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Picking the right shaft is a complex process Golf club shafts are probably the most important piece of equipment a golfer can choose. Picking the right shaft is a complex process that should involve a club fitting professional. Golfers will spend an enormous amount of time and money choosing drivers, hybrids and irons. But they will choose the shafts in those clubs with very little thought or effort in researching the best options for their swing. Everyone knows about flex: senior, lady, regular, stiff, extra stiff. This basic description is primarily based on the speed of the player’s swing. However, just as important is the length of the shaft, which is based on the height of the player. A shaft that is too short will force the player to change their stance and swing plane. A shaft that is too long will also change the stance and swing plane. This also changes the level of the club and makes the club more toe-up or toe-down. Another key factor is the kick point of the shaft. A low kick point will have a completely different effect on the shot as a shaft with a mid or high kick point. The kick point is also based on the speed of the swing and the consis-
tency of the swing. A longer, more consistent swing will benefit from a different kick point than a more choppy quicker swing. So next time you are thinking about buying a new set of clubs, spend the time and money to go through the fitting process. It will be well worth the effort to get the right shaft for your swing. This monthly article will focus on various topics in On the the coming year related to the rules of the game and course tips to help you play better. Questions about the game with Scott and rules can be emailed to email@example.com to be Handback addressed in future columns. Scott Handback is the General Manager at Tri Cities Golf Club in Bristol. He has spent much of his career in private clubs and has managed all functions related to private clubs. Scott is in the PGA program to become a certified golf professional and has been a certified tennis professional for most of his career. He played on the Tear Drop and Powerbilt Golf Professional Mini-Tours and has coached over 200 NCAA Division I Collegiate Athletes in his career.
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London’s Lofts: Thoughtful Downtown Living London’s Lofts marks the beginning of urban allure to downtown Johnson City, TN. A short walk to many local eateries and watering holes, the new Founders Park, Northeast State, brand new Tweetsie Trail and many other new and upcoming projects that will continue to draw in residents. London’s Lofts will provide upscale amenities and all the conveniences the urban renter desires. Johnson City’s most thoughtful, character-laden, soul-enriching downtown living spot. We took a 100-year old building and lovingly restored it, leaving the wonderful things you love like exposed brick, 100 year old beams and heart pine flooring while bringing you thoughtful touches like indoor bicycle storage, rooftop deck, walk-in showers and an open, inviting layout. Built in 1920, her structure and style has stood the test of time. This graceful lady has seen the heyday of downtown Johnson City, the sleepy years and now - the rebirth. She is in the midst of some fine-tuning on the out-
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Fall is in the air at Corner Nest Johnny and June’s Vintage Boutique Elizabethton, TN. --- Johnny and June’s Vintage Boutique has joined the latest vendors at Corner Nest Antique Mall. With a passion for vintage style and a creative eye, the husband-wife team has expanded their little shop into a fun and funky booth on the second floor. “Corner Nest Antique Mall was an excellent choice as an extension of our downtown location,” said Jennie Kodak, owner of Johnny and June’s. “Robin and her staff are really supportive of other small businesses and we felt this was a great opportunity to support each other.” Since their booth is a mini replica of the shop you will find some similar items and some oneof-a-kind pieces. They focus on vintage, repurposed, and unique finds. Many items are handcrafted in their workshop at the downtown location and they travel often for unique pieces to add to the collection. “We are excited to work with other local businesses and in doing so bring more business to Elizabethton. Corner Nest has such a
variety, and we are thrilled to be added to the list of craftsman and collectors.” While Jonny and June’s represent the newest vendors to Corner Nest, Bo and Bridget Carr represent the veterans. “We’ve been with Corner Nest Antique Mall when Robin was located in the house across the street 5 or 6 years ago and we followed her when she moved,” Bo explains. “When I was a kid I use to go to auctions with my grandma and grandpa and later in life I became an auctioneer. We always had excess stuff so really being at Corner Nest enables us to #1 dis-
play the items and sell them cheap and #2 it also serves as a form of storage.” Because of their concession business, Bo and his wife have the opportunity to travel throughout the year across the country to several festivals, fairs and events and many times that opportunity leads them to find items for their displays at the Corner Nest Antique Mall. “We have been able to develop special relationships and many times we discover items in other parts of the country that have caught on here yet. We bring those items back and introduce them in Elizabethton,” Bo said. “We recently met a couple from China
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First Annual October Horror Film Awards By: Toby Laek, Producer, Daytime Tri-Cities Leaves are falling, temperatures are cooling, and we’ve reached October - the season of the horror film. Countless articles, dissertations, and theses have been written about the psychology that attracts us to horror films. One study even concluded that the adrenaline pumping terror of a good horror movie can help burn up to 200 calories. So, in essence, if you have a film snack while you’re watching a horror film, you’ll come out even – so enjoy those Junior Mints. In this column, in an effort to help guide you to some good horror films to enjoy this October, I’ll unveil my first ever Horror Film Awards. Best Horror Film Franchise – Halloween I know that there are lots of Friday the 13th, Saw, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream fans out there, but as far as horror franchises go, it doesn’t get much better than Halloween. When John Carpenter’s Halloween first