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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

My son's special request for my "daily email thing"

My son sent the following message (below) with very specific instructions to read it, put it in my “daily email thing”, then print and give it to him. So how can I say no?

Note: Lately he has become very motivated by biographies and autobiographies of people who have overcome tremendous odds to succeed in their fields of endeavor. He mentions Paul Harvey’s Rest of the Story quite often. Over the weekend he was talking about Stevie Wonder. Last week, he left a handwritten note on my computer asking that we make a poster for his wall that reads “The difference between impossible and possible lies in a person’s determination – Tommy Lasorda”. I have seen such a change in his attitudes lately. I asked where this sudden interest originated. He said one of his high school history teachers (Jerry Adams) reads these to his class every day (or almost every day). He said, “it’s pretty cool, dad”. I guess that’s the most ringing endorsement a teacher will ever get from a teenager!


-----Original Message-----From: Zack FlemingSent: Monday, February 27, 2006 9:53 PMSubject: read put into your daily email thing, then print and give to me

Autistic teen's 20-point night touches all
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GREECE, N.Y. -- Jason McElwain had done everything he was asked to do for the Greece Athena High School basketball team -- keep the stats, run the clock, hand out water bottles.

The 17-year-old senior, who is autistic and usually sits on the bench in a white shirt and black tie, proceeded to hit six 3-point shots, finished with 20 points and was carried off the court on his teammates' shoulders.

That all changed last week for the team manager in the final home game of the season. The 17-year-old senior, who is autistic and usually sits on the bench in a white shirt and black tie, put on a uniform and entered the game with his team way ahead.

McElwain proceeded to hit six 3-point shots, finished with 20 points and was carried off the court on his teammates' shoulders.

"I ended my career on the right note," he told The Associated Press by phone Thursday. "I was really hotter than a pistol!"

In recent days, McElwain's phone has hardly stopped ringing. When his family went out for a meal, he was mobbed by well-wishers. A neighborhood boy came by to get a basketball autographed.

McElwain, 5-foot-6, was considered too small to make the junior varsity, so he signed on as team manager. He took up the same role with the varsity, doing anything to stay near the sport he loves. Coach Jim Johnson was impressed with his dedication, and thought about suiting up McElwain for the home finale.

His performance was jaw-dropping: 20 points in four minutes, making 6-of-10 3-point shots. The crowd went wild.

"It was as touching as any moment I have ever had in sports," Johnson told the Daily Messenger of Canandaigua.

McElwain didn't begin speaking until he was 5. He lacked social skills but things got easier as he got older. He found many friends and made his way through school in this Rochester suburb, although many of his classes were limited to a half-dozen students. And he found basketball.

On the varsity, he never misses practice and is a jack-of-all-trades.

"And he is happy to do it," Johnson said. "He is such a great help and is well-liked by everyone on the team."

Even though McElwain was in uniform for the Feb. 15 game, there was no guarantee he would play -- Athena was battling for a division title.

The fans, however, came prepared. One section of students held up signs bearing his nickname "J-MAC" and cutouts of his face placed on Popsicle sticks.

The Trojans opened a large lead against the team from the nearby Spencerport. With four minutes left, McElwain took the court to deafening cheers.

The ball came to him almost right away. His 3-point shot sailed completely off course, and the coach wondered if he made the wrong move. McElwain then missed a layup. Yet his father, David, was unruffled.

"The thing about Jason is he isn't afraid of anything," he told the newspaper. "He doesn't care what people think about him. He is his own person."

On the next trip down the floor, McElwain got the ball again. This time he stroked a 3, all net.

He was just warming up.

"As soon as the first shot went in that's when I started to get going," he said.

On the next attempt, he got another 3-pointer. Then another, and another. In fact, he would have made one more 3, but his foot was on the line, so he had to settle for 2 points.

Greece Athena won 79-43, and pandemonium reigned. McElwain signed autographs, posed for pictures and was hoisted by his teammates.

The Trojans begin sectional play Saturday and McElwain will be on the bench again, wearing his usual shirt and tie.

It doesn't bother him. More important, he said, is "trying to win a sectional title for the team."

McElwain will soon be done with high school basketball, then enroll in business management this fall at Monroe Community College.

"I'll go on to college and I'll try to hoop there," he said. "I just love it, it's one of the greatest sports in the world."

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Cost of Living: Tri-Cities, TN-VA vs. Illinois and Indiana

In previous mailings, we established that the cost of living in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is better than that of NC, SC, GA, FL, TX and PA.

 

Now, how about Illinois and Indiana? 

