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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Sundown in the City -- investors, restaurants and music lovers benefit from 7-year-old event

As I read this article from the Knoxville News-Sentinel, I couldn’t help but think of TK’s “Bluegrass on Broad”.  On Friday evenings, a crowd of music lovers gather on Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport.  The event is broadcast live on the WKPT radio network (throughout the Tri-Cities) and videotaped for rebroadcast on cable channels throughout Southwest Virginia.  To my knowledge, TK (owner of TK’s Big Dogs Too) has run this event privately and singled-handedly without incident for a couple of years now.  The event has grown so large it now occupies every Friday evening all summer.  I believe this is exactly the kind of entrepreneurial spirit we’re looking for!  He didn’t ask for public assistance – he just did it!  Is it time for others to stay open late on Friday nights and add a few tables for outdoor dining?  Could the article below be a glimpse of future possibilities?



Sundown cool break for summer nights

Investors, restaurants and music lovers benefit from 7-year-old event

Kurt Barker, 23, hasn't missed a Sundown in the City concert yet this season, and he doesn't plan on it anytime soon.

As soon as he gets off work on Thursday afternoons, he quickly leaves the Knoxville Convention Center, where he works as an intern, to meet friends for a couple of beers and head down to Market Square for the free concert.

This year Sundown in the City has booked 12 musicians or bands, so far bringing in more than 7,000 people for each concert since it started April 21. Financial investors are breaking even and local restaurants are benefiting from the large crowds in Market Square, making this year's Sundown event stronger than ever, said Ashley Capps, president of AC Entertainment and event sponsor.

"This is definitely the summer event I look forward to," Barker, a Knoxville native, said. "It's a big social event and it has helped Knoxville develop tremendously."

The lineup this year has featured groups such as Blue Merle, Drive-By Truckers, My Morning Jacket and The Neville Brothers. Despite the May 5 cancellation of Matt Hall and the Banana Hammocks because of rain, the shows have consistently brought in larger crowds than past years, Capps said.

This week people came down to Market Square to see Xavier Rudd, who performed at Bonnaroo earlier this month. Rudd's spiritual lyrics and unique use of guitar, didgeridoo and various percussion parts simultaneously has quickly gained him a following.

"He's not a household name yet, but when people see him they want to come out for more," Capps said.

Knoxville native Mic Harrison, who previously played with Superdrag, opened for the night.

Sundown has been around since 1997, but in the last two years musicians such as Victor Wooten and Jodie Manross have increased the popularity of the event.

Barker, a UT student, says Sundown brings in people from all over the Southeast.

"The music is the biggest reason we come down, but I like supporting Knoxville and Market Square," he said.

Two more Sundown dates are set: Sleater-Kinney with the Tim Lee Band will play June 30. The last event July 7, will feature Cross Canadian Ragweed with Garage Delux.

Restaurants in Market Square are benefiting as well, selling food and drinks outside.

Tomato Head offers deep-dish slices of pizza and burritos, Tommy Bateman, a floor manager, said.

"We have completely sold out at some of the bigger Sundowns," Bateman said. "It's absolutely a bigger day than any other."

Even Nama Sushi Bar, located off Gay Street a couple blocks from Market Square, stays open until midnight Thursdays for the large crowd, said Nama owner Gregg White.

"It's like free advertising for us," White said. "It is instrumental in showing people what downtown has to offer."

The city of Knoxville provided $86,000 for the series this year, down from $100,000 in 2004. AC Entertainment, which sponsors the event, is hoping to move financial support to the private sector in the upcoming year, Capps said.

Underwriters include Regal Entertainment Group, Eagle Distributing and the Pilot Oil Corporation.


Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Greater Kingsport Family YMCA's new facility

Editor’s note: Membership to the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA is not based upon residency. The Y is open to all residents of the Greater Kingsport Area of Tennessee and Virginia (including Colonial Heights, Bloomingdale, Church Hill, Gate City, Mount Carmel, Blountville, Gray, Fall Branch, Sullivan Gardens, Johnson City, Jonesborough, Bristol, Bluff City, etc., etc.) – Jeff

The Greater Kingsport Family YMCA would like to invite you to become a member of our new Phase I facility. We are excited to offer a family-focused, community-building center to our Kingsport community. You may come anytime to visit us and take a look around. We would love to have you as part of our YMCA family, so plan to join us today!

The Y offers a full-length basketball court, youth fitness arcade, group fitness classes, a bouldering wall, and a walking track. Our exercise area includes Cybex Eagle equipment installed with FitLinxx, our state-of-the-art training partner system. Our upstairs area features a multi-purpose room, along with The Zone, equipped with a TV, computers, air hockey, foosball, and more! Also, we provide a family changing room for those that need assistance.

We are located at 1100 Franklin Square between Chop House and Bank of Tennessee – just off Eastman Road. Call or come by for more information.

Abigail Simmons

Membership/Marketing Director

(423) 578-2193

Greater Kingsport Family YMCA

1100 Franklin Square

Kingsport, TN 37664


Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Tri-Cities ranking in recently released Economic Census of Retail Trade

2002 Economic Census – Retail Trade
Released June, 2005

East Tennessee is clearly a leader in retail trade along the Southern Appalachian spine with Knoxville, Chattanooga and Tri-Cities holding 3 of the top 4 spots in the region.

It may surprise you to learn that Tri-Cities’ retail sales exceed Roanoke by 30%; however, Knoxville’s retail sales double Tri-Cities’.

As a standalone, Kingsport-Bristol outpaces Charlottesville and Johnson City, which in turn outpace Morristown-Newport, Blacksburg-Christiansburg, and Harrisonburg (with 4 of those 5 hosting major state universities).

Annual Retail Trade in Metro Areas along the Southern Applachian spine:

$10,373,527,000 Knoxville-Sevierville-LaFollette, TN
$ 8,107,079,000 Greenville-Anderson-Seneca, SC
$ 6,491,265,000 Chattanooga-Cleveland-Athens, TN-GA
$ 4,839,935,000 Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol (Tri-Cities), TN-VA
$ 4,793,272,000 Asheville-Brevard, NC
$ 3,714,065,000 Roanoke, VA
$ 3,555,362,000 Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC
$ 3,352,522,000 Spartanburg-Gaffney-Union, SC
$ 3,335,317,000 Charleston, WV
$ 2,922,151,000 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
$ 2,099,944,000 Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA subset of Tri-Cities
$ 2,072,028,000 Charlottesville, VA
$ 1,886,134,000 Johnson City, TN subset of Tri-Cities (includes Elizabethton)
$ 1,429,685,000 Morristown-Newport, TN
$ 1,388,018,000 Blacksburg-Christiansburg, VA
$ 1,367,103,000 Harrisonburg, VA
$ 1,362,979,000 Bluefield, WV-VA
$ 1,271,523,000 Beckley-Oak Hill, WV
$ 1,146,409,000 Corbin-London, KY
$ 1,078,400,000 Staunton-Waynesboro, VA
$ 853,857,000 Bristol, VA subset of Tri-Cities (includes Abingdon)
$ 677,481,000 Somerset, KY
$ 631,298,000 Boone, NC (includes Blowing Rock / Banner Elk)
$ 563,413,000 Greeneville, TN
$ 511,313,000 North Wilkesboro, NC
$ 306,840,000 Middlesborough, KY

How did you spend your summer?

While most college students go home for the summer, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is still a busy campus. High school students from across the state are now on the campus to participate in the Governor’s School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage.

All 24 students are taking college courses in Tennessee history and introductory archeology. They will also receive hands-on field instruction at the Powell Observatory and Planetarium, learn paleontology at the Gray Fossil Site, participate in archeological discussions at the Rocky Mount Living History Site, and conduct historical preservation at sites in Jonesborough.

“Governor’s School gives students a taste of college life, the opportunity to interact with other students from across the state, and one-on-one experience with a wide variety of highly skilled professionals in a variety of related fields,” says Billy Ward II, 24, a Governor’s School counselor.

Dr. Roberta Herrin is the Director of the Governor’s School program at ETSU, and she agrees with Ward. “Today’s bright high school students are looking for academic challenges and for advanced study before they enter a college or university. This program provides that opportunity.”

The School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage was formerly the Governor’s School for Tennessee Heritage. Governor Phil Bredesen initiated changes to make the school more science-oriented starting this year. “To meet the Governor’s expectations, we have created a unique blend of science and history, of academics and fun,” adds Herrin.

Governor’s Schools offer intensive, college-based sessions in nine areas. The sessions are held at various colleges and universities across the state, beginning as early as May 29 and ending no later than July 8. The first group of Governor’s Schools began in 1985 with two schools. The program now consists of:

The School for the Arts, Middle Tennessee State University
The School for the Sciences, University of Tennessee in Knoxville
The School for the Humanities, University of Tennessee in Martin
The School for International Studies, University of Memphis
The School for Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, East Tennessee State University
The School for Prospective Teachers, University of Tennessee in Chattanooga
The School for Manufacturing Engineering Fundamentals, University of Tennessee in Knoxville
The School for Agricultural Science, University of Tennessee in Martin
The School for Information Technology Leadership, Tennessee Technological University

By Governor Phil Bredesen’s request, the schools were extended this year from four weeks to five and now offer college credit. The program is offered to sophomores and juniors attending any Tennessee public, private, or home school. The schools were created with gifted and talented students in mind. Applicants are in the top ten percent of their classes, and many must write papers, complete portfolios, or audition as part of the admissions process. Governor’s School students live in dorms, attend classes taught by the best in the field, engage in challenging projects, and have a little fun in their spare time.

Applications for next year’s Governor’s Schools will be available from the Tennessee Department of Education in the fall of 2005. For more information, students may contact their local school counselor.


Sunday, June 26, 2005

Tennessee unemployment rates released

Source data: June 16, 2005

According to American Demographics magazine, “The full-employment rate…is somewhere between 4 and 6 percent, according to mainstream economics. Once the rate falls this low, the vast majority of the unemployed are frictional or unemployable. If the unemployment rate fell any lower than this, it would result in wage pressures that would spur inflation.”

Note: these rates reflect uniform comparison definitions used nationwide; however, they do not calculate “underemployment”, which is defined as a situation in which a worker is employed, but not in the desired capacity, whether in terms of compensation, hours, or level of skill and experience. While not technically unemployed, the underemployed are often competing for available jobs.

Quick Reference
Unemployment Rates in Tennessee Metro/Micro Areas
May, 2005:
4.5% = Knoxville
4.7% = Nashville-Murfreesboro
4.8% = Chattanooga
5.1% = Shelbyville
5.1% = U.S. nationwide
5.2% = Sevierville
5.3% = Tullahoma
5.4% = Kingsport-Bristol
5.5% = Cookeville
5.5% = Johnson City
5.6% = Cleveland
5.7% = Morristown
5.8% = Athens
5.8% = Jackson
5.9% = Columbia
5.9% = Clarksville
5.9% = LaFollette
6.0% = Harriman
6.0% = Lewisburg
6.1% = Crossville
6.1% = Union City
6.2% = State of Tennessee
6.3% = Dyersburg
6.4% = Memphis
6.5% = Martin
7.4% = Paris
7.5% = Newport
7.5% = McMinnville
7.9% = Lawrenceburg
8.3% = Brownsville
8.6% = Greeneville
9.1% = Humboldt

