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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Park planned for Kingsport's Centennial

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

May 2: Beth@40 Race


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Beth@ 40 R.A.C.E. for the RACE

Fundraiser for the Foundation’s work helping stop the spread of infectious disease worldwide

The Elizabeth R Griffin Foundation (ERG) was established in honor of Beth Griffin, daughter of Caryl Griffin Russell, who died of a monkey virus in 1997 while working as a researcher at a primate center. How amazed Beth would be at the worldwide transformations that have happened in her name.  On May 1, Beth would have been 40 years old.  Due to local interest in celebrating Beth’s birthday and the work of the Foundation over the past 17 years, ERG will be holding two events on Saturday, May 2, to celebrate her life and keep the momentum of the Foundation's work going, the Beth@ 40 R.A.C.E. for the RACE and A Birthday Celebration dinner. Visit for more information and to register.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Design phase begins for new "castle" at Andrew Johnson Elementary

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TDOT official says green spaces result in green dollars

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Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition

Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition
Celebrating 13 years

     The Annual Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition is celebrating 13 years!  The contest and exhibition will be at the Kingsport Art Guild Gallery and the Atrium at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. 
     The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition is looking for entries. There are three levels of competition: Youth, Amateur, and Proficient. Competition categories are: Nature, Pictorial, and the Carrie Penley Themed category.  This year's theme is:  "NURSERY RHYMES."  The Photographs can be color or Black and White (Monochrome). 
     Cash prizes and ribbons awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places, People Choice award, Best of Show, and The Jerry Penley "I Love the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Region."  Honorable Mentions will receive ribbons. 
     Entries will be turned in at Rainbow's End Floral and Gift Shop located at 214 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN. Monday through Friday April 20, 2015 through May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays April 25th and May 2nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The deadline is May 2, 2015 at 3 p.m.  Entries may be shipped to Ann Fortney 154 W. Wanola Ave, Kingsport, TN 37660 but needs to arrive by the deadline.
     Judging will be May 9, 2015 from 10 a.m. till finish. Times depend on number of entries. Judging is open to the public at The Kingsport Renaissance Center located at 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN
     The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Exhibition is from May 31-June24, 2015 during regular business hours.  Reception/Awards Ceremony will be Sunday May 31, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. All awards will be presented that day with the exception of the People's Choice which will be presented June 20, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. Deadline for voting for People's Choice is June 20th at 3 p.m. 
     For more information contact Ann Fortney at 423-914-5453, email:, or face book:  Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition.


The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition Celebrating 13 Years!

