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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Press Release: New Kingsport Academic Village Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Heather Cook

423-502-0541

heathercook@kingsporttn.gov

New Kingsport Academic Village Website

 

Kingsport, TN – Tennessee’s best higher education opportunities are all in one location – The Academic Village in downtown Kingsport. Through the collaboration efforts of the City of Kingsport, Northeast State, Milligan College, Lincoln Memorial University, East Tennessee State University and King University, individuals can take classes and earn their degrees from these participating colleges.

 

The best and most current place to find information about The Academic Village is their newly launched website – www.kingsportacademicvillage.com. Through this site, potential students can decide which college is the best fit along with learning about the degree programs, classes required, and what classes are offered.

 

Classes are held at The Kingsport Academic Village, a 6 building, $12 million, 54,000-square-foot facility. With lecture halls, computer labs, engineering labs and more, students will be able to get the education and degree they want with the best and most up-to-date equipment.

 

For more information, please visit www.kingsportacademicvillage.com.

 

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About the City of Kingsport

Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) 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.  The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500 acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory.  Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives.  While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”

 

 

Adrienne Batara

Marketing and Public Relations Specialist

City of Kingsport

P: 423-343-9791

C: 423-440-0442

adriennebatara@kingsporttn.gov

225 W. Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

www.kingsporttn.gov

 

 

Press Release: Highlighting Heroes - Steve Hightower: Mechanic to Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Steve Hightower

423-224-2434

stevehightower@kingsporttn.gov

Mechanic to Manager: A Lesson in Change

Loyalty is what Steve Hightower knows. Leadership is what he does.

 

Kingsport, TN – From his roots as a mechanic to his past twenty years as a manager, Steve knows that change is a must. For Kingsport, Steve creates positive change that yields efficiencies, time and time again.

 

Steve is the Fleet Maintenance Manager for the City of Kingsport. This department keeps fire trucks, police cruisers, snowplows and all of public works’ vehicles running smoothly.

 

With 37 years of on the job, Steve continues to find innovative ways to increase productivity in his department.

 

During his time as manager, the fleet department received these recognitions:

·         Top 100 Green Fleets Nationwide – given to those who use alternative fuels for city vehicles

·         Emissions Reduction Award – given by the Governor for the State of Tennessee,

·         1-star certified green fleet award – also given by the State of Tennessee

 

In order to receive these recognitions, Steve and his department works hard to improve all city vehicles. “These awards shows us, and the tax payers, that we are going in the right direction,” explained Hightower.

 

The “green” fleet is now over 40 vehicles, which has reduced fuel costs 34% in the last year. Currently, the city is saving $1 per gallon by using propane instead of gasoline.

Steve’s dedication to his job allows him to feel a sense of pride in what his department has accomplished through this recognition and others like it.

 

From his early days as a mechanic, Steve understands the importance of his job. When asked what his department does, Hightower responded, “It’s our job to make sure all of the departments can provide services to the city.”

 

Often Steve and his team’s work is not seen by the public. However, their role in the community is undoubtedly important.

 

Inspiring Steve is simple. “The opportunity to make sure that any fire truck or police car is getting where it needs to go at any time to ensure safety. They can get their job done because of the work we do.”

 

For more information about Steve, please visit www.kingsporttn.gov.

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About the City of Kingsport

Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) 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.  The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500 acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory.  Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives.  While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”

 

 

 

Adrienne Batara

Marketing and Public Relations Specialist

City of Kingsport

P: 423-343-9791

C: 423-440-0442

adriennebatara@kingsporttn.gov

225 W. Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

www.kingsporttn.gov

 

 

Friday, December 09, 2016

Press Release: Waterline Work on Havenmore Drive & Moreland Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hank Clabaugh

423-229-9324

hankclabaugh@kingsporttn.gov

 

Waterline Work – Havenmore (Woodhaven) Dr & Moreland Dr

 

Kingsport, TN – As part of the City of Kingsport’s ongoing process of utility improvements in the Colonial Heights area, waterline and fire hydrant installation work will occur on Havenmore (Woodhaven) Drive beginning at the intersection with Moreland Drive from December 12 until December 23.

 

Merkel Brothers/Franklin Construction will be the contractor performing this work for the City. 

 

The construction zones and detours will be marked by signs.  Drivers are asked to slow down and use caution in the area during this time. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Hank Clabaugh with the City of Kingsport Engineering Division at 423-229-9324 or hankclabaugh@kingsporttn.gov.

 

Thanks for your cooperation during this improvement process.

 

For more information, please visit the ‘Notices & Outages’ page on www.kingsporttn.gov.

 

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About the City of Kingsport

Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) 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.  The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500 acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory.  Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives.  While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”

 

 

Adrienne Batara

Marketing and Public Relations Specialist

City of Kingsport

P: 423-343-9791

C: 423-440-0442

adriennebatara@kingsporttn.gov

225 W. Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

www.kingsporttn.gov

 

 

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Press Release: Make Your Own Jewelry and Frosty Snowmen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

423-392-8415

bethestep@kingsporttn.gov

 

Upcoming Holiday Workshops at Art in the Heart Gallery

 

Kingsport, TN – Come make your own art at the Art in the Heart Gallery! Check out the classes below.

 

Fused Glass Pendants

Make your own jewelry in the form of glass pendants on December 8 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All supplies are provided and the cost is $50.

 

Instructor Karen Hitchcock has over 12 years’ experience and will help you create up to 10 pendants that you can keep or give as gifts to friends and family.

 

Make Your Own Frosty Snowmen

With the help of the Art in the Heart Gallery and a Frosty Men Workshop, you’ll have three frosty snowmen to decorate your home. All supplies are provided and the cost is $50.

 

Instructor Joy Smith, a master basket weaver, will teach this unique basket class on December 10 at 10:00 a.m. Participants will weave two basket sculptures and receive materials to complete a third at home.

 

The Art in the Heart Gallery is located at 246 Broad Street, Kingsport. For more information about this class, please visit www.engagekingsport.com or call 423-480-9702.

 

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About the City of Kingsport

Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) 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.  The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500 acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory.  Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives.  While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”

 

Adrienne Batara

Marketing and Public Relations Specialist

City of Kingsport

P: 423-343-9791

C: 423-440-0442

adriennebatara@kingsporttn.gov

225 W. Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

www.kingsporttn.gov

 

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Press Release: December Spotlight Artist and Book Signing Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

423-392-8415

bethestep@kingsporttn.gov

 

Spotlight Artist and Book Signing

 

Kingsport, TN – Art in the Heart Gallery is the place to be tomorrow, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. for a reception featuring the spotlight artist Ann Vachon and a book signing by Jeffrey Stoner.

 

Spotlight Artist

Much of Ann Vachon’s inspiration comes from nature and often depicts scenes from her homeland. She also finds art to be a way of not only reflecting the beauty she sees around her, but also a means of conveying thoughts and reflections of life. You can experience her reflections on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Art in the Heart Gallery.

 

Vachon is a native of the U. K. but has lived in Kingsport since 1972. She received her art training at Elizabeth Gaskell College in Manchester, England and has won several awards for her watercolors and pastels. She taught art in England and the United States, both in elementary and middle schools.

 

She has worked in various mediums, including oils, clay, collage, and printing, and through her involvement in the Kingsport Art Guild's ‘paint-ins’ and workshops, continues to explore new mediums. Currently, she enjoys working mostly in watercolors, pastels and experimenting with printing techniques.

 

Book Signing

Jeffrey Stoner will be signing copies of Natural History: Interpretations of Flora and Fauna. His photography work is featured throughout the inspiring and stunning book.

 

Stoner has had a lifelong passion for photography and is known for making photographs that capture the essence of a place. The focus of his work lies in capturing images of the beauty and wonder that surrounds us, telling a story that touches the spirit. He works primarily in the Appalachian region of Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas.

