Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Culvert repairs on US 60 east of Morehead in Rowan County will restrict part of the highway to one-lane traffic in the coming weeks.

On Monday, July 26, Kentucky Department of Highways crews will start concrete repairs at a deteriorated culvert that carries Schoolhouse Branch Creek under the highway about four-tenths of a mile east of Christy Creek (KY 32) near Morehead.

Interesting Engineering

On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear celebrated the grand opening of a $14.7 million technology center that will serve high school and technical college students and provide training for displaced workers seeking new career paths.

Gov. Beshear joined Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Jason Glass, Senate President Robert Stivers, Senator Brandon Storm, Dr. Koffi Akakpo, President of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), and local leaders from Estill and Powell counties for the ribbon cutting.

JP Harris

Jul 22, 2021
JP Harris

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #253 (July 23 at 8:00pm and July 24 at 3:00pm)

Born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1983, JP Harris doesn’t fancy himself so much a musician as he does a carpenter who writes country songs. After finishing the eighth grade, he boarded a Greyhound in the middle of an early summer night, and scarcely looked back.

He traveled the country, often alone, hitchhiking and hopping freight trains while making his living as a farm laborer, shepherd, woodsman, and carpenter, among many other titles.

All Music

Live From The Jazz Lounge

Program #60 (July 25 at 8:00pm)

Allen Farnham - Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Vol. 41 (1994)

Pianist Allen Farnham recorded live at the Maybeck Recital Hall in Berkeley, California on June 12, 1994.

Morehead State University

Whether you are an undergraduate student with plans to continue your education or a college graduate intent on going back, Morehead State University’s commitment to success starts when you enroll and continues throughout your life. MSU’s Graduate School will hold an Online Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 29.     

The online event will allow those interested in continuing their education at MSU to chat with Graduate School advisors. Those who attend the event will receive a promotional code to waive the $30 application fee.       

Morehead State University

Dr. John Calvin Philley, 85, of Morehead, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021. He was born on Oct. 17, 1935, in Indianola, Mississippi. He was the son of the late J.W. and Mary Philley. 

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Lou (Davis) Philley; children, Dave Philley (Karen), Leigh Taylor, and Melissa Clauson (Will); brother J.W. Philley, Jr. and sister Marsha Collins (Allan); grandchildren Jacob, Calvin and Jonah Philley and Jordan Philley Saylor (Josh), Will Taylor, Lilly and Sam Clauson. 


On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear requested a full, independent and transparent accounting of Kentucky State University (KSU)’s finances and signed an executive order to ensure the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is empowered and has the necessary tools to provide guidance and oversight during the review.


The Tri-county Animal Shelter in Rowan County is hoping to increase the adoption rate for animals there as the facility nears full capacity.

The shelter has stopped the intake of cats for the time being, with little room left for new dogs as well. 

Nicole Meade is an Animal Control Assistant there.  She says when overcrowding occurs, it can be detrimental to the health of the animals their care.

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Yesterday marked the first day in months the Commonwealth of Kentucky has reported over 1,000 new cases in COVID-19 infections.

1,054 new cases were published in the daily report from the state, putting the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic at 471,669.  The last time more than 1,000 cases were reported in the state was in early March

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is set to hold a statewide hiring event this week at all of its stores.

Those seeking employment can visit any of the company’s 66 retail locations for on-the-spot interviewing.  There are a variety of positions available, including production clerks, cashiers, material handler and management positions.

Tara Logan is the Talent Acquisition Manager for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.  She says like many other businesses, her company is facing a major employee shortage as well.

Morehead Parks and Recreation

Additional safety features are being implemented at the Sheltowee Falls Splash Pad in Morehead

Personnel will be stationed on the deck to watch and enforce the splash pad rules.

Parks and Recreation Director Matt Hamilton says the city is trying to make sure there is a safety supervisor on the deck at all times.

Hamilton says the free attraction is overwhelming popular, but there are not state mandates in place that require additional staffing. The splash pad is currently open 10 am to 6 p.m. daily.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Board of Regents passed the 2021-22 fiscal year budget last month with $10 million dollar increase from last year.

The $145-million dollar plan includes a $5.1 million dollar increase in personnel expenditures and a 1.25 percent tuition increase.

MSU President Dr. Jay Morgan Says nearly $5-million dollars in additional state appropriations will likely offset the raising of Kentucky education retirement system rates.


Some new mask recommendations were handed down from the Commonwealth yesterday.

Governor Andy Beshear held a press conference to discuss the increasing cases of COVID-19 infections in the state, which health officials believe to be the result of the Delta variant of the virus.  Case numbers are up 76% week-to-week in Kentucky, with a 5% positivity rate reported during the conference. 


Sounds of Our Heritage: Program #1 (Weekend of July 17, 2021) 

A weekly feature of traditional music presented by faculty and students from the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University.

