‘Fame’ winner promoting clean waterways

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

September 18, 2013

PRESTONSBURG — Fresh off of wins in the Country Music Highway Road to Fame Competition and the Miss Floyd County pageant, Holly Thompson is now turning her attention to the environment.

Thompson held a press conference Friday, at May Lodge, in Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, to announce her “Take Back Our Lakes, Rivers and Streams” initiative.

“As a resident of Eastern Kentucky, I know our waterways are not up to acceptable standards,” Thompson said. “Each year, communities throughout the state pick up tons of trash from ditches, roadsides and waterways, and though these yearly cleanups are very helpful and beneficial, they don’t do anything to fix the problem.”

Saying she believes the root of the problem is “generational,” Thompson announced she would lead an educational campaign to teach children about the importance of clean water.

“In order to make a change, we must do what we can to educate our youth,” Thompson said. “If we instill in them a new respect and pride for the beautiful state in which we live, they will become better citizens and in turn better role models for later generations.”

Thompson says she plans to join with other Road to Fame finalists to visit schools in the region, to teach students about how water pollution affects them, as well as fish and wildlife.

Bernard Porter, president and founder of PCG Nashville, which operates the Road to Fame competition, said Thompson’s efforts are worthy of praise.

“If you are positioned as a role model, you have to exemplify it,” Porter said. “You have to use your God-given talents to make a difference in this world. I’m very proud of her, and will help this program in any way.”

Following the press conference, Thompson was joined by other PCG artists in taking a pontoon boat around Dewey Lake to pick up trash.