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Friday, October 30, 2009

Fright Night Bash to Save Homeless Animals

Golfer's Edge Mini-Golf, Driving Range, Batting Cages
2000 Stonebrook Place, Kingsport, TN

Music DJ, Karaoke, Ghost Stories, Bonfire, Scary Snacks, Prizes for Most Creative and Craziest Costumes

We will party like a Rock Star.....or Vampire....or whatever you want todress up as and dance the night away with our DJ whilewe raise funds to help local No-Kill Animal Rescue Groups in our community.

Adults, teens & kids are invited. A safe family fun event complete withroasting marshmallows & telling ghost stories around the fire.Enjoy free mini golf & batting cages, games, scary snacks, door prizesand a Costume contest for adults & kids.


Questions? 423-817-3121

Whitney Allen-Carr
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Gilbert Advanced Asset Management, Inc.
Specializing in Retirement Income Management & Wealth Preservation
Six Sheridan Square, Suite 200, Kingsport, TN 37660
(423)-247-8840 phone
(423)-245-1646 fax website

Fee Based Asset Management & Securities Offered Through LPL Financial


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kingsport Animal Shelter needs food donations

Jeff – I have received a call stating the Kingsport Animal Shelter is asking for donations of dog food, puppy food, cat food, blankets, newspapers, etc. They are in much need of food. They placed an ad in yesterday’s paper but the donations are coming in slow. I was wondering if you would send out an email to all your recipients’. Thanks.

Linda M. Myrtle

Linda M. Myrtle
HR Employment Assistant
Human Resources
Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center
Telephone 423.224.6454
Fax 423.224.6419

"Caring for you so you can care for others"

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Nov 7: Fashion Show & Brunch for Breast Cancer Awareness

Jeff the Wellmont Cancer Center is doing a breast cancer awareness brunch. Would it be possible for you to send the attached form to your email list? I would really appreciate you promoting such an awesome cause. Thanks.

Teresa Bailey
Clinical Trials Coordinator
Kingsport Hematology Oncology
423-224-3738 Phone
423-224-3534 Fax
423-578-5276- pager

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D-B Lady Indians volleyball sweeps Collierville in 3 games, play winner of Karns-Ravenwood tomorrow at 1130 central time

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wednesday Oct 28th ONLY - Books-A-Million and Sullivan County Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Sullivan County In-Store Book Fair

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
10:00am - 4:00pm

Books A Million
2626 E Stone Dr (Kingsport Pavilion)

Phone: 4232454931

Help a child receive a book! Give the gift of reading with your purchase on this date. Books A Million will donate 20% of net sales from one of our registers to the Sullivan County Imagination Library. Help us help the library give the gift of books to thousands of children in the Sullivan County area.

Celebrating Small Business Successes in Kingsport!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Kingsport honored with "Reflections of Christ" exhibit

Dear Jeff,

Hi! I am the Director of Public Affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here in the Tri-Cities area. I was wondering if you might consider posting this on your blog? It's truly an honor that Kingsport is able to host this exhibit, as it as only been to much larger cities. I have posted the sample release below to tell a little about it. It's truly amazing.

To see a preview visit:

Thanks so much,Melissa Golden

P.S. I received your email from a good friend of mine, Peter Roueche.

Witnessing the life of Christ

New photography exhibit shows Christ in a whole new light

What if you could have been there the night of Christ's birth? Or the day of his baptism? What would it have been like to sit at his feet while he taught the people — the sinners, the children, the apostles? What would the sky have looked like over Gethsemane?

Photographer Mark Mabry’s exhibit, Reflections of Christ, is a unique witness of the Lord Jesus Christ through the stunning realism of photography. (See a slide show preview at

Catch the exhibit November 1-8 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – 100 Canongate Road, Kingsport, weekdays 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 3pm-8pm. Closed Monday.

Mabry’s 26 images of New Testament-era scenes from the life of Christ, including the Nativity, his miracles, and his death and resurrection, will make people feel like they are personally witnessing the Savior’s most awe-inspiring moments.Reflections of Christ is fast-becoming internationally known to people of many Christian faiths. The 31-year-old photographer first displayed an exhibit of the photos in Mesa, Ariz. last January and it was an immediate hit. More than 100,000 people saw it there, and more than 1.3 million from around the world have clicked online to see Mabry’s images.That led to a North American tour, a coffee table book of the images, a making-of DVD and a CD of the music that plays in the exhibit. The exhibit is currently touring Canada and the U.S., including stops in Edmonton, New York, Detroit, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Washington D.C. and we now have the privilege of hosting it in Kingsport – the only city in Tennessee to receive this honor.# # #

About the AuthorMark Mabry studied art photography at the Brooks Institute of Photography at Santa Barbara, California. He owns a photography studio and is a professional photographer focusing on family and commercial portraiture. Reflections of Christ is his first book. Mark and his wife, Tara, and their three young children live in Mesa, Arizona.

Thurs Oct 29 - Trick-or-Treating at Kingsport Town Center (Fort Henry Mall)


We are hosting our annual Halloween event at the mall this year on Thursday, October 29th from 6-9 pm. Could you help us get the word out about the event. We always have a great crowd here and it a lot of fun! Thanks so much!-----Amy B.

Halloween Trick-or-Treating and a whole lot of FUN!

Join us for Trick-or-Treating and a whole lot of fun at Kingsport Town Center on Thursday, October 29th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Trick-or-Treat store to store while supplies last (for kids 12 and under). The Kingsport Cosmopolitan Club will be on hand for their annual Halloween Carnival with lots of family fun, games and prizes. We're also having a carved pumpkin contest, too. Bring your carved pumpkin to the mall and compete to win a $100 shopping spree and other prizes. We're going to have a howling good time!

Date & Time
10/29/096:00 - 9:00 pm

Throughout the mall on both upper and lower levels

Contact & Sponsor
Amy Boyles at (423) 246-1697

Community Invited to Participate in Art Project at Kingsport Center for Higher Education

KINGSPORT, TN - The Kingsport Public Art Committee is pleased to announce the award of the Kingsport Higher Education Center Community Art Project to Patti Lawrence. In December 2008 a Request for Proposals for art projects in conjunction with the Kingsport Center for Higher Education was released to the community. Public Art Projects are funded by the City of Kingsport’s Percent for Art Program that allocates three quarters of one percent of the construction budget for the acquisition, installation and maintenance of art for public places. Additionally, the First Tennessee Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to the Kingsport Public Art Committee for this community art project which allows the artist to work with schools and with the community in building the mobile.

Patti Lawrence, the owner of The Gallery of Local Artists located at 158 Broad Street, holds a BFA from School of Visual Arts, New York, NY and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ. Since 1990 she has been an active teacher/instructor in the arts having worked with the Knoxville Museum of Art, Oak Ridge Children’s Museum, and Hands On! Museum in Johnson City. 2007 she opened her own gallery on Broad Street with business hours 11- 2 PM Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment.

Lawrence’s proposal won praise from the Kingsport Higher Education Center selection committee. Chairman Mary Banks said, “We loved Patti’s concept right away. She caught the essence of the community art project and incorporated environmentally friendly and sustainable elements in the proposed construction.” Others serving on the selection committee for the Kingsport Higher Education Center included Jeff Fleming, David Mason, Chris Campbell and the architect Li Wang.

According to Lawrence’s proposal, “I have come up with a wonderful idea for the Higher Education Center Community Art Project. When completed, a dazzling, colorful mobile of swirling translucent birds will inhabit the atrium of the building, reflecting jewel tones of light throughout the space and transforming it into a magical aviary.” Lawrence will create the birds from recycled plastic containers which is in-keeping with the building’s environmentally advanced LEED certification. Lawrence will suspend the birds as a mobile in the 3-story atrium. Lawrence explains, “The old adage, ‘Birds of a feather…’ comes to mind, and yet we see in the mobile that different birds can ‘flock together’ in a cohesive community, each individual being beautiful on its own, yet becoming more important as part of the whole. The symbolism of the birds as us combines Kingsport’s history as a bird sanctuary and its present and future as a place that many have migrated to from other parts of the country and the world.”

Lawrence has already conducted one teacher in-service training session for art teachers of the Kingsport City School system. She is also available to visit with any school in Sullivan County to explain her project at the Kingsport Higher Education Center and work with art teachers on a similar project. In addition she has a variety of lesson-plans that educators can use to allow students to participate with “Birds of a Feather”. Lawrence has set two workshops that are free to the public for anyone in the community to participate in ‘bird building’. On Saturday, October 17 and November 14, from 11 AM to 2 PM, the public is invited to learn more about the mobile and to assist with the building of a bird. For more information on the classes or to register for he workshops call Patti Lawrence at 423-367-9211.

Targeted installation for the ‘Bird of a Feather’ mobile is April 2010. Community efforts will also be documented and celebrated at that time at the Kingsport Higher Education Center.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Here's your chance, Kingsport School Survey

I heard many complain about school starting so early this year in Kingsport, here is your chance for input on next year's calendar. Do you want a Fall Break? Don't miss this opportunity to express your opinion:

Click to take survey:

KINGSPORT – Kingsport City Schools is offering staff, parents and students the opportunity to express their preferences for the 2010-2011 school calendar through an online survey.

The survey allows parents, staff and students the opportunity to submit input regarding the start of school, length of fall break and other issues related to the school year. Additional questions have been added this year to gauge interest in alternative school calendars, including non-traditional calendars, extended school days and a lengthened school year.

The Kingsport Board of Education will consider the results of the survey during their November 19,2009 work session. The Board is expected to make a decision on the final school calendar during their December 3, 2009 school board meeting. Survey results will be collected until Friday, November 13. A computer will be made available at each school for parents to fill out the survey if they do not have access to a home computer.

For more information on the school calendar survey, please contact the Kingsport City Schools Community Relations Office at (423) 378-2123

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Haunted Half Marathon coming to Downtown Kingsport

For schedule, click here

The Haunted Half is a flat double loop course that begins in Downtown Kingsport on Halloween at 3 p.m. The Haunted Half offers something for the whole family on this spooky holiday. Bring the kids for the Monster Dash Youth Runs and activities. Following the races will be a Halloween festival with musical entertainment, food and Trunk or Treating!!

We need some help with getting bodies for the "trunk or treat" Here is the link at gotricities. There is no charge to participate. There is a cash prize for the best trunk. Event is from 5:30 till 7:30. Times News and go-tricities is working to make this Halloween the best in the Tri Cities. We need your help to promote Halloween in Kingsport. Please send this out to your respective lists. Thanks for your support.

Doug Beatty
423 797-1647
I will be using mobile blog-twitter-facebook updates to post Volleyball State Tournament results next week. Bear with me until I get back to normal content.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Number of patrons, programs soaring at Kingsport Public Library

Number of patrons, programs at Kingsport Public Library soaring Kingsport Times News By Matthew Lane KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Public Library is seeing more items go out the door and more people coming through the door than ever before. ...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Time Sensitive: How do you feel about State Theatre?

Dear all,

We at the Cinema Preservation Group have been chosen to compose a document highlighting the financial and community effects related to the restoration and operation of the State Theatre in downtown Kingsport, TN.

We are currently conducting research and are asking you to please take a few minutes of your time to complete this survey. If you could forward this message on to any other people you may know who are connected with Kingsport in any way and encourage them to complete this survey we would be most appreciative. We ask that you respond as quickly as possible.

The final deadline to complete the survey will be this coming Monday, October 26.

Thank you in advance for your time, we understand it is valuable and sincerely appreciate you cooperation. If you have any comments, concerns, or questions please email

To complete survey click here or go to:


The Cinema Preservation Group

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009 Gives You a Chance to Win $20 for tracking D-B football scores quarter-by-quarter

Following every DB home game, gives away a $20 gift certificate to Kaffe Blue. All you have to do to qualify is go to and enter the number of points scored during each quarter. A form is provided on page 26 of the football program making it easy to track the scores.

Enjoy the game!

The Pig

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Kingsport's Seay Wins Regional "Outstanding Volunteer" Award

AARP TN President Receives Regional `Outstanding Volunteer’ Award

Margot Seay Lauded by Area Agencies on Aging for Long-Term Care Work

AARP Tennessee State President Margot Seay (of Kingsport), who has spent more than a decade advocating for improvements in long-term care services, was presented Monday with an award recognizing her as the 2009 ``Outstanding Volunteer in Aging’’ by the eight-state Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

``There were so many excellent candidates, but Margot’s nomination was moved to the top of the list almost immediately,’’ said Knoxville’s Aaron Bradley, president of the Tennessee Association of Area Agencies on Aging and a member of the regional association’s awards committee. ``She is the epitome of volunteerism in this field of work. What she is doing in her community and across the state is having a tremendous impact on people’s lives.’’

Seay’s work on landmark legislation restructuring the state’s long-term care system has even been recognized by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, who invited Margot on a six-city tour last year to celebrate passage of the Long-Term Care Community Choices Act.

``"This is a well-deserved honor and I offer my congratulations to Margot," said the governor. "She works tirelessly for Tennessee's senior citizens with great energy and enthusiasm, and as State President of AARP, made an invaluable contribution to the state's efforts to expand long-term care options."

Seay, who lives in Kingsport, Tenn., was appointed to AARP’s highest-ranking volunteer position in January 2007. Margot was employed as the Recruiter/Coordinator of Volunteers for the First Tennessee District Ombudsman Program from 1996-2002. It was through her work in the Ombudsman Program, plus caring for her aging mother, that she became interested in expanding available long-term care choices in Tennessee.

Seay, who was presented with the award during a luncheon in Charleston, S.C., said she was honored. ``I can’t tell you how much I appreciate and admire the work that the area agencies do. They led the way for changing our long-term care system and I look forward to working with them on the implementation of the Choices program,’’ she said.

The Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging, which represents Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky, was created as an advocacy association in 1974 and served as the prototype for the national association. To learn more, visit

With more than 700,000 members in Tennessee, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To learn more, visit

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

CNN/Money ranks Kingsport #1 in fastest small business growth

Kingsport ranked #1 in the nation! In these metro areas, the number of small businesses -- companies with fewer than 50 employees -- grew fast from 2004-2007.

Kingsport to host Tennessee Valley Showcase Band Competition this weekend

*Don't miss the 650 member "All Kingsport City Schools Band" performing the National Anthem* schedule

Click here for all the details


Will you please send out a reminder of TVS Band Competition this Saturday, October 17

3rd Annual Tennessee Valley Showcase Band Competition
J. Fred Johnson Stadium
Saturday, October 17, 2009

The competition will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the National Anthem being played by over 650 musicians comprised of the Dobyns Bennett Marching Band and all 7th and 8th grade members of the John Sevier and Ross N. Robinson middle school bands. This will truly be a moment you would not want to miss. You will experience 13 Premier bands throughout our area and the Southeast. Competition will conclude with an exhibition performance by our own Dobyns-Bennett Marching Band.

Don't miss "Taste of the Showcase" where you can feast on great food from local restaurants such as Chef's, Riverfront, Bone Fire, and Salsarita's.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $7.00. Gates Open at 3:30 p.m.

Thank you,
Sharon Duncan
Co-Chair Tennessee Valley Showcase

Sharon Duncan
Town & Country Realty

Monday, October 12, 2009

City eyes next phase for energy savings

Kingsport eyes next phase for energy savings Kingsport Times News By Matthew Lane KINGSPORT — Kingsport plans to implement a second wave of energy-saving measures at more than a dozen city facilities next year, ...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

D-B's Lafe Cook's family featured on PBS National Park series

Recently, I was watching the PBS series on National Parks. The episode focused on Mt. McKinley's transformation into Denali and the longtime National Park leader who successfully closed the politically sensitive deal. That leader was John Cook. After his work at Denali, he was transferred to Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

I remembered one time that D-B's band director, Lafe Cook, said he moved to Tennessee with his family as part of the National Park Service. So, I asked and Lafe confirmed that it was in fact his family. (He also granted permission for me to share this information).

There's even a website dedicated to his family's service:

Four generations of the Cook family: John Edwin Cook, John Oliver Cook, John E. Cook and John Lafeyette "Lafe" Cook (Dobyns-Bennett Band Director). Lafe's sister Kayci Cook Collins is the 4th generation of Cooks to joing the National Park Service.

Lafe's mom's side (the Guillett's) were also park superintendents. He was the only one not to join - and the Park Service's loss is Kingsport's gain!

Now you know the rest of the story!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Rock Springs Road improvements in the works

Rock Springs Road improvements in the works Kingsport Times News By Matthew Lane Kingsport officials are planning to spend about $1.4 million to make improvements along Rock Springs Road. David Grace photo. ...

Monday, October 05, 2009

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Holiday Market at MeadowView

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Hi, Jeff. As you know, Holiday Market is our only fundraiser each year and all funds raised through the Market are used to enhance the lives of women and children in the Kingsport area.

One of our project focus areas this year is feeding the hungry. We are feeding kids on weekends throughout the school year in several Sullivan County elementary schools through our Feed the Kids Backpack Project. These kids have been identified by school personnel. We also are partnering with Kingsport City Schools homeless education program to provide food for several efforts they have planned. And, we will host our annual Junior League Food Drive in conjunction with the Bristol and Johnson City Leagues this spring for Second Harvest Food Bank. We have hosted the food drive for 25+ consecutive years, and it is consistently the largest drive Second Harvest has and serves to provide food for many families whose kids are on free lunch during the school year but have no breakfasts/lunches provided during the summer.

JLK has several other projects planned for the year that are not food related, but in this challenging economy food issues are great for the many working poor who, though they work a full-time job (sometimes more than one job), there's just not enough money to provide for their families. They have to make difficult decisions each month about whether to pay the rent or buy groceries/medicine for their kids. I hope that you will be able to help us promote Holiday Market. Here's a link to the Holiday Market information page on our JLK website. Thanks in advance for your help and all that you do to promote Kingsport and the great things that happen here every day!

Jane Henry

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Prom and Mom Expo at MeadowView


If you have space on your blog, would you mind to share the following information with the community? Many Kingsport businesses are sponsoring this event, including MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center, Absolute Communications, DJ Express, and Charter Media. I am not personally involved in this event, but have several good friends who have worked very hard to develop this one of kind event in our area. There are several women's and bridal expos held annually, but nothing targeted just to the teen and college aged young women in our region. Thanks!

On Sunday, October 11th from 1-6 pm, the Women's Symphony Committee will hold the first annual "Prom and Mom Expo" at MeadowView Convention Center in Kingsport. Women's Symphony Committee is a non-profit group of volunteers who provide volunteer and financial support to The Symphony of The Mountains>and the area Youth Orchestra. Visit the "Prom and Mom Expo" and shop for Beauty Products, Boutique Clothing, Cakes and Decorations, Designer Jeans, DJs, Event Venues, Handbags, Home D├ęcor, Floral Designs, Sterling Silver and Costume Jewelry. Area high school youth will be modeling the latest in formal wear attire. Many booths will feature Kingsport based vendors. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Robin Cleary

Friday, October 02, 2009

Wellmont seeks community votes in online contest for Children's Miracle Network

KINGSPORT – Wellmont Health System is asking for the community’s help to win a game room makeover from Xbox 360 being given to three hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network.
Game Room Giveaway presented by Microsoft’s Xbox is an online contest, and children who receive treatment at the hospitals of Wellmont Health System are the potential winners. Wellmont is the regional affiliate for the Children’s Miracle Network, and donations received from Children’s Miracle Network help provide medical equipment, services and treatment for children at Wellmont hospitals.

Xbox is asking for America’s vote to determine the three Children’s Miracle Network hospitals that will receive a game room makeover as determined by online voting at The game room makeover for each winning hospital is valued at $10,000.

Each person is allowed 10 votes a day – so all it takes is 10 clicks of a computer mouse. Votes will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 16.

“In order to win, we must be in the top three hospitals,” said Todd Norris, executive director of Wellmont Foundation. “If community members will cast 10 votes today for Wellmont in the Children’s Miracle Network Game Room Giveaway, we can help bring a game room makeover to our hospitals. We have the power to make a real difference for the children we care for in our hospitals – but it will take votes from people throughout our community.”

Every time an individual votes for a hospital, he or she is also entered to win one of five Xbox 360 Elite consoles.

Kingsport Schools make Top 10 list for lowest rate of energy use per student in Tennessee

KINGSPORT – Kingsport City Schools has been placed among the top ten school systems in the state with the lowest rate of energy use per student, according to a report released by the Tennessee Department of Education’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative.

The report noted that Kingsport City Schools has reduced energy costs by an estimated 22% from 2003 to 2008. In 2003, Kingsport ranked 21st of 136 systems in the state for lowest energy use per student. The school system improved its ranking to 8th in the state in 2008.

The savings is especially notable as the school system has added several office facilities and expanded the Dobyns-Bennett High School campus with the opening of a new art wing, field house and an instrumental building in the same time frame.

The further reduction of energy costs was targeted as a major budget reduction initiative last year, according to KCS Director of Facilities David Carper. An example of this initiative includes the installation of a centralized energy management system that allows administrators to control building temperatures from one location.

Classrooms temperatures were adjusted from the normal operating set temperature of 72 degrees to a summer set point of 80 degrees. Temperatures in classrooms have been regulated to 72 degrees during the school day in the warmer months and 68 degrees in the winter months. When the school day is over, temperatures are adjusted to 80 degrees in the warmer months and 60 degrees in the winter months.

With the new centralized temperature control system, the school system realized an 11% decrease in energy usage in June and July of 2009 compared to the same time period in 2008 – a savings of more than $21,000 in two months. Carper said several school facilities saw a reduction in energy usage that ranged from 10 to 44% in June and July of 2009.

“We are very pleased with the results of this initiative. Not only is reducing energy usage and costs beneficial to our school operations and to city taxpayers, it is also the right thing to do in terms of raising awareness of energy use in our schools,” according to Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard Kitzmiller.

The school system hopes to realize additional energy savings with the installation of solar panels in the Dobyns-Bennett Career and Technical Center, along with the geothermal heating and cooling system operating at John Adams Elementary School.

For more information on Kingsport City School’s energy reduction efforts, contact Amy Greear, Director of Communications, at (423) 378-2123 or David Carper, Facilities Director, at (423) 378-2196.
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.