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Kentucky Life spotlights Dixie Chili in Newport, travels to Barthell and Columbia, and profiles Josh Samples of London


Kentucky Life spotlights Dixie Chili in Newport, travels to Barthell and Columbia, and profiles Josh Samples of London

For Release: 04/27/15 1:47 PM

Kentucky Life samples the fare at Dixie Chili and Deli, visits the coal town of Barthell in McCreary County, makes a stop in Columbia and profiles landscaper Josh Samples of London in a new episode that premieres Saturday, May 23 at 8/7 pm and Sunday, May 24 at 4/3 pm on KET and Monday, May 25 at 7/6 pm on KET2.

First, the program visits Newport, where the Today’s Special segment showcases the chili, coneys and sandwiches that have made Dixie Chili and Deli a local favorite for generations. Founded in 1929 by Greek immigrant Nicholas Sarakatsannis, today the restaurant still serves up his famous – and secret – chili recipe the same way he made it, when Sarakatsannis decided he could out-flavor the chili of a Cincinnati restaurant he once worked for.

Then, Kentucky Life pays a visit to Barthell, which today exists as an open-air history museum offering a glimpse into early 20th century life in a Kentucky coal camp. Established in 1902, the McCreary County community was one of the first camps built by Stearns Coal and Lumber Company. Today, visitors to Barthell can take guided tours through the reconstructed camp buildings as well as the nearby coal mine itself.

Then, the program travels to Columbia, county seat of Adair County, for an Our Town segment that highlights why this community – and home to Lindsey Wilson College – has a reputation as the “Gem of Kentucky.”

Finally, Kentucky Life profiles Josh Samples of London, whose passion for his family’s landscaping business showed as early as age three – when he began tending his own tomato plants. Working together with his father, Mike Samples, at Mink’s Nursery, Lawn & Landscape, Samples is in demand as a designer of landscapes, hardscapes and aquascapes thanks to his talent for blending natural materials in innovative ways.

Kentucky Life is a KET production. Series producer is Brandon Wickey. Segment producers for this episode are Rob Elliott, Paul Smith, John Schroering and Frank Simkonis.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications