New Orleans nurses to sign books
SW Va. programs get humanities grants
JOHNSON CITY - Registered nurses Cheryl Ory and Belinda Thompson, authors of "Disconnected: A True Hurricane Katrina Story," will conduct a book-signing today from noon to 6 p.m. at Russo's Restaurant. The book is the story of the former New Orleans nurses who were trapped for six days at New Orleans' University Hospital with 18 premature babies and no power, water or resources to care for them. It also includes the story of their eventual rescue. Ory and Thompson have since relocated to Kingsport and are now employed at Holston Valley Medical Center.
RICHMOND - Some Southwest Virginia programs will be among the 32 recipients statewide of grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities announced by the foundation Friday. Area grant awards include $7,500 to Charlottesville-based American Focus Inc. to support research and planning for a one-hour documentary film on traditional string music for Southwest Virginia's "Crooked Road," $3,500 to support a music CD with interpretive liner notes exploring the musical legacy of songwriter and traditional music performer Billy Gene Mullins, and $10,400 to support a series of lectures, book discussions and related programs to be held this year at eight Southwest Virginia libraries.