Christian Fiscal Court took a somewhat unusual step this morning in using the “revolving loan fund” to give a $33,000 grant to the Pennyroyal Regional Veterans Program Center.
The 50 bed home on Boles St. is scheduled to open next month to house homeless veterans, according to officials who were present at the meeting. The revolving loan fund has traditionally been a mechanism to lend money in exchange for job creation, but an exception was made for a cause all of the magistrates agreed was worthwhile.
District seven Magistrate David Collins was the only dissenting vote, but only because he believed the revolving loan fund was never intended for grant purposes.
Judge-Executive Steve Tribble explained why the county went along with giving the money to the shelter which will prepare veterans to be a productive member of society again.
Judge Tribble stressed his desire that more county and city governments will also be willing to make a contribution to the center.
Squire Rudolph Pettus abstained from voting on the matter. In other action, court approved several board appointments and learned there will only be one meeting in December on the 13th, barring something unforeseen.
Jailer Brad Boyd speaks to Christian Fiscal Court/photo by Adam May
Christian County Jailer Brad Boyd says it won’t be long before his facility sees the effects of Kentucky House Bill 463, which passed during this year’s session.
The penal code reform sponsored by State Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville was designed to rehabilitate first time possession drug offenders outside of jail and to implement sometimes harsher penalties to traffickers and violent offenders.
Boyd says 688 county jail inmates from across Kentucky and approximately 300 in state prisons will be set free January 3rd due to the bill, with the Christian County Jail losing approximately 30.
Boyd says that means a loss of about 942 dollars a day in revenues for holding state inmates and a little over $28,000 a year.
The Jailer said Christian County would have likely taken a bigger hit, had it not featured one of the better lockup drug rehabilitation programs in Kentucky.
Austin Peay State University has eclipsed another enrollment record this fall semester.
A news release from the Clarksville School says figures for the fall period show an enrollment of 10,873 students—an all-time school record.
APSU also awarded its highest number of degrees on record during the last academic year, a 13-percent increase from the previous year. Degree completions have risen at Austin Peay by 25 percent over the last five years.
Figures show approximately 60 of those students who graduated last academic year completed the chemical engineering program, which was designed to accommodate the Hemlock Semi-Conductor class. Those students were the first class of such graduates.
A Christian County Constable was arrested yesterday for allegedly being in possession of a stolen golf cart.
Hopkinsville police were dispatched to Bahama Drive yesterday afternoon after an employee of the Country Club identified a cart which was reported stolen in 2008. Police were able to match the serial number on the cart with one reported stolen three years ago and took the information to the Christian County Attorney’s office where an arrest warrant was issued for 41-year old District 5 Constable Mark Graham of Hopkinsville.
Graham was arrested around 5pm on receiving stolen property charges and lodged in the Christian County Jail, but is now out on bond. The golf cart is valued at $1,600 and was stolen June 9th, 2008 from the Country Club. At the time, employees of the Country Club told police someone broke into a secured building to take the golf cart.
Graham is the president of the Christian County Constables Association and has spoken at Christian Fiscal Court at least twice on behalf of constables who believe they should have a right to place lights and sirens on their vehicle without interference of county government.
The last time he spoke, Judge-Executive Steve Tribble told him his office received a complaint against Graham saying he was driving recklessly in north Christian County in his constable vehicle, which Graham denied.
A fire at an unoccupied home on Millbrooke Drive Sunday morning did significant damage.
The Hopkinsville Fire Department report says 10 fire-fighters and four trucks responded to 617 Millbrooke just before 4 O’clock. The home was fully involved with flames coming from the roof with the first unit arrived.
The cause of the blaze is listed as undetermined, with 55 thousand dollars worth of damage done to the 70 thousand dollar structure and all 10 thousand dollars worth of contents destroyed.
The residence was for sale and is owned by Peggy Phillips of Hopkinsville.