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BOARD MEMBERS 2015-2016 SEKC Staff

SEKC Executive Committee

Jacob S. Colley

Pam Mullins


Accounting Manager

Chairman: Shadd Walters (US Bank) Chairman Elect: Rick Newsom (Community Trust Bank) Vice-Chairman: Brad Hall (AEP Kentucky Power) Treasurer: Lynette Schindler (Lynette Schindler, CPA) Secretary: James D. England (Peoples Insurance) Immediate Past Chairman: John Blackburn (First Commonwealth Bank) Jennifer Brown Day (Redd, Brown & Williams) Howard Roberts (University of Pikeville) Joel Thornbury (Care More, Kimper, and Nova Pharmacies) Sam Carter (TECO Coal)

SEKC Board of Directors


Kelly Rowe

Abigail Gibson

Events and Programs Manager

Communications Manager


Barry Clark (Transamerica Agency Network) David Baird (Baird & Baird, PSC) David Stratton (Stratton Law Firm) Dr. G. Devin Stephenson (Big Sandy Community and Technical College) Howard Roberts (University of Pikeville) Jeff Vanderbeck (Appalachian News-Express) Jennifer Brown Day (Redd, Brown & Williams) Jim Hobbs (Citizens National Bank) Jim Workman (Community Trust Bank) Joel Thornbury (Care More, Kimper, and Nova Pharmacies) Kevin Elam (Food City) Laura Damron (Pikeville Medical Center) Mike Alexander (Hilton Garden Inn) Mike Harris (Pepsi) Neil Middleton (WYMT-TV) Paul David Slater (SNF-Flomin Coal) Philip Elswick (Summit Engineering) Randy Walters (Walters Auto Group) Russ Barker (ARH) Sam Carter (TECO Coal) Shannon Wright (Wright Concrete) Tony Mullins (BT Media Group) Tracy Syck (Shred-All Documents) W. Allen Gillum (Appalachian Wireless)

WELCOME Dear Visitors and Friends, The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to our beautiful area of the state. It is a pleasure to share with you a small glimpse into what we believe makes the communities of eastern Kentucky unique and wonderful. We have worked tirelessly to unite the businesses in Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike counties into one voice for economic development in our region. Since the transformation into a regional chamber of commerce in 2011, the Chamber has grown to over 550 members strong. Each of our members, whether individuals or companies with hundreds of employees, play an important role in a determined effort to make this region better, stronger, and more prosperous. Working together, we have the power to be heard. The chamber gives the smallest business a large voice, while providing the opportunity to tell eastern Kentucky’s story as it truly is; beautiful, innovative, and resourceful. The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce plays an active, integral and vital role in community and business development. It is a catalyst – a vehicle through which business and professional people can work together to support common goals. The Chamber is an advocate, helping members grow and prosper their businesses through networking, business management assistance, exposure, education, and referrals. Government leaders also recognize the Chamber as a unified voice of business.

Jacob S. Colley SEKC President/CEO “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen” –Winston Churchill

We hope you will use the directory in the back of this publication as your guide for doing business in this market. Our members offer a wide range of products and services and are eager to meet your needs. Chamber membership and involvement demonstrates a commitment to the strength of your communities and our region. This membership base enables us to offer many benefits to our members and the communities we serve. The directory can also be found at We hope you enjoy this guide to discovering Southeast Kentucky. On behalf of our 550 members, we welcome guests to our region, and to our citizens: we hope this publication, that celebrates the abundance of southeast Kentucky, gives you even more reasons to be proud of the area you call ‘home.’ Sincerely,

Jacob S. Colley, President/CEO Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY




FROM THE CHAIRMAN Dear Visitors and Friends, Over the last 10 years, I’ve been honored to serve a tremendous organization. From the Pike County Chamber of Commerce to involvement with the origination of the Southeast KY Chamber, it has been an exciting journey that continues to empower our people. This Chamber looks at Eastern KY counties as one unified region. By ignoring county lines we are united to represent over 216,000 people. Improving the quality lives of our citizens is part of our mission. Together we are accomplishing great things. Every community has much to offer. Everyone matters and everyone is important. When we come as one we are The Power to be heard. If you live here, we need you. I encourage you to get involved. There are many ways to share the gifts you’ve been given. We encourage diverse thinkers and welcome your ideas. The positive impact you can make on this region will be very rewarding. If you are visiting our area, welcome. We know you will recognize this great region by our mountain hospitality and sincere welcoming smiles. We are always looking for new neighbors and invite you to move here, raise your family and get involved. My wife, Brooke and children, Tate and Gabriella are proud to call Eastern Kentucky home. We love where we live and where we come from. I am humbled to be Chairman of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber for the next year. The Board of Directors and I are committed to looking forward and continuing to power our potential.

Shadd Walters SEKC Chairman “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” - Galatians 2:20

Thank you and I pray God’s abundant blessings on you, your families and this entire region. Sincerely,

Shadd Walters Shadd Walters, Chairman Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce





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The history of Southeast Kentucky

entucky became the 15th state to join the United States of America in 1792 — years before Eastern Kentucky counties were established, but the region’s hills and hollows were home to Native American tribes, explorers, and pioneers prior to that time. Famed explorer Daniel Boone traveled through the Cumberland Gap for the first time in 1775. A few years prior, in 1767, he ventured into the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky. He hunted along the Clinch River before coming to the Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River and followed Pine Mountain through present-day Elkhorn City. Boone also spent the winter of 1767 in Salt Spring , located in present-day David in Floyd County. In a report of Eastern Kentucky’s history published online by PBS, Eastern Kentucky was thought to 10


be too dangerous to inhabit in those early years because of ongoing battles between the French, British and Native Americans. The Battle of Fallen Timbers which took place in Indiana in 1794 greatly reduced the number of Native Americans entering the state, and pioneers flooded into Eastern Kentucky. Property laws that gave Revolutionary War veterans land rights and a colonial land grant law that provided up to 400 acres of unclaimed land to people who registered it, built a home, and farmed also attracted settlers. PSB reported that the state’s population was only 1,000 in 1780, but it blossomed to more than 100,000 people in the 1790s. According to that article, however, the property wealth was not great in Eastern Kentucky. Statewide, 25 percent of landowners possessed more than three-fourths of all land, and a

quarter of Kentucky’s property was owned by only 21 people. “The wealth of these ‘backcountry elite,’ as they were called, grew and grew, while the fortunes of their neighbors, mainly self-sufficient yeomen farmers, stagnated or dwindled,” the article stated. This inequality of wealth continued as Eastern Kentucky counties formed. The region’s beautiful, rugged, and mountainous terrain made development difficult in those early years, and transportation between counties took hours, and, in some areas, days. Eastern Kentucky remained a mostly agriculture-based region, with families growing crops, keeping farm animals, and hunting to sustain themselves. It was a region where neighbor-helping-neighbor was a mode of survival, and that type of compassion for others was so strong , it

became a way of life for generations of Eastern Kentucky residents, and it remains central in the heart of Eastern Kentucky communities today. Over the years, Eastern Kentucky communities has sustained numerous hardships because of floods and other natural disasters. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Huntington District reports on its Martin Redevelopment Project webpage that regional flooding has been a problem in Eastern Kentucky since 1862. The agency, which constructed dams to lessen flood damage throughout the region and is overseeing the Martin project as a flood prevention measure, records catastrophic floods in Eastern Kentucky in 1957 and 1977. Events like these have a devastating impact in Eastern Kentucky, but, over the years, they have also prompted the creation of numerous lakes and engineering marvels like the Pikeville Cut Through Project. In the 1920s, the Great Depression shook the nation, and it was especially hard in Eastern Kentucky, where the largest industry — coal mining — crumbled under the weight of the economic collapse. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established a “New Deal,” which provided federal jobs to the un-

employed and, through the Works Progress Administration, was responsible for the construction of numerous buildings, schools, and various types of infrastructure — some of which still remain in Eastern Kentucky. The demand for coal increased in the 1940s during World War II, and Eastern Kentucky’s economy grew with that demand. This cycle of prosperity did not last long , however, as other parts of the country found alternatives to coal. The economic decline caused by this bust in the coal industry prompted an out-migration of Eastern Kentucky residents to other states where jobs were more plentiful. The population decline was as much as 20 percent in some counties, PBS reported. Then, Eastern Kentucky found reprieve in the words of authors like Letcher County historian Harry Caudill (Night Comes to the Cumberlands, 1962), and journalists and educators, who brought the poverty in Eastern Kentucky to the national forefront. President John F. Kennedy toured Eastern Kentucky counties during his 1960 presidential campaign. Shocked by the poverty he witnessed, he vowed to implement programs to help. One of those programs was the Appala-

chian Regional Commission, which is still in operation today. After Kennedy was assassinated, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “War on Poverty” in 1964, allocating $1 billion to 11 Appalachian states through the Appalachian Development Act. Other programs that developed through this effort changed the nation — with the advent of Job Corps, vocational and remedial education, Head Start, Medicare and Medicaid.

It was a region where neighborhelping-neighbor was a mode of survival, and that type of compassion for others was so strong, it became a way of life for generations of Eastern Kentucky residents, and it remains central in the heart of Eastern Kentucky communities today.”



During these years, Eastern Kentucky residents sold their mineral rights for mere pennies on the acre, and coal companies established businesses and coal mining camps. The miners who lived in these camps were usually paid with scrips that could only be used in company-owned stores. Today, these coal mining towns are residential neighborhoods, stretching from Lawrence County to Letcher County and beyond. The boom-and-bust cycle of coal mining brought economic hardships to the region, with the latest problems occurring within the last decade. In recent years, more than 7,000 Eastern Kentucky coal miners have become unemployed. The most recent decline in Eastern Kentucky’s economy brought Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers together to create Shaping Our Appalachian Region (S.O.A.R .) in 2013. This program, with support from numerous businesses and organizations, is bringing community leaders together to find ways to improve the economy. Already, S.O.A.R . has been responsible for spurring several programs that provide resources and assistance to struggling communities in Eastern Kentucky.



The economic downturn also spurred the development of another organization, One East Kentucky, which is working to build a sense of collaboration throughout Eastern Kentucky and recruit businesses and industries into the region. The region is moving forward, building an economy that is steeped in creating other industries, promoting tourism through the arts, music, history and culture, and establishing itself as an outdoor adventure destination in Kentucky. In the last several years, Eastern Kentucky tourism has grown because of state-wide promotion of tourism destinations, building up communities along routes like U.S. 23, the Country Music Highway. Agriculture is still a prominent industry in the region, with farmer’s markets established in every county and programs like Grow Appalachia and Kentucky Proud promoting locally-raised goods and helping residents create and sustain agri-businesses. As with those early pioneers and those who survived in spite of numerous obstacles, Eastern Kentucky residents remain community-minded, compassionate, resilient, and strong in challenging times.




FLOYD COUNTY, 1799 Where much of it began



loyd County was formed by the Kentucky Legislature in 1799, from parts of Fleming , Montgomery and Mason counties. It is named for Virginia surveyor and military figure John Floyd, who was mortally wounded in a Native American attack in 1783. Nestled in the Cumberland Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains, it was the 14th county to form in Kentucky. Originally, this county contained 3,600 square miles. The county encompasses nearly 400 square miles today. Rich in coal, oil, natural gas, and, in the early years, salt, Floyd County became an important area in speeding the development of Eastern Kentucky during the pioneer years. Between 1806 and 1884, all or parts of 15 counties — including Lawrence, Pike, Letcher, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, and Knott — were formed directly or indirectly from the original boundaries of Floyd County, the Floyd County Historical & Genealogical Society reports. Historians mark the founding of the Leslie Settlement in Johns Creek as the county’s earliest settlement. Another significant settlement was the Stratton Settlement, known as “Little Floyd,” approximately

1,000 acres in the Mare Creek/Betsy Layne area that would eventually be partially mapped into Pike County. Key to the county’s history is the story of Jenny Wiley, a pioneer women who was kidnapped by Native Americans and managed to escape after five of her children were killed. Her bravery and perseverance became a central theme in Prestonsburg , where the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park was built in the 1960s. The Jenny Wiley Amphitheatre shares her story on stage every few years, and a festival is held in her honor every October. In the early 1800s, Prestonsburg was a small community, with six families living in the city limits in 1810. The population quickly grew as it became a central trading center for the region. Coal, fur, timber and other goods were shipped on the river out of Prestonsburg to other areas. The railroad came to Prestonsburg in 1904, which prompted the creation of more businesses. The story of the county’s history is shared with the stories behind numerous historical landmarks. In Prestonsburg alone, there are 14 sites on the National Register of Historic Places. One of its most notable landmarks, the West Prestonsburg Bridge, was added to the National

One of its most notable landmarks, the West Prestonsburg Bridge, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.”



FLOYD COUNTY AT A GLANCE Created: Dec. 13, 1799 from Fleming, Montgomery and Mason Counties

Name honors: Register of Historic Places in 1989. It crosses the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River at West Prestonsburg , a once booming railroad town. Prestonsburg is also home to the Samuel May House, located on North Lake Drive, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the oldest house in the city. It was constructed from bricks manufactured at the site, a 350-acre farm that served as a recruitment and supply post for the Confederate army during the Civil War. Floyd County has five incorporated cities — Prestonsburg , originally named Preston’s Station, Allen, Wayland, Martin and Wheelwright — and many other communities like David, Auxier and Maytown, which came to life as coal towns. The construction of U.S. 23 diverted traffic that flowed through the once-bustling town of West Prestonsburg and the city of Prestonsburg into other areas of Floyd County, and coal’s boom-and-bust cycles damaged the economy both in the city and in the county. But Floyd County continues to progress, building its future on its culture, history, and natural beauty. Key to this progress was the construction of Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, StoneCrest Golf Course, the Mountain Arts Center, Big Sandy Community & Technical College, the East Kentucky Science Center and business centers like the Prestonsburg Village Shopping Center and Highlands Plaza. Also key to this progress is the vision of county and city leaders, as well as leaders at the county board of education, who are working together to build a brighter future for Floyd County’s younger generation. The work of tourism agencies and historical societies in Prestonsburg , Martin, Wheelwright and other areas also can’t go unnoticed, as they are working to improve the region through its arts, music, history, and natural beauty. 16


Col. James John Floyd, a pioneer surveyor (1750-1783)

County seat: Preston’s Station, later renamed Prestonsburg

Historical highway markers: Battle of Middle Creek, Rt. 114; Boone Salt Springs (later called Young’s Salt Works), David; Battle of Ivy Mountain, U.S. 23; Garfield Place, Prestonsburg (marker is missing ); Morgan’s Last Raid, South Arnold Ave., Prestonsburg; Stratton Settlement, U.S. 23 and Mare Creek Rd. (marker is missing ); County Named, 1799, Court St., Prestonsburg; Little Floyd, U.S. 23 and Mare Creek Rd.; Samuel May House, North Lake Dr., Prestonsburg; Samuel May, North Lake Dr., Prestonsburg.

National Register of Historic Places: In Prestonsburg — G.D. Callihan House, Graham St.; B.F. Combs House, Arnold Ave.; Johns-DeRossett, restricted address; Fitzpatrick-Harmon House, Court St.; Front Street Historic District; Garfield Place, Second Ave.; Harkins Law Office Building, Arnold Ave.; Joseph D. Harkins House, Arnold Ave.; Samuel May House, North Lake Drive; Fitzpatrick-May House, Arnold Ave.; Latta-May House, Arnold Ave.; Methodist Episcopal Church, South Arnold Ave.; Middle Creek Battlefield, Rt. 114; Town Branch Bridge. County Rd. 1334; US Post Office (current tourism building ), Court St.; and West Prestonsburg Bridge between Prestonsburg and West Prestonsburg. Other locations — Wheelwright Commerce District.



In the heart of a scenic byway

awrence County was created in 1821 — the same year of Pike County’s founding — from Floyd and Greenup counties, but its history began long before that time. It was the 69th county formed in Kentucky and it originally comprised 272,000 acres. Today, Lawrence County stretches across more than 415 square miles. According to the county’s website, an Englishman by the name of Charles Vancouver received a patent for a 2,000-acre plot of land in present-day Louisa from the British government in 1772. George Washington surveyed this grant in the 1760s, the website reports. Vacouver erected a fort, built some cabins and farmed this land, but he later abandoned the area. In 1815, a settler by the name of Frederic Moore migrated to Lawrence County to establish a trading center in Louisa, setting the framework for the county. The county is named for James Lawrence, an American naval officer who fought in the War of 1812. Historian William Esley Connelly, a native of Jenny’s Creek

in present-day Johnson County, detailed the history of this county and other areas of the Big Sandy Valley in his “Eastern Kentucky Papers,” published in 1910. Historian Dr. Thomas Walker named the Louisa Fork of the Big Sandy River after Princess Louisa, sister of the Duke of Cumberland (Walker had just named the Cumberland River a month or two earlier).The river became known as the Levisa Fork after 1855. By the 1840s, Lawrence County had a thriving timber industry, and in the 1850s, coal became a vital part of the county’s economy. Lawrence County was strategically important during the Civil War, as throngs of soldiers camped in the county seat, Louisa, and the community served as a transportation route for prisoners of war. Its access to the Big Sandy River also made it an ideal location for the transportation of goods into other parts of the state. Other Lawrence Counties communities include Blaine, Fallsburg , Kise, Ulyssess and Lowmansville.



The county’s history is embedded on historical markers located throughout the area and at the foot of nine properties in the county that are part of the National Register of Historic Places. Notable historic sites include two historical districts in Louisa and two covered bridges, the Yatesville Covered Bridge and the East Fork Covered Bridge in Fallsburg. Among the most notable properties was the Garred House, also known as the Doc Burgess House, located along U.S. 23 about nine miles south of Louisa. This property, which dates back to 1836 — the time of the Greek revival in Kentucky — is one of the first sandstone houses constructed in the Big Sandy Valley. Local historians also believe the property housed the first stone burial vault in the county and, perhaps, all of Eastern Kentucky. The property was later converted to a hotel and, in 2009, it was purchased by Martin County Entrepreneur Jim Booth. A tornado devastated this property in 2012, the building was razed and a cemetery was constructed there. Approximately 200 people lived in Louisa when Garred House owner David Garred moved there. In 1850, Lawrence County’s population was nearly 6,300 people, and more than 16,000 people are living there now. Eastern Kentucky’s economic decline has also affected Lawrence County, but the community is progressing , with new businesses coming into the area. The county’s history, culture, arts, and musical heritage are key elements that continue its growth. Lawrence County is home to Yatesville Lake, which opened in 1992, offering more than 2,300 natural acres for fishing , boating , camping and other outdoor activities for visitors. The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism notes that this lake is one of the best in the state for bass, bluegill and crappie fishing and it is also home to the only bald eagle nesting area in Eastern Kentucky. And that’s not all Lawrence County offers. The county is one of two Kentucky counties on the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism’s Heritage Harvest Driving Tour, which started in 2010. This annual tour recreates 18th, 19th and early 20th century rural Appalachian traditions and heritage through agriculture, arts, crafts and music. Participants visit farms in Lawrence and Boyd counties, with stops where sorghum, apple butter, jellies and other items are made on site, and handcrafted items, antiques and other items of interest are available for purchase. One of the stops along this route is Black 18


Barn Produce in Lowmansville, where visitors can step back in time into an old country general store. Lawrence County is also home to the Kentucky Pavilion at Fallsburg , one of the landmark locations along the Country Music Highway. The grand, five-story welcome center houses an impressive collection of country music memorabilia and gifts. The Painted Cow Gallery, operated by the Lawrence County Arts Council, is also a popular tourist attraction in Louisa, offering handmade artwork by local artisans. The community prides itself on being a great place to live and work, one that’s filled with the Appalachian spirit.

LAWRENCE COUNTY AT A GLANCE Created: Dec. 14, 1821 from Floyd and Greenup counties

Name honors: Capt. James Lawrence, an American naval officer during the War of 1812 (1781-1813)

County seat: Louisa

Historical highway markers: Louisa in Civil War, Lawrence County Courthouse; Fort Bishop, Louisa; Frederick M. Vinson, Louisa; County Named, 1821, Louisa; Giant Cooling Tower, Louisa; Pioneer Furnace, Louisa; Yatesville Covered Bridge, Yatesville; and East Fork Covered Bridge, Fallsburg.

National Register of Historic Places: In Louisa — Carter Atkins House, Madison St.; Big Sandy Milling Company, Pike St.; First United Methodist Church, Main St.; Capt. Freese House, Sycamore St.; Garred House, Chapel and Burial Vault, U.S. 23; Louisa Commercial Historic District; Louisa Residential Historic District; Louisa United Methodist Church; and Fred M. Vinson Birthplace E. Madison Ave. Other locations — Bloody Bucket Tavern, Five Forks; East Fork Covered Bridge, Northwest of Fallsburg; and Yatesville Covered Bridge, Fallsburg.

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Where progress is defined

ike County, Kentucky’s most eastern county, is also Kentucky’s largest county, in terms of land area, sprawling across 788 square miles. It was formed from Floyd County on Dec. 19, 1821, and a portion of present-day Martin County was also part of its original borders. Pike County was the 70th county formed in Kentucky. The county and its seat, Pikeville, were named in honor of Brig. Gen. Zebulon M. Pike, who was killed in action during the War of 1812. This community has always been progressive, serving as the destination for residents in outlying communities for retail, banking , legal, educational and health care needs. This was true even in Pike County’s youngest years, with trade moving first by canoe, then steamboats, then railroads, and eventually by modern roads and infrastructure. In the early years, Pike County, lush in its natural beauty, was a prized hunting ground for Indians and pioneers who carried long rifles. Being strategically located at two forks of the Big Sandy River, the Levisa Fork and the Tug Fork, made Pike County a prime location for these early hunters. Pike County also borders Pine Mountain, which also attracted early pioneers like Daniel Boone into the region. The development of Fishtrap Lake and dam uncovered thousands of Native America relics, bringing to 20


light centuries of history in Pike County’s mountains. The county is steeped in history, and it cherishes it. In Pikeville alone, there are 14 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and there are dozens of historic landmarks that have also been identified throughout the county — some of which were discovered, renovated, and marked with historic signs during the past few years. The importance of the properties most recently identified came to the forefront after the History Channel released a mini-series about the Hatfield-McCoy Feud, a decades-long , violent blood feud fueled by anger that was unresolved after the Civil War. After the mini-series aired the drama on national television, throngs of tourists flocked to Pike County and Mingo County, West Virginia — the bordering states in which the two feuding families lived and fought. Officials with the Pike County Tourism Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Pikeville City Tourism, the Pike County Fiscal Court, the Pikeville City Commission, and the Pikeville Main Street Program are all working together with local historians to restore and promote these historic relics and properties associated with the feud. That effort has increased tourism and improved the economy throughout Pike County, as well as outlying communities. The famous feud, however, isn’t the only historic endeavor that brought national attention to Eastern Kentucky’s most progressive county.

In response to flooding that devastated communities, Pikeville Mayor and visionary Dr. William C. Hambley led the charge to create what the New York Times called “the eighth wonder of the world.” The Pikeville Cut-Through project began in Nov. 1973 and was completed 14 years later at a cost of $80 million. Engineers removed 18 million cubic yards of earth to fill an empty, flood-prone riverbed, creating 400 usable acres of developable land, known now as the Riverfill area. The project created a three-fourth-mile long channel through Peach Orchard Mountain and provided a path for railroad tracks, the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River and U.S. Highways 23, 460, 119 and KY 80. The city constructed an overlook, allowing visitors to get a first-hand look at the Cut-Through, an “engineering marvel” that spans 1,300 feet wide, 3,700 feet long , and 523 feet deep. In the past decade, improvements have also been made to Bob Amos Park, where the overlook is located, providing walking , biking and horse-riding trails, parks, ball fields, recreational areas, and, most recently, the White Lightning Zip Line. Plans continue for future developments at this location.

PIKE COUNTY AT A GLANCE Created: Dec. 19, 1821 from Floyd County

Name honors: Zebulon Pike, an explorer who discovered Pike’s Peak in Colorado (1779-1813)

County seat: Pikeville

Historical highway markers: James A. Garfield, Pikeville City Park; Known But to God (unmarked soldier’s grave) Breaks Interstate Park; County Named, 1821, Pike County Courthouse; Pikeville College, Hambley Blvd.; Pikeville Collegiate Institute, College St.; McCoy Graves Here, Dils Cemetery; Pike County Courthouse and Jail, Pike County Courthouse; Effie Waller Smith (poet), Division St.; William Ramey, Elkhorn City; Daniel Boone’s First Steps in Kentucky, Elkhorn City; Richard Potter, Elkhorn City;

National Register of Historic Places: In Pikeville — Chesapeake and Ohio Passenger Depot, Hellier Ave.; College St. Historic District; Commercial Historic District; Erriana Hall, Sycamore St., R .T. Greer and Company, Auxier St.; Huffman Ave. Historic District; Odd Fellows Building, Second St.; Pauley Bridge; Pikeville College Academy Building; Scott Ave. Historic District; Third St. Historic District; York House, Main St; and York Mansion (Creekmore Mansion) on Elm St. Other locations — Hatfield-McCoy Feud Historic District (in Pikeville and throughout the county); Fordson Coal Company Buildings in Stone; and Stone Historic District.



Pikeville, which twice earned the title of one of the “100 Best Small Towns in America,” became known as “the city that moves mountains.” That type of progress has been the theme of Pikeville and Pike County for generations. Leaders of the community seem to perpetually be searching for the next project that could be accomplished to improve the quality of life for people who live inside and outside of the county’s borders. Like other Eastern Kentucky counties, Pike County has been affected by the boom-and-bust cycle of coal mining and a national downturn in the economy, but community leaders continuously work to find ways to progress. The most recent additions include the construction of Pikeville Commons, a multi-million shopping center that opened this year, the ongoing development of Marion Branch, with international company Alltech as its first tenant, and the ongoing completion of U.S. 460, among other projects. Because it is a progressive community, Pikeville and Pike County are often changing. Within the last several years, buildings that have been a part of the city’s landscape for generations have been razed, a train car that sat on Hambley Boulevard for decades has been moved, and the landscape across the county has



changed to pave the way for the construction of roads, a new courthouse, and new businesses. The same type of change has occurred throughout Pike County’s history. In the community’s younger days, log cabins were replaced by more stately homes, a railroad that once served the heart of Pikeville was removed, the Cut-Through Project changed the city’s landscape, and asphalt replaced wagon roads and mountain trails. With coal as its driving force and with a throng of visionary leaders in its history, Pike County and its communities have grown in wealth and industry, setting an example for all other Eastern Kentucky communities. Today, it is still a destination for the region’s retail, educational, financial, legal, and health care needs. The county stands as the state’s third largest banking center, and it’s home to hundreds of legal firms; thousands of businesses; Pikeville Medical Center, a nationally-recognized, award-winning hospital and Level II trauma center; two colleges (Big Sandy Community & Technical College and American National University); the University of Pikeville, the UPIKE-Kentucky School of Osteopathic Medicine, and, soon, the first college of optometry in central Appalachia.



PIKEVILLE TOURISM Experience everything our city has to offer


Andy Linton Tourism Director, City of Pikeville



s tourism director for the City of Pikeville I’m very excited to share with you what’s happening in Pikeville! Get ready for excitement at the award winning Muscle on Main weekend event takes place in the Riverfill downtown on the second Friday and Saturday of every month. Friday night includes burnouts and a block party followed the next day with Muscle on Main Cruise-In on Saturday morning and then the Street Light Challenge on Saturday night. If you’re looking to sit back and relax while enjoying great local music, don’t miss Main Street Live! our outdoor entertainment hosted by the Pikeville Main Street Program every first and third Friday night at the East KY Expo Plaza. If that is not enough to keep you busy, then Pikeville offers many other outdoor activities that have become a big part of our ecotourism packages. The Zip, Paddle, and Saddle experience brings countless adventurers to our great city. The White Lightening Zip Line is one

of the newest city attractions and is growing in popularity. If you love the water then take a trip down the river thru the Hatfield and McCoy River Trails. The tour is an exhilarating kayak ride through the beautiful water ways of the Levisa Fork River, this two hour trip will take you through some breathtaking scenery including the Pikeville Cut Thru Project. Last but not least, the Dreamz Stables is a full service equestrian center featuring trail rides, pony rides, a riding ring , riding lessons, tack and much more. Dreamz Stables provides all needed training and equipment to make your experience enjoyable and safe. Reservations for all outdoor activities can be made online at or call 606.444.5131. Come enjoy what new and exciting things are happening in Pikeville!




LETCHER COUNTY, 1842 Eastern Kentucky’s natural wonder



etcher County was formed in 1842 from portions of Harlan and Perry counties. It was the 95th county to join the state of Kentucky. It is named for Kentucky Gov. Robert P. Letcher, who served during the War of 1812 and in other political roles as part of the Whig Party. Some of the county’s earliest settlers were pioneers Archelous Craft and Peter Whitaker, who built a cabin on Whitaker’s Branch in 1795. Another pioneer settler in Letcher County was Revolutionary War soldier James Caudill, who frequently visited the region between the 1780s and 1811 and returned to build his home there. He is an ancestor of Letcher County historian Harry M. Caudill, who brought national attention to Eastern Kentucky’s financial struggles with his book, “Night Comes to the Cumberlands.” People travel from all over the U.S. to view Letcher County’s Pound Gap cut-through, a natural pass through the Pine Mountain range on the Kentucky-Virginia state line. This area was the first area designated as a “Distinguished Geologic Site” in Kentucky. A fault bisects the mountain, and the opening made by weather and erosion made it easier for early pioneers to travel through from Virginia. In 1751, surveyors, including Christopher Gist, explored Pound Gap, and Daniel Boone and other Kentucky Longhunters also used this access as an entry point to Eastern Kentucky. This area was also heavily utilized — and sought after — during the Civil War. Encompassing 339 square miles with mountain ranges at peaks of 3,720 above sea level, Letcher County is one of Eastern Kentucky’s most beautiful natural landmarks. In addition to the expansive views offered at the top of Pine Mountain, the county also welcomes visitors to unique natural wonders like Lilly Cornett Woods, an old growth forest, and Bad Branch Falls.

People travel from all over the U.S. to view Letcher County’s Pound Gap cut-through.”

