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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems: 4th Quarter 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011

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Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement
Systems: 4th Quarter 2010 — This quarterly survey provides national summary
data on the revenues, expenditures and composition of assets of the 100
largest state and local public employee retirement systems in the United
States. These 100 systems comprise 89.4 percent of financial activity among
such entities, based on the 2007 Census of Governments. This survey
presents the most current data about investment decisions by state and
local public employee retirement systems, which are among the largest types
of institutional investors in the U.S. financial markets. These data tables
are published three months after each calendar quarter and show national
financial transactions and trends for the past five years. Internet
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Lee Apts eyed for next HOPE VI project

Kingsport eyes Lee Apartments for city's next HOPE VI project
Kingsport Times News
By Matthew Lane KINGSPORT — For the past four years, the Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the city of Kingsport have worked to transform two distressed neighborhoods into vibrant, safer communities by replacing old houses with new ...

Wetlands gets new lease on life as outdoor classroom

Wetlands gets new lease on life as outdoor classroom
Kingsport Times News
By Marci Gore A protected wetland area in Gate City, Va., long forgotten and neglected –– and teeming with mosquitoes –– is getting a new lease on life. ...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

In The Works - Update on Netherland Inn Roundabout

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May 23, 2011

KOSBE Executive Director Releases Her First Book, Startup Savvy, to Help Small Businesses Stay in Business and Succeed

The new book is filled with professional advice and tips especially for potential entrepreneurs and any business in business less than five years.

 

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the release of Startup Savvy: Strategies for Optimizing Small Business Survival and Success written by Aundrea Y. Wilcox, MBA, executive director of the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE).

 

Unlike typical business leadership and self-help books, Startup Savvy is complete with relatable real-world entrepreneurial stories combined with solid advice from an everyday practitioner of small business who encourages readers to seek help from a variety of qualified professionals and ultimately be willing to pay for particular support, rather than try to do everything themselves.  The book highlights lessons learned and best practices from seven actual local small businesses that are also past KOSBE Award winners.

 

"Starting a business is tough," Wilcox writes in the book. "Surviving the startup phase is even tougher. An alarming number of small businesses do not manage to stay afloat beyond five years, because of unplanned and misdirected spending, short-sighted planning, under and over reaction to competitor moves, ineffective marketing and because the owners fail to perform in functions they genuinely believe they are experts, whether it is finance and administration, marketing and sales, personnel compensation, or management and operations."

 

The small business stories of challenge and triumph featured in the book in order of appearance are: Trigger's BBQ Sauce and Salsas, Edo's Sushi Bar and Grill, Tutoring Solutions, Elixir Media Group, Lake Pointe Advertising and Awards, Sugar Mama Waxing and Beauty Studio and MaxMax Coffee Shop. Startup Savvy also points to other past KOSBE Award winners, as well as several other local small businesses as examples for doing the right things.

 

Douglas S. Kirkland, former Kingsport Chamber Board of Director's President and former president of both AFG Industries and Goodwill Industries of Tennessee-Virginia, has contributed a chapter in the book entitled, Baker's Dozen 13 Marketing Musts, in which he comments on 13 critical areas of a business (big or small) that every owner must monitor and focus on at one point or another during the natural small business lifecycle. 

 

"It takes real guts to throw a steady paycheck overboard and become your own boss," said Wilcox. "If entrepreneurs and small business owners will commit to doing just some of the things discussed in this book, in the early years of starting their business, they will increase the likelihood of attaining their dream of long-term small business success and subsequent profitability."

 

Those who read Startup Savvy are assured they will be able to: steer clear of common pitfalls and mistakes; learn from real entrepreneurs about some behind the scenes aspects of starting and running a small business; save themselves considerable pain, money and precious time; and outperform and outlast their competition.

 

Miles Burdine, president & CEO of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, said, "Aundrea's new book increases awareness for the value of joining your Kingsport Chamber and demonstrates the caliber of service that our members and non-members can receive through our unique small business development and entrepreneurship program." 

