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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sculpture Walk VI brings 10 new pieces of art to downtown Kingsport- Kingsport Times-News

Sculpture Walk VI brings 10 new pieces of art to downtown Kingsport- Kingsport Times-News

KATS working to improve services- Kingsport Times-News

KATS working to improve services- Kingsport Times-News

Wellmont invested $90 million for community benefit in 2011- Kingsport Times-News

Wellmont invested $90 million for community benefit in 2011- Kingsport Times-News

Agency Profile: Meals on Wheels - Kingsport Times-News

Agency Profile: Meals on Wheels - Kingsport Times-News

Kingsport Theatre Guild marks 65 years- Kingsport Times-News

Kingsport Theatre Guild marks 65 years- Kingsport Times-News

Keep Kingsport Beautiful presents 'Saturday in the Gardens'- Kingsport Times-News

Keep Kingsport Beautiful presents 'Saturday in the Gardens'- Kingsport Times-News

Public Works Day 2012 Coverage

Artist's house a 40 year labor of love

Kingsport school officials eye pool site for tennis courts or soccer fields- Kingsport Times-News

Kingsport school officials eye pool site for tennis courts or soccer fields- Kingsport Times-News

Kingsport mayor praises veterans at Oak Hill memorial service- Kingsport Times-News

Kingsport mayor praises veterans at Oak Hill memorial service- Kingsport Times-News

Kingsport City Schools Announces Administrative Appointments

For Immediate Release – Kingsport City Schools

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

May 29, 2012

 

Kingsport City Schools Announces Administrative Appointments

 

KINGSPORT – Kingsport City Schools is pleased to announce two administrative appointments, effective July 1, 2012.

 

Dr. Dwain Arnold has been named Director of Elementary Education.  In this position, Dr. Arnold will be responsible for the oversight and coordination of curriculum and leadership development at the eight KCS elementary schools.

 

"Dr. Arnold was the very first system educator I met after accepting my new position," said KCS Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie.  "I am tremendously impressed with his knowledge and skills.  Perhaps his greatest strength is the way he provides support for those under his responsibility, while at the same time challenging them to achieve even greater things.  His thoughtful approach, experience, and knowledge of elementary education makes him a perfect fit for the position of Director of Elementary Education."

Dr. Arnold has most recently served as Principal of John Adams Elementary.  During his 23 years with Kingsport City Schools, Arnold has served as teacher, principal of Roosevelt Elementary, and interim superintendent.  Dr. Arnold received his doctorate from East Tennessee State University in 2001 and became a National Board Certified Teacher in 1999. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at ETSU and has won several awards in teaching excellence, including the 1997 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching.

 

"I have been very blessed in my career to be a part of the learning community in Kingsport," said Dr. Arnold.  "I look forward to a new challenge as Director of Elementary Education.  I am excited to be a member of an administrative team of exceptional educators as we continue our journey in providing the best possible learning experiences for the students of Kingsport City Schools."

 

Mr. Michael Hubbard has been named Director of Performance Excellence.  This position, formerly held by Ms. Dory Creech, will oversee all system-wide assessment, accountability, data, and performance criteria.

 

"When you assume a new position, the first thing you hear about others is always interesting," said Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie.  "The first thing I learned about Michael Hubbard was that he is a tireless worker and detailed oriented. That has proven to be true and those skills will prove to be invaluable as Director of Performance Excellence. He is a well-respected educator that works well with others, which will also serve him well. I am excited to welcome him to what is already a high-performing administrative support team."

 

For the previous three years, Dr. Hubbard has served as principal at Johnson Elementary School.  He has worked for Kingsport City Schools for a total of 19 years, having previously served as principal at Roosevelt Elementary, assistant principal at Jefferson Elementary, teacher, and system testing coordinator. Mr. Hubbard has a B.S. in Business from Berea College.  He also holds a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University.

 

"I am extremely excited about my appointment to the position of Director of Performance Excellence," said Hubbard.  "I eagerly look forward to working with the teachers, principals, and system administrators of Kingsport City Schools in this new role."

