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Monday, January 30, 2012

D-B Wrestling headed to state team championships again

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Biggie's Clam Bar committed to customers, community

Biggie's committed to customers, community
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Biggie's Clam Bar has brought a taste of New Jersey to Kingsport, with the recent opening of its third location at 417 W. Stone Dr. The completely gutted and newly renovated building has a fun, family atmosphere that includes a separate dining room, ...


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Facts for Black History Month: February 2012

Black (African-American) History Month:

February 2012

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U.S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.

Note: The reference to the black population in this publication is to single-race blacks ("black alone") except in the first section on "Population." There the reference is to black alone or in combination with other races; in other words, a reference to respondents who said they were one race (black) or more than one race (black plus other races).


42 million

The number of people who identified as black, either alone or in combination with one or more other races, in the 2010 Census. They made up 13.6 percent of the total U.S. population. The black population grew by 15.4 percent from 2000 to 2010.

Source: The Black Population: 2010 <>

65.7 million

The projected black population of the United States (including those of more than one race) for July 1, 2050. On that date, according to the projection, blacks would constitute 15 percent of the nation's total population.

Source: Population projections <>

3.3 million

The black population in New York, which led all states in 2010. The other nine states in the top 10 were Florida, Texas, Georgia, California, North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio.

Source: The Black Population: <>


Percent of Mississippi's total population that was black in 2010. Mississippi led the nation in this category followed by Louisiana (33 percent), Georgia (32 percent), Maryland (31 percent), South Carolina (29 percent) and Alabama (27 percent).

Source: The Black Population: 2010 <>


Percent of the total population in the District of Columbia that was black in 2010.

Source: The Black Population: 2010 <>

2.2 million

People who identified as black in New York City, which led all places with populations of 100,000 or more. It was followed by Chicago; Philadelphia; Detroit; Houston; Memphis, Tenn.; Baltimore; Los Angeles; Washington; and Dallas.

Source: The Black Population: 2010 <>


Percent of the total population in Detroit, who identified as black, which is the highest percentage nationally among places with populations of 100,000 or more. It was followed by Jackson, Miss. (80.1 percent), Miami Gardens, Fla. (77.9 percent), Birmingham, Ala. (74.0 percent), Baltimore, (65.1 percent), Memphis, Tenn. (64.1 percent), New Orleans (61.2 percent), Flint, Mich. (59.5), Montgomery Ala. (57.4 percent) and Savannah, Ga. (56.7 percent).

Source: The Black Population: 2010 <>

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2.4 million

Number of black military veterans in the United States in 2010.

Source: 2010 American Community Survey <>.



Among blacks 25 and older, the percentage with a high school diploma or higher in 2010.

Source: 2010 American Community Survey <>


Percentage of blacks 25 and older who had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2010.

Source: 201 0 American Community Survey <>

1.5 million

Among blacks 25 and older, the number who had an advanced degree in 2010.

Source: 2010 American Community Survey <>

2.9 million

Number of blacks enrolled in college in 2010, a 1.7 million increase since 1990.

Source: 2010 Current Population Survey <>


11.1 million

The number of blacks who voted in the 2010 congressional election, an increase from 11 percent of the total electorate in 2006 to 12 percent in 2010.

Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of 2010 <>


Turnout rate in the 2008 presidential election for the 18- to 24-year-old citizen black population, an 8 percentage point increase from 2004. Blacks had the highest turnout rate in this age group.

Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of 2008 <>


Turnout rate among black citizens regardless of age in the 2008 presidential election, up about 5 percentage points from 2004. Looking at voter turnout by race and Hispanic origin, non-Hispanic whites and blacks had the highest turnout levels.

Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of 2008 <>

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance


The annual median income of black households in 2010, a decline of 3.2 percent from 2009.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States <>


Poverty rate in 2010 for blacks.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010 <>


Percentage of blacks that were covered by health insurance during all or part of 2010.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States <>

Families and Children


Among households with a black householder, the percentage that contained a family. There were 9.4 million black family households.

Source: 2011 Current Population Survey, Families and Living Arrangements, Table F1 and Table HH-2


Among families with black householders, the percentage that were married couples.

Source: 2011 Families and Living Arrangements, Table F1

1.3 million

Number of black grandparents who lived with their own grandchildren younger than 18. Of this number, 47.6 percent were also responsible for their care.

Source: 2010 American Community Survey <>



Nationally, the percentage of households with a householder who was black who lived in owner-occupied homes.

Source: 2010 American Community Survey < >



The percentage of blacks 16 and older who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations.

Source: 2010 American Community Survey <>


$135.7 billion

Receipts for black-owned businesses in 2007, up 53.1 percent from 2002. The number of black-owned businesses totaled 1.9 million in 2007, up 60.5 percent.

