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Monday, October 31, 2011

Warm Inside Art Workshops!

 
KingsportARTS
Greetings!
Its Cold Outside!
But we have art workshops today inside the warm and beautiful Renaissance Center in Kingsport!
Ages 13-18 - K.E.Y.P.A.D. Workshop from 12 Noon until 4 p.m. will be on watercolors techniques. This workshop is taught by a local professional teaching artist. 

Ages 6-12 - Arts4Kids Workshop from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. will be about Shakespeare, the Globe theatre, the language and the acting! This workshop is taught by a Kingsport Theatre Guild associate!


COST: 4 hour K.E.Y.P.A.D. Workshop - $20

             2 hour Arts4Kids Workshop - $10


We still have plenty of room in both workshops! No need to R.S.V.P. today, just come on down to the Renaissance Center, 1200 East Center Street, Kingsport!


 

Tina Radtke
Arts Education Director
 
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LongHorn Steakhouse is Hiring for a Brand New Restaurant!

 

We here at LongHorn Steakhouse are looking to add energetic, outgoing, talented people to our Restaurant Staff at our new Kingsport, TN location. We are looking to fill a number of positions.

 

Find the one that is the best fit for you by clicking on our link to apply:   Apply Here

Sunday, October 30, 2011

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Tri-State Cardiology is joining the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, enhancing care to the region

 

     JOHNSON CITY – Tri-State Cardiology is joining the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, aligning two top-tier organizations focused on delivery of high-quality cardiac care to patients in the Tri-Cities area.

     Uniting these two strong organizations will add five cardiologists, one nurse practitioner and 35 staff members from Tri-State Cardiology, Johnson City's leading cardiac practice, to the region's premier cardiovascular program.

     The heart institute, which has been ranked among the best nationally by publications and ratings agencies for its superior and compassionate care, features 36 physicians who provide a spectrum of cardiovascular care. Other employees include 20 physician's assistants and nurse practitioners and more than 250 staff members. The heart institute has nine offices.

     Wellmont Health System's eight hospitals also fall under the heart institute umbrella.

     Dr. Jerry Blackwell, the heart institute's president, said this partnership with Tri-State Cardiology is a win-win for the two organizations and their patients.

     "We are proud of the outstanding reputation we have established on a regional, state and national stage," Dr. Blackwell said. "Our culture of excellence incorporates values we hold dear – delivering better quality, lower costs and greater access – to provide the ultimate experience for patients who entrust us with their care.

     "What's so pleasing about this partnership with Tri-State Cardiology is the physicians and staff of that group share our values. They are community and medical staff leaders with impeccable credentials who considered this partnership solely through the prism of advancing and sustaining quality cardiovascular care. This partnership strengthens both organizations and, most importantly, the region we serve."

     Tri-State Cardiology, which has offices in Johnson City, Greeneville and Erwin, is based in the heart of Johnson City's med-tech corridor at 2428 Knob Creek Road, and its main office offers a nuclear lab, a stress test lab, an echocardiogram lab and clinical research services. The group is particularly attuned to the needs of its community, and its members have dedicated tremendous energy and resources to meeting those needs.

     "We have strived very hard to provide the highest-quality, most efficient cardiovascular care to our patients," said Dr. Mark Chang, the group's president. "This merger is perfectly consistent with our original mission statement, given the heart institute's deep and demonstrated commitment to the same goal.

     "We also believe we share a vision going forward on how to best navigate through the complexities of coming healthcare reform while keeping the best interests of our patients and our referring physician community at the top of our priorities."

     The merger of Tri-State Cardiology and the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute will become effective Oct. 24. That day, the heart institute's Johnson City office at 316 Marketplace Blvd., Suite 20, will move to Tri-State's building on Knob Creek Road.

