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Southeast Kentucky!







Southeast Kentucky!

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Welcome to Southeast Kentucky! We are proud to share this edition of Experience Southeast Kentucky with you; our visitors and friends. With these regional profile books, the Southeast Kentucky Chamber works hard to showcase what many of us already know; Southeast Kentucky is a unique and wonderful place full of beautiful sights, exciting history, and vibrant communities. Ignoring county lines to offer representation to 200,000 people, the Chamber works diligently to unite our eight-county region of Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties into one voice for small business, regional unity, political advocacy, and economic development. Our goal is to be a resource for businesses in Southeast Kentucky that is committed to improving the regional economy. Since 2011, the Chamber has grown to more than 500 members strong. Each member, whether an individual or company with hundreds of employees, plays a key role in our determined effort to make the region better, stronger, and more prosperous. We hope you will use the membership directory in this book as your guide for doing business in Southeast Kentucky. Our members offer a wide range of products and services and are eager to meet your needs. Our members know that Chamber membership demonstrates a commitment to the strength our region. The directory can also be found online at www.sekchamber.com. We hope you enjoy this guide to experiencing Southeast Kentucky. On behalf of our members, we welcome guests to our region; and to our citizens, we hope this publication celebrates everything that makes Southeast Kentucky a place you are proud to call home. Sincerely,

Jordan Gibson

Jordan Gibson, MBA | President & CEO Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce



Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce


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Jordan Gibson, MBA President and CEO Jordan.Gibson@ sekchamber.com 606.432.5504

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Chair: Howard Roberts * (University of Pikeville) Chair-Elect: Laura Damron * (University of Pikeville) Vice Chair: Danny Branham * (Alltech’s Dueling Barrels) Secretary: Kelly Rowe * (University of Pikeville) Treasurer: Lynette Schindler * (Lynette R. Schindler, CPA, PSC) Kathy Allen (Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky) Sam Carter (Kentucky River Properties) Carol Casebolt (Pikeville Medical Center) Sean Cochran (SilverLiner) Kevin Davis (Fast Change Lube and Oil) Matt Day (Citizens Bank of Kentucky) Amy Elliott (AEP-Kentucky Power) Scott Furcalow (Fairway Outdoor Advertising) Heather Gearheart (Gearheart Communications) Shanna Hurley (US Bank) Brett Keene * (Community Trust Bank) Ashley Litteral * (Appalachian Wireless) Darrell Maynard (Eastern Telephone and Technologies) Heather McPeek (Dream House Furnishings and Southern Bliss) Grace Nelson (Individual) John Roberts * (WYMT-TV) Lora Suttles (McDonald’s of East Kentucky) Joel Thornbury (Nova Pharmacy) Samantha West (Prestonsburg Tourism) Heath Wiley * (Gearheart Communications)


Amber Campbell Membership Development Manager Amber.Campbell@ sekchamber.com 606.432.5504 6


Josh Little Director of Operations Josh.Little@ sekchamber.com 606.432.5504

Immediate Past Chair: David Baird * (Baird and Baird, PSC) President & CEO: Jordan Gibson * (Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce) Chuck Sexton (One East Kentucky) Burton Webb (University of Pikeville) Sherry Zylka (Big Sandy Community and Technical College) * Executive Committee





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Tracie Vanderbeck



Jamie Beckett Karri Gibson Jenny Jones

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Elaine Belcher Austin Blankenship Destiny Caldwell Russ Cassady Katie Kelly Josh Little

Terry L. May Mary Meadows Aaron Nelson Waylon Whitson Nicole Ziege


Chris Anderson Austin Blankenship Ronnie Hylton

Jordan Gibson Cory Vance

ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVES Peggy Bailey Austin Barnett Rita Brock

Gina Ferguson Lynn Massey Barbara Skeens

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The Eastern Kentucky region is home to some of the most hard-working people, some of the most beautiful mountains and waterways, and lots of opportunity. In recent years, this region has been pushing to create more jobs and to bring in more infrastructure and industry to keep and draw people in. Additionally, there has been a surge of industrial sites, workforce training opportunities and diversified economy efforts taking hold. It’s no secret that Eastern Kentucky has some of the most skilled workers anywhere. Many hard-working people who were displaced from coal mining sites are seeking to put their skills to use, which makes our area a hot bed for industries seeking to locate. According to a study conducted by Boyette Strategic Advisors in 2016, Eastern Kentucky has 10,000 available workers, with 78 percent of employers either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their workers. In addition to a skilled, ready-to-work workforce, the region is also seeing a rise in industry diversification. Industries which One East Kentucky marks as targeted sectors include: Aerospace, automotive, wood products, food/beverage/agriculture, energy, technology and healthcare. These industries can take advantage of a number of savings by choosing to locate to Eastern Kentucky through state incentive programs, as well as lower labor, real estate and energy costs in Eastern Kentucky. Bringing in new industries and jobs also brings about more people. Luckily, this region has lots of vibrant, lively communities for individuals and families to locate. Whether you are seeking remote land in the mountains, farmland or small city living, it can be found in Eastern Kentucky. Not to mention, the cost of living in the region is well below national average. Entertainment facilities such as the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville, the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, the historic SIPP Theatre in Paintsville, and the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman, bring high-quality performance and art to the region for folks to enjoy. The beautiful state parks – the Breaks Interstate Park, Yatesville Lake State Park, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park – offer outdoor adventure opportunities unlike any other. Home to the University of Pikeville, Alice Lloyd College and Big Sandy Community & Technical College, there’s no shortage of education opportunities in the region. Additionally, programs such as the Eastern Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) in Paintsville, which is training Eastern Kentuckians to work in a variety of fields including automotive and aerospace, are opening doors for the people of the region and creating new opportunities. Pair the post-secondary educational institutions with the award-winning school districts found in the region and the opportunities are endless. The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has seen steady growth over the last few years. The Chamber works with local businesses and organizations to make Southeast Kentucky a better place to live, work and enjoy. With roots in eight counties – Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike – the Southeast Kentucky Chamber is the largest chamber of commerce in the region and represents more than 500 business members, a number that continues to grow.

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Long tied to extraction industries, such as coal and natural gas, Southeast Kentucky has begun the process of transforming into a more diversified economy. While still maintaining support for and development in those industries, the region has also begun looking to newer, more non-traditional ways of sustaining an economy. As a part of that effort, regional leaders have established fullybuild-ready industrial parks as well as a well-established network of roads and rails, as well as local airports. With the groundwork laid, the search is on for the industries which will define the future of both Southeast Kentucky and the nation.



One East Kentucky turning opportunities into industries Eastern Kentucky is home to thousands of hard-working individuals, but right on 3rd Street in Paintsville, in an office space on the campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, two of the area’s hardest workers are fighting to bring stable, good-paying jobs to the entire region. Chuck Sexton serves as president and CEO of One East Kentucky, working alongside project manager Ivy Stanley. Together, they market the region and recruit new industry, giving big companies a reason to set up their operations in places like Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Paintsville, Hazard, Inez and elsewhere. “What comes with that is a couple things,” Sexton said. “One is solidifying understanding our current business case as well as increasing that business case to target industries. Industries that we know we have the majority of the business case to support and attract, but we may be missing one or two things.” Day-to-day work for the One East Kentucky team could mean travel to an international aerospace expo to meet with industry leaders and suppliers and make a case for Eastern Kentucky, commissioning research to help grantwriters bring economic development money to the area, or working with companies and local colleges on new training programs wherein graduates can jump straight into a guaranteed job. Sexton said the biggest problem with bringing big business to Eastern Kentucky is finding the right community to fit a given industrial venture, and getting every municipality on board with such developments because of the vision for the region, despite the fact that every county and every town wants new jobs within their own borders. “Every community wants to have growth to expand their tax base,” Sexton said. “But when Dajcor Aluminum, for example, is located in Hazard, or Silverliner in Pikeville, the other counties around them should be celebrating because all that does is increase their chances of having something come to them, whether it be suppliers, upstream or downstream.”



Different communities, Sexton said, have different things to offer, including their access to waterways, rail lines and highways, their existing available real estate or existing buildings, and their infrastructure for water, power and Internet. One East Kentucky, Sexton said, is completely privately funded, in part because it helps in their mission to do what’s best for prospective industry and not to play favorites locally. Their investors include local utilities, telecom services, banks, healthcare groups, colleges and others that benefit by investing in regional development. Finding the right place is not always easy. Coalfields Industrial Park in Perry County, Honey Branch Industrial Park in Martin County and Gateway Industrial Park in Letcher County are three major hubs with space and infrastructure for business, but even outside those three, every one of the nine counties in One East Kentucky’s region has at least one or two sites, each with their own strengths, that are ready for different businesses. Already, aerospace is the state’s number one export, an $11.7 billion industry. Clustered in Eastern Kentucky are schools for computer-aided machine work through Haas eKAMI in Paintsville, community colleges offering a new aviation maintenance technician program in partnership with Eastern Kentucky University and local airports, and the aforementioned Canada-based aluminum processing company Dajcor. Together, Sexton said, the dots are connecting to allow Eastern Kentucky to be a new hub for growth in that whole segment of industry, by clustering related industrial ventures together in the region to create a more attractive environment for new ones. One East Kentucky is not, however, putting all its eggs in the aerospace basket. The automotive, energy and technology sectors are among those being targeted as well, and those sectors often mesh and overlap with aerospace. Sexton said that in the absence of the coal industry, the entire region is looking to new skills training programs and diverse in-

dustries in which the workforce’s existing mechanical and electrical prowess can be a selling point. “Every company that comes to visit, they look at our community and technical colleges, and they look at eKAMI and they’re always blown away by the training opportunities here, and the statistics from the workforce study we did about highly skilled, available workforce that’s in the region,” Sexton said. One of the few big roadblocks? The public image of Eastern Kentucky as a whole. “The one thing that we have to combat all the time is perception. Some companies, they’ve not heard anything, but if they Google search, they get negative articles,” Sexton said. “Private businesspeople are very riskaverse, and we are constantly reassuring them that this is a low risk area to do business, and that’s not always easy when they do a simple Google search and all they see is risk. National media, in particular, only likes to focus on negativity.” The best way, and sometimes the only way to fix it, Sexton said, is to bring these businesspeople here and let them see the area for themselves, including our local businesspeople and prospective employees. When seen through their own eyes, Sexton said, investors leave the area with positive perceptions. Because the region is rural, without an interstate highway, without a metropolitan city, and with less than sterling public stereotypes, the deck starts stacked against the region, Sexton said. Many industries looking to open a new facility will not have Eastern Kentucky on their list of options. It is the job of the One East Kentucky team, then, to initiate those conversations, seek out those prospects, and give them the idea, because the region does have several four lane highways (and the Mountain Parkway is being widened), with a surprisingly high albeit widely distributed population of hundreds of thousands of workers, and whose populace actually includes a wealth of skilled people with an abundance of educational and training opportunities.



KentuckyWired hopes to offer middle mile services in fall of 2019 During the Broadband and Barbecue event held at Hazard Community and Technical College in June 2019, several entities across the region and state gathered to discuss the importance of having reliable broadband networks in rural areas. The event, which was presented by SOAR and The Center for Rural Development, hosted panels that focused on the economic uses of broadband and rural strategies for access to broadband. KentuckyWired gave an update of their progress during the event and said they hope to be complete with the middle mile in south central Kentucky by fall of 2019. Chief Operating Officer Mike Hayden and Executive Director Deck Deckard presented the update of KentuckyWired during the Broadband and Barbecue event and said that at its competition KentuckyWired will be a system of fiber optic cable that allegedly will allow broadband services to be more available to rural areas. “1B, which is basically the south central area of Kentucky, is complete and ready to build for all the services. We look to have 1B up in the early fall timeline of this year,” Hayden said. Hayden said that the KentuckyWired project has been an effort by several entities in the state. “We’ve got 72 agreements with various utilities, be it the metro governments as well as the power companies and telephones,” said Hayden. “Those have all been in place and all of them require a significant amount of work on their side.” Hayden said that the different utility companies have been hard at work on the project and that one of the requirements of the project was to use as much Kentucky labor as possible. The KentuckyWired system, also referred to as the “middle mile” or “backbone,” will be an open access network that will cater to state

buildings and services with the ability for county services to join. “It’s going into state offices, it’s going into our courthouses, it’s going into our universities,” said Deckard, “but once it’s up and running it can be used for local providers who can come and talk to us and see what we can do about getting them on board.” Local internet providers, referred to as the “last mile,” will be able to connect to the KentuckyWired network and extend their services. “We are the middle mile, the local providers are the last mile, they’re going to have to get onto on our network,” said Deckard. Hayden said that the entities who are connected to KentuckyWired will see an exceptional increase in connection speeds. “We’ll provide speeds of a 100 Gigabit across the backbone component pieces of the network,” said Hayden. “The regional universities will all experience a 4-in-1 gain in what they currently experience in bandwidth.” Hayden said the KentuckyWired infrastructure will offer anywhere from 1 gigabit to 100 gigabit with a capacity for 400 gigabit. Both men said that the project would be beneficial for not only this region, but across the state. “This project is going to be great for Eastern Kentucky,” said Deckard. “It’s going to get Eastern Kentucky up to date with most of the rest of the nation in the ability to get the speed the other places have.”

BitSource: Building a better tomorrow For generations, coal was considered Eastern Kentucky’s greatest resource. One local company with roots in the mining industry is reframing that narrative. BitSource was conceived after the first SOAR Summit in 2014 when founders Lynn Parrish and Rusty Justice determined they wanted to put laid-off coal miners to work in the burgeoning tech industry. Out of nearly 1,000 applicants, five who possessed a high degree of technical skill and aptitude were trained in writing computer and software code. BitSource is now a thriving business-to-business digital services company that designs, develops and deploys websites, applications, games, tools, interactions and customized software solutions. The Pikeville-based business works with clients across the nation and continues to diversify its offerings and repertoire. The endeavor captivated national and international media attention. But notoriety was never the goal. “The people of this region are our best asset,” Justice said. “The work they did in the mines was invaluable, and their skill set was uniquely positioned to transition to tech. Rather than dwelling on the problems facing our region we wanted to actively identify solutions and create opportunity.” BitSource was proud to be named a Google Agency, the only regional company to earn that distinction, which meant that BitSource got early access to Google technology in order to better serve their clients.



BitSource founders Lynn Parish and Rusty Justice “We believe Central Appalachia can become a technology hub, and eventually provide good jobs and a stable economy for our people,” Parrish said. “BitSource is the beginning, and our future is bright.”

Innovation and collaboration are transforming Appalachia Kentucky In 2013, Eastern Kentucky was at a critical crossroads. The loss of thousands of jobs in coal and coal-related industries presented a challenge or insurmountable obstacle to some. For a group of stakeholders, it was an opportunity — an opportunity to collaborate, innovate, and transform Appalachia Kentucky. That’s when Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc., or SOAR, took flight. SOAR is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that is a champion for Appalachia Kentucky. Through a vast network of partners (more than 200 businesses, organizations, and individuals), SOAR does not exist to bring marginal chance. The goal is transformation — transformation better than any rural part of the country. “SOAR is not a program, it is a movement,” said Jared Arnett, the executive director of SOAR. Arnett came to SOAR after serving as president of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “We envision a 21st Century Appalachia that is full of opportunity and a region

with such organizations as Google and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). “The idea of BitSource started on a trip we sponsored,” Arnett said. “Rusty (Justice) and Lynn (Parrish) were searching for a way to help, and the idea of literally mining code was born.” Other projects SOAR has been involved in include the expansion of the Mountain Parkway in Magoffin County. This expansion will provide greater access to connect Eastern Kentucky to new investments. “While we are a rural area, we have great highway infrastructure that connects us to interstates in every direction,” said Arnett. “We also are uniquely positioned for new investments because we are within one day’s drive to two-thirds of the population in the United States. Equally as important is our highly-skilled workforce that is the best in the world.” SOAR has also worked with its partners at Teleworks USA to

Blueprint for a 21st Century Appalachia





that is connected to the digital economy, thus connected to the world.” SOAR’s work is guided by a Regional Blueprint for a 21st Century Appalachia, a future-focused, comprehensive plan that outlines seven goals. The first goal is broadband connectivity and the other six goals — 21st Century Workforce, Small Business, Healthy Communities, Industrial Recruitment, Local Foods, and Tourism — are what the organization plans to do to transform the region. The goals put forth in the Regional Blueprint were brought forth through a series of listening sessions and working groups. “It’s not a plan crafted by someone or some organization outside our region. It’s our plan to create our future,” Arnett said. SOAR also provides a platform to share the successes of the region. A website, www.tereisafuture. org, was created to craft a narrative of Appalachia Kentucky that promotes the collaboration and innovation that is driving change across the region. Some of SOAR’s work within the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce region includes the formation of BitSource, a Pikeville-based software and website development firm. The company trained those laid off from the coal industry to become software designers. This work has recognized across the nation and has led to collaborations




leverage the region’s connectivity to bring remote work opportunities to the region. Teleworks USA has placed more than 2,000 people in remote work opportunities. Three of Teleworks USA’s Telework Hubs are in the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Area — Lawrence, Perry, and Pike counties. Earlier this year, SOAR launched SOAR Innovation, a collaboration with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s KY Innovation Office, to assist innovation-driven or innovation- capable small businesses and entrepreneurs to greater leverage connectivity to expand current markets and create new and global markets through e-commerce and export. In 2013, Eastern Kentucky was at a critical crossroads. The loss of thousands of jobs in coal and coal-related industries presented a challenge or insurmountable obstacle to some. For a group of stakeholders, it was an opportunity — an opportunity to collaborate, innovate, and transform Appalachia Kentucky “The mountains and valleys of Appalachia Kentucky are special,” said Arnett. “We are inspired by opportunities now and those to come, and we believe that our work is transformative because is about our people, their passion, and the future we are creating, together.” EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY


Johnson County flood mitigation snowballs from grassroots effort to federal investment Every stakeholder in Johnson County, it seems, is on board with means to rein in the otherwise routine flooding problems that harangue both Paintsville and surrounding communities. Paintsville Utilities, for their part, are in the midst of a project to renovate the city’s storm drains and sewer system, to line existing, crumbling pipes with new plastic sleeves and keep rainwater from making its way into sewer wastewater, helping the treatment plants process less water while still giving heavy rainfall a place to go. The City of Paintsville’s government, with support from Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management, kicked up a venture to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System, a complex program that allows communities to demonstrate to FEMA that they are taking steps to mitigate the risk of flooding in the area and putting together a plan for future flooding problems. If the work meets FEMA’s standards, Paintsville’s citizens should see lower premiums for flood insurance — which is mandatory for some homebuyers in the region and has otherwise historically stymied development in the area. Part of that work has been seeking funds for a remapping of the region that could remove many properties from the flood plain altogether. But undoubtedly the biggest news Paintsville has gotten in some time was the announcement of $118 million in federal funds, fully secured, for a proactive flood mitigation solution through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced the funds in August 2018, as part of a bipartisan budget initiative. The Corps is currently working on the plan, which has not yet been finalized but may involve the construction of walls along the waterway through town; the Corps will also be hosting a community meeting with those residents whose property may be involved in the plan’s implementation. “They need to do whatever is best within the realm, as far as I’m concerned, for $118 million,” said Paintsville Mayor Bill Mike Runyon. One of the best parts of the announcement was that, since the funds are part of a federal “Section 202 project,” the Corps has a timeline of only five years for



the project to be finished. Currently, the Corps is saving time by not only doing their research and surveying, but simultaneously devising their mitigation and construction strategy. Paintsville/Johnson County community development coordinator Regina Hall McClure said that expedited project was unlike anything she’d seen the Corps do before, and it’s possible this top-down fix would not have come to fruition without the town’s efforts from the bottom up. “I don’t think it was a coincidence that the (Community Rating System) plan was completed and submitted it to the Corps of Engineers for their review, and it wasn’t 30 days, they announced the award,” McClure said. “So I think the work this committee did on this plan. … I don’t have any concrete evidence of this, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we did this plan and then got this award. … That’s my opinion.”








For generations Eastern Kentucky has been a region rich in history, endurance, unique expression and colorful life styles. The explosion of the coal mining industry in the early 1900s brought people from all over the world to Eastern Kentucky. This cultural melting-pot birthed a unique brand of mountain people, music, food and traditions that continue to live on. Central Appalachia is a true American culture savored and nurtured by all who live here.



ounded through a grant from The Department for Local Government and located in the heart of Hindman, Kentucky, the Appalachian Artisan Center has focused on the goal of developing the economy of Eastern Kentucky through Appalachian arts, culture and heritage since it’s inception. The Center is dedicated to supporting artists by helping them create and grow successful businesses through business plan development, training and continuing education opportunities, studio space and a venue to sell and exhibit their work. The Appalachian Artisan Center Shop and website are home to an extensive selection of handcrafted items. From pottery to jewelryfurniture to quilts- the rich heritage of the region is relfected in the unique pieces available for purchase. Every two months, the Center displays the work of a new “Featured Artist”- keeping the palette of the Center fresh and new. The Cafe’, located inside the Shop, serves a variety of light fare including specialty sandwiches, coffee and pastries. The Cafe’ reflects and echoes the Shop’s atmosphere by serving unique menu items that present the best of the region. Kentucky products are featured and local ingredients are used whenever possible. The Cafe’ is a place to savor imaginative food in an artistic setting.

The Appalachian Artisan Center offers instruction in Luthiery, Pottery and Blacksmithing from master craftsmen. At the AAC’s Appalachian School of Luthiery, Master Luthier Doug Naselroad teaches stringed instrument construction to students and apprentices of all ages at affordable rates. Blacksmithing workshops and internships are taught by master blacksmith, Dan Estep, inside Hazard Community and Technical college’s Kentucky School of Craft building. Workshops in pottery are also available for novices within the center while those who are more experienced in pottery, an open clay studio is available for a fee. In order to have art displayed there, an artist must be from the Appalachian region and be voted in by artists who have art on display. Even when an artist does not meet the requirements to be displayed they recieve feedback on how to improve their work and try again. Downstairs there are “Incubator Studios” for rent where artists can work on their desired medium in an efficient workspace for a monthly fee. Currently the incubator studios are home to a candle maker, a jewelry maker, a photographer and a screen printing company. There are also two exhibit halls where artists work is displayed for three months at a time and can be sold. The center will also hold receptions for these artists as their work comes onto display. The Appalachian Artisan Center also produces public art within the community, such as murals that represent the schools within Knott County.

