There could soon be new tornado sirens in three Todd County communities, if a federal grant application is approved.
Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley asked fiscal court to be the pass through agent for a potential grant at Friday morning’s meeting, which they agreed to do.
The sirens would cost Elkton and Trenton $2,000 each in matching funds and $4,000 to Guthrie because they want two.
Pulley explained the county’s strategy in where to reach the most people with the sirens.
In other business, court approved final reading of the 6.6 million dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year and final reading of the administrative code changes that reduce vacation and sick time accrual for county employees in exchange for a pay raise.
County Attorney Mac Johns said the county will start considering its tax rates to fund the budget later this summer, with Judge Executive Darryl Greenfield already on the record as saying he supports keeping the rates where they are.
The Eggner’s Ferry Bridge was reopened today and officials say a crowd was gathered early in the morning to be among the first to cross.
Pedestrians and bikers were allowed to cross hours before vehicle traffic was let through and Highway Department spokesman Keith Todd said there was a crowd gathered before the advertised time of 9am.
Hall Contracting of Louisville came in a couple days ahead of its deadline and traffic will now be able to use the eastern entrance to the Land Between the Lakes just in time for the peak of the summer tourism season.
The Bridge had been closed since the Delta Mariner Cargo Vessel knocked out a 322-foot span January 26th.
The Christian County Animal Shelter held its much-anticipated drawing for a free gas grill this morning.
Raffle tickets had been sold for the last several weeks for the chance to win a gas grill donated by Tractor Supply. Animal Shelter Director Irene Grace says Brenda Robinson of Manchester, Tennessee was the name drawn by Judge-Executive Steve Tribble in a morning ceremony at the store on the east side of the bypass.
Ms. Grace says the raffle brought in 850 dollars for the animal shelter. She also says the shelter is in desperate need of homes for cats and kittens, as the feline population at the shelter has dramatically increased the last several days.
The adoption fees for cats are being reduced in most cases to help those animals find homes as soon as possible.
A series of unusual thefts at the Hopkinsville and Oak Grove Wal-Marts were solved recently and the Fort Campbell soldier accused of being the culprit was arrested last night.
Arrested on the strength of two warrants for theft charges was 27-year old Christian McCray of Fort Campbell.
The warrants allege that McCray went to the two stores a combined 11 times and would purchase items such as computers and televisions with a credit card. Police say he would immediately go back into the store, get an identical item and walk out a different door to show his receipt to a different Wal-Mart greeter.
McCray allegedly used the plan from March 15th until May 17th and had stolen over 65-hundred dollars worth of merchandise. He is charged with several counts of theft and was lodged in the Christian County Jail.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating a series of major thefts at a local factory.
The alleged crimes took place between April 25th and Thursday, when someone removed nearly 83-hundred dollars worth of equipment from Meritor on Bill Bryan Boulevard—including a 65-hundred dollar industrial meter and several large pieces of copper wiring.
A suspect is listed on the report and the investigation continues.