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Former Legion building now home to D-B's JROTC

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School system officials, along with the current commander of the Hammond Post No. 3 of the Legion, said repurposing the building next to D-B and behind the Civic Auditorium couldn't be more appropriate.

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Notes - Kingsport/Sullivan County School Boards, 2/24/14



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From: True, Andy <atrue@k12k.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 9:25 PM
Subject: Joint Work Session Notes - Kingsport/Sullivan County School Boards, 2/24/14
To:


Good evening!

The Kingsport and Sullivan County Boards of Education held a joint work session on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Domtar Cabin.

The purpose of the session was to discuss issues involving the potential study of school facilities and the related opportunities for study collaboration between the two systems.  In addition to the 12 Board members (7 – SC, 5 – KCS) and two superintendents present, approximately 30 additional individuals were present for the work session.

Introductions
At the start of the meeting, members from both Boards introduced themselves and shared their own personal histories and backgrounds that brought them to their current positions as Board members.   Following this time of introduction and sharing, the Boards moved into a discussion of the possibility of participating in a joint facility study, and if so, how to best proceed.

Current Status
·         Both the City and the County have completed a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, reviewing the qualifications of firms that were interested in conducting a facilities study for each system. However, the RFQ process was originally for different types of studies.
o   The purpose of tonight’s meeting was to determine if common ground exists in the study needs of the two systems.
o   Each board previously completed an interview process individually with various firms.
§  The desired outcome of both systems:  A study that provides accurate information that can inform both boards and serve the needs of both systems.
§  There was some overlap in the firms interviewed by both systems.
§  City and County needs are similar in some respects
o   Both Boards expressed a desire to find the common denominators between the two systems that can inform and serve each system well and not put an extra burden on taxpayers.
·         Both Boards discussed the benefits of using a national firm with local connections to aid in the facilitation of the study.
o   The Sullivan County BOE suggested:
§  A national firm with a broader perspective was preferred.
§  A community involvement focus was a critical factor in the selection process.
o   The Kingsport BOE commented:
§  The administrative committee that reviewed potential candidates desired to utilize a national firm with a local connection.
§  The KCS committee previously stopped short of recommending a specific company.  The purpose of this was to allow for both City and County Boards to meet and discuss potential collaboration before making a final endorsement.
§  Two national firms, DeJong Richter and MGT, and one local firm, Beeson, Lusk and Street, were felt to have the capability to successfully complete the project. 
o   Previously, the county had recommended the firm Red Chair to perform the study for Sullivan County.  Since that selection, presenting members of Red Chair have left the firm to form a new company (Community Tectonics).
o   Both Boards were unified in the overall desired outcome of the study… good, collaborative data so that each board can move forward with accurate information on which to base future decisions.

Next Steps
·         Both superintendents agreed to make a similar recommendation to their Boards when each holds their formal meeting next week.
o   At next Monday’s (3/3/14) Sullivan County Board meeting, Dr. Yennie will propose that the SC BOE revisit their previous decision approving Red Chair as the selected choice and instead select DeJong Richter.
§  This decision was based on tonight’s discussion and consensus of the two Boards that DeJong Richter is a national firm with the capability to successfully perform a joint study that will serve both Boards well.  It was also recommended that DeJong Richter will utilize a local firm/connection (Beeson Lusk & Street) in their work.
o   The KCS Board will also receive the recommendations regarding DeJong Richter and Beeson, Lusk, & Street.
§  The KCS Board asked that a report/executive summary of the DeJong Richter presentation be provided for its meeting next Thursday (3/6/14).
o   Both Boards reached informal consensus that the implementation of the study is to inform decisions that will serve both systems well in the long-term.

Action Steps Arising from Tonight’s Work Session
·         Both Boards formally approve participation in a joint study, which will result in significant financial savings and collaborative data that will accurately inform each board in long-term decision making.
·         Both Boards to consider a recommendation to enter into negotiation with DeJong Richter to perform a joint facilities study along with the local firm of Beeson, Lusk, & Street.
·         Once formally approved by each Board, the Executive Committee of each BOE will meet together with the approved firm to negotiate costs/parameters of the study.
·         Another joint session of the two boards will take place at the appropriate time in order to move the study process forward.

Have a great evening!

-Andy

Andy True
Chief Information Officer
Kingsport City Schools
400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 200
Kingsport, TN  37660




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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Kingsport Chamber - Another Great Year for Kingsport Celebrated

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce celebrated numerous achievements for the city of Kingsport Friday night as "the most fun band in America" Jessie's Girls – entertained another record and sold-out crowd at the Kingsport Chamber 67th Annual Dinner!

Hosted at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center, "Kingsport's Social Event of the Year" was another exciting blockbuster affair that drew more than 1,700 attendees.

"There is so much happening in Kingsport," said Monty McLaurin, 2013 Kingsport Chamber chair and CEO of Indian Path Medical Center.  "We had a remarkable – and, in many ways – a historic year for our city.  A game-changer for the ages!  The reviews of the year that was for Kingsport in 2013 have been no short of a solid Two Thumbs Up!  Congratulations and Wow, Kingsport!  It's been a great year and it's only going to get better."

"We have so much momentum occurring right now in our community and it promises to continue this year," remarked Andy Wampler, 2014 Kingsport Chamber chair and a shareholder with Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout.  "What happened in 2013 is just for starters as to what we will see in this community in 2014.  Let the momentum continue and get ready, Kingsport, for another blockbuster year!

Eastman Chemical Company served as title sponsor and WJHL News Channel 11 was host sponsor.  Holston Valley Medical Center was the entertainment sponsor, Eastman Credit Union served as concert hall and stage sponsor, King University served as education sponsor, Indian Path Medical Center was the program sponsor, Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout was the associate sponsor and Food City was the printing sponsor.

"What a great and exciting night," said Dan Cates, Kingsport Chamber 67th Annual Dinner chair and WJHL News Channel 11 president and general manager.  "The team at WJHL News Channel 11 is proud to always be a part of this important and entertaining event.  Congratulations to Kingsport on its many successes."

The event remains the largest Chamber annual dinner in the nation.

"The Kingsport Chamber Annual Dinner represents the very best of Kingsport," Kingsport Chamber President & CEO Miles Burdine said.  "It's a night to join with 1,700 of your closest friends and colleagues at a spectacular event that celebrates this great community we call home."

As part of the celebration, the Kingsport Chamber showcased several community projects and endeavors that were accomplished last year and looked to many new initiatives that will be developing this year. 

Some of the 2013 Kingsport highlights included:

EASTMAN LAUNCHES $1.6 BILLION PROJECT INSPIRE
Eastman Chemical Company announced Project Inspire, a major $1.6 billion economic development investment in its Kingsport site that will create 300 new jobs over the next seven years.  The news also ensures Eastman's global corporate headquarters will remain in Kingsport for years to come.  This comprehensive effort will enable the company to invest in, among other things, new growth opportunities, safety and environmental projects, increased warehouse capacity, building renovations and the modernization and expansion of its corporate campus, including a new corporate headquarters office complex.  Two hundred new contract jobs will also be created for construction of the new corporate business center.  The endeavor will culminate in Eastman's 100th anniversary in 2020.  The State of Tennessee will provide funding to support the corporate campus expansion, road infrastructure improvements for the project and a grant to meet advanced manufacturing training needs for the company through the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing

EASTMAN BREAKS GROUND ON GLOBAL CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS IN KINGSPORT!
Eastman Chemical Company held a groundbreaking for its new 300,000-square-foot, five-story corporate business center.  The first of many new developments of the company's $1.6 billion Project Inspire, the impressive, state-of-the-art center will serve as Eastman's global headquarters and will open in 2015.

EASTMAN GARNERS GLOBAL ACCLAIM FOR FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
Eastman Chemical Company was recognized by a number of leading industry, business and trade publications for its outstanding financial performance.  The company ranked Number Seven on the Bloomberg Businessweek Top 50, a listing of the S&P 500 companies with the best recent performance and outlook for the future.  Eastman was named by Chemical & Engineering News as Company of the Year for its recent acquisition and integration of Solutia.  Institutional Investor voted Eastman as one of the "Most Honored Companies" in a survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts. 

EASTMAN WINS ENERGY STAR PARTNER OF THE YEAR AGAIN
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Eastman Chemical Company as a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for strategically managing and improving energy efficiency, improving energy performance, saving money and helping to protect the environment for future generations.  This marks the second consecutive year Eastman has garnered the prestigious distinction.  Eastman is the only chemical company to ever achieve the honor of ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year more than once.

KEDB APPROVES PILOT AGREEMENT WITH EASTMAN
The Kingsport Economic Development Board (KEDB) approved a pilot program created to fund community improvement projects from tax revenues generated from Eastman Chemical Company's $1.6 billion Project Inspire.  These quality of life initiatives include: a new baseball and softball complex; tennis court improvements; increased school support to achieve and maintain nationally-recognized educational excellence; J. Fred Johnson Stadium improvements; road improvements around the perimeter of the Eastman site; an incentive fund with priority for Tri-Cities Regional Airport to attract direct flights to key airport hubs; developing and upgrading housing options and amenities to attract world-class talent to live and work in Kingsport; incentives to attract unique restaurants and retail establishments, including Kingsport Town Center improvements; enhancements to Borden Park and the Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium Nature Center; Kingsport Civic Auditorium modernization; and Legion Park redevelopment.