With its county seat of Whitesburg and communities like Blackey, Jenkins, Isom and others, Letcher County is steeped in history. The county is home to a recently-discovered Native American artifact — the Little Creek Pictographs, which were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. These paintings, located in an undisclosed area of the county, date to between 1,000 and 1,600 A.D. and were painted by Native Americans for ceremonial or religious purposes. The downtown Whitesburg Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, showcases the city’s unique architecture, including stonework created by immigrant Italian stonemasons who traveled to Letcher County in the early 20th century. There are more than 100 historic structures in this district. Some

of the most well-known structures include the John Palumbo House, the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Whitesburg United Methodist Church, the Ira Fields House and the Col. L.H.N. Salyers House. Various ashlar stone retaining walls, some of which define residential properties, are also historically significant. The largest retaining walls are located on Church St. and Hayes Ave. According to the National Register of Historic Places, the county’s first court house was erected on the site of the present court house in 1844. It stood until 1899, when a Romanesque Revival-style brick court house was erected. The Works Progress Administration constructed an addition to the building , which was replaced in the 1960s. In a 1926 article quoted by the National Register, the Mountain Eagle newspaper described the positive

aspects of the town, stating , “You can live here one year on people’s hospitality, one year on 50 cents, and the third on credit. Should you happen to die here, which looks irresponsible unless you have an accident, they will bury you for free.” The county was once home to 75 coal camps, the biggest of which were Jenkins, built by the Consolidation Coal Company in 1911, and Fleming Neon, built by the Elkhorn Coal Company in 1913. Coal’s boom-and-bust cycles have dealt dramatic blows to the county’s economy and caused tragic losses that are memorialized by residents. The Letcher County Coal Miners’ Memorial, dedicated in Jackhorn in 2003, attracts tourists from all over the country. It honors all coal miners, especially those that lost their lives while working in the coal mines. Hundreds of red bricks line the platform of the granite memori-



al, engraved with names of coal miners who have lived or worked in Letcher County. Family members of coal miners purchased the bricks to support and maintain the memorial. In March 2010, state and local officials also dedicated a highway marker in Oven Fork in honor of 26 men who died during the Scotia Mine disaster on March 9, 1976. That day, a violent explosion fueled by high levels of methane gas and coal dust, ripped through the Scotia mine and killed 15 coal miners who worked nearly four miles underground. Two days later, another explosion killed 11 others. The disaster prompted changes in mine safety regulations and the passage of the federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. Through the years, Letcher County has progressed and worked through its struggles by recruiting new industries, providing infrastructure like the Gateway Business Park, encouraging tourism through investment in tourist attractions and promotion of the arts. Integral to this success is the growth of Appalshop, a media group based in Whitesburg that’s dedicated to recording Appalachia’s history. Other keys to this success are the development of the Letcher County Artwalk events, during which businesses open their doors as exhibit halls for local artists; revitalization projects that line city streets with artwork; a construction project to streamline the Whitesburg bypass area; and the local government’s support of venues like the Little Shepherd Amphitheatre in Jenkins, which brings the region’s Civil War history to the stage for thousands of people each summer. New businesses are being established throughout the community, including a new arts-minded business, Pine Mountain Crafts Co-op. Despite economic challenges it has faced in recent years, Letcher County is a growing and vibrant community.



LETCHER COUNTY AT A GLANCE Created: March 3, 1842 from Perry and Harlan counties.

Name honors: Robert P. Letcher, a veteran of the War of 1812, Kentucky Governor (1788-1861)

County seat: Whitesburg

Historical highway markers: Pound Gap, U.S. 119, Jenkins; Inspiration Mountain ( John Fox Jr.), U.S. 119, Whitesburg; County Named 1842, U.S. 119, Whitesburg; Scuttle Hole Gap Road, Ky. 15; Pioneer Ancestor, Ky. 15; Kingdom Come, Ky. 931; Early Settler, Ermine; Pilot-Spy-Hero, Whitesburg Courthouse; and Jenkins, U.S. 23.

National Register of Historic Places: C.B. Caudill Store in Blackey; Central Power Plant in Jenkins; Kingdom Come Creek School in Whitesburg; and Whitesburg Historic District; Little Creek Pictographs, address restricted.



The pioneer community

ohnson County was formed in 1843 from land given by Floyd, Lawrence and Morgan counties, but the area was settled long before that time. Homes existed in the county in the early 1800s and its county seat, Paintsville, had already been chartered as a city as part of Floyd County for nine years. Military dispatches from the Revolutionary War mentioned what is now Paintsville as far back as 1780. The city was initially called Paint Lick Station because of its location near the Big Sandy River and Paint Creek, and the name was formally changed in 1843. Historians believe the city’s name was derived from the colorful Native American markings on rocks and trees that lined the banks of Paint Creek. There are more than 40 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Johnson County, including four archaeological sites that provide clues to Kentucky’s history dating as far back as 500 BC and 1499 BC. These archaeological sites, some of which are not publicly accessible, confirmed that the Adena Indi-

ans, who were mound builders, lived in Paintsville centuries before the discovery of North America. Like neighboring Floyd County, Johnson County honors the life and courage of pioneer settler Virginia Sellards “Jenny” Wiley, who was captured by Native Americans and held captive as five of her children were killed. Jennie’s Creek was named in her honor after she crossed the waterway to escape her captors. After returning home, Wiley lived in Johnson County and is buried there. Some of the county’s first settlers includes members of the Preston, Ramey, Dixon, Huff, Franklin, Hager, Stafford and Auxier families. Many of these first settlers were Revolutionary War soldiers. The county is also home to Harman’s Station, one of the first permanent settlements in Eastern Kentucky. Pioneer Mattias Harman built a cabin in 1755 in present-day Johnson County and he returned in 1787 to establish a permanent settlement there at the junction of John’s Creek and the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River.



Harman and these first settlers helped Jenny Wiley escape her Native American captors. Dr. Thomas Walker, a famed Kentucky historian who named the Louisa (Levisa) River and other areas in the Big Sandy Valley, also camped in Paintsville in 1750. River access and steamboat travel was a major economic driver for Johnson County. The first steam boat traveled up the Big Sandy to Paintsville in 1837, the county’s website reports. This mode of transportation allowed for the movement of timber and other goods into other parts of the state. Johnson County was the home of entrepreneur John C.C. Mayo, a “dreamer and doer” from Paintsville who helped open the coal fields of eastern Kentucky to America’s industrial states in the north and, according to the county’s website, “single-handedly brought railroad service to the region.” “Without the life and work of John C.C. Mayo, Paintsville, its banks and churches, its streets and public utilities would have been many years later in arriving,” the report stated. The railway system opened in 1904 in Paintsville, providing yet another means to expand the growing community. When the coal industry waned in Johnson County, Mayo negotiated mineral rights leases throughout Eastern Kentucky. By the early 1900s, tens of thousands of tons of coal were pouring out of the region. A millionaire, Mayo influenced politics in Kentucky and nationally. The region’s coal mining history is honored in the Coal Miner’s Museum in Van Lear. Johnson County has nearly 262 square miles within its borders, and is home to Paintsville Lake State Park, which offers many outdoor adventures for visitors. Outlying communities include Staffordsville, Tomahawk, Blaine, Red Bush, Lowmansville and others. The county is also well-known for its antique shopping district and the famed U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum, which plays hosts to numerous tours throughout the years. Other attractions include the Mountain Homeplace Farm and its ���In the Pines Amphitheatre,” the Johnson County stock-yard, a large flea market that has welcomed guests for generations, and several large shopping plazas in the heart of downtown Paintsville. In a move to attract even more tourism, Paintsville officials are working toward achieving designation as a Kentucky Trail Town and the Big Sandy Area Development District is working with leaders in the both Johnson and Floyd counties to create a river trail attraction. Progress continues in this vibrant commercial district of Eastern Kentucky. 30


JOHNSON COUNTY AT A GLANCE Created: Feb. 24, 1843 from Floyd, Lawrence and Morgan counties

Name honors: Richard Mentor Johnson, a general in the War of 1812 who served vice president (1780-1850)

Historical highway markers: Mission Accomplished, U.S. 460, Paintsville; Jennie’s Creek, Paintsville; War on the Big Sandy, Hager Hill; Morgan’s Last Raid, Paintsville; Jenny ( Jennie) Wiley, Paintsville; Harman Station, Paintsville, The Walker Expedition, Paintsville, American Historian, Paintsville; County Named, 1843, Paintsville High school; Paintsville, Paintsville Bypass; and John C.C. Mayo “Dreamer and Doer,” Paintsville.

National Register of Historic Places: In Paintsville — Thomas Akers House, Fifth St.; Archer House, Euclid Ave.; Dameron Shelter Archaeological Site, address restricted (500-1499 BC); Daniel Davis House, U.S. 460; First Baptist Church, College St.; First Methodist Church, Main St.; First National Bank, Main St.; Foster Hardware, Main St.; Mayo Methodist Church, Third St.; John C.C. Mayo Mansion, Third St.; Thomas Mayo House, Second St.; Paintsville City Hall, Main St.; Paintsville County Club, Davis Branch; Paintsville High School, Second St.; Paintsville Public Library, Second St.; Patterson House (Slone House), West St.; H.B. Rice Insurance Building, Court St; Addison Salyer House (Salyer House), Jenny’s Creek; Sparks Stone Mounds, address restricted; Francis M. Stafford House, Paintsville; Judge Jim Turner House, Third St.; Webb House, Main St.; Byrd and Leona Webb House, Main St.; and Tobe Wiley House, Euclid St. In Oil Springs — Blanton Archeological Site (500-999 BC to 1499 BC); John Davis House; Oil Springs High School Gymnasium; Oil Springs Methodist Church; and Sparks Shelter Archeological Site, address restricted. In Stambaugh — Stambaugh Church of Christ; Stambaugh House ( J.H. Rice House); and Van Hoose House. In Red Bush — Jeff Bond House (Ellis Hamilton House); Williams House; and Lloyd Hamilton Mott House. Others — Flat Gap School, Flat Gap; John J. and Ellen Lemaster House, Low Gap; David McKenzie Log Cabin, Volga; Mine No. 5 Store (Webb Store), Van Lear; Meade Memorial Gymnasium, Williamsport; Ben Mollett Cabin, Williamsport; Wiley Rice House, Asa; and Salyer House, Asa.



MAGOFFIN COUNTY, 1860 Building on the past, looking toward the future


hen historian Dr. Thomas Walker camped in present-day Salyersville in 1750 during his journey from the Cumberland Gap on the Warrior’s Trail, he described the area as a “great sea of cane, teeming with elk,” the Magoffin County Historical Society reports. Like neighboring communities in Eastern Kentucky, Magoffin County was home to many pioneers prior to its founding in 1860. The county’s first settlement (called Prather’s Fort and, later, Licking Station) came in 1794, when Archibald Prater, John Williams, Ebenezer Hanna, Clayton Cook and others attempted to settle in the county, but were driven out by Native Americans. They returned in 1800 and settled Licking Station on a hill in a horse-shoe bend of the Licking River. One of the county’s most prominent settlers was William “Uncle Billie” Adams, the founder of the county seat of Salyersville. Adams owned extensive farm land, a hotel, gristmill, tannery and blacksmith shop. The village that grew up around Adams’ home was called “Adamsville,” until Magoffin County was officially created in 1860. The town was renamed Salyersville in honor of a Sam Salyer, a legislator who sponsored the county’s creation in the Legislature. Adams and his wife donated property for the courthouse and other public buildings in the community. In her Eastern Kentucky and the Civil War blog , historian Marlitta H. Perkins explains that Salyersville was “a one-store, crossroads town with a blacksmith shop and about 20 inhabitants” during the Civil War. 32


It was located on Mount Sterling-Pound Gap Rd., the longest pre-Civil War state road and major overload passage from the state’s Bluegrass region to southwest Virginia, Perkins reported. The county had a population of 3,485 people in 1860. Today, more than 12,000 people reside there. Magoffin County is proud of its history. The Magoffin County Historical Society preserves the community’s Old Pioneer Village Complex, a collection of authentic log buildings located in Salyersville. These cabins serve as living history center of local artifacts, furnishings, and early crafts, and they attracts tourists to the community throughout the year. The Maggoffin County Muzzleloaders Club also celebrates this history, teaching youth and adults how to build muzzleloader rifles like those used by pioneer settlers. Another of its historic treasures is located at the site of Licking Station, the community’s first settlement. The Gardner Farm, owned by the Gardner family since the 1830s, has been nominated to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Benjamin F. Gardner originally owned the farm, and his ancestors still live there. Six generations of the Gardner family are buried in the cemetery on the property. The home was originally built by early settlers as a blockhouse to protect them from Indian attacks, and, later, Gardner ran a trading post on the property. Gardner was one of the region’s first international entrepreneurs, a genealogical website reported. He paid Eastern Kentucky root gatherers six cents a pound for

ginseng and sold it to China for 44 cents a pound. Ginseng collectors are still prominent in Magoffin County and other Eastern Kentucky counties. Magoffin County experienced economic declines similar to other Eastern Kentucky communities, and the county continues to recover from a tornado that devastated Salyersville in 2012. Swaths of broken trees still line the mountainous terrain that surrounds the county, and new stores have been and are continuing to be built to replace those lost in the disaster. With more than 300 square miles in its borders, Magoffin County is located on the Licking River, bordering Floyd County, and it is less than 100 miles from the bustling town of Lexington. Outlying communities include Ivyton, Royalton, Elsie, Falcon and Gunlock. Its location offers the promise of a bright future for the community, as a massive road construction project is underway to expand the Mountain Parkway to make travel easier from Salyersville to Prestonsburg. The four lanes of highway that will be built for this new section of the Mountain Parkway are expected to bring

more people into Salyersville and Magoffin County. A key part of the community’s future progress also lies in the development of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail, a bike, horse, and pedestrian trail that will eventually stretch 36 miles across several counties. Once complete, it will be the longest rail trail in Kentucky. Currently, 18 miles of this trail is complete from Hager Hill in Johnson County to Royalton in Magoffin County, offering visitors the experience of 24 trestles and the 662-ft. Gun Greek Tunnel. The opening of this trail has already attracted tourists from throughout the U.S. and spurred the opening of several businesses. Seth Kugel, who writes the “Frugal Traveler” column for the New York Times has published an article about his Dawkins Line experience. Magoffin County’s resiliency, its ability to overcome obstacles, its reverence for its history and its ability to adapt and progress in challenging and changing times make it shine brightly on the map of Eastern Kentucky communities.

MAGOFFIN COUNTY AT A GLANCE Created: Feb. 22, 1860 from Floyd, Johnson and Morgan counties

Name honors: Beriah Maggoffin, Kentucky governor during the Civil War (1815-1855)

County seat: Salyersville

Historical highway markers: First Settlement, Magoffin County Courthouse; Civil War Action, Royalton; County Named, 1860, Magoffin County Courthouse; Ivy Point Skirmishes, Salyersville; Reuben Patrick Grave, Ivyton; and William “Uncle Billie” Adams, Salyersville.

National Register of Historic Places: In Salyersville — Judge D. W. Gardner House, Ky. 7; and Salyersville Bank, West Maple. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY



MARTIN COUNTY, 1870 A new way of doing things



artin County was formed in 1870 from portions of Floyd, Lawrence, Johnson, and Pike counties, but like other Eastern Kentucky counties, pioneers frequented the land prior to that time. Historical markers in the community indicate that one of those settlers, James Ward, also known as Pioneer War, was a Revolutionary War soldier who came to Kentucky in 1779 as a participant in the Clark expedition. He fought in several battles and lived 50 years in Martin County’s Rockcastle Creek before he died in 1848 — decades before the county officially formed. Martin County is named in honor of Congressman John Preston Martin, who once lived in Prestonsburg and is buried in the May Cemetery near the Samuel May House. Another notable Martin County native was Henry L. Clay, who taught for more than three decades in Martin County and Williamson, W.Va. He served on the committee that formed the Methodist Church by uniting Northern, Southern, and Protestant Methodists. The county seat is in Inez, which

underwent some turmoil during the Civil War. Other communities include Beauty, Lovely, Warfield, and Pigeon Roost. Coal mining’s boom-and-bust cycle has dealt some significant economic blows to this community. National Public Radio highlighted the economic struggles in Martin County in an article published in January that detailed the progress of the country’s “War on Poverty” over the past 50 years. President Lyndon Johnson visited Martin County in 1964 and, with the national media attention given to that visit, Martin County gave a “face” and a name to the War on Poverty, NPR reported, noting that the poverty rate in the coal mining community was more than 60 percent at the time. Iconic images of the War on Poverty were taken at the small home of Martin County resident Tom Fletcher, which still stands. Martin County’s poverty level has improved significantly and, despite economic challenges, the community is building a brighter future, developing plans to increase adventure tourism to improve the economy. As the county continues its move

forward, the Martin County Historical Genealogical Society is working to preserve its treasures of the past, hosting online auctions and other fundraisers to save the Himlerville Mansion, which is one of two sites in the county on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in Beauty, this home was owned by Martin Himler, who was known internationally for founding the Himler Coal Company, a coal company owned by Hungarian miners who were permitted to be stockholders and own their own homes — much unlike the business models of company-run coal mining towns in neighboring Eastern Kentucky communities. According to an article on the Appalachian History website, Himler came from Hungary in 1907 with nine cents in his pocket at the tender age of 18. A miner in other states initially, Himler soon created a newspaper that offered news from America and Hungary for Hungarian miners and found a hefty following of 60,000 readers, the website reports. By 1922, more than 1,000 people lived in Himlerville, now known as Beauty, and Himler’s home sat on a hill overlooking the bustling town. Himler’s coal company eventually went bankrupt, and the town was devastated by a flood in 1928, sending most of the Hungarian miners to work in West Virginia. The historical society wants to restore the home to preserve that Hungarian immigrant history with hopes that it will become a national landmark. It is projects like these that will keep Martin County moving forward.

MARTIN COUNTY AT A GLANCE Created: Sept. 1, 1870 from Floyd, Lawrence, Johnson and Pike counties

Name honors: John Preston Martin, congressman (1811-1862)

County seat: Inez

Historical highway markers: Warfield Skirmish, Warfield; Pioneer War, Inez; County Named, 1870, Martin County Courthouse; Moses Stepp, Lovely; William McCoy Sr. and Lewis Dempsey, Inez.

National Register of Historic Places: Martin Himler House, Beauty; and Martin County Courthouse, Inez.





Moving itself and the region forward

nott County formed in 1884 from portions of Floyd, Letcher, Perry and Breathitt counties, and English, Irish, Scottish, French and German pioneers settled in this area as early as the 1700s. Named for Gov. James Proctor Knott, Knott County was the 118th county to be organized in Kentucky. Its county seat, Hindman, was named Cornett’s Mill during the Civil War in honor of Samuel Cornett, who owned a grist mill near the forks of Troublesome Creek. It’s home to several historic sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Bolen Building and Hindman Ben Franklin on Main St., Hindman, and other buildings. Appalachia and, in fact, the entire country, owes much to this county for its contribution to the education of young people. Hindman is the site of America’s first settlement school, the Hindman Settlement School, which is still in operation today, and another significant educational landmark, Alice Lloyd College, which was founded in Knott County’s Pippa Passes. Several documentaries have been produced about the Hindman Settlement School, founded by May Stone and Katherine Petit in the early 1900s. This school built the framework for the public school system that was eventually developed in Eastern Kentucky and throughout Appalachia, offering kindergarten and industrial education for the first time in the mountains. 36


Today, it offers a specialized educational program for children with dyslexia, a craft shop, and various programs, like the week-long Family Folk Life week, offering classes from Appalachian artisans, and the Appalachian Writers Workshop, which attracts writers from all over the country. Founded by Alice Spence Geddes Lloyd, Alice Lloyd College has also educated generations of mountain families. Lloyd, a native of Boston, came to Ivis in 1916 at the invitation of a local resident. She implemented a student work program at the college to ensure Appalachian students who could not afford tuition could still obtain a quality education — a model Alice Lloyd College still uses today. She later moved to Caney Creek and was joined by June Buchanan, a New York resident who helped her charter the Caney Junior College in 1923, and later, Alice Lloyd College was born. This college consistently ranks high nationally for the number of students who graduate without college debt. Thanks to Lloyd’s leadership, the Caney Creek Community Center and more than 100 other schools were formed in Eastern Kentucky. These educational facilities operate as an example of the type of progress that’s taken place in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky since the pioneer days. They, are not, however, the only examples of how Knott County — and Eastern Kentucky — have progressed through the years.



KNOTT COUNTY AT A GLANCE Created: May 15, 1884 from Breathitt, Floyd, Letcher and Perry counties

With coal mining as a major economic force in the county, Knott County shares one shining example of how previously-mined land can be utilized for economic growth. The method of strip mining removed mountains in Eastern Kentucky — at the protest of some — but Knott County turned that once-vacant land into a vibrant economic driver for the community. The county’s Mine Made Paradise Park, which attracts thousands of tourists from all over the country, was constructed on a mountaintop removal site. It offers more than 100 miles of trails for ATV, bikes, and horse rides in Knott County. Other examples of this type of post-mine land use can be seen at the Pikeville-Pike County Airport in Pike County, a recycling facility in Letcher County, Stone Crest in Floyd County, the Honey Branch Regional Business Park in Martin County, and other locations. There’s no doubt Eastern Kentucky looks much different than it did when those pioneers began settling in the mountains generations ago. There’s also no doubt that it will continue to change.



Name honors: James Proctor Knott, Kentucky governor

County seat: Hindman

Historical highway markers: Morgan’s Last Raid, Hindman; Alice Lloyd College, Garner; Hindman Settlement School, Hindman; County Named, 1884, Knott County Courthouse; Pioneer Educator, HIndman; Carr Creek Center, Hindman; Folk Music Scholar, Hindman; Founders Shack, Pippa Passes; and Cordia School, Cordia.

National Register of Historic Places: In Hindman — Bolen Building on Main St.; Hindman Ben Franklin on Main St.; Dr. Jasper Stewart House north of Hindman and Young’s Department Store and Hotel on Main St.

Art by Pamela Henry

Art by Lacy Hale


ARTS & MUSIC Cultural expression in the mountains



he cultural traditions in southeastern Kentucky run as deep as the hollows and crevices of the mountain landscape we call home. With a history of a “making do” attitude in these mountains, residents have long developed ways of entertaining themselves, from creating their own items of basic need using the materials around them, passing down oral histories through elaborate stories, and expressing all manner of emotion, experience, and thought through visual arts, music, and dance. The traditional ways of cultural expression have been passed down, preserved, revived, and shared with the outside world for generation after generation and most of them are still very alive in our communities today. Not only do local residents and visitors alike experience traditional mountain folk arts in southeastern Kentucky, but many regional counties can be said to be a cultural mecca, having the unique blend of the traditional and modern represented within their communities. If you are interested in exploring the idiosyncratic forms of art in the mountains predating industrialization, mass migrations and immigrations, and improved access through infrastructure, don’t hesitate to ask residents where you can find the

best representations of their cultural scene. Southeastern Kentuckians are very proud of their traditional ways. As you find your bearings within the community begin with the obvious and notable places to visit like Appalshop in Letcher County, Appalachian Artisan Center in Knott County, and Pikeville - Pike County Museum. Through the efforts of the various local arts organizations and collaborations it is easy to get a sense of the highly individualized nature of the folk arts and music of the mountains by seeking out performances and gallery showings of the local artists and musicians they feature. Letcher County is the home of Lee Sexton, one of the elders of the long held traditions of eastern Kentucky banjo picking. Sexton is 87 years young and still plays at regional festivals, music venues, and squaredances alongside the next generation of mountain musicians he has inspired. If you are fortunate enough to hear Lee Sexton play, you will immediately be aware that you are witness to the authentic eastern Kentucky sound. Residents and visitors in southeastern Kentucky can experience the traditional mountain music most readily through catching performances, festivals, and workshops conducted by the dedicated


In a similar manner as their ancestors before them, southeastern Kentucky musicians are passing along their musical heritage to the younger generation.�



contemporary set of old time musicians. On most weeks throughout the year, you can hear the sounds of tradition being played as they have for more than a few centuries now throughout the region. Multi-instrumentalists and singers such as Kevin Howard from Letcher County, Brett Ratliff from Johnson County, and John Haywood from Floyd County entertain far and wide having studied with elder musicians in order to catch the songs (many by ear) of our rich and varied musical history. As the traditional musical sound meets modern ears diversification happens and many incarnations of old time inspired music can be heard within the songs of local bands from new old time, bluegrass, rock, and pop country such as Rich and the Po’ Folk, Tommy Webb Band, The Kevin Prater Band, The Giant Rooster Sideshow, Adkins & Loudermilk, James E. Webb Band, and Taylyn Combs & Sunrise Ridge. U.S. 23 is called the Country Music Highway for a good reason, and the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum is a highlight of visiting Paintsville in Johnson County. In a similar manner as their ancestors before them, southeastern Kentucky musicians are passing along their musical heritage to the younger generation. The aforementioned Kevin Howard is one



of many who teaches through the Passing the Pick and Bow afterschool program in Letcher County which is sponsored by Appalshop’s Traditional Music Program and held at the county’s public schools. Traditional old time music is continuing to be passed to the next generation of musicians every summer at the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School also in Letcher County and is sponsored through the Cowan Creek Community Center. Bluegrass music can be seen as a living , breathing entity all over the state as new youth oriented bands are sprouting up and receiving attention. First Time Around from Louisa, Kentucky is one of these with the oldest member being 17 years of age and the youngest 10. With so much attention focused on the amazing traditional music of southeastern Kentucky, it can be easy for visitors and residents to overlook the growing access to performances of all genres of music within the region. The opening of the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville has allowed residents to attend the concerts of major commercial acts and area favorites in the same venue a short drive from home. Smaller venues are consistently booking , alongside talented locals, big name acts such as Jason Isbell, GANGSTAGRASS, Those Darlin’s, Brian Owens, L.A. Guns,

St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and Pokey LaFarge. It must be noted that the region is supporting a thriving youth and countercultural music scene that has been providing an alternative to the mainstream musical experience with experimental, outside of the box, area musicians forming new groups in genres such as punk, indie, hardcore, noise punk, metal, hip-hop, and rap. Youth Bored, a youth led and oriented music gathering , is an excellent example of do-it-yourself culture in the Kentucky mountains. Having begun in 2000, it is still going strong in various venues along the streets of downtown Whitesburg. Youth Bored focuses primarily on developing an outlet for the punk rock enthusiasts that have become prevalent through many of our mountain towns. Shows happen regularly as a line up is built, and those who attend will see not only local bands like Google Boys and Globsters, but national and international bands from countries such as Japan, Israel, and Canada. Currently organized through the efforts of Mikie Burke and Adam Brewer, Youth Bored provides interested mountain youth an avenue for self expression, camaraderie, and inclusion on the world stage. Creating something out of nothing has been a part of mountain cul-

ture from time immemorial. Art and craft is sewn within the fabric of the landscape and comes as naturally to so many residents as does waking up in the morning. The long history of the arts and craftsmanship in the Kentucky mountains began out of necessity as Native American, European, African, and Colonial American settlers made a life with only the supplies they could carry and the abundance of the land. As life here began to afford most with all the modern amenities, it would seem that art and craft would take a backburner to accessibility and convenience. The truth is, however, that while our ancestors created their art and craft for purposes of functionality and practicality, they poured their personal expression and style into every piece. There is no store bought blanket that can compare to a handmade quilt sewn with care in a pattern that has lain over your family for centuries. Traditional and functional mountain crafts can still be admired in the handwork of artists like Terry Ratliff (Master Woodworker of Floyd Co.), Loneli Polly (Loom Weaver of Letcher Co.), Douglas Naselroad (Master Artist in Luthiery of Knott Co.), (Michael Ware Potter of Knott Co.), and Francis Whitaker (Master Basket Maker of Letcher Co.). The mesmerizing , time-hon-

ored crafts of these artists and more can be found at area festivals, local businesses, and artisan centers. The Appalachian Artisan Center in historic downtown Hindman, Kentucky is one of these. There you’ll find artists’ studios, handcrafted art and gifts, regional literature, master and apprentice luthiers, and a cafe. The Appalachian Artisan Center hosts annual arts related events, workshops, and art camps. Another organization dedicated to promoting the arts throughout and outside of the region, which is located in Hindman, is the Hindman Settlement School. Through their Folk Arts Education program the settlement school provides culturally relevant arts and humanities curriculum for Knott County schools and cultural programs and outreach in the wider community. Brett Ratliff is the Program Director at the settlement school and is a prime example of how the artists and musicians of the region are directly involved in preserving and promoting all the traditions and arts of the mountains. Modern artistic representations can be found just as readily as those arts grounded in usefulness. A number of remarkable visual artists live and work in southeastern Kentucky and their artistry can be viewed and purchased in many of the same loca-



tions where the work of our craftspeople can be found. There are numerous locations with dedicated gallery space that highlight the local visual arts. In Whitesburg , Appalshop, Summit City Lounge, Harry M. Caudill Public Library, and the Letcher County Tourism Building all exhibit rotating art showings from area artists and those from outside the region. Other establishments where the visual arts can be found are the Mountain Arts Center and Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg , Appalachian Artisan Center and Kentucky School of Craft in Hindman, Oil Springs Cultural Arts and Recreation Center in Oil Springs, and The Painted Cow Gallery in Louisa. Pikeville - Pike County Museum is yet another space making an effort at featuring the visual arts. There you can find where the traditional meets the modern, one impacting the other. Located on Division Street

in downtown Pikeville, the museum exhibits local artists and artisans on a rotating basis. Events such as art receptions, film screenings, artisan demonstrations and live music are included in the offerings. Local visual artists have many opportunities to receive support and professional development through the several art organizations and groups that have begun across the region. EpiCentre Arts, a non-profit functioning as a support group, cooperative, and community arts organization, is just one example of the many. EpiCentre Arts, in particular, is involved in a number of new projects within a 100 mile radius of Whitesburg that include Alice Art Center in Whitesburg , which will provide both studio and gallery space, and as a support network for the Pine Mountain Scenic Trail. It is worthwhile to discover the area artists as individuals. So many southeastern Kentucky visual artists have highly impressive bodies of work and are involved in interesting projects. One such artist is Lacy Hale from Knott County and currently residing in Letcher County. Hale had known she would be an artist since the age of five and attended Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY to further hone her talents. At age 20, she returned to her mountain home where she continues to capture the essence of people and place through her stylized realistic approach to oil painting. Hale is also directly associated with a number of regional arts groups such as EpiCentre Arts, Appalachian Women of the Arts, and East Kentucky for Arts Education. She was recently appointed to the Kentucky Arts Council where she represents the region well. Her work has been shown outside of the Kentucky mountains as well and notably in a traveling Smithsonian exhibit in 2012.


