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Datebook: February 6 – Battle of Fort Henry 150 Years Ago

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The Battle of Fort Henry was fought on February 6, 1862, in western Tennessee, during the American Civil War. It was the first important victory for the Union and Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in the Western Theater. On February 4 and February 5, Grant landed two divisions just north of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. His plan was to advance upon the fort on February 6 while it was being simultaneously attacked by United States Navy gunboats commanded by Flag Officer Andrew Hull Foote. A combination of effective naval gunfire and the poor siting of the fort, almost completely inundated by rising river waters, caused its commander, Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman, to surrender to Foote before the Army arrived. The surrender of Fort Henry opened the Tennessee River to Union traffic past the Alabama border, which was demonstrated by a “timberclad” raid of wooden ships from February 6 through February 12. They destroyed Confederate shipping and railroad bridges downriver. Grant’s army proceeded overland 12 miles to the Battle of Fort Donelson.

It’s Monday, February 6

The American Shakespeare Center presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” tomorrow and Friday nights as part of the Murray Shakespeare Festival. Performances take place in Lovett Auditorium at 7PM; tickets are $10, or $5 with a Murray State ID. Find a complete schedule of festival events at

The Ice House Gallery in Mayfield presents an exhibit of musical instruments made by local artists. See cigar box guitars, mountain dulcimers, drums, a lyre, and a didgeridoo, as well as paintings and photographs. The show runs through February 25. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 4:30 and on Saturdays from 10 to 1.

Flutist Stephanie Rea presents a recital of French music tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Performing Arts Hall on the campus of Murray State University. The performance will be followed by a reception of French coffee and treats. Admission is free. For more information, call the music department at 809-4288.

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the morning cram [Hey everyone! Come and see how good I look edition]

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It’s time for a change…of neck-wear.

NPR reports Arizona is celebrating its centennial by encouraging us to love that ultimate laryngeal habiliment, the Bolo Tie.

Kentucky~  MSU beat Memphis to remain undefeated.  A Benton man is arrested for rape.  Eagle watching tours begin on the lakes.  Graves County officials investigate Mayfield shooting Wayward cows on I-69 have nearly all been found. The high water is down, so Cave-In-Rock ferry is back in business.

the morning cram [get out!! edition]

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Occupy LA is no more after police attacked in the night and arrested around 200.

NPR reports around 1400 LA Police officers raided the Occupy LA camp last night, arresting 200 in an overwhelming show of force.

Kentucky~ Ballard County names interim superintendent.  Former KCTC Prez gets a settlement. We’re reaching out to farmers in Benton. KSP wants your food in their car.

Illinois~ A pension bill is on Gov Quinn’s desk.

Datebook: November 21 – First Jewish Appointee to Cabinet in a North American Government 150 Years Ago

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On November 21, 1861, Judah Philip Benjamin became the first Jewish appointee to a Cabinet position in a North American government when he was appointed by Confederate President Jefferson Davis as the Secretary of War. He was also the first Jewish American to be seriously considered for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court (he twice declined offers of nomination). Before the formation of the Confederacy, Benjamin was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and was elected to the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, becoming the second Jewish senator in U.S. history. He was a member of the Whig party and had a reputation as a great orator. In 1850, he sold his plantation and slaves, but eventually aligned himself with the Democratic Party – dominated by the planter slave-holding elite. After the collapse of the Confederacy, he was exiled to the United Kingdom and became a distinguished barrister selected in 1872 as the Queen’s Counsel.

It’s Monday, November 21

Murray-Calloway County Ministerial Association’s 7th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is from 11:30 to 1 Thursday at the Murray Banquet Center at 926 South 12th. At 11 there’s a nondenominational worship service. For a delivered meal or a ride, call the First Presbyterian Church by Wednesday. To volunteer or make a donation call 270-293-9490.

Mayfield’s Ice-House Gallery is accepting small art works tomorrow through December 3 for its How about a little Art Show December 6 through the 23. Submissions must be 12″ or smaller. There’s no entry fee. Price for the Annual Artisan Sale December 10 and 11. The Ice House is at 120 North Eighth.

On Friday Santa Arrives at his Gingerbread House on the Court Square in Paris for North Pole Family Fun Day, the first event of Downtown Paris Unwrapped. Games, crafts and rides complement Santa’s presence from 10 to 2. The Optimist Club’s live tree lot opens as well.

