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This interview is one of series conducted concerning Kentucky newspapers. John Small was the General Mine foreman at Pontiki Coal Corporation's #1 mine in Martin County, Kentucky. He discusses Homer Marcum, who he personal knew and who edited the Martin Countian. Mr. Small starts with a very brief section about his background and job, and then the interview moves onto its detailed subject of the Martin Countian and Homer Marcum himself. This includes Marcum's personality and opinions, his tactics in running the newspaper, the impact of the Martin Countian on the community (Mr. Small argued it helped keep local businesses and authority figures accountable), how Mr. Small and the Pontiki Corporation dealt with Marcum and his newspaper, and the community's reactions to Homer Marcum (Mr. Marcum has faced lawsuits, threats, and physical attacks). There are numerous other topics as well, including: information about the un-mined minerals tax, problems Mr. Small sees in the news media in their portrayal of mining companies, education in the community of Martin County, and Mr. Small's opinions about the future of Martin County. The interview ends with more information about Homer Marcum.
Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-251.
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Marshall University Special Collections, OH64-251, Huntington, WV.