President Donald Trump intends to tap a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's staff to serve as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. Trump intends to nominate Tim Thomas - now in his second stint as a McConnell staff member in Kentucky and who also worked in former Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration - to help oversee the ARC, the White House said Thursday in a news release.
Davis, a native of Bluefield, Va., currently lives in Richmond. She writes about Appalachian issues on The Homesick Appalachian website.
People living in Appalachia are more likely to die sooner than in the rest of the United States, a new study found. The study looked at life expectancy and infant mortality from 1990 to 2013 in Appalachia, a 205,000-square mile region that stretches across 12 states from northern Mississippi to New York.
The fact that people will read his book, and assume that all Appalachian people are trying to actively run away from their culture, and that if they are smart, they will understand it to be less than and the people they came from to be crazy lunatics is, to me, one of the more personal attacks that Vance hurls at Appalachian people in his 261-page simultaneous fetishization and admonishment of my culture. "Elegy" has no class, no heart, and no warmth.
In this Nov. 15, 2016 photo, a mechanized shovel loads coal from an 80-feet thick seam into a haul truck at Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek mine near Decker, Mont. Coal from the mine is shipped to power plants for generating electricity.
Mike Kirk leans across the counter of the pawnshop where he works for $11 an hour. It's less than half what he made in the mines, but the best he can do these days.