Storm damages buildings in downtown Hopkinsville and causes flash flooding

A storm packing destructive winds late Wednesday afternoon hit downtown Hopkinsville and damaged several buildings along Ninth and 10th streets. Flash flooding occurred around the L&N Train Depot and in the adjacent Peace Park. 

“It was really fast and really strong for a few minutes,” Fire Chief Steve Futrell told Hoptown Chronicle. 

Storm debris, including wood from the roof of the Dallas Brawner Furniture Store (formerly Bill Beliles) is scattered across First Presbyterian Church and The Bus Stop lots on Ninth Street following a storm Wednesday afternoon. (Hoptown Chronicle photos by Jennifer P. Brown)

South Main Street resident Jim Creighton said his rain gauge recorded 1.65 inches. It was an “astonishing” amount of rain in a brief time frame, he said. 

A Hopkinsville police officer stands at Ninth and Campbell streets to block traffic from an area of downtown hit by a severe storm Wednesday afternoon.

The storm struck shortly

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What’s going into old Office Depot in Fresno? It’s being gutted for this new store

The former Office Depot on Blackstone Avenue is undergoing major renovations as a local business prepares to move in: a furniture store.

Quality Furniture is planning to open a second Fresno location in the large store, just south of Bullard Avenue. The retailer also has stores in Visalia and Bakersfield.

The Fresno Office Depot, along with ones in Clovis and Madera, closed last year.

The large building has been hollowed out, with sun shining down to the floor on a recent weekday as the ceiling and roof were replaced. Other major renovations are underway, said Kathy Rahim, a Quality Furniture manager in Fresno.

“From start to finish, they’re replacing everything — a lot of work to be done before we can even move forward,” she said.

The store could be open in six months, she said.

“It’s a big space that’s going to have some nice luxury furniture,” Rahim

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Model trains passion began with surprise Christmas present for Ozark man

Jim Rudd has only collected model trains for the past 15 years, but the Ozark man is the first to say what started as an interest when he received his first train as a surprise Christmas present from his wife has today grown into a passion.

With some 54 sets of electric trains running on a labyrinth of tracks spiraling throughout the 3,200-square foot ‘Train Depot’ he custom built behind his Ozark home two years ago, Rudd stands with his trademark unlit cigar in hand surveying the scene that he directs.

He points to a child-sized table against one wall with a single train on a 6-foot oblong track. “It all started with that little train over there. That was the first train,” he said. “And the first track.”

Now 2-year old grandson Watson is the director of that station, Rudd said. “When he comes to visit, the

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Toms Price Home debuts Oak Brook flagship store

Toms Price Home recently opened the doors to a new flagship location in the Oak Brook Court Shopping Center. Flanked by Binny’s Beverage Depot and The Great Escape, Toms Price Home enjoys a busy location across from the Oakbrook Center Mall.

The 32,000-square-foot showroom features large, open spaces with luxury furniture vignettes that are compartmentalized to make it easy for customers to navigate and make selections. In addition to home furnishings, Toms Price provides full-service interior design as well as rugs, carpeting, lighting, mattresses, and decorative accessories.

“Our new location is tailored to the way people shop today,” said Lori Stengren, director of marketing at Toms Price Home.

“We have four presentation conference centers nestled within the Design Center complete with 60-inch interactive monitors, making it easy to pull together fabric, finish and floor covering samples. Our staff of talented interior designers are ready to assist with selections and to

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21 best Labor Day furniture sales 2022: West Elm, Neighbor, more

Hooray! Labor Day is almost here and it’s time to sit back, relax and shop.

We want to thank you for your hard work, as working your tail feathers day in and day out is no easy feat. So congratulate yourself on your efforts with a reward. You earned it!

If you’re conflicted on what to buy yourself, let us suggest a home makeover, as your space should be a place of tranquility and peace.

To help you narrow down your home furnishing options, we rounded up the best Labor Day furniture sales of 2022.

Find both outdoor and indoor options below from top retailers such as West Elm, Frontgate, Wayfair and more.

Decorate your backyard and home just the way you like it with the help of West Elm.

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NEW BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Shops offer vintage pieces, home decor, crafting, catering, and more | News

Several new business have recently set up shop in the area, providing locals four new places to find vintage pieces, catering services, home decor or craft classes.

House of Vintage held its ribbon-cutting ceremony July 2. Founder Eric Doyeto described the business.

“House of Vintage is a unique vintage store because it’s Native American owned and all our items are hand-selected from mostly out of state. Our focus is on vintage style rather than antiquities. We’re always changing and updating our items,” said Doyeto. “We’re working to use the store to better the community and other small businesses like us.”

Doyeto said House of Vintage specializes in marketing and design, and directed businesses interested in learning about these topics to call or text the store at 918-822-3038.

RittenHouse of Catering is a family-owned gourmet catering company that opened a few months ago, operated by husband and wife Craig and Rachel

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