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New Virginia Main Street Towns Aim to Thrive

Lexington and Wytheville, Va., are two of the four new Virginia Main Street Communities. The towns will be eligible for grants to revitalize their downtowns and preserve their historic value.


Tennessee Passes New Lead Notification Bill and other shorts

Tennessee passes a new lead notification program, study shows improved soil health in North and South Carolina, and more environmental news from around the region.


New App Allows Citizens to Report Sediment in Waterways

A new smart phone app will allow individuals to monitor sediment pollution in rivers and streams. The information collected can be reported to environmental watchdogs.


Computer Models Could Fight Toxins in the New River

Researchers at Virginia Tech are using computer-generated models to locate the source of PCB contamination in the New River.


Agreement Stops Trash Trains in Boyd County, Ky.

Citizen groups in Boyd County, Ky., spearheaded efforts to stop shipment of trash into their landfill from as far away as New Jersey.


Virginia Doctor Wins Award for Work With Mobile Care Clinic

Dr. Joseph Smiddy was recognized as an Unsung Hero for his work with The Health Wagon, a nonprofit mobile clinic in Southwest Virginia.


Kentucky Tourism Experiences Strongest Growth in 10 Years

In 2015, travel and tourism contributed $13.7 billion to Kentucky’s economy, the greatest impact in ten years.


Region experienced wider, more intense forest fires this spring

Forest fires in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia were more intense than usual this spring, resulting in the temporary closure of several sections of the Appalachian Trail.


The Changing Nature of Rural Electric Cooperatives in the 21st Century

Learn more about how rural electric cooperatives are leading the way to a more sustainable energy future, by helping their members pay for energy efficiency home improvements.


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