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Food City 500 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 - NASCAR Nationwide Series PittLite 125 – K&N Pro Series Ford Fan Friday – Practice and Qualifying Friday, March 14th 12n – 9pm What happens when NASCAR’s new qualifying format meets the first short track test of the season? We’ll find out when Ford Fan Friday gets underway at the Last Great Colosseum! It’s a full day that starts when gates open at noon, packed with Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Practice and Qualifying. The excitement on the track is rivaled only by the greatest Fan Fest in all of NASCAR – Food City Race Night – which starts at 4pm on the grounds of Bristol Motor Speedway and features driver autograph sessions, live entertainment, free food, racing simulators and more.

Saturday, March 15thth 2pm, 4:45pm The modern-day gladiators of the NASCAR Nationwide Series will battle in what is routinely one of the best shows in motorsports during the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300. Decided by just over .02 seconds last March, this Saturday doubleheader is not to be missed! Then, as soon as the checkers wave, buckle up for the K&N Pro Series PITT LITE 125 featuring many of the sports future stars. If you have yet to experience this spectacular Saturday showdown, it’s time to purchase your tickets and feel the intensity of racing inside the world’s Last Great Colosseum.

Sunday, March 16th 1pm NASCAR’s top men and women will fire their engines for the March racing weekend’s battle royale and the first Sprint Cup short track showdown of 2014 – the Food City 5009. It’s an event every NASCAR fan should experience at The Last Great Coliseum and always provides some of the best action of the NASCAR season.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM- Ticket Office (OBS Building) 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM- Guest Relations (OBS Building) 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM- Speedway World Souvenir Store (OBS Building)

Sunday, March 9, 2014 All Day- North and South Entrances Open Closed- Dragway Entrance 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM- Ticket Office (OBS Building) 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM- Guest Relations (OBS Building) 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM- Speedway World Souvenir Store (OBS Building) Monday, March 10, 2014 All Day- North and South Entrances Open Closed- Dragway Entrance 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM- Ticket Office (OBS Building) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM- Guest Relations (OBS Building) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM- Speedway World Souvenir Store (OBS Building) 10:00 AM- Campground (Medallion Campground) Tuesday, March 11, 2014 All Day- North Entrance Open All Day- South Entrance Open All Day- Dragway Entrance (Permit Only) 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM- Ticket Office (OBS Building) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM- Guest Relations (OBS Building) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM- Speedway World Souvenir Store (OBS Building) Wednesday, March 12, 2014 All Day- South and Dragway Entrance PERMIT ONLY/ North Entrance Closed 8:00 AM- Campground (Dragway and Landing Campground) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM- Guest Relations (OBS Building) 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM- Ticket Office (OBS Building) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM- Speedway World Souvenir Store (OBS Building) Thursday, March 13, 2014 All Day- North Entrance Closed All Day- Dragway, South, Copperhead Road Entrances Open (Camping & Vendor Set-up) 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM- BMS Credential Office (South Entrance) 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM- Speedway World Souvenir Store (OBS Building) 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM- Ticket Office (OBS Building) 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM- Guest Relations (OBS Building) 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM- Souvenir Trailers - North Lot and Display Lot 12:00 PM- Spectator Gates Open (Gate 10 only) 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM- PittLite 125 Practice 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM- PittLite 125 Final Practice 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM- Food City Campground Shuttle to Food City Store Hwy. 394 5:00 PM- Group Qualifying 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM- SCC Track Lap for Kids Friday, March 14, 2014 Ford Fan Friday All Day- North Entrance Closed All Day- Dragway, South, Copperhead Road Entrances Open - PERMIT ONLY 6:00 AM- BMS Parking Lots Open (South, North, Dragway,Lot A, Copperhead Rd., Speedway Parking) 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM- BMS Credential Office (South Entrance) 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM- Speedway World Souvenir Store (OBS Building) 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM- Food City Campground Shuttle to Food City Store Hwy. 394 9:00 AM to 1 hours after conclusion of Event- Guest Welcome Village Next to Orange Bridge at Display 9:00 AM to 2 hours after conclusion of Event- Guest Relations (OBS Building) 9:00 AM to TBD- Ticket Office (OBS Building) 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM- Kids Zone - North Entrance and Display Lot 10:00 AM to conclusion of Event Souvenir Trailers - North Lot and Display Lot 11:00 AM to 1 Hour after start of Race- Ticket Booths (2, 3, 8, 11, 13 and 15) 12:00 PM- Spectator Gates / Suite Gates Open

(Gates 1, 2, 8, 13 & 15 - Suite Gates 7, 8, 10, 16 & 18) 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM- Food City 500 Practice 1:40 PM to 2:30 PM- Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Presented by Lilly Diabetes Practice 2:00 PM- Flex Seal Corn hole Tournament Qualifier 3:00 PM to 4:25 PM- Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Presented by Lilly Diabetes Final Practice 4:35 PM- Ford Fan Friday Pole Qualifying 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM- Food City Race Night (Hospitality Area) 5:00 PM- Kasey Smith Concert (Earhart Campground) 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM- Richard Petty Driving Experience 7:00 PM- The Twang Bangers Concert (Earhart Campground) 10:00 PM- Benny Wilson Band Concert (Earhart Campground) Saturday, March 15, 2014 NNS Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Presented by Lilly Diabetes/ Pittlite 125 All Day- North Entrance Closed All Day- Dragway, South, Copperhead Road Entrances Open - PERMIT ONLY 6:00 AM- BMS Parking Lots Open (South, North, Dragway, Lot A, Copperhead Rd., Speedway Parking) 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM- BMS Credential Office (South Entrance) 8:00 AM to TBD Guest Welcome Village - Next to Orange Bridge at Display 8:00 AM to 2 hours after conclusion of Event- Guest Relations (OBS Building) 8:00 AM to TBD- Ticket Office (OBS Building) 8:00 AM to TBD- Ticket Booths (2, 3, 8, 11, 13 and 15) 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM- Speedway World Souvenir Store (OBS Building) 8:00 AM to conclusion of Event- Souvenir Trailers - North Lot and Display Lot 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon- Food City Campground Shuttle to Food City Store Hwy. 394 9:00 AM- Spectators Gates / Suite Gates Open (All Gates and Elevator Towers B & C) 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM- Kids Zone - North Entrance and Display Lot 9:00 AM to 9:50 AM- Food City 500 Practice 10:00 AM- Flex Seal Cornhole Tournament Qualifier 10:05 AM- Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Presented by Lilly Diabetes Qualifying 11:30 AM- K&N Driver Autograph Session (Inside Gate 14 - Upper Level Mezzanine near Tower H) 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM- Food City 500 Final Practice 1:30 PM- Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Presented by Lilly Diabetes Driver Introductions 2:00 PM- Start of Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Presented by Lilly Diabetes Race 4:30 PM- PittLite 125 Driver Introductions 4:45 PM- Start of PittLite 125 Race 5:00 PM- Kasey Smith Concert (Earhart Campground) 6:00 PM- Matt Stillwell Concert (BMS Stage - Display) 7:00 PM- Benton Blount Concert (Earhart Campground) 10:00 PM- Chris Hennessee Concert (Earhart Campground) Sunday, March 16, 2014 NSCS Food City 500 6:00 AM- BMS Parking Lots Open (South, North, Dragway, Lot A, Copperhead Rd., Speedway Parking) 6:00 AM to 1:30 PM- BMS Credential Office (South Entrance) 8:00 AM to 1 hour after conclusion of Event- Guest Welcome Village Next to Orange Bridge at Display 8:00 AM to 2 hours after conclusion of Event- Guest Relations (OBS Building) 8:00 AM to TBD- Ticket Office (OBS Building) 8:00 AM to TBD- Ticket Booths (2, 3, 8, 11, 13 and 15) 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM- Speedway World Souvenir Store (OBS Building) 8:00 AM to conclusion of Event- Souvenir Trailers - North Lot and Display Lot 9:00 AM- Spectators Gates/ Suite Gates Open (All Gates and Elevator Towers B & C) 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM- Kids Zone - North Entrance and Display Lot 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM- Hospitality Track Tours 9:30 AM- Chris Hennessee Concert (Earhart Campground) 10:00 AM- Flex Seal Corn hole Tournament Championship 11:00 AM- “Hot Pass in Effect” (Entire Infield) 12:30 PM- Food City 500 Driver Introductions 1:00 PM- Start of Food City 500 Race

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Mountain States Hospice seeking March Out ‘N About Things To Do: volunteers, will offer training session Mountain States Hospice is seeking volunteers, and will offer a training session March 20-21. No medical background is required, only a willing heart and 12 to 16 hours of training. The role requires compassionate, caring individuals who would like to bring a ray of sunshine, love and care into the lives of the terminally ill and their families. Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) Hospice volunteers perform a variety of vital tasks, including administrative duties, spending time with patients and providing rest for a short time for patient family members. “We have an average now of 62 patients and our need for volunteers is greatly increasing,” said Anna Crawford, RN, volunteer coordinator and hospice admission coordinator. Hospice is focused on the patient and family and: • Provides support and care for those in the last phases of life-limiting illness • Recognizes completing life is an important part of living • Affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death

• Focuses on quality of life for individuals and their family caregivers Training on March 20-21 will be at the Mountain States Hospice Office, 101 Med Tech Park, Suite 100, Johnson City, Tenn., and lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. A background check must be completed, and volunteers are required to have a flu shot in order to serve. “All ages can volunteer, from teenagers to retired people,” Crawford said. “It’s such a wonderful program. This helps the patient and is also very rewarding to the volunteer.” To volunteer or for more information, contact Crawford at 423-431-6146 or CrawfordAC@msha. com. Please RSVP by March 13.

March 7th “Finding Hollywood” film screening ETSU D. K. Culp Center. Free to the public. 423-439-8587. March 8th Audrey Auld with William Schmitt, Kingsport Renaissance Center, $12. 7 p.m. www.engagekingsport.com March 8th Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Seeger Chapel, Milligan College. Tickets call: 423-926-8742. March 12th Women of Ireland, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN. 7:30 p.m. Tickets call: 423-274-8920. March 20th Rita Venable, author of Butterflies of Tennessee, Field & Garden. She will speak at 7 p.m. at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. Info: 423-348-6572. March 23rd Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra spring concert. 3 p.m. Seeger Chapel, Milligan College. Free. Info: 423-392-8423. March 24th Harlem Globetrotters, Freedom Hall, Johnson City, TN. 7 p.m. Tickets: 423-461-4855. March 30th The Steel Wheels with Hannah Aldridge, 7 p.m. Kingsport Renaissance Center, Kingsport, TN. Tickets: $15. Visit web: www.engagekingsport.com

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Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza Coming on April 12th Johnson City, TN — Craft beer lovers are counting down the days until the Third Annual Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza, sponsored by Shock Top Brewing Company. Tickets are on sale now at www.thirstyorange.com and start at $40. The beer sampling event will include more than 100 unique craft beers, many of which are exclusive brews just for the festival. “We represent everything craft beer and the Thirsty Orange is meant to celebrate the incredible talented brewers we have in this region,” said organizer Stephanie Carson. In addition to sampling,

the event is also home to the Tennessee Iron Brewer’s Challenge where a select group of brewers will create a beer from a specified list of ingredients, including one “secret” ingredient. The Mixology Bar is back,

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Light shines on future stars in PittLite 125 BRISTOL, Tenn. — ­ United Mining Equipment is the latest company to join the Bristol Motor Speedway family as entitlement sponsor of the season-opening NASCAR K&N Series event BMS officials announced today. The PittLite 125 takes place March 15 at the Last Great Colosseum and is the first point event for the tour that serves as a proving ground for the sport’s future stars. In just two years, the event has established itself as one of the most competitive races in the series for drivers working their way up the ladder. Appropriately enough, as drivers look for their moment in the spotlight on the bright stage of BMS, PittLite is a global supplier of industrial and mining lights; and that connection is not lost on the new partners. “Watching these young drivers work to establish themselves and take that next step in their careers, I am sure

they sometimes wonder if there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “Mining is incredibly important to our region as an industry and PittLite often times is the provider of that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel for the men and women doing that hard work. “We have been fortunate through the years to establish relationships with companies that not only share our val-

ues but understand our goals and our guests because, in many instances, they are the same people. Don and the folks at UME are another example of that.” “We are pleased to be associated with Bristol Motor Speedway and the K&N Series race,” said Don Simms, UME President and CEO. “We look forward to building this new relationship. We are excited about the PittLite 125 and have some special promotions planned for that weekend as well.” With the announcement comes a bit of a homecoming for Simms who lived in Bristol for three years as a youth and then returned to live for six years after his service in the United States Air Force. He attended his first race in Bristol in 1979 and has been a guest at many races at the Last Great Colosseum through the years. “I consider Bristol as my hometown and Bristol Motor Speedway my home

BMS officials announce drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Bristol, Tenn — Bristol Motor Speedway officials announced an important new sponsorship of the March 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, now known as the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes. Paired with the K&N Pitt Lite 125, the event kicks off a Saturday racing doubleheader with a sponsorship that highlights the growing epidemic of diabetes not only in Tennessee, but nationwide. “Diabetes is a serious disease that is having a devastating impact on our country. Recent estimates say that by 2050, as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes, unless we take the steps needed to stop it,” said Larry Hausner, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, American Diabetes Association. “The Drive to Stop Diabetes initiative is an integral platform to help us deliver our mission to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.” Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to make or effectively use insulin. It impacts nearly 26 million Americans with Tennessee ranking fifth nationally in percentage of adults diagnosed. A chronic condition, diabetes leads to serious complications if not properly managed and causes more deaths each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. “More than 11 percent of the population of Tennessee has been diagnosed with diabetes. Education and awareness are essential components of prevention and management of the disease,” said Mike Mason, Vice President, U.S., Lilly Diabetes. “By working with the Bristol Motor Speedway, we hope to get people talking

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about diabetes with their doctor, as well as their friends and family.” “We are proud to team up with Lilly Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association in support of Drive to Stop Diabetes,” said BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell. “Diabetes is a prevalent issue nationally and in our local community. We are blessed to have the best fans in the world here at Bristol Motor Speedway, and this sponsorship allows us to call attention to an issue that touches many of them personally.” In October 2013, Lilly Diabetes became the presenting sponsor of the American Diabetes Association’s Drive to Stop Diabetes (D2SD). NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ryan Reed is the voice of the initiative. Reed, now age 20, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 17. He drives the No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing. This race makes the second start on the high banks for Reed. “I can’t wait to get back to Bristol and face the high banks. To be driving the No.16 Drive to Stop Diabetes Ford Mustang in the D2SD 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes race, I just couldn’t ask for a better way to represent the diabetes community. I would like to thank the American Diabetes Association and Lilly Diabetes for taking every single opportunity this year to make this movement more impactful,” said Reed. Tickets to watch Ryan battle on the banks of the Last Great Colosseum during the Saturday, March 15 racing doubleheader start at just $35 so call (855) 580-5525 or visit www.bristoltix. com and reserve your seat today!

track,” Simms said. “I have been there several times as a fan. It is special to now be a partner.” Those interested in purchasing tickets or wanting more information on these events, may go to www.bristoltix.com or call (855) 580-5525. -BMSSpeedway Motorsports is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates the following premier facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sonoma, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries; manufactures

and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars and parts through its U.S. Legend Cars International subsidiary; and produces and broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to radio stations nationwide through its Performance Racing Network subsidiary. The Company also equally-owns Motorsports Authentics, a joint venture formed with International Speedway Corporation to produce, market and sell licensed motorsports merchandise. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www. speedwaymotorsports.com. Based in Butler, Penn., just north of Pittsburgh, United Mining Equipment, Inc., began in 1993. UME is a supplier of top-line equipment, including PittLite products, for the mining industry. www. umeinc.com.

Carl Edwards takes it up a notch at Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn. — It’s an age-old debate, hotly contested by analysts, participants, fans and detractors alike – are the men and women behind the wheels of NASCAR’s finely-tuned machines athletes or simply skilled at quickly navigating a left turn? In 2012, ESPN Sport Science tackled the issue using sensors to monitor the physical impact on drivers during these four-hour marathon events. Reports found temperatures inside the car were upwards of 100 degrees throughout the race with drivers losing a substantial amount of water weight and endure G-forces up to three times greater than a stationary human. Physical demands seemingly magnified at a pressure-cooker like Bristol Motor Speedway, where prior to the adoption of modern cooling systems, it was common for drivers seeking a breather from the cockpit’s blistering heat to turn their rides over to a relief driver partway through the race. Last month, four-time Bristol winner Carl Edwards used practical application to provide his opinion during a media stop at Bristol Motor Speedway to promote the March 16 Food City 500.

“There’s no ‘one hardest thing’ about Bristol,” Edwards said when asked about the demands of racing at The Last Great Colosseum. “It’s a very physical race track, but it’s a really interesting mix. You can be the most physical, the toughest guy in the world, but you can’t relax at Bristol. There’s no human that can hang on and squeeze and tough it out for 500 laps there. “Bristol’s a place that there’s always that elevated tension and you have to learn to make it through that and pace yourself so you can be really intense at the end.” And a driver’s first time navigating the high banks can be even more demanding. “My first time at Bristol was in the truck series,” said the driver of the No. 99 Ford Fusion. “I pulled out for practice, and I don’t think I breathed the whole time. I was gripping the steering wheel so hard, my hands got all worn out. Thankfully my crew chief, Doug Richert, called me in because I don’t think I would’ve made it another 10 – 12 laps. It’s a very intense place.” In order to endure these grueling conditions and sustain a competitive

edge 36 Sundays each year, many of the sport’s stars commit themselves to rigorous off-track fitness regimens making them not only world-class drivers but world-class athletes. Edwards’ capabilities were on display recently at Velocity Sports Performance Bristol as nationally-certified conditioning coaches and East Tennessee State University’s Division 1 coaching staff led him through a footballinspired workout. As Edwards, along with BMS Senior Account Manager and former University of Louisville offensive lineman Graig Hoffman, worked through intense conditioning drills and skirted their passing routes around former Chicago Bears cornerback Teddy Gaines, coaches and trainers alike praised Edwards conditioning and athleticism. “He performed really well,” said Velocity Sports trainer Jason Moreno. “Protecting our athletes is always a priority, so I’m hesitant to put someone I’ve recently met through some of the more strenuous conditioning exercises, but Carl is in great shape and had no trouble executing the moves.” Tickets for the March 16 Food City 500 start at just $65 with weekend packages available for as low as $99, so call (855) 580-5525 or visit www.bristoltix.com to experience this spring’s battle on the high banks.

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B&W subsidiary awarded up to $302 Million in contracts Charlotte, N.C. – The Babcock & Wilcox Company announced last week that its subsidiary Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. (NFS) has been awarded two new contracts for fuel and materials services totaling up to approximately $302 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, Naval Reactors Laboratory Field Office. The first contract is a one-year contract with a one-year option, which in-

cludes the manufacture and delivery of fuel and support activities for the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. NFS has been the sole manufacturer of nuclear fuel for the U.S. Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines since 1964. The second award is also a one-year contract with a one-year option, which provides for the development of material for future Naval Reactors programs.

Work under the contracts will be performed at NFS facilities in Erwin, Tenn. This work began in January 2014 and is scheduled to continue through February 2016. “B&W is pleased to receive these contracts to supply nuclear fuel and materials for the U.S. Naval Reactors program,” said Joe Henry, President of Nuclear Fuel Services. “We’re proud to support these critical defense projects,

and are focused on the safe, reliable and cost-effective delivery of these products and services to our Government customer.” NFS employs a full-time workforce of approximately 1,000 people, including long-term contractors and security personnel. About B&W Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.,

The Babcock & Wilcox Company is a leader in clean energy technology and services, primarily for the nuclear, fossil and renewable power markets, as well as a premier advanced technology and mission critical defense contractor. B&W has locations worldwide and employs approximately 12,000 people, in addition to approximately 10,200 joint venture employees. Learn more at www. babcock.com.

