The next Kentucky Life, hosted by Dave Shuffett, explores whether Kentucky frontiersman Daniel Boone is really buried at his Frankfort gravesite, Campbellsville University’s origins, Somerset’s newly renovated Fountain Square, and the efforts of Coal Country Beeworks in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky. The program airs Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8/7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4/3 p.m. on KET.
Daniel Boone has always been the personification of Kentucky, serving as a friendly, folksy icon. Although Boone wasn’t born nor did he die in Kentucky, some 25 years after his death in Missouri in 1820, his bones and those of his wife Rebecca were brought to the state and re-interred in Frankfort. His gravesite there is the number one tourist attraction in the city – but is he really buried there? Kentucky Life explores a mystery that’s more than 160 years in the making.
Next, Amy Hess travels to the Pulaski County town of Somerset, where a newly renovated Fountain Square promises to draw even more residents and tourists to the area. On hand for the official dedication of Fountain Square, Hess also discovers the shops, restaurants and other attractions that are highlights of this historic section of the town, which was first settled in 1798.
Kentucky Life then travels to the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky to explore Coal Country Beeworks, a collaboration of educators, coal companies, reforestation groups and beekeepers working to provide a new "beeconomy" to Eastern Kentucky. That part of the state is an ideal place to raise healthy honeybees because they aren't exposed to the pesticide and fungicide drifts that bees in more populous areas of the United States are. Coal mine sites in Appalachia provide the location for the hives, as well as the security and protected environment. In this segment, Kentucky Life examines the importance of bees to the environment and the economy’s reliance on them. The program also talks with Tammy Horn, researcher at Eastern Kentucky University, who spearheaded the development of Coal Country Beeworks.
In addition, this program looks at a historical marker in Taylor County that explains how The Russell Creek Academy, founded in 1906 by the Russell Creek Association of Baptists, became today’s Campbellsville University.
Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers are Paul Smith, Jim Piston, Hess and Wickey. More information about Kentucky Life, including streaming video, is available at ket.org/kentuckylife.
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