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Friday, September 30, 2011

Kingsport gets $650,000 grant for Greenbelt on Page 1A of Wednesday, August 31, 2011 issue of Kingsport Times-News

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Enrollment up at Academic Village

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

HMG named TN's first level 3 multi-specialty practice

KINGSPORT, Tenn.—With an audience of legislators, government officials, and managed care thought-leaders present, Holston Medical Group (HMG) President Scott R. Fowler, MD, JD, announced a “first in the state” achievement at a September 1, 2011 morning news conference, held at the HMG Medical Plaza, Kingsport.  The milestone announcement marks a paradigm change in the delivery of health care, resulting in improved patient wellbeing, greater patient satisfaction and reduced costs.


“It is now my privilege to announce that Holston Medical Group has become the first multi-specialty group in the state of Tennessee to receive the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) recognition as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home,” said Fowler, adding that the announcement connects HMG to “one of the most exciting developments in patient care in the last 20 years.”


The patient-centered home approach to care is an emerging national model that provides a coordinated team approach to patient care, attaining and retaining health and wellbeing.


The result, according to HMG leaders, is improved patient wellbeing, greater patient satisfaction and reduced costs, most notably in the treatment of chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.


“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health care for individuals with chronic diseases accounts for 75% of our nation’s total health care costs,” said Fowler, calling the statistic alarming.  “That’s why we are here today.  HMG believes the medical profession carries with it a duty and responsibility to advocate for a healthcare system that offers solution.  One that is not merely responsive but proactive and forward-thinking.”


Fowler called NCQA recognition the “gold standard in quality measurement by the nation’s foremost organization,” advancing evidence-based, nationally-recognized standards of care.   

To achieve NCQA recognition, organizations must exceed nine rigorous standards and ten elements.  HMG scored so well that the group achieved a Level 3 status, the nation’s highest level of recognition.

“This singular achievement by both the administrative and provider staff is testament to Holston Medical Group’s commitment to improved efficiency, quality of care, and most importantly, to the patents of Northeast Tennessee,” says Donald W. Fischer, PhD, president and CEO of the American Medical Group Association.

The patient-centered medical home model of care is a physician-led, team approach that centers care around the patient, utilizing health coaches (specially trained nurses) who provide compassionate interaction with patients, reviewing records and closing the gaps on preventive measure that may be missing from a patient’s health record.

“Instead of being reactive, we are looking ahead, anticipating future needs and promoting proactive wellness with intentional and strategic follow-up care plans,” said HMG primary care provider Wendy Oberdick, MD.  “This means we are seeing you as a patient today and as a patient and a friend in good health when we see you tomorrow.”

Patient-Centered Medical Homes are developed around the complete patient experience.  The model uses sophisticated technology, such as electronic medical records, email portals and data exchanges, to enhance communication.

According to Oberdick, the patient-centered medical home model of care is designed to replace a broken, costly and burdensome system where you have “fragmented care that addresses acute episodes, tending to the urgent problem while the totality of patient care suffers and costs soar.”

HMG collaborative partner, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, says the driving focus is “better health through better quality, improved costs and overall better outcome for our members.”

“We congratulate HMG on this tremendous accomplishment and look forward to continuing our partnership, ensuring our chronic care patients have the access they need, when they need it,” said BCBS’s Kevin Raynor, manager, provider performance management.

HMG’s collaborative patient-centered medical home relationship with commercial managed care providers includes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Cigna and Humana. 

According to Fowler, working with managed care partners, HMG is taking the lead in “moving away from a model of care that has the goal of greater volume—more tests, more visits, more labs—to a model of care that has the goal of better outcomes, improved value and reduced costs.”



“Our managed care partners are telling us they want transparency.  They want measurable outcomes.  They want to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits,” said Fowler.  “They want us to consistently treat patients using evidence-based guidelines.  And, they are willing to partner with us, coming to the table and reward us for that success.”

According to BCBS, a patient-centered medical home model of care results in five measurable results:  decreased per-person health costs, reduced visits to the emergency room, fewer hospital admissions, fewer injuries and illnesses and improved patient satisfaction.

“Based on measurable results, we’re leading the way across our region, our state and our nation,” said Fowler, “It’s a better way.”

