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Author Jamie H. Vaught To Appear At Book Festival


A longtime professor at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will be signing his recently-published book at Southern Kentucky Book Fest on Saturday, March 26, on Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green.


Jamie H. Vaught, a veteran sports columnist who has written articles for several newspapers and outlets over the years, will sign Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey, a 256-page paperback about the Kentucky Wildcats, at the annual festival. This is Vaught’s fifth UK basketball book. The current volume features profiles of Kenny Walker, Adolph Rupp III, Cliff Hagan, Darius Miller, John Calipari, Jeff Sheppard, Jack Givens, broadcaster Dick Vitale, ex-LSU coach Dale Brown, among others.


At the popular Southern Kentucky Book Fest, which is one of the state’s largest literary events, approximately 75 authors are expected to appear and sign their books. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT.


Vaught, who has been at Southeast Kentucky CTC in Middlesboro since 1991, has covered UK’s hoops program since his early college days, including the team’s NCAA Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2015.


While a college student at UK during the late 1970s, Vaught served as a sportswriter and sports editor of Kentucky Kernel, the campus daily newspaper, before graduating with two degrees – bachelor’s in accounting and MBA (master of business administration). During the 1980s and early ‘90s, he worked for The Cats’ Pause as a sports columnist where he wrote for 13 years. Vaught, who is also a photographer, is the founder and editor of growing KySportsStyle.com Magazine, which was established in 2014.


Vaught, who grew up in Science Hill, Ky., is a graduate of Somerset High School where he began his future career in sportswriting. He and his wife, Deanna, live in Middlesboro and they have two children, Janna and Warren.


At Southeast, he teaches accounting, business and management while serving as a journalism advisor for the campus newspaper.

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