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Annie Brown earned her degree in journalism from Asbury University and joined the ABC 36 News Team in July 2021. She is incredibly grateful to be reporting in Lexington, her beautiful hometown! She has always had a passion for writing, and fell in love with broadcast news during college. When Annie isn't reporting, she's spending time with the people who matter to her most: her friends and family. She's a French speaker, a bit of a fashionista and loves exploring new places. She is excited to be learning and growing as a reporter, and cannot wait to tell your stories! If you have a story idea, you can send her a message on Facebook: Annie Brown - ABC 36 or Twitter: @AnnieBrownNews or send her an email at abrown@wtvq.com.

Is a new soybean disease in Kentucky a cause for concern?

Once only found in the southern region of the country, the red crown rot disease was found for the first time in Illinois in 2018. Now, it's in Graves County, Kentucky.

“A unique workforce” emerges amidst chemical weapons destruction

One of the last remaining facilities containing chemical weapons in the country is getting rid of their weapons stockpile.

UPDATE: Lexington’s new Junior Fire Chief motivated by Scouts

Thursday, Fifth Grader Ashlynn Stephens of Coventry Oak Elementary School was honored as Junior Fire Chief for the year.

School officials and first responders talk school safety

According to Bourbon County Schools Police Chief Michael Jones, every situation should be taken seriously.

Midway Fall Festival kicks off the season

Saturday, Midway kicked off the beginning of the season with the 47th annual Midway Fall Festival, which included vendors, food trucks, children's activities, pottery demonstrations, and more. 

Paris-Bourbon County Pumpkin Festival showcases Paris

After being cancelled last year due to COVID-19, the popular Bourbon County Pumpkin Festival is back with live music, food trucks, vendors, and pumpkin painting, showcasing the small-town charm of Paris.

Carter G. Woodson Academy gets container farm

Friday, AppHarvest unveiled its new container farm at the Carter G. Woodson Academy. This is the first container farm at a metro area school.

Fayette County Schools technical education centers merge

Fayette County Public Schools is planning to merge Eastside Technical Center and Southside Technical Center into one campus at the old Lexington Herald-Leader building as the program continues to expand.

Garbage collectors save man’s life

On August 5th, he and his co-worker, Kyle Wilson, were going along their usual route. Call it coincidence or fate, but they decided to take another loop around town after their lunch break, a decision that would save a man's life.

Healing through family: organ recipient and donor family meet

On September 10th in Louisville through Donate Life Kentucky, Trumbo was able to meet the family of the donor who gave her a second chance at life. 

Lexington native’s fashion brand designs Met Gala dress for Simone Biles

After she graduated from Parson's, Beaulac started her own fashion brand, AREA, with her co-owner Piotrek Pansczczyk in 2014. This year, the brand was approached for the first time to design two Met Gala looks, one for model Precious Lee, and the other for gymnast Simone Biles.

Renfro Valley kicks off first Kentucky Food Truck Championship

Saturday, the first annual Kentucky Food Truck Championship, hosted by the Mount Vernon-Rockcastle County Tourist Commission, kicked off at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame with eighteen food trucks and hundreds of guests.

London Fire Department pays its respects on anniversary of 9/11

The event, held at the London-Laurel County Farmer's Market, included food trucks, a ceremony with special speakers, members of the military, law enforcement, and first responders, and a chance to get an inside look at the Laurel County and London Fire Department's trucks. It's all to pay their respects to the people who lost their lives in the tragic attacks.

Hundreds gather for 9/11 stair climb

Thursday, about 600 people gathered at Kroger Field to climb the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs--the same number first responders climbed during the attacks--to honor the 403 firefighters and police officers killed on September 11, 2001. 

Is Gen Z influenced by 9/11? Local students and professor talk

There is no question about it: the heartbreaking events of September 11, 2001 that claimed 2,977 lives changed the American way of life. While these events are still very vivid to many, an emerging generation of young adults have no memory of it.

UPDATE: Food insecurity worse in surprising age group: Local experts

According to a study by Feeding America, which included work by University of Kentucky professors, food insecurity and hunger are problems, but the age group that is hardest hit may be a surprise.

Brightview treatment center celebrates one year in Lexington

Tuesday, Brightview celebrated with a "Rise and Recovery" Fair which included live music, raffle with prizes donated from local restaurants, a bounce house for children, recovery coaching from Voices of Hope, Narcan training and distribution, and private testing for HIV and Hepatitis C.

Teen recovering after apartment fire

Richart's passion is doing her makeup and showing her beloved dogs. A week prior to the apartment fire, Richart had just been able to put the grand championship title on her dog Stand. But early last Friday morning, everything changed.

Tailgaters, full-capacity stadium allowed as UK kicks-off football season

It's back to normal this season after COVID-19 changed the gameday atmosphere.

Lexington Rescue Mission to assist in recovery in Louisiana

The Lexington Rescue Mission is taking about six staff and residents to assist their sister mission, The New Orleans Mission, which was hit hard and is low on supplies after Hurricane Ida hit the area Sunday.