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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bond refinancing could save city, taxpayers $1.5 million in interest | Kingsport Times-News

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Monday, January 26, 2015

As demand grows, city officials keep a close watch on downtown parking needs

KINGSPORT – City leaders indicate that more than 1,200 parking spaces are available in the downtown area; with more properties available should parking pressures develop in the future.

Planning leaders meet quarterly with the Positive Parking Committee of downtown business owners and others to discuss current problems and potential fixes.

It’s this group that has developed overnight parking passes for downtown residents and revised customers parking passes for downtown merchants that allow customers to exceed the standard two hour limit.

“I have worked with several communities in the Southeast, both rural and metro, and having a downtown urban core with a perceived parking problem is a great indicator of thriving activity,” Development Services Director Lynn Tully said Tuesday. “In reality, we have plenty of parking available.”

Questions over parking availability recently returned to the forefront with the successful recruitment of IntelliHARTX to a building on the corner of Center and Commerce streets. The company, a patient contact firm, expects to open with about 100 employees, but this could grow to as many as 500 jobs over the next four years.

At the same time, the downtown area continues to draw new residents, with more than 100 loft apartments and condos now in use.

“Our understanding is that employees at the IntelliHARTX facility will be working in shifts, so that should lessen the impact,” Tully said. “And with our lofts, many of our downtown residents now tend to park overnight in the garage or in lots. We are seeing very few parking on the street anymore.

Currently, there are 11 free public parking areas within a walking distance of three to seven minutes. The largest, by far, is the Shelby Street Parking Garage with 363 parking spaces on three levels. At peak times, the facility still has 45 to 50 percent of capacity.

The key crunch area at the moment tends to center on the 90 space lot at the corner of Commerce and Market streets.  This lot serves a restaurant and other personal service businesses nearby, as well as WKPT TV-19 employees.

But a block away is another 145 space lot on Cherokee Street. This lot is only a five minute walk to the corner of Center and Broad streets.

“There are a number of options we could consider if parking gets too tight,” Tully said. “The City holds several parcels that could be converted to parking if needed.”

This inventory includes the former Ward’s Feed Store, the former Traffic Division building next to the Cherokee Street lot, and the gravel area near Sleepy Owl Brewery, among other possibilities.

Another option might be to consider adding on-street parking, as many of the public side streets downtown feature especially wide public right-of-ways.

“Based on my experience, our current parking availability is good, with a very reasonable distribution of parking areas,” Tully said. “All of them are convenient, safe and accessible. But we stay in touch with our downtown customers to see how we can continue to improve.”



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Fermented Now Serving Lunch


We're excited to announce that Fermented, Downtown Kingsport's newest addition, is now open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:00AM until 3:00PM!


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Kingsport Housing Market on Three Year Uptick

Kingsport’s 2014 housing market bounced back from a 2013 soft spot and closed the year with more sales and a higher annual average sales price.

According to the Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors’ Trends Report there were 506 closing last year. That’s nine more than the 2013 total and 59 better than 2008.  It was the third straight year annual sales have exceeded the pre-recession level. Last year’s annual sales price was $161,615, up $7,892 from 2013.

Annual closing on condominiums totaled 66, one fewer than 2013. The average sales price of $126,895 was a $6,334 improvement over the previous year.

Sullivan County closed the year with 1,426 home sales, 22 more than last year and 140 more than the pre-recession benchmark. The $155,192 average annual sales price was $2,100 better than last year.

County condominium closing totaled 145, up 24 from 2013. The average sales price of $120,995 was $7,566 better than it was in 2013.

NETAR counts Kingsport home sales as those made in the Dobyns-Bennett School Zone.  Sales and price data from Kingsport and Bristol, TN are included in the county totals.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Appalachian Sustainable Development: Living Better Locally for 20 Years

Girls Inc. of Kingsport celebrates year of success

Midtown redo: Lee Apartments area eyed for redevelopment

Current Kingsport City Schools facility could become housing dev -

Current Kingsport City Schools facility could become housing dev -

Kingsport recently recognized for successful downtown redevelopment efforts - News

Kingsport recently recognized for successful downtown redevelopment efforts - News

A Life Well Lived: Charlie Goodwin spent his life making music

The Carter Family Fold: 40 years and still singing

Kingsport principal to help build vocational school for Constanza

Sullivan County-wide sales tax revenues running 5 percent higher than last year

2014 Year in Pictures

Small Business Winners Announced for the 2014 KOSBE Awards

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) recognized 12 winners during the 20th annual KOSBE Awards held at Ridgefields Country Club, on Thursday, December 11.

The winning businesses and the categories in which they won were:
• Appville 101, Multi Business
• Baker's Jewelry, Business Excellence Under 10 Employees
• Boehm Landscape Management, Business Excellence Over 10 Employees
• Branded., Young Entrepreneur
• CrossFit Kingsport, CrossFit Johnson City, & Fit Life Fundraising, Expanded Revenue Model
• Jennings Group, Gazelle Growth
• Johnson City Ballroom, New Business
• Landmark GIS, Emerging Technology
• Millennium Auto Collision, Woman-Owned
• Sleepy Owl Brewery, Small Manufacturer
• Carl Matherly of The Nutty Java and King's Korner, IMPACT
• Sam Anderson, Caped Crusader

"Congratulations to all the winners and contenders who voluntarily put themselves under the microscope of our panel of judges. Our judges deliberated for many hours before reaching their decision, which is never easy — especially when everyone is putting on their best show in the panel interview," said Aundrea Wilcox, executive director of KOSBE. "Once again, they have done a fabulous job choosing the best businesses to represent our region."

Gerald O'Connor, Founder and President of Impact Plastics in Ewrin, Tenn., spoke at the event.

KOSBE Awards sponsors included CenturyLink, Cumberland Marketing, Dykes Trucking, F&L Limo & Livery, Phil's Dream Pit, ChamberZone, East Tennessee Eye Care, Eastman Chemical Co., Food City, Hair Benders Salon, Hunter Smith & Davis Attorneys at Law, Mickey Baker Photography, NETWORKS – Sullivan Partnership, Pathway Lending, Kingsport Times-News, Times Digital Group, Triten Insurance, The Business Journal, Thompson Metal Services, VIP Seen Magazine, Holston Valley Broadcasting Group, AccelNow, Advicoach, Elite Manufacturing and Professional Services, Fish Window Cleaning, Hillhouse Graphic Design, SunTrust Bank, and The Angel Roundtable.
KOSBE Awards event partners included Action Rentals and Sales, Express Signs, Flowers by Coppercreek, Holston Distributing, Lake Pointe Advertising and Awards, Pristine Springs, and The Club at Ridgefields.

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

Please see attached photo of winners taken by Mickey Baker Photography.


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

Jeff Fleming
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Revenue Increased in All Service Sectors in 2013, Census Bureau Reports

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Revenue Increased in All Service Sectors in 2013, Census Bureau Reports

Revenue increased in all of the nation's 11 service sectors for employer firms, according to 2013 Service Annual Survey statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Within the utilities sector, natural gas distribution showed a revenue increase of 15.7 percent, from $82.2 billion in 2012 to $95.1 billion in 2013.
The Service Annual Survey provides the most comprehensive national statistics available each year on service industry activity in the U.S. In 2009, the survey expanded to include data for all service industries, which account for approximately 55 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.
Highlights from service sectors:
·         Private sector utility revenue for 2013 was $541.0 billion, up 5.6 percent from $512.1 billion in 2012.
Transportation and Warehousing
·         Revenue for transportation and warehousing for 2013 was $815.8 billion, up 4.1 percent from $783.9 billion in 2012.
  • Pipeline transportation showed $36.5 billion in revenue for 2013, up 5.7 percent from $34.6 billion in 2012.
·         Information sector revenue for 2013 was $1.3 trillion, up 3.4 percent from 2012.
·         Within the sector, the revenue for software publishers for 2013 was $172.3 billion, up 6.8 percent from $161.3 billion in 2012.
·         In 2013, the revenue for wireless telecommunication carriers (except satellite) was $226.0 billion, up 3.4 percent from $218.5 billion in 2012.
·         Data processing, hosting, and related services revenue for 2013 was $95.5 billion, up 6.4 percent from $89.8 billion in 2012.
·         Revenue for Internet publishing and broadcasting and Web search portals for 2013 was $62.5 billion, up 10.3 percent from $56.7 billion in 2012.
Finance and Insurance
  • Finance and insurance revenue for 2013 was $3.6 trillion, up 2.3 percent from 2012. 
  • Financial transactions processing, reserve, and clearinghouse activities showed $47.6 billion in revenue for 2013, up 12.2 percent from $42.5 billion in 2012.
  • Portfolio management had $206.0 billion in revenue for 2013, up 10.7 percent from $186.0 billion in 2012.
  • Investment advice revenue for 2013 was $31.8 billion, up 13.8 percent from $27.9 billion in 2012.

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
  • Real estate and rental and leasing had $497.1 billion in revenue for 2013, up 7.0 percent from $464.6 billion in 2012.
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services revenue for 2013 was $1.5 trillion, up 2.0 percent from 2012.
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
  • Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services had revenue of $745.2 billion for 2013, up 4.0 percent from $716.9 billion in 2012.
Educational Services
  • Educational services revenue for 2013 was $56.9 billion, up 3.8 percent from $54.8 billion in 2012.
Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Health care and social assistance revenue for 2013 was $2.2 trillion, up 2.7 percent from 2012.
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
  • The arts, entertainment, and recreation sector had revenue of $222.2 billion for 2013, up 4.7 percent from $212.2 billion in 2012.
Other Services (Except Public Administration)
  • Other services (except public administration) revenue for 2013 was $448.2 billion, up 6.0 percent from $422.7 billion in 2012.
Percent changes quoted in the release are calculated using estimates rounded to millions as provided in the tables. Also, note that estimates are not adjusted for price changes.
As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error. All comparisons made in this release have been tested and found to be statistically significant at the 90 percent confidence level, unless otherwise noted. Please consult the tables for measures of sampling variability. For more information about the Service Annual Survey, including information on confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, and definitions, see

