Paducah Life

The Musical Legacy of Kaintuck Territory

J.T. Crawford “He was one of those people that only had to sleep about four hours a night,” says Lynn Sill as she sorts through stacks of aging papers, posters, and photos piled up on her kitchen table. The heap of memories reflects just a small...

Filling the Gap

Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus Establishes Groundbreaking Occupational Therapy Program J.T. Crawford If you go around the classroom and talk to the Occupational Therapy students at the Murray State University campus in Paducah...

On the Road With the Chitlin’ Circuit

J.T. Crawford It was a humid, warmer-than-average, spring day in Paducah. Bright, bell-like tones rang out just south of Broadway somewhere around 6th and 7th streets. Those in the neighborhood, from old to young, took to the sidewalks, walking...

Big Times at the Big E

When Yvonne Holsapple took over as manager of Executive Inn Paducah, she also assumed the role of booking musicians to play the Showroom Lounge. The performance venue, which held about 1300, had been patterned after the showrooms in Las Vegas. From...

Loretta Lynn: THE Queen of Country Music

J.T. Crawford It was easy to feel trapped. No matter which way little Loretta Webb looked, she saw walls. Hemmed in by the mountains of eastern Kentucky, the barriers were more than geographic—they were hewn from abject poverty.  The oldest of...

Can the Katterjohn Building Be Saved?

PHOTOS BY PADUCAH DRONE   By the late 1800s, the United States expanded at unprecedented speeds. The railroad system replaced covered wagons, ushering large groups of people across the expanse of our nation at an unheard-of rate.   The new...

Saving LowerTown

Special thanks to sponsors such as Flooring America for bringing stories to LIFE!   We lost more than just physical buildings. Each of these communities contained something less tangible–neighborhoods like these are ecosystems. They incubate...