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1. Tami Booher
2. The Bodley-Bullock House
3. Downtown—Shelbyville
4. Robert Vannevel
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Elliott County

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Producer/Editor: Tom Bickel
Videographer: David Dampier
Audio: Roger Tremaine

Tami Booher

Appalachian artist Tami Booher uses the palette knife technique to create textured landscapes and scenes of everyday rural life in bright colors.

Booher grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Virginia and explored the woods near her home as a child. That love of nature continues to inspire her today. Her paintings reflect the natural world of Eastern Kentucky, from black bears and deer to chickens and pigs.

She celebrates the strength and wisdom of Appalachian woman in her Wise Women series of paintings. The women in her paintings are faceless, she says, so that they may represent any woman. They are doing everyday tasks like cooking and tending tomato plants. However, some of the paintings are more symbolic, such as the Memory Keeper woman, who stands under a tree bearing old black-and-white photos.

Booher's paintings also capture the scenic vistas of barns, valleys and mountains. We meet her at one of the most beautiful places in Elliott County, the Laurel Gorge Cultural Heritage Center.


Fayette County

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Bodley-Bullock House

Producer/Editor: Brandon Wickey
Videographer: Jaxon Combs, John Schroering
Audio: Doug Collins
Associate Producer: Becca Combs

The Bodley-Bullock House

The 200-year-old Bodley-Bullock House in Lexington's Gratz Park has a rich history and rich architecture. It was home to a hero of the War of 1812 and served as both Union and Confederate headquarters during the Civil War. Its three-story, cantilevered, elliptical staircase begs for elegant men and women to gracefully make a grand entrance.

Who were Bodley and Bullock? Built in 1814 for Lexington's mayor, the house was sold to General Thomas Bodley, who had distinguished himself in the War of 1812. The Vertner family owned the house from 1837 to the end of the Civil War, in 1865. Father and son Dr. Benjamin Dudley and William Dudley lived here from 1865 to 1870. The Dudley heirs sold the house in 1912 to Dr. Waller Bullock and his wife, Minnie.

The Bullocks willed the home to Transylvania University. The Junior League of Lexington now leases the historic home. The house is open to the public for tours, and it is available to rent for fine occasions, perhaps where a slow walk down a staircase is the featured event.


Shelby County

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Producer: Amy Hess
Videographers: Mike Benton, Matt Webb
Editor: Matt Webb


It's the Saddlebred Capital of the World, but as Amy Hess learned on a recent visit, you don't have to love horses to enjoy Shelbyville. Historic downtown Main Street features a wide array of one-of-a-kind shops and cafes.

Amy stops in at the Bell House Restaurant, which was built as a home in 1902 and opened as a restaurant in 2009. We also learn the story behind the 19th-century firehouse bell on the front lawn, now rung daily to welcome guests.

Our downtown tour also includes 6th and Main Coffee, housed in a building that dates back to the 1860s; the McKinley Bread Shop and Bakery; Harvest Coffee and Café; and Making Ends Meet, which has unique treasures for the home, crafting supplies, and crafting classes. Amy also points out some trendy clothing stores.


Casey County

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: John Schroering
Audio: David Dampier
Editor: Kelly Campbell

Robert Vannevel

Bob Vannevel is a master woodworker who specializes in making toy trucks, trains, and more, which are accurate down to the last detail.

Bob is retired and he and his wife moved to Kentucky from northern Indiana. "The last time the water froze to the chicken house we decided to move south," he said.

He also works on furniture, but his wooden toys are a child's dream come true: big, sturdy vehicles like dump trucks and front-end loaders, with working shovels for digging and caterpillar tread just like the real thing.

We see a number of the toy vehicles in his collection and watch as he expertly works with a lathe, a machine tool that turns the wood against a variety of cutting, drilling and sanding tools.


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