Source: 2007 Survey of Business Owners <>


Percentage of black-owned businesses in 2007 in health care and social assistance, repair and maintenance and personal and laundry services.

Source: 2007 Survey of Business Owners <>


Percentage of businesses in New York in 2007 that were black-owned, which led all states or state-equivalents. Georgia and Florida followed, at 9.6 percent and 9.4 percent, respectively.

Source: 2007 Survey of Business Owners <>

Valentine's Options: LOVE LETTERS & Local Yum!

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Celebrate February with LOVE LETTERS!
Kingsport Theatre offers three options. Stay out of the dog house. We are here to help with your date night arrangements.. Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView our videos on YouTube

Dinner for Two: $48  

Merlot Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Wild Rice

Steamed Broccoli

Iced Tea

Fried Cheesecake

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Skewers & Coffee.  


Love letters, written by A.R. Gurney, centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Sitting together, they read the notes, letters and cards - in which over nearly 50 years, they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats - that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. This is a lovely short play preformed by four well-respected actors.


The talented Robert McCrary and Jessica Hauldren, make Love Letters a "do not miss". McCrary, is well known for his beefy roles with Kingsport Theatre and Jessica has been involved with community theatre since she was a small child. Betty Casey and Stan Sanders, are both well known for memorable performances at Kingsport Theatre. Betty is active in regional theatre and Stan is a crowd pleaser for his comedic timing and radio voice.     


McCrary and Hauldren will be at Korner-Copia on Saturday, February 11 at 7PM located on Main Street in Kingsport.


Sanders and Casey will be at Babycakes Cupcakery on Sunday, February 12 at 2PM on Broad Street in Kingsport.  


Stan and Betty perform Love Letters one last time on Tuesday, February 14 at 7PM at Madagascar Coffee Company just off Wilcox Ave.


Click on the picture to purchase tickets to these private events or call 423-392-8427.  /  


Dinner for Two:

Each couple chooses one appetizer, two entrée's and a dessert to share.
Appetizer choices:

Roast Beef Rolls, Warm Artichoke Bread, Bruchetta
Entrée choices:
Lobster Ravioli's with a Champaign cream sauce, Tuscan
or Chicken


Russian Cream or Chocolate Covered Strawberries.


$48 for TWO 

Scrumptious specialty coffee and desert at Babycakes Cupcakery and LOVE LETTERS only $12 per person.
Kingsport Theatre Guild | 1200 East Center Street | Kingsport | TN | 37660

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Bank of Tennessee donates $50,000 for purchase of da Vinci Surgical System at Holston Valley


     KINGSPORTBank of Tennessee is supporting high-quality health care at Holston Valley Medical Center with a $50,000 donation to the Wellmont Foundation to help the hospital purchase the da Vinci Surgical System.

     The bank recently presented the check to representatives of the hospital and foundation, putting Holston Valley closer to acquiring this high-tech piece of robotic equipment.

     "Bank of Tennessee considers this more than a donation.  We believe it is an investment in the health of our community," said Roy L. Harmon Jr., the bank's president and CEO.  "As a community bank, we understand that state-of-the-art health care is a key component for economic development and the quality of life in our region."

     Virginia Frank, Holston Valley's president, said the donation is a welcome investment in Kingsport's flagship hospital.

     "We're thankful Bank of Tennessee sees the value of delivering the best in care for the residents of our region," Frank said. "This partnership helps us bring additional top-notch technology to Holston Valley, all for the benefit of our patients. We're grateful as well to the foundation for working with the bank to make this donation possible."

     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 sits 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.

     The da Vinci system can be used for removal of a cancerous prostate, hysterectomies and other benign and malignant gynecological conditions. It is also available for removal of kidneys and kidney tumors and treatment of benign kidney conditions.

     Surgeons at Bristol Regional Medical Center, which has used da Vinci for more than a year, have also used it for cardiac and thoracic surgeries.

     "Working together, philanthropic companies and individuals and Wellmont Health System achieve enhanced outcomes for patients," said Todd Norris, Wellmont's senior vice president of system advancement. "This desirable goal significantly boosts the quality of life for the communities we serve."

     Those who are interested in supporting Wellmont programs and facilities can contact the foundation at (423) 230-8550.


Photo from check presentation is available by clicking on cutline below.

     Bank of Tennessee recently presented a $50,000 check to the Wellmont Foundation to help Holston Valley Medical Center purchase the da Vinci Surgical System. In the photo are, left to right, Dr. Christopher Mitchell, obstetrician and gynecologist; Martha Chill, chief operating officer, Holston Valley; Virginia Frank, president, Holston Valley; Todd Norris, Wellmont Health System senior vice president of system advancment; Roy L. Harmon Jr., president and CEO, Bank of Tennessee; Dr. Marvin Cameron, chairman of Holston Valley's board of directors; Craig Denison, executive vice president and city executive-Kingsport, Bank of Tennessee; Dr. James Herman, urologist; and Troy Clark, vice president of finance and operations, Holston Valley.


