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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Enter the Sandmen: Volunteer Sandmen have fun and make a difference to many

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New BGC Director loves his job

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Best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to Kingsport | Kingsport Times-News

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Girl power: KTG stages acerbic comedy of manners 'The Women' | Kingsport Times-News

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Friday, May 30, 2014

FREE Tennis Play Day!

Join us at Borden Park next Saturday, June 7th from 10am – 12pm for a FREE Tennis Play Day! Kids of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate. All tennis equipment will be supplied. This is a great way to introduce your child to a lifelong sport!

Register your child for this Summer's Junior Team Tennis team while you're there as well.


Also, we still have openings for our Summer Tennis Lessons. Classes start Monday!




Kingsport's water gets hearty thumbs-up | Kingsport Times-News

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kingsport Memorial Day Ceremony Photo Gallery | Kingsport Times-News

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Kingsport ceremony pays homage to heroes: 'We can never thank them enough' | Kingsport Times-News

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KPR Summer Tennis Lessons

Summer Tennis Lessons begin next week! Make sure to register your child before classes fill up!

Register for either the 1st or 2nd summer session or both.

Please check out the attached flyer and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.



Photos: How does your garden grow? | Kingsport Times-News

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Collin Raye, Brinley Addington to perform at concert for Children's Miracle Network


KINGSPORT – Acclaimed country music artist Collin Raye and highly regarded opening act Brinley Addington will enhance children's care at Wellmont Health System hospitals with a special concert Saturday, June 21, at the Farmer's Market.

The duo will demonstrate their flair for creating and performing dynamic music when they hit the stage at 7 p.m. for the second annual Brinley Addington Hometown Throwdown presented by First Kingsport Credit Union. They will also showcase their compassionate hearts, as the event serves as a fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

"We're looking forward to a night of great fun and excellent music that will captivate the crowd while also supporting an outstanding cause," Addington said. "Having been born at Holston Valley Medical Center and raised in Kingsport, I have seen how children's lives have been transformed through the amazing work of Children's Miracle Network.

"It's a privilege to support this cause and give more children the opportunity to not only survive but thrive due to lifesaving care made possible, in large measure, by Children's Miracle Network."

Addington detailed the can't-miss event during a news conference Tuesday, May 27, at the credit union, which is serving as the title sponsor. The throwdown has also attracted 13 other philanthropic sponsors, illustrating the broad appeal of these musicians and Children's Miracle Network.

"Collin and Brinley are two remarkable performers who will create an electric atmosphere for this concert," said Beverly Boling, the credit union's CEO. "We're thrilled to play a part in bringing high-caliber entertainment to downtown Kingsport and making a positive difference in children's lives. It's a win-win for everyone."

Other sponsors are Price & Ramey Insurance, Saxon Clark Real Estate Group, Fairway Ford, Courtesy Chevrolet, Carter-Trent Funeral Home, GoinsRashCain, Valley View Animal Clinic, Oak Hill Funeral Home, Edwards Tipton Witt Agency, Domtar, J.A. Street & Associates, Spoden & Wilson Consulting Engineers, Southern Classic Auto Wash and the City of Kingsport.

Wellmont has served as the Children's Miracle Network affiliate in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for more than 25 years. The health system uses all money raised in this area to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for its pediatric departments, neonatal intensive care unit and emergency departments and to fund community partnerships that advance children's health.

A beneficiary of Children's Miracle Network is the family of Todd Freeman, who owns a local production company and is working with Addington on the throwdown. Freeman's granddaughter, Grace, spent about six weeks in 2013 in the neonatal intensive care unit at Holston Valley. Born four weeks early at 4 pounds, 3 ounces, she would not eat sufficiently and had trouble with reflux.

Now 13 months old, Grace continues to make impressive strides as she grows into a toddler. Freeman talks positively about the care she received in the NICU and the help Children's Miracle Network provides.

"We're big fans of Children's Miracle Network and the NICU and the difference both have made in Grace's life," he said. "Her physicians and other caregivers in the NICU were absolutely fabulous – second to none – and we'll never forget what a difference they made in our beautiful little girl's life."

In assessing the concert, Addington and Freeman said it will be the perfect way to kick off the summer. An accomplished musician, Raye hit the right note in 1991 with the song "Love, Me," which showcased his wonderful voice. As his career has progressed, he has continued to make his mark with other ballads, such as "One Boy, One Girl," "Not That Different" and "If I Were You." He has also shown his versatility with peppy songs such as "My Kind of Girl" and "I Want You Bad."

Raye has also used his fame to promote important organizations and causes, such as Boys Town, Special Olympics, Catholic Relief Services, Country Cares About AIDS and Al-Anon.

Addington has built a successful career as a show-opener for major artists and groups such as Chris Young, Josh Turner, Justin Moore and the Eli Young Band. He issued his first full-length album "Homegrown" in 2011, which reached No. 53 on the iTunes country album charts. Having earned rave reviews from peers and other music industry professionals for that effort, Addington is now working on his second album.

