This year’s Trail of Tears Native American Pow-Wow gets underway Friday evening with a free concert, weather permitting.
Organizer Peg Hays lays out the schedule for tonight’s events, which will take place in the park behind the Kentucky New Era on East 9th Street.
Ms. Hays also thanked the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Department for making the free concert possible. Events continue through the weekend at the park, with admission six dollars on Saturday and Sunday.
A truck reported stolen at a Hopkinsville motel was found wrecked shortly after out in the county.
The medium duty service truck belonging to B & K Telecommunications of Pennsylvania was reported stolen by Ty Chesson, who said he had been working on the vehicle and left it running and unattended.
The vehicle was soon found by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office overturned and abandoned at the interchange with I-24 and Newstead Road. The truck was valued at 25-thousand dollars before the wreck and 10-thousand after the incident. No suspects are listed on the report.
Law enforcement agencies are always finding ways to train officers on ways to become better crime fighters.
Hopkinsville Police Sergeant Michael Marzalek was one of nineteen graduates of a three-week long academy of police supervision, also referred to as the sergeant’s academy for newly promoted sergeants or officers.
Public Information Officer Paul Ray says while in the course, students took classes in various areas like resolving conflict, ethics, interpersonal communication, decision making, problem solving, managing critical incidents, public speaking, emotional survival, budgeting and media relations.
Two people were shot this morning in front of a child daycare center in Clarksville.
Clarksville Police say around 9:24 a.m. officers were called out to the area in front of 207
Chapel Street for a shooting in progress.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 22-year old female and 25-year old man with gunshot wounds.
The man was shot in the arm, hand and his head was grazed by a bullet, while the female was shot in the hand.
Police say the staffers with Kiddieland took immediate action to safeguard the children and employees that were inside of the Daycare when the shooting took place and also helped the shooting victims.
The man was taken by Lifeflight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, while the woman was transported by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center with both shooting victims listed in stable condition.
Despite receiving limited cooperation at the scene, police were able to determine that a fight took place shortly before the shooting between the 25-year old man and another man in the street.
Police say the female intervened during the physical altercation at some point during the fight the other man fired about four rounds that hit both the 25-year old man and 22-year old female.
Based on information gathered at the scene, officers determined that the Daycare was not a target and that the female shooting victim just dropped off her children off at the nursery when the confrontation between the two men took place.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact 931-645-8477.
Hopkinsville Chief Financial Officer Robert Martin and local historian William Turner shared the podium this afternoon as they spoke to Kiwanians about the Dark Patch Tobacco War that took place from 1904 to 1909 in Hopkinsville and throughout southwestern Kentucky.
Martin, whose home will be a part of a tour of local turn of the century homes during this year’s Tobacco War pilgrimage, says the Night Riders, a vigilante group started out with good intentions, but quickly turned violent as tobacco prices dropped because of the unreasonable price ceilings set by a tobacco broker.
On the night of December 7th, 1907, the Night Riders rode into the City of Hopkinsville and set fire to several barns, in addition to a tobacco warehouse owned by John Latham that was filled with dark tobacco owned by farmers who would not join the night riding cause. Several nearby homes also caught fire during the raid.
Organizers for the annual Night Rider Pilgrimage, which is scheduled to take place from Friday, September 21st through Sunday, September 23rd are encouraging residents to commemorate the uprising by attending one of the events planned during the three-day event.
For more information about this year’s Night Rider Pilgrimage, contact 270-887-4270.