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Monday, November 30, 2009

A 16-year old's perspective on living in Kingsport.

Click to enlarge. A 16-year old's perspective on living in Kingsport.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dec 4 - ETSU Bluegrass and Wreath Festival at Netherland Inn

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Matthew West coming to Higher Ground in Kingsport

In response to Operation Christmas Child, Christian recording artist, Matthew West, will be live in concert at Higher Ground Baptist Church in Kingsport, TN on Friday, December 17. Tickets are $10. Call HGBC at 423.245.3141

Playlist of top songs:

The Motions

Next Thing You Know


You are Everything

When I Say I Do

Only Grace

Something to Say

Safe and Sound

Stop the World

Top Programs win Innovations in American Government Awards

Top Programs Win Innovations in American Government Awards Nation's Cities Weekly Kingsport's Higher Education Initiative revitalized a region with an over-reliance on heavy manufacturing, an aging population and a shrinking work force ...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

City goes green with construction of higher education center

City goes green with construction of Kingsport Center for Higher ... Kingsport Times News By Matthew Lane KINGSPORT — City officials say the Kingsport Center for Higher Education is one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the region, ...

Friday, November 27, 2009

Spurrier's rivals - Kingsport, FSU, Clemson

Spurrier battles with SCarolina-Clemson intensity The Associated Press In the early '60s at Scientific Hill High in the mountains of Tennessee, he said there's nothing he wanted to do more than knock off crosstown Kingsport ...

Kingsport-Bristol ranks #11 in the nation in house price appreciation (3Q09)

For detailed report, click here. Kingsport-Bristol ranks #11 of 297 metro areas in house price appreciation in the U.S. for the 3rd Quarter and #42 for 1-year. Kingsport-Bristol is one of only 31 metros to post any increase at all -- and the only one in Tennessee.

Florida is particularly hard hit with 7 of the bottom 20 MSA's. Chattanooga (#55) and Charlottesville (#53) are the next highest ranking metros in Tennessee and Virginia, respectively.

Other nearby metros were: Asheville, NC (#47), Hickory, NC (#122), Greenville, SC (#129), Knoxville, TN (#137), Roanoke, VA (#151), Spartanburg, SC (#190).

House prices in Kingsport-Bristol increased 25.43% in 5 years. The worst depreciation is Las Vegas, NV at -34.29% (5-years) and -8.46% (3Q09).

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Black Friday - 70 new deals added to Jeff, would you mind adding Kingsport Deals to your list of good news announcements this week? I am so excited about having 70 COUPONS this week on the website. Our Kingsport merchants really came through this week on making sure we provided our area residents with wonderful ways to save!

Thank you so much!

Emily Macbeth
Kingsport Deals
423-246-2188 Fax

Black Friday - $1,000 Downtown Kingsport Shopping Spree

Don't miss your chance for some great deals on Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving.

Merchants will be open extra hours to help you with your Christmas shopping on Nov. 27th and 28th.

For every $100 you spend in a downtown restaurant or store, you are entered to win a $1000 Downtown Shopping Spree!!

Here are a few of the deals Downtown Kingsport Merchants will be offering:

The Guilded Nest - Willow Tree Angels 1/2 price~Lady Primrose Royal Bath Products 1/2 Price~15% off purchases over $40.00 (does not apply to sale products)

Haggle Shop Antiques - Select booths are ½ price ~ Several booths are 20-30% off

Ripper Arts Studio & Gallery - $5 off $50 purchase, $15 off $100, $30 off $200, $100 off $500

RiverMtn. Antiques - 1/2 off all embroidery~10% off Flax and Sacred Threads and jewelry from 12:00- 2:00~20% off furniture not reduced over 50.00 or marked Firm~ Certain candles are buy 2 get 15% off~ Pendleton Bedding sets 20% off~20% off furniture unless already marked down or Firm~5% off custom ordered furniture 10% off anything over 50.00

Finer Things for Her - Additional $20 with $100 gift card purchase ~ free gift wrapping and shipping with $50 purchase

Nooks & Crannies Antiques - Photos with Santa!!

Stir Fry Café - Happy Hour specials from 4-7p.m. ~ Half Price sushi on Saturday from 5-9p.m.~ Ivy Road performing Friday night and What It Is on Saturday night

The Barefoot Chameleon - Free gift w/ $50 purchase of Melissa and Doug Toys~25% off pet items in Pet Corner

Carriage House -Free gift with $50 Life is Good purchase.

Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau
Amy Margaret McColl
151 E. Main Street
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660

"Blue Thursday" - Sullivan South Send Off

The Sullivan South Rebels football team will leave on Thursday at 4pm to head to the State semi-finals (Final Four). If you have finished your Thanksgiving Festivities how about coming out to cheer for these guys as they leave Kingsport. No matter who you pull for on Friday nights come on out and cheer for the Rebels and let them know that we are all behind them as they go for the state!

So, here's some additional info: In addition to the support below, wanted to pass along to you that Tom Taylor and the gang will broadcast the game Friday night for those who will not be making the trip. Remember the time difference. Pre-game show at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and game time 8:00 p.m. Eastern on AM 870 or FM 100.7. Pass along to those who aren't going to Columbia.

You can also hear the game streaming live on the internet. Go to (scoreboard)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kingsport Archives featured in 'Posterity Project' blog


I am sending you a link to a write up about the archives by Gordon Belt who runs the blog The Posterity Project.


Brianne Wright
City Archivist
Kingsport Public Library and Archives
400 Broad Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

Kingsport Archives blog

Jeff, I have started a blog for the Archives of the City of Kingsport. I am hoping that it will be a good avenue in which to share with people what the archives is about and what sort of information the archives has to offer. I will be posting on a variety of topics about the history of the city and will be sharing plenty of historical photos. Please check out the blog at Thank you.

Brianne Wright
City Archivist
Archives of the City of Kingsport
400 Broad Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

Bear 'n Friends Toy Store in Kingsport

We visited a toy store that recently opened near TJ Maxx. It would be helpful if you could take time to do a “Good News” email about them. It’s a very nice store!! Being a grandmom who has had two grandsons in the last two years and expecting another TODAY, I really appreciate having a topnotch toy store in Kingsport. We need to inform people that it’s here and encourage them to shop there. Thanks for anything you can do to spread the word!

I love to receive your good news emails…..they get my day off to a great start!

Susan Foster

Postcards of vintage Kingsport photos available

You might like to mention that the Friends of The Archives, Kingsport Public Library has launched the sales of picture postcards with vintage Kingsport photos. These postcards are sold in a package of five different scenes for $5.00 and are available at the Kingsport Library and Archives, Mary's Kitchen Shop, Carriage House, Up Against The Wall, Downtown Kingsport Association, P&J Antiques, Haggle Shop and Nooks & Crannies.

The funds raised will be used to support the Intern program for the Archives.

Kenny Stallard
Friends of The Archives, Board of Directors,

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Animal Shelter Challenge

Hey Jeff, Just wanted to let you know through the website The Animal Rescue Site, you can vote in the Shelter Challenge (everyday) for your favorite shelter to win $100,000. I just voted for the Humane Society of Greater Kingsport. It takes less than 5 minutes, if everyone on your mailing list voted once a day we could win some much needed money for the Humane Society in Kingsport.Hope you are wonderful! Thanks!~Nikki Burdine

Symphony of the Mountains - Wellmont Holiday Concert

Symphony of the Mountains, under the direction of Music Director/Conductor Cornelia Kodkani-Laemmli, will present their annual Wellmont Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 5 at 3:00PM at the Toy F. Reid (Eastman) Employee Center in Kingsport. Joining the orchestra are Voices of the Mountains, under the direction of Dr. W. Patrick Flannagan, Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy (MECCA), under the direction of Jane DeLoach Morison, Tri-City Mass Choir, directed by Troy Shelley, and popular recording artist Carla Karst.

Symphony of the Mountains will be featured alone in performance of Corelli's popular Concerto Grosso No. 8, known as the Christmas Concerto and Lucas Richman's Reindeer Variations. The orchestra will joined by Voices of the Mountains and MECCA members (East Tennessee Children's Choir, Highlands Youth Ensemble and MECCA men) for Three Holiday Songs from "Home Alone" by John Williams. Featured songs from the wildly popular holiday movie are "Somewhere in My Memory", "Star of Bethlehem" and "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas". The orchestra will then be joined by various ensembles in performances of Holst's Christmas Day, Total Praise, The Christmas Song, Blue Christmas. All choirs and soloist Carla Karst will join the orchestra to perform Oh, Lord, We Praise You. In hopes that a brief respite from this busy work season can be taken, a very special “North Pole visitor” has been invited to make an appearance at this wonderful concert to usher in the holiday season. This recipe of classical, traditional, gospel and holiday pops is sure to please musical appetites of all ages! As an extra treat, the audience is invited to the performers in the lobby for cookies and punch following the program.

This concert is sponsored by Wellmont Health System, Eastman Chemical Company, John and Joan Gregory, and is funded, in part, under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets prices range from $10 to $25. Group rates of $12 per ticket are available for groups of ten or more. For further information and to purchase tickets, please contact Symphony of the Mountains by telephone at 423-392-8423, by fax at 423-392-8428, by e-mail at, online at their website ,or in their office at the Kingsport Renaissance Center, Suite 311. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express credit cards are accepted. The box office will open ninety minutes prior to the performance and tickets will be available at the door.

Kingsport Library offering downloadable books for you to test

The Kingsport public Library is a beta test site for downloadable applications for our TUMBLEBOOKS online resource (tumblebooks is located on our webpage on left side) Tumblebooks are interactive books for children and audiobooks for teens. The below link is a demo page – there will be an iTouch emulator and sample video files to test on iTouch, iPhone and PSP. If any of you are interested in testing this, please feel free and give me some feedback.

Thanks bunches!

Helen Whittaker
Library Manager
Kingsport Public Library
400 Broad Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
(423)224-2558 fax

Small Business Award Contenders Announced

The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) today announced 23 contenders in the 15th Annual KOSBE Awards, competing for one of the five awards: one award for Young Entrepreneur (under age 40), one for New Business (in operation for at least 12 months but not more than 36 months), and two awards for Business Excellence (employing Under 10 Employees and employing 10 Employees and Up in 2009). Selections will be made based on reported past financial performance, growth in number of employees, business staying power and history, story of success overcoming adversity, community involvement, marketing creativity, and presented strategies for growth.

A Super Party (Ashley Cooper)
A Team Real Estate Professionals (Pam Addington)
Clean + Safe Janitorial Services (John Humphries)
Cruise Planners (Kathy Kennedy)
Edo Sushi Bar & Grill (May Ling Hu-Lai & Benson Lai)
Energy Savers LLC (Jeremiah Hein)
Maxwell Coach Company, Inc. (Charles W. Maxwell)
Phil's Dream Pit LLC (Phil & Dianna Pipkin)
Pinnacle Ranch LLC (Holly Hopson)
River Mtn. Antiques & Primitives (Debbie Dykes)
SONALI Medi Spa & Salon (Shari Rajoo)
StudioTan (Reid & Kristin Burton)
Talkback Inc (Ashley C. Morris)
The Nutty Java (Mark McCrary)

The recipient of the Impact Award for an outstanding individual and small business advocate must be nominated by a business who has entered the contest in one of the preceding categories.

Casia Lai, Edo Sushi Bar & Grill (nominated by Edo Sushi Bar & Grill)
Pam Addington, A Team Real Estate (nominated by A Team Real Estate Professionals)
Andy Bonner, Dent K. Burk (nominated by A Super Party)
Suzi Gibson, Bristol-Kingsport KOA (nominated by Cruise Planners)
Keith Timbes, Institution Food House (nominated by Phil’s Dream Pit)
Todd Miller, Holston Medical Group (nominated by Clean + Safe Janitorial Services)
Kevin Harmon, Kingsport Town Center (Nominated by The Nutty Java)
Joyce Grills, The Haggle Shop (nominated by River Mtn. Antiques & Primitives)
Anthony Daniels, former Pastor of Central Baptist Church (nominated by Maxwell Coach Company)

The winners will be revealed in December, at a special recognition event, and awarded a KOSBE helm award on stage, recognition during Kingsport Chamber and KOSBE events, digital award emblem to display on their company literature and web site, spotlight on Kingsport Chamber and KOSBE web sites, recognition in Times-News, and one free class enrollment (valued at $800) in the two-day class entitled “Achieving World-Class Results” offered by nationally-renowned Pal’s Business Excellence Institute.

The 2009 Annual KOSBE Awards will be presented on Thursday, December 10, 2009, 5:30 PM –7:00 PM, at BANQ which is located in the heart of Downtown Kingsport in the historic First National Bank Building, at 255 Broad Street –2nd Floor, Kingsport, Tennessee.

Preceding award presentations, keynote speaker Michael Strickland, Chairman of Knoxville-based Bandit Lites, the second largest lighting hire company in the world, will share the inspirational and educational story of how he (starting at the age of 12) turned a $25 idea into a multimillion dollar business. Founded in Kingsport, in 1968, Bandit Lites has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia; and has been serving a variety of A-list artists and entertainment clients, including but not limited to WWF Wrestling, R.E.M., Jimmy Buffet, Garth Brooks, and the Super Bowl half-time show, for over 40 years.

The title sponsor of the 2009 Annual KOSBE Awards is Southeast Community Capital. Additional sponsors include Citizens Bank, Clark & Company Development, GTS Refreshment Services, Integrity Capital Management, Kingsport Times-News, Leinbach Building Services, Pal’s Business Excellence Institute, Plastic Surgery Center of East Tennessee, the Small Business Administration (SBA), Triten Insurance & Financial Services Inc., Urban Synergy, and Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout PC.

For more information and tickets visit KOSBE's web site, or call (423) 392-8811.

KOSBE is a nonprofit economic development organization that represents a partnership between the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and a proud Strategic Resource Partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

FREE opportunity for your out-of-town family, friends to tour Downtown Sculpture Walk

Black Friday - Downtown Kingsport

KINGSPORT, TN - Join members of the Kingsport Public Art Committee for a free tour of the 10 pieces in Sculpture Walk III. Volunteer tour guides will meet with those interested in a tour at the corner of Market and Broad Streets at 10 AM on Friday, November 27. This post-Thanksgiving stroll will provide information and insight into the temporary and permanent sculptures placed along Broad and Main Streets in Downtown Kingsport. No reservation required. Dress for the weather. Tour last approximately 1 hour and covers 8 city blocks. The Sculpture Walk is a program of the Kingsport Public Art Committee and Cultural Arts Division. It is made possible by donations from businesses and individuals and through a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Bonnie Macdonald

Kingsport Renaissance Center Cultural Arts Division
1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN 37660

Kingsport's young professionals kick off first Animal Shelter food donation campaign

Knetic, Kingsport’s young professional organization, will kick off its first Animal Shelter Food Donation Campaign at Stir Fry Café in Kingsport on Monday, November 23rd at 6 -8 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to join the kick-off celebration by bringing a bag(s) of dry animal food to Stir Fry Café in downtown Kingsport. Those who donate food will receive 2 for 1 appetizers and an extended happy hour as an incentive for your generosity.

Amy Margaret McColl, 2009 Co-Social Chair, gave the following reason for Knetic starting the campaign, “We recently learned that our local shelters were running low on food. Knetic believes community involvement is an essential part of our organization and we wanted to step up to the plate to help these animals. It is our hope that Kingsport will be very giving in this time of need.”

The two week campaign will run from Monday, November 23rd until Sunday, December 6th. The community will find red marked barrels at the following businesses around the city:

Hairbenders Salon (2617 E Center Street, 37660)
Studio Tan-1225 N. Eastman Road #110 (Food City Shopping Center)
A-Team Real Estate Professionals-1938 Brookside Drive
Stir Fry Café (Kingsport)-125 Broad Street (Downtown Kingsport)
Kingsport Town Center (formerly Fort Henry Mall)-located outside Dollar Tree Entrance 2nd Level
Kingsport Chamber of Commerce-151 East Main Street
The Shack BBQ and Grill-4231 Fort Henry Dr. (Colonial Heights)

Hairbenders Salon, Studio Tan and Stir Fry will offer the following discounts for food donations (valid only through duration of campaign):
Hairbenders Salon: $30 off cut and color with select stylist or 25% off one styling product
Studio Tan: 10% off any purchase
Stir Fry: 2 for 1 appetizers

In addition to a barrel located outside of the Dollar Tree Entrance, Kingsport Town Center will also have a barrel available inside at the Santa Set (upper level across from escalators) during Pet Photo Nights with Santa Claus. This is a great opportunity to have your pet’s photo made with Santa while helping animals in need. The dates for Pet Photo Night at the mall are as follows (and extend beyond the end of the campaign): December 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17 from 5-8 pm.

The Kingsport Animal Shelter and Journey’s End No-Kill Animal Society will receive the items donated. Management from both shelters indicated that they are in need of the following items: (listed in order of need)
· Cat Food
· Kitten Food
· Cat Litter
· Dog Food
· Puppy Food

Please remember to donate dry food only.

While we only have a limited number of barrels, Knetic encourages all businesses to step forward and help the homeless animals in our area.

Knetic is a civic and social group for young leaders and professionals in Kingsport, TN and the surrounding area. For more information on Knetic, please visit the website at or send an email to

If you would like information about adopting a pet from one of these facilities please contact:

Kingsport Animal Shelter:
2141 Idle Hour Rd.
Monday through Saturday: 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Journey’s End No-Kill Animal Society:
Mary Randolph
285 Rock Springs Rd.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Carson-Newman advances to Elite 8 in NCAA D2 Football Playoffs

The Carson-Newman football team erupted for 49 first-half points and held off a late rally by West Alabama on its way to a 59-21 victory on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Carson-Newman (10-2) extends its winning streak to 10 games and advances to the Division II Quarterfinals, where they will face North Alabama (11-1) next Saturday at 1 p.m. in Florence, Ala.

Roster of NETN/SWVA regional team members:

Matthew Arnold (Abingdon, VA/Abingdon)
Miles Hite (Bristol, Tenn./Tennessee High)
Cody Calloway (Bristol, Va./John S. Battle)
Joe Cadle (Bristol, Va./John S. Battle)
Thomas Turnbull (Bristol. Tenn./Tennessee High)
Chris Robinson (Clintwood, VA/Clintwood)
Russell Hull (Clintwood, VA/Clintwood)
Corey Headley (Erwin, Tenn./Unicoi County)
Drew Rice (Erwin, Tenn./Unicoi County)
Adam Venters (Fall Branch, Tenn. / Daniel Boone)
Tyler Stewart (Greeneville, Tenn./Greeneville)
Christian McFall (Jefferson City, Tenn./Jefferson County H.S.)
Issac Kinley (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill)
Larry Smith (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill)
Zack Fleming (Kingsport, Tenn./Dobyns-Bennett)
Jaycob Coleman (Norton, Va./John I. Burton)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Kingsport Christmas Parade Live Coverage Today at 3:30 pm

Wynonna and the Santa Train arrive between 2:30 and 3 at the station. 3 pm - streaming live parade coverage on the internet at and locally on Channel 16 MyTown TV or 3:30 at Charter Channel 6 (WAPK)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sullivan South vs Daniel Boone - a Tri-Cities team will be in state's final four

After tonight's South vs Boone football game, one thing's for sure - a Tri-Cities team will be in the Final Four of the Tennessee state 5A championships. I can't remember how long it's been since that happened. It's time to put the rivalries aside and support our friends, co-workers, and neighbors. So, let's pack the house at South's Death Valley tonight (7 pm). After all, the Tri-Cities will be a winner no matter which team prevails in the game.
Other Tri-Cities area teams in action tonight:
4A bracket - Greeneville at Chattanooga Brainerd
3A bracket - Elizabethton hosts Knox Austin-East
2A bracket - Hampton hosts Rockwood

Thursday, November 19, 2009

D-B newspaper offers fresh, edgy e-editions

Check out the new e-edition available at

This tool will be an amazing way to involve students, parents, teachers, the community, and alumni of the school system with the day-to-day activities of Dobyns-Bennett.

Visitors to the site will be able to read the latest news and opinions of students, listen to pod casts, view slideshows and video feeds, check out the latest sports scores, as well as comment on articles and submit letters to the editor. Visitors may also sign up to receive daily e-mail notification of new postings.

Please share this information with other parties/stakeholders you feel would be interested.

Bekah Haren

RCAM Grand Opening Today at 11 a.m. - Public Invited

RCAM to fill gap between workers and industries — It's early evening in downtown Kingsport and dozens of students are arriving at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing ...

Joe Wimberly Memorial Service

There will be a memorial service for Joe Wimberly, one of Kingsport's most benevolent citizens, on Monday, November 23 at 11 a.m. at First Broad Street United Methodist Church. Joe loved Kingsport and, more importantly, its people. He was thankful to build successful businesses here and felt obliged to give back. One of the many things he funded were the annual geraniums planted downtown in years past. I distinctly remember the late Peggy Turner, director of the Downtown Kingsport Association, fondly calling them the "Joe-raniums" in his honor. Joe was a great role model in civic trusteeship for us all. Perhaps his only shortcoming was his flagrant love for the Arkansas Razorbacks and the joy he took in their (seldom) defeats of our beloved Tennessee Vols. I can see Joe smiling down from Heaven now. RIP good and faithful servant.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mayor proclaims Wed Nov 18 as "D-B Lady Indians Volleyball State Champions Day" in Kingsport

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City of Kingsport

Whereas, after the Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians Volleyball Team ended their season on October 31, 2008 in the State Tournament Final Four for the second straight year their goal was set - to win the 2009 State Championship, and

Whereas, during the 2009 season, the Lady Indians marched through the season with a remarkable 52-3 record, capturing the prestigious Chattanooga Choo-Choo and Brentwood Invitational Tournaments, while facing the top teams from Tennessee and surrounding states, and

Whereas, led by coach Kathi Shaffer, in her 26th season, the Lady Indians marched in a determined manner through the TSSAA playoffs, not losing a single game in the District, Regional, Sectional, or State Tournaments; and

Whereas, the talented and tenacious Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians convincingly won the 2009 Tennessee State Volleyball Championship, sweeping previously top-ranked Ravenwood in 6 straight games; and

Whereas, Coach Kathi Shaffer was named Coach of the Year and ETSU commitment Megan Devine was named Most Valuable Player; and

Whereas, the Lady Indians finished the season ranked #4 in the nation by, a widely respected source for high school sports information; and

Whereas, this year’s championship team consists of two seniors: Megan Devine and Caryn Foehringer; 8 juniors: Jamie Rutledge, Meredith Hardy, Lori Peterson, Katie Halvorsen, Doniqua Flack, Katie Jones, Stephanie Ash, and Hillary Gray; and 3 sophomores: Ashley Jones, Caitlin Osborn, and Katelyn Fleming;

Now, Therefore, I, Dennis R. Phillips, Mayor of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee, and on behalf of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Kingsport, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, as

Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians
State Volleyball Champions Day

in Kingsport and ask the citizens of our community to celebrate the success and outstanding achievements of these deserving young women and coaches.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Proclamation Seal of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee, to be affixed this the 17th day of November, 2009.

Dennis R. Phillips, Mayor

"Chase the Turkey" Family Group Run

In keeping with the spirit of Thanksgiving, Fleet Feet Sports will have a "Chase the Turkey" family group run. This is a 4 mile friendly run that begins at Fleet Feet Sports (behind on Starbucks on Eastman Rd in Kingsport) on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26th at 8:00am. It will go through the Fairacres neighborhood and finish on the Greenbelt behind the store. This run is not timed; it's on an open course; and there will not be any awards given. It's just a great way to Run, Give Thanks, and Eat. There is no charge for this run, and a long sleeve adult shirt will be given after the run to those that preregister. We ask that you bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. We will have collection bins at the store. Let's move our Feet so others can eat. Any questions, just call the Fleet Feet store at 423.230.0002.

Preregistration is online at

Santa Needs Helpers (TONIGHT)

CSX – Food City – Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

5 - 9 p.m. Santa’s Workshop at Food City (Eastman Rd at Fort Henry Dr) Kingsport, TN

Join CSX, Food City, and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce as we come together for Santa’s Workshop, November 18th, to sort and pack holiday gifts for the Santa Train.

Please sign up to volunteer! You are welcome to bring your spouse/guest or family members who are age 16 or older.

Comfortable work clothing that is suitable for an outside workshop (hat & gloves suggested).

Food City (outside)
1205 N. Eastman Rd.
Kingsport, TN 37664

5 - 9 p.m. (outside, rain or shine)

· Sorting toys and items
· Lifting boxes
· Packaging bags
· Packing bins


From Interstate 81 take Exit 74B for US-11 S towards Kingsport. Merge onto E. Stone Dr/TN-1//US-11W. Continue to follow E. Stone Dr/TN-1/US-11W for 15.3 miles. Turn left at N. Eastman Rd.; 1205 N. Eastman Rd. is 1.4 miles on the left.

Since 1943, the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, CSX Transportation (and its predecessors) and Food City have co-sponsored the Santa Train. The annual 110-mile rail “Christmas Parade” from Shelby, Kentucky to Kingsport, Tennessee, is an Appalachian tradition that ushers in the holiday season in the region. Supported by many contributors, more than 15 tons of toys, food and other gifts are tossed by Santa and friends to generations of followers.

For continuous updates about the Santa Train, please visit the Kingsport Chamber on Facebook, Twitter and Find more on the Facebook fan page, The Santa Train, and on Twitter @TheSantaTrain.

The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization comprised of nearly 1,000 members. The Kingsport Chamber’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. The Kingsport Chamber has been accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for 25 years. For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, visit


Marybeth Kench
Communications & Events Coordinator
Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

ph: 423.392.8827
fax: 423.246.7234

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tree of Life offers opportunity to remember a loved one at Christmas time

The Tree of Life is an opportunity to honor or remember someone. This is another way to remember a teacher or coach, etc. at Christmas time. We will hold a ceremony on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. outside the front Lobby at Indian Path Medical Center. At that time we will read the names of those honored or remembered who are represented on the tree with a light. After the ceremony our guests are welcome to join us inside for refreshment. The donations will go towards the purchase of a 12 Leads Monitor for the IPMC ED.

To participate, contact:

Vivian Crymble
Indian Path Medical Center Foundation
Foundation Coordinator
2000 Brookside Drive
Kingsport, TN 37660

D-B Volleyball Recognition on Channel 16 Tonight

Mayor Dennis Phillips and State Representative Tony Shipley will be recognizing the 2009 State Champion Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians Volleyball team tonight.

Reception at 6:30 (public invited), followed by Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting (live on Charter Channel 16).

Location: City Hall, 225 W Center St, Kingsport (2nd floor)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Accepting book donations for Salvation Army

Waldenbooks in the Kingsport Town Center will be partnering with the Salvation Army during our annual Holiday Book Drive beginning Saturday, November 14th. The new books donated by our customers will be given to children, teens and seniors by the Salvation Army as part of the Angel Tree and Elderberry Tree program. We have selected books starting at just $1.00, which will let everyone participating in these programs to put more of their donation toward clothing and other essentials. For those who aren't able to participate, the purchase of a $1.00 book can still help the Salvation Army meet their goals this Christmas season.

For more information, contact Karen Christian at 423-246-1818.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Christmas in Downtown Kingsport

Downtown Kingsport Association
“The Historic Strand Theatre”
Restoration Church
Broad Street

“Christmas in Downtown Kingsport”
Schedule of Events

November 19th
Movie Show “Miracle on 34th Street”
Admission: $3.00 adults; Children 12 yrs old and under free.
Show time 7pm.

November 19th show is the 1994 version with Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott

December 5th
Movie Show “Miracle on 34th Street”
Admission: Free
Show time 3pm.

”Christmas Spectacular Variety Show”
Show time 8pm (after the Christmas Tree Lighting)
Shiloh Baptist Choir
Central Baptist Choir
Rev. Lester Latany as a Solo
Kingsport Theatre Guild*
Kingsport Ballet Company*
Admission: Free
*To be verified

December 10th and 17th
“Christmas Spectacular Show”
Show Time 7pm
Admission: $3.00 Adults Children under 12 admitted free with Adult
December 11th and 18th
Blue Grass Christmas in the Smokies
Show Time 7pm
Admission: $5.00 (One Show per night only 450 tickets available)

Leadership Kingsport accepting applications for community impact projects

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"Facebark" (Facebook) AniMile this week

SAVE the Animals!!! Santa Special AniMile & Human Race / November 21, 2009 / 2:15pm (just before the Kingsport Christmas Parade)

Registration & Packet Pick Up starts at 12:30 at the Chamber of Commerce (Main Street-Kingsport, TN)

Come walk or run a mile with your best furry friend to benefit the Kingsport Animal Shelter. All pets are welcome...just remember your leash.

Our goal this year is $4000 for the homeless pets in our area. Entry fee is $12 before 11/20 and $15 race day. Your entry fee gets you a special commemorative long sleeve t-shirt and a bandana for your best friend. The theme for this year's shirt is "Face Bark" a Face Book spin off...its guaranteed to be super cute! Don't have a pet? Run the Human race and still help homeless animals in our area.

Register online at:

Post race hot dog party provided by Chef's Pizza. YUM!!! Don't forget the costume contest! Its guaranteed to be a wild event. Hope to see you there! Please share this email with your friends...let's raise $4000 this year!

Natalie Whitlock
B215, Payroll

Meet Miss Lucy, Kingsport's Famous Pound Puppy

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Please see the attached flyer regarding a fun event that will be held at the Kingsport Tomorrow office on Saturday, November 21st, in conjunction with the Kingsport Christmas Parade. In addition to meeting Miss Lucy, the famous pound puppy; Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Kingsport’s own Tennessee’s Miss (Deanna Stamper) will be here. Everyone is gathering to help raise awareness of the needs of the Kingsport and Sullivan County Animal Shelters. Our office will collect dog and cat food for both shelters through December 31st (during office hours 8:30-5 M-F).

Pictures will be permitted with Miss Lucy, Santa and Mrs. Santa, and Deanna at the event on the 21st.

Would you please spread the word about this event and our “cause,” by distributing the flyer?

Thanks so much!

Cathy Tucker
Executive Administrator
Kingsport Tomorrow

Bring Our Soldiers Home for Christmas

Click here for flyer (required)

Bring Our Soldiers Home for Christmas!

Who: The Local 278th TN National Guard (scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan)
Where: Chick-Fil-A, Stone Drive in Kingsport
When: November 19th 4:00-9:00
Bring: The Attached Flyer (otherwise no credit is given!)
P.S.: Pass this flyer Onward! Forward this to as many as you can!

Join our community in thanking those men and women who serve with honor and courage each day so that we may live free. The local 278th TN National Guard scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in a few weeks. On December 5, soldiers in the 278th will leave for a few weeks of training before deployment. Participate in a fundraiser to Bring Our Soldiers Home for Christmas. The military will allow them to return home for a few days for Christmas with their families but is not providing transportation for the trip here and back. Some soldiers cannot afford the round trip cost, so funds are being raised locally to “Bring Our Soldiers Home for Christmas.” Buses have been chartered, and the cost is approximately $130 per soldier. About $9,000 needs to be raised to bring all soldiers home.

So . . . JLK and Chick-Fil-A are featuring a fundraiser at the Kingsport Stone Drive Chick-Fil-A on November 19th from 4 pm ‘til 9 pm. All you have to do is take the attached coupon with you and go to Chick-Fil-A to eat! If you are not able to attend the fundraiser and wish to contribute to the fund to bring soldiers home for Christmas, donations may be made by checks payable to JLK or to Red Cross. You may drop donation checks at JLK Headquarters or mail them to JLK or to the local Red Cross. PLEASE be sure to note on your check that the donation is for the 278th Fundraiser.

FREE Training, Networking Opportunity for Area Small Businesses

The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and KOSBE have teamed up to put on the 4th KOSBE Small Business Night School, on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 17 & 18, from 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the new downtown Kingsport Center for Higher Education (300 W Market St, Kingsport, TN 37660).

Aundrea Wilcox, KOSBE Executive Director, said her office is focused on supporting the growth, development, and retention of small businesses in and around Kingsport. She said, “This event is for small businesses in Kingsport, and surrounding rural areas throughout the eight-county region including Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington.”

Primarily, the KOSBE Small Business Night School provides free training, peer-to-peer networking, collaborative problem-analysis and problem-solving, and access to contracting opportunities and financing to small business owners and entrepreneurs. During this two-night event, attendees will have a chance to learn about contracting opportunities and stay abreast of current bid lists and add their name or company to vendor mailing lists. Registered attendees will also have the chance to apply for the SBA Community Express Loan for $5,000 to $25,000, BERO Microloan for up to $10,000 and the SBA Patriot Express Loan for veterans and their family members. While in attendance, participants can investigate other sources of capital for their small business. Loan applicants must be 18 or older.

To help business owners and entrepreneurs solve their existing problems, avoid future pitfalls, and incorporate creative brainstorming, a team of experts will present on topics including:

§ Web-based Startup Business Ideas
§ Franchising Opportunities
§ Microsoft Office: Tips and Tricks
§ Accessing Contracts & Subcontracts
§ Doing Business with Y-12 National Security Complex
§ Choosing the Right Business Structure: To LLC or Not to LLC?
§ Using Social Media (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)
§ Presentation Design: Selling Yourself and Your Products and Services

On Tuesday night only (Nov. 17), there will be a Contracting Vendor Development EXPO, with procurement officers of Eastman Chemical Company, Bristol Motor Speedway, Domtar, City of Kingsport, Kingsport City Schools, and others who are interested in broadening their vendor base by including small, minority and woman-owned businesses. Gloria Mencer, Y-12 Socioeconomic Programs Office (Oak Ridge, TN), will share with local small business owners how to be better equipped to do business with Y-12 National Security Complex. Paul Middlebrooks, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Chattanooga, TN), will explain why many small businesses are diversifying their client base with government business leads, how to navigate various useful government web sites, and talk about the importance of Strategic Partnerships and Teaming in contracting and subcontracting. Also on Tuesday night, Ronald Wade, State of Tennessee Economic and Community Development Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO), will provide a State of Tennessee Small Business Update.

On Wednesday night only (Nov. 18), there will be a Live SBA Express Loan Clinic, which will entail all interested candidates to complete an actual SBA Community Express Loan application on-site and apply on the spot. Applicants must provide a copy of their valid driver’s license and have a business checking account established in the name of their business. Sue Malone, Strategies for Small Business (Danville, CA) –the #1 SBA loan provider for the Community Express Loan Program in the nation –will facilitate the clinic. She has closed over 20,000 SBA Community Express Loans for small business owners. David Tiller, Small Business Administration (Nashville, TN), will be on hand to provide an SBA Update including details of revised small business size standards, recently raised loan caps, new online training opportunities, and more. Also, Hank Helton, Southeast Community Capital, will be available to discuss innovative financing options for building and land purchases and expansion, and purchase order financing, to help grow small businesses.

On both nights, KOSBE staff and volunteers will be available for one-on-one business counseling, match-making, and to answer questions.

Although the Night School was designed with business owners, entrepreneurs, high school and college students, retirees and seniors in mind, the event is open to the general public. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. You must register whether you plan to attend just one or all sessions. Refreshments will be served. Anyone interested can register online or call (423) 392-8811 for more information. To see the entire class schedule and register, visit

From the Desk of …
Aundrea Wilcox, Executive Director
Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE)151 E Main Street Kingsport, TN 37660
Ph (423) 392-8801 Direct Fx 1 (888) 936-1221

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Will This Float?

"Will This Float" is being held Thursday, November 19, during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The Tri-Cities will host more than seven events that week, and Will This Float is the region's flagship event. The event will start at 5:30 p.m., at The Bus Pit in downtown Kingsport.

In its simplest form, Will This Float is an "elevator pitch" business idea competition. Contestants will have five minutes to pitch his/her idea to a live audience. Judges include Aundrea Wilcox with Kingsport's KOSBE, Bob Cantler with Greeneville's Morgan Square Development Group and Eric Cromwell with the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation.

Tickets are on sale now for $20. This includes food for the evening.

The audience votes live via text messaging. The winner will receive $1,000 and mentoring opportunities from some of the region's brightest business minds. Please join us as we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week in the Tri-Cities!

Resources for more information:

Kind Regards,
Rachel Ann Horton

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Carson-Newman in NCAA D2 Sweet 16

Mayor issues challenge

Mayor Dennis Phillips, along with aldermen and key school officials, have stepped-up to raise the $3,690 necessary to reward the Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians State Championship Volleyball Team with rings and jackets. Mayor Phillips gave $500 from his own pocket and challenged other community members to step up. “It is heartening to see the strong response so far, with more than $2,400 raised in just a couple of days,” Phillips said. “But we have a long way to go. I’m pleased to do my part, and ask others to join me in showing these deserving young ladies how proud we are of their outstanding accomplishments.”

click the PayPal logo to make a secure online donation or
click here

If you prefer, you may send a check payable to:
Dobyns-Bennett Volleyball Boosters
1800 Legion Dr
Kingsport, TN 37664
ATTN: Coach Kathi Shaffer
If by chance funds are collected in excess of the $3,690, the balance will be applied to the D-B Volleyball Boosters program.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tennessee Men's State Cross Country Championships

1. Morristown West
2. Oak Ridge
3. Houston (Germantown)
4. Station Camp (Gallatin)
5. South Doyle (Knoxville)
6. Brentwood
7. Oakland (Murfreesboro)
8. Farragut (Knoxville)
9. Siegel (Murfreesboro)
10. Cordova
11. Independence (Franklin)
12. Bearden (Knoxville)
13. Riverdale (Murfreesboro)
14. White Station (Memphis)
15. Cookeville
16. Collierville
17. Beech (Hendersonville)
18. Dobyns-Bennett (Kingsport)
19. Rossview (Clarksville)
20. Arlington
21. McMinn County (Athens)
22. Bolton
23. Antioch
24. Soddy-Daisy (Chattanooga)

Class AAA Individual
5. Michael Mansey (Science Hill)
71. Neil Brown (Dobyns-Bennett)
79. Mike Donnellan (Dobyns-Bennett)
115. Alec Murphy (Dobyns-Bennett)
119. Elijah Wood (Dobyns-Bennett)
126. Brandon Wood (Dobyns-Bennett)
129. Adam Chase (Dobyns-Bennett)
167. Chris McElroy (Dobyns-Bennett)

Tennessee Women's State Cross Country Championships

1. Oak Ridge
2. Knoxville Catholic
3. Ravenwood (Brentwood)
4. Dobyns-Bennett (Kingsport)
5. Siegel (Murfreesboro)
6. Science Hill (Johnson City)
7. Farragut (Knoxville)
8. Cordova
9. White Station (Memphis)
10. Collierville
11. Houston (Germantown)
12. Station Camp (Gallatin)
13. Columbia Central
14. Franklin
15. Dickson County
16. Brentwood
17. Cookeville
18. Morristown West
19. Rossview (Clarksville)
20. Arlington
21. Bolton
22. Cumberland County
23. Ooltewah
24. Riverdale (Murfreesboro)

Class AAA Individual
3. Molly Foster (Science Hill)
6. Kendra Sokol (Dobyns-Bennett)
10. Laura Loveless (Dobyns-Bennett)
22. Marth McCoy (Science Hill)
30. Samantha Gosey (Science Hill)
47. Molly Smith (Dobyns-Bennett)
51. Olivia Loveless (Dobyns-Bennett)
58. Molly Norris (Dobyns-Bennett)
84. Ellen Ehrenfried (Dobyns-Bennett)
86. Ellis Linder (Science Hill)
97. Sarah Fickley (Science Hill)
135. Courtney Keith (Science Hill)
136. Makaylah Darnell (Dobyns-Bennett)
138. Chelsea Parker (Science Hill)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

From Dobyns-Bennett to Clemson...

Click on photos to enlarge: (1) Dobyns-Bennett's Coty Sensabaugh (#15) intercepts a pass against Florida State (2) D-B grad Will Sumner (X) is caught live on ESPN!

Hey Jeff,

Since I mentioned to you last week about Coty Sensabaugh's playing time at Clemson, thought I would make sure you knew he intercepted a pass from Florida State's Christian Ponder in the second quarter of last night's nationally televised ESPN games between Florida State and Clemson. It was Coty's first pick of the season, and one of four Clemson had in their 40-24 victory.

We saw and spoke briefly to Coty before the game, during Clemson's "Tiger Walk" - he's a fine young man and a great D-B representative!

Charlie Floyd
Vice President-Mill Manager
Domtar Paper Company
Kingsport, Tennessee

Special shopping event at Kingsport Town Center (Fort Henry Mall)

Santa's Night Out Holiday Charity Shopping Sun, Nov. 15, 6:30pm-9:00pm

Kingsport Town Center is teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank for two and a half hours of Power Shopping for a Cause! Your ticket to enter? Just bring $5 worth of non-perishable items or make a $5 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank when the doors open. Door prizes to be given away throughout the evening!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Your input requested on Kingsport's New Public Library

Kingsport is planning a significant investment in its public library. Should it be downtown? An expansion of the existing facility? A totally new facility? We'd like to have your input.

Click here (survey open through November).

Kingsport son's journey to find his real passion

On my facebook page, I have posted "When you find a job and a passion that are one and the same, the blessings go both ways. Never choose a career for the money. Be passionate about what you do and your career will find you." (life-changing advice from my brother circa 1982). Below is another story of that sort - Jeff

Jeff, although my son Trey never actually lived in Kingsport after we transferred here in 2006, he visits frequently. This whimsical interview explains how Trey went from Rice U economics grad to OU law school to finding his real passion, which is cooking. On 11/6 Laura and I will be traveling up to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY for his graduation. He is presently applying for jobs at fine dining establishments in NYC, Charleston, SC, Houston, TX and others. This spring he completed a 5 month externship at Stella! Restaurant in New Orleans, LA. Obviously we are very proud of him for this and all of his other accomplishments. I know you probably get more "stuff" from people than you can possibly publish on your blog, but I thought I would forward it on to you any way for your own interest if nothing else. If you have any questions, let me know.

Father's are allowed to be proud of their kids accomplishments, aren't they? Please read the attached about my son Trey. He graduates from the Culinary Institute of America on 11/6 and plans to become a chef.


Roger Smith
K1 Machine Area Manager
Domtar Paper Company LLC
100 Clinchfield St. Kingsport, TN 37660
423-392-2738 (office direct)
423-335-0476 (cell)

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Kingsport's E. Ward King to be posthumously inducted into Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame

The board of directors of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame has named the 2009 class of inductees who will be honored and enshrined on Nov. 14 at the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame’s Annual Gala, held at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Gatlinburg.

The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame was established to recognize, honor and enshrine individuals whose leadership in or for aviation, whether by exceptional service or extraordinary achievement, has made an enduring contribution to aviation for Tennessee, our nation or the world. It was established in 2001 as Tennessee’s Official Hall of Fame by the 102nd General Assembly, and those inducted are recipients of Tennessee’s highest honor in aviation or aerospace. This institution will record their achievements and perpetuate the memory of those enshrined for all time.

On Nov. 14, Jim D. Ethridge and three other distinguished Tennesseans will take their place in history as they are enshrined into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame.

Ethridge learned to fly in his hometown of Union City in 1959 and received his private pilot checkride from aviation legend Evelyn Bryan Johnson on Jan. 19, 1960. He later served alongside Mrs. Johnson on the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission. His pilot ratings include commercial fixed-wing single, multi-engine and instrument ratings and commercial helicopter. Ethridge has owned and flown a variety of piston, turbo-prop, jet and helicopter aircraft.

In 1995, Gov. Don Sundquist appointed Ethridge to the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission, where he served two consecutive five-year terms — twice as commission chairman. During his service on the commission, the Tennessee Office of Aeronautics was elevated to division status within the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Prior to completing his second term on the state aeronautics commission, Ethridge was appointed to the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. Memphis International Airport is known as “America’s Aerotropolis.” It is the only airport in North America considered to be an “aerotropolis,” a world-class facility serving more than 10 million passengers a year and the largest air cargo airport in the world for nearly two decades. Ethridge has chaired the MSCAA long-term planning and development committee and its general aviation committee.

He was elected the 2008 chairman of the Commissioner’s Committee of the Airports Council International-North America, the North American branch of Airports Council International headquartered in Geneva, and he became a voting member of the Airports Council Board in Washington. He expanded the lobbying efforts of commissioners of major airports in the U.S. and Canada focused upon guiding legislation in Washington to benefit airports and air travelers.

Also being inducted is Jennifer C. Baker of Nashville, who has been a staunch advocate of the aviation maintenance professional for more than 30 years. She was named the Federal Aviation Administration’s Tennessee Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year in 1999 and serves on many aviation industry advisory committees. Nashville’s Baker’s School of Aeronautics enrolls over 1,100 students annually who travel to Tennessee from more than 125 countries around the world.

Kingsport entrepreneur E. Ward King (1896-1977) will be posthumously inducted. King founded Southeast Airlines in 1956. The airline provided service from Memphis to Tri-Cities and included stops at Jackson, Dyersburg and Union City, Clarksville, Nashville, Tullahoma, Chattanooga and Knoxville.

Another inductee will be Murfreesboro resident William H. Pickron, who completed pilot training in 1942 at age 19, making him the youngest pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After a distinguished 26-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Lt. Col. Pickron became the chief pilot for the State of Tennessee and for 12 years he flew Tennessee governors, cabinet members and staff.

Aviation legend and Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame member (2002) Evelyn Bryan Johnson of Morristown will be honored at this year’s gala. Mrs. Johnson will celebrate her 100th birthday Nov. 4. Plans are being made to encourage a reunion of her friends and former flight students during the TAHF Gala.Mrs. Speer is executive director of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame. She is also manager of Everett-Stewart Regional Airport in Union City.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Kingsport native inducted into Florida Nurse's Hall of Fame

FNA Recognizes 100 Great Nurses, Hall of Fame Inductee and Legislator of the Year.

Charlotte Dison Inducted Into FNA Hall of Fame

On September 24, 2009, FNA inducted Charlotte Dison, RN in the FNA Hall of Fame. Charlotte is the image of a transformational leader who has shaped the lives of countless RNs and professional nursing within the state of Florida. Her work also extends nationally and internationally through the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. Through literature, conferences and other mediums, Charlotte led nursing through patient education, infection control, cardiac rehabilitation and oncology programs, architectural designs and renovation of patient care units and nurse-physician collaboration. She provided an empowered work environment and demonstrated business etiquette and professional ethics.

Charlotte Dison, RN is regarded as one of the pillars in the community and an advocate for RNs who temporarily left the clinical setting. Her proactive approach and commitment to education and patient care has not gone unnoticed. She is an inspiration to all nurses with her professionalism and commitment to nursing, and is an outstanding role model for the thousands of nurses whose lives she has touched throughout her career. FNA welcomes Charlotte Dison, RN into the FNA Hall of Fame.

Charlotte has a home in Kingsport, Tennessee, as well.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Kingsport students named National Merit Scholars

For Immediate Release – Kingsport City Schools
Contact: Amy Greear, Community Relations Coordinator (423) 378-2123
October 15, 2009

Students Recognized In National Scholarship Program

KINGSPORT – Four Dobyns-Bennett High School students have been named as semi-finalists for the 2010 National Merit Scholarship program.

Those named as National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists are Matthew Tate Dougan, son of Todd and Jennifer Dougan; Allison Elizabeth Jack, daughter of Bob and Laura Jack; Eric Chase Lyons, son of Steve and Lisa Lyons; and Aditya Suresh, son of Arun and Raji Suresh. These four students will compete with the top high school students in the nation for some 7,000 Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $33 million.

In September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically able young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, semi-finalists must advance to the finalist level of the competition by fulfilling several requirements. About 90 percent of the semi-finalists are expected to attain finalist standing and approximately half of the finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners.

The nationwide pool of semi-finalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. More than 1.5 million juniors in nearly 21,000 high schools entered the 2010 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) which serves as an initial screening of program entrants.

In addition, 10 Dobyns-Bennett students were named 2010 National Merit Commended Students for their outstanding performance on the PSAT. Those students include Candace Dale Ballard, daughter of Joseph Falardeau and Georgette Ballard; Elizabeth Camille Browning, daughter of Jerry and Christine Browning; Julie Madsen Gilmer, daughter of John and Karen Gilmer; Katherine Elizabeth Jones, daughter of Bob and Beth Jones; Timothy Brett Mallinak, son of Timothy and Debra Mallinak; Jason Alexander Michael, son of Gary and Jule Michael; Gabriella Marie Provenzano, daughter of Daniel and Martha Provenzano; Wilson Taylor Raines, son of Chris and Allyson Raines; Jiten Solanki, son of Chandra and Bharti Solanki; and Elizabeth Marie Tennant, daughter of Brent and Mary Tennant.

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship, please contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378-8409.


Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Nov 6: Crooked Road Exhibit/Concert at RenCenter

Cultural Arts Division
Kingsport Renaissance Center
1200 East Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Bonnie Macdonald
Cultural Arts Administrator, City of Kingsport

Art Nights/City Lights Presents The Crooked Road Exhibit and Concert featuring Dale Jett and ‘Hello Stranger’ along with ‘Whitetop Mountain Band’

Friday, November 6 7:30 PM
Kingsport Renaissance Center Theater
Tickets Available 423-392-8416 or 423-392-8417

The Cultural Arts Division of the City of Kingsport is pleased to present The Crooked Road: Exhibit and Concert on Friday, November 6, 2009 at 7:30 PM at the Kingsport Renaissance Theater. The concert will feature music of Dale Jett and ‘Hello Stranger’ as well as the ‘Whitetop Mountain Band’. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors/Students and can be purchased by call the Central Box Office at 423-392-8417 or on-line at

Singer and musician, Dale Jett is a native of Southwest Virginia. He is a third generation member of the legendary Carter Family. The son of Janette Carter, the grandson of A.P.and Sara Carter, his roots have been heavily steeped within the heart of his family's musical heritage. Growing up within the Carter Family, Dale has been influenced by many musicians and styles of music.He began playing guitar in his late teens when Elizabeth Cotten taught him his first chords - left handed, upside down. Later, he added his own style of Autoharp playing to his repertoire. But, it is ultimately his voice that arrests you. It is powerful and compelling, yet at the same time, delicate and haunting. Like his grandfather, Dale is a "collector" of songs. His dedication to the preservation of traditional music, the love of Carter Family songs, and his admiration of other songwriters are evident in his performances . His choices are eclectic; his performances and recordings encompass a unique combination of traditional songs blended with a mix of others that extend the boundaries of conventional country. Whether playing an original tune, or that of others, his music will ring true to the soul.Dale helped emcee and performed at the Carter Family Fold for over 30 years, along with his wife, Teresa, and long time friend, Oscar Harris.

The Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop, Virginia is an area rich in the old time music tradition; this band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style.
At the same time, Whitetop Mountain Band shows are very versatile and entertaining containing everything from fiddle/banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, and four part mountain gospel songs. Shows also include flat foot dancing. The band is well known for their high energy and charisma on stage.

The Whitetop Mountain Band is one of the most popular dance bands of the Appalachian Mountains. They have a great following at square dances all over Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky at venues like the Carter Family Fold. The band has also performed at all sorts of venues throughout the United States from festivals to concerts, competitions, and colleges. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, National Folklife Festival, World Music Institute in NYC, Carter Family Festival, Dock Boggs Festival, World Fair, Virginia Arts Festival, Floydfest, Ola Belle Reed Festival and Merlefest are a few of the many festivals the band has performed at. They recently were featured on the NCTA Crooked Road Music tour of California, Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho in October 2007. In September 2007, Members also toured the United Kingdom and Ireland playing the Cornish Bluegrass Festival and Open House Festival along with venues through England, Wales, and Ireland. In January 2008, members of the band also played at the Illawarra Folk Festival and Tamworth Country Music Festival in New South Wales, Australia. The band has also taught and been master musicians/dancers for workshops and classes in fiddle, banjo, guitar, vocals, and dance all over the US. Some of these include Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, NC, Cowan Creek Music School in KY, Mountain Music School in Big Stone Gap, and Mt. Rogers Combined School.

The band currently has recordings on the Arhoolie Record Label and Virginia Foundation of the Humanities. The band has also been recorded by JuneAppal, Heritage and been on compilations for Rounder Records.

The Whitetop Mountain Band has been featured in many books, magazines, and tv/radio shows about Appalachian music such as The Guide to the Crooked Road, A Hotbed of Musicians, Strings of Life, In Good Keeping, Country Music Television, Travel Channel, PBS, Old Time Herald, and many tv news and radio programs.

Residents of Southwest Virginian and Northeast Tennessee have an ear for music, and the new exhibit at the Kingsport Renaissance Center’s Atrium Gallery showcases the long history of picking and singing in the mountains. Musical Styles Along the Crooked Road is open through December 6

Musical Styles Along the Crooked Road presents the rich variety of roots music western Virginians sing and play—fiddle and banjo tunes, bluegrass, ballads of love and death, sentimental mountain songs, blues, and gospel. The exhibit includes rare film footage and photographs of historic Crooked Road musicians.

The Renaissance Center is a center for arts and senior citizen’s activities, and as a facility for business meetings, parties, receptions, classes, showers and day long seminars with breakout rooms. The facility includes a 350 seat theatre, three story skylit atrium, art gallery, gymnasium, meeting rooms and offices. The Renaissance Center is located 3 miles off of Interstate 26, 1200 East Center Street. For tickets or more information call 423-392-8414.

Bonnie Macdonald
Kingsport Renaissance Center Cultural Arts Division
1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN 37660

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Nov 6-8: 30th Annual Christmas Connection at Civic Auditorium

Cultural Arts Division
Kingsport Renaissance Center
1200 East Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Bonnie Macdonald
Cultural Arts Administrator, City of Kingsport

30th Annual Christmas Connection Celebrates Arts and Crafts November 6- 8
Civic Auditorium, Kingsport, Tennessee

Kingsport’s Christmas Connection, an event sponsored by the Cultural Arts Division of Kingsport’s Parks and Recreation, is celebrating 30 years of arts and crafts. This year’s arts and crafts show will be Friday November 6 from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday November 8, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium located on Fort Henry Drive next to Dobyns-Bennett High School. Admission to this fun-filled, shopping event is free and open to the public.

Christmas Connection has been around for 30 years because it is a charming old-fashion festival hosting the region’s best arts and crafts vendors. The Civic Auditorium will be filled with hand-made clothing, beautiful stained-glass, jewelry, original photography, delicate woodworking, floral arrangements, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, toys, watercolors, paintings, figurines, pottery, baskets, candles, tapestries, heated pillows, needlework, dolls and much more. Vendors from 5 states are represented including: Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Along with the artists and crafters in the Main Hall all rooms on the east side of the facility will be filled to capacity. A bake sale at the entry of the building will feature everything from breads, and cookies to slices of cake and whole cakes and pies and the famous pumpkin rolls. Patrons wishing to purchase any baked goods are urged to come early because these items don’t last long, especially the pumpkin rolls. Outside, patrons will find that sweet and salty treat, kettle corn, being made fresh all day. The holiday show is free and open to the public. Musical entertainment will be offered throughout the event including Acoustic Encounters, Gerald Sheppard and others. Acoustic Encounters is an ensemble of local guitar players featuring ‘Chet Atkins’ style arrangements, Gerald Sheppard plays acoustic finger style guitar.

On Saturday, November 7, the Arts Council of Greater Kingsport Arts4Kids program will host workshops for children ages 5 – 12. The 45 minutes workshops will be led by wood artist Michael Ripper. Participants will have the opportunity to decorate and take home a traditional wooden yo-yo with surface treatments ranging from wood burning to use of traditional stains. The workshops begin at 10 and 11 AM and 1, 2 and 3 PM. Fee for the workshop is free for Arts4Kids members and $5 for the general public. Registration for the Arts4Kids program is $20 annually and more information is available at 423-392-8420.

In honor of the 30th annual Christmas Connection, vendors and shoppers may catch a glimpse of the Jolly Old Elf himself on Saturday, November 7.

The Holidays are fast approaching and this is an excellent opportunity to grab some holiday cheer, support master craftsmen and find unique gifts and treasures. Shoppers can spend the day shopping inside; out of the weather and amongst quality art and crafts. The Christmas Connection Café has concessions to enjoy. Shoppers won’t have to lose your parking spot to eat elsewhere. Come visit the Christmas Connection. For more information or directions to the Christmas Connection, please call 423-392-8414.

Bonnie Macdonald
Kingsport Renaissance Center Cultural Arts Division
1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN 37660

Monday, November 02, 2009

Win a Thanksgiving feast for 30 from Leinbach Services and Phil's Dream Pit BBQ


Would you please write about the Thanksgiving meal that Leinbach Services and Phil’s Dream Pit are giving away on your blog? The details are listed below in the copy of the newsletter that I have attached.

Adriana Sorge
Leinbach Services

Free Thanksgiving Dinner for 30 People!

Thanksgiving weekend feast for 30; sponsored by Phil's Dream Pit! Do not miss out on trying to win this delicious meal for you and your family or to be able to win this and bless a family that you know in need! The meal includes:

2 9-10 lb Smoked Hams
12 Quarts of sides (cole slaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans)
5 Racks of Ribs (dry rub or sweet)
Garlic toast
4 Gallons of tea (sweet or un-sweet)

For your chance to win this certificate email us at and tell us who will be coming for dinner and what city and state you will be having the dinner in. Include in your email your contact information: name, address, phone number, and email address. The meal will need to be picked up by the winner at Phil's Dream Pit on Wednesday the 25th.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

More than 30 Downtown Kingsport merchants kick-off the shopping season!

Hi Jeff, I wanted to send you some information about an upcoming event next Thursday night. 30 downtown restaurants and shops will be open from 5 - 8 pm on Thursday, November 5th to begin the holiday season. We will have food, drinks and a lot of great merchandise for people to get a start (and even finish) their Christmas lists.We would really appreciate it if you could send this out for us. Thank you for any help you can give us.

Julie Gunn

Click below to enlarge (flyer / maps / participating merchants):

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.