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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Project Platinum: The Unveiling -- Healthcare For The Next 70 years

Folks – this is a very big announcement for the Greater Kingsport Area!  It’s an open invitation to the community.  I hope you will consider attending! -- Jeff



Project Platinum: The Unveiling

Strong, precious and lasting, platinum is the traditional symbol of a relationship that has spanned 70 years.

On the occasion of
Holston Valley Medical Center’s 70th anniversary of service, please join us as we celebrate our proud community heritage and announce Project Platinum, a major investment in Kingsport’s future.

Project Platinum: The Unveiling
Health Care for the Next 70 Years

Saturday, July 30, 20058:00 p.m.
On the grounds of Holston Valley Medical Center

Dessert Extravaganza, Musical Entertainment by the Charles Goodwin Orchestra, Business Casual Attire


Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Fun Fest Fireworks

Here’s one last chance to view this year’s Fun Fest Fireworks from your desktop.   I suggest you begin by playing your favorite music , then click “view photos” and “play” the slideshow.   In order to view them, Kodak/Adobe requires that you sign-in and establish a password.  It’s free and easy. 


Hope you enjoy!  I hope it puts a big smile on your face!  Have a great day! 


Thanks, Fun Fest, for 25 years of memories!



Monday, July 25, 2005

Fun Fest Balloons

Breakfast with the Balloons has always been a special event in our household.  It’s the only time I can get the kids to willingly get up at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning!  We typically see friends and neighbors that we might only see once a year, chatting, catching-up, sipping coffee and enjoying a good ol’ country ham biscuit in a beautiful green space wrapped by a blue sky adorned with balloons.  In many ways, it’s kind of like a big family reunion.


Thanks, Fun Fest, for 25 years of memories! 


You’re invited to view my photos.  In order to view them, Kodak/Adobe requires that you sign-in and establish a password.  It’s free and easy.  Hope you enjoy! -- Jeff


Sunday, July 24, 2005

Action Day notice and air quality forecast for Tri-Cities

An Action Day has been declared for Sunday, July 24.

Who is affected? People with lung disease (including asthma), active
adults and children

Cautionary Statement - Cut back or reschedule strenuous outside activity


. Choose a cleaner commute
. Limit engine idling, skip the drive thru.
. Conserve energy (cut back A/C, turn off light, and close blinds).
. Postpone lawn mowing and filling of gas tanks until evening.
. Don't burn leaves or trash.
. Combine errands.

Air Quality Forecast:

Saturday, July 23
Ozone - Moderate - YELLOW (64 AQI)

Sunday, July 24
Ozone - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups - ORANGE (101 AQI)

Monday, July 25
Ozone - Moderate - YELLOW (100 AQI)

"Good" Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses
little or no risk.

"Moderate" Air quality is acceptable; however, some pollutants may be a
moderate health concern for a very small number of people. For example,
people who are unusually sensitive to ozone may experience respiratory

"Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" Members of sensitive groups may
experience health effects. For example, people with lung disease,
asthma, and children who are more active and breathe more air per pound
of body mass are also at a greater risk. The general public is not
likely to be affected when the AQI is in this range.

For additional information concerning the air quality forecast,

This information was issued by the Ozone Action Partnership of Norteast
Tennessee and Southwest Virginia on Saturday, July 23.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Fun Fest updates...

Saturday, July 23

6:30a    Breakfast with the Balloons @ Memorial Park

7a         Cluster Balloon launch @ Memorial Park

7a         Morning Balloon Rally @ Memorial Park

8a         Climbing Wall @ Memorial Park (until 9p)

8a         Motorcycle Poker Ride @ ETSU at Kingsport (until 4p)

8:30a    Bays Mountain Park free admission (until 8p)

9a         Shred-A-Thon at Fort Henry Mall parking lot

9a         Adult Kickball Tournament @ Eastman Recreation Fields

9a         Trike Trials on Fort Henry Drive

9a         Disc Golf Clinic @ Borden Park

10a       Disc Golf Tournament @ Borden Park

10a       Highlands Games @ The Homeplace Museum, VA Rte 224 Wadlow Gap Rd

10a       Fun Day at the Mall (until 2p)

11a       Automobile Show @ DBHS parking lot

12p       Taste of Tri-Cities (until 10p)

1p         Nickelodeon Game Lab @ Civic Auditorium

3p         Nickelodeon Game Lab @ Civic Auditorium

3p         Kingsport Idol Finals @ Fort Henry Drive Stage

6:30p    Evening Balloon Rally @ Indian Highland Park

7p         Eastman Concert – Travis Tritt

10p       Eastman Fireworks Spectacular





KINGSPORT, TN----Bank of Tennessee held a judging contest for "Best of the Taste of Tri-Cities" on Wednesday, July 20, 2005.


