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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Garbage & trash collections to continue through weekend

For Immediate Release February 27, 2014

 

COMMUNITY & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

225 West Center Street v Kingsport, TN  37660 v 423-229-9413 v 423-229-9350 fax

Garbage and trash collections to continue through weekend

 

KINGSPORT – Garbage and trash collection has resumed on a delayed basis, after temporarily being suspended to allow additional support for snow clearing operations. As a result, routes normally collected on Wednesday are being collected today, February 27th, with Thursday routes being collected Saturday and Friday routes being collected on Sunday. Next week, if customers have more garbage than can fit in the provided container, please bag the trash and place it a couple feet away from the container on the regular garbage collection day next week. Additional crews will be picking up the surplus next week. Only bagged trash will be collected outside of the provided container.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kingsport sales up strongly in December

KINGSPORT – Sales inside the City of Kingsport are on the rise, with December sales tax collections posting the second largest increase in a decade.

Sales tax collections jumped 11.10 percent for December, while collections through eight months of the fiscal year are up 5.8 percent. November sales were also up by 6.22 percent.

“There’s been a good bit of conversation about retail sales in the region lately, and the results so far are closely following strong sales growth state wide,” City Manager Jeff Fleming said Friday. “Clearly, retail sales in the current fiscal year are on a strong upward trend in Kingsport.”

In all, the City has collected $17.3 million in sales taxes so far this fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. Under state law, half of that sum goes to support K-12 school systems in Kingsport, Bristol and Sullivan County on a per student basis.

The remainder goes to the City General Fund, although the City supplements state funding for Kingsport schools with $10.35 million annually from the General Fund. Another $3.25 million in General Fund dollars goes to cover Kingsport schools capital construction debt.

In all, about 65 percent of all sales taxes generated inside Sullivan County are generated inside the corporate limits of Kingsport, according to the latest report.

“With strong industrial growth, and long term efforts to develop commercial retail and housing, we do believe this a trend that will continue,” Fleming said. “The impact of the national recession lingered longer than we would have liked, but the past few years have been on a gradual upward climb, with sales tax growth of .84 percent in fiscal year 2013 and 1.77 percent in FY 2014.”

With the difficult weather of recent days, Fleming said it’s critical to remember Kingsport small businesses when making purchasing decisions, and to shop local whenever possible.

“Sales are the key to funding a world-class school system,” Fleming said. “If sales tax dollars don’t grow, it’s very difficult for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to make that up on the property tax side.”

On a budgetary basis, Kingsport sales tax collections are running about $126,700 ahead of budget, and $486,588 above last year’s collections at this point. While this is a good indicator of local economic activity, Fleming noted that many needs remain as the City heads toward its annual budget development sessions.

“This will provide a little bit of breathing room, along with a continuing emphasis on increasing operational efficiency and holding headcount as low as possible,” Fleming said. “In the current budget, the BMA concentrated on increasing road maintenance funding, greater support for K-12 education, and covering increased solid waste costs.

“In the end, there are a limited number of dollars to go around, and we look to the Board to set the agenda in terms of focus areas. At the same time, management continues to believe that the key to Kingsport’s success is in building the strongest possible workforce, so we will be looking to strengthen our workforce as capacity permits.”

 

 

 

                      Tim Whaley

                         Director

Community & Government Relations

               423.229.9413 desk

         423.817-0699 cell/text

   TimWhaley@KingsportTN.gov

 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sullivan sales tax revenues running 5 percent higher than last year

'Sell, Sell, Sell': NETWORKS CEO ready to market Phipps Bend

New Kingsport ballfields on track for opening in early April

WJHL Kingsport softball, baseball complex set to open in April

Kingsport softball, baseball complex set to open in April

WJHL Downtown Kingsport Parking

Kingsport downtown parking

Neil Danehy's legacy lives on through foundation's work

Bays Mountain reports newest wolf pups are healthiest yet

Fwd: KOSBE News Release | KOSBE Hosts Mobile App Marketing Training Opportunity: Going Mobile in a Mobile World


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From: Dana Glenn <DGlenn@kingsportchamber.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 9:05 AM
Subject: KOSBE News Release | KOSBE Hosts Mobile App Marketing Training Opportunity: Going Mobile in a Mobile World
To: Dana Glenn <DGlenn@kingsportchamber.org>


Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) News Release

 

Monday, February 9, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                

 

CONTACT:

Dana Glenn

Administrative & Marketing Coordinator, KOSBE

Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

Ph: (423) 392-8825

dglenn@tsbdc.org

 

 

KOSBE HOSTS MOBILE APP MARKETING TRAINING OPPORTUNITY:  GOING MOBILE IN A MOBILE WORLD

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Small Business Development Center ETSU – Kingsport Affiliate will host Mobile App Marketing:  Going Mobile in a Mobile World on Tuesday, February 24, 3-4:30 PM, at your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.  The training is co-sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, and Appville 101.

