Thursday, August 30, 2007

Trigg County Bowl Banquet

Tonight, I was in attendance for the Trigg County Wildcat Chevrolet Bowl Banquet. The event was held at the Trigg County High School cafeteria. State Representative John Tilley could not be there whereas he was out of town, so on his behalf, I delivered his regrets for not being a ble to attend. Al C. Rutland provided the catering. Hopkinsville Head Coach, Dixie Jones, rode with me to Cadiz. Dixie's father is Judge Jimmy Jones. Judge Jones served as Sheriff and County Judge in Caldwell County for over 40 years. Dixie's brother served in the Agriculture Dept. for many years. I sat with Doug Gloyd who is the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. Doug coached football at Hoptown with me for a number of years. Doug is a Logan County native and lives in Mayfield where his wife is from. District Judge Jamus Redd sat with us. Jamus is a Trigg Co. native and played football for Trigg. Coaches from Trigg, Hopkinsville and Calloway Co. spoke. Marshall Counities staff was a "No Show" for the event.

The event had a number of door prizes and silent auction items. I won a free car detail from Wildcat Chevrolet. I also was the winning bidder on an NFL football signed by Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews. Former Congressman Carroll Hubbard was in attendance. Hubbard is poised to take his old Senate Seat back. Hubbard, a native of Mayfield, was the biggest attraction of the night. People waited in line to talk to him.

The invocation probably described what is on the minds of most people in Western Kentucky--Rain, or lack of it. State Senator Joey Pendleton made an appeal on behalf of the farmers today.

Sen. Pendleton calls upon Governor to Release Funds for Cattle Farmers.

Frankfort-Today State Senator Joey Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville, requested that Governor Ernie Fletcher release emergency state funds to assist cattle farmers who are facing great financial harship due to draught conditions in Western Kentucky.

"Cattle farming is a vital part of Wetern Kentucky's economy and I fear that if the state does not provide some type of economic relief these farmers will suffer irreparable economic loss and hardship," said Pendleton, who serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

Once an emergency is declared the state has the power to disperse funding to those who have suffered severe hardship due to the disaster.

Pendleton also joined Governor Ernie Fletcher for the ceremonial signing of House Bill 1. House Bill 1 is a comprehensive energy package that would create tax incentives for the construction of alternative fuel and renewable energy plants in Kentucky and provide millions of dollars for research and development of these facilities. Pictured below are the members of the energy working group: Sen. Dan Kelly, Rep. Robin Webb, Gov. Fletcher, Rep. Rocky Adkins and Sen. Pendleton.

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