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Monday, August 26, 2013

Aug 29 Public Workshop


The Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority (KHRA) received a Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) Planning Grant in October 2012 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, to develop a revitalization plan for the Midtown Neighborhood, which comprises the historic downtownand the adjoining residential neighborhoods, including the Robert E. Lee Apartments as the target housing site. The study area is illustrated in the map below:

The main objective of the CNI Planning grant is to revitalize neighborhoods and public/assisted projects into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods by linking housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, public assets, transportation, and access to jobs.

The Midtown CNI initiative intends to leverage the planning legacy Kingsport has and build upon the existing and proposed plans to create a comprehensiveTransformation Plan for the neighborhood. The process aims to promote maximum community involvement through community, resident, focus group and stakeholder steering committee meetings and workshops throughoutthe planning process. The resulting Plan will serve as a roadmap for the redevelopment of the study area with specific focus on developing strategies for housing, people and neighborhood improvements.  

To help with the community outreach process, residential districts were identified within the CNI neighborhood, based on the physical characteristics, architecture and street network. KHRA desires to engage representatives from each of the districts (as identified in the map below) along with the downtown area, to garner maximum input and encourage community involvement in this planning process through the focus group/steering committee meetings and the workshops.

The first public workshop is scheduled to be on Thursday, August 29th 2013, at the Renaissance Center, with two options, a morning and an evening session (8-10 am or 6-8 pm) to encourage maximum participation. The main focus of this workshop is to engage the community to begin thinking about the vision for the future of theoverall CNI neighborhood. The agenda includes:

Introduction of the project, process and planning team
Existing conditions assessments including market study findings
Synopsis of the progress made so far – including resident and community survey
The Model City COMPASS – a visual preference survey and “visioning” Planning Stations to garner maximum input from the participants on the issues and opportunities and facilitate discussions on the target focus area.

You are encouraged to become involved and plan for the future of Kingsport Midtown neighborhood!

For more information about the project and the process,please visit or contact 423-392-2576 or 423-392-2569

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FIFTY years ago tomorrow, at 9:30 a.m. (U.S. time), President John Fitzgerald Kennedy placed a ceremonial phone call to the "Kingsport"—a Navy tracking ship, ...

New Business Focus: SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt opens second location | Kingsport Times-News

New Business Focus: SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt opens second location | Kingsport Times-News

Fresh from the Farm: Luther Kite still draws a crowd at Kingsport Farmer's Market | Kingsport Times-News

Fresh from the Farm: Luther Kite still draws a crowd at Kingsport Farmer's Market | Kingsport Times-News

Oct 12: Murder at the Pink Flamingo Dinner Theatre & Raffle


Murder at the Pink Flamingo 
Dinner Theatre & Raffle 

Murder at the Pink Flamingo Dinner Theatre 
Saturday, October 12, 2013 
7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. 
Kingsport Renaissance Center, room 239 
Tickets - $45

A fundraiser for KingsportARTS and its Arts Education Programs.    
Join us for an exciting night of murder, mystery, dinner and a chance to win the grand prize raffle drawing. Enjoy a 3 course dinner with the main dish provided by Giuseppe's (Chicken Marsala OR Stuffed Shells) as you sip on wine, beer or soft drinks.

The raffle grand prize winner will be announced at the end of the night. Entry for the grand prize drawing is made by purchasing raffle ticket(s) from a KingsportARTS Board Member or in the KingsportARTS office. Raffle tickets are $10 each and the grand prize will equal 1/2 of monies raised through the sale of raffle tickets.


Madame X and her food taster/chef, Jaws, are excited to be hosting the International Culinary Delights Cook-Off Dinner! Competition is fierce among World Famous (audience members) chefs competing for the Nobel Prize for cooking featuring exotic dishes from Betty Crocker's Elephant Stew to Col Sander's political Chicken Bucket. Throw in the singing/dancing Flamingo girls and a Homeland security agent posing as a chef and Madame X has her hands full. And then, Who should appear but the health inspector. The bedlam continues when a body is discovered in the freezer, and it's up to the audience chefs to help solve the Who-Dun-It. 

If you have any questions or to purchase tickets, please call our office at (423) 392-8420.

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Aug 22: News From Sullivan County Schools

August 22, 2013
In This Issue
School Nutrition App
Sullivan County Educators attend ETSU Basic Aerospace Workshop
MPE Fifth Graders Show EPIC Behavior
National Guard Partnership
JROTC Students Complete Summer Training
SSHS Cadet Earns His Solo Wings
Important Dates

August 23
Schools Closed - Race Day 
September 2

Schools Closed - Labor Day

September 9
Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm
September 19
Schools Closed
Parent/Teacher Conferences
September 20
Schools Closed
Inservice Day
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Access any Sullivan County School library collection. 

