Season Four

Buildings in Pennington Gap

In season four, Save Our Towns followed Pennington Gap, located in Virginia’s westernmost county.











Save Our Towns, Season 4, Episode 1, Small business TLC

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.



Save Our Towns, Season 4, Episode 2 - Going green and cleanEpisode 2:

Embracing the use of clean energy is the goal in Boone, North Carolina, where town leaders made national headlines after resolving to end the use of fossil fuels by 2050.



Save Our Towns Season 4, Episode 3, Books bring businessEpisode 3:

In Vinton, Virginia, town leaders discovered that locating a new library downtown would provide a boost for other businesses.




Save Our Towns, Season 4, Episode 4, Sustainable WilliamsonEpisode 4:

In Williamson, West Virginia, popularly known as the “Heart of the Billion Dollar Coalfield,” town leaders are investing in life after coal.




Save Our Towns, Season 4, Episode 5 - Storytelling Capital of the WorldEpisode 5:

In search of the town’s most marketable claim to fame, residents of Jonesborough, Tennessee, sought out the help of a consultant. In the end, the answer was obvious: positioning the town as the “Storytelling Capital of the World.”



Save Our Towns, Season 4, Episode 6 - Pikeville's perfect stormEpisode 6:

More than a decade ago, city officials in Pikeville, Kentucky, envisioned a future beyond strip mining. Leaders took a risk on a huge investment that paid off — an industrial park that was filled within 10 months.



Save Our Towns, Season 4, Episode 7, St. Paul prospers on the Western FrontEpisode 7:

When we last visited St. Paul, Virginia, town leaders were intent on transforming one of its historic downtown buildings. Their persistence paid off with the recent opening of the Western Front Hotel.



Save Our Towns, Season 4, Episode 8 - Fighting the opioid epidemicEpisode 8:

Huntington, West Virginia, has not been immune to the opioid crisis that rages throughout Appalachia — but the response of its mayor has earned national recognition.



Save Our Towns, Season 4 - Pennington Gap Wrap-upPennington Gap Wrap-up:

Take a look back over the past year of progress in Pennington Gap, Virginia.