Parker Franklin

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Parker is a Junior at Murray State from the small town of Dixon, Kentucky. After studying engineering in high school, he realized his true passion was news. He is currently majoring in journalism, and hopes to be a newswriter some day. When he's not in class or working, you can find Parker watching sports with his friends or getting his jam on with some music.

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Society
3:06 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

A Look at the Pennyroyal Veterans Center

The Pennyroyal Veterans Center
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Pennyroyal Center Executive Director David Ptaszek heads a multi-service private nonprofit organization with 66 facilities throughout its 8-county service area that has served Western Kentucky since 1967.  He stopped by WKMS to talk about one his newer facilities: the Pennyroyal Veterans Center in Hopkinsville.

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Society
2:05 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Janice Mason Art Museum Hosts Crafts Bazaar, Festival of Trees Display

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Many of our region's art guilds and museums offer great alternative shopping opportunities for holiday giving. Paula Lisowsky of the Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the original items there, made by this region's artists and artisans.

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Education
12:42 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

10 Great Books for Young Readers

The cover of "Julia's House for Lost Creatures" by Ben Hatke.
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Sometimes it's tough finding a gift for the kids in your life. Murray State University Waterfield Library's Katherine Farmer stops by Sounds Good with a list of great books to give young readers over the holidays. She says she's a fan of kids' stories, even though one might not think they appeal to older audiences. Here are her top picks, just in time for the holidays.

Society
2:12 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Market House Theatre Kicks Off "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Show Run

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Thursday, Market House Theatre kicks off its two-weekend run of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The classic animated program first aired back in 1965, and has since made itself a staple of the holidays. Theatre Executive Director Michael Cochran stopped by for a Sounds Good interview with Kate Lochte.

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Environment
2:04 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Kentucky Trail Projects Receive Funding Boost

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Seventeen trail projects across Kentucky will receive more than $1 million dollars in funding from the state's Recreational Trail Program.

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Education
2:25 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Dead Week Takes Toll on College Students

With just two weeks to go before the semester ends for most universities in our region, students are preparing for final exams. However, in order to get there, they’ll first have to power through what’s known as dead week.

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Business
12:15 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Paducah Power System, West Kentucky Allied Services Offering Assistance with Energy Bills

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The Paducah Power System and West Kentucky Allied Services have teamed up to help people struggling to pay their energy bills this winter. 

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Education
2:16 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Former Paducah Middle School Assistant Principal Charged with Perjury

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A former Paducah Middle School assistant principal has turned himself in following perjury charges regarding his termination last year.

The Paducah Police Department says Jerry Wayne Walker allegedly gave false testimony to a Paducah Public Schools tribunal during an appeal to keep his job. He also faces charges of tampering with physical evidence and tampering with a witness.

Another employee identified as Jennifer Griffith has also been arrested on charges of perjury and facilitation to tamper with evidence.

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Education
2:23 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Report: Fewer KY High Schoolers Choosing to Attend College Despite Better Preparation

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According to a new state report, Kentucky high school students are better prepared for college but many aren’t taking that next step.

Kentucky's higher education institutions are producing more degrees while the state legislature continues to cut their appropriations.

Despite some improvement, the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education continues to renew its request for restored funding. CPE President Bob King looks to use some of the data in the latest accountability report to support his request.

Chad Lampe speaks with him on Sounds Good.

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Business
4:31 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Paducah Power System Looks to Lower Rates, Offer Free Energy Efficiency Tools this Winter

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Even though Paducah Power System customers won’t see benefits of the company’s new financial plan until this summer, General Manager Mark Crisson says he’s currently trying to cut costs and provide free tools for customers.

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