The Laurel County Jail is honoring a former jailer this season through their Christmas lights display.
“Big John” Bowling was the longtime jailer in Laurel County in the 1980’s.
Every year, Big John would decorate the jail inside and out for the holidays. When he left, the tradition left with him.
The current jailer, Jamie Mosley, resumed the tradition three years ago, but said this year is special.
Big John passed away and this is the first time he won’t be at the jail to see the light display.
So now the London community is putting up the lights in his honor.
“We do it with a little bit of a heavy heart cause John's no longer with us,” Jamie Mosley said. “We know that he's up there watching and were making him proud by doing this. It’s just an opportunity to carry on.”