Governor Steve Beshear announced today that a 17-member panel has been created to help ensure that state agencies meet the policies and standards concerning child abuse and neglect cases.
Created by an executive order that was issued in July, the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel will be conducting in-depth reviews of child fatalities and near fatalities that were determined to be the result of child abuse or neglect.
Governor Beshear was quoted as saying that this panel will play a critical role in efforts to protect Kentucky’s children.
The panel will be publishing an annual report of case reviews, findings and recommendations which will then be submitted to the Governor, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the General Assembly.
The annual report will also be available to the public and will be published online at the websites of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Public Safety Cabinet.
The Christian County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Salute to Fort Campbell week was a huge success, with hundreds of residents, soldiers and their families attending various events.
Organizers say attendance went up for the Freedom Friday Chili Cook-off compared to previous years with people enjoying samples of different chili’s cooked on-site by teams competing for the grand prize.
The Hopkinsville Fire Department, which previously won four times, did not take first place during this year’s contest as it went to a unit attached to the 1-59th Combat Aviation Brigade.
However, during a recent Hopkinsville City Council meeting, Mayor Dan Kemp recognized the local fire department for their special recipe.
A Clarksville man has been charged in connection with a fatal wreck in Montgomery County last month.
The wreck happened on the 101st Parkway at Ringgold Road August 15th when 41-year old Alonso Tovar of Clarksville reportedly attempted to make a left turn onto Ringgold and drove into the path of 64-year old Dae Kang.
Kang’s wife, 65-year old Tae Kang, would later die at Gateway Medical Center from injuries sustained in the crash.
Clarksville Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says Tovar turned himself in at the Montgomery County Jail Tuesday and was charged with failure to yield the right of way resulting in death.
A single-vehicle wreck involving a motorcycle last night on Henderson Drive injured a local man.
The incident happened around 10pm near the intersection with Noel Avenue, according to the report by Hopkinsville Police Officer Tommy Hoffman.
42-year old James Thomas of Hopkinsville was reportedly northbound on Henderson when he ran off the road and lost control, causing his bike to turn over. Thomas reportedly sustained several external injuries from sliding on the pavement and was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Police say he was not wearing a helmet.
Todd County Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says he expects his county to see positive results after the speed limit on U.S. 68-80 goes up to 65 miles per hour on October 2nd.
It is expected that more GPS systems will route motorists through Todd, Christian, Logan and Trigg Counties instead of a longer interstate or parkway route once the speed limit takes effect and Judge Greenfield says that’s great news.
Judge Greenfield says traffic count is often a major factor when businesses are deciding whether or not to move into a community and he hopes the increased volume will give Todd County a leg up.
Like so many others, Judge Greenfield gave part of the credit to the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance for its efforts on the long sought after measure.