Follow by Email

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Don't be a butthead! Kingsport's Stormwater - How Do You Affect Kingsport's Waterways?

Citizens Police Academy


Kingsport Police Department

   Press Release

Citizens Police Academy


Citizens Police Academy

Date Released

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Academy Start Date

Monday, September 10, 2012

Application Deadline

Friday, August 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm



General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to announce that we will soon be conducting our next Citizens Police Academy.  The Academy is open to people 18 years of age or older who either reside or work within the city limits.  The Academy is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 10, 2012.  The Academy will meet twice each week on Monday and Thursday evenings for four consecutive weeks from 6:00 until about 8:00 pm with the final class being held on Thursday, October 4, 2012. 


The Citizens Academy is not designed to prepare citizens to become police officers; however, it will give citizens a chance to walk a few steps in our shoes to get the feel of what it might be like to serve as a police officer and understand why we do what we do.  Citizens Academy classes include a mixture of classroom presentations, demonstrations, and hands on activities.  Class topics include:


Welcome, Orientation, Justice Center Tour

Traffic Stops, Vehicle Approaches, Building Searches

Defensive Tactics and the Use of Force

Crime Scene Investigations

The Police K-9 as a Tool for Law Enforcement

Explosive Ordinance Disposal

Collision and D.U.I. Investigations

S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics)


The deadline to submit an application will be Friday, August 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm.  Anyone interested needs to submit a new application regardless of whether or not they have previously submitted an application. 


For more information and to download an application, visit our website at and click on the Citizens Academy tab.


For questions, please contact:


Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit


Phone:  423-229-9433


Releasing Officer

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit



KPD Fireworks in Kingsport





Kingsport Police Department

   Press Release



General Information on Fireworks

Date Released

Wednesday, June 27, 2012



General Narrative

The Fourth of July is rapidly approaching, and we traditionally celebrate our nation’s independence with fireworks.


However, Kingsport City Ordinances specifically prohibit the manufacture, use, discharge, possession, or sale of fireworks within the city limits.


Any person found guilty of violating this ordinance shall pay a civil penalty of up to fifty dollars ($50) for each offense.


The only exception to this ordinance would be a public fireworks display authorized by a permit from the Fire Chief or the Fire Marshal.  Some examples of these approved public displays are the fireworks shows at Hunter Wright Stadium following Kingsport Mets ballgames, the downtown fireworks show on Independence Day, or the Fun Fest fireworks show at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.


The Kingsport Police Department recommends that you leave fireworks to the professionals. The safest way, and only legal way, to enjoy fireworks within the city limits of Kingsport is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.


We thank you in advance for your cooperation.



Releasing Officer

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit


Veteran's Homecoming



-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10:02 AM


Jeff, it's time to send something out about the 3rd Annual Veterans Homecoming on your blog,, is the web site, you can call me at 956-3197 for more info.  Thanks, sam

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

America - One Nation Under God



From: Baxter Hood []
Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2012 4:10 PM
To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Blake Leeper making a full run at Paralympic glory


I thought you'd like this:

Blake Leeper making a full run at Paralympic glory
CHULA VISTA, Calif. — His new legs arrived on a Saturday in late summer. They were made of carbon fiber, glossy and sleek and shaped like boomerangs.

This email is a direct message from a friend who wants to share an item of interest with you.
This email message is powered by Gigya's sharing technology. If you no longer wish to receive messages that are sent via Gigya's service, please click here to remove your email address.
Gigya Inc., 1975 Landings Dr., Mountain View, CA 94043.

Dinner At The Farm Sunday, July 15, 2012

-----Original Message-----
From: Don P. Moore []
Sent: Mon 6/18/2012 5:44 PM
To: Fleming, Jeff;;
Subject: Invitation to Dinner At The Farm  ?  Sunday, July 15, 2012   ?  Please help spread the word

My name is Don Moore and I wanted to introduce myself.  Susan LaGuardia, Roger Mowen and Doris Best at Kingsport Tomorrow and Healthy Kingsport suggested I contact you about helping to get the word out about a community event - Dinner At The Farm. The upcoming event benefits the Learning 2 Live Healthy program for the Boys & Girls Club of Kingsport, the local homeless shelter and the local food system.

