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Those words spoken in church this morning seemed to scream at me. Last year at this time, life started to take a turn off the path that I had planned. I didnâ€™t understand what was happening around me, or why, and I couldnâ€™t make it make sense. All I knew then was my life, as I knew it, was changing rapidly and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I prayed, â€Śa lot, and most days wondered if He even heard me, because instead of it getting better, it got worse. When what I had feared the most had finally come to fruition, I wondered â€œWhy?â€? During that same period of time, I had briefly been introduced to Brian. He began to inquire more and more about the magazine while expressing his interest every step of the way. I remember thinking that I didnâ€™t want a partner or I am not ready to start the magazine yet or some other lame excuse to put it off a little longer so I could get my thoughts together. Much to my surprise, Brian never gave up and was very patient while I agonized over what to do. It was two months after our first meeting that we agreed to become partners and publish VIPSEEN together. Today, I wholeheartedly believe that the meeting that Brian and I had wasnâ€™t by chance, it was by the grace of God. It is crystal clear now; He was preparing me for the journey I am now on.
I take time to reflect on the past year, I am amazed at the difference you can truly make in such a short period of time. When you put your heart and soul into what you are doing, you can accomplish extraordinary tasks. I find it strange, but as Valentineâ€™s Day approaches, Iâ€™m thinking about all the marvelous values my grandmother and family have instilled in me. I often think about the enormous love that my grandparents had for each other. Although life was not always easy, they spent 59 extraordinary years together, serving the Lord and giving to others. One can only hope to find love with another person as they had every single day. My grandfather loved her deeply and took care of her until her very last breath. I once found it hard to understand, but now I think to myself, â€œWhat a wonderful gift.â€? The love they shared with each other, and with the world, makes me extremely proud to bear the Hullette name. Although my Grandmother is no longer here, I know she is still with me, looking down on me smiling, because I bet she would be proud. I say that because she spent her entire life giving back to others. I remember as a young boy how we would go from house to house on a regular basis, taking people food, clothes, or just sit with them and talk for hours. Although we barely got by, she always found a way to help hundreds, if not thousands. Looking back, I realize that these are some of the happiest and most significant childhood memories that I carry with me today.
Until this past year, I have spent most of my life trying to figure out how to follow in my grandparentsâ€™ footsteps. Now I finally feel that I have found my way, though the work of this magazine. Itâ€™s extremely hard to explain, but I find myself waking up and being excited for the next event. I am able to meet all the wonderful leaders, organizations, and people that genuinely care about serving and giving back to our local communities. During these past seven months, I have seen more random acts of kindness than I have seen in my entire life. Witnessing this level of kindness excites me more and more every day, because these people and organizaAs we begin the journey into 2012, I am look- tions are the unknown heroes of our communities. I am able to ing forward to discovering where He plans to use the magazine as a vehicle to serve others. I am honored to help lead us this year. I am excited about witness- these remarkable people and organizations by giving them a voice ing good hearts working to help one and helping them to continue to another in our communities and live out their dreams by feel very blessed to be a part of it all. serving others. Today I can tell you very easily, that He did answer my prayers from last year, however, it was in accordance to His plan for my lifeâ€Ś not mine. I am so thankful.
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This game coincides with the bride-to-be opening up her gifts. Little does she know that one of the bridesmaids is desperately writing her verbal reactions to her lingerie gifts. After she opens up all her gifts, the bridesmaid reads all of the bride’s verbal reactions and claims that that is what the bride will be saying on her wedding night! It is hilarious! She will say stuff like, “How do you use this?” “Oh my gosh!” “Oh, this is wonderful!” “How do you put this on?” etc. You get the picture.
Divide the guests into teams of two or three. Provide each team a list of items to be found in their purses. Each item is assigned a certain number of points. The most likely found item such as lipstick is assigned 20 points, whereas an item such as a rock is assigned 75 points. Be creative, yet somewhat realistic, when making those lists! This game is fun and entertaining to say the least.
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This is one of the more popular games played at bridal showers. Divide the guests (including yourself and your bridesmaids) into teams of three. Each team is handed four rolls of white toilet paper and are given 20 minutes to design a wedding dress. Each team chooses a “bride” and then proceeds to design a dress and wrap the “bride” within the allotted time. Each team bride is then paraded in front of the guests and votes are taken to determine the prettiest bridal gown. A gift can be awarded to the chosen bride and her design team to make it more competitive.
This game is risqué and insinuating but great fun! The guests are divided up into teams with all but one member holding a toilet paper roll in between her legs. The last member places a broomstick or pole between her legs. The “pole” people stand side-by-side on one end of the room while each of their team members stand in a single file on the other side of the room in front of their respective “pole” person. The goal of the game is for each member to walk (more like waddling like a duck) to their team’s “pole” with the toilet paper roll between her legs and place the toilet roll onto the pole (without using her hands!). The first team to place all four rolls onto its respective team’s pole wins and is awarded a prize. This was one of the best games played at a bridal shower! The laughter is abundant! Not to mention the hilarious photo opportunities!
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What to Wear to a Wedding: An Easy Guide for the Guests
One of the most common questions that we receive is “What am I supposed to wear to a wedding?” There are some basic guidelines that you always need to consider. The time and location of the wedding are very important. The clothing that you choose may vary depending on the season as well. Try not to overthink your decision, and remember that everyone will have their eyes on the bride and groom.
If the invitation does not specify the formality of the event, always remember this simple rule: a dark suit, a white shirt, and a conservative tie will always be appropriate. If you are invited to a daytime wedding, a dark suit is not mandatory, but certainly dressier. We always feel it is better to be overdressed than underdressed, and a dark suit is always acceptable. The importance of a crisp white shirt can never be underestimated. We have an old saying that pretty much sums up our feelings on the importance of a white shirt at a wedding:
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It is most certainly true that men have a much easier task in dressing properly for a wedding. Think about it. A dark suit and white shirt — they are set! For the gals, it’s not so easy; however, a few timeless rules of etiquette always apply. A dress is the classic choice. A daytime wedding is the time to wear a floral dress or a pastel suit. A late afternoon or early evening wedding means cocktail attire. Formal weddings beget evening wear, be it long or short, and black or darker colors are always appropriate. Finally, contrary to gentlemen, the rule for ladies is:
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The timing of the wedding is the most important factor. Generally speaking, if you are invited to a garden or beach wedding, the hosts will let you know that the circumstances are such, and you should dress more casually. Since most weddings are held in a church or other more formal setting, this guide reflects what is appropriate for such.
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Forget registering for toasters and slow cookers, register for what you really want – a once-in-a-lifetime dream get away! Let your friends and family know that, instead of them giving you ordinary gifts, they can contribute any amount they wish toward a gift you’ll think about forever – and never lose in a closet. Tell them about the AAA Travel Honeymoon Registry. When you register your honeymoon with AAA Travel you will receive up to 100 free information inserts for your shower invitations! These attractive inserts can be customized with your smiling faces, or you can use a unique graphic design.