     The 2015 Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition is celebrating 13 years!  The Creator/Organizer of the event, Ann Fortney, says she is very proud of the quality of the event, the number of participants and entries she gets each year and the support from those participants and the community.  "Without the participants and the community support there would be no Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition; and it sure wouldn't have lasted 13 years," says Ann.      
     The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition was created in 1992. It has gone through a few name changes over the past 13 years but has kept its mission true. To promote interest in the ever growing art of photography. To provide a quality competition for amateur and professional, young and young at heart in the region.
     Ann states that she is very proud of what she has accomplished with the photography contest, because it has become more than just a regional contest.  She says that over the years that ten (10) states have been represented some multiple times including California.  
She is always encouraging people to tell their friends, family, kids from all over to enter. Photos can be shipped in from anywhere as long as they arrive by the deadline. 
     There are three (3) levels of competition. "Youth" is for those 14 and under. Ann says the youth have a unique perspective when they are behind the camera.  "If the youth can hold a camera; then they can take a photo," says Ann, "You give a 3, 4, 5 year old or older a simple point and shoot camera and it always amazes me what they will see or shoot that we would never see."  "Amateur" is for those that do not compete regularly and place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in competitions or sell their works. "Proficient" is for those who sell their works of art, and/or places regularly in photographic competitions. 
     The competition will be in the following categories. The "Nature" category, which has absolutely nothing man made in it. The "Pictorial" category can be anything and everything. "The Carrie Penley Special Theme" Category, is a special category that will change each year and honors Carrie Penley, a woman who loved scavenger hunts. Ann said her mother; whom this category is named after, always supported her and the Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition.  Together they came up with an award honoring Ann's father and now it was Carrie's turn to be honored. This year's special theme is "Nursery Rhymes." This will be photography depicting a Nursery Rhyme.  An example is: "Little Boy Blue" could be a photo of a child in blue with a horn, and etc.  Ann says, "I want the special theme to be thought worthy and challenging.  I want participants to have fun, and use their imagination to come up with that special theme photo."  
     Participants can enter as many photos as they would like. There is a $5.00 entry fee for each photo. That entry fee money is returned as prize money. There are ribbons and prize money awarded for "1st, 2nd, and 3rd" places and ribbons for "Honorable Mentions". There are also "Best of Show" and "People's Choice" Awards. The "People's Choice" Award is given to the photograph that you, the public, chooses. Each person that visits the exhibit will have a chance to place a vote for their favorite photograph and on June 20, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. the "People's Choice" Award will be announced. 
    There is another special award, The "Jerry Penley I Love the Blue Ridge/Appalachians" Award.  This award is given to one photograph that best depicts the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Region. "This award honors my father, Jerry Penley," says Ann," He lived his life in this area and loved photographing the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Region." She said when she went to him about creating a photography contest and exhibition, he didn't hesitate in wanting to support her and help her create her event.  Those participants that enter the contest can enter another category such as the Nature, Pictorial or Special Theme and then by simply checking one more box can enter that same photo in the "Jerry Penley I Love the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Region" Award.  She encourages participants that want to enter a photograph for this award to go to their website, at and look at the photos that her family, particularly her father, have taken.  Ann says, "By taking a quick look at our website; people can get a feel for what the "Jerry Penley I Love the Blue Ridge/Appalachians" Award is about." 
     This year photographic entries will be turned in at Rainbow's End Floral and Gift Shop located at 214 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN.  Entries can be turned in Mondays-Fridays April 20-May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays April 25th  and May 2nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The deadline is May 2, 2015 at 3 p.m.  Entries can be shipped in as well to Ann Fortney 154 W. Wanola Ave. Kingsport, TN 37660, but must arrive by the deadline.  The judging will be Saturday May 9, 2015 from 10 a.m. till finished at the Kingsport Renaissance Center and will be open to the public.  The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Exhibition will open May 31, 2015 at 2 p.m. and run through June 24, 2015.  Also on May 31, 2015 there will be an awards/reception from 2-4 p.m. at the Kingsport Art Guild Gallery and the Atrium Gallery.  "The ribbons will be already hanging on the photographs, but this is the time I get to give the monetary prizes out and those winners will be recognized," says Ann.
     Those wanting to participate in the Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition can find applications at regional photo labs, framing/matting stores, hobby/craft stores, and some gift and specialty stores, the area libraries, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and etc. Applications can be found online and downloaded from Ann stated she does have a Facebook page dedicated to the "Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition" as well. Anyone wishing to receive updates and other information year round need only go there and "like" the page. 
     Ann said, "I need to recognize and thank my sponsors. Without them I couldn't make this happen year after year. They are great and I deeply believe in supporting those that support the Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition and me."  The 2015 Sponsors are:  Adventure Time Hot Air Ballooning, BAE Systems, Eastman Camera Club, Eddie's Trophies and Gift Shop, Express Signs, Food City, Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Holston Valley Broadcasting Corp., Jim Williams and Associates, Attorneys at Law, Kingsport Art Guild, Kingsport Imaging Systems, Inc., Kingsport Renaissance Center, Kingsport Times-News, Penjacc Productions, Rainbow's End Floral and Gift Shop, Spivey, King & Spivey, LLP, and Stir Fry CafĂ©.

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Kingsport community rallying to rebuild iconic playground

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Tammie Davis Named 2015 YWCA Tribute to Women Award Recipient

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Tammie Davis, chief human resources officer at Kingsport City Schools, was recently named a 2015 YWCA Tribute to Women Award Recipient among eleven other women who actively better the quality of life for thousands of area residents.

The annual Tribute to Women awards program recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Nominated by area organizations and chosen by an independent panel of judges, the twelve award recipients exemplify those working to enrich the region's arts, education, business and community service efforts.

