KINGSPORT‚ ‚¬ After years of community consideration, the City of Kingsport and the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA broke ground Monday on the Citys Aquatic Center and the adjoining YMCA Wellmont Center in the MeadowView area.‚ 

This project will serve the Kingsport area by offering aquatic events, lessons, and leisure opportunities to citizens and visitors, while also expanding the Ys current ability to positively impact the everyday lives of children, adults, and families.










Today is the result of countless hours of public input and effort, and will result in a facility that meets community needs for years to come in a package that is equally attractive to visitors from around the region, Mayor Dennis Phillips said Thursday. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who has contributed their time, effort and intellect to the project over the years. We all look forward to seeing this project constructed on-time and on-budget and opening to serve the citizens of Kingsport and the region early in 2013.

Today is the result of countless hours of public input and effort, and will result in a facility that meets community needs for years to come in a package that is equally attractive to visitors from around the region, Mayor Dennis Phillips said Thursday. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who has contributed their time, effort and intellect to the project over the years. We all look forward to seeing this project constructed on-time and on-budget and opening to serve the citizens of Kingsport and the region early in 2013.

Although the YMCA will be managing the Aquatic Center, membership in the YMCA will not be required to use the Aquatic Center.

Amenities will include a 50-meter indoor competition/lap pool with three spring boards, a zero-entry 25 yard warm water pool, particularly aimed at seniors, those undergoing physical therapy and swimming lessons, and an indoor leisure pool with a slide. This portion of the facility, called a natatorium, would cover 50,000 square feet and include seating and special purpose/event rooms.‚ 

Outdoors, the water park area will feature two water slides, a water-activity/ climbing structure, beach volleyball court and gatehouse/concession stand. Future expansion could include a lazy river and mat racer or other features.‚  Construction timelines currently call for the indoor facility to open January 2013, with the water park following in May 2013.

This project is far more than a pool replacement, City Manager John Campbell said. The Aquatic Center is a real difference maker for the community, improving our attractiveness as a community of choice for residents. At the same time, it continues to build our community as a tourism destination working in synergy with MeadowView Conference Center and Bays Mountain Park.

On the Y side of the project, the YMCA Wellmont Center will be a 35,000 sq. ft. facility constructed adjacent to the Aquatic Center and is also slated for opening in January 2013.‚  Y members will have access to a wellness center, ChildWatch area, family adventure center/indoor playground, gymnasium, locker rooms, as well as access to all aquatic portions of the facility.‚ 

The Y is honored to have been selected to operate the aquatics center, and we applaud the City on having a vision for a project that focuses on family fun and health, said Charles Glass, Executive Director/CEO of the Kingsport Y.‚ 

Delores Bertuso, president/chairman of the Y Board, stated at the groundbreaking that, Aquatic events provide much enjoyment and physical activity that will improve community health. Across the US, the Y has a strong reputation as a swim instruction expert; its our hope that lessons will aid in the prevention of drowning in our region.

Were further excited about the new Y facility as it allows us to expand the Ys current ability to positively impact children, adults, and families for a better future. For more than 28 years, the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA has provided afterschool child care, summer day camps, teen programs, swim lessons, child care for children with special needs, and health and wellness programming. The new space will allow the Y to better accommodate the communitys increasing need for support and opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive.‚ 

The Y is the nations leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.‚  The Kingsport Y currently serves over 3,800 people in our community‚¬â€regardless of age, income, or background‚¬â€to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nations health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.‚ 

For more information, please call the City of Kingsport at 299-9413 or the Y at 423.247.9622 or visit


KINGSPORT ‚¬ City Hall and most City offices will close at lunchtime on Friday, December 23, 2011 and reopen Tuesday, December 27th in observance of the Christmas Holiday.

Closures include the Library, Senior Center and Renaissance Center. Bays Mountain Park will only be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

There will be no change to garbage, trash and recycling schedules for the Christmas and New Years Holidays.‚  All routes will be run on a regular schedule.

