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the morning cram [ringing ear edition]

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Tens of thousands of Americans are afflicted by a condition that causes an incessant ringing in the ears.

NPR reports that while diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus (aka ringing ears) is in the early stages, some progress is being made.

Kentucky~ An MSU student won the Fulbright Scholarship. A WKU student is crowned Miss Kentucky. A Hopkinsville man is killed by a car. More students are defaulting on loans. Some art groups got some money. The 101st Airborne command is changing hands. Some state politicians think there should be a special session to redraw district lines, while others do not.

Tennessee~ Teens in Clarksville get a close look at police work. The state legislature passes a bunch o’ bills.

Good Read – The Return of the Native

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The Return of the Native
by Thomas Hardy

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One of Thomas Hardy’s most powerful works, The Return of the Native centers famously on Egdon Heath, the wild, haunted Wessex moor that D. H. Lawrence called “the real stuff of tragedy.” The heath’s changing face mirrors the fortunes of the farmers, inn-keepers, sons, mothers, and lovers who populate the novel. The “native” is Clym Yeobright, who comes home from a cosmopolitan life in Paris. He; his cousin Thomasin; her fiancé, Damon Wildeve; and the willful Eustacia Vye are the protagonists in a tale of doomed love, passion, alienation, and melancholy as Hardy brilliantly explores that theme so familiar throughout his fiction: the diabolical role of chance in determining the course of a life.

Kate Lochte says:

In February the National Symphony Orchestra performed Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe in the Carson Center in Paducah.  Its thrilling layered themes were enchanting.  Music for a ballet that debuted in Paris in 1912, the Ravel made me think the Hardy novel, Return of the Native.

Returning to the book, it was wonderful to come upon Hardy’s chapter “The Figure Against the Sky” when the tragic heroine of the book is listening to the wind on Egdon Heath (the wild setting of the intensely romantic tale):  “Part of its tone was quite special; what was heard there could be heard nowhere else.  Gusts in innumerable series followed each other from the northwest, and when each one of them raced past the sound of its progress resolved into three.  Treble, tenor, and bass notes were to be found therein.  The general ricochet of the whole over pits and prominences had the gravest pitch of the chime.  Next there could be heard the baritone buzz of a holly tree…” Ravel’s composition evokes the complicated music of the world turning as well.

Return of the Native’s main characters are either deeply at home on the Heath or yearning to escape its hold.  That’s the conflict as much as the unwise decisions about marriages less motivated by genuine affection than by desire to mate in one’s own class or above it, but certainly not below it.  Hardy’s love of descriptive prose clothes these simple plot lines in the beautiful dark finery of the natural setting.

If you enjoy being carried away into the wildness of the world and the human heart, this book might just be a good read for you, too.

Check out our Good Reads page for more recommended books.

Datebook: May 20 – Kentucky proclaims neutrality 150 years ago

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Civil War battle map of Kentucky, published in Harper's Weekly October 19, 1861.

On May 20, 1861, both houses of Kentucky’s General Assembly passed declarations of neutrality, declared by Governor Magoffin. Both the North and South respected the Commonwealth’s neutrality, but positioned themselves  strategically to take advantage of any change in the situation, with camps along the border. Click here to read more about Kentucky’s neutrality and the resulting difficulties.

Here’s Datebook for Friday, May 20

Paducah’s Human Rights Commission and the City feature musicians, singers, dancers, poets, and other entertainers from the area tonight at 7 in the 5th Annual Evening of Performance at the Carson Center. It’s a free performance with refreshments. Doors open at 6:30.

Kentucky Emergency Management’s website,, offers short interactive exercises about earthquake preparedness topics including hunting for hazards in your home that could fall on you during a quake, keeping emergency survival kits in your home, your car, and your office, about dropping, covering and holding on, and what to do after the shaking stops.

The Lowertown Arts and Music Festival opens in Paducah today with activities from 3 to 10 p.m. Tomorrow’s hours are 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and the Festival continues Sunday noon to 5.

