This week, the Pennyroyal Arts Council kicks off "The Big Read," a six-week community wide reading adventure, with the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The focus honors Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. The kick-off event welcomes special guest speaker Mary Badham the actress who played Scout in the 1962 film, a dramatic performance, a gospel choir, film clips, art from local high schools and free books. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Alissa Keller about the schedule of events through November.


To Kill A Mockingbird: A Big Read Documentary

Listen Thursday, October 8th at 12:30 pm to celebrate the kick-off of Hopkinsville's Big Read.

Featuring commentary by actor Robert Duvall, playwright Horton Foote, NEA Jazz Master David Baker, and Former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, among others. 

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The Hopkinsville Art Guild is celebrating its 50th anniversary year with workshops and juried exhibitions. A fully-booked watercolor workshop with west Tennessee artist Tuva Stephens is underway and she judges an exhibition next week. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Henrietta Kemp and Stephens about events underway and coming soon.

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At the turn of the 20th century, farmers from 35 counties in western Kentucky and Tennessee known as the "black patch" were involved in a war against the American Tobacco Company monopoly, known as the Black Patch Tobacco Wars. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Alissa Keller, Executive Director of the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County about the 4th Annual Tobacco War Pilgrimage on September 25 and 26, with reenactments, a book panel, an expert conversation and the Trial of the Night Riders.

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Murray-Calloway Parks Department director Tab Brockman is leaving his post to lead the same department in Hopkinsville. In a press release, Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks said Brockman will take over as the head of parks and recreation on September 8.

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A retail center in Hopkinsville is projected to break ground early next year. The project, currently named the Hopkinsville Towne Center, is estimated at around $30 million and may include a TJ Maxx, Ulta Beauty, Hobby Lobby and Buffalo Wild Wings.

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"Moore Than Just a Bike Shop"

Summertime weather is upon us, and Hopkinsville underwriter Bikes & Moore is helping listeners across the region enjoy the great outdoors in style. Whether it's for fitness, racing, commuting, or just plain fun, Bikes and Moore matches people up with the "wind in their hair" bicycles of their dreams. 

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More than 50 protesters showed up Tuesday at the house of a Hopkinsville man who made waves Memorial Day weekend after posting a photo online where he was shown stepping on an American flag.

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Several law enforcement officials are working to create a local narcotics task force in Christian County. The area is now part of the 11-county Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force but Commonwealth Lynn Pryor said there is need for a smaller unit in the high-crime area.

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Update: We've included  the March 12 conversation from Sounds Good with Kate Lochte, Nikki Radford and  Ellen Gilbert of the Global Education Center. In this conversation, Gilbert explains the Global Education Center and previews the musicians and dancers at the festival.

The Hopkinsville International Festival, now in its sixth year, showcases some of the cultural diversity in the region. Featuring a global village, performance on two stages, food, lectures, language courses and more, it's a weekend that brings people together in an interactive nature that allows folks to engage, says event coordinators Nikki Radford and Nina Shalom. They speak with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview.