Todd County Jailer Greg Allen has submitted his budget proposal to Fiscal Court, requesting a little less from the general fund in the coming fiscal year.
Allen says the 1.9 million dollar spending plan includes a transfer of about $850,000 from the county's general fund—slightly down from last year.
Income is projected at just under 1.1 million dollars and expenses just over 1.9 million. Allen says the jail has found savings over the last couple of years in areas such as maintenance.
As they are for the average citizens, medical expenses continue to increase for the jail. Allen says having a certified laboratory in the jail has helped reduce some of those costs in recent months.
The jail's largest expense is $720,000 for the salaries of deputies, followed by $310,000 or payments on the building. The spending plan was submitted only for review purposes and will receive a vote at a later meeting. Allen says he estimates it would cost the county about 1.2 million dollars out of the general fund to send inmates to another county if the jail did not exist.
In other action, court gave approval to Todd County Dispatch Director Donna Ruby to spend about $1,000 to purchase a new computer.
An Elkton woman was charged with drug trafficking after being pulled over by police in Christian County early Thursday morning.
Christian County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Hawkins stopped 31-year old Paula Gilkey of Elkton on the KY 1682 bypass around 2:30 am after she was seen crossing the yellow line several times. Deputy Hawkins writes on the report that Gilkey is known to have had a drug problem and he asked her about any pills she may have taken.
Gilkey reportedly said she had just had two prescriptions filled for pain killers, though Deputy Hawkins writes several pills were already missing from both bottles. A K9 unit was called to the scene, resulting a search of the car. Gilkey's pills were allegedly found in the passenger side seat and in the pockets of the passenger—33-year old Cody Heady of Crofton.
Gilkey was charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance and Heady was charged with two counts of possession. Both were lodged in the Christian County Jail.
The industrial hemp legislation passed by the General Assembly this year took bi-partisan compromise and those legislators are now looking to the congressional delegation to get federal restrictions released.
Republican Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke reminds residents the state bill only sets up regulations for if the federal government were to one day allow the crop to be grown.
Sixteenth District State Representative Martha Jane King, who represents Todd and Logan Counties, says she was pleased with the compromise and hopes Kentucky's federal lawmakers are able to persuade enough people to have those restrictions released.
Governor Steve Beshear, who never took a leadership role for or against the hemp bill, declined to sign or veto the legislation last week and it became law without his signature.
The Todd County Health Department recently received a statewide award.
The Department for Public Health’s Commissioner’s Award for a Job Well Done was recently presented to the department, which is led by former Christian County Health Department employee Jen Harris.
The award has been given out for three years and the Todd County office has won it twice.
The Todd and Trigg County school systems are combining forces with Murray State University to offer a new dual credit program beginning in the fall.
The Thoroughbred Academy will allow Todd and Trigg students to take classes at the Murray State University Hopkinsville Extended Campus at a cost of $150 per course beginning their junior year.
Todd County Superintendent Wayne Benningfield says the partnership will allow students to get an inexpensive start on their college career.
Benningfield says students can finish 24 credit hours by the time they graduate high school.
Superintendent Benningfield thanked Murray State President Doctor Randy Dunn and Trigg Superintendent Travis Hamby for their work in forming the partnership.