Follow by Email

Monday, April 25, 2016

Kingsport hosting AAC College Softball Championship



The 2016 AAC Softball Tournament
April 26-29, 2016
Brickyard Ball Fields - Kingsport, Tenn.

Tournament Bracket - PDF File

Tournament Statistics and Live Stats - DakStats Page

Watch the games live: Click Here.

The tournament is an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. 
Reinhardt is the regular-season co-champions and the No. 1 based.

Here are the seeds for the tournament: 

No. 1 Reinhardt (37-10 overall, 18-2 AAC)
No. 2 Bryan (27-21 overall, 16-4 AAC)
No. 3 Tennessee Wesleyan (23-16 overall, 13-7 AAC)
No. 4 Truett-McConnell (28-20 overall, 12-8 AAC)*
No. 5 Milligan (24-16 overall, 12-8 AAC)*
No. 6 Point (27-25 overall, 9-11 AAC)**
No. 7 Columbia (22-18 overall, 9-11 AAC)**
No. 8 Union (30-25 overall, 8-12 AAC)

*-Truett-McConnell swept Milligan during the regular season to give them the tiebreaker and No. 4 seed.
**-Point and Columbia split their regular-season series, but Point allowed fewer runs (6 to 9) to earn the No. 6 seed.
Tournament Schedule
Tuesday, April 26
Game 1
No. 4 Truett-McConnell (28-20) vs. No. 5 Milligan (24-16), 11 a.m.
Box
Recap
Game 2
No. 1 Reinhardt (37-10) vs. No. 8 Union (30-25), 1 p.m.
Box
Recap
Game 3
No. 2 Bryan (27-21) vs. No. 7 Columbia (22-18), 3 p.m.
Box
Recap
Game 4
No. 3 Tennessee Wesleyan (23-16) vs. No. 6 Point (27-25), 5 p.m.
Box
Recap
Wednesday, April 27
Game 5
Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, 11 a.m.
Box
Recap
Game 6
Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser, 1 p.m.
Box
Recap
Game 7
Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 3 p.m.
Box
Recap
Game 8
Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 5 p.m.
Box
Recap
Thursday, April 28
Game 9
Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Loser, 11 a.m.
Box
Recap
Game 10
Game 5 Winner vs. Game 8 Loser, 1 p.m.
Box
Recap
Game 11
Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 3 p.m.
Box
Recap
Game 12
Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 5 p.m.
Box
Recap
Friday, April 29
Game 13
Game 11 Loser vs. Game 12 Winner, 11 a.m.
Box
Recap
Game 14
Game 11 Winner vs. Game 13 Winner, 1 p.m.
Box
Recap
Game 15
Game 14 Winner vs. Game 14 Loser, 3 p.m. (if necessary)
Box
Recap


Emily Kilgore Thompson
Communication Manager
Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau


2016 Downtown Concert Schedule





Attached are the schedules for Bluegrass on Broad and Twilight Alive this year!

Emily Kilgore Thompson
Communication Manager
Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau
(423)392-8824


Domtar celebrates 100 years with 100 trees for Kingsport


Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)

Domtar celebrates 100 years with 100 trees

(From left) Kingsport Mayor John Clark; Domtar employees Ron Nussman, Bill MacPherson, Roger Smith and Dan Wernick; Miles Burdine, president ...




Dobyns-Bennett High School Makes U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best High Schools List


Dobyns-Bennett High School Makes U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best High Schools List

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Dobyns-Bennett High School has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best High Schools in Tennessee.

The new Best High Schools rankings, which are available online here, are produced in conjunction with RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm.

U.S. News has published detailed information on more than 28,560 public high schools, including school-specific data on enrollment, student ethnicity, location, school type and results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of these data and a comprehensive methodology, schools were given a College Readiness Index score, with the top-scoring 6,200-plus schools receiving a gold, silver or bronze medal - and in the case of gold and silver schools, a national numerical ranking.

Dobyns-Bennett High School is ranked in the top six (6) percent of all high schools nationally at #1,736. This year D-B has placed at #17 overall and #2 for non-magnet schools in Tennessee.

“We are extremely proud that Dobyns-Bennett has once again been recognized as one of America’s best high schools by U.S. News & World Report,” said Dr. Lyle Ailshie, Kingsport City Schools Superintendent.  “While we certainly don’t operate specifically to receive such honors, it is a strong indicator that KCS is not only among the best in our region and Tennessee, but also on a world-class path to success.”

