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07-31-2010 Notes From the Porch

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Another hot and steamy summer Saturday here in Murray. Nothing like a cup of joe on the porch with the Front Porch rolling in the background. This is the way many of you share Saturdays with mark and I. OR… like Barry Combs, you’re on your tractor with your headphones on. Hey, whatever you do while listening, it’s nice to share the morning.

We featured some Front Porch debuts in the first hour including Darrell Webb‘s new release Bloodline. Out on Rural Rhythm Records, this release from Webb features plenty of great traditional bluegrass spread across 12 tracks from the 5-piece band. Darrell Webb has been performing on the bluegrass circuit for over 20 years with the likes of the Lonesome River Band, J.D. Crowe, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, lead vocalist and front man for Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. Webb has surrounded himself with a great band for his debut solo release including Jeremy Arrowood on bass, Asa Gravley on guitar, Jim Van Cleve plays fiddle, Chris Wade on banjo and Darrell Webb lends guitar and mandolin to the release. The band is out on the road with a bit of a different lineup sans Jim Van Cleve but adding Tyler Kirkpatrick on resophonic guitar. I offered up the second track from the release, “Poor Ramblin Boy”. Read the rest of this entry »

The Front Page [07.30.10]

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Airing today:

Clinton Phifer and trainer Neely Owens go the distance 
Paris, TN ~ Seventeen-year-old national amateur boxing champion Clinton Phifer stands poised to take on the global arena at the Ringside World Championships in Kansas City next week. But days before the tournament, the Henry County Boxing Club was still a few thousand dollars shy of having the money to send the team. Jacque Day brings us the story of a young champion and a trainer who refuses to throw in the towel.

The Fancy Farm Picnic Endures 
Fancy Farm, KY ~ The 130th annual Fancy Farm Picnic begins August 6. Folks from western Kentucky and beyond come out for barbeque and bingo. But the two-day church picnic’s hallmark event is Saturday’s round of political stump speeches. Big name orators have included everyone from former Kentucky Governor A. B. Happy Chandler to former Vice President Al Gore. Angela Hatton has some explanations for why the Fancy Farm Picnic has endured in western Kentucky.

Kentucky Small Businesses Qualify for Health Care Tax Credit 
Murray, KY ~ Some of the initial impacts of the recently passed federal healthcare reform bill are trickling into effect. Now, one of the bill’s provisions allows small businesses who provide health insurance to their employees to take advantage of tax credit savings this year. Chris Taylor goes to Boone’s Cleaners in downtown Murray to hear how the business hopes to see some savings.

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Written by Chris Taylor

July 30, 2010 at 11:57 am

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morning cram [booking edition]

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“On one side are online travel companies claim that cities — because of their miserable budget situation — are attempting a money grab by demanding tax payments to which they’re not entitled.”

~NPR books a stopover on both sides of the issue.

KENTUCKY~ Some Paducah residents are resisting a local bank’s plan to move into their neighborhood. Several area communities nab energy efficiency grant$. Christian County gets eclectic with its language offering at elementary schools. Next week’s Fancy Farm political picnic could open some ‘festering sores’. Legislators consider a new batch of ethics recommendations. Tea Partiers will face off with Beshear next year for governor.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s Mayor gets the city to annex his newly purchased property. Bredesen orders K-12 education expansion.

morning cram [tough drill edition]

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“The easy oil is gone… we’re going to have to dig deeper into the earth, farther offshore, farther north into the Arctic. We’re relying on these extreme energy situations.”

~NPR talks to author Michael Klare about the world oil picture.

KENTUCKY~ Murray’s hospital is searching for a new CEO. The Commonwealth’s share of a Johnson & Johnson drug marketing lawsuit is $75mil. Beshear’s Republican competition in next year’s governor race will embrace Tea Party values. UofL Coach Rick Pitino testifies against his former fling and (alleged) extorter. Unemployment checks are on the way.

TENNESSEE~ Convicted rapist Bruce ‘Big Belly’ Tuck sues the Shelby County Sheriff.

ILLINOIS~ Locked out Honeywell workers are approved for unemployment benefits. Promoting Southern Illinois tourism is now a thing of the past.

