There was more talk of a potential natural gas line and an upcoming vote on property taxes at this morning's Todd Fiscal Court meeting.
No one spoke at a public hearing regarding keeping the property tax rate the same as the current fiscal year and first reading of an ordinance will come at a special-called meeting Monday morning at 8.
Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says he and County Attorney Mac Johns met with Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan this week about the potential new natural gas line that would cut through several pieces of property on the eastern and south end of the county and he came away believing that city isn't interested in a plan that would benefit Todd County.
Clarksville is threatening to make an imminent domain case if the county and property owners don't comply, but Judge Greenfield says he isn't sure they have a case to make if they aren't willing to allow a potential new distributor in Todd County to sell gas to residential and industrial customers.
Judge Greenfield is urging property owners to not grant any easements to Clarksville under the current proposal and says they should not be intimidated by any scare tactics regarding imminent domain.
Jailer Greg Allen gave a positive report, saying there are 127 inmates being housed now, including 104 state inmates. Twenty of those state inmates came in to the facility on Friday of last week and Allen said four of those would have normally gone to the Marion Adjustment Center, which was recently closed by the state.
The legislative redistricting special session of the Kentucky General Assembly has concluded today and its main purpose was accomplished.
A bill containing both maps passed the Senate on a 35-2 vote and then passed the House on a 79-18 count. Third District Senator Whitney Westerfield said he was very pleased with the bi-partisan way the Senate went about crafting the maps, but he believes House Democrats put partisanship into drawing their lines.
First District Senator Stan Humphries says redistricting is one of the most difficult jobs the General Assembly has and was satisfied with the outcome in the upper chamber.
Senator Westerfield kept Christian, Todd and Logan counties, while Senator Humphries kept six of his seven counties in the west and only lost Carlisle.
In the House, Christian County remains split three ways, but part of the 4th District will stretch into its borders instead of the 15th, meaning Representative Brent Yonts will no longer represent any of Christian.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett will face 10th District Representative Ben Waide in a Republican primary next year and the winner could face opposition in the November general election.
A three-vehicle chain reaction accident on West 7th Street Wednesday afternoon sent two people to the hospital.
The incident happened at the intersection with North Drive around 4 p.m., according to the Hopkinsville Police report, which says 64-year old Howard Herndon of Elkton and 55-year old Cassandra Campbell of Hopkinsville were stopped at the traffic light when 46-year old Michael Morris of Gracey ran into the back of Campbell's vehicle.
The impact pushed Campbell's car into Higdon's pickup. Ms. Campbell and Higdon were taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries, while Morris went unhurt. Everyone involved was wearing a seatbelt.
The unemployment rate was down in seven of nine Pennyrile counties last month, but it was up significantly in Christian.
The Office of Employment and Training says the jobless rate in Christian County last month was 13.2 percent—up 1.5 percent from June and 2.4 percent from a year ago. That equates to 3,601 people who were looking for work, but unable to find it.
Unemployment in Todd County was down four tenths of a point to 8 percent even, which was also three tenths less than a year ago. Trigg County's jobless rate was 10.5 percent, 1.4 percent higher than June and 2.5 percent higher than a year ago.
Christian had the highest unemployment rate in the Pennyrile region and Crittenden County was lowest at 7.6 percent. Woodford County had Kentucky's lowest jobless number at 5.8 percent, while Harlan County recorded the highest at 17.2 percent. Fulton County was fourth highest at 15.7 percent.
There will be a reception Friday afternoon to honor retiring Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin.
City Clerk Laura Brock says everyone is invited to attend and thank Chief Marklin for his 25 years of service to Elkton.
Ms. Brock says there will be refreshments and she knows it will be well-attended.
Retired Kentucky State Police Detective Jerry Pepper was hired as Marklin's replacement and he is already on the job. Marklin spent time as a Todd County sheriff's deputy and with the state park system before coming to the Elkton department. His last official day of employment is Aug. 30.