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KLMS Co-Owner Ronnie Jones

KLMS Co-Owner Ronnie Jones

Owner says race track has good start

(Filed April 16, 2014) Draffenville- Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Co-owner Ronnie Jones said the race track had good start over the weekend. Click here to read more.

Calvert City to host "Clean, Green, Let's be Seen" to benefit our community this Saturday

(Filed April 7, 2014) green energy

The City of Calvert is sponsoring “Clean, Green, Let’s be Seen” on Saturday, April 12, from 9:30 a.m. – Noon at the Calvert City Civic Center. Not only will they accept household hazardous materials from Calvert City residents but also recyclables.

Volunteers are also needed to help spring clean the city too by picking up roadside garbage. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. Click here for a list of all items that will be accepted on Green Day.

Investigation begins into discovery of human remains in Livingston

(Livingston County, KY; Filed April 2, 2014)

The Kentucky State Police is investigating the discovery of human remains in Livingston County. A hiker discovered a human skull on the banks of the Tennessee River on Tuesday, April 1, while he was searching for arrowheads. Investigators responded to the area off Haddox Ferry Road and recovered the skull along with multiple other items believed to be human remains. Investigators returned to the scene today and additional items were retreived.


The Livingston County Coroner is assisting in determining the identity of the remains. Foul play is not suspected. The Medical Examiner’s Office will be assisting to make positive identification. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and Livingston County Emergency Management assisted the Kentucky State Police.

Crash claims Benton woman

(Filed March 31, 2014) The Benton Police Department, along with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, is continuing to investigate a motor vehicle accident that occurred Sunday morning at the intersection of HWY 641 and HWY 58. The collision was reported at 8:49AM and involved a tractor trailer and two other vehicles. Upon arrival at the scene officers found multiple injuries and some entrapment.

Willard Darnell,89, of Benton, was driving North bound on HWY 641 and was attempting to turn left onto HWY 58. Darnell turned into the path of tractor trailer driven by Larry Harville, of McKenzie, TN. Harville attempted to avoid the collision by turning to the right but pushed the vehicle into a third car driven by Janet Housman, also of Benton. Darnell and Housman, as well as two juvenile occupants in the Darnell vehicle, were transported by EMS to Marshall County Hospital for injuries sustained in the accident. Mavis Geraldine Darnell, 87, a passenger in the Darnell vehicle, was air lifted from the scene by Air Evac Lifeteam to a Nashville hospital where she later passed away from her injuries.

The intersection was blocked for approximately two hours for investigation and clean up. Benton Police was assisted by Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Marshall County EMS, Benton Fire Department, Marshall County Rescue Squad, and Palma Briensburg Fire Department.

Multiple agencies assist in high-speed pursuit, fugitive arrested

goff(Filed March 27, 2014) Kevin Goff, age 20, of Smithland, Ky, faces numerous charges after units from multiple  agencies were called to assist in a high-speed chase covering approximately 18 miles.


Lieutenant Brent White was on patrol in Marshall County on March 27, 2014 at 12:08 a.m., when he observed a 1997 Pontiac on the Jackson Purchase Parkway with an expired registration. A computer check revealed that the vehicle's registered owner also had an operator's license that was suspended indefinitely. Click here to read more.

Two men face charges after vandalizing Exceptional Center

(Filed March 27, 2014) Corey L. Warford of Benton, and Cody R. Barbeau of Murray, both 19 years of age, were charged after the Mayfield Post of the Kentucky State Police (KSP) received a complaint from the Benton Police Department requesting KSP investigate a burglary at the Marshall County Exceptional Center located at 198 Old Symsonia Road in Benton. The center is a non-profit organization that assists persons with disabilities in the local area. Click here to read more.

Grand Jury says No

(Filed March 20, 2014) Benton- Marshall County Judge Mike Miller said this afternoon he was relieved that a year-long investigation and grand jury hearing was over. Just minutes before a Marshall County Grand Jury had declined to indict him for falsifying employment records for the county’s former dog warden Golden Kirk.

A special prosecutor appointed last year by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway presented the issue to the Grand Jury today. The matter was investigated early by a special investigator appointed by the fiscal court who alleged that Miller may have broken the law. That information was forwarded to the Attorney General who then appointed the state special prosecutor.

From the beginning Judge Miller had asked to appear before a Grand Jury to resolve the issue however that step was not taken until today. Miller said that the past year had been a very long and hard time for him.

Calvert City residents get chance to mold city's future

(Filed March 11, 2014)

Calvert City- A second meeting to allow citizens of Calvert City to give their views on the future of Calvert City and the city new comprehensive plan has been set for March 20, 2014 in the meeting room on the lower level of the Calvert City Hall at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is the second of three meetings set by a group of community advisers contracted by the City of Calvert to develop a new comprehensive plan for the city. State law requires cities to review and update their comprehensive plans periodically. Click here to continue.

