A publication of Appalachian Voices

A publication of Appalachian Voices

Western North Carolina Groups Seek Solutions to Human-Bear Interactions

Several groups are collaborating on a study intended to reduce the number of human-bear conflicts in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Multi-State Healthcare Merger Draws Months-Long Protest

When a Kingsport, Tenn., hospital merged with Ballad Health, the monopoly healthcare provider drastically cut back the hospital’s services – sparking a months-long 24/7 protest.

Red River Gorge Destination Resort Concept Raises Questions

A proposed destination resort in the Red River Gorge area was met with questions and concerns from area residents and business owners.

Bill Would Redesignate New River Gorge as National Park

West Virginia congressional representatives introduced a bill in fall 2019 that would create a new national park in the state.

Groups Restore NC Linville River for Trout

Several North Carolina agencies and private environmental groups have teamed up to restore part of the Linville River in the Gill State Forest.

NC Manufacturer Recieves Environmental Award

North Carolina awarded Arden-based electrical manufacturing company Eaton a 2019 Environmental Steward Plaque for sending zero waste to landfills for nearly two years.

Tourism Rises in West Virginia

The Mountain State’s tourism industry grew by 6.5 percent in 2018, outpacing the national growth rate by 58 percent.

University of Virginia Begins Electric Cargo Bike Trial

The University of Virginia at Charlottesville started a pilot program in August to replace some of its maintenance vehicles with three-wheeled cargo e-bikes.

Kentucky River Receives 15,000 Blue Catfish from West Virginia

West Virginia donated 15,000 blue catfish to restock the Kentucky River where the fish’s population is low and catfishing is popular.

Chattanooga Creek Delisted from EPA Superfund List

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency removed the Chattanooga Creek from its Superfund list in October.