Parking is at the Paducah Bank at north 5th and Monroe or the Carson Center lots at south 2nd and Washington, because Lowertown streets are closed to traffic for the duration.

Get details at Enjoy your weekend!

morning cram [tarp edition]

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US foreclosures matched their highest level on record at the end of last year.

NPR reports the Troubled Asset Relief Program’s (TARP) special inspector general says the program is broken.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah/McCracken County merger would need to sort out what police get paid. The National Symphony Orchestra will strike chords across the Commonwealth (in Paducah Monday). House members passed the most sweeping reforms to the state’s penal code (since 1970.) A Senate Committee thumbs their noses at environmentalism, calls for sanctuary from the EPA, and US Congressman Ed Whitfield wants the EPA to leave gas alone too.  Backyard artifacts get more protection from the state Antiquities Act. Folks in Kentucky needing driver’s licenses or ID before Tuesday are out of luck. A Murray artist will paint the Governor (in oil).

TENNESSEE~ Union City’s mayor tries to cheer up local officials amidst the Goodyear plant’s impending closure.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell & USW pen in another date. Attorney General Lisa Madigan rakes in $1bil for the state (on a tight budget).

Datebook: February 15 – Susan B. Anthony Day

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It’s Tuesday, February 15.

The National Symphony Orchestra’s Woodwind Quintet gives a free concert at Murray State next Monday.  The one hour concert is in Performing Arts Hall of the Old Fine Arts Building at 11 a.m.  The Orchestra also performs a concert Monday at 7 p.m. at the Carson Center in Paducah, whose box office number is (270) 450-4444.

The American Red Cross collects blood today AND tomorrow at Murray State’s Curris Center.  9 to 3 both days.

The Kuttawa Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary gives a boating safety class Saturday from 8 to 5 with a lunch break.  Materials costs $20.  It’s at the American Legion Post 68 at 373 Lakeshore Drive in Kuttawa. Pre-register at 270-388-9799.

There’s a Western Kentucky Polar Plunge benefitting Special Olympics Kentucky Saturday at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park.  Registration is at 9:00AM with a Post Plunge Bash following. Visit for more information or call 270-293-9054.

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morning cram [church 4 sale edition]

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The Lord giveth and the bank taketh away — at least, that’s what several churches learned recently.

NPR reports lenders foreclosed on about 100 churches last year (an enormous increase over just a few years ago).

Looks like an advancing winter weather storm may spare us.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah man is accused of a stabbing murder and cops there round up $40k worth of fake pot and smoking pipes from 3 area businesses. Completion of Owensboro’s extended airport runway is on the horizon. A tractor accident kills a Trenton mother but spares her young kids. GOP contenders for governor are all about ‘change’. Kentucky nabs almost $3mil in new federal heating assistance after already giving out some $17mil. The General Assembly revs its engines today ahead of Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth address (tomorrow night). Ex-Prez George (Dubya) Bush will sign books @ Fort Campbell on Wednesday.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville may change its mind about fronting the money for a new airport terminal. Governor Haslam claims he was oblivious his ordered freeze on a new state regulation helps out his family’s gas station chain. TennCare may $ave by limiting hospital/doctor visits to 8 times a year.


Datebook: January 25 – Charles Manson + Co. found guilty 40 years ago

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It’s Tuesday, January 25.

Kentuckiana Girl Scouts fundraise Saturday.  Desserts First is at the Carson Center in Paducah from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $30 for the tasting event featuring desserts made from Girl Scout Cookies by area chefs.  Hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a best dessert competition highlight the night.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for the Clarksville Community Concert Series.  Tickets range from $12 to $25 and are available online at  The performance is in Austin Peay State University’s Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall and honors the 20th anniversary of its Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.

Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah hosts a free videoconference on Alzheimer’s Care Thursday at 5:30 p.m.  Viewing of this Kentucky Telehealth Network feature is in Meeting Room A on the 1st floor of Doctors Office Building 2 near the Women’s Center.

Thursday at noon hear excerpts of significant speeches of the Civil Rights era with the American Radio Works feature Say it Loud.  Learn about it at