The ambulance service for Todd County will be soon be privately contracted after action by Todd Fiscal Court this morning.
Comm-Care was the only agency to bid on the contract and will be paid $13,500 monthly by Todd Fiscal Court for the duration of a 10 month initial contract. Several employees of the ambulance service and current EMS Director Locky Beasley were in attendance, but did not speak.
Comm-Care currently provides ambulance service to Logan County, which borders Todd to the east. Fiscal Court Magistrate Brent Spurlin was on a committee that was tasked to look at options and said the company’s ability to recruit local employees in Logan County was one of Comm-Care’s strong points.
An elderly man was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center following a head-on collision in Todd County this morning.
Few details were immediately available, but the incident happened around 10 am on Cal Suddeth Road near Allensville. Initial reports indicate an 85-year old man was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center following the crash.
The Todd County Sheriff's Office worked the crash and will provide further details later.
The jobless rate was up in Christian and Trigg counties last month and was down in Todd.
That's according to the Office of Employment and Training, which says unemployment was at 10.8 percent in April in Christian County—up by a full percentage point from March and identical to April of last year. That translates to just under 3,000 people who were looking for work, but unable to find it.
Trigg's jobless number increased six tenths of a percent to 9.5 percent, translating to 644 people out of work. Todd County saw a significant 1.1 percent reduction to 7.3—which is good enough for the third lowest jobless number in the nine Pennyrile counties.
Christian County had, by far, the highest unemployment rate in the Pennyrile and Caldwell County boasted the lowest at 6.4 percent.
Woodford County has Kentucky's lowest jobless rate at 5.4 percent and Magoffin has the highest at 16.9. Fulton County is third highest at 15.6 percent. Unemployment statewide last month was 7.7 percent and it was 7.1 percent nationally.
Residents of Hopkinsville and Elkton are this year's winners of Jennie Stuart Medical Center's Henry Bell Scholarships.
A news release from the hospital says Kentiana Greenwade of Hopkinsville and William Sharp of Elkton have each earned a $2,000 scholarship to help them pursue careers in medicine. The scholarships are presented each year to a pair of students planning a career in the healthcare field who demonstrate strong motivation and are in need of financial assistance.
Ms. Greenwade plans to pursue a career in nursing and Sharp in pharmacy. Both will be attending the University of Kentucky. The scholarship winners are chosen by the JSMC Medical Staff and Board of Trustees.