Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: The BlueGrass State
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RE: Only in Kentucky
Well, the movie with the black TA was about 200 miles south. As for Harlan, closest Wet county would be Laural which is on I-75 about 60 miles away. I don't think Bell or Knox county are but I moved from that area years ago up to Lexington and beyond.
In the '20s through '40s it was moonshine that spurred the local illegal economy, producing for Knoxville, Lexington, Newport, Cincy and Louisville. In the '50s and '60s it was bootlegging where beer and liquor were brought in (also done in the '20s through 40s. Late '60s through the early '90s, Harlan had a huge pot economy that pretty much kept up with anything national. Now, sadly they have moved to meth production. Once the main mining and timber industries moved out, there was just no work for the population and folks just did not have any work or future.
Most would have to quit school to take over feeding the family after one of the parents would end of disabled or dead from what mining there was and the cycle began. It continues to this day.
Logic would say move to where the jobs are but most of the labor jobs in KY have been offshored and there are no training centers left for these guys.
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