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Special Spaces Tri-Cities is a new charity in the Tri-Cities area (based in Johnson City). Tamara Marshall and Krista Wharton are the Co-Directors. Special Spaces is a non-profit organization focused on making a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses by designing and creating their dream bedrooms. (Even though they are based in the Tri-Cities area, they will go beyond the Tri-Cities to create dream bedrooms for children who are referred to them by Niswonger Children’s Hospital. The first two makeover recipients’ hometowns are near Morristown, TN, and Grundy, VA.) Most children facing a life-threatening illness can’t play outside with their friends, and the only space they know for months (outside of doctors’ offices) is their rooms. Because of high medical bills and time constraints, many parents cannot afford to give their child a special space to call their own. That’s when Special Spaces steps in! We work closely with the Child-Life Specialist at Niswonger Children’s Hospital, and she refers patients to us to receive a “special space.” Special Spaces, an organization founded by Jennifer Swain of Knoxville, TN, was featured on the TV show “Secret Millionaire” on ABC last spring 2011. After both viewing the show, Krista and Tamara were so moved that they knew they had to bring this wonderful charity to the Tri-Cities! Once Special Spaces Tri-Cities became official in October 2011, Tamara and Krista received a referral for a room makeover from Marinda McConnell, the Child Life Specialist at Niswonger Children’s Hospital, and the interview process and planning for their first Special Spaces makeover began! Jennifer’s Knoxville team partnered with Krista and Tamara on their first makeover on December 3, 2011. 38
Special Spaces Tri-Cities completed our very first makeover for a sweet child, Jacob, who is nine years old and a leukemia survivor. While his leukemia is in remission, he must still receive chemotherapy treatments at St. Jude’s in Memphis and Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City (and will continue to for several more months). While we will usually be creating dream bedroom spaces, this room was a little different. Jacob and his brother share a small bedroom, so his father requested that we create a “Special Space” in the family’s basement. For Jacob’s “spy-themed” room that he requested, we built walls (including a dry erase board wall), installed carpet and padding, and added a drop-ceiling. We also painted, added furniture, lamps, a TV, a keyless lock for his “spy” closet, and gave Jacob a few “spy toy” surprises…all in ONE DAY!
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Our second makeover was for a great guy, 17-year-old cancer patient Joseph Keen of Raven, Virginia (near Grundy). The makeover took place Saturday, January 7, 2012. Several employees and volunteers from the Niswonger Children’s Hospital were our helpers that day, as well as some of our family and friends. Joseph, who loves his electric guitar and music, requested a rock’n’roll-themed room. Our room sponsor was VIP Seen Magazine who funded the makeover with their generous donation from the proceeds from their New Year’s Eve party silent auction. Ashley Furniture donated the bedroom furniture, and paint was donated by Joe and Sandy Rieger, owners of Sandy’s Jewel Box. Sherrie and Dana Bacon donated a wall plaque and guitar stand, and Morrell music donated several drum sticks that we painted black and silver and used in several areas. We created wall art with hundreds of guitar picks and blank CDs. Our volunteers painted the room a beautiful and soothing gray to complement the reds, blacks, and darker grays used in the bed linens and curtains. Since Joseph’s favorite song is Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”, we gave him the sheet music to the song for him to play on his guitar.
Once a child is referred to us to receive a dream room, our Special Spaces team interviews the child to find out his/her favorite colors, themes, and wishes. Our team starts planning to make the child’s dream room come to life. From fresh paint, pillows, wall decorations to custom shelves and decorations, our team of volunteers completes all room designs in one day. The Special Spaces team sends the family away for the day with gift certificates (for meals and activities). When the family returns at the end of the day, they are treated to the big reveal! Each Special Space dream bedroom requires about $2500-$3000 to complete, depending on the special requirements for each child. Sometimes the cost is less, depending on items donated. Special Spaces Tri-Cities hopes to complete four dream bedrooms per year or more, depending on funding and donations. With the help of local businesses, corporations, churches, family groups, and individuals, a child’s room is made possible.
Special Spaces relies solely on the generous donations of local businesses, corporations, churches, and individuals. For anyone interested in volunteering, donating money or items, sponsoring a child’s room, or for more information, please visit our national website at www.specialspaces.org. Please click on the “chapters” link, and that will connect you to our Special Spaces Tri-Cities Facebook page. (To make a credit card donation, we have a Paypal link.) Please visit our Special Spaces Tri-Cities Facebook page to see pictures of Jacob and his family and the “before”, “during”, and “after” shots as well as the big reveal! You can follow all of our projects by “liking” our Facebook page!
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The Bristol Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual awards luncheon at The Centre on January 13. The Chamber welcomed 350 guests to the luncheon as they honored members for their active participation in the organization and the community. The award recipients are notable exceptions that actively choose to be leaders and insist that it is manifested through their chamber involvement.
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The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to John D. Trickle, owner of Strongwell Corporation. The Strongwell Corporation in one of the nationâ€™s largest polymer-oriented companies. Strongwell, under the direction of Mr. Trickle, is one of Bristolâ€™s largest employers. Mr. Trickle has also been involved in many local charitable organizations. The other awards are as follows: Keep Bristol Beautiful Service Award - Sarah Gillespie, environmental programs director of Reclaimed Resources; Leadership Service Award - Marjorie Tester, First Tennessee Bank officer and Bristolâ€™s Recovery Road for Women president: Convention and Visitors Bureau Service Award - Lori Cogan, senior vice-president for The Tombras Group; The Ambassadors of the Year Award - Joy Behymer, owner of Massage Essentials. Congratulations to all award recipients.
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Sunday, November 13, was a perfect evening for the 2nd annual Speedway in Lights 5k run/walk. A record-breaking 1800 participants of all ages ran and walked under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway. An impressive $35,000 was raised for Speedway Childrenâ€™s Charities. Speedway Childrenâ€™s Charities LVVXFFHVVIXOLQIXOĂ€OOLQJLWVPLVVLRQWRFDUHIRUFKLOGUHQHGXFDWLRQDOĂ€QDQFLDOVRFLDODQGPHGLFDOQHHG to help them lead productive lives.