"It's such a privilege to highlight the accomplishments and ongoing contributions that so many women make in our region," said Jayne Duehring, chair of the 2015 Tribute to Women. "Through their devotion, our honorees are fostering commerce, opening educational opportunities, strengthening our charitable organizations, and nourishing the arts in our communities."

The 2015 Tribute to Women Award recipients were selected for their leadership qualities, positive impact on community, and demonstrated growth and achievement grouped into the following categories: Arts, Business, Education and Volunteer.

For 32 years, educator Tammie Davis has worked to impact the individual lives of students. She began her career as both the chorus and orchestra director at John Sevier Middle School, serving in that position from 1983-2001.  During her time at Sevier, she was named Middle School Teacher of the Year for Kingsport City Schools (1996).  She later served as associate principal at Jefferson Elementary (2001-2004), then principal at Lincoln Elementary School for six years (2004-2010). Since July 2010, she has served as Chief Human Resources Officer for KCS.

"We are extremely happy for Tammie on being recognized as a Tribute to Women Award recipient," said KCS Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie. "Her inspirational love of music and children are evident in her more than 20 years of involvement as guest conductor for the Citywide Choral Festival and leadership in the Upper East Tennessee Junior Orchestra Clinic."

Tammy received one of the highest honors in her career in 1999 when a top Furman Honors student recognized her as his most influential teacher in his life during his K-12 education. She has also been nominated several times by former students for Who's Who Among America's Teachers for making a difference in their lives.   As an administrator, Davis was named to the Distinguished School Administrator Honor Roll by the Tennessee Association of School Librarians (2005).   She also received the 2011 Outstanding Administrator Award from the Tennessee Music Educators Association, based on a nomination from a Kingsport City Schools Music Teacher.

Davis is a member of TN Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University in 1983 and her Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University in 1992.

The 2015 Tribute to Women banquet and silent auction will be held at the Holiday Inn, 3005 Linden Drive in Bristol, Va., at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Tickets can be purchased online at Funds from this event support multiple YWCA Bristol programs, including sliding-scale child care, teen pregnancy education, after-school activities for at-risk girls, and women's health and wellness programs.

For more information, call (423) 968.9444 or email

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNPCE).

For more information on KCS, visit, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FMThe Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, or call (423) 378.2100. We're social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).


Marybeth McLain
Communications Editor
Kingsport City Schools
400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 200
Kingsport, TN 37660

Ph. (423) 378.2123

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Kingsport Blog

Dr. Bateman, Local Kingsport Dentist Performs Charity Work for Under Privileged Communities

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Eastman expands TRITAN co-polyester capacity

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KATS sees record ridership, plans for expansion

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Bays Mountain offers StarWatch, SunWatch sessions

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Kingsport City Schools named District of Distinction

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Milligan recognizes Kingsport, Tri-Cities servant leaders

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Netherland Inn boasts rich history

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Greenbelt ducks, diving exhibition

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Kiwanis Club celebrating 100 years of service

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Eastman recognized for energy efficiency

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Kingsport to open new downtown dog park

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Local teacher shares the "Joy" of music

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Apr 25: Spring Garden Show at Exchange Place


Kingsport, TN – We're pretty sure that the winter we just experienced was enjoyable only to Frosty the Snowman!  Well, with all due respect to our musical/animated friend, we are happy to announce the official arrival of spring when the Exchange Place Living History Farm hosts its annual Spring Garden Fair on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, from 12 - 5 p.m.  Now in its 31st year, the oldest garden fair in the region will feature thousands of plants for sale - perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs - with the emphasis on herbs, natives and a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes and plants.


A true celebration of heritage farming and heirloom gardening, the Spring Garden Fair offers wonderful agrarian experts, plus folk and yard artisans, scattered throughout the 1850s farmstead, which is located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport and is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The festival will also feature demonstrations of springtime activities on the nineteenth-century farm, as well as ol' timey music, children's activities, and a variety of special events.


Life as it was lived in the years before the War Between the States is on display throughout the grounds, as iron is formed over the forge, sheep are shorn for the summer, and food is cooked over the open hearth in our kitchen, with this year's theme being an exploration of the culinary influences of three European cultures that settled in Appalachia and the back-country: the English, Scots-Irish, and Germans.  And in addition to their chores in the hearthside kitchen, our Junior Apprentices will be offering demonstrations of shingle splitting.


