Liam Niemeyer

Ohio Valley ReSource Reporter & Assistant News Director

"Liam Niemeyer is a reporter for the Ohio Valley Resource covering agriculture and infrastructure in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia and also serves Assistant News Director at WKMS. He has reported for public radio stations across the country from Appalachia to Alaska, most recently as a reporter for WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio. He is a recent alumnus of Ohio University and enjoys playing tenor saxophone in various jazz groups."

 

  

Adriane Polyniak / Provided

  Inside the Bluegrass Hemp Oil store in Lexington, Kentucky, the CBD oils and lotions lining the walls have an origin story -- a story of a family’s struggle.

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

  Union City City Council approved Tuesday night the sale of land at the Northwest Tennessee Industrial Park for $3.75 million dollars to build a hemp processing facility. City and county officials say the new company plans to invest $150 million into the 1-million-square-feet site and hire between 120 and 150 full-time employees.

 

Liam Niemeyer / Ohio Valley Resource

Mick Henderson runs the Commonwealth Agri-Energy ethanol plant in west Kentucky. He said the past year for U.S. ethanol producers, including in the Ohio Valley, has been rough.

Todd Shoemake Flickr (Creative Commons License)

  A United States Department of Agriculture report released Friday predicts the number of tobacco acres harvested in Kentucky will decrease 15%, compared to last year, to 58,000 acres - a new all-time low.

Hopkinsville Police Department, Facebook

  Hopkinsville police arrested a Hopkinsville High School student Tuesday after a school resource officer received reports the student threatened a school shooting.

Police Public Information Officer Mike Atkins said officers received reports the student allegedly told his peers on Monday not to show up to school after spring break because he was going to “shoot it up.” Atkins said officers also obtained photos the student took of rifles at his home.

Officers went to the student’s home and found the rifles.

Facebook / Obion County Sheriff's Office

  The Obion County Sheriff’s Office in northwest Tennessee says an inmate died early Monday morning after he was subdued by jail staff.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Kentucky State Police spokesperson Jay Thomas says former Hickman County Sheriff Mark Green was indicted Thursday morning on a class D felony charge of “abuse of public trust.”

Murray State Athletics via Facebook

The Murray State Racers crushed the Marquette Golden Eagles Thursday afternoon by 19 points, 83-64, to advance to the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Nancy Herring / Murray State Athletics

  The Murray State University Racers will play their first game in the NCAA Tournament Thursday afternoon in Hartford, Connecticut, against a Marquette University squad that has struggled as of late.

 

Liam Niemeyer / Ohio Valley Resource

As the Trump administration’s trade talks continue with China and other countries, farmers are feeling the pain from the president’s year-long trade war. Tariffs on agricultural goods are compounding problems caused by low crop prices and over-production, and small farmers are suffering the most.

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