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Monday, February 28, 2011

Kingsport honored for budget preparation work

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Tennessee governments honored for budget preparation work (AP) Seventeen local governments and the state of Tennessee have been honored for their budget preparation work. The Government Finance Officers Association gave its Distinguished Budget Award for high quality budget documents. Six counties recognized were Bradley, Hamilton, Knox, Davidson, Shelby and Weakley. The cities recognized were Bartlett, Brentwood, Chattanooga, Cleveland, Collierville, Franklin, Germantown, Kingsport, Knoxville, Memphis and Oak Ridge. The budgets had to meet guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and conform to the finance association’s best practices.

Kingsport gets clean report for 2010 audit

Kingsport gets clean report for 2010 audit
Kingsport Times News
By Matthew Lane KINGSPORT — Despite tough economic times across the
country, Kingsport recently received word its financial house was in
excellent shape, ...

March: "Green and Growing" lunchtime gardening seminars

'Green & Growing' returns in March to Kingsport Library
Kingsport Times News
By staff report Green and Growing, a series of lunchtime gardening
seminars, will be presented from noon to 1 pm on the first three Thursdays
in March at the Kingsport Public Library Mead Auditorium. In these free
sessions, both beginners and experts ...

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Leisure Services Programs - March



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Summary of programs provided by the City of Kingsport
(subscribe to this monthly enewsletter

March 2011

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Bays Mountain has 38 miles of trails, twenty of which are approved for mountainbiking.  If you're hiking or running, bring water and sunscreen.  If you're biking, bring water, sunscreen your mountain bike, the proper safety equipment and obtain pre-approvaled at the Nature Center for riding.

KBS will have their annual meeting on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Renaissance Center Theatre.  FREE and open to all.  Enter for drawings for prizes and view art gallery of photos from local bird enthusiasts.

For more information about Bays Mountain, visit or call 423-229-9447 


                                    APPALACHIAN ART SHOW & RECEPTION
                                    Main Art Gallery/Renaissance Center
                                    Thursday, March 3
                                    6:00 p.m.        

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7:00 p.m.
Renaissance Center Theatre

7:00 p.m.
Renaissance Center Theatre

Come listen to slamming New Orleans style piano, fluid guitar and smoky heart wrenching vocals by this Nashville band.                                             


7:00 p.m.
Renaissance Center Theatre
Listen to Story Tellers Rela Edwards and the Doc McConnell Yarnshinners present an evening of storytelling and open mic opportunities.

7:00 p.m.
Renaissance Center Theatre
Take a trip through 80 years of American music, beginning with the 1927 6th Street recording session in Bristol.

For more information about Kingsport Arts, visit


 What is KATS Paratransit Serivce?

KATS Paratransit is a curb-to-curb, orgin-to-destination  next day transportationservice that is a available to those individuals who reside in the City of Kingsport, because of their disability or health-related condition, cannot independently board, ride and/or disembark from an accessible fixed-route transit bus or cannot get to/from a boarding or disembarking location. All KATS Paratransit eligible customers must be ADA certified by the transit agency before scheduling a ride.


What does KATS Paratransit cost?

Trips that are scheduled within the designated ¾ mile fix-route paratransit zone are $2.00 each way. Correct change is required and must be paid upon boarding the service. Any trips scheduled outside the ¾ mile paratransit zone will require you to pay a zone charge based on the location of the desired trip. Zone charges vary and so, we encourage you to check with the dispatcher when scheduling your trip to determine the appropriate fare.

For more information about KATS, call (423) 224-2613 or visit

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                      HVFC SOCCER


Online registration for HVFC's spring 2011 recreation, competitive, and TOP soccer season is open. Registration will close March 6th. A late fee of $25 will be applied to applications received after February 28th. Financial assistance for recreational players is available under certain circumstances.


2011 YOUTH Baseball/Softball registration 
Online Registration for baseball and softball is open. 


Mondays and Thursdays
Starting March 10th - for 8 weeks
1:30-2:30 p.m.
$15 per child 
       for ages 6-15

For information about Parks & Recreation, visit


vess drawing down the moon 2        CHARLES VESS-

Renowned fantasy artist and comic book illustrator, Charles Vess, twice the winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist, will kick off the library's new Teen Art Club at a free program on Saturday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the library auditorium. All ages welcome, but teens will receive priority seating!



