After enduring physical agony for several hours, two Fort Campbell soldiers have earned bragging rights for life.
1st Lieutenant Jackson Wittkamper and 2nd Lieutenant Samuel Wilkins, both Infantry Platoon leaders with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team were both named the toughest air assault soldier after competing against 66 other soldiers for the chance to win the coveted title.
Fort Campbell officials say the toughest air assault soldier competition, which featured a 12-mile foot march, obstacle courses, a written test, a sling load test, and rappelling is just one of many events that took place during Week of the Eagles.
Military officials say this year’s Week of the Eagles celebration is special because it also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the 101st Airborne Division.
The 25th annual Pow-Wow is just weeks away in Hopkinsville and organizers are hoping for an even bigger turn-out than in previous years.
Officials say two great bands will open with a free, outdoor concert on Friday, September 7th to help kick-off the event.
A high energy southern rock band called Southern Dirt Band will take to the stage at 6 p.m. and then at 8 p.m. an American blues rock group called Indigenous are set to perform.
Officials are asking concert goers to enter through the Pembroke Road, Trail of Tears Park entrance, nearest Carter Lumber with free parking on Friday night only.
Spectators are also encouraged to bring their chairs and blankets and well behaved pets on a leash to the concert.
Officials say personal coolers and alcoholic beverages will not be allowed, but food and drinks will be available to purchase from vendors.
Clarksville Police responded to a fatal wreck involving three vehicles that occurred on the 101st Airborne Division Parkway and Ringgold Road last night.
Police say around 5:45 p.m. a 2011 GMC Acadia driven by 41-year old Alonso Tovar, was traveling east on 101st, and attempted to make a left turn onto Ringgold Rd, but failed to yield to a westbound 1998 Honda Accord driven by 64-year old Dae Kang, a Pastor at New Eden Korean-American Presbyterian Church.
Police say as a result of Tovar’s action’s, the Honda collided into the Arcadia and then continued onward to hit a stopped Toyota 4Runner, driven by 34-year old Jacquelynn Jackson-Bunch and finally came to rest after running into a stop sign.
Dae Kang and his wife, 65-year old Tae Kang, who was a passenger in the Honda, were both transported by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center, where Tae Kang passed away shortly after the crash, while her husband was treated and released from the hospital this morning.
Police say the cause of death is still under investigation and that alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the wreck, but charges are pending.
The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Kevin Wayne Dunlap case this morning in Frankfort, where attorneys for the man accused of murdering three children and attempting to kill their mother four years ago in Trigg County said he was incompetent to make his guilty plea when he did.
The Justices seemed to have a hard time accepting the defense argument that an unusual brain shape could have hindered his decision-making abilities when he committed the crime and when he made the plea.
Justice Mary Noble pointed out that Dunlap had just as much brain as he ever did when he made his plea and when he killed Kayla Williams, Kortney Frensley and Ethan Frensley and attempted to kill Kristy Frensley before setting their Roaring Springs home on fire.
Justice Wil Schroeder took issue with the assertion that anyone who would plead guilty must have a mental deficiency, with Ms. Noble saying that was not the defense argument.
Dunlap’s defense has argued he doesn’t have a frontal lobe to his brain the way a normal person does, which could hinder his ability to make correct decisions. They also argued with the jury selection process in the sentencing case, saying jurors were allowed to remain in the pool who should have been struck.
The court will issue their ruling at a later time and Justice Bill Cunningham recused himself from the case.
The second annual Kelly Little Green Men Days will get underway tomorrow night in the north Christian County community, with perfect weather and a large crowd anticipated.
Event organizer Frank Brown says there will be plenty of entertainment for the Friday
Following the escape artist’s performance, there will be a video-drama about the “Kelly Green men incident” of August 21st, 1955.
Tickets for Friday night’s events are a 10 dollar donation to the Kelly Community organization, while admission to all of Saturday’s festivities is free. The weather forecast calls for nearly ideal conditions and Brown says he expects people from across the country and at least one person from Australia to attend.