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Saturday, November 15, 2014

3B Outdoors TV


Nathan E. Light
Co-Host, Fishing Pro Staff
3B Outdoors

Jud, Frank and Jeff,
Episode #2 of 3B Outdoors,is a fishing trip shot in the South Holston River from Eastman to below the influx of the North Fork.  
During my intro and close, you will see a few clips of downtown and a short history lesson of the pioneer days on the Holston River and the boat at Netherland Inn.  We normally have no reason for a true destination piece, however, with our show running nationally on Tuff TV, it will definitely highlight the Kingsport area in a very positive manner.
Please take a few minutes to watch or dvr the show for later.  Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.  
The Visit Kingsport 30s spot is also included.
Have a great weekend!
Best Fishes,  
Nathan E. Light
Co-Host, Fishing Pro Staff
3B Outdoors

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Where the Hills and Hollows Are Alive With Music -

Kingsport and other attractions in the NYT!

Aquatic Center Newsletter

Swimming: A Sport For All Ages


Each morning Patricia Posey makes her way into the HMG Competition Pool at the Kingsport Aquatic Center. At 84 years old, Posey is happy to be enjoying this sport that's relatively new to her. Swimming was something her children always did growing up, but it wasn't until the age of 72 that Posey herself hopped in the water and started doing laps. She's now turned swimming into her sport. 

Each day, Monday through Friday, Posey aims to swim one mile. That's 66 lengths in a 25 yard pool. The swim takes some time, but it's something she says makes an immediate difference, "Oh, I'm just more upbeat and happy and it helps me emotionally." People often think exercising makes them tired, but the opposite is true for Posey, "I have tons more energy.  I feel so much better right now."

At a doctor's appointment years ago Posey was told that one day she'd end up in a wheelchair. She thought swimming would help her upper body strength for when that day came. Now, she says it's the swimming that's kept her out of the wheelchair. Her success in the pool has earned her several medals with the Senior Olympic Games. She even traveled to the National Senior Olympic Games and was featured as a 'Calendar Girl' in the Senior Olympics calendar. Posey says she's stronger and happier, all thanks to a sport that Posey proves you can do at any age.

Aqua Blue Friday!

Don't want to fight the rush at the stores? How about making a splash instead! Join us for some fun on Friday, November 28 to celebrate Aqua Blue Friday! Enjoy the Aqua Run from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 

November Hours

The Indoor Facility is open
 Monday-Friday: 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 
Saturday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Sunday: noon-6 p.m.

The KAC will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26.
Facilities will be closed all day Thursday, November 27.
Normal operating hours will resume on Friday, November 28.

Swim Lessons  

Swim lesson registration for the November set of group classes continues through November 4. We will not have any group lessons in December, but private swim lessons are always available. Group lessons will resume in January with registration beginning on December 13. Questions? Please call the Kingsport Aquatic Center at (423) 343-9758.

November Pool Schedules 

To view the November HMG Competition Pool Schedule: Click Here

To view the November Palmer Center Foundation Pool Schedule: Click Here

Please note the HMG Competition Pool will be closed November 1, 2, 8*, 22* & 23 for swim meets. 
*Closed for the morning only

Employees of the Month

Congratulations to Austin & Jared Thaxton for being named Employees of the Month.

About the Kingsport Aquatic Center 
The Kingsport Aquatic Center is the region's newest and most comprehensive indoor-outdoor public aquatic and recreation facility. Located in Kingsport's Meadowview district at the base of iconic Bays Mountain, the center provides area residents and visitors with the best in health, fitness and recreation features in a safety-focused environment. The Kingsport Aquatic Center features the area's only indoor Olympic-sized pool, the HMG Competition pool, plus year-round swim courses and American Red Cross-certified water safety and lifeguard training. A seasonal outdoor water park offers recreational activities from mid-May to early September. Seasonal, annual and daily rates are available. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @swimkingsport

Kingsport Aquatic Center
1820 Meadowview Parkway
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660

Kingsport Aquatic Center
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Kingsport business and residents stand to save on insurance costs with increased Kingsport ISO fire rating

KINGSPORT –Kingsport has just become the only Insurance Services Office city rated as Class 2 for fire protection in Northeast Tennessee, moving up from the previous classification of 3/9.

