The Elkton teen injured while allegedly attempting to make a homemade bomb Saturday night has been released from the hospital.
Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center say the 14-year old boy was treated and released over the weekend. Elkton Police say the juvenile and a group of friends were attempting to make a bomb with a gas can and firecracker and his hands ignited when he lit the fuse in the gas can's spout.
The gas can also ignited and it was found empty, along with the firecracker, an empty soda bottle smelling of gas and a cigarette lighter near the East Main Street residence where the incident happened. He was taken to the Todd County Emergency Services building and flown from there to Vandy.
No homes were damaged in the explosion and Elkton Police have not pressed any charges.
A Todd County man was killed in a wreck in Logan County Saturday afternoon.
The incident happened around 3:15 on U.S. 68-80 West, about five miles west of Russellville near New Union Baptist Church. Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whitaker says 48-year old Kevin Francies of Elkton lost his life in the crash.
Family, friends, co-workers and former colleagues gathered at Elkton City Hall this afternoon to thank a man who has spent the last 25 years serving his community.
Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin is retiring at the end of the month and the city held a reception in his honor. Marklin’s family was joined by current and former members of the police department, friends from the city and other agencies in Todd County and others he’d helped in some way over the last quarter century.
Chief Marklin said it was good seeing so many people he’s worked with in his career.
Regarding any future plans, Marklin says he will relax for a little while and then consider his options.
Chief Marklin was presented with a Kentucky Colonel certificate, a Senate Citation compliments of Senator Whitney Westerfield and a poster signed by Todd County School System students he’s taught in the DARE drug abuse prevention program.
Marklin served with the Marines in the Vietnam War, spent time as a Todd County Sheriff’s Deputy and worked with the state parks system before joining the Elkton Police Department.
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.