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Monday, January 31, 2011

Newbytes - Dobyns Bennett

Lady Indians Name New Head Volleyball Coach
Dobyns-Bennett High School has announced the replacement for head
volleyball coach Kathi Shaffer who is retiring from coaching after
accumulating over 800 ...
Lady Indians Win Emotion-Filled Game Over South
Dobyns-Bennett (13-3, 5-2) rebounded from Tuesday's disappointing 46-43 Big
8 Conference loss to Tennessee High with a sound victory over rival
Sullivan ...
Indians Win Big Again, Breeze Past South
Dobyns-Bennett has been on a roll since losing to Tennessee High 45-41 in
the Arby's Classic by out-scoring three opponents by an average of 32
points in a ...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

News from Kingsport Theatre Guild

Kingsport Theatre Guild Press Release
Kingsport Theatre Guild Announces

Carrie Smith

Getting the Part: An Audition Workshop for Actors

Teens and Adults - Monday evenings in March

Teen Class Ages: 13-18 years
Dates: Monday evenings, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2011
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Place: Room 209, Renaissance Center
Price: $80
Adult Class Ages: 18+
Dates: Monday evenings, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2011
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Place: Room 209, Renaissance Center
Price: $110

The primary focus of this workshop will be monologue work. Each actor will prepare an age-appropriate, 60-90 second monologue suitable for audition purposes. We will also discuss headshots and resumes, personal presentation, audition etiquette, and how to turn those nerves into a positive. Get the best out of yourself and the entire audition process!


Carrie Smith is a professional actor, singer, and theatre educator.

She has instructed at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, where she received her M.F.A. in Acting, East Tennessee State University, where she received her B.A. in Theatre and English, and at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia.


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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wellmont CVA Heart Institute opens office in Marion, Va., expanding heart care in region


Jim Wozniak
                       (423) 230-8237




     MARION, Va.– Providing an additional facility close to home for its heart care patients, the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute has opened an office in Smyth County.

     Staffed primarily by Dr. Jonathan Burress and Dr. David Beckner, the office at 1116 Snyder St. in Marion offers cardiology consults and follow-up visits for patients.

     "We're pleased to offer the compassionate care of the region's premier heart care provider to Smyth County," said Dr. Burress, who is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. "We've been honored to treat our patients in Abingdon for more than 30 years. This is an extension of the elite level of cardiac care we provide to our valued patients throughout Southwest Virginia."

     Patients of the Smyth County office also can tap into the expertise and services offered in the institute's other eight offices, including those in Abingdon and Bristol, Tenn., when necessary. This seamless continuum of care also applies to the institute's hospitals.

     Physicians in the institute provide cardiovascular care at Bristol Regional Medical Center and Holston Valley Medical Center, both of which were ranked by Consumer Reports among 50 top-rated heart bypass surgery programs nationwide.

     Bristol Regional is a regional leader in beating-heart bypass surgery, which enables a physician to stabilize the part of the heart needing work while the rest continues to pump and circulate blood to the rest of the body. Holston Valley has been selected by Thomson Reuters as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the country.

     In addition to surgery, the institute offers a full line of pre-surgery cardiovascular services, clinics and high-quality research at its facilities.

     "You have the right to choose your doctor, even in emergency," said Dr. Beckner, who is board-certified in cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology and internal medicine. "The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute has proven repeatedly that we can deliver expert care and improve the lives of our patients.

     "Now, Dr. Burress and I are happy to offer the convenience of an office in Smyth County for the patients in this part of the region. It's further proof of our commitment to Southwest Virginia."

     To schedule an appointment, please call (276) 781-0854.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Newsbytes - Kingsport

Eastman Chemical elects Hershey executive to board
By AP KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Eastman Chemical Co. said Monday it elected
Hershey Co. executive Humberto Alfonso to its board of directors. ...
Haslam heads to Kingsport to kick of statewide inauguration celebration tour
The Republican begins the tour in upper northeastern Tennessee with a
celebration in Kingsport on Monday evening. On Tuesday, Haslam heads to an
evening ...
Ward's Mill demolished as Kingsport prepares for roundabout
Kingsport Times News
By Matthew Lane KINGSPORT — Contractors demolished the old Ward's Mill
building this week in preparation for the construction of a new roundabout
at the ...
Farm fresh Food City honors its network of local growers
Kingsport Times News
By Kevin Castle KINGSPORT — A regional grocery store chain takes pride in
getting produce from vine to shelf in less than 24 hours. ...
Downtown Kingsport Association undergoing major changes
Kingsport Times News
As part of the new focus, the board is adopting a new name — the Downtown
Kingsport Main Street Association. It chose not to renew its executive
director's ...
Gov.-elect Bill Haslam names Frontier Health CEO Doug Varney to head Mental ...
By AP KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov.-elect Bill Haslam has named
community health executive Doug Varney as commissioner of the Tennessee ...

TIME CHANGE! Ribbon Cutting - Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar

Please note time change below.

Thank you!


Marybeth McLain Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce


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


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From: Kingsport Chamber of Commerce []
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To: Marybeth McLain
Subject: TIME CHANGE! - Ribbon Cutting - Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar


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Ribbon Cutting



Kingsport Chamber members, come out to support one of
our members celebrate their big day!

Community support and networking at its best!!

 Monday, January 31

10:15 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting will begin at 10:15 a.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings will open to the public for business at 11 a.m.

Don't forget, the first 100 people standing in line will get free wings for a year! General Manager, Randy Johnson said people will be camped out starting Sunday.... better get in line now!

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
1721 East Stone Drive

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For more information about this event contact:

Marybeth McLain at or 392.8827.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kingsport's premier pulmonary practice joins Wellmont Health System


Jim Wozniak
                      (423) 230-8237




     KINGSPORT– Pulmonary Associates of Kingsport is bringing the expertise of its 10 board-certified physicians to Wellmont Health System, forming a partnership that will enhance care for patients in Kingsport and Southwest Virginia.

     The new relationship was finalized today. Under the partnership agreement, Pulmonary Associates' physicians will provide clinical and administrative leadership as part of the health system.

     "When hospitals and physicians come together and seamlessly integrate their services, patients are the winners," said Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont's president and CEO. "Our new partnership with Pulmonary Associates is the result of a long-term relationship built on mutual trust, clinical excellence and an unwavering focus on superior patient care."

     Pulmonary Associates of Kingsport, which also has four pulmonary nurse practitioners, offers comprehensive services for pulmonary disorders. Its member physicians treat patients of all ages for pulmonary disease, critical care needs, asthma, thoracic oncology and sleep disorders. The practice has locations in Kingsport, Big Stone Gap, Va., and Lebanon, Va.

     As was the case when Wellmont partnered with Cardiovascular Associates to form the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute last year, the new partnership will be virtually transparent to Pulmonary Associates' patients. It will yield significant benefits, however, as the relationship better positions both Pulmonary Associates and Wellmont to respond to the demands of healthcare reform.

     "Both Pulmonary Associates and Wellmont will benefit from our shared strength," said Dr. Joseph Smiddy, managing partner of the practice. "Most importantly, our patients will continue to receive the high-quality care they not only expect but also deserve."


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Kingsport featured in Clemson Alumni Magazine

See "Tennessee Tigers" below

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Leigh Anne Hoover <>
Date: Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 11:44 AM
Subject: The Echo



Happy New Year! As you know, Clemson University President James F. Barker and his wife, Marcia, are both from Kingsport. They were in town during the holidays as volunteers on the Santa Train and served as grand marshals of the Kingsport Christmas Parade. Their experience is captured in an article below for the Clemson University Alumni Association newsletter The Echo, which is titled "Tennessee Tigers: Back Home with Santa Train," and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce supplied the photos. You may be interested in sharing this with followers of your Kingsport blog.



Leigh Anne Hoover


From: Clemson Alumni Association []
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 10:35 AM
Subject: The Echo: Special Announcement and Clemson Ranked a Best Value



Clemson Alumni Newsletter

Clemson Ranked a Best Value by Kiplinger

Kiplinger magazine has rated Clemson University among the best values in public higher education in its ranking of the "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" released Tuesday. Clemson's ranking - 41st for in-state students, 46th for out-of-state students - was based on a variety of factors that matched quality of education with cost. "Kiplinger through the years has consistently rated Clemson as a high-value, high-quality return on the investment," said Clemson admissions director Robert Barkley. "It's gratifying for the value of a Clemson education to be acknowledged highly in a number of publications, but particularly so in case of Kiplinger, which specifically compares costs and benefits. Especially in today's economy, that's an important distinction for prospective students and their families." View Study >