                                                            VERY BIG, VERY HUGE, GIANT BOOK SALE
                                                                               Kingsport Civic Auditorium
                                                                               Preview sale March 10
                                                                                6:00-9:00 p.m.
                                                                 admission charge $10 (for preview sale only)

                                                                                March 11-12
                                                                                9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
                                                                                  Free admission
                                                                                  March 13
                                                                                   1:00-6:00 p.m.
                                                             Free admission

 Over 35,000 used books at bargain prices.  CASH ONLY.  Sponsored by the Kingsport Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library.  Proceeds fund college schoalrships, local educational projects, and the Kingsport Public Library.

                                                                                00289654 3  TEEN ART CLUB
The Teen Art Club is open to area teens from 13-18.  If you are interested, contact Kate at 224-2539 or email the library at  Club dates/times will be planned around the needs of those teens who are interested in participating, so be sure to let the library staff know what days of the week/times are good for you.  When meeting times are determined, teens can bring their current art project and art supplies to the meeting to work on their project in the library's auditorium and visit with other teen artists.  Each session will be about 1 1/2 hour to 2 hours.  There is no cost to participate in the Teen Art Club.


March 9 through April 13
Course books available at the circulation desk.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Library and ETSU.

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
      March 3:  Notable Trees of TN   
             March 10: 50 Years with Wildflowers
          March 17: Four Season Gardening

Bring a bag lunch.  Each session includes free handouts with recommended plants for Northeast Tennessee and list of books and websites for furhter reference.  Sponsored by the Kingsport Public Library and Keep Kingsport Beautiful, Southern Appalachian Plant Society and Sullivan County Extension.  For more information, call Keep Kingsport Beautiful at 423-392-8814 or e-mail


Monday, March 7
6:00- 7:45
Library Auditorium


Monday, March 21
Library Auditorium

Bring your craft project to work on while you chat with other crafters.

For more information about the Kingsport Library, visit


Fridays @ 9:00 a.m.
Center Center/Computer Room


Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Senior Center Computer Lab



Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theater Musical

Wytheville, VA.
March 3
leave at 9:45 a.m.
return by 6:00 p.m.
$41 (includes food, show and transportation)

It's Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, N.C. (home of the Mt. Pleasant Pickle Factory), and the Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders family to provide an uplifting evening of singin' & witnissin'.  The audience is invited to pull up a pew and join the congregation for a rollicking good time.  More than two dozen gospel songs and hilarious stories from each of the Sanders family members provide a richly entertaining evening that is sure to be remembered.  Cost includes a delicious four-course meal prepared by the in-house chef.

                                                    CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TRIP
                                                     March 24
                                                     Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville
                                                      Cost:  $60
                        Bus departs @ 3:30 and returns @ 11:00 p.m.  Dinner is on your own.


Lynn View Community Center
9;00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Amenities include: exercise room, billiards room, and computer lab!  Call 392-8402 for more information.

For more information about these Senior Center programs: 423-392-8400 or visit

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Eastman Chemical posts 4Q, strong 1Q outlook

Eastman Chemical posts 4Q, strong 1Q outlook
By AP KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Chemical and plastics maker Eastman
Chemical Co. said Monday it posted a fourth-quarter profit, reversing a
year-ago loss, ...

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wellmont CVA Heart Institute establishes region's first Level One Heart Attack Network


     KINGSPORT– The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute is taking superior heart care to the next level by forming the region's first Level One Heart Attack Network, a seamless continuum of care that is focused on a patient's survival from the moment symptoms arise.

     The newly formed cooperative is a blend of speed, efficiency and quality, exercised with precision by experts in the delivery of life-saving care, to ensure the highest quality outcomes for patients they serve. Patients live thanks to a sophisticated and well-coordinated group of medical professionals who work to ensure blood is flowing again in ailing arteries in as little as 30 minutes.

     "The formation of this network is yet another example how the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute continues to demonstrate regional, state and national leadership in the delivery of high-quality heart care," said Dr. Herb Ladley, who is board-certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. A physician with the institute, he has been instrumental in the network's development.

     "The processes in place are well thought out, and as they are further refined and enhanced, the level of care will continue to escalate," Dr. Ladley said.

     The story starts with emergency medical service personnel in the field and extends to emergency department physicians at Wellmont Health System's eight hospitals.

