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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Edinburgh donates ready-made park to City, Spring Tour of Homes this weekend

Spring Tour of Homes this weekend
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Click here: The Edinburgh Group donates ready-made park to Kingsport Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USAKINGSPORT — It’s not often the city of Kingsport receives a donation for a ready-made park. But that’s exactly what happened last week. ...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bays Mountain Park Hosting Astronomy Day - May 2

One of the nation’s largest city-owned parks with 3,550 acres, Kingsport's Bays Mountain Park features 36 miles of hiking trails, wildlife habitats, fun exhibits, a 44-acre lake, trails for mountain biking and much, much more.

Nearly two months ago, Bays Mountain Park celebrated the re-opening of its planetarium following a total renovation. On Saturday, May 2, officials at Bays Mountain Park and the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club will join the rest of the world in celebrating Astronomy Day providing an event full of free astronomy related programs and activities.

Astronomy Day is an international celebration of the science and hobby of astronomy that began in California in 1973 as a grass roots effort designed to bring the joy of astronomy to the general public. This year’s edition of Astronomy Day also comes during the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), an event celebrating 400 years of telescopic discovery starting with the Italian scientist Galileo Galilei. While Galileo did not invent the telescope, he was the first to point a telescope to the night sky and discover many things such as the planets being worlds instead of the magical, moving stars observers once thought them to be; the moon having craters instead of being smooth; and there being more stars than only our naked eye can see, and other discoveries that helped shape the study of our night sky.

“While we are excited to once again be part of an important, internationally recognized effort in Astronomy Day, we are just as elated to bring such a high quality of astronomical observance to our visitors as supported by our renovated planetarium and complimented by our existing telescopes,” said Adam Thanz, Bays Mountain Park’s planetarium director. “We can share with astronomy enthusiasts of all levels the very experience’s Galileo enjoyed 400 years ago, as well as take them on a journey of the rarely seen beauty our night sky holds today.”

The day will be filled with free activities and presentations such as a demonstration on learning how to use binoculars for the night sky, discovering how to use and read a star chart, solar (sun) viewing, a nighttime viewing, and much more. All events are conducted by members of the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club, many of whom will be using their own telescopes and other astronomy related equipment in addition to the park’s telescopes. Normal charges of $3.00 per person will still apply for the planetarium shows.

“The International Year of Astronomy’s motto is The Universe: Yours to Discover,” said Thanz. “That is what visitors will do when they visit Bays Mountain Park for Astronomy Day. Combining all of these activities and programs with the opportunity to visit our brand new, state-of-the-art planetarium and its inspiring program Connections, we know there will be lots to learn and enjoy for all.”

One of the event’s many highlights is a program provided by Paul Lewis, director of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Space Science Outreach and who also serves as a Solar System ambassador for NASA. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the park’s Amphitheater, Lewis’ program Telescopes in Space is designed to inform how telescopes such as The Hubble Space Telescope give us a better understanding of the Cosmos. In the event of rain, the lecture will be held in the planetarium.

Daytime events take place from 12:00 – 4:30 p.m., featuring a variety of astronomical topics.

Topics are:

1:00 p.m. - Getting Started in Astronomy with Gerald Fleenor: Find out how easy it is to discover the Universe with very basic skills. Discovery Theater.

1:30 p.m. - Using Star Charts with Greg Love: Learn how to use a simple sky map and find celestial delights on your own. Discovery Theater.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Solar Viewing: Enjoy the thrill of viewing different layers of the sun up close and in great detail. Safely see sunspots and prominences. Observatory. This event subject to weather allowances.

2:00 p.m. - Choosing and Using Binoculars with Terry Alford: Learn all about binoculars and how to select the best kind for you. Discovery Theater.

2:30 p.m. - Comparing Different Telescopes with Tom Rutherford: Find out about the differences in telescope design and which type would be best for you. Discovery Theater.

3:00 p.m. - Cratering activity with Robin Byrne: This fun activity lets you discover how craters form. Great for young and old! Observatory Grounds (Patio area next to Discovery Theater if raining).

3:30 p.m. - Galileo & His Telescope with Bob Smith: 400 years ago, Galileo became the first to use a telescope on the night sky. Find out about him and his incredible discoveries. Discovery Theater.

4:00 p.m. - The Sun-Earth Connection with DeWayne Mortenson: Learn how the sun and earth are linked and why the sun is so important to us. Discovery Theater.

Evening Events take place from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m., with a close-up view of the night sky providing the perfect ending for the day’s celebration.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. - Telescopes in Space with Paul Lewis: Learn about how these “eyes in the skies” help us understand the Cosmos. Paul Lewis is the director of astronomy outreach at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Solar System ambassador for NASA. A must-see for the entire family!

Amphitheater (Planetarium if raining).

9:00 – 10:30 p.m. - Nighttime Viewing: Spectacular views of celestial delights await you. Savor the almost edge-on view of Saturn’s rings, be awe-struck by the distance to galaxies, and feel like you’re flying low over the moon with the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club’s telescopes. These views and more will be seen at our Observatory. A live presentation about what is up in the night sky will take place in the Planetarium if the weather does not cooperate.

For more information, contact Adam Thanz or Jason Dorfman at 423-229-9447, or visit our website at

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Comfort Suites planned for Kingsport

Kingsport's new Comfort Suites (3005 Bays Meadow Place) to be located adjacent to Jameson Inn and Hampton Inn (I-26 at Wilcox exit)

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Monday, April 27, 2009

UT's Body Farm Founder in Kingsport, April 30, 6:45 pm


If you're a fan of CSI or one of the other forensic shows, you won't want to miss this. The University of Tennessee 'body farm' has been a pioneer in studying the decomposition of human bodies in an attempt to refine forensic science. The founder will be in Kingsport on Apr 30.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Kingsport to build 3-story parking garage Downtown

Kingsport to build three-story parking garage Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA By Matthew Lane KINGSPORT — The city is planning to build a multi-story parking garage downtown to accommodate the estimated parking demand from the ...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Fire Safety Seminar Today at 4 pm


Due to several recent fires in the Tri-Cities area, the Kingsport Fire Department and Skyland Falls will provide a free fire safety seminar at their clubhouse at 3939 Alderwood Drive in Kingsport at 4:00 PM on Thursday, April 23rd.

The seminar will be presented by Kingsport Fire Marshall Robert Sluss and will include a video presentation. The presentation will focus on the safety and benefits of living in a home that is protected by fire sprinklers and on ways people can protect themselves from a tragedy such as the recent death which occurred because of fire.

The seminar is open to the public.

Skyland Falls is committed to protecting their homeowners from the danger of fire. They are the first community in the state to provide fire sprinkler protection in every one of their homes.

For more information, write to or call 423-245-3450 or 817-2767.

Bays Mountain's new planetarium enjoys busy opening day

Bays Mountain Planetarium Enjoys Busy Opening Day - One year, three-million dollars, and seven thousand streaming stars later, Kingsport’s refurbished Bays Planetarium opened to the public Saturday. ...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Kingsport's Bateman in Running for Gymnastics Heisman

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Kingsport's Bateman in Running For Gymnastics' 'Heisman' -

Kingsport,TN,USA COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jake Bateman, a Dobyns-Bennett grad who went to Ohio State on gymnastics scholarship, has been named a finalist for the 2009 Nissen-Emery ...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Kingsport photographer wins 2009 Appalachian Mountain Photo Competition

Jeffrey Stoner of Kingsport won the landscape category for "Drifting Along the Appalachian Trail" in the 2009 Appalachian Mountain Photography Contest.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Holston Valley's Comprehensive Breast Center Earns Imagaing Center of Excellence Designation


KINGSPORT – Holston Valley Medical Center ’s Comprehensive Breast Center has earned designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the only facility in Northeast Tennessee to achieve this status.

The American College of Radiology issued the Center of Excellence designation based on the Comprehensive Breast Center ’s full accreditation in a wide range of imaging services. The Comprehensive Breast Center – located in the Holston Valley Outpatient Center on the Eastman Outpatient Campus – is fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. It is also the only facility in the state that provides nuclear breast-specific gamma imaging.

“The commitment at the Comprehensive Breast Center is to provide our region with the most thorough range of specialized services by the most qualified and caring personnel using the latest equipment,” said Dr. Jim Phillips, a board-certified radiologist and imaging director of the Comprehensive Breast Center . “ Imaging Center of Excellence accreditation is a reflection of that commitment. This designation further validates the hard work and commitment of our staff to provide these services at the highest standards.”

Board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field of imaging conducted a review of the Comprehensive Breast Center and determined the facility achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

Only 10 facilities in Tennessee have earned the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation. Outside the Tri-Cities, the next closest facility is in Knoxville .

The American College of Radiology, based in Reston , Va. , serves more than 32,000 diagnostic-interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Southwest Virginia's "Return to Roots" announced as a Top 50 Innovation in Government by Harvard University

Carl Mitchell, CEO & President,
(540) 731-6800

Shai Cullop, Program Manager
(540) 731-6804

Return to Roots announced as a Top 50 Innovation in Government by Harvard University

RADFORD, Va., March 31, 2009- Earlier today, the Return to Roots program, a Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission funded project managed by Virginia Economic Bridge, Inc., was announced as one of the top 50 semifinalists for Innovations in American Government Awards judged by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Return to Roots was selected as a top program from an extensive field of 600 applicants that underwent rigorous rounds of evaluation by policy experts and practitioners from across the country. The Top 50 programs include 21 cities and towns, six counties, one school district, 11 states, nine federal agencies, one tribal government, and one regional authority.

The Innovations in American Government Awards was created by the Ford Foundation in 1985 in response to widespread pessimism and distrust in government’s effectiveness. The awards program acts as a significant force in restoring public trust in government by promoting public sector creativity and excellence. Competing programs demonstrate innovative solutions within a host of policy areas including health and social services; management and governance; community and economic development; education and training; criminal justice; transportation and infrastructure; and the environment. Since its inception, over 400 government programs across all jurisdiction levels have been recognized and have collectively received more than $20 million in grants to support dissemination efforts.

“Being selected for this award by Harvard University is a testament to the importance of a program like Return to Roots that works closely with the state to support economic success,” said Carl Mitchell, Program Manager for Return to Roots and President & CEO of Virginia Economic Bridge. “The national recognition received by Return to Roots as a result of its services is a part of the driving force behind our continued efforts in Southwestern Virginia, our newfound endeavors within Southern Virginia, and our desires to see this program become implemented statewide.”

Return to Roots is bringing people back to Southwest Virginia, even though unemployment numbers have been disappointing. Allen Thiel, of CGI; Jim Reiley, of Mountain Empire Community College; and Kendall Edmiston, of Mailtrust, are all recent successes that were attracted to the Return to Roots website because of the local job postings and helpful regional information. Their experience with the website and program resulted in them now living and working in the region.

The Return to Roots program has made great strides in recruiting back and retaining the Commonwealth’s highly trained graduates within Virginia. Currently, Return to Roots is reaching out to educational institutions across the state of Virginia to request their assistance in the search for alumni. A single organization cannot hope to achieve broad accomplishments on its own, and Return to Roots works to build a larger network within Virginia to reach out to former and potential residents of Virginia.

Return to Roots locates former and potential Southwest Virginia residents and brings them to their roots for career opportunities. The program operates primarily through the website to inform them about employment opportunities available in Southwest Virginia.

The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission is a 31-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly to promote economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement. To date, the Commission has awarded 1,071 grants totaling more than $525.3 million across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has made available nearly $268 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders. For information on the Commission's history, mission, funding programs and recent grant awards, visit our website at or call toll free 877-807-1086.

Virginia Economic Bridge, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that promotes the economic vitality and external competitiveness of the Commonwealth through business, industry and educational partnerships between Southwestern Virginia, Northern Virginia and other regions of the Commonwealth. Value driven, innovative and efficient, Virginia Economic Bridge, Inc. defines success and gives organizations and businesses the tools necessary to cultivate new possibilities at a price they can afford.

The Roy and Lila Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the Institute fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens. Asia Programs, a school-wide initiative integrating Asia-related activities, joined the Ash Institute in July 2008. The Ford Foundation is a founding donor of the Institute. Additional information about the Ash Institute is available at

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Milligan College seeks your feedback on higher education opportunities

Milligan College is a private Christian liberal arts college located in Northeast Tennessee near the Tri-Cities of Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol. Milligan is known for a strong academic program and solid reputation. Milligan is considering how we might serve students throughout the Tri-Cities area through off-site degree-completion and/or master's programs. Please take 5 minutes to complete a quick survey that will assist us in determining how to best meet your needs. Those who complete the entire survey will be entered into a drawing for a $150 gift card to the store of your choice.

