Nov 04, 2010 Still Proud to Be a Coal Miners Daughter. Loretta Lynn talks with Chapter 16 about the reissue of her bestselling memoir fifty years after her first single hit the charts. Loretta Lynn was born in an Appalachian coal-mining community so far from the rhinestones of Nashville there wasnt so much as a dirt road for getting down the mountain. 4. Apply for coal mining apprenticeship jobs with local and regional mining companies. Most mining companies require you to start off as an apprentice training alongside a tenured miner. Once you complete your apprenticeship, the company recognizes you as an official coal miner. av-override.