Murray Playhouse in the Park's performance of "Shrek The Musical" extends its run due to sold out houses for the last few weeks. On Sounds Good, Tracy learns more from P;layhouse Director Lisa Cope and Jake Hunter, who plays Lord Farquaad in the show. The musical comedy now runs Saturday November 9 at 7 pm and Sunday, November 10 at 2:30 pm. See ticket information, here.

The city of Murray will pay for some big-ticket items this year with a 4% property tax increase.

In a strained meeting last night, members voted to raise taxes 8-4.

Last year, Murray opted out of the increase in light of an 8% alcohol tax. But Mayor Bill Wells says a new fire ladder truck, increased salaries for police, fire and dispatch workers among other big projects put Murray in need of the increase.

KSP Makes Arrest In Murray Arson

Oct 10, 2013
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The Kentucky State Police arrested 39 year old Stewart Odom of Murray yesterday in connection with an early morning Arson Fire that occurred on Oct. 6th in Murray, and an attempted Arson Fire at another location on Oct. 8th.

Both incidents occurred on Hamilton Avenue. Odom is charged with Arson in the First Degree, Attempted Arson in the First Degree, and two Counts of Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction, Third Degree.

The investigation continues by State Police Detective Frank Gresham.

Matt Sullivan speaks with Kate Lochte about the Healthy Living & Wellness Expo, featuring special guest and speaker Naomi Judd, coming to Murray this weekend (September 21). One of the largest health events in western Kentucky, the expo is designed to educate and inspire the public in the areas of healthy living, personal wellness, fitness, lifestyle improvement and longetivity, financial strategies for seniors, and Medicare and Medicaid best practices. See more about the event.

The Odd Couple’s Oscar Madison has a perfect line for lunchtime: “I got brown sandwiches and green sandwiches. It’s either very new cheese or very old meat.” MSU English and Philosophy’s Rusty Jones directs Playhouse in the Park’s The Odd Couple opening Friday for a two weekend run. Dr. Jones brings cast members Brad Brauser (Oscar) and Tom Jackson (Felix) to visit Sounds Good. This Neil Simon iconic comedy won a Tony in 1965 and, according to the American Association of Community Theatres, it is still one of the most frequently produced comedies by community theatres around the world. See more at Playhouse in the Park's website.

8180Films and their Origins in Murray

Aug 20, 2013

Murray's Playhouse in the Park used to be a haunt for two folks who are now Leland, Michigan residents: Becky Reynolds and Jim Carpenter. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with them about their production company 8180Films and a couple of new projects: The CoExist Comedy Tour and their new movie, The Girl On the Train. They talk about their memories of the region, how it led them to start a production company, and their current work. See more about their work at

See the trailer for The Girl on the Train.

A new hotel is coming to Murray that will bring 35 jobs to the area.

The Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today that a Marriott hotel called Springhill Suites should open in North Murray by January 2015.

Summer Party at the Murray Art Guild

Jul 3, 2013

Sounds Good features three guests involved in the Murray Art Guild Party this Friday night: Ceramicists Wayne Bates and Cooper Levering, and Debi Danielson, the Guild’s Executive Director. They describe events and features at the party, including Fired Together: same clay same kiln different artists (Bates & Levering), musical performance by The Eddy Grove Trio, a monster draw rally, Empty Bowls Studio, the Cellar Door, art activity, and food on stick! See more at

Murray Tourism and Convention Center’s Executive Director Erin Carrico previews Murray’s Freedom Fest with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good. Freedom Fest kicks of Friday, June 28 with a street fair featuring vendors and a free outdoor concert by Matty McRee and Clarence Dobbins. Saturday's events include a parade, kid's activities, a 5k, and one of western Kentucky's largest fireworks displays. See more at

Joy Thomas on Painting Professional Portraits

May 30, 2013

Murray-based portrait artist Joy Thomas has captured the likeness of members of the community and leaders in government and business. Some of her commissions include the official portrait of Secretary of the US Navy, Richard Danzig; New York Jets owner, Robert Wood Johnson; and recently, John E. Bryson, the 37th US Secretary of Commerce. Her work has been on exhibit across the country, featured in magazines, and has won several awards, including first place in "The Best Paintings of 2000" competition by The Artist's Magazine. In 2006, she published The Art of Portrait Drawing, which is available on Amazon. She came to our studio to speak with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about her work.