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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Drivers needed - Meals on Wheels....

-----Original Message-----
From: Preslar, Gail - Voridian [mailto:gpreslar@voridian.com]
Sent
:
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 5:28 PM
To: Jeff Fleming
Cc: Kistner, Bonnie - Eastman
Subject: Drivers needed - Meals on Wheels....

Jeff, several months ago, you sent a note seeking help to get you out of jail....

I wonder if you would be willing to send out this note seeing Meals on Wheels drivers....

I have been a driver for about 15 years.

It is an easy, simple way to make a difference in the lives of many folks...and the blessings are immediate & rewarding!!!

Perhaps the easiest way for someone to contact MOW, would be to contact Volunteer Kingsport, (423) 247-4511.


M Gail Preslar, mls voice: 423-229-6117
mailto:gpreslar@eastman.com
Business Library, B280
mailto:buslib@eastman.com fax: 423-224-0111
Library & Information Services (LIBRIS)
Eastman Chemical Company
Kingsport, TN 37662-5280




From: Kistner, Bonnie - Eastman
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2005 5:14 PM
To: Preslar, Gail - Voridian
Subject: Help Needed

I am on the Meals on Wheels Board of Directors. We are now in critical need of volunteer drivers. We currently deliver to over 220 recipients with about 50 recipients on the waiting list. We have drivers that are dropping out due to medical issues or they are moving. We already have 50 folks waiting to be on our list, and we are now at a point where we may have to drop some of our current recipients. It is awful to think of these people not receiving the food they need. Therefore, I'm sending out a plea for help.

Basically, we have two places you can pick up food and deliver - Waverly Road Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian church (on church circle). You choose which location you want and how often you can volunteer. We recommend once a month, but of course would be thrilled if someone wanted to do it more often. On your designated day, you pick up the food around 10:30 then it takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to deliver to around 15-20 participants. It is easiest when you team up with someone. That way one person drives and the other person jumps out to deliver. Robin Minga and I have delivered meals for the Renaissance Center for about 3-4 years now. It is such a blessing. Eastman is very supportive of this effort. You just have to clear it with your immediate supervision if you see you will go a little over your lunch hour.

Anyway, I just wanted to get the word out about this need. If you have the time to help, please let me know and I will get you in touch with the right people. Also, feel free to send this on to others you feel may be interested.


Thanks!

Bonnie


Misty, Misty Morn

Upon their retirement, how many times do you hear someone say “I think I might write a book”?  How many times do they actually follow through? 

 

Well, one of Kingsport’s most active community volunteers, David Oaks (dandb02@earthlink.net), made true on that commitment.   

 

He’s a great guy in spite of his obnoxious obsession with the University of Georgia Bulldogs – and that awful red flag he proudly flies over the otherwise unblemished landscape of Kingsport’s historic Watauga Street.  J

 

Seriously, David heads the Netherland Inn Association, which includes both the Netherland Inn itself and the Exchange Place – two of Kingsport’s most significant early historic sites.  He also serves as one of the Mayor’s stewards for the King’s Port on the Holston strategic initiative. 

 

The storyline follows an early pioneer’s migration from Colonial Virginia to “the first frontier” (what is now East Tennessee).

 

Misty Misty Morn
by David Oaks

"Author David Oaks brings history to life as he spins a tale from days gone by. 'Misty Misty Morn' will blaze its way into your heart as you experience all of the fear, joy, and heartbreak of settling the frontier. "

The book is available at:

 

 

Book signings will be conducted at:

 

  • Kingsport Renaissance Center, Aug. 30 4 PM to 7 PM.
  • Netherland Inn, Sept. 3 from 1 PM to 4 PM.
  • Waldenbooks, Kingsport, Sept. 4 from 1 PM to 3 PM.
  • Books-A-Million, Johnson City, Sept 10, 12 Noon to 4 PM

 

 

 

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Kingsport Public Library offers new services

-----Original Message-----
From: Whittaker, Helen
Sent
: Friday, July 01, 2005 9:22 AM
To: Management Team
Cc: 'ednalight@kingsporthousing.org'
Subject: new library service

 

FYI:

The library has a new online database that offers over 300 FREE practice tests/courses that include:

Firefighter practice tests

EMT-Basic practice tests, paramedic practice tests

Police officer practice tests, police sergeant practice test, corrections officer practice test

Civil service practice test, federal clerical worker test, postal worker test

GED tests and courses

ACT, SAT, Praxis, PPST, TOEFL,

Real estate broker

Nursing

ASVAB

Elementary school skills improvement

Middle schools skills improvement

high school skills improvement

ESL Spanish courses

Etc.

