A small group of activists and programmers have launched a whistleblower website similar to Wikileaks, but for the Appalachian region. The site Honest Appalachia launched Tuesday. The goal is to develop working relationships with journalists throughout the region, said Garrett Robinson, 22, the project’s lead developer.
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.… Continue reading Documentary Filmmaker to Explore Parallels Between Welsh, Appalachian Mining Communities
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… Continue reading Kentucky Officials Praise Teach for America Expansion
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.… Continue reading Teach for America Coming to Appalachia
Topics will include obesity, drug abuse, physician shortages, and poverty.
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… Continue reading Louisville Added To Appalachian Drug Program
A new report commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission finds that nearly 80,000 new jobs could be created over the next 20 years if states in the region implement energy efficiency programs.