KTC plans road closure for Thursday

Provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close the intersection of Ky. highways 94 and 1660 (Johnny Robertson Road) east of Murray on Thursday, February 9th.

The closure from approximately 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  is to allow the installation of retro-reflective back plates on traffic signal heads at the interseciton. The back plates are designed to make the traffic signal heads more visible to approaching motorists.

The work will require the use of two bucket trucks. The interseciton will be closed during the work for the safety of the public and technicians.

Motorists who regularly travel through that area should be aware of this planned closure on Thursday and make advance alternate travel plans. Flaggers will be stationed at closure points to assist motorists will finding an alternate route during the closure.

Residential College Association: 2.6.12

Edward Marlowe
Staff writer

The Residential College Association discussed several key campus events coming in the next few weeks at its weekly meeting Monday

James Carville and Mary Matalin, married popular political pundits, are the speakers for this year’s Presidential Lecture Series. Held in Lovett Auditorium at 7 p.m., tickets to the Feb. 13 event are free to students.

The next All Campus Sing information session has been moved due to scheduling conflicts. The meeting will now be held on Feb. 8 on the third floor of the Curris Center. Contact Amanda Benson for more information.

The RCA executive board is reviewing the by-laws of their constitution regarding GPA requirements for the board and possibly accepting College Courts bid for a seat in the RCA. There is more to come in future meetings. Continue reading “Residential College Association: 2.6.12”

Alliance: 2.5.12

Meghann Anderson
Staff writer

Alliance held its weekly meeting at 7 p.m.  Sunday in the Curris Center with discussion about the annual Drag Show.

The annual Drag Show will be March 1 in the Curris Center. The theme and time will be discussed at a later meeting.

Alliance is also participating in work days on March 3 and April 7 where they clean the streets of Calloway County. Each member participating will earn 6 dollars a person an hour. The money will help the Alliance pay for various activities they put on throughout the semester.

Alliance President Will Heath said the group needs to think about programs that are getting weaker and revamp them and/or think of new events. Continue reading “Alliance: 2.5.12”

State evaluates damages, options

Austin Ramsey
News Editor

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Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the U.S. Coast Guard are hastening to provide answers and solutions after an ocean-going freight ship struck the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge over the Kentucky Lake Thursday, Jan. 26.

The Delta Mariner, 312-foot long transcontinental vessel struck the bridge at around 8 p.m., causing a 322-foot segment of the bridge to come crashing on its bow.

Immediate responders included the Aurora (Ky.) Fire Department and the Marshall County Rescue Squad. Those agencies determined no cars had gone off the bridge platform with the debris.

Today, the ship sits dormant along the shores of the lake, with the crumpled wreckage of the bridge still on top of it and a crane standing at a tall attention on the western bank. Emergency services have long gone, and concrete dividers support the nearly 2,800-cars-a-day traffic the bridge is used to carrying along U.S. 68/Ky. Hwy. 80. Continue reading “State evaluates damages, options”

University works to restore web

Haley Russell
Assistant News Editor


Austin Ramsey/The News

After the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake collapsed on Thursday, Jan. 26, Murray State’s main campus and the Paducah and Hopkinsville extended campuses experienced an Internet outage.

Linda Miller, chief information officer, said approximately one hour after the bridge collapsed, she received a phone call from Tommy Phillips, manager of network services, who told her not only of the collapse, but also of the Internet outage.

Generally, staff members who work with the campus’s Internet receive updates via text messaging and email to inform them of any kind of problems. Thursday, however, the back-up system the University put in place approximately six months ago came online so quickly that the system did not recognize a difference and therefore did not send alerts. Continue reading “University works to restore web”

Detour adds travel time for commuting students, employees

Meghann Anderson
Staff writer

The drive to the University has become much longer for some commuting students and faculty members due to the collapse of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge on Jan. 26.

Bonnie Higginson, vice president of Academic Affairs, said emails were sent to all faculty members on Friday morning, asking them to work with the students affected by the bridge collapse.

Nursing students have a clinical placement in Hopkinsville, Ky., and Higginson expects this will continue although the travel time will be longer. Continue reading “Detour adds travel time for commuting students, employees”

Murray-wide petition seeks to address alcohol sales vote

Ed Marlowe
Staff writer

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Or in this case, try again and again and again.

As it stands, businesses in Calloway County are prohibited from selling packaged liquor in any shape or form. Establishments able to properly seat 100 persons are allowed to sell it by the drink as long as food sales meet 70 percent of gross revenue and liquor sales do not exceed 30 percent of gross revenue.

However, a new local movement emphasizing a vote to bring packaged liquor sales to the city, titled “Grow Murray,” has sprouted up and created buzz around the county.

After creating a Facebook page on Jan. 24, purchasing three half-page advertising spaces in the Murray Ledger & Times and mailing out letters to random city residents, the privately funded organization seemingly has one mission: to get the word out, encouraging people to bring packaged liquor sales to Murray. Continue reading “Murray-wide petition seeks to address alcohol sales vote”

University speaks out against budget cuts

Haley Russell
Assistant News Editor

After Gov. Steve Beshear presented his budget to cut higher education revenue, the University’s administration began the preliminary stages of planning for the loss of nearly $3.2 million in the next fiscal year, beginning July 1.

The budget is waiting to be passed by the legislature, though University administrators do not foresee a change in the budget.

Jack Rose, professor of education and staff representative on the Board of Regents, said even though the University had a strong financial base, the proposed budget would not go unnoticed.

“Basically for Murray, I think it comes down to about $3.2 million that will be reduced from our budget compared to the current year,” he said. “That’s significant.” Continue reading “University speaks out against budget cuts”

Hawthorne fills coordinator position

Olivia Medovich
Staff writer

Tara Hawthorne hit the ground running this semester with her new position as coordinator of new student programs.

Hawthorne was appointed to the position over Winter Break, after the previous coordinator, Amanda Carter, vacated the position after making the decision to move to Evansville, Ind.

Don Robertson, vice president of Student Affairs, said his office held interviews to find someone to fill the position. He said he was impressed with Hawthorne.

“Turns out, Tara Hawthorne was the best candidate for this,” Robertson said.

Since September 2009, Hawthorne served as the coordinator of Greek Life and Student Organizations. Continue reading “Hawthorne fills coordinator position”

Humanities faculty eye Chinese MBA


Jie Wu, a Chinese professor teaches calligraphy text. || Jordie Oetken/The News

Meghann Anderson
Staff writer

The possibility of a Chinese major joining the four other foreign languages is beginning to look more like a reality.

The University does not offer a Chinese major or minor, but some faculty members want to offer four semesters of Chinese in a new program to go toward to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Courses offered are Chinese language classes and a culture course.

Jie Wu, assistant professor in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, had 44 students studying Chinese language and culture with her during the fall semester.

She is Chinese and holds a doctorate in Eastern languages and literatures from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Wu is the first tenure-track professor of Chinese and was hired last spring to work in the modern languages department. Continue reading “Humanities faculty eye Chinese MBA”