Ward 1 Hopkinsville City Councilman Fred Atkins has been deeply missed by fellow council members and friends over the past month after suffering a stroke.
Mayor Dan Kemp says he is pleased to announce that Councilman Atkins’ health continues to improve and was recently admitted to the University of Louisville’s Stroke Center, but will be moving to a general hospital room within the next few days.
Mayor Kemp says doctors are optimistic that he will be able receive rehabilitation at a Hopkinsville facility in the near future.
The Atkins family wanted to send their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the community’s prayers and well wishes during his recovery.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says his office has already received several complaints concerning possible voter fraud this morning.
Attorney General Conway says his office has received about four complaints of possible voter fraud in Jefferson, Magoffin, Jessamine and Carter Counties as of 10:30 a.m.
The complaints were received through the Attorney General’s election fraud hotline at 1-800-328-vote.
By law, the office of the Attorney General can not release details concerning specific complaints or possible pending investigations.
Attorney General Conway is encouraging residents to continue to call the hotline to report suspected voter fraud.
Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble unveiled his proposed $24.5 million dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year this morning.
During today’s Christian Fiscal Court meeting, Judge Tribble described his proposed budget as balanced during a time of economic uncertainty and that the county was not immune from cuts.
The proposed budget includes a 2.9 percent cost of living pay increase for all county employees, with the exception of magistrates.
Judge Tribble says the proposed budget also includes no increases in health benefits.
Magistrates unanimously approved the first reading of the proposed budget and will likely vote on it next month.
A Hopkinsville man wanted for probation violation turned himself in the custody of authorities today.
23-year old Keedron Demarr Coleman,who was featured as the Fugitive of the Week for February 22nd,was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Christian County Jail.
Hopkinsville Police say Coleman has a lengthy criminal record that includes charges of resisting arrest, identity theft, fleeing or evading police, trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Local law enforcement officials say there is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to illegal drugs and that includes synthetic drug use.
Christian County Attorney Mike Foster says he has seen first hand what synthetic drugs can do to a body, especially to young adults.
One way to fight the epidemic that officials say seem to have hit the community, is to support initiatives like the Christian County Juvenile Drug Court program,which helps local teens kick the habit.
Christian County Sheriff’s Detective Steve Tucker says officials have seen an increased number of juveniles enrolled in the program, who have used synthetic drugs.
Detective Tucker says the program is already financially struggling to help teens stay drug free and officials now have to pay more money to test for the illegal substance.
About 10 to 14 local teens are typically enrolled in the program, which costs about $60,000 to operate each year and that’s not counting the unexpected added costs of testing for synthetic drugs.