I found a five-part series on "The Social Crisis in Appalachia" this morning. It was written in August of 2010. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but it seems to focus on Welch and Williamson West Virginia, as well as Harlan, Kentucky. I don’t think there is any question that there is some bias in this reporting—it is from the World Socialist Web Site—but it might be worth a read and seems to cover many issues such as prospects for young people, education, workforce, quality of life.
Read the five-part series here