WNBS NEWS: November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving week meant an earlier than normal meeting for the Murray City Council. Jason Anderson, of ATA gave the City a clean Audit opinion based on the City’s Financial Statements. Don Rogers of the Sanitation Dept. stated that due to the Thanksgiving Holidays, the trash receptacles that are normally emptied on Thursday and Friday will be picked up on Monday after the Holidays. Then the normal pickup time will resume next Thursday. City street Superintendent, Ron Allbritten, announced the City is well prepared to deal with any inclement weather we may experience this winter. Pat Scott gave a report on progress of the Waste Water Treatment facility. The Council voted on and approved the following five Ordinances, a resolution, and Two Municipal orders.

Ordinance Number 2014-1648 (second reading) an ordinance amending Ordinance 2014-1641, an ordinance which adopted the FY 2015 City of Murray, Kentucky annual budget by restating certain revenues and expenditures for the City of Murray Operations Budget to fund the Code Enforcement Program

Ordinance Number 2014-1649 (first reading) an ordinance amending Sections 93.30 through 93.58 of Chapter 93: Health and Sanitation, to eliminate duplication and conflict in/between Chapters 93 and 158.

Ordinance Number 2014-1650 (first reading) an ordinance amending Chapter 158 of the Property Maintenance Code of the City of Murray, and adopting the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code as the City’s standard operating procedure.

Ordinance Number 2014-1651 (first reading) an ordinance annexing 13.235 acres identified as PVA parcels 032-0-0031, 032-0-0031-A, and 032-0-0031-C and owned by Westside Baptist Church, 0.918 acres identified as PVA parcel 032-0-0031-B and owned by the City of Murray, and a 2.417 acre portion of Calloway County roadway along Robertson Road South into the city limits of Murray

Ordinance Number 2014-1652 an ordinance amending Ordinance 2014-1641, an ordinance which adopted the FY 2015 City of Murray, Kentucky annual budget by restating certain revenues and expenditures for the City of Murray Operations Budget to find a classification 18 Maintenance Worker I position

Resolution Number 2014-012 a resolution amending the Traffic Control Request Policy to require all variance requests and appeal requests to be submitted to the Public Safety Committee and not the City Council

Municipal Order Number 2014-022 appointing Steve Alley to the Convention and Visitors Bureau to fill the unexpired Hotel/Motel Association appointment term of Michael Dybus which expires on March 28, 2016

Municipal Order Number 2014-023 reappointing Loretta Jobs to the Planning Commission for a term of four (4) years to expire on November 25, 2018

Grammy Award-winning musician Chris Thile won the 2014 Outstanding Alumni in Fine Arts award, presented at the sixth annual A Taste of the Arts Dinner and Auction at Murray State University last month. Thile, of Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. As a soloist, Thile has released five albums, including his most recent solo recording released in 2013. Thile’s parents, Scott and Kathy Thile of Murray, accepted the award on behalf of their son. In a taped acceptance speech, Thile credited Murray State with influencing his identity as a musician. He praised the department of music as an environment that fostered and encouraged curiosity. Thile described this award as incredible and emotional because of how much his time at Murray State means to him. Thile is working with the university to coordinate a visit to campus in 2015.

The Golden Pond Planetarium celebrates the holiday season with several Holiday shows – Let it Snow, Season of Light, and Laser Holidays from November 28 to December 23. The Planetarium will also be open for daily shows. Admission to the Golden Pond Planetarium is $5 ages 13 and up; $3 ages 5-12; free for ages 4 and under. The newest show, Let it Snow, features a variety of high resolution scenes and artistic animations suitable for all ages. Season of Light traces the celestial reasons behind many of our holiday traditions that involve light: yule logs, lighted trees, luminaries, and Menorahs. Laser Holidays features lasers dancing to popular holiday music and songs by Bing Cosby, Burl Ives, and many others. The final laser shows of the season will take place December 27, at 5pm and 6pm, and will include Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. Pink Floyd laser shows are $7 per seat, per show.

Senator Mitch McConnell is criticizing President Obama’s executive order on immigration. He told a group at the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce and La Grange Rotary Club yesterday he can work with the president, but the immigration order will make it more difficult. McConnell provided no plans on how Obama’s law will be reformed by the GOP-controlled Congress.

