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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Kingsport: Best 100 Communities for Music Education

KINGSPORT – The American Music Conference has named Kingsport City Schools as one of the “Best 100 Communities For Music Education” for the second year in a row.

The award is based on the quality of Kingsport City School’s music education program, diverse course offerings, student participation rates, and community support.
Kingsport City Schools is the only school district in Tennessee to receive the award. The 2005 roster includes school districts from 34 different states whose commitment to quality music education—measured across a variety of economic, curricular and programmatic criteria—has enabled them to stand out despite the many pressures on music programs across the country. The complete results, along with background information on music education and the survey, can be seen in their entirety at www.amc-music.org.
Kingsport City Schools Community Relations Coordinator Amy Greear said the school system applied for the award in February through a multi-page survey. The survey included questions concerning music education course offerings, music opportunities in and out of school, facilities and equipment related to music education, and community support for music programs.

Kingsport City Schools offers courses in concert and marching band, jazz ensemble, electronic music, orchestra, choral and chamber choirs. Music education is a required curriculum component in the elementary and middle school grade levels. Approximately 25 percent of high school students also participate in an elective music education course.

Kingsport City Schools also dedicates between 2 percent and 5 percent of its budget to music instruction, including teacher salaries, equipment, and extracurricular programs. The schools’ individual Booster Club organizations also contribute considerable funds to upgrading those programs, offering individual music tutoring scholarships for students, and paying for additional instructional aides for school music programs. In addition, the school system is embarking on construction of a $1.8 million band and orchestra building that will be located on the campus of Dobyns-Bennett High School. This project should be completed by the 2006-2007 school year.

“We are extremely pleased to have received the award for a second year,’’ said Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Richard Kitzmiller. “Our school system is fortunate to have many highly qualified music educators and tremendous community support which enable our students to achieve in the fine arts.”

This is the sixth year that the American Music Conference has offered the award program, designed to recognize school districts whose commitment to quality music education can be measured across a variety of economic, curricular and program criteria. The unveiling of the survey results is part of National “Music In Our Schools” month.

For more information on the survey results, please check the American Music Conference website at www.amc-music.org. Questions concerning Kingsport City School’s music programs should be forwarded to Amy Greear at (423) 378-2123.

-KCS-

Amy Greear
Community Relations Coordinator
Kingsport City Schools
1701 E. Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37664
(423) 378-2123 or (423) 914-9500
agreear@k12k.com

Kingsport's Wireless E-911 Solution

KINGSPORT, TN – The City of Kingsport Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division was recently recognized during the Tennessee Geographic Information Council’s annual conference in Nashville.

GIS uses information technology to link local databases to mapping solutions.

Kingsport GIS Analyst Chris Campbell presented "Kingsport's Wireless E-911 Solution".

E-911 allows emergency dispatchers to identify the geographic origin of a call so help can be sent – regardless of the caller’s ability to speak, describe or identify their location.

"Several people in the audience remarked that their organizations either had no solution at all or paid substantially more than what Kingsport did for its solution," said Campbell.

"It should be noted that significant cost savings are often realized by the GIS Division by doing work in-house instead of outsourcing," Campbell explained.

Campbell and GIS Technician Constance Eaton also received awards for First Place in "Best Data Integration" and Second Place in "Viewer's Choice".

"The conference provided us a great opportunity in a professional atmosphere to show Kingsport as a leader and as an example to be followed. I sincerely believe we achieved this," Campbell said.

Eaton is a Kingsport native and graduate of Dobyns-Bennett and Emory & Henry. Campbell is an Elizabethton native and ETSU graduate.

For more information contact: Chris Campbell 423.224.2670 or Campbell@ci.kingsport.tn.us

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Kingsport Dance Team Wins National Competition

Dobyns-Bennett Spirit Shakers Win National Competition

KINGSPORT – The Dobyns-Bennett High School Spirit Shakers dance team recently placed first in a national competition held in New York City.

The Spirit Shakers were one of 55 dance teams competing at the National Dance Alliance U.S. Championship held in New York City, New York, on Saturday, March 19. The team won first in the small varsity division, and took home the overall NDA Grand Championship award.

The 11-member Spirit Shakers team is led by director Wendy Baker. Members include Courtney Wade, Holly Tumbling, Caroline Bowery, Lisa Colosimo, Jillian Francisco, Morgan Pecktol, Jenna Million, Cozette Sanders, Alisha Bragg, Katie Floyd, and Emma Clark.