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Open Mic at The Acoustic Coffeehouse Mon, Mar 3, 2014 @ 7PM Randy and the Lugnuts Americana Tue, Mar 4, 2014 @ 8PM Daniel Amedee Folk Tue, Mar 4, 2014 @10PM Shannon Selig Country Wed, Mar 5, 2014 @ 8PM Corey R-J Singer Songwriter Thu, Mar 6, 2014 @10PM The Winters Sisters Folk Fri, Mar 7, 2014 @ 8PM Chelsea Lewis Folk Fri, Mar 7, 2014 @10PM Turkey Tracks Trio Sat, Mar 8, 2014 @ 7PM The Suitcase Junket Folk Sat, Mar 8, 2014 @10PM Rob Williams Americana Sun, Mar 9, 2014 @ 8PM with Paulo Emilio Franco Londono Cask Mouse Americana Sun, Mar 9, 2014 @10PM Open Mic at The Acoustic Coffeehouse Mon, Mar 10, 2014 @ 7PM Max Doyle DJ Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 8PM the dead truth Folk Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 8PM Mal Cooper

Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @10PM Darrin Bradbury Modern Americana: Folk son... Thu, Mar 13, 2014 @ 8PM Chelsea Kinser Fri, Mar 14, 2014 @ 8PM These are the angles Fri, Mar 14, 2014 @10PM Scott Forbes Singer Songwriter Sat, Mar 15, 2014 @ 8PM with Scratch River Telegraph Company Scratch River Telegraph Company Rock Sat, Mar 15, 2014 @10PM Marion Dunn & Friends Show Sun, Mar 16, 2014 @ 3PM Pocket Vinyl Piano Slam Rock Sun, Mar 16, 2014 @ 8PM James Maple Country Sun, Mar 16, 2014 @10PM with Daphne Lee Martin Open Mic at The Acoustic Coffeehouse Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 7PM TBA Tue, Mar 18, 2014 @ 8PM Troy Hoss Country Wed, Mar 19, 2014 @ 8PM Share Details Tickets Open Door Poetry - Johnson City Poets

Wed, Mar 19, 2014 @ 8PM Corey Hunt Band Country Wed, Mar 19, 2014 @10PM Tall Paul’s House of Boogie Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @ 8PM Tall Paul’s House of Boogie Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @10PM Tim Brackett Americana Fri, Mar 21, 2014 @ 8PM One Take Band Americana Fri, Mar 21, 2014 @10PM Chameleon Red Rock Sat, Mar 22, 2014 @ 8PM American Gonzos Rock Sat, Mar 22, 2014 @10PM Laura Thurston Folk Sun, Mar 23, 2014 @ 8PM Open Mic at The Acoustic Coffeehouse Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 7PM Alan Reid & Rob van Sante Celtic Tue, Mar 25, 2014 @ 8PM Little Ugly Indie Wed, Mar 26, 2014 @10PM Chris Carpenter Pop Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 8PM Share Details Tickets Chelsea Lewis Folk Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @10PM 49 Winchester Americana Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 8PM

with Vagabond Philosophy. Vagabond Philosophy Indie Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @10PM Dan Holt Blues Sat, Mar 29, 2014 @ 8PM Seth Young Sat, Mar 29, 2014 @10PM Open Mic at The Acoustic Coffeehouse Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 7PM SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Register Now for the Run for the Booty 5k Color Run Get ready to run off your booty at the Run for the Booty 5k Color Run on April 12th. The race will start and finish near the Millennium Centre in Johnson City. The course will take participants through the East Tennessee State University campus where the colorization and buccaneer fun will begin. Runners will experience three-color stations and three treasure hunts. The Buccaneerthemed event will spotlight the Bucs new football program. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Kickoff Fund. “This event provides an opportunity for the entire Tri-Cities community to get behind the Bucs football program and have a lot of fun at the same time,” said race director Karen Hubbs, owner of The Goose Chase.

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The race will begin at 9 AM at the Millennium Centre with a post-race party that you will not want to miss. There will be plenty of activities including “Best Costume”, Hula Hoops and other crazy games. Participants will receive complimentary snacks and beverages at the conclusion of the race with additional food & refreshment available for purchase throughout the day until the start of the Thirsty Orange at 1 PM. For a limited time, registered racers will receive a discount off the purchase of their Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza sampling ticket. This is not a timed event due to the course activities but lucky participants will receive treasure boxes at the awards ceremony. For more information, visit www.RunForTheBooty.com.

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Lauren earns Governor’s Celebrating five years in Business: Award for Safety Excellence MarketingMel’s seven tips for building your small business Kingsport, TN —  Lauren Engineers and Constructors has been awarded the G o v e r n o r ’s Award of Excellence for Safety by the Tennessee Occupational Safety & Health Administration. The award recognizes Lauren’s commitments to safety and outstanding safety performance at the Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. (NFS) facility in Erwin, TN. Since 1997, Lauren has provided engineering, construction, and plant modification services to NFS, which manufactures nuclear fuel for the U.S. Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines. With only about eight Governor’s Awards typically given each year, this is a significant accomplishment for Lauren, as construction contractors are not typical recipients of the award. This is the second time in three years that Lauren has earned this award in recognition of exceptionally safe performance at the site. Over the past six years at NFS, Lauren has accumulated over 435,000 man-hours without a single recordable safety incident or lost workday. “Our workers really take pride in our safety standards at Lauren, not because

of the recognition we receive, but because it means everyone goes home safely to their families each day. We are honored to receive the Governor’s Award and look forward to working many more safe hours with NFS,” said Jeff Campbell, Lauren Project Manager. “Safety is the top priority for everyone at NFS -- employees as well as our business partners,” said Joe Henry, president of Nuclear Fuel Services. “We congratulate Lauren on this honor in recognition of their outstanding safety performance at our facility.” About Lauren: Lauren provides engineering, procurement and construction services throughout a variety of heavy-industrial markets, including Power Generation, Chemical/ Process, and Oil & Gas. For more information about Lauren, please visit us online at www.laurenec.com. Additional Resources: Safety Award Criteria - http://www. tn.gov/labor-wfd/tosha/safetyaward. shtml Nuclear Fuels Services, Inc,, a Babcock & Wilcox Company - http://www.nuclearfuelservices.com/

great young interns out of ETSU and “An entrepreneur would rather work 80 hours a week for themselves I’ve formed virtual friends through than 40 hours a week for someone my SoloPR group. As I’ve grown else.” Dr. Andy Czuchry, ETSU. I’ve taken on a sharp young ETSU Those words were spoken by my graduate, Sarah Kinsler, to assist me. beloved Entrepreneurship Professor 5. Seek Counsel: I treasure my Dr. Andy Czuchry when I was in the board of advisors: six highly intelETSU MBA program back in 2000. ligent people from our community Now that I’ve been an entrepreneur to be a wealth of resources for me. for the past five years I can say that Thank you to: Jenny Brock, Nancy truer words have never been spoken! Dishner, Jennifer Dixon, Stephen I recently presented my story Marshall, Don Raines and Dave Mary Ellen Miller “Smart Moves and Pitfalls: The MarMcAuley for the assistance and counketingMel Story” to the ETSU Entresel you’ve given me along the way! preneur’s Club and to my Johnson 6. Give Back: I believe it’s imporCity Morning Rotary Club. tant to give back to the community. I thought I would share some of Each year our team provides pro those tips with you. bono services to the highly success1. Turn Lemons Into Lemonadeful Up and At ‘Em Turkey Trot and My father always taught me this. recently we helped United Way of When life deals you what you think Washington County with their Pubis a bad blow at the time, pick yourself up and keep licity. on keeping on. 7. Have a Daily Quiet Time: Since I started in 2. Take Advantage of New Communication Chan- business I have a daily quiet time with God first nels: Because I had been so active on twitter since thing each morning. Prayer and bible reading helps 2008 the name of my company was almost a given me to focus on what is really important in the day when starting it in February 2009. The phrase “Mar- and in life. ketingMel” shot up ahead of Mel Gibson on Google These are just a few of the tips I’ve learned along search strictly because that was my twitter handle. the path of entrepreneurship. I hope you find them 3. Think About Your Brand. Consider carefully of value. your name, logo and choice of colors as you get Mary Ellen Miller is Founder and CEO of Marstarted. I chose blue and green because I wanted ketingMel, an innovative marketing, public reto attract business professionals because they use lations and social media strategies firm. Reach those colors. her at www.marketingmel.com or maryellen@ 4. You Can’t Do It All! I have teamed with some marketingmel.com or 423-335-7267.

Tweetsie Trail “Dine Around” fundraiser set for April 1- 2

Johnson City, TN — The Johnson City and Elizabethton restaurant communities are joining together to support the creation of the Tweetsie Trail with a fundraising Dine-Around on Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2, 2014 through which participating restaurants will donate ten percent of proceeds toward the Tweetsie Trail. The effort is a progressive collaboration for the two communities and for the restaurants involved. The goal is to generate further donations to support the establishment of the Tweetsie Trail, a proposed

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bicycle and pedestrian trail utilizing the abandoned ET&WNC rail line stretching from Alabama St. in Johnson City to Sycamore Shoals in Elizabethton — roughly six miles — which is expected to open to the public by Labor Day 2014. The restaurant sign up deadline is February 7, 2014. “We already have had great interest from the restaurant community and are overwhelmed by their generosity in donating ten percent of two days of revenues toward this exciting, scenic trail,” said Dr. Daniel Schumaier, chair of the Tweetsie Trail

committee. “We are delighted to be among the first restaurants to sign up,” said Tom Seaton, owner of The Firehouse Restaurant & Catering. “Not only does this help a fantastic new amenity for our community, the Tweetsie Trail, but it will help to bring diners into our restaurant to experience what we have to offer,” said Justin Seaton, The Firehouse Restaurant & Catering, Johnson City. “The Tweetsie Trail is a historic connector between Johnson City and Elizabethton that is poised to become

an economic engine for our area and an enhancement to the lives of our region’s residents as well as a recreational tourism destination,” said Lottie Ryans, Chair of the Johnson City Chamber Board. “Whether you walk, run, or bike, the Tweetsie will be a fantastic way to enjoy the beautiful, natural scenery our region has to offer,” said Jennifer Greenwell, Director of Sales. “Lots of our local residents budget to eat out at least twice a month, and I’d like to encourage everyone to support the Dine-Around for Tweetsie

Trail fundraiser in April for two days of restaurant dining,” said Tonya Stevens, Executive Director of the Elizabethton Chamber. “With so many fantastic restaurants to choose from, diners should be able to find exactly what they want and support the Tweetsie Trail at the same time. It is a simple way for all residents to impact the Tweetsie Trail, and show support without really costing them anything directly. It’s the right thing to do and the tasty way to do it!” said John Bunn, owner of The Coffee Company, Elizabethton.

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Elizabethton, TN — There is no better place to rid yourself of Cabin Fever than at Corner Nest Antique Mall this month. The 90+ vendors in this massive twostory antique mall have been bringing in spring items during the past month. Just inside the front door you’ll find Tina Morris’ impressive booth consisting of new and primitive items just in time for spring. Her primitive book case coupled with indoor or outdoor wicker furniture presents a display that would complement any home or office. “I’m always on the lookout for unique and interesting hard-to-find items,” Tina said. “I visit estate sales and auctions in an attempt to find furniture and accessory items for my display space that will appeal to almost everyone. As a vendor, I enjoy being involved at the Corner Nest Antique Mall because each of us presents something different and interesting offered at reasonable prices.” Down the hall from Tina’s booth on the first floor, we came across Kim’s Little Shanty, a brightly colored booth

owned by Kim Nunn who is originally from southern Illinois. “Two years ago the mountains brought me here,” Kim said with a chuckle. “I really like old primitive stuff and I’m all about log cabins. 19 years ago my mom would take me to sales and flea markets and we spend some quality time together and the business became a passion of mine.” For 14 years, Kim owned her own 4,200 square foot antique store in Illinois. “Corner Nest reminds me of my store,” she said matter-of-factly. “And Robin [Blackwell, the store owner] works so hard and is really good with all the vendors. I’ve only been there a couple of months but I really feel at home there and I’m looking forward to developing a lasting relationship with my customers.” Kim says she loves traveling the back roads finding items to repurpose. She also makes some of her furniture from discarded barn wood. “Like the saying goes, ‘One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!’”

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Concert Schedule

Freedom Hall in Johnson City: Mar. 6 Casting Crowns May 31 1964 The Tribute

Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, TN: Mar. 8 James Gregory Mar. 29 Jars of Clay Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville: May 28 Dolly Parton Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville: Mar. 10 George Thorogood Mar. 14 Bob Weir and Ratdog Mar. 28-30 Big Ears Festival Knoxville Civic Auditorium: Mar. 22 Mo’nique and friends Mar. 29 Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller Bijou Theatre in Knoxville: Mar. 14 Switchfoot April 2 Railroad Earth

Bridgestone Arena in Nashville: Mar. 14 Billy Joel Mar. 21 George Strait Mar. 29 Demi Lovato Mar. 31 Cher April 18 Miley Cyrus May 1 Arcade Fire June 27 Katy Perry

Ryman Auditorium in Nashville:

Mar. 13 & 14 Widespread Panic

Mar. 15 Bob Weir and Ratdog Mar. 20 Moody Blues Mar. 21 Crosby Stills & Nash Mar. 22 Pentatonix Mar. 26 Gavin DeGraw Mar. 28 Gabriel Iglesias April 1 Vince Gill and Friends U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C.: Mar. 7 Celtic Woman

Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.: April 7 Miley Cyrus May 5 Cher

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Saturday, March 1 8:00 pm Chuck Brodsky Wednesday, March 5 7:00pm ETSU SQUARE DANCE Thursday, March 6 8:00pm Bob Howes Friday, March 7 8:00pm Possum Jenkins Saturday, March 8 8:00pm Howlin’ Brothers Wednesday, March 12 8:00pm Hoot Saturday, March 15 8:00pm Sagean

July 12 Justin Timberlake

Harrah’s in Cherokee, N.C.: Mar. 22 Gabriel Iglesias Mar. 29 Zac Brown Band April 25 The Band Perry May 9 Reo Speedwagon Bon Secours Wellness Arena (formerly Bi-lo center) Greenville,S.C.: April 19 Casting Crowns House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Mar. 29 Scotty McCreery Philips Arena in Atlanta: Mar. 22 George Strait and Sheryl Crow Mar. 25 Miley Cyrus May 6 Lady Gaga May 12 Cher June 28 Katy Perry

Concert Schedule Wednesday, March 19 8:00pm Mark Newton and Steve Thomas Thursday, March 20 8:00pm Matt Sellers Friday, March 21 8:00pm The Stray Birds Thursday, March 27 8:00pm Count This Penny Friday, March 28 8:00pm Megan McCormick Saturday, March 29 8:00pm Balsam Range

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Paramount Center for the Arts CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Mar 8th 7:30 pm $25 WOMEN OF IRELAND Mar 12th 7:30 pm Adults $45 | Seniors/Students $42 HIGHLANDS BALLET PRESENTS “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” AND “DON QUIXOTE” Mar 14th 7:30 pm Adults $15 | Seniors/Students $12 | $8 children 10 years and under

A TRIBUTE TO BARBRA STREISAND Mar 21st 7:30 pm Adults $25 | Seniors/Students $22.50 | Group $21.50 THE MIGHTY WURLITZER ORGAN FILM FESTIVAL’S FINALE’ “LIBERTY” AND “TEDDY AT THE THROTTLE” Mar 23rd 3:00 pm $5 suggested donation at the door

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The Fillmore in Charlotte: Mar. 7 Dropkick Murphys Mar. 18 George Thorogood and the Destroyers April 3 Railroad Earth

Hands On! October Calendar of Events

Art Studio Schedule • Celtic Knots: In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day learn how to draw a simple Celtic Knot! • Starry Night: Learn about one of the world’s most famous artists, Vincent Van Gogh. Then, create a starry night landscape using mixed media. Special Events Saturday, March 1st - Two New Feature Exhibits Open! Two new feature exhibits are opening at Hands On! • Spin - an exciting exhibit that explores the fun and science of objects that rotate. Includes 15 unique exhibit areas like The Human Centrifuge, Let it Roll, and Speed Limit. • Imagine, Design, Play Promoting imagination and critical thinking, visitors can design and create almost anything using blocks, tubes, and connectors. Tuesday, March 4th Sunday, March 16th - Entertain Your Brain Discover the inner workings of your brain and neuroscience in honor of Memory Day. Try out

some fun brain experiments and make a neuron out of candy and eat your delicious cell creation. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. (*Please note this program may contain peanuts and small parts that may not suitable for children under 3 years of age.*) Wednesday, March 12th Girl Scouts Free Day Free admission for Girl Scouts that visit the museum in uniform. Groups of 10 or more require a reservation. Wednesday, March 12th, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm - St. Patrick’s Day Science Workshop

It’s time for someone to expose some Leprechaun secrets! Create oozing green Leprechaun toothpaste, uncover green Leprechaun snow, experience the magic of color-changing Leprechaun beads, and grow Leprechaun eggs that emerge and vanish in a blink of an eye. A healthy snack will be included. Ages 5-12. Cost $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Payment is required with registration by Wednesday, February 26th. To register, please call 423-434-4263 ext. 100, T-F 9-5 or email main@ handsonmuseum.org. Tuesday, March 18th Sunday, March 30th - Spring Has Sprung Science! Ring in spring with some fun and silly springtime science experiments. You won’t believe your eyes in our growing marshmallow Peeps experiment. Then, test out an EGG-cellent floating egg experiment. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. (*Please note this program may contain peanuts.*)

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New NASCAR Qualifying Procedure What could be as exciting as 43 cars racing on the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway? Well, 43 cars QUALIFYING on the high banks of BMS, that’s what. Starting this year, with Ford Fan Friday March 15 qualifying for the Food City 500, that is exactly what will happen. NASCAR officials have announced a new procedure that puts teams on a 30-minute qualifying clock. During that time any, and probably ALL, of the drivers entered in the field will take to the track in an effort to post their fastest lap. This changes everything. Imagine turning 15-second laps that take your breath away just to make the field. Now add to the mix drivers no longer are out there by themselves. Cars in the way? Cars possibly spinning in front of a driver on his best lap of the day? Well … those are the breaks. After the first 30-minute segment, teams get a 10-minute break to make minor adjustments. Then, the track goes green again for the fastest 12 from the first session to secure their starting spots. What’s going to happen? Who knows? But you know you don’t want to miss it.

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Secret Ballot Protection Act to American workers

Last month, Volkswagen employees in Chattanooga voted 712 to 626 not to join the United Automobile Workers (UAW) labor union. Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant began production in 2011 and employs around 1,600 Tennesseans. The company is reportedly weighing the possibility of manufacturing a new midsize SUV at its Chattanooga plant, a move that would likely bring more jobs to the state. And, last year, labor unions represented only 11.3 percent of U.S. workers, and the private-sector membership rate was just 6.7 percent. In 1983, unions represented 20 percent of American workers. With union membership on the decline, many fear the administration and union

of the United States, memleaders will continue their bers of Congress and even push for legislation to ausome union leaders. Withthorize union organizing out secret ballots, workers by card check. Under this can be pressured to vote a system, a union would be certain way. Card check recognized if a majority of causes a high pressure, workers sign a card indicatone-sided sales pitch, and ing their desire to be unionunion leaders have been ized—a secret ballot vote is very vocal in their desire to never taken. Some workers Congressman grow their memberships. have indicated this leads to Phil Roe To ensure union elecintimidation during union elections or retribution for workers that tions are fair and transparent, we must a worker’s right to a secret ballot is protectpublicly oppose the union. To me, there is no right more precious ed. Last June, I reintroduced H.R. 2346, for any American than the right to a se- the Secret Ballot Protect Act (SBPA). My cret ballot. It’s how we elect the President legislation isn’t pro- or anti-union; it

sides with every American worker. H.R. 2346 will require a secret ballot election before a union can be certified or decertified—protecting the rights of all workers. The SBPA will also protect workers from being negatively affected by any deals cut between union leaders and management by prohibiting such negotiations. I have no problem with employees who vote to form a union, but the unionization process must be open, transparent and fair. Transparency and openness begins with ensuring every worker the right to make his or her own decision about whether they want to be in a union, free from intimidation or coercion—by the union or the employer. In an increas-

ingly global marketplace, workers need to know the benefits—and costs—of unionizing. Card check is an invasion of privacy on the individual worker, and the right to a secret ballot should be protected. Had card check been used in the Volkswagen election in Chattanooga, the outcome might have been very different. As Chair of the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee, I will continue to protect jobs and the rights of the American worker. Feel free to contact my office if we can be of assistance to you or your family. Our contact information can be found on our website, www.roe.house.gov.

