Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day – celebrate his legacy.


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Today is a special day in the United States – it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
(From www.nationaldaycalendar.com)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on the third Monday in January.  Martin Luther King Jr
(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism. Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor.

Click HERE for more on this special day. Plus check out the dates for this special day for the next several years.
January 16, 2017
January 15, 2018
January 21, 2019
January 20, 2020

How much do you really know about Martin Luther King Junior?
We found a list of 10 interesting facts about this amazing man from www.history.com

Click HERE to see the list and get to know Martin Luther King Jr. even better.


The Morning Thing Fave 5 – our favorite dreams (in honor of Make Your Dreams Come True Day)!


Today (1/13/17) is “Make Your Dreams Come True” Day.
The Morning Thing co-hosts shared 1 of their dreams for the weekly Fave 5.

Marcy Rinehart – Click HERE to hear Marcy’s dream for her daughter Rachel.

Andy Krolik – Andy has a BIG dream about an election. Click HERE to hear it.

Kelsey Bryte – Kelsey loves to travel. Click HERE to hear about her dream for an amazing adventure.

Dan Monnin – Dan is also dreaming about traveling outside the U.S. Click HERE to find out where Dan wants to go.

Jenna Potts – Click HERE to hear Jenna share a dream from her childhood and the dream that she is holding on to for her adult life.

What is YOUR Dream? Start TODAY to take the steps to make it come true.

It is Make Your Dreams Come True Day – The Morning Thing 1/13/17


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Everyone has a dream. Maybe your’s is to become the next superhero, maybe you want to travel around the world or make a difference in your community. Whatever your dream is today is the day to get started! Its Make Your Dreams Come True Day!

This special day did not have a specific founder or a founding date. Make Your Dreams Come True Day celebrates everyone who reaches for their dreams and perseveres through trials and obstacles.

For more information about Make Your Dreams Come True Day, CLICK HERE!

We also dove into the Biblical perspective of chasing dreams. According to hearitfirst.com there are seven reasons to chase your dreams, each one can be found in the story of King David. Read his full story in 1 Samuel.

#1 God Choose you for this dream.
David was minding his own business, caring for the family’s flock, when God chose him to become the next king if Israel.

#2 God supernaturally gifts you with what you need for this dream.
Throughout David’s journey, God gave him the strength and abilities needed to press on through trails and tribulations. Whether is was defeating Goliath or hiding from Saul, David was able to pass each obstacle with God’s help.

#3 God allows trials to test your dream.
David’s life was not easy. He experienced many obstacles and trials along the way. He was on the run, battled a giant, lost his family, and much more. But, he trusted God through it all and God brought him through each and every time.

#4 God provides for you in the journey towards your dream.
David was provided for at every part of his journey, even if it was in unexpected ways. The Lord provided food, water, protection and guidance with every step.

#5 God gives you direction on how to go about your dream.
David consulted God at every turn and obstacle. With God’s guidance David was able to transition from a poor shepherd boy to the King of God’s people.

#6 God confirms your dream through other people.
David received affirmation of his call to be king through many people including his mentor Samuel, his friend Jonathan and his wife Abigail. God intentionally places people in our lives to affirm His call on our lives.

#7 God follows through with your dream in His timing.
David grew up a shepherd boy. But, in God’s timing became one of the most powerful people in the world at the time. It wasn’t easy and his journey took time. But, God’s timing and guidance was perfect in every way.

CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Its Soup month on The Morning Thing!


January is Soup Month!!! Today on The Morning Thing we talked about the history of the word soup. Did you know it derives from the French word “soupe” which means soup or broth. Then, in 1897, Doctor John T. Dorrance, a chemist with the Campbell Soup Company invented condensed soup. This warm, delicious meal has grown even more in popularity with the ready-to-go , microwavable options. This is the perfect meal for our cold winter months!

For more information about the history of soup, click HERE.

To celebrate soup month, take an evening off and enjoy one of the following recipes with the family! We found 45 “Speedy, Savory Soups and Stews” for you to try!

Click here for a complete list of recipes!

