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KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and KOSBE is hosting a live loan application clinic highlighting SBA’s Small Loan Advantage 2.0 and Patriot Express Loan Programs, the State of Tennessees ECD-BERO Rural Microloan and other innovative financing options available through Pathway Lending to start and grow small businesses.

The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m., Thursday, June 6, at your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport, TN. The workshop is offered free of cost, but registration is required.

During the clinic, business owners and entrepreneurs will complete their own loan application on site, and submit it for immediate consideration (if desired) at the end of the event. Applicants must provide a copy of their valid drivers license and have a business checking account established in the name of their business. Sue Malone, Strategies for Small Business (Danville, CA)the #1 SBA microloan provider for the Small Loan Advantage 2.0 Program in the nation will facilitate the loan application process. She has closed over 20,000 SBA Loans for small business owners.

The SBA Small Loan Advantage 2.0 Loan is an easy way for existing and small businesses and startups to establish business credit. It requires no collateral, and no tax returns or financial statements. The SBA Small Loan Advantage 2.0 Loan features a 10-year term for low monthly payments, and electronic funding directly into a business checking account, so borrowers do not have to wait for a paper check. The maximum loan amount is $25,000.

The Patriot Express Loan is a streamlined loan product with an enhanced guaranty and interest rate that is available to military community members including veterans, service-disabled veterans, active-duty service members participating in the militarys Transition Assistance Program, Reservists and National Guard members, current spouses of any of the above, and the widowed spouse of a service member or veteran who died during service, or of a service-connected disability. The Patriot Express features one of SBAs fastest turnaround times for loan approvals. Loans are available up to $500,000 and qualify for SBAs maximum guaranty of up to 90 percent. The Patriot Express can be used for most business purposes, including start-up, expansion, equipment purchases, working capital, inventory or business-occupied real-estate purchases.

The ECD-BERO Rural Micro Loan Fund is designed to encourage job creation and provide access to capital to existing and potential entrepreneurs to support their growth and expansion. Micro loan funds of $500-$20,000 are available for use by entrepreneurs living and operating a business in rural Tennessee. A micro-enterprise is defined as a for-profit entity with five or fewer employees, one of whom owns the business. Fixed assets and working capital loans are accepted, and the maximum loan amount is $20,000. Technical assistance and training are required for the duration of the loan.

According to KOSBE Executive Director, Aundrea Wilcox, These loan programs offer small business owners and startups fast and simple access to working capital from a trusted secondary source in the event they are unable to get financing from their local community bank, or need additional funding. If you know that you have bad credit, you should take corrective action now to fix any problems before you apply. More than ever, borrowers must show creditworthiness and the ability to repay a loan.

Register for this event online at, either www.tsbdc.org or www.kosbe.org or for more information, please contact, David Schools at (423) 392-8811 or dschools@kosbe.org.

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.

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At Wednesday’s announcement, from left to right, are Gov. Bill Haslam, Eastman CEO Jim Rogers and Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. Photo by Kingsport Times-News Chief Photo Editor David Grace.

KINGSPORT, Tenn., May 29, 2013 ‚¬ Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) Chairman and CEO Jim Rogers and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced a major economic development project referred to as Project Inspire. As part of this project, over the next seven years, Eastman will invest $1.6 billion in its Kingsport site and add 300 new jobs in Tennessee. This comprehensive effort will enable the company to invest in, among other things, new growth opportunities, safety and environmental projects, increased warehouse capacity, building renovations and expansion of its corporate campus.

“This represents a landmark capital investment that will modernize and expand our largest manufacturing site and corporate campus here in Kingsport, said Rogers. “This multi-year project will culminate in Eastmans 100th anniversary in 2020. I can think of no better way to honor our long-term commitment to this site and surrounding community than through this very significant investment in our future.

The state will provide funding to support the corporate campus expansion, road infrastructure improvements for the project, and a grant to meet advanced manufacturing training needs for the company through the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing located in Kingsport.

