KINGSPORT, Tenn. ‚¬Green and Growing, a series of lunchtime gardening seminars, will be held from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. on the first three Thursdays in March at the Kingsport Public Library Mead Auditorium.‚  In these free sessions, both beginners and experts alike will learn how to work with nature to create beautiful, healthy gardens.‚  This series is sponsored by Keep Kingsport Beautiful, Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS), Kingsport Public Library, and Sullivan County Extension.

The seminar topics are:

March 4 ‚¬ Growing Vegetables in East Tennessee – Learn the where, what, when, and how of growing delicious bard in your home garden with Master Gardener Ben Hunter.

March 11 ‚¬ Urban Composting ‚¬ Even if you live in the city, you can make your own compost ‚¬ the very best way to improve your soil.‚  Learn how with local gardening guru Roy Odom.

March 18 ‚¬ Green and Frugal Gardening – Learn the joys of saving money in your garden while also being kind to the environment with Jeanne Cope, Master Gardener and Kingsport Times News gardening columnist.

Bring a bag lunch and spend your noon break learning how to make your landscape greener.‚  Each session will include free handouts with recommended plants for Northeast Tennessee and lists of books and web sites for further reference.‚  For more information call Keep Kingsport Beautiful‚  423-392-8814 or e-mail jnjmoore@embarqmail.com.


KINGSPORT – Coming this spring, Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium will be implementing three new attractions to the park.   According to plans, the park will soon begin constructing a Junior Ropes Course, a Playground and an Elevated Ropes Course above the Amphitheater parking lot and beside the Farmstead Museum.  To learn about the details of these improvements, please use the following link.  There you will find examples of the proposed additions and the key facts about the planning, implementation and utilization of these structures.

These projects are
paid for by the Visitor Enhancement Program, and funded by a portion of the
hotel-motel surcharge.

To learn more please click here.

Key Facts


Netherland Inn Rd. Roundabout


Key Facts

Netherland Inn Roundabout is designed to smooth the flow of

Currently, traffic stacks excessively on peak hours as motorists
struggle with turning from Center Street to Netherland Inn Road, or from
Center to Industry Drive.

The Netherland Inn Roundabout will be about 40 percent larger
than the other modern Roundabout at Watauga Street.

Slip lanes from Center Street to Netherland Inn Road and from
Industry Drive to Center Street will allow this traffic to avoid the
Roundabout completely.

However, all traffic will yield to motorists in the Roundabout.

Nationally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, has found
that properly designed Roundabouts are proven to reduce serous crashes
by 76 percent, and reduce fatal or incapacitating injuries by 90
percent. Why? Because roundabouts reduce speeds and cut the number of
potential traffic conflicts.

For instances, a typical two-way
cross intersection presents 32 potential conflict points for traffic,
compared to 8 potential conflict points with a roundabout.

Roundabouts ARE NOT the same as traffic circles. Roundabouts are
designed with elements to slow traffic, and allow the free movement of
vehicles from the circular Roundabout to through roads.


Becky Hobbs Author of Nanyehi to Present Lecture
Saturday, March 6‚  2:00‚  PM
Public Invited.‚  Free Admission

Becky Hobbs


KINGSPORT – Singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs will present a lecture on the making and story of Nanyehi on Saturday, March 6 at 2 PM at the Kingsport Renaissance Center Room 239.‚  The Cultural Arts Division of the City of Kingsport is sponsoring the lecture which is free and open to the public.


Becky Hobbs is composer and co-playwright of Nanyehi– the story of Nancy Ward, Woman of the Cherokee who was Becky Hobbs fifth great grandmother. Beckys grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Parks, was great granddaughter of Nancy Ward and is listed on the Dawes Roll.‚  Parks was born in Indian Territory, Oklahoma in 1884.‚  She spoke a little Cherokee and told Becky stories about growing up in Indian Territory.‚  Nancy Ward was born of the Wolf Clan in approximately 1738 in Chota (one of the ‚¬mother towns of the Cherokee Nation), which is now the southeastern Tennessee area.‚  It is said on the day she was born a white wolf appeared on the horizon.‚  The color white was the symbol of peace to the Cherokee.‚  When Nancy Ward was about sixteen years old she went to battle with her husband, Kingfisher, against the Creeks.‚  Her job was to chew the bullets, to make them more deadly.‚  When Kingfisher was killed and fell to the ground, Nancy rose to take his place and lead the Cherokee to victory.‚  She was then given the title ‚¬Ghigau or ‚¬Beloved Woman of the Nation.‚  After earning this honor, she dared to stand where no woman had stood before‚¬¦in the center of the white mans council meeting, protesting war and promoting peace between Cherokee and other tribes, the colonists and the settlers.‚  Nanyehi is being produced by the Cherokee National Theatre Company.‚  Becky Hobbs will share stories and songs from the musical.

Hobbs is also appearing in concert on Saturday, March 6 at 7:30 PM as part of the Red, Hot and Blue Revue III: Singer Songwriters in the Round along with Ann Rabson and E.G. Kight.‚  Tickets are $18 regular admission and $16 student/senior admission and can be purchased by call the Central Box Office at 423-392-8417 or on-line at www.KingsportARTS.org.‚  Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

Becky Hobbs is a gifted songwriter, as well as a captivating entertainer.‚  She plays the piano like no other female on stage.‚  High energy best describes Becky, yet she can rope you in like an Oklahoma cowgirls with her poignant ballads.‚  Her voice is unique.‚  She co-wrote the powerful Angels Among Us, recorded by Alabama, which stayed on the Billboard Top Singles Sales Chart for over a year.

The Renaissance Center is a center for arts and senior citizens activities, and as a facility for business meetings, parties, receptions, classes, showers and day long seminars with breakout rooms.‚  The facility includes a 350 seat theatre, three story skylit atrium, art gallery, gymnasium, meeting rooms and offices.‚  The Renaissance Center is located 3 miles off of Interstate 26, 1200 East Center Street.‚ ‚  For tickets or more information call 423-392-8414.



KINGSPORT – Jefferson Elementary Schools TJ Singers chorus will be featured in the MENC: National Association for Music Educations Worlds Largest Concert‚® on Thursday, March 11 at 1 p.m.

The sing-along concert will link students from 36 schools nationwide who will perform several songs related to environmental awareness, different cultures and children. The concert is hosted by actress Florence Henderson of The Brady Bunch fame. Jefferson Elementary is the only school in Tennessee to be selected to participate in the event.

Jeffersons TJ Singers chorus includes approximately 90 students in 5th grade. Jefferson Elementary Music Teacher Debbie Johnson said the TJ Singers applied to be part of this special concert by submitting a DVD of students singing Beautiful World at Bays Mountain in October 2009. The Dobyns-Bennett Digital Media class helped film and record the DVD. 

The TJ Singers and I are very excited to be included in the Worlds Largest Concert, said Johnson. We had a lot of fun learning the song and taking a field trip to Bays Mountain to record the video with Jesse Shelton and some DB students, who were a great help to us. Weve built a memory that will last a lifetime!

The concert will be broadcast nationwide on some PBS stations. A DVD of the concert is available for purchase at http://www.menc.org.‚  For more information, contact Debbie Johnson at d_johnson@k12k.com‚  or (423) 378-2270.



Reconnect with Leadership

Saturday, March 6, 2010

7PM til 10PM

Agota Springs, 1114 Saratoga Road, Kingsport

$45.00 Per Person

City Casual

Hearty Hors d’oeuvres by Divine Catering
Enjoy the Live music from Ivy Road

All Proceeds Fund
The Kingsport Leadership Programs

Reconnect with friends from Leadership Programs

Contact Information: Vickie Snodgrass
vsnodgrass@kingsportchamber.org or 423-392-8816



KINGSPORT – At noon on Friday, March 5, 2010 the City of Kingsport will hold an Arbor Day celebration at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, 1051 Lake Street.‚  Mayor Dennis Phillips will issue a proclamation in celebration of Arbor Day.‚  This event is made possible due to a partnership between The City of Kingsport, Domtar, Keep Kingsport Beautiful, and the Kingsport Tree Advisory Board.

The Tennessee Division of Forestry will also present a Tree City USA flag and recognize Kingsport as a Tree City USA for the 23nd consecutive year.‚ 

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.‚  To receive this award, Kingsport has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance. ‚ 

The celebration will include the Notable Trees of Kingsport presentations sponsored by Domtar.‚  The Notable Tree Program was established as a way to recognize and thank residents and organizations who maintain and preserve special tress within the city limits of Kingsport.‚  These trees are selected based on size & condition, historical interest, or special significance to an area.


Art Nights/City Lights Presents The Kingsport Community Band
Sunday, March 21‚  2:30 PM
Tickets Available 423-392-8416 or 423-392-8417

KINGSPORT – The Cultural Arts Division of the City of Kingsport is pleased to present the Kingsport Community Band on Sunday, March 21 at 2:30 PM at the Kingsport Renaissance Center Theatre.‚  Tickets are $5 general admission, with children under12 admitted free with parents and can be purchased by calling the Central Box Office at 423-392-8417 or on-line at www.KingsportARTS.org. ‚ 


The Kingsport Community Band has a history that dates back to 1907, 10 years before the modern citys incorporation.

Known then as the Kingsport Concert Band, it was the only musical organization of its kind in the city. Formed by Guy E. Devault, the band eventually achieved a reputation for quality music making. After some starts and stops during the teens, the band was reorganized in 1920, and by 1927 was considered one of the best in the area.

The band ran into difficulty during the middle part of the century. It dissolved during World War II and it wasnt until 1980 that the Kingsport Community Band was formed under the direction of Jewel S. Tilson.

Reorganized at that time by Joseph Heller, owner of Josephs Musicenter, the band then boasted seven musicians who had played with the Kingsport Concert Band in the ‚¬30s.

The present-day band is made up of musicians from a variety of backgrounds ‚¬ both musical and professional. They range in age from mid-teens to 80s. Currently under the direction of Scot Fleming, the organization rehearses weekly at the Dobyns-Bennett music building. All players are welcome ‚¬ auditions are not required.

The band performs for a variety of functions, both indoor and outdoor. The mainstay of the Kingsport Community Band repertoire is a selection of concert marches, several by John Phillip Sousa and other well-known march composers. The band also plays arrangements of familiar melodies and folk songs, both old and new.


KINGSPORT – Kingsport traffic planners and staff will be on hand Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take comments on a proposed Preston Forest Traffic Calming program. The meeting will be held at Northeast Church of Christ, 2217 Beechnut Drive. A total of eight speed tables are being proposed for the neighborhood – three on Essex Drive, two on Suffolk Street, and three on Sussex Drive. If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to receive information about the proposed design or to leave comment on the proposal, please phone 229-9487.


KINGSPORT – Did you know that Carson-Newman is offering a special discount rate of 33% for Kingsport classes this Spring?

If you bring a friend, you will receive a 50% discount instead of the 33% discount.

High School Juniors and Seniors can Dual Enroll for $110 per credit hour.

Senior Citizens (over age 65) can take a course for $10 per credit hour on a space available basis.‚  Any charge for supplies, materials, or travel will be extra.

Are you interested in auditing a class instead of taking the class for credit?‚  You can audit the class at the 50% discount rate.

Spring 2010 classes will start March 1, 2010.

33% Discount for Undergraduate Classes – $223.33 per credit hour
(3 hour class $670.00 + $60 for Activity and Technical Fee = $730.00)
33% Discount for Graduate Classes‚  – $203.33 per credit hour
(3 hour class $610.00 + $88 for Activity and Technical Fee = $698.00)
50% Discount for Undergraduate Classes – $167.50 per credit hour
(3 hour class $502.50+ $60 for Activity and Technical Fee = $562.50)
50% Discount for Graduate Classes‚  – $203.33 per credit hour
(3 hour class $457.50 + $88 for Activity and Technical Fee = $545.50)


Course  Credit Hours‚ 
REL 101 Old Testament 3 Thursday 2:30 PM ¬ 5:30 PM
REL 102 New Testament 3 Thursday 6:00 PM ¬ 8:30 PM
FCS 121 Professional Orientation 1 Monday 4:00 PM ¬ 4:50 PM
MSC 651 Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Care 3 Monday 6:00 PM ¬ 8:30 PM
PSY 212 Social Entrepreneurship Seminar 1 Thursday 5:00 PM¬ 5:50 PM

CARSON-NEWMAN COLLEGE Programs offered in Kingsport
Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Religion
Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies
Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Spiritual Guidance and Care Certificate (Master’s level – These courses will also count toward a Master’s in Counseling)

To visit the Carson-Newman in Kingwsport website click here.

For more information please contact:

Yvonne Jessee
Carson-Newman Liaison
Kingsport Center for Higher Education
300 W. Market Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
Phone: 423-354-5523
Fax: 423-247-1788
Email: yjessee@cn.edu