5:28 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

PAMGA Celebrates 15th Anniversary with "Twilight in the Garden"

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Purchase Area Master Gardener Carol Ullerich visits with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about PAMGA’s 15th Anniversary, being celebrated with Twilight in the Garden on July 25th. The event, from 5 - 7 pm, will be held at the University of Kentucky Demonstration and Trial Garden at 3600 Coleman Road in Paducah. The garden is typically used as an outdoor classroom, featuring a vegetable garden, small orchard, rain garden, and herb garden. The event will guide visitors through the garden and demonstrate activities such as vermicomposting, propagation, fall gardening, and gardening in small spaces. There will also be activities planned for children, including storytelling and a scavenger hunt. See more about Twilight in the Garden, here.

10:53 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Ohio County Family Finds Bear Raiding Feeder

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A family in Ohio County got an unexpected visitor to its deer feeder.

The family caught a black bear on camera eating from the feeder. Wildlife officials suspect the young bear was either forced out of its territory in eastern Kentucky or Tennessee by another black bear and is wandering around. 

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2:58 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

From the Garden Gate: Companion Planting

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Here's this week's "From the Garden Gate" by English professor and gardening enthusiast Roy Helton. This week's topic is "companions," combining flowers and vegetables in your garden.

Companions in the Garden

Probably when most of us hear the expression “companion planting,” we think of vegetable gardens and the kinds of flowers that are said to provide benefits for the veggies. The old-fashioned method of including marigolds and nasturtiums in vegetable beds is even receiving increased attention as scientific research catches up with garden lore. One list of suggested flower-vegetable combinations is catnip with eggplant to deter flea beetles, borage with tomatoes to attract beneficial insects, nasturtiums near squash to deter squash beetles, and petunias to act as an alternative food source for the aphids and beetles that go after cucumbers and pumpkins. 

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Puppies Sound Good
4:11 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Gus and Lola

Two very sweet puppies came up to the station today, Lola and Gus are shih tzu / boxer mixes, sister and brother, in need of a loving home from the Humane Society of Calloway County. Lola is the fluffy white one and Gus is the scrappy brown and white one. Even though they are only 10 weeks old, they are very friendly and approached every staff member, eager to be pet. Their foster mom says they are energetic and currently live in a house with a several large dogs and do just fine playing with them. They are estimated to be about 30 to 50 pounds when fully grown and are working on their house training, crate training, and basic obedience. 

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More information about Lola

For information on adoption, visit the Humane Society of Calloway County website.

5:17 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Ky. Energy Secretary Hopeful for a Good Start on PGDP Deactivation This Year

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After meeting Monday with new U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters said he is hopeful for a good start on deactivation of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant this year, with decontamination beginning in fiscal year 2015.

The United States Enrichment Corporation is in the shutdown process at the DOE-owned plant after failing to negotiate a new federal contract.

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1:19 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Tennessee Landfill Powers Up Methane Plant

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The Bi-County Landfill outside Clarksville, TN is working to increase its energy output from one to three megawatts. 

The waste management site is adding a second generator to its power plant which will be able to annually produce electricity for 3,000 homes for approximately one hour. The former tugboat engine has been modified to run on methane gas from decomposing solid waste. 

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10:31 am
Thu July 4, 2013

High Rainfall Keeps TVA Electricity Prices Down

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is pumping out a record amount of electricity from it's hydroelectric dams along the Tennessee River and its tributaries.  The free power source along with the wettest year in nearly two decades is saving TVA 10 % on its July fuel bills. 

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Nuclear Power Plants
4:31 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Authorizes Honeywell Plant To Reopen

Honeywell's Metropolis plant can resume full operations after receiving the go ahead from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plant which converts uranium or to uranium-hexafluoride closed last year after failing to meet standards for natural disaster preparedness. 228 employees had been without work while the plant addressed the infrastructure needs. 

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7:05 am
Fri June 28, 2013

TN And KY Getting White Nose Disease Grants

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Tennessee and Kentucky are getting maximum grants under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program to combat a disease that is killing bats. Tennessee and Kentucky will each receive more than $45,000. The agency awarded grants totaling nearly $1 million to 28 states.

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4:52 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Ag Officials Say Mosquito Control Safe, But Farmers Still Concerned

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A means to control mosquito swarms this summer around Land Between the Lakes is a concern for an organic farmer that lives less that 10 miles from where the Department of Agriculture plans to spray.

Hillyard Farms owner Brad Lowe grows organic crops and raises cattle, hens and pigs in Murray. He says although the insecticide won’t have a direct effect on his farm, he is still concerned.

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