Approximately 825 Advanced Placement tests were administered to D-B students in 2015. The number of seniors graduating from D-B in 2015 was 461.

Seventy-nine (79) percent of Dobyns-Bennett High School students who completed an AP test scored at least a three (3) or above. An AP exam score ranging from a three (3) to a five (5) qualifies students for college credit in the subject area.

“This recognition is a celebration of a culture of high expectations, a belief that all students can learn and succeed and a commitment from everyone to always go the extra mile,” said Dr. Chris Hampton, Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal. “This is a collective recognition, as it takes every single one of our faculty and staff and dedication they put forth every day to provide our students with one of the best educational opportunities in the world.” 

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNPCE).

For more information on KCS, visit k12k.com, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FMThe Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, or call (423) 378.2100. We’re social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).

####

Marybeth McLain
Communications Editor
Kingsport City Schools
400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 200 | Kingsport, TN 37660

Ph. (423) 378.2123

Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Art-Culture/2016/04/24/Kingsport-photography-contest-set

Singers needed for Liberty Celebration

Singers Needed for
‘Liberty Celebration’
Choir rehearsals for adults and children begin with a FREE KICKOFF BREAKFAST at Kingsport Community Church on April 30.
Adult rehearsals continue each Monday and Saturday, and children rehearsals continue on Saturdays starting May 14.
Come learn what Liberty Celebration is all about.
Enjoy good food, fellowship, orientation, and a music reading rehearsal.
Join this patriotic musical celebrating our
July 4 Independence Day at:

 EASTMAN
Toy F. Reid Employee Center July 1 & 2

For Information or Enrollment Visit www.libertycelebration.com or call 276-1276


LIBERTY CELEBRATION RETURNS TO KINGSPORT

Since 2000 community volunteers have come together biannually for “Liberty Celebration”, a patriotic musical celebrating our July 4th Independence Day. This event provides an opportunity to celebrate freedom and liberty in a family atmosphere with emphasis on the traditional values of God and country.

 “You’re A Grand Old Flag” is the theme for the 2016 event presented on July 1& 2 at EASTMAN’S Toy F. Reid Employee center. It will feature a large adult choir, children’s choir, full orchestra, soloists, dancers, dramatic presentations, along with a strong military emphasis and recognition of our service men and women.

Former participants as well as prospective newcomers are invited for a free kick-off breakfast at the Kingsport Community Church on Memorial Blvd (by Robinson School) at 8:30 AM on April 30. Please set your calendar for this date; come see what “Liberty Celebration” is all about.


Please visit libertycelebration.com for more information; an online form is available to indicate your plans to attend the kick-off breakfast, or just call 423-276-1276.

Friday, April 22, 2016

DBHS Band Director Elected President-Elect of TMEA Board


   
Dobyns-Bennett High School Band Director Elected President-Elect of TMEA Board

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Lafe Cook, Dobyns-Bennett High School Band Director, has been elected president-elect of the Tennessee Music Education Association (TMEA) Board. Cook was elected by a membership of 1,700 music teachers from across the state and will transition into the office of president-elect on June 8, 2016. He will serve a two-year term as president-elect, followed by two years as president from 2018-2020.

“Programs like the Dobyns-Bennett Band don't experience significant and long-term success without passionate and successful leaders who never stop learning,” said Dobyns-Bennett Principal Dr. Chris Hampton. “This leadership opportunity speaks to Mr. Cook's willingness to learn through an active network of music educators and professionals across the state and country.  I have no doubt that he will lead TMEA with the same vigor he demonstrates as he leads the Dobyns-Bennett Band.  Accordingly, I expect that organization will thrive under his leadership.”

Cook has been a high school band director for twenty-five years and is in his nineteenth year as the Director of the Dobyns-Bennett Band Program.  He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he was drum major of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band and a graduate assistant with the music department. His teaching responsibilities at Dobyns-Bennett include directing the Symphonic Band, the Marching Band, and administering the 350 member band program. In addition, he is the Supervisor of Secondary Bands for Kingsport City Schools.  He also has served two terms on the board of directors for the Kingsport Ballet and currently serves the City of Kingsport as a liaison with city government regarding improvements in Kingsport’s arts and entertainment infrastructure and atmosphere.

