New License Plates Honor Coal Miners

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Soon you could start seeing more coal miner's on Kentucky roads, at least on license plates. Officials unveiled a new license plate Thursday, one honoring coal miners.

It's supposed to be coal mining's past, present, and future rolled into one.

"Stress how important the Kentucky coal miner is," said Pike County Energy Director Roger Ford. "They more than any group of people have contributed to the financial success and economic succession of Kentucky and the United States".

"A lot of people have always failed to appreciate the work the miner's do," said Coal Miner Ernie Justice.

Pike County officials got the idea for a license plate, got the necessary approval, and then found a local artist to create the design.

"I like the idea the headlight would just illuminate part of his face giving him a strong shadow," said Artist Tracy Lipking. "The backdrop is a burning flame of burning coal".

Coal miners liked what they saw.

"Feel proud to be mining coal and proud the people are recognizing the job that they do," Justice said.

This is more than a license plate, part of the proceeds go to promote economic development. The money goes to a newly created non-profit organization.

"To promote value added products such as coal to liquids and other products that can be derived into coal," Ford said.

Coming to a car near you, or maybe even your own car.

"You'll see it on all three of my vehicles," Justice said.

Honoring the coal's past and supporting coal's future.

The license plate costs $35. If you want it for your car, you can contact the Pike County Judge-Executive's office at 606-432-6247.

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