Kinston is the heart of Lenoir County in eastern North Carolina. Longtime residents say it was heart-breaking to see their hometown fall apart as traditional industries like textiles and tobacco disappeared. But during the past decade a new, more diverse economic landscape has developed.
One person who is getting a lot of credit for helping to transform her hometown of Kinston is Chef Vivian Howard.
Nothing brings Kinston residents together like the annual BBQ Festival on the Neuse.