Wine-in-grocery stores: Citizens will get to choose

constantly and I am often asked about the isEarlier this month, an issue long contensue when out in my district or traveling across tious in the Tennessee legislature finally came the state of Tennessee. It is gratifying to know to resolution. While it wasn’t an issue of parathat Tennessee is so well run that people have mount importance to Tennessee’s future like the luxury to be focused on this issue. education or crime, it was an issue whose time Public opinion has always been in favor had come. After over seven years of struggle, a of allowing people a choice on wine. Public wine-in-grocery stores bill has finally passed opinion polls conducted by Vanderbilt and both houses of the General Assembly and is MTSU show that upwards of 70 percent of Tenheaded to the governor for his signature. Lt. Gov. nesseans support the sale of wine in grocery It is a great step forward. For the first time, Ron Ramsey stores. And it has never been a partisan issue. citizens will have the opportunity to choose Republican or Democrat, black or white, conwhether wine may be purchased in grocery stores in their community. Tennessee is moving forward servative or liberal all groups -- to one extent or another in expanding consumer choice and spurring economic --- support this. Even religious conservatives (many of whom never growth with this common-sense, pro-market measure. The interest in this issue has been overwhelming. Few drink) still think consumers should have the choice. I perissues have captured the attention of constituents as this sonally do not drink. But I also believe in free markets and one has. Emails, phone calls and letters flood the office allowing people choices.

But for years, liquor lobbyists kept the issue from coming up. Under Democrat speakers, wine-in-grocery store bills would always die a quiet death in committee before they could see a floor vote or a substantive debate. I’m proud to admit that when it came time for my committee assignments I took this issue into account to ensure the issue had a fighting chance, a chance to be heard. And last year, after years of debate, the Senate for the first time passed the bill out of committee. This was an important first step toward the eventual passage. Once opponents realized passage of a bill was on the horizon, they came to the table and started negotiating. Those negotiations continued until just weeks ago when a compromise started to take shape. The compromise bill allows the people to choose whether wine belongs in the grocery stores in their community. In order to place the referendum on the ballot, a petition must be presented to the county election commis-

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sion where the referendum is to be held. The petition must include signatures from 10 percent of the jurisdiction’s population that voted in the last gubernatorial election. The first opportunity that a referendum could be on the ballot is November 2014. If approved by the voters, wine sales in food stores could begin on July 1, 2016. The bill also protects the liquor stores who invested capital and took risks under the old system. They will be allowed to expand their businesses and sell other products. They will have time to brace themselves for the competition from grocery stores as no grocery store will be able to sell wine until July 2016. Not everyone is happy with the compromise bill but that what compromise is all about. The important thing is that old ways of doing things are over. The wine-in-grocery stores debate and its resolution is proof that unified Republican government is all about removing the barriers of the past and allowing people to choose.

Don’t Miss the Thirsty Orange Beer Dinner As if the Saturday festivities aren’t enough, Friday April 11th organizers of the Thirsty Orange will host a limited ticket Thirsty Orange Beer Dinner at The Battery in downtown Johnson City. The small group of lucky attendees will enjoy a fivecourse meal prepared by The Battery’s chef using the freshest ingredients and there will be five specially selected craft beers available for tasting. “Beer Dinners provide an incredible opportunity for lovers of craft beer to have an intimate conversation with the people who make that incredible beer. We’re excited to showcase the brewers involved in

this event,” said Stephanie Carson event organizers. Each dish is infused with the specific beer, giving a unique flavor along with the opportunity to talk to the head brewers. Brewers include: Urban Orchard Cider Company (Asheville, NC) Wolf Hills Brewing Company (Abingdon, VA) Sleepy Owl Brewing Company (Kingsport, TN) Wicked Weed Brewing Company (Asheville, NC) Damascus Brewery (Damascus, VA)

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Much like businesses operate on ‘fiscal years’ that have seemingly no relation to the calendar that you and I and our ancestors Guardians of the Galaxy Muppets Most Wanted have adhered to ing a big chance with Guardians Wanted can fail. for centuries now Veronica Mars – The story (seriously, the Fiscal New Year of the Galaxy. As a comic book, of how the Veronica Mars film is it’s always been their equivalent starts in October…can someone please explain that to me), the of an ‘indie film’. It’s nowhere getting made should be a movie film world operates on its own near as popular as their big of its own. A television show that schedule too. Hollywood New guns (Spiderman, Iron Man, X- was controversially cancelled alYear pretty much starts in the Men…), but it’s always had an most a decade ago is resurrected extremely loyal cult following. by its still rabid fan base through late spring/early summer. May-June-July is traditionally The same can be said for director a crowd funding website…in other words, the film is almost where they drop their money- James Gunn. Up to this point he’s directed completely being paid for by its makers, October brings the horror films, and after that the criti- some low budget, high minded fans. As a fan of the show (which cal darlings and period pieces are schlock films and developed a really never had a bad episode), I released to be fresh in the voter’s loyal following, but nothing can’t wait for the film and, at the minds for awards season. Other close to the level of a Marvel very least, I hope the film introthan cashing in on Valentine’s summer tentpole picture. Will duces a whole new generation of Day with some bad date mov- he succeed like Peter Jackson filmgoers to the original series. Interstellar – Director ies in February, usually January when he stepped out of the low Christopher Nolan has yet to budget horror world and steered through March is where they put the films that they funded, but the Lord of the Rings franchise make a bad film (which is astondon’t know what to do with. For- to box office gold? Judging by ishing, considering the pressure tunately for the industry, family the first trailer, the answer is a he was under to actually make a superhero film trilogy without a films have helped carry the box resounding yes. Muppets Most Wanted – single misstep – it’s never hapoffice through this year’s late Ricky Gervais plus Tina Fey plus pened before) and star Matthew winter dark period. Frozen’s momentum is still The Muppets equals a movie that McConaughey, after a string of going strong and The Lego Movie I desperately want to see. While cash-in romantic comedies, is came out of nowhere to delight Jason Segal’s Muppets film was finally flexing his acting muscle audiences world-wide. Despite critically hit-and-miss, it was and could possibly win an Oscar the recent box office drought, a financial success and proved (for Dallas Buyers Club) and however, 2014 looks to be a great that there was still year in terms of quality at the a market for the theater. Here are the films that Muppets (I could’ve told them that all excite me the most. Guardians of the Galaxy – along). With the involved, With the success that Marvel has talent had milking the Avengers prop- both in front and erties, and the financial pressure behind the camthat comes along with that, they era, I don’t see Veronica Mars should be getting credit for tak- how Muppets Most

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it just didn’t match up. Plus I didn’t like the studio stretching a 250 page book out to a trilogy of three hour films – it felt like a greedy cash grab. However, when I finally dug in, I really enjoyed the first two Hobbit films. While they’re not as weighty as the LOTR films, they don’t need to be. Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit, is, tonally, very different than his Rings books and the films reflect that perfectly. If you’ve come this far, you might as well finish the race.

