Midway holds first-ever municipal court to face down speedy drivers

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A handful of drivers who felt they couldn’t get through Midway quick enough found themselves back in the town on Wednesday, as the city held its first-ever municipal court at city hall as part of an interlocal agreement with the city of Madisonville.

“We’ve got about 10 drivers [on the docket],” said Debra Newkirk, Midway’s city secretary. “I figured for the first time, that’s not too bad.”

Speeders were due to face Madisonville municipal judge Tommy Starns at 1 p.m. Wednesday, though there was the possibility of some phone-in or mail-in pleas.

“There may not be a soul show up,” Newkirk said.

Midway and Madisonville entered an interlocal agreement last year in part to increase the presence of law enforcement in the town of 288 residents.

“In the past, we’ve had to rely heavily on the Sheriff’s Department and they can’t always get out here,” Newkirk said. “And we get people running up and down 21 like it’s the Autobahn.”

The new municipal court for Midway will convene on the first Wednesday of each month.

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