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Historic Abingdon, VA

Director Interview

Q: What is Saving Old Smokey about? A: This is a story about friends coming together to achieve their dream of reopening Old Smokey. For 60 years, this general store served as not only a place where people would come to buy food and see the most incredible view in that part of the world, but also, on Saturday nights, folks would come from miles around and shine their headlights onto the porch of Old Smokey. Anyone with an instrument, be it their voice, guitar or tambourine, would play and sing. Old Smokey became the Grand Ole Opry of East Tennessee. These Saturday nights would bring the community together. The owner, Emma Darlington, wants to reopen the store so the next generation can enjoy and carry on this tradition. Q: Who are some of the characters in the show? A: Emma (Marnee Hollis), gathers her friends Olive (Erin Parker) and Jinks (Tricia Matthews) to help her reopen the store. Once upon a time, Jinks and Olive sang beautiful music together, but now they just get a kick out of fussing at each other. It is extremely funny to watch these two ladies banter back and forth. Olive’s

daughter, Cordelia (Ashlie Roberson), who is also there to help, has just gotten a job on the local radio station. We also meet Tammy (Ashley Campos), a stranger, who becomes part of the fold. Tammy is accompanied by a gentlemen (Rick McVey); well maybe “gentlemen” is a bit kind. Let’s just say he is a character the ladies must reckon with. Q: Does Saving Old Smokey have music? A: It is a play with some music. Cordelia decides to help her mother’s friend, Emma, by airing a musical jamboree to help save Old Smokey. In the second act, they sing “Down to the River to Pray,” “Softly and Tenderly,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” among other old-time hymns and songs to raise awareness of the reopening. The questions become, will Jinks and Olive put aside their differences and sing together again and will the community care enough to help save Old Smokey? Q: The playwright, Ron Osborne, wrote First Baptist of Ivy Gap and Showtime at First Baptist. Why do you think his works are so popular? A: Mr. Osborne has an incredible talent for telling stories that resonate so deeply with

audiences everywhere, and I can say this with great authority; this is the fifth play of Mr. Osborne’s that I have worked on in the seven years I have been at Barter. I am proud to call myself a veteran of his work. Also, people often tell me they “know” the ladies in Ron’s plays. The wonderful women of his plays are one of his greatest strengths. He just knows how his characters think, feel and act and writes their words with engaging humor and clarity. To find out more about Saving Old Smokey and other Barter Theatre shows, call 276.628.3991 or visit Get behind the scenes access by watching interviews and show clips on Youtube and connecting with Barter on Facebook and Twitter.

Ashley Campos & Ashlie Roberson, Saving Old Smokey, Barter Theatre, 2011

Mary Lucy Bivins (Director – Saving Old Smokey)

Mary Lucy Bivins has been a director and member of Barter Theatre’s Resident Acting Company for seven years and counting. Before making Barter Theatre her home, she appeared on stage from New York to Florida. She can still be seen in movies for the Hallmark Channel. She has also appeared in films with a number of notable and award-winning stars, including Henry Winkler, James Earl Jones and Sir Anthony Hopkins. In addition to directing Saving Old Smokey during this repertory at Barter Theatre, Mary Lucy is playing Trudy in Elvis Has Left the Building, currently playing at Barter Stage II – a play by Duke Ernsberger and Virginia Cate who also wrote Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell.

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Ole’ Butler, Tennessee Has Fond Memories For Many Butler, TN. --- An abundance of water resources made Butler a good location for habitation however, the overabundance of water in the form of vicious floods caused the town’s demise. With the advent of the devastating flood of 1940, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) decided to build a dam flooding the town of Butler and all the valleys surrounding it. Butler is the only town ever flooded by TVA. The Butler and Watauga Valley Heritage Museum opened in 2000 to honor the memory of the citizens of Butler and others from the Watauga, Roan and Elk Valleys. To this day, Butler lives in the minds and hearts of many.

Early History

Butler is an unincorporated community in Johnson County located near Watauga Lake. The town was originally located on Roan Creek at its confluence of the Watauga River. Settlement began in 1768 and was first settled by John Honeycutt. He built an arbor shelter [and lean-to] where Roan Creek from the northeastern mountains ran into Watauga River which came from the southeastern mountains. Honeycutt later built a cabin and was joined by James Millican and a few years later by Ezekial “Zeke” Smith. For many years the community was called Smith’s Mill for the gristmill that Smith built on the bank of Roan Creek in 1820. At the time, fifty families lived in Butler. After the Civil War, it was renamed in honor of

Colonel Roderick R. Butler of Johnson County, who then represented the area in the state legislature and had been a commander in the 13th Tennessee Cavalry in the Union Army. Aenon Seminary, a secondary school, was established in Butler in 1871. It later became Holy Springs College, offering education up to a bachelor’s degree, and enrolling as many as

200 students. In 1906 it was purchased by the Watauga Baptist Association, which renamed it Watauga Academy. It operated under that name until 1948, when the town was inundated by the formation of Watauga Lake. Butler is the birthplace of U.S. Congressman B. Carroll Reece of Tennessee and Robert R. Butler of Oregon [grandson of the town’s namesake]. From Wikipedia.

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WQUT Concert Schedule Thompson Boling Arena: July 1 Taylor Swift July 17 Dolly Parton Aug 12 Keith Urban with Jake Owen Oct 6 Sugarland Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville: Sept 25 Alison Krauss & Union Station with Jerry Douglas Bijou Theatre in Knoxville: Aug 2 Bob Weir (solo acoustic show) Aug 12 Johnny Winter with Damon Fowler Bridgestone Arena in Nashville: July 3 Motley Crue, Poison & the New York Dolls July 18 Britney Spears July 30 American Idol Live Aug 19 Katy Perry Sept 13 Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger Sept 16 &17 Taylor Swift Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville: July 2 U2

Biltmore in Asheville, N.C.: July 30 Michael W. Smith Aug 5 Smokey Robinson Aug 11 Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers Aug 12 Alison Krauss & Union Station Aug 27 Beach Boys Sept 3 Styx Oct 7 Eddie Money Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, N.C.: July 1 Vince Gill July 22 Trace Adkins July 29 Rodney Carrington Aug 27 George Jones Sept 2 Travis Tritt Sept 4 ZZ Top Sept 17 Creedence Clearwater Revisited Sept 24 Rick Springfield Chastain Park in Atlanta: July 12 Rihanna with Cee Lo Green and J. Cole July 21 Peter Frampton Aug 2 Selena Gomez Aug 3 Brian Wilson Aug 6 & 7 Steely Dan

Verizon Wireless Ampitheater in Charlotte: July 3 Zac Brown Band July 12 Motley Crue, Poison & The New York Dolls July 28 Vans Warped Tour July 29 Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Easton Corbin & more Aug 5 Kings of Leon Aug 21 Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger Aug 27 Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow

Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta: July 10 Motley Crue, Poison & the New York Dolls July 30 Rascal Flatts Aug 28 Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow Sept 16 Journey, Foreigner & Nightranger Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Aug 14 Doobie Brothers Oct 22 Peter Frampton (Flood Relief Benefit Show)

Time Warner Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C.: July 8 Tim McGraw with Luke Bryan and The Band Perry July 22 Toby Keith with Eric Church July 30 Rascal Flatts with Easton Corbin and Justin Moore Aug 20 Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger Aug 25 Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow Sept 25 Brad Paisley

Philips Arena in Atlanta: July 9 & 10 Taylor Swift July 12 & 13 Sade and John Legend July 17 Britney Spears House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C.: July 13 Natasha Bedingfield July 19 Peter Frampton July 27 Cinderella Oct 14 Styx

For more details visit our website or look for our listings every month in Out ‘N About Magazine or call us at WQUT!

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Friday, July 8th Chris Knight; 9 p.m.

Wednesday, July 20th Beth McKee; 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 14th Thrift Store Cowboys; 9 p.m.

Thursday, July 21st Rob Ickes & Jim Hurst; 8 p.m.

Friday, July 15th Mike Drive; 9 p.m.

Friday, July 22nd Josh Oliver & Mandolin Orange; 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 16th The Whiskey Smugglers; 9 p.m. Sunday, July 17th The Steeldrivers; 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 23rd Chuck Brodsky; 9 p.m. Saturday, July 30th Michelle Malone; 9 p.m.


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Preserving & Protecting Medicare Medicare is an important piece of our social safety net. Since its creation in 1965, Medicare has provided millions of senior citizens the care they need. The fact is, maintaining the status quo is not an option – the Medicare Trustees project that the program will be bankrupt by 2024, and the independent, nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says that by the time our children are raising children, every dollar the federal government takes in will go towards paying for Social Security and government health care programs.  As a physician, I want to ensure Medicare is preserved and protected for future generations.    Both House Republicans and the president proposed solutions to this crisis.  House Republicans propose not making any changes to Medicare for anyone 55 and older.  Under our plan, future retirees – those under 55 – would be given access to a health care plan similar to what members of Congress have, with poorer and sicker beneficiaries receiving more assistance with their premiums and wealthier seniors receiving less.  Those who choose to have the Con-

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gressional-like health care plan will pay only a minimal amount of money every month, similar to what an employee pays under their current health care plans provided by their employer. Likewise, Medicare would pay a certain portion of the insurance company premium, with the amount to depend on the income, age, and health of the beneficiary. We know this plan will save and de-

liver quality results because it is based on the successful Medicare Part D prescription drug plan model. The Part D program is the only mandatory program I’m aware of that came in significantly under budget while delivering the same level of access that was predicted.  In contrast, the president has already started implementing his plan for Medicare as part of last year’s health care law – the Affordable Care Act.  First, he cut $500 billion out of Medicare to pay for a new entitlement program for government-run health care.  Then, he created a rationing board known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that is charged with cutting benefits that are not deemed to be cost effective.  Now, because these cuts have failed to save Medicare from bankruptcy, he has proposed doubling down and strengthening the IPAB to ration even more care.  Let me say this clearly: the Ryan plan does not cut benefits for current retirees.  The president’s plan does.  Seniors were promised Medicare benefits and paid in for most of their lives.  It would be wrong no to honor this promise.