hit theaters in 1978, it wrote the rulebook that pretty much all slasher films, for better or for worse, followed from then on. Not only did it come first, but it pretty much did it best. From the script (which, unlike most of these types of films, actually portrays realistic interactions between relatable high school students) to the impeccable direction (the subtle way that the shots are framed adds to the already palpable suspense), to the acting, the original Halloween is a cut about the rest of the genre by a significant margin. While the sequels pale in comparison, they all have something of value to offer (even the 6th entry, which is a cinematic mess, introduced the world to one of our more likeable current stars, Paul Rudd). The Rob Zombie remake and its sequel can and should be skipped. Best Found Footage Film – The Sacrament Much like 3D, “found footage” is a technique that has been used to great success (The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield…), has been used to lesser results (The Last Exorcism, Apollo 18…) and at this point has just plain been overused. That
as providing the most immediate influences – Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Bob Clark’s Black Christmas. Black The Town That Dreaded Sundown Christmas is a Canadianbased slasher doesn’t mean that premiered that there’s in 1974, four no merit in years prior to this form of Carpenter’s storytelling, Halloween. though. The Much like newly released Halloween, it independent wisely eschews film, The SacThe gore and brurament, baSacrament tality for sussically tells pense. The the story of story is pretty barebones an unseen Jim Jones’ Jonestown, but in modern times as though it’s being shot for a intruder climbs up the lattice of a sodocumentary. The slow build to the rority house, sets up shop in the attic, extremely tense final act gives viewers and periodically comes out to terrorize time to become invested in the charac- the residents. It’s criminally underters so that when the meltdown actu- seen and once you’ve seen ally happens, you’re rooting for them it, you can see where it’s to make it out alive. The immediacy influenced countless films of the ‘found footage’ effect enhances that have come since. the chaos and pulls you into the film The only thing that I can in a way that just watching this stuff hold against it is that it happen in the standard third person inspired a terrible remake that takes everything that viewpoint wouldn’t. Best Non-Halloween Holiday- made the original so good Themed Horror Film – Black and throws them out the Christmas When John Carpenter was window. Piece of holiday making Halloween, he cited two films trivia: Black Christmas
Black Christmas director Bob Clark actually returned to the holiday well, with an altogether different tone, and made the timeless classic, A Christmas Story. Best So-Bad-It’s-Good Horror Film – The Town That Dreaded Sundown Here’s yet another film that’s in line for an upcoming remake/ updating, but this one actually peaks my interest due to the fact that the original isn’t a classic in any sense so there’s plenty to improve on. The Town That Dreaded Sundown is based on the
real life, unsolved case of the Texarkana Phantom, a serial killer a lurked in the streets in a small town in Arkansas in the 40’s. The film has some legitimately creepy scenes (one involving a trombone comes to mind), but in the midst of the dark subject matter, there is a thread of unfunny slapstick humor that grinds any and all momentum to a halt. The acting is pretty terrible, but in a way that provides more laughs than any of the intentional humor, so it’s got that going for it.
Looking at both sides of the coin BY ROBERT KOSTREVA
You win some, you lose some. One can learn from both, in sports and life. I heard a preacher once say “movement wins.” Indeed! Sometimes we seize a moment with memorable movement. . .and win even when we lose. Tuesday night’s (Sept. 16) soccer match between ETSU and Florida International could be seen as such. Storyline before opening whistle read new coach vs former coach, Bucs opposing Panthers. Scott Calabrese had players on both sides. His “State of Franklin State” Bucs won a couple A-Sun championships and those NCAA bids afforded him the opportunity to “move”. . .to Miami nice. . .to Conference USA where teams like Kentucky and South Carolina call home. Odd as that sounds, football reigns high “in the land of cotton.” So look away says the Southeastern
Conference to the “other futbol”. So be it. Meanwhile lads leaning the way of “Pelota” promise felt the presence of coaching past while following anew the instructive voice of Bo Oshoniyi . Background impressive with personality to boot, the new coach knows the Calabrese connection made for a special occasion. The team captains are shown both sides of the coin, the opening kick a starter to whose movement wins. Florida International swiftly
“Earth Fare” feeds inspiration while 15 minutes of energy drink produce a free kick just outside the Panther penalty box. Joao Romalho (get to know that name) is ready, willing, and able. The “blast” Photo by Dakota Hamilton/ETSU Athletics (no, not the cannon) off takes the lead. Quentin Albrecht’s breakaway goal at minute num- his right foot is straight on perfecber four and the very fine grass at tion that the net receives as glorious Summers-Taylor pitch have the equalizer. Boom-Smoke-the special “beach” Panthers in another world. effects picture one-one at intermisBut the Buccaneers (metaphorically sion. David Lilly, now historic asout of element) have an answer. sistant to both coaches is Scotland
independent and united in ETSU strategic purpose. A toast will be lifted later. The turf absorbs tough tumbling as 2nd half desires clash. Both teams want this win. That’s the look and spirit. The Bucs weather Panther foot skill with progressive give and take. Decent chances aside, overtime looms until just inside 8 minutes. From grassy knoll, General Bradley and I witness a right wing assault. The Brazilian Buc Romalho produces a penetrating cross that reaches Nordstrom the Swede then meets the foot of freshman Cory Saeurwine. This sub of subs provides the finish with just 7:29 on the clock. The moment is seized. The home crowd is joyed The fans (they will increase) exit satisfied but the squads remain. Post-game coaching is in evidential view, Bucs circled, Panthers resting by bench. There’s a quiet calm. Calabrese and Oshoniyi are feeling the vibe, ready to pass it on to the players. Both sides of the coin picture the win-win of this early fall encounter.