Saturday, June 18, 2005

What's up in Downtown Kingsport


Wes has updated the DKA website with the May/June newsletter. Here’s the link:

Thank you,

Lesa Phillips

Owner - Creative Director
Sterling Graphics
tel: fax: mobile:
423.246.7182 423.246.7184 423.335.3844

Holston Valley Futbol Club upcoming soccer events in Kingsport

Source: Holston Valley Futbol Club
Note: I would welcome similar information from other organizations -- Jeff

HVFC 4v4 Summer Soccer League (small-sided league)
June 6-July 21, 6:30-8:00 PM
Eastman Park at Horse Creek, 2969 Sullivan Gardens Parkway
Small-sided games; players grouped by age; open to players of all skill levels
Boys & Girls, U7-U14 and Boys & Girls in Grades 9-12
Cost $30, (family discounts available); on-site applications accepted
Please click on this link for applications
Questions, email or call 423-245-0000 and leave a message.

Coerver Clinic - Foundation Skills Soccer Clinic
Saturday, June 18, Hosted by HVFC
Eastman Park at Horse Creek, 2969 Sullivan Gardens Parkway
Open to players of all skill levels who want to improve their techniques; Clinic will include ball mastery/control techniques and 1 vs. 1 exercises and games that teach game winning individual moves
Session I: Ages 7-11, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Session II: Ages 12 through High School - 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Cost $25 (on-site applications accepted)
Please click on this link for applications
The Coerver Clinic will be held following the grand opening ceremonies at the new soccer complex.
Questions, email or call 423-245-0000 and leave a message.

HVFC Mini-Soccer Camp
June 20-24, 6:00-8:00 PM
Eastman Park at Horse Creek, 2969 Sullivan Gardens Parkway
Open to players of all levels who want to improve their skills
Grades K-2, $60 ($70 after June 11 or for on-site registration)
Grades K-8, $65 ($75 after June 11 or for on-site registration)
(family discounts available)
Please click on this link for applications
Questions, email or call 423-245-0000.

TRIBE SOCCER CAMP, Dobyns-Bennett High School, Youth & High School Camp; July 25-29, Indian Highland Park at DB; applications due by July 18; after July 18, or for on-site registrations, please add $10 per family.

Youth Camp: grades K-8, 6:00pm-8:00pm; $60; family discounts available.
High School Camp: rising 9th-12th graders, 9:00am-11:30am & 6:00pm-9:00pm (both sessions required). $100 for new players; $70 for players that have played one season at DB. Family discounts.

Applications and further details available on website at Email:

"Friends of Festus" VIP package offers Fun Fest concert reserved seating and parking spaces

CONTACT: Lucy Fleming, Director
Kingsport Fun Fest
(423) 392-8809

Friends of Festus VIP package

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -.Be a "Friend of Festus" and receive reserved seating and parking spaces to the three J. Fred Johnson Stadium concerts during Fun Fest.

For a $100 donation to Friends of Festus, patrons will receive:
* Two tickets to the stadium concert of your choice in a special seating area. This seating area is for "Friends of Festus" only and includes 2 chairs for the night.
* One parking pass to the Dobyns-Bennett High School parking lot.
* The special Fun Fest 25th Anniversary Poster.
* A $15 gift certificate to the Fun Fest store - redeemable between June 25 and July 23 for the merchandise of your choice.
* Inclusion to the newsletter list. (Receive festival information first.)

For a $200 donation to Friends of Festus, patrons will receive two tickets to all three stadium concerts plus free, reserved parking each night.
Friends of Festus is limited to 100 "Friends" per concert night.
AFG Industries will present Billy Carrington and Trace Adkins on Thurs., July 21. Headlining the Beach Party are the Edwin McCain Band and Collective Soul. The Friday night Beach Party is sponsored by Coca-Cola, Eastman Credit Union, Food City and Weyerhaeuser Industries.
The Saturday night Eastman Concert will feature "An Evening with Travis Tritt," followed by the Fun Fest Fireworks Finale.

"Friends of Festus" VIP packages are available at the Fun Fest office in the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, 151 E. Main St. For more information, call (423) 392-8806 or 392-8810 or e-mail

Fun Fest is a program of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce. The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization comprised of nearly 1,000 members. The Kingsport Chamber's mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. The Kingsport Chamber has been accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for 25 years. Fun Fest is a program of the Kingsport Chamber.

Junior League of Kingsport / Fun Fare Cookbook

Sharon Harris 423-360-2820
Leslie May 423-288-7612

Junior League of Kingsport Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Fun Fest with Fun Fare Cookbook

Kingsport, Tenn., May 20, 2005 - The Junior League of Kingsport kicks off the community celebration of 25 years of Fun Fest with the release of their new Fun Fare Cookbook, available now for pre-ordering.

Discover over 400 tried and true recipes from local contributors, restaurants, Fun Fest entertainers and members of the Junior League of Kingsport (JLK) in this colorful 300+ page hardcover book. Over the past year, all of the recipes have been taste tested by various members of the community, so you can be sure they have all been approved. This great resource also contains suggested summer entertaining menus which will help make that next occasion with family and friends extra special.

Commemorating 25 years of Fun Fest, there are stories, facts and trivia about this growing family event sprinkled throughout the cookbook. The front cover features an original local piece of artwork of several hot air balloons taking off into the morning sky, like the "Breakfast with the Balloons" event, an annual favorite. The back cover highlights the winning t-shirt designs for the past 25 years, each of which were created by local artists. Make sure you pick up a copy so you can select your favorite design - it's sure to bring back some special memories for you and your family.

