Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 10:33 am
Never mind that it's not even Thanksgiving yet, Kate Bateman has Christmas music playing inside her Radcliff, Kentucky home. When you visit, you'll find she's obsessed with Christmas.
"Bad enough that I put up five trees. I have Santas in a showcase that stay out all year long. I have a six-foot tall Santa in the foyer and he's out all year long," explained Bateman. "It's kind of an overkill I guess, but I love Christmas."
The retired Hardin County Schools art teacher will soon combine her passion and talent to help America’s First Home sparkle for the holidays. Bateman is part of an all-volunteer group of people from all over the country selected to help decorate the White House for Christmas. She first learned about the opportunity while watching a special on HGTV.
"I thought to myself 'Man, I'd love to do that!' but it wasn't a good time for me," she said. "I was still teaching and I said 'I'm going put that on my list for when I retire."'
Fast forward a few years to the end of last month when Bateman learned the application she submitted over the summer had been accepted. She leaves for Washington on Thanksgiving Day. The opportunity puts a crimp in her traditional Thanksgiving plans, but she doesn’t mind.
"My youngest daughter had already said she wanted to host Thanksgiving at her house this year and I was all for that," stated Bateman. "I'm making the pies the day before. Their dad will take the pies over, and I'm on a plane. And I'm so okay with that!"
Bateman will join a group of about 100 volunteers ranging from florists to lawyers who will put their mark on the 132-room White House. She doesn’t have her assignment yet, but the suspense, she says, is part of the fun.
A new report shows Kentucky continues to make strides in reducing the number of babies born premature. Just over 12 percent of babies in the state last year were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, which was an improvement for the 7th year in a row.
The commonwealth earned a “C” on the latest report card from the March of Dimes. Only a few years ago, the state was failing. Katrina Smith with the Kentucky March of Dimes Chapter credits the improvement to better education.
Up to and through the Civil War, Kentucky was considered America's frontier. It was a central part of American history, says historian James Claypool, who writes for the Kentucky Humanities Council. On Sounds Good, he shares the story of Logan County's Presley O'Bannon, "one of the most remarkable people in Kentucky - and American history for that matter. Certainly one of the most significant Marines ever," who fought the Barbary Pirates in Tripoli in 1805, became a model for US Marine Corps traditions and retired to serve in the State Legislature and Senate.
Downtown Paducah transforms into a magical atmosphere in "Dickens of a Christmas" on November 29, as part of Small Business Saturday. Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview of the day, featuring carriage rides, dancers, s'mores by the fire and more.
Cadiz City Council authorized Cadiz Renaissance to pursue plants to upgrade East End Cemetery. Mayor Lyn Bailey formed a committee whose work culminates in this Saturday's unveiling of a monument to African-Americans buried there without markers. MSU Archeology Students led by Professor Dr. Anthony Ortmann assisted with ground-penetrating radar. John L. Street Library's Kim Fortman identified the names of at least 45 African Americans listed, but officials estimate there being as many as 200 unknown graves. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Steve Jones about traditional African American burial practices.
Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 8:45 am
Jersson Garcia works at Richard Photo Lab in Hollywood. He's 31 years old, and he's got a total crush on Shirley.
"Beautiful skin tones, beautiful eyes, great hair," he sighs. "She's gorgeous."
Garcia is holding a 4-by-6-inch photo of an ivory-faced brunette wearing a lacy, white, off-the-shoulders top. She has red lipstick and silver earrings, and the photo appears to have been taken sometime in the 1970s or '80s.
Here's a look ahead at this week's conversations on Sounds Good:
Monday, November 10
There's just the remainder of today to see Sarah Martin's artworks in wood in an exhibit titled "Sites" in MSU's Clara Eagle Gallery, so we stroll through the show with the artist on a "Two Sarahs" Sounds Good day, with Dr. Todd Hill also dropping by to chat about tomorrow night's concert in Lovett Auditorium.