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Monday, December 29, 2008

D-B Band to Perform in Fiesta Bowl Parade

Phoenix, Arizona -- As the Big Ten and Big 12 prepare to square off in companion bowl games, Kingsport's Dobyns-Bennett High School will be one of 15 bands participating in the 2009 Fiesta Parade (Saturday, January 3, 2009). It is the only major parade where the bands are judged. D-B is one of only 2 bands from the South (including Florida and Texas).

On Dec 31, Kansas meets Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.

On Jan 5, Texas meets Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Competing Bands:

Chandler HS, Chandler, Arizona
Dobyns-Bennett HS, Kingsport, Tennessee
Foothill HS, Pleasanton, California
Grove City HS, Grove City, Ohio
Homestead HS, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Indiana Area HS, Indiana, Pennsylvania
Lakeshore HS, Stevensville, Michigan
Lawrence Central HS, Indianapolis, Indiana
Lincoln Way East HS, Frankfort, Illinois
MOC-Floyd Valley HS, Orange City, Iowa
Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, California
O'Fallon Township HS, O'Fallon, Illinois
Rincon/University HS, Tucson, Arizona
Salem HS, Salem, New Hampshire
Winter Park HS, Winter Park, Florida

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A Short Video Tour of Kingsport

Saturday, December 27, 2008

2,026 jobs advertised within 25 miles of Kingsport

as of December 27, 2008 at

enter "Kingsport, TN" in the "where" box...

1,910 = $20,000+
1,319 = $40,000+
870 = $60,000+
468 = $80,000+
308 = $100,000+

Friday, December 26, 2008

Analytics for 11/25/2008-12/25/2008

Thanks for subscribing to the "good news" service, Kingsport! on

A very, very special thanks to and Charter Communications sponsoring this service.

Here are some quick facts about 2008:

Net subscriptions increased 10.3%

During the past 30 days (11/25/2008-12/25/2008):

10,145 visits from 35 countries and 48 states

Top Countries:
1. U.S.
2. Canada
3. France
4. U.K.
5. Japan

Top States:
1. Tennessee
2. New York
3. Georgia
4. Virginia
5. North Carolina
6. Florida
7. California
8. Illinois
9. Texas
10. Kentucky

Of all traffic:
42% new visits
67% direct traffic
17% from search engines
16% from referring sites

Top referring sites:
15.3% google
1.8% AOL
0.9% yahoo

#1 of 2008 - She Won!

Reader's Choice - Top Story of 2008 on
April 4, 2008

Holly Kiser of Coeburn, VA (40 mi from Kingsport, TN) won Bravo's "Make Me A Supermodel" -- announced tonight LIVE on national television! My wife, also a Southwest Virginia girl, has been tracking Holly's journey from the very beginning. You make us proud!

#2 of 2008 - Watauga Roundabout

Reader's Choice #2 of 2008 on
March 12, 2008
Watauga Roundabout Opens March 17
Location: Intersection of Watauga St, Ravine Rd and Gibson Mill Rd

#3 of 2008 - The Kingsport Store

Reader's Choice #3 of 2008 on
September 17, 2008
Show your Kingsport pride by visiting

#4 of 2008 - From Tragedy to Testimony

Reader's Choice #4 of 2008 on

Originally published on February 10, 2008

You may recall that Rachel Reed was involved in a tragic car accident on Feb 8 in Kingsport. I previously sent an email titled, “From Tragedy to Testimony”. Her father sent these photos and offered an update to the community. Thanks, Jeff

-----Original Message-----
From: Ricky Reed []
Subject: Re: From Tragedy to Testimony

Hi Jeff,

I just wanted to give you the latest on our miracle, who we now call the Bionic Woman! She was moved to ICU stepdown last night, and will be going to a regular room today. Her wrist surgery is tomorrow, and I'm told that she has two breaks there in the major bones, but I know God can take care of that, too. Yesterday was the best day yet, as she started talking like our Rachel, got all cleaned up by her mom and one of her best friends, and when I asked her if she wanted something to eat, she said "Well, I guess I'll have a chipped ham with mustard and lettuce, no mayonnaise, and a vanilla shake from Pal's....and a mirror!", and when she got it, it was so wonderful to see her enjoying it. I went back to her car yesterday evening, and all I could do is just stand in awe that God truly did have her in His arms....the floorboard area on the driver's side was almost totally demolished, and I could barely reach into the car to try and clean stuff out. I have more stories, of other people who were there even before the emergency personnel arrived, which I'd love for you to see, too. Rachel is without no doubt a chosen vessel. Thank you so much for passing the story on to so many, as it has touched so many lives. She even let me take her picture last night, and gave this one her approval.

God bless,
Ricky Reed

#5 of 2008 - Five Guys Coming To Kingsport

Reader's Choice #5 of 2008 on
Originally published on November 7, 2008

International "Hot Retailer" of 2008 Coming to Kingsport's Goose Creek Center

Five Guys Burgers & Fries is coming to Goose Creek Center on Jack White Drive behind O'Charley's.Five Guys was named one of the International Shopping Center Council's "Hot Retailers" of 2008.According to their online store locator, the only Five Guys within 100 miles of Kingsport are: Knoxville, Alcoa, and Asheville

#6 of 2008 - A new life on Brooks Circle

Reader's Choice #6 of 2008 on

Originally published on December 15, 2008

You might ask why a convenience store ribbon cutting is "good news".

This location on the old Brooks Circle (Fort Henry at Eastman Rd) has been a gas station for approximately 60 years.

In fact, it was my Uncle Paul Fleming's for much of that time (although he hasn't owned it for many years now).

With changing economic and environmental times, the gas station reached a point where a decision had to be made: redevelop or go out of business.

The site's location between Mad Branch and Memorial Park made it infeasible to redevelop a modern convenience store with gas pump islands on the existing site. The adjacent park is the epicenter for many community events, but has not restroom access.

So, an agreement was reached. The developer agreed to build public restrooms and design the convenience store to aesthetically blend with the park. In return, the city ceded a 25' strip of land to accommodate the expansion. The appraised value of the land was equivalent to the construction cost of the restroom facility, although the developer went above and beyond the minimum.

The design is a standing-seam green hip-style roof with muted earth tones and a cultured stone facade that is complementary to a park setting.

The developer also purchased one of the traveling pieces of public art, "Hello Goodbye", which now occupies a prominent location greeting visitors to Kingsport adjacent to Memorial Park.

So, I hope you will attend the ribbon-cutting, say thanks to the good folks at Rogers Petroleum, and take advantage of the great gas deals!

Rogers Petroleum
Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, December 18 2 p.m.

1634 Ft. Henry Drive

Zoomerz is a full-service gasoline station and convenience store that offers upscale fountain and coffee stations.

Store hours: 24 hrs, 7 days a week

#7 of 2008 - A Sign of the Times

Reader's Choice #7 of 2008 on
Originally published August 28, 2008
As millions of baby boomers age,new business opportunities abound
Now open in Downtown Kingsport at the corner of Center & Commerce (formerly Dalton's men's store)Check out

#8 of 2008 - Kingsport Town Center

Reader's Choice #8 of 2008 on

Originally published on April 1, 2008

Times-News article by Matthew Lane online at

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sullivan sales tax revenue continues 5-month upswing

Kingsport Times-News
By John Osborne
Published December 24th, 2008

BLOUNTVILLE — Total sales tax revenue in Sullivan County continued a five-month climb this month, according to a report prepared by the county’s budget office...

Sullivan sales tax revenue continues 5-month upswing (0)

Kingsport Area = 3rd Lowest Unemployment Rate in Tennessee

Rates Increase in 62 of Tennessee's 95 Counties, Decrease Locally in Sullivan & Hawkins

NASHVILLE – Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November 2008 was released last week at 6.9 percent, 0.1 percentage point lower than the October rate of 7.0 percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of November was 6.7 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for November 2008, released today, show that 20 counties decreased. The rate increased in 62 counties and remained the same in 13 counties.

Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 4.6 percent,down 0.1 percentage point from the October rate. Perry County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 18.8 percent, up from 17.7 in October, followed by Scott County at 14.3 percent, up from 12.7 percent in October.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 5.2 percent, up 0.2 percentage point from the October rate. Davidson County was 5.5 percent, unchanged from the previous month. Hamilton County was at 5.8 percent, down 0.3 percentage point from the October rate, and Shelby County was 6.8 percent, down from the October rate of 7.1.

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Regional Unemployment Rates (Nov 2008):
  • 5.1% = Sullivan County (Kingsport-Bristol)
  • 5.6% = Washington County (Johnson City)
  • 6.7% = U.S. AVERAGE
  • 6.8% = Hawkins County (Church Hill-Mt Carmel-Rogersville)
  • 6.8% = Carter County (Elizabethton)
  • 6.8% = Sevier County (Sevierville-Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg)
  • 7.1% = Unicoi County (Erwin)
  • 7.5% = Hamblen County (Morristown)
  • 7.8% = Jefferson County (Jefferson City)
  • 8.1% = Johnson County (Mountain City)
  • 8.5% = Grainger County (Rutledge)
  • 8.6% = Hancock County (Sneedville)
  • 8.8% = Cocke County (Newport)
  • 9.1% = Greene County (Greeneville)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tennessee Christmas

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D-B's Zack Fleming Makes TACA All-State Team

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Zack Fleming looks to make play in Toyota East-West All-Star Game last week. He made the All-State team as chosen by the Tennessee Athletic Coaches' Association. photo by Melvin Barbour.
December 21, 2008

SMYRNA -- Zack Fleming of Dobyns-Bennett, who was the Defensive Player of the Year in the Big East Conference, has been named to the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association's All-State football team for Class 5A.

Fleming, who led the Indians to an unbeaten regular season and the Big East title, was the only area player to make the team.
The Tennessee Sports Writers teams will be for release Monday through Wednesday of this week.

The TACA team included just 13 players for each division and was not broken down by offense and defense.

Fleming had 87 tackles, this year -- 8 of them for loss. He also had four sacks and blocked a kick.

Here are the TACA teams, as selected by coaches from around the state:
TACA All-State Football -- 5A

Terrence Davis - Antioch

Tanner Fine - Bearden

Zack Fleming - Dobyns-Bennett

Tausean Holmes - Millington

Will Jackson - Farragut

Cameron Mason - Brentwood

Tim McAdoo - Oakland

Graham Nichols - Franklin

Chaz Scales Centennial

Jacques Smith - Ooltewah

Patrick Sutton - Sevier County

Cole Tisher - Brentwood

Devrin Young - Bearden

TACA -- Class 4A

Romario Cathey - Maplewood

Josh Davis - Rhea Co.

Kier Houston - Powell

Will Gilchrist - Hardin County

Eric Gordon - Hillsboro

Orlando Gordon - Red Bank

Jared Green - Lawrence Co.

Kevin Revis - Rhea Co.

Chris Smith - Rossview

Justin Smith - Maryville

Darian Stone - Clinton

Marsalis Teague - Henry County

Dylan Wolfenbarger - Knox Central

TACA -- Class 3A

Blaine Boone - White House

Ryan Buckley - Notre Dame

Demario Carter - Sheffield

Travis Carter - Spring Hill

Brenden Dusevic - Notre Dame

Zack Fletcher - Polk County

Daniel Hook - Knoxville Catholic

Broc Loveless - Spring Hill

Shannon Meady - Carter

Hunter Poteete - DeKalb County

Zach Rogers - David Lipscomb

Marcus Taylor - Polk County

Evan Webb - David Lipscomb

TACA -- Class 2A

Cody Anderson - Smith County

Michael Baker - Westmoreland

Ethan Cassidy - Fairview

Justin Coleman - Milan

Kane Crowell - Lewis County

Ben Cunningham - Goodpasture

Ty Fields - Upperman

Jobronski Gilbert - Milan

Danny Kim - Camden Central

Jake Overbey - University School of Jackson

Jeremy Robinson - Smith County

Tyler Robinson - Alcoa

Mason Sharp - Lewis County

Scott Sowell - Hickman County

TACA -- Class 1A

Jacob Carkuff - Cascade

Bryce Davidson - Columbia Academy

Austin Dillon - Trousdale County

Heath Dyer - Clarksville Academy

Brent Ford - Trousdale County

Preston Gilbreath - Mt. Pleasant

Ricky Hord - Cascade

David Jones - South Pittsburg

James King - Manassas

Garnett Ladd - Clarksville Academy

Alex Rector - Columbia Academy

Tyler Richardson - Knoxville Grace

Colton Speed - Union City

Jared White - Trousdale County

TACA -- Division II

Blair Arrington - Davidson Academy

Marlon Brown - Harding Academy

Barry Brunetti - Memphis University Schoool

Sean Conway - Father Ryan

Ryan Dubois - SBEC

Jay Fullam - McCallie

Tavarres Jefferson - Ensworth

Wesley Johnson - MBA

Austin Long - Briarcrest

Thad McHaney - Brentwood Academy

Mark Mulloy - Father Ryan

Will Ricard - Harding Academy

Wesley Tate - Pope John Paul II

Justin Williams - Davidson Academy

Spencer Wise - MBA

Kingsport Veterans Memorial DVD On Sale Now


In order to raise additional funds to support the Kingsport Veterans Park and Memorial, Kingsport Tomorrow is selling a DVD which highlights the construction of the memorial, contains photographs taken throughout the construction and dedication, and captures live coverage of the dedication ceremonies that were held on November 11, 2008. The video production was donated by Elixir Group.

Cost of each DVD is $20 plus $5 shipping, if needed. Orders can be made by calling the Kingsport Tomorrow office at 423-246-2017. We hope to receive the DVDs for pick-up at the Kingsport Tomorrow office at 214 Commerce St. in time for Christmas-giving, but a special gift card has been produced in case they do not arrive before Christmas.

These will make excellent gifts, especially for anyone who lives away and could not attend the dedication, and for those who want to document a special event in the history of Kingsport.

Thanks for spreading the word.


Susan H. LaGuardia
Executive Director

Kingsport Tomorrow
214 Commerce St., Suite 103
Kingsport, TN 37660


Lower Airfares at TRI

Carriers Lower Fares at TRI

Blountville, TN: Lower fares have landed at Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Travelers can get great deals on airfare to many destinations across the United States if they check prices from TRI and act quickly.

The Airport monitors fares weekly and has seen a drop in some fares by more than 60 percent on US Airways and Delta Air Lines since their high point in the summer. Rates will vary by destination, travel dates, carrier, purchase dates and seat availability, but are usually lowest if passengers can purchase tickets at least 21 days in advance and include a Saturday night stay.

"We know flying isn’t cheap on network carriers, but at least now it is more affordable on US Airways and Delta," says Melissa Thomas, TCRA director of marketing and air service development. "We’ve been working closely with our carriers for some time to bring rates more in line with neighboring airports and they have responded."

On US Airways and Delta, which is merging with Northwest Airlines, passengers have access to daily flights and extensive networks that allow them to travel to destinations world wide.

"We encourage people to consider the convenience of using Tri-Cities Regional Airport when making their travel plans," said Thomas. "Now lower, more competitive fares should help make the decision to use TRI even easier."

There are some important things to remember when checking prices:
  1. The fares will not be an exact match with neighboring airports on all destinations.
  2. Special "introductory" fares will not be matched.
  3. This is not a guaranteed fare sale. There is not a ticket-by date or travel-by date.
  5. The airlines specify a certain percentage of seats on the aircraft to be sold at certain prices. The airlines use smaller aircraft at Tri-Cities, so there maybe fewer seats available at the lower fares.

Passengers can check fares and book airline tickets quickly and easily on the Airport’s website at

Kingsport's Crazy 8's Named Best Road Race of 2008 by Blue Ridge Outdoors

Hank Brown, Co-Event Director

Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8s 8K Run

Crazy 8s Named Top Road Race
November 18, 2008

Kingsport, TN - The Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8s 8K Run inKingsport, TN has been named the Top Road Race of 2008 by the readersand staff of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. The top ten road races,along with dozens of other outdoor awards, appeared in the November 2008issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. The sixth annual Best of theOutdoors Awards highlight the greatest races, faces, and places fromacross the Southeast.