The demolition landfill will close at noon on Friday, December 23 and remain closed on December 24 through December 26.‚  The landfill will reopen on regular hours on Tuesday, December 27.

On behalf of the City of Kingsport, we wish you all a safe and joyous Holiday.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ After years of community consideration, the City of Kingsport and the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA are partnering to break ground Monday morning on the Citys Aquatic Center and the adjoining YMCA Wellmont Center in the MeadowView area.

The groundbreaking will occur Monday at 11 a.m. at the site, located near MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. Shuttle service to the site will be provided from the lower parking lot of MeadowView.

The public is encouraged to attend.

Kingsport is building a $15.6 million Aquatic Center featuring three indoor pools and an outdoor water park area, while the YMCA, which will operate the aquatic facility under contract with the City, is building a $5.6 million Y facility that adjoins the Aquatic Center.

Both the indoor portion of the Aquatic Center and the YMCA Wellmont Center are slated for opening in January 2013.


KINGSPORT – Thanks to the continued growth in knowledge and utilization of the state-of-the-art technology that Bays Mountain Parks renovated Planetarium possesses, a great but older show is getting a second lease on life.‚  The Case of the Disappearing Planet is now showing allowing fans of the Bays Mountain Park original feature a chance to enjoy the show in a whole new format.

Updating The Case of the Disappearing Planet marks yet another first for the parks planetarium and exhibit staff as this is the first show from the older format to receive an update designed to take advantage of the Planetariums new capabilities.‚  One of our goals when the Planetarium was renovated was to not only unveil new shows, but to update some of our existing ones as well, said Astronomy and Space Sciences Program Coordinator Adam Thanz.‚  The new technology allows us to bring the content to life in an exciting way which is, of course, critical in our educational pursuits and beneficial to our public offerings.

The Case of the Disappearing Planet is a fun, original production about a private eye named Skye Watcher whos looking for the missing planet Pluto.‚  In the course of her search, the street-smart and wise Skye learns more about the status of the planets in our Solar System.

As mentioned, this show is a Bays Mountain Park original production written by Northeast State Community College Associate Professor of Astronomy Robin Byrne.‚ ‚  Byrne also provides the voice to Skye Watcher.‚  The shows artwork was completed by Exhibits Technician Deborah Mann, while its animated sequences were done by Senior Exhibits Technician Allen Davis.‚  The original score was produced by Astronomy and Space Sciences Program Administrator Jason Dorfman.

To provide additional viewing opportunities over the holiday season, beginning Monday, December 19 and running through December 30, Planetarium shows can be seen Monday thru Friday at 2:00 (alternate/optional show) and 4:00 p.m.‚  After December 30, park programming returns to its normal winter schedule and Planetarium shows can be seen Tuesday thru Friday at 4:00 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00 (alternate/optional show), and 4:00 p.m.‚  Tickets are just $4.00 per person per show.‚  Park members are admitted free with the use of their pass.‚  For more information and for updated seasonal hours visitors are encouraged to visit online at

Annually, more than 150,000 visitors pass through Bays Mountain Park making it one of the State of Tennessees Top 50 Most Visited Attractions, according to the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

One of the nations largest city-owned parks with 3,550 acres, Bays Mountain Park features 38 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, a state-of-the-art planetarium, wildlife habitats, fun exhibits, a 44-acre lake, and much, much more.


KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) has named the winners of the 17th Annual KOSBE Awards last night at the celebration ceremony held at BANQ in downtown, Kingsport

Tals Auto and Truck Repair (Tal Musick) took First Place in the category for the Young Entrepreneur Award (owner is under age 40). Tal Musick took a bad situation and turned it to the good. About two years ago, when the auto and truck repair company where Musick worked closed its doors. Musick and his co-workers decided to figure out a way they could stay where their roots were and keep the business in tact rather than hitting the pavement to look for a new job. Musick decided to start a new business of his own, Tals Auto and Truck Repair and retain jobs for his coworkers. Fortunately, the former customers stuck with him and now the business continues to grow. Babycakes Cupcakery (Natalie Shortridge) was named Runner-Up for the Young Entrepreneur Award. Natalie Shortridge opened Babycakes Cupcakery in Kingsport in July 2010. Babycakes employs two full-time and four part-time employees. Despite naysayers saying, you cant have a business focused on one item, they have done exactly that. Babycakes has two operations: one here in downtown Kingsport and another in Abingdon, Virginia

Rasnick Family Chiropractic (Ben Rasnick) took First Place in the category for the New Business Award (in operation for at least 12 months but not more than 36 months). Ben Rasnick a/k/a The Running Doctor opened his clinic in 2008, in the midst of a flagging economy. He didnt have any real money to speak of and he had no interest in investors. He continues to deal with many more challenges amid numerous recent and forthcoming changes in Healthcare/Insurance. Since the owner is also an avid runner himself, he decided to focus his practice around running injuries. He has developed new approaches to treat the nagging complaints of runners with a faster recovery time and reduction in re-injury. He has also teamed up with a local running store to share information, promote a healthy lifestyle and get runners into the proper shoes. Salt Water Willys Bayou Cafe (Wayne Michelli) was named Runner-Up for the New Business Award. Owners, Wayne and Angela Michelli, opened Salt Water Willys Bayou Cafƒ© on September 27th, 2010. They provide a livelihood for 20 full-time and 30 part-time employees. Waynes forte is Marketing Creativity and entrepreneurial flair. The best campaign to date started out as a joke for a billboard that featured a picture of one of his managers in speedos with the caption: Real Men Eat Fish.  The owner took that idea and used Photoshop to superimpose his head on the body of Mr. Universe with the caption: Fish It does a body good. This led to an overwhelming Facebook reaction and people literally getting in their cars and leaving their offices to see the billboard.  Even today, almost three years later, people are still talking about The Billboard. The Michellis now have two very unique restaurants in Kingsport that provide a dining alternative to chains.

The Village at Allandale (Dava Snyder) took First Place in the category for the Innovation Award. Dont let the fact that The Village at Allandale is a charming assisted living community for seniors barl you. In 2003, the Village at Allandale opened its doors as Kingsport Senior House, a single home for 26 seniors. A 2010 expansion added two family-oriented homes with 26 elders residing in each. Today, The Village at Allandale is proud to be the only assisted living facility in the area to offer the innovative nationwide trend of smaller homes rather than a traditional, larger medical facility for elder housing. This concept has received interest from pioneers in elder care with leaders in the industry visiting from Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Illinois. Still Transfer Company (Chris Salyers) was named Runner-Up for the Innovation Award. Still Transfer, which specializes in packaging and local, domestic and international moving and storage, has been reinventing itself since for the past 83 years and theyre not about to stop now. Their story is truly about endurance, adaptation, strength and fearlessness. Still Transfer has been family-owned and operated since it was founded by Tome and Rachel Still in 1928. Recently they have adapted to the weakening storage market using an innovative marketing approach, by launching a new business division entering the file storage market. 

Hillhouse Graphics Design (Jane Hillhouse) took First Place in the category for the Business Excellence Employing Under 10 Employees Award. Already an award-winning company, Hillhouse Graphic Design uses creative ideas, marketing and advertising experience, patience, good listening skills and excellent design to improve their clients’ success and help them reach their goals. Hillhouse has been in business for over 25 years and has navigated many ups and downs. Hillhouse works extensively with nonprofits providing services, as well as by volunteering and through charitable giving. Like the company, their work has true staying power. Kens Hot Dog Hut (Ken Carrigan) was named Runner-Up for the Under 10 Employees Award. Ken Carrigan started his professional journey as a chemical salesman for more than 18 years touting cleaners, solvents, greases, lubricants, etc. He has always wanted to start a business for himself, so he saved money and kept his eyes open for the right opportunity. In 2004, he embarked on his first major entrepreneurial adventure a state-of-the-art self-storage complex at the site of the former Paty Lumber Company on East Stone Drive, which had sat vacant for six years until that time. Over a two-year period, he took the business from zero dollars in revenue, to over $30,000 in revenue per month. He sold that business in 2007 for a profit, which put him in a position to acquire Hot Dog Hut in 2009. Since acquiring Hot Dog Hut, sales have steadily increased every year; and Ken has recently purchased a new building connected to the new parking garage in downtown Kingsport for a second new location which will be open in the first quarter of 2012.