For more information on the Spirit Shakers and their recent accomplishment, contact Wendy Baker at (423) 378-8434.

Kingsport City Schools
Amy Greear, Community Relations Coordinator (423) 378-2123

Monday, March 28, 2005

20 Nearest Metro Areas

Did you know that residents of Kingsport-Bristol and Johnson City are closer to 8,361,000 metro neighbors in 7 states than to their own state capitals in Nashville & Richmond?

We often get caught in the trap of analyzing only our State data; however, in many cases (like ours) the geography of population defies state boundaries. Kingsport-Bristol and Johnson City (Tri-Cities) are considerably closer (physically and demographically) to metros in VA, WV, NC, SC, KY, OH and GA than Middle or West Tennessee (see chart below).

Factoids:
Tri-Cities wasn’t the only MSA to be split by the U.S. Census in 2003. Winston-Salem, Durham, Spartanburg and Anderson, for example, are now freestanding MSA’s that were separated from Greensboro, Raleigh and Greenville, respectively.

Some MSAs were expanded to include additional counties, like Asheville, which caused significant increases in population

Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA MSA is larger than Roanoke, VA MSA, Huntington, WV-KY-OH MSA, Spartanburg, SC MSA, or Lynchburg, VA MSA

Both, Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA MSA and Johnson City, TN MSA are closer to Asheville NC MSA than Knoxville, TN MSA

The nearest “Super Metro” is Atlanta which would be 3.2x Charlotte if shown on the graph
8,361,000 metro residents are represented in the graph below.

Another way of looking at it:
1,000,000+ Charlotte
600,000-1,000,000 Columbia, Greensboro, Knoxville
400,000-600,000 Greenville, Chattanooga, Winston-Salem
200,000-400,000 Asheville, Hickory, Charleston, Kingsport-Bristol, Roanoke, Huntington, Spartanburg, Lynchburg
<200,000 Johnson City, Anderson, Blacksburg, Burlington, Dalton, Morristown, Danville, Cleveland

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Within a Day's Drive of Kingsport

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA MSA
299,429

Factoid: There are 110,748,991 metro area residents within a day’s drive of Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA!

Location! Location! Location!

The following U.S. Metro Areas are within a day’s drive…..

2002 Pop.
Mapquest Drive Time
Miles

Johnson City, TN MSA
183,505
00 hrs 30 min
26

Morristown, TN MSA
125,533
01 hrs 06 min
61

Asheville, NC MSA
378,562
01 hrs 39 min
86

Knoxville, TN MSA
629,975
01 hrs 42 min
102

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA MSA
153,149
02 hrs 37 min
144

Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA
349,241
02 hrs 43 min
125

Spartanburg, SC MSA
259,322
02 hrs 50 min
153

Greenville, SC MSA
574,939
02 hrs 53 min
147

Roanoke, VA MSA
289,498
02 hrs 57 min
170

Cleveland, TN MSA
105,819
03 hrs 05 min
184

Winston-Salem, NC MSA
433,980
03 hrs 07 min
182

Chattanooga, TN-GA MSA
482,667
03 hrs 30 min
212

Anderson, SC MSA
170,578
03 hrs 31 min
180

Greensboro-High Point, NC MSA
657,932
03 hrs 37 min
213

Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC MSA
1,410,292
03 hrs 39 min
182

Charleston, WV MSA
306,187
03 hrs 44 min
221

Dalton, GA MSA
125,581
03 hrs 49 min
229

Burlington, NC MSA
135,893
03 hrs 58 min
233

Lynchburg, VA MSA
229,859
04 hrs 06 min
225

Danville, VA MSA
109,341
04 hrs 12 min
215

Columbia, SC MSA
664,229
04 hrs 13 min
241

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH MSA
286,184
04 hrs 22 min
195

Durham, NC MSA
445,160
04 hrs 26 min
264

Lexington-Fayette, KY MSA
416,383
04 hrs 29 min
217

Harrisonburg, VA MSA
109,557
04 hrs 34 min
270

Rome, GA MSA
92,606
04 hrs 35 min
271

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro, TN MSA
1,353,096
04 hrs 37 min
280

Athens-Clarke County, GA MSA
171,038
04 hrs 38 min
245

Gainesville, GA MSA
152,235
04 hrs 43 min
228

Charlottesville, VA MSA
178,924
04 hrs 44 min
278

Raleigh-Cary, NC MSA
859,126
04 hrs 51 min
291

Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH MSA
163,381
05 hrs 01 min
298

