The number of Kentuckians diagnosed with diabetes has steadily increased over the years.
According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 355,000
Kentuckians were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010, compared to just 109,000 in 1994.
In the Hopkinsville-Christian County area, patients are often diagnosed and treated by staffers at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Congressman Ed Whitfield visited staffers at Jennie Stuart’s newly established wound healing center, which sees a lot of diabetic patients suffering from various injuries like diabetic ulcers.
While visiting with hospital staff, Congressman Whitfield spoke about recently introduced health care legislation.
Whitfield is also the co-chair of the diabetes caucus in the U.S. Congress and following his visit at Jennie Stuart, he stated he believed the hospital provided top-notch health care services.
The Task Force on Pensions continues to work on finding recommendations on how to save Kentucky’s state employee retirement system and one area lawmaker says it’s time to make some tough decisions.
16th District State Representative Martha Jane King says she doesn’t think benefits should be reduced for current retirees, but changes will have to be made to benefit packages for new-hires.
Representative King says governors and the General Assembly have tried the “wait and see” approach long enough hoping investments might improve—which just hasn’t happened.
Representative King says she would also change the formula for how the pension is calculated. Among those serving on the task force which hopes to make recommendations next year is Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville.
Ms. King represents Todd and Logan Counties.
Though no injuries were reported, several shots were fired in the vicinity of some juveniles in the Hayes Street area last night.
Hopkinsville Police investigated the incident in the 900-block of Hayes around 7:30, with several shell casings recovered.
The report says several youngsters were riding their bicycles in the area when several vehicles stopped.
Five adults exited the vehicles and began shooting at a person on the street.
The shooters re-entered their vehicles and fled the scene.
Tracy Robinson speaks at Monday afternoon's groundbreaking/photo by Adam May
A ground-breaking ceremony was held in Guthrie this afternoon for a project that’s been a decade in the making.
About 70 people showed up in the downtown area of the south Todd County town to break ground for the Guthrie Transportation Museum and Welcome Center. Guthrie was built on the railroad industry and “Guthrie Partners for Main Street” Manager Tracy Robinson said it needed to be forever commemorated.
Perhaps as much as Guthrie is known for the railroad, it’s also known for being the birthplace of Pullitzer Prize winning Poet Robert Penn Warren. Ms. Robinson said the courage and strength a group of women showed decades ago to keep his homeplace in Guthrie as a museum inspired her to keep working to get the current project started.
The project is grant funded and construction will begin in the near future. Also speaking at the ceremony were Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall, State Representative Martha Jane King, Boogie Oliver with the Main Street Board and Guthrie Transportation Museum Board Chairman Matt Bailey.
Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall
Kentucky State Police arrested a Clarksville man on Friday after police allegedly found a large amount of illegal drugs.
31-year old Jeremy R. Wheeler of Clarksville was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana over five pounds, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI and other traffic related offenses.
On Friday, Trooper Ben Cox reported seeing Wheeler drive erratically two miles north of Trenton and then ditch his vehicle near a field and observed him running on foot through a bean field.
After a brief foot pursuit, Wheeler was taken into custody and upon further investigation, police say it was determined that he was under the influence and found to be in possession of a large amount of marijuana.
Wheeler remains lodged in the Todd County Detention Center.