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Friday, October 31, 2014

Keep Kingsport Beautiful Newsletter

KKB has a new communication and marketing tool that we are very excited about….a quarterly newsletter!  Below you will find the first issue which contains stories on our many summer/fall events and programs, as well as information on making a donation to the Tree Fund and becoming a Clean Team member.  You will also find details on our upcoming America Recycles Day event and our Sponsor's Corner feature.  I think this will be a very good way to keep the community up to date on KKB and our activities and events.  Please feel free to share the newsletter with anyone who may be interested in our recycling, litter prevention and beautification efforts. 



Keep Kingsport Beautiful
Fall 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue: 

Conservation Camp
KKB & Fun Fest
Sponsor's Corner
Upcoming Events


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Donations may be made in any amount and will be combined with other contributions to purchase trees to be planted on public lands twice a year.

America Recycles Day
November 15, 2014
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Kingsport Police Department
Drug Drop Off

Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that has won over 65 state and national awards as an affiliate of both Keep Tennessee Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful.

Our mission is to involve the community in responsible solutions for a clean and beautiful environment.

Conservation Camp for 4th Graders

Over 750 fourth grade students from Sullivan County, Kingsport and the Bristol school systems attended the annual Conser<![if !vml]><![endif]>vation Camp for Fourth Graders held September 9-11 at Warriors' Path State Park.

Republic Services marked its fourth year as the Title Sponsor for Conservation Camp. Keep Kingsport Beautiful conducts the camp each year, with assistance from Warriors' Path State Park and various other supporters.

Conservation Camp introduced students to a variety of environmental learning activities. Students rotate through 13 stations, ranging in topics "Making Paper and Forestry Conservation" by Domtar, "Watersheds and Water Conservation" by TVA, to "Alternative Energy Sources" by Hands On! Regional Museum. The staff at Bay's Mountain Park was  also in attendance with Chia, the park's Black Vulture.

Chef's Pizzeria, Arby's in Colonial Heights and Food City in Colonial Heights generously provided lunch for our instructors and volunteers. KKB would like to thank all of those who gave of their time and resources to make this very special learning event happen!!

KKB Fun Fest 2014 ;

The 29th Trash Barrel Paint-In, sponsored by BB&T, took place on Tuesday, July 8 on the grounds of Allendale Mansion for th<![if !vml]><![endif]>is Fun Fest event. With over 250 barrels painted and over 350 people in attendance, this was the largest turnout for the Trash Barrel Paint-In in the last 4 years. Trophies were awarded to winners in 7 categories.  Thank you to BB&T for 9 years of sponsorship and Walmart on Ft. Henry Drive for donating spray paint, as well as to the volunteers and Chamber staff that worked this event.  Trash Barrel Paint-In 2015 is scheduled for July 7th....mark your calendars! 

<![if !vml]><![endif]>Trashbusters, sponsored by AEP, had over 100 volunteers work 250 plus volunteer hours during Fun Fest 2014!  Many thanks to the KKB Council for working a Trashbuster shift this year.  KKB, Fun Fest, the City of Kingsport and AEP were pleased to announce a Focus on Recycling during Fun Fest.  Blue recycling bins were placed adjacent to trash barrels at Mardi Gras, Rhythm in Riverview and The Taste.  Trashbusters are dedicated volunteers who patrol the festival areas setting a good example for everyone attending by pointing out recycling bins and trash barrels and encouraging Fun Festers to be responsible for their own trash, ensuring that Fun Fest remains a litter free event!! Volunteers receive a FREE Fun Fest T-shirt!!! 

KKB also manned an information tent where they answered questions regarding the city's curbside recycling and drop off recycling programs, as well as distributed education materials on recycling and litter prevention. The "Environmental Education on the Go"  mobile recycling and litter prevention classroom was open to the public  as well.

KKB and Fun Fest will be looking for individuals, families, church groups, civic clubs, and business/employee groups to serve as Trashbusters during Fun Fest 2015, July 10-18.  Trashbusters also offer an excellent opportunity for area teens to earn community service hours towards TN/VA Scholars requirements.

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Much of Keep Kingsport Beautiful's success is made possible by the support and involvement of our sponsors.  Each issue, KKB will use this space to highlight one of our many partners in recognition of how their support benefits KKB's programs and the community. 

