Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is reminding parents to keep their children safe on the internet this summer.
A news release from Attorney General Conway says a survey of 10 to 17-year-olds by the Pew Research Center and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children showed that 34 percent had posted their real names, telephone numbers, home addresses, or names of their schools online.
He says the Internet is a wonderful tool but it can also be a tool for crime. Conway urges parents to monitor their child’s online activities and remind children and teens to think before they post and to never arrange in person meetings with someone they have met online.
Attorney General Conway says it’s also a good idea to keep computers in a family room, kitchen or open area in the home and to never allow a child to have a computer in his or her bedroom where internet activities can’t be monitored.
Officials also advise parents to consider purchasing online filtering software that can keep children away from undesired websites.
A wreck on Interstate 69 in Caldwell County this morning caused some significant traffic issues.
The incident happened around 6:30 in the southbound lanes of the highway formerly known as the Western Kentucky Parkway, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police.
KSP says 63-year old Kenneth Hopper of Oran, Missouri was driving a tractor trailer hauling eggs southbound when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel. The semi ran off the right side of the road and hit an embankment. It overturned and came to rest on its passenger side off the roadway.
Hopper, who was wearing his seat belt, was not injured. He was cited for log book violations. The egg spill did cause a mess and crews worked well into the late morning hours to clean it up before the right lane could be re-opened.
The state health inspector and Environmental Protection Agency assisted law enforcement on the scene.
After interviewing for the job Monday night with the Christian County School Board, former Collier County, Florida school system Chief Administrative Officer Mary Ann Gemmill could be hired as the next local superintendent as soon as Tuesday night.
Ms. Gemmill’s Tuesday begins with a breakfast meeting with local leaders at the Chamber of Commerce at 7am, includes meetings with all of the local principals and classified staff, features a public forum at Christian County High at 4 and concludes with a dinner and another interview with the board.
The final meeting of the night will be at 8:30, when the board could take action to hire Ms. Gemmill—though that is certainly no foregone conclusion considering Madison County Assistant Superintendent Marvin Welch sat in the same seat with the same agenda Thursday evening.
The agenda also includes a line item to reinstate the two assistant superintendent positions, though the individuals currently holding those posts through the end of the month are retiring.
Current Superintendent Brady Link’s term expires at June 30th after the board chose not to renew his contract earlier this year.
The Pennyrile Area Development District held its 43rd Annual Dinner Monday night, where one of the most respected and longest serving local public servant received the prestigious W.W. Bill Bryan Award.
The award is the highlight of each year’s meeting and is given to someone who bestows the selfless qualities of public service represented by the award’s namesake. Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble presented the award to his good friend, Christian County Attorney Mike Foster.
Judge Tribble pointed out that it wasn’t long ago when Foster won his greatest battle against throat cancer.
Foster says he’s enjoyed all of his years as county attorney and most of all enjoys serving in local government.
Several members of the PADD Board of Directors received honors for length of service, including Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp and Elkton Mayor Nancy Camp. **
An ominous cloud meandered across the Pembroke sky/photo by Brittany May
A line of severe thunderstorms blew through Christian County Monday evening, bringing much-needed rain and some minor damage.
Dispatchers at the Christian County ECC say trees were blown down on Roaring Springs Road, Long Pond Road, Casky Lane, Bradshaw Road and utility lines were blown across Gary Lane. There were also significant power outages in Trigg County and more sporadic outages in Christian and other counties serviced by Pennyrile Rural Electric.
The only damage with injury reported in western Kentucky was at Kentucky Dam Village in Marshall County, where a tree was blown on to an occupied vehicle, though the driver thankfully only sustained minor injuries. A tree was also blown onto a vehicle in Cadiz, though no injuries were reported in that incident.
Trees and power lines were also reported down in the northwestern and downtown portions of Clarksville, with no one injured.
Some areas got more rain than others—with the “mesonet” site recording 81 hundredths of an inch in Cadiz and only a third of an inch at the landfill on Latham-Mount Zoar Road just north of Hopkinsville.
Princeton was the wet spot of the Pennyrile, recording over an inch and a half of the wet stuff.
Photo courtesy of Cadiz Police Facebook Page