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Monday, April 30, 2012

State officials to be in Colonial Heights, North Kingsport and Fall Creek to verify special census

KINGSPORT - As part of the special census process just completed by the City of Kingsport, state officials from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development will be going door-to-door in Kingsport beginning Wednesday, May 2, 2012 to conduct a sample verification of the recently completed Kingsport special census. According to ECD Special Projects Director Stanley Harrison, his team will be in clearly marked state vehicles bearing a state seal and green government-issue license tags. The special census verification team will be sampling the results of Kingsport's special census for recently annexed areas in Colonial Heights, North Kingsport and Fall Creek.

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Mayor's Prayer Breakfast slated for Thursday at MeadowView

KINGSPORT -- Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips is hosting the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 3rd at Meadowview Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center in conjunction with the nation's 61st observance of the National Day of Prayer.  The program will feature community led prayers for guidance and support of different aspects of the community. In addition, the program will feature music from Paul Williams and the Victory Trio, a Dove Award nominated bluegrass gospel group.

"This breakfast is a time where our city can be strengthened and refreshed as we face the challenges that present us in today's world," said Mayor Dennis Phillips.

The breakfast buffet serving line will begin at 6:45 am with music beginning at 7:00 am and the program starting at 7:20 am. Paul Williams and the Victory Trio will then perform after the prayer program until 9 a.m. 

Tickets are $11.00 each in advance and may be picked up at City Hall (225 West Center Street), the Parks and Recreation office at the Civic Auditorium (1550 Fort Henry Drive), or the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.  A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the event.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

May 3 & 5: pARTy on mARkeT



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May 3 & 5, 2012

The Cultural Arts Division of the City of Kingsport, Downtown Kingsport Association, Engage Kingsport and Downtown Businesses would like to announce a new event that's gearing up involving the Arts! pARTy on mARkeT will be a two day event starting Thursday, May 3rd from 5:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday May 5th, from10:00am-4:00pm, This is not only an arts awareness event where local artists will be doing demonstrations but also an event where the artists' work will be for sale.

The event will kick off Thursday night, May 3rd with a reception for the Sculpture Walk artists held at Cindy Saadeh's Fine Art Gallery on Market Street from
5pm-8pm. The public is invited to meet the 10 sculptors selected for the 6th annual Sculpture Walk exhibit in Downtown Kingsport. 'Everbetter', a rock cover band, will be performing on Market Street and local artists will be showcased in live demonstrations throughout the block. Many downtown merchants and restaurants will join in the celebration with special operating hours for the first Thursday of May.

Saturday, May 5th will begin with the Sculpture Walk 'talk and tour' at
10am led by curator Peggy Townsend. This 'walk and talk' lecture is free and open to the public. It will begin at Glenn Bruce Park on Broad Street near the Library. Peggy Townsend, public art director from Chattanooga will lead the group and introduce the 10 selected artists and their art.

Then from
11am-4pm, the ART MARKET will be open with booths set up on Market Street. Enjoy face painting, food vendors, a ballet performance, theater performance, musicians in the street, street performers, and MORE! Carousel animals with their carvers and painters from the Kingsport Carousel Project will be on display for people to get a sneak peak and check out all the progress being made on this special project. For more information call Cultural Arts at 423-392-8416 or check the website at www.EngageKingsport.comOR Downtown Kingsport Association at 423-246-6550 or

Astronomy Day



Adam Thanz

Astronomy and Space Sciences

Program Coordinator

(423) 229-9447

Jason Dorfman

Astronomy and Space Sciences

Program Administrator

(423) 229-9447


Astronomy Day Activities Announced


On Saturday, April 28, 2012, from noon until 10:00 p.m., Bays Mountain Park and the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club will celebrate the International Day of Astronomy with free presentations, displays and activities for the entire public. Rain or shine, visitors can spend an exciting and informative day at Bays Mountain Park where they can learn about the science and hobby of astronomy. All non-planetarium astronomy-related activities are free and are perfect fun for the entire family! Weather permitting, the club will also be hosting daytime viewing of the sun and nighttime viewing of Mars, Venus, and much more!


