Kentucky State Police in Muhlenberg County recently welcomed a new commander to their ranks.
Captain Ricki Allen of Muhlenberg County was named as the Post-2 District Commander and is 21-year veteran of KSP and has held numerous assignments with the agency.
Captain Allen most recently served as the Post 3 Commander in Bowling Green and was quoted as saying that he felt honored and privileged to serve his hometown community and is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
The Madisonville Post serves Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden and Hopkins Counties.
Governor Steve Beshear this week signed an executive order that he says will unite efforts to better prepare students for careers in the 21st Century.
The executive order will overhaul the state’s career and technical education system to help produce a skilled work force that businesses require today to remain competitive on a national and international scale.
The order combines the state’s two career and technical education systems under the advisement of Kentucky’s Department of Education.
Governor Steve Beshear says the career and technical education system should be first choice, not a last chance and he says students need an education system that provides job-training and learning opportunities that will put them on a career pathway.
The executive order also establishes a CTE Advisory Committee that will offer guidance in the design and implementation of programs.
Governor Beshear also remarked that studies have shown that graduation rates are higher among students who participate in CTE programs as opposed to those who do not and that seventy-five percent of Kentucky high school students were enrolled in career and technical education programs last year.
Christian Fiscal Court approved final reading of its property tax ordinance this morning, which includes a very slight increase to maintain revenue levels.
The increase equals an extra two dollars on the bill of an owner of a 100-thousand dollar property. Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says he thought it was important to keep the same level of money coming in to not take a step backward.
The City of Hopkinsville and Todd County Fiscal Court were able to increase revenue while keeping their property tax rates the same. Judge Tribble says the state looks at assessments and uses a formula to set tax rate options—and the numbers didn’t play out as well for the county.
The tax rate for tangible property actually decreased by three cents per 100 dollars of assessed value, according to Treasurer Walter Cummings. In other action, court entered an agreement with the City of Hopkinsville to use a revenue stream only available to Fiscal Court to re-pave East 21st Street, which has seen a considerable increase in traffic.
The work being done to make the proposed Oak Grove Village project a reality is happening with a pen and paper for now.
Oak Grove Director of Public Works Bill Chaudoin says now that the county has approved tax increment financing incentives, the next step is to wait for state officials to make an assessment of the project.
Once the state knows how much it will be on the hook for through its incentives, Chaudoin says the developer should have everything in place to get started.
The proposed development could include a shopping mall, some sort of amusement park, restaurants and even housing. The state, county and city have all approved tax incentives to make the project a reality.
The two Trigg County teens reported missing over the weekend were located this morning in Alabama.
A news release from Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam says Quentin Bird and Brittany Shafer were found at a rest stop by the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama.
The parents of both youths were immediately contacted and they headed to Alabama to pick up their children. Sheriff Burnam said his department had not spoken to the teens, so no other information was immediately available.