Thomas Goett's driveway is lined with plastic reinder. "My wife back up and ran him over," he said of the broken one.
Coal-fired smokestacks can be seen from just about anywhere in Cheshire, Ohio. The village, which is along the Ohio River, has a population that is a fraction of what it was just years before. The schools sit empty with locked doors. In 2002, the American Electric Power Company settled with citizens over an investigation in pollution and the consequences it had on the residents. The power plant had a $20 million buyout and most of the more than 200 residents sold their property and left. Still, some residents remain in Cheshire today.