Kentucky Press News Service

Elkington becomes TMMK’s top-ranking woman ever

September 28, 2017 - 9:48am
Being the first woman in various leadership roles is nothing new to Susan Elkington. “In my career, I’ve often been the first. I was the first female production manager at Toyota in Indiana. I worked at global headquarters (in Japan) before I came here, and became the first female general manager there, which was very interesting,” Elkington said. And now, since January, Elkington has been the highest ranking woman ever at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, where she is senior vice president and oversees operations inside the plant. 2017-09-28T08:48:10-04:00

Former students file lawsuit against LaRue School system, former principal

September 28, 2017 - 9:48am
Five former LaRue County High School students filed a lawsuit last week against the LaRue County School District and former LCHS Principal Kyle Goodlett. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville. The basis of the complaint in the lawsuit deals with Goodlett while he served as either the principal or assistant principal of LCHS between 2012 and 2016. According to federal court documents, Goodlett admitted to investigators that he had an addiction to pornography and that he transferred images from phones confiscated from students to his personal thumb drive without their consent or knowledge. 2017-09-28T08:44:01-04:00

Police: Mother arrested, charged after leaving three kids alone in car

September 28, 2017 - 9:48am
A Radcliff woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police say she left her three children unattended in a running vehicle. The vehicle was parked across from the Hardin County Justice Center in downtown Eliza­beth­town while she entered the building to pay a traffic ticket. Jessica Edwards, 31, now is charged with three felonies. 2017-09-28T08:38:18-04:00

David Dooley will remain in jail as he awaits new murder trial

September 28, 2017 - 9:48am
David Dooley will remain in jail as he awaits a retrial in the beating death of Michelle Mockbee. It’s a case that has grabbed the nation’s attention, sending NBC's Dateline back to the region twice to profile the case. The battered body of Mockbee, a 42-year-old mother of two, was found in 2012 at her work in a Boone County Industrial Park. 2017-09-28T08:28:36-04:00

Coyotes on the prowl in Clark County

September 28, 2017 - 9:48am
In the last couple decades, the coyote population has grown significantly in urban areas, as well as in Clark County itself. Clark County Animal Shelter Director Adreanna Wills said she has heard reports of the animals living behind Lowe’s and neighboring areas. Coyotes pose a threat to livestock and smaller animals such as cats and dogs, Clark County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Clay Stamm said. While the extension office hasn’t received any specific reports of coyotes, they are present in Clark County, he said. 2017-09-28T08:24:11-04:00

Fire hits Paducah gun store

September 28, 2017 - 9:48am
A fire Wednesday night at Shooters Supply gun store on Paducah's Cairo Road created hazardous conditions from exploding ammunition and prompted an evacuation of the immediate area. The blaze was contained shortly after 9 p.m., about an hour after it started. 2017-09-28T08:18:28-04:00

BBQ on the River could draw about 40,000 people

September 28, 2017 - 9:48am
There is a familiar scent in the air as thousands of people converge on downtown Paducah to take part in the 23rd annual Barbecue on the River. The riverfront festivities, which kicked off Wednesday night with the music-filled fundraiser "Porkstock," continues through Saturday. An organizer estimated there will be around 40,000 people in attendance and around 90,000 pounds of meat consumed. 2017-09-28T08:13:44-04:00

Kentucky school assessment in flux

September 28, 2017 - 9:48am
Kentucky schools won’t see traditional grades or summative numbers as they have in past years with the Thursday release of the 2016-17 assessment scores, because of the state’s transition to the new state accountability system, the Every Student Succeeds Act. However, while districts aren’t able to compare numbers to last year’s under the Unbridled Learning assessment system, they can still see a glimpse into what areas students are performing well, or can judge what content needs more focus. At the state level, graduation rates, advanced placement and ACT scores have all risen, 2017-09-28T08:08:29-04:00

University of Louisville basketball scandal: Jurich calls situation 'heartbreaking'

September 27, 2017 - 6:47pm
University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said he will continue to work with the school as he awaits the decision of the university's Board of Trustees in regard to his employment status. Earlier Wednesday, Jurich was placed on administrative leave with pay after the University of Louisville admitted it was part of an alleged national pay for play investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His employment will be determined by the university at its next meeting in October, officials said. 2017-09-27T16:42:07-04:00

Don’t let Trump define patriotism and its symbols. Do this instead.

September 27, 2017 - 3:47pm
I respect the right of National Football League players to protest racism, police shootings, or whatever issues they feel strongly about by kneeling during the national anthem at ballgames. I applaud the NFL players and owners who knelt and locked arms Sunday to protest the profane and pathetic comments of a president who seems to have no clue what American patriotism is really about. But this is what I struggle with: How do people who understand patriotism and American values take back the national anthem, the American flag and other national symbols from jingoistic bullies who do not? 2017-09-27T14:05:35-04:00

Racist mob destroyed Midway black church in 1868; congregation now seeks its remains

September 27, 2017 - 3:47pm
After a racist mob destroyed Midway's Second Christian Church the night of July 31, 1868, the congregation moved across the street. Its original log home was abandoned and all but forgotten. Now, church members and history buffs in this Woodford County town are trying to find remnants of the log structure as part of the church’s 185th anniversary celebration. Second Christian is thought to be the oldest black congregation in the Disciples of Christ denomination. 2017-09-27T13:56:40-04:00

Kentucky is battling a public health crisis. Where’s the plan?