ISO is a leading source of property/casualty insurance risk data. Class 1 is the highest level of fire protection a local government can provide, with 10 indicating little or no fire protection at all.

The class 2 designation will be in effect until the next ISO review in five years and applies only to directly served residents inside the corporate boundaries of the City.

According to Kingsport Fire Department, there are 30,145 fire departments in the USA and 725 fire departments in Tennessee. Only 750 departments nation-wide are rated as Class 2.

“The investments made by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen over the last several years have gone a long way to help improve our ISO Rating from a 3 to a 2,” Fire Chief Craig Dye said Tuesday. “The new rating shows that having a highly trained and well equipped fire department as well as sound infrastructure pays off for our residents, in terms of greater safety, and by saving our citizens and businesses money.”

City Manager Jeff Fleming noted that earning the new ISO rating was an effort that went beyond front-line Fire protection personnel, as the entire system is reviewed, including Central Dispatch, GIS (Geographic Information Services), the Water Department, as well as all those within the Fire Department who provide training, instruction, community inspections.

“I have spoken repeatedly about the tremendous depth of talent we now have on board in City government,” Fleming said. “This is just one example how this high talent level will continue to provide payback for the citizens of our City in the years ahead.”

In particular, both Fleming and Dye said the ISO 2 rating is a result of employee efforts by folks such as Jerry Mowl and Nancy Fender in Central Dispatch, Jake White in GIS, Chad Austin and Chris Alley in the Water Department, as well as Chris Lowe, Max Bear, Todd Greene and Joel Jones in the Fire Department.

While 99 percent of the City is rate as Class 2, the remainder is rated at 2Y, a designation denoting a property that is more than 1,000 foot from a hydrant or more than five miles from a fire station.

ISO ratings are based on a community’s fire-suppression system, communications, fire halls, equipment, and water supply.

Other cities in Tennessee which have earned a Class 2 designation include Chattanooga, Franklin, Murfreesboro, and Memphis. Johnson City and Bristol currently have a Class 3 designation.

It is difficult to quantify the annual insurance savings for business and residences, with each insurer using differing methodologies and criteria. Still, Fleming said each citizen should speak with their insurer to ensure they are being charged based on the new ISO classification. Based on previous studies, the savings could be as much as $300 a year.

“This is a big win for our community, and certainly, we encourage our business owners and homeowners to look into the potential insurance savings from this new rating classification,” Fleming said.

Thank you.

Barry J Brickey
Public Education Officer
Kingsport Fire Department
130 Island Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
Office: 423-224-2820
Cell: 423-444-2101

Restaurants Support KingsportARTS

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Below are links to the Restaurant flyers. Flyers can also be downloaded from our website (you must show these to your server)

Beef O'Brady's

Buffalo Wild Wings

Chuck E. Cheese


We would like to thank the restaurants listed above for helping us in this way.

Support KingsportARTS Week at Local Restaurants

Please help SUPPORT KingsportARTS and all our Youth Arts Education programs. All you have to do is dine in the following restaurants on the designated days the week of November 10-16. Show them the flyer (see column on left) and tell them you are there to support KingsportARTS.

Thank you and happy dining!!

Please share this information with all your family and friends.

Thank you,
Cathie Faust and our Board of Directors

Restaurants and Dates are listed below:

Monday, November 10, 2014,
5-9 PM, Buffalo Wild Wings, 1721 E. Stone Drive, Kingsport
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
3-9 PM, Chuck E. Cheese, 3020 Peoples St., Johnson City

Thursday, November 13, 2014
11 AM - Close, Beef 'O'Brady's, 300 Clinchfield St., Kingsport
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 14-16, 2014
11 AM - 9 PM, Salsarita's, 2003 N. Eastman Rd., Kingsport

