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Kingsport – In a recently published article in Fun Things To Do in the Mountains, Downtown Kingsport is praised for its wide variety of merchants and restaraunts.‚  The article entitled, "Taking Notice of Downtown Kingsport, TN: An Impressive Destination & Community", gives a flattering positive critique of the many changes and additions caused by recent Downtown Redevelopment projects. The article compares Kingsport with Savannah, Georgia, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC and calls Kingsport the next "must visit" downtown.

One of the highlights featured in the article is the Kingsport Higher Education Program and the enormous economic impact it will bring to the city.‚  The ever-growing Acedemic Village will bring in thousands of students and millions of dollars in revenue.

The article also emphasizes that there are aover a 100 active merchants in Downtown Kingsport that provide a wide-range of choices for residents and visitors.‚  Some shops featured in the article are Divine Cafe and Catering, Suzanne Barrett Justis Fine Art Studio and Gallery, Cindy Sasdeh Fine Art and Ripper Arts, Barebart Chameleon, and the Centre Ville Spa and Salon. ‚ 

Downtown Kingsport has been showered with praise and recognition for recent Downtown Redevelopment and serves as a model for other communities to follow.

To view the Fun Things to do in the Mountains article click here.


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Kingsport – The City of Kingsport has recently been featured in an AARP Bulletin Today article that praises the city for being a Resident-Friendly City.‚  Due to Downtown Redevelopment and the new additions of public art, known as the Sculpture Walk, retirees are buying new downtown loft spaces where they can live, dine and shop‚¬â€all within walking distance.

The article promotes the importance of walking and routine exercise for elderly people and recognizes that the Sculpture Walk and Greenbelt are perfect for those who need to get out and roam for exercise.‚  The article also emphasizes the city’s insight for mandating that all new residential neighborhoods have a sidewalk and how the sidewalks are beneficial to everyone.

The Greenbelt and the Sculpture Walk have both been created for the residents of Kingsport and are great examples for other cities looking to make themselves more resident-friendly.‚  The city has put a lot of time, effort and money into the Downtown Redevelopment project and the benefits are becoming more and more clear every day.‚  The new sidewalks and the new lofts are perfect for those who are no longer able to drive and need to be in walking distance of vital downtown areas.

To view this article from the AARP Bulletin Today please click here.


 

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The City of Kingsport in cooperation with Express Signs has installed an example of 2009 Christmas decorations that include a -cross-street garland stretching across Broad Street.  This example will only be on display for one week and will be removed.  The City of Kingsport has upgraded Christmas decorations in recent years, and would like input from downtown merchants before proceeding with this vintage look. If installed, the cross-street decorations will also include bows and be lit at night. 

To comment on this proposed type of decoration, please go to www.KingsportTN.gov/contact


 

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Kingsport – The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to hosting a
luncheonand discussion with Senator Bob Corker.‚  Details and a link
providing resevation information are provided below.‚  Don’t miss this
opportunity to hear and see Senator Corker on Monday, August 31st at
the MeadowView Marriott.


‚ Kingsport Chamber hosts a discussion with U.S.
Senator Bob Corker

Please
join‚ your Kingsport
Chamber for a luncheon with

Senator Bob Corker!

Monday, August 31‚ 

‚ ‚  11:30
a.m.‚ -‚ 1 p.m.

‚  MeadowView Marriott

1901 MeadowView Parkway
Kingsport‚ 

 

COST:‚ ‚ 

‚ $25 per person

R.S.V.P.:

‚ Pre-registration is
required.

‚ Please R.S.V.P. by
Wednesday, August 26

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To make reservations please fill out the form provided below and submit it to Marybeth Kench.

FAX (423) 246-7234, call (423)392-8827

or email mkench@kingsportchamber.org.

Mail to Attn: Marybeth Kench, P.O. Box 1403, Kingsport, TN 37662

Make checks payable to your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

To view and print the registration form click here.



The Kingsport Higher Education Center has been created by a strong
relationship between city officials, local educational institutions and
local businesses.‚  The Higher Education Program has received national
recognition and the Higher Education Center will serve as the main
facility of the quickly growing Kingsport Higher Education Academic
Campus.‚  The building boasts administrative offices, state of the art
computer facilities, new congressional offices and a large auditorium,
among an array of various classrooms.

