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Program 1608

1. Dave Does It!—Brooms
2. Downtown—Bowling Green
3. Biodiversity—Darters
4. Cassius Marcellus Clay
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Graves County

For more information:
Henson Broom Shop and General Store, 1060 State Route 348 East, Symsonia, Ky. 42082, phone: 270-851-8510

Producer/Videographer: Matt Grimm
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Matt Grimm

Dave Does It!—Brooms

Martha Stewart likes them, and so does actress Jane Seymour. We're talking about the hand-crafted brooms from Henson Broom Shop and General Store in Symsonia, near Paducah. The Henson family has been making brooms for four generations, and this week Dave Shuffett tries his hand at the craft.

A factory-made broom with synthetic fibers can be found anywhere. A Henson broom is made from broom corn, which is not corn at all but a variety of sorghum that produces fibrous seed branches as long as three feet. The old-style brooms have caught the eye of producers who want authentic props for TV programs like Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman or theatrical productions.

The Henson family got into the broom business as a way to make money during the Depression. The broom shop is now housed in a replica of an old-time general store, where the Hensons sell Amish goods and country gifts, as well as brooms. Join us as we take a closer look at this old-time craft.

Warren County

For more information:
Visit Bowling Green Kentucky

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographers: Brandon Wickey and Dave Shuffett
Editor: Kelly Campbell

Downtown Destination—Bowling Green

In the heart of Bowling Green you'll find Fountain Square, our next stop in a series of visits to Kentucky downtowns.

Fountain Square dates back to the late 1800s, when the courthouse was moved to create this urban park. The black wrought-iron fountain is the centerpiece of the two-acre oasis, where ample green space draws foot traffic to Bowling Green's downtown.

City leaders have worked to preserve the original turn-of-the-century style buildings, where restaurants, shops, and banks are thriving. You can find everything from candles and rugs to chocolate, jewelry and pottery. The downtown has also won kudos from professional city planners. The American Planning Association named Bowling Green's Fountain Square one of its top 10 Great Public Spaces for 2010.

Wolfe County

For more information:
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Producer/Editor: Brandon Wickey
Videographers: Brandon Wickey, John Schroering
Audio: Roger Tremaine


Current Colors

In our ongoing series of segments exploring Kentucky's fascinating wildlife, Dave Shuffett tags along with Matt Thomas of Fish and Wildlife Resources to the Red River in Wolfe County to see firsthand a little known but very colorful species of fish.

Darters, the smallest member of the perch family, are able to maneuver (dart) easily at the bottom of freshwater streams and rivers. Most darters are colorful—rivaling fish you'd see in a coral reef. Dave puts on a wetsuit and snorkels in a cold mountain stream in the hopes of getting up close and personal with these fascinating fish.

Some darters are common, but others are rare to the point of being endangered. The Duskytail darter, found along the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River, is on the endangered species list, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the Cumberland darter as endangered as well.

Madison County

For more information:
White Hall State Historic Site, 500 White Hall Shrine Road, Richmond, Ky. 40475-9159, phone: 859-623-9178

Producer/Editor: Paul Smith
Videographers: Prentice Walker and Dave Dampier
Audio: Noel Depp and Brent Abshear

Cassius Marcellus Clay

The Lion of White Hall

His cousin Henry Clay was the Great Compromiser, but Cassius Marcellus Clay (1810-1903) was a controversial firebrand. His anti-slavery views made him many enemies, and his tumultuous life included duels and more than one attempt on his life.

Born at White Hall (then known as Clermont) in Madison County, he earned a law degree from Transylvania and lived for a time in Lexington, a center of the Southern slave trade. His anti-slavery views often made him a target of violence. He was shot at an 1843 debate in Russell's Cave Spring and stabbed after an 1849 speech in Foxtown.

Cassius, who was elected to the state House of Representatives twice, worked in cousin Henry's presidential campaign in 1844. Cassius supported Abraham Lincoln for president in 1860. A trusted presidential adviser, he assured Lincoln that he would not lose Kentucky by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. Cassius considered the 1863 Proclamation, and his influence on it, to be "the culminating act of my life's aspirations."

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