On a Saturday night in February 1971 across the United States these words were heard by a television audience watching the syndicated show Hee Haw. A 35 year old country singer songwriter sent the words of thanks out to the city that he had spent some time in ten years earlier.

Tom T. Hall was born In Olive Hill Kentucky on May 25th 1936. Many Connersville families had moved north from this part of Kentucky during the war years of the 1940s to work in local factories. The eastern Kentucky area near Morehead is still familiar to many locals.

Brad Colter, who writes Looking Back for the Connersville News-Examiner, is streets and utilities director for the City of Connersville.