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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Jeff Fleming 2-22-2012 Update

Ridgefields, Bank of Tennessee, J. Fred Johnson Stadium, New Subdivision Standards, Planning Commisison, Annexation, Reedy Creek Winery, AARP Cities of Service, Visitor Enhancement Program, Wayfinding

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Poorest cities? Give me a break.

Recently, I've been peppered with questions as to why the Kingsport-Bristol metropolitan area was listed as one of the 10 poorest cities in America.

When you look at the list, it has the usual cast of characters that the federal government would have us believe are impoverished – Appalachians, Ozarks, Delta, Deep South, and Mexican borderlands. It perpetuates the negative stereotypes that we are constantly striving to mitigate. Frankly, it really bothers me because I know what a special place this is and I know the caliber of people that live here.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we don't have our fair share of poverty. I think it is unfair to say we are among the "poorest" without adjusting for variations in regional cost of living.

The Census Bureau uses an annual poverty threshold that is the same for the entire nation.

For a family of 2 with a householder under 65, the national poverty threshold is $15,504.

Now, do you really believe that $15,504 in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Long Island, or Anaheim has the same buying power as $15,504 in Kingsport, Tennessee? For heaven’s sake, you don't have to watch too many episodes of HGTV to understand that a house in California or New York is not the same price as an equivalent house around here.

Here are some other things to consider about Kingsport:

· Unemployment rate among the lowest in the U.S. (
· House price appreciation among the highest in the U.S. (
· Marriott operates an award-winning conference resort here (that was recently doubled in size)
· 13,500 net new jobs were created here from 1990-2011
· Harvard gave us the Innovation in American Government Award for Higher Education Initiatives
· Newsweek recognized ours as a Top American Public High School
· The same school has been invited (repeatedly) to participate in the Macy’s, Tournament of Roses, and Fiesta Bowl Parades
· Nearly 1,000,000 square feet of new retail and restaurants open since 2005 (and some set opening records for their chains)
· Retail sales are at 7 year high
· Charitable donations to the United Way set annual records year after year ($4 million this year alone)

Lately, I’ve been listening to Dave Ramsey quite a bit. We’ve all been told to protect our credit rating at almost any cost. However, he gets pretty fired-up when you ask about a credit score because he says it doesn’t matter unless you plan on borrowing money. He also says that poverty is a state of mind.

So, I guess what I’m saying is don’t allow someone else to tell you you’re “poor” unless you plan on being poor. My dad could’ve probably qualified for federal assistance to pay for my college (based on national standards), but it didn’t even occur to him to ask. He and my mom adjusted their spending choices and paid off their home, paid off their cars, and also paid for my college.

The people in this region are historically a proud, independent lot who do pay their bills, live relatively frugally, cut coupons, look for bargains, and live within their means. Don’t look upon us negatively because we didn’t get caught up in the hyper-inflated, overmortgaged, overleveraged, overspending patterns the rest of the country enjoyed for the past 20+ years. If anything, we should be praised for using common sense.

I’ll leave you with this, you could probably change the title to “The Most Affordable Places to Live in America” and it look just about the same.

So I created another list illustrating "poverty" rate relative to cost of living, unemployment, and house price appreciation.

KPRD Free Throw Contest

To All Kingsport Basketball Coaches or Parents;


I would like to get your help in promoting our “March Madness” Kingsport Elementary School Free Throw contest for 4th & 5th Grade Boys & Girls. This is our 1st year doing this and we would like participation from all of the elementary schools in the City of Kingsport. I have attached a flyer but below are all the details:


WHO:             4th & 5th Grade Boys and Girls


WHEN:          First Round

                        Tuesday, March 6th— 4th Graders (Boys & Girls)

                        Wednesday, March 7th— 5th Graders (Boys & Girls)

                        Thursday, March 8th—  First Round Make Up Date for those who

                                                            could not make Tuesday or Wednesday


                        Championship Round

                        Tuesday, March 13th— The top shooter in each grade (Boy & Girl) from each school will be selected from

                                                          the First Round and will compete for the City Championship


LOCATION: V. O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex


TIME:            6:30pm — 7:30pm:   Each Night


EQUIPMENT:           28.5” Ball


I have sent this to the distribution list I had for our “Model City” Shootout so I know a lot of people will get this that do not live or go to school in Kingsport. I apologize in advance for those of you receiving this that are not eligible to compete. As we get participation in the events sponsored by this department I will narrow down this distribution list down to be sent only to the appropriate people.


