The Mountain Ascent — Latest Issue


March 13, 2024


$500,000 to flow to Dickenson County industrial park project

The Appalachian Regional Commission has given Dickenson County an additional $500,000 to supplement original project funding for their industrial park. The park will include three industrial development sites and boost economic development and workforce training for the surrounding area.


Devil’s Fork Campground to expand offerings for visitors

Visitors to Devil’s Bathtub will soon be able to enjoy new updates at Devil’s Fork Campground, which is adding a campground office, tent sales and rentals, and electric pedestals with RV hookups. The campground was awarded $10,000 from the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority last year and hosts visitors from all over who come to enjoy the scenery of Southwest Virginia.


Scott County community group works to address local needs

Scott County Community Works has been partnering with local groups, including the Appalachian Community Action & Development Agency and the Crossroads Community Center, to address problems ranging from food insecurity to literacy issues.


2,000-seat Amphitheater proposed for Buchanan County

Sunset Holler and Southern Gap are partnering on a 2,000-seat amphitheater to be built at Southern Gap Outdoor Adventures. The facility would host concerts, theater performances, sporting events and private celebrations.

Our Community Hero: Cumberland Mountain Mutual Aid

Cumberland Mountain Mutual Aid began in the summer of 2022 after historic flooding in the coalfields of Central Appalachia.  A group of concerned folks from Dickenson County got together and decided to build a new mutual aid service for the area to help folks out after the flood. They have raised and distributed over $10,000 in grassroots funds to folks in need, mostly in Eastern Kentucky as well as Wise and Dickenson counties in Virginia.  

CMMA knew they didn't want to stop there and decided to provide help to local folks in Dickenson County to fill gaps that well-established institutions are not able to, such as assistance with utility bills and disaster relief.  Today, CMMA is a resource that extends far into the hearts of local folks and continues to provide resources in an effort to help our community.


 03/15 - 16  Taste of Tazewell

 03/20  New Economy Network Meeting. For more information, join our Google Group.

 03/21  Friends of the Cedars monthly meeting


Upcoming solar webinar series!

Join us for our upcoming three-part webinar series, “Solar Simplified,” where we will discuss: misinformation surrounding solar energy, how to access solar for your home, and the benefits that community-driven solar projects can bring to your locality. The first webinar, “Sharing the Benefits and Tackling Concerns About Solar,” is on Wednesday, March 27, 7-8 p.m. ET (6-7pm CT).


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