A Place Apart
Oct 01-09 2009
Murray can seem like a world unto itself. The closest cities are all hours away, and the closest interstate is a 30-minute drive. But most people in Murray’s think that’s just fine. Some say things are a bit slower here, and that’s the way they like it. With one of the state’s lowest unemployment rates and a tradition of cultural blending, the area is all about simple, comfortable living.
Migrant workers on Billy Dale Smith’s farm harvest and fire-cure tobacco for salaries that they send home to their families in Mexico.
by Quenest Harrington
Deeper than the grain
After years apart, Jeff and Claude Miller share a workshop where they make cutting boards of laminated wood.
by Katie Simpson
Michael Bobo trains his Clydesdales for wagon racing before he drives to practice oral surgery in Murray and Union City, Tenn.
by Tanner Curtis
Sisters Teresa Bast and Patty Dedmon, owners of Sammons' Bakery, spend their mornings making own baked goods.
by Delayna Earley
Linda Hayden, owner of the Southside Barber Shop, oversees maintenance of Murray’s myriad heads of state.
by Andree Kehn
A monarch butterfly on her son’s coffin motivated Donna Herndon to open the Angels Attic thrift store to finance a free clinic.
by Britney McIntosh
Far from home
Ricky Hernandez supports his family in Mexico by leading a crew of migrant workers on a tobacco farm.
by John Adkisson
Gary Collin, manufacturing quality analyst for Briggs & Stratton, uses much of his free time to keep fit for mountain bike racing.
by Travis Garner
Joe Nanny dabbles in art and runs circles around the competition with his self-proclaimed “world’s largest” roller rink.
by Joshua Lee Kelsey
Science teacher Scott Sivills’ mentoring goes from the classroom to the gym where he coaches the girls’ basketball team.
by Earl Christie
Steely determination keeps master blacksmith Gene Knight moving forward after a serious heart attack.
by Tyler Jones
Let them eat cake
Marla Thomason, owner of The Cake Lady, and her family offer customers creations with royal treatment.
by Todd Powell
Life goes on
Al Hough, a retired professor, fights blindness and tries to stay busy to fill the void left by the death of his wife of 50 years.
by Breanna Gaddie
Living on the job
Below their second-floor bedroom, Gloria and Stu Shull serve friends and patrons at Gloria’s World Village.
by Sarah Simonis
Man about town
With support from family and the community, Calloway County Clerk Ray Coursey Jr. doesn’t let disability slow him down.
by Allie Garza
Calloway County’s last dairy farm is a source of family pride for Jim and Judy Stahler, who have been milking cows daily for 44 years.
by Jessica Ebelhar
Mother to all
With a school, a church and a large family of her own, Teresa Speed, the principal of Murray High School, cares for a community.
by Rebecca Barnett
Mr. Ed meets Dr. Adams
Outside of the medical center, Dr. Michael Adams operates a family farm full of horses, cows, dogs and cats.
by Brooke Grace
Pets and their people
Westside Veterinary Services, Murray’s largest animal clinic, has served pets and the people who love them for more than 25 years.
by Shane Noem
A deluge fails to dampen the spirits at Murray High School, where the undefeated Tigers beat Crittenden County 24-7.
by Christopher Southard
Reeling in the dough
Murray State University bass angler Kalem Tippet casts his line, hoping to help his team catch a $50,000 tournament grand prize.
by Cassie Brooks
Ian Mathes, a member of Murray State University’s rodeo team, blazes a trail toward the life of a rodeo clown.
by Neil Blake
Twins with a difference
William Winchester, 14, is taking a different path through life than his twin brother Joseph. William has Down’s syndrome.
by Sara Naomi Lewkowicz
Tethered to Tradition
Each season, Brad and Karly Lowe sow new seeds the old way.
by Eileen Blass
After nearly 40 years as minister at the Glendale Road Church of Christ, John Dale is ready to step down from the pulpit.
by Ryan Rivet
Joey Miller is studying the euphonium and hopes his newfound musical gifts will earn him a college scholarship.
by Rhyne Piggott
Freedom to Forgive
On Dec. 1, 1997, high school freshman Michael Carneal opened fire in the Heath High School lobby in West Paducah, Ky.
by Bethany Mollenkof
Despite liquor critics’ fears, the town has not taken a turn for the worst since legalizing alcohol sales.
by Serena Wells
The Insights of Angels
Abby Reinhardt sees her adopted Liberian sister Joyce and brother Freeman as gifts from God.
by Liz O. Baylen
Jacob Hein, 25, never dreamed of standing in the bight lights of a stage on Broadway.
by Jose Osorio