The cost of the cookbook is $16 and supplies are limited. They can be purchased at any Fun Fest store or outlet, from any JLK member or at JLK Headquarters by calling 423-245-1321. For further information, please contact Sharon Harris at 246-7824 or Leslie May at 288-7612. All proceeds from the sale of this cookbook will be distributed back into the community through various JLK community support projects.

The Junior League of Kingsport (JLK) is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI). This organization of women is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Junior Leagues reach out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism

Fun Fest store opens June 25 in Fort Henry Mall -- T-shirts available at Food City stores in Colonial Heights, Hawkins County TN, Scott County VA

Lucy Fleming, Director
Kingsport Fun Fest
(423) 392-8809

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The Fun Fest Store will open Sat., June 25, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. This year's store is located in the Sears Court of the lower level of the Ft. Henry Mall in the former location of Rack Room Shoes.

Store hours will be regular Mall hours: Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sun., 1-5 p.m. The Fun Fest Store will be closed on the Fourth of July. Hours will vary during Fun Fest.

Event tickets and Fun Fest souvenirs will be available at this location.

For the first time, adult size Fun Fest T-shirts will be sold at Food City Grocery Store locations on Eastman Rd. and Moreland Dr. (Colonial Heights) locations in Kingsport. Also the Mt. Carmel and Weber City, Va. stores.

For more information on Fun Fest visit or call 423-392-8809.

Fun Fest is a program of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce. The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization comprised of nearly 1,000 members. The Kingsport Chamber's mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. The Kingsport Chamber has been accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for 25 years. Fun Fest is a program of the Kingsport Chamber.

Elite athletes return to Fun Fest Crazy 8's Road Race - a true world class event!

This is a "must see" email. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the number of world records set right here in Kingsport! 2,055 people registered to run/walk last year! -- Jeff

Hank Brown, Co-Event Director

Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8’s 8K Run
2005 Road Race Plans Unveiled
Emere and Mitei Return To Scene of Thrilling 2001 Finish

Kingsport, TN

In 2001 Alene Emere from Ethiopia looked like he was on his way to breaking Peter Githuka's long-standing 8k world record of 22:02.2, set here in 1996. However, he inexplicably backed off the pace over the final kilometer, setting up the most thrilling, and the most agonizing finish in the celebrated history of the Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8's 8k Run. Sensing that Emere was slowing, Kenya's Enock Mitei seemingly came out of nowhere like a thief on the dark streets to almost steal the race away from Emere. They crossed the balloon arched finish line shoulder to shoulder with Emere breaking the tape just ahead of Mitei, but just 1 second behind Githuka's record. Race organizers announced today that both Emere and Mitei will return to run the candle-lit streets of Kingsport on Saturday night, July 16, and re-enact their battle from 2001.

"It was no doubt the most exciting race we've ever had," said Hank Brown, co-event director and recruiter of the elite athletes. "Alene apologized to me later for not breaking the record, but he got confused and didn't think he had a chance, so he backed off just a little near the end. When I found out that both Emere and Mitei were coming back this year, I was pretty excited."

Emere's miscalculation cost him the Regional Eye Center $10,008 world record bonus, on offer to anyone breaking Githuka's record, and it almost cost him the first place prize check. The Regional Eye Center will once again offer the bonus for any man or woman breaking their respective world records.

"This year I want to break 22 minutes," said Emere in a recent email. "I have been training for this race and feel good."

Emere will come into Crazy 8's in good shape. He finished 6th at the 2004 World Half Marathon Championships in New Delhi, India, leading his Ethiopian team to a silver medal. He recently ran 13:15 for 5000 meters. Mitei has covered 10,000 meters in a very swift 27:43, and the half marathon in 1:00:32. In 2002 he was 9th at the World Cross Country Championships.

Brown also announced the entry of two top American women to the elite field, Ann McGranahan and Nicole Hunt. McGranahan has run 15:45 for 5000m and 26:30 for 8k while Hunt has run 15:52 for 5000m and 33:24 for 10,000m.

The epic clash between Emere and Mitei in 2001 produced the 2nd and 3rd fastest 8k times in the world rankings. That same year, Shadrack Kosgei of Kenya finished just a few steps behind, notching the 5th fastest time ever. Of the top 5 8k times in the world, 4 have been run on the famed figure-8 Crazy 8's course. Of course, Crazy 8's also holds the women's world record, set in 2002 by Asmae Leghzaoui of Morocco with a blazing 24:27.8.

"Crazy 8’s has a reputation as the world’s fastest 8k…" said Brown," and Kingsport is proud of this. We'll continue to recruit the very best we can because the people of Kingsport have come to expect the best."

Even though the elite runners get most of the attention in the sports pages, Crazy 8’s is much more than just a bunch of fast men and women from faraway places. At 6:28pm over 700 kids will hustle around the Johnson Elementary School soccer fields in the HMG Little 8’s Youth Runs. The races range in distance from 100 yards to one mile, and ages from 2 years old to 14 years old. At 8:58pm nearly 500 walkers will set off in full motion in the Cardiovascular Associates 3k Heart Walk, a non-competitive event promoting heart healthy activities. In the evening's finale, over 1000 runners will blast off at 9:58 pm on Eastman Rd. for the Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8’s 8k Run . With 2100 participants, Crazy 8’s is the largest road race in Northeast Tennessee. It will once again take place during Kingsport’s Fun Fest, a weeklong festival of music, fun, and sports related events.