Since December 2017, the Appalachian Artisan Center’s “Culture of Recovery” program has focused on providing an outlet for those struggling from substance abuse issues. The center partnered with Hickory Hill Recovery Center, Knott County Drug Court, and Eastern Kentucky Certified Employment Program (EKCEP) to offer art and entrepreneurial workshops. The program seeks to offer recovery through arts such as painting and songwriting, as well as apprenticeships in craft trades such as blacksmithing, luthiery and ceramics. The Appalachian Artisan Center is also beginning work on the Troublesome Creek Stringed Instruments Company, the first manufacturing company in Knott County. The company focuses on making high-end custom artisanal guitars, mandolins, and mountain dulcimers from Appalachian hardwoods. The Appalachian Artisan Center’s existing School of Luthiery serves as the workforce development section of the company. Appalachian Artisan Center is located at 16 Main St. W. Hindman, KY 41822. For more information, call, 606-785-9855 or visit, www.artisancenter.net. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY











aintsville, the seat of Johnson County, is working very hard on the transition into the 21st century, with a growing economy and new opportunities for growth. However, there is still one place nestled in the hills around Paintsville Lake in nearby Staffordsville that happens to be looking back in time. The Mountain Homeplace is made up of many things: A sprawling farm, a schoolhouse, a historic church, a gift shop. But for the people who live here and the schoolchildren who take field trips there, it represents a place for Eastern Kentuckians to look back on how frontier life worked for the pioneers that settled here. For those from outside the region, the Mountain Homeplace also serves as one of the many must-see stops for tourists visiting Johnson County’s historic landmarks, and Paintsville Tourism Executive Director Josh Johnson said the farm is also available for events, such as weddings, in an idyllic yet rustic landscape. Those already familiar with the farm should know, John-



son said, that efforts are being made this spring to make some lasting improvements. “We’ve got some benches made for where the weddings are usually held, redone the fencing around the farm implements we have on display and we’ll be staining the (welcome building and gift shop),” Johnson said. Those who have never been out, Johnson said, are often surprised at their first visit, with historic interpreters on site in 1850s period dress performing the work of the farm — blacksmithing, cooking and caring for the farm’s lifeblood: The livestock, which this year will include peacocks in addition to the usual fare of pigs, goats, rabbits, ducks and chickens. The farm also houses the “In the Pines Amphitheater,” an outdoor stage utilized for live shows throughout the season, and the gift shop offers unique crafts, Appalachian-made goods and seasonal produce. The Mountain Homeplace is open from April through October. For more information, or to schedule a group tour or book an event, call, (606) 297-1850.







utcher Holler is in Johnson County, Kentucky and home of the world’s most famous coal miner’s daughter, Loretta Lynn. Her birthplace and family home is nestled between two fog shrouded mountains up a “holler” in Van Lear, Kentucky. Loretta, her sisters Patsy Cline and Crystal Gayle, sang songs with attitude and pride. They brought their brand of country music to an admiring public, and gained fame and fortune for themselves and new respect for coal miners everywhere. Take a step back in time at Webb’s Grocery, previously known as the Number 5 Store because of the Number 5 mine located nearby. Located in Van Lear, the general store is over 100 years old and is currently owned by Loretta Lynn’s brother, Herman Webb. The store was portrayed in the movies “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Let It Be War,” and “Fifth Hollar.” “Holler” is the regional dialect pronunciation of “hollow,” referring to a broad natural hollow, as of one a creek has carved, i.e. a small valley. Colloquially, this has led to the somewhat tonguein-cheek definition that a “holler” is called such because of the need to “holler” to communicate with the nearest neighbor. In the hills of Kentucky, most of the fertile, tillable property is adjacent to the creeks that run down the hollow. When people settled the region, they pulled their wagons into the hollow along the creek and built a cabin high enough on the hillside not to be flooded during

seasonal high rainfall events. The roads were dirt, and/or the dry creek bed during periods of low water. The saying, “We will be there come hell or high water,” is related to the road being a part of and/or crossing the creek in a hollow. Visitors wishing to tour Loretta Lynn’s homeplace will need to stop in Webb’s Grocery. Directions: From the intersection of Route 460/40/321 in Paintsville, take 321 south for five miles. Turn left on Rt. 1107 and travel 0.9 miles.

Turn right on Rt. 302 for 1.5 miles, turn left on Millers Creek Road. For tours, stop at Webb’s General Store #5 on the right side of the road. Continue traveling Millers Creek Road, then turn left up “Butcher Holler.” The homeplace is located two miles past Webb’s General Store. Webb’s Grocery 1917 Millers Crk, Van Lear, KY 41265 For more information, call, (606) 789-3397 EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY







ifty years ago, in 1969, Appalshop began, and has remained, a place for Appalachians to create, showcase and preserve media that highlights and preserves the culture of the region. In the beginning, Appalshop was focused on film and providing a means for Appalachians to tell their own stories and not depend on commercial media outside the region. In the process, Appalshop has told various stories from the region, challenged stereotypes about the region and showcased the Appalachian culture. The first form of media that Appalshop used was film and the goal was to teach young people in the area the art of making film to provide them a new potential career path. Eventually Appalshop’s pro-



grams grew to support more young people with various programs and opportunities. The organization expanded to include various other art forms but remained true to the original goal of providing the means for art to be created by Appalachians, for Appalachians. Appalshop’s mission is to empower people in the region to tell their own stories in the way they want to tell it. Located in downtown Whitesburg in the heart of the central Appalachian coalfields, the facility houses media production and training facilities in film and video, WMMT FM, a community radio station, a 150-seat theater, art gallery, June Appal Recordings music label and a regional archive of more than 4,000 hours of film, audio recording and still images. Today Appalshop has various programs and projects that continue

to teach young people about media production. One of these programs is the Appalachian Media Institute (AMI), a summer internship program dedicated to teaching the youth of the region how to produce film, audio, photographs and more. Since 1988, more than 200 youth-made media pieces, ranging from profiles of Appalachian artisans, to regional identity, to studies of the economic, environmental and societal impacts of coal mining practices in the region, have been produced. Documentaries and other media produced at AMI has been seen and heard by audiences across the world. Another one of these programs is All Access EKY, which not only teaches participants to create various forms of media, but is also focused on using these resources to increase availability and access to all birth control options in Appalachia.

Appalshop has recently introduced another program focused on music. The Girls Rock Camp Alliance is an international organization with its most rural branch being located in Whitesburg. Its focus is to provide a creative outlet that lets young girls, non-binary and trans kids express themselves in a safe environment. From July 29 to Aug. 3, 2019, the children involved will be able to learn how to play an instrument, write songs and create bands with each other. The Saturday after the camp, the kids will perform the songs they wrote in a free and open show. June Appal Records is a music label within Appalshop that focuses on traditional bluegrass music within the region and has created around 95 different recordings to date. June Appal Recordings is in the process

of digitizing its library and making songs available on services such as Apple Music and Spotify. Appalshop also preserves Appalachian culture and history through various media in their archive. The archive is a climate controlled vault that is home to most, if not all, the media Appalshop had ever produced. Some examples are full interviews, first person accounts of local events, photographs, audio recordings and more. The archive has also become home to various donated materials from people within the region. Some individuals have donated their old family home movies while others have donated their photograph collections of events in the region. The archive is also in the process of becoming digitized in an attempt to make the media inside more widely available.

Appalshop is also home to 88.7 WMMT FM — a community radio station. WMMT began in 1985 and can be picked up through the radio in Southeastern Kentucky and parts of Virginia, but is also available worldwide through streaming services. WMMT has been home to prolific figures within the region such as the late Jim Webb, who was also known by his radio handle “Wiley Quixote” on his show, “Riding Around Listening to the Radio.” WMMT’s 24/7 run time is also made up of volunteer DJs from the region who have shows dedicated to everything from traditional music, to rap and hip-hop, to metal and classic rock. WMMT is also home to reports of local events and interviews of people within the region through its news program, “Mountain News and World Report.” One of Appalshop’s longest and

most beloved traditions is the annual Seedtime on the Cumberland festival. In 1987, Seedtime began a tradition of showcasing traditional music. Today Seedtime carries on that tradition, while it has also expanded to include more diverse options, as well as performers who have become staples of the performance. Bluegrass musician Lee Sexton has performed at every Seedtime festival and is part of the 2019 line up. Other performers in 2019 showcased how diverse traditional music could be with Hubby Jenkins performing traditional African-American Banjo, Cornbread and Tortillas, and Appalatin music group and Southern Gothic-Folk singer, Amythyst Kiah. Seedtime has also grown to offer an annual punk music show and art for sale by local artists and craftsmen. Appalshop and the

Seedtime festival welcomed a new addition in 2019 in the form of a solar-powered pavilion. Musicians will perform under the pavilion from now on at the festival. The pavilion is also set to be used by Appalshop year round for various projects, including housing green rooms for artists to work. The pavilion will also be available to rent for community events. Seedtime on the Cumberland is held every year at Appalshop during the first full weekend of June. Appalshop is located at 91 Madison Ave., Whitesburg, KY 41858 For more information, call, (606) 633-0108 or visit, www.appalshop.org




Kentucky is a state so enriched with interesting history and heritage, music and arts, sports and outdoors, there always seems to be a fun festival celebrating a Kentucky something or somebody.


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. 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. 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.


It wouldn’t be spring without the annual Apple Blossom Festival in Elkhorn City. The Whitewater Shrine Club hosts this festival every May to celebrate the community and raise funds for Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Visitors can expect to find plenty of live music , inflatables, Shriner train rides, food and craft vendors, a parade, and other activities. The Elkhorn City Woman’s Club hosts a pancake breakfast on the morning of the parade.


The Kiwanis Club of Pikeville, the Kiwanis Club of Coal Run, and affiliated KEY Clubs from local schools host the Kiwanis Fall Festival in downtown Pikeville every October. This event features hay rides, scavenger hunts, a pumpkin patch, and various activities. This is the Kiwanis Club’s biggest annual fundraiser that helps the Kiwanis continue services to local youth and communities.


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 shores of Yatesville Lake for two days of live music and activities. Camping is available.


There’s nothing like Septemberfest, the festival



that prides itself as the “Best Little Festival in Kentucky.” Held the weekend after Labor Day in Louisa, this street festival features live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, more than 100 food vendors, a carnival, a fishing tournament, a pageant, a Christian concert on Sunday, and other activities.


Thousands of people travel to Johnson County on the first weekend of October for the annual Apple Days Festival. 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 apple-flavored goodies.


Magoffin County Community Days welcomes visitors to the Ramey Memorial Park in Salyersville for live entertainment. This day-long event held every August, features music from local and regional bands and other activities. This event, sponsored by Salyersville National Bank, raises funds for several nonprofit organizations. Admission is required for adults, but the event is free to children under the age of 12.


The Magoffin 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.


Thousands of people travel to Floyd County on the second week of October for the Jenny Wiley Pioneer Festival, held in honor of Jenny Wiley, a courageous Eastern Kentuckian who escaped captivity from Native Americans during the region’s pioneer days. The festival offers live music from numerous bands on the downtown stage, arts and crafts vendors, food

vendors, a carnival, a parade on Saturday, and a beauty pageant for children of all ages.


The Prestonsburg Tourism Convention & Visitor’s Bureau celebrates the region’s history with the Kentucky Highland Folk Festival, held in conjunction with the Battle of Middle Creek Reenactment during the second week of September. Visitors who stop by the living history Civil War camp on the battlefield, will also have the opportunity to listen to Appalachian music and enjoy clogging demonstrations and other activities


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. 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.


Alice Lloyd College in Knott County, welcomes the 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 37




The last week of August marks a homecoming in Jenkins. The Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival founded in 2007, celebrates the history of the city. This event features live entertainment by local, regional, and national talent, as well as family-friendly activities and other events.


The Neon Area Days community organizes and hosts numerous events throughout the year, including the annual Neon Area Days Festival, held in September. Visitors can expect to find a themed “dress-up” contest for children, live entertainment, a parade, and other activities.



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 awhile 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.


There’s only one place to find the annual Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival, and that’s on the ground 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.

The community of Blackey in Letcher County 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.


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.


It started with a pig roast in 1983, and now, the Mountain Heritage Festival brings thousands of people into downtown Whitesburg every year. Held at the end of September, this week-long festival features arts and a writing contest, photo contests, 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. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY






he Big Sandy Regional Airport in Davella celebrates its Annual Airport Days every August. Director Gary Wayne Cox said he started the event in 2002 as a way of letting people know where the airport was located and what it

had to offer. “It was my way of educating the general public,” Cox said. “In the aviation world, they knew where we were on the map. Unfortunately, in the early days, pilots who landed here would get lost traveling around here to find a place to eat.” That is not the case now with Cloud 9 Cafe located on the site of the airport. Cox said a lot of visitors who travel by air and do so on a fairly consistent basis from across the nation stop by for the convenience of having a great place to eat and refuel without the hassle of renting a car, traveling to another location for a meal, returning to the airport and then resuming their trip. In addition to educating the public on its location, Cox said the annual event offers a day of family fun and activities. “My most favorite memory happened back when we first started holding Airport Days,” Cox noted. “A real nice elderly lady arrived real early in the morning before we started. It was foggy out and I remember her telling me she had never flown before and that she had always wanted to view the world from up there. She was among the first we took up and she really enjoyed herself and stayed the whole

day, watching planes take off and land and just talking to everyone. It made her day, and her experience and excitement made it memorable for me.” Cox said something a lot of people may not be aware of, but having an airport in a region is valuable from the aspect of having a great tool for economic development. “To me, it’s just as important from an infrastructure standpoint as good roads in an area,” Cox said. “In today’s world a lot of people don’t drive a long distance to visit an area. They fly. It’s quicker to do so. It’s an important tool to have.” For those living elsewhere who use the airport as a stopping point, Cox said two qualities that visitors point out is the natural beauty of the area and the beauty of the airport. “It’s a source of pride for this part of the country,” he continued. “It’s something we should value.” Cox said a lot of utility workers in the area who depend on flight (helicopters who cut right-of-way for power lines) plan their stops at the airport so they can rest, relax and grab a bite to eat. “We have a wonderful airport,” he noted in closing. Besides airplane rides and looking at various aircraft on display, a free car show and concessions and more are available. When you go, bring your lawn chairs and plan to spend a day of family fun. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY



Southeast Kentucky is the perfect place for music and theatre lovers. From premier family entertainment, to concerts by critically acclaimed music artists, there’s no shortage of world class entertainment. Local talent abounds as well with musical productions and award-winning theatre productions.







ppalachian Wireless Arena, formerly known as the East Kentucky Exposition Center, is Eastern Kentucky’s center for culture, education and entertainment as well as the premier venue for entertainment and conferences in the heart of downtown Pikeville. From family friendly shows such as Disney on Ice and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, to thrilling rodeos, expos, concerts and more, the Appalachian Wireless Arena provides a spectacular variety of entertainment for the young and the young at heart. This multi-purpose facility regularly features critically acclaimed entertainment, such as Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Larry the Cable Guy, The Band Perry, Billy Currington, Brantley Gilbert, Lynyrd Skynyrd, WWE and TNA wrestling, and many more. The Appalachian Wireless Arena is also home to a wide variety of sporting events, such as BMX, mixed martial arts, monster trucks, and the former NAIA basketball National Champions, the University of Pikeville Bears. Other critically acclaimed artists who have perfomed at Appalachian Wireless Arena include; 38 Special, 3 Doors Down, Godsmack, Staind, Martina McBride, Chris Stapleton, Trace Adkins, Casting Crowns, Montgomery Gentry, Kid Rock, Hank Williams, Jr, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Alan Jackson, Kansas, Marshall Tucker Band, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown, Chevelle, and many more.



This multi-purpose facility totals 126,000 square feet, sports a 24,000 square feet floor and seats 7,000. The facility also features 5,000 square feet of ballroom space, several conference rooms, a kitchen and outdoor street side stage. [The arena also features professional catering.] Appalachian Wireless Arena is located at 126 Main Street, Pikeville, KY 41501 For more information, call, (606) 444-5500 or visit, www.appalachianwirelessarena.com













n October of 1996, the Mountain Arts Center hosted its grand opening and the music and cultural fabric of Eastern Kentucky has not been the same since. This beautiful facility houses a 1,044 seat theatre, several large meeting rooms, a commercial recording studio, an art gallery, an arts education room, and several individual instruction practice rooms. The MAC is located within a stone’s throw of US 23 Country Music Highway, which is certainly appropriate as the state-of-the-art venue plays host to national headlining acts from a wide range of musical genre — bluegrass, gospel, rock and of course country — including many of Eastern Kentucky’s favorite sons and daughters such as Loretta Lynn, Billy Ray Cyrus, Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam, and Chris Stapleton. The MAC is home to the such growing local talent in Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry and the Kentucky Opry Jr. Pros. The Kentucky Opry with talented adult members presents a variety of country, bluegrass, oldies, pop and gospel favorites on the largest stage east of the Mississippi River. They are joined by the antics of their own comedian Munroe. His mountain humor is sure to keep you laughing. Each Kentucky Opry show includes an opening act by the Kentucky Opry Junior Pros; a group of talented young artists ranging in age from 6-18 who perform a variety of music promoting traditional Appalachian music. Additionally, the MAC hosts the Marvin Music Lobby, which is home to two galleries: The Cedar Coal Exhibit and the Art Gallery. The Cedar Coal Exhibit is a permanent gallery, while the Art Gallery features a different local artist every month. For questions or more information about the MAC, upcoming performances or events, visit www.macarts.com. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY




THE APPALACHIAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS In the heart of downtown Pikeville, the Appalachian Center for the Arts stands as a vibrant hub for artists, writers and performers across Pike County and Eastern Kentucky to come together and celebrate different forms of entertainment, including art, music, theater and dance. The center provides quality, professional entertainment in a community theater with about 225 seating capacity. The Appalachian Center for the Arts also provides a world-class arts education program by providing learning opportunities to young performers from across Eastern Kentucky in order to help them gain their confidence and become familiar with audition techniques and the art of performing. One of these learning opportunities includes the “Appalachian Masterclass Series,” where artists, singers, songwrit-

ers, musicians, dancers, actors and actresses are invited to come and teach a class of young performers in dancing, songwriting and auditioning. The kick-off to this educational event included a visit from two performers from the national Broadway tour of “Hamilton: An American Musical,” Josh Tower and Andy Tofa, and the series is planned to continue throughout

the summer of 2019 and into coming years. Educational opportunities at the Appalachian Center for the Arts include summer camps for young performers looking to gain more experience on the stage. Open to children ages 13 and older, the camps take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., except for performance dates. Those interested can sign up at www. theapparts.org. Aside from summer camp opportunities, the center will host a production for “Frozen, Jr.,” for children between 9 and 18 years old. The show is based on the 2018 Broadway musical adapted from the hit Disney animated film. Rehearsals for the production will start in October, and performances will take place in November. There is a $75 participation fee, and those interested can go to www.theapparts. org for more information. The Appalachian Center for the Arts holds live entertainment events for the regional arts community. Upcoming events for the center’s theater include the musical “Million Dollar Quartet” and the play “Sally McCoy.” During the Christmas season, the center will host “Moonshine and Mistletoe: An Appalachian Christmas Celebration.” For more information on upcoming performances at the Appalachian Center for the Arts, go to www.theapparts.org or check out “The Appalachian Center for the Arts” on Facebook.








he Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City began in July 2002 with a production of “The Kentucky Cycle” and built its foundation with a focus on quality performances loaded with local talent. However, from humble beginnings grow great things. Performing plays ranging from such light-hearted fare as “Mary Poppins Jr.” to intense dramas like “The Christians” and everything in between, the ACT has something for the whole family. In 2008, the theater opened the doors on a new facility, now featuring a yearround season of six productions per year with 16 performances per production. Each performance offers local aspiring actors the opportunity to learn and grow with the theatre. ACT alumni are starting to make their impact on the theatre arts scene, including ACT veteran Treyvon Blackburn, who was the first University of Kentucky student to direct a main stage production for the university and who brought the first ever “Shakespeare in the Park” production to Eastern Kentucky. “I would not be where I am today without the ACT,” said Prestonsburg Tourism Director Samantha West, a veteran ACT actor, director and organizer. “ACT is a place Desire Under The Elms to grow as a person and learn new talents as well as learn more about the community. We develop organizational and leadership skills in addition to refining our acting and production talent.” Offering free youth arts education program and performances that serves over fifty children per semester, the ACT provides art educational outreach throughout the region. ACT is located at 207 N. Patty Loveless Dr. Elkhorn City, KY 41522 For more information, call, (606) 754-4228 or visit, www.act4.org.

