Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Maurice Moore, March 14, 2007

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:05 - Interview introduction

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Partial Transcript: Today is March 14th, 2007.

Segment Synopsis: Cindy Lackey begins the interview by introducing Maurice Moore.

00:00:47 - Childhood--Family and first home

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Partial Transcript: Um, I'll start with some questions about your personal background.

Segment Synopsis: Moore describes his place of birth and his hometown. He discusses his family and his first home, including the utilities that were included in the home. He also describes the process of his parents building another home when he was a child, which had more modern amenities.

Keywords: Childhood homes; Children; Electricity; Family; Growing up; Outhouses; Running water; Siblings; Utilities; Well water

Subjects: Booneville (Ky.); Childhood; Families.; Oneida (Ky.); Owsley County (Ky.)

GPS: Booneville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.474722, -83.676667
00:05:38 - Education and work experience

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Partial Transcript: Now, um, at what point--how long were you there?

Segment Synopsis: Moore describes his education, getting his B.S. from EKU, and getting his M.A. as a teacher. He discusses working in the coal industry in several locations in Appalachia.

Keywords: Careers; Coal companies; Coal mining; Eastern Kentucky University (EKU); High school; Jobs; Kentucky; Teaching; Virginia; West Virginia

Subjects: Coal mines and mining.; Education; Employment--Kentucky; Owsley County (Ky.); Teachers

00:07:30 - Childhood--Garbage disposal

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Partial Transcript: Um, what did you all do with your trash?

Segment Synopsis: Moore describes how his family would dispose of their garbage when he was a child. He discusses the lack of garbage collection in his area and how there was less trash in general when he was growing up.

Keywords: Garbage; Garbage collection; Garbage disposal; Garbage services; Solid waste; Trash; Trash disposal

Subjects: Childhood; Owsley County (Ky.); Refuse and refuse disposal.; Waste disposal sites

GPS: Owsley County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.41, -83.69
00:08:13 - Working in solid waste

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember when, um, Owsley County got garbage--or when it, when the coun--people out in the county started getting garbage collection?

Segment Synopsis: Moore discusses buying a garbage collection company and being the sole garbage collection company in Owsley County, Kentucky, and his motivation for doing so.

Keywords: Coal; Coal mining; Garbage; Garbage collection; Garbage disposal; Garbage services; Irvine (Ky.); Lee County (Ky.); Solid waste; Trash; Trash disposal

Subjects: Owsley County (Ky.); Refuse and refuse disposal.

GPS: Owsley County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.41, -83.69
00:11:20 - Moore's parents' occupations

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Partial Transcript: Um, let me, again, go back just a little bit and ask about how your family made a living--it sounds like they're probably farmers.

Segment Synopsis: Moore discusses how his parents made a living in his childhood, as well as what kind of farming they did alongside their careers.

Keywords: Animals; Careers; Farms; Health departments; Healthcare; Home health aids; Jobs; Nurses; Occupations; Postal workers; Unites States Postal Service (USPS)

Subjects: Agriculture.; Employment--Kentucky; Owsley County (Ky.)

GPS: Owsley County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.41, -83.69
00:12:33 - Childhood--Recreation / water quality

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Partial Transcript: Um, now since you grew up in a--on the farm in a rural setting, did you do all kinds of outdoorsy stuff?

Segment Synopsis: Moore discusses how he and his family would entertain themselves throughout his childhood. He also discusses the changes in water quality from his childhood to the time of the interview.

Keywords: Agriculture; Baseball; Basketball; Churches; Farms; Fishing; Games; Hunting; Litter (Trash); South Fork River; Sports

Subjects: Owsley County (Ky.); Pollution.; Recreation; Water quality.

GPS: Owsley County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.41, -83.69
00:15:18 - Moving to Somerset / solid waste

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Partial Transcript: Well, um, we talked a little bit about your occupa--you know, your education and then that you taught for a while and then worked in the--in coal and then became a garbage hauler.

Segment Synopsis: Moore discusses getting married to his wife and moving to Somerset in 1994. He discusses becoming the solid waste coordinator of Somerset and the differences between Somerset and where he lived previously.

Keywords: Children; Extension offices; Garbage; Kids; Marriage; Owsley County (Ky.); Raising children; Solid waste; Solid waste coordinators; Trash

Subjects: Refuse and refuse disposal.; Somerset (Ky.)

GPS: Somerset (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.083056, -84.609444
00:18:30 - First work with Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)

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Partial Transcript: Um, well when did--when and how did you first hear about PRIDE?

Segment Synopsis: Moore discusses first hearing about and starting work with PRIDE. He describes his first cleanup effort working with Congressman Rogers and Secretary Bickford right after the inception of PRIDE. He also discusses current cleanup efforts and what they are able to collect in regard to solid waste.

Keywords: Bickford, James; Budgets; Cleanup; Congressman Rogers; Funding; Funds; Grants; Hal Rogers; Illegal dumps; James Bickford; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Roadside litter; Rogers, Hal; Secretary Bickford; Solid waste; Solid waste coordinators

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Pollution.; Pulaski County (Ky.); Refuse and refuse disposal.; Waste disposal sites

GPS: Pulaski County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.083056, -84.609444
00:24:46 - First PRIDE meeting

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Partial Transcript: Well l, let me take you back just a second.

