PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The 13th annual county judge executive fall retreat started Thursday, September 27th at the Jenny Wiley State Park in Floyd County.
The group of the state's Judge Executives went out of the office and into the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, and Thursday they were in Pike County.
“We thought we'd give them a chance to get outside and see something that they probably haven't seen before in Eastern Kentucky,” said President of the County Judge Executive Association, Tucker Daniel.
Rather than sitting in a conference all day, the retreat journeyed into the scenic mountains of Appalachia.
The tours got 42 judge executives out of the office and onto a bus to see the best of Eastern Kentucky including spots of the Hatfield and McCoy feud.
Yet, officials of Eastern Kentucky wanted other state officials to see something they say is most important.
“What we showed them today was how you can responsibly mine coal and then have development,” said Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford.
Numerous stops along the tour were examples of mountain top reclamation.
“They've been to the StoneCrest Country Club this morning and could not believe; were just blown away by the beauty of that golf course and what can be done after coal has been mined,” said Daniel.
Development that local judge executives know well, and hope others will support.