By Linda Harris, Legal Reporter, The State Journal

Kanawha Stone president Tom Kittredge figures Geraldo Rivera deserves at least some of the credit for changing his life.

Kittredge was working his way up the ladder at the family owned and operated company 35 years ago when Rivera, then an aspiring journalist, did a story for ABC’s “20/20” news magazine on Mingo County’s Tank Rock and the threat it posed to a mobile home community in a ravine far below. 

People took notice, Kittredge recalls.

“After his story ran we got a call from the Office of Surface Mining; they said they’d (heard) we did specialty blasting,” Kittredge said. OSM needed to get rid of the rock without fragments showering down on residents and had asked DuPont, the chemical giant, to suggest contractors capable of getting the job done. Neighboring Kanawha Stone made the company’s short list based on its handling of calcium sulfate extraction from holding ponds on its property.