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Census Bureau Projects U.S. and World Populations on New Year's Day

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Census Bureau Projects U.S. and World Populations on New Year's Day

New Year's Day Population
As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected the United States population will be 320,090,857 on Jan. 1, 2015. This represents an increase of 2,334,187, or 0.73 percent, from New Year's Day 2014, and 11,345,319, or 3.67 percent, since Census Day (April 1) 2010.
In January 2015, the U.S. is expected to experience a birth every eight seconds and one death every 12 seconds. Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person to the U.S. population every 33 seconds. The combination of births, deaths and net international migration increases the U.S. population by one person every 16 seconds.
The projected world population on Jan. 1, is 7,214,958,996, an increase of 77,381,246, or 1.08 percent, from New Year's Day 2014. During January 2015, 4.3 births and 1.8 deaths are expected worldwide every second.
The Census Bureau's Pop Clock displays real-time growth of the U.S. and world populations.
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Florida Passes New York to Become the Nation's Third Most Populous State, Census Bureau Reports

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Census Bureau News -- Florida Passes New York to Become the Nation's Third Most Populous State, Census Bureau Reports

By adding an average of 803 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Florida passed New York to become the nation's third most populous state, according to U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates released today. Florida's population grew by 293,000 over this period, reaching 19.9 million. The population of New York increased by 51,000 to 19.7 million.
California remained the nation's most populous state in 2014, with 38.8 million residents, followed by Texas, at 27.0 million. Although the list of the 10 most populous states overall was unchanged, two other states did change positions, as North Carolina moved past Michigan to take the ninth spot.
Another milestone took place in Georgia (ranked 8th), which saw its population surpass 10 million for the first time.
North Dakota was the nation's fastest-growing state over the last year. Its population increased 2.2 percent, followed by the 1.7 percent growth in Nevada and Texas. Each of the 10 fastest-growing states was in the South or West with the exception of North Dakota. 
Six states lost population between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014: Illinois (9,972 or -0.08 percent), West Virginia (3,269 or -0.18 percent), Connecticut (2,664 or -0.07 percent), New Mexico (1,323 or -0.06 percent, Alaska (527 or -0.07 percent) and Vermont (293 or -0.05 percent).
The United States as a whole saw its population increase by 2.4 million to 318.9 million, or 0.75 percent.  
In addition to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the new statistics also include estimates for Puerto Rico. On July 1, 2014, Puerto Rico had an estimated population of 3.5 million, a decline of 47,000, or 1.3 percent, from one year earlier.
The Census Bureau produces population estimates each year, allowing the public to gauge the growth and demographic composition of the nation, states and communities. These statistics use administrative data to estimate population change between census years, using the decennial census count as a starting point. Local governments use estimates to locate services, and estimates are used by the private sector to locate businesses.
The Census Bureau also released today estimates of the number of people 18 and older in the U.S., states and Puerto Rico. The downloadable file also includes total population and the percentage of people 18 and older. Internet address:
During 2015, the Census Bureau will release estimates of the 2014 population of counties, cities and towns, and metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin.
The 10 Most Populous States on July 1, 2014
Rank   State                            Population
1          California                    38,802,500
2          Texas                         26,956,958
3          Florida                       19,893,297
4          New York                   19,746,227
5          Illinois                        12,880,580
6          Pennsylvania              12,787,209
7          Ohio                           11,594,163
8          Georgia                      10,097,343
9          North Carolina              9,943,964
10        Michigan                      9,909,877
The 10 Fastest-Growing States from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014
Rank   State                            Percent Change
1          North Dakota                 2.16
2          Nevada                         1.71
3          Texas                           1.70
4          Colorado                       1.59
5          District of Columbia       1.51
6          Florida                          1.49
7          Arizona                         1.45
8          Utah                             1.38
9          Idaho                           1.34
10        South Carolina              1.27
The 10 States with the Largest Numeric Increase from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014
Rank   State                            Numeric Increase
1          Texas                           451,321
2          California                      371,107
3          Florida                         292,986
4          Georgia                       102,584
5          Arizona                         96,487
6          North Carolina               95,047
7          Washington                   87,788
8          Colorado                       83,780
9          South Carolina               60,553
10        Virginia                          55,944
The Census Bureau develops state population estimates by measuring population change since the most recent census. The Census Bureau uses births, deaths, administrative records and survey data to develop estimates of population. For more detail regarding the methodology, see <>.

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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.