McCreary County is located in southeastern Kentucky at the south end of the Daniel Boone National Forest and the north end of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. We also share Cumberland Falls with neighboring Whitley County and have a northeast access to Lake Cumberland.

McCreary County was the 120th, and the last, county in Kentucky to be formed in March 1912 and named for then Governor James B McCreary. In our 100 year history, McCreary County has been influenced greatly by the timber and coal industries, which shape our history, heritage and culture. McCreary County is also largely undeveloped with the US Forest Service and Park Service owning much of our lands. This allows locals and visitors to experience nature in a unique way. Our cost of living and our taxes are relatively low, our people are welcoming and our landscape is scenic and rustic.

A Message from Judge Executive Doug Stephens...

Welcome to Scenic McCreary County, Kentucky!

I invite you to explore our website for information about our beautiful county and its hospitable people. Plan your visit, research our community, find out why you should locate your business here, and be sure to contact us with questions. Experience, explore & enjoy Scenic McCreary County...It's Our Nature!



McCreary County 109 Solid Waste Board
Tuesday July 22, 2014 6:00PM
Senior Citizens Center/County Park

McCreary County Tourist Commission
Monday July 28, 2014 5:00PM
Tourism Office, Whitley City, KY

McCreary County Fiscal Court Regular Session
Thursday August 14, 2014 7:00PM
Upstairs McCreary County Courthouse

McCreary County Government & Community News

McCreary Fiscal Court Accepting Bids/Proposals

The McCreary County Fiscal Court has announced they are accepting bids and proposals for several upcoming projects. The deadline for submission on each project is 4:00pm Friday August 1, 2014. The projects are listed below with full details available by calling the McCreary County Judge Executive's Office at 606-376-2413 or by e-mailing Click here to download the project bid request public notices.

-McCreary County Fiscal Court is accepting bids for the refurbishing of one of their ambulances. For the specification sheet and details contact the Judge Executive's Office (as listed above) or call the McCreary County EMS 606-376-5063 or e-mail

-McCreary County Fiscal Court is accepting bids for the replacement/construction of various sidewalks in the Whitley City, Stearns and Pine Knot areas. Contact the Judge Executive's Office (as listed above) for full details.

-McCreary County Fiscal Court is accepting bids for the renovations/construction of a 1500 square foot area for the McCreary County 911 Center. Contact the Judge Executive's Office (as listed above) for full details.

Congratulations to the Farmers' Market
Grand Opening Door Prize Winners

The McCreary County Farmers' Market held its Grand Opening Event Saturday July 5, 2014. Several attendees were drawn as winners of doors prizes donated by local businesses and organizations. The list of winners and donors is below. Congratulations and be sure to come by each Saturday from 9:00am-2:00pm for great produce and crafts at the farmers market.

Prize Winner Donor
Farmers' Market Mug JC & Azalie Egnew Pottery By Mehg
Cooler with goodies Tim Coffey Lake Cumberland Dist
Health Department
Cooler with goodies Elizabeth Upchurch Lake Cumberland Dist
Health Department
Cardinal Plaque Betty Sue Whitehead Sweet Kreations
Kitchen Accessories Sharon Nelson Sweet Kreations
Gardening Book Monica Phillips Sweet Kreations
T-shirt & Book Haley Duncan McCreary Tourism
Train Ride Tickets Mike Elam BSF Scenic Railway
Train Ride Tickets Ron Meadows BSF Scenic Railway

Meetings Planned in the Big South Fork to
Discuss Contaminated Mine Lands Drainage

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be conducting public meetings to receive input from interested parties on issues, concerns, and suggestions pertinent to coal mine drainage mitigation and treatment. The first meeting will be on Monday, July 14, 2014, and will take place at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in the Interpretation and Education Building at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  The second meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, and will be located at the McCreary County Senior Citizen's Center in Whitley City, Kentucky. The third meeting will take place on Thursday, July 17, 2014, and will be located at the Oak Ridge High School Food Court in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  All meeting times will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

All interested parties are welcome to attend the public meetings.   The National Park Service would like to hear any and all comments on the scope of the proposed project by Friday, August 15, 2014, and comments can be submitted on-line at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at or mailed to the Superintendent of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, 4564 Leatherwood Road, Oneida, Tennessee 37841. For more information, please contact the park headquarters at (423) 569-9778.

