Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett says patients and doctors are being negatively impacted from additional regulations attached to the “Pill Mill Bill” that passed this year.
The legislation was meant to force doctors to use the CASPER prescription tracking system to cut down on “doctor shopping” and to stop pain clinics from profiting from their eagerness to prescribe addictive medications.
As previously reported, State Senator Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville recently spoke up at an Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee meeting about elderly patients who have been forced to be drug tested due to new regulations added by the State Licensure Board without the approval of the General Assembly.
Representative Dossett has similar concerns about the new regulations and says the Licensure Board has taken the bill away from its original intent.
Senator Pendleton and Representative Dossett have both say the costs of the new regulations will likely filter down to patients—some who are having to take drug tests the General Assembly never included in the bill.
Representative Dossett says he believes the General Assembly can override the new regulations if that’s what it takes, but both lawmakers hope something can be done to alleviate the problems before next year’s session.
Clarksville Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect they believe could be responsible for the shooting death of a man Tuesday night.
An arrest warrant has been issued for 38-year old Danyon Lydell Dowlen, whose last known address was on Gracey Avenue in Clarksville. The warrant is for one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
An eye witness said he saw 50-year old Charles Wilbert Sims and Dowlen involved in gun fight in the same area where Sims’ body was found, according to a news release from Clarksville Police.
While processing the crime scene, several shell casings were found and a gun was collected that corroborated the witness account. Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says police also seized a vehicle at the scene that was driven by Dowlen at the time of the incident.
Dowlen has an extensive criminal history and should be considered armed and dangerous. Police say the shooting likely stemmed from the fact that Sims was in a relationship with the mother of Danyon’s child.
Anyone knowing where police can find Dowlen should call 911 or the tips line at 931-645-8477.
Clarksville Police released the name of the man who was fatally shot last night in the area of Reynolds and Dodd Street.
Police identified the man as 50-year old Charles Wilbert Sims, who police found lying in the street with a handgun in his hand with multiple gunshot wounds around 8 p.m.
He was transported by Lifeflight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries around 11 p.m.
Police say the investigation into the fatal shooting remains ongoing and that detectives are following up on all leads.
After serving the Hopkinsville-Christian County community for numerous years, a local official will be retiring at the end of this month.
Joyce Spain, the Director of the Section 8 program administered by the Housing Authority of Hopkinsville will be retiring Friday, September 28th after a 24-year career with the agency.
Ms. Spain’s first position with the Section 8 program began in 1988 and worked her way up to the Director position in 2004.
Motorists who frequently drive on the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway need to be aware of a ramp closure next week.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close the southbound exit ramp to US 68/80 and the northbound entry ramp to the parkway in Christian County this Tuesday.
Officials say this ramp closure at Exit 9, along with lane restrictions on the main line of the parkway, is to allow substructure painting on the KY 107/East 7th Street Overpass in Hopkinsville.
All traffic along the main line of the parkway will initially move to the left-hand or passing lane in this work zone.
Officials say there will be a marked detour for the closed ramps and access to and from the north on the Pennyrile during this project will be allowed.