LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The winner of the Country Music Highway Road to Fame competition has spent the past two days walking for something he says hits close to home.
Logan Hall has been walking parts of US 23 to raise awareness for coal mining layoffs.
Seven counties. One mile in each. Hall says walking is the least he can do.
"We're just trying to bring as much attention as we can to the situation we have with coal miners getting laid off in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia," he said.
Hall says the cause is dear to him because he too was a coal miner, and he says when the coal industry is affected, everyone in Eastern Kentucky feels it.
"I know how it is to be a coal miner and want to go to work and you can't. That's a bad place to be, when you're wanting to put food on the table, you're wanting to pay your bills, you're willing to work hard and there just ain't no jobs to do it," he said.
And he has had plenty of supporters show up to help.
"It's something that needs to be done, needs to be said, and people need to realize it's not just the coal miners and the coal mines themselves that are affected by this it's everybody," said Sponsor William Hall.
"He felt it was kind of his obligation to bring the awareness to the coal miners, and he's doing a pretty good job at it I believe," said Sponsor Fred James
Hall says a lot has changed for him since he won the Road to Fame competition, but he says he will never quit supporting coal.
"Something needs to change about it, and if we can bring a little attention to it, we kind of feel like the problem's been pushed to the side so maybe we can refresh their memory that there's a real problem in this area," he said.
He hopes others will join him.
Hall ended his walk at the East Kentucky Expo Center where he is scheduled to open for Lynyrd Skynyrd tonight.