Todd County Magistrates Hear From Murray Ag Dean

After passing a resolution of support for a new veterinarian school at Murray State University at its last meeting, the Todd County Fiscal Court welcomed Murray State University Dean Brian Parr to its meeting Friday.

Dr. Parr is the Dean at the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray and was on hand Friday to provide the Court with updates.

Dr. Parr advised the Court that last week, the KY House Ag Committee passed House Bill 400 which will allow for the creation of a veterinarian school in the state. Senate Bill 189 is set to be heard by the Senate Ag Committee this week.

Parr stated that Murray currently has 450 students in its pre-vet program, all of whom must go out of state to finish the veterinary program.

Parr believes an in-state vet school will ultimately provide both small and large animal vets that are needed in the state’s rural communities but will more importantly exist to guide and assist students in their pursuit of a veterinarian career.

In other news, the Court approved a request by Jailer Jeff Penick to seek competitive bids for a full body scanner, phone services, and food and medical services for inmates. Penick advised that Court he is working on his 2025 annual budget which is due to the Court by April 1, 2024.

The Court also approved annual incentive pay for Judge Executive Todd Mansfield, County Clerk Cindy O’Bryan, and Jailer Jeff Penick. This incentive pay, mandated by the state, varies based on the training hours each elected official completes.

The Todd County Waste Tire Collection Event is scheduled to be held March 7 and 8 from 7:30 to 2:30 and March 9 from 7:30 to 11:00 at 204 Elk Fork Road Elkton, KY.

The event is sponsored by the Todd County government in partnership with the KY Division of Waste Management. Any Kentucky resident is eligible to participate except tire retailers, scrap/salvage yards, or recycling facilities.

For questions, residents may contact Scott Stokes at 270-265-5262.

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