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Kingsport Theatre Guild will hold auditions March 27-28 for ‘Princess Diana, the Musical.’ The show (top left, from St. Paul, Minn., production) features 29 songs by Karen Javitch (top right), who co-authored the play with Elaine Jabenis. Photos courtesy of Javitch.

Kingsport Theatre Guild sets stage for ‘Princess Diana, the Musical’ By Chelsey Bishop


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“Princess Diana, the Musical” takes the audience on a journey through the life of the princess from her life as a teenager to the impact of her untimely death. The story uses 29 songs to illustrate the relationships that “The People’s Princess” had with Prince Charles, the royal family and the public.

Radtke said the first two weeks of rehearsals will focus solely on working with a coach to learn dialect for the individual roles.

The Kingsport Theatre Guild shares that same openness with anyone who would like to join the production of the musical. Auditions for “Princess Diana, the Musical” will be held March 27-28 at the Renaissance Center in Kingsport.

Currently, Kingsport Theatre Guild is gearing up for “Driving Miss Daisy,” which will be presented at 7 p.m., Jan. 19-21, at Shabby Allie’s in Downtown Kingsport. Tickets for the Thursday and Friday performances are $10 each. The Saturday performance includes dinner and “Driving Miss Daisy” with dinner served at 6 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and show are $25.

“In order to learn a new dialect, you have to first understand your own dialect,” Radtke said. “We’ll work on understanding our southern accents in order to learn According to Tina Radtke, executive director of Kingsport Theatre Guild, the how to have a neutral dialect. Then, the actors will learn a British accent. We musical penned by Elaine Jabenis and Karen Sokolof Javitch tells Diana’s side of won’t even read the script until we got the dialect right.” the story so “Princess Diana fans will love this musical.” Due to the amount of work involved in memorizing songs and choreography, Radtke believes the community will relate to this musical because the kindness rehearsal times will run from two to four days a week, based on the roles. that “The People’s Princess” showed to others is the same kindness that Kingsport residents hold for themselves. “Diana and Charles require more rehearsal time for the duets, whereas the chorus won’t have as many,” Radtke said. “In a single week, they’ll potentially learn “Princess Diana was all about reaching out to those not like her,” said Radtke. three to four songs - the vocal side and the choreography - because there are so “As the future queen of England, she was in the forefront of dangers and many songs.” epidemics, even visiting the patients in hospitals. She reached out to everyone because she was an open and kind person. I think Kingsport is like that, too. We Kingsport Theatre Guild is one of only 10 theatres across the country and the have the same open door policy that she clearly lived her entire life. Kingsport is only one in Tennessee to present the musical this year. The Kingsport production so open and welcoming. You don’t have to be the same as us for us to accept you is set for June 15-18 - just a few months shy of the 20th anniversary of Princess and be kind to you.” Diana’s death.

Radtke is encouraging everyone from newcomers interested in doing theatre for fun to experienced thespians to participate in the auditions. A large cast is needed for the production, which will be staged in June. Since Kingsport Theatre Guild For more information about auditions or tickets to any Kingsport Theatre Guild received a $10,000 grant for the production of the musical, the guild will - for the production, visit the website at or call 423-741-3282.


Castlewood students get a dose of reality in ‘Game of L.I.F.E.’ Submitted by Sherry Allen Students at Castlewood High School have gained a whole new understanding about how the choices you make affect your financial future - thanks to school’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter. FBLA American Enterprise Team chairpersons Brooke Horne, Gracie Hicks and Isacc Phillips worked with various businesses and more than 30 community volunteers to give more than half of Castlewood’s student body a better grasp of budgeting and financial literacy.

With a focus on making financial decisions, the game included 56 oversized puzzle pieces covering the span of the school’s gym floor. In preparation for the game, each student participant was also introduced to an online career site known as Career Cruising to help them identify the best career choices.

