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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Moody's: Kingsport's financial outlook no longer 'negative' | Kingsport Times-News

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Dobyns-Bennett High School Graduate Makes 2014-15 NSCAA Girls’ High School Scholar All-America Team


Dobyns-Bennett High School Graduate Makes 2014-15 NSCAA Girls' High School Scholar All-America Team


KINGSPORT, Tenn.Dobyns-Bennett High School 2015 graduate, Maggie Burkett, has been named by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) to the 2015 NSCAA High School Girls' Scholar All-America Team.  Official recognition for Maggie and other NSCAA team members took place during the High School Awards Brunch in Orlando, FL, on August 1, 2015.  This event was held in conjunction with the NSCAA Summer Soccer Symposium.


"It was an honor to work with a student like Maggie," said Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal Dr. Chris Hampton.  "She worked very hard to be excellent in both the classroom and on the athletic field. Her leadership was appreciated and she is certainly deserving of the prestigious honor." During her time at Dobyns-Bennett, Maggie was also named a 2013 All-State Player to the Tennessee Sports Writers Team and a 2013 and 2014 All-State Player to the Tennessee Soccer Coaches Association Team. Maggie will play soccer for the University of Tennessee-Martin this fall.


The NSCAA Girls' High School Scholar All-America Team Award is presented annually to a select group of high school seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or better on a 4.0 scale through the first semester of their senior year. In addition, players must have been nominated by their coach, have demonstrated excellence in high school soccer, and have performed community service at the local, regional, or national level. Nominee resumes are then reviewed by the Scholar All-America Committee and team members are selected from available candidates. Thirty-three boys and 46 girls, representing 22 states and 2 countries (USA and Japan) were named to the 2014-15 All-America Team


Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins counties. 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



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

National Gymnastics Championships coming to Kingsport in 2017

We were just informed that Kingsport has been chosen as the host for 2017 AAU Gymnastics Age Group Nationals in late June of 2017. This event will bring approximately 1000+ participants along with parents to our area generating approximately 1.5 million in area revenues.

The three finalists were, West Palm Beach, Tampa, and Kingsport.
Jud Teague
Executive Director
Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers coming to Kingsport Pavilion

Today, a $700,000 building permit was issued for Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.  It will be located at Kingsport Pavilion beside Panda Express.

The company has more than 150 locations nationwide. The closest locations are in NC, SC, KY, GA and Northern VA.

Freddy's vs Steak N Shake:

"Okay, I know we might be behind the times and all, but we just discovered a steak burger. In my defense, I've seen Steak and Shakes many a time in the past, but because I didn't know they were steakBURGERS, I just wasn't interested. I'm not really a steak person per se, you see. So anyway, we were in Manhattan, KS going to Wally world and there was a Freddy's Frozen Custard across the street and so we decided to try it out. Oh my giddy aunt! Sooooo yummy!. Yeah, I have a new favorite burger joint. Aside from EZ's in San Antonio, this one is pretty great. I love the burgers. I prefer thin patties and they are thin and are very flavorful. I also like their fries. They are shoestring fries and I even like the little containers the fries come in - a cup. Oh, and the frozen custard...oh, yeah...mmmmmmmmmmm!

Now it just so happens that we went to a Steak and Shake the next week to see if it compared. They have the same kind of fries, though not nearly seasoned as well. The burgers were similar, but lacking and the shakes were good, but not near what Freddy's produces. The one thing Steak and Shake has over Freddy's are the little mini burgers. Braden loved them. I like that one of their kids meal has two mini burgers with fries. One for each boy. That's pretty neat. Maybe I can put in a request to Freddy's?:)"  Source:

Monday, August 10, 2015

July 2015 New Business Reports

Attached please find the July 2015 New Business Listings. Includes monthly and last 12 months.  Also included in pdf and xls format.



Report available at




Lynn Tully

Lynn Tully, AICP

Development Services Director

City of Kingsport


Ph: (423) 229-9319


Saturday, August 08, 2015

Kingsport's William Nottingham Takes 9th at Junior PGA Championship

Kingsport school board gets "Be Loyal Buy Local" report

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Miles Burdine and City Manager Jeff Fleming gave the "Be Loyal Shop Local" presentation.

"We're not against other communities, but we are for Kingsport," Burdine siad.

They pointed out, as does the marketing effort, that half of every local property tax dollar goes directly to Kingsport, Sullivan County and Bristol, Tenn. schools.

The other half goes go to the city general fund.

Burdine said he realized there was a public perception problem when a friend told him he and his family were going to Knoxville to shop for back-to-school items a few years ago, and Burdine said the friend should ask if Knoxville would provide schools, fire protection and other city services to the Kingsport family.

Of about $33.4 million in local sales tax collected in Kingsport, about $16.7 million going to city and county schools.

"We are all in this together," Fleming said, adding that shopping in Sullivan County keeps tax dollars local and that shopping in Tennessee keeps them state or regional.

Of the $16.7 million, the county schools got 48.8 percent or about $8,149 million, 31.5 percent or about $5.26 million for Kingsport and 19.7 percent or about $3.289 million.

In addition to those amounts, about $2.614 million in local sales tax collected is received by Kingsport school for money collected in Sullivan County and Bristol, Tenn.

Since 2000, they said local sales taxes have increased 34 percent for Kingsport.

Read more: Kingsport school board reconigzes students, gets "Be Loyal Buy Local" report | Kingsport Times-News
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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Bellafina Chocolates moving to Downtown Kingsport

Tri-Cities, TN-VA ( August 6, 2015) – Bellafina Chocolates, the Kingsport based "all profits for charity" gourmet chocolate company, celebrates 5 years of helping children threatened by disease, poverty, abuse, or neglect.  The company is marking the occasion by announcing plans to move to a larger facility in downtown Kingsport this fall.

"I started Bellafina Chocolates in the Summer of 2010 with the simple idea of using two of my passions – building businesses and making obnoxiously delicious chocolate – to give back in a tangible, meaningful way," said Brenda Barnicki, Founder and President of Bellafina Chocolates.  "At the time I had a busy corporate career I loved and never imagined how this would evolve to the thriving social enterprise (and full-time vocation) that it is today."

Fast-forward five years and Bellafina Chocolates is touching lives and demonstrating how small business can make a positive impact.  The volunteer-driven company has grown 50% to 75% every year and remains dedicated to its three part mission:
  • Help threatened and vulnerable children around the world
  • Build a community of mutually supportive women
  • Inspire others to work for a cause greater than themselves
The company dedicates 100% of its proceeds, net of costs, to children's charities and hopes to be able to write million dollar checks to charities someday.

This fall, Bellafina Chocolates intends to move production of its artisan truffles and chocolate bars into a newly renovated building at 123 Cherokee Street in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee.  The company plans to open a retail shop at the location in November.

"We have had such wonderful support from the City of Kingsport and its business community, our customers, and an incredible group of volunteers," said Barnicki.  "I am so thankful and am amazed every day at how God is blessing this work."

Bellafina Chocolates specializes in individual and corporate gifts and can customize its chocolates with company logos and other artwork (  For information about volunteer opportunities or customized business gifts, call (423)292-2271 or email
About Bellafina Chocolates:  Bellafina Chocolates is an artisan chocolate company whose sole purpose is to help threatened and vulnerable children around the world.  All proceeds, net of costs, benefit charities helping children threatened by disease, poverty, abuse, or neglect.  Bellafina Chocolates truffles, chocolate bars, and other divine creations are available online and in selected gift shops and natural food stores.  More information about this KOSBE-award winning company can be found at

Brenda Barnicki
Founder and President
Bellafina Chocolates LLC

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Unique Programs at Kingsport Ballet are an Asset to Our Region

Kingsport, TN – Kingsport Ballet's summer intensive 2015 features professional instruction for students in four levels, including ballet, pointe and partnering, contemporary, modern, historical, yoga and nutrition. Unique to Kingsport Ballet is the partnering instruction for advanced students, which allows upper level students to receive one-on-one ballet partnering instruction by professional male guest artists and KB faculty.

Most summer programs are either two large to accommodate such personalized instruction, or are too small to be able to warrant such high-level instruction. A ballet student typically studies ballet multiple times per week progressing to dancing on pointe for many years before she is ready to learn the fine points of jumps, turns and intricate coordination required in partner dancing, usually reserved for soloists and principals.

