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Thursday, October 29, 2015

2016 Kingsport Town Planner Calendar


Now accepting event submissions to be considered for the 2016 Kingsport Town Planner Community Calendar, print edition!  Town Planner will be mailed to 30,000 Kingsport residents in zip codes 37660, 37664, and 37663, at the end of December.  For more information, see link below, or contact Beth Barnette, barnette@townplanner.com, or 423.306.1237




Beth Barnette, Owner/Publisher
Kingsport Town Planner                  





New Sullivan County radio system goes live

New Sullivan County radio system goes live - http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2015/10/25/New-Sullivan-County-radio-system-goes-live.html

Connecting with nature - BMA takes tour of Kingsport Greenbelt

Connecting with nature - BMA takes tour of Kingsport Greenbelt - http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2015/10/26/Connecting-with-nature-BMA-takes-tour-of-Kingsport-Greenbelt.html

Chance of snow: Kingsport inspects snow removal equipment

Chance of snow: Kingsport inspects snow removal equipment - http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2015/10/27/Chance-of-snow-Kingsport-inspects-snow-removal-equipment.html

New sculptures bring color, imagination to downtown Kingsport

Call for Artists, 4th Annual Fine Craft Show, March 2016


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Stephanos, William <WilliamStephanos@kingsporttn.gov>
Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 3:58 PM
Subject: Press Release: Call for Artists, 4th Annual Carousel Fine Craft Show, March 2016, Kingsport TN, Exhibitor deadline Dec 2, 2015
To: "Stephanos, William" <WilliamStephanos@kingsporttn.gov>



PRESS RELEASE
October 7, 2015
For Immediate Release

MEDIA CONTACT:
Will Stephanos, Event & Program Administrator
City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts
Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre  
 1200 E. Center St.  Kingsport TN 37660

Call for Artists: 4th Annual Carousel Fine Craft Show 2016.  Exhibitor application deadline December 2, 2015
Kingsport, TN------ The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport in partnership with Tennessee Craft (formerly known as TACA) proudly present the East TN/Southwest VA region's premier juried, high quality, annual fine arts and crafts show: Carousel Fine Craft Show. Exhibitor applications are available now for the March 2016 show. All work must be hand-made fine craft/art work done and shown by the artists. This year Tennessee Craft board of directors will serve as the jury committee. 

The three day celebration of art will be held from March 18th through March 20th, 2016.   Day passes are $3 for one day and $5 for two days.   The Preview Party opens the show with live music, hors d'oeuvres, and the opportunity for the public and our juried fine craft artists to meet & greet and to share food, music, shopping and community spirit.   Attendees of the Preview Party receive a weekend pass to the show. Continuing on Saturday and Sunday we will feature interactive children's art activities sponsored by KingsportARTS and craft demonstrations by various exhibiting artists.  Exhibitors will be available to offer their craft in person to the public during all three days of the show. 

This juried show is open to all fine artists, artisans, craftspeople, photographers and printmakers.   POSTMARK DEADLINE: Dec 2, 2015  
Site: Kingsport Farmer's Market, Corner of Center and Clinchfield Streets, Kingsport Tennessee, adjacent to the new Kingsport Carousel.  The Kingsport Carousel began active operation on July 10, 2015 and has thrilled tens of thousands of people.  Riders have enjoyed the beautiful hand-carved and hand-painted animals and artwork created by area volunteers.  The Kingsport Carousel is quickly becoming an iconic cultural destination.




2016 Show dates: March 18, 19, 20, 2016

Preview Party: Friday March 18: 6 pm – 9 pm

Show hours:
Saturday March 19: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday   March 20: 10 am – 5 pm



    Application POSTMARK deadline:  December 2, 2015
    Acceptance date:                          January    9, 2016 by email
    No refunds after:                          January  30, 2016


































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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Dobyns-Bennett High School Announces Change of Mailing Address




Kingsport, Tenn.Dobyns-Bennett High School is excited to announce that the school’s mailing address has been changed.