The students were then introduced to The Game of L.I.F.E. as “Uncle Sam” revealed the life each student would have. Using the career results gathered previously, each student was provided with a check register detailing what their life might look like at the age of 28. Included in the life scenario was a student’s The hands-on project challenged student participants to navigate marital status, the number of children, a career and a salary. The Game of L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Financial Experiences), a lifesize board game created by the team members, and come out Using the information, students rolled dice to move from one with a better understanding of financial literacy. section of the board to the next - making financial decisions along the way. Rent a home or purchase a home? Buy a car During the first phase of the project, Tru Point Bank in St. Paul or rent a car? Adopt or buy a pet? To keep it interesting and assisted the students in creating a financial literacy game using realistic, “Lady MoLata” roamed the game board dishing out the bank’s Plinka board. The board raised awareness about the life’s unexpected to random participants. American Enterprise System which is celebrated by FBLA across the nation each year on Nov. 15. Using the Plinka board Once each student completed the journey through the board, during lunches and in economics and personal finance classes, a team of more than 30 financial advisers made up of local students learned how to use a check register as they entered businesses, community volunteers and retired teachers was debits and credits through game play. available to discuss the choices the students had made as they played the Game of L.I.F.E. Once the students better understood the importance of the American Enterprise System and how to monitor financial “The Game of L.I.F.E was a lot of fun! It helped me better decisions using a check register, students prepared for phase understand how hard it is to budget around real-life situations,” Castlewood FBLA members Peyton Jessee as “Money two of the project by investing more than 60 hours into customsaid Castlewood junior Jenna Hall. “The financial advisers MoLata” and Gunnar Jessee as Uncle Sam added designing their own lifesize board game - which they dubbed answered questions I had about some of the decisions I had excitement to the Game of L.I.F.E. “The Game of L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Financial Experiences). made.”

Region’s Bloomer retires after more than 35 years of service Contributed Regions Bank’s Kingsport City President Chaiba Bloomer has retired after 35 1/2 years of service. Bloomer served in a variety of roles during her long tenure at Regions, including City President, Senior Vice-President and Consumer Banking Manager, Market Manager/Business/ Commercial Team Leader and Relationship Manager, and also as Branch Manager. She was recognized for her efforts and leadership during her tenure at Regions numerous times. She was also awarded the Regions Better Life Award, and was a five-time recipient of the Regions Chairman’s Club Award and a three-time recipient of the Regions President’s Award. Of her banking career, Bloomer said it “has been a great ride ... I have seen a lot of changes in the banking industry, some ups and downs, but the key to success is not about what’s

in today and gone tomorrow, it’s about staying true to yourself, understanding and serving the needs of customers and building lasting relationships.” Bloomer has also actively contributed to the community over the years. She served in several capacities for United Way of Kingsport, including the finance Chaiba Bloomer committee and five times as chair of Day of Caring. She has also served in various roles for Leadership Kingsport and the SHOUT Council, the Downtown Kingsport Association and the Appalachian Coalition on Homelessness. Currently, she serves on the Kingsport Chamber Board, KOSBE Council, HOPE Board (as president), Tusculum President’s Council, Kingsport Rotary Club and in

the National Association of Professional Women. Just prior to her retirement, Leadership Kingsport presented her with its Distinguished Leadership Award. Of her service-oriented career, Bloomer explains that “banking was my passion, and I have been very blessed to have the opportunity to do what I’m passionate about - helping people and making a difference in people’s lives. My life has been enriched by many friendships and long lasting relationships with associates and customers who have touched my life and made me a better person today.” Bloomer is a graduate of NTC Military School. She attended the University of San Diego, East Tennessee State University, and received a business management degree from Tusculum. She is also a graduate of banking school at Vanderbilt University, Regions Management Academy, Regions 360 Leadership Program and Leadership Kingsport.


