Documentary Filmmaker to Explore Parallels Between Welsh, Appalachian Mining Communities

The coalfields of Appalachia are running out of coal, and there’s not a large-scale effort to diversify the region’s economy. But there are lessons to be learned from a similar transition in an unlikely place: the small United Kingdom country of Wales. Now, a documentary filmmaker is exploring parallels between 1980s Wales and modern-day Appalachia. […]

Kentucky Officials Praise Teach for America Expansion

Praise is pouring in for an initiative to place top-flight college graduates in teaching positions in three Eastern Kentucky counties. Lieutenant Governor Dan Mongiardo, who grew up in Hazard, is excited about Teach for America’s decision to expand into Eastern Kentucky. Mongiardo says the program, which is recruiting top college graduates to teach in schools […]

Teach for America Coming to Appalachia

Three eastern Kentucky school districts have agreed to hire Teach for America instructors next fall. This will be the organization’s first operation in Kentucky and in Appalachia. Teach for America places young teachers in impoverished and struggling schools, and about three fourths of the organization’s operations are in cities, the nearest being Nashville and Indianapolis. […]

Louisville Added To Appalachian Drug Program

Louisville is now in the pool of federal money aimed at reducing drug trafficking in Appalachia. The Office of National Drug Control Policy has for many years allocated money specifically to southeastern Kentucky counties to help combat drugs that are prevalent in that area, like marijuana and methamphetamine. Louisville Congressman John Yarmuth fought to get […]