SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

Murray State University alumnus and Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David returned to campus September 17 to speak with cadets in the University’s ROTC program about leadership and the legal profession. David discussed ways the Cadets could pursue leadership opportunities in their daily lives, and encouraged them to forge their own paths in achieving their dreams and aspirations even at the risk of failure. David graduated from Murray State and the University’s ROTC program in 1979 as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He would go on to earn his law degree from Indiana University before serving four years of active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. After he completed his active-duty service in 1986, he remained in the U.S. Army Reserves until 2010.

Southwest Calloway Elementary School is among three area schools named in a list of the healthiest schools across the nation. The list was published by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The organization recognizes 461 of the nation’s healthiest schools based on the school’s ability to serve healthy meals and snacks, getting students to be active, offering high-quality health and physical education, and empowering school leaders to be healthy role models. Carlisle County Elementary School and Carlisle County High School also made the list. The three schools are among 17 recognized in the state of Kentucky.

The Laboratory Department and Blood Donor Center at Murray-Calloway County Hospital was given a stellar “no deficiencies” rating by the Office of Inspector General after a recent visit. The Blood Bank is inspected regularly by OIG and FDA to maintain the rigorous standards of the organizations and the absolute safest blood products for patients. Linda Cavitt, Director of Laboratory Services said they are extremely proud of the “no deficiency” reports, adding that it shows how committed hospital staff is to quality and safety. Murray Calloway County Hospital’s Blood Bank is one of only 2 hospital-based blood donor programs in Kentucky.

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 24 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers in our area include Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, Trigg and Warren. Volunteers are not required to live in these counties. All volunteers must complete a six-hour initial training session. Potential volunteers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible so they can be screened and, if approved, scheduled for training in their area. To get more information, including more training dates, and apply to be a volunteer, visit the Citizen Foster Care Review Board’s web page.

The Jackson Purchase Historical Society continues its Sixtieth Anniversary Year Observance on Saturday with a presentation by Society President Dr. Bill Mulligan on “Modernizing Warfare: US Grant and Military Engineering in the Middle Mississippi Valley during the Civil War.” A brief business meeting will precede the program, beginning at 10:30 am at the Hickman County Historical and Genealogical Society on the Courthouse Square in Clinton. Mulligan has taught at Murray State since 1993 and is Professor of History.

Teachers will receive free general admission to the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum, Golden Pond Planetarium and Woodlands Nature Station on September 29 and 30 at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Current and retired teachers, home educators and their immediate families qualify for free entry, excluding evening laser shows. Please bring a school faculty ID card or other means of identifying yourself as a teacher or home educator.

FRANKFORT—The Kentucky Supreme Court will decide today if changes to the state’s struggling retirement systems are legal. Earlier this year, Kentucky’s legislature approved changes to the system, including moving all new teacher hires into a hybrid plan. Attorney General Andy Beshear, who’s running for governor next year, challenged the law, calling it unconstitutional. In June, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd agreed. Now, the case is in the hands of the state’s Supreme Court, who will hear arguments from both the attorney general, who will personally argue the case, and the governor’s attorneys.

LEXINGTON—The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity is closing its University of Kentucky chapter following an internal investigation. The move follows the DUI arrest of pledge Jacob Heil in connection with a crash that killed a four-year-old boy. Heil told police he left a tailgate before his arrest. The fraternity announced yesterday that it was revoking the chapter’s charter for violations of its health and safety policy.

LOUISVILLE—There’s a deal on a corrective action plan between the state’s largest school district and the Kentucky Department of Education. The plan is part of the settlement to avoid a state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools. Among the deficiencies covered in the plan are restraint and seclusion, special education, early childhood education, and career and technical education. The two-year plan is expected to be detailed to the Jefferson County Board of Education at next Tuesday’s meeting.

GLASGOW—A small dog is getting the care it needs after being found in a trash bag in Barren County. A woman found the dog in the garbage while she was walking her dog in Glasgow Sunday night. The woman said at first she thought it was a small deer. She called authorities before taking the dog to the Barren River Animal Welfare Association.

JESSAMINE COUNTY—The Kentucky Equine Humane Center is asking for donations after receiving six horses suffering from severe malnutrition. Officials say one of the horses is so skinny it has a pronounced spine. Another is too weak to stand on its own. The Equine Humane Center now owns the horses after they were surrendered. Officials say the horses are in need of a lot of food, including senior horse feed and immune support supplements.

OWENSBORO—Events celebrating Aviation Month at Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport continue today. Today through Saturday the airport will host the Duke Aircraft Fly-In for the first time. More than 40 families who own Beechcraft Duke fixed-wing aircraft are expected in town for the event. Aviation Month will wrap up with the annual Mooney Aircraft Fly-In on September 29th and 30th.

KNOX COUNTY—Kentucky State Police say one person is dead and another is wounded after a shooting in Knox County. The shooting happened at a home on Higgins Hollow Road in Barbourville. Authorities say a suspect inside a nearby home is in custody.

OWENSBORO—Kentucky State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Hopkinsville. Authorities say an Owensboro man died earlier this week after trying to escape a traffic stop in a stolen car. The car later caught fire on Greenville Road and during the interaction at the end of the pursuit, a Trooper shot the suspect. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

MILLWOOD—A Millwood 18-year-old is pleading not guilty to the attempted murder of his grandmother. Douglas Barton is scheduled for a preliminary hearing today on charges of attempted murder and tampering with physical evidence in connection with allegations that he slit his grandmother’s throat and stabbed her in the back with a knife. Police say Barton admitted to the crime when he was arrested September 7th at the scene of the murder.

OWENSBORO—The Owensboro City Commission is set to revote on a proposed property tax increase. A special meeting is scheduled for this afternoon when another vote is expected. The previous vote on Tuesday evening ended in a tie, when Commissioner Pam Smith-Wright was absent due to a conference in Louisville. The City Attorney says a second reading can be brought back for a re-vote and that he didn’t find any state laws prohibiting it.

NASHVILLE—A lawsuit seeking to block a referendum creating a Community Oversight Board is being dismissed. The suit dismissed yesterday was filed by the Fraternal Order of Police last month. The suit argued that the Davidson County Election Commission shouldn’t have approved the placement of the oversight board referendum on November’s ballot due to a lack of signatures. The judge ruled that the number of signatures required was based on the August 4th, 2016 State Primary and County General election, not May’s special mayoral election.

TENNESSEE—The family of a teen who died after falling from a moving truck in Hermitage says his death was no accident. Miles Hunter’s family says he was beaten and thrown from the truck by a group of young men. Police say Hunter was on the truck’s running board last Tuesday when he fell and suffered severe head injuries. His death is being investigated further with authorities asking for anyone with information to come forward.

NASHVILLE—Some songwriters are celebrating after the first-ever Nashville Songwriter Awards. The awards show was held at The Ryman last night. The new event was put on by the Nashville Songwriters Association International and City National Bank. I’ll name the Dogs by Matt Dragstrem, Ben Hayslip, and Josh Thompson was recognized as the Song of the Year.

TENNESSEE—Pets that escaped Hurricane Florence are going up for adoption in Middle Tennessee. The Williamson County Animal Shelter picked up 50 animals yesterday that survived the storm. Shelter officials say the animals are going up for adoption immediately. The shelter is also asking for donations to help care for the animals.

TENNESSEE—Memphis lawmakers are calling for the TBI to investigate all police shootings. The request is being made following Monday night’s officer-involved shooting of a man during a traffic stop. Currently the TBI only gets involved if the a shooting results in death or the DA asks the agency to step in. Officers failed to activate their body cams prior to Monday night’s shooting.