Monday 25th October 2021

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Murray City Council will meet in regular session tonight. The Council will hear from Public Health Director Jamie Hughes of the Calloway County Health Department. Also, Ron Albritten will give an update on Sidewalk Projects and Johnny Bohannon will provide an update from the Temporary Park Board. Additionally, Jeremy Bell will give a Health Insurance Committee update. The Council will consider Ordinance 1816 on First Reading accepting a newly constructed street in the City West Office Park Subdivision into the city, and Ordinance 1815 on Second Reading amending the City Budget. Resolution 009 will also be considered. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30 in the council chambers of City Hall.

The Calloway County School Board will also meet tonight in regular session. Among items on the agenda is a recommendation to donate real property on KY 1550 Right of Way for the Southwest Elementary School Turn Lane project, and a selection of a board member to serve on the 2022-23 Calendar Committee. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6 at the Calloway County Board of Education.

The Calloway County Health Department reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. None of the cases were over 60 years of age. The county currently has 83 cases isolated at home and 7 are hospitalized. Calloway County’s latest reported positivity rate is 6.04% which is lower than the state rate of 8%. Calloway County is now one of 19 counties in the state outside the red zone for COVID-19 Incidence Rates. The state reported 1,271 confirmed new cases and 24 confirmed new deaths day. There were 1,365 hospitalized as of Wednesday, which is 213 less than last Wednesday, including 398 in ICU, which is 74 less than a week ago.

Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 1 are investigating a single-vehicle collision that occurred just before noon yesterday in Graves County that blocked State Highway 97 for several hours. Initial investigation shows 31-year old Antonio Leach of Greenwood, Mississippi was traveling south on KY 97 in a semi and for reasons believed to be related to tire failure, he lost control and collided into a utility pole. There were no injuries reported. Emergency crews were called to remove the disabled vehicle and repair the utility pole.

Yesterday, Governor Andy Beshear announced local leadership in Marshall County is moving forward with upgrades to the Southwest One Industrial Park, better positioning the location to attract new business. Upgrades will include a dense-grade extension of Southwest One Boulevard, the addition of an aluminum box culvert across from Gain Branch ,and construction of an expandable 120,000-square-foot building pad-ready site. Marshall County Judge-Executive Kevin Neal said the upgrades to the site will help continue the region’s economic growth.

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area has begun a visitor use survey for guests enjoying recreational opportunities in the area. The yearlong project will aim to provide updated visitor numbers, activities engaged in and the economic impact of LBL on the local economy. This information is used by federal, state and local officials to plan for tourism and recreation projects. Visitors at any time may leave feedback on their experience at LBL through LBL’s social media pages and by emailing

FRANKFORT—Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. says he will not seek re-election in 2022. Minton announced yesterday that he will be retiring when his term expires in January 2023. He has served on the state high court since 2006. Court of Appeals Judge Kelly Thompson says he will file for the vacancy next month.

OWENSBORO—Two Afghan refugees are set to arrive in Owensboro this weekend. The International Center of Kentucky’s Owensboro location says it is preparing for the arrivals and others to follow. Director Anna Allen says the center is working to secure the men’s apartment and household goods. A case manager at the center will be helping them get jobs and continue to adjust to life in America.

BOYD COUNTY—A former Boyd County Detention Center guard is facing 15 years in prison after being convicted for his role in an inmate’s death. Brad Roberts was found guilty yesterday of reckless homicide and multiple counts of criminal abuse. Inmate Michael Moore died in 2018 from blunt force trauma three days after being arrested for public intoxication. Surveillance video showed Moore strapped into a restraint chair that deputy jailers flipped upside down.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY—Montgomery County’s Court Days festival is returning to Mt. Sterling. Kentucky’s oldest running festival was canceled last year because of the pandemic. Organizers say this year’s event will include hundreds of vendors and more activities and entertainment than in previous years. The first Court Days festival was held in the early 18-hundreds.

TENNESSEE—Tennessee may be making progress against COVID-19 as new cases of the virus and hospitalizations continue to fall. Federal health figures show new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the week ending October eighth have fallen by 32 percent, while hospitalizations due to the virus have dropped by 25 percent. The number of school age children testing positive for COVID-19 has also dropped, with almost seven-thousand cases reported in the latest report, compared with almost 21-thousand cases reported a month ago. Tennessee still ranks above national averages for new cases, positivity and fatalities.

TENNESSEE—Tennessee physicians who spread misinformation about COVID-19 may be subject to disciplinary action by the state Board of Medical Examiners. The board has adopted a policy that would punish doctors who generate false information about the coronavirus vaccine. Punishment could be suspension or revocation of the doctor’s medical license. In a statement about the new policy, the board says physicians hold a powerful platform in society and must practice in the best interests of their patients.

TENNESSEE—State Democratic lawmakers say they want to investigate the juvenile court system in Tennessee as a result of a lawsuit involving a Rutherford County juvenile judge. A recent investigation by WPLN News and Pro Publica revealed Judge Donna Scott Davenport had allegedly illegally been detaining children — some as young as seven — for decades. The investigation also discovered children were jailed for misdemeanor charges such as school fights. Lawyers have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of anyone born after October 1997 and jailed in Rutherford County. After the story broke this past week, Middle Tennessee State University dropped Judge Davenport from its faculty.

TENNESSEE—The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash in which a Williamson County deputy struck and killed a pedestrian on Interstate 840 Tuesday night. It happened in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 840 near the Peytonsville Road exit. Sheriff’s officials say the deputy was responding to a report of a man walking along the interstate. They say a man ran out in front of the deputy’s car and was hit. He was pronounced dead from his injuries. The deputy is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. No names have been released yet.

TENNESSEE—Former Vice President Mike Pence is paying a visit to the Volunteer State to visit with GOP leaders. Pence met with Governor Bill Lee and Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton on Wednesday. Speaker Sexton says the former vice president is a big supporter of Tennessee’s commitment to automobile manufacturing. He also praised Tennessee for its fiscally conservative approach to government.