Gadsden, AL MSA
103,105
05 hrs 01 min
300

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA MSA
4,529,256
05 hrs 12 min
314

Sumter, SC MSA
105,198
05 hrs 12 min
292

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC MSA
507,176
05 hrs 18 min
307

Clarksville, TN-KY MSA
234,893
05 hrs 25 min
330

Florence, SC MSA
195,168
05 hrs 27 min
318

Louisville, KY-IN MSA
1,182,832
05 hrs 32 min
290

Fayetteville, NC MSA
339,360
05 hrs 35 min
303

Bowling Green, KY MSA
106,571
05 hrs 36 min
341

Huntsville, AL MSA
353,742
05 hrs 40 min
312

Winchester, VA-WV MSA
108,234
05 hrs 40 min
336

Anniston-Oxford, AL MSA
111,616
05 hrs 45 min
337

Richmond, VA MSA
1,126,262
05 hrs 48 min
344

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN MSA
2,040,746
05 hrs 49 min
302

Birmingham-Hoover, AL MSA
1,068,177
05 hrs 50 min
357

Goldsboro, NC MSA
112,954
05 hrs 50 min
339

Rocky Mount, NC MSA
144,293
05 hrs 52 min
342

Elizabethtown, KY MSA
109,096
05 hrs 52 min
268

Morgantown, WV MSA
112,355
05 hrs 58 min
333

Decatur, AL MSA
146,380
06 hrs 03 min
336

Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSA
562,666
06 hrs 05 min
351

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV MSA
230,771
06 hrs 21 min
379

Greenville, NC MSA
156,656
06 hrs 22 min
368

Dayton, OH MSA
846,710
06 hrs 30 min
348

Macon, GA MSA
225,045
06 hrs 31 min
370

Wheeling, WV-OH MSA
150,472
06 hrs 32 min
398

Jackson, TN MSA
109,290
06 hrs 36 min
409

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA
5,026,217
06 hrs 37 min
397

Tuscaloosa, AL MSA
193,614
06 hrs 41 min
417

Columbus, IN MSA
71,636
06 hrs 41 min
360

Warner Robins, GA MSA
116,768
06 hrs 50 min
387

Canton-Massillon, OH MSA
407,106
06 hrs 51 min
413

Owensboro, KY MSA
110,314
06 hrs 51 min
411

Columbus, OH MSA
1,659,893
06 hrs 53 min
382

Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA
118,123
06 hrs 56 min
418

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC MSA
206,039
06 hrs 57 min
386

Springfield, OH MSA
143,416
06 hrs 59 min
375

Savannah, GA MSA
299,790
06 yrs 47 min
394

Jacksonville, NC MSA
149,003
07 hrs 00 min
405

Columbus, GA-AL MSA
283,133
07 hrs 02 min
417

Cumberland, MD-WV MSA
101,290
07 hrs 02 min
403

Pittsburgh, PA MSA
2,418,198
07 hrs 08 min
404

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH MSA
129,663
07 hrs 08 min
425

Wilmington, NC MSA
287,013
07 hrs 09 min
419

Florence, AL MSA
141,966
07 hrs 09 min
419

Baltimore-Towson, MD MSA
2,601,990
07 hrs 12 min
435

Montgomery, AL MSA
351,229
07 hrs 12 min
444

Evansville, IN-KY MSA
344,022
07 hrs 12 min
428

Indianapolis, IN MSA
1,574,680
07 hrs 23 min
402

Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA MSA
72,510
07 hrs 23 min
428

Bloomington, IN MSA
176,925
07 hrs 28 min
392

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA MSA
514,552
07 hrs 31 min
452

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA
1,612,929
07 hrs 34 min
453

Lima, OH MSA
108,120
07 hrs 45 min
420

Memphis, TN-MS-AR MSA
1,230,554
07 hrs 52 min
492

York-Hanover, PA MSA
389,209
07 hrs 52 min
472

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH MSA
2,147,832
07 hrs 53 min
472

Mansfield, OH MSA
128,004
07 hrs 53 min
455

Johnstown, PA MSA
150,452
07 hrs 54 min
443

Brunswick, GA MSA
95,246
07 hrs 54 min
465

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA MSA
596,340
07 hrs 58 min
481

