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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Longtime Kingsport educator Barbara Goodlett dies | Kingsport Times-News

Longtime Kingsport educator Barbara Goodlett dies | Kingsport Times-News

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Eastman and Governor Haslam Announce Major Economic Development Investment

Eastman and Governor Haslam Announce Major
Economic Development Investment

Eastman to Invest $1.6 Billion in Kingsport Site over 7 Years

KINGSPORT, Tenn., May 29, 2013 – Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) Chairman and CEO Jim Rogers and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced a major economic development project referred to as Project Inspire. As part of this project, over the next seven years, Eastman will invest $1.6 billion in its Kingsport site and add 300 new jobs in Tennessee. This comprehensive effort will enable the company to invest in, among other things, new growth opportunities, safety and environmental projects, increased warehouse capacity, building renovations and expansion of its corporate campus.  

"This represents a landmark capital investment that will modernize and expand our largest manufacturing site and corporate campus here in Kingsport," said Rogers. "This multi-year project will culminate in Eastman's 100th anniversary in 2020. I can think of no better way to honor our long-term commitment to this site and surrounding community than through this very significant investment in our future."

The state will provide funding to support the corporate campus expansion, road infrastructure improvements for the project, and a grant to meet advanced manufacturing training needs for the company through the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing located in Kingsport. 

"I want to thank Eastman and its employees for all of the incredible work they do that has brought us here today," Haslam said. "For nearly 100 years, Eastman has been crucial to the state's economy, growing into a global brand, and today's announcement means they will continue to grow right here where they started. This investment will bring hundreds of high quality jobs to the state, and I appreciate Eastman's continued investment in Tennessee."

In thanking the Governor for support from the State of Tennessee, Rogers said, "Eastman is proud to be making a significant investment in Tennessee. Project Inspire will allow us to remain a global leader and further expand our ability to provide solutions and build on our 100-year heritage of innovation."

Rogers also thanked community leaders for their continued support of the company.  He recognized that this is the second sizable investment at the Kingsport site in recent years and attributed it to Eastman's symbiotic relationship with the community.

"Together, we have built a significant legacy in this region, and we look forward to it continuing," added Rogers. "This investment will enable our headquarter campus to grow as the company does, and that is good for all of us. A growing company creates jobs, strengthens the tax base and benefits all of our stakeholders, including our employees, communities, customers and stockholders."

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2012 pro forma combined revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition, of approximately $9.1 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 13,500 people around the world. For more information, visit

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Media:  Tracy Kilgore

Investors:  Greg Riddle

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Get Involved! Get Excited! This Summer at Kingsport Theatre Guild

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Date: May 23, 2013, 6:00:58 PM EDT
Subject: Get Involved! Get Excited! This Summer at KTG!!!

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Summer Actor Training Program
Reserve your spot now!!!


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, 
How to Speak Bird; a Russian Fairy Tale 
 by Alaska Reece Vance

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 

Next up at KTG...

 drifting theatre's copy written feather
How to Speak Bird
a Russian Fairy Tale 
 by Alaska Reece Vance

June 29th: 2pm & 7pm
June 30th: 2pm & 7pm
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Kingsport Theatre Guild | 1200 East Center Street | 423-392-8427 | Kingsport | TN | 37660
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.