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Chamber of Com- merce. He is a char- ter member and past president of the Laurel County Fair Board, a char- ter member and current president of the London-Lau- rel County Tour- ism Commission, charter member and past chair of Southern Kentucky Tourism Develop- ment Association, charter member of the World Chicken Festival and Tri -County Substance Abuse Prevention Alliance. His strong stance against the drug ep- idemic also earned him involvement with the UNITE (Unlawful Narcot- ics Investigation Treatment and Ed- ucation), where he is a charter mem- ber and current chair of the board of directors. Handy also made his mark in the political field, be- ing the Republican nominee for Attor- ney General in 1991 and the Republican nominee for Lieu- tenant Governor with Gubernatorial candidate Larry Forgy in 1995. Handy is well aware of the im- pact of tourism to communities. His parents, Conrad F. and Lou McCow- an Handy, and his aunt, Opal Lucas, were influential in having the original route of Interstate 75 changed to run through London, London’s Living Treasures Banquet 2019 Corbin and Wil- liamsburg when that project began in the 1960s. "If you've ever noticed the curve in the interstate in Rockcastle County, it's because the original plan was to run between Lon- don and Somerset and into Elk Valley in Tennessee," he said. "Most people don't realize that. But my parents and CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 9