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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Highlighting Heroes - Niki Ensor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Heather Cook
423-502-0541
heathercook@kingsporttn.gov

Highlighting Heroes: Niki Ensor
Niki performs a life sustaining service – clean drinking water for our city.

Kingsport, TN - Niki Ensor leads her team to provide clean and healthy drinking water for Kingsport residents - an essential service for any community.

Niki is the Water/Wastewater Facilities Manager for the City of Kingsport. Hired in 1998 as an operator in the water treatment plant, Niki eventually moved up to her current position. Her main responsibility is to make sure residents of Kingsport have the water they need to go about their daily lives.

“We are able to provide this service so that our community can live and thrive and build, and then they can have a great quality of life within our beautiful city,” she explained.

Her current project, the Raw Water Project, is nearing completion. The project replaces the current infrastructure and equipment that has reached the end of their usable life. The new infrastructure will change how water pumps in the plant for treatment. Using gravity, water will flow through a new tunnel and be pumped into the plant. The new infrastructure is more efficient and will provide Kingsport with clean drinking water for the next 100 years.

“What this does is provide us with more reliability, replace outdated infrastructures, and make water treatment more secure,” said Niki. “Now pumping operations will happen on-site at the water treatment plant, reducing the risk for single points of failure.  It’s really a tremendous project.”
Niki enjoys being involved in projects that go above and beyond the minimum requirements of water departments across the state. She and her team strive to better the quality of life for everyone in Kingsport. The water/wastewater team takes great pride in their department. They often receive recognitions for their efforts.

Recently, the water department won the Distribution Operational Excellence Award and the EPA Safe Drinking Water Partnership Award for the eighth year. The wastewater treatment plant has received several National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Peak Performance awards for their exceptional compliance record.

Niki Ensor is a Kingsport Hero because of the hard work and dedication she puts into providing the city with the clean and safe drinking water it needs to stay healthy and thrive.
For more information and to watch Niki’s video, 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.”



TDOT includes funds for engineering Memorial Boulevard improvements



Engineering funds for Kingsport's Memorial Blvd. included in TDOT proposal
The Tennessee Department of Transportation released a list of transportation projects Tuesday earmarked for funding under the just-approved ...

Bank of Tennessee's new corporate headquarters in Downtown Kingsport



Bank of Tennessee shows off new downtown HQ
KINGSPORT — Bank of Tennessee held a grand opening Wednesday for its new $5 million downtown corporate headquarters location on Center ...

Budget includes upgrades at Lynn View Community Center



Kingsport's budget recommendation includes upgrades to Lynn View Community Center
On Tuesday, Kingsport City Manager Jeff Fleming revealed his recommended budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. That multi-million dollar budget ...

D-B Choir performs at Carnegie Hall (video)



DB Varsity Choir performs at Carnegie Hall (VIDEO)
KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett High School's Varsity Choir students took second jobs and did extra singing to raise money for a New York trip to ...
   

Construction continues on Centennial Park



Construction continues on Kingsport's Centennial Park
Centennial Park in Kingsport is starting to take shape with additions of entrances and construction of the fountain. Work is progressing on the park that ...

Celebrating 15 years of Spring Spectacular Photography Contest



Celebrating 15 Years: Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition
The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition has reached a milestone of 15 years! It all began in 2002 when Ann Fortney, ...

Renovations complete at MeadowView Convention Center



Nearly $3.5M in renovations complete at MeadowView Convention Center in Kingsport
Nearly $3.5M in renovations complete at MeadowView Convention Center in Kingsport.

