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Program 1702

1. Bowling Green Civil War Tour
2. Historical Marker 1729—Campbellsville Baptist Church
3. Love on a Leash
4. Our Town—Dixon
5. Kentucky Gentleman Cigar Co.
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Warren County

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Bowling Green Civil War Discovery Trail

Producer/Videographer: Matt Grimm
Audio: Brent Abshear
Graphics: Clark Bradshaw


Bowling Green Civil War Discovery Trail

It's the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and in this segment we visit the city that 150 years ago was—just briefly—the capital of the Confederate State of Kentucky: Bowling Green.

Bowling Green's strategic location along the Barren River and the Louisville-Nashville Railroad gave it great significance during the Civil War; both sides wanted access to productive farm land and fresh water. Bowling Green was occupied by Confederate forces in September 1861. A couple of months later, in November, a pro-Confederate state government declared Kentucky an independent state and named Bowling Green its capital. The city's role as the heart of Confederate Kentucky was short lived, however. After bombardment by Union forces, Confederates evacuated in February 1862, never to regain control of the city.

Michael Trapasso, a geography and geology professor at Western Kentucky University, gives Dave Shuffett a guided tour of Fort Webb as well as Riverview at Hobson Grove, two sites along the Civil War Discovery Trail. Construction of Fort Webb was begun by Confederate soldiers and finished by Union soldiers. Riverview at Hobson Grove, a private home, was occupied by both Confederate and Union troops during the war. Its basement was used as an ammunition depot for the entire fortification system in the city.

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Taylor County

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Campbellsville Baptist Church, 20 N. Central Ave., Campbellsville, Ky. 42718, phone 270-465-8115

Producer: Jim Piston


Historical Marker 1729—Campbellsville Baptist Church

The oldest congregation in Taylor County dates back to 1791, before Kentucky was a state. Back then, the Pitman Creek church joined the Robinson Creek church to form Church Pitman, today known as the Campbellsville Baptist Church.

The current Greek Revival structure was built in 1963 after a fire destroyed the 1915 church. Today the church continues to thrive, reaching out to young and old as well as the growing Hispanic community. Their focus is on worship to meet the needs of each generation, including old-time hymns and contemporary Christian music, traditional choirs and praise teams.

No doubt the original pioneer church-goers would be amazed at the changes in church life over the past 200 years: The church's Christian Life Center has a walking track, gym, and weight room, meeting needs of body as well as soul.

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Pulaski County

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Love on a Leash Therapy Pets, Somerset, on Facebook
Love on a Leash

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: John Schroering, Angelic Phelps, Jason Robinson, Jim Piston
Audio: Chuck Burgess, Noel Depp
Audio Post: Chuck Burgess
Editor: Jim Piston


Love on a Leash

There's no love quite like a dog's love. The Somerset chapter of Love on a Leash sends its therapy dogs into nursing homes, hospitals, schools and libraries to share their canine devotion with those who need it most. Whether the dogs are listening to a child read, sitting quietly on an elderly person's lap or wagging their tails by a sick person's bedside, they bring their own brand of special comfort.

The Somerset chapter helps owners train their pets to participate and does evaluations to qualify prospective pets. Any breed of dog can be a therapy pet; the most important thing is a gentle, friendly temperament. The program isn't limited to canines; cats can also make great therapy pets.

Therapy pets ease the loneliness and pain of the sick and elderly, and children who have trouble reading often find it easier to practice aloud with a pet.

Pet-assisted therapy programs began in the 1980s and Love on a Leash is one of the oldest. Somerset's chapter is nationally respected as one of the most active. Members participate in community events and make special appearances to raise awareness not only about the value of pet-provided therapy and the important roles animals play in our lives.

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Webster County

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Dixon

Producer/Videographer: John Schroering
Audio: Noel Depp
Editor: Dan Taulbee


Our Town—Dixon

Its frontier past includes a brush with the notorious Harp brothers and Civil War skirmishes, but life today in Dixon offers the simple goodness of small-town charm.

Back in 1800, serial killer Micajah Harp met his end a few miles outside town after months of mayhem on the frontier. Decades later, the first skirmish of the Civil War on Kentucky soil came at the Battle of Burnt Mill just outside Dixon in 1861.

These days things are much quieter. On our visit we spoke with Mayor Linda Frederick and paid visits to a local hardware store, the courthouse, the Classic Cafe, the barbershop, the city park and the lake.

Dixon celebrates the seasons with Freedom Days in June and a Christmas parade in December. The town also hosts a Native American powwow in September.

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Anderson County

For more information:
Kentucky Gentleman Cigar Co., 1056 Ninevah Road, Lawrenceburg, Ky. 40342

Producer/Videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Kelly Campbell


Kentucky Gentleman Cigar Co.

On a whim, Allen Mobley decided to spend months in the Dominican Republic learning how to hand-roll cigars. The result is the Kentucky Gentleman's Cigar Co. Mobley sells thousands of cigars a month all over the world from his Anderson County shop.

Mobley's family has raised tobacco for generations. Although Americans have traditionally thought of fine cigars as imported from Latin America, the Mobleys believe their Kentucky-made cigars are a perfect fit with the state's tobacco heritage.

The tobacco, from Kentucky and all over the world, is first aged in bourbon barrels. The cigars are rolled by hand, not machine, and feature custom flavorings of bourbon, whiskey and mint julep.

The cigars can be ordered online or purchased from stores in Kentucky and across the country.

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