Area residents are encouraged to show their support and help cheer on wounded Fort Campbell soldiers, who are participating in a 164-mile bike ride this month.
Residents are invited to line up at the last portion of the route and show their support for 12 local soldiers participating in the bike ride.
Organizers say the riders will be on Tylertown Road, Trenton Road, Tiny Town Road and then Fort Campbell Boulevard on Wednesday, September 25th sometime around 1 p.m.
Officials say the 12 Fort Campbell soldiers, who are assigned to the post’s Warrior Transition Unit will meet a group of Fort Knox soldiers and their support staff at Fort Knox on Tuesday, September 24th and ride the first 97 miles to Bowling Green.
Officials say after an overnight stay, the group of approximately 40 riders will bike the remaining 67 miles on Wednesday, September 25th to Fort Campbell.
Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion staff and soldiers, as well as the 101st Airborne Division Band, will welcome the returning riders with a finish line celebration.
Christian County Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill talks with Montgomery Co. Director of Schools B.J. Worthington
The Christian County Public School System and Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Schools have never formally worked together as partners in recent history, but they will attempt to do just that over the next four years as they spend a $4.5 million grant from the Department of Defense.
The grant money was awarded to both school systems because of their proximity to Fort Campbell. Numbers provided show about 27 percent of students in Montgomery County are military dependents and the figure is 20 percent in Christian.
Few specifics were given on how the funds will be spent, but Christian County Schools Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill says a large chunk will be spent hiring social workers, other employees and on technology. The University of Kentucky is also a partner in the grant and they will do the data analysis.
Ms. Gemmill says the transient nature of the military family necessitates an extra effort from the school systems to meet those students’ needs.
A good mix of Fort Campbell and Hopkinsville organizations were winners at the Freedom Friday chili cookoff in downtown Hopkinsville.
Junior Auxillary won the grand prize for their chili, the Armed Services YMCA of Fort Campbell won first place and FP International took second place. The AUSA won best theme and the crowd favorite was the Hopkinsville Public Works Department.
The Hopkinsville Fire Department has won the cookoff on multiple occasions in past years and Deputy Chief Eric Bleidt says it has become a popular tradition with fire-fighters.
The Salute Week series continues Saturday morning with the annual “Trot for Troops” at the Hopkinsville YMCA.
Christian County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Director Kensley McLellan says Fort Campbell's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment will be featured in the event raising money for a good cause.
Ms. McLellan says the racing begins at 8 o'clock and she is hoping for a good show of support from the community.
The Trot for Troops has become a tradition in Hopkinsville over the last several years.
Tomorrow is Freedom Friday and that means crowds will converge on downtown Hopkinsville for the annual chili cookoff.
Christian County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Director Kinsley McLellan says residents can start showing up at 4 o'clock and there will be food and fun for people of all ages.
Ms. McLellan says after the chili is judged, there will be a fireworks display and then a family-friendly movie shown at West Side Park.
The winner of the chili cookoff will receive a $1,000 cash prize and smaller prizes are given to second through fourth place and to the best themed booth and crowd favorite. Freedom Friday is part of the Salute Week Series.