Billy Joe Kerr
Billy Joe Kerr owns and operates the Kerr Logging Company in his hometown of Campbellsville, Kentucky. This Taylor County High School alum is a certified Master Loggernot to mention a master with the chainsaw.
The Kentucky Master Logger Program certifies timber harvesters in the use of best management practices, which are designed to protect water quality during logging operations, as well as chainsaw safety, directional felling, and adult CPR and first aid. Since July 2000, Kentucky law has required that a certified Master Logger be on site and in charge of any commercial logging operation in the state. Billy Joe was one of the first graduates of the training program, which started in 1992.
A logger since the mid-1980s, Billy Joe started out cutting firewood and worked for several other logging companies before starting his own. He also puts his skill to use in competition. As of 2002, he had been the Kentucky State Lumberjack Overall Champion for 18 straight years. He also competes in the World Lumberjack Championships and puts on exhibitions of chainsaw racing at state fairs and competitions throughout the Southincluding a 10-week exhibition at Cypress Gardens in Florida. In chainsaw racing, its not just speed that counts: Judges look at the cut pieces to make sure that the cuts were done safely and accurately before awarding prizes.