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March 12, 2013

9:00am to 2:00pm


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Located at

140 West Main Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

Aid & Assist at Home, LLC is looking to employ caring individuals to work as caregivers in the tri-cities area.  Aid & Assist is an industry leader in providing non-medical home care to the elderly & disabled in all 95 counties across Tennessee.

For more information please call (423) 764-5000 or 423-276-6541

Applicants must pass a criminal history background check, a pre-employment drug screen, and personal/employment reference checks prior to hiring.

Aid & Assist at Home, LLC is an equal opportunity employer.

KINGSPORT – Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium is proud ‚ to partner with Zaxbys on a series of fundraisers on the first Tuesday of the month over the next three months ‚¬ March, April and May.‚  Dine between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Zaxbys, located in the Kingsport Pavilion on East Stone Drive (where Targets is located), and 10% of all sales will be donated to Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium.‚  Funds raised will support a variety of Park needs ranging from the creation or improvement of programs (both for schools and public), maintenance, exhibit upgrade, animal care and support, and much more.‚  ‚ Dates for the fundraisers are as follows:

March 5, 2013

April 2, 2013

May 7, 2013

We hope you will circle these dates on your calendar and forward this email to those on your address lists you think would be interested.‚  In any case, we appreciate your support in these efforts and always!!!

KINGSPORT – Bays Mountain Parks Astronomy Department, in partnership with the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club (BMAC), is excited to announce the addition of a new program offering, CometWatch, to the upcoming schedule of free StarWatch programs annually held on Saturday evenings in March and April.‚  Two extra dates have also been added to provide the public with additional viewing opportunities.

The addition of CometWatch and the extra nights of free observing are designed to better serve the public for viewing the upcoming Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4).‚  The added Wednesday dates of March 13 and 20, combined with the already planned StarWatch Saturday night dates in March and April will result in having five observing sessions to best witness what is hoped will be a very nice, viewable comet.‚  The BMAC will have a good number of telescopes set up to view the comet.‚  Viewers of all ages and levels of experience are welcome to these free events.

The key observing sessions and start times offered for the comet are:

March 9 – 6:30 p.m.

March 13 – 7:30 p.m.

March 16 – 7:30 p.m.

March 20 – 7:30 p.m.

March 23 – 7:30 p.m.

If the weather is fully cloudy or raining on the added CometWatch date on either March 13 or 20, then that session will be cancelled.

StarWatch will be held on Saturday nights in March and April, starting at dusk.‚  If there is poor weather, a live tour of the night sky will be offered in the planetarium theater instead.

Comet PanSTARRS was discovered back in June 2011, by Pan-STARRS (the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System from the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy) that looks for potential earth-crossing asteroids and comets.‚  This comet will not hit Earth, but it may be quite a sight on our western horizon just after sunset, said Bays Mountain Park Planetarium Director Adam Thanz.‚  The best viewings will start at the beginning of the second week of March with our first viewing taking place on March 9.

The comet head, or nucleus, could be as bright as the brighter stars in the night sky while the comet’s tail may stretch out 5-10 degrees.‚  But, as Thanz advises, As with any comet, it could fizzle before we get a chance to see it and only be a telescopic object.‚  This is a new comet for the inner Solar System and there is much speculation as to how it will perform.‚  The joy of comet viewing is when it produces well and doesn’t “Pan” out.

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 40 miles of hiking trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, wildlife habitats, fun exhibits, a 44-acre lake, ropes course with zip line, trails for mountain biking and much, much more.

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KINGSPORTTwo Dobyns-Bennett students have been selected as 2013 49th Annual United States Presidential Scholar candidates. Those selected for the Presidential Scholars program are William D. Glasscock, son of Chris and Danelle Glasscock and Jeffrey F. Murphy, son of Jeffrey and Joni Murphy. These two students will compete with the top 3,000 high school students nominated across the country.

“Ninety-four Tennessee high school students have been named as Presidential Scholars in the history of the program. Of the ninety-four, only nine students east of Knoxville have garnered this honor. We are fortunate to have had three of those honored students at Dobyns-Bennett, said Dr. Chris Hampton, principal, Dobyns-Bennett High School. D-B had Presidential Scholars in 1986, 1999, and 2009. It is an honor to have two students identified as candidates for this distinction.”

Established in 1964 by executive order of the President, the program is to recognize and honor the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in academic success, leadership and service to school and community. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrated exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Annually, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Application is by invitation only. Students are invited to apply based on their scores on the SAT or ACT exam or their nomination by a Chief State School Officer, the year of their graduation from high school, and whether they are U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent U.S. Residents. Students who qualify will automatically receive applications. Applicants are then narrowed to 560 semifinalists, ultimately then determined as a recipient or not.

Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D. C. in June for National Recognition Weekend featuring various events, enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony. During their visit, Scholars have access to important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people.

For more information about the Presidential Scholars program, please contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378-8409 or visit www.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html.

Kingsport City Schools is a public school system located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and an alternative school; with total enrollment reaching 6,500 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused World Class.

For more information on Kingsport City Schools (KCS), visit k12k.com, listen live on, WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, watch KCS Today on Charter Channel 16 at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. or call (423) 378.2100. Were social too; follow us on Facebook, Kingsport City Schools and on Twitter, @KptSchools.

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. ‚¬ Kingsport City Schools will be joining educators, students and engineers across the country in the sixty-second annual National Engineers Week, Feb. 17-23, 2013. The National Engineers Week Foundation is the global leader in attracting and cultivating the next generation of engineers and celebrating engineering as the invisible or stealth profession.

This years Engineers Week theme, Celebrate Awesome, is a call to celebrate the people in the profession, engineering students and technicians.

Engineers innovate, create and solve problems. They work together to make the world better, said Dale Jans, P.E. Co-Chair, Engineers Week 2013. Engineers are key to our health, safety and happiness. And when kids and youth get to experience it first-hand, they discover for themselves how amazing engineering is. Going forward, this is going to be even more true, as engineers develop solutions to such problems as bard security, energy sustainability, infrastructure and global climate change.

Monday, Feb. 18, John Sevier Middle School will have engineers from Eastman Chemical Company on-site for presentations throughout the day in sixth grade science classes. Presenters ‚ will discuss the engineering profession along with demonstrations and lab projects. Eighth grade science classes have presentations scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21 while seventh graders will be scheduled at a later date once TCAP testing has been concluded.

We (John Sevier Middle school) are very happy to have engineers from Eastman visit our science classrooms during Engineering Week. We hope our students will get a glimpse of what engineering is all about and hopefully spark an interest in taking related coursework in high school, technical school or college, said Kim Harvey, principal, John Sevier Middle School. We also offer Project Lead the Way, which is a pre-engineering-type course in which students have the opportunity to experience hands-on activities related to engineering. Also, our entire staff would like to thank all of the engineers for taking time out of their busy schedules to work with our students.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, Ross N. Robinson Middle School will have engineers from Eastman visiting all eighth grade classes. Presenters will offer demonstrations and hands-on projects.

Engineering is an embedded strand within our science curriculum, said Bill Francis, seventh/eighth grade science teacher, Robinson Middle School.‚ The Eastman engineers reinforce the engineering design process through a hands-on activity that supports this curriculum, while at the same time promoting student awareness of engineering.

Thursday, Feb. 21, Dobyns-Bennett High School will have thirteen engineers from Eastman on-site for forty-three presentations throughout the day in computer, science and math classes.

Engineering is a great opportunity for students to see the marriage of science, math, and reasoning in an everyday context, said Dr. Chris Hampton, principal, Dobyns-Bennett High School. This is a great time to explore and expose students to engineering opportunities in a way they may have never experienced before. These activities remove the ambiguity from the title of engineer and provide clarity for it means to be an engineer.

The mission of the National Engineers Week Foundation and its coalition is to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession by leveraging the common outreach interests of corporate, professional society, academia, and government partners; expanding the pool of innovative engineers by seeding and nurturing a diverse future engineering workforce through K-12 STEM education outreach initiatives; and engaging the public to see, touch and embrace engineering through year-round innovative programming and celebration.

The Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. The Foundation provides a portfolio of year-round outreach programs, each with an underlying framework and materials. Programs are compelling yet simple to execute so that anyone and everyone can innovate with them.

Visit eweek.org for ideas about how students, parents, administrators and engineers can participate.

Kingsport‚ City Schools is a public school system located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and an alternative school; with total enrollment reaching 6,500 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused ‚¬¦ World Class.

For more information on Kingsport City Schools (KCS), visit k12k.com, listen live on, WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, watch KCS Today on Charter Channel 16 at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. or call (423) 378.2100.‚ Were social too; follow us on Facebook, Kingsport City Schools and on Twitter, @KptSchools.

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KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts proudly presents Atlantic Steps to the Tri-Cities on Friday March 15th 2013.‚  They will perform at the Wellmont Regional Center for The Performing Arts at Northeast State Community College in Blountville, Tennessee. This is brought to you, in part, by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Special guest Fire in the Kitchen will open the show.

Tickets: $15.00 for reserved seating, $12.00 for Student/Senior.

Book tickets online at www.EngageKingsport.com or use this QR code:

A Master Class with Brian Cunningham, Kieran Jordan and the cast of Atlantic Steps is being offered for $10.00 at 4 PM the day of the show. There are only 25 openings for this class. Participants should have some dance experience. Reserve your space online at www.EngageKingsport.com or call the Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414.

Atlantic Steps is the inspiring epic story of Irelands oldest dance form, portrayed through the music, song, dance and Atlantic-Ocean-inspired energy of the Connemara region. Centered around the joyful sean-nƒ³s (old style) dance of extraordinary Irish dancer Brian Cunningham, the show continues to move festival and theatre audiences to their feet, bringing sean-nƒ³s dance to its rightful place on the world stage.

Having performed alongside Irish greats including Dƒ© Danann, The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon, Altan, Dervish & Tƒ©ada. Brian brought his dancing talents to headline the high profile Volvo Ocean Race spectacular in Galway during 2009. When 20,000 people danced the night away at Galways docklands within striking distance of the Atlantic Ocean, Brian was convinced of the worldwide potential of the sean-nƒ³s (old style) dance, handed down from his grandparents as a tradition from the days of house dances.

Brian leads a formidable cast of dancers and musicians including Kieran Jordan, one of Irish-Americas hottest talents who began dancing at age five, and has been a major figure in the sean-nƒ³s (pronounced shawn-nos) revival in the US. The musicians include some of Irelands top traditional artists including the great Sƒ©amus Begley of County Kerry on accordion and Oisƒ­n Mac Diarmada of the group Tƒ©ada, one of Irelands premiere fiddlers today, all playing the robust, rhythmic, and highly-melodic tunes of Connemara and the West of Ireland.

One of many forms of Irish dance, sean-nƒ³s dance is an informal and spontaneous art form, traditionally performed solo. Unlike the better known Irish step-dancing (Riverdance), sean-nƒ³s dance is characterized by its low to the ground bartwork, free movement of the arms, and improvisation. Creating a percussive music of its own, sean-nƒ³s can be seen in such American forms as clogging, hoofing, and soft shoe tap dancing.

Brian Cunningham is one of the most exciting sean-nƒ³s dancers to have emerged from Ireland in years, and has won all the major dance competitions in Ireland. What began as a pastime for him and his siblings was handed down by their grandparents as a tradition from the days of house dances. Through his involvement with shows such as Fuaim Chonamara and now Atlantic Steps, he is playing a hugely important role in reviving one of Irelands oldest dance forms and transforming it into a wonderful display of dance style, skill and athleticism.

Following a highly successful summer 2012 first-outing for the show at Dublin Irish Festival OH, Irishfest La Crosse WI and Irish Fair of Minnesota, the show is being rolled out for extensive touring throughout the US during 2013 and 2014.‚  Dont miss this special event!