"At Kingsport Ballet we believe in preparing our dancers with the best possible instruction, so that those who choose to become professionals are able to seamlessly enter that world having had the right training," explains artistic director, Valeria Sinyavskaya. "We choose our faculty carefully to ensure that all students get great instruction, useful corrections, and can make significant improvement during our summer intensives," she says. "This is also what makes our ballet productions very high-level."

The company provided three male professional instructors for partnering classes, ballet technique, contemporary choreography. Andy Velladon, Assistant Ballet Master for Dance Alive National Ballet, Sasha Vykhrest, Ballet Master at Columbia Classical Ballet Company and School and Vadim Burciu, Instructor at Kingsport Ballet.

Bertina Dew, Executive Director of Kingsport Ballet further explains that some of the students complete KB's three week workshop and still choose to attend major programs around the United States. This year several students have been accepted to attend outside workshops at programs such as Bolshoi Academy and Gelsey Kirkland Academy in New York. These quality programs, while considered some of the best summer training schools in the country can be very expensive and are still not able to provide the personalized instruction that has come to be expected at Kingsport Ballet. "We are pleased to provide such a great value to area dancers, and excellent training opportunities here in East Tennessee," says Ms. Dew.

Dobyns Bennett Color Guard – Kingsport Ballet has partnered with the DB Color Guard for Technique and Conditioning Camp. Over 40 students get professional instruction in dance technique, strength and conditioning, musicality and yoga. Valeria Sinyavskaya, Vadim Burciu and Jessica Barrett are among the Kingsport Ballet faculty providing daily instruction during the camp. "The Dobyns-Bennett Guard and staff are very excited for the opportunity to have had dance class at the Kingsport Ballet during their colorguard camp. The instructors and instruction are world class and supportive of every student regardless of dance background. They have been very attentive to the needs of the students. I am very excited for future opportunities to work with the Kingsport Ballet and their staff." – Tom Padgett, Assistant Band Director, Dobyns Bennett High School.the President
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Ballet "Curriculum" versus "Recreational" - The company has typically offered some classes for students who want to take ballet very part-time, but in Fall 2015, families at Kingsport Ballet will have more distinct options to follow a "curriculum" track which progresses instruction through a pre-professional path (whether or not they intend to dance professionally) and a "recreational" track which offers the same great instruction Kingsport Ballet is known for but at a lighter pace.

"Classical ballet training of this kind instills tremendous values and life skills that students take with them wherever they go and can apply to whatever they do in life. Lessons in commitment and perseverance, follow-through and a high work ethic are things we are proud to impart to those who partake of our offerings," says Bertina Dew.

Other programs at Kingsport Ballet:
Private Lessons: For intemediate to advanced students. Prices vary. Take by the class, by the week or by the month.Choice of Teachers.
Jumps and Turns/Technique Class: For middle and high school students involved in dance teams, flag teams and cheerleading. Improve dance technique. Taught by professional instructors. Starts in Fall 2015.
Adult Fitness Classes (ongoing): Yoga, Pilates, Adult Ballet, Tai Chi
Mommy and Me: Once a week for toddlers and their mommies. Thursdays 9:30am. $27 p/mo.
Registration for Fall Classes: Aug 3-15. First day of classes: August 17

Kingsport Ballet Students Invited to Prestigious Programs

Kingsport, TN – Advanced dancers continue their training through the summer in order to keep up their skills and add to their training and technique. For the serious dancer, summer is a time to concentrate on truly improving, without the added distractions of school, competitions, or ballet productions.

One way dancers at Kingsport Ballet do this is by attending the company's summer intensive, where they study under guest master teachers, learn new choreography and push their boundaries. Classes are from 10-5 daily, and culminate in an in-house performance. Following the three week intensive, some dancers continue on to competitive summer programs elsewhere, where they study with renowned companies and teachers, alongside dancers from all over the world. This year is no exception. Several students are attending, or have attended, competitive summer programs away from home:

