A severe storm moved into Crofton/photo proved by Susan Cardwell
Another round of severe weather plowed through the area Thursday evening, doing some damage but thankfully causing no injuries.
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for Hopkins, Caldwell, Trigg, Christian and Montgomery Counties through the early evening hours. Widespread power outages were reported after the storm knocked out the entire Happy Hollow substation.
The roof was blown off a home near Lake Beshear near Pennyrile Forest State Park, while a barn was damaged on Kentucky Highway 800 about a mile west of Crofton and a tree was blown down near the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library.
Hopkinsville Police say June was another busy month in crime fighting and keeping the streets safe from impaired drivers and criminals.
Several residents, including Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp attended this afternoon’s meeting that’s always open to the public.
Lieutenant Jefferson Anderson gave an overview about the kinds of cases detectives were investigating last month.
Lieutenant Eric Pacheco also gave a traffic and wreck report for June.
Hopkinsville Police briefly discussed prowler calls within the city over the past month with Chief Guy Howie saying officers will be conducting follow up interviews in the next few days and that commenting any further would jeopardize ongoing cases.
Oak Grove Police successfully ended a very dangerous standoff situation safely Thursday afternoon.
A call came in late in the afternoon that a man with PTSD was threatening to harm himself at an Allen Court residence. He was reportedly armed with two handguns and a rifle and was holding his wife and two children hostage at one point. Officers talked to the man on the phone and were eventually able to coax him outside of the home where they took him into custody. He was taken to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital.
The man, his family and police were all safe at the end of the standoff around 5:45pm.
There is no doubt that newly appointed Christian County Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill is thrilled about her new position.
Ms. Gemmill says her first month has been a wonderful experience and she says she can’t wait until the first day of school.
Since she was hired, Ms. Gemmill has been keeping a busy schedule and is attending a week-long conference with other school superintendents to prepare for the upcoming year and to receive further advice on how to further improve the local district.
The Christian County Chamber of Commerce recently performed a survey of its members to see how they feel about a proposed public smoking ban in Hopkinsville.
Chamber President Carter Hendricks says about a third of members responded, which is a fairly high number compared to previous similar surveys. Hendricks says the respondents represented businesses of all types and sizes and that well over 70-percent favor banning smoking in places open to the public.
Asked if they favored any exemptions for any type of establishment, about half said they favored no exemptions at all.
Hopkinsville City Council tabled a smoking ban ordinance last month and is expected to re-visit the issue at an August Committee of the Whole meeting. The Kentucky General Assembly has considered a statewide ban similar to the one in Tennessee on multiple occasions, but the measure has never picked up enough momentum to pass.