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Friday, September 25, 2015

Sullivan, Kingsport and Bristol agree to collaborate to improve schools

http://m.heraldcourier.com/news/sullivan-kingsport-and-bristol-agree-to-collaborate-to-improve-schools/article_0611441c-633e-11e5-bdad-fbe09670c0db.html?mode=jqm


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Sullivan Co., Bristol & Kingsport school boards present joint plan

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Kingsport Police Department wins first place in its division in Law Enforcement Challenge - News - Tri Cities

http://m.heraldcourier.com/news/kingsport-police-department-wins-first-place-in-its-division-in/article_9616337e-623a-11e5-b3d4-1340209a49d4.html?mode=jqm


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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Six Dobyns-Bennett HS students commended by National Merit Scholarship Program

Kingsport, Tenn.Six Dobyns-Bennett High School students have been named as Commended Students in the 61st Annual 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program, a program designed to identify and honor the top high school students in the United States.

 

Those named as Commended Students from D-B are Owen Barbour, son of William and Sarah Barbour, Michael Taylor Bunch, son of Michael and Karen Bunch, Hannah Burgess, daughter of Charles and Sherry Burgess, Katherine P. Lawrence, daughter of Paul and Vanessa Wendy Lawrence, Gibson T. Mills, son of Cort and Lori Mills, and Kaylea Brooke Mohr, daughter of Doug and Becky Mohr.

 

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 completion by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screening of program entrants. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

 

"We are very proud of these six young men and women being named Commended Students," said Dobyns-Bennett Principal Dr. Chris Hampton.  "They have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success and we recognize their accomplishments, as well as the key role their teachers and families play in their academic development and success."

 

Approximately 16,000 U.S. students qualified as semifinalists.  The National Merit Scholarship Corporation provides scholarship application materials to semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® Award, semifinalists must advance to the Finalists level of the competition by fulfilling several requirements. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

 

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, please contact the Dobyns Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378-8409 or visit www.nationalmerit.org.

 

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 k12k.com, 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).

 

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Marybeth McLain

Communications Editor

Kingsport City Schools

400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 200 | Kingsport, TN 37660

 

Ph. (423) 378.2123

mmclain@k12k.com

www.k12k.com

 

 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Oct 4: FREE RIDE DAY at the Kingsport Carousel





Kingsport-----Everyone RIDES for FREE on October 4th 2015 from 1 PM to 7 PM.  This Free day at the Kingsport Carousel is sponsored by Bank of Tennessee.  Bank of Tennessee is one of the original sponsors of the Kingsport Carousel Project.  More than 300 volunteers and over 700 sponsors from the community are responsible for the creation of the amazing Kingsport Carousel.  The Carousel features all wood hand-carved, hand-painted animals and beautiful murals depicting the history of Kingsport, as well as many original features that celebrate our special region.  The Kingsport Carousel opened to the public in the summer of 2015 after 8 years of carving, painting and planning and is fast becoming an iconic destination in the Tri-cities and Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia area.  To date over 25,000 happy riders have enjoyed the carousel while many in our region have yet to take their first ride.  We invite the public to visit the new carousel and ride for free on October 4, 2015.  (Note: the last ride will board at 6:50 pm.)



The Kingsport Carousel is located inside "Pal's Roundhouse" at 350 Clinchfield Street, adjacent to the Kingsport Farmer's Market, in Downtown Kingsport, Tennessee.  Normal operating hours are Wednesday-Friday 10 AM to 7 PM, and Saturday & Sunday from 1 PM to 7 PM.  The regular cost to ride is $1.  For more information on the Kingsport Carousel visit them on Facebook or on their website at www.EngageKingsport.com or call (423) 343-9834.





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City of Kingsport Mission:
To provide economic, educational and quality-of-life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant and diverse community.

Office of Cultural Arts, a department of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.  Programs & partnerships include: Public Art Kingsport, Art in the Heart Gallery, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Kingsport Carousel Project and more.  They provide a broad range of support to the area's arts organizations and individual artists.    They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in order to facilitate their objectives.

The 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 and the surrounding communities become a destination for artists and art enthusiasts, new markets and opportunities emerge. The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport are dedicated to cultivating cultural assets and promoting them as vehicles for economic and community development within our region.




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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

City looks to extend relationship with Mets

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1 / 1 The city and the Mets are nearing agreement on a new five-year contract to improve Hunter Wright Stadium and to keep the team in Kingsport.

