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Friday, June 22, 2007

Kingsport Pavilion landscaping

An answer to another frequently-asked question regarding the new Target-Kohl’s shopping center in Kingsport.  As you may know, this site was the former Mason-Dixon truck terminal, which was largely devoid of vegetation in the truck parking fields.  Thanks, Jeff

 


From: Bausell, Lewis
Sent: Fri 6/22/2007
8:06 AM

The drawings show 553 trees to be planted. 135 would be considered small-maturing deciduous trees, 95 are a medium-maturing evergreen, and 323 are large-maturing deciduous trees.  There are also over 800 shrubs and over 5,700 groundcovers listed. The out parcels will need to have their own landscaping plans to meet ordinances.

 

 

 

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

History in the making

More about changing demographics submitted by a reader of this e-news service.  More and more I’m finding myself as the “staff historian”.  I often quip to my co-workers, “Well children, gather around and I’ll tell you about the ancient 80’s”.  It seems like yesterday I was a 22-year old summer intern from ETSU who met my 18-year old future wife who was also an intern at City Hall.  Several folks called us “Ken & Barbie” (boy those were the good ol’ days, ha).  Now our son is only 2 years shy of being the same age as his mom when we first met.  Scary indeed!  Every day, I experience the situation described below.  About half of my co-workers are older than me, and half are younger.  They have very different viewpoints, but somehow we find a way to peacefully co-exist.

 

Jeff

 

 

Look around your office right now and you can see history in the making.

 

If you're in an office of any size in practically any industry, you see four different generations of people working side by side. And that has never happened before. Ever.

 

At present, organizations are comprised largely of Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), and a slightly smaller group of Gen Xers (1964-77). The smallest percentage of the workforce is distributed between Millennials (born after 1977) and Traditionalists (born before 1946). But the mix varies by company, industry, and location.

 

Which means we have history, and a few headaches, in the making. The four generations all have varying expectations of the organizations they work for, different ways of working, and different attitudes about the workplace. But the most pressing issue presented by this gang of four is also the toughest: a coming brain drain.

 

Older workers are one of the fastest growing segments in the workplace today. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that between 2002 and 2012 the number of U.S. workers 55 years and older is expected to grow by nearly 50%.

 

As Boomers and Traditionalists (referred to as “ancients” in Europe) prepare to leave the workforce, organizations are faced with the challenge of preserving the knowledge and experience that the older-generations possess.

 

How an organization manages the transfer of knowledge, has huge implications for the organization's future well being.

 

"Before you go..."

The eldest Boomers turn 62 in 2008, old enough to qualify for reduced Social Security benefits. While many Boomers intend to keep working, pension time often equals retirement time. Boomers will walk out the doors in droves over the next several years bringing with them valuable work experience and technical know-how. To stop or even just slow this brain drain, some companies offer incentives to older staffers to work longer than they have to, or to work part time as contractors or consultants after they officially retire.

 

 

Source:  http://www.enewsbuilder.net/eletra/refer.cfm?z=b9dLJSH,bHNV7v,b5mbkhwm,b5SdL2G

 

 

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A burning question....

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked, “Will Kingsport’s Target and Books-A-Million have coffee”?

 

The answer is “yes” (according to their approved building plans).

 

Target will have Starbucks

 

Books-A-Million will have Joe Muggs

 

So, enjoy!

 

Thanks,
Jeff

 

 

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Scenes from the mall, 2015

I’ve often blogged about the impending demographic changes of the aging baby boomers and the implications on all aspects of our daily lives from housing to healthcare to employment.  The article below from “Shopping Centers Today” magazine is another good example.  People often think “it’s just a Kingsport thing”.  I’m trying to illustrate that it is not – it’s universal to the United States as a whole.  Get ready, ‘cause here it comes! – Jeff

 

 

Scenes from the mall, 2015: The paunchy, gray-haired sales clerk at Abercrombie & Fitch shows you a selection of relaxed-fit chinos while soft jazz plays in the background. Later, you buy a new laptop (for $79) without so much as seeing a cashier — a radio-frequency chip puts the charge on your Visa card. On your way out, you stroll past the massive Rite Aid-MegaHealth department which took the place of the old department store anchor a few years back.

 

All right, things may not be quite that different eight years from now — but don’t bet on it.

 

Demographics changes are about to radically reshape retailing. The number of people in the U.S. age 65 or older will double over the next 25 years, according to the Census Bureau; by 2030 about 20 percent of the population (72 million Americans) will belong to that age group. One especially startling statistic: People 85 or older are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population.

