Hopkinsville City Council tonight were split down the middle when it came to passing the second reading of a public smoking ban ordinance with Mayor Dan Kemp having to break the tie.
The ordinance passed, despite receiving opposition from Council members Jimmy Dossett, Wesley Grimes, Ann Cherry, Patricia Bell, Paul Henson and Marby Schlegel, who all voted against the measure.
Things even got a little heated between Councilmen Paul Henson and Charlie Henderson.
Prior to voting, Henson first expressed his distaste in having to even consider the very idea of adopting a public smoking ban, which he stated would be a huge disservice to the community.
Kentucky State Police investigated a single-vehicle injury collision early this morning in Webster County.
State Police say the wreck occurred on the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway, just 3 miles north of Sebree around 6:45 a.m.
The preliminary investigation revealed that 61-year old Margaret B. Wells of Manitou was driving a 2012 GMC Sierra pickup truck northbound on the parkway when she reached for her phone and lost control of the vehicle.
As a result, Wells’ vehicle exited the right side of the roadway and overturned on its passenger side in a ditch.
Wells, who was wearing a seatbelt, was treated at the scene by Webster County EMS. There were no passengers.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that a notice process is underway for Kentuckians who purchased e-books and are eligible to receive compensation under a $69 million national settlement with publishers.
About $700,000 of the multi-million dollar settlement has been set aside for Kentucky consumers who purchased e-books from April 1st,2010 through May 21st from Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers LLC and Simon & Schuster Inc.
If the court gives final approval, consumers who bought one or more qualifying e-books during that time frame and who followed the instructions in their notices will receive a credit into their e-book retailer account or a check.
Last month, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C., and Simon & Schuster Inc. agreed to pay over $69 million to consumers to resolve antitrust claims of an alleged unlawful conspiracy to fix the prices of electronic books and also agreed to change the way they price e-books.
Kentucky State Police continue to investigate a wreck where a vehicle struck a police officer this morning.
State Police say the collision occurred near the six mile-marker on US 68 East in the limits of Elkton around 7:15 a.m.
The preliminary investigation indicates that 36-year old Elkton Police Officer Brian Atkinson of Hopkinsville was responding to a two-vehicle, non-injury wreck on US 68 East and was pushing one of those vehicles off the travel portion of the roadway when he was struck by a 1996 Chevy Cavalier that was driven by 50-year old Richard Seay of Elkton.
State Police say Seay was driving eastbound on the roadway when the collision occured and as a result of the impact, Officer Atkinson was knocked to the pavement and the vehicle he was pushing was also struck by Seay’s vehicle.
Officer Atkinson was transported by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of multiple injuries, while Seay, who was wearing a seatbelt, sustained minor injuries and refused treatment.
The investigation into the wreck is being handled by State Trooper Michael Dennis.
Troopers Nick Rice and Jonathan McGehee, Detective Scott Smith, the Elkton Police Department, the Todd County Sheriff’s Department, Todd County Fire & Rescue, and Todd County EMS assisted at the scene.
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear made two stops in the southern Pennyrile this morning, presenting federal grant money checks to four communities to improve their walking trails.
Appearing first at the Pennyrile Area Development district, First Lady Beshear said trails are part of a plan to get Kentuckians back outdoors exercising.
She says Kentucky is one of the unhealthiest states in the country and walking trails are places where families can go and become healthier together.
Dawson Springs received a grant of about 53-thousand dollars for a “park to park” trail that will eventually link the city’s trail with the trail at Pennryile Forest State park. Muhlenberg County received 80-thousand dollars for improvements on its rails to trails project and Nortonville got 25-thousand dollars for an additional 3-thousand feet of walking trail.
The First Lady left Hopkinsville for Trenton to announce that town received 50-thousand dollars to extend the walking trail on the south side of that Todd County town.