Former miner shares significance of Jimmy Rose's hit song

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT)- Jimmy Rose took the stage on Tuesday for his final performance on America’s Got Talent.

Rose performed a song we are all familiar with, “Coal Keeps the Lights On.”

Joe Harris owns the Harris Printing shop in downtown Pineville.

Harris said he was proud to hear the song once again.

This is why he has posters supporting Bell County native Jimmy Rose throughout his store.

“Every family in this county has a coal miner in it,” Harris said. “No matter what level or who they are there’s a coal miner somewhere in their family.”

Harris said he has been out of work before and can relate to Rose’s message.

“I’ve experienced a layoff and I know what those guys are going through at night when they lay down and they’re laid off from their job,” said Harris.

He said this is why Rose's performance was so meaningful.

“We cannot forget our coal miners and their families and support them,” said Harris. “Jimmy has brought an uplifting message through a spirit he has given us through song.”

Like Mr. Harris said earlier, every family in this region has a coal miner.

Including local college student Hunter Marcum.

Marcum’s dad is a miner.

“I’d like to thank Jimmy a lot,” said Marcum. “That takes a lot of guts to get up there and just talk about here and the coal mines.”

When the winner of the competition is announced Joe Harris said he is standing by.

“I’m ready to print a sign on each end of the county,” said Harris. “This is the county and the hometown of Jimmy Rose.”

From six finalists to one winner, everyone is anxiously awaiting the results.

The watch party begins at 7:30 at the old Pineville High School gymnasium.

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