The training is open to individuals and business owners interested in learning the benefits of having a mobile app for their business.

 

This interactive training will cover various topics, such as:  the power of mobile apps, how mobile apps can help business grow, connecting social media with mobile apps, and the ease of client contact through a mobile app.

 

"Apps are very crucial in today's society.  They help us to understand the changes happening and provide us with instant connectivity.  Mobile is the way to go now and will become more prevailing in the years to come," said Keddrain Bowen, President of Appville 101.  "Mobile app usage has increased over 100% from 2012 to 2013, meaning the amount of time that people spend using apps has more than doubled!"

Keddrain Bowen is the President and co-founder of Appville 101.  Bowen graduated from Tusculum College in 2003 and went on to start Fanatics 101, a sports attire retail store with locations The Mall at Johnson City and The Asheville Mall.  Bowen is a member of the 2011 "40 Under 40" class and is the 2013 KOSBE Award winner of the Young Entrepreneur category.  Appville 101 received the 2014 KOSBE Award for Multi Business.

This is a free training, but pre-registration is required.  Please R.S.V.P. online at http://bit.ly/1Ax2Xw1 or to Dana Glenn at 423.392.8825 or dglenn@tsbdc.org

The Tennessee Small Business Development Centers Network, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, is an accredited member of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, participating universities and community colleges, and regional support partners. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA and other program sponsors. All information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. All information, events, and/or prices are subject to change or withdrawal. The Tennessee Small Business Development Centers Network shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints. Please confirm the information with the listing party.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Dana Glenn at 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, TN  37660 or at 423-392-8825.

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Regards,

 

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

dglenn@kingsportchamber.org

www.kosbe.org

 




--
Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Multi-purpose sports facility comes to downtown Kingsport

Bi-annual musical donates funds to vets memorial

Sullivan recycling diverts nearly half of waste from landfill

Fwd: PRESS RELEASE: Art Show/Reception for Rob Beverly’s new photography work: “New York State of Mind” Reception on 2/13/2015 from 5-7 pm, show through 2/28/2015 at Flying Pig Gallery & Studios, Downtown Kingsport, TN


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From: Stephanos, William <WilliamStephanos@kingsporttn.gov>
Date: Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 10:32 AM
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: Art Show/Reception for Rob Beverly's new photography work: "New York State of Mind" Reception on 2/13/2015 from 5-7 pm, show through 2/28/2015 at Flying Pig Gallery & Studios, Downtown Kingsport, TN
To: "Stephanos, William" <WilliamStephanos@kingsporttn.gov>


PRESS RELEASE

February 10, 2015

For Immediate Release

 

 

 


Art Show and reception for Rob Beverly's new photography work:

"New York State of Mind" Reception on 2/13/2015 from 5-7 pm,

show through 2/28/2015 at Flying Pig Gallery & Studios, Downtown Kingsport.

 


Kingsport, TN------ Flying Pig Gallery and Studios is holding a special two-week showing of gallery artist Rob Beverly's images of New York City.

 

The images were made during Rob's December trip to the City. 


The opening reception will be from 5pm-7pm on Friday February 13th and the show will run through February 28th.


Flying Pig is an exciting new Arts Space located in two adjacent buildings located on the corner of Broad and Center streets in Downtown Kingsport, TN.  Flying Pig Gallery and Studios is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10 am–5 pm (On Fridays 'til 7pm). The spirit of the Flying Pig is community. This is a space for creative people to be a vital part of the new Downtown Kingsport.  Where dreams can come true and you can make a lot of good friends on the way.

The gallery side features Fine Art and Fine Craft by several nationally-acclaimed artists & craftspeople. There are paintings, jewelry, pottery, textiles, photography and more. All artwork is for sale. There will be a series of art classes for children and adults offered to the public over the next few months. 

The studio side features the Kingsport Carousel animals that have been hand-carved from wood, and then hand-painted.  The Carousel animals have been located in businesses throughout Kingsport over the past several months so that the public could see the animals that will go on to the Carousel when it is completed in early 2015.  Now, all of the animals have been collected in one location open for the public to visit. 

In addition to the Carousel animals, the Rounding Boards, Bird Paintings, and other Carousel components are also on exhibit.  Carvers and painters will be on hand to talk about the process of creating these beautiful animals, and to discuss the story behind each animal and how each component of the Carousel is tied to the Kingsport Community.  There is a Kingsport Carousel store (future gift shop) located within the studios with beautiful t-shirts, notecards, posters, and much more for sale.  Help make Pigs Fly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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, and manage the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre and the Kingsport Farmer's Market facility.. 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.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

 

 

 

William Stephanos, MPA, M.Ed.

