Thanks to the generosity of a local family, the City of Hopkinsville’s annual Christmas lights display will be a little brighter this year.
Mayor Dan Kemp announced today that Raymond and Wanda Nelson of Hopkinsville recently made a large and valuable donation of Christmas lights and decorations to be used by the city for years to come.
For numerous years, local residents have made an annual excursion to the local couple’s residence on Lafayette Road to view their large holiday display.
Starting this year, those decorations will be added to the city’s holiday display to help spread holiday cheer throughout the area.
Mayor Kemp was quoted as saying he was grateful to the Nelsons for their gift.
Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police today indicate that 15 people died in 11 separate wrecks on state roadways from Monday, September 4th through Sunday.
State Police say 11 of the victims were traveling in passenger vehicles and six of the victims were not wearing seat belts.
A triple fatality crash occurred in Fulton County and involved the suspected use of alcohol with all three of the victims not wearing their seat belts.
A double fatality crash and single fatality crash both occurred in Carter County.
Single fatalities occurred in the following counties: Jefferson, Magoffin, Morgan, Pike and Shelby Counties.
In addition, a double fatality crash occurred in Hopkins County and a single fatality crash occurred in Clinton County and a fatality was the result of an ATV crash in Calloway County.
State Police say there were no fatal wrecks in Christian, Todd and Trigg Counties during the same time period.
Through September 30th, preliminary statistics indicate that 543 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012, which is six more than what was reported for the same time period last year.
Area residents looking for something inexpensive to do over the weekend are encouraged to visit Fort Campbell’s Pratt Museum.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel and Installation Historian, John O’Brien says the local museum pays tribute to the 101st Airborne Division and how soldiers assigned to the storied division have played a role in major wars throughout the years.
O’Brien says the museum is a great place for residents to learn about local history, while browsing through dozens of military relics that can not be found any where else.
The Clarksville Police Department welcomed six new officers to their ranks today.
Mayor Kim McMillan administered the Oath of Office to the police department’s newest members.
The new officers will begin their law enforcement careers by first attending the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy from October 14th through December 21st.
The new crime fighters are Joshua Katz, Justin Pequignot, Jack Williams, Rebecca Erickson, Melissa Smith and Heather Lombardo.
Organizers with the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the Pennyrile region say they couldn’t be happier with the way Saturday morning’s event turned out.
Nearly 50-thousand dollars has been raised so far to go towards research and services for patients and family members affected by the disease.
Local Alzheimer’s Relationship Manager, Elizabeth Betts says funds raised in Hopkinsville for Alzheimer’s research will also help many local families.
Ms. Betts says every penny counts when it comes to raising enough money to help end Alzheimer’s.
Officials say in 2006, there were 26.6 million sufferers worldwide and it’s being predicted that 1 in 85 people will be affected by Alzheimer’s globally by 2050.