Archive for July 2010
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 »
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
“A type of information gathering called crowdsourcing could have a big impact on Republicans’ fall agenda.”
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.
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.