Governor Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson are urging Kentuckians to apply for the earned income tax credit.
Governor Beshear says thousands of low to middle-income Kentuckians are eligible for assistance.
Beshear made the announcement as part of National Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, and launched his annual campaign to urge eligible Kentuckians to apply for the tax credit.
Officials say the E-I-T-C is a refundable federal tax credit for low- and middle-income working individuals and families.
The governor was quoted as saying that despite being employed, many hardworking Kentuckians and their families face financial struggles and this credit is a valuable resource they can use to help buy food and clothes, pay bills and more.
In 2011, Kentuckians filed nearly 401,000 EITC claims for a total of more than $905 million in benefits statewide.
According to the Internal Revenue Service an estimated 15 to 20 percent of eligible workers still do not claim their EITC benefits, mostly due to lack of awareness.
The Hopkinsville Police Department conducted another “warrants and summons blitz” Wednesday, serving several dozen by the time the effort was done.
A news release says Warrants Officer John Bracey and seven other officers conducted a five-hour detail in which they focused on serving as many warrants and summonses as possible.
When it was over, nine warrants and 30 summonses had been served, with six of those individuals arrested. Public Information Officer Paul Ray says there is a distinctive correlation between people wanted on warrants for other crimes and their committing new crimes before being located.
Officer Ray says Wednesday’s effort helped get wanted people off the streets, thus possibly helping to prevent future crimes in Hopkinsville.
Hopkinsville Police charged a local man with multiple offenses, including fleeing and evading police last night.
47-year old Gregory Barker of Hopkinsville is charged with failure to use or improper signal, operating a motor vehicle under the influence with aggravated circumstances, no operators license and fleeing or evading police and contempt of court.
Police say Barker made a right turn from West 14th Street onto West 15th and failed to use a turn signal and made a wide turn onto the wrong side of the roadway.
During the course of the vehicle pursuit, police say Barker fled on foot in the area of West 7th Street after he stopped his vehicle in the roadway.
When questioned by police he admitted that he ran from police because he did not have a driver’s license.
ECC verified that Barker did not have a valid license.
Barker was taken into custody without incident and refused to submit a breath test.
The owner of the vehicle was contacted by authorities and stated he was unaware that anyone had his vehicle and wished to report it stolen.
An extended period of freezing rain overnight has left roads across the area in treacherous condition, with anyone who can stay home advised to do so this morning.
All public and private schools are closed in Christian County, while public schools are also closed in Todd, Trigg, Montgomery and Muhlenberg County. A winter weather advisory remains in effect through 9am for our western Kentucky Counties and for our middle Tennessee counties until noon.
Several wrecks have been reported throughout the area and at least two people on foot have fallen and possibly broken bones in Christian County this morning.
Christian County Road Department Superintendent Chuck Chambers says residents should stay at home this morning, if at all possible.
Chambers says his crews are working to treat the roads, but it’s slow going because of the conditions.
Brent Gilkey of Pennyrile Electric said there were no power outages reported as of about 7am.
You can find a complete listing of our closings and cancellations on our websites by clicking on the snowflake at the upper right hand portion of the screen. We are also posting up to date information on our Facebook page. Stay tuned to the WHOP Family of Stations for the latest on the weather situation.
Update: The victim has been identified as 21-year old Kimberly Johnson of Fairview. More details coming.
A Todd County woman was killed in a single-vehicle wreck in Pembroke early this morning.
Few Details are available, but initial reports indicated the incident happened around 1am on West Nashville Street in Pembroke when a woman ran off the road and her vehicle flipped.
She was pronounced dead on the scene and we will have more information as it becomes available.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. Christian County Deputy Coroner Mike Stokes said he was still waiting on family notification to release the name as of about 7:30, but did say the victim was a Todd County resident.