Sunshine grazes the hillside before sunset outside of Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Ky., on July 25, 2018.

Sunshine grazes the hillside before sunset outside of Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Ky., on July 25, 2018.

 Superintendent David Gayhart, 61, of Dorton, Ky., patiently watches for the inspector and for his remaining miners to come out from underground at the office of Cheyenne Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 7, 2018. Gayhart has been a miner for roughly 41 years.

Superintendent David Gayhart, 61, of Dorton, Ky., patiently watches for the inspector and for his remaining miners to come out from underground at the office of Cheyenne Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 7, 2018. Gayhart has been a miner for roughly 41 years.

 From center to right, Steven Hicks, 50, Shane Hicks, 42, and Brian Hicks, 48, hang out with Superintendent David Gayhart, 61, far left, at the end of their shift at Cheyenne Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 6, 2018. All three of the brothers work at the mine together and have been coal miners since the early 90's.

From center to right, Steven Hicks, 50, Shane Hicks, 42, and Brian Hicks, 48, hang out with Superintendent David Gayhart, 61, far left, at the end of their shift at Cheyenne Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 6, 2018. All three of the brothers work at the mine together and have been coal miners since the early 90's.

 Members of the congregation kneel for prayer during the service at the Highland Avenue Free Will Baptist Church in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, on July 29, 2018.

Members of the congregation kneel for prayer during the service at the Highland Avenue Free Will Baptist Church in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, on July 29, 2018.

 Children watch closely before local resident Brenda Harris is baptized following the passing of her mother by Pastor David Garrett, left, at the Highland Free Will Baptist Church in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, on July 29, 2018.

Children watch closely before local resident Brenda Harris is baptized following the passing of her mother by Pastor David Garrett, left, at the Highland Free Will Baptist Church in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, on July 29, 2018.

 A truck pulls in at the beginning of the workday at Cheyenne Enterprises Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 7, 2018.

A truck pulls in at the beginning of the workday at Cheyenne Enterprises Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 7, 2018.

 Jordan Noble, 23, moves a wheel barrel full of debris as he cleans the basement of the coal wash building at the NFC Mining coal processing site in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 14, 2018.

Jordan Noble, 23, moves a wheel barrel full of debris as he cleans the basement of the coal wash building at the NFC Mining coal processing site in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 14, 2018.

 A woman and her daughter shop for a rebel flag sold outside of the Workman Variety Store, who also specialize in floral arrangements, in Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, on August 8, 2018.

A woman and her daughter shop for a rebel flag sold outside of the Workman Variety Store, who also specialize in floral arrangements, in Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, on August 8, 2018.

 A small statue depicting a Native American sits in the window at a home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

A small statue depicting a Native American sits in the window at a home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

 Lizzie Jones, 18, and her boyfriend Dakota Berry, 20, take a break, both frustrated, while trying to fix up the gravesite of her parents at the Buckingham Cemetery in Buckingham, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 9, 2018. Jones, who just graduated high school, is stressed about finding the money and time to fix up the grave sites in order to honor her parents.  "It's so expensive to die. That's pitiful. It cost money to die," she said once she left the site. 
Both of her parents were coal miners. Her father passed away in 2014 from cancer and her mother in 2017 from brain aneurysms.

Lizzie Jones, 18, and her boyfriend Dakota Berry, 20, take a break, both frustrated, while trying to fix up the gravesite of her parents at the Buckingham Cemetery in Buckingham, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 9, 2018. Jones, who just graduated high school, is stressed about finding the money and time to fix up the grave sites in order to honor her parents. "It's so expensive to die. That's pitiful. It cost money to die," she said once she left the site. Both of her parents were coal miners. Her father passed away in 2014 from cancer and her mother in 2017 from brain aneurysms.

 William McKinley Harmon, 74, gives a tour of a reclaimed strip mine near Threeforks, Martin County, Kentucky, on August 8, 2018.

William McKinley Harmon, 74, gives a tour of a reclaimed strip mine near Threeforks, Martin County, Kentucky, on August 8, 2018.