Click here to take the survey: Thank you for your participation!

Milligan College

Friday, April 17, 2009

Free Seminar - Basics of Foreign Trade Zones


The MountainSouth World Trade Center is working with the Foreign-Trade Zone and The Tri-Cities Regional Airport to build knowledge of the opportunities the FTZ offers regional businesses. Would be most grateful if you would share the word! And it is FREE!

Best regards,

Did you know that your business may be located in a Foreign-Trade Zone? If you are involved in importing parts, components, or finished products, then you could potentially save lots of time and money by becoming an active Foreign-Trade Zone user!WHAT: "Basics of Foreign-Trade Zones"

WHEN: Wednesday, April 22 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM. Registration starts at 11:30 AM.

WHERE: WHERE: Millennium Centre, Johnson City, TN

PRESENTOR: Randy Campbell, President and CEO of Campbell Trade Group. Randy is the former executive director of the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones and works closely with several businesses in the Tri-Cities area to assist them with FTZ activations and operations.

To learn more about Foreign-Trade Zone #204 register today!

Register here: LinkedIn page:

Finley Green at
Mark Canty at

Finley L. Green
The Regional Alliance for Economic Development
Northeast Tennessee - Southwest Virginia
MountainSouth World Trade Center
PO Box 1119
Blountville, TN 37617
Phone: 423 323-8107
Fax: 423 323-8115
Mobile: 423 612-9741

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sullivan sales tax revenues up slightly

Click here: Sullivan sales tax revenues up slightly Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA Since the fiscal year began in July, the state has sent back more than $17.76 million in sales tax revenues for sales tax collections in Kingsport — up more ...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Expert predict real estate will lead the way out of recession

Click here: Expert predicts real estate will lead the way out of recession Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA By Sharon Hayes KINGSPORT — The real estate market typically leads the national economy out of recession, and one industry expert says he expects to see the ...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kingsport sales tax collections on upward trend

Click here: Kingsport sales tax collections on upward trend Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA By Matthew Lane KINGSPORT — Sales tax collections in Kingsport are not following conventional wisdom — with December’s collections coming in more than ...

Monday, April 13, 2009

UT economist touts tourism in Sullivan County

UT economist touts tourism in Sullivan County Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA On Friday Morse addressed the Kiwanis Club of Kingsport, highlighting the importance of tourism to the Sullivan County economy. Youth athletic tournaments ...

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Kingsport Best Buy opens Sat April 18

Kingsport Pavilion
2626 E Stone Dr
10 am Saturday April 18
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Kingsport to begin project on Shelby Street

Kingsport to begin project on Shelby Street Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA By Matthew Lane KINGSPORT — The city of Kingsport plans to revitalize Shelby Street with work consisting of planting new trees, constructing a new sidewalk, ...

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Region's homes beat US appreciation rates

Region’s Homes Beat US Appreciation Rates Bristol Herald Courier - Bristol,TN,USA “You can’t help but turn on the national news and be inundated with negative reports,” said Jeff Fleming, Kingsport assistant city manager for development. ...

Check-out Lions Narnia Braille Trail at Warriors Path State Park

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Kingsport hiring consultant to map out strategic plan for Bays Mountain

Kingsport hiring consultant to map out strategic plan for Bays ... Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA By Matthew Lane KINGSPORT — City officials want to know the direction Bays Mountain Park should be taking and what the park might look like over the next 20 ...

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Invisible Children

"But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." - Luke 18:16 KJV

Every Thursday year round, the street in front of Bob Seymour's house on Belmeade Drive is congested with cars and high school boys. This has been going on since long before the current students were born. Lately, attendance has been well over 100 every week. They have a website at

Bob's Fairacres neighbors are exceedingly patient, probably because of the cause - Bible study.

Click here to see the faces of Kingsport's Bible Study leaders.

My son, Zack, was invited by one of the upper classmen on D-B's football team when he was an under classman -- and he fell in love with it. Now Zack's a senior and he's helping to bring in the younger guys.

They stay after sports practice and the older guys give the younger guys a ride. I know Zack doesn't get home until after 10 pm every Thursday and he's been known to drive guys home from Boone Lake, to Colonial Heights, to Allandale, to Cloud Apartments.

It's a diverse group. It doesn't matter about income, race, social status, etc.

