Coalgood, KY

Name released in deadly Bell County crash

BALKAN, Ky. (WYMT) - A Bell County woman is dead after a single car crash Tuesday evening. According to officials from Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan, one car was traveling along KY-2012 near the intersection with Balkan Road when the car crashed. 42-year-old Elizabeth Noe of Balkan was...
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Kingsport Times-News

Assistant chief: Appalachia Fire and Rescue layoffs on hold

APPALACHIA — Appalachia Fire and Rescue has put plans to lay off personnel on hold. Travis Anderson, the organization’s assistant chief, said Tuesday that discussions with some members of the Wise County Board of Supervisors led to a change in last week’s plans to lay off some of the 12 paid fire and EMS personnel and stop providing medical service.
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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...

Trio plead guilty to federal drug cases related to two overdose victims in Wise County

A trio of now-convicted drug dealers from Southwest Virginia pleaded guilty to supplying teenagers with pills laced with fentanyl. Paul Mason Perkins, 20, of Big Stone Gap, and Austin Jeremiah Lane, 22, and Cheyenne Carrico, 20, both of Norton, now await sentencing in a federal case linked to drug conspiracy from a pressed pill operation based in California.
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...
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...
Johnson City Press

Appalachian Young Writers campers see fruit of summer work

BIG STONE GAP — Seventy-three students from Union Primary and Middle schools are ahead of the curve if asked to write an essay on what they did over the summer when they go back to school. The students, part of the Appalachian Writing Project’s summer Young Writers Camp, came...

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.

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."

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.

Gipson Named President-Elect of AAPA Student Academy Board

Lincoln Memorial University-School of Medical Science (LMU-SMS) Physician Assistant student Kierra Gipson, class of 2023, has been named 2022 American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) president-elect for the Student Academy Board of Directors. In her first year as a PA student, Gipson was elected as an AAPA Student Academy Representative...