 

For more information on the position announcements, contact Andy True, Kingsport City Schools Administrative Coordinator, at (423) 378-2130.

 

-KCS-

 

 

Andy True

Administrative Coordinator - RTTT Implementation/Communication

Kingsport City Schools

400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 200

Kingsport, TN  37660

(423) 378-2130

Facebook:  Kingsport City Schools

Twitter:  @KptSchools

 

 




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New Kingsport Chamber Building

The New Kingsport Chamber Building

Model City pays homage to 'those who gave all'- Kingsport Times-News

Model City pays homage to 'those who gave all'- Kingsport Times-News

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

June 9: Brew Review at Stir Fry

 

 

From: Downtown Kingsport Association [mailto:stacey=downtownkingsport.org@mail356.us3.mcdlv.net] On Behalf Of Downtown Kingsport Association
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 2:22 PM
To: Fleming, Jeff
Subject: Save the Date for the 2012 Brew Review!

 

 

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YOU ARE INVITED!

Your Downtown Kingsport Association and Stir Fry Cafe invite you to attend
2012 Brew Review on Saturday, June 9th at 6:00 p.m.

You are invited to spend the evening sampling local brews and heavy hors d'oeuvres, as well be entertained by musician Rebecca Morgan.

Tickets are $40 and are available at Stir Fry Cafe or the DKA for purchase.



 For more information, call your Downtown Kingsport Association at 423-246-6550 or www.DowntownKingsport.org

 

Borden Mill Time Capsule

Fire Station 8 Grand Opening

Population Estimates by Demographic Characteristics: July 1, 2011



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: U.S. Census Bureau <census@subscriptions.census.gov>
Date: Thu, May 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM
Subject: National, State and County Population Estimates by Demographic Characteristics: July 1, 2011
To: kingsportblog@gmail.com


 

RELEASED: THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

Detailed tables

State contacts

National: http://www.census.gov/popest/data/national/asrh/2011/index.html

State: http://www.census.gov/popest/data/state/asrh/2011/index.html

County: http://www.census.gov/popest/data/counties/asrh/2011/index.html

Puerto Rico Commonwealth: http://www.census.gov/popest/data/puerto_rico/asrh/2011/index.html

Puerto Rico Municipio: http://www.census.gov/popest/data/municipios/asrh/2011/index.html

Most Children Younger Than Age 1 are Minorities,

Census Bureau Reports

      The U.S. Census Bureau today released a set of estimates showing that 50.4 percent of our nation's population younger than age 1 were minorities as of July 1, 2011. This is up from 49.5 percent from the 2010 Census taken April 1, 2010. A minority is anyone who is not single-race white and not Hispanic. 

     The population younger than age 5 was 49.7 percent minority in 2011, up from 49.0 percent in 2010. A population greater than 50 percent minority is considered "majority-minority."

     These are the first set of population estimates by race, Hispanic origin, age and sex since the 2010 Census. They examine population change for these groups nationally, as well as within all states and counties, between Census Day (April 1, 2010) and July 1, 2011. Also released were population estimates for Puerto Rico and its municipios by age and sex.

     There were 114 million minorities in 2011, or 36.6 percent of the U.S. population. In 2010, it stood at 36.1 percent.

   There were five majority-minority states or equivalents in 2011: Hawaii (77.1 percent minority), the District of Columbia (64.7 percent), California (60.3 percent), New Mexico (59.8 percent) and Texas (55.2 percent). No other state had a minority population greater than 46.4 percent of the total.

     More than 11 percent (348) of the nation's 3,143 counties were majority-minority as of July 1, 2011, with nine of these counties achieving this status since April 1, 2010. Maverick, Texas, had the largest share (96.8 percent) of its population in minority groups, followed by Webb, Texas (96.4 percent) and Wade Hampton Census Area, Alaska (96.2 percent).

The Nation Slowly Ages

     There was a small uptick in the nation's median age, from 37.2 years in 2010 to 37.3 in 2011. The 65-and-older population increased from 40.3 million to 41.4 million over the period and included 5.7 million people 85 and older. Likewise, working-age adults (age 18 to 64) saw their numbers rise by about 2 million to 196.3 million in 2011. In contrast, the number of children under 18, 74.0 million in 2011, declined by about 200,000 over the period, largely because of the decline in high school-age children 14 to 17.

