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Monday, April 30, 2007

Kingsport candidate forums on TV

The BOE and BMA forums sponsored by the Kingsport Kiwanis club on April 20th and 27th were videoed and are being shown on Charter's public access Channel 16.  The forums are scheduled to be broadcast daily at 10 AM, 2 PM, 6 PM and 10 PM until election day. 

 


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*Downtown Kingsport www.downtownkingsport.org

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*Small Business www.kingsportchamber.org/kedp/sbSmBusSuprt.htm

*Kingsport-Bristol-Sullivan County www.networkstn.com

*Tri-Cities Region www.tricitiesedalliance.com

*State of Tennessee www.state.tn.us/ecd

*Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Air Cargo & Foreign Trade Zone www.triflight.com

 

 

 

Thursday, April 26, 2007

It's official: Talbot's, Shoe Carnival, Shane's Ribs coming to Kingsport

Talbot’s joins Panera and Starbucks at Reedy Creek Terrace www.talbots.com

 

Shoe Carnival joins Target, Kohl’s & Old Navy at Kingsport Pavilion www.shoecarnival.com

 

Shane’s Rib Shack joins the line-up at East Stone Commons beside Marble Slab and Salsarita’s www.shanesribshack.com

 

Read more about it on the front page of today’s Times-News

 

 

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*Downtown Kingsport www.downtownkingsport.org

*City of Kingsport www.kingsportdevelopmentservices.com

*Small Business www.kingsportchamber.org/kedp/sbSmBusSuprt.htm

*Kingsport-Bristol-Sullivan County www.networkstn.com

*Tri-Cities Region www.tricitiesedalliance.com

*State of Tennessee www.state.tn.us/ecd

*Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Air Cargo & Foreign Trade Zone www.triflight.com

 

 

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Best Tasting Water in Tennessee

A panel of judges from the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts recently conducted an unbiased taste test of 18 different water systems in Northeast Tennessee.

 

The drinking water samples were judged on their clarity, bouquet, and taste.

 

….and the winner is:  City of Kingsport

 

TAUD will be conducting the Best Tasting Water in Tennessee Contest in each of the eleven regions in the next few months.  The winner of each region will be submitted in a statewide competition at TAUD’s 50th Annual Meeting in Chattanooga next June.  The statewide winner will then compete in Washington, D.C. for the Best Tasting Water in America.

 

The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts is the oldest rural water association in the nation and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2007.  TAUD serves as a source of training, technical assistance, and acts as a legislative liaison to the over 400 water, wastewater, and natural gas utility members within the state.  For more information please visit our website at www.taud.org or contact Beth Hardiman at 615-896-9022.

 

For more information, contact City of Kingsport:

Laura Phillips, Water Plant Superintendent 423.224.2689

Nikki Ensor, Water/Wastewater Facilities Manager 423.224.2487 or 423.914-9433

 

 

 

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*Downtown Kingsport www.downtownkingsport.org

*City of Kingsport www.kingsportdevelopmentservices.com

*Small Business www.kingsportchamber.org/kedp/sbSmBusSuprt.htm

*Kingsport-Bristol-Sullivan County www.networkstn.com

*Tri-Cities Region www.tricitiesedalliance.com

*State of Tennessee www.state.tn.us/ecd

*Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Air Cargo & Foreign Trade Zone www.triflight.com

 

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

REACH-ing for a healthier community

I hope you will consider attending….yours truly will be one of the panelists along with CeeGee McCord, Bridgette Massengill, John Vachon, and others.

 

Wellmont REACH Conference – Regional Education & Action Coalition for Health

 

Featuring

 

Dr. David Katz, one of America’s top physicians in preventative medicine

Mark Fenton, PBS host of “America’s Walking”

Jerry Noyce, Vice Chair of Health Fitness Corporation

 

Topics

 

Making healthy choices

ABC’s of healthy schools

Empowering communities to embrace change

Walking the talk

 

May 1 & 2

MeadowView Convention Center

 

For registration info, write to jeff_fleming@earthlink.net

 

 

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*Downtown Kingsport www.downtownkingsport.org

*City of Kingsport www.kingsportdevelopmentservices.com

*Small Business www.kingsportchamber.org/kedp/sbSmBusSuprt.htm

*Kingsport-Bristol-Sullivan County www.networkstn.com

*Tri-Cities Region www.tricitiesedalliance.com

*State of Tennessee www.state.tn.us/ecd

*Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Air Cargo & Foreign Trade Zone www.triflight.com

 

 

Monday, April 23, 2007

Kingsport's original fresh market opens May 5

GRAND OPENING WILL BE AT 8 AM

Contributed by Norman Sobel sobel1@charter.net

 

The Tri-Cities' largest and longest-running Farmer's Market returns to Downtown Kingsport on Saturday, MAY 5..located behind the Kingsport Public Library, just off Church Circle. From Center Street turn onto Shelby. Operated by Tri-Cities FARM (Farmers Association for Retail Marketing). To join as a seller or to review product avalability, visit: www.tricitiesfarm.org

 

 

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*Tri-Cities Region www.tricitiesedalliance.com

*State of Tennessee www.state.tn.us/ecd

*Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Air Cargo & Foreign Trade Zone www.triflight.com

 

 

 

Sunday, April 22, 2007

He's baaaak

Folks, it’s great to be back home!

 

I spent 5 days with 6,000 other American and international planners in Philadelphia, learning all about our common problems and opportunities.  It’s also a great way for me to get most of my continuing education credits at once.

 

The southern planners were trying to slow growth through impact fees and other regulations…

 

   The northern planners were trying to redevelop abandoned properties through incentives….

 

         The western planners were grappling with limited water resources…

 

…and I was somewhere in the middle.

 

Wow, Philadelphia was a pleasant surprise. It had been 25 years since I was there last and my how it has changed!

 

Philly is a model for urban rebirth and regeneration…a gorgeous downtown and “Old City”, a redeveloped waterfront (Penn’s Landing), a vibrant arts community, a HUGE and diverse urban market (Reading Market) with local goods (Amish products, fresh fish, Philly cheese steaks, etc.).  Thousands (literally) of derelict buildings have been demolished to make way for beautification, pocket parks, and landscaping projects through “Philadelphia Green” (www.philadelphiagreen.com).  Center City properties are at an all-time premium.  Rooftop patios abound in the seemingly vast inventory of 3-story rowhouses that proliferate throughout the community.  Thousands of college students….Temple, Penn, Drexel, Villanova (all schools I knew, but had forgotten were in Philly).

 

Even with the nor’easter, it was a great experience.

 

When I was last in Philly, many factories were closing and the population was shrinking.  It was overrun with derelict properties, graffiti, broken windows, etc.  However, it has rebounded!

 

One of the sessions I attended was “Incredible Shrinking Cities” where representatives from Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania (specifically Philly) talked about incentives to stabilize and “right size” a community.

 

The opening statement was “Philly has lost 25% of its population since 1970”.

 

But…here’s another way of looking at it.

 

Even with a 25% loss in population, the Philadelphia metro area (population 6,382,784 in 2006) is larger than the entire state of Tennessee (population 6,038,803 in 2006).

 

The airport experience was not very pleasant, but then again can you imagine if every person in Tennessee tried to use just one airport???

 

It’s all about your perspective!

 

Again, it’s good to be home.  If you haven’t been to Philly recently, it’s time to visit…but it’s no substitute for good ol’ Kingsport/Tri-Cities!

 

Jeff 

 

 

 

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Kingsport Police -- Americas Most Wanted All Star Voting

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

Your online votes allowed Kingsport Police Officer Dale Farmer to soar into the America’s Most Wanted “Top Cop” finals.  Now, let’s push him all the way to #1. 

 

You can vote once daily at www.amw.com/allstar from April 19-May 8.

 

Please tell your friends and contacts!

 

The 8 finalists are from:

 

Kingsport, Tennessee

Manhattan, New York

Buffalo, New York

Augusta, Georgia

Union, Missouri

Belleville, Illinois

Westminster, Maryland

Snipesville, Georgia

 

 

 

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*City of Kingsport www.kingsportdevelopmentservices.com

*Small Business www.kingsportchamber.org/kedp/sbSmBusSuprt.htm

*Kingsport-Bristol-Sullivan County www.networkstn.com

*Tri-Cities Region www.tricitiesedalliance.com

*State of Tennessee www.state.tn.us/ecd

*Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Air Cargo & Foreign Trade Zone www.triflight.com

 

 

 


From: Farmer, Dale
Sent: Wed 4/18/2007
7:30 AM
Subject:
Americas Most Wanted All Star Voting

Greetings everyone,

Once again I come asking for a huge favor from you. As you know, I was nominated to the Americas Most Wanted All Stars and thanks to each of you, I won week one of the contest. Since then, the contest has completed and now the field of All Stars has been narrowed down to eight. Starting April 19, 2007 until May 08, 2007 people can go to the Americas Most Wanted web site and vote for one of the weekly All Star finalist. According to the rules, the finalist that receives the most votes during the final voting period will become the Grand Winner of the 2007 All Star competition. I am asking that each of you go to the Americas Most Wanted web site at www.amw.com ,go to the All Star link on the left side of the main page, or to www.amw.com/allstar go to the All Star finalist and cast a vote for me. A person can vote daily during the final voting period and all that is needed is a valid e-mail address. Please pass this onto your contacts and friends and ask that they vote daily for me.

 

When I was contacted and informed that I won week one of the voting I was truly blessed in knowing that friends like you came to my call for help. I know deep in my heart that I have dear friends like each of you. I can hold my head high and proud knowing that I have friends like you.

 

Again thanks for your help and please vote for me daily and pass this onto your friends.

 

Thanks

 

Dale Farmer

Kingsport Police Department

Kingsport Tennessee

 

 

Friday, April 13, 2007

Forbes - cost of doing business

Here’s another take from the Forbes article….

 

Forbes Magazine

Best Places for Businesses & Careers

Released April 5, 2007

 

Major Metros ranked by lowest cost of doing business*:

 

1.       Greensboro, NC

2.       Wilmington, NC

3.         Kingsport, TN

10.     Asheville, NC

12.     Roanoke, VA

14.     Knoxville, TN

22.     Clarksville, TN

24.     Chattanooga, TN

26.     Richmond, VA

27.     Raleigh, NC

42.     Nashville, TN

74.     Spartanburg, SC

78.     Memphis, TN

104.    Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL

109.    Charleston, SC

119.    Atlanta, GA

122.    Orlando, FL

126.    Kansas City, MO

131.    Cincinnati, OH

134.    Greenville, SC

135.    Denver, CO

139.    Austin, TX

144.    Cleveland, OH

145.    Baltimore, MD

150.    Miami, FL

159.    Dallas, TX

169.    Seattle, WA

178.    Washington, DC-Northern Virginia

186.    Los Angeles, CA

192.    Philadelphia, PA

193.    San Diego, CA

197.    Boston, MA

198.    San Francisco, CA

199.    San Jose, CA

200.    New York, NY

 

*Johnson City ranked #30 in smaller metros

 

 

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*City of Kingsport www.kingsportdevelopmentservices.com

*Small Business www.kingsportchamber.org/kedp/sbSmBusSuprt.htm

*Kingsport-Bristol-Sullivan County www.networkstn.com

*Tri-Cities Region www.tricitiesedalliance.com

*State of Tennessee www.state.tn.us/ecd

*Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Air Cargo & Foreign Trade Zone www.triflight.com

 

 

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.