A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

News and notes from our parent organization



The Coal Industry's Legacy of Harm: A note from our executive director

Appalachian Voices' Executive Director Tom Cormons speaks on coal's ongoing impacts on Appalachia.


Member Spotlight: Waltr Lane

A profile on Waltr Lane, a distributor of The Appalachian Voice who refers to himself as a "greenneck poet."


Energy Democracy Tour Gathers Communities’ Visions for Our Energy Future

The Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Tour and the Energy Justice North Carolina, End the Duke Monopoly Tour have been a roaring success so far! Stay tuned for more tour dates in both states and in Virginia.


Clean Water, Not Pipelines!

Help stop the Trump administration's efforts to rubber-stamp new pipelines by weakening state water quality authority!


Power to the People Pilsner

Wild Wolf Brewing Company in Nellysford, Va., is brewing our benefit beer to raise awareness of our work to advance an inclusive energy future for Appalachia.


Wise County Solar Tour

Tour some of Wise County's solar energy installations on Oct. 19 as part of the 24th Annual National Solar Tour.


Taking Energy Democracy to the People Through Tours

Alongside partner organizations and concerned citizens, Appalachian Voices launched an Energy Democracy Tour to educate residents in Virginia, North Carolina and the Tennessee Valley on how to take back their electric system from monopoly utilities.


The Magic of Summer: A note from our executive director

A message from Appalachian Voices' Executive Director Tom Cormons about late summer and our connection to nature.


Member Spotlight: Vesta Jean Lenhart

Appalachian Voices member Vesta Jean Lenhart's desire to preserve mountains goes back to her childhood in Eastern Kentucky.


Calling on Legislators for Action in Washington, D.C.

In July, Appalachian Voices traveled to Capitol Hill alongside about 150 miners, widows and their loved ones to demand Congress to restore proper funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. And in June, we joined other organizations in a visit to D.C. to ask legislators to co-sponsor the RECLAIM Act to fast-track abandoned mine reclamation.


Solar Strides in Southwest Virginia

Appalachian Voices applauds the achievement of eight Southwest Virginia municipalities for receiving SolSmart designations that will help pave the way for solar projects in the region. Additionally, the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia received state funding to identify opportunities for large-scale solar manufacturing and development


Welcome Josh and Tyler!

Appalachian Voices would like to welcome the two newest members of our team, Josh McClenney and Tyler Hughes!


Disrupting the Status Quo and Putting People and Planet First

We are committed to disrupting a status quo designed to line the pockets of the government-protected utility monopolies who have been calling the shots. We are citizens demanding a system that puts people and the planet first.


Rallying Against Pipelines

On May 17 and 18, Appalachian Voices participated in two massive events where Virginians called on state leaders to stop construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline and to block the Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station slated for the community of Union Hill.


Member Spotlight: Marion Loper

For the past two years, Knoxville resident Marion Loper has translated skills from his media career to his volunteer work as a distributor of The Appalachian Voice.