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Aunt Opal rallied to have the route changed because it ran through the Dan- iel Boone National Forest and they con- vinced Democrat leg- islator Henry Ward to have it changed to run through these towns. "The point is to show that when cit- izens get involved, they can prevail and benefit," he contin- ued. "That change made a world of dif- ference for those three towns and into Tennessee." While he is proud- est of establishing laws for criminal abuse against chil- dren, he still re- members a case in which he pros- ecuted the parent of an abused child. He was saddened several years later when he also had to prosecute that same individual for abusing their own child. "The cases involv- ing children are al- ways the hardest," he said sadly. 10 He does find ful- fillment through mission work with his church, First Christian Church of London, and has taken many mis- sion trips. "We primar- ily work in schools and in the summer, we help with Floyd County homes," he said. "I enjoy the mission work and have been to Mex- ico, India, Belize and South America to Bolivia. In the Andes Mountains we built an addi- tion to a school where I helped lay blocks."' Handy maintains being active and giving back to his hometown, always convinced that in- volvement is the key to change and that citizens always have the option. He quotes a phrase he once heard from Congressman Hal Rogers, whom he credits for develop- ing numerous pro- grams to enhance the quality of life for residents of the 5th Congressional District. "An individual may be responsible for the failure of an enterprise, but one person can never be solely respon- sible for the suc- cess of one," Handy said. "The source is volunteers and the people who make it a success." London’s Living Treasures Banquet 2019