Snow, Ice, Wind and school cancellations – The Morning Thing 1/10/17


Our morning was filled with school delays that turned into cancellations, plus a weather forecast that had every type of precipitation possible. 🙂

Today – we have a Winter Weather Advisory until 11am. A wind advisory in effect from 10am to 10pm.
Today – Snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely before noon, then rain and sleet between noon and 4pm, then rain after 4pm. High near 43. Breezy, with a south wind 18 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight – 
Rain before 5am, then a slight chance of rain and snow. Low around 35. Windy, with a southwest wind 21 to 26 mph decreasing to 14 to 19 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Wednesday – 
A slight chance of rain and snow before 8am, then a chance of rain after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. South wind 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Wednesday Night – 
Rain. Low around 48. South wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday – 
Showers. High near 57.
These schools are closed today 1/10/17:
Christian Star Academy
Clear Fork
East Knox
Esther Jetter Preschool
Faith Lutheran Christian Preschool
Knox ESC Preschool located at New Hope Early Education Center
Knox  County Career Center
ALL Knox County Head Start Classes are closed today, Child Care Centers are still open
MVCSD Preschool
Mansfield Christian
Mount Gilead
Mount Vernon
North Fork
Seventh Day Adventist Elementary (MV)
St. Vincent DePaul (MV)
Also closed for today 1/10/17:
Eastern Knox County Hot Meals program cancelled today
Starting Point of Knox County
Salvation Army in Mount Vernon
Station Break Senior Center in Mount Vernon

COOL things to look for in 2017 – The Morning Thing 1/9/17

Today we shared some things to watch for in 2017! Check out this list from CNN of cool things coming with the New Year.
Click HERE for the full article.

1. A solar eclipse

Next summer, a solar eclipse will darken southern cities like Charleston and Nashville for a few minutes. If you don’t live in the South, no worries! The natural blackout will be visible with less intensity in other major cities. If you want visit these spots, NASA has you covered. Just don’t forget to wear your sunglasses!

2. Moon adventures — for real!

Humans continue their leap in space, and Google is leading a moonshot effort. The company is rewarding three privately-funded teams who reach Earth’s moon by 2017. The requirements: A team’s rover must travel 500 meters on lunar grounds and send back high-definition footage. You know, because pics or it didn’t happen. Oh, and besides lunar glory, there is a $20 million grand prize on the line.

3. The return of TV favs

There’s important, big-dog TV coming down the pike. We’ll get Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” and, after a five-year hiatus, a Season 9 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Season 6 will be the last season for “Girls,” and in the streaming realm, Season 2 of “Stranger Things” will crawl out of the upside-down. In reality news, the former host of the “Celebrity Apprentice” is a little tied up with his new job, so new host Arnold Schwarzenegger will get to step into his shoes.

4. DeLoreans

The future is back! The DeLorean Motor Company is letting buyers reserve their timeless vehicle online. The famous car was basically its own beloved character in the ‘Back to the Future’ saga. The manufacturer is running late on production but expects to crank out a car per month sometime in 2017.

5. Superfast trains

Hyperloop: How to travel at 720mph in a vacuum

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Hyperloop: How to travel at 720mph in a vacuum 02:59
Are super speedy trains in our near future? One company, Hyperloop One, envisions trains traveling as fast as planes, but without the turbulence. The company will test their fastest trains in 2017, with even bigger things to come. “The goal,” they say, is to move “cargo by 2020 and passengers by 2021.”


Amazon unveils new delivery service

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Drones are going to BIG. They’ll be everywhere! No really, everywhere. Google could soon make it rain with beer and pizza as they prepare to drone-deliver food from the skies to your doorsteps through the developing ‘Project Wing.’ Amazon will expand on its nascent drone operation in the UK, and mega-retailer Wal-Mart wants to use them too, to help maintain inventory in its warehouses.

7. Attainable ‘Hamilton’ tickets

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Being one of the cool kids is about to get a whole lot easier. The record-setting Broadway sensation “Hamilton” is going national, which means you won’t have to travel to New York or Chicago, spend a million dollars, wait five years and barter your firstborn just to see it. Here is a list of stops. Good luck, they’ll still probably sell out in a matter of seconds. Oh well, there’s always 2018.

8. Sequels, sequels and more sequels

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Who says Hollywood needs fresh, original ideas when they can make bucketfuls of money trotting out old ones? Get set for new entries in durable movie franchises like Spiderman (“Homecoming”), the X-Men (“Logan”), Alien (“Covenant”), Thor (“Ragnarok”), Pirates of the Caribbean (“Dead Men Tell No Tales”), Transformers (“The Last Knight”) and The Fast and Furious (“The Fate of the Furious”). And of course we’ll all take yet another trip to a galaxy far, far away when “Star Wars Episode VIII” takes over theaters (and the world) at Christmas. There will be a touch of sadness with this one, however, due to the death of Carrie Fisher. She had finished shooting her scenes for this one, so it will at least give fans one last chance to say goodbye.

