A former Calloway County district judge and current alcohol education coordinator is in court next week on a Driving Under the Influence charge. Jeanne Carroll is set for arraignment in Calloway County Circuit Court on Tuesday for a DUI first offense. Murray State University Police arrested Carroll around 1:30 pm on October 2 in a campus parking lot. Police received a call of a possible medical emergency near the Information and Technology building. A report WKMS obtained through an Open Records request says Carroll smelled strongly of alcohol and had trouble speaking and standing.
The Princeton City Council has passed the first reading of an alcohol ordinance. City residents voted in August to go wet. The proposed measure allows businesses to sell alcohol from 7 a.m. to midnight, except on Sunday.
With lingering concerns about the University of Kentucky's alcohol policy coming to light in recent meetings between UK and surrounding neighborhoods, UK President Eli Capilouto says he's willing to reexamine the rules, which banned alcohol on campus 14 years ago.
Individuals can start applying for packaged liquor licenses in Murray. City Council members passed the second reading of the alcohol ordinance last night in an 8 to 3 vote. Residents voted in July to move from liquor by the drink sales at restaurants to a fully wet city. The ordinance sets an 8 percent regulatory tax for both restaurants and packaged stores. Hours of operation are 6 AM to midnight, and Sunday sales are prohibited.
Princeton's wet/dry vote passed, allowing alcoholic drinks to be sold in restaurants, as well as in packages at stores. County Clerk Toni Watson says that business owners must wait 60 days before applying for a license to sell alcohol in Caldwell County.
Government officials and leaders of the alcohol and restaurant industries say the time has come to reform Kentucky’s complex alcoholic beverage laws. Governor Steve Beshear signed an executive order Wednesday creating a task force to review current regulations and make recommendations. Beshear said many have complained current laws don’t account for modern standards and a 21st century economy.