 

Natural History: Interpretations of Flora and Fauna is a beautiful blend of poetry and photography, revealing both the grandeur and nuance of the seasons. It is a book to come back to again and again for enjoyment and inspiration. The book may be purchased through all major online booksellers and may be found in select bookstores.

 

Art in the Heart Gallery is located at 246 Broad Street in Kingsport. For more information, please call 423-480-9702 or visit engagekingsport.com.

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About the City of Kingsport

Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) 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.  The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500 acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory.  Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives.  While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”

 

 

 

Adrienne Batara

Marketing and Public Relations Specialist

City of Kingsport

P: 423-343-9791

C: 423-440-0442

adriennebatara@kingsporttn.gov

225 W. Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

www.kingsporttn.gov

 

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Press Release: A Special Book To Celebrate Kingsport's Centennial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brianne Wright

423-224-2559

briannewright@kingsporttn.gov

A Kingsport Story For Every Day in 2017

Book signing with city archivist Brianne Wright for her new archives book

 

Kingsport, TN – Stories like the following can be found within Brianne Wright’s new book, On This Day in Kingsport History:

·         Charley Grubb evaded his prison sentence when he slyly escaped from the courtroom during the jury deliberations on May 25, 1929.

·         On June 5, 1936, the Rotherwood Bridge collapse nearly claimed five lives.

·         After four decades, the State Theater officially aired its last film on March 26, 1978.

The Friends of the Archives of the City of Kingsport will host a book signing and reception for the new book, On This Day in Kingsport History on December 1 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Reclaimed Roots, 108 E. Market Street, in Downtown Kingsport. Books will be available at the signing for $21.99 and at the library thereafter. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Friends of the Archives.

 

With a story for each day of the year, Kingsport city archivist and author Wright illuminates the significant people, places and events of the Model City. From its early days as Boatyard to the modern-day Kingsport, colorful characters and quirky events shaped the city's unique history one day at a time.

 

Wright has been the archivist for the City of Kingsport since 2007. She is the author of Downtown Kingsport: Images of America. She graduated from the University of Tennessee and received her master's in archival studies from East Tennessee State University. She was a recipient of the East Tennessee Historical Society's Award of Excellence in 2014. She lives in Church Hill, Tennessee, with her husband, Mitch, and daughter, Lily.

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About the City of Kingsport

Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) 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.  The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3500 park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory.  Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives.  While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”

 

Adrienne Batara

Marketing and Public Relations Specialist

City of Kingsport

P: 423-343-9791

C: 423-440-0442

adriennebatara@kingsporttn.gov

225 W. Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

www.kingsporttn.gov

 

 

Friday, November 25, 2016

I Love Books - bookstore celebrating Kingsport's Centennial

City developing plan for Riverbend Park

College basketball tournament this weekend in Kingsport

Inspiring change - Paralympian Blake Leeper offers positive message to United Way

First shovels turned for Centennial Park

Dobyns-Bennett receives Ralph Stout Sportsmanship Award from Region 1 Football Officials Association


Dobyns-Bennett High School Receives Ralph Stout Sportsmanship Award from Region 1 Football Officials Association

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Dobyns-Bennett High School football program was awarded the Region 1 6A Ralph Stout Sportsmanship Award by the Region 1 Officials Association at their annual banquet on Monday, November 7, 2016.  The award recognizes the highest rated school in each Region 1 conference, as judged by football game officials over the course of the 2016 season.

"Dobyns-Bennett holds a rich history of success on the football field, but we are equally pleased and honored by the legacy of sportsmanship exhibited by our students and coaches," said D-B Athletic Director Larry Shively.  "To be recognized in this way by the officials that work with our staff and students each Friday night is a reflection of the culture of respect and competition we seek to instill in our students."

Named for local Hall of Fame official Ralph Stout, the annual award is given to the high school in each Region 1 conference that receives the highest sportsmanship ratings during the year.  The Region 1 Football Association provides game officials for all public high school football games in Northeast Tennessee.

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 7,300 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





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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Santa Train brings communities together, spreads spirit of Christmas

Thousands line tracks as Santa Train makes annual run from The Washington Post

Gold Star Families Monument project breaks ground in Kingsport

Sullivan County bands unite for chance to play in inaugural parade

Beloved Santa Train brings joy and toys to the region - WCYB

Beloved Santa Train brings joy and toys to the region - WCYB

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

City has excellent financial management










Kingsport, TN – For the sixteenth-year in a row, the City of Kingsport received a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR, the highest opinion a certified public accounting firm can issue. A CAFR is a detailed review of city government, including schools, from a financial perspective. It covers 36 separate funds and all manner of financial issues from debt to assets.

CAFR includes a copy of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting awarded for the FY2015 CAFR.  This is the sixteen-straight year that our staff has received this award from the Government Finance Officers Association, and makes the city one of only 8 percent of government organizations to receive this prestigious award.

In addition to the CAFR award, Moody's and S&P reaffirmed the city's high grade bond rating. The city received a strong bond rating due to financial management policies put in place by the BMA this year.  The rating reflects the assessment of several factors of the city such as very strong budgetary flexibility, with an available fund balance in fiscal 2015 of 22 percent of operating expenditures, very strong liquidity, with total government available cash at 25.7 percent of total governmental fund expenditures, and very strong management, with strong financial policies and practices.

"Financial management is perhaps the most important indicator of the organization's performance," said City Manager Jeff Fleming.  "Managing the public funds is a sacred trust.  Our staff is doing an excellent job, but it takes a strong commitment from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to see it through," he added.  "A special thank you to Judy Smith, Lisa Winkle, Sid Cox and Jim Demming for their sustained diligence."

For more information, please call 423-229-9335.

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About the City of Kingsport
Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) 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.  The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500 acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory.  Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives.  While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there's only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the "Kingsport Spirit."


Kingsport Centennial Merchandise and T-Shirt Winner!


Centennial Merchandise and T-Shirt Winner

Kingsport, TN – Kingsport Centennial merchandise is available today! Maybe you want to start your holiday shopping early for parents-to-be with a centennial baby blanket or perhaps the morning coffee drinker in your family needs a new centennial mug. Now is the time to start your centennial keepsake shopping and be thinking about how you want to celebrate our centennial year in 2017.

Centennial merchandise will be on sale at your Kingsport Chamber, located at 400 Clinchfield Street. Merchandise available for purchase includes umbrellas, teddy bears, tote bags, magnets and two varieties of long and short sleeve t-shirts. There are also two different colors of youth shirts available. One of the t-shirts features our Centennial Design Contest winner, Samantha Culbertson!

Two items, the pottery mug and ornament, will be available at Carriage House, located at 505 E. Center Street, Kingsport. These items are hand crafted and on sale now!
A commissioned art print, created by P. Buckley Moss, is available at the Up Against The Wall Gallery, located at 316 E. Market Street. The print features various Kingsport landmarks and city jewels.

Do you know someone who’s having a baby next year? Why not purchase a super soft and cozy centennial baby blanket for them! The blanket comes in three colors – pink, blue and yellow.

The official book publication of 2017, titled ‘Unconventional Characters of Kingsport,’ features amusing, amazing and interesting stories of real people who played their parts in Kingsport’s history! Written by Vince Staten, be looking for this delightfully historic book going on sale November 17.

The t-shirts, which come in three different colors of navy, maroon and emerald green, are printed with Samantha’s design – a retro K with the words ‘100 Years of Kingsport.’ Behind the K are sunrays, 100 to be exact, for Kingsport’s 100 years.

About the winner - Samantha Culbertson has had a passion for art her whole life. She attended Gate City High School then continued to East Tennessee State University where she pursued this passion, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design. She now works professionally as a graphic designer at Cumberland Marketing, where she enjoys creating logos, ad designs, t-shirt illustrations, and more.

For more information or to purchase your centennial keepsakes for 2017, check out the video, stop by your Kingsport Chamber or call 423-392-8800.

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About the City of Kingsport
Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) 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.  The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500 acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory.  Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives.  While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”


Governor Appoints Kingsport Director of Development Services to State Housing Board



Governor Appoints Kingsport Director of Development Services to State Housing Board

Kingsport, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has appointed City of Kingsport Development Services Director Lynn Tully as a board member to the Tennessee Housing and Development Agency Board (THDA). The THDA creates safe, sound, affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income individuals and families.

Tully began her term this year and will serve four years. The THDA board impacts at many levels and works to stabilize and strengthen neighborhoods. East Tennessee has seen those benefits as THDA has invested over $279.7 million in 2015.

“The opportunity for East Tennessee to be represented at the state level on housing issues that affect us all is invaluable,” said Tully. “It’s also very rewarding to share ideas and perspectives on how to improve housing options with others from all across Tennessee.”

Beginning in 2017, Tully will begin yet another role for the state – Vice President of the Tennessee American Planning Association (TAPA). She will serve in this role from 2017-2019 and become president of the organization in 2020.

TAPA members are charged with providing leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.

Two of the last five presidents of TAPA have been from the Tri-Cities. With such an impressive representation, Tully is honored to be serving alongside her fellow planning professionals and looks forward to adding to the legacy of leadership that has been established.
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About the City of Kingsport
Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) 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.  The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3500 park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory.  Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives.  While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”



31 Contenders for 2016 KOSBE Awards

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) is pleased to announce 31 contenders for the 22nd Annual KOSBE Awards.  At a special recognition event on Thursday, December 8th, from 6 to 9 PM, at The Meadowview Marriott in Kingsport, Tennessee, the winners will be declared for 13 awards.
"The comparison between this year's contenders was definitely not apples to apples," says this year's awards chair, Darrell Dinsmore, Vice President of Information Technology at Eastman Credit Union.  "It took the judges longer to deliberate than it ever has, because the competition was between an emerging business and a mature company in a number of categories.  In these cases, the judges had to assess potential versus performance, which is hard, but not impossible.  Having a diverse panel of judges—balanced in terms of expertise and representation from business was crucial."
"This year, the Innovation Award will be named after Nancy J. Hart, who was the first recipient of this award in 2010.  The award was created expressly for Nancy's alternative to the hospital gown called Patient Scrubs®," said KOSBE Executive Director, Aundrea Wilcox. "Unfortunately, Nancy passed away from cancer earlier this year. To honor her memory forever, we are retitling the award The Nancy J. Hart Innovation Award.  What a special moment, what a special night." 
The 2016 KOSBE Awards Contenders:
·         7 of Us Building and Remodeling – Remodeling and Construction (Paul Vowell)
·         Are You Puzzled – Autism Awareness and Assistance for Educators (Ashlyn Jackson)
·         Art of Fine Sewing – Dressmaking and Alterations (Barbara Diers)
·         Aspire Financial Services – Financial Planning (Amy Edwards)
·         Bagel Exchange – Bagel Shop/Deli (Keith Cunningham)
·         Begley Fitness, LLC/ DBA CrossFit Manic – CrossFit Gym (Marshall & Sarah Begley)
·         Bellafina Chocolates, LLC – Gourmet Chocolate Company (Brenda Barnicki)
·         Cassia's - Beauty Salon (Cassia Brann)
·         Chocolate Elegance – Handmade Chocolate Confections and Gifts (B. Fred Ketron)
·         Cruise Planners – Travel Agency (Kathy Kennedy)
·         Edwards Ragan & Associates, LLC - HR Consulting (Dan Ragan)
·         F & L Limo and Livery – Special Services Transportation (Sherri Monroe)
·         Fanatics 101 – Licensed Sports Apparel (Keddrain Bowen)
·         First Lady Day Spa - Day Spa (Julia Johnson & Jenny Vicars)
·         Fish Window Cleaning – Window Cleaning (Debbie Pencarinha)
·         Hibbert Davis Urban Brews - Coffee (John & Angela Vachon)
·         JJ&O Technologies/ College Gameday Helmets – IP Licensing, Marketing (Steve and Julia Johnson)
·         Junkyard Revival Resource Group – Land Management (Patricia T. Lefler)
·         Kontos Creative – Graphic Design Services (Jenny Kontos)
·         Loafer – Arts and Entertainment Magazine (Luci Tate)
·         Maven Roth Group, LLC – Marketing (Kimberly Kilian)
·         MedFit Center – Medical Wellness (Stan Johnson)
·         Pal's Business Excellence Institute – Management Consulting and Training (David McClaskey)
·         Rae Design - B2B Design Agency (Chelsie Rae Gregory)
·         Reeves Eye Institute, PLLC/Reeves Eye Surgery Center, LLC – Medical (Donny L. Reeves, MD)
·         Shipshape Solutions – Professional Organizing (Angie Hyche)
·         SippaSanity – Tea & Events, Retail/Catering (Laura Showers)
·         Storybrook Farm B & B and Events – Bed & Breakfast and Event Venue (Diane Vogt, Brittany Jorgenson & John Vogt)
·         SugarMama's - Beauty Bar (Terry Kazmier)
·         Unbound Digital, LLC – IT Services, Networking (Jason Miller)
·         Video Guy – Video Marketing/LIVE Streaming (Tim Flannagan)

