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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

D-B Junior Statesmen Hold Candidate Forum/Reception

Contributed by Amy Greear

D-B Junior Statesman Hold Candidate Forum/Reception

KINGSPORT – The Dobyns-Bennett High School Junior Statesmen of America will hold two upcoming events to introduce candidates running for municipal office to the community.

The organization will host a Board of Mayor and Alderman Candidate Forum on Monday, April 25 from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in the Ross N. Robinson School Auditorium. All mayoral and alderman candidates have been invited to participate in the event. The candidates will each be given two minutes to give an opening statement in which they should outline their campaign platform. Following that, questions will be asked by a panel of three students using student and teacher-submitted questions. All questions will be general questions; candidate specific questions will not be allowed. There will also be a question and answer session from the public if time allows.

Prior to the event, the Junior Statesman will hold a reception for candidates running for the Kingsport Board of Education. The reception will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Ross N. Robinson School Cafeteria.

For more information, contact Junior Statesman of America sponsor Tony Galloway at (423) 378-8400 or organization member Joey Buck at (423) 341-5730.

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