For more information or to register, visit Registration is also available at the Fun Fest Store in the Ft. Henry Mall. Sponsors are Indian Path Medical Center, SunTrust Bank, Holston Medical Group, Cardiovascular Associates, Regional Eye Center, Citadel Broadcasting, YMCA, Culligan, Food City, Kingsport Rental, Domino's Pizza, and Charter Media. Fluid station/Invited Athlete Sponsors are Mather Dentist Office, Mountain Region Family Medicine, Fleming’s Tune-Up, Holston Medical Group, Martin Dentistry, Celebration Church, Dr. Rachel Monderer, and Tele-Optics. Crazy 8's is managed by We Run Events.

All-Time Performances- 8 kilometers Road
World Men
22:02.2 ( 1) Peter Githuka (KEN) 14 Feb 1969 20 Jul 1996 Kingsport TN USA
22:03.4 ( 1) Alene Emere (ETH) 25 Jun 1982 14 Jul 2001 Kingsport TN USA
22:03.9 ( 2) Enock Mitei (KEN) 26 Nov 1980 14 Jul 2001 Kingsport TN USA
22:04 ( 1) Alberto Salazar (OR/USA) 07 Aug 1958 04 Jan 1981 Los Altos CA USA
22:06.0 ( 3) Shadrack Kosgei (KEN) 1984 14 Jul 2001 Kingsport TN USA
22:08 ( 2) David Moorcroft (ENG) 10 Apr 1953 04 Jan 1981 Los Altos CA USA
22:08 ( 1) John Doherty (IRL) 22 Jul 1961 21 May 1989 Agawam MA USA
22:08 + ( 1) Ismael Kirui (KEN) 20 Feb 1975 02 May 1993 Dublin IRL
22:09 ( 1) Josephat Machuka (KEN) 12 Dec 1973 19 Mar 1994 Virginia Beach VA USA
22:10.7 ( 1) Linus Maiyo (KEN) 1982 19 Jul 2003 Kingsport TN USA
22:14 ( 3) Nick Rose (ENG) 30 Dec 1951 04 Jan 1981 Los Altos CA USA
22:14 ( 4) Thom Hunt (CA/USA) 17 Mar 1958 04 Jan 1981 Los Altos CA USA
22:14.7 ( 4) David Makori (KEN) 06 Nov 1973 14 Jul 2001 Kingsport TN USA
22:15 ( 1) Simon Sawe (KEN) 23 Mar 1969 14 Jun 1997 San Jose CA USA
22:15.5 ( 1) Mebrahtom Keflezighi (CA/USA) 05 May 1975 27 Mar 2004 New York NY USA
22:16.0 ( 1) John Korir (KEN) 15 Dec 1975 18 Jul 2004 Kingsport TX USA
22:17 + ( 1) Simon Rono (KEN) 09 Apr 1972 03 Oct 1999 Attleboro MA USA
22:18 + ( 1) Bruce Bickford (MA/USA) 12 Mar 1957 26 May 1985 Agawam MA USA
22:18 ( 2) Lazarus Nyakeraka (KEN) 22 Nov 1975 14 Jun 1997 San Jose CA USA
22:18 + ( 2) Khalid Khannouchi (NY/MAR) 22 Dec 1971 03 Oct 1999 Attleboro MA USA
22:19 + ( 1) Joseph Kamau (KEN) 21 Sep 1972 06 Oct 1996 Attleboro MA USA
22:19.0 ( 1) David Makori- 2 06 Nov 1973 17 Jul 1999 Kingsport TN USA

World Women
24:27.8 ( 1) Asmae Leghzaoui (MAR) 30 Aug 1976 13 Jul 2002 Kingsport TN USA
24:36 (1) Deena Kastor 32 years old 3 Apr 2005 Chicago, IL USA 24:38 ( 1) Paula Radcliffe (ENG) 17 Dec 1973 24 Apr 1999 Balmoral SCO

24:43 ( 1) Sonia O'Sullivan- 2 28 Nov 1969 22 Apr 2000 Balmoral SCO
24:45 ( 1) Paula Radcliffe- 2 17 Dec 1973 11 Apr 1998 Balmoral SCO
24:48 ( 1) Liz McColgan (SCO) 24 May 1964 10 May 1992 Washington DC USA

Crazy8s History
Indian Path Medical Center & Suntrust Bank 8K Run
Top All-Time Performances - thru 2004

Year Name Citizen Time
1 1996 Peter Githuka Kenya 22:02.21 World Record
2 2001 Alene Emere Ethiopia 22:03.4
3 2001 Enock Mitei Kenya 22:03.9
4 2001 Shadrack Kosgei Kenya 22:06.0
5 2003 Linus Maiyo Kenya 22:10.6
6 2001 David Makori Kenya 22:14.7
7 2004 John Korir Kenya 22:15.95
8 1999 David Makori Kenya 22:19.0
9 2001 Sammy Ng'eno Kenya 22:22.2
10 2000 Reuben Cheruiyot Kenya 22:24.5
11 1997 Peter Githuka Kenya 22:25.7
12 1999 Joseph Kimani Kenya 22:29.5
13 1999 Philip Kurui Kenya 22:30.7
14 2004 Linus Maiyo Kenya 22:30.45
15 2000 Lazarus Nyakeraka Kenya 22:32.3

Year Name Citizen Time
1 2002 Asmae Leghzaoui Morocco 24:27.81 World Record
2 1999 Margaret Okayo Kenya 25:40.0
3 1999 Jane Omoro Kenya 25:40.6
4 1999 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 25:41.3
5 2001 Irene Kwambai Kenya 25:46.4
6 1999 Teresa Wanjiku Kenya 25:47.6
7 1994 Laura Mykytok Hersey, PA 25:49.4
8 1997 Elana Meyer South Africa 25:51.9
9 1999 Derartu Tulu Ethiopia 26:01.8
10 1998 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 26:01.9
11 2001 Grace Momanyi Kenya 26:02.2
12 2003 Silvia Skvortsova Russia 26:03.1
13 1998 Teresa Wanjiku Kenya 26:03.9
14 2001 Martha Komu Kenya 26:05.8
15 1995 Maria Louisa Servin Mexico 26:05.9

