Demolition continues on the old Planters Bank building where a new Hopkinsville City Hall will one day stand.
Mayor Dan Kemp recently appeared on the Early Bird Show and said crews are going as fast as they can and that another building will be torn down to create parking for city employees.
Mayor Kemp says the city will also work as hard and quickly as possible to make the Lackey Municipal building ready for the Police Department to move in once the downtown city hall is constructed.
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held earlier this fall for the new municipal building project, which was approved by City Council after considerable debate.
Our series from the League of Women Voters Political forum continues as we feature the two candidates vying for the Ward 5 Hopkinsville City Council seat in today’s news.
Incumbent Charlie Henderson debated Republican challenger Jason McCraw at the Bradford Square mall, where the two men disagreed on most issues.
Asked about whether there is a need for more police officers, McCraw said he would like to see a stronger force focused on curbing Hopkinsville’s drug problem.
Councilman Henderson said he will listen to what Chief Guy Howie and that he would be open to more officers if they are needed.
McCraw said he’d look at cutting city administrative jobs to curb spending, while Henderson said there are already several people doing the jobs of two people. Henderson said he supports the smoking ban ordinance because a vast majority of his constituents he’s spoken with want it, while McCraw says he believes businesses should be allowed to make the decision on their own.
The Political Forums take a day off for church night, but will resume tomorrow night at the Bradford Square Mall.
Fort Campbell officials say while thousands of local troops are expected to deploy in the coming months in support of Operation Enduring Freedoom, thousands of other soldiers are expected to return home this week.
Soldiers from the 8-87th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade are scheduled to return home from their nine-month deployment to Afghanistan this Friday.
During their deployment, the soldiers mostly provided direct support to the 172nd Infantry Brigade.
For the second day in a row, a coffee cup is listed as a factor in a wreck with injury in the city limits of Hopkinsville.
The report from Hopkinsville Police quotes 53-year old Danny Hampton of Hopkinsville as saying he reached down to pickup a coffee cup while traveling west on Country Club Lane around 5pm yesterday.
When he looked back up, a vehicle driven by 38-year old Dawn Adcock of Hopkinsville was stopped. Hampton didn’t have time to stop and rear-ended Ms. Adcock’s car. A passenger in the front vehicle, 3-year old Kristen Adcock, was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Everyone involved was properly restrained.
Montgomery County officials say they are pleased to play host to the U.S. Colored Troops Living History Association’s annual conference that is scheduled to take place next week.
Officials say on October 19th, as part of the annual conference, re-enactors will visit local schools to discuss the role of African-American troops in the Civil War and what life was like for those soldiers.
They will be at Northeast Middle and High Schools at 9 and 10 a.m. and at Tabernacle Christian School at 11 a.m. and at Rossview High School throughout that morning.
In addition to talking to local students, on Saturday, Civil War historian, Dr. David H. Slay will speak about U.S. Colored Troops in the Middle Mississippi Valley at the Montgomery Room at the Riverview Inn at 2 p.m.
The association’s annual national meeting will take place Friday, October 19th through Sunday, October 21st at Riverview Inn located at 50 College Street.