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VIPSEEN New Yearâ€™s Celebration, presented by Strategic Placement Group, was an enormous success. New Yearâ€™s Eve 2011 marked the first annual VIPSEEN New Yearâ€™s Celebration. Some guests traveled 5 hours to join in the festivities. Everyone was dressed in style to bring in the new year, in their gorgeous formal and cocktail attire. The MeadowView Conference and Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn. was the perfect venue for the event. The ballroom was beautifully decorated from festive table tops to a giant balloon-drop net above the dance floor, just waiting for midnight. Tables laden with delicious food, catered by MeadowView, lined the walls with mouth-watering appetizers, decadent deserts, and breathtaking three-foot pineapple fruit-filled trees. At the back of the ballroom were many bustling casino tables. Each casino table entertained guests trying their luck at winning raffle tickets for the 2012 grand prize drawing, a trip for two to Vegas. Two Flowers Photography joined the celebration, snapping fun pictures of guests posing with festive accessories. The dance floor was packed with excitement as guests danced the night away. When the countdown began into the new year, the dance floor became the platform for all guests to gather and welcome 2012. At the stroke of midnight, hundreds of balloons released and descended upon the crowd as
champagne glasses clinked, â€œAuld Lang Syneâ€? was sung, and toasts were made. A silent auction was also held to raise money for a remarkable young manâ€™s dream room. All of the proceeds went to Special Spaces TriCities for Josephâ€™s amazing rock 'n' roll-themed room makeover. Special Spaces is a non-profit organization that focuses on making a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illness by designing and creating dream bedrooms. VIPSEEN was honored to be a part of making a childâ€™s life a little brighter. VIPSEEN would like to thank the sponsors of the event; Strategic Placement Group, Moon Tuxedo, Michelob Ultra, Appalachian Metro-Travel, We Run Events, Best Buy, and Mall Works, Inc. VIPSEEN would also like to thank everyone that came out to join in the celebration; we look forward to making this an annual event. From VIPSEEN to you, a happy and prosperous 2012. For more information, visit www.vipnewyear.com.
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The Arbyâ€™s Classic, originally called â€œThe Mountain Empire Classic,â€? hosted its first tournament in 1983 at Viking Hall in Bristol with the goals of achieving two things: 1. Promotion of basketball in the region 2. Expose fans to outstanding players and teams from across the country Goal exceeded. Â Twenty-eight years later, â€œThe Arbyâ€™s Classicâ€? is one of the top high school basketball tournaments in the country. Â Not only do basketball lovers in the Tri-Cities area love this event, the City of Bristol also appreciates the financial boost to the area as well. Arbyâ€™s has always been a sponsor from the beginning, assisting and funding the tournament and has played an instrumental part in making the event what it is today. The Tennessee High Coaching Staff also deserves a ton of credit for the success of this tournament. Â They give up most of their Christmas vacation time to dedicate their energy and efforts to produce a tournament that seems to flow effortlessly with precision. Many local groups pitch in and volunteer, also. Â The Viking Booster Club has been major player in this area. Â Many of them taking vacation days from work to help out and assist wherever they are needed. The support of the local sponsors and media combined with the combination of the coaches and volunteers produce nothing short of a world-class event that showcases talent and entertainment from near and far. Congratulations to the 2011 Arbyâ€™s Classic Champions: Â Christ High School, Arden, North Carolina
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Electric 94.9â€™s Acoustic Christmas, presented by Grindstaff Kia, held its fourth annual holiday concert at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City on December 11. Acoustic Christmas is a concert to raise funds to help local children have a better Christmas. The concert was a great success with a sold-out crowd for the fourth consecutive year. This yearâ€™s show featured national pop and rock recording artists; The Fray, Colbie Caillat, Breathe Carolina, Matt Nathanson, and Andy Grammer.
Electric 94.9â€™s Jinger and Izzy and Ashley Grindstaff of Grindstaff KIA presented checks to three majors with the Salvation Army. $12,000 was raised from the Acoustic Christmas concert for Salvation Armies of the Tri-Cities to purchase toys for many area childrenâ€™s Christmases. Grindstaff KIA also donated $10,000 to the Salvation Army for the purchase of toys. No child, sponsored by the Salvation Army of the Tri-Cites, was without a Christmas. Ashley and Steve Grindstaff, owners of Grindstaff KIA, and Electric 94.9 are honored to serve the community by helping children in need have a joyous Christmas.
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The Â Department Â of Â Educational Â Leadership Â and Â Policy Â Analysis Â of Â the Â College Â of Â Education Â at Â East Â Ten-Â nessee Â State Â University Â (ETSU) Â is Â pleased Â to Â offer Â a Â Doctor Â of Â Education Â (Ed.D.) Â degree Â in Â three Â concen-Â trations: Â School Â Leadership Â (SCOL), Â Post-Âsecondary Â and Â Private Â Sector Â Leadership Â (PPSL), Â and Â Ad-Â ministrative Â Endorsement Â (ADMN). Â Graduates Â will Â be Â prepared Â to Â assume Â leadership Â roles Â within Â their Â educational Â communities.
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Brixey Studios, located in Kingsport TN, is a pottery studio owned by local artist Kipp Brixey. It is in that very studio in 2011, and with another local artist, Scott Faxon, the newest generation of folk art was born, Brixey Studios facejugs.
Inspired by the art of their regional ancestors, Kipp and Scott now aim to take folk art to a new place. To take the form, and make it better. Take the faces and make them more statuesque and realistic. Combining that with the elemental art of glazing, the artists produce the culmination of folk modernity. Individually however, their art could stand on its own merit. Kipp specializes in ceramics. On the wheel, he creates a wide variety of forms including tableware, casserole dishes, apple cookers, oil lamps, and more. His symmetry and finish are machine-like in consistency. Scott prefers two-dimensional art. He actively paints and illustrates for a variety of clients, but spends most of his time lately in the clay studio. His illustrations are life-like and surgically accurate. Both artists want to combine their strengths and be better than one individual could ever be.
the wheel. Heâ€™d learned and become proficient in ceramics in high school. This empirical knowledge helped Kipp excel, and, as a result, fostered his blooming love of throwing on the wheel. Luckily for Scott, Kipp shared his knowledge but also his passion for clay. They both graduated and now remain close friends, continuing to share ideas and studio space. The facejug process is definitely a tandem effort.
For more information about Brixey Studios, please visit their website at www.brixeystudios.com.
They both attended East Tennessee State University. It was there they took their first pottery class together. Scott was taking it as an elective in his fine arts program. Kipp was also taking it as an elective, but was no stranger to
With clay either from a local mill or recycled and milled in the studio, Kipp forms the basic cylindrical shape on the wheel as he would for many of his other forms. That basic form is handed to Scott, and from a photo, he sculpts the face into the cylinder while Kipp throws the top part of the jug and spout on the wheel. These forms are combined and a handle is added. After a bisque fire, the jug is glazed and fired again in an electric kiln. Their goal is to continuously learn and hone their art to perfection. They want to produce the most indisputably beautiful army of facejugs available as well as expand the variety of art they produce together. They continue working in their individual mediums, but ultimately want their facejugs in every gallery around the south.
Brixey Studios produces one-of-a-kind ceramics, some even wood-fired. Aside from facejugs, there are also face sconces and every form of utilitarian ware imaginable. Facejugs are a part of southern folk art the artists donâ€™t want to forget and only a handful of people still make them. A quick search online will show you how few really good jugs there are, and like all the other wares available on brixeystudios.com, the facejugs are food safe and available for purchase on the website. Scott and Kippâ€™s individual work can be found on their Facebook pages as well as the Brixey Studios page. Custom work is available. They rarely paint the facejugs, but have before upon request. Look for Kipp to offer pottery lessons again starting in early 2012. Anyone who is interested can learn a truly ancient art form from one of the very best around.
VIPSEEN@Benjamin Walls Gallery
Benjamin Walls Gallery
Jesse & Jessica Strange
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Elyssia Reedy and Carrie Cannaday
Josh and Kalie Sokolow
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Elyssia Reedy, Sarah Herbert and Katherine Hodges
Sarah Jane Hull and Katie Skeleton
Benjamin Walls celebrated 10 years of excellence on December 2 at his Fine Art Gallery on State Street in Downtown Bristol. Ben, a self-taught photographer, has traveled over one million miles in the last decade in search of the perfect image. Capturing nature at her absolute best is something that comes natural for him. As it turns out, 10 years later, Ben was able to capture several perfect images. Having traveled the globe, he is now internationally known and more than 12 million people have viewed his work. His eye for the exquisite has certainly earned him bragging rights, and a reason to be proud of what he has accomplished at his age, in
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a relatively short period of time. To date, Ben has been honored with two Smithsonian Exhibits, recognized by receiving four international awards, featured in 50 museums, traveled to 12 countries, and his work was chosen â€œOne of the Best Photographs in 20 years of Exhibits at the Natural History Museum of London.â€? There was definitely plenty to celebrate after 10 years! Friends, family, and lovers of his art came out to show their appreciation for his talent. For more information on Benjamin Walls, look him up online at www.benjaminwalls.com or take some time to visit Benjamin Walls Fine Art Gallery at 701 State Street in Downtown Bristol.
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VIPSEEN@The Olde Farm
Olde Farm Breakfast
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The United Company Charitable Foundation celebrated its Christmas event with a breakfast at The Olde Farm Golf Club in Bristol on December 19. The foundation donated an impressive $1.16 million to area health and human service centers, schools, colleges, emergency responders, police agencies, foundations, food banks, and arts and entertainment organizations. The foundation donated a total of $2.4 million to 75 agencies in 2011. Foundation members enjoy giving back to the community that have made their businesses successful. The United Company Charitable Foundations was organized in 1986 and has donated more that $20 million to numerous organizations. Most of the donations went to assist local organizations, many being located in the coalfields of Buchanan County, Va. The United Company Charitable Foundation is an affiliate of The United Company, which began in Buchanan County. The foundationâ€™s primary focus is childrenâ€™s charities, health care for the needy, food banks, and college scholarships for graduates of Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va. The foundation also runs a soup kitchen five days a week, which delivers soup to 1000 people in the Bristol area. The foundation has a seven-member board; Jim McGlothlin, Chairman, Martha McGlothin Gayle, President, Lois Clarke, Treasurer, Nick Street, Fay Street, Fran McGlothlin, and David Street. For more information on The United Company, visit them online at www.unitedco.net.
VIPSEEN@D.P. Culp University Center
2011-2012 Miss Historic Jonesborough/Miss Johnson City Scholarship Pageant Photography by: Mickey Baker Story by: Angela Striligas
This past December the 2011-2012 Miss Historic Jonesborough/Miss Johnson City Scholarship Pageant was held at D.P. Culp University Center Auditorium located at ETSU. The pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Tennessee and Miss America Scholarship Pageants. This year there were 10 girls competing in several categories, including evening gown, swimsuit, talent and interview. Former Miss Historic Jonesborough Julia Mitchell was the emcee for the night. Sandyâ€™s Jewel Box sponsored the event, giving away over $1500 in college scholarships. Each winner received a $500 Sandy Reiger Scholarship courtesy of Sandyâ€™s Jewel Box. A special community service scholarship honoring Pat Miller was awarded, along with a $100 Miss Congeniality Scholarship honoring Velma J. Harmon, a longtime pageant supporter. The three winners received a one-year membership to the Wellness Center provided by Mountain States Health Alliance, along with a Miss America crown and sash courtesy of the Miss Johnson City, Miss Historic Jonesborough Scholarship Organization.
VIPSEEN@King Lodge #461
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Open Installation at King Lodge
Welcome to King Lodge No. 461 Free and Accepted Masons! Located on the corner of Shelby and 5th Street, downtown Bristol, Tenn. Chartered on November 9, 1874, King Lodge has been more than an historical edificeâ€”its assemblage of Masons have been integral community pillars. Kingâ€™s first Master was JA Templeton who reigned from 1874- 76. Since then, the succession of Masters has been pictorially captured on portraits which adorn the walls of King Lodge. Conducting open installations provides a rare public glimpse of Masonic traditions.
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This ceremony honored the outgoing Master for 2011, Anthony Haynes, and congratulated Master elect for 2012, Doctor Morgan Lorio, and his officers. The ritual was Marshalled by Brother Clarence Crump P.M. and directed by guest Installing Officer, Brother Vernon Dodson P.M. (Zollikofer No. 444). A Cajun reception banquet preceded the installation accompanied by local Appalachian music provided by â€œThe Minton Family.â€? It was an excellent evening of ritual, refreshment, and fellowship. Masonryâ€™s obscure origins are steeped in Templarism and influenced by ancient stonemasons who were master craftsmen of their trade. Interested in Freemasonry? Visit www.askonetobeone.com and www.kinglodge.org. Dr. Lorio and Vernon Dodson
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VIPSEEN@Bristol Train Station
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Happy Birthday Derinda Larkin, Cathy Turner and Manuel Steffey
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By Hank Brown
T he last thing my wife said as she walked out the door was, “Please take care of the babies.” The babies, of course, are her beloved Chihuahua, Martini, and her darling terrier mix, Cornbread. If anything ever happened to either one, I might as well pack my bags and check into my own doghouse for a self-imposed life sentence. “I got it covered, don’t worry.” As I watch Natalie turn the corner and head down the street with her mom for an overnight trip to Nashville, I knew I would be receiving text messages throughout the day checking on her kids. Sure enough, within an hour, I receive the first status check. “What are my babies doing?” “Sleeping. They miss you.” In fact, every time she checked they were sleeping. That’s what dogs do during the day. They sleep, and move around the yard finding the best places to sun. After dinner, I let them come in for the night. I knew if I received a text message from Momma and the babies were outside in the dark and cold, Animal Cruelty would be at our house to pick me up immediately. Let me just say, that when my wife is out of town, it throws the entire house out of sorts. When she’s home, we have a routine. Normally, I’m fading in and out of consciousness before the second rerun of Frazier begins at 10:30, so Natalie turns out the light, and I don’t see or hear anything until morning. That’s the way it is. It’s a good life. I know that tonight I’ll never go upstairs to our bedroom. I just don’t sleep well when Natalie’s gone, and definitely don’t like to sleep alone in our bed. Don’t know why, maybe the couch feels more momentary, like she’ll come home anytime, wake me up, and we’ll go upstairs. It’s Sunday night. Nothing much on TV, so I watch a two-and-a-half hour college football bowl preview show while answering occasional text messages from Natalie. I’m getting brownie points for letting the dogs hang out with me in the den. Maybe I’m not such a bad dad after all. Martini and Cornbread are definitely “momma’s dogs,” so they are a little out of their comfort zones as well. For some reason, Tini has perched on top of the couch just above my head. Bread is keeping her distance in the dog bed on the floor. There is peace in the Brown house. Except I can’t get to sleep. By midnight, I’ve watched SportsCenter several times and know all the NFL scores even though I could care less about professional football. I decide to call it a night, turn off the TV, and try to sleep. I grab a blanket, wrap up, and settle into my space on the couch.