Clemson Alumni Newsletter

Tigers Remembered

The Clemson community lost many of their beloved tigers during 2010. Those who have passed away have left an outstanding legacy that will not be forgotten. Please see the following link for an article honoring all those whose memory we'll carry on. Read More >

Clemson Alumni Newsletter

Legendary Baseball Coach Passes Away

Bill Wilhelm, Clemson's legendary baseball coach from 1958-93, passed away Friday, Dec. 24th at the age of 81. Wilhelm won 1161 games in his 36-year coaching career, which still is the record of most victories for Clemson University in any sport. His memory, success and love for Clemson Baseball will forever be remembered in the hearts of all the tigers who knew him. Read More >

Clemson Alumni Newsletter

Tennessee Tigers: Back Home with Santa Train

Since 1943, the Santa Train has been winding its way through the mountains of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee, distributing over 15 tons of donated gifts, toys, candies and clothing from individuals and organizations across the United States. This year marked the 68th running of the Santa Special, and in addition to the jolly old man himself, Clemson University President Jim and Marcia Barker were also on board the train. Read More > View Photos >

Clemson Alumni Newsletter

Honor Set in Stone

The Scroll of Honor is a memorial on campus erected to honor Clemson alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. There are 479 names which represent 479 stories of Clemson graduates on the monument. Watch the documentary video to learn more about this important Clemson landmark. View video>

Clemson Alumni Newsletter

Secrets to Smart Giving

It's no secret that there are numerous opportunities to support Clemson. But did you know that, through thoughtful planning, these opportunities can benefit you and your loved ones as much as they benefit your University? Such giving techniques are called "planned gifts," because with creative planning, you can create win-win situations for you and your alma mater. Don't know where to begin? Please visit our website to find out more information. Read More >

Clemson Alumni Newsletter

Alumnus Takes the Lead in NASCAR

Todd Gordon, a mechanical engineering alumnus, is the new crew chief for Penske Racing. After a 12-year career in racing, Gordon will be leading the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship-winning No. 22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge team for 2011. Read More >

Clemson Alumni Newsletter

Nominate a Young Alumni Star

Do you know a young alumnus with determination, success and pride? Do you know someone who deserves to be acknowledged for his or her hard work? You can nominate that person for the Clemson Young Alumni of Merit Award. Read the guidelines and submit your nomination form by March 22, 2010. Read More >

Clemson Alumni Newsletter

Update Your Network Today

Please take a moment to login, or register for the first time, and update your Employer Information in your alumni profile. This will allow you to connect with other alums within your company or field of work.
View Now >

Clemson Alumni Newsletter

Double Your Gift with Corporate Matching

Did you know that your corporate matching gift is credited to your annual gift club and cumulative society recognition? Check now to see if your employer can help increase your lifetime giving record by matching your gift to Clemson. Read More >

Clemson Alumni Newsletter

Summer at Camp Odyssey

Hiking, fishing, canoeing, swimming, arts and crafts, archery, camping and more! Kids between the ages of 6-12 can come this summer, July 10-16, and attend Camp Odyssey at Clemson University's Outdoor Lab. Cost is $510 per child with discounts given to additional children from the same family. Space is limited so sign up early! For more information and application materials, contact our camp director at (864) 646-7502 or Read More >

Clemson Alumni Newsletter

CBBS Hosts Orlando Reception

On Thursday, December 9, 2010 The College of Business and Behavioral Science held a reception in Orlando, Florida. The event was hosted by CBBS Senior Advisory Board Member Mike Hubbard, MBA '07 and his parents, Linda and Evans Hubbard at their beautiful estate. Invited guests included all Clemson area alumni, parents, and friends. The reception proved to be a wonderful place for attendees to learn more about the College and to be encouraged to engage through the CBBS Tiger Ties Initiative. View photos>

Clemson Alumni Newsletter

Tigeroar to Perform at Haley's "Family Fun Night"

Join Nikki Haley and her family on the eve of Inauguration on Jan. 11th from 5:30-8:00PM for "Family Fun Night" at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia, SC. Music will be provided by various bands and by Clemson's own all-male a cappella group, Tigeroar. Tickets are $20 per person, and children under 18 are free. Attendees are asked to bring a new children's book or school supplies to be donated to local charities. Read More >


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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 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.