For Immediate Release
September 13, 2000
Contact: Rusty Cheuvront or Mark Pfeiffer (502) 564-2611
Or Terri Giltner, Office of Public Affairs, Transportation Cabinet (502) 564-4890

Governor Names Pennyrile To Honor Former Governor Breathitt

Hopkinsville, Ky. – Governor Paul Patton today honored former Governor Edward T. Breathitt by permanently displaying his name in 3M reflective tape along the Pennyrile Parkway naming the roadway the Edward T. Breathitt Parkway.  The first sign bearing the new name was unveiled at a ceremony today near the parkway at the Fort Campbell Memorial Park in Hopkinsville.

Edward “Ned” Breathitt, a native of Hopkinsville, served three terms in the Kentucky General Assembly, was a member of the Governor’s Commission on Mental Health and of the State Public Service Commission, and served as State Personnel Commissioner.  He served as Governor of the Commonwealth from 1963 – 1967.  During his term as Governor, he and his administration received awards for leadership in the passage of a state civil rights bill, for the best industrial development program, for the best travel promotion program, and for contributions to conservation.  Breathitt was Director of the Institute for Rural America, a Federal Representative on the Southern Interstate Nuclear Board and Chairman of the Coalition for Rural America.

“Governor Breathitt’s accomplishments will forever have an enormous impact on each of us, and his legacy and leadership will continue to provide us guidance, a sense comparison for our own accomplishments,” Patton says.  “He still serves as a mentor for all of us.”

The Pennyrile Parkway was opened to traffic in 1969 as a toll road.  It’s bonds were retired in June, 1992, 10 years ahead of schedule.  The route runs approximately 80 miles from Henderson to Hopkinsville.  At one time, Kentucky had the nation’s largest network of toll roads, spanning 700 miles.  Today, tolls are collected on only 245 miles of roadway.