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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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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sullivan County Sales Tax Revenue Increases by 7%

Kingsport and Sullivan County benefit by working TOGETHER. According to the latest County sales tax report, 63% of the County's sales tax revenue originates in the City of Kingsport, but only 45% is retained by the City. Conversely, 12% of the County's sales tax revenue originates outside City limits, while 34% is distributed back to the County. So, everyone shares in the success of local sales -- even Bristol, TN. If the sale occurs in a neighboring county or state, 100% of the revenue is lost locally. So, Kingsport, Bristol (TN) and Sullivan County have a vested interest in each other's success. -- Jeff Fleming

by J.H. Osborne
Kingsport Times-News
October 20, 2008

BLOUNTVILLE — Sales tax revenues continued to grow this month in Sullivan County, with a year-to-date growth of more than 7 percent over last year, according to a report released by the county’s accounting department.

In the three months since the fiscal year began, countywide sales tax revenues have been up all months compared to the same months a year ago.

Cumulatively, sales tax revenues in Sullivan County are running about $790,000 above last year at this point, according to the report.

The ongoing boost appears to be thanks mainly to the Kingsport city area, where sales tax revenues are up three months running, totaling about $895,000 ahead of last year at this point. And that helps affect budgets countywide, not just in the Model City.

According to Sullivan County’s 2008 budget document, Kingsport businesses collected 63 percent of all sales taxes in the county in fiscal year 2007 — but the cash flow back to the city and the city’s school system accounted for only 45 percent of the money.

In contrast, 12 percent of all sales taxes collected in the county in fiscal year 2007 were collected at businesses located outside any of the cities — but cash flow back to the county and the county’s school system accounted for 34 percent of the money.

A three-month spreadsheet by the county’s accounting department shows sales tax revenues from October this year, countywide, came in about $282,000 above October 2007.

That’s following on: a gain of about $264,000 in August, compared to August 2007; and a gain of about $244,000 in September, compared to September 2007.

Sales tax revenues are generated when money is spent on goods and services at businesses throughout the county and its cities. The money is used by local governments, largely, to support school systems.

When a consumer pays sales tax locally, it is sent to the state, which redistributes it back to the county and its cities based on collection site.

Sales tax revenue is typically distributed back to localities two months after being collected.
Taxes collected during August, for example, come back to the localities in September.
Local option sales tax revenues are split 50/50 — with half going to school systems in the county, and the other half going to the local government where the collecting business is located.
Each $1 of local option sales taxes collected in Kingsport, for example, generates 50 cents for the county’s three school systems (the money is split based on average daily attendance) and 50 cents for city coffers.

For the three-month period of August, September and October, sales tax revenues from non-city portions of the county are almost flat — an increase of less than one-half of 1 percent — compared to this time last year, according to the report, which also indicates:

•Sales tax revenues received by local governments in Sullivan County for the two-month period totaled more than $11.95 million. That’s up from about $11.17 million compared to a year ago.

•For the same period last year, the state sent about $6.63 million total back for sales taxes collected within the city of Kingsport — with half, or about $3.315 million — going to the city of Kingsport’s coffers and the other half being split among local school systems.

•This year the Kingsport total for the two-month period was a about $7.53 million, with half — roughly $3.76 million — going to city coffers, and the other half going to the school systems.

•Kingsport’s non-school share, since fiscal year 2009 began on July 1, shows an increase of about $448,000 compared to last year at this point.

•The Sullivan County school system’s year-to-date share is more than $3.28 million, up about $192,000 compared to this point last year.

•The Bristol City Schools system’s year-to-date share is more than $1.07 million, up about $89,000 compared to this point last year.

•The Kingsport City Schools system’s year-to-date share is about $1.62 million, up about $113,000 compared to this point last year.

•The city of Bristol’s year-to-date non-school share is more than $1.27 million, down about $20,000 compared to this point last year.

•Bluff City’s year-to-date share is about $54,200, down about $35,000 compared to this point last year.

Fiscal year 2008 began July 1 and covers the county’s finances — and that of other local governments — through June 30, 2008.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Southern Appalachian Greenways Alliance

Southern Appalachian Greenways Alliance

Abingdon, Virginia
Friday October 24
8:30 am - 6 pm

A one-day education, skill-building, and networking conference at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon for those affiliated with/interested in greenways and trails, with a primary focus on the economic and health derived from proactive efforts to build community and political support for them based on economic and health-related factors.

