Graham speaks to Fiscal Court
Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham was recognized at this morning’s Fiscal Court meeting after recently winning a statewide award.
Graham became the first emergency manager from western Kentucky to ever receive the Outstanding Support and Service award from the Division of Emergency Management.
Judge-Executive Steve Tribble said the recognition came partly due to Graham’s assistance last spring in West Liberty, Kentucky after a tornado leveled much of that town.
Judge Tribble says Graham has also gone to neighboring counties over the years to assist with training and that is also part of the reason for the recognition.
In other business, Fiscal Court moved quickly through a routine agenda, approving the county’s five year solid waste management plan.
September 11th, 2001 fell on the second Tuesday of the month just as it did this year-meaning Christian Fiscal Court was meeting while perhaps the nation’s worst morning was unfolding.
County Attorney Mike Foster says he and others were watching the initial bulletins before that morning’s meeting after the first plane hit the world trade center.
The second plane struck the other tower only moments before he walked out of Judge Steve Tribble’s office for the court meeting and that’s when everyone knew it was much more than an accident.
Fiscal court observed a moment of silence at the beginning of this morning’s meeting to remember the victims.
Very few, if any, could comprehend the impact of the September 11th attacks as they were happening, but two groups of students at Hopkinsville Community College were certainly considering that question with different perspectives in the classroom of local historian William Turner as they took two separate tests.
The attacks had just happened and many of his students were unaware of what was going on for the morning class, which included WHOP’s Adam May as a student.
Turner says those students performed well for the most part, but afternoon class students taking a similar exam couldn’t focus and he learned a lesson from the stark difference in scores.
It may seem impossible in today’s world, but there was a unity across the country and the community in the weeks following 9/11 that Turner says he only saw twice during his teaching career.
Turner told his class that morning that they’d never forget being in his class on the morning of September 11th, 2001—and they most certainly never will.
Small children living in Christian County will soon be receiving a book at their home each month, thanks to an anonymous donor.
Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library Board Treasurer Diane Wood says the donor gave 200-thousand dollars for Christian County to participate in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.
Ms. Wood says the 7-thousand children in the county between the ages of zero and five will receive books monthly, once the program gets started.
There is a possibility the donor might continue the program when the money runs out, or it’s possible the community could be asked for help. Trigg and Muhlenberg Counties already participate in the program.
City of Hopkinsville official have announced the hosting of this year’s American Public Works Association Skills Competition.
A news release says the Kentucky Southern Branch “Road-eo” competition will be Thursday, September 20th in the parking lots at Tie Breaker Family Acquatic Center and the softball complex.
Public works departments from several cities in the region are expected to participate. The competition includes snow plowing exercises and backhoe operating.
Participants will manipulate equipment through a fixed course while being timed and scored for accuracy and ability to maneuver the machinery in a smooth and efficient manner.
Local Public Works Director Tom Wolf says the city is excited to host the competition and that he looks forward to collaboration with counterparts and demonstrating continued excellence in the field.
Hopkinsville’s Public Works placed first in the backhoe competition last year in Owensboro and swept the top four spots in the skid steer competition.