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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Tully named Kingsport's director of planning & community development

KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport is pleased to announce that Lynn Tully has accepted the position of Planning & Community Development Director, filling the position left vacant when Alan Webb retired earlier this year after 27 years of service.  She assumes the position on August 1.


With nearly 16 years’ experience – 11 in Atlanta’s rapidly growing North Metro – Tully brings a diverse background that will help shape Kingsport’s future growth. 

“Lynn brings a track record of success in managing planning programs in a variety of growth scenarios,” said City Manager John Campbell. “She has experience in every demographic situation from developing rural communities to booming suburbs. And critically, Lynn recognizes that the citizens of Kingsport expect future development to be managed by balanced, but not overly cumbersome, regulation.”


Tully will be responsible for directing Kingsport’s strategies regarding planning, zoning, annexation, as well as community development and redevelopment.

“Kingsport is well known for its legacy in planning and its relationship to renowned planner John Nolen. Students across the country study this city,” said Tully. “It’s a tremendous professional opportunity.”


Tully is very familiar with the City of Kingsport, working her way through the planning ranks from planner to senior planner to principal planner at the city while her husband was pursuing his graduate degree at Emmanuel School of Religion.


“I loved my time in Kingsport. It is rewarding to come back and see the amazing transformation that has occurred in the last ten years,” Tully said. “And I very much look forward to helping continue that success.”


“It’s readily apparent that Kingsport is an engaged community and ultimately it’s up to the community – represented by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Planning Commission – to decide what our direction should be. I stand ready to listen to that direction, and in conjunction with Kingsport’s excellent planning staff, craft the policies critical to Kingsport’s continued success.”

Tully is a certified professional planner, recognized by the American Institute of Certified Planners, with additional education emphasis on leadership and economic development.  She currently serves as director for District 2 of the Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association. Tully holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s in city planning from Georgia Tech.  Lynn is married, and she and her husband have 3 school age children.


Tully was selected from a pool of 17 candidates hailing from 12 states.


“She’s a great fit for our organization,” said Jeff Fleming, Assistant City Manager for Development. “She understands Kingsport, has all of the professional credentials, and brings invaluable outside experience.  She believes in the concept of pragmatic idealism – recognizing the ideal, but determining what’s practical for the local community.  Kingsport is a very special place.  It is large enough to have amenities normally reserved for larger communities, but small enough not to have negative issues like high crime and traffic. We have an awesome responsibility to continue to shape this community for future generations and Lynn and our current staff are poised to do just that.”





Southwest Virginia Cancer Center


     WISE, Va. – At one local restaurant, Shakespeare, music and monologues provide not just an entrĂ©e of entertainment but also a platform to fight cancer.

     The Appalachian Children's Theatre performed four shows in 2010 at The Tavern on Main and collected donations for them. The students wanted to do more than showcase their talent; they wanted to be involved in something that benefited the community. So, the students donated $3,769 from the proceeds to the Southwest Virginia Cancer Center.

     The cancer center divided the students' donation between its patient assistance fund and its Relay For Life team.

      "The cancer center's patient advocacy is the type of program that no one would ever think of until the need is there," said Mark Salyers, a consultant for the theater who also teaches workshops and directs some of the performances. "We have heard so many great stories about how this program has helped patients in their treatment process."

     The Appalachian Children's Theater is looking into conducting another performance this summer.

     The cancer center's primary mission is providing unsurpassed, compassionate cancer care, and the center's medical team participates in cancer research as well. The center's staff members are actively involved in their patients' treatment and overall healthcare success.

      "I was very impressed the kids worked together for this cause," said Sandy Franklin, the cancer center's office manager. "It was a great opportunity to learn about community service and to have fun while doing it. These students showed that a healing environment is not only available in a Wellmont facility but in the community as well."

     The Appalachian Children's Theater was created in 1999 to promote performing arts opportunities for children and their families of the Appalachian Region of Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The programs and activities attempt to reach those groups that are not regularly exposed to live theatrical performances or don't have opportunities to develop their talent. The students participating in this project are in high school and college.

     "It was a really good experience," said Salyers. "It made the kids think not just about performing, but how to be involved with the community. By involving two different organizations, we were able to reach more people. We had people from the community, Appalachian Children's Theater parents and supporters of the cancer center all coming together in one place, to support one cause."

     While all donations are memorable in some form, one was particularly special. A local resident who was having dinner in the restaurant was so pleased with the philanthropic element of the performance that he donated $500.

     "That's what is so impressive about this program," said Todd Norris, Wellmont's senior vice president of system advancement. "The arts can be used in so many ways to bring people together, and this community forum is just another example.

     "A cancer diagnosis is such a life-altering experience for patients, but it is so heartening when groups such as the Appalachian Children's Theater inspire them by showing how much support they have from their friends and neighbors."


     Cutline: Members of the Appalachian Children's Theater present a check to Pat Adkins of the Southwest Virginia Cancer Center.



Saturday, July 30, 2011

New technology at Bristol Regional improves chances of earlier diagnosis of cancer in lung

     BRISTOL – Patients with potentially cancerous lesions in previously unreachable areas of their lungs have improved chances of diagnosis with new technology at Bristol Regional Medical Center that allows lung specialists to extend farther into the lung to perform biopsies more accurately.

     Pulmonologists at Bristol Regional recently began using electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy, an enhancement to their delivery of compassionate lung care. Providing more range than regular bronchoscopy, this new system lets pulmonologists diagnose some cases of lung cancer earlier and enhance treatment.

     It is a minimally invasive, new outpatient procedure that is performed under anesthesia. Bristol Regional is the only medical facility in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia using this new method to reach these lesions.

     Used in conjunction with images from CT scans, guidance from computer programs and special medical probes, electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy is opening new frontiers in lung care.

     "Bristol Regional has long been a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of medical cases involving the lungs, and this new tool is the latest example of how the hospital and its physicians are on the cutting edge of care," said Dr. Roger McSharry, a pulmonologist and the hospital's chief medical officer.

     "Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy is a major breakthrough for our patients because our experienced pulmonologists will be able to find smaller lesions or lesions that are farther than we could reach before with better results. This is important because early diagnosis of lung cancer is essential in increasing the patient's chance of cure and survival. This new technology enhances those odds by allowing us to extend our reach."

     While she would prefer not to have been diagnosed with lung cancer, Dorothy Fulcher of Kingsport said she is grateful electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy was available at Bristol Regional to alert her. This technology was used to assist her during a procedure in May.

     "I wouldn't have known I had lung cancer if this technology weren't available," Fulcher said. "It let me know where I stood by showing that I had cancer. I'm pleased it did. I'd rather know I have cancer than not know. Otherwise, it could get worse."

     Thanks to electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy, Fulcher is now on the road to better health. She will receive treatments from CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System, which delivers radiation to affected lung tissue with sub-millimeter accuracy. CyberKnife is only available in the area at Bristol Regional.

     Bronchoscopy involves the insertion of a scope into the breathing passages to evaluate the lungs and collect biopsies, which are small tissue samples, to diagnose lung cancer and other lung disease. These suspicious areas have been spotted through a CT scan.

     This form of bronchoscopy is a standard procedure for pulmonologists, but the only difficulty it poses for them is its limited reach.

     Bristol Regional has invested in this more advanced system in which the scope continues its normal distance. Then a steerable probe guided by three electromagnetic receptors extends from the scope and maneuvers through the smaller breathing passages to the suspicious lesion in the more distant area of the lung.

     Pulmonologists are not finding the lesion alone. Instead, a computer program created from the CT scan creates a three-dimensional image of the breathing passages that guides the physician as he or she maneuvers the probe to the lesion.

     "Think of this in the same way as a GPS for your car," Dr. McSharry said. "A physician does not necessarily have to know at all times the exact direction because he is receiving guidance from the computer. The technology has become that refined.

