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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nov 13: Free Training at Small Business Fall Night School



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


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                



David Schools

Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

Ph: (423) 392.8811



Free Training at TSBDC/KOSBE Small Business Fall Night School


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 Business Fall Night School on Tuesday, November 13 from 6 - 9 p.m., at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, 400 Clinchfield St, Suite 100, downtown Kingsport.


Primarily, this event will provide free training delivered by guest speakers who are experts in their field, access to sources of financing to small business owners and entrepreneurs for start-up and expansion, and an opportunity to network with and share information with other business owners. 


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


Three sessions will be featured at the Fall Night School: Small Business Loans and Other Capital Sources; Selling to the Government and Contracting; and Digital Media, Ecommerce and Website Design.


Small Business Loans and other Capital Sources:  Fredrick Crispen with Borrego Springs Bank will discuss how business owners can use SBA loans to finance commercial real estate acquisition or refinance, construction and leasehold improvements, business acquisition and expansion, machinery, equipment and inventory purchases and working capital.  This will be the first time that Borrego Springs Bank has visited the Tri-Cities to offer their services to local small businesses. 


Selling to the Government and Contracting:  Paul Middlebrooks, Procurement Counselor with the University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Chattanooga, TN), is part of a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace.  Attendees will learn how to assess their viability for government contracting and review required registrations, as well as understand what it takes to develop a focused marketing strategy for government customers.


Digital Media, Ecommerce and Website Design: A forum of local experts will answer your questions about digital media, ecommerce shopping cart solutions, web design common mistakes, and how to convert online shoppers to buyers.

The Small Business Fall Night School is designed with new and existing businesses and entrepreneurs in mind (including home-based), however, retirees seeking a second career, part-time workers wanting to supplement their income, upper class high school and college student are encourage to participate.


The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Advanced registration is required and must be received by Monday, November 12. Anyone interested can register online at this link 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 David Schools 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.






David Schools

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


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


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hands On! Celebrates 25 years!

Mr. Fleming,

A board member suggested I contact you about helping to promote Hands On! Regional Museum’s 25th Birthday year.  As part of the celebration we are promoting 25 Ways to Celebrate Hands On! On our facebook page as well as our website and other outlets in the community.

Please let me know if you can include some of these “ways” in your blog or drive people to our sites.  If you have any other questions or ideas, feel free to contact me.

Thank you for your help!
Kristine Carter

Hands On! Regional Museum
315 East Main Street
Johnson City TN 37601
(423) 434-HAND EXT. 108

THE Place to Discover!

Kingsport receives 2 "Best of Tennessee" recognitions

Haggle Shop Antiques on Broad Street tied with Mountain Star Antique Mall in Church Hill as best antique store in East Tennessee.

Kingsport Farmer's Market was named by farmer's market in East Tennessee

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Our friends in Rogersville won several awards, as well.

Good job!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Ohio D2 record holder has ties to region

Both of this young man’s parents are from Kingsport/Church Hill area originally. He grew up in Ashland, OH.


From Ashland University Published: October 25, 2012 4:00AM

When it comes to ball security, few NCAA Division II schools around the country can match Ashland University.

Eagles senior quarterback Taylor Housewright has thrown 258 consecutive passes this season without an interception. Dating back to last season, Housewright has thrown 347 consecutive passes without getting picked off. The last time Housewright was intercepted was at Saginaw Valley State on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.

The NCAA Division II record for consecutive passes without an interception at the start of this season was Jesse Showerda of New Haven. He threw 280 consecutive passes from Sept. 7 through Nov. 16 in 1996 without getting picked off.

Housewright has thrown 12 interceptions in his career (787 pass attempts). That's impressive, but it's not even the best mark in school history.

Former AU quarterback Billy Cundiff is the NCAA Division II record holder for lowest percentage of passes intercepted in a season and a career. In 2009, Cundiff was intercepted once in 305 pass attempts (0.3 percent). For his career, Cundiff was intercepted 16 times in 1,001 pass attempts (1.6 percent). Cundiff played at Ashland from 2006 through 2009.

Housewright and the Eagles are 8-0 (7-0 GLIAC) and ranked sixth in the nation. This Saturday, Ashland hosts Findlay.

Cash Mob this Thursday, Nov. 1!

From: Sherri Mosley []


Hey Jeff,

Could you please add to your blog this week that DKA is hosting another Cash Mob? We have decided to do it a little differently this week to add back the element of surprise for our mobbers. The recipient is aware they have been chosen but I don't want to reveal who the lucky merchant is to our mobbers until Thursday after everyone gets here. I would like for all the cash mobbers to meet at DKA at noon. I will then announce the merchant we will be visiting. Don't forget to bring a little extra shopping $$!


