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  1. Academy Worker Faces Federal Sex Charges
    A worker at a residential, educational program run by the Kentucky National Guard has been accused of violating federal laws designed to
    protect children from sexual abuse.
     
    Media cited a statement from U.S. Attorney David J. Hale in reporting that 44-year-old Stephen Miller is charged with engaging in sexual contact with three students at Bluegrass Challenge Academy at Fort Knox. The charges include one count of aggravated sexual abuse. He also faces a charge of threatening or intimidating a witness.
     
    According to the federal prosecutor, the incidents happened in 2013 while he was serving in a supervisory role over students.
     
    In addition to Miller, a grand jury charged six academy officials failing to report the incident.
     
    It wasn't immediately clear whether Miller has an attorney.



  2. KY Lawmaker Wants Report Released to Public
    A state lawmaker is calling for the results of a review on the operations of Kentucky legislative staff to be made public.
     
    The National Conference of State Legislatures was brought in to do the review after sexual harassment allegations last year prompted the resignations of a state lawmaker and the director of the Legislative Research Commission.
     
    The Courier-Journal reports the conference issued findings in April. But the newspaper was told after an open records request that the full report could not be released because it is an unfinished draft.
     
    Rep. Tom Riner, a Louisville Democrat, says the report should be released now. Riner says he is concerned that the release is being stalled until after the November election.


  3. Dallas Hospital Monitoring Patient for Ebola
    A Dallas hospital says it is isolating a patient who is showing signs of having the Ebola virus.
     
    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said in a statement Monday night that the patient's symptoms and travel history suggest the patient may have Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa.
     
    The hospital expects to receive preliminary test results Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
     
    Presbyterian Hospital says it's taking measures to keep its doctors, staff and patients safe.




  4. Murray State Projecting Record Enrollment
    Murray State University is projecting record enrollment this year, for the third year in a row.

    Final enrollment data will be provided to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in late October, but preliminary figures show this year's enrollment at 11,166 students. That's a 2.5 percent increase over last fall.

    According to the University, categories of students experiencing the most growth include first-time transfers, new master's level students and international students.

  5. UK Police Find Air Pistol on Campus
    University of Kentucky police say they have found an air pistol on campus while investigating a report of possible shots fired. 

    According to a statement from the school, campus police received two reports Sunday night about possible shots fired near a residence hall. UK and Lexington officers investigated the reports and declared the area clear within a couple of hours. He said witnesses saw several college-age people leaving the area at the time of the report.

    On Monday, campus police found the air pistol in the area near where witnesses had reported hearing possible shots fired. 

    UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says guns of any type, including air pistols, are prohibited on campus.

    He said officers are searching for those involved. 
  6. Police Search for Clinton Man Wanted for Murder
    Paducah Police are seeking the public's help in locating a Clinton man charged in the murder of a Paducah resident.

    According to the Paducah Police Department, detectives have obtained a warrant for 32-year-old Mauricus Haynes of Clinton, with the death of 34-year-old Nathanial Cody of Paducah last Wednesday.

    Officers were flagged by a passer-by just after midnight on Wednesday September 24. Witnesses believed that a man, identified later as Cody, was drunk and lying in the roadway on Burnett Street. Officers found Cody and discovered that he had a gunshot wound to the chest. Cody was taken to Baptist Health Paducah, where he was later pronounced dead.

    The investigation by Paducah Police led to the charge against Haynes. Detectives said Haynes and Cody were acquaintances.

    Haynes is described as a black male, 6-feet-2-inches and 190 pounds, with brown eyes.

    Anyone with information about Haynes' whereabouts is asked to call the Paducah Police Department at 270/444-8550 or Crime Stoppers at 443-TELL. Tipsters also may access the online tip form through the City of Paducah website at paduchky.gov/paducah/west-ky-crime-stoppers. Information leading to an arrest or indictment may result in a reward of up to $1,000. 
  7. Two Hurt in I-24 Crash
    Two Illinois residents were hurt Monday evening in a crash on I-24.

