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DAVID ZOELLER | The SunThe Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted a reception for Don Parkinson, secretary of the state's Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet, on Friday night at The 1857 Hotel downtown. Pictured (from left): Richard Grana, president of the export management company Impex; Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless; Parkinson; and Tammy Zimmerman, chamber board chair.

Tourism secretary lauds Paducah's creative energy

As the third-largest industry in the state, tourism plays an important role in Kentucky's future, according to the head of the commonwealth's tourism efforts.Don Parkinson, secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, has been in Paducah the last couple of days touring the area and meeting with representatives of various arts organizations.His visit came in response to an invitat ...

Investors questioning Trump-inspired surge

NEW YORK -- How much more can the "Trump Bump" lift the stock market?U.S. stocks have screamed to records since Election Day because investors are expecting Donald Trump's White House to cut taxes for business, make regulations easier for them and goose more growth out of the economy. But investors around the world are questioning whether the rally is exhausting itself.The big jump f ...

Associated Press President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday in Oxon Hill, Md.

Trump assails news media on secret sources

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources -- just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.Unleashing a line of attack that energized an enthusiastic crowd at the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists, Trump said unethical reporters "make up storie ...

Contributed photoMain Street directors from across Kentucky gathered with Sen. Robin Webb (front row, third from right) on the floor of the Senate chamber on Feb. 15. Paducah Main Street, a division of Paducah's Planning Department, has been reaccredited as a Nationally Certified 2017 Accredited Kentucky Main Street Community by the Kentucky Heritage Council.

Paducah Main Street receives reaccreditation from council

The Kentucky Main Street, a program through the Kentucky Heritage Council, has notified Paducah Main Street, a division of the city of Paducah Planning Department, that it has been reaccredited as a Nationally Certified 2017 Accredited Kentucky Main Street Community.In the February letter to Paducah, State Main Street Coordinator Kitty Dougoud said, "You have accomplished this by meeting or ...

Hawes indicted in aunt's death

A Paducah man, accused in the death of his elderly aunt, was indicted Friday by a McCracken County grand jury.The indictment charges Edwin Ricky Hawes II, 48, with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the death of Fredricka Harpole, 75, whose body was found last month at her Lovelaceville-Florence Station Road residence.Hawes faces a second indictment charging him with trafficking in a ...

Mountain Workshops exhibit opens today

An opening reception for the exhibition "Mountain Workshops: Photographs and Video" will be held tonight at the Yeiser Art Center.A members' preview hour will begin at 5 p.m., with the one-hour exhibit opening to the public at 6 p.m. The exhibit will run until April 15. Admission to the exhibit is free. Sponsored by Socially Present and KentuckyCare, this exhibition will feature docu ...

Local man jailed on assault charge

A Paducah man was arrested Friday on a warrant charging him with assaulting a woman with whom he once lived.According to the Paducah Police Department, Terry M. Scates was charged with fourth-degree assault, after a woman reported on Feb. 16 that Scates had assaulted her.Police said the woman's face showed signs of swelling and had visible contusions.After four days of looking for him, polic ...

Church hosting black history program

MAYFIELD -- A Black History Month program titled "Past, Present and the Future" will be presented at First Church of the Nazarene, 1200 W. Broadway from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.The featured speaker will be John William Stewart, an attorney with offices in Louisville and Adams, Tennessee. Stewart was formerly employed by the Kentucky Attorney General's Office as an assistant attorney gener ...

Nonprofit holding meeting to assist PTSD veterans

Paducah Operation Zero will be hosting a volunteer meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Disabled American Veterans building, 1133 Murray St.The meeting will focus on possible fundraising ideas for the planned 10-kilometer Ruck March slated for May 27 in Paducah.Paducah Operation Zero is a nonprofit organization established in recent months to raise awareness for military veterans with post-traumatic ...

Woman injured in two-vehicle crash

A Paducah woman was taken to a local hospital Friday following a two-vehicle wreck at Lovelaceville and North Friendship roads.According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, Courtney Tolbert, 35, of Paducah, was traveling west on Lovelaceville Road when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by Debra Ball, 29, also of Paducah.Deputies said Ball' ...

Area first responders receive training for opioid overdoses

Anyone familiar with Kentucky's fight against opioids knows of fentanyl -- the drug 100 times more potent than morphine, often mixed with heroin, a major contributor to rising overdose deaths across the state.But there's a deadlier, less well-known player emerging in the commonwealth's drug scene, said Russ Read, co-founder of the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition.Carfentanil is 100 times strong ...

Kim's found a job she loves

Kim Robinson loves the lunch rush at 4th & Deli in downtown Paducah. She loves stocking the shelves, counting the money, making lists for inventory.But most of all she loves her customers, and Friday she was presented with a one-year certificate for her diligent work. Robinson, 30, is part of a program known as Creative Enterprises Day Training, which is run by Four Rivers Behavioral Health. ...
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