Mining Hardship for Prosperity

The Appalachian Regional Commission, Southern Research and a team of college interns assist small businesses in four counties hit by a coal mining slump.

Sister and brother Julie Smith Madison and David Smith show off their pepper products. Photo by Barry Fikes Brother and sister Julie Smith Madison and David Smith were a preschool teacher and machine worker before they decided to go into business together in 2016. “It was a totally different turn in…

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