That’s when it starts. The scratching. The shaking. And the licking. Now I know why dogs sleep all day… so they can stay up all night scratching and licking. They lick their fur, they lick the couch, and they lick the dog bed until it is soaking wet. They scratch and shake their heads so their collars, name tags, and vaccination tags rattle like a teenager’s charm bracelet. I finally tune out the canine concert long enough to fall asleep. Then my cell phone rings! At exactly 2:35 am. I jump out of the couch like I was being chased by a rabid dog, and search frantically for the sound of the phone. I always panic when I get a call in the middle of the night, thinking it might be some type of emergency. With Natalie out of town, I was on even higher alert, but by the time I gain my senses and answer the phone, the call has gone to voicemail. I didn’t recognize the phone number anyway, so I figure it was a wrong number. I put the phone beside me on the couch, and within a few seconds receive the notification that I have a voicemail. I check it, and all I hear is silence for six seconds before the caller hangs up. So, why, I want to know, did it take this person the length of my greeting, and then ANOTHER six seconds before he or she realized they had dialed the wrong number? I pull the blanket up around me and try to go back to sleep. I had just fallen into a nice, deep slumber when the calm of the night is pierced by very loud, high-pitched barking! Martini must have thought he saw something out the window from his roost on the couch, so he is raucously warding off the evil spirits, or whatever it is he sees. Once again, I leap out of the couch expecting a terrorist attack on our front porch, but instead, see… nothing. Martini looks at me like, “Oops, sorry,” and curls back up on the couch. Dang, what a crazy night! Once again, I ...Animal Cruelty pull the blanket up over me, and drift off would be at our to sleep. About 4:30 a.m., Cornbread house to pick me up decides she is thirsty, so she gets up and immediately. walks into the kitchen to the water dish. Of course I hear her. Click, click, go her nails on the hardwood floors. Jingle, jingle go the collar and tags. So, she keeps walking… all around the house. Up the stairs, down the stairs, back to the kitchen for more water, back into the den, then to my side as her tail goes thump, thump against the coffee table. “Good girl, Bread, now go back to sleep.” This night is longer than a college all-nighter before final exams. One more time, I manage to fall asleep, and all is quiet for awhile before the alarm on my phone goes off at 5:30 am. Are you kidding me? Ok, I’m NOT getting up yet, so I re-set it and go back to sleep one more time, but not before sending one more text message to my wife. “When are you coming home??”
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The 2012 Joint Legislative Policy of the Tri-Cities was presented to the Northeast Tennessee Legislative Delegation during a luncheon at MeadowView Conference and Convention Center in Kingsport on Jan 6. Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol leaders have joined together for over two decades to establish annual policy agendas to provide a unified voice on issues directly affecting the citizens of the Tri-Cities and the municipal services each city provides.
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The Northeast Tennessee Legislative Delegation has been supportive in keeping the dialogue open on the policy objectives throughout Legislative Sessions. The 2012 policy initiatives are designed to improve the health, welfare, and prosperity of the citizens of the Tri-Cities. The policy will be part of the 107th Legislative Assembly. Topics discussed at the luncheon were; education, public safety, economic development, unfunded mandates and local control, transportation, and local revenue. All topics discussed are essential to ensure the quality and future in the lives of every citizen in the Tri-Cities. The Northeast Legislative Delegation has also played a significant role in the adoption and support, in several prominent policies, in 2011. The leaders of Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol expressed their appreciation for the generous efforts and accomplishments to the Senators; Lieutenant Governor, Ron Ramsey, Rusty Crowe, and Mike Faulk and the Representatives; Jon Lundburg, Tony Shipley, Scotty Campbell, Kent Williams, David Hawk, Dale Ford, Matthew Hill, and Michael Harrison.
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The United Way of Washington County, Tennessee has met its annual fundraising goal, thanks to a donation from Roadrunner Markets. As of the Friday before Christmas, the organization was still $30,000 short. After hearing about the need, Roadrunner Markets decided to not only help the United Way reach its goal, but put them over the top with a $50,000 donation. A check to the United Way was presented at Roadrunner’s headquarters in Johnson City on Wednesday morning. “The United Way helps so many here in Washington County, we wanted to make sure they have the funds to continue the level of services people in this area depend on,” says Ryan Broyles, President of Roadrunner Markets. “We’ve pledged $50,000 to the United Way. But that’s just a small part of the organization’s overall goal. We’re pleased others, both corporations and individuals, have also committed to fund this worthwhile cause.” This year’s United Way goal was $1.725 million. The United Way helps fund 17 local non-profit service agencies in Washington County. “On behalf of the United Way of Washington County Tennessee, our Board of Directors led by Ed Herbert, our Campaign team led by Becky Hilbert and the 17 Agencies that we serve, I would like to thank Roadrunner Markets for this very generous contribution to our organization,” says Lester Lattany, President and CEO of the Washington County United Way. “Your support allows us to provide service to more than 25,000 individuals each month of the year. These are services for children, the elderly, families and individuals in crisis.”
