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Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Bays Mountain adds 2nd Planetarium Show to Schedule


From: Cole, Robert
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 3:11 PM
Subject: News Release - Bays Mountain Park


Bays Mountain Adds Second Planetarium Show to Schedule


For perhaps the first time in Bays Mountain Park Planetarium’s nearly forty year history, visitors can enjoy two different shows in one day.  Beginning July 1, a second planetarium program will be offered to park visitors daily at 2:00 p.m. 

The updated format means the planetarium’s main feature can still be seen at all other regularly scheduled program times, but the 2:00 p.m. show each day will feature a program that has previously been shown since the planetarium re-opened its doors in spring 2009.

The addition of the second show will not only allow visitors an optional program, but it will also give those who may have missed a previous show the chance to view it.  Additionally, it also provides fans of a particular show the opportunity to see it again. 

Serving as the main feature thru at least the end of August, Planetary Visions is best described as “an adventurous tour of the Solar System” and is a great show for the entire family.  The inaugural second show is Connections, the program that launched the planetarium’s grand re-opening.  Connections is a wonderful blending of imagery and music offering viewers an amazing experience designed to show how we connect with nature, the night sky, and the Cosmos.

Planetarium shows can be seen Monday thru Friday at 1:00, 2:00 (alternate/optional show) and 4:00 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00 (alternate/optional show), 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are just $4.00 per person, per show.  Park members are admitted free with the use of their pass.

                Annually, more than 150,000 visitors pass through Bays Mountain Park making it one of the State of Tennessee’s Top 50 Most Visited Attractions, according to the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

            One of the nation’s largest city-owned parks with 3,550 acres, Bays Mountain Park features 38 miles of hiking trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, wildlife habitats, fun exhibits, a 44-acre lake, trails for mountain biking and much, much more.





Rob Cole

Operations Coordinator

Bays Mountain Park

853 Bays Mountain Park Rd.

Kingsport, TN  37660





Troutdale at Ridgefields pledges to donate all profits to Second Harvest

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Red, White and BOOM 4-Miler & Bottle Rocket Fun Run

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Red, White and BOOM 4-Miler & Bottle Rocket 1 Mile Fun Run
July 4, 2011 in Downtown Kingsport

First Broad Street United Methodist Church has partnered with FBS member Phil Horner of Fleet Feet Sports to present the 2nd annual road race on July 4th downtown preceding the fireworks. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Kingsport Community Ministry this is a WIN, WIN event and we need your help!!

We need runners to participate in both the 4-miler & the 1-mile fun run...come join the fun!!

The 4-Miler
Registration fee is $25. Pick up registration forms before the race at Fleet Feet Sports located across from Panera Bread. Runners in the 4-miler will be treated to a free pasta dinner on Sunday evening in the Fellowship Hall of First Broad Street, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. The 4-Miler starts near Kingsport Grocery Company on Main Street at 7:00 P.M. on Monday evening, July 4th. Male and female awards given, age groups also.

Packet Pick Up: Sunday, July 3rd, at First Broad Street UMC during the pasta dinner...or Monday, July 4th, at Fleet Feet Sports from
10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.

1 Mile Fun Run
No registration fee. No dinner...but guaranteed lots of fun on July 4th. Bring your entire family DOWNTOWN for an evening of fun. Besides the fun run, there will be lots of activities for the kids, concerts, places to eat...and then the FIREWORKS. The 1-Mile Fun Run starts in front of Citizens' Bank at 6:30 P.M.



Nancy Tate,

Director of Connectional Ministries

423.224.1507 (office)

423.360.0174 (cell)


Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Dobyns-Bennett Band Spring Concert 2011

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Northeast State to pilot STEM in Kingsport

Northeast State Community College to pilot STEM program with Kingsport schools
Kingsport Times News
By Rick Wagner KINGSPORT — Northeast State Community College and Kingsport City Schools plan to pilot a high school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program for Dobyns-Bennett High School students starting this fall. ...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Kingsport Sculptures

Kingsport Sculptures
By Jim Conrad KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Part of the downtown revitalization efforts going on throughout the region have become public art -- in particular sculptures. Downtown Kingsport has ten new pieces of art as they head into their fifth year of their ...