    At around 5:00 pm Monday, McCracken County Sheriff Deputies responded to the 1.8 mile marker of Interstate 24, Eastbound, for a two vehicle injury accident.

    Police said their investigation revealed that 55-year-old Doreen Stokes, of Ramsey IL, was traveling east on I-24 with a passenger, 68-year-old Henry Bennett, of Beecher IL, when 33-year-old Chrystell Weaver, of Metropolis, IL attempted to change lanes. Police said Weaver failed to yield the right of way and hit the rear of Stokes' vehicle. Both vehicles reportedly came to rest off the road in the median turn around area.

    Stokes and Weaver were taken to Lourdes Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Bennett was not injured in the crash.
  8. Third Round of Bridge Blasting Set for Wednesday
    A demolition team is set to take down the third and final truss section of the Old Ledbetter Bridge using controlled explosives at 8:00 am Wednesday.

    The team will be taking down the center truss section of the 83-year old structure that crosses the main navigation channel of the Tennessee River. Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said the center truss has been pre-cut  in key locations to get ready for blasting, and the contractor started placing explosives at those points today. Todd said explosives have generally been placed the day prior to a detonation, but the contractor decided to start a day earlier due to the potential for delays caused by working over the main navigation channel. As part of the permitting process, the Coast Guard has required the contractor to maintain the flow of river traffic at the site.  The demolition team started loading explosives onto the bridge Monday in case the crane has to stop work for passing tow boat traffic.

    There will be a strictly enforced 1500 ft. clear zone around the blast site. Property owners within the clear zone can stay in their homes, but cannot go outdoors in the hour prior to the blast. The U.S. Coast Guard will halt traffic on the river about an hour prior to the blast.  

    A controlled detonation is expected to break the truss into about ten 40 ft. sections and knock the truss from the piers.  The contractor will then start removing the steel from the river in an effort to restore tow boat traffic within 24 hours.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the contractor, and area law enforcement are again making arrangements for the public to observe the detonation from a safe distance. Todd said westbound traffic will be restricted to one lane on the New US 60 Tennessee River Bridge starting at 6:00 am. The public is being asked not to arrive at the site before 6:30 am. The public will be allowed to park along the Livingston county end of westbound approach shoulder to the new bridge, then walk up onto the new bridge to view the controlled detonation. Starting at 6:00 am, all westbound US 60 traffic will be moved to the left-hand or passing lane.  There will be no stopping on the new bridge to assure that traffic flow is maintained. 

    Travelers who plan to commute along this route should allow extra travel time on Wednesday. There will be an enhanced enforcement presence in this work zone. Should parking fill up along the westbound approach to the new bridge, the public may also observe the detonation from Delta Road on the Livingston County side of the river between Old US 60 and the Livingston Point Grain Elevator.  Those who park along Delta Road are asked to please pull off on the shoulder so trucks can maintain access to industries in this area.

    After Wednesday's detonation, Todd said two additional blasts will likely be needed to bring down the in-water piers of the old bridge.  There may be a delay of a week or two to allow preparations for those blasts.

  9. Baptist Health Renames Atrium to Honor Barton
    As Baptist Health celebrated its 90th anniversary in seven facilities across Kentucky on Sunday, Baptist Health Paducah looked to its longest-serving president – retired CEO Larry Barton – for a special tribute. 

    During the local ceremony, Barton was surprised when the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2, the home of many public events like Sunday’s, was renamed the Larry Barton Atrium.

    Barton, who served the hospital for 21 years from 1992 to 2013, was touched by the tribute. “They did a good job of keeping it a secret,” he said. “I’m honored.”

    Baptist Health Paducah president William A. Brown said the hospital owes much to Barton’s leadership.

    “The heart center, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the doctor’s office buildings, even the re-routing of Kentucky Avenue to Washington Street, none of it would have been possible without his leadership,” Brown said.

