The Alabama woman accused of abandoning her son in Clarksville over the weekend has turned herself in to police.
Clarksville Police say 42-year old Cheryl Simpson showed up at the Montgomery County Jail to turn her self in around 5:45 and was charged with child neglect, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.
Ms. Simpson allegedly rear-ended a vehicle on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard Saturday night and drove away from her 16-year old son when he got out of the car following the incident in an attempt to keep his mother at the scene. The boy told police Simpson had been drinking alcohol prior to the wreck.
The teen’s father came from Ohio to pick him up and Simpson is in jail on 30-thousand dollars bond.
The Pennyrile Senior Games got underway this morning with bowling, but a majority of the events are yet to come.
Pam Rudd of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Recreation Department says Tuesday is when most of the fun begins.
Ms. Rudd says nearly 250 people have already signed up to participate and she’s expecting another big event.
People over the age of 50 from across several counties show up in Hopkinsville each year for the competitions.
A ceremonial groundbreaking will take place tomorrow afternoon for the new Hopkinsville downtown municipal building.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says the eight million dollar project will enhance downtown and eventually allow the Hopkinsville Police Department to move into the Lackey Municipal Building.
Mayor Kemp says not only will the new city hall be built where the old Planters Bank currently stands; there will also be an increase in parking space downtown as part of the project.
The ceremony is scheduled for 5:15 at 715 South Virginia Street.
Hopkinsville City Council will once again take up a smoking ordinance tomorrow night and could make changes to the version that passed through the Committee of the Whole last month.
The Committee passed a completely different kind of ordinance presented by Councilman Paul Henson, who proposed making restaurants choose to be smoking or non-smoking and to no longer allow them to feature separate sections.
Several council members voiced opposition to that proposal, including Peggy Rogers Everett who cited concerns for the health of the general public and employees.
Councilman Philip Brooks, who has voiced support for a ban of smoking in public places in the past, was absent from that meeting and he will likely be a factor this time around. Henson’s proposal passed on a 6-to-5 vote and a “no” vote by Brooks would have resulted in a tie.
Mayor Dan Kemp has been behind the smoking ban from the start and he would be able to cast the deciding vote on any tie when it comes to the ordinance or amendments. Tuesday night’s meeting will begin at 6:30 to allow members and the public time to attend other events going on in the city.
A local woman went to Jennie Stuart Medical Center Saturday night after a wreck in the drive-thru at a Fort Campbell Boulevard restaurant.
The Hopkinsville Police Report says 38-year old Kimberly Mealing of the city was stopped and ordering her food when she was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by 18-year old Holly Parker of Hopkinsville.
Ms. Parker told police she thought she was hitting the brake and hit the accelerator instead.
Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt and Ms. Mealing went to Jennie Stuart by private vehicle to be checked out for neck pain.