Event & Program Administrator & Special Events Coordinator

 

City of Kingsport, Office of Cultural Arts

Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre  1200 E. Center St., Suite 224   Kingsport, TN  37660

423.392.8414 office  ∙  423.794.0800 mobile  ∙  423.392.8431 fax

stephanos@KingsportTN.gov    www.EngageKingsport.com     Facebook    Twitter

 

 

 

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--
Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

State of the county: Sullivan Mayor talks about area's challenges, opportunities

Feb 25: KOSBE Offers GrowthWheel(R) Employee Training

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Small Business Development Center ETSU – Kingsport Affiliate will lead a GrowthWheel® WorkGroup on Employees on Wednesday, February 25 from 9 to 11 am at your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.  The event is co-sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), and your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

The GrowthWheel® is a new business tool for decision making.  It offers small business owners and entrepreneurs a way to view their business holistically.  GrowthWheel® helps entrepreneurs get focused, set an agenda, and take steps to grow. 
Participants of this training will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to:  staff cost/benefit, how job descriptions create value and clarity, and recruiting the next employee.  All participants will receive a kit that is customizable to their individual business's needs.

This seminar will be led by Aundrea Y. Wilcox, KOSBE Executive Director and Senior Business Counselor for the SBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office.  Wilcox is also certified as a GrowthWheel® Instructor.

"GrowthWheel® is a great tool for businesses of any size, in any industry, at any stage of development, but is especially useful to existing businesses," said Wilcox.  "The reason for this is that existing businesses have some history and experiences that make GrowthWheel® more meaningful.  I really would like to see our well established businesses take advantage of these trainings and make their old business new again."

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.  Attendees must meet the following prerequisites - completion of "GrowthWheel® Introduction" training and submission of GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration.  Please R.S.V.P. online at http://bit.ly/1uDA7ZG, or by contacting Dana Glenn, who can be reached at 
423.392.8825 or dglenn@tsbdc.org

Appalachian Power's EDGE Grant Program for business retention and expansion supports the GrowthWheel® training offered through KOSBE.  KOSBE was one of eight localities and nonprofits that received EDGE Grant funding.

The Tennessee Small Business Development Centers Network, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, is an accredited member of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, participating universities and community colleges, and regional support partners. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA and other program sponsors. All information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. All information, events, and/or prices are subject to change or withdrawal. The Tennessee Small Business Development Centers Network shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints. Please confirm the information with the listing party.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Dana Glenn at 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, TN  37660 or at 423-392-8825.

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Regards,

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





--
Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Glory Days: Video will capture history of Church Hill High football

Scott County plans celebration of 200th anniversary of First Court

Local students recycle 15 tons

A Better Life for All


              KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE – United Way of Greater Kingsport (UWGK) hosted its 2014 Annual Meeting on February 12, 2015 with approximately 130 people in attendance, including those who GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER on behalf of the organization, representatives from UWGK Member Agencies, and public officials from the City of Kingsport and Sullivan County.  Distinguished United States Marine Corps Veterans Will Perkins, Dirk Smith, and Charlie King, all who faithfully served our country in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The organization’s vision, “A Better Life for All where everyone in the community has an opportunity for a quality education, financial stability, and good health,” was underscored in a presentation given by keynote speaker Dr. Marvin Cameron, pastor of First Baptist Church Kingsport.  Dr. Cameron’s presentation, entitled, “Charity Matters,” used key concepts discussed in two popular books—Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton and When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, to highlight the work being done at the UWGK.
“One of the goals at United Way of Greater Kingsport is to imagine a community that fosters hope and opportunity for everyone. . .where the cycle of poverty and financial dependence ends and productive livelihoods begin for even the most disadvantaged,” said Dr. Cameron.  “A goal like that does not become reality overnight.  It requires interconnectedness.  Bringing people and organizations from all across our community who have the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done is essential if lives are to be improved.  United Way drives community change through a collaborative approach to community impact,” added Dr. Cameron.
Recognizing and thanking those individuals whose selfless contributions enabled the organization to create long-term, lasting change in community conditions rounded out the meeting.  John Perdue, president of the 2014 UWGK Board of Directors, gave the prestigious UWGK Live United Award to two volunteers whose decades of service led to many lives being improved.  Beulah Ferguson and Ed Reynolds were commended for their tireless efforts as board members as well as committee and council members. Their work helped launch United WE READ, a collaborative effort aimed at creating a literacy-rich community, and supported the critical work being done by UWGK Member Agencies respectively. 
“We are humbled by the servant leadership that Beulah and Ed have provided to our organization.  Each has brought unique contributions, enabling us to advance the common good in our focus areas—education, income, and health.  They are great examples of what it means to Live United,” said Danelle Glasscock, UWGK executive director. 
Also recognized were those individuals who served on the 2014 UWGK Board of Directors as well as on committees and councils that drove and supported the organization’s community impact work.  Perdue thanked the outgoing 2014 Board Members that served alongside him, which included Mike Watts, Jim Maddox, Candace Sass, Lora Barnett, Edd Baldock, Rachel Horton Cain, and Cacy Fink.  Edd Baldock and Jeff Hooker, UWGK past and present board members respectively, thanked the volunteers who gave of their time and talents on committees and councils to advance the work of the UWGK Community Impact Strategies (United WE READ, Life BRIDGE, Mobile Dental Unit, and SeniorConnectKpt.org) and UWGK Member Agencies.  Keith Parker, UWGK board member, motioned to affirm the 2015 UWGK Board of Directors slate.  This motion was approved, and the 2015 UWGK Board of Directors was introduced:
              Board Position
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer/Finance Chair
Assistant Treasurer/Finance Vice Chair
Administration Committee Chair
Administration Committee Vice Chair
Audit Committee Chair
Audit Committee Vice Chair
Communications Committee Chair
Communications Committee Vice Chair
Community Assessment/Planning Chair
Community Assessment/Planning Vice Chair
Community Investment Committee Chair
Community Investment Committee Vice Chair
Human Resources Chair
Human Resources Vice Chair
Leadership Development Chair
Leadership Development Vice Chair
Quality Chair
Quality Vice Chair
Resource Development Chair
Resource Development Vice Chair
Strategic Planning Chair
Strategic Planning Vice Chair
At Large Member
At Large Member
At Large Member
At Large Member
At Large Member
At Large Member

