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Southeast Kentucky Technical and Community College ATP students are working with the community to revive downtown Harlan

The Harlan Community Hopes to see "resurgence" in downtown.

Months ago Harlan received a nearly $600,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission as part of an initiative to bring new life to the downtown Harlan area. One of the centerpieces in the revitalization being the old Belk building on East Central Street in downtown Harlan.

The entire story is available for viewing at the Mountain News WYMT website:



UT Students at Pickett Civilian Conservation Corps Memorial State Park

The 2017 University of Tennessee ATP class working with the staff of Pickett Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Memorial State Park in Fentress County, TN.  During this effort, UT students will work with area stakeholders including Jamestown Mayor Darlene Monday Davis,  as well as park manager Travis Stover and his staff.





LECTURE:  Resurgence of Black Lung Disease in Appalachian Coal Miners

6:00 pm, Tuesday September 26, 2017
Millennium Centre 2nd Floor Ballroom
Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Blackley and Dr. Laney are Epidemiologists with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Dr. Crum is a private practice radiologist.   They are among the co-authors on several recent publications on this important and evolving topic including  and --reports that received significant national attention. 

David Blackley received a Doctor of Public Health degree from the ETSU College of Public Health in May 2013.  He then began a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.  He is assigned to the Respiratory Health Division, part of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, based in Morgantown, West Virginia.  He also spent time in West Africa responding to the Ebola outbreak, and reported on collaborative efforts to rapidly reduce Ebola transmission: 

Now in its eleventh year, the Leading Voices in Public Health lecture series has been bringing internationally respected thought leaders to our region to speak on issues of key importance to the public’s welfare.    Previous speakers, including many archived videos can be seen at: 

For those of you in the Tri-Cities area, there will be a meet-and-greet with the speakers starting at 5:15.

Black Lung Poster Info



Harlan Premiere: 3 New Documentaries from AMI

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2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference

Thanks to Virginia Tech for hosting this year's Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference.  It was great to see so many ATP students, faculty adn alumni on the conference.

Photo Gallery of 2017 ASA Conference







Crawdad/It's Good To Be Young In The Mountains (G2BYITM)

You are invited to help plan a three-day youth-driven arts and music festival/conference to take place at SKCTC April 21-23, 2017 in Harlan County. The planning meeting will take place Thursday, January 12, 2017, at 3:00 pm in Room 119 of the Godbey Appalachian Center on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. The event, which will take place mostly in Cumberland, is a combination of Crawdad and It’s Good To Be Young in the Mountains (IG2BYITM). Since 2008, Crawdad has been a forum for mostly young, mostly local artists and bands, selected by SKCTC students and others working on the Crawdad committee. It’s Good To Be Young in the Mountains was a conference held in Harlan in 2015, organized by youth leadership from throughout Appalachia and included concerts, exhibits, and workshops designed for youth by youth. The April event will include a Friday night Crawdad concert, IG2BYITM workshops all day Saturday, a concert Saturday night, and a wrap-up on Sunday. We need help with food, music, art, workshops, all of it. Lead coordinator Cassidy Wright -  - says she wants the event to be “inclusive, unifying, welcoming, feel free and safe, and make people feel hopeful.” Please come help make it so.




ATP is Well Represented at ARC's Fall Conference

The Appalachian Regional Commission’s Aspire Appalachia: Collaborations in Rural Development conference was held on August 30 and 31, 2016, in Johnson City, TN.  Several Appalachian Teaching Project directors were in attendance, as well as our friends from the ARC staff.  The conference focused on strategies Appalachia’s rural communities are using to build strong, resilient local economics.  The highlights included a plenary session on the Region’s emerging next generation leaders and what they are bringing to their communities.

Photo Gallery of ARC's Fall Conference







ATP 2016 Planning Retreat

The Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP), conducted a planning retreat May 16-17, 2016, hosted by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University.  Consultant Nina Gregg, of Communication Resources, Maryville, Tennessee facilitated the retreat.  ATP Fellows from 12 participating institutions were in attendance, along with ATP Director Roberta Herrin, Kostas Skordas, Director, Division of Regional Planning and Research with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and Sue Moreland, Senior Program Manager with the ARC.

The retreat was designed to provide a “stimulating and supportive space for inquiry, learning and deliberating together” as the group evaluated and revised ATP guidelines to ensure a strong linkage to the ARC’s new strategic plan: Investing in Appalachia's Future: The Appalachian Regional Commission's Five-Year Strategic Plan for Capitalizing on Appalachia's Opportunities, 2016–2020.  The retreat also served to strengthen community and welcome several new Fellows to the program.  The event was a great success and resulted in a much improved scope of work for 2016-17, ensuring a strengthened ATP for the future.

Educational Institutions Represented:

Auburn University
Alfred State College
Appalachian State University
East Tennessee State University
Fairmont State University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Morehead State University
Radford University
SE Kentucky Technical and Community College
University of North Georgia
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
University of Tennessee
Zane State College

Photo Gallery of 2016 ATP Retreat 


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