- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 13, 2006

BLACKEY, Ky. (AP) — Mayor Mike Dixon posted a sign on the fence around his overgrown lawn. “There are more important things in life than tall grass,” it reads.

Mr. Dixon hasn’t mowed his lawn since last year, and has declined offers from neighbors to cut the grass.

“He’s just that type that likes to be his own person,” said Martha Burns, a member of the Blackey City Council and the Blackey Improvement Committee. “He’s always been like that.”

Miss Burns said she doesn’t have a problem with the mayor’s unkempt lawn.

“If he likes it like that, it’s fine,” she said. “I kind of feel like maybe he is right. Maybe there are more important things than mowing grass.”

Mr. Dixon, a psychology professor at Hazard Community College, said he has several reasons for letting his yard grow, including in remembrance of his wife, Jane, who died of breast cancer in November.

Mr. Dixon said flowers began popping up in his yard when he stopped pushing a mower across it. He said birds and squirrels also moved in. “I don’t know why we cut grass, but I do know that I like to sit here in the evenings and enjoy what we have in eastern Kentucky,” he said.

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