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Hannah McCarthy Long Reads Profile Spring 2018 Senior Show

Congolese Refugee Rebuilds a Life of Service in America

Story and photos by Hannah McCarthy with photo contribution from August Gravatte.

Out of the misty haze of the early morning, a gleaming white picket fence signifies the entrance to Perdue Farms in the small town of Cromwell, Kentucky. The fence lines the half-mile road, cuts through a grassy field and stops at the first brick building of the sprawling chicken processing plant. Smoke from large chimneys mixes with the morning mist, and the faint smells of blood and chemicals hang in the air.

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Feature Hannah McCarthy Long Reads Place story Spring 2018 Senior Show

Hope for Hemp: Cave City family sees future in new crop

By Hannah McCarthy

Just 2 miles outside of downtown Cave City, Kentucky, the landscape quickly turns from old brick and mortar to farmhouses and dirt roads. Down one such dirt road, a 45-acre plot of land rests nestled between patches of trees, large stretches of wildflowers and tall grasses. Two 2012 Clayton model mobile homes, an old red barn and a spattering of newer-looking structures dot the immense sea of green grass.

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Feature Hannah McCarthy Long Reads Profile Spring 2018 Senior Show

Mind Over Medicine

By Hannah McCarthy

First, she checks the post-it notes on the bedside table, the headboard and the walls around her to remind her of the day’s tasks.