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John Haywood is another regional artist not to miss. Originally from Floyd County, Haywood has spent his entire life in the realm of art and music. Haywood’s paintings are Appalachian narratives in the sense that they tackle the glorious, the stereotypes, and the collective story of southeastern Kentucky head on in an unapologetic beauty that at the same time creates a sense of wonder and deep questioning. Having studied art with another Floyd County native painter, Thomas J. Whitaker, Haywood was inspired to pursue a career in art and studied at Morehead State University and the University of Louisville. After college, Haywood apprenticed in the art of tattooing with the nationally recognized Tray Benham (Big Daddy Tray) in Fort Knox. He has shown artwork far and wide, has received respectable national media coverage, and his work can be found in collections around the world. Haywood currently owns and works from The Parlor Room Fine Art and Custom Tattoo in Whitesburg. Pamela Henry from Lawrence County paints light in a way that demands an emotional response. Henry is a mostly self taught artist having pursued her inter-

ests in art through some general college courses and her own motivation. Her work clearly displays the solace she finds in nature and her intrigue in the human spirit and everyday objects through vibrant colors and special attention to geometric form. Henry works primarily in acrylics and applies her skills across multiple genres including abstract, furniture, mural, landscape, portraiture, and whimsy. Henry’s work can be found at The Painted Cow Gallery in Louisa and has been internationally collected. The opportunity to explore or share the rich arts and music culture of southeastern Kentucky is a real privilege. Unique in every aspect from the traditional to the modern, what is culturally present in the Kentucky mountains is often misunderstood. It is becoming increasingly true that artists, craftspeople, and musicians are carving out a living in the mountain towns that have inspired their talents. This brings an automatic depth to the experience of the residents and visitors to the region as this beautiful and embraced cultural heritage is the backdrop of every interaction.





Chris Riley, Traditional Bowyer

any people in Southeastern Kentucky practice bow hunting and archery. While the majority use compound bows and carbon arrows, a Floyd county man practices archery in an old fashioned way. Chris Riley, a traditional bowyer, crafts his own bows and arrows out of all natural materials found throughout the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. There are no complex pulley systems or hi-tech, state of the art materials created in some far-off laboratory. Starting from nothing but a log , Chris cuts, splits, and shaves down the wood into a fully functional traditional longbow. “I do what’s called traditional bowyering , which means that I only use raw materials that I harvest myself and only hand tools to work those materials,” states Riley. Riley describes the long and tedious process that he implements to craft his bows. “The process of making wooden bows from hand tools can be a very lengthy process. Just stripping that down to its bare bones, there’s basically three steps to it.” “One is acquiring the stave. You can use a board for it, but what I do is cut a log. You split those logs out using iron wedges and a mallet which gives you half logs. You then split the half logs into quarter pieces and those pieces make your stave. A stave is essentially just a long triangular piece of wood that will become the bow eventually.” “The second step is drying the stave. This can take up 46


to a year on average. This process can be speeded up, some people use kilns, but I don’t have anything like that though. Every piece that I cut I air dry myself.” “The third step is when your stave is dry enough to bend, when it’s down to the right moisture percentage, you can start bending it. That process is called tillering. That’s when you can add a string and the piece becomes a bow. On average, if you have a piece that’s ready to bend, it can be done in a few months. If you’re cutting a piece from green wood, on average, it takes about a year.” Besides crafting his own bows out of raw logs, Riley also creates his own arrows using wood that he finds near his Floyd County home. “Arrows are kind of a different beast all together. There are two schools of thought with arrows, there’s what you call natural shaft and there’s what you call split shaft.” “Split shaft is when you get your arrow from a log the same way I do a bow. The process is the same, it begins with splitting the log up and getting a board from that, and then splitting that board into blanks.” “For a natural shaft arrow, which would be something like bamboo, river cane, or wild rosewood, the process begins by curing the piece of wood. That can take six months to a year right off the bat, but with an arrow, they don’t need to be fully cured when you make them because they’re not going to be bending like a bow. To make a set of six natural shaft arrows, it takes me about four to six months.”

Riley describes what he finds to be the most difficult part of creating a bow. He states that each piece creates its own unique set of challenges, which is what makes his work interesting. “The most challenging thing about making wooden bows and arrows with hand tools is the fact that you’re working with wood. Every single piece that you work is different and that’s usually related to grain orientation. There can be imperfections, knots, and branches in the wood. All this stuff creates very unique challenges to each piece. That is the most challenging , and rewarding , part as well because it keeps it interesting and it never gets stale when each piece you work on is completely different.” Just like the Native Americans and early pioneers, Riley uses different animal skins, antlers, bones, and feathers to accomplish his work. “All my animal hides, feathers, bones, things like that, those are all things I find in nature. I practice what I call ethical hide working , which means that I don’t kill animals specifically for their skins. I find everything that I use in nature or it’s been given to me.” From seeing the bow in his head to holding it in his hands, Riley describes what he feels is the most enjoyable part to his work.

“When I’m working on a piece of wood, I’m only thinking about what I’m doing at that particular moment. When you have an idea in your head and you see that manifest in a physical form, that to me is the most rewarding part about it.” “What I think an artist’s most valuable asset is, is your own creative integrity and your drive to create. The reason I say that is because each person’s own creative intuition is something that is completely unique to them. So, when you harness that, it gives you the ability to make and create things that no one else can. I think that’s something that shouldn’t be overlooked.” Riley also elaborates on what many artist find to be a weakness. What many consider a hindrance to their work, Riley derived further inspiration from. “Self-doubt is something I feel that probably every artist suffers from to some degree. I think that selfdoubt can be a useful tool. It can cause you to look at your work with a critical eye to see if something might need to be changed or altered, or if the piece may need to be scrapped altogether. I think there is a point where self-doubt can impede on your creative process. I think that every artist needs to be aware of where that line is and needs to be really careful not to let that happen.” Credit: Ronnie Hilton



PRESERVING HISTORY The Pikeville - Pike County Hatfield & McCoy Museum


he Pikeville - Pike County Hatfield & McCoy Museum features Pike County’s biggest collection of Hatfield McCoy artifacts, including original photos and relics from both families’ collections - but that’s only the beginning. Visitors will also find tools utilized by our ancestors and exhibits highlighting the Native American cultures of Central Appalachia, our early industrial past, the Civil War and The Pikeville Cut-Through Project. The Pikeville - Pike County Museum had its “soft opening” in April 2015, just in time for Hillbilly Days. The Museum’s Grand Opening is scheduled for September 2015 at which time seven additional themed rooms will open, showcasing : local mining history, military history, local politics, local schools and sport, arts and entertainment from around central Appalachia and the area’s medical history. A continuation of the former Big Sandy Heritage Museum on Hambley Boulevard, The Pikeville - Pike County Museum features many artifacts previously found at the former location. Most of the artifacts have been do48


nated or loaned to the Museum by local residents who want to share their passion for local history with others. “Nearly everything you see here comes from local people who are genuinely excited to share their local history, as well as the region’s greater history, with the general public.” Says Museum Director, Polly Hopkins. “Without generous people like this, there would be nothing to see. We are very grateful for all loans and donations and for the enthusiasm we’ve seen from people who are interested in helping out.” In a time where Google is the most common means of learning, the Pikeville - Pike County Museum is a place where adults and children alike can treat themselves to a hands-on experience as a means of learning and connecting with their heritage. Groups and school visits are accepted. Please contact Polly Hopkins, Pikeville - Pike County Museum Director for more information or to book your group visit. Phone: (606) 213-4397. Email: For up-to-date information including opening hours and events, check out the Museum’s Facebook page:







he Samuel May House is a living history museum located in Prestonsburg, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Samuel May (1783-1851,) a state representative, was also was a carpenter, surveyor, contractor, ferryman, and justice of the peace. He was the first Floyd county resident to sign a contract involving coal development, and was responsible for much early progress in the area. May built this house on his 300 acre farm in 1817, and it has survived to become the oldest standing brick home in the Big Sandy valley. A federal-style home, it was originally larger and surrounded by outbuildings. The restored home exhibits many of its original features, including its five fireplaces, original windows and mantles, and antique doors. The furniture, including a spinning wheel, piano and organ, is antique. Some of the flooring and the stairs are the ones installed in 1817. The home was an eastern Kentucky social hub of the day and many “stump” speeches were given from its porches. The Mays were fond of get-togethers such as cotillions and

summer barbecues, hosting prominent citizens from the entire state. Located just a few miles from the Middle Creek National Battlefield, the home played a part in the Civil War. Samuel May’s son, Andrew Jackson May, pressed the home into service as a Confederate recruiting station, forming the 5th Kentucky Infantry from the recruits. The structure eventually fell vacant and was in danger of collapse. In 1992, Prestonsburg Community College educator Dr. Robert Perry helped organize the Friends of the Samuel May House, which oversees the care and use of this historic landmark. Each January the May House still hosts the time-honored tradition of “Old Christmas,” serving cider and cookies. The singing of early mountain Christmas carols is accompanied by tours of the home, with the guides dressed in 1860s attire. The Samuel May house is open by appointment and tourists are welcome. Paranormal investigations may also be arranged. To schedule a tour for an individual or a group, call the Prestonsburg Tourism Office at 606 886 1341, or Debi Beatty-Manuel at 606 886 0170.



Sharing the story of Appalachia

he Roadside Theater started in 1975 as part of Appalshop, a nonprofit cultural arts organization that uses education, media, theater and other arts to, among other things, “document, disseminate, and revitalize the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia.” At the time, Appalshop was only six years old. It started as a youth job training program funded by the Office of Economic Opportunity— a “War on Poverty” program. The Roadside Theater authored and produced its first play, “Red Fox/Second Hangin’” in 1976. It premiered in Whitesburg and off Broadway in New York City, telling the story about the beginnings of the coal and timber industries in Appalachia. In 1980, Roadside produced and toured its second play, “Pretty Polly,” a musical that eventually expanded into a trilog y about the six generations of an Appalachian family. Roadside then moved to the international stage, performing the following year in Sweden and Denmark. Later, performances were also held in England, Wales, and the Czech Republic. From these endeavors, Roadside expands its efforts and began hosting teaching residencies at universities across the country.

In the early 1990s, Roadside partnered with the New Orleans-based Junebug Productions to produce several more plays. From there, Roadside began collaborating locally and nationally to create plays to address issues like domestic violence, cancer and also releases CDs of original music from these plays. The effort made a significant impact, both locally and nationally. “Thousand Kites,” a Roadside play that shares stories of prisoners, corrections officers, and their families, launched a national criminal justice campaign project. In recent years, Thousand Kites partnered with an organization in the Virgin Islands to protest the relocation of prisoners there to super-maximum facilities — an effort that helped 125 prisoners return from Virginia to their home islands. The theater’s latest accomplishment is the creation of a play about Daniel Boone that combines historical reenactments, local history, and outdoor drama. Roadside performed the play “Betsy !” in New York this year. The Appalshop Store, available online at http:// , offers recording of Roadside plays. For more information, visit or visit the Roadside Theater on Facebook. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY




Our Mission, History, and Expansion

enny Wiley Theatre’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in eastern Kentucky by providing professional theatre and exceptional educational opportunities in the performing arts. For 50 years audiences have enjoyed Jenny Wiley Theatre’s staging of classic Broadway musicals featuring a live orchestra. Jenny Wiley Theatre ( JWT) has both a new indoor theatre in Pikeville and an amphitheatre located in the beautiful natural surroundings of Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg. JWT is one of the nation’s leading regional theatres. A local amateur theatre group staged Jenny Wiley Theatre’s first musical, South Pacific, in 1965, and JWT has since grown to become a professional repertory theatre. The Jenny Wiley Drama Association ( JWDA), formed in 1959, had two goals: first, to preserve mountain culture (for example, by presenting a play based on the story of local historical figure Jenny Wiley), and second, to bring mainstream theatre arts such as musicals to the mountains where people could enjoy them. Marvin Music, Barkley Stur52


gill, and Henry P. Scalf, a prominent regional historian, led a group of area citizens who were interested in presenting an outdoor drama about the legend of Jenny Wiley’s capture and escape from American Indians during the early settlement days of eastern Kentucky. A Prestonsburg couple, Chalmer and Kathryn Frazier, were active in the early days of JWDA and were instrumental in convincing Governor Bert Combs to build and an amphitheatre in Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. True to its original goals, during the past 50 years, JWT has enriched the local community and drawn in tourists by staging both Broadway-style musicals and regional historical dramas, including the stories of Jenny Wiley and the Hatfield-McCoy family feud. JWDA and the City of Pikeville signed an agreement in 2011 allowing the theatre to grow and bring professional theatre to Pikeville. A new 200-seat indoor theatre called the Jenny Wiley Mainstage was constructed in downtown Pikeville and opened in May 2014. The purpose of this new building is to provide Jenny Wiley Theatre with a perma-

nent indoor space for year-round performances and to expand cultural arts offerings in eastern Kentucky, while maintaining the longstanding tradition of professional productions at the amphitheatre in Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in the summers. A year-round season provides an abundance of opportunities for local children and teens to develop their talents in the dramatic arts through JWT’s Footlights youth theatre program. Through the Footlights year-round productions and summer camps, students learn both how to perform and how to work behind the scenes—abilities that they put to use in performances for the public. Local youth learn skills through theatre, such as public speaking and teamwork, which will serve them well on any career path. A non-profit organization, Jenny Wiley Theatre plans to continue to enrich the community by producing excellent theatre sourced from both local and nation-wide talent, and by providing performing arts educational outreach that makes a difference for area young people and the public. Credit: Marty Childers

Jenny Wiley Theatre With over 50 years of continous productions, JWT is East Kentucky’s only professional theatre offering Broadway quality musicals, comedies, children’s theatre and historical dramas. Make Jenny Wiley Theatre a part of your family’s tradition throughout the year.

Two locations:

Jenny Wiley Amphitheatre, Prestonsburg, located within the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Open during the summer months offering Broadway style musicals, and historical dramas.

bringing life to art and art to life


Jenny Wiley Mainstage Theatre, Pikeville, located in the heart of downtown. Open year-round, JWT Mainstage offers comedies, dramas, holiday productions and special musical and comedy events, It is also home to our Footlights Theatre, our youth company, who perform 4 - 6 times a year a variety of young performer productions and the Footlights Theatre Summer program offers a summer filled with theatre camps for grades one through twelve.



Growing talent in the mountains

he Artists Collaborative Theatre has filled the stage with Appalachian talent since it opened its intimate black box theatre in 2008. ACT was, however, founded outside of those walls, with the traveling Kentucky Cycle theatre, which started highlighting local talent in July 2002. This small troupe, which performed in various venues, went on to establish its home at ACT, nestled in the foothills of Pine Mountain and the Breaks Interstate Park in Elkhorn City. ACT is open year-round, offering 16 productions of six plays annually as well as free educational programming and services. Through the years, it has earned numerous accolades, including state, regional and national awards, and many of its actors and actresses found success because of what they learned at ACT. Sarah Haynes graduated from the University of Kentucky with degrees in health science, theatre and psy-



cholog y. She credited ACT and the Pike County Fine Arts Program — the first program of its kind in Kentucky — with helping her succeed. She told University of Kentucky officials that she may have never discovered her “true potential, talents or unique skill sets” without ACT. ACT Director Stephanie Richards, who established the Pike County Fine Arts Program through the UK Cooperative Extension Service in 2006, also influenced Haynes and other students who came through the doors at ACT. That dedication continues today, as Richards assisted in the development of the Hatfield-McCoy Amphitheatre in McCarr and opened ACT’s doors to the Appalachian Symphony, a group of musicians who teach Appalachian music to others. For more informaiton, visit or the ACT Facebook page. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 606-754-4228.





Home to state’s official feud play

ike County is now home to the state’s official play on the Hatfield & McCoy Feud. Sen. Ray S. Jones II of Pikeville passed a resolution in the Kentucky General Assembly this year to name “Blood Song : The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys” by playwright Chelsea Marcantel as the state’s official play about the decades-long feud.



The legislation came about three years after the play debuted at the Hatfield-McCoy Amphitheater in McCarr. Pike County officials worked with state leaders to build the outdoor theater, made possible by land donations from local coal mining and land-holding companies. The Hatfield and McCoy Arts Council, Artists Collaborative Theater in Elkhorn City, and the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Office and its Fine Arts Program in Pike County, commissioned the writing of the play. Marcantel studied the feud extensively before bringing historical characters to life. She used some of the feud’s lesser-known characters to share the story on stage. Visitors learn about the entire history of the feud — from the murder of Asa Harmon McCoy during the Civil War to the hanging of Ellison “Cotton Top” Mounts in 1890. The amphitheater, located near several feud-related sites, usually hosts weekly performances during the late summer and early fall months. Tickets are reasonably-priced, and special rates are available for groups. For details, visit or visit the Pike County Fine Arts Facebook page.



Bringing the Civil War to life in Jenkins

n 1906, John Fox Jr. wrote “The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come,” and it has since been filmed several times and converted in to numerous theatrical productions. One of those productions is offered near the site of the book’s setting at the Little Shepherd Amphitheatre in Jenkins in Letcher County. The play is performed in the tranquil mountainous setting of this outdoor theatre from June to September of ever year. Productions of this play were performed in Letcher County as far back as the 1970s. It came to Letcher County through the efforts of former librarian, Don Amburgey, who founded The Little Shepherd Arts & Crafts Council and a rustic amphitheater in Van in the 1970s. Amburgey led the play through a decade of performances in that location, but he lost the venue in 1982. After the construction of U.S. 23 brought in the possibility of tourists, Amburgey decided to revive it. In 1997, he founded the Cumberland Mountain Arts & Crafts Council and encouraged community members and state and local leaders to support the play. The council was formed with the goal of promoting “sustainable tourism that respects the heritage, history and culture” of Eastern Kentucky. His requests were granted and the Letcher County Fiscal Court appropriated $30,000 for the project. Thereafter, T.E.C.O. signed over 15 acres of its prop-

erty near a railroad tunnel to the council. This amphitheater, located above Jenkins High School, was built on the grounds where the Battle of Pound Gap was fought during the Civil War. In the play, written by Appalachian playwright Fern Overby Hilton, the main character, Chad Buford, struggles to understand the cruelties of the Civil War and the region’s poverty. Buford is orphaned when his mother dies of cholera and he runs away from his abusive family and befriends another family who helps him get an education. He ultimately enlists as a Union soldier and is soon pitted against family members and neighbors on opposite sides of the battle. The performances attracts throngs of tourists to Letcher County every year, but it is one of many events held at the amphitheater. Every August, Civil War reenactors from multiple states camp at the property for the annual Thunder on the Mountain reenactment. One of the reenactment’s most lively characters portrays Gen. John Hunt Morgan, a Confederate soldier who famously fought in battles throughout Eastern Kentucky during the Civil War The council also hosts its Indian Summer Folk Festival in October, welcoming arts and craft vendors from throughout the region. For more information, visit or call 606-832-1453. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY




Shopping in Southeastern Kentucky

astern Kentucky is a shopping powerhouse, with thousands of nationally-known chain stores, specialty shops, and small country stores offering everything from the perfectly-sized suit to handcrafted, locally-made arts and crafts. The shopping venues in Floyd, Magoffin, Lawrence, Letcher, Knott, Johnson, Martin, and Pike County attract millions of people into these communities, and the economic impact that traffic has to the region is astounding. Pike County is certainly the region’s largest retail center, offering dozens of stores in the Weddington Plaza, Weddington Square and other locations. Pike County is home to well-known specialty stores like Mickey’s Menagerie (Second St., Pikeville), The Men’s Corner (Weddington Plaza), Page-3 Game Zone (N. Mayo Trail), Sound House Music (Weddington Plaza), Tis the Season (Town Mountain Rd.) and Wide Open Outdoors (Zebulon Highway). Hobby Lobby, Maurices, Ulta, Marshall’s and several other businesses are in the Pikeville Commons shopping complex on Thompson Road. This $44 million economic development project has provided jobs, an apartment complex, and will accommodate additional growth in the future. In addition to several shopping plazas in Paintsville, Johnson County offers visitors unique shopping experiences with antique stores in Staffordsville and Paints58


ville, specialty gift shops, and, among other treasures, a wide variety of arts and crafts offered by the Appalachian League of Artists, located inside Black Barn Produce, a tourist attraction that takes visitors back to the feel of an old-time country general store. Hand-made crafts are also available for purchase at the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors often stop by Yoder’s Bulk Food Store when they visit Hindman to stock up on freshly-made jams, jellies, and kitchen staples that every home needs. In Lawrence County, Louisa also offers numerous shops to find antiques, gifts, and collectables. The Painted Cow Gallery and the Urban Farmhouse are two popular destinations. Letcher County is also steeped in local arts and crafts, with venues like the Pine Mountain Craft Co-op on U.S. 119 and the Valley of the Winds Galleries, exhibiting works of renowned artist Jeff Chapman-crane. The Oven Fork Mercantile, a former grocery store and post office, is also a popular shopping spot. But the best part about shopping in Eastern Kentucky can’t fit in a shopping bag. Customers are treated like family, service is first-class and the entire shopping experience is devoid of traffic and parking problems. Shop Southeastern Kentucky for retail therapy at its finest.




TRADITIONAL FOODWAYS Modern Dining/Culinary Experience in Southeastern Kentucky



he growing , gathering , raising , hunting , preserving , and preparing of food has taken up a large space in the consciousness of Central Appalachians since before the roads and (hollows) hollers were more than footpaths, creek beds, and cattle trails. In pre-industrialization era southeastern Kentucky, the sourcing and cooking of food was the primary occupation of both men and women. Our people relied upon the sweat of their brow, their own earth covered hands, Mother Nature, and the sureness of their shot for their daily bread. As the nation is becoming more aware of the impact of our eating habits on our health, the environment, and our economy, it is no coincidence that residents of southeastern Kentucky are reviving our traditional foodways, adding modern ideas and schema to create a viable source of income for families and a means to cheaply and efficiently regain the health of our communities. In this effort, as gathering around food and table tend to do, community collaboration is being renewed as people come together to shop, eat, and trade the goods of their neighbors. It is easy to describe what is currently happening in the food culture throughout the region as picturesque and deeply meaningful. In the Kentucky mountain home of the frontier era there would be found as much variety in foods and recipes as there were homes in which to stay for dinner. It is a common misconception that Appalachian cooking is the same as the cooking of the deep south, however, it must be remembered that the hills of Kentucky were colonized by a great blend of peoples including those of both eastern and western European, African, north Asian, and Native American origins. While communities were built it is true that our early settlers lived in real isolation from the influences of the world outside of the mountains. Using the ingredients they could grow, gather, hunt, and occasionally outsource, the mountain people recreated the recipes of their home-

Community collaboration is being renewed as people come together to shop, eat, and trade the goods of their neighbors.”



and incorporated the food traditions of the Native American peoples. The typical Appalachian home relied on hunting and the pork they raised for the meat portion of their meals. Chickens were primarily for eggs as cows were for milk. It was a real event if either of these animals were served on the plate. The landscape did not allow for many multi-family gardens, so each home would have their own plot for growing. Seeds were passed down year after year and a portion was kept back for reseeding the next season. This created a large variety of crops that became heirlooms and many are still named for the families that first held the seed in their hands. From a young age Kentucky mountain folks were taught to identify and properly gather the plants that grew naturally throughout the region to be used as food and medicine. Our heritage is a truly natural diet and way of living. Today, many residents of southeastern Kentucky are experiencing a renewed enthusiasm in the foodways of their ancestors. The pendulum swings back from convenience and a desire to live the modern lifestyle to embracing local food production and sales as a gift given to us by our ancestors. This gift served them well in times both good and bad. Many forward thinking southeastern Kentuckians are seeing this reconnection



as one of the means to create the thriving communities of our future. The Grow Appalachia program has played a tremendous role in encouraging evaluation of our food culture and the re-learning of the traditional ways of individuals, families, and communities producing much of the food they consume. In 2009 eastern Kentucky native Tommy Callahan shared with his friend John Paul DeJoria (owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Tequila) his experience in the mountains. The issue of food security was of great concern, and an idea was brought forth. DeJoria then collaborated with Berea College to create a program which supports families to grow as much of their own food as possible so as to increase access to healthy food options as cheaply as possible. In that way, Grow Appalachia was born and has been achieving its goals, adding many Central Appalachian counties to its list of program participants. Grow Appalachia supports Kentucky families through providing education, technical and physical assistance, gardening grants, donations to food banks, promoting entrepreneurship and the existence of local farmer’s markets, helping to build and use high tunnel methods to extend the growing season, assisting in purchasing and raising chickens, and respecting local traditions to preserve them for future generations.

It is a real privilege to have such an amazing program available in our communities. Seeing the time tested modes of bringing fresh and healthy food to our tables being rekindled and a number of regional families using them to supplement or create an income are a pleasure. In part due to the efforts of Grow Appalachia and the desire of our communities to duplicate the beauty and convenience of the farmer’s market model, southeastern Kentucky has seen many farmer’s markets sprout up over the last several years. At the market local growers and producers have the opportunity to share their abundance with the community and increase their income and economic diversity. The increased access to fresh, local, and healthy foods has been a driving force in a renaissance of the healthy eating movement in southeastern Kentucky. To the right is a farmer’s market schedule so you can be sure to visit and sample the bounty. This renewed interest in traditional foodways has created an outgrowth of resources and further education and networking around the topic of food production, foraging , and preparation. Within the region are found many wonderful opportunities to take part in events of this type including the Appalachian Food Summit (yearly event), Growing Appalachia Conference at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Floyd County, Dumplin’s & Dancin’ (yearly event) at Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, various seed swaps where heirloom plants and seeds are promoted and exchanged, workshops through any of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service offices and other community organizations, and farm to school programs.

Farmer’s Market Schedule: Letcher County 198 Main St. Whitesburg – Saturdays 9am-1pm

Knott County Knott Co. Sportsplex – Mondays 10am-1pm Knott Co. Extension Office – Fridays 10am-1pm Downtown Hindman – 2nd Saturday of each month 9am-Noon

Pike County Pike Co. Extension Office – Saturdays 9am-Noon, and Tuesdays 4:30-7pm

Floyd County Municipal Parking Lot, Downtown Prestonsburg – Saturdays 9am-2pm

Lawrence County Extension Office Louisa – Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 9am-Noon

Johnson County Extension Office Paintsville – Tuesday and Thursday 4-6pm



All this excitement surrounding gaining access to a variety of food options and preserving and preparation skills coupled with the traditional recipes and kitchen artistry that has been passed down through generations, creates the best of southeastern Kentucky dining being available at the family table. The most authentic Appalachian food experience is unparalleled by any restaurant currently open in the region. If it is this undeniably authentic, traditional experience you seek to find, make a friend of a long time resident and get invited to supper. Another option for sampling the authentic mountain fare is to attend a church revival, homecoming , or special event and have dinner on the grounds where you will find an array of food so vast, it will be hard not to eat enough for an army. Area restaurants cannot be overlooked as part of the growing impact that food consciousness has had on southeastern Kentucky. Offering drive up, casual, and fine dining , regional restaurants have an eclectic mix of possibilities for satisfying the tastebuds. Throughout the region is offered ethnic cuisine such as Mexican, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese. Many of the major national chain eateries are now an option for area diners. It is, however, imperative to experience our truly local, homegrown, remarkable restaurants.



One of the most exciting of these is The Blue Raven Restaurant & Pub in Pikeville. They coin their offerings as “pub style Appalachian cuisine.� With great care in choosing their ingredients, it is common to see representatives of the restaurant frequenting the farmer’s markets and organizational meetings concerning local food. They source many elements of their menu locally and from Kentucky Proud suppliers, striving to include only the freshest, whole ingredients available. The Blue Raven is nearly as fine as dining gets in the mountains with a classy, but regionally specific atmosphere and a menu that showcases Kentucky and Appalachian staples. Their signature twist brings the food they serve out of the home kitchen and into epicurean. Another local favorite is one of the best BBQ joints you will find anywhere, Pig in a Poke, with locations in Prestonsburg and Pikeville. Featuring real pit BBQ smoked over hickory wood, Pig in a Poke has been in business since 2007. They pride themselves on preparing their food in house using their distinct family recipes, bringing an authentic experience to local BBQ. Their restaurants are family friendly with a relaxing home-like atmosphere that features unique qualities such as a two-story dining space, spiral staircases, decks overlooking the river, and street facing balconies.

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it is easy to see how Mall Restaurant has been a member of the Knott County community for many years. Alongside the signature mountain meal, you will find a large variety of comfort foods from vegetable beef soup, Stromboli, pepperbelle salad, steaks, stir fry, and seafood plate. The dessert menu is one of the finest with handmade pies, cakes, cupcakes, and candies. Eating at Holly Hills Mall Restaurant is definitely like being among friends. In a place that was once so very isolated, it is heartening to know and witness that our journey with food is far from complete. The renewing of our traditional means of filling our tables, locally owned and thriving restaurants, and increasing availability of ethnic cuisines brings richness to what is to be had here. The most exhilarating aspect of our food scene is that there is plenty of room for growth and exploration. Because of this, and the inspiration given by those who are trailblazing , it is a time of positive change. It could be that the traditions in our foodways and the willingness of residents to dream big and step into food entrepreneurship will fuel a transition into a local economy that accentuates our matchless culture and talents to not only locals, but visitors from the world over.













Car clubs host events throughout the region

eople flock to eastern Kentucky communities throughout the spring and summer months because they love chrome and leather. With several car clubs hosting monthly events, local car enthusiasts can enjoy a car show or drag race nearly every week of the month in Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence, Knott, Letcher, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike counties. Clubs in these counties also host numerous car cruises, fundraising car shows, races, and other activities for car enthusiasts throughout the year. SOUTH WILLIAMSON The Mingo-Pike Car Club hosts monthly car cruise-in events at the Southside Mall in South Williamson on the first Saturday of every month through Oct. 3. The club hosted its first car and truck show at the mall on Aug. 15, offering various prizes to winners. Members hope to make it an annual event. For details, call Mingo-Pike Car Club member Peanut Bowen at 606-353-1381 or Butch Leedy at 606237-8308 or visit the club’s Facebook page. JENKINS The Jenkins Cruise-in brings car enthusiasts together in the Jenkins City Park in Letcher County on the first Saturday of every month from May through October.

