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Friday, April 29, 2011

2011 Economic "Weather Report"

Below is a link to the 2011 Economic “Weather Report” that I presented at the United Way Board Retreat last night drilling down from U.S. to local.




Tilden J. Fleming, AICP

Assistant City Manager for Development

Kingsport, Tennessee

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Census Bureau: State Government Tax Collections: 2010

       State government tax collections decreased $14.3 billion to $704.6
billion in fiscal year 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. There
was a $65.8 billion decrease in 2009.

       These new data come from the 2010 Annual Survey of State Government Tax
Collections, which contains annual statistics on the fiscal year tax
collections of all 50 state governments, including receipts from licenses
and compulsory fees. Tax revenues also include related penalty and interest
receipts of the governments.

       "The first response of researchers and analysts, when confronted with a
new tax policy question, is to see what the Annual Survey of State
Government Tax Collections data tell them about the question," said John
Mikesell, a Chancellor's Professor at Indiana University's School of Public
and Environmental Affairs. "These data make the public finance world easier
to understand and to analyze."

       According to the survey, corporate net income tax revenue was $38.2
billion, down
6.6 percent, while tax revenue on individual income was $236.4 billion,
down 4.4 percent. General sales tax revenue was $224.5 billion, down 1.8
percent. These taxes comprised
70.8 percent of all state government tax collections nationally.

       This survey provides an annual summary of taxes collected by state for
up to 25 tax categories. For more information about this survey, visit <>.

       Eleven states saw increases in total tax revenue in fiscal year 2010,
led by North Dakota
(9.6 percent), North Carolina (4.8 percent), Nevada (4.0 percent), and
California (3.8 percent).

       The states with the largest total tax revenue decreases were Wyoming
(23.4 percent), Louisiana (14.2 percent), Oklahoma (13.5 percent), and
Montana (11.0 percent).

       States with the largest percent decrease in revenue from individual
income taxes were Louisiana (22.2 percent), Tennessee (22.2 percent), North
Dakota (18.0 percent) and New Hampshire (16.2 percent).

       Severance taxes — collected for removal or harvesting of natural
resources (e.g., oil, gas, coal, timber, fish, etc.) — were down $2.3
billion, a 17.4 percent decrease. This followed a
24.8 percent decrease in fiscal year 2009. The largest decreases in
severance tax revenue were seen in the West and South. The Midwest saw an
increase in severance tax revenue this year.

       Revenue on taxes imposed distinctively on insurance companies and
measured by gross or adjusted gross premiums (insurance premium sales tax)
increased $754.0 million, up
5.0 percent. This followed a 4.6 percent decrease in fiscal year 2009. The
largest increases in insurance premium sales tax revenue were seen in the
Northeast and South.

       These data do not include employer and employee assessments for
retirement and social insurance purposes. Also excluded are collections for
the unemployment compensation taxes imposed by each of the state
governments. In addition, these data include tax collections for state
governments only; they do not include tax collections from local


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Leisure Services Programs - May



Summary of programs provided by the City of Kingsport
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May 2011


Saturday, May 14 from 9:30-3:00 p.m.
@ picnic shelter behind Raptor Center
Bike demos, giveaways, beginner rides,maintenance clinics and more. 
Lunches provided by Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City. 
Free admission to the park.  Hosted by the Northeast Tennessee Mountain Biking Association.  Pre-registration required at
For $1.00 - enter the Chainless Mountain Bike Race down Azalea Trail.  The rider that makes it the furthest, the fastest...wins!  Register at the event.

Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00
Saturday May 7 and May 21 from 1:00-4:00
$10 per person (one ride)
$5.00 for park members
Also scheduling groups from $25-$50 per person for half day or full day programs. 

