North Carolina, while not known nationally on the grappling circuit, has its fair share of competitors, teams, and medalists at the premier events. A couple of the links below are people I know personally who not only train and compete, but also those who take the time to spread the grappling bug over the internetz.
Open Mat Radio (my new favorite Podcast) talks to Kurt Osiander
IBJJF Atlanta Open Recap from a fellow BJJ competitor @ Dirty White Belt
Another IBJJF Atlanta Open Recap from a fellow BJJ competitor @ It's Like Wrestling, Only Meaner
A Podcast recently begun featuring Lex Fridman