May 28, 2015

The Calloway County Board of Education will hold a Special Called Meeting tonight at 6. The only item on the agenda is Superintendent Selection. The new Superintendent will replace Steve Hoskins who is retiring for a second time as Superintendent of the Calloway County school system.

The Murray City Council will meet tonight in regular session. The Council will hear reports from Mayor Jack Rose, Health Insurance Committee Chair Robert Billington, Public Safety Committee Chair Greg Taylor, and Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Erin Carrico. The Council will consider three ordinances on second reading. If passed, one ordinance will appropriate 199 thousand dollars in Special Fund Sources to construct a road between North 12th Street and the Bee Creek Soccer Complex. Another ordinance would approve the City Budget for the 2015-16 Fiscal Year, and a third ordinance would closing a portion of Olive Street. The Council will also consider a resolution transferring a truck and extrication equipment to the Murray Calloway County Emergency Management Service. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30 in Council Chambers.

The Kentucky State Police responded to a two vehicle collision just before 12:30 Wednesday north of Hazel on US 641 near the intersection of Lauring drive. Preliminary investigation shows 37-year old Bridgett Martin of Hazel was northbound on US 641 and went into south bound traffic lane for an unknown reason, striking a semi-truck head on. 59-year old Mitchell Green of Paris was driving the vehicle and 67-year old Emma Green of Paris was in the sleeper berth when the collision occurred. Martin was transported by ambulance to the Murray Calloway County ER and later tranferred to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Emma Green was transported by ambulance to Murray Calloway County ER for her injuries and Mitchell Green was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision and did not sustain any injuries.

WPSD reports that the man sued in connection to Hardin’s Silver Trail Distillery explosion is responding to the lawsuit. Distillery owner Spencer Balentine and employee Jay Rogers filed the lawsuit against the still maker, Terry Wilhelm, blaming the still’s construction for the explosion. In a phone interview, Wilhelm said his stills don’t build any pressure. He believes Something got out in the outfit line causing pressure to build. The Kentucky State Fire Marshall is still investigating the cause of the blast that seriously injured Jay Rogers and Kyle Rogers, who later died from his injuries. Jay Rogers is recovering.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict eastbound traffic to one lane on the Interstate 24 Tennessee River Bridge on Thursday to allow a Kentucky Transportation Center crew to access the bridge for electrical work. All traffic in this eastbound work zone will move to the left-hand or passing lane on the bridge. This eastbound lane restriction is expected to be in place from about 8:00 am until about 3:30 p.m. Motorists should be alert for slowing and merging traffic as they approach the 30 mile marker on I-24.

Murray State University is again offering Summer Youth programs for interested students. The office of non-credit and youth programs is currently registering campers for the Young Authors Camp and the Purchase Area Writers Workshop. The Young Authors Camp is a day camp only for ages 8-12. It is scheduled for June 8-12. The Purchase Area Writers Workshop is set for June 14-19 and accepts students ages 14-18. It is open to both residential and day campers. A Summer Art Workshop is also being offered June 14-19 for students ages 14-18. It is currently full, however, interested individuals are encouraged to call and have their names put on a waiting list. Additional information on any of these three camps is available online or by calling 270-809-3659.

At 9 am today, all 120 of Kentucky’s county boards of elections will recanvass the results in the Republican Primary Elections for Governor/Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture. Immediately upon completing the recanvasses, each county board must fax the results to the Secretary of State’s office. The results of both the Governor/Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture recanvasses will be available on the Secretary of State’s website. County boards of elections were required to notify each candidate of the time and location of the recanvass in their respective counties. Each candidate and both political parties are entitled to have a representative present, and the county board of elections shall authorize members of the media to observe.

A man is taken into custody after crashing into a vehicle during a police pursuit in western Kentucky. State police say it happened when an officer tried to pull over a man for a traffic stop in Pembroke. Police tried to stop Quintrell Quarles, of Hopkinsville. He took off and hit a vehicle. Four people in that vehicle were taken to the hospital for treatment. Quarles faces several charges including DUI and fleeing and evading.

