Carl Chadband: Growing Food and Jobs in Appalachia

Interested in starting a food hub or another enterprise to help your community? This edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk features a presentation by Carl Chadband of KISRA (Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action) on how he got Paradise Farms near Charleston, WV, off the ground, and what he’s learned about using social enterprise and agriculture to create […]

Hindman, KY Building on Strengths of History, Place

In Part II of the this WMMT series on efforts in Hindman, Kentucky, to use the community’s cultural assets to rebuild the economy, reporter Kelli Haywood joins staff of the century old Hindman Settlement School to discuss their place within the community and how they use their historical perspective to envision the future.  Jessica Evans, […]

Hindman Promoting Cultural Heritage to Revive Economy

In 2014, the tourism and travel industry contributed over $13 billion to Kentucky’s economy and its impact is growing.  Eastern Kentucky’s coalfield towns are increasingly looking to tourism as a possible way to diversify their economies.  In this feature, WMMT reporter Kelli Haywood visits the city of Hindman, the Knott County seat, to witness the efforts being […]

Collaboration is Key To Elkhorn City Eco-Tourism

Elkhorn City, nestled on the banks of the Russell Fork River and just down the mountain from Breaks Interstate Park on the Kentucky-Virginia border, was once a thriving tourist town as well as a railroad hub. Tim Belcher and Steve Ruth, volunteers with the Elkhorn City Area Heritage Council, and Stephanie Richards from Artists Collaborative […]