Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Here's your challenge. What are your 3 favorite independent Kingsport stores that you would miss if they disappeared?
Tell me. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Is it Kaffe Blue? Finer Things for Her? YaYa's Candy Corner? Broad Street BBQ? Bone Fire Smokehouse? Riverfront Seafood? Kingsport Grocery? others?
Now, will you make a concerted effort to spend $50 per month in a local store?
Now, I'm not bragging by any stretch, but I took a quick look at my visa bill for the last 30 days and I've (mostly my wife) met my quota of local Kingsport stores:
$ 23.91 Kaffe Blue
$123.70 Carriage House
$ 61.50 Barefoot Chameleon
$ 22.59 Kaffe Blue
$ 27.79 Bone Fire Smokehouse
$ 17.47 Chef's Pizzeria
$100.00 Anglen Photography
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Kingsport's John Adams Elementary is 5.2 miles from Sullivan County's Rock Springs Elementary, 3.8 miles from Miller Perry, and 4.3 miles from Sullivan Elementary.
By comparison, Washington County's new Ridgeview Elementary is 3.2 miles from Gray Elementary and 4.4 miles from Sulphur Springs.
...and Johnson City's relatively new Lake Ridge Elementary is 3.8 miles from Boones Creek Elementary.
Did you know that John Adams is 9.7 miles from Thomas Jefferson, but only 9.0 miles from Gray?
Did you know that John Adams is 12.3 miles from George Washington Elementary, but only 12 miles from Boones Creek Elementary School?
So, while John Adams is technically within the city limits of Kingsport, it is certainly a very convenient regional address for most Tri-Cities residents.
Learn more about John Adams at http://kcs.k12k.com/schools/john-adams-elementary-under-construction
Friday, July 24, 2009
"Importance of Retail Sales to the Local Economy"
The upcoming back-to-school sales are 2nd only to Christmas in terms of importance to local retailers, so please consider supporting your local schools by shopping locally.
Sales tax is the one tax that is entirely within your control. You choose who gets the revenue by your decision of where to make the purchase.
Remember Tennessee's Sales Tax Holiday Aug 7-9 and shop Kingsport first!
If you use Microsoft Outlook, click "Tools", "Options", "Mail Format", "Signatures"
If you use web-based email, look for "Preferences" and "Signature"
Cut and paste "Visit www.KingsportDeals.com" into the signature box, then save your settings by clicking "OK" or "save".
www.KingsportDeals.com is an official program of the Kingsport Economic Development Board
We are striving to earn your business and give you a good reason to choose Kingsport as your retail shopping destination.
Word of mouth is one of the most effective ways of spreading a message. I would appreciate your help in spreading the word with each email that you send!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Move to Kingsport initiative proving to be a success The information is found on the program's Web site (www.movetokingsport.com) and includes facts about careers, crime, housing, population, climate, ...
Map of newcomers (3-years):
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
D-B Students Score High In National Spanish Exam
KINGSPORT -- Several Dobyns-Bennett High School students have received top honors on the National Spanish Exam.
The National Spanish Examination is an online, standardized assessment tool given voluntarily by over 3000 teachers throughout the United States to measure proficiency and achievement of students who are studying Spanish as a second language. Over 115,000 students took the national Spanish exam this year. Dobyns-Bennett students had outstanding results in national rankings with many earning Gold, Silver, Bronze and Excellence awards. Dobyns-Bennett student Celine Alvarado also placed first in the state rankings with outside experience for the examination.
The following students received awards:
Level I Gold Award – Scoring above 95% in the Nation
Chris Dougan – 3rd place in State – Regular Experience
Bella Velasco – 8th place in State – Regular Experience
Celin Alvarado - 1st place in State – Outside Experience
Level I Silver Award – Scoring above 85% in the Nation
Mizael Hernandez – 5th place in State - Bilingual
Level I Bronze Award – Scoring above 75% in the Nation
Level I Excellence Award – Scoring above 50% in the Nation
Level II Silver Award – Scoring above 75% in the Nation
Level II Bronze Award – Scoring above 85% in the Nation
Level II Excellence Award – Scoring above 50% in the Nation
Anne Marie Teague
Level III Silver Award – Scoring above 75% in the Nation
Teresa Tavarez – 3rd Place in State – Bilingual
Level III Bronze Award – Scoring above 85% in the Nation
Level III Excellence Award – Scoring above 50% in the Nation
Level IV Excellence Award – Scoring above 50% in the Nation
For more information, contact Elena Allen, Dobyns-Bennett Spanish Teacher at (423) 378-8400.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Click below for all award-winners:
Kingsport's winners of 2009 Pinnacle Awards...
Tennessee Valley Showcase Marching Band Competition
Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau
City of Kingsport Cultural Arts Division
Kingsport Visitors Guide
Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau
National Storytelling Festival Campaign
Hillhouse Graphic Design (Kingsport)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Taste of Tri-Cities will be taking place in the park, so you can sample local restaurants followed by an outdoor movie, "Madagascar 2".
Bring your favorite chair and enjoy your new community.
Wednesday July 15, 2009
5 pm - 8 pm
Location: Memorial Park on Fort Henry Drive beside Zoomerz (1673 Ft Henry)
I will be there personally and I'd love to meet you!
Monday, July 13, 2009
REBUILD TENNESSEE is the result of the Public Infrastructure Needs Inventory Act. The program is administered by the Tennessee Development District Assocation and TACIR (Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations).
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
LIVE Fun Fest Coverage Daily from Kingsport, Tennessee!
Thursday, July 09, 2009
With a low cost of living and high quality of life, Kingsport is an ideal place to live!
According to bestplaces.net, you could save $5,454 by moving to Kingsport from Gray, or $6,549 by moving to Kingsport from Chattanooga, or $17,705 by moving to Kingsport from Asheville.
Regional comparison (Gray, Church Hill, Colonial Heights, Bristol, Johnson City, etc.), click below:
State comparison (Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, etc.), click below:
National comparison (Charlotte, Atlanta, Washington, Orlando, etc.), click below:
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
http://www.kingsportdeals.com/ receives an average 22,000+ clicks per month and growing. By sponsoring a Big Deal, your name becomes prominent throughout the site, and we provide links back to your website.
Are you a local business owner? Got Deals? Get Published for Free! Only on KingsportDeals.comThese are real, local deals from real, local businesses. It's not just a business directory. The better the deal, the higher it's listed in rotation. So check back daily to see the daily buzz (or sign-up for the email service and we'll send the deals directly to you!)
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
During the last 12 months (July 2008-June 2009), there were 1,363 new families from 40 states in Kingsport*. During the past 3 years, that number swells to 4,757 from 48 states.**
The net difference of "moving to" and "moving away" during the 3 year period is 787, which equates to a net increase of 1,084 new residents inside the city limits (1,810 overall). This does not include annexation.
Please welcome our new neighbors! And if you're worried that all of this activity will clog our roads and strain our public facilities, we've seen a very comfortable 1% +/- cumulative population change in the past 9 years (44,475 city/153,900 county), or "just right". Cities/counties in states to our south and east have had double-digit increases that strain resources and jeopardize quality of life ("too hot"), while cities/counties midwestern and northeastern states have seen double-digit decreases that threaten their sustainability ("too cold").
Of the 1,363 new families moving to Kingsport in the past 12 months:
69.75% chose to live inside the city limits
59.9% of new construction was inside city limits
182 moved into new construction
1,181 moved into existing structures
532 relocated from elsewhere in Northeast Tennessee
108 relocated from elsewhere in Tennessee (beyond 35 miles)
111 relocated from Southwest Virginia (within 35 miles of Kingsport)
21 relocated from elsewhere in Virginia (beyond 35 miles)
391 relocated from other states
The local economy is not immune to the national economic downturn. Comparing this year to the past 3:
• New residential construction is down -38.02%
• Out-of-state relocations to Kingsport are down -11.43%
Official Census Bureau Population Estimates:
- Sullivan County = 153,900 (2008), 151,592 (2004), 153,048 (2000)
- City of Kingsport = 44,475 (2008), 44,051 (2004), 44,905 (2000)
- City of Bristol = 25,817 (2008), 25,015 (2004), 24,821 (2000)
*Kingsport zip codes in the city's utility service area in western Sullivan County (includes City of Kingsport, Colonial Heights, Fall Creek, Indian Springs, Rock Springs, Lynn Garden, Sullivan Gardens, Cook's Valley, Carter's Valley). Data does not include Bloomingdale.
**This is not intended to imply a net population gain to the Census population estimate, rather it shows the diverse origin of families relocating to our community. The vast majority move into existing homes and invest their resources into remodeling in an existing neighborhood.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Go to www.VoteBoneFire.com for the quick instructions and to also be able to enter a top-of-the-line $900 Weber Grill for yourself.
Voting ends at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning - please forward to your friends and contacts
Unfortunately, it is not easy to vote, so please stick with it. You can only vote once per day. Your vote is very much appreciated!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BONE FIRE Smokehouse Invites BBQ Fans to Cast their Votes on
“LIVE with Regis and Kelly”
Executive Chef Erich Soll
KINGSPORT, Tenn., July 3, 2009 – “LIVE with Regis and Kelly’s” producers are kicking-off a nationwide search for the best grill recipe and they’re asking their viewers for help with the “Ultimate Hometown Grill Off.” One regional chef has a good chance, but needs your help. Erich Soll, Executive Chef at BONE FIRE Smokehouse in Downtown Kingsport, Tenn., has been selected as having one of the top 5 ribs recipes in the nation, with his succulent Smoked Ribs with Fightin’ Irish Whiskey Sauce™.
Chef Soll describes the dish, “It combines items such as roasted red and green peppers, Jameson Irish whiskey, poblano peppers, brown sugar, garlic, onions, cumin, Worchester sauce, and more. I can’t give this potentially prize-winning recipe away, but come taste it yourself or order it online.”
This is a great opportunity for foodies and BBQ fans to put their favorite dish on the map. And, when people vote online, they’re automatically entered to win a top-of-the-line Weber Genesis Gas Grill valued at $900.
So, how does it work? Online voters visit http://www.VoteBoneFire.com and follow the link.
Voting takes place Friday, July 3rd at 10 a.m. through Sunday, July 5th at 10 a.m. Each week, the chef with the greatest number of votes will be invited to appear on LIVE in New York City to demonstrate their recipe.
On August 17th, the top two grillers will be announced – one will be named the “Ultimate Hometown Grill Off” winner and he or she will have the opportunity to appear in an upcoming issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
Visit BONE FIRE Smokehouse at: www.BoneFireSmokeHouse.com for location, hours of operation, and online shopping.
About Erich Soll
Chef Soll originally hails from New Jersey, but has lived in the south for most of his life. He is self-trained and was taught by numerous chefs through “on-the-job” training which gave him the confidence to try new things. He often relates to people that he was “cooking before cooking was cool.” Soll considers smoking foods an art and enjoys experimenting with different types of woods and flavors. He says that smoking foods is where his true passion lies and can often be found twirling his handlebar mustache while contemplating his next smoking challenge. (He only waxes for special occasions.) As the Corporate Chef for Adapt Core, an umbrella organization that oversees an array of projects that include restaurant consulting, commercial general contracting, event promotions and business development, Chef Soll oversees all menu development, kitchen operations, value-added product development and special events for
BONE FIRE Smokehouse and Kingsport Grocery Company.
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Friday, July 03, 2009
You will receive timely information, last-minute changes due to weather, etc.
Live concerts in Downtown Kingsport every Thursday and Friday
For schedule, go to http://www.visitkingsport.com/
From: Emily Kilgore
Sent: Jul 2, 2009 9:12 AM
Subject: AAU Girls Basketball Tournament Visitors
We just wanted to spread the word that our AAU Girls Basketball National Championship begins tomorrow and runs through July 8th.
We are expecting more than 3,000 visitors to Kingsport and hope that our city proves to once again be the "King of Hospitality".
The AAU participants will have flags on their car this year signaling that they are a visitor for AAU. We hope that area residents will lend them a wave and a smile....or directions if they are unsure of where they are. It is our hospitality that keeps these tournaments coming back each year and we hope to continue that for many years to come!!!!
Thanks!! Hope you will share!!!
For more info about the AAU Division I 12 & under Girls Basketball National Championship, visit http://www.visitkingsport.com/
10 a.m. – Kingsport’s Mack Riddle 4th of July Parade (Route: 1200 E Center to 1644 Fort Henry Dr) Sponsor: American Legion
DOWNTOWN KINGSPORT ASSOCIATION
Event is FREE!!!
4-7 pm – World War 2 Photo Exhibit-by Dr. James Phillips- DKA (140 W. Main St.)
4-7 pm – Community Yard Sale – DKA (140 W Main St) Furniture, Toys, Decorations and More
5 pm - Food Vendors Open
6 pm – Concert: Full Circle Band (Broad Street)
8 pm – Concert: Benny Wilson (Broad Street)
9:45 pm – Fireworks by Dynamic Effects from Domtar's Cement Hill
*Food Drive- Bring non-perishable food items to done to the Second Harvest Food Bank
*BRING YOUR FAMILY! BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS! NO PETS PLEASE!
Thanks to our Sponsors!: Eastman Chemical, Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center, Christ Fellowship Church, Paul Bellamy Furniture, WKPT tv, WKPT radio, 98.5 WTFM, Domtar, Mark Freeman Associates, Eastman Credit Union, Classic Hits 102.7, 95.9 the HOG
For More information visit our website at http://www.downtownkingsport.org/
Downtown...The Heart of Kingsport
DKA's mission is to make Downtown Kingsport a preferred destination to live, work, shop, learn, and relax.
If you have questions or comments, please email email@example.com
For additional DKA information, call 423-246-6550 or go to our website, http://www.downtownkingsport.org/
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
The House Price Index is based on transactions involving conforming, conventional mortgages purchased or securitized by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Only mortgage transactions on single-family properties are included.
47 states had depreciation, Tennessee ranked #26, Virginia #44, US average would rank between #41 and #42
Top 5 States:
- Alaska 4.79%
- Oklahoma 0.3%
- North Dakota 0.3%
- South Dakota 0.29%
- Kentucky -0.54%
- Nevada -31.10%
- Florida -22.46%
- California -22.46%
- Arizona -19.51%
- DC -15.28%
- Maryland -10.06%
Full report: http://www.fhfa.gov/webfiles/2399/1q09hpi.pdf