PIKEVILLE, KY - The Pike County Fiscal Court is asking the Pike County Tourism Commission have more input from the county.
The Board is made up of two members chosen from lists submitted to the Court by the restaurant, the hotel-motel association and the Chamber of Commerce, along with two members at large.
County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford accepted two names, Judi Patton and Adam Hatten.
But District Five Magistrate Hilman Dotson voiced some concerns about information being given to visitors to the area.
“I have had some reports that we have had people come to Pikeville to get information and have been told there is nothing out in the county other than what is in the city of Pikeville,” Dotson said. “But where it all happened is out in the county and in Mingo County.”
Dotson said he knew of a person who would be ideal to represent District Five on the Tourism Commission.
“Chris Coleman is out every weekend, scouting cemeteries and looking at different things,” Dotson said. “He has put together a little program of his own to businesses. He found the grave of Fred Wolford, a postmaster that was killed in the feud.”
District Six Magistrate Chris Harris said he also feels the county needs to be better represented that it is with the Tourism Commission.
“As much tourism as is coming to Pike County right now as a result of the Hatfield McCoy Feud, we need some people on the board that have an insight into feud sights and promoting it,” Harris said. “I feel the board should be representative of our entire county, not just a small section.”
Harris said David Hatfield, President of the Tug Valley Road Runners, organizes the Hatfield McCoy Marathon and has expressed an interest in being on the Tourism Commission. Bob Scott, owner of the house that was burned on New Years during the Feud, is also interested in becoming a member, Harris said.
“Both of those are good qualified people and I think they would both be an asset to the tourism commission,” he told the Court.
Judge Rutherford suggested Assistant County Attorney Roland Case research what would be involved in having an advisory board for the Tourism Commission, make up of members from each district, in order to have all areas of the county represented.
“Since the miniseries, Pike Tourism Board has worked seven days a week since the television series,” Rutherford said. “But I agree that we need to be something set up.”
Magistrate Dotson said people from his district have been taking advantage of the opportunity the Hatfield McCoy television series has afforded the county.
“We have been really active in tourism in our area for the last six to eight months,” Dotson said. “I feel like if we could have someone represent our area it would be helpful to tourism in our area.”
The Court gave agreed to approve the reappointment of Judi Patton to head the Tourism Commission, and the appointment of Adam Hatten, a local restaurant manager whose name was submitted by the restaurant association. They also agreed to have Case research the process of having an advisory committee made up of members of each district to give input to the Commission.