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Basketball
7:56 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Prohm Receives 1st Joe B. Hall Award

Murray State University men’s head basketball coach Steve Prohm is the first winner of CollegeInsider.com’s Joe B. Hall Award.  The award is named for the former head coach of the University of Kentucky Wildcats, who led the team from 1972 until 1985.  The award is presented to the top first year coach in Division I College Basketball.  Prohm led the Racers to a 31 and 2 record, as well as the third round of the NCAA tournament in his first season.

Basketball
2:57 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

UK, U of L Get Ready for Final Four

The University of Louisville/University of Kentucky rivalry will reach new heights tomorrow night when the Cards and the Cats clash in the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. And as each team’s coach tries to play down any personal rivalry this week, Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino acknowledges the die-hard nature of many fans, especially when it comes to games like this one.

“It ends up with a lot of bad marriages. A lot of mixed marriages that end up bad.  You have a Louisville woman with a Kentucky man and it always ends up bad,”

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16th Annual Park Day
7:48 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Volunteers Needed to Clean Civil War Sites

Fort Donelson

Civil War locations throughout Kentucky and Tennessee are participating in the 16th annual Park Day activities this coming Saturday.  The Civil War Trust sponsored event involves volunteers in clean up and site restoration.  In our region, Kentucky’s Columbus-Belmont State Park and Tennessee’s Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery will host volunteers.  Starting times for each location will vary.  We’ll have a link to a full list of sites at WKMS dot org.

Pants Law Gains Support
7:39 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Saggy Pants Proposal Advancing in Legislature

Wikimedia Commons

Three years ago, Rep. Joe Towns failed to make Tennessee the first state to fine teenagers for wearing saggy britches. Now the Memphis Democrat has a more comprehensive measure to prohibit "risque dressing" in schools - and its chances of passage are looking good.  The proposal is headed for a House floor vote and is moving steadily in the Senate.

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Library Seeks Renovation Funds
4:15 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Hopkins County-Madisonville Library Seeks Loan Funding

The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library's financial challenges continue as its board asks the County and the city of Madisonville to help finance a loan to renovate its downtown location. The board estimates the renovations to cost $672,000 and wants the city and county to pay $38,000 a piece annually for the ten year life of the loan.The Library has faced other financial challeges including a nearly 20 percent budget cut imposed by the city last summer. The board hopes to receive this funding to move the library back to its original main street location.

Ohio Author Sets Books in W KY
11:20 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Secrets of Crittenden County Author Visits Region

Murray resident Janet Finch alerted WKMS Station Manager Kate Lochte to Shelley Shepard Gray's visit to the region.   This New York Times best-selling author has set previous books amidst Amish communities in Ohio.  Upon discovering our Amish community in Crittenden County, she decided to use it as setting for a new series, the first book of which -- "Missing" -- came out March 20, 2012.  Commemorating the publication, Ms. Gray is making  stops in Paducah, Murray and Marion the weekend of March 24.  Hear more about the author. 

 

Juke Joint Shuffle
10:14 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Live Music on The Juke Joint Shuffle

Carlisle County’s Lane Davis performs on Juke Joint Shuffle, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24.   Listen here for a teaser.

Crime
3:55 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Union City Pastor Arrested on Solicitation Charges from Virginia

TBI

The Pastor of Union City’s First Church of God is in jail charged with online sexual solicitation charges. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports police arrested 34-year-old Grady Evans on Tuesday on a fugitive warrant from Virginia.

Evans is charged with using a communications device to solicit a minor.   Police from Fairfax County, Va., and Union City assisted with the arrest and search of the church.

Heritage
11:32 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Moonshine is Alive and Well in Marshall County

Harper's Weekly

In a barn on a hill in Marshall County, a modern moonshiner has turned what was once the art of outlaws into a legitimate business. Spencer Balentine is cooking up a batch of LBL’s Most Wanted (according to the label, anyway) Kentucky moonshine in a square copper pot still in the middle of his barn. Balentine says he’s carrying on a tradition that’s been in his family for generations. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all had connections to moonshining. Balentine says he decided to revisit the tradition a few years ago after a visit to a whiskey distillery.

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Sports
5:04 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Canaan Named All-American

Murray State University point guard Isaiah Canaan has been named to the All-American team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches . The Murray State junior led the Racers to their 15th appearance in the NCAA tournament. Both the Sporting News and USBWA have named Canaan to their all-American squads. Canaan is also up for a number of collegiate awards, including the Wooden, Cousy and Henson awards.

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