February 10, 2016

Bjarne Hansen has resigned as executive director of the Murray Calloway Transit Authority to become the the Executive Director of the Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club of Paducah. Hansen had headed the Transit Authority for 15 years. Rodney Skinner will assum the role of interim Executive Director. The resignation is effective at the end of this month.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Murray Independent School Board approved a request to name the press box at Ty Holland Stadium after the late Roy Weatherly, the venue’s long time PA announcer and former teacher in the District. Also at the meeting, the board approved the Murray High band’s overnight trip this fall to attend the Bands of America marching competition in Indianapolis.

The Murray Police Department has been receiving several reports regarding citizens getting phone calls from people claiming to be with the IRS. The callers claim to work for the IRS and demands a bill be paid. This type of call is a scam. The IRS will not call you to demand immediate payment or call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail. Also, the IRS, will not demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe or require that you pay your taxes a certain way. If you received one of these calls, do not give out any information. Hang up immediately. Use the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page or call 800-366-4484.

Two former jailers are facing charges in western Kentucky. State Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office says former Ballard County jailers Mike Horn of Wickliffe and Monica Galloway of Bardwell have been indicted for official misconduct. They are charged in connection to record-keeping at the Ballard County Detention Center. The indictments are the result of an investigation after an audit.

FRANKFORT—An executive accountant with the Kentucky Hospital Association is the new Medicaid commissioner. Stephen P. Miller was appointed by Governor Bevin yesterday. Bevin has pledged to renovate the annual ten-billion-dollar Medicaid program that has rapidly expanded under the Affordable Care Act. Miller will be responsible to redesign the program to meet Kentucky’s needs.

FRANKFORT—Kentuckians might have to wait a bit longer for their state income tax refunds this year.
The Kentucky Department of Revenue said Tuesday it might take longer to process refunds due to enhanced security features and fraud analysis tools. The agency says refunds might take up to 21 days longer for electronic filers if their return is error free. Revenue Department Commissioner Dan Bork says new fraud detection processes will protect taxpayers and the state. He says electronic filing is the fastest way to get refunds.

FRANKFORT—Kim Davis is obeying a federal judge’s orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Governor Bevin said the state will recognize licenses altered by Rowan County Clerk Davis to remove her name. She spent five days behind bars for defying court orders and refusing to issue licenses to same-sex couples.

FRANKFORT—Sears is closing at least 50 stores across the nation. The retail giant said the reason is due to unprofitable outlets. Shares of stock valued at nearly 45-dollars tumbled to 15-dollars yesterday. Officials say they planned to adjust prices on clothes and offer more variety. It’s not known if any Sears stores are on the closure list in Kentucky.

FRANKFORT—Drivers overtaking bicyclists on Kentucky roads would have to leave at least 3 feet between their vehicle and the bicycle under a bill that cleared the state Senate. The Kentucky Senate voted 33-4 to approve a bill that governs how drivers are to pass bicyclists. The bill also gives drivers permission to cross over onto the left side of the road to avoid a bicyclist, even if it is a no passing zone.
Republican Sen. Paul Hornback of Shelbyville said it would encourage people to ride bicycles on state highways, which could cause accidents.

OWENSBORO—Mayor Ron Payne is going to speak on a variety of topics in Owensboro. The public is invited to the meeting that will present Payne’s remarks on downtown developments and the decision to sell the Sportscenter to the IceMen hockey team. The event takes place at the Daviess County Public Schools Learning Center on Parrish Plaza Drive tomorrow at 6 p.m.

FRANKFORT—Kentuckians are going to spend around 146-dollars on their loved one for Valentine’s Day. Pet owners are spending a lot more at nearly 700-dollars. The huge difference in spending was reported by the National Retail Federation. And while most lovebirds would like to be with each other on the special day, a survey shows 40-percent of people would rather spend the day with their pets.

TENNESSEE—Five people are facing charges after 14-thousand-dollars worth of crystal meth was found at a Weakley County home. WBBJ-TV is reporting that police executed a search warrant at a home on Webb Road north of Palmersville on Monday. They found crystal meth and a stolen ATV out of Obion County. Those arrested face both theft and drug possession charges.