 

"I have had the pleasure of working with Aundrea and the KOSBE team over the past year," said Larry Burris, president of Lake Pointe Advertising and Awards. "KOSBE has been instrumental in helping Lake Pointe meet the challenges that small businesses face in the growth of their businesses. I sat down with Aundrea in September 2010 to talk about my business when she was in the final stages of writing her book Startup Savvy. I was impressed with the detail of her knowledge of our business, but more so with her understanding of the many challenges and issues small businesses in our region face each day."

 

Wilcox is currently the senior business counselor of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at East Tennessee State University's (ETSU) Kingsport Affiliate Office, and executive director of KOSBE at the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce.  In her role as a professional small business advisor, she helps navigate startups and existing businesses through the sometimes rough waters of small business ownership and management.

 

Since being hired at the Kingsport Chamber in July 2006, Wilcox has provided one-on-one technical assistance to more than 500 individuals or businesses.  She holds a master's degree from Brenau University, Gainesville, Ga.; and has more than 20 years of wide-ranging business experience in the full-service hotel, environmental consulting, automotive, woodworking machinery, flat glass and nonprofit sectors. 

 

Startup Savvy was released May 3, 2011, by PublishAmerica in Baltimore and printed in the United States.  The 18-chapter, 230-page book retails for $24.95 and can be purchased locally at Bubba's Book Swap in downtown Kingsport or online from most major retailers including but not limited to: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Borders and Books-A-Million.

 

In 2009, the Tennessee District Office U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) presented the Women in Business Champion Award to Wilcox, an honor bestowed to select individuals or organizations who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses.

 

Previously, she testified at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business in Washington, D.C., and served as a session moderator on Small Business Incubation at the 55th Annual Tennessee Governor's Conference on Economic & Community Development.

 

To read the author's blog and learn more about her book visit startupsavvy.biz, or follow her on Facebook, Startup Savvy, Twitter @StartupSavvy, and LinkedIn, Aundrea Wilcox, MBA.

 

Wilcox and her husband, Lonnie Salyer, reside in Kingsport with their two children.

 

It is the intent of KOSBE to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their businesses, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the right partnerships. In partnership with Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC) at ETSU, KOSBE can more effectively serve the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses. For a complete listing of services, tools and resources, visit kosbe.org.

 

The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.

 

To schedule your free confidential counseling appointment in a private setting by TSBDC-certified counselors in person, online by phone or e-mail call Marybeth McLain at (423) 392.8825 or e-mail, mmclain@kosbe.org.  

 

For more information about the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and your Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), visit tsbdc.org and kosbe.org or call (423) 392.8825. We're social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Kosbe – The Small Business Connection and on our Twitter account, @KOSBEConnection.

 

Kingsport's McCauley takes command of 278th

278th gets new commander
Chattanooga Times Free Press
by Staff Report A Kingsport native has been named commander of the Army National Guard's 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Maj. Gen. Terry M. Haston, Tennessee's Adjutant General, today named Col. Franklin C. McCauley Jr. to head the regiment. ...
Kingsport native takes command of 278th | timesfreepress.com
A Kingsport, Tenn., native has been named commander of the Army National Guard's 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Maj. Gen.
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Auxiliaries in Wellmont's Mountain Region dedicated to enhancing hospitals and community at large


 

     At a time when they could enjoy retirement by participating solely in personal activities, members of auxiliaries at Wellmont Health System's Mountain Region hospitals focus their time and energy on helping others.

      "We are here to serve the community, the hospital, the patients and their families," said Ann Tharp, president of the Lee Regional Medical Center auxiliary.

     Members of the auxiliaries at Lee Regional, Lonesome Pine Hospital and Mountain View Regional Medical Center assist these community assets in numerous and valuable ways. They include escorting and registering patients, organizing fundraisers and managing gift shops.

     The money these auxiliaries raise is used to purchase new pieces of equipment for the hospitals or is donated to local nonprofit organizations.

     One of the main fundraisers for the three auxiliaries is the annual Love Light Tree celebration. Throughout the year, people can donate by buying white (in honor of) or blue (in memory of) snowflakes to pay tribute to family members or friends. On the first Tuesday in December, a Christmas tree decorated with the snowflakes is lit in the lobby of each hospital.

     This year, the Mountain View Regional auxiliary donated money raised through the Love Light Tree celebration and gift shop sales to the Mountain Empire Older Citizens group for its Meals on Wheels program, said Joyce Lackey, an auxiliary representative. Other money was directed toward the Norton Food Bank, she said.

     At Lee Regional, 28 auxiliary members spend more than 10,000 hours in the hospital each year. Along with donations to the hospital and community, this auxiliary offers scholarships to high school seniors interested in pursuing a medical career.

     They also make an effort to brighten the day of the children admitted to the hospital by offering them a gift. All other patients receive gift baskets for Easter and Christmas. 

     "The auxiliary is a great way for me and my colleagues to volunteer, because it gives us the satisfaction of helping those less fortunate by making their lives easier," Tharp said.

     Dedication to the patients and the community is also the reason behind contributions of the Lonesome Pine auxiliary. The 27 members are a constant presence in the hospital, interacting with patients and planning fundraising events such as book and jewelry sales. The auxiliary recently donated $1,000 to the Southwest Virginia Cancer Center in Norton.

     "We are part of a volunteer-minded community here in Big Stone Gap," said Betty Fleenor, president of the Lonesome Pine auxiliary. "We are very proud of our hospital, we are glad to have it, and we want to offer all our support to the patients."

     Hospital leaders are thankful for the assistance the auxiliaries provide.

     "We really appreciate the commitment of these groups," said David Brash, regional vice president of the Mountain Region. "The auxiliaries have become an indispensable part of our system, because through their time and initiatives they offer support to our patients and help our medical staff deliver better health care. They contribute significantly to the healing environment in our hospitals."

     For more information about the Mountain Region auxiliaries or how to make a donation, please call Lee Regional at (276) 546-2831, Lonesome Pine at (276) 523-8603 or Mountain View Regional at (276) 679-9171.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Move To Kingsport / Buxton Analysis of In-Migrants

Buxton recently completed an analysis of in-migrants to Kingsport (not just city, but all zip codes) based on newcomers who moved from >35 miles away during the past 4 ½ years.  We originally targeted newcomers who have educational attainment and incomes greater than those already living in the area.  We have been trying to ascertain whether we are meeting that goal.  It appears we are.  While retirees, particularly ‘boomer’ retirees are an important segment, we learned they are not the primary segment.

 

Here are the Buxton findings:

 

Primary in-migrants to Kingsport: “Stable Careers” ßrepresents about 5% of all newcomers, but only 1% of existing population

Young and ethnically diverse singles living comfortable lifestyles.  Activities include: jogging, weight lifting, health clubs. Stores: Target, Old Navy, Best Buy. Media: Saturday Night Live, American Idol.

               

Secondary in-migrants to Kingsport:  “Steadfast Conservatives” ß represents 22.9% of all newcomers and 27.3% of existing population

High-school educated mature singles and couples living in middle-class urban blue collar neighborhoods. Activities include: fishing, gardening, antiquing, needlework, woodworking. Stores: JCPenney, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby. Media: Daily newspaper, nightly TV newscasts, sitcoms, reality shows, soaps, religious programming.

 

Tertiary in-migrants to Kingsport: “Urban Commuter Families” ß represents almost 10% of all newcomers and 10% of existing population

Upscale, college educated Baby Boomer families and couples living in comfortable, single detached homes in city neighborhoods.  Activities include: gardening, golfing, birdwatching, theatre, antiques. Stores: Sears, JCPenney, Home Depot, Lowe’s. Media: Reader’s Digest, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Fox News, History Channel, AMC/TMC.

 

Compared to existing Kingsport residents, in-migrants from >35 miles away during the past 4 years are:

 

Demographic

·         18% more likely to have two-adults in the household

·         35% more likely to have children 0-3

·         49% more likely to have children 4-6

·         5% more likely to have children 7-9

·         16% more likely to have children 10-12

·         14% more likely to have a head of household <25

·         14% more likely to have a head of household 25-34

·         35% more likely to have a head of household 35-44

·         25% more likely to have a head of household 45-54

·         151% more likely to be Asian (than the existing population)

·         114% more likely to be Hispanic (than the existing population)

·         28% more likely to be married

·         14% more likely to live in a single family dwelling

·         28% more likely to be a renter

 

Income

·         170% more likely to have an income $150,000-$174,999

·         93% more likely to have an income $175,000-$199,999

·         174% more likely to have an income $200,000-$249,999

·         48% more likely to have an income $250,000+

 

Housing

·         116% more likely to live in a home valued $250,000-$274,999

·         133% more likely to live in a home valued $275,000-$299,999

·         171% more likely to live in a home valued $300,000-$349,999

·         228% more likely to live in a home valued $400,000-$449,999

·         47% more likely to live in a home valued $450,000-$499,999

 

Behavioral

·         84% more likely to travel in the U.S.

·         37% more likely to shop online

·         20% more likely to be interested in home décor

·         12% more likely to be the owner of high-tech equipment

·         9% more likely to be interested in gourmet cooking

 

 

Jeff

 

Tilden J. Fleming, AICP

Assistant City Manager for Development

Kingsport, Tennessee

423.229.9381 (desk/cell)

JeffFleming@KingsportTN.gov

www.development.KingsportTN.gov

 

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Wellmont wins nine awards in Tri-Cities Public Relations Society of America contest

 

     KINGSPORTWellmont Health System's marketing communications department recently received four Awards of Excellence and five other honors at the annual awards ceremony for the Tri-Cities chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

     The department received an Award of Excellence for Go Red for Women, Wellmont's public service campaign with the American Heart Association and News 5 WCYB to raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. The same honor was accorded for a nomination for the annual Healthcare Heroes section of The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia.

     Other Awards of Excellence were given for Wellmont's 2009 annual report, which had print and online features, and mailers to inform consumers about Wellmont Lifeline, a medical alert system embedded in a monitor worn by a person.

     Wellmont was recognized with an Award of Quality for its online newsletter.

     The health system received Awards of Merit for a television commercial with Dr. Harry Turner announcing the creation of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute. Other projects that received this honor were a yearlong campaign of verbal and written testimonials about the highlights of working for Wellmont, the campaign to ensure all Wellmont employees were vaccinated against the flu and a news release about the fifth anniversary of Hancock County Hospital.

     "The diversity of honors PRSA accorded reflects the breadth of programs Wellmont delivers to our region," said Pat Kane, Wellmont's senior vice president of marketing communications. "As a regional leader in health care, we pride ourselves in offering the best in quality services and matching that with top-notch marketing communications materials."

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

KFD makrs 4 years with no fire fatalities

Kingsport marks four years with no fire fatalities
Kingsport Times News
By staff report KINGSPORT — Last year the Kingsport Fire Department responded to more than 1800 fire-related incidents in the city limits and achieved a fourth consecutive year without a fire death. KINGSPORT — Last year the Kingsport Fire Department ...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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Exchange Place Heritage Day Camps

For immediate release
May 20, 2011
Contact: 423-288-6071



Exchange Place Heritage Day Camps

Exchange Place Living History Farm in Kingsport is offering three one day Heritage Day Camps in the coming months. These camps will give young people a chance to explore a particular aspect of historic life in depth. All camps will run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Registration fee is $10 per student for each camp and registration is limited. For more information or to register call 423-288-6071

The first camp on Wednesday, June 8, will be devoted to Spinning and Weaving with campers learning about the process from start to finish. Led by the Overmountain Weavers, participants will meet the heritage breed sheep, experience washing, carding, and spinning fleece, and finish the day by dressing and weaving on a loom. They will take home a drop spindle and a small finished woven item. This camp is designed for 12-18 year-olds.

Old-Time Gardening is the focus of the Wednesday, July 27, day camp. Campers will explore the joys of gardening and wonders of nature with a scavenger hunt, stories, and hands-on activities. They will learn about plants and pollinators in the Exchange Place garden and plant a mini garden to take home. Open to 6-10 year-olds.

The final heritage day camp of the year is Open-Hearth Cooking on Saturday, October 1. Participants will explore historic food preparation from garden to hearth to table and learn what it is really like to cook from scratch. They will start a “receipt” (recipe) book, help prepare an authentic frontier meal, and then have parents join in for an “eat and tell” at the end of the day. Open to 12-14 year-olds.