The RV industry is rolling into Louisville. The National RV Trade Show features manufacturers, suppliers, and dealers. More than eight-thousand people are expected to attend the event at the Kentucky Expo Center from December 2nd through 4th.

Scott County Schools employees are facing a temporary financial dilemma. A glitch at Kentucky Bank provided no paychecks yesterday. The direct deposit file was improperly processed leaving workers using the system high and dry. Workers will be reimbursed for any overdrafts.

The Fayette County Public School District and a teacher are being sued. Authorities say an attack on a student at Lexington Traditional Magnet School was recorded on a cell phone. Lori and Charles Druex filed the suit, claiming the assault on their 13-year-old son took place in John Foley’s classroom.

Hartz Contracting is being awarded a two-million-dollar contract. The company will design and build a control center for Owensboro Municipal Utilities. The building will house computers for operations and communications.

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott is considering a run for governor in 2015. Scott told the Lexington Herald-Leader he will make his decision by early January. If he does decide to run, Scott said he would immediately resign his seat on the state’s highest court that he has held since 2004. The deadline to file for governor is January 27.

Senate Republicans have nominated a Greensburg business owner to become the second-highest ranking official in the state Senate. Republicans chose Sen. David Givens to replace retiring Sen. Katie Stine as Senate president pro tem during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday. It is the first leadership position for Givens, who lost to Sen. Damon Thayer as majority floor leader two years ago. Republicans also ousted Sen. Brandon Smith as majority whip, replacing him with Sen. Jimmy Higdon of Lebanon.

Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield was among several congressional leaders who wrote Monday to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Cheryl LaFleur seeking information regarding any consultation between FERC and the Environmental Protection Agency in the development of EPA’s Clean Power Plan and other major rules impacting electric reliability. The letter also calls on FERC to convene a technical conference with federal agencies and stakeholders to discuss the reliability challenges posed by new federal environmental regulations. The request follows a recent report from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation that raises concerns about EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal and its potential impact on the reliability of the nation’s electric grid.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday, a day to recognize small and family businesses, entrepreneurs, and local servicers and retailers. Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State and chief business official, is encouraging Kentuckians to participate in Small Business Saturday and to support local businesses throughout the season. Grimes has met business owners around the state and has supported legislation to create new options for Kentucky businesses and streamline their interactions with government, saving businesses valuable time and money. According to the Small Business Administration, there are more than 341,000 small businesses in the Commonwealth, representing almost every segment of the economy, including retail, manufacturing, health care, construction, and many more

Demonstrators in Lexington are showing their support for protesters in Ferguson, but are doing it peacefully. On Tuesday, hundreds of people chanted while walking past the federal and county courthouses, then past the police station and back to the courthouse plaza. A separate demonstration was held at the University of Kentucky.

Investigators want to know what a semi was doing on a steep country road in Boone County when it went over an embankment and burst into flames. Officials say the tanker was hauling about six-thousand gallons of food waste and water Tuesday morning at the time of the accident. The driver jumped from the rig before it crashed and was airlifted to the hospital.

The marching band from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School is heading to The Big Apple for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Band Director Jeff Hood says the performance will have a Kentucky theme. The band was notified last year that their application had been accepted.

Demonstrators showing their support for protesters in Ferguson are being blamed for shutting down traffic on I-24 in Nashville. Officials say what started out as a vigil Tuesday night at the police headquarters transformed into a rally as hundreds of people marched through downtown. Traffic on I-24 first came to stop near Woodland Street, then a second time near Shelby Avenue. As the group arrived back at the police headquarters, officers greeted them with coffee and hot chocolate.

A Rutherford County, Tennessee teacher is suspended following an argument with her principal and an assistant principal. Officials at Stewarts Creek High School say the “severe verbal altercation” involving English teacher Katherine Bechler took place last week in a hallway during class, but details weren’t released. Her case will be reviewed by the director of schools on December 2nd.

A suspicious bucket found on campus at Middle Tennessee State University is being called a student prank. Officials say someone threw up in the bucket and then wrote on it, “Do Not Open – Ebola.” The bucket was found Tuesday morning in the courtyard near the Business and Aerospace Science building, which was roped off for several hours while police investigated.