Six weeks with 'nothing': Clay County Blackjewel miners hoping for donations

CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Harlan County received hundreds of donations in Harlan County following the Blackjewel bankruptcy, which left 1,700 miners without pay nationwide.

Surrounding counties also received thousands of dollars from the Gilliam foundation.

But nearly one dozen former Blackjewel miners in Clay County and Laurel County say they have not received anything.

"The only thing we've actually got help in is unemployment, and as far as any kind of other kind of help you know, we haven't seen nothing," said Greg Norris, a former Blackjewel miner living in Clay County.

There is an event this weekend for the Blackjewel miners in Clay County and Laurel County. Monica Davis, the wife of one of the miners started the fund.

"I wanted to give our miners in clay county a voice also cause they weren't being helped and we wanted them to be," said Davis.

"March for the Miners" will take place Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 a.m. at EKU's Manchester campus.

"We are bringing light to some of these issues and hopefully that will help us to get some type of benefits to help the families," said Clifford Berry, a former Blackjewel employee.

There is also an event for Blackjewel miners in Bell Couty. Pineville will host a benefit concert for the miners.

Friday, there will be a meeting at the Letcher County Courthouse for miners. It begins at 11:00 a.m. Attorneys will be there to discuss the civil lawsuit against Blackjewel and its former CEO Jeff Hoops.

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