See you Thursday at noon!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Rush Street Neighborhood Grill offers a taste of Chicago in Kingsport- Kingsport Times-News

Rush Street Neighborhood Grill offers a taste of Chicago in Kingsport- Kingsport Times-News

Eastman Chemical Assigned Patent for Plastic Baby Bottles, Other Blow Molded Articles, and Processes for their Manufacture

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33rd Annual Christmas Connection






For Immediate Release                  

                                                                                                                           October 15, 201


Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts  

The Renaissance Center                                                                                                                        

1200 E. Center St

Kingsport, TN 37660

(423) 392-8414


On Facebook: Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts


33rd Annual Christmas Connection Celebrates Arts and Crafts
November 2- 4

Civic Auditorium, Kingsport, Tennessee

Kingsport's Christmas Connection, an event sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, is celebrating 33 years of arts and crafts.  This year's arts and crafts show will be Friday November 2 from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday November 4, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium located on Fort Henry Drive next to Dobyns-Bennett High School. Admission to this fun-filled, shopping event is FREE and open to the public.


Christmas Connection has been around for 33 years because it is a charming old-fashion festival hosting the region's best arts and crafts vendors.  The Civic Auditorium will be filled with hand-made clothing, floral arrangements, pottery, jewelry, delicate woodworking, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, toys, watercolors, paintings, figurines, baskets, candles, tapestries, heated pillows, needlework, dolls and much more.  This year, courtesy of Bubba's Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books – a truly unique item for anyone in your family. Look for him in the Civics' West Room. 

Also joining us this year are the artists from Kingsport's Senior Artisan Center.  Make sure to stop in the Civics' History room and check out their beautiful crafts.


Along with the artists and crafters in the Main Hall all rooms on the east and west sides of the facility will be filled to capacity.  A bake sale at the entry of the building will feature everything from breads, and cookies to slices of cake and whole cakes and pies and the famous pumpkin rolls.  Patrons wishing to purchase any baked goods are urged to come early because these items don't last long, especially the pumpkin rolls.  Outside, patrons will find that sweet and salty treat, kettle corn, being made fresh all day.  The holiday show is free and open to the public.  Musical entertainment will be offered throughout the event including Acoustic Encounters, Gerald Sheppard, the Ross Brothers.  Acoustic Encounters is an ensemble of local guitar players featuring 'Chet Atkins' style arrangements, Gerald Sheppard plays acoustic finger style guitar.  The Ross boys will also be back with their energetic old time fiddle and banjo.


The Holidays are fast approaching and this is an excellent opportunity to grab some holiday cheer, support master craftsmen and find unique gifts and treasures.  Shoppers can spend the day shopping inside; out of the weather and amongst quality art and crafts.  The Christmas Connection CafĂ© has concessions to enjoy. Shoppers won't have to lose their parking spot to eat elsewhere.  Come visit the Christmas Connection.   For more information or directions to the Christmas Connection, please call 423-392-8414.


The dates/hours are as follows:

Friday November 2, 2012 Noon-6pm

Saturday November 3, 2012 10am-6pm

Sunday November 4, 2012 12noon-5pm



Kingsport Civic Auditorium

1550 Fort Henry Dr.

Kingsport, Tennessee 


About the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts:


The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.  It operates a Public Art program, concert and theatrical events, the Carousel Project and a broad range of support to the area's arts organizations.  They work in tandem with a non-profit organization called in order to facilitate their ambitious and broad agenda.

Visit the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts on Facebook.





Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

First Book provides 3,676 books to literacy programs- Kingsport Times-News

First Book provides 3,676 books to literacy programs- Kingsport Times-News

Kingsport aquatic center progressing 'extremely well'- Kingsport Times-News

Kingsport aquatic center progressing 'extremely well'- Kingsport Times-News

Washington Elementary Childcare Center Receives Accreditation

KINGSPORTKingsport City Schools is proud to announce that the George Washington Elementary School Early Childhood Learning Center has received NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) reaccreditation.  Established in 1985, this accreditation process identifies programs of excellence, helping families locate high-quality programs for young children.


"This is a true honor," said ECLC Director Diane Ivey.  "The standards that a center must maintain are very rigorous and it speaks well of our staff, parents, children, school, and Kingsport City Schools."


As an NAEYC accredited childcare center, the Washington Elementary ECLC is one of only 6,500 centers in the nation to achieve this distinction.  The NAEYC Academy sets and monitors standards for high-quality early childhood education programs and accredits programs that meet these standards. NAEYC Accreditation assists parents in making the right choices and improving the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children.

Founded in 1926, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.

For more information, contact Early Childcare Learning Center and School Age Childcare Director Diane Ivey at (423) 378-2467.



Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

East Tennessee Medical News - Bays Mountain


My column in East Tennessee Medical news, which also runs in Knoxville and Chattanooga Medical News, features Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium this month.  You can glimpse it here

 Or, on facebook, Bays Mountain shared a link –


Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium shared a link.