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Picsee Studio to hold Ribbon Cutting and Soiree

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting and open house for KOSBE Award winner, Picsee Studio on Thursday, June 30, at 3 p.m. at their new location, 115 E. Market Street, downtown Kingsport.


A Customer Appreciation Soiree to say thanks to their clients and to meet and mingle with potential ones, will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at their new location and the first 25 people will receive swag bags. A photo booth will be set up for random acts of crazy and fun photos and food and refreshments will also be provided.


Picsee is a 2010 KOSBE Award Winner in the Young Entrepreneur category.


With a dream of capturing irreplaceable moments and turning them into works of art, Picsee has a team that believes the events of life should be documented, no matter how big or small.


Picsee was founded in 2008 by Becky Jones and Jennifer Bolling, from an overwhelming shared passion for family relationships and expressive and heartfelt photography. Later that year, Christy Steadman brought her photographic talents to the team, becoming co-owner soon after.


"The five of us are driven by our loves for life, style and creativity," said owner, Jones. "Our philosophy is simple. We believe that every couple and every family is different and that their photography should follow suit!"


2009 was a banner year for Picsee, as the trio moved to their downtown Kingsport location, photographed many new clients and hired Cristy Eagan as studio manager and production assistant. They were awarded the Simply Canvas Studio of the Month in October 2009.


"We don't like to put our clients in a 'sit here and say cheese' box," said Jones. "Our brides and grooms don't usually look straight at the camera and sometimes we crop kids' heads out of the frame. Rules were made to be broken."


"Nothing excites us more than finding out what makes you tick and using that to inspire a unique and significant session, totally tailored to you!" Jones added.


"Photography is more than just taking pictures, we spend a lot of time getting to know our clients, their unique stories and making sure they have a wonderful, meaningful experience." said co-owner, Steadman. "We needed to expand. Last year we were booked for the entire year by April, we had to turn clients away and it broke our hearts. We decided to hire a new photographer and look for another location."


Luck would have it that Cindy Saddeh Fine Art needed to expand the art gallery and into the Picsee's former location. "With that little push from God, we partnered with STYLE (who was also thinking of relocation) and John and Angela Vachon of Urban Synergy to find our next office space," said Steadman. "It was scary to move with the economy the way it is, but we knew deep down, this was the best choice for our business to thrive."


To date, The Picsee Chicks, as the team are commonly referred to, say 2011 has been just as successful and they have added another talented photographer, Beth Corpstein to the team while relocating to their new office space at 115 E. Market Street (across from their prior location.) On June 21, 2011 Picsee was awarded the Redevelopment Award of June by the City of Kingsport.


To view their work visit, and browse through categories that range from babies, couples, engagement, families, generations, kids, maternity, pets, products, seniors and weddings.


Not only does Picsee take photos locally, but the team will also go out of state and island hop for a client.


Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Studio visits by appointment only.


For more information on Picsee Studio call (423) 230.8074, visit, read their blog at,, or follow them on Facebook, Picsee Studio, Twitter, @picseestudio or e-mail,


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


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,  


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 and or call (423) 392.8825. We're social too; follow us on Facebook, Kosbe – The Small Business Connection, Twitter, @KOSBEConnection, LinkedIn group, KOSBE - The Small Business Connection and our YouTube Channel, KOSBEConnection.