     "But like a GPS for a driver, a pulmonologist doesn't have to follow the suggested path to the letter. If we feel it would be appropriate to go another route, the computer program adjusts and guides the pulmonologist to the lesion through this alternate path."

     Once the pulmonologist reaches the lesion, he withdraws the probe and then tiny surgical instruments are inserted through the same path to collect the biopsy.

     Fulcher said it is comforting to know a hospital so close to home has this technology to go farther into the lung. Otherwise, she might have to travel a long distance to receive this high level of care. Her niece, Faye Owens, who lives in Bristol, has told multiple people about this new method at Bristol Regional for reaching these lesions.

     Nancy Preston, a Bristol, Va., resident who underwent this procedure and, fortunately, was not diagnosed with cancer, said electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy is effective.

     "You don't know how many people will get help from what this procedure might reveal," Preston said. "It might help save someone's life. Even though it didn't reveal any cancer for me, I'm all for it because of what it might reveal for others, possibly saving their life."

     Dr. McSharry said electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy is not only beneficial in diagnosing cancer but in its treatment. He said it helps medical professionals develop a plan for the use of CyberKnife.

     Dr. John Fincher, medical director of oncology at Bristol Regional, agreed and said electromagnetic navigational bronchoscope is a significant evolutionary step in lung cancer treatment by impacting less lung tissue.

     "Often lung tumors are in the periphery of the lung," Dr. Fincher said. "We have been unable previously to place seed markers in there, which allow us to track the lung tumors with movement and with respiration."

     He said a lot of these patients have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which led to an alternative form of treatment to prevent the lung from collapsing. But that option affected more lung tissue.

     With electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy, medical professionals at the J.D. and Lorraine Nicewonder Cancer Center at Bristol Regional can place the seed markers and minimize collateral tissue damage, Dr. Fincher said.

     "That will allow us to treat the lung tumors more effectively and spare more lung tissue," he said. "It substantially increases the percentage of patients who are able to get better treatment with CyberKnife."



Friday, July 29, 2011

Keep Kingsport Beautiful





Each year from May to October, Keep Kingsport Beautiful and Blue Ridge Properties strive to recognize properties which set positive examples for beautification and cleanliness.  Keep Kingsport Beautiful has divided the city into different territories and has a volunteer for each of these areas pick a winning property each month that exemplifies the following qualities: litter-free, well maintained buildings, well-groomed, and a good example in their neighborhood.


Residential winners:  Christopher Brackett, Kensington Court; Jerry & Charlene Trail, Birchwood Rd.;

Dr. and Mrs. Tony Seaton, Coventry Wynd; Todd Meade & Zachary Thomas, West Wanola Ave.; Sam and Marsha Cole, Pineola Ave.; Helen K. Bunting, Hiwassee Drive


Business winner:  Bank of Tennessee, North Eastman Rd.


Church winner:  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, East Ravine.

Redevelopment Award:  Food City #657, Clinchfield St.


Keep Kingsport Beautiful is an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and a program of the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce.  Keep Kingsport Beautiful’s mission is to involve the community in responsible solutions for a clean and beautiful environment.



Thursday, July 28, 2011

Join in the fun of a Community Scrapbook!

Area folks are invited to:  Share Your Fun Times, Photos, and Stories!

Sunday Stories wants to hear your stories, and feature them each week in Sunday Scrapbook.  We’re looking for current photos and short stories about what’s going on with you – your family, your pets, your leisure time, your hobbies, something special or funny that’s recently happened to you, things going on in your life and our community.   E-mail your contributions (please include your name and address) to  Word count for stories should be less than 300 words. Photos should be sent in jpg format, and should be approximately 5 x 7, resolution 200 dots per inch, or a total file size not less than 1 megabyte.  Please send photos as attachments to e-mails, not as links to any outside site.  Photos and stories can also be mailed/delivered to the Kingsport Times-News, Attention:  Sunday Stories, 701 Lynn Garden Drive, Kingsport, TN  37660.  (Sorry, we are not able to return submitted photos.) We look forward to hearing from you and sharing your Sunday stories


From Mayor: Don Spivey Day at Hunter Wright

Would you help to get the word out that Monday August 1st will be Don Spivey day at Hunter Wright.  The first 500 will get in FREE, receive free food and ice cream.  As you may know, Don is battling cancer and we want to celebrate the his community service.  He has been the only announcer at Hunter Wright Stadium since it’s opening.  Thanks for your help and lets get a crowd out.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

We made the national news again!

Hi Jeff,


Just in case you didn’t see the newsletter that went out yesterday, here is the link:


Courtney Hall

Manager of Public Relations




Tuesday, July 26, 2011

News from Kingsport Theatre Guild

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AUDITIONS! Little Shop of Horrors

July 18 and 19  

from 6-8PM  

Ages 16 to adult.

Renaissance Center

Room #209

1200 East Center Street 

Kingsport, TN 

Kingsport Theatre Guild Proudly Present

Little Shop of Horrors  

September 2011

 Opens 64th season

Tickets go on sale August 1st 

Little Shop of Horrors / Learn the songs so you can sing along with Kingsport Theatre Guild's Season Open in September 2011

Little Shop of Horrors / Learn the songs so you can sing along with Kingsport Theatre Guild's Season Open in September 2011

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Sullivan Economic Development - July Report to Community Stakeholders



From: Richard S. Venable [] On Behalf Of Richard S. Venable
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 1:15 PM
To: Fleming, Jeff
Subject: July Report to Community Stakeholders






to Community Stakeholders









A Joint Economic Development Partnership of
Bluff City, Bristol, Kingsport and Sullivan County, Tennessee





Exec. Comm. Meeting

Jul. 19
Aug. 9


Aug. 11


NOTE: The meetings in August are early due to the BMS Races.


A Note from the CEO...


We always have great board meetings, however, our June meeting held particular interest with much good news. I was able to report June's scorecard reflected a gain of 345 new jobs planned by area industries. These major job gains were attributed to the initial hiring by companies to include Exide Technologies and Dr. Reddy's. Also in that number was the yet-to-be-announced location of DLH Industries in Bristol.




Don Reimer addresses NETWORKS' Board


Don Reimer, General Manager of Shooter's Edge, provided a presentation on the new Piney Flats' indoor firing range and training center. The 21,100 square foot state-of-the-art facility is located in the Tri-County Industrial Park. It offers gun safety programs to individuals as well as training for area law enforcement agencies.





Individual Highlights:

A Note from the CEO
DLH Announced
ECD Team
Three-Star Certification


DLH Industries Locates In Bristol


DLH Industries, a Canton, Ohio based company, announced plans to open a plant in Bristol, Tennessee. The company will assemble automotive parts and components at the former Bristol Jeans plant at 2233 Weaver Pike. The 64,400 sq. ft. building can provide for additional expansion. The company plans hire 25 people initially, but expects to hire up to75 within the next year.




Former Bristol Jeans Facility


John Saxon, DLH CEO, stated he "was very impressed with the coordinated effort put forth by the State of Tennessee, the City of Bristol and their collective business partners.




Meet the Northeast TN Economic Development Team


In furtherance of the Governor's new economic development strategy, the Department of Economic and Community Development has created a team for the eight-county Northeast Tennessee area. The team consists of Allen Borden, Regional Director, Alicia Summers and Matt Garland, Business Development Consultants. Allen comes to the region from North Carolina but is a Tennessee native formerly working with Chambers in the Knoxville area. Alicia was the former director of the Northeast Regional Industrial Development Association and Matt was formerly with the State's Three-Star Program.




Matt Garland, Allen Borden and Alicia Summers


The offices for the team will be housed at the First Tennessee Development District's offices on North Roan Street in Johnson City.