May 18-20 - Festival of Flowers l


First Broad Street United Methodist Church will celebrate Kingsport's Centennial with a three-day flower festival called "Faith of Our Founders: Festival of Flowers" on May 18-20. 
The Theme of the Festival is "Faith of Our Founders" with "Church and Community" in the Chapel and "Women of the Bible" in the Sanctuary. The free festival kicks off on Thursday, May 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend a special Evensong service at 7:00 p.m. The same floral arrangements may be viewed on Saturday, May 20, in the same locations.
Workshops will be held on Friday, May 19, led by Charles Phillips, retired owner of a local flower shop and longtime member of FBSUMC. Phillips will lead the first workshop, "Creative Magical Tablescapes," from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a registration fee of $25. The afternoon workshop, "Let's Make an Arrangement," will cover basic flower arranging techniques and will be a "make and take event" with participants taking home the arrangements they design. The cost for the afternoon workshop will be $35. 
Cost for both workshops will be $50. Pre-ordered box lunches from Jersey Mike's Subs for Friday will be also be available to pre-order for $10. A vegetarian option will be available upon request on the registration form for the same price. 
All registrations and payments for workshops and lunch are due by Friday, May 12, by visiting www.fbsumc.org and clicking the Festival of Flowers small icon. Those who wish to participate may also register by stopping by the FBSUMC church office and filling out a registration form and submitting payment.
The flower festival is open and free to the public except for the Friday workshops listed above.
Meredith Brown
Director of Communications
First Broad Street UMC
100 East Church Circle
Kingsport, TN  37660
423-224-1522

Aquatic Center plans to add cabanas for upcoming summer season





Kingsport Aquatic Center plans to add cabanas for upcoming summer season
Kingsport Aquatic Center plans to add cabanas for upcoming summer season.



Mayor Announces Technology Partnership with City of Kingsport And Spectrum Enterprise

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Heather Cook
423-502-0541

Mark Fine
423-817-2456
Mayor Announces Technology Partnership with City of Kingsport
And Spectrum Enterprise to Drive Kingsport Business Growth

Kingsport, TN – Building on Kingsport’s continuing commitment to drive new economic development, Mayor John Clark today announced another win for Kingsport as the city unveils GigKingsport, an initiative with the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and Spectrum Enterprise, a leading provider of scalable fiber network services.   

GigKingsport is designed to highlight the technology benefits of the city and help attract new businesses interested in relocating to Kingsport. This local partnership is part of Spectrum Enterprise’s nationwide commitment to invest $1 Billion to bring the benefits of fiber network connectivity to more businesses than ever before.

“The City of Kingsport exemplifies a vibrant economy, with different businesses and industries that take advantage of the business opportunities that a fiber network provides,” said Nick Pavlis, Director of Government Affairs, Charter Communications. “Spectrum Enterprise currently has numerous fiber projects scheduled with various businesses that will support the City’s continued growth and prosperity.” 

Spectrum Enterprise is already delivering Fiber Internet Access, Ethernet and voice services to several local government agencies, including police and fire departments, as well as area hospitals.

“Spectrum Enterprise delivers the fiber network solutions that Kingsport’s businesses need to compete effectively in today’s global market,” said Mayor John Clark. “By providing reliable connectivity with symmetrical speeds up to 10 Gbps, they are establishing a technology foundation for business here in Kingsport.”

“Businesses looking to expand will have immense growth potential if they choose to expand or relocate to Kingsport,” said Miles Burdine, Chamber President and CEO. “We also appreciate Spectrum’s partnership and investment in our community’s future, helping to ensure that Kingsport is a great place for business, industry and entrepreneurs.”

For more information about GigKingsport, please visit www.GigKingsport.com.
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About Spectrum Enterprise
Spectrum Enterprise, a division of Charter Communications, is a national provider of scalable, fiber technology solutions serving many of America's largest businesses and communications service providers. The broad Spectrum Enterprise portfolio includes networking and managed services solutions: Internet access, Ethernet access and networks, Voice and TV solutions, Managed Application, Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Hosting Services. Our industry-leading team of experts works closely with clients to achieve greater business success by providing these right-fit solutions designed to meet their evolving needs. For more information, visit enterprise.spectrum.com.






Road project to pave way for development site near Wilcox Drive




Kingsport road project to pave way for development site near Wilcox Drive
KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL)- Kingsport City leaders said they are in the beginning phases of a multi-million dollar road project that will pave the way to a ...

Kingsport Greenbelt 2017

New look, familiar name coming to Kingsport Town Center

Bays Mountain Park via Drone

Downtown Kingsport Tennessee via Drone

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Planetarium Opens Exciting New Show, “Totality”




Kingsport, TN - Bays Mountain is proud to announce their latest planetarium show creation, "Totality," running now through August 20, 2017. "Totality" is a fascinating look at all the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses.

An eclipse is described as when one celestial object blocks another from view. The staff of the planetarium and exhibits departments at Bays Mountain produced this program. It examines what eclipses are, how and when they occur, and what wonderful sights they create. The program also looks back to a fascinating period in scientific discovery when general relativity was proven with the photographic recording of a total solar eclipse.