Aldebaran Financial (Peter Raber) took First Place in the category for the Veteran-Owned Business Award (a business that is at least 51% or more veteran-owned, managed, and controlled). Aldebrans story really began in 1960 when their founder Donald R. Raber joined the United States Navy. The bulk of Don’s time in the Navy was spent aboard the USS Aldebaran AF-10, a supply ship that participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade (hence the name). Don left the Navy in 1966, completed his education and began working on Wall Street in 1968 as an options trader for Henry Blair & Company. Don worked on Wall-Street until 1973 when as an employee of Bache and Company he transferred to their Charleston, West Virginia office to avoid the commute and winters of New York. After working for several more financial institutions, Dons desire to continue to serve his clients in the best possible manner led to the creation of Aldebaran Financial, Inc. in 1987. Aldebran Financial is deeply committed to community service demonstrated by consistent and frequent participation by staff in various volunteer and leadership opportunities. There was no runner-up in this category.

F & L Limo & Livery (Sherrie Monroe) took First Place in the category for the Woman-Owned Business Award (a business that is at least 51% or more woman-owned, managed, and controlled). Sherrie Monroe and her husband Rodney started their business in 2000, when they bought a horse-drawn carriage as a weekend hobby offering historic rides through downtown Kingsport. Today F & L is an 81% woman-owned business that operates black town car sedans, a mini-van, a line of SUVs, an old-fashioned trolley, the most up-to-date stretch limos, a 15-passenger minibus and more. Under Sherris leadership, the company has grown to become the premier and most-preferred transportation company in the area for VIPs, CEOs, dignitaries, entertainers, athletes and other celebrities visiting the area.  Sherrie Monroe has been featured in Business Journal of Tri-Cities in their 40 Under 40 Recognition Program; she is a recipient of the Caught in the Act or Hospitality Above and Beyond award from the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau, and she and her husband Rodney Monroe, who recently ran for The Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Kingsport, have both completed the Leadership Kingsport Program. Back to Basics Massage Therapies (Margaret Helms) was named Runner-Up for Woman-Owned Business Award. At Back to Basics they focus on their individual client’s needs and expectations. If you need to relax from a stressful week, or if you’ve overdone it at the gym, they have the right massage for you. Rather than portray their services as a luxury for pampered women (and men), and as a way of giving back to those who protect our community, Back to Basics offers a lifetime discount to veterans, active military, police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. In 2009 Back to Basics instituted a policy that allows each therapist to conduct two free massages per month on customer premises using customer equipment and supplies, to help those who could not otherwise afford their services. Margaret Helms was forced to give up a lucrative career which she had no plans to leave when the company she worked for was sold in 2008. She decided to do the one thing her father never did and went into business for herself full-time. She hasnt looked back since.

