KINGSPORT – In celebration of the amazing community project known as the Kingsport Carousel Project the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts proudly presents East TN/Southeast VA/Western NCs PREMIER juried, high quality, annual fine arts and crafts show. Exhibitor applications are available now for the March 2014 show. All work must be hand-made fine craft/art work done and shown by the artists. Exhibitors will be selected for participation based on the decisions of the Juror and Selection Committee/Staff and the number of spaces available.

This juried show of‚ quality exhibitors is open to all fine artists, artisans, craftspeople, photographers and printmakers.

Download the exhibitor application:

POSTMARK DEADLINE:‚ Sept. 30, 2013

Site: Kingsport Farmers Market, Corner of Center and Clinchfield Streets, Kingsport Tennessee
2014 Show dates:
March 21, 22, 23, 2014

Gala event: Friday March 21: 6 pm – 9 pm

Show hours:
Saturday March 22: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday March 23: 10 am – 5 pm

The Brass Ring Gala opens the show.‚ It is a reception for the public and our fine craft artists to meet & greet and to share some bard, music, shopping and community spirit. It is a fundraiser for the Kingsport Carousel Project. Last years Brass Ring Gala was the largest art event in Kingsport history! My New Favorites, local Americana band will perform again this year!‚ Tickets are $35 and available now at

Kingsport Carousel Project: The story of a volunteer-led community project

It started as one mans dream to have a carousel for the Kingsport community. He talked to a few fellow Kiwanis members into investigating the idea and the Four Horsemen took charge.‚ At about the same time, a group of friends of the arts, who wanted to support a greater involvement in the creative community, formed Engage Kingsport, Inc., a non-profit community organization.‚ Engage Kingsports mission is to support and expand the work of the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts.‚ Engage Kingsport adopted the Carousel Project as its first major project.

Currently the Carousel Project has a carving studio at the Lynn View Community Center where carvers and painters can be found working on their hand-crafted animals Monday through Saturday. In March 2012 volunteers completed painting unique Kingsport scenes on rounding boards for the carousel. The work continues until the 1956 vintage Herschell frame is in its own roundhouse connected to the Kingsport Farmers Market. Completion date is set for Spring 2014.

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

City of Kingsport Mission: The mission of the City of Kingsport is to provide economic, educational and quality of life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant and diverse Community.

The City of 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 Kingsport Carousel Project, the Carousel Fine Craft Show and 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 objectives.

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsports goals are to collaborate with a variety of arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations, with the aim of increasing opportunities and outlets for artists of all types. As Kingsport becomes a destination for artists and art enthusiasts, new markets and opportunities emerge. The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport are dedicated to cultivating cultural assets and promoting them as vehicles for economic development within our community.

For more information contact the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414


KINGSPORT ‚¬‚ The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) is hosting‚ a Double Feature‚ event on Thursday,‚ July 11,‚ 2013, at the Kingsport‚ Chamber of Commerce featuring export trade.‚  The morning session is from 9 a.m.– 11:30 a.m. and is for lenders only, while the afternoon session, Exporting University 101, takes place from 1 p.m.– 5 p.m. and is for new and experienced international trade professionals alike.

With more than 268,000 small businesses currently exporting and record U.S. export volume, now is a great time for bankers to use the U.S. Small Business Administrations export loan programs to expand their portfolio of high growth, competitive customers and increase their market share in providing export financing, said Aundrea Wilcox, Executive Director of KOSBE.

The morning event is for community banks who wish to learn if guaranteed trade finance is right for their bank.‚  Speakers will include Dan Holt, SBA Regional Export Solutions Manager; Maria Lloyd, SBA Tennessee District Lender Relations Specialist; Karol Klim, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.‚  This session is free and includes a continental breakfast, but registration is required.‚  Please register at or 423.392.8811.

The afternoon event, Exporting University 101, is beneficial for both seasoned exporters and companies interested in exporting. Companies are encouraged to send employees responsible for letters of credit, international documentation, international sales and/or international marketing.

Topics covered will include international shipping, incoterms, getting paid by foreign buyers, insuring foreign receivables, working capital, business roundtable with current exporters, technical, financial and management information assistance and how to find export sales in new markets and increase sales in existing markets.‚  The cost to attend this session is $25.‚  To register, visit or contact Robert Leach, Director U.S. Department of Commerce, Knoxville, at or 865.545.4637.

