KINGSPORT ‚¬ Continuing sewer system improvements in the Rock Springs area will require the closure of Blakley Drive to through-traffic beginning Monday, April 2, and running through Friday, April 6 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The closure will impact Blakley Drive from Barnett Drive to Hunters Crossing Lane. Detour routes will be marked, and all motorists are asked to plan ahead and use extra caution in the area.


The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 20th Annual Golf Scramble on Monday May 7, 2012. To learn more and to register, please click here.


KingsportARTS LogoCocktails in Paradise Margaritaville Style and Silent Auction Fundraiser

Please join us for a fun and fabulous Cocktail Party and Silent Auction, Margaritaville Style, on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Kingsport Renaissance Center on the Second Floor. Wine, cocktails, non-alcoholic summer beverages plus heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. The Silent Auction will end at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets are available through a board member, our office or on our website

Come dressed in Margaritaville Style casual. We will have Margaritaville themed photo opportunities available.

Funds raised at this event will support KingsportARTS and its arts education programs:

ART We Talented – for ages 18 months to 5 years old. Workshops which encourages artistic freedom and cognitive thought through hands on activities.

Arts4Kids – for ages 6 to 12 years old. Introductory arts workshops designed to introduce children to a variety of arts (music, performance, dance and visual) and encourage their lifelong pursuit of creative endeavors.

K.E.Y.P.A.D. (KingsportARTS Empowering Youth by Participation in Arts Discovery) – for ages 13 to 18 years old. Advanced art workshops designed to further expand youth’s knowledge in various art forms and apply them to real world situations.




Tina Radtke and Cathie Faust


Featured Auction Items
These are a sampling of items we will have available at the Silent Auction. There are many more items not listed here!

4 days/ 3 nights at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Including a Spa Experience and Round Trip Air


Color, Cut and Makeup at Salon Visage in Knoxville


One Week at a Hilton Head Condo

A weekend for two at Banner Elk’s Blueberry Villa plus a bottle of wine!!


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Summer Camps

Summer Camps


(ages 3-12)

Leonardo and Mona
Campers will study the works of Leonardo Da Vinci the painter, writer, inventor, musician, sculptor, scientist, engineer, architect, geologist, and cartographer.

(ages 13-18)


This camp is geared toward teens who think they want to continue their education in the arts after high school and perhaps even become a professional artist. In addition to workshops in the various art forms we will work on the business side of the arts also, such as preparing for auditions, putting together a portfolio and resume, getting demo tapes made and distributed.‚ 

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Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets may be purchased through our website, from a board member or in our office!


KINGSPORTThe Kingsport Board of Education has rescheduled the April Brown Bag Event.  Originally scheduled for April 11, the event will now take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School (1000 Summer Street).


The event will feature an open format of questions and answers, encouraging participation and information sharing between parents and KCS Board members & administrators.

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



KINGSPORT ‚¬ The Kingsport Area Transit System will launch a new Route 6 on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 serving the west side of Kingsport, while also commencing operation of a new connector service between downtown Kingsport, Colonial Heights and Johnson City via NET Trans Red Route 3X service.

KATS has seen dramatic monthly ridership growth, from 4,954 riders in February 2010 to 10,848 riders in February 2012, and is please to expand service again by offering Route 6 and the new partnership with NET Trans.

KATS Route 6 will serve the Downtown Food City, Ridgefield Circle, Netherland Inn, Allandale Mansion, Allandale Apartments and the West Stone Drive Wal-Mart while also providing a new linkage to the Riverwalk-end of the Greenbelt.

Were pleased with the dramatic growth in ridership we have realized in the last couple of years since undertaking a top-to-bottom review of the Transit Service, with our staff doing an excellent job of executing improvements to the service, City Manager John Campbell said Friday. With Route 6 and the new Red Route 3X inter-city service to Colonial Heights and Johnson City, we feel we are making serious headway in the effort to provide meaningful and affordable alternatives to the personal automobile. And certainly, this service would not be possible without the support of NET Trans Director Tim Jaynes and the First Tennessee Human Resource Agency.

KATS Route 6 service follows the same service days and hours as KATS other routes, operating Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, connecting to the NET Trans 3X route service to Johnson City can be managed by boarding at the KATS Transit Office on Clay Street and transferring buses to the NET Trans 3X route service along Ft. Henry Drive at Food City, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Ingles in Colonial Heights.

Red Route 3X route service is $5 per one-way trip, and connects to the Johnson City Transit Service at its main office in downtown Johnson City.‚ 

In addition, NET Trans will honor KATS fares including monthly passes to travel from the KATS Transit Terminal on Clay Street out to the Ingles location in Colonial Heights.

