Letters to the Editor, Dec. 7, 2011

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Accolades for Herb Kays


You could not grow up in Shelbyville and not know a member of the Kays family. The children had great hard-working parents and each one made a contribution in school and in church. Comments from the University of Kentucky Tennis Boosters about the passing of Dr. Herb Kays reflect the type of individual he was – and it reflects the entire family, in my book.

Herbie, as I grew up knowing him, died Oct. 27 in Louisville, where he was a dentist. Out of respect for the family, the UK men’s tennis team did not compete in a fall tournament that weekend. He was never an athlete or a student at UK, but he was the founder of the men’s tennis booster club in which he was actively involved for 25 years. He raised more than $500,000 for the program and was instrumental in sponsorships for the National Indoor Championships.

He was inducted in the UK Wildcat Tennis Hall of Fame, which was no surprise since comments like these were shared after his death: “I wish every coach had the chance to have a Herb Kays-type guy in their program. He was someone who is unfailingly positive, always encouraging and always seeing the best in young players. He was a great example of the type of person that collegiate athletics produces, who later in life gives so much back to the community.”

He was inducted in the Shelbyville High School Hall of Fame in the late 1980s, marking his time as a star athlete. He went on to Georgetown College on a full scholarship and lettered in five sports. As an adult, he was a nationally ranked senior tennis player and won the state of Kentucky left-handed golf championship in 1976.

His death at 73 touched many and was best expressed by UK head tennis coach Dennis Emery: “Herb was one of those very special people that come into your life once in a lifetime. Because he was such a good Christian man, he was a unique role model for our players. And because of who he was as a person, his loss leaves an impossible void to fill...”


Duanne B. Puckett


Shelby Prevention seeks help


Shelby Prevention will be submitting a proposal for a national media campaign on underage drinking. Shelby County has shown tremendous results on reducing underage drinking in our community and raising awareness, and we would like to be a part of this campaign to really showcase what we can do and to continue getting results. Funding for this project would be $15,000 to implement marketing strategies in our community to raise awareness for parents and caregivers on the problems and harms associated with underage drinking. Only five organizations will be selected for this pilot project, and I would love to see Shelby County and Shelby Prevention recognized for our progressive approach to this issue!

This proposal must be submitted by Dec. 15, and we could really use letters of support to help make our proposal stand out. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a short letter that lends credibility to the work being done by Shelby Prevention. Please E-mail or fax your letter to elizabeth.shelbyprevention@insightbb.com or 502-437-0617 by Tuesday.

Thank you for your cooperation and for everything you do for our community.

Elizabeth Pulliam
Director, Shelby Prevention