The Kentucky Highway Department is reminding local motorists of nighttime road closures on Country Club Lane this week.
A news release from Highway Department Spokesman Keith Todd says Country Club will be closed from 8pm until 6am each night this week between Canton Pike and Cox Mill Road while the Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority does a sewer replacement project between Sherwood Drive and Cox Mill.
The work is expected to be done by early Saturday morning and the contractor will maintain local access for homeowners on each side of the closure point. Approximately 9,000 vehicles travel that portion of Country Club Lane each day.
Hopkinsville continues to deal with a bird problem, though options for moving them along are very limited.
Mayor Dan Kemp said last week that he had received numerous complaints about bird nesting causing a nuisance and assured residents the city’s contractor—McGee Pest Control—was working six days a week to drive them somewhere else.
Corey Keller of McGee says they are doing all they can to drive the birds away using loud noise making devices.
Keller says Hopkinsville seems to be in the birds’ annual navigational track and this year’s problems are primarily in the Great Oaks Subdivision area.
The nesting black birds are mostly a noise nuisance issue, but some fear possible health issues as histoplasmosis can be spread by their excrement.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating one of the more bizarre chain of events one will ever see as a man was reportedly stabbed before wrecking into the front of a Fort Campbell Boulevard business—with DUI charges also levied against him.
The stabbing incident happened first, but was known about last. The first degree assault report says that happened at 883 Honeysuckle Drive, where 25-year old Jeffrey Bess of Fort Campbell had been beaten up and stabbed by multiple suspects between 3 and 9pm.
Bess was able to get away, but had medical complications from the incident and wrecked into the front of Bluegrass Finance at 2512 Fort Campbell Boulevard around 8:30pm. Police found him unresponsive with difficulty breathing and allegedly smelling of alcohol.
Officers did not yet know that he had also been stabbed and the citation for DUI says he became belligerent at the Jennie Stuart Medical Center Emergency Room. He reportedly admitted to being drunk at the hospital.
Medical personnel at Jennie Stuart soon discovered his stab wound and the assault investigation then began. Sgt. Mike Platero said there are currently no suspects known to police. Bess would later be taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
Tilley Dossett Westerfield
A Kentucky House committee passed a public smoking ban ordinance last week and local lawmakers are divided on where they stand on the issue.
Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville says a majority of the people he hears from are in favor of a ban in places such as restaurants and says the bill must be constructed to make good common sense.
State Senator Whitney Westerfield says he didn’t go to restaurants where smoking was allowed before the ban was instituted in Hopkinsville, but fears a ban on smoking puts Kentucky on a slippery slope on telling businesses what they can and can’t do.
Representative Myron Dossett echoed many of Westerfield’s thoughts and said the current version of the law could possibly make it illegal for a farmer to smoke in a barn—something he sees as nonsensical.
The measure’s next stop is a vote in the full house, though it will likely find more opposition in the state senate.
The Todd County Board of Education will consider hiring a Resource Officer at its monthly meeting tonight at Todd Central High School.
Superintendent Wayne Benningfield says the resource officer would rotate between the county’s schools and would be responsible to make the buildings a safer place.
Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin approached Benningfield with the idea recently after funds became available that could only be used for school safety measures. Benningfield says it’s something that’s been needed for some time.
The Elkton Police Department would provide uniforms and equipment for the resource officer, while the school system would pay an hourly rate to the department for his or her presence.