“And our patients love the compassionate, highly-integrated level of care they are receiving,” said Oberdick.  “It’s an honor and a privilege to serve in a culture of change that provides proven and proactive wellness for patients in all stages of life.”

Government and community leaders in attendance celebrated the community’s first-in-the-state achievement.

“This is certainly a shared success for everyone to celebrate. Holston Medical Group’s achievement is indicative of the excellent healthcare in our region and certainly exemplifies why the Move to Kingsport program continues to entice and attract others to make this part of the country home,” said Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Miles Burdine.

To obtain NCQA Level III PCMH recognition, HMG had to adhere to nine major standards in excellence including:

·         Access and Communication

·         Patient Tracking and Registry Functions

  • Care Management
  • Patient Self-Management Support
  • Electronic Prescribing
  • Test Tracking
  • Referral Tracking
  • Performance Reporting & Improvement
  • Advanced Electronic Communications

According to the NCQA, standards are aligned with PCMH, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association. Level III is the highest level achievable for a medical home, and the recognition is valid for three years.



About Holston Medical Group

As one of the largest multi-specialty providers within the southeast, HMG is also the state’s first multi-specialty NCQA-Level III patient-centered medical home.  HMG’s “Family of Care” consists of more than 800 employees, including more than 150 physicians and mid-level providers in its provision of 24-hour medical/surgical coverage. 



Regarded as a national leader in clinical research, as well as electronic health record integration and utilization, Holston Medical Group provides convenient locations throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, offering two Urgent Care Clinics (Bristol & Kingsport) and state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities.



In addition to being the region’s most advanced primary care provider (family/internal medicine, pediatrics/adolescent medicine), Holston Medical Group’s provision of multi-specialty care includes:  allergic diseases; endocrinology and metabolism; gastroenterology; general surgery; hospital team; orthopaedic surgery; oral and maxillofacial surgery; obstetrics & gynecology; otolaryngology; occupational medicine; pediatric gastroenterology; dermatology; rheumatology; and comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation services.  On-site ancillary services available include digital x-ray and mammography, CT, MRI, ultrasound and cardiac services.  Additionally, HMG provides the patient convenience of on-site laboratory services.  




Holston Medical Group The best medicine.




Kingsport Library KINDLE NEWS

Exciting news!





 Library eBooks for Kindle are here!


KPL also has preloaded Nooks available for check out.  The adult Nooks have the latest fiction and non-fiction bestsellers.  The teen Nooks have cool teen titles and the children's Nook has wonderful interactive stories. 

Note:  the Nooks are preloaded and patrons are not able to download additional items to them.  However, you can request titles to be added! 


 We're excited to announce that the Kingsport Public Library's eBook collection is now compatible with the world's bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon® Kindle. Now you can download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more.  To start downloading, grab your library card and visit the R.E.A.D.S. titles. If you need help, see the Quick Start Guide.

We also offer eBooks and audiobooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as a Smartphone, MP3 player, and eBook reader like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader.

Kindle users can browse our collection of bestselling and classic eBooks from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using a library card, and select "Get for Kindle" to deliver eBooks to a Kindle device or any device running the free Kindle app. Users who enjoy eBooks on Kindle will benefit from Amazon's Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps.

We're anticipating a high demand for eBooks, so we encourage you to take advantage of the Always Available eBooks with no need for holds. We'll continue to build our eBook collection so keep checking back for more titles.
The Kingsport Public  Library partners with OverDrive, Inc. (, a global leader in eBook distribution for libraries and schools, to offer this service.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

TODAY: 4:05p-7:05p Chamber Primetime After Hours

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This will be the first big event inside the new Farmer's Market building.  Come check it out and welcome all the new Chamber members who are exhibiting their goods and services.


Kingsport's senior residents have special directory available to help them with important decisions



      KINGSPORT – Senior residents face many important decisions as they age, from health care to insurance, that are complex and require a lot of planning.

     To lend a helping hand, Wellmont Health System has provided a valuable resource for these residents in Kingsport that enables them to meet many of these needs with greater ease. It's called the Kingsport ElderCall Directory.

     Holston Valley Medical Center's parish nurse program developed ElderCall more than 10 years ago in a project spearheaded by Rosalee Sites, the department's resource manager.

