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Southeast graduate turns side hustle into a career

Harlan native Ben Cochran worked underground for 15 years before making a career change. The deciding factor, according to Cochran, was watching his father struggle with black lung disease after 40-plus years in the mines. “I was laid off. I knew I could get a job with another company, but...
Claiborne Progress

Area happenings, church events, cemetery news, reunions and society items

AUG. 6 (deadline July 24) •The Powell Valley High School Class of 1958 and all other alumni will hold its Reunion on Aug. 6 beginning at noon at Shelley Belle Restaurant on the Powell River in Harrogate. We must have a headcount so contact Betty Jo Pittman at: 865-933-8943 or, email: no later than July 24.

County discusses Coal Miner’s Memorial

During a recent meeting, the Harlan County Fiscal heard from city of Harlan Mayor Joe Meadors regarding some concerns about the Coal Miner’s Memorial monument that stands on the lawn of the Harlan County Courthouse. Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley called on Meadors to address the court early in...
Claiborne Progress

Do you know what your candidates think? County Mayor Brooks profile

My name is Joe Brooks. I was born in Tazewell, TN. My parents were Jerry R Brooks and Patricia Lynn (Collins) Brooks of Tazewell. I graduated high school in 1988. I served in the US Navy. I have a BA in Philosophy and a Masters in Social Work. I operate Brooks Farms and am the current County Mayor.

Billie Jean Cawood, 91

Billie Jean Cawood, 91 of Harlan passed away Sunday morning of June 26, 2022. Retired Harlan Co. Board of Education Teacher. Widow of Billy Joe Cawood. She is survived by her loving children, Stephanna Cawood and Peter Figgis of Richmond, James C. “J.C.” Cawood and Debbie of Harlan; grandchildren, Ashley Cawood and Jamie Cawood; 7 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Donnie Dixon of Irvine, KY.
Kingsport Times-News

Nancy Ann Hall

PENNINGTON GAP, VA - Nancy Ann Hall, 70, of Pennington Gap, VA, and formally of Gate City passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Lonesome Pine Hospital after several years of declining health and a brief battle with lung cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents and 2...

Michael "Badhair" Williams – Steve and the Snake

Michael "Badhair" Williams is from the North Carolina Mountains, the heart of Appalachia. He has been telling Appalachian folk tales on stage since 1975. Television, radio, and rock videos have pushed storytelling into the corners with the cobwebs. "Badhair" sweeps it back out, pulling from his Appalachian heritage the tales that delighted our grandparents, and now delight our children and ourselves. Michael "Badhair" Williams has been telling stories in schools and at festivals across the country for over three decades. He has delighted audiences from rural Appalachia to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and across the nation in school libraries and auditoriums. Michael "Badhair" says about storytelling, "My goals are, first, to educate students, to give them an idea of what Appalachian culture is. I try to dispel the stereotype of the 'Beverly Hillbillies' and 'Green Acres.' I hope that through exposure to my stories they may also discover their own cultural heritage in the folk tale section of their library or in classroom follow-up. My second goal is to entertain the students. This facilitates learning. I believe these have been the goals of storytellers throughout history."
Claiborne Progress

Do you know what your candidates think? Graham Wilson profile

My name is Graham Wilson. First in my life, I am a husband and father. My wife Amanda and I have two children, Madelyn and Aubree. I am a career prosecutor, and I have worked my entire career in Claiborne County. I have been employed with the District Attorney General’s Office since 2012, and I have been the lead prosecutor in Claiborne County since 2014. During that time, I have handled thousands of criminal cases, and I have tried numerous jury trials, including 6 homicide trials. I have never been hired by any person; my client my entire career has been the people of Claiborne County.

Power restored in Claiborne Co. after tree breaks 3 utility poles

CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Powell Valley Electric Cooperative crews restored power for nearly 100 Claiborne County residents after a fallen tree broke multiple utility poles, a social media post from the company shared. A spokesperson said a large Oak tree fell in the Cumberland Gap and Harrogate area near...

Green Dragons close summer play with wins

The Harlan Green Dragons ended summer basketball with two victories at Leslie County. Jaedyn Gist scored 23 points as Harlan rolled to an 85-39 win over Lee County. Kyler McLendon added 15 points. Harlan defeated the host Eagles 53-35 as Will Austin poured in 18 points, Kaleb McLendon scored 14.
Kingsport Times-News

Jessie Lee Stidham, Sr.

STONEGA, VA - Jessie Lee Stidham, Sr., 85, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at Norton Community Hospital. He was born in Keokee, Va. and lived most of his life in Stonega. Mr. Stidham was a coal miner with the Elrow Coal Company and a member of the U.M.W.A. He was a devoted member of the Appalachia Pentecostal Church in Appalachia, Va.