EASTMAN NAMED ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO WORK
Eastman Chemical Company was honored as one of the 50 Best Places to Work with a Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award.  Eastman ranked Number Four on the impressive list, right behind Bain & Company, Twitter and LinkedIn.  Facebook ranked fifth.  Based solely on input from employees, the Glassdoor survey rates companies based on overall satisfaction, career opportunities, compensation and benefits, work/life balance, senior management, and culture and values.

KINGSPORT TO BUILD NEW BASEBALL & SOFTBALL COMPLEX
Kingsport approved plans to build a new multi-million dollar baseball and softball complex on the former General Shale site.  The city will develop 98 acres on the site, with approximately 30 to 40 acres used for the ball fields and the remaining land used as a potential business park.  In addition, a 20-foot-wide easement across the property would be included to connect the ball fields to Cement Hill, which is envisioned as a new city park.

REGIONAL CENTER FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING RECEIVES $10 MILLION GRANT
As part of Eastman Chemical Company's $1.6 billion Project Inspire, the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing received a $10 million grant from the State of Tennessee to meet its surging advanced manufacturing training needs.

KINGSPORT AQUATIC CENTER & KINGSPORT YMCA WELLMONT CENTER OPEN
The city of Kingsport celebrated the grand opening of the $26.3 million Kingsport Aquatic Center and Kingsport YMCA Wellmont Center.  The popular attraction has welcomed more than 150,000 visitors since it opened.

KINGSPORT AQUATIC CENTER WINS TOP STATE HONOR
The Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association honored Kingsport with its top statewide award – the Project of the Year – for the city's outstanding planning, construction and management of its new and impressive Kingsport Aquatic Center.

WJHL NEWS CHANNEL 11 CELEBRATES 60 GREAT YEARS
WJHL News Channel 11 marked its 60th anniversary.  Congrats on 60 great years!

FRANK THEATRES OPENS AT KINGSPORT TOWN CENTER
Frank Entertainment and Somera Capital Management opened Frank Theatres at the Kingsport Town Center.  The renderings for the new IMAX theater entertainment complex were also unveiled and construction documents are underway. 

GROUND BROKEN FOR J. FRED JOHNSON STADIUM RENOVATION & EXPANSION
The City of Kingsport and Kingsport City Schools broke ground on a major $4.59 million renovation and expansion of Dobyns-Bennett High School's J. Fred Johnson Stadium

HERITAGE POINT RETAIL, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT DEVELOPMENT BREAKS GROUND
Kingsport developer Stewart Taylor broke ground on Heritage Point Towne Center, a multi-million dollar retail and entertainment development at Tri-Cities Crossing (the interchange of Interstates 26 and 81) in Kingsport. 

HOLSTON VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER NAMED ONE OF STATE'S TOP THREE HOSPITALS
Kingsport's Holston Valley Medical Center has been ranked as one of Tennessee's top three hospitals and among the elite hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

INDIAN PATH MEDICAL CENTER MAKES $1.6 MILLION INVESTMENT
Indian Path Medical Center made a $1.6 million investment in the expansion and renovation of its interventional cardiology program, which includes an additional state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab equipped for coronary and peripheral interventions.  In addition, the award-winning hospital boasts Sullivan County's only Joint Replacement Center accredited by The Joint Commission, which is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

KINGSPORT NAMED ONE OF BEST PLACES IN STATE FOR JOB SEEKERS
Kingsport was named as one of the top cities in Tennessee for people seeking employment by the Federal Funds Information for States.  Kingsport ranked high on the list due to the city's growth, affordable cost of living, employment rate and commitment to providing higher education opportunities to its residents and workforce.

KINGSPORT RETAIL SALES TAX COLLECTIONS TOP $15.4 MILLION
Retail sales increased in Kingsport, surpassing $15.4 million, setting a record high for a second year in a row.

KINGSPORT UNITED WAY SETS RECORD, SURPASSES CAMPAIGN GOAL – AGAIN!
The United Way of Greater Kingsport once again exceeded its campaign goal, raising a record $4.1 million.

MEADOWVIEW CELEBRATES ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING REVENUE YEAR
The MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center celebrated a history-making year.  The global award-winning resort generated more than $14 million in revenue (more than $1.2 million paid in local taxes to the city), sold more than 72,000 guest rooms and had an impressive 64 percent occupancy rate.  MeadowView was awarded the "Certificate of Excellence" by Trip Advisor and was ranked in the top 10 percent of all businesses worldwide.  MeadowView was also recognized as the Top Convention Hotel by Convention South Magazine.  MeadowView also completed a full-scale $1 million complete reinvention of its lobby, Courtyard Lounge and Starbucks coffee shop. 

