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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sullivan South's Curt Phillips notches two TDs in Wisconsin spring game

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Holston Valley prepares to disassemble tower crane

KINGSPORT – Construction on Holston Valley Medical Center’s Project Platinum will move into a new phase this weekend when work crews disassemble a tower crane that has been a prominent fixture of the Kingsport skyline for more than a year.

Measuring more than 200 feet in height, the tower crane provided a safe, efficient means for construction to progress with minimal impact on hospital operations. The tower crane is no longer needed because heavy construction is complete on D tower, which will offer a larger, state-of-the-art emergency department, new operating rooms and a new intensive care unit.

Project Platinum is Wellmont Health System’s commitment to spend $110 million to transform the region’s largest hospital into a newer, larger facility to meet patient demand now and in the future. Another key aspect of Project Platinum is a new entrance road that will offer direct access to the hospital from Stone Drive, and work is advancing on that front as well.

“With the tower crane coming down, we’ve turned a significant corner on construction,” said Blaine Douglas, president of Holston Valley. “It’s exciting to see all the progress that has been made. We’re on track to open the new emergency department in late summer and the new ICU and operating rooms in early fall.”

Jim Moore, vice president of facilities for Wellmont, said crews will work all weekend to disassemble the crane and load it onto trailers. The crane, one of the largest on the Eastern seaboard, was installed in March 2008.

“All the heavy construction is complete,” Moore said. “Now we’re down to working on the interior and exterior details of the facility.”

Other updates and details on Project Platinum include:

• Traffic pattern changes this weekend will include a temporary closure of Ravine Road, and signage will provide clear directions for patients and visitors.

• Construction on interior areas of D tower includes installation of some of the most efficient lighting and air handling equipment available to maximize energy efficiency.

• All curbing is complete for the new entrance road, which will connect to Cassell Drive.

• Construction on a 200-foot bridge that crosses Reedy Creek is more than half complete.

Friday, May 29, 2009

More Artists Coming to Downtown Kingsport

Talina Ripper, 128 E. Market St., Kingsport, TN 37660, 423.737.0445,

Artists Cindy Saadeh and Michael Ripper open studios on Commerce Street

Both Cindy’s and Michael’s Studio are located at 210 Commerce Street, Downtown Kingsport. Art is on display and for sale at Cindy Saadeh Fine Art 128 E. Market St., Kingsport, TN 37660 Additional contacts Cindy Saadeh 423.782.9451 or Michael Ripper 828.406.1317.

Saadeh is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. She had the fortunate opportunity to study with artist Richard Palomino in Montpellier, France for 2 ½ years. Palomino is self-taught in the Dutch Master technique. He made all materials by hand, including grinding and mixing pigments, stretching canvas with rabbit skin glue, and making mediums out of copal and amber. She learned the technique of painting with “glassis”, or thin layers of paint to achieve depth in the painting. During this period she painted mostly still lifes set up with one light source as the Masters did. These early works were extremely realistic. Upon Cindy’s return to the US, she moved to Charleston, SC for its rich abundance of subjects to paint, from historical architecture to beautiful marshes. After painting for many years, she has developed a softer, less realistic and more interpretive style. Cindy now resides in Kingsport, with her husband, Kris, and their son. She is excited about bringing more fine art to the area and providing opportunities for interactive learning through painting classes.

Ripper recently moved to the Tri-Cities from Avery County, NC. He has a formal education in the arts with a BFA in wood design and a BFA in ceramics, both from East Carolina University. Michael has always found an amazing beauty in nature, especially right here in the heart of the Blue Ridge. This is where most of his inspiration comes from. With his woodwork, in particular, Michael designs and arranges the grain of every species of wood so the viewer can see the real beauty and uniqueness of each piece. Whenever possible, Michael uses native Appalachian hardwood (Cherry, Maple, Walnut, and Poplar). Some of the wood is lumber that has been cleaned up from the many wind storms and floods. By using this wood and other recycled wood, he is helping to clean up our beautiful mountains and prevent forest fires. Through his art, Michael wants to share with other people the beauty that he sees, in just one very small piece of these glorious Appalachian Mountains. Michael, along with his wife Talina, their small son and her three sons, are thrilled about moving into their downtown loft and living their art in downtown Kingsport.

Both Cindy’s and Michael’s Studio are located at 210 Commerce Street, Downtown Kingsport. Art is on display and for sale at Cindy Saadeh Fine Art 128 E. Market St., Kingsport, TN 37660 Additional contacts Cindy Saadeh 423.782.9451 or Michael Ripper 828.406.1317.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Healthcare Jobs Vital to Kingsport-Bristol Economy

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Federal Reserve Bank indicates 82% increase in healthcare employment in Kingsport-Bristol Metro Area since 1990.

  • Statistics show that healthcare job growth continues during official recessionary periods.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Kingsport's AmazinGrace May 31

Good morning Jeff. Can you please post this in your blog? This race is serving as a fund raiser for the Providence Medical Clinic that First Baptist Church Kingsport is sponsoring. Thanks for your help.

1st Annual AmazinGrace 5K

We invite individuals and families of all ages to the 1st Annual FBC AmazinGrace 5K Event on May 31, 2009. Together we will run and walk to emphasize health awareness in our community while supporting Providence Medical Clinic, opening soon in the downtown area.The clinic will provide basic quality healthcare for those who could otherwise not afford it. In addition to healthcare, the Providence Medical Clinic will address the spiritual needs of the community. It follows the purpose of First Baptist Church Kingsport: “loving God, loving people, and leading people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.”In addition to the 5K race and the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, the FBC AmazinGrace 5K festivities will include, health screenings, Christian music, inflatable activities for kids and great fellowship! Visit our website for more details or print your entry form here!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mountain Region Aesthetics

Mountain Region Aesthetics, located in Kingsport, TN began as a vision of W. Michael Smith, MD and Angie Morelock, CMA in 2007. Dr. Smith, a Family Medicine physician since 1991, was looking for an avenue to provide Medical aesthetics services to patients of Mountain Region Family Medicine, a group of eighteen primary care physicians. Beginning in October of 2007, services including microdermabrasion, intense pulsed light therapy, transdermal mesotherapy and chemical peels were offered to patients and other clients as well.

“I was looking for a way to offer our patients service that otherwise they would have to seek elsewhere, sometimes under unsupervised practitioners” Dr. Smith says. “I have been told of several unpleasant experiences by patients, be it an unacceptable outcome, or poorly devised treatment protocols”, Dr Smith adds. As a Family Physician, Dr. Smith understands the need to integrate the art and science of medicine with the art of aesthetics.

Medical Aesthetics is defined as the combined science of medicine and the art of aesthetics utilized to assess and manage facial qualms utilizing a scientific approach including care of the psychological and physical perspectives. It is built on the key principals of Prevention, Medicine, Beauty, Health, and Maintenance. It is simply not just about what services are offered, but instead, how to devise a treatment plan to help clients achieve their goals. A key in this process is listening to the clients concerns, educating them about good skin care, and assisting them in choosing a path to get to where they want to be.

Both Dr. Smith and Angie Morelock, CMA have completed over 100 hours of training in skin care analysis, treatment protocols, chemical peeling, administration of BOTOX Cosmetic, tissue fillers such as JUVEDERM and Radiesse, cosmeceuticals, and various body sculpting techniques. They have been to several Medical Aesthetics centers to observe the hands on delivery of these revolutionary treatments. They have been instructed and mentored by dermatologists, plastics surgeons, occuloplastic surgeons, and medical aestheticians.

Prior to any treatment, the client comes in for a consultation and after understanding his or her concerns in the context of their medical history and a plan of treatment is formulated.” Angie excels in her ability and skills in communicating with people and is exceptional in her delivery of treatments. I personally try to meet with each client prior to any treatment, as well as during the course of therapy to address any concerns or potential problems”, Dr.Smith states.

We offer treatments utilizing the JUVIA, a fractional CO2 resurfacing laser. “This is the future of aesthetic medicine, offering client significant improvement of facial wrinkles, acne scarring, and pigmentation issues with less downtime as compared to previous techniques” Adds Dr. Smith. “This is an exciting addition to our services.”

Mountain Region Aesthetics is located at 1002 Executive Park Blvd. in Kingsport, TN. Visit us at or call 423 361-7546 to schedule a consultation visit.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Robinson Middle School Science Olympiad Has Successful Season

KINGSPORT -- Robinson Middle School’s Science Olympiad Team placed fifth out of 17 middle school teams in a recent state-wide competition. The competition blends public, private, home and magnet schools.

Robinson ranked #2 of public schools competing (see full list of results by school at bottom).

Robinson’s Science Olympiad team is led by Ms. Hope Hall. The competition was held March 28 on the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus. The following team members received medals at the state tournament:

Second Place Medals
David Floyd and Zach Espeland in RoboCross,
Skylar Hollis and Zach Robbins in Meterology
Zach Robbins, Houston Cookenour, Zach Espeland, and Skylar Hollis in Pentathalon.

Third Place Medal
Zach Espeland and Harrison Emery in Dynamic Planet.

Fourth Place Medals
Angie Bark and Jackson May in Reach for the Stars
Garrett Davidson and Ryan Morrison in Road Scholar
Giul Provenzano and Garrett Davidson in Fossils
Ben Jack and Giul Provenzano in Bio-Process Lab
Ryan Morrison and Ben Jack in Elevated Bridge.

Fifth Place Medals
Michael Behal and Harrison Emery in Wright Stuff,
David Floyd, Giul Provenzano, Michael Behal in Experimental Design.

Sixth Place Medals
Angie Bark and Michael Behal in Disease Detectives
Zach Robbins and Jackson May in Scrambler.

For more information, contact Hope Hall at (423) 378-2200.

  1. Bearden Middle (Knoxville) - public
  2. Friendship Christian (Lebanon) - private
  3. Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville) - private
  4. Cedar Springs Home School (Knoxville)
  5. Ross N. Robinson Middle School (Kingsport) - public
  6. MLK Magnet School (Nashville) - public magnet
  7. Harpeth Hall (Nashville) - private
  8. White Station Middle School (Memphis) - public
  9. St. Rosa of Lima (Murfreesboro) - private
  10. Memphis University School (Memphis) - private
  11. E. A. Cox Middle School (Columbia) - public
  12. Joe Shaffer Middle School (Gallatin) - public
  13. St. John Vianney (Gallatin) - private
  14. Bledsoe County Middle School (Pikeville) - public
  15. J. Frank White Academy (Harrogate) - private
  16. Girls Preparatory School (Chattanooga) - private

Friday, May 22, 2009

Kingsport Center for Higher Education - update photos

Progress continues on the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, which will open to students in August.

KCHE is located at 300 W Market St (corner of Market and Clay) in Downtown Kingsport.

Upon opening, more than 2,100 college students will be taking classes in 3 buildings in Downtown Kingsport.

Click any of the photos below for a full-size image:

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Day of Service focuses on Hammond House

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The grounds of Kingsport’s historic Hammond House got a face lift when one hundred eighty local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined forces with the City of Kingsport, the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners Association, and the Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association to participate in “Day of Service,” a regional service day sponsored by the Church across eleven states in the southeast on April 25, 2009. More than 36,000 church members participated regionally, with three projects being completed in the Tri-Cities alone.

Projects at the Hammond House, an 1892 Victorian home in the Historic Boatyard District, included front and rear walk repair, foundation planting, raised bed construction and planting and interior cleaning. The Association owns a total of three frame houses, 3 block houses, four sheds, a large barn and several other small outbuildings. Projects in and around these structures included major refuse removal, stump and weed removal, one shed tear-down, and the landscaping of the caretaker’s home. Friday night, April 24, Boy Scout Troop 151 camped out on the 5 acre property and was available to receive and watch over donated equipment. Saturday’s efforts were completed in two shifts from 8:00 a.m. to noon, and from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 for a total of 950 volunteer hours.

