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Sunday, November 29, 2015

D-B's Maggie Elpers wins All State soccer honors

http://www.timesnews.net/Sports/2015/11/20/Dobyns-Bennett-goalkeeper-Maggie-Elpers-earns-all-state-honors.html?ci=stream&lp=5&p=1

Changes, improvements on track for Aquatic Center

http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2015/11/23/Changes-improvements-on-track-for-aquatic-center.html?ci=stream&lp=4&p=1

Dec 5-6: Christmas at Allandale Mansion

“CHRISTMAS AT ALLANDALE TOURS”
                               Saturday, December 5, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
                                Sunday, December 6, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Come experience Kingsport’s “White House” decorated for Christmas.
Beautifully adorned by Kingsport floral designer Christian Barclay and Friends of Allandale, the Allandale Mansion is sure to put visitors in the holiday spirit!

Enjoy uniquely decorated trees, sponsored by Absolute Communications, Armstrong Construction, BAE Systems, Cathy Rose & Family, Hutchinson Sealing Systems, Kingsport Times News, Martin Dentistry, Pillar to Post, Rogersville Review, Terry Glass & Family and Town & Country Reality, music and wassail.
Harpist Martha Painter will perform at 1:00 PM on Saturday,

and Santa will visit with the children from 3:00 – 4:00 PM on Saturday and 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Sunday.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Georgian style architecture home. Allandale Mansion was completed in 1953 by Ruth and Harvey Brooks and still houses their fine furnishings, antiques and art.

                                                 Adults - $3.00 and Children (Age 7-12) – $1.00 


                                                       For more information call 229-9422 

Santa Train: "It's about kids, and it's about Christmas"

http://www.timesnews.net/News/2015/11/21/Santa-Train-sponsors-looking-ahead-to-next-year-and-the-next.html?ci=stream&lp=1&p=1

Mayor, City Manager provide State of the City message

http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2015/11/20/Mayor-City-Manager-provide-a-State-of-the-City-message.html?ci=stream&lp=3&p=1

D-B's William Nottingham signs with Clemson Golf

http://www.timesnews.net/Sports/2015/11/11/Hard-work-pays-off-for-Dobyns-Bennett-golfer.html?ci=stream&lp=1&p=1

Walmart Neighborhood Market opens on Lynn Garden Dr

http://www.timesnews.net/Business/2015/11/11/New-Walmart-Market-opens-up.html?ci=stream&lp=3&p=1

City leaders honor veterans, open phase 2 of memorial

http://wjhl.com/2015/11/11/kingsport-city-leaders-honor-veterans-open-phase-two-of-memorial/

Fulkerson commits to Tennessee

http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/three-star-power-forward-commits-to-tennessee

D-B band takes 15th in nation at Grand Nationals

http://www.timesnews.net/Education/2015/11/15/D-B-band-takes-third-in-class-15th-in-nation-at-BOA-Grand-Nationals-competition.html?ci=featured&lp=1&ti=

Walkabout town: Greenbelt continues to grow

http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2015/11/16/Walkabout-town-Kingsport-Greenbelt-continuing-to-grow.html?ci=stream&lp=1&p=1

South teacher selected as mentor for Cal Tech

http://www.timesnews.net/Education/2015/11/16/South-teacher-selected-as-mentor-teacher-for-Caltech-NITARP-Program

Local pharmacy a family tradition at Pinney's

http://www.timesnews.net/Community/2015/11/16/Hometown-pharmacy-is-a-family-tradition-at-Pinney-s-Prescription-Shop.html?ci=stream&lp=1&p=1

Decor Exchange offers unique shopping

http://www.timesnews.net/Community/2015/11/17/Decor-Exchange-Where-shopping-is-unique-and-fun.html?ci=stream&lp=1&p=1

ETSU reports Region's labor market still growing

http://www.timesnews.net/Business/2015/11/16/ETSU-report-Region-s-labor-market-still-growing

Local father-daughter on Amazing Race

http://wjhl.com/2015/11/17/kingsport-md-and-youtube-star-daughter-to-compete-in-the-amazing-race/

United Way raises more than $4 million in annual campaign

http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2015/11/18/United-Way-raises-more-than-4-million-in-annual-campaign.html?ci=stream&lp=1&p=1

Dr. Alan Meade Receives Outstanding Service Award


Holston Medical Group Director of Rehabilitation Services, Dr. Alan Meade, Receives Outstanding Service Award

Kingsport, Tenn. – Holston Medical Group (HMG) is privileged to announce that Alan Meade, PT, ScDPT, MPH has received the national Outstanding Service Award from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).  Meade was one of only two winners from the State of Tennessee.

The Mission and Vision of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) is to protect the public by providing service and leadership that promote safe and competent physical therapy practice, and to achieve a high level of public protection through a strong foundation of laws and regulatory standards in physical therapy.

Meade is the Vice President of the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association, and served on the TN PT Licensing Board from 1992 to 1998.  Meade has served in his role with the regulatory body for TN as a member of the PT Board of Examiners, and then became the PT Board Consultant for areas of investigation and continuing competence, and continues in that role today.   Dr. Meade is currently a Board Member of the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) assisting this organization in credentialing the foreign-educated physical therapists who would like to practice in the U.S.  He received his award for his service to the FSBPT and to the FCCPT.


Turquoise Boutique has become a downtown sensation

http://www.timesnews.net/Business/2015/11/05/Turquoise-Boutique-has-become-a-downtown-sensation.html?ci=stream&lp=1&p=1

Carving studio coming to Kingsport Carousel

http://www.timesnews.net/Art-Culture/2015/11/04/Carving-studio-coming-to-Kingsport-Carousel.html?ci=stream&lp=6&p=1

Stir Fry Group introduces The Social event venue

http://www.timesnews.net/Community/2015/11/03/Stir-Fry-Group-introduces-The-Social-event-venue.html?ci=stream&lp=7&p=1

Dec 5: Christmas in the Country at Exchange Place

 Christmas in the Country at Exchange Place

Christmas in the Country at Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, will be held Saturday, December 5, from 10 am - 4:00 pm.  Fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, unique folk arts and handcrafts, herbal products and traditional holiday foods will be on sale.  The celebration also features hands on activities for all ages and demonstrations of hearthside cooking and baking on the 19th century farmstead.  The traditional Yule Log Ceremony with carol singing around the bonfire and a cauldron of wassail begins at 4:15 p.m.  Admission is free.  For more information, call 423-288-6071

K.P.D. Reinstitutes Foot Patrols for the Downtown Beat




Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN  37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

NEWS RELEASE

SUBJECT:
K.P.D. Reinstitutes Foot Patrols for the Downtown Beat
DATE:
November 24, 2015




GENERAL NARRATIVE
As a direct result of the successful efforts to revitalize Downtown Kingsport over the past several years, the Kingsport Police Department has recently brought a Patrol Officer back downtown to walk the beat.  With the exception of special events, such as parades and concerts, K.P.D. has not conducted downtown foot patrols in decades.

K.P.D. last utilized downtown foot patrols in the 1980's; however, as the City of Kingsport continued to grow and branch out, businesses and activities abandoned the downtown area and took up residence in malls, shopping centers, and business parks throughout the city. This transformation necessitated transitioning from foot-based patrols to more practical vehicle-based patrols, so the additional ground could be covered in a more timely manner.

But Downtown Kingsport has come full circle and is booming once again, with businesses, activities, and even residences literally flooding back into the downtown area in droves.  The personal touch of an officer walking the downtown beat has again become practical and is a natural next step in promoting Downtown Kingsport as a safe place to live, work, shop, and recreate.

K.P.D. has recently had the opportunity to realign some personnel positions, which in turn has resulted in the freeing up of some funds.  A portion of these monies are being utilized to finance both the Downtown Beat Officer Program and the K.P.D. Bicycle Patrol Program.  While the foot patrols will be limited to downtown, the bike patrols will take place throughout the City of Kingsport with an emphasis on both the downtown area and the Greenbelt.

Initially, this will not be a full-time program, with downtown foot patrols being somewhat limited by manpower and budgetary constraints.  However, the patrols will be scheduled to coincide with the prime activity time periods for Downtown Kingsport.  The Kingsport Police Department anticipates that the foot patrols will be well received and hopes to be able to expand the program in the future.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer
Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

97-year old zip lines down Bays Mountain

Kingsport Ballet news!

 Kingsport, TN – Kingsport Ballet company members performed and won scholarships at the annual TAD conference this month in Murfreesboro.

The Tennessee Association of Dance (TAD) hosted the annual Tennessee Dance Festival on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University on October 10 -11, 2015. Ten Kingsport Ballet company members attended the festival and performed in the adjudicated Tennessee Dance Gala Concert as well as in the Celebrations performance. Performred pieces were The Choice, a contemporary dance choreographed by Kingsport Ballet instructor Erika Ballard, as well as excerpts from Paquita, staged by artistic director Valeria Sinyavskaya.

Part of the festival included auditions for scholarships for summer study. Of three scholarships awarded, Kingsport Ballet students received two of them. Abby Fish, advanced level student and company member at Kingsport Ballet and resident of Morristown, Tennessee, and Emma Brown also full-time student and company member and resident of Chuckey, Tennessee, were scholarship recipients.

"We are proud of the discipline and professionalism shown by our students during this conference, in classes, audition, and in performances. I believe it is partly due to our high standards and work ethic at Kingsport Ballet, and also of course, they are great kids." states Ms. Sinyavskaya.

The weekend of dance activities and events included master classes in various dance techniques, and performances by professional, pre-professional, and university dance ensembles. Master instructors included Wes Chapman, formerly with American Ballet Theater and ABT II artistic director, and Allison DeBona, dancer with Ballet West and star of the CW Docu-series Breaking Pointe, among many others.

Performers and festival participants came from across the state and surrounding states, with a large contingent hailing from the Atlanta area."TAD's mission is to ensure that dance is a vital and respected part of life for all Tennesseans. We are excited and privileged to provide this unique dance training opportunity and to showcase to the public the quality companies and university groups in Tennessee, and our neighbors in Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, and Texas," said Executive Director of TAD, Morgan Fleming. TAD is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Kingsport Ballet is under the artistic direction of Valeria Sinyavskaya, and the management of Bertina Dew. It is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission for general operations, under an agreement with the General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. Outreach programs are funded in part by TAC's Funds for At-Risk Youth and the City of Kingsport. Kingsport Ballet provides opportunities for everyone to study dance through their DANCE CO outreach program, the Berezova Scholarship Fund/Adopt a Dancer Program, and the Norma J. Porter Scholarship Fund.

To see Kingsport Ballet on stage, visit their website for information about The Nutcracker 2015 on December 17-20 at the Wellmont Performing Arts Center. Www.kingsportballet.org

Kingsport Ballet – 201 Cherokee Street, Kingsport, TN 37660

Photo by Larry Souders - L-R: Scholarship winner, Abby Fish, KB Company members, Grace Manna and Alayna Farmer during KB's Swan Lake 2015 at Eastman
Photo Kingsport Ballet - Scholarship winner, Emma Brown in Kingsport Ballet's Nutcracker 2014

Kingsport Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony

Well done!


View ceremony:



Jeff Fleming
City Manager
423.229.9381 desk
423.914.9530 cell/text



Heroes - a personal reflection

I was asked to give a keynote speech to the Boys & Girls Club on Saturday night honoring veterans, first responders, teachers & medical community – including Carlos Stabler (KFD), JT Osborne (KFD), Brian Gage (KFD), Randy Murray (KPD), Martin Taylor (KPD), and Seth Brumfeld (KPD).  I thought you might enjoy reading.  As we count our blessings in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, thanks for the opportunity to serve alongside you.  Meeting and working with each of you has certainly been one of the greatest blessings in my life. 

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My name is Jeff Fleming. 
I was a member of the Kingsport Boys & Girls Club when I was a little boy.  So was my older brother and most of my neighbors.  There were a lot of kids back then.  It seems like every house had 3 or 4. 
My family lived on Cherry Street.  We had 3 bedrooms and 1 shared bathroom – although we moved to larger quarters, I miss those times and the closeness of our family.  I went to school at Lincoln, Sevier and Dobyns-Bennett.  I know what it's like to grow up here.   
My dad owned a gas station and car repair shop at the corner of Wilcox Drive & East Sevier just a block from our house.  He provided service to many of the office workers at Eastman.
His hands were always dirty with grease and oil.  There just didn't seem to be enough soap and water to keep them clean.  I remember as a kid wishing that dad had an office job like the other dads so I would fit in.  No one ever treated us differently – it was all in my head.
Every morning – except Sundays -- he left for work as the sun was rising and he returned as the sun was setting. 
He worked hard.  His hands cracked from the cold in winter and his shirt was wet with sweat during the summer. 
When it came time for me to go to college, he wanted me to have the education he was never able to afford.  He refused to accept financial aid.  Instead he paid cash for my college education.  Even after I changed majors and required a 5th year, he still paid cash.  I now know what a sacrifice that was.  He did without things so that I could go to college. 
Everybody needs someone like that in their corner, encouraging and supporting…and the Boys & Girls Club fills that role for many. 

What is a hero?
Have you ever thought about that?
We ought to be able to recognize them when we see them, right?
Do heroes have capes and fly around in the sky with superpowers?
Do they shoot spider webs out of their wrists or wear a bat mask?
So I looked it up in the dictionary:
"A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities."
Some examples are: a brave person, a warrior, knight, or champion
Heroes are all around us – every day – right before our eyes.  
But you may not be able to recognize them just by looking. 
Maybe if you look closely into their eyes, you can see the sacrifices they made.  You can see the emotion. 
My dad fought in World War II and Korea.  That seems like something that happened in a history book, but it really did happen. 
There were 12.2 million U.S. military personnel in World War II (that's twice the population of Tennessee)
Almost 40% were volunteers, the rest were drafted
Approximately 400,000 were killed, 700,000 were wounded
Dad didn't talk about it much.  He was one of the lucky ones.
He served in the army, air force, and navy.  He opened up a little bit in his later years, but I never really knew why a tear came to his eye every time we went to the 4th of July parade.
He volunteered as an 18 year old.  He left on a ship from Virginia Beach and went 2 whole years without talking to his family.  They didn't have email back then.  He saw many of his friends killed in action.  He must have been scared, but he would never admit it.  He was an airplane mechanic.  He wasn't a pilot.  He wasn't an officer.  But his job was important.  Without mechanics, the planes couldn't fly.
Every day, the planes would take off on bombing raids in Germany.  Every day, some did not return.  It wasn't a video game.  It was real.  Someone's son, brother, father – was suddenly removed from this world by an enemy's bullet.
I grew up in the era of the Vietnam War.  I was too young to really know what was happening, but I remember worrying that my older brother would be drafted.  He wasn't.  Selfishly, I was relieved.  But every night my dad was glued to the TV news.  The images were gruesome.  Someone else's child gave their life so another might experience freedom.  And it brought back terrible memories for my dad.
9 million served in Vietnam.  58,000 died and 153,000 were wounded.
Most recently, 2.5 million served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Maybe someday we will live in a world without war.  But until that happens, I'm grateful for heroes who are willing to risk their lives for the benefit of others – others who may not share the same belief system, who may not share the same culture, who might even be ridiculed by the very people they are trying to help.  But their cause is undeterred.  Most of us have never lived in a place where our life was in danger every day – where simple freedoms were not possible or protected – where we could not share our opinion or worship at the church of our choice without fear of losing our life.
Here at home, 33,000 die in traffic crashes each year.
More than 1.1 million firefighters, paramedics and medical technicians rush in to save lives.
They are faced with the must gut wrenching circumstances.   When you drive off in your car, you don't normally consider that it could be the last trip you ever make.  But the risk is real.
I remember the image from the Times-News within the past year.  A firefighter was holding a baby that had been removed from a car seat after a van crashed on Stone Drive.  The image was moving.  The strong, tall firefighter in full protective gear and helmet was holding a helpless infant wrapped in a blanket.  At times like that you realize just how fleeting life can be.  Thankfully, all survived.  But that's not always the case.  And these men and women are the ones who must witness the good and the bad.  And after you see death, you can't erase it from your memory.  It weighs on them.  But they get up and go back to work because that's what they do.  They save lives.
There are 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in the U.S.
My grandfather was sheriff of nearby Dickenson County, Virginia.  My grandmother ran the jail.  She cooked, cleaned and packed a pistol.  You didn't mess with Mamaw!  In the early 1940s, he lost his re-election bid and the family moved to Kingsport (and I for one am sure glad they did)!  His oldest son, my Uncle Harold, became Sheriff of Sullivan County.  My Uncle Paul became a Kingsport Police Officer after returning home from World War II.  Today, he's 93 years old and his picture is still hanging on the wall inside the Justice Center.  I tell you all that to say that I have a deep-seeded personal respect for law enforcement officers.
Ferguson, Baltimore….it's easy to sit on the sidelines and judge.  It happens at every ballgame I've ever attended.  Usually it comes from someone who is ill-informed.  However, that doesn't stop them from offering an opinion (often loudly and angrily).  It's what we do in America anymore.  We've become argumentative, armchair quarterbacks and if we don't like the angle offered by one media outlet, we look for another that tells us what we want to hear.  It's always someone else's fault.  There's very little personal accountability these days.  I saw it when my kids were in school.  Parents blamed teachers for their kids' poor performance.  If I brought home a bad grade, I don't recall my parents ever thinking it was the teacher's fault.  The punishment I got at home was much worse than I got at school.  That doesn't seem to be the case anymore.  Our kids spend hours playing hyper-graphic video games full of lifelike acts of murder.  It's just a game, right?  Like it or not, we now live in a society where school shootings, bomb threats, and school safety are issues in every jurisdiction in America.  To my dismay, there are easily accessible "how to" videos conveniently available online.  Our church pews are empty.  Our jails are full.  Sadly, this is the current state of affairs.
After I became City Manager, I participated in the Citizens Police Academy – as did our current Mayor.  When I committed to participate, I must admit I thought "what have I gotten myself into, I don't have time to do this".  Then I remembered that the officers who put these classes together have already worked a full day (and then some) and still took time to do this for us.  This demonstrates their commitment to their profession, their community, and those they serve and protect.  On my brief ridealong with Officer Mailloux, we did three school safety checks – my wife, who is a school secretary, told me that a KPD officer walks through the school at least once and sometimes three times a day.  I bet most citizens don't know that.  I didn't.  In class, we were given "what would you do" scenarios.  Shoot or don't shoot?  We learned how many ways there are to conceal a weapon (I was shocked).   We learned just how short a split-second is when someone has a gun that can end your life.  All of these were real-life situations backed-up with discussion of the ultimate court decisions of right or wrong.  
As I walked through the school with Officer Mailloux, it really sunk in and suddenly the situation became so real to me.
Every day, a bad guy could walk into one of our schools and hurt our kids and educators. 
Educators like…
My wife.
My son.
My daughter-in-law.
Not just someone else's family.  MY family.
And they choose to take the risk any way.
So, I applaud the men and women who put themselves in harm's way to protect us.  They do it all on a public servant's salary.  Why?  Because they believe there is a right and a wrong.  They believe they can make a difference.  They're so confident in that belief, they're willing to risk their lives for their fellow man.  They know these risks upfront, but they sign-up anyway. 
So, I go back to my original question.  What is a hero?
"A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities."
Some examples are: a brave person, a warrior, knight, or champion
Heroes are real people.  When I see a hero, I see a dad, a mom, a brother, a sister…I see the person sitting beside me in Sunday School sharing his prayer requests and praise reports…I see the person singing in the praise band….or the person coaching little league.  Sometimes I see an employee who is overworked, underappreciated, and stressed out because the bad guys just keep coming and we never seem to have all the resources we need to stay ahead of the situation.  I can't speak for other communities, but please know that this community cares about you.   But a hero isn't in this alone.  There's a family behind each one.  A family who breathes a sigh of relief every time they return home each night.  But unfortunately we know that is not always the case.
For those heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  We will never forget.  Your community is eternally grateful.
For those who remain, I thank God we have men and women who are willing to serve and protect.
And for places like the Boys & Girls Club, who provided an opportunity for a little boy from Cherry Street to grow, learn, and test his wings…you are all heroes in my book.
Thank you.