PORTOLA PACKAGING MAKES MAJOR CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN KINGSPORT
Portola Packaging announced a $12 million capital expansion and 30 new jobs for its Kingsport plant. 

LECLERC EXPANDS KINGSPORT OPERATIONS & ADDS JOBS
Leclerc expanded its Kingsport operations by investing $15.7 million in its facility and creating 40 new jobs.

ALLANDALE MANSION AMPHITHEATER OPENS
Allandale Mansion celebrated the opening of its gorgeous new Amphitheater, an impressive entertainment venue that will play host to a number of concerts, arts events, receptions, family gatherings and community functions.  The Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra christened the grand opening with an entertaining "Music at the Mansion" pops concert.

ETSU, MILLIGAN COLLEGE AND TUSCULUM COLLEGE JOIN KINGSPORT ACADEMIC VILLAGE
East Tennessee State University, Milligan College and Tusculum College became the newest schools to join the Kingsport Academic Village in downtown Kingsport.  They join King University, Lincoln Memorial University, Northeast State Community College and the University of Tennessee.

TENNESSEE NUMBER ONE IN EDUCATION GROWTH
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) named Tennessee as the Number One state for education growth in the nation.  From 2011 to 2013, Tennessee students grew more than any other state making Tennessee the fastest improving state in the nation.  In the ten-year period the NAEP has been given, no state has shown the progress Tennessee enjoyed this year.

DOBYNS-BENNETT AMONG BEST IN NATION – AGAIN!
Kingsport's Dobyns-Bennett High School was ranked as one of the best high schools in the nation by Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast, putting the school in the top 6 percent in the U.S.  This marks the eighth year D-B has made the prestigious list.

DOBYNS-BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL BAND MARCHES IN PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL PARADE
The Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Band represented the state of Tennessee in the United States Presidential Inaugural Parade

SULLIVAN SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL BAND MARCHES IN CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE
The Sullivan South High School Marching Band was honored to march in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.

GROUND BROKEN ON NEW KINGSPORT WELCOME CENTER
The State of Tennessee and the City of Kingsport celebrated the groundbreaking for the state's new $16.5 million Welcome Center, to be located on Interstate 26 between the Wilcox Drive and Rock Springs Road exits.  Sitting on a beautiful 20-acre site, the facility will open in July 2014 and is expected to host 400,000 visitors each year.

HEALTHY KINGSPORT LAUNCHED
Kingsport launched Healthy Kingsport, a major endeavor that promotes and encourages healthy lifestyles and habits. 

KINGSPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY CONTINUES TO EXPOLORE OPTIONS TO CREATE A 21ST CENTURY LIBRARY
The Kingsport Public Library continues to develop parameters and explore options to create a Library that meets the 21st Century needs of the community.

MOVE TO KINGSPORT WELCOMES NEW RESIDENTS
Your Kingsport Chamber's Move to Kingsport program welcomed 1,612 family households (3,708 new residents) from every state and the District of Columbia to Kingsport in 2013, making a $92.7 million economic impact on the community.  Since Move to Kingsport started in 2006, more than 10,000 families have moved to Kingsport. 

KOSBE CELEBRATES SMALL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE
Your Kingsport Chamber's small business program, Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), provided counseling and training to more than 162 individuals and businesses; assisted in capital formation of more than $2 million; and helped save six jobs and create 51 new jobs.  KOSBE's client base employs 359 full-time and 225 part-time employees, and generates annual sales exceeding $32 million.

KINGSPORT CHAMBER RIBBON CUTTINGS & GRAND OPENINGS
Your Kingsport Chamber held ribbon cuttings for the following businesses that opened or expanded in Kingsport:  Allandale Mansion Amphitheater; Ballistic Hair Company; Blackburn, Childers & Steagall; Brushstrokes n' More; Campbell and Company Hair Studio; Caroline's; Dirtwerks Clay Studio & Gallery; First Assist Urgent Care; Friendshipcars.com; GAAM Wealth Advisors; H&R Block; Himelwright Dentistry; Jan Mar Restaurant; Keller Williams; Kingsport Aquatic Center & Kingsport YMCA Wellmont Center; Lighten Yore Load; Miller Village Apartments; Price Less Foods; Pulitzer Orthodontics; Reedy Creek Bicycles; Results Physiotherapy; Sew Vac and Long Arm Quilting; Snap Fitness 24/7; Star Trails Downtown; Storage Plex; Storm Security Systems; Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt; The Nutty Java; Trinity Memorial Centers: Funerals, Cremations & Life Celebrations; and UPS.