Lake Pointe (Larry Burris) took First Place in the category for the Business Excellence Employing 10 Employees and Up Award. Lake Pointes number one goal is Excellence in Customer Service Always. Now a two-time winner of the prestigious KOSBE Business Excellence Award, the company was recently among 28 organizations across the state to be recognized this year by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) for outstanding achievement. This program is not easy. According to the TNCPE, award recipients are examples of high-performance organizations exhibiting continuous improvement and best practice processes that serve as role models for other organizations. Organizations apply to the TNCPE program at one of four levels; Lake Pointe is a recipient of the Level II Commitment Award. Before submitting their application, Lake Pointe sent four employees to a two-day training class, Achieving World Class Results at Pals Business Excellence Institute. Each attendee brought back best practices and something they could implement in the business to make it better. Lake Pointe is a family-owned small business employing 27 full-time and 2 part-time associates.  Lake Pointe supports the three major communities of our Tri-Cities area including Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City. The company has recently expanded adding Lake Pointe Gifts and Awards at 1567 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. Dykes Trucking (Kim Dykes) was named Runner-Up for the 10 Employees and Up Award. When Kim Dykes started her trucking company in 2009, she had two customers that she hauled for. Now, she has 31! This work area is dominated by men, but Kim has been successful working in this arena, because she doesnt expect anyone to take it easy on her because shes a woman. She has learned that mutual respect, honesty and determination goes a long way. She respects her competitors and peers and they treat her with respect also. Two years ago she applied to get her business certified as a TDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, but her application was denied. She had to wait two years before she could reapply. Rather than just sit around waiting, she thought about ways she could strengthen her application.  She decided to study to be a bona fide contractor and this year obtained her own license. In October with her contractors license in hand, she reapplied for DBE status. She learned last week that she was approved.

There were no applicants for the Small Manufacturer (or fabricator) or Minority-Owned business awards this year.

Selections for the above categories were made based on customer relationship strategy, story of success overcoming adversity, community involvement, marketing creativity and presented strategies for growth. Applications were reviewed by a panel of seven judges who collectively made their selections based on information provided in the application and private interviews.

The recipient of the Impact Award for an outstanding individual and small business advocate was presented to Kathy Richards (AdviCoach). Kathy Richards is a Business Coach, CPA, Quickbooks Guru and Problem-Solver. Earlier this year, Kathy was named AdviCoach Franchisee of the Year. She has served as a member of the KOSBE Volunteer Council for the past two years. According to Mary-Beth Morgan, owner of Korner-Copia, Kathy has always offered suggestions and honest opinions. She has offered marketing ideas and has been a huge referral source for me and my business. 

Each winner and runner-up received a KOSBE award on stage, will receive recognition during Kingsport Chamber and KOSBE events, digital award emblem to display on their company literature and website, spotlight on Kingsport Chamber and KOSBE websites, social media channels and recognition in the Kingsport Times-News. Past winners are often first in line for free marketing opportunities, special interviews and public relations exposure.

In addition, a Judges Choice Award, The Caped Crusader Award, was presented to KOSBE Executive Director, Aundrea Wilcox for her dedication and commitment to the Kingsport small business community. Every year the judging is more difficult than the previous year simply because of the number of applicants who demonstrate a high degree of customer focus and insistence on quality, said Larry Maston, Lead Judge and Individual Certified Public Accountant. Aundrea has been a key contributor towards building these businesses, he continued. Because Aundrea offers quiet leadership and wise counseling often at a high personal cost, the judges felt that special recognition of her contribution was long overdue. 

Also during the ceremony, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Miles Burdine and KOSBE Chair Steve Swinney of First Bank and Trust presented Bill Gatton, owner and general manager of Bill Gatton Chevrolet-Cadillac and Bill Gatton Honda, with an appreciation gift in recognition of his dedication to small business and future commitment to local community development. Gattons interactive discussion at the event, which was moderated by Jim Bailey, television personality and former news anchor, was centered around five key areas of focus: Innovation, Perseverance, Sticking to Gut Instincts, Stamina/Staying Power and Adaptability.

2011 Annual KOSBE Award sponsors included:

Title Sponsor: SunTrust Bank

Top-Tier Sponsors: Brock Services, Pathway Lending, Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout, KNETIC Young Professionals and American Airlines

Media Sponsors: Kingsport Times-News and Holston Valley Broadcasting

Award Sponsors: Eastman Chemical Company, WorkSpace Interiors, Triten Insurance, Thompson Metal Services, Food City and Dixie Pen Communications

Event Partners: Lake Pointe Advertising & Awards, Divine Catering & Cafĩ, Flowers By CopperCreek, Pristine Springs, Express Signs, Urban Synergy, Cafĩ eXcellence, Holston Distributing and Action Rentals and Sales.

