Kate Lochte

Station Manager

Kate Lochte was born in Texas, and grew up in Alabama, Alaska, New York, and Maine. She and Music City, Tennessee native Bob Lochte have sojourned in Los Angeles, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Pulaski, and Greeneville, Tennessee and now, Murray, Kentucky. Kate has taught high school and college English; office-managed the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga; written for the Chattanooga Free Press and the Pulaski Citizen newspapers; broadcast news and music for WMGL-FM and WKMS-FM; and broadcast for WETO-TV as the Kid's Klub's "Granny Goose." The Lochtes and their dogs enjoy being at home in the woods of Calloway County. For a time, Kate shared her appreciation for world music hosting shows Ports of Call and Country Music on WKMS.

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Business
3:51 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

New $500k Microloan Program for Small Businesses

A new half-million dollar microloan program is seeking small businesses and entrepreneurs in the region. Marta Elliot, Purchase Area Development District Business Lending Director, and Chris Wooldridge, District Director of Murray State's Small Business Development Center, have partnered to bring awareness of this new loan available from the Small Business Administration and speak about it with Kate on Sounds Good.

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Environment
4:51 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Winter Pruning Tips from MSU Horticulturalist

With high temperatures expected to reach the lower to mid 50s this weekend, it might just be warm enough to step outside and give that yard some much needed tender loving care. Pruning during the dormant months is the most common practice, allowing plants ample opportunity to grow in the spring. Murray State Horticulture faculty member Pat Williams addresses pruning in the winter and what to do about ice-damaged trees in a workshop from 1 to 3 Saturday (February 15) afternoon at the Pullen Farm greenhouse at the Murray State Arboretum, on Hickory Drive, off Main Street.

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Government
4:33 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Beshear's Tax Reform Proposal in House Budget Committee Today, A Behind-The-Scenes Look

Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson
Credit Flickr

Lt. Gov Jerry Abramson presented a draft of Governor Steve Beshear's proposed tax code changes to the House budget committee today, which was first announced by Beshear last week. The changes, if fully implemented, could raise an estimated $210 million annually by expanding the 6% sales tax to select services, an increased tax on cigarettes from 60 cents to $1 dollar per pack, and reducing tax breaks on pensions for people earning more than $80,000. On Sounds Good, Kate speaks with policy analyst and member of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Committee on tax reform, Jason Bailey about the events of the day.

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Education
3:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

WKCTC Among Top Community Colleges for 3rd Consecutive Year

Once again, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has placed Paducah's West Kentucky Community and Technical College among the nation's best community colleges. The top 150 will compete for a $1 million grand prize awarded in early 2015. Kate speaks with Dr. Renae Akin, WKCTC Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management and Associate VP of Learning Initiatives about the honor.

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Environment
12:57 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

National Weather Service: Snow Likely Tonight

The National Weather Service says a disturbance in the upper levels of the atmosphere will move across the Mississippi Valley tonight, bringing a spread of snow across the Ohio River Valley. We will likely receive roughly 1 to 2 inches of snow this evening, which may make roads hazardous. Rick Shanklin of NWS in Paducah gives us an outlook on weekend weather.

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Education
12:31 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

"Putt" Children First Fundraiser for Youth Mentors, Feb. 15

West Kentucky Mentoring provides one-to-one site-based mentoring services to youth between the ages of 5 to 18. They match caring adults with youth in various sites like schools libraries and homes; spending time helping with homework, sports and talking about life. Director Suzy Crook joins Kate on Sounds Good to talk about the first annual "Putt" Children First Fundraiser, February 15 at Treasure  Golf in Murray.

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Arts
4:05 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Kentucky Governor's Mansion Seeks Student Art & Essays

Credit Kentucky Governor's Mansion, Facebook

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear is seeking original art and/or essays form public, private and home school students as part of a year-long series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Kentucky Governor's Mansion, also known as "People's House."  Rebecca Blessing of the Kentucky Department of Education joins us on Sound Good with the details.

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Culture
3:46 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Murray Attorney Pens True Tale of Murder and Redemption

In 1922, the Graves County Sheriff was murdered in the courthouse in front of several witnesses. A few days later, his wife is appointed sheriff and begins her quest for redemption. Murray attorney Sid Easley tells this true tale in his book, A Courthouse Tragedy. Easley joins Kate Lochte in the studio during Sounds Good to describe the fateful events and reads from his book.

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Arts
3:37 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Empty Bowls Event to Feed Paducah's Hungry, February 15

Empty Bowls Fundraiser Event 2012
Credit Empty Bowls Project of Paducah, Facebook

The Empty Bowls Project returns to Paducah at the Julian M. Carroll Convention Center February 15. The evening is a fundraiser for The Community Kitchen of Paducah, and gathers over 1,400 hand-made ceramic bowls and over a dozen different restaurants for an opportunity to feed the most fragile members of our community. Kate Lochte speaks with Michael Terra of Terra Cottage Ceramics about the event.

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Culture
2:11 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

152 Years Later: Fort Henry's Construction, Battle and Legacy

Bombardment and capture of Fort Henry, 1860s lithograph by Currier and Ives
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Battle of Fort Henry was fought on February 6, 1862, in western Tennessee and was the first important victory for the Union led by Ulysses S. Grant, in the Western Theater during the Civil War. Dover historian Susan "Ski" Witzofsky previews her February 8th program for the 152nd Anniversary of Fort Henry's construction, battle and legacy.

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