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Monday, June 30, 2014

Fleming promotes three in first act as new Kingsport City Manager

Jeff Fleming, City Manager
City of Kingsport, Tennessee

Lynn Tully, Development Services Director
City of Kingsport, Tennessee

Chris McCartt, Assistant City Manager for Administration
City of Kingsport, Tennessee

Ryan McReynolds, Assistant City Manager for Operations
City of Kingsport, Tennessee

KINGSPORT -- As his first official act, Kingsport City Manager Jeff Fleming announced Monday three internal promotions aimed at strengthening the visioning, operational oversight and efficiency of city government. 

“We have the deepest, most well-trained professional staff in my nearly 30 year history with the City of Kingsport,” Fleming said.  “I want to assure the community that we will continue that momentum, while letting staff know they can continue to develop their professional career right here in Kingsport.

"At the same time, just as businesses are ever more competitive, so is our City, as we work with the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to build a community that attracts the jobs, workforce, and opportunities essential for our children and grandchildren to stay here, thrive and succeed."

The new promotions include:

Chris McCartt has been named Assistant City Manager for Administration. In this role, McCartt will be accountable for monitoring, evaluating and recommending actions to streamline and improve internal administrative processes. McCartt will retain his supervisory portfolio in the areas of transit and aquatics, while adding duties assisting the City Manager with economic development planning and the Kingsport Economic Development Board.

McCartt formerly served as Assistant to former City Manager John Campbell.  McCartt has 17 years of service with the City of Kingsport serving in Transportation Planning, Development Services Administration, Public Transit and as Leisure Services Director.  He has served in the City Manager’s Office for the past seven years and holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and master’s degree in public administration from East Tennessee State University.  He and his wife, Julie, reside in Kingsport with their two children.

Also, Ryan McReynolds has been named Assistant City Manager for Operations. In this role, McReynolds will assume responsibility for operational oversight, management and evaluation of all external City services, capital projects and project development, including essential services in his previous portfolio such as water, sewer, engineering, traffic engineering and road infrastructure. Under the management realignment, the position of public works director will not be filled.

McReynolds formerly served as Public Works Director, and has 20 years of service in local government, including the last 10 with Kingsport. McReynolds holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tennessee Tech and an MBA from East Tennessee State University.  He and his wife, Merrie Robin, reside in Kingsport with their four children.

 And, Lynn Tully has been promoted to Development Services Director, expanding her portfolio beyond planning, community development and oversight of private construction in the community to include a larger role in evaluating and perfecting the development strategies of the City. With the promotion, she will also join the City's leadership team.

Tully formerly served as Planning & Community Development Director. She has 19 years in planning and development overall, including eight years with the City of Kingsport. Tully spent 11 years in Atlanta’s rapidly growing North Metro area. With her promotion, the position of planning and community development director will not be filled.

Tully holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture and master’s in city planning from Georgia Tech. She and her husband, David, reside in Kingsport with their three children.  Tully is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, with an emphasis in leadership and economic development. 

"These promotions more properly reflect the important role these individuals are already playing and the value they bring to our organization," Fleming said. "Just as I was named Assistant City Manager for Development 15 years ago, the goal is to allow greater input and standing as we work with the Board to shape the future success of our City. 

"Moving forward, I will continue to evaluate and improve the organization by making changes that assist the City in reducing cost, driving innovation and increasing the productivity of the existing City workforce."

The promotions took effect on June 29.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Eastman / Appalachian State University

Vote for the AppState entry (with donated Eastman product) called “Maison Reciprocity” at (click and scroll down to 4th row)  

Eastman Chemical has donated its Heat Mirror® insulating glass to Appalachian State University (ASU) for the university’s entry in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition. ASU’s Team Réciprocité will use the product in the construction of its energy-independent, row house concept Maison Reciprocity.
Maison Reciprocity is a two-bedroom, two-bath row house comprised of three components: the Urban Shell, an energy-efficient structural envelope; the CHORD, a building systems core; and the living Brise-Soleil, the building skin components that produce energy and provide shelter. Team Réciprocité’s goals are to build a market-ready, affordable and adaptable house with a focus on the community.
“This opportunity is a reflection of Eastman’s ongoing commitment to sustainability,” says Godefroy Motte, Eastman’s senior vice president and chief sustainability officer. “Projects such as the Solar Decathlon demonstrate how business and education can partner together to advance innovative, sustainable solutions.”
The Maison Reciprocity row house will compete along with 19 other entries in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, an international competition that challenges student teams to design and build an energy-independent solar house. ASU is one of three U.S. universities selected to participate in the June 2014 competition in Versailles, France.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Six more physicians graduate from osteopathic family medicine residency established by Wellmont




BIG STONE GAP, Va. – High-quality training from an experienced team of medical professionals continues to produce well-prepared physicians to deliver the next generation of patient care.

Six more osteopathic physicians are graduating from the family medicine residency program created by Wellmont Health System. The program's leaders recently held a ceremony to present them with their certificates and celebrate the completion of their three-year residency.

Drs. Christopher Bishop, Eric Hofmeister, Lawson Hunley, Thomas Robbins and Lindsay Yorns will graduate June 30, and Dr. Brian Enriquez will finish his residency in October. Dr. Hunley served as chief resident for the last year.

"This is an outstanding group of young physicians, and we are extremely proud to have them as our graduates," said David Brash, Wellmont's senior vice president of business development and rural strategy. "Our residency program is strong, with physicians from across the country coming here to receive training and contribute to the superior care Wellmont delivers every day."

One of the graduates – Dr. Robbins – will continue his medical career in the area as a hospitalist at Lonesome Pine Hospital. He is the third physician from the residency program to join Wellmont Medical Associates in Southwest Virginia.

Dr. Aaron Porter has practiced as a family medicine physician in Norton for two years and recently expanded his practice to treat patients in Lonesome Pine's wound care clinic. Dr. Addison Ward established his family medicine practice in Norton in 2013.

The residency program was formed in 2009 with the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine as the academic sponsor. Many residents who have been accepted into the residency program, including Dr. Robbins, received their medical degrees from LMU-DCOM.

"This is a collaborative program that brings in physicians from excellent medical schools and pairs them with a broad range of physicians and other caregivers in our hospitals and medical practices who share their vast knowledge," said Dr. Maurice Nida, Wellmont's director of osteopathic graduate medical education. "Through this training, they are empowered to start treating patients, which increases patient access to primary care."

During their residency training, these physicians see patients at the Wellmont Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Clinic at 295 Wharton Lane in Norton. Part of their training also includes delivering care at Lonesome Pine, Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Thomas Roatsey, the osteopathic family medicine residency program director, said he expects the successful program will continue to thrive in the coming years.

"We are achieving what we set out to accomplish, which is increasing the number of physicians practicing in Southwest Virginia," said Dr. Roatsey, an osteopathic physician. "These compassionate physicians are enhancing the quality of life in our region by providing excellent care to our community under the tutelage of some terrific mentors. The community has benefited greatly from this program, and we look forward to its ongoing success."


                Cutline for attached photo: Six more osteopathic physicians are graduating from the family medicine residency program created by Wellmont Health System in Southwest Virginia. The residents, holding their certificates, are, left to right, Drs. Lawson Hunley, Thomas Robbins, Lindsay Yorns, Eric Hofmeister, Brian Enriquez and Christopher Bishop. They are joined by physician leaders in the residency program and representatives of Wellmont Health System and the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.



Holston Valley's trauma center earns Level 1 status, the highest possible, from state for three more years




KINGSPORT Holston Valley Medical Center's trauma center, which provides round-the-clock care for patients and extensive community outreach, has been designated as a Level 1 facility by the state for another three years.

The trauma center has held Level 1 status, the highest possible, for 25 years and recently earned the extension from the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities.

