Tina Parker

About the author: Tina Parker is a member of Fahe’s Communication Team. She lives and writes in Berea, Kentucky.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol – Appalachian Travel Guide

Aptly, my final article in this travel series took me home again. I grew up in Bristol—on the Virginia side, which is very important to note for folks familiar with Tri-Cities lore. As a youngster, I loved to lip sync to Madonna like most 80s girls, but I had no idea about the rich tradition… Read More>

Region’s Rich Cultural Heritage Comes to Life at Museum of Appalachia

The peacocks are strutting, the goats are bleating, and the schoolchildren are touring. It’s a typical day at the Museum of Appalachia, where visitors can shop for local goods, tour historic homes, hear old-time music, or simply watch the sheep being sheared. A living history center of the Southern Appalachian region, the Museum of Appalachia… Read More>

An evening of Old Time Music at a stop on the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail

I grew up very near the Carter Family Fold, at least by the way the crow flies. Because the road from where I grew up in Bristol to Hiltons is indeed crooked—and one of the most scenic drives you’ll encounter in the mountains—it takes a good forty-five minutes to drive there from my hometown. However… Read More>

Leadership Development Key to Leading Central Appalachia through Economic Transition

It’s a Friday night but the work day hasn’t ended for a group of folks representing nonprofits and small businesses in Central Appalachia. They gather at one of Kentucky’s state parks with a shared vision—to become effective leaders working across sectors toward a bright future in the region. In this time of economic transition, Fahe… Read More>

Fahe’s Appalachian Travel Guide hits the Grand Ole Opry

When I was in high school, I lived under an hour from Nashville. I visited pretty often back then (it was the 90s). Downtown wasn’t a place you’d want to linger in after dark, and it may (or may not) be true that I saw Garth Brooks in concert at the Opry. Fast forward 20… Read More>

Easy Weatherization for Your Home

“I’m done with this cold weather!” That’s what I hear coworkers exclaim as they enter our office these frosty winter mornings. However sad it may be, the reality is that winter has only just begun. We need fuzzy socks, cozy robes, chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Oh. . . and energy efficient houses wouldn’t… Read More>

Conquering Educational Isolation: Providing Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training Across Economic and Regional Divides

Fahe’s service area of Central Appalachia faces the challenge of geographic isolation, requiring innovative solutions to expand opportunities. Fahe Member Community Housing Partners (CHP) offers an exciting training option that eliminates the need to travel those backroads. CHP has offered on-site training at its Energy Solutions Research and Training Center in Christiansburg, VA, since it… Read More>

Appalachia HEAT Squad

Fahe Receives $1M to Support Economic Transition in Eastern Kentucky

Fahe was awarded $1 million by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through their POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. This funding will support our Appalachia HEAT Squad® program which was designed to stimulate housing production and create new jobs that will keep coal mine-impacted workers in their home communities. Fahe will… Read More>

What goes into building a house? During a time of economic transition from a coal economy, Fahe’s partners in eastern Kentucky look to coal miners for answers

Fahe and our Members are creating solutions to keep displaced miners and their families in their communities. Seeking new partners is a crucial step, and Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) is a welcome ally. HCTC is honing in on the fact that unemployed miners have specialized skillsets that translate well to jobs in housing… Read More>