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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

How do you describe Kingsport to an outsider? is interested in knowing how you describe Kingsport to an outsider.

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2008 Wages for Kingsport-Bristol Metro


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.

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.