Mtn Talk Monday: The Get Together – A Multicultural Symposium

When people think of Central Appalachia these days, it seems often the next words are “Trump Country”, or white working class. Is Central Appalachia homogenized? Are we a diverse group of people? What is the legacy of diversity in the coalfields of Appalachia? Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, Kentucky is delving in to the answers at their symposium on March 30th from 8:30am – 4:30pm called – The Get Together. In this episode, host Kelli Haywood speaks with Janie Beverly and Greta Slone who are members of the Diversity Committee for the college and helped to put together the events for the symposium. The group talks about diversity in Appalachia and just where we are with that these days. To reserve seating for the symposium email [email protected]

Mountain Talk is WMMT’s twice-weekly community space for conversation, airing each Monday & Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.  Mountain Talk programs focus on a variety of topics related to life in the mountains, including: food, community issues, art, health, and more.  Click here to hear past programs.

Mtn. Talk Monday: Seasonal Pet Care with Dr. Dustin Anderson

Dr. Dustin Anderson DVM of the Animal Wellness Center speaks with host Kelli Haywood about the importance of seasonally appropriate pet care for both indoor and outdoor pets. Dr. Anderson answers questions like – How should I best keep my outdoor dogs and cats warm in the winter months? Do you need flea protection in the winter time? Are those little doggie clothes actually useful or a waste of money? How do I make sure my indoor pets get enough exercise in bad weather? Do dogs and cats tolerate cold weather and heat better than humans do? … and MUCH more. Listen in for some interesting pet conversation and a few laughs to boot. Visit the Animal Wellness Center at www.animalwellnesscenterky.com.

 

Photo by Jade Amburgey ~ Alice the Pink Lady

Photo by Jade Amburgey ~ Alice the Pink Lady

Mountain Talk is WMMT’s twice-weekly community space for conversation, airing each Monday & Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.  Mountain Talk programs focus on a variety of topics related to life in the mountains, including: food, community issues, art, health, and more.  Click here to hear past programs.

CAW: Rural Road Erosion in Coalfields Appalachia #1

WMMT is excited to share our newest Special Feature which will be heard in Mountain News & World Report, Mountain Talk, Morning Dispatch and more…  Central Appalachia Wonders (CAW): You ask the questions that have been on your mind about the Central Appalachian region – WMMT listening area, and together we can find the answers.  If your question is chosen for a segment, you can be involved in reporting as much or as little as you’d like, and we’ll broadcast the answer on-air.  Those listeners who have a question chosen will also receive a WMMT t-shirt for their contribution.

For our first segment, CAW received a question from John Skaggs:

What is driving the problem with rural road erosion we are seeing in East Kentucky? Construction technique, maintenance schedule, weather?

WMMT’s Kelli Haywood sat down with Jason Forson, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College, and Mike Hansel, Environmental Manager with a Regional Energy Company, to dive in to the possible answers to John’s question.

SKCTC Assistant Professor Jason Forson and his BBQ Science Project

SKCTC Assistant Professor Jason Forson and his BBQ Science Project

Mike Hansel Environmental Manager taking soil samples at the site of a former gas station on Marion Branch in Kentucky

Mike Hansel Environmental Manager taking soil samples at the site of a former gas station on Marion Branch in Kentucky

It’s Fall Fund Drive!!

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Its Fall Fund Drive at WMMT!!! Be sure to tune into WMMT 88.7 and pledge to your favorite show today! We have several premiums to choose from for this Fall Fund Drive. 

  • A gift of $200 dollars includes a day of dedication (You choose a person to dedicate the whole day to)
  • A gift of $60 dollars includes a brand new WMMT t-shirt
  • A gift of $60 dollars includes a new June Appal Record Nikos Pappas “Lost in the Lowlands”
  • a $50 dollar gift includes a WMMT hat of your choice
  • Or a pledge of any size to keep your favorite radio station on air!

We couldn’t do it without all of our great listeners. 

Call toll free 1-888-396-1208 or right here at WMMT.org to make your Pledges!

 

WMMT Health Fair Brings Giant Colon & More:

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Community members lined up at the WMMT Health Fair and City of Whitesburg/Letcher County Farmers Market

The annual WMMT Health Fair was held on June 29 at the Letcher County Farmers’ Market in downtown Whitesburg. Organized by WMMT AmeriCorps VISTA Rance Garrison, the event brought health care providers from across three eastern Kentucky counties to Whitesburg to provide a variety of services and information to Letcher County residents at no cost.

Representatives from Pikeville Medical Center, Whitesburg ARH, and Hazard ARH provided basic health services, including blood pressure checks and blood glucose monitoring while representatives from Hospice of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Wellcare, and Kentucky Homeplace distributed information about the variety of services that their organizations provide. The Letcher County Extension Office’s Ann Bradley and Damaris Sexton led workshops on healthy eating and the harmful effects of sugar consumption and Kentucky River Community Care and Rising Center staff members provided information on mental health services and sexual violence prevention and counseling. Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation was also on hand to provide information about their Farmacy program, which supports local farmers and increases patient access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Lastly, the Kentucky Cancer Center was on hand to provide Letcher County residents with resources for cancer screenings. They also brought their giant inflatable colon, which proved to be a fun and educational hit with the crowd.

WMMT wants to thank you to the Letcher County Farmers’ Market and all of the participants and attendees for making this our biggest and best health fair yet.

Mtn. Talk Monday: Pet Care Basics with Dr. Dustin Anderson, DVM

Are you thinking about getting a pet, or do you already own one? Spring is the season where we tend to see plenty of puppies and kittens around. So, it’s timely that in this episode of Mountain Talk Monday our guest is Dr. Dustin Anderson, DVM with the Animal Wellness Center in Pikeville, KY. Dr. Anderson and host Kelli Haywood discuss basic pet care, budget care, pet allergies and food, and the most common diseases of dogs and cats. Plus, listen to learn more about pet adoption and the efforts of the Appalachian SPCA.   We appreciate your sharing our program with your friends and comments are always welcome.

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Mountain Talk is WMMT’s twice-weekly community space for conversation, airing each Monday & Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.  Mountain Talk programs focus on a variety of topics related to life in the mountains, including: food, community issues, art, health, and more.  Click here to hear past programs.