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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Kingsport Institute for Continued Learning

Kingsport ICL classes begin Sept. 6

Friday, August 25, 2006


KINGSPORT – Individuals with free time weekday mornings or afternoons will enjoy exploring a variety of subjects offered in a relaxed college setting through the Kingsport Institute for Continued Learning (KICL) at the East Tennessee State University at Kingsport branch campus.

KICL was established in 1993 to provide area adults with opportunities to expand their cultural horizons through informal classes with little or no “homework,” and no grades or tests. Fall KICL classes begin Oct. 9 and run through Nov. 17 at ETSU at Kingsport.

KICL’s special fall kick-off event will be held Sept. 6 at ETSU at Kingsport, room 236, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The featured speaker will be Col. Miles Burdine, U.S. Marine Corps, who will talk on “Progress in Iraq – There is a Plan.” Burdine is also executive vice president and CEO of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The $45 KICL membership fee entitles an individual to attend as many of the scheduled classes as desired.

One popular offering in the past, “Around the World in Six Tuesdays,” will inform participants this fall of places like the Galapagos Islands, Rivers of the World, Russia, Taiwan, Antarctica and South America.

“Fabulous Fridays” are another proven favorite and will cover a new topic each week, such as “Economics in East Tennessee,” “Science and Education in Today’s China,” “China on the Rise: Its Implications,” “Immigration and Mexico/U.S. Relations,” “Tracking Penguins in Antarctica,” and “The Queen of England and Her Commonwealth.”

Weekday offerings will include “Making Books by Hand,” “Carfit and Roadwise Reviews,” “History’s Heroes,” “Landmark Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court,” “American History,” “English History,” “New and Renewing Water Color Adventures,” “Murder, Mayhem & Music,” “Basic Golf,” “U.S. Interests and China,” “Japan,” “Russia,” and “Philosophy of Religion Perspectives.” In addition, a night class will meet at various restaurants.

ETSU at Kingsport is located at 1501 University Blvd., near Allandale Mansion. For more information or to obtain a KICL fall schedule, contact Gwen Bays at (423) 392-8000.



Wednesday, August 30, 2006

National, global water shortage not felt in Kingsport

While water shortages are a national and global problem, we take for granted that Kingsport’s 28 million-gallon-per-day water plant has nearly 50% excess capacity.  See article below from the BBC…



Infrastructure Key To Controlling Water Shortage

A report released by the World Wildlife Fund warns that water shortages are a problem all over the world, including industrialized countries. Repairing and improving water infrastructure is one of the essential steps to take to battle the shortage.

An environmental problem that doesn't seem to care whether a country is rich or poor is threatening the health of nearly every person on earth. Rapidly decreasing water supplies and increasing contamination are making water unsafe to drink across the globe, even in so-called "developed" countries, according to a report released today by the World Wildlife Fund. The reason many developed countries are facing such significant water issues stems back to decaying water infrastructure. The report calls on the developed world to use its wealth to rehabilitate its water system for the health of its people.

"Some of the world's thirstiest cities, such as Houston and Sydney, are using more water than can be replenished. In London, leakage and loss is estimated at 300 Olympic-size swimming pools daily due to ageing water mains. It is however notable that cities with less severe water issues such as New York tend to have a longer tradition of conserving catchment areas and expansive green areas within their boundaries."

Source: BBC, Aug 16, 2006

Full Story: Water shortage 'a global problem'




Monday, August 28, 2006

ETSU PRIDE - Kingsport

Fast Facts:


  • Nearly 1,300 students enrolled from Kingsport
  • Almost 2,500 total student enrollment from Sullivan County
  • 1,210 students from Kingsport commute
  • Over 2,200 total commuters from Sullivan County
  • Approximately 750 students are enrolled at ETSU at Kingsport
  • Almost 4,500 alumni living in Kingsport city limits
  • $6,500,000 Financial Aid going to Kingsport students
  • More than $12,000,000 Financial Aid going to Sullivan County students


Everyone is invited to take part in the 2nd Annual ETSU PRIDE Bluegrass on Broad Street celebration on September 1, 2006.  Once again the ETSU PRIDE Bluegrass band will take the stage at 7 p.m. to entertain the crowd for a free concert.  


