You could say that the Jackson Purchase hasn’t been frontier territory since, well, since Andrew Jackson was President. But now, in the 21st century, the federal government is proposing a new system that would classify the Purchase as Frontier and Remote, or FAR. Researchers and policymakers with the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services say the new FAR area codes will help such regions improve access to public services as well as food and household goods. Futurist Ivan Potter is also the publisher of West Kentucky Journal, an online publication, and in a recent article, he writes that even though this possible reclassification has slipped under most people’s radar, it could have far-ranging effects. Todd Hatton speaks with Potter to get a sense of what the pros and cons of living on the frontier.
The War of 1812 is sometimes called the second war for independence. It’s also called the forgotten war, as it was overshadowed fifty years later by a much bloodier war. Kentuckians were an important part of the 1812 war effort. The Commonwealth contributed more to the casualty list than any other state. Soldiers buried in western Kentucky fought in campaigns from Canada to New Orleans, with a few under the command of then-General and future president Andrew Jackson. Angela Hatton went searching for their graves.
In this special WKMS News presentation that originally aired on July 21, 2011, Producer Todd Hatton takes us back in time to the eve of war in the Jackson Purchase of 1861. In this first segment, we find out what kind of place western Kentucky was 150 years ago, and look at the people and issues that brought the Commonwealth into the conflict.