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Home Sweet Home


Spine Health Foundation

Derby Day

JDRF: “A Night of Hope”

Girls Inc. of Kingsport

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July 18th-20th

Sunset Concert Series



Thursday, July 18th Chris Tomlin

Big Daddy Weave will be the opening act. Sponsors for the Thursday night concert are Phil Bachman Honda, Carter-Trent Funeral Homes, Tele-Optics, Inc. and radio sponsor, 88.3 WCQR

Friday, July 19th Hunter Hayes

Sponsors for the Friday night concert are American Electric Power, AGC Glass Company North America, Domtar and radio sponsor, WXBQ

Saturday, July 20th Chicago & Gavin DeGraw


Eastman Chemical Company is the sponsor for the Saturday Night Concert. Radio sponsor for the event is WQUT


Brock Services Stage at J. Fred Johnson Stadium Additional Series sponsors include Eastman Credit Union and the Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau.

General Admission Ticket Packages Beginning May 15th Combo tickets are oNly available online

Combo packs, Thurs/Fri


Combo packs, Thurs/Sat & Fri/Sat Chris Tomlin


All 3 Nights package


any remaining single-night, general admission tickets will be available beginning friday, June 21 at 9 a.m. ticket pricing is $15 for thursday and friday nights and $20 for the Saturday night concert.

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Purchase tickets or package at the fun fest office Kingsport Chamber of Commerce 400 Clinchfield St. Ste.100, Kingsport

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Features 13 31 51

Introducing Season 5:

Real estate in our region

Dancing with the Tri-Cities Stars

Happy Dad’s Day, Dad! 33 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Home Sweet Home

74 Local and Loyal An inside look at a few of your favorite


hometown businesses.

Departments 7 Calendar of Events 24 NONProfit Profile 43 VIP Profile




71 Music Profile My New Favorites


3rd Annual Believing in Home Ownership

106 Ipolito Wine Tasting at Lepsch Mansion

Golf Tournament

46 JDRF- A Night of Hope

108 1950’s Hollywood Black and White Party

103 Johnson City Chamber Expo

83 AmazinGrace 5k

104 Northeast Foundation Derby Gala

48 Baccalaureate Celebration

26 Northeast State Offsite Open House

98 Meet and Greet Candidate Forum

99 Party in the Heart

69 Boone Lake Cleanup

22 Sixth Annual Evening of Epicurean Delights

25 Bristol Recovery Road for Women

70 Skin Health Open House

87 Bristol Regional Women and Children Expo

28 Kingsport Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty

94 Bristol Speech and Hearing Center

38 Taste of Jonesborough


Thunder Valley Fly and Wine Opening Dinner

101 CAC 19th Annual Lexus Golf Tournament

105 TNVA Scholars Senior Picnic Celebration

82 Carter County Shred Day

40 Tournament of Roses at the Virginian

91 David Crowder

92 The Paramount Chamber Players Gala



Derby Day at the Olde Farm

29 East Tennessee Youth Outdoors

The Voice of the Prairie Production

84 Under the Tuscan Stars

20 ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony

38 United Way Breakfast

90 SpringFest

27 Wounded Warrior 5k

88 Hot Tea and Totes

89 YMCA: VIP Donor Appreciation

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Dad on Father’s Day!


Richard “Dean” Hurley

Princess and Pirate Tea Party

80 Serve it up Sassy A “TEE-RIFFIC” lunch FORE

96 Artist Profile Misty Dempsey

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Letter from the Publishers PUBLISHER Angela Striligas CO-PUBLISHER Brian Hullette DESIGN NINJA Angelica Ares HAPPINESS COORDINATOR Savanna Smith ACCOUNT MANAGERS Susan Couch 423.483.5591

Janie Jarvis 423.440.1448

Holly McBride 423.429.2661

Becky Ramsey 423.646.9490

April Taylor 423.646.4626

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Liz Bushong Kris Cantu Rita Dykes Lynda Fontaine Rhonda Grimes Meghan R. Palmer David Schools Savanna Smith April Taylor Marjorie Tester DISTRIBUTION Susan Couch Bobby Flowers Madison Perkins Savanna Smith WEBMASTER Robert Neilson Wired Web Development PHOTOGRAPHY Mickey J. Baker Sam Benedict Liz Bushong Susan Couch Lynda Fontaine Rhonda Grimes Peter Montanti Becky Ramsey Christine Smith Savanna Smith April Taylor VIPSEEN, Inc., Tri-Cities 247 Broad Street, Suite 205 Kingsport, TN 37660 423.398.5321 WWW.VIPSEENMAG.COM 6 | VIPSEEN | APRIL 2013

She Says...

He Says...

Life is full of surprises. Some we welcome with open arms and wide smiles and then there are others that aren’t of the happy nature. We eventually figure out that surprises shape our life and that we can never fully be prepared for a surprise…because if we were, then it would be called something different.

Happy Anniversary! Yes, that’s right; this issue will celebrate our two-year anniversary. I can hardly believe it has been two years and here we are getting bigger and better with every day that passes. Angela and I certainly didn’t do it alone. It has taken talented people with integrity and commitment to get the magazine where we are today. Our team cares about quality and service, and I have been fortunate to work with each and every one of them. As I look back, I recall spending the first year letting the business run me, and it was a daily struggle just to keep up and keep my head above water; however, over the past four months Angela and I have gotten to sit back and spend more time actually running the company. What a blessing!

I have always been more of a cat person, until a little less than two years ago when I was first introduced to a poodle named Precious. I immediately loved her; she was happy, full of personality and very intelligent. Precious taught me that there are very few things in life that are more rewarding than a dog who is always excited to see you and loves you unconditionally. Mickey, my fiancé, (that story following this one) has had Precious ever since she was 5 weeks young. She was his baby and very loyal to her doggy daddy for almost 12 years. Sadly and very unexpectedly, we lost our sweet Precious May 8th during emergency surgery. The surgeons said she was a fighter but had been sick for a lot longer than we knew. Her death took us by surprise and we were heartbroken, as were many of the friends she had made throughout the neighborhood, but it also opened our eyes to the reality that life can change in an instant and without warning. Precious left us with many wonderful memories, but also the important lesson that life is never guaranteed. I think we could learn a lot from our pets: unconditional love and loyalty are two valued traits we should all strive for. A week and a half after Precious passed away, Mickey and I headed out for Haiti. I love the work we do there and the children who have so much hope in their eyes. This was our second trip together and I was excited to be seeing these kids again. Little did I know that Mickey had been planning a surprise of his own (this one was welcomed with open arms & wide smiles)! Before heading to church, during a staged group photo shoot, Mickey got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was in shock and completely caught off guard! Needless to say, I said YES!

We have all been challenged by the recession, but our team looks toward to the future with great optimism. All of you have gotten to witness us give birth to the magazine and have watched it quickly evolve from just a picture magazine into a great recruiting and planning tool for our region. It always makes me smile when I hear a story about how someone found out about one of our advertisers or became involved with one of our local charities because they read it in VIPSEEN. (I actually get to hear that quite often these days.) It has been simply amazing for me to sit back and count the number of organizations that we have partnered with and see how much they have grown over the past two years. The TriCities is truly an amazing place to live, raise a family, start a business, or just to come and visit. I really don’t think anyone could ever find a more giving and caring community. So thank you for giving me the privilege of waking up every morning with the opportunity of being a part of this wonderful place we call home. So look out Tri Cities, sit back and enjoy the pages as we roll into our 3rd year. On behalf of all of us at VIPSEEN, I want to thank you for your support. You have made these past two years extremely rewarding, and I look forward to providing you with a product that gets better each and every year.

Life is full of surprises, both good and bad, but it is these surprises that keep us on our toes and help to remind us that we are alive. Were it not for surprises, then life would surely not be worth living. The past few months have brought several surprises to my life, both terrible and wonderful, providing me lessons for life that will only help to serve me in the future. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

ON THE COVER The Olde Farm, Bristol, VA Event: Derby Day Benefiting Spine Health Foundation



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The Family Stone @ Freedom Hall Civic Center Arena 6:30 PM

Children’s Storytime @ Bristol Public Library Bristol Public Library 11:30am – 12:00pm

Kingsport Economic Development Board All day

Teen Book Club @ Bristol Public Library 4:30pm – 5:30pm

CityMac Workshop: iPad Basics @ CityMac 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Beer Tasting at Inari Wines 4pm – 7pm

Inari Wine Tasting 4pm – 7pm

Full Moon Jam @ the Downtown Center 810 State Street 7pm – 10pm Teeing Off for the Cure @ Meadowview 1pm – 2pm


Kingsport Chamber Membership Appreciation After Hours @ Buffalo Wild Wings Kingsport 5:30 pm


Blue Plum Festival @ Downtown Johnson City Roan Groan Johnson City Omnium Bicycle Race


2013 Golf Tournament is Motored by Champion Chevrolet-Cadillac @ Blackthorn



CityMac Workshop: Mac Basics @ CityMac 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Full Moon Jam @ the Downtown Center 810 State Street 7pm – 10pm


AACA car cruise-in Twilight Alive @ Tri-Summit Bank Parking Lot Storytelling Live! @ @ Downtown Kingsport 6pm – 8pm International Storytelling Center Jonesborough Small Business Loan Advantage Blue Plum Festival Matinee Performances @ Downtown Johnson City 2.0 Live Loan Event 2 p.m. @ Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 6 pm Bluegrass on Broad events/storytelling-live/ @ Downtown Kingsport 7 pm



Teen (14-18 Years Old) Book Club @ the Bristol Public Library 4pm – 6pm


KOSBE Small Group Training: Branding Your Business with Twitter @ Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 6 pm


Bristol White Sox vs Kingsport Mets @ Hunter Wright Stadium 6pm

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Kingsport Mets vs Elizabethton Twins @ Hunter Wright Stadium 7pm

Live music at 606 State Street: 606 State Street Jammers 7pm – 9pm

Blue Plum Festival @ Downtown Johnson City Roan Groan Johnson City Omnium Bicycle Race


The Grape Easel Experience @ blowfish emporium 6pm – 8pm

Kingsport Tomorrow 8th Annual Golf Classic @ Cattails Golf Course 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

5th Annual Vettes of the Smokies @ Bill Gatton Chevrolet 9 AM-5 PM

Achieving World Class Results @ Pal’s Corporate Office

Achieving World Class Results @ Pal’s Corporate Office

Inari Wine Tasting 4pm – 7pm

Twilight Alive @ Downtown Kingsport

Ridgefields members guest @ Ridgefields

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Bluegrass on Broad @ Downtown Kingsport 7pm



Relay for Life – 6pm Friday, June 14 to 6am Saturday, June 15 @ Broad Street Kingsport

Fun Fest Stores Open @ Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

Covered Bridge 5K @ Elizabethton Covered Bridge, 8am

Workforce Investment Board Linking Education, Economic & Workforce Development @ Carnegie Hotel, 9am-3pm Twilight Alive @ Downtown Kingsport

18 Bristol White Sox vs Kingsport Mets @ Hunter Wright Stadium 7pm

19 Bristol White Sox vs JC Cardinals @ Thomas Stadium TBA

KOSBE Small Business Training Class: QuickBooks for Beginners @ Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 3 pm


How to Build Remarkable Cultures @ Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 9 am

Kid’s Art Hour @ One of a Kind Gallery 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Live music @ 606 State Street 606 State Street Jammers 7pm – 9pm You Da Man 5K @ Borden Park Kingsport, 5pm


EWGA golf event @ Meadowview

25 Full Moon Jam @ the Downtown Center Bristol, 7pm – 10pm

Kingsport Chamber Grand Re-Opening & Ribbon Cutting for Himelwright Dentistry @ 8 Sheridan Square, Suite 100 in Kingsport 4 pm


Twilight Alive @ Downtown Kingsport Bristol White Sox vs JC Cardinals @ Thomas Stadium 11:30am

21 AACA car cruise-in @ Tri-Summit Bank Parking Lot 6pm – 8pm Bluegrass on Broad @ Downtown Kingsport 7 pm Bristol White Sox vs JC Cardinals @ Thomas Stadium 7:30 pm

26 Farmhouse Ghost @ O’Mainnin’s, Bristol


22 Inari Wine Tasting 4pm – 7pm Kingsport Mets vs Elizabethton Twins @ Hunter Wright Stadium 7pm Dancing with the Tri-Cities Stars @ MeadowView, Kingsport, 5pm American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Johnson City @ Indian Trail Intermediate School 12 pm- 12 am Rock The Boat 5K @ Borden Park, Kingsport 8 am





Border Bash with L Shape Lot and Jon Stickley Trio Bristol Downtown Kingsport Fireworks Celebration Pepsi Independence Day Fireworks Celebration Freedom Hall, JC





Twilight Alive Concert Series; Paul Williams & Victory Trio @ Bluegrass on Broad


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Derby Day

A Fundraiser for the Spine Health Foundation


erby Day, a fundraiser for the Spine Health Foundation was held on May 4, 2013 at The Olde Farm.

Everyone came together to celebrate and support the mission of The Spine Health Foundation, the only non-profit organization in the nation directly impacting lives by providing disadvantaged individuals access to specialized spine care. Guests walked the red carpet to have their picture taken as they entered the Party Barn to join the pre-derby party festivities. Bill and Beth Sumner with Mike and GiGi Boggan

A few highlights of the evening were: Traditional southern derby cuisine and mint juleps; Best Derby Hats Contest – An illustrious judging panel selected the most original hats. Winner – Gigi Boggan, Place – Angela Striligas, and Show – Retta Poynter Silent and Live Auction

Mrs and Dr. Lorio

Annually, the Spine Health Foundation honors one individual who has gone above and beyond to help those suffering with spinal disorders or injuries. The 2013 Hope Award was presented to Dr. David Wiles of East Tennessee Brain and Spine Center, P.C. The Hope Award symbolizes excellence in accomplishing the mission of the Spine Health Foundation. This is an annual award presented to an individual who has selflessly provided his or her time to help fulfill our mission of helping others get back to life.

Trish James and Annette Widener

Major sponsors included Alpha Natural Resources, Eastman Credit Union, Regions Bank, Depuy Synthes, Victory Orthotics & Prosthetics, Medtronic, Alphatec Spine, Integra Foundation, Bill Gatton Automotive

Monique and Marc Eubanks

Photography by MIckey baker | story by rita dykes

Barb Janiszewski and Jim Woods

Justin Nidiffer, Linda Evans, Kristie Helms and Buzz Helms

Gary Gross and Sandra Dean

Kim Nicewonder Johnson, Carol Conduff and Krista Wharton

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Bruce Blessing and Merideth Haga

Martin and Christie Gott

Holly Beth Johnson and Chantz Scott

David and Krista Wharton

Retta Poynter receiving award for her feather hat!

Shawn and Mary Brown

Amy and Mark Slaughter

Pam Forker, Barb Street and Brandi Clevenger

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Tom and Cathie Olmsted

Kristin Kistner

Kenny Schweitzer

Barbie Crockett and Wes Burleson

Steve and Ashley Grindstaff

Yumi and David Smith

Kim Nicewonder Johnson and Dr. Bernie Tisdale

Israel and Emily O’Quinn

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Sara and Marty Diamond

Angela Striligas and Mickey Baker

Carol Conduff

Eva Pickler and Stirling Young Mary and Clark Grayble Lois Clarke, Reve Fields and LaDonna Boardwine

Jane and Chris Morris

om and Cathie Olmsted with Bruce Blessing and Merideth  Haga

Kelly and Michelle Cassedy

Retta Poynter and Helen Scott

Mike Lamia and Melissa Hipolit

Cher Taylor and Jackie Joseph Holly and James McBride

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dancing tri-cities Introducing Season 5

stars with the

The Tri-Cities is gearing up for the 5th annual Dancing with the Stars. This fundraiser is to help SteppenStone Youth Treatment Services of the Tri-Cities. The event will be held at the Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport on June 29. There were a total of 10 stars selected for this year’s show, 5 men and 5 women, who have made a positive impact on our community. These stars were honored to be chosen for participation. We encourage you to learn about and meet this year’s caring stars. APRIL 2013 | VIPSEEN | 13

April Taylor April Taylor takes her musical heritage seriously but when your great grandfather wrote songs with the world famous Carter Family, it just comes naturally. The Bristol, Tennessee native grew up surrounded by music. A recording of April singing found its way to producer and president of Nashville based Plateau Music Tony Mantor. Mantor was impressed with what he heard, contacted April at her home in Bristol and signed her to the label a short time later. He immediately began to search for songs for her first studio session, sorting through hundreds of songs submitted by some of Nashville’s hottest writers and publishing companies. Then one day Tony played April a song he had found at one of the city’s smaller publishing houses. That song was “Hero At Home” “Hero At Home” was the first single release and the wildly successful single garnering both critical acclaim and nationwide radio airplay. Because of that success, April launched a nationwide tour in January of 2006 and during the following ten months she performed literally across the country from San Diego, CA where she performed aboard the USS Berkley docked in the San Diego Harbor to Washington, DC as the featured performer for the Pentagon’s “Night Of Heroes on three different occasions, she has worked with Fisher House, Walter Reed Medical Center and has made public appearances all over the country. And also attended the White House Correspondence Dinner as a special guest from USA TODAY which featured her in a World Wide article in the Military Times. She has traveled the country supporting 6 National Radio Releases her cd hit stores nationwide in 2007 and in 2008 she was named TOP Female Independent Artist of the year on Music row and came in Second for Artist of the Year. Her single “I Wanna Live Like That” hit 21 on the charts. April parted with Plateau Music in 2009. After a three year break she went back into the studio. Her new album, produced by Ron Corneilus, CEO of Gateway Entertainment Inc., shows April’s no holds barred side. Ron has high hopes for April and says “April Taylor is not only a gifted singer, she has that extra personality trait that sparkles from the first time you meet her. I had the feeling right from the start that, on stage, she would put it all out there - - and believe me she does. The album is now complete and is on iTunes called Bouncing Back and she has already released two songs from the album both have charted and her current single “Table Top Dancing” is # 30 on the country indi charts. To her fans and future fans, I can say one thing - - GET READY!” With that amount of talent on the stage April’s team can undoubtedly say there are some good things to come.

Tom Tull Tom Tull, Senior Executive Coach, for Mountain States Health Alliance, has provided support and expertise within multiple industries, focusing the last 25 years on healthcare. He delivers numerous presentations and workshops each year at regional and national conventions in the areas of customer service, service development, and leadership. Tom has been a member of the Board of Examiners for both the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence. He is a part‐time faculty member in the College of Business and Technology at East Tennessee State University and was recently inducted into ETSU’s College of Business and Technology’s Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of the university’s Horizon Award and was awarded the Medal of Honor from the ETSU National Alumni Association. Tom earned a BS in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Master’s in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University. A native of Knoxville, Tom lives in Elizabethton and is married to Chrisann Watts Tull and has two children – Caleb and Annalee. He is an active member and pianist at First United Methodist Church.

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Kim Nicewonder This November Kim Nicewonder celebrates 20 years as Executive Director of the MISS VIRGINIA USA and MISS VIRGINIA TEEN USA State Pageants. Kim has a sincere love and passion for the MISS USA system which is owned jointly by Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal. Through her directorship, she promotes and develops the growth of young women in all areas of life. From health and wellness to poise and confidence to working to make dreams become reality; Kim strives to make a positive impact in her community and across the state. She is on the local board for Susan G. Komen, a member of the Rotary Club, and is a supporter of Girls Inc. and the United Way. She enjoys reading inspirational books, doing yoga, fitness training and traveling. Kim is a native of Southwest Virginia and resides in Bristol, Virginia with her three children: Paulena, Lexi and Steven.

Todd Miller Known for his adventurous and fun-loving disposition, Todd Miller has chosen to perform dances that are reflective of his gregarious personality. The smooth-yet-playful West Coast Swing and the elegantyet-jazzy Fox Trot are a flavorful compliment to Miller’s spicy, outgoing personality. A graduate of Milligan College, Johnson City, Miller is the Director of Facilities for Holston Medical Group where he is known for his expertise in property development and management, as well as his proficiency and artistic flair in interior and exterior design. As such, Miller has been pleased to serve as the past president of the Downtown Kingsport Association, as well as a member of the Model City Coalition of Kingsport where he’s been able to serve the community, advancing downtown revitalization.  Additionally, with a heart for community involvement and volunteerism, Miller serves on the advisory council for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Whether dancing, golfing, skiing or boating, Miller and his wife of nearly twenty years, Gina, most enjoy spending time together with their two daughters, McKenzie, 17, and Macy, 14.  He and his family are members of Christ Fellowship Church, Kingsport.

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Krista Wharton Krista Wharton is the Director of Special Spaces Tri-Cities, a non-profit organization (and Krista’s passion and ministry) whose mission is to help make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses by designing their dream bedrooms, giving the children their own “special space” away from the hospital. With overwhelming community support, Special Spaces Tri-Cities has already completed eleven “dream room” makeovers for eight children. A “Tar Heel born, and a Tar Heel bred”, Krista is a North Carolina native who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1988 with a degree in Journalism/ Advertising. She also studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and graduated from UNC-Greensboro in 1994 with a degree in French. Krista’s professional career includes positions in sales and marketing as well as teaching high school French. Krista has been married to her amazing husband David for nineteen years, and they have two wonderful sons: Harrison, 17, and Colin, 14. Krista became a stay-at-home mom after her sons were born and discovered her passion for volunteering and helping others, especially children. In 2008, Krista and her family moved from Knoxville to Jonesborough. Since moving to the Tri-Cities, Krista has been involved with and served on boards for several organizations in her community, including the Junior League of Johnson City, Johnson City Area Arts Council, and PTA (local and state boards). She is a member of the Kite Society and was Co-Chair of the 2010 Spirit Gala, both benefitting Niswonger Children’s Hospital. Krista is a former Children’s Leader with Bible Study Fellowship, and as a member of Munsey Methodist Church, she is currently serving on the Children’s Ministry Team. Krista’s favorite activities are designing rooms for Special Spaces, playing golf with her husband, and attending college basketball games and concerts with her family. Krista feels blessed and honored to be a part of this year’s DWTTCS, and her sons are especially happy for her to finally learn and perform some new dance moves other than the “Robot”!

Chris W. Mathes Chris W. Mathes is a 1988 Graduate of Elizabethton High School / Letterman in High School Basketball and Baseball / Recipient of the Loyalty and Honor Award; a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and Tennessee State Fire Fighters Training Academy, Nashville, Tennessee; served on the Johnson City Police Department serving as a Police Officer, Criminal Investigator and Fire Fighter from 1992-1998; and a 1995 Graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1998 hired as DEA Special Agent and was assigned to The Miami Field Division where he served as an undercover agent for numerous high profile federally prosecuted cases arresting hundreds of individuals and seizing millions of dollars in illegal drugs and asset. Special Agent Mathes served as foreign diplomat to the Bahamas and commanded countless drug interdiction missions serving with members of the 82nd Airborne Division and the U.S. Coast Guard aboard H-60 Blackhawk helicopters. Special Agent Mathes was named The Drug Enforcement Agent of the Year for the state of Florida and runner-up for DEA’s prestigious Administrator’s Award in 2003 as well as awarded the Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for the Southern District of Florida three times. In 2006, Chris returned to East Tennessee to be near his family and friends and to run for the office of Sheriff of Carter County. He was elected to his first term as sheriff in August of 2006 with 70% of the vote and to a second term in 2010. Sheriff Mathes serves approximately 60,000 citizens and supervises more than 150 sheriff deputies, correctional officers and staff. Sheriff Mathes sits on the board of directors of more than a dozen non-profit and charity organizations. He enjoys almost all sports, seadooing on the lake, golfing with his dad and also plays bluegrass, gospel and country music frequently playing with his band doing community or charitable events. He is most proud of his red headed four year old son CJ who will quickly convince you that he is the best crime fighter in the family being the real “Batman”. Although dancing before an audience terrified the sheriff, he admits he would not miss an opportunity to help with Steppen Stone Youth Treatment Service and Dancing with the Tri-Cities Stars. 16 | VIPSEEN | APRIL 2013

Carol Conduff Carol is the Founder of the Spine Health Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged individuals who suffer with spinal disorders or injuries. Her passion for helping others with spinal injuries and disorders grew out of her own personal experience. After having spine surgery in February 2010, the concept of the Spine Health Foundation took hold just a few months later. Since February 2011, the foundation has provided more than 165 medical resources, including 10 spine surgeries to area residents. Her business degree, experience in business management and non-profit leadership has proven vital in creating the most innovative non-profit in the nation specializing in spine health. In 2012, the Spine Health Foundation was voted 1 of the 5 Best New Charities in the South. She measures success by helping people get back to life. “These successes are due to the dedication of our physicians and our generous contributors, who make all this possible.” A native of Bristol, Tennessee, she resides in Johnson City with her husband, Bobby. When not working, Carol cherishes spending time with her family, friends, pets, and playing harp.

Paul Montgomery Paul Montgomery is Vice President of Community Relations and Corporate Services for Eastman Chemical Company. He is responsible for Eastman’s corporate services, community relations, and aviation. Prior to this position, he was Vice President of Talent Management, Communication, and Public Affairs. Montgomery is a native of Glade Springs, Virginia. He holds a B.A. degree in history and an M.B.A. degree from King College.   Montgomery joined Eastman in 1991 in the Supply and Distribution Division and was soon appointed as a Community Relations Representative. After holding positions of increasing responsibility, including Manager of Community Relations, he was named Director of Corporate Relations and Travel.   Currently, Montgomery serves as President of the Kingsport Rotary Club, and he serves on the boards of the Tennessee Board of Regents, East Tennessee State University Foundation, and Northeast State Community College Foundation.  Montgomery has served as a member of the Kingsport Regional Planning Commission, President of the Kingsport Board of Education, President of the Kingsport Branch of the NAACP, President of the South Kingsport Optimist Club, a Paul Harris Fellow of the Kingsport Rotary Club, President of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Tri-Cities All America City Partnership.    Montgomery and his wife Cherry reside in Kingsport. They have two children, Christin and Curtis. He is an active member of his church and a volunteer with the Kingsport Rotary Club. Montgomery has been awarded the Baleh-Doak Character Award, the Emory and Henry College Outstanding Community Service Award, and Distinguished Leadership Award by Leadership Kingsport.

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Robin Williams This Florida native (yes, she is a Gator) has lived in Johnson City since 1995 with her husband of 30 years, Jeff. She has a daughter, Mattea and son-in-law Matt Drish, a Pomeranian named Coco and 2 grand dogs. Growing up on the water she has made the transition to Southern Appalachians and occasional Tennessee Vol fan quite well! Robin Williams is often found on the other side of the dance floor, as a member of the dance band Spirit of Soul. The eleven piece band has been performing throughout the region for the past 5 years gaining popularity while playing for organizations such as The Crumley House, Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Gala, Crossroads Medical Mission Gala, Weddings and New Year’s Eve at the Johnson City Country Club and Grandfather Country Club in Linville NC. When not on the stage or dance floor, you can find Robin at Bowman Jewelers where she is one of the Diamond Diva’s along with former Dancing With The Stars contestant Linda Bowman O’Dell. As a cancer survivor, Robin cherishes spending time with family and friends and not taking life for granted!

Dr. Eric W. Sellers Dr. Eric W. Sellers is an Associate Professor at ETSU and the director of the ETSU Brain-Computer Interface Laboratory. He has authored over 40 scientific papers and book chapters in a variety of scientific domains. He serves on the editorial board of three scientific journals, and is the treasurer of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society. The primary focus of Dr. Sellers’ research is to develop EEG-based communication systems for people who have become completely paralyzed. He has worked with disabled individuals all around the world and has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences. Dr. Sellers was born in St. Louis, MO. He moved with his family to Vero Beach, FL, when he was a teenager. He met his wife Treva in Vero Beach and they were married in 1997. In 2004 he earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from The University of South Florida. Upon receiving his doctorate his family moved to Albany NY, where he worked as a research scientist at the Wadsworth Center, a division of the New York State Department of Health. Eric, Treva, and their two young sons, Tristan and Theron, have lived in Johnson City since 2008. For the last five years Eric and Treva have been happily navigating their way through youth activities, elementary school, and the joys of childhood. Their family loves the Johnson City area and intends for this to be their final destination.

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dancing tri-cities

June 29, 2013 Doors Open at 5:00pm

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SEEN IN JOHNSON CITY Millennium Center

ETSU Athletics

Hall of

Fame Ceremony

Photography by Susan Couch | Story by Rita Dykes

Dr. Al Sprizer, Jackie and Gary Mabrey


he ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics honored six Buccaneer Hall of Fame inductees on Sunday, May 5. Johnson City Honda presented The ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Millennium Center in Johnson City where the following inductees were celebrated for their outstanding accomplishments.

Andy Whetsel, Matt McGahey, Dr. Richard Sander and Barb Mason

All-American, Keith Jennings is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player in ETSU’s history. Jennings ranks fourth all-time in program scoring with 1988 career points. He also holds multiple school records.

Coach Ed DeChellis, Kim Toohey Reid, Norm Davis, and Keith Jennings (Mister)

Mike Smith led the football team in tackles in two consecutive seasons with 306 tackles. Smith served as the Jacksonville Jaguars as defensive coordinator before he went to Atlanta in 2008 where he remains head coach of the Falcons.

Calvin Talford, Lee Morrow, Major Geer and Zaser Zaatini

Norm Davis continues to serve as the public address announcer at ETSU men’s basketball and football games where he has been announcing for 50 years. Davis has only missed one football game during his long history with the Bucs. He has witnessed many exciting moments while volunteering his time and expertise as the “Voice of the Bucs.”

Lauren, Kim, Erin, and Ed Dechellis, Casey and Andrew McKeehan

Ed DeChellis was ETSU’s Men’s Basketball Head Coach from 1996 through 2003. DeChellis led the Buccaneers to three Southern Conference North Division titles. DeChellis ended his time at ETSU with a 53 percent winning percentage and collected 105 victories. He is currently the head coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Bill Hamilton, Brittney Enzell and Scott Calareses

Christopher, John Parker and Susan Epps, George and Karen Watts, and Linsey Devine

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Seamus Power was one of the best Buccaneer athletes of all-time in both cross-country and track & field. Power, a five-time All-American, continues to hold the 3000-meter record (indoor) at ETSU and in the Southern Conference. He was a four-time indoor conference champion in the mile and 5,000-meters, and a three-time champion in the 3000-meters.

Major Geer, Calvin Talford, Chad Keller, Sandy Powell, Greg Dennis, and Jim Powell

Kim (Toohey) Reid played on the ETSU women’s tennis squad from 1988 through 1992. She ended her ETSU career with the title of Southern Player of the Year, 62 single wins, two-time Academic All-American titles, and made the Southern Conference Honor Roll for all four years. Toohey graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1992. For more information, visit

Donna Noland, Bill and Kathy Linebarger

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Evening of Epicurean Delights

pring is in full bloom and that calls for a celebration of symphonic proportions! In fact the Symphony of the Mountains just had the most wonderful celebration, their 6th Annual Evening of Epicurean Delights that took place April 20 at Ridgefield’s Country Club in Kingsport.

The event gets better and more impressive with each new year. The entertainment is outstanding and worth the effort to attend. The evening consists of a six-course menu with specially chosen wine pairings for each one. As guests feast on the chef inspired creations they are treated to music, singing and at times whimsical entertainment throughout the meal.

