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Friday, August 27, 2010

July 2010 Economic Indicators (released August 26, 2010)

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

 

Comparing 2005 to 2010, Kingsport’s unemployment rate remained constant (even during the Great Recession of 2010).  Comparing 2010 to 2009, unemployment in Kingsport decreased by 3.2% as 380 additional residents found employment

 

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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

 

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"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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ribbon Cutting - Gibson Mill Road

 

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Ribbon Cutting

 


Kingsport Chamber members, come out to support our City of Kingsport's accomplishment of opening of a newly constructed road!

Community support and networking at its best!!


Wednesday, September 1
10 a.m.

Gibson Mill Road

The ribbon cutting will be held near the intersection of Gibson Mill Road and Stone Drive at the new roundabout. Please park in surrounding areas by the nearby medical office buildings.

The newly constructed road features a roundabout which leads towards a newly constructed bridge built to improve access to Holston Valley Medical Center. Please join us for this special event!

 


For more information about this event contact:

Marybeth McLain at mmclain@kingsportchamber.org or 392.8827.
 

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Cleek Road to close three months for intersection reconstruction

KINGSPORT – Cleek Road between Orebank Road and Stone Drive will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, August 30, 2010 and remain closed for the next 90 days.

 

The closure will accommodate the upcoming realignment and reconstruction of the Stone Drive/Cleek Road intersection, with work having already begun on the Cleek Road side of the intersection and New Beason Well Road on the opposite side of the intersection.

The project will widen approach lanes at both New Beason Well and Cleek, allowing for the separation of left, thru and right turn lanes. The project will also add a left turn lane onto Cleek Road from Stone Drive, and adding stacking depth extend the eastbound left turn lane from Stone onto Beasonwell, adding traffic stacking depth.

 

In all, the project improves approximately 500 feet of New Beason Well Road and 770 feet of Cleek Road.

 

A future, second phase of the project will reconstruct Cleek from the new intersection all the way up to Orebank Road.

 


 

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Kingsport Theatre Guild is looking to fill some minor roles for Once Upon A Mattress!

Specific roles:

*Wizard: a very eccentric character whom is the Queen's "r...ight hand". He is rather very aloft and a little loose in the head; He is a lead with a solo and a duet. Age 20-40's. But a funny creature, nonetheless.

*Sir Studley: a self-explanatory character. He is a knight; a supporting role. Age teen to 30's. Part of the ensemble as well.

*Sir Luce: Accompanies Sir Studley through out show. A supporting role. Part of the ensemble.

*Lady In Waiting-Lucille: One of the 3 LIW; A supportive role with a few solo lines/ensemble. Age teen-20's.

*Knight 2 & 3: minor role with few lines; ensemble

Ensemble members needed!! (male and female!) who enjoy being on the stage singing, dancing, and performing! Teen-40's. If you just want to come and have some fun and be a part of a great cast, please contact the director: Jess Davis - email: kookie4@hotmail.com. Come and be a part of what community theatre is all about! Fun, friendships, and artistic growth and expression!

 

Once Upon a Mattress

10/8/2010 - 10/17/2010

 

Gargoyles, Plastic Balls

 And Soup

12/10/2010 - 12/19/2010

 

Don't Dress For Dinner

2/11/2011 - 2/20/2011

 

Charlotte's Web

4/15/20100 - 4/23/2011

 

Noises Off

6/17/2011 - 6/26/2011

 

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Firefighter needs help

     Good Afternoon. I am sending you this email to ask for your help. On Tuesday night August 17th Kingsport was hit with a very hard rain storm. One of our firefighters (Dwight Rimer) was at work on that night when his wife notified him that the back wall of their home had collapsed. There had been a wall of water that had developed and was flowing directly onto the back side of their home. When he arrived home he found that the wall had indeed collapsed into the basement and there was no support for the main floor of the house. Other firefighters responded to the call for help and quickly put in place several braces to support the main floor/backside of the house. Several firefighters stated that they do not know why the house did not collapse in on itself.
     Since then several Dwight and family and friends have been working to dig him out of the mud and begin repairs. The insurance company was notified and a claims adjuster came to the home. He told Dwight that the damage was not covered by insurance, leaving Dwight and his wife to pay for the repairs out of pocket. Dwight has only been employed with the Kingsport Fire Department since January 2008.  
    Obviously they do not have the several thousands of dollars it will take to repair the damage. We have set up an emergency fund to assist Dwight with paying for the repairs. If you would like to donate to the fund to help them repair their home you may do so at:

First Kingsport Credit Union
Attn: Dwight Rimer Emergency Fund

408 Clay St.
Kingsport, Tn. 37660

or call 423-229-9463 and transfer or deposit to:
Dwight Rimer Emergency Fund

If you have any questions please call anytime.
Captain Shea Payne
Kingsport Fire Department
423-676-2984

 

 

Anissa Johnson

Kingsport Fire Department

City of Kingsport

130 Island Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

423-229-9444 - office

423-224-2528 - fax

anissajohnson@kingsporttn.gov

 

 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Eastman expanding CHDM capacity by 25% by 2012

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By AP KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Eastman Chemical Co. is expanding CHDM
capacity by 25 percent at its Kingsport site. CHDM is a monomer used to
manufacture ...

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Back-to-school shoppers flock to area stores for tax-free weekend

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Archives Trivia

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Citizens Fire Academy Begins

Kingsport Fire Department's Citizen's Fire Academy Begins ...
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RAM clinic coming to Bristol; event in need of volunteers and public financial support

BRISTOL – In a regional effort aimed at meeting the needs of the medically underserved, a Remote Area Medical® (RAM) free clinic will be held at Bristol Motor Speedway in October.

Billed as the Tri-Cities RAM, the event will take place on Oct. 8-10 inside the speedway with dental, vision and medical services being provided at no cost to those who are present for care. There are no eligibility requirements for patients, and no health insurance information is required or requested. Organizers said they are in need of both volunteers and financial support from the public for what is expected to be a large event.

"This has been in the planning stages for the last year," said Helen Scott, chair of the Tri-Cities RAM committee. "It is a huge undertaking and has included major support from Bristol Motor Speedway, East Tennessee State University, Eastman, both regional healthcare systems, other local healthcare providers and more than 30 other faith-based and civic organizations aimed at helping those in need."

Scott said that while many groups are involved, the Tri-Cities RAM planning committee is turning to local residents to help cover the expense of holding such a clinic.

 "There are a variety of ways the community can become involved in this event," she said. "RAM clinics often provide more than $2 million worth of medical services to thousands of people in just a few days. But volunteers and patients must all be fed, supplies must be purchased and ground support expenses must be paid."

RAM clinics have been held in parts of the region for years, notably in Unicoi County (where RAM will be Aug. 14-15) as well as Grundy, Va., and Wise, Va., which is considered the largest such event in the nation with nearly 3,000 people receiving care over a three-day weekend. Patients often sleep in their vehicles awaiting treatment as lines grow into the hundreds. While Tri-Cities RAM and the Wise RAM event are both coordinated through the same Knoxville-based Remote Area Medical® organization, the Bristol event is separate from the Virginia clinic, with organization and fundraising coming largely from groups based in Washington and Sullivan counties in Tennessee, and as with all RAM clinics, operational support coming from RAM officials in Knoxville.

 "I have been involved in RAM clinics for many years and am very excited about the prospect of bringing this type of large-scale free healthcare event directly into the heart of the region," said Dr. Joe Smiddy, a pulmonologist who often brings his own portable X-ray machine to RAM clinics. "This year in Wise, we saw some very sick people, and I expect we will do the same at Bristol."

While offerings at RAM clinics often include medical offerings from general screenings to mammographies and chest X-rays, a vast majority of patients come for vision and dental care. Tri-Cities RAM officials said they will need volunteer vision specialists as well as dozens of volunteer dentists and hygienists to meet the expected needs.

Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System are providing financial and staff support for the event.

"Mountain States has long been a supporter of RAM, and we're proud to be a part of bringing this same type of care to the heart of the Tri-Cities," said Ed Herbert, MSHA vice president. "These clinics have a wonderful international reputation for taking care of some of the most underserved patients."

Bart Hove, president of Bristol Regional Medical Center – a hospital in the Wellmont Health System – said his organization was also happy to be involved in the clinic.

 "We are pleased to support this worthwhile endeavor," Hove said. "RAM is all about delivering high-quality health care with compassion, a mission we definitely support. We look forward to playing a role in improving the health of the patients who will be served by RAM."

ETSU has been a part of the planning from the beginning. The university is dedicating resources from across its many colleges to help ensure Tri-Cities RAM is a success.

"Service to the community is a central cornerstone of East Tennessee State University, so the opportunity to participate in the RAM clinic resonates throughout our campus," said Dr. Wilsie Bishop, vice president for health affairs and university chief operating officer. "With our Division of Health Sciences, we're fortunate in that ETSU can offer a wide range of expertise and services. Faculty, staff and student volunteers from the Quillen College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Public Health and the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences will be participating. We consider it a privilege to work with others in the region to provide health care in this venue for those who need it."

Crossroads Medical Mission, based in Bristol, is serving as a financial steward for the event this initial year by accepting donations via Paypal, check or cash. The organization is placing those funds in a specific account to be used just for the clinic. Crossroads Executive Director Cindy Rockett is also serving on the Tri-Cities RAM committee as the organization's secretary.

"I would have never imagined the effort involved to organize and facilitate Tri-Cities RAM at BMS," Rockett said. "Health service organizations, charitable health and dental clinics, institutions of higher education, local businesses and congregations and hundreds of volunteers are joining hands in this effort. What a difference we can make."

For more information, go to www.tricitiesram.org or visit RAM USA's website at www.ramusa.org.

 

Cutline: l-r Tri-Cities RAM Committee Chair Helen Scott, Committee Chair-elect Dr. Joe Smiddy and RAM Founder Stan Brock speak at Friday's news conference.

 

Virginia Frank named president of Holston Valley Medical Center


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         8/6/10

CONTACT:    Jim Wozniak

                        (423) 230-8237

 

 

VIRGINIA FRANK NAMED PRESIDENT

OF HOLSTON VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER

 

KINGSPORT – A veteran healthcare executive whose leadership experience includes oversight of a dedicated heart hospital has been named president of Holston Valley Medical Center.

Virginia Frank will assume her new duties at Holston Valley, Tennessee's No. 1 hospital for cardiology, on Sept. 7. She succeeds Blaine Douglas, who resigned in July to accept a position with Aspen Healthcare in Colorado.

Holston Valley, licensed for 505 beds, is the largest hospital in Wellmont Health System.

"Virginia's track record is exemplary, and the patients, physicians and staff of Holston Valley will benefit from her experience and talent," said Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont's president and CEO, who has worked with Frank at hospitals in Missouri, Minnesota and Florida. "I am confident Holston Valley, under Virginia's leadership, will continue to build on its 75-year legacy as Kingsport's hospital of choice."

Since 2006, Frank has served as administrator of the Heart and Vascular Hospital, a 96-bed facility that is part of St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. She is also responsible for fiscal, strategic and operational leadership of all cardiovascular services on the campus of St. John's Mercy Medical Center and St. John's Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mo. Combined, those two hospitals have 1,166 beds.

Frank also serves as vice president of operations for St. John's Mercy Medical Center, with responsibility for the David C. Pratt Cancer Center, St. Louis Center and Breast Institute, imaging and pulmonary services, audiology, sleep medicine, wound care and behavioral health.

As administrator of the Heart and Vascular Hospital, Frank has brought stellar leadership in the area of door-to-balloon times for treatment of heart attacks. This time frame is measured from a patient's arrival at the emergency department to the clearing of a blocked artery. The national gold standard is 90 minutes, and Frank's heart hospital has beaten that time for 26 straight months.

Holston Valley and its sister tertiary referral center, Bristol Regional Medical Center, consistently beat the national standard, as well.

"Holston Valley's outstanding reputation speaks for itself," Frank said. "It's an honor to become part of a hospital recognized regionally and nationally for excellent patient care."

Frank previously served as vice president of operations for Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and as chief information officer for Florida Medical Center Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. She has also participated in the Global Leadership Development Program of the University of Michigan Business School.

"I am so pleased we will have an individual of Virginia's caliber to lead our hospital," said Dr. Marvin Cameron, chairman of the Holston Valley board of directors. "I'm confident Virginia will guide us on a path of sustained excellence.

"Our board members, physicians and employees look forward to working with her as we fulfill our mission to deliver superior care with compassion to the patients we serve."

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Calling for Entries in Small Business Annual Awards Celebration

KINGSPORT CHAMBER AND KOSBE CALLING FOR ENTRIES IN ESTEEMED SMALL BUSINESS ANNUAL AWARDS CELEBRATION

Two new categories have been added for Minority Business Enterprise and Woman-Owned Business, and contenders now have 60 days to complete their applications rather than 30.

KINGSPORT, TN – August 1, 2010 – On August 1st, the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) began accepting applications and nominations for its Annual KOSBE Awards from Kingsport Chamber members and nonmembers.   This year there are seven areas of competition.  There will be one award for Young Entrepreneur (under age 40) sponsored by KNETIC Young Professionals, one for New Business (in operation for at least 12 months but not more than 36 months) sponsored by Clark & Company Custom Builders, one award for Business Excellence Employing Under 10 Employees sponsored by WorkSpace Interiors, one award for Business Excellence Employing 10 Employees and Up sponsored by Leinbach Services, and one Impact Award sponsored by Triten Insurance & Financial Services, for an outstanding individual and small business advocate nominated by a business who is entering the contest in any one of the contest categories.  In addition to the preceding five categories, two new categories have been added for Minority Business Enterprise sponsored by Eastman Chemical Company and Woman-Owned Business sponsored by Plastic Surgery Center of East Tennessee.  Selections will be made based on reported past financial performance, growth in number of employees, business staying power and history, story of success overcoming adversity, community involvement, marketing creativity, and presented strategies for growth.  

 

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Chamber to host Congressman Phil Roe Luncheon

CONTACT:

Nicole Austin

Director of Government Relations & Workforce Development

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

423.392.8835

naustin@kingsportchamber.org

 

Kingsport Chamber of Commerce to host Congressman Phil Roe Luncheon

 

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon with Congressman Phil Roe on Wednesday, August 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ridgefields Country Club, Kingsport.

 

This event is sponsored by Appalachian Power, Atmos Energy, AT&T, Charter Communications, Domtar, Eastman Chemical Company, Holston Valley Medical Center and King Pharmaceuticals.

 

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear a legislation briefing regarding issues in Washington.

 

Cost is $25, lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Please R.S.V.P by Friday, August 13 to Marybeth McLain at mkench@kingsportchamber.org or call (423) 392-8827.

Individuals who R.S.V.P but do not attend will be required to pay unless a two-day notice is given.

The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization comprised of nearly 1,000 members.  The Kingsport Chamber's mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area.

 

For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, visit www.KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800. We're social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.

 

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Marybeth McLain Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

COMMUNICATIONS & EVENTS COORDINATOR

151 EAST MAIN STREET KINGSPORT, TN 37660 (Ph) 423.392.8827 (Fax) 423.246.7234

 

www.KingsportChamber.org

 

Year-to-Date Relocation Report - Move To Kingsport

FY2011 Year-to-Date Relocation Report. July 2010 www.MoveToKingsport.com
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Tailgate dinner before D-B / Farragut

The first tailgate dinner of the school year to kick off Dobyns Bennett's football season!  Due to race weekend, the first game will be on Thursday, August 19.  Smoked pulled pork, home style baked beans, cole slaw, homemade brownies, and a drink will be served for $8 per plate from 5:15 until 6:45 in the dome lobby; early enough to catch band performances as well as the 7:30 kickoff.  So after work, folks can go right to the game with no worries of fixing dinner, etc.  The event is sponsored by the DB softball boosters and obviously will help support that team in the spring.  Tickets are available now by contacting any DB softball player, or they can purchase at the door.

Just trying to let as many folks as possible know.  ROLL TRIBE!

Thanks,
Susan Russell

Arts4Kids 2010-2011 Workshop Schedule

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From: Arts 4 Kids <arts4kidskingsport@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 8:32 AM
Subject: Arts4Kids 2010-2011 Workshop Schedule
To: kingsportarts@gmail.com


Attached please find the 2010-2011 Workshop Schedule for Arts4Kids as well as the registration form.

Workshops are the 4th Saturday of the months August-May, Except November and December due to holidays.

  • Choose 4 workshops for $20
  • Each additional workshop $5
  • Maximum per child $30
  • Maximum per family $50
Registration includes an Arts4Kids Membership Card as well as a black canvas backpack featuring the Arts4Kids logo for the first 100 kids to sign-up!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or request for assistance!

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Tina Radtke
Program Director

Arts Council of Greater Kingsport (soon to be KingsportARTS)
1200 E. Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

(423) 392-8420


 

Festus and his Fun Fest Favorites

 

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Fun Fest Poster

Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites is available at your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, or online www.wordofmouthpress.us.  Proceeds benefit the Kingsport Chamber Foundation - Fun Fest and the Literacy Council of Kingsport.  For a great review of the book watch Tim Cable's spot on Cable Country at the link below.
 
http://www.tricitiesblogs.com/cablecountry/article/fun_festus_book/49120/
 

 

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Keep Kingsport Beautiful

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Megan Watson, 392-8814

 

 

Keep Kingsport Beautiful and Blue Ridge Properties

Announce July Beautification Award Winners

 

Each year from May to October, Keep Kingsport Beautiful and Blue Ridge Properties strive to recognize properties which set positive examples for beautification and cleanliness.  Keep Kingsport Beautiful has divided the city into different territories and has a volunteer designated to each area pick a winning property each month that exemplifies the following qualities: litter-free, well maintained, well-groomed, and is a good example within the neighborhood.

This month's residential winners are: Jewell McKinney, 1076 Wellington Boulevard; Keith and Brenda Gibson, 2329 Rivermont; Mike and Barbara Creasman, 1310 Chestnut Street; Gary and Linne Taylor, 3276 Ashley Street; Harold Horton, 728 Holston Street; and Sharon Bass-Callahan, 2732 Prestwick Court.

The beautification award for local businesses goes to Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, located at 6518 Stone Drive.

First Presbyterian Church, located at 100 West Church Circle, is this month's church award winner.

Finally, the redevelopment award goes to Korner-Copia, located at 200 E. Center Street, Suite A.

Keep Kingsport Beautiful is an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and a program of the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce.  Keep Kingsport Beautiful's mission is to involve the community in responsible solutions for a clean and beautiful environment.

 

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Megan Watson

Keep Kingsport Beautiful

151 E. Main St.

Kingsport, TN 37660

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Literacy Council Teams up with Bellafina Chocolates

Kingsport:  As part of the "Twilight Alive Summer Concert Series," on Thursday, August 26, 2010, The Return, a tribute band to the Beatles, will perform in downtown Kingsport beginning at 7:00 p.m. Throughout the evening, the Literacy Council of Kingsport, Inc. board of directors will be selling Bellafina Chocolates.

 

Bellafina Chocolates are hand rolled, hand dipped truffles that are also personally packaged. The chocolate is being described as "simply the best chocolates you've ever tasted." A Kingsport company, Bellafina Chocolates was founded in order to raise money for nonprofit organizations committed to children and literacy.

 

A 25 percent donation from purchases at the August 26, 2010 concert will benefit the Literacy Council of Kingsport, Inc. through Bellafina Cares™. For additional information, visit www.BellafinaChocolates.com  or preorder at ltrcy@yahoo.com

Literacy Council of Kingsport, Inc. is a United Way program offering free one-on-one tutoring to adults and qualified children and serves as an ambassador for literacy in the greater Kingsport area. 

 

Cardiologist becomes first to perform rare procedure at Holston Valley

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         8/13/10

CONTACT:    Jim Wozniak

                        (423) 230-8237

 

 

CARDIOLOGIST BECOMES FIRST TO PERFORM

RARE PROCEDURE AT HOLSTON VALLEY

 

KINGSPORT – Steven Smith, a 45-year-old Rogersville resident who has suffered from breathing troubles for years, is looking forward to a higher quality of life thanks to a successful procedure performed for the first time at Holston Valley Medical Center, Tennessee's No 1 hospital for cardiology.

On Thursday, Dr. Marc Mayhew, a board-certified interventional cardiologist with Cardiovascular Associates, performed a closure of an aortopulmonary fistula in the catheterization lab at Holston Valley. An aortopulmonary fistula is a congential condition that occurs when an abnormal blood vessel passes from the aorta to the pulmonary artery. In Smith's case, the vessel traveled to his left and right pulmonary arteries.

"This is important because the pressure in his lungs and heart may become elevated to dangerous levels," Dr. Mayhew said. "I was able to successfully repair the aortopulmonary fistula using a vascular plug."

Dr. Mayhew, who noted this procedure is rare, said it went perfectly and was completed in about two hours.

"The fistula is 100 percent closed," Dr. Mayhew said. "There were zero complications. I expect him to feel considerably less breathless immediately."

Dr. Mayhew gave Smith, who earlier had undergone an operation to close the fistulas between his coronary and pulmonary arteries at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the option of returning there or being the first to have the procedure at Holston Valley. Smith chose Holston Valley and was rewarded with a successful procedure.

"I think it's further evidence that we're a high-quality cardiovascular program with superior technical skills and technologies that traditionally have only been available at major academic medical centers," Dr. Mayhew said. "Mr. Smith is a perfect example where the absolute most challenging case could have required him to travel five hours to UAB. But we're able to do this in his hometown."

That was important to Smith.

"I wanted to do it here so I didn't have to travel," Smith said. "I didn't want to go that distance. Dr. Mayhew said this would be the first time at Holston Valley. I was willing for them to do mine here if it would help me without my going to Alabama. Plus, it could help other people in the future."

Cardiovascular Associates, which has more than 30 specialists practicing in six area locations, is part of Wellmont Health System.

Dr. Mayhew said Smith has had shortness of breath since he was a child. At one time, his symptoms were attributed to asthma.

Several months ago, Smith developed chest pain, which led him to undergo a cardiac catheterization that showed abnormal connections between the coronary arteries and pulmonary arteries. The catheterization also showed blockage in his coronary arteries, so he underwent bypass surgery.

"The plan was to repair these abnormal arteries at the time of the bypass surgery, but they couldn't be identified in the operating room," Dr. Mayhew said.

At this juncture, physicians did not know about the problem between Smith's aorta and pulmonary arteries, so he was sent to the University of Alabama-Birmingham because of the complexity of his condition. The coronary to pulmonary fistulas were closed there, and Smith experienced relief initially. Then his breathlessness returned.

Dr. Tom Bulle, another physician at Cardiovascular Associates, diagnosed Smith's aortopulmonary fistula with a CT scan. Because of that discovery, Dr. Mayhew shared the success of Thursday's procedure with Dr. Bulle, saying his fellow physician was astute to look for other causes of Smith's symptoms.

Dr. Bulle asked Dr. Mayhew whether he could correct the problem locally instead of Smith going elsewhere. Dr. Mayhew was confident he could and worked with AGA Medical, the manufacturer of the Amplatzer vascular plug he used on Thursday to repair Smith's fistula.

Even though he had not performed this particular procedure before, it was not difficult for Dr. Mayhew to prepare. His specialized training contributed to his ability to repair Smith's fistula.

"The technique is not terribly different from other procedures I do as an interventional cardiologist," Dr. Mayhew said. "Today's procedure was catheter-based. All of my procedures are catheter-based. As far as the technical aspects, I would say that my coronary techniques and skills easily translate into the skills required to perform this procedure.

Now, Smith looks forward to a higher quality of life.

"Hopefully, my breathing will improve, and it will help make my life better and let me do more with my kids and grandkids," he said.

 

Dr. Marc Mayhew uses a monitor as he performs a closure of an aortopulmonary fistula at Holston Valley Medical Center.

 

Dr. Marc Mayhew performs a closure of an aortopulmonary fistula at Holston Valley Medical Center.

 

Dr. Marc Mayhew reviews Steven Smith's X-rays during a procedure to close his aortopulmonary fistula at Holston Valley Medical Center.

 

Dr. Marc Mayhew shows an Amplatzer vascular plug. He used one to close Steven Smith's aortopulmonary fistula

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Repainting of Historic Kingsport Mural

Repainting Of Historic Kingsport Mural - WCYB
The historic downtown Kingsport mural doesn't look like it was painted 23
... "I think that Kingsport is a very community minded city and 23 years
later, ...

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Two new Kingsport restaurants a first for Tri-Cities

Two new Kingsport restaurants represent a first for the Tri-Cities ...
“At the same time, redevelopment is turning the corner from North Eastman
Road to Stone Drive and working its way back towards Kingsport Pavilion.
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Renovation and expansion of wastewater treatment plant

With renovation of Kingsport's wastewater treatment plant coming ...
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First inductees into D-B Alumni Hall of Fame a deserving group on Page 1B of Friday, August 13, 2010 issue of Kingsport Times-News

 

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CHILI'S® CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO
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Library Night (8/9/2010)

Help the children of Sullivan County receive free books, and have a great meal at the same time! Chili's Restaurant in Kingsport invites you to Sullivan County Imagination Library Night, August 9, 2010 from 6 PM to 10 PM. With each flyer and guest receipt presented, Chili's will donate 10% of those sales to the Sullivan County Imagination Library. To print a copy of the flyer and to find out more about the Imagination Library, go to the SCIL website: www.scimaginationlibrary.org.

This event is happening only at the Chili's in Kingsport, 1921 N. Eastman Road. For more information call Chili's, at 423 246-4173.

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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.