West Kentucky Community and Technical College President Dr. Barbara Veazey visits Sounds Good during today’s second hour. Dr. Veazey gives us an overview of WKCTC’s housing a transition center to support workers during the USEC closure. Also, the continued growth of the Paducah School of Art and Design and a look at modular online learning, and WKCTC's second consecutive ranking at one of the nation's Top 10 community colleges by The Aspen Institute - and what that means for the school and community.
U.S. Census figures show Hopkinsville as the fastest growing city in the Commonwealth. The Bureau's recent figures show a 3% growth in population between 2011 and 2012. The increase is a full percent higher than Georgetown which is the next fastest growing city in Kentucky.
Kate Lochte is joined by Friends of the McCracken County Library President Jenni Boyarski on Sounds Good. They talk about the library's book sale Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20. The sale will feature books, cds, and visual material, located at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 211 S. 21st St. On Friday, the sale runs from 9 am to 7 pm, and Saturday runs from 9 am to 1 pm. Proceeds benefit the public library. Click here for more information about the Friends of the Library.
USEC's shutdown of operations at the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant is underway; layoffs are slated to begin next month. Paducah and McCracken County will see a loss of about 12 hundred jobs, many high-skilled and high-paying. Organizations and agencies there are addressing the problem, but it's perhaps useful to also consider the experience of another community that underwent a similar economic reverse 20 years ago.
Sounds Good welcomes Paducah native Craig Felker. Felker is the front man for the Christian pop/rock group Hearts of Saints performing on the riverfront this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. He speaks with Kate Lochte about growing up in Paducah, how his faith has played a role in his style of music and how music has strengthened his faith. The Christian pop/rock group, also comprised of Jason Killebrew, Jesse Grisham, and Joel Purdy, plays on Wilson Stage. The concert is free to the public. For more information on the summer concert series, visit paducahalliance.org.
"Centering the Circle: Ceramic Works by Craig Rhodes and Chase Gamblin" has an opening reception at the Ruth Baggett Gallery at 1025 Jefferson in Paducah from 4 to 8 pm. Rhodes and Gamblin join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to tell us about their work in porcelain and stoneware and how their exhibition came together. See more at Ruth Baggett's Facebook page.
Kate Lochte speaks with Kristi Hanson of the Wastelanders group on Sounds Good. The Paducah Wastelanders Summertime 2013 Exhibit opens with a reception Saturday, June 22, from 5-8PM and closes with a reception Saturday, June 29, from 5-8PM at 950 Park Avenue, Paducah. Exhibiting artists include E.J. Abell, Mark Donham, Nancy Flowers, Juanita Gilliam, Kristi Hanson, LaNelle Mason, Jane Viterisi, Ginger Adams, Bill Ford, and Joe Viterisi. Music will be performed by Mark Donham. The receptions are open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit paducahwastelanders.com.
Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three headline the next Music @ MAC, the music performance series at Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah. Also playing is the Wheelhouse Rousters (Nathan Blake Lynn, Josh Coffey, Eddy Coffey). Performance is Friday, June 28, doors open at 6 and show starts at 7. Tickets are $15. Pokey LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertaining, innovator, and preservationist. His music combines jazz, ragtime, country blues and western swing. He speaks with Kate Lochte and Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about his music and the upcoming performance.
Yeiser Art Center Director Josh White speaks with Tracy Ross about The Paducah Summer Festival Photo Competition which has grown from a fledgling contest to Paducah Photo, the region's most prestigious annual photographic event. The show is on display this Saturday through August 3. According to the Yeiser website, the competition provides photographers with an outlet for their art, encouragement for growth in their vision and presentation and cash rewards for works of exceptional merit. See more at The Yeiser's website.