WE purchased this with a grant – remote access is free. Just go to www.kingsportlibrary.org, click on “online resources” scroll down to learnatest (has light bulb icon nearby) – click that and make up your user word/password (will require a library card number in the fall).  We’ve found that some folks with AOL are having problems.  If so, just call them and ask them to remove any firewall that could be blocking it.  We’re also working on that.  Anyway, thought I’d let y’all know about our new service!

Have a happy 4th

Helen

 

Helen Whittaker

Library Manager

Kingsport Public Library

400 Broad Street

Kingsport, TN  37660

(423)229-9488

hwhittaker@wrlibrary.org

 

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge. John Nasbitt

 

Aug 28 - Community Meeting to Process Ideas for Veterans' Memorial

-----Original Message-----
From: Susan LaGuardia [mailto:slaguardia@kingsporttomorrow.org]
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2005 12:12 PM
 

Jeff:

At our community partners meeting this morning, it was suggested that I ask you to send out information about our upcoming meeting  this Sunday, August 28, in room 239 at the Renaissance Center.  Being new at this job, I had totally overlooked what a resource you could be. If not too late, please post this meeting.  Rick Toomey will lead those in attendance in a visioning process that will generate and define the group’s ideas, leading we hope to an action plan.

Many thanks,

Susan LaGuardia

Kingsport Tomorrow

Aug 30 - Tennesseans for the Arts To Host Regional Legislators at Reception on August 30

Arts Council of Greater Kingsport

Kingsport’s Cultural Arts Division

1200 E. Center Street

Kingsport, TN  37660

423-392-8416

423-392-8420

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

 

Tennesseans for the Arts To Host Regional Legislators at Reception on August 30

 

 

The Arts Council of Greater Kingsport and Kingsport’s Cultural Arts Division will partner with the Tennesseans for the Arts to honor regional legislators on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the Kingsport Renaissance Center gallery and atrium.

 

All regional arts organizations and arts enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the reception.

 

Tennesseans for the Arts is a state-wide, non-profit advocacy organization that brings together arts organizations, government agencies, businesses, artists and citizens to speak out for the arts in Tennessee.  Since 1981, TFTA has generated awareness of the arts, promoted legislation and issues important to the arts, and worked to increase funding for the arts.

 

The Arts Council of Greater Kingsport is a private, not-for-profit local arts organization that serves as an umbrella for local arts organizations providing arts advocacy, cultural leadership, services, and programs for Kingsport and the surrounding areas.

 

 

Date:  August 22, 2005

Contact:           Bonnie Macdonald

                        Cultural Arts Administrator

                        423-392-8416

 

 

 

Daniel Brehm

Intern

Arts Council of Greater Kingsport

1200 E. Center Street

Kingsport, TN  37660

1-423-392-8420 (O)

1-423-392-8420 (F)

dan@kingsportarts.org

www.kingsportarts.org

www.tricitiesarts.org

 

Aug 30 - David Oaks Book Signing at Kingsport Renaissance Center

Arts Council of Greater Kingsport

Kingsport’s Cultural Arts Division

1200 E. Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

423-392-8416

423-392-8420

For Immediate Release:

Kingsport Renaissance Center hosts Local Author at Book Signing

Kingsport’s Cultural Arts Division is pleased to host local author David Sherrill Oaks on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the second floor atrium of the Kingsport Renaissance Center. Oaks will be signing copies of his newly released historical novel Misty Misty Morn.

Misty Misty Morn is the story of the Adam Sherrill family of Williamsburg, Virginia as they travel west in the early 1700’s to establish their own home and raise a family. They meet with adventure, tragedy, floods, Indians and people of strange and unknown origins, who became known as Melungeons in their trek across the original old west. This old west is known today as western North Carolina and includes the lands that later became Tennessee.

David Sherrill Oaks was raised in Tuscumbia, Alabama and Athens, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia. Since retirement, he has been involved in efforts to promote the history of the Appalachian region.

The book signing will coincide with the Tennesseans for the Arts reception for regional legislators also held at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. The public is welcome at both events.

For more information call Kingsport’s Cultural Arts Division, 423-392-8416.

Date: August 21, 2005

Contact: Bonnie Macdonald

Cultural Arts Administrator

423-392-8416

Daniel Brehm

Intern

Arts Council of Greater Kingsport

1200 E. Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

1-423-392-8420 (O)

1-423-392-8420 (F)

dan@kingsportarts.org

www.kingsportarts.org

www.tricitiesarts.org

Sep 2 - ETSU Bluegrass on Broad Street

Starts at 7 pm - bring your lawn chair. Food & Drinks will be available for purchase.

