Teen club opens in Paducah


Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Barry Stevenson

PADUCAH, Ky. - With just a few dozen lights, Darren Mason has transformed an empty room filled with red chairs and tables into a night club.

"When you see the kids down there having a good time, that's what it's all about," Mason said of the recently opened 'Club Spin.'

The club, for those 13-20, is the brainchild of the local D.J.  "When I started doing school dances I wondered where kids went when they were over."

Mason believes 'Club Spin' is the answer: no alcohol, just teens and a dance floor.

Chief Deputy Mike Turnbow with the McCracken County Sheriff's Department has met with Mason and says he likes the idea.

"I'm all for somewhere they can go to have fun," he said, adding, "But there's always a few kids that can spoil it for everyone else."

Turnbow says the club's crowd, 13-20, is too wide of a margin. Mason says he is working to address that and says for now, he is encouraging parents of 13-16 year-olds to pick up their kids before 10:30 p.m.

Turnbow says, in the past, places like 'Club Spin' have not survived.

"A few minor fights, underage drinking, there's going to be some kind of drug activity," he said.

Darren Mason says he is aware of potential problems. He has security at the door and multiple cameras inside and out. Also, he has hired three security guards, and if business picks up, he says he'll add more staff.

He says he is determined to keep his club open, "Kids need a place to come to, a place of their own to hang."

Club Spin, located in the former Froggy's building, will be open from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. In the future, the club plans to host 'Family Night' on Sundays, from 1-5 p.m. and offer karaoke and line dancing.