Monday through Friday
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
1st-3rd grade
4th-6th grade
$55.00 per child or grandchild for park members
$90.00 per child for non-members (includes an annual park membership)

A Part of the Sky Called Orion planetarium show
Solar viewings Saturdays and Sundays 3:00-3:30 if weather is clear

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


 For information about Kingsport Arts, visit




 KATS buses are now equipped with a bike rack on the front.   Now passengers along the Routes can transport their bicycles for free.   These new racks have a two bike capacity that is simple and user friendly. With the pull of a lever the rack lowers to allow passengers to insert their bikes and then place a bar over the front wheel to secure and thats it. Each rack has instruction printed on the actual bars that instructs pa

Business Dynamics Statistics: 2009

2009 Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) — At the height of the 2008-2009
recession, the economy saw historically large declines in job creation from
startup and existing firms. Nevertheless, the economy generated 14 million
new jobs in the private sector during that period. This Census Bureau brief
highlights the most recent update to the BDS, showing the difference
between job creation and destruction in the U.S. during the most recent
recession. It also provides some historical analysis, noting for example, a
downward trend over the last few decades in job creation and destruction.
These statistics are crucial to understanding current and historical
entrepreneurial activity in the U.S. The BDS provides annual statistics
from 1976 to 2009 by firm age and size. The Business Dynamics Statistics
results from a collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau's Center for
Economic Studies and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest
American nonprofit organization that focuses on entrepreneurship. Internet

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

SE Festivals Assoc. Recognizes LaHair

Best Volunteer – with a budget over $75,000

  • Bronze: Jane Miller, Secret City Festival
  • Silver: Big Mike Mower, Deep Roots Festival
  • Gold: Stephen Lahair, Fun Fest

CENSUS NEWS -- South and West lead growth

   The U.S. population over the past decade increased by 9.7 percent,
surpassing the 300 million mark to reach 308.7 million, but at a rate
slower than recent decades. Since 1900, only the 1930s experienced lower
growth than the past decade, which saw growth similar to the 1980s (9.8

South and West Lead in Growth

  The South and West accounted for 84.4 percent of the U.S. population
increase from 2000 to 2010. This was enough for the population of the West
to surpass that of the Midwest during the decade. The 10 most populous
states contained more than half of the U.S. population in 2010, with
approximately one-quarter of the population living in the three largest
states: California, Texas and New York.

  Similar to the 1990s, the fastest growing states during the past decade
were in the South and West, although growth in most states was lower.
Nevada grew the most at 35.1 percent, followed by Arizona, Utah, Idaho and
Texas. Nevada is the only state that has maintained a growth rate of 25.0
percent or greater for the last three decades.

  While the 1990s saw growth in every state, the past decade saw one state
— Michigan —decline in population, losing 0.6 percent. States that had the
slowest rates of growth were Louisiana, Ohio and Rhode Island, all of which
grew by less than 2.0 percent.

  The District of Columbia experienced its first decennial population
increase since the 1940s.

Metro Areas

  All 10 of the most populous metro areas in 2010 grew over the last
decade. Approximately one out of every 10 people in the United States lived
in either Los Angeles or New York, the nation's two most populous metro

  Several metro areas accounted for large portions of their respective
state's 2010 population and growth since 2000. Las Vegas accounted for
almost three-quarters of Nevada's population and over four-fifths of its
growth. The Atlanta metro area was responsible for more than half of
Georgia's 2010 population and more than two-thirds of the state's growth.
The Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston metro areas together accounted for almost
half of the population of Texas and more than half of the state's growth.

  Overall, the fastest growing metro areas in the country were Palm Coast,
Fla. (92.0 percent), St. George, Utah (52.9 percent), Las Vegas, Nev. (41.8
percent), Raleigh, N.C. (41.8 percent) and Cape Coral, Fla. (40.3 percent).


  Almost two-thirds of the nation's counties gained population between
2000 and 2010. Most counties along the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts
grew between 2000 and 2010, as did most counties adjacent to the southern
U.S. border.

  Nine of the 10 most populous counties grew over the last decade, led by
Maricopa, Ariz., with a rate of 24.2 percent and Harris, Texas, with a rate
of 20.3 percent. Los
Angeles, Calif., was the largest county in 2010, followed by Cook, Ill.,
and Harris, Texas.

  An almost unbroken chain of coastal counties with population densities
of 300 people per square mile or more runs from New Hampshire through
northern Virginia.


  Nine of the 10 most populous cities in 2010 gained population over the
last decade. Chicago, which grew between 1990 and 2000, was the only one of
these cities to decline in population.

