November 16, 2017

Kentucky State Police are asking for the public’s assistance locating Lori Peavy who was last seen at around 3 pm Tuesday in the Paducah area. At the time of her last known sighting, Peavy was in the company of Billy Jo Williams. Peavy is a 41 year old white female, with long light brown hair. She is 5’4”, and weighs approximately 135 lbs.. Williams is a 42-year old white male, with short dark hair and a receding hairline. He is 5’9”, and weighs approximately 155 lbs. Williams has multiple active warrants to include a felony indictment in Kentucky for Assault. He is to be considered dangerous and should not be approached. Williams and Peavy have ties to several states to include Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana and Tennessee. The Kentucky State Police are concerned for the safety of Peavy and requests anyone who may know her whereabouts to call them immediately.

State Representative Kenny Imes issued a press release on Wednesday announcing that he will not seek re-election as 5th District State Representative. However, Imes will run for Calloway County Judge-Executive. Current Judge-Executive Larry Elkins has announced that he would not seek re-election to that position, but did not rule out a run for another office. Imes will serve the rest of his term. The general elections for the Kentucky House and Calloway County Judge-Executive will be next November.

At approximately 4:35 am Wednesday, Marshall County Sheriff’s Departmemt deputy Tim Reynolds and Officer Jeff Peck of the Calvert City Police Department responded to Falcon Circle in reference to a complaint from a woman saying someone was trying to kill her. After the investigation by Reynolds, it was determined that this was not the case. April Petway of Murray was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, and Falsely Reporting an Incident. Also charged was Rickie Wayne Fennel of Gilbertsville. He was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia. Both were lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital has named John Bradford as Chief Financial Officer. Bradford comes to MCCH from KyOne Health in Bardstown at Flaget Memorial Hospital where he worked since 2015 as the Director of Finance. Prior to this position, Bradford worked in various roles including the VP of Finance of the Louisville Regional Hospitals for KyOne Health. He has also served as the VP of Finance for 16 years at Flaget Memorial Hospital before the hospital affiliated with KyOne Health. Murray-Calloway County Hospital has also named Nathan Lawrence as the new Director of Quality Management. Lawrence previously held the position of Director of Quality Management at Saint Francis Health System. As the Director of Quality Management he will focus on patient safety, improving value based purchasing, and strengthening the overall culture of safety in the organization.

In recently released results, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Five-Star Quality Rating System recognized Home Health Plus of Kentucky with a 5-star rating in patient satisfaction. According to the data, the Murray home health provider achieved the highest rating possible in the patient satisfaction category. The star rating system was instituted by CMS as part of its Home Health Compare website to provide a “tool for consumers to use when choosing a home health care provider.” The system ranks providers in two categories: “Quality of Patient Care” and “Patient Satisfaction.” The ratings are highly sought after by home health providers and seen as a key differentiator and indicator of overall quality in the home health industry. In total, LHC Group saw 89 of its provider locations achieve a 5-star rating in at least one of the two categories.

A student organization at Murray State University is encouraging students and the greater community to commit to healthy, tobacco-free lives by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout from 9 am until 3 pm today in the Curris Center’s dance lounge. This event is hosted by Murray State’s Health and Wellness Peer Education program and is free and open to the community. Health education materials will be available along with health promotion tools to assist in goal setting. Free “quit kits” will also be distributed to those who attend. Tobacco use is the single largest and most preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States with more than 480,000 people in the U.S. dying each year from related illnesses. Doctors and public health officials used to encourage smokers to quit cold turkey but today’s evidence shows that quitting is a process. It starts with a plan, often takes time and requires support. The American Cancer Society is a national resource that is available 24/7 to provide that support as people make their plans to quit.