Past 5 Years Winners
2004 John Korir Kenya 22:15.95
2003 Linus Maiyo Kenya 22:10.6
2002 Patrick Nthiwa Kenya 22:37.9
2001 Alene Emere Ethiopia 22:03.4
2000 Reuben Cheruiyot Kenya 22:24.5

2004 Silvia Skvortsova Russia 26:12
2003 Silvia Skvortsova Russia 26:03.1
2002 Asmae Leghzaoui Morocco 24:27.8
2001 Irene Kwambai 25:46.4
2000 Naomi Wangui Kenya 26:21.8

Cardiovascular Associates 3K Heart Walk
Top All-Time Performances - thru 2004
Year Name Citizen Time
1 1996 Ethiel Soto Mexico 13:08.0
2 2004 Ian Whatley Greenville, SC 13:47
3 1998 Tom Flora Kingsport, TN 14:10.0
4 1997 Tom Flora Kingsport, TN 14:15.0
5 1996 Tom Flora Kingsport, TN 14:54.0

Year Name Citizen Time
1 1996 Sally Evenden Knoxville, TN 16:26.0
2 1997 Sally Evenden Knoxville, TN 17:26.0
3 1996 Sami Bailey Indianapolis, IN 18:19.0
4 2002 Rebecca Miller Gray, TN 18:19.0
5 2002 Rosemary Sexton Kingsport, TN 18:22.0

Crazy8s - 3K Walk
Past 5 Years Winners
2004 Ian Whatley Greenville, SC 13:47
2003 Doug Johnson Moganfield, WV 15:34.0
2002 Larry Windes Kingsport, TN 16:46
2001 Larry Windes Kingsport, TN 16:47.0
2000 Bruce Booth Salem, VA 15:08.0

2004 Donna Cope Canton, TN 18:51
2003 Mitzi Everett Kingsport, TN 18:32.0
2002 Rebecca Miller Gray, TN 18:19.0
2001 Rosemary Sexton Kingsport, TN 19:03.0
2000 Rosemary Sexton Kingsport, TN 18:24.0

Participation 8K Run Walk Kids Total
1990 Finishers 624 279 903
1991 Registered 607 332 939
1992 Registered 662 435 1097
1993 Registered 773 391 150 1314
1994 Registered 759 418 279 1456
1995 Registered 826 367 327 1520
1996 Registered 813 397 555 1765
1997 Registered 827 353 533 1713
1998 Registered 928 402 540 1870
1999 Registered 886 404 619 1909
2000 Registered 915 423 670 2008
2001 Registered 946 383 714 2043
2002 Registered 962 476 644 2082
2003 Registered 1048 422 622 2092
2004 Registered 987 460 608 2055

Sign-Up for Fun Fest Triathlon/Duathlon

Pedal Paddle Skedaddle Triathlon/Duathlon
Saturday, July 16, Kingsport, TN
Triathlon - $30
8:30 am Tour de Possum Creek 40m bike
1:30pm Paddle on the Holston
9:58pm Crazy 8's 8k Run

Duathlon - $25
8:30am Tour de Possum Creek 22m bike
9:58 pm Crazy 8's 8k Run
Contact: 423-245-9559

Kingsport Mets-Bristol Tiger benefit game to help strike out Lou Gehrig's Disease

(Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
Benefit Baseball Game
Saturday, June 25th, 6:00 p.m.
Hunter Wright Stadium

Kingsport Mets vs Bristol Tigers

$10.00 per Ticket – Includes the game, hot dogs, drink and chips.
(A portion of the proceeds supports ALSA.)

Tickets are available at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce
or by calling Joy Eastridge - 392-4373, Anne Elpers - 378-6975, or Pat Wininger - 245-1693

Help Us Stop the Disease that Stopped Lou Gehrig

Pat Wininger Eastman Credit Union
Asset Recovery Coordinator 423-578-7351 or (FAX) 423-229-8249

Sullivan County Commission Agenda for June 27

June 27 meeting:

RESOLUTION to Authorize President’s Day as a Holiday for Sullivan County Employees.

  • State and Federal offices, as well as all banking institutions honor the third Monday in the month of February, as President’s Day as a holiday.
  • All of these offices and institutions are closed on this day.
  • Sullivan County wishes to honor and acknowledge our founding fathers on this day.
  • This would also cause our handbook to be amended.

    Introduced by Commissioner: McConnell
    Seconded by Commissioner(s): Ferguson

RESOLUTION to Establish a truck route on a portion of highway 126 within the Historical District of downtown Blountville.

  • This would effect heavy equipment, semi-trucks and trailers
  • This would help protect a lot of the Historical buildings from the vibrations and disturbance of the large vehicles.
  • There are a lot of planned restoration projects of these structures coming up.
  • A traffic analysis has been completed and reported by the Bristol Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Planning Engineer.

    Introduced by Commissioner: Houser
    Seconded by Commissioner(s): Hall, Jones, Crawford

RESOLUTION to Authorize the transfer of a portion of Lynn View School property to Tri-Cities Christian School.

  • This would not include the Stadium or the ball fields on the same side of the road.
  • Tri-Cities Christian School elected to exercise it option to purchase this said property.

    Introduced by Commissioner: McConnell
    Seconded by Commissioner(s): Crawford, Ferguson, Kilgore


Commissioner John K. Crawford

One in four teens WILL crash in their first year of driving....