The show is followed with an update on the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse and a brief tour of the current night sky.

The production includes a variety of wonderful styles – from spectacular space environments to humorous pop-up books. A very special part of the show relates, in a very human way, what happens when you are caught in the shadow of the Moon and the Sun is plunged into a total solar eclipse.

The show runs about 35 minutes in length. During May, the show will be offered at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. During the months of June-August, the show will be offered at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at 1:00, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

To see a trailer and learn more about the show, please visit here.

At Bays Mountain, understand that the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, will be of major importance to the US and generate a lot of excitement worldwide. A total solar eclipse means the moon will fully cover the sun for up to 2 min. 40 sec. if you are on the exact path of the moon. Those in the path, if clear weather, will witness the corona being revealed as well as the brighter stars and planets. This eclipse stretches across the contiguous United States. The United States is the only country that will be in the exact path. The last major eclipse like this was in 1918!

For East Tennessee, the best viewing spot for the August 21 eclipse will be about a four-hour drive to the south. East Tennessee is at about 96% obscuration. We will enjoy partial phases up to 96% of the sun's surface being blocked by the moon. We won't see the corona here, but the temperature will drop and daylight will become an eerie, silvery tone.

To see any of the partial phases of the eclipse, you must be safe and take care of your eyes. The easiest way to ensure your eye's safety is to project the image from a pinhole or to use safe, solar glasses. Those glasses are available at the Bays Mountain gift shop. Never look at the sun, even at 96% obscuration. The sun is incredibly bright and can damage your vision.

To learn more about the August 21 solar eclipse, please visit here.
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About Bays Mountain
Bays Mountain Park is ranked as one of Tennessee's Top 50 Most Visited Attractions, according to the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, and welcomes over 150,000 visitors annually. It is one of the nation's largest city-owned parks, boasting a 44-acre lake and nearly 40 miles of hiking trails across its 3,550 acres of mountains and forests. The park's attractions include a state-of-the-art planetarium, wildlife habitats specializing in species native to Tennessee, an interactive nature center, a ropes course with zip lines, and trails for mountain bikes, day hikers, and backpackers.

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
225 W. Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
www.kingsporttn.gov


Dobyns-Bennett Student Advances to Final Round of Presidential Scholarship Program



KINGSPORT, Tenn.Dobyns-Bennett High School senior Chandler Woods has been selected as one of 723 semifinalists to advance to the final round of the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Chandler is the son of Jon and Melissa Woods.

"The Presidential Scholars Award is one of the most distinguished awards a high school student can earn," said Dr. Chris Hampton, principal, Dobyns-Bennett High School. "Chandler has invested countless hours of hard work and has a relentless commitment toward his personal and academic goals. He has served as a model student; it does not surprise me that he has advanced to the final round in the competition. Chandler has already represented our school, district and the City of Kingsport admirably through this recognition."

From nearly 3.5 million graduating high school seniors, over 5,100 students were identified as candidates in the program, and 723 semifinalists were selected from across the country. These semifinalists form the pool from which the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be chosen. For a list of the 2017 semifinalists, please click here.

Established in 1964 by executive order of the President, the program recognizes and honors the nation's most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in academic success, leadership and service to school and community. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrated exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields. Annually, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

Application is by invitation only. Students are invited to apply based on their scores on the SAT or ACT exam or their nomination by a Chief State School Officer, the year of their graduation from high school, and whether they are U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent U.S. Residents. Students who qualify will automatically receive applications. Applicants are narrowed to 560 semifinalists and then ultimately determined to be a recipient or not.  Important milestones for remaining steps of the selection process include nominees completing the national Presidential Scholars application (February), semi-finalists being announced (April), and national winners being announced (May). 

Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June for National Recognition Weekend featuring various events, enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House sponsored ceremony. During their visit, Scholars have access to important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people.

For more information about the Presidential Scholars program, please contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378.8409 or www.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html.

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, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,500 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 FM, The 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

The Blake plans 2018 spring opening



The Blake plans spring 2018 opening
KINGSPORT — Site development has been well underway, but elected officials and business leaders held a ceremonial groundbreaking nonetheless ...

