Tonight’s Christian County School Board meeting marks the first time board members have met during the new school year.
Christian County Public Schools Superintendent gave a positive report concerning the first week of school and publicly thanked school officials for making sure everything went off smoothly.
School board members took no time when discussing and approving important issues concerning the district, like unanimously approving changing the name of the old Christian County Middle School to the Christian County Learning Center.
Chief Operations Officer Kathy Hancock also spoke about the preschool policy entrance age requirements.
The Hopkinsville Police Department held its monthly crime meeting this afternoon and released crime trends police are currently addressing.
Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie says violent crimes are down, but property crimes are up.
Sergeant Erik Pacheco spoke about crime trends between July 27th through August 2nd from 2011 and this year.
Lieutenant Michael Felts talked about how the start of the school year has impacted area traffic.
The Hopkinsville City Council Committee of the Whole sent an amended smoking in public places ordinance on to Council Thursday evening, but the matter is far from any type of resolution.
After considerable discussion about other options, Councilman Paul Henson proposed an amended ordinance which would not ban smoking in any business. Instead it would require each establishment to put signage on all public entrances stating whether smoking is allowed or not in that building.
Restaurants would not be allowed to have smoking and non-smoking sections as they do now—they would have to decide. Councilwoman Kimberly McCarley said that would require non-smokers wanting to eat at smoking restaurants to be closer to second-hand smoke than they are now. Councilman Henson said non-smokers could simply not patronize those places.
Henson’s version of the ordinance passed on a 6-5 vote, with Council members McCarley, Charlie Henderson, Peggy Everett, Don Ahart and Cornelia Belle voting “no” and Philip Brooks absent.
Mayor Dan Kemp said he was not pleased after the meeting, but believes the result could be different when smoking ban supporter Councilman Brooks is there to vote September 18th.
If Councilman Brooks votes the way the Mayor expects on September 18th, the current ordinance would likely come up with a 6-to-6 tie, meaning the Mayor could cast the deciding vote against it. Council could then go back to the original ordinance or make different amendments.
Each week Hopkinsville Kiwanians invite public officials to discuss issues that may be of importance to the community and this week was no exception.
Lisa Selbe with Pennyroyal Hospice spoke to fellow Kiwanians about why she enjoyed her job.
Ms. Selbe also explained some of the common misconceptions people may have of the kinds of treatments and services a hospice provides.
Hopkinsville Community College President, Dr. Jim Selbe will be the keynote speaker at next week’s Kiwanis Club meeting.
An accidental shooting in Crofton this morning sent a woman who had been sleeping to a Nashville hospital.
The incident happened around 7:40 at the McBride Lane home of 21-year old Danielle Shelby, as described by Christian County Sheriff’s Captain Chris Miller.
Captain Miller says Ms. Shelby apparently heard a noise in the night that frightened her and took the gun with her back to bed.
Ms. Shelby was flown by Air-Evac helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for a severe leg injury. Police believe the incident to be completely accidental.