The Next President Needs to Take Charge and Reverse Obama’s Directives

As our national campaign season creeps closer and closer, I am often asked who I “like” for President in 2012. Well, the first thing I “like” in any presidential candidate is that he or she is not President Obama. Our current President took a look at our country’s ills and elected not to fix them but exacerbate them. Through bailouts, mandates and artificial stimulus, President Obama has manipulated our market system preventing natural corrections and creating economic malaise. In an era of historic deficits, Obama thought it wise to propose a government takeover of one-fifth of the economy with Obamacare. Overregulation, bailouts and deficit spending – this is the Obama agenda. This is his prescription for recession and budget crisis. The path Obama has set us on is simply unsustainable. While the President is by most accounts a wonderful family man and a nice person, he has been a disaster for the United States of America. A majority of Americans, bereft of hope, searching for change and influenced by liberal media, elected Barack Obama president three years ago. He has let all of those people down. Obama, we found out quickly, is nothing new. His administration has proved to be a replay of the Carter years remixed for a new generation. And while the search for “the new Reagan” will always be fruitless, there are certain qualities we should look for in a leader and many of them were indeed shared by our 40th president. The first requirement of a Republican candidate for President should be the ability to communicate. Now, I’m not necessarily talking about someone who is telegenic or charismatic. Our current president possesses those qualities in abundance and he’s done far more damage to the nation than even some of his detractors might have imagined. What we need is someone that has a clear, concise and conservative message. We need someone who has not only the ability but the courage to communicate our message. Courage is key. After all, we know what our principles are and we know that they are right. We know the proper prescription for our nation’s current illness. We just

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need to articulate it – and forcefully. Unfortunately, inside-the-beltway Republicans allow Democrats and media lapdogs to intimidate and brow beat them into capitulating before we ever get to the negotiating table. There is nothing wrong with negotiation. Setting policy is all about achieving the best possible result. But all too often I find Republicans compromising before they have to. We are not outnumbered and we are not overwhelmed. Not anymore. We have the tools to get our message out. Ronald Reagan had to depend on the few minutes of unfiltered television time he could get to address the nation. Conservatives today have a myriad of megaphones. We have talk radio. We have equal time on Fox News. We have technology and social media. Conservatives of this era have multiple avenues with which to deliver a message unfiltered by agitators and opponents. This is not a time to be shy; this is a time to shine. We need a candidate who will be able to deliver the hard truths and tough love. America simply cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama. I’m not writing this with any particular candidate in mind. It is still very early. I am open to endorsing and campaigning for any Republican candidate who can deliver the conservative message and will take the fight to Obama. We cannot afford to play defense or stand on the sidelines. Our country is at stake. We need a candidate who will take it back. I look forward to working with you to make sure Tennessee votes for the conservative candidate who will return our country to prosperity and maintain our place as the beacon of freedom to the world.

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means ELIZABETHTON – A quick description of Liberty! is good fun, good laughs and good food, presented with the fullness of inspiration and pride that goes with the remarkable heritage of the “Mountain Empire” of the Southern Appalachians. The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee opens July 14 for a three-weekend run – Thursdays through Saturdays beginning nightly at 7:30 – at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton. For the 33rd year, more than 100 volunteers will flood the stage of the Fort Watauga Amphitheater, bringing to life the people who helped bring freedom to America and the stories that made them legend. The stories include the 1772 formation of the Watauga Association, the first free and independent government on the American continent, and the Transylvania Purchase of 1775, the largest private real estate transaction in American history that secured a monstrous

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chunk of what is now Kentucky and Tennessee for settlement. And, when the American Revolution was struggling, and freedom hung in the balance, the people of what is now Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina and Northeast Tennessee stepped forward, banding together to form a volunteer citizen army that struck a lightning blow at the Battle of King’s Mountain in October, 1780. The victory they won, crushing the western flank of the British Army – then the most powerful fighting force in the world – is generally considered the turning point of the American Revolution. The people who made it all happen include John Carter, chairman of the association; fellow member John Sevier, the young, up-andcoming Virginian, so popular with his fellow frontiersmen; and James Robertson, the man of letters who authored that first government and went on to become “the father of Tennessee.”

Other unforgettable figures are respectfully remembered, especially of the Cherokee nation – Attacullaculla, the great chief the settlers nicknamed “the Little Carpenter” because the pieces of the treaties he arranged fit together so well; his son, Dragging Canoe, who was a brave and fierce warrior and prophetic orator; and Nancy Ward, a descendant of English royalty who married a Cherokee leader and became the “beloved woman.” “Our volunteers make it all possible,” says Jennifer Bauer, manager of the historic area. “They are just great people, and we have a great time when we’re all together, remembering the history that we all treasure. I guess the audiences can see that, and know it, and that’s why they like to be here with us.” Michael Barnett, a member of the cast and president of the supporting Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, said the dedication of the volunteers “will just about take your breath away. “We continue to have more and more people come to the drama – and want to be in it as well. Of course, that is good for the park, and for Elizabethton, but it’s so much more than that. This is a gift to everyone in this entire region. “The story of bravery and determination that we retell makes Northeast Tennessee, and our beloved neighbors in Virginia and North Carolina, look so good. It is something we should all be proud of, and rejoice in the retelling of what they did for us,” Barnett said. After making its debut in 2010, Carter’s Trading Post returns this year, with some changes and additions, named in homage to the original, opened by partners John Carter and William Parker shortly after they arrived on the frontier in 1771. The trading post will offer some frontier foods featured in the drama, including “Teeter’s

Turkey Legs,” “Carter’s Corn-on-the-Cob,” “Adelaide’s Cooling Water” and “Aggie’s Cobbler,” along with popcorn, candy and a variety of soft drinks. “We are pleased to take advantage of the great opportunities, and to continue to improve, and to work to make sure that our guests enjoy what is truly a one-of-a-kind experience here at the park,” said Paul Gabinet, advisor to the FSSSHA. “The drama is vitally important. Of course, this is certainly one of the most authentically historical places in America. But this also means so much to our community. As we celebrate the best of our past, it helps us find the path to the best of our future,” Barnett said. (Liberty! runs Thursdays-Saturdays, July 14-30, in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton. Performances begin nightly at 7:30. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students. Children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, call SSSHA at (423) 543-5808) or visit the websites: and

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Young Patriot Overcomes Odds To Be Part Of ‘Liberty!’ Selena Hayes wasn’t supposed to be a part of Liberty! In fact, sadly, it wasn’t expected that the 10-year-old daughter of Sheila and Harold Hayes of Jonesborough would be a part of very much, and certainly nothing strenuous. But when the Official Outdoor Drama of Tennessee opens for its three-week run at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area on July 14, Selena will be front and center, having “the time of her life,” herself a living inspiration amid the rich and inspiring heritage of Northeast Tennessee. Sheila Hayes was 20 weeks pregnant when she received the tragic news: the child she was carrying had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome – a heart with only two chambers, rather than the normal four. The shock was harsh for the young mother-to-be. “It was very difficult to deal with. I was very angry for a long time,” Sheila said. A long and rocky road awaited Selena and her mother. The first of three open-heart surgeries was performed when the child was four days old. “We we were told that, more than likely, it would not be a good outcome,” Sheila says quietly. Luckily, no one informed

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Selena. She survived the second operation when she was eight months old, and then a third at age 4. “This three-stage surgery has really been a breakthrough,” Sheila says, her characteristic smile returning to her face. “About all I know to say is that they basically rerouted her plumbing to where her two-chamber heart is doing everything a four-chamber heart would do. “Still, we were told she wouldn’t run, that she wouldn’t have any energy. It just wasn’t going to happen.” And again, fortunately, young Selena was not impressed with her diagnosis. Neither was God – He had other plans. “Ever since the kids were small, we have taken them to outdoor dramas, and to Barter,” Sheila said. Selena and her 13-year-old brother, Malachi, are students at Johnson City’s Providence Academy. “My kids love to go to plays. We’ve been to over Cherokee, and come to Liberty!” It didn’t surprise Sheila and Harold that their children enjoyed the show. “They love the theater,” Sheila said. What was unexpected was Selena’s announcement, standing near the edge of the Fort Watauga Amphitheater stage: “I want to be

in it.” Sure enough, the next night, the aspiring young actress was costumed and ready. Unfortunately, the excitement was just a bit too much – “she was scared to death of the Indians, and the gunfire” – and Harold and Sheila took her home. One might have thought the experiment was over, and it might have been – for a lesser person than Selena Hayes. The following night, she was in the fort early, dressed and ready to go again. From the stands, her mother and father wept as their daughter swept onto the stage, smiling brightly. This night she would make it all the way through. “She is such a blessing. She is a testimony to what the Lord does,” Sheila said. “She is so full of life. She will go around the house, singing hymns. She brings joy to us. “More than anything, I hope she gives other people hope. If another family has the same diagnosis, and they could see her, then I know it would give them hope.” “I’m very glad I came here,” Selena says, again smiling brightly. “This is so much fun. But I have to go,” she says, turning quickly. “I have to get where I’m supposed to be.”

Selena Hayes, left, and her friend, Samantha Bowman, backstage at ‘Liberty!.’

“It is an honor to have Selena here,” said SSSHA Manager Jennifer Bauer. “There are no words to fully express the pride we all feel. It inspires us when we watch these beautiful young people, and how much interest they take in these stories, and the pride they have for what we’re doing. It just reinvigorates all of us.” Selena is a direct descendant of Col. Andrew Hampton, the heroic frontier figure who helped organize and direct the legendary attack of the Overmountain Men at King’s Mountain. The stunning victory, generally considered the turning point of the American Revolution, is the crescendo point of Liberty! During one of this year’s performances, Selena will be joined in costume by her mother and grandmother, Janie Simmons, marking

three generations of Hampton’s family gathered upon the historic ground where he and other patriots once themselves walked. “It is the kind of thing that you never forget,” Sheila said. “It gives you cold chills to think about all that happened there, and how much it has meant to this region and to the entire country.” And, thanks to God, and a determined heart, a young patriot named Selena Hayes will be out front, right where she’s supposed to be. (Liberty! runs July 14-30, beginning nightly at 7:30 in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton. For more information, call the park at 423-543-5808 or visit the website at

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Smith Inspired By Link To Sevier, Stories Of ‘Liberty!’ To quote a line from one of his friends, it’s just this simple: “John Sevier is a mighty fine man.” That was the sentiment in 1772, and remains prevalent in Liberty!, the Official Outdoor Drama of Tennessee, which runs July 14-30 in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton. Thus it is important that Sevier – patriot, general, governor and congressman – be portrayed by an equally fine man, and Todd Smith fills the bill. The director of entrepreneurship and redevelopment for the Washington County Economic Development Council, Smith and his wife, Rhajon, live in Chuckey, on what may have been a portion of Sevier’s farm. Smith was first attracted to the outdoor drama in 2005. “I was going to watch the drama, as a history buff, someone interested in local and regional history. I

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thought it was important, and that I needed to see it. “Well, they got ahold of my arm and did a little twisting, and said, ‘You just need to come out and be in the thing.’ I said, ‘But I have no ability in acting whatsoever.’ And they said, ‘that’s ridiculous... just suit up and join us.’” And so Smith did and, now, as the drama commences its 33rd season, he is returning to his favored role of the legendary pioneer and statesman John Sevier, who went on to become Tennessee’s first governor after the fight for statehood was won in June of 1796. “The ironic part is I never went out and saw the drama,” Smith said, laughing. “To this day, I have not had the chance to sit down and watch it as an audience member. But it is great fun to be in it, and to watch what happens as it comes

together. “For me, personally, it is inspiring to participate in the retelling of these stories of these men and women who not only are significant in blazing the frontier in this region, but for having the courage to want to live as independent, free people. “I think we have a hard time framing their lives in our modern world. They lived in a world with

danger all around. And, to take the steps they took, with the establishment of the Watauga Association, and the Transylvania Purchase – they made their lives eminently more dangerous by doing that. But they were fearless and determined. “Their stories are truly the background of what this country is today, and what it means to be free people,” Smith said. “I think it’s very important for us to examine what it means to us as a people, and to remember how we came to be free. The pioneers are a part of who we are today. They blazed the trail for the culture, society and government we have. “It’s important to retell these stories, and to keep on telling them. Everyone should know them, and be proud of them. It should, and must be, a part of who we are. “The culture of freedoms and government that we have enjoyed can be taken away from us very easily. It should never be taken for granted. We always have to be very vigilant to protect it,” Smith said. “In the play, I suppose my favorite scene is the formation of the

government, the Watauga Association, and the men poking at each other, and having some fun. But, in reality, they know how serious it is, and what it means, and they come together. It’s very inspiring.” Smith said there is a school of thought that, since the drama is presented there, it is something for Carter County and Elizabethton. “That’s just not true. Physically, the drama tells stories that are about all of Northeast Tennessee, and Southwest Virginia, and obviously part of North Carolina,” Smith said. “The literal phycial makeup is that this truly is the story of our region, and that is reflected not only in the stories themselves, but in the people who volunteer to keep it going. They come from all over the region to participate in this drama, and it’s great to be a part of it.” (Liberty! runs July 14-30, beginning nightly at 7:30 in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton. For more information, call the park at 423-543-5808 or visit the website at

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There’s Something for Everyone at Virginia Highlands Festival The Virginia Highlands Festival is gearing up for fun and exciting music events during our 63rd annual Festival, which runs from July 23 – August 7th this year in historic Abingdon, Virginia. This year’s events feature some prominent and nationally recognized artists that you are sure to enjoy. To kick off the Festival, we are bringing “Jay and the Americans” to perform at our Opening Street Party on July 23rd starting at 8:00 pm in Arts Depot Square. This is a family friendly show featuring lots of their hit songs. Very few bands have ever reached the musical heights of “Jay and the Americans”. From 1962-1971, this group charted an unprecedented “12” top 10 records. “Jay and the Americans” first record

was “Tonight” and their breakout hit song was “She Cried”. Their next chart hit was “Only in America”, followed by the top ten hits “Come a Little Bit Closer” and later “This Magic Moment”. You don’t want to miss this performance by a legendary band and best of all, it is free for everyone. We are presenting a spectacular evening with a truly talented singer and songwriter, Billy Dean. Billy Dean’s music has sold millions worldwide with 11 top ten singles and 5 number 1’s, which expanded his singing career. Billy moved to Nashville in 1983 and by 1990 had recorded his first Top 5 hit “Only Here for a Little While”. Since then, Billy has transcended genres with his unique repertoire earning numer-

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ous awards, including: The Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year “Somewhere in My Broken Heart” and ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year and a Grammy for a Country tribute “Amazing Grace”. He will be performing at the Barter Theatre on Monday, August 1st at 7:30 pm. Tickets costs $20 and $28. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to be entertained by this highly acclaimed singer and songwriter! Opening Weekend concerts at the outdoor and covered Abingdon Market Pavilion features an eclectic mix of music genres sure to please. These concerts begin on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday July 24th in heart of downtown Abingdon on Remsburg Drive, where Arts & Crafts is located. We are featuring music from Americana/ Indie Pop to Jazz and Bluegrass. Local favorite “Susan Brown and Friends” returns to the Festival along with bands who have Dean including never performed at theBillyFestival


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“Chatham Street” and “Impeach Dixon” from Bristol. Tickets are available at the Festival Office (276-623-5266) and at the gate and are $5.00 for a weekend pass. Please be sure to check the times and bios of the bands on our website at We are kicking off the 11th annual ever-popular Celtic Weekend this year on Friday, July 29th at 7:30 pm in the Abingdon Market Pavilion. This year’s band, Scythian, is new to the Festival and sure to please a Celtic loving crowd. Rousing and raucous, Scythian plays kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility. Their high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music has one goal in mind: to get people on their feet and dancing! We promise some foot stomping action at this musical event! Festival favorites “Rathkeltair” and “Tempest” will be returning to the Festival this year. Another group you don’t want to miss is “Solas” performing on Saturday, July 30th. “Solas” has been loudly pro-

claimed as the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic band to ever emerge from the United States. “Solas” transcends musical genres into the realm of pure musical expression that only a relative handful of musicians attain. Tickets are available at the Festival Office (276-623-5266) or at the gate and are $8.00 Friday night, $10.00 Saturday and $8.00 Sunday or a $15.00 weekend pass. When you attend one of these musical performances, you will see why Celtic Weekend is one of the most highly successful and greatly anticipated events during the Festival! Are you a Bluegrass music lover? If you are then you don’t want to miss the Monroe Jamison Memorial Bluegrass Weekend. These events occur during the last week of the Festival – August 6 and 7. We have some bands this year that will entertain the Bluegrass lover in you featuring “Drymill Road” and the “The Harwell Grice Band” to name a few. Please be sure to check our website for other bands and times at www. or pick-up a copy of our award-winning Highlander Magazine for complete details. Tickets are available at the Festival Office (276-623-5266) or at the gate and are $7.00 Saturday, $5.00 Sunday or a $10.00 weekend pass. Rounding out our selection of music for this year’s Festival are a Gospel Concert and Christian Contemporary Concert. The Gospel Concert features a favorite returning this year with the “Primitive Quartet” opening for “The McKameys”. The “Primitive Quartet” features music that is traditional mountain shape note style singing accompanied by acoustical instruments including the mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitars and acoustic bass. “The McKameys” can be described with one word: sincere. Each member of this Southern Gospel singing group is sincere in their love of the Lord, sincere in their love for the music they sing, and sincere in their need to spread the Word to others through their music. This concert takes place at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Grand Hall (I-81, Exit 14) on Thursday, July 28th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $12.00 and payable at the door. The Festival is truly excited to present a band for the Christian Contemporary Concert that has sold more than six million albums, won three Grammys, headlined thousands of sold-out shows and festivals. That band is “Jars of Clay”.

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After a week of rain, the clouds are finally breaking and I can see the sun shining through. Just in front of me the lake is buzzing with boaters, skiers, wake boarders, fisherman and Seadooers, yet I sit here and ponder the madness. You mean me sitting inside on this beautiful day while everyone else is at play? No, I’m pondering Moscato Madness! A wine that is all the rage, even being sung about in rap songs. What is this wine? Why is it so popular? Who is drinking it and where is it coming from? For starters, the wine comes from the Muscat grape variety, probably the first domesticated grape in the world. This grape variety is widely grown throughout the world and is used primarily for wine, table grapes and raisins. I mean it’s not the Carmenere grape variety, once thought to have been lost forever to phylloxera in the 1800’s, but was found in Chile after DNA testing in the 90’s. It isn’t the noble Pinot Noir grape that drives both wine growers and wine makers crazy because it is so fickle. It just seems so common, so what is going on with this grape variety? Maybe it is in the wine? Actually, most people have had a Moscato, but possibly didn’t realize that they were drinking one. The most popular Moscato of years past has been enjoyed as a spumante, usually from Italy. A couple of years ago we were introduced to a Moscato called Castello del Poggio. This Moscato has had great success, due to being served at Olive Garden restaurants. Both spumante and Castello del Poggio are sparkling wines, yet the flood of Moscato isn’t just limited to being a bubbly. The Moscato field is wide open. As mentioned, there are the traditional white sparkling wines and now the market is bearing both red and rose Moscatos. All three wines can be found as either a still wine with no carbonation or as a sparkling. Taste wise, all of them are on the sweet side with the whites reflecting slight hints of honeysuckle and the reds showing a little more black fruit qualities. The new rose offers the best of both worlds with a gorgeous color and a nose of fresh strawberries. This abundance of new Moscatos being introduced offers a wide variety of pricing as well. On the upper end, very nice Italian Moscatos such as Castello del Poggio, Il Conte D’Alba or Piccolo Tesoro can range from the mid-teens into the upper twenty dollar range. Domestics such as Crane Lake, Beringer, Barefoot, and Sutter Home generally start at just less than five dollars. This is definitely an advantage for the Moscato that the best of the group are very, very affordable and the quality seems to be maintained at even the lower priced ones. Now the coals are hot and the burgers are going on the grill. Instead of that Zinfandel or Sauvignon Blanc, I reach into the refrigerator and pull out that infamous bottle of Moscato. I pour the glass full of the sweet, effervescent wine and take my first sip. The madness is over! A very pleasant, sweet refreshing taste overwhelms my

taste buds as the outside temperature nears ninety degrees. If you’re from the south and love sweet tea then this is a wine for you. Its popularity is also probably derived from the diversibility of serving it before, during and even after a meal and if you are wondering what to pair with this wine, I would say if you can drink it with sweet tea then you can drink it with Moscato. The burgers are ready and my glass is empty. A quick refill and off to the table I go. I hope this has helped you with the new Moscato wine rage and as always, I look forward to seeing you around the store.