Brian Cunningham, Co-Director

Brian Cunningham is one of the most exciting sean-nƒ³s or ‚¬old-style dancers to have emerged from Ireland in quite some time. At 27 years of age, he has won all the major dance competitions in Ireland, and was honored with an invitation by the President of Ireland to perform during an Official State visit to Japan and South Korea in 2005. Brian has appeared on Irelands most popular television show, ‚¬The Late Late Show and tours frequently with the band Tƒ©ada.

Brian, through his involvement with shows such as ‚¬Fuaim Chonamara and now ‚¬Atlantic Steps, is playing a hugely important role in reviving one of Irelands oldest dance forms and transforming it into a wonderful display of dance style, skill and athleticism.

The Cunningham Familys ‚¬Fuaim Chonamara show was a headline act at the high profile Volvo Ocean Race spectacular in Galway during 2009, when 20,000 people from many countries danced the night away at Galways docklands, within striking distance of the Atlantic Ocean. This special night convinced Brian of the worldwide potential of the old-style ‚¬sean-nƒ³s dance, which began as a pastime for the Cunningham siblings, handed down by their grandparents as a tradition from the days of house dances.

Kieran Jordan , Co-Director/Choreographer

Boston-based dancer Kieran Jordan joins Atlantic Steps as Co-Director/Choreographer. Recognized as a Massachusetts Artist Fellow, Kieran brings an original voice to Irish dance on stage. Born in Philadelphia to an Irish American family, Kieran started Irish step dancing at age five and has been performing as a featured solo dancer for over two decades. She has a particular passion for sean-nƒ³s dance and ‚¬â€ through her innovative workshops, performance collaborations, and DVDs ‚¬â€ she has been a major figure in its revival in the US. The Boston Irish Reporter describes her work as firmly rooted in tradition, yet infused with adventure, confidence, and a mischievous wink, ensuring the long-term survival of this ancient form.

Dancers
Brian Cunningham
Kieran Jordan
Kevin Doyle
Ayan Hall
Jackie ORiley

Musicians
Sĩamus Begley (vocals, accordion)
Oisƒ­n Mac Diarmada (fiddle)
Sean Gavin (pipes, flute)
Pat Doocey (guitar)


Quotes:

Brians enthusiasm, exuberance and good nature exudes in his refreshing performance which should be enjoyed by all‚  —Matt Malloy, The Chieftains

The Michael Flatley of sean-nƒ³s dance‚  —Tonight with Miriam, RTƒâ€° Television

Awe-inspiring and spine-tingling‚  —About Mayo, Local News from the West of Ireland

Captivating‚  —Irish Music Magazine

Lively and reflective‚¬¦ a powerful evocation of the season.‚  —Folk Wax

A celebration of family and good times at the winter season.‚  —Gather.com


Fire in the Kitchen (opening act):

Playing together since 2002, the trio of Fire in the Kitchen specializes in presenting lively Appalachian and Celtic music to its audiences. Instrumentation of the ensemble includes: hammered dulcimer, Irish flute, Irish whistles, classical flute, Irish bodhran, guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle and more!

Fire in the Kitchen has performed at venues such as: Dollywood-Festival of Nations, Bristol Rhythm ‘N Roots, The Virginia Highlands Festival, The Bristol Paramount Theatre, The Barter Theatre, The Carter Family Fold, Winston-Salem Celtic Festival and many, many more. The group has been featured on Public radio programming as well as the PBS program “Song of the Mountains” that is being aired nation-wide. The group was honored to play for Doc Watsons 80th birthday as well as have their first CD entitled An Appalachian Celtic Journey archived at the Folklife Museum of the Smithsonian Institute in celebration of the Year of Appalachia. For more information about FITK, visit their website: www.fire-in-the-kitchen.com

This production is brought to you by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and your friends at The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts with great appreciation to Engage Kingsport and the staff at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

About the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport:

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates & engages the public with a creative community.‚  It operates a public art program, concert & theatrical events, the Carousel Project & a broad range of support to the areas arts organizations.‚  They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in order to facilitate their ambitious & broad agenda.

The Carousel Projects dream of having a hand-carved menagerie style carousel is getting closer all the time.‚  Built by a group of nearly 100 volunteers, the Carousel will become a treasure for families of the region for many years to come.

