Film review: New ‘Hobbit’ breathes fire into trilogy

Sleeping dragons, as we know from our childhood literature, eventually awaken. If they didn’t, there wouldn’t be a story. So it’s hardly news that in the second installment of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy, the dragon rouses from his slumber. What IS news: the franchise wakes up, too. Die-hard fans might disagree, but to many, the first film, last year’s “The […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The arts are a strong part of the Arian aspect, with music becoming more dominant. An important decision looms as a longtime relationship takes an unexpected turn. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Surrounding yourself with beautiful things helps restore the Taurean soul. Enjoy an art exhibit, for example. Or redecorate your personal space […]

Thelma Eldridge dies in Tenn.

Thelma Jean Eldridge, 70, died December 2 at her home in Maynardville, Tenn. Born in Perry County, she was a daughter of the late Lige and Katie Bowling Smith. She was a sister of the late Tom Smith, Astor Bowling, Carlos Smith, David Smith, Lloyd Smith and Beatrice Sparkman. She was a member of Rockvine Baptist Church. Surviving are her […]

Kynect adds Sunday hours

A health care call center is expanding its hours to sign up Kentuckians for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The Lexington Herald- Leader reports the call center for Kentucky’s program, called Kynect, has added Sunday hours to operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Operators will continue taking calls at 1-855-459- 6328 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. […]

To play here Saturday

The Cold Stares are a Nashville-based duo whose members are originally from western Kentucky. The band, whose music is favorably compared to that of the White Stripes and The Black Keys, will be in concert Saturday night at Summit City in Whitesburg. The duo earned many fans here in August while opening for Rival Sons.