It didn’t take long for shelves at area department stores and shopping centers to be empty as thousands of residents woke up at the crack of dawn to take advantage of Black Friday sales.
Shemeka Hawkins of Hopkinsville says she doesn’t mind waking up early for good deals.
Ms. Hawkins says she has heart set on buying a new television and hoped waking up early will help save her some money.
Thanksgiving Day turned tragic for a Clarksville family.
Clarksville Police say 21-year old Amber Webster of 1974 Timberline Way passed away around 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving from injuries she sustained following a wreck on Sunday, November 18th.
Police say Webster was driving south on Ringgold Road and lost control of her vehicle for an unknown reason, which caused her vehicle to go off the right side of the road and crash into a utility pole.
Police say she was the only person in the vehicle and she was not wearing her seatbelt.
When officers arrived on the scene, she found on the passenger side of the vehicle.
Speed was determined to be a factor in the fatal wreck.
Police reported responding to 14 fatal wrecks this year.
While most residents had Thanksgiving Day off from work, others’ service was desperately needed to keep the community safe.
The Hopkinsville Fire Department responded to a house fire at 109 Sycamore Street around 8:20am, finding heavy smoke coming from the residence on the east side of town.
It took about 15 minutes to get the blaze knocked down, with no one injured in the incident. More will be known about the extent of the damage with the release of the fire department report.
A fantastic crowd gathered in downtown Hopkinsville this morning for the annual Turkey Trot, which benefited the Rails to Trails Foundation this year.
There was no cost to run in the 5k, but participants were encouraged to make a donation toward the rails to trails project or to purchase a t-shirt. Among the first-time participants was Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble, who said Mayor Dan Kemp talked him into coming out this year.
Judge Tribble, like everyone participating, was pleased with the relatively pleasant weather and sunny skies that welcomed the runners to 9th and Main.
In addition to benefiting the Rails to Trails Foundation, the annual Turkey Trot also goes along with the city’s mission to make Hopkinsville a healthier community through exercise and recreation.
Kentucky State Police is ramping up its patrols in an effort to keep the highways safe on this Thanksgiving weekend.
Trooper Michael Webb says there were nearly 13-hundred wrecks across Kentucky last Thanksgiving weekend.
Trooper Webb says KSP is focusing its checkpoints on areas prone to high collision rates.
Each KSP post tracks where wrecks happen and how often they happen to get an idea of where their resources can best be used. Post 1 issued a news release earlier this week saying they will focus a great deal of time on U.S. 68-80 in Trigg County over the weekend, looking to arrest impaired drivers and to cite those breaking traffic laws.