KINGSPORT – Have you ever wanted to display your plastic models or gaming miniatures in a competitive environment or just to show off­ your modeling and detailing skills? Now you can! Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium are hosting their second Scale Model Expo on November 3rd 2012. It is open to various competition classes in both adult and junior divisions. Awards and door prizes will be given away at this event. Its sure to be fun for all. Whether your a master modeler or just an enthusiast there will be something for all ages to enjoy. A link to the registration and contest rules form is provided below. For further information please contact Allen Davis (423) 229-9447. For questions answered via e-mail, click here.

Expo Registration and Contest Rules


Library app..

newsletter cropped logo 2012 001 3
November‚ 2012

app 2

Available now through iTunes, Amazon and Android app stores. ‚ Free.



to find libraries within a 10 mile radius of your location and obtain free, unlimited mobile access to their subscription GALE magazaines, encyclopedias and newsapaper articles. ‚ For Android, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Works with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. ‚ It offers the same functionlity as Mango’s self-study language learning software. ‚ Once installed, the program doesn’t require Internet access. ‚ Patrons just download what they need when they need it. ‚ Use your KPL library card for access.

400 Broad Street, Kingsport,TN‚  37660
Contact Us | Phone: 423-224-2539|



You’re Invited to the 2012 Annual KOSBE Awards!
The Annual KOSBE Awards are a way to recognize and reward local small business owners for their dedication, drive and vision. This year, we have 36 finalists! You won’t want to miss the live announcement of the winners!

Live entertainment by –
Sponsored by –

Delicious bard by –

Live Interview with
Mike Quillen
Alpha Natural Resources
Founder and Past CEO/Chairman
conducted by Jim Bailey
Director of News and Public Affairs at ABC19/WKPT
& Host of television program “A Closer Look”

Thursday, December 6th, 2012
The Club at Ridgefields
2320 Pendragon Road
Kingsport, TN 37660
Open to both Kingsport Chamber members and non-members.
Buy Tickets Now!

(Food, Beer and Wine included with ticket price)

Tickets must be purchased in advance to be eligible for prize drawings!

More information about KOSBE

This event would not happen without these great companies below — Thank you Sponsors!
2012 KOSBE Sponsors
Click to view our sponsors!

Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn View our videos on YouTube Follow us on Twitter


KINGSPORT – We all know that the Haggle Shop and the Kingsport Farmers Market are great, but thanks to TN Magazine folks across the state who may not have been to Kingsport recently are learning of their greatness. Each were named top in their class in TN Magazine’s “Best of Tennessee 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards”.

Haggle Shop Antiques on Broad Street tied with Mountain Star Antique Mall in Church Hill as best antique store in East Tennessee and Kingsport Farmer’s Market was named the best farmer’s market in East Tennessee.

To read about the TN Magazine article, please click here.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ Parents and teachers of private and home-schooled special needs students are invited to an information session to learn more about services that Kingsport City Schools can provide.

The information session will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in the KCS Administrative Support Center Netherland Room, located at 400 Clinchfield Street, 2nd floor.

Kingsport City Schools assists in locating, identifying, evaluating, and serving all school-aged children who are home-schooled or attend private schools within the city limits and qualify for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Additionally, educators working in private schools attended by children who qualify for services under these two programs, Title I (Education for the disadvantaged), or Title II (Improving teacher quality) may also be eligible to receive some federal funding or services.

For more information, contact Child Find Coordinator Kathy Parham at (423) 378-2172, Director of Special Education Lenore Kilgore at (423) 378-2169, or Director of Federal Programs Dr. Lamar Smith at (423) 378-8598.



KINGSPORT – A renewed, cooperative effort between the City of Kingsport, and the Sullivan and Hawkins counties Property Assessor offices allowed the City of Kingsport to begin sending property tax notices much earlier this year, with mailings beginning the last week of August.

The earlier mailing served as a friendly reminder that property tax payment deadline is November 30 to avoid penalties, allowing property owners to budget a little more in advance for that deadline, Kingsport Senior Accountant Sid Cox said. Ultimately, this is also a customer service effort, as the earlier notices also allow us to mitigate long lines which tend to develop closer to the November 30th deadline.

In all, the City billed approximately $32.58 million in tax payments for the calendar year 2012 season, with another $1 million in public utility taxes assessed by the State of Tennessee due by the end of the year, for a total levy of about $33.5 million.

To date, 24 percent of all due taxes have been paid, or about $7.9 million. Payments may be mailed or paid in person at the Citys Customer Service Center, located at City Hall, 225 West Center Street. Mailed payments must be postmarked on or before November 30 to avoid penalty.

Property taxes become delinquent beginning December 1st and incur a penalty of 2 percent on that date. Taxes remaining delinquent on January 1st will incur an additional 2 percent penalty, with a further 1 percent penalty accruing monthly thereafter until paid in full.

On average, the City of Kingsport collects between 97 and 98 percent of all billed property taxes in the year due.

In addition, the City of Kingsport participates in a property tax relief program with the State of Tennessee. Seniors over age 65, those who are rated totally and permanently disabled, as well as military service related 100 percent disabled veterans, may qualify for property tax relief on their 2012 taxes.

In general, for those over age 65 or others who are totally and permanently disabled, the property tax relief program is available for those making $26,830 or less in income, including any spousal income, for calendar year 2011. Eligible taxpayers may receive up to $115.89 in tax relief.

Disabled veterans and widows/widowers of a disabled veteran meeting the eligibility requirements may receive up to $811.21 of assistance on their 2012 property taxes without having to provide income amounts.