The new mailing address for Dobyns-Bennett is 1 Tribe Way, Kingsport, TN 37664, effective immediately.

“I wish I could say this was my idea,” said Dobyns-Bennett Principal Dr. Chris Hampton. “However, it was the idea of D-B Alum and current city manager, Jeff Fleming. Jeff and our alumni absolutely love this school and this is an excellent play on the #OneTribe, #OneKingsport theme that is making its way through our city and school-district.”

Dobyns-Bennett is the only address on the private Legion Drive. The new street sign has already been installed.  

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).


Toney wins national coach of the year

Vikings' Toney wins national coach of the year award - http://www.timesnews.net/Sports/2015/10/21/Vikings-Toney-wins-national-coach-of-the-year-award.html

Local waitress receives $600 tip

Local waitress receives $600 tip - http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2015/10/24/Local-waitress-receives-600-tip.html

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Kingsport Firefighters heading to South Carolina

Members of Kingsport Fire Department, Bristol TN Fire Department, and Washington County EMS have been activated through an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request by the Tennessee Dist. 1 of Homeland Security.  EMAC offers assistance during governor-declared states of emergency through a responsive, straightforward system that allows states to send personnel, equipment, and commodities to help disaster relief efforts in other states.

Six members of Kingsport Fire, three from Bristol Fire, and six from Washington County EMS will be part of an eighty member team response from Tennessee. This is the second wave of Tennessee responders to travel to South Carolina for this disaster.

The team will be headed to the Columbia, SC area to support local and national relief efforts. The teams are expecting to work 12-16 hour days and may be deployed for the next week and a half.

Listed below are the departments and number of personnel identified to be deployed:

TWRA                                                 8
Bradley Co.                                       4
Rutherford Fire                                4
Sevierville Fire                                  6
Kingsport Fire                                   6
Hendersonville/ Sumner County   12
Hardin County                                  3
Wilson EMA                                      4
Murfreesboro Fire                           8
Franklin Fire                                      3
Brentwood Fire                                4
Washington Co. EMS                      6
Lawrenceburg Fire                          4
Bristol Fire                                         3
Maury Co.                                         5

The last activation of this team was in response to the tornados in Greene County in 2011.
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Thank you.

Barry J Brickey
Public Education Officer
Kingsport Fire Department
130 Island Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
Office: 423-224-2820
Cell: 423-444-2101

URGENT - Drinking water needed for Carolina flood zone

Ironically, one of the biggest needs during a major flood is clean drinking water.  We will be collecting bottled water this week to be delivered to the flood zone this coming weekend.  If you would like to help, please bring  your donation to your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce at 400 Clinchfield St #100, Kingsport, TN 37660 by 1:00 PM on Friday, October 9th .  24 or 35 count cases are best, but anything is helpful.   

Matthew 25:35-40 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

If you have additional questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Jerry Headrick @ jerry.headrick@saratogaus.com or via telephone at 423-612-3020.

Also, please pass this along to anyone you think would like to help….

Thank you,

Jerry Headrick
Solutions Consultant
Saratoga Technologies, Inc.
       
O: 423.722.1711
F:  423.282.4890

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Teen Angel Tree


Would you help spread the word for Teen Angel Tree please? I have included the news story and link. Our website is teenangeltree.org

We want to share the wonder of God's unconditional love by reaching out to teenagers in need at Christmas and providing a gift they may not otherwise receive. We are a group of local men and women with a heart to serve God and help His children. We are not operating under any specific church - we ARE the church.