TENNESSEE—The first case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in the state. WSMV-TV is reporting that officials with the Tennessee Department of Health say that the person with the virus had traveled to South America. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. The CDC has issued an alert for travelers in areas where the virus is spreading.

LAUREL COUNTY—A man is facing numerous charges after allegedly fleeing on foot from the scene of a DUI crash. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office says they arrested Charles Duff of London after the incident that happened around 9:40 yesterday morning on Hawk Creek Road. Duff allegedly fled the scene on foot and was found hiding underneath a vehicle in a detached garage. Authorities say he was in possession of items including suspected crystal meth, Xanax and needles. He faces charges including operating a motor vehicle under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.

ESTILL COUNTY—A restaurant in Estill County voluntarily closed its doors after a salmonella scare. WKYT-TV is reporting one case of salmonella has been confirmed in the county and nearly 50 people may have been affected. The Eagle’s Roost Sports Bar & Restaurant has closed as a precaution. The restaurant’s most recent inspection report noted six violations.

SHEPHERDSVILLE—The city of Shepherdsville has a new mayor. Former Mayor Scott Ellis resigned yesterday amid prostitution allegations and accusations of a relationship with a convicted felon in exchange for favors. Ellis had a previous charge of solicitation of prostitution dropped. Documents and a video about the relationship with the convicted felon surfaced last week. Council members elected Brian James as the new interim mayor of Shepherdsville a short time after Ellis’ resignation.

FRANKFORT— Actress Jennifer Garner spoke to lawmakers at the state capitol yesterday. She spoke on behalf of the organization “Save the Children,” which provides childhood literacy programs. She urged the state legislature to preserve one-million-dollars in funding for the program. Garner is a member of the organization’s board.

LOUISVILLE—Two police officers involved in a deadly officer-involved shooting will not face charges. The shooting happened on October 20th near the Holiday Inn on Hurstbourne Parkway. Police were responding to a call of a robbery when Roger Hall pulled out a BB gun. Police shot Hall who later died of his injuries. Hall was in possession of a syringe filled with heroin. The two officers had been placed on administrative leave.

LOUISVILLE—Several flights were delayed after a security scare at Louisville International Airport yesterday morning. A suspicious-looking package was seen in the security x-ray machines. Some restaurants and gift shops were shut down during the incident. Nothing was found and an all-clear was given after about three hours. Only outgoing flights were delayed.

LOUISVILLE—Officials with the Kentucky Derby Festival announced some of the upcoming plans for “Thunder Over Louisville.” The theme to this year’s air show and fireworks extravaganza will be “No Strings Attached.” The Louisville Orchestra has recorded a soundtrack of songs that will be used during the event. The 27th annual “Thunder Over Louisville” will take place on Saturday April 23rd. The air show is expected to feature the U.S. Navy Parachute Team and will begin at 3:00 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30.

TENNESSEE—A man on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted List is now in custody. The TBI says that Sequna Copeland and a female suspect were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries after being shot by police during a chase yesterday in Ripley. The incident happened on Nelson Street. When police tried to make a traffic stop, the female driver of the vehicle took off. She hit one officer with her vehicle and two other officers then fired shots hitting her and her passenger Copeland. Copeland had been wanted for armed robbery. The injured police officer was airlifted to Memphis for treatment.

TENNESSEE—A federal lawsuit has been filed against the University of Tennessee for its handling of rape and sexual assault cases. Nashville lawyer David Smith filed the lawsuit on the behalf of six plaintiffs. The suit alleges that university officials created an environment that enabled assaults by athletes and favored athletes during the disciplinary process. The suit names head coach Butch Jones and other university officials. Two former players have separate aggravated rape trials scheduled for this summer.

TENNESSEE—Authorities are searching for a missing Clay County man. Police say they are looking for 36-year-old Clay Thurman. Thurman was last seen in Cookeville this past Thursday. He is described as five-foot-eleven with black hair and blue eyes. He may be driving a tan and black 2005 Ford F-250 with Tennessee dealer plates. He could be hauling a Ford Mustang on a trailer on the truck.

TENNESSEE—A Jackson man convicted of murder has received his sentence. Craig Taylor was convicted of charges including felony murder in December. He shot and killed Devon Staten in November of 2012. He was sentenced to life in prison yesterday. He will be eligible for parole in 51 years.