Two of our most popular features will be returning.  The Overmountain Weavers Guild continues their long tradition of “Sheep to Shawl,” with sheep being sheared and the wool carded, spun into yarn and woven into a shawl within hours.  And for all you gamers, retired World Champion Whimmy Diddler Will Hines of Greeneville will direct the 7th Annual Edens Ridge Whimmy Diddle Competition at 3 pm on Sunday, which is open to all ages.  (Mr. Hines and others will be available in the hour before the contest to offer pointers and practice time for all.)  


Exchange Place prides itself on being an educational facility as well as a fun place to visit, and gardening experts will be leading “Talks and Walks,” and Master Gardeners and members of the Southern Appalachian Plant Society will be on hand to answer specific questions and provide information on home gardening throughout the weekend.


Rain Barrel Workshop/Sale will be held both days of the Garden Fair.  Rain barrel kits (including a 55-gallon food grade plastic barrel plus all the fittings) will be available for $40 (check or cash).  Participants can assemble the kits into a finished rain barrel on site with assistance from volunteers, or take the kit and instructions with them to complete at home -- it takes less than 30 minutes to assemble!


There will also be many activities for children, under the guidance of the Girl Scouts, 4H and other volunteers, including “chores” done on an active working farm, and interaction with our resident cow and horses.  And this year we have a new resident at Exchange Place – a donkey named Jenny!  She will be hanging with her new BFFs, our ewes and lambs, in the pasture on the Roseland side of the road.  


Throughout the weekend the farmstead will be alive with the sound of a wide variety of traditional music, performed by local artists such as Charlotte and Art EllisThe Renaissance Strings, Thistle Dew, and The Baileys.  A more complete schedule will be available as we get closer to the festivities.  And don't worry, if you get hungry or thirsty, food, drinks and snacks will be available.


Admission is $3 for adults and is free for children under the age of 12.  


Exchange Place is a non-profit, volunteer-run living history farm, educational facility and regional attraction that seeks to preserve, protect, interpret, and manage the history, heritage, and artifacts pertaining to mid-19th century farm life in Northeast Tennessee.  For more information please call 423-288-6071.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Kingsport's first downtown dog park

Eastman receives prestigious environmental award

A new garden spot, Parkway Plaza demolished

UT celebrates opening of Eastman engineering lab

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Sullivan commissioners tour schools

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Sullivan school officials tweak 2020 vision

Sullivan school officials tweak 2020 vision

Appalachian Heritage Quilters Guild

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National AAU wrestling tournament in Kingsport

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New 9-1-1- Center to be dedicated during national public safety telecommunicators week

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Photos: Kingsport tree planting for remembrance

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If you are interested in making a memorial donation in honor of someone, please contact Keep Kingsport Beautiful at 423.392.8800

MECC, Mountain music a beautiful match

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Kingsport Senior Center celebrates May Senior Artisan Fair

KINGSPORT -- The Kingsport Senior Artisan Center is pleased to present the May Senior Artisan Fair on Friday, May 1st from 10 a.m. to 6  p.m. in the Renaissance Center Atrium. The event is free and open to the public.
Numerous Artisan crafts will be displayed and offered for sale, with this year's event adding new vendors, as well as woodworkers, basket weavers, quilters, and other crafts to the Artisan Gallery.
Information on becoming a vendor will be available at the registration table on the day of the event, or by calling  the Kingsport Senior Artisan Center at 423-765-9047 or 423-392-8400.