Lunch Payment Program:

School Nutrition Welcomes Parents and Students Back to School with a New Menu App
Start off the school year by checking out our awesome new school menus!  Beginning September 1, Sullivan County menus will be available online through Google Chrome at  Also, if you have a "Smart" device, you can download a free menu app by searching for "Nutrislice" in your app store.  Either way, you will find quick and easy access to what is being dished up daily!  
Six Sullivan County Educators attended the ETSU Basic Aerospace Workshop

Educators from across East Tennessee, including six from Sullivan County attended East Tennessee State University's 38th Annual Basic Aerospace Education Workshop on June 3-21, 2013.   Each teacher received a $1,5000 scholarship which included tuition for three hours of graduate credit, a $100 expense stipend, field trip expenses and an orientation flight in a private aircraft.


The workshop featured many "hands-on" activities in rocketry, astronomy, flight experimentation and other areas.  In one project, participants built a glider or paper aircraft that was tested in the ETSU Mini-Dome for distance and duration of flight.  In another project, teachers created a rocket and launched it with an "egg-stronaunt" inside.   The activities provided insight into lessons that will better engage and inspire their students.


Guest lecturers provided an additional component to the training.   Ed Lockett, aerospace scholar, artist and model builder, discussed the history of aerospace from the Wright brothers to the modern day spacecraft.  Ms. Beverly Barnett, owner and operator of Advanced Flight at the Tri-City Airport, covered ground school topics such as aerodynamics, weather effects on flight, parts of a plane and aviation technology.  Ms. Barnett offered each teacher one hour of flight time at her school.  NASA Education Specialist, John Weiss covered several topics: Mars rovers, Exploration Design Challenge, Space Station and robotics.  His lecture included several simulation activities which the teachers can recreate with their students.


Field trips were taken to the FAA tower and radar room, Bays Mountain Planetarium, Bell Helicopter, and Tennessee Museum of Aviation.  The major field trip landed the group in Tullahoma, TN with a tour of Arnold Engineering and then to Huntsville, Alabama to Marshall Space Flight Center, Davidson Center for Space Exploration and Redstone Arsenal.  While visiting Redstone, the tour group was surprised with a greeting by Jackie Dannenburg, wife of Konrad Dannenburg who was an original member of Von Braun's team.  Since her husband's passing, Mrs. Dannenburg volunteers as a guide at Redstone.  The tour ended with a trip to the NASA resource room, where teachers were given classroom materials.


The Aerospace Workshop gave meaningful S.T.E.M experiences and materials to Angie Sybert & Melissa Shelton (Ketron Elementary), Michele Harbough, Melissa Boyd & Debbie Thomas (Mary Hughes) and Renea Hyder (Holston Middle), which they can offer to the children in their schools.

Miller Perry Fifth Graders show EPIC Behavior



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Students from Mrs. Zimmerman and Mrs. Burdine's 5th grade classes worked together to brainstorm appropriate EPIC behavior rules for carpool, bus, cafeteria, hallway, bathroom, and the playground.  Students made posters with the rules and wrote a scipt to act out those rules.  Some of the students' videos are posted on Mrs. Zimmerman's class website here.

National Guard Partnership



Sullivan North High School has entered a Partners in Education Partnership with the Tennessee National Guard.  This is the second year of this partnership and has proved extremely beneficial in funding certain projects at the school.  Sgt Jonathan George recently presented Principal Brent Palmer a check for $1,000 for this year's partnership commitment.  For more information about the Nation Guard, SGT George can be reached at 423-256-7710.  CDR Wilmoth can be contacted at 423-354-1432 for more information about the partnership program and its value to the school.

JROTC Students Complete Summer Training

A number of cadets from Sullivan North participated in several week long training events over the summer including Sail Academy hosted by Cherokee High School and Leadership Academy hosted by Cocke County High School.  Sail Academy teaches the fundamentals of water survival and how to manage a small sailboat.  Cadets successfully completing this course of instruction include Seth Marshall, Daniel Bishop and Jaron Estep.  Leadership Academy and related courses teach cadets the fundamentals of leadership and train those cadets to manage a JROTC unit.  Participating in this event included Seth Marshall, Logan Shaffer, Amber Hicks, Kelsey Bates, Jaron Estep, Tyler Hillard, Daniel Bishop and Tristin Quillen.

Sullivan South Cadet Earns His Solo Wings

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On July 16, Cadet TJ Hongkham, Air Force Junior ROTC Class of 2014 at Sullivan South High School, became the 51st cadet at South to earn their solo wings.  TJ received a solo scholarship from his parents, Chuck and July Miles, and FLIGHT Foundation, thanks to a grant from the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.  Cadet Hongkham soloed in a Cessna 152 at the Greeneville Airport as the 113th solo student overall in a program recently recognized as the best in the nation.  Pictured with TJ is his flight instructor, Lt Col Bill Powley, USAF (Ret.). 

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Enrollment up in Kingsport, Sullivan County schools | Kingsport Times-News

Enrollment up in Kingsport, Sullivan County schools | Kingsport Times-News

Sep 3: P.I.T. STOP for parents, infants, toddlers

Hello everyone,

  Kingsport Parks and Recreation will be offering a new, self-guided walking program focused around parents with young children beginning on September 3rd. The program will be held inside Gym #2 at V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 am -11:00 am. There is no cost for this program.


