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1. Scuba Diving
2. Historical Marker 1436—George Graham Vest
3. Artist Ken Swinson
4. Festival of the Bluegrass
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Christian County

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Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort

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Recreation in Kentucky

Producer/Editor: Paul Smith
Videographers: Paul Smith, Prentice Walker Audio: Brent Abshear

Scuba Diving

It's been called the Caribbean of the Midwest by appreciative divers. Here in Hopkinsville, a 22-acre rock quarry serves as the home of the Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort.

Known locally as simply Blue Springs Resort, this is Kentucky's only full service, diver-exclusive resort facility. The clear waters range from depths of 5 to 120 feet, accommodating everyone's needs. Underwater, there are 40 attractions to explore, including a yacht wreck, an RV, and a UFO—an unidentified floating object!

The resort is operated by father and son Dennis and Kris Tapp. Dennis has been diving since 1964, and he and Kris started the business in 1994 when Kris was still a high school sophomore.


Daviess County

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Tribute to the Dog

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Kentucky Historical Markers

Producer: Jim Piston

Historical Marker 1436—George Graham Vest

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is the dog."

This line is from perhaps the most famous tribute to man's best friend ever penned. The author was Kentucky native George Graham Vest (1830-1904). Vest, born in Frankfort and educated at Centre College and Transylvania University, co-founded a newspaper in Owensboro. He later moved to Missouri to practice law. It was there in 1855 that he used his oratorical gifts to persuade a jury to award damages to a farmer whose dog, Old Drum, was killed by an angry neighbor.

Vest made many speeches in his long public career—as a state legislator, Confederate congressman, and then U.S. Senator—but it's this heartfelt tribute to the dog from his early law days that lives on in history:

"And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace...there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death."


Mason County

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Ken Swinson

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Visual Arts

Producer: Frank Simkonis
Videographer: Frank Simkonis
Audio: Sean Anderson
Editor: Dan Taulbee
Lighting: Frank Simkonis, Barry Williams

Artist Ken Swinson

As the son of an Army officer, Ken Swinson has lived all over the world. But this self-taught artist has made the Maysville area his home for more than 12 years now, and his bike rides and car trips along Northern Kentucky's back roads frequently inspire his art.

Swinson is a painter and printmaker who experiments with new techniques, including art on the iPad, which he has featured on his website gallery. There are strong geometric patterns throughout his work, perhaps the result of his mother's passion for quilting. Many of Swinson's pieces feature whimsical farm animals and bright colors.

The Bracken County Public Library in Brooksville features four large murals that Swinson painted in honor of a friend, the late Makensie Hay Youngman. Family and friends each added to the paintings, making the work a healing project for everyone.

Swinson enjoys teaching others. He travels in his brightly painted artmobile to help others find their artistic vision at workshops and schools.


Fayette County

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Festival of the Bluegrass

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: John Bacon
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Festival of the Bluegrass

KET's Jubilee crew spent several days in summer 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park, taping the performances of more than 18 bluegrass bands performing at the Festival of the Bluegrass.

Dave Shuffett talks with the festival's creators, Bob and Jean Cornett, to find out more about this popular music celebration. It's been a family affair for more than 40 years—the Cornetts began the festival in 1974 at their farm in Fayette County. The festival moved to Masterson Station Park for 14 years before finding its current home at the horse park.

Now retired, the Cornetts have turned over the festival operation to grandson Roy Miller Cornett and his wife, AnnaMarie.

With three stages and a campground famous for its jam sessions, the festival received the International Bluegrass Music Association's Event of the Year award in 2007.


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