"On behalf of the Board of Mayor and Alderman, we offer out deepest
thanks to our community volunteers, outstanding design team, builders,
and city staff, who spent countless hours making this project
possible, said Mayor Dennis Phillips.‚  We also deeply appreciate the
many contributions of Domtar Inc. and Eastman Chemical for their
continuing support and active role in the community as genuine
corporate citizens." said Mayor Dennis Phillips.

To view pictures of the Grand Opening click here.

To visit the Kingsport Higher Education website click here.


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The Kingsport Higher Education Center has been created by a strong
relationship between city officials, local educational institutions and
local businesses.‚  The Higher Education Program has received national
recognition and the Higher Education Center will serve as the main
facility of the quickly growing Kingsport Higher Education Academic
Campus.‚  The building boasts administrative offices, state of the art
computer facilities, new congressional offices and a large auditorium,
among an array of various classrooms.

"On behalf of the Board of Mayor and Alderman, we offer out deepest
thanks to our community volunteers, outstanding design team, builders,
and city staff, who spent countless hours making this project
possible, said Mayor Dennis Phillips.‚  We also deeply appreciate the
many contributions of Domtar Inc. and Eastman Chemical for their
continuing support and active role in the community as genuine
corporate citizens." said Mayor Dennis Phillips.

To view pictures of the Grand Opening click here.

To visit the Kingsport Higher Education website click here.



You are invited!‚  Mark your calender!

You are invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the Kingsport Higher Education Center on Friday, August 28th at 1:30pm in front of the brand new Kingsport Higher Education Center in the intersection of Clay St. and Market St.‚  The Kingsport Higher Education Center has been created by a strong relationship between city officials, local educational institutions and local businesses.‚  The Higher Education Program has received national recognition and the Higher Education Center will serve as the main facility of the quickly growing Kingsport Higher Education Academic Campus.‚  The building boasts administrative offices, state of the art computer facilities, new congressional offices and a large auditorium, among an array of various classrooms.

"On behalf of the Board of Mayor and Alderman, we offer out deepest thanks to our community volunteers, outstanding design team, builders, and city staff, who spent countless hours making this project possible, said Mayor Dennis Phillips.‚  We also deeply appreciate the many contributions of Domtar Inc. and Eastman Chemical for their continuing support and active role in the community as genuine corporate citizens." said Mayor Dennis Phillips.

Performing at the ceremony, will be the Dobyns-Bennett High School Band, directed by Mr. Lafe Cook.‚  A short invocation will be held by Alderman Larry Munsey and then Mayor Dennis Phillips will kick of the celebration by welcoming and introducing the numerous individuals and entities that made this project possible. ‚ 

Immediately following Mayor Phillips, Eastman CEO Jim Rogers and Domtar CEO John Williams will discuss the importance of the Kingsport Higher Education Center to local businesses.‚  Then Dr. Bill Locke, President Emeritus at Northeast State Community College and Dr. Janice Gilliam, President of Northeast State Community College will account the vision and services that Northeast State has brought to the Higher Education Program and future hopes for the program.‚  Dr. Charles Manning, Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents and Dr. Jan Simek, the Interim President of the University of Tennessee will discuss the various partnerships with the Higher Education Program. ‚ 

Ms. Anne B. Pope, the Federal Co-Chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission and Phil Paradice, the Regional Director of the Economic Development Administration will be representing the federal entities that were strongly involved in the creation of the Higher Education Center.‚  The final speaker will be the Honorable Phil Roe, of the U.S. House of Representatives. After the presentations are complete, Mayor Dennis Phillips will offer the closing remarks and cut the ribbon.

A great deal of time, work and effort have gone into the entire Higher Education Project and city officials would like to invite you to attend and see the fruit of all of the hard work.


 

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Kingsport – On Wednesday, August 26, from 9am until 4pm, the City of Kingsport will
be holding a Compost Bin Sale at Kingsport City Hall to sell the cities
recently approved compost bins. The Earth Machine, which normally has a
retail price of $80, can be puchased at this sale for a reduced price
of only $30 plus tax. A free home composting book is included with
purchase of the bin. There is not a limit on the amount of bins one
may purchase, but the reduced price will be offered only while
quantities last. The bins can be purchased by check or check only and
all sales are final. The bins are not to be purchased for resale. City
Hall is located at 225 W. Center Street in Downtown Kingsport.

To view a printable flier for this event click here.

For more information about the Earth Machine click here.

For more information about the Kingsport’s Composting Program click here.