Special-Event


The American Legion Hammond Post No. 3 will be co-sponsoring the 1st Annual American Flag Benefit Ride on Saturday, October 10, 2009.‚  All proceeds from the 1st Annual American Flag Benefit Ride will go to the purchase of brand new flags for American Legion Hammond Post No. 3.‚ 

The trip will be approximately 100 miles round trip and the ride is estimated to last about three and one half hours.‚  Signups for this event will begin at 8:30am at Cloud Park on the day of the event.‚  The benefit ride will depart at approximately 10:00am from Cloud Park.‚  Cloud Park is located at 717 W. Center Street in Kingsport.‚  Free parking will be provided at Domtar Paper Mill, beside the park, for all participants in this benefit ride.‚ 

The cost for individuals wishing to participate in this benefit ride will be $10 per person.‚  Following the event, lunch will be provided to all participants‚  of the ride at Cloud Park.‚  Again, all proceeds from the 1st Annual American Flag Benefit Ride will go to
the purchase of brand new flags for American Legion Hammond Post No.
3. So, get out the motorcycle and come support your local American Legion.


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KINGSPORT ‚¬â€ City officials say the Kingsport Center for Higher Education is one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the region, complete with special lighting, construction materials and nearly 100 solar panels on its roof.

When Kingsport went through the process of building the KCHE, city officials decided to make the building as green as possible with the goal being for the building to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

LEED is the. . . .

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The date has been set for the Kingsport Press Reunion.‚  Please spread the word that this Reunion is for every person who ever worked for the company (Kingsport Press, Arcata Graphics & Quebecor Employees) ‚¬ not just for retirees only.‚ ‚ 

The Reunion will be held at the Farm and Home Building at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray. has been reserved for Saturday, October 24, 2009, between the hours of 10:00AM and 5:00PM.‚  Pratts Catering will serve lunch from 11:00AM to 2:00PM.‚  Total cost is $15.00 per person which includes the meal and all other related expenses. Reservations are required, so be sure to register in advance.

The affair will be casual ‚¬ blue jeans are fine.‚  No speeches or programs are planned.‚  This event will be simply a gathering to provide each of us with the opportunity to visit, renew old friendships, tell stories and just have a good time remembering the past.

Please make your check or money order payable to Kingsport Press Reunion.‚  We plan to have name tags made, so please include a note giving employees full name and name of your spouse or guest.

Mail your check or money order to:

Kingsport Press Reunion
Crocketts Bookkeeping and Tax Service
1120 Bloomingdale Pike
Kingsport, TN 37660

The money will be deposited at Kingsport Press Credit Union.

Reunion Committee:
John Newell, Wilma Taylor, Jim Snavely, Sylvia Crockett, Bob Sanders, Jean Haynes, Melvin Johnson (Impressions Unlimited), Sam McGhee (Professional Mailing Services), Richard Shadden (Appalachian Fairgrounds) and Sandy Coutsakis

Note:
If you have friends or family who have not contacted us please tell them they should send their reservation request with check or money order ( with employees name and guests name) to above address.


Please enjoy these photos of the history of the Kingsport Press Building.‚  Photos provided by John Newell.



Kingsport – The Downtown Kingsport Merchants, Businesses and Restaurants would like to invite you to Downtown Kingsport’s 1st Annual Show and Sale on Saturday, September 26th from 11am until 7pm on Main Street.‚ 
With over 30 booths, there will be a little bit of everything for
everybody.‚  There will be great buys on merchandise from local
businesses, great bard, music, art, crafts, antiques, children’a
activities, loft apartment tours, and a fashion show. Plus, there will
be The Taste of Kingsport, which will be selling bard from some of the best local restaurants.

Children’s activities will include face painting, the Children’s Art Contest, sponsored by Kroger of Kingsport and Fun Story Time by Clifford the Big Red Dog,
sponsored by The Humane Society – Rescue and Runaway.‚  So, come out and
support your local downtown businesses and help celebrate Downtown
Kingsport’s very 1st Annual Fall Show and Sale.


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BLOUNTVILLE ‚¬ The Kingsport Board of Education and the Sullivan County Board of Education will hold a joint meeting on Tuesday, September 29 at 7 p.m. at the Northeast State Technical Community College Library.

The purpose of the meeting will be to establish open communications between the two boards as they work together to determine the best way to meet the needs of students.‚  The meeting will provide a historical perspective of current board policies with information on enrollment patterns. Discussion will be focused on future growth expectations and joint planning opportunities.

The meeting is open to the public; however, there will not be an opportunity for public comment during this session. The September 29 event will be the first in a series of joint BOE meetings planned during the school year.

For more information, contact the Sullivan County Schools Office at (423)354-1083 or the Kingsport City Schools Office of Community Relations at (423) 378-2123.


 


Kingsport – Marsh Regional Blood Center is in critical need of Type O Negative
blood.‚  There is a constant, often critical need for type O blood.‚ 
Type O
negative donors have the universal blood type and their red cells can
be safely transfused to any patient.‚ 

MRBC is the local blood supplier for our region supplying 22 hospitals
throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.‚  Due to lack of
donations the blood bank is running extremely low on Type O Negative
Blood.‚  If you have Type O Negative Blood, or know anyone who has this
rare blood type, please consider helping the Marsh Regional Blood
Center.‚  Lives may depend on it.‚ 

If you have Type O Negative blood, then you are a universal donor,
which means that anyone can use your blood in case of an emergency.
Consider bringing a friend or family member to donate with you. Since
blood type is inherited, your family members may be lifesaving type O
donors too!‚  To donate, please contact or drop by one of the following
local locations:


Kingsport Location
Julia Davis Collection Center
102 E Ravine Road
Kingsport, TN‚  37660
423-224-5888

Bristol Location

Bristol Regional Medical Center
1 Medical Park Blvd
Bristol, TN‚  37620
423-844-3131


Donor Center Hours:

Mondays and Thursdays 10:30A ‚¬ 6:00P
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday ‚¬ 8:30A ‚¬ 4:00P


For further information on how someone can donate blood or if to
find a blood drive that is close to them, they can go to
www.Marshblood.com or call 423-224-5888.


Higher_Ed_News_1 Harvard Kennedy Schools Ash Institute Recognizes Kingsport Efforts to Revitalize Community through Education Kingsport, TN

The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University on Monday night (September 14) announced that Kingsport, Tennessee was a 2009 Innovations in American Government Award winner.

A delegation from the city was on hand to receive the award led by representatives of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Northeast State Community College and various business and civic leaders.

“This is absolutely amazing, and Im not sure that we realize the significance and importance of winning this”, said Mayor Dennis Phillips. “It is going to draw attention to not only Kingsport, but to the entire state of Tennessee as far as higher education goes. This really goes to show you what you can do if two things happen ‚-you don’t have to worry about who gets the credit because there is enough credit to go around, and second, this BMA has continued on the course that was set out by previous BMAs”, Phillips said. “This is not the end. This is the middle of whats going to come in higher education in Kingsport. I think we set an example for the entire state of Tennessee and the nation to follow.”

Congressman Phil Roe was on hand at the awards ceremony, held at the historic Decatur House in Washington, D.C., to present city officials with a Congressional Record entry recognizing the accomplishment. “Kingsport is fortunate to have private citizens, community organizations, and elected officials who understand that the only limitation on a community’s economic potential is the quality of the local workforce, Kingsport City Manager John Campbell said. Access to higher education not only unlocks a community’s economic potential in the short term, but ensures society’s continuing success in future generations. Instead of traditional tax incentives, Kingsport has revitalized its economy by making its workforce more competitive, said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard Kennedy School. They recognized that todays high school diploma does not adequately prepare students for the challenges of the global economy. Cities across the country can learn from Kingsport’s work in revamping curricula, building new infrastructure, and developing creative partnerships.”

Started in 1999, the program is one of six government initiatives honored at Monday nights awards reception in Washington, D.C. and will receive a grant towards sharing its innovation with other jurisdictions around the country. The event concluded with the premier of 2009 Visionaries, a PBS-produced documentary highlighting this years Innovations winners. To view this video click here.

The Ash Institute describes the Innovations in American Governance Award as “a significant force in recognizing and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector. Through its annual awards competition, the Program provides concrete evidence that government can work to improve the quality of life for citizens and that it deserves greater public trust. By highlighting exemplary models of governments innovative performance, the Program serves as a catalyst for continued progress in addressing the nations most pressing public concerns.” To receive this award, Kingsport presented achievements in the Higher Education program and developments in educational policy over the past 10 years and emphasized the improvements in the economic and educational base since implementation of programs such as the Educate and Grow scholarship program and the creation of the Regional Center for Applied Technology.‚ These initiatives have been fundamental to the revitalization of the downtown area and have produced more jobs, higher property values, and most importantly a more educated citizenry and workforce.


Education Under the Educate and Grow plan, city of Kingsport officials collaborated with various partners to develop and finance a host of new programs to enhance academic outcomes of Kingsport students and build a more qualified workforce. K-14: A first in the nation, the citys K-14 program extends public high school by an optional two years to provide students with additional training and technical skills requested by local employers. Dual Enrollment: Through established partnerships with the areas local colleges, high school students now have the opportunity to take college-level classes and receive both college and high school credit for their work. Scholarships: Any Kingsport high school graduate is eligible for a four-semester scholarship at the citys Northeast State Technical Community College. Such funding allows students to earn a two-year associates degree or transfer credits towards a four-year bachelors degree. Curriculum: Officials have developed new areas of medical and technical study at the college level that better reflect the growing number of industries in the region along with attracting new industries.


New Infrastructure Kingsport underwent a series of infrastructure enhancements, building an academic village in close proximity to the city’s business center. Officials project the new building plans will increase the downtown student population to 2,500 over the next few years. Regional Center for Applied Technology (RCAT): Launched in 2002 as a branch of Northeast State Community College, RCAT offers high school graduates and continuing education students courses in computer science and information technology; office administration; business management; and on-demand industry-specific job training. Regional Center for Health Professionals: In addition to enhancing the technology skills of Kingsport’s labor force, the city opened the Regional Center for Health Professionals in 2008 to draw new health care opportunities to the region. Students can earn two-year degrees in medical technology and nursing. Kingsport Center for Higher Education: Opened this August, the Center offer courses towards associate up to doctoral degrees through a unique partnership with five local colleges and universities. Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing: This public-private partnership between the State of Tennessee, Northeast State, and two of Kingsport’s largest manufacturers, Eastman Chemical and Domtar Paper Mill, will offer certifications and associate of applied science programs in electrical, fabrication, and chemical process technologies. Automotive Technology Center: A fifth facility, scheduled to open in the fall of 2010, will be dedicated to state-of-the-art automotive technology training programs.


Results Kingsport’s Educate and Grow initiative cites much success in bringing new industry to the region and improving the skills of its workforce. Industry Diversification: Formerly dependent solely on the manufacturing industry, the greater Kingsport region now reports a more diversified economy including new jobs in healthcare (8,000), hospitality (5,000), construction (3,900), professional services (2,500), and information technology (600). Sales Tax Revenues: Sales tax revenues have increased by nearly $950,000 since 2005, and property values are increasing. Investment: The city cites an increase of $370 million in new construction since 2006 including 12 new restaurants and regional education buildings. Population: 2,700 families have moved to Kingsport over the last two years, and the city is experiencing an increase in young adults aged 20-24. The number of residents earning college degrees has increased by 2 percent.


Photographs by: Tony Brown


To view the video of the 2009 Award Winners click here. To view an overview of the finalists click here. To view the video of the May 27th, 2009 finalist presentation click here.

Harvard Kennedy Schools Ash Institute Recognizes Kingsport Efforts to Revitalize Community through Education

Kingsport, TN ‚¬ The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University on Monday night (September 14) announced that Kingsport, Tennessee was a 2009 Innovations in American Government Award winner.‚  A delegation from the city was on hand to receive the award led by representatives of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Northeast State Community College and various business and civic leaders.‚ ‚ 

This is absolutely amazing, and Im not sure that we realize the significance and importance of winning this, said Mayor Dennis Phillips. It is going to draw attention to not only Kingsport, but to the entire state of Tennessee as far as higher education goes. This really goes to show you what you can do if two things happen ‚¬â€ you dont have to worry about who gets the credit because there is enough credit to go around, and second, this BMA has continued on the course that was set out by previous BMAs, Phillips said.

