Kingsport school sends food where it's needed, instead of in trash
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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KPD remembers fallen NYC officers with memorial bands
An Evening with The Vespers w/ guest Annabelle's Curse on Friday January 23rd ---part of the Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series 2015
COST: All reserved seats $20 EngageKingsport.com
WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre
1200 E. Center St. Kingsport (423) 392-8414
Kingsport, TN------ The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport present an evening with The Vespers and special guest Annabelle's Curse on January 23, 2015 at the beautiful Renaissance Arts Center Theatre in Kingsport. This show is part of the Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series of 2015. All tickets are for reserved seats and available now at www.EngageKingsport.com or by calling the Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414.
The Vespers are an Americana/folk/roots band from Nashville, TN. The band is made up of two brothers, Taylor and Bruno Jones, and two sisters, Callie and Phoebe Cryar. Bruno plays upright bass, guitar, a little banjo, ukulele, and mandolin. Taylor Jones plays drums, percussion, vocals, and mandolin. Callie plays guitar, ukulele, banjo, electric bass, lead vocals, and low harmony. Phoebe plays guitar, banjo, accordion, mandolin, ukulele, lead vocals and low harmony.
A vesper is an evening prayer. All four members were born and raised in Nashville. Callie and Phoebe, daughters of Christian artist Morgan Cryar, sang background vocals on Music Row from a young age. Taylor and Bruno had grown up influenced heavily by their father's music collection, which included everything from gritty southern rock to soul. The two sets of siblings met each other at a mutual friend's campfire. In May 2009, the four came together and played for the first time, originally just playing songs that the Cryar sisters had written. "Things progressed in a way that none of us really could have predicted," says Callie. "We knew that it was an intriguing sound, and we liked what was happening," adds Bruno. By the following winter, they made their first record, Tell Your Mama, and released it in March 2010. The record was received with critical acclaim. It is "a blend of bluegrass, folk, & alternative music all held together tightly by Callie & Phoebe's angelic harmonies & Taylor & Bruno's hypnotic rhythms." --Music City Interactive
They spent the next two years on tour, performing "anywhere people would let [them]". In the beginning of 2011, they began to think about their next record, writing most of their songs while on the road. They recorded the new music in two pieces, during breaks from touring in May and August 2011, with the help of producers Anderson East and Daniel Scobey. This second record, The Fourth Wall was released on April 3, 2012. The band stated that the 'fourth wall' refers to the invisible wall between the performers and the audience, and their goal is to break down that wall with each show.
Sisters and Brothers, the band's third album, is due to be released on February 10, 2015
"The Vespers are on the verge of breaking through The Fourth Wall. The Vespers better get ready to lead a life less normal."
— Huffington Post
"The Vespers are fresh and infectious. The sisters' ethereal look and sound is grounded by the brothers' tight and creative rhythm section. I've seen them mesmerize audiences live several times and look forward to having them back."
— Todd Mayo, Music City Roots
Special guest opening the show: Annabelle's Curse
Annabelle's Curse is an emotional compulsion. They are a cry of camaraderie to the wasted youth of our generation, an emulsion of the hope and the wickedness in our hearts. Hailing from Bristol, Virginia, an area that throbs as the heart of Appalachian roots music, they have traveled beyond long-established folk to craft a profoundly distinctive and soaring sound. While deeply grounded in musical tradition, each song offers the contrast of strong progression woven with striking banjo and guitar riffs, evocative lyrical harmony, stirring imagery, and infectious energy. They lovingly produce dynamic and explosive music dealing with powerful themes of the human condition that resonate with each listener. Annabelle's Curse has generated a family of followers moved to stomp until the floorboards split, clap until their hands are numb, and howl until their voices crack. Together, they burst.
About the Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport:
City of Kingsport Mission: To provide economic, educational and quality of life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant and diverse Community.
The Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. Programs & partnerships include: Flying Pig Gallery & Studios, Public Art Kingsport, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Kingsport Carousel Project, the Carousel Fine Craft Show and they provide a broad range of support to the area's arts organizations. They also serve as coordinator for special events in the city. They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the "Friends of the Cultural Arts" group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.
The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport's goals are to collaborate with a variety of arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations, with the aim of increasing opportunities and outlets for artists of all types. As Kingsport becomes a destination for artists and art enthusiasts, new markets and opportunities emerge. The Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport are dedicated to cultivating cultural assets and promoting them as vehicles for economic and community development.
For more information or to purchase tickets to any event contact the
City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414
or log on to www.EngageKingsport.com
The arts are transformative to places as well as individuals.
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Alice Pope selected by national publication as part of elite group of health care professionals to know
ALICE POPE SELECTED BY NATIONAL PUBLICATION AS PART
OF ELITE GROUP OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO KNOW
KINGSPORT – Alice Pope, Wellmont Health System's executive vice president and chief financial officer, has been named by a national publication as one of 130 female hospital and health system leaders to know.
Becker's Hospital Review, which writes about business and legal information for health care industry leaders, recently named Pope to the list. She is the only leader from the region to be selected.
"These 130 women, who are current executives at hospitals and health systems across the nation, demonstrate outstanding leadership within the hospital and health care industry and were chosen based on a wide range of management and leadership skills, including oversight of hospital or health system operations, financial turnarounds and quality improvement initiatives," Becker's said in unveiling the list.
An innovative leader with about 20 years of experience in health care finance, Pope has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer since 2012 and oversees about $800 million in revenue. Before assuming that role, she was Wellmont's senior vice president of finance, managed care and revenue cycle.
Pope has played an instrumental role in Wellmont's achievement of $60 million in revenue growth and cost savings in the last three years. She has also helped drive Wellmont's leadership in retaining the lowest cost per case in the local market.
Plus, she has helped the organization transition to delivering more care in outpatient settings, which has further reduced costs and enabled Wellmont to meet the changing health care landscape mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
Earlier in her 14-year Wellmont career, Pope served as vice president and chief financial officer of Holston Valley Medical Center. During her tenure, she was a key member of the team that developed and implemented Project Platinum, which positioned the hospital to meet future needs.
"Alice is an extraordinary member of our executive leadership team and has demonstrated repeated excellence in ensuring we continue to be good stewards of our financial resources," said Bart Hove, Wellmont's interim president and CEO. "In these changing times in health care, we are fortunate to have Alice's vision and wisdom guiding our financial operations. This recognition is well-earned and reflects her hard work and the strength of Wellmont's reputation across the country."
To view the list of selected women, please visit http://bit.ly/1GmUD2f.
Archiventures has posted a new item, 'Kingsport: Homefront'
I have just installed a new archival exhibit at the Kingsport Public Library. It
celebrates the men and women who served our country during the first and second
world wars and honors the people who supported them while striving to maintain
home and community.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Northeast State tops Regents schools in performance outcomes
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.