The Industrial Hemp Bill may have passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on a unanimous vote, but one local legislator says it may have a harder time getting through the house.
State Representative Brent Yonts says there may not be enough evidence to show hemp would produce jobs in Kentucky to get it through the House.
Representative Yonts says it will likely come down to whether hemp would be a viable crop in Kentucky that would actually make money and create jobs.
The measure is opposed by the Kentucky State Police Commissioner for what he sees as similarities to its “cousin plant” marijuana, though the THC value in hemp is extremely low.
Even if the bill is approved, federal regulations would currently prevent Kentucky farmers from growing hemp.
A two-vehicle wreck at West 7th Street and North Drive Tuesday morning sent a local woman to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul Ray says 61-year old Patricia Jones was on North Drive approaching the West 7th St. intersection around 7am when she was struck by a vehicle driven by 55-year old Frankie Bivins of Hopkinsville who reportedly disregarded a red light.
Ms. Jones was taken to Jennie Stuart for neck and back pain, while Ms. Jones went uninjured.
A Cadiz woman went to the hospital by private vehicle following a wreck on Julien Road early Monday morning.
The report from the Christian County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year old Megan Hargrove of Cadiz was eastbound near the 5 mile-marker around 5:30 when she lost control of her vehicle and ran off the road and into a brick wall.
Ms. Hargrove called ECC and then called her father, who took her to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for neck and hip pain.
A wreck at East 9th and College Street yesterday afternoon injured three people.
The Hopkinsville Police report says 30-year old Darrell Maxie of Hopkinsville was stopped at the intersection just before 5, waiting to make a left turn onto College.
Approaching him from behind was 50-year old Peggy Bassford of Hopkinsville, who didn’t stop in time to avoid a rear-end collision. Ms. Bassford swerved in an attempt to avoid a wreck and ran off the roadway after hitting Maxie’s bumper.
Ms. Bassford and her passenger, 51-year old Robert Jones of Hopkinsville were taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries—as was Maxie.
The Todd County School Board approved the hiring of one single resource officer for all five of its campuses at Monday night’s meeting using grant money and a partnership with the Elkton Police Department.
It was a unanimous decision by the board, which had discussed the measure in a workshop several days ago. Superintendent Wayne Benningfield said the person hired will have a presence at both elementary schools, the middle school, the high school and the alternative school.
Board Chairman Matt Perry says the officer’s schedule will be dictated based on a number of issues including any pressing need at a given time.