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35th Annual Christmas Connection Celebrates Arts and Crafts in Kingsport the weekend of November 7, 8, and 9th at the Civic Auditorium. WHEN: (Fri/Sat/Sun) November 7, 8, 9, 2014 WHERE: Kingsport Civic Auditorium 1550 Fort Henry Dr. Kingsport, Tennessee COST: Free Admission! www.EngageKingsport.com (423) 392-8415 Kingsport, TN------ Kingsport’s Christmas Connection, an event sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, is celebrating 35 years of arts and crafts. This year’s arts and crafts show will be Friday November 7, Saturday, November 8 and Sunday November 9th at the Civic Auditorium located on Fort Henry Drive next to Dobyns-Bennett High School. The dates/hours are as follows: Friday November 7, 2014 Saturday November 8, 2014 Sunday November 9, 2014
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The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is proud to present the musical Nanyehi: Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, its Tennessee debut, in mid-October 2014 at the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre in Kingsport in collaboration with the Kingsport Theatre Guild. Reserved seat tickets are $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors (Over 50) and Students, $8 Children. Book now at www.EngageKingsport.com or call (423) 392-8414 Performances held at the Kingsport Renaissance Center Theatre 1200 E. Center Street | Kingsport, TN 37660 | 423-392-8414 Fri Sat Sun Fri Sat
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Christmas Connection has been around for 35 years because it is a charming old-fashion festival hosting the region’s best arts and crafts vendors. The Civic Auditorium will be filled with Holiday wreaths & floral arrangements, primitive & country crafts, Christmas ornaments, pottery, stained glass, woodcrafts, handmade soaps and lotions, fabric crafts, needlework, doll clothing, true-to-life baby dolls, jewelry, dichroic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, leather crafts, baskets, paintings, figurines, candles, baked goods, and much more! This year, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books – a truly unique item for anyone in your family. Look for them in the Civic’s West Room. Also joining us this year are the artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center. Make sure to stop in the Civic’s History Room and check out their beautiful crafts. Along with the artists and crafters in the Main Hall all rooms on the east side of the facility will be filled to capacity. A bake sale at the entry of the building will feature everything from breads, and cookies to slices of cake and whole cakes and pies and the famous pumpkin rolls. Patrons wishing to purchase any baked goods are urged to come early because these items don’t last long, especially the pumpkin rolls. Outside, patrons will find that sweet and salty treat, kettle corn, being made fresh all day. And festive funnel cakes will also be available for purchase at the parking lot entrance. The holiday show is free and open to the public. The Holidays are fast approaching and this is an excellent opportunity to grab some holiday cheer, support master craftsmen and find unique gifts and treasures. Shoppers can spend the day shopping inside; out of the weather and amongst quality arts and crafts. The Christmas Connection Café has concessions to enjoy, including mouthwatering homemade soups & cornbread, and favorites like chili, hot dogs, and nachos. Shoppers won’t have to lose their parking spot to eat elsewhere. Come visit the Christmas Connection. For more information or directions to the Christmas Connection, please call 423-3928415.
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Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Kingsport Theatre Guild to produce Nanyehi: Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, a musical about a Cherokee woman named Nanyehi, one of the most important Women in American History! They will present it at the Renaissance Arts Center Theatre October 10-18, 2014.
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Nanyehi is a two-act musical with 17 songs brought to you by Grammy Award nominated songwriter, Becky Hobbs and co-playwright, Nick Sweet, based on the life of Becky's 5th-great grandmother, Nancy Ward, who was first honored as a Cherokee warrior, then as a peace maker in the 1700's. She was first named Nanyehi, and later known as Nancy Ward. Nanyehi means, "she who walks among the spirit people." On the day she was born, a white wolf appeared on the horizon. This was very significant to the Cherokee people, as "white" was the color that symbolized "peace," and Nanyehi was born into the Wolf Clan, one of the most prominent of the seven Cherokee clans. She was born in approximately 1738, in Chota, the capital of the Cherokee
Nation, in an area that is now eastern Tennessee. Enormous changes took place during her lifetime, she died in 1822. Hobbs said she hoped to inspire and make a difference with people after they watched the production. “There are a lot of people who have given up hope today and especially young people,” she said. “We look around and they’re living in a virtual world. I want to inspire people to do better to make this world a better place.” In 1776, after the illegal sale of lands in Tennessee, Ward’s cousin, Dragging Canoe, organized a series of attacks against white settlers. However, Ward sent runners to warn the whites of the approaching attacks. Dragging Canoe was wounded and three of the attacks were unsuccessful. “That Nanyehi could be such a strong woman back then when woman weren’t considered important, just shows that in the Indian culture they were” said Hobbs Highlights from the musical include the Battle of Taliwa, a Cherokee marriage ceremony and Ward saving the life of a white settler and a stickball game. The two-act production also includes several dance numbers and songs such as Song of the Nunnehi or spirit people, Pass the Whiskey, This Land is Not Our Land and There Will Be Blood. Cherokee Nation citizen Jenna Stocks choreographed the dances. “The songs are really contemporary and they use contemporary