In the afternoon, from noon until 4:30 p.m., there will be displays and presentations in the Nature Center’s Discovery Theater. Talks will feature ways to safely observe the upcoming transit of the planet Venus and how to explore the night sky using the Big Dipper. An extended session of our SunWatch program will occur from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Bays Mountain Observatories. Visitors will be able to safely observe sunspots and other features of the Sun through our telescopes (weather permitting.)

The evening’s activities will begin at 7:00 p.m. with an exciting program about the Sun-Earth relationship that we call "space weather." Paul Lewis, Director of UT Knoxville’s Space Science Outreach and Solar System Ambassador for NASA, is our featured speaker and will present an entertaining program entitled "The Sun, The Earth And The Space Between". Following his presentation, spectacular views of celestial delights await you at our StarWatch program starting at dusk. Savor a wonderful view of crescent-shaped Venus, be awe-struck by the distance to galaxies, and feel like you’re flying low over the moon.  These views and more will be seen with the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club’s telescopes at our Observatory.  A live presentation about what is up in the night sky will take place in the Planetarium if the weather does not cooperate.


Schedule of Events

Afternoon Events:  12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Displays (free!):  12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Discovery Theater

See many displays featuring all sorts of astronomical topics.

“Build a Super Sun Viewer” with Brad Dunn (free!):  1:00 p.m., Discovery Theater.

The Transit of Venus is happening on June 5th. Learn how to make a Solar Viewer to safely observe this celestial event.

Solar Viewing (free!):  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Observatory

Thrill at viewing different layers of the sun up close and in great detail.  Safely see sunspots and prominences.  Weather dependent.

“Ways to View the Sun Safely” with Bob Smith (free!):  2:30 p.m.,

Observatory Grounds (Discovery Theater if raining)

The Sun is the closest star to Earth. Learn how to safely observe this extremely bright and fascinating wonder of the daytime sky.

“Explore the Night Sky Using the Big Dipper” with John Hay (free!):  3:30 p.m., Discovery Theater

The Big Dipper is something most of us can locate in the night sky. Learn to use this familiar asterism to find other stars and constellations.


Evening Events:  7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

"The Sun, The Earth And The Space Between" with Paul Lewis (free!): 

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Amphitheater (Planetarium if raining)

The recent increase in solar activity has brought much attention to the Sun-Earth relationship that we call "space weather". We will explore the solar cycle and the impending peak in solar activity over the coming months.

Nighttime Viewing (free!):  8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Observatory

Spectacular views of celestial delights await you with the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club’s telescopes.  Savor a wonderful view of crescent-shaped Venus, be awe-struck by the distance to galaxies, and feel like you’re flying low over the moon.  These views and more will be seen at our Observatory.  A live presentation about what is up in the night sky will take place in the Planetarium if the weather does not cooperate.





Rob Cole

Operations Coordinator

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

853 Bays Mountain Park Rd.

Kingsport, TN  37660




Library: Movies, Travel Apps, Books for Grads



Kingsport Public Library & Archives                            May 2012

Open Job  Clinic    
job lab

Every Wednesday from 2:00-4:00
Drop in - work on your resume or apply online for jobs.
Library staff will be available to assist.



Amazon: The Best Books for College Graduates  6 Books to Give as Graduation Gifts

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See exactly where your flight is at the moment.

Find stores and restaurants in terminals.

Hotel Tonight
Negotiates cut-rate deals for hotel rooms at the last minute.

Taxi Magic
Where to hail a cab, how much you should pay, track your taxi, charge with your credit card and receive an e-receipt.

Manage your travel plans - flights, hotels, cars, appointments & meals, etc.
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Cowboys & Aliens, rated PG-13
May 6 @ 2:30

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vote to end hunger in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia

Alright folks, we're still in the lead, but Youngstown, Ohio is making a strong move. They gained 5,000 votes yesterday.  This $1,000,000 would go so far to help our region.

Please vote for Johnson City (it's really the whole region) by clicking the highlighted link below (facebook).