Cook is a past state band chair for the TMEA, past president of the Tennessee Bandmasters Association, president of the East Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Band Association.  Mr. Cook is a four-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and was honored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation as a Sudler Flag of Honor Laureate.  He was named “Aide de Camp” to the Governor of the State of Tennessee in 2005.  His professional and honorary affiliations include the National Band Association, Tennessee Music Education Association, East Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association, National Education Association, Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Cook was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2009 and, at the time, was the organization’s youngest member and one of only thirty high school band directors in the 300-member organization.

The Dobyns-Bennett Symphonic Band has performed at numerous conventions, including the College Band Directors National Association and National Band Association Southern Regional Convention in 2002, the Tennessee Music Education Association Conference in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016, the Bands of America’s National Concert Band Festival in 2006, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2002 and 2009.  The Dobyns-Bennett Symphonic Band was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s 2005 Sudler Flag of Honor, recognizing international excellence in concert band and the 2015 Sudler Shield for international excellence in marching band. Dobyns-Bennett is one of only fourteen schools nationally to achieve both awards. Most recently, the band received an invitation to perform at the 2017 American Bandmaster’s Association alongside three collegiate bands and the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band.

Under his direction, the Dobyns-Bennett Marching Band has appeared in three Tournament of Roses Parades, two Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades, The Lord Mayor of London’s Parade, the Fiesta Bowl Parade, the Presidential Inaugural Parade and has been a Band’s of America Grand Nationals Semifinalist five times.  In 2006, 2007 and 2013 the Dobyns-Bennett Band was honored to receive the Tennessee Governor’s Cup at the Middle Tennessee State University’s Contest of Champions and in 2011, Dobyns-Bennett Band was invited by the University of Tennessee to perform at halftime during a Tennessee home game, the first high school band to do so in 50 years.

The Tennessee Music Educators Association (TMEA) was officially formed in 1945 as a voluntary, non-profit organization representing all phases of music education at all school levels. The mission of TMEA is to promote the advancement of high quality music education for all. For more information about TMEA, visit tnmea.org.

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNPCE).

For more information on KCS, visit k12k.com, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FMThe Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, or call (423) 378.2100. We’re social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).


Kingsport to host NAIA Opening Round (again)




Please see the press release at the link below!

Kingsport has been selected again as one of the nine NAIA Baseball World Series Opening Round sites, longest tenured site among those selected!

We couldn't do it without the hard work of Jeff Winegar and his team at Hunter Wright Stadium!

Thanks for the support!


Frank Lett | Associate Executive Director
Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau



May 5: Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

Save the date and plan to attend the Mayor's Prayer Event on Thursday, May 5th at Glen Bruce Park at 7:30 am.  The Mayor's Prayer event is designed to unite and encourage our community through fellowship and prayer.  Held in conjunction with the nation's 65th observance of the National Day of Prayer, the program will have Mayor John Clark make comments and then invite the community to pray with him for our city.   
 "I have enjoyed the annual Kingsport Mayor's Prayer Event in the past and look forward this year to continuing the tradition of bringing the community together for the purpose of prayer for our community." Mayor Clark said. "With our centennial year upon us, I felt it would be appropriate to gather in the heart of our downtown, near our church circle  for prayer this year. Our community intentionally built faith into our early beginnings.  I appreciate that and felt it would be appropriate to pay respect to that this year."
A light breakfast of coffee, water, bagels and fruit will be available. The program is expected to be brief. Mayor Clark encourages folks to come out and enjoy the opportunity to fellowship in Glen Bruce Park. No seating will available because of the brief nature of the program. No ticket or RSVP is required to attend this year's event.

Contact Information:  Morris Baker @ 423-323-0739    


David Frye First in TN to Earn North American School Finance and Operations Credential




Kingsport City Schools CFO Earns North American School Finance and Operations Credential

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – David Frye, Kingsport City Schools (KCS) Chief Financial Officer (CFO), was recently named a Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®) by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). Frye is the first person in the state of Tennessee to receive the SFO certification.

The SFO Certification, a new certification by ASBO International, is granted to highly qualified individuals who fulfill multiple requirements, including demonstrating eligibility (through work experience and education), passing a comprehensive two-part exam that tests competency in accounting and school business management topics, and adhering to the ASBO International Certification Code of Conduct.