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City looks to extend relationship with Mets

Matthew Lane • Updated Today at 12:00 AM
KINGSPORT — The Model City wants to continue playing ball.
Kingsport officials indicated on Monday that the city plans to extend its contract with the Mets organization for the continued presence of minor league baseball at Hunter Wright Stadium. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen got an update on the contract during a work session Monday afternoon and will likely consider the matter at its first meeting in October.
The proposed contract would be for another five years, extending the agreement with the Mets through the 2021 season. The contract calls for the city to make some improvements to the stadium during that time, including an addition to the clubhouse, laser-grading the field and replacing the original scoreboard.
Kingsport has had a minor league team since 1921 and the Mets for the past 35 years. The Kingsport Mets are a rookie affiliate of the New York Mets and are a member of the Appalachian League. Out of the 135 minor league teams across the country, Kingsport's relationship with the Mets is the eighth-longest in the nation.
In recent years, attendance at Hunter Wright Stadium has increased, going from 23,476 in 2013 to 30,464 in 2014 and 31,086 this year.
The most recent contract with the Mets was renewed in 2011, and at the time the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau began managing the usage of Hunter Wright Stadium. Since then, Kingsport built a new batting cage at the stadium, improved the kitchen (so as to allow food to be cooked on site, rather than heated up), added a pavilion and replaced the chain link fence around the clubhouse.
In exchange, Kingsport was allowed to schedule some tournaments at Hunter Wright during the Mets' regular season when the team was on the road. Last year, the stadium hosted five college tournaments, which had an estimated economic impact of $1.56 million.
Frank Lett, with the KCVB, told the BMA on Monday the Kingsport Mets had a $1 million economic impact on the community last year.
With these dollar figures in mind, KCVB officials recommended a five-year contract extension with the Mets, where the organization would pay the city $27,000 a year (with $500 increments each additional year). In return, the city would make certain improvements to the facility.
First up would be a 1,000-square-foot addition to the parking lot side of the clubhouse. The space would be for exercise equipment, office and storage space and bathrooms. Chris McCartt, assistant city manager for administration, said the cost would be approximately $185,000 and the space would need to be done by March 2016.
Also before the start of next season, Kingsport would have the infield playing surface laser graded. Annual projects not to exceed $15,000 per year would be agreed upon by both the city and the Mets, and Kingsport would seek options to replace the current seating and spectator flow and the current scoreboard, which has been used since the facility opened.
McCartt said all of these projects would be funded through the Visitor Enhancement Program — a fund established by the BMA in 2007 to pay for tourism-related projects, with the money coming from a 2 percent increase in the city's hotel/motel tax.
The BMA appeared supportive of the proposed contract and voiced no opposition to the framework. Alderman Tommy Olterman, who said he had not been to the stadium in about two years, praised the improvements made in recent years.
"I was really surprised with how everything is organized. It's a lot different than it used to be," he said.

KMets/Kingsport History





Frank Lett | Associate Executive Director
Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau
400 Clinchfield Street, STE 100
Kingsport, TN 37660
423-392-8831 Office



Nov 13: The Barefoot Movement LIVE in Kingsport



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The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts presents an evening with The Barefoot Movement on Friday November 13, 2015 @ 7:30 pm in Kingsport

 

WHEN: Friday November 13, 2015 @ 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30)
WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre    
COST: $15, all tickets are for reserved seating, Book at www.EngageKingsport.com

Kingsport-----------The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts in partnership with Engage Kingsport proudly presents an evening with The Barefoot Movement at the Renaissance Arts Center Theater in Kingsport, TN on Friday November 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm, as part of the Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series. The Barefoot Movement have been making big waves in the folk world since the release of their 2011 debut album Footwork.  They last performed in Kingsport in 2014 and we are very excited to welcome them back.
Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene" the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while.  All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as the charming four-piece acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you're seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone.  With two full length albums, several cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass festivals in the United States already under their belt, the possibilities are endless.  The group has enjoyed almost non-stop touring including a trip to Burkina Faso, Africa where they were guests of the American Embassy.  Debuting in September, 2014, their third release, "The High Road EP" showcases traditional material that has consistently been among the crowd favorites at their live performances.
Crowding around a single microphone, their show is as fun to watch as it is to hear, and often begs the question, how has no one lost an eye from a collision with the fiddle bow? The smiles on the faces of the band are obvious displays of the joy and excitement they feel when performing and the audience shares in the fun.  With effortlessly executed transitions, the pacing between the softer and more vigorous numbers constantly has fans on the edge of their seats.
From the foot-tapping instrumental "Sheepherder" to the emotional ballad "Thunder" and everything in between, these roots music newcomers have assembled quite the collection here, both old songs and new, offering something for everyone.

Tickets: $15 Reserved Seats Book Now: www.EngageKingsport

"The Barefoot Movement, award winners at the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, draws from styles of bluegrass, folk, acoustic rock and Americana.
With original songs, impressive instrumentation, and interweaving harmonies, this band converges old and new into a style all its own."      [Del Mar Times]

"Flatt and Scruggs would be proud" — Country Weekly


                                                     City of Kingsport Mission:
To provide economic, educational and quality-of-life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant and diverse community.

Office of Cultural Arts, a department of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.  Programs & partnerships include: Public Art Kingsport, Art in the Heart Gallery, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Kingsport Carousel Project and more.  They provide a broad range of support to the area's arts organizations and individual artists.    They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in order to facilitate their objectives.

The 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 and the surrounding communities become a destination for artists and art enthusiasts, new markets and opportunities emerge. The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport are dedicated to cultivating cultural assets and promoting them as vehicles for economic and community development within our region.

The Renaissance Arts Center Theatre is located at 1200 E. Center Street, Kingsport TN 37660. 

For more information or to purchase tickets to any of our events contact the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414 or log on to www.EngageKingsport.com





Get Engaged in the Arts!





