The Hopkinsville City Council is reviving a smoking ordinance proposed earlier this year. Committee of the whole members consider the measure Thursday to ban smoking from indoor places such as restaurants and bars. Mayor Dan Kemp proposed the new law in April, and it was set to come up for a vote in June.
Hopkinsville-based Planters Banks is taking over five former Old National Bank branches in western Kentucky. Planters plans to acquire locations in Princeton, Providence, Dawson Springs, Sebree and Sturgis. The move will add $92 million in deposits to Planter’s liabilities.
Kelly, Kentucky is expanding its festival marking the legend of an encounter with visitors from outer space. The Kelly Community Organization’s "Little Green Men" Festival will be two days this year. The celebration starts Friday in the small town about 10 miles north of Hopkinsville. Local legend says a flying saucer and alien beings visited the tiny Christian County community on August 21st, 1955. Community Organization President Frank Brown says the festivities will include a screening of the 2005 documentary "Monsters of the UFO: The Incident At Kelly."
Officials with the Jackson County, Ill., Coroner's Office, say two Hopkinsville, Ky., boys drowned in a swimming pool at a friend’s Carbondale home over the weekend. Sheriff’s deputies went to the home Saturday evening where they found 12-year-old Alick Monson and 14-year-old Lewis Monson unresponsive. An adult had pulled the boys from the bottom of the pool. Paramedics took the brothers to a nearby hospital, where a doctor pronounced them dead. Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies say they view the case as an accidental drowning.
Hopkinsville police have a suspect in a weekend shooting in custody. The Kentucky New Era reports a witness told officers he saw Desmond Deaunte Daniel wound a man and a woman at an outdoor gathering early Sunday morning. Police charged the 25-year-old Hopkinsville man with two counts of first-degree assault. Police confiscated a pistol from Daniel and also charged him with possession of a defaced firearm.
The Kentucky Hemp Museum is looking to make the Jackson Purchase its new home. The museum, which was previously located in Lexington now hope to settle in Christian County, once hotbed of industrial Hemp Growth. WKMS’s Drew Adams spoke to Kentucky Hemp Museum Director Katie Moyer about the move to the Purchase, the uses for hemp and why it’s different from its psychoactive cousin, marijuana.