The Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area is the largest MSA in the State of West Virginia. The United States metropolitan area includes seven counties in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 365,419. The MSA is nestled along the banks of the Ohio River within the Appalachian Plateau region. The area is most often referred to locally as the Tri-State region. Sometimes it is also referred to as Kyova, an acronym that refers to the three states that make up the region. In addition, the three largest cities (Huntington, West Virginia; Ashland, Kentucky; and Ironton, Ohio) are referred to locally as the River Cities.
The United States is a country in the Northern Hemisphere, Western Hemisphere, and the Eastern Hemisphere. It consists of forty-eight contiguous states in North America, Alaska, a peninsula which forms the northwestern most part of North America, and Hawaii, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. There are several United States territories in the Pacific and Caribbean. The term "United States", when used in the geographical sense, means the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands of the United States. The country shares land borders with Canada and Mexico and maritime (water) borders with Russia, Cuba, and the Bahamas in addition to Canada and Mexico.
Ashland is a Class-2 city in Boyd County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is located upon the southern bank of the Ohio River. The population was 21,684 at the 2010 census. Ashland is a part of the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 287,702. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 363,000. Ashland is the second-largest city within the MSA, after Huntington, West Virginia. Ashland serves as an important economic and medical center for northeast Kentucky and is part of the fifth-largest metropolitan area in Kentucky.
Robert W. Morrison (July 11, 1933 – September 19, 2008) was an American educator from Ashland, Kentucky. He was a member of the Elks, the Kentucky Education Association, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, and the Ashland Board of Education, in addition to being a Kentucky colonel, a University of Kentucky 101 Club member, and a United States Army veteran who served during the Korean War.]citation needed[
Morrison's career as an educator, coach and school board member spanned almost five decades and two school districts. Most notable was his involvement with the Fairview Independent school system. Morrison first came to Fairview in 1960 and spent some years as a classroom teacher before moving into administration in 1979, first as assistant principal and then principal of Fairview High School, a position which he held for twenty-nine years.