Hazard, KY: Boom or Bust?

What is it going to take to revitalize our once thriving coal towns? In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain News & World Report we take an in depth look at community efforts to revitalize downtown Hazard, in the heart of Perry County, KY. The entire half hour is devoted to the voices of Hazard folks […]

Talking Diversity for Coalfields Economy

What does it take to successfully build the economy of a small community once dependent on coal? Economic diversity. But why are some residents wary of business diversification and the entrepreneurial spirit? Can arts and cultural heritage play a critical role in that economic diversification? WMMT Mountain Talk host Kelli Haywood discusses small town economics […]

Writer Ronni Lundy Explores Appalachian “Victuals”

If you are a fan of cooking, music, and/or culture, listen in as noted writer Ronni Lundy reads and discusses her latest, “Victuals,” a gorgeous book exploring Appalachia’s intertwined foodways and heritage. And if you are interested in the role farming and/or artisan foods could play in our local economy, Lundy has plenty to offer. […]

Jenkins Mural Is New Attraction

Can building on our heritage and contemporary cultural assets play a role in reinventing our regional economy? On Dec. 3, 2016, the first community created mural was dedicated in Jenkins, KY, on the old railroad trestle. Appalshop, the City of Jenkins, artists and community members are working together to produce permanent and temporary art works […]