Republic Services has been the Title Sponsor of Keep Kingsport Beautiful's Conservation Camp since 2011.  Held in outdoor classrooms, Conservation Camp provides a variety of educational opportunities centered around conservation and sustainability.  Thanks to the sponsorship of Republic Services, over 3,000 4th grade students from Kingsport, Bristol and Sullivan County School systems have been able to attend camp over the last four years.     

Republic Services of Tri-Cities offers a full range of waste removal options and equipment to efficiently and economically meet waste collection needs.  They serve residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout the Tri-Cities area, providing customized non-hazardous solid waste and recycling services. 

Thank you to Republic Services for your continued support!  Because of sponsors like you, Keep Kingsport Beautiful is able to keep Kingsport clean and beautiful!


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Robin Cleary
Keep Kingsport Beautiful
400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100
Kingsport, TN  37660
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2014 Small Business Awards Contenders

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) today announced 25 area small businesses as contenders for the 20th Annual KOSBE Awards.  At a special recognition event on Thursday, December 11th, from 6 to 9 PM, at The Club at Ridgefield's in Kingsport, Tennessee, the winners will be revealed.
"According to the Small Business Administration, companies employing less than 500 employees are the backbone of our economy.  These companies employ over half of the private sector workforce and have created nearly two-thirds of the nation's net new jobs over the past decade," said this year's awards chair, Larry Estepp, Executive Vice President at Citizens Bank.  "We are proud of our local entrepreneurs that put their capital at risk; work long hours, give unselfishly, offer employment opportunities and make our community the best it can be.  It is now time to recognize each for their dedication and celebrate their successes." 
"Again, I am impressed not only with the new entrants but with the companies that have made the decision to compete again.  Every business has a story.  It is our duty to get these stories out.  The competition is a vehicle to sharing best practices, lessons learned and the challenges of owning and operating a small business," said KOSBE Executive Director, Aundrea Wilcox. "Competition is healthy and good for business.  Competing can make an old business new again, and help a new business make itself known." 
The 2014 KOSBE Awards contenders:

Alan Bracken Inspiring Greatness  - Speaking & Leadership Development  (Alan Bracken)
Appville 101 – Marketing  (Keddrain Bowen)
B&H Wealth Strategies – Retirement Planning  (Jeff Bingham)
Baker's Jewelry – Retail Jewelry Store  (Patti Baker)
Bellafina Chocolates – Chocolate Manufacturing (Brenda Barnicki)
Boehm Landscape, Inc. – Grounds Maintenance  (Chris Boehm)
Branded. – Corporate Branding & Promotional Products  (Tara Burns)
Brushstrokes n' More – Paint Your Own Pottery Studio  (Kaye Ball)
Charlemont – Full Service Salon Boutique  (Myra King)
Chris Mullins Co. – Installation & Acoustics Contractor  (Bryan Mullins)
CrossBridge Wealth Management – Financial Advisory & Insurance  (Kevin Wilson)
CrossFit Kingsport & Johnson City – Strength & Conditioning Fitness (Dustin Mohr)
Fanatics 101 – Sports Retail  (Keddrain Bowen)
Inquiry Technologies – Educational Software Development  (Scott Stuckey)
Jennings Group – Tax & Bookkeeping Services (Christe Jennings)
Johnson City Ballroom —Ballroom & Latin Dance (Darian & Tiffany Chancellor)
Landmark GIS – Computer Mapping & Data Analysis  (Russ Davis)
Millennium Auto Collision – Auto Collision Repairs  (Cassandra Honaker)
No 7 Designs – Screen Printing  (Troy Wade)
Rae Design – Marketing Agency  (Chelsie Gregory)
Senior Citizens Services – In-home Care for Seniors  (Teri Gilliam)
Sleepy Owl Brewery –Craft Beer Brewing & Wholesaler/Retailer (Brian Connatser)
Storage Plex – Self Storage  (Kelly Zimmerman)
The Eclectic Handywoman – Handyman & Personal Services (Jodi Lynn Jenkins)
TN Shush Shoes – Ladies Shoes & Accessories  (Marilyn Dockery)

