Event held to help miners who lost their jobs

Paychecks bounced after company filed bankruptcy
Posted at 6:16 AM, Jul 11, 2019

WHITESBURG, Ky. (MTN) — The Letcher County Judge Executive's office is scrambling to help miners whose paychecks bounced after Black Jewel Mining filed bankruptcy.

According to Mountain Top News, hundreds of people have been affected. An event was organized at Whitesburg's Recreation Center Wednesday to help miners who have lost their jobs and who have not received their last paychecks.

"We've gathered here today to support our coal miners that recently lost their jobs. We've assembled different organizations in the county and regions to come and offer literature and answer their questions," said Judge Executive Terry Adams.

Those organizations will help miners with health insurance, food and careers. Attorneys were also on site to help miners file for bankruptcy if needed.

"This has just devastated and destroyed us," coal miner Josh Holbrook told Mountain Top News. "We live paycheck to paycheck like most coal miners do."