The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts promises to connect you to a creative community. Join the Creative Crowd on Thursday, September 20 as we jump on the art bus and head over to NE State for an evening of contemporary dance with PHILADANCO. Leave your car at the Renaissance Center and join your Kingsport neighbors for this social trip over. Your ticket of $20 will provide both your transportation and your ticket to the performance. Optional box supper is available for an additional $10. This concert is presented by our friends over at the Mary B. Martin School of Arts. Tickets are limited for this special Kingsport Art Bus! The Art Bus will leave the RenCen at 6:30 PM.‚  Reserve your spot today by logging on to or by calling 392-8414.

The Philadelphia Dance Company, affectionately known as PHILADANCO, has danced its way into the hearts of America with superlative technique, well trained dancers and an exciting repertoire of choreography. Over the more than 40 years of its existence, PHILADANCO’s repertory has included the works of world-renowned choreographers such as Milton Myers, Elisa Monte, Ron K. Brown, Lynne Taylor Corbett, Gene Hill Sagan, Talley Beatty and more recently Rennie Harris, Christopher Huggins and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.

Across the nation and around the world, PHILADANCO is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. It provides world-class dance instruction, promotes emerging dancers and choreographers and engages its many communities through performances and outreach activities. Founded in 1970, PHILADANCO is recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers, and electrifying performances. For more information, visit PHILADANCO.

The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts encourages you to get engaged in the arts!‚


BRENTWOOD – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman today announced that Andrew Jackson Elementary School was among 169 schools listed as 2011-12 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for annual growth and the top 5 percent for academic achievement. Jackson Elementary was named a Reward School in the category of annual growth.

The Reward Schools are spread across 70 districts, located in major cities as well as rural areas, and 102 of the recognized schools serve mostly economically disadvantaged populations. A list of the schools can be found on the departments website, at<>.

Jackson Elementary School staff, along with Kingsport City Schools administration and Board of Education members, celebrated by tuning in for a special webcast featuring U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam and Huffman.

Tennessee is leading the way in education reform, and these schools demonstrate two key focuses of education in our state: high levels of achievement and continuous growth, Haslam said at an event held at Kenrose Elementary School in Brentwood. Job creation and education are inextricably linked, and continuing our momentum in education reform is important as we work to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. We are proud of the teachers and staff at each of these schools and excited to recognize their efforts on behalf of Tennessee students.

Tennessee has set out to become the fastest-improving educational system in the country by raising student performance each year. For the first time, the state has recognized Tennessee schools that have shown the most progress year-over-year alongside the schools with the highest achievement scores on statewide tests.

Nearly a quarter of the 169 schools on the Reward School list actually earned both designations, rising to the top 5 percent for annual value-added growth while also ranking in the states top 5 percent for overall achievement, according to a new accountability system adopted through Tennessees No Child Left Behind waiver.

The 2011-12 Reward Schools made these impressive accomplishments during a year when Tennessee saw unprecedented gains on the statewide Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP. As schools across the state made improvements and reached higher levels of proficiency, the 169 Reward Schools led the way.

Because Tennessees new accountability system rewards growth and recognizes schools varying baselines, every school in the state can strive for the Reward Schools designation.

We believe that all students deserve strong schools where they can grow to high levels of achievement, Huffman said. At the beginning of each year, every school in this state should know that they have a shot at becoming a Reward School.

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



KINGSPORT – Most City offices, including the Library, Senior Center and Renaissance Center will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

There will be no changes whatsoever to garbage, trash, recycling and brush collection routes. In addition, the Senior Center will be closed on Saturday, although the Renaissance Center will be open.

Bays Mountain Park will be open on Monday on its fall schedule running from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with expanded weekend hours. On weekends, the Bays Mountain Park Nature Center will close at 7 p.m., with the entire park closing at 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Kingsport Art Guild ‚ and the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts will launch Second Sunday Art Series on Sunday, September 9, 2012 with ‚¬Assessing Your Artistic Growth.‚  These art sessions are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.‚  The class will meet in Room 239 at the Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 East Center Street‚  from 2pm ‚¬ 4pm.‚  Please pre-register by calling Kathy at 423-292-9900 or emailing

The Kingsport Art Guild is launching the first of its free monthly Second Sunday Art Series designed to bring a diversified set of topics and artists to the Kingsport Art Community.‚ ‚  The first meeting will be conducted by JoAnne McDonough and will be an interactive, experiential class on assessing where a person is and where they may be going with their artistic growth.‚  McDonough won Best in Show at the 2012 juried Appalachian Art Show and was also juried into the 2012 Virginia Highlands Festival.‚  She is an accomplished painter and instructor and currently serving as vice president of the Art Guild.‚  The workshop is designed to allow participants to have fun, get to know others and find out how the Kingsport Art Guild can help them in their artistic growth.‚  Participants should come with an open mind and be prepared to get a bit messy.‚  These sessions are geared toward adults in all skill levels.‚  The Kingsport Art Guild may be found online at .‚  The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts encourages you to get engaged in the arts!‚


KINGSPORT – Retail sales tax collections in the four-county Kingsport-Bristol MSA for July followed the national retail sector and ended three months of disappointing performance. 

According to newly released seasonally adjusted data from the Business and Economic Research Center at MTSU, retail sales tax collections in Kingsport – Bristol were the bright spot among the state MSAs on the month-over-month metric. The other MSAs showed declines from June collection levels and the state posted a 0.1% increase.

July’s Kingsport-Bristol collections were….This article is courtesy of Kingsport Times-News, to read more click here.



KINGSPORTSewer line replacement work will require the closure of the 900 block of Fairview Avenue, from Mimosa Drive to Clinton Street, beginning Monday, August 27th, 2012 and continuing for the next six weeks. During the work period, traffic will be limited only to property owners within the project area. Motorists are asked to plan ahead and use extra caution in the work zone.


KINGSPORT – Work to replace a water valve will interrupt water service to customers in the vicinity of Midview Street, Midview Place and Noble Street on the morning of Monday, August 27th, 2012, from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. Residents might want to consider disconnecting their water heaters during the work period.



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Kingsport, TN, August 21, 2012 – The Grainger Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Kingsport Chamber Foundation in support of its S.H.O.U.T.!‚® Youth Leadership ‚¬ Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow program.

This grant will be used to provide bard, program expenses and transportation, and to ensure the program continues to be held in the highest regard among participants, parents, and schools, said Vickie Snodgrass, Director of Kingsport Leadership Programs.‚  We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.

Vickie Snodgrass said, These programs currently serve 80 participants each summer.‚  We host one session in June and another in July. ‚ Our participants come from all area high schools, including DB, South, North, East, Volunteer, Central, Home Schooled, Gate City, and Daniel Boone.

This donation was recommended by Randy Sexton, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.s, Johnson City location.‚  Grainger has been a part of the Tri Cities business community for more than 60 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.‚  We are proud to recommend the programs offered by the Kingsport Chamber Foundation, said Sexton.‚  We understand the need for youth leadership in the local community.

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.


For further information about Grainger contact:

Kristen Lawrence, Communications Manager

678.540.0136 or


For further information about S.H.O.U.T.!‚® Youth Leadership contact:

Vickie Snodgrass, Director of Leadership Programs

423.392.8816 or