Nightmare On Black Mountain

Nightmare On Black Mountain

Coal Mine Explosion Reveals Trail Of Deception

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Author: Ken Mink
Length: 128 page(s)
Written: Dec 2010
Sales Rank: - XinXii Sales Rank
Views: 3601

Category: Biographies & Memoirs » Memoirs  |  Work: Novel
Keywords: mining, greed, deaths, investigation, Appalachia, murder, cheat, journalist, riot, coal, company, teen

Mine company greed results in deaths of dozens

Based on a true story. A small Eastern Kentucky mountain community becomes outraged when it is learned that a disastrous coal mine explosion was caused by company greed. The company violates several safety rules, leading to the entrapment of 32 men in an underground mine. The company does not reveal the existence of illegal mining equipment in the mine, leading to a second explosion, trapping a dozen more miners. Tension mounts as relatives of the trapped miners push for a third rescue attempt. A news reporter discloses the use of illegal mining equipment and all hell breaks loose. Story is told from both inside and outside the mine. The story revolves around some unique local characters, a troubled teen, a violent town and romance amid a turbulent period.

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Member since: Dec 2010
Publications on XinXii:  4
.Ken Mink has spent more than five decades as a journalist/author.

A Kentucky native, he lives in Knoxville, Tn., semi-retired after a 48-year career as a journalist. He is editor of the travel magazine, The Travelling Adventurer (, and writes freelance articles for newspapers and magazines. Other daily newspapers he worked for include the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader, the Dayton, Ohio, Daily News, the Bristol, Va., Herald-Courier, Kingsport, Tn., Times-News, Harrisonburg, Va., Daily News-Record and the Hopkinsville, Ky., New Era.

He is the author of several books, including So, You Want Your Kid to be a Sports Superstar, Teen Gunslinger, A Bloody Trail, Nightmare on Black Mountain, Serpent on the Cross, The Mailman Murders, Big Blue Blues, Terror on the Appalachian Trail, The Cola Conspiracy, Geezer Wars and Hoops Dreamer: The Ken Mink Story.

But he is perhaps best known as the World’s Oldest College Basketball Player. He was unjustly expelled from college in 1956 while playing on his college team at Lees Junior College, Jackson, Ky. After retiring in 2007 he got the urge to try to return to college basketball at age 73 to finish his career. Incredibly, he made the team at Roane State College, Harriman, Tn., and went on to play in seven games and scored in three, setting several world records.

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