    A plaque in the lobby was unveiled Sunday, noting Barton’s accomplishments, making $118 in facility improvements and starting the Baptist Health Foundation Paducah while transforming healthcare in the region and embodying the hospital’s Christian mission.

    Brown, who succeeded Barton and also serves as Baptist Health’s West regional executive, outlined the history of the system and the Paducah hospital. “Our mission has not changed: to exemplify our Christian heritage of providing quality health care by enhancing the health of the people in the communities we are privileged to serve,” he said.

    The Baptist Health system began with the 150-bed Kentucky Baptist Hospital in downtown Louisville in 1924, followed by the opening in 1953 of the 117-bed Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah and in 1954 of the 173-bed Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. In 1968, the three hospitals joined formally when they formed Baptist Hospitals Inc.

    Baptist Health, headquartered in Louisville, now owns seven acute-care hospitals with more than 2,100 licensed beds in Corbin, La Grange, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Paducah and Richmond. All of them changed their names to Baptist Health in 2013 to reflect their system unity.

    Baptist Health also manages Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown and Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs.

    For 90 years, Baptist Health has stood for high-quality care, patient satisfaction and nursing excellence. Baptist has grown its physician network to more than 450 employed physicians and more than 1,600 independent physicians. In addition to hospitals, Baptist Health includes urgent care and retail-based clinics, home health care, outpatient diagnostic and surgery centers, occupational medicine and physical therapy clinics, fitness centers and a health maintenance organization (HMO), Bluegrass Family Health.


    Article written by Angie Kinsey Timmons, Baptist Health Paducah.

     

  10. October is Anti-Bullying Awareness Month
    Be aware and prepare, October is anti-bullying month in the state of Kentucky where schools have reported over 15,000 incidents of bullying this last school year.

    The  Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 20 during this year's legislative session. It declares October as Anti-Bullying Awareness Month and is intended to highlight the harmful consequences of bullying. In this bill, the designation of a purple and yellow support ribbon as the anti-bullying symbol started with a grassroots effort from Madison County Middle School students.

    Kentucky Center for School Safety encourages schools across the commonwealth to merge this observance with Kentucky Safe Schools Week which is held the third week of October 19-25. In an effort to have resources for this campaign ready for the whole month of October, Kentucky Center for School Safety proudly introduces this year’s theme, “Lean On Me; STOP the Bullying!” 

    This year’s theme focuses on the culture of the school and the interdependence of students and staff to make  their school safe, warm and welcoming.  Within this overall culture students will be encouraged to support each other, connect with the staff and be diligent as they watch out for others in need. Fundamental to the “LEAN On Me” concept is straight from the song lyrics, “sometimes in our lives we all have pain and we all have sorrow” learning to depend on fellow classmates, trust the adults at school and to treat others well.  This “culture of kindness” will support the subtitle of “STOP the Bullying” by getting to the root of the problem before episodes escalate.

    During this week, all Kentuckians will be urged to improve the safety of our schools by educating students, staff and community members about current issues such as connectivity, social well-being, bullying, cyber-bullying, conflict and self-harm.

    Connectivity in a welcoming school environment can be nurtured and improved through various activities, lessons and professional development. The concept of students connecting with school staff is essential for a learning environment. Treating others as one wants to be treated goes back to basic kindness and respect. 

    Learning to step up and support others who are in need can be as easy as leaving an online tip. Students can be a “Silent Hero” and help without getting involved if they fear retaliation.

    The Kentucky Center for School Safety offers to partner with schools and provide a “free” online reporting tool, the S.T.O.P! TIPLINE.  The tip line encourages students, parents or community members, who know of an unsafe situation in school (bullying, weapons, drugs or alcohol, etc.), to anonymously pass on that information to school personnel by using a digital format. Check it out at www.kycss.org/stop/resources.php  

    In anticipation of  Safe Schools Week our website supplies a variety of teaching aids including an online “L.E.A.N. Pledge,” PowerPoint presentations, lessons, interactive websites and much more. Resources will also be available for school administrators, parents and community involvement at www.kysafeschools.org/ssw.php

    The Online  L.E.A.N! Pledge
    I pledge to:
    • Lean on others in my school when I need help, and allow others to lean on me!

