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Hopkinsville philanthropist and business owner Marilyn “Momma” Hays died over the weekend. She was 85 years old. 

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Ted Poston was born in Hopkinsville in 1906. He attended an African American high school in Hopkinsville and earned his bachelor's degree in Nashville. In 1928, he moved to New York and joined the Harlem Renaissance. There, he became the first African American writer on staff at the New York Post and the first to make a career at a white mainstream paper, where he covered the major events of the Civil Rights Era. Kentucky New Era Opinion Editor Jennifer Brown joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to preview her "Ted Talk" coming up in March, with more about Hopkinsville's own, the "Dean of Black Journalists," Ted Poston.

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A car parts manufacturer in Christian County is expanding production while creating up to 115 new jobs. 

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  Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 2-year-old Hopkinsville boy who was hit by a train Monday while walking with his dog.


Hopkinsville Community College is the recipient of a two-hundred-thousand-dollar National Science Foundation grant. The funds go toward the Technological Education for the Rural Community project or TERC. HCC math instructor and principal investigator Sherry McCormack says the grant will specifically fund relevant math and engineering coursework designed to provide context to the manufacturing industry.

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Christian County's Arlon Casey Jones, or AJ, and his wife, Peg Hays, produced their first spirit run of "Casey's Cut 92" a prohibition-style corn whiskey January 2nd. The whisky comes from a secret family recipe developed during the prohibition era, produced using a still built by Jones' grandfather, Alfred "Casey" Jones. They speak with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the distilling process, their progress on becoming legal distillers and how they got the antique still back from Land Between the Lakes.

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Thousands of wreaths will be placed on gravestones at four state cemeteries tomorrow, including Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville.  The nationwide observance, part of the Wreaths Across America program, will coincide with a noontime ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.  Veterans Cemetery West Director Richard Stanley said the group's mission is to remember, honor, and teach.

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A Hopkinsville auto-parts manufacturer plans to add 200 new jobs with a $25 million expansion.

It’s the start of the holiday season. The countdowns to Thanksgiving and Christmas have officially begun, and families will soon be gathered round dining tables to share stories and laughter. It’s that deep significance of the family table that prompted the founders of Heirloom Table Home in Hopkinsville to start designing and building beautiful dining tables of their own. 

Oberlin College's Emeritus Professor of Anthropology Dr. Jack Glazier offers a penetrating look at Hopkinsville and Christian County in his book, which is part ethnography and part historical narrative, titled Been Coming Through Some Hard Times - Race, History and Memory in Western Kentucky. Glazier met with Hopkinsville groups last year to discuss his conclusion: that structural inequality persists in the community. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Glazier about the root of his interest in Hopkinsville, the historical significance of Kentucky granting marriage rights to African Americans and the failure of the Freedman's Bureau in the city.