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Plenty of History & Beauty Hugs Rogersville, Tennessee Rogersville, TN. --Just a short drive down U.S. 11W South from Kingsport lies history rich Rogersville, the county seat of Hawkins County. Settled in 1775 by Welcoming sign on 11W South the grandparents of Davy Crockett, it is the second oldest town in Tennessee {Jonesborough enjoys that distinction}. It is named for its founder, Joseph Rogers. Tennessee’s oldest courthouse, first newspaper, and first post office are located here. Much of the town is listed on the national Register of Historic Places. Rogers, with the help of other local settlers, laid out a plan for the town, and the town was chartered in 1789. The plan included the town’s public well and the county courthouse. Rogers was a successful businessman and tavern keeper. In November 1792, he was appointed the first postmaster at Rogersville, and the second post office of Rogersville, built by its founder circa 1815, still stands on the corner of East Main Street and South Hasson Street. Rogersville is a Tree City USA member six years running. The downtown area features an impressive array of wall-towall shops and eateries and visitors flock to Hale Springs

Price Center and Swift Museum.

Major Peter Stewart born here in 1821.

Rogersville Courthouse circa 1835.

Church sponsored old cemetery.

Inn, established in 1824. Today the Inn is home to McKinney’s Tavern By Troutdale, a delightful restaurant and bar, the hotel rooms are decorated with period furniture somewhat of a contrast to a modern day spa located on the second floor.

Inside Hales Springs Inn/Troutdale Restaurant: Employees: Joe Potter, Veronica Smith, Jen Bryan and Local artists have their own gallery. Jeanne Anderson.

Two Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Hawkins County

Amis homestead still stands today

Rogersville, TN. --- Hawkins County has at least two Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Hawkins County who served as Captains in the North Carolina Continental Line units. Captain William Armstrong served with the 1st and 3rd North Carolina Regiments. He is buried at Stony Point at the Presbyterian Church cemetery. Captain Thomas Amis served in the 3rd Regiment of the North Carolina Continental Line. He is buried at the Amis farm on Big Creek. William Armstrong, III was born March 10,

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1757 and died January 19, 1835 in Hawkins County, TN. The Armstrong family moved to Carter’s Valley before the Revolutionary War. His father William Armstrong, II is buried at the Carter’s Valley home place. Captain Armstrong left Hawkins County at the beginning of the Revolutionary War and served in the 1st and 3rd North Carolina Regiments. Both the 1st and the 3rd North Carolina Regiments were raised at Wilmington, North Carolina for service with the Continental Army. Armstrong’s Regiments saw action at the Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Germantown, Battle of Monmouth and the Siege of Charlestown. Captain William Armstrong, III is listed on the muster rolls of Valley Forge as being in the winter encampment with General George Washington from December 1777 through July 1778. After the war Captain Armstrong returned to Hawkins where he married Elizabeth Galbraith on August 11, 1787. There are many descendents of Captain Armstrong remaining in Hawkins County.

Captain Amis was commissioned as a Captain on December 22, 1776. He was the Commissary for the 3rd Regiment of North Carolina Continental Line. He raised the needed supplies for the 3rd Regiment going so far as to mortgage his own farm to pay for the supplies. Captain Amis remained in North Carolina to raise supplies while his unit fought in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey battles. After a conflict with British troops on Drowning Creek, which included hiding General Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox” Captain Amis was to be captured by the British troops. Under the protection of the NC Continental troops Captain Amis and his family moved across the Appalachians to what is now Hawkins County Tennessee. Captain Amis started an outpost for people moving into Tennessee. He had supplies, food and lodging for travelers. He also operated a mill on Big Creek. Known guests of Captain Amis were Dr. Thomas Walker, an early explorer into Kentucky, Bishop Francis Asbury, founder of Methodist religion

The neighboring dam’s old structure.

in America, Gov. John Sevier and Daniel Boone. Captain Amis’ daughter, Mary, married Joseph Rogers, who founded Rogersville. Captain Amis and his first and second wives, Alice and Lucy are buried on the Amis farm on Big Creek. Captain Amis also left many descendents in Hawkins County through the Amis and Rogers families. (Photos and article courtesy of Dr. Joe Chambers of Erwin, Tennessee)

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Caring for Animals: Groomer & Business Owner Kathy Byrd Has Found Her Nitch Erwin, TN. --- It takes only a minute to realize that Kathy Byrd loves what she does. The professional dog/cat groomer treats all the animals that visit her for grooming or haircuts like they are hers. This particular day, Diamond, Dolce, Zena and Boggie welcome us into Kathy Byrd’s cat/dog grooming salon with hardy “arfs” and vigorous tail wagging. The three Doberman Pinchers and little Jack Russell are all a part of Byrd’s extended animal family. And, it is crystal clear that they are very protective of their owner. “Diamond’s nine years old and she runs the place,” Kathy said with a chuckle. “She goes around and cleans out the cages of any treats left behind. Dolce and Zena are three year old sisters that love to play together. Diamond and Zena belong to shop neighbors Dennis and Faye Whitson. Fourteen year old Boggie and Dolce are Kathy’s “babies” but they are all a part of my family.” Boggie doesn’t seem to mind the loss of one of his back legs due to gangue green setting in it after surgery for a broken leg. “He’s as active as ever,” Kathy added. “Animals are so resilient. He acts as if that is the way it’s supposed to be.” Service to her customers is Kathy’s middle name so-to-speak. “I treat every customer’s animal the way that I would want mine treated,” she said matter-of-factly. “Every animal has its own personality and I learn from them and talk to them and sit and listen sometimes; they want the attention and for our new customers it makes them feel at home. However, I am the boss here and we soon come to an understanding. I don’t allow customers to stay here while I’m doing my job because it’s a distraction. But, I wouldn’t treat any animal any different than I would my own. I love ALL the animals.”

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Kathy’s philosophy has worked and litfawn colored Doberman. Kathy Byrd Factoid erally paid off. She averages 15 appoint•Worked in the office at NN for eight •Single. ments a day and 18-20 on Friday and Sat•Daughter, Kali, Senior at ETSU. years. urday. Her hard work and friendliness has •Earned an Associate Degree in engiresulted in a bevy of repeat customer who Bound for U.T. Law School. •Owns 6 cats plus Boggie, a Jack Rus- neering from Northeast State. enjoy her grooming services at a reasonsell Terrier [minus one leg] and Dolce able price. a A full grooming is only $30 for a poodle-sided dog, $40 for a medium sized dog and only $60 for Labs and German Shepherds. “My service includes a regular grooming, bath, ear cleaning and expressing of the animal’s anal glands,” she said. “By keeping their ears, eyes and other areas clean and free of hair it can prevent unnecessary trips to the Vet for infection.” Wednesdays are also known as “toe nail day” at Kathy’s where customers can have their animal’s toe nails trimmed for a mere $5, a $2 savings. “Hey, in this day and time $2 is $2,” Kathy points out. Kathy’s trusted volunteer assistant is Jon Hankins who gets his “pet fix” on a daily basis and can been seen helping Kathy every day at the shop. “I enjoy coming in here and spending time with all the animals,” John said. “It’s my home away from home. Last but not least Kathy said about her shop: “Shoes and shirts don’t apply,” she said with a laugh. ________________________ Kathy Byrd’s Cat/Dog Grooming Full Grooming Service Frontline Plus Products Available 1113 Jackson Love Highway Erwin, TN. 37650 Operating Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 9 a.m. until last pet served. Phone: 423-735-7387 or 423-735-PETS Regular Grooming of Your Pet Helps Prevent Visits to the Vet!

