500 to 700 jobs are coming to Hopkinsville with a new global customer service company. TeleTech Services Corporation will invest about $12 million over the next few years in a new service center in the city.
Hopkinsville’s mayor says he thinks it’s time to join other major Kentucky cities in banning smoking indoors in public bulidings. Mayor Dan Kemp says he’ll introduce his proposal at tomorrow’s city council meeting. He says he wants to give time for people to voice their opposition to the ban, but so far residents’ opinions have been overwhelmingly positive. He says,
“Our health department ran a survey and our chamber of commerce ran a survey of businesses and about 80% of those responding to the surveys thought we needed a smoke-free law in Hopkinsville.”
Two Hopkinsville men will serve prison time for trafficking prescription drugs from Florida to Kentucky. Circuit Judge Andrew Self sentenced 24-year-old Cary Alder and 26-year-old Scotty Highsmith to ten and fifteen years respectively. The two men are suspected of transporting more than 3,000 Oxycodone pills by mail. 27-year-old Peter Nibert of Pasco County, Florida was also convicted in connection to the case.
Police in Hopkinsville have arrested eight middle school students accused of beating a 15-year old boy. Hopkinsville Police Officer Paul Ray says an investigation found the beating was part of a youth gang initiation. The incident took place on March 22nd. Ray says the boy didn't immediately tell his parents and it was a day or two before he was treated. And when his parents discovered what happened, they called police. Ray says the attack occurred after school and not on school grounds. The accused teen are being held at a youth detention center in Paducah.
The canine distemper virus among Hopkins County dogs is on the rise. Dr. Monroe Slaton of Madisonville Veterinary Clinic doesn’t usually see cases of the respiratory virus which causes fever, loss of appetite and nasal discharge. He attributes the rise in the rate of distemper to new dog owners neglecting to get their pets vaccinated. Slaton says most of the cases are coming from people who have adopted dogs from animal shelters. The disease spreads to dogs by air, contact, and water.