KINGSPORT LEADERSHIP CONTINUES TO DEVELOP COMMUNITY TRUSTEES
Your Kingsport Chamber's Kingsport Leadership program continued to graduate new community trustees from its Leadership Kingsport, S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership (Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow) and ENCORE (Enrich and Nurture your Community; Offer your Resources and Experience) leadership classes.

KEEP KINGSPORT BEAUTIFUL MAKES ECONOMIC IMPACT ON COMMUNITY
Your Kingsport Chamber's Keep Kingsport Beautiful program contributed more than $927,393 worth of volunteer hours to the community.  For every dollar donated to KKB, the program returns $82 worth of benefits to the Kingsport area.

THE 33RD FUN FEST CELEBRATES "HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME!"
Fun Fest enjoyed "Hot Fun in the Summertime!"  The popular festival broke in the new Kingsport Aquatic Center with the Cardboard Boat Race and a Pool Party, added a video screen to the Sunset Concert Series and helped the community become a little more health conscious thanks to Healthy Kingsport's group walks.  Fun Fest also created its first new non-summer event, the International Cardboard Challenge 2013, held during October at the Kingsport Farmers Market.

KINGSPORT CHAMBER TOUTS EDUCATION EXCELLENCE
Your Kingsport Chamber's Education program graduated approximately 500 Tennessee/Virginia Scholars from Kingsport, Sullivan County, Hawkins County and Scott County, Va., schools and partnered to host the 8th & 11th Grade Career Fairs, Sullivan Achieves Mentoring program and Advanced Manufacturing Camps.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS PROGRAM PROMOTES AND PROTECTS KINGSPORT BUSINESSES
Your Kingsport Chamber's legislative affairs committee reviewed more than 2,000 pieces of legislation that impacted business and hosted events with Governor Bill Haslam, Congressman Phil Roe, Senator Lamar Alexander's office, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Senator Rusty Crowe, Representatives Tony Shipley, Jon Lundberg, Matthew Hill and Timothy Hill, Judge Mike Faulk, Deputy Comptroller Jason Mumpower and the Tennessee and U.S. Chambers of Commerce. 

KINGSPORT CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU SCORES BIG FOR KINGSPORT
More than 20,000 people visited Kingsport for more than 20 sports tournaments and other events brought to and hosted in Kingsport by the Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau.  These visitors poured more than $9.75 million into the local economy.  2013 was a record-setting year for lodging tax collections.

"As anyone can tell from these highlights, Kingsport had another amazing year and our future looks very strong," Burdine commented.  "Your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce strongly applauds and congratulates its outstanding membership and the exceptional and visionary leadership of Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips, the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen and City Manager John Campbell and his outstanding team for these great accomplishments and for the city's continued and successful partnership with your Kingsport Chamber."

The Kingsport Chamber also presented its very prestigious Kingsport Chamber Lifetime Member Awards to Bill Dudney, president of Citizens Bank, and Jim Rogers, executive chairman of the Eastman Chemical Company Board of Directors.

They are the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth recipients of the honor.

The accolade honors an individual for a lifetime of outstanding service to the Kingsport community. 

"We also want to thank and applaud the one-hundred plus companies who supported this night through their sponsorship and all of those who purchased tickets," Burdine added.  "This evening and all we do at your Kingsport Chamber would not be possible without the ongoing support of our many members."

The event had more than 100 corporate sponsors.  These included: 

Title Sponsor:  Eastman Chemical Company.

Host Sponsor:  WJHL News Channel 11.

Entertainment Sponsor:  Holston Valley Medical Center.

Concert Hall & Stage Sponsor:  Eastman Credit Union.

Education Sponsor:  King University.

Program Sponsor:  Indian Path Medical Center.

Associate Sponsor:  Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout.

Printing Sponsor:  Food City.

Media Sponsors:   WJHL News Channel 11; Charter Media; Cumulus Broadcasting; Daytime Tri-Cities; Kingsport Times-News; Times Digital Group; and VIPSeen Tri-Cities.

Red Carpet Sponsors:  Daytime Tri-Cities and VIPSeen Tri-Cities.

Table Sign Sponsor:  Express Signs.

Hall of Fame Sponsors:  WJHL News Channel 11; Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union; Brock Services; City of Kingsport; CrestPoint Health; CSX Transportation; Cumberland Marketing; Eastman Chemical Company; Eastman Credit Union; Food City; Holston Valley Medical Center; Impact Plastics; Indian Path Medical Center; Jacobs; King University; MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center; Mountain States Medical Group; Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations; Pal's Sudden Service; Pepsi; and Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout.