Many families struggle to provide for the basic needs of their children, much less provide a gift at Christmas. Organizations that exist to assist these needy families oftentimes exclude teenagers. They deserve the same opportunity to feel joy on Christmas morning - to not be forgotten. What if you could impact the life of a teenager by providing a few simple items? We have been called to reach out to this group of forgotten children and therefore have created the Teen Angel Tree exclusively for them. Adopt a teenager and provide them with a toiletry tote and a gift card to purchase items that can boost their confidence by enabling them to look and feel their best. Let's show them they matter - at Christmas and always.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teen-Angel-Tree/418376648371992

WJHL STORY
Christmas will be here before you know it and one local woman in the Tri-Cities wants to make sure teenagers are not left out this holiday season. Kimberly Lawson is the founder of a new project called the Teen Angel Tree and its aimed at helping teens between the ages of 13 and 18.  Those who register will provide a Christmas Card, a gift card and toiletry items for those teens in need.
Registration to adopt a teen angel for this project starts on October 19th.
To adopt, donate, or volunteer you can go to: http://teenangeltree.org/
http://wjhl.com/2015/10/07/teen-angel-tree-sets-out-to-help-teens-in-need/

Teen Angel Team
http://teenangeltree.org
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.   Romans 15:2

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Kingsport Fire Department Kicks Off Fire Prevention Month




The Kingsport Fire Department Reminds Area Residents:
Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!

Kingsport, TN – Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week/Month campaign, “Hear the Beep
Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, the Kingsport Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

“In a fire, seconds count,” said Barry Brickey, Public Education Officer for the Kingsport Fire Department. “Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out. Smoke Alarms combined with Home Sprinklers Systems are your best defense in case of a fire!”

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Home Fire Sprinklers will quickly put out or contain a fire before the fire engines arrive.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Call the fire department from outside the home.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>When building or remodeling a home install Home Fire Sprinklers.

The Kingsport Fire Department will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Join Sparky the Fire Dog and a Fire Engine for a story-time at the Kingsport Library on Tuesday, October 6th @ 10:30. Homeschooling families are invited to  attend one of the open Station 1 Tours Oct 13th & 16th @ 10am.

Fire Prevention Week has transformed into Fire Prevention Month for October in Kingsport, but activities begin in September and run through November as School visits, Station Tours and Presentations about fire safety fill up the calendar. Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. Over 35,000 children and adults participated in Kingsport Fire Department Fire and Life Safety Events in 2014.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week/Month programs and activities in Kingsport, please contact Barry Brickey at the Kingsport Fire Department at 423-229-9440. To learn more about smoke alarms and “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org and www.sparky.org/fpw.



Thank you.

Barry J Brickey
Public Education Officer
Kingsport Fire Department
130 Island Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
Office: 423-224-2820
Cell: 423-444-2101

Holston Valley celebrates 80 years of exceptional care with free community event at Farmers Market








HOLSTON VALLEY CELEBRATES 80 YEARS OF EXCEPTIONAL
CARE WITH FREE COMMUNITY EVENT AT FARMERS MARKET

KINGSPORT – Mary Ellen Shipp Birdwell has accomplished much in her life, but a special moment on Aug. 29, 1935, has given her unique stature in the community and at Holston Valley Medical Center.
On that date, she was the first baby girl born at the hospital, which had just opened 20 days earlier as Holston Valley Community Hospital. Since then, she and her family have shared her place in Holston Valley's abundant history, and she has occasionally been recognized for her status.
The Kingsport Times-News featured her and Carl Stewart, who was the first child born at Holston Valley, in a story around 1960, calling them "distinguished citizens" of the region. In 1986, when Holston Valley celebrated the remodeling of the birthing unit, Birdwell attended with her mother, Rose Shipp, and was photographed with a card that said, "I'm a Holston Valley baby."
"There is a lot of joy for me in being the first girl born at Holston Valley, and it was a point of pride for my parents, as well," said Birdwell, who remains a Kingsport resident. "I jokingly tell people sometimes that I'm a celebrity because of what happened in 1935, but our family connection to Holston Valley has continued over the years with the birth of my son and daughter and four grandchildren at the hospital. My niece, Tammy Higgins, has been a longtime employee of Wellmont Health System."
Birdwell will be honored anew Sunday, Oct. 11, when she will be one of the guests at the hospital's free 80th anniversary celebration. The family-friendly event will be held from 2-5 p.m., with remarks from a variety of community and hospital leaders at 3 p.m., at the Kingsport Farmers Market.
The festivities include:
·         Free rides on the Kingsport Carousel
·         Children's activities, refreshments and music
·         An appearance by WellmontOne Air Transport
·         Blood pressure screenings on the Wellmont Health Coach
·         A blood drive for Marsh Regional Blood Center
·         An open house and tours of the Comprehensive Weight Management Center's relocated office in the Kingsport Press building
"Holston Valley is grateful to have served as Kingsport's flagship hospital for 80 years, and we are excited Mrs. Birdwell will be among our guests during this fun afternoon," said Tim Attebery, the hospital's president. "With tremendous community support, we have successfully grown with the city and the rest of the region so we can continue to meet the broad spectrum of health needs our patients experience. We encourage everyone to join us for our celebration as we recognize all our community and hospital have achieved and look forward to many years of advancing people's health."
Since it opened with 62 beds and 27 physicians on the medical staff, Holston Valley has grown by leaps and bounds in facilities and enhanced services while building a medical staff respected across the country. The hospital now offers a full range of care, including highly specialized cancer, heart, orthopedic and neuroscience programs.
Major achievements just in one 10-year period alone included Holston Valley's first open-heart surgery in 1979, the opening of the Christine LaGuardia Phillips Cancer Center in 1983 and the establishment of the neonatal intensive care unit in 1986. Holston Valley – and later Wellmont – became the region's affiliate of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in 1987 and the hospital became the fifth in Tennessee to house a Level I trauma center a year later.
Holston Valley also positioned itself well for the future with the completion of Project Platinum, a $114 million investment in the community that touched many areas of the hospital. This initiative, launched in 2005 to celebrate Holston Valley's 70th anniversary, resulted in major changes to the emergency department, the surgical area and the intensive care unit, as well as creating a new main entrance to the hospital and a special entrance for the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute.
"When I look at all the changes that have taken place, it's amazing to realize this is the same hospital that opened in 1935," Birdwell said. "A lot of things have changed in 80 years. As the years go by, there are new innovations that have come along that Holston Valley needed to keep up with the times and provide patients with the best care possible. I'm pleased to see how it has grown."
The enhancements have continued in recent years with new technology, such as da Vinci Surgical System and Trilogy, a linear accelerator that uses pinpoint accuracy to deliver cancer treatment. Holston Valley is continuing its forward momentum by creating a Center for Women and Infants that will consolidate services such as the birthing unit, post-partum care, the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatrics and gynecology on one floor of the hospital.
The combination of excellent facilities, leading-edge technology, expert physicians and highly skilled support staff has resulted in Holston Valley's consistent recognition among the country's elite in multiple services. The hospital has repeatedly received extraordinary national rankings, including being named the No. 1 carotid artery stenting program in the nation in 2011 by CareChex, a division of Comparion.
Holston Valley was named in 2005 and 2007 by Thomson Reuters as one of the country's Top 100 heart hospitals. The nation's leading consumer magazine also twice named it among the best in the country for heart-bypass surgery.
Taking into account all of the care Wellmont delivers, Holston Valley has been named among the top 100 hospitals in the country and the top three hospitals in Tennessee. Bart Hove, Wellmont's president and CEO, said he understands why organizations look so favorably on Holston Valley.
"The caliber of our physicians is outstanding and gives patients assurance they can stay within the community to receive the exceptional care they deserve," Hove said. "When you review all of Holston Valley's accolades, it reinforces the relentless commitment of our physicians and staff to focus on providing the highest quality of care.
"Many community leaders dared to dream about how Holston Valley could improve the quality of life in Kingsport, and we have been thankful for the opportunity to match those aspirations with a dynamic hospital that sets a standard for excellence every day."

