It’s going to be a hotter than usual Memorial Day weekend.
The National Weather Service in Paducah is expecting near record high temperatures in the mid 90’s, with upper 90’s possible in some locations.
Officials encourage residents to follow the basic rules of heat safety to keep from becoming overheated.
Residents are urged to drink plenty of water, avoid strenuous activity and wear light colored and light weight clothing while outside and to also make sure pets have plenty of fresh water and shade.
Officials say the last time it was this warm was back in the early part of September.
The Christian County Grand Jury indicted 13 people today for allegedly committing various criminal offenses, including sexual abuse of a minor.
The Grand Jury indicted 19-year old Sherri Pillow of Hopkinsville for two counts of 1st degree sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly having sexual contact with a minor under the age of 12 years old on April 11th.
25-year old Jusdan D. Lynch was indicted on 4 counts each of possessing and distributing child pornography. According to his indictment, Lynch knowingly possessed 4 pictures and or video files of child porn.
The True Bill against 37-year old Rahim Shabazz of Paducah includes trafficking in a controlled substance, fleeing or evading police and resisting arrest.
38-year old Terry Wayne Coleman of Hopkinsville was indicted for trafficking in marijuana, less than 8 ounces and Reynaldo Christopher Paniagua of Texas was indicted for trafficking in a controlled substance.
There could soon be new tornado sirens in three Todd County communities, if a federal grant application is approved.
Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley asked fiscal court to be the pass through agent for a potential grant at Friday morning’s meeting, which they agreed to do.
The sirens would cost Elkton and Trenton $2,000 each in matching funds and $4,000 to Guthrie because they want two.
Pulley explained the county’s strategy in where to reach the most people with the sirens.
In other business, court approved final reading of the 6.6 million dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year and final reading of the administrative code changes that reduce vacation and sick time accrual for county employees in exchange for a pay raise.
County Attorney Mac Johns said the county will start considering its tax rates to fund the budget later this summer, with Judge Executive Darryl Greenfield already on the record as saying he supports keeping the rates where they are.
The Eggner’s Ferry Bridge was reopened today and officials say a crowd was gathered early in the morning to be among the first to cross.
Pedestrians and bikers were allowed to cross hours before vehicle traffic was let through and Highway Department spokesman Keith Todd said there was a crowd gathered before the advertised time of 9am.
Hall Contracting of Louisville came in a couple days ahead of its deadline and traffic will now be able to use the eastern entrance to the Land Between the Lakes just in time for the peak of the summer tourism season.
The Bridge had been closed since the Delta Mariner Cargo Vessel knocked out a 322-foot span January 26th.
The Christian County Animal Shelter held its much-anticipated drawing for a free gas grill this morning.
Raffle tickets had been sold for the last several weeks for the chance to win a gas grill donated by Tractor Supply. Animal Shelter Director Irene Grace says Brenda Robinson of Manchester, Tennessee was the name drawn by Judge-Executive Steve Tribble in a morning ceremony at the store on the east side of the bypass.
Ms. Grace says the raffle brought in 850 dollars for the animal shelter. She also says the shelter is in desperate need of homes for cats and kittens, as the feline population at the shelter has dramatically increased the last several days.
The adoption fees for cats are being reduced in most cases to help those animals find homes as soon as possible.