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  1. A video by NBC's Jacob Soboroff appearing on Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly - featuring Rusty Justice & Michael Harrison. ..

  2. BitSource and Mined Minds are on a mission: To revitalize Appalachia by bringing high-tech coding jobs to coal country. Michael Harrison heard the strange radio ad on his way to the unemployment office...

  3. As Highway 119 cleaves through the mountains of eastern Kentucky, exposed bands of black gold stretch on for miles – come get us if you can, they tease...

  4. With coal mining at a 35-year low, coal regions have been struggling with job losses and stagnant local economies. One new venture in Kentucky offers a solution: teaching coal miners how to code...

  5. Coal’s role in American electricity generation is fast diminishing. A few large coal-mining companies declared bankruptcy last year, and several coal power plants have been shuttered...

  6. Across the country, people are seizing this opportunity, particularly in states hit hardest by deindustrialization. In Kentucky, mining veteran Rusty Justice decided that code could replace coal...

  7. Is learning to code the answer to the plight of struggling coal miners? For business partners Rusty Justice and M. Lynn Parrish, it’s at least one solution...

  8. I’ve spent most of my life living in big cities. But the truth is, a lot of what’s shaped me came from my grandparents who grew up on the prairie in Kansas...

  9. Meet the Company Teaching Coal Miners To Code

    Eastern Kentucky, once an epicenter of the U.S. coal industry, has seen jobs steadily dwindle in recent decades...

  10. Bit Source

    PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- An Eastern Kentucky business is getting national attention. Fortune Magazine named Bit Source one of seven world-changing companies to watch. Bit Source is a coding company based in Pikeville...

  11.  Bit Source (U.S.) CNG.09.01.16.cusp Courtesy of Bit Source Coal mining and coding have a lot in common, says Bit Source cofounder Charles “Rusty” Justice: “You can’t have bad habits or take shortcuts.” The Pikeville, Ky., company has trained 10 j..

  12. PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Here in the heart of central Appalachian coal country, an economic experiment is underway inside an airy renovated Coca-Cola bottling plant...

  13. PIKEVILLE — Eastern Kentucky coal miners who sacrificed their bodies and lost their jobs by digging for black rock are now exercising their minds and earning paychecks by coding websites...

  14. Eastern Kentucky was once a bastion of coal mining in the United States, but the region has seen a steady decline in jobs in the sector over the past three decades: fewer than 6,000 coal miners remain in the area, from 14,381 in 2008...

  15. All over eastern Kentucky, you see cars and pickup trucks with black license plates proclaiming the owner is a "friend of coal." Even though the license plates are all over, it's getting harder to find actual coal miners here: Fewer than 6,000 rem..

  16. Jim Ratliff worked for 14 years in the mines of eastern Kentucky, drilling holes and blasting dynamite to expose the coal that has powered Appalachian life for more than a century...

  17. Last month, Hillary Clinton announced her big $30 billion plan to restore economic prosperity, or at least stability, to American coal country...

  18. Two weeks ago I read an article that came up in my Twitter stream (thanks to Bob Kepford @kepford), titled Canary in the Code Mine...

  19. Coal is dead. There, I said it...

  20. “They’re blue-collar coders. That’s what they’re gonna be...

  21. Garland Couch used to work in the coal industry. With nearly two decades of experience under his belt, the Whitesburg native had worked in many of the positions the industry has to offer...

  22. PIKEVILLE – Nearly an hour’s drive from his home in Johnson County, Jim Ratliff is nestled in a corner behind one of dozens of computer screens inside a former Coca-Cola plant renovated to house a software and web development firm called Bit Sourc..

  23. Your résumé is on point. You have stellar education credentials, remarkable skills and achievements in your area of expertise, and years of experience in the field to back it all up. You’re ready to land that next great opportunity...

  24. PIKEVILLE — On August 24, the community and chamber members welcomed Eastern Kentucky’s newest technology company, Bit Source...

  25. Jim Ratliff is a glimmer of what could be possible to diversify jobs in Eastern Kentucky, a region hurt by a sharp downturn in the coal industry that long underpinned the economy...