Study Finds Effects of Martin County Slurry Spill Still Felt

After a dam failed in Martin County in 2000 and released more than 3 million gallons of coal waste into area creeks, university sociologists began studying how the disaster affected local residents. The survey’s results found they were more distrustful of the local, state and federal governments than those living in surrounding counties. Now, the […]

MSHA Blames Coal Company for Death of Martin County Miner

The federal government says coal company Matrix Energy LLC is to blame in the death of a Martin County miner. Fifty-four year old veteran miner Robert L. Cook was killed last March when he was crushed between machinery and the mine, and in the report, the Mine Safety and Health Administration concluded his death was […]

Martin County Coal Miner Killed in Power Haulage Accident

Another Kentucky coal miner has died on the job. Twenty-six-year-old Ryan K. Thatcher of Salyersville was killed in a Martin County coal mine yesterday while operating a track locomotive pulling car loads of supplies into the mine. The mine is near Inez and is operated by Martin County Coal Company. It’s been closed while regulators […]

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. […]