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Floyd Country Store Traditional Appalachian Music Thurs.-Sat. throughout summer: The Floyd Country Store, home of the Friday night Jamboree, hosts regional Appalachian music Thursdays through Sunday. Visit: Holler in the Holler 2012 Aug. 10-12: An annual music and arts


Changing Winds on Air Pollution Standards

By Molly Moore Back in December, environmental advocates cheered the arrival of the EPA’s long-awaited Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which will limit the amount of mercury, arsenic, selenium, cyanide and other toxins released by new power plants. The agency

The High Cost of Energy on Our Water

By Jamie Goodman American industries are thirsty for fresh water, and our electrical generation has by far the biggest cup to fill. Close to half of the water withdrawn from our rivers and lakes is destined to cool power plants

Hidden Treasures #3 — Waterways

Photo by Chuck Sutherland

Welcome to the third installment of our exploration of some of the most beautiful, off-the-beaten-path places in the Central and Southern Appalachian Mountains. In this issue, we hand picked some water-related hot spots perfect for late summer days: hikes, waterfalls, swimming holes and everything in between — areas that are perfect for dipping your toes, or your whole self, into the water.

The Value of Running Water

By Molly Moore Appalachia’s signature streams and rivers braid together the region’s hills, hollows and pastures, offering fishing, recreation and transportation in addition to the planet’s most vital liquid. Rivers are so integrated into daily life that some people cross


Abrams Falls Trail: A Jaunt to a Jewel of the Smokies

Waterfall at Abrams Fall

By Stephen Otis The Abrams Falls Trail has historical nuances you won’t find just anywhere. Located in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, the trail, creek and falls are named after a historic


Build a Rod, Tie a Fly: In Search of Healing Waters

By Brian Sewell When David Frady, a 46-year-old from Leicester, N.C., woke up this morning, he felt like going fishing. So far, the rain has kept him indoors, where he’ll practice tying flies, work on the small boat he volunteered

Underground Controversy: Fracking’s Impact on Clean Water

By Jessica Kennedy Nearly all types of conventional energy have their fair share of controversy, and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract natural gas is no different. This highly-profitable process continues to spread while many people call for stricter regulations


Buried Blackwater: Revealing Coal’s Dirty Secret

Dirty water

By Brian Sewell No one knows exactly when the industry began injecting coal slurry, the toxic, semi-solid waste that remains after mined coal is washed, into networks of abandoned mine shafts throughout Appalachia. But it was sometime after a disaster


Recycling the Rain Brings a Barrel of Savings

By Paige Campbell Tom McMullen may be the most water-wise homeowner in the neighborhood. McMullen, his wife Amanda and their two sons live on six-tenths of an acre inside the town limits of Abingdon, Va. A small front lawn and

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