My company, Community Food Project, is producing a farm-to-table dinner for 200 guest which pairs chefs, local and regional farmers and food artisans with each of the five courses.  The dinner will highlight the talent, artistry and good food - local, clean, fair and humane - our region has to offer.   This July 15th  event is more than an amazing dining experience, it will demonstrate the power of local food and how we can harness that power to begin the process of redefining food - shifting our mindset about food from a commodity to citizenship - taking greater responsibility for our food system, community and local economy.

Community Food Project's mission is to engage the everyday cook, local farmer, chef, food artisan and policy-maker to find innovative ways to:
Demonstrate the potential power of a building a local (food) economy
Develop local food systems - farmers markets, community kitchens, artisan products, local food hubs and community organizations
Eliminate the two-tiered food system - ensure equal and affordable access to good food.
Create a greater demand for local food - connecting the local farmer and the everyday consumer
Promote urban agriculture and community gardening
I believe there is boundless opportunity in the region.  By tapping into the vast food resources and making these local resources the foundation of positive social change, we can create a more vibrant local food economy that serves everyone. 

If you have any questions or ways to collaborate, please feel free to contact me.

PS: you can also share the event via Facebook

Don P. Moore
Founder | President

Community Food Project
connecting people to good food - nutritious, local, clean, fair and humane

     Update:  The date of the event
 has changed to Sunday, July 15th

EXITING NEWS! Chef Nate Allen, winner of Cooking Light's Small-Town Chef Award will be one of the chefs for the event.   Chef Nate was also named the "Best Chef" in Western North Carolina by winning the  2011 WNC Chef Challenge.  He is owner of the farm-to-table restaurant, Knife and Fork in Spruce Pine, NC.  Find out more about his food and philosophy at

Musical performance by Brad Blackwell. Brad was named East Tennesee's Best Local Artist by the Knoxville News Sentinel in 2010. He is emerging as one of the most gifted singer/songwriters on the independent music scene today.  You can listen to his music at

REQUESTt: For the dessert course we request that you bring a blanket to relax on the lawn while listening to Brad Blackwell perform, enjoying your dessert and maybe even dancing bare feet in the grass..  At the end of the evening, we will collect the blankets to be donated to the local homeless shelter.3
If you are uisng a mobile device to purchase tickets CLICK HERE

Learn More
We are buiding local food systems and connecting people to good food. Check out our Facebook page, LIKE it and SHARE it with your friends.

Purchase Tickets
There are a LIMITED number of tickets available.  Reservations close on Friday, July 6th.  Buy your tickets now so you don't miss out!

Make A Donation
Can't make the event?  Donate directly to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport - Learning 2 Live Healthy Program.

Having trouble viewing this e-mail? View it in your browser
You are signed up to our mailing list as Click here to unsubscribe
This email is powered by Direct Mail for Mac. Learn More Report Spam   


Monday, June 18, 2012

NO LIMITS GOSPEL FEST FREE CONCERT:: Meadowview Resort, Kingsport, TN, Saturday, July 7th, 2012, 5PM - 7PM











2012 Annexations in Colonial Heights

The 5 areas shaded below are scheduled for annexation by Dec 31, 2012.  Individual notifications will be mailed to affected property owners with an invitation to a public meeting (in the neighborhood) to review maps and ask detailed questions of various city staff members. 

Farmer's Markets offer locally-grown products- Kingsport Times-News

Farmer's Markets offer locally-grown products- Kingsport Times-News

CBS New York - Mets first round draft pick to Kingsport

Maui news mentions Kingsport

More than 75 community caring projects will be completed

United Way kicks off Week of Caring- Kingsport Times-News

Day 10: Kingsport, TN to Knoxville, TN

Click here to read an amazing blog about cycling for cancer

Kingsport's Old Island ranked second best retirement community destination in Tennessee- Kingsport Times-News

Kingsport's Old Island ranked second best retirement community destination in Tennessee- Kingsport Times-News

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Construction to begin on Wilcox Drive Mobility Path

KINGSPORT – A City contractor is mobilizing to begin construction on the first phase of the new Wilcox Drive Mobility Path, with work set to begin in the next three weeks. Once under construction, the mobility path project will require temporary lane closures between Lincoln Street and Industry Drive. Unlike a sidewalk, which is usually only five feet wide, a mobility path is designed at eight feet in width to accommodate both pedestrians and bicyclists. Construction work is expected to last 60 days once the project begins, and motorists are asked to use extra caution in this area for the next couple of months. Additional phases of the project are under design to carry the path all the way to the MeadowView aquatic center area.


June 18: Founders Ceremony


  The honor of your presence is requested on..



Monday, June 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Oak Hill Memorial Park

For “A Founders Remembrance Ceremony” to unveil the refurbished

Landscape and Private Mausoleum of Mr. John B. and Nola Dennis

Sponsored by: The Kingsport “Survivors Club”

Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals, and Cremations

City of Kingsport – Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

Biggies Catering and Flowers By Copper Creek



John Bartlett Dennis- Founding Father!




jantry shupe
Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations
“Caring for people, making a difference”

800 Truxton Drive Kingsport, TN 37660 <> PO Box 1068, Kingsport, TN 37662 <> Direct: 423-246-4631

Cell: 423-202-1353 <> Fax:    423-246-4271 <> Website:


Jeff Fleming Update June13th, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Shepherd Center Big Band Concert and Dance

KINGSPORT—The Shepherd Center of Kingsport will hold its annual Big Band Concert and Dance featuring the Has Beens and co-sponsored by Altrusa International, Inc, of Kingsport, Monday, June 18, from 7:00-9:00 pm, in St. Dominic’s Catholic Church Fellowship Hall. The concert and dance has proved a very popular fundraiser for the Shepherd Center for approximately fourteen years and attracts fans of the Big Band era from all over the region. The event will be held in the Fellowship Hall of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, 2517 N. John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport.
In addition to the concert and dance, there will be a Cakewalk, Silent Auction and Found Treasures Table. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from a Board member, at Shakar Antiques (245 Broad Street), and from the Shepherd Center (423-392-4514). Proceeds benefit the Shepherd Center of Kingsport, a non-profit United Way agency that provides programs and services to older adults throughout the Greater Kingsport area with the goal of helping them live independently in their own homes.

For more information on the fundraiser or the programs and services of the Shepherd Center, please contact the Center, located at Suite #3, 132 West Sevier Avenue, Kingsport, 423-392-4514.

Planetarium program offers "colorful" journey

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Cole, Robert <>
Date: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM
Subject: Press Release - Bays Mountain Park

For immediate release                                 Contact:               Adam Thanz

June 8, 2012                                                                                       Astronomy and Space Sciences

Program Coordinator

                                                                                                                (423) 229-9447



                                                                                                                Jason Dorfman

                                                                                                                Astronomy and Space Sciences

Program Administrator

                                                                                                                (423) 229-9447


New Planetarium Program Offers "Colorful" Journey


Utilizing the state-of-the-art technology the planetarium now offers, Bays Mountain Park's Planetarium Staff will take viewers on an amazing journey of the electromagnetic spectrum thanks to the newest feature program, Cosmic Colors, which begins Saturday, June 9. 

The electromagnetic spectrum is the full range of frequencies, from radio waves to gamma rays, that characterizes light.  Cosmic Colors, produced by the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), will help viewers to discover the many reasons for color—like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red.  

This incredible voyage takes its passengers (viewers) places most have never been!  Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye...  Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor's office...  You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur--based on recent evidence.  Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light!

Serving as the main feature thru the end of September, Cosmic Colors can be seen thru August 31 Monday thru Friday at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., and on the weekends at 1:00, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.  An additional program, Appalachian Skies – Spring, is also offered daily at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets to all planetarium shows are just $4.00 per person, per show.  Park members are admitted free with the use of their pass.

            Annually, more than 150,000 visitors pass through Bays Mountain Park making it one of the State of Tennessee's Top 50 Most Visited Attractions, according to the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

            One of the nation's largest city-owned parks with 3,550 acres, Bays Mountain Park features 40 miles of hiking trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, wildlife habitats, fun exhibits, a 44-acre lake, ropes course with zip line, trails for mountain biking and much, much more.





Rob Cole

Operations Coordinator

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

853 Bays Mountain Park Rd.

Kingsport, TN  37660




Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Scott Miller at Kingsport's Twilight Alive May 2012

Veterans History Display - Funfest 2012

Sullivan North to receive nearly $127,000 for scholarships- Kingsport Times-News

Sullivan North to receive nearly $127,000 for scholarships- Kingsport Times-News

Friday, June 08, 2012

Aquatic Center Progress

3rd Annual Veteran's Homecoming

There's no place like home


 There's No Place Like Home!  -- A Message from the UWGK Director


"There's no place like home!" is the famous line from Dorothy to Toto at the end of the Technicolor movie, The Wizard of Oz.  I've been contemplating the concept of home and community recently as many folks have come across my path discussing how much they love Kingsport, growing up here, and the people here.  Many folks are trying to find their way back "home" because of aging family members in our community.


 I personally remember growing up in Alabama with a friend named Tommy.  All Tommy ever talked about growing up was how he couldn't wait to leave the small town in Alabama where we were from.  He went furthest away to college than any of the rest of us.  Guess where Tommy is now?  He is leading  Sunday morning contemporary worship at the church we grew up in and teaching English at the neighboring high school.  We all laugh when we may think of a "Tommy" in our life that we know, but there is something about that pull of home and community.  


Kingsport is a great place that many of us now call home.  Whether born here, grew up here or an employment opportunity drew us to the area, it is a wonderful place to call home.  What I appreciate about this community is that so many people invest their lives here into making this community and the lives of others a better place.  There is an authenticity to the people here, a love for their families and for their teams, and an appreciation for the natural beauty of the area.  Most inspiring is how people here continue to take the volunteer spirit to the next level--with a true spirit and desire to improve lives in our community. 


I'm thankful for the United Way of Greater Kingsport.  Through this organization, we are able to pull together for "collective impact" (a new buzzword from our recent UWW Conference) many different organizations in our community to contribute to improvement on the basic building blocks of life: education, income and health. Together, we advance the common good and create a better life for all.  Together, we are making a difference; yet, there is still more to be done.  Thank you for making Kingsport your home.  Let's embrace it together and keep working to make a great home even better.  After all, "There's no place like home." 


Danelle Glasscock
Executive Director
United Way of Greater Kingsport    



CASA Road Race


Having trouble viewing this email? Click here



Website    About Us    Events    Volunteer    Gallery    Board of Directors     Contact Us


CASA for Kids, Inc.



Road Race 



If you're not a Runner please pass along to your running friends!



Thanks for all you do for CASA for Kids, Inc!



  We're Social!  Follow us on Facebook!


 Like us on Facebook



Contact Information
phone: 423-247-1161


Join Our Mailing List


This email was sent to by |  

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

Budding Photographer

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Pam Curtis <>
Date: Thu, May 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM
Subject: Blog/Email

Jeff – would it be possible to send the following info out in your email?  I have finally, after years of a mother's begging, convinced my son his photography could be enjoyed by other people and he should give them an opportunity to see it and own it.  He has a showing at Cindy Saadeh's gallery on Market Street on July 5 so, as a "starving artist" he is using the kickstart program to purchase supplies to prepare  his prints for the show. 


Please see the attached link and thank you very much for your time. 


Here's the link to my project which is now live.



Pamela Curtis

Indian Springs Baptist Church

325 Hill Road

Kingsport, TN  37664



Dobyns-Bennett percussion ensemble

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Lucas G McHam <>
Date: Fri, May 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Subject: Dobyns-Bennett percussion ensemble
To: "" <>


I was looking through your blog and didn't see this, so perhaps you could give them a shout out? Dobyns-Bennett percussion is in yet another competition, this time through Black Swamp percussion. There is a "Fan Favorite" vote section here ( and the video entry they submitted is here ( If they win then they stand to get some cool new equipment for the ensemble to use.

Thanks! And if I overlooked it on your blog, thanks again!
Lucas McHam

Tennessee achieves 'A' grade from small businesses for low cost of hiring and tax code

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sander Daniels <>
Date: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Subject: Tennessee achieves 'A' grade from small businesses for low cost of hiring and tax code

Hi Jeff,

I've seen your work at the Kingsport Tennessee and think a new study we'll be releasing may be right up your alley.

I'm Sander Daniels, co-founder of - we're a site where you can easily hire local help (photographers, tutors, carpenters, etc.). We've partnered with the Kauffman Foundation to conduct a survey of 6,000 of the small businesses on our site. We've ranked the friendliness of states and cities towards small business, and we have just released the rankings for Tennessee. Tennessee excels, ranking as the #6 least costly state nationwide for hiring a new employee.

You can see the early release of Tennessee's results here:

The rankings are based on a survey of real small business owners, like wedding photographers, auto mechanics, and yoga instructors.

I've included a bunch of additional info below - do you think this could be an interesting story for your audience?



