The Christian County Public School System has announced the hiring of two women to positions in the central office.
A news release says Melanie Barrett has been selected as the Director of Pupil Personnel. Ms. Barrett fills the vacancy left when Kathy Hancock became the district’s Chief of Operations Officer.
Ms. Barrett is already at work in her new position and says her primary job will be to reduce truancy.
There are several pro-active strategies that will be utilized, though all are focused on communication between the district and parents.
Ms. Barrett most recently worked as an Assistant Principal at Christian County High School. She also served as coordinator of the Workforce Investment Act and as the Coordinator of the Academy of Continuing Education.
Meanwhile, former Todd County School System Assistant Superintendent Vicki Myers has been named as the new Director of Personnel. Ms. Myers fills the vacancy left by Laura Morris, who now serves as the district’s Chief Administrative Officer.
Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill says she believes the two women will thrive in their new positions while making great advancements in the education system.
The Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission is once again seeking nominations for the Hal and Bettye Thurmond Award.
Submissions must include a brief bio of explanation stating why you believe the person is worthy. Hal and Bettye Thurmond worked in the 1950’s and 60’s to integrate housing, lunch counters and public schools in Christian County. Hal Thurmond was was the owner of Blue Lake Block and was president of the Chamber of Commerce. His efforts helped establish the Human Relations Commission and his wife Bettye would become the Executive Director.
This year’s winner will be announced at the Mayor’s Unity Breakfast on October 25th at the Holiday Inn, where HCC President Doctor Jim Selbe will be the keynote speaker. Nikki Radford was the winner of last year’s award.
Clarksville Police have new information regarding three open murder cases from the last two years and are asking for the public’s help to help them solve them.
The first case is the September 2010 death of 74-year old Jonah Russell Gray. A family member found Gray alone and deceased in his residence and his death was ruled homicide. Gray had been at work only five hours before his body was found.
The second case is from May 7th of last year, when multiple black males kicked open the door at 614 Bunker Hill and demanded money of the residents at gunpoint. Shot and killed was 37-year old Raul Arias Triana. Police believe the home invasion was not a random act and are confident it was a drug-related incident.
The most incident was January 6th of this year, when officers were called to the 1100 block of Main Street and found 33-year old Amanda Weyand and 23-year old Derrick Darnell Sherden of 1114 Main dead from gunshot wounds. Forensic evidence has generated some good leads that were not available at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information on any of the three cases is asked to call Clarksville Police at 931-645-8477.
A public smoking ban in Hopkinsville will once again be up for discussion when the City Council Committee of the Whole meets tomorrow night.
The ordinance was tabled earlier in the summer after discussion of several potential amendments. Council will head back to “square one” with the committee process and Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says he wants to see it get done.
Supporters of the ordinance say it would work to benefit the public’s help, while detractors argue it violates the rights of individual business owners. Mayor Kemp says surveys have shown a majority of Hopkinsville residents want a smoking ban.
Some of the proposed amendments have included exclusions for businesses with only a few employees, though that proposition has been questioned based on whether it’s constitutional. The committee will meet in council chambers at 6pm Thursday evening.