Sullivan County Imagination Library to hold Fundraiser at Books-A-Million
Summary:The Sullivan County Imagination Library (SCIL) will host a fundraiser at Books A Million – Kingsport location.
Books-A-Million will donate 20 percent of net sales from one of their registers to the SCIL. "Help us help the library give the gift of books to thousands of children in the SullivanCounty area."
When:Saturday, August 2, 2008–
Where:Books-A-Million – 2626 East Stone Drive, Suite 140,Kingsport,TN
Media Interest:Local community impact.
Story:Through this program, more than 8,500 children in SullivanCounty have received a free book a month from birth to five years of age.The SCIL is based on a model of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.Currently, there are approximately 4,500 children enrolled in the program.More than 2,700 children have graduated from the program.
The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization comprised of nearly 1,000 members. The Kingsport Chamber's mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. The Kingsport Chamber has been accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for 25 years.For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, visit www.kingsportchamber.org or www.movetokingsport.com.
Recently, my family was driving up I-81 and we pulled off for a pit stop near Roanoke. While I was waiting my turn outside the men's room, I noticed the "You Are Here" map. I noticed that "Church Hill" was in bold-faced type -- just like Radford, Marion, Greeneville, Elizabethton. However, "Rogersville" was written in noticeably smaller font.
When I returned home, I did some quick research. Here's what I learned.
Church Hill is now the 6th largest city in Northeast Tennessee behind Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, Greeneville and Elizabethton.
With an official Census Bureau population of 6,676, Church Hill, TN is now larger than the regional cities of Pikeville (KY), Princeton (WV), Norton (VA), Wise (VA), Marion (VA), Jonesborough (TN) and Erwin, TN -- and Abingdon (VA) best be looking over its shoulder!
What's more, the Kingsport suburb of Church Hill, which was incorporated in the mid 1950's is now 54% larger than the Hawkins County seat of Rogersville (the 2nd oldest town in Tennessee)!
Sandwiched between Church Hill and Kingsport is the town of Mount Carmel -- in fact, as you leave one city, you're immediately inside the next (sort of like the string of beach towns on A1A!)
You might be surprised to learn that Mount Carmel is now officially 25% larger than Rogersville!
If Church Hill and Mount Carmel were combined, they would be 22% larger than Middlesborough, KY and 50% larger than Wytheville, VA -- and they'd rival Elizabethton and Greeneville for size.
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -Once complete, the $15 million MeadowView Marriott expansion and renovation project is expected to pour an additional $7 million a year in revenue into the Kingsport economy.
"MeadowView is soaring to new heights with new wings," said MeadowView General Manager Andy King. "This expansion will allow us to target much larger group business than we have been able to accommodate in the past. Our sales team will be focused on markets like Lexington, Asheville and Chattanooga to compete for business that would not consider MeadowView in the past because of the amount of rooms available. The expansion also gives us greater availability for customers that are in Kingsport doing business with local companies."
"Since it first opened its doors, MeadowView has been a colossal economic grand slam for Kingsport," Kingsport Chamber President & CEO Miles Burdine said. "And now with this huge expansion and renovation, even more business, thousands of visitors and millions of dollars will come to Kingsport."
The project calls for the addition of 110 new guest rooms, 10 of which will be executive king rooms, and the complete renovation of all existing 195 guest rooms, which will include all new furniture, paint, carpet and wallpaper, the latest technology enhancements and new 37-inch flat screen televisions in each room.
When the project is finished in August 2009, MeadowView will feature 305 guest rooms, enabling the resort to substantially increase business by more than 33 percent.
In 2007, MeadowView set another record-breaking business year with revenues totaling more than $11 million.
MeadowView officials anticipate that number will approach $18 million with the additional rooms.
In addition to being a huge source of revenue for Kingsport, MeadowView has also been the catalyst for major developments around its property.
Since MeadowView opened in 1996, the surrounding property has witnessed incredible growth, with more than $88 million in private investment construction projects, including the headquarters of Eastman Credit Union and Cardiovascular Associates, a Holston Medical Group medical facility, and the Katherine Square and Sheridan Square business and medical complexes, among many other restaurants and businesses.
Property values in the MeadowView area have soared from $2.7 million three years before MeadowView opened to more than $88 million just this year.
From 1998 to 2008, property value in the MeadowView area skyrocketed 289 percent from $22.6 million to $88.2 million.
In addition, MeadowView makes an annual economic impact of more than $23 million on Kingsport.
"The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is fully supportive of future growth opportunities and expansions for the world-class MeadowView," Burdine added. "As both the financial numbers and comments from the thousands of guests who stay at MeadowView indicate, MeadowView continues to excel and exceed revenue expectations and continues to be a huge economic force for Kingsport."
MeadowView also continues to garner global awards and remains the number one Marriott in the world in terms of guest satisfaction.
Just this year, the MeadowView Marriott was once again recognized by guests as the number one Marriott in the world in terms of Overall Customer Satisfaction, number one in Quality of Food, number one in In-Room Dining and Room Service, number one in Guest Intent to Return to the Hotel and number one in Room Cleanliness, and Best in Class in guest satisfaction, solving problems, sprit to serve/service and food quality.
MeadowView has also won the Top Hotel Operations of Excellence Award from Steritch International, marking the third time in four years the resort has garnered the honor and making MeadowView the only Marriott property to have ever won the award more than once.
"The more MeadowView grows, the more Kingsport grows - just as leaders predicted when the idea for MeadowView was created several years ago," Burdine said. "We are enormously thankful to the city of Kingsport, Eastman Chemical Company and Marriott for their unique and productive partnership with MeadowView and for making the resort such a huge success."
Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center provides a magnificent resort setting, plus state-of-the-art conference facilities, to accommodate all corporate meeting needs. MeadowView's luxurious accommodations offer guests well-appointed guest rooms featuring upgraded bedding and ergonomic work areas.
In addition to scenic grounds and a convenient central location, this award-winning, smoke-free resort in Kingsport offers full-service conference resort amenities, more than 66,000-square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, a modern fitness center, business center and numerous dining options including the three meal Meadows Restaurant, the Courtyard Lounge and the Courtyard Café featuring Starbucks® and the Cattails at MeadowView championship golf course.
A unique and productive partnership between the city of Kingsport and Eastman Chemical Company, the MeadowView Marriott is located just off Interstate 26 in Kingsport, just 90 miles from Knoxville, Tenn., and Asheville, N.C.
For more information on the MeadowView Marriott expansion and renovation project, call MeadowView Marriott General Manager Andy King at 423-578-6540.
For more information about the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center, call 423-578-6600 or visit meadowviewresort.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.