Small businesses award Tennessee A grade as nation's #6 least costly for hiring new employee


State also earns high marks for business-friendly regulations and tax code


"Tennessee's greatest asset is that it does not charge income tax to residents. As a small business owner, this makes it easier for me to operate because it is one less tax obligation I have to meet, both for myself and for any employees I might eventually have."
- Entertainer, Nashville


San Francisco, CA, June 11, 2012: Today, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, has released new data showing that small businesses rank Tennessee among the top ten least costly states nationwide for hiring a new employee.  

There are a lot of "business climate rankings", but there aren't any that draw upon considerable data from small business owners themselves. The Small Business Survey is the only survey to draw data from an extensive, nationwide universe of job creators and entrepreneurs themselves in order to investigate the best places in the country to do business.

"After a two-month survey of over 6,000 small business owners nationwide, Tennessee ranked very favorably across a variety of categories," said Sander Daniels, co-founder of "Small businesses continue to feel squeezed by the current economic realities, and state and local policies can mean the difference between success and failure. In a variety of areas, Tennessee seems to be doing a great job helping its small businesses succeed."

Some of the key findings for Tennessee include:
  • Tennessee excelled in a variety of categories earning 'A' grades for the small business friendliness of its tax codea and its zoning regulations.
  • Surprisingly, women-owned small businesses in Tennessee felt much more comfortable economically than did their male counterparts. Female entrepreneurs were 38% more likely than male entrepreneurs to rate their company's current financial situation as "good" or "very good".
  • Although Tennessee ranked highly in many categories, it earned only a 'B-' grade for its overall small business friendliness. This is partly the result of Tennessee small businesses' concern over their future economic prospects, for which the state ranked #30 nationwide.
  • Eastern Tennessee is the state's stand-out region, receiving #1 rankings for 5 of the 17 categories rated by small businesses.
  • Small businesses run by liberals seem to be doing significantly better than small businesses run by conservatives. Liberal entrepreneurs in Tennessee were 25% more likely than the state's conservative entrepreneurs to rate their business's financial situation as "good" or "very good".
The full survey results can be seen here and include full sets of rankings, dozens of easily searchable quotes from Tennessee small businesses, regional comparisons within states, and Census data comparing Tennessee's key demographics against those of other states.

"I've had no problems whatsoever in establishing and maintaining my business here in Tennessee. I don't think that I would be as happy anywhere else as I am here."
- CPR instructor, Murfreesboro

Survey methodology surveyed 6,022 small businesses across the United States. The survey asked questions about the friendliness of states towards small business and about small business finances, such as:

  • "In general, how would you rate your state's support of small business owners?"
  • "Would you discourage or encourage someone from starting a new business in your state?" and
  • "How would you rate your company's financial situation today?" and Kauffman ranked states and cities against one another along 15 metrics.  The full methodology paper can be found here.

What is is a place where you can hire help locally. Need a DJ, carpenter, boot camp instructor, or hot dog truck caterer?  Tell us what you need, and we'll bring you 3-5 bids on that job to your email inbox within 24 hours. More than 275,000 small businesses and freelancers have listed their services on Thumbtack nationwide.

Free Small Group Hands-On Training Class: Get Found Online

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU and the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) will host a free Small Group Hands-On Training Class: Get Found Online on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, downtown Kingsport.

The workshop is offered free of cost, but registration is required.

This interactive training session is limited to five (5) participants for an intimate one-on-one training approach. Participants must already be in business and bring their own Wi-Fi compatible iPad, tablet or laptop to connect.

Five primary topics will be addressed:
1. Google Places for Business Listings
2. Business Facebook Pages - Building Your First or Updating Your Current
3. Using Pinterest for Business
4. Free Website Self-Assessment
5. Introduction to Small Business Survival Training


"We are adding this new approach to our training events to enhance our training efforts," said Aundrea Wilcox, senior business counselor with the Tennessee Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University Kingsport Affiliate Office and executive director of KOSBE. "Not everyone learns the same and we hope to offer more small group hands-on training events monthly if the interest is there."


Facilitated by: Aundrea Wilcox, senior business counselor with the Tennessee Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University Kingsport Affiliate Office.


The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Advanced registration is required and must be received by June 18, 2012. Participants must already be in business and bring their own Wi-Fi compatible iPad, tablet or laptop to connect in order to be eligible to register.


Anyone eligible can register online at or call (423) 392-8825 for more information.


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


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.