Entertainment Sponsor: East Tennessee Eye Care

Red Carpet Sponsor: VIPSeen Tri-Cities

The awards ceremony was recorded by Times Digital Group, a web design media marketing group in Tri-Cities, and will be shown on YouTube, and the City of Kingsport‘s government access channel, MyTown Channel 16 TV, in the coming months.

It is the intent of KOSBE to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their businesses, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the right partnerships. In partnership with Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC) at ETSU, KOSBE can more effectively serve the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses. For a complete listing of services, tools and resources, visit

The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBAs 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.

To schedule your free confidential counseling appointment in a private setting by TSBDC-certified counselors in person, online by phone or e-mail call Marybeth McLain at (423) 392.8825 or e-mail,

For more information about the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and your Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), visit and or call (423) 392.8825. Were social too; follow us on Facebook, Kosbe – The Small Business Connection, Twitter, @KOSBEConnection, LinkedIn group, KOSBE – The Small Business Connection and our YouTube Channel, KOSBEConnection.



KINGSPORT – Blake Leeper will speak at the Kingsport Renaissance Center from 6pm – 8pm on December 29th 2011.‚ ‚ Leeper of Church Hill, Tennessee will be speaking on the hardships and triumphs of becoming a US Paralympic athlete. His will to compete and his never give up attitude has pushed him to obtain the following awards:

2011: Silver medal, 4x100m relay (T42-46) – IPC Athletics World Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand

2010: Second place, 100m T43, 400m T43; third place, 200m T43 ‚¬ U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, Miramar, Florida

2009: First place, 100m, 200m, 400m ‚¬ The Endeavor Games, Edmond, Oklahoma

2009: Second place, 200m; third place, 100m ‚¬ International Meeting Lotteries, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ever since Blake Leeper was a child, hes been determined to be a star athlete. Growing up playing basketball and baseball, Leeper competed on his high schools varsity basketball team.

Leeper is a bilateral below-the-knee amputee and has been using prosthetics since the age of nine.‚  He recently obtained a grant from Challenged Athletes Foundation to receive a pair of running prosthetics. Since receiving his running legs, Leeper has been unstoppable. Hes competed at several events, including Endeavor Games and the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships. Leeper has chosen track & field as his sport of choice because he loves to run and enjoys competing in a sport that is extremely intense and competitive.

Being a member of Team USA is an honor to Leeper. He said, It gives me a sense of importance, and a chance to compete and to be a competitor. Leeper is also currently training to qualify to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He has been training daily as well as competing in as many competitions as he possibly can.


¯»¿KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Board of Education will continue its series of Brown Bag events designed to facilitate communication between Board members and the community.

In 2011-12, Brown Bag events will be held every other month at varying schools. The sessions are designed to encourage an informal discussion among attendees, Board members, and school administrators on relevant topics.

Brown Bag Lunch sessions will be held on:

  • December 14, 2011 at 12:00 noon – Kennedy Elementary School
  • February 8, 2012 at 12:00 noon – Washington Elementary School
  • April 11, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. – Lincoln Elementary

For more information, contact Kingsport City Schools Administrative Coordinator Andy True at (423) 378-2130.



KINGSPORT ‚¬ Installation of new water line valves will impact water service to roughly 30 residences Thursday, December 8, 2011 in the vicinity of Tucker Hollow Road and Jearoldstown Road in the Fall Branch community. The work will last from 8:30 a.m. to about 2 p.m. Residents are reminded to turn off their hot water heaters to avoid damage while water service is interrupted.



