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Program 1610

1. Potter Rudy Medlock
2. Today's Special—Ferrell's Hamburgers
3. Oldest Living Kentuckian
4. West Kentucky African American Heritage Center
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Jessamine County

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• The music heard in this segment is by the duo Acoustic Eidolon.

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographer: John Schroering
Audio: Noel Depp
Lighting: Dave Dampier
Editor: Jim Piston


Potter Rudy Medlock

The Art of Faith

Rudy Medlock uses clay, stained glass and stone for his creations, which are inspired by his personal spiritual journey and religious beliefs.

Now retired, Rudy was a beloved Asbury University professor for more than 30 years, where he taught 3-D design, ceramics, sculpture, and stained glass. As you might expect from a man of faith, examples of his work can be found in places that inspire quiet reflection, both on and off campus. The Francis Asbury Society Ministry Center just north of Wilmore features a large, triangular stained glass piece. Visitors to Asbury's Kinlaw Library will also find more beautiful stained glass windows in vibrant blues.

Rudy is no ivory-tower academic, however. He and his wife, Pat, run the Potter's Inn, a bed and breakfast in a restored 1888 home. Rudy, a long-time member of the Wilmore Community Development Board, and his wife are old hands at restoration, having restored many historic buildings in this small Jessamine County town.

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Christian County

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• Ferrell's Hamburgers, 1001 S. Main St., Hopkinsville, Ky. 42240, phone 270-886-1445

Producer/Videographer/Editor: Brandon Wickey


Today's Special—Ferrell's Hamburgers

This tiny burger joint boasts about 10 seats, three menu items, and a rabid fan base. The Hopkinsville location is open 24 hours a day, six days a week, to serve its local clientele and the many out-of-state fans who pass through to pick up a bag of burgers.

Ferrell's is a classic slice of Americana, from the old neon sign and green awnings on the outside to diner counter and green vinyl bar stools on the inside. Dating back to the 1930s, Ferrell's has outlasted many a local diner and even has a fan page on Facebook, where nostalgia and a love of grilled burgers unites its devotees.

Step inside with us for some good eatin'—and don't be surprised if you feel compelled to drive to Hoptown for a burger yourself.

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Taylor County

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• The Gerontology Research Group in Los Angeles keeps an "official" list of supercentenarians.

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographers: Jason Robinson, David Dampier
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Kelly Campbell


The Oldest Living Kentuckian

Miss Lera

In 1900, the United States had 45 states and four territories. Women did not have the right to vote. The average American had no indoor plumbing, lived in a rural area, and probably would not finish high school. The average man lived to be 46; the average woman, 48.

Lera Williams of Campbellsville has far surpassed that age. At 111 years old, she is Kentucky's oldest citizen.

Born Feb. 9, 1900, Miss Lera is in the elite class known as supercentenarians, folks who have reached the age of 110. What accounts for such longevity? Miss Lera has her own answers, but researchers say supercentenarians share some common characteristics: They remain active and healthy until the very, very end of their lives, often not experiencing disability or vascular disease until they're past 100.

Miss Lera will tell you that faith in God and a worry-free attitude certainly help as well. She stays busy making crocheted bookmarks and enjoys her large extended family. Dave Shuffett visits with her and listens as she shares her philosophy for living to a ripe and productive old age.

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Logan County

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West Kentucky African American Heritage Center
Russellville Blues

Producer/Editor/Videographer: Brandon Wickey


West Kentucky African American Heritage Center

Logan County Blues

A walk through the buildings that make up the West Kentucky African American Heritage Center is a walk back in time. Located in Russellville, the museum traces history from slavery and the Civil War to segregation, mob lynchings, and the civil rights movement.

The museum includes the 1810 Morton-Kimbrough House, the oldest brick house in town; the 1880s Cooksey House, built by freed slave Solomon Cooksey; and the 1920s Knights of Pythias Hall, which hosted Cab Calloway and Jelly Roll Morton in its heyday as a nightspot and is now used as a community center.

Among the locals honored by the museum are Mary Ann Fisher (1923-2004), the first female background singer with Ray Charles, and Alice Dunnigan (1906-1983), the first African-American member of the White House press corps and a civil rights leader. Fisher, who toured with Charles in the 1950s and '60s, is remembered with free summer concerts held in her honor by the Russellville Blues. The Payne-Dunnigan House is now a media center and the site of rotating historical exhibits.

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