Local voices took center stage at 2nd & Main for the TEDxCorbin event on Saturday, March 9. It’s the first event of its kind in this area.     

The theme was “Grounded.” It’s aim was to move Appalachia forward by “counting our blessings” in appreciation of its deep heritage.

Authors, entrepreneurs, musicians, poets, educators, and even reptile zoo owners shared the stage. They shared their observations on everything from globalization to goats; and explained how being grounded in Appalachian impacted their lives.   

“[Today I learned] that each person may have a different experience in Appalachia but we are individuals who are invested in our region,” Barbourville local and Knox County teacher Rebecca Griffith said, “and we are all committed to making it better, highlighting what is already great about us.”  

 The TedxCorbin event sparked deep discussion and connection between the audience as speakers engaged them with “ideas worth spreading”.

  “I came here because I wanted to see what other communities I could connect with and just share ideas to keep moving forward,” attendee Jessica Robinson stated, “I was given the opportunity to connect with people I wouldn’t normally encounter in my day to day through lunch and in between sessions.”   

TEDx celebrated its 10th year of sparking conversation, bringing voices of Appalachia to the global stage through TEDxCorbin. 


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