Three-Star Certification

Sullivan County recently received re-certification as a Governor's Three-Star Community. This is the 20th year for such a designation. Further, Sullivan County is one of only 11 counties state-wide to attain Benchmark III status in the Three-Star Program. This achievement grants Sullivan County and the cities of Bluff City, Bristol and Kingsport the opportunity to be eligible for additional incentives under the guidelines of the Three-Star Program. According to NETWORKS CEO Richard Venable, the Benchmark III status allows for a 5 percent discount in state required matching grant funds by our communities. In the past five years, Sullivan County and its cities have saved over $240,000 from matching grant reductions and interest savings from energy loans.











NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership P.O. Box 1157 Blountville, TN 37617 (423) 279-7681





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Dobyns-Bennett @ University of Tennessee Ticket Information

From: D-B Band Boosters []
Sent: Saturday, July 23, 2011 10:29 AM



Thanks for all your support of all things Kingsport and especially the Dobyns Bennett Band.  As you may know, the Dobyns Bennett Marching Band had an extra special invitation from the University of Tennessee to perform at the halftime of the UT vs Buffalo game, October 1, 2011 at Neyland Stadium.  Mr. Cook understands this to the first time in 50+ years that a high school band has performed at halftime.  Oddly enough, it is our understanding that the last high school band to perform at halftime was Dobyns Bennett!  Because the University of Tennessee knows that Kingsport community supports their students and band, they have made available a great discounted ticket to the game ($20.00 per ticket!).    And the great thing is that it is available to anyone that uses the promotion code.  It is Mr. Cook's and the Booster organizations hope that a great contingency of folks from this area come to this game and support the band in this extremely prestigious performance.  I am including the email that was sent to our band booster organization and students that includes the instructions on how to purchase these discounted tickets.


Any help you have in distributing this information is appreciated.  Thanks


Mark & Susan Marcus

DB Band Boosters

(423) 323-8345

From: D-B Band Boosters
Sent: Saturday, July 23, 2011 10:09 AM
Subject: *******Dobyns Bennett @ University of Tennessee Ticket Information************

Dobyns Bennett Marching Band @ University of Tennessee


Finally, the information that everyone was waiting for!  The University of Tennessee has released the information about the Dobyns Bennett Discounted Tickets for the UT vs Buffalo game October 1, 2011.  Currently, the kickoff time has not been determined.  This will be determined soon based on what television network will broadcast the game.  


The discounted tickets have a face value of $40.00, however, our price is JUST $20.00 !!!  We have a large block of discounted tickets that are available to ANYONE who would like to attend.  Yes, that is anyone who uses our promotion code when ordering the tickets.  So, Grandma, Grandpa, Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, next door neighbors can attend this game for $20.00 per ticket.   We are not sure, but would bet this is one of the cheapest tickets to Neyland Stadium to see the Volunteers play in many years!  Intially, we have 200 tickets available, so anyone interested needs to order them beginning today.  We have been told that we will have an additional amount available should we need them (up to 1,500 tickets!).  So, mention this event to your neighbors, co-workers, friends at church and lets show UT our Kingsport spirit!


The tickets are located in section HH.  They are great seats and located behind & to the side of the Pride Of The Southland Band.  Here is a link to the stadium map with a view from the seats. If you click in section HH, you can see a view from the seats.


Our students will be in section A (where the Buffalo Band would have been had they come to Neyland Stadium). 


Here are the instructions to purchase the tickets online:


Ticket Purchasing Instructions:

1.       Click the following link:

2.       Enter the Promotion Code: DBBANDUTFB11 (this is in all caps)

3.       Clink the “Buffalo” game

4.       Follow the instruction provided online to complete your order


At this point, the online purchase is our only available way to purchase the tickets.  As soon as we have a telephone option, we will forward it to your attention. 


*****And if being invited to perform at Neyland Stadium in front of 108,000 Tennessee Volunteer fans wasn't enough excitement wait until you hear this!

The Dobyns Bennett Marching Band will perform first at halftime.  The University of Tennessee, Pride of the Southland Marching Band will perform second.  Their show for this game will be a Disney themed show with the closing number "Circle Of Life".  During this song, the Dobyns Bennett Marching Band will come onto the field to play along side the Pride!!!  Almost too good to be true and a very special honor for our students, school system and community. 


If you have any questions, send them to us and we will find an answer.  ROLL TRIBE & GO VOLS!



Mark & Susan Marcus

DB Band Boosters

(423) 323-8345

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Aug 5: KingsportARTS Cocktail Party & Silent Auction

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KingsportARTS Fundraiser

-All proceeds benefit our

Arts Education Programs.


1200 East Center Street


 Kingsport Renaissance Center


2nd Floor Atrium


Kingsport Tennessee 37660



This is just a sampling of the auction items:

 four nights stay at a Hilton Head Condo, three nights stay at a Gatlinburg Condo, one rental of the Picnic Pavilion as Allandale, Pat Summitt signed basketball in display case, Bristol Race tickets, David Clapp photography sessions and many other great items.

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 Fundraiser back 


The East Tennessee based jazz group, The Diamonds, will be performing. They play swing, groove-funk, and Latin jazz.

The Diamonds 

Arts Education Programs
Our Arts Education Programs reach ages 18 months to 18 years.


The ART We Talented program (18 month - 5 years) consists of art workshops for young children which encourages artistic freedom and cognitive thoughts through hands on activities. Students in this program will be learning things such as colors, ABC's, 123's, shapes, patterns, spacial recognition, and all through the arts (Visual: 2D and 3D, Dance, Music, Theatre).


The Arts4Kids program (6-12) is an introductory art workshop series designed to introduce children to a variety of arts (music, performance, dance and visual)and encourage their lifelong pursuit of creative endeavors. Students in this program will begin to learn specific art forms, artist and artistic movements. Elements of English, Math, Science and History are included in these workshops as well.


K.E.Y.P.A.D. (KingsportARTS Empowering Youth by Participation in Arts Discovery) is for ages 13-18. This program consists of advanced art workshops designed to further expand youths knowledge in various art forms and apply them to real world situations. These classes are taught by local college professors in the arts as well as local professional artists.

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Angry Penguin opening in Kingsport

Just in time for the Fun Fest Extreme Showdown tomorrow!   


From: Patty Jo Nachman []
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2011 4:27 PM
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Subject: Angry Penguin opening in Kingsport


Hi Jeff,

I thought your "fans" might be interested in the press release below.  My husband Marc and I own the Angry Penguin Skateboard & BMX Bike Shop in Johnson City and we are set to open our second one in Kingsport on Tuesday, July 19. 

Thanks for helping us spread the word,

Patty Jo Nachman

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:  Patty Jo Nachman 423-239-9595


July 19, 2011 -- The Angry Penguin Skateboard & BMX Bike Shop has just opened its second store at 658 W. Center Street, Kingsport,  across from the Scott Adams Memorial Skatepark.  The location has served the skateboard community in Kingsport for the past six years, and Angry Penguin is looking forward to continuing that tradition while offering the BMX bike specialty products as well.
To celebrate the grand opening, Angry Penguin will participate in the Fifth Annual FunFest Extreme Showdown skateboard and BMX bike contest on Saturday, July 23.   Angry Penguin will provide prizes and free product tosses at the event.
The Kingsport Angry Penguin will operate the same hours as the Johnson City store:  Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed 1 -2 for lunch.  In addition to offering the full line of skateboard equipment, accessories and clothing, the store will offer BMX bike products that have not been available locally before.
"Now people won't have to drive to Johnson City for a one-stop full-service skateboard and BMX store," commented Jake Hunter, Angry Penguin manager.  "And if this shop doesn't have what they're looking for, we can get it the next day from the other store."
The independently owned Angry Penguin opened in Johnson City in 2003, and offers the widest selection for skateboard and BMX bike products found in East Tennessee.  Angry Penguin is the only BMX bike specialty store in the entire state of Tennessee.  The nearest BMX competitor store is in Greeneville, South Carolina.
"There are just not many dedicated skateboard and BMX bike shops in our area so we really stand out," Hunter added.  "We also cater to hardcore skateboarders, we're not some mega company operating out of the mall.  We offer personal service and will order anything you need if we don't already have it."
The new store is located at 658 W. Center Street, 423-246-2003, Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Or visit the website




