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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Census Shows 65 and Older Population Growing Faster Than Total U.S. Population

2010 Census Shows 65 and Older Population

Growing Faster Than Total U.S. Population

Percentage Higher than in any Previous Census


     The U.S. population 65 and older is now the largest in terms of size and percent of the population, compared with any previous census, according to a new 2010 Census brief released today from the U.S. Census Bureau on the nation's older population. The group grew at a faster rate than the total population between 2000 and 2010.

     According to the 2010 Census, there were 40.3 million people 65 and older on April 1, 2010, increasing by 5.3 million since the 2000 Census when this population numbered 35.0 million. The percentage of the population 65 and older also increased during the previous decade. In 2010, the older population represented 13.0 percent of the total population, an increase from 12.4 percent in 2000.

65 and Older Population Grew Faster than Total Population


     Between 2000 and 2010, the population 65 and older grew 15.1 percent, while the total U.S. population grew 9.7 percent. The opposite happened between 1990 and 2000 when the growth of the older population was slower than the growth of the total population, with growth rates of 12.0 percent and 13.2 percent, respectively.


Population Size and Growth Varied Among the Older Age Groups


     Examining the growth of 10-year age groups within the older population shows that 85- to 94-year-olds experienced the fastest growth between 2000 and 2010. This group grew by 29.9 percent, increasing from 3.9 million to 5.1 million. 


     Among five-year age groups in the older population, 65- to 69-year-olds grew the fastest. This age group grew by 30.4 percent, rising from 9.5 million to 12.4 million. The 65- to 69-year-old group is expected to grow more rapidly over the next decade as the first baby boomers start turning 65 in 2011. 


      The only older population age group to decline between 2000 and 2010 was the 75- to 79-year-old age group. This group decreased by 1.3 percent from 7.4 million to 7.3 million. The changes in this group mainly reflect the relatively low number of births during the early 1930s as fewer numbers of people entered these ages between 2000 and 2010.


Population of Older Men Increased at a More Rapid Rate than Older Women


     While women continue to outnumber men in the older ages, men have continued to close the gap over the decade by increasing at a faster rate than women. The largest growth rate for a 10-year age group within the older population was for men 85 to 94 years old (46.5 percent). Women in this age group also increased but to a smaller degree (22.9 percent). When five-year age groups are compared, men 90 to 94 years old had the fastest growth rate (50.3 percent) while women increased the fastest in the 65- to 69-year-old age group (28.2 percent).


     The number of men per 100 women in the older ages has increased over time as differences in male and female mortality continued to narrow and more males entered into the older population. For most single years of age above age 65, the ratio of men to women was higher in 2010 than in 2000 and 1990.  

      In the 2010 Census, there were approximately twice as many women as men at age 89 (361,309 compared with 176,689, respectively).  This doubling point occurred about four years older than it did in 2000 and six years older than it did in 1990, illustrating the narrowing gap in mortality between men and women at the older ages.

South had Largest Number of People in Older Ages, While Northeast had Largest Percentage


     Comparisons across the nation's four regions in 2010 show that the South contained the greatest number of people 65 and older at 14.9 million, followed by the Midwest at 9.0 million, and the West at 8.5 million. The Northeast had the smallest number of people 65 and older at 7.8 million but also had the highest percentage of people 65 and older at 14.1 percent. Following the Northeast was the Midwest at 13.5 percent and the South at 13.0 percent. The West had the smallest percentage of people 65 and older at 11.9 percent.   


West had the Fastest Growth in the Populations 65 and Over and 85 and Over


     When compared with the 2000 Census, all regions grew in both the 65 and older and 85 and older populations. The region with the fastest growth in the population 65 and older was the West (23.5 percent), increasing from 6.9 million in 2000 to 8.5 million in 2010. The region with the fastest growth in the population 85 and older was also the West (42.8 percent), increasing from 806,000 in 2000 to 1.2 million in 2010.

Rhode Island was the Only State Whose 65 and Older Population Decreased


     Among the 50 states, Rhode Island was the only one to decrease in the number of people 65 and older, declining from 152,402 in 2000 to 151,881 in 2010. The District of Columbia's 65-and-older population also decreased from 69,898 in 2000 to 68,809 in 2010.


     Compared with other states, Florida had the greatest share of the population that was 65 and older in both 2000 and 2010 (17.6 percent and 17.3 percent, respectively). West Virginia (16.0 percent), Maine (15.9 percent), Pennsylvania (15.4 percent) and Iowa (14.9 percent) followed in 2010. 


     The state with the lowest share of the population 65 and older was Alaska in both 2000 and 2010 (5.7 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively). Alaska is also notable as the state with the largest growth rate for the population 65 and older. The state's older population grew from 35,699 in 2000 to 54,938 in 2010, resulting in a percent increase of 53.9 percent. 


Population 85 and Older Increased in All States


     Between 2000 and 2010, all states experienced increases in the number of people who were 85 and older. However, the magnitude of growth varied among states. 


     Alaska had the largest percent change between 2000 and 2010 (78.9 percent), increasing from 2,634 in 2000 to 4,711 in 2010. Mississippi had the smallest growth rate (3.4 percent) and increased from 42,891 in 2000 to 44,359 in 2010. Alaska was also the state with the lowest number and percentage of the population 85 and older when compared with other states.

Other Highlights


The Census Bureau recently released 90+ in the United States: 2006-2008, a report providing an overview of this age group and a comparative analysis of selected demographic and socioeconomic differences between the 90 and older group and their younger counterparts within the older population. The statistics, which go down to the state level, come primarily from the American Community Survey.



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Christmas Events in Kingsport

From: Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 
in Kingsport, TN!
Thursday, December 1st:
Don't forget the FIRST THURSDAY of each month, downtown retailers are open until 7pm.  Check with your favorite stores to see if they are offering extended shopping hours for the holidays.
Saturday, December 3rd:
Exchange Place Living History Farm will hold its annual Christmas in the Country event from 10am-4pm.  Fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, unique folk arts and handcrafts, herbal products and traditional holiday foods will be on sale.  The celebration will feature hands-on activities for all ages, demonstrations of hearthside cooking and baking on the 19th century farmstead.  The traditional Yule Log Ceremony with carol singing around the bonfire and a cauldron of wassail begins at 4:15pm.  Admission is FREE.  For more details call 423.288.6071.


Downtown Kingsport's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 3rd.  Festivities will begin at 5:30pm at Market and Broad Street roundabout and move toward Church Circle for the tree-lighting ceremony at 7pm.  Local school and church choirs will perform.  The Gingerbread House contest winners will be announced, and the house will be on display inside Regions Bank.  The Downtown Business Window/Lobby Decorating Contest Winners will also be announced.  Call 423.246.6550 or visit for more details.



Friday, December 9-Sunday, December 11

Netherland Inn will recreate Richard and Margaret Netherland's annual Christmas Party at the Inn from 6pm-8pm, Friday, Dec 9 and Saturday, Dec 10, and from 2pm-4pm Sunday, Dec 11. Guests can tour the historic inn and grounds and view the period decorations as they listen to live holiday music.  The Celtic band Sigean will perform on Saturday, Dec 10 and a woodland Santa will be on the grounds  Sunday, Dec 11.  Tickets are $10.
Saturday, December 3rd-Sunday, December 4:
Allandale Mansion will hold its annual Christmas Tours from 1-7pm on Saturday, December 3rd and from 1-5pm on Sunday, December 4th.  Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children ( ages 7-12) Santa Claus will be on hand from 3-5pm and holiday refreshments will be served.
Now until Saturday, December 24th:
Bring the kids to Kingsport Town Center (formerly Fort Henry Mall) for a visit with jolly old Santa Claus and get your photo made too. Santa will have a special coloring book, crayons and lollipop for every child. So kids, make your list and check it twice and leave Santa a letter to let him know that you've been nice! Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm (break from 3pm-4pm) 4pm-8pm.  Sunday 12p-6pm.  