This year, category winners have a chance to be selected to receive winner bonuses including but not limited to: $1,000 cash, a professionally directed and produced video, new logo design or makeover, social media assistance, mobile app development, and free co-working space.
In addition to naming customary business winners, KOSBE will also recognize two individuals with the small business Impact Award, and the Visit Kingsport Spirit of Hospitality Award.  The Visit Kingsport Spirit of Hospitality Award is a new category addition, for an outstanding employee in the hospitality industry who has made an impact on the small business scene through referrals and support.
Monica McCoy, Founder of MonicaMotivates and Acting Global Director of Strategy and Innovation at The Coca-Cola Company, will speak on "Cultivating Winning Partnerships."
Entertainment will be provided by Samantha Gray Rhythm & Blues.
Tickets to the celebration event are $75 per person and must be purchased online, http://bit.ly/KOSBEAwards in advance or in person at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, or by calling (423) 392.8811This event has been sold out for the past six consecutive years.  Seating is limited and early ticket purchases are highly recommended.  All ticket sales are final and non-refundable.  The public is invited to attend. 
Sponsors include: AccelNow, Barberitos of Kingsport, Boehm Landscape, Inc., Cumberland Marketing, Eastman Credit Union, F&L Limo & Livery, Phil's Dream Pit, ChamberZone, Eastman Chemical Company, Food City, Hair Bender's Salon, Millennium Auto Collision Repairs,  NETWORKS – Sullivan Partnership, Pathway Lending, The Business Journal, Triten Insurance, VIP Seen Tri-Cities Magazine, Elite Manufacturing and Professional Services, Hillhouse Graphic Design, Prendergast Construction Company,  SunTrust Bank, Times-News, and TC-MAC.

About KOSBE Awards
Inaugurated in 1994, the Annual KOSBE Awards is the longest running and most recognized small business-focused awards program in the Tri-Cities area.  To learn more, please visit www.kosbeawards.org.
About KOSBE
The mission of KOSBE is to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their business, by acquiring or creating and developing the right tools and resources (i.e., KOSBE.org, Mobile App KOSBE 2.0®, SBDCNet®, GrowthWheel®, ProfitCents®, ReferenceUSA®) and cultivating the right partnerships (i.e., Tennessee Small Business Development Centers, Kingsport Office of Foreign Investment & Trade (KOFIT), AccelNow Northeast Tennessee Accelerator).
To learn more, please call Katie Prendergast at 423-392-8811, or visit www.kosbe.org.
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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 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.