A top ranking military official paid a visit to Fort Campbell troops, who were training at Fort Polk, Louisiana over the weekend.
101st Airborne Division Commanding General, Major General John McConville traveled to the desolate Joint Readiness Training Center to meet with soldiers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1-32nd Cavalry Regiment.
Major General McConville says it is important for him to visit with local troops prior to their upcoming deployment.
Following the meet and greet with troops, Major General McConville says he is confident that the Brigade and soldiers assigned to the Cavalry regiment were ready for their rendezvous with destiny in Afghanistan.
Kentucky State Police have released details of the wreck Saturday night on the Pennyrile Parkway just north of Hopkinsville.
The incident happened around 8:50 near the 15 mile-marker, according to the report from KSP, which says 24-year old Laura Gossett of Clarksville was northbound when she noticed a vehicle stopped in front of her.
Ms. Gossett slammed on her brakes and began to slide into the median, before over-correcting and side-swiping a vehicle driven by 40-year old Jennifer Matheny of Dawson Springs. Gosett’s car temporarily turned onto its side before going upright again.
Ms. Gossett was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
The heat is back on in western Kentucky, but many people must work outside to make a living no matter what the conditions are.
As previously reported, an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for all of western Kentucky through Thursday evening. Temperatures will top out in the mid to upper 90’s each day and high humidity will make it feel like 105 or greater.
Hopkinsville Fire Department Battalion Chief Freddie Montgomery says the main goal for anyone who must work outside should be to drink plenty of fluids to keep the body hydrated.
Montgomery says limiting the amount of time you spend out in the hot sun can go a long way in staying safe, as well.
It won’t be as hot as it was earlier in the summer when the mercury reached 107 degrees in Hopkinsville, but the humidity was much lower then, meaning the “feels like” temperature was nearly the same as the actual temperature on those days.
The National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Warning instead of a Heat Advisory when the heat wave is expected to last for a prolonged period of time.
Christian Fiscal Court will hold a public meeting at 8 O’clock Tuesday morning regarding a proposed tax incentive for the developers of the Oak Grove Village.
County government is considering joining the state and City of Oak Grove in offering a tax increment financing plan to the developers of the multi-million dollar proposed development.
The “TIF,” as it’s often called, would refund 80-percent of increased property tax revenue that would have went to the county back to the developer to pay for infrastructure for the next 20 years. It would not refund tax dollars that go to schools, the health department or to the extension office.
Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says the public meeting is a requirement for such a measure to ever receive a final vote.
Now that the state and city have already given their blessing to “TIF” measures, Judge Tribble hopes such action by the county would allow the proposed mall and other developments to go forward.
If the proposed project were to somehow fall through, the county would not be out any money under a “TIF” because it would still receive taxes on the land at its current rate as mostly agriculture territory.
That meeting is at 8am in the upstairs of the Christian County Courthouse.
For the second time this month, a Clarksville child has gotten a hold of a parent’s gun and fired—with a three-year old injured in the most recent incident.
Clarksville Police responded to 139 Buttermore Drive around 5pm Sunday afternoon after a very distraught mother called 911 saying her toddler shot himself in the foot.
The mother said she was in the kitchen when she heard the gun go off and found the child on the couch. The boy’s mother applied pressure to the wound and elevated it until EMS arrived.
The boy was taken by helicopter to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says police plead with parents to be sure all firearms are secured to avoid becoming a victim of a similar incident.