HCC president selected for Leadership Kentucky

Hopkinsville Community College President Dr. Alissa Young has been selected for the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2020.

Young joins the 36th class of leaders selected from across the state and is the sixth president of HCC to go through the program.

Young has worked with the college since 1991, coming first as faculty and serving as Chief Academic Affairs Officer prior to being named president in 2017. Young has a doctorate in education policy and evaluation from the University of Kentucky and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Murray State University.

This year’s class includes 45 participants from across the state representing a variety of public and private sectors.

Leadership Kentucky’s flagship program is comprised of seven three-day sessions where participants gather to gain insight on the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its challenges and opportunities.

Sportsplex collecting Election Day snacks for voters

Water and snacks will be available for voters on Election Day Tuesday.

Anyone who would like to donate can drop them off at the Planters Bank Jennie Stuart Sportsplex from 3 to 7 p.m. today and Monday.

For more information, call Donavan Pinner at 931-614-0431.

HMS cheerleading coach announced, tryouts schedule now open

Elle Hancock is the new Hopkinsville Middle School cheerleading coach.

Tryouts for the 2020-2021 school year will be from 4-7 p.m. July 6 through July 10. Due to COVID-19 precautions, Hancock said tryouts will be in small groups.

If a student wants to try out, contact Hancock at 270-719-2132 to book a tryout spot.

Naval Academy opens investigation into social media posts

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Naval Academy has opened an investigation into social media posts allegedly made by a cadet that suggested police should shoot unarmed protesters and that Breonna Taylor received “justice” when she was shot and killed by police in Kentucky.

The posts were made by a since-deleted Twitter account identified as belonging to Chase Standage, a Midshipman 1st Class from California, and began circulating online Monday, The Capital Gazette reported.

Academy officials learned about the comments Monday night, the newspaper quoted Cmdr. Alana Garas as saying.

Screenshots posted online appear to show the cadet wrote “good hit” about a police officer firing tear gas at an unarmed protester demonstrating in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and allegedly said “these riots would’ve been over a whole lot quicker” if police officers could kill unarmed people.

In a reply to a tweet calling for justice for Taylor, an emergency medical technician who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police while asleep in her own home in March, the cadet responded: “Her justice was received on March 13, 2020,” according to the screenshots.

The tweets surfaced on the same day academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck posted a video message condemning separate racial remarks made earlier this month by a retired captain and former Naval Academy trustee that disparaged admission by the academy of African Americans, Asian Americans and women.

Garas said that depending on the results of the investigation, the cadet could be disciplined under the Uniform Code of Military Justice or be dismissed from the academy.

Standage did not respond to requests from The Capital Gazette for comment, the newspaper said.

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