 From left to right, Jackie Hall, 62, Delmer Green, 81, Tonya Blanton, 46, and Brad Blanton, 59, enjoy some sun during a musical performance at the Van Lear Town Celebration in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.

From left to right, Jackie Hall, 62, Delmer Green, 81, Tonya Blanton, 46, and Brad Blanton, 59, enjoy some sun during a musical performance at the Van Lear Town Celebration in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.

 A replica of the Statue of Liberty sits outside of a gas station in Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky, on August 13, 2018.

A replica of the Statue of Liberty sits outside of a gas station in Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky, on August 13, 2018.

 Brian Hicks, 48, comes out from underground after having to help overtime with repairs to equipment that went down while working at Cheyenne Enterprises Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 6, 2018. Hicks and three of his brothers work at the mine and have all been coal miners since the early 90's.

Brian Hicks, 48, comes out from underground after having to help overtime with repairs to equipment that went down while working at Cheyenne Enterprises Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 6, 2018. Hicks and three of his brothers work at the mine and have all been coal miners since the early 90's.

 Local residents wait in line during the pouring rain during a produce giveaway event held at the First Church of God in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 1, 2018. Dozens of people showed up to the event where tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes and watermelons were donated by regional farms.

Local residents wait in line during the pouring rain during a produce giveaway event held at the First Church of God in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 1, 2018. Dozens of people showed up to the event where tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes and watermelons were donated by regional farms.

 Natalie Deavers, left, 9 and her sister, Gabriella Deavers, right, 8, sell lemonade on the side of the highway as their mother, Mariah Miles, not pictured, joins friends to sell clothing and figurines as a way to bring in a source of income in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018. Renee Pennington, one of the women selling clothing, said the options for employment are few and dwindling since the decline of the coal industry.

Natalie Deavers, left, 9 and her sister, Gabriella Deavers, right, 8, sell lemonade on the side of the highway as their mother, Mariah Miles, not pictured, joins friends to sell clothing and figurines as a way to bring in a source of income in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018. Renee Pennington, one of the women selling clothing, said the options for employment are few and dwindling since the decline of the coal industry.

 Locals play casino games in the back of the office space for B&L Construction, which is also a corner store, in Drift, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 5, 2018.

Locals play casino games in the back of the office space for B&L Construction, which is also a corner store, in Drift, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 5, 2018.

 Ceiling tiles lay scattered in the living room of a vacant home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

Ceiling tiles lay scattered in the living room of a vacant home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

 After a long shift at work, Thomas Jones, 27, tries to clip his 6 year old daughter's fingernails before her bedtime at their home in Eastern, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 13, 2018. Jones is a fourth generation coal miner and recently received multiple certifications in computer science. Despite his education, he said he has found few positions open that are higher paying than the mines.

After a long shift at work, Thomas Jones, 27, tries to clip his 6 year old daughter's fingernails before her bedtime at their home in Eastern, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 13, 2018. Jones is a fourth generation coal miner and recently received multiple certifications in computer science. Despite his education, he said he has found few positions open that are higher paying than the mines.

 A man watches television at his home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

A man watches television at his home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

 Children reenact wrestling moves at intermission during a Bluegrass Championship Wrestling match at the Paintsville Recreational Center in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 11, 2018.

Children reenact wrestling moves at intermission during a Bluegrass Championship Wrestling match at the Paintsville Recreational Center in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 11, 2018.

 Brandon Slone, 13, jokes with friends as they hang out for the evening on the main street passing through Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

Brandon Slone, 13, jokes with friends as they hang out for the evening on the main street passing through Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

 Jeremey Bryant, 29, poses for a portrait in the street outside of his home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

Jeremey Bryant, 29, poses for a portrait in the street outside of his home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

 Neal Spears, a musician and hemp grower interested in the properties of CBD oil, takes samples of his crop for THC testing, nearby Meta, in Pike County, Kentucky, on July 29, 2018. Spears is hoping to expand to growing marijuana once it is legalized in the state of Kentucky.