I want to thank Eastman and its employees for all of the incredible work they do that has brought us here today, Haslam said. For nearly 100 years, Eastman has been crucial to the states economy, growing into a global brand, and todays announcement means they will continue to grow right here where they started. This investment will bring hundreds of high quality jobs to the state, and I appreciate Eastmans continued investment in Tennessee.

In thanking the Governor for support from the State of Tennessee, Rogers said, Eastman is proud to be making a significant investment in Tennessee. Project Inspire will allow us to remain a global leader and further expand our ability to provide solutions and build on our 100-year heritage of innovation.

Rogers also thanked community leaders for their continued support of the company. He recognized that this is the second sizable investment at the Kingsport site in recent years and attributed it to Eastmans symbiotic relationship with the community.

Together, we have built a significant legacy in this region, and we look forward to it continuing, added Rogers. This investment will enable our headquarter campus to grow as the company does, and that is good for all of us. A growing company creates jobs, strengthens the tax base and benefits all of our stakeholders, including our employees, communities, customers and stockholders.

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables.

Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2012 pro forma combined revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition, of approximately $9.1 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 13,500 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com

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Kingsport Parks and Recreation Summer Tennis Lessons

To be held at the V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex Tennis Courts

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Divisions Offered:

10 and Under (Quickstart Format) (for ages 6 to 10) & 14 and Under (for ages 11 to 14)

There will be 2 four week morning sessions and 1 eight week evening session offered

First Session: June 3rd ‚¬ June 28th & Second Session: July 8th ‚¬ August 2nd

Eight week session: June 4th ‚¬ August 1st (No classes July 4th week)

Sign Ups will begin May 20th and there will also be an onsite registration day on

May 30th from 5pm to 7pm at the V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex Tennis Courts located at

301 Louis Street Kingsport, TN 37664 (Courts are located off of Wheatley St.)

Cost- City Residents $25.00 per session

Non-City Residents $30.00 per session

Class Times

Monday and Wednesday ‚¬ 9:00-10:00am- 10 and Under (Quickstart Format) (for ages 6 to 10)

Monday and Wednesday ‚¬ 10:15 -11:15am- 10 and Under (Quickstart Format) (for ages 6 to 10)

Monday and Wednesday ‚¬ 11:30 -12:30pm- 14 and Under (for ages 11 to 14)

Tuesday and Thursday ‚¬ 9:00-10:00am- 10 and Under (Quickstart Format) (for ages 6 to 10)

Tuesday and Thursday ‚¬ 10:15 -11:15am- 14 and Under (for ages 11 to 14)

Tuesday or Thursday ‚¬ 5:30 – 6:30pm- Various ages (1 night per week: 8 weeks)

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For more information about tennis lessons: (423) 224-2489

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KINGSPORT – Rock Springs Road Phase 2 imrpovements will begin Tuesday, May 28, 2013, with about 3,000 feet of road way improvements to require closure of Rock Springs between Cox Hollow Road and Rock Springs Valley Road through mid-November.

The project includes improvements to both horizontal and vertical geometry, as well as installation of a pedestrian mobility path, stormwater enhancements and water line upgrades.

The total project is estimated to cost $1.54 million. As always, motorists are asked to use utmost caution near the work zone. Detour routes will be clearly marked.

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KINGSPORTDobyns-Bennett High School has been named by Newsweek magazine and The Daily Beast as one of Americas Best High Schools.

Only 2,000 public high schools were included on the Newsweek and The Daily Beast 2013 Americas Best High Schools list out of more than 24,500 public high schools in the country. For the last two years, Newsweek and The Daily Beast considered the nations high schools that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates. Each year, they have fine-tuned their methodology slightly, but stayed true to the following factors that have proven to be the best indicators of college readiness: graduation rates, participation in college-level classes via Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, and acceptance into a two- or four-year college.

All data submitted was from the 2011-2012 school year. The full methodology is based off of six components: Four-year, on-time graduation rate (25 percent); Percent of 2011 graduates who were accepted to college (25 percent); AP/IB.AICE tests per student (25 percent); Average SAT and/or ACT score (10 percent); Average AP/IB/AICE exam score (10 percent); and Percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).