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Erwin, TN - While many downtown movie theaters across America have since moved to a mega mall and expanded to six, eight or twelve screens, one small local movie theater continues to thrive. “I really think it is because we are so affordable,” Jan Hendren Bradley said with a smile. “Tickets for adults are $7.00 and $5.00 for children, seniors during matinees.” Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the two screened Capitol Cinema I & II on Main Avenue nearly kissed the downtown corner block goodbye five years ago when longtime owner Joe Hendren passed away. But Jan Hendren Bradley, and her sister Luann Hendren, decided to keep the popular theater open in honor of their late father. But the task wasn’t easy as the theater had fallen prey to age and extensive renovations were needed to keep up with the times. On Labor Day, 2005 the sisters closed the theater and for ten weeks it received a much needed face lift. New screening equipment was installed complimented with new state-of-the art Dolby sound systems in both theaters, new comfortable seats and a fresh coat of paint throughout. The gamble cost Jan and Luann thousands of dollars but in the end, “We were really pleased with the results of the much needed face lift and it has paid off,” she said. The community has continued to support us and in these tough economic times I am pleased that we’ve been able to keep our prices affordable so that families can continue to enjoy a night out at the movies.” Jan says she hopes new restaurants like Hot-N-Dog in downtown Erwin as well as Los Jalapeño’s in the Wal-Mart Shopping Center will soon discover Unicoi County. “We attract a good audience from the surrounding 50 mile radius,” Jan reported. “But, (for example) I think people are attracted to Johnson City somewhat because they want to enjoy a meal before or after a movie. We are seeing an increase in dining option here and that certainly helps to attract the people living in our community inviting them to stay at home and visit us to see a movie.” Monday through Friday, Capitol Cinema opens at 6:30 p.m. offering two features; Saturday it opens at 4:30 p.m. offering a matinee for everyone for $5.00 followed by two movie options at 7 and 9 p.m.; Sunday shows are offered at 2 and 4 p.m. also for $5.00 per person. Cinema I seats 250 and streams shows Jan Hendren Bradley inside her Erwin theater. on a large screen while Cinema II seats 100 in a more intimate setting. Jan, a former member of the Unicoi County School Board, remains committed to supporting the community and its many causes. JAN HENDREN BRADLEY She and her sister support a laundry list of community events including: Relay for Life, Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, Unicoi County School System, Kiwanis Club and, “We are really committed to FACTOID anything child orientated,” Jan said matter-of-factly. Besides cheap ticket prices, Jan points out the • Loves fast cars; owns a 911 Porsche and “really reasonable prices” in the concession stand. Normally, this is where theatre owners reap huge dreams of driving a Formula 1 car. profits. • Was a flight attendant for 10 years but is For example, “We offer a 3 sizes of popcorn & drinks starting priced between $3 & $5, and we have afraid of heights. $1 refills on any size purchased. We keep it simple. . .popcorn, soft drinks and 50 choices of candy.” • Tends a large garden. Known as the Lisa When the theater reopened with ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ and Douglas (Green Acres) of Unicoi County. ‘Walk the Line’, the story of Johnny Cash, Jan was surprised that ‘Walk the Line’ sold out the entire • Married to Kent Bradley. Two children first week of the engagement run. “I didn’t anticipate that but his story was of interest to a lot of people from a previous marriage, Trey, 13 and in our region that grew up listening to his music.” Alexa 16. Jan admits some films don’t make it to Erwin because of costs. “I guess one of the drawbacks to hav- • Once rode 6,000 miles cross-country in 12 ing only two screens in a small town is we can’t commit to some films, due to minimun booking of 4 days on a Harley Davidson Motorcycle. weeks or more per picture. When you have two screens and not 15, and your target audience is under • Won the Springfest and Apple Festival 30,000, that proposition is just not feasible.” bicycle races. Skis and scuba dives.

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Kingsport’s Fun Fest Storytelling Live! Lineup for July 2011: July 15-23 Kingsport, TN --- Fun Fest 2011 is proud to announce the entertainers for 2011 Sunset Series at J. Fred Johnson Stadium. Kellie Pickler will take the Brock Services Stage on Friday, July 22, followed by Trace Adkins on Saturday, July 23.

Trace Adkins

Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler, one of the final 6 of American Idol in 2005, has quickly become a singer and songwriter to be reckoned with, co-writing her first hit, Red High Heels,” her first gold single. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, produced two follow-up hits: “I Wonder” and “Things That Never Cross A Man’s Mind.” Her second album, Kellie Pickler,” for which she co-wrote half the songs, spawned the uplifting “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” and “Best Days Of Your Life” the latter co-written with Taylor Swift, quickly became the biggest hit of her career.

Trace Adkins is a man of many hats, both literally and figuratively. He achieved reality TV stardom on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” he dabbled in acting, and he laid out his conservative political views in the book, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck. He also ventured into the comic book world launching “LUKE McBAIN” a fourpart series whose main character was based on the country giant’s likeness and persona. But, at the end of the day, he’s a country singer – pure and simple. Adkins made his debut in country music almost 15 years ago with a platinum-selling album and has since become an undeniable musical force. Most recently, he release the album, “Cowboy’s Back in Town” with hits “Still Love You,” “I Can Do That,” and “Hold My Beer.”

Bele Chere: Downtown Asheville July 29-31 Asheville, N.C. --- The Bele Chere Festival is an annual 3-day festival on the streets of downtown Asheville featuring live, original music on 4 stages for 300,000 festival goers. The festival is commented to a diverse line-up and features local, regional and national performers. Each year the festival receives more than 750 applications to perform at Bele Chere. This year’s line-up includes: Apache Relay, Big Gigantic, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Hoots & Hellmouth, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Mambo Sauce, Marc Broussard, Papadosio,

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Railroad Earth, Rebirth Brass Band, Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, The London Souls, The Whigs, Balsam Range, Beta Radio, Cedric Burnside Project, Clouds of Greer, Common Foundation, Deep Fried 5, Do It To Julia, Doc Aquatic, Floating Action, Kelly and the Cowboys, Kovacs & The Polar Bear, Lyric, Mamarazzi, Onward Soldiers, Paper Tiger, RBTS WIN, Sanctum Sully, Secret B Sides, Sirius.B, Skinny Legs & All, Sonmi Suite, The Billy Sea, The Critters, The If You Wannas, The Protomen, The Stereofidelics, and The Vertigo Jazz Project. (Schedule Subject to Change).

(Jonesborough, Tenn.) – Storytelling Live!—the International Storytelling Center’s (ISC) renowned teller-in-residence series—continues to offer topnotch talent in Tennessee’s oldest town. Now in its 10th season, Storytelling Live! features 26 of America’s best-loved storytellers – one each week May through October. During July, four of America’s best-loved storytelling artists will appear at ISC as tellers-in-residence. All tellers will appear in matinee performances Tuesday through Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall. In addition, select evening, children’s and anniversary concerts, and storytelling workshops will also be offered.

Kim Weitkamp

Award-winning storyteller, humorist, and musician Kim Weitkamp will kick off Storytelling Live! programming for the month of July when she appears in daily matinee performances July 5 – 9. With a commanding presence, impeccable comedic timing and velvet voice, Weitkamp weaves precious memories and delightful details into panoramic pictures that take the listener on a personal journey. Weitkamp will also host a storytelling workshop for non-profit directors, staff, board members and volunteers titled “Profitable Storytelling for Non-Profits” on July 7 from 9-11 a.m. Workshop admission is $20.

Syd Lieberman Storytelling Live! will feature popular storyteller, teacher and author Syd Lieberman as teller-in-residence July 26 – 30. Well known for his commissioned pieces for NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, and Historic Philadelphia, Lieberman’s work has garnered awards from ALA, Parent’s Choice and Storytelling World. Lieberman will also host a storytelling workshop for teachers and anyone interested in writing titled “Conducting Classroom Composers: Storytelling and the Art of Writing” on July 27 from 9-11 a.m. Workshop admission is $20. He will also pay tribute to World War I’s brave fighter pilots in a special evening storytelling concert, Intrepid Birdmen: Fighter Pilots of World War I, on July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Evening concert tickets are $15. Storytelling Live! matinee tickets are $12 for adults, and $11 for seniors, students, and children under 18. AdBaba Jamal Koram mission for children’s concerts is $5, Storyteller, author, spirit drummer, evening concerts $15 and workshops singer, educator, and griot, Baba Jamal $20. Reservations are recommended Koram will be telling stories daily July for all performances, as seated is lim19 – 23. Through his stories and songs, ited. For more information about Koram passes on traditional African values and mores that speak to the entire Storytelling Live!, visit www.storyhuman family, bringing to life the his- or for tickets, call tory, languages, people, and folklore of (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276. world cultures. Have a Summer Art Experience

Ed Stivender Storyteller and author Ed Stivender will appear as resident storyteller July 12 – 16. Best known for his witty improvisations and original interpretations of classic material, Stivender engages his audience in a participatory dance of insight, whimsy and surprise. He will also appear in a special Saturday children’s storytelling concert for children ages 6-10 on July 16 at 10:30 a.m. Called “the Robin Williams of storytelling,” Stivender’s stories combine participation, music and humor at its best. Children’s concert tickets are $5.

Karen A. Foote invites all “art lovers” to attend these shows and competitions this summer. There are many excellent artists in the area and the competition for prizes will be strong. Of course, Karen hopes that her work will be recognized as special by one or more of the judges. In most of these shows there is also a chance by the visitors to vote on a “People’s Choice Award.” Sycamore Shoals Summer Show and Judged Show will be at the Sycamore Shoals State Historical Park, Elizabethton TN beginning with a reception and awarding of prizes on Sunday, June 26 from 1:30-4 PM. The show will be in place until July 27. Juror: Tom Root, Johnson City TN Model City Juried Art Show-Fun Fest will be in the Renaissance Center, Kingsport TN from July 7 until July 27. The show theme is “The World in Our Backyard.” Juror: Bain Butcher, Knoxville TN Virginia Highlands Juried Art Show will be at The Arts Depot, Abingdon VA from July 23 to August 7. Juror: Kathleen Noffsinger, Deltaville, Virginia Newell-Hendershot Watermedia Exhibition (Juried Show) will be at Sycamore Shoals State Historical Park, Elizabethton TN from August 6 – August 26. There will be a reception on Saturday, August 6 from 2-4 PM. Water media demonstrations will be offered from 10 AM prior to the Awards Reception (There will be a break from 12-1 for lunch). All events are free and open to the public. The Judge for this show is Lisa Blankenship Boardwine from Grundy VA. Lisa Boardwine will also teach a three day mixed water media workshop titled, “Abstract Beginnings with Realistic Finishes.” Cost: $150. Classes on Friday & Sat. Aug 26-27 from 9 AM-4 PM and Sunday, Aug 28 from 1-4 PM. Those interested should contact Barbara Jernigan

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Students prepare for film and cinema careers through courses in screenwriting, film history, documentary film, and film and television criticism. In recent years, Milligan students have entered films in independent film festivals throughout the U.S., and many study at the Los Angeles Film Studies Program.

Skills in both traditional and digital photography are taught from an artistic standpoint. One of only a few Christian colleges offering a photography major, Milligan students have consistently won juried shows and had their work featured in Photographer’s Forum Best of College Photography Annual.




The fine arts major develops students’ God-given personalities and talents by increasing their appreciation for and knowledge of human creativity. In addition to being taught fundamental skills, theories, principles, and technologies, students learn the history and current trends in the arts.

Students acquire a strong foundation in visual art skills, insights, and overall aesthetic awareness and have the opportunity to showcase their work in local galleries. Students are prepared to apply to graduate school or to pursue careers as professional artists. Some work in galleries or museums, arts organizations, and freelance art.