Vote every day to win $1,000,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ballet and Bubbly

Press Release – Ballet and Bubbly at the Chateau
Contact: Bertina Dew, Executive Director                                                   Mobile: 423/863-1280
Email:,                           Studio: 423/378-3967
Business Address: 201 Cherokee Street, Kingsport, TN 37660

For Release: March 1, 2012

Kingsport, TN – Kingsport Ballet sets the date for a spring fundraiser, Ballet and Bubbly, at the beautiful Chateau Selah, on April 28th, 6-9pm.  The event celebrates director, Valeria Sinyavskaya’s 10th anniversary with the company.  The bash will feature local musicians, a dance company performance in open air, and delicious food, wine and champagne, provided by regional vendors and growers. The chateau, built on a sprawling hilltop with stunning views of the Tennessee countryside, is the perfect blend of updated, casual style and classic elegance, befitting the Ballet’s history and impact in the community.

Proceeds from the event and its silent auction will benefit Kingsport Ballet special outreach programs, such as DANCE CO and Move 1 and 2*which provide free dance and fitness instruction, as well as nutrition and health education to children. “Being able to provide these enriching services to our area youth through our talented instructors, sets Kingsport Ballet apart as more than a quality arts provider,” states president, Mary Schnede.  “ It makes us a valuable asset to the community and integral to the growth and appeal of our area.”

Artistic director Valeria Sinyavskaya was a Prima Ballerina with the Novosibirsk Ballet Theatre and Opera for many years, where she performed all the principal roles, guested with the Bolshoi Ballet and other companies, and toured all over Europe and the Middle East. Ms Sinyavskaya was a pupil of Galina Berezova, who was a prized pupil of Agrippina Vaganova herself, the founder of the world-renowned Russian method of ballet technique. Ms Sinyavskaya was recruited from Tokyo, Japan in 2001, where she was director of the International Ballet School. She began her tenure with Kingsport Ballet in January of 2002, and staged The Sleeping Beauty in March of the same year.

For more information call 423/378-3967. Tickets to Ballet and Bubbly are $50 per person and may be purchased by calling 423/378-3967.

*Kingsport Ballet is sponsored in part for general operations by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Its outreach programs DANCE CO is sponsored in part by the City of Kingsport, the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Funds for At Risk Youth, the East Tennessee Foundation, the Massengill De-Friece Foundation, and other area supporters.  Move 1&2 is partially sponsored by Holston Medical Group and Regions Bank.

Code Violations

Did you know the City of Kingsport has a special hotline for code enforcement?  It’s 224-CODE or 224-2633.  You can call that number anytime and report a situation you suspect might be a code violation.  Whether it’s an unmowed yard, a longstanding pile of trash, a zoning issue, or you feel a house in your neighborhood is getting rundown beyond repair, feel free to let us know.


If you prefer to use the internet, go to the city’s website and look for “I want to”, then “report”, then “a code violation”.


Many times you just don’t know who to call. This centralized number allows a staff member to determine the appropriate department so you don’t have experience the frustration of trying to find out yourself.


We can’t be everywhere all the time, so we need the eyes and ears of the entire community to help make Kingsport a great community to live, work and play.


Hope this helps!




Tilden J. Fleming, AICP

Assistant City Manager for Development

Kingsport, Tennessee

423.229.9381 (desk/cell)



Monday, April 23, 2012

The Great Body Company

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From: Brooke Worley
Date: Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Subject: The Great Body Company


I am the Health Promotion Coordinator at the Great Body Company here in Kingsport. As a fellow Kingsport resident and member of the professional world in Kingsport, I have to say I enjoy your blog and think it's a wonderful way for people to keep up with events and businesses in Kingsport. 

I wanted to send you a copy of our monthly newsletter (please use the link below) as a way for you to keep up with the Great Body Company. We would love to be featured in your blog at some point in time if we meet your topic criteria. Please feel free to shoot me an email or give me a call at anytime at 378-4111. 

Thank you for your time.

P.S. I apologize for using my personal email, but I haven't got my work email set-up on my new

Brooke Worley, M.S.
Health Promotion Coordinator
The Great Body Company
3246 Memorial Blvd
Kingsport, TN 37664

"Plant wellness in every aspect of your life and you'll be sure to enjoy the harvest!"


Lately I’ve had a lot of questions about redistricting.  Go to and explore for yourself.