Neal Spears, a musician and hemp grower interested in the properties of CBD oil, takes samples of his crop for THC testing, nearby Meta, in Pike County, Kentucky, on July 29, 2018. Spears is hoping to expand to growing marijuana once it is legalized in the state of Kentucky.

 Marijuana plants that had been seized from a local resident sit in the back of the Martin County Sheriff's patrol car nearby Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, on July 27, 2018. 13 plants were seized after an anonymous tip alerted police to their presence on the owner's back porch.

Marijuana plants that had been seized from a local resident sit in the back of the Martin County Sheriff's patrol car nearby Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, on July 27, 2018. 13 plants were seized after an anonymous tip alerted police to their presence on the owner's back porch.

 Martin County Sheriff John Kirk enjoys a lollipop while on patrol in Martin County, Kentucky, on July 27, 2018. Due to a dwindling tax base and local budget cuts, the Sheriff's department had faced a round of layoffs in the Spring of 2018 and is expecting a second round in the Fall. Kirk said that if those layoffs were to take place, it would just be him, an office staffer and volunteer deputies for the entire county.

Martin County Sheriff John Kirk enjoys a lollipop while on patrol in Martin County, Kentucky, on July 27, 2018. Due to a dwindling tax base and local budget cuts, the Sheriff's department had faced a round of layoffs in the Spring of 2018 and is expecting a second round in the Fall. Kirk said that if those layoffs were to take place, it would just be him, an office staffer and volunteer deputies for the entire county.

 Tim Strong, of Martin County, Ky., fills jugs with spring water off of Highway 119 in Mingo County, West Virginia on August 10, 2018. Many in the county have been reliant on bottled water since 2000, when the wall of a coal slurry pond owned by the Massey Energy company broke and polluted the water supply.

Tim Strong, of Martin County, Ky., fills jugs with spring water off of Highway 119 in Mingo County, West Virginia on August 10, 2018. Many in the county have been reliant on bottled water since 2000, when the wall of a coal slurry pond owned by the Massey Energy company broke and polluted the water supply.

 Local activist and Democratic candidate for Martin County Magistrate District 4, BarbiAnn Manyard, 40, poses for a portrait at the Curtis Crum Reservoir in Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, on July 25, 2018. Manyard is one of many community members still advocating for clean affordable water for the county since the wall of a coal slurry pond owned by the Massey Energy company broke and polluted the water supply. The event was noted as one of the largest environmental disasters to ever occur in this region of the United States.

Local activist and Democratic candidate for Martin County Magistrate District 4, BarbiAnn Manyard, 40, poses for a portrait at the Curtis Crum Reservoir in Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, on July 25, 2018. Manyard is one of many community members still advocating for clean affordable water for the county since the wall of a coal slurry pond owned by the Massey Energy company broke and polluted the water supply. The event was noted as one of the largest environmental disasters to ever occur in this region of the United States.

 The Stanville Seated Lincoln Statue, which is claimed to be the second largest in the country, is seen off of US-23 in Stanville, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 2, 2018. The sculpture stands 19 feet in height from the base.

The Stanville Seated Lincoln Statue, which is claimed to be the second largest in the country, is seen off of US-23 in Stanville, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 2, 2018. The sculpture stands 19 feet in height from the base.

 A respirator used for mining sits on display at the Van Lear Historical Society Coal Miners' Museum in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.

A respirator used for mining sits on display at the Van Lear Historical Society Coal Miners' Museum in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.

 Charles Hinkle, 28, of Inez, Ky., receives feedback on his welding technique by a current trainee during a welding exam at the Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, on July 31, 2018. The exam placed successful applicants in a training program for employment with SilverLiner, an aluminum welding company set to open in Pikeville, Ky., at the end of 2018.

Charles Hinkle, 28, of Inez, Ky., receives feedback on his welding technique by a current trainee during a welding exam at the Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, on July 31, 2018. The exam placed successful applicants in a training program for employment with SilverLiner, an aluminum welding company set to open in Pikeville, Ky., at the end of 2018.