instruments, so the dancing has been more contemporary and less traditional,” Jenna Stocks said. “It’s a very meaningful play. It’s meaningful to the Cherokee Nation because she was a strong leader, and so I think it’s very touching”. Hobbs came up with the idea of telling Ward’s story via a musical after writing some of the songs now in the production in the 1990s. It was after meeting Nick Sweet, who directed the Cherokee Heritage Center’s Trail of Tears drama that the musical “Nanyehi, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee” was set into motion. Today, the production contains 17 songs. Hobbs is best known for writing Angels Among Us, recorded by Alabama, as well as writing and recording her hits, Jones on the Jukebox and Honky Tonk Saturday Night. Her co-writer, Sweet, is a freelance stage director who has directed more than 100 productions, including the historical outdoor drama Trail of Tears in 2002. For “Nanyehi,” Sweet directs the musical production and Hobbs serves as musical director. Other characters included Dragging Canoe, Ward’s mother, Tenia; Cherokee chiefs Attakullakulla and Oconastota; Ward’s first husband, Kingfisher; and second husband, Bryant Ward as well as Ward’s friend Sequina. "Becky Hobbs's and Nick Sweet's interpretive story of Nanyehi is a world-class musical production. As one of her descendants, the story of Nancy Ward is both inspirational and deeply personal to me. The stirring compositions, riveting dialogue and modern choreography make this a must-see piece of musical theater. Cherokee Nation history enthusiasts and theater fans will be mesmerized with Becky's wonderful creation." ---Bill John Baker, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief "NANYEHI is a powerful, sweeping saga told in achingly personal terms. Nashville performer and songwriter Becky Hobbs has long been able to turn a phrase and evoke an emotion with the best of her peers; collaborating here with veteran stage director Nick Sweet, her songs propel a real-world story that reverberates with wisdom. feeling, and shared humanity." ---John Wooley, author of SHOT IN OKLAHOMA and FROM THE BLUE DEVILS TO RED DIRT: THE COLORS OF OKLAHOMA MUSIC "Every aspect of this production, from the quality of the performers, most of them local, to the structure and dialogue of each scene, to the beauty of the music, is spectacular... I have never cared so deeply or shed so many tears for characters in a play... this musical deserves a permanent place in the hall of fame of American creative productions." ---Stanley A. Rice, Professor of Biological Sciences, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant
Teen murder, haunting issues focus of documentary to screen at ETSU
teenage crime and punishment. Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at ETSU will present Valentine Road with filmmaker Marta Cunningham as part of South Arts’ Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Martha Street Culp Auditorium. After the free film, producer and director Cunningham will engage the audience in a discussion. A reception with the filmmaker will follow the Q&A session. At the screening, the School of the Arts will provide a “Memory Board” where viewers can write and post personal ex-
periences with bullying, violence, marginalization and gender or hate crimes. The story is difficult, says Anita DeAngelis, director of Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. “It’s really about learning to accept one another and fear of change and the unknown,” DeAngelis says. The film, which premiered on HBO, has been called ‘haunting and heartfelt” and “moving and infuriating” by critics. For information, go to www.etsu. edu/martin or call 423-439-8587.
They have a long history of making powerful, beautiful music. – filmmaker Stanley Nelson
The Newsweek magazine headline read: “Young, Gay and Murdered.” At the height of the bullying scandal that rocked the U.S. in 2008, a 15-year-old boy named Lawrence “Larry” King asked another boy to be his valentine in a suburban schoolyard in California. The next day Larry was dead, shot by his 14-year-old crush Brandon McInerney. The documentary Valentine Road looks deeply into the homophobia, sexism, racism and class-struggle that affect everyday American life – and reveals an American justice system unprepared to deal with
Sweet&significant A cappella ensemble weaves ‘complex journey’
For information, visit www.etsu.edu/martin or call 423.439.8587.
In 1973, four women from the Black Repertory Theater Company in Washington, D.C., formed an all-female a cappella vocal ensemble they named for their first song, Sweet Honey in the Rock, from Psalm 81. Since then, the group has toured the world, cut two dozen albums, sung at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln and Kennedy centers and has been the subject of a PBS American Masters documentary. Sweet Honey in the Rock will bring its unique mixture of a cappella four-part harmony, African-American cultural roots and American Sign Language interpretation to ETSU’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. “They have a long history of making powerful, beautiful music,” filmmaker Stanley Nelson, producer/director of the documentary Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice, said. “Sweet Honey in the Rock is a group of very potent, talented, outspoken women who give their all at every concert. While they call on the broad traditions of African-American music, they’re constantly evolving, developing new music that speaks to today’s issues. It’s a powerful mix.” Sweet Honey weaves a “complex journey of celebration and struggle rooted in the history of the African-American legacy,” says Allmusic.com. Their performances have been called “transforming,” “magnificent,” “awe-inspiring” and “breathtaking” by reviewers, transporting audiences on an adventure in blues, African, jazz, gospel and R&B music and a very interpersonal type of “community” singing. “Sweet Honey has become the surrogate conscience of the United States in that her songs will not let us rest while there is still work to be done,” says American Masters. Tickets for the ETSU performance will be $5 students, $20 seniors 60+ and $25 general.
