JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - It was a special day for the leaders at The Coal Miners' Museum in Van Lear. Every month Eastern Kentucky Pride recognizes an outstanding volunteer.
Mark Davis with Eastern Kentucky Pride explains the award, "They've gone above and beyond the call of duty in volunteering. They get out year after year, for many years and make a difference in their community."
That is why Johnson County Sheriff, Dwayne Price, nominated this month's winner...Tina Webb. Sheriff Price says, "She puts in over 40 hours a week and it is all volunteer...she's very dependable, honest, and she really cares about the community."
Webb has been the director of The Coal Miners' Museum for twelve years and says she enjoys giving to her community and tourists, "It is fulfilling to give and to see their faces light up."
However, Webb says it is hard to put why she volunteers in to words because everything in the museum is part of her heritage and who she is, so she takes responsibility in preserving it for future generations.
Webb explains, "It is heritage, it is my heritage, it is my kids, my grandkids, and everybody else's kids and grandkids. If somebody doesn't preserve it...well then they won't know what it was like."
Webb does not stop at preserving things within the museum walls. Twice a year she organizes a Van Lear cleanup day, "I can't stand garbage, on the roadside, you don't want the tourists seeing it and these old falling down houses. You want it to be nice and pleasant for their trip."
Webb says she is thankful for this award, as she proudly continues to preserve and showcase her heritage.