Many synthetic drugs do not have the ingredients on their packaging, list false ingredients or fail to include the synthetic compounds.‚  There is no oversight of the manufacturing process.‚  The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported 303 exposures to bath salts in 2010 and 4,720 exposures between January 1 and August 31, 2011.‚  Some of these products are sold in our county and all can be obtained on the Internet.‚  Clear distinctions between synthetics terminology is not widely understood, nor is the terminology used consistently.‚  This information sheet is meant to increase awareness about these products.


These powders are marketed as bath salts but are not salts for bath water. They contain methylmethcathinone (4-MMC) or‚ methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), powerful mood altering stimulants. These substances are currently banned by the DEA and have been outlawed by the European Union since 2010. They are consumed by smoking or snorting. Users claim a more social and interactive feeling, which can lead to hallucinations and profound paranoia.


Forms of synthetic cannabinoids, marketed as types of home air‚ fresheners, or herbal incense are not regulated by the FDA. Risks of severe psychiatric complications may be more likely to occur because the type and amount of cannabinoid can vary considerably from batch to batch, even within the same product. Addiction is a strong possibility. Innovation in manufacturing of these products quickly outdates current product lists.


K2, K3 or Spice is a chemical compound that is three to five times more potent than THC. It is typically sold in small, silvery plastic bags of dried leaves and marked as incense that can be smoked. The active chemical compound decreases body temperature, leave the body unable to feel certain stimuli, increase heart rate and blood pressure. It appears to be stored in body for a long period of time. Synthetic marijuana products are usually smoked in joints or pipes, but some users make it into a tea.


Mephedrone is labeled and sold as plant bard.‚ It is distributed in capsule form. Users break apart the capsule and snort or smoke the exposed powder. Insomnia, hypertension, vasoconstriction and sweating, as well as psychotic-like symptoms, cardiac dysrhythmias, seizures and renal problems have been reported.


In addition to chemically created synthetic drugs, several products use natural ingredients to mimic the effects of certain drugs.‚ They contain 7.8‚  mg. of melatonin (approximately 0.2 mg. will induce sleep in the average adult). These products can cause impairment to the central nervous system, trouble breathing and nausea.

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KINGSPORT – Kingsport City Schools has received high marks in academic achievement, scoring above the state average in all core subject areas on the Tennessee Department of Education 2011 Report Card.

The school system received straight As in student achievement for math, reading/language arts, social studies and science.  This reflects an increase over last years scores of three As and one B.  The system also received As in all writing categories. 

We are pleased with the results of this years state report card, said Dr. Richard Kitzmiller, Superintendent of Schools. Our teachers and students continue to meet the challenges of the more rigorous curriculum and testing.  We also realize that there is always room to grow, and we will continue to focus on improving our academic achievement so that all students are college- and career- ready upon graduation.

According to the report card results, the school systems student graduation rate of 92.7% continues to far exceed the state average. The state graduation rate average is 85.5%. In addition, the single and three-year average ACT scores for Kingsport City School students remained significantly above the state averages in all subject areas.  D-Bs three year average ACT score of 22.1 was over 11% higher than the state average of 19.8.

System-wide value-added scores which measure academic growth from year-to-year continue to be an area of focus, according to KCS Director of Accountability Dory Creech.  Especially noteworthy in this years results is the increase in value-added from a C in math in 2010 to an A in 2011.  The expectations have been raised and our new state assessments are much more rigorous. I am very pleased with how our teachers and staff have taken on this challenge and worked to raise student academic growth.

An additional positive result from this years Report Card is the removal of John Sevier Middle School from the state Target list.  Sevier Middle school had been targeted for improvement in the subgroup of students with disabilities in 2010, meaning that the students in this subgroup had performed below the AYP benchmark.  With improvements in this years results, Sevier Middle School met all federal No Child Left Behind Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements and is in Good Standing for 2011.

The full TN State Report Card, including specific information on the Kingsport City Schools and individual schools, can be found on the Kingsport City Schools website at For more information on the state report card results, please contact Kingsport City Schools Director of Accountability Dory Creech at (423) 378-2125.