NET Trans Red Route 3X route service will be offered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:05 p.m. NET Trans will provide one free transfer into the KATS transit system for those traveling from Johnson City or the Colonial Heights area to allow them to reach their designation in Kingsport.

NET Trans will also offer a $50.00 monthly pass for unlimited trips between cities.

For more information please contact the office of the Kingsport Area Transit Service at (423) 224-2613 or online at


KINGSPORT – The Cambia Flute Ensemble will be performing and April Fool’s Day concert on Sunday, April 1st at 2pm in the Renaissance Center Auditorium. Tickets will be $9.50 and are available at the dorr or online at

Spend April Fools Day with Cambia Flute Ensemble as they present a concert that takes a light-hearted and humorous look at the not-so-serious side of music. Musical genres will include classical, modern, pop, video game, and cartoon, along with some of the expected barlishness associated with April Fools Day. The concert will be held on Sunday, April 1, at 2:00 pm in the Renaissance Center Theatre, 1200 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN, and is held in conjunction with Engage Kingsports concert series. Tickets are $9.50 and are available at the door or online at

Cambia was formed in 2009, and has established itself as a premier performing ensemble, presenting virtuosic performances combined with multi-media experiences that stretch beyond traditional chamber music. Cambia is fast-gaining the reputation for combining a top-caliber performance of challenging and engaging music, combined with an evident camaraderie and sense of humor between its members and the audience. Not just your typical flute ensemble, Cambia promises to deliver a concert that is fun and entertaining for all ages.
For more information about Cambia, visit their website,, or call Eileen Butler at (423) 288-8360.

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

Located on the 1st floor of the former Quebecor Press building
next to the new Food City in downtown Kingsport!
During the move, our e-mail system will be down March 28-30.
We are sorry for the inconvenience!
If you need us during this time, please call us at (423) 392-8800.

We look forward to having you visit us at your new Kingsport Chamber!

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KINGSPORT – On April 1, the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) will begin accepting applications and nominations for its Annual KOSBE Awards from KOSBE clients, Kingsport Chamber members and non-members alike.

Again, this year there are ten categories of competition. There will be one award for the Young Entrepreneur (under age 40), one award for the New Business (in operation for at least 12 months but not more than 36 months), one award for the Business Excellence Under 10 Employees, one award for the Business Excellence 10 Employees and Up, one award for the Minority Business Enterprise, one award for the Woman-Owned Business, one award for Veteran-Owned Business, one award for Innovation, one award for Small Manufacturer/Fabricator and one Impact Award for an outstanding individual and small business advocate nominated by a business who is entering the contest in any of the above contest categories.

Last year, there were no entries for Minority Business Enterprise or Small Manufacturer/Fabricator.

Selections will be made based on self-reported past financial performance (tax refunds/financial statements are not required), growth in number of employees, business staying power and history, story of success, overcoming adversity, community involvement, marketing creatively and presented strategies for growth.

The competition is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry, or legally established small business entities carrying on business for tax purposes in the City of Kingsport or in Sullivan, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock and Hawkins Counties. Entrants must hold an ownership stake in the business that is the subject of his/her entry. The business profiled in any submitted entry must consist of no more than 150 employees and the 2011 reported revenue of the business must not exceed $10 million USD.

Past winners and contenders are eligible to compete again. Applicants are not required to already be a KOSBE/TSBDC client or Kingsport Chamber member.

Application and nomination forms are available in-person at the KOSBE Office located inside the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, downtown Kingsport, TN 37660 or online at until 11:59:59 p.m. EST September 7, 2012, contest deadline.

A panel consisting of local and non-local judges will review all submissions and select semi-finalists based on some or all of the following methods: completed application form, telephone interview, in-person interview, a video submission via YouTube (optional) and/or an oral presentation. The finalists and winners will be announced at the recognition and celebration event on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 6 – 9 p.m. held at The Club at Ridgefields located at 2320 Pendragon Road, Kingsport, TN 37660.

As a TSBDC Affiliate office, we are thrilled to offer all of our coverage territories the opportunity to compete in our annual small business recognition event, said KOSBE Executive Director, Aundrea Wilcox. Those territories include small businesses located within Sullivan, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock and/or Hawkins Counties.

Once again, this years awards chair, Janet Callahan, senior account executive for Bristol Motor Speedway, says The annual KOSBE Awards present a unique opportunity to spotlight and promote successful small businesses operating in our region that create jobs and who are involved in their community.

