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Thursday, March 31, 2011

April 16: Bark in the Park

Please share with your friends...we are very excited about the 1st annual Bark in the Park at Dogwood Park!

Natalie Whitlock

Save the Date! Racks by the Tracks: Sat, May 14, 2011

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Friday March 11, 2011

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4th Annual Date Announced!

We are excited to announce the 4th Annual Racks by the Tracks Festival Ribs, Beer Tasting, and Blues Festival will be SATURDAY, MAY 14th!

Save this date on your calendar and since you are the first in the know, please pass word along to your friends & family!

In addition, this year we are able to offer discounted hotel room packages for your out-of-town visitors. More details will follow.

If you are a barbecue competitor or food vendor, please e-mail us at and we'll help you get signed up.

We appreciate the City of Kingsport who we have been working with to create an open layout that intermixes the beer tasting event with the music & food. So beer tasting ticket holders will get an even better festival experience than any year before!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE)

The new Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office will be located inside your Kingsport Chamber's Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE). 

KOSBE is proud to be the Kingsport Affiliate Office of the TSBDC at ETSU.  The TSBDC Network is comprised of over 40 locations throughout the State of Tennessee, whose primary function is to provide counseling services and educational opportunities to entrepreneurs and "for profit" new and existing small businesses.

Through its affiliation with TSBDC at ETSU, the Kingsport Affiliate Office has access to additional and unique resources and programs of a major regional university, enhancing services available to client businesses as well as certified TSBDC counselors.

The TSBDC Network is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Tennessee Board of Regents under Cooperative Agreement No. 7-603001-Z-0045-24. 

For more information on the Kingsport Chamber Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) and the TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office, visit or call (423) 392.8800. We're social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Melissa At KOSBE and on our Twitter account, @MsKOSBE.





Marybeth McLain

Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE

Administrative Coordinator, TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship
151 E. Main Street, Kingsport, TN 37660

Ph. (423) 392.8811 Fax (423) 392.8839


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Harvard fellows receive additional training at Holston Valley Medical Center


CONTACT:    Jim Wozniak
                      (423) 230-8237


     KINGSPORT – A pipeline of expertise is flowing between Holston Valley Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, enhancing cardiovascular care to patients around the nation.

     Recently, two vascular medicine fellows from Massachusetts General, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, received training at Holston Valley from Dr. Chris Metzger, a physician with the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute who is widely recognized as an expert in carotid artery stenting and has helped train physicians around the country.

     This was not the first time Harvard fellows have come to Holston Valley to train with Dr. Metzger and will not be the last. More students are scheduled to come March 8-10.

     "The tentative plans are to have a working relationship going forward where we regularly have their fellows come down on a yearly basis to train," said Dr. Metzger, who is board-certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. "At the beginning of the year, when the fellows come to Harvard, one of the first things they do is to get a Tennessee license, with the idea that once they've got a certain amount of training there, they're going to supplement that by spending a week with us."

     Dr. Rahul Sakhuja and Dr. Kevin Rogers, both of whom are interventional cardiologists, spent a week at Holston Valley participating in 15 carotid artery stenting cases and four peripheral vascular cases. Already physicians for several years, they are participating in a vascular medicine and interventional fellowship at Massachusetts General.

     "The intent here was to subsidize the excellent training these fellows get at Massachusetts General by providing hands-on experience with an experienced physician," Dr. Metzger said. "Since we obviously hold great respect for the work performed at Massachusetts General, it is especially gratifying to know that excellent folks like that want our help in helping to train their fellows."

     The training at Holston Valley was coordinated through Cardiovascular University, a division of the Heart Institute.

     Dr. Metzger said it is an honor that a hospital as renowned and respected as Massachusetts General holds Holston Valley and the heart institute in such high regard.

     "I would say it reinforces what we know as one of the 50 best hospitals in America for heart care that we at Holston Valley and the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute have the technology and expertise to do things as well here as some of the major centers in the country," he said.

     Holston Valley's selection as a site for training of Massachusetts General fellows has a basis in a special relationship between two physicians. Dr. Metzger received some of his training from Dr. Kenneth Rosenfield, director of cardiac and vascular invasive service as Massachusetts General, and considers him a mentor in his development as a physician. Dr. Rosenfield also has immense respect for Dr. Metzger as a physician and teacher.

     "We are thrilled to have a working relationship with Dr. Metzger and the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute such that our vascular medicine fellows can receive additional training to supplement their training at Massachusetts General," Dr. Rosenfield said.

     "I know Dr. Metzger personally through research studies and faculty appointments together and know of his work in carotid artery stenting and peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Metzger is well respected as one of the leaders in carotid artery stenting with both excellent technique and high volume. We think having cases done with him is a tremendous supplement to the training our fellows have obtained at our institution."

     Dr. Sakhuja and Dr. Rogers left Holston Valley impressed with the high-quality medical care delivered here, not only by the physicians but also the staff. They were impressed with the warmth everyone at Holston Valley showed.

     "Dr. Metzger has set up a small mecca for peripheral vascular disease and intervention down here," Dr. Sakhuja said. "He and Dr. Rosenfield are the masters of the field. Through their special relationship, we were able to come down and really take advantage of the breadth and depth of procedures that Dr. Metzger performs down here."

     Dr. Metzger has performed as many or more carotid artery stenting procedures over the last five years as any physician in the United States. Dr. Sakhuja said one of the major skills he learned from Dr. Metzger was completing multiple carotid artery stenting procedures in a short period.

     "If you do one stent at one time and then you do another stent a couple of weeks later, you don't build up that muscle memory to gain excellence in the procedure," Dr. Sakhuja said. "But if you are able to do a lot at one time, which is a specialty of Dr. Metzger, you really develop that muscle memory to do the procedure safely and with the lowest risk of complications."

     Dr. Rogers noticed Dr. Metzger's expertise with multiple medical devices to perform carotid artery stents, which enables Dr. Metzger to use the most appropriate piece for a patient. But Dr. Rogers was also struck by the analysis Dr. Metzger applies to patients who are candidates for carotid artery stenting.

     "He has good judgment about who to do the procedure on and who not to do the procedure on," Dr. Rogers said. "He has very good pre-procedural planning. He has a good idea of what he's going to do before he even starts. It's nice to see that thought process."

     Dr. Rogers was impressed with Dr. Metzger's approach in taking X rays and the way he interacts with patients, who remain awake during his procedures. He said Dr. Metzger was able to keep his patients calm.

     "His experience is incredible," Dr. Sakhuja said. "Whenever you can work with the masters, whether it's Massachusetts General Hospital or Holston Valley, you want to take advantage of that."


Left to right Dr. Rahul Sakhuja, Dr. Kevin Rogers and Dr. Chris Metzger stands in one of the procedure rooms at Holston Valley Medical Center.


Dr. Chris Metzger, right, reviews a completed case with Dr. Rahul Sakhuja, left, and Dr. Kevin Rogers at Holston Valley Medical Center.


Monday, March 28, 2011

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Kingsport sets clean up, pick up, recycle event

Kingsport sets Clean Up, Pick Up and Recycle event
Kingsport Times News
By Matthew Lane Once again, the Kingsport Sanitation Department and Keep
Kingsport Beautiful are announcing the annual Clean Up, Pick Up and Recycle
event — a two-week period where residents can put out extra items on the
road for trash and garbage ...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Volunteer HS students support Special Olympics

The Rogersville Review - News Story
Students from Volunteer High School have joined the effort of "Spread the
... Two Volunteer High School Special Olympics Atheletes, Derek Mabe and
Corey ...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sullivan Central was flying high in 1971

HISTORY WITH HAYES: Sullivan Central was flying high in 1971
In 1971, members of the Sullivan Central High School boys basketball team
were on cloud nine as they were transported to the TSSAA state tournament.
Literally. The Cougars actually flew to Memphis, Tenn., that season,
departing on a Southern airliner ...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Mar 28-April 1: Beauty of Kingsport

From: Donna Callahan []
Sent: Friday, March 25, 2011 9:15 AM
Subject: Beauty of Kingsport


Mr. Fleming,


I know you promote Kingsport’s finer points, and I wanted to point out one of the seasonal beauty spots in case you were unaware of it.


