The Madisonville state medical examiner’s office remains open after being threatened with closure earlier this year. The office hasn't had a medical examiner since June 2011, but now officials hope that a new salary for first-year medical examiners may entice applicants.
From time to time on this program, we introduce you to influential people new to our region on our occasional series “Meet and Greet.” This time, the person we’d like you to meet isn’t new to the area. Madisonville native Nadine Turner has lived here for years. In fact, Mrs. Turner is preparing to celebrate her 95th birthday at the end of August. And she’s certainly been influential. During World War Two, she served her country as an Army nurse. Mrs.
Madisonville’s Sanitation Department will seek bids next week for nearly 1,000 curbside recycling totes. The city approved curbside recycling in May. Sanitation director Robert Janes says the bids will be accepted on August 17th with the first totes delivered to customers in Mid September. Janes says the city’s recycling will be done in-house at the new recycling facility. Pickups will begin October 1st and will be bi-weekly on normal trash pickup days.
Elderly and Disabled Hopkins County residents can now opt out of firefighter dues permanently instead of notifying the county each year. Officials say anyone who is 65 or older or who has a disability exemption may choose to opt out indefinitely. The ordinance allows anyone in the county to refuse to pay yearly dues to their volunteer firefighter departments. However, should a fire break out, the property or homeowner would be responsible for the entire cost of the firefighters response. Residents have until June 1st to opt out.
Hacker group Anonymous claims to be responsible for the attacks against Chinese websites this week.
NPR reports hundereds of Chinese government sites and companies have been defaced within the space of a few days. On some of the sites hackers even posted tips on how to circumvent the Great Firewall of China.
Madisonville residents may soon taste the benefits of a new city waste water treatment system. An ultraviolet disinfection system is one of the newest projects proposed for Madisonville’s upcoming budget. City officials say the bacteria levels in treated water have gone above state standards in the past. The Madisonville Messenger reports the existing waste water treatment plant was built in 1995. The city pays $90,000 a year for its upkeep. City officials have scheduled more hearings today on the issue.