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Bridge repairs to finish on schedule

According to information provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. located in Louisville, Ky., hopes to have the replacement span for the Eggners Ferry Bridge assembled and ready for transportation by next week.

Officials from the contracting firm said the progress of the structural steel for the new span continues as it is being assembled at the Eddyville Riverport in Eddyville, Ky.

Over the past weekend, workers assembled the flooring frame of the new truss section and assembled the deck support structure. Workers also completed part of the upper truss.

They have continued placing and assembling steel flooring supports for the replacement span throughout the week. Once the steel beams were temporarily bolted into place, workers went back and permanently attached the floor beams to the structure’s other elements.

After total assembly of steel for the new truss span is complete, it will be placed on a barge to be transported to the site and placed on the existing piers. On Wednesday the crew placed two concrete pedestals on the pier cap on the Trigg County side of the bridge. The concrete will need to cure for several days. Workers poured the concrete for the Marshall County side of the bridge on Thursday. Continue reading

Oatman: Elizabeth 69% complete

Kim Oatman, director of Facilities Management, said there are more than 50 workers renovating Elizabeth College. || Austin Ramsey/The News

Elizabeth College renovations are on track to be finished in time for the fall semester.

Kim Oatman, director of Facilities Management, said the construction crew has made extensive progress in the last few months.

“We have advanced from 40 percent complete to 69 percent in the last three months,” he said.

Oatman said the renovation crew are working their way from the top floor to the bottom. Continue reading

Outstanding graduate exceeds expectations

Sooyeon Kim, senior from Seoul, South Korea, is studying in preparation for her last exams at Murray State. || Chris Wilcox/The News

Murray State’s outstanding spring graduate has big dreams.

Sooyeon Kim, senior from Seoul, South Korea, was the only applicant who met the requirements for the award this semester and is the first international student to receive it.

“It makes me feel a little excited and kind of special,” Kim said. “I guess I like to be the first in everything.”

Kim is a double major in pre-medicine and biology and has maintained a 4.0 GPA all four years at school. Over the past four years she has participated in 21 extracurricular activities and six volunteer and community service functions. Continue reading

University celebrates retirees

As the school year winds down and many students head home for the summer, ten staff members will head home to relax.

They retired during the spring semester or will be leaving the University by July 1.

Retirees include Bill Allbritten, director of the counseling and testing services; David Blackburn, director of procurement; Michael Bucy, materials control coordinator for Facilities Management; Jane Etheridge, director of the Women’s Center; Carliss Herrick, building service technician for Facilities Management; Paul Naberezny, counselor and lecturer for counseling and testing services; Maureen Randoll, captain at Public Safety; Gary Rice, field technician for Facilites Management and Michael Thieke, assistant athletic director. Continue reading

Academics, athletics affected by poverty

Poverty is not just in third-world countries. Sometimes it is as close as the backyard. It not only affects academic performance, but can hinder students in athletics as well.

Michael Conley, Murray Elementary physical education teacher, said 20.8 percent of those under the age of 18 are living in poverty.

He said it not only affects a child’s well-being, but also his or her academic success as well.

“When students don’t have some of their basic needs met, like proper nutrition for example, it is difficult for them to concentrate,” Conley said. Continue reading

Regents vote on Paducah campus design layouts

Regents were shown two conceptual renderings of designs for the Paducah extended campus. Rendering A, left, included a roof design and facade that members thought could be improved on. They opted for a combination of the two designs. || Courtesy of Facilitates Management

In a special session last week, the Bord of Regents discussed the design of the planned regional campus in Paducah, Ky. The Regents unanimously voted to increase the budget of $10 million by $200,000.

Kim Oatman, chief facilities officer, said the purpose of his visit to the meeting was to get the boards approval on the increase in budget and to get their opinions on how the building should look.

The architecture firm Peck Flannery Gream Warren Inc., located in Paducah. Ky., was chosen in the fall to complete the project, and design work began on Jan. 5.

Each rendering was presented to the board, each with an additional estimated cost of at least $100,000. Continue reading

Board proposes 4% tuition increase

The Murray State Board of Regents met in special session last Friday and approved a 4 percent tuition increase, a 4 percent increase to meal plans and a 3 percent increase to residential housing. In addition to the increases, the Board addressed a plan to re-evaluate and re-allocate funds.

President Dunn had originally proposed a 3 percent tuition increase, but after discussion, Board members felt as if the increase would not be sufficient to make up for the 6 percent cut in state appropriations for next year’s budget. Approximately $3.3 million will be lost to the University because of reduction in state appropriations.

“I recognize the difficult times we are facing,” Dunn said. “But, I don’t want to put the burden of financial hardships on the backs of students.”

The 4 percent budget increase, approved by the board, must be examined and agreed upon by the Council on Postsecondary Education at it’s June 20 meeting. In years past, the CPE has approved tuition increases that do not pass the ceiling limit they set. This year they set a limit for all Kentucky public institutions at 5 percent. Continue reading

First city wide race takes over Murray

Photo courtesy of Maddie Mucci

On April 28, various racers and local citizens hit the town full force as the first ever Manuever Murray racing event took place.

Similar to the television show “The Amazing Race,” teams competed in several challenges around the city in order to get to the finish line first.

Some of the challenges on Saturday involved teams going through an obstacle where they had to successfully put up a tent then retrieve a key out of a large amount of slime, reminiscent of early Nickelodeon shows.

Several other challenges included teams successfully choking down chicken liver and following it up with a protein shake, and teams going to Elly’s Dance Studio to learn a four step dance and successfully performing it.

Teams participated in several trivia based challenges as well. Topics ranged from local politics and government to music and movies.

After a team had completed all their challenges it became a race to the finish line where the obstacles were observed before announcing a winner.

The winning team, Team Harris, consisting of married couple Patrick and Amber Harris of Murray, finished the race in two hours, eighteen minutes and fourteen seconds. Team Harris finished the race almost twenty minutes faster than the runner up team.

Team Harris completed the race not only in the fastest time, but completed at least 11 of 12 challenges correctly. Continue reading

Liner Notes: Summer

Summer is a great time for movies, as you can obviously see in the section this week.

Movies, however, are not the only industry with exciting summer releases.

Though summer is an exciting season for film, music isn’t too far behind. Let me enlighten you with some summer albums I can’t wait to hear.

Tuesday is the official release date for the debut album of engaged duo Karmin. I know I have mentioned the couple here before, and since then I have only became a fan.

From their cover of Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” and Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” to their recent radio anthem “Broken Hearted,” the two Berklee School of Music alumni have me anxious for the release of “Hello.”

Although their first album only includes eight tracks, with one being a remix of another track, the artists are guaranteeing their fans will know who they are after listening to the album straight through. Continue reading