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Program 1818

1. Paducah's Music Scene
2. Our Town—Salyersville
3. Elephants Remember Joplin
4. CCC Trail Vineyard
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McCracken County

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Maiden Alley Cinema

Producer: Matt Grimm
Videographer: John Schroering
Audio: Roger Tremaine
Audio Post: Brent Abshear

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Paducah's Music Scene

Kentucky Life's celebration of music this season continues with a spotlight on Paducah.

Maiden Alley Cinema—an independent theater that supports local music—puts on Music@MAC once a month. Acclaimed musician J.T. Oglesby contacted KET several months ago suggesting coverage of the thriving music scene here, prompting this KET segment. News that KET was coming to town prompted, in turn, a special edition of Music@MAC.

This sell-out concert, aptly named "Three-Way Tie for First," features J.D. Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers, Solid Rock'it Boosters, and the Wheelhouse Rousters. We spoke with some of the musicians—Nathan Blake Lynn, Josh Coffey and Eddie Coffey of the Wheelhouse Rousters and J.D. Wilkes—as well as Landee Bryant, the director of Maiden Alley, about the rich diversity of music here in Western Kentucky.

This special night featured sluegrass and folk, country and rockabilly, blues and rock—a fitting tribute to the area's musical heritage. Oglesby acknowledged that heritage during the concert by playing a vintage guitar owned by Western Kentucky music legend Mose Rager, a major innovator in the intricate art of thumbpicking.

Join us for an unforgettable concert.

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Magoffin County

Producer: John Schroering

Our Town—Salyersville

In our next segment we visit the Magoffin County town of Salyersville. Located on the Licking River, the town (population 1,883) was established out of the former Adamsville in 1860, the same year the county was formed out of parts of Morgan, Johnson and Floyd counties.

A big draw here is the Pioneer Village, where the Magoffin County Historical Society has rebuilt original log cabins—some dating back to the early 1800s—to create a living history museum. The society also runs a genealogical library and honors a different family each year for Founders Days.

The town sits in the Eastern Coal Field, and a major employer here is Joy Global, a mining equipment manufacturer with operations worldwide.

Salyersville is rebuilding after an EF3 tornado on March 2, 2012, damaged schools, homes, and several Mountain Parkway businesses. With the work of untold numbers of people, the town is slowly getting back on its feet. Signs of renewal include groundbreaking for a new church, the reopening of the Subway restaurant, and the reopening of an auto parts store.

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Taylor County

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Elephants Remember Joplin on Facebook

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: John Schroering

Elephants Remember Joplin

They say elephants never forget, and sometimes children don't either. We meet a Kentucky girl whose determination to remember led her to reach out to the people of Joplin, Missouri, after a catastrophic tornado hit the city in May 2011.

Cee Cee Creech of Campbellsville, who was 9 years old at the time, saw television reports about the deadly twister and knew that she wanted to do something to help. A knitter since age 4, Cee Cee decided to use her skills to craft small elephant toys for the children.

With help from her mother, Belinda, they started a fundraiser called “Elephants Remember Joplin.” They created a Facebook page, raising over $3,000 for the American Red Cross. An auction of her elephants raised hundreds of dollars for a Missouri home-building charity.

Her project has inspired others to join her in knitting for Joplin. Her high-profile supporters include Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover, as well as celebrities in the knitting world and the media in Missouri.

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Rowan County

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CCC Trail Vineyard

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: Prentice Walker, David Dampier
Audio: Roger Tremaine
Editor: Jim Piston

CCC Trail Vineyard

Dave Shuffett brings his dog Toby along for a visit in the hills above Morehead to an award-winning winery, the CCC Trail Vineyard. This winery is located along the old Civilian Conservation Corps Trail in Morehead.

In addition to the vineyard that has produced several award-winning wines, there is also Celebrations Cafe, which offers dinners, afternoon teas and elaborate seven-course meal extravaganzas, all cooked by the owner himself, Jim Ross.

It's all the more impressive when you learn that Ross is also an emergency room physician.

He also runs Journey’s End Lodge in nearby Salt Lick, which offers rooms in a perfect location to take advantage of Cave Run Lake and Red River Gorge.

Our visit has something for both Dave and Toby. Toby meets Ross's dog, Angel, an Anatolian Livestock Guardian Dog, plus several sheep and the border collies who keep a watchful eye on them. Dave samples some wine and talks with an artist who has done special drawings for the "Small Towns, Big Dreams" line of wines.

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