October 27, 2016

The Murray City Council will meet in regular session tonight. The Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance amending the City of Murray Code of Ordinances Code Enforcement chapter in order to bring it into compliance with House Bill 422 which goes into effect in January. The bill consolidates code enforcement provisions under one chapter and clarifies the authority of code enforcement boards to enforce all civil offenses, including zoning and nuisance codes. In addition, the new law authorizes code enforcement boards to fulfill the duties of a vacant property review commission, to review and certify vacant properties as blighted or deteriorated. The bill also extends lien priority provisions to all code enforcement violations. The Council will also consider five Municipal Orders. One would reappoint Josh Vernon to the Board of Zoning Adjustments…another would appoint Gayle Balentine to the Code Enforcement Board to fill the unexpired term of Mike Lovins…the third would reappoint Linda Cherry to the Human Rights Commission…a fourth would reappoint Tom Kind to the Planning Commission… and the fifth would appoint Angie Bogard to the Murray Calloway County Parks Board to fill the unexpired term of Jean Bennett. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30 in Council Chambers.

The Calloway County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday assisted in disarming a live cannon ball. The Calloway County Sheriff received calls Wednesday from the Paducah Bomb Squad and Kentucky State Police Bomb Squad, needing assistance with detonating a live cannon ball. The Sheriff chose a location and with the assistance of Calloway County Fire Rescue, and the cannon ball was successfully neutralized.

The Murray Police Department has announced several recent promotions. With recent retirements the rank of Major and a Captain position became vacant. The Murray Police Department has adopted a co-Major system and both Chris Scott and Chris Garland were promoted to the rank of Major. Scott previously served as A-Watch Captain and is now over Patrol Operations. Garland previously served as Detective Captain and is now over Investigations and Support Services. Captain John Cooper was promoted to fill the vacant B-Watch Captain position. Cooper previously served as Sergeant over B-Watch. Sergeant Sam Bierds was promoted to B-Watch.

Absentee voting for the general election is underway across Kentucky and Calloway County Clerk Antonia Faulkner told the Murray Ledger and Times that 220 have cast ballots since Friday. Faulkner told the paper she believes its a clear sign that this election will have a better turnout than some recent elections where only 10% of eligible cast ballots. In Kentucky, there is no early voting and absentee voting is available only to those who meet certain criteria.

Less than a half-million people are expected to move-to or be born-in Kentucky over the next 24 years. A new population survey says Kentucky’s population is expected to grow just ten-percent by 2040. There are four-million people in the state, that means just about 400-thousand new faces in Kentucky. Jefferson and Fayette counties are expected to see the most growth. In far West Kentucky, Calloway County is expected to see double-digit growth, making it the fasting growing county in the area.

Kentucky State Police were contacted by officials at the Fulton County Detention Center yesterday morning after jail staff were conducting routine cell checks and located 26-year old Kyle Combs of Lost Creek, Kentucky in his cell in a semi-conscious state. Combs was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City where he was pronounced dead. Preliminary investigation shows that Combs overdosed on an unknown drug while in custody. Kentucky State Police Detectives are investigating the incident and looking into how Combs may have obtained the substance on which he overdosed.

A Mayfeld woman has been charged following a stabbing incident early Wednesday morning in Graves County. Sheriff Dewayne Redmon reports that deputies responded to Jackson Purchase Medical Center Emergency Room at 2:30 am in response to a stabbing that occurred on Millers Chapel Road. 47-year old Robert L. Douglas of Mayfield said that his live-in girlfriend, Maria Williams, stabbed him with a butcher knife during an argument. Douglas sustained several life-threatening knife wounds to his chest area as well as minor wounds to his face. Williams was located at the residence and acknowledged stabbing Douglas. She was charged with assault and was lodged in the Graves County Jail. Douglas was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans work on a short section of Interstate 24 westbound in Marshall County today and tomorrow. Westbound motorists should be prepared to encounter work zone lane restrictions along I-24 between the I-24 Tennessee River Bridge and the US 62 Exit 27 Interchange. The contractor plans to mill and pave the driving lane bridge end connections at the P & L Railroad overpass and the Gilbertsville Highway Overpass near mile point 28. The driving lane bridge ends have settled and become rough in recent months. This project is an effort to smooth them before winter. Westbound motorists should be prepared to encounter slowing and merging traffic as they approach the 28 mile marker during daylight hours. All traffic will move to the left-hand or passing lane in this work zone.

The decades-themed weekend kicks off with A Taste of the Arts, an alumni dinner and auction dedicated to the arts at Murray State, beginning at 5:30 pm today in the CFSB Center’s Lower Lobby A and the Murray Room. On Friday, homecoming-goers have the chance to get active with the Homecoming Run. Hosted by Campus Recreation, the 5K through campus will begin at the Wellness Center with registration at 4 pm. After the race, several alumni reunions will be held at 6 pm, including the class of 1966 Golden Anniversary Dinner and the 1986 Football Reunion.

The walls of Lovett Auditorium will resonate with sounds of the big band era on Friday during the second annual Swingin’ Memories Homecoming Dance featuring the award-winning Murray State University Jazz Orchestra. The stage will be set up for dancing as it would have been during the days of the swing bands with the band at one end, an open dance floor and a ring of tables and chairs around the perimeter. Directed by Dr. Todd Hill, the Murray State University Jazz Orchestra will feature swing tunes from the 1930s and 40s as well as some later hits up through the 1960s. The Murray State University Jazz Band will perform a set as well, providing continuous music from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. There is no admission fee, but a $5 student donation and $10 adult donation are suggested. All funds go to the jazz program at Murray State.

