After being pushed back several times, the new Todd County Justice Center will open sometime this summer, meaning a significantly greater security presence will be required in a much larger building.
Todd County Sheriff Joey Johnson addressed the matter at this morning’s Todd Fiscal Court meeting, saying part-time bailiffs will soon need to be hired—which is a long tedious process including lie detector tests and criminal background checks.
Sheriff Johnson says up to seven deputies will eventually be needed in the justice center, though the county could choose to go with a mixture of bailiffs and security guards. Security guards do not have the authority to arrest and would have to wait for a bailiff or sheriff’s deputy to arrive if there were to be an emergency, while Bailiffs have the same authority as a deputy.
Todd County Attorney Mac Johns says there are good points to be made on both sides of whether to hire bailiffs or security guards, but the ultimate goal is for the center to be as safe as possible.
The court took no action, but was receptive to making a budget transfer in the near future to pay for the training for three bailiffs before the county establishes a new and separate fund for all things relating to the new justice center on West Main Street.
In other action, Todd County Treasurer Tammy Robertson and Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield agreed the county is in good shape financially at this point in the year, with most items at or near where the budget said they would be.
Governor Beshear has wasted no time in calling lawmakers back to Frankfort next week for a special legislative session to pass a transportation budget and a prescription abuse bill.
Lawmakers adjourned this year's legislative session late Thursday night without completing work on those two pieces of legislation. On Friday, Beshear called lawmakers back for a special session to begin Monday.
Beshear blamed Republican Senate President David Williams for thwarting passage of the bills. Williams pointed his finger back at Beshear, claiming he was playing politics.
Kentucky's divided legislature has a history of ending annual legislative sessions without budget agreements. The state's last three budgets were adopted in special legislative sessions called after they'd failed to reach accords on spending plans.
Two volunteer fire departments responded to a business fully engulfed in flames Thursday evening.
The call went out around 6:50 of a fire at Burkhead and Scott Inc. at 2497 Greenville Road. Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham says the employees of the solid waste business had just left for the day when the call of fire came out shortly after.
Graham said no one was injured and that two explosions initially reported by fire-fighters were likely tires burning inside the building. The blaze was contained to the structure, with several trailers and other equipment on the property going unharmed.
Smoke could be seen billowing into the sky from the blaze through much of Christian County, with Graham saying it's too early to say what may have caused the fire.
Photos provided by Courtney Clark
An afternoon fire reportedly caused extensive damage to a Hopkinsville residence.
Hopkinsville Fire Department Deputy Chief Eric Bleidt says three fire trucks responded to 901 Hurst Drive after receiving a call from ECC about the fire around 2:10.
Deputy Chief Bleidt says no one was injured as a result of the fire, but the single-story residence was severely damaged and he could not confirm or deny whether or not foul play was involved in the blaze.
Once on the scene, fire-fighters were able to quickly put out the fire and officials say an investigation remains ongoing concerning the cause of the blaze.
A Clarksville business owner recently expressed his gratitude to the Clarksville Police Department in a very large way.
Deok Kwon Nam, the owner Shogun Restaurant presented a personal donation of $1,000 to go towards the police department’s youth coalition.
Police say the youth coalition is a unique program which works with at risk juvenile offenders.
The check was presented to Deputy Police Chief Frankie Gray, Officer Tony Marshall, Chaplain David Lee and Sergeant J.W. Hunt.