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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Downtown Holiday Open House



From: Chasity Carter []
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2013 9:14 AM
To: Fleming, Jeff; 'Jeff Fleming'
Subject: Downtown Holiday Open House


Good morning Jeff


The Downtown Holiday Open House is coming up next Thursday and we are SUPER excited! This year we have 31 participating merchants and we have been trying to go all out. I was wondering if you would be willing to share our event to your Facebook page? Send it out on your blog? Whatever you could do would be fantastic!


Thank you!




Sunday, October 27, 2013

Six inducted into D-B Hall of Fame

Six inducted into DB Alumni Association Hall of Fame Kingsport Times News
KINGSPORT — A male college student won a homecoming queen contest wearing a bag over his head, going on to become a prolific writer and newspaper ...

Oct 25: News From Sullivan County Schools

October 25, 2013
In This Issue
SSHS Theater Presents The Ugly Duckling Princess
SCHS Food Drive
Holston Elementary Community Support Student
Innovation Academy's Arcade
Blountville Elementary Career Day
SCHS Culinary Arts
CHE 4th Graders Attend National Chemistry Day
Innovation Academy News
MPE Students Visit Warriors
Visit to Institute for Aerospace Education Institute
SNHS Teacher Receives Key of Honor
Maintenance Department News
Important Dates
November 4
Board Meeting - 6:30 p.m.
November 27-29
Schools Closed
Thanksgiving Break
December 2, 2013
Board Meeting - 6:30 p.m.
December 20, 2013
1/2 day for Students
January 8, 2014
Students Return to School
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Sullivan South Theater Arts Presenting The Ugly Duckling Princess

Sullivan South High School Theater Arts will be presenting the children's play, The Ugly Duckling Princess, on Sunday, November 3, 2013.  The doors of the Little Theater will open at 1:45 p.m. and the show will begin at 2:30 p.m.  All tickets will be sold at the door and the cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students.  This is a funny and entertaining show that is perfect for all ages.  We hope everyone will be able to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact Laura Roller at

Sullivan Central High School Food Drive

Sullivan Central High School students participated in the first school-wide homecoming food drive for Central Zone families.  The food drive was organized by Mrs. Allison Marino and the Central Key Club as a part of week long homecoming festivities.  With assistance from the Key Club, the student body of SCHS collected over 2,600 food items with enough food to create 75 food baskets for families in our community.  Some of this food will be donated to local churches to stock their food pantries for the upcoming holiday season and much of it will be immediately distributed to families in need.  The Key Club and student body of Sullivan Central High School is already planning to beat this year's 2,600 items by at least 1,000 items next year!  Sullivan Central is extremely proud of the efforts of our student body for making this first "annual" homecoming food drive a great success!    




Holston Elementary Community Comes Together to Help Student

The Holston Elementary community is simply phenomenal.  Holston Elementary and the community have come together to help support one of our own as he battles cancer at St. Judes.  We had a benefit dinner on October 7th.  The outpouring of love and support was amazing.  The donations, volunteers, and participants went above and beyond to make this event very successful.  We have also had T-shirt sales and other ways to donate and support this sweet boy.  Please continue to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.





Indian Springs Celebrates Cancer Awareness Month
During the month of October, Indian Springs Elementary has been celebrating Cancer Awareness Month.  We have discussed how we all know or have been touched by someone who has had to fight this terrible disease.  On Friday, October 11th, the entire school was asked to participate in a PINK OUT to show our support.  But, instead of honoring only those who have breast cancer, we have decided to dedicate the entire month to all types of cancer awareness in efforts to help bring awareness, raise money, and find a cure together.




Blountville Elementary Career Day

Blountville Elementary School's Third Annual Career Day took place on October 11, 2013.  Various speakers from around the community gathered at the school to discuss their careers with students in all grade levels.  Speakers discussed the details of their career, the education needed to pursue their career, and answered questions from students.  The list of speakers included a pharmacist, a social worker, race care driver, farmer, detective, salesperson, librarian, artist, singer, nurse, and the distict attorney, along with representatives from BAE and Food City.