In addition to the Carousel Project, Engage Kingsports goals are to collaborate with a variety of arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations, with the aim of increasing opportunities & outlets for artists of all types. As Kingsport becomes a destination for artists, new markets emerge for the creations of these artists.

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport are committed to turning cultural assets into opportunities. Theres always something happening in Kingsport!

Friend us on Facebook: Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport

Follow us on Twitter @KportCultArts

Become a financial supporter of Engage Kingsport‚¬ supporters at all levels are needed to make projects like these a success.

Tax-deductible donations should be made payable to Engage Kingsport, 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN 37660.

Volunteer opportunities are available.

Engage Kingsport is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.‚ Donations of any amount welcomed.

Donations can be made through PayPal on www.EngageKingsport.com

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KINGSPORT – Kingsport Streets and Sanitation crews have applied more than 52 tons of both “hot” and “cold” asphalt mix patches in the annual effort to combat developing potholes in the Model City, with the majority of patches applied by an automated patching vehicle that dramatically cuts manpower and patching time.

“Historically speaking, the first three months of the year are when you see most potholes develop,” Streets and Sanitation Manager Ronnie Hammonds said Friday. “The abundance of rain, snow and temperature fluctuations from mild to intense cold have been tough on the pavement.”

When not conducting snow removal or combating the effects of several intense rainfall events, Streets and Sanitation crews have been out in force patching potholes.

Three methods have been used. Front line on the battle against potholes is “Patch,” the automated patching machine which only requires a single worker to drive and deploy the system. Acquired a couple of years ago, the automated machine used high pressure air to blow loose debris from the pothole, then applies a mixture of hot liquid tar and 3/8 inch clean rock under high pressure.

In all, 992 potholes have been repaired in 2013 from January 1 to February 8.

Patch repaired 712 potholes. Another 280 pothole repairs were made through the use of three to five man crews using both “hot mix” and “cold mix” asphalt patches.

It takes about 3 minutes for an average pothole repair with Patch verses about 10 to 15 with the manual labor method.

By definition, a pothole can range anywhere from the depth of a saucer to much deeper pavement flaws.

“I would say the average pothole this season has been about a bart square and three inches deep,” Hammonds said. “This has been an especially tough January and February on asphalt, with the freeze thaw cycle and immense volumes of water contributing heavily to premature asphalt failure, but were hard at it patching as many as possible.”

Potholes are logged and reported by other Public Work crews who are out collecting garbage, trash and recyclable materials. If citizens wish to report a pothole for repair, they can call 229-9451 or log onto www.KingsportTn.gov, hover the cursor over I want to and click report a problem.

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KINGSPORTSix Dobyns-Bennett students have been named as finalist for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship program. Those named as National Merit Scholarship finalists are Harrison R. Emery, son of Robert and Susan Emery, William D. Glasscock, son of Chris and Danelle Glasscock, Benjamin E. Jack, son of Bob and Laura Jack, Jeffrey F. Murphy, son of Jeffrey and Joni Murphy, Scott M. Sanders, son of Jeff and Lori Sanders, and Jackson R. Tonnies, son of Robert Tonnies and Shawn Dougherty. These six students will compete with the top high school students in the nation for some 8,300 Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $32 million.

The National pool of finalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, included the highest scoring entrants in each state. More than 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) which serves as an initial screening of program entrants.  Approximately half of the finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners.

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship program, please contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378-8409.

Kingsport City Schools is a public school system located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and an alternative school; with total enrollment reaching 6,500 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused World Class.

For more information on Kingsport City Schools (KCS), visit k12k.com, listen live on, WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, watch KCS Today on Charter Channel 16 at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. or call (423) 378.2100. Were social too; follow us on Facebook, Kingsport City Schools and on Twitter, @KptSchools.

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KINGSPORT – Registration is now open for this years 2013 Youth Baseball/Softball season.‚  If you have any further questions, please contact our office at (423)229-9459 or (423)229-9460.

2013 Youth Baseball Registration Form

2013 Youth T-Ball Registration Form

2013 Youth Softball Registration Form