One student suffered injuries in a school bus crash in Lee County. State police say it happened at Blaines Branch Road and Highway 52 around 4:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon. The bus driver crossed the center line, hit a vehicle, over corrected, and went over an embankment. One student was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The body of a man who went missing on the Kentucky River in Mercer County has been found. Crews found the body of Mike McCarty yesterday afternoon in the river near the Jessamine County line. McCarty had been jet-skiing when witnesses say he fell into the river Sunday night.

A suspect is arrested after making threats to commit murder and robbery. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says that Austin Russell made threats on his Facebook page regarding the Traditional Bank in Mount Sterling. He is facing charges of solicitation of murder and robbery.

A woman facing numerous forgery charges entered a not guilty plea. Tamara Phelps, a former Madison County finance officer, is accused of 60 counts of forgery amounting to more than 33-thousand-dollars. She allegedly forged her director’s name for purchases. The director, Carl Richards, recently resigned. Phelps will appear in court again June 24th.

Three middle school students from Kentucky have been chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall. Erica Hellard, Serenity Lamb, and Andrew Breakall are 7th graders at Farristown Middle School in Berea. They auditioned for the Middle School Honors Performance Series and were selected for the prestigious honor. The students are trying to raise money for the performance scheduled for June 24-28th.

Winchester police have arrested a deputy jailer for official misconduct and promoting contraband. Heriberto Rojas was immediately fired and was being held in the Clark County Detention Center where only hours before he was an employee. The 53-year-old started working there last November. The arrest follows a joint investigation by the jail and police but officials released no further details.

The Fayette County School Board has approved 62-million-dollars for a new Lexington high school. The general contractor D.W. Wilburn submitted the low bid for construction that’s scheduled to start next month. The school will be the county’s sixth public high school and is expected to serve 18-hundred students when it opens along Winchester Road in the fall of 2017.

London police have charged a young woman with two misdemeanors, disorderly conduct and abuse of a teacher. They say 18-year-old Lola Eaton became violent on Tuesday when she was taken to the principal’s office after a fight with another student at South Laurel High School. Eaton allegedly started cursing and shattered a picture frame.

The State Fair Board is hiring nearly 300 part-time summer employees to work at the Expo Center, Convention Center, KFC YUM! Center and the State Fair. Pay starts at seven-dollars 25-cents an hour for openings that include ticket sellers, ticket takers, greeters and ushers. Applicants must be at least 18 and call to schedule an interview.

A Brandenburg man and five high school students are facing charges in connection to synthetic marijuana. Authorities say some students became sick after smoking the substance on campus at Meade County High School. Amit Patel faces several charges in connection to the incident including trafficking synthetic drugs. The students who became ill are expected to be ok.

Police in Clarksville, Tennessee are searching for a suspect wanted for credit card theft. Police say a stolen credit card was used at the Walmart on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard in Clarksville. The card was denied when the suspect tried to use it again. Police have released a surveillance photo of the suspect.

Police are investigating a crash that injured six people in Clarksville. Police say it happened on Riverside Drive near Spring Street on Tuesday. They say the driver of a vehicle crossed the center line during a turn and hit another vehicle head-on. Six people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Police say charges are pending in the accident.

A teen in McMinnville, Tennessee can no longer go to the city’s pool after being accused of an attempted drowning. Lifeguards called police after they found a ten-year-old coughing up water. The 14-year-old accused in the incident could face charges.

Thousands attended the processional for B.B. King in Memphis. The memorial started at Handy Park yesterday morning. The processional took place along Beale Street and continued to Mississippi where King will be buried. King will be buried at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola. The museum will host a public visitation on Friday. His funeral will be held on Saturday.

An area ethics committee met again regarding an investigation into Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold. The Rutherford County Ethics Committee has conducted two meetings this week. Arnold’s home was raided last week by both the TBI and FBI. Arnold is accused of several ethics violations including awarding contracts to businesses owned by his family.

Metro Nashville Public Schools will be offering more foreign language classes next year. Officials with the school system say they will offer Arabic classes to middle and high school students. Classes in Spanish, French, and German are already available. Officials say they are trying to meet the demands of a diverse population in Nashville.