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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ribbon Cutting - Holston Valley Medical Center

Ribbon Cutting

The Holston Valley Medical Center Board of Directors
cordially invites you to a ribbon cutting ceremony
to formally announce the completion of Project Platinum, a $114 million investment into Kingsport and its future.

Wednesday, June 30
10 a.m.

Holston Valley Medical Center
Main Lobby

The event will coincide with an employee 2K Fun Run/Walk to celebrate the renovations and expansions to the hospital as well as Holston Valley's designation as the No. 1 cardiology hospital in Tennessee.
Refreshments and tours will follow both events.



For more information about this event contact:

Nick Adams, Holston Valley Medical Center at 229.5009.


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Kingsport Blog

Friday, June 25, 2010

Fun Fest "Secret Promotion" shhhhhh

Please post on all social media sites, i.e. Fun Fest, CVB, Concerts, etc…..


Fun Fest concert tickets for ZAC BROWN, KATHARINE MC PHEE, JASON MICHAEL CARROLL.  Go on sale Saturday, June 26thThe Fun Fest Store will conduct a “Secret Promotion” from 9am to noon.  Tickets for these concerts will be $10/ea, limited to 8 per person and this Secret Promo is only available at the Fun Fest Store.  So TELL all your friends.



Jud Teague

Executive Director
Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau


Fun Fest's NEW White Lightning Ride



White Lightning 


Announcing the first White Lightning Ride during Kingsport's Fun Fest on July 24th.  The ride will take place from Meadowview Marriott and will feature three beautiful rides - a 50 mile ride, a 20 mile ride, and a family ride.  The 50-miler and the 20-miler will be timed with awards for top finishers.  For those of you who rode in the very popular Tour de Possum Ride in the Yuma community of southwest Virginia, the White Lightning Ride has been created with the same fun and exciting approach.  

For course maps and more information about the White Lightning Ride, go to:
You can register on-line and receive a discount off the regular price, or you can register at the Fun Fest Store in the Kingsport Town Centre (old Fort Henry Mall).
Natalie Whitlock


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Bricks fly at former Press Building

Mountain Region Family Medicine and Press Group LLC kick-off major downtown investment


KINGSPORT – Bricks are set to fly at the former Quebecor Press Building on Sullivan Street as a major $9 million Sullivan Street redevelopment anchor project gets underway Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 6 p.m., with a public Brick-Breaking; everyone is invited to take a sledge hammer swing at the old brick front wall to initiate the start of the project.


The project entails Press Group LLC tearing off the old facade and gutting the interior of building, then adapting the core of the facility to accommodate modern commercial-medical needs. Mountain Region Family Medicine, a 17-physican practice group, is the major prime tenant, set to occupy 66,000 square feet of the facility on one entire floor of the former book plant.


In all, upon completion late in 2011, Mountain Region, with as many as 100 employees, will generate as much as 70,000 office visits a year to the property.


As the site develops over the next few years, another 132,000 square feet will be available for additional medical service, retail and possibly even a few residential units. The Press Group LLC, including Hiram Rash of Goins Rash Cain, indicates that a half-dozen other potential tenants are interested in the project. At full build-out, the project will represent a $24 million reinvestment in downtown Kingsport. In fact, at build out, the rejuvenated facility will generate nearly as much property tax as the entire Quebecor plant did in its last full year of operation.


For more information, please contact John Paul Linke at 423-224-3346 or by email

Fun Fest donates book about popular summer event to Williams Media Center at Holston Valley





KINGSPORT – Festus brings sunshine to delighted children as the friendly mascot of Fun Fest. Now, he's bringing warmth to children who are staying in the pediatric unit at Holston Valley Medical Center.

On Wednesday, Fun Fest leaders provided copies of Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites to John Williams, chairman of the Holston Valley board of directors; Shelia Smith, clinical manager of Holston Valley's neonatal and pediatric intensive care units and pediatrics; and Amanda Wilson, the hospital's child life specialist.

