The Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County program has been successful for over two decades and there will soon be a similar program in Todd County.
Todd County Health Department Director Jenn Harris sent out an email this week saying it will be a 10-month program for people who live or work in Todd County. Like the Hopkinsville program, Leadership Todd County will be designed to develop leaders within the community by bringing individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences together.
Participation will be limited to 10 to 15 applicants each year and it will be by application only. Applications will be accepted beginning April 21.
The program will consist of one full day of class each month on different topic areas including agriculture, military, education, government, health, business and industry, community and social events and arts and heritage.
The Todd County Health Department will celebrate American Heart Month Tuesday night with a healthy cooking event.
Department Director Jenn Harris says the festivities begin at 6 o'clock at Elkton Baptist Church on East Main Street.
Ms. Harris says attendees will be shown how to cook all different types of food in a delicious and heart-healthy way.
The American Heart Association celebrates February as Heart Month each year in hopes of educating people about to live a longer and healthier life.
Tilley Westerfield Dossett
The 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is more than half over and there is still much work left to do to get a budget passed.
Lawmakers are constitutionally mandated to approve a balanced biennial budget on even-numbered years. Governor Steve Beshear proposed his spending plan soon after the session began and lawmakers have been reviewing and discussing that proposal.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke serves on the Appropriations and Revenue Committee and says he’s concerned the process isn’t moving quickly enough.
A Todd County man has been indicted by a Montgomery County Grand Jury for allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home and stabbing her new boyfriend in November.
The Grand Jury indicted 27-year old Brandon Wayne Harper of Front Street,Guthrie on charges of attempted first degree murder, especially aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and vandalism, according to a story in the Leaf Chronicle.
Harper allegedly kicked open the back door to the home of his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Graves, on November 30 and entered with a knife. Ms. Graves was asleep with her boyfriend, John Epley, who heard a noise and got up and got a bat.
The two men met at the bedroom door and that’s when Harper allegedly charged at Epley with the knife. Epley struck Harper on the wrist with the bat, causing him to drop the knife. Harper picked the knife back up and allegedly stabbed Epley in the thigh.
He’s accused of stabbing Epley five to six more times after he fell. Ms. Graves stopped the attack by picking up the bat and striking Harper on the top of the head. She then ran outside and called police.
Harper was later found under a car at a nearby home. Both he and Epley would be taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center—Epley for the stab wounds and Harper for a fractured skull.
Harper remains in the Montgomery County Jail on a $220,000 bond and is charged with two counts of aggravated assault in an unrelated case.
Tilley Westerfield Dossett Humphries
Legislation that would create a way for low-level non-violent convicted felons to automatically receive their voting rights back once they've completed their sentence has passed both chambers of the General Assembly, but in quite different forms.
The Senate version that passed this week would make felons wait five years after completing their sentence and felons with multiple offenses would not have their rights restored, unless they were restored by the Governor.
State Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville says there is bi-partisan support to get a bill through both chambers in some form and he's confident a compromise will be worked out in a conference committee.
State Senator Whitney Westerfield supported the amended bill and says he's frustrated by those who say the Senate version is “watered down.”
Senator Stan Humphries voted “no” to the bill, saying felons can already petition the Governor to have their rights restored.
Representative Myron Dossett voted against the original legislation in the House, but says he could come closer to supporting it with the Senate's changes.
You can hear all four lawmakers' comments on the subject and on many more topics Sunday morning at 9 o'clock on Lite 98.7 during our weekly Legislative Update program.