"We're proud of the outstanding work by our trauma team every day to save and improve lives of patients throughout the region," said Tim Attebery, Holston Valley's president. "These physicians, nurses and other medical professionals demonstrate high-quality care in the hospital and a resolve to help the community avoid serious injury with beneficial preventive measures. They are making a positive difference in the community."

Holston Valley's trauma center is one of only six with Level I status in Tennessee and was among the first facilities when it received that state designation in 1988.

The trauma center treats patients who have experienced major trauma and potentially life-threatening events such as automobile and all-terrain vehicle accidents, major falls, gunshot wounds and severed or severely injured limbs.

To treat these injuries, the trauma center has a full range of specialists and equipment available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It has full diagnostic radiology services, including computed tomography and StatScan scanners; subspecialty surgical care in medical fields such as neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and urology; and constant access to surgery suites.

"We are here to serve the community with a broad spectrum of care and services when patients and their loved ones need us," said Dr. Tiffany Lasky, an osteopathic physician and the trauma center's medical director. "These incidents can produce a complex set of injuries that require expert, innovative care to resolve. We have a multidisciplinary team ready to handle these emergencies with skill, and we work seamlessly with other departments in the hospital to achieve optimal results for our patients."

Besides Dr. Lasky, other trauma surgeons who deliver exceptional care at Holston Valley are Drs. Daniel Anderson, George Testerman, John Beatty and Cory Siffring, who are medical doctors. All five physicians are also traumatologists who have completed a critical care fellowship. Sharon Littleton coordinates the care team process as the trauma center's manager.

While the multidisciplinary trauma team is ready to deliver superior care at the hospital, it is just as focused on preventing injuries. They provide a variety of initiatives aimed at educating people about practical ways to live safer lives.

Nurses and physicians have frequently participated in activities such as Trauma Nurses Talk Tough, a teenage driver's education program. Ray Heim, the hospital's injury prevention coordinator, has also partnered with local high schools in Tennessee's Battle of the Belt competition, which gives students the opportunity to monitor their peers' seat belt use.

In addition, the trauma center, joined by WellmontOne Air Transport, has regularly participated in Prom Promise events to illustrate the dangers of drinking and driving.

Dr. Testerman recently showed his dedication to the region's well-being by creating a significant endowment with Wellmont Foundation. Called the George M. Testerman, MD, Injury Prevention and Research Fund, it will greatly assist the area with trauma education and community outreach.

"Our all-encompassing trauma program is robust and meets the needs of our patients and the communities we are privileged to serve," Littleton said. "We embrace our responsibility to deliver extraordinary care at the bedside and advocate in the community for a healthy lifestyle. While more work remains to be completed, this approach is transforming lives, and we cannot be more pleased to work hand in hand with people and organizations in the region to achieve better outcomes for everyone."



Summer brings rain! See live music & theatre w/o the soggy!

Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series offers  
An Evening with Red Roots  
Thursday July 17, 2014 at 7PM


Live Theatre & Auditions
July 10 & 11
Stage Reading of the upcoming production of Nanyehi: Beloved Woman of the Cherokee at the Allandale Mansion Amphitheater on July 10, 2014. It will be free and open to the public. Those interested in auditioning for the musical are encouraged to attend the stage reading and the auditions will be on the following day. For more information on auditions call (423) 392-8414

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The Claire Lynch Band Aug 1
Dolly Parton credits Claire with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." Claire's harmonies have graced the recordings of many stellar musicians. Equally gifted as a songwriter, her songs have been recorded by The Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, The Whites and others.



Woody Pines
Aug 9

Crackerjack musicianship goes a long way toward a band's greatness, but showmanship seals the deal. Pines, on stage, is an old soul and natural performer, storied and steeped in the best of American music.



You could treat 6 special people to an OFFICIAL FIRST RIDE on the Kingsport Carousel. A very special moment in our regions history.

For more information about this opportunity please call 423-392-8414
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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.