About Tina Parker

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

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, when […]

By |March 17th, 2017|appalachia|0 Comments

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 strives […]

By |March 9th, 2017|appalachia|0 Comments

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 years […]

By |January 12th, 2017|appalachia|0 Comments

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 hurt […]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Housing|0 Comments

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 opened […]

By |November 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 leverage […]

By |October 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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. […]

By |October 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments