FEBRUARY 16, 2021

The accumulating snow has ended across the area, but slick and hazardous road conditions are expected across
much of the area through the morning commute. In addition, wind chill temperatures this morning will range from zero to 10 below. Travel is strongly discouraged this morning, but if you must travel, check road conditions and keep an emergency kit in your car. Take it slow and avoid sudden braking. If you must be outside, dress in layers and try to limit your exposure as much as possible. Yet another surge of wintry precipitation is forecast to arrive Wednesday night and last into Thursday. This system could bring significant amounts of wintry precipitation to our area. The primary precipitation type appears to be snow at this time.

Calloway County Schools will be using Winter NTI Day 5 today. The Murray Independent School District will have no NTI or In-Person Instruction today. NTI Days will be held for Marshall County Schools, Mayfield City Schools, and Graves County Schools. Murray State University is virtual the remainder of the week and WKCTC will also operate remotely today.

Murray-Calloway County Animal Shelter
Murray State University Federal Credit Union
Murray Needline is closed
The Murray Bank’s main location will be the only one open today.

At 2:40 Saturday morning, Murray Police responded to a residence on Center Drive in reference to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located a residence that had multiple bullet holes in it, but no one was injured. Through investigation, detectives charged 20-year old Glenn Adams of Orrville, Alabama with Wanton Endangerment and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Adams was lodged in the Calloway County Jail.

At 12:10 Saturday afternoon, Murray Police responded to an injury collision on South 12th Street near Sycamore Street. 27-year-old Corwin Potrzebowski of Fishers, Indiana told police he was pulling out of a parking lot and turning left, but did not see a vehicle which was driving south. 75-year old Larry Black of Murray told police he was driving south on 12th Street when a vehicle turned left out of a parking lot in front of him. Black was transported to the emergency room by EMS for treatment of possible injuries.

Kentucky State Police are investigating a two-vehicle collision on I-24 in Marshall County that claimed the life of one man. According to State Police, 77-year old Adrian Pyle of Englewood, Colorado, was traveling west on I-24 Monday afternoon when he struck the guardrail on the North side of the road. Pyle re-entered the right lane of travel. 43-year old David Marks of Buncombe, Illinois was operating a west bound SEMI behind Pyle when he observed him on the right shoulder of the road and attempted to stop and assist him. Due to the snow and ice on the road, Marks was unable to avoid colliding with Pyle who was transported from the scene by EMS to Marshall County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Marks was not injured during the collision.

The Calloway County Health Department has announced that the next Regional Vaccination Clinic will be held from 10 am until 4 pm Sunday at The CFSB Center on the Murray State campus. Appointments for this Sunday for those 70 and over as well as others in Phase 1B can be scheduled from the Calloway County Health Department’s sign up list. You must have a previously confirmed, scheduled appointment in order to be vaccinated this Sunday. Go to to sign up.

The Calloway County Health Department announced only 1 new COVID-19 case over Sunday and Monday, bringing the county’s total number of cases during the pandemic to 3,294. Of that total, 3,216 have recovered, 28 are isolated at home, and 3 are hospitalized. There have been 47 covid-related deaths in the county. Calloway County’s Incidence Rate per 100,000 on Monday was 9.2%, which was down Sunday’s rate of 14.3.

The latest COVID-19 School Report shows the Calloway County School District with 1 new student case and 0 new staff cases this week. 0 students and 0 staff members are quarantined. The Murray Independent School District was out yesterday and did not file a report. No new quarantine cases were reported. Murray State University last week reported 2 new student cases and no faculty and staff cases.

