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Hi!  My name is Laura Doughty and I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Kentucky and Tennessee Lady magazines.  Growing up in the publishing world, I've always had a passion for story telling.  Spending my childhood in Mayfield, hence the red and black in the pic (go big red!)  ; ), I am grateful for the storybook upbringing my parents afforded me by making the difficult choice to move back to raise me and my sister in the same hometown they grew up in.

Having traveled and lived in many places, there's something special about the small town way of life.  And as the saying goes, "with age comes wisdom," I'm excited to share this landscape and lifestyle from a female perspective.  Honoring and sharing stories of the women who have come before us, are with us now and are the leaders of our future.  

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share!

Laura Doughty
Mary Ellen Matthews

Diane Mitchell

VP of Operations

Diane has been a steadfast collaborator with Laura since 2010. Her commitment to excellence is unmatched and with her unwavering attention to detail and care for her clients, she consistently delivers exceptional results and meaningful experiences.

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Mary Ellen Matthews

Mel Doughty

Publisher & Promotions Manager

Mel began King's Publishers in 1974 and has supported the local Purchase District community with numerous publications with different events, businesses and magazines.




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Support our Future Leaders

At Purchase District Pageant, we are excited to offer our ladies the opportunity to further their education and to be mentored to launching a successful business.  As a recognized Kentucky 501(c)3 non-profit, our Scholarship fund is designated for a path of Education and Entrepreneurial Business Development. 

In order to participate in our pageant, the contestants are required to demonstrate active participation in a charity for a year or more.  And we feel this Scholarship Fund is a perfect way to keep "paying it forward." 

Thank you in advance for supporting our young ladies of the Purchase District.  With your support, they will be able to contribute back to our Purchase District communities in a much bigger way.

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Purchase District Scholarship Program

For your Donation of $500 or more, we will include you in that year's Purchase District Pageant program, along with being listed on our website.

Your business will be listed in our programs on the corresponding Purchase District County page in which your business operates with further details on an additional page, in a block ad.  


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Our  Sponsors & Partners


Great Ambitions School of Cosmetology

Crown Sponsor


Joann's of South Fulton

Gown Sponsor


Dillards of Paducah

Dress Sponsor


Maria Montgomery Mentoring

Coaching Sponsor