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Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 12:17 am | Updated: 11:32 am, Mon Dec 24, 2012.

ABINGDON, Va. – In high school five years ago, Mallory Jessee, 23, remembers someone asking if she had electricity at her house because she was from Chilhowie, Va. 

Ray Goetz, 72, who now owns a townhouse in Abingdon, said he remembers people discussing Appalachia as a place where incest is frequent. On Tuesday, Jessee and Goetz discussed exactly what “being Appalachian” means to them at an event hosted by Capo’s Music Store in conjunction with the Virginia Highlands Festival.

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