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."

 

  

Courtesy Andiamo White

A new billboard in a western Kentucky town calls for the termination of a local school district superintendent after an old photo of the school official in blackface resurfaced.

Liam Niemeyer / Ohio Valley Resource

Holiday light displays are spread out across Bob Noble park in Paducah, Kentucky, lighting up the barren trees at night for the community to drive by. The park has long been a gathering place for the small city, with performances at an amphitheater and swimming during the summer.

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The Paducah Board of Education after about two hours of private deliberation in executive session directed Superintendent Donald Shively to take 40 days of unpaid leave for “additional training, education, and community involvement.”

Liam Niemeyer / WKMS

The Paducah Public Schools Board of Education called a special meeting for this afternoon to talk in a private executive session and then take action on “personnel” matters, following more than a month of community protests, emotional public commentary, and other closed discussions by the board surrounding a resurfaced blackface photo of Superintendent Donald Shively.

McCracken County Public Schools Webpage

A new position is being created at McCracken County Schools to promote and drive diversity initiatives, spurred in part by Black Lives Matter protests in the region over the summer.

Shirley Jankowski / Provided

A new drug rehabilitation center that’s moving into a former hospital building in Fulton plans to start accepting patients in early December after facing opening delays due to the pandemic, and due to delays in receiving licensing from the state.

USDA/Alice Welch.

A study published Thursday in a prestigious scientific journal links significant increases in COVID-19 transmission rates to meatpacking plants, especially those facilities that the federal government has allowed to speed up processing lines.

Facebook/Paducah Public Schools

The Paducah Public Schools Board of Education heard emotional public commentary at a special meeting Monday evening about a blackface photo of Superintendent Donald Shively that resurfaced last month, many criticizing Shively and some supporting him. 

Curren Sheldon / 100 Days in Appalachia

David Meinschein’s teachers, staff and students have sacrificed a lot this year amid the staggering challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. 

UT Martin

  The University of Tennessee at Martin head men’s basketball coach died today.

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