NEWS DIGEST: Jan. 17, 2014

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By The Staff

Snow showers don’t cause

road issues in Shelby

Snow flurries that scurried across Shelby and surrounding counties on Thursday morning had state road crews out with their salt trucks, but the roads dried quickly in Shelby. No mishaps were reported.

Officials reported numerous slick roads in Jefferson, Henry and Trimble counties, and some accidents were reported and roads closed, including I-71 in Oldham.

But temperatures rose into the 30s by afternoon, drying them quickly.

More snow showers – perhaps exceeding an inch – were expected overnight.


MLK Day closings

Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated on Monday, and all federal, state, count and city offices will be closed. Shelby County Schools are recessed, and the Shelby County Public Library and banks will be closed, too.


Parks to have public forums

Shelby County Parks & Recreation is hosting a pair of public forums for the athletic programs at Clear Creek park. They will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 5 at the Waldridge Center in Clear Creek Park.

The invitation is open to all coaches, children, parents, family members etc. Each forum is identical, so if you can't make the first date, you have a second chance.

There will be updates on current programs and potential future programs, and public input will be sought athletic events, sports and ideas to help improve programs and keep them moving forward.

For more information, please contact the Parks Director Shawn Pickens at 502-633-5059 or send an E-mail to Spickens@shelbycountyparks.com.


Whitfield to address Rotary

Kanya Whitfield will speak to the Shelbyville Rotary Club on Tuesday on the topic "elder serve." Rotary meets at the Centenary United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Washington and 5th streets in Shelbyville. Programs are open to the public, but there is a modest charge for the luncheon.

State tops in business creation

Kentucky currently leads the nation in new businesses created, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Specifically, Kentucky saw a 6.05 percent year-over-year jump in new businesses opened during the second quarter of 2013, the most recent quarter for which information is available.

Kentucky saw 6,686 new businesses open during the second quarter of last year.

“Business creation is one of the key building blocks for economic development,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement released by his office. “The fact that Kentucky leads the nation in this key metric by a big margin shows that our hard work has put us on the right track. New businesses are a sign of economic know-how and success, so this report is important to both the business community and the Commonwealth.”
The data highlights Kentucky’s ongoing upswing in new business creation. During the first quarter of 2013 Kentucky ranked second nationally, by percentage, in new businesses opened.
During the fourth quarter of 2012 it ranked third, and during the third quarter of 2012 fourth. Over the four most recently reported quarters, Kentucky ranked third nationally in new businesses created.

Alcohol sales decision overruled

The Food with Wine Coalition is disappointed in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling Wednesday that upheld Kentucky’s right to prevent grocery and convenience stores from selling liquor.
“The ruling is just a few hours old, so we are examining it and going over with our attorneys to figure out what our options will be,” Ted Mason, a spokesman for the coalition that along with Maxwell’s Pic-Pac had contended that Kentucky preventing the sale of liquor in such stores was unconstitutional, told The Daily News in Bowling Green.

The state law prohibits stores that have more than 10 percent of gross monthly in sales from staple groceries or gasoline from applying for licenses to sell liquor or wine. They can, however, operate separate liquor stores, such as Kroger has done. Pharmacies also are able to sell wine and liquor.
U.S. District Judge John Heyburn overturned the state’s prohibition two years ago, saying the grocers should be treated no differently than other entities applying for licenses, but such sales were still not allowed while the appeal was pending.

Federal Judge Deborah L. Cook in her opinion quoted heavily from a 1933 study by Raymond Foskick and Albert Scott used when states developed their liquor laws following prohibition.

“The state indisputably maintains a legitimate interest in reducing access to products with high alcohol content. According to Fosdick and Scott, ‘states must use their control systems to steer society to lower alcohol form[s] of products.’ ... Products with high alcohol content exacerbate the problems caused by alcohol, including drunken driving,” she wrote. “The state’s interest applies not only to the general public; minors, inexperienced and impressionable, require particular vigilance. And the state’s interest applies to abstinent citizens who, morally or practically objecting to alcohol exposure, wish to avoid retailers that sell such drinks.”

Kroger, a larger retailer impacted by the decision, like the coalition was disappointed by the decision.
“Kroger is disappointed in yesterday’s ruling,” said Tim McGurk, a Kentucky spokesman for the company. “We will be working with others in our industry to determine our next step in this process.”


KSU students out until they pay

About 200 students were standing in line Thursday morning outside the Bursar’s Office at Kentucky State University to speak with a representative about account balances.

An unconfirmed number of students – a number that many callers to The State Journal newsroom say is several hundred – received an E-mail from the Provost’s office Wednesday saying they had been dropped from their courses and would have until the late registration date, Friday, to make a minimum payment on their account.

University spokeswoman Felicia Lewis said students received the notices because they did not make their minimum required payment as part of the new KSU Student Balance Required Payment Schedule, formerly called the Thorobred Plan.

SBDM council meetings

  • Southside Elementary’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council will hold its next meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the school’s library. This is delayed a week because of school conflicts.
  • Wright Elementary will hold a special called SBDM meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the library. Its next meeting is at 4 p.m. on Feb. 11.
  • Shelby County High School’s SBDM will meet at 4 p.m. Feb. 13.


Roadwork, closings:

  • Interstate 64:Lane closures and delays are possible from the Welcome Center to half-mile east of KY 55 (mile points 27.9 to 32.8) because of roadway widening. Lane closures are possible Sunday through Friday from 7 p.m. each evening until 5 the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sundays. A 12-foot width restriction is in place for the eastbound lanes of I-64 in this work zone.
  • KY 1848:Shoulder closures and construction delays possible at the I-64 interchange (mile points 4.6 to 6.4) because of roadway widening. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. The speed limit is reduced to 35 MPH in the work zone.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.