  Led by New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, the six most populous cities
kept their same ranks as in 2000. Fourth-ranked Houston surpassed the 2
million mark during the decade. Of the cities ranked from seventh through
10th, San Antonio moved ahead of San Diego and Dallas. Detroit dropped out
of the top 10 and was replaced by San Jose, Calif.

Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010 resources:
Brief -

Monday, April 25, 2011

April 27: What 50+ Buyers Want in their Retirement Home

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The AARC April Webinar


April 27th, 11:30 a.m.


What 50+ Buyers Want in their Retirement Home

And How to Target Them



Presented by Dave Robertson, President, RPI Media


It is with great pleasure that The American Association of Retirement Communities announces their April Webinar hosted by Dave Robertson, President of RPI Media, Inc.


Dave is an industry expert and nationally recognized speaker.  His company, RPI Media, Inc., specializes in web, print and event marketing for amenitized communities, builders and visitor bureaus.


This is a special webinar in our monthly AARC webinar series -- Dave will be sharing buyer survey results from their recent show series.  You'll want to participate and benefit from Dave's insight!


April 27, 2011

11:30am – 12:30pm (Eastern)

What 50+ Buyers Want in their Retirement Home and How To Target Them


Members can participate at no cost. Non-member participation starts at $25.00.


Don’t miss this exciting presentation!






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CENSUS NEWS - 2010 Center of Population

The U.S. mean center of population, as of April 1, 2010, is near Plato,
Mo., an incorporated village in Texas County. The U.S. Census Bureau
calculated this point as the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and
rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly if all 308,745,538
residents counted in the 2010 Census were of identical weight.

Ever since Chestertown, Md., was determined to be the center of population
after the first census was conducted in 1790, the center of population has
told the story of America, illustrating how we've grown as a nation. It
follows a trail across the country ─ across Maryland, Virginia, West
Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Missouri ─ that reflects our history
of settling the frontier, manifest destiny, waves of immigration and
regional migration.

The Census Bureau will install a commemorative "geodetic control mark" at a
site near the official coordinates during a dedication ceremony in April
2011. This survey disc will be used by satellites and land surveyors to
conduct scientific surveys to generate precise position data that serve as
the foundation for accurate mapping and charting in America.

                      The Mean Center of Population

37.517534 N, 92.173096 W
Coordinates (latitude, longitude) in decimal degrees of the 2010 mean
center of population
and the most western and southern point in our nation's history, as well as
the most southerly movement from the previous decade.

Distance in miles from the center of population coordinates to Plato, Mo.,
the nearest incorporated municipality and nearest place for which the
Census Bureau provides data.

The 2010 Census population of Plato, Mo.

The 2010 Census population of Texas County, Mo., where the village of Plato
is located.

            Historical Path of the Mean Center of Population

Number of times the mean center of population has been placed in Missouri:

Distance in miles from Edgar Springs, Mo., the 2000 mean center of
population, to Plato, Mo., the 2010 center of population.

Distance in miles from Chestertown, Md., the 1790 mean center of
population, to Plato, Mo.,
the 2010 mean center of population.

The U.S. census with the most northerly movement of the center of
population from the previous decade ─ 44 miles from Beaver, Ohio, to
Hillsboro, Ohio.

The U.S. census with the largest increase in distance of the mean center of
population from
the previous decade ─ the 80.4 miles from Elizabeth, W.Va., to Beaver,
Ohio, as well as the most westerly movement from the prior census.

The U.S. census with the smallest increase in distance of the mean center
of population from
the previous decade ─ from downtown Bloomington, Ind., to a spot 9.7 miles
to the northwest.

                 Locating the Mean Center of Population

National Geodetic Survey
A federal agency under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
that defines and manages the national coordinate system and pinpoints the
position of the center of population.

The science concerned with determining the size and shape of the Earth and
the location of points on its surface. Accurate positions are required for
a wide variety of applications, including mapping and charting, flood risk
determination, transportation, communication, engineering and land use

1.5 million
Approximate number of points that serve as the foundation for mapping and
charting in the United States under the National Spatial Reference System.
                              Did You Know?