Beth and Roy Geno

Dr. Gary and Lisa Casey

As the live auction concluded and the last mouth watering bite of chocolate torte was savored, the guests had an opportunity to bid one last time on silent auction items as well. The event was beautifully done and for an excellent cause in our region, a first class symphony orchestra with an equally first class conductor and staff. For more information on the Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra or about next year’s event, please call 423.392.8423

Jenny Smith and Elizabeth Roberts

Photography and Story by LYNDA FONTAINE

Robin and Joe May

Karin Laemmli, Stephen Orth, Cornelia Laemmli-Orth

Sandee and Jack Woolley

Scott and Pam Davis

Lane Daley, Amy Shanahan, Sara and Matthew Riggins

George Testerman, Sharon Bumgardner, Charles Webb

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Dawn and Ralph Lugo

Chris and Janet Mullins

Mark Owen Davis, Dr. Sonny Oh, and Vicki Fey

Jack Henopp and Travis Rutter

Cameron Lugo, Jonathan Lugo, and Natalie Lugo

Eric Mumford, Laurel & Cory Siffring, Stephanie Mumford, and Rachel Siffring

Jeff Quillen and Suzanne Kerney Quillen

Melissa and John Roberts

Swiss Horn

Rose Marie and Bill Burriss

NONPROFIT Profile: Bristol Recovery Road for Women


ristol Recovery Road for Women was organized in March 2008 with the mission “to provide a faith based program to help area women deal with the life-altering problems of addiction and place them on the road to recovery.” BRRW was founded with the goal of establishing a facility where the judicial system could refer those they deem eligible for recovery. At this safe and healthy facility, the women will participate in a faith-based residential treatment program to learn how to care for themselves, live independent from their addictions, learn job skills, and how to be productive, contributing members of our community. BRRW became a state of Tennessee chartered organization in June 2008 and received its 501(c)3 non-profit status in February 2009. For the last five years we have developed our volunteer and affiliation base and raised funds to purchase a home for our program. Following a thorough screening process and once accepted into the program, our clients will live in the home with twenty-four hour supervision where they will learn to care for themselves, have parenting classes, be provided

program, these women will be transformed from detention, dependency, defeat, and despair to responsible, confident, and capable citizens of our community. Racidivism: A tendancy to relapse into a previous condition, or more of behavior; especially: a relapse into criminal behavior. The recidivism rate in Sullivan County is close to 80%. BRRW’s goal is to break this vicious cycle and change the lives of these women, their children, and their families. According to Dr. Marie Crawford, a local psychologist, “Upon re-entry into society, a released female prisoner faces multiple challenges which contribute to her return to a cycle of substance abuse and dysfunctional behavior”. BRRW is designed to provide comprehensive residential treatment in a faith-based environment, so that she will be able to gradually and effectively return to the community as a healthy and productive individual. These women are getting out of jail and living in our community. It is our responsibility to help them not return into the circumstances that led them to jail. Women returning to society are met with many of the same influences that led to their original offense. Unemployment, abuse, health issues, and lack of marketable skills

“The righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through redemption that came by Jesus Christ.” Romans 3:22-24 educational opportunities or learn job skills necessary to help them be employable, and receive twelve step counseling for their life controlling addictions. An aftercare program will support the women who have completed the curriculum, who as graduates will face different challenges at that point in their recovery than they faced upon release from incarceration. The length of our program and the aftercare benefits set BRRW aside from any other program ever attempted in our area, increasing the success rate of our graduates. The most important aspect of the success of our program is that we teach the love of Christ and His forgiveness. This will have a long lasting, peace giving impact on our women and their families. Bristol Recovery Road for Women began searching for a suitable property to rent or purchase starting in 2009. In March of this year, we purchased a home to implement the residential aspect of our program. Through this residential 24 | VIPSEEN | APRIL 2013

and resources prevent successful adjustment to the demands of a productive life. With the support of our community by prayers, volunteers, and monetary donations BRRW will empower these women to not return back to jail. Women in jail are desperate for change. Judges are ready to commit to our program. This program is vital and your commitment is crucial to changing lives. Kaylan is a local teen whose mother was an addict Kaylan’s whole life. Kaylan wrote BRRW a letter telling us her story. One week before Kaylan turned three her mother abandoned her for alcohol and drugs. Kaylan now lives with her grandparents here in Bristol. Her mother was in several rehabilitation facilities over the years, but none were faith-based. “I would have given anything to put her in a rehab clinic where not only did they help her addiction, but they showed her Jesus. If only she could have gone to a Christian clinic.” Kaylan goes on to say that she looks forward to BRRW helping the mothers of other children like her. All it takes is a willing heart and God will do the rest.

Gala for Girls

SEEN IN BRISTOL The Troutdale Dining Room


n April 8, friends and supporters of Bristol Recovery Road for Women, Inc. gathered at The Troutdale for the second annual Spring Gala. The delicious event was hosted by Ben Zandi from The Troutdale and included scotch and cigars on the patio as guests enjoyed the lovely spring evening. Lightnin’ Charlie provided lively acoustic guitar and singing as he strolled among the guests. The scotch and cigar tasting was provided by event sponsors, Parkway Wine and Liquors and Sidetrack Tobacco.

Julia, Marjorie Tester, and Donna Camper

Jennie and Doug Barron

Toni Davenport Lorio and Jeannie Evans-Williams

This unique gala is a casual dining experience where the guests mingle from room to room at The Troutdale sampling delightful dishes and wines from each of the Troutdale Kitchens. From shrimp and grits to bananas foster, there is something special about each dish in each room. The Gala included a live and silent auction with many unique items including: a sitting for an oil portrait by local artist Pamela Hagy, dinner at Burger Bar in their new expanded space, granite trivets from Elliott Enterprises, and much more from local businesses. This year’s Gala also offered a special action opportunity in the format of a reverse auction. In a reverse auction, items needed for Bristol Recovery Road were purchased by the guests and donated back to the organization for use in providing services to women in the program. One donor was so excited about the reverse auction opportunity he bought every item.

David Deere

Lightnin’ Charlie

Sabrina and Bryan Morton

Angela Smith, Tim Elliott, and Christa McClellan

Bristol Recovery Road for Women, Inc. is a local non-profit agency that provides a safe and healthy faith based environment for women who have been incarcerated and need assistance to change their lives. They live in the home provided by the program and learn how to be better parents, employees and members of our community. Bristol Recovery Road for Women, Inc. would like to thank everyone who helped to make the second annual Spring Gala a success. Thank you to our sponsors, The Troutdale, Parkway Wine and Liquor, Sidetrack Tobacco and Lightnin’ Charlie. Thank you to our volunteers whose dedication to helping others makes a difference every day. Photography by mickey baker | Story by Marjorie tester

Ginger Addison and Sue Ramsey

Event sponsors from Sidetrack Tobacco

Marjorie Tester and Vince Turner

Sarah Jane and Jared Hull

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SEEN IN BRISTOL Downtown Bristol

Northeast State at Bristol Open House A

s of May 6th, 2013 Northeast State Community College has expanded its campus by opening doors in downtown Bristol. The new off-site facility is housed on the third floor of the historic 620 State Street, the city central building. Many supporters from all over the region came out to see the new facility that is equipped with state of the art technology. Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey stated, “It rivals anything in the state of Tennessee.� Registration is now underway for summer and fall of 2013. Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam said the college plans to offer two-year associate degrees, certificates, workforce development training, and GED/Adult Education. In addition to traditional classes, Northeast State at Bristol will host a Summer Institute for Entertainment Technology featuring bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson. As everyone there agreed this is a giant step for education in the state of Tennessee and a great day for Bristol.

Megan Jones, Hannah Simerly, and Teresa Mullins

Jeff McCord, Doyle Lawson, Travis Brooks, and Cindy Taucher

Dr. Chris Lefler and Heather Cook

Jim Steele and Chris Lee

Don Ashley and Ed Harlow

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Story and Photography by savanna smith

Jon Creger and Heather Blair

Kathy Thacker and Dr. Steven Campbell

Joel Staton, Jim Steele, Allen Hurley, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, and Dick Tracy

Bridget Baird and Bill Taliaferro

Donald Coleman, Matt deLozier, and Gary Lee

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Bridget Baird

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey

NE President Janice Gilliam

Allen Hurley

SEEN IN KINGSPORT Bays Mountain Park

Virginia Wounded Warrior Program 5k O

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Wes Turner Dusty Cowden

n May 4, runners made their way to the gorgeous Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport for the 2nd Annual Virginia Wounded Warrior Program 5k. More than 75 participants came out on a brisk spring afternoon to raise funds for wounded veterans and their families in Southwest Virginia. The 5k became a reality from a vision of Virginia National Guard soldier, Randy Addington. Randy partnered with the Wounded Warrior Program and together they have been very successful raising funds for the men and women that were dedicated to the protection of our country and our freedom. William Hamilton, veteran, trainer, family nurse practitioner, and owner of Crossfit and LIVEfit Medicine co-sponsored the 5k with Randy. William also took home the titles of overall winner and veteran winner of the 5k. In 2008, Virginia General Assemble created the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) to ensure that services to veterans and their families are readily available in all areas of the state of Virginia. The VVWP is dedicated to the need of improvement and the expansion of services to the nation’s veterans and their family members whose lives have been touched by stress-related injuries or traumatic brain injury. The VWWP provides services through five regional consortia of community services boards, brain injury service providers, and other public and private service providers who offer services across the Commonwealth.

Rebecca Hamilton

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Lindsey Burke

Photography by Mickey Baker | Story by Rita Dykes

Summer Gibson

Albert Bernal

Garrett Stanley and Clayton Dickey

Brittni Z

Leanna Craig and Randy Addington

Willie Hamilton, 1st Place Overall Winner as well as the 1st Place Veteran Winner

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Auditorium Story Courtesy of the kingsport ballet | Photography by brian hullette


n celebration of the organization’s 30th anniversary, Kingsport Ballet staged the full-length ballet The Sleeping Beauty, April 13th and 14th at Eastman’s Toy F. Reid auditorium. The Sleeping Beauty was the first ballet to be staged by artistic director, Valeria Sinyavskaya, shortly after taking her post with Kingsport Ballet in 2002. Ms Sinyavskaya had an illustrious history as prima ballerina with Novosibirsk Ballet and Opera in Russia prior to coming to East Tennessee via the International Ballet School in Tokyo. Ms Sinyavskaya has staged other major full-length classical works with Kingsport Ballet, such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and others. Her masterful teaching skills make easy work of staging classic ballets with students from Kingsport Ballet’s school and company. Ms Sinyavskaya is able to tailor the training she offers to the high-level expectations that come with the traditional choreography of these works. Reika Guylai, originally from Hungary and currently a principal with Dance Alive in Florida, along with her partner, Ramil Bagmanov, danced the principal roles. Vadim Burcui, Thomas Bettin and Oleksii Kuznietsov also joined the professional cast with impressive performances. Adriana Dew and partner Sasha Vykhrest danced the Bluebird pas de deux. Seniors Sinclair Mitchell and Cara Watkins performed other lead solo roles in the Company’s production. Kingsport Ballet will be bringing in six additional master teachers for their summer intensive to be held the last three weeks in June. The intensive features daily instruction to all levels, including ballet, pointe and variations, contemporary, partnering, jazz and yoga and nutrition. Kingsport Ballet is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, under an agreement with the National Endowment for the Arts and the General Assembly. Outreach programs are funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Funds for At Risk Youth, the East Tennessee Foundations’s Arts Fund, the City of Kingsport, the Junior League of Kingsport, Holston Medical Group, among others.

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Kingsport Ballet Stages:

The Sleeping Beauty


East Tennessee

Youth Outdoors Annual Turkey Hunt Photography courtesy of E.T.Y.O. | Story by Rita Dykes

East Tennessee Youth Outdoors (E.T.Y.O.) hosted its 5th Annual Youth Turkey Hunt on March 22 and 23, at 595 Horseshoe Bend Road near Jonesborough. Fifty-six youth, male and female between the ages of 4 and 16, attended this year’s event featuring safety education, a shooting contest, a turkey calling contest, hunting, great food, and learning about God’s beautiful outdoors. Friday evening local wildlife officers and firearms safety instructors from TWRA spoke on the safety of hunting. Afterwards, the shooting and turkey calling contests gave way to an evening of fun and excitement. Early Saturday morning youth and leaders were treated to a hearty breakfast before venturing out to hunt. Hunters stayed in the field until noon then returned to camp for lunch and a message from ARROW Ministries. Following the time with Arrow Ministries, hunters headed back to the field for the last few hours of hunting. Everyone gathered back to camp at 6:30 for a delicious dinner and awards ceremony. Congratulations to the youth who harvested a total of nine turkeys. E.T.Y.O. is a group of men, women, and youth who help introduce youth to God’s magnificent outdoors through hunting. Each year the efforts of E.T.Y.O. are made possible by monetary donations from local businesses, donations of time by individuals that mentor the youth, and by the landowners who allow access to their land for the hunt. For more information, visit East Tennessee Youth Outdoors on Facebook.

Happy Dad’s Day, Dad! What is a dad? Dad is the man who catches you when you fall, the man who scolds when you’re bad but the first person to be proud of an accomplishment. Dad is the one person who guides you through troubles with words of encouragement while doing all he can to protect you. A dad is a very special person who plays the role no one else could. Whether your dad is biological or a wonderful man stepping in to do the job, this year celebrate Dad and all he does for you.

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Father’s Day Specials

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Believing that every man has a story to tell, Nat Nast approaches each design with the idea that a man’s clothes should reflect his confidence, individuality and style. Welcome to the world of Nat Nast.

Musgo Real mens soaps have been made and stamped in Portugal since 1887. Developed for the aristocracy, they are now a lasting tradition. Enriched with Coconut oil, the mild and creamy body products will leave skin refreshed and invigorated, yet perfectly ph balanced! Exclusively at Charmed Southern.

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“Stop by and check out our various styles of home decor and furniture from vintage to antique to shabby chic.” The White Picket Fence 236 East Main St., Johnson City TN (423) 434-0031

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Remember Dad this Father’s Day at Sidetrack Tobacco with gift packs and cigar accessories.

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Preserve his memorabilia in a special shadow box, or consider framing that diploma that he always meant to, also gifts and accessories The Frame Gallery 207 Springbrook Dr., Johnson City TN (423) 610-0903 www.the

Cigar samplers and cigar gift sets. Give dad something he will really enjoy– hand picked single barrel bourbon. $22.99 Pit Row Wine & Liquor 4073 Highway 394, Bluff City, TN 423-573-6400

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Tuscan Herb infused Olive Oil +18 years aged Balsamic Condimento with signature pourers for each, all wrapped in Father’s Day tuxedo wrap. Refined gifts for the gentleman in your life. Lapis desk clock, teak and bone Backgammon set, luxe leather mens grooming and shoe shine kits are just a sampling. Exclusively at Charmed Southern.

Charmed Southern 117 East Market Street, Kingsport, TN (423) 392-1901

Abingdon Olive Oil Company 152 E. Main St., Abingdon, Va (276) 525-1524

Homemade cupcakes for Dad. Come in and get an assortment of cupcakes for Day and receive 10% off with this ad. Hours: Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pm Closed: Sat & Sun *Like us on Facebook for specials*

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Father’s Day gift he will love! Complementing Design Stressless offers a wide range of models that complement each other perfectly.

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The Best Things About Being A Dad W

omen may become mothers almost instantly, but men-well they become dads when they become dads and most men don’t understand this until they are a dad. So what is it about fatherhood that turns grown men into sensitive, over-sized teddy bears? Well we asked some dads, and this is what they said… You finally know how your dad feels about you ...

The moment you become a dad, you understand why your dad was the way he was. His reasoning that you always questioned just became reasonable. It’s a license to be silly and play ...

Let’s face it men never grow out of playing with toys, and being a dad is a great excuse to play. When you are playing with the children it comes off as being a good father rather than just being a grown man who still plays with toys. Someone is truly intrigued by your life wisdom stories ...

Face it, guys like to tell stories from past years. As a dad you finally have someone who is truly interested in all those stories that have bored other people to tears for years. Losing your manhood to fatherhood, and not even caring ...

When you can skip down the street holding hands with your daughter while singing the “Tigger and Pooh” theme song and wearing funny hats, you know you have traded your man card in but you are still perfectly happy. Story by Savanna Smith

Father, Hero Riding shoulders. Veteran soldier. Bill caretaker. Sports playmaker. Coveted smile. On speed dial. Silent mountain.

Giving fountain. Family pillar. Cake killer. Daughter’s champion. Boy inspector. Son’s model. Oil checker. Wife’s crush. God’s armor bearer. Mr. Fix It. Or Mr. Bought It. Decision maker. Worst faker. Belly laugher. Ol’ Gaffer. Steak chef. Soccer ref. Singing loud. Above the crowd. Quiet love. Warm hug. Undying support. Aisle escort. Always believing Me, receiving. Father, hero. ~ David Schools

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Serve it up Sassy! ™

A “TEE-RIFFIC” lunch

FORE Dad on Father’s Day!

It’s Fathers Day, and a little birdie mentioned that all golfers love to “par-tee”, especially after the 18th hole. For all the dads who love the game, celebrate his special day with a “par-fectly” planned lunch. The “full course” menu includes a hearty beef and cheese “club” sandwich smothered with caramelized onions and served with an au jus sauce for dipping. Seasoned sweet potato fries complement this man-sized sandwich. The dessert, served in tall skinny parfait glasses, is “Putter” Nutter par-faits, aka home-made salted caramel ice cream layered with chocolate and caramel sauce then topped with fresh whipped crème and crumbled Nutter Butter peanut butter cookies. To keep everyone in the swing of things, serve your favorite iced tea, perhaps an Arnold Palmer (half tea/half lemonade), and offer coffee with dessert. Recipe Development and Food Styling, Photography, and Article submitted by Liz Bushong

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Serve it up Sassy! ™


pon arrival, your fairway friends will applaud the pristine course tabletop. Astro turf, as a putting green, lines a round table. An arrangement of potted grass, golf balls, and tees are scattered in a large glass urn as a reminder that there are “hazards” in this game. Not to worry, the pennant flag proudly boasts accolades and Number One Dad. Turquoise blue, navy, lime green, and white is the overall color scheme. In keeping with the theme, light-weight practice balls are glued to the base of green chargers. These can be used as serving trays or a base for the white dinner plate. Cardboard paper towel tubes are covered with white tees and used as napkin rings. Scrapbook papers were fashioned to create the pennants and drink wraps. While your dad discusses handicaps, strokes of the game, and the holesin-one, sit back, and savor every moment that you have with your dad. Just “fore” the fun of it, tell your dad how special he is and that you think he is really “tee-riffic!” For those who are not familiar with the game of golf, here is a helpful guide to common golf terms. Birdie - A hole played in one stroke under par. Fore - A warning shout given when there is a chance that the ball may hit other players or spectators. Par - Standard score for a hole (defined by its length). Tee – This is the wooden (usually) peg which is used to hold the ball up for driving. It is also the term for the area where play begins on a particular hole (i.e. the third tee is where the third hole starts). Make a Statement, Make it Sassy and Make it Yours! Liz Bushong is an expert in the three-dimensional art of entertaining. She transforms simple dining occasions into beautiful and memorable moments by adding a touch of her own “sassy” style. She makes elegance easy for her audience and encourages them to add their own Sassy touch to make it unique. Liz is famous for creating her own version of a beautifully presented tablescape – which she calls a Sassyscape ™ -and she also creates magic beyond the dining experience. In 2009 and 2010, she was selected from thousands nationwide to be part of an elite team of 100 professionals entrusted with decorating the White House for the Holiday. In 2011, she was part of seven-person team selected to decorate the Tennessee Governor’s Mansion for the holiday. Liz has been featured as the monthly guest chef on Daytime Tri-Cities, television show on WJHL, the CBS Affiliate for the Tri- Cities Area of Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Tampa, Florida. She is also the creator and host of her own one-hour seasonal television show called “Serve it up Sassy!” for the same market, which aired in 2011. She is also a contributing writer for the regional magazine VIP Seen. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Consumer and Family Sciences from Purdue University and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She is also certified in Decorative Finishes and has been trained as a volunteer Master Gardener. Liz is the author of the Just Desserts and Sweets & Savories cookbook. Liz turns dessert into the fifth basic food group and features recipes for her signature specialty, delicious “mini-desserts and appetizers.” Liz makes her home in Johnson City, Tennessee. She continues to perfect her sassy approach to turning simple dining occasions into beautiful and memorable moments. To purchase cookbooks, find recipes, cooking, and decorating demonstrations, go to

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Beef & Cheese “Club” Sandwich with AuJus Ingredients: 1½ pounds deli sliced roast beef 8 thin slices Havarti cheese 2 Vidalia onions, thinly sliced 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar 3 Tablespoons butter ½ cup beef broth 4 Sub Rolls or Crusty Roll 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard 12 thin slices of red pepper rings Instructions: 1. In large saucepan, sauté onions in butter until softened, add sugar to caramelize. When golden brown, remove from pan and set aside. 2. In same pan, heat beef slices until warm. Add beef broth to moisten. 3. Split rolls and toast under broiler until light brown. 4. On both sides of roll spread thin layer of mustard. 5. Place cheese slice on bottom roll, layer the beef, top with onions and red pepper slices. Top with roll. 6. Serve it up Sassy with individual Au Jus sauce per sandwich.

Au Jus Ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup red onion, chopped 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 2 1/2 cups beef broth 1 teaspoon flour Instructions: 1. In small skillet or saucepan, caramelize the onions in olive oil. 2. Add garlic and cook for two minutes. 3. Deglaze the pan with vinegar, then add Worcestershire sauce, stir constantly. 4. Add beef broth and bring to a light boil. 5. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain broth and then return to pan. 6. In small custard cup with 2 tablespoons cold water, add teaspoon flour, stir to dissolve. Simmer additional 5 minutes until slightly thickened. *Au Jus is a French term for serving meat with its own natural juices. This is used as a dipping sauce for beef sandwiches.

Serves: 4 large sandwiches-depending on size of roll.

“Putter” Nutter Par-faits

(Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Peanut Butter cookies) 3 ½ cups whole milk 1 can sweetened condensed milk-tested Eagle Brand 1 cup prepared caramel or butterscotch ice cream topping 1 3.4 ounce package instant cheesecake pudding mix 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon sea salt 2 cups coarsely chopped nutter butter cookies-divided Garnishes: chocolate and caramel sauce, whipped cream, ½ cup cookie crumbs, coarse sea salt.

Instructions: 1. In medium bowl, place first six ingredients. Whisk until well blended. Cover and chill mixture overnight. 2. Pour mixture into freezer container of ice cream maker and follow instructions. (Instructions and time may vary). 3. Before further freezing, stir in chopped cookies. Store in freezer in an airtight container until ready to serve. 4. Serve it up Sassy in parfait glasses. Layer in glass, chocolate sauce, ice cream, caramel sauce, ice cream, cookie crumbs, ice cream, top with whipped crème, caramel drizzle, cookie crumbs, sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Serves: 16- ½ cup servings

Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries 4 sweet potatoes, peeled, sliced vertically thin ¼” slices* 3 Tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons fresh dill or rosemary 1-teaspoon sea salt and black pepper Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly spray paper with cooking spray.

2. Place sweet potato slices in large plastic sealed bag, add olive oil to bag and toss slices. 3. In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs, cheese and seasoning. Pour seasoning onto potato slices and toss to coat. 4. Place coated fries onto baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, turn fries, Bake 10 minutes or until fries are done. Serve it up Sassy with grated cheese and fresh rosemary on serving plate or platter. * In a hurry, use frozen Sweet Potato Fries as a substitute.

Serves: 4-6

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SEEN IN JONESBOROUGH International Storytelling Center

The Voice of the Prairie Production Story by rita dykes | Photography by susan couch


he Jonesborough Theatre presented the radio inspired production, The Voice of the Prairie by John Olive and directed by Janette Gaines and Lacie Black. The incredible production took the stage from May 3 through May 19 at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre located on Main Street in the beautiful, historic town of Jonesborough.

Lacie Black, Jeff Reese, and Andy Cobble

Mike Schmidt, Makay and Diane Rowenhorst, and Michelle Johnson

Guests took at step back into the 1920’s when the National Broadcasting Company and the Federal Communications Commission were born, and radio made its big hit in the US. The story was a tale of Leon Schwab, a traveling salesman and swindler from the north, takes advantage of the new form of communication sweeping across the nation. Schwab arranged the sale of radios in local hardware stores while he broadcast live from the stores’ back room. Once nearly everyone in that town had purchased a radio, Schwab begins his travels with the broadcasting equipment. When he arrived in Nebraska, he met farmer and storyteller, David Quinn. Quinn joined Schwab and soon made a name for himself as The Voice of the Prairie with his stories of his travels in the mid 1890’s with “Frankie the Blind Girl.” Shortly after becoming famous, Quinn’s past returns to haunt him, and thus the story goes. The production brought the early days of radio to life with its gripping tale of a lost love, world travels, and life. The talented cast included; Corey Tickles, Ricky Pentland, Jeff Reese, Michelle Johnson, Emily Carmichael, Dave Carter, Angus Walton, Mike Lily, Chuck Gaines, Andy Cobble, and Lacie Black.

Rick Pentland and Emily Carmicheal

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre “Voice of the Prairie” Cast and Director

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Taste of

Christine Edwards, Diane Rowenhorst

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Carolyn Tomko And Cassie Kitzmiller

Angela Harris

he Jonesborough Area Merchants and Services Association hosted the 3rd annual Taste of Jonesborough event on April 16. Guests filled the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough to sample cuisine from local restaurants and bakeries while getting a sneak-peak at new merchandise from a variety of local shops and establishments. More than 40 businesses showcased their delectable cuisine and fantastic merchandise at the event. Businesses also donated items for the silent auction that took place throughout the evening. Ten percent of the proceeds from ticket sales went to benefit the Crumley House Brain Rehabilitation Center in Limestone, Tenn. The Jonesborough Area Merchants and Services Association (JAMSA) is made up of business owners and organizations interested in cooperatively enhancing their livelihoods and neighborhoods. Through joint efforts, the JAMSA takes action to help strengthen the economic viability while maintaining Jonesborough’s captivating character.

Zac Jenkins, Beverly Jenkins, Breelyn Bomba, Alex Bomba

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Jessica Poff and Anthony Piercy

For more information on the Jonesborough Merchants and Services Association, call 423.753.1010.


Upcoming Events David Holt Storytelling - June 9 @ 2 p.m. Vintage Radio HAM Fest - June 22 1940s USO Show - June 27 - July 7 Jonesborough Days Festival - July 5 - 7 Ongoing Events Storytelling Live! - Tuesdays - Saturdays @ 2 p.m. Storytellers Guild - Tuesdays @ 7:30 p.m. Open Bluegrass Jam - Wednesdays @ 6 p.m. Music on the Square - Fridays @ 7 p.m. Farmers Market - Saturdays @ 8 a.m.



for Cystic Fibrosis

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Brian Buxton and Kevin Carroll

Andy Scheu, Steve Scheu and David Barrowclough

he 10th Annual Tri-Cities Tournament of Roses for Cystic Fibrosis was held at The Virginian on Monday, April 22nd. It was fun filled golf tournament, including lunch, an auction, an awards presentation and a celebration dinner. The tournaments in the past have raised approximately $300,000 over the past nine years. According to the “Cystic Fibrosis Facts”, The Foundation’s drug pipeline includes a breakthrough new therapy that addresses the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis for a small portion of those with the disease. The science behind the drug has opened new doors to research and development that may eventually lead to a cure for all people with CF. Thanks to those loyal and generous supporters who have graciously donated both time and money to this important cause, a cure is in sight! Photography and Story by April Taylor

Jerry Dempsey and Bill Morrell

Volunteers Cystic Fibrosis Clint Sells and Trey Taylor

Ryan Fabbri, Chip Glover and Pete Holler

Van Avirett and Jim Blackmore Chet Sikorski and Vince Turner

Pat Phipps and Ron Mcready

Larry Weddington and Claud Hoskins

Justin Blevins and Daniel Triplett

Scott Morefield and Marty Luttrell

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John Norris and Brad Deal

Aaron Blevins and Eric Smith

Ben Treadway

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Vehicle Law Number 1: To Protect and Shine


taying consistent with our Spring Clean Theme, our tips for the next couple of months are going to be concentrating on ways to improve the look of your car. In last month's edition we touched on things needed to wash your vehicle. In order to keep that clean and well-maintained look for your vehicle, there are other necessary steps that should be implemented. Your vehicle is under attack constantly from the environment. The only sure fire way to protect it totally would be to keep it in a protective box and never drive it. I am thinking that would be counter productive. So, unless scientists invent a force field (ie. Star Wars), we will have to resort to the next best thing: WAX. Wax is the best way to keep your automotive paint protected. It is a micro abrasive compound that helps remove older paint residue, which makes the paint shine better, and leaves a protective layer on the clear coat repelling UV rays and other damaging environmental elements (like salt and road grime). With this protective coat, washing your car is easier and less likely to spot. It is recommended that a vehicle is to be waxed every three to four months. A good rule of thumb is: when your oil is changed, have your car waxed as well. The following steps should be followed for a great wax job to be proud of: Supplies: 1. Wax Pad - Usually a cotton or microfiber applicator to spread the wax 2. Wax - A good paste of Carnauba or synthetic

3. Microfiber or cotton towel - For hand buffing and polishing during removal 4. Elbow Grease - See last month's article 5. Sunglasses - For protection of eyes from the shine of a well cleaned and waxed vehicle Steps 1. Make sure the car is washed thoroughly (see last month's article) 2. Apply wax evenly with circular motion with your clean wax pad “WAX ON” (Can't resist the Karate Kid reference here). There is no need to apply heavy amounts of wax. Only a micro-millimeter of wax is left on the car. Over application only creates waste of product and difficulty during removal. 3. Relax for a few minutes. Depending on the wax product, it will take a while for the wax to cure into a chalky white residue. 4. Buff and polish the cured residue off with the towel “WAX OFF”. 5. Put on your sunglasses and admire your work. Also, according to Mr. Miyagi, you should be able to fend off any potential bullies and win a karate tournament (missing the 80's, but not the hairstyles). As always, I appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you again next month. Kris Cantu operates an award winning Automotive shop in Kingsport with over 20 years of automotive experience. APRIL 2013 | VIPSEEN | 41

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VIP Profile: R. Dean Hurley

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Dean Hurley is an honest man with a lot of integrity. The definition of a Cinderella story, Dean has accomplished so much from such a humble beginning. He is a dedicated husband and father who certainly believes straightforward law enforcement can improve our society. He strives to make sure genuine enforcement is what Tennessee gets.

Tell us a little bit about where and how you grew up. Well, I was born here in Johnson City 58 years ago. I have two sisters and a brother, and for the most part, as a single parent, our mom raised us. My father was not always present and died in his early 50’s. I was raised quite poor. Not having a father was a little tough. He never taught me much. However, I did learn two very important things from observing his lifestyle. I did not want to become a father to my child in the manner that my father was to me and my brother and sisters. Secondly, I did not want to have the same negative relationship with my wife as my father did with my mother. I took that to heart. I have a wonderful relationship with my wife Vicky; we will be celebrating 32 years of marriage in August. We have one daughter, Jessica. She and I are very close. I graduated from Science Hill High School. To have any money during my years at Science Hill, I had to go to school half of the day and during the afternoon hours; I worked at a convenience store in (downtown Johnson City.) I didn’t have a big status in school and didn’t have much money; but I had a lot of friends because I played in a rock band. After I got out of school, the band and I traveled for about a year playing all over the south east. When we stopped playing I joined the U.S. Air Force. APRIL 2013 | VIPSEEN | 43

VIP Profile: R. Dean Hurley What did you do in the Air Force? I was a police officer and that consisted of several things. Stateside, I guarded a lot of nuclear weapons and “hot planes.” I served during the Vietnam War and was stationed in northern Thailand for a year. Over there the Air Force police were involved in base patrol, bunkers, towers and all kinds of things. When I received my Honorable Discharge I came back to Tennessee. Fortunately, thirteen weeks later I was hired to work on the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Have you always wanted to be an officer? It was about the 11th grade in high school when I knew. I watched shows like “Adam 12” and “Walking Tall.” One great movie that convinced me in wanting to be an officer was “Serpico” with Al Pacino. It was about the corruption involving the New York police department. The police officer named “Serpico” was an honest man and his character really inspired me to be an officer. I knew the perception of the general public concerning police officers was not favorable and I wanted to play a part in trying to change that. I just love the whole concept of law enforcement, how we can help people and the changes we can make in society. An honest, straight officer can make a difference. Can you give us a brief history of your career? In the fall of ‘76 I was discharged from the service and in January of 1977 I was working on the State Patrol. I was originally stationed in Kingsport. I stayed over there for about four years and then I had the opportunity to come back to Johnson City. I was on the patrol for 16 years before I was promoted to Sergeant. Ten years later I was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Unfortunately, the highway patrol had a long history of being involved with politics. A lot of troopers were promoted, not on their merits or ability, but solely on “who they knew.” In 2003 the Major in Nashville asked me to come on board as a District Captain. After a lengthy discussion with him in assuring me of the abolishment of the political side of the patrol, I accepted. The Major, who is presently our Colonel, wanted all the politics out. We have succeeded and I am so happy to be a part of that. I was Captain for four years, and then I was promoted to Major because they felt I had worked hard for the position. Then, this past February I was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. It is hard for me at times to realize that I am second in command of the State Patrol. It’s just a humbling experience. What exactly does a Lieutenant Colonel do? I am in charge of Field Operations from Mountain City to Memphis. This consists of all the enforcement efforts statewide. I have two Majors who work for me and they are very good at what they do. I let them do their jobs and not micro-manage them. My office is in Nashville but I still maintain my permanent residence in Jonesborough. I am on the road a lot; but I love it. My wife is very supportive of my job which is a big help.