Jeff Fleming
City Manager
423.229.9381 desk
423.914.9530 cell/text



BMA Meeting Highlights - November 17, 2015

WORK SESSION

1.       Charter Communications update on high speed internet infrastructure and comparison to “Gig City” - Nick Pavlis

2.       Aquatic Center annual report - Chris McCartt

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS – None

 

BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FIRST READING

 

1.       Ordinance to Increase Retiree Health Insurance by same percentage as Active Employees - Chris McCartt

 

BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FINAL ADOPTION

 

1.       Budget Cleanup Ordinance - Jeff Fleming

·       $90,000 to finish 2nd floor of the Farmers Market for the Carousel Carving Studio

·       $50,000 for Police Seized Vehicle Storage Lot

·       $91,845 for Wastewater Treatment Plant Storage Building

·       $29,000 for Wastewater Treatment Plant Centrifuge Project

 

2.       Amend the FY 2016 General Purpose School Fund Budget - David Frye

·       $130,000 for 2 teaching positions

·       $325,000 for retiree health insurance premiums

·       $745,000 capital outlay

·       $6,321 Tennessee Arts Commission student ticket subsidies

·       $481,667 returned to fund balance (due to laptops being purchased, not leased)

·       $1,000,000 from fund balance to employee health insurance

 

3.       Amendment budgets for School Employees (Active & Retired) - David Frye

·       $500,000 for retirees

·       $825,000 for active employees

 

4.       Detailed Bond Resolution & Refunding not to exceed $15,650,000 - Jim Demming

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

1.       Accept TDOT Proposal for Fort Henry Dr at Moreland/Hemlock Intersection - Ryan McReynolds

2.       Cancel November 30/December 1 BMA meeting & work session - Jeff Fleming

 

APPOINTMENTS - None

 

CONSENT AGENDA

  1. Accept Federal Transportation Planning Funds on Behalf of Kingsport MPO - Bill Albright
  2. $101,250 Bid for Beaded Yogurt for Kingsport City Schools Nutrition Services - Jennifer Walker
  3. Traffic Signal on Airport Parkway at Hospitality Place / Flagship Drive - Ryan McReynolds
  4. Medical Flexible Spending Debit Cards for Enrolled Employees - Terri Evans
  5. Renew the Property Insurance Coverage through Travelers - Terri Evans
  6. $102,900 Purchase of a 72 Passenger School Bus - Steve Hightower
  7. $115,287 Purchase of a 41 Passenger School Bus - Steve Hightower
  8. Renew Agreement with Humana as Administrator for Health Insurance Program - Terri Evans
  9. Amend Agreement with BWSC for Centennial Park to Include Water Feature - Justin  Steinmann

 

 

 

Jeff Fleming

City Manager

423.229.9381 desk

423.914.9530 cell/text

JeffFleming@KingsportTN.gov

 

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.