"Readers mentioned the race's fast course, world-class runners,candle-lit streets, outstanding race support, and exciting stadiumfinish," said Will Harlan, executive editor.

The top ten races as selected by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine are:

1. Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8s 8K, Kingsport,TN.
2. Cooper River Bridge 10K, Charleston, S.C.
3. Peachtree Road Race 10K, Atlanta, Ga.
4. Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K, Richmond, Va.
4. Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, Washington, D.C.
5. Charlottesville 10-Miler, Charlottesville, Va.
6. Charlotte Southpark Turkey Trot 8K, Charlotte, N.C.
7. Ogden Newspapers Classic 20K, Wheeling, W.Va.
8. Shamrock Sports Fest 8K, Virginia Beach ,Va.
9. Army 10-Miler, Washington, D.C.
10. Tennessee Expo 10K, Knoxville, Tenn.

"We're extremely flattered to make the top of the list," said co-eventdirector Hank Brown. "It would be an honor just to be considered inthat company, but to be named the best is just unbelievable. It reallymakes me feel proud to look up there and see Kingsport above places likeCharleston, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. This is a testament to thepeople of Kingsport who come out and support Crazy 8s."

Blue Ridge Outdoors has a quarter-million readers across the Southeastfrom Maryland to Georgia.

Crazy 8s is managed by We Run Events.

Kingsport's Absolute Communications Wins International Award

Jonesborough, TN -The Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, a regional tourism promotion and development agency, announced its 2008 Northeast Tennessee Visitors' Guide has received an international award from the International Association of Professional Brochure Distributors.

The NETTA publication, produced by Absolute Communications of Kingsport and distributed by Print Distribution Service of Jonesborough, was awarded the 2nd Place International Winner in the 2008 International Best Brochure Competition. From a possible field of over 19,000 brochures, nominees were narrowed down to a list of 63. These nominated brochures were then evaluated through competitive comparisons using specific criteria including: headline quality, construction, content and overall appeal. The judges were industry professionals representing brochure distribution and display companies from across the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe and South Africa.

"We are delighted to receive this international recognition, said Claudia Moody, NETTA Chief Executive Officer. Competition for the visitor dollar is keen, and in today’s competitive world, it is more important than ever to produce quality publications that are creative, informative, and user-friendly."


Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association (NETTA)
P.O. Box 415
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 913-5550 Phone
(423) 913-5555 FAX

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Domtar Ridgefields Expanding

Kingsport, TN, December 17, 2008 – Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX: UFS) announced today that it will add a sheeter and a skid wrapper at its Ridgefields Converting Center in Kingsport, Tennessee in July of 2009. This several million dollar investment will increase the facility’s production capacity as well as create approximately 15 to 20 new jobs.

"We are very pleased to have obtained this important investment, for the benefit of the converting center, our customers and the community, particularly considering current economic conditions," said Larry Warren, Director of Converting, based at the Domtar Operations Center in Fort Mill, SC.

"The hard work and dedication of our employees have been instrumental in securing this investment. Their focus on safety, quality, productivity, and efficiency has been outstanding and of this we are quite proud," said Joe Boggs, Ridgefields Plant Manager.

The Ridgefields Converting Center, open since 2002, currently employs 37 people. The center produces cut-size paper and has a production capacity of over 480 tons of paper a day. With the addition of the new equipment it will also produce folio sheets in July of 2009.

Domtar Ridgefields produces much of the Staples and Office Depot copy paper sold in the Eastern U.S.

Our hats are off to Joe Boggs and the good people at Domtar Ridgefields who have become great corporate citizens!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Cutting-Edge Heart Procedure Performed in Kingsport


KINGSPORT – A cutting-edge cardiac procedure to close a hole between the two heart chambers was performed for the first time ever in the Tri-Cities on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Dr. Marc Mayhew, a board-certified cardiologist with Cardiovascular Associates, performed the procedure on two patients Tuesday at Holston Valley. Dr. Mayhew inserted a device in two patients who have a genetic anomaly called a patent foramen ovale, or a hole in the wall between the two heart chambers.

PFO closure is an advanced cardiac procedure that is typically performed in hospitals serving major metropolitan areas, such as The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Holston Valley has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of America’s Top 100 heart hospitals two of the past four years based on patient outcomes. The hospital serves as a tertiary referral center for Wellmont Health System’s Regional Heartcare Network.

Dr. Mayhew implanted the Amplatzer septal occluder device, a small mesh disc filled with polyester fabric that is inserted through a catheter similar to the kind used during a cardiac catheterization. After Dr. Mayhew inserted the Amplatzer, it occluded the PFO and, over time, will become part of the heart when tissue grows over the implant.

All infants are born with a foramen ovale that usually closes at birth, but the hole does not close in about 25 percent of the population – leaving a patent foramen ovale. Some people live with a PFO and suffer no serious ill effects, but under certain circumstances, the abnormality can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Legend of Kingsport's Bobby Dodd Lives On


I think you'll find the attached link interesting, since you're both the ultimate Kingsport supporter and the father of a young man who plays football. Former Georgia Tech, Alabama, and Kentucky coach Bill Curry has written a book called "Ten Men You Meet in a Huddle," and the link is to an excerpt about Kingsport native Bobby Dodd. It's a well-written testament to Coach Dodd's character, and you might find it useful on some "slow news day."

All the best,


Benjamin K. Mallicote

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Kingsport Downtown Redevelopment Plan Amendment Approved

Status Update: approved by Board of Mayor and Aldermen

Kingsport BMA may rework plan to spur downtown development Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USAJeff Fleming, assistant city manager for development, said the proposed change to the downtown redevelopment plan will allow the entire district to be defined as a project. ...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

All Northeast Tennessee Football Team

  • Player of the Year -- Trevon Hall, Greeneville
  • Offensive Player of the Year: Taylor Fletcher, Sullivan South
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Zack Fleming, Dobyns-Bennett
  • Coach of the Year: Steve McCurry, Greeneville

First Team Offense
TE -- Ashlon Adams, Dobyns-Bennett, 6-5, 210 Sr.
WR -- Kaleb Kitzmiller, Sullivan South, 6-3, 185 Sr.
WR -- Ryan Fillers, Greeneville, 6-1, 180 Sr.
WR -- Tee Howell, Morristown East, 6-0, 180 Jr.
WR -- Larry Smith, Science Hill, 6-6, 185 Sr.
OL -- Hunter Beedle, Sullivan South, 6-4, 265 Sr.
OL -- Irvin Hernandez, Greeneville, 5-10, 270 Sr.
OL -- Ryan Church, Dobyns-Bennett, 6-1, 225 Sr.
OL -- Adam Tabor, Tennessee High, 6-3, 240 Sr.
OL -- Patrick Hansen, Dobyns-Bennett, 6-2, 250 Jr.
OL -- Chris Lowe, Morristown East, 6-3, 250 Sr.
OL -- Ryan Fuller, Sullivan South, 5-10, 205 Jr.
OL -- Steven Nease, Greeneville, 6-0, 225 Sr.
QB -- Brad Davenport, Sullivan South, 6-2, 191 Sr.
QB -- Jamie Crawford, Dobyns-Bennett, 6-2, 185 Sr.
RB -- Taylor Fletcher, Sullivan South, 5-10, 180 Sr.
RB -- Keenan Shepard, Tennessee High, 5-11, 170 Jr.
RB -- Jordan Ward, West Greene, 6-0, 180 Sr.
FB -- Brad Tallman, Tennessee High, 6-2, 235 Jr.
FB -- Hunter McReynolds, Sullivan North, 6-2, 210 Sr.
PK -- Jordan Willingham, Sullivan South, 5-11, 151 Sr.
Athlete -- Trevon Hall, Greeneville, 5-11, 207 Sr.
Athlete -- Eric Pearcy, Sullivan North, 5-9, 175 Jr.
Kick Returner -- Cody Forbes, Elizabethton, 6-0, 180 Jr.

First Team Defense
DE -- Will Bateman, Dobyns-Bennett, 5-11, 215 Sr.
DE -- T.J. Blanken, Sullivan South, 6-1, 180 Sr.
DE -- Kip Grooms, Greeneville, 5-11, 205 Jr.
DT -- Jake Logue, Sullivan South, 6-3, 224 Jr.
DT -- Jeremy James, Sullivan East, 6-3, 190 Jr.
DT -- Daniel Littleton, Cherokee, 6-3, 260 Sr.
LB -- Phillip Cantwell, Morristown West, 5-11, 210 Sr.
LB -- Zach Fleming, Dobyns-Bennett, 6-1, 225 Sr.
LB -- Ty Garvin, Sullivan South, 6-2, 202 Jr.
LB -- Jeff Green, Science Hill, 6-3, 215 Sr.
LB -- Demarcus Knight, Morristown East, 6-2, 224 Sr.
DB -- Isaac Kinley, Science Hill, 5-10, 185 Sr.
DB -- Derrick Steele, Dobyns-Bennett, 5-6, 140 So.
DB -- Justin Sylvester, Dobyns-Bennett, 5-11, 165 Sr.
DB -- Matt Washington, Sullivan North, 5-10, 160 Sr.

Second Team Offense
TE -- Matt Crowder, Sullivan Central, 6-5, 230 Sr.
WR -- Corey Headley, Unicoi County,6-2, 170 Sr.
WR -- Christian Prudhomme, Johnson County, 5-10, 178 Sr.
WR -- Nick Jones, Daniel Boone, 5-10, 180 Sr.
WR -- T.J. Rollins, Greeneville, 5-11, 205 Sr.
OL -- Andy McNeese, Greeneville, 6-0, 220 Jr.
OL -- Andrew Tompkins, Dobyns-Bennett, 6-2, 255 Sr.
OL -- Preston Frye, Sullivan East, 6-6, 300 Sr.
OL -- Mackenzie Baker, Sullivan North, 6-1, 305 Jr.
OL -- Sam Tester, Johnson County, 6-4, 263 Jr.
QB -- Austin Phipps, Johnson County, 6-2, 225 Sr.
QB -- Ryan Thomas, Elizabethton, 6-1, 185 Jr.
RB -- Chris Sensabaugh, Dobyns-Bennett, 5-11, 185 So.
RB -- J.J. Goforth, Morristown West, 5-8, 160 Sr.
RB -- Derrick Carr, Elizabethton, 5-11, 165 Sr.
FB -- Robbie Johnson, David Crockett, 5-10, 250 Sr.
PK -- Taylor Hodge, Elizabethton, 5-11, 165 Jr.
Athlete -- Drew McLaughlin, Sullivan Central, 5-9, 170 Jr.
Kick Returner -- Tyrell McKinney, Morristown West, 6-0, 180 Sr.

Second Team Defense
DE -- Nathan Bush, Morristown West, 6-1, 210 Jr.
DE -- Andy McNeese, Greeneville, 6-0, 220 Jr.
DE -- Jayson Arnold, Tennessee High, 6-2, 205 Sr.
DE -- Jeremy Hood, Daniel Boone, 6-2, 210 Sr.
DT -- Mitchell Steadman, Sullivan North, 5-3, 152 Sr.
DT -- Hunter Beedle, Sullivan South, 6-4, 285 Sr.
DT -- Matt Montgomery, Daniel Boone, 6-1, 230 Sr.
LB -- Logan Honeycutt, Science Hill, 6-1, 195 Jr.
LB -- Brad Baker, Sullivan North, 6-0, 175 Sr.
LB -- Clint Phillips, Sullivan South, 6-2, 210 Jr.
LB -- Matt McClellan, Tennessee High, 6-4, 195 Sr.
LB -- Brian Hake, Cherokee, 6-0, 200 Sr.
LB -- Matt Partin, South Greene, 6-0, 185 Sr.
DB -- Landon House, Cherokee, 6-0, 190 Jr.
DB -- Charlie Columbo, Sullivan South, 6-1, 175 Sr.
DB -- Jason Michael, Dobyns-Bennett, 5-10, 165 Jr.
DB -- Jeremy Jones, Morristown East, 6-0, 180 Sr.
DB -- Michael Franklin, Volunteer, 5-11, 185 Sr.
Punter -- Tyler Graham, Tennessee High, 5-8, 120 Jr.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Kingsport retail sales up nearly 10 percent

Kingsport retail sales up nearly 10 percent Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA The Pavilion’s construction followed the establishment of East Stone Commons, which features stores such as Hobby Lobby, Ross, TJ Maxx, ...

Local Players in All Star Game to be Televised on MyTriCities WAPK

The Toyota East-West Tennessee All Star football game will be played at Noon on Sat Dec 13 at Carson-Newman College.

Free tickets are available at Toyota of Kingsport or $5 at the gate.

2 players from Northeast Tennessee will be competing:

Brad Davenport - Sullivan South
Zack Fleming - Dobyns-Bennett

Isaac Kinley of Science Hill is on the alternate list and will hopefully get an opportunity to play.

Robbie Norris of Sullivan North will be an assistant coach for the East team.

The East-West All Star Game will be aired live on My Tri-Cities WAPK which is ch. 36 analog over the air and satellite, ch. 19.2 on digital converter boxes, ch. 6 on Charter, ch. 15 on Comcast (Gray), ch. 7 on Comcast (Greeneville) and channel 3 on Small Town Cable (Surgoinsville) and channel 14 analog over the air (Greeneville).

The game will be seen across the state on WVLT (Knoxville) and WUXP 30 (Nashville)

Fred Falin
Vice President - TV Programming & Operations
Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation
ABC 19 WKPT & MY Tri-Cities WAPK & RTN Tri-Cities
222 Commerce Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Tri-Cities Personal Income 2006 (released Dec 2008)

Tri-Cities Personal Income 2006

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D-B Dance Team Takes 4th at State

Congratulations to the D-B Dance Team for taking 4th in the TSSAA State Championships this weekend! Team members include:
  • Melanie Bennett
  • Valerie Brown
  • Becca Bryson
  • Jacqueline Buckles
  • Lindsay Cox
  • Anna Dukart
  • Julianna Edmisten
  • Tori Edmisten
  • Cory Hall
  • Alex Hayes
  • Blair Helwig
  • Ann Massa
  • Tesha Sellers
  • Laura McAdams
  • Sarah Sumner

1st Place: Ravenwood (Nashville)

2nd Place: Arlington (Memphis)

3rd Place: Farragut (Knoxville)

4th Place: Dobyns-Bennett (Kingsport)

Others competing:
  • Ooltewah (Chattanooga)
  • Columbia Central (Nashville)
  • Lebanon (Nashville)
  • Wilson Central (Nashville)
  • Collierville (Memphis)
  • Franklin (Nashville)
  • Hardin Valley (Knoxville)

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Kingsport Dog Park set to open

Kingsport’s Dogwood Park set to open Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA Teddy Pom-Pom waits for other dogs to arrive at the new Dogwood Park with his owner, Bekki Soares of the Kingsport Animal Shelter. The park opens Tuesday. ...

Friday, December 05, 2008

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Dobyns-Bennett Bands of America Grand National Semi Final Performance

Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Band
Kingsport, Tennessee

Filmed at Indianapolis Colts Stadium
in the Bands of America Grand National Semi Finals

If you don't have time to watch the entire performance, be sure to watch the first minute and the last minute for introductions and credits.

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Celebrate Small Business in Kingsport!


Thanks for all that you do in spreading the good news about Kingsport.

One event that I am not sure most people are familiar with is the inaugural Kosbe Awards which developed from the Small Business Contest. The awards luncheon will be next Friday, but the deadline to buy tickets is tomorrow! Tickets may only be purchased online at

There are seven awards that will be presented (see below). The award finalists and winners are Kingsport success stories and contributors to the betterment of Kingsport! We hear so much negativity about closing businesses, layoffs, poor economy, etc, it is very uplifting to see these businesses not only surviving, but excelling.

Can you help us spread the word among Government officials as well as to your mailing list?

Thanks in helping us “Celebrate Small Business” in Kingsport

Phil Ketron

Young Entrepreneur Award – presented to a young professional (40 or less) who has achieved success through starting, owning or partial ownership of a business.

New Business Award – presented to a business that has been in operation for a minimum of 12 months, but not more than 36 months. Business should be able to demonstrate growth, profitability and is contributing to the betterment of the Kingsport community.

Business Excellence Award (2 – 9 employees) – presented to a business that has made a significant contribution to the Kingsport community, excelled in customer service and consistently grown in revenue.

Business Excellence Award (10 – 29 employees) – presented to a business that has made a significant contribution to the Kingsport community, excelled in customer service and consistently grown in revenue.

Business Excellence Award (30 – 150 employees) – presented to business that has made a significant contribution to the Kingsport community, excelled in customer service and consistently grown in revenue.

Impact Award – presented to an individual that makes Kingsport a better place to live through the development and support of small businesses. (Submission for the Impact Award is by nomination only)

Achievement Award – presented to an individual that has achieved lifetime success in growing his or her business, has made a significant contribution to the Kingsport community and has given back to the community.

Downtown Kingsport: Merchants Open House, Gingerbread, Carriage Rides, Church Circle Christmas Tree Lighting

If you’re looking for something to put you in the holiday spirit, then join us in Downtown Kingsport on Saturday, December 6, 2008. We will have a Movie, Santa Claus, Carriage Rides, Hot Chocolate, Gingerbread Houses, Live Music and Singing, and a Christmas Tree Lighting. We have everything to kick-start your holidays. You may even see a snowflake or two! For more information about Christmas in Downtown Kingsport, visit the Downtown Kingsport Association’s website at or call 423-246-6550. We look forward to your visit!

2 pm - Free Move "Flywheel" at 140 Broad St (Restoration Church)

4-6:30 pm - Merchants Open House, Children's inflatable play area (400 block of Broad)

6:30 pm - Church Circle Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Contact: Patti Alley

Christmas Treats in Downtown Kingsport

DOWNTOWN KINGSPORT--Twinkling lights line the streets of Downtown Kingsport. There’s a chill in the air and a smile on everyone’s face. As you travel up and down the streets, you feel a sense of warmth from the holiday spirit amongst the locals. The Downtown Kingsport Association invites you to visit Downtown Kingsport on Saturday, December 6, 2008 and you will experience all of this and more—much more! We have everything from Shopping to Gingerbread Houses to the Tree Lighting in Church Circle.

Begin your day with a free movie at Restoration Church. They will be showing the movie Flywheel at 2:00 p.m. Restoration Church is located at 140 Broad Street. Then, continue your day with some Christmas shopping during the Downtown Merchants Open House from 4:00 pm until 6:30 pm. As you enter the stores, you will be greeted and offered refreshments. Taking in the beautiful decorations, the merchants will be offering ncredible sales for you to do your Christmas shopping in Downtown Kingsport. Don’t forget to register to win Santa Bucks for use in participating stores. As you walk from store to store, you will notice the beautiful horse-drawn carriages traveling up and down the street. Free carriage rides will be available. And, of course, Santa Claus will be making a special appearance in front of The Guilded Nest (220 Broad Street). Children will be able to tell Santa their wishes and to have their picture made with him for free (sponsored by Mark Freeman Associates). Children’s inflatable activities will also be available in the 400 block of Broad Street (in front of the Library and Regions Bank) for free during this time.

Next, the Downtown Kingsport Association urges you to visit the 4th Annual Gingerbread House Contest Exhibit, which is located inside Regions Bank (415 Broad Street). All of the deliciously-decorated houses will be on display from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm. You will be overwhelmed with the yummy smells as you walk through the door of the exhibit. Gingerbread Cookies and Hot Cider will be served during the reception. There will be live entertainment, also. The Gingerbread House Winners will be awarded their prizes during this reception, as well. The Gingerbread Houses will remain on display through January 5, 2009. Christina Banner, winner of the National Gingerbread House Competition at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC in 2004, will be present at the Reception. Banner also won the Food Network Gingerbread Challenge in 2005. During the evening, there will be a book signing with Christina Banner for her new book, How to Build a Gingerbread House: A Step-by-Step Guide to Sweet Results. She will also be displaying several of her own Gingerbread Houses for everyone to view. Her book will be available to purchase.

After you’ve shopped with the merchants and visited the Gingerbread House Exhibit, come down to Church Circle, located on Broad Street, for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. At 7:00 pm, live entertainment will be on stage for your enjoyment. The Kingsport Drum Circle featuring UNOME will perform some of your favorite Christmas carols in a very unique way. Additionally, they will perform before the ceremony beginning at 6:30 pm. In addition, the Thomas Jefferson Elementary Chorus will be performing during the ceremony. Taylor Morgan & Steve Mann from WTFM 98.5 will lead us through the ceremony. Hot chocolate will be provided for free (sponsored Oak Hill Funeral Homes) to warm you up. After the entertainment, with candles lit, the traditional Lighting of the Tree will take place. George Devault will be lighting the tree this year. Join us for this magical ceremony

If you’re looking for something to put you in the holiday spirit, then join us in Downtown Kingsport on Saturday, December 6, 2008. We will have a Movie, Santa Claus, Carriage Rides, Hot Chocolate, Gingerbread Houses, Live Music and Singing, and a Christmas Tree Lighting. We have everything to kick-start your holidays. You may even see a snowflake or two! For more information about Christmas in Downtown Kingsport, visit the Downtown Kingsport Association’s website at or call 423-246-6550. We look forward to your visit!

The Downtown Kingsport Association is a non-profit organization with the mission of making Downtown Kingsport a preferred destination for people to Live, Work, Shop, Learn, and Relax. DKA is a 2008 Certified National Main Street Program.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

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Kingsport Area Players on All Conference Football Teams

Kingsport Area players on All Conference Teams

Big East (5A)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- Jamie Crawford, Dobyns-Bennett
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- Zack Fleming, Dobyns-Bennett

Dobyns-Bennett All Conference
QB - Jamie Crawford (1st team)
TE - Ashlon Adams (1st team)
C - Ryan Church (1st team)
G - Patrick Hansen (1st team)
T - Andrew Tompkins (1st team)
DE - Will Bateman (1st team)
LB - Zack Fleming (1st team)
DB - Derrick Steele (1st team)
DB - Justin Sylvester (1st team)
RB - Chris Sensabaugh (2nd team)
K - Craig Mitcham (2nd team)
DB - Jason Michael (2nd team)
RET - Derrick Steele (2nd team)
All Academic - James Templeton
All Character - Alex Rich

Mountain Lakes (4A)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Taylor Fletcher, Sullivan South
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Ty Garvin, Sullivan South
LINEMAN OF THE YEAR - Hunter Beedle, Sullivan South
COACH OF THE YEAR - Stacy Carter, Sullivan South

Sullivan South All Conference
G - Ryan Fuller (1st team)
QB- Brad Davenport (1st team)
WR - Kaleb Kitzmiller (1st team)
Kicker - Jordan Willingham (1st team)
DE - T.J. Blanken (1st team)
DT - Jake Logue (1st team)
OLB - Clint Phillips (1st team)
S - Ashton Zanoni (1st team)
CB - Charlie Colombo (1st team)

Sullivan North All Conference
RB- Eric Pearcy (1st team)
C - McKenzie Baker (1st team)
NT - Mitchell Steadman (1st team)
ILB - Brad Baker (1st team)
S - Matt Washington (1st team)
FB - Hunter McReynolds (2nd team)
DE - Doug Cook (2nd team)

Sullivan Central All Conference
TE- Matt Crowder (1st team)
RB - Drew McLaughlin (2nd team)
G - Michael Collier (2nd team)
T - Justin Snapp (2nd team)
Kicker - Austin Culbertson (2nd team)
ILB - Josh Russell (2nd team)
CB - Austin Box (2nd team)

Sullivan East All Conference
T- Preston Frye (1st team)
DT - Jeremy James (1st team)
RB - Caleb Looney (2nd team)
WR - Chase Depew (2nd team)
S - Preston Dishner (2nd team)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Kingsport Sales Tax Collections Growing!

