Two rear-end collisions in Hopkinsville sent motorists to Jennie Stuart Medical Center last night.
The first wreck happened about twenty minutes before five on South Virginia Street, where 27-year old Vernita Watkins of Hopkinsville was slowing in traffic when she was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by 51-year old Luann Fries of Hopkinsville.
Ms. Fries told police she didn’t realize traffic was slowing down in time to stop. Ms. Watkins was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart for neck pain.
The second incident happened around 9:40 on McLean Avenue, where Lisa Burrus of Hopkinsville was stopped to make a left turn and was rear-ended by Heather Sadler of Hopkinsville. Ms. Sadler said she became distracted and took her foot off the brake, causing the wreck.
Ms. Burrus was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Clarksville Police have made an arrest in connection with a road-side murder from over the weekend.
A news release says 18-year old Giovanni Johnson of Victory Road, Clarksville was arrested Thursday along with a 17-year old male suspect. Johnson is in the Montgomery County Jail, while the juvenile is at the Columbia Juvenile Detention Center. Both suspects face murder charges.
Police were called to Victory Road early Sunday morning and found a vehicle off the side of the road with the driver dead from a gunshot wound. The victim was identified as Fort Campbell soldier 22-year old Taylor Hotzoglou.
The investigation is ongoing and investigators say anyone with information should contact police.
Often criticized for their line of work, and not praised enough, police officers will continue to patrol the streets and apprehend criminals when most turn a blind eye to crime.
Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie spoke to local Kiwanians about what it means to be a police officer and the hardships officers endure so that others can remain safe.
Chief Howie says everyday he witnesses first hand the dedication and sacrifices officers make and that the job entails more than just issuing traffic citations.
Chief Howie says long after all the memorials have been erected to honor fallen soldiers from various wars, police officers will continue to fight the good fight and serve their community with honor, despite the dangers of their chosen profession.
Five Hopkinsville Police Officers have been killed in the line of duty since 1893, and Chief Howie says the sacrifices made by those officers will never be forgotten.
The city’s proposed plans to renovate the Lackey Municipal building is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Hopkinsville Chief Administrative Officer Glenn Abee sent out an email this afternoon to Hopkinsville City Council updating council members about the timeline for bidding, reviewing and presenting final project numbers for the new Municipal Center building.
Abee says as per Codell Construction Manager, Richard Mitchell any construction project of this magnitude has tentative timeframes.
Abee reports that the state housing building codes is reviewing submitted plans this week.
The city’s proposed project architect should be receiving those plans for review and revision by next week sometime.
Codell and the City of Hopkinsville will then review the changes and prepare a bid to be submitted by May 15 through 17 and bids should be received back from bidders around June 12 through 14th, with Codell Construction to review all bids for a week.
The City of Hopkinsville is expected to receive a report and recommendation around June 18th or 19th from Codell.
If all dates remain solid and in place, officials with Codell Construction will report to Committee of the Whole at its June 21st regular meeting.
National Day of Prayer was commemorated with a service this morning at First United Methodist Church, where individuals prayed for several aspects of society.
Pastor Paige Williams led the ceremony, which featured speakers asking for God’s blessing on the earth, government, military, children, adults, families and church.
District Judge Jim Adams led the prayer for the government and prayed that leaders would find more common ground and try harder to work together.
Praying for families was Joey Ashby, who asked for God’s blessings on families across the country.
Prayer requests were also taken from the congregation and an altar call was given to allow individuals to pray on their own while a hymn was sung. The service was just one of many in the area and across the country.