Jamie Bewley Byrd is a fifth-generation Barren County native. She graduated from Barren County High School in 1999 with academic honors. She received full-ride scholarships to the Dual Engineering Program of Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky; in 2004, she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and minor in Math and Physics from the University of Kentucky.
Since graduating, Jamie has been a licensed professional engineer since 2009, and she worked for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in the State Highway Engineer’s Office. While working there, Jamie diligently served for state administrations on both sides of the political aisle and was successful at doing so professionally, effectively, and efficiently. She managed the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Scholarship Program, was the Engineer Career Path Coordinator, was a Kentucky Transportation Research Center Program Coordinator, and was a Transportation Research Board Kentucky State Representative.
Since leaving the Transportation Cabinet in 2011, she has completed the Kentucky Certified Public Manager’s Program and focused much of her time on bringing business and economic growth to Barren County and the surrounding areas. She is the Founder and CEO of THE CHEER LEADER MAGAZINE and TCLM, LLC. She is the owner of Cheerville Athletics and Extreme Gymnastics that is always growing and currently has 8 gyms and 75 employees. She is also the founder and coordinator for Helping the Hardworking, LLC and the Barren County Representative for Friends of Barren River Lake.
Jamie is married to local businessman, Daniel Byrd, (2000 graduate of Barren County High School) and they have four beautiful children: Shelby (12), Sydney (9), Saylor (6), and Sawyer (6).
Jamie's roots in Barren County run deep. Below is just a snippet of some of those strong family ties to the area.
Jamie's grandmother was a part of the first class to graduate from Austin Tracy High School in 1949. She also is the granddaughter of the Jewell family (of the Jewell's where Barren River Lake is located). Her grandfather was on the Barren County School Board that was responsible for combining the four schools and the building of Barren County High School. Her mom was a graduate of the first class to graduate from Barren County High School, and Jamie was a member of the first class to graduate from Barren County Middle School.