What will make Kingsport an even better community in which to live, work and play for a lifetime? AARP Tennessee presents Mayor Dennis R. Phillips with the findings from a new survey.

Mayor Dennis R. Phillips receives a report on AARPs Livable Community Survey of the Greater Kingsport, TN Area: A Place to Live, Work and Play for a Lifetime.*


Tuesday, March 30
9 a.m. EDT


Kingsport Center for Higher Education
300 West Market Street
Kingsport, TN 37660


Kingsport Mayor Dennis R. Phillips
Kingsport City Manager John G. Campbell
AARP Tennessee State President Margot Seay
AARP Tennessee State Director Rebecca Kelly
AARP Tennessee Advocacy Director Patrick Willard
Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Miles Burdine
United Way Executive Director Doris Bush
YMCA Executive Director Charlie Glass
Kingsport Tomorrow Executive Director Susan LaGuardia


Kingsport is a wonderful place, but residents have some suggestions about how to make it a more livable community for all ages and abilities.

*Copies of the report will be available at the presentation on Tuesday.


Karin Miller, Communications Director for AARP Tennessee:(615) 726-5104,

Tim Whaley, Community/Government Relations Director for City of Kingsport, (423) 229-9413,

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website,‚  AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.



KINGSPORT – There will be no changes to the trash, recycling, or
garbage collection schedules for April 2nd (Good Friday). Crews will be
working that Friday on their regular scheduled routes.

The Demolition Landfill will be closed to the public on April 2nd and
reopen on regular hours on Saturday April 3rd.


KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Public Library has released a survey seeking your input to help update the library collection to better meet your needs and interests. The survey seeks input on categories of material you would like the Library to purchase (mysteries, horror, biographies, sports, etc.) and what type of format (book, large print, audio book, etc.) The survey is available online at and inside
the library at the circulation desk.

To go directly to the survey click here.



KINGSPORT ‚¬ Dobyns-Bennett High School Social Studies Teacher Cynthia Sellers McGuire has been named the 2010 recipient of a Mary Graham Outstanding Social Studies Teacher Award.

McGuire was one of five teachers across the state of Tennessee to receive the award given at the annual Tennessee Council for the Social Studies State Conference held in Memphis on March 12.‚  Criteria for the award include excellence in the areas of classroom instruction, curriculum development, leadership in the teaching profession, professional development, and community involvement.

McGuire has served as social studies teacher at Dobyns-Bennett since 1992. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from Clemson University in Secondary Education – Social Science and a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a member of the 2011 Dobyns-Bennett Principals Leadership Team and the Kingsport Education Association. She has served as the Social Studies Department Chairman and is the sponsor of the BETA Club.

For more information, contact Dobyns-Bennett High School at (423) 378-8400.



KINGSPORT Continuing waterline work in the Harbor Chapel Road area will disrupt service Friday as Thomas Construction Company and the City crews work to improve service in the area. Water supplies to the Cooks Valley, Old Cooks Valley and Cooks Crossing area will be intermittent throughout the day Friday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing to 2:30 p.m.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ Kingsport City Schools is seeking input from the community in a survey regarding the 2010-11 budget and prioritization of funding.

The survey, which is open to parents, staff, students and community members, is available online at the school systems website, The survey includes 10 questions, including an open-ended comment section.

The Kingsport City Schools budget survey lists a range of options for potential budget adjustments. It is important to note that capital projects or construction funds are provided through bond funds or federal stimulus dollars and cannot be used for personnel expenses. Other major sources of revenue are dedicated for specialized programs. Items listed as potential cuts in the survey are not necessarily slated for reduction, but are being considered as a possible area to reduce expenses.

Dr. Richard Kitzmiller, Superintendent of Schools, stated that the survey tool is a vital source for residents to voice their opinion on budget prioritizations as the school system faces unprecedented cuts.

Kingsport City Schools is facing a potential budget deficit of $500,000 for this current fiscal year, and may face another $1.4M in cuts to balance the school systems budget without providing a salary increase for teachers and staff for a second year in a row, Kitzmiller said. Faced with potential cuts to programs and personnel, the school system administration is examining every avenue possible to reduce costs and increase revenues. While much of our educational programming is required by the state, many of the electives that distinguish our school system as the best in the nation are not required. Unfortunately, the non-required programs will need to be the first areas to examine as the school system reduces expenses.

The survey will be available to the public until Thursday, April 1. For more information, contact the Kingsport City Schools Office of Community Relations at (423) 378-2123.

KINGSPORT ‚¬ Lincoln Elementary School will host a neighborhood meeting this week to review plans for a new traffic pattern and parking lot at the school.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School. Representatives from the school and city traffic engineering department will be on hand to answer questions, present parking lot plans and discuss options for the neighborhood traffic flow.

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



KINGSPORT – Two city crews will be working on a Harbor Chapel Road water line on Thursday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This work will interrupt water service resulting in low or no water pressure in the Cooks Valley, Old Cooks Valley and Cooks Crossing areas while work is underway.


QuinTango – Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 7:30 PM


The Cultural Arts Division of the City of Kingsport is pleased to
present QuinTango at 7:30PM on Thursday, September 16 at the Kingsport
Renaissance Theater.‚  Tickets for this event will be $18 and $16 and can
be purchased by calling the Central Box Office at 423-392-8417
or on-line at

QuinTango, a touring quintet of two violins, cello, bass and
piano, brings a century’s worth of tango repertoire to the
concert stage
with sizzling musicality and captivating narrative style. Winner
of two
consecutive WAMMIES, QuinTango is the only tango music
group to
have given a Command Performance at The White House. QuinTango
has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, CNN, and network
television in
both the USA and Costa Rica.

QuinTango has played to sell-out crowds both at home and
They performed at both the 9th and 12th International Music
in Costa Rica and made their European debut in 2002 with five
in Normandy, France. A highlight of QuinTango‘s domestic
is their annual performances at Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto
Their 2003 residency marked the fourth year that, according to
critic Robert Jones, "….their concerts packed the place and
the customers home tango crazy." Other festival performances in
country include the Kennedy Center Open House Festival, Wolf
Trap’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Children’s Festival and the Virginia Highlands Festival.

Last year QuinTango joined Maestro Donald Portnoy and the
Symphony as soloists for the Valentine -Pops- at -the -Bell
concert. They
were featured soloists with the Ars Nova Orchestra under the
baton of
Lynn Luce at Miniaci Hall in Davies, FL. In 2001, QuinTango
Maestro David Stahl and the Charleston Symphony as soloists for
the opening
concert of their pops season. Extending their tango reach to
Kansas, the
group will make three appearances next season with the Wichita

With sizzling energy and contagious passion, QuinTango
gave sixty
concerts last year in venues ranging from an elementary school
in eastern
North Carolina to the 1000-seat 19th century Teatro Nacional in
San Jose,
Costa Rica. It is this devotion to bringing the music of tango
to new
audiences that prompted the Washington Post to proclaim QuinTango"one
Washington’s musical treasures."

Tickets for this event will be $18 and $16.‚  There will also be a
student outreach program that morning.‚  Tickets can be purchased by
calling the Central Box Office at 423-392-8417
or on-line at‚ 
This performance is made possible by a grant of the Tennessee Arts
Commission Touring Artist program.

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


KINGSPORT – Milling operations are scheduled to begin on Clinchfield Street on Monday, March 15, 2010 and will continue throughout the week.‚  The work is part of the ARRA paving project and will begin on the section of Clinchfield Street between Sullivan and Stone Dr. on Monday morning.‚  Over the week, crews will be milling Clinchfield Street from Stone Drive to West Center Street.‚  The milling operations will only go to the bridge over Reedy Creek.‚  Please plan for any traffic disturbances this may cause.