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Turning Coal Ash into Art

In Walnut Cove — a community whose history has been tainted by coal ash for decades — The Lilies Project has turned coal ash into art, and is expanding to encompass the town’s story beyond coal ash.


Fighting for Black Lung Benefits for Miners and Families

Kathryn South’s husband, Mike South, was diagnosed with black lung disease at age 35. As they grappled with his disease, the couple also navigated the arduous legal process to obtain federal black lung benefits, a fight that Kathryn continued even after Mike's passing.


Ticks: Get to Know Them, and Then Avoid Them

Climate change has led to an increase in the population and range of these tiny, disease-spreading bloodsuckers.


Contaminants Found in East Tennessee Springs

Springs are often assumed to be a safe, clean source of drinking water. But they can harbor a number of health hazards, as new research published in the journal Geosciences shows.


How the Coal Mine Cleanup System is Failing

The bankruptcy of coal company Blackjewel has exposed many flaws in the current mine cleanup system.



Native Plant Rescue Squad Aims to Boost the Biodiversity of Tennessee Neighborhoods

By saving native plants from destruction and helping these plants find new homes, the Native Plant Rescue Squad is “helping reconnect people to themselves through the natural world.”


Virginia Agency Orders Bristol to Address Polluting Landfill

Residents are hopeful after the Bristol Virginia City Council responds to the state Department of Environmental Quality's order to address landfill concerns.


Interagency Group Aims to Get Federal Funds to Coal Communities

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization has a guide to help coal-impacted communities access federal funding opportunities.


Conservation Crew Builds Trails in Dante, Virginia

Conservation crew members spent 10 weeks creating trails in Southwest Virginia.



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The Appalachian Voice shifts to online-only

We are ceasing the print publication of The Appalachian Voice for the time being due to the impact of the pandemic, but we will continue to publish new stories online. Read more.


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