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Friday, March 29, 2013

Economic Indicators February 2013 (released March 28, 2013)

City of Kingsport highlights (year-to-year):

Unemployment rate down 0.7%
Labor force +350 (+1.7%)
#Employed +480 (+2.6%)
#Unemployed -120 (-6.6%)

View the full report "Economic Indicators" at http://development.kingsporttn.gov/Demographics

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Environmental education on the go

Many of you have  heard Robin Cleary reporting on the Mobile Classroom that the five Northeast Tennessee affiliates of Keep America Beautiful are building together, through funding provided by a $10,000 TN Department of Transportation grant that we received.  This classroom will focus on recycling and litter prevention education.  The NE TN affiliate group consists of Keep Kingsport, Keep Johnson City, Keep Bristol TN/VA, Keep Greene County and Keep Morristown/Hamblen County Beautiful.  Between these affiliates, this classroom will reach the population of  two states, five counties, five cities and eleven school districts.  It will be used at five different conservation camps held by the five affiliates, as well as festivals and community events.  I wanted to update you on our progress.  Below is a picture of the trailer with the exterior design completed.  The link above is to the TN Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) website, where our classroom project is their featured project for April 2013!  Please go to their website and click on the article title, listed right under the “Featured Project” heading to read the entire article.  We are so excited about this project and received even more good news this week.  After a conference call with TDOT on Monday, they told us that they are going to give us an addition $10,000 in funding for our project….that’s $20,000 total!!!  This is going to allow us to really reach for the sky with our interior exhibits…..we are so blessed!

I will share updates on our progress as we proceed.  Our goal is to have the trailer ready to exhibit during Fun Fest in July!


Robin Cleary
Director
Keep Kingsport Beautiful
400 Clinchfield Street
Ste. 100
Kingsport, TN  37660
423-392-8814


NugZee offers scavenger hunting for the next generation

One of my co-workers, Kollin Day, created this really cool game/app: NugZee World of Hunts.  It's a mystery to me how anyone has the talent to do such a thing, but it's inspiring to think this kind of talent exists in the office or home next door!

For years, my family has played the "find the license plate" game as we drive long distances.  She also made a list of seemingly crazy things the kids should find like "a red Humvee" or "a 3-wheeled vehicle".  The challenge of "the hunt" was the real fun.

It's a great, educational way for kids to stay engaged on a task.  It's also a great way to learn geography!

Now, try it for yourself!  Go to the App store and download it (free).  Give it a try!


What's NugZee?
Inspired by children’s natural lure to exploring and discovering, NugZee World of Hunts is… “Scavenger Hunting for the Next Generation”.

LET THE HUNT BEGIN! If you’ve ever played backseat scavenger hunting, then you’ll love NugZee World of Hunts. With 150 fully animated hunt items, don’t be surprised what you may have to find (or do) to become the next “Big Game Hunter” and/or to beat your opponent. Play the Car Hunt, Highway Hunt and/or License Plate Hunt (interactive U.S. map) while on the go, or play the “hilarious” People Hunt while shopping, at the airport, or any other occasion. Hunts change every time you play.

Available as an app for all iOS devices (iPhone, iTouch and iPad) and Android phones. Download to your PC or Mac for a totally unique and interactive hunting experience and to PRINT hunts for the whole family.

Download NugZee World of Hunts NOW because more hunts/game modes/upgrades are coming soon!

Census Bureau News -- County-to-County Migration Flow Tables

 Be sure to check out the interactive "flow mapper" below. You can view your county and highlight where people are moving from.

Table 1


New Migration Tables from the Census Bureau
Show County-to-County Moves Across U.S.
About 130,000 People Moved Per Day

Across the country, 47.3 million people lived in a different house a year earlier and 17.3 million of them lived in a different county within the U.S., according to information the U.S. Census Bureau released today on migration. This translates to an average of about 130,000 people moving every day.
Seven of the top 10 flows of movers were among counties in the Los Angeles and Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif., metropolitan areas. An estimated 44,020 people — or an average of about 121 per day — moved from Los Angeles County to San Bernardino County, Calif., which is the largest number of people moving from one county to another in the nation. The rest of the top 10 flows of movers were people moving among counties in the Miami, Phoenix, Detroit and Chicago metro areas.

These findings were released in a series of County-to-County Migration Flow Tables, which come from data collected by the American Community Survey between 2006 and 2010. In the survey, household members were asked where they lived a year ago and responses were combined into a weighted average for the period. The tables give added information on current county of residence, the county of residence one year ago and the estimated number of movers between the counties. Additional tables provide the same information broken down by selected characteristics: age, sex, race or Hispanic origin.
New Census Flows Mapper
To help users understand and interact with these statistics, the Census Bureau has developed an online mapping tool called Census Flows Mapper. This application allows users to select a county in the U.S. and view the outbound, inbound and net migration flows for that county. Additionally, users can choose flows based on characteristics such as age, sex, race or Hispanic origin.

The application also allows users to download data, zoom in and out on the map to an area of interest, view additional statistics of the selected county and save their map as a PDF file.

Other County-Level Highlights
The largest yearly county-to-county flows originated from Los Angeles County. (Table 1) The characteristics of those movers, however, are different depending on where they moved. About half (48.9 percent) of those moving to Orange County were between the ages of 18 and 34, compared with 35.7 percent moving to San Bernardino County. San Bernardino had a higher percentage of movers under 18 than Orange County (30.2 percent vs. 19.2 percent).

In terms of race, a similar percentage of whites moved to either San Bernardino County or Orange County from Los Angeles County, while a higher percentage of movers to San Bernardino County rather than Orange County were black (15.0 percent vs. 4.1 percent). Conversely, a higher percentage of movers to Orange County than San Bernardino County were Asian (26.1 percent vs. 9.2 percent). Whites, blacks and Asians include Hispanics in their percentages.


Hispanics made up 58.1 percent of the population moving from Los Angeles County to San Bernardino County, and 30.8 percent moving to Orange County.

Besides the county-to-county flow tables, there are also tables that contain flows for minor civil divisions for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin.

About the American Community Survey

The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about people and housing for every community across the nation. The results are used by everyone from town and city planners to retailers and homebuilders. The survey is the only source of local estimates for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as education, occupation, language, ancestry and housing costs for even the smallest communities. Ever since Thomas Jefferson directed the first census in 1790, the census has collected detailed characteristics about our nation's people. Questions about jobs and the economy were added 20 years later under James Madison, who said such information would allow Congress to "adapt the public measures to the particular circumstances of the community," and over the decades allow America "an opportunity of marking the progress of the society."

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Household Debt in the U.S.: 2000 to 2011 and Measuring the Wealth of U.S. Households

Detailed tables on wealth                            
Detailed tables on debt
Highlights: Household Wealth in the U.S.:    2000 to 2011
Highlights: Household Debt in the U.S.: 2000 to 2011
Blog: Household Wealth and Debt in the U.S.: 2000 to 2011                                                                                                           

Fewer U.S. Households Have Debt, But Those Who Do Have More, Census Bureau Reports

The percentage of U.S. households holding some form of debt declined from 74 percent to 69 percent between 2000 and 2011, according to new statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. At the same time, the median amount of household debt increased over this period from $50,971 to $70,000 (in 2011 constant dollars). These statistics are part of a larger package released today that contains statistics on household wealth, asset ownership and debt.

These statistics come from Household Debt in the U.S.: 2000 to 2011 and accompanying detailed tables that examine the median value of debt and percent holding debt for households, by various characteristics of the householder, such as race and Hispanic origin, age, education and income quintile.

Between 2000 and 2011, the largest increases in median debt were experienced in households with householders age 35 to 44 (to $108,000), 45 to 54 (to $86,500) and 55 to 64 (to $70,000). However, the largest percentage increases in debt belonged to householders 55 to 64 years old (64 percent) and 65 and older (more than doubling to $26,000). Furthermore, people 65 and older were the only age group whose likelihood of holding debt rose over the period (from 41 percent to 44 percent). The opposite pattern was observed for those under 65.

"Those 65 and over became more likely to hold debt against their homes, and their median housing debt increased, as well, which explains a significant portion of the increase in their overall debt between 2000 and 2011," Census Bureau economist Marina Vornovytskyy said.

During the period, the composition of debt held by households also changed considerably. While the percentage holding credit card debt declined from 51 percent in 2000 to 38 percent in 2011, the percentage holding other unsecured debt, such as educational loans and medical bills not covered by insurance, rose from 11 percent to 19 percent.

"Householders under age 45 experienced the largest increases in both the likelihood of holding other debt and the amount of other debt," Vornovytskyy said.

Also released today was Household Wealth in the U.S.: 2000 to 2011 and associated detailed tables that examine the median value of assets and percent holding assets for households in 2011, by type of asset owned and householder characteristics similar to those explored in Household Debt in the U.S.: 2000 to 2011.

According to Household Wealth in the U.S.: 2000 to 2011, median net worth rose from $81,821 in 2000 to $106,585 in 2005, before declining to $68,828 in 2011 (in 2011 constant dollars). Median net worth excluding home equity has not exhibited the same degree of variability as overall median net worth: it showed no statistically significant change between 2000 and 2005 and decreased by $3,815 (or 18 percent) between 2005 and 2011.

"The changes in overall median net worth observed over the past decade have been driven primarily by changes in one of its major components — equity that American households hold in their homes," Census Bureau economist Alfred Gottschalck said.

