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Datebook: December 2 – Enron Files For Bankruptcy 10 Years Ago

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Before its bankruptcy on December 2, 2001, Enron employed approximately 22,000 staff and was one of the world’s leading electricity, natural gas, communications, and pulp and paper companies, with claimed revenues of nearly $101 billion in 2000. Fortune named Enron “America’s Most Innovative Company” for six consecutive years. At the end of 2001, it was revealed that its reported financial condition was sustained substantially by institutionalized, systematic, and creatively planned accounting fraud, known as the “Enron scandal.” The scandal also brought into question the accounting practices and activities of many corporations throughout the United States and was a factor in the creation of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002. It emerged from bankruptcy in November 2004, pursuant to a court-approved plan of reorganization: a new board of directors changed the name of Enron to Enron Creditors Recovery Corp., and focused on reorganizing and liquidating certain operations and assets of the pre-bankruptcy Enron. In 2006, Enron sold Prisma Energy International Inc., its last remaining business, to Ashmore Energy International Ltd.

It’s Friday December 2

Murray’s Playhouse in the Park opens its production of The Sound of Music tonight for a two weekend run. See for ticket and time information.

The first annual Paducah School of Art Student and Faculty Art Sale is at the Clemens Gallery at West Kentucky Community and Technical College tomorrow from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 4.

A Christmas Carol – The Musical – starts at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night at the Alhambra Theatre in Hopkinsville.

The youth of Murray’s First United Methodist Church sponsor Dinner and Auction Sunday at 5:30 p.m. with proceeds going to youth missions.

There’s a Community Chorus Holiday Concert at the Clemens Fine Arts Center of WKCTC in Paducah Sunday afternoon at 3.

Murray Art Guild’s Art Market Holiday Open House and Reception is Sunday at 2.

The Humane Society of Marshall County offers Christmas Pet and Family Portraits tomorrow from 10 to 2 at the facility at 6301 68 East, Benton.

Murray’s Christmas Parade starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

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Datebook: October 24 – Annie Taylor Plunges Niagara Falls in a Barrel 110 Years Ago

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On her 63rd birthday (October 24, 1901), Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She lived a comfortable life as a schoolteacher until her husband was killed in the Civil War. Desiring to secure her later years financially, and avoid the poorhouse, she decided she would be the first person to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She used a custom-made barrel for her trip, constructed of oak and iron and padded with a mattress. Two days before Taylor’s own attempt, a domestic cat was sent over the Horseshoe Falls in her barrel to test its strength. It survived. On her birthday, she climbed in with her lucky heart-shaped pillow, the lid was screwed down, a bicycle pump compressed air into the barrel, and she was set adrift. After the plunge, she was recovered live and uninjured. About the experience, she said “I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces than make another trip over the Fall.”

It’s Monday, October 24

The 3rd Annual Murray Adult Spelling Bee starts at 6:30 tonight at the Murray Women’s Clubhouse at 704 Vine Street. There’s a silent auction and refreshments along with the competition. The fee is $25 for a team of three. Spellagains are $15. Spectator fee is a dollar. Calloway County Adult Education and the Alpha Department benefit.

Henry County High School’s Marching Patriots offer a Chili Supper and Silent Auction tomorrow at First United Methodist Church in Paris. Lunch is 11 to 1; Dinner is 4:30 to 7. The Silent Auction starts at 6:45. Tickets are $8.

There’s an opening reception Thursday for a new two-person exhibition of painting, drawing and mixed media at the Clemens Fine Arts Center at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Professors Jay and Patricia Constantine are art faculty with Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The reception Thursday starts at 5 p.m.

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Datebook: October 5 – World Series First Broadcast on Radio 90 Years Ago

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A first for radio, the 1921 World Series was broadcast over radio stations KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, WBZ in Springfield, Massachusetts, and WJZ in Newark, New Jersey. In the 1921 World Series, the New York Giants beat the New York Yankees five games to three. This was the last of the experimental best-five-of-nine series. This series was significant for pitting the Giants’ “inside game” practitioners and the Yankees’ “power game” players (Babe Ruth, for example). This game also began the Yankees dynasty, and despite Ruth being injured (with limited action), it was a closely contested game. KDKA’s coverage was live, direct, and exclusive from the Polo Grounds. Meanwhile, WBZ and WJZ’ coverage was relayed and re-created by Tommy Cowan. Grantland Rice sent play-by-play reports/summaries to Cowan via the telephone.