Hon. Rick Boucher US House of Representative
Hon. Tim Kaine (invited) Governor of Virginia
Mark Fenton Host of PBS’ America’s Walking
Carl Mitchell Virginia Economic Bridge
Bob Cantler Rediscover Greeneville (TN)
Jeff FlemingCity of Kingsport (TN)
Jeff Bedard Crown Laboratories/Blue Lizard Sunscreen
Rick Rose Barter Theatre

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Skyland Falls Phase 2 Grand Opening

Skyland Falls Phase 2
Grand Opening
Kingsport, Tennessee
Sat Oct 25 (Noon-6)
Sun Oct 26 (1-5)

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Sullivan County Sales Tax Revenue Increases by 7%

Sullivan County sales tax revenues increase 7 percent Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA The ongoing boost appears to be thanks mainly to the Kingsport city area, where sales tax revenues are up three months running, totaling about $895000 ahead ...

Kingsport Rotary donates $12,140 for new VO Dobbins Park playground

Kingsport Rotary donates $12140 for new VO Dobbins Park playground ...Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA KINGSPORT — Two new pieces of playground equipment will soon be coming to the VO Dobbins Park through a donation from the Kingsport Rotary Club. ...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Edinburgh Developing in Kingsport


Tennessee Valley Showcase Brings 6,000 Visitors to Kingsport

Grand Champion Returns to Defend Title in Kingsport

Kingsport, TN – Music will fill the air this Saturday, October 18th for the 2nd Annual Tennessee Valley Showcase Marching Band Competition hosted by the Dobyns-Bennett Band Boosters and the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau. Elite bands from the region will showcase their talent and compete for the Grand Champion title at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

The 2007 Grand Champion, Alan C. Pope High School, will return to defend its title in Kingsport. "We are excited to be back in Kingsport," said Gary Gribble, band director at Alan C. Pope High School. "This city is so welcoming and the venue is great for this event. TVS is certainly one of our favorite competitions."

The returning bands from the Showcase’s inaugural year will receive a surprise this year. Since last year’s event, Dobyns-Bennett installed new Field Turf, which will be quite a treat for these marching bands.

The Tennessee Valley Showcase is expected to bring over 6,000 visitors to the area, resulting in a significant economic impact from a single-day event. Bands traveling from Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and middle Tennessee are staying in Kingsport for the night, which is an added boost for hoteliers, restaurants, retailers and attractions in the area.

The competition will begin at 4:45 pm with a special performance of the National Anthem by seventh and eighth grade John Sevier and Ross N. Robinson Bands and the Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Band. Over 700 musicians will perform at opening ceremonies.

The first competing band, Stone Memorial High School from Crossville, TN, will take the field at 5:15. Other bands competing for the title include Cocke County, Volunteer, Tennessee High, Unicoi County, Karns, Virginia High, Elizabethton, East Davidson High and Alan C. Pope High School.

The Dobyns Bennett Marching Band will be performing their competitive show as an exhibition at 8:45 pm with the awards ceremony to follow.

The "Taste of the Showcase" is an opportunity for all performers and spectators to experience a variety of food from local restaurants. Riverfront Seafood Company, 12 Bones, Chef’s Pizzeria and Salsarita’s will bring their specialties. General concessions, funnel cakes and kettle corn will also be available.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Ages for ages six and under are free. Programs are $3, and commemorative t-shirts are $12.

Tickets go on sale at J. Fred Johnson Stadium at 2:30 pm. Gates open at 2:30, "Taste of the Showcase" opens at 3:00, National Anthem at 4:45, and the competition begins at 5:15.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Concert to Benefit Kingsport Veteran's Memorial

Celtic, Bluegrass, & Country Music Concert to Benefit Kingsport’s ...Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA By Martha Beverly Join wonderful Celtic, Bluegrass, & Country Music bands in an effort to benefit the Kingsport’s Veterans Memorial.

Monday, October 13, 2008

427 Families From 34 States Moved To Kingsport (Jul 08-Sep 08)*

*This data indicates the origin of families relocating to Kingsport. It is not intended to imply a net gain to the existing Census Bureau population estimates.

Monthly Relocation Report – October 1, 2008

Top Donor States – Fiscal Year-to-Date (Jul-Sep 08)

1. Virginia
2. Florida
3. North Carolina
4. Kentucky
5. Georgia, Michigan, New York
6. California, Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina

Top 10 Places moving to Kingsport since beginning of (Jul 06-Sep 08) by net difference:

1. Church Hill, TN = 58
2. Johnson City, TN = 56
3. Bristol, TN = 36
4. Gate City, VA = 32
5. Elizabethton, TN = 24
6. Rogersville, TN = 19
7. Piney Flats, TN = 11
8. Duffield, VA = 9
9. Greeneville, TN = 8
10. Deland, Fl = 7
10. Morristown, TN = 7
10. Telford, TN = 7
10. Unicoi, TN = 7
10. Big Stone Gap, VA = 7

