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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 ...
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.