Jeff,Central High School PTSA is hosting another New Driver Car Control Clinic the weekend of August 5, 6 and 7. Drivers must have at least their learner's permit and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This will be the 4th local clinic -- and all have been sellouts. The course offers practical, hands-on experience in emergency driving management, but in a controled setting. On-line registration is required by going to and going to the "Tennessee" link.Thank you,Jill Davenport, Central HS PTSA

One in Four Teens
WILL Crash
in their First Year Driving

Will YOURS be the One?

New Driver Car Control Clinic Graduates Have 77% FEWER CRASHES than Peers

The Awful Facts

80% of crashes by 16-year-old drivers (and 75% by 17-year-old drivers) are attributed to “Driver Error”— not speed, not drugs, not alcohol (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

A teenager is injured in a car crash every 55 seconds

A teenager is killed in a car crash every 64 ½ minutes

New Driver Car Control Clinic graduates have 77% fewer crashes than their peers

You CAN do something to make your teen driver safer!

The New Driver Car Control Clinic is a hands-on, behind-the-wheel program that teaches teens and their parents what to do when their car enters the “emergency zone.” A four-year study conducted by the Florida Department of Highways Safety & Motor Vehicles reports that Car Control Clinic graduates have 77% fewer crashes than their peers.

New Driver Car Control Clinic Coming to Sullivan Central High School August 5, 6 and 7, 2005
sponsored by Central PTSA

Attend the class Friday, August 5 at 6:30 pm, then one 4-hour behind-the-wheel session on Saturday or Sunday, August 6 or 7.

$149 per parent/student team
Advance reservations required
Valid Learner’s Permit or Full License Required

for detailed information.

Register on-line at or call 800-862-3277.
Register Today. Space is very limited.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Clinch Mountain MusicFest to Feature "Old Time" Appalachian Music

Go to

Thursday, June 16, 2005

CONTACT: Jenny Seguin, Executive Director, Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau, (423) 392-8818

Diana Meredith, Co-Founder, Clinch Mountain MusicFest, Kingsport Times-News, (423) 245-5071

Clinch Mountain MusicFest to Celebrate "Living Memory" Through "Old Time" Appalachian Music

Kingsport, Tenn. - In an effort to preserve and promote "Old Time" Appalachian music, event organizers, in partnership with the Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau (KCVB), announced the creation of the inaugural Clinch Mountain MusicFest, to be held in Duffield, Virginia and Kingsport, Tennessee, September 22-24, 2005.

Featuring performers such as Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Ed Snodderly, Norman and Nancy Blake, Appalachian Dream Spinners, The Duhks, and many more, the Clinch Mountain MusicFest promises to provide plenty of entertainment, while celebrating our Appalachian heritage.

"This is not just another festival," said Anndrena Belcher, storyteller, singer/songwriter, and scheduled performer for the Clinch Mountain MusicFest. "The Clinch Mountain MusicFest is all about our 'living memory' through music and how important it was to our ancestors, and still is today."

At the heart of the Clinch Mountain MusicFest is an effort by the event organizers and the musicians themselves to not only celebrate the music, but, to also ensure "Old Time" Appalachian music will continue to be a part of our future.

"Without question, the preservation and perpetuation of 'Old Time' Appalachian music is vitally important to all involved in the creation of the Clinch Mountain MusicFest," said event Co-Founder Diana Meredith. "This will be a non-profit event with all proceeds dedicated to the continuation of 'Old Time' Appalachian music."

Organizers hope to achieve the goal of preserving and perpetuating this unique brand of music by offering grants, scholarships, and through hosting the Clinch Mountain MusicFest annually.

While "Old Time" music draws its roots from these Appalachian Mountains, organizers are quick to point out that the music has a world-wide following, as well. "As an organization whose mission is bringing tourists to Kingsport and our region, we firmly believe this event has the potential to draw a great number of visitors," said Neville Charlton, KCVB Chairman. "In fact, the KCVB, along with the rest of the Clinch Mountain MusicFest organizers, believe the potential is here to draw people from all over the world for this event. Genuine 'Old Time' music has that kind of draw, and our region serves as the perfect back drop."

The first night of the MusicFest will kick off September 22, at Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, Virginia, before changing venues and moving to Downtown Kingsport for the remainder of the shows, September 23 and 24. The change of venues is designed to celebrate the impact "Old Time" Appalachian music has had on this region.

Each day of the event is themed to honor and promote "Old Time" Appalachian music. Performances Thursday, September 22, at Natural Tunnel State Park are dedicated to Janette and Joe Carter and their family's work to preserve music. The current line-up features the Appalachian Dream Spinners, Mendota, John McCutcheon, Reel Time Travelers, and Norman and Nancy Blake.

Performances Friday, September 23, will be held in Downtown Kingsport and are dedicated to Ralph Blizard. Day performances include Rich Kirby, Will Keys and Evergreen, Anndrena Belcher accompanied by Melanie Remine, Appalachian Dream Spinners, and Bill Clifton.

Evening performances include Todd Mead and friends, Reel Time Travelers, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Rich Kirby, Will Keys, Members of New Southern Ramblers, Norman and Nancy Blake and Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Performances Saturday, September 24, also held in Downtown Kingsport, are dedicated to the future of Old Time music and feature Ed Snodderly, Twin Springs Bluegrass Band, Anndrena Belcher accompanied by Melanie Remine, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, Laura Boosinger, Zoe Speaks, The Duhks, Malcolm Holcombe, and Robin and Linda Williams.

Festival tickets, if purchased in advance before August 30, are $35 per person for a three-day pass and $75 dollars for a Family Package that includes two adult and two child passes (children 17-years-old and under) good for all three days of the event. After August 30, festival ticket prices are $45 per person for a three-day pass and $95 dollars for a Family Pass. Children under 12-years-old are admitted free. Single day tickets may also be purchased in advance or at each venue during the festival.

