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Troubled Waters: Tennessee Families Stand Up for a Clean Environment

Troubled Waters: Tennessee Families Stand Up for a Clean Environment

CLAIRFIELD, Tenn. — On the northern slope of Cooper Ridge – a long, low-slung rise in Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains – sits the 127-year-old Hatfield Cemetery, a well-maintained strip of flower-adorned plots where gravestones older than a century sit next to still-fresh graves. Bright pink ribbons hang in the tree branches surrounding the cemetery, marking 100 feet from […]

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

When the Economic Development Authority of McDowell County in West Virginia announced the opening of a privately-owned prison in 2006, hundreds of laid-off coal miners expected jobs would flood into this rural county, where only one in three people is employed. In the following months, those jobs did come but a significant portion went to […]

Court in Ky. OKs Temporary Stop to Mountaintop Mining

Court in Ky. OKs Temporary Stop to Mountaintop Mining

  A federal order to stop mountaintop coal mining at the Stacy Branch site in Eastern Kentucky will stay in place, at least temporarily, as environmental groups argue an appeal about a permit and what they say are public health issues, Earthjustice, a legal defense fund, reported last week.  The Sept. 3 decision from the […]