Segment Synopsis: Moore discusses attending the initial meeting about PRIDE and how receptive people were to the idea, as well as people's apprehension in regard to how successful the program could be.

Keywords: Bickford, James; Cleanup; Congressman Rogers; Funding; Funds; Grants; Hal Rogers; Illegal dumps; James Bickford; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Pulaski County (Ky.); Roadside litter; Rogers, Hal; Secretary Bickford; Solid waste

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism.; Kentucky.; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.

00:26:23 - Initial expectations of PRIDE

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Partial Transcript: Ha, have you been--um, ha, have you--your expectations been met, then?

Segment Synopsis: Moore discusses his initial expectations of PRIDE from the first meeting he attended. He describes how his expectations were exceeded and the progress that has been made in Pulaski County.

Keywords: Bickford, James; Cleanup; Congressman Rogers; Expectations; Funding; Funds; Grants; Hal Rogers; Illegal dumps; James Bickford; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Roadside litter; Rogers, Hal; Secretary Bickford; Solid waste; Solid waste coordinators

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Kentucky.; Pollution.; Pulaski County (Ky.); Rogers, Harold Dallas, 1937-

GPS: Pulaski County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.083056, -84.609444
00:30:36 - PRIDE's impact

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Partial Transcript: Well let me ask you, you, you mentioned how you had already been working with the volunteer fire departments to do dr--to provide dumpsters before PRIDE started.

Segment Synopsis: Moore describes PRIDE's impact on Pulaski County and how limited funding was in the county before working with PRIDE.

Keywords: Budgets; Cleanup; Fire departments; Funding; Funds; Grants; Illegal dumps; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Roadside litter; Solid waste; Solid waste coordinators; Volunteer fire departments

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Pulaski County (Ky.); Refuse and refuse disposal.

GPS: Pulaski County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.083056, -84.609444
00:33:40 - Water quality and education efforts

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Partial Transcript: Well, um, we've talked a lot about solid waste, and of course that's your main, main background.

Segment Synopsis: Moore discusses Pulaski County's efforts in regard to environmental education and water quality. He describes an example of a sewer line extension that made a big impact in the county. He describes the impact of educational materials he has received from PRIDE and he discusses how education needs to be an ongoing effort.

Keywords: Cleanup; Funding; Funds; Grants; Karst; Karst topography; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Septic; Septic systems; Sewer systems; Sewers; Solid waste; Wastewater; Wastewater cleanup

Subjects: Environmental education.; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Plumbing.; Pulaski County (Ky.); Sewerage.; Water quality.

GPS: Pulaski County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.083056, -84.609444
00:38:50 - PRIDE's evolution

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Partial Transcript: Well, um, we'd, uh, actually didn't mention this specifically, but you, you were Pulaski County's PRIDE coordinator.

Segment Synopsis: Moore discusses how PRIDE has evolved from the perspective of a member of the executive committee. He describes how some counties were hesitant to be involved from the start but they were more likely to join as other counties were making progress, which he likens to peer pressure.

Keywords: Cleanup; Environmental cleanup; Funding; Funds; Grants; Involvement; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Volunteers

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Pollution.; Pulaski County (Ky.)

00:40:50 - Notable moments with PRIDE

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Partial Transcript: Um, what moment--do you have any moments in particular that stand out in your mind over the years?

Segment Synopsis: Moore discusses several events throughout his time with PRIDE that have stood out in his mind. He describes the impact of cleanups on Lake Cumberland and how the lake helps Pulaski County and the surrounding areas. He also discusses the impact of cleaning up roadside litter and the large number of volunteers during these cleanup efforts.

Keywords: Burnside (Ky.); Cleanup; Funding; Funds; Grants; Illegal dumps; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Roadside litter; Septic; Septic systems; Sewer systems; Sewers; Solid waste; Solid waste coordinators; Volunteering; Wastewater; Wastewater cleanup

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Lake Cumberland (Ky.); Pollution.; Pulaski County (Ky.); Refuse and refuse disposal.; Voluntarism; Volunteers; Waste disposal sites

GPS: Pulaski County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.083056, -84.609444
00:46:48 - Permanent change

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Partial Transcript: Um, ca, can you guess or what do you--what's your opinion: Do you think it's a permanent difference?

Segment Synopsis: Moore discusses his thoughts on whether PRIDE's efforts have enacted permanent change to the area, focusing on Pulaski County. He also discusses plans in the county for a recycling center that was being worked on during the time of the interview.

Keywords: Cleanup; Environmental education; Funding; Funds; Grants; Illegal dumps; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Roadside litter; Solid waste; Solid waste coordinators

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Pollution.; Pulaski County (Ky.); Recycling (Waste, etc.); Recycling centers.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Roadside litter

GPS: Pulaski County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.083056, -84.609444
00:50:22 - PRIDE's future

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Partial Transcript: Well, i, it's about time for us to get, uh, to, uh, the executive committee meeting.

Segment Synopsis: Moore discusses how the efforts in Pulaski County would not have occurred if not for PRIDE. He describes how he believes they need to focus more going forward on environmental education. He also discusses how he wants to see the continuation of the sewer projects PRIDE does.

Keywords: Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Sewer systems; Sewers; Solid waste; Wastewater; Water quality

Subjects: Environmental education.; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Plumbing.; Pulaski County (Ky.); Sewerage.

GPS: Pulaski County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.083056, -84.609444