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Alayna Farmer will be spending six weeks at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy in New York in the pre-professional program. The academy is under the direction of Ms Kirkland herself, who is an American ballet icon having danced with Rudolph Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnakov during her tenure as principal ballerina with New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater. Alayna is 15 years old and is the daughter of Greg and Julia Farmer.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Grace Manna is attending the Bolshoi Academy of Ballet in New York for the second year. She attended the program in summer 2014 and was invited to return. Grace has been a student at Kingsport Ballet for six years, along with her sister Madeline, who is a 2015 graduate of the school
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Victoria Kanel has recently returned from attending a Broadway Dance Center workshop in July, where she took classes in all forms of dance and theater from leading instructors.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Monica Tirado attended the Radford University summer intensive, where she studied under Inessa Plekhanova. Monica was offered a full scholarship to attend Radford University this fall as a ballet performance major.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Abby Fish is attending the Russian Academy of Ballet in Orlando, Florida. Abby has been a Kingsport Ballet commuter student for five years and is a resident of Morristown, TN. Her sister Olivia is a recent graduate of Kingsport Ballet school and will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Emily Toye spent three weeks at Nashville Ballet's summer intensive. Emily has only been with KB for one year, and she is a rising senior. She has been a valuable member to the Company and a great addition to KB.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Morgan Lamb, who spent this year studying ballet and modern and performing with us, will be attending NYU this fall (NYU Steinhardt and NYU Tisch). She is enrolled in a graduate program that offers dance training, theory, and composition in a conservatory setting with performance opportunities and student teacher placements in NYC schools.

Kingsport Ballet is now accepting new students for the coming year. Fall classes begin August 17th. Registration will take place August 3-15. 423-378-3967.

Kingsport Ballet is funded for general operations by the Tennessee Arts Commission, under an agreement with the General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. Outreach programs are partly funded by TAC's Funds for At-Risk Youth and by the City of Kingsport.

Aug 29 Contact Concern 211 Fundraiser

Contact:  Margaret Counts Kirk


A hoedown, complete with music, food, and fun is being held to benefit 2-1-1/Contact Concern of Northeast Tennessee on Saturday, August 29. 

The event will be at the beautiful Riverwalk Farm at 123 Goshen Valley Road in Church Hill. 

Beginning at 6:30 pm, guests can enjoy barbeque with all the fixings from Southern Smoke and dance to the toe-tapping sounds of The Valley Blue Project band. 

There will be both a silent and a live auction for some great items such as vacation getaways and golf opportunities.  Opportunities to win other items will also be offered. 

"This event has historically been our most successful fundraiser, and just as importantly, everyone who attends loves the event.  It's a beautiful and unique venue, and a fun way to raise money for a great cause.  No black tie events for us—wear your cowboy boots, comfortable clothes and enjoy a great evening in a beautiful barn! There will be plenty of entertainment, and our goal is to have a terrific, fun event while also raising awareness and funds for our organization," says Margaret Counts Kirk, Executive Director of 2-1-1/Contact Concern.

Sponsors as of press date include Eastman Credit Union, Marker 2 Grille at Lakeview Marina, Rodefer Moss, and Wellmont Health System. 

Hoedown tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 246-2273 or emailing

2-1-1/Contact Concern of Northeast Tennessee trains volunteers to answer helpline calls12 hours per day, every day of the year. 

Committed to confidentiality, these volunteers listen and provide information, support, and referrals to area agencies for a variety of caller needs. 

Abuse situations, loneliness, depression, temporary financial assistance, medical direction, support group information, and many other needs are addressed.  If needed, callers can receive crisis intervention or a daily reassurance call. 

2-1-1/Contact handles approximately 16,000 calls annually as well as providing answering services for a domestic violence shelter. 

Anyone in Sullivan, Hawkins, Johnson, and Hancock Counties can receive assistance by just dialing 2-1-1 or 423-246-2273.

The United Way of Greater Kingsport, area Community Chests, and the public provide support for the organization.  "We are grateful for the generosity of the communities we serve," says Kirk.  "Our neighbors are willing to help each other.  Support of 2-1-1/Contact is one way to ensure all who need help get help, and no one has to face their problems alone."

For more information, visit, or call 423-246-2273.