To enroll in the Property Tax Relief program, applicants need to bring their City property tax notice, proof of 2011 income from all sources (except for qualifying veterans or widow/widowers of qualifying veterans), Social Security Card, Medicare Card, and deed information if they are new property owners.

Newly qualifying applicants must pay their property taxes in full and will receive a reimbursement from the State of Tennessee for the amount of their qualifying assistance.

Previously approved applicants need to complete and sign the back of the voucher they receive and make their tax payment, which is reduced by the amount of eligible tax relief.

Any Kingsport property owner who has not received a tax statement or anyone with questions concerning a property tax bill or eligibility for property tax relief should call the Customer Service Center at (423) 229-9418.


KINGSPORT – On Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 7:30 pm the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts welcomes Al Petteway and Amy White to the Renaissance Theatre in Kingsport.‚  This Grammy and‚  Indie-award winning duo‚  blends contemporary Celtic and Appalachian influenced acoustic groove music along with their spectacular multi-media presentation of their original photography.‚  It is an event like no other.

Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion, and a touch of vocals.

Tickets are $15.00 for reserved seating and $12.00 for students.‚  They can be purchased online at

This QR Code can be used to purchase tickets as well:

“an evocative mix of original and traditional tunes that sound both rooted and timeless… the arrangements are spare and soulful, unhurried and often haunting.”

—Mike Joyce (The Washington Post)

Al & Amy enjoy living in their mountain aerie at 4300 feet elevation, with stunning long-range views and wildlife as constant inspiration. This mountain-top setting has greatly influenced their recent musical works, and has also spurred their return to photography. Both Al & Amys photographs are represented by The National Geographic Societys Image Collection, where Al worked as an image editor for 18 years. In addition to concerts and workshops, Al & Amy now also offer winter-themed and 4-season multi-media shows which feature live music performed against a backdrop of nature photography.


Al and Amys website:


About the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts:

The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.‚  It operates a Public Art program, concert and theatrical events, the Carousel Project and a broad range of support to the areas arts organizations.‚  They work in tandem with a non-profit organization called in order to facilitate their ambitious and broad agenda.

Visit the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts on Facebook.

The Kingsport Renaissance Center is operated by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts.‚  The Renaissance Center, formerly the John Sevier School, was renovated in 1991 and now stands as one of Kingsports most prominent landmarks.‚  The Renaissance Center houses a fully functional 350-seat theatre, a working art gallery, a three-story atrium and a variety of facilities for rent by the public for special functions. In addition to the Kingsport Senior Center, the Renaissance Center is home to several area arts organizations including Symphony of the Mountains, KingsportARTS, The Kingsport Art Guild, The Kingsport Theatre Guild, and the Suzuki Talent Education Association as well as the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts main administrative site. The facility has been used for weddings, receptions and parties, baby showers, business meetings, church groups and more. For information on renting a space for a special function or performance call (423) 392-8414 or visit us at 1200 E. Center Street, Room 224 in beautiful Kingsport, Tennessee.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ Utility work required for the ongoing Sullivan Street reconstruction project will require the Monday, October 29, 2012 closure of Sullivan Street between Charlemont Avenue and Shelby Street beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until work is completed. A detour route will be signed.‚  Motorists are urged to use caution in this area and seek alternative routes where possible.


Permission has been granted to two upcoming events for temporary closure of city streets. Central Baptist Church will be closing Douglass Street, located in the Riverview area, and adjacent to Dunbar and Carver Streets for “Trunk or Treat” festivities. These festivities will take place:

– Saturday, Octover 27th, from 3:00pm until 8:00pm

– Wednesday, Octover 31st, from 5:30pm until 9:00pm

Permission has also been granted to the Haggle Shop in conjunction with the DKA to have a “Halloween Trunk n’ Treat” on Saturday, October 27th, from 2:30 until 5:30pm. Broad Street from Market Street to Main Street will be closed for the duration of this event.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ The City of Kingsport is pleased to be hosting the American Association of Retirement Communities 2012 Annual Conference Livability is Ageless ‚¬ Investing in Communities & Amenities for All Ages beginning Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at Marriott MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center.

In Kingsport, we are fortunate to have long ago recognized the value that retirees can bring to a community, which in part was the genesis for the Move to Kingsport program, Kingsport Assistant City Manager Jeff Fleming said Tuesday. Each newcomer generates $25,000 per year in consumer expenditures, and based on the number of newcomers to Kingsport since 2006, that impact is estimated at more than $30 million annually.

Wednesdays conference kick-off begins at 1 p.m. with a welcome from Mayor Dennis Phillips, followed by Mr. Allen Borden, Assistant Commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, and state Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol. At the opening event, Kingsport, Bristol and Sullivan County will be recognized by AARC with its prestigious Seal of Approval.

Among the many presentations during the three day conference, presentations will also be made by Dave Robertson, Editor of Ideal Living magazine, who will address the topic of retirees leading the recovery of the housing market nationally; Jim Taylor, Vice Chairman of the Harrison Group, one of the countrys most respected and fast-growing marketing firms that has worked for businesses including American Express, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Audi, Acura, and the Walt Disney Company; and‚  Mr. Michael Notartomaso, President, The Hilton Head Group.

The American Association of Retirement Communities is a not-for-profit professional association, established in 1994 to promote the economic enhancement of communities through the promotion of retiree attraction as an economic development strategy.

Registration for the conference is $75 and is available at Marriott MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center

For more information, please visit or

To view the full schedule of events, please click here.

To learn more about the Livable Kingsport Collaborative, please click here.