In the next week the drive on I-26 crossing Bays Mountain from Exit 2 (Stone Drive) to Exit 3 (Meadowview Parkway) will burst into glorious spring bloom. The redbud trees along this stretch of interstate provide a spring drive that I look forward to each year and, fortunately for me, I drive it each day to work. Each spring I remind my co-workers who don’t regularly travel that route to take the time to make the trip. It is well worth the view.


The trees are just now beginning so it will be a couple/few more days (depending on weather) for the full effect, but I feel it is a spring must-see in Kingsport.


Thank you for all you do to promote and improve our city.


Donna Callahan


2021 Meadowview Lane, 2nd Floor

P. O. Box 88

Kingsport, TN 37662

Phone:  423-723-0400

Fax:      423-723-0430



Lorrie Cooper- 2011 YW Recipient

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2011 YW Tribute to Women Award Recipient...Lorrie Cooper

Lorrie Cooper, chair of the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been selected as a recipient of the 2011 YW Tribute to Women Award.


The YWCA named 12 women from the Tri-Cities area for their outstanding achievements.  A special panel of out-of-state judges considered nominees from fields of art, education, business and community service. 


Lorrie Quinn Cooper's professional career began upon her graduation from Virginia Tech in Mechanical Engineering. Since 1995, Lorrie has worked for AGC Glass Company, where she currently holds the position of Director of Purchasing. As testament to her leadership skills, charisma, work ethic and visionary thinking, Lorrie serves on AGC's Leadership Team with responsibility for community relations. During the current challenging business climate Lorrie has been a strong voice of leadership, encouraging excellence to strengthen her company's position in the global market. Lorrie also gives back to the community through her volunteer efforts with the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Kingsport Tomorrow, Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau, Friends of Allandale, Junior League, and many others.


Congratulations, Lorrie!  We are so proud of you- this award is a well deserved honor.



Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau
151 E. Main Street
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660
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Census released for Southwest Virginia

Census figures show population hikes in Southwest Virginia
Kingsport Times News
By Wes Bunch GATE CITY — With figures from the 2010 census in the process
of being released, local governments are beginning to pore over the data in
preparation for redistricting that will take place later this year. In
Southwest Virginia, only a ...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March 26: Mountain Goat 5K

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Press Release: Mountain Goat 5K this Saturday!

Hey Jeff! hope your doing great! here is a great event for Kingsport happening this weekend!

For Immediate Release:

The 3rd Annual Mountain Goat 5K Trail Run and Hike will be held at Pathfinders Camp in Sullivan Gardens this Saturday, March 26th. Open to all ages, the 5K trail run and hike goes through the camps barns, hiking trails, challenge course, lake side, paint ball courses and more.

"This healthy family event is also an opportunity where Pathfinders wants to encourage and empower students to get out and exercise" said Bentley Hively, race director. "Bring the whole family for this event. We have had runners in their 70's and babies in backpacks for the hike." In it's third year the run is a fundraiser for the camp that supports scholarships to camp for at-risk teens and camp preparations for the upcoming camp season. Established in 2003, Pathfinders is a Christian adventure camp specializing in leadership and teambuilding.

 You can register for the run or hike online at or pick up a registration form at your area running store in the Tri-Cities. You can also register at the camp the morning of the race. Open registration begins at 7:30am in the barn loft, the run begins at 9:00 am with a shot-gun blast and then the hike begins at 9:30 am. The run will have first and second place awards for all age groups and the middle school and high school with the most participants in both events combined will take a traveling trophy back to their school for the year. Congratulations to last years winners, Science Hill High School and Indian Trail Middle School.

Students are $10 for either event and adults are $25 for the run and $13 for the hike. Each participant will get a race t-shirt in their bag while they last so register early to guarantee a shirt. For more information e-mail or call 1-888-815-7748.


Bentley Hively
Kingsport, TN

South grad leads Knox West in state tourney as interim

West's Kesler is out of ICU
Knoxville News Sentinel
The Sullivan South graduate played basketball at King College and joined
West after graduation. "When something like this happens, initially, it's
kind of a ...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Apr 9: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport Grand Tour Gala



Good afternoon. Would you be able to put some information about our upcoming Porsche Raffle and “Grand Tour Gala” on your blog? We will give away a 2011 Porsche Boxster at the Gala, which will be held on April 9. Raffle tickets are $100 each and Gala tickets are $150 each.


I have inserted a press release below with more information. Please let me know if you have questions.




Amanda Marsh

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport

1 Postive Place

Kingsport, TN 37662

P: 423.230.4160 ext. 233

F: 423.230.4165



The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport is providing the community with many opportunities to support its more than 1,000 local club members.

            Currently, the Club is hosting its 5th Annual Porsche Raffle. A 2011 black Porsche Boxster basic package valued in excess of $50,000 from Rick Hill Imports in Kingsport will be given away on April 9 during the “Grand Tour Gala” at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center.

Tickets for the raffle are $100 each and may be purchased online at or by calling 423-230-4160 ext. 231. No more than 1,200 tickets will be sold and ticket holders do not have to be present at the “Grand Tour Gala” to win. For those who do not attend the Gala, tickets will be on sale through April 6 at 5 p.m. Gala attendees may purchase tickets at the event until 8 p.m.  If 700 tickets are not sold, a full refund will be provided and the raffle will not occur.

Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport, which includes not only the Eastman Center, but units in Cloud, Holly Hills, Riverview and Hawkins County where an average of 300 school age children attend daily.

“The Boys & Girls Club has historically been a place for at-risk youth to come and feel safe after the school bell rings,” said Assistant Executive Director Jason Hincke. “We are now in the process of making the community aware of the impacts we’re having on the kids through health and wellness initiatives, education, learning about the arts and career development.”

The 2011 Porsche Boxster will be given away during a live auction at the “Grand Tour Gala,” which will be held in the Meadowview Marriott Ballroom on April 9 at 6 p.m.  Tickets for the black tie optional event are $150 each and include: a cocktail hour, dinner, access to live and silent auction items, as well as entertainment by Bag a’ Cats. Captured Photography will also be there to take couple and group photos.

Going along with the “Grand Tour” theme, the Gala will boast colorful decorations and the auctions will feature several getaways and other items such as jewelry and sports memorabilia.

“The evening offers a lot of fun,” said Gala Committee Co-Chair Charlie Nitschke. “The hors d’oeuvres and dinner will be wonderful and Bag a’ Cats is an ever popular band. Plus, someone is going to go home with a 2011 Porsche Boxster.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport receives 23 percent of its budget from United Way, while the rest comes from grants and fundraising events held annually.

“The need for people to support the Boys & Girls Club is always a priority,” Hincke said. “We look for financial support as well as volunteer support. Right now, our biggest obstacle is funding transportation from schools to the club, which costs about $32,000 per year.”

The Club hopes to raise $100,000 from the “Grand Tour Gala.” Tickets may be purchased by calling the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport at 423-230-4160 ext. 231. $70 of each ticket is tax deductible.


April 1: Keep Kingsport Beautiful Tree Fund Spring Planting

The Tree Fund Spring Planting will be held on Friday, April 1st at noon at Hunter Wright Stadium.


This planting honors and remembers individuals recognized by contributors to the Keep Kingsport Beautiful Tree Fund.


Sponsored by Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home.


If you wish to make a memorial contribution in the future, please contact Keep Kingsport Beautiful at 423-392-8814.  A card acknowledging your gift will be sent on your behalf to the family of the honoree.




Robin Cleary

Director,  Keep Kingsport Beautiful



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April: Recyling Roundup sponsored by Environmental Stewardship Team at First Broad Street UMC

Recycling Roundup ABCS

(Aluminum, Brass, Copper, Stainless)


Sponsored by Environmental Stewardship Team of First Broad Street U.M.C.

For over 15 years, Chuck Mathieson and Jack Greene have collected recyclable metals to raise money for the Grace Scholarship Fund, a fund enabling students in need to pursue higher education at a Holston Conference UMC College.  Now, we can help Chuck and Jack raise money for the fund.


On Wednesday, April 6 and April 13, Saturday, April 9 and April 16, and Sunday mornings April 10 and April 17, the community is invited to bring recyclable metals to First Broad Street UMC and place them in the designated truck in the parking lot behind the church.

Chuck and Jack want all forms of recyclable metals--aluminum cans, brass doorknobs, copper tubing, faucets, file cabinets, walkers, ladders . . . any aluminum, brass, copper, or stainless item!

Sunday, April 17, will be the final day of the first Recycling Roundup ABCS and the amount collected during the event will be announced.

For more information, call 224-1507.


Nancy Tate, Director

Congregational Care

423.224.1507 (office)

423.360.0174 (cell)


Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

April 3: Rhonda Vincent to perform at Paramount in Bristol to benefit Wellmont Regional Cancer Network


     BRISTOL– Acclaimed country and bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent will lend her voice in support of patients of the Wellmont Regional Cancer Network with a concert on Sunday, April 3, at the Paramount Center for the Arts.

     The 3 p.m. show will provide beneficial funds to pay for items needed by patients of the J.D. and Lorraine Nicewonder Cancer Center and the Jackie Leonard Infusion Center, both located at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

     Funds could be used for such things as wigs, medication and gas money for patients who need financial assistance.

     In addition to Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Next Best Thing will perform. That band features two of Vincent's daughters, Sally Berry and Tensel Sandker.

     The cancer center's patient support funds are managed through the Wellmont Foundation.

     "A cancer diagnosis is very difficult for patients and their families," said Todd Norris, the foundation's executive director. "It can create financial hardships along the way. Caring people in our community can give in a variety of ways to be good neighbors and ensure cancer patients receive the treatment and support they need.

     "The funds raised by this concert will help alleviate some of the financial issues patients face. We appreciate that a woman as talented and renowned as Rhonda Vincent is coming to Bristol in support of this worthwhile fundraiser. We hope that everyone in the region will consider coming to the show as a sign of support for their fellow men and women who are diagnosed with such a life-changing disease as cancer."

     Among programs and services at Bristol Regional's cancer and infusion centers are the Comprehensive Breast Center and CyberKnife.

     Bristol Regional is one of only six in the state and one of two in Northeast Tennessee – Holston Valley Medical Center is the other – that is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. CyberKnife, which delivers radiation with sub-millimeter accuracy through the use of robotics, has been in use at Bristol Regional since 2004. The hospital was one of 16 facilities in the country to have CyberKnife at that time.

     The 48-year-old Vincent has released 16 albums during an illustrious career, three of which hit No. 1 on the bluegrass charts. Her most recent album, "Taken," featuring the inspirational song "You Must Have a Dream," was released in September.

     The International Bluegrass Music Association named Vincent Female Vocalist of the Year an amazing seven consecutive years (2000-2006) and selected her as Entertainer of the Year in 2001.

     Vincent, who The Wall Street Journal dubbed "the new queen of bluegrass," is the fifth generation of musicians in her family. She made her stage debut at age 5, performing in the Sally Mountain Show helmed by her parents, Johnny and Carolyn. Vincent not only sings but plays the mandolin, guitar and fiddle.

     "We are so excited to have Rhonda Vincent play at the Paramount," said Cathy Gott, manager of radiation oncology for Wellmont Health System. "We consider it an honor to have someone so accomplished perform for us, but it's our patients who will be the real winners. The quality of their lives will be enhanced greatly through the funds this show will raise."

     Tickets to the show are $25. They can be purchased by calling the Paramount at (423) 274-8920 or online at

April 4, 11, 18, 25: An Audition Workshop for Actors

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Carrie Smith

Getting the Part: An Audition Workshop for Actors

Teens  - Monday evenings in APRIL

Teen Class Ages: 13-18 years

Dates: Monday evenings, April 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2011
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Place: Room 209, Renaissance Center
Price: $80

Register online at

or call 423-392-8427 

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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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Kingsport, TN Photographer Featured in New Publication

Contact: Jeffrey Stoner




Kingsport Fine Art Photographer Jeffrey Stoner's images will be featured in the April 2011 inaugural edition of Still Point Arts Quarterly


Stoner's portfolio of black-and-white images titled "An Opportunity for a Dream" shows the connection between northeast Tennessee and the founding of Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains.


The settlement of Cades Cove took the combination of the foresight of Revolutionary War veteran William Tipton and the courage of the first settlers, Carter County's John and Lucretia Oliver and their young daughter.  The Oliver's arrived in late fall and only survived the winter of 1818-1819 with the help of the Cherokee Indians.  


Stoner's portfolio includes images of the beautiful landscape and wildlife of Cades Cove as well as its historic structures and those at Johnson City's Tipton-Haynes site.


Jeffrey Stoner relocated from Pennsylvania to Northeast Tennessee in 2007 to photograph the mile-high mountains and fertile valleys of the Mountain South.  He is represented by galleries in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


Still Point Arts Quarterly, a publication of Still Point Art Gallery and Shanti Arts LLC, is a printed periodical publication that focuses on artistic expression and creativity. Each issue includes extensive portfolios from three or four noteworthy artists as well as thoughtful short articles, essays, and poems about art and artistry.


The Quarterly is published with the intention of engaging, enlightening, and inspiring both artists and art enthusiasts. More information, including information about subscriptions, may be found on the Gallery's website:



High-resolution images are available.  For more information please contact,

Jeffrey Stoner at 423-367-5850 or Jeffrey@JeffreyStonerPhotography.Com



Monday, March 21, 2011

Daniel Kilgore's NFL Combine

Daniel Kilgore's NFL Combine Diary: Days 1 and 2
Kingsport Times News
Former Dobyns-Bennett and Appalachian State standout Daniel Kilgore
received an invitation to the NFL Combine. Daniel was gracious enough to
provide us with daily updates on his experience at the NFL's scouting
combine in Indianapolis. ...

March 21: Update on City projects

Special Projects  


Welcome Center                                     Michael Thompson                   

March 17, 2011




Acquire Property                                                        Winter/Spring 2011

Finalize Utility Contracts                                             Spring 2011

Obtain Water Quality Permits                                      Spring 2011

Finalize Construction Plans                                          Spring 2011

Contract Letting                                                         Spring 2011


TDOT held a Construction Field Review meeting with utility owners and City staff on March 3, 2011.  TDOT currently has this project in the June 2011 letting.  The Welcome Center Building is under a separate contract and TDOT is in the process of obtaining Engineering & Architectural services for this.


Downtown Parking Garage                               Steve Robbins                                     

March 21, 2011


 The primary stormwater system has been installed and the adjacent fiber optic line has been relocated. Drilling and installation of the Geopiers is nearly complete. The construction of the column footers has started and will be completed in early April. On April 4 the first structural members are scheduled to arrive and erection will commence. During drilling and excavation for the Geopiers, foundations and the elevator pit from the old hotel were uncovered and had to be removed. Some contaminated soil was found on the south end of the site near the alley and Market St. This material will be disposed of in a local landfill. Completion is slated for late June 2011.


City Departments


Fire Department                                                 


Fire Station 8                                                        Craig Dye                                                             

March 17, 2011


The Pre-construction Conference was held at Fire Station 1 on March 11.  Work will start at the site as soon as possible.  The groundbreaking should be announced soon. 


Fire Planning Committee      


The fire department planning committee headed by Vice Mayor Ben Mallicote met March 3rd.  There was discussion of using MTAS to do a study with new advisor.  No new meeting has been set.  MTAS has agreed to provide whatever resources are needed to get the study done in the two month period.  A 60 day limit was established for committee to give a report.



Public Works


Netherland Inn Bump Out                      Michael Thompson                    

March 17, 2011

(no new update) 


Design plans are being finalized and we will advertise next Sunday (3/6/11) with a bid opening at the end of March.  Construction will begin late spring and continue through the summer 2011.


Gibson Mill Phase IV                               Michael Thompson                          

March 17, 2011


Preliminary plans are complete.  We are in the process of right-of-way acquisition and obtaining permits for the new bridge over Reedy Creek and anticipate the project bidding late spring to early summer 2011.  Signs that read “NOTICE: TRAFFIC SIGNAL UNDER STUDY FOR REMOVAL” have been placed on each approach to the intersection of Robertson Street / Gibson Mill Road.   