That said, they have adopted "Invisible Children" as their mission. What are Invisible Children? They are Ugandan children who were abducted from their parents and made to fight in a war that has been ongoing for 23 years. It is estimated that 90% of the rebel army is made up of invisible children. If you watch "Law & Order Special Victims Unit" on NBC, there was a recent episode ("Hell") whose storyline was about Ugandan refugees living in New York City. Click here for a 2-minute recap from NBC.

I've never seen my son so focused and excited about something (well, except sports).

They've been selling small wooden cross necklaces to students and I've seen them all over town. On Friday, he said he'd raised more than $200 in one day.

Zack asked me to send this invitation to my blog and I'm happy to oblige:
Invisible Children Day
Saturday, April 11, 2009
3:00 a benefit concert
by The Jeremy Curtis Band from Atlanta
Tickets $10
Renaissance Center Auditorium
1200 E Center St Kingsport
4:30 a screening of the Invisible Children movie
hosted by folks from the
2009 Invisible Children National Tour (free!)
Will you help?

Rep. Tony Shipley to Wash Cars to Raise Money for Local High School Band's Trip

NASHVILLE -- State Representative Tony Shipley (R-Kingsport) will be taking an active role in a local band’s effort to raise funds for their upcoming trip to Nashville. The Dobyns-Bennett High School Wind Ensemble will be traveling to perform in the State Capitol in Nashville for the Governor, Constitutional officers, and members of the General Assembly on April 29, 2009.

Rep. Shipley attended the Dobyns-Bennett Music Department’s Holiday Concert to present a proclamation recognizing the band for their 18th place finish at Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 13-15, 2008. He introduced and secured passage of HJR 23, whose text mirrored the proclamation, after the beginning of the 106th General Assembly.

"Having a band in our community that ranks 18th in the nation is quite remarkable," remarked Rep. Shipley.

"After being so impressed by the awesome performance I saw that night and the numerous awards and achievements that the Dobyns-Bennett Band has achieved, I realized that merely congratulating them with a House Joint Resolution was not enough," Rep. Shipley said. "They deserve more than that. That’s why I felt it so important to go a step further, and what better way to recognize them than to invite them to Nashville to perform in their State Capitol?"

To help defray the costs of the trip, Rep. Shipley and his friends will be hosting a fundraising car wash at AYP Automotive, 2607 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport, on

Saturday, April 11th, 2009, from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

As a kick-off of their new location and as a member of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, AYP was eager to help send the band to Nashville. AYP regularly gives back to the community by offering non-profit organizations and schools an opportunity to raise funds by making their facility available.

"AYP is doing a wonderful community service by allowing us to use their facility to help out these students. We’re actively developing fundraisers to help other schools in the district as well," Rep. Shipley said.

"I am committed to making this a great experience for these students," stated Rep. Shipley. "In consideration of all of their accomplishments over the last few years, I think the least I can do is roll up my sleeves and wash a few cars on Saturday. I hope to see the community come out in force to help me show our appreciation for these outstanding students and make this trip an overwhelming success."

The Dobyns-Bennett Marching Band has a total enrollment of over 380 students, making it the largest high school band in the State of Tennessee. The band has won many top honors, including being back to back championships at the Contest of Champions in Murfreesboro, TN, in 2006 and 2007. The band marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl Parade, and twice in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The Dobyns-Bennett Wind Ensemble has performed at the Tennessee Music Educators Association Annual Convention as well as the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. The program as a whole has been awarded the John Philip Sousa Sudler Flag of Honor, the highest international honor a band program can receive.

Representative Shipley serves the 2nd District in the Tennessee House of Representatives. His district encompasses part of Sullivan County, including the city of Kingsport and the communities of Colonial Heights, Indian Springs, and Sullivan Gardens. Rep. Shipley is serving his first term in the legislature, and is on the House Transportation and House Health and Human Resources Committees and on the Fiscal Review Board. Rep. Shipley also serves as Vice-Chairman for the Public Safety Subcommittee, on the sub-committee of Health Professional Occupations, and on a special committee for the study of Diabetes Prevention. He is also Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Caucus Energy Task Force.

Friday, April 03, 2009

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership's latest e-newsletter

NETWORKS-Sullivan Partnership is the economic development organization for Sullivan County and its municipal sectors of Bluff City, Bristol and 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.