Top 10 Places where Kingsporters moved since beginning of (Jul 06-Sep 08) by net difference:

1. Fall Branch, TN = -74
2. Blountville, TN = -41
3. Mount Carmel, TN = -14
4. Knoxville, TN = -11
5. Jonesborough, TN = -8
6. Nashville, TN = -7
7. Brooksville, FL = -6
7. Surgoinsville, TN = -6
8. 7 places at -4
9. 12 places at -3
10. 56 places at -2

During the 3 month period (July-September 08), there were 427 new families in Kingsport. (Also, 350 existing Kingsport area residents moved to a new location within the Kingsport area.)

Of the 427 new families:

* 64 were new construction
* 363 moved into existing structures

* 165 were relocations from elsewhere in Northeast Tennessee (within 35 miles, but excluding Kingsport area zip codes).
* 30 were relocations from elsewhere in Tennessee (beyond 35 miles)

* 42 were relocations from Southwest Virginia (within 35 miles of Kingsport)
* 9 were relocations from elsewhere in Virginia (beyond 35 miles)

* 117 were relocations from out-of-state

* 65% chose to live inside the city limits of Kingsport
* 56% of new construction was inside city limits of Kingsport

Comparing this Fiscal Year-To-Date with the average Fiscal Year-To-Date 2006-2008 (3 month period):

* New residential construction is down 3.7%
* Out-of-state relocations to Kingsport are up 16.2%

Where did these out-of-state relocations originate? From 33 different states! During the 3 month period (July-Sept 08), the top donor states (excluding Tennessee) were:


For more information contact:
Tilden J. Fleming, AICP
Assistant City Manager for Development
Kingsport, Tennessee
423.229.9381 (desk/cell)

UT names liaison for Kingsport Center for Higher Education

UT names liaison for Kingsport Center for Higher Education Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA KINGSPORT — Gloria Gammell has joined the University of Tennessee as its liaison and representative for the higher education center being built downtown. ...

Kingsport installing high tech water meteres

Kingsport installing high-tech water meters, customers promised ...Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA Contractors for the city of Kingsport are replacing 36213 old-tech water meters with automated “radio read” units that provide what city officials say is ...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Kingsport faring better than other areas during troubled economic times

Kingsport faring better than other areas during troubled economic ... Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA Downtown Kingsport continues to draw shoppers, browsers and visitors, as evidenced by this group of people Thursday. David Grace photo. ...

Friday, October 10, 2008

GoTriCities launches

Video Anytime Anywhere’: GoTriCities launches Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA KINGSPORT — GoTriCities has launched a multimedia Web site that aims to revolutionize the way Tri-Cities residents view local video content. The site, www. ...

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Friday, October 03, 2008

400 New Orleans Hurricane Evacuees Leave Kingsport

After a five-day stay in Kingsport, Tenn. nearly 400 Gulf Coast evacuees from Hurricane Gustav board buses at Kingsport Civic Auditorium that will take them home.

Link to story at New Orleans Times-Picayune

Officials break ground on Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Officials break ground on Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA KINGSPORT — State and local officials gathered Thursday outside the Domtar paper mill for a groundbreaking ceremony to officially mark the start of ...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Graham Clark - Always A Warrior

Graham Clark Always A Warrior

I happen to live next door to Graham Clark, but I rarely see him because he works so hard for our kids. He stays at the Field House until the wee hours on Friday nights breaking down the game film, then he's up and gone first thing Saturday to do the TV show. On Sunday afternoon, he's sequestered again in preparation for the next Friday. During the week he keeps a grueling schedule, so it's basically a 24-7 endeavor. After seeing his work ethic, it's easy to understand why he has the highest percentage of wins as a 5A coach in Tennessee with more than 100 games under their belt. He remembers the big plays and the players names. He keeps up with kids after they graduate. It's hard to fathom just how much of an impact he's had on so many of our kids in Kingsport. He always likes to say, "If you want to see more than 500 kids striving for excellence, come to J. Fred Johnson Stadium on a Friday night in the fall." (referring to the band, football team, cheerleaders, dance team, etc). I think the only time he really got mad at me was when he was painitng his shudders. I yelled, "Hey Coach, that looks like Oak Ridge's colors." He stopped painting and went rigid, then turned to explain to me the difference between Oak Ridge burgundy and D-B maroon. I stand corrected, Coach! - Jeff Fleming


For the past 16 years, a familiar scene has played out in football stadiums throughout Northeast Tennessee.

Dobyns-Bennett High School head coach Graham Clark will lurk on the sidelines, reliable headset in place and bark out instructions to his players. More often that not, as evidenced by his 154-31 record at the school, Clark will come out victorious.