The Exchange Place Heritage Day Camps are made possible by a grant from Kingsport Community Foundation, an affiliate of the East Tennessee Foundation.

Deadline Extended: Arts4Kids Summer Camp "The Cityscape of Kingsport"

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We still have a few spots available for Summer Arts Camp and we are extending the registration deadline! Get yours in today! You can find the application at on our website or I can e-mail you one!
Financial difficulties? Please call and let us know! Economic hardships should not keep your child from learning the history of Kingsport through the Arts! Please call so we can help.


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May 31, June 1: Tennis Lessons

Tennis Lesson Registration will be held 12pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm on May 31st and June 1st at the VO Dobbins, Sr. Complex tennis courts. Lessons will begin June 6th and run for 5 weeks. Cost is $15 for city residents, $17 for non-city residents.

 

The Kingsport Recreation Department's Junior Tennis Program will consist of instruction in the fundamentals of the game of tennis for students between the ages of 3 through 17. Students will learn the strokes, rules and etiquette necessary to play the game in a fun and safe environment. Students will begin lessons with a light warm-up and stretch in preparation for further drills and games emphasizing specific aspects of tennis. Most importantly, each student will develop competence in the essential qualities of concentration, coordination, self confidence and fellowship. Each student should bring a can of balls on the first day of lessons.

For more information call – (423) 224-2489

 

 

Chassy Smiley

Kingsport Parks and Recreation

Recreation Centers Program Coordinator

301 Louis Street

Kingsport, TN 37664

(423) 224-2428

 

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Hawkins County honors Teachers of the Year

Hawkins County school system honors 2011 Teachers of the Year
Kingsport Times News
Aside from honoring the teacher of the year for each school — except Cherokee and Volunteer high schools, which honored two teachers each — the Hawkins ...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Chamber Goes Five for Five at PRSA Awards Banquet

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce took home five Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Awards this past Tuesday night at the 2011 Tri-Cities PRSA Awards of Excellence Banquet held at Eastman Lodge near Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport.

For the seventh year, the chapter recognized excellence in public relations in our region. The chapter divides the entries into two categories, Honoring the Product and Honoring the Program; paralleling PRSA's Silver and Bronze Anvil competitions.

A panel of judges made up of PRSA members from the Denali Alaskan PRSA Chapter evaluated the entries. There are three awards, Award of Excellence, Award of Quality and the Award of Merit.

Your Kingsport Chamber received the five following awards: Award of Excellence in the Non-profit website category for KingsportChamber.org, Award of Excellence in the Special Events and Observances (Seven Days or Less) for the Kingsport Chamber 63rd Annual Dinner, Award of Quality in Community Relations category for the 2009 Student Welcome Event, Award of Quality in the Public Service category for the 68th Annual Santa Train and an Award of Merit in the Public Service for the 67th Annual Santa Train.

In total, there were 40 entries submitted to the chapter for 2011 with 34 winners and one recipient of the Rod Irvin Excellence in PR Award given to Phillip J. Timp of The Corporate Image, Bristol.

You can find the complete listing of award winners along with photos and video clips on our Facebook page, PRSA of Tri-Cities TN/VA.

All program and product award categories are open to members and non-members who reside in the greater Tri-Cities area. This year, all work entered must have been released, published or performed, at least, in substantial part between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of 2009 and/or 2010.

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 KingsportChamber.org 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.

 

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Fluctuations in the U.S. Income Distribution: 2004-2007

Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Fluctuations in the U.S. Income
Distribution: 2004-2007 -- This report divides the nation's 106 million
households into quintiles of 21.3 million based on income and compares
their characteristics and their movements between and within the quintiles.
Using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), the report
traces the changing income levels of a representative sample of U.S.
residents over a 48-month period (February 2004 to January 2008). These
households were interviewed every four months over this time.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-124.pdf>.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Churches love their neighbors on oncology floor of Holston Valley Medical Center

 

     KINGSPORT– For church members visiting Holston Valley Medical Center's oncology floor, the phrase "love thy neighbor" has become much more than a Bible verse. It's a call to action.

