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Kentucky Dam: Power for the People
WKMS News continues its Sounds Good Documentary Series with its latest offering, Kentucky Dam: Power for the People. The hour-long program debuts Sunday, June 2nd at 9:00 a.m. The Kentucky Dam is the Tennessee Valley Authority's largest at 8,500 ft. long moves more than a million cubic feet of water per second.
Western Kentucky's landscape, and economy were forever changed by the dam and we'll explain how with the help of TVA officials, historians and river navigation experts and people who worked on and engineered the dam.
Morning Edition announcer and reporter Todd Hatton hosts the documentary which is told through voices of the past who lived and worked in the region prior to the dam’s construction. The archival recordings were provided by a Murray State University oral history project conducted in the 1990s.
The WKMS News team collaborated with local experts and includes the voices and expertise of current Kentucky Hydro Electric Dam Manager Bill Stallion, Murray State History Professor Duane Bolin, West Kentucky Community and Technical College Sociology Professor David Nickell, University of Tennessee Economist Larry Bray and Retired University of Kentucky Agriculture Extension Agent for Calloway County Ted Howard.
Kentucky Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Tennessee River between Livingston and Marshall Counties. It is TVA’s largest dam at 8,500 feet long and it moves more than a million cubic feet of water per second. TVA built the dam in the late 1930s and early 1940s to improve navigation on the lower part of the river and reduce flooding on the lower Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Western Kentucky's landscape and economy were forever changed by the Dam.
Please join us for Kentucky Dam: Power for the People, the story of a massive public works project that meant both the end of a way of life and a brighter future for the people of Western Kentucky. This documentary is sponsored by Hunter Marine of Paducah.