September 27, 2017 - 3:47pm
From doctor’s offices to the governor’s office, Kentuckians are raising awareness of the opioid epidemic. What’s lacking is a strategic plan for combating the scourge. Kentucky was one of the first and hardest-hit victims of misleading prescription-drug marketing and misuse of addictive painkillers, which spawned a deadly upsurge in the use of heroin and synthetics such as fentanyl. Overdoses claimed a record 1,404 lives in Kentucky last year. 2017-09-27T13:49:48-04:00

Tough times lie ahead as we battle the pension problem

September 27, 2017 - 3:47pm
State Rep. Chad McCoy and state Sen. Jimmy Higdon met with local constituents who are affected by the pension crisis last week trying to ease their minds of what is and isn’t being considered in Kentucky’s pension woes. While neither legislator claimed to have the answers, they did agree that we have an obligation to deliver on our promises to teachers and other public employees. 2017-09-27T13:42:57-04:00

Who will Louisville hire to replace Rick Pitino as men's basketball coach?

September 27, 2017 - 3:47pm
Rick Pitino was "effectively fired" as the University of Louisville men's basketball coach on Wednesday in the wake of breaking news that an FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball recruiting included Louisville. Here are some possible interim replacements for Pitino as Louisville picks up the pieces of its program and tries to start afresh with another NCAA inquiry likely to begin in the coming months. 2017-09-27T13:25:42-04:00

Animal shelter closes after case of ringworm

September 27, 2017 - 3:47pm
A case of ringworm has temporarily closed the Spencer County Animal Shelter and brought a halt to work inside the county garage because of fears of the disease spreading. Animal Control Director Melvin Gore confirmed that a dog at the shelter was brought in with a severe case of ringworm recently. Because there is no isolation or quarantine area, he said other animals and even humans are subject to being infected. 2017-09-27T13:19:48-04:00

Rick Pitino 'effectively fired' amid University of Louisville FBI basketball investigation

September 27, 2017 - 12:47pm
Rick Pitino appears to be out as University of Louisville men's basketball coach after the FBI alleged in a criminal complaint that coaches with the program participated in a scheme to pay recruits' families. Steve Pence, Pitino's attorney, told the Courier-Journal early Wednesday afternoon that the coach has been placed on administrative leave but has been "effectively fired." Pitino may have been put on administrative leave because under his contract, if he is fired he must be given 10 days' prior notice and “an opportunity to be heard.” 2017-09-27T12:44:06-04:00

86-year-old barber is 'famous' online

September 27, 2017 - 12:47pm
Harold Hayden doesn't own a computer or even have a business phone, so the 86-year-old barber never expected to be an internet sensation. "I never thought anything like that would happen to me, but here I am," he said, gesturing with a comb in one hand as he cut a customer's hair. "I was just trying to make a living." Fame found Hayden one day when he was high atop a ladder, repainting the rooftop sign reading "Hayden's Barber Shop," the same way he has every two or three years since 1962. 2017-09-27T12:38:30-04:00

Judge: January trial in DUI murder case

September 27, 2017 - 12:47pm
A man charged with murder stemming from a January wreck will face trial in March. Graves Circuit Judge Tim Stark set Patrick Wilson's trial for March 13 on Monday. Commonwealth Attorney David Hargrove anticipated the trial taking three days. Wilson is charged with murder and driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a wreck at the the intersection of Ky. 339 and Ky. 121, north of Fancy Farm. Kristie Wiggins of Mayfield died as a result of the wreck. Sheriff Dewayne Redmon has said that Wilson's blood alcohol level was 0.230 at the time, more than two times the legal limit. 2017-09-27T12:33:05-04:00

Breathitt board extends interim superintendent's contract

September 27, 2017 - 12:47pm
Phillip Watts will continue to be Interim Superintendent of the Breathitt County Schools until June 30, 2018. During a special meeting held Tuesday afternoon by the Breathitt County Board of Education, the board voted 4-1 in favor of extending Watts’ contract as interim superintendent, according to a request from the Kentucky Department of Education. Watts continues in the position he was named to in early June of this year, after then-Superintendent David Gibson announced his resignation in late May. 2017-09-27T12:27:17-04:00

Breathitt voters narrowly approved nickel tax

September 27, 2017 - 12:47pm
When the fate of the “Nickel Equivalent Tax” was decided in Tuesday’s special election, Breathitt County’s voters favored it by a close margin. Official returns showed 937 votes in favor of the five-cent tax that was supported by the Breathitt County Board of Education, while 828 votes were cast against the measure. A difference of 109 votes separated the wining and losing margin in Tuesday’s election – one of the lowest turnouts in recent memory. 2017-09-27T12:19:03-04:00

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