     "We wanted to provide a service for Kingsport seniors, who have contributed so much to the betterment of our community," Sites said. "It started as a parish nurse project in conjunction with Wellmont Madison House. It's a great resource and a way to assure our seniors that we are interested in their welfare at all stages of their life."

     ElderCall is now in its second edition and contains 150 pages. The directory allows seniors to find a wide-reaching array of resources for insurance questions, assisted living options and emergency preparedness.

     "We've been working on this edition for over a year," Sites said. "We had to call and verify every listing to ensure we had updated information."

     To further assist seniors, the directory includes an action guide and section introductions. ElderCall manuals also contain checklists for seniors to determine their assisted living needs, outlines for living wills, caregiver forms and decision worksheets.

     Madison House, the region's only healthcare-affiliated assisted living residence, adult day care and short-term overnight care program, gives the booklet to any patients and visitors who might need it. ElderCall manuals are also available at the Kingsport Senior Center, United Way of Greater Kingsport and Holston Valley's pastoral care department.

     "This is an important resource for our elderly population," said Debra Boiciuc, executive director of Madison House. "It's free and readily available to the public, so Kingsport seniors can really take advantage of it and feel more empowered."

     Sites is thrilled Wellmont was able to develop such a practical guide for Kingsport.

     "It turned out to be a really nice product," Sites said. "It should be very helpful to people who need it and reassure their family members who might not live nearby that the community cares about their loved one."




Oct 6: Evening With The Arts 2011



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Downtown Kingsport Association Foundation is having "An Art Affair: With a Parisian Flair" on October 6, 2011 at 7 pm in the Main Art Center inside the Downtown Kingsport Association at 140 West Main Street. The Paris Themed event will intertwine art, music, fashion and delicious foods. Tickets are $50 per person. Call the DKA office for tickets at 423-246-6550.
For a moment imagine walking through Paris in the fall with a glass of wine and friends laughing and talking about the new artist who made you remember a time in your past of joy and romance.  The sounds of music softly reaching your ears while tasting delectable morsels.
In the middle of Paris you'll find a medallion amongst the cobblestones, and if you stomp on this medallion you're sure to return to Paris, the city of love and romance.  You may not be traveling to Paris soon, but you can pretend by attending "An Art Affair:  With a Parisian Flair" at DKA.
Sponsors for this event include: Downtown Kingsport Association, Wellmont – Holston Valley Medical Center, Eastman, Eastman Credit Union, BAE, Blakley-Mitchell, Evergreen, Children's Miracle Network, Citizens and Regions Banks, Envira Carbon and others.  If you would like to sponsor this event please contact Lisa Childress, Main Art Center President at 423-863-3403 or email:
Hold hands with the one you love or bring a friend to "An Art Affair: With a Parisian Flair."


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Monday, September 26, 2011

Oct 1-Nov 10: Kingsport Revisited Photography Exhibit

Dates: October 1- November 10, 2011


Venue: Renaissance Center

                        2nd Floor Atrium

                        1200 E. Center Street

                        Kingsport, TN 37660      


“Kingsport Revisited”-an exhibition of new and old photographs


In celebration of American Archives Month, the Kingsport Public Library & Archives, the Friends of the Archives and the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts will present “Kingsport Revisited”, an exhibition of new photographs from ETSU students based on historic images of Kingsport. The exhibition is the culmination of a summer course taught by ETSU’s Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography Joshua Dudley Greer. Over the 5 week summer course, the students researched photography collections housed in the Kingsport Archives with the goal to meticulously re-photograph dozens of locations around Kingsport, just as they appeared in the original images. The month-long exhibit at the Kingsport Renaissance Center pairs the new photographs with their original counterparts, illustrating significant changes in landscape, architecture and culture in Kingsport.


The following artist’s work will be included in the exhibition:


- Veronica Addington

- Samantha Adkins

- Alan Beuris

- Angela Freese

- Trish Gibson

- Hannah Hamilton

- John Hathaway

- Megan King

- Amanda Milstead

- Ashley Nease

- Joshua Powers

- Wrightly Reed

- Lauren Roberts

- Andrew Scott

- Cassie Williams


An opening reception will be held Thursday, October 6 at 5:30 in conjunction with the Friends of the Archives annual meeting.  The exhibit is open to the public Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., October 1 - November 10, 2011 in the 2nd Floor Atrium at the Kingsport Renaissance Center.


For more information please contact:

Brianne Wright, City Archivist








Brianne Wright

City Archivist

Kingsport Public Library and Archives

400 Broad Street

Kingsport, TN 37660



Education Impacts Work-Life Earnings 5x More Than Other Demographic Factors


      According to a new U.S. Census Bureau study, education levels had more effect on earnings over a 40-year span in the workforce than any other demographic factor, such as gender, race and Hispanic origin. For example, a worker with a professional degree is expected to make more than a worker with a eighth grade education or lower.


      Some groups, such as non-Hispanic white males, Asian males and Asian females, benefit more from higher levels of education than other groups over a 40-year career for those with a professional degree. White males with a professional degree make more than double (about $2.4 million more) than that of Hispanic females with the same level of education.


(Note: Hispanics may be any race. All references in this news release to race groups such as black or white exclude Hispanic members of the race group in question; that is, all are "non-Hispanic.")


      Many factors, such as race and Hispanic origin, gender, citizenship, English-speaking ability and geographic location do influence work-life earnings but none had as much impact as education. The estimated impact on annual earnings between a professional degree and an eighth grade education was about $72,000 a year, roughly five times the impact of gender, which was $13,000.


      These findings come from the report Education and Synthetic Work-Life Earnings, which looks at the economic value of educational attainment by estimating the amount of money that people might earn over the course of a 40-year work-life given their level of education. The  

report also looks at the effect of other factors, such as race and gender groups and other characteristics with regard to this relationship.


      "This analysis shows that there is a clear and well-defined relationship between education and earnings," said Tiffany Julian, an analyst in the Census Bureau's Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division. "The overall economic value of educational attainment in this report supports the belief that higher levels of education are well-established paths to better jobs and higher earnings."


     Other highlights:

Overall, white males had higher earnings than any other group at every education level, with the exception of those with a master's degree, which was topped by Asian males, and those with a professional degree, where Asian males were not significantly different from white males.

In general, women in the most economically advantaged race groups usually earn less than men in the most disadvantaged race groups. For example, a white female with master's degree is expected to earn $2.4 million over a 40-year work-life. In comparison, a Hispanic male with a master's degree is expected to earn $2.8 million.


 For Asian, black and Hispanic groups whose highest education completed is high school, the difference between each group's work-life earnings was not large compared with the differences between these groups when they had higher levels of education.

Asian men and women with a bachelor's degree or higher had greater returns on higher education than blacks or Hispanics of either gender. For example, an Asian female with a professional degree made $3.7 million in work-life earnings compared with $2.3 million for a Hispanic female with a professional degree.


 Naturalized citizens saw a small yearly increase in earnings over the native-born population ($1,210), but those who were not citizens made $2,446 less a year than the native-born.


 Language spoken at home had an effect on earnings: those who spoke a language at home other than English saw a decrease in annual earnings after considering all other factors. Even those who speak English "very well" saw a decrease of $989 in annual earnings compared with English-only speakers.


 Geography impacted earnings, showing higher earnings in the Pacific states and in New England and lowest earnings in East South Central states.


Data for this research comes from the 2006-2008 3-year American Community Survey. All estimates are presented in 2008 dollars and represent the amount of estimated money that one can expect to earn from ages 25 to 64.


*As with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error. All comparisons made in the reports have been tested and found to be statistically significant at the 90 percent confidence level, unless otherwise noted. Please consult the data tables for specific margins of error.


The American Community Survey is an ongoing survey of approximately 3 million addresses every year and provides one of the most complete pictures of our population available. While the 2010 Census produced a count of the nation's population and basic demographics, the American Community Survey provides statistics on more than 40 topics, such as income, educational attainment, housing, family structure and more. All survey responses are strictly confidential and protected by law.


Editor's note: The report can be accessed at <>.





Fire Department Reaccredited for 3rd time

The Commission on Fire Accreditation International has awarded the Kingsport Fire Department Reaccreditation for the third time for 2011-2016.  The Kingsport Fire Department is one of only 146 agencies throughout the world to receive this status.  Kingsport Fire Department represented by their Chief Craig Dye and Accreditation Manager Assistant Chief Scott appeared before the CFAI in Atlanta, GA as the vote for reaccreditation was unanimously passed.

