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Thursday, September 23, 2010 selected as top local government website in Tennessee

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August 2010 Economic Indicators (released September 23, 2010)

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Great news -- comparing 2009 to 2010, Kingsport’s labor force is up 2.5% and # of employed is up 3.3%




Tilden J. Fleming, AICP

Assistant City Manager for Development

City of Kingsport, Tennessee

Phone: 423.229.9381 (desk/cell)




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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







Merit Scholarship program


Students Recognized In National Merit Scholarship Program


KINGSPORTFive Dobyns-Bennett High School students have been named as semi-finalists for the 2011 National Merit Scholarship program.


Those named as National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists are Farrah Alyssa Carter, daughter of Jason and Nani Carter; Meredith Elaine Jack, daughter of Bob and Laura Jack; Melissa Janette Jenkins, daughter of Steven and Jodi Jenkins; Emily Jasmine Liang daughter of Shaowo and Weimin Liang; and Amy Katherine Oreskovic, daughter of Richard and Kathleen Oreskovic. These five students will compete with the top high school students in the nation for some 7,000 Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $33 million.


In September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically able young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools.  To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, semi-finalists must advance to the finalist level of the competition by fulfilling several requirements. About 90 percent of the semi-finalists are expected to attain finalist standing and approximately half of the finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners.


The nationwide pool of semi-finalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. More than 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) which serves as an initial screening of program entrants.


For more information on the National Merit Scholarship, please contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378-8409.





Amy Greear

Director of Communications

Kingsport City Schools

1701 E. Center Street, Kingsport TN 37664

(423) 378-2123 w.

(423) 914-9500 c.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Enrollment up at Kingsport City Schools

Hello jeff, jeff has sent you a link from the Kingsport Times-News.
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Straight To The Top! Presentations

click the title above for a link to the various presentations used at the Straight To The Top (Race to the Top) Conference in Kingsport recently.

Kendrick Creek Annexation

Kingsport planners approve Kendrick Creek annexation - Kingsport ...
KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Regional Planning Commission approved the first
of three annexations in the works for the Kendrick Creek area of Colonial
Heights ...

"A Passport to the Arts" Third Annual Arts Crawl 2010

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I am helping the Arts Council of Greater Kingsport with their publicity efforts for the upcoming Arts Crawl event on Thursday, September 30th.  Can you post this on your blog site to help us get the word out about the event?  We would certainly appreciate any help with this. Thanks so much!-----Amy Boyles


"A Passport to the Arts in Kingsport"

Third Biannual Arts Council Arts Crawl 2010


KingsportARTS, formerly Arts Council of Greater Kingsport, will host the third biannual Arts Crawl: A Passport to the Arts in Kingsport on September 30, 2010, 5PM-9PM. This unique collaboration unites artists, residents, and businesses for the purposes of increasing exposure for area artists, providing easy access to arts and entertainment for residents, and raising funds to be used to increase the awareness of the growing arts community in Kingsport.


Our first Arts Crawl, September 24, 2009, was so popular we have decided to do it twice a year. The events will be on the last Thursdays of April and September.

On September 30th 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, 155 Broad Street. The passport will include a list of, and directions to, the participating galleries and other venues:  new locations this year are the Barefoot Chameleon and Carriage House, old favorites are Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Gallery, Ripperarts Studio, Kingsport Ballet's new facility featuring the Kingsport Art Guild exhibit, Main Art Center at Downtown Kingsport Association, River Mountains Antiques & Primitives, STYLE, Suzanne Barrett Justis Fine Art Studio and Gallery, and Up Against the Wall Gallery.

Besides our two new locations, another new feature will be a bus making a continuous loop past the galleries. Patrons can get on and off the bus anywhere along the route. We also plan to have artists on the street, weather permitting.

Passport holders will sample a delightful array of hors d'oeuvres created by downtown restaurants while sipping on wine from a souvenir glass. Participating restaurants are: Bone Fire Smokehouse, La Campiña Mexican Grill, Korner-Copia, Babycakes Cupcakery, and Stir Fry Café.

Sponsors for this event are City of Kingsport's Cultural Arts Division, Sam's Package Store, Absolute Communications, Cabot Creamery of Vermont and all the great downtown restaurants and galleries listed above.

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.

KingsportARTS is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, as well as, the Kingsport Community Foundation (a fund of the East Tennessee Foundation), Eastman Chemical Co., the City of Kingsport's Cultural Arts Division, and other local sponsors.





Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Darrell Rice Kiwanis Golf Tournament

Darrell Rice Kiwanis Golf Tournament
Wed, Oct 6th
Cattails at Meadowview
11 am Registration
11:30 - 12:30 lunch
1:00 pm Shotgun Start
Format: Captain's Choice.
Special Prizes: Closest to pin on all Par 3's.
                      Longest drive (Men & Women)
                      Hole-In-One on all Par 3's.
Prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each flight.
Goody bags for all entrants.
Fee: $100 per golfer
Proceeds of tournament support Kiwanis programs in Kingsport area, including
Coats, Shoes & Socks for school age children.
Register: or call 230-0530.

Thanks Jeff,
       Jim Cornell
       Kingsport Kiwanis Club
       230-0530 or 612-1110

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Fun Fest Wins International Awards




Lucy Fleming

Fun Fest Director

151 East Main St.

Kingsport, TN 37660

Ph – 423.392.8809


Press Release                                                                For Immediate Release

                                                                                      September 17, 2010


Fun Fest Wins International Awards for "Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites" Book


Fun Fest has been honored with two Pinnacle awards at the International Festivals and Events Association 56th Annual Convention held this week in St. Louis, Missouri. Leigh Anne Hoover's latest book, "Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites" won awards for "Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials" and "Best New Merchandise." Fun Fest competed with similar size festivals and events across the world, including the North Carolina Seafood Festival, St. Paul, Minnesota Winter Carnival and the Daegaya Experience Festival in Korea.


"Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites" was written by Hoover to celebrate the 30th year of the festival. This children's book focuses on activities during the nine days of Fun Fest and features bright artwork by Tyler Bishop highlighting local landmarks.


Her first book, the popular "The Santa Train Tradition" is in its second printing. Both books were published locally by Word of Mouth Press.  "'Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites' exemplifies the essence of community unity, and is what Fun Fest has been about for over 30 years," said Hoover. "Receiving two awards from such an esteemed group of entries is something our entire region can take pride in celebrating."   


Hoover visits local classrooms as a guest author to encourage reading and community involvement. This November she will be a featured presenter at the Tennessee Association of School Librarians annual conference.


"These awards recognize the efforts and talents of local individuals who have found a unique way to tell the story of the Fun Fest and the Kingsport community to an international audience," said Stephen LaHair, 2010 Fun Fest Chairman.


Both books are available at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 151 East Main St., Kingsport, TN and online at In addition, "Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites" is available at Rainbows End Floral Shop, 214 East Center St., Kingsport. Cost is $11.99 and a portion of the proceeds from each book benefit the Literacy Council of Kingsport.


Fun Fest is a program of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce with support from the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau and is recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top Twenty Event in the Southeast for the month of July. Fun Fest 2011 will be July 15 – 23.  


The International Festivals and Events Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide. 


Fun Fest is a festival providing family oriented entertainment, sporting events, and other activities while fostering community and economic development with the support and cooperation of business, industry, government, volunteers and other organizations. For more information go to and follow Kingsport Fun Fest! on Facebook.


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, go to 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.




Lucy Fleming

Fun Fest Director

151 East Main St

Kingsport, TN 37660


Ph - 423.392.8809

Fax - 423-392-8829


Fun Fest 2011 - July 15 - 23


Like Kingsport Fun Fest! on Facebook


Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Superintendent of the Year announcement

For Immediate Release – Kingsport City Schools
Contact: Amy Greear, Director of Communications (423) 378-2123
September 16, 2010

Dr. Richard Kitzmiller Named Tennessee Superintendent of the Year

KINGSPORTDr. Richard Kitzmiller has been named Tennessee's Superintendent of the Year by the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS).


The award was presented this week during the 61st Annual Superintendents' Study Council Conference in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Selection criteria include leadership in student learning, communications, professional growth, and community leadership.


"I consider it a great honor to be recognized in this way. This is a direct result of the collective efforts of our teachers, staff, students, parents and our Board of Education. The entire Kingsport community has been exceedingly supportive of our education system and deserves a share of this recognition."


Dr. Kitzmiller has served as Superintendent of Kingsport City Schools since 2002 and has worked in the school system in various positions for more than 30 years. He began his career as a middle school math teacher and coach at Robinson Middle School. Prior to serving as Superintendent, Dr. Kitzmiller was the Director of Accountability and Student Services for Kingsport City Schools from 2001-2002. He has also served in several other administrative roles including Special Assistant for Research & Assessment, Assessment Coordinator, Assistant Director-Lifelong Learning, and Staff Development Coordinator.


Dr. Kitzmiller received his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from East Tennessee State University and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Tennessee. He currently is a member of the TOSS Board of Directors, the Tennessee BEP Review Committee, the Association of Independent Municipal Schools and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He also serves on a variety of boards and advisory groups in the local community.


Dr. Kitzmiller will submit his application for the National Superintendent of the Year sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators.  He will represent the state of Tennessee in Denver, CO at the AASA National Conference on Education.


For more information on the Superintendent of the Year award, please contact the Kingsport City Schools Office of Community Relations at (423) 378-2123 or TOSS at (615)254-1955.




Amy Greear

Director of Communications

Kingsport City Schools

1701 E. Center Street, Kingsport TN 37664

(423) 378-2123 w.

(423) 914-9500 c.


Kingsport set to open V.O. Dobbins Sr. Community Complex



For Immediate Release September 20, 2010



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

Kingsport set to open V.O. Dobbins Sr. Community Complex


KINGSPORT – City leaders will host a very special ribbon-cutting and dedication as the V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex is formally dedicated on Friday, September 24, 2010 at 4 p.m. at the facility.

The $8.2 million project is a centerpiece of Kingsport’s effort to rejuvenate the Riverview Community, and will feature the unveiling of a new state historic marker denoting the structure’s original usage as the largest African-American high school in the greater Tri-Cities Tennessee-Virginia area, the former Douglass High School.

A dedicated Douglass Alumni Association office as well as a Douglass Community Room pays tribute to Kingsport’s African-American heritage at the site in a time when segregation was mandated by law. As part of the preservation effort, three trophy cases will hold old school annuals, pictures, and other memorabilia, as well as about 40 sports trophies dating from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The school closed in 1966 with desegregation. 

“This day marks the fulfilling of Kingsport’s commitment to the Riverview community,” Mayor Dennis Phillips said. “The progress here, helping folks who want to help themselves, empowering those who cherish Kingsport, it’s all a remarkable change and really proves that good things happen when we all work together and no one worries about who gets the credit.”

On the day of the ribbon-cutting, building tours and refreshments will be available, and a shuttle bus will be operating from the Eastman Employee Center Parking lot to the V.O. Dobbins Center.  Special guest speakers include Dr. Carroll Van West, the director of Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, who will be speaking on the importance of Douglass as a Rosenwald School, as well as the historical preservation of Culture.

Dr. West has conducted field research at Douglass and its relationship to Tennessee’s New Deal era landmarks.

Also, Vernell Allen, of Detroit, a member of the Douglass Tigers Basketball team of 1947 will be on hand for a trophy re-dedication, and an open invitation has been extended to past Douglass team members as well.

The newly expanded and remodeled V.O. Dobbins Complex also added a three story non-profit wing, a new two-story educational wing as well as a new regulation-size gymnasium.  Agencies housed within the facility include; 

Neighborhood Service Center of Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency, Mountain Region Speech and Hearing, the United Way of Greater Kingsport, the ALS Association Tennessee Chapter, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tri-Cities, the Palmer Foundation, Kingsport Tomorrow, the American Legion and the Tri-Cities office of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of East Tennessee.

“In addition to providing a vibrant nucleus to the community, and preserving an important part of Kingsport’s heritage, I believe the non-profit center is a unique approach that allows these agencies to stretch vital dollars and magnify their impact by limiting administrative expenses,” City Manager John Campbell said. “I am convinced that this shared, one-stop-shop approach to offering a variety of community services will serve the city well in the years ahead.”

Friday, September 17, 2010

Newsweek ranks Emory & Henry Among Top Colleges and Universities


From: Treash Brent []
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:56 PM
To: Fleming, Jeff
Subject: E&H news for Sept. 16


Hey Jeff,


I hope you are having a wonderful week. Below you will find the latest news from Emory & Henry. We are very excited about the recent national attention the college has been receiving for our community service, and this week Newsweek magazine has ranked E&H fourth in the nation. Please let me know if you have any questions about this or any story in general.





Newsweek Ranks Emory & Henry Among Top Colleges and Universities
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Monday, September 13, 2010
In its first-ever college rankings, Newsweek magazine has ranked Emory & Henry fourth among all colleges and universities in the nation in providing service learning and community service.

Emory & Henry was one of 125 institutions – out of more than 3,500 nationwide – included in the ranking by Newsweek, which rated colleges and universities in 12 categories. The top 25 in each category are published in the Fall 2010 Kaplan/Newsweek College Guide: Finding the Right College for You.

Emory & Henry ranked fourth in the category for the "Most Service-Minded" colleges and universities. Topping the ranking was Rhodes College followed by Wofford and Bryn Mawr colleges.

Newsweek praised Emory & Henry for its high rate (80 percent in 2009) of community service among its students and for its Appalachian Center for Community Service, which focuses on economic development of at-risk populations in the local community.

Emory & Henry President Rosalind Reichard said the top-five ranking from Newsweek, a national news magazine, underscores the College's success at becoming a national model for service learning. "Colleges and universities from across the country have taken note of the uniqueness of our approach to service and the significant impact it has on the lives of students and the vitality of communities."

In March of this year, Emory & Henry was honored with the President’s Award for Community Service, the highest national recognition given to a college or university for service learning. Emory & Henry was selected from among approximately 800 institutions competing for the award and became the first Virginia school to win the award since it was begun three years ago by President George W. Bush.

In August, the Washington Monthly ranked Emory & Henry among the top 30 liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation. In acknowledging the College's rise in the rankings, Washington Monthly editors cited the College's successful emphasis on service learning.

"It is a great honor to be ranked so highly in an important category by a well-respected national magazine," Reichard said. "Service learning is perhaps the most significant contribution that colleges and universities can make to the enrichment of students' lives and to the strengthening of a democracy."

Other top-25 categories in the Newsweek ranking included, among others, the following: "Most Desirable Schools in America," "Most Diverse Schools," "Schools for Braniacs," and the "Top Urban Schools."



Emory & Henry hosts Sept. 25 Visit Day
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E&H Visit Day on Sept. 25

Friday, September 10, 2010
Emory & Henry College welcomes all prospective students and their families to campus during a visit day on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Emory & Henry College ranks among the top 30 liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation according to a recent report in the Washington Monthly. The magazine ranks Emory & Henry at No. 21 on its annual list.

Prospective students will be given the opportunity to take a campus tour at convenient times throughout the day by students from Emory & Henry’s Blue & Gold Society. Guests will be able to meet individually with admission counselors and learn about our "hand crafted" admissions and financial aid process.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. After lunch, join us at Fullerton Field for ODAC football (vs. Methodist, 1 p.m.) and ODAC men’s soccer (vs. Eastern Mennonite, 7 p.m.). Admission is free.

For more information or to register, visit or call toll-free at 800-848-5493.


E&H Welcomes Broadway Stars Duet Sept. 23

Monday, September 13, 2010
Veterans of the New York musical theatre stage, Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell, will sing a wide range of musical and content styles when they perform Thursday, Sept. 23, at Emory & Henry College.

This husband-and-wife duet will combine their impressive Broadway and musical pedigrees to give a performance that entertains with solid vocal performances and reflections on married life. The performance, entitled "It Takes Two," begins 7:30 p.m. in the Wiley Hall auditorium.

Individually, the singers have performed roles in such Broadway hits as "Les Miserables," "Spamalot," "Beauty and the Beast," "Side Show," "South Pacific," and "Breakfast at Tiffany's." She was a fresh-faced ingénue plucked from a classical focus at the Cincinnati Conservatory by Andrew Lloyd Webber. He made waves as the young male lead opposite Glenn Close in "Sunset Boulevard."

Their repertoire includes songs that are giddy and light-hearted as well as powerful and poignant. They include Broadway musical and pop-rock milestones as well as fresh, undiscovered gems from new composers and lyricists.

Tickets for the concert are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Emory & Henry students are admitted free of charge with identification. Students from other institutions are admitted for $3. For more information, contact or 276-944-6846.


Jewelry Artist Courtney Starrett Presents RubberMADE

Monday, September 13, 2010
RubberMADE is the title of an exhibition by jewelry and installation artist Courtney Starrett that will be featured at The 1912 Gallery of Emory & Henry College from Wednesday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 30 (except for Oct. 13-18, the College’s spring break).

Starrett will speak about her work during an Artalk on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30 pm in the Board of Visitors Lounge of Van Dyke Center. The Gallery, located at the Emory Train Depot, will open at 6:30 pm for viewing and after the Artalk for a reception with the artist.

Starrett currently serves as assistant professor of metals and jewelry at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. Her E&H exhibition is a collection of objects, interactive and wearable, inspired by the artist's exploration of the mid-20th century American culture of consumerism and processed goods.

The catalyst for this body of work was her curiosity about the history and industrial uses of silicone rubber and the relationship this synthetic material has with a 1950s style post-war “suburban” ranch house. This relationship has fueled the forms, colors and titles of the works in the RubberMADE collection.

Starrett holds a BFA from the University of Kansas and earned her MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn. Prior to her work at Winthrop University, she was an assistant professor of digital fabrication in industrial design and metals/jewelry design at the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich. Her work is widely exhibited and published in national journals.

Both the exhibit and the Artalk are free of charge. The 1912 Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, noon-5 pm or by appointment. Call 276.944.6866 for additional information or to make an appointment.


Former President Joins Public Policy Board

Thursday, September 9, 2010
Dr. Thomas Morris, a former president of Emory & Henry College, has been selected to join the George C. Marshall Foundation Board of Trustees.

Morris will be part of a 30-member Board responsible for overseeing the use of scientific data to debate major public policies on issues ranging from national defense to the environment.

The George C. Marshall Institute helps counter the trend of some special interest groups who misuse scientific research. Through the press, publications, speaking tours and public forums, the Institute seeks to preserve the integrity of scientific literacy.

Dr. Morris served as E&H President from 1992 to 2006. He left the college to serve as secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Virginia. This past April, Dr. Morris was selected the sixth president of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.


Project: Drug Drop Zone


Kingsport Police Department

Press Release



What:   Project: Drug Drop Zone

When:  Saturday, September 25, 2010

            9:00 am until Noon

Where: Parking Lot of Rhoten Allstate Agency

1000 East Center Street

On the corner of Center and Sevier


       Project: Drug Drop Zone is Kingsport’s inaugural medication take-back initiative.  This Kingsport event is being conducted in participation with the nationally recognized drug take back program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.  Similar programs are being held on the same day all over the country.  This program is designed to keep drugs off the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoid environmental contamination.  We encourage everyone to go through their medicine cabinets prior to the event and look for any unused, leftover, unwanted and/or expired medications.  These can be prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or dietary supplements.  Bring these items to Project: Drug Drop Zone at 1000 East Center Street on Saturday, September 25th between 9:00 am and noon.  Follow the drop-off instructions at the site, and the Kingsport Police Department will properly and safely dispose of these items for you.  This program is completely anonymous.  You will not be asked to reveal any personal information.  This is a community wide event being sponsored by the Kingsport Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University, South Central Weed and Seed, Kingsport Area Safety Council, Comfort Keepers, Medication Management Center, Sullivan County S.A.L.T. Council, New Vision Youth, Rhoten Allstate Agency, The Oaks, and Aid and Assist at Home.  A flyer is attached to this e-mail.  Please feel free to print as many copies of this flyer as you wish and distribute it to help us advertise the event.  Larger poster sized copies of this flyer are available at the Kingsport Police Department.  We will gladly arrange for pre-event interviews either by telephone or in person at any time prior to the event.  We would also welcome any media representatives to join us and cover Project: Drug Drop Zone on the day of the event.  Feel free to contact me for additional information.  Please help us get the word out.






Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

Community Relations and Crime Prevention Officer

D.A.R.E. Instructor

Kingsport Police Department Training Unit

200 Shelby Street

Kingsport, TN  37660

(423) 229-9433 (office)

(423) 224-2786 (fax)


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Upcoming Events at Warriors Path State Park

Events at Warriors Path

Dear Friends -
We at Warriors' Path are looking forward to two very special events, both coming up soon.
First is our Environmental Education Workshop. Saturday, October 2nd will be a great day for educators to learn more about working with children in nature. Participants will spend the day out in park natural places, sharing a wide variety of nature discovery techniques and environmental learning activities. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required.
December 4th is the date for our annual Adopt-A-Tree event. Area young people are invited to come help us plant the future of our region. For every tree seedling they plant in the park, they can take one home to plant. Come help us bring "re-leaf" to Northeast Tennessee! This is also a free event, and no pre-registration needed. However, we do suggest you arrive early - due to the hot dry summer, our selection of tree seedlings is somewhat limited.
Attached are brochures for these events. Please do contact me if you need any additional information or photos, or if there is any other way I can be of help to you. And thanks so much for sharing this information with others!
Have a great day!
Marty Silver
Park Ranger-Naturalist

D-B Students Outperform State, National Average on ACT


Dobyns-Bennett Students Outperform State, National Average on ACT tests


KINGSPORTDobyns-Bennett High School students outperformed the state and national averages on the 2010 ACT, with a record number of students taking the test.


Beginning in the 2009- 2010 school year, all 11th grade students in the state of Tennessee were required to complete the ACT test. Approximately 387 Dobyns-Bennett High School 2010 graduates completed the test, an increase of 13.5 %.


Administrators anticipated that scores would decrease across the board with more students completing the college-entrance exam. However, scores actually increased in science, and remained steady in English, reading and math.  The scores are as follows:


Average ACT Score:



























College Readiness:






















Meeting All Four





"We are definitely beginning to see the positive effects of the increased rigor that has been and that will continue to be incorporated into the curriculum throughout Kingsport City Schools," said Dr. Chris Hampton, Secondary Curriculum Coordinator. "That becomes obvious when we test 13.5% more students and our college-readiness rates for students meeting all four ACT benchmarks increases as well. We are going to be very intentional in the work that we do so that graduates from Kingsport City Schools have the necessary skills to succeed and advance in college and/or the workplace."

Kingsport City Schools has outlined improving college readiness measures as one of the system's top goals for the Race to the Top initiative. To reach this goal, the school system has hired a system-wide science coordinator, a secondary curriculum director and a Project Lead the Way teacher at the middle school level. These positions will actively seek ways to increase student achievement and prepare students for college and careers by improving instruction in core content areas.

The Tennessee Board of Education recently adopted new curriculum standards which are aligned to national standards tested in the eighth grade EXPLORE test, the tenth grade PLAN test and the 11th grade ACT test. The state department also set new proficiency cut scores for student assessments.  The goal is to more adequately prepare students and accurately measure their progress toward graduating with a college and career ready knowledge base.

According to ACT officials, the 2010 national report indicates there is much room for improvement, with many students likely lacking skills needed to be ready to succeed in credit-bearing first-year college courses and in workforce training programs. The number of ACT-tested graduates has grown steadily and substantially, and there has been increasing diversity in the demographic makeup of the testing pool  Nearly 1.6 million students—almost half (47 percent) of all 2010 U.S. high school graduates—took the ACT, up from 1.2 million (40 percent of all graduates) in 2006.

For more information, contact the Kingsport City Schools Office of Community Relations at (423) 378-2123.




D-B Percussion Ensemble to Perform at International Convention

Dobyns-Bennett Percussion Ensemble Selected to Perform at International Convention


KINGSPORT – The Dobyns-Bennett High School Percussion Ensemble is one of two high schools in the nation recently selected to perform at the prestigious 2010 Percussion Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, IN.


PASIC is the largest percussion event in the world featuring over 120 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations by international artists. The event will be held November 10-13 at the Indianapolis Convention Center, with Dobyns-Bennett's performance scheduled for Friday, November 12. Dobyns-Bennett is the first school (high school or college) to represent the state of Tennessee at PASIC since it began in 1976.


The Dobyns-Bennett Percussion ensemble is led by Jason Walsh, Director of Percussion and Assistant Director of Bands. The ensemble was formed in 2002 and has performed at the Tennessee Music Education Association State Convention and the Music for All National Percussion Festival. The group has performed with artists such as Paul Wertico, Arthur Lipner, Jeff Queen and Andy Harnsberger. The ensemble has also sponsored the "Days of Percussion" event for several years, enhancing percussion education in the region. In addition, several members of the ensemble have participated in both the regional honor band and the Tennessee All-State Band and Orchestras.


Members of the 2010-11 Dobyns-Bennett Percussion Ensemble include: Hannah Easley, Katie Easley, Austin Breeding, Sarah Burleson, Andrew Naylor, Breonna Moles, John Fleming, Jeffrey Upshaw, Emily Seaton, Jimmy Cooper, Maria Baker, Brett Hamilton, Kelly Parker, Brian Smith and alternates Matt Chapman, Bonnie Parker, Rachel Winstead and Jackson May.


For more information on the Dobyns-Bennett Percussion Ensemble, please contact Jason Walsh at (423) 378-8400.




Amy Greear

Director of Communications

Kingsport City Schools

1701 E. Center Street, Kingsport TN 37664

(423) 378-2123 w.

(423) 914-9500 c.


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.