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Datebook: November 16 – First Foreign Salute to the American Flag 235 Years Ago

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On November 16, 1776, American merchant ship USS Andrew Doria entered the harbor of St. Eustatius, a Caribbean island claimed by the Dutch Low Countries. The ship flew the newly designed American flag (without stars at the time). Johan de Graaff, the island’s governor, acknowledged the ship and with an eleven-shot salute from the fort, becoming the first time a foreign power salutes the American flag. The British considered this a flagrant act of provocation and demanded the governor return to Holland to explain himself. In 1781, a British fleet destroyed the merchant port, thus ending trade with the rebels.

It’s Wednesday, November 16

Market House Theatre in Paducah presents the Alfred Hitchcock Classic Thriller with a comic twist: The 39 Steps, again this weekend. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Get tickets online at

St. Joseph Catholic School in Mayfield has its Christmas Auction Saturday at the Parish Center next to the school at 112 South 14th Street. Barbecue concessions start at 6 p.m. with the auction at 7. Christmas items, services and goods, artworks, tickets to Lady Antebellum and more are up for bid.

Tomorrow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet holds a public meeting about the widening of U.S. 68/KY 80 in Trigg County. It will be in the Hooks Room of Lake Barkley State Resort Park from 5 to 7 p.m. with written information about the project as well as displays on hand. Information will be at the District 1 Office, 5501 Kentucky Dam Road in Paducah after the meeting.

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Datebook: November 11 – Veterans Day

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Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” Later, in 1926, Congress passed a resolution for another proclamation to observe November 11. An Act approved in 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.” Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.


It’s Friday, Veterans Day

Veterans Day Activities at Murray State:

– 1:00 p.m. – Lovett Auditorium Front Steps – Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the Office of the President and MSU Veterans Affairs Office, including a presentation of flags by our ROTC color guard, the National Anthem performed by the MSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble brass section, and a Veterans Day remembrance and recognition.

– 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Open House Reception at the Veterans Student Lounge – Drop in as convenient for refreshments during a reception to officially inaugurate the opening of the Veterans Student Lounge, located in Alexander Hall Room 300.

– 4:15 – Veterans Day Parade – Plan to join the City of Murray and local veterans organizations in celebrating with a parade that will begin at 10th and Main Street and continue east to the Court Square for an official ceremony and salute.

Mayfield’s First United Methodist Church has its Christmas Open House for Missions tomorrow from 9 to 2.

Tomorrow Paducah’s Yeiser Art Center celebrates Easter Seals West Kentucky artist Nancy Loving as Artist of the Month with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. which coincides with the opening of the Yeiser’s Member’s Show. The 55th Annual Telethon of Stars opens at 10 p.m. tomorrow at the Carson Center.

Josh Williams & Friends, Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin, The Dorians and Kailey Stone perform a free Roots 2 Concert at Murray State’s Wrather West Kentucky Auditorium next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The 42nd running of the Cairo Levee Footrace starts at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary’s Park in Cairo. Entrants must assemble by 10:30. The 3.1 and 6.2 mile races are on gravel along the Mississippi.

The McCracken County Extension Homemakers Holiday Bazaar is tomorrow from 10 to 2 at the Robert Cherry Civic Center on Park Avenue.

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Datebook: November 10 – “Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?” 140 Years Ago

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Sir Henry Morton Stanley was a Welsh journalist and explorer famous for his exploration of Africa and his search for David Livingstone. Upon finding Livingstone, Stanley allegedly uttered the now-famous greeting, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” His legacy of death and destruction in the Congo region is considered an inspiration for Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.  Early in his journalism career, Stanley was commissioned by the New York Herald in 1869 to locate the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, who was known to be in Africa but had not been heard from for some time. Stanley traveled to Zanzibar in March, 1871 and outfitted an expedition with the best of everything, requiring no fewer than 200 porters. This 7,000 miles expedition through the tropical forest became a nightmare. His thoroughbred stallion died within a few days after a bite from a Tsetse fly, many of his carriers deserted and the rest were decimated by tropical diseases. To keep the expedition going, he had to take stern measures, including flogging deserters. Stanley found Livingstone on November 10, 1871, in Ujiji near Lake Tanganyika in present-day Tanzania, and may have greeted him with the now-famous, “Doctor Livingstone, I presume?” This famous phrase may be a fabrication, as Stanley tore out of his diary the pages relating to the encounter. Even Livingstone’s account of the encounter fails to mention these words. The Herald’s own first account of the meeting, published July 2, 1872, also includes the phrase: “Preserving a calmness of exterior before the Arabs which was hard to simulate as he reached the group, Mr. Stanley said: – ‘Doctor Livingstone, I presume?’ A smile lit up the features of the pale white man as he answered: “Yes, and I feel thankful that I am here to welcome you.”