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Holston Valley, Bristol Regional earn Platinum Award from national organization for heart attack care

CONTACT:    Jim Wozniak


KINGSPORT – Expert heart care, delivered by highly trained cardiologists at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center, continues to capture the attention of national organizations that evaluate quality.
The two hospitals recently earned the American College of Cardiology's NCDR ACTION Registry – Get With The Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. To receive this recognition, Holston Valley and Bristol Regional have consistently followed required treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and met a 90 percent standard for designated performance measures.
"We appreciate the latest validation from a respected third-party source of the world-class care we deliver at our hospitals," said Jerry Blackwell, M.D., president of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, which oversees Wellmont Health System's cardiovascular programs. "The members of our group are focused on providing the highest quality of care and repeatedly producing the best possible results for patients.
"At the same time, we continue to look for new and innovative approaches that will further benefit those we are privileged to serve."
The platinum award recognizes the commitment and success of Holston Valley and Bristol Regional in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. This honor also signifies they have met a goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care outlined in the clinical guidelines and recommendations of the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.
Dr. Blackwell and leaders of the two hospitals said the cardiovascular program's success has solidified the position of Holston Valley and Bristol Regional among the nation's elite.
"The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute has constantly excelled at providing the highest-quality care at the lowest-possible cost with the greatest access for patients in our region," said Tim Attebery, Holston Valley's president. "Working collaboratively with other clinical personnel in their practice and the hospitals, our cardiovascular physicians have achieved heights typically expected only from the largest hospitals and academic centers in the nation. Quite simply, some of the best imaginable care is available right in our backyard."
The Level One Heart Attack Network is one example of the way the heart institute and Wellmont hospitals have elevated the caliber of care. Established in 2011, the program expanded on other protocols to ensure heart attack patients receive prompt and seamless care. It enables paramedics and other providers in the field to conduct electrocardiograms on patients before arriving at the hospital and transmitting that test to an emergency department for a physician.
If an emergency department physician at a Wellmont hospital determines a patient is having a heart attack, personnel in the cardiac catheterization lab at Holston Valley or Bristol Regional can mobilize and be ready to deliver lifesaving care as soon as that patient arrives. The network has enabled caregivers in both hospitals' labs to restore blood flow in an affected artery in as little as 15 minutes.
"The coordination by physicians and other medical providers in our hospitals with air transport services and local emergency medical services agencies is exceptional and demonstrates the commitment to provide the community with remarkable heart care," said Greg Neal, Bristol Regional's president. "Our region is fortunate to have such talented physicians with the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute and the other caregivers who advance the quality of care every day. They represent the superior care with compassion that permeates our hospitals."
For more information about the heart institute and heart services at Wellmont hospitals, please visit

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Engaging Millennials: Creating Young Arts Advocates, August 19, 2015 3-4 PM (EST)

Engaging Millennials: Creating Young Arts Advocates, August 19, 2015 3-4 PM (EST)

KINGSPORT, TN------------- The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is hosting a webinar – Engaging Millennials: Creating Young Arts Advocates – on August 19, 2015, to provide an overview of millennial participation trends, and discuss strategies and programs that have successfully resulted in the inspiration and empowerment of this generation.

The Tennessee Arts Commission invites you to join the conversation from 3-4 PM (EST) for the seminar. Acting as partner participants in Tennessee are ArtsMemphis, ArtsBuild in Chattanooga and the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts. The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts will be hosting the seminar in Kingsport.  It will be located in the Domtar Community Room at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport, TN 37660.  
Please RSVP to the Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414 or
The webinar will discuss engaging the largest generation since the baby boomers in the arts. Millennials, now young adults ages 18-35, are important to have as arts participants and advocates as they are fully involved in today's technological revolution and are tomorrow's emerging leaders. Presenters will include John Schratwieser, Executive Director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts; Tracie Konopinski, Senior Campaign Organizer of MASSCreative; and W. Omari Rush, Curator or Public Programs of Ann Arbor Art Center and Council Member of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
The webinar will be available at four locations (one being Kingsport) in Tennessee. After the webinar, Tennessee Arts Commission will publish a report on the webinar.
In addition to viewing the webinar, the group locations will provide an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues. We also encourage a digital conversation using social media to continue the discussion. Expand your experience by posting on Facebook and Twitter; tag your location's account and use #cultivateTN on your posts.
Follow the link below for more information:

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Photo gallery: Kingsport Senior Center goes whitewater rafting

Kingsport Times News

Photo gallery: Kingsport Senior Center goes whitewater rafting
Members of the Kingsport Senior Center recently took a whitewater rafting trip to Hartford, Tenn. Thirty-three seniors and two staff members went to Big ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Q2 revenue up 3% at Eastman

Kingsport Times News
Q2 revenue up 3% at Eastman Chemical
Revenue for the three months to June 30, 2015 at speciality chemicals producer Eastman ChemicalCompany rose 3 per cent year over year.