Women’s History Month

U.S. Census Bureau News

Profile America Facts for Features: Women's History Month: March 2015 (Resend)

Women's History Month
National Women's History Month's roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women's Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn't until 1981 that Congress established National Women's History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women's History Month, and the President has issued a proclamation.
161 million    
The number of females in the U.S. as of December 2013. The number of males was 156.1 million. Source: Monthly Postcensal Resident Population: 7/1/2013 – 12/1/2013 <>
2 to 1
At 85 and older, the approximate ratio by which women outnumbered men in 2013 (4.0 million to 2.0 million). Source: 2013 Population Estimates, Table PEPAGESEX: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Selected Age Groups by Sex for the United States, States, Counties, and Puerto Rico Commonwealth and Municipios: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013  
The percentage of females in the District of Columbia in 2013 — higher than any state — followed by Delaware and Rhode Island at 51.6 percent and Alabama and New York at 51.5 percent. Source: 2013 Population Estimates <>
75.1 million
The number of females 16 and older who participated in the civilian labor force in 2013. Women comprised 47.4 percent of the civilian labor force in 2013. Source: 2013 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table DP03 <>
Percentage of social scientists who were women, the heaviest representation of women among all STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Among other STEM fields, approximately 14 percent of engineers, 45 percent of mathematicians and statisticians and 47 percent of life scientists were women. The rates of mathematicians and statisticians, and life scientists are not statistically different from each other.​ Source: 2012 American Community Survey <>
Change in Women's Representation
In Select Occupations                                             1970                         2006-2010

Registered nurses                                                                       97.3%                       91.2%
Dental assistants                                                                         97.9%                      96.3%
Cashiers                                                                                      84.2%                       74.7%
Elementary and middle school teachers                                    83.9%                       79.3%
Pharmacists                                                                                 12.1%                      52.6%
Accountants                                                                               24.6%                       60.0%
Computer programmers                                                             24.2%                       24.4%
Physicians and surgeons                                                              9.7%                       32.4%
Lawyers and judges                                                                     4.9%                       33.4%
Police officers                                                                              3.7%                       14.8%  
Civil engineers                                                                             1.3%                       12.7%

Source: 1970 Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation based on the decennial census and 2006-2010 Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation based on the American Community Survey <>
Percent of employed women 16 and over in 2013 (annual average) who worked in management, business and financial related occupations, compared with 15.5 percent of employed men in the same year. Source: 2013 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table B24010 <>
1.6 million
Number of women veterans in the United States in 2013. Source: 2013 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table B21001 <>
The median annual earnings of women 15 or older who worked year-round, full time in 2013. In comparison, the median annual earnings of men were $50,033. Source: Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013, Table A-4 <>
The amount that female year-round, full-time workers earned in 2013 for every dollar their male counterparts earned. This ratio was not statistically different from 2012. Source: Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013, Table A-4
10.9 million
Number of women enrolled in undergraduate college and graduate school in fall 2013. Women comprised 56.2 percent of all college students (undergraduate and graduate). Source: School Enrollment in the United States: 2013, Table 5 <>
Percent of women 25 and older who had obtained a bachelor's degree or more as of 2014. Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2014, Table 2 <>
Percentage of female citizens 18 and older who reported voting in the 2012 presidential election. By comparison, 59.7 percent of their male counterparts reported voting. Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2012, Table 2 <>


44.2 million
Estimated number of mothers age 15 to 50 in the U.S. in 2012. Source: Current Population Survey, 2012, Detailed Table 2 <>
Average number of children that women age 40 to 44 had given birth to as of 2012, down from 3.1 children in 1976, the year the Census Bureau first began collecting such data. Source: Current Population Survey, Historical Table 2 <>
The percentage of women in this age group who had ever given birth was 85 percent in 2012, down from 90 percent in 1976. Source: Current Population Survey, Historical Table 2 <>


66.7 million
Number of married women 18 and older (including those who were separated or had an absent spouse) in 2013. Source: Families and Living Arrangements: 2014, Table A1 <>
5.2 million
Number of stay-at-home mothers nationwide in 2014, compared with 211,000 stay-at-home fathers. Source: Families and Living Arrangements: 2014, Historical Table SHP-1 <>
Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau's Facts for Features series:
Black History Month (February)                                   Labor Day
Super Bowl                                                                  Grandparents Day
Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)                                            Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Women's History Month (March)                                Unmarried and Single Americans Week
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/                     Halloween (Oct. 31)
St. Patrick's Day (March 17)                                        American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)                                 (November) 
Older Americans Month (May)                                                Veterans Day (Nov. 11)                                                    
Mother's Day                                                               Thanksgiving Day
Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)                                The Holiday Season (December)                                
Father's Day                                                           
The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)
Back to School (August)                                                                                 

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.