ECU’s Extraordinary Service Gains National Attention It’s no secret among Eastman Credit Union (ECU) members that they are part of something extraordinary, and the Tennessee Credit Union League (TCUL) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) have recognized ECU’s extraordinary demonstration of credit union member-focused leadership by naming ECU as the 2011 Louise Herring Philosophy in Action award recipient. “We appreciate being selected as the Louise Herring award recipient for doing what we do every day – offering our members extraordinary value and service. It really reinforces that a large credit union like ECU still operates according to the tenets the industry was founded upon,” said Olan Jones, president and CEO Eastman Credit Union. The Louise Herring Award is a national distinction to recognize credit unions that demonstrate the practical application of the credit union philosophy in an extraordinary way through member focus and service. Louise McCarren Herring (1909-1987) was a pioneer leader of the credit union movement and is regarded as the “Mother of Credit Unions” for her work and dedication. In 1934, the same year Eastman Credit Union was founded, Herring attended the meeting that established the Credit Union National Association. The Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action recognizes credit unions that maintain and demonstrate the core principles that Herring made her life’s work.
Jim Bailey Joins WKPT-TV Veteran television journalist Jim Bailey is joining WKPT-TV as Director of News and Public Affairs, George DeVault, President of Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation and General Manager of its Television Division announced today. “It’s rare to find someone with Jim’s experience covering news around the world, who also has such deep roots in the Tri-Cities,” said DeVault. “We feel very lucky to have him.” Bailey, who left WJHL TV in July after ten years as Anchor and Managing Editor, will begin anchoring ABC19’s evening news headlines on January 16 and has been tasked with expanding the station’s news coverage. He will also assume responsibility for the station’s weekly public affairs program, A Closer Look. Bailey graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and is a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the Defense Information School. He has been recognized with awards from the Department of Defense, The Associated Press, Women in Communication, and the Press Club of New Orleans, among others. Last year Bailey was named one of Milligan Colleges Leaders in Christian Service Award recipients. “I had always sought out a new challenge every half dozen years or so, but after a decade my family have put down roots here,” Bailey continued, “and it was important to us that we remain here; so I’m thrilled to be able to help grow news coverage at ABC19.” He is active with a variety of charities including the Salvation Army, which he serves as Chairman of the Johnson City Advisory Board. He is a deacon of the First Christian Church in Johnson City. He and his wife of thirty years, Jackie, have one son, Jay, who lives in Largo, Florida.
Bank of Tennessee donates $50,000 for purchase of da Vinci Surgical System at Holston Valley Bank of Tennessee is supporting high-quality health care at Holston Valley Medical Center with a $50,000 donation to the Wellmont Foundation to help the hospital purchase the da Vinci Surgical System. The bank recently presented the check to representatives of the hospital and foundation, putting Holston Valley closer to acquiring this high-tech piece of robotic equipment. “Bank of Tennessee considers this more than a donation. We believe it is an investment in the health of our community,” said Roy L. Harmon Jr., the bank’s president and CEO. “As a community bank, we understand that state-of-the-art health care is a key component for economic development and the quality of life in our region.” Virginia Frank, Holston Valley’s president, said the donation is a welcome investment in Kingsport’s flagship hospital. “We’re thankful Bank of Tennessee sees the value of delivering the best in care for the residents of our region,” Frank said. “This partnership helps us bring additional top-notch technology to Holston Valley, all for the benefit of our patients. We’re grateful as well to the foundation for working with the bank to make this donation possible.” The da Vinci system is a robotic method of performing surgery that results in smaller incisions, less pain, less loss of blood, less scarring, and quicker recovery time. It features multiple robotic arms controlled by a surgeon at a console. Instead of standing over the patient, the surgeon sits at the console several feet away. From the console, the surgeon views the patient through a high-powered camera and precisely manipulates da Vinci’s robotic arms. Physicians like da Vinci because of its high definition, 3D field of view and capability to magnify the body up to 10 times. The da Vinci system can be used for removal of a cancerous prostate, hysterectomies, and other benign and malignant gynecological conditions. It is also available for removal of kidneys and kidney tumors and treatment of benign kidney conditions. Surgeons at Bristol Regional Medical Center, which has used da Vinci for more than a year, have also used it for cardiac and thoracic surgeries. “Working together, philanthropic companies and individuals and Wellmont Health System achieve enhanced outcomes for patients,” said Todd Norris, Wellmont’s senior vice president of system advancement. “This desirable goal significantly boosts the quality of life for the communities we serve.” Those who are interested in supporting Wellmont programs and facilities can contact the foundation at (423) 230-8550.
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HUNDRED ACRES HUNDRED ACRES didnâ€™t book any gigs until their CD release in September 2011, but since then the band has played 30 shows by New Yearâ€™s Eve, including WDVXâ€™s â€œBlue Plate Special,â€? Knox IVIâ€™s â€œ11 Oâ€™Clock Rock,â€? two TV appearances, a festival, numerous gigs, and are now getting airplay on several small radio stations. %\WDONLQJWRIURQWPDQDQGVRQJZULWHU-HII/DQHZHĂ€QGRXWWKDW HUNDRED ACRESâ€™ story is more than just a story of an interesting band. In fact, itâ€™s more of a personal journey for Lane. -XVWDFRXSOHRI\HDUVDJR-HIIZDVRQHRIWKHPRUHLQĂ XHQWLDOPRYHUV and shakers in the re-emerging downtown of Kingsport, participating in numerous projects, including loft & restaurant developments, and the onset and formation of the Twilight Alive Concert Series which introduced locals to great regional music on the streets for free. When the economy crashed, it devastated Jeff Lane, like many others, and he seemed to disappear from the area. It turns out that he was pretty busy doing something else! VIP Seen asked Lane to tell his story for this monthâ€™s VIP SEEN Feature on Music. â€œFor most of my life Iâ€™ve been writing songs, mostly to keep my sanity I guessâ€Ś music to me has mostly been a private thing, hiding away in my basement or a closed room and playing my guitar late at night, for over 20 years. Three years ago, if a fortune teller had told me that I would be a singer and record an album, I would have demanded my money back! Most folks that I know didnâ€™t even know I played guitar until just recently. So I guess the HUNDRED ACRES story starts right here.
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Friends of Allandale
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Friends of Allandale held its annual Christmas celebration on Friday, December 2, 2011. The magnificent Allandale Mansion sparkled in joyful Christmas elegance. The outside of the estate was adorned in gorgeous greenery and wreaths hung by the City of Kingsport, while the inside glistened by the magical touch of designer, Christian Barclay. Endless strands of flower and fruit-filled garlands streamed from stair railings, ceilings, fireplaces, and doorways. Christmas trees accompanied every room with spectacular ornaments, lights, and decorations. In one room, it appeared that Santa had already visited, for his coat was draped across a chair. The dining room and library offered many delicious hors d'oeuvres. Guest mingled while enjoying the mouth-watering appetizers and touring the mansion. The breathtaking beauty of the Allandale Mansion was both an elegant and festive way to celebrate the holiday season. The Allandale Mansion is one of Kingsportâ€™s finest treasures. The mansion was originally the home of Harvey and Ruth Brooks. Upon Mr. Brooksâ€™ death in 1969, the mansion was donated to the City of Kingsport. In 1989, a group of people came together to create the Friends of Allandale. The group was formed to support the continuing improvements to the mansion and its grounds. To learn more about the Allandale Mansion and events, visit www.allandalemansion.com.
