Officials with the American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types due to a shortage of donations last month and the first week of July.
Officials say blood donations were donations were down nation wide about 10 percent last month and officials are hoping donors will roll up their sleeves again and give the gift of life.
CEO for the American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region, Tim Ryerson says every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood and each day, donations come up short and less blood is available for patients in need.
Officials say each day, the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region needs approximately 600 donors and donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give.
Officials say there is also an urgent need for platelet donations since platelets are a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients.
Red Cross officials will be conducting blood drives in Caldwell, Christian, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg Counties to help boost donation levels throughout this month.
Officials have scheduled two blood drives to take place on the Fort Campbell military post.
The first blood drive is scheduled for Friday at the Byrd Health Clinic and the other to take place Friday, July 26th at the commissary on post.
Governor Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff tomorrow in honor of a fallen Fort Campbell soldier.
According to the Department of Defense, 26-year old Sergeant Corey E. Garver, of Topsham, Maine, died June 23rd, in Zormat, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Funeral services and interment for Sergeant Garver will be held on tomorrow afternoon at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Governor Beshear urges individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.
Hundreds of thousands of civilian defense workers, including those that work at Fort Campbell will be experiencing mandatory furloughs starting today due to deep cuts to the Department of Defense’s budget in an effort to save money across the board.
Fort Campbell Garrison Commander, Colonel David Dellinger says furloughing of civilian workers is not ideal and commended each worker for their continued dedication to the armed services, despite facing financial strife.
A dog rescued by a Fort Campbell soldier from the Christian County Animal Shelter following the fire in March is now receiving formal training to be a PTSD service animal.
Kris Magstadt of Clarksville came to the shelter looking to foster a dog as a way to help until things at the building were back to normal. He says a Yellow Labrador mix named Cissie stuck out because of her calm demeanor.
Cissie is with Magstadt to stay now and he says she's receiving service animal training in Clarksville to assist with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.
Several of the cats and dogs fostered following the fire were adopted into their foster homes, but there are still many needing forever homes. The shelter is again operating at full capacity and construction continues on an addition to the building.
There is no better way to celebrate Independence Day than by welcoming home Fort Campbell soldiers returning from their nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.
About 140 soldiers assigned to the 5-41st Transportation Company, which is attached to the 101st Sustainment Brigade returned home with family and friends anxiously awaiting their arrival.
1-29th Combat Sustainment Support Chaplain, Captain Adam Myer offered a brief prayer to welcome home the soldiers.