I am a lifelong resident of LaRue County. My family and I live on the land my parents, J.C. and Edna, purchased in the northeastern part of Hodgenville in the 1950’s for our family’s dairy farm. I am proud to have been raised as part of the community of dairy farmers that once populated this area of LaRue County. I am also proud that my family’s history is deeply rooted here. My grandfather, Ivy Davenport, was born in the same log cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born 80 years before.
My wife, Michelle, and I have four daughters. Kaelyn is a dental hygienist who is married to Brandon McDowell and they have 3 children – Owen, Kampbell and Asher; Danielle is a 4th grade teacher and head girls basketball coach at LCHS; Ivy is engaged to Zeke Woodcock and is on staff with WKU Women’s Basketball; and Presley is a senior at Bellarmine where she plays basketball and is majoring in Marketing and Communications.
Our family sold our cattle in 2004 after which I served a short time as a mail carrier. I started at Irving Material Inc in 2007. Michelle and I enjoy antique shopping, estate sales and watching our grandkids playing sports and in other activities.
I joined the Nolin RECC Board of Directors in 1994 and represent members in District 4. My district includes parts of Hardin, LaRue County and Nelson counties. The southern part of the district crosses Hardin and LaRue counties (with points in Nelson county) along the northern part of Hodgenville to the southeast corner of Elizabethtown including Lincoln Parkway, Hwy 210, Salem Church Rd and Peppers Rd. The eastern border of the district primarily follows the LaRue/Nelson and Hardin/Nelson county lines through New Haven and into Boston. The northern tip of District 4 touches Bullitt County at Lebanon Junction and to the west, the district lies in Hardin County east of I-65 and includes Stovall Rd, portions of Bardstown Rd, the I-65/Bluegrass Parkway interchange, Valley Creek Rd and portions of Sportsman Lake Rd.
District 4 is a very diverse part of the Nolin service area. Nolin lines that stretch for miles across the district connect farms, businesses, neighborhoods and industries. While parts of the district have seen a decrease in farming operations, other areas have marked significant growth. The popular businesses in The Loop at the I-65 exit 94 are an example of new life that has developed in the last few years. District 4 is representative of the many changes that this area has seen since Nolin was founded.
Though the face of the cooperative service area may change, our foundation doesn’t. Nolin was created by neighbors who depended on each other and worked together to bring something desperately needed to this area. We are sadly losing the generation that remembers “when the lights came on” in rural Hardin and LaRue Counties, but at Nolin we will never forget their heart. As a cooperative rooted in the history of this community, we continue to take great pride in serving our members as more than just a provider of electricity – we are your neighbors and friends.