WNBS NEWS: November 20, 2014

At approximately 10:10 Wednesday night, Murray Police Department officers responded to a report of a fight at 1501 North 16th Street. Witnesses reported a firearm had been brandished during the altercation. Officers located 45-year old Darrell Broach of Hazel in the parking lot of a nearby business. He was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder, 2nd Degree Assault, and 1st Degree Wanton Endangerment, DUI (2nd Offense), Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage, No Registration Plates, and Driving on a DUI Suspended License.

A Murray man was arrested on multiple drug charges after a traffic stop Tuesday on Wayne Freeman Road in Graves County. During the traffic stop, the deputy said he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Graves County Sheriff Dwayne Redmon said 37-year old Kardell Shelton was smoking marijuana while he was driving and gave the joint to the deputy. He said standardized field sobriety tests were given and Shelton was arrested for DUI. According to Sheriff Redmon, after searching Shelton, deputies found a clear bag with individually wrapped marijuana. While at the Graves County Jail, Sheriff Redmon said the staff found drug paraphernalia on Shelton. Shelton was charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia-buy/possession, DUI, trafficking in marijuana, promoting contraband, and multiple driving related charges.

State Auditor Adam Edelen this week released the state required routine audit of the 2013 financial statement of Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars. The Auditor found that the Sheriff’s financial statement presents fairly the revenues, expenditures and excess fees of the Marshall County Sheriff in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The Audit did discover one issue. During the audit, it was noted the Marshall County Sheriff overspent his maximum salary limitation as fixed by the Fiscal Court by $107,291. The Marshall County Fiscal Court fixed the Deputies’ base salary limit at $1,000,000; however, the Sheriff expended $1,107,291. Auditors recommended the Marshall County Sheriff monitor his payroll expenditures during the year and obtain any necessary amendments, before year end. Byers said he would adhere to the recommendations of the Auditor’s Office and monitor the payroll and make necessary amendments before year end. The sheriff’s responsibilities include collecting property taxes, providing law enforcement and performing services for the county fiscal court and courts of justice.


Photo:  (l to r) Kimberly Barrett, Robin Simmons, Angie Jones, and Heather Duffy

Photo: (l to r) Kimberly Barrett, Robin Simmons, Angie Jones, and Heather Duffy

Angelia Jones recently received notification of her status as a National Board Certified Teacher. Jones is a Library Media Specialist and School Technology Coordinator for Calloway County Middle School. Similar to certification in fields like medicine, National Board Certification is a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that ensures that Board-certified teachers have proven skills to advance student achievement. As part of the certification process, teachers must analyze their teaching context and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching, and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement. The outcome is more powerful teaching that improves student achievement and reflects college and career readiness. Jones joins Kimberly Barrett, Robin Simmons, and Heather Duffy as National Board Certified Teachers at Calloway County Middle School.

Calloway County Middle School art instructor, Heather Duffy’s 8th grade Fall Advanced Art Class student exhibiton is now exhibiting at the Murray Art Guild. The participating students practice a variety of 2D and 3D visual art processes and styles and then work through their own unique goals as they create art. The exhibition is the culmination of 9 weeks of hard work. There will be a reception Friday from 6-7:30pm at the Guild Gallery.

Eleven high schools from three states were represented by team and individual participants in the 44th Murray State University High School Chemistry Scholarship Tournament held earlier this month. Calloway County High School took first place followed by Marion High School, Graves County, and Massac County. Eric Mikulchik of Calloway County High School was the top individual finisher. A total of 44 students from high schools in Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee participated in the activity sponsored by the MSU department of chemistry, in conjunction with the Student Members of the American Chemical Society. The four top-scoring individuals will be offered scholarships to Murray State and were presented cash awards and plaques, while the top-scoring teams were presented cash awards and plaques.

Starting Friday and running through December 16th you can help feed needy families for the Christmas Holiday through the annual “Cram the Cruiser” food drive at the Kentucky State Police Post 1. Beginning Friday, a Kentucky State Police cruiser will be parked at the entrance of KSP Post 1 on Highway 45 in Graves County. Anyone who wishes can drop off non perishable food items in the State Police cruiser during the food drive. Kentucky State Police will take the items to local food pantries, in the post 1 area, for distribution to families in the area. During non business hours, items can be dropped off in the lobby of Kentucky State Police Post in Hickory. In addition to collecting food at Post 1, KSP will be set up from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 at various locations throughout the area including Friday at the Kroger store in Murray and on Tuesday at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Murray, the first of multiple visits to those locations. KSP Post 1 collected 12,650 pounds of food during the 2013 “Cram the Cruiser”.

