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Friday, January 31, 2014

Economic Indicators December 2013 (released January 30, 2014)

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development released its monthly labor report yesterday.


For the first time since the Great Recession of 2008, there is positive movement across the board in all geographies (city, county, MSA, state, national); however, the numbers are still lower than pre-recessionary levels.


Kingsport gets a “green light” across the board:  population is up, labor force is up, # employed is up, and # unemployed is down.


The lowest unemployment rates in Tennessee range from 4.8%-5.7%.


The highest unemployment rates in Tennessee range from 10.6%-15.6%


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


o   Unemployment rate is 6.7%, down 2.1% from same month in 2010.  It is driven by a 3.9% increase in labor force coupled with a 6.2% increase in employment.


o   When accounting for those just outside the city limits in Sullivan County, it drops to 6.5%.


o   By comparison, the region's highest urbanized unemployment is Greene County at 10%



View the full report "Economic Indicators" at

Thursday, January 30, 2014

News From Sullivan County Schools

January 17, 2014
In This Issue
South Teacher & Student Travel to Washington, DC
SCHS Cosmetology
BCE Visits Nursing Home
BES 3rd Grade News
Character Counts at ISE
SSHS Wins the Stock Market Game
KES Students Create Blown Glass Inspired Lamps
Important Dates
January 20, 2014
Schools Closed - Winter Break/Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 3, 2014
School Board Meeting
6:30 p.m.
March 3, 2014
School Board Meeting
6:30 p.m.
March 4, 2014
Schools Closed - Inservice
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South Teacher and Students Attend American Astronomical Society Meeting in Washington, DC 

Sullivan South teacher Tom Rutherford and two South students, Matthew Boyd and Luke Hiester, recently traveled to the 2013 winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Washington, DC.  The group from South was part of a research team involving teachers and students from three other states (WI, CT, NH).  While at the AAS meeting, the team presented their scientific poster, "Color-Magnitude Relationship of Type I Seyfert Galaxies Using Data from SDSS and GALEX." (A Seyfert galaxy is a galaxy which contains a super massive black hole that is active, making them visible across enormous distances).  The poster represented the culmination of over one year of work on the project, spread among the four teachers and 16 students involved.  Several of the astronomers at the meeting indicated that they were impressed that high school groups were doing authentic research.  The lead astronomer for this particular research team was Dr. Varoujan Gorjian from Caltech.

In addition to the science poster, the four teachers involved presented an education poster, "NITARP Alignment with Common Core Literacy and Mathematics Standards," showing how the work done by the group fit with the Common Core.


Pictured below:  Matthew Boyd



Pictured below:  Luke Hiester



Pictured below:  Tom Rutherford



Central High School Cosmetology


Kylie Burkey, a Senior at Central High School, passed the Theory portion of the Cosmetology State Board exam on January 16, 2014. Kylie performed exceptionally well, scoring a 92 on the test. The failure rate for first-time test takers is 50%--this was Kylie's first attempt.


Kylie will travel to Knoxville to take the next level of State Boards, the Practical portion, within the next few weeks. After passing both portions of the State Boards, Kylie will be authorized to apply for her Cosmetology license and can go to work as a cosmetologist immediately. She has been allowed to take these tests only because she met the required number of hours during her cosmetology classes at Central.


While at Central, Kylie has competed and won several awards for her work at the regional, state and national levels. She is currently the National 1st place winner in cosmetology, an award that she won last summer in Kansas City. She will continue to compete this year as she works under the direction of Avery Putney, Central's cosmetology instructor.

Bluff City Elementary Visits Nursing Home

Kelly Miller, Bobbie Nave, and several gracious volunteers took a group of Bluff City Elementary children to a local nursing home to do some Christmas caroling!  This was a followup to our Character Counts service project.  Lots of home-made Christmas cards and ornaments were given to the residents.  Afterwards, at school, hot chocolate and cookies were provided for the children.  This experience was a blessing for all!






Blountville Elementary 3rd Grade News

This year all three of the third grade classrooms at Blountville Elementary collected Christmas gifts to send to the children at Niswonger Children's Hospital.

Character Counts at Indian Springs Elementary



During the month of October, ISE participated in Character Counts Week. All 4th grade students were asked to participate in an Art and Essay Contest for the Family and Community Education(FCE) Association. Each student who wrote both an essay and drew a picture were submitted for judging. The topic this year was Respect. According to the FCE, this year's essays were some of the best they had ever read. They had a very difficult time selecting the top 3 winners, therefore, they also selected several honorable mention candidates. I was so proud of these students for showcasing not only their talents but also the ISE beliefs. 


