Downtown Murray

4:36 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Why the Liberty Bells Ring for Indpendence on July 8

Courthouse in downtown Murray
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

When the liberty bells ring on July 8, it will symbolize our beginnings, as a small country of three or four million people taking on the greatest military power in the world. While we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day, it wasn't until four days later when the average American heard the Declaration of Independence for the first time by orators on the court square or read it posted on the wall of the local tavern. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Captain Wendell Oury Chapter in Murray, hosts a Liberty Bell Tolling Ceremony at noon tomorrow, July 8, on the Calloway County Courthouse Lawn. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte sought the back story for the bell tolling to celebrate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence from Murray State University Professor of History Bill Mulligan.

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4:24 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

An Overview of Freedom Fest 2015, Including Live Music by Big Atomic and Red Ember

Freedom Fest 2015 promotional graphic, from the Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau
Credit Freedom Fest, Facebook

Murray's Freedom Fest is full of activities for families this weekend, from golf tournaments, farmers market, parade with kazoo band, to arts and crafts vendors, inflatable and games for kids, a car show, live music by WKMS Battle of the Bands winners Big Atomic and finalists Red Ember, the Town & Gown Community Band concert and.... fireworks! On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte goes through the schedule with Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Erin Carrico.

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3:59 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Murray Building, Hopkinsville Farmstead Receive State Approval for National Register Listing

Murray's W.G. Swann Tobacco Co. building
Credit Kentucky Heritage Council/Facebook

  The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board has approved 15 sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, including Murray's W.G. Swann Tobacco Co. building and Christian County's C.A. Baldwin Farmstead.

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1:55 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

New Soup Kitchen in Murray Meets Community Needs

Volunteers stock the pantry for the Soup for the Soul kitchen in Murray, KY.
Credit Soup for the Soul / Facebook

Murray’s new soup kitchen, Soup for the Soul, celebrated its grand opening last night. The crew of volunteers served 29 plates of sandwiches, salad and fresh fruit.

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8:06 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Historic Downtown Murray Property Owners Share Concerns, Brainstorm Ideas for Revitalization

Credit Whitney Jones

Downtown Murray property owners gathered last night to share concerns and ideas for the area’s future as it recovers from a year of disasters, including collapses and a fire.

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7:15 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Murray Main Street Hosts Trivia Fundraiser for Downtown

Credit Downtown Murray Kentucky, Facebook

Murray Main Street hosts a fundraiser trivia night at the Murray Banquet Center on Friday, February 20th at 6 p.m. One day after last year's trivia event was the night of the first downtown building collapse. On Sounds Good, Murray Main Street Manager Deana Wright says this underscores the importance of the event and in helping to support the cause for historic preservation in Murray.

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2:09 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Murray's Downtown Financial Loss from Disastrous 2014

Credit Murray Main Street

It’s been more than a year since a downtown building collapsed and more than six months since a fire gutted multiple buildings, which temporarily displaced 173 workers and 9 businesses.

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12:50 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Murray Officials Seek Public Feedback on Future of Downtown Projects

Credit Murray Main Street

Murray city and economic officials seek public input on the future of Downtown.  

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5:19 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Another Building in Downtown Murray to be Demolished

Maple Street during downtown Murray fire.
Credit Troy Taylor

Another downtown Murray building at 500 Maple Street is set to be razed following a summer fire. 

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4:38 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Site of Recent Murray Downtown Fire to be Demolished

A view of the fire from 5th Street.
Credit Troy Taylor/WKMS

The City of Murray has issued a demolition order for buildings gutted by a recent court square fire.

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