Fancy Farm School Looksie

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The saga began in 2007. Now, after a legal battle, planning, and finally, construction, the Fancy Farm Elementary school has been completed. The new building will house classes for students this fall. Here’s the freshest photo.

Photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools

Written by Angela Hatton

July 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm

morning cram [crowdsourcing edition]

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“A type of information gathering  called crowdsourcing could have a big impact on Republicans’ fall agenda.”

~NPR logs on two websites seeking input.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah approves its Executive Inn demolition contract, buys $100k in software upgrades and proposes to buy more Greenway Trail property. A committee is still working on a plan to merge the Paducah/McCracken County governments. One of Fort Campbell’s last major units prep to leave for Afghanistan. 2 Hopkinsville Community College professors are now Kellogg-certified specialists. The Commonwealth is (again) among Race to the Top finalists and ranks 40th in the nation for overall child well-being.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville Police detective is suspended over Facebook photos. Publix breaks ground at the former Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell/union worker talks derail. Officials think their Race to the Top chances are better this time around.

What should Kentucky do about diabetes?

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The number of Kentucky adults diagnosed with diabetes is approaching 450,000, more than a tenth of the commonwealth’s population. And diabetes in Kentucky is increasing much faster than the national average. As a result, Kentucky’s Department for Public Health announced they’re developing a plan to meet the needs of Kentuckians suffering from, or at risk for, diabetes. The DPH and partners have launched a survey to gather input from consumers. The purpose is to learn more about the support people who have diabetes, or those at risk for diabetes, have received or would like to receive from their doctors, employers and communities.

The Department for Public Health urges all Kentucky adults with, or at risk for, diabetes to answer a few questions through this online survey. The deadline is August 12.


Jacque Day spoke with Judith Watson, a certified diabetes educator with the Purchase District Health Department and regional coordinator for the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, about the statewide escalation of the disease.

Listen to the interview here.

Written by Jacque E. Day

July 27, 2010 at 10:25 am

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morning cram [fusion fuss edition]

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“Governments from around the world are meeting in France to discuss a clean technology that could meet all the world’s energy needs without producing an ounce of carbon dioxide.”

~NPR hears the experiment’s cost has some critics whining.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County will borrow $4mil to build an add-on to its jail. A Kevil man is sentenced for 1st-degree manslaughter. A Hopkinsville factory worker dies after a workplace electrocution last week. Keep watching out for lake-area bridge delays. Fort Campbell opens a family assistance center. Many county courts can’t afford to implement tracking violent domestic offenders with GPS. State officials cross their fingers hoping to win Race to the Top II funds. Rand Paul’s family benefits from federal farm subsidies (of which he’s campaigning against).

TENNESSEE~ Average home values in Clarksville continue to grow. Poll: majority supports higher par education standards despite projected lower test scores.

ILLINOIS~ Gov. Quinn signs ban on fake pot.

Written by Chris Taylor

July 27, 2010 at 9:36 am

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A Lesser Known Candidate for Tennessee Governor

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Meet Basil Marceaux (dot com).

Basil’s website:

Written by Chris Taylor

July 26, 2010 at 10:02 am

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morning cram [thumbs edition]

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“It took millions of years for our hands to go from grasping tree limbs to writing poetry. And scientists believe that making stone tools helped propel that evolution.”

~NPR hears how our thumbs came to oppose.

KENTUCKY~ Expect delays on US-68/KY-80 Eggner’s Ferry Bridge and the US-60 Tennessee River Bridge @ Ledbetter. Heath High shooter Michael Carneal will have a hearing to see if he can appeal. A Fort Campbell soldier dies abroad in a non-combat incident. Military officials ID the remains of Fort Campbell helicopter pilot nearly 4 decades later$omebody <3’s WKU… The school busted its record for cash donations. State Board of Education members get oriented today. Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino’s (alleged) extorter is on trial today. The American Lung Association lobbies the National Conference of State Legislatures in Louisville for changes to Medicaid.

TENNESSEE~ Paris’ hospital posts profits this year. Candidate for governor Bill Haslam leads the Republican pack in primary polls.