Rooted in Beauty
Oct 18-22 2011
The sun rises over rugged hills, passes over the bustling city of Somerset and sets over rolling farmland to the west. Close by is Lake Cumberland, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The landscape inspires strong opinions among residents, including one fellow who says simply: “This is the most beautiful place in world.“ Clearly a lot of people would agree.
A steady, stern hand
For Coach Robbie Lucas, life is about more than football.
by Whitney Leaming
Avoiding the rust
For Carter Muse the secret to a long life is hard work, family and the land
by Brittany Sowacke
Julia Blenkhorn never leaves the house without kissing everyone goodbye.
by Shelby Mack
“They’re running the small farmer out,” Jim says, looking out over the pastures of his childhood.
by Carolina Hidalgo
The Sobiecks’ common interest propelled them from being just a couple to being two chefs running a successful catering service.
by Nat Bayjay
Coffee and community
At Amon’s Sugar Shack, discussions about politics and sports can get as heated as the coffee.
by Heather Cassano
Since Pastor Reggie Tipton came to White Oak Baptist, attendance has grown sixfold.
by Sam Oldenburg
Sixteen-month-old Bennett Tucker sees the dentist seven days a week, and seems to enjoy it.
by Khristopher Kramer
Distributing books, delivering love
The Pulaski County Public Library’s bookmobile.
by Spencer Bakalar
Ask anyone in Somerset where to find a good burger, and they will point you to Lynn’s Lunchbox.
by Justin Philalack
Familiarity breeds ‘content’
The grass grows greenest right under Ruth Ann Burton’s feet.
by Tony Hoare
Charles and Mark Bishop make their rounds on land that has been in their family for 97 years.
by Leslye Davis
Having the faith to fail
A couple and their six children build a life at Longwood Hollow.
by Megan Westervelt
Bruce Bruce grew up on a farm and says he became a veterinarian because it would keep him in touch with agriculture.
by Katie Rausch
Johnny B’s Secret Ingredient
Johnny B and his wife Nellie grill nearly every day.
by Luke Sharrett
Life’s second chance
The vista offers a dream sequence — and that fits Barry Burkett’s life perfectly.
by Michael Rivera
Love of the Land
State Rep. Tommy Turner is equally comfortable hashing out legislation or roaming the farm.
by Demetrius Freeman
Mr. and Mrs. Mayor
Breezing through town in his white Corvette or on his Harley, Ron Jones stands out.
by Michele Kraus
No appointment necessary
Jerry can’t remember wanting to be anything but a barber.
by Alix Mattingly
When the life of Patty Loveless ended in June 2011, her husband Ricky began his life as a conductor.
by Crystin Faenza
Bob Walther is the proud owner of three rat terriers, two of which are therapy pets.
by Lauren Vied
Businessman J.D. Hamilton hadn’t intended to be a marina operator on Lake Cumberland.
by Jerry Englehart Jr.
Striving for perfection
Mariko Krause has a drive unlike ‘most any other teenager.
by Ariana McLaughlin
The book and its cover
When it comes to Jessica Van Bruggen, the adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” fits perfectly.
by Sarah Gerace
Somerset duo produces “The Season,” a Web-based series documenting their school’s football team.
by Charles Weibel
What Katie Dalton might achieve before she turns 15 is anyone’s guess but hers.
by Lauren Wood
Turning wood to art
“Other people look at a burl and see disease. I see money,” says Chris Ramsey.
by Natalie St. John
We (heart) animals
Veterinarian Tammie Bumgardner’s compassion has saved countless locals animals
by Sarah Coulter
‘He can’t do that, you know.’
Aaron is a varsity wide receiver who has six fingers.
by Eric Shea
‘If you break it, I can fix it’
At age 95, Ira “Red” Cornett still gets to work at his machine shop every day promptly at 9 a.m.
by Sammy Jo Hester
“Birds of a feather . . .”
A nurturing spirit is what drives Francis Carter as she cares for her students and her birds.
by Morgan Walker
Adam Theodore was starting his senior year in high school when tragedy struck. Now, “family” is the most important thing he has.
by Greg Johnson
Take and Give
Joe Neikirk runs his store according to the principles of his faith. Among them: Thou shalt not steal.
by Andrew Propp
A Wild Soul
Wildlife Rehabilitator, Alan Sidwell, loves animals deeply enough to let them go.
by Andrea Wise
Rising from the Ashes
Terry Moore built a business to begin healing a broken heart.
by Gaily Ligaiya Romero
These days Glenda and Jimmy Eastman are living the grandparents’ dream.
by Lain Ewing
A Way of Life
Jerry Gentry works long days, and he has struggled to stay in business. But he can’t imagine doing anything else.
by Celina Fang
A Grave Decision
Small-town life turns out to be more satisfying than Renny Smith expected.
by Bailey Nance
Lean on Me
Rhonda Wilford is the kind of friend you want when life gets really tough.
by Greg Moore
In Their Blood
A tragic choice four decades ago still shapes life for Pam Marrinan and her daughter, Charline.
by Maya Sugarman
Whatever It Takes
Tawana Collins wants the best for her daughter. But she can’t do it alone.
by Catherine Spangler
One good note
Patricia Cooper had always wanted to learn to play the violin. Now, it's about more than music.
by Vanessa Patchett
In a world of uncertainty, help sometimes comes from unexpected places.
by Paige Stoyer
Like many young waitresses, Christen Stoll has dreams of college and a professional career. But first, she must raise money to overcome another challenge.
by Chris Hintz
Crank It Up
Denzel Gaines refuses to be separated from the Bluegrass music he loves.
by Renée Deemer
Shoot safely. Eat what you kill. Honor the Lord. Ronnie Claiborne knows what he believes in.
by Gino Siller
Who’s the man who has kept Science Hill School children out of the boiler room for 40 years?
by Mimi Schiffman