Big Brothers Big Sisters pushes to reach 100 in 100 goal By Chelsey Bishop Brittany and Maya have grown as close as sisters in the two years since being matched in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program. Maya was enrolled in the program by her mother so she could experience new things and have a guide. Brittany encourages Maya to study hard and make new friends, and has even introduced her to new experiences like ice skating. A hard-working and dedicated student, Brittany is working to pass those very characteristics on to Maya. Through her time with Brittany, Maya sees what it is like to have to balance work, school and play. The life skills that Brittany is teaching, such as budgeting and prioritization, will follow throughout Maya’s life. And the best part is she’s having fun while learning them. In order to maintain mentorships success stories like Brittany and Maya’s, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities relies on fundraisers like the 100 in 100 campaign - and there’s less than a month until it ends. The local nonprofit organization is asking for 100 businesses or individuals to donate $100 within 100 days of the start date to reach its goal of raising $10,000. According to Regional Director Kathy Lowdermilk, the organization is behind on its goal, yet still working to raise the money which will have a big impact for the new year. All donations go directly to the over 500 mentor-to-youth matches in the Tri-Cities office. “Our goal is to make a long-term difference in the lives of the youth,” said Lowdermilk. “We watch as the youth learn how to open up and make friends through communication and trust. They learn the importance of education, making good decisions, and being able to talk things out with words instead of actions. Hopefully, the big and little have made a lifelong friend. After they’ve grown, they’ll look back and see the impact the friendship had on their life.” It’s a big job to make matches for the littles. Match support specialist Miranda Mitchell first gets to know the volunteers by inquiring about their previous involvement with children and checking references to keep all of the children safe. When the parent and child are in the interview process, Mitchell finds out what the child is interested in, what their goals are, and where they live.

Bigs like Brittany introduce littles like Maya to new experiences, and encourage them to excel in school and in life. The 100 in 100 campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities is designed to help raise funds to support mentorship success stories like this one. “Matching is a delicate process,” said Lowdermilk. “Matches are mainly based on interests. We want the volunteer and child to enjoy doing the same things. For example, sports enthusiasts will like to go to games, so they’ll build a relationship better.” The easiest way to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities is to either mail a check to 301 Louis Street Suite 302, Kingsport, TN 37660 or visit Donations are tax deductible, and donors will receive a gift of recognition. To find out how to enroll a child as a little or to volunteer as a big, call 423-247-3240.

Literacy Council of Kingsport announces tutor training session Submitted by Megan Miller

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KINGSPORT - Are you looking for a unique volunteer opportunity for 2017? Well, the Literacy Council of Kingsport invites you to join its team of volunteers in building a stronger community through the power of literacy by tutoring adults who need to improve their literacy skills in order to achieve their individual goals.

A free training for new adult tutors will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Kingsport Public Library with a required tutor orientation and self-paced study to be completed prior to the training. The deadline to register for the training session is Monday, Jan. 20. The pre-requisite one-hour tutor orientation will be held at various times from now through Jan. 20.

Volunteers can tutor during the day or evening for as little as one hour a week.

The Literacy Council of Kingsport is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides tutoring for adults and qualified children to improve their reading and writing skills and advocates for literacy within the Greater Kingsport community.

More than 36 million American adults struggle to read, write, do math and use technology above a third grade level. In Sullivan County, it is estimated over 15,400 adults lack adequate literacy skills. Unfortunately, these adults are often our coworkers, relatives, friends and neighbors who have

To learn more about volunteer opportunities or services offered through the Literacy Council of Kingsport, call 423-392-4643 or email You can also visit


Out and About with Katherine

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Holidays provide plenty of ways to enjoy our community By Katherine Scoggins Editor’s note: Out & About with Katherine kicks off the new year with an invitation for each of you to engage with us on a regular basis. We want to hear from you about local community events. Though there’s no way that we can be there for all of them, we do want to get to as many as possible and to help spread the word through calendar listings, stories and photos. So, please don’t hesitate to contact us at There are many times throughout the year when I look forward to special events, but Thanksgiving and Christmas have to be at the top of the list. In November, the Thanksgiving and Christmas magazines hit the bookshelves and mailboxes, and my notebook filled with many special recipies comes out of hiding and takes a special cleaned off place on my kitchen counter. Vanilla and hazelnut coffee candles scent the air in my house and office, and glorious sounds of carols, symphonies and Handel’s “Messiah” accompany my signing Christmas cards, wrapping presents (O.K., sticking them in gift bags!) and the neverending search for my stash of wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, stamps, scissors, gift tags, pens and tissue paper. December brings concerts, parties and community performances. Since I have spent about three years of my life total on or behind a stage, I have a great appreciation for all the time spent learning lines, trying to get angel wings to stay on, keeping quiet backstage and in the wings all while “hopped up” on red dye and sugar from all the school parties. And because of all the work, rehearsals, practicing, nerves and pirouettes, I try to clap the loudest. And you parents and volunteers, too, your efforts are so appreciated - especially during the busiest time of the year, because you are helping these precious children make memories that will last a lifetime. I have had such a wonderful time getting “Out and About” over the past few weeks, beginning with Breakfast with the Grinch!, which was sponsored by the Kingsport Aquatic Center. The extremely talented and creative staff transformed the pool area into Whoville and the staff was transformed into a cast of characters that were unbelievable! They are probably still trying to get the mousse, gel and spray out of their hair and the green makeup off of their faces! I must say that their efforts were pretty impressive. The pancakes and juice boxes smelled wonderful, and the children had a wonderful time and swam like fish. My favorite part? Meeting the staff and a charming family, then going out and actually purchasing