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.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.‚  Contact Dana Glenn, 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, TN‚  37660, 423.392.8811.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ Residents in the area of Fort Henry Drive from Memorial Boulevard to Bridwell Street should anticipate a water outage from 11 p.m. on Monday June 24th to 6 a.m. Tuesday June 25th to permit ongoing construction work. The outage could be repeated on Tuesday night from 11 a.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday if work is not completed Monday night. Residents should take precautions such as turning off their water heater during the outage period to prevent potential damage to the unit.


Kingsport, Tenn., June 18, 2013 Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) has received a Gold Stevie‚® Award in the 2013 American Business Awards in the category of Company of the Year Chemicals. Winners of the 2013 Stevie Awards were announced at a gala event last evening in Chicago. More than 500 nominees and their guests attended.

The American Business Awards are the nations premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.‚ They are eligible for the coveted bronze, silver and gold awards.

We are honored to be a Gold level winner in the Company of the Year – Chemicals category of the American Business Awards, and recognized among some of the nations top companies, said Jim Rogers, Chairman and CEO. 2012 was a record year for Eastman, marked by many significant achievements, strong financial performance and growth. This recognition is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of Eastman men and women.

A record number of 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 320 executives nationwide who participated in the judging process this year.

This years American Business Awards was outsized in every way, said Michael Gallagher, Stevie Awards founder and president.‚  More entries and more judges than ever before, and Id have to say the most impressive collection of nominations weve ever received.‚  We congratulate all of this years Stevie winners for their outstanding work.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Stevie Award winners who were announced on June 17 are available at

About Eastman


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

About the Stevie Awards


Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.‚ A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards will debut this year. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.‚  Learn more about The Stevie Awards at


Kingsport Parks and Recreation Summer Tennis Lessons

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


Divisions Offered:

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

Second Session: July 8th ‚¬ August 2nd

Sign Ups are taking place now at the V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex located at

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


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)

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


KINGSPORT – Due to an unsuccessful breeding season Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium will not be receiving wolf pups this summer.

After months of planning for the anticipated arrival this summer of up to four wolf pups, park officials intend to continue preparations in hopes of obtaining the pups next summer, assuming breeding is a success.  A lot of hard work and planning has gone into this process, said Park Manager Ken Childress.  While we cant control the breeding outcome, we can still continue our work to ensure we are ready for their hopeful arrival next summer.

Planning for the arrival and care of the wolf pups is a great undertaking according to Childress. A great deal of time and effort is placed into getting things ready, including habitat maintenance and preparation, fundraising, plus the recruitment and training of qualified and committed volunteers who will dedicate many, many hours to this effort.  In fact, along with our staff, volunteers are critical in the process of raising and socializing the pups as we (staff and volunteers) spend every day and night with them their first two months at the park.

There is not only a time commitment, but in the course of fundraising for this effort many individuals and businesses have graciously provided the funds to make this possible.  We wish to once again thank them for their amazing support and let them know that while the pups arrival has been delayed, we will continue our efforts with great anticipation of better results next summer.

Since the habitats first three grey wolves were introduced to Bays Mountain Park in 1992, wolves have been an integral part of the parks educational efforts for schools throughout the region as literally thousands of students attend wolf programs each year. Visitors often attend the park specifically to see them in a natural woodland setting.  Wolves to Bays Mountain Park are supplied by Bear Country U.S.A. located in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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 roughly 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.


KINGSPORT – Permission has been granted for the Downtown Kingsport Association to host the “Relay for Life” event on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 6:00pm to Saturday, June 15, at 6:00am on Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport. Permission is granted to close the following streets during the Relay for life event:

– Broad Street from Main Street ot Market Street starting at 3:00pm on Friday and re-opening Saturday morning at 8:am.

– Main Street from Shelby Street to Commerce Street, Friday at 3:00pm


The Fun Fest Store Opens

Friday, June 21

Store Hours:

Monday – Friday:‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday:‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

CLOSED:‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Sundays, July 4 & July 20


Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100‚  |‚  Downtown Kingsport
(423) 392-8800


Visit their website!

For Fun Fest text alerts – text FESTUS to 74574!


KINGSPORTKingsport City Schools Board of Education (BOE) has changed the regularly scheduled July Board of Education meeting on Thursday, July 4 to Tuesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. The location will remain the same, Tennessee Room at the KCS Administrative Support Center, 400 Clinchfield Street, third floor, downtown Kingsport.

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, 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.