Mary Poppins

Doublewide Texas Christmas

Honky Tonk Angels










he oldest theatre in Eastern Kentucky, the 87 year-old SIPP Theatre remains a golden opportunity for a nostalgic trip to the past in the heart of Paintsville. Opening doors in January 1932 as Paintsville’s first “talkie” theatre, the SIPP fulfills the region’s needs as a combination movie/concert venue, including live concerts, community events, plays and movies such as the 80th anniversary of “Gone with the Wind.” After being offered bags of popcorn and cans of soda pop included in the $5 ticket price, visitors enter into the elegant, one-screen theater which captured many childhood imaginations. Like many theaters, at one point the SIPP Theatre slipped into disrepair, with the brick building in poor condition and

becoming a ghost of its former self. However, The Paintsville Main Street Association bought the old SIPP Theatre in 2010, years after it played what most believed was likely its final film and with extensive restoration and volunteer work, the “Historic” SIPP is hosting movies again. During the October 2017 grand re-opening, a line of hundreds of moviegoers wrapped around the block for a weekend showing of 1985’s “The Goonies.” Today, the theatre remains a central part of Paintsville’s downtown district of historic buildings and unique shopping opportunities. For questions or more information about show times, visit “The Historic SIPP Theatre” on Facebook, or call, (606) 297-1469.





ashville may be The Music City, but Whitesburg is the Music City in Eastern Kentucky. From old-time fiddlers to hard rocking guitarists, Whitesburg has hosted musicians from all over the music spectrum. And it’s not just local artists and unknowns. Fifty-three acts that played in Whitesburg went on to play on late night shows on national network television within a year of their appearance here, and others who have played here have been international stars for decades. Venues range from small bars to wide-open spaces. Any week could offer an eclectic mix of a jazz band, an acoustic set by an internationally known rock star, and square dance led by a fiddle virtuoso. For more local and regional fare in an intimate setting, Summit City on Main, at 214 Main Street, hosts shows every weekend, and has open mic nights as well. Have drinks and snacks while listening to bands from around Eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia and east Tennessee. Over the years, musicians including Jason Isbell, Don Dokken, Sturgill Simpson, the Rival Sons, and Brian Owens and the Deacons of Soul have graced the stage at Summit City as part of the promoter Greg Napier’s An Evening With concert series. Napier has also brought Ace Frehley, one of the founding members of KISS, to Whitesburg, as well as country great Carlene Carter, former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay, and soul-rock band St. Paul and the Broken Bones. That series has now moved across Main Street to the Listening Room. While there, concertgoers can step next door to StreetSide Bar and Grill for drinks and bar food. An Evening With is also expanding to include outdoor mega shows such as Frehley, who played Whitesburg River Park in May 2019 before continuing his tour in Nashville the following night. Summer 2018 saw the advent of the Levitt AMP Concert Series on the Mountain Heritage Village Stage on Depot Street, and that series continued in 2019 with such names as blues guitarist Samantha Fish, Americana wildman Webb Wilder, jazz bassist Ethan Jodziewicz, cumbia band La Misa Negra, Jordanian Musical Ambassadress Farah Siraj, and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. Levitt AMP concerts are every Thursday night from June to August, and are free. The outdoor concerts are held in conjunction with the Whitesburg Letcher County Farmers Market, but are moved to the Appalshop stage at 91 Madison Street when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Appalshop also hosts traditional Appalachian musicians and musical acts from other cultures at various times throughout the year, and Whitesburg community has live music in front of the courthouse during Mayfest and Oktoberfest.

Every weekend in September, communities host their own festivals with live music, crafts, games and food at Whitesburg, Jenkins, Neon, Blackey and Isom. The Letcher County Tourism Commission hosted Swing into Spring for the first time in 2018 with country music star Aaron Tipton at Raven Rock Golf Course. That is expected to be an annual event.

Clockwise from top: Levitt AMP Whitesburg; Pound, Virginia native and rising Nashville star Kaitlyn Baker headlines the first Levitt AMP Whitesburg 2019 Music Series; Elizabeth Cook at Summit City Lounge on Main, downtown Whitesburg; Legendary Singer/Bassist Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple/Trapzee/Black Sabbath/ Black Country Communion performs at Appalshop Theatre in downtown Whitesburg. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY





Tours, activities and experiences await in Southeast Kentucky. Tour the new distillery, Dueling Barrels, the latest addition to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, located in downtown Pikeville. Experience a day of pampering at the luxurious PürLux Spa and Salon in Allen, a brand new 7,000 square foot multi-suite med spa offering therapeutic massages, state of the art saunas, steam rooms and other amenities, including a “salt cave” filled with 28,000 pounds of pink Himalayan salt. Or immerse yourself in the history of the Hatfields and McCoys on a guided tour of America’s richest historical locales including most of the Hatfield McCoy feud sites. And much more!










he clouds parted and the sun shone just as crowds gathered in front of Dueling Barrels Brewery and Distillery in June 2018, for a look at Eastern Kentucky’s first combined beer, bourbon and moonshine operation. Gleaming copper pot stills towered in the background as Alltech officials and community leaders cut the ribbon on the highly-anticipated project. Dueling Barrels was a personal passion project for Alltech co-founders Dr. Pearse and Mrs. Deirdre Lyons, who long felt that the rolling landscape, hardworking people and craftsmanship of Eastern Kentucky reminded them of their home in Ireland. Ever the visionary, Dr. Lyons had a keen sense of potential, and he saw it in abundance in Eastern Kentucky. He initiated the development of Dueling Barrels with an eye toward promoting tourism to the region. “He believed in something he spoke of often, and that is the power of one,” said Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin about Dr. Lyons. “One person. One idea. One mission. These are the things that change the world.” Though Dr. Lyons passed away in March 2018, Mrs. Lyons, director of corporate image and design at Alltech, and their son, Dr. Mark Lyons, president of Alltech, remain focused on the success of Dueling Barrels. “Today, my team completes three years of work,” said Mrs. Lyons. “But this is only the beginning of the dream, which we hope leads to increased tourism in Eastern Kentucky.” The nearly 30,000-square-foot facility houses three copper pot stills and 19 fermenters, and it has the capacity to produce 40,000 brewer’s barrels annually. In addition to bourbon, Dueling Barrels will produce a variety of craft-style beers, beginning with Dueling Barrels Pikeville Ale, an American Pale Ale, and Dueling Barrels Hopfield & McCoy IPA. Additional brews will be made available exclusively in the Pearse’s Place taproom, which is located on the second floor of the facility. Moonshining has a long history in Eastern Kentucky, where early settlers drew upon generations of distilling experience to use surplus corn to make un-aged whiskey, or “moonshine,” as it came to be known. Dueling Barrels celebrates this mountain tradition with four flavors: Dueling Barrels Original Kentucky Moonshine, a smooth blend of corn, malted barley and a pinch of rye; Dueling Barrels Apple Orchard Kentucky Moonshine, with notes of apples, caramel, vanilla and cinnamon; Dueling Barrels Bonfire Kentucky Moonshine, which has a spicy but smooth cinnamon finish; and Dueling Barrels Mountain Flower Kentucky Moonshine, infused with elderberry for a fruity and floral twist. Visitors to Dueling Barrels will explore the rich history and culture of the Eastern Kentucky mountains, including the legendary Hatfields and McCoys feud, the dawn of Bluegrass music and starry nights spent making moonshine. Tours will be guided by knowledgeable “storytellers” who will walk visitors through the art of brewing and distilling while sharing the legendary stories that have shaped Appalachia. Dueling Barrels joins Alltech’s family of breweries and distilleries, which includes Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., producing Town Branch Bourbon, Town Branch Gin and Kentucky Ale® beers; and Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James in Dublin, Ireland, which produces Pearse Irish Whiskey. The company hopes to use its resources and craft beverage expertise to shine a spotlight on Eastern Kentucky. “There is a massive population on the East Coast,” said Mark Lyons. “Now they just have to come across the mountains. I think this can be the start of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, not the end.” Dueling Barrels is located at 745 Hambley Blvd, Pikeville, KY 41501. For more information, call, (606) 766-3835 or visit, www.duelingbarrels.com.

Alltech’s Dueling Barrels Brewery and Distillery is a state-of-the-art operation, but also hearkens back to the region’s past with modern production techniques coupled with a look and feel that pays tribute to the region and its history. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY



CAR SHOWS & CRUISE-INS Love hotrods and classic cars? Pikeville-Pike County, Kentucky is poised to become one of America’s hidden gems for classic car enthusiasts. Shows and cruise-ins are family friendly; and car clubs make visitors feel right at home. Free and open to the public, many of the scheduled car shows and cruise-ins offers food and merchandise vendors, with proceeds from several events going to charity. Whether you’re a collector, gear head or just an admirer, Pike ville-Pike County’s car shows and cruise-ins offers something for everyone.

CRUISE-IN BY THE RIVER America’s Most Famous Feud

The families of the Hatfields and McCoys feud leaders were of strong stock and from them have come leaders of many professions – business, education, medicine, governors, senators, lawyers etc. The clans, both Hatfield and McCoy, were honest, hard-working and proud. They came into the wilderness of Kentucky and Virginia (now West Virginia) and patented thousands of acres of land. The McCoys generally hail from the Kentucky side of the Tug River and the Hatfields from the West Virginia side. However, even during the famous feud, both families shared space on either side of the Tug. Often many would call their kin who would marry into the other family “traitors” or “turncoats”. Once a member of the McCoy family married into the Hatfield family, they were said to be “Hatfield” and no longer “McCoy”. Clan pride and family loyalty was strong, no doubt left over from their days in the homelands of Ireland and Scotland.

The Hatfield & McCoy Driving Tour

Thousands of people from all around the world have visited Pike County, Kentucky to immerse themselves into some of America’s richest historical locales. Pike County is home to most of the significant Hatfield and McCoy feud sites, and as a result of the recent spike in the feud’s popularity, Pikeville/Pike County offers a self-guided tour of these interesting historic locales. The Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour is a self-guided tour that includes all historic sites, both in Kentucky and West Virginia, of the feud. Visitors are provided a Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour brochure for free, which features step-by-step instructions for finding each feud site that is open to the public. An optional Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour CD is available for purchase below. Both items can be found in our visitors’ center store, located in the Hampton Inn on 831 Hambley Blvd, Pikeville. The audio CD serves as a tour guide for the feud sites, and offers professional voice talent and music, which spices up the already wonderful tour.

Hatfield & McCoy Feud App

APRIL - SEPTEMBER Applebee’s of Pikeville, 172 Cassidy Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 United States

Good Ole Boys Rods and Cruisers presents Cruise–In by the River, April through September. Starting at 6:00 p.m., this event features live 50’s and 60’s music, door prizes, and a grand prize drawing September 20th (must be present to win). Located behind the Applebee’s, Arby’s and McDonald’s in Pikeville, Kentucky. Dash plaques are available for the first 50 cars. Rain dates are scheduled for the following Friday of each event.


MAY - OCTOBER Pilgrim’s Prayer Church, 121 Steve Wright Road Jenkins, KY 41537 United States The Holler Boys Car Club hosts a cruise-in each month, May through October, at the Pilgrim’s Prayer Church in Dorton, Kentucky. Each car show begins at 3:00 p.m., with rain dates being the second Sunday of each month. Each Cruise-In features a concession stand, live music, door prizes, and clean restrooms.

CRUISE-IN AT THE SOUTHSIDE MALL MAY - OCTOBER Southside Mall, 275 Southside Mall Rd South Williamson, Kentucky

Mingo-Pike Car Club logo featuring classic car artwork Hosted by the Mingo-Pike Car Club, the Cruise-In at the Southside Mall is held the second Friday of every month, April through October, at the Southside Mall in Goody, Kentucky. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., this family-friendly event is perfect for car enthusiasts, collectors and gear heads alike.

Find the Historic Hatfield and McCoy Feud sites using your smart phone. View Feud-related historical documents, send a Hatfield-McCoy Postcard from your phone, view nearby restaurants, hotels and businesses and more.

Pike County’s Car Clubs often schedule their car shows and cruise-ins on a variety of weekends throughout the warm months, in a variety of locations throughout the county.

For more information visit, www.tourpikecounty.com

For a complete list of the scheduled car shows and cruise-ins, visit, www.tourpikecounty.com







EAST KENTUCKY SCIENCE CENTER AND VARIA PLANETARIUM REACH FOR THE STARS The East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium, which was opened in 2004 on the campus of the Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, became a part of the college in 2008. Since its opening, the center has welcomed more than 10,000 visitors each year from across the country. The facility features a 40 foot dome planetarium with seating for up to 85 people.  The planetarium houses a GOTO Chronos, a Spitz SciDome HD, and an AVI SkyLase Laser system, which is one of only three in the United States and has 18 planetarium shows and 39 laser shows shown publicly as well as to school groups. The Center also boasts a 3,000 square-foot exhibit area, a classroom with seating for up to 40 people and a gift shop.  Students are taught a wide variety of programs such “Bubble-ology,”



“Animal Adventures” which uses animals which live at the Center, “Catch a Sound Wave” or “Phun Physics,” just to name a few of the programs that are offered to school groups while visiting the Center and during the months of June and July when the Center offers special summer programming for students of all ages.   Admission to the East Kentucky Science Center is $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors on week day afternoons and weekend show times.  For more information about the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium, or pricing for school groups, call, (606) 889-8260 or visit, www. bigsandy.kctcs.edu


HISTORIC STAFFORD HOUSE The historic Stafford House, built in 1843. The Paintsville home, which lists on the National Register of Historic Places, was built by John Stafford for his son, Francis, who later continued its construction. A holly tree in the yard planted around the time of the outbreak of the Civil War continues to shade the porch, and inside, the home is a museum filled with antique pieces of life from bygone eras of Johnson County. In April 2010, a resident from nearby Floyd County purchased the home. After 2 years of renovations, the Stafford House opened for tours. In 2015, the Paintsville Tourism Commision purchased the house and opened it for tours and private events.The home is located at 102 Broadway Street, Paintsville, KY. (606) 297-1469

Country Music Highway Museum in Paintsville, Kentucky. The museum is dedicated to the country music entertainers who were born or lived near U.S. Route 23 in eastern Kentucky. Entertainers exhibited within the museum include Billy Ray Cyrus, The Judds, Tom T. Hall, Ricky Skaggs, Hylo Brown, Loretta Lynn, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, Patty Loveless, and Gary Stewart. It also has a gift shop and a large conference room that can be reserved for events such as concerts. The museum is located at 100 State St, Paintsville, KY 41240. (606) 297-1469, us23countrymusichwymuseum.com




THE OIL SPRINGS CULTURAL ARTS AND RECREATION CENTER The Oil Springs Cultural Arts and Recreation Center. Formerly Oil Springs Elementary school, this building’s downstairs now houses numerous art studios utilized by the community for creating crafts, painting, and teaching art classes. The multi-disciplinary arts taking place at the OSCAR Center include quilting, woodworking, ceramics and music to name only a few, and the center hosts “The Story Patch,” a series of plays put on from true stories passed on by local residents. 7846 Route 40 West, Oil Springs, Kentucky (866) 217-5299


The Coal Miners’ Museum is located in the former headquarters of the Miller’s Creek Division of the Consolidation Coal Company in the central section of Van Lear. The museum currently houses several collections including a collection of mining tools, a “company” doctor’s office, a local Veteran’s Hall of Fame, the Van Lear Schools’ Collection, a model of “Old” Van Lear, several original works of art, the “Old” Van Lear Post Office and Icky’s 1950’s Snack Shop. Icky’s dates back to the 1940’s and also serves as a gift shop for the Coal Miner’s Museum. 78 Millers Creek, Van Lear, KY 41265 (606) 789-8540 EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY






PÜRLUX SPA AND SALON LUXURY IS IN THE DETAILS PürLux Spa and Salon in Allen offers their guests memorable experiences and a true escape from the outside world. PürLux owners Tonya and Tiffany Johnson have traveled to spas in other states and countries, and they believe PürLux offers more amenities and services than most of them. They’re also pretty certain that there is no other spa like it in Kentucky. “To be honest, we are not aware of any facility in Kentucky that offers all of the services that we offer here,” Tiffany said. All spa services include access to a men and women’s steam room, sauna, and aromatherapy rain showers. Come early, stay late, read a book by the fireplace or water wall in the tranquility lounge. PürLux recently expanded its facility to 7,100 square feet and now includes a multisuite salon for hair and nail services, products from their skin care line, Lurra Naturals, a med spa with therapeutic massages and other services, his and her spa retreat areas with saunas, steam rooms and other services, a couples retreat area, a bridal suite for parties and groups, and, among other amenities, a “salt cave” filled with 28,000 pounds of pink Himalayan salt. From the moment a guest steps through the doors, they are greeted in the reception and retail area with cool marble floors lit softly by the crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling near a wooden staircase that winds up into the second floor.

As they walk up the winding staircase onto the second floor, guests are greeted with a glass water wall that separates the “Tranquility Lounge” from the rest of the spa. In the hair styling suites, retractable doors were added so that bridal shower guests can enjoy the experience together or people who prefer privacy could have that as well. “Salon Perfect” lighting creates a daylight-type of atmosphere. Guests can try out aromatherapy products sold by PürLux in the aromatherapy rain showers. The spa provides towels, slippers, snacks and refreshments for all guests. All massage and treatment rooms are spacious and fitted with heated tables which have remote-controlled hydraulics systems to help guests with disabilities and message therapists. The couples room features a custom-made, two-person bathtub with radiant heat to maintain the water temperature during a guest’s stay. Here, the spa offers herbal infusion soaks, Himalayan salt soaks, mud baths, mineral rich soaks, clay soaks and other services. The spa also offers an outdoor garden lounge, with a fire pit, water feature and other amenities, and numerous pricing packages are available. One $50 package gives guests full-day access to the salt room, steam rooms and saunas. The Johnsons invite guests to come early and stay as long as they like. “We truly invite people to come in and hang out, to truly escape from everything,” Tonya said.




Explore the wild and natural beauty of Southeast Kentucky’s outdoor adventure destinations. There’s a trail for everyone; hiking trails, biking trails, horseback riding trails and dirt bike trails. Enjoy a day on the water paddling, boating, skiing, or fishing, on one of our beautiful lakes or rivers. If you’re looking for adventure, try whitewater rafting or kayaking on the Russell Fork River in Elkhorn City. Don’t miss the “eighth wonder of the world” and the second largest earth removal project in U.S. history, the Pikeville Cut-Through. Plenty of adventure awaits in Southeast Kentucky.






Each year, thrill seekers from all around flock to Elkhorn City for an adrenaline rush with Russell Fork whitewater. During the weekends of October you can expect spectacular fall colors and various levels of whitewater rapids, ranging from class II to IV in the upper and lower sections of the Russell Fork, to the mighty Class III to V whitewater areas, lovingly known as El Horrendo, Walk the Plank, Triple Drop, Fist and more, on 16 miles of free-flowing whitewater between Haysi, Virginia, and Elkhorn City. Traverse through two beautiful states as you experience the river that kayakers all over have come to know and love. If you would like to experience a truly exciting outdoor adventure, plan your visit in October and bring your whitewater gear. For more information call, (800) 844-7453. You can also visit the Russell Fork Whitewater website, www.russellfork.info.



Photo by Ronnie Hylton








Photo by Ronnie Hylton


he Pikeville Cut-Through Project is an astonishing engineering wonder that has been called “the eighth wonder of the world” by The New York Times. Visitors to Pike County will get to visit the completed Pikeville Cut-Through Project, the second largest earth removal project in American history, after the creation of the Panama Canal. The newest attraction to the project, opening in early 2020, will include an overlook of the city. Under the leadership of former Mayor William C. Hambley, the project began in November 1973 and finished construction in 1987. It created a threequarter-mile-long channel to provide a path for railroad tracks, the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River and U.S. Highway 23, 460, 119 and KY 80. According to Pike County Tourism, the purpose of the project was to relieve the city region of an annual barrage of flooding, while providing more room for commercial development and relieving the city of railroad and highway congestion. During its four phases of construction, the project totaled $80 million. During the project’s first phase, about 13 million cubic yards of rock were excavated from Peach Orchard Mountain, costing over $17 million. When the excavation was completed, a channel was created for the Levisa Fork, allowing the river to bypass Pikeville and providing space for the railroad. In 1982, the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River was rerouted to flow through the Cut-

Through, completing the project’s second phase, according to Pike County Tourism. The final phases of the project, which started in March 1983, involved completing highway interchanges on both ends of the Cut-Through and the construction of Hambley Boulevard along the former railroad bed. These last phases added 150 acres of usable land to Pikeville. About 18 million cubic yards of earth in total were moved during the entire project, and 400 acres of usable land in total were created for the city’s expansion. In early 2020, people in Pike County can visit the Cut-Through overlook located on Bob Amos Drive, where they will capture a breathtaking view of the engineering accomplishment and a beautiful view of the Appalachian Mountains that surround the City of Pikeville. The overlook sits on top of a mountain surrounded by beautiful scenery and Bob Amos Park, which also features a walking track, hiking trails, horseshoe arena area, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, baseball fields and a YMCA. The Hatfield and McCoy River Trails are also located near the overlook, and those who visit can take part in canoeing, paddle boating, horseback riding, tubing and a paintball field. To learn more about the Pikeville Cut-Through Project, call, (800)-844-7453, or go to, www.tourpikecounty.com. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY




MUDDY BOOTS LLC Visitors to Pike County can experience the Appalachian Mountains by visiting Muddy Boots, located at Bob Amos Park. Muddy Boots is the perfect place to find affordable and accessible outdoor recreation activities, including tubing, kayaking, horseback riding and zip lines. During the year, zip lining is available from April to October, and kayaking and tubing are available from April to September or October, depending on the weather. Horseback riding and lessons are typically available all year long. Muddy Boots have three trail rides available for horseback riding tours, including one that takes visitors up around the top of the mountain. There, visitors can find a breathtaking view of Pikeville and the surrounding area. The only other way to find that view is through the Pikeville Cut-Through Project overlook, which opens in early 2020. There are five zip lines available for visitors to the park, and the prices are affordable for families, with $50 per person.

Muddy Boots provides family-friendly outdoor recreation that cannot be found for more than an hour outside of Pikeville. Reservations are requested to be made for groups of five or more people. To learn more about Muddy Boots or to make a group reservation, call, (606) 794-9881, or check out Muddy Boots LLC on Facebook.



THE KNOTT COUNTY TRAIL RIDE Knott County is home to one of the largest trail riding events in the nation. Twice a year folks from all over gather at Mine Made Paradise Adventure Park in Leburn for the Knott County Trail Ride. The mountaintop serves as a site for camping, horseback riding, vendors and live music. People are invited to start camping days before the ride begins and welcomes RVs and tents but ATVs are not permitted while the trail ride is taking place. An ample number of miles of trails are offered for horseback riders throughout the event and well over 1,000 guests are in attendance for each ride.

Also available are a number of vendors with items such as fried fair foods, horseback riding equipment, art and more. The trail ride has also been the site of performances from both local and national country music artists. The May 2019 ride featured Tyler Booth.