·         Most areas in the City of Kingsport, Preston Forest, Preston Woods, Colonial Heights, Sullivan Gardens, Fall Creek, Indian Springs and Crown Colony fall within House District 2.


·         Some of the northern and northwestern parts of Kingsport are included in House District 1, which is predominantly in the City of Bristol (including Rivermont, Hiara Heights, West View, Lynn Garden, Bloomingdale, and Orebank).


·         House District 3 includes the Airport, Boone Lake, Bluff City, Blountville, and Piney Flats in Sullivan County along with all of Johnson County (Mountain City) and parts of Carter County (Hampton, Roan Mountain).


·         The Hawkins County portion of Kingsport is included in House District 9 (including Hawkins & Hancock Counties).




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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Report: South Fork Holston River quality continues to improve- Kingsport Times-News

"At Riverfront Park, in 1965, Academy scientists counted 3 different species of fish. Last year, they found 30." 

Such an improvement results from the combined efforts of local industry and the City of Kingsport. 

The Academy, founded in 1812, is a world-renowned, nonprofit institution dedicated to increasing knowledge of the natural world through environmental research and natural history education.

Report: South Fork Holston River quality continues to improve- Kingsport Times-News

Saturday, April 21, 2012

April 21 - KOSBE Executive Director to Have Local Book Preview and Signing

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – On Saturday, April 21, local author, Aundrea Wilcox, will have a local book preview and signing from 1 – 3 p.m. located at The Acoustic Coffeehouse, 415 West Walnut Street, Johnson City.

Her first book, Startup Savvy: Strategies for Optimizing Small Business Survival and Success, was published last May. The book is filled with professional advice and tips especially for potential entrepreneurs and any business in business less than five years.

Unlike typical business leadership and self-help books, Startup Savvy is complete with relatable real-world entrepreneurial stories combined with solid advice from an everyday practitioner of small business who encourages readers to seek help from a variety of qualified professionals and ultimately be willing to pay for particular support, rather than try to do everything themselves.  The book highlights lessons learned and best practices from seven actual local small businesses that are also past KOSBE Award winners.

Books will be available onsite for purchase for a special sale price of $20 (including tax). The 18-chapter, 230-page book regularly retails for $24.95, plus tax and shipping and can be purchased online from most major retailers including but not limited to:, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.

For a double book signing event, Wilcox will join fellow local author, Mary J. Mullins, author of, A Cold Day in Hell. A story of six women who find themselves at the mercy of a maniac after their plane crashes in the Colorado mountains.
Wilcox is currently the senior business counselor of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at East Tennessee State University's (ETSU) Kingsport Affiliate Office, and executive director of KOSBE at the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce.

Since being hired at the Kingsport Chamber in July 2006, Wilcox has provided one-on-one technical assistance to more than 600 individuals or businesses.  She holds a master's degree from Brenau University, Gainesville, Ga.; and has more than 20 years of wide-ranging business experience in the full-service hotel, environmental consulting, automotive, woodworking machinery, flat glass and nonprofit sectors. 

To read the author's blog and learn more about her book visit, or follow her on Facebook, Startup Savvy, Twitter @StartupSavvy, and LinkedIn, Aundrea Wilcox, MBA.

Wilcox and her husband, Lonnie Salyer, reside in Kingsport with their two children.

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

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

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

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



Marybeth McLain
Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE
Administrative Coordinator, TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office
Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship
400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, Kingsport, TN 37660

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Kingsport Blog

May 11-12: How To Eat Like A Child !

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Fun Family Friendly Musical Theatre
One weekend only
Kingsport Theatre Proudly presents - How To Eat Like A Child

This musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child is hilarious. Children give 23 lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room and how to laugh hysterically. The pace is fast, the tone subversive and the recognition instant.

May 11 - 7PM
May 12 - 2PM
May 12 - 7PM

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Deadline Approaching for Tuition and Zoning Applications for 2012-2013 School year

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For Immediate Release – Kingsport City Schools

Contact: Andy True, Kingsport City Schools Administrative Coordinator (423) 378-2130

April 19, 2012


Deadline Approaching for Kingsport City Schools Zoning And Tuition Applications for 2012-2013 School year


KINGSPORT – Kingsport City Schools will accept zoning and tuition applications for students in grades K-12 for the 2012-2013 school year through April 29, 2012.