KLMS gets permit to race

(Filed March 6, 2014) Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway General Manager Tommy House said today after Marshall County Fiscal Court approved an entertainment permit for the track that they hoped to have a National Dirt Track Racing League (NDRL) race the last week of March. He said everything at the track was now hinging on the weather.


He said the immediate problems at the track was getting all the rocks out of the dirt on the track and they couldn't work on that until they had drier weather.


House said they have not set a schedule for the season due to the weather.He said everything else at the track was ready but getting the 70 wide 3/8 mile long track would take some time because of its size. Click here to continue.


Marshall County woman arrested on manufacturing meth

(Filed February 27,2014) An investigation led to the arrest of a Marshall County woman for manufacturing methamphetamine 2nd offense on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, after detectives with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office investigated allegations of a possible meth lab in Marshall County. Based on probable cause, Detective Tidwell obtained a search warrant for the residence of 7360 U.S. 68W Apt.#2 Benton, Ky. 42025. Click here to read more.


Deputies arrest Calvert woman on meth charge

(Filed February 25, 2014) On Monday, February 24, detectives with the Marshall Countycodgill Sheriff’s Office investigated allegations of a possible meth lab at 3636 Lone Valley Road, Calvert City. This investigation led to the arrest of 3 subjects for Manufacturing Methamphetamines 1st Offense.


Based on the information received Detective Tidwell and Deputy Samantha Mighell went to the residence to investigate the complaint. Because children were currently living at the residence, Marshall County Social Services were also contacted. With the assistance of the Calvert City Police Department, deputies made contact with Samantha Cogdill 21, of Calvert City. Detectives discovered approximately 6 Methamphetamine labs. Samantha was arrested and charged with Facilitation to Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st Offense and Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursor. Cogdill was lodged in the Marshall County Jail. Two other suspects had left the residence prior to detectives’ arrival. Detective Tidwell obtained arrest warrants for Joshua Peterson and James Tillberry for Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st Offense. McCracken County detectives located and arrested both Peterson and Tillberry and lodged in the McCracken County Jail. Peterson was charged with additional charges in McCracken County.




Gov. Beshear Announces Contract Award to Construct Ky Lake Bridge

Project entails modern, 4-lane bridge to carry U.S.68/KY80 over lake

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear announced the award of a contract to build the first of the much-anticipated twin Lake Bridges in the tourism-rich Jackson Purchase of western Kentucky.

The $131.5 million project, awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to Johnson Brothers Corp., of Fort Worth, Texas, will result in a modern, four-lane bridge to carry U.S. 68/KY 80 over Kentucky Lake and serve as the western entrance to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Click here for details.


Investigation leads to multiple charges for Calvert couple

(Filed February 19, 2014)kroberts

Kevin R. Roberts and his wife, Jessica R. Roberts were arrested on drug charges on Tuesday February 18, 2014, at approximately 10:53 a.m.


Officers from the Calvert City Police jrobertsDepartment along with the assistance of Marshall County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on the property of 643 Hemlock Street in Calvert City belonging to Kevin R. Roberts and his wife, Jessica R. Roberts. Click here to read more.


Incident at Quality Carriers leaves one dead, one air-lifted

Updated February 7, 2014, 3:50 p.m.

Shortly after noon on Friday, February 7, authorities were called to Quality Carriers on Highway 95 in Calvert City, near the industrial complexes for two men who were unconscious.  Quality Carriers is a bulk transportation company that transports a variety of substances in tanker trucks. Click here to read more.

One air-lifted after incident at Quality Carriers in Calvert City

(Filed February 7, 2014, 2:30 p.m.) There has been an incident at Quality Carriers in Calvert City. At this time we do not have any details. We do know that at least one person has been airlifted after being transported to Calvert City Elementary School parking lot where the helicopter was able to safely land. We will update this story as more information becomes available. Please follow The Lake News on Facebook for later updates.

Burn Ban lifted for Marshall County

(February 7, 2014)  Due to the recent snow and ice in Marshall County, the circumstances which necessitated the Burn Ban placed in effect on January 30, 2014, prohibiting or restricting outdoor burning, no longer exists, and therefore the previous Burn Ban Order for Marshall County has been lifted.

I-24 crash claims Calvert City man

(Filed February 4, 2014) Calvert City- Garry Brown loved driving trucks and Monday night he left this world driving one. According to a Marshall County Sheriff’s report Gary’s big semi-truck left I-24 went down an embankment and struck a tree. He was 61 years old and a resident of Calvert City he was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the report about the crash filed by Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Oakley he and other responded to the scene of the crash at the 21 mile marker on I-24 at 10:44 p.m. on Monday night February 3, 2014. They found Garry’s truck where it had left the road and went off the right shoulder, resting against a tree.