“With his training, expertise and experience, we are very fortune to have David as our Chief Financial Officer,” said KCS Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie. “He is an essential member of our leadership team and the guardian of the district’s financial health by overseeing and implementing adequate financial controls and infrastructure. In addition, he is continuously working on ways to maximize efficiency and save money, not only during the budget preparation period, but year round.”

Frye has spent most of his professional career with KCS. First hired in 1991 as the Manager of Fiscal Affairs the main responsibility of the position was budget preparation and oversight, with additional duties including payroll and procurement supervision.  In 2003, David’s title was changed to Director of Finance and he was given the additional responsibilities of oversight of the Maintenance Department, School Nutrition Services, and the Nursing program. Currently as Chief Finance Officer, David oversees the Maintenance Department and School Nutrition Services in addition to his other responsibilities.

“School business officials are the chief fiscal officers for school districts and hold an influential position in the community,” says John Musso, CAE, RSBA, executive director of ASBO International. “By earning the SFO certification, professionals validate their specialized knowledge and demonstrate a commitment to high standards and ethical practice in school business management.”

School business officials who earn this credential commit to ongoing professional development, renew the certification annually, and undergo recertification every three years.

Frye is a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a major in Accounting, from East Tennessee State University.

For more information about ASBO International, visit asbointl.org.

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNPCE).

For more information on KCS, visit k12k.com, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FMThe Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, or call (423) 378.2100. We’re social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).

####

Marybeth McLain
Communications Editor
Kingsport City Schools
400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 200 | Kingsport, TN 37660

Ph. (423) 378.2123


Kingsport Board of Education Work Session Notes – April 21, 2016

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held a work session on Thursday, April 21, 2016.   Several key items were discussed, including:

  • A proposal for key improvements to a playground at Robinson Middle School;
  • Information about a grant designed to target at-risk students who experience the greatest summer learning loss;
  • Information regarding a grant that will provide coding curriculum for students and job-embedded professional learning to staff at KCS Title I schools;
  • The 3rd quarter Financial Report; 
  • An update on the FY 2016-17 budget.


To view the full work session notes, please click here.  Have a great evening!

-Andy

Andy True
Assistant Superintendent - Administration
Kingsport City Schools
400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 200
Kingsport, TN  37660
423.378.2130

www.WeAreKCS.com … A spotlight on the people and programs of KCS



Domtar to Sponsor Santa Train Scholarship


An early Christmas gift

Domtar to sponsor Santa Train scholarship


KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Chamber announced today Domtar has agreed to serve as the sponsor of the Santa Train Scholarship.

The paper manufacturer will donate $25,000 for the next five years ($5,000 per year) to help re-instate the scholarship.

"As part of Domtar's ongoing commitment to our community and education, we are pleased to have the opportunity to step in and fill a need for a cause as worthwhile as the Santa Train scholarship," said Bill MacPherson, Domtar mill manager.  "The fact that this scholarship had been a longstanding regional tradition created a good fit within Domtar's core value of caring.  One of the best ways to demonstrate our caring value is to look for opportunities like this to meet a need in our community.  I am proud to work for a company like Domtar that seeks to impact others so positively."

"Unfortunately, financial contributions decreased over the past few years, which resulted in the Santa Train Scholarship committee not being able to award a scholarship in 2015," said Amy Margaret McColl, Kingsport Chamber Santa Train coordinator and the marketing manager for the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau.  "We were in the same financial situation this year, until Domtar sponsored the scholarship… a scholarship that means so much to students who have grown up with the Santa Train."

Kingsport Chamber and Domtar officials will join Santa Claus in an official check presentation at the Kingsport Chamber's Fourth Friday Breakfast this Friday, April 22, 2016, at 7:30 a.m. at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center

The breakfast is sponsored by Domtar.

The Santa Train Scholarship sponsored by Domtar is a four-year, $5,000 scholarship ($1,250 each year) awarded annually to a graduating high school senior along the 110-mile Santa Train route.

There are 23 high schools along the route which stretches from Elkhorn City, Ky., through Virginia and into Kingsport.
Students apply for the scholarship and the winner is selected by the Santa Train committee.

Winners are chosen based on grade point average, extracurricular activities, a counselor or teacher's recommendation and financial need.

