January 16, 2017

State Senator Stan Humphries has introduced a bill that would allow county judge executives and fiscal courts to appoint members and fill vacancies on library boards. Humphries believes the power to tax should go to someone who oversees the entire county budget, and says that is the reason he introduced Senate Bill 48. Calloway County Library Board President Ryan Alessi told Local 6 news this week that he believes the board appointment process is imperfect, but he does not believe the judge executive should have the power to appoint. Alessi told the station that would prefer that the board be elected. Senate Bill 48 was referred to a Senate subcommittee on January 7, but legislators will not be able to act on the bill until the session resumes in February. At last week’s Library Board Meeting, trustee Ricky Lamkin asked the board to look at a smaller library with less cost.

Murray State University has named Firm Faith Watson the new director of the Faculty Development Center. Watson’s faculty development experience includes serving as the instructional designer in the University Center for Excellence in Teaching at Indiana University South Bend for over five years. While serving in that capacity, she developed various professional development opportunities to help faculty design and facilitate face-to-face, blended and online courses. She also conducted the annual assessment of the faculty development activities provided by UCET. Prior to serving at IUSB, Watson served for over five years as an online course manager at Southern Illinois University, where she taught online courses and trained course managers to teach online. Watson grew up in Jamaica, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management from the University of Technology in Jamaica.

One person is dead after a a two vehicle collision Sunday night at the intersection of KY 339 North and KY 121 North, between Fancy Farm and Lowes. According to the Graves County Sheriff’s Department, 60 year old Larry Wiggins of Mayfield was traveling southbound KY 121 North and 50 year old Patrick Wilson was traveling northbound on KY 339 North. Wilson failed to stop at the intersection and struck Wiggins in the passenger side door. A passenger in the Wiggins’ vehicle, 52 year old Kristie Wiggins of Mayfield, was pronounced dead at the scene. Larry Wiggins was transported to Jackson Purchase Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Wilson, who was ejected, was transported to Lourdes Hospital and then transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center with serious injuries.

On Thursday, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Dollar General Store on US 68 in Sharpe. Upon investigation the suspect entered the store and went up to the cashier, pulled up his shirt and pulled a black semi-automatic pistol out pointing it at the cashier demanding all the money in the drawer. The male then exited the store leaving in a green Ford extended cab pickup with chrome running boards turning left on US 68 W headed towards McCracken County. The investigation is continuing. If anyone has any information call the Sheriff’s office (270) 527-3112.

Baptist Health Foundation Paducah unveiled Thursday that it is well on its way to the $10 million comprehensive capital campaign goal at Baptist Health Paducah. Hospital president William Brown announced at a celebration the campaign has already raised more than $7.4 million in a “silent” phase since last March. It is the first-ever comprehensive capital campaign in the 64-year history of Baptist Health Paducah. Campaign officials outlined several projects to benefit from the campaign, including the new Regional Cancer Care Center, expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, cardiac endowment and community outreach, such as fitness programs and clinics in area schools.

FRANKFORT—Governor Matt Bevin took to Facebook, to discuss Kentucky’s non-compliance with the Real ID act. Bevin says Kentucky is one of several states not in compliance, so drivers licenses can’t be used to enter military bases soon. He says he has been in contact not only with the Trump Administration on the issue, but with Homeland Security officials. He is also working with Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker Jeff Hoover on a solution. Legislation to address Real ID compliance is before the House Transportation Committee. Last year, Bevin vetoed a bill that would have brought the state into compliance.

FT. KNOX—Visitors at Fort Knox will now have to have identification that meets national security standards. WAVE-TV is reporting that visitors that have drivers’ licenses from states that are not in compliance with the 2005 Real ID Act will no longer be allowed to enter. This includes Kentucky and eight other states. Local civilians will need a passport.

FRANKFORT—Early voting is on Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ legislative agenda again this year. Kentucky law currently allows people who can’t make it to the polls on election day to cast absentee ballots but Grimes wants to expand it to allow in-person voting for everyone, 12 days before an election, including two Saturdays. 37 states now allow the practice, and Grimes says she hopes participation would increase from 30-percent to over half of registered voters. The initiative was previously opposed by county clerks, but she says many are now on board. State Representative Jody Richards of Bowling Green is sponsoring the legislation.

FRANKFORT—The Kentucky Department for Public Health has declared that flu is now “widespread” in the commonwealth, so it’s time to be especially vigilant with prevention measures such as practicing good hygiene. With a cold, you are usually sick for about a week – and contagious for the first three days that you have symptoms. When you’re contagious, you should stay home and get some rest. A cold usually begins with a sore throat, which usually goes away after the first couple of days. The sore throat is followed by sneezing, runny nose and congestion, with a cough coming on by the fourth or fifth day. Children are more likely to have fever with a cold, but not adults. Flu symptoms include sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion and cough. After two to five days, flu symptoms usually improve, but it’s not unusual for you to feel rundown for a week or more. A common complication is pneumonia, which may be signaled by shortness of breath. If you have shortness of breath – or a fever that comes back after being gone for a day or two – check with your doctor. Taking Tamiflu within 48 hours of showing symptoms, can reduce those symptoms. It is not a substitute for a flu shot. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all persons six months of age and older, especially those who are in higher risk catetories.