The Atlantic

  • I Deal In Crime (The Abigail Murray Case)
  • Incredible, But True (The Room Upstairs)
  • Living In An Atomic Age with Bertrand Russell (Limits of Human Powers)  


After some controversy surrounding the substance, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has issued a statement regarding Delta 8 THC.

The Kentucky Hemp Association is seeking an injunction against the state after two Morehead Businesses were raided by the Kentucky State Police last month.  A release from the association says the stores had their Delta 8 inventory seized along with money and store surveillance equipment, as well as charging store employees with trafficking.

Bob French

Jul 15, 2021

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #331 (July 18 at 8:00pm)

The son of New Orleans banjo player Albert "Papa" French, drummer/vocalist Bob French is a journeyman New Orleans musician who has played with a variety of artists including New Orleans R&B legends Dave Bartholomew and James "Sugarboy" Crawford as well as rock & roll icon Fats Domino and many others.

Maia Sharp

Jul 15, 2021

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #252 (July 16 at 8:00pm and July 17 at 3:00pm)

Singer and songwriter Maia Sharp has a talent for passionate, emotionally honest songs about life and love that have won her a loyal fan following as a performer as well as the ultimate show of respect from her peers -- her songs have been covered by a wide variety of musicians, including Bonnie Raitt, the Dixie Chicks, Cher, Tricia Yearwood, Lisa Loeb, and Keb' Mo'.


The Commonwealth is facing some backlash after two Morehead businesses were raided by the Kentucky State Police.

There’s been some controversy in recent weeks surrounding Delta 8 THC.  Delta 9 THC is the illicit form of the drug found in marijuana.  Delta 8 is a form derived from the hemp plant, and Delta 8 products began being sold nationally following the passage of the 2018 United States farm bill. 


The Morehead Utility Plant Board is making plans to improve their customers’ drinking water.

The Morehead-Rowan County Clyde A. Thomas Regional Airport has received a major grant.

The airport was opened in 2007 and has been in need of some upkeep. This newest grant is one of twelve awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration, and comes in at just under $1.3 million. 

Bruce Mattingly is Chair of the Airport Board.  He says over the past four years the hub has installed all new LED lighting and navigation equipment, as well as various other construction projects.

Tanner Boyd

Progress is becoming more visible on the City of Morehead’s new Police and 911 Center.

The ribbon cutting for the project was held in the final days of last year, and has seen some delays due to significant weather events during the first half of 2021.  But with caissons now in place and walls going up, the project is beginning to move into more critical phases. 

David Rhodes is the Vice President of development company Packs + Walker.  He gave an update during the regular July meeting of Morehead City Council.

The Rowan County School District is slated to receive nearly $8 million dollars in the third round of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The Board of Education met in a special called meeting last week to review how those funds might be allocated, given the restrictions in place.

Superintendent John Maxey says the biggest projects included in his recommendations are related to renovations and construction. 

Gateway Area Development District

Free public medical clinics will be available to those needing services in several area counties beginning at noon today.

Operation Gateway Kentucky is an Innovative Readiness Training mission by the United States Department of Defense that provides essential services at no cost to the community.  Clinics have been set up in Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan and Rowan Counties.

Morehead State University

A paper co-written by Dr. Bo Shi, Morehead State associate professor of finance, has received the Journal of Hospital Medicine's (JHM) "Most Influential Paper" award.  

She is the principal author of the paper, co-authored by Dr. Christopher King and Dr. Sean Shenghsiu Huang from the Department of Health Systems Administration at Georgetown University.

Morehead State University

The MSU Foundation has announced the establishment of the Jim and Cindy Shaw Scholarship Endowment.  

The Shaws came to Kentucky in 2008 when Jim began serving as Morehead State University's vice president for university advancement and CEO of the MSU Foundation. Following more than 13 years of service, he retired on June 30, 2021. 


Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #251 (July 9 at 8:00pm and July 10 at 3:00pm)

Gillian Welch first appeared on the folk scene as a young singer/songwriter armed with a voice and sensibility far beyond her years, earning widespread acclaim for her deft, evocative resurrection of the musical styles most commonly associated with rural Appalachia of the early 20th century.

Morehead State University

Tanner Boyd (Class of 2016) has been named assistant news director at Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR), 90.3 FM, WMKY.  

Morehead Theatre Guild

The Morehead Theatre Guild will be holding auditions for its next two productions, 110 Stories and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, July 12, 13 and 14, at the Rowan County Arts Center at 6pm, in the second floor auditorium.


Big Band Boulevard

Program #31 (July 11, 2021 at 8 p.m.)

Big Band and swing tunes with selections from Benny Carter, Glenn Miller, and Chick Webb. Also a Concert in Miniature with Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, recorded live at the Municipal Auditorium, Springfield, Massachusetts on April 21, 1953.