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VIP Profile: R. Dean Hurley What is your fondest memory being an officer? I think it is the part of what the State Patrol is involved in right now, currently. Being able to play a part in making the troopers the best they can be is a great feeling. It didn’t used to be that way. Now we are dealing with humans and there are 900 of us out there, so not everyone is always perfect. However troopers/supervisors are all held accountable for their actions and I like that because I am held accountable for mine too. What is the best thing about being a Lieutenant Colonel? It is such a fun job and I feel like I am really making a difference. One major role that I enjoy is training supervisors in a course/curriculum that I developed. We are teaching them effective and efficient ways in being a productive supervisor. I’ve been teaching this course for about two years and it has been going great. The State Patrol is all about training and efficiency when dealing with our personnel. I hear you also teach at East Tennessee State University? Well yes, when I was overseas I began taking college courses and when I got back home I never stopped furthering my education. I received my Associates degree from Walters State and my Bachelor’s from ETSU. So about ten years after I received my Bachelor’s degree I told my wife I really loved to teach. I knew this because I had been teaching Sunday school classes for years. I decided to go back and get my graduate degree, and the semester that I graduated from ETSU the school asked me to teach. I have been part of the adjunct faculty since 1997. I always want to continue to teach. If anything should ever happen to me out in the field and I could no longer be a state trooper, I have teaching to fall back on. What do you like to do for fun? Do you have any hobbies? I’ve been involved with a lot of stuff. I like to officiate baseball, I started out twenty-five years ago with the little leagues and then moved on up to the local high schools. Now I officiate baseball games for the area colleges, and I am a relief umpire in the Appalachian Minor League. But overall, I like to teach. I just really enjoy it. Even though it is a job, I feel like it is more of a hobby.

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“A Night of Hope”

Cinco de Mayo: Photography by mickey baker | Story by rita dykes

A Night of Hope fundraiser event was held on May 5 at the beautiful Maple Lane Farm in Johnson City. More than 185 attendees joined Larry and Debbie England for the event that raised $25,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation (JDRF.) Guests enjoyed delicious food, mouth-watering drinks, fun-filled auctions, and great entertainment throughout the evening. Mr. DJ (Alan Dodson) emceed and supplied the musical entertainment and photo booth for the event. Live and silent auctions were also held with over 100 items donated by area businesses and individuals. Auctioneer Jim Woods did a fantastic job auctioning off items for the live auction as attendees battled over who would leave with a magnificent item.

David and Cheryl Youland

Larry, Russell and Debbie England

Larry and Debbie England held the fundraiser in honor of their son, Russell, and others who are suffering with Juvenile Diabetes. Russell was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of nine. Larry is the JDRF Board President for East Tennessee, and he and Debbie have been actively involved with JDRF since Russell’s diagnosis seven years ago. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization to fund the international research for type 1 diabetes. The foundation was created in 1970 by parents whose children had the disease. The mission of the JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

Mi Kyong Newsom and Annette Giaudrone

Niles Geary and Brooke Seeliger

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Brian Trent with Kelli, Jenny and Dr.Tom Rogers

Leaanne Ledford and Jon Janssen

Jodi and Ryan Wagner

Brandy and Travis Woodard

Connie Slaughter and Judy Jarrett

Sabine McCollum and Kayla Neikirk

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Kate Pierce and Dick Nelson

David Tomita and Shaunda Blackwell

Rob Bowman, Emily McElhaney and Charles Pope

Dana and Sherrie Bacon

David Merideth, Larry, Debbie, and Russell England with Bernie Moseley

Kerry Reichardt, Scott Dulebohn, Turney Williams and Heidi Dulebohn

Don Raines and Petra Becker

Stephanie Schumaier and Grant Summers

Cara Ledbetter, Todd Wiley, Jason and Rachel Barnes

Lisa Wissing, Laynee Fleenor and Tracy Fleenor

Dianna and Bob Cantler

Angela Striligas and Mickey Baker

Lana Owen, Maria True and Victoria Duever

Craig Gibson and Annette Vanover

Hollie Beth Johnson, Amy Lynn Henry, Maria True, Linda Bowman, Cara Ledbetter, Ashley Grindstaff, Leanne Trivett, Angela Striligas, Debbie England, Polly Wiley and Bernie Moseley

Chuck and Candy Stieler with Todd and Polly Wiley

Kristen Bacon, Brandy McKinney and Jeannie Elliott

Daniel Wilson and Matt Cornett

Judy Jarrett, Jerry and Linda Josey

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT Higher Ground Baptist Church


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Baccalaureate Celebration

igh school graduates dressed in their caps and gowns gathered at Higher Ground Baptist Church in Kingsport on April 26 for a baccalaureate spiritual celebration. The 16th annual Sullivan County Baccalaureate Celebration included all public, Christian, and home schools in Sullivan County. Family, friends, and community members joined the graduates for the momentous celebration as guest speaker Mrs. Pam Tebow, mother of NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, spoke words of inspiration and encouragement.

Originally, a baccalaureate was included as a part of the graduation ceremony where a sermon was delivered. Today’s baccalaureate is a spiritual celebration organized and conducted by the students before they begin their journey into college or the workforce. The service combines the hearts, minds, and talents of graduating seniors to celebrate their high school graduation and provides an opportunity for students to make a personal, spiritual commitment as they move forward in their lives.

Sullivan East High School


Photography by brian hullette and Lisa castle | Story by rita dykes

Sullivan Central High School

Dobyns Bennett High School

Sullivan South High School


Sullivan North High School

Tri-Cities Christian

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Pam Tebow with Sullivan South graduate

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Bristol Tennessee-Virginia Association of REALTORS®

Golf Tournament


his past month, VIP SEEN Magazine attended the 3rd Annual Bristol TN/VA Association of REALTORS® Scholarship Golf Tournament. Once again, the tournament promoted the theme of “Believing in Home Ownership.” The money raised will be used to give out scholarships next year to local graduating seniors that are picked from a contest based on essays that are written on what home ownership means to them. The golf tournament idea originated from the local real estate agents’ desire to give back to the community and instill the importance of home ownership among the young people about to graduate high school. The money from last year’s golf tournament held in September gave out 10 $500 scholarships to high school students in the area. The May tournament had 18 teams participate with 72 golfers and more than 12 volunteers. More than 50 sponsors contributed and over $5,000 was raised. The participants enjoyed great prizes, putting contest, longest drive contest and closest to the pin as well as a chance to win a new car. The winning teams were Team Moretz, McClain’s Pest Control, Randy Kennedy, and Appalachian Federal Credit Union. Overall, the event was a great success and the tournament will take place again next year.

Team Tri-Cities Realty “Land Sharks”

Committee Members, Bristol Tennessee-Virginia Association of REALTORS®

Team Moretz

Team Randy Kennedy

Team Blakley Mitchell

Team Amy Booher


Team Loving

Photography and story by brian hullette and april taylor

Team Becky Eller

Team Remax # 2

Garth Blackburn and Justin Kinch

Team Weber Financial

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Team Rob Thomas

Home Sweet Home I

n today’s national economy, anyone would be smart to be a little skeptical when buying or selling a home. While the nervousness of risks is setting in, the good news is the housing market is improving every day. In fact, for those who are thinking to buy or sell should feel confident to do so in our market. Now is an exceptional time for real estate in the Tri-Cities with low interest rates and the average time on market being around 110 days. According to the MSN real estate website, the Tri-Cities is the eighth best place in the country for starting over-buying or selling.

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State Farm Insurance T

he Ben Igou State Farm Agency is one of the Tri-Cities’ largest and fastest growing State Farm agencies, and offers a wide variety of Insurance, Banking, and Investment options. We are a local Tri-Cities agency that is proud to offer the local community the products and services backed by the #1 ranked Home and Auto insurance company in the U. S. In addition to the superior products and services that we offer, you will find our team is made up of professionals that keep the highest integrity in what we do. As Agent/Owner, Ben Igou has 13 years of experience working with State Farm as an Agent, Consultant, and Executive. In addition, Ben has achieved his CLU and ChFC professional designations, which gives him more expertise in the Insurance and Financial Services industry. Ben, his wife Lesley, and their two boys, Cole and Cooper are proud to call the Tri-Cities their home.

Corrina Reynard, Carollyn Smith, Ben Igou, Jamie Murphy, Ronnie Curtis, and Mandy Elliott


Century 21 Legacy Give us a brief summary of Century 21 the company.

Century 21 Legacy is part of the worldwide leader in real estate with the local service that you demand. Let’s face it, in today’s global economy real estate companies have to have the national and international reach to service the customer in the fashion they expect. At CENTURY 21 Legacy, “Smarter.Bolder.Faster” is not a marketing catch phrase, it is a way of life! Our agents are trained in the latest technology and marketing methods to ensure our customers properties are marketed to reach today’s high tech clientele. The CENTURY 21 Brand brings national advertising, unsurpassed online presence, and the local market knowledge that it takes to compete in today’s market. It takes being “Smarter.Bolder.Faster” plain and simple! CENTURY 21 Legacy is that company in the Tri Cities area.

What do you think sets Century 21 Legacy apart from all other real estate agencies?

Dedication to our clients has always been our core value. We strive hard to be the “Realtor of Choice” for each and every person in our market area. Our dedication to that principle has been rewarded! For the year 2012, CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC awarded one of our offices with the #1 Office in the Mid South (KY, TN, & MS) by units sold and we also had the #1 Agent in the Region by Units sold. Our offices also earned the prestigious CENTURION Award and the President’s Award for high production and excellent Quality Service. All of this is only achieved if your core value is dedication to the client!

You have just opened a new office downtown, is that correct?

Yes, we recently opened a new office on Broad Street with Joe, John, Tyler, and Andrew Begley. As with many small towns and cities Kingsport’s downtown area is booming and bustling with café’s, restaurants, shops and the like. CENTURY 21 Legacy believes that this resurgence to “city” type living means that you have to serve the up and coming populations and lifestyle changes that are occurring. The days of huge conference rooms are passing us. Consumers demand a different type of service in today’s high tech world. Kingsport and the downtown area clientele demand it, and we are dedicated to them! It is part of being “Smarter.Bolder.Faster”, It is part of being the Realtor of Choice! Here at CENTURY 21 Legacy we have 56,“Smarter.Bolder.Faster” Agents licensed in both Tennessee and Virginia to serve you. In Greeneville, thanks to our dedicated clients and the best agents in the business, we have been the highest producing office for most of the past ten years. Since Jamie Skeen acquired the Kingsport locations, our dedicated clients and outstanding agents have helped us climb to a top market share position. We have three offices throughout East Tennessee located at 2040 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville; 210 Colonial Heights Rd, Kingsport; and our newest 217 Broad St, Ste 102, Kingsport. Dedication to clients, “Smarter.Bolder. Faster” Agents and a desire to be Realtor of Choice! These are our beliefs.

Joana N. Lampert (360) 362-2700 Your TN/VA Broker

1938 Brookside Drive Kingsport, Tennessee (423) 247-TEAm (8326)

The Momentum Group was founded by Joana Lampert in 2006. This team has been a successful running team in Washington State, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. Joana Lampert Joana has been a full time Real Estate Broker for 13 years with more than 15 years of experience in real estate investment and homeownership. She has been a military spouse for over 20 years and has five children. She has earned the RE/MAX Hall of Fame award that only 1% of all Real Estate Agents ever achieve. Joana has developed many major subdivisions, built commercial complexes and focused on residential and luxury homes. She has been voted as a top Real Estate Broker and has served on several Real Estate boards. Joana grew up in Gate City, VA; “ I’m just a home town girl” she says. Joana has relocated her family back to her roots of NE Tennessee. Her husband Jerry Lampert retired from a 21 year career in the US Navy submarine force. He currently works as a Mortgage Loan Originator with Regions Mortgage in Kingsport, TN. Joana says, “NO one understands Relocation better than me. I have helped relocate hundreds of families all over the United States and the world. I am excited to be working at “A Team Real Estate” and I am proud that I am a Realtor representative for the Tri Cities largest home builder Orth Homes. I enjoy taking real estate to the next level with my fellow Realtors, builders, and of course my customers.

Joyce B. Meade In the real estate business, experience counts. Joyce Meade brings more than 25 years of professional experience as a Real Estate Agent and Broker to her current position with ATeam Real Estate Professionals in Kingsport, TN, where she is proud to continue to serve a long list of satisfied clients in the Tri-Cities region. Joyce and her husband, Roy “Buck” Meade, live in Scott County, VA, where they enjoy spending time with their family, including grandchildren Brody, 16, and Ava, 2. The couple, wha are avid basketball fans, also include former exchange students from Germany, Bosnia and Yugoslavia as “family” and maintain contact with them regularly.

Scott Dishner Scott has lived in the Kingsport TN area his entire life and has over 17 years of real estate experience . He is married with 3 beautiful children. Scott also has 15 years of building and remodeling experience in the local area, which includes an depth knowledge of the new construction industry and residential markets. Scott is a building communities kind of guy with a emphasis on family and relationships. Scott enjoys building furniture, taking photographs, and serving his community and church through service and mission projects.

Kaye Carroll Matheson Bringing extensive knowledge of the real estate market and her prior experience as Vice President and COO of a local bank and Mortgage Lending Company to her position as an accomplished and respected Realtor, Kaye offers her clients an outstanding level of service. Known by her clients and colleagues alike for her honesty, perseverance and tenacity, Kaye also enjoys a outstanding reputation for quick, timely response to each client’s needs and concerns. A native of Kingsport, Kaye is married to Mel Matheson and she has two children, Bryan Carroll & Amanda Carroll Depew and enjoys spending lots of time with her grandchildren, Hannah, Huntley, Blaklee, Keeton and Kyrin.

Jerry A. Lampert Mortgage Loan Originator Regions Financial Corporation USN - RETIRED 1797 Ft. Henry Drive Kingsport, TN 37664 54 | VIPSEEN | APRIL 2013

NMLS ID # 55438 Office Phone 423-229-0288 Fax 423-245-8548 Cell 423-930-5372 Cell 360-620-5647

1938 Brookside Drive, Kingsport, TN | (360) 362-2700 | (423) 247-TEAM

Washington Plan 2356 sq. ft. with 391 garage $299,000 and up

Carter Plan Call for Details $399,000 and up

Sawyer Plan 2701 sq. ft. with 572 garage $350,000 and up

Madison Plan 3838 sq. ft. with 528 garage 2 Masters, $299,000 and up

Avalon Plan 3074 sq. ft. with 503 garage $299,900 and up

Holston Plan 3193 sq. ft. with 395 garage $220,000 and up

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Grande Harbor is a lakefront neighborhood with luxury homes in the Tri-Cities area. Located next to TRI, Tri-Cities airport, it’s the perfect neighborhood for the commuter who wants to live on the lake in a smaller town, but who travels regularly for their business. It’s also ideally located between Kingsport and Johnson City and is around the corner from Northeast State Technical College. The homes in Grande Harbor are well designed and quite large ranging in size from 2800 sq. feet to 5000 sq. feet. Prices range from $3000,000 to $1,000,000. There are lakefront and lake view homes available. Boone Lake allows for numerous activities including jet skiing, boating and water skiing. Sue Boyle has a lot of experience selling lakefront property, so give her a call to start your search in Grande Harbor! All homes can be built in Sawyers Pond, Warrior Falls, Crestview Ridge, Cedar Crest, Daniel’s Trail and on your own custom lot (call Joana Lampert for details on how to get started today) APRIL 2013 | VIPSEEN | 55


Keller Williams Realty

that. We added some things to their home to make it fully accessible to her. We redesigned her room and made a therapy room for easy recovery. We added a few nice touches to her parent’s room to give them a resting place as well. We landscaped and did simple things like mow the lawn. All local agents were honored to participate in this; the staff loves to give back any and every way possible. So you just opened up in Sullivan County, how long has Keller Williams been in the Tri-Cities? We are so thrilled to be open in both Johnson City and Kingsport now. We are 30 years old nationally, but have only been in the Tri Cities a little over 3 years. In that time frame, it is an honor to say that we have taken the number two position in listings and closed sales in the whole Tri Cities region. All Keller Williams in Southeast region competed to win a BMW and because of the growth in the Tri-Cities, I was put in the drawing to win, and I did! This is all because the Tri-Cities has received Keller Williams so well and opened their arms. This is why we try our best to give back to them. The company ended 2012 60% higher than in 2011. We outperformed the local market by 43% according to local statistics. Thank you, Tri-Cities!