UNDATED—According to a recent AAA survey, 42 percent of Americans are planning to take a vacation in 2017 – with most planning trips to the warm weather destinations in the U.S. and abroad. All signs are pointing to a busy year for vacationers and the travel industry. 30% of U.S. adults say they are more likely to take a vacation this year compared to 2016, and they’re looking for a new kind of travel experience. With much of the country in the midst of a harsh winter, warm-weather destinations in the United States and Caribbean are topping most Americans’ travel itineraries. Orlando is the top domestic destination with Florida beaches, a favorite of Kentuckians, coming in fourth.

LOUISVILLE—Kentucky’s Republican Congressmen say they’re still going to vote to end Obamacare. The reaction from Kentucky’s delegation in Washington D.C. is a contrast to the turn-out yesterday at a number of Obamacare rallies. Hundreds of people protested in Louisville and Lexington to keep the health care law. Leaders in the new Republican Congress say repealing Obamacare is one of their first priorities.

FRANKFORT—Kentucky lawmakers are supposed to make about eleven-thousand dollars a year. But new numbers show a half-dozen of them are making about ten-times that in retirement. New pension figures show six lawmakers all making over 100-thousand dollars a year from their public pensions. Two, Democrat Harry Moberly and Republican John Draud, are making more than 150-thousand dollars in retirement. Kentucky’s pension system is consistently ranked one of the worst funded in America.

OHIO COUNTY—Police say a western Kentucky man didn’t worry about the car he crashed over the weekend. That’s because officers say Nicholas McMain was worried about the house he wanted to rob. Police say McMain crashed his car in the front yard of a home in Ohio County. When the homeowner came outside to help, they say McMain ran inside to rob him. The State Police arrested McMain for criminal mischief and burglary.

WHITLEY COUNTY—Police are investigating a triple shooting that led to an officer-involved shooting in Whitley County. The incident happened at a home on U.S. 25 in Williamsburg on Friday night. Police shot and injured Courtney Taylor after she raised a gun at them. Her husband, Larry Taylor, and her two children 18-year-old Jessie Taylor and a 13-year-old were killed in their sleep. Courtney Taylor was taken to a hospital for treatment.

ADAIR COUNTY—Kentucky State Police are identifying human remains that were discovered in southern Kentucky. The body of 63-year-old Lawrence Chrisman of Lexington was found at the bottom of an embankment along KY 55 in Adair County on December 19th. His exact cause of death has not been determined yet.

TENNESSEE—A man is facing several charges including reckless homicide after a bullet went through a wall and killed a person in Cumberland County. Police arrested Michael Dale after the shooting that happened on Old Mail Road in Crossville early Saturday morning. Twenty-one-year-old Kelsey Brady was killed after shots were fired while Dale and another man in the home were arguing.

TENNESSEE—Police are conducting a death investigation after a man was killed by an arrow in Goodlettsville. Police found the body of a man in his home on Union Hall Road yesterday afternoon. Police do not believe the death was a hunting accident.

TENNESSEE—Authorities are investigating a shooting and assault that killed one person in Cannon County. Forty-two-year-old David Wooten was killed in the incident that happened at a home on Choctaw Drive in Woodbury on Saturday night. Two others were assaulted and injured.

TENNESSEE—The causes of two separate fires that destroyed two homes in Robertson County are under investigation. WKRN-TV is reporting that the first fire happened on Crawford Store Road yesterday morning. Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment. No injuries were reported in the second fire that happened yesterday afternoon on Wilson Store Road.

TENNESSEE—LIFELINE blood services in Jackson is asking for blood donations and is in need of type O negative blood. They’re asking for all blood type donations but that they’re especially in need of type O negative. Their center is located on Sterling Farm Drive. They’ll also have bloodmobiles set up at some area churches and businesses this week.

TENNESSEE—The new Pat Summitt Clinic in Knoxville is now open. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Alzheimer’s clinic at UT Medical Center was held yesterday. Her son Tyler spoke at the event. Summitt died in June at the age of 64 after a long battle with the disease.

TENNESSEE—Police are investigating after shots were fired at several vehicles and a home in Clarksville. WKRN-TV is reporting that at least five cars were hit at the Paddock Place Apartments on Union Hall Road on Saturday night. A nearby home on Carrie Drive also was hit by gunfire. Neighbors in the area saw a man at the scene.

NASHVILLE—A man who tried to enter the wrong home while intoxicated is facing several charges. Police arrested Sean Turner for the incident that happened early yesterday morning along Grassmere Drive. He took an Uber car home but tried to get into the wrong house repeatedly. The home’s owner held him at gunpoint after he began to kick the back door of the home.