Activities begin at approximately 4 p.m. and club members are actively involved in participating in and promoting other local car shows. For details, call 606-855-7827 or 606-821-8401 or visit the Jenkins Cruise-in Facebook page. PIKEVILLE Pikeville pulls out all of the stops for Muscle on Main, which features two days of activities on the second weekend of every month from May through October. Muscle on Main, hosted by the city of Pikeville, the Good Ole Boys Car Club, and other sponsors, attracts visitors from throughout the U.S. It begins with a block party at approximately 7 p.m. on the second Friday in the Riverfill Arena on Main Street, featuring music, food, car shows and/or cruise-in events, and burnout competitions. Every second Saturday, the Muscle on Main Cruisein is held from noon to 5 p.m. on Main Street. Activities include Hot Wheels drag racing for kids, remote control racing , vendors and other events. The Street Light Challenge begins at approximately 5 p.m. in the Riverfill Arena. Drivers of all makes and models are invited to participate. Admission to all events are free, but registration fees are required for drag racing. Seating is available for up EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY


to 2,500 people in the arena. ELKHORN CITY Drivers may register to race at http://visitpikeville. The Elkhorn City Cruizer Car Club hosts car shows com. For details, call the city’s Executive Director of and cruise-in events in Elkhorn City on the third SatTourism Larry McGaughy at 606-616-2824. urday of every month. For details, visit the group’s Facebook page. PAINTSVILLE It’s easy to find people who love cars in Johnson County. The East Kentucky Gearheads club hosts “Paintsville Cruiz’n” events on Main St., Paintsville, on every third Saturday of the month, from April through September. Each event is themed, highlighting different types of cars each month. A recent event highlighted Corvettes and another event, themed “Primer Alley,” will feature “rat rods,” unfinished projects, and a swap meet for visitors. This club donates funds to numerous charities and hosts events to help nonprofit groups. The group invites special needs children to its annual Ride with a Pal cruise-in in Archer Park in Prestonsburg and participates in the annual Ronald McDonald Charity Cruise-in in Louisa. It also hosts a Snowball Cruise from Paintsville to Louisa every January. For details, visit the group’s Facebook page.



HAGER HILL The Paintsville-Prestonsburg Combs Field Airport kicked off its drag racing season in May, and the fun continues through September. The Combs Airport Armdrop Drags attract huge audiences and many participants. Admission is $5 per person and free to children age 12 and under. Drivers may race for $25. For details, visit the Combs Airport Armdrop Drags Facebook page. WHITESBURG Hundreds of mini-trucks and thousands of people flock to 226 Medical Plaza Lane in Whitesburg for Heritage 2K. The three-day car show, highlighted annually in national magazines, is packed with entertainment, contests and events. Admission is free for spectators and

primitive camping is also available free of charge. The fun begins with a police-led “Rail N Cruise” and activities continue throughout the weekend. It even features a “Truck Limbo” competition. Drivers are permitted to “drag anywhere you want all over town.” Every year, organizers give away a custom vehicle at this show. One lucky raffle drawing winner will drive away in a decked-out truck that will be given away. For details, visit the Heritage 2K on Facebook or call 865-745-9680.

Officials at each of these venues regularly update their Facebook pages.

THE GOOD OLE’ BOYS RODS & CRUISERS CAR CLUB This car club has been going strong for a number of years, with members regularly participating in local car shows, cruise-in events and other activities. It hosts its annual car show during Hillbilly Days to raise funds for the Shriners. This club sponsors Muscle on Main in Pikeville and LOUISA sponsors and participates in car shows throughout the Wendy’s Restaurant in Louisa hosts the Country Mu- region. sic Highway Cruise-in Car Show every June. Another For details, call 606-477-8073 or visit the club’s cruise-in is held on Independence Day. Facebook page. For details about the event in June, call 606-6380043. For details about the July event, call 606-638- APPALACHIAN STREET RODS Floyd County residents Rose and Neil Lester start4646. ed Appalachian Street Rods this year with the hope of SALYERSVILLE raising enough funds to host a “blowout” celebration The car club scene is alive and well in Magoffin Coun- for underprivileged and special needs children in the ty, where the Licking River Kruizers hosts monthly region. cruise-in events in downtown Salyersville. The couple has helped organize Muscle on Main For details and updates about these shows, visit the events in Pikeville for years. club’s Facebook page. For details, email appalachianstreetrods@yahoo. com, visit the group’s Facebook page, or call 606-226RACE VENUES 5616. Note: Car shows and cruise-in events may be changed at some Eastern Kentucky is also home to some very popular locations due to inclement weather. Please refer to each group’s Facedirt track racing venues. book page or website for regularly updated information. They include the 201 Speedway in Sitka in Johnson County, the Appalachian Speedway & MX Park in Tomahawk in Martin County, and, in Letcher County, the Lucky 7 Speedway, located at 6290 Hwy. 7 North in Whitesburg and the Mountaineer Kartway in Isom. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY




Outdoor activities in Southeast Kentucky

estled in the foothills of Appalachia, Eastern Kentucky has a vast expanse of natural beauty. Its hillsides are rich in native trees, plants, and wildlife, and Eastern Kentucky communities are full opportunities for outdoor adventures. From hiking along scenic mountain peaks and among the trees in old growth forests, to riding ATVs or horses, to zip lining or white water rafting — if it’s outdoors and adventurous, it’s Eastern Kentucky. Here are just a few of the local outdoor adventures available:

FLOYD COUNTY Jenny Wiley State Resort Park & Dewey Lake: The Kentucky Department of Parks opened this park in 1954. Today, it’s still one of Floyd County’s premiere attractions, nestled among the picturesque mountainscape of Eastern Kentucky alongside the 1,150-acre Dewey Lake. It has lodge rooms, cottages, a dining area, a large convention center, a golf course, a campground, and the famous Jenny Wiley Theatre’s amphitheater. The park’s recreation department hosts numerous activities and events throughout the year. Visitors may rent pontoon boats or canoes; fish; enjoy 72


free line dancing at the campground; take an elk tour or a guided canoe trip; take leisurely or strenuous hikes or mountain bike rides on up to 60 miles of recreational trails; visit the nature center, or picnic at the Dewey Dam Recreational Area. For details, visit the park’s Facebook page. German Bridge Campground: Located on Rt. 194 along the tail waters of the Dewey Lake, this site offers primitive and modern camping , fishing , canoeing , a horse barn, and miles of scenic trails. The Big Sandy Trail Riders Club hosts several trail rides at German Bridge each year. For details, visit or call 606-874-1150. Prestonsburg Equine Center: This facility, located on StoneCrest, regularly hosts horse shows. It offers a lighted show ring , bleacher seating , a warm-up ring , easily-accessible bathrooms, and a concessions area, as well as a large stables area. For details, visit the center’s Facebook page or call 606-886-6162. The Prestonsburg Sportspark: Located near the equine center at StoneCrest, this park offers state-ofthe-art athletic fields for soccer, baseball, softball, and little league events. For details, call 606-886-6390.

Archer Park: Complete with a skating rink, picnic areas, tennis courts, basketball courts, a swimming pool, a veteran’s memorial, and other amenities, Archer Park attracts thousands of visitors to Prestonsburg every year. For details, call 606-886-6390. Thunder Ridge Racing and Entertainment Complex: Eastern Kentucky residents and visitors enjoy watching live harness racing at this facility, located on Rt. 3 in Prestonsburg. For details, call 606886-7223 or visit Thunder Ridge Harness on Facebook. StoneCrest Golf Course: Situated on 700 acres, StoneCrest’s 18hole course offers some of the finest views in Prestonsburg , and its golf course is considered to be one of the best in Kentucky. It features a pro shop, club repairs, practice green, driving range, clubhouse, and

lounge. For details, visit the course’s JOHNSON COUNTY Facebook page. Paintsville Lake State Park: Paul Hunt Thompson Golf Located in Staffordville, this park Course: This nine-hole golf course, offers 1,140 acres for boating , skiwhich opened in Allen in 1929, ing , fishing , camping , picnic shelis Floyd County’s oldest, offer- ters, and a full-service marine that ing many amenities. It is a favorite includes a restaurant and catering course for many locals, who have service. For details, call 606-297played golf there for years. For de- 8488. tails, call 606-874-2837. Kiwanis Walking Trail: Located Jenny Wiley Executive Golf near the Mountain Homeplace in Course: This nine-hole course, lo- Paintsville, this 1.6-mile trail offers cated at Jenny Wiley State Resort scenic views of Paintsville Lake. It’s Park, is open daily. It’s operated by a favorite trail for many locals. For the StoneCrest Golf Course. For details, call 606-297-6312. details, call 606-889-1966. Paintsville Golf & Country Other parks: There are numer- Club: The clubhouse at this 18-hole ous other community parks in Floyd golf course was built by the Works County, including the Elk Run Progress Administration in 1939, Park, offering numerous hiking and but the golf course opened 10 years picnic opportunities in McDowell, prior. It features rolling fairways, the Stumbo Park in Allen, the Min- two lakes, and a swinging bridge. nie Park in Minnie, and others. For details, call 606-789-4234.







River Excursion: The grave of pioneer Jenny Wiley is located in River on Rt. 3224 in Johnson County. The path to the gravesite is blacktopped and parking is available at the River Fire Department. River is also the birthplace of musician Hylo Brown and it’s where travelers will find the Forest and Maxine Preston Memorial pedestrian bridge. Dawkins Line Rail Trail: This 18-mile walking , biking , and horse-riding trail spans from Hager Hill to Royalton in Magoffin County. It features 24 trestles and the famed Gun Creek Tunnel. For bike rentals, call 606-886-8604.


Skatepark and swimming pool: Visitors can drop off a halfpipe at this facility, which is open seven days a week in Hindman, and then refresh with a dip in the pool. Knott County Sportsplex: Built on previously-mined land, this 66,000 sq. ft. facility offers five basketball courts, and eight-lane bowling alley, arcade, baseball batting cages and outdoor fields, a fitness room, indoor walking track, a conference room, sports museum, sports shop and concession areas. For details, call 606-785-5932.


Yatesville Lake and Lawrence County Park: Located on a 2,300-acre reservoir, Yatesville Lake offers a little something for everyone. The park offers primitive and modern camping , a conference center, private cabins, picnic shelters, a music pavilion, basketball courts, an amphitheater, a full service marina, and a Mine Made Paradise Park: This facility in Leburn, beach area at the lake. For details, call 606-673-1166. complete with an ATV Safety and Training Center, ofEagle Ridge Golf Course: This top-rated, 18-hole fers access to more than 100 miles of trails for motorcycles, ATVs, and horse rides. Annual events are held golf course, located at Yatesville Lake, is one of Easthere throughout the year, attracting thousands of peo- ern Kentucky’s best courses, offering scenic views and ple from all over the country. For details, visit http:// plenty of amenities. For details, call 606-673-4300. Louisa Pool Complex: This facility, operated by the Elk Tour: Knott County prides itself as the “Elk city of Louisa, offers a municipal pool, picnic shelters, Capital of the East,” and there’s no better place to find and a basketball court. For details, call 606-638-4050. them. Elk tours are offered in the county by the Saddle Up Elk Tours (606-642-3656), Jenny Wiley State Re- LETCHER COUNTY sort Park (606-889-1790), and Buckhorn State Resort Fish Pond Lake: Located on 895 acres at Little LauPark (606-398-7510). rel Park at Payne Gap, Fishpond Lake offers plenty of Carr Creek State Park and Lake: This 29-acre park and 710-acre lake is a prime location for fishing , swimming , camping , or enjoying a picnic with family and friends. For details, call 606-642-4050.

fishing , access to the Roger Breeding ATV trailhead,





an RV park, primitive camping , and boating. It’s the view Letcher County’s Pound Gap cut through, locatperfect place to spend the day with family and friends. ed south of Jenkins on the Ky/Va. border. This area was the first designated “Distinguished Geologic Site” Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail: This unique in Kentucky. A fault bisects the mountain and the linear state park, with trail heads accessible in several opening made by weather and erosion made it easier counties, spans 120 miles from the Breaks Interstate for early pioneers to travel through. Park in Pike County’s Elkhorn City to the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. The Highlands portion of Lilley Cornett Woods: A registered national landthe trail stretches 14 miles from U.S. 119 in Letcher mark, the Lilley Cornett Woods is the largest old County to U.S. 23. Portions of this trail follows the growth forest in this part of Kentucky. Eastern Kenridge of Pine Mountain and leads hikers to mountain tucky University uses this 554-acre forest as a research treasures, like the famous Eagle Arch, Eagles Nest and station and living natural history museum. Guided Chained Rock. Work is being done to connect this tours are available. For details, call 606-633-5828. trail to the Great Eastern Trail, which spans through Pioneer Horse Trail: This trail follows the ridge several states. For details on all the attractions along of Pine Mountain between Whitesburg and Cumberthis trail, visit land, spanning 25 miles. Parking is available near the Little Shepherd Trail: Made famous by the book, Rt. 1679 junction on U.S. 119. For details on stable “Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come” by John Fox Jr., services, call 606-848-2766 or 606-233-3674. this trail runs 17 miles from the top of Pine MounRoger Breeding ATV Trail: Located at Fishpond tain and follows the mountain ridge to the Harlan Lake in Payne Gap, this trail system offers 25 miles for County line. It’s accessible from U.S. 119 at the top of riding , and camping is also available in the area. For Pine Mountain — where the Highlands Portion of the details, call Derek Barto at 606-633-2129. Pine Mountain Trail and the 4,849-acre Hensley-Pine Mountain Wildlife Management Area is also acces- Raven Rock Golf Course: One of the region’s most sible. Vehicles are permitted on the Little Shepherd challenging golf courses, Raven Rock offers an elevatTrail. ed, 18-hole course with mountaintop views. It has a clubhouse, driving range, and a full service restaurant Bad Branch Falls State Nature Preserve: This and banquet facility. For details, call 606-832-2955. 2,639-acre nature preserve, located on Hwy. 932, offers a mile-long hike through the Bad Branch Gorge. Ernest Cook Memorial Park: Located just off This area provides access to the Pike Mountain Trail, Hwy. 15 in Whitesburg , this park offers softball fields and the short one-mile hike along the gorge will take and space for little league baseball and T-ball. visitors to Bad Branch Falls, a 60-foot waterfall on Pine Riverside Park: Located just of U.S. 23 in WhitesMountain. A seven-mile hike in this area takes visitors burg , Riverside Park is a favorite local gathering place to High Rock, a huge sandstone located at the top of for Letcher County residents. Several events and festhe mountain with an elevation of 3,000 feet. tivals are held there throughout the year. It features a Pound Gap: People travel from all over the U.S. to walking track, playground, a stage, picnic shelters, and 78


other amenities. Visitors have easy access to the river Inez River Walking Trail: Located just off Hwy. at this park. For details, call Derek Barto at 606-633- 908 in downtown Inez, this trail spans under two 2129. bridges. A shelter is available on this trail. For details, call 606-298-2800. Letcher County Recreational Center: Letcher County officials invested in the community when they Promise Trail: This unique, one-mile trail, locatbuilt this 44,000 sq. ft. facility in Whitesburg. It of- ed off of Hwy. 908 in Inez, offers a small church-style fers a three-story climbing wall, six-lane bowling alley, gazebo and Bible verses decorating the trail. Visitors multi-purpose g ymnasium, playground, party rooms, may park at the Roy F. Collier Community Center and arcades, concession stands, table tennis, simulators for walk up the hill to access the trail. For details, call 606hunting and golf, an indoor walking track and classes 298-2800. for Zumba, g ymnastics and step aerobics. For details, Warfield Walking Trail: Located just off of Hwy. call 606-633-7027. 2033, this 1.3-mile trail is located at the Warfield Riverfront Park, providing scenic views of the city’s MAGOFFIN COUNTY historic railroad bridge. Boat ramp access and picnic Ramey Memorial Park: Located in Salyersville, tables are available along this trail. For details, call this park offers a walking track, picnic shelters, a play- 606-298-2800. ground, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a swimming pool. This park is connected to the Magoffin Pigeon Roost: This park offers a community center, County Historical Society’s Pioneer Village, a group an outdoor stage and shelter in Martin County. For of authentic log homes filled with antiques and Civil details, call 606-298-2800. War memorabilia. Kingfisher Branch Trail: As Martin County’s newDawkins Line Rail Trail: This 18-mile walking , biking , and horse-riding trail spans from Hager Hill to Royalton in Magoffin County. It features 24 trestles and the famed Gun Creek Tunnel. For bike rentals, call 606-886-8604.

est walking trail, this one-mile loop overlaps the Promise Trail. The challenging hike offers scenic views of the area, and it gives hikers a glimpse of a small waterfall. Log cabins are being added to the top of the trail.

Elk Trail and Viewing Stations: Fencing and interpretive signs have been placed near the Cloud Nine MARTIN COUNTY Restaurant at the Big Sandy Region Airport in Martin Martin County Lake & Reservoir: Also known as County to give people the opportunity to see elk that the Crum Reservoir, this lake is on Hwy. 908, about often visit the area. two miles outside of Inez. It’s a water supply reservoir Paradise Mountain Pay Lake: Open April to Ocfor the city, so swimming is not permitted. An unpaved tober. For details, call 606-298-3900. launching ramp is available. Ray Field Water Park: Located on KY 40. For deMilo Lake: Located on Hwy. 1884, this lake offers tails, call 606-298-2800. fishing for bass, bluegill, crappie, sunfish and channel catfish. Swimming is not permitted.



PIKE COUNTY Fishtrap Lake State Park: Spanning 1,131 acres, Fishtrap Lake features the highest dam in Eastern Kentucky. The park offers scenic views, boating , skiing , hiking , fishing , camping , horseback riding , and other adventures. Archaeologists discovered 33 prehistoric Native American sites at Fishtrap. More than 65,000 artifacts were uncovered, and some of them are on display in Pikeville. For details, call 606-437-7496. Pike County Horse Trail: This trail system, formerly known as the South Lake Horse Trail System at Lick Creek, offers a campground and picnic area. Annual rides are held on this non-motorized trail system. Breaks Interstate Park: The 4,600-acre joint state park, created between Kentucky and Virginia in 1954, offers lake-side cabins, lodge rooms, cottages, camping sites, a conference center, an amphitheater, 25 miles of hiking trails, 12 miles of biking trails, a visitor’s center, the Splash in the Park waterpark, and, among many other amenities, the Rhododendron Restaurant. Known as the “Grand Canyon of the South,” the Breaks is one of only two interstate parks in America, and it was named because of the break in Pine Mountain, which was created by the Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River. Park officials host numerous events throughout the year, including three-day music events, guided hiking tours, heritage demonstrations, and other activities. For details, visit Russell Fork River: A designated Kentucky Blue Water Trail, the Russell Fork is what Kentucky Afield Magazine characterized as “one mean, determined stream.” It stretches 16 miles from Haysi, Virginia, to Elkhorn City and offers majestic views of rock formations through Pine Mountain. The river carved a canyon through the mountain that is over file miles long and 1,600 feet deep — the largest canyon east of the Mississippi River. The river, lined with huge boulders, 80


offers some of the most challenging whitewater rapids in the southeastern part of the country. The U.S.A. Wildwater Team Trials have been held on this river several times, bringing kayakers from all over the world to the Breaks Park and Elkhorn City. Whitewater events, including the well-known “Lord of the Fork” race, are held on the Russell Fork every week in October. For details on the river flow, visit Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail: This unique linear state park links Pike County with Letcher County along what’s called the Birch Knob Section of the 120-mile Pine Mountain Trail. It spans about 28 miles through the mountain, offering scenic views and shelter areas from Pike County to Letcher County. It’s accessible from Carson Island in Elkhorn City. Work is being done to connect this trail to the Great Eastern Trail, which spans through several states. For details on all the attractions along this trail, visit TransAmerica Bike Trail: Elkhorn City is home to part of the Trans American Bike Trail, a 41,399-mile route that begins in Oregon on the Pacific coast and travels through Elkhorn City and into Virginia, where it meets the Atlantic coast. Hundreds of people from all over the country travel through Elkhorn City on this route, Bicycle Route 76. There are 700 miles of this bike trail in Kentucky. Pikeville-Cut Thru: Leaders in the city of Pikeville have created a scenic overlook at Bob Amos Park for this engineering marvel, dubbed “the eighth wonder of the world” by the New York Times when it was constructed in the 1970s and 1980s. Created to ease flooding issues in the city, this project required the removal of 18 million cubic yards of rock from Peach Orchard Mountain. That debris was used as fill, creating 400 acres of developable land. The project also created a channel through which the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River flows. The overlook area features nu-

merous picnic shelters and other amenities for visitors. nis courts, soccer fields, walking trails and tracks, a dog park, and other attractions. For details, visit http:// For details, visit Bob Amos Horse Trail: Spanning more than two miles on the mountain at Bob Amos, this scenic trail is Grants Branch Park: This man-made lake in Stone strategically located near Dreamz Stables, which offers features more than 11 acres of water for fishing and boarding services, guided trail rides, pony rides, and boating , shelters, a cabin, a nature trail, and a handother services. The city of Pikeville is in the process icapped-accessible fishing pier. For details, call 606of constructing a horse show ring near the Dog Park 237-5100. at Bob Amos to extend services to horse enthusiasts in Hatfield McCoy Geotrail: Geocachers can enjoy the area. For details, visit or a scenic adventure that offers hundreds of caches in Dreamz Stables on Facebook. several locations, stretching from historic downtown Hatfield-McCoy River Trails: Visitors can enjoy areas affiliated with the Hatfield-McCoy Feud to wilkayaking , canoeing and tubing on guided and unguid- derness areas. The Big Sandy Area Geocachers are ed routes of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River among the throngs of GPS-wielding treasure hunters right in the heart of Pikeville. Hatfield-McCoy River who regularly enjoy this geotrail, which also stretches Trails offers kayak, canoe and tube rentals, and this through neighboring Mingo County, W.Va. A geotrail section of river is family-friendly. Shuttle services are event is held during Labor Day weekend, and there’s available at Thompson Road River Access, behind Tex- also an ATV Geotrail nearby. For details, visit http:// as Roadhouse. For details, visit http://visitpikeville. or http://hatfieldmccoygeotrail. com. com. White Lightning Zip Line: The city of Pikeville added its newest adventure, the White Lightning Zip Line, at Bob Amos Park during Hillbilly Days, 2015. On this tour, adventure-seekers sail through eight zip lines that zig-zag down the side of the mountain at Bob Amos. Safety equipment is provided and some age and weigh restrictions apply. For details, visit Other Bob Amos attractions: In addition to horse trails, zip lining and other activities, Bob Amos Park is home to an RV Park and the Pikeville Area YMCA, which operates a paintball facility and numerous indoor exercise rooms and programs, ball courts, and other amenities. Visitors may also enjoy the Randy Jones Memorial Playground, an all-accessible playground that was specially built for children with all types of physical challenges. Bob Amos also offers ten-

Elk Run Golf Course: This 18-hole public golf course, recently named in honor of founder Jack Sykes, offers scenic views, a pro shop and snack bar, as well as a practice green on Lower John’s Creek Rd. in Pikeville. For details, call 606-437-0339. Green Meadow County Club: Located on North Mayo Trail, just off U.S. 23 in Pikeville, this private country club offers a Par 70 Golf Course, swimming pool and full service dining and catering. For details, visit the club’s Facebook page. The list of outdoor adventures in Eastern Kentucky is quite long , and it’s getting longer, with plans underway to add even more attractions in the months and years to come. Martin County, for example, is developing a plan that would create ATV, biking , hiking , and horse-riding trails, among other activities. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY




Fishing Opportunities in Southeastern Kentucky

f your idea of a great time is grabbing a rod and reel and hitting the lake or river in your free time, then look no further than Southeast Kentucky. Southeast Kentucky is home to numerous lakes, ponds, and rivers that contain numerous species of game fish. Whether you’re chasing after bass, catfish, trout, walleye, or panfish, Southeast Kentucky has angling opportunities for you. LARGEMOUTH BASS With lakes such as Fishtrap, Dewey, Paintsville, Carr Fork, Fishpond, and Yatesville all located within the region, Largemouth Bass anglers have no shortage of locations to pursue ole’ bigmouth. There are also a number of local lakes and ponds full of largemouth open to the public dotted throughout Southeast Kentucky. If fishing from a bass boat is your choice, the major reservoirs in the area will provide miles and miles of water to ply while in search of largemouth. Fishtrap Lake in Pike County and Yatesville Lake in Lawrence County host the best population of largemouth bass, but other area lakes shouldn’t be overlooked. Largemouth bass in excess of 8lbs have been caught in Fishtrap and Yatesville Lakes, and numerous 82


5-6 pound plus fish can be caught at any of the above mentioned lakes. If fishing from a kayak, canoe, or small johnboat, Southeast Kentucky has plenty of small lakes and ponds to fulfill your needs. Fishpond Lake in Letcher County is a beautiful smaller lake that offers excellent fishing for largemouth bass of up to 10 pounds. The lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout as well, giving the largemouth a high protein diet enabling them to grow larger. Be cautious and stealthy, the water at Fishpond is extremely clear, making it easy to spook largemouth during daylight hours. Your odds will be greatly increased of catching a bruiser largemouth by fishing low-light hours and at dark at Fishpond Lake. There are also other smaller lakes that offer great largemouth action. Grants Branch located at Stone in Pike County, The Pikeville City Lake in Pikeville, The Jenkins City Lake in Jenkins, and the Laurel Lake at the Breaks Interstate Park all offer a chance to chase big largemouth from a kayak, canoe, or small jonboat. These are just a few of the many small bodies of water that are available to paddle and fish in Southeastern Kentucky.

SMALLMOUTH BASS If you love to chase after ole’ bronzeback, Southeast Kentucky is a smallmouth heaven. All you need to fish for smallmouth here are an old pair of sneakers, a pair of swimming trunks, a rod and reel and hit one of the many smallmouth streams that are found in the region. The Levisa Fork, Russell Fork, Tug Fork, and North Fork of the Kentucky rivers are all located within the region and boast an excellent native population of smallmouth bass. These rivers, in addition to numerous other small creeks and streams, make smallmouth fishing very accessible. The Levisa and Tug Forks of the Big Sandy both begin in Pike County and meander their way north and meet in Louisa to form the Big Sandy. Smallmouth fishing is often better in the upper stretches of these rivers, but there are isolated sections of smallmouth all the way to Louisa. Both rivers can be easily floated in either a kayak or canoe and wading opportunities are plentiful. The City of Pikeville offers kayak rentals and a shuttle service throughout the summer season along an 8 ½ mile stretch of the Levisa Fork. For more information, visit The Russell Fork River in Pike County also offers

great smallmouth action. The river runs from the KY/ VA line near the Breaks Interstate Park to the Millard community where it joins with the Levisa Fork. Unlike the Levisa and Tug Forks, the Russell Fork (especially in its upper reaches) is an unforgiving river. If you float any above Elkhorn City, be prepared for Class 3+ rapids and very swift currents. Those floating or wading should wear a life vest as there are many steep drop offs and a strong undertow current in this river. The river becomes gentler the further downstream it flows, but caution should still be taken. Also recommended are a sturdy pair of wading boots. The bottom of the river is characterized by large and slippery boulders that can easily sprain or trap an ankle. With the proper precautions, the Russell Fork offers plenty of whitewater smallmouth action. The North Fork of the Kentucky River in Letcher County offers 15 miles of wading and floating opportunities for smallmouth. In low summer flows, the North Fork can be difficult to float as it is a smaller stream than the ones mentioned above. For more information about smallmouth streams, visit



TROUT If grabbing a fly rod and presenting a small fly to a rising trout is your game, Southeast Kentucky has quite a few options for you. The tailwaters of most area lakes are all stocked at different times of the year with rainbow trout, with the Paintsville Lake tailwater having brown trout as well. Fishtrap, Dewey, Yatesville, and Carr Fork lake tailwaters are all stocked throughout the cooler parts of the year and offer an angler an excellent chance of catching good numbers of rainbows. There are also many streams and rivers stocked by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife throughout the area.



