A graduation ceremony will be held in Hopkinsville Thursday afternoon, but it won’t be for any traditional school.
The annual “Attitude, Training and Teamwork” program sponsored by AT&T and the Challenge House organization has placed a little over a dozen local youths in work environments this week after a “work boot camp” last week.
Challenge House Director and former Hopkinsville Mayor Wally Bryan says there is a good reward for the youths in addition to learning the value of work.
Bryan says the students were asked what they were interested in being when they grow up and were placed accordingly.
The graduation ceremony will be 4pm Thursday at the AT&T building in front of Lowes on Fort Campbell Boulevard.
The longtime manager of the Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority has announced he will retire at the end of the month.
A news release says General Manager Len Hale will call it a career as of June 30th, following 18 years serving in that capacity. Hale is a graduate of Christian County High School and Vanderbilt University, where he received a degree in engineering.
Hale began working with the Hopkinsville Sewerage and Water Works Commission in 1975 and managed major projects such as the Hammond Wood Wastewater Treatment Plant, the expansion of the Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant and construction of the Moss Water Treatment Plant.
He would become General Manager in September of 1994 when McKenzie Moss retired and the name of the agency would soon change to better reflect its mission. As General Manager, Hale has overseen the Fort Campbell Boulevard water and sewer extensions, expansion into Pembroke, Crofton and Oak Grove, the Lake Barkley raw water project and the Commerce Park Water and Sewer expansions.
HWEA Board Chair Brek Cayce says he is disappointed to see Hale go, but he appreciates his contributions in nearly three decades of service.
The man who will take over as Todd County School System Superintendent July 1st says that is the job he wanted more than any other.
Appointed as the district’s next leader last Thursday was Fulton County Instructional Supervisor Wayne Benningfield, who says he has a lot of positives to build on when he arrives in Elkton.
Benningfield’s Hopkinsville ties have been well-documented and he says he and his wife were able to use their time here to make their lives better for the future.
Benningfield was offered the superintendent’s position in Elliott County, but turned that position down last month.
A Clarksville woman who was nine months pregnant was injured in a single-vehicle wreck on Ashland City Road this morning.
The incident happened around 3am when the 21-year old woman was westbound and ran off the roadway. Her vehicle went approximately 150 feet before hitting a culvert and coming to rest near Seven Mile Ferry Road.
She was first taken to Gateway Medical Center for facial injuries, before being transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by helicopter. Her baby was delivered at Vanderbilt shortly after her arrival.
Police say the woman was not wearing a seat belt and that the extent of her injuries is unknown. The woman’s identity is not being released at this time and police say charges are pending.
A recent state audit of Todd County Clerk Kim Chapman’s office came back clean.
The report from State Auditor Adam Edelen’s office says financial statements present fairly the revenues, expenditures and excess fees of the Todd County Clerk.
As is always the case with audits of offices in small counties, Edelen says jobs need to be better segregated for duties regarding receipts, disbursements, payroll and reconciliations.
He recommends the clerk have a deputy to document review of the monthly tax reports and that a co-signature should be required on all checks. He also says receipts and disbursement ledgers should be checked and approved by someone other than the preparer.
Lack of segregation of duties is especially difficult for offices in smaller counties, which often do not have enough employees to disperse jobs in a way satisfactory to the state.