Heartwood Chef Barry Boothe forages the farms and farmers’ markets of Southwest Virginia for his new Rooted in Appalachia menu. Heirloom vegetables, grass-fed beef, and most anything else that’s in season makes its way into everything from daily lunch specials and soups to the ever-bountiful Farm Fresh Sunday Gospel Brunch, Thursday Night BBQ, and Virginia […]
Cafe Alona: International Cuisine in Your Backyard
by Wallace Coffey, Bristol, Tennessee When the name Alona Kennedy comes to mind for birders in our mountain region, it immediately evokes warm memories of good days and good times at Raven Ridge Bed and Breakfast and Campground and great dishes served at her Hummingbird Cafe near Hayter’s Gap on Clinch Mountain. Many birders have […]
Is There a Middle Road in the Mountain Top Removal Debate?
Over thirty years ago, the Federal Surface Mining Act was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. I was invited to attend the Rose Garden signing ceremony because of the work that I and many others had done to get the Act passed. When he signed the bill, President Carter complained that the bill had been “watered down” and said he hoped it would be a start for stronger laws to come.
Higher Education in the Mountains: The Appalachian School of Law
by Dr. Lu Ellsworth This is Part 2, covering the impact of the Appalachian School of Law on our region. Part 1, an overview of the history and impact of UVa.-Wise, was in Issue #1 of Mountain Peeks. Look for Part 3, discussing the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Buchanan County, Virginia, in Issue #3 of Mountain Peeks. Living off the land, […]
Conservation Group Seeks Sponsors to Publish Educational Book about the Upper Tennessee Watershed in Virginia
The Virginia headwaters of the Upper Tennessee River consist of three river systems — the Holston, Clinch, and Powell — which together contain more species and varieties of plants and animals than any other watershed in continental North America. The heavily-forested and mountainous region contains 48 imperiled fish and mussel species, 21 of which are […]
Litter Prevention in Southwest Virginia
Throughout the Southwest Virginia region, the presence of litter affects not only the appearance of the landscape and the negative attitude of others toward those of us who live here, but it is also a deterrent to tourism and new industry. Although dramatic progress has been made over the past several years to clean up as well as to change attitudes and habits, litter and illegal dump sites continue to mar many roadways, mountainsides, and streams in our otherwise beautiful area.
Miller Auction in Richlands: No Ordinary Event
by Frank Kilgore In the old Sears building across from the Richlands High School, a special event occurs on the first and third Saturday of each month. Hundreds of people show up at Miller?s Auction House where Cedar Bluff and Richlands meet, but no one seems to mind which town they are in when the […]
Appalachian College of Pharmacy Awarded Full Accreditation
The Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) (www.acpharm.org) recently announced that the college has been advanced from candidate status to full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
Miniature Cattle: More Beef for the Buck?
For the past fifty years or so, the American rancher took pride in breeding the largest cattle that could stand up on their own four legs. Super breeds emerged, some so big that many times cows died giving birth, and super-sized calves had to be strapped upright until their legs could develop enough strength to […]