Other ways to SUPPORT KingsportARTS

KingsportARTS is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and depends on grants and tax-deductible donations from business and individuals in the community. We are always accepting donations for any materials related to the arts such as:
  • paints, brushes, pencils, pens, fishing line, art paper, q tips, cotton balls,  Crayola crayons, markers, colored pencils, oil pastels, colored chalk,watercolors,tempera paint,acrylic paint, yarn, felt, fabric scraps, thread, embroidery floss, muslin, burlap, air dry clay, aluminum foil, chenille stems, toothpicks, scrap wood, craft/popsicle sticks, clay, string, straws, pony beads, wood beads, fishing line, ink pads, rubber stamps, glitter, pom poms, feathers, googly eyes, foam, sequins, floral wire, white glue, Tacky Glue, glue sticks, painter's tape, Mod Podge, liquid starch, wood glue, scissors, paintbrushes, foam brushes, hole punch, ruler, wire clippers, copy paper, construction paper, tag board/card stock, wax paper, colored tissue paper, coffee filters, paper towels, clear contact paper, freezer paper, roll of white paper (i.e. butcher paper, wrapping paper), brown paper bags. newspaper, crepe paper, cardboard, magazines, junk mail, egg cartons, milk cartons, empty boxes, clean cans & jars, small plastic containers, bubble wrap, packaging peanuts, styrofoam trays, plastic lids, apron or large shirt, old sheet(s), small plastic containers for water  and more!  
  • OR gift cards to stores such as Micheal's, Hobby Lobby, Food City, Walmart, Office Depot 
  • OR straight monetary donation via cash, check or credit card  

Thank you for your continued support! With it, we will be able to provide quality Arts Education Workshops to students 3 through 18 years of age. We also take those same workshops into programs throughout the community for students without access to the arts. 

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Kingsport Arts Organizations Strongly Represented at Tennessee Arts Commission Conference

Kingsport, TN – Representatives from several Kingsport arts organizations attended the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Conference at Montgomery Bell State Park October 28-30. Organizational leaders from Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Kingsport Ballet, Kingsport Theater Guild, KingsportArts, and Engage Kingsport were all in attendance. Other Tricities representation included Johnson City’s Create Appalachia and Jonesborough’s International Storytelling Center.


The Tennessee Arts Commission, under the leadership of Kingsport native Anne Pope, unveiled its new strategic plan and new logo during the conference. The plan follows multi-year, fact-finding and information gathering sessions around the state. Conference attendees spent two and a half days sharing ideas, strategies and best practices. Renowned keynote speakers Becky Anderson of Hand Made in America and Bill Strickland, CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation elicited standing ovations following their presentations on prioritizing creativity in education, workforce and economic development and the power of the arts to enrich and change lives.


Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and Treasurer David Lillard, Jr. presented breaking news regarding the new certificate bill for specialty license plates. Proceeds from specialty tags in the state of Tennessee account for 4.5 million dollars in revenue that directly support the arts. The Tennessee program sets the benchmark for states across the country often looking to create similar programs. The new certificate option will enable Tennesseeans to purchase as many certificates as they wish to give as gifts. The certificates may be redeemed by recipients for specialty license plates.


Bonnie Macdonald, director of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and current President of Tennesseans for the Arts, inspired the audience to applaud the Tennessee Arts Commission and its leaders for their exemplary work in championing the arts in our state. “The Tennessee Arts Commission is always on the leading edge of innovation in the arts,” explained Ms. Macdonald. “This made for a particularly exciting conference,” said Bertina Dew of Kingsport Ballet. “The continued success of the specialty license plate program, and now the certificate option, give our organizations hope and encouragement. We are fortunate to have our arts commission and our elected officials working as hard as we are to make the arts possible in our state.” 


The conference, held at Montgomery Bell State Park, is one of various opportunities provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission for arts leaders to convene in a central location to network and inspire one another. The Tennessee Arts Commission’s grant funding supports Kingsport Ballet for General Operations, and provides project support for the Theater Guild, KingsportArts and Cultural Arts of the City of Kingsport, among other area arts groups. This year marks the first time the Commission will be providing some form of arts funding to every county in the state of Tennessee.



L-R: Bonnie Macdonald (Director, Cultural Arts, City of Kingsport and Tennesseans for the Arts), Susan McKinney (Tennesseans for the Arts,) Cathie Faust (Director, KingsportArts,) New TAC logo, Bertina Dew (Executive Director, Kingsport Ballet,) Tina Radke (Kingsport Theater Guild,) Cher Cornett (Create Appalachia,) and Anne Pope (Executive Director, Tennessee Arts Commission). Not pictured: Lucy Fleming (Engage Kingsport,) Morgan Fleming (Tennessee Association of Dance)

Veterans Day: Nov. 11

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Profile America Facts for Features: Veterans Day: Nov. 11

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Veterans Day 2014: Nov. 11

Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.