Anniversary Sponsors:  Hargrove Engineers & Constructors.

Diamond Sponsors:  BAE Systems; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Bank of Tennessee; Cooper Standard; Domtar; First Tennessee Bank; GRC; Holston Medical Group; Imperial Family Medicine; J.A. Street & Associates; KIA of Kingsport; Northeast State Community College; Price & Ramey; Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing; Regions Bank; Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra; TEC Industrial; Tri-Cities Center for Cosmetic Dentistry; and University of Tennessee.

Platinum Sponsors:  Charter Business; Hunter, Smith & Davis; and St. Dominic School.

Gold Sponsors:  Allied Waste; Appalachian Power; AT&T; Bristol Motor Speedway; Charter Media; Lincoln Memorial University; Rodefer Moss & Company; and Thompson Construction Group.

Silver Sponsors:  Advanced Anesthesia Solutions; Anderson Compounding Pharmacy; Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital; Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon; BB&T; Blackburn, Childers & Steagall; Citizens Bank; Contour Glass; Dent K. Burk Associates; Dykes Trucking; Emory & Henry College; First Bank & Trust Company; Healthcare Trust of America; HealthSouth Kingsport; Honda Kingsport; NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership; Tele-Optics; TriSummit Bank; Tusculum College; Urology Associates of Kingsport; and WorkSpace Interiors.

Bronze Sponsors:  AccuForce; Burger King; Burk Consulting; C&F Manufacturing USA; Cherry Bekaert; East Tennessee State University; Elite; ETW Insurance; Express Signs; Frontier Health; GAAM Wealth Advisors; Kingsport Farmers Market; KOSBE; Mattern & Craig; Milligan College; Ray Austin Photography; Town & Country Realty; and Verizon Wireless.

JESSIE'S GIRLS

The Most Fun Band in America!  A new concept in national party band entertainment, Jessie's Girls features five of the most beautiful female dancers with strong vocals and fabulous dance moves.  Added to that are two of the coolest male DJ/party hosts/vocalists with just the right music mix. 

They hired Beyonce's choreographer to work with them and get them in incredible shape so they could do a non-stop show.  They also hired a costume designer (also used by the Black Eyed Peas!) to make them look like a million dollars.

And, to end in perfection, they are backed up by a killer four-piece band and powerful horn section that help them (and your whole party) rock the house.  Jessie's Girls provides sights and sounds for the hippest party ever!

The result?  Sheer visual delight!  A total non-stop musical dance-a-thon!  An absolutely awesome party band like no other in the country!

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Jessie's Girls performs all genres of pop, rock and party dance music.  Jessie's Girls performs a high-energy, non-stop show for corporate or private parties, from elegant cocktail sets to all-out dance fests! 

Jessie's Girls is directed by musician and entertainer Dennis Smith, who created Party on the Moon.  Smith has been featured in American Entertainment magazine.

Jessie's Girls – One non-stop PARTY!  Unlimited song list!  Endless night of FUN!

For more information on Jessie's Girls, go to JessiesGirls.com.

KINGSPORT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization composed of nearly 1,000 members.  The Kingsport Chamber's mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area.

Programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce include:  Communications & Development; Education & Workforce Development; Downtown Concert Series; Fun Fest; Government Relations; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport ChamberZone; Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau (KCVB); Kingsport Leadership Programs (ENCORE, Leadership Kingsport and S.H.O.U.T.!®); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Membership; Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; and Tennessee/Virginia Scholars.

For more information on the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.  Sign up for Kingsport Chamber text alerts at Kingsport.com.  We're social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.


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Kingsport Chamber - Bill Dudney and Jim Rogers Honored with Lifetime Member Awards

Kingsport Chamber honors Bill Dudney and Jim Rogers with distinguished Lifetime Member Awards


KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce honored two Kingsport community and business leaders – Bill Dudney and Jim Rogers with its prestigious Lifetime Member Awards during its 67th Annual Dinner Friday night at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center.

Dudney is the president of Citizens Bank and Rogers is the executive chairman of the Eastman Chemical Company Board of Directors.

The gentlemen are the award's twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth recipients.

"We are enormously proud to honor Bill Dudney and Jim Rogers with this very prestigious and most-deserving award," said Monty McLaurin, 2013 Kingsport Chamber chair and CEO of Indian Path Medical Center"Both gentlemen have had a tremendous impact on this community during their careers and both are to be strongly applauded for what they mean to Kingsport."