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


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Kingsport Blog

Kingsport Press Memory Fountain

Contact:            Bonnie Macdonald

                        Cultural Arts Administrator

                        (423) 392-8416




Sale of Kingsport Press Memory Fountain Pavers



[Kingsport, TN] —May 18, 2011 —In partnership with Food City and in honor of the Kingsport Press employees, the Carousel Project is selling bricks that can be inscribed for the Kingsport Press Memory Fountain.  Sales will be on-going with the hope that the majority can be sold prior to the May 25 deadline.  Don't delay, buy your brick now.   Bricks can be purchased on-line through a new non-profit initiative


Food City has designated a space for a fountain constructed of bricks from the original Kingsport Press.  The fountain will be located directly under the re-constructed Kingsport Press water tower on the former Quebecor plant site.  Pavers around the fountain can be inscribed to honor family members or neighbors.  Pavers can be purchased with a Press icon or Carousel Icon or can be text only.  Proceeds from the sale of inscribed pavers will benefit the Carousel Project.   


The Carousel Project is projected to open a fully functional antique carousel with hand-carved animals in the summer of 2013.  Currently all 35 animals and chariots have been assigned to carvers.  The project also has a 1956-vintage Herschel frame that will be repainted and restored.  It takes many communities 5 years to get to this point.  For more information call 423-392-8416.


Photo caption:  Volunteer Carver Joe Pilkenton works on his buffalo for the Kingsport Carousel.



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Kingsport-Bristol recognized by U.S. News & World Report


Baby Boomer Retirements Bring Challenges to Cities and Localities

There are issues other than funding Social Security and Medicare

Posted June 14, 2011

The baby boomer population is edging into retirement. But is the United States ready?

The Census Bureau defines baby boomers as Americans born between 1946 and 1964, meaning that the oldest boomers are 66 and entering retirement age. But as the beginning of this mass retirement coincides with the country's greatest economic crisis in decades, the nation is asking itself whether it will have the institutional capacity to handle a flood of 60- and 70-somethings. Roughly 25 percent of the U.S. population consists of baby boomers, but that proportion can vary widely from place to place. Census data suggests that cities with the most boomers to accommodate are in the eastern United States, led by Portland, Maine, where baby boomers make up nearly 30 percent of the population. Meanwhile, those cities with the smallest boomer populations are in the West, clustered in Texas, Utah, and California. [See a slide show of the 10 cities with the highest concentrations of baby boomers.]

On a national level, perhaps the biggest concern about keeping up with the nation's aging boomers is that of entitlements. Projections of a national debt spiraling ever upward have prompted politicians to consider cuts to benefits for Social Security and Medicare, two entitlement programs that cater specifically to an aging population. The boomer population will very likely have a loud voice in those negotiations, as it has proven itself a political force to be reckoned with. Most boomers are eligible for the American Association of Retired Persons, open to Americans 50 and older. With 40 million members, AARP is one of the largest and most powerful special-interest groups in the nation. It was the sixth-highest spender on lobbying in 2010, laying out nearly $22.1 million in advocacy surrounding dozens of bills, particularly those dealing with health care-related issues. [See a slide show of the 10 cities with the lowest concentration of baby boomers.]

But local politics and programs are also of particular consequence to the boom generation, particularly as the budget fight that rages on Capitol Hill and in many states also affects municipalities and counties. According to a June report by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for programs benefiting aging Americans, financial and funding shortages are the No. 1 challenge that communities have to meeting the needs of elderly Americans. A survey of 1,459 municipalities and counties nationwide showed that fiscal difficulties were the top obstacle to meeting the needs of older Americans. One major way in which that played out was in a decline in property tax relief for older adults. Seventy-two percent of surveyed local governments provided this in 2005, compared to just 54 percent in 2009.

Still, many cities have weathered their fiscal woes admirably, in terms of the services they maintained for their aging populations through the recession. Jo Reed, a senior program manager at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, says that in 2010, many cities had "pretty much the same level of programs, services, and policies that seemed to particularly benefit older adults" that they had in 2005. But those systems won't be sustainable for long: "Given this tremendous dramatic growth in the older population, that's just not going to be enough." [Read about the 10 cities with the highest and lowest real incomes.]

Two areas that may particularly suffer are transportation and housing, which the survey showed to be localities' second- and third-biggest challenges to planning for an aging population. Three-quarters of communities have not yet begun to provide mobility management services to older adults, helping them to understand their transit options and how to use them. And subsidized housing availability benefiting older adults slipped to 63 percent in 2010 from 70 percent in 2005. Though these concerns may not currently be pressing concerns to many boomers, particularly those on the younger end of that generation, Allen says that such programs must be improved in many places in order to accommodate the coming wave of senior citizens.

According to a U.S. News analysis of census data, these are the 10 metropolitan areas (population 300,000 or greater) with the largest proportions of baby boomers.

Metro Area Population Boomer Population Boomer %
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine 516,826 154,375 29.9%
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif. 472,102 138,980 29.4%
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa. 562,963 163,965 29.1%
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla. 536,357 155,219 28.9%
Pittsburgh, Pa. 2,354,957 681,248 28.9%
Charleston, W.Va. 304,298 87,978 28.9%
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Tenn.-Va. 302,887 87,395 28.9%
Canton-Massillon, Ohio 407,897 117,453 28.8%
York-Hanover, Pa. 428,937 122,714 28.6%
Rochester, N.Y. 1,035,566 294,196 28.4%

 These are the 10 metro areas whose populations have the lowest shares of baby boomers. 

Metro Area Population Boomer Population Boomer %
Provo-Orem, Utah 554,965 82,473 14.9%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas 741,152 129,309 17.4%
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas 379,231 74,211 19.6%
Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas 396,371 77,838 19.6%
Ogden-Clearfield, Utah 542,642 112,185 20.7%
Visalia-Porterville, Calif. 429,668 89,535 20.8%
Fayetteville, N.C. 360,355 75,848 21.0%
Salt Lake City, Utah 1,130,293 238,262 21.1%
El Paso, Texas 751,296 160,353 21.3%
Fresno, Calif. 915,267 196,902 21.5%


Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2009 American Community Survey. "Boomer Population" counts include all people listed as ages 45 through 64 in the 2009 survey.

It should be noted that these numbers can be misleading. That a city has a large share of boomers does not necessarily mean that boomers are flocking there; rather, it can also mean that people from other age groups, particularly younger people, are leaving for other places, according to William Frey, demographer at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Brookings Institution. Likewise, he says, cities with small shares of boomers may also have large shares of young adults and youths. In the McAllen and Provo metro areas, for example, people 17 and under make up more than one third of the population, compared to barely one- quarter for the nation as a whole.

Of course, those cities that have small shares of baby boomers among their populations are not exempt from facing the challenges of impending demographic shifts. According to a 2009 study by the Brookings Institution, states in the West are projected to have the fastest growth of the population age 65 and older from 2010 to 2020. Furthermore, the study found that the metro areas surrounding McAllen, Salt Lake City, and Ogden are among the 20 cities that experienced the fastest growth of the population ages 55 to 64 in recent years. Meanwhile, many of the states represented among the cities with the most boomers--Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, and New York, for example--are projected to have some of the slowest growth in senior citizen populations over the next decade.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Follow Us! - KOSBE Award Winners FB Page


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Friday, June 24, 2011

Wellmont raising funds to assist tornado victims


     KINGSPORT– Recognizing the devastating effects of the tornadoes that hit the region two weeks ago, Wellmont Health System will provide financial assistance for people in the region.

     The Wellmont Foundation has started an internal campaign for employees to donate in support of residents of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia whose lives were affected adversely by the storms. The foundation will match employee contributions.

     Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont's president and CEO, said this program is a way for the system to give back to the community.

     "We have been honored to treat many of the patients who needed care following these tornadoes, and this is just one more way for our employees to show compassion to the communities they serve," DeNarvaez said. "This is an excellent way for us to share some of our personal resources and extend our healing environment philosophy outside the walls of our hospitals and other facilities."

     Wellmont previously assisted after natural disasters in Tennessee and in other parts of the world. The health system lent a hand with supplies in 2010 in the aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti and major flooding in Nashville.

     Wellmont has about 6,500 employees in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Holston Habitat 3rd Annual Kingsport Community Build

Holston Habitat for Humanity is currently sponsoring our 3rd Annual Kingsport Community Build.  The house is being built for John & Tammy Engle and their two daughters at 408 Wilma Street. The house has been framed up, the inside walls have been constructed, and the doors and windows have been installed.


For more details or to see pictures of the build, go to


There's still a lot of work to be done! If you would like to volunteer for this exciting project, please contact the Holston Habitat office at 423-239-7689.



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Allandale Weddings featured in The Pink Book

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Sent: 2011-06-15 09:34
To: Gemayel, Rod
Subject: Pink Bride Blog Post


Hey Rod, 

Just a note to let you know we have featured your company today in our blog post spotlighting the Allandale Mansion on  To check it out, click here –

At the bottom of the blog post are links to share this post on your company's facebook page, twitter feed, or email to colleagues and potential clients.  If I can be helpful in any other way, let me know. Thanks again and have a great rest of the week!

Krista Chapman / JMI Affliate

865-531-3941 (office)
507-351-6526 (cell)



Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

CENSUS NEWS; Educational Attainment in the United States: 2010

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            More Working Women Than Men Have College Degrees,
                          Census Bureau Reports
  New Data Provide Most Detailed Look Ever at Years of School Completed

        Among the employed population 25 and older, 37 percent of women had
attained a bachelor's degree or more as of 2010, compared with 35 percent
of men, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In contrast,
among all adults 25 and older, 29.6 percent of women and 30.3 percent of
men had at least a bachelor's degree.

       The data come from tabulations on Educational Attainment in the United
States: 2010 and not only examine gender differences in attainment but also
provide the most detailed information on years of school completed ever
presented by the Census Bureau, showing for each level of attainment
exactly how many years of education adults have.

       "The tabulations permit one to see not only the broad levels of
educational attainment adults experienced, but also, for instance, if they
did not receive a high school diploma, the specific level of schooling they
did reach," said Sonia Collazo, a Census Bureau demographer.

       In 2010, 36 percent of the nation's population 25 and older left school
before obtaining a degree. This includes 15 percent of the population that
didn't earn a regular high school diploma -- a group sometimes labeled
"dropouts." Among this group were about 1 percent of the population who
reached the 12th grade, 2 percent who reached the 11th grade but still did
not graduate, and 2 percent who earned a GED.

       An even greater share of the 25-and-older population -- 17 percent --
attended some college but left before receiving a degree. At the graduate
school level, 4 percent of the population left before obtaining an advanced

       The majority of adults (64 percent), however, finished their schooling
with a regular high school diploma or college degree. The most common of
these is a high school diploma, which was the highest level attained by 30
percent of those 25 and older. Another 9 percent left school with an
associate's degree, and 15 percent finished with a bachelor's degree (not
statistically different from those who did not earn a high school diploma).
Eleven percent of the population attained an advanced degree in 2010.

       Data also include levels of education cross-referenced by a wide range
of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, including age, sex, race,
Hispanic origin, marital status, household relationship, citizenship,
nativity and year of entry. Historical tables provide data on mean earnings
by attainment level, sex, race and Hispanic origin, with data dating back
to 1975 and tables on attainment levels dating back to 1940.

       Other highlights:

  --   In 2010, 87 percent of adults 25 and older had at least a high school
     diploma or equivalent, up from 84 percent in 2000.

  --   Of the 200 million people 25 and older in 2010, 26 million had not
     completed high school, while 174 million had attained at least a high
     school education.

  --   In 2010, 30 percent of adults 25 and older, or 60 million people, had
     at least a bachelor's degree, compared with 26 percent in 2000.