Each child will be allowed 3 warm up free throws and then 10 attempts to post his or her best score. 4th Graders will shoot behind a 12’ free throw line and 5th Graders will shoot from the regulation 15’ free throw line. There will be a Champion, both boy and girl in each grade from each school, which will receive an award as well as our overall “City Champion” in each division.


There are flyers posted at each elementary school for all to see. Please help get the word out to those eligible to participate in this exciting new event that ties into “March Madness”! Please contact our office should you have any questions. We hope to see all children who love basketball at V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex representing their elementary school!






Greg Walker, CPRP

Program Coordinator

Kingsport Parks & Recreation

1550 Ft. Henry Dr.

Kingsport, TN  37664



Monday, February 20, 2012

Board of Education/Chamber Building update

The parking lot base paving and concrete curbs and sidewalks are complete. The lot will be temporarily striped for opening and the finish paving course will be installed in early March. The third floor is nearly complete with casework installed and carpet installation in progress. The second floor is close behind with carpet installation also underway. The first coat of paint on the first floor is complete and ceiling grid is just beginning. The anticipated move-in dates are the end of March 2012 for the City School offices and the end of April 20L2 for the Chamber of Commerce offices. The final sidewalk section at Press Street and Clinchfield has been installed, and Press Street was paved, Friday, February 03, 20t2, by the City.

Press Building update

Press, LLC (private rehabilitation of 2OO,OOO sq. ft.) is Mountain Region Family practice, 67,000 sQ. ft, occupied the building in December and is now seeing patients daily. A psychiatrist has just signed a contract for approximately 3,000 sq. ft., and Integrity Capital has committed to 4,000 sq. ft. on the third floor. The partners are close to signing a Middle Tennessee health related firm to 4,000 sq. ft. The partners are gathering memorabilia about the Kingsport press for a historical area off the front lobby. The partners have offered to provide a prominent space in the lobby for an information kiosk about Kingsport events. They are preparing the parking lot for paving and entrances.

Welcome Center update

Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. continues retaining wall construction and rock excavation. The bridge abutment on the east side has been poured. The center pier foundation has been poured and the stem is scheduled for a 2/L7 pour and the pier cap is expected to be poured by 2/24. The westbound exit ramp"has been graded to subgrade level. Blasting on the west side continues. The contract currently has a completion date of October 28, 2072. The Welcome Center Building is under a separate contract and is under design by Hastings Architecture. The schedule for the Welcome Center building construction is currently estimated to be June - December 20L2.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Relocated couple experiences Kingsport

A newcomer's perspective. I think we often take this for granted.

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Kingsport Exceptionalism

Always good to see unsolicited feedback from a newcomer. I think we often take it for granted.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Local doctors featured on national program about software that enhances patients' lives



     KINGSPORT – Representatives of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute are participating in a national program that will air on a local television station that discusses a software package that is bolstering the lives of area cardiovascular patients.

     Dr. Jerry Blackwell, the heart institute's president, and Dr. Chris Metzger, who directs the nation's No. 1 carotid artery stenting program at Holston Valley Medical Center, will join Tim Attebery, Wellmont Health System's vice president of cardiovascular services, in discussing the Emerge Clinical Solutions system on "Today in America." The national program is scheduled to air locally at 8 a.m. on Feb. 18 and March 10 and at noon on March 24 on WJHL 11 Connects.

     The interviews of Dr. Blackwell, Dr. Metzger and Attebery were filmed at The Heart Center on Meadowview Parkway. Crews also filmed footage at the facility.

     "Today in America," which is hosted by Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, is a combination of business news stories, lifestyles features and in-depth interviews with physicians, scientists, inventors, business owners, philanthropists and newsmakers from varied industries. The website of "Today in America" says producers on the show won 12 Telly Awards in 2010.

     Emerge is a real-time clinical decision solution that helps physicians enhance accuracy and efficiency of diagnoses. It develops a platform and data service that integrates research and treatment abstracts into point-of-care medical records systems. The software has been proven to increase identification of cardiac diseases by as much as 300 percent, the company says.

     The heart institute has built the Emerge software into its electronic medical records system.

     On the program, Dr. Metzger will discuss how Emerge helps the heart institute identify patients with peripheral vascular disease so they can be appropriately referred to physicians within the heart institute who treat the disease. Dr. Blackwell will highlight the way Emerge has enhanced quality for patients. And Attebery will discuss how the software has helped organize clinical work flow.

     In teaming with the heart institute, Emerge is aligning itself with the premier cardiovascular program in the region and a program that regularly receives state and national honors.

     "We are pleased to participate in a program that explains a piece of software that greatly benefits patients and has the same goal as our cardiovascular physicians to deliver high-quality care for patients," Attebery said. "Emerge has proven highly effective in assisting our physicians to elevate the superior care patients already receive to an even greater level."




Mar 2-4: Missions Celebration 2012

The nineteenth annual Missions Celebration, "Prepare the Way of the Lord," will be held on March 2-4 at First Broad Street United Methodist Church. 

                Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr.  will be our keynote speaker for the event, sharing his vision for the mission of the church around the world. He will be accompanied by speakers from missions and ministries including, Mandela Logoge, who is a member of the parliament in South Sudan; Bishop James Lloyd Knox from Alfalit, an education initiative around the world; Bryan and Lois Varenkamp form Wycliffe Bible Translators; the Estonia Mission Team from First Broad Street; Koni Purscell, a Church and Community Worker in the Big Stone Gap District; Rev. Lurone Jennings, Bethlehem Center; Oneida Ruth Winship from Chihowa UMC in Durant, Oklahoma; Mark Smelser from Friends In Need; Tom Hancock with The Republic of South Sudan UMC Church Partnerships; and Annisa Little with Clothes For Kids here in Kingsport.

                The Mission Celebration will have workshops and activities for children, youth and adults that will enable us to celebrate where FBSUMC has been in mission in the past and understand where God may be leading the church in the year ahead.  

                First Broad Street UMC is located at 100 E. Church Circle in Kingsport, TN.  Detailed information about speakers and workshops is available at or by calling our Missions Office at 224-1532.


Mountain States Hospice seeks caring souls to comfort the terminally ill

Volunteers especially needed in Sullivan, Greene, Carter and Johnson Counties

               A terminally ill patient who has always loved gardening is no longer physically able to participate in her hobby, so a volunteer takes her to a flower garden and gets down in the soil, working on the flowers as the patient watches and chats.

               Another person's dying wish is simply to visit the mall, while a longtime lover of the library wants to spend some of her last days there, browsing through books and magazines. These are all simple requests, but ones that take on great meaning under the circumstances.

               Volunteers who work with Mountain States Hospice find themselves performing these tasks and many others. They devote their time to enriching quality of life for patients who are facing the end of life.

               Hospice is a special kind of care offered to patients and families when illnesses no longer respond to cure-oriented treatment. Hospice care focuses on quality of life, regardless of the time that remains, and provides comfort care, spiritual care and emotional care while maintaining patient dignity.

               Mountain States Hospice has a staff of professionals who oversee this service, but dozens of non-clinical volunteers provide vital support. They may be asked to provide relief for a caregiving family member, run errands for the family, sit with a patient in his or her home, operate the Hospice office phone line or perform clerical work.

               All of it makes a difference.

               "Those are the type of things that touch people, that touch the lives of patients at the end of life," said Lena Onks, volunteer coordinator for Mountain States Hospice. "That's what it's all about.

               "To us, it's nothing to go to the mall, but for someone who's in a wheelchair and it's their dying wish, it's a big deal. And the volunteers are such a big part of this. It's a wonderful program."

               There are 23 people in the Mountain States Hospice Volunteer Program, and the organization is always seeking more. The job description: "Seeking compassionate, caring individuals who would like to bring a ray of sunshine, love and care into the lives of the terminally ill and their families. No medical background is required, only a willing heart and 12 hours of training."

               Mountain States Hospice will offer its next training class for volunteers Feb. 27-28 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Hospice office, 101 Med Tech Park, Suite 100, Johnson City, Tenn.

               The class includes talks from social workers and nurses about end-of-life issues, as well as one-on-one time with Onks talking about the job, meeting the staff and gaining a deeper understanding of what the program is about. Then, through an interview process, each volunteer will be matched with a patient.

               While some people may assume that working with terminally ill patients could be depressing and uncomfortable, Onks said that's not the case.

               "It's definitely very rewarding to the volunteers. It can be very uplifting," she said. "It just thrills them to help others. This helps the patient but it also fills a need within the volunteers."

               All types of people volunteer. Some are retirees, but there is also a teen program. Many have experienced the death of a loved one and, having received hospice support, now wish to give back. But, Onks said, they must wait a year after that death before they can start volunteer duties, to make sure their grieving period is over.

               Mountain States Hospice volunteers also provide bereavement support to families for a year after the patient passes away, writing notes or making calls to families to help them deal with their grief.

               In addition to the Johnson City office, MSHA also operates a Hospice service in Russell County, Va.

               "We have grown and significantly increased the amount of hours our volunteers put in, and I am really, really proud of them," Onks said. "But we have a need for volunteers in several areas, particularly Sullivan, Greene, Carter and Johnson counties. That's the hardest thing for me, to tell someone 'I'm sorry, I don't have anyone to cover that area.' "

               For more information, or to become a volunteer, call Onks at 423-431-7608 or email RSVP for the class by Feb. 20. Snacks will be provided at the class.

To download a photo of hospice volunteers visiting a local patient, click the following link:

 Hospice volunteers

Photo cutline: Mountain States Hospice volunteers Kimberly Collins, left, and Carla Davis, standing, spend time with hospice patient Ralph Davis and his wife Lois of Johnson City. Hospice volunteers perform a variety of tasks, including administrative duties, spending time with patients and providing respite for patient family members. Having the volunteers allows Mrs. Davis a break from caregiving so she can enjoy her weekly card game with neighbors.

About Mountain States Health Alliance

Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children's hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit



D-B takes first place in Science Bowl

DB students take first place in Northeast Tennessee Science Bowl
Kingsport Times News
By staff report KINGSPORT — Students from Dobyns-Bennett High School won first place in Wednesday's sixth annual Northeast Tennessee Science Bowl, held at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport. The winning team received a $300 cash ...

Feb 21: Sweet CeCe's for D-B Track

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Friday, February 17, 2012

J. Fred Johnson Stadium expansion/renovation details

See below for links to detailed materials relating to the J. Fred Johnson Stadium renovation/expansion proposal.

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From: Andy True <>
Date: February 17, 2012 3:39:35 AM EST
To: <>
Subject: KCS Board of Education Work Session Information
Reply-To: Andy True <>

Dear KCS Parents and Families,

I wanted to provide you with some information that was proposed at tonight's Board of Education work session. At tonight's meeting, the Board heard a report from a committee of community members proposing improvements to J. Fred Johnson Stadium. The committee is made up of representatives from the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, FunFest, D-B alumni, school administration, D-B athletics, and other various community stakeholders.

This evening, the committee recommended various improvements to the stadium, including safety upgrades, additional restroom facilities, track & field enhancements, concession stands, and increased seating capacity. As proposed, the project would be exclusively funded through the sale of Personal Seat Licenses (PSL's) to those who choose to sit in the new seating area, which would be located directly above the existing stadium seating.

The proposal from the committee is that the improvements, which would total approximately $3.5 million, would be paid for only by those wishing to sit in the new sections. Individuals wishing to keep their seats in the current seating areas would not have to purchase PSL's. In this proposal, KCS dollars are not being requested to fund these improvements. If approved by the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Kingsport Board of Education, the improvements could be completed by the start of the 2012 football season.

Various information on the proposal has been compiled for you and is available by clicking here. Full meeting notes, as well as the committee's PowerPoint, is also available at that link. The community committee will be presenting their proposal to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen during their work session on Monday, February 20. Any formal consideration for approval by the Board of Education would not take place until March.

Andy True

Administrative Coordinator - RTTT Implementation/Communication

Kingsport City Schools

1701 East Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

(423) 378-2130

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$3.5 million upper deck proposed for D-B stadium - Kingsport Times-News

$3.5 million upper deck proposed for D-B stadium - Kingsport Times-News

Thursday, February 16, 2012

June 1-2: Save the Date - Relay for Life



The American Cancer Society “Relay For Life of Kingsport” will be held June 1 and June 2, 2012 in downtown Kingsport. This event is held to honor cancer survivors and caregivers, remember those that have fallen to cancer, and celebrate life for everyone.  Teams are presently being formed to participate in the event.  Teams can consist of friends, co-workers, church members – basically any organization that you belong to can form a team.  The Relay for Life Committee will assist you with the formation of a team, fundraising efforts, and mentor you through the entire Relay experience.  Team meetings are held the 3rd Thursday each month in downtown Kingsport at RCAM, 305 W. Main, Kingsport at 6 PM.  We would love to have you join us at these meetings and for the event.   If you have any questions about this “Relay For Life Kingsport” event, please contact the following individuals by email and we will get back to you ASAP with an answer to your question:


                        Elise Allen

                      Doug Fabick

                      Sandy Greene

                       Trish Mims  


Giant Library Book Sale





Friends of the Kingsport Public Library &
First Book-Greater Kingsport

Fiction  |   Non-Fiction |   Children's books  |   Textbooks



Over 20,000 used books at bargain prices.





(1550 Center Street - next to Dobyns-Bennett High School)

Preview Sale
($10 admission for this day only)
Thursday, March 8

Free Admission Days:
 Friday, March 9          9:00-8:00
Saturday March 10     9:00-8:00
Sunday, March 11       1:00-6:00

All proceeds go to support the Kingsport Public Library (children's programs, technology grant matches, wireless, etc.) and First Book of Greater Kingsport (free new books to at-risk children)

If you'd like to volunteer to help during the book sale, please contact  
Volunteers are needed to work cash registers, to keep tables filled with books, keep tables of books tidy.

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RCAM Fast Fact

Did you know there are 390 students attending the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Downtown Kingsport (Spring 2012)?

Feb 27: Eat good. Do Good.

Mary Smith
(423) 384-0894

Eat Good. Do Good.
Restaurant Owner to Give a Percentage of Proceeds to Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.

KINGSPORT, TN (February 15, 2012) – Doing something good for your community is going to be a piece of cake—or a piece of grilled salmon—or a bowl of gumbo—whatever your preference may be. On Monday, February 27, 2012 a significant percentage of sales from lunch and dinner (11 a.m. until closing) at Riverfront Seafood Co. and Saltwater Willy’s Bayou CafĂ© will be donated to Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Come eat! Local seafood guru Wayne Michelli, owner of Riverfront Seafood Co. and Saltwater Willy’s, has announced that he is giving back to the community by donating 20% of his restaurant proceeds to a United Way agency on designated “Community Days”.

“Thanks to the generosity of Wayne and Angie Michelli, the donations received for this event will provide direct support for Small Miracles,” said Mary Smith, founder of Small Miracles.

On February 27, eating good means doing good for Small Miracles. Patrons will have an opportunity to learn more about Small Miracles and ways they can help support the organization. Small Miracles is a nonprofit, Christian-based organization founded through love to enhance the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth of individuals with special needs through equine-assisted activities.

Riverfront Seafood Co. is located at 1777 Netherland Inn Rd. and Saltwater Willy’s at 121 Jack White Drive, Kingsport, TN. Visit and/or to learn more about these restaurants and to view their menus. In addition to a percentage of the meal proceeds, a percentage of gift cards sales for the day will also be donated to Small Miracles. Gift cards are a thoughtful gift for family members, friends and business associates—whatever the occasion.

Take this opportunity to enjoy a terrific meal with friends, co-workers and/or family, and support Small Miracles at the same time. Consider scheduling your upcoming lunch meeting for the 27th at Riverfront Seafood Co. or Saltwater Willy’s, or take a night off from cooking and have dinner at either restaurant. You’ll help make life-changing impacts on the lives of Small Miracles’ students! Tax-deductible donations would be greatly appreciated and can be made directly to Small Miracles. For more information about this wonderful way to support your community, contact Mary Smith at 423-384-0894 or by e-mail


Tourism pays off for Sullivan County

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Feb 18: Rebel Wrestling breakfast at LongHorn

We want to invite you to our pancake breakfast this coming Saturday morning
from 8am-10am at Longhorn Steakhouse in Kingsport.  This is an easy to
support fundraiser that by just showing up and eating with us you can help
out the program. The cost is $5 per person.

Some of you receiving this may no longer have a child wrestling but we would
LOVE to see you and your wrestler on Saturday morning. So come on out and
have good time while supporting Rebel Wrestling.

For those of us still involved we hope that you will make every effort to
sell as many of these tickets as you possibly can. Ask Coach Hagee for a
sheet of tickets if you haven't yet got one and for more if you've already
sold the ones he gave out.

Coach Hagee has put a ton of time in to get this set up for us and to allow
us to be the first organization to have a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser with
Longhorn Steakhouse. Make sure to thank him and let's try to reward his hard
work by showing up en masse to make this successful for our team.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Virginia Intermont College Golf Tournament



From: Martin Carrico []
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 11:08 AM
To: Fleming, Jeff
Subject: Virginia Intermont College Golf Tournament


Jeff will you add this to your Blog, Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, VA is organizing a golf tournament.  I have attach the link to tournament.



Martin Carrico

East Tennessee Foundation / Kingsport

East Tennessee Foundation - Kingsport Community Foundation ...
Kingsport, TN -The Kingsport Community Foundation, an Affiliate Fund of East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), announces the recipients of the 2012 Kingsport ...


Mountain States Medical Group to sponsor Kingsport chamber breakfast

For more information, contact Your Kingsport Chamber at 423.392.8800
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Hicks, Teresa E>

Would you mind mentioning in your blog some time this month that Mountain States Medical Group will be sponsoring the Kingsport Chamber Breakfast on the last Friday in February at MeadowView?


Teresa Hicks

Communications Manager

Mountain States Health Alliance

1021 W. Oakland Ave., Suite 200

Johnson City, TN 37604

Telephone:  (423) 431-1313

Cell:  (423) 943-6907 |



Cupid shops Downtown!


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from Downtown Kingsport!

If you have shopping to do for your Valentine, come and visit our many shops today.

You can also bring your loved one to dinner in Downtown Kingsport tonight.

We invite you to fall in love with Main Street and support your local businesses.

Happy Valentine's Day from your Downtown Kingsport Assocation Staff and Board of Directors 
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Two Free Small Business Certifications Classes this Month!



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Dare to Dine


                                       “Dare to Dine”

     Kingsport Leadership Programs’ 2012 Fundraiser

                                Friday, March 9, 2012





Please mark your calendar for a fun evening of mystery, great food, beautiful homes, and friends (old and new).  Join us at Kingsport Leadership Program’s “Dare to Dine” event.  A $50 ticket ($30 is tax deductible) will be your entry into one of Kingsport’s finest homes for dinner provided by the host.  Any additional donations over the $50 ticket price are appreciated.  The “Dare” is that diners will be assigned to homes randomly and notified of their dining destination only days before the event.  Please contact Catherine Tucker ( with questions.  Your check (made payable to Kingsport Leadership Programs) should be mailed to the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce-151 East Main Street, Kingsport 37660.  Please indicate names of attendees with your check.  Call Vickie Snodgrass to charge to a credit card.  392-8816  The event ticket amount is $100 for 2, and any amount you would like to donate over that is totally tax-deductible.  All diners will come together at Allandale Mansion following dinner to share dessert and stories of their evening.  SAVE THE DATE, and make plans to dine with us on March 9th!  We dare you!!!





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Festival and Event Planners congregate in Kingsport

More than 150 attendees expected from across the Southeast U.S.

The Southeast Festival and Events Association (SFEA) brings its annual conference to Kingsport, Tenn. Feb. 20-22.

“We are very much looking forward to hosting this year’s SFEA Conference in Kingsport, Tennessee as we feel the area offers many unique experiences for the Conference attendees via Kingsport’s downtown district, the Planetarium, and nearby Bristol Motor Speedway,” said Amy Doherty, Chairman of SFEA, when asked why the Tri-Cities area was selected.

What makes this conference unique? “Being that our attendees spend their year planning memorable events for everyone else, we want to return the favor and create a unique conference for them. We’ve had everything from adults racing giant tricycles and motorized coolers to great country bands performing specifically for us. Kingsport Fun Fest and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion are members of SFEA and they have been phenomenal in helping us select local venues for part of the Conference activities. We definitely have a lot of fun in store for Kingsport,” noted Doherty.

More information about the Conference, including a full schedule, can be found on the SFEA website at

Southeast Festival and Events Association (SFEA) was created in 2009 to strengthen, educate and unify the festivals and events industry throughout the Southeastern United States via unique networking opportunities including its annual conference, behind-the-scenes-tours, one-day-seminars and socials.


If you would like more information about the Southeast Festivals and Events Conference, please call Wendy Thomas at 678-443-9619 or email
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.