Benjamin Joubert, Kentucky New Era en Special Diploma Bill Passes Senate <p><a href="">A bill that would grant special-needs students</a> a diploma instead of a certificate of completion for graduating high school unanimously passed the Senate on Wednesday. The alternative high school diploma is mainly an honorary gesture and wouldn&rsquo;t change the students&rsquo; graduation requirements, and employers will still be able to tell that a graduate has certain limitations, said Senate Bill 43 sponsor Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown. However, Parrett said calling the accolade a diploma instead of certificate will help improve special-needs students&rsquo; self-esteem. Thu, 02 Feb 2012 19:23:18 +0000 Benjamin Joubert, Kentucky New Era 20710 at School Investigates Student's Punishment <p><a href="">Trigg County Public Schools recently</a> opened an investigation into allegations that a primary school teacher punished an elementary student by putting the student in a trash can. Superintendent Travis Hamby said the district was in the process of gathering information about the alleged incident and couldn&rsquo;t comment on what exactly occurred. Fri, 23 Dec 2011 14:42:06 +0000 Benjamin Joubert, Kentucky New Era 18535 at Spielburg Script Based on Kentucky Incident <p><a href="">The preliminary script for one of the highest-grossing films</a> of all time was originally based on the reported alien encounter of a farm family in 1955 in the Christian County Kelly community. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, film director Steven Spielberg said his 1982 movie &ldquo;E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial&rdquo; was initially penned as a horror film titled &ldquo;Night Skies&rdquo; and influenced by the Kelly Green Men account. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a story that&rsquo;s well known in UFOlogy and we based the script on that story,&rdquo; Spielberg said in the interview.</p><p> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 19:42:45 +0000 Benjamin Joubert, Kentucky New Era 17807 at Hopkinsville Plant Retains Over 200 Jobs <p><a href="">Gov. Steve Beshear visited Propulsys headquarters </a>Tuesday afternoon to announce a $9.5 million expansion for &ldquo;next-generation&rdquo; upgrades to the multi-national Hopkinsville plant. Propulsys is one of the largest manufacturers of high-speed, low-torque motors. It has offices in Europe and an additional plant in China. Overall, the company employs 520 people worldwide with 207 workers in Hopkinsville. The expansion is essential to Christian County families since it allows those 207 employees to retain their jobs, Beshear said. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:25:49 +0000 Benjamin Joubert, Kentucky New Era 15053 at Hopkinsville Plant Retains Over 200 Jobs Alliance Aims to Promote Projects <p><a href="">The Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance</a> announced on Wednesday six projects and initiatives aimed at increasing business, tourism and employment throughout Todd, Trigg and Christian counties. The group, made up of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce, Trigg County Chamber of Commerce and Todd County Community Alliance, will attempt to promote the projects at the state level in a unified effort. Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:08:44 +0000 Benjamin Joubert, Kentucky New Era 13839 at 9/11 Ceremony Honors Law Enforcement <p><a href="">Members of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)</a>, Hopkinsville Fire Department and Hopkinsville Police Department will be presented with a memorial coin in remembrance of those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. They will be honored during a 10th anniversary memorial ceremony, coordinated by the military affairs committee of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce, at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Stadium of Champions. The coin, designed by the committee, bears the emblems of fallen firefighters, police and military. Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:29:59 +0000 Benjamin Joubert, Kentucky New Era 12136 at Lex. Pastor's Education Views Questioned <p><a href="">The pastor of a Lexington church raised some eyebrows</a> while pleasing others as he spoke this week to a teacher appreciation breakfast in Hopkinsville. While some lauded the Rev. Dr. C.B. Akins&rsquo; speech for its pertinence, others thought the oration was demeaning and uncouth to its target audience of teachers. &ldquo;I think you are always going to get a mixed reaction when dealing with reality and dealing with facts,&rdquo; Akins said in a telephone interview Thursday. &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t expect everybody to be for change except a wet baby.&rdquo; Fri, 12 Aug 2011 14:45:57 +0000 Benjamin Joubert, Kentucky New Era 10448 at