THE TUG FORK OF THE BIG SANDY RIVER The Tug Fork of Big Sandy River, forming part of the boundary between Kentucky and West Virginia, snakes through a maze of towering mountains and lush greenery, offering an afternoon excursion of sight-seeing and fishing for outdoor enthusiast. Two floats showcase the history and beauty of the Tug Fork Valley. One is a short but productive journey through the heart of the Hatfield-McCoy feud country. The other is a longer voyage featuring excellent scenery and smallmouth bass fishing. The first float begins at the Hatfield-McCoy Park in the McCarr community in Pike County. It ends about three miles downstream at a public ramp in Matewan, West Virginia. The route to the put-in is steeped with the history of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, a murderous conflict between two families that lasted nearly three decades. The drive, followed by the float down the river, touches many significant sites of America’s most notorious feud. A little history helps paddlers understand the underpinnings of the conflict along the way. A map available at the Pike County Tourism Office offers details of locations of key events, including the McCoy Cabin site, the Hog Trial Cabin where the 1882 “Election Day Fight” triggered the bloodiest phase of feud history and the infamous “PawPaw Incident” where three McCoy brothers were tied to trees and shot. The second float begins at the Matewan access. Paddlers can end their trip after 10 miles at Williamson, West Virginia. Paddlers should be on the water early and prepared to leave late due to the length of this float. This more challenging float allows for fishing on the river as well as several opportunities to stop and fish before arriving at a the Williamson take-out, including a long gravel channel known as Burnwell Beach. Aside from stopping to admire its arresting mountain views, the beach is a good place to pull over and wade the shallower, flowing shoal to cast for hefty small-

mouth bass. Finding the flow’s sweet spot for productive fishing and enjoyable floating is the key for paddling the Tug. Go online to the Williamson gauge on the United States Geological Survey streamflow webpage to find the latest information on daily river conditions before beginning. Paddlers will need to leave a shuttle vehicle for both floats at the takeout, located across the stateline and a few miles away. Area watercraft rentals are available. Learn more about the Hatfield-McCoy Feud and more of what Pike County has to offer online at, www.tourpikecounty.com, or call, (606) 432-5063. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY


Williamson “Dirt Days” celebrates off-road adventures

Williamson Dirt Days are a celebration of getting down and dirty while enjoying the best of Appalachia’s green mountains. Dirt Days 2019 was a weekend filled with noisy and mud covered ATVs and lots of people having a good time getting down and dirty. “Dirt Days was beyond our wildest imagination,” said Wes Wilson, executive director of the Tug Valley Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We were absolutely blown away by the incredible response from everyone who was in attendance.” He said that 16 states from New England to California were represented by riders and festival participants. Also, there were registered riders from Romania and Canada at the weekend event. “A lot of these people bought an annual pass to the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System,” he went on to say. “That means they will come back again.” While Dirt Days 2019 was an inaugural event, Wilson said he hopes it becomes an annual event. “We have every intention of doing this again,” he continued. “We want it to get bigger and better each year. I can only imagine what a Dirt Days 2024 could look like.” He said the festival was fun and exciting, but was a learning experience at the same time. As planners work on next year’s events Wilson said they will look at things such as having portable toilets and changing the times of events such as the parade and mud pit hours. “We will definitely have more food booths,” he said. “We have already reached out to several food vendors who planning to be at next year’s event.” Wilson said the most important factor in Dirt Days was the cooperation between officials, groups and individuals from both Mingo and Pike counties working together. “I have never seen so much energy from both sides of the river put on any one event,” he said. “We are starting to market regional tourism and breaking this state line thing.” Jim Bevins, trails coordinator for the Pike County Fiscal Court, agrees with Wilson. “It is a classic example of a ‘win-win’ for everyone involved. The riders had a great time and they came into to Pike County and spent money here as well,” he continued. “Events like this that have joint effort can have benefits for us for decades to come. As the region grows, the communities grow. Businesses grow.”













he Paintsville/Johnson County Trail Town team hosted a Chatterwha Trace River Run kayaking event of the season recently, with paddlers making their way down the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River. “Life looks different from the river,” said Lara Pack, Johnson County Trail Town catalyst and Kentucky Mountain Regional Authority representative. “There is a serenity and slower pace that helps put things back in perspective.” The event hosted paddlers as they made their way from the Paintsville Water Plant to Tim Price Landing in Offut — a trip of approximately six miles which takes an average of three hours, Pack said. “This is a beautiful stretch of the river and the perfect opportunity for those interested in paddling, and those who want to give it a try, in an easy environment,” she said. “We also had Oil Springs Fire and Rescue oversee the trip to help any paddlers that might have found themselves in trouble with an overturned kayak or other issues.” Pack said the members of the Trail Town team were excited to be entering their third year of planning and hosting these types of events and thankful for the outpouring of community support they have received. “These types of events were only a small part of the quality of life available in Johnson County and in Eastern Kentucky,” she said. “We are so excited to be kicking off Trail Town’s third season of providing group planned outdoor adventure opportunities in our community. We continue to believe that presenting these opportunities can significantly impact the quality of life in Johnson County.” Pack said she believes that the outdoor adventures and culture of the region is a draw for a lot of people. “In this day and age, folks can live anywhere they want and work a satisfying and lucrative career from home,” she said. “We have excellent schools, reasonable property values, fantastic community organizations and overall awesome sense of community and offer a quality of life that anyone could find appealing.” “With well-rounded opportunities to enjoy all that we have to offer, tourists will find our region a comprehensively wonderful place to visit with at least a week’s worth of potential for local and regional outdoor adventure, historical research, antiquing, boutique shopping, dining, lodging, arts, culture and so much more,” Pack continued. “We at the PJC Trail Town are just happy to do our part,



and I am so thankful for all the people who support what we are trying to do with our efforts. More Chatterwha River Trace Runs will be scheduled as the summer continues. A registration fee of $25 will purchase paddlers a full day’s kayak rental, shuttle service and dinner, which at Sunday’s event, was homemade soup beans, sauerkraut and cornbread. Other similar events include Prestonsburg Tourism’s Levisa Fork Paddlefest, beginning on Memorial Day weekend and continuing on the fourth Saturday of each month through September. Paddlefest begins at the boat launchsite in downtown Prestonsburg behind Billy Ray’s Restaurant and follows a 16.4-mile trek toward Paintsville. According to Floyd County Tourism Director Samantha West, admission will be $15 and load-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with lunch and shuttles included with admission cost. Paddlefest usually takes anywhere from four to six hours, depending on how fast the river flows that day with options to get out at the halfway point at Harman’s Station boat ramp, where lunch and shuttle service are available along with water and portable restrooms. Or participants can also paddle the remaining eight miles and continue the trek on to Paintsville, where lunch and shuttle service can also be arranged. West said paddlers can bring their own kayak or canoe, or rent everything you need from local outfitters Pro-Fitness or Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Marina for $35. Pro-Fitness will deliver rental equipment directly to the river launch location, which includes your watercraft, paddle, and life jacket, however West recommends making reservations at least a week to 10 days ahead of time to ensure you have the necessary equipment reserved. Prospective paddlers can contact the Trail Town team by phone at, (606) 3671904, or online via Facebook by searching for “Paintsville/Johnson County Trail Town Committee,” where the organization posts events and updates. For questions or more information about the Levisa Fork Paddlefest, contact Prestonsburg Tourism at, (606) 886-1341.



Council member. “The single-track is made for real mountain biking. It has challenging downhill tracks with intense and technical areas to navigate. Something you can’t get anywhere else in the state.” Sugarcamp Mountain Trails opened in July 2017, thanks to support from numerous volunteers who provided 25,000 hours of service to build the trails over a three-year period, as well as the collaboration between Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, the City of Prestonsburg and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Visitors can access the upper portion of the trail system at the top of Sugarcamp Mountain Road, near Stonecrest Golf Course, and another access, the Arrowhead Point Trailhead, is located in the state park near the campground. The system’s trail artery is a six-mile multiuse track that connects to the Jenny Wiley Trails and is crisscrossed by several mountain bike trails. Access to the Sugarcamp Mountain Trail system is free. Shuttle services are also available on selected weekends in the summer and fall. For detailed trail maps and other information, visit, www.sugarcamptrails.com.

Sugarcamp Mountain Trails is one of the region’s most unique attractions, offering 20 miles of hillside trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The trail system is located on reclaimed mountaintop near Stonecrest Golf Crest and descends down the mountain into Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. The system is made up of several trails that offer picturesque views of Dewey Lake and surrounding mountainsides, as well as intermediate and challenging trails for mountain bikers. “Sugarcamp includes roughly six miles of horse-friendly, machine-built trail which provides spectacular views of Dewey Lake and the surrounding area; as well as an additional 14 miles of handcarved, technical single-track dedicated to mountain biking and hiking,” said Brittainy Branham, a mountain biking enthusiast and Prestonsburg City








When it comes to fun, recreation and scenic locales, Southeast Kentucky rivals the finest vacation destinations anywhere. The landscape is surrounded by towering mountains with lush foliage and vegetation that provide spectacular views throughout the year. Wildlife is abundant. Black bear and elk continue to flourish in the area. Pristine waterways, from clear bubbling creeks and streams to calm lake waters, are abundant throughout the region. Undoubtedly, the region is defined by its awe inspiring natural beauty.

Breaks Interstate Park Photo by Ronnie Hylton







pproximately 180 million years ago, in an area now lying across Kentucky and Virginia, a vast inland sea receded, leaving in its wake a veritable cradle of botany. Meanwhile, the river that is now known as the Russell Fork got about the work of carving out an immense, spectacular gorge, renowned as the largest east of the Mississippi. Breaks Interstate Park, created in 1954, straddles Southeastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia, in the Jefferson National Forest, at the northeastern terminus of Pine Mountain. Hikers, be prepared for the catch of breath as you lift your eyes from the delicate landscape underfoot to the wonder of a raptor soaring overhead. Boaters, rafters, horseback riders, take a moment to rest in awe of these timeless mountains, as their undulating profiles resolve into the distance in ever-paler shades of blue. Biking, hiking, riding, rafting or zip-lining ‌ no matter how you choose to move through the Breaks Interstate Park, you will find yourself exploring, just like those who came here first. Passing through the ancient hunting grounds of the Shawnee and Cherokee, one might just as easily be tracking the 18th century legend of the lost silver mines of John Swift. Or you could be following the 11 miles of trails throughout the park in the footsteps of Daniel Boone as he searched for a new way into Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley. In 1767 Boone finally discovered the single passage through the 125-



mile stretch of Pine Mountain, and thus gave the area its name: The Breaks. Like these early wanderers, today’s visitors are greeted by hidden ponds and craggy rock faces, by awesome critters, and starry nights scented by bloom … in short, by wonders at every turn. But, as exciting as their early explorations surely were, Mr. Swift and Mr. Boone may have wished for the cozier accommodations to be found here these days at the park’s Lodge, any of the five cabins or hundreds of campsites … or even a yurt. Visitors come to us year-round to enjoy the many recreational delights, whether they are bent on an active, sporting experience, or one more contemplative, such as our seven gorgeous overlooks. Wildlife abounds, as does the warm welcome to cozy accommodations that feel just right in their setting. For more information about the Breaks Interstate Park and its activities, visit, www. breakspark.com, or call, (276) 865-4413. EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY






JENNY WILEY STATE RESORT PARK At Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, from shows and concerts at the outdoor amphitheater, to hiking winding trails through the lush forested areas of Floyd County, to enjoying a lazy day on Dewey Lake while boating and fishing. Visitors can experience the secluded beauty of the 49-room May Lodge, surrounded by towering pines and peaceful mountains. The May Lodge lobby offers a fine selection of Kentucky handcrafted goods, souvenirs and books written by Kentucky authors. Private accommodations are also available for those wanting to enjoy a one- or two-bedroom cottage in the serenity of the area. For beautiful natural scenery as well as delicious Kentucky cooking, visit the Music Highway Grill in the May Lodge. From appetizer to dessert, you will love every Kentucky-Proud bite, which utilizes local meats and produce when available. Two private dining rooms are available to accommodate up to 70 guests. If you just want to get away from it all, the great outdoors awaits in the 121-site campground. Utility hookups, two central service buildings with showers and restrooms, a grocery store and a dump station are available for your convenience. For questions, information and more information, call, (606) 889-1790, or visit, https://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/jenny-wiley/.







ine Mountain became Kentucky’s first state park in 1924. When the Kentucky State Parks Commission was created in the 1920s, there was considerable interest among the citizens of Bell County in establishing a state park. Accordingly, the newly-appointed chairman of the parks commission, Dr. Willard Rouse Jilson, was invited to meet with local citizens to discuss the possibilities. The region of the nearby Cumberland Gap was first considered as a possible state park site, but its great cultural significance and potential as a future national park led Jilson to look elsewhere. Eventually, dozens of local citizens would join with the county officials to assemble and donate land in a community effort for the establishment of a state park. The parks commission accepted this generous gift, originally consisting of present-day Laurel Cove and adjacent areas, and named the new site Cumberland State Park. By 1938, the name had been changed to Pine Mountain State Park to avoid confusion with the similarly named Cumberland Falls State Park, which had since come into the park system. In the early years, little development took place at Pine Mountain. There were few facilities and a limited system of roads and trails. Substantial development began in 1933 with the inception of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a federally-funded program to put young men to work and relieve some of the financial strain of the Great Depression. The facility development program initiated through the CCC included the construction of roads, bridges, shelters, and hiking trails. Also constructed were log cabins the original accommodations of the park, today Cabins 215224, and a main office building. The original office building today serves as the upper lobby adjacent to the dining room of the present park lodge. The construction utilizes native sandstone and American chestnut logs. During the 1960s, the Kentucky State Parks embarked upon an era of major expansion. Pine Mountain was recognized as a park deserving greater development, and substantial funding was allotted for new on-site projects. This massive program included the complete renovation of the old lodge with the addition of a wing of 30 guest rooms, 10 cottages, swimming pool, golf course, and road improvements. Facility renovation was again undertaken in 1997-99 and periodically thereafter to achieve needed repairs and improvements. Today, core park facilities originally constructed by the CCC reflect the splendid craftsmanship and work styles of their creators. These historic structures lend a special old-fashioned charm to Pine Mountain. The park is widely regarded as one of the finest resorts Kentucky has to offer, boasting magnificent natural landscapes steeped in cultural history. Pine Mountain, the state’s second highest mountain, is the go-to place for those with a taste for an aerial view, and perhaps a picnic in the clouds. Visitors and residents can enjoy the view from any of six overlooks along U.S. 119 South, and one on U.S. 23 near Pound Gap.



Three of Kentucky’s major rivers begin on Pine Mountain in Letcher County, and two of those river valleys – The Kentucky and the Big Sandy – can be viewed from the overlooks. Visitors crossing into Kentucky from Virginia at Pound Gap will find the first overlook on the right, just after they cross the state line. This brand new overlook gives travelers a view of the City of Jenkins and Elkhorn Lake in the Big Sandy River Valley on one side, and the Pine Mountain Thrust Fault on the other. Pine Mountain is a geologist’s dream. The mountain is a fault line formed by the collision

of continental plates, and its rock strata points up at the sky, rather than lying flat. Because of that, the road cut exposed rock layers that are usually 2,000 feet below the surface. Because of its unique availability for study, the Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists named the road cut as its first “Distinguished Geologic Site.” Travelers can follow U.S. 23 another mile to the intersection of U.S. 119, and take that road 12 miles south along the upper reaches of the Kentucky River to Whitesburg. When they reach the city, visitors can experience a spectacular drive up Pine Mountain Road National Scenic Byway (U.S.

119 South) to Letcher Gap. Pine Mountain is a hiker’s paradise with 12 miles of self-guided trails. Hike to Chained Rock, the Hemlock Garden or various other trails with names like Honeymoon Falls, Rock Hotel, and Timber Ridge. The new Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail will pass near the park when completed. Pine Mountain State Resort Park 1050 State Park Road, Pineville, KY 40977 Phone: (606) 337-3066 EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY



FISHTRAP LAKE The impoundment of the waters of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River in 1969 provided Kentucky with one of its best fishing lakes. Near the states of Virginia and West Virginia, the deep, long, narrow Fishtrap Lake near Shelbiana is known for some of the finest fishing in the commonwealth. The highest dam in Kentucky at 195 feet contains the waters of the lake. Fishtrap Lake is located in Pike County, seven miles south of the county seat of Pikeville. The natural beauty of eastern Kentucky enhances the lake as a popular destination for tourists. Built for flood control along Levisa Fork by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the lake can hold as much as 54 billion gallons of water. Extending 16.5 miles in length, Fishtrap Lake covers 1,131 acres and is 84 feet deep. Construction of the dam began in February 1962. President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicated the project on October 26, 1968. Workers moved five million cubic yards of earth and rock to construct the dam. Nestled among mountains and dense forests, the Fishtrap Lake area will appeal to anyone who loves boating, fishing or hiking. But don’t be surprised if the other visitors you meet as you wander around the park area aren’t of the human variety. This site is well-known as a haven for deer, raccoons and even the occasional grouse.

The Pike County area is also filled with Kentucky history. The name of the lake came from pioneers who observed the unique fish traps made by the American Indians. Archaeologists discovered 33 prehistoric American Indian sites in the Fishtrap area. They found 65,000 artifacts at the Slone site at Woodside. Pike County is also known for being the site of the infamous Hatfield-McCoy Feud. The struggle between these two families lasted for de-

cades and made headlines in national newspapers. Although not the bloodiest or longest lasting feud, the Hatfield-McCoy conflict remains the epitome of the romantic mountain feuds of the late nineteenth century. The physical facilities of the park are under the auspices of the Army Corps of Engineers. For more information visit, https://www.stateparks.com, or by calling, (606) 437-7496.

YATESVILLE LAKE STATE PARK Yatesville Lake State Park is a hidden treasure close to the town of Louisa in Lawrence County. The creation of Yatesville Lake gave Eastern Kentucky one of its most popular lakes and state parks. With the impoundment of Blaine Creek, the extreme eastern part of the commonwealth gained its largest lake. Yatesville Lake covers 2,300 acres, has three islands and averages 40 feet in depth. Known for its cleanliness, the lake is a fisherman’s delight, offering a bounty of bass, bluegill and crappie. There are two launch ramps (one at the marina, one at the campgrounds) for better access to the lake. The lake is well-known for its cleanliness and you can rent pontoon boats from the marina to enjoy it to its full extent throughout the year. While not on the water, relax in the scenic lakeside setting of the park’s 47 site campground, open from April 1 through Nov. 19. Opened in 1999, the campground also has 16 “boat-in” sites and four ”hike-in” sites. The “boat-in” sites are accessible only by boat, for secluded lakeside camping. The campground also has a playground facility, nature trails, laundry room, restrooms and showers, as well as a dump station. The campground was named among the best campgrounds in Kentucky and Tennessee by the Menasha Ridge Press. There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors on several trails for all levels. The two-mile Pleasant Ridge Trail is near the campground, and the 2.5-mile Mary Ingles Trail system is near the marina with a variety of choices from rugged wooded hiking to exercise paths, and even an ADA self-interpretive nature trail. The Yatesville Lake multi-use trail is a large 20 plus mile trail, open to hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.



For questions, more information or reservations, visit, https://parks.ky.gov/parks/recreationparks/yatesville-lake/ or by calling, (606) 673-1492.

PAINTSVILLE LAKE STATE PARK In 1983, the Corps of Engineers impounded Paintsville Lake from Paint Creek. Paintsville Lake State Park, located in Johnson and Morgan Counties, provides 1,140 acres (1.78 square miles) for your paddling pleasure. For those new to the area, one of the favorite paddling routes to take is from the marina to the twin rock towers and back for a 4-mile round trip. What makes this lake great is its natural beauty and clean water, along with its terrific accessibility and peacefulness. The lake itself offers a playground for all brands of nature lovers with 32 developed campsites, 10 primitive campsites, a playground, a marina, picnic shelters, an amphitheater, a restaurant, a Kiwanis trail, and a four-lane launch ramp—not to mention a fully stocked lake for anglers. The lake is perfect for paddling all day, or mixing it up with your other favorite outdoor activities. Reserve a campsite, and spend a few days paddling and playing to your heart’s content. The water is unusually clear—so clear that many people report being able to see the bottom—and in some places the lake is 100 feet deep. Although not a large lake, Paintsville Lake is long and provides beautiful scenery with gorgeous rocky cliffs—many of which you can jump from, if you dare. The lake and its amenities are perfect for family outings with varying skill and adventure levels. Nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and paddlers of all skill levels will love Paintsville Lake. It’s a fun, relaxing place where families can have fun engaging in lakeside activities. Stand-up paddle boarding is getting more popular at the lake and if you’re new to the sport, this is a great place to try it. Paintsville Lake State Park is located at 1581 Ky Rt. 2275 in Staffordsville, KY 41256. For detailed trail maps and other information visit, parks.ky.gov/parks/recreationparks/paintsville-lake/

CARR CREEK STATE PARK Carr Fork, a tributary of the North Fork of the Kentucky River, is located 8.8 miles below Carr Creek Dam, and is thought to have gotten its name from William Carr, a well-known “Long Hunter” who hunted in the area. Today, Carr Creek State Park in Knott County is a family-friendly escape with plenty of water activities, including boating, fishing and swimming. The marsh environment in the Carr Creek area is unusual for the Mountains of Eastern Kentucky, but this natural museum provides a wide assortment of watchable wildlife. Wood duck, great blue and green heron, ruffed grouse, bobwhite, wild turkey, red-winged blackbird, warblers, raccoon and striped skunk may be found making their homes in this area of Kentucky. Enjoy a variety of recreational activities at this park on Carr Fork Lake. Park your RV or pitch your tent and relax in one of the 39 camp sites, each with standard water and electric hookups and easy access to the waterfront. The park features the longest sand beach in Kentucky State Parks system. Pleasure boaters and fishermen can explore the 750-acre lake with miles of shoreline and good bass, crappie and walleye fishing. 2086 Smithboro Rd., HWY 15, Sassafras, KY 41759 Phone: (606) 642-4050 EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY


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The Eastern Kentucky region provides residents with many opportunities to encounter wildlife throughout the picturesque Appalachian Mountains. One of the best ways to encounter wildlife in the mountains is through participating in Appalachian Elk Tours, which can be found at state parks in the area. At Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, visitors can participate in Elk Viewing Tours during the morning and evening. Winter Elk Viewing Tours take place between September and December, and spring tours take place between January and March. The tours are $30 per person or $15 for children 12 years old or under. The fee includes the guest’s transportation and breakfast, and Elk Tour Packages are available with lodging, dinner for two people and elk tour for two people for $160. The prices do not include takes and fees. Special group and business tours are available. Call, 1-606-889-1790, to make a tour reservation. Visitors in the region can also visit Breaks Interstate Park in southeastern Kentucky, where they can participate in Elk Tours. At the park, tours are held on select dates during March, April, May, August, September and October. Adult tickets are $35 and tickets for children 12 years old and under are $20. Guests on the tours are asked to wear dark colored clothing and to not wear perfume or cologne. Seating on the bus is limited, and reservations are required. All Elk Tours take place on Saturday, unless otherwise specified. To purchase tickets, call, (276)-865-4413, ext. 3201 or, (276)-865-4413, ext. 3213. Go to www.breakspark.com for more information.