October 15

We extend a big thank you to Kingsport's very own Leigh Anne Hoover for the following article! Thank you, Leigh Anne for sharing Bays Mountain Park with our regional medical community as well as those beyond our borders!!!

Enjoying East Tennessee on East Tennessee Medical News

"StarWatch" Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium I have always been a Journey fan, especially during the Steve Perry era,...




Leigh Anne


Leigh Anne W. Hoover

Author, Journalist, Speaker, and Teacher

3836 Lochwood Road • Kingsport, TN 37660

 The Santa Train Tradition

Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites


Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Folks You Should Know: Joe Fuller- Kingsport Times-News

Folks You Should Know: Joe Fuller- Kingsport Times-News

Bristol, Sullivan Co., Kingsport given AARC's 'Seal of Approval' for retirees

Bristol, Sullivan Co., Kingsport given AARC's 'Seal of Approval' for retirees

Dignity U Wear signs on as Santa Train sponsor - Kingsport Times-News

Dignity U Wear signs on as Santa Train sponsor - Kingsport Times-News

Retirement association recognizes Kingsport, Bristol, Sullivan County - Kingsport Times-News

Retirement association recognizes Kingsport, Bristol, Sullivan County - Kingsport Times-News

All Saints Day Service--Please Publicize


First Broad Street United Methodist Church

100 East Church Circle

Kingsport, TN 37660

Meredith Brown, Director of Communications



CONTACTS:  Bob Garver, 224-1505 or


Service of Remembrance to be held at First Broad Street U.M.C. on November 4  (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)


First Broad Street United Methodist Church will hold an All Saints Day Service on November 4, at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary to remember all those within the church and the surrounding community who have died this past year.  All Saints Day, which FBSUMC has been recognizing for more than 30 years, is a path toward healing for participants and a way to honor those who have died.  During the service, the congregation will be asked to come forward to light a candle in remembrance of their loved ones.  The Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra will be offering a chorale work titled In Paradisum by Dan Forrest along with other readings and prayers.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend this special service of music and memory.


FBSUMC is located at 100 East Church Circle in Kingsport.  For more information about the All Saints Day Service or other church services, please contact Bob Garver, Traditional Worship Director, at 224-1505 or

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Eastman Chemical posted better-than-expected third quarter earnings

Chattanooga newspaper references Kingsport

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My son

10-27-12 Brevard Broadcast Open

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Editor of Ideal Living Magazine coming to Kingsport

Spread the word!  Register now at to hear him and many others as a "local VIP"  $75 (flat fee) for the American Association of Retirement Communities annual meeting in Kingsport, TN Oct 24-26
Dave Robertson, Editor of Ideal Living magazine, moved south to attend East Carolina University, where he completed a Journalism degree. He developed the newcomer program for Wilmington, NC’s Chamber of Commerce prior to joining RPI Media, Inc. He is now its President and a principal partner. He has spoken on relocation and retirement topics across the nation. His network of industry contacts includes builders, developers and real estate marketers. Dave resides in Bonita Springs FL. Whether for resort or retirement, he will motivate you and answer your questions about choosing the right place.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Respected national expert visiting Kingsport

Spread the word!  Register now at to hear him and many others as a "local VIP"  $75 (flat fee) for the American Association of Retirement Communities annual meeting in Kingsport, TN Oct 24-26
American Express, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Audi, Acura, Bombardier, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Glaxo, the Walt Disney Company, Kapalua Resort, Louis Vuitton, Citibank, Times, Architecture and Southern Living have all sought his advice.
JIM TAYLOR is Vice Chairman of the Harrison Group, one of the country’s most respected and fast-growing marketing firms. Jim has envisioned, designed and implemented a number of milestone research studies such as the much lauded Worth-Harrison-Taylor Study of Wealth in America which eventually evolved into The New Elite. Taylor is also co-author of The 500 Year Delta: What Happens After What Comes Next and The Visionary’s Handbook.
An acknowledged expert in the fields of branding, future forecasting, and customer acquisition and retention, he provides advice of the highest level to many of the world’s leading packaged goods, software, media, banking, customer service, business and financial services corporations. Among them: American Express, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Audi, Acura, Bombardier, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Glaxo, the Walt Disney Company, Kapalua Resort, Louis Vuitton, Citibank, Times, Architecture and Southern Living, among many others. Virtually every major business publication in America, and most in Europe and Japan, have quoted Taylor. He lives in Southbury, Connecticut.

Jan 2013: LMU bringing Vet Tech, Med Tech to Kingsport

Monday, October 15, 2012

President of Hilton Head Group coming to Kingsport

...for the American Association of Retirement Communities Oct 24-26.  As a local resident/business, YOU are invited to attend the entire conference for a flat fee of $75

Go to to view agenda and register.  Seating is limited. 