Kathy Oakes, Tell us a little bit about Keller Williams as a company. Keller Williams Realty Inc. is the fastest growing real estate firm in North America, according to Realtor Magazine. We recently celebrated our expansion into Sullivan County, opening an office in the Reedy Creek Plaza on Eastman Road. Joe Johnson, the Operating Principal commented at the celebration, “We love getting to do what we do; selling houses to our neighbors and helping families find their way home.” Keller Williams is known for giving back to the community, can you give us an example? One day a year all 80,000 agents close the offices to work in the community; it’s called Red Day. Specifically in our community, a local girl was in a terrible car accident in December and has been in the hospital since then. Keller Williams really wanted to help her and her family so we took it upon ourselves to do just

What sets Keller Williams apart from the crowd? The 85 agents in both offices get to take advantage of the industry-unique, agent– centric business model that includes profit sharing and agent leadership councils that participate in company decisions. Keller Williams offers the greater Tri Cities area’s buyers and seller’s exceptional service and tremendous experience. Mark Willis, CEO of Keller Williams International based out of Austin, Texas said, “We have a policy of limiting our market presence by getting into business with only the best in the industry. By maintaining our standards of excellence, we can provide Keller Williams customers with the best real estate experience possible.” Kathy Oakes is Team Leader/Broker, Keller Williams Realty of the Tri-Cities. She was named 2010 NETAR Realtor of the Year, is part of the Tri-Cities Womens Council of Realtors and is on the NETAR Board of Directors.

Tri-Cities Housing Market

Story by Savanna Smith


s many probably already know, East Tennessee has had quite the up and coming housing market over the past few years. Housing is being built all over the area and people from around the country are taking notice, moving to our beautiful mountainous area to settle in. This is good news for the local residents and communities because with a growing population comes commerce and with commerce increasing monthly many new jobs and new opportunities are beginning to pop up.

Mortgage rates are at an all-time low across the country and the Tri-Cities is no exception. An average 30-year fixed mortgage in the area is around 3.5% with a 20% down payment. The rate is about the same for a 15year fixed mortgage. Not a bad deal for a $150,000 dollar home. So for those who are on the fence about buying, now is the best time to snag a beautiful home at a great rate. These rates of course depend on the loaner and credit of the buyer.

While the last quarter of 2012 ended in a small slump that carried over into the first quarter of the new year, the market trend is beginning to look up according to the statistics from the end of 2013’s first quarter. The local market is not doing as good as it was a year or even two years ago, but compared to the rest of the country, it is flourishing better than most.

The Tri-Cities is currently a buyer’s market. The number of houses being put on the market is surpassing those being bought. No need to worry, though, sellers – a market labeled for buyers is sure to attract many more consumers to our area thus increasing housing sales exponentially. The predictions for the years to come are looking quite impressive, expected to continue rising.

Currently, the median home sales prices for the Tri-Cities area range from $75,000 - $200,000. There are of course many houses below and above; the good news- this median is lower than a large part of the nation. The median for Johnson City is slightly higher than that of Kingsport and Bristol. The average listing price across the area is between $185,000 – $250,000 and follows the same pattern as the median sales price with Johnson City being slightly higher than Kingsport and Bristol. The number of actual home sales has fluctuated over the past few years and took a dip in the 2012 fourth quarter and the 2013 first quarter, but are beginning to rise again and are predicted to continue rising.

So, whether buying or selling in the Tri-Cities, the current market is now one of the better ones in the nation. Thanks to lower crime rates and a less expensive living, the local community is always welcoming new residents. With continued growth and substantial population increase, it looks like our area has a bright future in the housing market. Don’t miss out on such a great opportunity!

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Fix it Up, or Move on In? Story by Savanna Smith

When it comes to buying a home, one major decision a lot of buyers face is whether to purchase a fixer-upper or a new move in ready home. With so many of both home types in this area, finding either is no problem; but how is a person to know what is best for them? First and most important, don’t underestimate the cost of a fixer-upper! Most buyers make this mistake. Take a home inspector to get the most accurate estimate of all repairs. This may cost a couple hundred dollars, but will be well worth it. Then access your lifestyle. Do you have time to renovate? Are you working long hours, and raising children? Do you have the patience to put as much work as needed into a house? If you answered two no’s and a yes, a move in ready home would be your best decision. TLC is quite time and energy consuming. If getting down and dirty with the tool set is your idea of a day off, then a fixer-upper may be for you. However if you think renovating the bathroom consists of changing curtains and a new rug, you may be the move in ready type. Either way, make sure to pick a home that is a smart financial decision for your family.

Lifestyle Properties


ifestyle Properties was founded with one thing in mind, my clients. The real estate market is like a new frontier.  Ever growing, ever changing.  Savvy sellers and buyers look for more personalized, one-on-one service. I

have designed Lifestyle Properties to do just that, bringing buyers and sellers together.  We are about quality, not quantity. Contact Dana at Lifestyle Properties to assist with your selling and buying needs today.

Dana R. Berry

ABR, ALHS, CRS, GRI, SFR Principal Broker/Owner

ACCREDITED LUXURY HOME SPECIALIST Member of Luxury Home Council 3212 Hanover Drive, Suite 1 Johnson City, TN 37604 423-677-2333 Fax: 888-316-6882


The Executive Difference...


Story by Anita Morrell, Principal Broker

At Realty Executives Bristol, we are 23 real estate professionals and an administrative staff like none other in Bristol. So, what is the “Executive Difference?”

It’s in the knowing. Executives approach every real estate need of their clients with analytical and statistical evaluation that puts the client in the driver’s seat. Armed with up-to-date information, the client is better able to make appropriate decisions that will best help them accomplish their real estate goals.

Executives win when their clients are able to sell an unneeded property at a handsome profit. Executives care about winning and care about the success of our clients. It’s in the results. For more than a decade, Realty Executives Bristol has been the leader in the Bristol/Abingdon marketplace. In 2012, Realty Executives Bristol represented buyers and/or sellers in the transfer of over 250 area properties… more than any other Bristol real estate firm. This success did not happen accidentally. It’s all in the knowing ... the listening ... and the caring.

Contact us for a free consultation today and experience the Executive Difference!

Executives are intensely trained and experienced. They do not cut corners and they are tech savvy. Executives are problem solvers. It’s in the listening. Executives listen intently to the concerns… the wants and dreams of the clients they represent. Executives strive to completely understand their client’s goals and develop a plan for success based on experience, research and confidence. It’s in the caring. Executives know all the marketing in the world is not worth more than an enthusiastically satisfied client. Executives care about winning. Executives win when a buyer is handed the keys to their dream home.

836 State Street Bristol, TN 37620 (423) 989-4100 office

5 Ways to

Speed Up the Sale

Story by Savanna Smith


hen selling a home, there are so many things to do. Selling can take just as much planning and effort as buying a home. There are multiple steps to take to ensure every detail is covered. When the home is finally ready for the market, there is always hope offers will begin pouring in the very first day. But what happens when they don’t? Try some of these helpful tips. Get your house market-ready at least two weeks before you begin showing it. This way there is no chance of anyone seeing the home when it is not in its best condition. Price it right. Set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range. This makes it more appealing, drawing more interest and buyers to your house.

Be flexible about showing the house. While it may be inconvenient to have a house ready to show at the spur of the moment, the more often someone can see your home, the sooner you’ll sell it. Finally, don’t refuse to drop the price. If your house has been on the market for more than 30 days without an offer, be prepared to lower the asking price. After all, the goal is to sell, not make profit. Be ready for all the offers you receive. Make sure to decide in advance what price and terms you’ll find acceptable, so that way no one will catch you by surprise. Also make sure to stand firm to those terms, and remember do not panic when the home does not sell the first month. Keep a positive and open mind.


Southern Dwellings Tell us a brief history of how the business got started. My mother has been in this business for 23 years, and I have for 10 years. She worked with one company her entire real estate career and simply decided it was time to start something small that we could make our own. So we found a place and began to form an idea for creating a boutique real estate company. How has the first month of business been? Our first month has been exceptional. We have been so busy, and shocked at the support we have had. We’ve gotten phone calls, flowers, and cards from friends, colleagues and clients; which is a wonderful feeling. We started with a solid foundation and a solid first month, now we hope to continue to build the business from here. What are the plans for the future for Southern Dwellings? Our goal is to be a small boutique real estate agency. We want to specialize in customer service; we want to get back to the business of real estate. The plan is to focus on customer service through our combined real estate experience. Hopefully by keeping the office small, we can keep it very personal and make everyone feel at home. What is the difference in Southern Dwellings and any other agency? Our goal is to help our clients reach their goals. Once they have reached their goals, we have reached ours. Whether it is buying, selling, or just asking for advice on any kind of real estate issue, we want our clients calling us for anything and everything they need. We started something good that we are striving to make great, and hope to achieve greatness through the satisfaction of our clients.


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ince 1975, The Tri-Cities Realty Group has remained true to their core philosophy. As Owner Jim Warren puts it, “We’ve all seen real estate firms come and go over the years. I have to believe - and I certainly hopethat our success, our reputation, and our longevity can all be traced-back to simply providing what folks come to us for in the first place…full, professional, and ‘by-thebook’ real estate services.” “Such a huge part of our business is returning clientele, their families, their friends. They come because they associate us with being the face of the region’s real estate market... and because they know that we’ll be here tomorrow.” The Tri-Cities Realty Group are Brokers of residential, farm, and Estate properties across Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, and offer exclusive buyer representation services. As Warren sums it up, “Exceeding expectations … our clients deserve nothing less.”


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n the fall of 2005 R. Lynn Shipley, Jr. announced that he and seven business and community leaders from across the Tri-Cities had filed their notice of intent to establish a TennesseeChartered Commercial Bank. “Having been in the banking business for more than three decades and a life long resident of the Tri-Cities, it had become clear to me that our region needed a community bank dedicated to the consumers and small businesses of the Tri-Cities,” said Shipley. “Our mission from the beginning has been to develop a community bank focused on exceeding the expectations of our customers, employees, community, and shareholders.” TriSummit Bank opened for business on February 26, 2007, with principal financial centers in all three cities. In keeping with their stated commitment to serving each city at the highest possible level TriSummit invested significant capital in each community’s key business centers. The purchase and renovation of downtown buildings in both Bristol and Kingsport and construction of a new financial center off Med Tech Parkway in Johnson City have brought jobs, increased the cities’ tax revenue, and Shipley

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hopes has helped be a catalyst for downtown redevelopment efforts. Shipley noted that each of TriSummit’s four financial centers were designed to be totally client-focused, featuring state-of-the-art technology and a full range of financial products and services including on-line banking at He points to their people as TriSummit’s greatest asset. “We have an exceptional team of bankers that includes 56 officers and associates. They know the banking business, their markets and are committed to exceeding client expectations. Decisions are made locally for both consumer and commercial lending by people who know you and value your business. Over the past six years the bank has grown from $33 million in assets to more than $260 million, and has consistently earned BauerFinancial’s “Superior Five Star” rating as a recommended bank. “We continue to work hard every day to be the preferred bank in the markets we serve as well as a corporate leader in the economic and cultural growth of the Tri-Cities,” said Shipley.

TruLife Realty


t TruLife Realty, we are passionate about creating the most rewarding real estate relationship with all of our clients. Not only do we offer a team of expert, knowledgeable realtors, but we are also partnered with an excellent home building company. TruLife Realty is your go-to resource for ALL of your real estate needs. With a team of experts in all aspects of sales and purchasing, we fit every niche in the home buying, selling, and building process. In 2012, a team of people came together to start TruLife Realty, a real estate firm dedicated to surpassing all expectations in the industry. A unique team has been assembled to ensure that no matter the real estate situation, TruLife Realty will ensure top customer satisfaction. The team of professionals at TruLife Realty has over 50 years of combined experience in the real estate market. The TruLife Team strives to be excellent in everything they do, whether they are selecting a new floor plan, assisting a home buyer, or working with a seller. Take a look at TruLife Realty and see what it means to LIVE BETTER.


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Thunder Valley Fly & Wine Expo


he Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities hosted the inaugural Thunder Valley Fly & Wine Expo on May 3 and 4. The fun-filled event was a charity showcase of Appalachian vineyards and blue ribbon water. Some 120 attendees attend the two-day event. On Friday evening, a delicious dinner catered by Levy Restaurants, a live auction, and many fish tales kicked off the event at Bristol Motor Speedway. Fly fishing legions Jeffrey Cardenas, Bob Clouser, Blane Chocklett, and Beau Beasley entertained guests with first hand fish tales. The live auction was a hit with items from the four fly-fishing greats and lots of fly-fishing gear. Saturday’s events were a fly fisherman’s dream while local and national vendors exhibited the latest in fly-fishing gear and artwork, hands-on demonstrations, competitions, nationally recognized speakers, and special events for children. Local vineyards also displayed wine samples from Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. Fishermen showed off their skills in casting competitions, learned new skills taught by Bob Clouser and Jeffery Cardenas, learned how to tie their own flies with the expertise of Bob Clouser and Blane Chocklett and much more. There was even a fly-fishing clinic for children…Fly 101 Kids Clinic. Rounding out the evening was a film showing of Where The Yellowstone Goes. The film was about a month long drift boat extravaganza along the Yellowstone River.

Photography by SAVANNA SMITH and brian hullette | Story by rita dykes

Jeffery Cardenas, Mike King, and Tracy Wilkins

Bill and Billie Whisnant

Speed Way Children Charity

Funds raised went to benefit children of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia through Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities. Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities is a non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of needy children in the region. For more information, visit Dale and Molly Keller

Mark and Jennifer Procopio

Casting for Recovery

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Jill and Lewayne Luttrell

Mountain Sports Ltd

Lynne and Hugh Testerman

Tom Gilmore

Mountain Sports Ltd.

Tracy Wilkins and Mike King

Lindsay Long, Bryan Ulrich, and Mary K Jenkins

Roy and Liza Harmon

All About You Catering

Mahoneys Fly Fishing

Easterly Fly Outfitters

Jodi Thomas, Bryson, Bo and Dick Storie

Roy Harmon and Jos de Wit

Andrew Wilson, Greg Harvey, Chris Vella, David Oliver, and Graig Hoffman

Bare Bones BBQ

Mahoneys Fly Fishing

Care Free Boat Club

River’s Way Therapeutic Fishing Center

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Healing Waters Fly Fishing

Beau Beasley

Claudia Bird

Voodoo Fly Company

South Holston River Lodge

Trout Unlimited

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Pit Row

Belton and Jerry Caldwell

Out Fly Fishing

The 14th



Boone Lake Cleanup Story and Photography by becky ramsey


he 14th Annual Boone Lake Cleanup was held Sat April 27th. This event was a cooperative effort between several municipal, civic and corporate organizations from which volunteers collected trash from in and around Boone Lake. The event kicked off at 9am with Volunteers passing out trash bags and gloves at the following locations, Bluff City Ramp, Davis Boat Dock, Jays Boat Dock, Rockingham Dock, Sonny’s Marina, TWRA/11E DeVault Bridge, Lakeview Marina and Boone Lake Marina. All trash that was collected was returned to each of these locations by 3pm. To encourage participation, volunteers had the chance to win cash and prizes for each bag returned.

Alice Siegfried, Ann Larson and Trish Schick

A picnic at was held at 4pm for all the Volunteers at Winged Deer Park’s Meredith Pavillion, where they were treated to a meal and received commemorative T-shirt. Prizes were awarded during the picnic.

The Hendrickson Family

This year’s major sponsors included Advanced Disposal Systems, Ball Metal Beverage Container Corporation. Boone Lake Association, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, City of Bluff City, City of Johnson City, Cumulus Tri-Cities, Food City, Gilbert Advanced Asset Management, Holston Distributing, Johnson City Power Board, Johnson City Parks and Recreation, Mountain States Health Alliance, Mulligan Flooring, NHC Johnson City, Spectra Energy, Washington County, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Sullivan County and TVA.

David Haaf, Jason Hendrickson and Rick Miller

Kathy and Ray Bouch

Bud and Norma Martin

“Approximately 158 tires were collected and this year an extremely high number of (504) Styrofoam blocks were turned in”, said Event Co-Chair Ron Siegfried. “It is rewarding to see so many groups from municipalities, private companies, individuals and civic groups come together in the common goal.” APRIL 2013 | VIPSEEN | 69


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he card said, “The first 10 guests will receive a free gift”… so, yes, I was one of the first 10 guests there… nothing like a good freebie to get my heart pumping. The open house event at Skin Health gave out a fabulous free gift, one of those nifty battery-operated face brushes that get your skin deep down clean. Truth be known, they are not cheap to buy either!