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Kingsport Town Center update

City Manager Report
Kingsport Town Center
October Sales/December Events

• Mountain States community store due to open December 3.
• October sales +10.44% due to 8 stores having double digit increases for the month. YTD Kingsport Town Center is up 6.95% in sales.
• Kingsport Town Center continues to have 15 stores on pace for their BEST YEAR OF SALES since locating in the mall.
• Children's Place continues to exceed their internal expectations for sales performance.
• Rue21 continues to exceed their corporate expectations for sales performance.
• Black Friday exceeded expectations and also served to change shopping patterns for the day and for subsequent years.
• Lenscrafters has renewed their lease.
• American Eagle has renewed their lease.

December Events

Santa’s Arrival with two live reindeer Dasher and Dancer was a big hit on Black Friday! Our shoppers were totally wowed by the sight of Santa entering with Dancer. After all, how many people have seen real live reindeer?

As an added note, the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk held on Saturday, November 19th at Kingsport Town Center raised over $45,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Not bad for a first time event. Here’s how we measured up to other larger cities in the Southeast walking for St. Jude on the same day.

Biloxi - $12,770
Birmingham - $16,950
Chattanooga - $13,413.70
Florence - $9,640.74
Huntsville - $29,346
Knoxville - $18,615.20
Memphis - $96,280.77
Mobile - $26,961.38
Nashville - $28,533.74
Tri Cities - $45,782.14

Salvation Army Angel Tree and Elderberry Tree - /12/11 - 12/11/11
Visit and Get Your PIC with Santa Claus! – 12/1/11 - 12/24/11
Pet PICS with Santa Claus! - 12/1/11 - 12/24/11
Lincoln Elementary and Johnson Elementary Art Exhibit - 12/1/11 - 12/31/11
Ribbon Cutting for Mountain States Health Resources Center - 12/1/11
Holiday Book Fair featuring the Lost State Writer's Guild - 12/2/11 - 12/3/11
Mountain States Health Resource Center Grand Opening Event - 12/3/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Seminar – ‘Tis the Season-Conquering Holiday Challenges with Diabetes - 12/5/11
Indian Springs Baptist Church Celebration Ringers In Performance - 12/5/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Seminar - Pets: Good for Your Health? - 12/6/11
Holiday Sports Cards & Memorabilia Show - 12/7/11 - 12/11/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Seminar: Women's Health Imaging Update - 12/7/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Class: Incredible, Edible Gifts - 12/8/11
Mountain States Health Alliance HeartCoach Heart & Vascular Disease/Stroke Risk Screenings - 12/10/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Class: CPR-Heathcare Provider - 12/10/11
Tim Hicks Students Holiday Guitar Recital - 12/10/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Seminar: Aim for a Healthy Weight - 12/10/11
Holiday Violin Concert presented by Kingsport School of Music, Violin & Fiddle Instruction -
MSHA Health Resource Center Coronary Risk Panel Screening - 12/13/11
Tri-Cities Talent In Performance - 12/13/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Seminar: Up In Smoke - 12/14/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Class: Diabetes Self Management - 12/15/11
John Adams Elementary Headliner's Chorus In Performance - 12/16/11
Breakfast with the Grinch at Garfield's Restaurant & Pub - 12/17/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Class: Kisado - High Intensity Interval Training - 12/17/11
State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver's Holiday Concert - 12/17/11
Roosevelt Elementary School Holiday Concert - 12/20/11
WCQR's Noon Year's Eve Party! - 12/31/11

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Kingsport Trends: Kingsport - Bristol ranked 18th in nation for home...

Kingsport Trends: Kingsport - Bristol ranked 18th in nation for home...:   The third quarter was pretty good for home prices in the Kingsport-Bristol MSA, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's  All Tr...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

John Sevier Middle School Announces Holiday Concert Schedule

KINGSPORT – The John Sevier Middle School 6th Grade Band, Orchestra, and Chorus will feature its 160 musicians at the annual Holiday Concert on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the John Sevier Middle School Koffman Auditorium.  Holiday music of many styles will be presented.  There is no admission charge.   