The curriculum is taught from an artistic standpoint that prepares students for several music-related careers. Graduates can use their knowledge of basic music theory, solo and ensemble performance practice, and popular and historical music literature for careers in musical theatre, vocal or instrumental coaching, or to assist in studio work.


Productions have been featured at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and graduates are involved in national touring companies, regional theatre, and various fine arts fields throughout the U.S. The Milligan College Theatre for Young Audiences has been touring elementary schools for more than 20 years. Another 20-year tradition is the annual student-directed Festival of One Act Plays and Short Films.

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July 16- Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys, Allen Thompson, Gold Heart, & the Johnny Possum Band (New Zealand) All concerts are at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia and are taped for broadcast on Public Television across America. All concerts begin at 7:00 pm and reserved tickets are available at the Lincoln Theatre box office 276-783-6093/

Fun Fest, Kingsport, July 15-23 Liberty! Sycamore Sholes State Park, Elizabethton, July 14-30. Downtown Kingsport Concert Series, Thursday and Friday Nights, 7 p.m. Broad Street. Free. Bring lawn chairs; No pets and no coolers. Saturday Cruise-In: Elizabethton, Saturday nights through October 5-9 p.m.. Free viewing of antique cars and hot rods. Music On The Square: Downtown Jonesborough. Live outdoor performances by local bands, storytellers, poets and other artists. 7 p.m. Free. Border Bash: Bristol, TN./VA. Live music Friday nights through August beginning at 6 p.m. with children’s activities, crafters and concessions. Live music 7 p.m. Free. Belle Chere Festival, Asheville, N.C. July 29-31. Three day festival all day and into the night on the streets of downtown Asheville. 300,000 festivalgoers expected. Vendors, crafts and food. Free admission. 4 stages with a variety of musical acts.

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Yp Tri Invites Area Teens To Help Others

NFS Donation Provides Kids With Leadership Adventures At NFS donation provides kids with leadership adventures at DoeGorge. River Gorge Doe River (ERWIN, TN)--Dozens children from the Unicoi County will County enjoy summertime activities TN – June 8, of 2011) – Dozens of children from thearea Unicoi area will enjoy at Doe River Gorge thanks to a $20,000 donation from Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. (NFS), summertime activities at Doe River Gorge thanks to a $20,000 donation from Nuclear Fuel a subsidiary of The Babcock & Wilcox Services, Inc. (NFS), a subsidiary of Company. The Babcock & Wilcox Company.

The programs at Doe River Gorge include the Adventure Quest and the Junior Adventure Quest, both of which allow kids to participate in physical activities like vertical rock climbing and whitewater tubing, and also personal development opportunities such as leadership workshops. “We recognize the connection between strong communities and good business, and we understand that the future of Unicoi County depends on our children,” Joseph G. Henry, NFS President said. “We are pleased to be able to provide the opportunity for local children to enjoy the unique personal growth and team-building adventures at Doe River Gorge.”


The Doe River Gorge NFS Scholarships provide funding for Unicoi County children with limited financial means. Through outreach to local schools and churches, Doe River Gorge has already awarded scholarships to over 20 children, and hopes to receive applications from even more. MARION, VA. “When kids come to Doe River Gorge, they will experience fun, adventure, acceptance, and love through a variety of life-changing and exciting activities and programs,” said Terry at 7:00 PMNFS Maughon, Founder and President of Doe River Gorge Saturday, Ministries. July “We 16, are 2011 honored to add This show will be taped for national broadcast on Public Television. to our long list of supporters who help us accomplish our mission.”

Hosted by: Tim White Tickets: $25.00

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Reserved admission tickets available at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office or by calling 276-783-6093.

NFS President Joseph G. Henry presents Doe River Gorge Officials with check Doe River Gorge Main Office 220 Doe River Gorge Road Gold Heart Hampton, TN 37658 presented by... Media is invited to arrive at 3:00 p.m. The presentation will begin at 3:30 p.m.


Allen Thompson About NFS Located in Erwin, Tenn., NFS operates a uranium fuel materials production facility to support America’s fleet of nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers. It also converts Cold War-era government stockpiles of highly enriched uranium into material suitable nuclear reactor fuel. MARION, VA. for further processing into commercial

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Lauri Turpin This show will be taped for national broadcast on Public Television. Communications Manager Nuclear Fuel Services Hosted by: Tim White 423.735.5698 

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Reserved admission tickets available at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office or by calling 276-783-6093.

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Song of the Mountains is underwritten by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, Mountain States Health Alliance, Bryant Label Co. of Blountville, TN, TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA, The Bank of Marion, Emory & Henry College,, Carter Family Fold, Alpha Natural Resources, WBRF 98.1 fm and Virginia Tourism Corporation. Support also from Marion and Smyth County, VA.

Doe River Gorge Media Contact: Josh Mancuso Director of Communication & Marketing Media Sponsors: Doe River Gorge Ministries 423.725.4010  “Talent lineup for Song of the Mountains live concerts subject to change.”

Johnson City - The Young Professionals of the Tri-Cities (YPTri) invites teenagers from around the region to participate in its summer project, which will benefit other teens across Northeast Tennessee. Beginning now through the end of the summer, high school students from classes of 2012 to 2015 are invited to take part in The Duffel Bag Project, a competition in which participants will collect needed items for a regional not-for-profit that provides for foster and adopted children in transition. The project is designed to benefit Barnyard Blessings, an organization in Greeneville whose ultimate vision is to help end the foster care crisis in the region. When children are taken into foster care, they often are unable to take any of their personal belongings with them. Barnyard Blessings gives children in this region a duffel bag filled with essential items and allows them to “shop” in their store for new or gently used clothing, furniture, toys, books and more. “When we heard about Barnyard Blessings, we knew we had to do something to help,” said Penny Fairies, fundraising director for YPTri. “We hope teenagers in the region will see this as a fantastic opportunity to give back to their peers. We also hope that after the project, they will continue to see the value in giving back.” Participating high school students will form teams of up to 12 people, with a designated team captain. Participants not already affiliated with a team will be grouped into teams by organizers. Each team will collect needed items including new toys, clothing, new pajamas, shoes, belts, purses, bathing suits, coats, dressers, and twin beds. Each item will be assigned a point value, which will be outlined at www. Teams will compete for the highest point totals and will be rewarded with an exclusive end-of-summer party at Doe River Gorge. In addition to team competition members of YPTri will be working to secure sponsorships from community businesses and organizations. Needs include financial donations, in-kind donations of prizes to be awarded at the end-ofsummer party, and donations of essential items. Financial donations will benefit both Barnyard Blessings and Doe River Gorge, which are both not-for-profit organizations. Businesses and individuals interested in donating should e-mail

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Bays Mountain Park Announces StarWatch and SunWatch Programs

Bays Mountain Park’s observing sessions of our night skies and the sun have returned! StarWatch is a free outdoor program allowing the public to enjoy the splendor of the night sky at the park’s observatories. Hosted by the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club, members operate the park’s

telescopes, as well as their own, to offer an exciting tour of the night sky. Viewers can gaze at the moon’s craters and imagine themselves flying over in a spacecraft, and also witness celestial places of star birth and star death. Solar Viewing is a great way to learn about the sun, our nearest star. Programs are free, after normal park entry, and are held each clear Saturday & Sunday from 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. at the domed observatory. Viewers will get to witness the sun up close and in detail. Those lucky enough to see a sunspot will see

a dark patch on the sun’s photosphere that will probably be at least the size of the earth! Unlike StarWatch programs, in the event of cloudy or inclement weather, there will be

no alternative program. Annually, more than 150,000 visitors pass through Bays Mountain Park making it one of the State of Tennessee’s Top 50 Most Visited Attractions, according to the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. One of the nation’s largest city-owned parks with 3,550 acres, Bays Mountain Park features 38 miles of hiking trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, wildlife habitats, fun exhibits, a 44-acre lake, trails for mountain biking and much, much more.

multiple roles for Bays Mountain Park. Requiring only adult supervision, the junior course would provide children a fun yet healthy option for recreation and play as it is designed to provide a physical challenge enhancing strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness. Visiting schools in search of a new approach to environmental education through recreation will have additional programming options to include in their visits as specially designed programs and activities can be used with the junior course. The junior course/adventure playground features giant logs and beams from harvested hemlocks and includes a treehouse, swings, challenging ropes elements and more. Similar junior course/adventure playgrounds have been instrumental in the fight against childhood obesity. A common, and critical, feature of each component is that each can be used by participants with a wide range of abilities making it ideal for any number of user groups and organizations. Future programming for the proposed facilities could possibly be supported by funding achieved through grants aimed at environmental education and the prevention and control of childhood obesity. Such grants could come from federal programs such as the National Institute of Health or opportunities created by the No Child Left Behind Act. The potential to add the adventure elements comes at a time when Bays Mountain Park just completed its first strategic plan

in the park’s nearly 40-year history. The strategic plan is designed to help guide the park’s development through the next 15-20 years and will also help maintain its preservation efforts. Recent improvements to the park also include the $1.3 million upgrade of the Planetarium, completed in March 2009. “The addition of these facilities will help diversify the park’s offerings and assist the park in attracting new users while enhancing the benefits already available to visitors,” said Chris McCartt, City of Kingsport’s assistant to the city manager. “The continued growth of Bays Mountain Park is important to Kingsport. The park obviously serves as one of our key tourism attractions and educational facilities, but is also a key component when it comes to recruiting families such as young professionals and retirees to Kingsport. Quality of life issues are heavily considered in their decision making and the park’s features really help in those recruitment efforts.” Annually, more than 150,000 visitors pass through Bays Mountain Park making it one of the State of Tennessee’s Top 50 Most Visited Attractions, according to the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. One of the nation’s largest city-owned parks with 3,550 acres, Bays Mountain Park features 38 miles of hiking trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, wildlife habitats, fun exhibits, a 44-acre lake, trails for mountain biking and much, much more. Bays Mountain Park - (423) 229-9447 Tom Bowman, Park Director (423) 229-9448

