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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Aug 27: Wild Game Dinner - Higher Ground Baptist Church

Hunting season is just around the corner and we have the cure for buck fever!

The 2013 Annual Wild Game Dinner at Higher Ground Baptist Church in Kingsport, TN is Tuesday, August 27th!

Doors open at 6pm, festivities begin promptly at 6:30 with great food, fellowship and awesome door prizes.

Advance tickets are limited and required.  They available at the church and online at  Call the church office for more information 423-245-3141.

Many of you waited too late last year, we sold out and you missed out.

Wild Game donations are needed and may be dropped off at the church during normal office hours, by replying to this email or contact me by phone 423-742-0174.

The attached flyer has all the details.

See you there!

Jeremiah 33:3
Nathan E. Light
Co-Host, Fishing Pro Staff
3B Outdoors

Local legislators tout favorable Tennessee rankings at legislative barbecue | Kingsport Times-News

Local legislators tout favorable Tennessee rankings at legislative barbecue | Kingsport Times-News

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Oct 11-13: Registration for the astronomical convention StarFest at Bays Mountain is now open!

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Date: July 30, 2013, 4:44:27 PM EDT
Subject: Registration for the astronomical convention StarFest at Bays Mountain is now open!

Greetings All City Employees,

I wanted to share this information with you about our annual astronomical convention/star gathering held at Bays Mountain.  You or someone you know may be interested in this special event.  This event also highlights our region and the City of Kingsport and brings in a bit of tax revenue for the City as well.  If you've never attended before, it is one of the best events of this type in the US.  It requires one modest payment to pre-register, but includes everything you'd need once here.  Read on for more info.




Registration for the 30th Anniversary of StarFest at Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium is now open!  The event will be October 11-13, 2013 in Kingsport, TN USA.  It is hosted by the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club and the staff of Bays Mountain Park.  The theme for this year's event is Small Bodies - these are basically solar system objects smaller than moons.  As such, most of our speaker's presentations focus on this theme.

Nestled in the heart of the Appalachians during the fall color splendor, we'll be enjoying six keynote speakers, 5 fantastic meals, and all the activities of StarFest plus those of the Park's public programming.  Included with your pre-paid registration (by September 20, 2013) is a fleece jacket with an embroidered StarFest logo for those cool evenings, a generous gift from Burgess Optical of a new planetary eyepiece filter worth $80, the opportunity to camp/sleep within the Park at no extra cost, and more!

I do want to stress that pre-payment with registration is necessary and, unfortunately, there are NO walk-ins as we will have planned on an exact amount of delegates.  Students and those less than 22 do receive a discount on registration to help promote future stargazers.

Please use the link below to see the website with lots of information and images about this most special astronomical convention/star party.  Select the StarFest tab.

If you want to download the registration document which includes the registration form directly, please click here.

I hope you are all doing great and we'll be awaiting your registrations!


Adam Thanz - StarFest 2013 Chair

Astronomy & Space Sciences Program Coordinator - Planetarium Director
Bays Mountain Planetarium
853 Bays Mountain Park Road
Kingsport, TN 37660

(423) 224-2532 - phone
(423) 224-2589 - fax

Popeye's expanding into Kingsport | Kingsport Times-News

Popeye's expanding into Kingsport | Kingsport Times-News

Monday, July 29, 2013

Homegrown Tomato Fest

A Celebration of All Things Tomato

The Ninth Annual Homegrown Tomato Fest will take place Saturday, August 10, 2013, from 8 - 11 a.m. at the Kingsport Farmers' Market, Center Street & Clinchfield Street in Kingsport. This celebration of the juicy red fruit features tomato contests, free tomato tastings (including many heirloom varieties), free tomato refreshments, culinary demonstrations by Food City and UT Extension, tomato-growing advice, tomato recipes, activities for kids, and fun for the whole family.

Tomato lovers are invited to bring tomatoes to compete in the following categories: Best Tasting, Biggest, Prettiest, Ugliest, Most Bizarre, and Best Dressed, and cooks are invited to enter the Best Salsa Contest. Admission is free and there are no entry fees. Entry forms may be downloaded from the SAPS website,, or picked up at Downtown Kingsport Association (DKA) or Ward's Feed Store Entries will be accepted from 8 - 9 am for all contests, and winners will be announced after 10 a.m.

Homegrown Tomato Fest is sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS) and Downtown Kingsport Association. For more information, call 423-288-3675 or e-mail

Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS) is an regional non-profit educational organization which promotes sound horticultural practices in our homes and communities. Its members are horticulturists, Master Gardeners, nursery professionals, and gardening hobbyists. Membership is open to anyone with and interest in gardening. For more information, contact Membership Chairman Jim Hill at 423-246-7246 or

Tusculum College named one of top schools in Tennessee for return on investment

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Tusculum College ranked in the top 20 Tennessee schools for top return on investment as ranked by The organization rated 185 higher education institutions in the state.
AC Online identified the Tennessee colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment. Graduates from these schools enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over thirty years, and earn more on average than graduates from other Tennessee schools.
“Tusculum College offers a solid education and foundation for a career that will pay dividends for years to come. Our students are both prepared for graduate programs and the workforce and that is reflected in the AC Online ranking,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.
“These are important lists for prospective students to consider,” says AC Online founder Dan Schuessler. “We’ve sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in Tennessee that offer a high quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.”
           Criteria included for consideration for listing on the High ROI College list include being a fully accredited institution, could be either public or private, were four-year, degree-granting institutions, a ROI ratings on the 2013 College Value Report by PayScale.
“There are so many considerations when choosing a college home,’ said Dr. Tom Stein, vice president of enrollment management at Tusculum College. “Considering value is a critical component. When you choose Tusculum College, it is an investment you make in the rest of your life.”
AC Online compiled a list of schools meeting these criteria by using data sets from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the Carnegie Classification and’s College Value Report.
“We aim to educate so that potential students are aware of their options for obtaining a degree and, most importantly, for paying for one,” says Schuessler.
Affordable Colleges Online provides students with information about affordable higher education options. The website offers financial aid videos, expert advice and cost savings ideas.
The full list of rankings of the top 23 scoring Tennessee schools can be found at
Tusculum College, the oldest college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is a liberal arts institution committed to providing a liberal arts education in a Judeo-Christian and civic arts environment, with pathways for career preparation, personal development and civic engagement. Approximately twenty-one hundred students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville and three off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars whereby students enroll in one course at a time.


Suzanne S. Richey
Director of College Communications
Tusculum College
P.O. Box 5040
Greeneville, TN  37743

Phone:  423-636-7304
Mobile: 423-823-0732
Fax: 423-636-7335


Tusculum College provides a liberal arts education in a Judeo-Christian and civic arts environment, with pathways for career preparation, personal development and civic engagement.

97 Dobyns-Bennett Students Earn AP Scholar Awards

97 students at Dobyns-Bennett High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 20 percent of the 2.1 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. 31 percent of AP test takers at Dobyns-Bennett received this recognition. D-B administered 602 Advanced Placement tests to 311 students. Students earned a score of 3 (out of 5) or higher on 77 percent the tests given.  This is compared to a Tennessee pass rate of 59.6 percent and a national pass rate of 58.5 percent.

"I applaud these students for the perseverance and dedication they have shown through attempting and succeeding in such rigorous course offerings.  Not only have these students challenged themselves with college-level work, but they have been incredibly successful in doing so," said Dr. Chris Hampton, principal of Dobyns-Bennett High School.  "These students represent the best of the best and Kingsport City Schools and Dobyns-Bennett High School are very proud of all they have accomplished.  I have no doubt the graduates will be just as successful, if not more so in their postsecondary endeavors.  I look forward to seeing the 11th graders make this list again next year."

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP Exams.

At DB: 8 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are Emily Buchanan, Harrison Emery, Clayton Evans, Will Glasscock, Adam Hooven, Ben Jack, Upal Saha, and Jackson Tonnies.

41 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Victoria Baldock, Michael Behal, Leslie Bright, Sara Brooker, Evan Broyles, Emily Buchanan, William Carrier, Spencer Chafin, Houston Cookenour, Julie Ellis, Harrison Emery, Zachary Espeland, Clayton Evans, David Floyd, Will Glasscock, Ivan Gorbunov, Kaitlyn Heidt, Adam Hooven, Chloe Ingram, Ben Jack, Grayson Jones, Jacob Lambert, Christie Lau, Michael Lin, Zach McAdam, Thomas McDavid, Kevin Moore, Jeffrey Murphy, Andrew Nottingham, Thomas Palmer, Emily Parnell, Alexis Prillhart, Laura Quillen, Kyle Reeves, Upal Saha, Scott Sanders, Patrick Shull, Jackson Tonnies, Sarah Van Dierdonck, Gary Vestal, and Heather Whittemore.