At a time when the national economy is faltering, Kingsport's sales tax collections for November 2008 grew 10% over November 2007. November collections represent sales from the month of September. Fiscal year-to-date (ending July 2009) is 11% ahead of 2008 (ending July 2008).

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Families Relocating to Kingsport by Zip Code

Families relocating to Kingsport by zip code.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Kingsport housing prices continue upward trend

KINGSPORT – While the states with the highest rates of housing depreciation continued to fall, Kingsport ranked 14th in the country for the second quarter running for appreciation in home values.
For the third quarter of 2008 ending September 30, housing prices in Kingsport were up .69 percent, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency. For the past 12 months, Kingsport housing prices are up 3.93 percent, with a five-year appreciation of 32.41 percent.

On a state basis, Tennessee home prices declined .68 percent for the quarter, but are still up 1.38 percent for the past 12 months.

In comparison nationally, home prices fell 1.8 percent in the third quarter, the largest decline in the 17 year history of FHFA’s housing price appreciation report. Over the past year, home prices have fallen 6 percent nationally.As in previous quarters, the most overbuilt areas of the country in California, Nevada, Arizona and Florida, have led the drop, although home price declines were noted in 41 states.

“Prices continued their retreat in most areas in the third quarter,” said FHFA Chief Economist Patrick Lawler. “While housing affordability has improved and may have drawn in some new buyers, it seems that high inventory levels and buyer uncertainty have had the dominant impact on prices.”

Kingsport City Manager John Campbell noted that in his three decades of public service in the region, cities and counties can indeed outperform the national economy, particularly with sound planning and key public sector investments.

“This Board of Mayor and Aldermen has spent considerable time and energy and rejuvenating what was a once stalled Kingsport housing market,” Campbell said. “We’re seeing some of those results today. At the same time, a number of investments we have made in the past three years should continue to stand our citizens well going forward, including the Center for Higher Education, MeadowView expansion and a focus on local road improvements.”

At the same time, private sector investment has held up as well, with Kingsport booking $43.8 million in new construction and investment in September and October, highlighted by the addition of 110 rooms at the MeadowView Marriott Hotel and continued work at Eastman Chemical Company.
Meanwhile, 96 new single family homes have been constructed in Kingsport through October, at a total value of $17.65 million, along with another 7.66 million in multi-family housing units. Average construction permit value on new single-family homes this year is $183,920.

Kingsport wish list for road projects nears $10 million

Kingsport wish list for road projects nears $10 million Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA KINGSPORT — Kingsport’s transportation department has crafted a list of local road projects — nearly $10 million worth — to be considered by the Board of ...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Indians reap top honors in Big East

Indians Reap Top Honors From Big East - Kingsport,TN,USA Dobyns-Bennett dominated honors for the Big East in football, winning both Offensive Player of the Year honors with quarterback Jamie Crawford and Defensive ...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dobyns-Bennett Band Ranked Among Top 20 in U.S.

Dobyns-Bennett Band Ranked Among Top 20 High School Bands in the United States

Marching Indians Finish 18th Overall at Grand Nationals

KINGSPORT, Tenn., Nov.17, 2008 – The Dobyns-Bennett High School Band is now ranked among the top 20 high school bands in the nation following this year’s Bands of America Grand National Championship held in Indianapolis, Indiana Nov.13-15.

Recognized as the most prestigious marching band competition in the United States, the BOA competition showcases the most talented of high school marching bands in the country.

The Dobyns-Bennett Marching Indians competed against 92 bands in preliminary competition on Thursday and Friday, and were selected among 33 bands to advance to semi-final competition on Saturday, before finishing 18th overall.

“We had a very successful trip to Indianapolis,” said Lafe Cook, band director for Dobyns-Bennett. “The number 18 is not disappointing when you consider that it is 18th in the country. Our students will tell you that after seeing the other bands, they are proud to have finished in the top 20.”

This was Dobyns-Bennett’s debut performance in the BOA Grand National Championship. D-B finished as the highest ranking Tennessee band in the national competition and the fourth highest band from the southeastern states.

“It was an incredibly eye-opening experience to see what bands from across the country are doing,” said Cook. “The trip was a great way to benchmark our program with the best of the best.”

Here is the list of the top 30 bands from the Grand National Championship:

1) Avon High School, Avon, IN
2) L.D. Bell High School, Hurst, TX
3) Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis, IN
4) Marian Catholic High School, Chicago, IL
5) Carmel High School, Carmel, IN
6) Broken Arrow High School, Tulsa, OK
7) Tarpon Springs High School, Tarpon Springs, FL
8) Kennesaw Mountain High School, Kennesaw, GA
9) Centerville High School, Centerville, OH
10) Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis, IN
11) Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, Canton, MI
12) Lafayette High School, Lafayette, LA
13) Lake Central High School, St. John, IN
14) American Fork High School, American Fork, UT
15) Center Grove High School, Greenwood, IN
16) Union High School, Tulsa, OK
17) West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield, MI
18) Dobyns-Bennett High School, Kingsport, TN
19) Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta, CA
20) Columbus North High School, Columbus, IN
21) Northmont High School, Clayton, OH
22) Lake Park High School, Roselle, IL
23) Kiski High School, Kiski, PA
24) William Mason High School, Mason, OH
25) Bellbrook High School, Bellbrook, OH
26) Jenison High School, Jenison, MI
27) Louisville Male High School, Lousiville, KY
28) Fred Page High School, Franklin, TN
29) Bourbon County High School, Paris, KY
30) Central Crossing High School, Grove City, OH

More information about the Bands of America Grand National Championship can be found at

More information about the Dobyns-Bennett High School Band can be found at

For more information contact:
Betty Payne
Dobyns-Bennett Band Boosters – Public Relations Chair
Phone: 423-229-4965

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Kingsport Dedicates Veteran's Memorial Memorial Ceremony

Kingsport dedicates veterans memorial
Published 11/11/2008 By Matthew Lane
Photo by Erica Yoon

KINGSPORT — Hundreds of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines gathered on Veterans Day Tuesday to honor the service and sacrifice of their fellow veterans and to witness the dedication of Kingsport’s new veterans memorial.

Kingsport Tomorrow held a dedication ceremony Tuesday morning for the Kingsport Veterans Memorial — located in front of J. Fred Johnson Park on Fort Henry Drive between the old Highway Patrol Building and Indian Court.

“This site is indeed hallowed ground. It will serve as an educational tool and a sign that will endure for all veterans,” said Tennessee Commissioner of Veterans Affairs John Keys, who gave the keynote speech during the event. “When you put on that uniform, raise your right hand to take that oath, and be willing to give, even if it took your life to do it, to these United States. What more can you ask of a person?”

Over 700 people, many of them veterans, filled the park, lined the hill and stood in the cold for about an hour to witness the unveiling of the new memorial. One such veteran was Marine Tech Sgt. Martha Rector, who served three years during World War II.

“I’ve shed some tears. This is absolutely wonderful,” said Rector. “It’s been an enormous satisfaction for us to be able to do this, and we had such really dedicated people working on this. I’m just so thankful.”

The memorial is of red, white and blue granite. A white granite plaza contains six 7-foot-tall blue granite tablets, one for each war from World War I to Operation Iraqi Freedom, with two from World War II. The tablets display the names of 370 fallen soldiers from Kingsport on one side and a map of the theater of operations on the other. Over 550,000 pounds of granite was used in the construction of the memorial.

The memorial includes a centered U.S. flag, which will remain lit at all times, benches, earth berms, and two walkways leading up to the plaza from each side that include the names of famous battle sites, such as Berlin, Guam, Normandy, Tet and Kabul.

On either side of the walkways are rows of granite pavers — the “Walk of Honor” features 1,728 red granite pavers bearing the names of veterans, living or dead — that lead up to the memorial along both sides of the walkway.