     The final component takes place in the heart catheterization laboratories at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center, where some of the finest physicians in the country restore blood flow to the patient's affected arteries. Both hospitals have been repeatedly recognized by outside organizations, such as Thomson Reuters and Consumer Reports, for their heart care.

     These life-saving steps are part of a process known in medical circles as "door to balloon," measured by the amount of time between a patient's entry into the hospital and the opening of arteries. The national standard is to complete the process in 90 minutes, but Holston Valley and Bristol Regional frequently shatter this time allotment, sometimes restoring blood flow in one third the time.

     The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute's Level One Heart Attack Network is similar to a program at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, which is part of Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont's president and CEO, and Virginia Frank, Holston Valley's president, were executives there when the program was established.

     "Delivery of superior care with compassion in a healing environment is at the heart of Wellmont's mission," DeNarvaez said. "The Level One Heart Attack Network is right in line with that philosophy, and we are so pleased to lead the way in the Tri-Cities area by establishing it here.

     "While the network is relatively new, all the pieces are in place for this to be a game-changer in the delivery of cardiac care. The network will continue to grow and evolve and will enhance Wellmont's well-established position in the local marketplace as the preeminent provider of heart care."

     The process used to save the lives of fellow residents of the Tri-Cities area begins with an important phone call. Jim Perry, a captain with Sullivan County EMS, said the best thing people can do when they are suffering symptoms of a heart attack – known medically as an ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction – is to call 911 immediately.

     "This is the most effective way to receive the life-preserving care you need," said Perry, who noted that ignoring symptoms can result in the loss of critical heart muscle. "You are much better served by calling 911 and relying on paramedics who are trained to assess you, provide emergent treatment and transport you to the hospital for a heart catheterization, if one is needed."

     It's not just ambulances who play a critical role in the success of the Level One Heart Attack Network. WellmontOne Air Transport, Wellmont's flight service, is periodically used to transport patients, and the speed with which it can bring a patient to Holston Valley or Bristol Regional is invaluable when seconds can mean the difference between life and death.

     The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute and the Wellmont Foundation recognize that early diagnosis of a heart attack is critical. Nearly two years ago, Wellmont donated 18 12-lead electrocardiogram machines to Sullivan County EMS, four to the Bristol, Tenn., Fire Department and five to the Bristol, Va., Lifesaving Crew.

     Paramedics use the machines to determine whether a patient is having a heart attack and send readings within seconds to the nearest Wellmont communications center.

     Wellmont is furthering this philanthropic effort by donating five EKG machines to Hawkins County EMS and two to Eastman Chemical Co.

     "We're so thankful to Wellmont for donating these machines, which will significantly enhance the aid our paramedics render patients," said Eddie Williams, director of Hawkins County EMS. "We work closely with physicians and staff at the hospitals to provide life-saving care to the folks in our region, and the Level One Heart Attack Network will take treatment of heart-attack patients to new heights of excellence."

     Todd Norris, the foundation's director, said his organization was happy to assist.

     "We're proud of the outstanding care provided daily by the physicians and staff at the institute and paramedics in the field," he said. "The foundation is pleased to support the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute and its tireless work to strengthen the health resources of the community."

     Dr. Ladley and clinicians with the institute have extensively trained EMS personnel in Hawkins County on the EKG machines.

     Wellmont's donations of EKG machines have born fruit in bringing top-of-the-line care to patients quickly. At Bristol Regional, the record time in a door-to-balloon case is 28 minutes, a time that was so stellar in part because the Bristol, Tenn., Fire Department had conducted a field EKG.

     When paramedics supply EKG readings to the emergency department, personnel at the hospital can mobilize and prepare to spring into action once the patient arrives. Physicians and staff in the emergency department undertake the final steps to send the patient to the catheterization lab for a blockage-clearing procedure.

     "These EKG machines in the ambulances have helped expedite the process of getting the patient the swift care needed in the emergency department and the cath lab," said Dr. Mark Woodard, an emergency room physician at Bristol Regional and Holston Valley and a member of Bristol Regional's board of directors. "The Level One Heart Attack Network is an example of teamwork at the highest level."

     For more information, log on to


Friday, February 25, 2011

Dobyns-Bennett students receive top honors at science bowl

KINGSPORT – Dobyns-Bennett High School students took top honors in the Fifth Annual Northeast Tennessee Science Bowl, held this week at the Toy F. Reid Employee Center in Kingsport.