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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Sunday, September 13, 2015

ACT scores show region's students, schools have reason to be proud



Class ACT: Scores show region's students, schools have reason to be proud
The Kingsport City Schools' 22.2, which includes the scores from the alternative/virtual schools Cora Cox Academy and D-B EXCEL, put it seventh in ...





Surgoinsville residents celebrate 200 years as a 'Riverfront' town


Kingsport Times News

Surgoinsville residents celebrate 200 years as a 'Riverfront' town
Melvin Surguine, saluting, and his son Jim, were special guests during Saturday's Surgoinsville bicentennial celebration as descendants of town ...



United Way, National Merit Scholarships


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Kingsport Times News

United Way of Greater Kingsport asks "Could it be better" at 2015 Community Campaign Kickoff
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Contributed by United Way) – Today, the United Way of Greater Kingsport (UWGK) teamed up with the Kingsport Chamber of ...
Kingsport Times News

17 area students in running for National Merit Scholarships
... Alexander Caviness, Jennifer K. Garland,, Sarah E. Homoky, Kaylie L. Richard, and Charlotte A. Schodowski of Dobyns-Bennett High in Kingsport.




3,000 flags placed at Memorial Park


WCYB

3000 flags placed at Memorial Park to remember 9/11
JROTC members will present the colors. The Kingsport fire and police chiefs and the Sullivan County sheriff will be at the event to honor the fallen.



Mayor's summit aims to craft new vision for the Model City


Kingsport Times News

Mayor's summit aims to craft new vision for the Model City
KINGSPORT — Mayor John Clark is staying true to his campaign promise. Kingsport officials are working on the plans for a two-day summit to be held ...




Dobyns-Bennett ACT scores improve


Omaha World-Herald

Dobyns-Bennett High School students' ACT scores improve
Scores were higher in each subject area of the test, which were higher than state averages in both numeric scores and college-readiness levels, ...
TricitiesSports.com



Pave Away: Eight Model City streets getting new layer of asphalt


Kingsport Times News

Pave away: Eight Model City streets getting new layer of asphalt
KINGSPORT — Much needed paving of some heavily traveled, and heavily worn, streets is currently underway in the Model City with the work ...

Kingsport Times News



Main Street Makeover


Kingsport Times News

Main Street makeover: Officials planning improvements to entire length of downtown thoroughfare
"Main Street is a main gateway into downtown Kingsport," said City Manager Jeff Fleming. "We want it to be an inviting corridor that encourages and ...


Moonshine distillery opens in downtown Kingsport


Kingsport Times News

Moonshine distillery opens in downtown Kingsport
Moonshine will now be made a little closer to home after Hook & Ladder Tennessee Moonshine opened up a distillery in downtown Kingsport.






Eastman wins Heroes of Chemistry award


Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)

Eastman wins Heroes of Chemistry award
KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Eastman Chemical Company was recently recognized by the American Chemical Society with the Heroes of Chemistry award.






Meals on Wheels: 'Neighbors Helping Neighbors'


Kingsport Times News

Meals on Wheels: 'Neighbors Helping Neighbors'
MOW is affiliated with the non-profit United Way of Greater Kingsport, Inc. who, according to Raber, funds 85-90 percent of the project that serves ...

Sep 15: Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference


HOPE and HELP! Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference

Preston Place and the Kiwanis Club of Kingsport are hosting an Alzheimer's Caregivers Conference for Kingsport and surrounding communities.
·         When: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
·         Where: St. Dominic's Catholic Church Parish Life Center
                2517 N. John B. Dennis Hwy.
                Kingsport, TN 37660
Details: Registration begins @ 8:30a (Lunch provided)                                                           
Conference ends @ 4:30p.
·         Conference Speakers: Dementia Education Specialist Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA  
and Robert C. Lee, MD, FAAFP, CMD
·         Conference Fees: $40   Non-professional caregiver
                                                     $75   Professional caregiver
                                                     $100 Exhibit Table
Registration info: Walk-in Registrations accepted on day of conference
Phone: 423-343-5310
Phone: 423-378-4673 (Sharon Durnin)

Thank you, again!


Sharon

"Together, we DO make a difference!"


Sharon Durnin, Administrator, CDP, CADDCT
Preston Place II
2303 N. John B. Dennis Highway
Kingsport, TN 37660




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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

2nd Annual LaLa-Paw-Looza



abc19

SBK's 2nd Annual LaLa-Paw-Looza to take place on September 12
LaLa-Paw-Looza 2 KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Contributed by SBK) – The 2nd Annual SBK LaLa-Paw-Looza will take place on September 12th at Cleek ...




5th Annual Oktoberfest in Downtown Kingsport



abc19

5th Annual Kingsport Oktoberfest to take place on October 3
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – The 5th Annual Kingsport Oktoberfest rolls in to downtown Kingsport on October 3. Oktoberfest brings over 100 uniquely ...


Upgrading street lights, new Christmas decorations on the way



Kingsport Times News

Model City upgrading light poles downtown
Employees with Pike Electrical of Mount Airy, N.C., work to install new light poles along Center Street in downtown Kingsport recently. Photo by ...




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.