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.
The House State Government Committee has passed its legislative redistricting bill, which now has an emergency clause due to legal reasons.
The bill made it out of 15th District Representative Brent Yonts' House State Government Committee on a 25-4 vote, with three Republicans and one Democrat voting “no.”
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke says the emergency clause comes because of ongoing lawsuits. The old maps have been deemed constitutional and putting the emergency clause would allow any potential special election to be run in the new boundaries.
Representative Dossett says he plans to make a floor speech when the bill comes before the full House, partly over his concerns about Christian County being split four ways.
The bill that passed committee doesn't include any changes in the map proposed last week for western Kentucky, according to Yonts and Dossett.
Third District State Senator Whitney Westerfield says the upper chamber is letting the House go first. He says they will amend the bill with their map and everything should wrap up by the end of the week.
Legislative redistricting is required by state law every 10 years to reflect shifts in population.
A fire that destroyed a mobile home on Stringtown Road in Todd County Monday morning has been deemed suspicious.
The former resident of the 2864 Stringtown Road residence passed away earlier this summer and no one was in the trailer when it burned around 4:15 a.m.
Todd County Sheriff Joey Johnson says his department is looking into the fire, as he believes it to be suspicious.
Fire-fighters from Allegre, Elkton, Honey Grove and Fairview responded to the blaze and no one was injured in the incident.