The U.S. Census Bureau also calculates the median center of population,
which is the point of intersection of a north-south line that divides the
population of the United States in half and an east-west line that also
divides the population of the United States in half.

38.472967 N, 87.410365 W
Coordinates (latitude, longitude) in decimal degrees of the 2010 median
center of population, in Clay Township, Pike County, Ind., 7.1 miles
southwest of Petersburg, Ind.

For more information regarding the mean and median center of population,
including maps and data files on the center of population for each state
and county in the U.S., please visit:

Map of the 2010 mean, median and geographic center of population:

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Upcoming Events in Downtown Kingsport


Downtown Kingsport Main Street Association


Upcoming Events in Downtown Kingsport

Pets in the City
Saturday, April 30, 2011, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy a day of fun Downtown for both you and your pet!
Contests include Puppy Crawl, Senior Shuffle, and Adult and Kids' One Mile Run
Celebrity pet appearances including pets from The Office and Two-and-a-Half Men
All proceeds benefit animal rescue groups in East Tennessee
For more information visit or call Carol at (423) 323-1699

Evening with the Arts
Friday, May 6, 2011, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Join the Main Art Center in their 11th Annual Fundraiser
This year's theme is Paris: An Evening for the Arts and will feature pieces from dozens of local artists
There will be food, wine, a silent auction, as well as works of art available for purchase
Dress is Cocktail/Black-Tie Optional
Tickets are $50 per person with all proceeds benefitting the Main Art Center
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the DKA office or contact Lisa Childress at

Downtown Kingsport Clean-Up
Saturday, May 7, 2011, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sponsored by Keep Kingsport Beautiful, KNETIC, and DKA
For more information contact Keep Kingsport Beautiful at (423) 392-8814

Racks by the Tracks
Saturday, May 14, 2011 on E. Main/Cherokee St.
Come enjoy a festival full of great ribs, great beer and great music!
Events include the 3rd annual Rib Cook-off with both professional and amateur categories,
 A Beer Festival that features beers from more than 20 microbreweries across the country,
And Blues music from bands both local and national
For more information visit

Spring for Downtown
Saturday, May 14, 2011, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Downtown Kingsport's annual antiques and arts and crafts festival
Assess the value of your antiques at our Appraisal Fair, new this year
We're currently accepting vendor applications
If you'd like to apply contact Debbie at (423) 247-8663 or Gwenn at (423) 378-4774

First Baptist Church AmazinGrace 5k Run
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Family Fun Event: 5:30 p.m.
One Mile Fun Run/Walk: 6:30 p.m.
FBC AmazinGrace 5k: 7:15 p.m.
For more information visit

Wilderness Trail Rod Run
Saturday, May 28, 2011, 3 p.m.
Join the Kingsport Antique and Rod Club for their annual car show at the Train Station
Bring your own antique car or just come and see one of the hundreds of Antiques, Muscle Cars, Race Cars, Street Rods, and Classics.
Door prizes will be given throughout the day and awards will be given in various categories at 8 p.m.
For more information visit www.kar-club/events.html


Downtown Kingsport Main Street Association

140 W. Main Street
Kingsport, TN 37660


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April 25: Groundbreaking for Fire Station 8

Groundbreaking for Kingsport Fire Department's Station 8 Monday April 25th at 10:30am


Join the Kingsport Fire Department and the Kingsport BMA at the ground breaking of Kingsport Fire Department's Station 8 at 1205 New Beason Well Rd, (near the corner of Stone Dr and New Beason Well Rd, behind Walgreen’s) Monday April 25, 2011 at 10:30am.


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KFD Station 8 will be a 7400sq, two bay brick building housing one fire engine

and a reserve engine. Station 8 will be serving North East Kingsport with three KFD personnel per shift. The new station will have three sleeping quarters with a kitchen and exercise room.


KFD Station 8 will also house a Kingsport Police Department substation


For More Information Contact Captain Shea Payne at 423-229-9441


Thank You,


Barry J Brickey

Public Education Officer

Kingsport Fire Department

130 Island Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

Ph: 423-224-2820 or 423-229-9440





April 29: Carousel Expert to Give Free Lecture

On Friday, April 29, 6:00 PM Carousel expert Bud Ellis will present a free lecture to the public at the Kingsport Renaissance Theatre.  Bud is the founder of 'Horsin' Around Wood Carving Studio' in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee.  Ellis has been involved with the establishment of several carousels around the country and the two carousels currently operating in Chattanooga.


The Kingsport Carousel Project is a program of the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Kingsport.  Volunteers are working to establish a vintage working carousel in the downtown Kingsport area.  In November 2010, the carvers have established a working studio at the Lynn View Community Center.  Over the following months, 18 regional carvers have committed to the creation of a carousel animal.  Each carousel animal requires a minimum of 400 hours of work.  Reggie Martin, chairman of the Carousel Project, recently commented," We've got a lot of momentum, but we hope to include more of our community in the work that we have ahead."  This past February, the Kingsport Carousel Project received a gift of a carousel frame from the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  Many parts of the frame will need to be repainted and the scenes of the Connecticut coastline will be replaced with art depicting local and regional scenes.  The Carousel Project is also recruiting additional carvers and painters for the animals and the carousel frame itself.  For more information call 423-392-8416.


Currently the Carousel Project and its sponsoring non-profit "Engage Kingsport", are selling inscribed bricks for the Kingsport Press Memory Fountain.  This fountain will honor the heritage of the book-making industry in Kingsport, TN and will be located at the new Food City plaza near the farmers market and potential site for the finished Carousel.  Bricks are $100 -$125 each and proceeds benefit the Carousel Project.  More information is available on-line at or by calling 423-392-8417.


About Bud Ellis… Bud Ellis always loved carousels when he was young and dreamed of making one some day.  After he graduated high school he went into the Marines and served our country.  He entered Indiana University and received a degree in Art Education.  He later entered University of Tennessee and received his Masters Degree.  He then taught Art in University of Tennessee and Chattanooga Christian High School.  One of his students brought in an old Carousel horse which needed repair.  Bud took the horse apart and studied how it was put together years ago.  This was the beginning of his new career – building carousel horses and later on 2 carousels in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Bud is an excellent instructor as he teaches hands-on.  Everything that is constructed in his shop is sent out a work of art.  Every animal is constructed the way the old carousel horses were years ago.  He has been teaching for 20 years and has always managed to teach students whether or not they think they can learn.  Years ago he had a man come in and he told Bud that he couldn't teach him to carve.  Recently Dave completed his 6th animal.  In addition to carving Bud is an excellent artist and teaches students the proper techniques for shading, gold leafing and making the animal look realistic.  Bud says that today's carvers are making the antiques of the future.



About Kingsport Renaissance Center

Kingsport Renaissance Center is one of the city's most prominent landmarks, serving as a center for the arts, senior citizens activities, and as a facility for meetings, weddings, receptions and seminars.


For directions and more information about the Renaissance Center call (423) 392-8416 or visit  or  





Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

2010 Census Shows America's Diversity (Hispanic and Asian Populations Grew Fastest During the Decade)

                  2010 Census Shows America's Diversity
      Hispanic and Asian Populations Grew Fastest During the Decade

  The U.S. Census Bureau released today the second in a series of 2010
Census briefs, Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010, which looks at
our nation's changing racial and ethnic diversity and provides a snapshot
of the racial and Hispanic origin composition of the United States.

  The examination of racial and ethnic group distributions nationally
shows that while the non-Hispanic white alone population is still
numerically and proportionally the largest major race and ethnic group in
the United States, it is also growing at the slowest rate. Conversely, the
Hispanic and Asian populations have grown considerably, in part because of
relatively higher levels of immigration.

Hispanic Population Growth

  More than half of the growth in the total U.S. population between 2000
and 2010 was because of the increase in the Hispanic population. Between
2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent, rising from 35.3
million in 2000 to 50.5 million in 2010. The rise in the Hispanic
population accounted for more than half of the 27.3 million increase in the
total U.S. population. By 2010, Hispanics comprised 16 percent of the total
U.S. population of 308.7 million.

