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On Aug. 24, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in advancing a $3.5 trillion infrastructure proposal that would greatly improve the lives of the people in Appalachia. This proposal is a long-awaited answer to our prayers.

Piano lessons as children contributed to music as a profession for sisters Whitney and Caroline Miller. Together, they perform as The Maggie Valley Band. Hear them stretch their musical muscles on Saturday, April 17 at Capone’s in Johnson City.

An Appalachia man and a Pennington Gap man have been charged with second-degree murder and firearms charges following shootings Tuesday, according to a news release from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

A recent article in the New York Times asked if a coal town can reinvent itself. It spoke of the millions of dollars in federal and state money that have gone into a town that has yet to see a viable job alternative to the black mineral that makes our steel, heats our homes and turns on the lights. Coal has spent over 100 years as the fuel of Appalachia, and now in its waning years faced with competition from natural gas, nuclear power and green energy, our region is faced with an unclear future.

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