Out & About a DVD of “The Grinch.” Yes, you heard me. The movie (Jim Carey’s version) was released when I was in college and, having no younger siblings or children of my own, I felt left out that I couldn’t sing along or cheer! So now I have my own copy and have watched it three times. Next year, Grinch? I’ll know all the songs! Music has always played a big part for me at Christmas, and nothing more than “The Messiah,” complete with orchestra. When I was growing up, it was officially Christmas when I heard it (or sang it), watched “The Nutcracker” and recited Luke 2 along with Linus. I have to say that I was particularly proud that there were so many gestures of goodwill demonstrated throughout our community. It seemed that almost everywhere I went, collections of warm clothes and blankets and warm meals were being offered to those less fortunate. And isn’t it wonderful to live in such a place where people look out for one another and extend offers of help? The beautiful sounds of the choirs, the gorgeous glow of the Christmas lights and ornaments. I hope each of you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas season. Please remember that there are many ways you can participate and enjoy your own adventures and discoveries. Whether as performer, crew or enthusiastic member of the audience, make the most of every opportunity to get out and about and enjoy the many offerings our community provides.

One of the highlights of the holiday season for Katherine was the opportunity to help her friends decorate the historic Rotherwood Mansion. dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the show at 7 p.m. Tickets for it are $25. Contact 423-392-8427 or visit Feb. 11: The 2017 Red Shoe Gala to benefit CASA for Kids, Inc., will be held Feb. 11. For ticket information, visit February: The YWCA in Bristol is looking for donations of gently used prom dresses in all sizes as well as accessories including purses, shoes and jewelry. “Go Green” and share what you are no longer using. Donations may be made to the YWCA in Bristol at 106 State Street. Contact Tammy Henkel at 423-968-9444 or email for more information.

Here are a few to consider in coming weeks:

Feb. 3: Party on the Moon will perform during the 70th Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner. Prepare to party as this popular event continues to grow larger each year. Contact the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce for information and tickets at 423-392-8800 or visit their website at

Jan. 19-21: The Kingsport Theatre Guild will present “Driving Miss Daisy” at Shabby Allie’s Boutique on Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport. Show time is 7 p.m., Jan. 19-20. Tickets are $10. The Jan. 21 show will feature

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Times-News Sports Live gearing up for basketball For fans who can’t make it to every game, SportsLive works to provide up-to-the-minute, real-time information from games in progress around the region. But we couldn’t do it without a great group of of local sports fans who represent their favorite teams on the SportsLive Tweet Team. This amazing group of volunteer parents, students and coaches share updates about their respective teams throughout the year and make it possible for all fans to stay informed and keep track of the team’s progress, even when they themselves aren’t able to make it to the games. The updates flow into a central feed, accessible at, making it easy for fans from area via either a pass or ticket reimbursement, for its tweet team schools to follow the action from just one team - or several all members. at once. And it doesn’t require a personal Twitter account. Accounts “This is a wonderful opportunity for fans to follow their team are already in place for all area schools. All you need is a cell and other games in real time,’’ said Times-News Content and phone. If you can text, you can tweet. Audience Development manager Diana Meredith. “You can use your desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone to get updated action In addition, we are also seeking regular contributors for our Sports Live program, which gives local supporters an and scores on games in our area.’’ opportunity to share stories and photos from each and every Tweeters are currently being recruited for basketball and other game. We can’t possibly be everywhere every night, but winter sports for the 2015-2016 season. There is a specific need through the Sports Live program, you can help share your for parents, students and persons interested in sharing girls and team’s story with thousands of readers. boys basketball updates for Dobyns-Bennett, Sullivan Central, Sullivan North, Sullivan South, Sullivan East, David Crockett, Anyone interested in learning about our SportsLive program Daniel Boone, Rye Cove, Eastside, Central-Wise, Lee High and should contact Carmen Musick at 423-723-1435. Or email us at Castlewood. The Times-News covers the cost of admission, For fans who can’t make it to every game, SportsLive works to provide up-to-the-minute, real-time information from games in progress around the region.

