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Kentucky middle school substitute teacher arrested for taking shots of vodka on the job

(Scott County Detention Center)

One Kentucky substitute teacher had a rough day at work on Monday.

Brook Ellen West, a 32-year-old substitute at Royal Springs Middle School, was arrested yesterday morning after she admitted to authorities she took four shots of vodka around 11:00 a.m. while on the job.

According to the arrest citation, West blew a .317 on a breathalyzer test, smelled like alcohol, and was heard yelling and cursing at students.

In a statement given to WKYT, Scott Count Schools said:

“On Monday, April 15, 2019, a substitute reported to Royal Spring Middle School to fill a half-day opening in the afternoon. The substitute demonstrated erratic behavior. School staff acted immediately upon learning of this behavior. Scott County Sheriff’s Department escorted the substitute off school grounds later charging her with alcohol intoxication. The individual is no longer employed by Scott County Schools in any capacity.”

West has been charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and endangering the welfare of a minor.

(WKYT)


Hey Kentucky goes One on One with James Comer

Hey Kentucky goes One on One with James Comer

Matt Jones hosted Kentucky Congressman Jamie Comer on Monday night’s Hey Kentucky. In an eight-minute discussion the two talked about the latest political developments from Washington D.C., from the Mueller report to the problems with partisanship.

Congressman Comer and Matt Jones talked about a lot more than politics. Click here to see tonight’s entire episode.


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Furniture store having “Duke Got The Hell Kicked Out Of Them” Sale

(Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports)

An Eastern Kentucky furniture store is currently holding a mega sale, all because Duke failed to make the Final Four.

Hazard Furniture in Hazard, Ky., is offering special deals as part of its “Duke Got The Hell Beat Out Of Them” Sale.

Listen to the radio ad that plays in the area:

I don’t even need new furniture but I’ll buy a couch to support the cause.


photo via West Kentucky Star

Cheer up with Marshall County’s Tater Day celebration

photo via West Kentucky Star

If you were brave enough to listen to Kentucky Sports Radio Monday morning, you heard our good friend Harold tell the gang about Marshall County’s annual Tater Day. Believe it or not, the first Monday of April is always celebrated in Benton with tater-related activities – in recent years, the event has spanned multiple days. This year marked the 176th celebration of Tater Day.

The festivities actually began Friday, held alongside the Marshall County A and I Fair. This year, Tater Day(s) included carnival rides, food trucks, a demolition Derby, specialty vendors and a parade.

“The first Monday in April is our unofficial start of spring with the Tater Day Festival,” Marshall County Tourism Executive Director Randy Newcomb told the Western Kentucky Star. “Tater Day brings people from all over to enjoy great food, entertainment and family fun.”

Herold said there were 20,000 people in town ready to celebrate Tater Day. I’m not sure if these pictures show that many tater-goers, but it definitely looks like a busy Monday on the streets of Benton.

Apparently, local businesses even close for the day:

Can we please petition to make Tater Day a statewide holiday? I think the BBN could have used a day off to celebrate taters in peace.


Eastern Kentucky man claims Hazard Hampton Inn manager required him to undergo exorcism

Eastern Kentucky man claims Hazard Hampton Inn manager required him to undergo exorcism

The Hazard Hampton Inn’s job requirements are…unusual.

An Eastern Kentucky man has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the hotel and its manager, Sharon Lindon.  According to WDRB, Jason White claims he was harassed by Lindon once the front desk clerk revealed he was getting a divorce.  Blaming his marital problems on “demons,” Lindon allegedly asked White to get an exorcism to continue working at the hotel.

The suit, which names Lindon and Hampton Inn as defendants, alleges Fields was told if he was going to work for Lindon, he had to be “cleansed.”

In addition, Fields was given a form to fill out with questions about his religious background, if he had lustful thoughts, whether he was conceived out of wedlock or had been sexually abused and if he had ever “made a pact with the devil,” among other questions.

The form White refused to complete is bizarre, to say the least.

The lawsuit also claims that members of Lindon’s church came to the lobby of the hotel to pray for him while he was on duty at the front desk.  White eventually quit his job and filed the lawsuit March 21.

If you thought your work was hell, think again.

[WDRB]


Only in Kentucky: Bride and Groom allow UK game to be shown during ceremony

Only in Kentucky: Bride and Groom allow UK game to be shown during ceremony

What do you do if your wedding is at the same time as Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament second round game? If you’re this couple from Somerset, you let your guests watch it during the ceremony.

Scheduling your wedding during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is still frowned upon, but shoutout to Devan and Randall Smith for making the most of the situation.


Ramel Bradley and AppHarvest to be featured on 60 Minutes

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We’re very proud of the work our friend Ramel Bradley is doing with AppHarvest, and on Sunday night, they’ll both be featured on 60 Minutes.

