The annual Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Service Awards Dinner took place Friday with many local firefighters being recognized for their service and sacrifice.
The recipients of this year’s Firefighters of the Year for their respective stations included: Liza Kurt with the Rescue Squad, Jason Smith with the Palmyra Station, Shaun Arms with the Cunningham Station, Thomas Higgins with the St. Bethlehem Station, Jamie Sensing with the East Montgomery Station and John Bateman with the Woodlawn Station.
Montgomery County officials say Shaun Arms was also given the high honor of being selected as the Overall Firefighter of the Year for 2012.
Arms has been a volunteer firefighter since 2006 and currently serves with the Cunningham Volunteer Fire Service.
The awards banquet took place at the William O. Beach Civic Hall.
In honor of Election Day, Clarksville residents and visitors are invited to ride Clarksville Transit System buses for free all day long.
Officials say they are offering the free rides for a number of reasons.
CTS Director, Jimmy Smith says by offering free rides, he hopes residents will be encouraged to get out and vote, while enjoying public transportation.
Buses will operate on nine specific routes that will circulate through the downtown Transit Center at 200 Legion Street.
Fare for a one-way bus ride usually costs about $1.50, but all rides and transfers will be free on Tuesday.
CTS buses operate from 5 a.m. through 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday’s bus routes begin at 7 a.m.
Clarksville Police say they conducted yet another successful impaired driving saturation patrol over the weekend.
Police say between Friday and Saturday, eight motorists were charged with DUI, while eight more people were charged with driving on a revoked or suspended license, 13 people were cited for not having insurance and 50 people were cited for speeding.
In addition, police charged four people for public intoxication, two people for simple possession and two people for implied consent and unlawful drug paraphernalia.
Police say 126 vehicles were stopped and that 135 charges were levied against people, who were stopped in their vehicles during the saturation patrol.
The impaired driving saturation patrol was partially funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
Cadiz Police are investigating a string of commercial burglaries that all occurred early this morning.
Police say a male suspect entered the following businesses: Hancock’s Neighborhood Market located at 44 Commerce Street, Fortner Gas Company located at 12 Fortner Drive, Goodwin Insurance located at 202 Merchant Street, Parker’s Quik Lube located at 134 Merchant Street and El Bracero Restaurant located at 80 Merchant Street.
Police say the male suspect also attempted to gain entry to Coldwell Banker Service 1st Realty located at 110 Merchant Street, but was unsuccessful.
Cadiz Police were first notified around 0240 a.m. by a deliveryman, who noticed that the front glass door at Hancock’s Market had been busted out.
When officers responded to the scene at Hancock’s Market, officers reported the store was burglarized and merchandise from the business was stolen.
When officers finished processing and investigating the scene, they also observed a door wedged open at Fortner Gas Company and determined a burglary occurred there.
Police say a continued investigation also determined that alarms at Fortner Gas, Goodwin Insurance and El Bracero were disabled.
Preliminary investigation indicates that forcible entry was gained to each of the businesses and that an undetermined amount of cash was taken from each business in addition to the damage caused by entry.
The suspect is described as a white male, being between 45 and 55 years old, between 5-8 and 5-10 tall, and weighs between 140 and 160 pounds.
A silver vehicle was seen on surveillance video prior to the first burglary and police say it’s unclear whether or not the vehicle was driven by the suspect.
Anyone with information as to the identity or location of the suspect, are urged to call 270-522-8369.
Police in Trigg County are asking for the public’s help in solving a series of burglaries in downtown Cadiz from last night.
A message on the Cadiz-Trigg County Crime Stoppers Facebook page says several burglaries happened on Merchant Street and Commerce Street.
Anyone with information on the incidents should call the anonymous tips line at 270-522-INFO. Information that leads to an arrest in the case will result in a cash reward for the tipster.
Police have not released any other information on the incidents.