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Monday, August 31, 2009

The importance of cardiac surgery in Kingsport to the local economy

Click here. Each year, Kingsport loses $23.5 million from open heart surgeries that leave the community. For cardiac stent procedures, the lost revenue is $53.2 million. These numbers don't account for the follow-up visits and unnecessary expenses of driving to another city. Before you are referred to a hospital outside Kingsport, ask your cardiologist specifically "why?". Is the same procedure available in Kingsport? Is there a compelling reason to go elsewhere? Exercise your right to make informed choices and choose Kingsport! There is rarely a clinical reason to go elsewhere.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Need a tutor yet?

Tutoring Solutions in the historic Shelby Street Rowhouses in Downtown Kingsport offers curriculum-based instruction.

Tutoring available for college, too!

www.tntutoringsolutions.com

A client of KOSBE, the Kingsport Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Friday Night








*Anyone wishing to use the 54 ribbon design, please feel free to do so. There is no need to ask permission. I can send an original jpg if needed for websites or to improve clarity. Helmet stickers are also available by request (no charge) - contact Karen Combs at 423-833-6456

First and foremost, our hearts and prayers remain with the Logue family and Sullivan South as they face Greeneville this Friday night. Jake's testimony and the coaches' witness have been extraordinary. As Coach Hunter Jordan said, "Last Friday, Jake got to meet his hero. I know Him, I know Jesus Christ and I hope you do. Jake got to go meet him face to face. You take comfort in that. He got to meet his hero face to face." D-B quarterback David Roop said it well on his facebook page, "It goes further than a rivalry. It's a brotherhood, and we're a band of brothers." From the Sullivan South Pigskin Parents website: MANY THANKS to the Dobyns-Bennett football team for bringing dinner on Monday for the Rebels. Coach Clark and some of the D-B players brought the food. Their condolences and kind gesture of friendship is appreciated.

Friday, Aug 28:


  • Please join Dobyns-Bennett PTSA for our Tailgate dinner Fri. Aug 28th. We will be serving Golden Corral roast beef, carrots, potatoes, a roll, cookies and a drink. Cost is $8.00 per person. All proceeds benefit D-B PTSA. We will be serving in D-B's dome lobby from 5:00 to 7:15. Thanks, Cindy McElroy

  • The 2009 Dobyns-Bennett football program will be on sale this Friday night, August 28th, at the first home game against Clinton. Programs are $5 each and will be sold at all gates. This year's program includes team rosters, schedules, player photos, great information on the D-B band's exciting program, and much more! The Dobyns-Bennett Quarterback Club would like to thank all of the businesses in the community who purchased ads in the 2009 Indians’ football program. Despite the current economy, we had many faithful advertisers who once again purchased ads, in addition to receiving an overwhelming response from new advertisers. We are very grateful to each and every one of you for your support! Robin Cleary & Kathy Pate 2009 Program Co-Chairs

  • 6:45 pm Friday Aug 28 - Join the Bucs and ETSU Alumni for ETSU PRIDE Bluegrass on Broad. Talk with ETSU coaches and players as everyone enjoys some good music and celebrates being a Buc. There will be drawings and giveaways throughout the night.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Netherland Inn Flatboat ribbon cutting ceremony

Netherland Inn Flatboat Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be held Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Kingsport, TN- The Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Foundation is proud to celebrate the completion of the historic flatboat replica with a ribbon cutting ceremony to be held Wednesday, August 26th at 11:00am.

Bill Taff, a local businessman graciously provided the funding for the building of the flatboat replica. Taff is well known in the community as a successful developer whose works include Willowbrook, Stonegate Shopping Center, and the Tanglewood Subdivision. His generous funding allowed Kingsport to create a valuable educational landmark in teaching Kingsport’s history.

The 14 foot by 53 foot replica historic flat boat is mounted on a concrete slab located in front of Netherland Inn. The flatboat project is the second of four projects identified as essential to the long-term growth of the Netherland Inn complex. The other projects are the rebuilding of the bank barn and the building of a wharf and warehouse.

Netherland Inn officials say the replica flatboat illustrates the historical significance flatboats had with Kingsport and the city’s founding. Kingsport essentially started on the banks of the Holston River, and from the 1760s travelers came by wagon down the Island Road to the riverbank, where they built boats and migrated west.

Listed on the National Register of Historical Sites, Netherland Inn is the nation’s only registered historical site that was both a stage stop and boatyard.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Composting bins go on sale Wed at City Hall

KINGSPORT – Kingsport’s Public Works Department will be offering 80 gallon composting bins for $30 plus tax during a special Wednesday event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of City Hall. Use of composting bins can divert up to 500 pounds per household each year from the landfill, while providing homeowners with a rich soil product for use around the home and garden. The bins, which are regularly priced at $80 by the vendor, include a free home composting handbook with each purchase. Currently, the City has 400 units available for purchase.

Visit www.KingsportDeals.com

Tim Whaley
Community & Government Relations Dir.
City of Kingsport
(423) 229-9413

Sunday, August 23, 2009

You're Invited - Grand Opening - Kingsport Center for Higher Education

Friday, August 28

1:30 pm

Kingsport Center for Higher Education

300 W Market St (corner of Market & Clay)

Downtown Kingsport

click here for map



Friday, August 21, 2009

D-B Cheerleaders Invite K-8 to Mini-Camp


Participants will cheer alongside D-B cheerleaders at Sevier County game

Jeff,

The Dobyns-Bennett cheerleaders will be holding their annual cheerleading mini-camp next weekend. I was hoping that you would help us spread the word.

The 2009 DB Cheerleading Mini-Camp for girls K-8th grade is going to be held on Saturday, August 29, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in the DB Dome. The cost is $30 which includes a t-shirt and pizza. The girls will get to cheer with the DB cheerleaders during the walk and also the first quarter of the DB vs Sevier County game which will be Friday, September 11, 2009.

For additional information and pictures of last year’s camp, click on the following link to DB’s cheerleading website click here

Many thanks,

Kim DeGreen

Sunday, August 16, 2009

MeadowView soars to new heights with two new wings

click to enlarge:



GRAND OPENING

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
10:30 a.m.
MeadowView Marriott Hotel Expansion
"MeadowView Soaring to New Heights with Two New Wings"


MeadowView website

Friday, August 14, 2009

Incubate your new business in our own backyard!

Holston Business Development Center
a partnership of Hawkins County, City of Kingsport, ETSU and the Tennessee Small Business Development Centers

Located at 2005 Venture Park / West Stone Drive (on the Holston Army Ammunition Plant site) in the Allandale section of Kingsport/Hawkins County

  • Available to anyone! (you do not have to be a resident of Kingsport or Hawkins County)
  • Progressive rent starting at $225 per month
  • Suitable for office or light manufacturing
  • Suites are 400 square feet
  • Rent includes high-speed internet, reception area, use of classroom, conference room, presentation equipment, and on-site business counseling.
Contact Chip Bailey cbailey@tsbdc.org or 423.578.6235 http://www.hbdc.org/

Individual counseling activity at HBDC since January 2007:

Small business counseling:

  • 121 distinct counseling customers in 144 sessions
  • Hawkins County = 47 distinct counseling customers in 64 sessions
  • Kingsport = 58 counseling customers in 84 sessions

Small business training:

  • 79 seperate events with 2,309 training hours, 973 clients

Training calendar for August-December 2009:

  • August 25 - So You Want To Start A Small Business
  • August 27 - Common Sense Marketing
  • September 29 - So You Want To Start A Small Business
  • September 30 - Writing Your Business Plan
  • October 6 - Doing Business With The Government
  • October 27 - So You Want To Start A Small Business
  • October 29 - Common Sense Marketing
  • November 17 - So You Want To Start A Small Business
  • November 19 - Writing Your Business Plan
  • December 8 - So You Want To Start A Small Business

HBDC Tenant Listing:

  • Protokraft - 14 full time employees
  • MountaiNet Telephone - 3 full time employees
  • Grace Express - 2 full time employees
  • TalkBack, Inc. - 3 full time employees
  • HopeAgain Counseling - 2 full time employees
  • L&H Glass Consultants -= 2 full time, 1 part time employees

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dobyns-Bennett 2009 Graduates Earn Record-Number of College Credits

KINGSPORT – Dobyns-Bennett High School students posted a record-number of college credits in 2009, saving parents at least $300,000 to $700,000 in college-tuition costs at in-state schools.

2009 Dobyns-Bennett graduates left high school last spring with an average of seven college credits earned per student. Forty-one students from the class of 2009 earned 20 or more college credits and nine earned 50 or more college credits during high school. One 2009 D-B graduate earned more than 70 college credits while in high school.

Approximately 242 students out of 402 seniors earned 2,799 college credit hours during the 2008-09 school year, an increase from 2,301 credits earned in 2008. Of those students who earned credit, each earned an average of 11.6 college credit hours. Credits can be earned in Advanced Placement classes, JumpStart Dual Enrollment classes with Northeast State Technical Community College, Career/Technical Articulation credits and Fast Track/Dual Credit offerings with Northeast State.

Of those students who earned college credit, 61% of credits were earned through the Advanced Placement program. The remaining credits were earned through dual enrollment and career tech/articulation agreements. At $107 per credit hour and additional enrollment fees, students attending Northeast State can save at least $400 per course by earning credits while in high school. Those cost savings are much larger for students attending a state college, private higher education institutions, or out-of-state schools.

“We believe that AP courses and dual-enrollment opportunities are critical to the success of students as they prepare for college,” said Superintendent Richard Kitzmiller. “While these courses are not required by the state, our high school has made a commitment to increasing the rigor for all students and to offer opportunities for students at all levels to earn college credit. These courses often cost extra to operate, but they result in substantial savings to parents and a better prepared workforce and a college-ready student population for our community.”

To earn college credits in Advanced Placement courses, students must score at least a 3 or above on the AP test in the subject area. Credits are earned based on varying college entrance requirements. Dobyns-Bennett offers 20 Advanced Placement courses, including Biology, Physics, Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature and English Language, U.S. History, European History, French, German, Spanish, Latin, Government, Music Theory and Psychology.

JumpStart dual enrollment classes are taught by Northeast State instructors, but are offered on the Dobyns-Bennett High School campus. Those classes include six credit hours of college English, three credit hours of art history and a three-credit-hour philosophy class.

Articulation classes are offered on the campus of Dobyns-Bennett High School and are taught by D-B teachers. Students can receive credit for those classes at Northeast State. Those classes include Cisco Networking Fundamentals, Cisco Routing Fundamentals,
Information Technology, Principles of Business, Concepts of Computers & Applications and Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Fast Track courses are offered on campus at Northeast State and are available to high school students during the regular school day. Those courses include College Success, Introduction to Electricity, Mechanical Transmissions, General Psychology and Speech Communication.

For more information about college credit data, contact Dory Creech, KCS Director of Accountability at (423) 378-2125. To learn more about college credit courses or to enroll a student, contact the Dobyns-Bennett counseling office at (423) 378-8409.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Aug 13 - A Blizzard of Miracles for Children

DAIRY QUEENS THROUGHOUT NORTHEAST TENNESSEE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA ARE PARTICIPATING

The 13th day of August will be a day for digging into, not out of, Blizzards – with the celebration of Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day.

And it will be a day for someone to win Bristol Motor Speedway race tickets, courtesy of Wellmont Health System’s Share Your Blizzard contest. And don’t worry: You won’t have to actually share your Blizzard treat – just capture it by photo or video and share it virtually on Wellmont’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wellmont.

Dairy Queen will celebrate Miracle Treat Day Aug. 13, reprising a celebration that raised $4.5 million nationwide for Children’s Miracle Network last year. Wellmont Health System, the regional Children’s Miracle Network affiliate, is adding an extra ingredient to this region’s Blizzard celebration by capturing some of those Blizzard moments for posterity.

Miracle Treat Day is straightforward: If you buy a Blizzard treat on Aug. 13, Dairy Queen will contribute $1 or more to Children’s Miracle Network. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network help provide medical equipment, services and treatment for children’s care at 170 hospitals nationwide, including the hospitals of Wellmont, the regional Children’s Miracle Network affiliate.

The Wellmont Share Your Blizzard contest is simple, too. Entrants merely need to capture their Blizzard experience Aug. 13 by still camera or video camera and visit Wellmont’s Facebook page to upload an entry. Visitors to the Wellmont Facebook page must click the “Become a Fan” button prior to submitting an entry.

All Blizzard photos and videos uploaded on Aug. 13 will be featured at www.facebook.com/wellmont, and all entries will be entered into a drawing for free race tickets. Creativity – including friends, family members or props in your entry – is encouraged.

The winning entrant will receive tickets for four to the Food City 250 Aug. 21 – and four tickets will be given in the winner’s honor to a family that has benefited from Children’s Miracle Network.

Visitors to www.miracletreatday.com can read more about the event and even pledge in advance to buy a friend a Blizzard on Aug. 13

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

School Demographic Fast Facts - Northeast Tennessee

Geography: All high schools in 7 Northeast Tennessee counties

View entire spreadsheet, click here

School Trivia:

Largest schools?
1. Science Hill/Johnson City (2,563 students in grades 8-12)
2. Dobyns-Bennett/Kingsport (1,859 students in grades 9-12)
3. David Crockett/Jonesborough (1,383 students in grades 9-12)

Largest % African-American?
1. Science Hill/Johnson City (12.3%)
2. Greeneville (8.5%)
3. Dobyns-Bennett/Kingsport (7.6%)

Largest % Asian?
1. Science Hill/Johnson City (2.1%)
2. Dobyns-Bennett/Kingsport (1.5%)
3. Elizabethton (1.1%)

Largest % Hispanic?
1. Unicoi County/Erwin (4.5%)
2. Science Hill/Johnson City (3.9%)
2. Dobyns-Bennett/Kingsport (2.8%)

Largest % Native American?
1. Tennessee High/Bristol (0.5%)
1. Johnson County/Mountain City (0.5%)
2. Greeneville (0.4%)

Largest % White?
1. Sullivan North/Kingsport (99.2%)
1. Cloudland/Roan Mountain (99.2%)
2. Hampton (99.1%)
3. Sullivan East/Bluff City (99.0%)

Largest % Economically-Disadvantaged (large schools)
1. Cherokee/Rogersville (61.8%)
2. David Crockett/Jonesborough (51.6%)
3. Volunteer/Church Hill = 46.8%

Largest % Economically-Disadvantaged (medium schools)
1. Johnson County/Mountain City (64%)
2. Sullivan North/Kingsport (59.1%)
3. West Greene/Mosheim (55.5%)

Largest % Economically-Disadvantaged (small schools)
1. Hampton (77.6%)
2. Cloudland/Roan Mountain (72.1%)
3. Unaka/Elizabethton (64.8%)

Least % Economically-Disadvantaged (large schools)
1. Sullivan South/Kingsport (25%)
2. Dobyns-Bennett/Kingsport (31.6%)
3. Daniel Boone/Gray (33%)

Least % Economically-Disadvantaged (medium schools)
1. Greeneville (33.9%)
2. Elizabethton (34.5%)
3. South Greene/Greeneville (41.6%)

Largest % Female?
1. Sullivan Central/Blountville (50.3%)
2. North Greene/Baileyton (50%)
3. Cherokee/Rogersville (49.8%)

Largest % Male?
1. Hampton (55.7%)
2. West Greene/Mosheim (55%)
3. South Greene/Greeneville (54.5%)

Monday, August 10, 2009

John Adams Elementary Grand Opening Today

6 pm Mon Aug 10, 2009

Public Invited

2727 Edinburgh Channel Road
Kingsport, TN 37664

I-26 / Rock Springs exit then 2 miles west

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Kingsport girl needs a hand


Hi Jeff....wondering if you might be willing to help a Kingsport gal with a project? I was born and bred in Kingsport and am now living in Pennsylvania. I need a ton of support from my hometown to make a dream come true... I have been selected as 1 of only 10 worldwide Designer finalists for Kirkland's (home decor stores).

Here's where I need some help! The ten Designer finalists are in a heated voting competition to become one of the final five Designers for the http://www.mykirklands.com/ website. I need Kingsport's votes too! I'm hoping that you might be willing to post some info on this Kirkland's competition and help me win! Anything that you could do to help would be GREATLY appreciated!!!
Ask people to make sure and check their email in-box after they vote. They will need to open the Kirkland's email to validate their vote. Otherwise the vote will not count! Some of these Kirklands emails are getting caught in spam folders....people will need to check spam too!

Many thanks!
Cecilia Hataway Staniec
http://www.mykirklands.com/ (check out the site!)

Reserved parking provides five $1,200 scholarships to D-B football seniors



Nearly, 4,000 reserved seats are sold each year for D-B football games (which include the awesome band performances, too!). With the recent improvements, parking is at an all-time premium. Most of the upper part of the D-B parking lot is reserved during home games. Here's your chance to purchase a parking pass and help a good cause at the same time.



Cost is $40 (Last year, five $1,200 scholarships were provided to D-B football seniors).

Hurry before they sell out! First home game is Aug 28 vs. Clinton

For more information write to: John & Kathy Huff khuff4624@gmail.com or call 423.245.4624

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Kingsport sets third lowest tax rate in city history

KINGSPORT – Taxpayers in Kingsport are reaping the benefits of recent growth in the community, enabling the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to set the third lowest tax rate in city history.

With reappraisals recently completed in Sullivan County, the tax rate in Kingsport will be $1.94 per $100 of assessed value, with tax assessments only applied to 25 percent of the market rate for residential and 40 percent for commercial property.

In many states, it is not uncommon to see property taxes applied to 100 percent of assessed value.

“There are a couple of things in state law that continue to make Tennessee and our region an attractive place to invest and grow a business or buy a new home,” City Manager John Campbell said Wednesday. “First, under state law, in a reappraisal year by the county assessor, tax rates are equalized to limit revenues to approximately the same as in the previous year.”

“To change this rate requires a clear vote of the local governing body. It is also very important that a property is not taxed on its full value. Instead, it’s limited to the 25/40 ratio for residential and commercial properties.”

In cities that are located in two or more counties, the tax rate is also equalized between counties, accounting for different reappraisal cycles in different counties. As a result, Kingsport residents living in the Hawkins County portion of the city will see their 2010 property tax rate set at $2.24.

“We let the state handle those equalization calculations,” Campbell said. “But it is a very fair process that ensures each area is paying the equivalent, given differing property values and differing appraisal cycles that may see one portion of the city assessed at only 75 percent of current market value because that portion is in a different county.”

Overall, Mayor Dennis Phillips said he is pleased with the progress of the city on many fronts, noting key investments in residential and commercial construction, as well as higher education, which should help the community to grow over the long term.

“We looked this up and it is clear that the tax rate is the third lowest rate ever in the city, and that’s dating back to 1917,” Phillips said. “There are always naysayers out there, but we knew if we could get Kingsport moving on the residential and commercial fronts, and continue to develop a better educated workforce, we were going to see the kind of growth that keeps tax rates low for everyone.”

Under the new tax rate, a $175,000 home in the Sullivan County portion of Kingsport would be assessed $848.75 in annual city property taxes.

Tim Whaley
Community & Government Relations Dir.
City of Kingsport
(423) 229-9413

KingsportDeals for the Tax Free Weekend

This is just a sampling, get all the details at http://www.kingsportdeals.com/pages/todays.php

Stir Fry Cafe / 10% off entire check, excludes tax, gratuity and alcohol
Finer Things For Her / 10% off one item, plus no sales tax
Barefoot Chameleon / Melissa & Doug art supplies, buy 2 get 1 free
Diamond Exchange / we pay your tax on any purchase up to $1,000
River Mountain Antiques & Primitives / many items 1/2 off
Chef's Pizzeria / large one-topping pizza $6.50 dine-in or carry out
JCPenney / 20% off almost everything in the store, jcp.com, and catalog
Aeropostale / 30% off
Sugar Mama / $10 off any facial
Hibbett Sports / 20% off backpacks
Hibbett Sports / Youth Nike & Adidas apparel 20% off
Hibbett Sports / Northface tees and shirts 40% off
Hibbett Sports / MLB apparel 20% off
Action Athletics / 20% off football accessories & clothing (excluding helmets)
Lane Bryant / all Right Fit denim $39.99
Lane Bryant / Cacique bras buy one get one 50% off (can be combined with coupons)
Arby's / 3 beef 'n cheddars for $5
Guilded Nest / 15% off purchases excluding sale items, over $30
Decorator's Warehouse / $5 off $25 purchase ranging to approx. $25 off $100 purchase
Merle Norman / 50% off spa services in August, 25% off in September
Salon Bella Dona and Bare Essentials / buy one pair of earrings, get the 2nd 50% off
Books-a-Million / $5 off next purchase of $25 or more

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Great resource for realtors from the City of Kingsport

Are you confused about the new school zones? Some of Andrew Johnson is now John Adams, some of Thomas Jefferson is now Andrew Johnson, Lynn Garden goes to Robinson.

Here is a master directory of all addresses in the City of Kingsport along with corresponding school zones:

http://gis.kingsporttn.gov/files/gis/StreetDictionary.pdf

Monday, August 03, 2009

The results are in! Is Kingsport your ideal community?

Recently, I asked your opinion on the "ideal community" based on the categories established by the American Planning Association's Economic Development Toolkit. Then, I asked you to compare your current community to that ideal standard. Of 311 responses, 68% were City of Kingsport residents. Click here for survey results

Kingsport got good marks, but there's always room for improvement. Below is a summary of the results:

The expectations for an "ideal community" varied slightly for City vs. Non-City residents.

City residents placed higher value on:
  • Good public transportation
  • Local symphony orchestra
  • Low risk of natural disasters
  • Near amusement parks
  • Short commutes
Non-City residents placed higher value on:
  • Low unemployment
  • Near lakes or ocean
  • Far from nuclear reactors
City residents felt that Kingsport performed beyond their expectations for an ideal community in the following categories:
  • Far from nuclear reactors
  • Local symphony orchestra
  • Near lakes or ocean
  • Close to skiing area
  • Proximity to minor league sports
  • Near natural forests and parks
  • Plentiful doctors

City residents felt Kingsport met their expectations for an ideal community in the following categories:

  • Close to relatives
  • Low income taxes
  • Near places of worship
  • High marks from ecologists
  • Affordable car insurance
  • Housing appreciation
  • Low housing prices
  • Low risk of tax increase
  • Many hospitals
  • New business potential
  • Strong state government
  • Sunny weather
  • Close to big airport
  • Museums nearby
  • Near a big city
  • Proximity to major league sports

City residents felt that improvement was desired in the following categories:

  • Affordable medical care
  • Clean air
  • Clean water
  • Lack of hazardous wastes
  • Low property taxes
  • Low unemployment
  • Recent job growth
  • Low sales tax

Non-city residents felt their communities exceeded their expectations for an ideal community in the following areas:

  • Local symphony orchestra
  • Proximity to minor league sports
  • Close to skiing area
  • Near amusement parks
  • Close to colleges/universities
  • Low risk of natural disasters
  • Near lakes or ocean
  • Near natural forests and parks
  • Plentiful doctors
  • Short commutes
  • Far from nuclear reactors
  • Zoos or aquariums
  • Good public transportation

Non-city residents felt their communities met their expectations for an ideal community in the following areas:

  • Close to relatives
  • Low income taxes
  • Near places of worship
  • High marks from ecologists
  • Affordable car insurance
  • Housing appreciation
  • Low housing prices
  • Low risk of tax increase
  • Many hospitals
  • New business potential
  • Strong state government
  • Sunny weather
  • Close to big airport
  • Museums nearby
  • Near a big city
  • Proximity to major league sports

Non-city residents felt their communities needed improvement in:

  • Lack of hazardous wastes
  • Low unemployment
  • Low sales tax
  • High civic involvement
  • Affordable medical care
  • Clean air
  • Clean water
  • Good schools
  • Inexpensive living
  • Low crime rate
  • Low property taxes
  • Diversity of local firms
  • Recent job growth

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Your list of Kingsport favorites

Recently, I asked the question "What 3 independently-owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared?"

In no time, nearly 200 replies suggested almost 90 local businesses of all sorts and sizes. (The results are at the bottom of this email - sadly, some are already closed).

WJHL even did a story last week! (click below for video)
http://www2.tricities.com/tri/news/local/article/3_50_project_helping_small_business/29809/

Learn more about this national movement:
www.the350project.net

For every $100 spent at locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community in taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that at a national chain, only $43 stays here.

Here are your local favorites. Now, let's all spend $50 (or more) each month locally and see what a difference we can make!


Pal's 10
Bone Fire Smokehouse 9
Chef's Pizzeria 9
Kaffe Blue 9
Cootie Brown's (Closed) 7
Kingsport Grocery Company 7
Riverfront Seafood 7
Cafe N'Orleans 6
Broad Street BBQ 5
Braeden's BBQ 4
Mary's Kitchen Shop 4
Carriage House 3
Golfer's Edge 3
Grant Tire 3
Haggle Shop Antiques 3
Up Against The Wall 3
Colonial Heights Hardware 2
Colonial Heights Pharmacy 2
Giuseppe's 2
Grant Tire 2
Guilded Nest 2
Home Sweet Home 2
Jan Mar 2
MeadowView 2
Rose Cottage Bakery 2
Two Sisters Tea Room 2
Wallace News 2
Ward's Feed Store 2
YaYa's Candy Corner 2
A Super Party
Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital
Barefoot Chameleon
Bear 'n Friends
Beatty's Shoes
Berry's Pharmacy
Blakley-Mitchell
Cheddars
Citgo (biscuits) on W Center
Citizens Bank
Claude Russell's Barber Shop
Compuworld Systems LLC
Décor Exchange
Discovery Ice Cream (closed)
Divine Café and Catering
Eastman Credit Union
Effective Fitness (closed)
Evergreen Garden Showplace
Farmers Market
Finer Things For Her
Fleet Feet
Fleming's Auto Repair
Food City
Gold Star Gym
Golf Unlimited
Hairstyles by Beth
Holmes & Stice Attorneys
Intellithought
J. L. Madison's (hair salon on Broad St.)
Kathy's Corner
Krispy Kreme
Larry's Cycle Shop
Lynn Garden Restaurant
Mail Specialty Shop
McCoy's Salvage Grocery
Mocajetes
Morgan Tire Service, Inc.
Neal's Shoe Repair (closed)
Old South Style Shop
Paper Tree
Paw Print Signs and Graphics in Trader's Village
Phil's Dream Pit BBQ
Purple Cow
Raffaele's restaurant (my favorite restaurant)
Rainbow's End Floral
Rick Hill Porsche
Rowe's Pharmacy
Rush Street
Sam's Package Store (wine)
Skoby's (closed)
Sloopy's
Sobel's (closed)
Southeastern Window & Siding
Summit Travel
The Courtyard
The Paper Tree
Tutoring Solutions
Variety Printing and Gifts
WorkSpace Interiors
Pal's
Chef's Pizzeria
Bone Fire Smokehouse
Kaffe Blue
Cootie Brown's (Closed)
Kingsport Grocery Company
Riverfront Seafood
Cafe N'Orleans
Broad Street BBQ
Braeden's BBQ
Mary's Kitchen Shop
Carriage House
Golfer's Edge
Grant Tire
Haggle Shop Antiques
Up Against The Wall
Colonial Heights Hardware
Colonial Heights Pharmacy
Giuseppe's
Grant Tire
Guilded Nest
Home Sweet Home
Jan Mar
MeadowView
Rose Cottage Bakery
Two Sisters Tea Room
Wallace News
Ward's Feed Store
YaYa's Candy Corner
A Super Party
Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital
Barefoot Chameleon
Bear 'n Friends
Beatty's Shoes
Berry's Pharmacy
Blakley-Mitchell
Cheddars
Citgo (biscuits) on W Center
Citizens Bank
Claude Russell's Barber Shop
Compuworld Systems LLC
Décor Exchange
Discovery Ice Cream (closed)
Divine Café and Catering
Eastman Credit Union
Effective Fitness (closed)
Evergreen Garden Showplace
Farmers Market
Finer Things For Her
Fleet Feet
Fleming's Auto Repair
Food City
Gold Star Gym
Golf Unlimited
Hairstyles by Beth
Holmes & Stice Attorneys
Intellithought
J. L. Madison's (hair salon on Broad St.)
Kathy's Corner
Krispy Kreme
Larry's Cycle Shop
Lynn Garden Restaurant
Mail Specialty Shop
McCoy's Salvage Grocery
Mocajetes
Morgan Tire Service, Inc.
Neal's Shoe Repair (closed)
Old South Style Shop
Paper Tree
Paw Print Signs and Graphics in Trader's Village
Phil's Dream Pit BBQ
Purple Cow
Raffaele's restaurant (my favorite restaurant)
Rainbow's End Floral
Rick Hill Porsche
Rowe's Pharmacy
Rush Street
Sam's Package Store (wine)
Skoby's (closed)
Sloopy's
Sobel's (closed)
Southeastern Window & Siding
Summit Travel
The Courtyard
The Paper Tree
Tutoring Solutions
Variety Printing and Gifts
WorkSpace Interiors
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 www.MeadowViewResort.com 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 www.BestPlaces.net). 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.