It’s Thursday, November 10

Short story writer and Austin Peay State University faculty member, Cynthia McWilliams presents for the Loman C. Trover Library Reading Series at 7 tonight at Madisonville Community College. The reading’s open to all and refreshments are served.

Through 6 this evening and from 9 to 1 tomorrow there’s a fine art print and book sale on the first floor of Price Doyle Fine Arts Building of Murray State. Items include hand pulled lithographs, etchings, silkscreens, woodcuts, and hand-bound blank books.

Fire Station 1 at 301 Washington Street in Paducah hosts a Chili fundraiser tomorrow and next Friday from 11 to 1 to benefit the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County. Chili, chili dogs, and hot dogs are available.

Mayfield’s American Legion Post 26 hosts a Veterans Day Ceremony tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Harmon Park.

Paducah’s Veterans Day Parade Opening Ceremony starts at 10:30 tomorrow morning at the Gazebo at 2nd and Broadway. The Parade has 35 entries including four bands.

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the morning cram [spring cleaning edition]

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Rio de Janeiro’s favelas are looking up just in time for the world’s spotlight.

NPR reports Rio is making a concerted effort to revitalize its massive hillside slums before the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

Kentucky~     Conway is way out in front in cash-on-hand.  KSP puts 60 new troopers on the road. All three Gubernatorial candidates squared off in last night’s final debate. Yarmuth says the GOP is not backing down. Mitt’s coming to Kentucky to raise some money.

Tennessee~ The state issued 2400 ID’s needed to vote.

Dateboook: October 31 – Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween! According Historian Nicholas Rogers the origins of Halloween are typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain,” derived from the Old Irish Samuin meaning “summer’s end.” It was a time for stock-taking and preparation for the cold winter months ahead. There was also a sense that this was the time of year when the physical and supernatural worlds were closest and magical things could happen. To ward off these spirits, the Gaels built huge, symbolically regenerative bonfires and invoked the help of the gods through animal and perhaps even human sacrifice.

Halloween is also thought to have been heavily influenced by the Christian holy days of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Falling on November 1st and 2nd respectively, collectively they were a time for honoring the Saints and praying for the recently departed who had yet to reach heaven. By the end of the 12th century they had become days of holy obligation across Europe and involved such traditions as ringing bells for the souls in purgatory and “souling,” the custom of baking bread or soul cakes for “all crysten souls.” It was not until the mass Irish and Scottish immigration during the 19th century that the holiday was introduced to the United States in earnest. Initially confined to the immigrant communities during the mid-nineteenth century, it was gradually assimilated into mainstream society and by the first decade of the twentieth century it was being celebrated coast to coast.

It’s Monday, October 31

The Annual President’s Concert of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Murray State is dedicated to relief for Japanese Band Music programs which have lost facilities and instruments. Music begins at 7:30 p.m.tomorrow in Lovett Auditorium and includes Yasuhide Ito’s Gloriosa based on ancient melodies and chants. Donations are welcome at the door.

The City of Mayfield and downtown churches host an October Fun Fest tonight from 5 to 7. There’s a costume contest at 6 at the courthouse front. Broadway, South and 7th Streets are closed for the safety of trick or treaters. First Baptist provides hot dogs and drinks for kids.

Author Sam Kean is this year’s Gary Boggess Distinguished Lecturer with a presentation tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. in Room 1212 Jones Hall. His 2010 book The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements has earned acclaim.

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the morning cram [dead dictator edition]

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Gadhafi’s reign has come to an end.

NPR reports Gadhafi has been killed, and Libya celebrates as the world waits for confirmation.

Kentucky~ A Mayfield woman is being presented with the Governor’s award for the Arts today. The state’s Adjunct General is appointed to a National Guard program for at-risk youth.  Kemper gives campaign donations back to state workers.

Tennessee~  Two democratic leaders want to stop the voter ID law.