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Monday's Man

  • Strength starts here: Fort Knox garrison commander credits team with success

    As Fort Knox garrison commander, Col. Bruce Jenkins heads seven directorates and he attributes post improvements made during his two-year tenure to a team effort.

    “I’m just the guy who’s been blessed to be a coach of the garrison team,” Jenkins said.

    Garrison partner units and community groups “outside the gates” also contributed to the accomplishment of goals and senior commander priorities, Jenkins said.

  • Mudd lives dream as athletic trainer

    When Chris Mudd was a little boy, he wanted to grow up to be a Major League Baseball player. After realizing that wasn’t in the cards, he decided to continue his desire to work in baseball and became an athletic trainer.

    Mudd was introduced to athletic training when he was in high school in Grayson County. After shadowing the school trainer, he went to Western Kentucky University to study athletic training, later earning a master’s degree in sports medicine and health care at the University of Alabama.

  • Educator comes full circle

    When Vine Grove Elementary School interim assistant principal Kerry Reeves walked the halls of Clarkson Elementary School in Grayson County in the late ’60s and early ’70s, it was as a student.

    When he walked them in 1979, it was as a custodian.

    When he walks them this fall, it will be as principal.

    “I truly am going back home,” Reeves, 51, said.

    He will work with teachers who were students at the elementary school when he was custodian.

  • Meeting someone long-admired can be better than expected

    Early last month, I was able to meet someone I have long admired.

    You know how sometimes you finally meet someone and they’re really nothing like you imagined? Many professional athletes — and even a lot of college athletes — are like that.

    Some are just like you thought they would be.

    Former University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch was as folksy in person in a crowded locker room as he appeared with a TV camera on him after throwing for four touchdowns.

  • Remembering soccer referee, man of passion

    Ricardo Portillo represented all that is good about youth sports. He was a soccer referee in Taylorsville, Utah, until he died May 4, a week after he was injured in a soccer match.

    Portillo had refereed in the Hispanic soccer league outside Salt Lake City for eight years. He was passionate about soccer and believed he was an important contributor to his community by being a soccer referee for young people. He loved the game and the opportunity for young people to be focused on a soccer field.

  • From Vietnam to America: Dr. Nguyen Tien Young, 'one of the lucky ones'

    Dr. Nguyen Tien Young’s life has taken him from war-torn Vietnam to a medical practice in Elizabethtown.

    He came to the United States 38 years ago after escaping Vietnam. A physician in chief of the First Battalion Marine Corps of South Vietnam, he fought against the communist Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War.

    “I was on the battlefront, I faced the enemy and I’m one of the lucky ones,” he said.

    He served in the mountains until his unit was ordered to withdraw to a southern province.

  • Steady hands of Elizabethtown doctor wield paintbrush

    A steady hand is important for a surgeon, but it's important for an oil painter, too.

    Rob Wilson knows this because he is both.

    "There's definitely some overlap in precision and detail that attracts me to painting," Wilson said.

    The 34-year-old Elizabethtown otolaryngologist — commonly referred to as an ear, nose and throat doctor — said in the past year or two he renewed an old interest in art. Just more a month ago he sold his first painting on Etsy.com, an arts and crafts website.

  • For your health: Parents reminded of importance of child passenger safety

    By DONNY GILL

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 7,500 lives have been saved by the proper use of child restraints during the past 20 years. Yet, motor vehicle crashes still remain the number one killer of children ages 4 to 14 in America. The reason? Too often it is the improper use or non-use of child safety seats and booster seats.

  • Art of Performance: Performance should be fun

    By KEITH WILSON

    It should be fun to be at the top of the performance world. In fact it should be fun to perform. Most of us would assume that any performer we see is having fun on stage. When performers are paid large sums of money, we really believe they are having fun.

  • Spike Latimer: Coordinating a national prayer

    “In 1979, God and I got reacquainted,” Spike Latimer said.

    After that life was not the same, he said.

    “My whole life has been one incident after another of God showing up,” he said.

    A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Latimer spent 23 years in the Army before retiring in 1995. He then worked as a defense contractor for 12 years before retiring to spend the rest of his life “praying, reading and writing,” he said.