Datebook
8:32 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Datebook: July 2 - Thurgood Marshall's Birthday

The City of Paducah hosts an Independence Day Celebration on the Riverfront this Friday with food, fireworks, and entertainment on Wilson Stage. Steve Schaffner’s Trio Girardeaux plays at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Paducah Jazz Ensemble at 7:30, the Paducah Community Band at 8:30, and the fireworks display at 9:15. The public is invited. 

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Business
6:50 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Paducah Closer to New Downtown Hotel

Credit Lance Dennee

The city of Paducah is one step closer to a new downtown hotel. The Kentucky Tourism Development Act Authority Board approved $4.5 million in tax credits to build the Hilton Garden Inn at the pavilion site adjacent to the Julian Carroll Convention Center according to Paducah Riverfront Development Authority director Steve Doolittle.

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Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii.  He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter.   He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006).  He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals).  He resides in Honolulu.

Arts
4:42 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Celebrate the 4th Red, White & Tuna-Style at Badgett Playhouse

Red, White & Tuna and The Fabulous Fifties Show are Fourth Fare at the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers. Red, White & Tuna is the 3rd installment in the comedic series Greater Tuna, a satirical ride through the the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas' third smallest town. Perennial favorites and new arrivals appear in the 4th of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. Take a stroll down memory lane in The Fabulous 50's Show and The 70s Show this Saturday. Badgett impresario Bill Minihan joins us on Sounds Good with the details.

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Culture
4:29 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Murray Freedom Fest Kicks Off with Veterans Remembrance

Credit Freedom Fest, Facebook

Murray's annual tradition of food, fun and fireworks is back this Friday and Saturday. Festivities kick off Friday evening with a street fair featuring food, crafts, games, a beer garden, and an outdoor concert by Swamp Donkey and Margarita Beach. Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Erin Carrico walks us through Freedom Fest, beginning Friday with a 7:30 a.m. Veteran's Remembrance Ceremony at Chestnut Park. Hear the conversation:

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Society
3:21 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Body Found in Hopkins County Identified

Credit Hopkins County Sheriff Department

Hopkins County Sheriff Frank Latham has released the identity of a man found dead in White Plains.

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Arts
2:21 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Set To Expand With $14M Investment

Rendering of the Ryman renovation.
Credit WPLN

The Ryman Auditorium will be undergoing construction at the end of the summer to grow the back spaces of the concert hall, which will not affect the historic auditorium and famous red brick facade.

Colin Reed, who heads up Ryman Properties, says visitors feel cramped in the areas outside of the music hall. So the add-ons include a new box office, more bathrooms and a reworked concessions area, and other renovations totaling $14 million.

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Commentary
1:47 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

The Voice of Reason: Remembering Senator Howard Baker

Portrait of Senator Howard Baker
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Former Senate Majority Leader and White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker died last Thursday at age 88. Baker was one of the key players in Ronald Reagan's historic tax and spending cuts and was an influential member of the Senate committee that investigated the Watergate scandal. He served as US Senator from Tennessee from 1967 to 1985 and Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy remembers the Republican Senator as a voice of reason in the later half of the 20th Century.

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Education
12:09 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Judge Grants Injunction to Halt Auction of Cuba Elementary School

Credit Paul Schaumburg

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd is granting the group of disgruntled residents suing the Graves Board of Education a temporary injunction effectively halting the sale of Cuba Elementary School. 

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Government
11:52 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Kentucky Automotive Industry Assoc. Names First Executive Director

Dave Tatman
Credit KAIA

A new group formed to advance the Commonwealth’s auto industry has named its first executive director.

Dave Tatman, a former general manager at the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, will lead the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association.

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