“This is something the city can be proud of,” said Gerald Cardwell, post commander of the American Legion Hammond Post 3 in Kingsport. “I feel great. It’s long overdue. We had some bumps, but everything worked out fine.”

The dedication included music from the Dobyns-Bennett High School marching band and two sung songs — the national anthem and “God Bless America.” A couple of prayers were said, a 21-gun salute rang out, and the event concluded with the playing of taps. Many people remained after the ceremony to tour the memorial, visit with friends and remember the past.

A few made etchings of the pavers, while many others took pictures of the tablets.

“It turned out better than I hoped. I’m just tickled to death,” said Jim Erwin, who oversaw the project. “It’s awesome. You look around and see all these vets and families and the pride in this town. It makes you feel proud.”

Kingsport Tomorrow broke ground on the memorial in February. They held a memory box ceremony in September where people placed letters and memorabilia in a steel box, which was then placed in the foundation of the memorial. Construction began in July, with the final touches on the memorial being completed last week.

“I feel relieved, overwhelmed and so very happy of this community,” said Susan LaGuardia, director of Kingsport Tomorrow.

The organization and a committee of volunteers worked for three years to make the memorial a reality, raising $600,000 to cover the cost of the project. However, due to a rise in diesel fuel prices and the cost of concrete, the cost of the project rose from an estimated $700,000 to the current price tag of $862,000.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen earlier this month unanimously voted to give Kingsport Tomorrow $248,000 to cover the shortfall in the project.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Kingsport man designs his own hybrid

Kingsport man designs his own hybrid Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA KINGSPORT — David Hrivnak isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel. But he’s succeeded in making the wheels on his vehicle roll around town a little more ...

"Game Time!" showcases photos, stories of athletes, cheerleaders

'Game Time!' showcases photos, stories of athletes, cheerleaders ... Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA Ned Jilton, seen here in 1952 at J. Fred Johnson Stadium in Kingsport, was an accomplished pitcher and hitter from his earliest days with Science Hill High ...

Construction of John Adams Elementary progressing on schedule

Construction of John Adams Elementary progressing on schedule Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA Rick Russell, construction representative for the Kingsport City Schools, shows members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Board of Education the ...

Small Business Night School in Kingsport (FREE)

KINGSPORT – For the second straight year, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and KOSBE have teamed up to put on the 2nd Annual KOSBE Small Business Night School, on Wednesday and Thursday, November 19 & 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Kingsport.

Primarily, the KOSBE 2nd Annual Small Business Night School provides free training, peer-to-peer networking, collaborative problem-analysis and problem-solving, and access to contracting opportunities and financing to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

During this two-night event, attendees will have a chance to meet with contracting administrators during a first-time Kingsport Chamber Purchasing Invitational Expo, which is an informal setting where representatives from local government agencies and large area businesses are available to meet with small business owners, who consider themselves potential suppliers. Representatives will help attendees learn how to do business with their agency or company, and stay abreast of upcoming procurement opportunities. Participants can review current bid lists and add their name or company to vendor mailing lists. For some small business owners, this may be the only chance to meet with representatives one-on-one from the City of Kingsport, Kingsport City Schools, Sullivan County, Washington County, Domtar, BAE Systems, Eastman Chemical Company, and other companies that outsource services and products.

Registered attendees will also have the chance to apply for the SBA Community Express Loan for $5,000 to $25,000, during a group live loan application process facilitated by Sue Malone, the leading SBA Community Express Loan lender in the nation. While in attendance, participants can investigate other sources of capital for their small business.

Applicants must be 18 or older.

Ronald Wade, with the State of Tennessee Economic & Community Development Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO), will be on hand to clarify the details of a new Rural Microloan Program which was introduced by the State earlier this year for loans up to $10,000.
To help business owners and entrepreneurs solve their existing problems, avoid future pitfalls, and incorporate creative brainstorming, a team of experts will lead a variety of general discussion groups on topics including:

- Insurance Requirements
- Employment Rules
- Finance
- Starting a Business
- Government Contracting
- Business Exit
- Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs (for age 50-plus)
- Supervision & Management
- Problem-Solving
- Quality
- Sales & Marketing
- Franchising

Although the Night School was designed with business owners, entrepreneurs, high school and college students, retirees and seniors in mind, the event is open to the general public. There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be served. Anyone interested can register online at WWW.KOSBE.ORG or call (423) 392-8811 for more information.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Lady Indians advance to State soccer semi-finals

Lady Indians Advance to State Soccer Semi-Finals - Kingsport,TN,USA CHATTANOOGA - The Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians defeated Riverdale, 1-0, Wednesday in Chattanooga to advance to the state soccer semi-finals. ...

Friday, November 07, 2008

KEDB set to acquire property adjoining old foundry site

KEDB set to acquire property adjoining old foundry site Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA KINGSPORT — Another piece of property adjoining the old Kingsport Foundry site in downtown soon is to be under control of the city. ...

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Veterans Among Us - A Daughter's Tribute

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Miles Burdine is CEO of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. Denise Burdine is a teacher at Church Hill Middle School. Nikki Burdine is a reporter at NBC25 in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Reported by: Nikki Burdine
Tuesday, Nov 4, 2008 @07:00pm EST

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC - They are often referred to as the other heroes: the family members of military who stay at home while their loved ones go off to fight.NBC25's Nikki Burdine shares her personal connection to the Beirut bombings of 1983.Miles and Denise found out they were expecting their first child right before he was set to ship off to Beirut for a peace-keeping mission in May of 1983."The ones who are really doing the sacrificing are the ones that are left behind. They are the ones that have the courage to let their spouses go and fight these battles and experience these adventures," Miles said.Denise understood it was the duty of a military wife, and Miles went 3,000 miles away.He was eventually able to make a call to the hospital back home. He spoke with his mother, who told him Denise was in the middle of labor. He hung up and called back three hours later, and finally spoke to his wife who was holding their new baby girl."It was very emotional. We cried and I tried to explain to him how beautiful she was and I could see his face in her eyes very clearly, and that everyone thought she was the most beautiful," Denise recalled.They had yet to meet until Miles got a short leave to go to Athens, Greece to meet his newborn daughter.That little girl was me. I was one of the lucky ones. I got to meet my father before October 23rd, 1983, a day that some say was the beginning of the war against terrorism.A suicide bomber drove 20,000 pounds of dynamite into the Marine Battalion Landing Team building. More than 240 Marines, soldiers and sailors were killed.There were hundreds of other babies who were born during that time who never got the chance to meet their fathers, like Thomasine Baynard."His father was a great man, and he never got to meet him. The most I got to do was to send a picture and a tape to his father, and that’s all he got," Baynard said.Now 25 years later, the anniversary of the Beirut bombing brings together those who did survive, and their families, to never forget.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Coach Coughenour Finishes The Course

Family will receive friends Thursday from 5:30-9:00 at the Dobyns-Bennett High School Buck Van Huss Dome."Finally, we should always keep uppermost in mind that (sport), with all its glamour, glitter, thrills and chills, plus everything that makes it great, has one thing more important than all of these combined--that is, the (kid) who plays it." - Bobby Dodd, Kingsport native and legendary Georgia Tech Head Coach

Coach Coughenour was a living example of putting kids first -- OUR kids. One kid at a time, over many years, his work yielded thousands of changed lives...and those lives change more lives...and so on. What an awesome legacy!So, thanks Coach, from a gratetful community."Well done, good and faithful servant" - Matthew 25:21

