Missy Jenkins, Heath High shooting survivor, teacher and now author, and Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham will be at the Hickman County Arts, Crafts, Book and Food Fair on December 6th signing their books.
Other authors will include Dorothy Nell Harper, beloved local poet back with her homespun books of poetry and Dan Tankersley and Chris Skates, co-authors of “The Rain”, a historical fiction novel based upon the biblical account of the Great Flood and Noah’s Ark.
In its fourth year, the Fair will be again held at the Young Center of the First Methodist Church from 10-3. Lunch will be available for $5 a person. The Fair is a joint effort of the Hickman County Arts Council and Hickman County Chamber of Commerce.
Missy Jenkins’ upbeat, Christian attitude shone through as she worked through rehabilitation, learning to cope with her new life in a wheelchair. In her first book, “I Choose to Be Happy, a School Shooting Survivor’s Triumph Over Tragedy” she demonstrates her winning attitude and determination. Missy is now a wife, a mom and a counselor at a day treatment center in the Murray school system.
Judge Cunningham, a Kuttawa native, has written extensively about West Kentucky history. Upon graduation from U.K. Law School, Cunningham served as a captain in the U.S. Army in Germany, Korea and Vietnam. Bill served with the Four Power Joint Military Commission as part of the Paris Peace Accords. In that role he negotiated cease fire violations and prisoner of war exchanges with the North Vietnamese. He came back to Eddyville and was elected as Commonwealth Attorney and circuit judge of the 56th judicial circuit. He was elected to the highest court in Kentucky in 2006.
Judge Cunningham recently wrote the unanimous decision denying a new trial to Heath High shooter Michael Carneal.
Justice Cunningham will have four books at the Fair;: his latest book. “Distant Light: Kentucky’s Journey Toward Racial Justice” ; “Castle, the story of a Kentucky Prison” about the Eddyville Penitentiary , “On Bended Knees”, the story of the Night Riders and the tobacco wars and “Children of Promise”, a novel about boys growing up in a town without a future.
Judge Cunningham will be at the Fair only from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon. Missy will be signing and selling her books throughout the day.
In addition to writers, the Fair now features artisans and craftspersons from the area. Cards by Lynn DeWeese and Sheri Rogers, ornaments by Lilly Kimbell, pottery by Danny Whitlock, herbals from Berryhill Farms are just a few of the thirty vendors at the Fair. Finding the perfect homespun gift means a drive on a chilly Saturday to Clinton.
For more information go to www.hickmancoarts.com - the Hickman County Arts Council's official website.
PS - Plan to stay for lunch 11-1. $5 a person. Cheap. Filling. Good Company.