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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Chocolate for Kids" fundraiser for KCDC

Bellafina Chocolates and Chef's Pizzeria have teamed up to raise money for the Kingsport Child Development Center.  Now through September, you can buy delicious Bellafina gourmet chocolate truffles in a special 4-piece gift box featuring artwork by some very creative young Kingsport artists.  Inside each satin-lined box is a profile of the artist and their artwork, along with some of the best chocolates you have ever tasted!  All locally made and all proceeds help KCDC provide quality child care to families that would otherwise not be able to afford it. 
Get yours at Chef's Pizza, Korner-Copia, or email
Featured art:
"Flowers" by Christian
"Fish" by Vincent
"A Race" by Javon
"Blue Rainbow" by Brycen
"The House" by Kaleb

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Journey's End No-Kill Animal Society needs pet food donations

Hi Friends

Journey's End No-Kill Animal Society today is finding themselves out of dog and cat food, scoopable cat litter too!
We no longer have a physical location for people to visit, so we are often overlooked when people are wanting to donate.

We showcase our adoptables at Petsmart in Kingsport and Johnson City on weekends and during special events.

If you are wanting to help please call Susan or Renee at 423 349-8072!!!

Thanks for your support!!!

Renee Bishop
Journey's End No-Kill Animal Society
423 349-8072

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sep 1: Chik-fil-A Lou Gehrig's Disease Fundraiser



From: Janet Lounds []


Hi Jeff, I receive your Kingsport updates and wondered if you could send this coupon out to your contacts. We are having a fund raiser at Chick-fil-A this Thursday Sept. 1, 2011 from 4-8 pm Stone Drive location only. It is a fund raiser for the ALS Association (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Thank you. Janet Lounds

Kingsport Library-downtown Kingsport book



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August 2011 


The Kingsport Public Library experienced its highest annual circulation ever the past year - with 248,709 items being checked out!!

Reference usage was also at its highest ever - with 27,047.  This is up from last year's number of 21,339.

More people are looking for jobs, applying for jobs online, and creating resumes online.  They're also using computers to apply online for state services such as unemployment, social security, etc.

In tough economic times, libraries save people money by providing free access to books, DVDs, music CDs, magazines, newspapers, children's programs, teen programs and adult programs.



Images of America: Downtown Kingsport

This new book showcases images from the Archives of the City of Kingsport. The Archives, opened in 1994, is the first municipal archive in Tennessee. The book was compiled and written by Brianne Wright, archivist for the City of Kingsport. All proceeds, including royalties, will go to the Friends of the Archives.
Buy your own copy, or a copy for a friend for only $21.99 at the library - in the archives or reference department.


 Students from the photography department at East Tennessee State University will be making a number of photographs in downtown Kingsport throughout the months of July and August for a project sponsored by the Kingsport Public Library and Archives.  The project's goals are to research and precisely remake dozens of historical photographs found in the archives in an effort to examine the significant changes that have occurred throughout Kingsport in the last few decades.  The subjects of these photographs are largely architectural and commercial.
The new photographs will be exhibited alongside their vintage counterparts at the Renaissance Center in October.


Doing some traveling and need to learn to speak a foreign language?  Or are you a student who needs extra help learning a foreign language?  Go to MANGO LANGUAGES (you'll find it at the bottom of the electronic resources page.)  It's free with a KPL library card.  

400 Broad St/Kingsport, TN/ 37660/ 423-229-9366

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Monday, August 29, 2011

D-B Football Show online



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Mystery of Natural History Museum

Mary McNabb
Kingsport Museum Association
Voice and Fax Number: 423-765-9900

Mystery of Natural History Announces “The Big Dig” Fundraising Campaign
Kingsport, Tennessee, August 29, 2011 – The Mystery of Natural History Museum, the area’s only true natural history museum, is asking you to open your wallet, closet, attic, and heart to help bring new and better displays to museum and be able to continue to operate our community museum for the long term.

