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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10:48 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Datebook: December 4 - Million Dollar Quartet Meets 56 Years Ago

It was 56 years ago, on this day in '56, a chance meeting of the Million Dollar Quartet: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. They recorded an impromptu jam session at Sun Records Studios in Memphis. In 2006, RCA released "The Complete Million Dollar Quartet,"  with 46 tracks covering most, if not all, of the session.

It’s Tuesday, December 4

The third annual Christian County Festival of Trees is on display at the Watts Senior Center in Hopkinsville starting Thursday and lasting through the 16th.  Enjoy breakfast with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, a pageant, and other events.  See details at kentuckyfestivaloftrees.com

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10:50 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Datebook: December 3 - First Text Message Sent 20 Years Ago

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On this day in 1992, the first SMS message was sent by a 22-year-old engineer Neil Papworth of Sema Group. He used a personal computer linked to the Vodafone network to send a text to Richard Jarvis which read, "Merry Christmas." He was a little shocked when the reply was LOL RU4 REAL?!?

It’s Monday, December 3

Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah hosts its annual “Stuff the Truck” food drive tomorrow from 7AM to 6PM.  Bring canned goods and non-perishable food items for local food pantries to the Baptist Imaging Center parking lot, opposite the parking garage at 27th and Kentucky.

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9:04 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Datebook: November 30 - Michael Jackson Releases Thriller 30 Years Ago

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The world became thrilled on this day in 1982, when Michael Jackson released his sixth studio album, Thriller. Seven of the nine songs reached the Billboard Top 10. In one year the album became (and remains) the best-selling album of all time. And it won eight Grammy awards. Don't even get me started on the music video... One cannot dance and type at the same time.

It’s Friday, November 30

The Paducah Railroad Museum hosts a Polar Express Party tomorrow with events at 11, 1, and 3.  Kids are invited to participate in games, crafts, and a reading of “The Polar Express.” The museum is located at 200 Washington Street, across from the Carson Center.  See details at paducahrr.org.

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10:32 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Datebook: November 29 - Pong Turns 40

The cultural influence of a simple electronic version of table tennis announced on this day in 1972 is virtually "mind-blowing." Allan Alcorn and Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell put a Pong prototype in a tavern and it became an instant hit, earning an unprecedented $35-40 a day. Sears produced a home version in 1975, selling 150,000 units that holiday season. I'll take Pong over Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 any day!

It’s Thursday, November 29

The Woman’s Club of Madisonville hosts a Holiday Tour of Homes Sunday afternoon from 1 to 5.  Visit five homes decorated for the season and enjoy cookies and cider.  $10 tickets are available in advance at the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce or at Armstrong Coal Company on the day of the tour.

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10:42 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Datebook: November 28 - Grand Ole Opry Begins Broadcasting 87 Years Ago

The Grand Ole Opry, one of the longest-running broadcasts in history, began on this day in 1925 has a one-hour radio show called "WSM Barn Dance." An American icon, the Opry brought country music to the forefront for decades: from Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, to Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood.

It’s Wednesday, November 28

Land Between the Lakes offers free cedar Christmas trees beginning Saturday.  Pick up permits, maps, and cutting guidelines from the Administrative Office during the week or from the Golden Pond Visitor Center on the weekends.  For details, visit lbl.org and click on “Newsroom.” 

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11:22 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Datebook: November 27 - Bruce Lee Turns 72

Martial artist and pop culture icon Bruce Lee would be 72 today had it not been for his sudden death in 1973, while doing voice over work for Enter the Dragon. He famously bested Chuck Norris in Way of the Dragon, one of the greatest martial arts battles in cinema. Though some argue the random kitten won.

It’s Tuesday, November 27

The Murray State University Department of History offers a research forum Thursday afternoon at 4 in Faculty Hall Room 505.  Dr. Brian Clardy’s presentation is titled “Trial by Fire: Race Relations, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Development of American Jazz.”  The event is free and open to the public.

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2:21 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Datebook: November 26 - Howard Carter Discovers King Tut's Tomb 90 Years Ago

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On this day in 1922, Howard Carter's team made a breech in the doorway to Tutankhamun's tomb. Peering in with the light of a candle, he saw glinting gold and treasure untouched for 3,000 years. When asked if he could see anything, he famously replied, "Yes, wonderful things." 

It’s Monday, November 26

Next Monday is the last day to enter the Fifth Annual Land Between the Lakes Photo Contest, sponsored by the Friends of LBL.  Cash prizes are awarded in six categories.  See complete contest rules and register online at lblphotocontest.org.

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10:34 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Datebook: November 23 - Doctor Who Debuts 49 Years Ago

The trip of a lifetime began on this day in 1963, when an enigmatic time lord stepped out of a blue police box for the very first time. Doctor Who holds the Guinness Record for longest running sci-fi TV show, has had eleven incarnations of the Doctor, and a whopping total of 789 episodes. But it's ok to start with the 2005 reboot.

It’s Friday, November 23

Maiden Alley Cinema presents “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” beginning tonight and running through December 6.  The coming-of-age story, based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up.  Find showtimes and ticket information at maidenalleycinema.org.

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11:22 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Datebook: November 22 - Happy Thanksgiving!

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We give thanks for the bountiful harvest on our table and the family that surrounds it. President Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide Thanksgiving celebration on Nov. 26, 1789, ""as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God."

It’s Thanksgiving Day, November 22

The Humane Society of Calloway County hosts an online auction featuring handmade quilts, folk art, jewelry, home décor, dog toys, autographed sports memorabilia, and more.  Visit forthepets.org and follow the link to the auction. Bidding closes on December 1st at 9PM. 

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11:46 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Datebook: November 21 - Einstein Publishes E = mc2, 107 Years Ago

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On this day in 1905 ("miracle year" of physics), Albert Einstein published "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon its Energy Content?" revealing the the relationship between energy and mass, which lead to the formula E = mc2, where E is energy, m is mass, and c is the speed of light.

It’s Wednesday, November 21

The Hopkinsville Art Guild Christmas Bazaar starts Friday at the Guild Art Gallery, located in Bradford Square Mall.  Work for sale includes original paintings, Christmas ornaments, cards, jewelry, pottery, and wood turnings.  Hours are 10 to 6 Wednesday through Saturday and 1:30 to 5:30 on Sunday.  The sale runs through December 22.

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