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" - 2 Timothy 4:7


KINGSPORT — Thomas Francis Coughenour, aka Coach, 66, of Kingsport, passed away peacefully Monday morning at home surrounded by his family. Born in Charlotte, N.C., to Catherine and Tom Coughenour, the family moved to Kingsport in 1946. It was in his Freshman English class where he met the love of his life, Barbara Williams, whom he married in 1962. A graduate of DBHS and ETSU, he began his teaching and coaching career at Robinson Junior High, coaching football, basketball, track and established the cross-country program there. In 1973, he began teaching at Dobyns-Bennett coaching football defensive backs and was Assistant Track and Cross Country Coach where he found his passion. After his friend and mentor Dan Crowe retired, Tom became head Track/CC Coach. In addition to being named Tennessee State Cross Country Coach of the Year six times and inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame in 2001, his Track and Cross Country State and Regional team wins are numerous. It was his great devotion to the heart and soul of his athletes, his beloved family and community that established him as a legendary citizen, friend and Coach. He is survived by wife, Barbara; children, Christina and John Taraschke of Fredericksburg, Va., Tad Coughenour and Juan Fernandez of Los Angeles, Calif., and Gearing of Ashland, Ore.; grandchildren, Adam, Hannah, Jacob and Grace Taraschke; brothers, Ralph (and Kathy) Coughenour of Daytona Beach, Fla., Larry (and Susie) Coughenour of Fayetteville, N.C.; and sisters, Cathy Harper of Yuma, Ariz., and Jeanne (and Harvey) Hoffman of Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; nieces and nephews, Jeff, Karyn, Amy, Cindy, Jamie, Chad, Amanda and John Thomas; sisters/brother-in-law Anne (and Henry) Goldman of Chuckey, Tenn., Rebecca (and Herbert) Piercy of Knoxville, Tenn., and Michael (and Gina) Williams of Knoxville, Tenn.; nieces and nephews, Wendy, Herb, Allen and Reagan. The family wishes to thank our doctors, Ken Smith, Monte Vass, Robert Funke, Ed McElroy, ICU, Wilcox 3 and Wellmont Hospice nurses. In addition we thank the community for its overwhelming outpouring of love and support. We are blessed. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Dobyns-Bennett High School, Buck Van Huss Dome. A funeral mass will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Dominic Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Burton officiating. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Oak Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Coach Tom Coughenour Memorial Cross Country Scholarship. For more information, email

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Giving Spree at Kingsport Town Center


Amy Boyles has been diligently working on our Holiday Charity Shopping Event at Kingsport Town Center called “The Giving Spree”. The event is November 15 from 10 am – 9 pm. It is similar to our Santa’s Night Out but with a twist. Giving is online only with the exception of making your donation on the day of the event. All donations the day of the event support the local Habitat for Humanity. We would love to raise a bundle of money for this year’s selected charities. All monies stay with the local charity. We want to get the word out to as many people throughout the region as possible. We would certainly appreciate your consideration to distribute this information on your e-mail list.


Enjoy shopping for a cause during “The Giving Spree” holiday charity event on Saturday, November 15 from 10 am to 9 pm.

This holiday season KINGSPORT TOWN CENTER will provide shoppers the perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday season by giving back to their community through The Giving Spree.

Starting October 15, shoppers can log on to and donate to Holston Habitat for Humanity and/or other local charities, including:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Kingsport Diabetes Association, ALS Association, TN Chapter, Hope House, The Salvation Army, Small Miracles Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, CASA for Children, Friends In Need Health Center, and The Bridge No Kill Animal Rescue.

A minimum $5 donation awards shoppers exceptional discounts and offers that can be used at participating malls on Saturday, November 15. After making your donation, just print out the store specials and discounts from participating mall merchants. This will be your ticket into the event and a fun day of shopping for a cause at Kingsport Town Center. Mall special offers and discount coupons will also be available at the event for a $5 donation to Habitat for Humanity.

Remember to visit and shop for a cause!


Monday, November 03, 2008

Dobyns-Bennett Band - Best in the South

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn -- The Dobyns-Bennett Band won the United States Scholastic Band Association's Southern States Championship held Nov 1 in Chattanooga. The Southern Region consists of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Of 23 bands competing, here are the Top 5 Scores:

96.1 Dobyns-Bennett (Kingsport, TN)
95.6 George Walton (Monroe, GA)
94.8 Munford (Munford, TN)
94.4 Grenada (Grenada, MS)
92.35 Whitewater (Fayetteville, GA)

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Newly recruited physicians, families becoming part of their new home

Newly recruited physicians, families becoming part of their new ... Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA The Web site also includes a link to the Move to Kingsport Web site at Kira Dykstra, executive director of the Move to Kingsport ...

Friday, October 31, 2008

Dobyns-Bennett Indians

DOBYNS BENNETT INDIANS - Kingsport,TN,USA TEAM PLAYBOOK There's not much that the Dobyns Bennett Indians haven't done in their long and storied football history. The program has 12 state titles to ...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Robinson's Kathy Moffitt Teacher of the Year

Robinson’s Kathy Moffitt Teacher of Year for Kingsport Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA KINGSPORT — Kathy Moffitt used to go down to her elementary school as a child and get the old and discarded instructional books, load them up in her wagon, ...

Kingsport's Chase Meadows

The Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen is committed to making the city a residential desitination. New programs are providing incentives for developers to build in the city limits. More than 600 lots have been created since the program's inception. The latest to announce it's grand opening is Chase Meadows....

Chase Meadows
from $245,900

Schools: Dobyns-Bennett High, Robinson Middle, John Adams Elementary

City amenities in a serene country setting in Fall Creek near Warrior's Path State Park.

From Warrior's Path State Park take Fall Creek Road to Chase Meadows on right, 1/2 mile past golf courseWelcome home to beautiful Chase Meadows, a planned community. This new development will be a first of its kind for East Tennessee bringing back that "neighborhood" feeling of yesteryear. Unique to this Neighborhood are Pedestrian Mobility Pathways instead of sidewalks, an aesthetically pleasing friendly design. In Chase Meadows you can stroll around and enjoy common aras, green space, fountains & gazebos. Enjoy the amenities of the city while surrounded by a peaceful setting. These FRANK BETZ homes offer many with master on the main level, vaulted ceilings, trey ceilings & crown molding. Buyer will have their choice of interior features to finish the home such as cabinetry, carpet & paint. The exterior is low maintenance brick & LP, Smart Siding, a new wood based product with a 50 year warranty. Other features include Anderson windows, hardwood, tile & granite, jetted showers & soaking tubs. Also located within minutes of WARRIORS PATH STATE PARK featuring a lake, swimming pool, golf course, tennis courts, riding stables, soccer fields, marina & public boat ramp, paddle boats, camping, mountain biking trails & picnic areas. Warriors Park is the home of Darrell's Dream, a Boundless Playground, which caters to kids of all ages and abilities. Welcome Home to Chase Meadows!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Church Hill Woman Wins Kingsport's Big Deal Giveaway

Kingsport is working hard to EARN your business!

Jeff, I have attached the latest and greatest Big Deal Giveaway winner that is from Church Hill

Could you please send this out in your good news email.

Also, Kingsport Deals has some surprise Giveaways coming up. Could you please let people know that if they go in and subscribe to the e-newsletter and register for the Big Deal giveaway they may get a phone call with a wonderful surprise!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

689 Kingsport Band Students Performing Together

689 members of the Kingsport City Schools band programs performing together before the Knox Karns football game in Kingsport. Dobyns-Bennett in maroon, grey & black. Sevier & Robinson Middle School students are in white

No wonder Kingsport was named a Top 100 community for music education!

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Kingsport B2B

Given the substantial impact that small business has on local economics, please help me spread the word about KOSBE’s web-based business to business directory which has been launched to keep dollars in our community.

Aundrea Wilcox, Executive Director
Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE)
Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
151 E Main Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 392-8801 Direct1 (888) 936-1221 Fax Email Web

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Friday, October 24, 2008

D-B punches ticket to State in volleyball

DB Punches Ticket to State in Volleyball - Kingsport,TN,USA When the Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians volleyball team walked off the court at the TSSAA tournament in Murfreesboro last fall after losing to Brentwood, ...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

D-B Volleyball in Elite Eight

Just a follow-up to my note of earlier this morning, moments ago the D-B Lady Indian volleyball team defeated Oak Ridge in a 3 game sweep...25-16, 25-13, 25-12

It was great to see the band, cheerleaders, students and community in attendance to support the team in it's last home match of the season.

D-B came into the match as #1 from Northeast Tennessee, while Oak Ridge was #2 from the Knoxville region.

D-B is officially in the Elite Eight and headed to the State Tournament in Murfreesboro next week.

Congratulations, Lady Indians, and bring back the State Title!

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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 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.