The longest running tradition at a university in the South is getting set for another year. The 78th annual “Campus Lights” at Murray State University is holding auditions at the start of December. 9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, will be cast at the end of this semester. The show follows three women co-workers from an office run by an obnoxious boss-man. As the show goes on, the ladies finally get their revenge. Some of the numbers to be performed include One of the Boys, Let Love Grow and, of course, the title number 9 to 5. Auditions will be held on December 1 and 2, 6:30-9 p.m., in the Farrell Recital Hall. Auditions for the pit orchestra are scheduled for December 3, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the Jazz Suite in the Doyle Fine Arts Building. Auditions are open to all students on MSU’s campus. No prior experience on stage or in an orchestra is required for an audition. Campus Lights’ proceeds aid music scholarships at Murray State University.

Motorists will pay less taxes for gas at the beginning of the year, but state officials say the magnitude of the impact will be crippling. Kentucky’s tax on sales of gasoline, diesel and ethanol is dropping by four-point-three-cents per gallon on January 1st. The state Transportation Cabinet says the change will result in a loss of 129-million-dollars a year to the Kentucky Road Fund, and that will translate to less money for building, improving, maintaining and repairing roads, streets and bridges.

Today is the Great American Smokeout. The American Cancer Society encourages smokers to quit the habit, or consider quitting. Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S. Yet, one-in-five adult Americans still smoke cigarettes. Tips for quitting are available at the American Cancer Society website,

A historical building in Whitesburg, Kentucky is being transformed into a moonshine distillery. The city council originally rejected the proposal in September, but approved it Tuesday night after revisiting the issue. Letcher County businessman Colin Fultz plans to use a former car dealership garage on Main Street to make Kentucky Mist Moonshine, an unaged spirit with local berries and fruit for flavor.

Smoking is already prohibited on most state-owned property in Kentucky, but a new ban that includes all forms of tobacco takes effect today. The executive order issued earlier this year by Governor Steve Beshear covers state vehicles, parking lots, sidewalks and green spaces. The order does not apply to universities, state parks, wildlife management areas and state rest areas.

Nearly 50 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard deployed to Africa to help battle the spread of Ebola are back home. They were greeted Wednesday by friends and family at the Air National Guard base in Louisville. They were sent to Senegal last month to help distribute international aid and supplies. The troops were about 800-miles away from the nearest area affected by the deadly virus so they won’t have to be quarantined.

Churchill Downs officials are hoping to get horses on the track tomorrow after canceling races for a second straight day. Frozen dirt is being blamed for the cancellation, despite the best efforts of Churchill’s maintenance crew. The back-to-back race card cancellations are the first for Churchill Downs since November of 1970.

One of the biggest Kentucky Derby Week events will not be held again. Julep Ball organizers say the event is being discontinued because it’s getting too expensive to present. The ball had been held on the night before the Derby every year since 2009, with proceeds supporting the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Hundreds of fans of Louisville’s own Jennifer Lawrence can say they were among the first to see the latest entry in the “Hunger Games” saga. A private screening of “Mockingjay Part One” was held last night at the Cinemark Tinseltown. The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation put on the screening to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana.

The mother of a man found shot to death outside of a vacant house in North Nashville wants the case to be investigated as a hate crime. Gilbert Fowler was known as Gizzy to his friends and was transgender. Family members also claim they were never notified when Fowler’s body was ready to be released so he could be buried. The medical examiner’s office says the family didn’t give them funeral home information until Monday.

Five-hundred people employed at a manufacturing plant in Robertson County, Tennessee may be out of work if the company doesn’t bring the facility up to code. Investigators say International Automotive Components was notified in September of multiple city and fire code violations. Some have reportedly been resolved, but a court date has been set for December 1st to address others.

The Nashville Zoo has some new arrivals. Officials say up to six of the nine female kangaroos are carrying joeys and several have been seen poking out of their mother’s pouches. During the winter, the zoo’s animal care staff will decide daily whether the kangaroos will be on exhibit.