Dobyns-Bennett High School Makes U.S. News & World Report 2017 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 the United States again receiving a silver medal designation in the 2017 Best High Schools rankings.

The new Best High Schools rankings, which are available online here, are produced in conjunction with North Carolina-based research firm RTI International, using a four-step process to calculate rankings.

U.S. News has published detailed information on more than 28,000 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 this data and a comprehensive methodology, schools were given a College Readiness Index score, with the top-scoring 6,000-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 seven (7) percent of all high schools nationally at #1,901 and earned a silver medal.

"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.  "We certainly do not operate specifically to receive such honors. However, it is a strong indicator that KCS is not only among the best in the United States, but also on a successful path of being world-class."

Results of AP assessments factor into this national ranking. Approximately 816 Advanced Placement tests were administered to D-B students in 2016. The number of seniors graduating from D-B in 2016 was 519.

Seventy-four (74) 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.

"Receiving 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. "It is an honor to work with students who push themselves to constantly improve and to work with a faculty who go above and beyond in supporting those students. Those factors are significant in isolation but both special and powerful when combined." 

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, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,500 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 FM, The 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

The historic house at Clinchfield and Stone



Back in 2014, I wrote a blog about Grass Dale, the mansion centerpiece of what
was once the Groseclose plantation in Kingsport. Several people posted comments
and expressed interest in the home that they frequently drove past.

You may view the latest post at
http://archives.roueche.org/?p=3969


Warmly,
Kari


Crazy 8s Is Going Totally Crazy!


The Indian Path Medical Center & Niswonger Children's Hospital Crazy 8s 8K Run is scheduled for Saturday night, July 15th in Kingsport, TN.  Race organizers are adding a new crazy twist to the evening's activities by offering the "Totally Crazy" award which people can earn by running or walking BOTH the 3K and the 8K back to back. 

This is how participants can earn the Totally Crazy award:
1.      Run or walk the Almost Crazy 3K Run/Walk.  Previously called the 3K Moon Walk, which was an un-timed walk in the past, the Almost Crazy 3K will be officially timed, and participants can choose to either run or walk.   The event will continue to be family-oriented with the emphasis on participation and fun.
2.      Run or walk the Crazy 8s 8K.  Upon completion of the 8K, participants who finished both the 3K and the 8K will receive not only their Crazy 8s medal, but also a very unique Totally Crazy medal.

Totally Crazy participants can enter both events with one discounted entry fee.  They will receive the official performance Crazy 8s t-shirt as well as the Crazy 8s 8K medal and the Totally Crazy medal.  The 3K starts one hour before the 8K so participants doing both should have ample time to complete the 3K, catch their breath, and then be ready for the starting gun of the 8K. 

"We think this will be a very fun and exciting addition to Crazy 8s," said co-event director Natalie Whitlock.  "People are always looking for new challenges, and we think the 3K/8K combination will get people excited, and is very doable at the same time.  We also think those who have traditionally walked in the 3K Moon Walk will enjoy receiving official and published results."

Additionally, organizers are moving the start times for the 3K and the 8K a little earlier in the evening.  The Almost Crazy 3K Run/Walk will start at 7:58 pm, and the Crazy 8s 8K will start at 8:58 pm, which is an hour earlier than past years.

"After 27 years we wanted to mix things up a little bit," said co-event director Hank Brown.  "We started by taking an unofficial poll in relation to start times.  The majority of responses indicated that people, especially those with families, were excited about an earlier start.  The earlier times will allow for more families to attend whether they're running, walking or cheering on family and friends.  There was some concern about heat, but July in the South sees very little temperature change once the sun goes down.   The 8K will still be run after dark on candle-lit streets, and that's one reason Crazy 8s is so special and unique."

New Crazy 8s Evening Schedule, Saturday July 15:
·         6:00 pm – Little 8s Field Day activities begin.
·         6:58 pm – McDonald's of Greater Kingsport Little 8s and Special 8s age group races begin
·         7:58 pm – Almost Crazy 3K Run/Walk presented by Wellmont/CVA & Eastman Credit Union
·         8:58 pm – Indian Path Medical Center & Niswonger Children's Hospital Crazy 8s 8K Run


For more information about Crazy 8s, or to register for the event, go to www.crazy8s.org


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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Best Buds prom at Dobyns-Bennett



Best Buds: Event highlights special relationships at Dobyns Bennett
The Rotary Club of Kingsport hosted its annual "BUDS" prom on Thursday for students with special needs. BUDS stands for Buddies Understanding ...
     

Theatre Guild announces shows for 70th season



Kingsport Theatre Guild announces shows for 70th anniversary season
KINGSPORT — In celebration of its 70th year, the Kingsport Theatre Guild has put together a lineup of shows that will commemorate its illustrious past.
 

Eastman celebrates Tritan's 10 years of 'tremendous success'



Eastman celebrates Tritan's 10 years of 'tremendous success'
KINGSPORT — Eastman Chemical Co. executives celebrated the 10-year anniversary of one of its star products — Tritan — in a Friday conference ...

Sign up! KOSBE Kicks off National Small Business Week

    
KOSBE Kicks off National Small Business Week
12 training opportunities for small business owners
 
KINGSPORT, Tenn.—Every year since 1963 SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week, which is April 30 - May 6, 2017.  The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) is using National Small Business Week as a springboard to launch Small Business Month in Kingsport.

Today, during KOSBE's regular weekly Facebook Live platform, City of Kingsport Mayor John Clark shared a proclamation declaring April 30th through May 6th, 2017 as National Small Business Week.

In recognition of Small Business Week KOSBE will hold its first workshop: "Marketing - Decide how to best market your products," on Thursday, May 4th, at 3:00 PM EST, at the Kingsport Chamber.  Throughout the month, KOSBE has planned and scheduled 12 events for small business owners and entrepreneurs, from marketing, to diversity and inclusion, sexual harassment, worker's compensation, sales process, cash management, event planning, retirement planning, profitability and other topics.  A complete list of events can be found at www.kosbe.org/events.

·         GrowthWheel® WorkGroup: MARKETING
May 4th  3 pm • Kingsport Chamber
·         Generational Workplace Diversity
May 9th  11:30 am • Kingsport Chamber
·         Sexual Harassment at Workplace — And How to Avoid It
May 10th  11:30 am • Your Kingsport Chamber
·         GrowthWheel® WorkGroup: FACILITIES
May 11th  3 pm • Kingsport Chamber
·         GrowthWheel® WorkGroup: PARTNERSHIPS
May 16th  9 am • Kingsport Chamber
·         Impact of Tennessee Workers Compensation Law on Your Business
May 16th  11:30 am • Your Kingsport Chamber
·         Woman-Owned Wednesday | Hosted by VIPSEEN
May 17th  5:30 pm • 151 E Main St #5 • Kingsport, TN 37660
·         A Detailist's Guide to Planning a Special Event
May 18th  11:30 am • Your Kingsport Chamber
·         GrowthWheel® WorkGroup: REVENUE MODEL
May 18th  3 pm • Kingsport Chamber
·         GrowthWheel® WorkGroup: SALES AND SERVICE
May 23rd  9 am • Kingsport Chamber
·         GrowthWheel® WorkGroup: FINANCIALS
May 25th  3 pm • Kingsport Chamber
·         Vision Board for Financial Planning and Retirement
May 25th  6 pm • Your Kingsport Chamber

Aundrea Wilcox, KOSBE Executive Director, said: "The secret to success is personal and professional development.  We are offering a plethora of events in May that are relevant, timely and actionable.  The bottom line is business owners have to make time for the things that are important, which is why I always remind my clients to schedule their priorities, not prioritize their schedule—typically someone else's to-do items."

Kingsport has created an environment for future businesses to flourish.  Kingsport was recently ranked #250 in LendEDU's "Best Cities to Start a Small Business Report."  LendEDU is a marketplace for student loans and student loan refinance.  The report was built on a unique ranking equation using:

- Transportation Cost
- Utilities Cost
- Average Household Expenditure
- Average Household Income
- Projected Population Growth in the Next 5 Years
- Percentage of the Population in the Labor Force

For further information, please contact Aditi Bhave — 423.392.8811; abhave@tsbdc.org; 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660.  Log onto www.kosbe.org/events to register. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Small Business Development Centers Network, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, is an accredited member of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, participating universities and community colleges, and regional support partners. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA and other program sponsors. All information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. All information, events, and/or prices are subject to change or withdrawal. The Tennessee Small Business Development Centers Network shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints. Please confirm the information with the listing party.




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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.