A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Contributing Writers


Hemp Finds a Home

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A hempcrete house high in the mountains of West Virginia demonstrates that industrial hemp is a viable alternative for homebuilders.

Pristine Waters At Bottom Creek Gorge

Bottom Creek

The Bottom Creek Gorge Preserve in Montgomery County, Va., contains more than 5 miles of trails and the second-highest waterfall in the state.

Betting the Farm on a “Wild West” Hemp Economy in Appalachia

man in front of hemp field

Ever-changing laws and regulations, a saturated CBD market and high operating costs are stressing the region’s industrial hemp farmers.

State Environmental Agencies See Cuts to Funding, Staffing

A recent report shows that the federal government and 30 states reduced funding for environmental agencies from 2008 to 2018.

Oak Ridge Funding is Secure; Waste Cleanup Remains Uncertain

Tennessee regulators, communities and grassroots groups have yet to resolve a dispute with federal agencies on how to handle hazardous waste at a superfund site in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

A dispute between federal agencies and Tennessee regulators over how to handle hazardous waste at a superfund site in Oak Ridge, Tenn.,

Multi-State Healthcare Merger Draws Months-Long Protest

When a Kingsport, Tenn., hospital merged with Ballad Health, the monopoly healthcare provider drastically cut back the hospital’s services – sparking a months-long 24/7 protest.

Giants of the Smokies

person by tree

Exploring the old-growth forest at Albright Grove.

Play Bears Witness to Knoxville’s Red Summer, 100 Years Later

“Red Summer,” a performance by The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc., highlights an episode of racial violence in Knoxville, Tenn., that occurred after a Black man was falsely accused of murder in 1919.

Idle Lands

looney ridge surface mine

Republished from Ohio Valley ReSource: A legal loophole allows coal mines, like those owned by the Justice family, to sit idle for years instead of being reclaimed in a timely manner.

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.