  The non-Hispanic population grew relatively slower over the decade at
about 5 percent. Within the non-Hispanic population, the number of people
who reported their race as white alone grew even slower (1 percent). While
the non-Hispanic white alone population increased numerically from 194.6
million to 196.8 million over the 10-year period, its proportion of the
total population declined from 69 percent to 64 percent.

Race Distribution

       The overwhelming majority (97 percent) of the total U.S. population
reported only one race in 2010. This group totaled 299.7 million. Of these,
the largest group reported white alone (223.6 million), accounting for 72
percent of all people living in the United States. The black or
African-American population totaled 38.9 million and represented 13 percent
of the total population.

       Approximately 14.7 million people (about 5 percent of all respondents)
identified their race as Asian alone. There were 2.9 million respondents
who indicated American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.9 percent). The
smallest major race group was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
alone (0.5 million), which represented 0.2 percent of the total population.
The remainder of respondents who reported only one race, 19.1 million
people (6 percent of all respondents), were classified as "some other race"

       Nine million people reported more than one race in the 2010 Census and
made up about 3 percent of the total population. Ninety-two percent of
people who reported multiple races provided exactly two races in 2010;
white and black was the largest multiple-race combination. An additional 8
percent of the two or more races population reported three races and less
than 1 percent reported four or more races.

       Three quarters of multiple race combinations were comprised of four
groups in 2010: white and black (1.8 million), white and "some other
race" (1.7 million), white and Asian (1.6 million), and white and American
Indian or Alaska Native (1.4 million).

       The population reporting their race as white, either alone or with at
least one other race, was the largest of all the alone-or-in-combination
categories (231.0 million) and represented about three-fourths of the total
population. About 14 percent of the total population reported their race as
black, either alone or with at least one other race, which was the
second-largest of the alone-or-in-combination categories (42.0 million).
There were 21.7 million people classified as some other race alone or in
combination and 17.3 million people classified as Asian alone or in
combination in the 2010 Census, making up 7 percent and 6 percent of the
total population, respectively. The two smallest alone-or-in-combination
categories were American Indian and Alaska Native (5.2 million) and Native
Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (1.2 million), making up 2 percent and
0.4 percent of the total population, respectively.

Asian Population Growth

       The Asian alone population grew faster than any other major race group
between 2000 and 2010, increasing by 43 percent. The Asian alone population
had the second-largest numeric change (4.4 million), growing from 10.2
million in 2000 to 14.7 million in 2010. They gained the most in share of
the total population, moving up from about 4 percent in 2000 to about 5
percent in 2010.

Geographic Distribution

       In the 2010 Census, just over one-third of the U.S. population reported
their race and ethnicity as something other than non-Hispanic white alone
(i.e. "minority"). This group increased from 86.9 million to 111.9 million
between 2000 and 2010, representing a growth of 29 percent over the decade.

       Geographically, particularly in the South and West, a number of areas
had large proportions of the total population that was minority. Nearly
half of the West's population was minority (47 percent), numbering 33.9
million. Among the states, California led the nation with the largest
minority population at 22.3 million.

       Between 2000 and 2010, Texas joined California, the District of
Columbia, Hawaii and New Mexico in having a "majority-minority" population,
where more than 50 percent of the population was part of a minority group.
Among all states, Nevada's minority population increased at the highest
rate, by 78 percent.

Race and Hispanic Origin Data

       The Census Bureau collects race and Hispanic origin information
following the U.S. Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) standards for
collecting and tabulating data on race and ethnicity. In October 1997, the
OMB issued the current standards, which identify five race groups: white,
black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. The Census Bureau also utilized
a sixth category — "some other race." Respondents who reported only one
race are shown in these six groups.

       Individuals were first presented with the option to self-identify
with more than one race in the 2000 Census, and this continued in the 2010
Census. People who identify with more than one race may choose to provide
multiple races in response to the race question. The 2010 Census results
provide new data on the size and makeup of the nation's multiracial

       Respondents who reported more than one of the six race groups are
included in the "two or more races" population. There are 57 possible
combinations of the six race groups.

       The Census Bureau included the "some other race" category for
responses that could not be classified in any of the other race categories
on the questionnaire. The vast majority of people who reported only as
"some other race" were of Hispanic or Latino origin. Data on Hispanics or
Latinos, who may be of any race, were obtained from a separate question on

Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin 2010 brief resources:
Brief -
Press kit -

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Metro Unemployment / January 2011

Metro Unemployment - January 2011


7.5% Roanoke, VA

7.8% Lynchburg, VA

8.0% Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

8.2% Knoxville, TN

8.6% Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC

8.8% Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN

8.9% Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA

8.9% Asheville, NC

9.1% Chattanooga, TN-GA

9.4% Charleston, WV

9.4% Lexington-Fayette, KY

9.5% Johnson City, TN

10.0% Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY

10.1% Jackson, TN

10.1% Winston-Salem, NC

10.2% Cleveland, TN

10.4% Spartanburg, SC

10.4% Memphis, TN-MS-AR

10.8% Danville, VA

10.9% Greensboro-High Point, NC

11.0% Clarksville, TN-KY

11.1% Louisville-Jefferson, KY-IN

12.1% Morristown, TN

12.8% Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC






Tilden J. Fleming, AICP

Assistant City Manager for Development

Kingsport, Tennessee

423.229.9381 (desk/cell)


Description: Kingsport location half size


May 1: Exchange Place 27th Spring Garden Fair

The 27th Exchange Place Spring Garden Fair will be held Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, from 12 - 5 p.m. at Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, Tennessee.  Thousands of plants will be for sale with an emphasis on natives, herbs, perennials, and heirloom plants, along with garden accessories and related crafts.  The Fair will also feature garden talks, children's activities, ol' timey music and traditional foods, as well as demonstrations of springtime activities on an 1850s farm such as sheep shearing and plowing. For more information, call 423-288-6071.

Friday, April 22, 2011

VOTE for Carolyn Gudger

From: Barry & Anissa Lyttle []
Sent: Thu 4/21/2011 7:47 PM

Voting opened today for the All-Star contest through Americas Most Wanted.  Please share the word with our community to vote for Officer Gudger (Sullivan Central's School Resource Officer).  Go to to vote.  Thanks!



Older Americans Month: May 2011

A meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens resulted in
President John F. Kennedy designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month,
encouraging the nation to pay tribute in some way to older people across
the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter's proclamation changed the
name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older
through ceremonies, events and public recognition.

39.6 million
The number of people 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2009.
This age group accounted for 13 percent of the total population. Between
2008 and 2009, this age group increased by 770,699 people.
Source: Population estimates

88.5 million
Projected population of people 65 and older in 2050. People in this age
group would comprise
20 percent of the total population at that time.
Source: Population projections

545 million
Projected 2011 midyear world population 65 and older. Projections indicate
the number will increase to 1.55 billion by 2050. The percentage of the
world's population 65 and older would increase from about 8 percent to
about 17 percent over the period.
Source: International Data Base <>

The projected number of people 65 and older to every 100 people of
traditional working ages (ages 20 to 64) in 2030, up from 22 in 2010. This
time period coincides with the time when baby boomers are moving into the
65 and older age category. (The figures for 2010 are not census counts.)
Source: The Next Four Decades: The Older Population in the United States:
2010 to 2050

The percentage of the 65 and older population expected to be a minority –
i.e., a group other than single race, non-Hispanic white – in 2050, more
than double the percentage in 2010 (20 percent). Likewise, among those 85
and older, 33 percent are projected to be a minority in 2050, up from 15
percent in 2010. (The figures for 2010 are not census counts.)
Source: The Next Four Decades: The Older Population in the United States:
2010 to 2050

                            Income and Wealth

Median 2009 income of households with householders 65 and older, up 5.8
percent, in real terms, from the previous year. The corresponding median
for all households was $49,777.
Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United
States: 2009

Poverty rate for people 65 and older in 2009, down from 9.7 percent in
2008. There were         3.4 million seniors in poverty in 2009, down from
3.7 million the previous year. The corresponding rate for the population as
a whole was 14.3 percent.
Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United
States: 2009

                           Serving Our Nation

9.0 million
Estimated number of people 65 and older who were veterans of the armed
forces in 2009.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey <>


6.5 million
Number of people 65 and older who were in the labor force in 2009.
Projections indicate that by 2018, the number will reach 11.1 million.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as cited in the Statistical
Abstract of the United States: 2011 (Table 585)