First Place- Coby Castle

Second Place- Allison Lambert

Third Place- Serenity Santos

Honorable Mentions- Brayden Templeton, Marleigh Pendleton, Jessie Lange, and Isabella Eanes


~Courtney Combs

   ISE Guidance




Sullivan South Wins the Stock Market Game

Sullivan South won the Stock market Game for the Fall 2013 School Year!!  "The Brick Squad", pictured below, earned $18,000 in 15 weeks on an initial investment of $100,000!!  That results in a 62% return on an annual basis, which is SPECTACULAR!

The students that make up the "Brick Squad" are (left to right), Randy Durham, Chris Johnson, Matt Guinn, and Faith Duncan.

Their poster was very creative in that they showed a stack of bricks labeled with the symbol for GOLD, and their slogan was "Brick by Brick"!




Ketron Elementary Students Create Blown Glass Inspired Lamps


2nd Grade students in Mr. David Meade's art room at Ketron Elementary have been exploring the world of blown glass by watching videos of Dale Chihuly in his glass blowing studio.  During this project the 2nd grade learned about States of Matter and the transition from solids (glass) to liquid (molten glass) to solids (glass).  Mr. Meade was inspired by this to create a recycling project for students during their Recycling Cycle in the STEM class.  Students, parents and even teachers help collect and donated the plastic water bottles for the project. Students colored their bottle with a glue/paint mixture and once dried they would cut them apart.  Then the fun part students used hairdryers to set the shape of their bottle into spires (which resembled Chihuly's designs).  Student then with the help of Mr. Meade would wire their spires to lamp based that Mr. Meade made.  Each 2nd Grade class created one lamp for their classroom teacher. 







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Dobyns-Bennett Students Earn 3,300 College Credits

– Students graduating from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 2013 earned over 3,300 college credits prior to graduation, according to a recently released report on credit attainment.


Students in the Class of 2013 earned a total of 3,328 college credits, with 182 students graduating having received credits for Advanced Placement coursework, Dual Enrollment, and/or Career/Technical Articulation Credit.  Over 40% (40.1%) of graduating students left D-B having earned college credits.


"These figures reflect two of the many benefits to attending Dobyns-Bennett High School," said Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie.  "First, it represents the variety and high level of rigorous coursework that D-B students have available to them and the support that is in place to ensure they are successful.  It also represents the significant financial benefit available to families that attend city schools.  The fact that over 40% of KCS graduates will enter post-secondary education with college credits already earned will substantially lower college costs incurred by these students and families."


On average, 2013 D-B graduates earning college credits received 18.3 credits per student.  61 students from the Class of 2013 earned 20 or more college credits during high school.  21 students from the class earned 40 or more college credits, with 13 students earning over 50 college credits prior to graduation.


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


Kingsport City Schools has been selected as a 2013 SCORE Prize Finalist!



Feb 5: QuickBooks Training Opportunity

For more information about the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and your Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), visit and or call (423) 392.8825.



KOSBE - The Small Business Connection | Kingsport Chamber of Commerce | KOSBE | 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite #100 | Kingsport | TN | 37660

Feb 13: Small Business Loan Workshop

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Small Business Association (SBA) will host a loan workshop on Thursday, February13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.  The event is co-sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) and Small Business Development Center ETSU – Kingsport Affiliate.

The workshop is open to individuals interested in starting a small business, as well as individuals who are already in business.

This interactive training will cover various topics, such as:  resources available for small businesses to succeed; the "new normal" of lending; the latest on crowd funding; and most importantly, how to apply for an SBA Loan, including microloans from $5,000 to $25,000 for startup or expansion.

"We are going to cover so much more than the standard norm," said Sue Malone, SBA Lender and one of three speakers at this event.  "What I am really going to be speaking about are things which are useful and practical."

Sue Malone is the number one SBA Loan Provider based on volume.  She is a lender with Superior Financial of Danville, California.  Malone is joined by Mary Hoen and Deborah S. Wagner.  Hoen represents proactive SBA Microlender Pathway Lending.  Wagner, Director of Community Economic Development for People, Incorporated Financial Services, is the newest authorized SBA Microlender serving Sullivan County.

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.  Please R.S.V.P. to Dana Glenn at 423.392.8825 or

The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.  Please contact Dana Glenn - 423.392.8825;; 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660.






Dana Glenn

Administrative & Marketing Coordinator, TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office

c/o Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship

400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, Kingsport TN, 37660


Ph. (423) 392.8825 • Fax (423) 392.8834



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Monday, January 27, 2014

Feb 1: Wish On A Well / Jefferson Elementary

Jefferson Elementary's Wish On a Well pancake breakfast

My wife, Cristi Fleming, may be your waitress :)

Sat Feb 1 8-10 am
$5 donation recommended.

To help with food order would love for people to pre purchase ticket from Jefferson. But walk ins are welcome.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

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.