NEWS & VIEWS
Our media database includes the latest news footage and archives of past Women of Mountain City articles. Here you will find the collection of publications and reports dating from the organization’s inception in April 2020, all the way up to the present day. Check out some of our featured articles below and learn more about our efforts.
WOMEN OF MC FIGHTING AGAINST FOOD INSECURITY IN COMMUNITY
"BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE EVENT"
The Women of Mountain City (WMC) hosted its first roundtable event on Monday, June 14, at the Watauga Lake Winery. More than 70 guests showed up to hear discussions on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), childhood abuse and neglect, teen pregnancy, diversity, inclusion, outreach, and victim advocacy in Johnson County. Parties involved offered to partner with the community to help meet needs and figure out why the area is in its current shape.
“THEY AREN’T EQUIPPED WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO THRIVE IN AN APPALACHIAN ENVIRONMENT. I HOPE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER. I HOPE THAT TODAY IS AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE AND AN EXPERIENCE OF LOVE AND DEDICATION THAT WE HAVE TO SEE THE FUTURE OF JOHNSON COUNTY THRIVE AND COME OUT STRONGER TOGETHER. TO TAKE THE GAPS AND FILL THEM IN TOGETHER INSTEAD OF SEPARATE. WE NEED EACH OTHER.”
June 14, 2021
ETSU Equality and Inclusion Director Calvin Claggett expressed shock after touring the area, comparing the conditions to urban decay in his hometown. According to his analysis, the pool should “be condemned,” the picnic tables are rotten, the community center’s conditions are “troubling” and its foundation is “bad,” and the tennis courts have “not been resurfaced in years.”
NO CONSTRAINTS: THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF WOMEN OF MC DOUBLES DOWN ON HER MISSION
Oct 6th, 2021
“We will enrich the lives of women in our community, no matter how the community sees it. That’s the mission. Providing that access, that safe space, that education. Being a voice for people who don’t have one, empowering women. That’s it. We’re going to do whatever we have to, by whatever means possible. No constraints this time.”