This is not the end. This is the middle of whats going to come in higher education in Kingsport. I think we set an example for the entire state of Tennessee and the nation to follow.‚  Congressman Phil Roe was on hand at the awards ceremony, held at the historic Decatur House in Washington, D.C., to present city officials with a Congressional Record entry recognizing the accomplishment.‚ ‚ 

Kingsport is fortunate to have private citizens, community
organizations, and elected officials who understand that the only
limitation on a communitys economic potential is the quality of the
local workforce, Kingsport City Manager John Campbell said. Access to
higher education not only unlocks a communitys economic potential in
the short term, but ensures societys continuing success in future
generations.

Instead of traditional tax incentives, Kingsport has revitalized its
economy by making its workforce more competitive, said Stephen
Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in American Government Program
at Harvard Kennedy School. They recognized that todays high school
diploma does not adequately prepare students for the challenges of the
global economy. Cities across the country can learn from Kingsports
work in revamping curricula, building new infrastructure, and
developing creative partnerships.

Started in 1999, the program is one of six government initiatives honored at Monday nights awards reception in Washington, D.C. and will receive a grant towards sharing its innovation with other jurisdictions around the country. The event concluded with the premier of 2009 Visionaries, a PBS-produced documentary highlighting this years Innovations winners. To view this video click here.

The Ash Institute describes the Innovations in American Governance
Award as "a significant force in recognizing and promoting excellence
and
creativity in the public sector. Through its annual awards competition,
the Program provides concrete evidence that government can work to
improve the quality of life for citizens and that it deserves greater
public trust. By highlighting exemplary models of governments
innovative performance, the Program serves as a catalyst for continued
progress in addressing the nations most pressing public concerns."

To recieve this award, Kingsport presented achievements in the Higher Education program and
developments in educational policy over the past 10 years and
emphasized the improvements in the economic and educational base since
implementation of programs such as the Educate and Grow scholarship
program and the creation of the Regional Center for Applied
Technology.‚  These initiatives have been fundemental to the
revitalization of the downtown area and have produced more jobs, higher
property values, and most importantly a more educated citizenry and
workforce.


Education

Under the Educate and Grow plan, city of Kingsport officials collaborated with various partners to develop and finance a host of new programs to enhance academic outcomes of Kingsport students and build a more qualified workforce.

K-14: A first in the nation, the citys K-14 program extends public high school by an optional two years to provide students with additional training and technical skills requested by local employers.

Dual Enrollment: Through established partnerships with the areas local colleges, high school students now have the opportunity to take college-level classes and receive both college and high school credit for their work.

Scholarships: Any Kingsport high school graduate is eligible for a four-semester scholarship at the citys Northeast State Technical Community College. Such funding allows students to earn a two-year associates degree or transfer credits towards a four-year bachelors degree.

Curriculum: Officials have developed new areas of medical and technical study at the college level that better reflect the growing number of industries in the region along with attracting new industries.


New Infrastructure

Kingsport underwent a series of infrastructure enhancements, building an academic village in close proximity to the citys business center. Officials project the new building plans will increase the downtown student population to 2,500 over the next few years.

Regional Center for Applied Technology (RCAT): Launched in 2002 as a branch of Northeast State Community College, RCAT offers high school graduates and continuing education students courses in computer science and information technology; office administration; business management; and on-demand industry-specific job training.

Regional Center for Health Professionals: In addition to enhancing the technology skills of Kingsports labor force, the city opened the Regional Center for Health Professionals in 2008 to draw new health care opportunities to the region. Students can earn two-year degrees in medical technology and nursing.

Kingsport Center for Higher Education: Opened this August, the Center offer courses towards associate up to doctoral degrees through a unique partnership with five local colleges and universities.

Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing: This public-private partnership between the State of Tennessee, Northeast State, and two of Kingsports largest manufacturers, Eastman Chemical and Domtar Paper Mill, will offer certifications and associate of applied science programs in electrical, fabrication, and chemical process technologies.

