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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I-69 Upgrades
3:12 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

I-69 Corridor Upgrade Project Starting

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Work has begun on signage for the new Interstate 69 corridor between Eddyville and the Pennyrile Parkway interchange in Madisonville. The new signs are part of a $9.9 million project to bring the section of the former Western Kentucky Parkway up to federal highway standards. Department of Highways District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn says traffic interruptions should be minimal during most of the work. He says some of the more significant upgrades to the road will be announced during the summer.

Society
4:24 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Calloway County Emergency Manager Bill Call on Storm Sirens

Murray shortly after Friday's storms
Rose Krzton-Presson WKMS

As severe weather struck our region this week many of you might have had weather radios alerting you of warnings to your county or the loud outdoor sirens you might be used to. This week, though as a Tornado Warning was issued for northern Calloway County residents in the storm’s path heard no out-door sirens, because there aren’t any.  WKMS’ Shelly Baskin speaks with Calloway County Emergency Management Director Bill Call to find out why.

Environment
4:52 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Severe Weather Expected in Region Tonight

Severe weather headed to our region again tonight will likely arrive in two in two waves. Forecasters say the first one will arrive late tonight and will probably produce hail and damaging winds the second one will arrive late Friday morning and possibly result in tornadoes and more hail. National Weather Service Paducah Forecaster Jim Packett says the storms tomorrow could hold off until later, though.

Severe Weather
4:32 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Harrisburg Tornado EF-4 and More Severe Weather on the Way

Area destroyed by tornado in downtown Harrisburg
Jennifer Fuller WSIU

Saline County Authorities Start Recovery Efforts

From WSIU-Radio

The recovery process is underway in Harrisburg following Wednesday morning's strong storms that resulted in major damage and loss of life.

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KY GOP Reorganization
3:02 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Rand Paul Seeking Grassroots Support for KY Republican Party Reorganization

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is encouraging his supporters to get involved in the reorganization of the state Republican Party. Paul e-mailed supporters asking them to take part in precinct elections get county delegates to the state convention where the top Republican Party of Kentucky leaders are chosen. RPK holds its reorganization every four years to coincide with presidential elections. There’s no talk in Paul’s letter about taking over the party, but getting supporters elected to local, county and state positions is a tool the senator’s father, U.S.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
2:05 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

KYTC Inspector General Fired

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Inspector General David Ray has been fired. Ray tells The Courier-Journal he was surprised when Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock told him Friday he was being dismissed after about 8 years of service. Ray says he was not given a reason. The Inspector General’s office is the Transportation Cabinet’s investigative arm and the position is non-merit, meaning employees like Ray can be fired without cause.  KYTC spokesman Chuck Wolfe says he can’t comment on the reason for the inspector general's dismissal.

Southern Baptist Convention
4:10 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Southern Baptist Convention Undergoing Name Change

Albert Mohler.com

The Southern Baptist Convention is undergoing a name change. Congregations may soon have the option to call themselves either Southern Baptists or Great Commission Baptists. President of Louisville’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Albert Mohler was a member of the church review committee that voted for the new name. He says a major reason for the change is the history behind the name. He says in an interview with WFPL in Louisville,

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Murray State History
4:49 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

"The Black Experience" An Interview with Dr. Steve Jones

Murray State

A year after the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, Murray State University welcomed its first African-American students to class. But it wasn’t until 1977 that the school hired its first African-American faculty. Dr. Steve Jones is chair of MSU’s Department of Sociology and teaches a class called "The Black Experience" at Murray.  He was among those the school first hired 35 years ago. Dr. Jones is retiring at the end of this semester, and he sat down with Shelly Baskin to talk about what he experienced during his Murray State tenure.

Society
4:02 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Madisonville Church Employee Arrested for Child Pornography

A Madisonville church maintenance worker charged with 300 counts of possession of child pornography is in jail on a $10,000 dollar bond. Kentucky State Police executed a search warrant at 25-year-old Martin Clouse’s home Wednesday night. Police say the warrant was part of an investigation of online child pornography sharing that began in November. Pastor John Thomas of Christ the King Church, where Clouse was employed, says Clouse rarely had contact with children at the church. He also says they perform background checks on employees and attend training to protect children in the church.

Local Option Debate
3:48 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Groups Go Head to Head on Issue of Packaged Alcohol Sales

A group of Murray citizens is once again mounting a counter attack to a circulating petition to allow the sale of packaged alcohol in the city. “Keep it out of Murray” spokesman and Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Martin Severns says their petition is a response to the Grow Murray Campaign. Severns says the Keep it Out petition would give residents two choices.  He says,

“It will leave alcohol sales the way they are currently and that is for liquor by the drink or, if the city votes no on that, then it would do away with those alcohol sales.”

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