Beth Black, owner of Skin Health

Skin Health, located in downtown Kingsport and owned by the lovely Beth Black, is an awesome place to go for your skin beautifying needs. The evening featured Beth teaching attendees about the Obagi line of skin care while guests relaxed with a glass of wine or punch and feasted on smoked trout and other delicious nibblies, all created by the talented Debbie Waggoner.

Sue Hess and Pam Sigmon

Faye Tunnell and Dawn Carter

Ruthann Saunders and Ann Baker

Beth offers Obagi skin care products, as well as other lines of skin care and make-up that cannot be found over-the-counter. She provides services including microdermabrasion, softap permanent cosmetics, European deep pore-cleansing facials, bikini wax, chemical peels, lash and brow tinting and much more. The evening was informative, bountiful and delicious. If you are interested in learning more about Skin Health and upcoming events or services you can call 423.239.0913

Debbie Waggoner

Ginger Waren and Mary Thomas

Judy Messick and Linda Lamb Story and Photography by Lynda Fontaine

MUSIC Profile: My New Favorites

Story courtesy of my new favorites Photography by Peter Montanti and Sam Benedict


y New Favorites has been sharing laughs and good music with audiences

across the mountain south since 2010. They offer a constantly changing variety of tunes at every performance and connect with crowds wherever they go. Named the 2013 Americana Vocal Group Of The Year at the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising, they are known for their strong songwriting and great songs. The musicians that make up My New Favorites fuse together a wide spectrum of musical styles into a sound that is uniquely their own. Individually, they play old time, bluegrass, Americana, rock, gospel, Irish, jazz and classical. Together,

My New Favorites

somehow, they are a fusion of all those styles.

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MUSIC Profile: My New Favorites

Speaking of fusion, grab their new CD and check out how piano, organ and clawhammer banjo happily coexist on their track, “Got To Have That Giving On Your Mind.” Or the rock and roll accordion solo on “Go”. Then there’s the four part harmonies in “Meet Me In The Water” and “Long White Robe” and the girl power anthem “Man Among Men”.

Playing in My New Favorites means bringing your own musical influences to the group, AND (this is important) being willing to learn from and be influenced by one another. The result is great music. But it’s a style that does not readily fit into any particular genre. My New Favorites is billed as an Americana band. That’s the closest thing to a “non-label” label that anyone could come up with. But as one elderly concert attendee asked one night before a show: “Americana? You people play Americana? Why don’t you just play music?” 

 Right on. Right on, Mr. Concert-goer, whoever you were and wherever you are. Right on that there doesn’t have to be a label, a category, or a genre. Music just IS. 

 My New Favorites are songwriters, as well as, performing musicians. They write about 95% of the music they play. That just seems to work best for them. The songs have become their collective voice. Everyone in the band has performed for years, but they all hooked up as My New Favorites in 2010. Since then, things have been busy. They’ve played festivals, concerts and clubs all around the southern mountains. They released their debut CD at the beginning of 2013. 

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Here’s some info on the players in My New Favorites: 

 Jeff Benedict is a singer and songwriter who plays guitar and banjo in the band. He writes most of the stuff My New Favorites plays. Then he watches as the band arranges it, changes it and births it out into the world. 

 Linda Waltner is a classically trained violinist, but doesn’t let that get in the way of being a first-rate fiddler. Right at home with Mozart or Mumford, she can also do old-time and Celtic. 

 Amy Benedict, “the little girl with the great big bass,” is a veteran performer on the old time scene. A lifelong singer and dancer, she brings strong melodies and harmonies to the band’s vocal mix. 

 Tracy Johnson plays the keyboards and the accordion, and does a great job singing. She’s the only one in the band to play Carnegie Hall! Her strong musical style helps drive the music forward through every performance. 423-418-4701

Buy Local and Stay Loyal We have all heard it and we get the concept, but some would be shocked to know just how big of an impact buying local really has. When customers buy local, it is doing much more than simply putting money into the economy; buying local will help your neighbors keep jobs, it is so much better for the environment (and for your body), and it builds a sense of community for everyone involved. Local businesses are also the first who are willing to give back to their community and invest in it as well. So whether it be food, clothes, accessories, home items, or your morning cup of coffee, remember – stay loyal and keep it local. It is the best way to ensure our community will prosper for generations to come.

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hampion Chevrolet Cadillac owners Tim Copenhaver, Andy Dietrich, and Mickey Spivey purchased the dealership in February 2007. In the short amount of time that they have owned Champion, it has been the #1 Chevrolet dealer in sales for the last 5 years in the state of Tennessee. Champion Chevrolet Cadillac has won multiple awards from GM called the “Mark of Excellence Award,” which is the highest award a GM Dealer can win. Champion Chevrolet Cadillac believes in listening to their customers. Our customers asked and we delivered. Champion is now open from 8a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturdays for our service and parts customers. Champion Chevrolet Cadillac will service any vehicle make or model. Champion Chevrolet Cadillac has achieved great success because of their employees. Champion now employees 68 hardworking, dedicated individuals

who believe in taking care of customers. The owners of Champion would like to thank their employees for their loyal support and wonderful customer service. Champion Chevrolet Cadillac believes strongly in helping our community. The last 5 years Champion has donated a car to be raffled off for all the proceeds to benefit Niswongers Children’s Hospital in Johnson City. In addition to this, we also contribute to multiple kids’ sports teams, CASA, United Way, Young Life, Speedway Children’s Charities, local schools, Junior League, and Children Exceeding Expectations. Champion Chevrolet Cadillac is located at 3606 Bristol Highway in Johnson City, TN also known as the “Motor Mile.” Our phone number is 423-282-2121 and our website address is Come in to Champion Chevrolet Cadillac today to see what everyone is asking, “How Do We Do That.”

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Reedy Creek Bicycles

How did Reedy Creek Bicycles get started? Well the idea came from Ben Rasnick and I because we saw the need for a full service bike shop in Kingsport. We then found out that Brian Hicks and his father were making plans for the very same thing. After meeting with them we discovered we were on the same page about vision, customer service and inventory. The partnership was born, and here we are today! Tell us a little bit about the shop. The shop does full service, rentals and sales. We have entry level $250 bikes to high end $12,000 race bikes. We carry children’s bikes and adult bikes. We are a Specialized S-Works dealer as well as a Norco dealer. We have clothes, shoes, helmets, and pads; just anything bikers would need. We try to have a full range of accessories for the mountain bikers, road bikers, the fitness bikers, and the racing and tri-athletes bikers. As far as rentals go, we have a fleet of about 20 bikes available. We are going to begin tutorials on things like changing tires and simple bike maintenance. Currently, we do two group road rides. One is Monday night, 6:00pm leaving from Meadowview. This is an 18 mile loop. This ride is geared toward beginners or recovery. It is a no-drop ride. The second ride is Tuesday. This also leaves from Meadowview and begins at 6:00pm. This ride is intended to be a training ride for racers and more serious experienced riders. You can plan on around 2 hours of hard riding. How is Reedy Creek involved with the community? In the cycling community we try to be involved as much as possible. We are all a part of TCRC which is Tri-Cities Road Club; I am one of the board members. We put on Tennessee’s largest road race omnium, it is called the Roan Groan. This is a two day Road Race, Time Trial and Criterium the weekend of the Blue Plum festival in Johnson City. The road race begins in Elizabethon and finishes on top of Roan Mountain! The criterium races a circuit through downtown Johnson City. The time trial takes place in town of Uncoi.. We also are helping out with TCTC which is a triathlon club and SORBA (Southern Off Road Bicycle Association). This year we are teaming up with SORBA to organize a poker ride during Funfest that will take place at Bays Mountain. We want to be more

involved with the fitness community. We want to team up with the YMCA to offer alternative means of exercise. Biking is great cardio and is easier on the body because it is so low impact. Where do you see the business in a few years from now? Still here. That is the goal. We would like to see the shop becoming an advocate for safe cycling; we want to work with the city to bring more events to the area. This will in turn bring more tourists to the area. We would like to be a major fixture and very active in what Kingsport is doing. What is the best thing about owning a local business? Two partners have other local businesses so we are not new to business in Kingsport. The best part about this business though is just introducing people to cycling, or re-introducing them. Most people have bikes at young ages and love it, then life happens and there is no time to ride. When people find the time we want them to come back to cycling. A lot of people come in with their family to buy bikes, which is great. We love to see families bond over cycling; it is like taking a family adventure. It is also a lot of fun to sell bikes to kids, they get so excited. They are the best customers, and they pretty much sell the bikes to their parents. It is a nice feeling to be involved in the community and to see people excited when they begin to ride again, for whatever reason that may be.

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Owner SarahJaneHull Tell me a little background of your business?

I opened Serendipity in historic Downtown Bristol in the fall of 2007. I opened Serendipity’s second location in Johnson City in the summer of 2011. I was 24 when I opened my first location, which is young but, I had always wanted to own my own store. I wanted to spend my life pursuing my passion and long-time goal. I went to school for Fashion Design, and worked as a Designer for several years before opening my first Serendipity location. I had a dream, prepared for it, and took that leap of faith that is sometimes hard for some people. Why did you want to open your boutique in Bristol?

Originally, I had not planned on opening my boutique in Bristol. I had worked as a Fashion Designer in a larger city, and I wanted to open my store in a larger city. I was born and raised in Bristol, called Bristol home, and my parents live here. I came back to Bristol, after my design gig, just to write a business plan and prepare to open a business. However, Bristol had changed a lot in the nearly 7 years I had been gone. Bristol seemed ready for what I had to offer in my business. So many people I talked to had shopping frustrations and they had to go outside of Bristol to shop. So, I felt like there was a need here, Bristol seemed ready, and it only made sense to me at the time to give back to the community that raised me.

How is Serendipity involved in the local community?

Serendipity supports many local nonprofits through charitable contributions. I personally sit on the board of Believe in Bristol, a local nonprofit that aids in the growth of downtown Bristol. I am very involved in the downtown community by volunteering my time to put together events and programs that foster a sense of community pride and help grow our downtown. How does it feel to open a second store right here in the Tri-Cities?

It has been a blessing to open a second store right here in the Tri-Cities. We have such a loyal fan following. I had many customers driving to shop with me in Bristol from even further than Johnson City. It only seemed fitting to provide them a place closer to home that they could shop and get the same great product we offer in Bristol. 80 | VIPSEEN | APRIL 2013

Serendipity seems to love its customers; can you tell me about them?

I can’t mention or think of Serendipity customers without a huge smile coming to my face. They are the reason I am here, in Bristol and in business. I love my customers. They have been so encouraging, so loyal, and supportive to me and my career. My customers have become friends. I have truly adopted the Cheers theme at Serendipity, “Where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” What do you think is different about owning a business here rather than anywhere else?

I think the sense of community I have experienced and the involvement that I have in the local community is what makes owning a business here in the Tri-Cities different than anywhere else. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. This is where I grew up and this is where I call home. What is Serendipity’s Mission, goal, plan for the Future?

Serendipity’s mission is to provide a great, fashionable product at a fair price. We want women to look and feel their best in what they are wearing and have a shopping experience that is memorable – from the quaint boutique environment to the helpful staff. As we continue to grow, you can expect great things in store. This is my career and you will see many more big things from me and Serendipity in the future. What is your favorite thing about our community?

My favorite thing about this community is the support and sense of caring that I have seen this community give local businesses and people in the community. The people of this community are so helpful and so encouraging. This community rallies around those who need help, support, or encouragement. As far as business goes, they support local and shop local. Our community is amazing!

SEEN IN ELIZABETHTON The Vlillage Branch of Carter County Bank

Carter County Bank Shred Day Photography and Story Courtesy of Carter County Bank


early 20,000 pounds of paper shredded and recycled at Free Community Shred Day. Saturday, April 27, was a record breaking year for Carter County Bank’s Annual Free. The parking lot was a site to behold. Cars lined up, popcorn was served and many smiles from employees were there to help unload vehicles. The shredding event started at 8:00 am and lasted until 1:00 pm with hardly any downtime in between. One by one, over 60 shred bins were lifted and loaded into the trucks and shredded on site for hundreds of individuals. Every year the event grows, as more and more people are impacted by identity theft and realizing, “Yes, this can happen to me”. By providing this free service to the community, not only does it give peace of mind, but it also shows that banks do care about their community and want to help them in all aspects of life. “A large percentage of households don’t have their own personal paper shredder or even have access to one. We are happy to be able to provide this annual shred service to our customers and community” said Dale Fair, President of Carter County Bank. Shredding your sensitive documents is just one step in the process of protecting your identity. Here are a few additional steps you should take to ward off thieves.

• Check your credit report and bank statements regularly for suspicious activity. It’s better to catch a problem early. • Shred any papers that contain sensitive personal information including bank statements, medical records, tax records, insurance forms, credit card offers, etc. At home, use a shredder that is cross-cut or diamond-cut • Opt out of prescreened offers of credit in the mail by calling 1-888-5-OPTOUT. This is a number tied to major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and Trans Union) to remove their information from marketing and pre-approved credit offer lists. • If you go on vacation, ask the post office to hold your mail until you return. • Be on guard when you are online. Don’t give out personal information. For detailed information visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website: • Verify a source before giving out personal information on the phone. If you are unsure, hang up and call the company directly. • Don’t carry unnecessary ID (such as your Social Security number) and credit cards in your wallet or purse.

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT First Baptist Church

AmazinGrace Photography BY BRIAN HULLETTE Story BY RITA DYKES


5k Event

n May 5, First Baptist Church Kingsport hosted the AmazinGrace 5k to benefit the Providence Medical Clinic of Kingsport. Beef-0-Brady’s also supported the event by donating 10% of it sales to the Providence Medical Clinic from customers who mentioned the AmazinGrace 5k. Nearly 500 participants came out to 441 Clay Street in Kingsport to support the clinic and join in the fun, race, and other activities of the evening. Abby Rike, former participant on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, author, and motivational speaker ran in the 5k and shared her tragic yet uplifting story of the events that led her to becoming healthy. In her book Working it Out: A Journey of Love, Loss and Hope, Abby talks about losing her entire family in a horrific vehicle accident and how she overcame the loss and claimed victory over her weight problem with the help of The Biggest Loser reality show. Christian Brewer of Knoxville took home the male overall title while Natalia Rivas-Lopez of Jonesborough won the female overall title. Scott Horton finished in first place in the male master’s division and in the female master’s division, Alisa Williams took first place. In the male grandmaster’s race, Trace Bratton took first place while Mardee Scott went home with the win in the female grandmaster’s race. Age divisions winners were Taylor Kilgore, Rylee Waye, Porter Bradley, Tabby Johnson, Cory Combs, Myranda Gorman, Cody Davenport, Chelsea Brunsman, Keith Perkins, Marjorie Thornton, Chandler Wilson, Amy Carr, Matt Clabaugh, Kristi Begley, Ian Bradley, Becky Earp, Robert Nielsen, Deborah Tipton, Jerry Bark, Lori Ray, Curtis Robinson, Julie Tidwell, Larry Jenkins, and Patty Nedved. Congratulations to all race winners. Providence Medical Clinic offers spiritual support and physical care for underserved residents of the greater Kingsport area. For more information, visit

OLD FRIENDS. NEW NAME. What makes one bank better than another? The products are similar, locations are just locations and rates change often. What really matters is people. While Renasant may be new to East Tennessee... our Johnson City team isn’t. Together, they have many years of local banking knowledge and dedicated service to our community. It’s simple. Bank with the people who know you. Johnson City 423-232-5320 • Jonesborough 423-788-7930 Bristol 423-844-6640

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Evening with the


n May 2, the Downtown Kingsport Association Foundation and the Main Art Center presented the 13th Annual Evening with the Arts, Under the Tuscan Stars. Excited guests filled the Main Art Center located in the Gem Theater on West Main Street in beautiful downtown Kingsport. The evening made its way through the streets of Tuscany as guests enjoyed Italian themed entertainment and cuisine.

the Tuscan Stars

Harpist, Martha Painter welcomed guests with soothing sounds of music as they entered into the Tuscany inspired venue. Linda Sorrell and Jim Wilson delighted guests with magnificent Italian music as they strolled through the essence of Italy. The aroma of Italian cuisine filled the air with pure delight as guests dined on the mouth-watering selections prepared by the chefs of Giuseppe’s and BJ Catering. Breathtaking mixed medium artwork filled the walls for guests to admire. The local and regional artists made themselves available to elaborate on their work and mingled with the guests throughout the evening.

Chaiba Bloomer and Clarisse Strong

Funds raised at the event will benefit the Main Art Center’s mission of promoting arts and entertainment in Downtown Kingsport. For more information, call Lisa Childress at 423.392.1150.

