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Archive for May 18th, 2011

Datebook: May 18 – Big Joe Turner turns 100

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American blues shouter Big Joe Turner was born on May 18, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri. According to songwriter Doc Pomus, “Rock and roll would have never happened without him.” Turner came to his greatest fame in the 1950s with his pioneering rock and roll recordings, particularly “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” He died November 24, 1985. Today we shout the blues in your honor, Big Joe. Watch Big Joe Turner shout the blues on YouTube.

Here’s Datebook for Wednesday, May 18

Murray Calloway County Hospice conducts the first of a two part education program about end-of-life issues and care-giving– tomorrow from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The course is required for volunteers. The second session is May 26. Both sessions are in the Education Building on the corner of south 8th and Elm Streets. Call 270-767-3670 with questions or intent to attend.

May 30th is the deadline for the 2nd Annual Remarkable Vision Photo Contest. See for rules and to submit digital high res jpegs taken within Christian County. Category 1 is for historical imagery unique to Hopkinsville-Christian County. Category 2 is for the photographer’s vision of potential and opportunity.

Western Baptist Hospital hosts a free stroke awareness luncheon tomorrow in its Heart Center Auditorium. Reservations are required at 270-575-2895. The hospital also offers a 24 hour chest pain and stroke hotline at 800-575-1911.

Go to our website to learn about our live broadcast Saturday from the Lowertown Art and Music Festival in Paducah.

morning cram [turn and coffee edition]

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For a long time scientists have wondered whether coffee might lower the risk of prostate cancer.

NPR reports a Harvard study finds that may be true.

KENTUCKY~ A section of US-62 in Carlisle County is shut down this morning as police reconstruct a fatal school bus wreck. Paducah’s City Manager recommends no new taxes and the city will fund a new Murray State extended campus there. A worker yesterday was electrocuted @ MSU. Police make McCracken County pump ‘n run arrest. GOP Gubernatorial candidate David Williams says ‘No more Mr. Nice Guy‘ and Gov Steve Beshear claims he’s ‘Tested, trusted and tough.’

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville is trying out a new way to dole out non-profit funding. TVA says next month’s electricity bills will see hikes up to 50 cents. Legislators want to change the state’s alcohol laws to woo Sierra Nevada to build a brewery there.