Tonight’s Hopkinsville City Council meeting began on a positive note with Mayor Dan Kemp making a major announcement concerning various local organizations.
Mayor Kemp excitedly announced that 14 area doctors, who recently formed the Indian Physicians Alliance, collectively decided to donate $40,000 to the city of Hopkinsville to benefit numerous organizations.
The physicians also pledged to donate up to $200,000 over the next five years to go towards other agencies.
The following organizations and agencies were the recipients of the generous donation:
The Salvation Army received $2,500 to go towards its soup kitchen; the Hopkinsville Fire Department received $2,000; Hopkinsville Police and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office both received $1,500; the Hopkinsville-Christian County Crime Stoppers also received $1,500; $4,000 was set aside to go towards funding the city’s International Festival; the A.W. Watts Senior Center received $2,500 to go towards its meals on wheels program; Challenge House Inc. received $2,500; Sanctuary Inc. received $2,500; the Boys and Girls Club of Hopkinsville-Christian County received $1,500 and Christian County Public Schools received $2,500.
Mayor Kemp says he is confident that the money will be put to good use by each organization.
Mayor Kemp explains details of the ordinance that he described as an overhaul of the previous ordinance.
Prior to voting, council members Ann Cherry, Paul Henson and Charlie Henderson expressed their concerns about the ordinance and how it could possibly have a negative impact on local businesses and at one point, things got a little heated between Councilwoman Cherry and Mayor Kemp.
One of two suspects believed to have robbed a Clarksville Kangaroo Express has been taken into custody.
Clarksville Police say 23-year old Christopher Randolph is now charged with aggravated robbery, driving on a revoked or suspended license, simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation.
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the other alleged robber.
Police say around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, two suspects entered the Kangaroo Express located on Dover Road and Kelsey Drive and held up the business at gunpoint.
Police say one of the suspects was wearing all black with a white shirt tied around his head and carrying a handgun, while the second suspect was wearing all red with a red bandana around his face.
Police say the two suspects fled the scene in a blue Oldsmobile with dark tinted windows.
Police are asking anyone with information about Saturday’s robbery to contact 931-648-5269.
Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police indicate that 15 people died in 15 separate crashes on state roadways from Monday, July 30th through Sunday.
State Police say 12 of the victims were traveling in motor vehicles and eight were not wearing seat belts and one fatality was the result of a wreck involving the suspected use of alcohol.
State Police say two of the fatalities also involved motorcycles and one of the victims was not wearing a helmet, while the other motorcycle fatality involved the suspected use of alcohol.
State Police reported fatalities occurring in Fayette, Carlisle, Daviess, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Hart, Madison, Marion, Ohio, Pike, Rockcastle, Henderson and Jefferson Counties.
There were no fatalities reported in Christian, Trigg and Todd Counties.
Through August 5th, preliminary statistics indicate that 437 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012, which is 19 more than what was reported for this time period last year.
The Christian County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning to celebrate the opening of a state of the art Wound Healing Center at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
The wound center is located on the ground floor of the hospital at the Outpatient Procedures entrance on High Street.
JSMC’s clinical partner for wound services is Healogics, Inc., formerly National Healing Corp. which is considered to be the world’s largest provider of hospital based outpatient managed wound care centers and treated more than one million wounds last year.
Jennie Stuart President and CEO, Eric Lee says the center will provide innovative treatment services for years to come.
Officials say the cost to build and equip the Wound Healing Center was about $400,000 with half of the cost going towards purchasing the two hyperbaric chambers.
The Christian County Health Department wants to remind new parents about a new program that’s designed to help guide them through parenthood.
The program is called H.A.N.D.S which stands for health access nurturing development services.
Darlene Shemwell gives more details about the voluntary program.
Ms. Shemwell says it’s a great program for the community.
For more information about the H.A.N.D.S program, contact 270-887-4160.