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Mtn. News: Investing in Ourselves

Mtn. News: Investing in Ourselves

Folks painting a mural in Cumberland, KY as part of the first ever Great Mountain Mural Mega Fest in August, 2018.


In this episode we bring you two stories about local efforts to invest in our towns and communities, both recorded by WMMT’s Mimi Pickering.

First we’ll learn about the recent Naloxone Training held at the Letcher County Health Department, on July 26, 2018.  The event included  a free training on how to spot and respond to an opioid overdose, and upon completion of the training, participants received free Naloxone nasal spray to take home.

The KY Pharmacy Emergency Response Unit Truck handed out the Naloxone spray, and the Aids Volunteers Inc. mobile clinic provided free onsite HIV & Hepatitis C testing.

188 people attended the event, which organizers explained is the largest attendance they’ve had at a training so far.

Nearly completed mural at the Mural Mega Fest, Cumberland, KY. August 2018.

In the second piece we learn about the first ever Great Mountain Mega Mural Fest held in Harlan County, KY the first weekend in August.  The event brought together local, regional, and national artists, community planners, activists, and citizens to create a collaborative mural on a building in Cumberland, KY.  The event was hosted by the Southeast KY Revitalization Project based at the Godbey Appalachian Center of Southeast KY Community and Technical College.  Muralists from Minneapolis, MN based Good Space Murals led the painting process.






arts & culture,
drug epidemic,
economic transition,
mountain healthcare,
public art,
small business,