Portal 31 Opens Economic Prospects

A former Harlan County, KY, coal mine that had produced more than 120 million tons of coal before closing in 1962 was reopened several years ago and now serves as a heritage tourism site drawing over 5,000 visitors a year, according to this report from the Ohio Valley ReSource. In 2018, the attraction was awarded […]

Old Ways Create New Markets at Appalachian Farm

Tim Sanders and his wife Becky came back to his family’s land on Indian Creek in Letcher County, KY, from Arizona to retire and live a self sufficient lifestyle. It wasn’t long, though, before neighbors and passersby were stopping and asking about the animals they were tending. And naturally, seeing the heritage breeds of pigs, […]

Celebrating Place with Poet George Ella Lyons

Celebrating the place where we’re from, and the people who hail from there, is an important step in recognizing and building on the many assets that can be used to revive and strengthen our communities. WMMT’s Benny Becker travelled to Harlan, KY to join the George Ellabration, a community celebration of Kentucky poet laureate and eastern Kentucky […]

Celebrating New Clinch River State Park

The communities of Cleveland, St. Paul and Dungannon, a “string of pearls” along the Clinch River in southwestern Virginia, have a lot to celebrate. A coalition of public and private groups worked over many years to convince Virginia regulators and legislators to designate 130 miles of the Clinch River and a patchwork of land along its […]