Princeton Alumni News: Karen Rignall ’92 *94: Understanding Appalachia Through Storytelling

Princeton Alumni News: Karen Rignall ’92 *94: Understanding Appalachia Through Storytelling

High school students in Rignall’s Stories of Place project visited a coal-impoundment lake and found that a family cemetery had been established on its banks about 150 years ago.

When most Americans think of the coal region of eastern Kentucky, they think of poverty — but Karen Rignall ’92 *94 is determined to help residents of Martin County, Ky., tell their own stories. 

 An assistant professor in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Community and Leadership Development and in the Department of Sociology, Rignall obtained a $50,000 public-engagement fellowship from the Whiting Foundation in 2018 to help her undertake a project she has called “Stories of Place in Martin County.” The project enables area high school students and their families to reexamine their community — physically, historically, and socially — to develop a better understanding of what it has been through and what it might become.


Global Positive News Network interview with Betsy Taylor

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October 20, 2019 Full Measure with Sharyl Attkinson interview with Craig Williams

Kentucky Water District Known for poor service may become the state’s most expensive

Customers of a Kentucky water district notorious for reports of poor water quality and frequent outages are at risk of another major rate hike, potentially making “the worst water district … in the state of Kentucky,” as one official put it, one of the most expensive.


Sep 23, 2019 Richmond Register – ‘Leave a legacy’: Officials look forward at economic development post de-mil

As Madison County and the two cities move toward closing the pilot plant at the Blue Grass Army Depot, there is a heightened concern about what to do at the end of the day with all the workers, infrastructure and future of the site after demilitarization is no longer in 2023.

“I just wanted to point out the significant impact economically that the transition from the chemical weapons operation will have on the community, both from BGAD standpoint of employees and the taxpayers, and so on, that are going to be affected by our community once those weapons are gone,” Craig Williams, co-chair of the Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission and Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board (CDCAB), said.


Bill Bryant interviews Craig Williams on Kentucky Newsmakers

June 2, 2019

Bill Bryant interviews Craig Williams about the neutralization of deadly nerve agents and chemical weapons stored at the Bluegrass Army Depot in Madison County.