April 3, 2009 - Hopkinsville Arbor Day
Mayor Dan Kemp along with the Hopkinsville Beautification Commission celebrated Arbor Day with the students and staff of Millbrooke Elementary School on Friday, April 3, 2009, with the reading of a proclamation and planting of the state tree, Tulip Poplar. The kindergarten students all participated in the planting. Over 600 redbud seedlings and recycled pencils were distributed to the students and staff in honor of the special day.
May 15, 2009 - Trail of Tears Landscape Project
On Friday, May 15, 8:30a.m. at the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park, Anne Casey, Director of the Hopkinsville Beautification Commission, and Ramsey Morris, Trail of Tears Commission Chair, will be presented a check for $12,700 from Alisia Rudd, of the Altria Group, Inc.
The grant from Altria will be used at Trail of Tears Commemorative Park, Pembroke Road, Hopkinsville, KY, to repair the Statue Garden and Entrance Garden and create new landscaping by planting 72 new trees, 100 new shrubs and over 200 new perennials.
Volunteers will begin the landscape project following the presentation at 8:30a.m. Workers can volunteer from 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. on Friday, May 15, and 8:30a.m. until finish on Saturday, May 16. Planting will occur rain or shine. The Altria Group will be providing breakfast and lunch both days for volunteers. Tools are also available. Volunteers are still needed. You can volunteer by contacting Anne Casey at 270-889-4599 or by showing up on the days of planting.
September 25, 2009 Project Playground Workday
As a commitment to the local community and its environment, US Smokeless Tobacco and Altria Group working with the Beautification Commission, awarded a $10,000.00 grant for the beautification of Project Playground at the North Drive Complex, located off of North Drive in Hopkinsville, KY. With the help of volunteers from US Smokeless Tobacco, the leadership of the Beautification Commission’s Director, Anne Casey & Commission Members, community volunteers and Hands On Nashville, the newly constructed Project Playground received its landscaping makeover on September 25, 2009. The grant provided for the purchase of trees, other nursery stock, materials for two pergolas, new commercial grade benches, as well as supplying the needed tools, mulch and other supplies. The event ended in a celebration and ribbon cutting at the North Drive Complex; starting at 5:00 p.m. Mayor Dan Kemp began the festivities with an official ribbon cutting for Project Playground and soccer fields.