Governor Steve Beshear has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from Wednesday until sundown on Friday, in honor of his chief of staff, Mike Haydon, who passed away unexpectedly over the weekend.
Governor Beshear is encouraging individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.
Murray Police arrested a Tennessee woman this week for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from her own grand-mother.
Police charged 37-year old Crystal Watkins with one count of fraudulent use of a credit card over $10,000 and knowingly exploiting an adult.
Sergeant Scott Svebakken gives more details of the alleged crime.
The 101st Airborne Division’s annual Week of the Eagles festivities continue through this week with many activities planned to test soldiers physically and mentally.
Tomorrow, hundreds of soldiers will be vying for the coveted title of being named the toughest Air Assault soldier and will also be participating in a combative competition.
On Thursday, military officials will be conducting a memorial ceremony in honor of the hundreds of local soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Week of the Eagles will conclude on Friday with a division review, which will likely be conducted by Major General James McConville.
Unemployment rates continue to show improvement in western Kentucky with many local and state officials saying more can be done to further lower joblessness in the Commonwealth.
Christian County went from a 12.9 percent unemployment rate last June to 11 percent this June, Todd County had a 9.5 percent unemployment rate last year to 7.8 percent this year, while Trigg County recorded having a 10.8 percent unemployment rate last year to 8.8 percent this year.
A 12-month labor market snap shot provided by the Western Kentucky Workforce Investment Board indicates Ballard and Fulton Counties were the only ones to have rising unemployment rates for the same time period.
Ballard County’s unemployment rate increased slightly from 8.8 percent to 8.9 percent from June of last year to June of this year.
Fulton County went from having a 15.2 unemployment rate last year to having a 17 percent unemployment rate this year.
Fulton County has the highest jobless rate in Western Kentucky.
Michael Pape with Congressman Ed Whitfield’s Office says the Congressman recently embarked on a 10-day tour of the district and spoke with dozens of employers that were struggling in this economy.
Pape explains why Congressman Whitfield and himself believe Kentucky businesses are being over regulated by the federal government.
Christian Fiscal Court approved first reading of a slightly increased property tax ordinance this morning, with only one magistrate voting “no.”
Court approved taking the compensating rate, which would theoretically keep the county’s revenue at the same level as last year. The rate would tick up from 18.1 cents per 100 dollars of assessed value to 18.3 cents.
Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says sticking with the same rate and losing revenue would be a step in the wrong direction.
Squire Tom Jones was the only “no” vote, saying county government could meet its obligations without the tax hike.
Court will hear second reading of the ordinance August 21st.
In other action, court approved going into a one-year contract with Advanced Correctional Medical to provide health care services at the jail. Jailer Brad Boyd says he believes the agreement will ultimately result in cost savings and it will also provide a few more weekly hours of nurse coverage in the facility.
Magistrates also approved first reading of a tax increment financing agreement for the Oak Grove Village project.