Tribune-Courier General Manager
His smile is infectious and he gives himself away as a lifelong Marshall Countian with his southern drawl and way with words. As the saying goes, “He’s one of those guys you just can’t help but like.”
And people do like him. Especially his weekly columns in The Tribune-Courier detailing the history of some of Marshall Countians most notable and notorious former residents.
Justin Lamb has been writing a column which appears each week in the paper for about a year now and his followers have grown exponentially during that time. Phone calls and letters come in frequently to the paper from folks who want to share a funny story about someone in one of his columns or to offer a tip on another subject.
Lamb says he’s been interested in the history of Marshall County for as long as he remembers and credits his grandmother, Reba Lovett, as the catalyst for his curiosity.
“She would tell me about the good old days in Olive, where I grew up. She really sparked my interest in politics and in history. She remembered when women were first given the right to vote and when her mother first voted. She would tell me stories that just kept me hanging on,” recalled Lamb.
Lamb also has a long line of county servants in his family who have helped to develop his interest in the local political arena. His great-great-great grandfather, Daniel Lovett, was a magistrate, as were his uncles Wayne and Roy and his great uncle, Bud Lovett. All served the county’s first district.
In addition to writing a column for the paper, Lamb has recently begun his first book about Judge Henry Lovett, one of his distant relatives. Lamb hopes to publish the book sometime next year.
“When I started researching Judge Lovett I learned he had done so much that there was no way I could encompass all I wanted to say about him in an article, so the idea of a book came about,” said Lamb.
Lovett had served as a County Judge Executive, a Circuit Court Judge, a Commonwealth Attorney and is the namesake of the city’s park, after donating the land on which it sets.
Lamb has also recorded a number of oral histories of Marshall Countians for the Marshall County Genealogical Society, of which he is a member. Among his interviewees are recently deceased, Reed Conder, Powell Howard, Judge Mike Miller and Kenton Holland.
Lamb says he also hopes to record oral histories of Joe Tom Haltom and Herman Ford in the future.
Another of Lamb’s current projects is the erection of a historical marker in honor of Marshall County media pioneer, Shelby McCallum who founded WCBL radio in 1952. The marker will be dedicated on October 19 at the WCBL building on Ky. 408.