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Ambrosound offers staging, sound and lighting for event of all size. Let them take the worry out of your next event! Talk about starting a career early, Todd Ambrose, Owner and President of Ambrosound, began his first job by starting his own mobile D.J. Company at the ripe old age of 13! And, he’s been in the entertainment business ever since. Ambrose provides concert sound and lighting for any format artists and groups. Concerts and Festivals, Indoor and Outdoor Venues. Ambrosound travels all over the Southeastern United States providing sound and lighting support. Extremely competitive rates. Ambrose has worked in the radio-music-sound industry for 34 years and has a wide variety of music label contacts which can also be helpful in providing artists for your events. “I can remember the first Apple Festival I worked which at the time was called Old Joe Clark Days. The festival was contained in one block and the stage was in front of the courthouse. My, how that festival has changed,” he says with a chuckle. Churches, Schools, Funeral Homes, and Corporations are also discovering Ambrosound’s professional and affordable installations are the ultimate multimedia difference. Systems don’t have to be ridiculously expensive. Ambrosound’s consultants can give you a variety of name brand options at affordable rates.
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Todd Ambrose Owner of Ambrosound running sound at 2013 CMA Music Fest Chevy Roadhouse Stage.
Of Mudd, Zapp, Trina, Young Gunz, Mims, Shop Boyz, Crime Mob, Lloyd, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Rhonda Vincent, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Bobby Rush and Snoop! Ambrose explains that his company just participated in the CMA Music Festival in Nashville providing stage, sound and lighting on the Chevy Road Home stage. But he also works a lot of smaller events with local companies. “You could say we are multifaceted. We would love to be involved more with local events and festivals. We can literally come in and provide the audio, lighting, staging, book the food vendors and provide the tents for your event. With us, we are a turn-key deal and we taking the worries out of planning an event,” Ambrose said. Ambrosound is also involved in many audio/video projects taking churches, schools, and corporations into the digital world. “We are dependable, affordable and you can count on us for service after the sale. We meet every need and we can work with any budget. We listen to what you tell us what your needs are and we try to provide the last sound system you’ll ever need.” Lock down the premier touring sound company in the Southeastern U.S. for your next show or concert needs. Or if you are interested in upgrading your church’s school or company’s sound system, call Todd Ambrose at 423-9140571. His quote and consultation is free.
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American energy production can lower costs, create jobs energy production. This packWe should pause to age, the American Energy say a prayer for the men Solutions for Lower Costs and and women who serve More American Jobs Act, inoverseas and put their cludes fourteen energy bills lives on the line to protect and will help create jobs, lower the freedoms we enjoy the cost of energy for hardas Americans. Regardworking families and reduce less of our views of what our dependency on foreign is occurring, we all hope Congressman oil. The House has previously our service members Phil Roe acted on all these bills indiwill return safely to their vidually, but they are sitting with Harry families. Amid the chaos in the Middle East, Reid in the Senate collecting dust because President Obama discussed his adminis- the Senate refuses to act. This bill would tration’s efforts on climate change at a address energy production in three imporUnited Nations meeting earlier this week. tant ways. First, the package modernizes energy For the past six years, this administration has engaged in aggressive efforts to infrastructure by ensuring the Keystone implement a cap-and-tax carbon emis- pipeline moves forward. It also reforms sions control system, end coal production the permitting process for natural gas and usage by regulation, and slow down pipelines so that all licenses, approvals oil production and transport applications, and permits required under federal law including the Keystone XL pipeline. Clear- are considered in a timely fashion. Addily, the administration has made a divisive tionally, it creates a new approval process agenda their priority instead of ensuring for oil and gas pipelines that cross our we have an abundance of American en- borders into Canada or Mexico. Next, the bill targets the Environergy in an increasingly unstable world. We need domestic energy for both mental Protection Agency’s war on coal. our national and economic security. Just It would prohibit the EPA from finalizing last week, the House passed a compre- rules related to energy that would cost hensive, all-of-the-above energy package more than $1 billion to implement. It also aimed at encouraging North American ensures that any new rules put forward by
the EPA relating to power plants are attainable with current technology, ensuring that the economy doesn’t suffer when companies can’t meet unrealistic goals. Finally, the bill opens up the energy resources—both fossil fuels and renewables—we have right here at home by requiring the administration to move forward with new offshore energy production. The Obama Administration has held up leases that have been otherwise approved, causing uncertainty and frustration. This bill would provide clarity to energy producers while also ensuring no administration can stop production for political reasons in the future. The bill also provides expedited approval for natural gas exports to World Trade Organization countries. This package is just one example of the steps the House is taking to promote jobs and reduce our dependency on foreign oil. I am hopeful that the bipartisan support behind these bills in the past and the comprehensive nature of this measure will finally push the Senate to act. Now is the time to unleash North American energy and lower costs for the American people. Please rest assured I will continue to support legislation to move us toward a true all-of-the-above energy policy that will help lower costs and create jobs.
