Coal Miners' Appreciation Week in KY

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Today kicks off Coal Miners' Appreciation Week in Kentucky.

State Representative Rick Nelson sponsored the bill that was passed and signed into law, designating the third week of August as a week to appreciate coal miners.

People across the state are being asked to appreciate coal miners this week by thanking miners or sending letters applauding their hard work.

"I think when they see one, they should go up and shake his hand even if he just came out of the mines. I thank them every day they come into my office," said Haven King, President of Coal Mining Our Future.

Coal mining officials say the Commonwealth needs this week to focus on what these miners do for the entire state.

"It just means a lot that we spend some time, those of us especially outside the coal fields, thanking our miners for their hard work, their dedication, and literally keeping the lights on here in Kentucky," said Bill Bissett, President of the Kentucky Coal Association.

The purpose of this bill was to highlight, support, and applaud the men and women who work in coal mines every day.

"To show your appreciation, you need to express it. A lot of times people won't take time to do that, but they should take the time to thank the coal miners for how they sacrifice," said King.

The Pike County Judge-Executive says 95 percent of electricity comes from coal in Kentucky 50 percent in the country.

"Our coal miners are the bravest people I know. They go into the vowels of these mountains. And the Lord put it in there. They put the coal there to be used for a quality of life," said Wayne T. Rutherford, Pike County Judge-Executive.

"If you've got electricity, you need to thank a miner," said King.

Officials say miners need all the recognition they can get.

Coal Miners' Appreciation Week continues through Saturday.


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  • by Sheila Location: Kimper,ky on Aug 23, 2011 at 12:58 PM
    I am proud to be a coalminers wife! My husband has worked underground for 11 years now and he works hard to provide for his family !Thank GOD for our coalminers and pray that he watches over each and every one of them!
  • by stephanie Location: hazard on Aug 18, 2011 at 07:41 PM
    I am proud to be a coalminers wife, i have the up -most respect for all of them...
  • by KYGirl Location: Hopkins County on Aug 16, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    I am proud to be a coalminer's daughter and wife. I lost my son IN a mining accident last year but I still believe in coalmining and coalminers. They work hard for their living and do it with pride. Thank a coalminer everytime you flip that switch and hear that air conditioner kick on. COAL KEEPS THE LIGHTS ON! tHANK YOU TO ALL THE MINERS!!
  • by MinersWife on Aug 16, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    Underground miners are a gift from God.Those dirt pushers up on the hill are just scared of the dark.
  • by Billy on Aug 16, 2011 at 04:58 AM
    It is law for every coal truck to have tarps over their beds quit whining like a baby on here trying to bash coal. If you want something done contact msha or osm.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lelsie on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:29 PM
    all I can say is coal miners are the best and the best never rest!
  • by tricia Location: shelbiana on Aug 15, 2011 at 08:32 PM
    I would like to give a great big thank you to all the coalminers out there for what they do everyday i have two brothers that are coalminers one lost his life almost four years ago in the coal mines and it gets harder everyday he passed away doing something that he loved , these men need to be appreciated
  • by Kenya Location: Pikeville on Aug 15, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    Jack, maybe you need to comment on the EPAs page! Thank you to all of the hard working coal miners for keeping our lights on!
  • by Cindy on Aug 15, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    I am proud to be a coal miners grand-daughter, a coal miners daughter and even more proud to be a coal miners wife! Thank you to all the coal miner's for risking your lifes everyday in order for other people to live!!! I love you all!!!
  • by Cindy on Aug 15, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    I am proud to be a coal miners grand-daughter, a coal miners daughter and even more proud to be a coal miners wife! Thank you to all the coal miner's for risking your lifes everyday in order for other people to live!!! I love you all!!!
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