Mayor Bill Wells

Terry Little

Update: Listen to our broadcast of the Murray Mayoral debate, edited for time:

Murray’s mayoral candidates race say they would continue the city’s current policy of prohibiting Sunday alcohol sales. 

Former Murray State Faculty Regent Jack Rose and incumbent mayor Bill Wells met Tuesday morning to debate subjects ranging from revitalizing downtown Murray and facilitating business to the proposed Parks Referendum and a city payroll tax. 

The Murray City Council has passed its fiscal year 2015 budget, including a $250,000 capital project to finance the construction of a new fire station on the north end of town.

The action came at Thursday night’s meeting after the ordinance to adopt the budget’s second reading.

Murray's 95th Make a Difference Day recycling event is at Murray State's Roy Stewart Stadium on Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Mayor Bill Wells stops by Sounds Good to tell us about the opportunity to make an environmental difference.

The Murray City Council is debating reducing the council's size, meeting load and number of committees.

City administrator Matt Mattingly prompted a lengthy discussion among council members at Thursday night's meeting after putting forth a proposal to reduce standing committees -  and cut city council meetings to one per month – in order to make the city more efficient.


The Murray City Council is asking the board of a non-profit that provides homeless housing to rescind its decision to close at the end of January.

The Gentry House, which houses four homeless families, decided to close last year due to lack of funding and staffing difficulties - four executive directors in six years.

Murray mayor Bill Wells says he will run for re-election next year.

Wells made the announcement at Thursday night's meeting of the Murray City Council, after filing to run earlier in the day. He said he has several projects that he’d like to see come to fruition in his second term as city executive.

The city of Murray will pay for some big-ticket items this year with a 4% property tax increase.

In a strained meeting last night, members voted to raise taxes 8-4.

Last year, Murray opted out of the increase in light of an 8% alcohol tax. But Mayor Bill Wells says a new fire ladder truck, increased salaries for police, fire and dispatch workers among other big projects put Murray in need of the increase.

Wells: Murray City Alcohol Sales ‘Positive’

Jul 12, 2013

Nearly a year after Murray voted to allow package alcohol sales the city's Mayor says the move has had a positive economic impact. Mayor Bill Wells says the city has used money to fund resource officers in two city schools, and may authorize a third officer in the elementary school.

Wells says the general fund dollars previously budgeted for law enforcement currently remain with law enforcement. He says the additional $1 million in projected alcohol tax revenue will also go toward alcohol enforcement and education.

Murray has hired a design company to plan for potentially relocating two fire stations, the police station and/or city hall.

The company’s hiring comes as the city’s finance and public safety committees consider the project’s feasibility and cost. RBS Design Group met with the committees Tuesday.

Former Murray City Clerk Harla McClure will file a lawsuit against the city for wrongful termination. Attorney Thomas Clay says Mayor Bill Wells declined to reinstate McClure as city clerk. Wells fired McClure in early September on allegations of lying about the theft of a $50 city sticker. McClure denies any dishonesty and says it was a misunderstanding.