Murray, Kentucky, KY
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.
by Quenest Harrington
Migrant workers on Billy Dale Smith’s farm harvest and fire-cure tobacco for salaries that they send home to their families in Mexico.
Deeper than the grain
by Katie Simpson
After years apart, Jeff and Claude Miller share a workshop where they make cutting boards of laminated wood.
by Tanner Curtis
Michael Bobo trains his Clydesdales for wagon racing before he drives to practice oral surgery in Murray and Union City, Tenn.
by Delayna Earley
Sisters Teresa Bast and Patty Dedmon, owners of Sammons' Bakery, spend their mornings making own baked goods.
by Andree Kehn
Linda Hayden, owner of the Southside Barber Shop, oversees maintenance of Murray’s myriad heads of state.
by Britney McIntosh
A monarch butterfly on her son’s coffin motivated Donna Herndon to open the Angels Attic thrift store to finance a free clinic.
Far from home
by John Adkisson
Ricky Hernandez supports his family in Mexico by leading a crew of migrant workers on a tobacco farm.
by Travis Garner
Gary Collin, manufacturing quality analyst for Briggs & Stratton, uses much of his free time to keep fit for mountain bike racing.
by Joshua Lee Kelsey
Joe Nanny dabbles in art and runs circles around the competition with his self-proclaimed “world’s largest” roller rink.
by Earl Christie
Science teacher Scott Sivills’ mentoring goes from the classroom to the gym where he coaches the girls’ basketball team.
by Tyler Jones
Steely determination keeps master blacksmith Gene Knight moving forward after a serious heart attack.
Let them eat cake
by Todd Powell
Marla Thomason, owner of The Cake Lady, and her family offer customers creations with royal treatment.
Life goes on
by Breanna Gaddie
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.
Living on the job
by Sarah Simonis
Below their second-floor bedroom, Gloria and Stu Shull serve friends and patrons at Gloria’s World Village.
Man about town
by Allie Garza
With support from family and the community, Calloway County Clerk Ray Coursey Jr. doesn’t let disability slow him down.
by Jessica Ebelhar
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.
Mother to all
by Rebecca Barnett
With a school, a church and a large family of her own, Teresa Speed, the principal of Murray High School, cares for a community.
Mr. Ed meets Dr. Adams
by Brooke Grace
Outside of the medical center, Dr. Michael Adams operates a family farm full of horses, cows, dogs and cats.
Pets and their people
by Shane Noem
Westside Veterinary Services, Murray’s largest animal clinic, has served pets and the people who love them for more than 25 years.
by Christopher Southard
A deluge fails to dampen the spirits at Murray High School, where the undefeated Tigers beat Crittenden County 24-7.
Reeling in the dough
by Cassie Brooks
Murray State University bass angler Kalem Tippet casts his line, hoping to help his team catch a $50,000 tournament grand prize.
by Neil Blake
Ian Mathes, a member of Murray State University’s rodeo team, blazes a trail toward the life of a rodeo clown.
Twins with a difference
by Sara Naomi Lewkowicz
William Winchester, 14, is taking a different path through life than his twin brother Joseph. William has Down’s syndrome.
Tethered to Tradition
by Eileen Blass
Each season, Brad and Karly Lowe sow new seeds the old way.
by Ryan Rivet
After nearly 40 years as minister at the Glendale Road Church of Christ, John Dale is ready to step down from the pulpit.
by Rhyne Piggott
Joey Miller is studying the euphonium and hopes his newfound musical gifts will earn him a college scholarship.
Freedom to Forgive
by Bethany Mollenkof
On Dec. 1, 1997, high school freshman Michael Carneal opened fire in the Heath High School lobby in West Paducah, Ky.
by Serena Wells
Despite liquor critics’ fears, the town has not taken a turn for the worst since legalizing alcohol sales.
The Insights of Angels
by Liz O. Baylen
Abby Reinhardt sees her adopted Liberian sister Joyce and brother Freeman as gifts from God.