One of the major projects promoted by the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance is perhaps not as much of a sure thing as it once appeared to be, though officials remain “cautiously optimistic.”
Speaking at the League of Women Voters Legislative Breakfast Saturday, 3rd District State Senator Whitney Westerfield encouraged attendees to contact their U.S. Senators and Congressman Ed Whitfield in support of the Todd County Career Path Institute project.
Senator Westerfield said massive layoffs at Hemlock Semiconductor have placed a two million dollar federal grant that would put the technical center on the campus of Todd County Central High School into question.
Pennyrile Area Development District Assistant Director Jason Vincent says he simply doesn’t know what the outcome will be for the center, but he should hear something in the coming days and hopes it will be positive.
Amy Frogue with the PADD office says she has a meeting scheduled Monday with state officials to sign papers regarding the $500,000 grant that was intended to be the matching funds for the federal block grant. Christian Fiscal Court worked with Todd County in order to obtain those funds.
Todd County Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says letters from other local industries supporting the project have been obtained to show the federal government that there is a need for the center with or without Hemlock.
Todd County Industrial Foundation Board member Eston Glover reiterated that the project was never directly tied to Hemlock’s success, so its delays in getting started shouldn’t stop the center from becoming a reality.
Hopkinsville Community College would administer the learning programs at the Todd Career Path Institute to high school students and adults alike. The high school students would be able to earn dual credit for classes taken in Elkton that some travel to Russellville to take now.
The Kentucky General Assembly goes back into session tomorrow morning and one bill that’s made the rounds the last several years will be on the docket again.
The so-called “dropout bill” would raise the minimum high school dropout age from 16 to 18 years old. Many states have already made the move and 8th District State Representative John Tilley says he has always supported Kentucky jumping on board.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett says he’d like to see the students stay in school until they are 18 as well, but he wants school systems to offer more job skill programs for students who are not interested in college to prepare them for the real world.
The legislators made the comments at Saturday’s League of Women Voters legislative preview breakfast.
One man was killed in a Clarksville house fire early this morning and another was pulled from the blaze by police officers.
A news release from Clarksville Police Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says Officer Gary Mefford was on a traffic stop on Providence Boulevard around 1:50am when he spotted flames coming from a house on Cave Street.
He notified dispatchers and several officers responded to the scene along with the fire department. Officers beat on the doors and eventually saw a man inside one of the only rooms not on fire.
Police broke a window to get inside and roused him from his sleep and pulled 50-year old Matilla Hernandez-Castellano to safety. It was thought at the time that Castellano was the only person in the home, but fire-fighters would later learn that a man in his late 20’s had died in the blaze.
The Clarksville Fire Department remained on the scene until about 6am. The name of the deceased individual will be released pending family notification.
More details are now known about the house fire on Church Street from Saturday night.
The report from the Hopkinsville Fire Department says four trucks and 12 fire-fighters responded to 1908 Church St. around 7pm and found smoke coming from the residence. The blaze was mostly contained to the attic, though firefighters had to take out part of a bedroom ceiling to get to some of the flames.
Approximately six thousand dollars worth of damage was done to the home owned by Andrea Hardy of Hopkinsville. No one was injured and the cause is listed as undetermined.
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Three people were arrested on methamphetamine charges early Saturday morning in Hopkinsville.
Christian County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Hawkins was called to a Riverview Drive residence just after 2am and writes on the report that he found a smell of chemicals and two windows open despite the freezing temperatures.
Deputy Hawkins writes he also saw a flame inside the residence, which he later says he determined to be evidence being destroyed. After further investigation, police arrested 26-year old Timothy Barry of Riverview Drive, 25-year old Ronnie Cowan, Jr. of Pardue Lane and 34-year old Brandon Lee of Owensboro on manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug-related charges.
All three were lodged in the Christian County Jail.