Automotive Technology Center: A fifth facility, scheduled to open in the fall of 2010, will be dedicated to state-of-the-art automotive technology training programs.


Results

Kingsports Educate and Grow initiative cites much success in bringing new industry to the region and improving the skills of its workforce.

Industry Diversification: Formerly dependent solely on the manufacturing industry, the greater Kingsport region now reports a more diversified economy including new jobs in healthcare (8,000), hospitality (5,000), construction (3,900), professional services (2,500), and information technology (600).

Sales Tax Revenues: Sales tax revenues have increased by nearly $950,000 since 2005, and property values are increasing.

Investment: The city cites an increase of $370 million in new construction since 2006 including 12 new restaurants and regional education buildings.

Population: 2,700 families have moved to Kingsport over the last two years, and the city is experiencing an increase in young adults aged 20-24. The number of residents earning college degrees has increased by 2 percent.


Photographs by: Tony Brown


To view the video of the 2009 Award Winners click here.

To view Higher Education Award Winning Documents click here.

To view an overview of the finalists click here.

To view the video of the May 27th, 2009 finalist presentation click here.

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The Cutest Dog Competition is here and the Sullivan County Animal
Shelter has entered a heart-breaker named Lucy.  Lucy resides at the
Sullivan County Animal Shelter and is a four month old Beagle mix
Mascot. The competition is a national competition presented by All
American Pet Brands and Dog.com.  The competition is a twelve week
contest that began on August first and final judging will end on
Thanksgiving Day.

Lucy, Super Pound Puppy from Kingsport TN, competing in the
National "Cutest Dog Competition" is currently in third place.  Apparently, our advertising and
spreading the word is working!.  Of 10’s of thousands of animals entered in
the contest, we were 3rd last week!  After this week, we have 4 weeks left of the competition to get into
the finals.  However, the weekly vote stats are on the increase as the
Million Dollars comes closer!

It may only take a moment from your day, but it could make a difference
in a homeless pet’s life like LUCY’S!  Please click on the link below,
and VOTE each day for Lucy, the Super Pound Puppy.  A one million
dollar grand prize is at stake and the Sullivan County Animal Shelter
is long overdue for a new shelter.  This money will also help the
thousands of animals like Lucy that come into our county shelter each
year.  Please pass on this information to as many people as possible,
because the Sullivan County Animal Shelter needs this support.

The Sullivan County Animal Shelter thanks you for your support!  Keep voting and sending out the word!

Click here to Vote Now!

For more information about this contest or the Sullivan County
Animal Shelter, please contact Kim Pruden @ 423-323-6901.  Thank you
for your support and help!

To learn about the Kingsport Animal Shelter click here.


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The Cutest Dog Competition is here and the Sullivan County Animal
Shelter has entered a heart-breaker named Lucy.  Lucy resides at the
Sullivan County Animal Shelter and is a four month old Beagle mix
Mascot. The competition is a national competition presented by All
American Pet Brands and Dog.com.  The competition is a twelve week
contest that began on August first and final judging will end on
Thanksgiving Day.

Lucy, Super Pound Puppy from Kingsport TN, competing in the
National "Cutest Dog Competition" is currently in third place.  Apparently, our advertising and
spreading the word is working!.  Of 10’s of thousands of animals entered in
the contest, we were 3rd last week!  After this week, we have 4 weeks left of the competition to get into
the finals.  However, the weekly vote stats are on the increase as the
Million Dollars comes closer!

It may only take a moment from your day, but it could make a difference
in a homeless pet’s life like LUCY’S!  Please click on the link below,
and VOTE each day for Lucy, the Super Pound Puppy.  A one million
dollar grand prize is at stake and the Sullivan County Animal Shelter
is long overdue for a new shelter.  This money will also help the
thousands of animals like Lucy that come into our county shelter each
year.  Please pass on this information to as many people as possible,
because the Sullivan County Animal Shelter needs this support.

The Sullivan County Animal Shelter thanks you for your support!  Keep voting and sending out the word!

Click here to Vote Now!

For more information about this contest or the Sullivan County
Animal Shelter, please contact Kim Pruden @ 423-323-6901.  Thank you
for your support and help!

To learn about the Kingsport Animal Shelter click here.