Sep 1 - "First Thursdays" cadiovascular health screenings

 

The Center for Cardiovascular Health to host monthly screenings

at MSHA Community/Government Relations office

The Center for Cardiovascular Health and The Health Resources Center, divisions of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) will host monthly cholesterol screenings on the first Thursday of each month, beginning Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon in Bristol.

The screenings will be held at the MSHA Community and Government Relations office, located at 32 Sixth St., Bristol, Tenn., adjacent to the Bristol post office.

The screening is open to the community at a cost of $15. Test results are obtained in eight minutes and a cardiovascular nurse educator will discuss the results with each individual. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call The Health Professionals at 1-800-888-5551.

Johnson City Medical Center is a proud member of Mountain States Health Alliance. Other MSHA facilities include: North Side Hospital, Johnson City Specialty Hospital, James H. & Cecile C. Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital, all in Washington County; Sycamore Shoals Hospital, in Carter County; Indian Path Medical Center and Indian Path Pavilion in Sullivan County; Johnson County Health Center in Mt City, and Blue Ridge Medical Management Corporation – operating the First Assist Urgent Care centers, ValuCare Clinics and numerous primary care offices.

 

Sep 10 - Harvest Fare, Downtown Kingsport

-----Original Message-----
From: Freeman, Denise [mailto:denfree@mfa-arch.com]
Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2005 10:30 AM
 

Jeff, thank you for your continued flow of information.  Since you have such a large readership, I was wondering if you would send out information about Harvest Fare.  September 10th and 11th.  Set up in on Friday Evening – This is our 29th year and we will be located at Broad and Church Circle this year.  Our hours are 9am to 5pm Saturday and noon until 5pm Sunday.  There will be a Sam Bush Concert on Main Street on Saturday September 10th with a Mandolin Workshop (with Sam Bush) starting at 3pm and the concert to start at 6pm with Appalachian Trail and Sam Bush from 8pm to 10pm.  This year Harvest Fare entertainment will start with the Miss Harvest Fare Pageant at 10am, this will also show case Nakeisha Gillis, noon – 2pm Countrymen, 2pm – 4p, Lonesome Pine, 4 pm to 5pm TnBrook – On Sunday we will have from noon to 2pm the East Tennessee Cheer & Gymnastics competition, 2 pm to 3pm Silver Sounds, 3 pm to 4 pm Southern Revival. We will have Kettle Korn, Funnel Cakes, TK’s Big Dogs, Snow Cones and Downtown Kingsport Association doing the Hamburgers. There will be arts and crafts for everyone.  For more information contact Jackie, Tammy or Denise at 423-378-5848.

 

Thanks Jeff, I will appreciate all the publicity we can get this year.  Denise

 

 

Sep 10 - Holston Valley Futbol Club to host 1st Annual Fall Classic

-----Original Message-----
From: Pamela D. Cox [mailto:pcox@kingsportchamber.org]
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2005 11:36 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Media Release--Holston Valley Futbol Club to host 1st Annual
Fall Classic

KINGSPORT CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Friday, August 26, 2005
CONTACT:
For Immediate Release
Beth Jones

Holston Valley Futbol Club

(423) 229-2086 (Office)

(423) 246-2468 (Home)

Holston Valley Futbol Club
to host 1st Annual Fall Classic

KINGSPORT, Tenn.-The Holston Valley Futbol Club (HVFC) will host its 1st
Annual Fall Classic, Sept. 10 and 11 on the city's new soccer fields at
Eastman Park at Horse Creek and Weyerhaeuser Park.

Approximately 19 regional teams are expected to participate in this
inaugural Fall Classic. "The event will help raise funds to enhance
Kingsport's recreational soccer program as well as provide capital funds
for continued enhancements and maintenance of the newly-constructed
soccer complex," said Beth Jones, tournament coordinator.

Tournament registration will be held Fri., Sept. 9, from 6 to 10 p.m.,
at Eastman Park at Horse Creek. Tournament action begins Saturday
morning with the championship games being played on Sunday afternoon.
The age division for this tournament ranges from under 9 to under 17.
First and second place trophies will be awarded on Sunday in each age
division.

The tournament is free and open to the public. "This tournament is an
excellent opportunity for young athletes to sharpen their skills and
learn from other teams playing styles," Jones said. "It is also an
opportunity for Kingsport to welcome many people who have never been
here and showcase our region to them."

Originally formed as the Kingsport Youth Soccer Association, Holston
Valley Futbol Club has been providing soccer education and enjoyment to
the region for 30 years. HVFC runs a recreational program for children
ages four to 13 and a competitive soccer program for ages 9 and up.

