There is now a contested election for State Representative in Todd and Logan counties.
Elkton Attorney Jason Petrie was already on the ballot as a candidate for District Judge, but withdrew from that race to file as an independent for 16th District State Representative against incumbent Martha Jane King.
The filing deadline has come and gone for candidates to file for the primary election as a Democrat or Republican, but Petrie says he's been registered as an independent for the last few years. Petrie says residents he's talked to in the two counties convinced him he could do more good in Frankfort than he could serving in the courtroom.
The lifelong Todd County resident says his goals are the same ones most candidates who want to serve in the General Assembly have—to create jobs and solve problems.
Petrie graduated from Berea College, Western Kentucky University and the Ohio State University Law School. He will face Representative King in the general election.
The District Judge election is now a two-person race, with Kenneth Williams of Lewisburg facing off with Elkton lawyer Nancy Calloway. Incumbent Judge Sue Carol Browning is not running for another term.
A two-vehicle wreck in Todd County Sunday afternoon sent one of the drivers to a Nashville hospital.
A spokesperson for Vanderbilt University Medical Center says Donnas Skipworth of northern Todd County is in critical, but stable condition. Few details on the crash have been released, but initial reports indicate it was a head-on collision just north of Clifty on KY 181.
Skipworth had to be extricated from the vehicle and was flown by Air Evac to Vanderbilt. Two passengers in Skipworth's vehicle were reportedly taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.
Kentucky State Police investigated and will release full details on the incident.
Parts of the Pennyrile got anywhere from a dusting to another inch of snow overnight, though temperatures hovering around the freezing mark and roads coated with salt helped prevent any major problems.
Dispatchers in Christian, Todd and Trigg counties all said there had been no weather-related accidents as of about 6 o'clock this morning. The Trigg dispatcher said they didn't even receive the dusting of snow there that almost all of Christian and Todd counties got.
Bridges, overpasses and some back roads and side streets were snow-covered in Christian and Todd counties, but it was already melting away soon after it fell. Salt and brine left over from Saturday was a big help in speeding the process along.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a high temperature of 35 today, so everything will be melted from the roads and grass soon enough.
The state House voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 over the course of three years Thursday, but the legislation is a long way from becoming law.
Appearing on the Legislative Update program this week, 9th District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke opposed the bill and pointed out that many local government and school system positions don’t currently pay an hourly wage of $10.10 and the increase could translate into tax increases from those entities.
Photo by Marla Gillespie in Elkton
Another winter weather system brought a coating of snow to the region overnight, though very few problems were reported early this morning.
A Hopkinsville-Christian County Emergency Communications Center dispatcher said they hadn’t received any reports of weather-related accidents at last check, though that’s also at least partly a product of very little traffic being out on a Saturday morning.
A dispatcher in Todd County said police have reported the roads being snow-covered and slick, but there have been no accidents. There were also no weather-related wrecks in Trigg County.
About a half-inch to an inch of snow fell across the area, with some locations seeing a little more. The National Weather Service is calling for a slight chance of snow Sunday night and Wednesday, but neither system is expected to be a huge deal at this point.