The City of Kingsport provided two large waste trucks, use of the infamous ‘claw,’ and the services of a Public Works trash removal truck, which had made three round trips by lunch time. The Hammond House Steering Committee had four members on hand and Dennis Marshall headed up the overseeing efforts of the Master Gardeners Association. Alderman Larry Munsey kicked off the work with an early morning speech saying, “Kingsport is a great place and we appreciate you for helping to make this a better place.”

When Evelyn Helton, of the Hammond House Steering Committee, was asked about her feelings on the day, she commented, “It was a great day, a wonderful day. We want to thank everybody profusely that had anything to do with it!” She was particularly pleased with the help she received cleaning the interior of the home that morning. Windows and curtains were washed and furniture was dusted by several volunteers. “It makes such a difference. When you are operating with a small group of volunteers like we do, you have to rely on partnering with other groups. We’re just so glad you wanted to do this. When we see how good everything looks it will just inspire us to do more!”

Jim Austin, another steering committee member, expressed his excitement about the day saying, “Oh, they’ve done an outstanding job.” But, this Day of Service wasn’t just about results, it was about the hope that partnering several groups together for a common goal can be successful in the future. Josh Young, a Troop 151 Boy Scout put it best when he described his experience. “I worked harder that day than I ever have before. Everybody else around me was working, too, but I looked and noticed they were happy. I went home with happiness, too.”

Another 300 Latter-day Saints partnered with businesses and city governments for two other projects completed in the Tri-Cities as a part of Day of Service, Helping Hands/Linking Arms. A major clean up in conjunction with Earth Day was performed at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City and picnic facilities were built at Steele Creek Park in Bristol, as well as general painting and clean-up.

The Hammond House project also received generous assistance from Krispy Kreme Donuts, Kroger, and Burger King, and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. The Hammond House opens up each July for free FunFest tours and is available for touring by appointment. For more information about Day of Service across Tennessee and the Southeast, go to

President of the Kingsport, TN Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Sean S. McMurray (276) 492-0166

Public Affairs for the Church in Kingsport
Melissa Golden 423-343-1965

Hammond House Steering Committee Chair
Evelyn Helton 423-246-9205

Resources: (mission statement, logos, project descriptions) (photo, directions, history) (style guide, basic information, ongoing humanitarian projects)

Photographs: For larger versions go to – Larry Munsey welcomes volunteers at 8:00 a.m.
49 - Volunteers start young, 10 and up
84 – Workers removing stacks of refuse from one of the block structures
107 – Restoring the front walkway
112 – Landscaping foundation beds around main house
188 – Scouts tear down a decaying shed after adult volunteers empty its contents

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

MOMS Club of Kingsport

Hi Mr. Fleming,

Could you please share this information.

Thank you!


MOMS Club of Kingsport is open to all at-home mothers in Kingsport, Church Hill, Colonial Heights, Fall Branch, Piney Flats, and Mount Carmel. MOMS Club is an international non-profit support group for stay-at-home mothers and their children. Our chapter has monthly meetings with guest speakers, luncheons, playgroups, park days, strollers rollers, babysitting co-ops, Mom's Night Out, Book Club, Service Projects, and much more.

For more information, please contact:
International Website:

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Breaking News: Kingsport named Top 16 finalist for Harvard Award

The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University today announced the finalists for the 2009 Innovations in American Government Awards. These 16 programs represent innovations at the city, county, state, and federal levels of government and were selected from a pool of over 600 initial applicants after rigorous rounds of evaluation. Winners of the 2009 Innovations in American Government Awards will be announced in the fall.

Link to full press release:

Within the last 12 months, Kingsport has been:
  • Awarded as one of three U.S. Chamber of Commerce / Siemens Sustainable Communities (along with Chapel Hill and Albuquerque)
  • Cited in a Johns Hopkins report for its innovative higher education initiatives
  • Named a Top 100 community by Relocate-America
  • Recognized by Walk America magazine as a top walking community
  • Achieved the 3rd highest house price appreciation in the nation
  • Won the Ozzie Environmental Award for building the first publicly-funded LEED-certified green building in Tennessee

Monday, May 18, 2009

Kingsport flatboat project makes headway

Kingsport flatboat project makes headway once moreKingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USABy Matthew Lane John Cooper is building an authentic flatboat with Amon Lindsey of Kingsport on the banks of the Holston. Erica Yoon photo. ...

