Beattyville, Kentucky

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official_name = Beattyville, Kentucky
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subdivision_name1 = Kentucky
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Lee
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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 1193
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Beattyville is a city in Lee County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 1,193 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Lee CountyGR|6.


Beattyville is located at coor dms|37|34|38|N|83|42|35|W|city (37.577299, -83.709776)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²) of it is land and 0.50% is water.


Beattyville is led by the Mayor Joe Kash and city council members, as well as the city manager and city clerk. The Beattyville Fire Department is headed by Chief Greg Brandenburg and the Beattyville City Police Department by Chief Tim Chandler. Ambulance Services in the city are provided by the Lee County Ambulance Service, Director Joe Broadwell. The city provides 50% of the emergency services dispatchers at a combined city-county dispatch center on River Drive. Beattyville Waterworks and Beattyville Sewer are also located in the city hall building on Main Street.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,193 people, 509 households, and 294 families residing in the city. The population density was 599.6 people per square mile (231.5/km²). There were 561 housing units at an average density of 282.0/sq mi (108.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.99% White, 0.42% African American, 0.42% Asian, and 0.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.

There were 509 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.8% were married couples living together, 23.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.2% were non-families. 39.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 24.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 69.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 63.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $12,336, and the median income for a family was $21,181. Males had a median income of $28,125 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,850. About 39.1% of families and 41.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.7% of those under age 18 and 33.0% of those age 65 or over.

Beattyville is located at the confluence of the North, Middle and South forks of the Kentucky River, which meets the Ohio River at Carrollton.


Beattyville is served by the Lee County Public School System. There are 2 Elementary schools, Beattyville Elementary and Southside Elementary, 1 middle school, Lee County Middle School, 1 high school, Lee County High School, 1 alternative education school, Lee County Alternative Education School, and 1 career and technical education school, Lee County Area Technology Center. There is also a Board Of Education and Central Office Complex building. The website for the schools is The schools have consistently ranked in the top half of all the schools in the state.

Two private schools serve the area as well. Beattyville Christian Academy and Grace Baptist Academy, although their student population is much lower than the public school system.

Higher Education

Although there are no higher education opportunities in Beattyville or Lee County, a number of the state and national leaders of education exist within a 60 mile drive. []

*Hazard Community and Technical College, Lees College Campus, 18 Miles
*Berea College, 32 Miles
*Eastern Kentucky University, 45 Miles
*National College, Richmond Branch, 45 Miles
*Morehead State University, 44 Miles
*Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 52 Miles
*Transylvania University, 52 Miles
*University of Kentucky, 52 Miles
*Centre College, 59 Miles

Business and Industry

Major employers in Beattyville and Lee County include:
*Lee Adjustment Center (a private medium security prison with 800 inmates from Kentucky and Vermont. Owned by Corrections Corporations of America.)
*Three Forks Regional Jail (Multi-County Jail serving the central-east area of Kentucky including Powell County, Wolfe County, Owsley County, and Breathitt County.
*Lion Apparel, Inc (Factory that makes fire-fighting turnout coats and pants).
*ACS, Affiliated Computer Systems (Data and transaction processing).
*Lee County Public Schools, the largest employer in Beattyville.
*Lee County Wood Products, (Sawmill)
*Kentucky River Community Care (mental health facility serving the east Kentucky region.)
*People's Exchange Bank, (Two bank locations in Beattyville).
*Experience Works, Inc (non-profit organization and largest National grantee of Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) funds from the U.S. Department of Labor)
*Lee County Care and Rehabilitation Center (Nursing Facility with a 120 bed capacity)


Beattyville has no hospital. Nearby facilities are in Irvine (Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital), Jackson (Kentucky River Medical Center), Winchester (Clark Regional Hospital), Richmond (Pattie A Clay Hospital), Hazard (Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center), Manchester (Manchester Memorial Hospital), and Lexington, where healthcare services are abound.

Emergency medical services for Beattyville are provided by the Lee County Ambulance Service in Beattyville, they provide 24/7 Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support emergency services to all citizens and visitors of Lee County transporting primarily to Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital and KY River Medical Center as well as providing non-emergency transportation services and a wheelchair tranport van.

There are three medical clinics, two dentists offices, an opthamologist. KY River Community Care provides mental health services and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. There are three local pharmacies as well.

Lee Co. Care and Rehabilitation Center is the commnity nursing and rehabilitation center. They provided Alzhiemers, Personal, Intermittant and Skilled nursing care as well as inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational, and restorative care therapies with a 120 bed inpatient capacity.

Lee County Home Health provides for in home personal care from nurses and home health aides so that your loved ones can remain at home as long as possible.

Hospice Care Plus is available to families in the community to provide their loved one with the maximum amount of comfort and supportive end of life care.

Geri-Young provides adult day care with a full schedule of activities as well as lunch provided in house.

Jordan Drug and Jordan Medical provides facility pharmacy services for nursing homes, hospitals and similar facilities. Jordan Medical provides a full line of home health care and oxygen equipment.

Daniel Boone Transit also provides non-emergency wheelchair transportation.


Beattyville is served by Kentucky Utilities, while much of Lee County is served by Jackson Energy, based in McKee, Kentucky that serves south-central Kentucky. Licking Valley RECC serves Northern Lee County. Natural Gas is served by Columbia Gas of Kentucky and Delta Natural Gas Company. Two Water Services exist, Beattyville Water Works, serving the city and most of the county and Southside Water Association serving the southern and east parts of Lee County.

Woolly Worm Festival

Since 1987, during the third weekend of October, the Main Street of Beattyville is closed to traffic, as the annual Woolly Worm Festival begins setting up. For Three-Days, Friday-"Opening Day", Saturday-"Parade Day", and Sunday "Closing Day" (Which also has a large carshow) the 'Festival covers Main-Street.

There are a large amount of musicians that perform almost constantly on one of two stages, dozens of booths offering a wide variety of merchandise, some interesting and delicious food, and helicopter tours of Beattyville/Lee County and "Woolly Worm Races", which is won by coaxing one of these "Hairy Caterpillars" up a string, the first one to reach the top wins, with the only rule being "No Touching", there is usually a cash prize for the winner.

Almost 20 years later, The Woolly Worm Festival still remains a popular event, attracting a large number of tourists, and locals. Beattyville is just a few minutes from Natural Bridge State Park (Kentucky), there is a "small-town atmosphere" in Beattyville, and the annual carshow are a few reasons thought to be why it is such a popular event.

Because of the Festival, the Woolly Worm is usually associated with Beattyville, the "official" Woolly Worm Festival mascot is named "Woolly the Woolly Worm", he appears on some merchandise and flyers, and there is usually a round hay bale caricature of him beside a sign that says "Welcome To Beattyville.

The name "Woolly Worm" actually refers to the Woolly bear caterpillar.


WLJC-TV/DT, a television and radio station is headquartered in Beattyville. The channel is a Christian programming channel and is an affiliate of TBN, the Trinity Broadcasting Network. The station is carried through numerous local cable stations and DISH Network. The station however is not carried on DirecTV. Coverage is carried as far north as Georgetown and Cynthiana, Bardstown to the west, Whitley City to the south, and Pikeville to the east. The station is owned by Hour of Harvest, Inc. []


External links

* [ City website]
* [ Beattyville Pictures]

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