The young boy critically injured in a fatal wreck on Cox Mill Road Friday afternoon continues to recover at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office has released the official report from the incident, which identifies the juvenile as 4-year old Gabriel Ramey of Compton Road, Roaring Springs.
Officials at Vanderbilt say Ramey remains stabilized in a critical care unit in the children’s hospital and that is continuously under close watch.
The collision claimed the life of his mother—27-year old Crystal Ramey. The report says the driver of the other vehicle, 41-year old Michael Board of Oak Grove Loop, Eddyville; told police that Ms. Ramey never stopped at the stop sign on Cox Mill and drove directly into his path on Kentucky 117.
Board said he tried to stop, but couldn’t avoid a collision. Board was treated and released from Jennie Stuart Medical Center for relatively minor injuries.
Drugs and alcohol were not suspected as factors in the wreck, though blood samples were sent off just to be sure. Results of those tests are pending.
A named suspect is listed on a sexual abuse report, with a juvenile female telling Hopkinsville Police that a man made unwanted sexual contact with her.
The incident happened Tuesday between 4 and 7pm in the city, with the 13-year old girl telling officers a 20-year old man grabbed her, pulled her close to him and kissed her on the lips.
The victim said she pulled away from him as quickly as she could and that he continued to make unwanted advances through the day.
Alcohol is listed as a factor in the case.
Todd County fared okay in the recent release of the County Health Rankings by the University of Wisconsin.
The study ranks each county in every state against each other on dozens of factors relating to the overall health of citizens.
Todd County ranked 56th out of 120 counties, which is five spots worse than Christian and 17 worse than Logan County—but 25 spots better than adjoining Muhlenberg County.
In fact, Todd County came in third healthiest in the Pennyrile, behind Lyon and Christian.
The study showed that eight percent of the adult population suffers from some type of alcohol addiction or binge drinking tendency. That number is equal with the national average and below the state average. Todd was a dry county last year when the study was being done and no other county west of Owensboro had a lower alcoholism rate.
Since the study was done, voters in Guthrie passed a ballot referendum allowing alcohol sales in that town.
Factors dragging Todd County down include 22-percent of the population lacking health insurance. That is double the national average and five percent more than the state average.
The ration of primary care physicians to the population is drastically off-kilter with state and national averages, coming in at 2,026 citizens to every one physician.
Another disturbing number is that 35-percent of children in Todd County live in poverty—22-percent higher than the national average and nine percent higher than the state rate.
Hundreds of Fort Campbell soldiers are expected to return from their year-long deployment from Kuwait and Afghanistan this week, just in time to celebrate the Easter holiday with family and friends.
The soldiers who are returning from deployment are assigned to the local post’s 101st Finance Company, 101st Sustainment Brigade.
Fort Campbell officials say a welcome home ceremony for the 101st Finance Company is scheduled to take place Friday, April 6th at 5:15 a.m. while, a welcome home ceremony for the 101st Human Resources Company is scheduled to take place on April 8th at 2 p.m. at the Brigade headquarters.
Officials want to remind family members of soldiers that flight times may change in the near future.
Several churches in Logan and adjoining counties are fighting back against a business trying to hire pole dancers to increase revenues.
The Tenn-Tucky State Line Tavern is located near the Tennessee border in the Logan County town of Adairville and owner Sheila Haley is seeking a permit to offer pole dancing at her bar.
Haley says pole dancing would increase her business, but Calvary General Baptist Church pastor Brent Johnson says it’s immoral and would only increase crime such as drugs and violence.
Haley disagrees with the vast majority of religious leaders who oppose the permit and says the dancers would be wearing bikinis.
Leaders from nearby churches in Tennessee are also asking for the permit to be denied.