WKU Public Radio has a wonderful day of special programs set for Thanksgiving Day. Some have become holiday traditions, while others will be heard for the first time.
Here is our complete Thanksgiving Day rundown:
Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (Thanksgiving Day at 9 am central, 10 eastern)
Radio producer Dave Isay had an idea that something was missing from the American historical pantheon, and in 2003, he founded StoryCorps to capture the quintessential American voice, telling the invaluable American story. His mission was simple, to give all Americans the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives. Since then, with two airstream trailers traveling across the country, the StoryCorps team has collected over 45,000 stories from 90,000 participants. All are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
A survey team from the National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down near Huntsville in Butler County on Sunday afternoon.
The weather service says winds likely reached 105 miles an hour and was about the width of about two football fields.
One minor injury was reported, and one a mobile home had its roof taken off by powerful winds associated with the storm.
The Associated Press reports the National Weather Service also confirmed two tornadoes in Northern Tenneseee, including an EF-1 in Robertson County with winds reaching 90 miles an hour and an EF-0 in Sumner County.
WKU Public Radio members are being offered a 25% discount on general admission tickets to the "This I Believe: Kentucky" book launch.
This event will be held in Louisville at the Center Building Auditorium on the Spalding University campus on Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m. Hosted by long-time public radio personality Bob Edwards, this event celebrates the publication of "This I Believe: Kentucky", a new anthology featuring 60 "This I Believe" essays written by current or former Kentuckians.
At the event, which will be taped for later broadcast, Edwards will interview several prominent book contributors, including Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker, Spalding President Tori Murden McClure, and noted writers Sena Jeter Naslund, Silas House, and George Ella Lyon.
The future became a little murkier for a historic church building in downtown Bowling Green on Friday.
In August, the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center posted a $250,000 dollar winning bid for the vacant Taylor’s Chapel A.M.E. Church. But SKyPAC says a 90-day window to find a donor to finance the restoration of the church building has come and gone without anyone stepping forward. SKyPAC says it will let the purchase agreement expire and has no plans for the building.
SKyPAC’s Executive Director and CEO Tom Tomlinson says the organization won’t use operating funds to restore the church building.
Transportation officials say they won’t hit the Nov. 15 target date for re-opening the “Blue Bridge” in downtown Owensboro. But Kevin McClearn with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the extra work this month will reduce the number of traffic disruptions next year.
Crews have been re-painting the bridge and repairing beams, joints and concrete on older sections of the bridge deck. No timeline was announced for re-opening the bridge, but crews are expected to continue working for a “few more weeks”, trying to take advantage of milder weather.
The bridge has been closed since mid-May. When open, an average of 8,500 cross the Blue Bridge each day.