This year’s event is sponsored by the ETSU Alumni Association, T.K.’s Big Dogs, Citizens Bank, Eastman, Tele-Optics, Girls Inc. of Kingsport and Mountain States Health Alliance.  Besides a great night of music, there will be prizes given away as well as local food vendors available to sell their wares.  


Julie Wright Short and Chris McCartt are again serving as this year’s ETSU PRIDE Kingsport Co-Chairs and encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this great event.  


“This is one of the largest concerts of the year in downtown Kingsport and we know the ETSU PRIDE Bluegrass band is always a crowd pleaser, ”  said Short. 


Chris McCartt said, “This is a great time for students, alumni and friends of the university to come out and show their ETSU PRIDE!” 


The ETSU PRIDE program officially kicked off on August 3, 2006 with an event at Eastman Credit Union in Kingsport with the unveiling of the newest fossil find.  It is very fitting the ETSU PRIDE program will also end in the Model City with the ETSU PRIDE Bluegrass on Broad Street



Friday, August 25, 2006

Tennessee's official goodwill ambassadors in Kingsport this weekend

Looking for an alternative to the race or the fair???


The Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble –based in Knoxville and named Tennessee’s official Goodwill Ambassadors by Governor Bredesen – will present a concert at 8:00 PM on Saturday, August 26 at the Kingsport Renaissance Center.  Tickets are $12/$10. 423-392-8417 for more info or tickets.   This is a professional group which tours world wide.  They do contemporary choreography, beautifully and with inspiration – great costumes/special lighting.  The Ensemble works as a team with excellence as their goal.  The ensemble will conduct two workshops Saturday morning.  10 AM for Children under 12; 11 AM for Children 12 and up.  $5 per person.  


Read more about the Ensemble at


Feel free to forward this message to scouting groups, Sunday School groups, students, seniors: anyone you know that has a passion for the arts.  They will not be disappointed with this performance!


Bonnie Macdonald

Kingsport Renaissance Center

1200 E. Center St.

Kingsport, TN  37660




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Thursday, August 24, 2006

D-B Student Makes Perfect Score on ACT

Dobyns-Bennett Student Makes Perfect Score On ACT


KINGSPORTDobyns-Bennett High School student Kyle Mallinak is one of two students in Tennessee and 91 in the nation to make a perfect score on his ACT.


About 410,000 students nationwide and 16,000 students in Tennessee took the ACT in June 2006. Mallinak’s score of 36 qualifies him to attend the most selective colleges and universities in the nation. Mallinak, a senior at Dobyns-Bennett High School, is the son of Tim and Debra Mallinak.


290 Dobyns-Bennett students took the ACT during the 2005-2006 school year. The average composite ACT score for those D-B students was 22.1. The state ACT average score is 20.7, with the national average score at 21.1.

The ACT is America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

For more information, contact the Kingsport City Schools Office of Community Relations at (423) 378-2123.



Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Locally grown makes Tennessee's farmers markets attractive

Be sure to visit the Downtown Kingsport Farmers Market - open Wed & Sat mornings May-Oct from dawn until sell-out (behind the Public Library)


Locally Grown Makes Tennessee’s Farmers Markets Attractive


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Have you ever made a salad with locally grown vegetables from your community’s farmers market?  If you haven’t, you should.  “As Americans become more health conscientious, farmers markets are helping to fill the demand for healthier, fresher products,” says Laura Fortune, market specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.  “There is also a growing national trend to support locally grown foods, and farmers markets are a perfect fit.”