     "We want to be here for these families," said Barbara Tunnell, a member of Tri-Cities Baptist Church in Gray. "We bring meals to them. We talk to them, listen to them, cry with them. Whatever they need, we try to help provide."

     Tri-Cities Baptist is one of many area churches which "adopts" the oncology floor in Wilcox Hall each year in a volunteer effort to ease the burden of patients and their families battling cancer.

     And their impact is enormous, said Judy Martin, the floor's clinical leader.

     "They touch people's hearts with this," Martin said.

     Begun more than a decade ago as a practical way to help families going through a difficult experience, the program has developed into a rewarding and very hands-on opportunity for churches to minister.

     The program is simple, Martin said. Churches contact her office with an offer to sponsor the oncology floor for a particular month. During that month, church volunteers usually provide snacks and several hot meals, as well as a listening ear and a willingness to pray.

     "Each church is very individual, but the overall goal is to be there for those that need them," Martin said.

     Some churches specialize during their month of service in providing a holiday meal for those who can't get away. Others bring lunches or dinners, such as chili, soup and sandwiches or lasagna. Meals are generally shared – and sometimes prepared – in the special kitchen area provided specifically for patients' families.

     "We deal with such a broad spectrum of patients," Martin explained. "From new diagnoses to long term, and families don't want to leave the patients. So often, they end up going without food."

     Enter volunteers from such area churches as Tri-Cities Baptist in Gray or St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kingsport, two churches that have been with the program from nearly the beginning.

     "I'm on the outreach committee at my church," explained Karen Mills, a member of St. Paul's. "When I heard about this opportunity, it really caught my eye because my mother is a cancer survivor. Whose family has not been affected by cancer? Very few."

     During its adopted month of November each year, St. Paul's is best known for the special Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings that volunteers prepare and serve to family members and patients. Mills is also proud of the commitment St. Paul's has made to ensure patients receive lots of one-on-one encouragement and support throughout the month.

     "Our ministry is a ministry of presence," she said. "We are inspired by their courage. We want to do what we can."

     In the end, Martin said, these churches are integral in helping Holston Valley continue to provide a healing environment for its patients, meeting not only basic needs but also the need for safety and security.

     "These families are already going through so much," Martin said. "They don't need to worry about anything extra. This program is not just about feeding the body. It's an easing of the soul."

     For more information or to join the church program, please contact Martin or Beth Tucceri at (423) 224-5566.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

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MainStage Comedy - Noises Off! Opens on June 17
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Adults Deserve a comedic break from the Heat & Humidity too - NOISES OFF! Premiers on June 17.

 

In his plot for Noises Off, Frayn plays on the concept of a play within a play, in this case a dreadful sex comedy titled Nothing On-the type of play in which young girls run about in their underwear, old men drop their trousers, and many doors continually open and shut. Nothing On is set in "a delightful 16th-century "posset mill"that has been converted to a modern dwelling for which renters are solicited; the fictional playwright is appropriately named Robin Housemonger. Each of the three acts of Noises Off contains a performance of the first act of Nothing On.

 

Mature audiences will appreciate this fast paced play. Come enjoy your community theatre with one of the best casts in town and a set that is not to be believed.   

 

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Consumer Expenditure Survey Tracks Consumer Spending

Consumer Expenditure Survey Tracks Consumer Spending — Since 1979, the
Census Bureau's Consumer Expenditure Survey has supplied the nation with
household data used to help compute the Consumer Price Index, a key measure
of the economy released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In April
2011, the next round of interviews takes place for this quarterly survey.
The survey collects information on spending for housing, groceries, health
care, transportation and other vital goods and services. Internet address:
<http://www.bls.gov/cex/>.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Laser treatment reduces pain, enhances look of patients' legs

 

     JOHNSON CITY– When he would climb ladders during the day, Gaines Fields would experience major cramps in his legs at night, and the only way he could find relief was to get up and walk around for 30 minutes.

     But the condition that forced him to his feet – varicose veins – was not simply a matter of discomfort. He had what he called "spaghetti legs" because varicose veins are more visible on the surface of the skin. To him, they were unsightly and led to his choice not to wear shorts at home or at the beach.

     Varicose veins are an unpleasant and frequently painful condition that affects as many as 40 percent of women and 25 percent of men. The good news is the condition is treatable in a procedure that lasts only about an hour and generates only minimal initial discomfort. It's called endovenous laser treatment, or EVLT.

     Fields, a 66-year-old Kingsport resident who has battled varicose veins all of his life, is a classic case of someone who has benefited from this procedure.

     "Now, I can walk and get on my treadmill without my legs feeling heavy," Fields said. "Plus, I don't feel like I'll be self-conscious in public with shorts."

     Dr. Cary Meyers and Dr. Anthony Holden, both of whom are board-certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery, are leaders in EVLT. They perform this non-surgical procedure at the Vein Care Center, which is part of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute office at 316 Marketplace Blvd., Suite 20.

     "There is hope for a more cosmetically pleasing appearance and less pain for men and women," Dr. Meyers said. "The changes in a person's appearance are pretty dramatic, and this procedure helps address many issues, such as a pain, burning and itching. This procedure is an excellent way for someone to improve his or her quality of life and achieve a higher level of mobility."

     Varicose veins are enlarged and can be blue, red or flesh-colored and can look twisted and like cords. They can be caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins and are often found on the thighs, backs of the calves or inside the leg. Dr. Meyers said pregnant women are susceptible to developing varicose veins.

     Left untreated, varicose veins can lead to conditions such as hyperpigmentation, lipodermosclerosis, venous leg ulcers, spontaneous bleeding and superficial thrombophlebitis.

     Ann Barrowclough, a 54-year-old Piney Flats resident, remembers the comments from younger people who inquired what was wrong with her legs. Others her own age would remark that she needed to get her legs fixed.

     She wasn't comfortable with the look of her legs, either, and they would throb when she stood. Having raised her children, she concluded the time was right to take corrective measure.

     "At this stage in my life, with my children on their own, I decided to do something for myself," Barrowclough said. "I'm so thrilled with the results. The discomfort is gone. I would recommend this procedure."

     Some people might have been reluctant to receive treatment for varicose veins in the past because the procedure physicians used – vein stripping – was painful and had a longer recovery period. Barrowclough had explored the idea of vein stripping 15 years ago but decided not to go that route because the procedure seemed so unpleasant.

     But Dr. Holden and Dr. Meyers said the EVLT procedure, a laser ablation performed while the patient is under a local anesthetic, is much less cumbersome. Patients walk into the office and leave about an hour later. They might experience some minor soreness for a few days, but they can still drive and perform other important tasks.

     In endovenous laser therapy, the physician makes a small incision into the vein and a thin laser fiber is inserted and directed to the desired area. Thermal energy is emitted, causing the vein to close. The laser fiber is gradually withdrawn until the entire diseased vessel is treated.

     The Vein Care Center is the only facility in the region where double board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons perform the EVLT procedure. Dr. Meyers said that is the most qualified type of professional to treat varicose veins.

     Not only do physicians at the center treat varicose veins with EVLT, they resolve a related problem – venous insufficiency – with that procedure. Dr. Meyers and Dr. Holden also treat a sister affliction – spider veins – with sclerotherapy.

     Dr. Holden stresses that the same high standards that apply to all other forms of high-quality care at the heart institute have been put in place with the vein center.

     "We expect it to be state of the art, top of the line and patient-care oriented," Dr. Holden said. "The heart institute and its vein center are committed to delivering compassionate care in a healing environment in our region. That's why we are focused on providing only the finest in vein care for the patients we serve."

     For more information, please visit www.wellmont.org/Medical-Services/Heart/Varicose-Veins-Treatment.aspx.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Loss of a local legend

Loss of a legend Former DB football star, renowned coach Salley dies at age 82
Kingsport Times News
By Bill Lane KINGSPORT — Jay Salley, one of the famed "Dobyns-Bennett Touchdown Twins,'' will be laid to rest this morning at East Lawn Memorial Park. However, the legend of his performances as a player and success as Church Hill's football coach will ...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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 www.MeadowViewResort.com 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 www.BestPlaces.net). 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.