     Maine had a higher median age than any other state (43.2), with Utah having the lowest median age (29.5). Florida had the highest percentage of its population 65 and older (17.6 percent), followed by Maine (16.3 percent). Utah had the highest percentage of its total population younger than 5 (9.3 percent).

     Among counties, Sumter, Fla., was the nation's "oldest," with 45.5 percent of its population 65 and older, and Geary, Kan., was the nation's "youngest" (11.4 percent younger than 5).

   Highlights for each race group and Hispanics at the national, state and county levels:

Hispanics

  • Nationally, the most populous minority group remains Hispanics, who numbered 52 million in 2011; they also were the fastest growing, with their population increasing by 3.1 percent since 2010. This boosted the Hispanic share of the nation's total population to 16.7 percent in 2011, up from 16.3 percent in 2010.
  • California had the largest Hispanic population of any state on July 1, 2011 (14.4 million), as well as the largest numeric increase within the Hispanic population since April 1, 2010 (346,000). New Mexico had the highest percentage of Hispanics at 46.7 percent.
  • Los Angeles had the largest Hispanic population of any county (4.8 million) in 2011 and the largest numeric increase since 2010 (73,000). Starr County ─ on the Mexican border in Texas ─ had the highest share of Hispanics (95.6 percent).

 Blacks

  • African-Americans were the second largest minority group in the United States, at 43.9 million in 2011 (up 1.6 percent from 2010).
  • New York had the largest black or African-American population of any state or state equivalent as of July 1, 2011 (3.7 million); Texas had the largest numeric increase since 2010 (84,000). The District of Columbia had the highest percentage of blacks (52.2 percent), followed by Mississippi (38.0 percent).
  • Cook, Ill. (Chicago) had the largest black or African-American population of any county in 2011 (1.3 million), and Fulton, Ga. (Atlanta) had the largest numeric increase since 2010 (13,000). Holmes, Miss., was the county with the highest percentage of blacks or African-Americans in the nation (82.9 percent).

Asians

  • Asians, who numbered 18.2 million nationally in 2011, were the second fastest-growing minority group, growing by 3.0 percent since 2010.
  • California had both the largest Asian population of any state (5.8 million) in July 2011 and the largest numeric increase of Asians since April 1, 2010 (131,000). Hawaii is our nation's only majority-Asian state, with people of this group comprising 57.1 percent of the total population.
  • Los Angeles had the largest Asian population of any county (1.6 million) in 2011, and also the largest numeric increase (16,000) since 2010. At 61.2 percent, Honolulu had the highest percentage of Asians in the nation.

American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN)

  • The nation's American Indian and Alaska Native population was an estimated 6.3 million in 2011, up 2.1 percent from 2010.
  • California had the largest American Indian and Alaska Native population of any state in 2011 (1,050,000), and also the largest numeric increase since 2010 (23,000). Alaska had the highest percentage of AIAN (19.6 percent).
  • Los Angeles had the largest AIAN population of any county in 2011 (231,000), and also the largest numeric increase (9,000) since 2010. Shannon County, S.D. ─ on the Nebraska border and located entirely within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation ─ had the highest percentage of AIAN (93.6 percent).

Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (NHPI)

  • The nation's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population was 1.4 million in 2011 and grew by 2.9 percent since 2010.
  • Hawaii had the largest population of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders of any state (359,000) in 2011. California had the largest numeric increase since 2010 (9,000). Hawaii had the highest percentage of NHPI (26.1 percent).
  • Honolulu had the largest population of NHPI of any county (235,000) in 2011. Los Angeles County had the largest numeric increase since 2010 (2,700). Hawaii County had the highest percentage of NHPI (34.0 percent).

Non-Hispanic White Alone

  • California had the largest population of single-race, non-Hispanic whites of any state in 2011 (15.0 million). Texas had the largest numeric increase in this population group since 2010 (80,000). Maine had the highest percentage of the non-Hispanic white alone population (94.3 percent).
  • Los Angeles had the largest non-Hispanic white alone population of any county (2.7 million) in 2011. Miami-Dade County, Fla., had the largest numeric increase in this population since 2010 (22,000). Lincoln, W.Va, and Leslie, Ky., were the counties where the non-Hispanic white alone group comprised the highest percentage of the total population (98.5 percent each).

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Unless otherwise specified, the statistics refer to the population who reported a race alone or in combination with one or more races. Censuses and surveys permit respondents to select more than one race; consequently people may be one race or a combination of races. The detailed tables show statistics for the resident population by "race alone" and "race alone or in combination."

The federal government treats Hispanic origin and race as separate and distinct concepts. In surveys and censuses, separate questions are asked on Hispanic origin and race. The question on Hispanic origin asks respondents if they are of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin. Starting with the 2000 Census, the question on race asked respondents to report the race or races they consider themselves to be. Hispanics may be of any race. Responses of "Some Other Race" from the 2010 Census are modified in these estimates. This results in differences between the population for specific race categories shown for the 2010 Census population in this release versus those in the original 2010 Census data.

CB12-90

Robert Bernstein

Public Information Office

301-763-3030                                                                                                                         

e-mail: <pio@census.gov>

 

 

 


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Indian Temple celebrates 10th anniversary

Leisure Kingsport EP10

Board of Education Meeting Notes: 5/17/12

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: True, Andy <atrue@k12k.com>

The KCS Board of Education held a called meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2012.  Several key items were discussed, including:

 

·         A review of contracts regarding the Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee.

·         Consideration of a policy regarding KCS internet usage.

·         Approval of a request to reapply for an elementary school counseling grant.

·         The Tennessee School Boards Association Student Recognition Award.

 

For the complete meeting notes, please click here.

 

Did you know that KCS is social?

 

          

 

Andy True

Administrative Coordinator - RTTT Implementation/Communication

Kingsport City Schools

400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 200

Kingsport, TN  37660

(423) 378-2130

 

 




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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Bedford Receives CRPC Designation




Questar Capital Corporation News Release

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                

 

CONTACT:

Ron Bedford

Investment Advisor Representative

Questar Capital

Office: (423) 378.9330

Cell: (423) 963.0528

Fax: (423) 289.3050

irbedford@charter.net

 

Bedford Receives CRPC Designation

 

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Questar Capital Corporation is pleased to announce, Ron Bedford, president of Preferred Taxfree Retirement has received designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) from the College of Financial Planning.

 

Bedford is a registered representative with Questar Capital Corporation, with corporate offices in Minneapolis, Minn.  In addition, he is a Registered Investment Advisor Representative for Questar Asset Management, holds a Series 7 & 65 license and is Life, Accident & Health Insurance licensed. Bedford is also president of Preferred Taxfree Retirement, LLC located in Kingsport, Tenn.

 

Bedford is a charter member and past president of the Kingsport-Sunrise Rotary Club, where he currently serves on its board of directors and has served as lion tamer of the Bristol Host Lions Club and served as president for the Sullivan County Scottish Rite Club, The Tennva Tip Club and The Kingsport Tip$Club. He is also, Friend of the (Kingsport) Chamber.   

 

Bedford, his wife Susan and son, reside in Kingsport.

 

Preferred Taxfree Retirement provides quality life insurance, annuities and financial services focusing on a no-pressure approach. For more information, visit www.preferredtaxfreeretirement.com or www.questarcapital.com, call (423) 378.9330 or drop by the office at 1127-F North Eastman Road, Kingsport, TN 37664.

 

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Regards,

 

Marybeth McLain

Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE

Administrative Coordinator, TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship
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

mmclain@kosbe.org

www.kosbe.org www.tsbdc.org

www.teamsantatrain.org

 

 




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Kingsport Blog

Fun Fest Multi-Concert Tickets




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FUN FEST MULTI-CONCERT TICKETS

 go on sale tomorrow,Wednesday, May 23rd, at 10am.

 

 $25 for any two nights, $37.50 for all three concerts

 general admission.

 

For tickets, visit www.funfest.net

fun fest

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Oak Ridge called highest taxed, full-service city

Kingsport gets good marks in report. Oak Ridge called highest taxed, full-service city

The charts that should make Kingsport - Bristol home owners smile - Kingsport Times-News

The charts that should make Kingsport - Bristol home owners smile - Kingsport Times-News

The Housing Market Revolution | Planetizen

The Housing Market Revolution | Planetizen

After the Crash: How Will People Live and Spend in the New Economy? | Planetizen

After the Crash: How Will People Live and Spend in the New Economy? | Planetizen

Eastern Coal Conference in Kingsport

Eastern Coal Council conference begins today in Kingsport

Stancil Named Willie Belcher AAC SID of the Year

One of the benefits of conventions and sports is national exposure....Stancil Named Willie Belcher AAC SID of the Year

Scott Miller to perform at Twilight Alive in downtown Kingsport- Kingsport Times-News

Scott Miller to perform at Twilight Alive in downtown Kingsport- Kingsport Times-News

Friday, May 18, 2012

5/21-22 Tribe Baseball Spirit Night at Beef's


Sales tax collections best in 6 years

Kingsport sales tax collections continue to perform at highest levels in 6 years.

Social Media Workshops for Artists and Arts Organizations



 

Cultural Arts

Kingsport, Tennessee

Engage in the Arts!

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

 

 

Social Media Workshops for Artists, Artisans, Craftsmen and Creative Entrepreneurs

 

 

 

 

Social media in the arts can be a lot like skiing: A nonprofit organization might set up a strategy, only to see the landscape change and cause a tumble. Or an individual artist might be frozen on the bunny slope, unsure of how to move ahead although others make it look so easy.

 

Regardless of skill or experience, it's time to hit the slopes—and Nancy VanReece of Carpe Diem Management in Nashville, Tenn., will be your guide. She'll be in Kingsport for three workshops May 31-June 1, and welcomes participation from anyone in the arts seeking to grow their influence, brand and conversations through social media.  The workshops are sponsored by the Holston Business Development Center and the City of Kingsport's Cultural Arts Department and their non-profit partner Engage Kingsport.

 

"We will have green, blue and black diamond workshops so that any artist or arts organization can find relevant information and have some fun,"  VanReece said.  "The first two, which take their 'colors' from introductory-level slopes in skiing, will be for individuals and organizations. The black diamond course is more advanced, aimed at organizations already using social media that are ready for a challenge."

 

Thursday, May 31  4:30 pm – 7:30 pm  The Green Slope: Why It's Time For a Strategy

 

Friday, June 1  9:00 am – 12:00 pm       The Blue Slope: Shaping Conversation for ROI (Return on Influence)

 

Friday, June 1  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm         The Black Diamond Slope: Part 1-Open Leadership and Part 2- Strategy Revisits and Social Policy (or how to slalom through the changes).

 

Registration for each workshop is $10 per person and can be made on-line at www.EngageKingsport.com or by calling 423-392-8417.  Space at each workshop is limited.  The workshops will be held at the new Kingsport Chamber of Commerce Community Room on Clinchfield Street in Downtown Kingsport.

 

VanReece's mission is to help communities achieve their full potential through the advocacy of creative opportunities. This has been the driving force throughout her successful career, and VanReece is an engaging and regular speaker on issues such as online marketing, social media communications, branding, copyright administration and clearance. VanReece brings a wealth of experience and understanding particularly helpful to arts organizations and individual artists; she worked for more than 25 years in the music business, as well as served as the executive director of  The Nashville Shakespeare Festival from 2007-2009; as senior director of partnership development at Cool People Care, Inc.; and strategist for GivingMatters. com, and the Nashville Library Foundation. She is the new media consultant on record for the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee. Her work at Carpe Diem Management allows her to help small businesses and nonprofits understand and use social media to reach, build and lead core audiences. With a keen eye to the latest trends in social media and online communications , she has provided detailed social media and social communications strategies for many businesses around the United States.

 

VanReece currently serves as the full-time social media strategist and website manager for the Nashville Symphony. She recently has returned from a trip to Carnegie Hall with the organization. The six-month build up on social platforms for the event was well received and garnered praise from The New Yorker magazine: "The orchestra has been offering extensive coverage of its preparations on its Road to Carnegie website (blog), not to mention Twitter and other media. Whoever has been running this online operation deserves a raise — it's an informative delight…." - Alex Ross, music critic, The New Yorker

 

 

 

 

 

Bonnie Macdonald

Cultural Arts * Renaissance Center

1200 East Center Street

Kingsport, TN  37660

423-392-8416

 

 

 

 




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Indian Path goes live with electronic provider order entry



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 5-10-12

Nine MSHA hospitals now live with electronic provider order entry

                JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Nearly all Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) facilities have completed a major step toward full integration of electronic medical records (EMR) by switching to computerized provider order entry (POE) systems.

                Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC), Woodridge Hospital, and Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital went live on the new POE system in March, followed by Norton Community Hospital (NCH) in May. Sycamore Shoals Hospital (SSH), Johnson County Community Hospital (JCCH), Indian Path Medical Center (IPMC), Russell County Medical Center (RCMC) and Dickenson Community Hosptial (DCH) have all been using POE systems since January or earlier.

                "A POE/EMR project is the most difficult technology project a health system can undertake," said Paul Merrywell, MSHA's vice president of information systems. "It touches every single person in the health care system – the business office, admitting, physicians, nurses, lab, radiology – it changes the way everybody does their job."

                When a hospital uses a POE system, the physician's orders for patient care and medications no longer start out on paper. They're input electronically by the doctor from the beginning, making the caregiving process safer for the patient and more accessible for caregivers. Studies have shown this reduces medication errors and decreases delays in care.

                For example, a patient in the hospital who needs medication can now get that medicine delivered in a fraction of the time it used to take.

                "Getting routine medications to a patient could take three or four hours from the time the doctor first writes the order on paper," said Merrywell. "But in the POE world, routine meds can get there as quickly as 20 or 30 minutes. That's one of the major benefits – getting meds on board faster."

                POE has a system of checks and double-checks to make sure the order is correct. It eliminates the possibility of errors related to handwriting or transcription and simplifies inventory and record-keeping.

                "It's better from a business standpoint, but the main thing is it's a way to improve safety for our patients and increase their satisfaction at the same time," Merrywell said.

                Still to come on the POE schedule are Franklin Woods Community Hospital (FWCH), Niswonger Children's Hospital (NsCH), Smyth County Community Hospital (SCCH) and Johnston Memorial Hospital (JMH). Overall, Merrywell said, the switch to electronic medical records is closer to the end than the beginning.

                "We're right on schedule," he said. "Each go-live is better than the previous one."

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 www.msha.com.

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You're Invited! Cutting Through the Bureaucratic Red Tape with Lauren Plunk, Small Business Advocate

You are invited to join us on Tuesday, May 22 from 6 – 9 p.m. for a FREE Small Business Spring Night School located at your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

The topics in this night school are geared to existing small businesses (with fewer than 500 employees) and in-business entrepreneurs including home-based. 

 

Chamber members and non-members welcome.

 

Three (3) classes will be featured at the Spring Night School:

• "Becoming a More Confident QuickBooks User" (Attendees are encouraged to bring their own wireless-compatible laptops, and questions to be answered.)
• "Conflict in Your Workplace--Prevent It, Deal With It, Move On"
• "Cutting Through the Bureaucratic Red Tape"

 

You will have particular interest in, "CUTTING THROUGH THE BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE" facilitated by Lauren Plunk, small business advocate – comptroller of the treasury, State of Tennessee.

 

In this Town Hall setting, attendees will learn the roles of the Tennessee Comptroller of Treasury Office of  Small Business Advocate and how it serves as a point of contact to state government for owners of businesses with 50 or fewer employees. The Office assists in the resolution of issues concerning small businesses and state departments and agencies. Attendees will also learn tips on how small business owners working with department and agencies can get their concerns addressed more quickly by cutting through the red tape. At the end of the discussion forum, a brief legislation end of session update will be provided.

