Legislation that would create a way to expand the Books for Brains program statewide recently passed the House and awaits a vote in the Senate.
The bill doesn't designate any funds for the program, but does put it under the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives so grant money could be accepted by the department as the facilitator. Christian and Trigg County already use the Imagination Library model to send all children ages zero to five an age appropriate book each month.
Christian County Imagination Library Chairperson Bonnie Lynch says she'd love to see it expand statewide because it's been so successful locally.
Ms. Lynch says parents and children have been very receptive to the local program.
State Representative John Tilley and Senator Stan Humphries have been the driving forces for the legislation in the General Assembly and Tilley recently said he was optimistic of its chances in the upper chamber.
The Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division will be holding outreach events in Todd and Caldwell Counties later this week.
The Caldwell County program will be Wednesday morning at 10 at the Caldwell County University of Kentucky Extension Office in Princeton and the Todd County event will be Thursday morning at 10 at the Todd County UK Extension Office in the courthouse.
A news release says the purpose of the programs will be to educate the public on both state and federal laws and regulations that pertain to commercial vehicles in the farming industry. The program is open to the public and anyone interested is encouraged to attend, there will be a question and answer session at the conclusion of the program.
In what was a very rare move, leadership in the Kentucky General Assembly canceled a day of the regular session Monday due to the winter weather.
Third District State Senator Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville said leadership in both chambers checked in with members of the Western Kentucky delegation and decided it would be too dangerous for everyone to drive to Frankfort.
Senator Westerfield says the day will likely be made up at some point, but leadership will decide when that happens.
Both chambers of the General Assembly will be back in session Tuesday.
All roads are covered with snow and ice this morning and travel is strongly discouraged, with schools closed everywhere in the area and more snow anticipated.
There is no school in Christian, Todd, Trigg, Montgomery, Caldwell, Hopkins and Muhlenberg Counties and University Heights Academy, Heritage Christian Academy and Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School have also dismissed. All classes have been dismissed at all campuses of Hopkinsville Community College, Murray State and Austin Peay State University. All court activity has been canceled at the Christian County Justice Center.
The Ice Storm Warning was changed to a Winter Storm Warning overnight and it remains in effect until noon today. Forecasters say we will have several inches of total sleet and snow accumulations by the time the wintry precipitation ends sometime after 9 a.m.
Dispatchers in Christian, Todd and Trigg Counties reported roads to be hazardous early this morning.There were no wrecks with injuries overnight in the Southern Pennyrile, but all three counties had several people needing assistance after sliding off the road or after simply getting stuck.
Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham says all roads are slick and hazardous.
Graham says travel is strongly discouraged unless absolutely necessary.
There were a few wrecks with non-life-threatening injuries near the onset of the freezing rain yesterday, including one in Todd County on Butler Road.
Crews are out plowing and treating roads, but most remain treacherous.
No power outages were noted in the area, as the colder air arrived sooner than expected and quickly
changed the freezing rain over to sleet and then snow.
Numerous businesses and other agencies are closed or operating on a delay today, with a complete list on our website, whopam.com. Just click on the snowflake at the upper right hand corner of the screen.
Stay tuned to the WHOP family of Stations and monitor our Twitter, Facebook page and websites for the latest on this winter weather situation.
Hopkinsville (photo by Jim Creighton Penchem (Todd Co.)
Clarksville (photo by Marie Fainter)
A Hopkinsville woman was beaten to death at the Mason's Pointe Apartments Saturday evening and her son has been charged with the murder.
Hopkinsville Police responded to the 838 Building of Mason's Pointe around 6:15 p.m. and found 65-year old Roxie Mounts of Hopkinsville unresponsive in a breezeway. A news release says officers witnessed 29-year old Jamal Mounts of Evansville, Indiana allegedly assaulting another woman identified as 69-year old Marvelyn Spray of Hopkinsville.
Police were able to restrain Jamal Mounts and took him into custody, while Ms. Spray was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center. She was reportedly alert and talking at the hospital.
Roxie Mounts was pronounced dead at the scene by Christian County Deputy Coroner Zach Lamb. Police say it appears she died from blunt force trauma, but an autopsy was scheduled at the Regional Medical Examiner's Office in Madisonville.
Jamal Mounts was arrested and charged with murder, assault and burglary. He remains in the Christian County Jail without bond.