KFTC Press Releases

KFTC welcomes governor’s announcement, supports public input about vision and strategies for a just transition in Appalachia

Shaping Our Appalachian Region builds on groundwork from Appalachia's Bright Future Conference
October 28, 2013

KFTC members welcome plans for a summit in December to gather and share ideas about ways to build a healthy, diverse economy in eastern Kentucky – ideas that many of the region's residents have been exploring for several yerars. The summit was announced today by Gov. Steve Beshear, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and other elected officials.

Northern Kentucky Loves Democracy

Week of events to focus on keeping democracy healthy in a non-election year
October 25, 2013

The Northern Kentucky KFTC Chapter and several other local organizations and businesses are making possible a series of events to allow residents to interact with local officials, while also focusing on ways to strengthen our democractic institutions.

Groups Ask Court To Strike Rule That Lets Coal Companies Dump in Streams

Action demands Interior Department to reinstate “Stream Buffer Zone” safeguard
October 22, 2013

Just before leaving office, former President George Bush eliminated a key protection for Appalachian waterways known as the Stream Buffer Zone. The Obama administration pledged to reverse this action but thus far has failed to do so. Today a broad coalition of citizen and environmental groups asked the U.S. District Court to restore that protection.

The Price of Justice

Carmichael's and KFTC to Host West Virginia Attorney Bruce Stanley
August 14, 2013

Carmichael's Bookstore and KFTC will host a discussion and book signing with West Virginia attorney Bruce Stanley on Wednesday, August 21 at 7 PM at Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue. Mr. Stanley is one of the lawyers who led the battle to bring Massey Energy coal baron Don Blankenship to justice. This event is free and open to all.

KFTC member Ethan Hamblin receives 2013 Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Award

August 8, 2013

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has awarded 22-year-old Ethan Hamblin, a Berea College senior and KFTC member, of Gays Creek (Perry County) the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award.

Appalachia's Bright Future

April conference to focus creating economic opportunities
March 25, 2013

Eastern Kentucky’s economy is changing fast, and a group of folks in the region believe they can help move it in a positive direction. They’ll come together for three days to focus on the challenges and opportunities facing eastern Kentucky, and ways to shape a just transition for the region, at the Appalachia’s Bright Future: A Conversation on Shaping a Just Transition conference taking place April 19-21 in Harlan.

More Asthma, Heart Disease, Multiple Organ Disease, Cancer and General Illness in Kentucky Mountaintop Removal Community

March 18, 2013

Confirming the findings of similar studies, a new study  in the Journal of Rural Health reveals that people living in communities where mountaintop mining occurs experience higher levels of a variety of illnesses compared to non-mining areas close by.

Growing Appalachia Conference

Annual gathering looks to looks to help people save money and boost the local economy
February 22, 2013

Learning about ways to save and earn money through small-scale farming, energy efficiency and renewables will be the focus of the fourth Growing Appalachia Conference to be held March 9 in Prestonsburg. The day-long conference will provide information and skills for healthier living and greater self-sufficiency.

Singing for Democracy in Hazard

Consolidated Baptist Church will host November 4 event
October 23, 2012

The first-ever Singing for Democracy event in eastern Kentucky will take place November 4 at the Consolidated Baptist Church in Hazard.

Corps of Engineers challenged for failing to look at human cost of valley fill

Lawsuit contends Corps ignored numerous health studies
October 17, 2012

A recently issued valley fill permit that would destroy more than three miles of streams and allow one enormous valley fill at the Stacy Branch mine along the Perry and Knott County border in eastern Kentucky was challenged today for failing to consider the health of nearby residents and others downstream, as required by the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

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