Meet The Founder of Appalachian Folk

Christy Howell Sweeney, Esq.
Christy Howell Sweeney, Esq.

Many people have wanted to know more about Christy H. Sweeney, out of whose mind this site was born and developed. There are a lot of things I could say about her, including some of the things that you have read in the newspapers about her dedication to preserving Appalachian History. Christy is one of the most determined, happy, headstrong and self-motivated people I know. She has a heart the size of Texas, but will stand her ground if she feels strongly about an issue. She could easily be defined as a workaholic and has many things on her plate. Not only does she own and run, but she also practices law in Lexington, Ky. You can visit her site at She also owns the blog . She and her husband, Joe have an online coffee store at www.honeybean.comalong with other numerous other business endeavour. She has irons in many fires but despite the massive demand on her time, she always makes time for her family, friends and especially her 9 year old nephew, George, who is her pride and joy. In fact, this site was born, in part, as a way to make sure that George knows about his heritage as he is not being raised in Appalachia.

Below is some information on Christy that I have been able to gather from her law website. I hope it gives you an idea as to what she does and who she is. If you ask Christy who she is, she will likely tell you that she is the type of person who wants to make a real, tangible difference in the world. She does not define herself by her chosen profession, a lawyer, but rather she defines herself as who she is inside. 

She is married to Joe Sweeney who is a business consultant.

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Christy Howell Sweeney has been a member of the Kentucky Bar since 2001. After working for 2 firms practicing insurance defense and subrogation, she decided to open her own firm in 2003 and has remained in private practice ever since, refocusing her talents in the areas of criminal law, personal injury, business law and contract negotiations.

Mrs. Sweeney is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and admitted to practice before all Kentucky State Courts. She is also licensed to practice before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, the US District Court Eastern District of Kentucky and the US District Court Western District Kentucky.

Mrs. Sweeney graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2001. She also received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in 1998, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Spanish and Political Science. While pursuing her education, Ms. Sweeney was actively involved in the university. She served as the President of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society), and as the Vice President of Societas Pro Legibus (Legal Honorary). She was also a member of the Spanish Honorary and the Golden Key Honorary. While in law school, Ms. Sweeney was a member of the Student Bar Association and the Womenâ??s Law Caucus.

As a Kentucky Colonel, Mrs. Sweeney is very dedicated to community service. She has volunteered on numerous occasions as a Judge for the Annual Robert E. Sanders Eastern Kentucky University Invitational Mock Trial Tournament. She has volunteered her legal services to inmates at the Federal Medical Center Prison. She has further donated her service assisting elderly and financially underprivileged persons helping to draft wills, create power of attorneys and assisting with divorce and custody issues. She gave a presentation to single mothers and abused and/or homeless women regarding their legal rights, community resources and educational and job placement opportunities at the Salvation Army. She has volunteered with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as being a member of the â??Friend Finderâ??s Boardâ?? at the Woodford Humane Society.

3 thoughts on “Meet The Founder of Appalachian Folk

  • June 19, 2009 at 11:29 am

    What a nice post. That is very sweet. Thanks.

    I’ll try to add a little more for you to curb the curiosity. Its true, I have had several people want to know about me, which is funny because I want to know about them and never really thought anyone would want to know about me specifically. I don’t want this site to be about me, but rather about my culture, the culture of the Appalachian people. However, I will try to give answers to questions that I have recieved in the past that have not been addressed in your post.

    I was born on Feburary 4, 1976 in Ashland, Ky at Kings Daughter’s Hospital. I went home to Martin Co. Kentucky (Piegeon Roost Hollow to be exact) for the first year of my life. Both of my parents, Gary and Debra (Moore) Howell are from Martin Co., KY. Both of my grandfathers and my dad were coalminers, along with a few uncles and cousins. When I was one year old, my parents bought a good size farm just outside of Fort Gay, WV in a hollow named Mill Creek Road. This is where most of my “raising” took place. I lived there from the time I was one until 6th grade so I guess I was around 12 when we moved. That will always be “home” to me. I have a younger brother named George Gary Howell. He was born on my 3rd birthday in Huntington, WV. We moved back to Martin Co. when I was in the 6th grade. We then moved to Louisa, KY when I began 7th grade and there we stayed until I was 18 and moved off to college to attend the University of KY. My home church was Old Pleasant Baptist Church and it is the one you read about in the “Two Holer” story. I’ll try to post some pics of it. It is very modest, and cute, but I loved it. I even played the piano some when I got older, which I enjoyed. It looks almost like what you would see on Little House of the Prairie.

    My maternal grandparents are Beatrice Moore of Pilgrim, KY and the late George Moore, also of Pilgrim. My paternal grandparents are Bonnie Gauze of Inez, KY, formerly of Warfield, and the late Garland Howell of Tomahawk. You have already heard about my nephew George from the post and yes, he is my pride and joy. He is the greatest gift that my brother could have ever brought into my life. My brother is married to Bien Marco Howell and she is just the sweetest thing you would ever want to meet, and very smart too. She speaks 3 languages fluently.

    I love cats. I like to travel around and see historic sites. I think Mexican food is the bomb, although I also love traditional American cuizine, German, Italian, Chineese and Japanees food. I don’t eat fish, I know that is weird and that I should, but I just can’t do it. I got marreid in Cape Canavral, Fl on August 14, 2004 to Joe Sweeney. He was born and mostly raised in Ohio, although his family moved to Kentucky when he was in the sixth grade, We were even in the same 6th grade class for about 6 weeks. Oddly enough, we do not remember each other from way back then and met at a mutual friend’s birthday dinner in Lexington, KY when we were 27 years old.

    If I haven’t answered all of the questions, I appologize. Please feel free to let me know and I’ll do my best to satisfy your curiosity.

  • April 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Ms Howell,
    Have enjoyed reading of you and your dedication to those in SE Kenucky. My father was killed i a Coal Mining accident in Garmeda, KY in 1944. I often return to his gravesite and until recently had met people living on Beans Fok Rd. Who remembered my family.

    I am completing my PhD Human Services at Capella University and am planning on doing my disseration on Appalachia the forgotten culture. I wish to do and ethnographic study of the people especially the Bell County area.

    Any assistance you could provide or information would be appreciated.

    Leo Hise

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