Front Page Sunday 8/27

Aug 27, 2012

The Renaissance Area Master Plan, or RAMP, offers ways to develop Paducah’s downtown, lower town, and riverfront, and those changes range from the sweeping to the subtle.  We’ve heard from the Paducah Riverfront Development Authority, who commissioned the study, and today we’ll hear from a River City resident who isn’t so sure RAMP is the way forward on Front Page Sunday from WKMS News. 

We’ll also look into the developing dispute between the Girl Scouts and a coal company that wants to start mining operations on land that abuts a western Kentucky Girl Scout camp.  We’ll also listen in on a Native American ceremony in Wickliffe commemorating ancestors who lived, and died, there.  Those stories, along with the best place to catch the 2017 solar eclipse, are coming up in the next hour.

(1.) GIRLS SCOUTS AND COAL -- Proposed zoning for a surface mine is causing quite a stir in Daviess County, Kentucky. The mine would be in a rural area outside of Owensboro called Pleasant Ridge- where mining has existed for decades. This mine, though, would be located next to a Girl Scout camp. Rose Krzton-Presson explores what this means not only for the camp, but for Pleasant Ridge, Owensboro, and Daviess County’s economic growth in recent years. 

(2.) BLANCO ON BULLYING -- After McCracken county resident Susan Guess found out her daughter Morgan was being bullied at school she and Morgan founded the Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation to help get the word out on bullying, and how to stop it. Last week the Guess’s foundation hosted anti-bullying advocate Jodee Blanco. She's a best-selling author of a book which details the abuse she suffered at the hands of bullies in her youth. Shelly Baskin spoke with Jodee about her campaign to reach out to victims and bullies. 

(3.) WKMS CHANGES -- Chad Lampe speaks with Program Director Tracy Ross about the upcoming changes to the WKMS schedule.

(4.) 2017 ECLIPSE -- In 2017 the U.S. will get its first full solar eclipse that will sweep across the entire Country since 1918 and Western Kentucky will be in the path for best viewing.  Some Hopkinsville residents and scientists are already preparing for the event.  HCC Physics Instructor Scott Bain joins me now to talk about this upcoming eclipse. Scott thanks for joining me. 

(5.) MCGAUGHEY -- Earlier this year, the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame inducted three west Kentuckians to the ranks of other great Kentucky Journalists: D.J. Everett of WKDZ/WHVO radio in Cadiz, Chip Hutchinson of the Princeton Times Leader and Murray State University professor emeritus Dr. Robert McGaughey. Today we begin a series of conversations with these gentlemen, today we hear from Dr. Robert Mcgaughey better known as “Doc.” Doc retired in 1997 after 30 years with the Journalism and Mass Communications department, 23 years of which he spent as department chair. He taught part time at Murray State until 2010. McGaughey has won numerous awards for his teaching, and is also a veteran broadcaster. On WKMS airwaves, he’s known for his two-man standup act with colleague and friend, Bob Valentine. Kate Lochte spoke with McGaughey about his career and his take on journalism today. 

(6.) BOB HOPPER ON RAMP -- Earlier this month, we spoke with Bruce Brockenborough and Steve Doolittle of the Paducah Riverfront Development Authority about a proposal to enhance the city’s downtown, lower town, and riverfront.  It’s called the Renaissance Area Master Plan, or RAMP, and while it has its supporters, it’s also drawn criticism.  Among those who’ve expressed reservations is retired journalist, and Paducah resident Bob Hopper.  Even though Mr. Hopper is a member of the Paducah Renaissance Alliance Board of Advisors, he’s agreed to give us his personal perspectives on those reservations as well as some possible solutions, and he joins us on the line.  Mr. Hopper, thanks for coming on. 

(7.) WICKLIFFE REBURIAL -- This past week, hundreds gathered at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site to close a chapter in the Native American history of our region.  They witnessed a ceremony honoring the reburial of the remains of Mississippian-era mound builders who lived in our area almost a thousand years ago.  For over 50 years, the owners of the land that now makes up the historic site displayed them as part of a tourist attraction called Ancient Buried City.