Hannah Bullard

Student Reporter

Hannah Bullard is a junior at Murray State University, majoring in journalism with a minor in biology.

She’s from Herndon, Kentucky. Herndon is a tight-knit farming community just twenty minutes south of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She’s inspired by the closeness of her community.

She feels she gets her desire to be involved in community from her parents who are active in the Christian County area.

Hannah first began listening to public radio on a cross-country road trip. She appreciates the uniqueness and substance that public radio offers to listeners.

She’s proud to be serving her Western Kentucky home through WKMS News.

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adam's office

The Secretary of State Offices for Kentucky and Tennessee are recognizing Tuesday as National Poll Worker Recruitment Day. National Poll Worker Recruitment Day was established by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in an effort to raise awareness for the need for poll workers and voter registration. 

Screenshot Facebook Live / Gov. Andy Beshear

During his daily COVID-19 briefing Thursday, Governor Andy Beshear reported 775 new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky, 67 of those newly reported cases in Christian County. 

Murray State University

  Murray State University reported this week a 4.2% increase of entering freshman for the Fall 2020 semester. This marks the second straight year of freshman class growth. 


A distributing company has plans to create 175 full-time jobs in Graves County. HVAC Distributing is purchasing a location at the Hickory Industrial Park.

Brad Darnall

 This story is a part of a series WKMS is publishing this week about school reopenings in west Kentucky amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentucky schools dismissed in-person class for students  and opted for virtual learning when COVID-19 was declared a national emergency in March. On August 10, Governor Andy Beshear suggested schools wait to resume in-person learning until the end of September. However, some school administrators and teachers believe their districts have taken the extra steps to safely allow students to return to a classroom sooner.

Governor Andy Beshear

During Governor Andy Beshear’s daily COVID-19 briefing he reported that although the state’s number of cases is increasing, the positivity rate is declining. There were 726 newly reported cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. The positivity rate has fallen to 5.18%. 


Governor Andy Beshear announced some of Kentucky’s local public safety agencies and governments have been awarded more than $5.7 million in grant funding. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program (CESF).

screenshot / via Facebook

Governor Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams during a Friday press conference revealed a statewide plan for the November general election. 

McCracken County Sheriff's Office / via Facebook

A Paducah man who was impersonating a federal agent has been arrested by McCracken County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). Corey Thorson, 45, of Paducah allegedly claimed to be a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, according to a statement released by the MCSO. 

Jayna Burkey / Marshall County Resiliency Center

A Marshall County center focusing on community-wide mental health services is opening August 17. The Justice and Public Safety Cabinet is funding the Marshall County Resiliency Center in response to the 2018 Marshall County High School shooting. The new resiliency center is directly connected with the Merryman House, a domestic violence protection program serving western Kentucky. Dr. Mary Foley, Executive Director of the Merryman House, spoke with “Sounds Good” host Tracy Ross about the benefits the new resiliency center could bring to the area.