The Right and Left Fork of Beaver Creek in Floyd County are stocked with rainbow trout and offer a few miles of wading and fishing. It’s best to fish these creeks fall through spring if you want to catch of good number of rainbows. The Russell Fork River in Pike County is regularly stocked with rainbows and carries a good number of hold over fish that can grow up to 20�. In its upper reaches, even brown trout can be caught near the KY/ VA border. Paint Creek in Johnson County offers over 3 miles of both rainbow and brown trout fishing. Beginning at the Paintsville Lake spillway and going downstream, larger trout, especially some big brown trout, can be caught along this stretch. Letcher County is home to one of the very few native brook trout fisheries in Kentucky. The headwaters of the Poor Fork of the Cumberland River located at the base of Pine Mountain offer 3 miles of water containing native brook trout. This area is not to be mistaken with Bad Branch Creek, which holds brook trout but is off-limits to fishing. Please handle these fish with extra care and be sure to release them after you catch them. For more information on trout streams in Eastern Kentucky, visit For the trout stocking schedule for Kentucky, visit http ://f Credit: Ronnie Hilton



Hunting Opportunities in Southeastern Kentucky

he mountains... The emotions that stir in me at the thought of our little piece of Appalachia is hard to put into words. Have you ever stood atop a ridge, the warm updrafts blowing up the hill into your face? The sounds and smells of the holler wafting up on the wind. The sweet sassafras, wildflowers and a million other smells blend into a cacophony of pure perfection. The dirt even has a smell of its own, it smells like home. The fog fills the valley, giving the appearance of a mountain lake. Birds chirp and springs roll down the hills, forming branches that eventually run into the creeks that give life to the valleys. It’s amazing, beautiful and wild. Southeast Kentucky is a sportsmans paradise. Our deer herd is healthy, with more than a few trophy bucks roaming the hills and hollers. We have an early season (the first full weekend in September) which affords hunters a shot at a buck in velvet. Kentucky is very generous with tags, a hunter can kill up to 4 deer a season. Hunters get 1 buck and 3 does or all does. That’ll fill the freezer for the winter ahead. Hunters of all types have opportunity with all of the different seasons. We have archery, crossbow, muzzleloader and rifle specific season. The hardwood timber gives the treestand hunter an upper hand on old mossy horns. Many mast producing species are in our hills, giving the herd a natural food source. In early October, the bugles of bull elk can be heard echoing through the hollers. The elk herd of East Kentucky was hunted to extinction in the 1850’s, but due to a joint effort of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Shikar Safari Club, we have the largest herd east of the Mississippi. From 1997 to 2002, Elk were captured in the

West and transported to our mountain home. The estimated numbers of the herd are upwards of 10,000. It’s an awe inspiring experience to see one of these majestic beasts in the wild. If you’re one of the lucky ones and get drawn for a tag in the elk lottery, you are in for a treat! The eastern wild turkey also calls our hills home. The excitement of calling in a big gobbler and watching him spit and strut is incomparable. The turkey here are numerous. Hunters get two seasons to go after old longbeard. A spring season and a fall season. Hunters may use shotguns or archery equipment during either season. Small game hunting in Southeast Kentucky is amazing. Squirrel and rabbit hunting is great. Anyone who has ever walked through our hills can attest to the booming squirrel population. There is both a spring and fall squirrel season. The reclaimed strip mines offer many great opportunties for the rabbit hunter. Rabbit populations are good, despite the upswing in the coyote population. Coyote hunting is a great way to beat the out of season blues. ‘Yotes may be taken year around, with no limit. There is a night season for coyotes, which runs from Feb. 1-May 31. Shotguns are the only legal firearm for night hunting. There are also populations of dove, quail and pheasant in our mountain home. The trapping of furbearers is another part of mountain heritage. The hills, hollers, lakes and streams are full of game that sportsmen can hunt and trap. Get out, enjoy the mountains and fill your freezer with self-sustaining protein! Enjoy your visit to our moutain home and always remember, leave it like you found it and pack out what you pack in! Credit: Chad Webb EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY



astern Kentucky residents know how to celebrate their heritage and culture, with lively annual festivals held throughout the year. There’s something for everyone at these local events:


A FESTIVAL FOR EVERY SEASON Celebrating our culture and heritage

Hillbilly Days Festival: Pike County is home to the state’s second largest festival, the Hillbilly Days Festival, which is held in April in downtown Pikeville. Founded by Shriners Howard “Dirty Ears” Stratton and the late “Shady” Grady Kinney and coordinated by the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce with assistance from the city of Pikeville, Pike County, and numerous organizations and businesses, this festival attracts more than 150,000 people to Pikeville every spring. And there’s a reason for it. People love hillbillies and their silly antics! With more than 300 vendors, this festival features plenty of food, arts, crafts, a large carnival, a parade, a quilt show, activities for children, live music on several stages and, best of all, hundreds of hillbillies, who travel from all over the country just to be a part of it. They put on their hillbilly best, doll up their jalopies, and travel to Pikeville. Hillbilly Days serves as a fundraiser for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Shriner hillbillies sell their wares and collect donations that are given to the hospital, and portions of proceeds from vendor booth sales and other activities, like the annual “Run for the Children,” are also donated. It truly is a festival with a heart. For details, call 606-432-5504 or visit Hillbilly Days on Facebook. Hatfield-McCoy Heritage Days Festival: The popularity of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, a decades-long blood feud between families living in Pike County and Mingo County, W.Va. following the Civil War, sparked the creation of the Hatfield-McCoy Heritage Days Festival, held Labor Day weekend in downtown Pikeville. This event features a little bit of something for everybody, including live entertainment, arts and crafts, craft demonstrations a paintball



ball tournament between the Hatfields and McCoys, FLOYD COUNTY the annual “Ruff, Tuff, Cuss” obstacle course race, and Jenny Wiley Pioneer Festival: Thousands of other activities. For details, visit http://tourpikecounpeople travel to Floyd County on the second week of or October for the Jenny Wiley Pioneer Festival, held in Apple Blossom Festival: It wouldn’t be spring honor of Jenny Wiley, a courageous Eastern Kentuckiwithout the annual Apple Blossom Festival in Elkhorn an who escaped captivity from Native Americans during City. The Whitewater Shrine Club hosts this festival the region’s pioneer days. The festival offers live music every May to celebrate the community and raise funds from numerous bands on the downtown stage, arts and for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Visitors can ex- crafts vendors, food vendors, a carnival, a parade on pect to find plenty of live music, inflatables, Shriner Saturday, and a beauty pageant for children of all ages. train rides, food and craft vendors, a parade, and other New this year, the Richmond Pow-Wow Association activities. The Elkhorn City Woman’s Club also hosts will make its debut at the festival, performing authena pancake breakfast on the morning of the parade. For tic Native American rituals, dances and offer traditional details, visit the Elkhorn City Facebook page or call crafts. For details, visit the festival’s Facebook page. 606-754-5080. Kentucky Highland Folk Festival: The PrestonsKiwanis Fall Festival: The Kiwanis Club of Pikev- burg Tourism Convention & Visitor’s Bureau celeille, the Kiwanis Club of Coal Run, and affiliated KEY brates the region’s history with the Kentucky Highland Clubs from local schools host the Kiwanis Fall Festival Folk Festival, held in conjunction with the Battle of in downtown Pikeville every October. This event fea- Middle Creek Re-enactment during the second week tures hay rides, scavenger hunts, a pumpkin patch, and of September. Visitors who stop by the living history various activities. This is the Kiwanis Club’s biggest Civil War camp on the battlefield will also have the annual fundraiser, providing funds that helps the Ki- opportunity to listen to Appalachian music and enjoy wanis continue services to local youth and communi- clogging demonstrations and other activities. For deties. For details, visit the club’s Facebook page. tails, visit the tourism agency’s Facebook page.



Red, White & Blue Days Festival: The city of Martin shows its patriotic colors during the annual Red, White & Blue Days Festival, held on the third weekend of October. In its 46th year, the festival was created to honor and celebrate Eastern Kentucky veterans and, this year, it’s held in memory of festival founder Marcella Bailey. Festivities include a free dinner for veterans and their spouses, live entertainment, a carnival, arts and craft vendors, food vendors, a parade, a car show, and a pageant. For details, visit or the city tourism department’s Facebook page.

JOHNSON COUNTY or the festival’s Facebook page. Cumberland Festival: There’s only one place to find the annual Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival, and that’s on the grounds of Appalshop in downtown Whitesburg every June. This festival started in 1987 to celebrate the region’s Appalachian heritage. It features live music performed on stage, documentaries filmed by Appalshop, square dancing , arts and craft demonstrations, literary readings and other events. For details, visit the Appalshop Facebook page. The Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival: The last week of August marks a homecoming in Jenkins. The Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival, founded in 2007, celebrates the history of the city, which was founded as a coal mining town in 1912. This event features live entertainment by local, regional, and national talent, as well as family-friendly activities and other events. For details, visit the Jenkins Homecoming Days on Facebook.

Apple Days Festival: Thousands of people travel to Johnson County on the first weekend of October for the annual Apple Days Festival. In its 53rd year, Apple Days is a longstanding Eastern Kentucky tradition. This festival features more than 45 events and attractions, including a carnival, parade, arts and craft vendors from all over the country, car and bike shows, and, of course, plenty of fried apple pies and other ap- Neon Area Days Festival: The Neon Area Days ple-flavored goodies. For details, visit http://kyapple- committee organizes and hosts numerous events throughout the year, including the annual Neon Area Days Festival, held in September. Visitors can expect LETCHER COUNTY to find a themed “dress up” contest for children, live Mountain Heritage Festival: It started with a pig entertainment, a parade, and other activities. For deroast in 1983, and now, the Mountain Heritage Festi- tails, visit the Neon Area Days on Facebook or call val brings thousands of people into downtown Whites- 606-855-9026. burg every year. Held at the end of September, this week-long festival features arts and writing contests, photo contests, a carnival, food and craft vendors, live entertainment, arts and craft demonstrations, and the annual Mountain Idol singing competition, as well as plenty of other activities. For details, visit http:// 88


Blackey Day Festival: The community of Blackey welcomes old friends and family members back to town every October for the annual Blackey Day Festival. This homecoming event features live entertainment, food vendors, and various activities. For details, visit the Blackey Day Festival on Facebook.



Isom Days: The community of Isom in Letcher County brings festival goers back to the horse-trade days during its annual festival, held during Labor Day at the Isom Fairgrounds, a former stock sale. This event features arts and crafts, food vendors, a carnival, live entertainment, and professional rodeo shows. For details, visit the Isom Days Facebook page.


Christian concert on Sunday, and other activities. For details, visit

MAGOFFIN COUNTY Heritage Days: The Magoffin County Historical Society and the city of Salyersville bring young and old together for a cultural celebration during its annual Heritage Days festival. Formerly known as the Founders Day festival, this event is held in September, featuring live entertainment, a parade, and historic exhibitions, right in the heart of Salyersville, where the Pioneer Village, a collection of authentic log cabins, are on display. For details, call 606-349-2409.

Coal Miner’s Bluegrass Festival: Lawrence County honors coal miners with the annual Coal Miner’s Bluegrass Festival on the first weekend in August. Those who love bluegrass music gather at the Lawrence County Park at Pleasant Ridge, located on the Magoffin County Community Day: In its 12th shores of Yatesville Lake, for two days of live music year, the Magoffin County Community Day welcomes and activities. Camping is available. For details, visit visitors to the Ramey Memorial Park in Salyersville or call 606-673-1166 or for live entertainment. This day-long event, held every 606-638-4102. August, features music from local and regional bands Septemberfest: There’s nothing like September- and other activities. This event, sponsored by Salyersfest, the festival that prides itself as the “Best Little ville National Bank, raises funds for several nonprofit Festival in Kentucky.” Held the weekend after Labor organizations. Admission is required for adults, but Day in Louisa, this street festival features live enter- the event is free to children under the age of 12. For tainment, arts and craft vendors, more than 100 food details, call 606-349-3131. vendors, a carnival, a fishing tournament, a pageant, a





Gingerbread Festival: There’s only one place to find the world’s largest gingerbread man, and that’s in the community of Hindman in Knott County on the first Thursday after Labor Day every September. They pull out all the stops while celebrating the mountain tradition of “encouraging” people to vote at this festival, offering , of course, plenty of gingerbread, arts and crafts, live music, and other activities. For details, visit or call 606-7855329.

Martin County Harvest Festival: The Kiwanis Club of Greater Martin County welcomes visitors into the community of Inez every fall for the annual Martin County Harvest Festival. This event, once held during the second week of October, has been moved to September, in hopes the weather will be more cooperative for festival-goers. Held behind the county courthouse, the festival features games and activities, karaoke and “hollering” contests, dancing , music, food and craft vendors, hayrides, a beauty pageant, a pet contest and local talent. For details, call 606-395-6423 or visit the Appalachia Day: Alice Lloyd College welcomes the Kiwanis Club of Greater Martin County on Facebook. public to its mountain get-away on the second weekend of October for its annual Appalachia Day. This festival features traditional mountain music, exhibits, crafts, and demonstrations by Appalachian craftsmen. For details, call 606-368-2101.





The Grand Canyon of the South

re you looking for adventure? Or maybe a place to sit back and relax? We’ve got that and more at Breaks Park, the Grand Canyon of the South. You’ll find six stunning overlooks offering views of the deepest river gorge east of the Mississippi River, the Russell Fork River, and mountain ranges in two states. But that’s just the beginning ! If you’re looking for excitement, you’ll love experiencing up to class-five rapids on the Russell Fork River. There are more than 13 miles of hiking trails and 10 miles of developed biking trails with different levels of difficulty, and if you’re into geocaching ,



you’ll be excited to learn there are more than 60 caches hidden in and around the park. Pedaling around Laurel Lake on water bikes is always fun, or take your fishing pole to hone your angling skills. The water park, Splash! in the Park, offers a current channel, four water slides, splash pads, an in-pool volleyball court and more. A new addition to the programming schedule is Elk Tours, planned on select dates in the spring and fall — peak viewing times for the nearby herd. Events such as the Tri-State Gospel Sing during Labor Day weekend, Nature Weekend in September, and the Appalachian Heritage Festival in October are

visitor favorites, but interpretive programs, music performances, and special events planned throughout the season offer enjoyment for visitors of all ages. Looking for a good campsite? A room? A cottage in the woods? A cabin by the lake with a hot tub? They’ve got all that too! Whether you’re planning a day trip, a weekend get away, or a week-long vacation with us, it’ll be wonderfully memorable! For more information about the park, lodging , and events and programs, please visit the website at


DAWKINS LINE TRAIL Kentucky’s longest recreational rail trail



n the 1960s, a movement was born. Railroads were abandoning many miles of rail, just as Americans were embracing more outdoor activities, including walking , bicycling and horseback riding. The Rails-toTrails movement gained momentum across the country, and eventually Congress enacted a federal law to help fund rail trails. In 2013, The Dawkins Line Trail was opened, following the Dawkins rail line which ran from Hager Hill to Evanston. The scenic, multi-use trail spans 18 miles across Johnson and Magoffin Counties, and is Kentucky’s longest recreational rail trail. Originally constructed in the early 1900’s to transport timber sourced by the Dawkins Timber Company, the reclaimed trail is now a haven for a variety of trail enthusiasts. Bikers, horseback riders and hikers count the 662 foot, Gun-Creek Tunnel and 24 trestles along the path, among the many captivating aspects of the trail. The trail has been widely promoted for its tourism potential, and the response has been far greater than local residents anticipated. Locals and visitors alike revisit the trail time and time again to experience all that the area has to offer. As with all of Southeastern Kentucky, autumn is a particular-

ly beautiful time to visit the Trail. Expanses of red, orange and gold foliage line the paths and further illuminate the Trail’s unparalleled beauty. During the summer months, visitors will marvel at the highest biodiversity in North America. But take heed – early morning is purported to be the best time to experience the trail in the hottest part of the season. Elk viewing is just one opportunity the Dawkins Trail affords, along with an incredible variety of native animals and plants. Winter offers a spectacular view of native birds, and when the trees are bare, views are exponentially increased. No matter your seasonal preference, Dawkins Line Trail is an absolute must for all outdoor lovers. Nestled between two of southeast Kentucky’s finest counties, and with future plans to expand to a 36 mile trail, the opportunity to see the unique beauty of the Appalachian Mountains beckons everyone, from experienced hikers and horseback riders, to casual strollers and bicycle enthusiasts. Hiking , biking , and horseback riding are allowed on the Dawkins Line Trail. Easy access is off State Route 825 approximately one mile west of Mill Creek Road in Johnson County.





Growing industry in Southeast Kentucky

astern Kentucky is open for business. Whether it be manufacturing, medicine or mining, industry plays a vital role in the region’s economy. And with infrastructure already in place and many improvements in the works, Eastern Kentucky can serve as a new home for businesses looking to relocate. Eastern Kentucky has come a long way from the days when it was considered a geographically isolated region, with a rugged terrain and few facilities, leaving it unapproachable by modern industry. Today, the region boasts a modern highway system, all necessary utilities, a highly-skilled workforce, and plenty of available industrial park space. Further improvements are also on the way. The Mountain Parkway Expansion will close the final link in a statewide east-west corridor, running from Pikeville to Paducah. And the “Kentucky iWay” broadband project will bring world-class, high-speed internet to Eastern Kentucky.

NO LONGER ISOLATED While the terrain of the Appalachian Mountains once kept Eastern Kentucky cut off from the rest of the world, that is no longer the case. Significant strides have been made over the past 50 years which have the region connected to the rest of the world. The most notable and immediately recognizable of those improvements is the system of modern highways crisscrossing the mountains. The region is now just as accessible as any other part of the country. Coupled with modern airport facilities and an extensive rail sys96


tem, the mountains no longer pose barriers to transportation. With its abundance of natural resources, Eastern Kentucky is the heart of the nation’s energ y production sector. In fact, easy access to low-cost energ y helped Kentucky rank as number-one for “cost of doing business” and number-four for “cost of living” in CNBC’s “America’s Top States for Business.” And Eastern Kentucky’s central location makes it an ideal spot for many industries. Surrounded by automobile manufacturers and centered within easy reach of the vast majority of the country’s population, the region is a strategic location for businesses looking to serve both industrial and consumer markets. Perhaps that is why a number of industries already call Eastern Kentucky home, including those associated with chemical manufacturing, healthcare, natural gas, petroleum refining and primary metals.

MOUNTAIN PARKWAY The final gap in Eastern Kentucky’s transportation picture will soon be closed, with the Mountain Parkway Expansion. The project will upgrade a 46-mile section of two-lane road to a modern, four-lane highway. Completion of the entire expansion is expected in 2020. When finished, the Mountain Parkway will be a key link between Eastern Kentucky and the rest of the state, promoting tourism, business and economic development. It will also complete a system of modern highways connecting Eastern Kentucky to the rest of the nation.


essary for the jobs of the future. As an example, Big Sandy Community and Technical College and the University of Pikeville have announced a collaborative effort to offer training in preparation for the construction of the Kentucky iWay network. The schools are working together to provide certifications, which can lead to an information technolog y associate’s degree at Big Sandy. This degree can be used to pursue an information technolog y bachelor’s degree at UPike. The schools in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System are able to work with employers to design programs that meet their training needs. Classes can even be taught on business premises. Businesses interested in learning how they can partner with KCTCS to fill training needs can contact the Workforce Solutions office of any KCTCS school.

Business runs at the speed of data, and Eastern Kentucky will soon have a network offering among the fastest capacity available in the United States. The Kentucky iWay is the name given to the ambitious high-speed, fiber-optic network. Following on the diversification efforts of the SOAR Initiative, the network’s I-75 spine and Eastern Kentucky rings will be constructed first. When finished, the Kentucky iWay will dispel the state’s historically low connection speeds, offering businesses a chance to compete globally, educators access to greatly expanded resources, and health care providers unparalleled connectivity. The network will also be unique in that it will be an “open access” network. This means cities, partnerships, private companies or other groups may tap into those OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH “middle-mile” lines to complete the “last mile” – the Any business looking to relocate or expand must first lines that run to individual homes or businesses. find a location, and Eastern Kentucky has numerous sites available. In the Southeast Kentucky Chamber’s SKILLED WORKFORCE Kentucky Work Ready is the nation’s most rigorous service area, the East Kentucky Business Park in Martin certification program, allowing communities to demon- County and the Gateway Regional Business Park have strate the quality of their workforce. And Eastern Ken- shovel-ready sites. East Kentucky (Honey Branch) Busitucky is well along the path toward demonstrating that ness Park has also completed a 44,000-square-foot spec it has among the most highly skilled workers, available building earlier this year. In addition to those locations, secondary sites are for immediate employment. In the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s available in Floyd, Magoffin and Pike counties. In all, service area, five of the eight counties — Floyd, John- nearly 1,000 acres are ready for development. One East Kentucky, a regional economic development son, Knott, Lawrence and Martin — are already certiorganization, can help businesses interested in locating fied as Work Ready in Progress communities. A Kentucky Work Ready Community in Progress cer- in Eastern Kentucky navigate the complex issues associtification is an indication to employers that your county ated with site selection. is on the move and that you are motivated to improve your workforce. If this status can be achieved, it becomes a framework to get your workforce to the next level. The remaining three have also begun work toward certification. Pike and Letcher counties have submitted Letters of Intent, while Magoffin County is in the formative stage of the process. And there are many opportunities for additional training and education at schools throughout the region. Eastern Kentucky is served by seven four-year colleges and 11 two-year colleges within an hour’s drive of Pikeville. In addition, public school systems operate nine technolog y centers in the region, and the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center provides vocational training in hospitality, security and skilled trades. Educational institutions throughout the region are committed to providing the education and training nec-









Support for our region’s aspiring entrepreneurs

mall businesses are much more resilient and more reactive to economic changes than are larger businesses that are dominant in their field and have more than 500 employees. For that reason, the small business segment is an extremely important part of the economic development puzzle for any region. Since 1983, Morehead State University’s East Kentucky Small Business Development Center has been one of the primary small business assistance programs in our region. Mike Morley has been the director of the Pikeville Small Business Development Center, located in Coal Run City on Route 23 just north of Pikeville, for the past 28 ½ years. In Southeast Kentucky, there are several support programs and agencies for entrepreneurs who wish to become business owners. These entities work together as our region changes from an economy that relies heavily on natural resources to an economy centered around retail, 100


Mike Morley, MBA Consultant at the MSU/EKSDC, Pikeville Office education and service. As our economy transitions and our population grows older, opportunities for small businesses to develop niche markets increase as the demand for medical, financial and personal assistance services become more in demand.

The MSU/EKSBDC is part of a nation-wide program fund by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Kentucky State Government, Morehead State University and sponsorships from local businesses. We have the responsibility for providing small business services to existing and potential small businesses through-out the 25 most eastern counties. We are a sub center of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, located at the University of Kentucky, and we provide our clients with assistance in business planning, marketing and market research, record keeping, structure selection, capital formation and financial analysis. Since 1983, more than 9,500 existing or potential businesses have received services from our organization. Although not all of our clients are successful, many do quite well and surveys have proven that business owners who receive assistance from SBDCs nationwide are approximately three times more likely to be successful that those who don’t.

STEVE MCQUERRY Steve McQuerry, after working for a large chain-store jeweler for 25 years, decided in 2002 that he would like to become the owner of his own jewelry store and jewelry repair center. He like many other entrepreneurs and new business owners found himself in a difficult position of not being unable to borrow money from the bank because he now had no job and the business had no history. The SBDC was able to guide McQuerry through the Small Business Administration lending process and he was able to raise the needed capital to start his business. That business has been growing ever since and now employs five full-time and part-time employees. When McQuerry is asked how he started his business, he always directs that person to the SBDC. He is an expert in jewelry and the SBDC is an expert in business operations.

MICHELLE & JAMIE SWORD Roasted Café and Grill was a brain storm of two energetic entrepreneurs. Michelle and Jamie Sword both were operating businesses of their own when they decided it was time for a change. When a prime downtown location for a unique and quaint coffee shop and café became available, they grabbed the opportunity to become owners. After securing the location they had limited time to find the needed capital to finance the opening. They struggled to finance the project through traditional financing but then turned to the Small Business Development Center for guidance in preparing for a SBA guaranteed loan. They had been advised they would need a full business plan with a written narrative and financial projections. The Small Business Development Center considered the urgency of their needs and within a few days they had the funding in hand and went on to open this attractive business. They have been in business for more than a year now and are celebrating not only the past year but the expectation of many more years of success. Michelle Sword, co-owner, gives the credit for her being able to grab on to this opportunity to the Small Business Development Center. Thanks to Roasted Café, 10 new jobs have been created in the area.

BRENT HALL Brent Hall, owner of Steward and Stafford Tire and Custom Wheel in Pikeville, chose a very common way to expand his business. He and his brother Justin owned a small auto upholstery and reconditioning business in the Virgie, Kentucky area. Brent chose to purchase an existing successful business and make some changes to it that would result in increased profitability. In order to make that purchase in 2010, he knew he would need to find a source other than traditional bank financing. He had little money and no one to guarantee his ability to repay a loan. He was directed to the Small Business Development Center where a counselor provided him assistance in preparing for a Small Business Administration Loan. Business Plans and projected financials were prepared and Brent delivered them to a local bank who was a SBA lender. He was successful in getting his capital and purchased the business in November of 2010. In 2015 Stewart and Stafford Tire and Custom Wheel provided four full-time jobs and three contractor jobs. In addition, the company offers a full line of wheel and auto repair services.



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Ranked among ‘Best College Observatories’

orehead State University’s Space Science Center has been ranked among the 35 Best College Observatories in the United States by MSU was rated 26th overall in the poll. “We are pleased to be ranked in the Top 35 Best College Observatories in the United States. This honor is a tribute to our outstanding astrophysics and space science faculty and students. The work being led by Dr. Tom Pannuti in supernova remnants, by Dr. Dirk Grupe in gamma ray bursts and by student groups in pulsar research is gaining momentum. Interestingly, the research is undertaken at both ends of the electromagnetic spectrum- in radio astronomy on the low energ y end, primarily undertaken with our 21 m Space Tracking Antenna and Radio telescope- to X-ray and gamma ray astronomy on the high end- work typically undertaken with our nanosatellite based space platforms like CXBN. Dr. Pannuti, Dr. Grupe and the space science staff create outstanding opportunities for our students to participate in authentic research in astronomy- this has no doubt led to our recognition as a top college observatory,” said Dr. Ben Malphrus, MSU’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences chair and Space Science Center director. According to, the four main crite104


ria (Telescopes, Altitude, Weather and Light Pollution) were normalized to represent scores on a scale from 1-100 and then weighted equally. Bonus points ranging from 0-10 were given for noteworthy aspects of the observatory and related programs. The website stated: “This center focuses on nanosatellite technologies, like satellites weighing less than a kg per unit. Microelectronics and Nanotechnologies provide inexpensive development of these tiny, highly functional satellites (cubesats) at Morehead State for the U.S. Dept. of Defense, other universities, and aerospace companies like NASA to use. These smaller than breadbox satellites are used for research and tactical defense from beyond Earth’s atmosphere. The University offers excellent educational opportunities for its students and student visitors in grades K -12. The Star Theater is open to the public one weekend a month for an educational program, a tour of the night sky, and a dazzling display of a laser show to rival a Pink Floyd concert.” offers students informational articles covering a wide range of topics pertaining to the college selection process. Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Malphrus at 606-783-2381 or email

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The leading university of Central Appalachia

he University of Pikeville stands as a school of opportunity and the leading university of Central Appalachia. The promise of a better tomorrow starts with higher education, and the future of the region depends on developing its greatest asset – our young people. With five consecutive years of record enrollment, the University of Pikeville remains steadfast in its commitment to prepare students for the future, creating intellectual, cultural and economic opportunities and maintaining a commitment to Christian principles. For more than 125 years, the institution has embraced change in a purposeful way, one that honors the founding promise to educate the youth of the mountains. Committed to raising college attainment rates in the region, the university, or UPIKE, is building a knowledge-based economy shaped by talented, dedicated faculty teaching in technologically advanced facilities. Steeped in the liberal arts tradition, the College of Arts and Sciences goes back to the beginning, preparing graduates through quality academic programs, involvement in community service, experiential learning, research, athletics, humanitarian efforts and global outreach. A diverse community of learners, UPIKE welcomes more than 2,400 students who hail from 34 states and 40 countries. Students may chose from 27 majors and 11 preprofessional programs. Named one of the “fastest-growing colleges” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle’s “Almanac of Higher Education 2014” ranked UPIKE 20th nationally among private baccalaureate institutions, comparing data and trends over a 10-year period. UPIKE’s dual credit program serves more than 600 high school students in districts across Kentucky and also has been recognized nationally for growth and collaborative efforts to promote college readiness. 106


MEDICINE IN THE MOUNTAINS Founded in 1997 to address the physician shortage in the region, the visionaries who established the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) believed if you trained doctors from the mountains in the mountains, they would stay here, and build a life here. Of the approximately 1,000 graduates since the first class of physicians in 2001, more than 70 percent of these physicians are serving in primary care. KYCOM was ranked fifth among all medical schools in the nation, both D.O. and M.D., in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Graduate Schools and ranked fourth in affordability among the 10 least expensive private medical schools. With the opening of the Coal Building in 2012, KYCOM began a new chapter in its mission of service. Named in recognition of an industry that has provided significant support to the University of Pikeville for many years, the Coal Building, a $40 million educational facility, features a clinical skills training and evaluation center, robotic simulation, research and teaching labs, classrooms, offices and student study spaces. It also accommodates a larger class size, which is in keeping with KYCOM’s mission to alleviate physician shortages in Kentucky and Appalachia, especially in rural areas. HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION BUILDING Construction has begun on the University of Pikeville’s new Health Professions Education Building, a strategic effort to increase educational opportunities for students, stimulate economic development and improve comprehensive health care needs in Central Appalachia. The 103,000-square-foot building will house the new Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO), which plans to welcome its first class in 2016. Characterized as the “birthplace of rural optometry,” the university is in the process of applying for

accreditation to become the 22nd educational institution in the country to offer a college of optometry. KYCO’s mission is to provide health care in the underserved areas of Appalachia and rural America and will serve as a venue to offer access to professional education for the first generation of rural populations. Technology and clinical training aspects of the facility will also enhance the learning experience for students in the Elizabeth Akers Elliott School of Nursing, a program initially founded in the early 1980s to meet the needs of nursing education and health care in the region. The RN to BSN program, added in 2011, leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. Once the construction dust settles, student life also gets a boost, as the building will house a food court featuring major brands Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros Bagels and P.O.D. Market (provisions on demand), a cornerstore-meets-convenience-store offering fresh produce, bakery and other items. In 2014, USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O’Brien announced a $40 million Community Facilities partnership with the university to construct the new facility. “Comprehensive investments in health care and education have a tremendous impact on regional economies like Eastern Kentucky,” O’Brien said at the time. “We are making these strategic investments now to have a positive impact on Kentucky’s future.” PATTON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION With a focus on rural learning, the Patton College of Education strives to provide opportunities for aspiring and practicing educators through professional development and integrated learning experiences. Announced in 2015, the Patton College of Education was named in honor of Kentucky’s 59th governor, Paul E. Patton. As governor, Patton was a national leader, particularly in education policy. He proposed and championed the successful passage of Kentucky’s Higher EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY


Education Reform Act in 1997, an effort that has been recognized as a model of progressive higher education policy. He also made substantial improvements in Kentucky’s pre-school and adult education programs, as well as successfully maintaining the momentum and funding for the Kentucky Education Reform Act. Patton was also chairman of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education from 2009-2011. “The Patton College of Education is named for a visionary who sees things not as they are, but what they may become,” said David Barnett, Ed.D., founding dean of the Patton College of Education. A value-added program, the new Teacher Leader master’s degree strives to differentiate instruction based on the needs of individual students. The college of education also offers programs in elementary, middle grades and secondary education. COLEMAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS The Coleman College of Business is educating the next generation of leaders in an innovative and academically entrepreneurial learning environment, one that fosters an enterprising spirit and business mindset. In 2015, a team of biology, chemistry and business students earned first place in four competitions, including UPIKE’s Startup Challenge, with their business plan for Rhizofeed. The team’s plan involved developing an organic feed additive for the poultry industry made from bloodroot

grown in Eastern Kentucky. The product creates benefits beyond what the current solutions of antibiotics and probiotics can offer. UPIKE students are working with Alltech to bring the product to market. The Nicholasville-based Alltech, a $1 billion company operating in 128 countries, makes and sells natural feed supplements that improve animal performance. UPIKE is home to the Kentucky Innovation Network’s Pikeville office, which provides support to startup companies in the Appalachian region. From assisting startups in assessing an idea, to developing a business plan, finding grants, loans and capital, the network helps local companies discover the resources needed to be successful. The Pikeville office operates in the university’s Community Technology Center and serves nine counties, including Pike, Martin, Johnson, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Perry, Breathitt and Magoffin. ESPORTS In 2015, UPIKE launched a new varsity Esports program and quickly earned international attention, receiving more than 700 applications from 11 countries. UPIKE is the second school in the country to make Esports part of the varsity athletics program and to offer scholarships. The university will compete as a co-ed sport in the Collegiate Star League, an intercollegiate gaming league open to all accredited colleges and universities in North America.

