In an effort to save lives and reduce injury-related crashes, the Kentucky State Police will be out once again in full force during the holiday season.
State Police say even though Thanksgiving Day is now behind us, the agency’s Thanksgiving Holiday enforcement will run through Sunday, December 1st at midnight.
Police say the Thanksgiving Holiday is typically one of the busiest as well as one of the deadliest holidays of the year and statewide, during the 2012 Thanksgiving Holiday period, there were 1,390 motor vehicle crashes on Kentucky roadways including seven fatalities.
Area motorists are being reminded to obey all traffic laws as KSP Troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers will concentrate their holiday enforcement efforts on high traffic areas such as interstates and parkways, along with high crash locations.
Area residents interested in local history are invited to take part in Hopkinsville’s first African-American History Cell Phone Tour.
The City of Hopkinsville and the Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention & Visitors Bureau worked together to create the tour and hope residents will enjoy a free and interactive way to learn about history.
Officials say the tour is about an hour and features eighteen snapshots of local rich history.
During the tour, visitor’s will hear about: Booker T. Washington’s historic visit;famous headliners Ray Charles, Count Basie, B.B. King, and Tina & Ike Turner playing gigs in Hopkinsville as part of the Chitlin Circuit; and how slave-turned-millionaire businessman Peter Postell was so famous upon his death he was recognized by the New York Times.
Officials say taking the tour is simple, just grab a cell phone and get a tour card with stop details and dial-in information and travel to the first stop and call the tour line.
Tour cards may be downloaded from the city’s website or picked up at the Commerce Center, Lackey Municipal Building, MEDI Office and the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County.
This is the second cell phone tour sponsored by the local Convention & Visitor’s Bureau with officials say the Edgar Cayce Cell Phone Tour has been a popular tour since it was launched.
For more information, contact (270) 890-0215.
A single vehicle wreck in Trigg County Wednesday night sent the driver to the hospital and resulted in DUI charges.
Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam says 72-year old Larry Lofgren of Mayfield was westbound on US 68 near the Trace Rd intersection just before 11 when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a guard rail.
Lofgren was taken to Trigg County Hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries and was later charged with DUI.
A Murray man is charged with manslaughter and DUI after a fatal wreck in Marshall County Thanksgiving morning.
The incident happened around 5:40, according to a news release from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, which says Jeffrey Nelson of Murray was headed east in the westbound lanes on Highway 80 and struck a vehicle driven by a woman identified only as Megan McCoy, who was attempting to turn onto US 68.
Ms. McCoy was pronounced dead at the scene and Nelson was arrested and charged with 2nd degree manslaughter and DUI.
Hundreds of runners, walkers, bikers and pets braved temperatures in the low 20's Thanksgiving morning for Hopkinsville's annual Turkey Trot 5k.
The event is not a competitive run with prizes, but it has become more popular every year. The weather may have kept a few people away, but Mayor Dan Kemp said he and the other participants were excited about using a portion of the rail-trail in the trot for the first time.
Mayor Kemp says the enthusiasm that has made the Turkey Trot a lasting tradition is the same enthusiasm that's carried the rails to trails project to the point its becoming a reality.
The Turkey Trot began near the downtown farmer's market pavilion and ended at the Christian County Sheriff's Office.