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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hope Haven Kingsport - helping the homeless help themselves for 40 years

Hope Haven Kingsport Helping the Homeless Help Themselves... Celebrating 40 years in Kingsport

Hope Haven Ministries, Inc. is a Christian, interdenominational, non-profit ministry that reaches out to homeless men, women and children who may be impoverished economically, educationally, emotionally and/or spiritually.
We offer emergency shelter – safe, clean, temporary housing for those in distress. You have the opportunity here for a new start on life and a place to experience God’s love.

Hope Haven of Kingsport has served over 300 homeless individuals per year since 2009. Hope Haven Ministries serves men, women and children.

Homelessness does not differentiate. Males and females of every age , background, nationality, religion, education, marital status can become homeless. For the volunteers that work to get stats of the homeless condition in the Tri-Cities area, a common notation is how much they have in common with those we define as homeless.

We are totally dependent on donations and we need your help to continue to bring this ministry forward. Please visit our web site at and make a donation. You can also send donations by mail to Hope Haven Ministries, PO Box 7152 Kingsport, TN 37660.

God bless and thank you for your support.

Calling All Kid Friendly Organizations

WHAT: 4th Annual Back to School Expo

WHEN: Tuesday, July 30 from 3 - 6 p.m.

WHERE: Kingsport Town Center, 2101 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN 37664

Kingsport City Schools are currently securing kid friendly organizations for vendors at the 4th Annual Back to School Expo held at the end of July.
If the organization can answer yes to one of these three questions, then they should reserve a free table today.

1.)  Do you offer lessons, athletics or other fun and educational opportunities for Kingsport kids?

2.)  Do you offer programs, services and activities for kids in the Kingsport City Schools area?

3.)  Do you have important information to share with are kids and their parents?

There is no registration fee or cost to attend. Vendors receive one complimentary table, chair and table skirt. This is a great resource for parents and there will be entertainment and activities for the kids.

Vendor tables may be reserved by calling (423) 378.2123.

Kingsport City Schools is a public school system located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and an alternative school; with total enrollment reaching 6,500 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused . World Class.



Marybeth McLain
Communications Editor
Kingsport City Schools
400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 200
Kingsport, TN 37660

Ph. (423) 378.2123<><>

Friday, June 28, 2013

Trash Barrel Pain-In 2013 Set for July 9th!





June 27, 2013





Contact: Robin Cleary

Director, Keep Kingsport Beautiful

Work (423) 392-8814

Cell (423) 276-3065



Keep Kingsport Beautiful and BB&T Host

The Trash Barrel Paint-In for Fun Fest 2013!


KINGSPORT, Tenn. – One of Fun Fest’s kickoff events, the Keep Kingsport Beautiful Trash Barrel Paint-In will be held on the Allandale Mansion lawn Tuesday, July 9.  The event is sponsored by BB&T.  ** Pre-Registration is required for this event, along with a $5 registration fee.


Barrel painting begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until noon.  Judging will begin around 12:30 p.m.


Kids of all ages are invited to decorate trash barrels that will be used during Fun Fest, encouraging Fun Fest goers to keep events litter-free.  The barrels also are used at other city events throughout the year.


A $5 registration fee is required for EACH barrel requested on the registration form.  Registration deadline is on or before July 5th  at the Fun Fest store.  Make checks payable to Fun Fest.  Same day registrations will be accepted based on barrel availability.


Participants should bring all painting supplies!!  This includes spray paint, water-based paint, brushes, stencils, etc.  Wal-Mart on Fort Henry Drive will provide one can of spray paint per barrel while supplies last.


Awards are given out by age group to the winners of the trash barrels that best represent a fun or green theme.  Age groups include:  Under 6; 6 - 8 years old; 9 - 11 years old; 12 -17 years old; 18 and over; Special Friends; and new this year, Kingsport Mets category.  The participant with the best overall barrel will receive the Terry Light Memorial Award.  Mets category barrels may be used at Hunter Wright Stadium this season.


Paid registration is required for this event.  Registration forms are available at the Fun Fest store, and at  Attendees are encouraged to bring drinks and lunch.