Murray State University’s Center for Telecommunications Systems Management and Small Business Development Center are joining the Technology Council of West Kentucky to help grow and develop the technology industry in western Kentucky. The Technology Council of West Kentucky is a nonprofit organization that seeks to create support for the region by building a unified catalyst for the growth and influence of western Kentucky’s technology industry. Michael Ramage is the director of the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management and serves as the president for the Technology Council of West Kentucky, while Chris Wooldridge, director of the Small Business Development Center, is a board member on the council. Ramage’s guidance and knowledge of higher education in the IT workforce will ensure that the council will make education an important component of its efforts to grow the industry. Wooldridge’s background with small businesses and regional outreach will also aid in achieving the council’s goals of connecting and growing the region.

The phone calls are often urgent. Pay a past due balance on your electric bill, now, before your electricity is disconnected. For some local residents and small business owners, the calls may come during peak hours and rush times when people are more likely to be distracted. In a panic, many provide credit card information to get the situation resolved quickly. It’s these kinds of tactics, typically employed by scammers, that local electric companies say could cost their members and customers thousands of dollars a year. This is why Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation joined with other local electric providers Paducah Power Systems and West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative to observe Utility Scam Awareness Day yesterday. According to Paducah Power System General Manager, Dave Carroll, utility scams cycle through western Kentucky on a regular basis. Report a suspicious call or visit immediately to your local authorities and to your local electric provider. Scam prevention tips and information can be found by visiting your local electric provider’s website.

The department of art and design at Murray State University presents “So Much Between,” a new exhibit featuring the work of Danielle Mužina and Ariel Lavery, on display in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery from Friday through December 6. Mužina and Lavery work with multiple processes and formats, incorporating found objects and digital methods into two- and three-dimensional practices. The images, maps and direct experiences referenced are historical records of human observations that become enlivened and re-contextualized through the artists’ creations and conversations. Mužina is an artist and educator from Cleveland, Ohio, who now works as an assistant professor of painting at Murray State and maintains strong connections to her family’s Croatian heritage. Lavery is a 2013 recipient of the Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, which helped her develop a project based on the culture of Murray.

The musical “Crazy for You” is tapping its way into the Johnson Theatre at Murray State University, beginning Thursday at 7:30 pm in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre on the MSU campus. Evening performances run through November 18 at 7:30 pm with a final performance November 19 at 2:30 pm. The Tony-award-winning musical tells the story of a New York banker who spends his off-hours practicing dance routines and auditioning for roles at the Zangler Theatre. After he is sent to investigate a customer in Nevada, he falls in love with the daughter of the very customer he’s investigating: the owner of the local theatre. The musical’s hero then proceeds to create a plan in hopes of saving the theatre and succeeds at establishing a community that includes both New Yorkers and coalminers. “Crazy for You” includes a collection of many beloved Broadway songs. To reserve tickets, visit

The Murray Police Department invites everyone to the next Coffee with a Cop event. Murray police officers will be at Crossroads restaurant on Friday at 6:30 am. All ages are welcome to attend and officers will be there to sit a talk to members of the community. Topics can range from community concerns to current events. Crossroads is located at 808 Chestnut Street in Murray.

LBL’s Woodlands Nature Station will host Cub Scout Day on Saturday, ongoing from 10 am-3 pm at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Hands-on activities based on honing survival skills and hiking strategies will help Cub Scouts earn belt loops. Everyone is welcome. Cub Scouts are welcome to come with their pack or individually with a parent, and are encouraged to bring a friend. Plan to spend at least 2 hours to complete all activities. Most activities will be outdoors. You can get a list of activities at the LBL website. General admission covers all programs and activities.

FRANKFORT—Medical marijuana advocates in Kentucky have a new ally. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes yesterday said that she wants to see medical marijuana legalized in the state next year. Grimes, who is a Democrat, is the only statewide elected official to back the push to allow people in Kentucky to use marijuana as medicine. Governor Bevin has vowed he will never legalize marijuana while he is in office.

FRANKFORT—If Republicans won’t include him in their sexual harassment investigation, Kentucky Democratic state Rep. Jim Wayne says he’ll open his own probe. Wayne yesterday filed a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission to force Kentucky Republicans to answer questions about former House Speaker Jeff Hoover’s sexual harassment settlement. Wayne says the Legislative Ethics Commission has the power to subpoena witnesses and demand answers.