     In order to offer patients convenient access to its services, the heart institute will have 11 offices as a result of the merger. There will be one office in Johnson City; Bristol; Kingsport; Rogersville; Erwin; Abingdon, Va.; Norton, Va.; Pennington Gap, Va.; and Marion, Va. The heart institute will have two offices in Greeneville.

     "This new partnership will result in a sharing of cardiovascular resources that will lead to an even higher level of care for our valued patients in this region from some of the finest physicians in the country," said Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont's president and CEO. "The residents of the Tri-Cities should be proud of the outstanding cardiovascular care they have close to home.

     "It's yet another example how we are driven to deliver a healing environment for our patients and their loved ones."

 

Dr. Mark Chang, new Wellmont CVA Heart Institute cardiologist

 

Dr. Harold Alison, new Wellmont CVA Heart Institute cardiologist

 

Dr. Joseph Bailey, new Wellmont CVA Heart Institute cardiologist

 

Dr. Scott Jay, new Wellmont CVA Heart Institute cardiologist

 

Dr. Collier Jordan, new Wellmont CVA Heart Institute cardiologist

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

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Friday, October 28, 2011

23 Small Businesses Announced as Finalists in the 2011 Annual KOSBE Awards

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) today announced 23 area small businesses are finalists in the 17th Annual KOSBE Awards, competing for one of several prestigious awards.

 

KOSBE Award applicants were sought in the following categories:

 

1.    Business Excellence (under 10 employees)

2.    Business Excellence (10 or more employees)

3.    New Business (in business 12—36 months)

4.    Young Entrepreneur (owner is under 40 years of age)

5.    Innovation

6.    Small Manufacturer

7.    Woman-Owned

8.    Veteran-Owned

9.    Minority-Owned

10. Impact (can only be nominated by a business competing in any of the above categories)

 

There were no applicants for the Small Manufacturer (or fabricator) or Minority-Owned business awards this year.

 

Inaugurated in 1994, the Annual KOSBE Awards is the longest running and most recognized small business-focused awards program in the Tri-Cities area. "All 23 finalists have demonstrated survival skills and in some cases, grown their business despite one of the most difficult economic climates in decades," said KOSBE Executive Director, Aundrea Wilcox. "This year, we have received more applications than previous years; our business community should be very proud of that."

 

Selections will be made based on customer relationship strategy, story of success overcoming adversity, community involvement, marketing creativity and presented strategies for growth.

 

This year's awards chair, Janet Callahan, senior account executive with Bristol Motor Speedway said, "This listing of finalists shows that our region is attracting, retaining and growing all types of businesses which are critical to the continued development our local economy."  Callahan further stated, "We must celebrate small businesses and push them towards excellence."

 

This year's finalists are:

·         Aldebaran Financial (Peter Raber)

·         BabyCakes Cupcakery (Natalie Shortridge)

·         Back to Basics Massage Therapies (Margaret Helms)

·         Carriage House (Terri Willis)

·         Cheek Solutions, Inc. (Trever Cheek)

·         Dykes Trucking (Kim Dykes)

·         Fish Window Cleaning (Scott Forney)

·         F & L Limo & Livery (Sherri and Rodney Monroe)

·         Front Row Sports (Donald Lee)

·         HairBender's Salon (Sheila Ferguson)

·         Hillhouse Graphic Design (Jane Hillhouse)

·         Hot Dog Hut (Ken Carrigan)

·         Korner-Copia (Mary-Beth Morgan)

·         Lake Pointe Advertising and Awards (Larry Burris)

·         Moon Tuxedo (Joni Haynes)

·         Preferred Tax-Free Retirement (Ron Bedford)

·         Rasnick Family Chiropractic (Ben Rasnick)

·         Salt Water Willy's Bayou Café (Wayne Michelli)

·         Still Transfer (Chris Salyers)

·         Sophisticated Starlet (Jodi Strycharz)

·         Tal's Auto and Truck Repair (Tal Musick)

·         The Utility Company (Dawn Bouch)

·         The Village at Allandale (Dave Snyder)

 

In addition to naming the winners of the business competition, KOSBE will also announce the recipient of the Impact Award for an outstanding individual and small business advocate who is nominated by a business who has entered the contest in one of the preceding categories. The individuals nominated for the Impact Award are:

 

·         Mr. David McClaskey (Pal's Business Excellence Institute)

·         Mr. Don Royston (Dent K. Burk Associates)

·         Mr. Hank Brown (We Run Events)

·         Mr. Harvey Mitchell (State of Franklin Bank)

·         Ms. Jean Boggs-Rowe (Cumberland Marketing)

·         Mr. Jerry Sluder (Eastman Chemical Company Retiree)

·         Mr. John Lester (Dr. Reddy Laboratories)

·         Ms. Kathy Richards (AdviCoach)

·         Mr. Michael Strycharz (Sophisticated Starlet)

·         Ms. Natalie Shortridge (Babycakes Cupcakery)

·         Mr. Polk Chandler (Reliable Data Solutions)

·         Ms. Sheila Ferguson (HairBenders Salon)

·         Mr. Todd Miller (Holston Medical Group)

 

Winners and runner-ups from each category will be announced live at a special recognition event on Thursday, December 8, 2011 from 6 – 9 p.m. located at BANQ, 255 Broad Street, 2nd floor in downtown Kingsport. BANQ is located in the historic First National Bank Building.

The public is invited to attend.

 

General seating tickets are $35 per person, VIP/Reserved seating are $45 per person and both can be purchased online at KOSBE.org or call (423) 392.8825. Tickets must be purchased in advance to be eligible for prized drawings including a pair of round-trip American Airline tickets to anywhere in the US.

Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased to attend.

 

2011 Annual KOSBE Award sponsors include:

 

Title Sponsor: SunTrust Bank

 

Top-Tier Sponsors: Brock Services, Pathway Lending, Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout, KNETIC Young Professionals and American Airlines

 

Media Sponsors: Kingsport Times-News and Holston Valley Broadcasting

 

Award Sponsors: Eastman Chemical Company, WorkSpace Interiors, Triten Insurance, Thompson Metal Services, Food City and Dixie Pen Communications

 

Event Partners: Lake Pointe Advertising & Awards, Divine Catering & Café, Flowers By CopperCreek, Pristine Springs, Express Signs, Urban Synergy, Café eXcellence and Holston Distributing

 

Entertainment Sponsor: East Tennessee Eye Care

 

Red Carpet Sponsor: VIPSeen Tri-Cities

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Regards,

 

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

mmclain@kosbe.org

www.kosbe.orgwww.tsbdc.org

 

 




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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Nov 15: Free Training at Small Business Fall Night School

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU and the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) will host a free Small Business Fall Night School on Tuesday, November 15 from 6 - 9 p.m., at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, 330 W. Market Street, downtown Kingsport.

 

Primarily, the Small Business Fall Night School provides free training, networking opportunities, group problem-solving and collaboration and access to financing to small business owners and entrepreneurs for start-up and expansion.

 

The workshop is offered free of cost, but registration is required.

 

Four classes will be featured at the Fall Night School: Free Tools & Resources, Finding Capital for Start-up & Expansion, Small Business Certifications and information Especially for Women Business Owners.

 

Free Tools & Resources: Attendees will explore and learn a wide variety of free tools and resources available online. There will also be a demonstration of the new KOSBE website highlighting each stage of the business life cycle. The free tools and resources discussed will range from the business plan templates, free business listings, the TSBDC Small Business Survival Training Guide, social media channels and effectiveness, free news release distribution services and more. Facilitated by Marybeth McLain, small business services marketing manager, KOSBE.

