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the morning cram [good luck to everybody edition]

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Iowa Caucus: The most important one… until the next one.

NPR reports Republican candidates pull “all nighters” in a last ditch effort to make a strong showing in the election year opener.

Kentucky~    Williams and Stumbo talk about their goals for the new legislative session. Department of Corrections releases inmates as part of overhaul. Fire marshal to investigate deadly fires.


Datebook: December 28 – Godfather of R&B Turns 90

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Johnny Otis was born on December 28, 1921 (still alive). He’s an American musician commonly referred to as the “Godfather of Rhythm and Blues.” The son of Greek immigrants, he grew up in the ethnically mixed neighborhood in Vallejo, California and identified himself with the culture of his black neighborhood friends. He founded his own band in 1945 and became a hit with the song “Harlem Nocturne,” followed by a long string of R&B hits. He discovered Big Jay McNeely (“Barrelhouse Stomp”), Etta James (“Roll With Me, Henry”), He also produced the original recording of “Hound Dog.” In 1958, he recorded his best-known recording “Willie and the Hand Jive.” He was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

It’s Wednesday, December 28

This Sunday St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1620 West Main in Murray opens a Free Warming Center. Its hours are 6 to 8 p.m. through Saturday March 3. The Center provides dinner and breakfast as well as lodging. No pre-registration is required, but arrival should be before 10 p.m. Call 270-753-1881 for more.

The Art Guild of Paducah meets for the first time in 2012 next Tuesday. Regular guild meetings with a program are the first Tuesday monthly — from 6 to 8 p.m. at the McCracken County Public Library. The Library’s at 555 Washington Street.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park near Cadiz hosts the Nashville band Pink Cadillac for Saturday’s Barkley Bash. The Park’s package includes overnight lodging in a lake view room, dinner buffet for 2, Barkley Bash dancing, drinks during dance and breakfast buffet for two. This is an age 21 and older event with no outside alcohol permitted. Call 270-924-1131.

Hear A Season’s Griot 2011 tomorrow at noon. See more at Thanks.

Datebook: December 27 – Darwin Embarks on HMS Beagle 180 Years Ago

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The HMS Beagle was a Cherokee-class 10-gun brig-sloop of the Royal Navy. She was the first ship to sail under the London Bridge and was best known for carrying young naturalist Charles Darwin on his momentous scientific voyage. Beginning on 27 December 1831, the voyage lasted almost five years and Darwin spent most of that time on land investigating geology and making natural history collections, while the Beagle surveyed and charted coasts. He had some expertise in geology, beetle collecting and dissecting marine invertebrates, but in all other areas was a novice and ably collected specimens for expert appraisal. The inception of his theory occurred during the fossil collecting, for example he and his colleagues noticing fossils showing that extinct species were related to current species in the same locality and that bird specimens from the Galapagos Islands were of distinct species related to places, not just varieties – thus convincing Darwin that transmutation of species must be occurring. He began notebooks speculating on variation of offspring “to adapt and alter the race to changing world.”

It’s Tuesday, December 27

Saturday, Kenlake State Resort Park in Aurora offers a Motown New Year’s Eve with dancing from 9 to 1 a.m. The Park offers packages with dinner, dance, lodging, and continental breakfast. Call 800-325-0143.

Paducah’s Yeiser Art Center near the Riverfront hosts the Wastelander’s New Year’s Eve Celebration Saturday with an open to all reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Artists showing include E.J. Abell, Paula Danby, Nancy Flowers, Kristi Hanson, Charlie Robertson, David Brown, Mark Donham, Juanita Gilliam, LaNelle Mason, Jane Viterisi, Linda Little and Nathan Brown. Enjoy the show, refreshments and live music by Tracy Badger.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park near Cadiz offers a First Day Hike at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The park naturalist leads a 2-mile hike full of scenic views and possible sightings of bald eagles, wild turkey, deer and other winter wildlife. Meet at the Park’s Fitness Center which is offering free admission for the day to its indoor pool, nautilus equipment and free weights.

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the morning cram [the best way to hurt rich people is to turn them into poor people edition]

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It’s official, Americans like to spend money.

NPR reports pound for pound, dollar for dollar, we like to spend far more than our counterparts throughout the world (and we hate to save too).

Kentucky~ A shootout in Hopkins County hospitalizes four. Apparently you can get cash for farming land that doesn’t belong to you. State Reps want Kentuckians to have a tax-free weekend next school year. The Commonwealth begins a new tourism campaign.

Tennessee~  The Arts Commission commissioned its new website (I couldn’t resist). The state is honored for financial reporting.





Datebook: June 23 – Antarctic Treaty goes into effect, 50 years ago

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The Antarctic Treaty System went into effect June 23, 1961. The treaty and related agreements, eventually signed by 47 countries, set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, establishes freedom of scientific investigation and bans military activity on that continent. The treaty was the first arms control agreement established during the Cold War. The main objective of the ATS is to ensure in the interests of all humankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord… and the penguins are forever grateful.

It’s Thursday, June 23

A new exhibit of works by the Trigg County Quilters Guild will be on display at the Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz starting tomorrow.  There’s an opening reception from 6 to 8 tomorrow night.  The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 4 and on Sundays from 1 to 4.

Land Between the Lakes is participating in a nationwide food drive this summer.  Collection boxes are available at campgrounds, facilities, and administrative offices.  All of the donations will go to local food banks.  Needed items include canned fruit, juice, multigrain cereal, snacks, canned vegetables, and soups.  More information is available at

The Upper Town Heritage Foundation in Paducah hosts a lecture on Saturday in honor of Black Music Month.  Keynote speaker Dr. Tammy Turner will discuss the history of the blues, and the presentation will include early recordings of blues singers.  The event starts at 5p.m. at the Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah.

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Datebook: April 1 – Edible Book Day

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It’s Friday, April 1.

Four Rivers Watershed Watch needs volunteers for a special stream study. Next week there are two training sessions at the Hancock Biological Station for volunteers. Learn how to test water quality and collect samples for lab analysis next Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 9th from 9 to Noon. Register on-line at

Trigg County Senior Center hosts a Health Fair next Wednesday from 9 a.m. on including information about the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act . Learn more about the Extra Help Program relative to Medicare Part D. The Center is at 127 Joy Lane in Cadiz.

Kenlake State Resort Park hosts a Bowfishing Seminar presented by Passing on the Tradition Support Group next Friday and Saturday. It’s free and includes instruction on equipment, safe practices, types of fish, best season, and proper handling and cleaning of fish. It begins at 7 p.m. Friday and continues at 9 a.m. Saturday. Call 800-325-0143 to register.

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Datebook: March 9 – Ash Wednesday

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It’s Wednesday, March 9.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield’s Visitor’s Center hosts the showing of a film titled, The Forgotten Grave:  Women Soldiers of the American Civil War.  The Center is along Highway 79 in Dover.  The film starts at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The second annual Trigg County Civil War Days run March 18 through the 20th in downtown Cadiz.  The re-enactment brings about 150 infantry plus 30 artillery men and their families.  A battle starts at 1 p.m. on Main Street on Saturday, the 19th.  Camps open Friday at 3 p.m. with self-guided candlelight camp tours and artillery night fire.

The Murray State Department of History fundraises for the Beasley Memorial History Scholarship on Saturday, April 2, with a lecture and banquet in the Curris Center Ballroom.  Tickets are $40 at 270-809-2234. The Speaker is Professor Christopher Browning of UNC-Chapel Hill.  His topic is Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony.

See for other community events and links to both our channels:  HD1 which is the same as 91.3 FM, and HD 2 which is all classical.