Longtime Ward 1 Hopkinsville City Councilman Fred Atkins passed away early Sunday morning after suffering multiple strokes in recent months.
Councilman Atkins, who had served the citizens of Ward 1 for over a decade, was perhaps as well known in the city for his duties at the North Drive BB&T bank branch as he was for his life in politics.
Many times customers at the bank would strike up a conversation with Fred while being serviced by another employee. Atkins’ kind demeanor and genuine likeability translated almost perfectly to his duties on council—as he was able to work with members of all political persuasions through the years.
Councilman Charlie Henderson and Atkins were among the two longest tenured members and Henderson described Fred as one of the kindest men he’s ever known.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp said Atkins will be sorely missed as a friend and councilman.
Like Henderson, Mayor Kemp said Fred’s positive outlook and kindness will be what is most remembered.
Funeral arrangements for Atkins are incomplete at Gamble Funeral Home.
A cashier at the Hopkinsville K-Mart was arrested very early Sunday morning on charges that she and two other women schemed to steal well over 9-thousand dollars worth of merchandise.
The alleged activity had been going on since April, according to K-Mart Loss Prevention, who say 19-year old Keroneka Leavell of Hopkinsville admitted to bagging merchandise for two females and allowing them to walk out with items they never paid for when they went to her register.
A list of items stolen was not yet provided, but the overall total worth of merchandise is listed at $9,441.34. Leavell was charged with theft and lodged in the Christian County Jail.
A hit and run wreck involving a motorcycle on West 7th Street in Hopkinsville Saturday resulted in a search that expanded into two counties.
The collision happened around 4:30 just west of the Woodshed, according to the report, which says 63-year old Judy Free of Hopkinsville was westbound on 7th when a motorcycle collided with her driver’s side door.
A female passenger of the bike was thrown off and sustained injuries, but she got back on and the male driver proceeded on eastbound. A citizen later called police to report the motorcycle headed back toward Cadiz, and Trigg County law enforcement later found the male driver and injured female on Roger Thomas Road.
The driver was able to get away by fleeing on foot.
Hopkinsville Police are looking for a driver who allegedly attempted to push another vehicle into an intersection to cause a wreck Saturday night.
Stopped at the red light at the intersection of North Main and the bypass around 7:40 last night was 20-year old Justin Bird of Hopkinsville, who told police another driver pulled up behind him. That driver then allegedly rear-ended Bird and pushed him into the intersection and Bird said the suspect waited until another vehicle was approaching.
Bird, who had two passengers, had to accelerate quickly to make it through the intersection unharmed. A named suspect is listed on the report and that driver is wanted for Wanton Endangerment. The rear-end collision did approximately 300 dollars worth of damage to Bird’s pickup.
A two vehicle wreck at Fort Campbell Boulevard and Country Club Lane Friday morning injured two local women.
The Hopkinsville Police report says 47-year old Jacqueline Boyd of the city was southbound on the Boulevard proceeding through the intersection when she was hit by the vehicle of 73-year old Kelly Sholar of Cadiz, who was attempting to turn left onto Country Club.
Officer Eugene Trumble writes that Ms. Boyd said she had a green light and that Scholar said he had a green arrow, but that police observed the signals to be functioning properly.
There were no witnesses of the incident on the scene, so it was impossible to know for sure what exactly had happened. Ms. Boyd and passenger 49-year old Beverly Pettus of Hopkinsville were taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.