The Memorial Day weekend got off to a deadly start in Clarksville, where a mysterious motorcycle wreck claimed the life of the rider.
A news release from Clarksville Police says a 30-year old man was found in the middle of the road barely breathing around 3am Saturday morning near the 1700 block of Autumnwood Blvd.
The man was taken to Gateway Medical Center, where he would die from his injuries later in the morning. Police say it appears the victim had been westbound on Hazelwood Road when he ran off the right side of the road and drove into a yard before becoming unseated from his bike and thrown onto Autumnwood.
There were no witnesses to the incident so police do not know what time the incident happened or how long the victim had been lying on the road before the passing motorist found him. Police have identified the victim, but have not released his name, pending family notification.
Longtime WHOP newsman and retired News Director Jim Love looks on as Judge John Atkins honors him at a dinner Friday evening.
A dinner was held Friday evening to honor a figure well known to WHOP News listeners.
Current Saturday morning newsman and retired WHOP News Director Jim Love was honored at the War Memorial Building for forty years of service to the community through his broadcasting and other endeavors in the community, with many long-time friends taking the opportunity to thank him.
Among those was State Senator Joey Pendleton, who praised Love for his career and for always putting his personal opinions to the side to cover every story fairly during his long and celebrated tenure.
Retired Hopkinsville Police officer and former Hopkinsville Mayor Rich Liebe praised Love not only for his time as a broadcaster, but also for his years of working part time at the then Hopkinsville-Christian County EOC, where he spent many nights dispatching local first responders.
The surprise dinner was organized by retired Hopkinsville Police Chief Kenny Over and Circuit Judge John Atkins, with Atkins saying the final words and echoing the sentiments of the well over 100 people in attendance.
Never at a loss for words, Jim also spoke and thanked longtime and retired WHOP General Manager Roger Jeffers who hired him in 1972. Love thanked his family, friends and former co-workers who have made the man born in Elgin, Illinois a true son of Hopkinsville and all of western Kentucky by listening to him over the radio for so many years.
It’s going to be a hotter than usual Memorial Day weekend.
The National Weather Service in Paducah is expecting near record high temperatures in the mid 90’s, with upper 90’s possible in some locations.
Officials encourage residents to follow the basic rules of heat safety to keep from becoming overheated.
Residents are urged to drink plenty of water, avoid strenuous activity and wear light colored and light weight clothing while outside and to also make sure pets have plenty of fresh water and shade.
Officials say the last time it was this warm was back in the early part of September.
There could soon be new tornado sirens in three Todd County communities, if a federal grant application is approved.
Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley asked fiscal court to be the pass through agent for a potential grant at Friday morning’s meeting, which they agreed to do.
The sirens would cost Elkton and Trenton $2,000 each in matching funds and $4,000 to Guthrie because they want two.
Pulley explained the county’s strategy in where to reach the most people with the sirens.
In other business, court approved final reading of the 6.6 million dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year and final reading of the administrative code changes that reduce vacation and sick time accrual for county employees in exchange for a pay raise.
County Attorney Mac Johns said the county will start considering its tax rates to fund the budget later this summer, with Judge Executive Darryl Greenfield already on the record as saying he supports keeping the rates where they are.
The Eggner’s Ferry Bridge was reopened today and officials say a crowd was gathered early in the morning to be among the first to cross.
Pedestrians and bikers were allowed to cross hours before vehicle traffic was let through and Highway Department spokesman Keith Todd said there was a crowd gathered before the advertised time of 9am.
Hall Contracting of Louisville came in a couple days ahead of its deadline and traffic will now be able to use the eastern entrance to the Land Between the Lakes just in time for the peak of the summer tourism season.
The Bridge had been closed since the Delta Mariner Cargo Vessel knocked out a 322-foot span January 26th.