Outdoor Adventure, Team Building Elements Planned for Bays Mountain Park Bays Mountain Park officials and Kingsport city leaders are set to move forward on a proposed Adventure Education and Team Building Project designed to help increase tourism efforts while providing park users with additional outdoor recreation opportunities. “The Adventure Education and Team Building Project will be a great addition to the park allowing us to serve a variety of users in a number of fresh and exciting ways,” said Park Manager Ken Childress. “It would serve as a tremendous benefit to Kingsport’s tourism efforts, as well as a catalyst for creating additional programming aimed at environmental awareness, fitness and recreation.” With conservation and preservation vital missions of Bays Mountain Park, the project is environmentally friendly and would have a minimal impact on the appearance of the park common area. The project consists of three key components and will be installed in two phases: a traditional low course ($4,500) and an elevated ropes course ($57,500) will be added this fall, while a junior ropes course/adventure playground ($75,000) will

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be added next year. Perhaps the key piece of the entire project is the elevated ropes course. Adding the elevated ropes course not only provides the park with an exciting new asset to target outdoor adventure seekers, it also provides tourism officials with a better, more competitive opportunity to recruit organizations and businesses seeking team building opportunities to incorporate into their retreats, conferences and conventions. The ropes course, consisting of two towers complete with zip line to exit, offers linear team events designed for four to eight participants to complete together. Utilizing auto belays and additional safety measures, a group of eight can be easily managed by one staff member. The low course, consisting of a series of logs and beams in varying designs placed at ground level, would also provide participants with challenging team building opportunities. Capable of holding up to 72 participants at a time, the low course would feature more than 30 activities and requires minimal staffing. The future second phases addition of the junior course/adventure playground would fulfill

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New Monday Club Officers To Carry On Longtime Tradition Of Community Service New officers are preparing to lead Johnson City’s prestigious Monday Club into a fresh year of community service. Installed during a special meeting at the Johnson City Country Club, which also featured the group’s annual fashion show, sponsored by Masengill’s Specialty Shop, the new officers are: Mattie Mullins, president; Barbara Hubbs, first vice president; Yvonne Buford, second vice president; Phyllis Brown, recording secretary; Marylou Conant, corresponding secretary; Betty Moore, treasurer; and Barbara Santolla, assistant treasurer. Mullins served previously as president during 2003-4, and said she was pleased Harpist Martha Painter entertains to return to leadership of the club. “The Johnson City Country Club. officers and appointees have met in exec- drama and literature.” During the 1895-6 administration, utive sessions with plans in place for another wonderful year as we continue the the club was invited to attend the organipurpose of the organization. Our theme zational meeting of the Tennessee Federafor the coming year is ‘Bloom Where You tion of Women’s Clubs in Knoxville, the Are.’ Twenty-three prospective members Johnson City group becoming a charter are being invited to join the club, which member. At the same time, under the leadership will bring our membership to over 200,” of Harris, the first Johnson City Public Mullins said. Barbara Powell, immediate past presi- Library was established. “These women dent, said the club has roots dating back did a house-to-house canvass to collect books, and $1 from each family,” Powell to the late 19th century. “The Monday Club was formed in said. “Their second effort was a cakewalk, 1892 by 10 visionary women – Mrs. J.E. which netted $25 and another 50 books. Crandell, Miss Jennis Crumley, Mrs. C.D. With the addition of a table, bookcase, Friberg, Miss Florence Harris, Mrs. W.P. and a stack of magazines, they opened Harris, Mrs. E.T. Hart, Mrs. M.A. Miller, their first library upstairs in the Reeves Mrs. Frank Stratton, Mrs. R.L. Taylor and building. “Those ladies served as volunteer Mrs. P.M. Ward,” Powell said. The women intended to “form a librarians several afternoons a week, small reading circle, and they adopted the cleaned, built fires in the small stoves, name, the Monday Reading Club. They mended books and dressed them in cheery met every Monday to study history, art, jackets. They rejoiced when that had an

the Monday Club luncheon at the

extra $3 to purchase a rocking chair for their library,” Powell said. The Johnson City organization became a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1914. Powell said the roots of GFWC can be traced back to 1868. It was then that Jane Cunningham Croly, a professional journalist in New York who wrote under the pen name “Jennie June,” attempted to attend a dinner honoring British novelist Charles Dickens at an all-male press club, Powell said. Denied admittance because she was a women, Croly decided to form Sorosis, a club for women, named with the Greek word meaning “an aggregation, a sweet flavor of many fruits.” In 1890, Croly extended an invitation to women’s clubs throughout the United States to attend a ratification convention in New York. Sixty-three clubs attended that April and formed the GFWC.

The Monday Club has six departments, classified by our parent organization, GFWC International, that establish what our bi-monthly program should contain,” Powell said. “They are: Arts, Education, Home Life, Conservation, Public Issues and International Outreach. There are committees and chairs for each, and they decide on their yearly programs.” In addition to the departments, Powell said the club has supported many projects during the year of her presidency, including those for the Salvation Army Christmas stockings for the “Angel children;” the Youth Poetry Contest in the city school system; Arts Corp, a program of the Johnson City Area Arts Council that works with homeless and at-risk children; Good Samaritan Ministries; American Cancer Society; and Safe Pas-

dia and design. “As our programming has grown rapidly, we needed to improve our marketing capabilities,” says DeAngelis, director of the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Ms. Cutshaw’s experience with our regional media outlets, different ETSU offices and love of the arts made her a great fit for the needs of the program. We’re very excited to have such an experienced inLise Cutshaw dividual joining our staff.” Cutshaw’s career has been evenly public relations. As a writer and editor, split between working in the media and she has worked for the Bristol Herald-

Courier, Kingsport Times-News, Johnson City Press, Colonial Heights Express, Washington County News, Asheville Citizen-Times and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. As a PR professional, she has directed efforts at Union College in Barbourville, Ky., and The Corporate Image in Bristol and worked free-lance for 14 years. For the last 11 years, she has taught journalism, PR and some advertising at East Tennessee State University. “Although I have worked for many arts-related clients while at ETSU and

The new department chairs of the Monday Club.

sage Domestic Violence Shelter. An additional project during the year was “Food for Kids,” sponsored by the Home Life department, through which malnourished school children are selected, with help of teachers, and provided with food. “Things we do for ourselves include original adult poetry, presented by a member at a monthly meeting; a book exchange; special music provided by some extraordinary musicians at each meeting; and history and scrapbook preparation that leaves a permanent record of our year,” Powell said. The Monday Club meets twice monthly from October through May. All meetings are at the Johnson City Public Library except December and May. Prospective members are sponsored by current members.

Newspaper, Pr Veteran To Help Promote Mary B. Martin’s 3rd Season, New Endeavors JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – East Tennessee State University’s Mary B. Martin School of the Arts was conceived in 2008 and introduced to the area in 2009. Its new – and first – media and marketing coordinator was also born in Johnson City, and brings more than 30 years of experience to the young arts program. In mid-May, public relations and journalism veteran Lise Cutshaw began promoting MBM SOTA under the direction of Anita DeAngelis. Cutshaw will be assisting with not only PR for Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, but also marketing, advertising, social me-

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covered the arts as a writer, the prospect of promoting the arts full time, especially a relatively new program with so many initiatives, is absolutely exhilarating,” says Cutshaw, who holds two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s from ETSU. “I can see already that it’s going to be one of those jobs where you marvel at getting paid for doing what you love most.” The school was established in 2009 by James C. “Jim” Martin in memory of his wife, who earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from ETSU while working at Eastman Chemical Co.

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The HCG Transformation program at LiveFIT Medicine Offers A True Lifestyle Change

By Willie Hamilton The HCG Transformation Program at LiveFIT Medicine is based on a diet developed by Dr. ATW Simeons and published in 1954. The diet itself is relatively simple. You are allowed 2 small serving of protein, 2 vegetables, 2 fruit, and pieces of melba toast. The hormone is HCG( the pregnancy hormone) and the diet is a calorie restricted diet of less than 500 calories per day with no fewer than 23 injections and no more than 40. The average weight loss for men is 1-2 pounds per day and for women between ½ 1 pound per day. You feel surprisingly well with sufficient energy to perform your daily tasks with a few minor side effects. The first week you may develop a mild headache and possibly a little constipation. My own personal struggles with obesity it what has led me to change my practice from Endocrinology to Lifestyle medicine. After serving 8 years in the U.S. Army and after being honorably discharged I finished my degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner which led to me gaining upto 260 pounds. After developing early signs of Type 2 diabetes I knew something had to change. I began evaluating my lifestyle and started to eat cleaner. I tried running again but my knees hurt to the point that it was to difficult to run so a friend of mine pushed me into getting a bike. I began riding and noticed that my knees no longer hurt and I was feeling better and kept pushing myself harder each week. My blood sugar was normalizing and after 3 years I was able to drop 95 pounds. After practicing Diabetes with Dr. Matthew Beasey for almost 5 years I read the manuscript “Pounds & Inches” by Dr. ATW Simeons. Little did I know that this manuscript would change my life. My first patient was a friend I had been treating with Diabetes and severely elevated Cholesterol. He was on every medicine you could take besides insulin and had an Hgb A1C of 10.5. He was a truck driver and could not take insulin. When we first agreed to go on the HCG diet I was a bit skeptical but after only 1 week his blood sugar levels were dropping and I was having to take him off medica-

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tions. By the end of the 40 days Billy Dishner was off every medication for diabetes , cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Next I put my 330 pound brother on the diet and he dropped over 40 pounds and has since dropped over 100 and maintains his weight. I knew that there was something missing from the HCG diet because you could only be on the diet for 6 weeks then you had to be off for atleast 6 weeks. From this point I knew that adding a structured exercise program to the HCG would be beneficial but I had no idea the impact it would have. So I decided to open a fitness center and combine medicine with fitness. My first client in the HCG Transformation Program was John Goddard and after a year of working with John he was able to lose 226 pounds. Since a little over a year ago we have had almost 50 people lose over 100 pounds and within the next few weeks our 3rd client will have dropped over the 200 pounds mark. So what makes us different? Our program is based on the original Simeon diet. There are 4 phases to our program and we walk you through each step of the way. Phase 1 & 2 are the 40 days of the diet and phase 3 we have develop into a low carbohydrate diet and this is where we begin our 6-8 week strength conditioning program. After you reach your goal we do metabolic testing and teach you how to keep your weight normal without dieting. So basically we are offering a lifestyle change.

