Last Monday night, four college students, all Marshall County High School graduates within the last few years, were involved in a two-car accident that seriously injured two – Shane McKenty and Landon Lovett. Landon is the daughter of Trent Lovett, superintendent of Marshall County Schools.
As of press time, both were in comas, with Shane having been moved from trauma to an Intensive Care Unit room and Landon being flown from a Nashville hospital to Western Baptist in Paducah for continued care.
It goes without saying that the Trigg County community has experienced its fair share of tragedy amongst its young people, so it stands to reason that we know how much support and prayer from our neighbors can help at a time like this.
Those interested in leaving messages of support for Shane, Landon, their families and the others involved in the accident can search for the Facebook page “Prayer Power: For Shane McKenty and Landon Lovett.”
Those who visit the page will notice an early Tuesday morning post that thanks Trigg County Hospital and others for assistance with Landon. At press time, hospital staff had not provided details of their involvement, but that’s not really that important. What I take from that is our local hospital was in a position to help others in need and did so. That’s an example we can all follow.
The timing of the accident could make an impact on an upcoming vote in Marshall County.
On July 17, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether alcohol can legally be sold there. While law enforcement officials are still awaiting toxicology reports, information initially released to the Tribune-Courier in Benton revealed that the driver of the other vehicle smelled of alcohol, and alcoholic beverage containers were found in the wreckage of his vehicle.
Prior to the accident, public discourse on the alcohol vote hadn’t yet reached the level of animosity that was experienced during the lead-up to a similar vote in Trigg County.
Through the grapevine (which I readily admit is the worst place to hear things), I’ve already heard the reactions you’d expect. Those against alcohol sales say more wrecks like that will happen if the county goes wet. Those in favor say it will be less because those who want alcohol won’t have to drive so far to get it.
However, what was already sure to be a minefield has become even more dangerous. How do you argue in favor of alcohol sales in the wake of such tragedy, particularly when it involves young people?
I offer no prediction or personal opinion. My typical advice in this situation would be to make a decision unclouded by emotion, but even that seems unfair at a time like this.
If you have any friends in Marshall County, you might pass along this one reminder that I recited during the vote here: Remember, however the vote turns out, you still have to live with the people on the other side of the argument. Don’t say something you’ll regret.
Justin McGill is executive editor of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.