The 101st Airborne Division kicked off its annual Week of the Eagles Festivities with Commanding General, Major General James McConville leading soldiers on a run.
Military officials say the division run is an annual tradition to solidify Major General McConville’s relationship with his troops, before they embark on their next rendezvous with destiny in Afghanistan.
Congressman Ed Whitfield was at Fort Campbell early this morning to help cheer on soldiers and even had the chance to fire off a small cannon to officially start the event.
An AWOL Fort Campbell soldier convicted of planning to blow up a central Texas restaurant frequented by Fort Hood soldiers will spend life in federal prison.
A judge sentenced Naser Abdo to two consecutive life sentences in Waco this morning. Abdo's face was covered with a white cloth and head with a mesh covering as he told the judge he went AWOL from Fort Campbell after he was to be court-martialed on child pornography charges. The U.S. military had earlier approved Abdo as a "conscientious objector" to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars due to his Islamic beliefs and planned to discharge him before the child porn charges came to light.
Abdo went on to say he will continue his path to jihad. Abdo represented himself in court this morning after recently firing his attorneys. He was convicted in May of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and other charges. Authorities arrested him in a Killeen motel room with explosives in July 2011.
A sound financial footing will almost certainly allow Todd County Fiscal Court to keep property tax rates the same when they vote on first reading later this month.
Todd County Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield proposed keeping the 9.9 cents per 100 dollars of assessed value, which will actually increase revenue slightly over the next year. All four members of court in attendance agreed with his recommendation, as did County Attorney Mac Johns.
Johns says the current court and Judge have worked to keep the county in good financial shape and the benefits have been evident.
The Todd County Standard will publish a notice of the proposed rate and there will be a hearing on the matter at 8:50am August 24th, just before the next Fiscal Court meeting. There will be first and second reading of the ordinance at the next two meetings.
In other business, Judge Greenfield said the county has received a 35-thousand dollar grant for energy efficiency improvements to the current courthouse. Magistrates accepted a bid of $15,624 from Ronnie Greenfield Construction to install 36 replacement windows.
A lower bid from Lee Threlkel was turned down because it contained no details, only saying “insulation and cocking, windows and labor” for $13,520.57. The work must be done by the end of this month for the grant money to still be available. Court also approved paying Knight Refrigeration to install a new heat and air system in the Sheriff’s Office and Ag Extension Office after lightning hit the old system this summer.
More details are now known about the vehicle versus ambulance wreck in Elkton Wednesday afternoon.
The incident happened around 3pm at the intersection of South Streets Avenue and West Main Street, according to Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin, who says 18-year old Christina Wilkerson of Coal Bank Road, Sharon Grove failed to yield the right of way and turned into the path of the ambulance on Main.
Todd County EMT Jason Heltsley of Russellville was operating the ambulance and was unable to avoid hitting the Wilkerson vehicle. The ambulance was on a call, but was not using its emergency equipment according to Ambulance Service Director Locky Beasley.
Heltsley and fellow EMT, Jared Southerland of Beachmont, were taken to Logan Memorial Hospital. Southerland had a compression fracture to the “T-spine” and Heltsley had minor abrasions to the face and arm.
Ms. Wilkerson and passenger 21-year old David Driskill of her same address, were treated and released from Jennie Stuart Medical Center. Chief Marklin said no charges were filed in connection with the incident.
Beasley is uncertain of the status of the ambulance involved, but has contacted multiple collision centers to get estimates. The all-important “box” portion of the ambulance was not damaged.
Slots are still open for the Hopkinsville Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy this month.
A news release says the academy begins August 30th and is an eight week long course that highlights the daily activities of the department.
The academy is taught by members of the department and gives pupils the chance to meet officers in a positive environment. All weekly classes are scheduled for Thursday evenings and will begin at 5pm and should conclude before 8.
Topics covered will include patrol, investigations, K-9 demonstrations, firearms training, among others. Participants may also attend a Saturday live fire exercise at the firearms range.
Anyone interested in taking the classes can pick up an application at the police department or download it off the city’s website before August 20th. It is limited to the first 20 qualifying students. You must be at least 18 years old to attend.