Extension homemakers gather for annual event
by Hawkins Teague
Oct 04, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Extension Homemakers met at Lake Barkley lodge last week for the 71st County Annual International Day. Besides the usual business of appointing new officers, the women enjoyed listening to Mattie Jo Addison talk about healthy lifestyles and Jim Wallace talk about the history of Trigg County.

David Fourquean, the county’s agriculture extension agent, thanked the members on behalf of his staff and said he appreciated their participation in the program. He mentioned that Elaine Cliff had been the homemakers’ extension agent for 42 years and that the agency was still looking for a replacement.

“This is the easiest job I’ve got,” he said of his business with the homemakers. “All I have to do is sign a paper.”

Shirley Ingram said they had been fortunate to have Cliff and that they would always remember the things she taught them.

“I don’t know many people who’ve kept a job that long,” she said.

The new officers were appointed. President Charlotte Brown said she was particularly happy to be handing over her responsibilities to Tish Rudd.

After that, Addison gave a lively and often funny speech about health. She advised the women to drink lots of water and warned them against drinking too much soda.

“Soda is a killer,” she said. “Cancer loves sugar.”

Addison said that keeping up a diet is hard to do and useless anyway because they’re never permanent. She said the only way to live healthy was change one’s lifestyle. She recommended going “cold turkey” because that’s what worked best for her. She said she couldn’t force herself to eat smaller portions so she just had to give up some fattening foods altogether and at once.

When Addison was finished, Jim Wallace joyfully launched into his talk about the history of Trigg County. He said Trigg was the 66th county out of Kentucky’s 120. Wallace said the county’s namesake, Stephen Trigg, had never set foot in this part of the state to his knowledge, but that the founders were probably hard-pressed to find names by that point since counties were springing up so fast.

Monroe was the first town in the county but it never developed, which Wallace said was probably because of the elevation and rising waters.

“A few rises of the Cumberland and they probably figured out they were too close to the river,” he said.

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