    • Excel at treating all students and staff how I want to be treated!

    • Achieve relationships with adults in my school so I will feel safe.

    • Notice and report when another needs help; tell an adult, send an online tip or use a bully/tipbox. http://www.kycss.org/leanpledge/index.php  

    The Kentucky “Lean On Me: STOP the Bullying” campaign is sponsored by the Kentucky Center for School Safety. This observance coincides with the national campaign. America’s Safe Schools Week is sponsored by the National School Safety Center. “Connecting our students and staff in a positive way is fundamental to safety and security in our schools. The “Lean On Me” campaign can draw our schools closer together and improve the culture on our campuses. We urge your district to actively become involved during October 19-25th. Let’s commit and celebrate Kentucky Safe Schools Week in our schools and communities.  Support the need to focus on school safety, this week and all throughout the year.” said Jon Akers, Executive Director, KCSS.

     

     

     

  11. Libertarian Senate Candidate Sues to Be in Debate
    Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson has asked a federal judge to order Kentucky Educational Television to include him in the station's televised debate on Oct. 13.
     
    Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes have both said they will participate in the debate. It will likely be the only time voters will see the two debate on statewide television before the Nov. 4 election.
     
    Patterson, who is a police officer in Harrodsburg, is also on the ballot but was not invited to the debate. His lawsuit alleges KET officials are excluding him from the debate because of his political views - something the U.S. Supreme Court has said public broadcasters cannot do.
     
    A call to a KET spokesman was not immediately returned to the Associated Press.
  12. Genova Products, 125 Jobs Coming to Paducah
    Governor Steve Beshear today joined company officials and local leaders to announce Genova Products Inc., is establishing operations in Paducah. The company manufactures PVC pipe and fittings, and is expected to create 125 new jobs and invest $4.9 million into the project.

    “This is an outstanding boost to the economy in Paducah and the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “Genova is a highly successful global firm, and we couldn’t be more excited about the 125 professional jobs it will create in western Kentucky. The choice to locate here says a lot about our business-friendly climate, ideal location and valuable workforce. We look forward to a continued and successful partnership with Genova and are pleased to welcome them to Kentucky.”

    Genova makes plumbing and building materials, mostly from vinyl. The company is leasing a 100,000-square-foot factory that once housed Infiniti Plastic Technologies. The company began operations at the facility last month and currently employs 15 people. Genova chose Paducah due to available land, low electricity costs and rail access.

    “We are very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for us in a partnership with the city of Paducah,” said Mike DeBoer, president of Genova Products. “This location and state-of-the-art facility provide us with a strategic opportunity to expand our production and distribution capacity to support the future growth initiatives underway at Genova. We have found the people of Paducah a delight to work with and are certain both parties will mutually benefit from this alliance.”

    Genova has been making vinyl pipe and fittings for professional and do-it-yourself plumbers since 1962. The company expanded into vinyl gutters and fencing and now has a product line that includes vinyl downspouts, decks and rails; drinking water and sanitary systems for boats and RVs. Its products are sold at Ace, Blish-Mize, True Value and Do It Best hardware stores.

    Genova was the first company to bring plastics into the plumbing industry in North America. The company currently has a total of five factories in Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Nevada and Texas and two warehouses in Indiana and Texas. Genova also has a location in Lithuania.

    “This is really great news for our community, and it speaks volumes about our second-to-none workforce and quality of life,” said Rep. Gerald Watkins, of Paducah. “I want to thank Genova Products for choosing Paducah, and I want to thank Gov. Beshear and our local and state economic development officials for their work in making this announcement possible.”