Cutline for Mary Ellen Shipp Birdwell photo: Mary Ellen Shipp Birdwell holds the newspaper story that highlights she was the first girl born at Holston Valley Community Hospital, now known as Holston Valley Medical Center.
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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Health systems continue to solicit community input through health round table meetings





HEALTH SYSTEMS CONTINUE TO SOLICIT COMMUNITY INPUT THROUGH HEALTH ROUND TABLE MEETINGS
Four opportunities remain to participate in conversation about regional health; attendees asked to RSVP at becomingbettertogether.org

Local residents are invited to get involved in the effort to tackle the region's most important health issues by attending one of four remaining community health round table meetings hosted by Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance. The meetings are part of a regional effort to seek the public's input on four key areas for health improvement: Mental Health & Addiction, Healthy Children & Families, Population Health & Healthy Communities, and Research & Academics.
A total of 10 meetings were scheduled throughout the region, beginning in August. The four remaining meetings will be held:
·         Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Crooked Road Tech Center,372 Technology Trail Lane, Duffield, Virginia
·         Thursday, Oct. 15, at Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd, Bristol, Tennessee
·         Tuesday, Oct. 20, The Inn at Wise, 110 E. Main St., Wise, Virginia
·         Thursday, Oct. 22, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City, Tennessee
The time for all meetings is 5:30-7:30 p.m. The College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University is coordinating the meeting series and will facilitate discussion around a central question: What can be done to improve the community's health? Those who are interested in attending are asked to register at www.becomingbettertogether.org and clicking on the Get Involved tab.
The public meetings feature a "world café" style discussion with participants circulating through a series of small group tables to exchange thoughts and ideas. ETSU staff record the information presented during the meetings and will compile findings from the meetings into a comprehensive report that will be used by the proposed new health system to help create a 10-year plan for regional health improvement.
For more information, please visit becomingbettertogether.org.
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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Moody's assigns Aa2 rating to Kingsport bonds


Business Recorder

Moody's assigns Aa2 rating to Kingsport, TN's $14.5M GO Refunding & Improvement Bonds, Series ...
Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Aa2 rating to Kingsport, TN's $14.5 million General Obligation Refunding and Improvement Bonds, Series ...





Kingsport ranked as one of best cities in state for first time homebuyers - HeraldCourier.com: News

Kingsport ranked as one of best cities in state for first time homebuyers - HeraldCourier.com: News

Kingsport Fire Department teaching importance of smoke alarms, sprinkler systems - HeraldCourier.com: News

Kingsport Fire Department teaching importance of smoke alarms, sprinkler systems - HeraldCourier.com: News

Dobyns-Bennett High School changes address - HeraldCourier.com: News

Dobyns-Bennett High School changes address - HeraldCourier.com: News

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

September 2015 New Business Listings

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




Thanks!
Lynn Tully
Lynn Tully, AICP
Development Services Director
City of Kingsport

Ph: (423) 229-9319

1Q FY16 Move To Kingsport Relocation Report

Executive Summary FIRST QUARTER YTD FY2016 – (July 2015-September, 2015):

  • Out-of-state relocation is down 35% compared to the average of the past 7 years
  • New residential construction is unchanged% compared to the average of the past 7 years
  • 100% of newcomers moved into existing housing stock
  • Excluding Virginia, the top ten donor states are:  Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, and Massachusetts.
  • The net gain of “moved to” vs. “moved away” is +414 families – that’s $23.8million in annual economic impact. It had been as low as the high 400’s in previous reports.
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV is the #1 out-of-state market moving to Kingsport.  The other Top 10 are:  Tampa  Bay, Atlanta, Miami, Asheville, New York, Charlotte, Orlando, Virginia Beach, Chicago, and Dallas.

Read the full report (attached) or at:

Sincerely,



Thanks!
Lynn Tully
Lynn Tully, AICP
Development Services Director
City of Kingsport

Ph: (423) 229-9319

Kingsport's fleet strives to go green

KINGSPORT – When it makes financial and environmental sense, the city of Kingsport will always look at going the alternative fuel route with vehicles, be it an electric car or a propane conversion for police cruisers.

http://www.timesnews.net/News/2015/10/05/Kingsport-s-fleet-strives-to-go-green.html

Monday, October 05, 2015

Hunter Wright Stadium - an unlikely wedding venue


WCYB

Hunter Wright Stadium hosts softball themed wedding for local couple
Our season ended a few weeks ago," Kingsport Mets General Manager Brian Paupeck says. "Kaitlin and Craig came to us and they're such big fans of ...

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Kingsport named Top Ten Cities for First-Time Homebuyers


NerdWallet just released a study identifying the communities in Tennessee that offer the best conditions for buying your first home. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau to assess value appreciation, housing cost, and prosperity and safety, we found that out of 101 places, Kingsport is the eighth best city in Tennessee for first-time homebuyers.

I thought you might be interested in sharing this with your community and online. Let me know if you'd like to receive a free digital badge (preview attached) to post on your website. You're also welcome to syndicate our report if you would rather share the news that way.

If you need any further info please let me know, I'd be happy to hop on the phone to answer any questions you might have.


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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Kingsport Blog - since 1999

One of the most frequently asked questions after becoming city manager was, “Are you going to continue doing your blog?”.

Yes, I have continued.

Since 2005, there have been 849,000 pageviews.  That may sound low, but a pageview can contain hundreds of hits.  Therefore, ‘hits’ are not a reliable way to measure web traffic.

The blog is periodically emailed and always simulcasts on Facebook (4,830 ‘friends’), Twitter (2,243 followers) & LinkedIn (500+ connections).  PS – I slowed/stopped accepting friends on Facebook since 5,000 is the limit.  After that threshold, you must become a business page.  Nevertheless, the posts are public so friends’ friends can also see/share the posts.

It’s informal, it’s organic, and hopefully it has served as a defacto marketing program for Kingsport.  There was no dedicated staff, nor budget, no job description, no rules.  Every free service possible was leveraged.  Blogger is free.  Facebook is free.  Twitter is free.  Linkedin is free.  Buffer costs a little, but not much.

Why a blog?  In the days leading up to the last Summit (1999), there was a general malaise in the community.  Citizens were cranky and critical.   I figured there had to be at least one positive thing we could say about Kingsport every day via email (remember, email was just becoming mainstream at the time).  That was the goal.  As you can see, it evolved into much more than one per day, so a blog was the best solution to keep from becoming spam and burning everyone out (including me).  Remember, blogs were just becoming mainstream in 1997.  Thankfully, Mary Ellen Miller (Marketing Mel) taught me how to use a blog.  Betty Payne offered assistance from Charter, where she was employed at the time.

I also figured all of the work wouldn’t be lost since Google was coming on the scene in 1998 and all of the good news posts would be archived and searchable.  With Google, the good news wasn’t limited to locals, it was available to anyone searching for Kingsport.

I had never taken time to explain.  I figured it was time.  I’m excited to have a true professional Marketing/PR staff on board soon to take it to the next level.  On the eve of the upcoming Summit, I’m looking forward to the next chapter.              

YEAR POSTS
2015 337 (YTD)
2014 773
2013 838
2012 825
2011 778
2010 514
2009 387
2008 192
2007 138
2006 226
2005 705
      5,713

Kingsport Theatre Guild News and Events, October Edition




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Local Playwright, Helen Howard

Kingsport Theatre Guild presents The Steps to Glory Productions revised version of Helen Howard's "Lord, Save My Children", a family friendly Christmas play. Join us for a few laughs and see if Mother Sarai's prayers are answered! Show dates are THIS WEEKEND, October 2 & 3 at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Arts Center and Theatre. Tickets are General Admission and cost $10.