 

Full article at:  http://mallstoday.com/srch/sct/sct0607/retail_populationOlder.php

 

 

"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

 

                                 Bruce Pearl, Men's Basketball Coach

                                University of Tennessee

 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Kingsport Landing

www.kennedycoulter.com\kingsport.html

 

FYI

 

Please click on the above link to review some of the recommendations that have been put together for the King’s Port on the Holston Project now being called “Kingsport Landing”.  The consultants will be bringing the final report to the Planning Commission and the BMA in July.  A more detailed report will be available next month.   This will be a high profile project for Kingsport that I hope will move quickly into the implementation phase!

 

If you have any questions regarding the project please feel free to call me.

 

Thanks,

 

Chris McCartt

Development Services Manager

225 West Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

(423) 224-2704

email: mccartt@ci.kingsport.tn.us

 

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Monday, June 18, 2007

2007 CNN-Money says Tennessee is one nation's tax friendliest states

Here’s how Tennessee compares to nearby states:

 

From lowest to highest tax burden per capita (ranked nationally 2007):

 

48: Tennessee

46: Alabama

33: Virginia

32: Georgia

29: Mississippi

26: South Carolina

21: West Virginia

20: Kentucky

19: North Carolina

13: Arkansas

 

Link: http://money.cnn.co   m/galleries/2007/pf/0704/gallery.tax_friendliest/8.html

 

*Only Alaska and New Hampshire ranked better than Tennessee

 

 

"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

 

                                 Bruce Pearl, Men's Basketball Coach

                                University of Tennessee

 

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Kingsport asks you to "Name Our New School"

KINGSPORT Kingsport is building its first new elementary school in more than a decade and the Kingsport Board of Education would like your input regarding the school’s name.

 

The Board of Education is requesting students, parents, staff and community members submit suggestions or comments on which presidential name should be chosen for the new elementary school. According to Board policy, elementary schools may be named for presidents who have been deceased for more than 3 years. The Board has also specified that submissions be limited to presidents who held office before 1961.

 

Comments may include the pros and cons for one or more presidential names. Suggestions may be emailed to: nameournewschool@k12k.com or by calling the Kingsport City Schools’ Office of Community Relations at (423) 378-2123. The deadline to submit a suggestion or comment is Friday, June 29.

 

All comments will be reviewed by a Superintendent’s Advisory Committee. The committee will narrow the results and will present several recommendations for the new elementary school’s name to the Board of Education. A vote on the new name is expected to take place at the August 2, 2007 Board of Education meeting.

 

For more information on the school naming process, please contact the Kingsport City Schools’ Office of Community Relations at (423) 378-2123.

-KCS-

 

 

Existing Kingsport elementary schools:

  • George Washington
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Theodore Roosevelt (formerly West View in County system)
  • John F. Kennedy (formerly Lynn Garden in County system)

 

Potential names for new elementary school in Rock Springs, 2-miles west of I-26:

 

Order

Name

Term

02

Adams, John

(1797-1801)

04

Madison, James

(1809-1817)

05

Monroe, James

(1817-1825)

06

Adams, John Quincy

(1825-1829)

08

Van Buren, Martin

(1837-1841)

09

Harrison, William Henry

(1841)

10

Tyler, John

(1841-1845)

11

Polk, James Knox

(1845-1849)

12

Taylor, Zachary

(1849-1850)

13

Fillmore, Millard

(1850-1853)

14

Pierce, Franklin

(1853-1857)

15

Buchanan, James

(1857-1861)

18

Grant, Ulysses S.

(1869-1877)

19

Hayes, Rutherford Birchard

(1877-1881)

20

Garfield, James Abram

(1881)

21

Arthur, Chester Alan

(1881-1885)

22

Cleveland, Grover

(1885-1889)

23

Harrison, Benjamin

(1889-1893)

24

Cleveland, Grover

(1893-1897)

25

McKinley, William

(1897-1901)

27

Taft, William Howard

(1909-1913)

28

Wilson, Woodrow

(1913-1921)

29

Harding, Warren Gamaliel

(1921-1923)

30

Coolidge, Calvin

(1923-1929)

31

Hoover, Herbert Clark

(1929-1933)

32

Roosevelt, Franklin Delano

(1933-1945)

33

Truman, Harry

(1945-1953)

34

Eisenhower, Dwight David

(1953-1961)

 

 

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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.