"Bill Dudney and Jim Rogers have served and continue to serve Kingsport in a number of leadership capacities and their impact on this community will be felt for years to come," said Miles Burdine, Kingsport Chamber president and CEO.  "It's not unprecedented for us to present two Lifetime Members Awards in one year.  With this year's recipients it is quite easy to see why we did."

The Kingsport Chamber Lifetime Member Award goes to an individual who has made an enormous contribution to the Kingsport Chamber and the community throughout his or her lifetime. 

With the award, Dudney and Rogers receive complimentary membership to the Kingsport Chamber for life.

Bill Dudney

A native of Kingsport, Bill Dudney is a 1973 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School.  He received a B.A. in business administration from the University of Tennessee in 1977 and a degree from the Graduate School of Banking of the South at LSU in 1987.

Dudney has served as president of Citizens Bank since 1995.  Prior to that, he was an executive with First Tennessee Bank from 1977 to 1995.

He served as president of the Kingsport Chamber in 1996.

During his tenure as Kingsport Chamber president, Dudney celebrated the grand opening of the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center and helped break ground for the Cattails at MeadowView.  In addition, he welcomed Kentucky Governor Paul Patton and Virginia Governor George Allen aboard the Santa Train and hosted a very successful Tri-Cities Air Show.

As outgoing Kingsport Chamber president in 1997, he hosted the first Kingsport Chamber Annual Dinner to be held at MeadowView.

Dudney currently serves as the vice chair of the Kingsport Economic Development Board and is a board member of the East Tennessee State University Foundation.  He's also a longtime member of the Kingsport Kiwanis Club.

He has served in a number of key leadership positions with a number of community organizations, including Kingsport Chamber Foundation president, Fun Fest chair, Downtown Kingsport Association president and Downtown Kingsport Association Foundation president.

Dudney has held key leadership positions with NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, United Way of Greater Kingsport, Girls Inc., Kingsport Tomorrow and the American Heart Association.

He also served on the Tennessee Bankers Association Board and is a 1988 graduate of Leadership Kingsport.

Dudney and his wife, Janyce, live in Kingsport and have four children, Brooke, Laura, John and Rachel, and three grandchildren, Anne Marie, Eleanor and Charlotte.  They are active members of Mountain View United Methodist Church.

"Everyone loves Bill Dudney," Burdine commented.  "Bill has given of his time and leadership to not only his Kingsport Chamber but so many organizations in this community for so many years.  I hold Bill up as the model community servant leader and we are so excited to be able to present the Kingsport Chamber's most distinguished honor to him."

Jim Rogers

A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Jim Rogers is the executive chairman of the Eastman Chemical Company Board of Directors.

Rogers graduated with high distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in psychology in 1973.  In 1983, he received an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

From 1973 through 1980, Rogers served in the United States Navy as a naval aviator, flying aboard the U.S.S. Eisenhower and achieving the rank of lieutenant.

Prior to his retirement in January 2014, Rogers had served as Eastman's chief executive officer since May 2009 and as chairman of the board of directors since January 2011. 

He joined the company in 1999 as senior vice president and chief financial officer and in 2002 also became chief operations officer of Eastman Division.  He was named executive vice president of the company and president of Eastman Division in November 2003 and was named president of Eastman Chemical Company and Chemicals & Fibers Business Group head in 2006.

Under Rogers' leadership, Eastman successfully completed its $1.3 billion Project Re-Invest, finalized its $4.8 billion acquisition of Solutia and just last year launched the $1.6 billion Project Inspire. 

Eastman also garnered the very prestigious ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for two consecutive years and received global acclaim from Bloomberg Businessweek for the company's strong financial performance and financial outlook for the future.

In addition, Eastman was named Company of the Year by Chemical & Engineering News, was ranked as the fourth best place to work in the nation by Glassdoor Employees' Choice and was a 2013 winner of the U.S. Secretary of Defense Employee Support Freedom Award, among numerous other honors and accolades the company received during Rogers' tenure as CEO. 

Prior to joining Eastman, Rogers served in various leadership capacities with other companies, including as executive vice president and chief financial officer of GAF Materials Corporation, executive vice president of finance for International Specialty Products, treasurer of Amphenol Corporation, and vice president in the corporate finance group of Morgan Guaranty Trust.

Rogers currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Xylem, a NYSE-listed global water technology provider, and of the Lord Corporation, a private technology company, and is a member of the American Chemistry Council, the Business Roundtable and the American Section of the Société de Chemie Industrielle.

Locally, Rogers serves on the executive committee and is past president of the executive board of the Sequoyah Council, Boy Scouts of America.  He is also active in the United Way of Greater Kingsport.

Rogers and his wife, Laura, live in Kingsport and have two daughters, Kate and Jessie.  The Rogers attend New Song Church and have established the Jim and Laura Rogers Foundation.