Helen Howard is a local playwright who will also be making her stage debut in this production.
 

Upcoming Shows

To Kill A Mockingbird
Show Dates:
October 23, 24, 30, 31 @ 7 p.m.
and
October 24, 25, 31, November 1 @ 2 p.m.
Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town, is about to experience dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. Set in 1935, this play illustrates the social issues of this time period as the black people of the community have a special feeling about Scout's father.  Atticus fights his legal battle with a result that is part defeat, part triumph. As Atticus comes out of the courthouse, the deeply moved town minister tells Scout, "Stand up. Your father's passing!"

Things My Mother Taught Me
Show Dates:
November 19, 20, 21 @ 7 p.m.
Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. They've just packed up all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country, to start a new life together in Chicago. Their moving day doesn't go exactly as planned, though, and things become slightly more complicated when all of their parents show up to help! Can a two bedroom apartment contain all of the love, laughs, worry and wisdom that's about to happen? This brand new comedy from the author of Nana's Naughty Knickers takes a generational look at relationships, and how sometimes parents are passing their best lessons on to their children without even meaning to. Funny and touching, this one will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.

It's A Wonderful Life
Show Dates:
December 4, 5, 11, 12 @ 7 p.m.
and
December 5, 6, 12, 13 @ 2 p.m.
It's not only a joyful Christmas tale — it's the gorgeous love story of George and Mary Bailey, a vivid portrait of the Greatest Generation, a descent into the darkest hour of a man trapped by circumstance, and a powerful meditation on what makes a meaningful life.

Upcoming Auditions

It's A Wonderful Life
Auditions: October 8 & 9 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Large cast, all ages, male and female

 
After
Auditions: November 12 & 13 - 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Small cast, Male and Female, adults

 
13, The Musical
Auditions: December 17 & 18 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Teens (or can play teens), Male and Female, large cast

FREE After School Theatre Program

Kingsport Theatre Guild presents it's 2nd year of KTG:After-School, which is held in Kingsport Theatre Guild's workshop space, Room 209, in the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre. This FREE program consists of workshops on improv, acting, dance, singing, set design, lighting design, stage movement, costuming and makeup design. Students at nearby middle and high schools who walk home are able to walk to this program, parents/guardians may drop them off or they can use public transportation (KATS) which has a drop off and pick up point at the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre. Participants will learn many different skills used in the theatre that are also applicable to life in school and social settings this fall. Then, starting in January, participants will select a show that they will direct, stage manage, build set for, light and costume using all their skills as they start rehearsals for a production which will be showcased and open to the public on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Our goals are to provide access to the theatre arts to the at-risk youth of Kingsport who are currently walking home after school, to provide an alternative activity for students who do not participate in sports or other school related programs, and to use the skills needed for theatre to address important social issues such as bullying and self-esteem.
As a result of this project, we would like to see an impact in behavior in schools and in the communities these youths are in. This project is designed for participants to learn how to work as a group, work through confrontations and issues with their peers and to be a part of a bigger project.
The workshops will begin on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., and will continue on a weekly basis on Tuesday and Thursdays. Students are not required to come to all workshops, but are strongly encouraged to attend as many as possible. Attendance will be emailed/texted daily at your request. This program is not part of the Kingsport Public School System and transportation to and from the workshops is not offered by Kingsport Theatre Guild.
Students who participated in the afterschool program last year went on to be a part of productions for the 2015/2016 season including "The Wind in the Willows" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." Upcoming auditions include "It's A Wonderful Life" on October 8 & 9. "13, The Musical" on December 17 & 18 and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on March 17 & 18. All auditions are held from 6-8 at the Renaissance Center in Kingsport.

TICKETS

Lord, Save My Children --------- TICKETS HERE

To Kill A Mockingbird --------- TICKETS HERE
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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 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.