Adoptable dogs walk the beat with the Louisville Metro Police, Kentucky Life celebrates its 25th season with a Kentucky Life Memory at the Outhouse Races at Penn’s Store, beer cheese makes Kentucky – and Winchester – proud, and the Pralltown neighborhood in Lexington celebrates its sons and daughters. Kentucky Life Moment: Lawrenceburg Chicken Swap.
Paws on Patrol with the LMPD
About a year ago, Major Kim Burbrink of the Louisville Metro Police Department noticed that morale was low among the officers in the 7th division.
“So much of police work is dark and negative,” says Burbrink, ”and those experiences can collectively weigh on an officer.”
She wanted to find a way to bring some positivity into the officers’ workdays, and pretty quickly came up with the idea of incorporating adoptable shelter dogs into police patrols. She reached out to Ozzy Gibson, the current director of Louisville Metro Animal Services and a former LMPD Colonel.
Kentucky Life Memory: The Great Outhouse Blowout
For the premiere episode of Kentucky Life’s 25th season, the show took a look back at a segment from 1998 featuring the Great Outhouse Blowout, an annual event in Casey and Boyle counties.
The host of the outhouse race is Penn’s Store, a tiny convenience store near Gravel Switch that has been in operation since the mid-1800s. And while outhouses might not be as universally admired as a pastoral landscape or hardworking farmers, the organizers of the race say the humble buildings are a timeless symbol of rural life.
Kentucky Beer Cheese
Winchester, Kentucky, is the official birthplace of beer cheese. That’s according to a proclamation made by Governor Steve Beshear in 2013. So it’s only appropriate that Clark County hosts an annual festival celebrating the beloved snack.
Lexington’s Pralltown Neighborhood
Located just south of downtown Lexington, near the University of Kentucky campus, sits a small residential neighborhood known as Pralltown. The area is an important part of the city’s history.
“Pralltown is the oldest subdivision, black or white, in Fayette County,” says lifelong Pralltown resident William D. Bingham. “We often refer to it as the cradle of the black community. It was created in 1865 at the end of slavery, and the man that it’s named for is John Prall. When slavery ended, he made his property available for freed slaves to buy.”