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it about how society Years and years sees you? In reality it is ago the term pursuit about the real things in of happiness had a life, money is not real whole different meanif you don’t believe me ing than today. For exset fire to a dollar and ample, when the first watch it disappear in settlers came over to ash, houses are not real what is now known as they can be pulled away America they wanted by some rich bank, so freedom that’s where what is real today and they found happiness, what is real happiness. mostly freedom to be TIM SIMPSON One time happiness able to worship or live in the manner they saw fit, not the was spending the day with your famway other would tell them to live. ily at a lake and eating fried chicken They wanted to be with their families together watching the kids splash and friends and have grounds that around in the water, but today we they could grow their crops on and have to spend an obscene amount raise healthy ;livestock with a peace of money to take our family to a of mind that no one could just come theme park were we come out even and take it from them, however they more tired and broke than when we were met with resistance and we all go in and we call that a vacation, it’s time we as a society got our perknow how that turned out. Today it is a different world, at spectives back and enjoyed the real one time politians were a part of the things in life like spending time people and now their pampered lives with mom and dad before they are prevent them from seeing common gone, or spending time with are folks like you and me as they are, kids before they are grown, this is they now only see the “commoners;” what’s real in life, the movie star as their “advisors tell them they are,” or singer that you idolize will grow they live in grand houses that we pay old and die but things like family for, and they are paid to make our and friends will live on forever even decisions for us and we have come to after your gone your children will have these same values to pass along accept that fact as our way of life. In today’s world we have movie to their children, in which case you stars that can get a way murder when and I will live on forever just someat one time in a different America thing to ponder. Tim Simpson is the author of “A life those type of scandals would not be excepted and any type of scandal worth living/ a true journey of faith, would ruin an actors career, the a true story of the life of Tim Simpvalues of our time has diminished son from his journey, from his roots as much as the meaning of happi- in Johnson City, TN to Michigan and ness has, today if a person happens back including all of the struggles of to have a TV show or a movie career life from drinking alcohol to thoughts of suicide to redemption and salvathen they are worshipped by people tion, to preaching the word all over all over the world only making those Michigan. Now Tim has written and people much richer while we get published two novels and one chilpoorer trying to pay for a single con- dren book all are available online cert or movie ticket. and from Tim Simpson direct at: The Pursuit of Happiness, what http://authortimsimpson.weebly. is it really? Is it about money? Or is com
2nd Annual Socktober Campaign brings new socks to the homeless For the second year in a row, October becomes “Socktober” in order to bring new socks in all sizes to the homeless in Johnson City. MarketingMel is teaming up with several local businesses to collect new socks in all sizes that will be given to United Way of Washington County, TN for distribution to agencies that serve the homeless. “Now that the weather is turning cooler, everyone can relate to needing a nice, warm pair of socks,” said Mary Ellen Miller, Founder of communications firm MarketingMel. “YouTube’s Kid President promotes a nationwide campaign to donate socks to the homeless in local communities. Thanks to the generous support of people and businesses in our community we surpassed our goal last year of 500 pairs of new socks and this year our goal is 750 pairs. That’s enough for every homeless child in the Johnson City schools plus some extras for their family members.” Johnson City Schools Homeless coordinator Bonnie White said the sock donations are vital necessities. “With more than 700 homeless children in the Johnson City schools alone, socks of all sizes are very appreciated,” White said. MarketingMel along with Summit Leadership Foundation, Spine & Sports Chiropractic and Appearances Hair Salon and the Johnson City Morning Rotary (at Johnson City Country Club) are Socktober sponsors. This year many great drop off locations are participating including: Appearances Hair Salon, Cumberland Marketing, Exalt Academy of Cosmetology, First Tennessee Bank, Johnson City Country Club, Spine & Sports Chiropractic, Summit Leadership Foundation, Tri-City Community Bank and Princeton Arts Center. For additional information, visit www.marketingmel. com and check the hashtag #Socktober.
Sarah Kinsler of Cumberland Marketing, Mary Ellen Miller of MarketingMel and Emma Brock with Nestlé Purina show off new socks like those they are contributing to #Socktober.
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“It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” No, it is not time for Christmas, snow, packages, and bows. But it is time for some awe-inspiring fall running. Fall and spring are both great seasons to find reasons to run or walk. Cool, crisp weather enhances the senses and falling in love with running all over again is what fall and autumn conditions bring out in most runners. Look for opportunities to run; do not look for excuses to put it off. Be ready to challenge yourself. I have never lied – running is not easy, but it is something everyone can do. If you are a loner, then run alone. If
you need others around you for motivation, then find a partner or running club. If you did a Google search for Suzy races in the tri-cities, you will find hundreds of opportunities to run any length you wish. If exercise and effort were easy, everyone would be doing it. And while running seems to be the new craze, not everyone is doing it ! My advice – do not hold back.
Just run and see where it takes you. The terrains to choose from are limitless. Roads, trails, hills, grass, track & field, don’t rule Cloyd anything out. Try it all and see what works for you. While you are picking and choosing your favorite running experience, enjoy the fall weather, beautiful leaves, vibrant colors, and the surroundings in North East Tennessee. One of my
favorite views during the fall season is coming down State of Franklin, from the Johnson City Medical Centre to ETSU. Looking out over the valley, the view of the mountains and foliage is just awesome. Not only do I thank God for my good health, I thank him for the bountiful, beautiful world that surrounds us in little ‘Ole Johnson City, Tennessee. It is the most wonderful time of the year. Take advantage of nature’s free art show, framed by roads, trails, and endless highways and run during this year’s fall season.
