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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Free containers for needles, lancets now available at five Wellmont community hospitals





 People with diabetes who regularly use needles or lancets for their medical care need to dispose of them safely.

For more than two years, the Diabetes Treatment Centers at Wellmont Health System have assisted the public by providing free, safe disposal containers at Wellmont hospitals in Bristol, Kingsport and Greeneville. Now, the program is expanding to the health system's hospitals in Hawkins and Hancock counties and Southwest Virginia – Hawkins County Memorial Hospital in Rogersville; Hancock County Hospital in Sneedville; Lee Regional Medical Center in Pennington Gap, Va.; Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va.; and Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, Va.

"These puncture-resistant containers will provide a valuable service to people in Southwest Virginia, Rogersville and Sneedville who don't have an opportunity to safely dispose of needles or lancets," said Jim Perkins, director of Wellmont's Diabetes Treatment Centers. "It will be safe for the people who use these items, their families and the community."

Residents who use needles to treat other medical conditions may also be able to use the nine-inch-tall containers.

People can go to the emergency department admissions desks at the hospitals in Virginia to pick up a container. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Containers can be picked up during the same days and hours at the front desks of Hawkins County Memorial Hospital and Hancock County Hospital.

When a container is full, it can be returned to the hospital and exchanged for a new one.

Containers are also available at the Diabetes Treatment Centers at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center and at the front desk of Takoma Regional Hospital in Greeneville.

Clinic helps patients understand, fight breast cancer



Kris Lucas knows what it's like to find cancer on a family tree and realize you might be next. But she also knows that when it comes to cancer, knowledge is power. And in that power, she believes she has found the freedom to change her future.

"It has made all the difference," said Lucas, who discovered two years ago that she carried a gene that greatly increased her risk for developing breast cancer. "For me, as long as I know I have a plan of action, I'm in a much better frame of mind. I know I am going to beat this and hopefully never have to face cancer."

Lucas' confidence and plan of action come courtesy of a relatively new field in oncology that specializes in cancer knowledge and prevention. At Kingsport Hematology Oncology's High Risk Cancer Clinic and under the guidance of Wendy Vogel, Lucas has been able to access the latest information, discuss her options and make informed decisions that can greatly reduce her cancer risk.

"It's a new field, prevention of cancer," said Vogel, who heads up the clinic. "There are proactive things we can do for our health. We look at ways to reduce the risk."

Patients generally come to a high-risk cancer clinic because of family history, exposure or previous cancer diagnosis, Vogel said. They can self-refer, or their doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant can refer them.

"First, we do a thorough health history," Vogel said. "Then we do a risk assessment. We look not only at family and medical history but also at lifestyle and environment."

In the end, patients are provided information that includes not only their cancer risks but also concrete practical ways to reduce that risk.

Recommendations can range from quitting smoking, exercising and eating healthy to taking medications (such as Tamoxifen for women at high risk for breast cancer) to prophylactic surgery.

Every person is different, Vogel said. And the goal of the clinic is not to make patients choose a particular course of action but to provide them with the information to make their own best choices.

In the end, it is very empowering, said Lucas, who meets with Vogel annually to stay up-to-date on the latest advances and continually evaluate her progress. In fact, Lucas credits Vogel's guidance in helping her stay in control after receiving the news that would change her life.

"My dad is a two-year breast cancer survivor," Lucas said. "He tested positive for the genetic mutation, BRCA2, which meant there was a 50 percent chance he had passed the gene to my sister and me."

Both Lucas and her sister chose to be tested as well, and both found they too were carriers of the gene.

"Not a lot of people understand the dynamics and what this really means. It's not a question of if you get breast cancer but when," Lucas said. "We also found out we were not only at a higher risk for breast cancer but also pancreatic, ovarian and skin cancer.

"It was a lot to absorb at the time."

With Vogel's help, however, Lucas found herself regaining hope.

"She said, 'OK, this is the gene you have, this is what it means, this is what is involved, and this is what is recommended. Let's form a plan of action. This is how we're going to tackle it.'

"It was wonderful to find somebody who knows what's going on – to say, 'This is what we're going to do to help you, and here are your options.' "

Because breast cancer can be estrogen driven, Lucas chose to undergo a prophylactic hysterectomy, including the ovaries, to reduce her risk. She has chosen not, at this time, to have prophylactic breast surgery but is holding it as an option for the future. And she diligently keeps up with all her medical screenings, from skin to gastrointestinal, to be on the alert for any future cancers.

More importantly, she feels in control of both her health and her life, no longer waiting in fear for a diagnosis of cancer but tackling the issue head on to delay, or prevent, its appearance.

"There are a lot of high-risk people out there who don't know it," Vogel said. "And there is a lot of false worry out there. We're here to accurately evaluate risk and provide a specific plan. And that gives our patients power."



Holston Valley, Bristol Regional designated as Blue Distinction Centers for cardiac care




 Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center have long been leaders in quality heart care across the region and the state.

From Holston Valley's ranking as the No. 1 cardiology program in Tennessee by HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization, to Bristol Regional's expertise in beating-heart bypass surgery, the two hospitals provide a high level of care for heart patients.

Now, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has recognized Holston Valley and Bristol Regional for the high-quality treatment they deliver by designating the hospitals Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care. Holston Valley and Bristol Regional earned the designation after meeting objective selection criteria that show they offer specialty care for hearts.

Blue Distinction Centers offer a full range of services, such as inpatient heart care and cardiac rehabilitation, catheterization and surgery. The goal of the Blue Distinction program is to help patients consistently find quality specialty care and enable and encourage healthcare professionals to improve overall quality and delivery of care.

"We're gratified that BlueCross BlueShield has recognized the superior care our physicians and nurses deliver to our patients in need of heart care," Holston Valley President Blaine Douglas said. "Our healthcare professionals use their knowledge and skills on a daily basis to provide excellent results for our patients."

As an example, both Holston Valley and Bristol Regional consistently beat the 90-minute national standard for door-to-balloon time. That means physicians clear a patient's clogged artery and restore blood flow less than 90 minutes after the patient has arrived in the emergency department.

Both hospitals constantly work to reduce that time frame. In 2008, the Wellmont Foundation provided $500,000 to installed electrocardiogram monitors in many ambulances in the region. The foundation also donated devices that transmit EKGs to Holston Valley and Bristol Regional while a patient is en route. That enables a heart attack to be diagnosed before a patient arrives at the hospital.

In addition to designating Holston Valley as the No. 1 cardiology program in the state, HealthGrades ranked it among the state's top six hospitals for all cardiac services.

This exemplary ranking is typical of the high standing Holston Valley holds in cardiac care. The hospital hosted the region's first open-heart surgery in 1979 and was named in 2005 and 2007 by Thomson Reuters as one of the country's Top 100 heart hospitals.

Bristol Regional is a leader in the usage of beating-heart bypass surgery. That procedure enables a doctor to only stabilize the portion of the heart needing work while the rest continues to pump and circulate blood to the rest of the body.

This cutting-edge procedure means a patient does not have to be hooked to a heart-lung machine. That reduces the chance of possible side effects from that machine: short-term memory loss and trouble thinking clearly.

"As the No. 1 killer of men and women, heart disease represents a major component of the health care hospitals provide," Bristol Regional President Bart Hove said. "Our outstanding physicians and nurses consistently rises to the challenge of treating complex heart conditions. We are appreciative of Blue Cross Blue Shield for this external validation of the quality care our highly trained professionals provide."



United Way of Greater Kingsport Healthy Lifestyles Expo

Hosted by the Crazy 8s Road Race and Fun Fest

July 17, 2010, 5pm till Midnight, J. Fred Johnson Stadium

The United Way of Greater Kingsport and the Crazy 8s Road Race will once again present the Healthy Lifestyles Expo during the Crazy 8s Road Race on July 17. This year the expo will move from inside J. Fred Johnson Stadium to an excellent location outside the stadium in order to put vendors in front of a bigger crowd on hand for the Crazy 8s Race. Race participants will pass through the expo in order to pick up their race packets. This is a great opportunity for local businesses and vendors to get their product and message out in front of thousands of people for a very reasonable price. The Crazy 8s Race attracts over 3,500 participants as well as thousands more spectators. Interested businesses should call or email soon to reserve their space. For more information about Crazy 8s, go to

10 x 10 booth space (Larger spaces are available). Call for availability - $300
Flyers/promotional material in race packets (approximately 3000) – Included in $300 fee. Flyers/promotional material MUST be received by Monday, July 12.
Crazy 8s sponsors and United Way agencies – No charge (while space is available)
Tents and electricity can be provided.
Contact: Jill Salyers,, 423-378-3409 x16

Print this out and email to Jill to reserve your space:

Business Name:

Contact Name:

Contact Phone:

Contact Email:

Need Tent? Y/N Need Electricity? Y/N

Send payment to: We Run Events, 1548 Belmeade Dr., Kingsport, TN. 37664

Sullivan County National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer 

National Day of Prayer Service
May 6, 2010, 12 Noon

Sullivan County Courthouse

2nd Floor Commission Room

Blountville, Tennessee

Please join us as we pray for  our country!

 (This service is free of charge and the general public is cordially invited.)


Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism

   3425 Hwy. 126, Suite 100 / Blountville, TN 37617
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Kingsport Blog

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rowena of Rotherwood - A Kingsport Ghost Story

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Kingsport's Eastman Chemical teams up on vital signs monitor

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Plastics News

Other copolyester resins made by Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman have been
used in IV system components, respiratory devices and blood therapy

Existing home sales increase in Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol during March

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The Shepherd Center of Kingsport

From: Brad and Retta Overturf []

Please support The Shepherd Center of Kingsport by eating at Chick-Fil-A on Stone Drive Thursday, April 29th from 4-9 p.m. Based on the evening sales, Chick-Fil-A will donate a portion of the sales to The Shepherd Center of Kingsport.  You must print this attachment and bring it with you that evening.

The Shepherd Center endeavors to help older adults live independently in their own homes for as long as is appropriate.  I have served on the Board of Directors for many years and can attest to the value of this non-profit in our community. Thank you for helping us with this easy fundraiser.


Seeking performers for Kingsport's Liberty Celebration

From: Jim Austin
Liberty Celebration is a biannual musical celebration of our  July 4th Independence Day performed by an all-volunteer group from our community at EASTMAN's T.F. Reid auditorium (on June 25 and 26 for 2010).

On behalf of the planning team I would appreciate your sending the attachment to your email list of area citizens for their information with the intent of recruiting for both the adult and children choirs. Background information can be found ay LIBERTYCELEBRATION.COM.

Thanks for your help,

Jim Austin


Astronomy Day in Kingsport

Astronomy Day - April 24, 2010

B a y s Mo u n t a i n Pa r k & P l a n e t a r i um


Schedule of Events


Join the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club in celebration of

The International Year of Astronomy!


Learn about the science and hobby of astronomy.

Perfect fun for the entire family!


All non-planetarium astronomy-related activities

are free on April 24th!


Planetarium tickets are $3 per person.


H i g h l i g h t s : Paul Lewis, Director of UT Knoxville's Space Science

Outreach and Solar System Ambassador for NASA, will report on how our

understanding of the sun has changed based on our changing technology.

Bays Mountain Astronomy Club members will also be providing a number of

fascinating presentations. Learn about telescopes and more! The club will

also be hosting daytime viewing of the sun and nighttime viewing of Venus,

Mars, Saturn, the moon, and much more!


Contact Info: Adam Thanz or Jason Dorfman, 423-229-9447;


Afternoon Events: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Displays (free!): 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Discovery Theater. See many displays

featuring all sorts of astronomical topics.


"All About the Sun" with Sabrina Hurlock (free!): 1:30 p.m., Discovery Theater.

Learn all about the sun. Find out why it's so important and what we can learn

about our nearest star.


Solar Viewing (free!): 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Observatory. Thrill at viewing different

layers of the sun up close and in great detail. Safely see sunspots and

prominences. Weather dependent.


"Entry Level Modern, Computerized Telescopes" with Bob Smith (free!): 2:30

p.m., Discovery Theater. Have you ever wondered about those new types of

telescopes you have seen in the stores or in ads? Look no further and attend this

informative presentation on what those telescopes are like and how to use them.


Solar System Walk with Robin Byrne (free!): 3 p.m., Observatory Grounds (only

if not raining). This fun outdoor excursion shows just how large the Solar System

really is. Learn about the planets and their diversity with this cool activity for the

whole family.


"Amateur Astronomy: Then & Now. Easier than Ever" with Mark Marquette

(free!): 3:30 p.m., Discovery Theater. See how far amateur astronomy has come

in the past forty years. Amazing technology has allowed us to easily find objects in

the sky or take photographs that would have been the envy of major observatories.


Evening Events: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.


"Here Comes the Sun" with Paul Lewis (free!): 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., Amphitheater

(Planetarium if raining). See how our understanding of the sun has changed with

advancements in technology. Paul Lewis is the director of astronomy outreach at

the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Solar System ambassador for NASA. A

must-see for the entire family!


Nighttime Viewing (free!): 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Observatory. Spectacular views

of celestial delights await you. Savor the almost edge-on view of Saturn's rings, be

awe-struck by the distance to galaxies, and feel like you're flying low over the

moon with the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club's telescopes. These views and more

will be seen at our Observatory. A live presentation about what is up in the night

sky will take place in the Planetarium if the weather does not cooperate.


Contact Info: Adam Thanz or Jason Dorfman, 423-229-9447;


Rob Cole

Operations Coordinator

Bays Mountain Park

853 Bays Mountain Park Rd.

Kingsport, TN  37660





Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Greenbelt Cleanup / Keep Kingsport Beautiful

From: Leslie Stevens []
Sent: Wed 4/14/2010 8:13 AM
To: Fleming, Jeff
Subject: KKB Greenbelt Cleanup

Hi Jeff,

The Chamber has the release on their Web site if you would like to share with your blog members J  Thank you!


Blessings & Sunshine,

Leslie Stevens


Keep Kingsport Beautiful


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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Bays Mountain Park Day Camp / Raptor Camp

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to let you know that we are taking applications for our summer day camp and raptor camp.  Day camps are available for Bays Mountain Park Association Members who have children or grandchildren entering grades 1-3 and 4-6. Raptor camp is available for members with children or grandchildren entering grades 7-12.  I have attached the membership application as well as the day camp and raptor camp registrations.  If you would like to participate in these camps, just fill out the forms, (you must have a family membership for day camp and an individual membership for raptor camp) and fax them to us at 224-2589, mail them to us at 853 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kpt. 37660, or pop them in the inter city mail and we'll process them as soon as possible. Happy Camping!




Stacy Jerrell

Bays Mountain Park

Office Assistant



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Kingsport Blog

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Are YOU missing out on the Tomfoolery in Kingsport?!

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Tilden J. Fleming, AICP

Assistant City Manager for Development

City of Kingsport, Tennessee

Phone: 423.229.9381 (desk/cell)




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From: Estep, Beth
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On Kingsport's month of "TOMFOOLERY"  APRIL 2010

Just a few snapshots of all the fun from the kickoff…






There's still time to get involved!!! Click the link above to get started, or give us a call 423-392-8414 or 423-392-8416.


Events still to come….Hope to see you there!!


The Bus Pit by BONE FIRE Smokehouse / Mark Twain visit

Mark Twain to have lunch with the locals at one of our favorite restaurants, "The Bus Pit." Come spend time with Mark Twain and have a glorious lunch in downtown Kingsport.

Event Location: The Bus Pit --242 East Main Street , Kingsport, TN

Date: Tue, Apr 20, 2010

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm 


Teen Book Discussion at Sullivan County Public Library

Teen Book Discussion at Sullivan County Public Library Sullivan County Public Library in Blountville will host a book discussion on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for teens! The book discussion will begin 3:00pm on Tuesday, April 20, 2010.

Event Location: Sullivan County Public Library --1655 Blountville Blvd, Blountville , TN

Date: Tue, Apr 20, 2010

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm 


Book Discussion With the Public Art Committee

Book Group Discussion with the Cultural Arts Division and the Public Art Committee, Thursday, April 22 at 3;30 PM. Kingsport Renaissance Center Rm 228. 

Contact: 423-392-8416

Event Location: 1200 East Center Street / Room #228, Kingsport, TN 37660

Date: Thu, Apr 22, 2010

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm 


"An Evening With Mark Twain"
Friends of the Kingsport Public Library

Friends of the Kingsport Public Library Annual Friends Of The Library Business meeting at 7PM features Kurt Sutton performing "An Evening With Mark Twain" at 7 PM Kingsport Center for Higher Education Auditorium, 300 Market Street. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library Free & open to the Public. Free Parking near Higher Ed facility and on the streets. Kurt H. Sutton was born in Mannheim, Germany, immigrating to the United States in 1950. He grew up in Canton, Ga, graduating from the University of Georgia in 1968 he then taught for 6 years in his hometown. and in North Carolina, where he received his MA. Ed. Adm. He has performed as a speaker, trainer, musician and entertainer for 30 years. In "An Evening with Mark Twain" his instruments include harmonica, guitar, and banjo. He has appeared in the movie, "Go Tell It on the Mountain" featuring Paul Winfield and "Night Shadows" featuring Wings Hauser. As Mark Twain he has appeared in theatres nationally pleasing audiences with Twain's hilarous witticisms, wisdom and love for music.


Event Location: Kingsport Center for Higher Education Auditorium, 300 Market Street., Kingsport, TN

Date: Thu, Apr 22, 2010

Time: 7:00pm


Mark Twain visits the Kingsport Town Center

Kingsport Town Center hosts Mark Twain as he tells stories of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn. Area students are invited to attend this event. Come out and enjoy listening to Kurt Sutton as he sings and plays the banjo will taking us back in time as Mark Twain. For more information contact: Mr. Sutton performs "An Evening with Mark Twain" Kurt H. Sutton was born in Mannheim, Germany, immigrating to the United States in 1950. He grew up in Canton, Ga, graduating from the University of Georgia in 1968 he then taught for 6 years in his hometown. and in North Carolina, where he received his MA. Ed. Adm. He has performed as a speaker, trainer, musician and entertainer for 30 years. In "An Evening with Mark Twain" his instruments include harmonica, guitar, and banjo. He has appeared in the movie, "Go Tell It on the Mountain" featuring Paul Winfield and "Night Shadows" featuring Wings Hauser. As Mark Twain he has appeared in theatres nationally pleasing audiences with Twain's hilarious witticisms, wisdom and love for music.

Event Location: Kingsport Town Center, Kingsport, TN (former Ft. Henry Mall)

Contact:   /

Date: Fri, Apr 23, 2010

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm 


Kingsport Theatre Guild Presents "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"  April 23, 24, 25

Kurt Sutton stars as Mark Twain in Kingsport Theatre Guild's production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  KTG's imagination!theatre partners with Kingsport's Big Read event, celebrating the Mayor's proclamation of "A Month of Tomfoolery".  Director Kenn Neagele serves as Artistic Director.  Featured among the cast, are seasoned adult and youth community actors. Mr. Sutton narrates as Mark Twain bringing life to the story. This is a production not to be missed!

Fri. April 23 @ 7 PM; Sat. April 24 @ 3PM; & Sun. April 25 @ 3 PM --All Tickets $7

Contact:  / 423-392-8427
Event Location: Renaissance Center Theatre , Kingsport, TN

Date: Fri, Apr 23; Sat, April 24; Sun, Apr 25 


Arts4kids Workshop "Mark Twain"

Theatre Workshop with Arts Council of Greater Kingsport Arts4Kids - Kurt Sutton "An Evening With Tom Sawyer"  Registration required.

Contact: 423-392-8420

Event Location: 1200 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN

Date: Sat, Apr 24, 2010

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am 


Exchange Place Spring Garden Fair

Saturday, April 24, 12 noon-5 p.m. Tom Sawyer and his friends would have felt at home at Exchange Place, where old fashioned fun prevails throughout the annual spring festival. Go fishin' in the creek with Tom, and win a prize.

Contact for more information:  288-6071

Event Location: Exchange Place , Kingsport, TN

Date: Sat, Apr 24, 2010

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm 


Allandale Mansion Fence Painting "Tom Sawyer" style

An afternoon white washing with the Boys and Girls Club at Historic Allandale Mansion. 4444 West Stone Dr., Kingsport Tennessee

Contact:  423-229-9422

Event Location: Allandale Mansion,  4444 W. Stone Dr., Kingsport, TN

Date: Sat, Apr 24, 2010

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm 


"Aw' Shucks - Becky Thatcher & Tom Sawyer Corn Husk Doll Making"

Spring Garden Fair at Exchange Place Farm (Sat, April 24, noon – 5pm), First Book – Greater Kingsport will be 'offering' the "Aw' Shucks - Becky Thatcher & Tom Sawyer Corn Husk Doll Making" for children to make a corn husk doll. has both a boy & a girl doll

Contact for more information:  288-6071

Event Location: Exchange Place , Kingsport, TN

Date: Sat, Apr 24, 2010

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm 


Becky's Tea Party (1:30, 2:30, & 3:30)

Attend Becky's Tea Party at the Netherland Inn (1:30, 2:30, and 3:30). See if Tom tries to crash the party! Ongoing activities all afternoon include chalk art on slates and stories in the schoolhouse, poling a raft across the lawn, digging for turtle eggs, spinning wooden tops, shooting marbles, and rolling hoops. Chat with Kingsport Theatre Guild's Becky and Tom Sawyer!

Contact:  Phone: (423) 335-5552 or (423) 246-7986

Event Location: Netherland Inn, Kingsport, TN 

Date: Sat, Apr 24, 2010

Time: 1:30, 2:30, 3:30


Bays Mountain Brown Bag Picnic with Mark Twain

Lunch with Mark Twain April 25th on Sunday Kurt Sutton will be at the Bays Mountain Park Amphitheatre in Mark Twain persona. Mr. Twain will regale park visitors with old south witticisms continuing Kingsport's full month of Tom foolery in April. Mr. Twain's reverie will begin at 12 noon. Be sure and pack your lunch so you can sit back and enjoy old southern philosophy. After all how many opportunities do you have to have lunch with a famous author?

Contact:  423/229-9447
Event Location:
Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport, TN

Date: Sun, Apr 25, 2010

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm 


Book Discussion at Sullivan County Public Library

Sullivan County Public Library in Blountville will host a book discussion on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Event Location:  Sullivan Co. Public Library--1655 Blountville Blvd, Blountville , TN

Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm 


Book Discussion at Kingsport Senior Center

"The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer" book discussion Thursday, April 29th at 10am in the card room. Senior Center, Kingsport, TN

Contact:  (423) 392-8400  /

Event Location: 1200 East Center Street , Kingsport, TN 37660-4958

Date: Thu, Apr 29, 2010

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am 


Book Discussion at Sullivan Gardens Branch Library

Book Discussion at Sullivan Gardens Branch Library Sullivan Gardens Branch Library will host a book discussion on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at 11am on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Event Location: Sullivan Gardens Branch Library --104 Bluegrass Drive, Kingsport, TN 37660

Date: Thu, Apr 29, 2010

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm 


Kingsport Theatre Guild and Kingsport Ballet partner with Arts Council's ART CRAWL

While crawling gallery to gallery in historic downtown Kingsport, through magnificent art and sampling fine local tastes, you will see Tom and Becky from Kingsport Theatre Guild enjoying themselves as the Month of Tomfoolery winds down. Wander up to the Ballet studio and appreciate the contemporary dance created for Kingsport's Big Read event by the Kingsport Ballet. Arts Crawl On April 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., visitors to the downtown Kingsport business district will be able to take a trip through the arts by picking up an Arts Crawl Passport under the State Theater Marquee, 157 Broad Street. The passport will include a list of, and directions to, the participating galleries and other venues.: BANQ, Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Studio, Ripper Arts Studio & Gallery, Downtown Kingsport Association Gallery, Kingsport Ballet, River Mountains Antiques, Style, Suzanne Barrett Justis Fine Art Studio and Gallery, The Gallery of Local Artists, and Up Against the Wall Gallery. In conjunction with this spring's Arts Crawl the Arts Council will be announcing the Arts Award recipients at BANQ at 8:30 p.m. Nominations will be accepted until March 22. Nomination forms are available online at Tickets for the Arts Crawl are $30.00 per person in advance and $35.00 purchased the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased online at Tickets will also be available for purchase on the night of the event under the marquee at the State Theater, 155 Broad Street. For more information contact the Arts Council of Greater Kingsport at 423-392-8420.

Event Location: Broad Street Downtown, Kingsport, TN 37660-4958

Date: Thu, Apr 29, 2010

Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm 


Kingsport Ballet Presents "Tom Sawyer - A Contemporary Dance"

Kingsport Ballet presents Tom Sawyer – A contemporary dance. Kingsport Ballet has created a new contemporary dance, inspired by the story of Tom Sawyer. The music is upbeat and playful, and the characters fully embrace the saucy nature of Tom and his friends. The piece illustrates a scene where the show-off boys encounter a group of proper girls and proceed to make themselves known to them. Tom Sawyer is set in the antebellum era in Mississippi, and the dance aims to embody this period of time while exploring contemporary ballet: old fashioned charm meets present day movement. The choreography is created by Erika Ballard. You will experience the Kingsport Ballet in various locations throughout the month.

For more information contact:  423-378-3967  /

Event Location: 220 Broad Street Ballet Studio, Kingsport, TN

Date: Thu, Apr 29, 2010

Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm 

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Follow Mark Twain in Kingsport

 Tue Apr 20
12pm – 1pm Lunch at Bus Pit and then a stroll through Kingsport. - Bus Pit 242 East Main Street, Kingsport, TN 37660  
6pm – 8pm Pledge of Allegiance BMA and walk through Kingsport's Historic Shopping District.  - 225 West Center Street, Kpt, TN 37660  
Wed Apr 21
7:30am – 10:30am KTG'S Adventures of Tom Sawyer - 1200 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN 37660 (SOLD OUT)
11:30am – 2:30pm The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - 1200 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN (SOLD OUT)
Thu Apr 22
8am – 11:30am KTG'S Adventures of Tom Sawyer - 1200 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN 37660  
 7pm – 8:30pm Friends of the Library "An Evening With Mark Twain" - Kingsport Higher Ed Center 320 W Market St, Kingsport, TN 37660  
Fri Apr 23
10:30am – 12:30pm Mark Twain visits the Kingsport Town Center "An Evening With Mark Twain" - 2101 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport,
7pm – 9pm KTG'S Adventures of Tom Sawyer - 1200 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN 37660  
Sat Apr 24
10am – 11am Arts4kids Theatre Workshop "An Evening With Mark Twain" - RenCtr Theatre  
 3pm – 5pm KTG'S Adventures of Tom Sawyer - 1200 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN 37660  
Sun Apr 25
12pm – 2pm Bays Mountain Brown Bag Picnic with "An Eve W/ Mark Twain" - 853 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport, TN  
 3pm - 5pm KTG'S Adventures of Tom Sawyer - 1200 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN 37660  

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

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.