Hometown Hero: Blanche Trimble

TOMPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) - Without the passion of one woman, many in Tompkinsville say the city and surrounding area wouldn't be the same.

"If there were more like her, we would have a great great county," says Tommy Willett, Monroe County Judge/Executive.

For as long as many can remember Blanche Trimble has been a staple in the small community of Tompkinsville.

"Every single worth while project that I know of that has gone on in Monroe County or this community, Blance Trimble has been a part of," says Willett.

Her work stretches for decades. As recent as this month she helped revitalize downtown with a fresh coat of paint. It's all in a days work for a community she loves.

"Of course I grew up here and it's just the garden spot of the world," says Trimble.

For a short time Blanche made her mark working at the University of Kentucky, but she returned to her roots to take over the voice of the town.

"She came back, bought The Tompkinsville News and she has been setting an example of what community involvement and civic roles we should take ever since," says friend Sheila Rush.

From our countries darkest day, to the wild weather of South Central Kentucky, Blanche and her family work tirelessly making sure the paper reaches everyone's front step.

"I know when the paper comes out on Thursday morning if for some reason it's late people are really concerned about it so they must really enjoy reading it and we enjoy putting it our for them," says sister, Carolyn Jordan.

"I've always felt like one of their major purposes was the promote the community and that's what I try to do," says Trimble.

Her passion for Tompkinsville has helped put the city on the map.

"We are really beginning to thrive and prosper here and a large part of that is due to the foundation and ground that Blanche and so many others, but especially Blance, have helped to lay," says Susan Turner, a Monroe County Extension Agent.

For her dedication to every aspect of her community, we honor Blanche Trimble as this week's Hometown Hero.

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