It’s Wednesday, October 5

River City Legends and Lore Lantern Lit Walking Ghost Tours of Downtown Paducah commence from the Markethouse Studio Theatre at 120 Market House Square at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. this Saturday and next and Friday, October 21. Make reservations at 270-444-6828 noon to 5 Tuesday through Friday.

Tickets are $50 per person for A Taste of the Arts Event benefiting MSU student scholarships in Art, Music and Theatre Thursday, October 13. Contact the MSU Office of Development at 270-809-3250 for more. Enjoy dinner, a silent auction, and entertainments in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College presents Ballroom with a Twist, a new dance production fresh from Vegas, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Clemens Fine Arts Center on Campus in Paducah. See young dancers from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, and High School Musical, the Movie as well as American Idol finalists. Adult tickets are $25.

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Datebook: September 27 – First Liberty Ship launched 70 years ago

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The SS Patrick Henry was launched on September 27, 1941, becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships.  Liberty ships were cargo ships built in the United States during World War II. Though British in conception, they were adapted by the U.S. as they were cheap and quick to build, and came to symbolize U.S. wartime industrial output. Eighteen American shipyards built 2,751 Libertys between 1941 and 1945, easily the largest number of ships produced to a single design. The SS Patrick Henry’s maiden voyage was to the Middle East. During World War II she made 12 voyages to ports including Murmansk, Trinidad, Cape Town, Naples, and Dakar. She survived the war but was seriously damaged when she went aground on a reef off the coast of Florida in July 1946. She was scrapped at Baltimore in 1960.

It’s Tuesday, September 27

The Golden Dragon Acro-Cirque D’Or Chinese Acrobatic touring company performs at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College Thursday evening. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are half price for children 12 and under. Call the box office at 270-821-2787.

Crittenden County’s Pumpkin Festival features a car show Saturday at Darben Plaza, Highway 60 in Marion. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Judging is at 3 p.m. $25 entry fees benefit the Mary Hall Ruddiman Canine Shelter and Crittenden County FFA.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah begins its 5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Thursday at the Clemens Fine Arts Center. See the exhibition The Masks of Michoacan. There’s free admission, food and activities from 5 to 8 p.m. The Guest Speaker is Fred de Rosset of the Berea College faculty and Director of Mexico Programs for KIIS.

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Datebook: September 26 – Nolan Ryan sets MLB record for no-hitters 30 years ago

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Nolan Ryan, then playing for the Houston Astros, threw his fifth no-hitter, breaking Sandy Koufax’s record on September 26, 1981. Ryan still holds the record for the most career no-hitters, with a total of seven (Koufax is second with four). His sixth and seventh no-hitters came with the Texas Rangers on June 1, 1990 and May 1, 1991. When he tossed number seven at age 44, he was also the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter. A no-hitter is defined by Major League Baseball as follows: “An official no-hit game occurs when a pitcher (or pitchers) allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings.”

It is Monday, September 26

Paducah’s West Kentucky Community and Technical College Scholarship Auction is tomorrow night at the McCracken County Convention Center’s River Ball Room. Tickets are $40 for the evening starting at 6 and including food and entertainment. Auction items include wine tastings, a stay in a French villa, and a dinner for 10 under the stars at a Marshall County farm.

The Humane Society of Marshall County’s 2nd annual Barktobertfest Yard Sale is Saturday starting at 7:30 a.m. Everything’s at the facility at 6301 US Highway 68 east, Benton. Pet games and contests, dog washes from 9 to 1, and a bake sale are among the attractions.

This week Maiden Alley Cinema has A Glimpse of the River’s Edge Film Festival which is November 3 through the 6th. MAC’s free event Thursday begins at 6 p.m. with light refreshments followed by short film samples and the announcement of this year’s Juror. MAC is in the alley between Second and Water streets near the Riverfront in Paducah.

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Areas of Northern Japan may be hazardous for years.

NPR reports areas around the Fukushima power plant may be uninhabitable for a long time.

Kentucky~  Murray State was named to the World’s Best Colleges list for the 21st time in a row.  Nine Amish men are going to jail in Graves County. WKCTC named one of the 10 best Community Colleges in the nation. Bill Monroe’s birthday is today and they’re celebrating big time at the International Bluegrass Museum. The Commonwealth focuses on cleaning up next week.

Tennessee~ Clarksville announces a transitional house for homeless veterans. The Tennessee State Library has discovered documents from white soldiers serving in a black regiment in the Civil War.