The museum, located at 321 Broad Street in downtown Kingsport, presently features a NASA space exhibit entitled “From Earth to the Solar System”, meteorites from various parts of the earth, a STAN T-Rex, who is almost 40’ long and 13’ high in his present stance,(see more about STAN @ )and several other groupings of dinosaurs, dimorphodon and other flying creatures, various rock and mineral displays, survivor animals and fish, beautiful 75’ by 12’ timeline mural by Unome, scientific displays, field jackets, and more.

In order for us to continue to grow our collection, expand our space, and keep operating at our present level we need the help of the Kingsport community.

Things you can do to help include:

Join us for the “Big Dig Party” at the Museum on Saturday September 17 from 11 am – 5 pm. In addition to the regular museum exhibits we will be joined by members of the Weldwood Native American Old Society in full regalia, TJ the Clown will be doing animal balloons for the kids (and big kids too), face-painting, and lots of other exciting things going on that day.

Come out to visit us anytime! We look forward to seeing you! Admission is just $5 for adults and $4 for children 4-12 and senior 60 +

Look for our special event announcements and drop by for as many as you can!

Do your Christmas shopping in our well stocked gift shop!

Purchase an annual pass to the museum giving you unlimited visits, admission to lectures, shows and special events, plus 5% off gift shop purchases. Special half- price sale during our fundraiser: $12.50 for adults, $10.00 for children and seniors, and Family Passes good for 2 adults and up to 3 children, 4-12 are $40.

We are a membership association and memberships at various levels are still available (benefits vary with level of participation). Come by to discuss joining our effort. We would be honoured to have you!

Volunteer your time and talents!

Corporate or private sponsorships for various operations and exhibits are available.

We are also in need of private collections of natural history related items which can either be loaned to the museum or donated (your choice).

Some of the new exhibits Mystery of Natural History Museum will be bringing to the area soon include:

Additional large dinosaur replicas
Fluorescent rock room
Native American exhibit and village
Additional live animals including a walk-in butterfly habitat
Solar power display

and many more. Your suggestions and sponsored additions are welcome!
Our fundraiser officially starts September 1 and ends September 30 so special pricing is available on those dates, but your help to keep your community Natural History museum at its best is needed every day of the year!

For more information, call 423-765-9900, come by Mystery of Natural History Museum, 321 Broad St, Kingsport, TN 37660 or e-mail to

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August Winners - Keep Kingsport Beautiful & Blue Ridge Properties





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:  Miles and Denise Burdine, Birchwood Rd; Connie Toohey, Rivermont Circle; Mike and Linda Lamb, Linville St.; Dawn Davidson, Hermitage Drive; Gary and Pam Kilgore, 1009 Spring Valley Dr.; Judy Hensley, Sussex Dr.; John and Alisa Emery, Dover Drive


Business winner:  Bank of Tennessee, Fort Henry Dr.


Church winner:  Waverly Road Presbyterian Church, Waverly Rd.

Redevelopment Award:  Kingsport Pavilion, 2626 East Stone Dr.


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.



Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rascals new hours



From: Amy McAtee []


For Immediate Release


To accommodate more youth in the Tri-Cities area, Rascals will change their schedule for the new school year, as follows.


Beginning this month, Rascals will be open the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Friday’s of each month for those youth in 5th & 6th grades, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., with a $6 admission fee; we will also open the 2nd and 4th Saturday’s for our teen nights (mature 13 & up only), from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m., with a $7 admission charge.


Visit our web-site at, or call 423-378-5050, for any schedule changes due to holiday’s and/or inclement weather.  All youth are encouraged to “friend” us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on our events.


Thank you for publishing the above information for our organization through your media outlet.  Should you have any questions, please contact me at the number below.



Amy D. McAtee, Executive Director


125 Cumberland Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

(423) 378-5050


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Art gallery doubles its size in Kingsport

Cindy Saadeh Expands in Kingsport!
The art community of Kingsport is happy to announce that Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Gallery, located at 128 East Market Street in Downtown Kingsport, ...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Park lends inspiration to Hickory, NC

Kingsport park lends inspiration to Zahra's playground in Hickory ...
The Hickory mayor was with a delegation of supporters for Zahra's Playground, an all-children's attraction planned for Kiwanis Park. - News

Thursday, August 25, 2011

D-B's Hayworth chooses Wake Forest

Tyler Hayworth talks decision
Deacon Sports
The Dobyns Bennett High School athlete had an offer from Cincinnati in addition to Wake Forest. He described his relationship with one coach in particular. ...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bonnaroo: How a small town absorbs 80,000 concertgoers

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Every summer, tiny Manchester, Tennessee, becomes a metropolis of rockers and concertgoers as the Bonnaroo music festival comes to a nearby farm. This piece from Governing looks at how the town adapts to the surge.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wellmont, LMU-DCOM family medicine residency program blossoms in year two, adds 10 physicians


     BIG STONE GAP, Va. – An osteopathic family medicine residency program launched by Wellmont Health System and Lincoln Memorial University's DeBusk College of Medicine to enhance patient access to medical care in Southwest Virginia is booming in its second year of existence.

     A year ago, two physicians – Derek Harman and Aaron Porter – served as the inaugural residents in this program. Now, 10 more donned white coats Monday, Aug. 1, at a ceremony at the Goodloe Center at Mountain Empire Community College. Half of the 10 are members of the initial graduating class at LMU-DCOM.

     "This is a continuation of a dream to bring more physicians to Southwest Virginia, and we are so excited to see this latest group come here to provide compassionate care to our patients," said Dr. Maurice Nida, Wellmont's director of osteopathic medical education. "We are confident the quality of care we deliver in this region and the outstanding folks who live here will lead these young physicians to establish practices in Southwest Virginia."

     In 2009, the American Osteopathic Association granted approval for the LMU-DCOM/Wellmont Osteopathic Family Practice Residency Program to enroll as many as 24 physicians. The program, which offers a three-year residency, is now half of the way there.

     Eight of the physicians participating in Monday's event are in the first year of their residency and will work solely at Lonesome Pine Hospital for the first year. Two of the physicians have completed the first year of their residency elsewhere and will perform their duties at Lee Regional Medical Center, Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center in addition to Lonesome Pine.

     Five of the new residents graduated from LMU-DCOM, while others come from other parts of the country, some as far away as Philadelphia and New York. Jo Anne Harding, residency program coordinator, said all but one of the residents came here for an interview prior to joining the program.

     "We are pleased that our academic partner, LMU-DCOM, is participating so extensively this year, but we're also ecstatic with the diversity the rest of the residents bring to this year's class," said David Brash, vice president of Wellmont's Mountain Region. "We remain focused on our long-term vision – to enhance the healing environment of our communities by increasing the number of physicians in Southwest Virginia.

     "This program is coming along nicely and should enhance the quality of life for our friends and neighbors."

     The new residents and their medical school are as follows:

  • Dr. Christopher Bishop, LMU-DCOM
  • Dr. Tracy Boschee, Des Moines University Orthopedic Medical Center
  • Dr. Dennie Bryant, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of the New York Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Eric Hofmeister, LMU-DCOM
  • Dr. Lawson Hunley, LMU-DCOM
  • Dr. Dwayne Likens, University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Andrew Lovell, LMU-DCOM
  • Dr. Thomas Robbins, LMU-DCOM
  • Dr. K. Addison Ward, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Lindsay Yorns, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


Physicians enrolled in the LMU-DCOM/Wellmont Osteopathic Family Practice Residency Program stand with Dr. Thomas Roatsey, program director for family practice. Back row, left to right, are  Dr. Chris Bishop, Dr. Andy Lovell, Dr. Tracy Boschee, Dr. Lawson Hunley, Dr. Thomas Robbins, Dr. Dwayne Likens. Front row, left to right, are Dennie Bryant, Eric Hofmeister, Lindsay Yorns, Aaron Porter, Addison Ward, Derek Harman and Dr. Roatsey.


Is there a doctor in the house? There were plenty from Southwest Virginia at Monday's white-coat ceremony.


Dr. Maurice Nida, Wellmont's director of osteopathic medical education, speaks at Monday's white-coat ceremony.


Cutline for attached photo: Dr. Lawson Hunley receives his white coat from Dr. Thomas Roatsey, left, and Dr. Maurice Nida.



Irish company bringing 450 jobs to Kingsport

Kudos to NETWORKS, the economic development partnership of Kingsport-Bristol-Sullivan County. This company is a key supplier to VW, BMW, and IBM.

Read full article in today's Times-News or go to

Monday, August 22, 2011

Aug 24: Drive To End Hunger at Food City Downtown

AARP and Jeff Gordon's Drive to End Hunger - Donate Food and Funds at participating Food City Stores during the AARP Drive to End Hunger. Food City and WCQR have teamed up to help promote the drive. The Jeff Gordon Show Car will be at the Clinchfield Street Food City store in Kingsport from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24 Kingsport in support of the event. Bring your camera and get your picture made with the car and spin the prize wheel to win Drive to End Hunger prizes.

Gameday Depot now open in Kingsport

Gameday Depot is now open in Reedy Creek Terrace at 1880 North Eastman Road, Suite 285 along the Kingsport Greenbelt.

In addition to Panera Bread, they join a line-up of Starbucks, Sweet CeCe's Frozen Yogurt, Fleet Feet Sports, Sonali Spa, Vagabond Trader, Mattress Firm, Annie's Room, Stefinel's, Finer Things for Her, Scottrade, and other specialty retailers.


Welcome to Gameday Depot, your source for University apparel, merchandise, and other gameday gear. Gameday Depot's growing selection of college apparel includes t-shirts, hoodies, hats, jackets, and clothes for men, ladies, youth, and kids. We also have a wide selection of other gameday gear, including car flags, license plates, cups and mugs, magnets, and more. Current teams include the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Auburn Tigers, the Boise State Broncos, the Florida State Seminoles, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Oregon Ducks, the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Tennessee Volunteers, and the Texas Longhorns. And we’re adding 50 more schools for the fall 2011 college football season. Check back often after that as we add more apparel and gameday gear for fans of the many other NCAA teams and teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL.

Gameday Depot was launched as a new venture of Rocky Top Publishing, LLC (established in 2007) just prior to the 2010 college football season. We launched with a somewhat modest offering of Tennessee Volunteer car flags, car magnets, cups and stuff, and we soon thereafter added a bunch of different UT hoodies, jackets, t-shirts, and other apparel. Shortly after that, we added apparel for eight more schools, and after having great success sponsoring several college football pick 'em contests for sites in the SB Nation network, and after helping several of those sites offer big game victory t-shirts to their readers, we decided to (cue the deep voice and echo effects) Get Serious, and we have a massive shipment of apparel and merchandise for nearly 50 schools coming in August, 2011.

We hope to provide our customers with selection and service that makes them absolutely ecstatic. We plan to grow quickly but prudently and hope to expand into the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and others sports leagues soon, so check back often.

We value your feedback. We especially like to hear the positive stuff because it makes our faces look like our logo, but we also appreciate the negative because it helps us to improve. So leave a product review or send your comments to Or hit us up via our Facebook page or Twitter account. We hope to see you at the tailgate and in the stands.

For information on Reedy Creek Terrace, contact Dixon Greenwood

What's your Kingsport story?

This is an ongoing project.  If you're interested in sharing your story, please contact Lea Ann Rasar

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dobyns-Bennett Student Places Third in National Competition


KINGSPORT – May Dobyns-Bennett graduate John Fleming, Jr. was recently awarded third place in the National Skills USA Championship, held in Kansas City, MO June 22-23, 2011. 


The Skills USA Championship is a showcase for the nation's best career and technical students to demonstrate their excellence in skills and leadership.  The national competition features 96 occupational and leadership skills events.  Approximately 10,000 contests led up to the national championship.  The final event brings together over 5,600 local, district, and state winners to the Skills USA Nationals in Kansas City, Missouri. 


After progressing through state competitions, Fleming was the national bronze medalist in the category of Food and Beverage Service.  Contestants were tested on skills required in the "front of the house" of a fine restaurant.  The focus is on guest service and guest relations in the dining room including:  table setup; greeting guests; reservations procedures; presentation of menus; description of food, drinks, soups and specials of the day; taking orders; serving each course and clearing the table after each course; and preparation and presentation of the check and closing remarks. Contestants are judged on personal appearance, tableside manner, professionalism, ease with guests, courtesy, general knowledge and technical and verbal skills.


After graduating from Dobyns-Bennett, Fleming will attend Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro this fall, majoring in business management.  He hopes to open his own restaurant following his college education.  Says D-B Culinary Arts teacher Amy Knott, "This young man will never be without a job in the food service industry."


For more information, contact Amy Knott, Kingsport City Schools Culinary Arts Teacher at (423) 378-8471.




Beckner brothers strike gold at PGA Junior Am

Kingsport's Beckner brothers strike gold at PGA Junior Am
Kingsport Times News
James Beckner, a rising freshman at Dobyns-Bennett, fired a 72 to collect the 14-15 championship after 18 holes. His 10-year-old brother, Brogan Beckner, ...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Brinley Addington Music Video



From: Brinley Addington []
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 1:14 AM
To: Fleming, Jeff
Subject: Music Video


Hey Jeff,

Hope all is well! Just wanted to let you know that my brand new music video was just released and I wanted to see if you wouldn't mind to throw the link into one of your upcoming email blasts. I'd really appreciate you helping spread the word! Thanks man! 





Brinley Addington
P.O. Box 120795
Nashville, TN 37212



D-B Students Outpace State and National Averages in ACT Results

For Immediate Release – Kingsport City Schools

Contact: Andy True, Administrative Coordinator (423) 378-2130

August 17, 2011


Dobyns-Bennett Students Outpace State & National Averages in ACT Results


KINGSPORT – Dobyns-Bennett High School students again outperformed state and national averages in all categories of the 2011 ACT exam, with a record number of D-B students taking the exam.  A total of 404 students completed the test, an increase of 4.4% over the prior year.


Average ACT Score:








19.4       (D-B +2.3)

20.6       (D-B +1.1)



19.0       (D-B +2.5)

21.1       (D-B +0.4)



19.7       (D-B +2.4)

21.3       (D-B +0.8)



19.4       (D-B +2.0)

20.9       (D-B +0.5)



19.5       (D-B +2.3)

21.1       (D-B +0.7)


Additionally, Dobyns-Bennett students continued a 5-year trend of increasing the positive gap between system results and state averages in all subject areas.


Dobyns-Bennett vs. State Average ACT Score:



Dobyns-Bennett Higher than State ACT Average


Dobyns-Bennett Higher than State ACT Average


















Dobyns-Bennett High School students also outperformed state and national averages in all categories for College Readiness.


College Readiness:







58%       (D-B +15%)

66%       (D-B +7%)



27%       (D-B +22%)

45%       (D-B +4%)



41%       (D-B +18%)

52%       (D-B +7%)



20%       (D-B +14%)

30%       (D-B +4%)

Meeting All Four


15%       (D-B +16%)

25%       (D-B +6%)


Kingsport City Schools has outlined improving college readiness measures as one of the system's top goals for the Race to the Top initiative. To reach this goal, the school system has hired a system-wide science coordinator, a secondary curriculum coordinator, and a Project Lead the Way teacher at the middle school level. These positions will actively seek ways to increase student achievement and prepare students for college and careers by improving instruction in core content areas.

"The current results make a clear argument for the need to continue on our mission of college and career readiness for all students," said Dr. Chris Hampton, principal at Dobyns-Bennett High School.  "We acknowledge the hard work that has gone into preparing all of our students for life beyond high school.  The percentage of Dobyns-Bennett students who were college and career ready in all four areas more than doubled that of Tennessee.  This speaks highly to the focus of our staff and students.  While these results are a direct reflection on Dobyns-Bennett, they too, are a reflection of the hard work and effort of Kingsport City Schools and our community as a whole. Our work in this area is not complete and we will continue our journey toward preparing all of our students for postsecondary readiness."


Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, all 11th grade students in the state of Tennessee were required to complete the ACT.  Comparison of state and national averages should take into account that Tennessee is one of only seven states that require all 11th grade students to take the ACT, regardless of the student's intent to pursue higher education.


For more information, contact Kingsport City Schools Administrative Coordinator Andy True at (423) 378-2130.





Table Talk - Fun Stuff About Downtown


Friday, August 19, 2011

Impressed with his wife's care, man donates special water bottles to Wellmont cancer patients

     KINGSPORT -- When Gary Waters lost his wife to cancer in 2008, he was heartbroken but extremely grateful to the physicians, nurses and support staff who had helped him along the way.

     "They were available for us 24 hours a day – not just for Brenda, but also for me," said Waters, referring to the staff at Kingsport Hematology Oncology Associates, a member of Wellmont Physician Services and the Wellmont Regional Cancer Network. "Because of all they did for us, after she passed away I just wanted to give something back."

     It didn't take long for Waters to decide what that "something" should be. He knew firsthand about the need for encouragement experienced by cancer patients and their families. And he knew about the practical need for refreshment while waiting for appointments and during treatment.

     While Kingsport Hematology Oncology Associates was excellent at providing snacks, sodas and filtered water, Waters said, he thought there was still room for one more thing – bottles of water with specially designed labels to brighten the days of those battling cancer.

     "I have my own business based in Bristol, Va., called Waters-Dorsey Designs," Waters said. "We do custom bottle labels, and my time is limited. Providing bottles of water seemed a perfect way to give back."

     But these aren't just ordinary water bottles. The water is pure spring water from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The bottles themselves are recyclable and biodegradable. And each bottle bears a special message.

     "It's a tough time for patients and their families," Waters said. "I want to help them smile."

     He tries to change the labels each month. He has featured everything from a jolly Santa Claus in December and "Boo Water" in October to smiley faces, pink ribbons and Wellmont Health System logos during other months. Waters even provided labeled water bottles for this year's Kingsport Hematology Oncology Associates Relay For Life team.

     "This is a marvelous way for Gary to give our patients a smile as they receive their treatment," said Loretta Hurd, clinical coordinator at Kingsport Hematology Oncology Associates. "The patients love how he decorates the bottles. Some patients are here for long hours, and his help is so greatly appreciated by the patients, volunteers and the staff."

     Lisa Steadman, practice administrator, agrees.

     "All the nurses say the patients love the water. They especially like that they can carry it with them," Steadman said. "We really believe his dedication to provide water for our patients is amazing and an excellent way to provide compassionate care in a special way to those who might need a special touch at this time in their lives."

     Waters plans to continue this commitment for the foreseeable future and has encouraged this concept of giving back throughout his small business.

     "Each of our employees has an opportunity to choose an area of interest for us to donate to," Waters said. "It is the community that made us successful, and we believe in giving back."

     For Waters, a senior partner and owner of Waters-Dorsey Designs, his choice for giving was always clear.

     "The doctors, nurses and staff in Kingsport provided excellent diagnostic and medical services to Brenda," Waters said. "We were always treated with utmost professionalism, care and compassion. They really care."




YOU can be a part of our first Main Street Festival!


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Greetings from Downtown Kingsport!

This year we are celebrating Main Street and our Downtown with the first
Main Street Festival in Downtown Kingsport! We are lucky to be
partnering with the Localpalooza Music Festival that will be showcasing
15 bands of multiple genres of music. On Saturday, September 17, 2011,
the place to be is on Main Street in Downtown Kingsport. Throughout the
day, there will be activities and fun for kids of all ages, merchants
and vendors from the region, and much more! One of the highlights of
this festival will be an amateur baking contest of pies, cakes, cupcakes
and breads.

If you are interested in finding out more about this event, becoming a
sponsor or a vendor, please call us at 423-246-6550 or check us out on
the web at
If you would like to become a vendor at this year's event, email, and we'll email you a vendor application promptly. Feel free to pass it on to others that you think may be interested.

Stacey J. Eubanks
Executive Director
Downtown Kingsport Association
-A Main Street Community-
140 West Main Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
Phone: 423-246-6550
Fax: 423-246-6551

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Downtown Kingsport Main Street Association · 140 W Main St · Kingsport, Tennessee 37660

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.