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PASSION FOR THE POSSIBLE Stephenson sees BSCTC as change agent for region


assion for the possible. That’s the mantra Dr. G. Devin Stephenson has adopted in his 40 years of experience in higher education. Dr. Stephenson, a native of Sumiton, Alabama, became the second president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) in June 2015. He came to the college after serving as president/CEO of Three Rivers College in Missouri from 2009-2014. “Big Sandy Community and Technical College is uniquely positioned to be a thriving part of the economic and community development happening across the region,” said Dr. Stephenson. “We want the college to be the first choice when it comes to higher education, technical education, and workforce and community education.” 110


Dr. Stephenson, who is also a member of the board of directors of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, said there were parallels that drew him to the Big Sandy region. He is from a small coal mining community that has experienced some of the same economic hardships. He said economic and workforce development is most efficiently achieved on a regional level, and believes BSCTC should be a leader in such efforts. “Economic developers are now focused on bringing jobs to the region and I see the community college’s role as the facilitator of that process. We have the expertise to assess workers’ proficiencies, narrow the skills gap, create work-ready communities, and lock arms with the many partners who play a vital role in positioning the region for growth and

recruiting jobs that will be required of an ever changing workplace,” said Dr. Stephenson. “We have our work cut out for us, but if we condition ourselves to change and if we are dedicated to becoming and staying relevant, Big Sandy Community and Technical College can and will play the primary role in making things happen to secure the region’s future. Our success will be determined by how we partner with economic developers, respond to changing educational needs, and provide innovative delivery systems.” At the end of the day, it is about student success for Dr. Stephenson. It’s about seeing a graduate walk across the stage at graduation, each journey different, but to a common destination – a point of success. “The smile on their faces, the gleam in their eyes, and the loud

shouts of affirmation from family and friends are strong indicators that each student has successfully completed a journey that was filled with joy, struggle, fulfillment, trials and accomplishment,” he said. Equally as significant are the stories for first jobs, transfer success and career milestones. “Student success, in my opinion, forces all the rewards, and recognitions that I personally have realized to fade into the background. It isn’t about me – it is about ‘we’ – the college personnel, the students, and the thousands of citizens who stand behind us and advocate for our goal of helping students achieve their dreams,” he explained. Dr. Stephenson believes community colleges are becoming the “relevant sector” of higher education and with that recognition comes much responsibility. He wants BSCTC to become a college of opportunity; a

college of hope; and the college of dreams. “Big Sandy Community and Technical College has tremendous growth potential; however, it will require that we approach our future work with a dedication to excellence, a commitment to changing to meet the demands of a global economy, and with the clear understanding that we cannot exist as an island and expect to be successful,” he said. “I see the college as a change agent – a vibrant, dynamic community of learners dedicated to engaging with every organization, entity, and consortium possible for the purpose of opening doors of opportunity.” What will BSCTC look like in 2020? Stephenson unequivocally sees a college on the move and a powerful regional stakeholder in economic and workforce development. “I see new and upgraded facilities

and programs, increased enrollment, a robust external grant development initiative, and an institution that is characterized as a one that is fulfilling its mission and ‘making a difference’ for the entire eastern Kentucky region,” he said. That will also include an expansion of the college’s Pikeville campus, including a parking garage, a 60,000 square-foot instructional facility and a 25,000 square-foot Broadband Center of Excellence, the first of its kind in Kentucky. Additionally, One East Kentucky, privately funded, non-profit organization and partnership of local governments, chambers of commerce, industrial authorities, area development districts and private industry, is headquartered on the college’s Prestonsburg campus. It’s not all about work for Dr. Stephenson. He is a classical pianist and plans to join the Big Sandy Sing-



ers and Band from time to time. “Music is a great vehicle to unite diverse talents. It is the language of the soul and the universal language,” he continued. “I would also like to do some recording projects and take the proceeds from the sale of CD’s to endow a scholarship for students with a demonstrated financial need.” Dr. Stephenson and his wife,

Judy, love the outdoors. They look forward to zipping, paddling and saddling in Pikeville, taking in the Breaks Interstate Park, Jenny Wiley State Park and Paintsville Lake State Park and riding along the Dawkins Line rails to trails project. “The mountains and valleys in Eastern Kentucky provide us with the opportunity for adventure, and

Judy and I look forward to taking it all in,” he said. “We also want to blend these local treasures within our college community, and that means joining our personnel as we work to enhance a culture of health and wellness on our campuses. Creating healthy lifestyles while at the same time providing a stage for people to communicate and interact is important to us.” Dr. Stephenson is a community college graduate. He earned an associate degree in science from Walker Junior College, followed by a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Birmingham-Southern College and both master’s and doctoral degrees in the administration of higher education from the University of Alabama. Dr. Stephenson and his wife, Judy, reside in Paintsville. They have two adult children, Jon Stephenson and JuliAnne Stephenson.

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Offering a Degree of Difference

n 1886, a group of visionary educators and business leaders founded American National University (ANU), a college focused on providing career-based training to meet workforce needs. Over 125 years later, ANU continues to fulfill that goal by offering diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in business, healthcare, and information technolog y at campuses located throughout the southeastern United States. Our Pikeville Campus has prepared Eastern Kentucky students since 1973 and our graduates now work for hospitals, businesses, and government organizations in the local area and beyond. Accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), ANU is committed to providing a personalized education that emphasizes student success through small class sizes, instructors with real-world experience, and curricula focused on in-field/handson experience. At ANU, frequent term starts, credit for life experiences, and our friendly credit transfer policies help you get in and out of your program quickly and start your new career. Lifetime career services and tuition-free refresher courses are available even after graduation. Tiffany Burke, a 2014 graduate of the nursing program, is just one of the thousands of graduates who have experienced the degree of difference available at ANU. She now works as a licensed RN on the cardiac unit of Pikeville Medical Center. Key to Tiffany’s success were the flexible day and evening class schedules at ANU and the online and on-campus learning formats designed with the working adult in mind. As a mom, “The evening and weekend schedule was a big factor because I didn’t have to depend on a babysitter,” she explained.

The supportive community at ANU also made a huge difference to her. “All of the instructors were there to help at any time--it was just a very friendly learning atmosphere,” she stated. Looking back to where she started, Tiffany shared, “It’s very exciting to say that you work for one of the top hospitals in the nation. I take myself back five years ago, and I would never have imagined where I’m at today.” Looking ahead to the next 100 years, ANU has a vision and plan – “Evolution 2086” – for providing programs that will meet the increasing demands for career education in growing fields, at higher degree levels, and in more campus locations. Programs such as the Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic associate’s degree (coming Fall of 2015), offer graduates exciting new opportunities in fields that are experiencing a shortage of educated and trained workers. For more information visit, call (606) 478-7200 or stop by the campus located at 50 National College Boulevard. Like our Facebook page and join us for community events, like our annual Healthy Fun Fair, a community event hosted by ANU each July. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Dueling Barrels Brewing & Distilling Co.

lltech broke ground on July 30, 2015 at the site that will house Eastern Kentucky’s first (legal) brewery and distillery, Dueling Barrels Brewing & Distilling Co. in downtown Pikeville, Kentucky. The combined brewery and distillery, expected to open in Spring 2017 at a cost of $13 million, will be uniquely Eastern Kentucky-inspired. It will feature its own range of beer and spirits that celebrate the area, including legal moonshine and bourbon. For over a year the design team has worked on a building that will embrace the rich history and culture of the region. The story of the Hatfields and McCoys, along with the region’s music heritage, will be part of the overall strateg y. “With Alltech’s global reach, it is expected that Dueling Barrels’ beer, whiskey and moonshine, all from Eastern Kentucky, will go to the global market by the end of next year,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “It is also our hope that Dueling Barrels will extend the Kentucky Bourbon Trail into Eastern Kentucky, bringing visitors, tourism dollars and international publicity with it. If Dueling Barrels is added to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour by the Kentucky Dis114


tillers’ Association, it would become the first and only stop east of Lexington.” The distillery name was inspired by the notorious feuds between the Hatfields and McCoys, and is a double entendre with gun barrels and whiskey barrels. Dueling Barrels will feature tours of the brewery and distillery, beginning with a visit to a small theatre to view a video of what guests will experience. A tour of the distillery and brewhouse will follow, where the process will be explained in depth, and then will end with a visit to the tasting room where the products can be sampled. The Dueling Barrels building is being designed to be pleasing to both the front (Main Street) and the back (Second Street) in Pikeville and to tie in with the local architecture. Kentucky craftsmen are currently making copper pot stills which will proudly sit facing Hambley Boulevard and can be viewed from the street. Artisan stone masons from Rockcastle County, Kentucky will complete interior and exterior Kentucky fieldstone work. Hambley Boulevard will be fronted with the Kentucky fieldstone, whereas the Second Street side is designed to fit in with the current streetscape and will feature three separate shop fronts with unique designs. A careful demolition of the former downtown property

on the site started in early 2015 to make room for the new building. Brewing and distilling equipment is currently being constructed. Dueling Barrels has also led to a commitment from local businessman Mitch Potter to develop an Irish-style brewpub restaurant next to the brewery and distillery. Alltech is investing in Eastern Kentucky because Alltech’s founders Pearse and Deirdre Lyons have an affinity for Eastern Kentucky, thanks to the region’s similarities with their native Ireland. They believe that by acting as a catalyst, others will follow suit as they bring new business to the area.

The new Dueling Barrels site is part of a continued global expansion of the Alltech Beverage Division.The beverage division began with a single brewery in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, and 10 years later the addition of a distillery, Town Branch, was completed. As demand has increased for the company’s products, additional capacity with storage and bottling lines has been added at a second Lexington site on Angliana Avenue five minutes from the original brewery. Overseas, Alltech acquired two breweries in Ireland and the U.K. in July 2015 as part of an acquisition that will help the company broaden its reach.




PIKEVILLE MAIN STREET PROGRAM It’s happening in Pikeville

ikeville Main Street – more than one street, it’s the complete downtown experience! Main Street is a phrase used to denote the downtown area also known as the central business district of a town where shops and retailers are located and is most often used in reference to retailing and community socializing. Pikeville Main Street represents the interests of everyday people and small business owners. The Pikeville Main Street Program Board of Directors is dedicated to downtown preservation, promotion and partnerships. Our focus includes the following events and projects to support businesses and offer a better quality of downtown life. Main Street Live! Facade Improvement Revitalization Arts & Culture Development Downtown Beautification Destination Downtown Shop Pikeville First Downtown Gatherings & Events The Pikeville Main Street Board of Directors, Committees and Community Volunteers are very involved and excited about the growth of downtown shops, restaurants, businesses and cultural activities in Pikeville. It’s happening in Pikeville and Main Street invites you to experience downtown! For more information about downtown and the Pikeville Main Street Program email Minta Trimble, Director Minta.trimble@





PIKEVILLE MEDICAL CENTER Becomes verified Trauma Center, celebrates 90 years LEVEL II TRAUMA CENTER In its 90th year, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) reached one of its most significant milestones to date. In 2015, the hospital announced it had been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. It is the only Level II Trauma Center in Kentucky. As a verified trauma center, PMC is equipped and staffed to provide comprehensive emergency care to patients suffering traumatic injuries caused by vehicle crashes, gunshots, assaults, falls or other incidents. The spectrum of care encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process. Regulations require that trauma victims be transported to the closest trauma center, either by ground or air ambulance. PMC’s Trauma Center serves a population of more than 400,000 people; increasing their chances of survival should they be injured. Prior to PMC offering trauma services, many patients had to be transferred to facilities two hours away. Valuable time in the treatment process was lost. “Our Trauma Center verification makes trauma victims safer by allowing them to be treated at our hospital instead of being transported to medical facilities further away,” said PMC President and CEO Walter E. May. “We firmly believe at PMC that where you live 118


should not determine if you live.” PMC’s trauma team is comprised of physicians specializing in trauma surgery, emergency medicine, general surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery, vascular surgery, hand surgery, plastic surgery, oral/maxillofacial surgery, anesthesiolog y, interventional radiolog y, radiolog y, physical medicine and rehabilitation, urolog y, podiatry and pulmonolog y/critical care as well as mid-level healthcare providers, a trauma program manager, and nursing , respiratory, laboratory, radiolog y and case management staff. Aaron Brown, MD, trauma surgeon and co-medical director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at PMC, stated, “This area has been in need of a trauma center for many years. PMC’s comprehensive trauma team stands ready to provide quality care to trauma victims.”

90 YEARS OF SERVICE Over the past 90 years, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has grown from a 50-bed rural hospital to a 261-bed regional referral center. On March 1, 1920, five of Pikeville’s leading citizens ( John W. Call, Harry Hoskins, Dr. R .S. Johnson, Dr. A.C. Bond and George Hames) met in a coffee shop to organize a stock company capitalized at $100,000

for the purpose of building a hospital in Pikeville. The hospital opened its doors on Peach Orchard Hill on Christmas Day, 1924. Today, it is located on a sprawling campus totaling approximately one million square feet on Harold’s Branch Road. PMC has grown from a small facility that used its entire staff to perform housekeeping and janitorial services, to an employer of approximately 2,500 people providing more than 400 services with state-of-the-art technolog y. Since assuming the role of President of the Board over two decades ago, President/CEO Walter E. May has instilled the philosophy “dream big , and big things happen” in hospital administrators, physicians and staff. His goal has been to make health care more accessible to those living in the region by bringing services to PMC that were once only offered at facilities two hours away. A proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, PMC has recruited numerous specialty physicians over the past several years. More than 350 credentialed health care providers currently care for patients, compared to the hospital’s first medical staff of six physicians. In addition to a Level II Trauma Center, PMC offers

the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center, Heart & Vascular Institute, 40-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital, Wound Care Center and Primary Stroke Center as well as neurosurgery, orthopedics and other specialty services. PMC opened an 11-story clinic and 10-story parking garage on its main campus in April 2014. The PMC Clinic houses most of the hospital’s physician practices as well as additional operating and endoscopy suites. Employees’ commitment to providing quality, regional health care in a Christian environment has been essential to PMC’s growth and achievements. In May 2015, PMC was named among the top five percent of hospitals in America to achieve the highest patient satisfaction rating possible – five-stars – from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. May said, “It’s clear to me there are two key factors in the hospital’s rapid growth – quality and operating in a Christian environment. I don’t know how you would have one without the other.” PMC continues to expand, add services, purchase cutting-edge equipment and provide quality care to the increasing number of patients that enters its doors.






hen it’s a matter of the heart, minutes count. That is why Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) is pleased to offer patients advanced cardiac care close to home. Heart care in Eastern Kentucky is delivered at a high level of medical excellence through ARH’s partnership with UK HealthCare Gill Heart Institute, which combines the decades of experience of ARH’s local cardiolog y team with the surgical expertise of UK surgeons. This collaboration improves access to patient-centered care and creates an extension of the Gill Heart Institute into the region. It also provides patients access to UK’s comprehensive cardiovascular expertise and resources while maintaining the familiarity of ARH’s community health care providers. Cardiac care at ARH includes prevention, education, early detection, diagnostic testing and procedures, surgical and invasive treatments including open heart surgery, as well as cardiac rehabilitation. “The goal of ARH’s collaboration with the Gill Heart Institute is to expand the scope of cardiolog y services provided within our communities,” says Joe Grossman, ARH President and CEO. “By providing a range of comprehensive cardiolog y services, including inpatient and outpatient services to residents of Eastern Kentucky, we hope to improve lives in a region where patients suffer from some of the highest rates of mortality in the nation from heart disease and stroke.” The ARH/UK Gill Heart Institute collaboration includes the Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center, Whitesburg ARH Hospital, McDowell ARH Hospital, Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital , Middlesboro ARH Hospital , Harlan ARH Hospital and the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center. ARH’s experienced staff, nurses, physicians, cardiologists, and surgeons provide the advanced cardiac care you need, when you need it. You and your family will never again have to face the high cost and inconvenience of traveling to other areas for heart procedures that can now be done right here at home by some of the nation’s top medical professionals.

Together for Eastern Kentucky.

Good news, Eastern Kentucky. Your level of cardiac care now has more heart than ever. The UK Gill Heart Institute and ARH have come together to focus on improving cardiac health across the region. Working as a team, our common goal is to provide world-class expertise and unmatched care to all of Eastern Kentucky. Delivering the best in heart care, that’s our promise to you. • EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY


PASSPORT HEALTH PLAN Partnering with Southeastern Kentucky Leaders to Improve Health


assport Health Plan is Southeastern Kentucky’s local, community-based health plan and is committed to improving the health and quality of life of all members of the community. We take pride in working with local providers and community advocates to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Not only is Passport based in Kentucky, but we have opened a regional office in Prestonsburg (Floyd County). We have local staff there to help residents and healthcare providers access the services they need, including maternity and newborn care, pediatric services, behavioral health services (including substance use disorder services), rehabilitative services, preventive and wellness services, and chronic disease management. Passport is also committed to being an even larger part of the Eastern Kentucky community by joining the uniquely bipartisan effort that is Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR). As a part of this initiative, Passport is committed to working with state and community leaders to be an active part of the entire region. We have joined with Highlands Health System (and will be joining with 10 more counties in the St. Claire Regional Medical Center coverage region during the 122


2015-16 year) to present a new health program in elementary schools throughout four Eastern Kentucky counties called “GoNoodle.” An interactive resource used to increase students’ physical activity and improve their academic performance, GoNoodle provides online physical activity breaks, or “brain breaks,” to make it easy for teachers to get kids moving inside the classroom and to improve their behavior, focus, and engagement. For the 2014-15 school year (through May 31, 2015), more than 20 different elementary schools in Floyd, Martin, Johnson, and Magoffin counties took part in the GoNoodle program, with more than 350 teachers leading more than 7,700 students to take part in 867,829 student minutes of physical activity! Through these partnerships, along with many other programs that we are involved in with residents and healthcare providers around Southeastern Kentucky, Passport Health Plan is committed to bringing our community-based approach to the entire region. For more information about who we are and what we do, please feel free to go online to; connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest; or call us at 1-800-578-0603. Together we can help all Kentuckians live healthier lives.

to a healthier life for you and your family

Passport covers you and your family for more than just medicines and check-ups. We also cover vision and dental care, behavioral health, x-rays, and much more — at no cost to you. Plus, you can earn gift cards as rewards for making healthy choices. Gift cards to buy the things you really need — like gas and groceries, or a crib or car seat.

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A NEW DAY. A NEW WAY. Bringing the coding revolution to eastern Kentucky Since the dawn of the 20th century, eastern Kentucky’s economy has been dependent upon the coal industry. Coal was mined and utilized much earlier but could not be transported far on wagons maneuvering through difficult terrain. The only mines that could get coal to markets beyond their local communities were those situated along navigable rivers and waterways. After the Civil War, railways began to make their way into the area, inching ever closer to the abundant coal reserves located in the remote areas of eastern Kentucky. Industry expansion followed, and the Kentucky coalfields became a key supplier of bituminous coal – the preferred energ y source for a growing nation. The region’s economic health has been directly linked to the mining industry ever since. Mining methods evolved through the years and the industry was transformed by technolog y and mechanization. High tech sensors and monitors replaced the iconic canary, and sophisticated machinery made relics of the pick and shovel. A single remote-controlled machine can now mine in one minute what it took a miner in the 1920s an entire day to produce. Changes in mining methods reinvented the modern day coal miner. Every stage of today’s coal mining operations from preliminary planning to final reclamation requires workers adept at operating computer controlled systems. Machines used for mining are some of the largest and most complex in the world and are operated by highly trained and skilled men and women. Only the best mechanics can assemble, piece by piece, enormous components of equipment that were low128


ered down mine elevator shafts. Surveyors and mapping specialists, electricians and ventilation engineers – these and many more high tech specialists make up the well compensated workforce of today’s mining industry. A convergence of events has brought about a reset to a new normal. The people of eastern Kentucky are accustomed to rising and falling along with the up and down rhythms of the coal industry. This time is different. Many mines across the region have closed due to weakened demand, depleted reserves, increased production costs and a lower sales price. Thousands of men and women have lost their jobs. Increased governmental regulations make it unlikely that the industry will rebound. A workforce made up of intelligent, highly-skilled men and women with a strong work ethic are now unemployed or underemployed. There are few jobs in the region that pay the wages previously earned and no way to maintain their standard of living without moving away. Most of these men and women do not want to move. Eastern Kentucky is home and they have strong ties to the region, its culture, and to their communities. Many have extended family who have been here for generations. A new day. A new way. A tremendous entrepreneurial opportunity exists – a labor pool of intelligent men and women who possess proven abilities and a strong work ethic. The challenge is to create a business that can utilize those characteristics and provide jobs to support a standard of living equal to that previously provided by the coal industry.

If such a business is established in eastern Kentucky, new skills will be learned and high wages earned without relocating from the region. Bit Source, LLC is a for profit business linking this opportunity and challenge. The business concept and plan is to transition a workforce from one that exported coal from the region to one that exports CODE (#exportCode). The geographic barriers to the region’s economic development will have little or no impact on this venture. The World Wide Web travels through eastern Kentucky like a four lane highway with easy access to connections and that is the only requirement to export code. The task is twofold: - To develop the workforce - To enter the marketplace We are on a parallel track. We are identifying workers and developing the skills training process while simultaneously exploring markets and business strategies that will provide sustainable jobs into the future. We are doing this at the speed of business. We have established facilities in downtown Pikeville, hired staff and purchased state-of-the-art equipment needed for individual and group instruction. We are identifying markets for the skills we are developing. Once trained, our workforce will be qualified to create source code for websites, mobile apps, computer games, databases and more. We are bringing the coding revolution to eastern Kentucky by

establishing a digital hub in Pikeville, Kentucky. One thing is certain, our initial evaluation of the labor pool as capable and eager to work and learn new skills is proving to be accurate. In less than a month from the date Bit Source, LLC was introduced to the public, we received more than nine hundred inquiries from local men and women who want to take advantage of this opportunity, many of whom are skilled workers who lost their jobs in the mining industry. Initial evaluations and aptitude tests confirm that, for many, the logic-based skills required to be successful in their previous jobs are ideal for the tasks at hand. It will be a long time before the success of this enterprise can be measured. There is much to learn, mistakes to be made and, hopefully, success stories to savor. It is hoped that through collaboration, hard work and ingenuity, the venture will be successful. Whatever the outcome, one thing is undeniable: Nothing can be accomplished without trying. The hardworking residents of eastern Kentucky do not want welfare; they want work. They want well-paying jobs to support their families and to live well. It is our goal to provide these jobs and positively impact the future of these people and the economic health of the region. You can follow Bit Source on Twitter @bitsourceky and like their Facebook page to get updates on the program’s progress. Credit: Bit Source





The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

itting in his upstairs office, overlooking Pikeville City Park, Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jacob S. Colley pauses for a moment and considers the question posed to him – “what does the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce do?” Colley considered the Chamber and all of the services it provides to regional businesses and the community. He noted that the Southeast Kentucky Chamber is a key and critical part of Eastern Kentucky. “The Chamber stays busy year-round with business seminars, leadership development, regional promotion, and political advocacy efforts, to name a few. And that is not to mention the nearly nonstop work that goes into Hillbilly Days each year.” Indeed, the difficulty is in summarizing it in one pat answer. “One thing that’s difficult about our Chamber is that you can’t pinpoint just one thing and say, ‘That’s what we do best,” Colley said. “We accomplish a lot each year and have several strategic initiatives that drive us each day.” Colley says it is impossible to create a cookie-cutter template of a chamber of commerce — at least, a successful one. That’s because the one thing good chambers have in common is that they have very lit130


tle in common. Instead, a successful chamber reflects the community it serves and is responsive to its needs. That means identifying strengths and finding ways to harness them; determining weaknesses and formulating a plan to minimize or overcome them. “Chambers are very similar all over the nation in a lot of ways, but they also mold themselves to the needs of the communities they serve,” Colley said.

CHANGING THE CONVERSATION One of the biggest needs the Chamber has tackled was also the inspiration for the decision to expand what was the Pike County Chamber of Commerce four years ago to the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, covering Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin and Martin counties, in addition to Pike. “The major vision behind the transition is the realization that our economy is changing and has been changing for quite some time,” Colley said. “No one county can go it alone.” Colley said that as the business marketplace continues to grow more competitive, the need for pursuing common goals on a regional basis is stronger than ever. He said that past county-by-county efforts saw only a

limited success, depending on the individual strengths and weaknesses of a rotating cast of characters. The Southeast Kentucky Chamber, however, has a full-time staff taking a strength-in-numbers approach to work on the needs of the entire region. And the effort to get leaders to think in terms of a regional approach, rather than as individual counties, is starting to pay off. “That’s something I think we’ve had some success with and something I hope we can focus on a little more in the future,” Colley said. “I think we have a very united busi-

ness community today. When push comes to shove and things need to get done, I think people are more willing to talk about the issues now.”

ONE EAST KENTUCKY While the Southeast Kentucky Chamber is focused on the needs of the region, tackling all of those needs can be a daunting task, pulling too few resources in too many directions. That realization has led the Chamber to one of its biggest successes in recent years. Responding to a need to approach major economic development on the same

regional basis, the Chamber worked with the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, Hazard/Perry County Chamber of Commerce, Letcher County Chamber of Commerce and Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce to form a new entity focused entirely on economic development -- One East Kentucky. The new organization is charged with the task of recruiting major employers to fill industrial sites around the region. It serves the same territory as the Southeast Kentucky Chamber, plus Perry County. “We recognized that was a need for our communities to grow or to


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rebound,” Colley said. Colley says handing off the heavy lifting of industrial recruitment to a new organization focused entirely on that job will allow the Chamber to better do what it does best -- serve the needs of small business.

SERVING BUSINESS It is no secret that the regional economy of Eastern Kentucky has seen its share of challenges over the past few years, with an uncertain future related to America’s ever-changing energ y sector. As such, a lot of businesses are facing new pressures, but Colley says that is when the work of the Chamber and other groups is even more vital to future success.



“A lot of business owners do feel defeated on some level,” Colley said. “They are having to cut jobs and cut hours. But the silver lining is there are organizations like ours, like One East Kentucky, like SOAR … that are invested in creating a better tomorrow.” Colley says that the mission of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber is simple -- “Bring business leaders together to grow the overall pie.” Doing that job effectively, however, requires a lot of work, pulling together many different resources. And that is exactly what the Chamber does. Over the past year, the Chamber has served its 557 members by holding 13 professional development events, 40 networking events, 29 community involvement events, and six political events. In addition, the group has awarded $83,250 in grants. The Chamber also meets professional development needs in the region through its Patton Leadership Institute, a nine-month course designed to make local professionals and business leaders more familiar with the issues and concerns of the region. The program exposes participants to the different sectors of the regional economy and encourages leadership development through a variety of exercises. Colley says he wants businesses to know that the Chamber is there to serve them. “We want to make sure they know they have support from us,” Colley said. “We’re an organization here to try to identify challenges our communities have and our businesses have. They can worry about their business and know they have an organization that has a strateg y to help them stay in business and grow in business.”

