2017-11-15 / Front Page

NEW OVERLOOKS NOW OPEN

Officials, volunteers open new overlooks


— This “shadow house” is located near the top of Pine Mountain on an overlook construction on the former site of a cabin owned by Sanders Collins, who owned and operated the former Boone Motor Company in Whitesburg and Jenkins. The structure include the cabin’s original chimney. The Collins Overlook is one of five dedicated November 10 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored by the Letcher County Tourism Commission and held just one month after construction on the five projects began. More information and photos about the ribbon-cutting appear inside this edition. (Eagle photo) — This “shadow house” is located near the top of Pine Mountain on an overlook construction on the former site of a cabin owned by Sanders Collins, who owned and operated the former Boone Motor Company in Whitesburg and Jenkins. The structure include the cabin’s original chimney. The Collins Overlook is one of five dedicated November 10 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored by the Letcher County Tourism Commission and held just one month after construction on the five projects began. More information and photos about the ribbon-cutting appear inside this edition. (Eagle photo) The Letcher County Tourism Commission hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for five new overlooks on Pine Mountain overlooks.

“These overlooks were an obvious must-have for our county,” said Missy Matthews, chairman of the Letcher County Tourism Commission. “Before the overlooks were constructed, people got out of their cars, climbed over guardrails and walked through weeds to take pictures. Now, they have a safe and more convenient spot to sit, relax and enjoy nature’s beauty.”


Mike Caudill, C.E.O. of Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, presents a check to Lether County Tourism Commission Chairman Missy Matthews for a $5,000 donation to help pay for the cost of the Cliffside Overlook. (Photo by Teddy Paynter) Mike Caudill, C.E.O. of Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, presents a check to Lether County Tourism Commission Chairman Missy Matthews for a $5,000 donation to help pay for the cost of the Cliffside Overlook. (Photo by Teddy Paynter) Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward said, “Tourism is a key contributor to our economy, not only on a state level, but also right here in Letcher County. Our county offers some of the most breathtaking scenic vistas in the region and the new Pine Mountain overlooks offer the public a nice, attractive place to enjoy them.”

The five overlooks took approximately six weeks to complete, having met the commission’s initial deadline of fall’s peak color. “This would not have been possible without many local residents and organizations who gave their time and resources to help,” Matthews said at the November 10 event. “I am so proud that we, as a little community, came together to create such wonderful overlooks that will be enjoyed for years to come.”


A $5,000 check from P.M. Hogg, owner of Jarisa Coal of Neon, and his son, Jason, to Missy Matthews, Letcher County Tourism Chairman, will help pay for the Hogg Overlook, which is dedicated to the late Debbie Hogg, who was active in county tourism activities for many years. (Photo by Sally Oakes). A $5,000 check from P.M. Hogg, owner of Jarisa Coal of Neon, and his son, Jason, to Missy Matthews, Letcher County Tourism Chairman, will help pay for the Hogg Overlook, which is dedicated to the late Debbie Hogg, who was active in county tourism activities for many years. (Photo by Sally Oakes). Among some of the volunteers recognized were Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward, HOMES, Inc., Childers Oil Company, Colin Fultz, Mac Fultz, Tim Caudill, Gary Boyd, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Letcher County Fiscal Court, Nathan Bailey and N.C. Bailey Construction, Jarisa Coal Company, Kevin Pack, Joe Pratt, Ann and Carl Hall, P.M. and Sandy Hogg and family, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, Community Trust Bank and Rod Back.


CUTTING THE RIBBON — Pictured at last Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony were (from left) Letcher County Tourism Commission Member Collin Fultz; Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft; Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest; Letcher County Magistrate Woody Holbrook; Letcher County Tourism Commission Chairman Missy Matthews; Deputy Secretay at KY Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Regina Stivers; 94th District State Representative Angie Hatton, Letcher County Judge Executive Jim T. Ward; and Letcher County Magistrate Terry Adams. (Photo by Teddy Paynter) CUTTING THE RIBBON — Pictured at last Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony were (from left) Letcher County Tourism Commission Member Collin Fultz; Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft; Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest; Letcher County Magistrate Woody Holbrook; Letcher County Tourism Commission Chairman Missy Matthews; Deputy Secretay at KY Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Regina Stivers; 94th District State Representative Angie Hatton, Letcher County Judge Executive Jim T. Ward; and Letcher County Magistrate Terry Adams. (Photo by Teddy Paynter) “Eastern Kentucky folks are proud of our beautiful mountains and we love to show them off,” said Angie Hatton, 94th District state representative and Letcher County native. “You can see the pride on the faces of local people when they talk to visitors who stop at these overlooks. Any project that restores pride in the hearts of Appalachian people is an important step on our way to economic recovery. The Letcher County Tourism Commission understands this and they have done something special here in creating these wonderful overlooks that showcase our county’s natural beauty.”


Reed Caudill, left, president of Community Trust Bank presents a $5,000 check to Missy Matthews, chairman of the Letcher County Tourism Commission. The bank’s donation will help pay for the Falcon Overlook, one of five dedicated November 10. (Photo by Sally Barto) Reed Caudill, left, president of Community Trust Bank presents a $5,000 check to Missy Matthews, chairman of the Letcher County Tourism Commission. The bank’s donation will help pay for the Falcon Overlook, one of five dedicated November 10. (Photo by Sally Barto) Proud of her hometown, Regina Stivers, deputy secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, stated, “I am so pleased to see the progress Missy has made for tourism in Letcher County in such a short period of time. The overlooks have provided a place for our residents, as well as, tourists to gather to see the beauty of our Eastern Kentucky mountains. I look forward to continue working with Missy and the Letcher County Tourism Commission to make this area a top tourism destination for outdoor adventure in Kentucky.”

For more information about the Letcher County Tourism Commission and future projects, visit https:// www.discoverletcher.com or https://www.facebook.com/discoverletchercountyky/.

Following is more information about each overlook:

CLIFFSIDE — This overlook is dedicated to Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation and is located in the curve before the summit of the mountain. Its elevation is at 2,315 feet and it offers visitors a nice concrete landing to enjoy the view.

HEMLOCK — Because of HOMES, Inc.’s diligent service working on the overlooks, Hemlock is dedicated to this non-profit organization located in Whitesburg. Standing at an elevation of 2,377 feet, this overlook gives guests an overwhelming 180-degree view of Letcher County’s mountain range. Hemlock Overlook provides guests with custom railing and an observation deck. It also has picnic tables, where those passing through can rest, eat and enjoy the view.

HOGG OVERLOOK — Dedicated to Debbie Hogg by the Hogg Family and Jarisa Coal Company, this overlook sits at 2,399 feet and offers the same accommodating amenities as the Hemlock Overlook.

FALCON OVERLOOK — Located where the old Falcon Inn used to be, this overlook is dedicated to Community Trust Bank. The elevation at Falcon Overlook is 2,557 feet. Etched in the concrete is the date 1948 and the name Doyle. This location was an overgrown building foundation with only a chimney standing.

THE SANDERS ANDREW COLLINS OVERLOOK — The fifth overlook sits at the old site of Sanders Collins’s Log Lodge. It was a weekend retreat for family and friends with unparalleled views. Now, after the new construction, guests can experience what the view would have been like from the lodge’s living room window. The stone chimney at the overlook is from the original lodge.

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