Society

Occupy Nashville Removed From Capitol

Feb 17, 2012
Malina Chavez / http://www.facebook.com/OccupyNashville

This past week, the Tennessee House passed a bill that would force Occupy Nashville’s encampment off the plaza outside the capitol.  Debate in the state Senate delayed action on the measure for a week, granting protesters a temporary reprieve. Some protesters began taking down tents Wednesday, but they said their movement was not defeated. They instead argued the camp had become a distraction from the inequalities that first galvanized Occupy Wall Street. This report brought to you by Daniel Potter of WPLN.

Journey Story: Jan Basile

Feb 17, 2012

A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution called “Journey Stories” is at Murray State’s Wrather West Kentucky Museum through March 10th.  So, we asked our listeners for their “Journey Stories.”  We received this one from Jan Basile  of Murray.

 Jan Basile of Murray offered her “Journey Story” for a limited series we’re producing to highlight the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition also called “Journey Stories.”  It’s at Wrather West Kentucky Museum at 16th and University Drive on the Murray State Campus

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Draffen's Department Store Demolition

Feb 16, 2012

For the past several years, the building that once housed Draffen’s Department Store has sat vacant on a street corner in Calvert City. Boards cover its front windows and “Keep Out” signs warn people away from its unsteady walls, but at one time, the store operated as one of the city’s chief centers of commerce. Yet money counts more than memories in the preservation of buildings, and Saturday, Calvert City will lose another historical landmark to demolition. Casey Northcutt has more.

Full body scanners will soon be arriving at Lexington’s Bluegrass Airport and Louisville International Airport. Jim Fotenos, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, says the biggest change for passengers will be requests that they remove all items, metallic and non-metallic, from their pockets before passing through. Fotenos says the worries about radiation exposure that surfaced when full body scanners began being widely used two years ago have been addressed with newer scanners.

Montgomery County Tennessee elementary students sent Valentine’s Day cards to dog owners, asking them to not keep pets chained or confined all day. The cards were mailed to about 70 homes where dogs had been seen chained outside or left in pens for long periods.

Inspectors are preparing a report to evaluate the future of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge. The report will determine if the remaining structure can be safely repaired. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Public Information Officer Keith Todd told the Paducah Sun he expects the report to be released mid-day today. Workers will resume clearing debris today after stopping work yesterday due to fog.

Murray Police are investigating the cause of a fire at the Bee Creek Soccer Complex Monday night. Calloway County Fire officials say the fire destroyed the complex’s concession and storage building. They believe the fire was not accidental. The blaze destroyed approximately 50,000 dollars worth of equipment. Murray Soccer Association President Steve Wilhelm says despite the damages the program will stay on schedule. Registration for the spring season begins February 11 at the Chamber of Commerce.

Murray, KY – Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham remembers the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 with a moving story about the fundraising efforts of another WKMS, White Knoll Middle School in South Carolina. Hear his amazing story of a Civil War promise held true under the banner, South Carolina Remembers.

Bill Cunningham is the Justice for the First Supreme Court District on the Supreme Court of Kentucky.

 

Murray, KY – It's been 6 Months since the last of 33 Chilean Miners were rescued from a Copper Mine. The world was captivated by the amazing determination of the miners and the rescuers efforts. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice, Judge Bill Cunningham has this take on the human conditions surrounding the sometimes unfathomable feats achieved by humans.

Justice Bill Cunningham, kybar.org

Murray, KY – A decade ago, many communities in our region suffered a similar problem. Their downtowns were dying. Old buildings had fallen into disrepair, and many historic places faced extinction. But revitalization efforts have sprung up in many towns, such as Murray's Main Street Program, Paducah's Renaissance Alliance, and Princeton's Paint the Town. Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham is an advocate for city preservation. Cunningham praises the citizens who've had the vision to keep history alive.

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