McCreary County Accepting "Speed Hump" Applications

If speeding is a problem through your residential area of McCreary County, you may be eligible to apply to have a "speed hump" installed on your road. Under Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS), the McCreary County Fiscal Court has adopted a specific set of guidelines governing where and when these "speed humps" can be installed. To learn more about the specifications and get the application, click here.

 McCreary Tourism Awarded Beautification Grant

McCreary County Tourism officials have announced that they have received a grant award in the amount of $24,945 for beautification efforts locally. The grant comes from TOUR SEKY, based in Somerset, Kentucky, and will help with items such as street light poles, pole banners, benches, and signage in Whitley City, Stearns and at the county entrances. The project is another step in the overall "Trail Town" project for McCreary County Tourism. For details contact Tara Chaney, McCreary County Tourism Director, at 606-376-3008 or e-mail  

McCreary County Awarded Recycling Grant

McCreary County officials were recently notified of the county's selection to receive a recycling grant for fiscal year 2014-2015. The grant, worth just over $13,000, comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund administered by the state's division of waste management. The money comes from a $1.75 per ton fee charge on municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills and invested back into local communities.

2014-2015 Tourism Budget Approved

The McCreary County Fiscal Court accepted and approved the 2014-2015 budget for the McCreary County Tourist Commission on Friday May 2, 2014. Click here to download and view the budget.

Results from Community Clean Sweep Released

The McCreary County Judge Executive's Office, in conjunction with the 109 Solid Waste Board, has released the results of the recent community "clean sweep" cleanup weekend in the county. The numbers show that a total of 204 volunteers took part in the activity picking up 593 bags of trash from along county roads. A total of 43.6 road miles were cleaned during the weekend event.

For more information on cleanup efforts in McCreary County you can contact the Judge's Office at 606-376-2413 or e-mail

Kentucky County Profiles Report Released

The Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) today released the Kentucky County Profiles 2014-15. The report is a comprehensive collection of the most current economic, social, education and employment data available about each of Kentucky’s 120 counties, as well as breakouts of each of the state’s Area Development Districts, Workforce Investment Areas, Appalachian and Non-Appalachian regions.

Click here to download McCreary County's Profile Report

PVA Introduces New Property Database Website

McCreary County PVA Bruce Lominac has announced that a new statewide property database website has been launched. It allows interested parties to search property records, maps, aerial photos and provides links to other local and state websites. Information is also available on appeals, as well as forms and an overall view of what the PVA does. To visit the new website click the link ( or for information call the McCreary County PVA's office at (606)376-2514.

McCreary Co. Resident Volunteer of the Month

Derek Jones (left) accepts the award from PRIDE's Mark Davis

Derek Jones of Whitley City has been named southern and eastern Kentucky's PRIDE Volunteer of the Month. Jones, who is a driver for Crete Carrier Corporation, earned the volunteerism award for regularly picking up litter along Hwy. 1651 in Whitley City. He and his mother, Barbara, adopted the stretch of highway in memory of his grandmother, Thelma. He also volunteers each year for the local PRIDE Spring Cleanup.

McCreary County Deputy Judge Executive Andrew Powell nominated Jones for the award and said he serves his community in many ways. He has helped with beautification events and Christmas decorating events and programs. He has volunteered with local emergency services and law enforcement agencies.

"In addition to his civic duty to his county, Derek has served his country in the U.S. Army, as a Gulf War Veteran and serves his fellow veterans as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5127," Powell added.

The PRIDE Volunteer of the Month program recognizes hard work and dedication to the PRIDE initiative, which promotes environmental education and cleanup efforts in a 42-county region. With corporate sponsorship from TECO Coal, WYMT-TV airs commercials about each PRIDE Volunteer of the Month. The PRIDE web site is

McCreary County's New Animal Transport Box

Using its share of $225,000 divided amongst Kentucky's 120 counties from the estate of the late Bland Hardison of Muhlenberg County, McCreary County recently purchased a new animal transport box to be used by Animal Control Officer Milford Creekmore II. Shown below, the box will allow Creekmore to better serve the community on his limited annual budget.

(Photo courtesy Janie Slaven/The McCreary County Record)

McCreary County Courthouse located on Main Street in downtown Whitley City. Home to district and circuit court, as well as county and state offices.

McCreary County Contact Information
McCreary County Fiscal Court
PO Box 579 Whitley City, KY 42653
Phone: 606-376-2413/Fax: 606-376-9499
Judge Executive: Douglas E "Doug" Stephens

Deputy Judge Executive: Andrew "Andy" Powell


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