The Hopkinsville City Council Committee of the Whole sent an amended smoking in public places ordinance on to Council Thursday evening, but the matter is far from any type of resolution.
After considerable discussion about other options, Councilman Paul Henson proposed an amended ordinance which would not ban smoking in any business. Instead it would require each establishment to put signage on all public entrances stating whether smoking is allowed or not in that building.
Restaurants would not be allowed to have smoking and non-smoking sections as they do now—they would have to decide. Councilwoman Kimberly McCarley said that would require non-smokers wanting to eat at smoking restaurants to be closer to second-hand smoke than they are now. Councilman Henson said non-smokers could simply not patronize those places.
Henson’s version of the ordinance passed on a 6-5 vote, with Council members McCarley, Charlie Henderson, Peggy Everett, Don Ahart and Cornelia Belle voting “no” and Philip Brooks absent.
Mayor Dan Kemp said he was not pleased after the meeting, but believes the result could be different when smoking ban supporter Councilman Brooks is there to vote September 18th.
If Councilman Brooks votes the way the Mayor expects on September 18th, the current ordinance would likely come up with a 6-to-6 tie, meaning the Mayor could cast the deciding vote against it. Council could then go back to the original ordinance or make different amendments.
Each week Hopkinsville Kiwanians invite public officials to discuss issues that may be of importance to the community and this week was no exception.
Lisa Selbe with Pennyroyal Hospice spoke to fellow Kiwanians about why she enjoyed her job.
Ms. Selbe also explained some of the common misconceptions people may have of the kinds of treatments and services a hospice provides.
Hopkinsville Community College President, Dr. Jim Selbe will be the keynote speaker at next week’s Kiwanis Club meeting.
An accidental shooting in Crofton this morning sent a woman who had been sleeping to a Nashville hospital.
The incident happened around 7:40 at the McBride Lane home of 21-year old Danielle Shelby, as described by Christian County Sheriff’s Captain Chris Miller.
Captain Miller says Ms. Shelby apparently heard a noise in the night that frightened her and took the gun with her back to bed.
Ms. Shelby was flown by Air-Evac helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for a severe leg injury. Police believe the incident to be completely accidental.
It didn’t take long for one of this week’s Crime Stoppers Fugitives of the Week to be back in jail.
Turning himself in at the jail around 7:40pm Wednesday evening was 31-year old Gregory McKnight of Hopkinsville.
McKnight was wanted on escape, contempt of court and failure to pay child support charges. A warrant says he owes over 35-hundred dollars in back child support.
There are several issues that separate 3rd District State Senate candidate Whitney Westerfield from incumbent Senator Joey Pendleton, but whether or not to legalize the growing of industrial hemp is no longer one of them.
Westerfield, a Republican, says he has dealt with his concerns as a former prosecutor about hemp’s often misconceived perception of being the same as marijuana and believes it would be best to give Kentucky farmers the new option.
Westerfield says he has met with farmers across Christian, Todd and Logan Counties and hasn’t seen a groundswell of support for hemp, but he has talked to some who are interested. He says hemp is not the one and only solution to help farmers, but it is one option he supports.
Westerfield says he supports the hemp legislation as offered by Commissioner of Agriculture Jamie Comer, who joined U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Senator Pendleton at the State Fair Thursday morning for a news conference in support of legalizing hemp farming.