At Monday’s COVID-19 update for Kentucky, 723 new cases and 9 deaths were reported, raising the total to 4,291 Kentuckians who are listed as covid deaths. As of Monday, there have been over 4.3 million coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky with a positivity rate of 6.57%, which is lower than last Monday’s rate of 7.78%. There are 969 Kentuckians hospitalized which is 194 less than last Monday, including 268 in ICU, which is 6 less than one week ago. At least 45,949 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

The Murray Planning Commission will meet virtually today in regular session. On the agenda is a Public Hearing on a Zoning Ordinance concerning Sign Regulations in Industrial Districts. Also on the agenda is a request for a Minor Subdivision Plat for Charles Adams located on KY 94 West. Today’s meeting begins at 4:30.

The wind ensemble and the saxophone choir from the Murray State University Department of Music were recently selected to perform at this week’s Kentucky Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, to be held virtually. The ensembles submitted recordings from previous live performances and were chosen by a KMEA committee through a blind selection process. The wind ensemble is composed of 56 players of woodwind, brass, percussion, string bass, and piano. Their performance will take place at 8:40 tonight. The wind ensemble is conducted by Dr. Trae Blanco, director of bands and assistant professor of music.

FRANKFORT—The Kentucky National Guard is on alert because of storms hitting the commonwealth. Governor Andy Beshear says the Guard was alerted yesterday and is ready to assist with needs related to the storm passing through and another expected later in the week. Beshear is asking all Kentuckians to stay home at least through tomorrow. Central Kentucky is expected to receive the highest snow accumulations in the commonwealth from the storms.

FRANKFORT—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is standing by the chamber’s decision to acquit former President Trump. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, McConnell argued the decision “vindicated the Constitution, not Trump.” He insisted Trump “bears moral responsibility” because of “unhinged falsehoods” he shouted to the world. The Kentucky Republican added he doesn’t have a problem with the GOP lawmakers who voted to convict. Trump was acquitted over the weekend in what was his second impeachment trial.

FRANKFORT—Lexington Police are investigating after vandals targeted four Lexington media outlets over news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Someone left spray-painted messages early yesterday morning denying the reality of the pandemic at the outlets. A letter was left at at least one station with a picture of the governor and the Latin phrase Sic Semper Asininus. Police confiscated the envelope.

UNION COUNTY—A car fire is responsible for bringing out the Union County Volunteer Fire Department into frigid temperatures. The fire broke out in a vehicle yesterday evening on State Road 666. Fire officials posted about the incident on Facebook, urging people to stay home to protect themselves and emergency crews.

FRANKFORT—Kentucky State Police are asking Kentuckians not to travel. KSP tweeted yesterday that “all Kentuckians should refrain from traveling” so emergency responders can work to clear roads during the winter storm. Troopers say road conditions can deteriorate quickly. Governor Andy Beshear has asked Kentuckians to remain at home through at least tomorrow.

UNDATED—Dozens of Kentucky high school students are being nominated for appointments to the nation’s service academies. Nearly 40 students have been nominated to the United States Air Force Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy, United States Military Academy, the United State Coast Guard Academy and the United States Naval Academy. Senator Rand Paul says the opportunity to nominate young men and women from across the state to attend the nation’s prestigious service academies is one of the most rewarding parts of his job.

TENNESSEE—Governor Bill Lee is closing state offices in dozens of Middle and West Tennessee counties today. Governor Lee cited hazardous weather and travel conditions for closing state offices in 67 of the state’s 95 counties. Hazardous weather is expected to include freezing rain, ice and snow. The closures include state offices in Davidson and Shelby counties.

TENNESSEE—Many county health departments across Tennessee are expected to be closed today due to the winter storm. The closures will prevent COVID-19 vaccinations from being administered. Appointments scheduled for today will be rescheduled. The Tennessee Department of Health says Tennesseans should call their county health department before visiting today to make sure they’re not closed.

TENNESSEE—There are over eleven-hundred new coronavirus cases in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Health reported one-thousand-143 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total since the outbreak began to over 758-thousand-560. A few additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported, bringing the total number of coronavirus-attributed deaths statewide to nearly eleven-thousand. Close to eleven-hundred COVID-19 patients are hospitalized statewide.