Name
Darren Eskind
Cari Parker
Andy Wampler
Ron Nussman
Lori Payne
Brett Sago
Duane Barnes
Andy Hatfield
Open
Ben Conkin
Jeannie Miller
Kevin White
Jane Henry
Tom Whittemore
Jeff Hooker
Rhonda Reeves
Kevin Smith
Keith Parker
Nicole Austin
Phillip Tencer
Susan Fannon
Craig Denison
Joel Mears
Jeff Fleming
Cherie Porter
Tim Attebery
Marvin Cameron
Matt Storey
Dory Creech
Thomas Henning
Jubal Yennie

Company Represented
Jacobs
Eastman
Wilson Worley
Domtar
Holston Medical Group
Eastman
BELLCO Metals Group
Blackburn, Childers, Stegall

Kingsport Times News
Jeannie Miller Designs
Eastman
Blue Ridge Properties
Eastman
Eastman
Wellmont
Indian Path
Eastman
Kingsport Chamber of Commerce
Eastman
Mountain States Health Alliance
Bank of Tennessee
TEC Industrial
City of Kingsport
Community Volunteer
Wellmont
First Baptist Church Kingsport
Eastman
Kingsport City Schools
Eastman
Sullivan County Schools


Mayor Dennis Phillips presented Perdue with a commendation from the City of Kingsport on behalf of the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Alderman for his leadership and vision as the 2014 UWGK Board President.  Mayor Phillips noted that Perdue served as an example to those around him and inspired others to be part of the change that comes from people united in giving, advocating, and volunteering.  Perdue then turned his gavel over to Darren Eskind, president of the 2015 UWGK Board of Directors, who then officially adjourned the meeting.


Bays Mountain Astronomy Club newsletter!

The latest newsletter for the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club is now online. The newsletter is now a fully digital publication and so can now benefit from less restrictions.

The biggest change is the availability in iBooks format. It is my hope that this will attract new visitors to our club and all that it offers in education, sharing the night sky, and fun. The format allows for lots of interactivity and great information. It can even be used as a study guide. You can highlight text and add your own notes. A function of iBooks accesses those highlights and notes and create study cards for personal testing of learned knowledge. At this time, it is viewable in iPads or Mac computers.

Not to be restrictive, the newsletter is also available in PDF format. This is universal across all platforms and mobile devices. Due to our digital change, the newsletter has become more of a journal. This issue is twenty-seven pages in length, it includes much more information and lots of full-page pictures.

Here's the link to the issue:












Thank you,

Adam Thanz
Astronomy & Space Sciences Program Coordinator - Planetarium Director
Bays Mountain Planetarium
853 Bays Mountain Park Road
Kingsport, TN 37660

(423) 224-2532 - phone
(423) 224-2589 - fax

http://www.baysmountain.com/planetarium-productions/


~      ~ Bays Mountain Productions ~      ~

~ B e y o n d   Y o u r   I m a g i n a t i o n ~


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.