19 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Monica Arellano, Ashton Beckner, Anna Biggs, Spencer Brandon, Alexa Cleek, Jacob Cooper, Ryan Frawley, Adrian Hargrave, Prabdeep Kaur, Sam Lamon, Allie Marlow, Elliot McCrary, Payton Miller, Frenando Munoz, Jacqueline Payne, Mary Reynolds, Brandon Sloan, Leslie Stroud, and Olivia Wallace.

38 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Tylar Anderson, Meredith Aulds, Maria Baker,
Angela Bark, Rebecca Brewer, Ian Brown, Samuel Brown, James Cooper, Makaylah Darnell, Nathaniel Edmonds, Savannah Franklin, Scottie Garber, Matthew Griffin, Abigail Hooker, Sara Hrivnak, Erick Lin, Rebecca Mai, Osvaldo Morales, Cassidy Morelock, Brennan Norton, Mitchell Plunkett, Emily Proffitt, Hannah Puckett, Zachary Robbins, Tiffany Shelton, Ethan Slusher, Elaine Smith, Hailee Smith, Sean Smith, Jazmine Stair, Hannah Swayze, Logan Vincent, Thomas Wallace, Erin White, Jacob Williams, Kaylea Williams, and Rachel Winstead.

Of this year's award recipients at D-B, 22 are sophomores or juniors. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world's leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

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.

For more information on Kingsport City Schools (KCS), visit, listen live on, WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, watch KCS Today on Charter Channel 16 at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. or call (423) 378.2100. We're social too; follow us on Facebook, Kingsport City Schools and on Twitter, @KptSchools.



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

Ph. (423) 378.2123


Aug 2: D-B vs. Maryville and Football Media Day

Friday 8/2/13 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Media Day for the Dobyns Bennett Football Program will begin. The Freshman will start at 8:00 a.m. and the varsity will follow. Could you please send a notice to all parties interested that parking passes will be sold as well as spirit wear.

Also, following the media day gathering, Dobyns Bennett will Scrimmage Maryville at 7:00 p.m. Thank you.

Todd Ketron, Media day Coordinator

Downtown Business Gives Back

Downtown Business Gives Back

Kingsport Imaging Systems Supports Neighbors


KINGSPORT, Tenn., July 30, 2013 –Still recovering from flood damage, Kingsport Imaging Systems kicks-off a campaign to keep the downtown momentum going. 


“Keeping up the momentum is critical,” says John Demuth, owner of Kingsport Imaging Systems. “The outpouring of support has been phenomenal but we can’t forget how many of our neighbors are still working hard to clean up.”


Demuth noted that while Kingsport Imaging does have limited flood insurance, the company will have to pay significant out of pocket costs for repairs. “I know how hard this is on my business and I have some insurance.  I can’t imagine being in this situation with no financial assistance.”  The company provided support for the recent telethon and attended the FEMA meeting held in Kingsport last week.  Demuth continues “In situations like this, we all need to stick together. This community has always been good to us and we want to give back to our neighbors and fellow business owners as best we can.”


The campaign is simple.  For every new “Like” on the Kingsport Imaging Systems Facebook page, the company will donate $5 to the Downtown Restoration Fund.  The company’s goal is a maximum of $2,500 by the end of August. 


About Kingsport Imaging Systems

Kingsport Imaging Systems, Inc. is an independently owned company that markets office equipment as an authorized dealer for Canon USA, Inc.

Located at 200 E. Market St. in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee, the company has been locally owned and operated for over 90 years.






John Demuth







John Demuth
Vice President
423-245-5171 (main)
423-230-2412 (direct)
423-245-8150 (fax)


Facts for Features -- Labor Day 2013: Sept 2

Labor Day 2013: Sept. 2
The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. That celebration inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a "workingmen's holiday" on one day or another. Later that year, with Congress passing legislation and President Grover Cleveland signing the bill on June 29, the first Monday in September was designated "Labor Day." This national holiday is a creation of the labor movement in the late 19th century — and pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
 Who Are We Celebrating?