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Alliance Coal, LLC 771 Corporate Dr., Suite 1000 Lexington, KY 40503 859-224-7225

3 B Toner, Inc. PO Box 303 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-432-6624

Addiction Recovery Care 125 N. Main Cross St. Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-0938

Allstate - Deel & Johnson Agency Inc. 3767 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-4320

3 Southern Sisters, LLC 182 Nightingale Lane Pikeville, KY 41501 606-422-0109 3R Archery 6450 Robinson Creek Robinson Creek, KY 41501 606-639-8097 4-Star Catering Inc. 641 Breeding Creek Rd. Redfox, KY 41847 606-642-3325 A&L Outlet 213 S. Mayo Trail, Suite C Pikeville, KY 41501 606- 509-0963 A&S Auto Parts, Inc. PO Box B Elkhorn City, KY 41522 606-754-4095 AAA Real Estate 141 Hibbard Street Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-9700 AAA Real Estate – Paintsville 224 Main St. Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-9700 Aaron’s Sales 133 Cassidy Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0303 Abode USA Realty & Auction 172 College St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606- 432-2233 Above and Beyond

AIG Financial Network 103 Weddington Branch Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606- 432-0155 Air Methods 2969 Airport Rd. Debord, KY 41214 606-547-8965 Air-Evac Life Team 1128 Old Middlefork Rd. Inez, Ky 41224 304-687-5390 Airgas Mid America 902 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0344 Akers Family Chiropractic, PSC Inc. 171 Hibbard St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606- 432-8395 AKZ Cleaning Service 696 Long Fork Marshalls Br. Virgie, KY 41572 606-794-4673 Alcohol & Substance Abuse Professionals 118 Caroline Avenue, Suite 2 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-0097 Alert Oil & Gas Co. PO Box 3456 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-437-7387 Alice Lloyd College 100 Purpose Rd. Pippa Passes, KY 41844 606-368-6200

Alltech 3031 Catnip Hill Rd. Nicholasville, KY 40356 Alpha Natural Resources PO Box 16429 Bristol, VA 24202 276-619-4038 Alzheimer’s Association 465 East High St., Suite 200 Lexington, KY 40507 859-266-5283 Ameritint & Graphic Designs 1872 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-9883 Amy’s Hallmark Shop 4115 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-9070 Annie E. Young Cemetery 4964 Chloe Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606- 432-1800 Anthem BCBS Medicaid 13550 Triton Park Blvd. Louisville, KY 40204 Any Hour Fitness 4573 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, Kentucky 41501 606-432-2333 Appalachian Industrial Authority 917 Perry Park Rd. Hazard, KY 41701 606-436-3158 Appalachian News-Express 129 Caroline Ave. Pikeville, KY 41501

606-437-4054 Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center, Inc. 193 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-0700 Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc. 2285 Executive Dr., Suite 400 Lexington, KY 40505 859-226-2511 Appalachian Wireless Hindman 60 Communications Lane Hindman, KY 41822 606-785-9531 Appalachian Wireless - Inez 66 Park Place Inez, KY 41224 606-298-0645 Appalachian Wireless - Ivel Main Office 101 Technology Trail Ivel, KY 41642 606-477-2355 Appalachian Wireless – Louisa 102 Blairs Way Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-3778 Appalachian Wireless – Paintsville 447 Mayo Plaza Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-0033 Appalachian Wireless Pikeville 1 4367 N. Mayo Trail, Suite 103 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-6111 Appalachian Wireless Pikeville 2 143 Main St., Suite 101 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0706



Appalachian Wireless Prestonsburg 59 Glynview Plaza Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-9739 Appalachian Wireless Salyersville 447 Parkway Dr. Salyersville, KY 41465 Appalachian Wireless South Williamson 166 Appalachian Plaza South Williamson, KY 41503 606-237-0044 Appalachian Wireless Southside Mall 275 Mall Rd. South Williamson, KY 41503 606-237-4333 Appalachian Wireless Whitesburg 72 Whitesburg Plaza Whitesburg, KY 41858 606-633-0245 Applebee’s 172 Cassidy Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-1815 Aramark 147 Sycamore St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-218-5032 CSMA/Pikeville/Catering/ AT&T Kentucky 201 S. Third St. Richmond, KY 40475 859-623-7972 Baird & Baird, PSC PO Box 351 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-437-6276 Bank of Hindman 1362 Hindman Bypass Hindman, KY 41822 606-785-3158 BB&T 164 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-5500 BB&T - Coal Run 134


4414 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-4411 BB&T - Ferrell’s Creek 14793 Regina-Belcher Hwy Elkhorn City, KY 41522 606-754-5025 BB&T - Paintsville 300 N. Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-4045 BB&T - Prestonsburg 216 Glynnview Plaza Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-0192 BB&T - Shelby Valley 6758 US Hwy 23 S. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-639-9975 Bella Pooch - Pikeville 3755 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-9879 Bella Pooch - Prestonsburg 218 South Lake Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41635 Bentley Carpet & Installation Inc. 8825 US Hwy 23 S. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-639-2004 Best Metal Roofing & Windows 1950 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-218-6191 Best Western Plus - Louisa 18199 Hwy 23 Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-3420 BEST-WESTERN-PLUS-Louisa/ Big Sandy Area Community Action Program 253 University Dr., Suite 101 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-2948 Big Sandy Area Development District 110 Resource Court

Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-2374 Big Sandy CO LP 513 N. Mayo Trail, Unit B Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-9600 Big Sandy Community & Technical College One Bert T. Combs Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-7332 Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Pikeville Campus 120 S. Riverfill Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-218-2060 Big Sandy Dental Center 180 Town Mtn. Rd., Suite 111 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-509-8633 Big Sandy Health Care 1709 KY Route 321, Suite 3 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-8546 Birch Communications 274 Cassidy Blvd., Suite 102 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-3000 Blackburn Insurance Group Inc. - Nationwide Insurance 147 Hibbard St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1077 Blue Raven Restaurant & Pub 211 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-509-2583 Bob Evans Restaurant 4117 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-9054 Bradley and Spurlock 311 N. Arnold Ave. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-4581 Brandeis Machinery & Supply Company 130 Mare Creek Rd. Stanville, KY 41659 606-478-9201 Breaks Interstate Park

627 Commission Circle Breaks, VA 24607 276-865-4413 Brookshire Inn - Pikeville PO Box 2788 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-433-0888 Brookshire Inn - Prestonsburg 85 Hal Rogers Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-889-0331 Brookside Dental Care 306 Wrights Lane Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-874-9311 Brown Foodservice Inc. 500 E. Clayton Lane Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-1139 Brown Glass, Inc. 86 Old Penny Rd. Virgie, KY 41572 606-639-0656 http://www. Bruce Walters Ford Lincoln Kia 302 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-9641 BT Media Group, LLC 229 Thacker Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-5554 Buckingham Place 1023 Euclid Ave . Paintsville, KY 41240 606-788-9186 mounatinmanorofpaintsville. com

Busy Bee Septic Systems LTD 5258 Zebulon Hwy Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1233 C&C Carpet & Construction, LLC 417 Hambley Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-1919

CAM Mining LLC PO Box 1169 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-432-3900

CEDAR, Inc. PO Box 2152 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-477-3456

Grayson 167 S. Carol Malone Blvd. Grayson, KY 41143 866-462-2265

Car City, LLC - Inez Route 40 Main St. Inez, KY 606-298-3535

Center for Regional Engagement, Morehead State University 320 University St. Morehead, KY 40351 606-783-9327 engagement

Citizens National Bank Main Branch & Offices 620 Broadway St. Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-4001

Car City, LLC - Louisa 16386 US Hwy 23 Louisa, KY 41230 888-568-4245 Cardinal Glass, Inc. 6101 Zebulon Hwy Pikeville, KY 41501 606-631-1838 Care More Pharmacy 151 Dorton Jenkins Hwy Dorton, KY 41520 606-639-2273 Carl D. Perkins Apartments 200 Douglas Parkway Pikeville, KY 41501 606-639-8280 pikeville/carl-d-perkins Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center 478 Meadows Branch Rd. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-433-2256 Carpet Mine 1420 S.Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-7657 Casebolt Broadcasting & Marketing 384 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-218-1198 Castle Jewelry & Gifts 4541 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-4653 CBL Mining, LLC 67 Lonesome Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-1525 Cedar Creek Assisted Living 156 Winston Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8243

Central Brace & Prosthetics, Inc. 171 Hibbard St., Suite 3 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-509-0612 Check Point Food & Fuel PO Box 1005 Phelps, KY 41553 606-437-1500 Cheyenne Enterprises, Inc. 945 Williams Fork Dana, KY 41615 606-478-1140 Childers Oil Company PO Box 430 Whitesburg, KY 41858 606-633-2525 Christian Appalachian Project 6550 S. KY Route 321 PO Box 459 Hagerhill, KY 41222 859-269-0635 Cindy C. Smith, DMD 157 Hibbard St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0163 Citizens National Bank - Allen 6474 Route 1428 Allen, KY 41601 606-886-4000 Citizens National Bank Ashland 855 Central Ave. Ashland, KY 41105 606-920-7300 Citizens National Bank CentrePointe 50 Franklin Corner Prestonsburg, KY 41501 606-886-4000 Citizens National Bank -

Citizens National Bank Mayo Plaza 333 Mayo Plaza Paintsville, KY 41240 866-462-2265 Citizens National Bank McDowell 9674 Route 122 McDowell, KY 41647 606-886-4000 Citizens National Bank Pikeville Branch 247 Hambley Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-4000 Citizens National Bank Russell 320 Russell Rd. Russell, KY 41101 606-920-7300 Citizens National Bank Salyersville 615 East Mtn. Parkway Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-8800 Citizens National Bank Weddington Plaza Branch 4367 N. Mayo Trail, Suite 102 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-7188 City of Coal Run Village 81 Church St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-6032 City of Pikeville 243 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-5100 City of Salyersville PO Box 640 Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-2409

City of Salyersville Renaissance Program, Inc. 100 West Maple St. Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-7942 Classic Printing 113 Caroline Ave., Suite 1 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-9894 Classic Realty 693 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-4700 Clintwood Elkhorn Mining 23958 State Hwy 194 E. Fedscreek, KY 41524 606-835-4006 clintwood Coal Operators & Associates, Inc. PO Box 3158 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-432-2161 Coats For Kids PO Box 4 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-424-0157 Collins & Love, CPA 587 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-4171 Community Auto & Repair Services 369 Route 610 West Virgie, KY 41572 606-639-4511 Community Funeral Home 4902 Zebulon Hwy Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-1991 Community Trust Bank 346 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1414 Community Trust Bank - Allen 6424 KY Route 1428 Allen, KY 41601 606-874-0408



Community Trust Bank Downtown Whitesburg 155 Main St. Whitesburg, KY 41858 606-633-0161 Community Trust Bank Elkhorn City 211 Russell St. Elkhorn City, KY 41522 606-754-5589 Community Trust Bank - Isom 56 Isom Plaza Isom, KY 41826 606-633-5995 Community Trust Bank Jenkins 9505 Hwy 805, Suite A Jenkins, KY 41537 606-832-2477 Community Trust Bank Knott County 107 W. Main St. Hindman, KY 41822 606-785-5095 Community Trust Bank Main St. Pikeville 137 Main St. #4 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-3326 Community Trust Bank Marrowbone 10579 Regina Belcher Hwy Marrowbone, KY 41522 606-754-4462 Community Trust Bank Mouthcard 32 N. Levisa Rd. Mouthcard, KY 41548 606-835-4907 Community Trust Bank - Neon 1001 Hwy 317 Neon, KY 41840 606-855-4435 Community Trust Bank Paintsville Walmart 470 N. Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 606-788-9934 Community Trust Bank Phelps 38720 State Hwy 194 E. Phelps, KY 41553 136


606-456-8701 Community Trust Bank Pikeville Walmart 254 Cassidy Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-0048 Community Trust Bank Prestonsburg 161 South Lake Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-2382 Community Trust Bank Town Mountain 105 Northgate Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-3323 Community Trust Bank Tug Valley 28160 US Hwy 119 South Williamson, KY 41503 606-237-6051 Community Trust Bank Virgie 1056 KY Hwy 610 W. Virgie, KY 41572 606-639-4451 Community Trust Bank Weddington Plaza 4205 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-4529 Community Trust Bank West Whitesburg 24 Parkway Plaza Loop Whitesburg, KY 41858 606-633-4532 Cooley Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. 11 Northwood Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-0101 Cooley Medical - Pikeville 255 Church St., Suite 105 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0055 Cooley Medical - Prestonsburg 1184 South Lake Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-9267 Country Music Highway Arts, Inc.

144 Middle Br. McDowell, KY 41647 606-377-0815 Creative Lighting & Bath 135 Hibbard St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-0751 Creative Promotions 605 Chloe Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-9111 Creg Damron Furniture 199 Hibbard St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-0595 Crossrock Drilling, LLC 1539 Stone Coal Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-6970 Dairy Queen - Salyersville Route 114 E. Mtn. Parkway Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-1616 Daniel Boone Motor Inn 150 Weddington Branch Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0365

Drug Testing Centers of America 705 Broadway, Suite 2 Paintsville, KY 41240 606-788-8378 Dynamic Physical Therapy Associates 126 Trivette Dr. Uniplex Building, Suite 202 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0058 E-Z Pay Auto Sales 5373 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-9800

East Kentucky Broadcasting PO Box 2200 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-437-4051 East Kentucky Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 129 Loraine St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-9639

Daryle M. Ronning, PSC 149 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8175

East Kentucky Small Business Development Center 3455 N. Mayo Trail, Suite 4 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-5848

Debra R. Bailey, MD, FAAP, PSC 419 Town Mtn. Rd., Suite 202 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-1511

East KY Support Services Inc. 35 Reel View Dr . Jeremiah, KY 41826 606-633-7272 eastkentuckysupportservices. com

Delta Supply Heating & Cooling 455 Hambley Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0787

Eastern Air Flow LLC 5721 KY Route 404 David, KY 41616 606-791-4273

Deskins Motor Company, Inc. 100 Deskins Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-1300

Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center 126 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-444-5500

Discover Downtown Middlesboro 21st and Lothbury Middlesboro, KY 40965 606-248-6155 DNV GL Energy Services USA, Inc. 31 Charles Dr. Butler, KY 41006 606-205-6110

Eastern Telephone & Technologies Company 106 Power Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0043 Economy Drug Co., Inc. 180 Town Mtn. Rd., Suite 115 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-7333

Edward Jones - A.O. Onkst 207 Hibbard St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-0657 Edward Jones - JC Hensley 3767 N. Mayo Trail, Suite 2 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-9175 EKCEP, Inc. 941 N. Main St. Hazard, KY 41701 606-436-5751 El Azul Grande - Pikeville 238 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-7200 El Azul Grande - Prestonsburg 134 Collins Circle Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-8300 Electric Line Company 343 New Camp Rd. South Williamson, KY 41503 606-237-7370 Elliott Supply & Glass, Inc. PO Box 3038 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-437-7368 EQT Corporation 32 Pluma Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-2900 Eric Mills Attorney at Law 86 W. Main St. Inez, KY 41224 606-298-0505 Eruption Technologies 219 Scott Ave., Suite 3 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-477-5150 Fairway Outdoor Advertising 1749 US Hwy 23 N. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-459-5959

606-509-6337 Family Eye Care Professionals 4219 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-3576 Farley Tire and Auto Repair 5351 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-637-9140 Fast Change Lube & Oil, Inc. - Inez 324 W. Main St. Inez, KY 41224 606-298-0764 Fast Change Lube & Oil, Inc. - Louisa 102 Dennison Dr . Louisa, KY 41230 606-673-3347 Fast Change Lube & Oil, Inc. - Paintsville 501-A N. Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 606-788-9900 Fast Change Lube & Oil, Inc. - Pikeville 3841 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-1471 Fast Change Lube & Oil, Inc. - Prestonsburg 41 Glenview Plaza Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-6794 Fast Change Lube & Oil, Inc. - South Williamson 2900 US 119 N. South Williamson, KY 41503 606-237-6355 Ferrellgas 3367 Collins Hwy Pikeville, KY 41501 606-639-9946

Faith Electrical, LLC 100 Rose St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-478-3392

First Commonwealth Bank Betsy Layne 11155 S. US 23 Betsy Layne, KY 41605 606-478-9596

Faith Pharmacy, Inc. 140 Adams Ln., Suite 500 Pikeville, KY 41501

First Commonwealth Bank Coal Run 3822 N. Mayo Trail

Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-6231

PO Box 66 Neon, KY 41840 606-855-7916

First Commonwealth Bank Inez 87 Main St. Inez, KY 41224 606-298-3584

Food City - Hazard 50 Morton Blvd. Hazard, KY 41702 606-436-8204

First Commonwealth Bank Main Office 311 N. Arnold Ave. Suite 100 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-4493 First Commonwealth Bank Martin 12433 Main St. Martin, KY 41649 606-285-3266 First Commonwealth Bank Northside 838 North Lake Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-4852 First Commonwealth Bank Paintsville Downtown 232 Main St. Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-3719 First Commonwealth Bank Paintsville Mayo Plaza 601 N. Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-3541 First Commonwealth Bank Pikeville 262 Cassidy Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-1619 First Commonwealth Bank Salyersville Parkway 230 E. Mtn. Parkway Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-7520 First National Bank 109 Prater Place, Suite 100 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-5340 Fishy Business Paylake Inc. 8373 State Hwy 194 W. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-9026

Food City - Louisa 70 Business US 23 N. Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-3434 Food City - Paintsville 330 N. Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-8860 Food City - Prestonsburg 429 University Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-889-9375 Food City - Pikeville Store #458 215 Cassidy Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8150 Food City - Shelbiana Store #457 2138 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0796 Foothills Broadband 1621 KY Route 40 W. Staffordsville, KY 41256 606-297-9102 Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky 5864 Kentucky Hwy 28 PO Box 310 Chavies, KY 41727 606-439-1357 Freedom Ford and Honda 45 Malcom D. Layne Dr. Ivel, KY 41642 606-200-3190 Frost Brown Todd 400 W. Market St., Floor 32 Louisville, KY 40202 502-568-0288



Gary C. Johnson, PSC Law Office PO Box 231 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-437-4002 Gary Lowe - State Farm Insurance 3780 N. Mayo Trail, Suite 101 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-4877 Gateway SHRM PO Box 160 Harold, KY 41635 606-479-6355 Gatti’s of Pikeville/Gattitown 274 Cassidy Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-6211 Gearheart Communications PO Box 159 Harold, KY 41635 606-478-9401 Gearheart Communications/ Inter Mountain Cable PO Box 159 Harold, KY 41635 606-479-6134 Gerri and Ken Kinder 1845 Upper Chloe Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0549 Glenn Shepard Seminars 6953 Charlotte Pike, Suites 303 & 403 Nashville, TN 37209 615-353-7125 Goodwill Industries - Louisa 220 Townhill Rd. Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-0515 Goodwill Industries - Pikeville 4493 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-3113 Green Meadow Country Club 6887 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-3004 Greg’s Custom Audio, Video & Car Stereo 274 Cassidy Blvd., Suite 101 Pikeville, KY 41501 138


606-432-1132 GreyBella Home Furnishings 274 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-4343 Hall-Clark Insurance Agency, Inc. 132 South Lake Dr., Suite 101 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-2318 Hampton Inn 831 Hambley Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8181 Harley Davidson of Pikeville 114 Harley Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-0911 Harris, Akers & Associates, LLC 1144 S. Mayo Trail, Suite 201 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0808 Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center 100 Medical Center Dr. Hazard, KY 41701 606-439-6600 Heartland Communications Consultants, Inc. 3 Public Square Elizabethtown, KY 42701 270-872-8001 Heavenly Treasures 233 Cassidy Blvd., Suite 5 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-509-4659 Hefners Jewelers, Inc. 4169 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-9000 Hidden Styles Salon & Tanning 3767 N. Mayo Trail, Suite 1 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-899-1974 Hillbilly Christmas In July, Inc. 3591 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-5812 Hilton Garden Inn - Pikeville 849 Hambley Blvd.

Pikeville, KY 41501 606-766-2000 Hobby Lobby 120 Justice Way, Unit 107 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-7405 Holly Hills Mall Restaurant & Catering 92 Holly Hills Mall Rd. Hindman, KY 41822 606-785-0909 Home Builders of Eastern KY 154 Evergreen Ln. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8754 Hospice of the Bluegrass 57 Dennis Standlin MD Cove Hazard, KY 41701 606-437-3700 Housing Authority of Pikeville 748 Hambley Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8124 Humana CareSource 10200 Forest Green Blvd. Louisville, KY 40223 606-594-0751 kentucky/ Humana Inc. 300 West Vine St. Lexington, KY 40507 502-476-1281 Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC 1004 Third St. Paintsville, KY 41240 606-297-4066 Hylton Sales & Rental PO Box 203 Ivel, KY 41642 606-478-8900 ICC Global Hosting 229 West Court St. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-8447 Indian Hills Wines & Spirits, Inc. 2150 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-1935

Infintech - Innovative Financial Services 4010 Executive Park Dr., Suite 430 Cincinnati, OH 45241 859-539-4574 InSite Consulting 117 S. Main St. Greer, SC 29652 864-334-1886 J & M Monitoring, Inc. 251 Tollage Creek Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1910 J&J Construction 555 Coon Branch Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-9611 J.B.K. Builders 377 Left Fork Island Creek Pikeville, KY 41501 606-794-1345 James Brown 99 Coal Run Hill Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1381 Jeff Keener 117 Second St., Apt. 4 Pikeville, KY 41501 Jennifer Reynolds - State Farm Insurance 145 Weddington Br. Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-5230 Jenny Wiley State Resort Park 419 Jenny Wiley Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-889-1790 kentuckystateparks. Wiley_State_Resort_Park Jerry Adkins Mobile Home Sales 2741 US Hwy 23 S. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8810 Jet Coal Company PO Box 276 Virgie, KY 41572 606-639-2505 Jiffy Dry Cleaners & Tanning 185 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-4158

Jigsaw Enterprises, LLC 190 Left Fork Island Creek Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-9090 Johnson Industries, Inc. 101 Pine Fork Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-639-2029 Johnson Law Firm 229 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-4488 Johnson Surveillance, LLC 120 High St. Virgie, KY 41572 606-509-2288 Jones Oil Company, Inc 67 Lonesome Cedar Ln. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-5724 Jones, Walters, Turner & Shelton 208 Second St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-1167 Joshua S. Leonard, DMD, PSC 306 Hospital Dr., Suite 203B South Williamson, KY 41503 606-237-9983 Judi’s Place for Kids 128 S. College St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-7447 Justice Hardware 3139 E. Shelbiana Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-3136 JW Call & Son Funeral Home 703 Hambley Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-6228 Karen’s Place 125 S. Main Cross St. Louisa, KY 41230 606-244-0975 Kelley Galloway & Co., PCS PO Box 3067 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-437-7389 Kellogg Company -

Pikeville Plant 3321 State Hwy 194 E. Kimper, KY 41539 606-631-9365

5425 N. Mayo Trail, Suite 202 Pikeville, KY 41501 606- 432-2269

Lee’s Famous Recipe 114 East Mtn. Parkway Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-3626

Kentucky Berwind Land Company PO Box 20 Belcher, KY 41513 606-754-5051

King’s Daughters Medical Center 1279 Old Abbott Mtn. Rd. Prestonsburg, KY 42501 606-886-0892

Lendmark Financial Services 4414 N. Mayo Trail, Suite B Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-0227

Kentucky Community of Sharing 322 South Jefferson Louisa, KY 41230 304-840-3343

Kinzer Drilling PO Box 460 Allen, KY 41601 606-874-8041

Kentucky Frontier Gas, LLC 2963 KY Route 321 W. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-2431

Kiwanis of Pikeville PO Box 462 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-437-3320

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 126 Trivette Dr., Uniplex Bldg., Suite 302 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-7618 Kentucky Power 3249 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 800-572-1113 Kentucky Power Big Sandy Plant 23000 Hwy 23 Louisa, KY 41230 606-686-1401 KFC - South Mayo Trail 110 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-3246 KFC - Weddington Branch 28 Weddington Branch Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0741 Kid’s World Child Care & Learning Center 231 Church St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-1523 Kimberlain I.T. Services, Inc. 158 Town Mtn. Rd., Suite 101 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-6866 King’s Daughters Medical Center

KSK Management, Inc. PO Box 1879 Ashland, KY 41105 606-324-5421 L.B. Schmidt & Associates, LLC 6316 Innisbrook Dr. Prospect , KY 40059 502-292-2898 L.M. Productions 28678 US Hwy 119 South Williamson, KY 41503 304-730-0723 Landmark Inn 190 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-2545 Law Offices of Johnson Crump 161 2nd St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-3400 Lawrence County Tourism Commission 315 E. Madison St. Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-0078 Laytent Energy 547 Cedar Creek Rd., Unit A2 Pikeville, KY 41501 1-844-523-8368 Lee Graphics Printing and Office Supplies, Inc. 143 Mesa Dr. St. Albans, WV 25177 304-755-1002

Leslie Equipment Company 195 Industrial Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0321 Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling 11105 US Hwy 23 S., Suite 108 Betsy Layne, KY 41605 606-478-5922 Long John Silvers - Mayo Trail 176 S. Mayo Circle Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-3339 Long Trucking PO Box 75 Regina, KY 41559 606-754-8964 Louisa Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Inc. 416 N. Clay Ave. Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-4554 Lowe’s of Pikeville 183 Cassidy Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-0020 Lucas & Son Funeral Home, Inc. PO Box 2685 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-437-0044

Lynette Schindler, CPA, PSC 130 Scott Ave. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-1025 M&M Photography PO Box 533 Hindman, KY 41822 606-785-0558 Magnolia Partners, LLC 300 Lakewood Dr. Grayson, KY 41143 606-474-2214



Manpower Temporary Services 311 N. Arnold Ave., Suite 503 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-889-9710 March of Dimes Bluegrass Division 207 E. Reynolds Rd., Suite 110 Lexington, KY 40517 859-402-1710 Martins Peterbilt of Pikeville 101 Industrial Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-1777 Marvin Bush, DMD 142 Mayo Circle, Suite 100 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0187

Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-3336 McDonalds – Martin 12575 Main St. Martin, KY 41649 606-285-0723 McDonalds - N. Lake Dr. Prestonsburg 1178 N. Lake Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-1223 McDonalds – Salyersville 222 E. Mtn. Parkway Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-1611

Marwood Land Company, Inc. 164 S. Mayo Trail, Suite 1 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-1447

McDonalds - Shoppers Path Prestonsburg 30 Shoppers Path Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-3442

Maverick Insurance Group LLC 1214 N. Mayo Trail, Suite 100 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-605-0002

McDonalds - Cassidy Blvd. 190 Cassidy Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8848

Maynard Insurance Agency, Inc. 85 Blackburn St. Betsy Layne, KY 41605 606-478-9500

McDonalds - Coal Run 3683 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-4395

McCoy Motorsports 559 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-0083 McDonalds - 305 N. Mayo Paintsville 305 N. Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-6989 McDonalds - 470 N. Mayo Paintsville 470 N. Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-3911 McDonalds – Inez 1960 Blacklog Rd. Inez, KY 41224 606-298-7997 McDonalds – Louisa 61 Falls Creek Dr. 140


Merrill Lynch 109 Prater Place, Suite 200 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-2200 Michael Spears, CPA, PSC 107 S. Arnold Ave. Suite 201 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-8040

NAPA Auto Parts 309 W. Union Rd. Calhoun, GA 30701 770-843-9205

Mickey’s Menagerie 223 Second St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-5373

Narco Inc. Cannelton Hollow Rd. Smithers, WV 25186 304-442-5656

Mona’s Creative Catering 278 Town Mtn. Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-6662

National College 50 National College Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-478-7200

Mother Nature Spring Water, Inc. 8862 Elkhorn Creek Rd. Ashcamp, KY 41512 606-754-5756 Mountain Association for Community Economic Development 224 Main St. Paintsville, KY 41240 606-264-3101 Mountain Companies 2257 Executive Dr. Lexington, KY 40583 859-299-7001

McDonalds - South Williamson 385 Southside Mall Rd. South Williamson, KY 41503 606-237-5696

Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Inc. 104 S. Front Ave. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-8572

McDonalds of East Kentucky 1104 Third St. Paintsville, KY 41240 606-297-7000

Mountain Music Exchange 229 Thacker Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-5554

McDowell ARH 9879 KY 122 McDowell, KY 41647 606-377-3400

Mountain View Health Care Center 945 W. Russell St. Elkhorn City, KY 41522 606-754-4134

MCNB 353 Hambley Blvd., Suite 1 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-7177 Mellowbrook Apartments 7 Stacy St. Harold, KY 41635 606-478-8000

My Sweet Treats & More, LLC 5171 N. Mayo Trail, Unit A Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8569

Mountain Water District 6332 Zebulon Hwy Pikeville, KY 41501 606-631-6349 My Hometown Mortgage Corp. 3780 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-6832

Nova Pharmacy 1330 S. Mayo Trail, Suite 102 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-2274 Office Depot 4333 Brookridge Dr. Lexington, KY 40515 859-608-3864 Office of Employment and Training 138 College St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-7721 On Site Drug Screening, Inc. 180 Town Mtn. Rd., Suite 109 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-7477 Orange Leaf – Pikeville 171 Hibbard St., Suite 2 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-5588 Orange-Leaf-Pikeville/ 431449233632915 Origami Owl - Paula McCoy-Hatfield (Independent Designer) 115 Varney Dr. Toler, KY 41514 606-353-7340 paulamccoyhatfield. P & J Trailer Sales LLC 1652 N. US 23 Paintsville, KY 41240 606-791-9631

Page-3’s GameZone 547 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-9403 Paintsville Lake State Park 1551 KY Route 2275 Staffordsville, KY 41256 606-297-8486 Paintsville Tourism Commission 100 Staves Branch Rd. Paintsville, KY 41240 800-542-5790 Parkview Manor & Rehab Center 200 Nursing Home Lane Pikeville, KY 41501 606-639-4840 Passport Health Plan 5100 Commerce Crossings Dr. Louisville, KY 40229 502-585-7900 Peking – Downtown 205 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-9888 Peking - Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse 4539 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606- 437-6788 Peking - Coal Run 4533 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-6788 Penn Station 244 Cassidy Blvd., Suite 100 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-509-7366 Peoples Gas 375 North Shore Dr., Suite 600 Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-208-6614

Peoples Insurance Agency, LLC 233 Cassidy Blvd., Suite 2 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-7361 Pepsi Beverages Company 3591 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-6271 Perry Distributors, Inc. 540 Oakhurst Ave. Hazard, KY 41701 606-436-3665 Picture Perfect Photo Booth KY 111 Burke Court Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-233-1259 pictureperfectphotoboothky. com Pig in a Poke – Pikeville 130 Mayo Circle Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-9511 Pig In A Poke - Prestonsburg 341 University Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-889-9119 Pike County Board of Education 316 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-7700 Pike County Fiscal Court 146 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-6247 Pike County Housing Authority PO Box 1468 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-432-4178 Pike County Physical Therapy Clinic, PSC – Pikeville 419 Town Mtn. Rd., Suite 108 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8782 Pike County Public Library District 119 College St., Suite 3 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-9977 Pike County Relay For Life 4324 13th St. Ashland, KY 41102 606-789-6820 Pike County Tourism CVB 781 Hambley Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-5063 Pike County UK Cooperative Extension Service

148 Trivette Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-2534 Pike-Letcher Land Company 6920 Hwy 610 W. Myra, KY 41537 606-639-9711 pikeletcher Pike TV 119 College St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-444-5129 Pike Villa Apartments 130 Clair Ln., Suite 803 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-3286 Pikeville Area Family YMCA 424 Bob Amos Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-9622 Pikeville City Tourism and Convention Commission 126 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-444-5500 Pikeville Coca-Cola 311 Industrial Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-218-7280 Pikeville Dermatology & Cosmetic Center 108 N Auxier Ave. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-9106 Pikeville High School Alumni Association and Foundation 120 Championship Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0185 Pikeville Historic Mansion Bed & Breakfast 179 College St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-509-0296 Pikeville Independent Schools 148 Second St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8161