Please share this opportunity with a friend. 

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Friday, October 12, 2012

Oct 27: Downtown Trunk N Treat

Just in time for Halloween, Kingsport residents can get a look at the seamy side of town with the first annual Boo On Broad Street....A National Community Impact Award winning event through Alley Cat Allies. .Join us for an evening of spooky walks and scary tales coming Saturday, October 27 at 210 Broad Street.


Special guests include H.A.U.N.T. Paranormal Research Team, They are a non profit research team based in Southwest Virginia. Together, they have been conducting successful investigations throughout the nation. They will bring the equipment they use and allow visitors to hold and use the same devices they have utilized in their paranormal research. Pat Bussard writer,researcher and founder of The Ghost Writers, a paranormal investigative team. Her work has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers. Bussard's latest book, True Tales from the Notebook of the Paranormal Journalist, will be published by Westnab Press later this year.


Also appearing will be Dr. Tim Potter, a local Veterinarian, author and storyteller who's latest book, The Gift of Scruffy will be available at this event.


Participants will explore the dark back alleys of downtown Kingsport and hear the truth about the seamy side of our city, learning surprising facts about many of the city's best known citizens.The program will be a light hearted mix of fiction and fact, leaving the viewer to separate the two.


Activities will begin at 7 p.m.and will continue as long as attendees remain alive. Flashlights will be strictly forbidden, except for the special devices available at showtime.

There are a limited number of tickets available for sale for only $6.00 each. They are available at Attic Treasures, 158 Broad Street, River Mountain Antiques,120 Broad Street or they can be purchased at . All proceeds will go towards spaying and neutering animals in the Tri Cities area.


"We hope to bring a different approach to our event by inviting people who actually pursue the paranormal and are experts at what they do", said Carol Hensley, event organizer and President of Paw Purr P.E.T.S, a low cost spay and neuter group. "I'm very excited to hear their stories about pursuing ghosts and spirits all over the country. We might even find one or two still hanging around Broad Street", she said.


Participating merchants include Rose Cottage Bakery, 113 West Market Street, Korner-Copia, 200 East Center Street, Star Trails Downtown Art Gallery, 246 Broad Street and The Mustard Seed Cafe, 118 East Market Street.


Also, join us for Trick-or-Treating at the annual Trunk N Treat for a lot of family fun in Downtown Kingsport Tennessee, October 27th from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Trick-or-Treat from store to store while supplies last (for kids 12 and under). Shell-E the shelter dog will be on hand and up to his antics. A Halloween Carnival will have with lots of games and prizes. Pet adoption will be available through Junk Yard Puppies and the Kingsport Animal shelter. We're also having a decorated pumpkin contest, too. Bring your decorated pumpkin to the event and compete to win great prizes.


Carol Hensley

Monday, October 08, 2012

Oct 13: Blake Leeper Olympic Game Day

Many of you have asked for the opportunity to meet and congratulate Kingsport's Blake Leeper on his recent performance in London.  Mark your calendars! 

Music at the Market: Fall Concert Series!


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For more information about the Fall Concert Series, contact
your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce at 423.392.8800

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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Nov 13-16: Get Involved! Volunteer for the 11th Grade Career Expo!


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Volunteers Needed!



11th Grade Career Fair

 November 13-16



We need YOU!




Volunteers are needed to work booths for

"Real Life 101"  

-a game that encourages students to think about how their education will affect life after high school. 



If you are interested in volunteering for one or all four

time slots ( 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. each day),

please contact Ginny Crispin  

at (423) 392-8827 or 



The 11th Grade Career Fair is a week-long event that encourages students to think about their lives post high school. It is designed to take students on a journey through several presentations: Work Ethics, Netiquette (Facebook/MySpace/Skype?Twitter), Salary Expectations/Careers and Interview Skills. Students then participate in "Real World 101."


In Real World 101, students receive a family scenario (single, married, children or no children) and a career scenario (veterinarian, cook, teacher, lawyer, engineer, etc.) along  with a salary based on the career choice given to them. Students will then rotate through various stations. Students must visit the "tax station" first to have payroll taxes deducted. After taxes, students are then instructed to set up a checking/savings account at the "banking station." Every stop requires the student to make a choice on how to spend their money for expenses. Unexpected highs and lows (bonus at work/flat tire/speeding ticket) will come in the form of an envelope handed to the student by volunteers throughout the game. Students will have to add or deduct the unexpected expenses from their monthly budget. The goal is to walk down the red carpet to a celebration party with money still in hand. For those who didn't invest wisely, a second job is their only choice.


This project is a partnership with the Kingsport Chamber, Eastman Chemical Company and Junior Achievement. 



| 400 Clinchfield Street | Suite 100 | Kingsport | Tennessee | 37660

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.