Students and staff at Franklin-Simpson Middle School are hoping to impact the less fortunate this weekend by offering thousands of donated items for free.
Over 750 students have helped collect furniture, clothing, toys, appliances, and household items that will be available Saturday morning during the second “Kids Caring for Our Community” event.
Sixth-grade teacher Cheyenne Brown spearheaded a similar effort in April that led to the collection of thousands of items that were given out to an estimated 500 people. She says the effort has been an incredible bonding experience for students from all different backgrounds.
“It’s really uplifting to see some kids who aren’t as fortunate as other kids, and then seeing how they’re all coming together to work—you can’t tell one from the other. Everyone is coming together to try to make somebody else’s holiday better.
Sixth-grade student Katie Bunch says she and her classmates have been busy over the last several months getting the word out about Saturday’s event.
Updated Wednesday at 8:52 a.m.: According to Kentucky State Police, the shooter has been identified as 39-year-old James Roames of Hendersonville, TN.
Kentucky State Police say two people are dead after a murder-suicide at a rest stop on I-65 at the Kentucky-Tennessee line in Franklin.
Trooper Jonathan Biven says a man walked up to a parked car at about 9:30 Tuesday night and shot the driver at point blank range before turning the gun on himself.
The man in the car, 40 year old Jamie Plymel of Spring Hill, Tennessee, was pronounced dead at Franklin Medical Center in Simpson County. Biven says the gunman died at Skyline Medical center in Nashville. His name has not been released.
Biven says the shooting at the welcome center along I-65 appears to have been random and there's no apparent connection between Plymel and the shooter.
Kevin's interview with Franklin-Simpson Middle School teacher Cheyenne Brown and students Maddie Arney, Anne Reid Forshee, Meredith Raby, and Lilly Spears
When a group of Franklin-Simpson Middle School students learned about the number of economically disadvantaged families in their community, they didn’t just talk about it in class.
They decided to do something to address the problem.
Franklin-Simpson 6th grade social studies teacher Cheyenne Brown and one of her sixth-grade classes have collected thousands of items from individuals and businesses including clothing, toys, household appliances, sporting equipment, and jewelry that will be given away at what they’re calling a “free sale” Saturday at the school.
Brown and her students printed over 4,500 flyers promoting the effort, set up drop boxes for items at local businesses, and got the word out through social and traditional media outlets.
“Items have been coming in like crazy from Russellville; Bowling Green; Gallatin, Tennessee; from Allen County—just everywhere imaginable,” Brown told WKU Public Radio.
Hear the story. Bob Gregory on the art of the restaurant chalkboard
In an era of flat screen TV displays and high-resolution digital printing, the simple chalkboard is making a bit of a comeback. Not in classrooms, but in restaurants.
“I wanted something that looks more ‘custom’, if you will. I love the way those chalkboard painted signs looked and it just fit our atmosphere,” said Keith Coffman, owner of Lost River Pizza Co. in Bowling Green. “We’re really a rustic, kind of laid-back atmosphere here and they tied in real well with it.”
Lost River Pizza features several pieces of artwork by Bob Gregory.
“I’ll tell him what we need and he’ll run with it and he’ll usually draw or sketch something and then e-mail it over to me for me to approve, and then he goes to town and does it,” said Coffman.
A woman who fled police officers is dead after her car went off the northbound lanes of I-65 in Warren County and overturned.
Police have not released the identity of the driver pending notification of next of kin.
Franklin Police officers first made contact with the woman Friday after they received a call from a local Wendy’s saying that the vehicle the woman was driving had been parked in the back of the restaurant for over a week. Officers say the woman was uncooperative when confronted, ignored their commands, and drove off.
Despite efforts to stop the car, the driver made it on to I-65 north. Officers with Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement tried to stop the driver on the interstate. According to officers, the driver lost control of her vehicle near mile marker 19, went off the road, and overturned. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Warren County Coroner’s Office.
The investigation into the incident is being conducted by the KSP.
A group of Franklin-Simpson High School students got a welcome surprise Friday morning.
Those students are taking dual-credit classes at the Southcentral Kentucky Community and Techical College campus in Franklin and were on campus Friday for their fall semester orientation. They also learned that they won't have to pay any tuition for the upcoming academic year.
Those tuition costs are being covered by the Simpson County On-Track Scholarship Fund.
SKYCTC Franklin-Simpson Center Director James McCaslin says the scholarship program is a combined effort of five groups.
"They've each contributed a certain amount of money for this particular year, but our anticipation is that once we show the results of it, that this time next year they'll be willing to put up another set amount of money," said McCaslin.
A new distribution and manufacturing facility in Franklin plans to add 40 new jobs over the next few years. MultiTech Industries creates springs, wire forms, machined components, and other parts for automotive manufacturers.
MultiTech will occupy a 32,000-square-foot spec building in the Sanders Interstate Industrial Park in Simpson County.
The company will initially employ ten workers, and says it wants to add up to 40 positions over time.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear this morning announced that Vermont Thread Gage is investing $1.7 million in a growth project that will add to its workforce in Simpson County, Kentucky. The 35,000 square foot expansion will lead to fifteen additional jobs at a facility that already employs about one hundred people.