LEXINGTON—Lexington may have to paint over its rainbow crosswalk. The Federal Highway Administration this week sent Lexington Mayor Jim Gray a two page letter explaining how the crosswalk, painted for the city’s pride celebration, is not in compliance with federal regulations. The FHA says the rainbow colored crosswalk is a legal liability and a hazard to drivers. The mayor’s office isn’t commenting on the letter.

ELIZABETHTOWN—A Hardin County man could be out of prison in as little as two-and-a-half years despite pleading guilty to having a huge stash of child pornography. A judge yesterday told Eric Easley that his case is a ‘violation of human decency,’ and sentenced Easley to over 12-years in prison. But because Easley only has to serve 20-percent of his sentence, about two-and-a-half years, he could be out of prison sooner rather than later. Easley pleaded guilty to 42 felony counts of possession and distribution of child pornography.

LOUISVILLE—Papa John’s Pizza is apologizing for what ‘Papa’ John Schnatter said about the NFL protests and his company’s sluggish sales. Papa John’s Pizza took to Twitter yesterday to say that the company believes in the ‘right to protest inequality’ and that the company supports the players’ ‘movement to create a new platform for change.’ Schnatter earlier this month said that the NFL’s national anthem protests are hurting sales and driving away customers.

MADISON COUNTY—Police are conducting a death investigation after the discovery of a body in Madison County. WKYT-TV is reporting the body of a female was found at an apartment on Villa Drive in Richmond last night. The death appears to be suspicious. Few other details are known at this time.

FRANKFORT— Police are investigating a deadly crash on I-64 near Frankfort. WKYT-TV is reporting the accident happened on I-64 eastbound yesterday. A tractor-trailer and an SUV collided, killing the SUV’s driver. The tractor-trailer’s driver may have suffered a medical emergency before the crash.

PADUCAH—An adult and two juveniles are linked to several vehicle thefts and break-ins in McCracken County. Police say Kenneth Seay of Nashville and two juveniles from Paducah are facing charges including receiving stolen property. Police say the three stole several items including credit cards and a handgun from vehicles.

TENNESSEE—A woman is recovering from broken bones after a deer knocked her to the ground in northern Kentucky. WLWT-TV is reporting a deer ran toward the woman in the parking lot of St. Pius School in Edgewood on Tuesday. She was dropping off her child at the school when the deer charged at her.

TENNESSEE—Two people are in custody regarding a homicide investigation in Grundy County. WSMV-TV is reporting the arrests were made in North Carolina last night. Thirty-five-year-old Dylan Winton of Tracy City had been reported missing in March and his remains were found in a wooded area of Grundy County last month. The suspects’ names have not been released yet.

TENNESSEE—A man who escaped from prison in Oklahoma 15 years ago is now in custody after being found in Knoxville. WATE-TV is reporting police found Augustus King after responding to a disturbance near the Physician’s Regional Medical Center in north Knoxville on Saturday. King had been serving time for forgery.

TENNESSEE—Police in Murfreesboro are asking residents to be alert after a reported rape of an elderly woman near an elementary school. WSMV-TV is reporting police have increased patrols in an area near Mitchell-Neilson Elementary School. Neighbors believe they saw the man who attacked an 85-year-old woman in her garage at gunpoint on Tuesday. There is no detailed description for him at this time.

TENNESSEE—Authorities are investigating a deadly workplace accident in Henry County. WBBJ-TV is reporting an employee at the PML Inc. factory on County Home Road in Paris was killed on Monday. TOSHA is investigating.

TENNESSEE—Police are investigating a crash that involved a train in Gibson County. WBBJ-TV is reporting the accident happened on Cades-Atwood Road outside of Milan yesterday. A vehicle was hit after the driver tried to beat the train. Two people suffered unknown injuries.