The competition included regional teams from Cherokee High School in Rogersville, Volunteer High School in Church Hill, Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee High School in Bristol, Greeneville High School in Greeneville and Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport.


The National Science Bowl® competition, launched by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1991, helps develop the workforce that America requires to remain at the forefront of scientific advances, technological innovation and economic competitiveness. The regional competitions are designed to prepare students for state and national science bowl competitions. Questions are pulled from a wide-range of academic areas including astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, general science and mathematics.

Since the National Science Bowl® started in 1991, more than 160,000 students from all over the country have taken part in the fast-paced, question and answer tournament. Each year the number of regional competitions continues to grow.

Regional teams consisted of four students and one alternate from grades 10 through 12.  Dobyns-Bennett's Team #2 placed first and received a $300 cash prize and plaque.  Second place was awarded to Volunteer High School Team #1 which received a $200 cash award and plaque.  Greeneville High School team #2 took third place and received a $100 cash prize and plaque.

The winning team from Dobyns-Bennett included students:  Farrah Carter, Casey Zhu, Scott Zhou, Phil Habegger and Teacher/Coach Katie Jenkins.

All of the regional teams competing in the Science Bowl are eligible to compete in the state competition scheduled for February 18-19, 2011 at Pellissippi State Community College Blount County campus, Friendsville, TN.  The winning team from Tennessee will receive an all-expense-paid trip to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl® in Washington, DC to be held April 28- May 2.    





Amy Greear

Director of Communications

Kingsport City Schools

1701 E. Center Street, Kingsport TN 37664

(423) 378-2123 w.

(423) 914-9500 c.


Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New sign installed at Sullivan-Wilcox Gateway

\Please find attached a photo of the small gateway sign at Wilcox and Sullivan.  There is still some detail work to be done but thought you would like to see the sign.




Tim Elsea, P.E.

Traffic Engineer Manager

City of Kingsport

423-224-2426 (Office)


Mar 4-6 International Mountain Biking Association in Kingsport

Good morning!  Hopefully you have already received the following info regarding IMBA’s visit to Kingsport and Bays Mountain Park, but just in case I wanted to share the following with you.  Whether it’s realtors bringing prospective buyers for a visit or participants as part of various Move to Kingsport efforts, we’ve learned time and again our trail systems hold a special appeal for those seeking an active, healthy quality of life.  If your schedule will allow, I am certain the presentation on March 4 (see below) would be well worth your time and effort.  We are excited to host this event and hope you can join us.


Thanks for all you do for Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport and the Tri-Cities region!!!


Trails Benefit Communities – Please join us for this special presentation if your schedule will allow!

International Mountain Biking Association to Host Event at Bays Mountain Park


The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Trail Care Crew, a world leader in field trail building and mountain biking, will present “Better Living Through Trails” at Bays Mountain Park, Friday, March 4, at 9:00 a.m. in the Farmstead Museum.  The program is designed to teach community leaders and the public about the economic, health and wellness benefits of trails and mountain biking.


The presentation serves as the kick-off to a weekend full of events as part of IMBA’s Trail Care Crew visit, March 4-6.  On March 5 at 9:00 a.m., attendees can attend a trail-building class, also conducted at the Farmstead Museum.  This  will be followed in the afternoon with an outdoor session in which attendees will actually construct a re-route on Bays Mountain’s Big Oak Trail.


Both events are open to the general public interested in trails, though the March 4 presentation is aimed at community leaders actively involved in economic development, tourism, government and conservation.  IMBA Trail Care Crew’s visit is being hosted by The Northeast Tennessee Mountain Bike Association (NTMBA) and Bays Mountain Park.  For a complete schedule and to register, visit or email us at  Please join us for this special event!


Friday, March 4
Bays Mountain Park - Farmhouse Museum

9:00 a.m. - Better Living Through Trails
A presentation highlighting the economic, health, and wellness benefits that trails and
mountain biking bring to our area. This presentation is geared toward tourism boards and local officials. Lunch provided.

Saturday, March 5
Bays Mountain Park - Farmhouse Museum

9:00 AM – Trail Building Class (Class Room)

IMBA’s Trail building school teaches IMBA's philosophies and trains local volunteers and
land managers on how to build sustainable singletrack. The school involves three hours
in the classroom followed by no more than four hours in the field doing hands-on trail
work and field instruction.

·         Introduction to IMBA

·         Introduction to the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew

·         Trail building theory

·         Essential elements of sustainable trails

·         Designing a trail

·         Constructing the trail

·         Rerouting and reclaiming trails

·         Advanced trail construction techniques

12:00 PM – Lunch – Barbecue lunch provided by Texas Roadhouse
1:30 PM – Trail Building Class (Field) @ Bays Mountain Park (Big Oak Re-Route)
7:30 p.m. - Social Event 

Those who register are welcome to attend a Friday night social. Registrants will be emailed directions.

Sunday, March 6
Group Ride! Location TBD


Rob Cole

Operations Coordinator

Bays Mountain Park

853 Bays Mountain Park Rd.

Kingsport, TN  37660





Dobyns-Bennett's Steadman named Niswonger Scholar

CHRISTOPHER STEADMAN is a student at Dobyns-Bennett High School. He
received the Rotary National Outstanding Student award. He is a member of
the football ...

5 of the Best Urban Infographics | Sustainable Cities Collective

5 of the Best Urban Infographics | Sustainable Cities Collective

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Downtown Parking Garage Progress -- Photos

Taken from my office window!

TDOT smartmap to include Kingsport interchange

TDOT smartmap to include Kingsport interchange
TDOT has plans for five cameras in Kingsport -- all of them at the I-81,
I-26 interchange. The cameras tilt, rotate 360 degrees, and zoom up to ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chamber examining Kingsport Press site

Kingsport chamber may move to Quebecor site
Kingsport Times News
By Matthew Lane KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is
considering relocating from Main Street and moving into a portion of the
old Quebecor ...


Monday, February 21, 2011

UT Haslam Scholars names Dobyns-Bennett's Barbour

UT Haslam Scholars Program Selects Finalists | Tennessee Today
By khintz
William Barbour, a senior at Dobyns Bennett High School in Kingsport,
attended the Governor's School for Sciences and Engineering and plans to
major in engineering. Stephanie Biggs, a senior at Webb School in Knoxville
is a National ...
Tennessee Today

Kingsport-Bristol ranks 150 out of 363 in Independent Business Poll

Others of interest:
52. Nashville
53. Asheville
99. Chattanooga
110. Knoxville
130. Hickory
143. Greenville, SC
150. Kingsport-Bristol
155. Johnson City
160. Roanoke
335. Spartanburg
The Indie City Index is a groundbreaking ranking of American Metropolitan Areas by the proportion of retail activity captured by independents.  Years of research have demonstrated that independent retail produces local wealth by recirculating dollars within the community. 
Rank Order
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA MSA. 150. 98.9. Modesto, CA MSA. 151.
98.9. Fond du Lac, WI MSA. 152. 98.9. Columbus, GA-AL MSA ...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kingsport-Bristol Among Lowest Foreclosure Rates in U.S.

2010 Year-End U.S. Metro Foreclosure Report
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA Total, 682, 0.47, 215, 27.00, 39.47. 190.
Erie, PA Total, 538, 0.45, 220, -16.72, -3.76 ...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Zoning and Tuition - Kingsport City Schools


Kingsport City Schools Accepting Zoning And Tuition Applications for 2011/2012 School year


KINGSPORTKingsport City Schools will be accepting zoning and tuition applications for students in grades K-12 beginning February 14 through April 29, 2011.


Parents who would like to request their child attend a different city school outside the school zone their student is expected to attend must apply for a zoning exception. Parents of students who are not legal residents of the city of Kingsport must submit a tuition application to attend a Kingsport City school. Parents or legal guardians must apply annually for their child's tuition and zoning status, even if they attended a Kingsport City school in 2010-2011.


Applications will be made available online at Kingsport City School's website at Paper copies will also be available at Kingsport City School's administrative office at 1701 E. Center Street.


The following are excerpts from the Kingsport Board of Education's policies and procedures for zoning and tuition:

  • Parents or legal guardians must apply annually for their child's tuition and zoning status.
  • Students who are not legal residents of the city of Kingsport shall pay tuition charges as approved annually by the Board of Education. Failure to pay tuition will disqualify a student's application for the next year.
  • Tuition students are accepted and zoning exceptions are granted only if current enrollment permits.
  • The system does not provide bus transportation to either tuition or zoning-exemption students, except in specific circumstances.


Criteria for zoning exceptions are as follows:

  1. Documented medical reasons;
  2. Child care availability;
  3. An expected move to a different zone;
  4. Specialized school programs;
  5. A fifth- or an eighth- grade student with a previous zoning exception;
  6. A student whose family has moved to a different zone after November 1;
  7. Documented justifications related to the child's specific educational experience.


The school system utilizes the following order when placing students:

  1. Zoning exception reapplications;
  2. Tuition reapplications for school employees working at the requested school;
  3. New zoning exceptions applications;
  4. Tuition reapplications;
  5. New tuition applications for school employees working at the requested school;
  6. New tuition applications for system and city employees;
  7. New tuition applications for out-of-district residents.


For more information, call Peggy Everhart, Student Services Office Assistant, at (423) 378-2142.





Amy Greear

Director of Communications

Kingsport City Schools

1701 E. Center Street, Kingsport TN 37664

(423) 378-2123 w.

(423) 914-9500 c.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Summer Camp Artists Needed

Contact: Tina Radtke, Program Director
1200 East Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

Date: February 8, 2011

For Immediate Release:

KingsportARTS Seeking Teaching Artists

KingsportARTS is currently seeking teaching artists for its Arts4Kids Summer Camp: “The Cityscape of Kingsport”.
Artists are needed in visual arts both 2-D and 3-D, voice, theatre, script writing and song writing. Lessons will consist of teaching an art form while at the same time teaching an aspect of Kingsport’s rich history.

Arts4Kids Summer Camp is June 6–10, 2011 and artist’s classes are 2 hour rotations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To apply, artists can go to the program’s website at and download an artist application, stop by the KingsportARTS office, or call 423-392-8420.

This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and generous local donors.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Continuing Rock Springs improvements to require service outages, road closures through August

Continuing Rock Springs improvements to require service outages, road closures through August


KINGSPORT – Three ongoing Rock Springs area projects – the State Route 347 water improvement project; Phase 1 Rock Springs Road Improvements; and Church View Drive Area Sanitary Sewer Extension and Waterline Improvements – will significantly impact water service and road access in coming weeks during workday hours.


“We’re excited at the rapid pace in which we are able roll out substantial quality life improvements and essential services to the greater Rock Springs area,” Public Works Director Ryan McReynolds said Monday. “We do understand this will make for some major inconveniences for motorists and households while we work to get this new infrastructure in place, and apologize in advance for the disruption of daily routines. But in the end, we will be providing a much improved roadway and much higher level of water service, not to mention the positive environmental impacts of the new sanitary sewer service.”


The State Route 347 (Rock Springs Area) Water Improvement project will provide improved water service and fire protection to the Rock Springs community by installing larger water lines, fire hydrants and associated equipment, with a project completion date of May 2011.


In order to construct these improvements, several roads will close intermittently and water service may possibly be interrupted. Water outages and road closures will for the most part be limited to daytime hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. In addition, detour signs will be posted in advance of any road closure.

Phase 1 Rock Springs Road Improvements will improve pedestrian mobility, safety and stormwater collection from west of Cox Hollow Road to Edinburgh Channel Road. 


This project includes the widening of approximately .6 miles of road widening, curve realignment, road elevation improvements, installation of stormwater collection infrastructure, sanitary sewer extension and water system improvements, as well as asphalt paving and a new pedestrian mobility path. This project has a completion date of early August 2011.


Again, in order to construct these improvements, several roads will be intermittently closed and water service may possibly be interrupted.


Finally, the Church View Drive Area Sanitary Sewer Extension and Waterline Improvements will construct 2 miles of new sanitary sewer line and 1.5 miles of water line improvements, including fire hydrant installation. This project has a completion date of early April 2012.


As with the other projects, several roads will be intermittently closed and water service may possibly be interrupted.


Residents who have any questions or concerns about the project are welcome to contact the City of Kingsport’s Engineering Department at 423-229-9475 for more information. And as always, motorists are asked to use extra caution and plan ahead while work is underway.


Construction on Kingsport Welcome Center Could Start Soon

Construction On Kingsport Welcome Center Could Start Soon - News ...
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- After years of planning and delays, construction could
begin on a welcome center in Kingsport as early as this summer. Tuesday,
February 1, 2011.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ed Moore Named Lifetime Member of Kingsport Chamber

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce honored longtime Kingsport resident, community leader and Food City Store Manager Ed Moore with its prestigious 22nd  Lifetime Member Award during its 64th Annual Dinner Friday night at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center.


