In rural Kentucky, solar eclipse preparation keeps town busy

Cross over the old Louisville & Nashville Railroad in this town remembered for its Civil War encampment and you'll see the first signs — there's fresh anticipation in the rural areas that will be prime viewing locations for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse to sweep the United States in 99 years.

"We've talked about this a lot. It's exciting to have all these people coming together," said Julie-Anna Carlisle, owner of a wellness boutique in downtown Hopkinsville. "We live across town, but we've decided to camp out in the shop. I don't want to be caught in a traffic jam and not be able to open the store."

Tens of thousands of people —...