Tommy Wolterman

Kingsport Parks and Recreation

Program Administrator

V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex

301 Louis Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

p: 423-224-2489

f: 423-343-9734



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Dobyns-Bennett grad following his dream in Coast Guard | Kingsport Times-News

Dobyns-Bennett grad following his dream in Coast Guard | Kingsport Times-News

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Economic Indicators July 2013 (released August 22, 2013)

The lowest unemployment rates in Tennessee range from 5.8%-7.2%.

The highest unemployment rates in Tennessee range from 12.0%-17.2%

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

Unemployment rate is 8.1%, down 0.3% from same month last year. It is driven by a slightly smaller labor force coupled with higher employment levels

When accounting for those just outside the city limits in Sullivan County, it drops to 7.6% which is just outside the Top 10 lowest unemployment in the state.

By comparison, the region's highest urbanized unemployment is Greene County at 11.5%

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.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dr. Lyle Ailshie Named to Executive Committee of National Superintendent Association)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Dr. Lyle C. Ailshie, Superintendent of Kingsport City Schools, was sworn in as a member of the AASA Executive Committee on July 10, 2013 as AASA, The School Superintendents Association, installed its officers for the 2013-14 year in a ceremony and reception held in conjunction with AASA’s 2013 summer governance meetings in Arlington, Va.


Dr. Ailshie has represented Tennessee on the AASA Governing Board for the past two years prior to being elected to the Executive Committee. Executive Committee members are elected from each of seven regions. Dr. Ailshie will represent Region Five, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Each region elects at least two members. The other superintendent elected to represent Region Five is Brock Womble, of Taylorsville, NC. The 22 member Executive Committee, elected by the Governing Board to represent each region, meets quarterly and conducts the ongoing business of the organization between the two meetings of the Governing Board.


Dr. Ailshie is entering his 32nd year in education, and his 14th as a superintendent. He began his service as superintendent of Kingsport City Schools in March 2012. He was named the Tennessee Superintendent of the Year in 2005. He was honored by the Tennessee Educational Technology Association (TETA) with its first, and only Honorary Lifetime Member in 2008. Dr. Ailshie and his wife Vanessa have three daughters, Tracie, Hilary, and Karli, a son-in-law Tyler Neas, and two grand-daughters.


About AASA:  AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit


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 7,000 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.




Andy True

Administrative Coordinator

Kingsport City Schools

400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 200

Kingsport, TN  37660



Sep 25-26: Join Pal's BEI for a new two-day workshop featuring FranklinCovey's The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity

  Pal's Business Excellence Institute 
invites you to attend

The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity
A new training seminar from Pal's BEI


This two-day seminar from FranklinCovey's  
The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity 
will inspire participants to apply a process that will dramatically increase their
ability to achieve life's most important outcomes.

Wednesday, September 25 / Thursday, September 26  
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pal's Corporate Office - Training Center
1001 Konnarock Road | Kingsport, TN 37664

Click HERE to register now! 
 or contact Clay Rolston at 423.276.4901 or  


The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity
process measurably increases productivity of individuals, teams and organizations. Participants will learn to make more selective, high-impact choices about where to invest their valuable time, attention
 and energy with the 5 Choices: 

1. Act on the Important - don't react to the urgent
2. Go for Extraordinary - don't settle for ordinary
3. Schedule the Big Rocks - don't sort gravel
4. Rule your Technology - don't let it rule you
5. Fuel your Fire - don't burn out

Click HERE to learn more about the 5 Choices Solution and then
for the two-day workshop!

Your Kingsport Chamber's mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. We sincerely hope you will leave the meeting with some excellent new ideas on how to not only increase productivity but provide a renewed sense of engagement and accomplishment.

Kingsport Chamber of Commerce | 400 Clinchfield Street | Suite 100 | Kingsport | TN | 37660

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Aug 28: Join the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry for a Workers' Compensation Seminar

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Workers' Compensation Seminar
Find Out What Major Legislative Changes Mean For Employers

Wednesday, August 28 
9 a.m. - Noon

Kingsport Chamber of Commerce
Eastman Board Room
400 Clinchfield Street, 1st Floor | Kingsport, TN 37660


$59 Per Person

Major Changes to Workers' Compensation law in Tennessee.

Recently the Tennessee General Assembly enacted major workers' compensation changes initiated by Governor Bill Haslam and supported by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry. While there have been numerous Workers' Comp reform efforts over the year, the bill signed into law this year tops them all by a great deal. Most importantly it removes the administration from local courts and creates a new worker's comp administrative system. While administratively tied to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development it is an independent body. The Administrator of this new entity will be appointed directly by the Governor and there will be two levels of judges-one to initially rule on disputed cases and a second level to hear appeals from the initial decisions. Appeals from this second level go to the Supreme Court. 

There are many other features contained in the reforms that employers need to learn about. This workshop will be conducted by the Division of Workers' Compensation Administrator and staff members of the department. The information shared will be valuable to business owners, managers, HR Professionals, and anyone involved in the administration of workers' comp claims. Check out the agenda and join us for this informative session.


PLAN TO ATTEND! Call 615-256-5141 for more information!

Please register ONLINE, e-mail or FAX the registration form to 615-256-6726.




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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.