9. Dave Chappelle

Netflix and chill is over. It’s about to be Netflix and laugh until you cry. After dropping his Comedy Central contract in 2005, the comedian is delivering a new stand-up comedy special on the streaming juggernaut. He’s also releasing two unseen shows from his personal vault.

10. New music and collabs

Yes, 2016 took so many of our music legends. But some of your favs will still be putting out new music. The Arcade Fire says its new album will drop in the spring, and it’s about time. Eminem will also get a strange bedfellow in…Adele? Yes Slim Shady and the 10-time Grammy winning singer will reportedly team up on his new album, his first since “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” in 2013. Oh, and and we’ll get “More Life” from Drake, which he considers more of a playlist than an album. Whatever, just give it to us!

11. The book everyone’s been waiting for

The sixth book in George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series — which “Games of Thrones” is based on — could come out in March. It’s called “The Winds of Winter,” and Martin promises to open it with two big battle scenes.”The Winds of Winter” will also quickly resolve several cliffhangers left over from the end of the last book, “A Dance with Dragons.” We’re waiting, George!

12. A head transplant (?!)

Yeah, you read that right. A not-so-mad scientist plans to conduct the first human head transplant. Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero says he has a volunteer — a man suffering from a muscle-wasting disease — so all he needs now is a body. The details of how the surgery will go down — like how they’ll get a body — are a little hazy, but Canavero says it’ll involve 150 people, 36 hours, really cold temperatures, bio-compatible glue and a diamond knife. Best. Craft project. Ever.

13. Nintendo’s next big thing

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Everybody seems hyped about the Nintendo Switch. It’s the first video gaming system that lets you, well, switch effortlessly between playing games on the big-screen TV in your living room or the tablet in your hand. The price for the Switch, due out in March, hasn’t been released yet, but all the cool kids on the internet are geeked up about it. Nintendo is, too: The company experienced lackluster sales of its Wii U back in 2012, so it’s really counting on the Switch to make a big splash.

14. The Kennedy assassination files

JFK Assassination: Who do you believe?

JFK Assassination: Who do you believe?

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For decades, endless conspiracy theories have swirled around the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But some details could add context to the tragic events of November 22, 1963 when undisclosed files on the case go public. There’s a catch: The man presiding over the office Kennedy held, President-Elect Donald Trump, will have the power to order these files sealed, if he so chooses.

15. Weird milk

Who needs cows? Not a California-based tech start-up called Perfect Day. It’s promising to put bottles of milk made without cows on store shelves by the end of the year. Perfect Day says making milk without the cow is a lot like crafting beer: It involves fermentation and yeast (and probably a little imagination). The company also says making milk this way is better for the environment, since the technique involves using less land, water and energy.

16. Surfin’ in The Eddie

It’s the one sporting event in the world that usually gets canceled by the weather. The Eddie is an invite-only Hawaiian surfing contest that takes place off of Oahu’s famous North Shore. Organizers only run it when conditions are right — when the waves are at LEAST 20 feet high — so the contest has only happened nine times in 30 years. The waiting period for the current contest runs until February 28, so everybody’s got their fingers crossed that the big waves will come.

17. Virtual reality (just in case things get bad again)

2017 could be the year that virtual reality finally gets real and fulfill all those promises that were made to us back in the 90s. The Samsung Gear VR (which works with Galaxy phones) seemed to make the biggest splash with the masses this year, and that won’t change going into next year. But the Daydream View from Google will probably make big strides next year too, as it becomes available to work with most Android phones. And Microsoft will put out a number of Windows-10 compatible VR headsets in the next couple of months, so consumers will have a ton of good choices.


January MVNU Presidential Update with Dr. Henry Spaulding


The Morning Thing features a conversation with MVNU’s President, Dr. Henry Spaulding on the first Friday of every month. For January’s Presidential Update, Dr. Spaulding talks about what he is looking forward to in spring semester.

Click HERE to hear the conversation with Dr. Spaulding and Eddie Dilts.

Click HERE to stay up to date with what is happening at MVNU.

Have a question for Dr. Henry Spaulding, MVNU’s President? Email your question to wnzr@mvnu.edu