To date, 31 scholarships have been given.

The 2016 recipient has been selected and will be announced in the next two weeks.

"The Kingsport Chamber couldn't be more thrilled with this generous sponsorship from Domtar, as it shows that our community believes not only in the time-honored tradition of the Santa Train, but also in the educational future of students along its path," McColl added.

SANTA TRAIN

Now in its seventy-fourth year, the Santa Train runs along a 110-mile route through Appalachia, making 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee to distribute more than 15 tons of new toys, clothes, candy and gifts to thousands of children.

The Santa Train is sponsored by CSX, Dignity U Wear, Food City and the Kingsport Chamber.

DOMTAR

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products, including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products.  With approximately 9,800 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day.  Domtar's annual sales are approximately $5.6 billion and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges.  Domtar's principal executive office is in Fort Mill, S.C. 

To learn more, visit domtar.com or for more information, contact Roger Smith, Domtar's director of public affairs and manufacturing support, at (423) 392-2738.

KINGSPORT CHAMBER

The Kingsport Chamber is a private, non-profit business organization composed of nearly 1,000 members.  The Kingsport Chamber's mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area.

Programs of the Kingsport Chamber include:  Communications & Development; Downtown Concert Series; Education & Workforce Development; Fun Fest; Government Relations; Healthy Kingsport; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport ChamberZone; Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau (KCVB); Kingsport Leadership Programs (Leadership Kingsport and S.H.O.U.T.!®); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Membership; Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; and Tennessee/Virginia Scholars.

For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.  We're social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Chamber, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.

#####


Bob Feagins
Executive Director of Communications & Development
Kingsport Tennessee Chamber
400 Clinchfield Street
Suite 100
Kingsport, TN  37660


We're social too! Follow us!
        


"Kingsport is consistently ranked as one of Money Magazine's Best Places in the South to live!"









--
Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Thursday, April 21, 2016

April 30: Spring Garden Fair at Exchange Place Living History Farm

Kingsport, TN – Welcome to the neighborhood!

The Exchange Place Living History Farm, located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, is now the home to 

Millie and Fillmore, two Guinea Hogs that are now the newest residents of the historic 1850s farmstead, 

and rumor has it they are excited to be here just in time for the 32nd edition of the annual Spring 

Garden Fair.


A small black breed of swine unique to the United States, the Guinea Hog is known by a variety of other 

names (Pineywoods Guinea, Guinea Forest Hog, Acorn Eater, and Yard Pig) and was originally imported 

to this country from West Africa and the Canary Islands, documented as early as 1804 by Virginia 

farmers, including Thomas Jefferson.  Once the most numerous pig breed found in the Southeast, they 

disappeared in the 1880s, but were re-introduced about one hundred years later.  Though still rather 

rare, they are currently enjoying a modern revival on small farms and modern homesteads, where their 

small size, gentle temperament, and efficiency make them suitable for many smaller properties – a 

perfect addition to the Exchange Place family!


The entire project,” including the construction of a new log shed and the importation of the hogs, has 

been sponsored by the Eden’s Ridge Hearth Cookery Society as a way to promote the education of 

heritage food ways and agriculture.  


As a volunteer-run living history farm, educational facility and regional attraction, Exchange Place seeks 

to preserve, protect, interpret, and manage the history, heritage, and artifacts pertaining to mid-19th 

century farm life in Northeast Tennessee.  We often tell people that we are set up as if it is 1851, 

because our records indicate this was the year that the last original building on the site – the double-crib 

log barn -- was constructed.  And at that time, the President of the United States was Millard Fillmore, 

our 13th Chief Executive, who had been Vice President to Zachary Taylor and succeeded to the office 

when General Taylor died only sixteen months into his term.  (Fillmore – the President, not the pig! – 

was not re-nominated by the Whig Party and left office in March of 1853.)  But now he has more or less 

lent his name to the newest members of our Exchange Place family (pictured below, though we can’t tell 

for sure which one is which).


The 32nd Spring Garden Fair will be held on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and 

Sunday, May 1, from noon until 5 p.m., and will feature thousands of plants for sale -- perennials, 

annuals, trees and shrubs -- with the emphasis on herbs, natives and a wide variety of heirloom 

tomatoes and plants.  For more information, please call 423-288-6071, or visit our website: 

www.exchangeplace.info


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.