Friday, May 15, 2009

UT Junior (D-B grad) listed among America's top 20 student sportscasters

UT Junior Listed Among America's Top 20 Student Sportscasters A graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tenn., Hoover is in the sports journalism track in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media in the College of Communication and Information. He was the only broadcaster from a ...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

D-B Science Olympiad team places 11th

DB Science Olympiad team places 11th in competition Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA By Staff Report KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett High School’s Science Olympiad team placed 11th in a recent statewide competition. DB’s Science Olympiad team is ...

  1. Oak Ridge High - Oak Ridge (public)
  2. Montgomery Bell Academy - Nashville (private)
  3. MLK Jr. Magnet School - Nashville (public magnet)
  4. White Station - Memphis (public)
  5. Farragut - Knoxville (public)
  6. Friendship Christian - Lebanon, TN (private)
  7. Franklin High - Franklin (public)
  8. Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet - Nashville (public magnet)
  9. Cedar Springs Homeschool - Knoxville (private)
  10. Harpeth Hall - Nashville (private)
  11. Dobyns-Bennett - Kingsport (public)
  12. Pope John Paul II - Hendersonville (private)
  13. Girls Preparatory School - Chattanooga (private)
  14. Central High - Knoxville (public)
  15. Cleveland High - Cleveland (public)
  16. Morristown West High - Morristown (public)
  17. Red Bank High - Red Bank (public)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Leadership Kingsport accepting applications through June 1

Over the years, I have completed the Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City leadership programs and would highly recommend that you get involved! - Jeff


If you would like to have a lasting life-long experience in leadership, you should apply.
A downloadable application is available at

Vickie Snodgrass
Director of Leadership Programs
Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 1403
Kingsport, TN 37662
(423) 392-8816
Fax: (423) 392-8829

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Kingsport's bald eagles caught on video!

Hey, Jeff. Hope all is well with you an yours.

Here's a link to the Bald Eagle video. I'd appreciate it if you could include a link to it in your blog.

Thanks. Have a great weekend.

Rain Smith

Monday, May 11, 2009

Indian Path Medical Center marks 35 years of service

Indian Path Medical Center marks 35 years of serviceKingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USAKINGSPORT — In the early 1970s, an empty hospital bed was a rare sight in Kingsport. According to old newspaper clippings, folks needing medical care had to ...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Baccalaureate Service

My son and many of his friends (old and new) have been working for weeks to plan this combined graduation service for all students in Sullivan County (including cities, home school, Christian school, etc.)

Special thanks to Cheryl Harvey for helping coordinate this effort!

What: Baccalaureate for all schools (county, city, home, private)
When: Sunday May 17, 6:30 pm
Where: Higher Ground Church, 1625 Lynn Garden Dr, Kingsport
Directions: I-26 West (US 23 North) to Lynn Garden Dr Exit (turn right 0.5 mi to top of hill)

A Christian Graduation Service to honor seniors from all schools in the Sullivan County area (cities too). There will be a Christian band of high schoolers, a student testimony, a guest speaker, and more. It will be a great service, so please come and participate if you're a senior or attend as family and friends.

Kingsport doctor says health care needs to follow science to new level

Click here: Kingsport doctor says health care needs to follow science to a new ... Kingsport's Dr. William Besterman's reputation as a medical visionary is expanding. And his opinons continue to shake up health care as it has come to be ...

Saturday, May 09, 2009

D-B's Matt Bailey receives appointment to Air Force Academy

Matt is the son of Larry and Mary Bailey of Kingsport, reside in Allandale, both are engineers at Eastman.

Matt has three other siblings:
· sister Erin, 19, attending UT,
· brother Michael, 18, (D-B Senior headed to UT… Matt's identical twin)
· sister Logan, 14, attending Dobyns-Bennett

Matt’s D-B activities included band, Mu Alpha Theta, and French Club, he is a member of St. Dominics Catholic Church, participated in the Ulster Project (exchange program w/Irish teens), participated in Aviation Explorers.