Altoona, PA MSA
127,840
07 hrs 59 min
456

Anderson, IN MSA
132,068
08 hrs 03 min
417

Lebanon, PA MSA
121,199
08 hrs 03 min
481

Muncie, IN MSA
118,197
08 hrs 06 min
434

Lancaster, PA MSA
478,561
08 hrs 09 min
488

Albany, GA MSA
159,920
08 hrs 20 min
469

Kokomo, IN MSA
101,372
08 hrs 22 min
452

Reading, PA MSA
382,108
08 hrs 28 min
511

Terre Haute, IN MSA
169,759
08 hrs 32 min
474

Danville, IL MSA
83,142
08 hrs 42 min
491

Sandusky, OH MSA
79,207
08 hrs 42 min
520

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ MSA
758,082
08 hrs 43 min
529

Dover, DE MSA
131,069
08 hrs 44 min
503

State College, PA MSA
138,524
08 hrs 46 min
494

Jacksonville, FL MSA
1,177,602
08 hrs 48 min
526

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA
5,751,803
08 hrs 50 min
535

Valdosta, GA MSA
121,144
08 hrs 55 min
515

Toledo, OH MSA
659,515
08 hrs 57 min
498

Erie, PA MSA
280,370
08 hrs 58 min
525

Salisbury, MD MSA
111,873
09 hrs 03 min
521

Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ MSA
147,768
09 hrs 04 min
549

Jonesboro, AR MSA
109,475
09 hrs 05 min
562

Dothan, AL MSA
131,604
09 hrs 09 min
515

Champaign-Urbana, IL MSA
213,646
09 hrs 11 min
525

Fort Wayne, IN MSA
396,647
09 hrs 13 min
486

St. Louis, MO-IL MSA
2,729,045
09 hrs 16 min
586

Trenton-Ewing, NJ MSA
359,463
09 hrs 20 min
571

Monroe, MI MSA
149,253
09 hrs 21 min
521

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA MSA
553,155
09 hrs 22 min
569

Williamsport, PA MSA
119,000
09 hrs 23 min
532

Jackson, MS MSA
505,508
09 hrs 27 min
596

Hattiesburg, MS MSA
126,832
09 hrs 28 min
594

Atlantic City, NJ MSA
259,423
09 hrs 40 min
579

Ocean City, NJ MSA
102,013
09 hrs 43 min
581

Ann Arbor, MI MSA
334,351
09 hrs 45 min
545

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI MSA
4,484,140
09 hrs 52 min
557

Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR MSA
622,847
09 hrs 54 min
629

Mobile, AL MSA
400,163
09 hrs 54 min
610

Bloomington-Normal, IL MSA
154,453
09 hrs 56 min
573

Decatur, IL MSA
112,013
10 hrs 01 min
573

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL MSA
424,484
10 hrs 02 min
606

Tallahassee, FL MSA
327,869
10 hrs 02 min
558

Michigan City-La Porte, IN MSA
110,384
10 hrs 07 min
579

New York-Newark-Edison, NY-NJ-PA MSA
18,603,110
10 hrs 08 min
617

Gainesville, FL MSA
236,974
10 hrs 08 min
594

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI MSA
318,404
10 hrs 12 min
538

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Tonawanda, NY MSA
1,163,148
10 hrs 16 min
617

Jackson, MI MSA
160,972
10 hrs 16 min
581

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL MSA
459,435
10 hrs 18 min
612

Kankakee-Bradley, IL MSA
104,657
10 hrs 20 min
602

Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI MSA
9,286,207
10 hrs 25 min
586

Peoria, IL MSA
365,826
10 hrs 27 min
613

Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA
186,465
10 hrs 28 min
552

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI MSA
162,285
10 hrs 28 min
553

Springfield, IL MSA
203,201
10 hrs 30 min
652

Pine Bluff, AR MSA
106,162
10 hrs 32 min
669

Flint, MI MSA
441,423
10 hrs 33 min
590

Battle Creek, MI MSA
138,375
10 hrs 36 min
577

Pascagoula, MS MSA
153,056
10 hrs 37 min
647

Ocala, FL MSA
272,553
10 hrs 43 min
624

Lansing-East Lansing, MI MSA
453,620
10 hrs 44 min
610

Gulfport-Biloxi, MS MSA
249,889
10 hrs 48 min
664

Hot Springs, AR MSA
90,059
10 hrs 49 min
680

Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL MSA
175,708
10 hrs 54 min
647

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI MSA
318,706
10 hrs 57 min
596

Orlando, FL MSA
1,752,192
10 hrs 58 min
667

Bay City, MI MSA
109,672
11 hrs 13 min
644
Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s www.MeadowViewResort.com and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at www.BestPlaces.net). The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.