Parents who would like to request their child attend a different city school outside the school zone their student is expected to attend must apply for a zoning exception. Parents of students who are not legal residents of the city of Kingsport must submit a tuition application to attend a Kingsport City school. Parents or legal guardians must apply annually for their child's tuition and zoning status, even if they attended a Kingsport City school in 2011-2012.


Applications are available online at the Kingsport City Schools' website at Paper copies are also available at Kingsport City School's administrative office at 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 200.


The following are excerpts from the Kingsport Board of Education's policies and procedures for zoning and tuition:

  • Parents or legal guardians must apply annually for their child's tuition and zoning status.
  • Students who are not legal residents of the city of Kingsport shall pay tuition charges as approved annually by the Board of Education. Failure to pay tuition will disqualify a student's application for the next year.
  • Tuition students are accepted and zoning exceptions are granted only if current enrollment permits.
  • The system does not provide bus transportation to either tuition or zoning-exemption students, except in specific circumstances.


Criteria for zoning exceptions are as follows:

  1. Documented medical reasons;
  2. Child care availability;
  3. An expected move to a different zone;
  4. Specialized school programs;
  5. A fifth- or an eighth- grade student with a previous zoning exception;
  6. A student whose family has moved to a different zone after November 1;
  7. Documented justifications related to the child's specific educational experience.


The school system utilizes the following order when placing students:

  1. Zoning exception reapplications;
  2. Tuition reapplications for school employees working at the requested school;
  3. New zoning exceptions applications;
  4. Tuition reapplications;
  5. New tuition applications for school employees working at the requested school;
  6. New tuition applications for system and city employees;
  7. New tuition applications for out-of-district residents.


For more information, call Peggy Everhart, Student Services Office Assistant, at (423) 378-2142.






Andy True

Administrative Coordinator - RTTT Implementation/Communication

Kingsport City Schools

400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 200

Kingsport, TN  37660

(423) 378-2130



Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Chamber Wins Five Awards at PRSA Awards Banquet

Kingsport Chamber Wins Five Awards at PRSA Awards Banquet

Bob Feagins honored with Rod Irvin Excellence in Public Relations Award

Please note: Photo of Bob Feagins attached. Pictured from left to right, Robbie Phillips, The Corporate Image and Tri-Cities TN/VA PRSA President; Gary Tucker, Eastman Credit Union, Bob Feagins, Kingsport Chamber and Betty Payne, Eastman Chemical Company.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce brought home four Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Awards and one Rod Irvin Excellence in Public Relations Award at the 2012 Tri-Cities PRSA Awards of Excellence Banquet held Tuesday night at Eastman Lodge near Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport.

Celebrating the chapter's tenth anniversary year, the chapter recognized the four founding fathers with a surprise birthday celebration and Happy Birthday sing a-long. The founders include, Representative Jon Lundberg, president and CEO, The Corporate Image; Bob Feagins, executive director of communications and development, Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce; Mary Ellen Miller, president and CEO, MarketingMel and Dr. John King, public relations professor at East Tennessee State University.

The banquet recognized excellence in public relations work in our region. The chapter divides the entries into two categories, Honoring the Product and Honoring the Program; paralleling PRSA's Silver and Bronze Anvil competitions.

A panel of judges made up of PRSA members from the California Inland Empire PRSA Chapter evaluated the entries. There are three awards, Award of Excellence, Award of Quality and the Award of Merit.

Your Kingsport Chamber received the five following awards: Award of Excellence in the Non-profit website category for; Award of Excellence in the Public Service category for the 69th Annual Santa Train; Award of Excellence in the Special Events and Observances (Seven Days or Less) for the Kingsport Chamber 64th Annual Dinner and an Award of Quality in the Special Events and Observances (Seven Days or Less) for the 17th Annual KOSBE Awards.

The 2012 recipient of the Rod Irvin Excellence in Public Relations Award was awarded to Bob Feagins, the fifth and final award of the night.


