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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gov. Bredesen warns parents of tougher K-12 standards; Kingsport lauded at second day of Straight to the Top Conference

 

KINGSPORT -- Declaring that Tennessee has “moved the goal posts” on K-12 achievement standards to make high school diplomas meaningful, Gov. Phil Bredesen warned parents Tuesday that they should not be shocked if their child is no longer academically proficient when new standards are set later this week by the State Board of Education.

Bredesen said the changes were essential given that state tests indicate 80 percent of all students are proficient in math, but only 21 percent of students score mathematically proficient on the National Assessment of Education Progress test.

 

“There’s only one reason that could be, and that is, our tests our way too easy,” Bredesen said, while urging the public and lawmakers not to backslide on tougher standards as he leaves office in six months. “To hand someone a diploma who does not have the skills to go out and be successful in college or at one of these (high-tech) companies is not doing anybody any favors or helping us to succeed.

 

“It may be uncomfortable, but I know you really want what is best for your child. And your child is out competing against a lot of people who have these skills, some of whom are in this country, and some who are in another country.”

 

Bredesen, delivering the keynote for Kingsport’s Straight to the Top Conference at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center, applauded Kingsport and Sullivan County for being the quick to realize this fundamental connection between a truly educated workforce and a stable local economy.

 

“Site selection consultants used to dismiss Kingsport as a part of the rust belt with a lot of old industry,” Bredesen said. “Nobody says that today. This is a part of our state that has really transformed its economy in some really fundamental ways … and is training a 21st century workforce. Kingsport and Sullivan County are gaining national recognition for that. The academic village model is something that is being talked about around the country.”

 

To highlight the nexus between education and economics, Bredesen indicated that a major manufacturing prospect Tennessee is currently pursuing “is adamant they will not even interview someone without two years of education beyond high school,” adding that 80 percent of jobs today now require a minimum two years of college. Since 2002, Kingsport and Sullivan County have offered every high school graduate free tuition to Northeast State Community College.

 

“For a long time in our country a good job was a place you went to work right after high school … I suspect Eastman (Chemical Company) was one of those over the years,” Bredesen said.  “With the mobile society we live in today, the very best protection is not getting on at Eastman early on, it is to have the skills it takes to go wherever you want and be able to get the kind of job that supports a family and lets you live the American dream.”

 

Meanwhile, Eastman CEO Jim Rogers, who introduced the Governor, noted his company’s commitment to education, with “200 employees who are trained” to work in more than 100 local school systems.

 

“I may not be an expert in this area, but I am a customer of the work you do,” Rogers told educators and administrators in the room. “What you do is extremely important to us. And we hope you are going to deliver the graduates who give us a competitive leg up.”

 

Earlier in Tuesday’s session, former Washington D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and current Lecturer in Public Management at the Harvard Kennedy School likewise commended Kingsport for helping residents to “punch their meal ticket” and thereby encouraging trust in the larger direction of local government.

 

“How does a city become a viable, memorable city in a region and compete in the global economy,” Williams asked. “What are the ingredients? Most are spelled out in a common understanding in terms of building convention centers like this one or having great sports facilities or bringing in some entertainment to your city. But where all of us are impressed with Kingsport is that you are doing all of these things, but you are also looking at education and understanding the role of education in economic development. I think that is the genius of Kingsport’s plan.”

 

Summing up the conference, Mayor Dennis Phillips noted that the “leadership of Kingsport is not going to fail, and this is only the beginning of what we hope to accomplish.”

Farragut vs. Dobyns-Bennett Tailgate Dinner

 

Farragut vs. Dobyns BennettTAIL GATE DINNER

THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 – 5:15 to 6:45 pm

The Dobyns Bennett High School Softball team is sponsoring a tailgate dinner from 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm

on Thursday, August 19, 2010, just prior to 7:30 kickoff for the first football game of the season between

Farragut and Dobyns Bennett at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.  The menu will be a plentiful plate of smoked

pulled pork, a bun, barbeque sauce, home style baked beans, cole slaw, desert and drink.  The cost for

pre-ordering will be $7 per person, however, there may be a limited number of tickets sold at the door

for a greater cost of $8, so don’t wait!  There will be signs in the main parking lot leading you up the ramp

to the dome lobby, just beside the stadium, where the food will be served and seating will be available.

 

ORDER YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

ü     Complete and mail this form to address below.

ü     Enclose your check to DB Softball Booster Club.

ü     Deadline to order is Friday, August 13, 2010

     so that tickets may be mailed to you.

                                                           

MAIL TO:

DB Softball Booster Club

                                                            2324 Louita Avenue

                                                            Kingsport, TN  37660

 

 

YOUR NAME:            _________________________________________________________

 

ADDRESS:     _________________________________________________________

 

CITY/STATE/ZIP:            _________________________________________________________

 

PHONE:                      _________________________________________________________

 

 

     NUMBER OF TICKETS NEEDED:         ___________

                                                             x    $7.00 EACH

                                    ===========

 

 

CHECK AMOUNT: ___________ 

 

 

 

I was asked to pass this along for anyone who may be interested.

 

Chassy Smiley Freeman

Kingsport Parks and Recreation

Program Administrator (Athletics Department)

(423) 229-9459

smiley-freeman@ci.kingsport.tn.us

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D-B Quarterback Club Media Day

 

2010

 

MEDIA DAY

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

 

Ed or Elizabeth Diminick

Dobyns-Bennett Quarterback Club Media Day Coordinators

Home: 288-2705 Ed cell: 341-0354 Elizabeth cell: 863-3651

 

 

Kingsport, TN – July 27, 2010

 

Dobyns-Bennett High School ’10 Football Media Day, Friday July 30, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

WHO: Who’s playing what position?

WHAT: What can we expect from this year’s team?  What does the schedule look like?

WHEN: When does the season begin? 

WHERE: Where is the opening game?

 

Find the answers to these and many other of your media questions at the Dobyns-Bennett High School ’10 Football Media Day.  It’s your chance to visit with head coach Graham Clark and members of this year’s team.  The event begins at 8:00 am with the Freshman team and the Varsity from 9:30 am – 12 noon on July 30 at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.  There will also be a scrimmage at 5:30 pm vs. Knox Halls.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend media day and the scrimmage.  Game day parking passes will be sold at Media Day.  See you there! ROLL…TRIBE…ROLL

 

Media Day is sponsored by the Dobyns-Bennett Quarterback Club

 

 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New job growth continues in Kingsport; Johnson City, Bristol sputter in June - Kingsport Times-News Online

New job growth continues in Kingsport; Johnson City, Bristol sputter in June - Kingsport Times-News Online
Source: timesnews.net

 
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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
by Daniel H. Pink

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people--at work, at school, at home. It’s wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his new and paradigm- shattering book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does--and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the …
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Whiplash (An FBI Thriller)
by Catherine Coulter

Yale professor Dr. Edward Kender’s father is undergoing chemotherapy when the supply of a critical accompanying drug suddenly runs out. Unwilling to accept the drug company’s disingenuous excuse of production line problems, Dr. Kender hires private investigator Erin Pulaski to prove that something more sinister is going on at Schiffer Hartwin. Meanwhile, in Maryland, married FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich are investigating a rather unusual case: Senator David Hoffman is experiencing a ghostly apparition with possible malicious intent. The case is baffling, and Sherlock and Savich are not sure what to believe, even after witnessing the disturbing specter for themselves. They’re no close …
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The Carrie Diaries
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The Carrie Diaries is the coming-of-age story of one of the most iconic characters of our generation. Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. She’s ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the ind …
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Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel
by James Patterson

Being a kid with wings--constantly on the run--has never been easy, and Max and her flock are getting tenser than ever. First, on a trip to Africa, they meet a mysterious billionaire whose intense scrutiny of the flock makes her fear the worst. Then, a cryptic message from a young girl arrives, warning them "The sky will fall." And as if an impending apocalypse weren’t bad enough, canny birdkid Angel makes a dire prophecy about Max’s soul mate: Fang will be the first to die.Max’s desperate desire to protect Fang brings the two closer than ever. But can the team weather the storm, or will the turmoil rip them apart for the last time? …
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Rules of Attraction
by Simone Elkeles

Carlos Fuentes doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Boulder, Colorado. He wants to keep living on the edge, and carve his own path-just like Alex did. Unfortunately, his ties to a Mexican gang aren’t easy to break, and he soon finds himself being set up by a drug lord. When Alex arranges for Carlos to live with his former professor and his family to keep him from being sent to jail, Carlos feels completely out of place. He’s even more thrown by his strong feelings for the professor’s daughter, Kiara, who is nothing like the girls he’s usually drawn to. But Carlos and Kiara soon discover that in matters of the heart, the rules of attraction o …
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On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System
by Henry M. Paulson

Fast-paced and dramatic re-telling of the financial crisis that nearly bought the developed world to its knees. Hank Paulson was at the absolute epicentre of the recent economic storm, and his account of how he dealt with the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression makes for absolutely fascinating reading. The book contains all the decisive moments in the economic crisis, including the pivotal meetings with mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as Paulson’s personal recollections of and conversations with President Bush, President Obama, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. As well as detailing the major decisions taken during the cris …
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Horns: A Novel
by Joe Hill

Joe Hill has been hailed as "a major player in 21st-century fantastic fiction" (Washington Post); "a new master in the field of suspense" (James Rollins); "one of the most confident and assured new voices in horror and dark fantasy to emerge in recent years (Publishers Weekly); a writer who "builds character invitingly and plants an otherworldly surprise around every corner" (New York Times). This gifted and brilliantly imaginative author catapulted to bestsellerdom with the chilling Heart-Shaped Box and cemented his reputation with the prizewinning volume of short fiction 20th Century Ghosts. At last, the New York Times bestselling author returns with a relentless supernatural t …
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Stink: Solar System Superhero (Book #5)
by Megan McDonald

Save the planet . . . Pluto! Stink Moody, wise-cracking champion of everything small, is on a new mission: to reinstate his favorite celestial orb.Look! Up in the sky! Is it a falling leaf ?A speck of dust? A speeding mosquito?No, it’s Stink Moody, Solar System Superhero!When Stink learns that Pluto has flunked out of the Milky Way for being too shrimpy, he feels like he might just explode with a Big Bang. Stink has no choice but to take a stand for the sake of little planets (and little people) everywhere. Will he be smart enough to defeat a panel of big-shot scientists? Will he be strong enough to beat know-it-all Riley Rottenberger and her "Team KPB"? Will he succeed in rescuing Pluto from a fate w …
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2010 Photographer’s Market
by Editors of Writer’s Digest Books

With 1,500 market listings, "2010 Photographer’s Market" is the resource freelance photographers need to find markets for their work. No other book contains as many market listings for magazines, book publishers and stock agencies all over the world. Readers will find "2010 Photographer’s Market" easy to use with its clearly marked sections and four indexes that will aid them in narrowing down the markets that interest them. …
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Numbers
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Ever since she was child, Jem has kept a secret: Whenever she meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. The two plan a trip to the city. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem is terrified to see that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode! …
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Kingsport Library construction info, resume help

KINGSPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY

COMPUTER CLASSES 

 

  • Word Basics 2007
  • Computer Basics
  • PowerPoint Basics 2007
  • Introduction to the Internet
  • Excel I 2007
  • Excel II 2007
  • Facebook
  • E-mail

 dates/times  

Classes are free, but space is limited.

Register at Reference or by calling 224-2539.

 

August 2010 

ANNUAL REPORT

Circulation

244,735

Visitors    

213,379

Reference Questions

21,339

Programs

365

Program attendance

9,987

Internet Use

48,668

Downloadable click-outs

5,613

Borrowed from other libraries

12,159

Loaned to other libraries

6,520

 

 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

A contract has been signed with
PSA-Dewberry to conduct the Schematic Design phase of the library's renovation/expansion project. 

This phase will use an "integrated design" process that will result in a wonderful library to meet our future needs and also be the most energy efficient building possible. 

Estimated schematic design completion is November/December and it will be shared with the public at that time. 

DOWNLOADABLES FOR PRINT IMPAIRED

The visually impaired can now download from a collection of more than 60,000 digital books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines in the DAISY and BRF formats. 

This free service is provided by Overdrive to those who qualify. 

Click  here,  then click on "accessible eBooks for the print-impaired."  

RESUME HELP/VIRTUAL INTERVIEWING

The library has added a new online database, Optimal Resume, that will allow you , at no cost, to:

  • Create high-impact, interactive career materials
  • Present your materials online-with an easy-to-use website builder
  • Participate in virtual interviewing simulation with expert coaching
  • Assess your skills and abilities
  • Share your credentials on your own professional website and across social networking sites 

Just click here and scroll down to "Optimal Resume."  All you need is a KPL card.

ARCHIVES' NEEDS 

The archives is looking for info (yearbooks, photos, other) about:

  • Cloud's Bend School
  • Douglas School

Please call 224-2559 if you have materials to donate. 

http://www.kingsportlibrary.org/

400 Broad St/Kingsport, TN/ 37660/ 423-229-9366

 

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2010 Annual KOSBE Awards Partnership Opportunities

 

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The 2010 Annual KOSBE Awards are planned to be presented on Thursday, December 2, 2010, 6:00 PM –9:00 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.  Typically, this event brings together more than 125 businesses, community and government constituents to celebrate small business achievements.

 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us before July 30th.  We would also like to hear from you if you are interested in providing a gift or donation that would be considered a reward for our winners (i.e., cash prizes, discounts, gift cards or certificates, products and services, training, computer equipment, memberships and subscriptions, software, etc.).  Keep in mind there will be at least seven award recipients.

 

 

First Mate Sponsorship - $300
Five (5) available
• Recognition as event sponsor in announcements and promotional materials (i.e., blast emails, newspaper, flyers, letters, etc.)
• Verbal recognition during opening remarks at awards ceremony
• One (1) VIP event registration with VIP seating in audience front row
• Logo and link on KOSBE website home page and awards sponsor page(s)
• Logo on event advertising in Times-News

• Logo/mention in advertising by Holston Valley Broadcasting (TV and Radio)
• Logo on event invitation, event ticket, and event program
• Logo on recognition sign at event entrance

Lighthouse Sponsorship - $1,000
Two (2) available
• Recognition as event sponsor in announcements and promotional materials (i.e., blast emails, newspaper, flyers, letters, etc.)
• Verbal recognition during opening remarks at awards ceremony
• One (1) VIP event registration with VIP seating at head table
• Logo and link on KOSBE website home page and awards sponsor page(s)
• Logo on event advertising in Times-News
• Logo/mention in advertising by Holston Valley Broadcasting (TV and Radio)
• Logo on event invitation, event ticket, and event program
• One half-page ad in event program
• Opportunity to provide materials for sponsor display table at awards event
• One 30-second video presentation during event
• Logo on recognition sign at event entrance

Mariner Sponsorship - $1,500
Two (2) available
• Recognition as event sponsor in announcements and promotional materials (i.e., blast emails, newspaper, flyers, letters, etc.)
• Verbal recognition during opening remarks at awards ceremony
• Two (2) VIP event registrations with VIP seating at head table
• Logo and link on KOSBE website home page and awards sponsor page(s)
• Logo on event advertising in Times-News
• Logo/mention in advertising by Holston Valley Broadcasting (TV and Radio)
• Logo on event invitation, event ticket, and event program
• Opportunity to introduce guest speaker
• Opportunity to provide materials for sponsor display table at awards event
• One 30-second video presentation during event
• One full-page ad in event program
• Logo on recognition sign at event entrance

 

Captain Sponsorship - $3,000
Only One Title Sponsorship Available
• Recognition as event sponsor in announcements and promotional materials (i.e., blast emails, newspaper, flyers, letters, etc.)

• Opportunity to provide verbal welcome or closing at event (7 minutes)
• Three (3) VIP event registrations with VIP seating at head table, and one ‘Reserved’ table with company name and logo prominently displayed on table sign
• Largest logo on event advertising in Times-News
• Logo/mention in advertising by Holston Valley Broadcasting (TV and Radio)
• Largest logo and link on KOSBE website home page and awards sponsor page(s)
• Largest logo on event invitation, event ticket, and event program
• One 60-second video presentation during event at midpoint
• One two-page ad in the center of the event program
• Exclusive podium signage (your company will provide this item which is subject to approval by the KOSBE Awards Committee)
• Exclusive exhibit or display table for materials at awards event
One-time guest appearance on (one Company representative) on Kingsport ChamberZone, airing daily on Charter Media's CMS TV-13 and Comcast Cable 2 & 14, City of Kingsport Channel 16 and WKPT-TV 19/WAPK (Company name promoted numerous times on subsequent programs).
• Largest color logo on recognition sign at event entrance

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sonja Whitson, Brock Services
KOSBE Awards Committee Chair

Phone (423) 765-2350

Email sonja.whitson@brockgroup.com

 

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Aundrea Wilcox

Executive Director – KOSBE

Phone (423) 392-8801

Email awilcox@kosbe.org

 

 

Regards,

____________________________________________________________________

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
awilcox@kosbe.org | www.kosbe.org

 

Are you a local business owner? Get listed for FREE in our B2B online e-directory: www.kosbe.org/buyme

 

 

Fun Fest Cornhole Tournament remains largest in Tennessee on Page 1C of Sunday, July 25, 2010 issue of Kingsport Times-News

Please see Fun Fest Cornhole Tournament remains largest in Tennessee on Page 1C of Sunday, July 25, 2010 issue of Kingsport Times-News

Kingsport home sales post 23 percent increase in June on Page 1C of Sunday, July 25, 2010 issue of Kingsport Times-News

Please see Kingsport home sales post 23 percent increase in June on Page 1C of Sunday, July 25, 2010 issue of Kingsport Times-News

Thursday, July 22, 2010

June 2010 Economic Indicators (released July 22, 2010)

View the full report "Economic Indicators" at http://www.development.kingsporttn.gov/Reports+Statistics+Demographics

 

Employment rates increased for all jurisdictions across the Northeast Tennessee region, with Kingsport’s improving more than any other city.  Bristol was a close second, while Johnson City’s employment remained relatively unchanged.

 

Jeff

 

Tilden J. Fleming, AICP

Assistant City Manager for Development

City of Kingsport, Tennessee

Phone: 423.229.9381 (desk/cell)

Email: JeffFleming@KingsportTN.gov

Web: www.Development.KingsportTN.gov

 


 

"There's something here that gives me piece of mind, I'm right at home here where I'm living....there may be something more than what I see from my front porch, but God you know this looks like heaven". - Brinley Addington

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 www.MeadowViewResort.com 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 www.BestPlaces.net). 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.