He has numerous playoff appearances and a state-runner up finish to his credit, and he has won at least seven games every season. Some of his former stars have spent time in the National Football League.

But before cementing Dobyns-Bennett’s spot as Northeast Tennessee’s pre-eminent program, Clark got his first head coaching opportunity in Southwest Virginia. Clark guided Chilhowie in 1980 and 1981, compiling a 19-3 record at the Smyth County school.

“It was a great experience and great young men. I loved coaching them,” Clark said. “I would not have left there for any place but Dobyns-Bennett.”

Clark was a standout player at D-B and eventually played at Emory & Henry College during the mid-1970s. He spent a season as an assistant at Powell Valley, followed by a stint as a graduate assistant at Appalachian State University.

But he looked to return to the area in 1980 after he noticed a newspaper advertisment for the Chilhowie coaching vacancy. He was hired, but he joked that school officials felt sorry for him because his car’s battery had died and had to be jump-started after the interview.

It was far from the reason he was hired.

Sam Blevins was Chilhowie’s quarterback when Clark arrived, and he instantly took a liking to his new coach.

“I always felt like I had played for good coaches throughout my high school career,” Blevins said. “But playing for him was different than anybody I had ever played for … We were always an [I-formation] team, and his offense was more open and we did more things.”

It didn’t take long for Clark to earn the respect of his players.

“When I think of Graham Clark, I think of passion,” said John “Hook” Jackson, a tight end/defensive end on the 1980 squad. “He was a motivator.”

Clark actually lost in his debut as Chilhowie’s new head coach — 14-7 to J.J. Kelly — but then reeled off nine straight wins to close the season.

But that success was spoiled by what remains a sore spot for many in Chilhowie. Because of an eligibility question with the Virginia High School League, the Warriors were forced to forfeit their nine victories and were excluded from the Region C playoffs.

Clark said it was one of the toughest things he’s dealt with in his long, successful career.
“I still take it hard, too,” Clark said.

The wins continued the following year, and Clark’s team reached the Region C finals, where it lost 14-3 to Parry McCluer. It was his final game with the Warriors.

He left to become the offensive coordinator at D-B and has been there since. He took as head coach from Tom Wilson in 1993.

But his impact is still felt in Chilhowie, where Jackson is now an assistant football and baseball coach. Blevins went on to be an assistant football coach at Lebanon and head football coach at John Battle, and he frequently sought advice from Clark during his time in those positions.
Clark continues to compile wins on Friday nights – 55 miles away in Kingsport.

“We’ve had good players here, and our coaching staff is a great bunch of guys,” Clark said. “They are the most loyal guys you’d ever find. It’s just a joy to coach here.”

That comes as no surprise to Blevins.

“The guy’s probably never has had a bad season,” he said. “He’s winning 7, 8, 9 games every single year. He’s one of those guys who’s smart enough to figure out some way every year to have a good offense on the field.”

Jackson said he sees Clark’s lasting effects beyond the field and the impressive winning percentage.

“I really believe that his success hasn’t been so much as winning games, but the mark he has had on kids and how they remember him,” Jackson said.

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Kingsport teen gains national recognition for rescue

Kingsport teen who rescued woman from submerged car the day after ... Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA KINGSPORT -- A Kingsport teen who dove into Fort Patrick Henry Lake on Dec. 26 to save a woman trapped in a submerged car has gained national recognition as ...

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Kingsport Fares Well on List of Best Performing Cities

Kingsport Fares Well on List of Best Performing Cities

The Milken Institute/Greenstreet Real Estate Partners Best Performing Cities Index ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The components include job, wage and salary and technology growth.

The full report can be downloaded here.

The Best Performing Cities ranking depicts those U.S. metropolitan areas that are recording the top economic performance.

Selected Cities:
2. Raleigh-Cary, NC
6. Wilmington, NC
10. Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC
19. Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC
21. Durham, NC
22. Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN
36. Columbia, SC
46. Asheville, NC
51. Clarksville, TN-KY
52. Fayetteville, NC
60. Knoxville, TN
68. Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC
71. Lynchburg, VA
89. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
99. Winston-Salem, NC
102. Richmond, VA
110. Chattanooga, TN-GA
121. Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
122. Lexington-Fayette, KY
128. Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA
130. Philadelphia, PA
131. Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN
137. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
141. Greensboro-High Point, NC
144. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
150. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
152. St. Louis, MO-IL
153. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
160. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL
168. Roanoke, VA
173. Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN
177. Charleston, WV
181. Rochester, NY
183. Spartanburg, SC
191. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
193. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
200. Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI

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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.