Today's News

  • Taylor County Schools giving 2% raises

    John L. Moore

    A $1 million budget turnaround has helped Taylor County Schools superintendent Charles Higdon Jr. reach a goal he set when he first took over his position: giving everyone a raise.

    All staff members will be receiving a 2% raise, with that money coming from the district’s newfound surplus.

    “That should get us to where pay is more competitive for attracting and retaining talent,” said Higdon, “and they all deserve it, too.”

  • Teacher on trial

    Staff Report

    A current Taylor County School District employee is under investigation after allegedly threatening to cut off a seventh-grader’s penis and shove it down his throat during an end-of-the-year kickball game at Anderson County Middle School in 2017.

    Chrystal Graham, 36, was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct after at least one student allegedly heard her tell this threat to a seventh-grade boy from another class for jumping onto one of her students, both of which were supposedly joking around.

  • Taking a Dive

    John Overby

    “Life Jackets Worn … Nobody Mourns.”

    With city and county officials on hand Friday afternoon to watch a dive equipment live demonstration by Campbellsville Fire-Rescue, a sign with this inscription was on full display, serving as a reminder that wearing a life jacket is always the best course of action when it comes to open water safety.

  • Sanders announces this will be final year at CES

    John L. Moore

    Doretha Sanders, assistant principal at Campbellsville Elementary School, was asked to stand before the Campbellsville Independent School’s Board of Education during its May meeting to receive a Change Award for leading the elementary school while principal Elisha Rhodes was on maternity leave.

    “She is an individual who has given 110 percent to every position,” Rhodes said, “and for me, an inspiration as not only an educator but as a mother, friend and teammate.”

  • Primary election next week

    Staff Report

    Kentucky will be holding its 2019 primary elections on Tuesday, May 21.

    Primary elections are open to any voter not registered as an independent, allowing Democrats and Republicans to decide which members of their party they want to represent them in the general election in November.


    Governor and Lieutenant Governor


    • Matt Bevin & Ralph Alvarado

  • EMS to hold inaugural open house Tuesday

    John Overby

    Campbellsville-Taylor County EMS is hosting an open house next Tuesday that event organizer and EMT Renee Blackaby hopes will give the community a chance to better understand everything the entity does.

    “I don’t think the community completely understands what we do,” Blackaby said, “so we wanted to offer something so people could come and see it up close.”

  • 'Always Remember: Love Not Hate'

    John L. Moore

    Hana Marcum, a student at Taylor County Middle School, didn’t intend to read the speech she had written aloud — at least, not to the TCMS Site Base Decision Making Council.

  • Manchester Tank to create 175 jobs

    Special to the CKNJ

    Gov. Matt Bevin announced on May 8, 2019, that Manchester Tank & Equipment Co., a division of McWane Inc., plans to locate a $10-million-plus propane tank manufacturing facility in Campbellsville, a project expected to create 175 full-time jobs in the coming years. 

  • Local crews react quickly to hazardous material incident

    Staff Report

    Campbellsville Fire Rescue and Taylor County Fire were on scene quickly at 74 Red Fern Road after receiving a call about potentially hazardous material last week.

    The departments were on hand after receiving a report at 7:36 a.m. Thursday about a tractor-trailer leaking acid burning the blacktop.

    After arriving, crews encountered a box trailer from XPO Logistics with “an obvious significant leak” with vapors coming from the ground.

  • Taylor County Fiscal Court hears first reading of the budget

    Josh Claywell

    The Taylor County Fiscal Court had the first reading of next year’s budget during Tuesday’s regular work session at the Taylor County Courthouse.

    District 2 Magistrate John Gaines said the court should tentatively approve the budget until it’s sent back to the court by the state for final approval.

    “We can still change it,” Gaines said. “This is a tentative approval.”