Over this same time period, there was significant regional variation in the changes in median net worth. The West experienced the largest changes over the last decade, increasing from $78,999 in 2000 to $146,841 in 2005 and then decreasing to $59,431 by 2011.

Between 2010 and 2011, median net worth showed no statistically significant change. Median net worth excluding home equity increased from $15,546 to $16,942.

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The source of data for each of these products was the Survey of Income and Program Participation. As in all surveys, these data are subject to sampling and nonsampling error. For further information on the source of the data and accuracy of the estimates, including standard errors and confidence intervals, go to <http://www.sipp.census.gov/sipp/source.html>. All dollar figures are in 2011 constant dollars.  

   



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Bays Mountain Astronomy Club Newsletter for April 2013

-----Original Message-----
From: Thanz, Adam
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:41 AM
Subject: Bays Mountain Astronomy Club Newsletter for April 2013

Hi All,

Here's a link to the latest newsletter for the BMAC.


http://www.baysmountain.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/BMAC-Newsletter-2
01304.pdf



Thanks,

Adam








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Eastman earns EPA Energy Star award for second time- Kingsport Times-News

Eastman earns EPA Energy Star award for second time- Kingsport Times-News

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Population Bracketology



Population Bracketology — Get in on the madness of March and test your knowledge of the U.S. population. The U.S. Census Bureau today released "Population Bracketology," an interactive data visualization allowing you to fill out your own bracket based on comparisons of state and metro area populations. The objective is to pick the larger population between two metro areas or states. Visitors can click on the name in each matchup that they think has the larger population. See how close you can come to a perfect score of 63. At the end, visitors can mouse over their choices to see the actual population estimates or view the data table.

The population statistics used in the matchups come from the 2012 population estimates released last week. Other data visualizations can be viewed in the Census Bureau's online gallery.

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Summer Actor Training Program and Other happenings at KTG!





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Summer Actor Training Program
Registration now open!
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Summer Actor Training Program 2013
at Kingsport Theatre Guild
For the past six years The Drifting Theatre has brought professional theatre artists from all over the country to the Tri-Cities to teach and mentor young actors. During S.A.T.P. 2013 students will work in depth on honing their acting and performance skills.  This challenging (and fun) program provides an environment where both the seasoned actor and the stage-shy newcomer can blossom.  During the programs students will have the choice to participate in a variety of classes including; Acting (various levels and styles), Stage Combat, Theatre Movement, Improvisation, Auditioning, Flag Twirling, Dance Choreography, Theatre Games, Monologue Coaching, Shakespeare and more!  The training program will culminate with the students presenting the world premiere production of the comedy,
 The Language of the Birds   
Teen S.A.T.P. for Ages 12-18 - June 14th - 30th
Auditions and Opening Meeting - Friday June 14th @ 6:00pm.  

Classes/Rehearsals - Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 
June 17-28 from 11:00am - 5:00pm. 

 Final Dress Rehearsal June 28th @  6pm.  

Performances  June 29 & 30 @ 2:30pm and 7:30pm 

Junior S.A.T.P. for Ages 7-12 - June 14th - 30th
Auditions and Opening Meeting - Friday June 14th @ 6:00pm.  

Classes/Rehearsals - Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays,
 June 17-28 from 8:30am - 1:00pm.  

Final Dress Rehearsal June 28th @  6pm.  

Performances  June 29 & 30 @ 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Mini S.A.T.P. for Ages 3-7 - June 18th - 30th
Classes/Rehearsals - Tuesdays and Thursdays June 18-27 from 2:00pm -4:00pm.  

Final Dress Rehearsal June 28th @  6pm.  

Performances  June 29 & 30 @ 2:30pm and 7:30pm


 To register :
attn: SATP
or call us at 423-392-8427

Bard
Spring Acting Classes
 Its not to late to join in on our wonderful Spring classes! 

7 remaining weeks- $70.00

March 21st- May 3rd
K-5th - Thursdays 4pm - 5pm

6th-12th- Thursdays 5pm-6pm

18 and up - Thursdays 6pm - 7pm

(All classes will have a final Showcase on May 3rd)


 To register : email us at kingsporttheatreguild@gmail.com
or call us at 423-392-8427



Shakespeare Workshops

$25
March 23rd:12noon-5pm 
Registration Due by Friday March13th
  
March 30th:12noon-5pm
Registration Due by Friday March 29th
To register : email us at kingsporttheatreguild@gmail.com
or call us at 423-392-8427
Mitch Albom's  Tuesdays with Morrie
By Jeffrey Hatcher
and Mitch Albom
Directed by Kenn Naegele
May 10th: 7pm
May 11th: 2pm and 7pm
May 12th: 2pm

For tickets Please visit our website at: kingsporttheatre.org


Kingsport Renaissance Center
1200 East Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660



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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 www.MeadowViewResort.com 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 www.BestPlaces.net). 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.