    “It is promising to see a company like Genova recognizing the opportunity to expand in our community, said Sen. Bob Leeper, of Paducah. “We welcome them and look forward to making their experience in McCracken County a positive one.”

    “I am pleased that with hard work, focus and diligence, we have found an ideal fit to create jobs in our building formerly occupied by Infiniti,” said McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry. “The building was constructed to create at least 100 jobs in the plastics industry and that’s exactly what Genova is proposing to do. Genova was founded more than 50 years ago and we hope to create a partnership that will last for Genova’s next 50 years.”

    “Genova is a win-win for our community,” said Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler. “This long-standing, family-owned company will create jobs in Paducah, be a sizable customer for Paducah Power, utilize the Paducah & Louisville Railway to transport inbound materials and create a positive cash flow stream to the city and county. The city is pleased to partner with the state, county, Paducah Economic Development and our other partners to make this deal happen.”

    To encourage the investment and job growth in McCracken County, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $1 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.  
  13. US 45 Traffic Signal to be Reactivated after Study
    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to reactivate a traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 45/Paducah-Mayfield Road and KY 1276/Key Bottom Road in Graves County at 10:00 am Wednesday.

    KYTC traffic engineers placed the traffic signal at the entrance to the old General Tire Plant in flashing mode on May 1, 2014, to allow a traffic study to determine if it should be removed.

    KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd said that during the traffic flow study, engineers determined while traffic count numbers at the signal were greatly diminished following closure of the General Tire Plant in October 2006, the wait time for traffic attempting to turn onto U.S. 45 from KY 1276/Key Bottom Road was still significant.

    KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Mike McGregor also noted that the public and civic leaders in the Mayfield area support keeping the signal in place.

    Todd said immediate repairs will be required to put the signal back into service, and that KYTC engineers are seeking funding approval for a full updating of the signal in the future.

    About 14,000 vehicles travel through this intersection on an average day, while about 1,000 vehicles travel KY 1276/Key Bottom Road.
  14. Police Event 'Takes Back' 243 Pounds of Pills
    Officials from the Paducah Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration say their drug take-back event Saturday at Kentucky Oaks Mall was its largest ever.

    Prescription drug investigator John Tolliver said a total of 243 pounds of outdated pills were turned in, more than double the amount collected during a similar event last spring. Tolliver was assisted Saturday by Amy Fennel, nurse practitioner at Paducah Neurosurgical Center.

    This was the ninth event of its kind hosted locally by Paducah police and the DEA. Similar events were also held Saturday by the Kentucky State Police and other agencies.

    Tolliver said this was the last DEA-supported take-back event, but he anticipates the police department will continue to host the events.

    Tolliver said there is a drug drop box located in the lobby of police department headquarters at 1400 Broadway that residents can use to dispose of unwanted or expired medications.

  15. Harold Rhear Honored with Gift to Lourdes Hospice
    A significant donation has been made to Lourdes Hospice by Lorene Rhear in memory of her late husband of 77 years, Harold Rhear. The Lourdes Hospice team provided comfort and support to the Rhears and she is expressing her appreciation with the contribution.

    Mrs. Rhear is grateful for the hospice services that helped her care for her husband at home and supported her through a difficult and emotional journey.  She stated that she wants her gift to help other families who need the special care and support of Lourdes Hospice.

    “We are thrilled and honored to receive this generous contribution from Mrs. Rhear,” said Kay Williams, Director of Lourdes Hospice. “It will provide much-needed resources to care for all hospice patients and their loved ones, and to meet every person’s special needs individually.”

    For more information about charitable giving to support Lourdes, contact Tara Miller, Lourdes Foundation President, 270-444-2353 or tmmiller@mercy.com. To learn more about Lourdes Hospice services, call 270-415-3636.




    Information provided by Suzanne Farmer, Lourdes.

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