  --   More than half (52 percent) of Asians 25 and older had a bachelor's
     degree or more, higher than the level for non-Hispanic whites (33
     percent), blacks (20 percent) and Hispanics (14 percent).

  --   Women 25 and older were more likely than men 25 and older to have
     completed at least high school, at 87.6 percent versus 86.6 percent.

  --   Among the population 25 to 29, 36 percent of women had a bachelor's
     degree or more, compared with 28 percent of men.

  --   Thirty percent of foreign-born residents of the U.S. had less than a
     high school diploma, compared with 10 percent of native-born
     residents. Nineteen percent of naturalized citizens had less than a
     high school diploma. At the same time, 29 percent of the foreign-born
     population had a bachelor's or higher degree, compared with 30
     percent of the native-born population. (The percentage of native-born
     residents with at least a bachelor's degree was not statistically
     different from the percent of foreign-born residents with less than a
     high school diploma.) Thirty-five percent of naturalized citizens had
     a bachelor's or higher degree.

       These data come from the Current Population Survey's Annual Social and
Economic Supplement, which is conducted in February, March and April at
about 100,000 addresses nationwide.

Editor note: The data can be accessed at <>.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Kingsporter takes reins of International Non-Profit



Ellen Stroud

Vice President

Pinnacle Ranch

Ph: (423) 754.4242


Marybeth McLain

Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

Ph: (423) 392-8811



KOSBE Award Winner Takes Reins of International Non-Profit


KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) is pleased to announce, Ellen Stroud, co-founder and vice president of Pinnacle Ranch has been elected chair of the Board of Directors for the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA).


EAGALA is an international non-profit organization developed to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields of equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted learning, also known as "horse therapy."


The association has set the standard for professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide.


EAGALA has more than 3,500 members in 38 countries and continues to grow world-wide.


"Ellen's commitment to ensuring access to equine assisted therapy and her business, government and non-profit experience will be a valuable asset as we move forward," said Lynn Thomas, EAGALA co-founder and executive director.


Stroud's company, Pinnacle Ranch provides quality mental health services, personal growth, learning opportunities and organizational development utilizing equine assisted activities and the EAGALA Model.


Pinnacle was the 2009 Runner Up for the distinguished KOSBE Award - New Business Category.


The Northeast Tennessee therapy team consists of a licensed mental health professional and a trained equine specialist. Working together the team develops and implements treatment goals through specially designed activities with horses. Clients have a range on mental health needs including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, behavioral problems and relationship issues. Holly Hopson is the president of Pinnacle Ranch.


Stroud has served as a member of the EAGALA board of directors and as its treasurer since 2009. She is co-founder and vice-president of Pinnacle Ranch and serves as an equine specialist. She is also president of ESI Strategies which is a government and public relations consulting company.


She holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Roanoke College and has management experience in private, public and non-profit organizations. She is a graduate of the Kingsport Leadership Program and her professional and community service work was recognized by the Tri-Cities Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 award winner in 2008.


Stroud and her husband, Jason Dorfman, reside in Kingsport.


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


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,  


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 and 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.






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


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Kingsport Blog

WellmontOne, Sullivan County honored for delivering exemplary care


     KINGSPORTWellmontOne Air Transport, Sullivan County Emergency Medical Services and the Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency will receive the 2011 Star of Life Award, which recognizes and honors exemplary care by EMS staff across the state.

     The award will be presented to crew members from WellmontOne, Sullivan County EMS and the Sullivan County EMA in Nashville on Tuesday, May 10, by the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children. This organization is dedicated to improving emergency care for children and offers the Star of Life Award to emphasize extraordinary care provided by EMS to children and adults.

     "We are thrilled to receive this award because it shows the quality of our services, as well as our excellent collaboration with Sullivan County EMS and the Sullivan County EMA," said Anita Ashby, director of flight services for Wellmont Health System. "WellmontOne serves as a frontline for Sullivan EMS and the Sullivan County EMA, and we complement the efforts of the ground providers to save lives."

     Jim Perry, a captain with Sullivan County EMS, said the award is the latest example of all three entities working together to provide lifesaving care to patients.

     "All of us are focused on providing quality care to patients as quickly as possible," Perry said. "No matter what injury or need arises for patients, we are committed to delivering seamless care that leads to high-quality outcomes for them. The award we are sharing is a marvelous example of how well the three of us interact when patients need us."

     There are eight regions across Tennessee, and one winner for each region is selected based on actual patient scenarios. WellmontOne, Sullivan County EMS and the Sullivan County EMA are receiving the award for their efficiency in providing emergency care to Ty Boomershine, a 45 year-old from Piney Flats.

     On August 30, 2010, Boomershine was on a riding mower when it overturned on an embankment and landed on his chest. EMS and EMA personnel responded quickly and, shortly after, the WellmontOne helicopter was called to transport the patient to Holston Valley Medical Center.

     Boomershine was treated for several injuries, including multiple ribs, vertebral and shoulder fractures, burns and a liver laceration. He spent 10 days in the hospital and another 12 days in a rehabilitation center. He is now fully recovered and back at work.

     "Without these two teams, I truly believe that the patient would not have recovered this well," said Kimberly Nash, chief flight nurse for WellmontOne. "This is what we train for every day, and these teams really put it into action when it counted."

     WellmontOne, Sullivan County EMS and Sullivan County EMA will receive the only Star of Life award given for EMS Region 1, which encompasses Sullivan, Washington, Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Johnson and Unicoi counties. In 2009, WellmontOne won the same award in conjunction with Hawkins County EMS.




Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wellmont rewards employees for achieving high satisfaction scores with patients


     KINGSPORT – In delivering superior care with compassion, Wellmont Health System places a premium on patient satisfaction.

     When patients are happy with the service they receive from their caregivers, employees are pleased that their efforts to provide a healing environment have taken hold. That's why one method of rewarding Wellmont employees is based on patient satisfaction scores.

     When those scores reach goals determined by the board of directors, employees receive a periodic payment in addition to their regular paycheck. This year alone, that could result in payments of as much as $2.2 million to employees. The most recent payments were issued last week.

     "Many companies issue bonuses and other supplemental payments based solely on financial performance," said Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont's president and CEO. "But we prefer to provide additional payments to our employees based on the satisfaction of our patients with the care they received while they were in one of our hospitals or other facilities.

     "It's one of the ways we can demonstrate to the public and our employees that we are serious about a healing environment."

     Steven Stewart, a registered paramedic at Bristol Regional Medical Center who is based in the emergency department, believes Wellmont uses an excellent method to determine whether an employee qualifies for the additional payment.

     "I think it's a fair measure of our job performance because if the patient's happy, we're obviously doing our jobs well," Stewart said. "Regardless of the incentive pay, I get a lot of satisfaction from taking care of patients and the feedback they give me while they are here."

     Wellmont's board of directors developed an incentive payment system that is based on patient satisfaction. There are three categories – equally weighted – in which patient scores are taken into account – scores from the emergency department, inpatient care and the combined scores of ambulatory surgery and outpatient services.

     "The ED is a good measure of how this hospital is performing because it's the first point of contact at Bristol Regional for many patients," Stewart said. "If they have a bad experience in the ED, their experience may not improve in other areas of the hospital."

     Employees are eligible to receive a percentage of their pay each quarter should at least one of these three categories meet established targets at their facility of employment. They collect one third, two thirds or all of the eligible funds based on how many of the categories reach desired levels.

     "We value the patients we serve and believe their satisfaction with our level of care is a proper standard by which our employees should be evaluated," said Hamlin Wilson, senior vice president of human resources. "Our employees are highly trained professionals who are focused on ensuring that the spectrum of their patients' needs are met.

      "This is a wonderful method to recognize our employees for their efforts to deliver the highest quality of care in the region."



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