 

Facilitated by Lauren Plunk, small business advocate – comptroller of the treasury, State of Tennessee. Plunk was appointed the state's Small Business Advocate in June of 2011. She works with small business owners who have questions or need assistance navigating regulatory issues within state government, with a focus on resolving conflicts between small business owners and state government. Prior to taking over the position, she worked for the Tennessee Secretary of State, as a Business Analyst in the Business Services Division. She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in political science. Plunk is currently enrolled at the Nashville School of Law with an anticipated graduation date of May 2013. A native of Kingsport, she currently resides in Nashville.

 

Cost of the event is free however, seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

R.S.V.P by Friday, May 18. Register online at www.kosbe.org or call (423) 392.8825.

 

 

Regards,

 

Marybeth McLain

Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE

Administrative Coordinator, TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship
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

mmclain@kosbe.org

www.kosbe.org www.tsbdc.org

www.teamsantatrain.org

 

 




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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

KOSBE Client The Utility Company Acquires International Company, Nitro

Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) News Release

 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                

 

CONTACT:

Marybeth McLain

Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
Ph: (423) 392.8811
mmclain@kosbe.org
 
Dawn Bouch

President/CEO

The Utility Company of East Tennessee, LLC
Ph: (423) 282.9348
dawn@trytuc.com
 

KOSBE Client The Utility Company Acquires International Company, Nitro

 

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – KOSBE Client, The Utility Company of East Tennessee's national headquarters, The Utility Company (TUC) announced recently the acquisition of Canada's largest Managed Service Provider, Nitro. The deal enhances TUC's line of computer hardware options available for client purchase as well as strengthens their Healthcare IT offerings. 

 

"The acquisition of Nitro is huge for us for two reasons. First, it allows us to add seven more product lines to our hardware offerings including Cisco, VMWare, Apple and EMC," said TUC's President and CEO, Dawn Bouch of the East Tennessee location. "Secondly, Nitro's expertise in the healthcare vertical gives us the ability to offer point-of-care mobility, clinical workspace virtualization, information management/compliance solutions and electronic medical records (EMR) services to healthcare organizations in the Tri-Cities."

 

As an IT Managed Service Provider (MSP), TUC proactively monitors and manages information technology networks, gives managers and business owners a single point of contact for "all things technology," and employs a remote-access model that prevents disruption of workflow.

 

TUC is ranked on the MSPMentor list for, World's Top 100 Managed Service Providers already, but can now offer a more extensive selection due to the acquisition. New product lines available are: Apple, EMC, Cisco, Citrix, VMWare, IBM and Toshiba. The full line includes: HP, Lenovo, Microsoft and Digium Solutions.

 

"The MSP space has evolved a lot over the past decade," stated, Larry Poirier, CEO of Nitro. "Our senior management team assessed our options and decided we needed to join forces with an organization with national reach and a proven 'next-generation' remote managed services operating model to take us to the next level." 

 

The combination of hardware/software monitoring and a remote technology support system offers clients fewer down times, happier customers and a secure, reliable work environment. Additionally, TUC acts as a consultant with respect to all federal regulations to ensure that their clients are in compliance of all regulations regarding network and data security.

 

Services are designed to give their client's business enterprise-level services at a price you can afford. Those include: managed services IT, remote technology support, virtual exchange, virtual servers and desktops, backup and disaster recovery, managed voiceover IP (VoIP), network monitoring, outsourced IT solutions, network management solutions, servers, laptops, PCs, tablets and printers and Digium Switchvox phone systems.

 

Thanks to prior partnerships with some of the leaders in the industry, TUC can design network infrastructure and implementation services as well as cloud computing services.

Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Customer support through the Network Operation Center in available 24/7.

For more information about The Utility Company of East Tennessee or to receive a free quote, call (423) 282.9348, visit their website www.trytuc.com, follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/trytuc or e-mail info@trytuc.com.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Regards,

 

Marybeth McLain

Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE

Administrative Coordinator, TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

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

 

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