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     Wellmont Health System logo

VA vs TN Volleyball FCA All-Stars

1st Annual FCA Volleyball Virginia vs. Tennessee All-Star Senior ...
Region 1-AAA champion Sullivan South will send Jenna Conkin and Sarah Strong while District 1-AAA runner-up Dobyns-Bennett is represented by Katelyn Fleming ...

The essence of Kingsport begins with J. Fred Johnson's "spirit"

The essence of Kingsport begins with J. Fred Johnson's "spirit ...
A native of Hillsville, Virginia, J. Fred Johnson came to Kingsport in 1915. He was hired by John B. Dennis as a one-man Chamber of Commerce and fell in love ...

Model City Shootout

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Eastman to acquire Solutia

Eastman to Acquire Solutia
MarketWatch (press release)
KINGSPORT, Tenn. & ST. LOUIS, Jan 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Eastman Chemical Company /quotes/zigman/134438/quotes/nls/emn EMN +0.38% and Solutia Inc. /quotes/zigman/491094/quotes/nls/soa SOA -0.91% today announced that they have entered into a ...

Eastman announces 4Q and 2011 Annual Results

Eastman Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)
KINGSPORT, Tenn., Jan 26, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Eastman Chemical Company /quotes/zigman/134438/quotes/nls/emn EMN +0.38% today announced earnings from continuing operations of $0.71 per diluted share for fourth quarter 2011 versus $0.11 per diluted ...


Saturday, January 28, 2012

H.O.P.E. Announcement: pass, post and talk about it!

H.O.P.E. hosting workshops for Black History Month: 2-20-12
> 3--1st place $100.00 Visa card      3--2nd place $50.00 Visa card
> 12 noon 6pm   Workshops for all ages -- Youth & Adults
> Contact info below:
> Stella Robinette - H.O.P.E. President & Founder
>  P.O. Box 7632 Kingsport, TN 37664 
> 423.276.6541

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Blast of Brass Concert

Blast of Brass Concert
Blast of Brass slated for January 22nd at 3:00 p.m.
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Symphony of the Mountains

Emory & Henry BrassMary B. Martin Blast of Brass

First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tennessee

Bristol, TN - Symphony of the Mountains presents the Mary B. Martin Blast of Brass Concert which is sure to please the most discerning brass aficionado. Selected pieces include "Inner Heaven" by Terry Vosbein which will feature soloists Tom Lundberg on the trombone and Vicki Fey on the beautiful organ at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tennessee. This is a really jazzy piece that has to be heard to be believed with the introduction of an organ into a jazz piece.
At almost the other end of the spectrum, organist Vicki Fey will again entertain the crowd as she performs Bach's famous Toccata in d minor. This highly popular piece was selected specifically for the organ at First Presbyterian Church.
 Also selected to show the range and fun of brass music were the more modern piece "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copland and its satirical "twin" entitled "Fanfare for the Common Cold." Copland's "Fanfare" is such a strong and emotional piece scored for brass and percussion. On the other hand, "Fanfare for the Common Cold" was written by Peter Schickele under the pseudonym of P.D.Q Bach and, while a stellar piece of music, has a much lighter feel than "Fanfare for the Common Man."  

"These are such strong pieces and the organ really brings out the best in each of these." Conductor Cornelia Laemmli Orth said of the concert.

The concert will be held on Sunday, January 22nd at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, TN. Tickets are only $28 and students are always free to Symphony of the Mountains regular season concerts. Tickets may be purchased at the door, by calling Symphony of the Mountains' Box Office at (423) 392-8423 or on our website at

Bouquet of Baroque Coming to Abingdon

Join Symphony of the Mountains in a musical celebration welcoming the arrival of Spring. On Saturday, March 10th at 8:00 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA, Symphony of the Mountains will present joyous favorites with guest artists Voices of the Mountains, King College Concert Choir and four world-renown soloists. Let this inspirational music lift your spirits.

Tickets are available by calling the Symphony of the Mountains Box Office at (423) 392-8423 or on our website at

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Express Signs stepping up its game in Downtown Kingsport

Contact:Express Signs January 12, 2012
Katie Holt
(423) 246-3100

Express Signs is pleased to announce the arrival of a new printer that is changing the way we do business. The HP Scitex LX850 Industrial Printer is Hewlett Packard’s largest latex printer. Express Signs has the only one of its type in this area. This printer has a smaller environmental impact because of the use of eco-friendly, water-based inks that are non-flammable and non-combustible.

At 126 inches wide and at a resolution of 1200 DPI, it boasts the ability to print up to billboard-size signs, vehicle wraps, and banners as well as helps to lower costs. Designer Israel Saxton is pleased with the performance of the machine stating, “This is wide format printing at its best. With the latest in HP printing at our finger tips, I can guarantee, our customers will not find a better quality product anywhere else.” Express Signs acquired the printer through a partnership with HP and is a certified eco-friendly provider.

Arrival of the printer comes at a good time for Express Signs as we celebrate 20 years in business. This success can only be attributed to the patriotism of the residents of the Kingsport and Tricities areas. Express Signs hopes to continue to grow and flourish in the Tricities for years to come. “We are very excited to bring the first eco-friendly printer to the region. This gives us the ability to offer signs and banners for a lower cost and in a much faster turnaround time than we have in the past. We now have the fastest and largest printer in the region which helps us to better serve our customers,” states owner Chris Thomas.

Next up for Express Signs, we will be unveiling a new and improved website with ecommerce capabilities. Clients will be able to order products online and provide details for the sign they want to be sent to the designers. This feature will also allow businesses to upload artwork, streamlining the design process. People from all over will be able to use the new website to order a variety of products.

Located in downtown Kingsport at 403 Cherokee Street, Express Signs has been doing business in the Tricities for 20 years. Offering a variety of products including yard signs to banners and large scale business signs to vehicle wraps, we strive to meet the needs of all our clients. Originally founded in Kingsport, Express Signs now serves clients across the Southeastern United States.

Friday, January 20, 2012

YMCA: Be part of Something Great

Our building project is underway and our projected completion date is on the calendar, but we want to give you an opportunity to help us make this facility the best that it can be in order to serve our community’s needs. The YMCA has raised enough money to build a “base” building. We expect to outgrow this space almost immediately because of the excitement about a new facility. So we are asking groups to help us build some extra spaces while we can do it less expensively and more efficiently. Our general contractor has given us until February 10th to notify him of any alternates we want to add back in under the current bid amounts, so we need to raise the money as soon as possible. When you give to the Y, you strengthen our community. The Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood. Your gift will help build a facility used to expand experiences and programs to move people forward in their goals towards healthier families, social change, and overall well-being, available for all ages. Now is the time to give and support this necessary community contribution. Here’s an easy way to give today!

Thanks for helping spread the word,

Charlie Glass

Executive Director/CEO

Greater Kingsport Family YMCA

1100 Franklin Sq.

Kingsport, TN 37664

C 423-534-2900

P 423-247-9622 ext. 2194

Feb 11: Abused and Neglected Kids



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 Gala Invite

   CASA for Kids, Inc., serving abused and neglected children in Sullivan and Hawkins Counties,

   cordially invites you to attend the CASA Red Shoe Gala, CASA's biggest fundraising special

   event of the year.  As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz stated, "There's no place like home."


   CASA for Kids is currently able to serve 51% of the neglected children coming to the attention of

   its juvenile courts, yet every neglected/abused child needs to have their very own trained Court

   Appointed Special Advocate.  CASA helps bring neglected children the enhanced hope of a safe

   permanent home where they can thrive and grow up to become productive adults.


   Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey will auction off a few live auction items right after dinner.

   Guests can then dance to The Extraordinaires entertainment band, enter or just watch the Red

   Shoe Contest presided over by our juvenile court judges and even buy a Valentine gift chosen

   from over 200 donated silent auction items.  As needed funds are raised for CASA to help more

   children, guests will indeed enjoy a most memorable night.


   Kicking off the fundraising, lifting up CASA's children, are the following Sponsors so far:



Annonymous Foundation


Champion Chevrolet     VA Electric & Mine Supply  


JA Street & Associates     Keith & Connie Steere     AFAB Recycling     Eastman Chemical     Kingsport Book

Moore's Pharmacy     Wellmont CVA Heart Institute     Don & Fran Perry


The Wray Law Firm     First Tennessee Foundation     Stephen & Deborah Todd     Candace & Craig Sass

Tim & Sue Attebery     Domtar     Dr. John & Brenda Fincher     Hunter Smith & Davis Law Firm     Rodefer & Moss  


  Brock's Services     JTH Engineering     Penn Virginia Resource Partners     Bank of Tennessee     The Encounter

Jacob's Engineering     Absolute Communications     Price & Ramey     Martin Denistry     Citizens Bank

Jan & Terry Kazmier     Charles Fortner     Family Dental Clinic     Shafer Insurance Services

Indian Path Medical Center



Having Fun at the Gala - Helping CASA to Help Children, Helping Your Community

Lifting up Children's Voices

Lifting up Children's Lifes 




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CASA for Kids, Inc. | 317 Shelby St. | Suite 206 | Kingsport | TN | 37660

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