The number of people killed on Kentucky roadways this year continues to run well ahead of last year’s pace and last week was another deadly one.
Preliminary statistics from Kentucky State Police show 15 people died in 15 separate crashes last week—with nine of the 14 victims in motor vehicles not wearing a seat belt.
The 15th victim was on a motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet and two of the wrecks involved alcohol. Fatal wrecks in western Kentucky happened in Calloway, Crittenden and Daviess Counties.
Through Sunday, 406 people had died on Kentucky roadways this year, which was 45 more than the number from a year ago. Sixty-nine of those victims died in wrecks involving the suspected use of alcohol.
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer says his office will be much more transparent than his predecessor’s.
Former Commissioner Richie Farmer has come under scrutiny and has been through numerous investigations for alleged misdeeds during his two terms in that post. Farmer’s hiring practices have also been called into question, with Comer saying he has been able to let some of the “bad apples go,” while keeping some of the good employees on the force.
Comer says a new department website will soon be launched where Kentuckians can look over all expenses and revenues at their convenience.
Commissioner Comer says there are also other projects in the works to make his department more accessible and transparent.
The apartment building fire on West 19th Street Saturday evening apparently began inside a wall.
The report from the Hopkinsville Fire Department says the blaze started around 10 minutes after 6 at 105 West 19th, which is near the Bethel Street intersection.
Crews had to cut into the wall from the inside and outside to get to the blaze that apparently began with electrical wiring.
The fire did 10-thousand dollars worth of damage to the structure and a thousand dollars worth to contents. The structure belongs to Sandifer Property Management of Hopkinsville.
A wreck at 9th and Campbell Friday evening sent a local man to the hospital for neck injuries.
The incident happened around 5:40, according to the report from Hopkinsville Police, which says 21-year old Justin Henderson of Hopkinsville turned into the path of 32-year old Troy Johnson of Hopkinsville.
Johnson couldn’t stop in time to avoid a wreck and the two vehicles collided in the intersection. Henderson was cited for failure to yield the right of way and Johnson was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
The five candidates vying to replace the late Fred Atkins on Hopkinsville City Council will make their case for why they are the best choice at tomorrow night’s meeting.
It was announced last week that the five people who filed paperwork to be considered by the remaining 11 council members are Wendell Green, Thomas Grant, Carolsue Daigre, Cornelia Belle and Terri Croney.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp recently appeared on the Lite 98.7 Early Bird Show and said it was encouraging that so many residents of Ward 1 were interested in serving.
The Mayor says there is a specific process council will go through to pick a replacement by the end of the night and all five will give statements and answer questions.
Councilman Atkins had served on council since 1999 and had only missed one meeting before becoming ill with a series of strokes in recent months.