            A panel of five judges was selected to taste the "best dish" each restaurant offered.  The panel included John Williams, Fred King, Lisa Childress, Ben Mallicote, and Craig Dye.  They judged each restaurant on originality of tent design, quality of food, and value for your money.


The winners are: Pratt's Real Pit BBQ received first place, The Chop House received second place, and Garfield's won third place. Each restaurant received a ribbon and Pratt's Real Pit BBQ received a two yard signs, one to place in front of their tent and one to place in front of their restaurant. 


Bank of Tennessee is a locally owned and operated financial institution serving Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi Counties with a nine branch network for over 31 years.



News Channel 11 Shred-A-Thon

Saturday, July 23rd

9am - 2pm

Fort Henry Mall, in the parking lot between the Ft. Henry Drive entrance and Shoney's.



 Protect yourself from Identity Theft for free by shredding unwanted personal documents at the News Channel 11 Shred-a-Thon, Saturday from 9am - 2pm in the parking lot of the Fort Henry Mall.


 News Channel 11 is teaming up with Shred First and the Fort Henry Mall to provide a community service to anyone worried about identity theft. A series of News Channel 11 special reports stressed the importance of shredding your unwanted or unneeded personal documents and papers to ensure identifying information is not discarded in a manner that could allow someone to take and use those vital statistics. To make this task as easy as possible, News Channel 11 will be on hand Saturday with an industrial shredder, ready to destroy your unneeded documents.


 At the Saturday event, Shred First - an industrial document shredding company - will set up their mobile shredding lab in the parking lot of Fort Henry Mall in Kingsport from 9am - 2pm and allow anyone to drop off papers and documents they want shredded -- for free. WJHL employees will be on hand to help unload the documents from vehicles and get them to the massive shredder to be destroyed... again, all for free.





Cluster Balloonist Launches First Ever Flight from Tennessee


Blountville, TN:  John Ninomiya, the most experienced cluster balloonist in the world, will take on the role of Joe Frugal when he makes his only appearance in Tennessee this Saturday for Fun Fest’s Breakfast with the Balloons. Sponsored by Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TCRA), Ninomya will attach more than 100 giant helium balloons to a body harness to launch his cluster balloon.  


Using 8000 cubic feet of helium, a team of 25 volunteers will work for two hours to inflate and rig the multicolored balloons in preparation for the 6:30 a.m. launch. Breakfast with the Balloons takes place at Memorial Park, across Fort Henry Dr. from Dobyns-Bennett High School. In case of rain, the launch will be delayed until 4:30 p.m.


This Harvard educated pilot has over 20 years of experience as a balloonist. Ninomiya’s 32 cluster flights have been featured in Popular Science, Reader’s Digest, ESPN Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared on Inside Edition, MTV, Tech TV and the History Channel.


“With half a dozen pilots worldwide, cluster ballooning remains something between an extreme sport and a personal eccentricity,” Ninomiya said at his Web site, “At [the] present [time], I'm the only regularly active cluster balloonist in North America.”


According to Melissa Thomas, TCRA Director of Marketing and Airport Services, the Airport jumped at the chance to sponsor Ninomiya’s launch. “When approached with this opportunity, we thought sponsoring such a unique event would fit right in with the Airport’s recent campaign about going to extremes to fly cheap,” Thomas said. “A cluster balloon flight is definitely an extreme way to fly.”


Ninomiya is staging cluster balloon flights in each of the United States for a project he is calling “States of Enlightenment.” He plans to fly in three to five states per year for the next 10 to 15 years. The Fun Fest event will serve as Ninomiya’s Tennessee launch.


TCRA is a full-service, commercial Airport that serves as a gateway to East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina and parts of Kentucky. TCRA is a growing transportation center for the region, both in passenger service and cargo. For more information contact the TCRA marketing department at 423-325-6030 or visit


Friday, July 22, 2005

Fun Fest Trashbusters

During Fun Fest, volunteer "Trashbusters" like Kingsport City Manager Ray Griffin & wife Ida work alongside city employees to help Keep Kingsport Beautiful. After the events, city workers stay as late as 3 a.m. to ensure a clean venue for the next evening—and many of them report for their normal work day at 7:30 a.m. the next morning.