BEST TIME TO VIEW ELK Elk can be viewed year round but tend to be more visible in early Spring and Fall. They also tend to be more visible in the first hours or daylight and at dusk. LOVE, ELK STYLE Fall is mating season for elk. Bulls spar for their own harem of cows by announcing their presence with a bugle. The “bugle” is an unforgettable sound that begins with a bellow, advances to a squealing whistle and ends with a series of grunts. The cows don’t seem to mind the noise at all! In the spring, bulls shed their antlers and the cycle begins again. Growing as much as an inch a day, even the largest rack of antlers will be back to full growth by the fall mating season. The ladies are always impressed!




When it comes to Kentucky golf, Southeast Kentucky’s golfing is way above par. Southeast Kentucky is home to challenging championship golf links, year-round great weather, spectacular scenic views of waterways, bluegrass beauty and breathtaking Appalachian Mountain backdrops.

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GREEN MEADOW COUNTRY CLUB 6887 North Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-0339 Holes: 9 Type: Private Par: 35 Length: 3,042 yards Slope: 108 The original course was designed by Charlie Keyser, a prominent Pikeville businessman who was a nationally recognized amateur player. Mr. Keyser competed against the legendary Bobby Jones and is recognized as the first “Pro” employed by the club. Green Meadow Country Club is the home club of PGA Tour Winner Robert Damron, Nationwide Tour Player Patrick Damron. The club is also home to veteran Amateur player Bruce G. Walters, winner of the Kentucky Junior Amateur, Mid-Amateur and Senior Amateur. Mr. Walters has also won the Kentucky Senior Open as well as being named Player of the Year and the Senior Player of the Year. E. Bruce Walters II has also won the Kentucky Mid-Amateur Championship.



PAINTSVILLE GOLF COURSE 960 Ky Route 1107 Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 789-4234. Holes: 18 Type: Public Par:70 Length: 6,048 yards Slope: 110 Paintsville Golf Course, nestled among those hills on the east side of town, is one of the first 18-hole courses that graced Eastern Kentucky with a layout that is at once approachable for newcomers and challenging for the experiences, and takes the fullest advantage of the area’s natural beauty. Those natural features include elevation changes across the front nine and, across the course’s swinging bridge, golfers teeing off on holes 10 and 17 will have to make sure their drives make it across the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River. The course, established in 1929, was the idea of Dr. Paul B. Hall, who at that time had not yet risen to chief of staff at Paintsville Hospital, a position he would go on to hold for 47 years before becoming the namesake of the new Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in 1983. The Paintsville Golf Course Clubhouse has been a local landmark since 1939, built from locally-sourced stone and hosting innumerable events in those 80 years — and is available for booking, with a view from either story’s porch overlooking the course. The course also features a convenient pro shop for outfitting all your needs before hitting the links.

EAGLE RIDGE GOLF COURSE 1410 Golf Course Road Louisa, KY 41230 Phone: (866) 906-7888 Holes: 18 Type: Municipal Par: 71 Length: 6630 yards Slope:144 The golf course at Yatesville Lake State Park is located in the scenic Eastern Kentucky foothills near Louisa. Architects Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest design highlights the rugged beauty of the region in creating a golfing masterpiece. With four to five sets of tees on each hole, manicured fairways and immaculate greens, Eagle Ridge offers opportunities for golfers of all skill levels. Eagle Ridge Golf Course received a Golf Digest Magazine Award as the “ #3 Most Affordable New Public Golf Course” nationally in 2005. In 2009 Golf Digest magazine ranked the course #9 as the “Best Courses You Can Play” and in 2013 as “Best in the State of Kentucky.” Open all year, weather permitting.



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STONECREST GOLF COURSE 918 Clubhouse Drive Prestonsburg, KY, 41653-8055 (606) 886-1006 Holes: 18 Type: Public Par: 72 Length: 7,011 yards Slope: 129 StoneCrest Golf Course is a unique facility owned and operated by the City of Prestonsburg, located in Southeastern Kentucky. The course sits on 700 acres of mountain top land. The course offers amenities such as a pro shop, club repairs, practice green, driving range, clubhouse and lounge. Built on a reclaimed strip mine, the course offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The championship layout plays to a Par 72 and is more than 7,000 yards long from the black tees. However, with four other sets of tee boxes the course is playable for all skill levels. Opened for play in 2001 the course is already recognized as one of the finest in Kentucky and has played host to both the Men’s and Women’s State Amateur Championships in its brief history.



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Looking for that perfect outfit or a special gift? Daffodil’s is a specialty women’s boutique offering a wide variety of name brand clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and much more. Located in two convenient locations;

Lad n’ Lassie Children’s Boutique has been in business since 1965. Lad n’ Lassie carries clothing for newborns through size 16 for girls and size 7 for boys. Featuring the finest in children’s clothing.

Court Street, Prestonsburg, Kentucky - (606) 886-0007 Weddington Square, Pikeville, Kentucky - (606) 637-1388

188 W Court Street, Prestonsburg, Kentucky (606) 886-3142



In the heart of downtown Paintsville.The nostalgia of an old town building with over 50 vendors. You will find antiques, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, glassware, etc.You won’t leave empty handed.

Lynette and Laurel offer a variety of women’s clothing both regular and plus, kids’ clothing, jewelry and their own line of tees, and of course a large variety of amazing Kentucky products from all over the state.

405 Main Street, Paintsville, Kentucky (606) 789-1661

216 Main Street, Paintsville, Kentucky (606) 264-4536

ABOVE AND BEYOND Above and Beyond, Just For You is a unique gift store featuring a wide variety of clothing, jewelry, bridal and baby gifts and registries, home decor, wedding planning and decorating, antique furniture and repurposed furniture paint and classes. 336 Town Mountain Road Suite, Pikeville, Kentucky (606) 432-5575

SOUTHERN BLISS Southern Bliss is a boutique that specializes in women’s apparel, home decor, and gifts. You’ll find a unique selection jewelry and shoes as well. Choose from two locations: 47 Highway 119 South, Suite 2, Whitesburg, Kentucky (606) 633-0016 or 185 S Mayo Trail, Pikeville, Kentucky (606) 766-8000



Spoiled Rotten Children’s Boutique, located in the historic York House of downtown Pikeville, offers trendy clothing and specialty items. Spoiled Rotten preserves history while promoting local business.

Tammy’s Corner unique shopping experience with carefully chosen gifts, candles, jewelry, apparel and more. Shopping at Tammy’s Corner is reasonably priced and service is always friendly.

223 Main Street, Pikeville, Kentucky (606) 432-8702

5351 North Mayo Trail, Pikeville, KY (606) 432-3501 EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY





Step back in time at The Mountain Muse where you can find antique and vintage pieces, local art and handcrafted items, jewelry, homemade confections and much more. Stop by their old fashioned candy counter for a one-of-a-kind sweet treat.

Seasonal Shoppe offers a wide variety of boutique style clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags and other unique accessories. Seasonal Shoppe also carries a large selection of home decor items and children’s clothing.

128 S Front Avenue, Prestonsburg, Kentucky (606) 276-7232

Church Street, Salyersville, Kentucky (606) 349-3223



The Oven Fork Mercantile is a unique collection of art and antiques accumulated locally from Eastern Kentucky and surrounding states. Nestled in the valley between the Pine and Black Mountains, halfway between Whitesburg and Cumberland on Highway 119.

Simple Treasures in downtown Louisa has a ‘treasure’ load of unique antiques and vintage pieces, collectibles, hand-crafted items, home decor, gifts, primitives, chalk painted furniture and much more!

8494 US-119, Oven Fork, Kentucky (606) 633-8909

302 East Madison Street, Louisa, Kentucky (606) 826-036



Family owned by the Yoder family, the market specializes in a large variety of quality deli meats and cheeses, sugar-cured country ham, baked goods, gluten free items, candy and snacks. Yoder’s also carries a variety of handcrafted items for the home.

The Men’s Corner is a men’s specialty clothing store featuring the best in men’s fashions including sportswear, casual wear, suits, sport coats, dress shirts and ties for discriminating tastes. The Men’s Corner also provides tuxedo rentals for your upcoming event, prom or wedding.

1319 Hindman Bypass, Hindman, Kentucky (606) 785-3344

4135 North Mayo Trail, Pikeville, Kentucky (606) 433-1707



Anglers Bait-N-Tackle LLC Est.1996 offers a convenient one stop supply for all fishing products to anglers traveling to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Anglers Bait-N-Tackle will provide live bait and tackle! Located just 2 miles from route U.S. 23 just minutes from downtown Prestonsburg.

Robinette’s has been selling name-brand archery equipment, firearms and apparel since 1983, and over that time have become experts at what they do. Hunters and sportsmen have come to rely on their quality merchandise and expert guidance.

314 Lake Road, Prestonsburg, Kentucky (606) 886-1335

6282 Zebulon Highway., Pikeville, Kentucky (606) 631-4867 EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY









Pine Mountain Grill & Gifts is a family run business built around family traditions, faith in our community and the love of good, mountain cooking.They’ve been serving the Whitesburg community for more than 20 years and have built a solid following and reputation for good food, service and specialty gifts.

Pig in a Poke serves up the best pit BBQ in Kentucky and offers a great menu of savory, delicious meats, including handpulled pork, slow-smoked beef brisket and tender, juicy baby back ribs. Meats are smoked over real hickory wood and everything on the menu is made fresh every day.

45 Highway 119 South, Whitesburg, Kentucky (606) 633-1183

341 University Dr. Prestonsburg, KY (606) 889-9119

130 Mayo Circle Pikeville, KY (606) 437-9511

1622 HWY 160 S Hindman, KY (606) 785-0830



The Brickhouse is a cozy, kid-friendly restaurant, where they serve-up a delicious menu which includes burgers and pizza with a twist. They also offer a notable wine selection and healthy options. For your entertainment, they have live music. Outdoor seating is also available. Reservations accepted.

Home of the “Original Pool Room Hamburger,” Billy Ray’s is also known for their delicious prime rib, grilled herbal seasoned chicken, golden-brown shrimp, country-fried steak and their delicious homemade desserts including their famous apple dumplings.

358 South Central Avenue, Prestonsburg, Kentucky (606) 886-0909

101 North Front Avenue, Prestonsburg, Kentucky (606) 886-1744

PEKING HIBACHI Peking Hibachi is your premier destination for hibachi, sushi and family fun. Peking Hibachi offers a full service sushi bar and hibachi tables to entertain and satisfy your appetite. Experience the excitement for yourself! 4533 North Mayo Trail, Coal Run Village, Kentucky (606) 437-9666

THE BLUE RAVEN Eclectic seasonal menu featuring made-from-scratch Southern staples and modern twists on Appalachian cuisine. Best beer and wine selection in the region. 211 Main Street, Pikeville, Kentucky (606) 509-2583

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An American pub-style restaurant, a place to relax, socialize, hang out, eat good food or have a drink. Come casual or dress to impress, come have fun!

Lizzie B’s is unique, eclectic and a place you must visit in Eastern Kentucky. The menu features sandwiches made on fresh homemade bread with all the best ingredients, a variety of pizzas, three to four soups made daily, a full coffee bar, desserts, beer and wine, and live entertainment!

253 2nd Street, Pikeville, Kentucky (606) 432-6566

2010 Ky Route 321, Prestonsburg, Kentucky (606) 886-2844 EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY





Located in the heart of downtown Paintsville, Angie’s Cast Iron grill is serving up good, Southern cooking to people at a reasonable price. Specializing in fried chicken, catfish, grilled diner-style burgers and homemade desserts.

Mona’s Creative Catering and Fine Food is a family restaurant in Pikeville, Kentucky. They have been serving fresh food made by family recipes since April of 1988. Mona’s was open after the passing of her mother, Hazel Newsome.To this day, the restaurant is still operated by Mona and her family.

Ky-1107, Paintsville, Kentucky 41240 (606) 372-1011

278 Town Mountain Road., Pikeville, Kentucky (606) 437-6662



Miss Ida’s Tea Room is a charming restaurant that is a throwback to a more quaint time. The sizable menu offers something for just about every palate. Miss Ida’s has become well known for their bread pudding and chicken salad.

Delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine combined with excellent service. Dine in or take-out. Two convenient locations.

74 West Main St, Inez, KY (606) 298-3727

134 Collins Circle, Prestonsburg, KY (606) 886-8300 238 South Mayo Trail, Pikeville, KY (606) 437-7200










hile Southeast Kentucky’s unique topography has not lent itself to large-scale agricultural enterprise, a long lineage of small growers has sustained and helped fill the food needs of the region’s communities for generations. The farmer’s markets of yesterday featuring a few growers offering a few vegetables are a thing of the past in Southeast Kentucky, giving way to full-service markets featuring not only staples, but in some cases other products, ranging from breads and meats to even unique arts and crafts. Also be on the lookout for Kentucky Proud products and producers as you peruse the markets. These producers are certified by the state to be locally raised, grown or processed in Kentucky by Kentuckians. Another certification to watch for is Appalachia Proud, meaning the product was certified as being grown or produced in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. Local farmer’s markets include:


The Floyd County Farmer’s Market moved, in 2019, to its new location at the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, 361 North Lake Drive, Prestonsburg. The market offers a vast array of products, including fresh vegetables, fruits, beef, pork, baked goods, eggs and arts and crafts. Typically open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market often hosts special events throughout the year. Visit the “Floyd County Farmer’s Market” page on Facebook for more information, as well as a schedule of upcoming events. The market is typically open from May through August. However, the market also participates in the Prestonsburg Night Market program opening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Friday of June, August and September.


The Johnson County Farmer’s Market is located at the Johnson County Cooperative Extension Office, 826 F.M. Stafford Avenue, Paintsville, and is typically open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June through September. Products include a wide array of fruits and vegetables, locally-produced honey, flowers, arts and crafts and more. For more information visit the “Johnson County Cooperative Extension -- Agriculture” page on Facebook.


The Knott County Farmer’s Market is open in two locations from May through September. The market is open from 4 pm. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Hindman Settlement School in the pavilion below the library, 56 Education Lane Hindman. The market is also open from 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays at the Knott County Cooperative Extension Office parking lot. Products offered include baked goods, beverages, certified organic corn, eggs, fruits and berries and vegetables, flowers, fruits, jams, jellies preserves and other prepared foods, herbs and spices, locally-produced honey and arts and crafts, among many other products. Visit “Knott County Farmers Market” on Facebook for up-to-date information.


The Lawrence County Farmer’s Market is located beside the Lawrence County Extension Office, Farmer’s Market Pavilion, 249 Industrial Park Road, Louisa. The market is open from July through October and is open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Products offered include fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, and much more. For more information, visit “Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Service” on Facebook.


The City of Whitesburg — Letcher County Farmer’s Market is open in two locations in the county. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays from May through October, the market opens at the City of Whitesburg Parking Lot next to the Veterans Museum, 360 Main Street, Whitesburg. A wide range of products are offered, including baked goods, beverages, eggs, flowers, fruits, herbs and spices, mushrooms, locally-produced honey, meats, health and beauty products, decorative items, knitted items and a wide array of vegetables. For more information on the market, visit, www.letchercountyfarmersmarket.com.


The Magoffin County Farmer’s Market is located at 333 West Maple Street, Salyersville, and is open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays from June through the beginning of November. Products offered include baked goods, beverages, eggs, flowers, fruits, general grocery products such as jams, jellies and salsas, greenhouse products, herbs and spices, mushrooms, locally-produced honey, arts and crafts, bath and beauty and decorative products, nuts, snacks, vegetables, wood products and much more. For more information, visit “Magoffin County Farmers Market” page on Facebook.


The Martin County Farmer’s Market is located at the Martin County Extension Office, across from Inez Church of the Nazarene, 9 Holy Street, Inez. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from July through September. Products offered include fruits, honey and vegetables. For more information, visit, “Martin County Cooperative Extension” on Facebook.


The Pike County Farmer’s Market is located at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion, 130 Adams Lane in Pikeville, and is open from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and is also open several times throughout the season for special events, such as a series of twilight market. The market also participates in the Annual Appalachian Heirloom Seed Swap, held in the spring each year at Pike Central High School, 100 Winners Circle in Pikeville. Products offered include baked goods, beverages, dairy products, eggs, field grown and cut flowers, fruits, a wide variety of general grocery products, greenhouse plants, straw, herbs and spices, mushrooms, locally-produced honey, meats, merchandise such as arts and crafts, snacks and confections and a wide array of vegetables. For more information, visit the “Pikeville Farmer’s Market” page on Facebook. Note: Hours and months listed are for the 2019 farmer’s market season and may change from year-to-year based on growing seasons and other considerations. Each market maintains a presence on social media. For the latest hours, as well as events, check out their social media pages to stay updated. Happy local shopping! EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY



For generations, educational access, especially in the realm of post-secondary education, was limited in the region of Southeast Kentucky. However, the expansion of the various organizations offering educational opportunity at all levels has resulted in a blossoming locally. Included in that is the growth of the University of Pikeville into a truly regional institution and continued improvement of the community and technical college system, as well as great strides made in PK-8 education in the region. Limitless opportunity is being created through these various means.





Big Sandy Community and Technical College a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, is a comprehensive community and technical college that serves Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties in Eastern Kentucky.


In 2004, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved the Prospectus for Substantive Change for BSCTC, which detailed the consolidation of Prestonsburg Community College, founded in 1964, with Mayo Technical College, founded in 1938. Prestonsburg Community College was awarded initial membership with the SACSCOC in 1964. Prior to consolidation with Prestonsburg, Mayo Technical College was accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. In 2018, Big Sandy Community and Technical College was reaffirmed by SACSCOC. BSCTC is geographically accessible to constituents through four campus locations — Prestonsburg, Pikeville, Paintsville and Hagerhill. Celebrating more than 75 years of educational excellence, BSCTC features multiple career pathways for students. BSCTC’s mission statement serves as the foundation on which the programs and services of the institution are built. The premise of the college’s mission statement focuses on providing accessible, quality learning services that support student success and enhance economic growth and quality of life throughout the region. The mission statement is supported by the college’s vision, values, priorities, and basic themes. Consistent with its mission statement, the college provides a strong, diverse inventory of academic programs. BSCTC offers 30 academic and technical programs and more than 200 credentials with an emphasis on innovation in learning and student access, transfer, and success. BSCTC awards continuing education units, diplomas, certificates, and associate degrees consistent with the comprehensive nature of the college.

Alice Lloyd College is a fouryear liberal arts work college in Pippa Passes, Kentucky, and one of the most distinctive liberal arts institutions in the Appalachian region. It was co-founded by the journalist Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd (a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts) and June Buchanan (a native of New York City) in 1923, at first under the name of Caney Junior College. Founded as an institution to educate leaders in Appalachia locally, it became a four-year, bachelor’s degree-granting institution in the early 1980s. Alice Lloyd College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Alice Lloyd awards tuition guarantees for residents of 108 Central Appalachian counties in its service area (Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia) regardless of income, who are eligible for admission. The college provides high-quality educational opportunities primarily for students with outstanding leadership potential for effective service to the surrounding mountain region regardless of the student’s ability to pay. All students are required to work in the college’s Student Work Program. The program requires every full-time student to work a minimum of 160 hours per semester at an on-campus or off-campus job. These jobs are varied and all students are paid at the prevailing minimum wage rate. All on-campus jobs are necessary to the normal operations of the college and the off-campus jobs help provide needed services in the surrounding communities. The program is designed to teach students the meaning of responsible leadership, self-discipline, and self-reliance. It also enhances the total educational program through the teaching of skills, responsibilities, attitudes and habits associated with work. It also grants students the opportunity to pay for their education. Many alumni have gone on to complete graduate and professional programs at little or no personal cost through the continued support from Alice Lloyd College. A large number of these graduates have returned to the mountains as teachers, physicians, attorneys and other leaders of their communities, fulfilling founder Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd’s dictum: “The leaders are here.”

For more information visit, bigsandy.kctcs.edu or call, (606) 886-3683.

For more information visit, www.alc.edu or call, (606) 368-6000.





EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO BE LEARNERS AND LEADERS The University of Pikeville concentrates its attention on engaging and empowering students to be successful learners and leaders in the 21st century. However students may have viewed themselves before setting foot on campus, UPike encourages, inspires and dares them to see new possibilities. Whether pursuing one or more of the university’s undergraduate programs, a master’s degree in business administration or education, or a professional degree in osteopathic medicine or optometry, graduates enter the workforce equipped with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to thrive in their chosen professions. Learning opportunities at the undergraduate level have been transformed by a new general education curriculum centered on helping students find their place in an ever-changing world. The innovative curriculum ensures students acquire the skills employers desire; understand their place in the world from physical, social, cultural and historical perspectives; and are prepared to solve real-world problems. Not only can students customize their learning experience within the new general education curriculum, but transfer students are now able to earn a bachelor’s degree on a quicker timeline. Approximately half of UPike’s undergraduate students balance the roles of full-time student and full-time athlete. As members of the NAIA’s Champions of Character initiative, UPike student-athletes embrace the core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. UPike continues to add athletic programs that take advantage of its rural location in the Appalachian Mountains. Graduate programs at UPike help students advance in their professions or launch new careers. The university offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program with entrepreneurship, healthcare and professional concentrations. Like the MBA, the Teacher Leader - Master of Arts in Education is offered online to support working professionals as they balance full-time careers and education. UPike’s popular RN-BSN degree program is also available online. Those with a calling to the health professions can train at the UPike-Ken-

tucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) and the UPike-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO). A nationally-ranked medical school, KYCOM’s guiding principle is to educate physicians to serve underserved and rural areas, with an emphasis on primary care. KYCO, the only college of optometry in Kentucky, embraces the expanded scope of optometric practice in Kentucky and offers unique clinical experiences centered on providing vision care to those who need it most. The university’s caring, family-oriented atmosphere transcends the classroom and permeates campus. The UPike family supports its students as they pursue meaningful lives not only through education, but also by serving others. With hearts and minds focused on service, students participate in projects ranging from stocking local food pantries to medical mission trips. UPike is led by a dynamic, forward-thinking team that works with the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff to enhance the student experience. Significant investments are being made in residence halls, academic programs and student services. Once students and parents walk through the safe community, see the state-of-the-art education facilities, and sit in the shade of the beautiful mountains, they will agree that it is an exciting time to be part of the UPike family.

For more information visit www.upike.edu or call, (606) 218-5250, toll free, 1-866-BEARS00 EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY


eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute

eKAMI provides opportunities to help build a new workforce As coal jobs have moved out of Eastern Kentucky, a void was left in employment and industry that our region is still reeling from, but a few groups from forward-thinking industries have begun to offer training and employment in fields that take advantage of the skill sets and hardworking spirit predominant in Appalachian people and The East Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI), located in Paintsville, is one example. “I knew that East Kentucky was filled with guys who were stressed about being out of work. Even though some were in their fifties, they were ready and willing to learn new skills, and even relocate if necessary,” said eKAMI founder and Director Kathy Walker. “… It was only fitting that the new training play to their strengths.” Founded with investments from American Electric Power, the Johnson County Fiscal Court, Gene Haas of Haas Manufacturing and others, eKAMI focuses on training students in CNC (computer numerical control) machining to work in several diverse industries, such as automotive parts and aerospace manufacturing. CNC machining is a process by which computer software dictates the movement of factory tools such as grinders, lathes, mills and routers in order to precisely cut a three-dimensional object into a pre-determined shape and is being used in many diverse industries to replace manual control cutting tools because of the inherent ease of automation and lower overhead costs. At the eKAMI grand opening ceremony in February 2018, Walker spoke in front of a crowd gathered and guests such as Gov. Matt Bevin, Gene Haas, U.S. Representative Hal Rogers and many others about renewed hope for Eastern Kentucky’s skilled laborers.



“This project represents the spirit of Eastern Kentucky. It’s about people helping people, neighbors helping neighbors,” Walker said. “Take a moment and look around at this facility — what was once a vacant, 40,000 square foot building, financially burdening the city with maintenance costs, is now a place of transformation, a place of opportunity for our people.” Several classes of students have already completed the 16-week course offered at eKAMI and graduated to find high-paying work at firms like aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin. Most recently, the Kentucky Department for Local Government announced a $1.5 million investment from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s “Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization” program. The grant funds will see eKAMI expand the training work already underway to include recent high school graduates and others, with an expected 219 new graduates and as many as 189 in just the next three years. The hope of eKAMI is to replicate the success other Haas training facilities have seen around the country: By turning out qualified, skilled workers, manufacturing industries in need of employees and new facilities could be eyeing Eastern Kentucky to call home. “This is monumental for us. This class and these students represent a group of hard-working people,” eKAMI student and Inez, Kentucky native Derek Maynard said. “This class will focus on bringing manufacturing jobs to Eastern Kentucky, and that way people like me and the others in this class can stay home and work here at home. This is a workforce that is top notch.” For more information visit, www.ekyami.com or call, 606-789-8568




TO BRING TRAINING AND POTENTIAL JOBS TO COMMUNITY On May 6, news conferences were held at Central Kentucky Regional Airport in Richmond, London-Corbin Airport, Wendell H. Ford Regional Airport in Chavies and Big Sandy Regional Airport in Debord to announce the launch of the Kentucky Appalachia Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Training Project. The AMT project is a collaborative effort between Eastern Kentucky University, the Kentucky Community and Technical College system, and regional airports that will allow individuals to receive and education and certification in aviation maintenance. Gov. Matt Bevin, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and officials with Eastern Kentucky University, the Appalachian Regional Commission and Kentucky Community and Technical College system gathered at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Airport to promote the program. “I’m so excited to be here in Hazard, to be here in Perry County, to be celebrating an amazing partnership between Eastern Kentucky University and HCTC,” said Bevin, adding that the aerospace industry in Kentucky has grown to be one of the state’s biggest exports. He also said that AMT jobs are becoming one of the most highly demanded jobs in America. “We are going to need 118,000 of these jobs in the next 20 years,” Bevin said. “The current average salary is $61,000 a year, it’s only going to go up as we have more demand than we have supply.” Rogers said the program will result in more opportunities for those in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. “Regional airport directors tell us that aviation mechanics are currently overbooked and are turning away airplane maintenance work, so this program will boost our workforce and allow us to keep those opportunities in Kentucky’s Appalachian region,” Rogers said. The program will allow individuals in the community to receive quality training and remain at home. “There’s just not enough certified Aviation Technicians in America,” Bevin said. “Now we are going to be able to train people in one of the best AMT programs in the country right here in this community.” The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization has dedicated $1.46 million to the project. “Through the Kentucky Appalachia AMT Training Project, EKU has demonstrated a commitment to providing unique training opportunities not only in its service region but across the Commonwealth, I applaud EKU for their work to secure this important funding for our region, and for furthering their mission to improve the quality of life for the communities they serve,” Barr said. The 18-month program should begin enrolling students soon and classes are set to start in January 2020. “You can live at home and get a degree in something and get certified in something that is going to change their lives, change this community and attract businesses to come here,” Bevin said. Students will study at EKU or KCTCS campuses, as well as get hands-on training at their local regional airports. “As soon as these classes begin, I think in this next school year, you’re going to see the program being put in place,” Bevin said. “I would encourage young people to get out there and sign up for these classes, if you’re in high school or if you’re out of high school, you could be 30, 40, 50 years old it doesn’t matter.” “These jobs are clearly in high demand,” Rogers said. “Our people should be doing this work right here at home.”









HINDMAN SETTLEMENT SCHOOL PROVIDING PROGRESSIVE LEARNING THROUGH DYSLEXIA, CULTURAL HERITAGE AND FOODWAYS PROGRAMS Founded in 1902 under the direction of May Stone and Katherine Pettit, Hindman Settlement School in Hindman is the oldest rural settlement school in the United States. The settlement school served as the primary place for education in Knott County until the public school systems were established. 117 years after its founding, the Hindman Settlement School is still focused on education opportunities and preserving Appalachian Culture. The settlement school continues to honor their educational roots with their dyslexia program, which has been in place for about four decades. Monthly dyslexia screenings are offered to anyone. Reading lab programs are offered to children with dyslexia in the Knott County school system as are multi-county after school programs for those outside of Knott County. A summer tutoring program is also available with some students who board on the settlement school campus and some who live in the community. The Hindman Settlement School is also focused on passing down Appalachian traditions with its Cultural Heritage Program. An artist on staff visits the schools within Knott County and provides after-school programs in traditional textiles, music and other Appalachian arts at a low charge or free, at most times students just pay to rent an instrument. The school produces a radio show called “Now & Then,” that focuses on oral history interviews with people from Eastern Kentucky. Special events such as the Troublesome Creek Writers’ Retreat and the Appalachian Family Folk Gathering offer fun events for guests to the area and members of the community. They also preserve an integral part of Appalachian Culture in the school’s “Foodways Program,” devoted to supporting the local food system through its Grow Appalachia program, the Knott County Farmer’s Market, The on-campus canner and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. The goal of the Foodways program is to restore the historic relationship between people and land. The settlement school makes use of farmland, greenhouses, and growers in the community to provide more food opportunities. Individuals can also visit the USDA certified on-campus canning kitchen to can goods for home use or create a product to go to market. The campus is open Monday through Friday and has visitors daily. Whether someone is taking a tour, visiting one of the many events held on campus, taking a class or simply dropping walking through The Hindman Settlement School has something to offer for everyone.

One popular feature on campus is the Marie Stewart Craft Shop and Farm Store, named in memory of avid crafter, Marie Stewart, who started attending Hindman Settlement School in 1919 and graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1929. The shop offers everything from handmade Appalachian crafts to locally grown food products. Many in the community visit the school to take part in regular square dancing events. Event space on campus can also be rented for a variety of programs and events available to the community. The majority of events held by the settlement school are free and open to the public. For more information, visit, www.hindmansettlement.org or call, (606) 785-4044 EXPERIENCE SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY




PIKEVILLE INDEPENDENT HIGH SCHOOL MORE SUCCESS THAN JUST TOP FIVE RANKING In May, Pikeville High School was placed in the spotlight when U.S. News and World Report ranked the school fifth in the state in its “Best High Schools Rankings.” However, according to PHS Principal Jason Booher, while that accolade was worth celebrating, this school year also featured several academic highlights for the school. During a meeting of the Pikeville Independent Schools Board of Education, Booher gave his report to the board detailing the past year’s successes. Included in those were the fact that the school had 21 students who joined the school’s “30+ Club,” meaning they scored 30 or higher on the ACT. Two of those students, Booher said, scored a 36, or perfect score, on the test. In addition, he told the board, the school held its first senior decision day, allowing students to announce what college they had chosen to attend after graduation. All of the senior class who recently graduated from PHS, Booher said, are going to college. In addition, he said, those students, in total, will be receiving a total of $4.7 million in scholarship funds. Booher also pointed out that the senior class had a total of 10 students who were accepted to and participated in the Governor’s Scholars program. That number, he said, is significant. “That may be a record that’s never broken,” Booher said. With all these successes, Booher said Wednesday, the really significant thing is that they’re occurring at a small school in Eastern Kentucky. Booher acknowledged the U.S. News and World Report recognition, but also said another significant announcement which flew under the radar was that the district was named by the Great Schools organi-



zation as one of the 20 percent of schools in the nation to receive the “College Success Award.” Some of the measures which went into the designation, according to Great Schools, included that 93 percent of PHS graduates returned to college for a second year, far beyond the 76 percent average for the state. In addition, according to Great Schools, only 18 percent of PHS graduates required remediation in college. The significance of that award, he said, is that it shows that students are being prepared for college in Pikeville’s schools. “Not only are they getting into college, they’re staying there,” Booher said. Booher said that the message the College Success recognition sends is that not only is the school sending kids to college, but they’re ready when they arrive. “A lot of schools didn’t even look at that,” he said. “Our kids are prepared for college-level work ... our kids are prepared and they’re ready for the rigors of college.” Booher said that the school and community is unique in that this year’s success is not a one-time occurrence. “It’s not like we started this year,” he said. Pikeville wasn’t the only school to be high in the U.S. News and World Report rankings in the state of Kentucky. Other local schools ranked in the top 100 in the state included: • Betsy Layne High School in Floyd County ranked No. 33. • East Ridge High School in Pike County ranked No. 50. • Paintsville High School in Johnson County ranked No. 57. • Knott County Central High School in Knott County ranked No. 65. • Pike County Central High School in Pike County ranked No. 70. • South Floyd High and Middle School in Floyd County ranked No. 95.




For Southeastern Kentucky families in generations past, receiving quality healthcare often meant traveling outside the region. However, local healthcare providers have made efforts in recent years that have resulted in the availability of better quality healthcare than has ever been available in the region’s past. In addition, the emphasis by local educational institutions on healthcare fields has created both an opportunity for the region’s youth to become employed in gainful fields which contribute to stronger communities and longer, and better quality lives for residents.

Cardiothoracic Surgeons Dermot P. Halpin, M.D Photo Courtesy of Pikeville Medical Center





physician, who is part of the PMC healthcare network, close to home. Patients ikeville Medical Center (PMC) is a regional healthcare system that transforms lives. have access to specialties and technology that could have forced them to travel Located in Pikeville, KY, PMC is a 340-bed referral center. It has hours to access before. been providing world-class healthcare to the area for over 94 years. Throughout the Southeast KY Chamber of Commerce region, it is easy to The hospital offers more than 400 services in every specialty see how the organization is growing and moving to meet the community needs. and most subspecialties, brought to patients by 350 credentialed providers. The Millions of dollars in investments are expanding the mission to bring quality hospital is widely recognized as the region’s economic engine and stands tall as world-class healthcare to the area. Some of those investments include opening and/or expanding clinics in a much-desired workplace. They continually add technology of the highest level to detect and treat Martin, Prestonsburg, South Williamson, Whitesburg and the Pikeville Primary diseases earlier. Investments continue to be made in communities throughout Care Center. the reach of the South New or remodeast Kentucky Chameled facility investber of Commerce. ments include: an Administrative Complex PMC is a PriBuilding, Landmark mary Stroke Center, office space, Mark maintains a Level II NICU, the state’s only II Financial Services Level II Trauma CenBuilding, Leonard Lawson Cancer Center and holds all the ter, Pulmonary Funcmajor Joint Commistion Testing/OP Lab, sion accreditations in laboratory/pathology Cardiology, Stroke center and the Starand Orthopedics. The bucks coffee shop. Leonard Lawson Can Construction cer Center is certified by the American Colprojects currently in lege of Surgeons Comthe works include: mission on Cancer and The Leonard Lawthe American Society son Cancer Center of Clinical Oncology, Pharmacy, A compreQuality Improvement hensive Children’s Practice Initiative. The Hospital initiative and PMC Heart & Vascular a new, expanded stateInstitute is accredited of-the-art Heart and by the American ColVascular Institute that Pikeville Medical Center Electrophysiologist Chase Reynolds, MD displays the new Watchman Device. lege of Cardiology in will rival facilities and Implantation of this device allows the physician to take AFib patients, who qualify, off of blood thinners chest pain and atrial services found anywhile still effectively managing theirstroke risk. fibrillation and poswhere. sesses state-of-the-art These innovative equipment only found in larger cities more than a hundred miles from Pikeville. developments are changing the health care landscape throughout the region. Notable people from various review boards visit frequently to analyze and Under the leadership of Donovan Blackburn, this progressive, supportive grade the hospital on best practices and healthcare standards. It has been said team has taken steps to elevate confidence within the hospital, improve coheby many of them, who had never been to Pikeville previously, that PMC is like siveness across all departments and collectively raise morale. The PMC staff Emerald City, a treasured jewel in the mountains offering life-saving care to the can clearly see a new promising focus as Mr. Blackburn is committed to leading more than 400,000 people served. a transparent organization that appreciates the input of each of its members. In January 2018, Vice President of the Board of Directors and CEO Don- The leadership team is dedicated to growth, service and convenience for ovan Blackburn developed a new administrative team, raising the bar for the patients and better communication, opportunities, benefits and advancement for organization. The Board of Directors has taken on several new board members staff. and is led by President Ronald Burchett. These leaders are open to new ideas Pikeville Medical Center is clearly a remarkable organization that is and are supportive of opportunities to make PMC an even stronger place to changing lives throughout the region. They diagnose, treat, heal and save lives receive advanced health care and for employment. each and every day. They are genuinely concerned, first and foremost, about patient care and They are investing millions in our communities, bolstering new jobs, adproviding specialty services, state-of-the-art technology and excellent physi- vancing health care close to home, actively recruiting new physicians, bringing cians. However, they have also focused on employee morale, work environment new families into the area and building hope for future generations. and benefits, making PMC a shining star in the community. The hospital has invested millions into the community to better serve those 911 Bypass Road, Pikeville, KY 41501 • (606) 218-3500 who need it most. Those who struggle to travel for health care can now see a www.pikevillehospital.org




Highlands Regional Medical Center, along with its parent company Highlands Health System, is working to ensure essential and accessible healthcare to the citizens of Eastern Kentucky. The patients are the reason the company exists and it is committed to providing high quality healthcare services. Company officials say Highlands remains dedicated to promoting quality, performance improvement, efficiency and productivity and works to facilitate the consolidation of resources while continuing to explore alliances with other healthcare providers to better address community needs. Highlands’ team of doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals is committed to providing quality healthcare and excellent service. Working together, company officials said, all can make a positive difference for the families and communities of Eastern Kentucky. Highlands provides the following services:

Highlands Heart and Vascular/Interventional and Invasive Cardiology Specialists Highlands General Surgery Highlands Orthopedics/Sports Medicine Highlands Home Health After Hours Care/Clinics in Paintsville, Salyersville, and Harold Cardiac Rehabilitation Diabetes Education Highlands Oncology Speech & Language Therapy ENT/Dermatology

Hometown Family Care Highlands Primary Care Highlands Internal Medicine Community Health Screenings Highlands Childbirth Classes Labor & Delivery Community Outreach Education and Sponsored Events Heartburn Treatment Center Gastroenterology Hepatitis C Clinic Chronic Care Management Clinic

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TUG VALLEY APPALACHIAN REGIONAL HEALTHCARE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER For more than 60 years patients and their families have come trust this acutecare, non-profit hospital, as its source for quality healthcare delivery. Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center employs highly skilled and decidedly compassionate staff to carry out services that involve advanced technologies in diagnostics and medical and surgical treatments. For Tug Valley ARH, the forefront of service delivery is the assurance of safety, quality-of-service and patient satisfaction. Tug Valley ARH health care providers are dedicated to the mission of improving the health and promoting the wellbeing in partnership with the community. “Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center is a 148-bed hospital and community health services provider,” says Tim Hatfield, Tug Valley’s Community CEO. “We enjoy a solid reputation of excellence as a patient-oriented and community-centered healthcare provider. Plus, we are continually working to add new physicians and services.” In the last year alone the hospital added Endocrinology Telemedicine to its complement of services to meet the growing need of diabetes care in our communities. In 2020 Tug Valley ARH will add a second endocrinologist to its team.

More than one hospital. We are a system. Appalachian Regional Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system currently operating 12 hospitals in Barbourville, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, McDowell, Martin, Middlesboro, West Liberty, Whitesburg and South Williamson in Kentucky and Beckley and Hinton in West Virginia, as well as multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies. ARH employs nearly 5,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $330 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia, and is consistently recognized for its medical excellence. For more information about Tug Valley ARH Regional Healthcare Center and our medical services, visit, http://www.arh.org/locations/tug_valley


Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center is a 72-bed acute-care hospital located in Paintsville, with certified staff specialists in surgery, gynecology, neurology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, psychiatry, cardiology, radiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, oncology and has been awarded Joint Commission Top Performer distinction four years in a row. The facility is the heir to a medical legacy which began when Paintsville Hospital opened its doors in 1920. The need for upgrades led to the opening of the current facility in 1983, which was renamed in honor of long-time hospital chief of staff Dr. Paul B. Hall. Available around the clock and focused on caring for hearts every day of the year, Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center received Chest Pain Center Accreditation in consideration of the comprehensive assessment demonstrating satisfactory achievements for full chest pain care. Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center was also the recipient of the Get With The Guidelines — Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award in 2018 for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure. Because of the commitment to create a culture of patient safety and

for the high quality, safe, reliable care and services to the patients they serve, Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center was recognized with the 2018 Premier Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) Excellence in Patient Safety Across the Board Award. For more information about Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center and our medical services, visit, www.pbhrmc.com.





ACCOMMODATIONS Brookshire Inn – Pikeville 123 Alexandra Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-0888

Brookshire Inn – Prestonsburg

85 Hal Rogers Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 889-0331

Daniel Boone Motor Inn

150 Weddington Branch Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-0365

Hampton Inn

831 Hambley Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-8181

Hilton Garden Inn Pikeville 849 Hambley Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 766-2000

Landmark Inn

190 S Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-2545

Pikeville Historic Mansion Bed & Breakfast 179 College Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 509-0296


91 Madison Avenue Whitesburg, KY 41858 (606) 633-0108

Breaks Interstate Park 627 Commission Circle Breaks, VA 24607 (276) 865-4413



Country Music Highway Arts, Inc. 144 Middle Branch McDowell, KY 41647 (606) 377-0815

Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center 126 Main Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 444-5500

Foam Zone

1956 South Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 637-3771

Green Meadow Country Club 6887 North Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-3004

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park 75 Theatre Court Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 889-1790

JGreat Entertainment 526 Oak Avenue Norton, VA 24273 (757) 567-2723

Lawrence County Tourism Commission 315 E Madison Street Louisa, KY 41230 (606) 638-0078

Mountain Arts Center 50 Hal Rogers Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 889-9125

Paintsville Lake State Park 1551 KY RT 2275 Staffordsville, KY 41256 (606) 297-8486

Paintsville Tourism Commission

100 Staves Branch Road Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 297-1469

Pike County Tourism CVB 781 Hambley Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-5063

Pikeville City Tourism and Convention Commission 126 Main Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 444-5500

Stonecrest Golf Course 918 Clubhouse Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-1006

Robert F. Wright, Attorney at Law 132 Division Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-5879

Stratton Law Firm, PSC 111 Pike Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-7800

AUTOMOTIVE Bruce Walters Ford Lincoln Kia


302 South Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-9641

Baird & Baird, PSC

Buick Cadillac Inc.

