Shane Romines posted a Facebook video Friday pledging money for metal detectors in Corbin schools and challenging other community leaders to step up and similarly help defray expenses for smoke detectors in school districts. Romines and his firm, Copeland & Romines, promised $25,000 with a fraction of that money going to whatever expense the school system preferred - Tasers or firearms with appropriate training for staff. Since he posted that initial video he's offered more updates on the drive on the firm's Facebook page as others have stepped forward with interest or pledges for spreading the effort to other counties.
A principal in Florence, Kentucky, whose musical snow day announcements have gone viral, was back at it on February 7, announcing Union Pointe Academy was closed. In a video posted to the school’s Facebook page, Chad Chaddell appeared in a brown wig and gold chain announcing the school’s closure to the tune of You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees. Chaddell sang in a falsetto voice talking about snowball fights, hot cocoa and a warning not to lick a frozen flagpole.
Disabled coal miner Teddy Newsome discusses what would happen if a review costs him his Social Security disability benefits. His initial request for benefits was filed by disgraced former lawyer Eric Conn and is now under review.
State Rep. Attica Scott, D-Louisville, called for the Kentucky legislature to allow local jurisdictions to decide their own gun control laws, saying the legislature is teaching children how to react to an active shooter, but doing little to prevent shootings.
Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders described how the shooting at Marshall County High School unfolded Tuesday. Two young teens died and 17 more people were injured in Tuesday's shooting. The injured were believed to be students.
A fatal school shooting occurred at Marshall County High School on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Benton, Ky. Two students were killed and 17 others were injured. Police said a suspect was apprehended and the school was locked down.
Sen. Mitch McConnell while speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate reflected on the fatal shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. McConnell said his staff in western Kentucky was at the school and in close contact with local officials.