Highlights: From the Heart of Our Community, is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.
The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications and Jim Strawn & Company.
The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.
We interviewed Cody Richards, Marketing Coordinator for Green Mining Model Business Program. He spoke excitedly about a new economy for West Virgina; green mining.
He explained that by reclaiming abandoned mine sites and other acreage throughout the region, our vision is to grow and harvest lavender while recreating jobs for our miners and their families through training and continued resources. With their state of the art facilities and team of Ph.D. chemists, they are able to produce the highest grade oils available on the market. By supporting existing businesses and setting a foundation for new business, regions hit the hardest will begin to flourish once again with sustainable businesses like poultry, plant farming, chemical processing, engineered soils, fertilizers, water purification. Which in turn creates further job growth in the production of nutritional supplements, fragrances, flavors and other lavender – based products to be sold to manufactures and consumers.
Cody discussed the 9-week training course that laid-off miners can which educates them on all the aspects of lavender farming.
It is being funded through at grant from Appalachian Regional Commission. Partners include the WV Small Business Adminstration and WV Regional Technology Park.
This project has about 150 acres to work with and with ideal soil and climate for lavender to grow, officials expect a high yield of return for the investment.
The week of June 19th, a few businesses in Charleston, WV will feature lavender. Black Sheep Burrito will serve a lavender beer and Ellen’s Ice Cream will scoop up some lavender ice-cream.
Also, look for Green Mining’s display table at the Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee on Friday, June 23, 2017.
For more information contact their office at 304-362-9626.
We also talked with Nikki Kinder, Special Events Coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Association WV Chapter. She discussed that June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, a time dedicated to increasing public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, available support and how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
The Longest Day is all about love. Love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and those who care for their loved ones.
If you would like to get involved with the Longest Day, simply click here.
Many area businesses and individuals are ‘Going Purple’ for the cause and you can too. Call 800-272-3900 24/7 for information.
If you want to tell / share your stories on social media, please use #ENDALZ or #MyAlzStory.
If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.