The famous CBS News show recently spent a week in Eastern Kentucky to learn more about the high-tech agricultural company that’s building giant greenhouses to grow produce and create jobs in a region that desperately needs them. The “Rise of the Rest” Fund recently invested in AppHarvest as part of its focus on working with entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley and other coastal tech hubs. The fund is managed by AOL Co-Founder Steve Case and best-selling author J.D. Vance (“Hillbilly Elegy”) and is backed by more than 30 iconic business leaders, including Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos and former Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.

As part of the feature, 60 Minutes crews filmed Ramel leading the agricultural entrepreneurs class at Shelby Valley High School in Pike County. Talk about must-see TV.

Here’s a preview:

Sunday night, 7 p.m. ET. Set the DVR.


The videos and pictures of the Paducah tornado are crazy

The videos and pictures of the Paducah tornado are crazy

This morning, multiple tornadoes touched down near Paducah, causing significant damage. So far, there’s only been one injury reported, and it’s not life-threatening, which is pretty remarkable when you see the footage and pictures of the storm and its aftermath.

This is the school, Ryan and the girls where in the car on that street as the trees fell and watched it happen.

Posted by Joelle Long on Thursday, March 14, 2019

Paducah, KY Tornado

TORNADO – Paducah, KYPermission: Jared Borum

Posted by Live Storm Chasers on Thursday, March 14, 2019

Wild. Everyone stay safe as these storms make their way across the Bluegrass (and Nashville) today.


Louisville Bats to become the Derby City Mint Juleps for two games

Louisville Bats to become the Derby City Mint Juleps for two games

We’re getting close to that time of year when Louisville becomes preoccupied with all things Derby, and to celebrate, the Louisville Bats will become the Derby City Mint Juleps for two games next month.

This morning, the Reds’ AAA team and Four Roses Bourbon announced that on April 13 and 27, the Bats will wear special Mint Julep-themed uniforms to kick off the start of Derby season at Louisville Slugger Field. Mint Juleps will be sold, along with Derby City Mint Juleps merchandise. Here’s a better look at those uniforms, which honor the drink, the Derby, the city of Louisville, and the sport of horse racing:

Can’t wait until next month to get your hands on some Derby City Mint Juleps gear? It’s already up for sale on derbycitymintjuleps.com.


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Warren Central student suspended for refusing request to stop sitting in other team’s student section

Photo via WNKY40

In January, Warren Central student Keylin Haynie attended his school’s basketball game at South Warren. At one point, he got up from his seat and walked over to the South Warren student section to talk to some friends he grew up playing baseball with. A Warren Central teacher came over and asked him to move back to the visitor’s side, but he refused. Little did he know that decision would result in his suspension from school and being kicked off the baseball team and out of the Junior ROTC program.

As you might expect, Haynie and his mother appealed the suspension, which would force him to miss six days or attend Jackson Academy for 25 days, and started an online petition, which has over 4,000 signatures. The Warren County Board of Education held a public hearing over the matter last night, which lasted over six hours. The school argued that they wanted Haynie to move back to their side to prevent an altercation, referencing his history of bad behavior, but Haynie insists he was just chatting with his friends.

“They brought up the fact that I need to move and the principal was going to give us a referral if we didn’t move,” Haynie told WNKY40. “I’m just sitting here socializing. There’s nothing wrong going on.”

“He wasn’t doing anything, and he still has that right,” said Stephanie Tracy-Bundy, Haynie’s mother. “If he’s not doing anything, [the teachers] should’ve never approached him in the first place.”

According to WBKO, the school board decided 5-1 to extend Haynie’s time at Jackson Academy by another 25 days.

UPDATE: Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton submitted this statement to KSR about the matter.

“Typically, we would not comment publicly on a student disciplinary incident; however, in this case, the parent requested that it be made open to the public. Based upon much misinformation, I find it important to provide clarity by sharing some important facts surrounding this entire situation. First, the safety of students and staff at school events is paramount and school officials have an obligation to take proactive measures to ensure the safety of students, staff, and spectators at all school activities and school sponsored events.

It’s important to note that in an effort to prevent a potential situation that could endanger the safety and welfare of those in attendance, multiple students were directed to move out of the opponent’s student section and most of them complied. Those who didn’t were held accountable for defiance of authority in accordance with Board policy. Unfortunately, the parent, student, and his attorney have taken the position that he did not have a responsibility to comply with multiple requests from adults.

I am proud of how multiple adults, including Principal Mike Stevenson and assistant principal Rita Daniels, tried to de escalate this student’s situation before it became a disciplinary incident. But this is not solely about where a student was sitting in the stands or a singular incident that occurred at a basketball game. There are more than 6 hours of testimony and 2 ½ years of behavior records the Board members carefully considered and the facts, taken as a whole, speak for themselves. I encourage everyone to review the entirety of this information before passing any judgment.

Moving forward, our community can trust us to continue adhering to all Board policies in an effort to ensure schools’ activities are safe and enjoyable for all involved.”