Todd Norris, Wellmont's senior vice president of system advancement and president of Wellmont Foundation, said he appreciates Addington and Raye for supporting Children's Miracle Network

"Events such as this showcase the valuable partnerships that have enabled Children's Miracle Network to be such a powerful force in the well-being of children," Norris said. "As we begin the next generation of care, individuals and organizations can continue to impact these young lives in so many ways, such as our NICU expansion, through their support of Children's Miracle Network. It's an investment that will improve thousands more children's lives."

Tickets for the throwdown are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the concert. They are available starting later this week at Food City stores on Eastman Road and Clinchfield Street in Kingsport, as well as in Colonial Heights, Church Hill and Weber City, Virginia. They can also be purchased at First Kingsport Credit Union. All tickets are general admission.

More information about Children's Miracle Network is available at Donations can be made all year at



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D-B finishes TSSAA state track meet — in front | Kingsport Times-News

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Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26

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Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26

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Graduation 2014: Dobyns-Bennett High School | Kingsport Times-News

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Gate City Kicks Off King Alley Music Venue » Scott County Virginia Star

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

June 2014 Bays Mountain Astronomy Club newsletter now online

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From: Thanz, Adam 

The June issue of the BMAC newsletter is online at:

Lots of great articles, info on our upcoming meeting, and a number of nice items for sale.



Monday, May 26, 2014

south, West Have Fastest-Growing Cities, Census Bureau Reports; Three of Top 10 are in Texas Capital Area

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South, West Have Fastest-Growing Cities, Census Bureau Reports; Three of Top 10 are in Texas Capital Area

Subcounty Population Estimates

     Austin has been the capital of Texas since 1839, and in 2013 the area became the nation's capital for population growth, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today. San Marcos, Cedar Park and Georgetown — each near Austin — ranked among the 10 fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more during the year ending July 1, 2013. San Marcos was number one in percent growth for the second consecutive year, with Austin itself gaining more people (nearly 21,000) than any city with fewer than 1 million residents.

       The South and West dominated the list of fastest-growing municipalities between 2012 and 2013, claiming all of the top 15, seven of which were in Texas. Frisco and McKinney (near Dallas), Odessa (in West Texas) and Pearland (near Houston) were the other Texas cities on the list. (See Table 1 for complete list.)

     In terms of numeric growth, 13 of the 15 cities that added the most people between 2012 and 2013 were in the South or West, except for New York City, which ranked first in numeric population growth. The nation's largest city, New York, added 61,440 people in the year ending July 1, 2013. New York continued to be the nation's most populous city by a wide margin, with 8.4 million residents in 2013, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago. The list of the 15 most populous cities has remained unchanged since last year, aside from Indianapolis moving past Jacksonville to number 12. (See Table 2 for complete list.)

      The list of the top 15 numeric gainers was also bookended by another city outside the South or West: Columbus, Ohio, which gained 12,450 people. In between were five Texas cities (Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth) and three in California (Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose). (See Table 3 for complete list.)

      The statistics released today cover all local governmental units, including incorporated places (like cities and towns), minor civil divisions (such as townships) and consolidated cities (government units for which the functions of an incorporated place and its parent county have merged).

      Other highlights:

  • Of the 19,508 incorporated places in the United States, about 76 percent (14,824) had fewer than 5,000 people, with less than 4 percent (743) having populations of 50,000 or more in 2013.

  • Fourteen areas passed the 50,000-population mark between 2012 and 2013, including six in the West, four in the South and four in the Midwest. The areas in the West were Casa Grande (50,111) in Arizona; Aliso Viejo (50,175), Dublin (52,105) and Palm Desert (50,508) in California; and Tigard, Ore. (50,444) and Sammamish, Wash. (50,169). Those in the South were Doral, Fla. (50,213); Huntersville, N.C. (50,458); Enid, Okla. (50,725); and Grapevine, Texas (50,195). The Midwestern cities included Ankeny, Iowa (51,567); Lenexa, Kan. (50,344); Kentwood, Mich. (50,233); and Apple Valley, Minn. (50,201).

  • No areas dropped below the 50,000 threshold between 2012 and 2013.

     For more information about the geographic areas for which the Census Bureau produces population estimates, see <>.

    Also released today were July 1, 2013, estimates of the number of housing units for the nation, states and counties. There were 132.8 million housing units in the U.S. on July 1, 2013, up 467,000 (0.4 percent) over the past year. Texas gained more units than any other state (118,000), with North Dakota having the fastest rate of growth (3.1 percent). Among counties with 5,000 or more housing units, Williams and Stark in North Dakota led all counties in percent growth.

     The population clock, one of the most visited features of the website, displays continuously updated projections of the total U.S. population, including the rate of births, deaths and net migration for the United States. The projections are based on a monthly time series of population estimates starting with the April 1, 2010, resident population count derived from the 2010 Census.


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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.