The percentage who worked full-time among people 65 and older who were
employed in 2009.
Source: The Older Population in the United States: 2009 <>
The percentage working in management, professional and related occupations
among employed people 65 and older.
Source: The Older Population in the United States: 2009 <>

Percentage of people 65 and older in the labor force in 2009.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey <>


Proportion of people 65 and older in 2009 who had completed high school or
higher education.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey <>

Percentage of the population 65 and older in 2009 who had earned a
bachelor's degree or higher.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey <>

                 Marital Status and Living Arrangements

Percentage of people 65 and older who were married in 2010.
Source: Families and Living Arrangements <>

Percentage of people 65 and older in 2010 who were widowed.
Source: Families and Living Arrangements

Percentage of people 65 and older in households in 2009 who lived with
relatives. Twenty-seven percent of all people this age lived alone, while 5
percent lived in group quarters and 2 percent in a household with
Source: 2009 American Community Survey <>


Percentage of citizens 65 and older reporting casting a ballot in the 2008
presidential election. Along with those 45 to 64, people 65 and older had
the highest turnout rate of any age group.
Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2008


Percentage of householders 65 and older who owned their homes as of 4th
quarter 2010.
Source: Current Population Survey/Housing Vacancy Survey <>

                         Population Distribution


The number of men 65 and older on July 1, 2009, for every 100 women in this
age group. For those 85 and older, it drops to 46 men per 100 women.
Source: Population estimates

5.6 million
The number of people 85 and older in the United States on July 1, 2009.
Source: Population estimates

Estimated number of centenarians in the United States on Dec. 1, 2010.
Source: Population estimates

Projected number of centenarians in the United States in 2050.
Source: Population projections

                           States and Counties

4.1 million
Number of people 65 and older living in California on July 1, 2009, the
highest total of any state.  Florida, with 3.2 million, and New York, with
2.6 million, were the runners-up.
Source: Population estimates

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kingsport Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

KINGSPORT – This year’s annual Kingsport Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be on Wednesday, May 4th at MeadowView Conference Center. The program will include various individuals leading invocations for various areas of the community along with various scriptures readings. The program will feature music from the Dobyns-Bennett Band and Kingsport’s own Carla Karst.

“Once again, I am honored to host this breakfast where our community can come together for a time of fellowship and prayer as we work to meet the challenges presented to us each day and also for a time of celebration of the freedoms available to us as Americans.” said Mayor Dennis Phillips. “With all of the great events taking place in our community on the Day of Prayer, the steering committee felt that having this event on the day before would allow folks to attend those other outstanding events. Let me thank the steering committee who has worked hard to ensure a great event this year, I thank them deeply for their outstanding efforts to build a stronger Kingsport”

Tickets are $10.00 each and may be picked up at either the main desk at City Hall (225 West Center Street), the Parks and Recreation office at the Civic Auditorium (1550 Fort Henry Drive), Kingsport Chamber of Commerce (151 East Main Street), and at Chef’s Pizza (254 West New Street) beginning Tuesday, April 12th.

The breakfast serving line, featuring gravy and biscuits, sausage patties, eggs, coffee and tea, will begin at 6:45 am with musical entertainment beginning at 7:00 am and the program starting at 7:20 am.

ETSU Retail Report 4Q2010

   During the fourth quarter, retail activity increased in all three cities for the first time since 2007. 

   On a year-to-year basis, retail sales revenues were up 6.7% in Kingsport, 3.9% in Johnson City, and 2.6% in Bristol. 

   Adjusted for inflation, sales volume rose an impressive 5.3% in Kingsport, with smaller gains of 2.6% in Johnson City, and 1.3% in Bristol. 

   In comparison, real sales increased 4.3% in the metro area, 2.5% in Tennessee, and 6.2% in the nation as a whole. 


Source: Bureau of Economic Research, East Tennessee State University


Note: Data includes both Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee.





Tilden J. Fleming, AICP

Assistant City Manager for Development

Kingsport, Tennessee

423.229.9381 (desk/cell)


Description: Kingsport location half size


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.