A local business has earned regional honors.
Pepperidge Farm has recognized Greenfield Distributing of Hopkinsville as its “2011 Distributor of the Year” for the company’s Great Lakes Region.
The selection was based on product sales and customer service, according to a news release, which says owner Larry Greenfield has worked in the industry since 1976 and received a Pepperidge Farm Franchise in 2007. His territory includes Christian and Trigg Counties in addition to the Fort Campbell military installation.
He also services accounts in Montgomery County. Pepperidge Farm products include white bread, wheat bread, rye bread, swirl bread, cinnamon bread, bagels, croutons and stuffing.
The Hopkinsville Fire Department released more details concerning a fire that took place earlier today at a Jan Drive residence.
Around 10:41 this morning, fire fighters responded to 17-21 Jan Drive and reported seeing heavy smoke coming from the duplex and from the back bedroom window of the residence.
According to fire officials on the scene, the fire spread from the bedroom into the attic.
The official fire report indicates the fire caused about $65,000 dollars worth of damages due to heavy fire and smoke.
Fire fighters reportedly used 4000 gallons of water to extinguish the house fire and officials have not determined the cause of the fire at this time.
Jennie Stuart Medical Center officials say patients with damaged tissue to the muscular tube that connects the mouth to the stomach, a serious condition called Barrett’s Esophagus, can now be treated at the hospital’s ambulatory surgery campus.
Officials say three board-certified physicians are now trained to use a high-tech device that uses radio frequency waves to remove damages to the lining of the esophagus caused by stomach acid.
Director of the Ambulatory Surgery Campus, Cathy Love says, “This is important because this condition may be a precursor to esophageal cancer.”
According to Love, she estimates hundreds of residents in Trigg, Christian and Todd Counties could benefit from this treatment.
Dye awaits a hearing late last year.
The attorney for 18-year old Garrett Dye has filed an appeal of his murder conviction in the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Hopkinsville attorney Dennis Ritchie retained the right to appeal Circuit Judge Tyler Gill’s ruling to allow Dye’s confession in the hours following the murder of 9-year old Amy Dye on February 4th, 2010.
Ritchie said the confession was coerced and given under somewhat false pretenses. He would also say Dye had requested an attorney before the confession, but never received one.
Judge Gill ruled in the Commonwealth’s favor, allowing the taped confession to be used as evidence.
A jury never got to hear the confession, as Dye accepted a conditional plea deal and pled guilty to murder in exchange for a 50 year sentence. He will be eligible for parole in 20 years. Ritchie said his client accepted the plea deal in order to get the appeal process rolling as soon as possible.
An employee of the State Supreme Court Offices said there was no immediate schedule set up for when a hearing may be held in Dye’s case.
Interviewed after Dye’s plea in court, Ritchie said publicity after the release of state cabinet records would make it hard to get a fair trial in Todd County, if the Supreme Court rules in his favor.
Judge Gill warned Dye that cases rarely get overturned in the Supreme Court during the court hearing last year and made him admit to what he did before accepting his guilty plea.
He never won an election, but one of Kentucky’s most well-known candidates has died.
Perennial gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith passed away in his sleep at his Lexington home this morning at the age of 64. Galbraith ran for governor numerous times—as a democrat, under the Reform Party ticket and more often than not as an independent.
If you asked Gatewood why he kept running, he’d say because Kentucky has “perennial problems.”
Twice his political opponent, Governor Steve Beshear said he was saddened by Gatewood’s passing and called him a “passionate man.”
Galbraith was perhaps best known for his support of legalizing marijuana and was also the author of the book titled “The Last Free Man in America.”