Education
3:49 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

[Slideshow] 8 Historic Maps of the Four Rivers Region

A New Map of Kentucky with its Roads and Distances, 1846, S. Augustus Mitchell
Murray State Pogue Library Special Collections

For anyone interested in the history of people and places in the Four Rivers Region, Murray State University's Pogue Library is a treasure trove of valuable information. Searching through their special collections of maps, here are eight depicting the region in interesting ways: land not yet surveyed, towns that no longer exist, boundaries differently arranged. 

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Government
3:20 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Murray Parks Nickel Tax Forum Takes Place Next Week

Murray-Calloway County Parks Director Tab Brockman stops by WKMS for a Sounds Good interview.

Before it goes before the voters next month, the tax referendum benefiting Murray parks will be discussed at a public forum Tuesday. The referendum would place a five cent tax on every one hundred dollars’ worth of assessed property.

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Business
11:25 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Tobacco Farmers Lose Longtime Safety Net

Marvin Eaton owns a farm in Belew's Creek, N.C., where he grows 200 acres of tobacco. He bought the farm from his grandfather and plans to pass it down to his son.
Emily McCord WFDD

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 1:31 pm

Tobacco growers are about to face a completely free market. This month, they'll receive their last checks from a government program meant to ease them out of a Depression-era tobacco-price-fixing system.

That has left Stanley Smith, who grows about 60 acres of tobacco on his farm not far from Winston-Salem, N.C., feeling a little unsettled.

"I've farmed all my life," Smith says. "I think the best way to sum it up is our safety net now is gone."

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Datebook
9:52 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Datebook: October 24 - Ghost Tour, String Festival, PurpleLight Vigil

Rosedale Cemetery in Dawson Springs hosts a Voices from the Past Ghost Tour tomorrow night from 5-7. Guides lead visitors every 15 minutes on a walking tour through the cemetery where historical figures from Dawson Springs' past come to life. To reserve a spot, call (270) 797-4496. 

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Education
7:36 am
Fri October 24, 2014

UTM Professor Selected to Governor’s Education Advisory Team

Credit UTM Office of University Relations

A UT Martin professor has been appointed to review Tennessee’s math standards. Governor Bill Haslam announced that Stephanie Kolitsch will serve on the Mathematics Standards Review and Development Committee.

Haslam has asked The State Board of Education to appoint the Mathematics Standards Committee along with an English Language Arts Standards Review and Development Committee, each with three advisory teams. Kolitsh will lead the Mathematics Advisory Team for grades 9-12.

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Infrastructure
7:28 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Hopkins County Interchange Nears Completion

Credit KYTC

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers report work on the new full-flow interchange connecting Interstate 69 with the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway in Hopkins County is about 60 percent complete. The interchange is one of about 10 major construction projects expanding the footprint of I-69 through Kentucky. 

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Arts
5:33 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Artist Paints Kentucky Landscapes on Copper, On Exhibit at Janice Mason Art Museum

Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz is showing "People and the Land: Elsa Bekkala Paintings" through November 29. The artist is of Sami- Finnish descent and was born on a farm in Keweenah Bay, Michigan. After two decades of living in New York, she had settled into her Studio 1898 in Lafayette, Kentucky in Christian County near Ft. Campbell, where her sister Ellen Francis is the mayor. Kate Lochte meets Elsa Bekkala on Sounds Good and learns about her unique artistic medium: painting on copper.

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Culture
5:18 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Why The Jackson Purchase Had a Confederate Majority in the Civil War

The Jackson Purchase was the only region in Kentucky during the Civil War period that had a Confederate majority. Around the Commonwealth, there'd be pro-Confederate counties, but none as unified as the "South Carolina of Kentucky." Author and retired WKCTC history professor Berry Craig stops by Sounds Good to talk with Todd Hatton about documenting the region’s turbulent Civil War history and culture in his new book, Kentucky Confederates.

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Education
4:41 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Tennessee Governor Haslam Announces Common Core Standards Review

Credit iStockPhoto

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has announced a public review of the state's K-12 academic standards in English and math. The process will include input from teachers and the public from across the state.

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Culture
3:45 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

BOO! A List of Halloween Specials on WKMS

Updated October 23, 2014

Here's a schedule of Halloween programming on WKMS. Halloween specials start this Saturday! We'll update this list as more program information becomes available. This is what we've got so far:

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