Officials with the Hopkinsville-Christian County Salvation Army say household items are desperately needed for several local families that have been displaced as a result of the early morning fire at a downtown apartment complex.
Captain Mark Czanderna is asking residents to donate household goods like beds, couches, clothes and appliances for the families.
Hopkinsville residents will have to wait a little longer to find out whether or not a public smoking ban will take effect.
During last night’s council meeting, council members were split down the middle, with Mayor Dan Kemp having to vote and breaking the tie.
Council members Wesley Grimes, Paul Henson, Marby Schlegel, Patricia Bell,Ann Cherry and Jimmy Dossett voted against the smoking ban.
Councilman Dossett says he is disappointed that the public smoking ban ordinance passed on first reading during last night’s city council meeting.
Council members will be voting on the second reading of the ordinance at the October 16th meeting and if it passes, it will take effect on January 1st.
Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that a Christian County man was convicted of having child pornography.
A Christian County jury found former Fort Campbell soldier, 27-year-old Michael Myers of Oak Grove guilty yesterday on 12 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, which is considered to be a Class D felony.
The jury also recommended a sentence of one year per count to run concurrently.
Myers will also be required to register as a sex offender for a period of 20 years.
The case against Myers was the result of an undercover investigation by General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit in September of 2009.
A Christian County grand jury indicted Myers in January of 2010.
Myers will be sentenced on December 5, 2012.
Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched nearly 300 child pornography investigations and seized approximately 350,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet.
A Murray Police Officer and the resident of an apartment were taken to the hospital after a fire Tuesday morning.
The blaze happened just before 3:30, according to Murray Police, who say Officers responded to a call of a fire with a resident calling for help at 1401 North 16th Street.
When Officers Charles Holland, Jay Herndon and Josh Burkeen arrived, they entered the residence and located 63-year old Emma Pritchett through dense smoke. Fire-fighters arrived just as they found her and took her outside.
Ms. Pritchett was taken to Murray Calloway-County Hospital before being transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Cetner. Officer Holland was treated for smoke inhalation at the local hospital.
A theme for the 2013 Christian County Relay for Life has been announced.
A news release from spokesman Brandon Burke says the relay committee recently met and decided on “Don’t Play Games With Cancer” as the theme for next year’s event.
Early bird registration for the relay begins October 25th at the Hampton Inn from 3:30 until 6:30, with a committee meeting to also take place that evening.
There will also be a Relay for Life booth at this weekend’s Women’s Show at the Bruce Center from 10 until 6 Friday and 8 until noon Saturday. Relay for Life cancer survivor sign-ups will take place both days.
There will also be a Relay for Life ribbon cutting in front of the E.C. Green Cancer Center at noon on October 29th.