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Facts about Willie Hamilton •Board Certified Family Nurse practitioner •Board Certified in Nutrition and Sports medicine •Certified Personal Trainer •Honorably Discharged Veteran of the US Army •Certified level 2 cycling coach •Avid runner and cyclist

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Willie Hamilton shakes hands with Joe Byrd morning news anchor for WXBQ. He is now off his insulin pump.

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Man’s Amazing Fight Against Obesity Congratulations Leads toOutHis Losing Over 200 Pounds! ‘N About I am writing today to you about winning my fight against obesity. My name is John Goddard and I’m a 32 year old Wellness Counselor and radio news writer/anchor from Kingsport, Tennessee. Just over one year ago, I found myself weighing 410 pounds; unhappy and certainly unhealthy. At 5’8” tall, I boasted a 62” waist and wore a size 4XL shirt. I had begun experiencing random sharp painful numbness and poor circulation. I was so large that I couldn’t fit into a booth at a restaurant when I’d go out to eat. I couldn’t enjoy rides at the amusement park because I was too large to ride most of them. I would often get laughed at and pointed out by teenagers when I’d go out in public, which led to social anxiety. To say I was discouraged and had low self esteem would be an understatement. I would often find myself going straight home after work and locking myself away in my house avoiding all social interaction. I would hide from people I knew in public because I was embarrassed to be seen. My weight issues date as far back

as middle school, but I didn’t start really gaining weight until I was on and off steroid medication for illness and placed on various medications to fight seizures. A combination of the weight gain, illness and being in a place of development that is difficult for most young people caused me to have extremely high stress and anxiety levels. Through these difficult years, I found that singing was my release. I would sing to escape the painful reality I lived in. My sophomore year in high school, I was accepted to be in my school’s top competitive show choir. If you’ve ever watched the show Glee, this choir was very similar. As a group, we danced and sang competitively. The music director had often commented about my weight and size. Eventually I was weighed weekly and told that my performance privileges would be revoked if I didn’t get my weight under control. I underwent several “diets” including Weight Watchers. I ended up continuing to gain weight. Regardless I went on to have a very successful run in the show choir until I graduated high school. Nonetheless, this affected my self esteem even

more and caused a large amount of my focus to be on my weight. Throughout my twenties, I had numerous failed attempts at weight lost and continued gaining. Just when I felt most hopeless, I heard about gastric bypass. The gastric bypass surgery was a new procedure being offered in the war against weight. By the age of 25, I was 320 pounds, and decided to attempt to get this surgery. I jumped through the six months of hoops required to qualify for the surgery and was devastated when my insurance company told me I was not a candidate for the surgery. By this point, my BMI was well over the minimum required amount, I had been diagnosed with sleep apnea and was on a Bi-pap machine, and my family history was full of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Within six months after my diagnosis, I was laid off from my job at the time. The loss of my job caused me additional stress which led to excessive eating. The biggest wakeup call came a little over a year ago when I realized bathroom hygiene had become a challenge. I would often have to shower after using

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john goddard Before After the restroom because I couldn’t reach feel and look better than I ever have. to wipe myself clean. I felt broken, The transformation program encourashamed and hopeless. aged me in such a way that I decided My new director at the radio station, to take my career in a different direcDuane Shuecraft, had talked to me tion and help others. In January of about joining Anytime Fitness in King- this year, I gave up medical courier sport. I figured I’d give myself one more position with Laboratory Corporation shot in my fight against the fat and de- of America to go to work as a wellness cided to look into it. I signed up for a counselor for LIVEfit Medicine’s One 2 membership in January of 2010. One Weight Management program. I had my metabolic rate tested and The transformation I experienced, began exercising and watching what both mentally and physically, was so I ate. I decided this wasn’t enough. I incredible that I have decided to strive enlisted the help of owner, nurse practowards becoming a personal trainer titioner, and personal trainer, Willie Hamilton, to work with me through the to help people the way I was helped. gym’s weight management and physi- Tennessee consistently makes the top cal training program. Willie began ten most obese states, so I am confiworking with me one-on-one March dent that several people face the same 16th, 2010 and has continued through struggles I faced for so many years. It the present time. I’m now 192 pounds takes a lot of hard work, and there is and still dropping less than a year later. no doubt that there are moments of My waist has shrunk to a size 38 and my frustration on the road to recovery, but shirt size has been reduced to medium. with positive reinforcement I know it’s While everyday is still a struggle, I possible to take control of your life.

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Historical Trust to sponsor annual ‘Boones Creek Day’ He may not have known it, but when Daniel Boone killed a bear on the frontier, and commemorated it by carving the date on a tree, he also bequeathed his legendary name to a creek, a highway and a community. And from that long-ago day, more than 250 years ago, some of America’s greatest have congregated along the pure waters of the stream that now bears Boone’s name, including William Bean, his hunting partner and friend, who settled where the creek emptied into the Watauga River, becoming the first settler in what is now Tennessee. In keeping with that special heritage and spirit of adventure, the Boones Creek Historical Trust is again sponsoring Boones Creek Day on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Boones Creek Potters Gallery and Gift Shop, 2362 New Boones Creek Road (State Route 354), located immediately past the western side of the railroad trestle. “It is a celebration of the history of Boones Creek,” said Edward Bowman, one of the founders of the trust, which he said was the brain child of Ruth Hodges. “The trust was established in 1986. It came out of the Tennessee Homecoming celebration. and was organized to preserve, protect and collect the history of the Boones

Boones Creek Historical Trust organizer Edward Bowman, center, describes the Clark House – now housing Boones Creek Potters Gallery – from the room that was his great-great grandfather’s office as gallery owner Jennifer Reese, left, looks on.

Boones Creek Historical Trust leaders, from left, Lilly Hensley, Edward Bowman, Vickie Shell and Bo Bowman.

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Creek community – the oldest community in Tennessee.” Bowman said the idea of Boones Creek Day is also in keeping with another old tradition in the community. “For many, many years, there was a fall festival each year at Boones Creek school – now the middle school – and the community supported and enjoyed that very much.” Bowman and fellow organizers and trust members Vickie Shell, Lilly Hensley and Bo Bowman gathered at the gallery with owner Jennifer Reese to share information and give a brief tour of the imposing clapboard house that will be headquarters for the event. “We’re paying really close attention to the quality of the craftspeople, and the vendors we are inviting,” Shell said. “There will be a potter’s booth where kids can get their hands right in there and actually make a clay pot on a wheel. There will be llamas for them to pet. It’s going to be a really child-friendly atmosphere.” There will be a variety of craft demonstrations, including beads, gourds, crafts, fine art, pottery, jewelry, wood turning, chair caning, photography, books, paintings, “Daniel Boone Knives” and much more. Antique spinning wheels and wool implements will be on display, and some special four-legged guests will be in attendance for a petting zoo, courtesy of Limestone Llamas. Tours of the house will be offered at noon and at 3 p.m. The trust’s popular cookbooks will also be on sale. Plenty of food will be available and entertainment provided by the Rockingham Road Band and the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Band. Admission to Boones Creek Day is free. Sponsors include Food City, the Johnson City Power Board, Boones Creek Pharmacy, Evergreen of Johnson City, Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, People’s Community Bank, Snowden’s Siding Roofing and Windows, Ingle’s, Youngdale Interiors, Boones Creek Outdoor Power Equipment, Snyder Funeral Home, Pride Communications, Green Realty, Bowman Farm and Springs and Zak’s Furniture. Reese bought the gallery 12 years ago and, two and a half years ago, moved it to the historic Clark house. “We’ve enjoyed it here very much,” Reese said. “It’s a good connection for us.” Standing in the room that once served as the office of his greatgreat grandfather, Dr. Joseph Lee Clark, Bowman recounted the doctor’s longtime service to the community. “He was also a farmer and teacher – and teaching principal at the old Gravel Hill School, just over the ridge from here. Most people probably know it as the Columbia Institute. It is presently the Reid home,” Bowman said. “And Ed is the spitting image of him,” Shell said, with a grin.

“The only thing missing is the mustache.” Bowman’s grandfather and Shell’s grandfather were brothers among the 13 children Clark raised. He labored long and hard through cholera and smallpox epidemics. With fear gripping the community, sometimes only the doctor and his children were available to tend to, and ultimately bury the bodies of the victims. “He knew all the families in the area. Many times he didn’t charge for his services but, if he did, the maximum charge was $1 – $1.50 if he went to their house,” Bowman said. “He had a horse named ‘Cleveland.’ Now, when he would go take care of someone, sometimes he had already had a long day, and the story goes that he would sometimes fall asleep in the saddle, or in the buggy, and that good old horse would bring him back home without fail.” Clark also served as a justice of the peace, and it was not uncommon that people would show up at the house so he could perform their marriage. The parlor was generally reserved for that special activity. Bowman recalled a story about one rather red-faced fellow who showed up with his daughter and a young man.

A few of the Boones Creek Potters Gallery items are featured in the house parlor.

“Clark said to him, ‘Let me take a look at that license.’ And when he pulled back his coat, there in his other hand was a shotgun...” Bowman laughed. “So apparently he intended for the nuptials to take place.” Another time, two men and two women arrived, doubled on their respective horses. Shortly Clark arrived on Cleveland, and asked if he could help them. “They told him they wanted to get married. He performed the service while they were sitting right out there in the yard on horseback.” In addition to being a member of the county court, Clark was chairman of the Washington County Democratic Party. Oftentimes he would join another prominent Boones Creek citizen, W.F. Carter, who was chairman of the Washington County Republican Party and also a magistrate, and they would ride together to meetings at the courthouse in Jonesborough. (The Boones Creek Historical Trust meets at Boones Creek Christian Chapel, 305 Christian Church Road – at the corner of Boones Creek Road – on the third Monday of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Carlos Whaley at 423-620-7483 or visit the website:

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