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Annual “Lunch on the Circle” set for Nov. 19 But we couldn’t do it without a great group of of local sports fans who represent their favorite teams on the SportsLive Tweet Team.

Proceeds benefit The Shepherd Center of Kingsport This amazing group of volunteer parents, students and coaches share updates about their respective teams throughout the year

The “Lunch on for the all Circle” to stay benefit The Shepherd andannual make it possible fans to informed and keep track of the team’s progress, even when they themselves aren’t able to make it Center of Kingsport will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to the games. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church. The updates flow into a central feed, accessible at, making it easy for fans from area schools to

follow the action from just one team - or several all at once. Guests can choose from delicious vegetable beef or vegetarian with cornbread, chicken salad croissants “This is asoup wonderful opportunity for fans to follow theirwith team and other games in real time,’’ said Times-News Content and Audience managerand Diana Meredith. “You can use your desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone to get updated chips, soup Development beans with cornbread a selection of baked actionincluding and scores on gamesbreads, in our cakes, area.’’ pies and more. goods homemade

Tweeters are currently being recruited for basketball and other winter sports for the 2016-2017 season. There is a specific The popular soup will also be available for sale in quart jars. need for parents, students and persons interested in sharing boys and girls basketball updates for Dobyns-Bennett, Sullivan North, Sullivan South, Sullivan East, Cherokee, Volunteer, David Crockett, Daniel Boone, Rye Cove, Twin Springs, Don’t haveCentral-Wise, time for lunch? Takeout is also available. The Times-News covers the cost of admission, via either a pass or ticket Eastside, Lee High and Castlewood. reimbursement, for its tweet team members. The Shepherd Center of Kingsport is a non-profit United Way agency provides programs and Twitter servicesaccount. that enable older are already in place for all area schools. All you need is a cell And itthat doesn’t require a personal Accounts phone. you can text, you can tweet.inWe can’t possibly every night, but through Sports Live program, adults to If live safely and independently their own everywhere Monday through Thursday, and by the appointment in the afternoons you can help share your team’s story. or on Friday. The Shepherd Center of Kingsport is located at 132 West To learn more, contact Carmen Musick at 423-723-1435. Or email us at Sevier Avenue, Suite 3. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to noon, For more information, call the Shepherd Center: 423-392-4514.

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A Walk in the Woods Submitted by Andy Kraus The bridge to Laurel Falls in Hampton, Tenn., is the gateway to a winter wonderland filled with beautiful scenery like the blue sky behind the icy falls. We asked readers to share their “Snowy Weekend’ photos. Many of them are featured in today’s edition. They can all be seen online at TimesNews.Net

First Snow Submitted by Shannon Benton The first snow of 2017 has only added to the beauty of our lovely Church Hill community.

Snowy Weekend Frozen Submitted by Kristie Lindsey A snow-covered swing sits in frozen silence, an unusual but peaceful sight at Laurel Run P ark.


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Bonnie Brumit Scholarship Submitted by Bob Robinson

The Royal Treatment Submitted by Tinea Payne

Olivia Reed and Glenda Smathers, Mary Kay representatives, brought the royal treatment to residents at Morning Pointe of Greeneville. Scrubs and facials were on the Monique Henry of Sullivan County, a nursing student at the Tennessee College of schedule at the assisted living community, as the ladies spent an hour giving the seniors Applied Technology, received the 2016 Bonnie Brumit Scholarship. Presenting the the spa treatment. After their session, the representatives dolled up their “clients’” faces $1,000 academic scholarship was (from left) Melissa Price, RN, nursing instructor, with a makeover to remember. Residents Frances Brown, Margaret Jennings, Gladys with Henry and Kacie Hauldren, RN, director of the practical nursing program at TCAT Renner and Mary Neas paused for a photo when they received the spa treatment and Elizabethton. A Licensed Practical Nurse in the first graduating class at the former makeovers. Carter County Memorial Hospital in 1961, Bonnie left an endowment to instill in future nursing graduates at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology her passion to provide the loving care that she did for her patients.