 Jacob Ison, 20, collects donations at a highway intersection alongside his fellow Confederate reenactors as they fundraise for the Battle of Middle Creek reenactment in Martin, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.

Jacob Ison, 20, collects donations at a highway intersection alongside his fellow Confederate reenactors as they fundraise for the Battle of Middle Creek reenactment in Martin, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.

 Norma Kirk-McCormick, a Republican candidate for Kentucky State Representative District 93, pauses while mingling with attendees at her campaign fundraiser at Bank 253 in Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky, on August 2, 2018.

Norma Kirk-McCormick, a Republican candidate for Kentucky State Representative District 93, pauses while mingling with attendees at her campaign fundraiser at Bank 253 in Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky, on August 2, 2018.

 People wait in line for fair food at the Van Lear Town Celebration in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.

People wait in line for fair food at the Van Lear Town Celebration in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.

 A man walks across a bridge at the site of the old Elk Horn Coal Company turned Inland Steel Company coal mine and preparation plant in Price, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 14, 2018. The company helped build the town of Wheelwright and closed in the 1970�s. Wheelwright�s peak population was over 2,000 in the1950�s and as of 2016 is estimated to be under 700 according to the U.S. Census.

A man walks across a bridge at the site of the old Elk Horn Coal Company turned Inland Steel Company coal mine and preparation plant in Price, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 14, 2018. The company helped build the town of Wheelwright and closed in the 1970�s. Wheelwright�s peak population was over 2,000 in the1950�s and as of 2016 is estimated to be under 700 according to the U.S. Census.

 Members of the congregation greet eachother before the service at the Pentecostal Church of Christ, in Drift, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 5, 2018.

Members of the congregation greet eachother before the service at the Pentecostal Church of Christ, in Drift, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 5, 2018.

 A man walks along Front Street just after dusk in Garrett, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 1, 2018.

A man walks along Front Street just after dusk in Garrett, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 1, 2018.