"Quite simply, it's because of Jim Rogers and his superb leadership that Eastman's global corporate headquarters will remain in Kingsport for years and years to come," Burdine said.  "Jim means so much to this community and we are thrilled to be able to honor him with this distinction.  Jim is a leader all should emulate."

Other Kingsport Chamber Lifetime Member recipients include Wallace Alley, William C. Bovender, John W. Andersen, Sam H. Anderson, Jr., E. B. Blankenbeckler, Jeanette D. Blazier, Frank B. Brewer, Frank Brogden, A.B. Coleman, John Douglas, C.B. "Boots" Duke, IV, Eleanor Eason, Rodney D. Irvin, Farris Jackson, J. Lane Latimer III, Dr. William W. Locke, G. Payne Marshall, Ken Maness, Ron McMasters, Bob Miller, Charles Edward Moore, Mike O. O'Neill, Darrell Rice and Keith D. Wilson.

The Kingsport Chamber 67th Annual Dinner had more than 100 corporate sponsors.  These included: 

Title Sponsor:  Eastman Chemical Company.

Host Sponsor:  WJHL News Channel 11.

Entertainment Sponsor:  Holston Valley Medical Center.

Concert Hall & Stage Sponsor:  Eastman Credit Union.

Education Sponsor:  King University.

Program Sponsor:  Indian Path Medical Center.

Associate Sponsor:  Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout.

Printing Sponsor:  Food City.

Media Sponsors:   WJHL News Channel 11; Charter Media; Cumulus Broadcasting; Daytime Tri-Cities; Kingsport Times-News; Times Digital Group; and VIPSeen Tri-Cities.

Red Carpet Sponsors:  Daytime Tri-Cities and VIPSeen Tri-Cities.

Table Sign Sponsor:  Express Signs.

Hall of Fame Sponsors:  WJHL News Channel 11; Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union; Brock Services; City of Kingsport; CrestPoint Health; CSX Transportation; Cumberland Marketing; Eastman Chemical Company; Eastman Credit Union; Food City; Holston Valley Medical Center; Impact Plastics; Indian Path Medical Center; Jacobs; King University; MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center; Mountain States Medical Group; Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations; Pal's Sudden Service; Pepsi; and Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout.

Anniversary Sponsors:  Hargrove Engineers & Constructors.

Diamond Sponsors:  BAE Systems; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Bank of Tennessee; Cooper Standard; Domtar; First Tennessee Bank; GRC; Holston Medical Group; Imperial Family Medicine; J.A. Street & Associates; KIA of Kingsport; Northeast State Community College; Price & Ramey; Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing; Regions Bank; Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra; TEC Industrial; Tri-Cities Center for Cosmetic Dentistry; and University of Tennessee.

Platinum Sponsors:  Charter Business; Hunter, Smith & Davis; and St. Dominic School.

Gold Sponsors:  Allied Waste; Appalachian Power; AT&T; Bristol Motor Speedway; Charter Media; Lincoln Memorial University; Rodefer Moss & Company; and Thompson Construction Group.

Silver Sponsors:  Advanced Anesthesia Solutions; Anderson Compounding Pharmacy; Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital; Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon; BB&T; Blackburn, Childers & Steagall; Citizens Bank; Contour Glass; Dent K. Burk Associates; Dykes Trucking; Emory & Henry College; First Bank & Trust Company; Healthcare Trust of America; HealthSouth Kingsport; Honda Kingsport; NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership; Tele-Optics; TriSummit Bank; Tusculum College; Urology Associates of Kingsport; and WorkSpace Interiors.

Bronze Sponsors:  AccuForce; Burger King; Burk Consulting; C&F Manufacturing USA; Cherry Bekaert; East Tennessee State University; Elite; ETW Insurance; Express Signs; Frontier Health; GAAM Wealth Advisors; Kingsport Farmers Market; KOSBE; Mattern & Craig; Milligan College; Ray Austin Photography; Town & Country Realty; and Verizon Wireless.

KINGSPORT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization composed of nearly 1,000 members.  The Kingsport Chamber's mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area.

Programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce include:  Communications & Development; Education & Workforce Development; Downtown Concert Series; Fun Fest; Government Relations; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport ChamberZone; Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau (KCVB); Kingsport Leadership Programs (ENCORE, Leadership Kingsport and S.H.O.U.T.!®); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Membership; Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; and Tennessee/Virginia Scholars.

For more information on the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.  Sign up for Kingsport Chamber text alerts at Kingsport.com.  We're social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.






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 www.MeadowViewResort.com 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 www.BestPlaces.net). 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.