#####

Sep 14 - Abraham Lincoln Elementary School

For Immediate Release – Kingsport City Schools

Contact: Amy Greear, Community Relations Coordinator (423) 378-2123

August 26, 2005

 

Brown Bag Lunch Schedule Announced

 

KINGSPORTKingsport City Schools and the Kingsport Board of Education will continue to hold a series of Brown Bag Lunches to facilitate school information and discussion with parents and the community.

 

The first brown bag lunch was held Wednesday, August 17 at Kennedy Elementary School with more than 20 people in attendance. Future Brown Bag Lunches will be held each second Wednesday of the month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schedule for the Brown Bag Lunches is as follows:

 

  • Wednesday, September 14 – Lincoln Elementary School
  • Wednesday, October 12 – Washington Elementary School
  • Wednesday, November 9 – Jefferson Elementary School
  • Wednesday, December 14 – Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Wednesday, January 11 – Johnson Elementary School
  • Wednesday, February 8 – Jackson Elementary School
  • Wednesday, March 8 – Sevier Middle School
  • Wednesday, April 12 – Robinson Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 10 – Dobyns-Bennett High School

 

Participants are invited to bring a lunch and hear a short informal program on education-related topics. There will be a question and answer session following the program, and attendees are invited to share their thoughts with Kingsport City School administrators and Board of Education members.

 

The Brown Bag Lunch is a new initiative of the Board of Education and school administration designed to promote communication between the community and the school system and to inform the community about Kingsport City Schools.

 

For more information, please contact the Kingsport City Schools Community Relations Office 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

 

Sep 16 - Voices of the Mountains

Press Release

August 22, 2005

For more information, contact Monica Case Harman

423~276~8903.

Voices of the Mountains Chamber Singers, affiliated with

Symphony of the Mountains, announce their first concert

Please join the Voices of the Mountains Chamber Singers for their inaugural concert: From Wonderful to Wicked and A Little Something In Between. Featuring an eclectic musical presentation, the program will begin with voices imitating instruments in Bach’s Bouree from the 2nd English Suite. The concert will also include works by Brahms, Gershwin and Herbert as well as Stephen Foster and Stephen Schwartz, composer of the hit musical Wicked. Closing this program will be an interesting early 19th century piece composed by John Bratton, entitled The Teddy Bear’s Picnic.

Members of the Voices of the Mountains Chamber Singers include performers Charlotte Anderson, Monica Case Harman, Michael Frazier, Beth Geno, and Margaret Miller. Voices of the Mountains Chamber Singers is affiliated with Symphony of the Mountains.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of music on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 7:00 pm at the Kingsport Renaissance Center Theatre. Instead of selling tickets, the Voices of the Mountains Chamber Singers request a donation of $5-10 per person. Hope to see you there!

For further information, contact Monica Case Harman 423-276-8903 or the.Symphony of the Mountains office at 423-392-8423,. Symphony of the Mountains is funded in part through the generosity of the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Arts Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Ann Myers

Executive Director

Symphony of the Mountains

423-392-8426 Office

423-392-8428 Fax

Sep 15 - Trillium Flute Ensemble kicks off September concert series

-----Original Message-----
From: Ellis [mailto:ffancies@preferred.com]
Sent
:
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 9:13 AM
 

Jeff,

 

We have just finalized the fall concert series information for Trillium Flute Ensemble.  Hope you will be able to get this out before the concert dates.

 

Many thanks for helping to make folks aware of us.  We were most delighted with the kind words one of your readers had for us after hearing our spring concert and sorry more of them didn't have the information before it occurred.

 

Best wishes!

Charlotte

 

 

TRILLIUM  FLUTE  ENSEMBLE    SEPTEMBER  2005  CONCERT  SERIES

 

After a successful spring first concert played to a full house, Trillium Flute Ensemble announces its Fall Concert Series.  The Ensemble will perform at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Kingsport at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 18; at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23, at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol; and in Johnson City at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, at First United Methodist Church.

 

The five area women who make up Trillium Flute Ensemble play a variety of flutes – from piccolo to bass flute – and music of many persuasions, portraying a wide range of style and mood. 

 

“Most of the time flutists are regimented by playing only the concert flute, with the piccolo occasionally adding variety.  Because we also use alto and bass flutes which can imitate cello, string bass and tuba, we can borrow music from other genres – wind ensembles, marching bands, orchestras, as well as choral groups,” says Shana Edwards, who plays all four types of flute. 

