Shelly Baskin

WKMS Volunteer

Shelly Baskin works in MSU's Office of Regional Outreach and is a graduate student  in Occupational Safety and Health. A roustabout from Memphis, Tennessee, Shelly first found his way into WKMS through the newsroom back in 2011 through luck, charm and force of will. Though he left news for another position, he still enjoys working on independent radio projects and volunteering for the station. He’s an avid disc golfer and occasional real golfer and is terrible at both. A lover of all things musical, Shelly is always ready to hear something new and unique. 

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Drought
9:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

USDA Officials Visit Drought Stricken Region

Farmers around the Midwest are seeing their crops and livestock die in the midst of one of the most severe droughts in the region in years. The drought was recently upgraded in severity to “Exceptional Drought,” the highest level on the drought severity scale. United States Department of Agriculture officials are looking at ways to help out farmers. USDA Deputy Under Secretary Karis Gutter toured the region last week to meet with farmers. WKMS’s Shelly Baskin spoke with Gutter about what he learned.

Drought
1:03 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

USDA Officials Meet With Local Farmers

United States Department of Agriculture officials are trying to get a better feel for the damage the drought has done to crops in the region.

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Public Transport
2:58 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

MCTA Executive Director Addresses Concerns About Low Ridership

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Low ridership was once again a topic of discussion at this week’s Murray – Calloway County Transit Authority meeting.

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Economics
9:00 am
Sun July 22, 2012

Murray ABC Coordinator Outlines the Lengthy Process of Going “Wet”

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This past week voters in Murray and Marshall County voted on alcohol sales in their respective communities. Marshall County residents answered “no,” but voters in Murray said “Yes.” Murray, currently allows liquor by the drink sales in restaurants. Those restaurants must garner 70% of their revenue from non-alcoholic products. Voters chose to expand alcohol sales to include package stores, but now, old ordinances must be reviewed and new one's drafted before licenses can be issued and stores opened.

Economics
2:59 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Murray Starting the Process of Going "Wet"

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Despite voting to go wet this week, Murray residents still have a long wait until they see expanded alcohol sales at bars and stores. City Alcoholic Beverage Control Coordinator Harla McClure says the first step will begin when the vote is certified, which should happen today.

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Rural Fire Service
11:53 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Obion Fire Chief and Firefighters Resign in Rural Fire Protection Fight

Obion Tennessee’s fire chief and about 8 other volunteer firefighters resigned this week after a fight over rural fire protection. 

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Government
4:31 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Murray Wet Votes To Be Certified Friday

Votes for Murray's wet dry election could certified as early as Friday. The city voted to allow package alcohol sales this week, in a local option election.

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Wet Dry Vote
5:55 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Wet Wins in Murray; Marshall Stays Dry

The City of Murray and Marshall County held separate local option elections today. Murray, a city that allows liquor by the drink sales, asked residents to vote on whether or not to expand alcohol sales to allow package liquor. Marshall County residents voted on whether or not to allow alcohol sales in package stores and restaurants. 

Uncertified results are: Murray votes to go wet. Marshall County will stay dry.

More on reaction from residents tomorrow on Morning Edition on WKMS news.

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Tourism
3:35 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Murray is the "Friendliest Small Town in America" in Best of the Road Contest

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Rand McNally and USA Today have awarded Murray the title of “Friendliest Small Town in America." The award comes from the organizations' Best of the Road contest. The friendliest town award comes ironically on a divisive day for city residents as they vote on whether or not to allow package alcohol sales.

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Alcohol Vote
12:07 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Local Option Election Noon Update; Participate in Our Informal Exit Poll

Calloway County Clerk Ray Coursey says,

“It’s a pretty busy day, now..."

Coursey says it's not exactly 'heavy' yet;  voters don't usually show up in force until after lunch. Coursey says other than voters looking for their polling station and a brief delay to repair a voting machine, no problems have been reported at the polls.

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