Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police indicate that 13 people died in 12 separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, November 25th through Sunday.
State Police say four fatalities occurred prior to the start of the Thanksgiving holiday reporting period.
A single fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Boone Calloway, Jefferson and Whitley Counties with the victim in Jefferson County not wearing a seat belt and the crash in Whitley County involved the suspected use of alcohol.
Police say seven fatalities were reported as the result of six motor vehicle crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, which started at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27th and ended at midnight on Sunday.
Police say a double fatality crash occurred in Green County and single fatality crashes occurred in Graves, Knox, Marshall, Owsley and Warren counties with the victims in Graves, Owsley and Warren counties not wearing seat belts and the crashes in Marshall, Owsley and Warren counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.
Police say also reported during the holiday period was a motorcycle fatality in Daviess County and a pedestrian was killed in Jefferson County as the result of a crash involving the suspected use of alcohol.
In 2012, 1,064 traffic crashes occurred throughout Kentucky during the Thanksgiving holiday period, claiming seven lives and injuring 202 people.
Through Sunday, preliminary statistics indicate that 586 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013, which is 98 fewer than what was reported for this time period last year.
Tickets are still available for residents to attend this year’s Stars & Promises concert featuring Peter Mayer.
Peter Mayer will be returning to Hopkinsville with his Stars & Promises 2013 Follow the Star tour on Thursday, December 19th at 7 p.m. at the Alhambra Theatre.
The concert has become an annual holiday tradition for many communities, and will also showcase the musical talents of Hopkinsville’s very own, Maggie Estes.
All proceeds will benefit the Saint Luke Free Clinic and Pennyroyal Hospice.
For more information contact, Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation Department Superintendent Gary McIntyre at 270-887-4290.
The first significant blast of winter weather could impact the southern Pennyrile region later this week, though there are still a lot of unknowns.
The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued special weather statements regarding the possibility of frozen or freezing precipitation Thursday and Friday and Warning Coordination Meteorologist Rick Shanklin says it's all due to two weather systems converging on the area—one with moisture and the other with cold air.
Shanklin expects the area to get a mixed bag of winter precipitation, including freezing rain, before it ends as snow Friday.
While travel impacts are expected at some point late this week, Shanklin says they don't anticipate it being a major winter storm at this time.
Stay tuned to the WHOP family of stations and check our websites and Facebook page for the latest on this developing weather situation.
Fifty local families are counting on a merrier Christmas because of a Hopkinsville Fire Department charitable tradition and fire-fighters are hoping the community will help make it happen again.
Christmas for Kids is a program where families apply for assistance through the Salvation Army and the fire department provides the age appropriate toys and gifts. Organizer and Hopkinsville Fire Inspector Cecelia Cloos says those 50 families account for over 100 children of all ages needing gifts.
Inspector Cloos says gifts for younger and older girls and boys are being accepted at each fire station through December 20.
If you don't like to shop, you can also drop off a cash donation at a fire station for the Christmas for Kids program. A majority of the toys will be received by the children Saturday, December 21.
Police in Tennessee continue to investigate a suspicious fatal house fire in Robertson County from over the weekend and are seeking a suspect for questioning.
A news release from the Robertson County Sheriff's Office says 49-year old David Greenwood is a person of interest and he is being sought for questioning related to the incident. If you know of his whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office.
Greenwood is approximately 6’1” tall, weighing 170lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. He should be driving a silver 2002 Dodge Ram with damage to bed area. The license plate on the truck should be 998 BZD.
One person was found deceased early Sunday morning after a fire at 2526 Jack Teasley Road. The victim's name has not been released.