This award is designed to honor an individual who exemplifies integrity, creativity, leadership, community involvement and whose work has upheld the finest standards of the PRSA. Feagins was nominated by Gary Tucker, senior vice president of government and business relations, Eastman Credit Union and Betty Payne, director of corporate communications, Eastman Chemical Company.


"I had the privilege of working with Rod Irvin, the public relations professional for whom this award is named. I have neither doubt nor hesitation in putting Bob Feagins in that same category," said Payne. "Bob knows the importance of striking a good solid balance in public relations. Each day, he works to promote business and commerce throughout the Kingsport area. Whether he's working with a small family-operated start-up business or a Fortune 500 global corporation, Bob applies the same principles and attention to detail that shows either company that he is their champion."


One of Feagins' most notable accomplishments is the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce's Annual Dinner. What was once a dinner meeting with a couple of speeches and the obligatory 'passing of the gavel,' under his direction has become what many call the 'Tri-Cities' social event of the year.


Kingsport Chamber President and CEO, Miles Burdine said, "It is a pleasure to work with Bob Feagins. Bob continues to grow in his responsibilities and value to our community. He is an outstanding individual contributor. Bob is caring and supportive and has the skills to coach, develop and manage the work of others, overseeing staff members who are responsible for Member Relations, Keep Kingsport Beautiful and Move to Kingsport."


Feagins is a servant-leader. He takes great pride in his work as a community volunteer. He has a 'big heart' and a huge capacity for serving in the community through church, universities and technology centers, the arts, young professional organizations and through a host of non-profit organizations.


"I personally admire the outstanding career and personal accomplishments of Bob Feagins." said Olan Jones, president and CEO of Eastman Credit Union and recent Kingsport Chamber Board of Directors Chair. "He is effective and efficient at managing the business community's resources entrusted to the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce."


"Bob is a relationship-builder. He is a likeable person. Feagins is someone who is genuine in his dealings with others. He is humble and exhibits unquestionable integrity.  He enhances the reputation of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce," continued Jones.


A native of Kingsport, Feagins graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School and holds a B.A. in communications from Emory & Henry College, Emory, Va., and a master's in communications from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.


Prior to his work with the Kingsport Chamber, he served as client services director for The Corporate Image.


Feagins is the recipient of the 2012 Milligan College Leaders in Christian Service Honor Award; winner of numerous Public Relations Society of America Awards of Excellence and Quality; winner of Tri-Cities Addy Awards; winner of American Chamber of Commerce Executives Awards of Communications Excellence for Total Communications Program and other communications initiatives; recipient of The Business Journal's Tri-Cities TN/VA "Forty Under 40" Rising Young Business Stars Award; recipient of a Charter Media Broadcast Award for "Kingsport ChamberZone"; a Leadership Kingsport graduate; graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management (IOM); and selected to attend the inaugural session of the Generation Tennessee Young Business Leaders Conference.


Feagins also teaches an annual class on communications, public relations and development to Chamber of Commerce Executives from across the State of Tennessee at Middle Tennessee State University. Speaks to classes at Emory & Henry College, ETSU, Carson-Newman College and Northeast State on communications as well as a number of civic clubs and organizations in the Tri-Cities TN/VA region.


Feagins and his wife, Laura are both active members of Mafair United Methodist Church and reside in Kingsport.


In total, there were 54 entries submitted to the chapter for 2012 with 47 winners and one recipient of the Rod Irvin Excellence in Public Relations Award.

In the next few days, you can find the complete listing of award winners along with photos on our Facebook page, PRSA of Tri-Cities TN/VA.

All program and product award categories are open to members and non-members who reside in the greater Tri-Cities area. This year, all work entered must have been released, published or performed, at least, in substantial part between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of 2011.

The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization comprised of nearly 1,000 members.  The Kingsport Chamber's mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area.


For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to or call (423) 392.8800.  We're social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.


We've moved! Our new address is 400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, Kingsport, TN 37660.






Marybeth McLain

Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE

Administrative Coordinator, TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship
400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, Kingsport, TN 37660


WE'VE MOVED!! Our new address is: 400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, Kingsport TN, 37660 - Phone numbers and e-mails are the same.


Ph. (423) 392.8811 • Fax (423) 392.8834



Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

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.