Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says he is not backing down from proposing a smoking ban within city limits.
Mayor Kemp says he plans to propose a smoke-free ordinance during the May 24th Hopkinsville Committee of the Whole meeting and is hopeful that council members will then forward the proposed ordinance to the regular council meeting on June 5th for first reading.
If approved, smoking in public places will be prohibited along with restaurants.
Mayor Kemp says there are several reasons why the proposed ordinance will help improve the well-being of residents.
Mayor Kemp says it’s the right thing to do and that the smoke-free ordinance will not have a detrimental affect on local businesses that currently allows patrons to light up.
About 40 cities in the Commonwealth have implemented a smoke-free ordinance.
A Christian County residence is destroyed following a fire this morning.
Fire-fighters from multiple departments responded to the 2307 Dogwood Kelly Road residence of Laura and Nathan Crowe with the initial call about the residential fire going out around 11:30 a.m.
The residence was reportedly fully engulfed in flames when firefighters from the West Side and Lacy Fire Departments first arrived on the scene.
According to neighbors, the family was not home at the time of the blaze, except for Laura Crowe, who managed to escape without any injuries.
Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that he has recovered another $1.75 million dollars on behalf of the state’s Medicaid program as a result of a settlement involving the negligence of a pharmaceutical company.
The lawsuits, which were filed by the Office of the Attorney General alleges that Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc. along with several other drug companies, published inflated and deceptive prices for their drugs, compared to the actual prices they charged their customers.
Since January 2008, The Office of the Attorney General has collected over $230 million dollars for the state and federal Medicaid programs.
Attorney General Jack Conway says this is the latest in a number of settlements in so-called average wholesale price lawsuits filed by his office against 47 of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the country.
To report allegations of Medicaid fraud, contact the Attorney General’s Tip line at 1-877-228-7384.
Fire-fighters from multiple departments responded to a house fire in Christian County this morning.
The initial call went out around 11:30 of a fire at 2307 Dogwood-Kelly Road, with West Side and Lacy Fire Department members the first responding.
The residence was fully engulfed in flames when the first unit arrived. Residents were home at the time of the blaze, but there were no reports of injuries.
Todd County Fiscal Court approved first reading of its budget for the upcoming fiscal year this morning, in addition to proposed administrative changes.
The 6.6 million dollar budget includes 317-thousand dollars for the new Todd County Justice Center slated to open this summer. Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield said 242-thousand dollars of that amount should be refunded to the county by the Administrative Office of the Courts, leaving the county with an expense of 75-thousand dollars for start-up costs.
The Administrative Code changes include reducing the number of vacation and sick hours accrued each month for most county employees in exchange for a 75 cents per hour raise for full-time employees and a 50 cents per hour raise for part-time workers.
Judge Greenfield says the well-publicized move has been received well by most employees, but not so well at all by a few.
The Judge says the budget didn’t vary much from the one agreed upon at a meeting last week, with only a few minor tweeks.
In other action, Fiscal Court approved purchasing a car for the ambulance service, which will also be used by the dispatch center. The vehicle will be purchased used and will replace a car that is no longer in service due to mechanical problems.