Phil’s Dream Pit Recognized by State of Tennessee in “What Makes You an Entrepreneur?” Video Contest

KOSBE Award Winner Phil's Dream Pit Recognized by State of Tennessee in "What Makes You an Entrepreneur?"  Video Contest


KINGSPORT, Tenn. – KOSBE Award winner Phil's Dream Pit was recognized by the state of Tennessee for the winning video submission in the states', "What Makes You an Entrepreneur?" contest.


Wisty Pender, director of the Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO) within the Department of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee, presented owners Phil and Dianna Pipkin with the award at your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Director's meeting Monday, June 27.


"Small businesses are your community's life blood. It's very important to recognize those who do well. It's my honor to recognize the Pipkins with the "What Makes You an Entrepreneur" Arts and Entertainment category Award," said Pender.


"Dianna and I want to thank the Kingsport Chamber and KOSBE for the activities and all the things they do, which far exceeds anything I've seen before - it's wonderful. It makes us proud to be a member," said Phil Pipkin.


Phil's Dream Pit is a 2009 KOSBE Award Winner in the New Business category.


In September 2007, both Phil and Dianna's full-time jobs were being eliminated and with a dream (literally) of owning his own business, Pipkin has turned that dream into a successful reality.


Dream Pit was founded in February 2008 by the husband and wife duo with a passion for "The Quest for Perfect BBQ."


"Our mission is to provide the highest quality and best tasting BBQ in East Tennessee!" said Dianna Pipkin. "We are a family-owned business and are committed to creating a tasteful and neighborly experience for our customers."


Since they turned on the grills, Dream Pit has been awarded with the 2008 Racks by the Tracks, "People's Choice" and "Best Ribs in Tri-Cities" Awards, the 2009 Mystery Diner Johnson City Press, "Best Ribs in the Tri-Cites" and "Best Servers in the Tri-Cities" Awards and the 2009 Kingsport Times-News, "People's Choice Best BBQ" Award.


Most recently, they were awarded the 2011 Racks by the Tracks, "Champion" and "People's Choice Best BBQ" Awards.


In addition, Dream Pit has received excellent reviews on its Facebook page, Phil's Dream Pit with 500 plus fans.


This has all played a role in Dream Pit experiencing a 76% increase in sales from the first year they opened.


"We produce BBQ unmatched by any other restaurant in the area," said Phil Pipkin. "Our smoking process creates tender, juicy, full-flavored meals. We offer chopped pork, beef brisket, baby back ribs, all beef hot dogs, chicken and homemade creamy chicken salad."


BBQ favorites include, the chopped pork sandwich and platter, half chicken platter, half and full rack of Phil's Dream Ribs, slicked beef brisket and the chicken salad sandwich.


All meals are cooked on-site and include a drink, baked beans and a choice of fresh coleslaw, potato or macaroni salad.


Homemade sauces, hats and t-shirts are available for purchase at the restaurant and  


As winners in the video competition, Dream Pit will have its award presentation included in a statewide press release and their video used for promotions of the annual competition.

You can watch the award winning video on YouTube at:​ch?v=XUMvxwqQlfU&feature=c​hannel_video_title.


Dream Pit is located at 534 Eastern Star Road. Take I-26 east to Eastern Star Road exit, turn left at the end of ramp and Dream Pit is half mile on the left, across from Averitt Express.


Hours of operation are Tuesday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Carry-out (Dream Packs to Go) and catering for wedding, summer parties, reunions, church picnics, company picnics or any other special occasion is available. With any catered party, you have the option to have the "smoker" on site.


For more information on Phil's Dream Pit call (423) 349.6437, visit, or follow them on Facebook, Phil's Dream Pit 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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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog
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.