Kala Dunn

Operations Assistant and Board Operator

Kala Dunn is a native of Princeton, Ky. She’s a 2006 graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy with a concentration in flute performance and a 2010 graduate of Murray State University with a B.M. in piano performance. She is employed by Physical Medicine Services. Her hobbies include yoga, kayaking, reading, running, and listening to music. She lives in Hamlin, Ky.

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9:17 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Datebook: January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Today is the observation of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (born January 15). A hero of the civil rights movement, King successfully protested racial discrimination through nonviolent activism. The federal holiday was signed into law by President Reagan in 1983, and was officially observed by all 50 states in 2000.

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Blood Donor Center holds blood drives tomorrow and Wednesday from 7 to 4.  Blood donors must be at least 18 years old, be in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds.  For more information, call 1-800-342-6224.

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10:33 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Datebook: January 18 - Paris Peace Conference 94 Years Ago

'The Big Four' (L-R) PM David Lloyd George (Great Britian) Prem. Vittorio Orlando (Italy) Prem. Georges Clemenceau (France), Pres. Woodrow Wilson (US)
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Diplomats from more than 32 countries met in Paris on this day in 1919, to set the peace terms following WWI. These treaties reshaped the political maps of Europe and Africa, imposed financial penalties on Germany, and created the League of Nations. 

It’s Friday, January 18

Country singer/songwriter Dustin Lynch performs tonight at 7:30 at the Clemens Fine Arts Center on the WKCTC campus in Paducah.  Lynch is up for Single of the Year by a New Artist as well as for New Artist Video of the Year.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.  For more information, call (270) 534-3212.

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12:26 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Datebook: January 17 - Ben Franklin's Birthday

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"The First American" was born on this day in 1706. He was born of working class roots, and became wealthy as a newspaper editor and publisher. Of course, he later became one of the most influential Founding Fathers, and is quite fun to quote. "Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late."

It’s Thursday, January 17

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive tomorrow from 10 to 2 at Walmart of Murray.  Blood donors must be at least 18 years old, be in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds.  To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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10:54 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Datebook: January 16 - Hello Dolly! Debuts on Broadway 49 Years Ago

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One of the most enduring American musicals, Hello Dolly! debuted on Broadway on this day in 1964, with Carol Channing as Dolly. The production ran for 2,844 performances over nearly 7 years, and won ten Tonys, including Best Musical.

It’s Wednesday, January 16

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area offers a Winter Eagles & Wildlife Van Tour on Saturday, with tours departing from Badgett Theater in Grand Rivers at 8:30 and at 1:30.  The cost is $25 per person for both sessions, or $15 for a single session.  The morning tour visits winter birding hotspots of LBL, and the afternoon session is a Northern LBL eagle tour.  Register by calling 924-2020.

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9:07 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Datebook: January 15 - First Super Bowl 46 Years Ago

Bart Starr
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Tensions were high at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, as the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers had an intense rivalry leading up to the 'Supergame' of '67. Sports writers predicted Green Bay's win, notably their star players Willie Wood and Bart Starr. A 30-second commercial cost $42,000.

It’s Tuesday, January 15

A reception honoring diversity author Cathy Bao Bean begins Thursday evening at 5 in the second floor atrium of Alexander Hall.  A presentation follows at 5:30.  Bao Bean is the author of The Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual.  She speaks about her experiences and the topic of shattering cultural stereotypes.  For more information, call 809-3817.

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10:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Datebook: January 14 - Elvis Says 'Aloha from Hawaii' 40 Years Ago

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Elvis headlined Aloha from Hawaii broadcast live via satellite on this day in 1973. It aired in over 40 countries, reaching an estimated one billion viewers, one of the most watched broadcasts in history. It was also the most expensive entertainment special at the time, costing over $2.5 million.

It’s Monday, January 14

The Center for Health and Wellness at Murray-Calloway County Hospital offers Cooper-Clayton Smoking Cessation classes, beginning tomorrow.  The method combines education, skills training, and social support along with nicotine replacement products to help participants stop smoking.  Classes meet at 5:30 on Tuesdays for 13 weeks.  Reserve a space at 762-1348.

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10:59 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Datebook: January 10 - Paine Publishes Common Sense 237 Years Ago

Common Sense was published anonymously by Thomas Paine on this date in 1776. An immediate success, it presented the colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when seeking independence was still undecided. Paine donated his royalties to Washington's Continental Army.

It’s Thursday, January 10

Starfish Orphan Ministry holds a public meeting Sunday afternoon at 2 in their offices on the second floor of 1000 Broadway in Paducah.  Learn how to make a difference in the lives of orphaned children through mission trips and local volunteer opportunities.  See details at starfishorphanministry.com.

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10:25 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Datebook: January 9 - Star of the West Fired Upon 152 Years Ago

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The Star of the West was a Union merchant ship, fired upon as it delivered supplies to Fort Sumter in South Carolina. While the incident didn't technically start the Civil War, it was the first time shots were exchanged between the North and South, resulting in strong talk and the inevitable attack.

It’s Wednesday, January 9

Staff from the Land Between the Lakes Woodlands Nature Station present the story of the bald eagle’s recovery in our area, plus tips on how to spot eagles in the wild, at tomorrow night’s Evening Upstairs at the McCracken County Public Library.  The free program starts at 7 in the Second Floor Meeting Room. 

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10:40 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Datebook: January 8 - Largest Ocean Liner Christened 9 Years Ago

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The RMS Queen Mary 2 is the largest ocean liner ever built, weighing 148,528 tons. Operated by Cunard Lines, she services Southampton to New York. On board, you'd be able to choose between fifteen restaurants, five swimming pools, a casino, ballroom, theatre, and the first planetarium at sea.

It’s Tuesday, January 8

Tickets are now on sale to see the Harlem Ambassadors, visiting the Paducah Tilghman Gymnasium on February 1st at 7PM.  The group offers their unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring slam dunks, tricks, and comedy routines.  Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Paducah Day Nursery.  Tickets are available at any Paducah Bank location.

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10:55 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Datebook: January 7 - Mantell UFO Incident 65 Years Ago

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On this day in 1948, Kentucky Air National Guard pilot, Captain Thomas Mantell crashed and died in pursuit of a UFO. Witnesses had reported a westbound circular object near Maysville with a "flaming red cone trailing a gaseous green mist." Some think it was a weather balloon, but no one knows for sure...

It’s Monday, January 7

Angels Attic Thrift Shop needs donations of clothing, furniture, appliances, household items, and toys.  Proceeds support the Angels Community Clinic, which helps Calloway County residents without medical insurance.  Bring items to 972 Chestnut Street Monday through Saturday from 8 to 5, or call 762-0505 for pickup.

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