6:12 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Columbia Theater Seeks Grant for Contaminate Clean-up

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Paducah’s Columbia Theater will need contaminates removed before any renovations can begin. Paducah grants administrator Sheryl Chino said the city is applying for a two hundred thousand dollar federal Brownfield Field Clean-up Grant to remove toxins from the historic theater.

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5:10 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Hotel Metropolitan Hosts First Purple Room Performance in 50 Years

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In the era of segregation, Paducah's Hotel Metropolitan was considered one of the finest African American hotels in the region. Many prominent guests have spent the night: Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Harlem Globetrotters, Satchel Paige, Thurgood Marshall, Thomas Dorsey, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina, and Cab Calloway. Now, the building functions as a museum, for its famous guests and 20th century African American history. Betty Dobson joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the hotel's first Purple Room performance in fifty years, tomorrow night, featuring harmonica bluesman "Rip Lee" Pryor.

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3:44 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

VIDEO: Paducah Veterans Day Celebration Full of Cheers Despite Rain

Hardy Gentry speaks after receiving his Distinguished Veteran Award.
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The cheers of school children erupted as veterans marched up Broadway during the annual Veterans Day parade in Paducah today. The rain did not dampen the onlookers’ spirits.

Hardy Gentry was awarded the Distinguished Veteran Award this year for his service not only in the military but also in the community. He has been the American Legion post commander numerous times.

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3:57 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Barber's Violin Concerto the Centerpiece for Saturday's Paducah Symphony Concert

Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams opens the program of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra Saturday night at 7:30 in the Carson Center. Then, guest soloist Glenn Deicterow joins the Orhcestra for Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, opus 14. And the concert finale is Piotre Tchaikovsky's Symphony Number 1, Winter Daydreams. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Artistic Director and Conductor Raffaele Ponti for more about the music.

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3:06 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Preservation Strategy Conference Focuses on Revitalizing Downtown Paducah

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The Kentucky Heritage Council, Preservation Kentucky Inc. the Kentucky Main Street Program and Paducah Main Street invite the public to a full day of information and discussion about the historic preservation of downtown Paducah this Saturday at Maiden Alley Cinema and the River Discovery Center. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Kentucky Heritage Council's executive director and state historic preservation officer Craig Potts about the conference, focusing on revitalizing downtown neighborhoods.

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4:29 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Purple Lights Illuminate Paducah's Noble Park for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness


Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United State, according to the American Cancer Society. With a five-year survival rate of six percent, it's also one of the deadliest. One of the primary reasons for this is that there is currently no early detection method or screening available, and the cancer is typically diagnosed after spreading to other organs.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is determined to double the survivor rate by 2020 through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy. On the local level, West Kentucky's volunteer team led by Carol Foreman hosts a Purple Light event this Sunday in Noble Park, celebrating survivors, remembering loved ones lost and inspiring the community. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.

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6:42 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Paducah Riverfront Hotel Progressing

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The Paducah City Commission got an update Tuesday night on a new downtown hotel that will connect to the Julian Carroll Convention and Expo Center. Paducah Riverfront Development Authority Executive Director Steve Doolittle says the Hilton Garden Inn will give a “stunning” look to downtown.

“I think when PRDA approved the major earthmatic elements we had a very good discussion about getting a hotel that didn’t look like it was an interstate hotel that really fit the urban fabric of downtown Paducah,” Doolittle said.

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5:29 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Market House Theatre Credits Governors' Award to Generations of Creative Children

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Paducah's Market House Theatre receives the Kentucky Arts Council's Community Arts Award of the Governor's Awards in the Arts in Frankfort this Thursday. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Market House Director Michael Cochran about the achievement and about how the theatre gives kids a creative outlet.

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2:47 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Funeral Arrangements Set for Benton Family Killed in Tennessee Car Accident

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Funeral arrangements are tomorrow for a Benton family of four killed over the weekend in a car accident.

Michael, Monica, Joshua and Caleb Cruse were on their way to a family vacation in Gatlinburg when they were struck in a six-car collision on I-40 in Tennessee. 

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9:53 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Community Health Impact: Shawnee Fossil Plant


The Kentucky Environmental Foundation has released its Health Impact Assessment for Paducah's Shawnee Fossil Fuel Plant. The report comes as the Commonwealth braces for new EPA regulations on coal plant emissions.  

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