Only two TVA Megasites are left unsold in the region, including the Hopkinsville location, but officials are still optimistic for its future.
The Tennessee Valley Authority designated seven sites as ready for major development several years ago, saying they had the necessary infrastructure to support a large industry.
Out of those seven, only the Hopkinsville site and West Tennessee site remain vacant. Hopkinsville-Christian County Economic Development Council Director Mitch Robinson says he believes that will change when the economy improves.
Robinson says his office will continue to market the site along with TVA to one day bring much-needed jobs to the area.
The TVA Megasite in Clarksville was sold several years ago to Hemlock Semiconductor, which continues the construction process. Toyota and Volkswagen were among the other major corporations which purchased Megasites.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Dawson Springs Road man Monday evening for allegedly raping and molesting two teen girls.
The arrest warrant for 62-year old Myron Parker of Dawson Springs Road, Crofton says he allegedly began forcing the girls into sexual conduct with him in April and it continued into this month.
The alleged conduct happened no less than seven times, with Parker accused of threatening to harm the victims if they told anyone.
Parker is charged with three counts of rape and 14 counts each of sodomy and sexual abuse. He is lodged in the Christian County Jail on 100-thousand dollars bond.
A local woman was arrested on child abuse charges last week for allegedly leaving scars and wounds on her four-year old daughter with a belt.
Charged with criminal abuse is 23-year old Brittany Quarles of Greenville Road. The Christian County Sheriff’s Office was called to Quarles’ apartment by social workers regarding possible abuse.
The victim showed police scars and wounds on her back and showed police the belt her mother allegedly used to inflict the damage.
The arrest card says Quarles initially denied the abuse, but would later admit to “beating” the girl with the belt. Police say the wounds matched the design of the belt.
Quarles is in the Christian County Jail on ten thousand dollars bond.
The so-called “Pill Mill Bill” that passed the Kentucky General Assembly this year is being implemented in a way some state lawmakers say it was never intended to be used.
The Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee met recently, where State Senator Joey Pendleton brought up the legislation that was meant to force doctors to use the CASPER prescription tracking system to cut down on “doctor shopping” and to stop pain clinics from profiting from their eagerness to prescribe addictive medications.
Senator Pendleton says the State Licensure Board has attached further regulations on 15 additional medications without General Assembly approval requiring some patients to be drug tested before they can receive pills they were already prescribed in the past.
Senator Pendleton says the drug testing requirement isn’t happening everywhere in Kentucky yet, but he has heard of multiple cases in Logan County and other lawmakers have in northern Kentucky.
The General Assembly will have the ability to vote down those regulations in next year’s session and he says there is bi-partisan support to go back to the original intent of the bill.
The senator says the regulations are not only a burden to residents, it will also be a burden to the Medicaid system.
The State Licensure Board is made up of medical professionals and is appointed by the governor.
Three juveniles avoided injury late last night when a woman allegedly drove her vehicle into their home and then drove away.
The incident happened around 11:15 at 307 East 21st Street, where a witness called the ECC after seeing a silver vehicle run a stop sign before plowing into a residence.
Police used a vehicle description and located the vehicle in the alley between Bryan Street and East 18th. The vehicle’s driver, 23-year old Samantha Martin of Hopkinsville, soon arrived and admitted to the incident. She said she fled the scene because she was scared.
Martin reportedly said her brakes had been malfunctioning, but that she decided to go ahead and drive the vehicle and that was what caused her to hit the home.
Three female teens were in the severely damaged home, but none of them were hurt. Martin was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and three counts of wanton endangerment.