For more information, contact Keep Kingsport Beautiful at (423) 392-8814 or visit






Economic Indicators May 2013 (released June 27, 2013)

The lowest unemployment rates in Tennessee range from 5.7%-7.1%.

The highest unemployment rates in Tennessee range from 11.9%-17.0%

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

Unemployment rate is 8.3%, up 1.0% from same month last year. It is
driven by a larger labor force living inside the city limits (20,880 of
which 19,150 are employed)

When accounting for those just outside the city limits in Sullivan
County, it drops to 7.3% which is just outside the Top 10 lowest
unemployment in the state.

By comparison, Greene County's unemployment is 11.2%

View the full report "Economic Indicators" at

Unfortunately due to changes in the State's website, I can no longer get
5-year history at the city level.

Facts for Features -- The Fourth of July 2013

Census Bureau News: Profile America Facts for Features -- The Fourth of July 2013


 The Fourth of July 2013 


On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.                   


2.5 million 

In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.

Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970



316.2 million

The nation's estimated population on this July Fourth.

Source: U.S. and World Population Clock <> 



The Signers


Numbers of signers to the Declaration of Independence.

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston comprised the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, regarded as the strongest and most eloquent writer, wrote most of the document.

It's also worth noting that:

 --  John Hancock, President of the Second Continental Congress, was the first signer. This merchant by trade did so in an entirely blank space making it the largest and most famous signature – hence the term John Hancock, which is still used today as a synonym for signature. There are 7,354,043 businesses with paid employees in the U.S., according to the 2011 County Business Patterns. 

--  Benjamin Franklin (age 70), who represented Pennsylvania, was the oldest of the signers.

--  Franklin County, Pa., had an estimated population of 151,275 as of July 1, 2012. Edward Rutledge (age 26), of South Carolina, was the youngest. 

--  Two future presidents signed, John Adams (second President) and Thomas Jefferson (third President). Both died on the 50th anniversary of signing the Declaration (July 4, 1826). There are 12 counties nationwide named Adams and 26 named Jefferson.

--  Robert Livingston, who represented New York, was on the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence but was recalled by his state before he could sign it. Livingston County, N.Y., was home to an estimated 64,810 people as of July 1, 2012.

--  Representing Georgia in 1776 were Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall and George Walton. Gwinnett County, Ga. (842,046), Hall County, Ga. (185,416) and Walton County, Ga. (84,575) were named for these signers.

--  Charles Carroll, who represented Maryland, was the last surviving member of the signers of the Declaration. He died in 1832 at the age of 95. Carroll County, Md., named for him, had an estimated population of 167,217 as of July 1, 2012.

--  Roger Sherman, who worked as a land surveyor and lawyer, represented Connecticut. Today, there are an estimated 30,445 surveyors, cartographers and photogrammetrists employed full time, year-round, and 840,813 lawyers employed full time, year-round nationwide, according to the 2011 American Community Survey.

--  Nelson County, Va. (14,827) and Wythe County, Va. (29,251) were named for two of the six signers who represented the state of Virginia – Thomas Nelson Jr. and George Wythe.


Sources: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012 <>,

2011 American Community Survey <>

and 2011 County Business Patterns (NAICS)  



$218.2 million 

The value of fireworks imported from China in 2012, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($227.3 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $11.7 million in 2012, with Israel purchasing more than any other country ($2.5 million). 


$231.8 million

The value of U.S. manufacturers' shipments of fireworks and pyrotechnics (including flares, igniters, etc.) in 2007.

Source: 2007 Economic Census, Series EC0731SP1, Products and Services Code 325998J108 <>                 




$3.8 million

In 2012, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount ($3.6 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.  

Source: Foreign Trade Statistics <>





Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2012. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $188,824 worth. 

Source: Foreign Trade Statistics <>



$302.7 million                                                                                             

Dollar value of shipments of fabricated flags, banners and similar emblems by the nation's manufacturers in 2007, according to the latest published economic census statistics.

Source: 2007 Economic Census, Series EC0731SP1, Products and Services Code 3149998231 <>


Patriotic-Sounding Place Names


Fifty-nine places contain the word "liberty" in the name. Pennsylvania, with 11, has more of these places than any other state. Of the 59 places nationwide containing "liberty" in the name, four are counties: Liberty County, Ga. (65,471), Liberty County, Fla. (8,276), Liberty County, Mont. (2,392) and Liberty County, Texas (76,571). 

One place has "patriot" in its name. Patriot, Ind., has an estimated population of 209.

The most common patriotic-sounding word used within place names is "union" with 136. Pennsylvania, with 33, has more of these places than any other state. Other words most commonly used in place names are Washington (127), Franklin (118), Jackson (96) and Lincoln (95).


Sources: TIGER Shapefiles, the Census Bureau's geographic database (Place/MCD/County combined "used within name" count), Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011



 The British are Coming!


$109.8 billion 

Dollar value of trade last year between the United States and the United Kingdom, making the British, our adversary in 1776, our sixth-leading trading partner today.  

Source: Foreign Trade Statistics <>  

 Fourth of July Cookouts

 65.9 million
Number of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2013. Chances are that the pork hot dogs and sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State was home to 20.3 million hogs and pigs. North Carolina (8.9 million) and Minnesota (7.8 million) were also homes to large numbers of pigs. 

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service,

6.3 billion pounds   

Total estimated production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2012. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for nearly one-sixth of the nation's total production. And if the beef did not come from Texas, it very well may have come from Nebraska (estimated at5.1 billion pounds) or Kansas (estimated at 3.8 billion pounds).
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service


Number of states in which the value of broiler chicken production was estimated at $1 billion
or greater between December 2011 and November 2012. There is a good chance that one of these states — Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas — is the source of your barbecued chicken.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service


345 million

Acreage planted of potatoes in Idaho in 2012, the most in the nation. Washington followed with 165 million acres. The total 2012 potato crop is forecast to exceed 467 million hundredweight (cwt), the highest level since 2000 when 523 million cwt was produced. Potato salad is a popular food item at Fourth of July barbecues.

Source: USDA, National Agriculture Statistics Service, Economic Research Service




How Do We Know?


As we celebrate this Independence Day, we reflect on how our Founding Fathers enshrined the importance of statistics in our Constitution as a vital tool for measuring our people, places and economy. Since 1790, the U.S. Census has been much more than a simple head count; it has charted the growth and composition of our nation. The questions have evolved over time to address our changing needs. Today, the 10-year census, the economic census and the American Community Survey give Congress and community leaders the information they need to make informed decisions that shape our democracy. These statistics are how we know how our country is doing.


Visit <> to view and to learn more about "How Do We Know?" Follow @uscensusbureau on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest (#HowDoWeKnow) for updates.    


Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau's Facts for Features series:


African-American History Month (February)                        Labor Day

Super Bowl                                                                                  Grandparents Day

Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)                                                           Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

Women's History Month (March)                                           Unmarried and Single Americans Week

Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/                               Halloween (Oct. 31)

St. Patrick's Day (March 17)                                                      American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month

Earth Day (April 22)                                                                       (November)  

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)                     Veterans Day (Nov. 11)    

Older Americans Month (May)                                                  Thanksgiving Day                                              

Cinco de Mayo (May 5)                                                               The Holiday Season (December)    

Mother's Day                                                                                        

Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)                                                                   

Father's Day                                                                                       

The Fourth of July (July 4)

Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)

Back to School (August)          


Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: <>.




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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Eastman receives 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

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United Way ENews June 2013

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 ENews June 2013

Summer Backpacks
Summer Reading Backpacks ready to be handed out to 2nd graders at Ketron and Roosevelt Elementary as part of UWGK Early Grade Reading Impact Strategy! 
Community Impact Strategies for 2013: 
Early Grade Reading 

