Reverse Christmas parade deadline extended

The deadline to enter a float or unit in the 2020 Hopkinsville Reverse Christmas Parade has been extended to noon, Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Entry forms may be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office on Thomas Street or online at hoptownrec.com.

Missing 9-year-old boy found safe

A Tennessee boy who disappeared into a heavily wooded area near his home two days ago was found safe Tuesday, authorities said.

The boy, 9-year-old Jordan Gorman, was found at a creek bed about three-quarters of a mile from his home, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday on Twitter. The boy told investigators he found a blue tarp and built a shelter, where rescuers found him.

The TBI said he was cold and hungry, but in good spirits.

Officials initially had issued an endangered child alert when Jordan was reported missing Sunday in Cheatham County, but they upgraded it to an Amber Alert on Monday.

An air search continued through Monday night and the ground search resumed Tuesday morning when light broke, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine told news outlets.

The boy had been last seen walking into the woods by his Joelton-area home wearing jeans and a short-sleeved T-shirt, officials said.

Kentucky ag department taking hemp applications

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is taking applications for its 2021 hemp licensing program.

Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles suggested growers “do their homework and assess the risk” when deciding whether to enter the hemp industry. He said in a release from the ag department that the industry is having a difficult year due to FDA regulatory burdens and concerns about overproduction.

The ag department has an online application portal on its hemp webpage, kyagr.com/hemp. Applications must be submitted by March 15.

Some driver licensing offices reopen after COVID-19 exposure

Four Kentucky driver licensing offices have reopened this week after being sanitized due to exposure to the coronavirus, but others are staying closed longer than expected, officials said.

A regional office in Jackson and four smaller field offices in Catlettsburg, Bowling Green and Owensboro reopened Tuesday as planned, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said in a statement. A regional office in Lexington is scheduled to reopen Wednesday. Offices in Columbia and Florence will remain closed until next week, officials said.

“We initially thought, due to minimum exposure, all seven offices would be deep-cleaned and reopened after 72 hours,” said Matt Cole, commissioner of the Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Regulation.

New regulations at local health departments meant some offices had to stay closed longer, he said.

Any appointments disrupted by the emergency closures will be rescheduled or offered at a different office, officials said.

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