 Sunshine grazes the hillside before sunset outside of Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Ky., on July 25, 2018.
 Superintendent David Gayhart, 61, of Dorton, Ky., patiently watches for the inspector and for his remaining miners to come out from underground at the office of Cheyenne Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 7, 2018. Gayhart has been a miner for roughly 41 years.
 From center to right, Steven Hicks, 50, Shane Hicks, 42, and Brian Hicks, 48, hang out with Superintendent David Gayhart, 61, far left, at the end of their shift at Cheyenne Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 6, 2018. All three of the brothers work at the mine together and have been coal miners since the early 90's.
 Members of the congregation kneel for prayer during the service at the Highland Avenue Free Will Baptist Church in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, on July 29, 2018.
 Children watch closely before local resident Brenda Harris is baptized following the passing of her mother by Pastor David Garrett, left, at the Highland Free Will Baptist Church in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, on July 29, 2018.
 A truck pulls in at the beginning of the workday at Cheyenne Enterprises Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 7, 2018.
 Jordan Noble, 23, moves a wheel barrel full of debris as he cleans the basement of the coal wash building at the NFC Mining coal processing site in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 14, 2018.
 A woman and her daughter shop for a rebel flag sold outside of the Workman Variety Store, who also specialize in floral arrangements, in Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, on August 8, 2018.
 A small statue depicting a Native American sits in the window at a home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.
 Lizzie Jones, 18, and her boyfriend Dakota Berry, 20, take a break, both frustrated, while trying to fix up the gravesite of her parents at the Buckingham Cemetery in Buckingham, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 9, 2018. Jones, who just graduated high school, is stressed about finding the money and time to fix up the grave sites in order to honor her parents.  "It's so expensive to die. That's pitiful. It cost money to die," she said once she left the site. 
Both of her parents were coal miners. Her father passed away in 2014 from cancer and her mother in 2017 from brain aneurysms.
 William McKinley Harmon, 74, gives a tour of a reclaimed strip mine near Threeforks, Martin County, Kentucky, on August 8, 2018.
 From left to right, Jackie Hall, 62, Delmer Green, 81, Tonya Blanton, 46, and Brad Blanton, 59, enjoy some sun during a musical performance at the Van Lear Town Celebration in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.
 A replica of the Statue of Liberty sits outside of a gas station in Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky, on August 13, 2018.
 Brian Hicks, 48, comes out from underground after having to help overtime with repairs to equipment that went down while working at Cheyenne Enterprises Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 6, 2018. Hicks and three of his brothers work at the mine and have all been coal miners since the early 90's.
 Local residents wait in line during the pouring rain during a produce giveaway event held at the First Church of God in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 1, 2018. Dozens of people showed up to the event where tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes and watermelons were donated by regional farms.
 Natalie Deavers, left, 9 and her sister, Gabriella Deavers, right, 8, sell lemonade on the side of the highway as their mother, Mariah Miles, not pictured, joins friends to sell clothing and figurines as a way to bring in a source of income in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018. Renee Pennington, one of the women selling clothing, said the options for employment are few and dwindling since the decline of the coal industry.
 Locals play casino games in the back of the office space for B&L Construction, which is also a corner store, in Drift, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 5, 2018.
 Ceiling tiles lay scattered in the living room of a vacant home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.
 After a long shift at work, Thomas Jones, 27, tries to clip his 6 year old daughter's fingernails before her bedtime at their home in Eastern, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 13, 2018. Jones is a fourth generation coal miner and recently received multiple certifications in computer science. Despite his education, he said he has found few positions open that are higher paying than the mines.
 A man watches television at his home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.
 Children reenact wrestling moves at intermission during a Bluegrass Championship Wrestling match at the Paintsville Recreational Center in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 11, 2018.
 Brandon Slone, 13, jokes with friends as they hang out for the evening on the main street passing through Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.
 Jeremey Bryant, 29, poses for a portrait in the street outside of his home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.
 Neal Spears, a musician and hemp grower interested in the properties of CBD oil, takes samples of his crop for THC testing, nearby Meta, in Pike County, Kentucky, on July 29, 2018. Spears is hoping to expand to growing marijuana once it is legalized in the state of Kentucky.
 Marijuana plants that had been seized from a local resident sit in the back of the Martin County Sheriff's patrol car nearby Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, on July 27, 2018. 13 plants were seized after an anonymous tip alerted police to their presence on the owner's back porch.
 Martin County Sheriff John Kirk enjoys a lollipop while on patrol in Martin County, Kentucky, on July 27, 2018. Due to a dwindling tax base and local budget cuts, the Sheriff's department had faced a round of layoffs in the Spring of 2018 and is expecting a second round in the Fall. Kirk said that if those layoffs were to take place, it would just be him, an office staffer and volunteer deputies for the entire county.
 Tim Strong, of Martin County, Ky., fills jugs with spring water off of Highway 119 in Mingo County, West Virginia on August 10, 2018. Many in the county have been reliant on bottled water since 2000, when the wall of a coal slurry pond owned by the Massey Energy company broke and polluted the water supply.
 Local activist and Democratic candidate for Martin County Magistrate District 4, BarbiAnn Manyard, 40, poses for a portrait at the Curtis Crum Reservoir in Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, on July 25, 2018. Manyard is one of many community members still advocating for clean affordable water for the county since the wall of a coal slurry pond owned by the Massey Energy company broke and polluted the water supply. The event was noted as one of the largest environmental disasters to ever occur in this region of the United States.
 The Stanville Seated Lincoln Statue, which is claimed to be the second largest in the country, is seen off of US-23 in Stanville, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 2, 2018. The sculpture stands 19 feet in height from the base.
 A respirator used for mining sits on display at the Van Lear Historical Society Coal Miners' Museum in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.
 Charles Hinkle, 28, of Inez, Ky., receives feedback on his welding technique by a current trainee during a welding exam at the Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, on July 31, 2018. The exam placed successful applicants in a training program for employment with SilverLiner, an aluminum welding company set to open in Pikeville, Ky., at the end of 2018.
 Jacob Ison, 20, collects donations at a highway intersection alongside his fellow Confederate reenactors as they fundraise for the Battle of Middle Creek reenactment in Martin, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.
 Norma Kirk-McCormick, a Republican candidate for Kentucky State Representative District 93, pauses while mingling with attendees at her campaign fundraiser at Bank 253 in Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky, on August 2, 2018.
 People wait in line for fair food at the Van Lear Town Celebration in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.
 A man walks across a bridge at the site of the old Elk Horn Coal Company turned Inland Steel Company coal mine and preparation plant in Price, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 14, 2018. The company helped build the town of Wheelwright and closed in the 1970�s. Wheelwright�s peak population was over 2,000 in the1950�s and as of 2016 is estimated to be under 700 according to the U.S. Census.
 Members of the congregation greet eachother before the service at the Pentecostal Church of Christ, in Drift, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 5, 2018.
 A man walks along Front Street just after dusk in Garrett, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 1, 2018.