Former Johnson City Press City Editor pens first book What’s the cliché – If you remember the sixties, you probably didn’t participate in them. The remark doesn’t seem to apply to Brad Jolly’s Appalachian Idyll, a memoir of the sixties lifestyle arriving a bit belatedly in the mountains in the years 1968-75. The novella begins a couple of years before in the Deep South where the traditional college pastimes of beer and bourbon drinking and brawling still held sway, but already signs of times to come were appearing. The new psychedelic light behind the bar at the college dive was an example. Then it’s on to a mountain town that bears some resemblance to Johnson City . Some college students and dropouts have recently earned the distinction of being arrested in the area’s first drug raids, but otherwise life is going on as it always has. At the college, which bears some resemblance to East Tennessee State University, aged deans devote their time to weeding out faculty members and students with supposed radical views. Whatever is happening in the rest of the country can’t happen here, they vow. The main characters in Idyll retreat to the county, where the search for enlightenment is complicated by challenges like heating drafty farmhouses with wood stoves and hiding patches of illegal plants. It seems rather innocent in these days of exploding meth labs and school shootings, but in those days it was of great interest to the local authorities. Jolly catalogs distinctive people he encountered as a newspaper reporter, videographer, and, most oddly, a sort of late night disc jockey on a cable television station. It’s an odd assortment of people who come out at night, all with stories to tell. He remembers an unnamed factory town and a nearby unnamed city with the state line passing through its limits. And in each there are people trying to cope with change or trying to avoid it. He documents them effectively.
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Appalachian Idyll is compact and fast-moving and is a kind of time capsule from an intense period, or the view out the window of a fast-moving train. If you were there it will stir memories. If you weren’t it will tell you what it was like. The book is available on Amazon for $12.95. Search by author or title. It is also available at Mr. K’s Used Books, Book Lover’s Warehouse, the Shamrock, Sterling Auction Gallery and Antiques and Backdoor Records.
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E RWIN, TN. --- Phase two of the revitalization to the down business district here was completed recently just in time for the 37th annual Apple Festival October 3-4th. New paved streets, wider sidewalks and traffic lights were installed as well as new landscaping placed in front of the businesses. The unsightly telephone poles and overhead wiring is now underground. “It’s absolutely beautiful,” said John Hash, owner of Main Street Antique Mall. “I guess it was worth going through the construction phase after all.” “I think the new improvements will see many more people coming to our downtown,” added Tony Baker, owner of Baker’s Shoe Repair and Saddle Shop, located across the street from the Unicoi County Courthouse. “It truly is pedestrian friendly.” Business has already picked up at the local eateries like the Choo-Choo Café, says owner Brenda Hawley. “I just think it is absolutely wonderful! We now have one of the prettiest downtowns anywhere in our region.” So, take the time to make the short drive over to Erwin and spend some quality time [and money] with the friendly folks downtown.
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Concert Schedule Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville: Oct. 30 Eric Church Freedom Hall in Johnson City: Dec. 6 Diamond Rio Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville TN: Oct. 4 Wilson Phillips Oct. 7 Robert Cray Band Oct. 16 Huey Lewis and the News Oct. 28 Kenny Loggins Bijou Theatre in Knoxville: Oct. 23 David Sedaris Knoxville Civic Coliseum: Oct. 12 Five Finger Death and Punch & Volbeat Nov. 14 Little Big Town
Maryville, TN: Oct. 17-19 15th Annual Foothills Fall Festival with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Tim McGraw, Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, Sarah Darling and others Bridgestone Arena in Nashville: Oct. 10 Casting Crowns Oct. 15 Motley Crue & Alice Cooper Oct. 16 Paul McCartney Ryman Auditorium in Nashville: Oct. 1 Ian Anderson Oct. 4 Jerry Lee Lewis Oct. 10&11 Loretta Lynn Oct. 15 Josh Turner Oct. 17 Kip Moore Oct. 24-26 Jason Isbell Oct. 30 Drive By Truckers
U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC: Oct. 28 Kevin James Oct. 31 & Nov. 1 The Avett Brothers Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC: Nov. 20 Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Fillmore in Charlotte: Oct. 15 Nick Carter and Jordan Knight Harrah’s in Cherokee, NC: Oct. 18 George Lopez Oct. 24 Air Supply Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC: Oct. 9 Zac Brown Band
Performance Schedule Every Monday 7-9 p.m. Times, Dates and Artists subject to change
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Friday, October 3RD 8:00pm The Harris Brothers Saturday, October 4TH 8:00pm Motel Rodeo Wednesday, October 8TH 8:00pm Kristi and the Southeast Sisters Friday, October 10TH 8:00pm Hackensaw Boys Saturday, October 11TH 8:00pm Hector Quirko Sunday, October 12TH 8:00pm Billy Joe Shaver
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Art Studio Schedule • Paper Weaving: During October, try your hand at the art of paper weaving in honor of “Spinning and Weaving Week” - October 7-13. • Magical Mask Making: Unleash your creativity by designing a custom mask! Design a disguise worthy of frightening creepy creatures, camouflage for the animal kingdom, or masquerading with kings and queens! Special Events Tuesday, September 30th Sunday, October 12th Balloon-a-palooza! Up, up, and away we go with some air-mazing balloon experiments in honor of Balloons Around the World Day! Try out the skewer through a balloon trick, blow up a balloon with some household items, make a giant fingerprint balloon, send balloon rockets zooming, and listen to the fascinating sounds of screaming balloons. Program times are 10:00, 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 and are subject to change.