With increasing consumer demand for local products, Tennessee’s farmers markets are seeing a resurgence that is reflected in more locations says Fortune.  “With nearly 60 farmers markets in Tennessee now, the number is steadily growing, and even grower cooperatives are becoming popular, where local growers in a community join together to have a greater customer selection.  The consumer foot traffic over the last few years has definitely increased, making it an economic asset for a community to have a farmers market.”


Local food is not the only happening trend at farmers markets.  Specialty plants and flowers can also be found at many farmers markets in Tennessee.  “It’s best to see what offerings are available and consult with the farmers market vendors on what will be available in the coming days from their stall,” says the marketing specialist.  “Many growers produce unique fruits or vegetables and look for feedback from consumers as to what to load on their truck for the following week.”


Several markets in Tennessee adhere to the locally grown concept such as the farmers market in Clarksville, which is in the historic part of town at the old L & N Train Station.  “We all grow what we sell ourselves or will buy from Montgomery County producers.  Having locally grown farm products seems to work for our market, and our customers really like it, too.  Most days our vendors tend to sell out of these local fruits and vegetables,” says Paulette Patterson, who manages Montgomery County’s farmers market and also serves as a vendor. 


Other parts of Tennessee have also seen rapid popularity of home grown farm products.  “I sell every week at The Market Square Farmers Market, there in downtown Knoxville and move every bit of my produce out of my truck,” says Jerry Baird, a Grainger County farmer.  Baird, who drives into Knoxville to sell at the farmers market, is astonished about the popularity of his fruits and vegetables, which he has been growing for years and years.  “If I can keep the crows from getting them and enough rain to make my crops grow, I have customers who come every week to get my farm fresh produce.  Sometimes, my farm truck will be sold out before noon.  Folks in Knoxville really appreciate the stuff fresh from the farm.  I have repeat customers who are interested and ask questions about how it is grown.” says Baird.


Linnie Todd, manager for West Tennessee Farmers Market in Jackson experiences a similar response from her customers.  “Our Tennessee grown shed is definitely part of the main attraction of the farmers market.  People in Jackson make the most of the availability season and know what they want and are looking for every time they come.  One of our growers brought an entire truckload of ears of corn and sold every bit of it.  We have regulars who shop during the week, but Saturdays get really crowded with farmers and customers.  We have been steadily growing and support from our community has been the key to our success,” says Todd.

For a list of Tennessee farmers markets by region, or for more information about the availability of locally grown produce and other products, visit the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Web site at or call the Market Development Division at (615) 837-5160.


Monday, August 21, 2006

Kingsport middle school dress code makes national news

Some schools now target cargos, leggings
Green Bay Press Gazette - Green Bay,WI,USA
... At
Robinson Middle School in Kingsport, Tenn., a teacher brought in her daughter to model the leggings-under-a-miniskirt look, only to learn it wouldn't pass ...

Hoodies, cargos aren't going back to school
USA Today - USA
... At
Robinson Middle School in Kingsport, Tenn., a teacher recently brought in her daughter to model the leggings-under-a-miniskirt look, only to learn it wouldn ...


Thursday, August 17, 2006

Planning for your business in Kingsport

Please help us promote the upcoming workshop, by telling your clients, small business prospects, and associates who might be interested. 



The mission of KOSBE is to actively assist in the establishment of new small businesses and the growth and development of existing small businesses in Kingsport. 


Please join us for an exciting 2.5-hour hands-on workshop that focuses on a one-page planning approach that can be utilized by any small business enterprise. 


Explore planning and implementation through hands-on tools and activities presented by Bob DuPriest, Leadership Technologies, Inc. at the Eastman Credit Union (Meadowview location), on August 31st from 8:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. 