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Les Heaton and Hunter Wright
John McKinley, Rod Gemayel, Winkle McKinley, and Jane Young
Sandra Davidson, Kitty Smith, and Alice Kirk
Cathy Harvey, Sissy Heaton, and Kevin Martin
Pat Harrison and Annett Pannel
Bill and Dianne Anderson
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Center of Hope Benefit
Sandy and Joe Rieger of Sandyâ€™s Jewel Box hosted an extraordinary event on December 9, 2011 to benefit the Salvation Army Center of Hope. Over $1000 was donated by their guests, as well as an enormous amount of non-perishable food. The Riegers provided delicious hors dâ€™oeuvres and wine to the guests. Door prizes included an exquisite sterling silver 18kt yellow gold necklace as well as a pair of beautiful sterling silver 18kt yellow gold hoop earrings with diamonds. The Riegers host several events throughout the year to benefit a variety of organizations throughout the community.
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John McInterff, Leslie Cruetzinger and Dinah McInterff
Melba Goulding and Dottie Essick
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Salvation Army Center of Hope provides transitional and emergency shelter, financial assistance through social services, and meals from bagged food for families. For more information on The Salvation Army Center of Hope, please call 423-926-8901.
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Dr. EC Goulding and Jennifer Teague
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Hill & Dale
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Hill and Dale Garden Clubâ€™s Annual Fundraiser Auction was held at the Centre on December 8, 2011. Hostesses were Mary Lynn Satterwhite and Shirley Carrier. President Diane Thompson opened the event with introductions of officers and members present. Friends and family were invited for a delicious brunch, with exciting live and silent auction items furnished by the clubâ€™s members. With the proceeds of this fundraiser, Hill and Dale Garden Club is able to provide annual funding for many state and local environmental projects. Local projects include; co-sponsoring Keep Bristol Beautiful with the Chamber of Commerceâ€™s Great American Cleanup week, clean up and plantings for the Wellmont Hospice House, providing miniature holiday arrangements for all of the residents at The Cambridge House, clean up and plantings for the Salvation Army on State Street, and planting flowers in downtown Bristolâ€™s State Street planters. Nationally, Hill and Dale contributes to Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for Roan Mountain protection, Blue Star Memorial Markers, Racheff Park and Gardens, American Chestnut Foundation, Cindy Gentry Memorial Fund, Frank Blanton Memorial Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Land Trust: Cumberland Trail, and Tennessee River Gorge. Hill and Dale Garden Club was organized in April of 1954 and federated the following year. As a member of the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, District IV, and National Garden Clubs, Inc., the club must sustain certain criteria to qualify for a garden club of excellence. One criteria is the requirement of presenting a Standard Flower Show for judging bi-annually while being in compliance with state and national rules. Hill and Dale Garden Club has been the recipient of state and national ribbons for their shows for many years. There are currently 24 active members and 11 associate members that meet once a month in their homes and around the community. For more information, visit www.hillanddalegc.org.
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Dawn Hope Social Night
Dawn of Hope hosted a sponsor social event on January 13, 2012. The event was held at the Dawn of Hope Developmental Center so that sponsors could visit the facility and gain a better prospective of what Dawn of Hope does for the community. The event was to promote the Dawn of Hope Spring Luau, to thank the sponsors, and to recruit new or returning sponsors. Guests were treated to excellent drinks by Happy Hour and delicious food catered by The Catering Company. The Dawn of Hope Spring Luau will be held at the Millennium Centre on May 3. 2012 marks the eighth annual luau for the Dawn of Hope. This yearâ€™s sponsor for the luau is Cherokee Distributing Company. Special events at the luau will include; a $10,000 reverse raffle, live entertainment by Kids Our Age, a silent auction, and fun-filled picture sets. Dawn of Hope began in 1968 and is dedicated to the care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Northeast Tennessee. The foundation hosts two fundraisers each year with the luau being the largest event. Proceeds from the luau will be used to maintain Dawn of Hopeâ€™s mission of enriching lives. For more information on raffle tickets, event tickets, and sponsorships, contact the Dawn of Hope Foundation at 423.722.1689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brenda Green, Valda Jones, and Michael Green
Rodney Conduff and Susan Chase
Jeff Brunson, Lisa Stelick, Maureen Mulroy, and Becky Brunson
Dan Hubbard, Maureen Mulroy, Mark Douglas, and Bill Hamilton
Debbie & Larry England
Britney Shortt & Lee Chase
Rhonda & Rob Sampson
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Linda & Shawn Oâ€™Dell
Champagne and Diamonds
Partnering with the American Cancer Society, Bowman Jewelers held “Ladies’ Night” at the store in early December. Attendees were given an opportunity to browse the cases for their “favorite things” and write down their “wish list” to enter for door prizes. Catered by Maple Lane Farms, the elegantly casual event provided goody bags with party favors from Lavish You Will and Bowman Jewelers for each guest to take home. Dr. Clemons from Renovus Medical Day Spa was on hand to give cosmetic dermal fillers to party-goers selecting to do so with a portion of the proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society. The evening ended with some very happy ladies taking home Cosmetic Gift Certificates, pearl necklaces, rings, earrings and other jewelry items donated by Bowman Jewelers.
Kristina Vella, Katy Gentry, and Paula Wells
Ashley Grindstaff and Cara Ledbetter
Steve “The Boss” Grindstaff
Linda Bowman O’Dell and Cara Ledbetter
Rob Bowman and Angela Keith
Caroline Lyon, Linda Sampson, and Linda Hutchens
David Meredith and Leanne Trivette
Jan Snead and Christina Vella
Leslie Haas and Kristina Twitty
Shawn O’Dell and Camera Buchanan
April Brucker and Lisa Campbell
Lucie Jones and Robin Williams
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YWCA Bristol Celebrating Women Luncheon Photography and Story By: Chelsie Gregory
YWCA Bristol Celebrating Women Silent Auction and Luncheon was hosted by the Jr. Board December 9 at the Bristol Train Station. Anyone who attended this event found it fun, informative, and heartwarming. Despite the chilly weather, the luncheon drew a considerable crowd. As the women waited in line to reach the buffet, they viewed the items on display for the silent auction. The funds that were raised from the auction support the youth programs at YWCA Bristol. After reaching the buffet, each sampled the delicious meal catered by Alfredo’s Mediterranean Cuisine. As the crowd finished lunch, the speakers took the stage. Lorri Fennel, Jessica Stollings Strang, Diana L. Weiss, and Peg O’Connel-Ayers were exceptionally inspirational. Each woman’s remarks empowered and inspired the attendees to better
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The Celebrating Women Luncheon is one of many events hosted by YWCA Bristol. To learn more about YWCA programs or get involved in the Jr. Board, visit www.ywcabristol.org or call 423.968.9444.
