BRIGHT Opportunities for Whitesburg

Could Whitesburg, long an east Kentucky coal town, become a “Green Healthy Town?” Five University of Virginia students in the Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning Program presented their assessment of existing conditions within a roughly one-mile corridor of downtown at a recent Whitesburg community meeting. The students’ report includes an inventory of assets and […]

Mountains of Music on Crooked Road

Our region has incredible cultural assets, especially our music and dance, as well as traditional arts, crafts and foodways. In this episode of Mountain Talk Monday, we learn about the Mountains of Music Homecoming happening throughout Southwest Virginia June 9-17. Its a project of the The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, which came into […]

Life Without Broadband: “Losing Our Potential”

Lack of reliable broadband in this small Kentucky community costs people a lot, residents say: jobs, educational opportunities, real estate sales, and even time with their kids. WMMT reports on a meeting at the Campbells Branch Community Center where the Letcher County Broadband Committee came to gather information and gauge interest in a plan to […]

An Appalachian Fellows Valentine

Hope Hart is part of the new cohort of Appalachian Transition Fellows, a group of emerging leaders working with organizations and agencies in Appalachia to accelerate the transition to a diversified and resilient economy. For Valentine’s Day, Hope asked Fellows to describe what love in the context of working in a community means to them. […]