Datebook: August 9 – John Dryden’s 380th birthday

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John Dryden (9 August 1631 – 1 May 1700) was an influential English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who dominated the literary life of Restoration England. He established the heroic couplet as a standard form of English poetry by writing successful satires, religious pieces, fables, epigrams, compliments, prologues, and plays with it. He was made Poet Laureate in 1667. Dryden is also believed to be the first person to posit that English sentences should not end in prepositions because it was against the rules of Latin grammar.


It’s Tuesday, August 9.

Paducah’s Yeiser Art Center opens a special show “Remembering Sara Roush” with a gala reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. See Sarah’s paintings, prints, ceramic sculptures and mixed media collages – marking the pinnacle of her life as an artist and the end of her struggle with breast cancer. The show runs through September 10. The Yeiser’s on Markethouse Square open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 4, admission free.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College hosts an open house for its Automotive Technology Program tomorrow from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at its Skilled Craft Training Center in Hickory.

Submission of digital images for entries in The Hopkinsville Art Guild’s 41st Juried Art Exhibition at Hopkinsville Community College in September are due Friday. See a prospectus at Entries may be in six categories.

WKMS offers a special $125 per ticket experience for A Prairie Home Companion at the CFSB Center November 5, including a commemorative poster, preferred parking, and post-show reception. See or call 800-599-4737.

Datebook: June 24 – Take Your Dog to Work Day

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Take Your Dog to Work Day was first started in 1996 in the United Kingdom and June 25, 1999 in the United States. Created by Pet Sitters International, this day celebrates the great companions dogs make and encourages adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies. Why can’t every day be take your dog to work day?

It’s Friday, June 24

The Civil War Singers will give a free concert at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield amphitheater tomorrow night at 6.  The singers will perform traditional songs from the Civil War.

Mayfield author Berry Craig will be signing copies of his third book, Hidden History of Kentucky Soldiers, at the Graves County Public Library tomorrow from 11 to 2. All profits from book sales go for scholarships at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

There’s a fish fry tomorrow night at 6 at American Legion Post 236, located off KY 95 between Calvert City and North Marshall Middle School.  The menu includes catfish, slaw, hushpuppies, potatoes, and desserts.  Meals are 7 dollars.

The Paducah Aero Modelers club hosts a two-day Air Show tomorrow and Sunday, beginning at 9 each morning.  Control line, free flight, and radio control models will be displayed and flown.  The free show will be held at the McCracken County Model Air Park.

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Datebook: May 2 – King James Bible published 400 years ago

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The King James Bible turned 400 this year. Many believe the influential book was published between May 2 and May 5 in London, 1611. Click here to read the King James Bible and learn more about its history.

It’s Monday, May 2.

The Paducah Uranium Plant Asset Utilization Task Force meets at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Paducah City Hall, 300 South 5th Street.

Murray’s Playhouse in the Park is starting a Theatre Book Club featuring Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie. Meetings are Thursdays, this Thursday through June 9 at 6 p.m. Learn about theatre and explore your creative imagination. Sign up at

LBL’s Woodland’s Nature Station hosts a nature photography workshop this Saturday. Photographers Denise Boaz and Gross McGhee lead the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. workshop, including field work. A $30 fee covers an instructional book on photography and admission to the Nature Station. Pre registration is required at 270-924-2020.

Workforce Solutions at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah offers basic computer skills classes this month and next There’s are classes for beginners, on Microsoft excel, powerpoint and word. Call 270-534-3335 to register.

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Datebook: April 15 – Jackie Robinson Day

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Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

It’s Friday, April 15. 

Murray’s Playhouse in the Park opens “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” tonight.  The show runs through the 23rd.  Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays.  There’s also a matinee this Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  Get tickets at

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Clemens Fine Arts Center in Paducah presents Nunsense tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30, Sunday at 2:30.  Tickets are $15.

Sunday at 2 p.m. Murray State’s Symphony Orchestra presents a free concert in Lovett Auditorium.

Tomorrow brings a one day safe boating course to the Janice Mason Art Museum’s lower level at 71 Main in Cadiz.  It runs 8 to 5 and families are welcome.  There is a $20 fee for textbooks and materials for which advance payment is required.  Contact Ken Culwell at 270-924-0363.

Tonight at 7 the Jackson Purchase Dance Company offers its “all you can eat” dessert performance with a production of “The Hobbit:  A Story Ballet.”  Admission is $8.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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