Sullivan Central High School Culinary Arts

Sullivan Central High School Culinary Arts competed in the Battle of the Batter sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  The competition was held at The Charles in Johnson City, TN.  The students that competed on the team were Tori Lester and Brittany Milhorn along with their instructor, Chef Angel Welch.  The students competed in four categories: 

  • Best ACS 100th Birthday Inspired Cupcake - Think Traditional Favorites
  • Most Original Cupcake Awarded for the Most Creative Flavor Profile
  • Best Filled Cupcake with Filling or Treats Inside
  • Most Creative Themed Cupcake Focus on Fall and/or Halloween Decorations

These students took first place in all categories in their division.  They were also judged in the professional division and won first place in the Most Creative Themed category with their cupcake "Spaghetti and Eyeballs".

Central Heights 4th Graders attended the Celebration of Chemistry

for 4th Graders

 Central Heights fourth grade students attended National Chemistry Week's "Celebration of Chemistry for Fourth Graders".  This event was held at Eastman Chemical Company.  Students watched and participated in chemistry demonstrations.  They also were treated to a presentation of "The Magic of Chemistry" by Radcliffe University College of Chemistry.  It was a wonderful day that brought chemistry to life!  




Innovation Academy News

During their Agriculture Unit, 6th grade students at Innovation Academy learned about landscape design and architecture.  STEM professionals from the landscape industry spoke to IA students during STEM week earlier this school year and did a demonstration of the software they used called Google SketchUp.  This week, IA students created their own 3 dimensional landscape drawing using Google SketchUp in Multi Media.  Students were able to apply concepts they had learned in their academic classes and create a professional 3 dimensional model to present at the conclusion of the unit. 




Miller Perry Students Visit Warriors Path State Park

Miller Perry 5th grade students explored habitats, species adaptations, and effects of human impact on the environment, when they visited Warriors Path State Park.






Institute for Aerospace Education Visit

Sullivan County Schools was invited to visit the Institute for Aerospace Education in Frankfort, KY during fall break.  Bill Powley, Bo Shadden, and Jubal Yennie flew to Capitol City Airport in Frankfort with Advanced Flight Training's owner Beverly Barnett.  The group toured the program and the high school to learn more about the Institute and how the Kentucky network extends STEM education for high school students by emphasizing the aerospace industry.  The Institute provides resources and instructional materials for member schools.



Sullivan North Math Teacher Wins 2013 Key of Honor

Carolyn Hamilton, Sullivan North High School math teacher, received the highest honor Key Club International bestows on teachers.  The 2013 Key of Honor was presented to Ms. Hamilton on July 7 during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. 
The Key of Honor recognized individuals who have gone beyond the call of duty in serving the youth of our nation.  Hamilton has supported Key Club's youth, including time as a Key Club faculty adviser for more than 20 years.  
Maintenance Department News
Congratulations to Tom Galloway!  He received Building Operator Certification - Level I.  After completing over 74 hours of classroom training, assessment and in-facility project assignments in electrical and HVAC systems, energy conservation, codes, and indoor air quality.  Tom will be an asset to the Maintenance Department with his experience and knowledge.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Trinity Memorial Centers to open in Kingsport

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Experienced funeral director Jantry Shupe and local entrepreneur Weston Leonard are opening a new funeral service company in Kingsport. The public is invited to attend a welcoming ceremony for Trinity Memorial Centers on Friday, November 1, at 2 p.m. at 1221 Stewball Circle.


Trinity Memorial Centers is the first new funeral facility in Kingsport in more than 40 years. Shupe and Leonard envision the new facility as an innovative and convenient option for families in the region.


As part of the welcoming activities, Congressman Phil Roe and Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey will speak at the event. Dignitaries from the City of Kingsport and the owners of Trinity Memorial Centers will also take part in the ceremony.  A reception and fellowship will follow.


"The funeral industry is under-represented in the Kingsport area," says Shupe. "There are times when families need to schedule funeral services, and all the existing facilities are already booked. There is definitely a need for additional service providers to meet the needs in this area."


Trinity Memorial Centers is conveniently located at 1221 Stewball Circle near the intersection of John B. Dennis Highway and Interstate 26. Taking an existing building that was previously purposed for a different use, the owners of Trinity Memorial Centers have conducted an extensive renovation to prepare the facility for new use.


In addition to Friday's events, Trinity Memorial Centers will host an open house on Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3, from 1-4 p.m. The community is invited to tour the new facility and learn about the services offered.


Trinity Memorial Centers is an inclusive provider where customers can handle all of their end-of-life needs. The facility includes multiple visitation rooms as well as options for purchasing caskets, vaults, urns and other items. Floral services are provided on-site as well, and a gift shop with sympathy cards, memorial gifts and other items is available.


To learn more about Trinity Memorial Centers, please call (423) 723-8177.


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