A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

The Appalachian African-American Cultural Center

Two people sit on couch in front of wall of photos and documents

One couple’s mission to preserve community history in Southwest Virginia.

Pipeline Protesters Charged with Threats of Terrorism

Protest banners hanging on pipeline equipment

Two peaceful protesters of the Mountain Valley Pipeline were recently arrested and charged with threats of terrorism, a felony.

The Whitewater Spirit

kayak runs waterfall

These accomplished women paddlers are making a a positive impact on the region’s rivers and those who navigate them.

Pipeline Legal Disputes Escalate

Pipeline protestor holds sign that says, "What will the state do? How much is enough power and profit? We are watching you."

As residents in the path of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines call for investigation of potentially toxic pipeline coatings, federal and state officials loosen permitting regulations.

Contending with Contamination in Minden, W.Va.

Minden

Minden, W.Va., residents have been plagued with toxic PCBs for decades. Now the town is on the Superfund list and residents are once again calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to relocate the entire community.

Keeping the Nolichucky “Wild and Scenic”

wide view of the river

A grassroots effort to protect the Nolichucky River has the support of lawmakers, outdoor enthusiasts, businesses and more.

TVA Faces Criticism Over Coal Ash, Transparency

A community forum discusses closure of a fossil plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority and its contractor Jacobs Engineering are facing a new lawsuit regarding their cleanup of the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill. Additionally, state and federal lawmakers are backing a U.S. House bill that would require more transparency from the monopoly utility.

Dragonflies and Damselflies

dragonfly

Meet the marvelous world of Odonata.

Fire Destroys Office at Highlander Center, White Supremacy Sign Found

The main office of the historic Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tenn., burned down in March. A symbol associated with white supremacy was found spray painted outside the racial, social and economic justice organizing center.

Clinch Coalition Draws Attention to ATV Impacts on Streams

Southwest Virginia environmental watchdog group The Clinch Coalition is expressing concerns about damage to streams and wetlands from some of the Spearhead Trails network’s off-road vehicle trails.