Chief Craig Dye Stated “It’s a great honor for our City and the Kingsport Fire Department to receive reaccreditation. Assistant Chief Boyd has done an excellent job as our Accreditation Manager leading our team in maintaining our accreditation. This is and ongoing commitment of excellence by the City of Kingsport that we have to maintain throughout our accreditation period. Not only was the Fire Department evaluated, but different departments throughout the city including Finance, Personnel, and the Water Department.”

The Kingsport Fire Department first received accreditation in 2000, was reaccredited in 2006, and has maintained this world class status for 2011-2016

The CFAI program is a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model that enables fire and emergency service organizations to examine past, current, and future service levels and performance and compare them to industry best practices. This process leads to improved service delivery by helping fire departments:

  • Determine community risk and safety needs.
  • Evaluate the performance of the department.
  • Establish a method for achieving continuous organizational improvement.

"This process has created unique challenges to the fire industry; measure 100% of your organization and benchmark your findings towards continuous quality improvement. We are seeing more and more organizations who can and want to meet these industry challenges and for that; the Commission remains proud to refer to them as internationally credible fire departments." says Chief Ernst Piercy, Chairman of the CFAI.



Thank You,


Barry J Brickey

Public Education Officer

Kingsport Fire Department

130 Island Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

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





Oct 10: Kingsport Tomorrow 6th Annual Golf Classic

Good Afternoon Jeff,

Would you please distribute the information below through your distribution list regarding Kingsport Tomorrow's golf tournament fundraiser?  Thank you, and thanks for keeping all of us connected to "what's happening" in Kingsport.


Kingsport Tomorrow's 6th Annual Golf Classic is on Monday, October 10th, at Cattails at MeadowView and benefits the Kingsport Veterans Memorial/Phase 2, and our Childhood Obesity and Youth Tobacco Prevention programs. Format is 4-Person Select Shot (18 holes), and will include a putting contest at 11, lunch at the Clubhouse at noon, and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The hole-in-one vehicle prize is a vehicle from Toyota of Kingsport. Prizes awarded to 9 teams-1st, 2nd and 3rd place in 3 flights; closest to the pin on all par 3s; longest drive for male and female; winner and 1st runner up of the putting contest; and several door prizes. Besides Toyota of Kingsport and Cattails at MeadowView, media sponsors are Citadel Broadcasting and Kingsport Times-News.  Fees are $100 per golfer and $400 per team (includes 4 mulligans). Mulligans (3 per player) are $5 each. Hole sponsorships are $150; cart sponsorships are $50. A $500 sponsorship includes a foursome, a hole sponsorship sign, and recognition in advertising. Higher sponsorship levels are $750, $1,500 and $2,500. Visit our Web site:, Facebook, e-mail: or call 423.246.2017 for registration and additional information. Join us for golfing fun and great prizes!   


Catherine Tucker

Executive Administrator

Kingsport Tomorrow    



Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Sunday, September 25, 2011

KOSBE Award Winner Cumberland Marketing Acquires The Bliss Agency

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – KOSBE Award winner Cumberland Marketing announced today the acquisition of Bristol's The Bliss Agency. The deal combines Cumberland's expertise in marketing, branding, promotions and interactive services with Bliss' extensive background in web development and mobile solutions.


"This is a great fit and perfect timing," said Chris Bowen, president and chief executive officer of Cumberland Marketing. "We admire the quality of work and market savvy The Bliss Agency has offered our region. For us to integrate that excellence into our own growing, dynamic operation—it's a solid win for both companies and especially for each of our clients."


Established in 1987, Cumberland Marketing has outperformed economic expectations, steadily expanding their staffing and operations. That success, said Jean Boggs-Rowe, vice president of marketing, is what allowed the company to approach Bliss with confidence. "Over the past few years, we have grown our capabilities to include a wide range of marketing applications. With the incorporation of Bliss, we are now able to offer clients of both companies, a proven, comprehensive spectrum of marketing expertise. We are especially excited to become a more integral part of the burgeoning growth of Bristol's downtown and creative community."


"We know Bliss is in good hands," said Ben Collins, former creative director of The Bliss Agency. "From the start of our talks with Chris, we felt comfortable knowing our creative legacy of the past few years, as well as our client portfolio would be well taken care of at Cumberland." Former president of Bliss, Cam Collins, will be working actively with clients and Cumberland staff to ensure a smooth transition.


