The Republican Caucus in the Kentucky House of Representatives has proposed its own legislative redistricting map for the upcoming special session.
House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover presented it in a press conference in Frankfort. It would pit two pairs of Republicans against each other, two pairs of Democrats and 15th District State Representative Brent Yonts would have to face Republican Representaitve C.B. Embry in next year's election.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke admits the map isn't likely to pass, but says it was meant to show that a fair and constitutional map could be passed.
The proposal would have Dossett representing all of southern Christian County and all of Todd County. He says he'd be happy with that scenario, considering his proximity and familiarity with Todd County.
Eighth District Representative John Tilley would have Hopkinsville and portions of north Christian under the propsoal and Representative Ben Waide of Madisonville would have a small sliver of north Christian. The special session begins August 19 and will last five days.
Officials in Todd County are still awaiting word on whether the Todd Career Path Institute will become a reality.
If a federal grant is approved, the technology center would be built on the campus of Todd County Central High School. Hopkinsville Community College would administer the curriculum and high school students and adults would be eligible to take classes in the day or evening.
Todd County School System Superintendent Wayne Benningfield says a series of questions from the Economic Development Administration about the project have been answered and he remains optimistic.
A $500,000 Community Development Block Grant has already been approved for the project.
Tomorrow is the first day of school in Todd County and Superintendent Wayne Benningfield says all the necessary preparations have been made.
Benningfield says district employees have been working hard all summer to get the buildings ready and everything will be a go when the first bell rings.
There will be upgrades in the curriculum this year, according to Benningfield, who says they will mainly be seen in math and reading.
Benningfield says more of the curriculum will also be online this year and he's excited to get students started on those programs.
Wednesday is also the first day of school in Montgomery County.
Fort Campbell schools are already back in session, several other local school systems will open later this week and motorists are reminded to slow down when buses and student pedestrians will be on the roads.
Trigg County Schools open Tuesday and Todd and Montgomery County schools ring in the new school year Wednesday.
Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin says it's easy to get out of the habit of slowing down in school zones, but neglecting to use caution could cost lives.
Chief Marklin says his department will join other law enforcement agencies across Kentucky in placing extra patrols around school zones during the peak time periods.
A serious bus accident is one of the worst-case scenarios for any school system or police department and Chief Marklin says it can happen quickly if the slower speed limits aren't observed.
Christian County pubic schools and Univeristy Heights Academy open Aug. 14, while Heritage Christian Academy's first day of school is Aug. 13.
A head-on collision on I-24 in Lyon County Saturday afternoon injured several people in multiple vehicles.
Kentucky State Police says 53-year old Marcia Hadden of Russellville crossed the median near the 37 mile-marker around 1:20 p.m. and struck a vehicle driven by 47-year old Kimberly Douglas of Henderson head-on.
Ms. Hadden had to be cut from the wreckage and was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. Her two passengers, 21-year old Brandon Prince and 53-year old Tony Mayes of Russellville, were both taken to hospitals in Paducah by ambulance.
Ms. Douglas also had to be extricated and she was taken by ambulance to Lourdes Hospital in Paducah.
Police say the collision also sent Ms. Douglas' vehicle into a tractor-trailer driven by 50-year old Sandra Bruner of Radcliff and that Ms. Hadden's vehicle also hit a rental car driven by 58-year old Lora Dietmeyer of Springfield, Oregon head-on.
Twenty-year old Stephanie Strazzabosco of Princeton swerved to miss the wreck, but was also caught up in the crash when she was struck in the rear by Ms. Dietmeyer. Police say Ms. Strazzabosco was treated and released from Lourdes Hospital and was cited into court for driving with a suspended license.
The cause of the initial wreck has not been determined, but witnesses reportedly told police Ms. Hadden had been swerving all over the road at various speeds before crossing the median. The westbound lanes of I-24 were closed for about an hour and a half, while one eastbound lane remained open.