Netherland Inn Roundabout                     Chris Alley                                    

March 14, 2011


Lyons Construction Services, Inc. began work on March 7, 2011.  Construction will last 180 days. 




New Beason Well Road/Cleek Road

Improvements Phase 1                           Hank Clabaugh                                  

March 17, 2011


The installation of the storm water collection infrastructure, water lines, retaining wall, curb and gutter, sidewalk, traffic signal, and sanitary sewer on the project are all completed.  The new turn lanes on Stone Drive are also complete.  The entire project is under asphalt binder with temporary painting/striping having also been completed.  The final asphalt topping coat and thermoplast marking will be installed and completed next week.


With the completion of the new signal and removal of the old signal, the new intersection is now operating fully as designed other than the turn lanes on Stone Drive being closed until asphalt topping.  After the asphalt topping is completed next week, the only remaining items will be some cleanup and seeding. 





Wayfinding                                                       Tim Elsea                           

March 17, 2011


Gateway sign work is almost complete.  All the signs have been installed.  Sign locations are Wilcox Drive & Sullivan Street, E. Stone Drive & John B. Dennis Highway, W. Stone Drive & Netherland Inn Road, Lynn Garden Drive & Carters Valley Road, and Fort Henry Drive & Ferrell Avenue. 


The only work remaining is the placement of mulch at three of the signs.  If the weather cooperates this work should be finished within the next couple of weeks.


Gateway signs: 5 of 5 installed



Leisure Services   


Aquatic Center                                                                     Chris McCartt                        

March 17, 2011


The Aquatic Center project is presently out for bid with a pre-bid meeting scheduled for Tuesday March 23rd.  Bids are scheduled to be opened on Thursday April 14th.  TDEC has officially approved our ARAP permit and we anticipate meeting with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers within the coming weeks to receive our permit from them. 


Riverfront Redevelopment/Greenbelt                             Chris McCartt                        

March 17, 2011

(no new update)


As you will recall the City received a $250,000 grant from the Appalachian Resource Commission to construct a public park/plaza as recommended in the Riverfront master plan.  The design for the park/plaza is presently being designed by Spoden and Wilson Engineering.  The park/plaza will be constructed just off of the roundabout on property already owned by the City.  Additionally, the Greenbelt committee has approved the plans for the construction of the Greenbelt between Industry Drive and Barton Street.  Both the park/plaza and the Greenbelt will be bid out later this spring.  Staff is presently working to secure easements along the river in order to complete the trunk line of the Greenbelt.


Cultural Arts                                                                                          Bonnie Macdonald                               

March 17, 2011

(no new updates)


Carousel.   Kingsport has a frame!  This frame is in good shape, although it will take some effort to re-finish and assemble.  The frame parts are being stored at the Model City Motors Building on Shelby Street.  This will likely also turn into a work station.  The frame was donated by Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport Connecticut.  Many thanks are extended to the following volunteers:


  • Reggie Martin and Ted Heilig who drove to Connecticut to inspect the frame and help with moving;


  • Still Transfer who found a truck in the area and allowed it to be diverted on the return trip to Kingsport to pick up the carousel;


  • Ronnie Hammonds, Greg Willis, and their crews who cleaned out the storage building and then helped to unload the carousel frame. 


“Liberty” has been moved to Bank of Tennessee.  The carvers hosted open house on Thursdays in January and signed up several new carvers.  A total of 22 animals are in production in Kingsport with an ultimate goal of 35.  Carving studio has regular hours of 10 AM – 4 PM at the Lynn View Community Center. 


Bud Ellis of ‘Horsin’ Around Woodcarving Studio will be in Kingsport on April 29 and 30.  We plan a public lecture on April 29 and a hands-on workshop for carvers and painters on Saturday, April 30.


Sculpture Walk.  Public Art is call for entries for consideration.  The 5th annual Sculpture Walk will be installed on May 4, 5, and 6.    Applications are available at


Aquatic Center – Public Art.  Input from 4th graders has been solicited for creative input to the water park.  These writing and artistic assignments will be on display in City Hall in March 2011 and will be used to inspire local artists to participate in an ‘Animals on Parade’. This tentative plan calls for fiberglass animals will be painted and distributed throughout the city.

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.