The John Sevier Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Band, Orchestra, and Chorus will showcase nearly 250 musicians at its annual Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Eastman's Toy F. Reid Employee Center Auditorium.  Traditional holiday music as well as modern pieces will be presented.  A donation of $3 per person or $10 maximum per family will be requested to cover the costs of performing at the Eastman facility. 

The public is invited to both concerts to hear the sounds of the season as performed by Kingsport's middle school musicians.  Photographs, DVDs, and CD recordings of the Sevier musical groups will be made available for purchase at both events.  

For more information, contact Hunter Mullins, John Sevier Middle School Band Director, at 378-2454. 

UWGK Announces Addition of Interfaith Hospitality Network to Member Agencies

KINGSPORT -- United Way of Greater Kingsport is pleased to announce the addition of Interfaith Hospitality Network to its network of 28 existing member agencies.

Through its Family Self-Sufficiency program, Interfaith Hospitality Network enhances the lives of homeless in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia by providing families with children temporary shelter and assistance to become self-sufficient.   The agency applied for admittance during the summer and was approved at the October United Way Board meeting.

"We are very excited to bring the Interfaith Hospitality Network into the United Way of Greater Kingsport family," said 2011 UWGK Board of Directors President Etta Clark. "The Family Self-Sufficiency program joins a distinguished group of nonprofit agency programs that help improve lives. In partnership with our United Way agencies and vision councils, Interfaith Hospitality Network will help further our efforts to identify and implement strategies to meet health and human services needs in our community."

"Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Kingsport is both pleased and humbled to be a United Way agency," said IHN Executive Director Tim Carter. "The vision of United Way very closely matches Interfaith Hospitality's goals and objectives of "providing hope and stability for families with minor children while they work to overcome their temporary condition of homelessness."

The Interfaith Hospitality Network aligns well with United Way of Greater Kingsport's mission to improve lives by addressing health and human service needs in the community. United Way of Greater Kingsport's Self-Sufficiency Vision Council, tasked with identifying service gaps that relate to helping individuals become financially independent, identified the need for expanded homeless shelter services for families.

Amy Greear, UWGK Director of Community Impact & Communications, explains, "while several agencies already provide temporary shelter for the homeless, we discovered more services are needed for homeless families. The Interfaith Hospitality Network's Family Self-Sufficiency Program helps to meet this need via extended case-management services that assist clients from homelessness to a more stable financial situation."

UWGK addresses homelessness in two ways: through prevention and through assistance to individuals in transition. American Red Cross of East Tennessee's Social Services Program, funded by UWGK, provides mortgage and rental assistance to help families stay in their home through a financial difficulty.  This program area of the Red Cross received around $95,000 in 2011 to address these and other social service needs.  211 Contact Concern, also a UWGK funded agency, provides referrals to individuals who need assistance with meeting basic needs, such as food, shelter and utilities. Salvation Army of Kingsport's Emergency Shelter and Social Services programs provide shelter and support for homeless individuals. These programs received an estimated $120,000 from UWGK in 2011, with 90% of the program graduates able to maintain permanent housing without further need for assistance.  In addition, Hope House receives UWGK funding for a program that provides shelter and services for pregnant women. 


The City of Kingsport recently asked United Way's Self-Sufficiency Vision Council to further explore and recommend solutions to better assist homeless individuals. United Way has brought together community representatives from the Salvation Army of Kingsport, Interfaith Hospitality Network and Hope Haven Ministries (a Kingsport-based homeless shelter) to validate UWGK's research findings and to propose potential solutions to meeting the need of temporary and transitional family shelters.  In the next few months, the self-sufficiency council will be continuing to work with the current agencies to determine feasible and sustainable options for addressing the issue of homelessness in Kingsport, creating a path forward while raising awareness of this issue.


Those interested in volunteering with this effort, or who would like to learn more information on United Way of Greater Kingsport's work to address homelessness or other health and human service needs in the community, may contact Amy Greear, Director of Community Impact & Communications, at (423) 378-3409 ext. 12 or






Amy M. Greear

Director of Community Impact and Communications

United Way of Greater Kingsport


301 Louis Street, Suite 201

Kingsport, TN 37660

(423) 378-3409 ext. 12

Fax: (423) 578-4059


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Dec 3: Exchange Place Christmas in the Country

Christmas in the Country at Exchange Place

Christmas in the Country at Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, will be held Saturday, December 3, from 10 am - 4:00 pm.  Fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, unique folk arts and handcrafts, herbal products and traditional holiday foods will be on sale.  The celebration also features hands on activities for all ages and demonstrations of hearthside cooking and baking on the 19th century farmstead.  The traditional Yule Log Ceremony with carol singing around the bonfire and a cauldron of wassail begins at 4:15 p.m.  Admission is free.  For more information, call 423-288-6071.

Dec 3: Christmas Tree Lighting on Church Circle in Downtown Kingsport

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Unemployment rate in Kingsport falls to 2011 low- Kingsport Times-News

Unemployment rate in Kingsport falls to 2011 low- Kingsport Times-News

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas at Allandale

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Foreclosures in Tennessee

Tri-Cities (Kingsport-Bristol, and Johnson City) have been blessed with relatively few foreclosures. This is data from October 2011.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Midnight opening at Kingsport Town Center

From: Kevin Harmon []



This is our second year of opening select stores at Midnight on Black Friday. This year we have


American Eagle


Bath and Body Works

Victoria’s Secret

The Children’s Place


Deb Shoppe


Ozzy’s Gyros

Charley’s Steakery

Auntie Anne’s

The Nutty Java

I Love Books Bookstore

Packard’s Videos and Games

All Seasons

The Calendar Club and Go Games

Sally’s Treasures


Belk will open at 3am

JCPenney and Sears at 4am

Other mall tenants will open at 4.30am

Hair Plus, Mastercuts, Kay’s, Saslow’s and Fred Meyer will open at 7am


We are the first mall in the area to open at Midnight last year and the results were great. We want to show all the corporate offices of these stores what we can do. You’ll be up already so come on out.


May you share this with your group? Thanks….Kevin H




Kingsport gains more than 800 jobs, leads region

Kingsport gains more than 800 jobs, leads the region in job creation
Kingsport Times News
By Sharon Hayes Kingsport gained more than 800 jobs in the third quarter this year vs. 2010, leading the region's job creation in the period. According to the latest labor market report issued Friday by East Tennessee State University, the Tri-Cities ...

Dr. Harry Turner, Danita Mowl, WCYB honored by Tennessee Hospital Association


     KINGSPORT – A cardiologist with the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, the clinical leader of Bristol Regional Medical Center's birthing unit and television station WCYB have been honored by the Tennessee Hospital Association for their roles in improving the health of people in the region.

     At its recent annual meeting in Nashville, the state organization issued a meritorious service award to Dr. Harry Turner for his lifetime commitment to improving heart care. Danita Mowl received an executive nurse of distinction award for her dedication and compassion. WCYB earned a community service award for its assistance with Go Red for Women, a national program to promote women's heart health, of which Wellmont Health System is a regional sponsor.

     Dr. Turner founded Cardiovascular Associates, which is now part of the heart institute, and served as the driving force in making it the premier deliverer of cardiovascular care in the region with a host of specialized services. He still practices today at the heart institute, which has 40 physicians.

     He also volunteers his time for organizations such as Friends in Need Health Care in Kingsport and Crossroads Medical Mission, a free clinic and medical mission that serves Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Dr. Turner is U.S. chairman of Friends of Estonia Methodist Mission Group.

     "As a result of Dr. Turner's tireless efforts, specialized cardiovascular services are now available in the region, eliminating the need for patients and their families to travel far from home," said Virginia Frank, president of Holston Valley Medical Center. "He is a highly respected member of our medical staff, known not only for his excellent clinical skills but also for his compassion and understanding of the needs of his patients and their families."

     Mowl is passionate about her work, the patients entrusted to her care and the co-workers she supervises. In addition to overseeing the New Life Birthing Center and the pediatrics department at Bristol Regional, Mowl annually organizes the Women's and Children's Expo that provides educational items, free exams and classes about a variety of women's health issues.

     But Mowl is just as committed to other causes. She was instrumental in developing Project Lip Gloss, a program to imprint a phone number cleverly disguised on the tube that abused women can call for help. She also assisted in the development of the SleepSacks to swaddle newborns and decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

     "Danita has been influential in promoting and attaining an excellent working relationship with physicians, administrators and staff members through her ambitious demeanor and professionalism," said Bart Hove, Bristol Regional's president. "She teaches, guides and inspires her staff to live up to our mission of providing superior health care with compassion."

     In 2009, Wellmont had teamed with the American Heart Association to bring Go Red for Women to the Tri-Cities area when WCYB stepped in as media sponsor. The program's goal is to raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and WCYB has helped drive home that point with monthly features about women's heart health. All on-air personnel also wear red that day.

     Wellmont considered a media sponsor an essential component of the program because of the media's reach within the region. In addition to the monthly stories, WCYB has aired specials and public service announcements, and anchor Ann Carter Heibel has emceed the Go Red for Women luncheon.

     "As wives and mothers, women oftentimes neglect their own health instead of focusing their attention on the well-being of their family," said Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont's president and CEO. "That's why WCYB's role in educating the public about risks associated with heart disease is vital to the long-term health of our community. WCYB's dedication to helping disseminate life-saving information to women of our region should be commended."


     Cutline: Dr. Harry Turner, center, holds his award and is flanked by, left, Tim Attebery, vice president of cardiovascular services for Wellmont Health System, and Larry Kloess, who was then chairman of the Tennessee Hospital Association's board of directors.



Eastman Credit Union donates $100,000 for purchase of da Vinci Surgical System at Holston Valley



     KINGSPORTEastman Credit Union donated $100,000 to the Wellmont Foundation today, Nov. 10, for the purchase of the da Vinci Surgical System to enhance the level of care at Holston Valley Medical Center.

     The foundation is raising funds to acquire the robotic system, which enables physicians to perform surgeries with less discomfort for the patient. Among the many procedures for which da Vinci can benefit patients are prostatectomies and hysterectomies and many cardiac and thoracic surgeries.

     "Eastman Credit Union is always proud to provide assistance that improves the lives of those in the communities we serve," said Olan Jones, president and CEO. "This was a unique and powerful opportunity to bring even more technology to Holston Valley and make a significant difference in the lives of those around us."

     Jones presented a check to Virginia Frank, Holston Valley's president, and Todd Norris, Wellmont Health System's senior vice president of system advancement, at today's ceremony at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. Frank said the contribution shows Eastman Credit Union's commitment to the region.

     "This is an outstanding donation from one of the region's leading organizations that will take patient care at Holston Valley to a higher level," Frank said. "As Kingsport's flagship hospital, Holston Valley prides itself in delivering diverse, expert care through the use of state-of-the-art equipment. The addition of da Vinci shows our valued patients that improvement in their health is our primary focus.

     "Holston Valley appreciates the Wellmont Foundation for building this partnership with Eastman Credit Union. The efforts of our foundation enable Holston Valley to continue elevating care for the patients we are privileged to serve."

     The da Vinci system is a robotic method of performing surgery that results in smaller incisions, less pain, less loss of blood, less scarring and quicker recovery time. It features multiple robotic arms controlled by a surgeon at a console.

     Instead of standing over the patient, the surgeon is stationed at the console several feet away. From the console, the surgeon views the patient through a high-powered camera and precisely manipulates da Vinci's robotic arms. Physicians like da Vinci because of its high definition, 3D field of view and capability to magnify the body up to 10 times.

     Bristol Regional Medical Center has offered the da Vinci system for a year and received positive reviews. Surgeons there have used it for removal of a cancerous prostate, hysterectomies and other benign and malignant gynecological conditions. They are in the early stages of deploying it for cardiac and thoracic surgeries, with plans to expand its applications.

     Other possible types of surgeries available with da Vinci are removal of kidneys and kidney tumors and treatment of benign kidney conditions.

     Now, Holston Valley will expand its high-quality surgical care, which already features impressive technology, with the addition of da Vinci.

     As a nonprofit health system, Wellmont serves the community in many ways – from recruiting well-respected physicians to providing topnotch technology to providing millions of dollars in uncompensated care. The community assists in these endeavors through donations to the Wellmont Foundation that maintain and enhance the high quality of care at Wellmont hospitals.

     "That's the value of partnerships between philanthropic individuals and companies and nonprofit health care," Norris said. "Combined, these groups can accomplish so much to boost the quality of life in communities. We're so grateful to Eastman Credit Union for being so attuned to the well-being of our patients and recognizing in such a meaningful way how da Vinci will enhance the compassionate care delivered at Holston Valley."

     Organizations and individuals interested in supporting da Vinci's purchase can call the foundation at (423) 230-8550. More information about da Vinci is available at


     About Eastman Credit Union: ECU is the largest credit union in the state of Tennessee and one of the largest credit unions in the country with more than $2.4 billion in assets. ECU is a not-for-profit financial services cooperative serving 127,000 members at 22 branches. Credit union members have access to more than 42,000 free ATMs nationwide and a wide range of financial services, including free checking and free online banking. ECU was founded in 1934. For additional information about ECU, visit or call (800) 999-2328.

     About Wellmont Health System: Wellmont is a leading provider of healthcare services for Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, delivering top-quality, comprehensive healthcare and wellness services across the region. Wellmont hospitals include Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.; Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn.; Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, Va.; Lee Regional Medical Center in Pennington Gap, Va.; Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va.; Hawkins County Memorial Hospital in Rogersville, Tenn.; and Hancock County Hospital in Sneedville, Tenn. Wellmont is an operating partner with Adventist Health System at Takoma Regional Hospital in Greeneville, Tenn. Wellmont also has more than 20 other facilities. For more information about Wellmont, please visit


     Cutline: left to right Fielding Rolston, chairman of Eastman Credit Union's board of directors; Todd Norris, senior vice president of system advancement for Wellmont Health System; Virginia Frank, president of Holston Valley Medical Center; and Olan Jones, Eastman Credit Union's president and CEO, stand with the $100,000 check from Eastman Credit Union to the Wellmont Foundation.

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Dobyns-Bennett Dramahawks Win Forensics Tournament


KINGSPORT – The Dobyns-Bennett High School Dramahawks were named first place winners at the 24th Annual Chestnut Tree Invitational forensics competition on November 7th in Morristown, TN.  D-B bested thirteen other schools from Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina.


Held at Morristown West High School, the competition featured events in eleven different categories, such as solo and duet acting, dramatic interpretation, public forum debate, and storytelling.


Dobyns-Bennett students received awards in multiple categories, including:


  • Storytelling:  Laura Mixon – 1st; Alissa Jones – 2nd
  • Original Oratory:  Tucker Shull – 1st; Tessa Gonce – 2nd; Brittany McLaughlin – 4th; Sam Lamon – 5th; Chase Garner – 6th
  • Humorous Interpretation:  Colin Perry – 6th
  • Dramatic Interpretation:  Laura Mixon – 2nd, Sam Lamon – 5th
  • Duo Interpretation:  Hannah Swayze/Ross Harris – 3rd
  • Impromptu:  Ross Harris – 3rd; Tucker Shull – 4th
  • Poetry:  Laura Mixon – 2nd; Aryn King – 3rd; Brittany McLaughlin – 6th
  • Solo Acting:  Tara White – 5th; Ross Harris – 7th
  • Duet Improvisation:  Garrett Crouch/Andrew Kramer – 7th


For more information, contact Deborah Coram in the Dobyns-Bennett theatre department at (423) 378-8400.





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Dec 3: Wellmont Holiday Concert to spread holiday cheer, raise awareness of women's heart disease




     KINGSPORT – Poinsettias, Santa Claus' suit and Rudolph's nose won't be the only sightings of red this holiday season.

     The Wellmont Holiday Concert, to be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, will have a distinct touch of that color. The event will be sponsored by Wellmont Health System and Go Red for Women, a program of the American Heart Association for which the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute is the regional sponsor.