Last years keynote Bill Gatton, owner and general manager of Bill Gatton Chevrolet-Cadillac and Bill Gatton Honda shared his story of how he transformed one car dealership into a multi-state multi-million dollar enterprise aligned with various philanthropic organizations that are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others, said Callahan.

This years speaker who has over 30 years of experience in the coal industry, starting as an engineer and has been profiled on will have a story and lesson to share that is just as relevant and inspiring to todays entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Each winner and runner-ups will receive a KOSBE award and recognition during Kingsport Chamber and KOSBE events, spotlight on Kingsport Chamber and KOSBE websites and recognition in the social and traditional media.

Last years winners included: Tals Auto and Truck Repair (Young Entrepreneur – under age 40), Rasnick Family Chiropractic (New Business), The Village at Allandale (Innovation), Hillhouse Graphic Design (Business Excellence Employing Under 10 Employees), Aldebaran Financial (Veteran-Owned Business), F & L Limo & Livery (Women-Owned Business), Lake Pointe (Business Excellence Employing 10 Employees and Up).

The recipient of the Impact Award was presented to Kathy Richards with AdviCoach.

Other past winners: Picsee Studio (2010), STYLE Custom Framing (2010), Performance Medicine (2010), Cumberland Marketing (2010), The HairBenders Salon (2010), Patient Scrubs (2010), Lifeforce Glass, Inc. (2010), Dava Snyder of The Village at Allandale (2010),  Edo Sushi Bar & Grill (2009), Phils Dream Pit LLC (2009), Maxwell Coach Company (2009), Clean + Safe Janitorial Services (2009), Joyce Grills of The Haggle Shop (2009), Elixir Media Group (2008), Flowers by CopperCreek (2008), Lake Pointe Advertising & Awards (2008), Interim Healthcare of East Tennessee (2008), Charlie Dotson of TCI Group (2008), Dr. Jerry Miller of Holston Medical Group (2008), Trigger Beeler’s Salsas & BBQ Sauces (2007), Tutoring Solutions (2007), AYP Automotive Service Center (2006), Lucent Glow (2006), (2006), Clean & Safe LLC (2005), Landmark GIS (2005), Decor Exchange (2004), Tennessee Valley Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. (2003), MR Cleaners (2000), Creative Solutions Design Group (1999), Tactical Systems Inc. (1997), Warranty One Mobile Mower Repair (1996) and Auto Masters (1994.)

Anyone interested can pick up the 2012 KOSBE Award Application in person or download it online at Past KOSBE Award winners may be nominated by KOSBE/TSBDC at ETSU for other State and National Awards such as the SBA Rising Star Award.

If you have any questions, call (423) 392.8825 or e-mail Mail, drop off, or fax your completed application to: Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, ATTN:  2012 KOSBE Awards Entry, Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), 400 Clinchfield, Ste. 100, Kingsport, TN 37660. Fax to (423) 392.8834.

Like the KOSBE Award Winners Facebook page, KOSBE =Award Winners to stay abreast of whats going on with past winners.

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.

Theatre Updates:‚ 
  • ‚ – Added one more school performance of Jack and the Beanstalk to the calendar April 12 at 12:30PM. ‚ 
  • ‚ – How to Eat Like a Child family friendly musical – May‚ 
  • ‚ – Summer Actor Training early registration ends 3/31.

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65th Anniversary Bash‚ 
Save the date – September 15 7PM‚ 

  • April 12 10am – SOLD OUT
  • April 12 12:30pm
  • April 13 7:00pm
  • April 14 2:00pm
  • April 14 7:00pm
  • Tickets only $7

  • May 11 at 7pm
  • May 12 at 2pm
  • ‚ May 13 at 7pm
Tickets $12 – Family Friendly Musical
Summer Actor Training‚ ‚ 
Kingsport Theatre brings Summer Actor Training back for a second season. The Drifting Theatre and Kingsport Theatre Guild will be bringing professional actors from all over the country to the tri-cites to teach and mentor young actors. From June 18 – June 29 the training program will work in depth on honing their acting skills. Our challenging (and fun) program provides an environment where both the seasoned actor and the stage shy newcomer can blossom. Classes include; Acting (all levels), Stage Combat, Theatre Movement, Improv, Auditioning, Theatre Games, Monologue and more! At the conclusion of the training program students will perform in the full theatrical production.

Ages 8 – 18 / June 18 – June 29

M-F 9:00-4:00

Performances: June 28 @ 7PM

June 29 @ 11AM, 2PM, & 7PM

Open to the public – Tickets $7

Renaissance Center,‚ 1200 East Center Street,‚ Kingsport, TN‚

Early Registration:

  • $150 per student
  • $125 each sibling

After March 31:

  • $160 per student
  • $135 per sibling‚