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  1. 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...

  2. Sinelab By Popular Mechanics Editors Sep 6, 2016 1.2k If you ever need evidence that this is a remarkable time, take a look at a billboard: Buy a car that runs on electricity! Visit the stratosphere in a space baloon!..

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

  4. 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...

  5. Startups and small businesses with great problem-solving ideas. A company doesn’t have to be especially big to have a big impact on the planet...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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..

  9. 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...

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

  11. 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...

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

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

  14. 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...

  15. 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..

  16. 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...

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

  18. By Bill Estep - bestep@herald-leader.com PIKEVILLE — 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 tha..