Corporate sponsors like Bank of Tennessee make Fun Fest’s Taste of Tri-Cities possible. With food to satisfy all palates, there are only 2 more days to go!

Concert schedule:

Come on join the Fun Fest, because it’s you we’re having a Fun Fest for!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Kingsport Regional Center for Applied Technology

You're Invited

Northeast State Community College

Naming of the Kingsport Regional Center for Applied Technology

Wednesday, July 27

11 a.m.

222 West Main Street

Downtown Kingsport



Also, a training opportunity!


Northeast State/United Way

Nonprofit Professional Certification Program

At Kingsport Regional Center for Applied Technology


July 22, 2005                 8:30 a.m.12:00 noon

Organizational Statements:  Mission, Core Values, Vision, Impact


August 5, 2005               8:30 a.m.12:00 noon

Change Management and Strategic Planning


August 19, 2005             8:30 a.m.12:00 noon 

Nonprofit Financial Management


September 9, 2005         8:30 a.m.12:00 noon

Budget Preparation


September 23, 2005       8:30 a.m. -12:00 noon

Nuts & Bolts: Job Descriptions, Salaries, Benefits, Hiring/Firing


Registration Fee:  $ 35.00 per person per course.


Required Orientation Course

July 29, 2005                 10:30 a.m.12:00 noon

Nonprofit Professional Certification Program Orientation    

Registration required. No fee.



Location:           Regional Center for Applied Technology

Kingsport, TN   (corner of W. Main and Clay Streets)


To register, complete the Northeast State Registration Form for Non-Credit Classes, Seminars, Workshops and return with payment at least one week prior to class date:


Office of Community Education

Northeast State Community College

P. O. Box 246

Blountville, TN  37617


Or call 423-323-0222 to register by phone.




Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Kingsport City Schools start back in 12 business days

Dobyns-Bennett High School Announces Back-To-School Information


KINGSPORT – Students and parents of Dobyns-Bennett High School students need to take note of important information regarding the opening of school.


Distribution of student schedules will be staggered based on a student’s grade level. Senior students may pick up their high school schedule on Tuesday, July 26 beginning at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, July 27, juniors can pick up their schedule beginning at 9 a.m. Sophomores can pick up their schedule at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and freshman may pick up their schedule Wednesday at 1 p.m.


The high school will also hold orientation sessions for all new students in the Dobyns-Bennett High School Nancy Pridemore Theater on Thursday, August 4 at 10 a.m. for students with last names beginning with A-D and at 1 p.m. for students with last names beginning with E-K. There will be orientation sessions on Friday, August 5 at 10 a.m. for students with last names beginning with L-Q, and at 1 p.m. for students with last names beginning with R-Z.


An open house for all parents and students will be held on Tuesday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Nancy Pridemore Theater.


For more information about any of the events listed above, please contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Guidance Office at (423) 378-8409.



New Kingsport City School Students Encouraged To Register Prior To First Day


KINGSPORT – Kingsport City Schools would like to encourage parents of new students, or students who have moved to a different school zone in the system, to register their child prior to the first day of school.


All Kingsport City Schools will be open on July 25 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to register new students. Parents must bring their child’s social security card, birth certificate, Tennessee immunization and physical form and proof of residency (utility bill, mortgage/lease statement).


The first day of school will be held on Monday, August 8. For more information on registering your child for school, contact the school your child is zoned to attend. If you need information about which school your child is zoned to attend, you can access the Kingsport City School’s school/street address information link at, listed under publications



Kingsport City Schools Accepting Applications For Free and Reduced Price Meals


KINGSPORT – Kingsport City Schools is currently accepting applications for free and reduced price meals.


Parents are encouraged to submit a free and reduced price meal application prior to the beginning of classes on August 8.  Children who are receiving food stamps or Aid to Families with Dependent Children as of June 2005 and are enrolled in Kingsport City Schools do not have to apply as they are automatically eligible through the Department of Human Services direct certification process.


All children whose families live within the Federal Income Guidelines qualify for free or reduced price meals including foster children. The Federal Income Chart is located on the Free and Reduced price meal application.  Homeless, migrant or runaway children need to contact the Homeless Education Program Coordinator at 378-2424 rather than completing an application.


Only one application needs to be completed for all students in a household. Applications may be picked up at all Kingsport City Schools or the Central Office located at 1701 E. Center Street. Applications should be returned to Central Office prior to the first day of school. Applications can be returned to the child’s school beginning August 8, 2005.


For more information on free and reduced price meals, please contact Kingsport City Schools Nutrition Services Department at (423) 378-2113 or 2107. 


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.