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Knoxville Community Group Calls for Affordable Utilities

Rev. Calvin Skinner speaks at a podium

The Knoxville Water and Energy for All Campaign aims to address unaffordable utility bills and disconnections in the city.

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N.C. Families Contend With Mounting Bills

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Faced with the threat of utility disconnection and even eviction in the pandemic, many North Carolinians are forced to decide between essentials.

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Despite Decline of Coal, Mining Remains Aggressive on Coal River Mountain

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Despite a national coal downturn, mining has not slowed much in Raleigh County, West Virginia, where companies have proposed two new mountaintop removal coal mines.

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Repair Movement Reinvigorates Fix-It Culture

Cville TimeBank Repair Café

Instead of throwing away broken electronics, furniture, appliances and more, community groups across Appalachia oppose disposal by fixing these items and teaching their neighbors how to do the same.

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The Lure of Appalachian Trout

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A bass fisherman explores the conservation and sport behind trout fishing.

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Making Music, One Instrument at a Time

Jayne Henderson

Meet three artisans who hand-craft stringed instruments.

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Shape-Note Singing

people singing

Shape-note singing is a living tradition of musical and social harmony, and is practiced in Appalachia and across the world.

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The Intelligence of Slime Mold

slime mold

This brainless, single-celled organism is able to solve surprisingly complex puzzles and is even able to memorize and anticipate changes in its environment.

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Ancestors: Honoring the Past Through Work in Black Cemeteries

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Writer Terran Sparkle Young describes her experience as a Black American learning about her family’s history and a local overgrown cemetery.

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Preserving Historic African-American Cemeteries

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Communities across the region are working to document and preserve historic African-American cemeteries to keep them from becoming lost to history.

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