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Educators and Eastman team up to encourage more women to get interested in technology careers

Educators and Eastman team up to encourage more women to get interested in technology careers
The "Sit With Me" event was held at the Toy F. Reid Employee Center in Kingsport where educators, Eastman employees and the CEO of the National ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

National Fireworks Association bringing two spectacular nights of pyrotechnics Bristol Dragway ...

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National Fireworks Association bringing two spectacular nights of pyrotechnics Bristol Dragway ...
NFA Expo 2015 will be headquartered at Kingsport'sMarriott MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. Jud Teague, Executive Director ..

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

New counties join Retire Tennessee program

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Unicoi, Carter counties join Retire Tennessee
... include Greene and Sullivan counties, where the Retire Tennessee has been enthusiastically promoted by Kingsport City Manger Jeff Fleming.

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Kingsport native putting his Southern charm to work in California and beyond

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Kingsport native putting his Southern charm to work in California and beyond
Alec Strickland has talents that have taken him to many places, but now living in the Golden State of California, it's an innate gift that comes from where ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Kingsport Farmer's Market patrons benefiting from a bountiful harvest

Kingsport Times News

Perhaps the best deal at the Kingsport Farmer's Market this past Saturday morning was from a Hawkins County farmer selling containers of Tommy ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

ASD shares 'Learning Landscapes' project with KingsportBoys & Girls Club

ASD shares 'Learning Landscapes' project with KingsportBoys & Girls Club
Frank Buck, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport board chair and also a member of Cassidy United Methodist Church organized a group of ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Eastman: Environmental stewardship is important to us

Eastman: Environmental stewardship is important to us
KINGSPORT — A local television station recently reported Eastman ChemicalCo. was fined "thousands of dollars " due to South Fork Holston River ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

KingsportARTS names new program director, offering workshops for kids

Kingsport Times News
KingsportARTS! names new program planner, offering workshops for kids
Kingsport artist Patti Lawrence is now the program planner and art teacher for KingsportARTS!, a non-profit that offers art lessons and community ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

The Y Factor: Building People

Kingsport Times News
The Y Factor: Building People
What do 18,000-plus Kingsport area residents have in common? They are all members of the Y family community! The Greater Kingsport Family ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Sky's the limit for Kingsport native Malik Foreman while at Tennessee

Skies the limit for Kingsport native Malik Foreman while at Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee will start preseason practice Tuesday without some members of its highly touted freshman class. Volunteers ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Aug 15 - Sullivan South Band Fundraiser

We have a local event coming up to support the Sullivan South Rebel Band and were hoping you might be able to help us get the word out. Sullivan South students and supporters are hosting a car show, yard sale, and car wash on Saturday, August 15 to raise money for the band. Details are as follows:

Car, Truck, Bike, and Tractor Show: Held at the Sullivan South High School (1236 Moreland Drive), registration is from 10 am to 2 pm, the show will run from 10 am to 4 pm, $10 suggested donation to enter, prizes awarded to top 10, no admission fee to view.
Yard Sale: 8 am to 2 pm at the Sullivan South High School Band Room
Car Wash: 9 am to 1 pm at Southview Community Church (1235 Moreland Drive)

For more information please contact 423-276-4173

Kate McGill

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Community Scrapbook: Kingsport Parks & Rec Softball

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Community Scrapbook: Kingsport Parks & Rec Softball
Today's Community Scrapbook features photos from the teams who participated in the Kingsport Parks & Recreation 7-9 Coach Pitch and 10-13 ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Kingsport superintendent chosen among 10 educators to review TN's K-12 standards

Kingsport superintendent chosen among 10 educators to review TN's K-12 education standards
NASHVILLE, TN (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam and the speakers of the House and Senate have appointed the 10 members of a committee established to ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Hawkins schools among 12 Tennessee districts named 'exemplary'

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Hawkins Schools among 12 Tenn. districts named 'Exemplary'
ROGERSVILLE — With the release of 2014-15 TCAP state testing scores Friday the Tennessee Department of Education announced that the Hawkins ...

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog
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.