Sunshine grazes the hillside before sunset outside of Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Ky., on July 25, 2018.

Superintendent David Gayhart, 61, of Dorton, Ky., patiently watches for the inspector and for his remaining miners to come out from underground at the office of Cheyenne Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 7, 2018. Gayhart has been a miner for roughly 41 years.

From center to right, Steven Hicks, 50, Shane Hicks, 42, and Brian Hicks, 48, hang out with Superintendent David Gayhart, 61, far left, at the end of their shift at Cheyenne Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 6, 2018. All three of the brothers work at the mine together and have been coal miners since the early 90's.

Members of the congregation kneel for prayer during the service at the Highland Avenue Free Will Baptist Church in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, on July 29, 2018.

Children watch closely before local resident Brenda Harris is baptized following the passing of her mother by Pastor David Garrett, left, at the Highland Free Will Baptist Church in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, on July 29, 2018.

A truck pulls in at the beginning of the workday at Cheyenne Enterprises Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 7, 2018.

Jordan Noble, 23, moves a wheel barrel full of debris as he cleans the basement of the coal wash building at the NFC Mining coal processing site in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 14, 2018.

A woman and her daughter shop for a rebel flag sold outside of the Workman Variety Store, who also specialize in floral arrangements, in Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, on August 8, 2018.

A small statue depicting a Native American sits in the window at a home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

Lizzie Jones, 18, and her boyfriend Dakota Berry, 20, take a break, both frustrated, while trying to fix up the gravesite of her parents at the Buckingham Cemetery in Buckingham, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 9, 2018. Jones, who just graduated high school, is stressed about finding the money and time to fix up the grave sites in order to honor her parents. "It's so expensive to die. That's pitiful. It cost money to die," she said once she left the site. Both of her parents were coal miners. Her father passed away in 2014 from cancer and her mother in 2017 from brain aneurysms.

William McKinley Harmon, 74, gives a tour of a reclaimed strip mine near Threeforks, Martin County, Kentucky, on August 8, 2018.

From left to right, Jackie Hall, 62, Delmer Green, 81, Tonya Blanton, 46, and Brad Blanton, 59, enjoy some sun during a musical performance at the Van Lear Town Celebration in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.

A replica of the Statue of Liberty sits outside of a gas station in Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky, on August 13, 2018.

Brian Hicks, 48, comes out from underground after having to help overtime with repairs to equipment that went down while working at Cheyenne Enterprises Mining in Tram, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 6, 2018. Hicks and three of his brothers work at the mine and have all been coal miners since the early 90's.

Local residents wait in line during the pouring rain during a produce giveaway event held at the First Church of God in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 1, 2018. Dozens of people showed up to the event where tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes and watermelons were donated by regional farms.

Natalie Deavers, left, 9 and her sister, Gabriella Deavers, right, 8, sell lemonade on the side of the highway as their mother, Mariah Miles, not pictured, joins friends to sell clothing and figurines as a way to bring in a source of income in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018. Renee Pennington, one of the women selling clothing, said the options for employment are few and dwindling since the decline of the coal industry.

