by Chris Harris
This Friday’s dedication of the new-look Fountain Square in downtown Somerset is going to be a big occasion for local city officials.
About the only thing that could make it any bigger would be a visit from KET. And it looks like that might just happen.
Tiffany Bourne, Pulaski County’s Community Development Director, said that the state’s public television network, KET (Kentucky Educational Television), will reportedly be on hand for this week’s festivities.
Bourne was careful to clarify that she has not been told this personally; instead, she’s heard about it through multiple downtown businesses that may be profiled for the KET program “Kentucky Life.”
“I went into Old Town Deli (Monday) and they were so excited about KET coming Friday,” said Bourne. “They showed me a message that had been sent to old town deli saying (the television show) wanted to highlight the business.”
Bourne added that she received similar news at fellow downtown eatery Life is Sweet.
“It’s really cool,” said Bourne. “Of course, any time the community is spotlighted, we’re all about it. We welcome any good publicity.”
A call placed to KET regarding the network’s interest in downtown Somerset was not immediately returned Monday.
Even though the new fountain has been flowing for several weeks now, the official dedication ceremony for the Fountain Square renovation will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. It will feature remarks by numerous local dignitaries, including Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler, Judge-Executive Barty Bullock, Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, State Senator Chris Girdler, and Cornelia Dozier Cooper, the sister-in-law of the late U.S. Senator John Sherman Cooper, whose bronzed image still stands on the square.
Bourne noted that another local business on the square, Beach Buckets, will be providing free appetizers at the dedication.
The square renovated with an $800,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant and $200,000 in-kind contribution from county government. It was designed by M2D Design Group and Bell Engineering. Hil-Don Inc., of Burkesville is the contractor for the project.