Glen Lyn’s one-of-a-kind mayor explains his modus operandi, and Save Our Towns mentor Andrew Davis offers his best-yet advice to towns.
This one-minute preview provides a snapshot of what to expect in Save Our Towns, Season 5, which will follow the town of Marion and provide great aerial views of the mountain valley pipeline construction in southwest Virginia county.
Take a look back over the past year of progress in Pennington Gap, Virginia.
Episode 1: Damascus, Virginia, provides our first Example of Awesome in the season four opener, and we introduce Pennington Gap, the town we’ll be following for a year. Episode 2: Embracing the use of clean energy is the goal in Boone, North Carolina,… Continue Reading Season Four
We close out season four of Save Our Towns with a visit to Huntington, West Virginia, the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary about the opioid epidemic in Appalachia, to see what the city has done to combat the crisis. Our monthly visit to Pennington Gap highlights the hard work of its community volunteers, while in… Continue Reading Season 4, Episode 8
The latest episode of Save Our Towns takes us back to St. Paul, Virginia, the first town we followed for a year. Back then, mayor Kyle Fletcher was intent on turning a historical building into a boutique hotel. Now that dream has been realized with the opening of the Western Front Hotel. After years of… Continue Reading Season 4, Episode 7
In this month’s Example of Awesome, we take a look at Pikeville, Kentucky. Envisioning a future beyond strip mining, city officials took a risk on building a new industrial park — and filled it within just 10 months. The Pennington Gap update delves further into the study performed by researchers from Virginia Tech’s Institute for… Continue Reading Season 4, Episode 6
The latest episode of Save Our Towns takes us to Jonesborough, Tennessee. While known as the “oldest town in Tennessee,” Jonesborough town leaders discovered that its real claim to fame was its rich tradition of storytelling. The expert tip comes from former mayor Jimmy Neil Smith, who began the first National Storytelling Festival in 1973… Continue Reading Season 4, Episode 5
The latest episode of Save Our Towns takes us to Williamson, West Virginia, where the Sustainable Williamson project has focused on positioning the town for life after coal. Meanwhile, we see how the renovation of the Lee Theatre in Pennington Gap, Virginia, has been the key to the town’s revitalization. Maxwell’s Number highlights the “Local… Continue Reading Season 4, Episode 4
In this month’s episode of Save Our Towns, we visit Vinton, Virginia, where a brand new library is boosting business downtown. Meanwhile, town leaders in Pennington Gap, Virginia, discuss how critical it is for the hospital to reopen in Lee County. In Maxwell’s Number, we learn some eye-opening facts about coal’s decline, while author Jo… Continue Reading Season 4, Episode 3