By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer
For 13 members of the local leadership network Leadership Tri-County, it was their final road trip of the school year. And with tourism and the arts on the agenda for the class this month, one of their stops was at the site of the park named after an American icon.
Their visit to Colonel Sanders Park came Friday around 1:15 p.m. after the class had lunch in downtown Corbin and walked to the park site. Corbin City Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem Suzie Razmus hosted the tour, answering questions from the group, and updating the progress being made on the park while the work was going on.
She showed the four landscaping beds where trees will be planted, along with park benches (presently across the street from Sanders Park, being used temporarily by Downtown Corbin’s Farmers Market on Tuesdays), and the Secret Recipe Garden where the future bronze statue of Colonel Sanders will be placed.
Razmus heads up the non-profit organization the Friends of Colonel Sanders, which honors the heritage of Colonel Harland Sanders. Referred to by many as “Corbin’s most famous citizen,” Sanders founded Kentucky Fried Chicken in Corbin back in the 1930’s, first at his service station, then at his restaurant on U.S. 25W in the north part of town. The restaurant, the Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum, still stands today. The group spearheaded the awareness and fundraising efforts to get the park constructed, and continues to do so.
When asked when the park would be completed, Razmus said, “With the exception of having the statue of the Colonel here, Colonel Sanders Park is expected to be finished by August when the NIBROC Festival will be held. The statue will come here at a later date, when it’s finished.”
Earlier in the day, the Leadership Tri-County class began their tour in Knox County with a visit to the Barbourville Tourism Commission. While being served a continental breakfast, the class heard from the city’s mayor, David Thompson, as well as Barbourville Tourism Director Denise Wainscott. Both discussed upcoming events in the city and county, and how the tourism industry plays a major role in their community’s economic progress and quality of life.
After the Barbourville visit, the class came to Corbin for the visit to Sanders Park. Their final stop on the tour was at Rockcastle River Trading Company located in the Rockcastle County community of Livingston.
Friday’s road trip was part of Leadership Tri-County’s education program made up of nine monthly sessions that started last September. The day-long sessions deal with topics covered through field trips, speakers, discussions and other related activities. For the month of May, the session was devoted to arts and tourism. Previous class sessions included health and human services, education, communications, economic development, law and justice, and government.
The current class will graduate next month.
Tour SEKY (Tour Southern and Eastern Kentucky) President/CEO Jeff Crowe was scheduled to make the trip with the class Friday, but was unable to attend due to a death in the family.
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