Kentucky Reaches Settlement in Radioactive Waste Dumping

Kentucky officials have reached a $168,000 settlement with one of the companies accused of being involved in the dumping of radioactive waste in a landfill. | April 14, 2017, at 4:26 p.m. FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials said Friday they reached a $168,000 settlement with one of the companies accused of being involved in …

It was the world’s largest company coal town. As it turns 100, it fights to stay alive.

http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article134813224.html#emlnl=Morning_Newsletter   Lynch resident Mike O'Bradovich talks about the 100th birthday of the historic Harlan County coal town. Bill Estep [email protected] By Bill Estep [email protected] LYNCH The valley along Looney Creek in Harlan County was a wooded wilderness in 1917 when U.S. Steel, hungry for coal to make steel during World War I, bought 19,000 …

AppHarvest’s 2 million square-foot greenhouse will rank among the world’s largest,

02-23-2017 AppHarvest to locate high-tech greenhouse in Pikeville, creating 140 jobs on reclaimed mine site Kentucky Press News ServiceFRANKFORT - Agricultural startup AppHarvest plans to build a $50 million high-tech greenhouse, creating 140 full-time jobs in Pikeville at a former surface coal mine repurposed for new industry, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday.“AppHarvest’s project will bring …

Coal Miners continue to suffer on this, the last day of 2016….for some, nothing changes, it only gets worse.

      Below is two stories which caught my eye this morning concerning coal mining and coal miners.  It is the last day of 2016 and still, they suffer.  Between job loss and illness and an ultimate death from Black Lung, these people who have worked their entire lives to dig coal so that …

On 23 Acres of hillside placed in the Appalachian Mountains…

      If I Never Farm Another Day: What 'Sometimes' Farming has Given Me. . . Maybe I am A 'Sometimes' Farmer, frankly. I love a fancy heeled shoe, flash and traveling around for food I didn't prepare. For six long and short years, I have dreaded drought and snow. I have carried milk …

2007: Kentucky goes after ‘Marijuana Belt’ growers

(A historical post from 2007 about marijuana eradication in Kentucky)   Posted 9/30/2007 Kentucky state police, National Guard members, Drug Enforcement Administration agents, U.S. Forest Service spotters and others are part of a strike force based in London, Ky., that works dawn to dark to eradicate marijuana harvests. The remote and rugged terrain, including the …

A Bike Tour of Eastern Kentucky‘s Back Roads

  Ale-8-One is a ginger-ale-like soda usually sold in glass bottles and popular in the hills of eastern Kentucky. During a bike trip through the region last month, for example, I washed down a burger with one on the back porch of a bed-and-breakfast owned by a man who once walked more than 3,000 miles …

Kentucky awards contract to improve Internet

Adam Beam, Associated Press 7:31 a.m. EST December 24, 2014 FRANKFORT, Ky. – An Australian-based investment firm will build and manage a 3,000-mile network of fiber optic cables across Kentucky that state officials say will improve broadband access and cellphone service in some of the country's most impoverished areas. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Republican …

Let’s talk about DOJ enforcement of marijuana laws…(on Tribal Lands)

In reference to the last post regarding the enforcement of marijuana laws on tribal lands: Justice Department on Thursday will tell U.S. attorneys to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on the sovereign lands Today, via this link, the Department of Justice, as reported by the LA Times has/will produce a "Memorandum" concerning the …

5 arrested in protest against coal magnate Jim Justice in downtown Roanoke

  By Jordan Fifer and Jeff Sturgeon | The Roanoke Times A group of protesters who unfurled a large banner criticizing coal magnate Jim Justice and the practices of his Roanoke-based mining company caused a spectacle in downtown Roanoke on Thursday morning, prompting a large police and fire response to take down the display. Five …

Hemp homecoming: Rebirth sprouts in Kentucky

  MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Call it a homecoming for hemp: Marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin is undergoing a rebirth in a state at the forefront of efforts to reclaim it as a mainstream crop. Researchers and farmers are producing the first legal hemp crop in generations in Kentucky, where hemp has turned into a political cause …

What’s the Matter With Eastern Kentucky?

    There are many tough places in this country: the ghost cities of Detroit, Camden and Gary, the sunbaked misery of inland California and the isolated reservations where Native American communities were left to struggle. But in its persistent poverty, Eastern Kentucky — land of storybook hills and drawls ­ — just might be …

NASHVILLE, TN: Civil War: The Untold Story

The Untold Story is a visually stunning and absorbing new 5-hour documentary series that breaks new ground by examining the war through the lens of the Western Theater – battles in the strategic lands between the Appalachians and Mississippi River. Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) the series premieres nationally on public television stations beginning …

State ag commissioner updates Boyle chamber on hemp production

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:17 am By VICTORIA ALDRICH [email protected] Of all the plants that humans have cultivated throughout history, few are as versatile as hemp. Its fibers easily convert into rope, clothing and furniture material, insulation, plastics, paper and mulch. Its seeds are perfect for birdseed, hemp milk, protein powder and fish bait. …

Can Legalizing Marijuana Help Appalachia?

By Michael P. Tremoglie   NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Will legalizing marijuana help or hinder some of the poorest of Americans? Appalachia has long been known for intractable poverty, coal and moonshine. But what many do not know is that marijuana is an Appalachian cash crop. Some say it will only help; after all, Appalachians …