155.7 million
Number of people 16 and over in the nation's labor force in May 2013.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Table A-1

Our Jobs

Largest Occupations May 2012                                                       Number of employees
Retail salespeople                                                                                               4,340,000
Cashiers                                                                                                                3,314,010
Combined food preparation and serving workers,                                         2,943,810               
             including fast food
Office clerks, general                                                                                           2,808,100
Registered nurses                                                                                                2,633,980
Waiters and waitresses                                                                                       2,332,020
Customer service representatives                                                                     2,299,750
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand                                2,143,940
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping                                2,097,380
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal                                 2,085,680
             medical, and executive

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment and wages for the largest and smallest occupations, May 2012, <>

Largest Occupations 1910                                                               Number of employees
Farmers (owners and tenants)                                                                           6,132,000
Farm laborers, wageworkers                                                                              2,832,000
Farm laborers, unpaid family workers                                                              2,514,000
Operatives and kindred workers, manufacturing                                           2,318,000
Laborers, nonmanufacturing industries                                                          2,210,000
Laborers, manufacturing                                                                                    1,487,000
Salesmen and sales clerks, retail trade                                                             1,454,000
Housekeepers, private household – living out                                              1,338,000
Managers, officials, and proprietors, retail trade                                           1,119,000
Mine operatives and laborers, crude petroleum and                                       907,000
            natural gas extraction

Source: Statistical Abstract, Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, Chaper D: Labor, Part 1, Page 20 of pdf, Series D 233-682. Detailed Occupation of the Economically Active Population: 1900 to 1970 <>

Note: 1910 data are not for comparison to current OES data since the two data sources are not comparable.

The number of paid employees (for pay period including March 12) who worked for a gasoline station in the U.S. in 2011. Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in February 1887. Oregon (9,634 paid gasoline station employees), along with New Jersey (15,734 paid gasoline station employees), are the only states without self-service gasoline stations.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 County Business Patterns

15.9 million 
The number of wage and salary workers age 16 and over represented by a union in 2012. This group includes both union members (14.4 million) and workers who report no union affiliation but whose jobs are covered by a union contract (1.6 million).
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Table 1 <>

14.5 million
Number of female workers 16 and over in service occupations in 2011. Among male workers
16 and over, 11.2 million were employed in service-related occupations.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey, Table C24010

Percentage increase in employment in the U.S. between December 2011 and
December 2012. Employment increased in 287 of the 328 largest counties (large counties are defined as having employment levels of 75,000 or more). 
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Percentage increase over the year in employment in Elkhart, Ind., between December 2011 and December 2012, compared with national job growth of 1.9 percent. Within Elkhart, the largest employment increase occurred in manufacturing, which gained 5,479 jobs over the year.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Another Day, Another Dollar

$48,202 and $37,118
The 2011 real median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, respectively.
Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011, Table A-4

Fastest Growing Jobs

Projected percentage growth from 2010 to 2020 in the number of personal care aides (607,000). Analysts expect this occupation to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Meanwhile, the occupation expected to add more positions over this period than any other is registered nurses (711,900).
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employee Benefits
Percentage of full-time workers 18 to 64 covered by health insurance during all or part of 2011. Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011, derived from Table 7 < >

Say Goodbye to Summer

Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season.

The number of shoe stores for back-to-school shopping in 2011. Other choices of retail establishments abound: there were 28,128 family clothing stores, 7,093 children and infants clothing stores, 8,144 office supply and stationery stores, 8,407 bookstores and 8,625 department stores.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 County Business Patterns

The number of sporting goods stores nationwide in 2011. In U.S. sports, college football teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 County Business Patterns

The number of travel agents employed full time, year-round in 2011. In addition, there were 15,067 tour and travel guides employed full time, year-round nationwide, according to the 2011 American Community Survey. On a weekend intended to give U.S. workers a day of rest, many climb into their drivers' seats or board an airplane for a quick end of the summer getaway.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey, Table B24124 <>

The Commute to Work

5.7 million
Number of commuters who left for work between midnight and 4:59 a.m. in 2011. They represented 4.3 percent of all commuters.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey, Table B08132

Percentage of workers 16 and over who worked from home in 2011.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey, Table B08128

Percentage of workers 16 and over who drove alone to work in 2011. Another 9.7 percent carpooled and 2.8 percent walked from home.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey, Table S0801

25.5 minutes
The average time it took workers in the U.S. to commute to work in 2011. Maryland and New York had the most time-consuming commutes, averaging 32.2 and 31.5 minutes, respectively.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey, Table R0801

For detailed information on the data force, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at <>

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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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.