The books, which chronicle the activities past and present of Fun Fest through Festus' point of view, will be placed in the Williams Media Center in the pediatrics unit at Holston Valley. Williams and his wife, Patty, donated funds to renovate a playroom into a multimedia center that includes a plethora of books. That center recently opened.

Leigh Anne Hoover, who wrote the book, presented the copies at a press conference to kick off this year's Fun Fest.

Fun Fest Director Lucy Fleming said the organization wanted to provide the books to give children in the hospital some fun as they get well. Fun Fest gives copies of the book to schools and youth organizations but wanted the Williams Media Center to be the first library-type facility to receive one because of Williams. He is a past Fun Fest chairman.

"We thank Fun Fest organizers for this donation, which will be a ray of sunshine for the kids who are treated at Holston Valley," Williams said. "As much as Holston Valley has been a staple in Kingsport's heritage, so too is the tradition of Fun Fest. We're delighted to put this historical recounting of Fun Fest in our library for our young patients to enjoy."


Cutline: John Williams, chairman of Holston Valley Medical Center's board of directors, and Shelia Smith, a clinical manager in children's care, hold their copies of Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites as author Leigh Anne Hoover (second from right), Child Life Specialist Amanda Wilson and Festus stand with them.



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50 or over? ENCORE Leadership Applications Being Accepted Through July 1

Enrich and Nurture the Community – Offer Your Resources and Experience

The ENCORE leadership program is designed for members of the Kingsport and surrounding areas that are age 50 and over. It is founded in the belief that retirees can offer a wealth of knowledge, experience, leadership and vitality to their communities. The ENCORE Program, through education, provides retirees an opportunity to learn more about our community; it provides opportunities to share their professional experiences, skills and abilities in meaningful ways.

Mission Statement: “To inform participants about the community and the opportunities for volunteer services.”
Vision Statement: “A broad community education program for residents over the age of 50 resulting in more community volunteers.”

Aspen Dental coming to Kingsport

You may have seen the demolition/remodeling of the old Quizno's on Stone Dr.
It is being replaced with Aspen Dental (a franchise dental similar to Lenscrafters for eyes)
"One of the largest and fastest-growing providers of denture and dental care services in the U.S., Aspen Dental practices are committed to providing patients with affordable, high-quality care under the Aspen Dental brand.

With more than 240 locations in 20 states, Aspen Dental practices offer patients a full range of denture and dental services, ranging from preventive care to general dentistry to restoration.

Our philosophy is simple: We partner with outstanding doctors to grow thriving practices around the country."

May 2010 Economic Indicators (released June 25, 2010)

View the full report "Economic Indicators" at


Compared to the same month last year, the unemployment rate decreased in Kingsport, decreased in Bristol, and increased in Johnson City. 

Across Tennessee, the rate decreased in 86 counties, increased in seven counties and remained the same in two counties.  The rate decreased in all counties of East Tennessee, including Tri-Cities, Knoxville and Chattanooga.


Compared to the same month 5 years ago, the unemployment rate was higher in all cities and counties in Tri-Cities; however, the City of Kingsport's increased least (0.9%).  Bristol increase 3% and Johnson City 3.3%.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

July 26-27: Education/Economic Development Conference in Kingsport

click title above for link and details (or go to


Everybody's talking about Race To The Top...

2010 Tennessee Conference
Straight to the Top!

JULY 26 & 27, 2010 - Kingsport, TN
$ 99 per person | $75 per person for groups of 4+

Phil Bredesen, Governor
Tim Webb, Commissioner of Education


Strategies for achieving economic stability through educational excellence


Register today to join Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Innovations in American Government Award-winner – the City of Kingsport, Kingsport City Schools and Northeast State Community College as they co-host this information packed two-day conference.

Both educators and economic development professionals will learn proven strategies to help guide them through the rapidly changing environment of education reform as it relates to economic stability.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

D-B Football Program Ads (Deadline July 14)

2010 Schedule:

Aug 21 - Farragut (away)
Aug 19 vs. Farragut (Home) Thursday Game
Aug 27 vs. Clinton (Away)
Sep 3 vs. Sullivan Central (Home) Homecoming
Sep 10 vs. Sevier County (Away)
Sep 17 vs. Daniel Boone (Away)
Sep 24 -- Open Week
Oct 1 vs. Sullivan South (Home)
Oct 8 vs. Tennessee High (Home)
Oct 15 vs. David Crockett (Away)
Oct 22 vs. Science Hill (Home) Senior Night
Oct 29, 2010 vs. Volunteer (Away)

J. Fred Johnson Stadium is stadium is sold-out for most every home game. With conference realignments, most of the opponents will be local (instead of Knoxville area). What better way to reach thousands of loyal, local customers than this time-honored Kingsport tradition?

Production of the 2009 D-B Football Program is now underway. Proceeds from ad sales help fund the many activities of the Dobyns-Bennett Quarterback Club and its support of the Indians.To be included in the 2009 publication, please use this form and place your order by Monday, July 20, 2009. In addition to this order form, a check and all ad materials must be received by July 20, 2009 to reserve ad space in the publication.Ad rates are as follows:

  • Full page (B&W) $175

  • 1/2 page (B&W) $125

  • 1/4 page (B&W) $100

  • 1/8 page – (Business card – B&W) $75

Thanks so much for your continued support of the Indians.Roll Tribe Roll!!

Kathy Pate – Program Ad Sales Coordinator

Home: 246-7722; Cell: 782-7986




Phone Number___________________Ad Size___________

Copy Instructions______________________________

Please return completed form, check, and materials to:

Kathy Pate D-B Quarterback Club

Post Office Box 7205

Kingsport, TN 37664

Checks are to be made payable to: Dobyns-Bennett Quarterback Club

Area residents can look after heart health, help Second Harvest Food Bank



CONTACT:    Jim Wozniak

                        (423) 230-8237





KINGSPORT – Sometimes, doing good really does do your heart good.

For a limited time, area residents can receive a HeartSHAPE calcium scoring test for just $25 when they donate a bag of non-perishable food items to Second Harvest Food Bank. The normal price is $49.

HeartSHAPE calcium scoring is a quick, painless, non-invasive test that takes pictures of a person's heart to scan for early-stage coronary disease. HeartSHAPE is offered by Cardiovascular Associates and Wellmont Health System.

"CVA and Wellmont are committed to providing our patients with the most advanced techniques available for early cardiovascular disease detection," said Dr. Jerry Blackwell, CVA's president. "We are excited to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank in the fight against hunger and heart disease."

Tests are available at CVA's offices, 2050 MeadowView Parkway, Kingsport, and 316 Marketplace Blvd., Suite 20, Johnson City. For an appointment, please call (423) 230-5044 or (423) 232-0500.



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Wal-Mart associates buy 14 DVD players for pediatric rooms at Holston Valley



CONTACT:    Jim Wozniak

                        (423) 230-8237






KINGSPORT – As a shift manager for Wal-Mart, Terri Cowden wanted her co-workers at the Fort Henry Drive store to understand how the money the company raises for Children's Miracle Network is spent.

So she arranged a tour of the pediatric unit at Holston Valley Medical Center. Little did she know what an impact the tour would have on her fellow Wal-Mart employees.

Through the leadership of associate Randy Wogomon, employees at the store used their own money and donated 14 DVD players to the hospital. That put a DVD player in every pediatric room. The Wal-Mart associates made the surprise donation Friday, June 11.

"This is just a wonderful story of how the associates at Wal-Mart banded together to make a difference in the quality of a child's stay at Holston Valley," said Todd Norris, executive director of the Wellmont Foundation. "We are touched by the generosity these associates demonstrated and appreciate the insight they had to understand what a powerful impact this would have on our young patients."

Wogomon was motivated to act after hearing Amanda Wilson, Holston Valley's child life specialist, say during the tour that only videocassette recorders were available to pediatric patients. She said Holston Valley hoped to acquire DVD players.

"It stuck in my mind," Wogomon said. "I needed to do something about this."

So he bought a DVD player and urged fellow workers to contribute to the cause. He estimated about 80 Wal-Mart employees, including supervisors, donated money.

Cowden was off duty for a couple of days after the tour at Holston Valley and returned to find four DVD players had already been purchased. She cried when she saw them.

"It means a lot to me that my associates would go above and beyond and purchase the DVD players for the kids," Cowden said. "No one asked them to do this. They wanted to do it on their own."

Children's Miracle Network raises money for more than 170 children's hospitals. Wellmont Health System serves as the affiliate of Children's Miracle Network for Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. All money raised in the Tri-Cities region stays here to provide medical equipment, services and treatment to children at Wellmont hospitals.

Wogomon understands the value of Children's Miracle Network because his grandson benefited. He said his grandson, now 19, has been in Holston Valley 11 times with a kidney affliction. He was impressed with the care his grandson received and said the hospital's caregivers went out of their way to ensure family members were taken care of as well.

"Holston Valley has done wonders for my grandson," Wogomon said.

Martha Chill, executive vice president of operations for Holston Valley, is thankful for the gift Wal-Mart employees bestowed.

"You don't always know how much a story about need can impact and move someone to action," Chill said. "Mr. Wogomon's positive experience with Holston Valley and his understanding about the importance of Children's Miracle Network has resulted in this marvelous donation that will benefit the children we serve. We appreciate the thoughtfulness of Wal-Mart."


Cutline: Wal-Mart associates presented Holston Valley leaders and employees with 14 DVD players.



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More than 180 visitors and locals join hands for Community Build



For Immediate Release June 21, 2010



225 West Center Street v Kingsport, TN  37660 v 423-229-9413 v 423-229-9350 fax


More than 180 visitors and locals join hands for Community Build


KINGSPORT – More than 180 local and out-of-town volunteers are hard at work improving a dozen homes in and around Kingsport under a program that unites public resources with private manpower.

What began a few years ago with a chance conversation about a touring choir group looking for a community project in Kingsport has grown to this week’s Community Build event with 102 volunteers from Denton, Texas and 80 more volunteers from local churches and mission groups.

“I think it speaks highly of where we are as a community and where we are going that volunteers from elsewhere are willing to join hands with local volunteers to help build a better Kingsport,” Mayor Dennis Phillips said Tuesday. “A couple of years ago, we put in place the Kingsport Alliance for Home Revitalization (KAHR) that really set the stage to help those who need a hand improving the livability of their homes.”

KAHR is a City umbrella group that provides funding and materials for housing rehabilitation programs carried out by the Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Carpenter’s Helpers program at First Broad Street United Methodist and Appalachia Service Project.

“With this many volunteers available, it is a great opportunity to sort of blitz some of these homes on the rehab list,” First Broad Street Director of Missions Danny Howe said. “Carpenter’s Helpers have been working on homes in the city since 1987, and by bringing everyone together, in this case with HSM taking the lead on this project, we can really make a dramatic impact on the community in a hurry.”

Community Build joins the KAHR program with HSM, a program that started as Home School Missions and has expanded dramatically in the community service area, although there is no paid staff.

“Community Build started three years ago, and the number of volunteers from Texas has doubled,” HSM Director Russ Rogers said. “The city develops the list of persons who qualify and spearheads the funding and the Kingsport Conventions & Visitors Bureau helped us get hotels for the people coming in. And it takes a ton of volunteers to do the work and lots and lots of volunteers to take care of the volunteers.

“We have churches now volunteering to provide lunches. We have another 10 people in five vehicles doing nothing but running water and snacks and Gatorade. And we have another eight people or so running back and forth to Home Depot to purchase and deliver supplies.”

Of the dozen projects this year, three involve entire roofs, while others entail painting and water heater installations, construction of handicap ramps and assessable bathrooms.

“There is lots and lots of painting and lots of hot water heater replacements,” Rogers said. “We have one retaining wall being reconstructed and a couple of wheelchair ramps. We’re also rebuilding a couple of porches and tearing down one unsafe garage and hauling it away.”
Volunteers will be in the community through Thursday. Going forward, Rogers hopes to generate even more local participation with HSM and the KAHR partners. For more information, Rogers can be reached at 782-7001 or visit

Monday, June 21, 2010

Three Kingsport youths collaborate to create newest Kingsport Area Transit Service Ad


For Immediate Release June 18, 2010



225 West Center Street v Kingsport, TN  37660 v 423-229-9413 v 423-229-9350 fax

Three Kingsport youths collaborate to create newest Kingsport Area Transit Service Ad


KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Area Transit System congratulates Zoe Hall (age 9), Rylee Cowden (age 5), and Rory Mendenhall (age 10) for their winning advertisement now being featured on MyTown 16, Kingsport’s Government access station hosted on Charter Channel 16.

The youths created a commercial titled “Where the Bus Goes,” and earned $100 for the rights to feature their commercial on Channel 16. Their advertisement was selected as the best of seven submitted entries.

"We certainly want to thank everyone who participated in this event," Transportation Coordinator Jack Qualls said. "We've seen tremendous growth in ridership during the past 12 months and we continue to look for methods to build interest in the system. At the same time, we are pleased to offer multiple opportunities for our riders to express their opinions and suggest improvements."

KATS offers several easy, low-cost transportation alternatives, including the Express Ticket for $15 month that allows unlimited ridership for the month. Students ride free with the presentation of a student identification card.

“Our staff continues to work hard to develop innovative ways to promote KATS,” City Manager John Campbell said Friday. “On behalf of Kingsport, I want to taken Zoe, Rylee and Rory for doing their part to help us promote the efficiency and reduced environmental impact that is a major reason for developing mass transit in Kingsport. In the future, with rising fuel costs and stricter air quality standards, I am convinced that mass transit will become a major part of everyday life, particularly for our young people.”

Kingsport Area Transit Service offers five routes to popular destinations throughout Kingsport, and operates from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on KATS, please visit To view the top video, please visit later Friday afternoon. KATS looks forward to future contests and asks supporters to follow on


Editors & Producers: Please note that signed release forms are on file for the use of the image and likeness of the winning participants, and in-person interviews can be arranged on request.

“Learning Curve” (the public art project opposite Kingsport Center for Higher Education) is making progress! There are still a few details to work out but we look for installation in late July. This is the form for the concrete bench that will be under the canopy.

Bonnie Macdonald

Kingsport Renaissance Center Cultural Arts Division

1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN 37660



Focus on Fire Safety: Fireworks

From: Brickey, Barry
Sent: Fri 6/18/2010 9:33 AM
To: All_Users
Subject: The Kingsport Fire Department Focus on Fire Safety: Fireworks

The Kingsport Fire Department Focus on Fire Safety: Fireworks

Every year in the United States, we celebrate the Fourth of July with community parades, picnics, barbecues, and fireworks - the things of which happy memories are made. But sadly, Independence Day also includes tragic events resulting from the use of fireworks. On Independence Day in a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. Seventy percent (70%) of fireworks injuries occur June 20 - July 20.  Use and possession of Fireworks is illegal inside the City of Kingsport; the safest way to enjoy them is through public displays conducted by professional pyrotechnicians hired by communities. Learning fireworks safety tips can help ensure that everyone has a happy and safe summer holiday.  

By the Numbers: Fireworks

  • 30,100 Estimated number of fires caused by fireworks each year
  • 7,000 Estimated number of injuries caused by fireworks in 2008
  • 7 Fireworks-related deaths occurred in 2008
  • $34 million Amount of direct property loss caused by fireworks

Sources: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Who is at Most Risk?

In 2008, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 7,000 people for fireworks-related injuries, 46% of injuries were to the extremities and 36% were to the head.

  • 56% were burns, while 21% were contusions and lacerations.
  • Two of 5 people injured by fireworks were under the age of 15.
  • 62% of injuries were to males; 38% were to females.
  • Devices such as sparklers, fountains, roman candles, and novelties accounted for 40% of injuries; firecrackers caused 18% of injuries.

How and Why Do These Injuries Occur?

  • Availability: In spite of federal regulations and varying state prohibitions, many types of fireworks are still accessible to the public. Distributors often sell fireworks near state borders, where laws prohibiting sales on either side of the border may differ.
  • Fireworks type: Among the various types of fireworks, some of which are sold legally in some states, bottle rockets can fly into peoples' faces and cause eye injuries; sparklers can ignite clothing (sparklers burn at more than 1,000°F); and firecrackers can injure the hands or face if they explode at close range.
  • Being too close: Injuries may result from being too close to fireworks when they explode; for example, when someone leans over to look more closely at a firework that has been ignited, or when a misguided bottle rocket hits a nearby person.
  • Lack of physical coordination: Younger children often lack the physical coordination to handle fireworks safely.
  • Curiosity: Children are often excited and curious around fireworks, which can increase their chances of being injured (for example, when they re-examine a firecracker dud that initially fails to ignite).
  • Experimentation: Homemade fireworks (for example, ones made of the powder from several firecrackers) can lead to dangerous and unpredictable explosions.

What Can I Do?

  • The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home — period. Attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
  • Kids should never play with fireworks. Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit (982° Celsius) — hot enough to melt gold.
  • Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest.
  • Don't allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
  • Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they'll run loose or get injured.

For more information contact Barry Brickey, Public Education Officer, Kingsport Fire Department, 423-224-2820,  or go to:



Thank You,


Barry J Brickey

Public Education Officer

Kingsport Fire Department

130 Island Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

Ph: 423-229-9440 or 423-224-2820





TDOT to begin milling/repaving of segments on Stone Drive, Center Street and Lynn Garden Drive

From: Whaley, Tim
Sent: Mon 6/21/2010 9:46 AM
Subject: TDOT to begin milling/repaving of segments on Stone Drive, Center Street and Lynn Garden Drive


For Immediate Release June 21, 2010



225 West Center Street v Kingsport, TN  37660 v 423-229-9413 v 423-229-9350 fax


TDOT to begin milling/repaving of segments on Stone Drive, Center Street and Lynn Garden Drive


KINGSPORT – Milling and repaving of sections of Stone Drive, Center Street and Lynn Garden Drive are set to begin Tuesday as Tennessee Department of Transportation contractors gear up for significant road improvements on state routes inside the city. Work zones include Stone Drive from Fairmont Avenue to the Hawkins County line; Center Street from Fairview Drive to Lynn Garden Drive; and Lynn Garden Drive from Center Street to Stone Drive. Although much of the work will take place at night, motorists can expect delays and lane shifts throughout the work period. Contractors have 40 days from the start of the project to complete the work. In addition, TDOT crews will also be repairing the Center Street bridge near Southern Classic Express Lube during the same time period. Motorists are asked to plan ahead and use extra caution in work zones.


Korner-Copia Specialty Grocery/Deli now open at Center/Commerce (old Sobel's Downtown)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mary-Beth

Hi Jeff!

Long time no talk to, sorry about that, been a bit busy with the store, which is a good thing!

Can you do me a favor and add an announcement/invitation to your next list for me? Korner-Copia's Grand Opening is Tuesday June 22nd. At 3:00pm will be the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce's ribbon cutting ceremony and there will be door prizes, lots of snacks, sampling and fun! We now have deli meats too! I will be making a flier tomorrow and forward it to you.  

Thanks and hope to see you soon!

Mary-Beth. J

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.