an Emmy (for the incredible HBO series True Detective) in the same year. Add those two to the always solid Anne Hathaway (not to mention Jessica Chastain, Topher Grace, Matt Damon, and Casey Affleck) plus an epic science fiction script and you’re looking at a surefire hit. The Hobbit: There and Back Again – It actually took me awhile to start the Hobbit films. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy set the bar so high that when the first Hobbit film came out, word was that Guardians of the Galaxy

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Acoustic Uprising presents instrument auction in Wytheville, VA Wytheville, VA —  The Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising will present a musical instrument and vintage musical instrument auction on Saturday, April 12th at 5 p.m. as part of this event at the Wytheville Meeting Center. The auction will take place on the main stage promptly at 5 p.m. and will continue until 6 p.m. This auction will be for stringed instruments such as guitars, mandolins, fiddles, banjos, or any instruments generally used in bluegrass, country and old time music. Organizers are putting this call out to the public. “If anyone has a vintage instrument or a nice stringed instrument of any kind that they’d like to include in our auction, please contact us to register”, says Johnny Williams who is chairman of the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising. Sellers of these instruments will collect the money for their instruments sold at the auction with a portion going to the ACMA’s Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising. This musical event will take place April 11th and 12th at the Wytheville Meeting Center adjacent to Wytheville Community College. Besides the musical instrument auction the event will also include over thirty three bands showcasing including Wayne Henderson, the Whitetop Mountain Band, the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, Jeanette and Johnny Williams, the VW Boys and many others. There will also be a trade show all weekend for acoustic music fans as well as camping and jam sessions. An awards show will also be presented on Saturday evening, April 12th. Information on how to register for the musical instrument auction is at the website www. acousticuprising.com as well as all other information for the entire event. Also information on the auction can be found by calling 276-6080619. Auction at the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising in Wytheville, VA will be presented by the Mitchell Auction Firm of Lebanon, Virginia with Mark A. Mitchell as auctioneer VA license # 2907 003469. www.mitchellauctionfirm.com Phone 276608-0619 Everyone is invited to attend the auction and the entire musical event. Admission is $ 10 per day advance and $ 12 per day at the door. This event is presented by the Appalachian Cultural Music Association which is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Proceeds from this event to benefit this organization. www.appalachianculturalmusic.org.

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Indian Path Medical Center celebrates 40 years of serving the community Kingsport, TN —Indian Path Medical Center (IPMC) is celebrating 40 years of service to the community, having treated its first patients on March 1, 1974. Over those four decades the hospital has become an integral part of Kingsport and the surrounding area, helping to heal thousands of people and save countless lives. While IPMC has continued to expand and enhance its services, equipment and facilities, it hasn’t outgrown its roots as a community hospital with a patientfriendly atmosphere. “I think the size of the hospital, the location of the hospital and the quality of the folks who work here are the three real keys to Indian Path’s staying power in the community,” said hospital CEO and vice president Monty McLaurin. “This hospital has a very loyal following, and this is a tribute to our team members. And people tell me that the culture – of patientcentered care and that feeling of family – was really there from the beginning. “The biggest assets we have are our team members and physicians. They are the face of Indian Path, and the reason for the success of Indian Path.” As you’d imagine, the hospital has seen dramatic changes as health care and technology have evolved, but the team members at IPMC are proud of their commitment to providing great patient-centered care. “At IPMC, we have always kept the patient at the center of all we do,” said Susan Fannon, the hospital’s chief nursing officer, “and team members in every department throughout our hospital are committed to providing excellent care. Our culture is one of caring not just about the patient, but about each other. That’s what makes us unique!” McLaurin said finding the right identity has been a key to the hospital’s success, as well: Not too big, not too small. “Early on, Indian Path defined itself as a community hospital,” he said. “A clear decision was made that the hospital was not going to offer a large amount of complex, high-end services, but the emphasis would be to provide very solid medical and surgical capabilities. We’d rather do a few things very, very well than try do everything.” IPMC was called Indian Path Hospital when it opened its doors in 1974, with the first two patients being treated on March 1. It began as part of Hospital Corporation of American (HCA) – which in 1994 joined with Columbia to form Columbia/HCA – before becoming part of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) in 1998.

A huge crowd was on hand for the hospital’s grand opening on Feb. 24, 1974. They braved rain and the nation’s gas crisis to see the ceremony and enjoy a tour of the facility. When it opened, Indian Path offered some of the best technology and finest treatment available at the time. According to a story in the very first edition of the hospital’s “Pathfinder” newsletter (then called simply “The Bulletin”): “Patients’ rooms are equipped with electrically-controlled beds, color televisions, radios, individual baths, piped-in oxygen, nurse-call set-ups, and individual thermostats for room temperature controls. Hallways and rooms (excepting isolation rooms) are carpeted to keep noise to a minimum. The medical staff is made up of some 50 area physicians who, for the most part, are on the staffs of other local hospitals.” Richard Welch was the hospital’s first administrator. In a letter to employees shortly after the opening, he thanked them for making opening day a success as well as “for the tremendous performance you have shown in the initial weeks of ‘giving birth’ to a new hospital.” Times were very different. Patients, visitors and even hospital staff could smoke in the facility. According to IPMC’s Kim Barnes, RN, technology included “pen, paper, manual (or if you were lucky, electric) typewriter, beepers and call light system at the nurses’ station. Vital signs were taken the old-fashioned way. You always needed a watch with a minute hand.” There are eight employees and several physicians who have been at Indian Path since the beginning. IPMC original team members include: Judy Powers, Betty Bell, Barbara Knight,

Wanda Britt, Marie Lingerfelt, Jane Jones, Tommy Davis and Glen Lewis. Three of them – Lingerfelt, Davis and Jones – still work in the IPMC Laboratory, a department they helped start basically from the ground up. “We all pulled together,” Jones said, “each with our own area of expertise, to make the lab what it was on opening day – ready for lab testing to serve our patients.” Change continues at IPMC, and one of the biggest boosts was joining MSHA. Since then, Indian Path has enhanced and expanded many departments and services. “That’s really allowed the hospital to come back into its own,” McLaurin said. The seven-story facility, located at 2000 Brookside Drive just off Highway 93 (N. John B. Dennis Highway), has grown to include 178 operating beds and offers an array of services, including an Interventional Cardiology program, a Joint Replacement & Spine Center, a Cancer Center, Surgery, a Family Birth Center, 24-hour emergency department, Comprehensive Diagnostic Imaging, and a Sleep Disorders Lab. Jones, one of the original eight IPMC team members, said she’s honored to be part of such a quality team. “I take great pride in being here for these 40 years to see IPMC maintain the same level of caring for our patients that we all had on that opening day.” McLaurin, who took over as CEO in 2004, joked about the hospital’s history and its future. “Most people associate hitting 40 with a mid-life crisis. Here at Indian Path Medical Center we’re just getting started!”

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