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Patty Bailey and Susan Snawder
Jennie Barron, Minnie Carr, Tammy Watson, Lisa Somogyi and Amy Melinger
Kay Phillips, Jean and Lori Paris, Joyce Morris, and Dorris Faulkner
Throughout the event, Pat Jessee, an improv artist, painted to music by Paul Winter. At the end of the luncheon, it was amazing to see how a blank canvas became a beautiful piece of art. The angelic painting is featured on this page and was sold at the auction.
Anne Miscoski, Alexa Lewis, Kenna McMurray, Kathy Waugh and Ruby Gillion
Pat Woodring, Sandy Woolly and Janet Smith
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themselves. Emphasizing a positive self image for young girls encourages healthy, empowered adult women, which is one of the missions of the YWCA. Additionally, Tech Gyrls, an after school program at the YWCA, had two young women who were members of that group attend the luncheon.
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Valorie Caudell, Lisa Shankle and Carla Harosky
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Arts Alliance Mountain Empire, Johnson City Area Arts Council, Kingsport ARTS, and past Chairs of the Tennessee Arts Commission, Nancy DeFriece, Edwin Gerace, and Ann Smith, hosted a reception in honor of Rich Boyd, Tennessee Arts Commission Director. The reception was held January 15 in Bristol, Tenn. Mr. Boyd served with the Tennessee Arts Commission for 28 years. He announced his retirement to become effective on Mr. Boyd has been a tremendous asset to the Arts statewide. During his years with TAC, the organization has become one of the foremost agencies in the nation for public funding, arts education, advocacy, promotion and preservation of cultural heritage, strategic planning, support of individual artists, and innovative services to constituents in all arts disciplines. During Mr. Boydâ€™s twelve years as director, funding provided by TAC for cultural activities increased from $2.8 million to $7.3 million. Officials with each Arts program gave a background on their respective organizations and how Rich Boyd and the Tennessee Arts Commission have played a role in making them a success. Among those speaking on behalf of the Arts were Anythyse Kia, Cathie Faust, Cornelia Laemmli-Orth, Richard Rose, Jordan Pennington, Leah Ross, and Ron Worrell. Mr. Boyd received many gifts including, a lifetime membership to Barter Theatre and Symphony of the Mountains. Symphony of the Mountains also invited him to conduct one of its concerts. Lt. Governor, Ron Ramsey, Bristol Mayor, David Shumaker, Kingsport Major, Dennis Phillips, and Johnson City Commissioner, Dr. Ralph Van Brocklin all spoke in recognition of Mr. Boyd. For more information on Rich Boyd and the Tennessee Arts Commission, visit www.tn.gov/arts/. January 31, 2012.
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Rich Boyd and Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey
Rich Boyd and Lee Ross
Mayor David Shoemaker and Margaret Feirabead
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Fred McClellen and Rich Boyd
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Kingsport Arts Leaders
2011 Annual KOSBE Awards The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship held its 17th annual awards ceremony on December 8. The ceremony was held at BANQ in downtown Kingsport. KOSBE is an organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs starting or excelling their businesses by developing resources and partnerships. The Young Entrepreneur Award went to Talâ€™s Auto and Truck Repair. Rasnick Family Chiropractic took home the New Business Award. The Innovation Award was presented to The Village at Allandale. The Business Excellence Employing Under 10 Employees Award went to Hillhouse Graphics Design. The Veteran-Owned Business Award was presented to Aldebaran Financial. The Woman-Owned Business Award went to F & L Limo & Livery. The Business Excellence Employing 10 Employees and Up Award was presented to Lake Pointe. The runner-up positions went to; Babycakes Cupcakery, Salt Water Willy's Cafe, Still Transfer Company, Ken's Hot Dog Hut, Back to Basics Massage Therapies, and Dykes Trucking.
Selections for the categories above were based on customer relationship strategy, story of success overcoming adversity, community involvement, marketing creativity, and strategies for growth. Two individual awards were also presented at the ceremony; the Impact Award and the Caped Crusader Award. Kathy Richards was presented the Impact Award for an outstanding individual and small business advocate. The judgeâ€™s choice award, the Caped Crusader Award, was presented to KOSBE executive director, Aundrea Wilcox for her dedication and commitment to the Kingsport small business community. Kingsport Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Miles Burdine and KOSBE Chair, Steve Swinney, presented Bill Gatton, owner and general manager of Bill Gatton Chevrolet-Cadillac and Bill Gatton Honda, an appreciation gift for his dedication to small business and future commitment to local community development. For more information on KOSBE, visit www.kosbe.org.
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Marybeth McClain, Bill Gatton, and Aundrea Wilcox
Michael and Kristen Reedy
Wanda and Margret Helms
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John and Angela Vachon
Jamie Bass and Tiffany Hickman
Tonni & Ken Carrigan
Shelia Ferguson, Billy and Hollie Taylor
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Terry and Jan Kazmier
Valentina Escobar Gonzalez and Kevon McCrary
Leann Rasar and Lucy Fleming
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Dr. Jeff Schoondyke and Julie Bentley FNP at Karing Hearts Cardiology are always accepting new patients, and with offices in Johnson City and Elizabethton, they are always close by. Whether you are in need of a cardiologist for the first time, or if recent events and changes in health care policies have left you without a cardiovascular provider, call Dr. Jeff Schoondyke... a cardiologist who really cares for you.
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Clinical Trial For Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Every year over 300,000 people are affected by a painful and sometimes debilitating condition known as lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). In LSS, the spine narrows and puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, causing back and leg pain. Morgan Lorio, MD of NeuroSpine Solutions is participating in a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the ACADIAâ„˘ Facet Replacement System for those suffering from LSS. This is an investigational device designed to treat Dr. Morgan Lorio specializes in spine and hand offering the most innovative and minimally invasive spinal procedures. He is known in the spine community for his forward thinking and new approaches to spine care and is dedicated to offering this service to his community. Accepts most major medical insurances by referral and workerâ€™s compensation. Also accepting patients for FDA studies.
LSS without fusion, while maintaining the motion of the spine. Neuro-Spine Solutions is one of up to 30 sites in the US approved for inclusion in this study. The study is open to both male and female patients between the ages of 21-85, who have been diagnosed with LSS. Additional inclusion criteria must also be met. For more information please contact the office of Dr. Morgan Lorio at 423-844-0501 or email email@example.com. Morgan P. Lorio, M.D., F.A.C.S. Board Certified Orthopaedic Spine & Hand Surgeon James Myers, PA-C Alan Britton, PA-C
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Published on Feb 1, 2012
Published on Feb 1, 2012
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