Quick-hit prosperity vs. slow and steady: 2 ex-Tenn. mining towns try to turn fortunes around

  • by: TRAVIS LOLLER , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 26, 2014 - 2:01 PM

ROCKY TOP, Tenn. — In the Appalachian foothills of eastern Tennessee, Rocky Top and Briceville share a common heritage and a common problem: How to revive communities that once boasted bustling main streets and jobs for nearly anyone willing to mine the coal once plentiful in the deep shafts underground.

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