Dobyns-Bennett High School is ranked in the top six (6) percent (1,425) of all U.S. High Schools. D-B only administers AP tests and does not offer an IB program. Approximately 524 Advanced Placement tests were administered to D-B students in 2012. The number of seniors graduating from D-B in 2012 was 415.

81.4 percent of Dobyns-Bennett High School students who completed an AP test scored at least a three (3) or above. An AP exam score ranging from a three (3) to a five (5) qualifies students for college credit in the subject area. The average score for all AP tests taken by D-B students was 3.6 in 2012.

We are extremely proud that Dobyns-Bennett has once again been recognized as one of Americas best high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine, said Dr. Lyle Ailshie, Kingsport City Schools Superintendent. I believe this recognition is a true testament of the hard work our students, faculty and staff put in year round. Newsweeks Best High Schools listing demonstrates the importance of Advanced Placement classes in our schools, providing the opportunity for our students to have a world education and college credit before college.

This is the eighth time D-B has been named to the Newsweek List. The lists were published in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and now 2013. Eighteen (18) Tennessee schools were ranked on the 2013 listing. Visit www.thedailybeast.com for a complete listing of the 2,000.

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 – Permission has been granted for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of East Tennessee to hos the Big Little 5k Run on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013 on the golf course of the Ridgefields Country Club starting at 8:30am. This event will require a temporary closure of Pendragon Street at and around the country club. Motorists are asked to use caution while driving in the Ridgefields area and to plan alternative routes when possible.

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KINGSPORT – Permission has been granted for the U Da Man 5k road race in Kingsport at 5:00pm, on Sunday, June 16, 2013.

The following streets are approved for closure during the race: Lamont, E. Sullivan, Ross, Chestnut, Federal, Pine, Birch, Willow, Garden, Pineola, Greenfield, Midland, Fairfield, Hermitage, Newbern, Carolina, and Borden.

The Police Department will be staffing the event with off duty officers and there will be an on-site supervisor to address any unexpected issues that might arise.

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The Kingsport Police Department received official notification today, May 22, 2013, that the United States Census Bureau is operating in the City of Kingsport.

Most people are familiar with the large scale Decennial Census, which, by definition, is conducted every ten years on years ending with a 0.  However, what is not widely known is that the U.S. Census Bureau also conducts several smaller surveys on a regular basis throughout each year, every year.  Some of the more common surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau may include, but are not necessarily limited to the American Community Survey, the American Housing Survey, and the National Crime Victimization Survey.

According to a representative of the U.S. Census Bureau, those individuals or households who have been selected to be surveyed should first receive a letter by mail from the U.S. Census Bureau, notifying the recipient that they will soon receive either a phone call or a personal visit from a representative of the U.S. Census Bureau.  While some surveys are optional and give an individual the freedom to opt out, many of these surveys, including the Decennial Census and the American Community Survey, are required by law.  This should all be explained in detail in the initial letter received by mail.

If a U.S. Census Bureau official makes contact via telephone, it may be difficult to verify if the caller is actually a U.S. Census Bureau official, as the recipients caller I.D. will most likely not show the call originating from the U.S. Census Bureau.  However, if a U.S. Census Bureau official makes contact in person, they should present an official photo identification badge identifying them as a U.S. Census Bureau official.  Those individuals reached by telephone have the option of asking for a visit in person, so the U.S. Census Bureau official can show their credentials.

If an individual is contacted by someone claiming to be from the U.S. Census Bureau, and there is any doubt as to whether or not they are in actuality a U.S. Census Bureau official, the individual may call the U.S. Census Bureau at 1-800-262-4236 to verify.

For more information on the U.S. Census Bureau and the surveys they conduct, please feel free to call 1-800-262-4236 or visit the following websites.

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/censusandstatistics/a/aboutcensus.htm

http://www.census.gov/history/www/programs/demographic/