"Over the coming weeks, we will be evaluating the individual needs of our new clients and introducing them to the specialists of our staff. We look forward to demonstrating our know-how and feel positive, knowing the culture of Bliss's clients, those energies will be a match," said Kevin Jones, interactive director.


Consolidation between the two companies will take place in the following weeks. In the meantime, clients or interested parties may contact Cumberland Marketing at (423) 378.5823.

Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information about Cumberland Marketing or to schedule an appointment call (423) 378.5823, visit their website, follow them on Facebook CumberlandMarketing, Twitter @cumberlandm, LinkedIn Group Cumberland Marketing, 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

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Annexes Parts of Colonial Heights: Plans On More

Kingsport Annexes Parts of Colonial Heights; Plans On More
By Meredith Machen KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- For those wanting Kingsport City services, most people have to physically move into a home inside city limits. But now, some residents have those options at their own homes. Kingsport approved the annexation of ...

Friday, September 23, 2011

GED Graduates 204 in 2010-2011

Kingsport -  The Kingsport/Sullivan County GED Program has exceeded all state-wide targeted academic performance goals during the 2010-2011 academic year. 

204 area residents took advantage of this free program to attain their General Equivalency Diploma through a Tennessee Department of Labor Workforce Development grant.  In doing so, 21 GED graduates exceeded 3,000 point on the official GED test, equivalent to graduating with academic honors.

Over the last five years 983 GED's have been awarded locally, with a potential positive economic impact to Kingsport/Sullivan County of $9,639,880.00.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, a high school drop-out who earns a GED can expect an annual salary increase of $9,464.  The 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics increased this projected annual salary increase to $10,240.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, the Kingsport/Sullivan County GED Program moved classroom facilities to the Regional Center for Applied Technology, located at 222 West Main Street in downtown Kingsport and opened a satellite campus at Blountville Middle School.  In addition, GED services are provided in the Sullivan County Correctional Facility in Blountville.  All classes and tests are free to participants.

A Transition-to-College Program is available for qualifying students, providing academic and study skills assistance to prepare graduates for postsecondary education.   During the 2010-2011 year over 80 students received support in the Transition-to College Program.

Information on the free GED classes and testing opportunities is available by contacting the local GED office at (423) 378-4301 or online at

For more information, contact KCS Director of Adult Education Dr. Lowell Biller at (423) 378-4301.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Oct 10:Kingsport Tomorrow 6th Annual Golf Classic

 Good Afternoon Jeff,

Would you please distribute the information below regarding Kingsport Tomorrow's golf tournament fundraiser?  Thank you, and thanks for keeping all of us connected to "what's happening" in Kingsport.


Kingsport Tomorrow's 6th Annual Golf Classic is on Monday, October 10th, at Cattails at MeadowView and benefits the Kingsport Veterans Memorial/Phase 2, and our Childhood Obesity and Youth Tobacco Prevention programs. Format is 4-Person Select Shot (18 holes), and will include a putting contest at 11, lunch at the Clubhouse at noon, and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The hole-in-one vehicle prize is a vehicle from Toyota of Kingsport. Prizes awarded to 9 teams-1st, 2nd and 3rd place in 3 flights; closest to the pin on all par 3s; longest drive for male and female; winner and 1st runner up of the putting contest; and several door prizes. Besides Toyota of Kingsport and Cattails at MeadowView, media sponsors are Citadel Broadcasting and Kingsport Times-News.  Fees are $100 per golfer and $400 per team (includes 4 mulligans). Mulligans (3 per player) are $5 each. Hole sponsorships are $150; cart sponsorships are $50. A $500 sponsorship includes a foursome, a hole sponsorship sign, and recognition in advertising. Higher sponsorship levels are $750, $1,500 and $2,500. Visit our Web site:, Facebook, e-mail: or call 423.246.2017 for registration and additional information. Join us for golfing fun and great prizes!   


Catherine Tucker

Executive Administrator

Kingsport Tomorrow    



Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Opportunity

Jeff, Eastman Chemical and Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church are teaming up again this year to build a house in partnership with Holston Habitat for Humanity.  We are building with the Gilliam Family at 1642 Spruce Street in the Highlands area of Kingsport.   


