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Local teen takes over BBQ booth to thank grandparents for his adoption

Local teen takes over BBQ booth to thank grandparents for his adoption
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PADUCAH, KY — The Copper Kettle is known for its hickory smoked pork rinds. The booth opened at Barbecue on the River for the first time seven years ago. Marsha Hamlet says the goal was to teach her grandchildren responsibility and community service.

Marsha’s grandson, Alex Hamlet, started volunteering at the booth when he was 10-years-old. Now, he’s a senior at Marshall County High School and The Copper Kettle is about to be his.

“He’s the worker,” says Marsha. “He has a real good work ethic.”

Marsha says Alex could barbecue before he could talk.

“He’d open up the latch and throw a piece of wood in,” says Marsha. “That was just so early in his life, he grew up with it.”

Alex was barely out of diapers when his father committed suicide. Marsha and her husband stepped up, adopting Alex and his three siblings. Taking over The Copper Kettle is Alex’s way of saying thank you to his grandparents.

“They’ve always helped me out so it’s time for me to help them out,” says Alex. “I’m up to the age where I can.”

This year is the transition period. Next year Alex will officially take over.

Alex says he’s planning to barbecue to the menu.

 

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