After months of discussion, votes and debate, Hopkinsville City Council could approve a public smoking ban during tomorrow night’s meeting.
First reading of Mayor Dan Kemp’s ordinance without amendments passed on a 6-to-6 tie two weeks ago when the mayor broke the gridlock with a “yes” vote.
Second reading is on the agenda for the meeting tomorrow night at 6 and Mayor Kemp says he’s hopeful it will pass again and hopes the General Assembly will do the same thing at some point.
Mayor Kemp says if approved, the ordinance would take effect at the beginning of the year.
Supporters of the ordinance say it will benefit the overall health of the community by reducing exposure to second-hand smoke, while critics say it impedes on a business owner’s right to operates as he or she sees fit.
Our ongoing coverage of this November’s General Election resumes this morning with the candidates for 3rd District State Senator.
Incumbent Senator Joey Pendleton debated former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Whitney Westerfield at the Bradford Square Mall last week, where the candidates went back and forth on several issues for about 45 minutes.
Hopkinsville City Council could have a smoking ban ordinance soon and several other larger cities already do—but the two candidates were asked about a possible statewide public smoking ban.
Westerfield says giving government the authority to ban smoking in businesses could start a slippery slope.
Senator Pendleton said he does support a statewide smoking ban because of the proven ill-effects smoking and second hand smoke has on people’s health.
Asked about some of the important issues facing Kentucky over the next four years, Pendleton cited the need to create jobs and Westerfield elaborated on the Commonwealth’s sinking state employee pension system.
The two men are running in Christian, Todd and Logan Counties.
First responders are on the scene of a wreck near Pembroke this morning.
Few details are known, but the crash happened around 7 near the 2100 block of Pembroke-Oak Grove Road—which is just south of the Long Pond Road intersection.
Two people were reportedly injured, though the severity of their injuries isn’t immediately known. Motorists should slow down and use caution when traveling in that area this morning.
A Hopkinsville man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk Saturday afternoon when he ran off Fort Campbell Boulevard and struck a brand new vehicle at a car lot.
The incident happened around 4:30 at Sisk Auto Mall, where 45-year old Ashby Drummond of Hopkinsville was northbound when he drifted across the southbound lanes, into a ditch and through a wire fence before striking a 2013 Honda Pilot in the front.
The car sustained moderate damage and Drummond went uninjured. Officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his person and he failed field sobriety tests.
A computer check revealed Drummond was driving on a suspended license for a previous DUI. He was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license and his second DUI in the last five years.
After fighting an illness for several months that required him to take time away from the job, word came Sunday afternoon that Montgomery County Sheriff Norman Lewis, Jr. had passed away.
He had recently undergone stem cell treatments in Houston and was serving in this third term as Sheriff.
Lewis had previously worked with the Tennessee Highway Patrol before being elected. A news release from Montgomery County Government says arrangements are incomplete at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home.
The members of the Sheriff’s Office are requesting the prayers of area residents for the Lewis family and for the department as it goes through this difficult time.