We encourage anyone who has interest to join us as we build Sept. 30 through Oct. 29.   Volunteers with or without construction experience are welcome to participate by signing up online at this link:, by sending a note to the email addresses below.


Here is a copy of our work schedule:


“Hands for Habitat”                                                             Covenant Partners:

   Building Site: 1642 Spruce Street                                                 Holston Habitat for Humanity

   Kingsport, TN                                                                                       Leon and Janice Gilliam Family                        

                                                                                                                     Eastman Chemical Company

                                                                                                                     Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church               

Volunteer Information:

NAME: ___________________________                                                                                                      

PHONE: W/H ______________________

PHONE: Cell _______________________                                                                                     



                                                                                                                              Minimum                                                    See Instructions Below*                                                                    

Dates                       Tasks                                                                                    Workers    Exper-   AM=8AM–NOON      Snacks=S    Devotions=D

                                                                                                                              Needed      ience      PM=1PM–5PM          Lunch=L      Host =H                                                                               

Phase 1 of Building Blitz:             

Sep 30 (FRI)            Build Walls, Sheath, & Cover                                                    20       YES/NO         AM/PM                 _______      ________

Oct 1 (SAT)             Finish Framing, Roof Trusses, Sheath, & Cover                        20       YES/NO         AM/PM                 _______      ________

Oct 3 (MON)           Inside Walls, Attic Storage, Finish Roof                                   15       YES/NO         AM/PM                 _______      ________

Oct 4 (TUE)             Windows & Doors, Rough Elect. & Plumbing                           15       YES/NO         AM/PM                 _______      ________

Oct 5 (WED)            Windows & Doors, Rough Elect & Plumbing                            15       YES/NO        AM/PM                 _______      ________

Oct 6 (THU)            Same as Wed, Start Siding, Porch Railings                              15       YES/NO        AM/PM                  _______      ________

Oct 7 (FRI)              Siding, Soffit, Railings, Insulate Walls, HVAC                          20        YES/NO        AM/PM                  _______      ________

Oct 8 (SAT)             Siding, Soffit, Insulate Walls, HVAC                                         20        YES/NO        AM/PM                 _______      ________

Oct 10 – 18             Grading and Landscaping Prep                                                  6         YES/NO          AM/PM                _______      ________

                Drywall Professionals – No Volunteers Needed     

Phase 2 of Building Blitz:                                        

Oct 19 (WED)          Paint Walls, Paint Trim, Paint Railings                                       10       YES/NO         AM/PM                  _______      ________

Oct 20 (THU)          Paint Walls, Trim Windows, Finish Outside                               10       YES/NO         AM/PM                  _______      ________

Oct 21 (FRI)            Paint Walls, Trim Windows, Underlayment                               10       YES/NO         AM/PM                  _______      ________

Oct 22 (SAT)           Finish Painting and Trim, Hang Cabinets                                    10       YES/NO       AM/PM                    _______      ________

Oct 23 (SUN)          Landscaping (Youth Groups)                                                       15       YES/NO       AM/PM                    _______      ________

Oct 24 (MON)         Hang Cabinets, Closets, Floors, Int. Doors                                  12       YES/NO        AM/PM                   _______      ________

Oct 25 (TUE)           Cabinets, Closets, Lam. Floor, Lighting, Int. Doors                     15       YES/NO        AM/PM                   _______      ________

Oct 26 (WED)          Int. Doors, Closet Shelving, Finish Bath                                      15       YES/NO       AM/PM                   _______      ________

Oct 27 (THU)          Elect., Fixtures, Appliances, Touch-up                                         15       YES/NO       AM/PM                   _______      ________

Oct 28 (FRI)             Finish Bath Fixtures, Clean-up                                                     6         YES/NO       AM/PM                  _______      ________         

Oct 29 (SAT)           Optional Workday if Needed



Dedication Service – Tentatively scheduled for Nov. 6 at 2:00PM - To be confirmed later.                                             


RETURN   TODAY to Cheryl Harvey at, or to Steve Clark, 737-6038,, or drop off at

Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church Office at 213 Colonial Heights Road, Kingsport, TN 37663 – (423) 239-9194


Note: Schedule is subject to weather and other factors. Check

for updates.


Thanks for helping us publicize this project!


Keith Goulder


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.