Largely due to D-B’s educational system (or in a larger sense Kingsport City School’s credit), the twins both scored very high (33 & 34) on the ACT. Michael received 2 academic scholarship awards at UT, 3 if you count the Hope Scholarship. (we’re blessed with an excellent school system!)

Both boys are accomplished pianists competing in various regional events (Michael at the State level). Both competed at the State level in math competitions and regionally in Science competitions. Matt also held a part-time job during for the last 2 years working at McDonalds in Allandale (Mike worked at Arby’s while balancing all this stuff).

Grandparents are Gerald & Shirley Bailey of Tazewell, TN and Gerald (deceased) and Donna Logan of Las Vegas, NV.

Matt will be the first family member to receive an academy invitation and/or join the Air Force.

Matt has a number of relatives who served in the Army and Navy.

Matt pursued the USAFA on his own initiative and received his congressional nomination from Rep. David Davis.

Matt is very honored and appreciative of the support and assistance he received leading to the acceptance.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Racks by the Tracks coming to Downtown Kingsport

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2009 Racks by the Tracks

Ribs, Beer Tasting, & Blues Festival

Saturday, May 16th: 3-8pm E. Main St.

The date for "Racks by the Tracks" has been announced for Saturday, May 16th. Explore revitalized Downtown Kingsport while having a great time at the festival. Musical artists slated for the FREE concert are: a true blues legend, 95-year old "Pine Top" Perkins, along with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and Bob Margolin. As the heart of the festival, there will be its annual Ribs Cook-Off with restaurant & individual categories that draw the best BBQ teams from around the South. You will also have the opportunity to partake in the Beer Tasting Event ($10 ticket) and chat with & sample beers from over 15 microbreweries from around the nation!

Be sure to attend: Saturday, May 16th, 3 - 8pm E. Main Street, Downtown Kingsport
Order your Beer Tasting Event tickets, which are limited, learn more about this fun festival and energetic Downtown Kingsport by following the links below!

e-mail or call (423) 578-2336

A portion of the festival proceeds benefits Second Harvest of Northeast TN and Keep Kingsport Beautiful

Thursday, May 07, 2009

D-B Student Named Sole Female Winner of Siemens Advanced Placement Award in Tennessee

KINGSPORT – Dobyns-Bennett High School Student Alice Xiang, the daughter of Fang Liu and Tian Xiang, has been recognized with two national achievement honors.

The Siemens Foundation announced that Xiang was selected as the sole female recipient of the 2008-09 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement in Tennessee. Xiang was selected for the award based on her exceptional performance on the AP exams in math and science. One male and one female student were selected in all 50 states to receive the $2,000 scholarship award, with two national winners receiving $5,000 scholarship awards. Xiang and fellow winner were listed in a full-page ad in the February 23, 2009 edition of USA Today and on the Siemens Foundation website at

Ms. Xiang was also recognized in February by the United States Department of Education after being named as one of 3,000 candidates in the 2009 Presidential Scholars Program. Inclusion in the Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and social activities. The 3,000 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT assessment. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 500 semifinalists in April.

For more information on these awards, contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378-8409.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Kingsport Community Build - Get Involved!

Here is a short video on youtube that explains this community project to build a Habitat House in Kingsport.

While many Habitat houses have been built by individual organizations, this is the first one that involves the entire community -- sort of like an old-fashioned home raising!

Watch, learn & volunteer!

“Kingsport Community Build”
412 Wilma Street

Come be a part of the first Kingsport Community Build for the Holston Habitat for Humanity. The ground breaking ceremony was held on April 18th with the already signed-up volunteers, the family to own the home, Mayor Phillips and several Habitat representatives. A video of the event can be viewed by clicking HERE.

The goal of the Community Build is to involve the whole Kingsport community in the building. You do not need any special skills to get involved – only the desire to help by giving a “hand up” and not a “hand out.” Construction, which will run thru June, occurs throughout the week with the major emphasis on the Saturday work.

To volunteer for this exciting opportunity in your community, contact the Holston Habitat for Humanity:

Telephone number: (423) 239-7689

The Kingsport Community Build also welcomes construction companies and building professionals who would like to provide masonry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and roofing skills. Local restaurants are invited to participate by catering food for the workers.

There is a place for everyone who wants to be involved!

Submitted by:
Dave Stevens
KCB Publicity Volunteer

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Shull Scholarship Awarded, D-B Culinary Arts Program Named Top 100 Nationally

Kingsport Alderman Pat Shull and wife, Mary, owners of Mary's Kitchen Shop, awarded the 2009 Margaret T. Shull Culinary Arts Scholarship to Anndrea Sargent.

KINGSPORT – Dobyns-Bennett High School’s Culinary Arts Program has been named as one of the “Hot 100” schools in the nation for culinary arts instruction as determined by Sullivan University.

Dobyns-Bennett’s culinary arts program is led by Instructor Aimee Knott. There are three ascending levels of culinary courses offered. The program boasts several nationally award-winning students who received significant scholarships to culinary schools.

Sullivan University is home to the renowned National Center for Hospitality Studies, one of the leading Culinary Arts, Professional Catering, Baking & Pastry Arts, Hotel/Restaurant Management, and Hospitality Management programs in the country.
The Top 100 List of High school culinary arts program was determined through the general knowledge of Sullivan University admissions staff, including the college’s Regional Chef.

In addition, Sullivan University consulted with FCCLA, Pro Start and Skills USA to establish a basic list of recent national and regional competitors who have excelled or are known to be strong high school programs in the areas of culinary arts and/or baking and pastry. Internet and database research was conducted to establish schools with strong program enrollments and influence in their community. The list is not in any particular order, but is simply a list of the 100 most influential programs nationwide in 2009 based on research and data collected.

“I am so honored that our program is the recipient of this great award. If it were not for my incredible students and outstanding community support, we would not be the program that we are today. This is just the beginning for future culinary students,” said Knott.

For more information on the Dobyns-Bennett Culinary Arts Program, please contact Aimee Knott at (423) 378-8471.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Kingsport's popular facade and redevelopment funds

Kingsport facade, redevelopment funds need cash infusion Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA... and what we have found is that they have been very popular,” said Jeff Fleming, Kingsport’s assistant city manager for development. ...

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Kingsport vice mayor spends more than 2 weeks in war-torn Sudan

Kingsport vice mayor spends more than two weeks in warn-torn Sudan Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA By Matthew Lane Kingsport Vice Mayor Ben Mallicote recently spent two and a half weeks in the African nation of Sudan as a member of a local missionary ...

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Farmer's Market opens at new site

Farmers market to open Saturday at new site in Kingsport Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA By Matthew Lane KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Farmers Market will be opening this week at its new home on the old Quebecor property, a location the farmers are ...

Friday, May 01, 2009

Fun Fest accepting applications from local restaurants for Tast of Tri-Cities

Kingsport’s summer festival is inviting area restaurants for the Taste of Tri-Cities at the 29th annual Fun Fest. The Taste of Tri-Cities, sponsored by Bank of Tennessee, is held in conjunction with the Sun Set concert series July 15 – 18 in Memorial Park and in conjunction with the Outdoor Movie Sun Set Concert series. Area restaurant with a seating capacity of 50 or more is invited to participate. Selected restaurants are required to have a Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce membership. Priority is given first to restaurants that participated the previous year. New applicants are selected based on menu diversity.

Restaurants must meet health and safety regulations for the City of Kingsport and Sullivan County and serve from tents. Restaurants are open between 4 pm and 9 pm each weekday and 11 am – 9 pm on Saturday. Restaurants may serve breakfast on Saturday for the morning balloon launch. Deadline for returning applications is Friday May 8.

For further information and an application form contact Lucy Fleming at (423) 392-8809 or Fun Fest dates are July 10 – 18 and for festival information visit Information about Kingsport Chamber of Commerce membership is available by calling Stacey Beverly at (423) 392-8804

Fun Fest is a program of The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and the Kingsport Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
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.