 

Finding Capital for Start-up & Expansion: In this class attendees will learn how to get their businesses "bank ready" to secure financing. In addition, attendees will learn the difference between grants and loans such as the USDA Microloan Program for Rural Entrepreneurs and Business Owners, SBA-backed federal government loan, the Export Express loan program, the Patriot Express loan for veterans and their families along with other opportunities through non-traditional lenders. Facilitated by Aundrea Wilcox, executive director for KOSBE and senior business counselor for TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office.

 

Small Business Certifications: Attendees will learn how to apply for certifications in the following areas: women-owned, veteran-owned, TDOT and disadvantaged enterprises. Facilitated by Wilcox.

 

Finally, we will conclude our night with a session Especially for Women Business Owners. In this class, attendees will learn the Five Steps to Business Freedom. Every business goes through stages as they mature.  The Five Steps to Business Freedom is a concept for business owners to use as they evaluate and plan for the future of their companies to ensure greater profitability and greater freedom for the owners. Facilitated by Kathy Richards, business coach and owner of AdviCoach. Richards  was recently named, AdviCoach Franchisee of the Year. Men are also welcome to attend.

 

The Small Business Fall Night School is designed with new and existing businesses and entrepreneurs in mind (including home-based), however, retirees seeking a second career, part-time workers wanting to supplement their income, upper class high school and college student are encourage to participate.

 

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Advanced registration is required and must be received by Friday, November 11. Anyone interested can register online at kosbe.org or call (423) 392-8825 for more information.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Regards,

 

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

mmclain@kosbe.org

www.kosbe.org www.tsbdc.org

 

 




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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Therapeutic hyperthermia adds new dimension to healing patients with loss of oxygen to brain


 

     KINGSPORT – Three months after suffering a massive heart attack, Bobby Gibbons was back at work. That's quite an achievement considering the 54-year-old experienced a major cardiac event that left him without a heartbeat for several minutes, cutting off the blood supply to his brain.

     Without medical intervention, those minutes when his brain was deprived of oxygen could have resulted in brain damage or even death. Thanks to a treatment he received at Holston Valley Medical Center, Gibbons retained brain function and has returned to his career as a chemical engineer.

     The treatment – therapeutic hyperthermia – lowers a patient's body temperature to limit blood supply injuries to body tissues like the brain. In Gibbons' case, doctors used therapeutic hyperthermia as a neuroprotective strategy to keep his brain as safe as possible while his brain and other bodily systems affected by the heart attack recovered.

      "Therapeutic hyperthermia dials down a patient's metabolism to limit the brain's metabolic activity so the brain can have an opportunity to heal itself," said Dr. Herb Ladley, an interventional cardiologist with the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute who treated Gibbons.

     The therapy lowers a patient's core body temperature via a variety of methods – from something as simple as ice packs applied to a patient's body during an ambulance ride to a high-tech system designed to maintain a patient's temperature at a constant level, Dr. Ladley said.

     Through the heart institute's Level One Heart Attack Network, physicians such as Dr. Ladley have worked to educate paramedics on how to begin lowering a heart attack patient's core body temperature before he or she reaches the hospital. The network is a coordinated effort between Wellmont physicians in the hospitals and medical care providers in the field to expedite the healing process and achieve better outcomes by initiating diagnosis and treatment as early as possible.

     "We've really worked to educate the EMS community to put ice bags on the body's core during the ride to the ER. They would put ice bags on the patient's core – the abdomen, chest and legs," he said.

     Lowering the body's temperature continues once the patient is in the emergency department. The process becomes much more technical with temperature management systems once the patient is transferred to a hospital floor, typically an intensive care unit, Dr. Ladley said.

     Patients, like Gibbons, who receive the therapy are sedated while their body temperature is maintained around 91 degrees Fahrenheit for usually around 48 hours, Dr. Ladley said.

     Holston Valley is not alone in using therapeutic hyperthermia – it's also available at Bristol Regional Medical Center. And it's not just cardiac patients who receive therapeutic hyperthermia at Wellmont Health System hospitals.

     Patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and strokes may also benefit from therapeutic hyperthermia. In fact, any patient whose brain is a risk due to lack of oxygen may benefit from the therapy.

     "Both Holston Valley and Bristol Regional have some really thoughtful, well-integrated protocols in place that are driven entirely by clinical events," Dr. Ladley said.

     Following his release from the hospital, Gibbons went through the heart institute's cardiac rehabilitation program and completely changed his lifestyle based on suggestions made by his physicians and caregivers.

     "He says he feels better than he's ever felt in his entire life," said his wife, Jan Gibbons.

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Oct 28-30 AKC Agility Trial

(Licensed by American Kennel Club)
Appalachian Fairgrounds
100 Lakeview Street
Gray TN 37615

OCTOBER 28 –30, 2011
Trial Hours Each Day: 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Two Rings: 90’ x 100’ and 80' x 100'





If you have an interest in watching an agility trial in a local setting, this is an AKC event where you can see dogs compete for their agility titles.

Please do not bring personal pets. For the safety of our dogs, only dogs registered to compete are allowed.

These trials will be held outdoors on grass.

Bring a chair.

Oct 30-Dec 20 Kingsport Art Guild Members Exhibit

The Kingsport Art Guild presents its’ annual Members Exhibit Oct. 30 through Dec 20, 2011, in the second floor gallery of the Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN. Attendees of the awards reception, (Oct 30 from 2 to 4 PM), will enjoy live music by Kathy Carmack; refreshments; door prize drawings; and the opportunity to bid in a silent auction on art donated by area artists. The exhibit and the awards reception both are free and open to the public.

Peggy Root, of Root Studio School in Johnson City, Tn., judged the exhibit. Winners will split over $1100 in cash prizes funded by Eastman Credit Union.
Tri-Cities Waste Paper is sponsoring the Dallas Bernard Memorial Upcycle Award for a work that transforms something disposable into a work for greater use and value. The majority of materials for this work must have been previously used or made of something that has been saved from the landfill.

The not-for-profit Kingsport Art Guild (KAG) was founded in 1949 and has been a driving force for visual arts excellence in the greater Kingsport area ever since. The Guild welcomes artists in all media and at all levels of experience as well as art enthusiasts. KAG creates opportunities for its members and the greater Kingsport community to explore and experience visual arts through instruction, lectures, special events, exhibitions and promotions. Information about the Kingsport Art Guild is available at www.kingsportartguild.com.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Haunted Half Marathon Teams Up with Kingsport Urology Group

 

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The Haunted Half Marathon Teams Up with Kingsport Urology Group to Raise Awareness for Prostate Cancer  

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The Haunted Half Marathon, along with Kingsport Urology Group, invites everyone to join them on October 29th to help raise awareness for prostate cancer. The

Halloween-themed event includes a half marathon (13.1 miles) and a 4-person relay for those not quite up to running a half marathon. The race starts at 3:00 pm in front of Bonefire Smokehouse on Main Street in downtown Kingsport.

 

Race organizers are expecting over 700 participants in the half marathon, and over 60 teams in the relay for a total participation of 1000! Many teams dress up in costumes and prizes will be given to the best costumes in both the half marathon and relay. Forming a team for the relay is fun and great team-building for companies and other organizations. It is also a great way to show support for prostate cancer survivors, or those who have either lost their battle or continuing to fight the battle against prostate cancer. About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 36 will die of prostate cancer.  

 

The post-race festivities will include barbeque from Bonefire Smokehouse and Fat Tire beer (for those 21 and over). Downtown Kingsport will also be rocking to the inaugural Rockin' The Hallows Music Festival, with bands playing all day and into the night.

 

To find out more or to register for the Haunted Half Marathon or Relay, go to www.hauntedhalf.com 

 

To find out more about the Rockin' The Hallows music festival go to www.rockinthehallows.com

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Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s www.MeadowViewResort.com and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at www.BestPlaces.net). The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.