The annual Hopkinsville Veterans Honor Parade is set for tomorrow morning downtown along the usual route.
Mayor Dan Kemp says the parade will begin at 10am at the War Memorial Building and will conclude at the Christian County Justice Center with a brief ceremony.
The mayor says the parade and ceremonies reinforce the community’s support of veterans and appreciation for their sacrifices.
VFW Post 1913 will be holding a separate ceremony following the parade at the post next to Kroger. World War II veteran Ernest Goode will be the featured speaker at that event. Mr. Goode flew over 30 missions over Germany during the second world war.
What was supposed to be a gesture of appreciation to the men and women of the military turned into trouble this morning when traffic congestion stopped traffic on major roadways.
“Tank Full of Love” was providing free gasoline to active duty military at the Oak Grove Pilots and the Flying J beginning at 8 this morning, but traffic had backed up onto I-24 and down For Campbell Boulevard into the parking lot of businesses by 8:30.
Kentucky 115 was at a standstill as well and Oak Grove Police stopped the program by 8:45. Kentucky State Police were assisting Oak Grove Police in trying to manage the traffic to allow the program to continue, but it couldn’t be done to sufficiently keep roadways safe for motorists.
Several agencies in Todd County are combining forces to host a forum later this month to address health issues in the community.
Nena Francies of the Todd School District and Shelbie Stokes of the Todd County Health Department appeared at this morning’s Fiscal Court meeting, where Ms. Francies gave the rundown on what the Todd County Community Assessment Forum will be about.
Breakfast and lunch will be served at the forum that’s scheduled for 9 until 1 O’clock on November 30th. Ms. Stokes says all different types of agencies, organizations and churches have been invited to participate and they are hoping for significant community involvement.
Todd Fiscal Court agreed to move its meeting that morning up an hour to allow magistrates time to attend. In other action, court gave Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield authority to start accepting applications from non-profit and school organizations next week to remove litter from the side of roadways in exchange for 40 dollars per mile.
Court will meet again Friday, November 30th at 8am.
Fifteenth District State Representative Brent Yonts is a member of the Task Force on Pensions in the General Assembly and says a recommendation will be made by the end of the year.
Representative Yonts says fixing the pension system problems is a monumental task.
Representative Yonts says a number of factors have led to the pension system getting in bad shape over several years, including bad investments and a lack of sufficient funding.
The General Assembly will have to take action on the matter next year in order to keep the system afloat; it’s just a matter of what action.
Yonts represents Muhlenberg and portions of Christian and Hopkins Counties.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating a burglary on East 9th Street.
The break-in happened at 1928 East 9th Street, according to the Hopkinsville Police report, which says someone forced the back door open and stole $3,350 worth of property including tools, bicycles and household items.
The residence belongs to 58-year old Steven Mudd, who didn’t know who might have broken in. No suspects are listed on the report and the investigation continues.