 

 

Bloomington, IN

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $60,526 in Bloomington, Indiana

·  Stated another way, it's 17.0% more expensive to live in Bloomington, Indiana than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Bloomington-Normal, IL

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $61,842 in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

·  Stated another way, it's 19.0% more expensive to live in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Champaign-Urbana, IL

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $59,211 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

·  Stated another way, it's 15.0% more expensive to live in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Chicago, IL

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $75,658 in Chicago, Illinois

·  Stated another way, it's 40.0% more expensive to live in Chicago, Illinois than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Decatur, IL

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee could decrease to $50,000 in Decatur, Illinois

·  Stated another way, it's 1.0% cheaper to live in Decatur, Illinois than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $55,263 in Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana

·  Stated another way, it's 9.0% more expensive to live in Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Evansville-Henderson, IN

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $51,316 in Evansville-Henderson, Indiana

·  Stated another way, it's 3.0% more expensive to live in Evansville-Henderson, Indiana than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Fort Wayne, IN

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $53,289 in Fort Wayne, Indiana

·  Stated another way, it's 6.0% more expensive to live in Fort Wayne, Indiana than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Gary, IN

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $61,184 in Gary, Indiana

·  Stated another way, it's 18.0% more expensive to live in Gary, Indiana than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Indianapolis, IN

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $54,605 in Indianapolis, Indiana

·  Stated another way, it's 8.0% more expensive to live in Indianapolis, Indiana than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Kankakee, IL

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $61,184 in Kankakee, Illinois

·  Stated another way, it's 18.0% more expensive to live in Kankakee, Illinois than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Kokomo, IN

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $51,316 in Kokomo, Indiana

·  Stated another way, it's 3.0% more expensive to live in Kokomo, Indiana than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Lafeyette, IN

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $51,316 in Lafayette, Indiana

·  Stated another way, it's 3.0% more expensive to live in Lafayette, Indiana than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Muncie, IN

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $50,658 in Muncie, Indiana

·  Stated another way, it's 2.0% more expensive to live in Muncie, Indiana than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Peoria-Pekin, IL

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $54,605 in Peoria-Pekin, Illinois

·  Stated another way, it's 8.0% more expensive to live in Peoria-Pekin, Illinois than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Rockford, IL

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $57,895 in Rockford, Illinois

·  Stated another way, it's 13.0% more expensive to live in Rockford, Illinois than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

South Bend, IN

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $51,974 in South Bend, Indiana

·  Stated another way, it's 4.0% more expensive to live in South Bend, Indiana than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Springfield, IL

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $52,632 in Springfield, Illinois

·  Stated another way, it's 5.0% more expensive to live in Springfield, Illinois than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Terre Haute, IN

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $52,632 in Terre Haute, Indiana

·  Stated another way, it's 5.0% more expensive to live in Terre Haute, Indiana than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The South Rises Again

According to recently released Census data entitled, “Movers Between Regions”, the South is definitely the hottest market in America.

 

A couple of years ago, American Demographics magazine predicted that America’s third great population migration will be to the South.  It compared the impacts to Westward migration during the Gold Rush and Northeastern/Midwestern migration during the industrial revolution.  

 

Apparently their prediction is coming true. 

 

Last year, the South was the preferred residential relocation of every region in the country.

 

Based on residential relocations for the one-year period of 2003 to 2004:

 

  • 817,923 residents left the Northeast; 67.3% moved to the South.
  • 841,805 left the Midwest; 57.6% moved to the South.
  • 800,874 residents left the West; 59.3% moved to the South.
  • 1,696,125 residents in-migrated from abroad; 38.3% moved to the South.

 

A total of 2.2 million residents relocated to the South during the one year period (compared to 1.3 million that relocated to the West, 940,000 to the Midwest and 707,000 to the Northeast).

 

Of course if you’re considering relocating to the South, we hope you’ll consider Northeast Tennessee & Southwest Virginia (Airport Code: TRI).  It’s the best of both worlds, smack dab in the middle of the eastern United States and surrounded by some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet!

 

Source: Table S0702. Movers Between Regions
Data Set: 2004 American Community Survey

 

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Cost of Living: Tri-Cities, TN-VA vs. Pennsylvania

In previous mailings, we established that the cost of living in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is better than that of NC, SC, GA, FL and TX.

 

Now, how about Pennsylvania? 

 

 

*Updated 11/05.  Includes food, groceries, mortgage payments, apartment rents, property taxes, heating, cooling, electricity, natural gas, gasoline, car insurance, car maintenance, healthcare, hospital room rates, doctor’s visit, dental visit, clothing, restaurants, repairs, entertainment, and other services.

 

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $73,684 in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 37.0% more expensive to live in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Altoona

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $52,632 in Altoona, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 5.0% more expensive to live in Altoona, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Erie

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $53,289 in Erie, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 6.0% more expensive to live in Erie, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $57,895 in Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 13.0% more expensive to live in Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Johnstown

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $51,974 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 4.0% more expensive to live in Johnstown, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Lancaster

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $60,526 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 17.0% more expensive to live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Philadelphia

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $71,053 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 33.0% more expensive to live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Pittsburgh

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $57,895 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 13.0% more expensive to live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Reading

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $60,526 in Reading, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 17.0% more expensive to live in Reading, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Scranton-Wilkes Barre-Hazleton

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $54,605 in Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 8.0% more expensive to live in Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Sharon

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $51,316 in Sharon, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 3.0% more expensive to live in Sharon, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

State College

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $58,553 in State College, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 14.0% more expensive to live in State College, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Williamsport

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $53,289 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 6.0% more expensive to live in Williamsport, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

York

·  To maintain the same standard of living, your salary of $50,000 in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee should increase to $57,895 in York, Pennsylvania

·  Stated another way, it's 13.0% more expensive to live in York, Pennsylvania than Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee

 

Source: www.bestplaces.net

 

 

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.