19.6 million

Number of military veterans in the United States in 2013.

Source: 2013 American Community Survey


1.6 million

Number of female veterans in the United States in 2013.

Source: 2013 American Community Survey



Percent of veterans in 2013 who were black. Additionally, 79.3 percent were non-Hispanic white; 1.4 percent were Asian; 0.7 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native; 0.2 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; 1.2 percent were some other race. (The numbers for blacks, non-Hispanic whites, Asians, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and some other race cover only those reporting a single race.)

Source: 2013 American Community Survey



Percent of veterans in 2013 who were Hispanic.

Source: 2013 American Community Survey


9.3 million

Number of veterans 65 years and older in 2013. At the other end of the age spectrum, 1.6 million were younger than 35.

Source: 2013 American Community Survey


When They Served

7.0 million

Number of Vietnam-era veterans in 2013. Moreover, there were 5.2 million who served during the Gulf War Era (representing service from August 1990 to present); 1.3 million who served in World War II; 2.1 million who served in the Korean War; and 4.7 million who served in peacetime only.

Source: 2013 American Community Survey



Number of living veterans in 2013 who served during the Vietnam Era and both periods of the Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001 and September 2001 or later).

Other living veterans in 2013 who served during three wartime periods:

  • 39,890 served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam Era.

Number of living veterans in 2013 who served during two wartime periods:

  • 1,006,501 served during Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001) and Gulf War (September 2001 or later).
  • 294,251 served during Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001) and the Vietnam Era.
  • 175,676 served during the Korean War and the Vietnam Era.
  • 92,670 served during World War II and the Korean War.

Sources: 2013 American Community Survey


Where They Live


Number of states with 1 million or more veterans in 2013. These states were California (1.7 million), Texas (1.5 million) and Florida (1.5 million).

Source: 2013 American Community Survey




Percent of veterans 25 years and older with a bachelor's degree or higher in 2013. In comparison, 29.9 percent of nonveterans had a bachelor's degree or higher.

Source: 2013 American Community Survey



Percent of veterans 25 years and older in 2013 whose highest educational attainment was a high school diploma or equivalency in 2013, compared with 27.7 percent of the nonveteran population.

Source: 2013 American Community Survey




Annual median income of veterans in 2013, compared with $25,820 for the nonveteran population.

Source: 2013 American Community Survey


On the Job

7.7 million

Number of veterans 18 to 64 years old in the labor force in 2013, of those 7.1 million were employed.

Source: 2013 American Community Survey


Service Connected Disabilities

3.6 million

Number of veterans with a service-connected disability rating in 2013. Of this number, 957,504 had a rating of 70 percent or higher. A "service-connected" disability is one that was a result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. Severity of one's disability is scaled from 0 to 100 percent, and eligibility for compensation depends on one's rating.

Source: 2013 American Community Survey



14.7 million

Number of veterans who voted in the 2012 presidential election. Seventy percent of veterans cast a ballot in that election, compared with 61.8 percent of all U.S. citizens 18 years and older.

Source: Table 13. Reported Voting and Registration, by Sex, Veteran Status, and Age: November 2012


12.4 million

Number of veterans who voted in the 2010 congressional election. Fifty-seven percent of veterans voted in that election, compared with 45.5 percent of all U.S. citizens 18 years and older.

Source: Table 13. Reported Voting and Registration, by Sex, Veteran Status, and Age: November 2010


Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau's Facts for Features series:

  • African-American History Month (February)
  • Super Bowl
  • Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)
  • Women's History Month (March)
  • Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/
          St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
  • Earth Day (April 22)
  • Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
  • Older Americans Month (May)
  • Mother's Day
  • Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)
  • Father's Day
  • The Fourth of July (July 4)
  • Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)
  • Back to School (August)
  • Labor Day
  • Grandparents Day
  • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
  • Unmarried and Single Americans Week
  • Halloween (Oct. 31)
  • American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)
  • Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • The Holiday Season (December)

Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030 or e-mail: <>.

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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.