     Go Red is a national movement to raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women.

     Symphony of the Mountains, Voices of the Mountains, Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy and Santa will perform holiday favorites and Ariel Ramirez' "Misa Criolla."

     Afterward, Santa will be present to greet people. Refreshments will be available.

     "We welcome everyone in the region to enjoy a marvelous holiday concert that will also call attention to a disease that kills more women than the next five leading causes combined," said Dr. Freddie Williams, a cardiologist with the heart institute and physician champion for Go Red. "We urge everyone to wear red that day as a sign of solidarity for our mothers, daughters and sisters, too many of whom die of heart disease."

     To reserve seats, please call (423) 392-8423. Tickets cost $28 and are on sale until Dec. 1. Tickets for students are free.

     For more information, please visit and




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New Music Video---Brinley Addington

Hey, Jeff--
Hope you are doing well and all your family is fine.  Would appreciate if you would send out the news of Brinley's latest Music Video--it is doing reallly well and we appreciate all your help in getting the word out!  Thanks so much!    " As Long As You Love Me"        "Hang On A Farm"

Nov 29: Shepherd Center fundraiser

Good morning, all! 


The Shepherd Center is holding its First Annual Desserts By Design fundraiser, an evening of creativity, fun and sugar (lots of it!), Tuesday, November 29, 7:00-9:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of First Broad Street United Methodist Church. Admission is by donation. Each table of eight will be decorated in a different theme and will feature coffee, hot punch and two desserts. This event is to replace a fundraiser that was cancelled (not by us) and we need to raise much-needed funds for a new program that we will be announcing Dec. 14th. If you are active in a church or civic group (or bridge club or walking group), I ask you to please talk this event up and invite some friends to come with you (eight equals a reserved table). There will be no planned program, just fun and fellowship (of course, information about the Shepherd Center will be available!). I think the event will be in the Scene & Heard section of next Monday's paper. Desserts By Design is graciously sponsored by Women's Health Care Specialists/WPS. For more information, please contact the Shepherd Center, 423-392-4514. Thanks!


'Tis the Season!





Dec 8: Lisa Alther program




Kingsport Public Library

December, 2011




  • 1 1/2 lb.-loaf French bread, crusts removed,
      cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/2 lb. well-seasoned fresh bulk pork sausage
  • 3 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Spread the bread  on a baking sheet.  Let dry overnight. Alternatively, place baking sheet in a 350°F oven , bake until bread is dried out @20 minutes. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In 10-inch ovenproof braiser or sauté pan over medium heat, melt 2 Tbs. of the butter. Add  onion, celery & sauté, stir occasionally, 'til tender & translucent, about 5 minutes. Use slotted spoon to transfer to large bowl.

In same pan over medium heat, cook the sausage, stirring & crumbling with a fork, 'til lightly browned & cooked through, about 10 minutes. Use slotted spoon to transfer sausage to bowl with the onion mixture. Let the pan cool.

Use paper towel to wipe pan & grease it with  remaining 1/2 Tbs. butter.

Add  bread, parsley & thyme to the e sausage-onion mixture . Stir. Add the stock. Stir to evenly coat bread. Bread will  be partially dry. Season with salt & pepper.  Stir to mix well.

Transfer  dressing to prepared pan.  Bake 30 minutes. Use wooden spoon, gently stir. Continue baking until golden & crispy, 20 to 30 minutes more. Serve immediately.

Serves 8 to 10.Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.



Local, N.Y. Times Bestselling Author

Reading/Signing of
Washed in the Blood

Thursday, Dec. 8
7:00 p.m.

Kingsport Center for Higher Education - auditorium
(300 W. Market St.)

Free and open to the public
(copies available for purchase)


December 5 and 19

6:00-7:30 p.m.

crafts 2

christmas technology 2


Bring your technology questions to the library (auditorium)

Dec. 6     6:00-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 7    2:00-4:00 p.m.

Dec. 13   6:00-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 14  2:00-4:00 p.m.



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