Three significant road construction projects will slow traffic in Todd County for a while.
The most extensive project is on Pilot Road Road just east of the Christian County line, where a sink hole closed one lane of traffic earlier this spring. The Kentucky Highway Department says a barrier wall will be installed along the slide area that's been closed several weeks and the compromised area will then be reinforced with new rock.
One lane of traffic will continue to be open and temporary traffic signals will remain in place. The project is expected to take about six weeks and motorists are urged to use caution in that area.
Meanwhile, milling and resurfacing work was set to begin next Tuesday night and continue for about a week on the Elkton Public Square. That work is expected to last for about a week and will require traffic restrictions and flag men directing motorists.
A portion of U.S. 41 in downtown Guthrie will also be resurfaced in the coming days, beginning at the stop sign turning toward downtown. The Guthrie portion of the project is expected to last about two days.
The Kentucky Jailers Association recently asked the state to not renew its contract with the Marion Adjustment Center due to dropping state inmate numbers at local jails—but that request has been denied so far.
Todd County Jailer Greg Allen says the the private prison contract was brought up at the Kentucky Jailers Association meeting earlier this month, but the state says they expect to see an influx of state inmates at county jails in the coming weeks.
County jails rely on the state paying them to house state inmates to stay financially viable and Allen says the population drop has been significant across Kentucky. In Todd County, there are now 53—down by just over 30 from a year ago.
Allen says he's contacted officials in Tennessee looking for other options, but hasn't had any luck so far.
Arkansas is experiencing a jail over-crowding problem and inmates from that state are an option, but Allen says there would have to be a group of jails in western Kentucky willing to take a large group for Arkansas to justify the cost of transport.
A dozen people were stuck in an elevator for at least an hour near the top of the Jefferson Davis Monument Saturday afternoon.
The Fairview Volunteer Fire Department was called to the monument just before 4:30 and a crew climbed the stairs to the top where the door to the elevator was stuck. Twelve people were onboard, including a small child and an elderly woman.
Responders were able to open the elevator and the individuals who had been trapped made the long walk down. The elderly woman was reportedly assisted down the stairs. No one required a trip to the hospital.
The Todd County Rescue Squad, EMS and the Hopkinsville Fire Department also responded and assisted at the scene.
Friday morning featured a busy meeting for Todd Fiscal Court, which passed final reading of a budget, hired a Dispatch Director and purchased a new van for the jail.
The 6.4 million dollar spending plan passed unanimously on second reading and Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says it's one he feels good about.
The cost of living raise for county employees is a little less than two percent and Judge Greenfield says he doesn't anticipate any tax increases from county government.
Meanwhile, former Dispatch Director Donna Ruby recently submitted her resignation to take another job. Magistrates unanimously approved the promotion of Karen Stratton to fill that post at a salary of about $28,000 annually. Former Hopkinsville-Christian County ECC Director Judy Toombs was hired by Todd Fiscal Court to be a consultant during the transition at a contracted cost of $15 hourly.
Jailer Greg Allen asked for and received permission to purchase a used van to transport inmates at a cost of $11,000. Magistrate Brent Spurlin cast the only “no” vote over concerns about sagging revenues from fewer state inmates.
County Attorney Mac Johns reminded residents to contact his office to set up a payment plan if they haven't paid their property taxes and said there are still several accounts that need some work.
A relatively new entity in the area was awarded the W.W. “Bill” Bryan Award at Monday evening's 44th Annual Pennyrile Area Development District Dinner Meeting.
PADD Secretary and Christian County Citizen Member Lori Harper presented the award to the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance and said those in Todd, Trigg and Christian counties who formed the organization realized they could get more done together than going at it alone.
Ms. Harper commended the Alliance for its organization and successes—with representatives of all three counties in attendance.
Karen Wallace was recognized for 20 years of services as a PADD employee, while Kenneth Guinn of Trigg County and John Carner of Lyon County were recognized for 20 years with the PADD Loan Program.
Ron Creager provided music on the piano and humorist Mark Klein was the featured entertainment at the Bruce Convention Center.