Kathy Mattea to Board Santa Train

Kathy Mattea will be the special guest on the 66th annual running of the Santa Train, Nov. 22.

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The Santa Train makes 14 stops in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, distributing 15 tons of toys and gifts to thousands of people. The annual project, co-sponsored by CSXT, Food City and the Kingsport (Tenn.) Area Chamber of Commerce, is one of Appalachia’s most anticipated holiday traditions. “Riding on the Santa Train gives me the opportunity to participate in the lives of the people I have been singing about on [her new CD] Coal,” Kathy says. “There is a sense of community here, and a sense of place like nowhere else. Riding a train through the mountains and visiting with the folks will be the highlight of my Christmas this year.”

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