Retiazsha Chambers

Student Reporter

Retiazsha Chambers is a sophomore at Murray State University, majoring in agriscience technology with a minor in journalism.

Her hometown is Union City, Tennessee, but she spent most of her time in Hickman, Kentucky at Fulton County Schools. While in high school, Retiazsha was deeply involved in the National FFA Organization where she served as president her senior year, 4-H, and the National Beta Club. During her high school career, she competed and placed in multiple regional and state level competitions. As a result of her service, she soon began to enjoy public speaking and serving her community. 

Retiazsha has always appreciated a good story from the news and enjoys listening to NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts. She’s grateful for the opportunity to work with WKMS News and eager to expand her knowledge and experience in journalism.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear along with First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman participated in a memorial flag ceremony at the state Capitol in Frankfort to commemorate more than 3,300 Kentuckians who lost their lives to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Marshall County Health Department / Facebook

Some local health departments are seeing a flood of calls about COVID-19 vaccine availability for doses that may not arrive in the near future. 

Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

The Purchase District Health Department is providing a pre-registration vaccination form online for those who would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the region. 

UT Martin Student Government Association

After four months of demanding change, students at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) may be one step closer to their goal of creating a more diverse and inclusive education.

KCTCS / Twitter

Grammy-nominated artist Buffalo Stille from hip hop group “Nappy Roots” signed on to help promote the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship. During today’s virtual press conference hosted by Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems (KCTCS), Stille recalled his experiences as a college student and the struggles many face today to fund their education.

Governor Andy Beshear

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 4, 911 new COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth Thursday, the second highest daily report following the highest ever on Wednesday. 

Submitted by Misti Wagner

A pre-filed bill for the 2021 Kentucky general legislative session would classify unsafe amounts of mowed grasses left on a highway as criminal littering.

Governor Andy Beshear

Governor Andy Beshear during Thursday’s media coronavirus briefing reported 3,349 news cases of COVID-19. The commonwealth had 54 deaths Thursday, the most deaths the state has seen in one day. 

Britney Hargrove / Marshall County Parks

Teachers from Marshall County Schools will gear up in reindeer antlers and elf boots to spread holiday cheer at an annual light show in Benton, with many students missing out on their annual Christmas parties at school this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Andy Beshear during Tuesday’s media briefing on the coronavirus announced 84 acute care hospitals will receive the Moderna vaccine the week of Dec. 20 through Dec. 26 following the release of the Pfizer vaccine.