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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 [you’re hired edition]

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Employers added more than 200,000 jobs last month.

NPR reports it’s the biggest hiring spree in five years.

KENTUCKY~ Prez Obama will hit up Fort Campbell today. Gov Beshear adds Calloway, Christian and Trigg counties to his federal agriculture disaster aid request. FEMA flood damage assessments begin. Parts of LBL reopen. A Hoptown junkyard fire just wouldn’t give up. A Hazel antique mall owner’s lawsuit against the city may soon head to court. Oak Grove has a new Police Chief. OVC Softball: MSU = WKU.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville will vote to ban ‘bath salts’ and other synthetic drugs Monday.

ILLINOIS~ Missouri’s latest Birds Point Levee blasting is supposed to further relieve Mississippi River flooding.  The state has a low-interest loan program for flood victims.

morning cram [creationism edition]

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A survey of high school biology teachers finds only 28% consistently follow National Research Council guidelines that encourage teaching students about evolution.

NPR News’ blog The Two-Way notes creationism is still taught in many American classrooms.

KENTUCKY~ A TV news reporter finds a missing autistic woman in Paducah. A Japanese auto parts maker plans to open up shop in Hopkinsville.  Guess how many meth labs it took to break a record last year. An initiative ending the Commonwealth’s ban on nuclear plants passes the Senate. A hearing on the proposed immigration bill continues today after yesterday’s session.

TENNESSEE~ Heart disease is the state’s top killer. A bill is expected to pass this year making the state’s driver’s license tests English-only.

ILLINOIS~ Metropolis Honeywell officials and union heads had a ‘constructive’ sitdown yesterday, and the union’s numbers are thinning as some move on to other jobs.

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.


morning cram [insane edition]

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12 days after the Tucson, AZ shooting rampage, Jared Loughner’s legal battle has just begun.

NPR reports an insanity defense could be a tough sell at the federal level and even tougher in a state court.

Incoming snow today.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah seeks bids to seal off and finish parts of the Julian Carroll Convention Center. The former manager of Halloween City (allegedly) stole +$12k in costumes. Hopkinsville’s Mayor wants to renew an inner-city improvement program. Three area businesses make this year’s best workplace list. Governor Beshear and Senate Prez Williams spar over the Medicaid budget. A pair of freshwater mussel species found in the Commonwealth are dying out (blame coal mining and dams).

TENNESSEE~ Governor Haslam (ironically) encourages transparency while he defends hiding his income from the public.

morning cram [uphill edition]

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US House Republicans are expected to unanimously overturn the sweeping health system overhaul only to be blocked by the still Democrat-controlled Senate. If that happens, they will then try to delay or defund  it.

~NPR reports that won’t be easy.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s Army Reserve surgical unit ships out to Afghanistan tomorrow. A Marshall County murder/arson case will be retried in March. Murray’s 5-points intersection will be closed over the next few days. Watch out for I-24 lane restrictions near Calvert City. Hopkinsville thinks about going smoke-free. The latest Fort Campbell casualty in Afghanistan matches the number (105) the base lost in Iraq.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s new mayor raises an official eyebrow at the former mayor’s new job. Men’s Basketball: APSU > UTC; UTM < SEMO.

morning cram (drug war edition)

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Not surprising.

KY~ If you’re a registered party (animal), GO VOTE! There’s a contentious race to be the next Hopkinsville mayor. 2 men have a September trial date for robbing a US Bank in Paducah. A creepy Benton man gets the max sentence for downloading tons of child porn. Primary battles today: 9 Senate and 25 house districts. Whitfield’s kicking back for today’s primary, but has a challenger in November.

TN~ Clarksville businesses can get $2mil low-interest loans to recover from flood damage. No new Montgomery County property taxes leave the school system strapped.