Garry followed his father’s foot steps as a trucker. He leaves many friends and family behind.




Marshall County Attorney Jeff Edwards, at left in the photo, was on the scene when a trailer belonging to him was recovered by law enforcement officers along with two four-wheelers that were stolen Friday night in Benton.

Stolen ATVs, trailers recovered by police

(Filed February 4, 2014) Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon reports today that 3 Graves County juveniles have been charged with a multitude of charges related to thefts in Graves and Marshall Counties. Click here to read more.



(Filed January 30, 2014)   Marshall County Judge/Executive Mike Miller has issued a burn ban for Marshall County as authorized by Marshall County Fiscal Court Ordinance #07-06. The burn ban will be in effect until further notice.

Cocke and Puckett to square off in May Democratic Primary

(Filed January 29, 2014) Calvert City - Two Calvert City residents have filed to run for the District 3 Marshall County Commission seat in the May Democratic Primary. Von Puckett filed earlier in January and Dr. Rick Cocke filed to run in the May Democratic Primary before the filing deadline yesterday at 4:30 p.m. Click here to read more.

Travis in race for House of Representatives

Keith Travis, a resident of Benton, announced Thursday, January 9, 2014, his intentions to file his Republican candidacy papers for the office of Kentucky House of Representatives, 6th District with the Secretary of State on January 15th. Travis is a 61 year old native of Marshall County who is employed as Vice President of Development for Murray Calloway County Hospital; his wife of 35 years, Joan Stratton Travis is employed by the Marshall County Board of Education. The Travis' have two children, a daughter Dr. Julia Travis Lyles and husband Dr. Adam Lyles of Benton and a son, Mr. James Travis of Las Vegas, Nevada; they also have three grandchildren who reside in Benton. 

Click here to read more on Mr. Travis.

Greer faces two theft charges

(Filed January 8, 2014) Smithland- ronald greer
Ronald Greer, 32, of Metropolis, IL has been arrested and charged with the theft of a large farm trailer that was stolen from the Tiline area of Livingston County on September 25, 2013 according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. According to a release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department Greer is alleged to have admitted his involvement in the theft of a generator and some tools from a Livingston County residence located at 736 Iuke Road on or about December 16, 2013. Click here to read more.

Marshall County Family Medical moves to new location

Marshall County Family Medical (MCFM) relocated their practice over the holidays from its current location in Draffenville to 543 Powell Lane in Benton, and officially opened at the new location for patients on Monday, January 6.

“The new medical office includes an updated space, additional patient rooms, and an onsite lab,” said Rhonda Darnell, APRN. “Our entire office is working to make this transition as smooth as possible.”

Dr. John Tveite and Nurse Practitioners, Rhonda Darnell and Michelle Elkins will continue to provide quality healthcare services to the area. The office will see patients Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“I am looking forward to welcoming my current patients, as well as new patients, to the office,” said Dr. John Tveite.“I have worked in Marshall County for many years, and I am excited about this new facility.”

Marshall County Family Medical is affiliated with Murray-Calloway County Hospital. For more information or to schedule an appointment at Marshall County Family Medical, call 270.527.CARE.

Highways get pre-treated for oncoming winter storm

(Filed January 3, 2014) Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Crews are gearing up to pre-treat area highways in advance of an approaching winter weather system that is expected to hit the region starting early Sunday morning. Click here for more winter storm information.

Suspects arrested in check forging opertion

Calvert City- According to Calvert City Police Chief David Elliott Paducah Police have made arrests and uncovered a check forging operation located in a local Paducah motel room. Chief Elliott says the man who attempted to pass a $5,546 forged check at CFSB’s Calvert Banking Center on December 18, 2013, Calvin Lee Johnson and Timothy Wharton who allegedly attempted to cash a forged check on another Calvert City business at CFSB in Benton have been arrested. Click here to read more.

Pedestrian dies after being struck by vehicle

(Filed December 24, 2013) Benton-A Benton man died last night after having been struck by a vehicle on Slick Back Road in Benton. A release from Marshall County Sheriff’s Department said Jeremy B. Canup, 18, of Benton, was transported to Marshall County Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

According to the report released by the Sheriff’s Department Van A. Davidson, 48, of Benton told them he was driving south bound on KY 1311 when he saw a man wearing dark clothing walking in the middle of the lane of traffic. Davidson told police that he attempted to swerve to miss the man but was not successful.

Marshall County Deputy Nathan Maxlow is in charge of the investigation. Benton Police Department, Benton Fire Department, Marshall County EMS and Marshall County Coroner’s office assisted at the scene.