 

“We love exposing our audience to instruments most of them have never heard before, and we demonstrate each kind of flute as our contribution to their continuing musical education,” says Edwards.  “When we prepare a concert program, we think of the audience and, knowing that people have different preferences, include enough variety so that there is something special for everyone.  Even music students who are required by their teachers to attend our concerts give us good reviews!”

 

In addition to Shana Edwards, who teaches flute full-time at Edwards Flute Studio in  Kingsport, the group is composed of Jolly Hill, former Kingsport Symphony flutist and music librarian; Eileen Butler, mother of two, who plays piano as well as flute with the group; Emily Webb, who is an office manager for a local physical and speech therapy provider and plays flute professionally; and Flour Fancies Bakery owner Charlotte Ellis. 

 

Trillium Flute Ensemble is available to play for weddings, parties, and special occasions.  They perform in numerous venues locally, including Paramount Theater’s Tunes at Noon summer concert series, and are featured at special events at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, where they will play at the Winery Welcome Center the evening of December 16.

 

For information about Trillium Flute Ensemble or to book an engagement, contact Charlotte Ellis at 423-323-4933.

 

Sep 15 - Flower Festival at First Broad Street UMC

-----Original Message-----
From: Beth Geno [mailto:bgeno@chartertn.net
]
Sent
:
Saturday, August 20, 2005 11:17 AM

Jeff, your community calendars are wonderful, and I appreciate being a part of your e-list.



The Flower Festival at First Broad St. United Methodist Church on the historic Church Circle in Kingsport is coming up September 15,16, and 17. It is a community event involving volunteers from many churches. We have attendees from southwest Virginia as well as eastern Tennessee.



The Flower Festival includes scriptural interpretations through floral displays with musical accompaniment. There is a worship service at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 15, and ths service and all of the displays are free and open to the public. There are workshops by Randy Ouzts, a floral designer from Charlotte, on Friday, September 16 for which there is a fee and reservations are required. Information about the workshops is available at (423) 323-8516.



The Flower Festival is a blessing which we at First Broad Street UMC want to share with our community.



Thank you.



Beth Geno


Chairperson, Flower Festival


FBSUMC

(423) 245-3790

Randy Ouzts, Acclaimed Floral Designer, at Festival of Flowers

Kingsport, Tennessee - A Festival of Flowers will be hosted by First Broad Street United Methodist Church on September 15, 16, and 17. On September 16, two presentations by Randy Ouzts, nationally recognized floral and garden designer, will be held.

Mr. Ouzts is known for his al fresco style of entertaining. He is widely recognized for his work designing and coordinating gala events. Some of the most noteworthy functions he has designed include the Millennium 2000 New Year’s Eve event in Nassau and the Swan House Ball in Atlanta that was featured in Southern Accents magazine. In the 2005 June/July issue of Garden D├ęcor magazine, Ouzts were featured for a designer profile article. Ouzts’ work has also been featured in such national publications as Architectural Digest, Veranda, Country Home and Traditional Home magazines.

The morning session will begin at 9:30 a.m. and focus on floral design and arrangement for every occasion. Mr. Ouzts will share professional secrets used to design magnificent floral creations. The program will include tips on varied arrangements from large to small. Cost for this session is $20, and reservations are required.

The afternoon session will begin at 1:00 p.m. and focus on creativity with containers. Mr. Ouzts will demonstrate a variety of styles and techniques that can easily be recreated at home. This session will feature Randy’s own designs of innovative floral containers. Cost for this session is $20, and reservations are required.

Lunch is available between these sessions. Cost for lunch is $15, and reservations are required. The luncheon will be held in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, which is adjacent to First Broad Street United Methodist Church. The cost to attend all three events is $50.

Other activities, which are open to the public and have free admission, include the following:

*An Evensong Service entitled ‘Creation – From the Old Testament to the New Testament and Beyond’ will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 15 in the flower-filled Sanctuary of First Broad Street United Methodist Church.

*A Floral Display throughout First Broad Street United Methodist Church will be open Thursday, September 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

“We are excited about hosting the fifth Festival of Flowers at First Broad Street United Methodist Church,” said Beth Geno, Flower Festival Coordinator. “Randy is known for his unusual and distinctive designs as well as his interesting presentation style. His mantra is ‘Make the garden a daily part of your life – from dining, entertaining to living!’ Everyone who is interested in flowers and floral arrangements will find this to truly be a fun and enlightening event. Our floral displays and Evensong Service will give attendees a sense of the beautiful effect of flowers in the context of worship.”

First Broad Street United Methodist Church is located at historic Church Circle in Kingsport, Tennessee. Reservations for the design sessions and luncheon can be made August 29 thru September 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. by calling 423-323-8516.

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.