Friday, October 3rd , 7:00 - 9:00 pm Discovery After Dark The Science of Fermentation Discover Zymology, or the science of fermentation, during October’s Discovery After Dark! Taste test your favorite fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi, and find out why these foods are so good for you. Learn about the “magical health elixir,” kombucha, and try this ancient, live bacteria beverage. Make sure to grab a locally brewed beer as we explore the brewing process! $5 per person, ages 21 and older, cash bar. Tuesday, October 14th - Sunday,
November 2nd - Spooky Science It’s about to get a little bit spooky and slimy in the lab! Create some ooey-gooey, glow-in-the-dark silly putty, listen to the eerie sounds of screaming balloons, and watch ghostly, ghoulish gloves come alive. Program times are 10:00, 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 and are subject to change. Friday, October 31st, 5:00 - 7:00 pm - BOO!SEUM Join us for our spook-tacular, but not too scary, evening of fun! Hands On! is hosting its 3rd annual BOO!SEUM event which will include games, treats, science experiments, crafts, and more! Stop by anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm. Be sure to wear your most festive costume and bring your own trick-or-treat bag! Admission to BOO!SEUM is FREE for members, and $2 per person ages 3 and up for non-members. (***Please note this event contains small parts that may not suitable for children under 3 years of age and may also contain traces of nuts, soy, and chocolate. While supplies last.)
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Wednesday, October 15TH 8:00pm Anndrena Belcher Saturday, October 18TH 8:00pm David Mayfield Parade Sunday, October 19TH 11:00am David Mayfield Parade Thursday, October 23RD 8:00pm Downhill Strugglers/ Blue Ridge Entertainers Friday, October 24TH 8:00pm My New Favorites Wednesday, October 29TH 8:00pm Symphony Rags
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Women In Business: Bonnie Macdonald, Director of Kingsport’s Office of Culture Arts, has much on her plate BY RON SCALF, PUBLISHER
The gallery side will feature Fine Art and Fine Craft by several nationally-acclaimed artists and crafts people. The Flying Pig Kingsport, TN. --- If anyone is more “Out ‘N About” Studios will feature several exhibits and working artists. Finished than Bonnie Macdonald, this city’s Director of Culture animals, rounding boards, and bird paintings for the Carousel Arts, I’d like to know who that might be. Project will also be on display. The Gallery & Studios will be Nearing a decade of employment with the City of open Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 7 p.m. Kingsport, beginning her career as a part-time employMacdonald said the construction of the Carousel Roundee prior to years of volunteer work, Macdonald is charged house and the many other projects on the drawing board with overseeing dozens of events and spearheading the wouldn’t be possible without her dedicated staff, the Center’s rental activity at the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre on partners and the hundreds of volunteers who embrace getting East Center Street as well as connecting and engaging the involved in the arts. And, of course, all those who donate monpublic with the creative community. etarily to help keep the arts engine running. Moreover, she says, The Renaissance Center, a stoic and massive three story the support she receives from the city is second to none. brick building is home to the Senior Citizen Center, King“The City of Kingsport understands the value we obtain sport Art Guild, Kingsport Theatre Guild and Symphony of though presenting the arts that ultimately enhances our quality the Mountains. of live,” she smiles. “Our leaders seek to make things possible “Our building is a bevy of activity year-round,” instead of [just] saying, No! What we do is present a variety of Macdonald explained. “It is rented out for weddings, opportunities in the arts that ultimately become an economic showers, special events, business meetings and such. drive as well.” And, our theatre is rented for concerts, plays and other Macdonald said it was astounding that over 250 carvers and performances as well as being the focus of many other painters volunteered hours upon hours to the Carousel Roundspecial events as well.” house project to showcase their work. The Office of Culture Arts and Engage Kingsport col“We have built such a great team of volunteers for this laborate with a variety of arts organizations as well as project. . .and when it’s complete it will not only make non-arts organizations, with the aim of increasing opBonnie Macdonald Kingsport proud but we believe hundreds of visitors will want portunities and outlets for artists of all types. to visit our city for all over the country. And, because we have “As Kingsport becomes a destination for artists and art enthusiasts, new markets and opportunities emerge,” she point out. “The Office of Culture Arts and En- so much to offer, I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them will want to make their home in Kinggage Kingsport are dedicated to cultivating cultural assets and promoting them as vehicles for economic sport.” and community development. While Macdonald’s office is located within the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre, she can be found at several other locations throughout Kingsport developing and operating the public arts program. Along with Engage Kingsport, she works with yet another partner, the ‘Friends of the Culture Arts’ group, a private, and volunteer-led nonprofit. Macdonald beams while talking about the Grand Opening Reception for Flying Pig Gallery & Studios this month in new arts space located in two previously vacant buildings on Broad & Center Streets in the downtown district. “Its’ an exciting time for us,” she said. “The next two weeks represent major milestones as we unveil the construction of the Carousel’s Roundhouse next to the Farmer’s Market and the Grand Opening of the Flying Pig Gallery & Studios.” We Also Offer High Security Keys and Transponder Keys Originated and Duplicated!
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