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75 years later, Kentucky Veteran Returns to Pearl Harbor

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It’s a perspective few Americans share, and even fewer can clearly articulate. 92-year-old Private Charles Hocker witnessed Japanese planes attacking Pearl Harbor from his Schofield Barracks in O’ahu, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. Mr. Hocker’s battle wounds are still visible, having taken lead in his leg when three planes opened fire on the barracks, but they are not nearly as clear as his memory of that fateful morning. This year, on …

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Where Christmas Trees Grow

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Put a little extra fa-la-la-la-la into your Christmas celebration by ringing in the holiday season with a trip to a nearby tree farm. Once there, you can search the fields until you find just what you’re seeking: the perfect Christmas tree. Whether this is a tradition or you’re thinking of decorating a real tree for the first time, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at one of many …

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Giving Back

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

You can go home again. Just ask Brice Long. He does it every year, in a big way. When he left Hopkinsville in the early 1990s, it was to pursue a music career in Nashville. The move paid off—for him and others. The way Long tells it, he heard more than applause when Nothing On But the Radio, a song he co-wrote, shot to No. 1 and stayed there two …

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Celebrating Winter Holiday Traditions

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

With a world of diversity right here in our own state, let us join in the spirit of the holidays with our friends, neighbors, and co-workers as they celebrate their culture and traditions. Eight Days of Hanukkah Sometimes called the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and is a celebration of Jewish religious freedom. While the start date for Hanukkah varies (sometimes in …

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Down Home and Healthy

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Debra Cotterill, nutrition education program director at the University of Kentucky’s Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, says, “Many of Kentucky’s traditional foods provide excellent nutrition value.” Cotterill and her team recommend consuming these Kentucky foods: • Deep green vegetables: broccoli, spinach, other greens such as turnip greens and collards. • Deep orange and red veggies: carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and red and yellow sweet peppers. • Colorful fruit such …

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Men’s Health Data

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Life Expectancy Calendar from the Social Security Administration Rate at which men and women go to the doctor from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Life Expectancy for U.S. men and women from the CDC. The 2016 White House Dialogue on Men’s Health: Approximately 10 empowering stories on men’s health dealing with mental health, drugs, diseases, fatherhood and more. One especially powerful speaker is Kevin Hines, who tells of …

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Man Up, Kentucky

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The health of Kentucky men is in need of some serious attention. But there’s good news—if we’re willing to listen. I say “we” because I’m right there with you. At 45, I’m slower and softer in the middle than I once was. I struggle to strike a balance between doing right by my work, my wife, my three kids, and, oh yeah, my own health. It’s a struggle everyone faces …

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Hiring our Heroes

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After a 25-year career in the U.S. Army working in military intelligence, including a 16-month deployment to Iraq and nine months in Afghanistan, Kurtis Stephens of Florence decided to make the transition to a civilian career. Now, a year into his role as an administrator with the Department of Energy in Cincinnati, Stephens credits the Kentucky Career Center (KCC) staff in Florence, particularly Ken Wocher and Sam Travis, as well …

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Master of the mules, keeps tradition alive

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Vernon Cornett’s bond with mules was forged early in his life—and, apparently, early in his speech. “My grandpa hated mules,” he says. “Hated being around them. Anytime he had to work them, he’d turn them over to me, even though I was barely big enough to hold their lines. I loved working them. Still do. My mama told me the first word I ever spoke was ‘Whoa.’” Cornett, a member …

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