Doris Ladd 
Over the last few years, UWGK has been restructuring into the model adopted by United Way Worldwide.  A new committee, Community Assessment and Planning (CAP), was formed out of this model with the overall charge of identifying initiatives that address root causes of community health and human service needs. Efforts are underway that involve the community in making sustainable changes to resolve these needs.  During the last four years, much work has been accomplished in development of CAP's organization and processes to enable us to meet this challenge.  
In December of 2012, CAP brought forth proposed Community Impact Strategies for approval by the UWGK Board of Directors.  The three Vision Councils had prioritized identified areas for consideration and CAP reviewed and recommended three as the top Impact Strategies for UWGK focus.  In order of priority, the strategies are:
  • Early Grade Reading
  • Life Coaching
  • Affordable Dental Care
Early Grade Reading (EGR) was chosen as the priority due to it having the greatest potential of addressing the root cause of many health and human service needs and the opportunity to address the root cause early in life to create lasting change.  The EGR  Strategy Team is led by Administrative Coordinator for Kingsport City Schools, Andy True as Chair and English/Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator for Sullivan County Schools, Jami Corwin as Vice Chair.  The group has teams organized around six areas of leadership:
  1. In-School Excellence led by Dr. Karen Reed-Wright.
  2. After School and Summer Care Excellence led by Lisa Beilharz.
  3. Parent/Caregiver Engagement led by Lora Barnett.
  4. Community Support led by Gail Preslar.
  5. Company Engagement led by Tanya Foreman.
  6. Members at Large led by Linda Calvert.    
The Community Vision is 100% of children proficient or advanced in 3rd Grade Reading/Language Arts as measured by the TCAP scores by 2018 and beyond. 

With the working structure in place, the team's attention has now turned to identification of initiatives.  The first initiative, Summer Reading Backpack Program, has been approved and begun.  All 2nd grade classes at Ketron and Roosevelt Elementary Schools received a backpack with three books selected by Dr. Reed-Wright along with guides for parents/caregivers to use.  Over the summer, three literacy-related events will occur to promote the parent/caregiver engagement.  Comparisons of the student's end of year individual reading level assessments will be made with the beginning of the school year assessments to determine if the typical summer regression of skills that occurs has been impacted.  Other initiatives are in the queue and are anticipated to be considered for funding in the coming weeks.

What an awesome opportunity we have as a community working through UWGK to play a role in potentially changing the lives of children! 
Summer Backpack Project!

UWGK is kicking off their summer initiatives around the Early Grade Reading Strategy.  Over the next few months UWGK will be participating in various summer activities to bring awareness to the importance of reading with young children. 

Some of the events include a summer backpack distribution, which is a collaborative effort with  Kingsport City Schools and Sullivan County Schools.  Reading materials will be provided to125-150 upcoming 3rd grade students in the city and county school systems. 

The Summer Backpack's will include three different age-appropriate books that have been selected by Dr. Reed-Wright.  This project has given both city and county schools the opportunity to partner and work together to reach a common goal. 

Andy True and Danelle Glasscock
Andy True and Danelle Glasscock preparing the summer backpacks for students.
Diane and Kandy
 Diane Reed and Kandy Childress preparing the books.
Summer Backpack
The team was getting the summer backpacks together. 

Jami Corwin and Wendell Smith
Jami Corwin, English/Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator, Sullivan County Schools and Wendell Smith, Ketron Elementary Principal.
Summer Backpack Books
The three books each child will receive in their Summer Backpack.


  • Nuts and Bolts: New Volunteer Training
    for new volunteers to UWGK, or those wishing to have a better understanding of our organization and our Community Impact efforts. 

    All training occurs from 12:00-1:30p.m. at the UWGK Conference Room.  For more information and to register please contact Kandy Childress
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    • September 6th
    • November 7th.
FIN Medical Building
Friends In Need Medical Building.

  Agency Spotlight:  

Friends in Need Inc.   
by Valentina Gonzalez


Friends In Need was chartered in June 1993 by Dr. Tom Brock Jr., Rosalee Sites, and Steve Blade to meet the medical, dental, and counseling needs of the working uninsured residents of Sullivan County, Hawkins County and Scott County, Virginia.  The facility opened its doors in 1995 and has been treating patients since that time.  During its 20 years in existence, Friends In Need has served thousands upon thousands of individuals. 

In order to provide medical, dental, and counseling services to residents in our community, the staff and volunteers at Friends In Need work tirelessly to ensure its processes enable them to provide affordable medical, dental, and counseling services.  The ever-changing nuisances of the healthcare industry bring complexities to the organization as it works to provide the working uninsured with superior and cost-effective care.

