Rachel Collins

News Director

Rachel’s interest in journalism began early in life, reading newspapers while sitting in the laps of her grandparents. Those interactions ignited a thirst for language and stories, and she recalls getting caught more than once as a young girl hiding under the bed covers with a flashlight and book because she just couldn’t stop reading. 

That passion led her to Murray State University where she completed an undergrad as an English major before pursuing a career in journalism. 

Rachel recalled listening exclusively to NPR as a college student, dreaming of earning her spot among the ranks of the journalists she admired. She realized that dream when she joined the WKMS team as news director in February 2020.

Rachel particularly enjoys conducting research and digging into even the smallest details, satisfying her natural inquisitiveness while never backing down from the tough questions and topics. 

In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends, and cat. 

Screenshot Marshall County Fiscal Court Facebook Page

The Marshall County Fiscal Court Facebook page recently published a statement on behalf of Marshall County E-911 Director Chris Freeman. The statement was issued in response to the allegations made by a former employee, Maranda Hanson, reported in a WKMS article published on April 1.

Screenshot / Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce

Murray-Calloway County Hospital leaders say they’re implementing new protocols to prepare for a peak breakout of the Coronavirus. In today’s conference call hosted by the local chamber of commerce, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nicholas O’Dell said the hospital has certain trigger points which move the next phases into action. 

 

Marilyn Linsey Shrewsbury, attorney representing Hanson / Nelson, McDonald & Shrewsbury

The attorney representing former Marshall County E-911 dispatcher Maranda Hanson said she fully intends to file a lawsuit in Marshall Circuit Court on behalf of her client who she says was subjected to illegal adverse employment action after being exposed to a colleague whose family member tested positive for COVID-19. 

Screenshot / 'City of Madisonville, KY,' Facebook

Hopkins County officials are begging citizens to heed the advice of health organizations as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county continues to increase. 

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION / SBA.GOV

The Graves County Health Department announced its first confirmed COVID-19 case today. 

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  The Kentucky Supreme Court issued a set of orders temporarily changing visitation/custodial arrangements for children in the commonwealth, in light of the “COVID-19 emergency.”

MSU Office of Branding, Marketing and Communication / Murray State University

  

Murray State University’s Institute of Engineering joins the many organizations worldwide who are pitching in to support healthcare workers while the novel coronavirus continues to spread. 

Paul Schaumburg / Graves County Schools

  Three organizations have joined forces to install several internet hotspots in Graves County for the families who may not have internet access in their homes.

Weakley County Logo On Official Facebook Page

  The Tennessee Health Department today announced an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. According to the tracker on the state health department’s website there are now 615 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tennessee, one of which is reportedly in Weakley County. But Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum says that’s not accurate.

Screenshot from Paducah Police Department Kentucky Facebook Page

A western Kentucky police department’s officers have taken to social media in an effort to keep in touch with their community’s youth. Paducah Police Department (PPD) shared its first video Friday, with a promise of more to come “every few days.”

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