TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By Jeff Noble
In addition to being Barbourville’s Tourism Director, Denise Wainscott will also be the local coordinator in Knox County for the new “Promise Zone” project.
She made the announcement toward the end of Monday’s regular meeting of the Barbourville Tourist and Recreation Commission.
Wainscot told board members she was asked to be local coordinator by Knox County’s Judge-Executive, J. M. Hall.
She’ll coordinate locally with the University of Kentucky, who will be working on the ten-year program for the London-based Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation.
“I would get people together from different walks of life together to participate in two ‘Community Forums,’ It’s a good opportunity for all of us tone engaged with this Promise Zone program,” she said during the session, held at the Barbourville and Knox County Visitor Center on High Street.
Two forums are scheduled to be held to acquaint residents about the Promise Zone program. Wainscott added the first forum would introduce the community to the program and Knox County’s Promise Zone planning team, with the second forum showcasing the draft plan from the planning team.
Knox is one of eight counties involved in the very first Promise Zone, announced by President Obama in January.
Most of Whitley County is also included in the zone, along with all of Bell, Clay, Leslie, Perry, Letcher and Harlan counties. The eight southeastern Kentucky counties were one of the first five Promise Zones in the nation to participate in the program, which partners communities with the federal government to create jobs, improve the economy, improve public safety, increase access to quality, affordable housing, and expand educational opportunities.
Last Tuesday, the Appalachian Regional Commission awarded funding for the program in the region, with KHIC carrying out the program through a two-year allocation of $250,000.
Earlier in the meeting, some the commission’s by-laws were amended and approved.
One stated that two tourism commission members “shall be selected by the Mayor of Barbourville every three years,” and would be updated during Barbourville Tourism’s regular meeting in June.
Another one of the by-laws amended would list every commissioner their schedule on their term length and when that term expires.
Also amended was a by-law stating “the Mayor of Barbourville shall be a board member with non-voting privileges.”
In addition, the number of people on the council needed for a quorum was changed rom five tourism commissioners to four. However, the number of people needed to pass by-laws remains at five.
Two new items of business were taken care of during the meeting.
The tourism board voted to renew their contract with the cable television advertising company Viamedia for $6,004. Wainscott said the new deal was an increase over last year’s contract of $5,000. It would not only advertise local festivals and events promoted in Barbourville in the immediate Knox County region, but would be seen throughout selected cable TV markets in southeastern Kentucky and other regions.
Also approved was a motion to go with Wainscott’s recommendations on talking with two companies on the purchase of a new copier for Barbourville Tourism. Before the vote, she pointed out four quotes came to the commission on buying a new copier, with Advocate Business Machines of Barbourville and Johnco, Inc. of Middlesboro being the two top finishers.
“It would be nice to meet with both bidders and talk to them about service, price and experience, before a final decision’s made,” said Wainscott.
Also approved were the commission’s financial report and the minutes of the February 10, 2004 meeting.
In her Director’s report, she updated the first-ever “Barbourville BBQ Competition,” set for the weekend of June 20-21, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, adding she’ll need help from responsible volunteers at the event.
“I really do need people to help me with this. “We’ll need help with things like contestant amenities, promotion, other things to tie in with the barbecue competition. Car shows and crafts fairs work well with this. A lot of this would be done on the days leading up to the event. … I will be going to ‘Grills Gone Wild’ later this month in London. It’s also a first-time ever event for them, and they already have 41 cooking teams there in London. We could get some or most of them here,” she noted.
In addition, Wainscott mentioned the annual Union College Redbud Festival of Appalachian Culture will be in Barbourville April 11-12, on the college’s campus. Along with the regular assortment of crafts, music and special exhibits, she said the first-ever “Redbud Color Run” would take place on Saturday, Apr. 5 at 9 a.m. The race would begin and end at the Union College Student Center, and is sponsored by Union College and the Barbourville Junior Woman’s Study Club.
Wainscott also brought up a special anniversary in the area next month — the 100th Anniversary celebration of the GFWC Kentucky Barbourville Woman’s Study Club — which would be held in April.