The organization also focuses on recruiting volunteer medical, dental, and mental health professionals to coordinate and administer quality care to its patients.  These professionals have given their time and talents over the past 20 years to ensure care is available and affordable to our working uninsured community members.  Without their dedication and commitment, Friends In Need would not be able to achieve its mission.  Alongside these professionals is a group of volunteers who assist these professionals in the areas of patient screening, administrative tasks, pharmacy assistance, patient reception, and many other task essential to the operational excellence of Friends In Need.


Friends In Need operates five days a week from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. daily.  The Friends In Need Medical Clinic is located at 1105 West Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN and the phone number is 423-246-0010.  The Dental Clinic is located at 102 East Ravine Street, Kingsport, TN and the number is 423-224-5628.  Please contact Bruce Sites, the interim executive director, via email or by calling 423-246-0010 with questions or if you wish to volunteer your time and talents.   


Text4baby Program
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Text4baby is a free program of the non-profit National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.  The founding sponsor is Johnson & Johnson.  The White House Office of Science & Technology and the Department of Health & Human Services are among the over 900 partners who are actively promoting this service.   Text4baby is the largest national mobile health initiative reaching over 499,000 moms since launching three years ago.  Text4baby is available in both English and Spanish.  Through free text messages, pregnant women and moms with babies under age one received customized health and safety information and public health alerts to support them in achieving key developmental milestones, giving their babies the best possible start in life. 

Text4baby reach low-income and young women, particularly those who identify as Hispanic or African-American.  Research shows that there women are at a higher risk of having disproportionately poor birth outcomes. 
 In order to access this this service visit the text4baby website or text the word BABY to the number 511411.  You will receive messages until the baby's 1st birthday but you can stop at any time. 


UWGK Gears up for the
2013 Week of Caring

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UWGK is preparing for the 2013 United Way of Greater Kingsport's Week of Caring, which is scheduled for June 17th-June 21st.  The Week of Caring is an area-wide event that demonstrates unity by bringing volunteers together to complete hands-on projects to help Make Life Better for others and our community.  The Week of Caring and its partnership with Regions Bank has been an annual tradition since 1992.

In celebration of the United Way's 125th anniversary, in June 2012, more than 125 Week of Caring projects were completed across the North East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia with over 1,300 volunteers participating in these regional projects.

In collaboration with Regions Bank and United Way organizations, on June 17 2013, volunteers from local businesses and organizations will once again share their commitment to our community by partnering with agencies to complete projects that help improve facilities and/or provide direct services to clients.  Participation in the Week of Caring builds company pride, understanding of community needs, and a renewed willingness to financially support United Way campaigns.

UWGK is currently working on approximately 96 projects.  These projects range from painting and landscaping to helping build and install barn doors.  This year UWGK is working not only with member agencies but also with area schools, Parks and Recreation, and public housing. 


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2013 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

United Way of Greater Kingsport sponsored the 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on April 30, 2013 at Piccadilly Cafeteria.  During the breakfast, Greg W. Nelson, president United Way of Greater Kingsport, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Eastman Chemical Company welcomed all the volunteers present and thanked them for all the hard work they do. 

Mayor Dennis Phillips was also in attendance and presented to Executive Director, Danelle Glasscock the Volunteer Proclamation.  Jeff Fleming, City of Kingsport assistant city manager for development, spoke to the volunteers about how Kingsport has grown.  He talked about his family coming to Kingsport to find better job and how he believes that this is still true.  Mr. Fleming discussed his work experience and how much he enjoys watching the city of Kingsport flourish.   

   Volunteers start the day by enjoying a breakfast provided by Piccadilly.
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Volunteers enjoy time to socialize.   
Volunteers getting their breakfast. 
Mayor Phillips
Mayor of the City of Kingsport, Dennis Phillips, reads the Volunteer Proclamation.
Greg Nelson
UWGK Board of Directors President,Greg W. Nelson, welcomes and thanks all the volunteers for their hard work. 
Jeff Fleming
Frances Cottrell,Child Care Resource & Referral, and Jeff Fleming stop for a quick photo.

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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 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.