Monday, May 02, 2005

And in other news from Pikeville . . .

Pikeville, Kentucky, was the homeplace of my grandfather's family. It is a truly interesting place, and full of intelligent and motivated people (and its share of hillbillies--check out the hillbilly festival in April). Apparently, according to A&E's "City Confidential," it is the Town from Hell.

Predictably, Pikeville has taken umbrage at the portrayal by A&E. Money quote: "Obviously, being labeled the town from hell can not be interpreted in any way as positive," City Manager Donovan Blackburn wrote in a letter to the network.