Sailor of the Day Submitted by Rick Burke Navy Office of Community Outreach Petty Officer 3rd Class Jackson Wise, from Bristol, Tenn., receives the Sailor of the Day award from commanding officer Capt. Greg Huffman and Command Master Chief Benjamin Rushing aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). A nuclear-powered supercarrier, John C. Stennis is underway to conduct routine training in the 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander P. Akre.

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Gatlinburg Fire Recovery Submitted by Tammy Baumgardner Thanks to the generosity of Food City, their customers, associates, vendor, media and NASCAR partners, checks totaling $750,000 were presented to the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund and the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Gatlinburg Relief Fund. “Our company has been privileged to operate in the Sevier County/Gatlinburg area for more than 30 years and we certainly want to do everything possible to help our friends and neighbors recover from this devastating disaster,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City President/CEO. Food City designated $500,000 to benefit the Gatlinburg Relief Fund (top left). There for the presentation were (from left) Steve Trout, Food City District Manager; Mickey Blazer, Food City Executive VP of Operations, Knoxville/Chattanooga Division; Larry Waters, Mayor of Sevier County; Mike Werner, Mayor of Gatlinburg; Steve Smith, Food City President/CEO; and Junior Watson, Food City Gatlinburg Store Manager. The remaining $250,000 was directed to the My People Fund (top right). There for the presentation were (from left) Trout, Dollywood Foundation Executive Director Jeff Conyers, Blazer, Watson and Smith. “Over the past month, we’ve received a tremendous outpouring of support - literally from around the Nation. Words fail to be able to adequately express our sincere appreciation to our customers, associates, vendor, media and NASCAR partners for their extreme generosity and passionate response in making this donation possible,“ said Smith.

Community of the Year Submitted by Tinea Payne Independent Healthcare Properties (IHP) and Morning Pointe Senior Living presented the annual corporate leadership awards to five of its assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care communities for exemplifying a unique dedication to residents and their families. Morning Pointe of Greeneville, Tenn. was named 2016’s “Community of the Year” for overall leadership in providing quality senior care. Delora Bibb, executive director at Morning Pointe of Greeneville, and other honorees received a plaque and a trip to Chattanooga to be recognized.

Warm Winnings Submitted by Chelsey Bishop For the first time in years, staying warm this winter won’t be difficult for Piney Flats homeowners Mickey and Kimberly Beal. During freezing cold temperatures, Mickey Beal used to go outside to chip ice off of his outdoor heat pump unit in order for it to work. This year, Kimberly saw an ad on Facebook announcing Leinbach Services’ third annual heat pump giveaway. She decided to enter. On the evening of Nov. 22, Kimberly received a phone call informing her that she was one of four finalists. Initially skeptical, she continued with the process to stay entered to win because the family really needed a new heat pump. Then, the Beals watched the Leinbach Service truck pull up to deliver a brand new heat pump. Kimberly was handed a bouquet of fall flowers and Michael held the giant certificate declaring them as winners of the 2016 heat pump giveaway. Kimberly raved about how the process, from start to finish, went for them on Facebook. “Leinbach Services Inc. installed our new, FREE heat pump last week! We are so very thankful to have won this!! What a wonderful blessing these people have been.”

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All Smiles Submitted by Jeremy Hutson

Sleddding Fun Submitted by Lisa Castle

You can tell by the smile on his face that Carsten Hutson is enjoying the snow in Kingsport.

Recipe for Fun

My son, Coby Castle of Indian Springs and some friends had a lot of fun on Saturday, Jan. 7, sledding at Warriors’ Path State Park, while I enjoyed the giggles and smiles of children and parents all around as families made awesome memories together! What a great way to spend the weekend!

Hmmm, Tasty Submitted by Karen Ballard My grandson, Jaxon Hale, had a blast playing out in the recent snow. Like any 3-year-old, he had to taste the snow!

Submitted by Audrey Walls Audrey and Dillon Walls found the recipe for a great day ~ sledding in the snow followed by some hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day in Rogersville.

Having a Ball Submitted by Hope Rogers Three-year-old Lillian had a ‘ball’ with the first snowfall of 2017.

Snow Bro Submitted by Halie Cassidy This, my friend, is called snow.

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