Learn new ways to achieve clarity, alignment and accountability in your enterprise no matter how big or small your business is --and no matter what type of business you operate.  Register online at:


Best regards,


Aundrea Wilcox,

Executive Director - KOSBE

Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

151 East Main Street

Kingsport, TN 37662

Ph: (423) 392 - 8801

Fx: (423) 392 - 8839





Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Tri-Cities Economic Development Alliance


Blountville, Tennessee, July 24, 2006 - The Tri-Cities Economic Development Alliance (TCEDA) announced today that it surpassed the five million dollar ($5,000,000) five year investment goal.


J. Brian Ferguson, Chairman and CEO, Eastman Chemical Company and TCEDA Chairman said, “Reaching the five year investment goal of five million dollars affirms the Region’s support for the first regional umbrella economic development organization dedicated to marketing the region nationally and globally.”


The Tri-Cities Economic Development Alliance’s mission is to plan, develop and implement an aggressive and focused global marketing strategy, leverage regional recruiting efforts, support local economic development organizations, facilitate the creation of high quality jobs, attract new capital investment, improve per-capita income and to promote, brand and position the Tri-Cities TN/VA Region to successfully compete in the global marketplace.


Investors in the Tri-Cities Economic Development Alliance include East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia business leaders, elected officials, educators, and economic development professionals.


Andy Burke, President/CEO of the Alliance said, “We have made much progress over the past six months. The staff is in place, both the image survey and the cluster analysis are complete, and the branding process should be finished in the next few weeks.”


For information regarding the Tri-Cities Economic Development Alliance, please contact Finley Green at 423 323-8107 or log on to



Monday, August 14, 2006

Census Bureau releases latest population estimates

The latest Census population projections for metro population are in. 


The Kingsport-Bristol Metro weighs in at 301,294 (which includes the counties of Sullivan TN, Hawkins TN, Washington VA, Scott VA and Bristol City, VA). 


The Johnson City Metro population is 188,944 (which includes the counties of Washington TN, Carter & Unicoi).


Below are some quick tables to illustrate our relative position nationally, within Tennessee, and finally a list of America’s Top 20 metros. 


Fast Fact:  Washington, Houston, Miami, Dallas and Philly EACH have a population that is roughly equivalent to the entire state of Tennessee.  This figure compounds itself when you consider that Washington & Philly are only separated by 136 miles and Dallas & Houston are only separated by 229 mi.



2005 Date released 7/10/2006


Kingsport-Bristol’s relative position nationally:


Rockford, IL 



Eugene-Springfield, OR 



Tallahassee, FL 



Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 



South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 



Wilmington, NC 



Savannah, GA 



Naples-Marco Island, FL 



Charleston, WV 



Ocala, FL 



Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 



Utica-Rome, NY 



Green Bay, WI 



Roanoke, VA 



Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 



Fort Smith, AR-OK 



Columbus, GA-AL 



Lincoln, NE 



Erie, PA 



Boulder, CO4



Duluth, MN-WI 




Johnson City’s relative position nationally:


Prescott, AZ 



Florence, SC 



Tuscaloosa, AL 



Racine, WI 



Elkhart-Goshen, IN 



Medford, OR 



Lake Charles, LA 



Tyler, TX 



College Station-Bryan, TX 



Las Cruces, NM 



Johnson City, TN 



Charlottesville, VA 



Fargo, ND-MN 



Bellingham, WA



Lafayette, IN 



Kingston, NY 



Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL



Yuma, AZ 



St. Cloud, MN 



Redding, CA 



Bloomington, IN



Tennessee Rankings:


Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, TN 



Memphis, TN-MS-AR 



Knoxville, TN 



Chattanooga, TN-GA 



Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 



Clarksville, TN-KY 



Johnson City, TN 



Morristown, TN 



Jackson, TN 



Cleveland, TN 



America’s Top 20 (July 1, 2005)


New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 



Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 



Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI 



Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 



Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 



Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL 



Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 



Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 



Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA



Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI 



Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH



San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 



Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 



Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 



Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 



Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 



San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 



St. Louis, MO-IL5 



Baltimore-Towson, MD



Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 





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.