FRANKFORT—Kentucky Chief Justice, John Minton said Wednesday that the “singular goal of redistricting is to ensure that Kentucky’s judicial resources are allocated appropriately.” In testimony before the Interim Joint Committee on State Government at the Capitol Annex, Minton gave an overview of the process and methodology being used to create what is the first judicial redistricting plan for Kentucky trial courts in decades. The redistricting process began in 2014 after the Judicial Branch budget bill included language requiring the courts to produce a judicial workload assessment that would lead to the formulation of a redistricting plan. A comprehensive judicial redistricting plan is expected to be presented to the 2017 General Assembly. The plan would make no changes until 2022, when all circuit and district judges are on the ballot, and will not impact every Kentucky county.

FRANKFORT—Registered voters who are unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to a medical emergency may now cast absentee ballots in the general election. To be eligible, the medical emergency affecting the voter must have occurred with 14 days or less of Election Day. The voter’s spouse is also eligible to vote absentee under this provision. The application to vote absentee may be requested by the voter, their spouse, parents, or children, and it must be notarized. If the voter has no spouse, parents or children, a designee may request the absentee application.

FRANKFORT—Voters can honor Kentucky veterans’ service by casting their ballots in their honor during the upcoming general election on November 8. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians to participate in her office’s “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” program. Voters can request a “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” button from their county clerk or the Secretary of State’s office. The button can be personalized to include the name of a veteran the voter will honor on Election Day. Voters can also submit online tributes to the veterans they are honoring at

VALLEY VIEW—Police are now looking for a connection between the cars being pulled out of the Kentucky River near Valley View and the humans remains found in the same spot. Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn says crews found a foot and a part of an ankle. Crews are trying to recover a number of cars from the river, Ginn says they’re looking to see if the remains are somehow linked.

LEXINGTON—Researchers at the University of Kentucky have an extra 20-million dollars to continue their work. The National Institutes of Health yesterday awarded the school the money to continue a number of public health research projects. One of the most promising is a new screening for children with hearing problems who may not get to a doctor.

LANCASTER—A teacher and high school football coach at Garrard County schools is lucky to be alive after an apparent overdose. Police say they had to use Narcan to revive Stephen Grubbs on Tuesday. They say they found Grubbs unconscious in his car after it rolled off the road. Grubbs is now facing a series of charges including driving under the influence. It’s unclear what will become of his job in Garrard County schools.

BULLITT COUNTY—Police are searching for a suspect who shot a business owner in the head in Bullitt County. The owner of the Donut King shop in Mount Washington was shot outside of his store yesterday morning. Police are looking for a newer-model, light-colored Ford Focus that may be related to the incident.

LAUREL COUNTY—A woman in Laurel County is recovering after being shot five times. Kentucky State Police say they arrested Michael Johnson for the shooting that happened at a home in Corbin yesterday. Authorities say the victim got a bat and hit Johnson, who faces charges including attempted murder. She was airlifted for treatment.

MUHLENBERG COUNTY—A man is facing charges after he allegedly shot an employee with an Aaron’s Rent A Center in Muhlenberg County. Police arrested Cornelius Walker on first-degree assault charges after he allegedly shot the employee who was at his home in Greenville about a delinquent account. The victim had been listed in critical condition.

WARRAN COUNTY—Authorities are investigating a deadly crash in southern Kentucky. The accident happened yesterday afternoon on KY 185 in Warren County. Seventy-year-old Gerald Clark of Roundhill was killed. His vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times.

FRANKFORT—State police are warning drivers to watch for increasing numbers of deer on the state’s roadways. They migrate in fall and police say they had over three-thousand deer collisions last year. State police say Boone, Jefferson, Hopkins and Christian counties had the highest rates of deer collisions.

TENNESSEE—A police officer in Clairborne County is facing official misconduct and theft charges after allegedly stealing narcotics. Authorities arrested Winford Daniels yesterday. He is an officer with the New Tazewell Police Department. He allegedly stole narcotics that had been seized by the department.

TENNESSEE—Authorities are searching for a man who has been linked to a bank robbery by DNA. WBBJ-TV is reporting police are looking for James Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick is linked to the robbery of the First Tennessee Bank in Jackson that happened on March 4th. He left a toboggan he wore during the robbery near the scene and it came back as a DNA match to him.

TENNESSEE—Authorities are searching for a man who has allegedly scammed thousands of dollars from elderly residents in Davidson County. Police are looking for 22-year-old Henry Cooper. They say Cooper is targeting the elderly by claiming to do roofing work. Police say he is reportedly aggressive in trying to get a check, then does not do any work.

TENNESSEE—A wanted man is taken into custody after a police chase in Humphreys County. WSMV-TV is reporting that police arrested Dylan Staggs after the incident yesterday. Staggs fled after being spotted in a stolen vehicle.

NASHVILLE—A man is facing charges after allegedly assaulting two officers during an arrest. WKRN-TV is reporting that police arrested Kuyvonta Cain after a recent search of his home. He allegedly assaulted an officer while being arrested and spit on an officer while being booked.

TENNESSEE—Authorities are investigating a deadly crash that shut down I-65 near Millersville yesterday morning. A semi hit another semi then overturned and caught on fire. Sixty-one-year-old Billy Dixon was killed.

TENNESSEE—A debris fire that got out of hand burned about 35 acres in Dickson County. WKRN-TV is reporting that the fire happened late yesterday afternoon at Coon Creek and Eno Roads. The fire was contained before it reached nearby homes.

NASHVILLE—A mom and baby are both doing fine after a delivery along I-40. WKRN-TV is reporting that a baby was born along I-40 westbound on Tuesday afternoon. The dad pulled over and called 911.