Pikeville Medical Center 911 Bypass Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-218-3500 Pikeville Mini Storage 278 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-9974 Pikeville Radiology, PLLC 161 College St., Suite 1 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1357 Pikeville RV Sales Inc. 7349 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-478-5430 Premier Elkhorn 6920 Hwy 610 W. Myra, KY 41549 premier Premiere Pond & Spa 1476 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-7727 Professional Business Products, Inc. 1454 Robert C. Byrd Dr. Crab Orchard, WV 25827 606-432-0959 Pure Bliss Salon 1472 S. Mayo Trail, Unit 1 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-3236 Pure-Bliss-Salon/ 1493767604225237 Quality Cash Register 301 United Ct., Suite 8 Lexington, KY 40509 859-225-2301 Quality Foods 5284 Collins Hwy Robinson Creek, KY 41560 606-639-2560 Quinco, Inc. PO Box 194 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-437-7915

Pikeville Main Street Program 243 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY


RE/MAX Legacy Group 3780 N. Mayo Trail, Suite 202 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1955

Roger Ratliff Apartment Rentals 101 Hibbard St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-4936

Sharp Smiles Dentistry, Inc. 4159 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0101

Sound House Music, Inc. 4163 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-4155

Redd, Brown & Williams – Louisa 110 South Clay St. Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-4449

Rosalind Stanley 316 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-9247

Tis The Season, LLC 180 Town Mtn. Rd., Suite 106 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1300

Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 178 College St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-5504

Redd, Brown & Williams – Paintsville 201 Bridge St. Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-8119 Redd, Brown & Williams – Prestonsburg 253 University Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-3939 Redd, Brown & Williams Real Estate Services 685 N. Mayo Trail US 23 N. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-2333 Reed’s Home Decor & Gifts 275 Mall Rd., Suite 11A South Williamson, KY 41503 606-237-0013 Reed’s Spray Foam Insulation 275 Mall Rd., Suite 11A South Williamson, KY 41503 606-237-0013 RENEW Addiction Treatment 4963 US Hwy 23 N., Suite 121 Ivel, KY 41642 606-653-1505 Rental Pro 7241 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-478-7368 Ridge Cliff Apartments 680 Hambley Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8304 Road Tested Tire & Auto 121 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-5487 Roasted Coffee and Cafe 787 Hambley Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-253-3035 142


Rotary of Pikeville PO Box 988 Pikeville, KY 41502 Russell Fork Pharmacy 10363 Regina Belcher Hwy Elkhorn, KY 41522 606-754-7085 Russell Fork White Water Adventure PO Box 434 Big Rock, VA 24603 276-530-7044 RX Discount Pharmacy 500 Morton Blvd. Hazard, KY 41701 606-436-2407 Sandy Valley Habitat for Humanity 137 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-4011 Saver Group, Inc. 669 KY Hwy 610 W. Virgie, KY 41572 270-465-8675 Scholar House of Central Appalachia 127 Saad Ave. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-218-5250 Schooley Mitchell of Louisa 1057 Meadowbrook Ln. Louisa, KY 41230 606-483-3345 lmbalaklaw Self Refind 116 N. First St. Danville, KY 40422 866-755-4258 Servpro of Pike, Floyd, & Knott Counties 810 S. Lake Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-3826

Sherwin Williams 4223 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-4355 Shirt Gallery 1000 Arkansas Creek Rd. Martin, KY 41649 800-442-2133 Shoe-Inn Family Footwear 233 Cassidy Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-877-1709 Shoney’s of Pikeville 4554 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-218-1123 Shoneys-of-Pikeville/ 341710009196372 Shred-All Documents PO Box 2894 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-432-1166 Shurtleff’s Sanitary Laundry 136 Central Ave. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-7381 Signature HealthCARE of Pikeville 260 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-7327 SimplexGrinnell 2800 7th Ave., Suite 102 Charleston, WV 25387 540-389-7276 SNF - Flomin Coal 5079 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1535 SOAR 243 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-5127

Speedy Cash- Harlan 2415 W. Hwy 72 Harlan, KY 40831 606-573-5000 Speedy Cash- Hazard 123 Corporate Dr., Suite 103 Hazard, KY 41701 606-439-5050 Speedy Cash- Jackson 220 Hwy 15 S. Jackson, KY 41339 606-666-7007 Speedy Cash- Main Location 3921 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-9100 Speedy Cash- Paintsville 329 Broadway St. Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-3835 Speedy Cash- Prestonsburg PO Box 896 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-874-1160 Speedy Cash- S. Mayo Trail 208 S. Mayo Trail, Box 9 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-9105 Speedy Cash- Salyersville 460 Allen Dr. Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-4700 Speedy Cash - West Liberty 577 Main St. West Liberty, KY 41472 606-743-9566 Speedy Cash – Whitesburg 1181 Hwy 119 N. Whitesburg, KY 41858 606-633-0986 Staples 238 Cassidy Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1161

State Electric & Supply Company 122 Johnson St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-3163

Appalachia 470 Main St., Suite 1 Hazard, KY 41701 606-436-6000 where-we-work/appalachia

Steak ‘N Shake of Pikeville, Inc. 210 Cassidy Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-509-3663

Tech Medical Center 95 Weddington Branch Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-454-8324 techmedicalcenter

Stonecrest Golf Course 918 Clubhouse Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-1006 Storage Rentals of America 144 Cowpen Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 800-457-5678 Stratton Law Firm, PSC 111 Pike St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-7800 Subway – Pikeville 207 Hibbard St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-0009 Suddenlink Communications 2214 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 800-972-5757

Summit Engineering 131 Summit Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1447

The Wells Group, LLC 1731 W. Shelbiana Rd. Shelbiana, KY 41562 606-437-4034 Therapeutic Counseling Services 384 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-5177

Teco Coal Company 200 Allison Blvd. Corbin, KY 40701 606-523-4444

Three Rivers Medical Center 2485 Hwy 644 Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-9451

Texas Roadhouse 130 Justice Way Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-0008

Tim Short Superstore 2655 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1716

Thacker Funeral Home 1118 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-7353 Thacker Memorial, Inc. 4964 Chloe Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1800 The Absolute Leader 144 Horne Br. Staffordsville, Kentucky 41256 606-367-4986 The Benefits Firm PO Box 2606 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-477-0383

Super Dollar – Prestonsburg 81 Glyn View Plaza Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-889-2754

The Elite Agency, Inc. 5 Village St., Suite 2 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-7695

T. Edwin Coleman P O Box 2009 Pikeville, KY 41502

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 301 E. Main St., Suite 100 Louisville, KY 40202 502-584-8490

Teach For America –

The UPS Store 4145 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-0546 pikeville-ky-4301.

Techpoint 7912 KY Route 114 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-791-6221

Super Dollar - Pikeville 234 Town Mtn. Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-2505

Tangles 3915 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-4247


The Men’s Corner 4135 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501

Todd Case Trucking 210 Raven Rock Fork Rd. Louisa, KY 41230 606-686-2344 Tom E. Hartsock DMD, MS 161 College St., Suite 3 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-3603 Tosha’s Sweet Shoppe 475 Hambley Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-369-6625

164 Main St., Suite 300 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-9344 Treap Contracting, Inc. 33 Evergreen Ln. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8507 Tug Valley Road Runners Club 201 Central Ave. South Williamson, KY 41503 606-625-5092 Unique Boutique of Pikeville 205 Hibbard St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-5008 Unisign Corporation, Inc. PO Box 76 Ivel, KY 41642 606-478-6777 Unison Insurance Group, Inc. 9790 Hwy 15 Isom, KY 41824 606-632-3600 UNITE Pike, Inc. PO Box 363 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-433-9329 United Helping Hands of Pikeville, Inc. 5279 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1349

Tractor Supply – Louisa 16230 US Hwy 23 Louisa, KY 41230 606-673-1141

United Medical Group & East KY After Hours Clinic 50 Weddington Br. Rd., Suite C Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-2400

Tractor Supply – Paintsville 980 3rd St. Paintsville, KY 41240 606-297-5570

University of Pikeville 147 Sycamore St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-218-5250

Tractor Supply – Pikeville 164 Lee Ave. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-0890

Unshackled Counseling Services, PLLC 155 Little Creek Pikeville, KY 41501 606-213-7830

Tractor Supply South Williamson 169 Southside Mall Rd. South Williamson, KY 41503 606-237-0189

US Army Recruiting Station 120 Pike St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-6042



US Bank - Elkhorn City 114 W. Russell St. Elkhorn City, KY 41522 606-754-5082

Solutions, Inc. 2548 Greenup Ave. Ashland, KY 41101 606-327-5536

Walters Chevrolet/Buick 505 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-5551

US Bank - Johns Creek 9782 Meta Hwy Pikeville, KY 41501 606-631-1593

Vantage Point, Inc. 534 E. Main St. Stanville, KY 41659 606-478-9494

Walters Mazda Mitsubishi 302 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-9810

US Bank – Martin 12579 Main St. Martin, KY 41649 606-285-6300

Verizon Yellow Pages 1019 Majestic Dr., Suite 110 Lexington, KY 40513

US Bank – North Mayo Trail 3663 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-2770 US Bank – Pikeville Main St. 131 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-2646 US Bank – Prestonsburg 415 North Lake Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-2924 US Bank - Shelby Valley 1151 Hwy 610 Virgie, KY 41572 606-639-4423 US Bank - South Mayo Trail 206 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-2772 US Bank – Southside 27989 US Hwy 119 N. South Williamson, KY 41503 606-237-8406 Utility Management Group 287 Island Creek Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-4754 Valley Agency Real Estate 60 Sunset Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-6201 Valley Discount Pharmacy 6758 US Hwy 23 S., Suite 7 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-639-2415 VanDyke Business 144


Via Media 4389 KY Route 825 Hager Hill, KY 41222 859-977-9000 Victory Roofing, LLC 122 Moonlight Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-1717 Wallen, Puckett & Anderson, PSC 106 Fourth St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-8833 Walmart – Prestonsburg 477 Village Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-886-6681 Walmart – Whitesburg 350 Whitesburg Plaza Whitesburg, KY 41858 606-633-0152 Walmart Supercenter – Louisa 275 Walton Dr. Louisa, KY 41230 606-673-4427 Walmart Supercenter – Paintsville 470 N. Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-8920 Walmart Supercenter – Pikeville 254 Cassidy Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-6177 Walmart Supercenter – South Williamson 28402 US Hwy 119 South Williamson, KY 41503 606-237-0477

Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-6664 Worldwide Equipment, Inc. PO Box 1370 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 606-874-2172

Walters Nissan 36 Venters Ln. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-4005

Wright Concrete & Construction PO Box 358 Dorton, KY 41520 606-639-4484

Walters Toyota 302 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-1451

WYMT-TV 199 Black Gold Blvd. Hazard, KY 41701 606-436-5757

Westcare 10057 Elkhorn Creek Ashcamp, KY 41512 606-754-7077

Yatesville Lake State Park 1410 Golf Course Rd. Louisa, KY 41230 606-673-4303 recreationparks/yatesville-lake

Whayne Supply, Inc. 359 S. Lanks Branch Rd. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-6265 Whitesburg ARH 240 Hospital Rd. Whitesburg, KY 41858 606-633-3500 Wide Open Outdoors 45 Zebulon Hwy Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0091 WIFX 98 Church Rd. Harold, KY 41635 606-478-1200 Wildcat Fencing & Lawncare 641 Phoenix Place Blvd. Hazard, KY 41701 606-216-7023 Williamson ARH 260 Hospital Dr. South Williamson, KY 41503 606-237-1710 Williamson Physical Therapy 141 E. 2nd St. Williamson, KY 41514 304-235-9781 WKLW Radio 865 S. Mayo Trail

Zebulon Primary Care 419 Town Mtn. Rd., Suite 206 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-0720

Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce


Leslie, Magoffin, Perry


Senator, District 29

Mitch McConnell 361A Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510-1702 Phone: 202-224-2541 Fax: 202-224-2499 Email: Field Office: 601 W. Broadway, Room 630 Louisville, KY 40202 Phone: 502-582-6304 Fax: 502-582-5326

Senator Rand Paul 167 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510-1703 Phone: 202-224-4343 Email: Field Office: 1029 State Street Bowling Green, KY 42101 Phone: 270-782-8303

Congressman Harold Rogers 2406 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515-1705 Phone: 202-225-4601 Fax: 202-225-0940 Email: Field Office: 551 Clifty Street Somerset, KY 42503 Phone: 800-632-8588 or 606-679-8346 Fax: 606-678-4856

Johnny Ray Turner 849 Crestwood Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 Home: 606-889-6568 Annex: 502-564-8100 Ext. 2470 Floyd, Harlan, Knott, Letcher

Representative, District 96 Jill York PO Box 591 Grayson, KY 41143 Work: 606-474-7263 Fax: 606-474-7638 Annex: 502-564-8100 Ext. 602 Carter, Lawrence

Representative, District 97 Hubert Collins 72 Collins Drive Wittensville KY 41274 Home: 606-297-3152 Annex: 502-564-8100 Ext. 654 Johnson, Morgan, Wolfe

Representative, District 93 Chris Harris 719 Forest Hills Road Forest Hills, KY 41527 Annex: 502-564-8100 Ext. 635 Home: 606-237-0055

Senator, District 30 Brandon Smith 124 Craig Street Hazard, KY 41702 Home: 606-436-4526 Fax: 606-436-4526 Annex: 502-564-8100 Ext. 646 Bell, Breathitt, Johnson, * Telecommunications Device for the Deaf

Mike Wilson 1280 Hwy. 2565 Louisa, KY 41230 Office: 606-638-0034

County Attorney

City of Louisa

Mike Hogan 122 Main Cross Street Louisa, KY 41230 Office: 606-638-4051

City Hall

Circuit Court Clerk

Lawrence County:

215 North Main Cross Street Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-4050


Jodi Parsley 122 Main Cross Street Louisa, KY 41230 Office: 606-638-4215

County Jailer

Representative, District 95

Gloria Johnson Angela McGuire Lisa Schaeffer Tom Parsons Ron Cordle Jr. Mitch Castle

Roger Lee Jordan Office: 606-638-4312

Greg Stumbo Speaker of the House PO Box 1473, 108 Kassidy Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 Home: 606-886-9953 Annex: 502-564-2363 Capitol: 502-564-3366 Floyd, Pike (Part)


Elliot, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan, Pike

Lawrence, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, Floyd, Pike, Knott, Letcher (Other counties not listed)


Council Members

Leslie Combs 245 East Cedar Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 Home: 606-444-6672 Annex: 502-564-8100 Ext. 669

Ray S. Jones PO Drawer 3850 Pikeville, KY 41502 Work: 606-432-5777 Fax: 606-432-5154 Capitol: 502-564-2470

Sara Walter Combs 7th Appellate District, Division 1 Kentucky Court Of Appeals 323 E. College Avenue PO Box 709 Stanton, KY 40380 Phone: 606-663-0651

Harold Slone

Representative, District 94

Senator, District 31

Lawrence, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, Floyd, Pike, Knott, Letcher (Other counties not listed)

Louisa, KY 41230 606-673-1310 Earl Boggs District 3 170 Bellflower Rd. Blaine, KY 41124 606-652-3588 Rick Blackburn District 4 PO Box 566 Louisa, KY 41230 606-673-3954

Martin, Pike (Part)

Government: State Steve Beshear 700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 100 Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 Main Line: 502-564-2611 Fax: 502-564-2517 *TDD: 502-564-9551

Janet L. Stumbo 7th Appellate District, Division 2 Kentucky Court Of Appeals First Commonwealth Bank Building 311 N. Arnold Avenue, Suite 502 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 Phone: 606-889-1710

Letcher, Pike (Part)

Representative, District 92 John Short 240 Briarwood Lane Mallie, KY 41836 Work: 606-785-9018 Annex: 502-564-8100 Ext. 668 Knott, Magoffin, Pike (Part)

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller 6th Supreme Court District Supreme Court of Kentucky Kenton County Justice Center 230 Madison Ave., Suite 821 Covington, KY 41011 Phone: 859-291-9966

Kentucky Court of Appeals

Judicial Circuit Court Clerk

County Lawrence County Courthouse 122 South Main Cross Street Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-4102

Jodi Parsley Lawrence County Judicial Center 29 Riverbend Road Louisa, KY 41230 606-638-4215

Family Circuit Judge

John A. Osbourne Office: 606-638-0618 Fax: 606-638-0618

Janie McKenzie-Wells Johnson County Judicial Center 908 Third St. Paintsville, KY 41240 Phone: 606-297-9574 Fax: 606-297-9577

Property Value Administrator

Chief Circuit Judge

Judge Executive

Chris Rose Office: 606-633-4743

Sheriff Garrett Roberts 122 Main Cross Street Louisa, KY 41230 Office: 606-638-4368 Fax: 606-638-1316

Magistrates Morris Howard District 1 302 Saddletown Rd. Webbville, KY 41180 606-652-4178 John J. Lemaster District 2 1792 Deerlick Branch Rd.

John David Preston 908 Third St. Paintsville, KY 41240 Phone: 606-297-9586 Office: 606-297-9588

District Judge Johnson County Judicial Center John Kevin Holbrook 908 Third St. Paintsville, KY 41240 Office: 606-297-9581 Fax: 606-297-9585

Johnson County City of Paintsville City Hall 340 Main St.



Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-2600

Mayor Bob Porter P.O. Box 1588 Paintsville, KY 41240

Council Members Sara Blair David Vanhoose Bill Mike Runyon Jim Meek Tommy Trimble Shawn Thompson

County Judge/ Executive R.T. Daniel PO Box 868 Paintsville, KY 41240 Office: 606-789-2550 Fax: 606-789-2555

Commissioner, District 1 Kathy Adams PO Box 868 Painstville, KY 41240 606-297-6665

Commissioner, District 2 Paul Daniel PO Box 868 Painstville, KY41240 606-297-2881

Commissioner, District 3 Darren Gamble PO Box 868 Paintsville, KY 41240 606-297-3960

Coroner JR Woodrow Frisby 230 Court St., Suite 201 Louisa, KY 41230 606-793-0452

County Attorney Michael Endicott 235 Court Street PO Box 1287 Paintsville, KY 41240 606-789-8286 606-789-3338

County Clerk Sallee Holbrook 606-789-2557

Jailer Doug Saylor 606-793-8697

Property Valuation Michael Stafford 230 Court Street, Suite 229 Paintsville, Kentucky 41240 Phone: 606-789-2564 Fax: 606-789-2565


Circuit Court Clerk

Hon. Anna Melvin 704 Broadway, Suite B PO Box 596 Paintsville, KY 41240 Phone: 606-788-7085 Fax: 606-788-7086

Jack Horn Martin County Courthouse 430 Court St. Inez, KY 41224 606-298-3508

Circuit Court Judge

Janie McKenzie-Wells Johnson County Judicial Center 908 Third St. Paintsville, KY 41240 Phone: 606-297-9574 Fax: 606-297-9577

John David Preston 908 3rd Street, Suite 109 Paintsville, KY 41240 606-297-9586

District Judge Kevin Holbrook 908 3rd Street, Suite 109 Paintsville, KY 41240 606-297-9583

Family Circuit Judge Janie McKenzie-Wells Johnson County Judicial Center 908 Third Street Paintsville, KY 41240 Phone: 606-297-9574 Fax: 606-297-9577

Martin County City of Inez City Hall Main Street PO Box 540 Inez, KY 41224 Office: 606-298-4602 Fax: 606-298-4214

Mayor Terry Fraley

City Clerk Candy Crum

City Commissioners

Judicial Circuit Court Clerk Penny Adams Johnson County Judicial Center 908 3rd Street, Suite 109 Paintsville, KY 41240 Office: 606-297- 9567 Fax: 606-297-9573


Family Circuit Judge

Chief Circuit Judge John David Preston 908 Third St. Paintsville, KY 41240 Phone: 606-297-9586 Office: 606-297-9588

District Judge Johnson County Judicial Center John Kevin Holbrook 908 Third St. Paintsville, KY 41240 Office: 606-297-9581 Fax: 606-297-9585

Magoffin County City Hall 315 East Maple Street Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-2409

Mayor James Pete Shepherd 315 East Maple Street Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-2409

Council Members


Jeff Bailey Tommy Bailey Tom Frazier Herbert “Tex” Holbrook Mary Ann Ward Kenneth Williams

Judge Executive


Kelly Callaham PO Box 309 Inez, KY 41224 Office: 606-289-2800 Fax: 606-298-4404

Judge Executive



Dennis Hall Tim Preece Danny Sparks Terry Dalton

Gary Hunt Darrel Mills Josh Muncy Victor Slone John Harmon

County Attorney Kennis Maynard 606-298-2815

County Clerk Susie Skyles

Dwayne Price 606-789-3411


Commonwealth Attorney

PVA Office Bobby E. Hale, Jr., PVA PO Box 341 Inez, KY 41224 Office: 606-298-2807 Fax: 606-298-2808

Sheriff John Kirk 606-298-2828

Charles Hardin M.D. PO Box 430 Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-2313 Gary “Rooster” Risner PO Box 430 Salyersville, KY 41465 Home Address: P.O. Box 291 Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-9167 Pernell “Buck” LeMaster PO Box 430 Salyersville, KY 41465 Home Address: 3655 Falcon Rd. Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-1539 Matthew Wireman PO Box 430 Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-4287

Coroner Mark Jenkins PO Box 430

Salyersville, KY 41465 Home Address: PO Box 66 Falcon, KY 41426 606-349-7459

County Attorney Greg Allen 110 East Maple Street Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-1382

County Clerk Renee Arnett Sheperd PO Box 1535 Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-2216

Jailer Bryan Montgomery PO Box 430 Salyersville, KY 41465 Home Address: HC 61 Box 639 Salyersville, KY 41465 606-496-6176

Sheriff Carson Montgomery PO Box 589 Parkway Drive Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-2914

Property Value Administrator Jerry Swiney PO Box 107 Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-6198

Judicial Circuit Court Clerk Tonya Arnett Ward Magoffin County Justice Center 100 E. Maple St. Salyersville, KY 41465 606-349-2215 606-349-4050

District Court Judge Kim Cornett Childers Chief Circuit Judge 53 West Main St. PO Box 867 Hindman, KY 41822 606-785-3842 Phone: 606-785-9273 Fax: 606-785-9096

Floyd County City of Prestonsburg City Hall 200 North Lake Drive Prestonsburg KY 41653 Office: 606-886-2335 Fax: 606-886-0563

Mayor Les Stapleton

City of Prestonsburg 200 North Lake Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 Office: 606-886-2335 Fax: 606-886-0563

City Clerk Sharon Setzer

Council Members Harry Adams Timothy Cooley

David Gearhart Freddie Goble Kimber McGuire B.D. Nunnery Roy Roberts Don Willis

County Judge Executive

Phone: 606-889-1900 Fax: 606-889-1902


Family Court Judge

William M. Deskins 146 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-6247

Dwight S. Marshall Floyd County Justice Center 127 S. Lake Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 Phone: 606-889-1900 Fax: 606-889-1902

Judge Executive


PO Box 681 Elkhorn City, KY 41522 606-754-5080

Jeffrey Scott Anderson, District 1 PO Box 1435 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437- 0713 Vernon Johnson, District 2 PO Box 297 Virgie, KY 41572 606-639-6837 Leo Murphy 23560 South Levisa Road Mouthcard, KY 41548 606-835-1300 Kenneth Robinson 6883 Millard Highway, Apt 2 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-0734 Hilman Dotson 48681 State Highway 1946 Majestic, KY 41547 606-456-7146 Bobby Varney 1199 Taylor Fork Rd. Turkey Creek, KY 41514 606-353-9604

Chris D. Waugh 149 South Central Ave Prestonsburg KY 41653 Office: 606-886-8089 Fax: 606-886-3816




Council Members

Ben Hale 149 S. Central Avenue Prestonsburg, KY 41653-0789 Office: 606-886-9193 Fax: 606-886-1083

Magistrates John Goble Randy Davis Mike Tackett Ronnie Akers

Coroner Gregory Scott Nelson PO Box 147 Dwale, KY 41621 606-285-5155

County Attorney Keith Bartley 149 South Central Avenue PO Box 1000 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 Phone: 606-886-6863 Fax: 606-886-6106

County Clerk

Stuart Halbert Floyd County Jail

Property Value Administrator Connie Jean Hancock, PVA 149 S. Central Ave., Room 5 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 Office: 606-886-9622 Fax: 606-889-0591

Sheriff John Hunt PO Box 152 Prestonsburg, Kentucky 41653 606-886-6171

Judicial Circuit Court Clerk

Pike County City of Coal Run Village City Hall 81 Church Street Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-6032

Mayor Andrew H. Scott

Clerk Deborah J. Tackett

City Commissioners Mike Steale Sherry A. May Merlin Sesco JR. Beverly Jo Justice Osbourne

Elkhorn City City Hall

Mike Taylor

Clerk Hope Ramey Mike Stacy Roger Copley Roxanne Blankenship Lois Cantrell Jeff Bailiff Mike Taylor Robert Lester

City of Pikeville City Hall 118 College Street Pikeville KY 41501 606-437-5100

Mayor Jimmy Carter PO Box 2198 Pikeville, KY 41502

Douglas Ray Hall Floyd County Justice Center 127 S. Lake Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 Phone: 606-889-1672 Fax: 606-889-1666

City Manager

Circuit Judge

Frank Justice 256 Poplar St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-432-3583 Barry Chaney 517 Cedar Creek Rd Pikeville KY 41501 Josh Huffman Jerry K. Coleman 168 Peachtree Dr. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-477-7625

Johnny Ray Harris Floyd County Justice Center 127 S. Lake Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 Phone: 606-889-1653 Fax: 606-889-1655

Chief District Judge Thomas M. Smith Floyd County Justice Center 127 S. Lake Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653

Donovan Blackburn 478 College St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-437-5104

City Commissioner

Vice Chief Regional Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman Pike County Judicial Center 175 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-7554

District Judge Darrel Mullins 172 Division Street, Suite 326 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-7562

District Judge Kelsey Friend, Jr 172 Division Street, Suite 326 Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-7561

Family Court Judge Larry E. Thompson Family Court Judge 175 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-7060

Knott County City of Hindman City Hall PO Box 496 Hindman KY 41822 606-785-5544

Mayor Tracy Niece

Russell Roberts 606-432-4643

Council Members

Howard Keith Hall PO Box 1289 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-432-6250

Bob Young Calvin Combs Nadine Waddell Patricia Hall Larry Perkins Vicky Hudson

County Clerk


County Attorney

Rhonda Taylor PO Box 1289 Pikeville, KY 41502 606-432-6222

Jailer Freddie Lewis 606-432-6291

Judge Executive Zachary Combs Weinburg PO Box 505 Hindman, KY 41822 606-785-5592


Lonnie Osborne 606-432-6201

Jamie Mosley Avery Shrum Calvin Waddles Jeff Dobson



Property Value Administrator

Rodney Scott 606-432-6260

Judicial Circuit Court Clerk Anna Pinson Spears Pike County Judicial Center 175 Main St., P.O. Box 1002 Pikeville, KY 41502-1002 606-433-7560

Commonwealths Attorney Rick Bartley 606-433-7500

Circuit Judge Steven Combs Pike County Judicial Center 175 Main St. Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-7551

William Jeff Blair 519 Bypass Rd. Hindman, KY 41822 606-785- 3133

County Attorney Tim Bates 54 W. Main Street, Courthouse PO Box 470 Hindman, KY 41822 606-785-5355

County Clerk Kennith Gayheart PO Box 446 Hindman, KY 41822 606-785-0996

Jailer Ricky Prater PO Box 505 Hindman, KY 41822



Property Value Administrator

Council Members

Ed Slone, PVA PO Box 505 Hindman, KY 41822 Office: 606-785-5569 Fax: 606-785-5569

Becky Terrill Amburgey Chuck Anderson Kyle Walker Mike Dingus Robert Adams Rick Damron

Sheriff Dale Richardson PO Box 1170 Hindman, KY 41822

Judicial County Courthouse PO Box 1287 Hindman, KY 41822 606-785-5592

Circuit County Clerk Judy Collins Knott County Judicial Center 53 W. Main St. PO Box 1317 Hindman, KY 41822 606-785-5021

Chief Circuit Judge Kimberly Childers 53 W. Main Street Hindman, KY 41822

Chief District Judge Dennis Prater 53 W. Main Street Hindman, KY 41822

Family Court Judge Dwight Marshall Knott County Justice Center 100 Justice Drive Hindman, KY 41822 Phone: 606-889-1676

Letcher County City of Whitesburg

County Judge Executive Jim T. Ward 156 Main St Suit 107 Whitesburg, KY 41858 606-633-2129

Magistrates Bobby Howard 247 Tunnel Road Whitesburg, Kentucky 606-634-4558 606-633-4314 Terry Adams PO Box 488 Isom, Kentucky 41824 606-634-9269 606-633-9247 Woody Holbrook 474 Hwy 3406 Mayking, KY 41837 606-633-2012 606-634-921 Keith Adams PO Box 5 Jeremiah, Kentucky 41826 606-634-5323 Wayne Fleming PO Box 232 Burdine, Kentucky 41517 606-832-4752 606-821-6288

County Attorney

38 East Main Street Whitesburg, KY 41858 606-633-3700

Jamie Hatton 95 Main Street Whitesburg, KY 41858 Phone:606-633-9588 Fax: 606-633-3879


Letcher County Fiscal Court

City Hall

James Wiley Craft 606-633-3700

City Council Members James Bates Earlene Williams Derek Barto Larry Everidge Sheila Short Robin Bowen-Watko

City of Jenkins City Hall 9409 Hwy 805 Jenkins, KY 41537 606-832-2142

Hettie Adams-Executive Secretary 156 Main Street, Suite 107 Whitesburg, KY 41858 Office: 606-633-2129 Fax: 606-633-7105

Jailer Don McCall

Property Value Administrator Randy Hall, PVA 156 Main Street Suite 105 Whitesburg, KY 41858 Office: 606-633-2182 Fax: 606-633-3995


City Clerk

Danny Webb 6 Broadway Street Whitesburg, KY 41858 Office: 606-633-2293 Personal: 606-633-5163

Chasity Phipps


City Administration

Circuit Court Clerk

Mayor Todd DePriest 606-832-2142

Bennie McCall

Finance Officer Robin Kincer



Margaret Nichols Letcher County Courthouse 156 Main St., Suite 201

Whitesburg KY 41858 606-633-7559 606-633-1048

Chief Circuit Judge Samuel T. Wright, III 156 Main Street, Suite 205 Whitesburg, KY 41858 606-633-2259

District Judge Kevin R. Mullins 156 Main Street, Suite 101 C Whitesburg, KY 41858 606-633-4222

Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Experience Southeast Kentucky 2015-2106