PIKEVILLE - Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford and Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn hosted the inaugural meeting of the Pikeville/Pike County Museum Board at its new location in the former fourth floor courtroom in the Courthouse Annex.
The new location will have historic items previously held at the Big Sandy Heritage Museum at the Hambley Boulevard location as well as many new exhibits.
Tony Tackett, Executive Director of Pike County Tourism said, “The partnership between the county, the city and community will make the museum stronger. With the help of the Pike County Tourism Commission which will provide staff, we expect to develop a first class museum preserving and showcasing our heritage.”
City Manager Donovan Blackburn thanked Judge Rutherford for his vision and leadership and said, “This is just one of many projects that the city and the county have worked on with full cooperation to achieve the best possible future for our community.”
Judge Rutherford said, “The Pikeville/Pike County Museum is no doubt one of the most important keys to the county and city tourism comprehensive plan. This new museum, together with our Hatfield/McCoy heritage and our three state parks, will help us reach new heights in tourism development. We are blessed to live in a special and beautiful part of America, nestled in the Appalachian foothills. Our friendly people, southern hospitality and beautiful seasons, make us ideal in attracting tourist and making tourism part of economic development.”
Nine board members were sworn in by Judge Rutherford. Blackburn and the Judge then facilitated the meeting to choose an executive board. Gary Justice was elected chair, Randall Osborne is vice chair and Jessica Forsythe is secretary. Other board members are: Charlene Hopkins, Rusty Justice, Andy Linton, Reed Potter, Bob Scott and Larry Thacker.
A new date and meeting was set by the board. The museum board will meet the first Tuesday of the month at noon in the Courthouse Annex on the fourth floor.