The Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council heard from a representative of the Medical Reserves Corps during its regular quarterly meeting Tuesday.
Todd County Health Department Preparedness Planner Robbie McLellan helps lead the Todd-Christian branch of the Medical Reserves Corps, which is part of a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities.
McLellan says there used to be two separate branches for Todd and Christian counties until funding for the program was cut. He says the objective is not just responding to disasters, they also work to help prepare residents for when the worst happens.
McLellan says the Medical Reserves Corps was doing routine medical treatments for participants and spectators at the Boston Marathon this year until two terrorists set off bombs, injuring dozens in the crowd and making those volunteers extremely valuable.
In other action, Hopkinsville Fire Inspector Cecelia Cloos, Doctor Deanna Staples and Chairman Dan Nicholson gave an update on National Preparedness Month activities, which have included participation in several festivals and events across the nine county region. The Council also held a moment of silence in honor of longtime member and Trigg County Emergency Management Director Randy Wade, who passed away last month.
photo from Logan Schools website
A bomb threat at an elementary school is being investigated in Logan County.
Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whitaker says the threat was received via email before the school day began at Chandlers Elementary School.
Sheriff Whitaker says his department will continue to investigate where the threat came from and he had deputies remaining on the scene throughout the day as a precaution.
Chandlers Elementary is located on Morgantown Road.
Pennyrile Electric President Eston Glover of Elkton has been reappointed to a state board.
Governor Steve Beshear selected Glover to serve another term on the Bluegrass State Skills board of directors.
Glover's term will expire July 5, 2017.
The fall festival season is here and a large crowd is expected to converge on downtown Guthrie this weekend for Heritage Days.
The festivities kick off Friday night with a re-enactment of the Great Guthrie Mail Robbery of 1938. Heritage Days Chairman Boogie Oliver encourages those attending to get there early and to bring a chair.
Oliver says it's hard to come up with an exact figure for attendance over the years, but Heritage Days is Guthrie's biggest event on the calendar.
Activities continue through the day Saturday and include a fireworks show at 10 p.m. More information, including a full schedule of events, is available on the Todd County Community Alliance website.
Todd Fiscal Court approved final reading of its property tax rates at a special called meeting this morning.
The rate for real property will remain at 9.9 cents per $100 of assessed value and the vote was unanimous. Before and after the meeting, many were still discussing the previous night's public open house regarding Clarskville's proposed natural gas line that will run through several properties east and south of Elkton on the way to Montgomery County.
The Kentucky General Assembly will be looking to change state laws regarding eminent domain during next year's session in response to the Bluegrass Pipeline impacting 13 counties in other parts of the state, but Todd County Attorney Mac Johns says the local case will be a federal issue.
District 5 Magistrate Jimmy Turner represents much of southern Todd County and says none of his constituents will give easements to Clarksville Gas and Water and he'll do whatever he can to help stop the project.
The tax rates were the only item on the agenda for the special-called meeting.