Locals play casino games in the back of the office space for B&L Construction, which is also a corner store, in Drift, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 5, 2018.

Ceiling tiles lay scattered in the living room of a vacant home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

After a long shift at work, Thomas Jones, 27, tries to clip his 6 year old daughter's fingernails before her bedtime at their home in Eastern, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 13, 2018. Jones is a fourth generation coal miner and recently received multiple certifications in computer science. Despite his education, he said he has found few positions open that are higher paying than the mines.

A man watches television at his home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

Children reenact wrestling moves at intermission during a Bluegrass Championship Wrestling match at the Paintsville Recreational Center in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 11, 2018.

Brandon Slone, 13, jokes with friends as they hang out for the evening on the main street passing through Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

Jeremey Bryant, 29, poses for a portrait in the street outside of his home in Wheelwright, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 12, 2018.

Neal Spears, a musician and hemp grower interested in the properties of CBD oil, takes samples of his crop for THC testing, nearby Meta, in Pike County, Kentucky, on July 29, 2018. Spears is hoping to expand to growing marijuana once it is legalized in the state of Kentucky.

Marijuana plants that had been seized from a local resident sit in the back of the Martin County Sheriff's patrol car nearby Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, on July 27, 2018. 13 plants were seized after an anonymous tip alerted police to their presence on the owner's back porch.

Martin County Sheriff John Kirk enjoys a lollipop while on patrol in Martin County, Kentucky, on July 27, 2018. Due to a dwindling tax base and local budget cuts, the Sheriff's department had faced a round of layoffs in the Spring of 2018 and is expecting a second round in the Fall. Kirk said that if those layoffs were to take place, it would just be him, an office staffer and volunteer deputies for the entire county.

Tim Strong, of Martin County, Ky., fills jugs with spring water off of Highway 119 in Mingo County, West Virginia on August 10, 2018. Many in the county have been reliant on bottled water since 2000, when the wall of a coal slurry pond owned by the Massey Energy company broke and polluted the water supply.

Local activist and Democratic candidate for Martin County Magistrate District 4, BarbiAnn Manyard, 40, poses for a portrait at the Curtis Crum Reservoir in Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, on July 25, 2018. Manyard is one of many community members still advocating for clean affordable water for the county since the wall of a coal slurry pond owned by the Massey Energy company broke and polluted the water supply. The event was noted as one of the largest environmental disasters to ever occur in this region of the United States.

The Stanville Seated Lincoln Statue, which is claimed to be the second largest in the country, is seen off of US-23 in Stanville, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 2, 2018. The sculpture stands 19 feet in height from the base.

A respirator used for mining sits on display at the Van Lear Historical Society Coal Miners' Museum in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.

Charles Hinkle, 28, of Inez, Ky., receives feedback on his welding technique by a current trainee during a welding exam at the Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, on July 31, 2018. The exam placed successful applicants in a training program for employment with SilverLiner, an aluminum welding company set to open in Pikeville, Ky., at the end of 2018.

Jacob Ison, 20, collects donations at a highway intersection alongside his fellow Confederate reenactors as they fundraise for the Battle of Middle Creek reenactment in Martin, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.

Norma Kirk-McCormick, a Republican candidate for Kentucky State Representative District 93, pauses while mingling with attendees at her campaign fundraiser at Bank 253 in Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky, on August 2, 2018.

People wait in line for fair food at the Van Lear Town Celebration in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky, on August 4, 2018.

A man walks across a bridge at the site of the old Elk Horn Coal Company turned Inland Steel Company coal mine and preparation plant in Price, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 14, 2018. The company helped build the town of Wheelwright and closed in the 1970�s. Wheelwright�s peak population was over 2,000 in the1950�s and as of 2016 is estimated to be under 700 according to the U.S. Census.

Members of the congregation greet eachother before the service at the Pentecostal Church of Christ, in Drift, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 5, 2018.

A man walks along Front Street just after dusk in Garrett, Floyd County, Kentucky, on August 1, 2018.

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