The Army has analyzed the impact of cutting 16,000 personnel from Fort Campbell, which would be about half of its current population.
This analysis was part of the Army’s Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment 2020 Force Structure Realignment,(SPEA) which studied the impacts of reducing the force from around 500,000 to between 440,000 to 450,000. The draft study found there would be no significant impact from the Army’s force reductions, though there are many factors to be assessed before reduction numbers are finalized for the 30 individual locations, including Fort Campbell.
The assessment indicates Fort Campbell is a major economic influence in Christian County, Kentucky, and Montgomery County, Tennessee, where the Armed Forces accounts for 23 percent and 14 percent of the workforce respectively. Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says the SPEA is only a study and has not affected Hopkinsville’s planning. He says there was no impact on Fort Campbell after a similar evaluation was done two years ago.
“We don’t know if anything will happen but we expect that there would not be a significant reduction at Fort Campbell because Fort Campbell is one of the most strategic military posts in the country,” Kemp said. “We’ve been briefed at Fort Campbell by the command down there and we’ve endeavored to obtain as much information as we can.”
A Fairview woman faces a Class D Felony charge after authorities say she threw a bag of kittens out of the window of a car Monday afternoon. The Christian County Sheriff’s office says 48-year-old Jennifer Lynn Fowler was arrested Tuesday.
An arrest warrant for Fowler says a witness saw her throw a bag out of a vehicle on Russellville Road Monday. The witness reportedly stopped, picked up the bag and discovered the kittens. He or she then called police. It is not known whether the cats survived.
Survey crews from the National Weather Service spent Thursday fanned out across Kentucky checking out damage from Wednesday's severe storms.
In Christian County, five miles northeast of Hopkinsville, the NWS says it found evident of 125 mile per hour winds in an EF-2 tornado that formed just after 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured by the fierce winds damaged at least six homes, two banrs and knocked over several trees.
Several minutes later, meteorologists say the area experience downburst winds.
Meantime in Bullitt County three hours earlier, a weaker, EF-0 tornado with winds topping out at 80 miles an hour did minor structural damage to homes southeast of Shepherdsville.
A company that aims to manufacture steel tubes for the energy industry is expanding its operations and employment in Hopkinsville.
PTC Seemless Tube Corporation announced Thursday that it plans to create nearly 300 jobs and invest over $100 million in a new manufacturing facility. It’s a return to the Hopkinsville area for the company, which previously closed its Christian County facility in order to move closer to its customer base.
PTC Seemless now says it wants to return to the region by retrofitting and expanding its former facility. The new manufacturing operation will involve 256,000 square feet of building area.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has given preliminary approval for $12 million in tax incentives for the project.
A longtime western Kentucky senator has conceded his loss in the race for the 3rd District seat. Democratic Sen. Joey Pendleton told the Kentucky New Era that he congratulates Republican Whitney Westerfield, a Hopkinsville attorney, on his win and wishes him "the best of luck" during his service in the legislature.
Smoking will be barred citywide in Hopkinsville come January after the city council passed a ban on lighting up. The Kentucky New Era reported that Mayor Dan Kemp broke a 6-6 tie on the council at a meeting Thursday night.
Officials in another western Kentucky city have taken a preliminary vote to ban smoking. The Kentucky New Era reports the Hopkinsville City Council narrowly passed a first reading of the measure during a meeting Tuesday night in which the mayor cast the deciding vote. A second reading must be approved before the law takes effect.
Democratic State Sen. Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville has suspended his campaign after the death of his opponent's father. Pendleton said in a written statement that he is putting politics on hold out of respect for the family.
Thousands are expected in Hopkinsville to attend the 25th anniversary of an event that remembers the Trail of Tears and celebrates Native American culture. The annual Intertribal Pow-Wow is set to be held Saturday and Sunday at Trail of Tears Commemorative Park in Hopkinsville.
The Western Kentucky town of Hopkinsville has hit the astronomical jackpot. When a total eclipse of the sun darkens skies Aug. 21, 2017, the show will last longer in a stretch of hilly country near Hopkinsville than any place on the planet. It will last two minutes and 40 seconds, not much longer than the Kentucky Derby.