P.O. Box 351 Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 437-6276

The Davis Firm, PLLC 165 Evergreen Lane Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-3641

600 U.S. 23 South Prestonsburg, Ky 41653 (606) 886-9181

City Tire & Auto Center

110 Freddy Lane, Suite 101 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-3005

East Kentucky Law Group

E-Z Pay Auto Sales

Frost, Brown and Todd

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Gary C. Johnson, PSC Law Office

Extreme Powersport

127 Park Street Pikeville, Kentucky 41501 (606) 432-0400

400 W Market Street, Floor 32 Louisville, KY 40202-3363 (502) 568-0288

P.O. Box 231 Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 437-4002

Pike County Attorney’s Office - Howard Keith Hall 146 Main Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-6250

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Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC 1004 Third Street Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 297-4066

Hutch Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 1082 Third Street Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 297-5066

McCoy Motorsports 559 North Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-0083

Pop’s Chevrolet

600 U.S. 23 South Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-9181

Tim Short Dodge Jeep Ram 100 Deskins Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-1300

Tim Short Honda

45 Malcom D. Layne Drive Ivel, KY 41642 (606) 200-3190

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

Walters Chevrolet / Buick 505 North Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-5551

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

Walters Nissan

30 Walters Lane Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-4005

Walters Toyota

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BB&T – Coal Run 4414 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-4411

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

Citizens Bank of Kentucky – Allen 6474 Rt 1428 Allen, KY 41601 (606) 886-4000

Citizens Bank of Kentucky – Ashland 855 Central Avenue Ashland, KY 41105 (606) 920-7300

Citizens Bank of Kentucky – CentrePointe 50 Franklin Corner Prestonsburg, KY 41501 (606) 886-4000

Citizens Bank of Kentucky – Grayson 167 S Carol Malone Boulevard Grayson, KY 41143 (866) 462-2265

Citizens Bank of Kentucky – Main Branch & Offices 620 Broadway Street Paintsville, KY 41240-1366 (866) 462-2265

Citizens Bank of Kentucky – Mayo Plaza 333 Mayo Plaza Paintsville, KY 41240 (866) 462-2265

Citizens Bank of Kentucky – McDowell 9674 Rt 122 McDowell, KY 41647 (606) 886-4000

Citizens Bank of Kentucky – Pikeville Branch 247 Hambley Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-4000

Citizens Bank of Kentucky – Russell 320 Russell Road Russell, KY 41101 (606) 920-7300

Citizens Bank of Kentucky – Salyersville 615 East Mountain Parkway Salyersville, KY 41465 (606) 349-8800

Citizens Bank of Kentucky – Weddington Plaza Branch

Community Trust Bank – Mouthcard

Collins & Slone, CPA

Community Trust Bank – Neon

Community Trust Bank – Allen

Community Trust Bank – Paintsville Walmart

4367 N Mayo Trail, Suite 102 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-7188

587 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-4171

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1001 Highway 317 Neon, KY 41840 (606) 855-4435

6424 Ky Rt. 1428 Allen, KY 41601 (606) 874-0408

Community Trust Bank – Elkhorn City 211 Russell St Elkhorn City, KY 41522 (606) 754-5589

Community Trust Bank – Downtown Whitesburg 155 Main Street Whitesburg, KY 41858 (606) 633-0161

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 West Main St. Hindman, KY 41822 (606) 785-5095

Community Trust Bank – Main Branch 346 North Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-1414

Community Trust Bank – Main Street, Pikeville 137 Main, Suite 4 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-3326

Community Trust Bank – Marrowbone

10579 Regina Belcher Highway Marrowbone, KY 41522 (606) 754-4462

470 North Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 788-9934

Community Trust Bank – Phelps 38720 State Highway 194 E Phelps, KY 41553 (606) 456-8701

Community Trust Bank – Prestonsburg 161 South Lake Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-2382

Community Trust Bank – Tug Valley 28160 U.S. 119 South Williamson, KY 41503 (606) 237-6051

Community Trust Bank – Virgie 1056 KY Highway 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

First Commonwealth Bank – Betsy Layne 11155 S U.S. 23 Betsy Layne, KY 41605 (606) 478-9596

First Commonwealth Bank – Coal Run 3822 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-6231



First Commonwealth Bank – Inez 87 Main Street Inez, KY 41224 (606) 298-3584

First Commonwealth Bank – Main Office 311 N Arnold Avenue, Suite 100 Prestonsburg, KY 41653- 1145 (606) 886-4493

First Commonwealth Bank – Martin 12433 Main Street Martin, KY 41649 (606) 285-3266

First Commonwealth Bank – Northside 838 North Lake Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-4852

First Commonwealth Bank – Paintsville Mayo Plaza 601 N Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 789-3541

First Commonwealth Bank – Pikeville 262 Cassidy Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-1619

First Commonwealth Bank – Salyersville Parkway 230 East Mountain Parkway Salyersville, KY 41465 (606) 349-7520

First National Bank

109 Prater Place, Suite 100 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-5340

US Bank – Elkhorn City 114 W Russell Street Elkhorn City, KY 41522 (606) 754-5082

US Bank – Johns Creek 9782 Meta Highway Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 631-1593

US Bank – Martin 12579 Main Street Martin, KY 41649 (606) 285-6300



US Bank – North Mayo Trail 3663 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-2770

US Bank – Pikeville Main St. 131 Main Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-2646

US Bank – Prestonsburg 415 N Lake Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-2924

US Bank – South Mayo Trail 206 S Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-2772

US Bank – Shelby Valley 1151 Highway 610 Virgie, KY 41572 (606) 639-4423

US Bank – Southside Mall 27989 US 119 N South Williamson, KY 41503 (606) 237-8406

COMMUNICATIONS Appalachian Internet Marketing 698 Dix Fork Road Sidney, KY 41564 (606) 213-8606

Appalachian Wireless – Hindman 60 Communications Lane Hindman, KY 41822 (606) 785-9531

Appalachian Wireless – Ivel Main Office 101 Technology Trail Ivel, KY 41642 (606) 477-2355

Appalachian Wireless – Inez 66 Park Place Inez, KY 41224 (606) 298-0645

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 Street, Suite 101 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-0706

Appalachian Wireless – Pikeville Commons 111 Justice Way Unit 109 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 637-1713

Appalachian Wireless – Prestonsburg 59 Glynview Plaza Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-9739

Appalachian Wireless – Salyersville 447 Parkway Drive Salyersville, KY 41465 (606) 349-4662

Cricket Wireless

109 Prater Place ,Suite 400 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 766-2700

Eastern Telephone & Technologies Company 106 Power Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-0043

Foothills Broadband 1621 KY RT 40 W Staffordsville, KY 41256 (606) 297-9102

Gearheart Communications P.O. Box 159 Harold, KY 41635 (606) 478-9401

Gearheart Communications/ Inter Mountain Cable P.O. Box 159 Harold, KY 41635 (606) 479-6134

ICC Global Hosting

229 W Court Street Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-8447

Kimberlain I.T. Services, Inc.

158 Town Mountain Road, Suite 101 Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 437-6866

Appalachian Wireless – Southside Mall

SkyNet Communications of Kentucky, LLC

Appalachian Wireless– South Williamson

Suddenlink Communications

Appalachian Wireless – Whitesburg


275 Mall Road South Williamson, KY 41503 (606) 237-4333

166 Appalachian Plaza South Williamson, KY 41503 (606) 237-0044

72 Whitesburg Plaza Whitesburg, KY 41858 (606) 633-0245

AT&T Kentucky

4565 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-4518

Big Sandy Broadband, Inc. 510 Ky RT 302 West Van Lear, KY 41268 (606) 220-0020

132 Coleman Road Elkhorn City, KY 41522 (877) 596-1853 2214 S Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (800) 972-5757

Alice Lloyd College

100 Purpose Road Pippa Passes, KY 41844 (606) 368-6000

American National University 50 National College Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 478-7200

Appalachian Beauty School 25429 U.S. 119 North Belfry, KY 41514 (606) 519-3610

Bellevue University

1 Bert Combs Dr. Prestonsburg, KY 41653

Big Sandy Community & Technical College

Food City – Louisa

70 Business U.S. 23 N Louisa, KY 41230 (606) 638-3434

Food City – Paintsville

One Bert T. Combs Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-7332

330 N Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 789-8860

Christ Central School

Food City – Prestonsburg

630 Adams Road Pikeville, Kentucky 41501 (606) 432-9565

429 University Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 889-9375

East Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute

Food City – Shelbiana

120 Scott Perry Drive Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 789-8568

Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling 11105 U.S. 23 South, Suite 108 Betsy Layne, KY 41605 (606) 478-5922

Sullivan University – Center for Learning 122 South Main Cross Louisa, KY 41230 (502) 456-6504

University of Pikeville 147 Sycamore Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 218-5250

FOOD SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS Brown Foodservice Inc. 500 E Clayton Lane Louisa, KY 41230-0690 (606) 638-1139

Clark Vending

256 Scott Avenue Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 422-6330

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated 311 Industrial Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 218-7280

Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery 745 Hambley Boulevard Pikevile, KY 41501

Food City – Hazard 50 Morton Boulevard Hazard, KY 41702 (606) 436-8204

Walmart Supercenter – Paintsville 470 N. Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 789-8920

Walmart Supercenter – Pikeville 254 Cassidy Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-6177

Bradley and Spurlock 311 North Arnold Avenue Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-4581

Bray and Oakley Insurance Agency, Inc 103 Weddington Branch Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-2527

Walmart – Prestonsburg

Cornerstone Investment Group

Hudson’s Food Taxi & Delivery

Walmart Supercenter – South Williamson

Edward Jones: Financial Advisor – A.O. Onkst

McClure Vending, Inc.

Walmart – Whitesburg

Edward Jones – Sarah Lange

2138 S Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 432-0796 Pikeville, KY 41501 (774) 274-0873

284 Collins Drive Wittensville, Ky 41274 (606) 297-5279

Mother Nature Spring Water, Inc. 8862 Elkhorn Creek Road Ashcamp, KY 41512 (606) 754-5756

Pauley Hollow Distillery 91 Kate Camp Br. Forest Hills, KY 41527 (606) 422-4947

Pepsi Beverages Company 3591 N Mayo Trai Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-6271

Perry Distributors, Inc.

477 Village Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-6681

28402 US Highway 119 South Williamson, KY 41503 (606) 237-0477

140 Adams Lane, Suite 200 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-1262

207 Hibbard Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-0657

255 West Court Street Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 889-9004

350 Whitesburg Plaza Whitesburg, KY 41858 (606) 633-0152

HEALTH INSURANCE Anthem BCBS Medicaid 13550 Triton Park Boulevard Louisville, KY 40204


10200 Forest Green Boulevard Louisville, KY 40223 (859) 473-0086

Passport Health Plan

5100 Commerce Crossings Drive Louisville, KY 40229 (502) 585-7900

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

Hall, Hunt and Clark Insurance LLC 611 Hambley Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-4144

Harris, Akers & Associates, LLC

1144 South Mayo Trail, Suite 201 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-0808

540 Oakhurst Avenue Hazard, KY 41701 (606) 436-3665


Quality Foods

Assured Partners

Southside Wine & Spirits

The Benefits Firm

Jennifer Reynolds - State Farm Insurance

Walmart Supercenter – Louisa

Black Diamond Insurance Group, LLC

Kelley Galloway Smith Goolsby, PSC

5284 Collins Highway Robinson Creek, KY 41560 (606) 639-2560 222 South Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-4991 275 Walton Drive Louisa, KY 41230 (606) 673-4427

3780 N Mayo Trail, Suite 101 Pikeville, KY 4150 (606) 432-4877

287 Island Creek Rd Pikeville, KY 41501 (859) 685-6529

145 Weddington Branch Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-5230

P.O. Box 2606 Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 477-0383

534 East Main Street Stanville , KY 41659 (606) 478-2400

Gary Lowe State Farm Insurance

3455 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-7389



KJ Insurance & Financial Services

TJ Hurst State Farm Insurance & Financial Services

Lendmark Financial Services

Transamerica Agency Network

525 George Rd, Suite 103 Betsy Layne, KY 41501 (606) 478-3500

4414 North Mayo Trail, Suite B Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-0227

Lynette Schindler, CPA, PSC 130 Scott Avenue Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-1025

Maverick Insurance Group LLC

1472 South Mayo Trail, Suite 1 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 200-5001 164 Main Street Suite 300 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-9344

Wallen, Puckett & Anderson PSC 106 Fourth Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-8833


1214 N Mayo Trail, Suite 100 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 605-0002

Grace J. Nelson

Marilynn Payson Community Ventures

Nathan Coleman

206 Peach Orchard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 213-7141

McGee Financial Group 210 2nd Street Suite 201 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 794-4693


Grethel, KY 41631

Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 210-0187

Pamela Howard Pikeville, KY (606) 432-8782

William Smith

Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 434-8156

353 Hambley Boulevard, Suite 1 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-7177


Merrill Lynch

1146 Monarch Street Lexington, KY 40513 (859) 224-7225

109 Prater Place Ste 200 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-2200

Michael Spears, CPA, PSC

107 S Arnold Avenue, Suite 201 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-8040

My Hometown Mortgage Corp. 3780 North Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-6832

Peoples Insurance Agency, LLC 108 Trivette Drive, Suite 1 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-7361

Quinco, Inc.

P.O. Box 194 Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 437-7915

Alliance Coal, LLC

Big Sandy Co., LP P.O. Box 566 Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 437-9600

Cambrian Coal Group 6920 Highway 610 W Myra, KY 41537 (606) 639-7249


Mountain Top Media

Magnolia Partners, LLC

Unisign Corporation, Inc.

300 Black Gold Boulevard Hazard, KY 41702 (606) 439-4518

P.O. Box 1588 Grayson, KY 41143 (606) 474-2214

Marwood Land Company, Inc P.O. Box 2725 Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 437-1447

Pike Letcher Land Company 6920 Highway 610 W Myra, KY 41537 (606) 639-9711

Resurrection Land, LLC PO Box 1851 Inez, Ky 41224 (606) 534-0825

SNF Mining

5079 North Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-1535

MEDIA AND ADVERTISING 1 Better On-Screen Cinema Advertising 919 W St. Germain Street, Suite 2000 Saint Cloud, MN 56301 (877) 723-8837

Appalachian News-Express 129 Caroline Avenue Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-4054

BT Media Group, LLC 229 Thacker Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-5554

CAM Mining LLC

Casebolt Broadcasting & Marketing

Clintwood Elkhorn Mining

Fairway Outdoor Advertising

P.O. Box 1169 Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 432-3900

23958 State Hwy 194 E Fedscreek, KY 41524 (606) 835-4006

Harkins Mineral Associates P O Box 190 Betsy Layne, KY 41605 (606) 478-9890


Kentucky River Properties LLC

106 Williamson Avenue Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 218-1198 8320 S. KY Route 321 Hager Hill, KY 41222 (606) 459-5959

L.M. Productions

28678 US Highway 119 South Williamson, Kentucky (304) 730-0723

1240 Radio Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-4051

1392 Watergap Road Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 478-6777

Via Media

4389 KY Rt 825 Hagerhill, KY 41222 (859) 977-9000


199 Black Gold Boulevard Hazard, KY 41701 (606) 436-5757

MEDICAL CENTERS AND CLINICS Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc.

2285 Executive Drive, Suite 400 Lexington, KY 40505 (859) 226-2511

Big Sandy Health Care

1709 KY Route 321, Suite 3 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-8546

Bluegrass Care Navigators 57 Dennis Sandlin MD Cove Hazard, KY 41701 (606) 439-2111

Dynamic Physical Therapy 3927 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, Kentucky 41501 (606) 637-6683

Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center 100 Medical Center Drive Hazard, KY 41701 (606) 439-6600

McDowell ARH

9879 KY 122 McDowell, KY 41647 (606) 377-3400

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

Pikeville Medical Center 911 Bypass Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 218-3500

Renew Men’s Health Clinic 3777 South Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 637-1690

Rural Medical Group

6450 KY Route 1428 Suite 2 Allen, KY 41601 (606) 874-0509


71 Conn Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 478-8500

Whitesburg ARH

240 Hospital Road Whitesburg , KY 41858 (606) 633-3500


1128 Old Middle Fork Road Inez, KY 41224 1 (800) 793-0010

Appalachian Hospice Care 1414 S Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-2112

Central Brace & Prosthetics, Inc.

3295 Eagle View Lane Lexington, KY 40509 (606) 509-0612

East KY Support Services, Inc. 35 Reel View Drive Jeremiah, KY 4182 (606) 633-7272

The Kentucky Blood Center 472 South Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-4979

Lab Corp. Inc.

188 North Highland Avenue Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 369-0125

Lab Corp. Inc. – Louisa 412 N Lock Avenue Louisa, KY 41230 (606) 638-9282

Pike County Physical Therapy Clinic, PSC – Pikeville 419 Town MTN, Suite 108 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-8782

Pikeville Radiology, PLLC 161 College Street, Suite 1 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-1357

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


2808 Palumbo Drive, Suite 205 Lexington, KY 40509 (859) 266-5283

American Red Cross 4201 Blackburn Avenue Ashland, KY 41101 (859) 940-3604

Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center, Inc. 193 Main Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-0700

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program 230 Court Street Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 789-3641

Big Sandy Area Development District 110 Resource Court Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-2374

Bluegrass Council, Boy Scouts of America 2134 Nicholasville Road Lexington, Kentucky 40503 (859) 231-7811

Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center

478 Meadows Branch Road Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 433-2256


P.O. Box 2152 Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 477-3456

Center for Regional Engagement, Morehead State University 320 University Street Morehead, KY 40351 (606) 783-9327

Christian Appalachian Project 6550 U.S. 321 S. Hager Hill, KY 41222 (859) 286-3078

355 Village Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-2966

City of Pikeville

Hillbilly Christmas In July, Inc.

243 Main Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-5100

3591 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-5812

City of Salyersville

Judi’s Place for Kids

P.O. Box 640 Salyersville, KY 41465 (606) 349-2409

128 S College Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-7447

Coats For Kids

Judi’s Place for Kids – Prestonsburg

141 Hibbard Street Pikeville, KY 41501

East Kentucky Small Business Development Center 6 Bert Combs Drive, Room 207 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 432-5848


412 Roy Campbell Drive, Suite 100 Hazard, KY 41701 (606) 436-5751

Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky 420 Main Street Hazard, KY 41701 (606) 439-1357

Goodwill Industries – Louisa 220 Townhill Road Louisa, KY 41230 (606) 638-0515

Goodwill Industries – Inez 296 E Main Street Inez, KY 41224 (606) 534-4015

253 University Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-8520

Kiwanis of Pikeville P.O. Box 462 Pikeville, KY 4150 (606) 437-3320

March of Dimes – Bluegrass Division

207 E. Reynolds Road, Suite 110 Lexington, KY 40517 (859) 402-1710

Mountain Association for Community Economic Development 224 Main Street Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 264-3101

Office of Employment And Training 138 College Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-7721

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc.

Patton Leadership Institute (PLI)

1325 S. 4th Street Louisville, KY 40208 (502) 272-1722

178 College Street Pikeville, KY 41501

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc. – Paintsville 373 S. Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 788-1100

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc. – Pikeville 4493 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-3113

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc. – Prestonsburg

Pike County Fiscal Court 146 Main Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-6247

Pike County Public Library District 119 College Street, Suite 3 Pikeville, KY 4150 (606) 432-9977

Pike County UK Cooperative Extension Service 148 Trivette Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-2534



Pikeville High School Alumni Association and Foundation

United Way of Eastern Kentucky

Pikeville Main Street Program

U.S. Small Business Administration – Kentucky District Office

120 Championship Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-0185 243 Main Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 444-5281

Office of Employment And Training 138 College Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-7721

Rotary of Pikeville P.O. Box 988 Pikeville, KY 41502

Sandy Valley Habitat for Humanity 137 Main Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-4011

The Sapling Center – Pikeville KRCC

404 South Mayo Trail, Suite 7 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 435-1447

The Sapling Center – Prestonsburg KRCC

Highland Plaza, Suite 184 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 435-1447

The Sapling Center – Whitesburg KRCC 60 Jenkins Road Whitesburg, KY 41858 (606) 633-0730

Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) 137 Main Street #300 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-5127

Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 178 College Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-5504

Teach For America Appalachia 470 Main Street, Suite 1 Hazard, KY 41701 (606) 436-6000

UNITE Pike, Inc

P.O. Box 363 Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 471-8278



P.O. Box 1446 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 788-8794

600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Place, Room 188 Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 582-5971

US Army Recruiting Station 120 Pike Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-6042

NURSING HOMES Good Shepherd Community Nursing Center 60 Phillips Branch Road Phelps, KY 41553 (606) 456-8725

Landmark of Elkhorn City Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, LLC 945 W Russell Street Elkhorn City, KY 41522 (606) 754-4134

Presbyterian Homes & Services of Kentucky, Inc. – Cedar Creek Assisted Living 156 Winston Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-8243

Signature HealthCARE of Pikeville 260 South Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-7327

PHARMACIES Care More Pharmacy

Nova Pharmacy

Marvin Bush, DMD

Pikeville Discount Drugs

Pikeville Pediatric Dentistry, PLLC

1330 S Mayo Trail, Suite 102 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-2274 994 S Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-0018

PHYSICIANS Cindy C Smith, DMD 157 Hibbard Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-0163

Debra R. Bailey, MD, FAAP, PSC 419 Town Mountain Road, Suite 202 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-1511

Dr. J. Derek Sword, D.O., PSC 158 Cedar Hills Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 422-5870

East Kentucky Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 129 Loraine Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-9639

Family Eye Care Professionals – Pikeville 4219 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-3576

Family Eye Care Professionals – Prestonsburg 338 North Arnold Avenue Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-2020

Fresenius Kidney Care 23 A Street, Suite A Louisa, KY 41230 (606) 638-9373

Hartsock & Sword Orthodontics – Paintsville

151 Dorton Jenkins Highway Dorton, KY 41520 (606) 639-2273

325 Broadway Street Paintsville, KY 41501 (606) 367-2722

Economy Drug Co. Inc.

Howard Family Eye Care, LLC

180 Town Mountain Road, Suite 115 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-7333

419 Town Mountain Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-5543

Faith Pharmacy, Inc.