For artist performance times, ticket purchases, and additional up-to-date information about the Clinch Mountain MusicFest, simply go to or call 1-800-743-5282.

The Clinch Mountain MusicFest is made possible by the following current list of sponsors: Eastman Credit Union, Hertz, Price and Ramey, Weyerhaeuser, and WETS-FM. Sponsorship opportunities for this event are available.

The Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau is a partnership program between the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Tri-Cities' ranking in recently released Economic Census of Accommodations and Food Services

2002 Economic Census - Accommodations & Food Services

Released June, 2005 


It may surprise you to learn that Tri-Cities leads Charleston (WV) and Roanoke by $135 million each and Spartanburg (SC) by $163 million -- but lags Greenville (SC) by $433 million, Chattanooga by $259 million, and Asheville by $221 million


Are Greenville, Chattanooga and Asheville saturated with accommodations and food services?  Are Johnson City, Kingsport & Bristol the next emerging markets?


Of course, it goes without saying that the Knoxville-Sevierville-Smoky Mountains juggernaut are “untouchable” in this sector with annual sales = 3 x Tri-Cities’ total



Annual Sales of Accommodations/Food Services in Metro Areas along the Southern Applachian spine

$1,548,669,000  Knoxville-Sevierville-LaFollette, TN

$   957,740,000  Greenville-Anderson-Seneca, SC

$   783,768,000  Chattanooga-Cleveland-Athens, TN-GA

$   745,143,000  Asheville-Brevard, NC

$   524,841,000  Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol (Tri-Cities), TN-VA

$   388,976,000  Charleston, WV

$   386,689,000  Roanoke, VA

$   373,090,000  Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC

$   361,715,000  Spartanburg-Gaffney-Union, SC

$   360,675,000  Charlottesville, VA

$   315,821,000  Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

$   269,135,000  Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

$   223,621,000  Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA subset of Tri-Cities

$   202,568,000 Johnson City, TN subset of Tri-Cities (includes Elizabethton)

$   194,801,000  Burlington, NC

$   179,783,000  Blacksburg-Christiansburg, VA

$   147,985,000  Harrisonburg, VA

$   144,908,000  Morristown-Newport, TN

$   143,556,000  Beckley-Oak Hill, WV

$   113,598,000  Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

$   112,307,000  Bluefield, WV-VA

$   106,327,000  Corbin-London, KY

$   101,381,000  Boone, NC (includes Blowing Rock / Banner Elk)

$     98,652,000 Bristol, VA subset of Tri-Cities (includes Abingdon)

$     53,253,000 Somerset, KY

$     47,998,000 North Wilkesboro, NC

$     45,930,000 Greeneville, TN

$     30,688,000 Middlesboro, KY



Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Kingsport's first USSSA Baseball National Invitational Tournament in town this weekend

CONTACT: Jeremiah Lounds
Sports Marketing Director
Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau
(423) 392-8831

KINGSPORT, Tenn.-Kingsport will host its first USSSA Baseball National Invitational Tournament (NIT), June 17-19, at Weyerhaeuser Park. This event is the second of three baseball tournaments in the "Summer of Baseball" series presented by Hardee's of the Tri-Cities.

"Hardee's is proud to support our great community and this new event," said Shannon Skelton, marketing coordinator for Hardee's of the Tri-Cities. "The community will get to see some great baseball action this weekend, while visitors will bring new money into our local economy."

The Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau (KCVB) is assisting with the event and expects approximately 20 teams to participate in the three-day tournament. With an estimated 800 athletes, coaches, parents and other supporters in town, the event is projected to have nearly a $400,000 economic impact on the city.

The KCVB has been working hard for several years to branch out into additional sporting events. "We are making an effort to expand our sports relationships into a variety of new organizations," said Jeremiah Lounds, sports marketing director, KCVB. "The USSSA event is one of three new events we have been able to recruit to Kingsport this year and we hope to continue this success into the future by attracting even more events to the city."

Travis Leming, USSSA baseball state director, is looking forward to utilizing the new baseball facilities at Weyerhaeuser Park for this event. "I have spent time traveling all over the state conducting tournaments," said Leming. "With the construction of this new complex it opens the door to many new possibilities for USSSA baseball in Kingsport, now and into the future."

Kingsport has already hosted one event in the Hardee's "Summer of Baseball" series - the NAIA Region XII Baseball Championship, held in May. The series will conclude with the USSSA Baseball 14 & Under 60'/90' AAA World Series, July 23-30. All three events in the Hardee's "Summer of Baseball" series are new sporting events for Kingsport and combined, are projected to have an economic impact of $2,267,341.

Also returning this summer is the AAU Boys Basketball 15:U/9th Grade National Championship, July 9-16. The basketball championship, which is once again presented by First Tennessee Bank, is projected to have an economic impact of $4,625,424.

These events, combined with the 2005 AAU Wrestling Elementary National Duals held in April, are projected to have an economic impact of $7,535,988 on the region.

Partners for this new event include:

Title Partner - Hardee's of the Tri-Cities.

Gold Partners include Charter Communications, Charter Media, Citadel Broadcasting (WJCW / WQUT / WKIN / WKOS / WGOC), City of Kingsport, Kingsport Parks and Recreation, Kingsport Times-News and WKPT-TV19.

Silver Partners are Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Holston Medical Group and Verizon Wireless.
Friend of USSSA is the Kingsport Civic Auditorium.

Tournament action begins at Weyerhaeuser Park on Friday, June 17 and will conclude on Sunday, June 19. Games will be played on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. Weekend passes are available for the event and prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Daily passes are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Children six and under will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

The Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau is a partnership between the city of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce.
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.