"It is with great pride and tremendous pleasure the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce presents this most distinguished award to a certainly most deserving leader in our community, Ed Moore," said Charlie Floyd, 2010 Kingsport Chamber chair and vice president and mill manager for Domtar.  "Ed embodies the spirit and purpose of our Chamber. A popular and well-known entity in our community, a big kind heart, a very giving person who shares his smile and attitude, and one whose reputation helps define all the great folks at Food City!"


"Ed has been a longtime advocate and leader for the Kingsport Chamber and the Kingsport community and he is most deserving of this honor," said Miles Burdine, Kingsport Chamber president and CEO.  "We are thrilled to present the Chamber's highest honor to Ed Moore and we are grateful for his service to not only the Kingsport Chamber but to our community as well."


The Kingsport Chamber Lifetime Member Award goes to an individual who has made an enormous contribution to the Kingsport Chamber and the community throughout his or her lifetime. 


With the award, Moore receives complimentary membership to the Kingsport Chamber for life.


Moore, originally from Morristown, currently serves as a corporate trainer for K-VA-T Food Stores Inc., the parent company of the Food City grocery chain.  He previously served as store manager for Food City's Eastman Road location in Kingsport for 45 years.  Moore has a longstanding history with Food City, having worked for the grocery chain for more than 50 years.


In addition to knowing almost every customer who walked through the door of his store, Moore is well-known for his devotion to community service and his participation in a variety of Kingsport Chamber programs and community organizations.


"For more than five decades, Ed has modestly given and given and given…time and time again," Floyd added.


For years, Moore has contributed his time and talents as the chair of the Santa Train, one of his favorite events.  Each year Moore collects and manages contributions of more than 15 tons of new toys, clothes, candy and food to be distributed to children along the 110-mile track the Santa Train follows from Kentucky, through southwest Virginia, and back to Tennessee.


In addition to his work with the Kingsport Chamber, Moore has held other key leadership positions within the community, including: board member for the local American Red Cross chapter; board member of the Small Miracles Therapeutic Riding Center; board member of Tennessee-Virginia Scholars; chair of the Red Cross Armed Forces committee; and chair of the Indian Path Medical Center Foundation Board.


Additionally, Moore is an active volunteer and board director of Goodwill Industries.  He is also a past member of the Eastman Chemical Company's Community Advisory Board, and a Lt. Governor and past president of the Downtown Kingsport Optimist Club.  Moore also is a volunteer for Fun Fest, Keep Kingsport Beautiful and Food City Race Night events.


Putting others first is a priority for Moore, who can regularly be seen visiting with families to lend support at Wellmont Hospice House.  He is also an active participant and handles the logistics for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Kingsport. 


Moore's other community involvement includes First Presbyterian Church Shepherd Center, Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau and East Tennessee State University Pride Week. Furthermore, he assists with the Kingsport Christmas Parade and Kingsport's Mack Riddle –  American Legion Fourth of July Parade.  He also volunteers with Kingsport City Schools and Sullivan County Schools.


Moore has received several distinguished recognitions including the American Legion's prestigious Distinguished Service Award and is a Food City Claude P. Varney District Award winner.  In 2003, Moore received the highly coveted International Store Manager Superior Service Award from Chicago's Food Marketing Institute as the Store Manager of the Year for the entire world.


Moore lives in Kingsport, is a member of the Genesis Free Will Baptist Church and has a son, Scott.


"Ed Moore is the kind neighbor we want next door, the gentle soul Hollywood would cast to play the beloved and wise grandfather, the devoted friend who is always there in good times and bad and the model community servant with the big heart and even bigger smile," Floyd said.  "Ed Moore truly is greatly admired and respected by all who know him."


Other Kingsport Chamber Lifetime Member recipients include Wallace Alley, William C. Bovender, John W. Andersen, Sam H. Anderson, Jr., E. B. Blankenbeckler, Jeanette D. Blazier, Frank B. Brewer, Frank Brogden, A.B. Coleman, John Douglas, C.B. "Boots" Duke, IV, Eleanor Eason, Rodney D. Irvin, Farris Jackson, J. Lane Latimer III, Dr. William W. Locke, Ken Maness, Ron McMasters, Bob Miller, Mike O. O'Neill, and Darrell Rice.


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.





Bob Feagins

Executive Director of Communications & Development

Kingsport Tennessee Area Chamber of Commerce



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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.