Joshua S Leonard, DMD, PSC

140 Adams Lane, Suite 500 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 509-6337

306 Hospital Drive, Suite 203B South Williamson, KY 41503 (606) 237-9983

142 Mayo Circle, Suite 100 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-0187

308 Hambley Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-2773


195 Right Fork Mill Branch Ashcamp, KY 41512-8579 (606) 205-3828

ABCO Security Systems 3117 KY Route 321 Prestonsburg, Ky 41653 (606) 886-7243


985 Harolds Branch Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 794-7933

Alert Oil & Gas Co

2453 Island Creek Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-7387

American Heating & Cooling 1892 South Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-0838

Brown Glass, Inc. 86 Old Penny Road Virgie, KY 41572 (606) 639-0656

Busy Bee Septic Systems, Ltd. 5258 Zebulon Hwy Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-1233

Cardinal Glass, Inc. 6101 Zebulon Hwy Pikeville, Ky 41501 (606) 631-1838

Codell Construction Co. 4475 Rockwell Road Wincester, KY 40391 (859) 744-2222

Eastern Air Flow of Kentucky 3757 U.S. 23 S Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (844) 334-5480

East Kentucky Water, Inc./East Kentucky Contracting, Inc. 6702 Zebulon Highway Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 631-9859

Faith Electrical, LLC 100 Rose Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 478-3392

Fleming Neon Water Co. 955 State Hwy 317 Neon, Ky 41840 (606) 855-7916

Hatfield McCoy Heating and Cooling, LLC 1235 Salt Lick Road Hueysville, KY 41640 (606) 791-6700

Home Builders of Eastern KY 154 Evergreen Lane Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-0908

Interstate Natural Gas Co. 347 Thompson Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-6147

J & M Monitoring, Inc. 251 Tollage Creek Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-1910

Jab Contracting, LLC. 29 Grays Branch Road Grays Knob, KY 40820 (606) 573-2230

Jigsaw Enterprises, LLC 190 Left Fork Island Creek Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-9090

Johnson Industries, Inc. 101 Pine Fork Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 639-2029

Kinzer Drilling P.O. Box 460 Allen, KY 41601 (606) 874-8041

Kentucky Frontier Gas, LLC 2963 KY RT 321 W Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-2431

Kentucky Power

3249 North Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (800) 572-1113

Mountain Companies 2257 Executive Drive Lexington, KY 40583 (859) 299-7001

Mountain Water District 6332 Zebulon Highway Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 631-9162

Overhead Door of Eastern Kentucky 389 Tollage Creek Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 874-4262

Pikeville Mini Storage 278 South Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-9974

Plumbing MD

884 Jefferson Street Hueysville, KY 41640 (606) 909-4886

Reed’s Spray Foam Insulation 15 Coleman Road Belfry, KY 41514 (606) 237-0013

Rose Builders LLC

44 Granite Drive Pikeville, Kentucky 41501 (606) 424-6609

Saver Group, Inc.

669 KY Highway 610 W Virgie, KY 41572 (270) 465-8675

ServPro of Pike, Floyd & Knott Counties 810 S. Lake Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-3826

State Electric & Supply Company 122 Johnson Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-3163

State Electric Supply Turkey Creek

1121 Central Avenue South Williamson, KY 41503 (606) 237-7150

Secure Kentucky Inc./ Secure Kentucky Events 164 Main Street Suite 302 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 766-3800

Storage Rentals of America 144 Cowpen Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (800) 457-5678

East Kentucky Board of Realtors 1362 N Lake Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-7321

Summit Engineering

265 Hambley Blvd., Suite 100 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-1447

Treap Contracting, Inc. 33 Evergreen Lane Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-8507

Utility Management Group 287 Island Creek Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-4754

Kidd Real Estate Agency 4525 North Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 422-9647

Redd, Brown & Williams Real Estate Services P.O. Box 1720 Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 437-2333

Redd, Brown & Williams Louisa

The Wells Group, LLC

110 South Clay Street Louisa, KY 4123 (606) 638-4449

1731 W Shelbiana Road Shelbiana, KY 41562 (606) 437-4034

RENTAL PROPERTIES Buckingham Place 1023 Euclid Avenue Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 788-9186

Redd, Brown & Williams Paintsville & Prestonsburg 201 Bridge Street Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 789-8119

Valley Agency Real Estate

Carl D. Perkins Apartments 478 Meadows Branch Road Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 639-8280

60 Sunset Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 478-7100


Powers Properties

Above and Beyond

Roger Ratliff Apartment Rentals

American Business Systems

182 Walnut Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 424-0224

336 Town Mountain Road, Suite 5 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-0234

PO Box 2407 Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 437-4936


American Metal Works, LLC 188 North Highland Avenue Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 369-0125

Amy’s Hallmark Shop – Paintsville

141 Hibbard Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-9700

Cornerstone Real Estate Group, LLC 335 Chloe Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 899-8300

3755 Flemingsburg Road Morehead, KY 40351 (800) 228-7758

317 N Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 789-7745

Amy’s Hallmark Shop – Pikeville 4115 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-9070



Animal Wellness Center 439 Hambley Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 262-4553

Annie E. Young Cemetery 4964 Chloe Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-1800

Annie’s Frugal Finery 169 Jenkins Road Whitesburg, KY 41858 (606) 633-4829

Appalachian Auto Recovery – AAREPO LLC. Adams Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-8449

Appalachian Monument Company 430 Highway 1862 Mayking, KY 41837 (606) 633-2563


147 Sycamore Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 218-5032

Bella Pooch – Pikeville 785 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-9879

BitSource, LLC

375 Hambley Boulevard Pikeville, Kentucky 41501 (606) 766-1170

Brandeis Machinery & Supply Company 130 Mare Creek Road Stanville, KY 41659 (606) 478-9201

Broad Bottom Kennels & Boarding 369 Industrial Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 477-2255

BT World Travels 229 Thacker Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 205-3949

Community Funeral Home 4902 Zebulon Highway Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-1991

Country Boyz Metal 764 Adams Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-1088



Creg Damron Furniture 199 Hibbard Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-0595

Dream House Furnishings 2188 S. Mayo Trail Suite100 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-4355

Eastern Screens and Drives, Inc.

Fast Change Lube & Oil, Inc. – South Williamson 2900 U.S. 119 North South Williamson, KY 41503 (606) 237-6355

Ghostbusters Tanning & More 157 3rd Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-5689

Glenn Shepard Seminars

470 Adams Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-0126

6953 Charlotte Pike, Suites 303 & 403 Nashville, TN 37209 (615) 353-7125

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East Kentucky Organics

Greg’s Custom Audio, Video & Car Stereo

1004 Gateway Industrial Park Jenkins, KY 41537 (606) 832-9165 353 Hambley Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 454-6815

Embroid Me

3755 North Mayo Trail, Suite 1 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 637-1632

Everlasting Bouquets & More 509 N Bypass Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 213-0110

Every Hour Fitness

4573 North Mayo Trail Pikeville, Kentucky 41501 (606) 432-2333

Fast Change Lube & Oil, Inc. – Inez 304 East Main Street, Suite 2 Inez, KY 41224 (606) 298-0764

Fast Change Lube & Oil, Inc. – Paintsville 501-A North Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 788-9900

Fast Change Lube & Oil, Inc. – Pikeville 3841 North Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-1471

Fast Change Lube & Oil, Inc. – Prestonsburg 41 Glenview Plaza Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-6794

4095 N. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-4141

274 Cassidy Blvd Suite #101 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-1132

Hefners Jewelers, Inc. 4169 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-9000

Hylton Sales and Rental PO Box 203 Ivel, KY 41642 (606) 478-8900

Insider Travel Planners 1293 Low Gap Road Danville, WV 25053 (304) 784-5075

Justice Supply Company Inc. 3139 E. Shelbiana Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-3137

J.W. Call & Son Funeral Home 703 Hambley Boulevard P Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-6228


109 Prater Place, Suite 500 Pikeville, Ky 41501 (606) 331-2518

Kevin Hall

P.O. Box 524 Virgie, KY 41572 (606) 794-8411

Komax Business Systems 500 D Street South Charleston, W.V. 25303 (304) 744-7440

Lentan’s Bridal Boutique

180 Town Mountain Road, Suite 106 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 422-6919

Line-X of Pikeville 100 Deskins Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-1303

Lowe’s – Pikeville

183 Cassidy Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-0020

Lucas & Son Funeral Home, Inc. P.O. Box 2685 Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 437-0044

Mickey’s Menagerie 223 Second Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-5373

Moments of the Heart Photography 131 Brushy Fork Jenkins, Kentucky 41537 (606) 639-4748

Mountain Music Exchange 5171 North Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-5551

Mountain View Memory Gardens 92 Mountain View Lane Huddy, WV 41514 (304) 235-2306

Mr. Appliance of Pikeville and Hazard 100 Rays Drive Whitesburg, Kentucky 41858 (606) 536-3205

NJN Companies 81 Beefhide Creek Jenkins, KY 41537 (606) 639-8006

No Limits Fitness – Inez 1200 Main Street Inez, KY 41224 (606) 298-7890

No Limits Fitness – Louisa 306 Commerce Drive, Suite 350 Louisa, KY 41230 (606) 826-0044

No Limits Fitness– Paintsville 643 KY Route 40 W Staffordsville, KY 41256 (606) 297-2190

Picture Perfect Photo Booth KY

Southeast Drilling Supplies, LLC

Premium Tool Rental

Pur Lux Spa & Salon

328 Roberts Drive Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 233-1259 369 Industrial Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-7485 6511 KY 1428 Allen, KY 41601 (606) 886-1772

Queen Bea’s Boutique

213 South Mayo Trail, Suite A Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 253-3200

R&R Tent Rentals

Tractor Supply – Pikeville

Blue Raven Restaurant & Pub

Southern Bliss – Pikeville

Tractor Supply – South Williamson

Bob Evans Restaurant

Southern Bliss – Whitesburg

Trailblazers Outfitters

Golden Corral - Neighborhood Hospitality Group of Pikeville

124 Star Layne Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-1427

185 South Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 766-8000

47 U.S. 119 Whitesburg, KY 41858 (606) 633-0016

Spoiled Rotten Children’s Boutique 223 Main Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-8702

164 Lee Ave Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-0890

169 Southside Mall Road South Williamson, KY 41503 (606) 237-0189 43 Coleman Road Belfry, KY 41514 (606) 237-8308

The UPS Store

4145 North Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-0546

Heavenly Donuts, LLC

US 23 Peddlers Exchange

Jimmy John’s

KFC – Weddington Branch

404 South Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501


Reed’s Home Décor & Gifts

Super Dollar – Pikeville

VanDyke Business Solutions, Inc.

Super Dollar – Prestonsburg

Whayne Supply, Inc.

T & D Sporting Goods

Worldwide Equipment, Inc.

15 Coleman Road Belfry, KY 41514 (606) 237-0013

Rodan + Fields Skincare Tracy Syck 4506 Joes Creek Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 205-7477

Schooley Mitchell of Louisa 1057 Meadowbrook Lane Louisa, KY 41230 (606) 483-3345

Sherwin Williams 4223 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-4355


79 Industry Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 (833) 200-8265

Shred-All Documents P.O. Box 2894 Pikeville, KY 41502 (606) 432-1166

Shurtleff’s Sanitary Laundry 136 Central Avenue Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-7381

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

234 Town Mountain Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-2505 81 Glyn View Plaza Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 889-2754 185 South Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 4150 (606) 432-2153

Thacker Funeral Home 1118 S Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-7353

Thacker Memorial, Inc. 4964 Chloe Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-1800

Todd Case Trucking 20475 U.S. 23 Louisa , KY 41230 (606) 686-2344

Tractor Supply – Louisa 16230 U.S. 23 Louisa, KY 41230 (606) 673-1141

Tractor Supply – Paintsville 980 3rd Street Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 297-5570

4117 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-9054

233 Cassidy Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 213-5655

3755 North Mayo Trail Suite 2, Box 9 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 653-9595

238 Cassidy Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-1161

211 Main Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 509-2583

7627 U.S. 23 South Pikeville, Kentucky 41501 (606) 637-2188

2548 Greenup Avenue Ashland, KY 41101 (606) 327-5536

110 S Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-3246

P..O Box 1370 Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 874-2172

Wright Machine & Fabrication Wright CNC

RESTAURANTS 119 Fairgrounds / Ridgetop Restaurant 140 Valley Ridge Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 422-2486

Asia Grill & Buffet 125 Lee Avenue Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 766-2742

Bank 253

253 Bank Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-6566

28 Weddington Branch Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-0741

KFC – South Mayo Trail

359 S. Lanks Branch Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-6265

950 Collins Highway Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-5471

111 Justice Way Unit 113 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-1786

KSK Management, Inc. P.O. Box 1879 Ashland, KY 41105-187 (606) 324-5421

Lee’s Famous Recipe

114 East Mountain Parkway Salyersville, KY 41465 (606) 349-3626

Little Caesars – Coal Run 3960 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 766-5544

Little Caesars – Downtown Pikeville 133 S Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-6001

McDonalds – 305 North Mayo 305 N Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 789-6989

McDonalds – 470 North Mayo 470 N Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 789-3911



McDonalds – Cassidy Boulevard

Peking – Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse

McDonalds – Coal Run

Peking – Pikeville

190 Cassidy Boulevard Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-8848 3683 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-4395

McDonalds of East Kentucky 1104 Third Street Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 297-7000

McDonalds – Inez 1960 Blacklog Road Inez, KY 41224 (606) 298-7997

McDonalds – Louisa 61 Falls Creek Drive Louisa, KY 41230 (606) 638-3336

McDonalds – Martin 12575 Main Street Martin, KY 41649 (606) 285-0723

McDonalds – North Lake Drive 1178 N Lake Drive Prestonsburg , KY 41653 (606) 886-1223

McDonalds – Salyersville 222 E Mountain Parkway Salyersville, KY 41465 (606) 349-1611

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

McDonalds – South Williamson

385 Southside Mall Road South Williamson, KY 41503 (606) 237-5696

Moe’s Southwest Grill Bueno Venture II dba 119 Justice Way #107 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 766-6637

Mona’s Creative Catering 278 Town Mountain Road Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-6662

Peking – Coal Run 4533 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-6788



4539 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 437-6788

205 S Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-9888

Penn Station

244 Cassidy Boulevard, Suite 100 Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 509-7366

Slim Chickens

145 S Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 766-7546

Southern Biscuit & Grill 242 2nd Street Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 253-3024

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

Taco Bell – Coal Run 4368 N Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-1214

Taco Bell – Downtown Pikeville 384 S. Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501

Taco Bell – Paintsville 603 N. S Mayo Trail Paintsville, KY 41240 (606) 789-1153

Taco Bell – Pikeville 394 South Mayo Trail Pikeville, KY 41501

Taco Bell – South Williamson 29080 U.S.119 N South Williamson, KY 41503 (606) 237-0097

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

Reaping the benefits of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce


hether you’re looking to get the name of your business out there, seeking to meet other local business leaders and entrepreneurs in your community, or looking for ways to make your business more efficient, joining the Southeast Kentucky Chamber can help. The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is located at 178 College Street in Pikeville and serves more than 500 businesses in eight Eastern Kentucky Counties: Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike. The Chamber’s mission is to be a resource for businesses in Southeast Kentucky that is committed to improving the regional economy. How can the Chamber benefit you and your business? Promotion, discounts, community involvement, political voice, economic development, professional development, and health insurance are a few of the benefits the Chamber offers its members. Promotion Every business who joins the Chamber receives promotion. The Chamber loves planning events to highlight our members; celebrating your grand opening, hosting an open-house event to show off your services and inform the community of your business, are a few of the ways the Chamber can help. In addition to this, the Chamber promotes its members events on social media, on its website, and in its weekly community events email. You can also reap the benefits of being listed on the Chamber’s online Business Directory found on the Chamber’s website, which garners more than 32,000 visits annually, and is also displayed in the Chamber’s biennial profile book, which reaches eight counties. Sponsorships are another way for your business to get its name out there. Member discounts Chamber members can also take advantage of the Chamber’s discount partnerships. The Chamber currently partners with Staples and Constant Contact to offer your business the best discounts on office supplies and email marketing. Additionally, Chamber members will also offer exclusive discounts to other Chamber members.

Community Involvement Make a difference in the community by serving on any number of Chamber committees, including economic development, education, Hillbilly Days, legislative, and Small Business Appreciation Month. Your dues are a tax-deductible expense to an organization dedicated to improving the community in which you live. Political voice Become involved in the political process and join the Chamber’s efforts to influence elected officials to remain on the side of local businesses and the local economy. We protect your interests on a local, state, and federal level. The Southeast Kentucky Chamber has close ties with the Kentucky State Chamber. This partnership allows the Southeast Kentucky Chamber to keep its members informed on legislation immediately affecting their businesses. Economic development Become a part of a vision for the region and leverage relationships to continue developing our existing businesses and bringing in new businesses. We connect members to small business service providers to help them grow and strengthen their business. Professional development Develop professional skills through the Patton Leadership Institute and several annual seminars. The Patton Leadership Institute is comprised of business leaders across the region. Each class spends one day per month traveling around the region to build leadership skills, and to hear from business leaders about their ideas and successful business practices. Health insurance Chamber members have exclusive access to Southeast Kentucky Chamber insurance plan, in association with the St. Matthews Area Chamber. With Anthem BlueCross BlueShield you have access to the largest PPO network in the country. The plan allow you to

join a group of businesses from across the state and spread your health risks with a larger group, ultimately lowering your costs and increasing your benefits. In addition to being a resource for businesses and providing needed services, the Chamber is also active it the communities it serves, specifically in education. The Chamber’s Foundation for Education hosts a number of annual events and projects to give back to the future leaders in our region. Some of the Chamber’s annual education initiatives include its annual Work Ethic Award program as well as its annual Excellence in Education grant program. The Chamber’s Excellence in Education Grant program funds approximately $5,000 in educational projects annually in schools throughout the region. Educators apply for the program and, if selected, use the funding to implement innovative ideas and technologies into the classroom. The Work Ethic Award is open to seniors attending high schools located within the eight counties the Chamber serves. To qualify, students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher, and meet certain attendance requirements, among other strong work ethic qualities. Each September, seniors commit to complete the program, find a sponsoring teacher at their school, and then, throughout a six-month period, are judged on and scored in the following areas by their teacher and guidance counselor: Attendance, excused/unexcused absences, punctuality, discipline, achievement, community service, dependability, respectfulness, cooperation, and work ethic. Students who complete the program’s criteria are awarded a certificate and medallion. Those students then become eligible to enter an optional essay contest for the chance to win a $500 reward, which is presented to them at the annual Work Ethic Award banquet. For more information about the Chamber, visit them online at, www.sekchamber.com, or by phone at, (606) 432–5504.






James Hatcher was one of the wealthiest, most renowned citizens to ever grace the small town of Pikeville, Kentucky. He engaged in several successful business ventures in the coal mining and timber industries. He owned property reaching from Pikeville to present day Coal Run. Later in life, Hatcher built the Hotel James Hatcher in Pikeville, where the Appalachian Wireless Arena is now. The hotel was known for Hatcher’s favorite sayings and quotes, which he had printed on the walls of the hotel lobby. A small museum was in one room of the famous reception area, displaying, among other things, an iron lung, the newest piece of medical technology of its day. The hotel was advertised as being fireproof, and offered guests the security of being able to “sleep in safety.” Also on display in the lobby was James Hatcher’s own casket, which he had specially crafted years prior to his death. This coffin was special. It latched on the inside and had to be sealed with a special tool that would then be pulled out when the body was buried. James Hatcher had a severe phobia of being buried alive, and not without reason. In 1889, Hatcher was married in Pikeville to young Octavia Smith. Their marriage would be tragically brief and produce only one son, Jacob, who died shortly after he was born. The infant mortality rate in the 1890’s was much higher than today’s numbers. During the 1800’s, children often died of one illness or another before the age of 10. There were few vaccines and medications for treatment, and illnesses that are minor nuisances today were then fatal. One of such sicknesses took the life of young Jacob Hatcher. The baby’s death lead to a depression and illness that would soon end Octavia’s own life. Jacob died in January 1891. Octavia took to her bed, likely suffering from depression. She grew ill over the next few months, slipping into a coma from which she could not be awakened. She was pronounced dead of unknown causes on May 2nd, 1891. That spring was unusually hot, and as embalming was not yet common practice, no time was wasted in burying Octavia. Funeral services were conducted and her body was laid to rest. Several days later, others began exhibiting similar symptoms to Octavia’s. The bite of a certain fly, now known as the tsetse fly, brought a sleeping sickness from which others began to awaken after a time. Hatcher and his family began to worry if Octavia might have succumbed to this illness. Her breathing had been shallow enough in her comatose state for doctors to believe she had passed, but in actuality, she had been buried alive. Hatcher secured an emergency exhumation and uncovered a horrific sight with the raising of the coffin. The casket Octavia had been buried in had not been airtight. She had awoken from her sleep to find herself trapped beneath the ground. In a panic, she had torn the lining on the lid of her coffin. Her nails were bloody and her face was contorted in terror, scratched in her frenzy to escape from her grave. But by this time, she really was dead. Her body was reburied, but James was never the same. He had a life-size, lifelike monument to Octavia erected over her grave. In one arm, the statue held a baby, representative of Jacob. He built the Hatcher Hotel at such an angle that he could look up to the cemetery at his young wife and she could symbolically look down on him. The legend was born with the statue’s completion. Vandals invaded the Hatcher cemetery plot and broke the arm holding the baby from the monument. Now the infant lies on the ground at Jacob’s grave, near the foot of his mother. But the stories do not stop there. In the 1990’s, the Hatcher family erected a fence around the plot, an attempt to keep future vandalism from occurring. The statue was placed on a new marble base so it would be less accessible. Pikeville residents who live near the Hatcher plot reported hearing the sounds of a kitten crying coming from the area. The sound stopped when they approached the plot to investigate. Others said they could hear a woman crying coming from the same area. A photographer taking pictures on a clear day captured a mysterious haze around the statue of Octavia. The mist only appeared when the photos were developed. The most common story concerning Octavia says that on the anniversary of her death, the statue will turn away and face the opposite direction. Whether such activities are the doings of vengeful spirits or harmless pranksters is for the reader to decide. Haunted or not, the Pikeville Cemetery, especially the Hatcher plot, is a place where a tragic young woman deserves a moment or two of silence for a life cut dreadfully short and a death that came far too early. Photo by Jordan Gibson









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Experience Southeast Kentucky 2019-2020  

Experience Southeast Kentucky is a biennial publication that highlights the fantastic culture, attractions, shops, and restaurants we have i...

Experience Southeast Kentucky 2019-2020  

Experience Southeast Kentucky is a biennial publication that highlights the fantastic culture, attractions, shops, and restaurants we have i...