’s office determined that Mitchell and several other workers were cutting down a large swath of trees toward the Ohio River for a construction project. One of the large trees was cut and fell to the ground, and the trunk portion of the tree came loose and thrusted off of the stump, hitting Mitchell.

    Mitchell was employed by Sheehan Pipeline Company who was subcontracting the work for Trunkline Gas Co.

    The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department and Coroners Office are conducting the investigation.
  15. Mayfield Police Seek Truck That Damaged Car Wash
    Mayfield police are looking for someone responsible for damaging a local car wash. According to police, on Thursday at approximately 9:40 am, a silver Dodge Ram 4x4 four door, drove through Darren's Car Wash on Paducah Road in Mayfield.

    Police said the truck was approximately a 2006-2008 model and has a white magnetic paw print on the tailgate. It also had a blue sticker on the back glass on the driver's side and a white sticker on the passenger side. The truck was hauling an orange Kubota tractor with a backhoe attachment on a black double axle trailer.

    According to police, the passenger got out of the truck and made sure the tractor would clear the opening. The passenger is a white male who was wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans and rubber boots.

    Once the tractor cleared the opening, the two subjects washed the mud off of the tractor. The subjects finished washing the tractor and got into the truck and pulled out. The tractor, however, snagged a hose hanging from the ceiling and then struck a glass globe protecting a light bulb. The globe shattered and the hose was damaged.

    Police said the damage did not appear to be intentional but they would like to locate the owner of the vehicle. Anyone with information, is asked to contact the Mayfield Police Department.

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