In addition to naming the winners of the business competition, KOSBE will also announce the recipient of the Impact Award for an outstanding individual and small business advocate who has made an impact on the business scene through years of hard work. 
Selections will be made based on customer relationship strategy, story of success overcoming adversity, community involvement, financial strength, best practices, marketing creativity and presented strategies for growth.
Tickets to the celebration event are $65 per person and must be purchased in advance in person at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, or by calling (423) 392.8811.  This event has been sold out for the past four consecutive years.  Seating is limited and early ticket purchases are highly recommended.  All ticket sales are final and non-refundable.  The public is invited to attend. 
Sponsors include: CenturyLink, Cumberland Marketing, Dyke's Trucking, F&L Limo & Livery, Phil's Dream Pit, ChamberZone, East Tennessee Eye Care, Eastman Chemical Company, Food City, Fish Window Cleaning, Hair Bender's Salon, Holston Valley Broadcasting, Hunter, Smith and Davis, Kingsport Times-News, Mickey Baker Photography, NETWORKS – Sullivan Partnership, The Business Journal, Thompson Metal Services, Times Digital Group, Triten Insurance, VIP Seen Tri-Cities Magazine, AdviCoach Tri-Cities, Elite Manufacturing and Professional Services, Hillhouse Graphic Design, Pathway Lending, SunTrust Bank, and The Angel Rountable.

Event Partners include: Flowers by CopperCreek, Lake Pointe Advertising & Awards, Pristine Springs Water, and The Club at Ridgefield's.
About KOSBE Awards
Inaugurated in 1994, the Annual KOSBE Awards is the longest running and most recognized small business-focused awards program in the Tri-Cities area.  To learn more, please visit
The mission of KOSBE is to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their business, by acquiring or creating and developing the right tools and resources (i.e.,, Mobile App KOSBE 2.0®, SBDCNet®, GrowthWheel®, ProfitCents®, ReferenceUSA®) and cultivating the right partnerships (i.e., Tennessee Small Business Development Centers, Kingsport Office of Foreign Investment & Trade (KOFIT), AccelNow Northeast Tennessee Accelerator).
To learn more, please call 423-392-8811, or visit

Dana Glenn
Administrative & Marketing Coordinator, KOSBE
c/o Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, Kingsport TN, 37660

Ph. (423) 392.8811 • Fax (423) 392.8834


News From Sullivan County Schools

October 31, 2014
In This Issue
Important Dates
School Cafeterias Score '100' on Health Department Inspections
Sullivan Central Featured on WJHL
Sullivan South Presents Alladin
Sullivan South Athletic Boosters Receives a Check from Food City
REBEL CORPSe 3K Zombie Run
Students Participate at DAR Event
McTeacher Night
Pink Out at Bluff City Elementary
Holston Elementary Poster Contest Winners
Bluff City Elementary Celebrates National Character Counts Week
Colonial Heights STEM Class News
Holston Valley Volleyball Team News
Mary Hughes Band Performance

Important Dates
November 3, 2014
Schools Closed -
Teacher Inservice
November 4, 2014
Schools Closed -
Parent/Teacher Conference Day

November 10, 2014
Board Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
November 26 - 28, 2014
Schools Closed - Thanksgiving
December 8, 2014
Board Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
December 19, 2014
1/2 Day for Students
December 22, 2014 -
January 6, 2015
Schools Closed -
Christmas Break
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School Cafeterias Score '100' on Health Department Inspections

The following school cafeterias received scores of '100' on their latest health department inspections.  Congratulations to the following Cafeteria Managers and their staff!

Sullivan East High School - Amy Malone
Holston Valley Middle School - Peggy Trivett 
Sullivan Gardens K-8 - Darlene Garret       

 Sullivan Central Featured on WJHL
The Sullivan Central Band and Cheerleaders were all part of WJHL's Friday Morning Kickoff program last week. Students arrived at the school at 5:40 in the morning and were on the morning news show from 6am to 7am. The students performed various songs and cheers during the news show.


photos courtesy of Cheryl Gray Photography

 Sullivan South General Theatre Arts Presents ALADDIN
General Theatre Arts Presents


 Sunday, November 2, 2014
Tickets - Adults $5 and Students $3
Tickets are sold at the door 45 minutes prior to showtime
Perfect For The Whole Family!
Come out and support SSHS Theatre!

photo courtesy of pintopics

Sullivan South Athletic Boosters Receives a Check from Food City
Josh Tate accepted the check from Food City to the Sullivan South Academic Boosters. The money comes from Food City Bucks from parents who have their Food City Value card linked to Sullivan South High School.  The store gives a portion back to the school.  Thank you Food City for supporting our schools!


 REBEL CORPSe 3K Zombie Run
On Tuesday, Oct 28th, the Air Force JROTC program at Sullivan South HS put on their first annual "REBEL CORPSe" 3K Zombie Run.  This was a cadet lead project allowing the cadets to practice leadership, organization, and teamwork.  The cadets worked very hard for weeks leading up to the event and it turned out to be was a huge success.  They hope to put this event on every year and grow it into a large community event.



 Sullivan County Students Participate at DAR Event
Sullivan County students participated at the Daughters of the American Revolution Re-dedication of the Daniel Boone Trail Marker at Warrior's Path State Park on October 25th.  Innovation Academy student, Rebecca Firth, played the pennywhistle.  Sullivan South Air Force JROTC performed the flag ceremony.

 McTeacher Night
On Tuesday, October 28th, Bluff City Elementary participated in McTeacher Night at the McDonalds in Piney Flats.  Thanks to all the families and students who came out to support our school.


 Pink Out at Bluff City Elementary
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, faculty, staff, and students of Bluff City Elementary participated in a school-wide Pink Out on Tuesday, October 28th.


 Holston Elementary Poster Contest Winners
Congratulations to Holly Vicars and Emily Pope (K-1) and Grace Glass and Emma Johnson (2-3) from Holston Elementary.  They were selected as winners in the NACD DIG DEEPER; MYSTERIES IN THE SOIL Poster Contest.

Way to Go, Girls!

 Bluff City Elementary Celebrates National Character Counts Week
Bluff City Elementary celebrated National Character Counts last week with dress-up days that corresponded with the six pillar character traits.  During the week, we held a food drive for our school-wide service project.  The students donated enough food to fill 23 boxes, which was donated to two local church pantries.  Nick Johnson, a 5th grader, was a leader in helping to organize this project.  Also, students in 3rd-5th grades nominated students in their classrooms for a Character Kid award. These students were given a special bookmark and were recognized during our 1st nine weeks award ceremony. 



 Colonial Heights STEM Class News
Sixth graders at Colonial Heights built structures out of four note cards to see which could hold the most amount of weight.  Students had to brainstorm and design prototypes together and then build their inventions.  The maximum weight held was 50 pounds.


 Holston Valley Volleyball Team News
On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Holston Valley Middle School Volleyball Team traveled to Knoxville to watch the Lady Vols take on Ole Miss in volleyball action. After the game, the girls were able to participate in a free skills clinic that the University of Tennessee volleyball program offers each year. Each girl received free admission to the game and was able to participate in an hour long session that was divided into different stations focusing on key concepts of the game such as serving, passing, setting, hitting and conditioning. The girls were also given the opportunity to meet each member of the Lady Vols volleyball team because the ladies ran and instructed the stations. The team was also able to participate in question and answer sessions and tour the Lady Vols Volleyball locker room. The girls had a great time enjoying the game, being with their team and participating in the activities of the day. It was a lot of fun and the they are looking forward to participating again next year. The members of the HVMS Volleyball also traveled to Blacksburg this month to watch the Virginia Tech Hokies Volleyball team take on Virginia. The girls participated in the first ever Lady Hokies "Beyond the Net" program which gives young volleyball players an inside view of what life is like for a college athlete. The ladies were able to tour the locker room, fitness and workout rooms, nutrition bar and training facilities and practice gyms associated with the Hokies Volleyball program. Each girl also was able to spend time with the players to ask questions and learn. Coaches got in on the action as well. Virginia Tech coaching staff did a mini lesson and tips session with coaches and answered common questions coaches face today. The entire experience was offered at no cost to all participants and was a great learning experience and fun time for all involved. 



 Mary Hughes Band Performance 
Recently the Mary Hughes Band, along with some Mary Hughes Band Alumni (now in East High School's Band), performed at a community event in Piney Flats.  The Piney Flats Village Historic District is now on the National Registry of Historic Places and was provided a roadside marker on Highway 19E.  The band was asked to play at the unveiling of this marker.  There were several local dignitaries on hand to watch the band perform at this event.


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