All across the nation today, residents gathered together to celebrate two major occasions, to observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor the nation’s first African-American President, who was officially sworn into office for another four more years on Sunday.
In Hopkinsville, loud music and singing could be heard from blocks away as residents from all backgrounds gathered together this morning at Mount Olive Baptist Church, located at 801 East 4th Street to celebrate the two landmark occasions.
The guest-speaker for this year’s MLK commemorative celebration was Pastor Marvin E. Barner Jr. of Mount Olive Galilee Baptist Church in Evansville, Indiana.
Pastor Barner gave an overview of his speech for those residents who could not attend this morning’s event.
The man seriously injured in a rear-end collision on Walnut Street Saturday evening continues to recover at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
A spokesperson for the Nashville hospital says 36-year old Marvin Gray, Jr. of Hopkinsville is in stable condition. He had been listed in critical, but stable as of Sunday morning.
Gray was driving his vehicle on Walnut near the East 14th Street intersection around 4:30 when he ran into the back of a parked AT&T utility truck. The police report said warning cones were in the roadway behind the truck and witnesses said Gray never slowed down.
No one was in the truck, which was parked there while crews worked on a nearby pole. Gray was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart before being flown to Vandy for what are described on the report as severe head injuries.
A local woman was treated and released from the hospital after wrecking on the Pennyrile Parkway Sunday afternoon.
Kentucky State Trooper Mike Manzanares says 38-year old Tonya Logan of Hopkinsville was southbound near the 10 mile-marker just after 2pm when she swerved in an attempt to miss a deer.
Ms. Logan’s vehicle ran off the road before finally coming to rest on the grass. Trooper Manzanares says Ms. Logan, who was wearing her seat belt, was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center where she was checked out and released.
Some of the coldest days of the winter are expected this week and that likely means Hopkinsville’s new daytime homeless shelter will be put to good use.
It was announced earlier this month that Freeman Chapel CME Church on South Virginia Street would be providing a shelter through the day for Hopkinsville’s homeless who left after their overnight stay at the Salvation Army.
Mayor Dan Kemp says it was a concept that was sought after for some time, but everything fell into place this year.
The mayor says it’s a partnership between the church and Salvation Army, which will still provide lunch to the homeless as they always have.
The high temperatures will likely be in the 20’s and 30’s through the end of this workweek, much colder than the relatively warm weather the area has seen for most of the new year.
A single-vehicle wreck on Moores Drive Saturday evening sent a local man to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and resulted in DUI charges.
The incident happened around 6:30 near the 500 block of Moores, according to the report from Officer Jeremy Marcum, which says 25-year old Shawn Gilkey of Hopkinsville was westbound when he lost control of his car in a curve and hit a tree.
Witnesses say they saw the driver throw beer cans before running toward Greenville Road.
The owner of the car, 38-year old Peggy Thomas, showed up soon after and identified the driver as Gilkey. She said she’d given permission to Gilkey to drive her car and told police where he could be found.
Officers soon located Gilkey and determined he had severe injuries. He consented to a blood test at Jennie Stuart Medical Center before being flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of a fractured orbital socket. Officials at the hospital say he was treated and released.
He was cited into court for his third DUI in the last five years and on driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident charges.
Ms. Thomas was cited on charges of providing a motor vehicle to an intoxicated person and permitting an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle.