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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Senior Center Art Gallery/Gift Shop

The Kingsport Senior Center has opened a new art gallery/ gift shop. We have many very nice items for sell including paintings, pottery, handmade Christmas cards, jewelry and some very nice needlework items. If you have the chance stop by and do a little Christmas shopping. All items for sale are crafted by Seniors. The gallery is located in our Lynn View Branch site at 257 Walker Street. The hours are from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.




Cindy L Price

Branch Coordinator

Kingsport Senior Center

1200 East Center Street

Kingsport, TN. 37660

office   423-392-8402

fax      423-224-2488


Keep Kingsport Beautiful receives $1,000 grant award

Kingsport, Tennessee – Keep Kingsport Beautiful is excited to announce it has received a $1,000 cash award from Keep America Beautiful as part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America to encourage local PET (plastic bottle) recycling during the 2010 Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program, which takes place annually from March 1 through May 31.


Nestlé ® Pure Life® Purified Water, the Official National Bottled Water Sponsor of the Great American Cleanup, worked with Keep America Beautiful to further energize PET recycling activities. This year a new Great American Cleanup record for PET recycling was set – a grand total of 266 million bottles were recycled. Keep Kingsport Beautiful contributed 81,540 pounds of plastic bottles to the overall effort, thereby receiving a Nestlé® Pure Life® PET Recycling Award as one of the top PET recyclers during the 2010 campaign.


“This award is a true testament to our community,” said Megan Watson, director of Keep Kingsport Beautiful. “Without the help of our generous sponsors and our many volunteers, none of this would have taken place. It’s inspiring to know that we played a role in collecting a record amount of recyclables this year.”


Keep Kingsport Beautiful, in collaboration with various corporate sponsors, coordinates more than 30 cleanup events each year during the Great American Cleanup.


“Keep America Beautiful congratulates Keep Kingsport Beautiful for its plastic bottle recycling accomplishments during the 2010 Great American Cleanup,” said Gail Cunningham, senior vice president of Keep America Beautiful and managing director of the Great American Cleanup. “Through your PET recycling efforts and the efforts of other organizations in communities across America, a record-breaking number of bottles were recycled – a record that Keep Kingsport Beautiful should be proud of.”


Nestlé® Pure Life® PET Recycling Awards were awarded to 24 KAB affiliates that collected the most pounds of PET for recycling based on population served. Eight awards were given in three population categories: small (under 50K), medium (50K – 250K) and large (over 250K).


Nestlé Waters also partners with KAB on community recycling programs, and serves as a National Sponsor for Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup and America Recycles Day.


Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a cooperative partnership between the city of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce. An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Kingsport Beautiful has won more than 60 national, state and environmental awards.


For more information on Keep Kingsport Beautiful, go to or call (423) 392-8814.





Best regards,

Megan Watson

Keep Kingsport Beautiful

151 E. Main Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

(Ph) 423.392.8814

(Fax) 423.246.7234

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Domtar "Paper Because" campaign - funny videos that I thought you might be interested in

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Also look at Domtar is actively trying to combat the "Go Paperless" onslaught.


Jeff thought you might want to feature this on your blog at some point.  Domtar is on a campaign to educate the public about the poitive virtues of paper and that the onslaught of companies promoting "Go Paperless" are really more interested in saving themselves money than they are truly interested in "saving the environment". 


Also attached is a letter from the AF&PA (American Forest and Paper Association) sent to Verizon Wireless countering their recent "Go Paperless" campaign with actual facts.  Hope you will find this as interesting as we do.  Call me if you have any questions.  Thank you.

Roger Smith

K1 Machine Area Manager

Domtar Paper Company LLC

100 Clinchfield St.

Kingsport, TN 37660

423-392-2738 (office direct)

423-392-2755 (fax)

814-335-0476 (cell)

Notice: It's GOOD to print this e-mail. Paper is a biodegradable, renewable, sustainable product made from trees. Growing and harvesting trees and manufacturing paper provides jobs for millions of individuals, and managed forests are good for the environment, providing clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and carbon storage.

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Monday, November 29, 2010

1962 Dobyns-Bennett Graduate Pens Memoir

1962 Dobyns-Bennett Graduate Maria Weber pens Memoir | Archives of ...
Weber, 1962 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School, currently resides in
Colorado and runs a home-based pottery business. ...

Take the Mayor's Downtown Survey

Click title above or click here for link to survey.

There is no doubt we’ve seen an amazing rebirth in downtown Kingsport during the past 10 years with $37,666,900 in new private taxable investment. Non-taxable projects brought another $129,000,000 of investment in the hospital, circle churches, and higher education.

These figures don’t include the recent activity at Kingsport Press. With Mountain Region Family Medicine, Food City, and the Farmer’s Market, it is quickly transforming the western end of downtown.

We’ve learned that when one door closes, another opens. However, when that door closes we mourn the loss and wonder what we could have done better. That’s the sign of a caring community.

To that end, we are interested in your opinion of Downtown’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.

Please take a moment to complete the attached form and return it to the Downtown Kingsport Association or for your convenience you may respond through our website at

We plan to assemble the information and share the results in a public forum in mid-January. We would appreciate your prompt response within 48 hours.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dennis R. Phillips, Mayor
City of Kingsport, Tennessee

S. Todd Miller, President
Downtown Kingsport Association

Good Newsbytes - Eastman, Schools, Housing, Downtown, Shopping, Charities

Eastman Chemical Gets $542M in Tenders, Ups Offer
Fox Business
... worth of tenders for certain debt securities as of the early tender
date late Tuesday, leading the Kingsport, Tenn-based company to widen its
offer. ...
See all stories on this topic:

Kingsport schools give food 'baskets' to needy students
Kingsport Times News
KINGSPORT — What do a gallon of milk, a dozen eggs and a turkey breast
have in common? They are among three items that helped make today's
Thanksgiving ...
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Kingsport-Bristol housing market inching its way to recovery
Kingsport Times News
The average price of previously owned homes sold in the Kingsport-Bristol
TN-VA MSA took a hit in October while sales posted their third monthly
increase. ...
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Black Friday Different For Downtown Kingsport - News Story - WCYB ...
KINGSPORT, Tn -- Drawing shoppers away from the big strip malls and into
the downtown shops is always a big challenge for small businesses on Black
Friday. Friday, November 26, 2010.
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Kingsport shoppers brave rain, dark to snap up deals - Kingsport ...
KINGSPORT — By 2:30 a.m., Black Friday 2010 was well under way in the
Model City for shoppers like Robin Bohnet and four of her children. ...

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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Sunday, November 28, 2010

United Way exceeds campaign goal, scores touchdown for community




KINGSPORT – Residents and businesses have shown once again they embrace the needs of community agencies that are funded by the United Way of Greater Kingsport to enhance the quality of life in the greater Kingsport area.

The community connected the dots, this year's United Way theme, by raising $3,549,101.25 to support 41 programs and United Way initiatives in the community. The campaign goal was $3.5 million, but the people of Kingsport didn't stop when they achieved the mark.

Campaign leaders announced the final tally at a campaign celebration Thursday, Nov. 18, at Eastman Employee Center. Another campaign theme revolved around football, so Thursday's event celebrated a Super Bowl victory for the successful campaign team – Team United Way.

"This successful conclusion to the campaign is a touchdown for everyone in Kingsport," said Pat Kane, 2010 campaign chairman. "I applaud the teamwork exhibited by my campaign cabinet members, who generated a remarkable result, but the real winners are the people who will be served by the programs and initiatives under the United Way umbrella."

Community organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport, the Kingsport Child Development Center, the Kingsport Lifesaving Crew, Link House and Mountain Region Speech & Hearing Center will continue to serve the community effectively thanks to United Way funding. So will Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, the Salvation Army and Contact Concern of Northeast Tennessee.

Around $1 million in donor designations to benefit 10 other United Ways and 10 Community Chests is included in the more than $3.5 million raised.

"Kingsport is very fortunate to be a regional employer and many folks want to designate back to their home community," said Executive Director Danelle Glasscock.

Greg Boehling, president of United Way of Greater Kingsport, said the total raised in the campaign conveys a positive message about the community.

"Today's announcement is exciting news for everyone who believes in a high quality of life in Kingsport," Boehling said. "It is fantastic to see the residents and businesses of Kingsport rise to the challenge once again and raise the necessary funds for these vital community organizations and programs."

In addition to announcing the tally at Thursday's celebration, campaign officials gave special Super Bowl "rings" to Kane and campaign vice chairman Monty McLaurin. Kane also handed off the ceremonial United Way football to McLaurin, who will chair the 2011 campaign. A group of commentators resembling a sports network studio team offered special post-campaign analysis.

"As we celebrate the success of this year's campaign, we need to be mindful that next year's campaign is not far around the corner," Kane said. "I'm confident that Kingsport will rise to the challenge and win that campaign and remain champions."



Saturday, November 27, 2010

High-quality cardiovascular research is close to home for Tri-Cities residents






KINGSPORT – High-quality, cutting-edge cardiovascular research is happening right here in the Tri-Cities.

Cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute are leading participants in national clinical trials. Working with patients across the region, physicians are participating in clinical trials of medical devices and medications that may one day become the standard of care for heart patients.

 Terrie Walker, clinical research department manager for the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, said the research occurring at the Heart Center in Kingsport and at Holston Valley Medical Center, Tennessee's No. 1 hospital for cardiology, is impressive.

"I think the volume we do and the scientific merit of the studies we do are really phenomenal for a smaller city that is not associated with any university-teaching hospital," Walker said. "I think we have a lot to be proud of – we certainly are right up there leading the pack in what we do."

Walker said the institute had about 600 patients enrolled in clinical trials in 2009 and nearly 400 were enrolled by the end of September this year. The institute is enrolling patients in 10 studies, has 14 studies in the follow-up phase and has another 12 studies pending. Patients usually remain part of a study for several years.

This year, the institute has been the leading enroller in seven major national and international studies. The studies treat conditions such as carotid artery stenosis, iliac artery stenosis, carotid artery stenting, coronary bifurcation, renal artery stenting landmark and endarterectomy.

"In addition, we've been selected to chair sessions and give lectures at the largest cardiac and peripheral meetings regarding our clinical research," said Dr. Chris Metzger, who is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology and a major player in research at the institute. "This has also led to us authoring a cover story about carotid stenting research for Endovascular Today, a leading publication about cutting-edge technology, techniques and developments in that field."

Other active studies address topics such as heart attack, heart failure and femoral artery stenosis.

Dr. Pabrita Saha, a board-certified interventional cardiologist, estimated he has taken part in 20 to 25 clinical trials during his career.

"The value is great," Dr. Saha said. "Without a trial, you won't know how well a device or a medicine will be able to treat a specific disease in a patient. We're trying to see whether it's better than what's on the market."

Dr. Saha said a current study is investigating whether injecting a drug before the placement of a stent into the artery that has caused a heart attack will sufficiently break up a blood clot.

A second study, which has been completed but is awaiting results, is checking whether ultrasound-guided stent placement makes a difference in the long-term outcome of a patient.

Another study, which was completed about a year ago, is examining whether a stent placed in a narrowing in the kidney artery has an effect on blood pressure that is out of control.

"It's very exciting for us," Dr. Saha said. "Many treatments are available already for so many conditions, but we're not always fully satisfied with those treatments. Not everybody is responding the way we want. A clinical trial will give us good direction and a road map on how to treat those patients in the future.

"We're looking at ways to improve and do better. As a physician, that's exciting."

Dr. Saha said the institute has a strong research department and is part of an organization with a solid sense of teamwork. He said the institute benefits from the patients enrolled in studies – he calls them "real-world patients" who are community oriented. The population from which the institute draws provides a quality database to compare to the patients used by other organizations in other areas who conduct the same trials, he said.

"The research that takes place at the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute is world class and demonstrates the leadership by physicians who are committed to improving the lives of our patients," said Dr. Metzger, who has participated in at least 50 clinical trials. "We are a comprehensive research facility that is making a difference not only in our patients but others across the country as well."

David Warren, a Calvin, Ky., resident, is a patient of Dr. Metzger. Warren is participating in one of the trials and said he is glad to help improve medical care.

"I'm one of those people who is willing to do something to help out others," Warren said. "I've had a good life. If I can do something to help someone else who's alive, that would be great."

Warren said his trial has gone well, and he encourages others to participate in clinical trials.

"Just go for it," Warren said. "There's nothing to lose. You benefit from it definitely, and someone else might benefit even more later. You have to put your trust in your doctor. If you don't trust your doctor, you're wasting his time and yours."

In addition to Dr. Metzger and Dr. Saha, physicians at the institute who are taking part in clinical trials are Drs. John Berry, Stanley Gall, Tyler Greenfield, Anthony Holden, Gregory Jones, Herbert Ladley, Marc Mayhew, James Merrill, Arun Rao, Daniel Simpson and Freddie Williams.


Dr. Chris Metzger shows a stent that would be implanted in the coronary artery. The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute has undertaken many clinical trials studying coronary stenting, including those involving patients who have had heart attacks.


Dr. Chris Metzger shows a stent that would be implanted in the coronary artery. The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute has undertaken many clinical trials studying coronary stenting, including those involving patients who have had heart attacks.


Dr. Chris Metzger holds some pills that have been used in clinical trials.


Dr. Chris Metzger holds a stent. The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute has undertaken many clinical trials studying coronary stenting, including those involving patients who have had heart attacks.



Friday, November 26, 2010

Dr. Bill Bass (body farm at UT) to speak in Kingsport


An Evening with Dr. Bill Bass

Thursday, December 2th, 2010

Friends of the Kingsport Public Library is pleased to sponsor an evening with University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Dr. Bill Bass on Thursday, December 2.  Due to the large number of people who had to be turned away (over 100) at Dr. Bass' last appearance at the library, the event will be held at the Dobyns-Bennett High School Little Theatre.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and Dr. Bass will be available for book signings and photo ops.  (books will be available for purchase).  He will begin his program at 7:00.

Advanced tickets are available at the Kingsport Public Library. The admission fee is $10 for adults and $5 for students.  Profits from this event will be donated to the Kingsport Public Library Building Renovation/Expansion Fund.

Dr. Bass, is a world-renowned forensic anthropologist.  He founded the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Facility -- the Body Farm -- a quarter-century ago. He is the author or coauthor of more than two hundred scientific publications, as well as a critically acclaimed memoir about his career, Death's Acre. Dr. Bass is also a dedicated teacher, honored as National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Jefferson is a veteran journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. His writings have been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Popular Science and broadcast on National Public Radio. The coauthor of Death's Acre, he is also the writer and producer of two highly rated National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm.  

He is also half of the Jefferson Bass fiction writing team. Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson which has published five New York Times best-selling novels.  Their latest is The Bone Thief.

Helen Whittaker
Library Manager
Kingsport Public Library & Archives
400 Broad Street
Kingsport, TN  37660
(423)224-2558 fax

Dec 3 - New Ministry Downtown

Doug and Christie Tweed have announced the opening of their new ministry site for Friends of the King Ministries located at 112 Shelby Street in downtown Kingsport.

The site includes two offices, a prayer room and an 1100 square foot gathering area for services, meetings, and conferences.  Ministries offered at the site will include prayer, counseling, teaching, healing, and mediation of disputes.

The public is invited to an open house to be held from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday, December 3.  The open house will be followed at 7 pm by a prayer and worship service aptly entitled, "Open with Prayer!"

Beginning on December 5, Friends of the King Ministries will offer the following weekly services at 7 pm: "The Truth Sets Us Free", a Sunday night teaching service; "The Hands of the Healer", a Tuesday healing service; and "A Night with the King", a Friday prayer service.

For further information, please call 423-288-3558.

Holston Valley named one of nation's 50 best cardiovascular hospitals





KINGSPORT – Holston Valley Medical Center is one of America's 50 best hospitals for heart care, and patients who choose Holston Valley have better survival rates, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and lower costs.

That's the conclusion of Thomson Reuters' 12th annual study identifying the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation.

Holston Valley, already ranked Tennessee's No. 1 hospital for cardiology two years in a row, is the only Tennessee hospital to earn the prestigious Top 50 designation. Other hospitals ranked in the Top 50 include Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic.

In previous years, Thomson Reuters has named the nation's 100 top heart hospitals, an honor Holston Valley achieved in both 2005 and 2007.

This year, however, just 50 hospitals earned the hallmark recognition.

"We've chosen a more elite group of winners this year. These hospitals have raised the bar significantly," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Thomson Reuters. "They deliver higher survival rates, shorter hospital stays, fewer readmissions, and lower costs — which adds up to enormous value for the communities they serve. As a result, everyone benefits: patients, families, employers, insurers and the hospital itself."

The Thomson Reuters study examined the performance of 1,022 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties.

The results show that 96 percent of all cardiovascular inpatients survive and approximately 93 percent remain complication-free, indicative of improved cardiovascular care across the board over the past decade. The 50 top hospitals' performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

  • Better risk-adjusted survival rates (33 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery)
  • Lower complications indices (21 percent lower for heart failure complications)
  • Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following discharge
  • Shorter hospital visits and lower costs. Top hospitals discharge heart patients a half-day sooner and spend $1,300 less per case than non-winners

"The mission of our hospital and health system is the delivery of superior, compassionate health care," said Virginia Frank, Holston Valley's president. "This independent evaluation of our efforts confirms what our thousands of patients already know: When you need expert heart care, this is where your heart belongs."

For the comprehensive study, Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2008 and 2009 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, Medicare cost reports and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare data.

They scored hospitals in key performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

"This is now irrefutable proof, based on independently collected and analyzed scientific data, that Holston Valley Medical Center is the best heart hospital in our region," said Dr. Jerry Blackwell, president of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute. "Further, we are the only hospital in the state of Tennessee to earn a Top 50 designation.

"The processes that led to this distinctive honor are in use every day for the patients we serve within the newly organized Wellmont CVA Heart Institute. Working in partnership for the good of our patients, our board-certified physicians and exemplary staff have built an outstanding cardiac program that is literally saving lives every day."

The Thomson Reuters study is an independent ranking. Hospitals do not apply or pay for recognition. A list of the winning hospitals can be viewed online at

Holston Valley's Top 50 recognition is the latest in a series of national honors for the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute. In September, Consumer Reports magazine ranked both Holston Valley and Bristol Regional Medical Center among 50 top-rated heart bypass surgery programs nationwide. Both Holston Valley and Bristol Regional have been named Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care by BlueCross BlueShield Association, and CareChex has ranked both hospitals among the Top 10 percent in the nation for cardiac care.



Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Good News Bytes

First Santa Train helped promote rail route to Kingsport
Kingsport Times News
By Vince Staten I'd always heard that the Santa Train began as a way for
Kingsport's merchants to thank the people of Southwest Virginia for
shopping in ...

Kingsport Prepares for the Santa Train's journey
This Saturday, the Santa Train rolls out of the hills of Kentucky toward
Kingsport. But Santa's magic doesn't get the train ready for the long
journey. ...

Waiting list sparks talk of expansion for Kingsport Veterans Memorial
Kingsport Times News
KINGSPORT — More than 200 people are on a waiting list to have a
veteran's name engraved on a paver at the Kingsport Veter ans Memorial. ...

'So far, so good' for new Kingsport Central Office
Kingsport Times News
By Rick Wagner KINGSPORT — Tentative plans from Kingsport City Schools
are for the building near the corner of Press and Clinchfield streets to
house the ...

The Children's Place locating store at Kingsport Town Center
Kingsport Times News
By staff report KINGSPORT — Kingsport Town Center has announced it will
soon offer another shopping choice: The Children's Place. ...

Kingsport Goes To The Dogs
By Katie Graham KINGSPORT, TN -- Someone let the dogs out in Kingsport
Saturday. Hundreds of animal lovers and their best friends flocked downtown
for the ...

Winning Santa Train photo shows daughter and father in front of the train amid ...
By AP KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — A Virginia woman has won the "68 Years of
Memories" Santa Train photo contest. Lora Kiser of Abingdon is being
honored for ...

Douglass-Riverview News and Current Events: Kingsport Racist ...
By Douglass Alumni Association
Sullivan County Circuit Judge Jerry Beck granted supervised probation for
Andy B . Frye, 19, 1608 Seaver Road, Kingsport on Tuesday. While on
probation, Beck ordered Frye to pay restitution to the probation office and
to complete 10 ...
Douglass-Riverview News and Current...

2010 Kingsport Christmas Parade and the Veterans who celebrate by ...
KINGSPORT – On Saturday, the 2010 Kingsport Santa Train Christmas Parade
rolled into downtown Kingsport (See Video) at 3:08 pm This was the 68th
Annual S.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The sponsors of the Santa Train – CSX, Food City,
the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and Kids Wish Network – today
announced the ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Christmas Idea - New Fun Fest Coffee Table Book Now Available

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Hi Jeff,


We would appreciate your help in letting everyone know that the Fun Fest books are here, and that there is only a limited number of them!  This book makes a very unique and special Christmas gift!


Thanks much,






November 18, 2010

Contact:  Diana Meredith


              423-914-1231 (cell)




New Fun Fest Coffee Table Book Features Photos, Stories from Thirty Years of Fun Fest


Fun Fest – 270 Days of Fun, a newly published coffee table book celebrating the thirty year history of our region's largest summer festival, is now available to the public.


The full color, hard cover, glossy commemorative features 176 pages of photos and stories submitted by the public, and replays favorite summer memories of three decades.  The photos and stories are both heartwarming and funny.  Flip through the pages to see Brutus Jeter – the bassett hound who loved the balloons, Mildred McCoy – the Harley Grandma, and Wags the purple dog.  Relive the fun of Fun Fest events past and present – the Chili Cook-off, Crazy Boat Race, Mardi Gras, the Fun Fest Parade, Taste of the Tri-Cities, Weekend Concerts, and many more.  Fun Fest – 270 Days of Fun features the famous and not-so-famous (did you know Gilligan was here?), but most of all the fun, tradition, spirit, and heart of a summer event that has brought people together for thirty years.


Fun Fest – 270 Days of Fun is a limited edition publication, available only while supply lasts.  It is offered for $39.95 (plus tax, s&h) by calling 423-246-8121 or 1-800-251-0328, or in person at the Kingsport Times-News during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.


A special Holiday Fun Package is also available, featuring Fun Fest – 270 Days of Fun, along with Festus And His Fun Fest Favorites – a cheery children's book about Festus' adventures at Fun Fest, by Leigh Anne W.  Hoover.  These two new Fun Fest books come packaged and ready for gift-giving, and are available for $43.95 (plus tax, s&h).

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Everyone Invited - Riverview Place Open House

Come see the exciting progress being made in Riverview! Ribbon cutting for new homes and community center. Monday, November 29, 11 a.m. at Riverview Place Community Center (adjacent to V.O. Dobbins Community Center, corner of Douglass & MLK Dr - formerly Lincoln St)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Groundbreaking - Food City, Downtown Kingsport


Monday, November 29
3 p.m.

Food City

Food City
Located on Center Street next to the Farmers Market
across from Domtar in Downtown Kingsport.

A large sign is posted in the area where the Groundbreaking will occur.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Children's Place chooses Kingsport Town Center for location in Tri-Cities

Contact: Kevin Harmon

                   Kingsport Town Center, 2101 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN 37664       

                   Phone 423.246.3871  Fax 423.246.1664




The Children’s Place chooses Kingsport Town Center for

first location in Tri-Cities


Kingsport, Tenn.­­—Kingsport Town Center is pleased to announce the addition of The Children’s Place to the retail tenant mix at Kingsport Town Center. Construction on the 4,200 square foot retail space is scheduled to begin early January 2011 with a target completion date of in the second quarter. The new store will be located near Belk on the lower level of the mall.


The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc., is a leading national specialty retailer of children's merchandise, ages newborn to 14 years old.  The Company designs, contracts to manufacture and sells high-quality, value-priced merchandise under the proprietary "The Children's Place" brand name.  As of July 31, 2010, the Company currently owns and operates 977 The Children's Place stores in North America and its online store,


As a growing specialty retailer of clothing and accessories for kids, The Children’s Place provides a high-quality, focused merchandise selection at prices that represent a substantial value relative to its competitors. Current fashion trends in a broad color palette are offered as coordinated outfits specifically designed for children. The Children's Place creates freshness in its stores by introducing seasonal merchandise lines throughout the year. Each store offers spacious, bright and airy shopping that is a friendly and convenient atmosphere for both children and adults. Each shop is clearly identified and dedicated to serving the needs of Girls and Boys (sizes 4-14), Baby Girls and Boys (sizes 6 mos.-4T) and Newborn (sizes 0-12 mos.). Customers also are able to shop at their convenience in our online store,


The Children’s Place commitment to the welfare of children continues to be an important endeavor, proudly supporting many national and local charities that focus on improving the lives of children.

With the addition of Children’s place to the tenant mix at Kingsport, we are also pleased to announce that Intellithought will install wireless internet connections throughout the common areas of the mall just in time for the holiday shopping season. We appreciate the opportunity to provide a pleasant, family-friendly shopping, dining and entertainment experience at Kingsport Town Center. We look forward to a happy and prosperous holiday season thank you for shopping in Kingsport.


Kingsport Town Center is the only regional mall in Kingsport, Tennessee serving  a  thriving and growing trade area. Originally named Fort Henry Mall, the two-level, 529,000 square foot center is anchored by Belk, Sears, JCPenney, Marquee Cinemas and more than 60 national and specialty retailers. For more information, visit








Friday, November 19, 2010

Saturday in Downtown Kingsport

The Santa Train Tradition book by Leigh Anne Hoover available at Food City stores


9a-12p Pancake Breakfast with Santa’s Helper

Location: First Presbyterian Church $6 adults/$3 children.  Family Fun Activities: Have your picture taken with Santa's Helper Milt; Games, Crafts, Activities; Door Prizes; Christmas Carol Sing Along; Fresh Baked Goods Sale-delicious treats to eat while you watch the Parade; House Warming Gift Shop. A Holiday Fundraiser for Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Kingsport Before you see the Santa Train, come visit Santa's Helper!


1p-4p Christmas for the Animals

The Animal Rescue Coalition will be hosting "Christmas for the Animals". They will be set up in front of Barefoot Chameleon and River Mountain Antiques on Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.on Sat. Nov. 20.  Everyone come by and join us for refreshments (people and pets). They will also have homemade dog treats, bandanas, bottle babies, lap quilts and other Christmas items. They will also be **Exclusively Selling** a local print called "Shed a Light On A Global Tragedy". This has been a yearlong project. This large print is mosaic candle made up from one thousand of the animals faces that came through the local shelter last year. AMAZING!!! If you would like to donate food for the animals, we will have a container available. Be sure to stop by and say hello!


2:30p AniMile & Human Race

Registration & Packet Pick Up starts at 12:30 at the Chamber of Commerce (Main Street-Kingsport, TN) Come walk or run a mile with your best furry friend to benefit the Sullivan County Humane Society. All pets are welcome...just remember your leash.  Our goal this year is at least $4000 for the homeless pets in our area. Entry fee is $15 before 11/19 and $20 race day. Your entry fee gets you a special commemorative long sleeve "Twilight Themed" t-shirt and a bandana for your best friend. Don't have a pet? Run the Human race and still help homeless animals in our area.  Register online at Post race hot dog party provided by Chef's Pizza. YUM!!! Don't forget the costume contest! Its guaranteed to be a wild event. Hope to see you there!  Please share this email with your friends...let's raise $4000 this year!


3:08p Santa Train arrives in Kingsport. For details and list of stops/times, click here


3:20p Christmas Parade. For details click here


Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Santa Train Tradition - Get It While You Can!



Do you think that you could post a challenge on your Kingsport blog and possibly your personal Facebook page?  If so, it would be neat to challenge followers to purchase a copy of The Santa Train Tradition while they are available in participating Food City Stores.


Please remind readers that proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Santa Train Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior along the train route. Thus far, the book has raised over $9,500 for the scholarship. Proceeds from the sale of the book also benefit the Literacy Council of Kingsport.


For those "friends" and followers located outside of the area, they can also purchase a copy online at or


Please remind everyone that, while giving back to the region, this little hardback book also makes a wonderful keepsake, encourages and promotes literacy, and it is an excellent Christmas present! Thank you so much for your help with this request.


Leigh Anne


Leigh Anne W. Hoover




Santa Special AniMile & Human Race
November 20, 2010
2:30pm (just before the Kingsport Christmas Parade)
Registration & Packet Pick Up starts at 12:30 at the Chamber of Commerce
(Main Street-Kingsport, TN)

Come walk or run a mile with your best furry friend to benefit the
Sullivan County Humane Society. All pets are welcome...just remember
your leash.

Our goal this year is at least $4000 for the homeless pets in our area.
Entry fee is $15 before 11/19 and $20 race day. Your entry fee gets you
a special commemorative long sleeve "Twilight Themed" t-shirt and a
bandana for your best friend. Don't have a pet? Run the Human race and
still help homeless animals in our area.

Register online at

Post race hot dog party provided by Chef's Pizza. YUM!!! Don't forget
the costume contest! Its guaranteed to be a wild event. Hope to see you

Please share this email with your friends...let's raise $4000 this year!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Christmas for the animals

The Animal Rescue Coalition will be hosting "Christmas for the Animals". They will be set up in front of Barefoot Chameleon and River Mountain Antiques on Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.on Sat. Nov. 20.  Everyone come by and join us for refreshments (people and pets). They will also have homemade dog treats, bandanas, bottle babies, lap quilts and other Christmas items. They will also be **Exclusively Selling** a local print called "Shed a Light On A Global Tragedy". This has been a yearlong project. This large print is mosaic candle made up from one thousand of the animals faces that came through the local shelter last year. AMAZING!!! If you would like to donate food for the animals, we will have a container available. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

Please help us spread the word...THANKS


Gwenn Holmes

the Barefoot Chameleon

158 Broad Street

Kingsport, TN 37660



"We provide the things memories are made of in an atmosphere you'll want to revisit."



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

...right before the parade and Santa Train arrive Downtown

Saturday, November 20 · 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location First Presbyterian Church of Kingsport
Corner of Broad and Charlemont Streets
Kingsport, TN
Pancake Breakfast: Adults $5 in advance, $6 at the door; Children $2.50 in advance, $3 at the door (For advance tickets call 423.246.6500)

Family Fun Activities: Have your picture taken with Santa's Helper Milt; Games, Crafts, Activities; Door Prizes; Christmas Carol Sing Along; Fresh Baked Goods Sale-delicious treats to eat while you watch the Parade; House Warming GiftShop

A Holiday Fundraiser for Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater

Before you see the Santa Train, come visit Santa's Helper!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Free Small Business Night School on November 16 & 17

KINGSPORT – November 8, 2010 – In recognition of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and KOSBE have teamed up to put on the Fall 2010 Small Business Night School, on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 16 & 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Kingsport.

Primarily, the Small Business Night School provides free training, peer-to-peer networking, collaborative problem-analysis and problem-solving, and access to financing to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

On Tuesday, November 16th, attendees will learn:

§   Networking Skills

o    Networking No-No’s

o    How to meet new people and expand your network

o    How to take the focus off of yourself and put it where it belongs—on other people

§   The Secret to Creating Agreement:  Using Matching and Mirroring to Build Rapport

o    Learn how the principles behind rapport-building helped one small business land the contract of their dreams

§   Basic QuickBooks for Small Business

o    Why use QuickBooks?

o    How to track expenses, create invoices and sales documents, manage your tax-related entries, and pull financial reports

§   Get Back on Track:  What to Do When the Ship Is Going in the Wrong Direction

o    How to stay focused on the things that matter

o    How to get outside of your business (it’s harder to solve your own problem when you are immersed in it)

o    Not to underestimate the size of a problem


On the 17th only, registered attendees will have the chance to apply for the SBA Community Express Loan for $5,000 to $25,000, during a group live loan application process facilitated by Sue Malone, the leading SBA Community Express Loan lender in the nation. Before the live loan event begins, attendees will hear from other lenders about other sources of capital for their small business.  Loan applicants must be 18 or older.  Loan program presenters will include representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Areawide Development Corporation, the State of Tennessee Economic & Community Development’s Business Enterprise Resource Office, Pathway Lending, and Superior Financial. 

The Small Business Night School is designed with business owners and entrepreneurs in mind (including home-based), however, upper class high school and college students are encouraged to participate.  There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited.  Therefore, advanced registration is required.  Anyone interested can register online at WWW.KOSBE.ORG or call (423) 392-8811 for more information.  A detailed program schedule is available online.

KOSBE is a nonprofit economic development organization that represents a partnership between the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and a proud Strategic Resource Partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

About Global Entrepreneurship Week
For one week, millions of young people around the world join a growing movement of entrepreneurial people, to generate new ideas and to seek better ways of doing things. Countries across six continents come together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. To think big. To turn their ideas into reality. To make their mark.

From 16 - 22 November 2009, Global Entrepreneurship Week connected young people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and many others participated in a range of activities, from online to face-to-face, and from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings.

Through this initiative, the next generation of entrepreneurs are inspired and can emerge. In doing so, they will begin to acquire the knowledge, skills and networks needed to grow innovative, sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact on their lives, their families and communities.

Press Contact:
Aundrea Wilcox, Executive Director
Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
Office of Small Business Development
& Entrepreneurship (KOSBE)
151 East Main St
Kingsport, TN 37662
Phone (423) 392-8801

Best regards,


Aundrea Wilcox
Executive Director, Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE)

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
151 E Main St
Kingsport, 37660

Work: (423) 392-8801
Mobile: (423) 863-6914
Fax: (423) 392-8839
Professional Profile





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.