Leslie Davis, Mary Lou McSpadden, Judith Kindle, and Mary Unick

Amy Terry and Toni Romeo

Photography by Savanna smith | Story by rita dykes

Alice Morris, Kitty Smith, Don Morris, and Nancy Cross

Kathy Hawk and Stella Robinette Pat Houchens, Bill and Jo Testerman

Cindy Chafin, Robert Parsons, and Chaiba Bloomer

John and Karen Barber

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Sherri and Neil Mosley

Leslie Osborn and Tyler Clinch

Martha Painter

Happy 16th Birthday, Ethan Walker!

Happy Birthday, Amy Mize!

Happy Birthday, Rick!

Happy Birthday, Aundrea Wilcox!

Happy Birthday, Bill Bryant!

Happy Birthday, Bobbie Phillips!

Happy Birthday, Morgan KING!

Happy Birthday, Chris Boehm!

Happy Birthday, Camille Moseley!


Happy Birthday, Gail Newton!

Happy Birthday Daddy! We love you!

Happy Birthday, Darren Debord!

Happy Birthday, Steve Godsey!

Happy Birthday, Teresa Jones!


Happy Birthday, Kenny Glass!

Happy Birthday, Kim Nicewonder!

Happy Birthday, Jane Raser! Happy Birthday, Steve Johnson!

Happy Birthday, Kim Jones!

Happy Birthday, Sara Rollins!

Happy Birthday, Rhonda Chafin!

Happy Birthday, Sean Cornett!

Happy Birthday, Melanie Farmer!

Happy Birthday, Kanishka Biddanda!

Happy Birthday, Sonya!

Happy Birthday, Tony Marr!

Happy Birthday, John Lundberg!

Happy Birthday, Seth Jervis!

Happy Birthday, Lynda Fontaine!


Happy Birthday, Scott Ball!

Happy Birthday, Tonya Overbay! Happy Birthday, Bharat!

Happy Birthday, Doug Ware!

Happy Birthday, Jose!

Happy Birthday, Beth Muncy! Happy Birthday, Deb Carter!

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Byerley!

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Happy Birthday, Jay!

Happy Birthday, David!

Happy Birthday, Brittney!

Happy Birthday, Lesa Roberts!

SEEN IN BRISTOL Bristol Regional Medical Center

Bristol Regional

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Women and Children’s Expo L

earn something new, see items for sell in our region, be eligible to win prizes and enjoy lots of freebies…it’s was a good thing!

The 7th annual Women and Children’s Expo at Bristol Regional Medical Center was a day of fun, facts and giveaways. The expo was held from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM April 13 in the hospitals conference center and to make the deal even sweeter, it was free.

Wesley Harris, Jeff Looney, Jessica Hommel, and John Phillips

Sullivan County Sheriffs Office Auxiliary

Sullivan County Sheriffs Office Auxiliary

Angel Crabtree and Amanda Hales

Janice McCracken

Dr. Ross Spires and Dr. Jonathan Buress

The event was an excellent opportunity for women and children in our area to learn and ask questions regarding health topics that are of interest or concern. The expo offered educational sessions taught by physicians that included topics on heart disease and strokes in women, breastfeeding, osteoporosis, epidurals, diabetes in children, sudden infant death syndrome prevention, baby basics after birth, fever, pregnancy myths, and more. The awesome opportunity featured free 3D pregnancy ultrasounds, bone density scans, tours of the birthing center, numerous giveaways for all who attended, and an abundance of vendors with valuable information. A portion of vendor sales went to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help purchase state-of-the-art equipment for local affiliate Wellmont’s pediatric and neonatal intensive care programs and emergency departments, as well as, to support community education programs. For more information on how you can be involved next year or to find out more information in general, you may call 423.844.2527. Story and Photography by Lynda Fontaine

Danita Mowl and Kelly Jo Sexton

Dr. Rick Whiles

Dot Everts and Lori Campbell

Heather Kiser, Bethaney Short, and Lorray Whitten

Gretchen Charles

Dr. John Phillips

Merry McKenna

Lisa Johnson

Gerry Bevins and Happy Bear

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SEEN IN JOHNSON CITY Hands On! Regional Museum

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Pam Pippin and Claudia Moody

Kat Lathan and Teresa Jones

Tressa Samdal and Kathy Hurd

ands On! Regional Museum hosted its annual “Hot Tea & Totes: An Auction Celebrating Women” on April 27, 2013. The event was for women of all ages and was held to raise funds for exhibits and programs at the museum. Every woman came dressed in her Sunday best to enjoy a morning of brunching and bidding. Brunch was provided via Café Lola, while Danny Williams provided the entertainment for the morning. Purses, totes, and other fun bags, each holding a special surprise for the winning bidder were offered in silent and voice auctions. The event was hosted by Sara Diamond. Some items donated included those designed and hand made by local artisans to designer couture including Tory Burch, Coach, and Michael Kors, and many others. Every woman left with a cute tote and a smile on her face. Story and Photography by Savanna smith

Kim Colvin, Kayla Warren, Donna Lancaster, Michelle Earl, and Teresa Treadway

Mel Donnelly and Kim Bushore-Maki

Amy and Abby Benton, and Linda Coffman

Melissa Butler and Marcy Wall

Christy Weems, Cindy Stieler, Cara Ledbetter, and Wendi Kasting

Roberta Duggar and Linda Calvert

Linda Parker Browder and Danielle Parker

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Ann Barrowclough, Maria Floresguerra, Tere Diaz, and Joan Scheu

Deborah Soike and Robbie Anderson

Jamie and Myka Baker


YMCA Wellmont Center

VIP Donor Appreciation Event T

he YMCA hosted a VIP Donor Appreciation Night at its new facility, the YMCA Wellmont Center that is now open on Meadowview Parkway in Kingsport. On May 4, donors gathered to celebrate the opening of the facility. The project has been ongoing since 1996 and completely funded by private and public entities. “We are thrilled to host all of those that made the decision to support the Y at any point in this long journey from 1996 until now. We cannot fully express our gratitude for the shared vision each of them had through their giving to the Y,” said Charlie Glass, YMCA CEO.

Brenda Gala and Steve Pitts

Trisia Argabrite, Roger and Dreanna Mowen

VIPs were treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by the chefs at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center. Sophisticated Strings performed elegant background music for the event as guests mingled and enjoyed the evening. Coordinators, Pam Archer and Maggie Lengyel designed and displayed gorgeous floral arrangements that enhanced the beauty of the venue and added another elegant feel to the event.

Cynthia and David Woodmanse

Jessica Cooper and Maggie Lengyel

The YMCA Wellmont Center is a 40,000-square-foot facility collocated with the Kingsport Aquatic Center. The facility houses a child watch area, a family adventure center, two wellness areas, three group exercise studios, a gymnasium, three main social areas, a multipurpose room, and locker rooms. The Y also provides licensed afterschool care at 11 school sites in the greater Kingsport area. The Y is proud to say that the real asset can be found in its staff, members, and environment. The YMCA is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Greater Kingsport Family YMCA has given everyone a place to belong for 30 years while they have kept hundreds of children safe as they were prepared for their futures through the childcare programs. The Y takes pride in providing the same services to more people for many years to come.

Tarris and Susan Jackson

Steve and Rhonda Helton

For more information, visit or call 423.247.YMCA. Story by rita dykes | Photography by Susan couch

Mark Wilson, Rick and Jenny Blackburn

Pat Lee Harrison, Morris Haden, and Valerie Ketron

Steve Hiscutt and Carolyn Watson

Perry Stuckey and Jessica Cooper

Sandra Poe, Tyler Ramey, and Abigail Weaver

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SEEN IN KINGPORT Farmer’s Market


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crowd of more than 200 came out to support Girls Incorporated of Kingsport on April 19 during its 19th Annual SpringFEST event. The event at the Kingsport Farmer’s Market was a blast for all who attended. Ivy Road performed the musical entertainment leading the crowd into a marvelous evening. Bare Bones Catering and Marble Slab Creamery catered the scrumptious food for the event that left everyone wanting to come back for more. A silent auction is always a big hit with event goers, and the auction at SpringFEST was no different. The event raised more than $22,000 for Girls Incorporated of Kingsport.

Sally Piercy, Jack Vaughn, Mary and Pat Shull

Girls Incorporated of Kingsport educates and empowers more than 100 girls every day. Girls Inc. is a United Way Agency that serves girls ages five through eighteen with the mission of “inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold!” Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically, lead healthy and physically active lives, manage money, navigate media messages, and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Dylan Sexton, Tasha Cleveland, Loleta Dukes and Jed Garvey

For more information about Girls Incorporated, visit or call 423.247.2321. Photography by angela strigilas | Story by Rita Dykes

John and Etta Clark with Miles Burdine Elaine Harwell and Tim Casas

Valerie Joh, Stephen Lahair, Trida Lahair, Ashok Gala, and Colette George

Sandy Greene and Bobby Philips

Kathy Testerman and Denise Burdine

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Suzy Ray and Deana Collins

Bobby Phillips, Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips, and Madison Perkins

Charlie Floyd and Cathy Testerman

Shannon Hunt and Ethan Thompson

Miles Burdine and Mitchell Byerley

Dylan Sexton, Emily Thonpson, Julie Wright-Short, Wayne Fortney and Ashok Gala

Eric Short and Julie Wright-Short

Shannon Hunt, Ethan Thompson, Emily Thompson, Brenda Kilgore, Marisa Thompson, and Peggy Larkey

Adam and Christine Burke

Buddy Capps, Lynda Laws, Jason Lloyd (Ivy Road)

Wayne and Ann Fortney, Dick and Phillis Fortney

SEEN IN BRISTOL The Paramount Center

David Crowder D

photography by CHRISTINE SMITH story submitted

avid Crowder took the stage of The Paramount Center for the Arts on Friday, March 8, 2013 performing with his new collective, simply called, Crowder. The group has been awarded 9 GMA Dove Awards and has been nominated for 22 additional Dove Awards and a Grammy for their work on “Church Music.” Crowder helped shake up the contemporary Christian world with an injection of personality that while unconventional, proved wholly refreshing. New York Times named Crowder as one of “the most thoughtful, progressive and exciting acts in Contemporary Christian music.”

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The Paramount Chamber


he Paramount Chamber Players hosted a Gala Reception on April 27th at William King Clothiers on State Street in Bristol preceding their Annual Spring Concert at The Paramount Center for the Arts. Guests were contributors and patrons of the chamber group which was founded in 2005 by Dr. Craig Combs, a Bristol native who is a London based performer and conservatory trained pianist. He has over 30 years of experience in solo piano and chamber music performances. He wanted to give back to this area by forming The Paramount Chamber Players (TPCP). He organized this group of like-minded artists from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and they perform 7 to 10 concerts in the Mountain Empire each year much to the delight of all who hear them.

Players Gala

Carolyn Williams, Roy Williams, and Jean Bane

Martha Benard and Craig Combs

Peggy Rogers, Peggy King, and Ruth King

Nancy Coals and George Figueroa

The reception was a sparkling event to celebrate a most outstanding concert season for TPCP performances this year. It gave the players and their audience an opportunity to meet and greet one another. The guests expressed their appreciation to the players for giving their talents to the enjoyment of classical music enthusiasts. Following the Gala, the group adjourned to the historic Paramount Theater for a delightful concert, “Lasting Impressions,� Chamber Music for the Mountain Empire. A gathering in the Grand Hallway of the theater following the concert was sponsored by The Bristol Music Club for the audience and the performers. Story and Photography by april taylor

Beverly Puerckhauer and Deina Stagle

Tom Rogers and Beth Rogers

Bonnie Haskins, Laura Ann Warner, and Becky Wilkerson

Pat and J.B. Combs

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Tim and Ann Landis

The Chamber Players

William Denton and Dr. Ed Hatcher

Craig Combs, Joan and George Mitchell

Diane and Jack Dempsey

Eugene Jones

Steve and Vicki Fey

Coming September 14 & 15, 2013 Holiday Inn, Bristol, VA Join the Bristol Herald Courier, along with 70 other great companies from all over our region. From the new It’s All About Her Magazine comes the inspiration for Bristol’s Ultimate Women’s Expo. This fabulous 2 day show will feature exciting fashion tips to make-overs & food & cooking demonstrations, health information & shopping. Stage & runway shows from Miss Virginia USA & Miss Virginia Teen USA, spotlighting styles and shoes and much more. Some lucky person will have a chance to drive home a 2013 Cadillac from Bill Gatton, Saturday, September 14.


Bristol Regional Speech and Hearing

Princess & Pirates Tea Party B ristol Regional Speech and Hearing Center, founded in 1955, held their 2nd annual “family tea party with a purpose” on May 5th, 2013 at Viking Hall. “The Princess and Pirates Tea Cup Party” was the Center’s 2nd annual fundraising event with proceeds benefiting the missions of the organization. Last year, the organization served 3000 people with communicative disorders and donated $75,000 in reduced services and hearing aids to clients in our community. Their services help people be better communicators by allowing a preschooler be a better student, helping an autistic child speak for the first time, allowing a grandmother to hear her grandchildren, helping a newborn infant hear for the first time, and working with a cochlear implant recipient to learn how to listen again. Their 1st tea party raised more than $10,000 which was used to provide healthcare to uninsured and under-insured children and adults in the area. Last year’s event was so fun and festive for all who attended. The Princess and Pirates Tea Party encouraged attendees of all ages to come dresses as a pirate or princess. Attendees enjoyed photos by Mr. Booth, Princess/Pirate Makeovers, snacks and tea, a performance by City Youth Ballet, treasure hunt, take-home crafts, bouncy castle, balloons and magic by Captain Dave. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. A special thanks to the Board of Directors, staff, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees of this wonderful event. For more information, visit Photography and Story by becky ramsey

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ARTIST Profile: Misty Dempsey

M. Dempsey: An Artist’s Perspective Story by Meghan R. Palmer Photography courtesy of Misty Dempsey


hen first meeting Misty Dempsey, it is easy to match her with her art. She is bright, open and optimistic—but, like her art, there is more back story to her than is immediately evident. She describes her work: “Visually—it’s bold and colorful and bright (did I already say big?) I try to get someone to notice something they might not otherwise.” She is inspired by moments of quiet, moments that get you, as she says, but she goes beyond recording still images of meditation or nostalgia. Hope and wonder translate through her art.

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ARTIST Profile: Misty Dempsey

“The Japanese call that Wabi Sabi. It literally means ‘chosen poverty.’ The beauty of imperfection. Natural and used things have an energy,” she says. When asked whether her work is meant to convey optimism, she reflects on one of her recent projects: “I painted a blue dress. I went through my own mortality, my own life—what would be left when I was gone? The painting does not reflect the journey I went on, but I needed the journey. The painting is just a sweet blue dress someone made. Someone can still put it on a wall, it’s not a representation of stark reality.” She thinks for a moment, then says, “When I start a painting, I do it because the image ‘gets me.’ Then something gets woven into it as I spend hours painting it. People make up their own stories about the painting. I do hope they are optimistic.” Dempsey draws inspiration from many things, she says, “William Faulkner is my favorite novelist—you know people from his books. Emerson is my bible—his Collected Essays. It’s about being an individual, not being swayed by anything other than the will of your personality.” “A few of the artists who inspire me are Georgia O’Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth— with him, it’s simple moments. A door slightly open, looking into a room. There is powerful thought in a moment. It can be fleeting, but it is profound. Light coming through a flower, a dress hanging on a clothesline, waving in the wind. Emily Dickinson poetry inspires me, too.” Music is key to her methodology; she can still hear playlists when she looks at her finished paintings. When asked to give a playlist for her blue dress painting, she laughs but is able to deliver: “The soundtrack for The Blue Dress Circa 1870: Regina Spektor, Andrew Bird, Iron and Wine – ‘so heartfelt!’ and Low Anthem.” Dempsey does have a day job, or rather, she’s had a series of day jobs. She runs an Etsy shop called Quite Right, Slick. She says, “Originally I just sold vintage

clothes, but it morphed into Victorian items, lace, buttons, etc. I’d be a hoarder if I couldn’t take pretty pictures of things and ship them off! I’ve had to pull weeds for old ladies if the Etsy shop didn’t do well. I have a three month limit for a ‘normal job.’” She attributes the challenge of teaching herself to paint with why she has stuck with it for so long: “I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning. For instance, what brushes to use for what job. I feel like maybe it’s more freeing than being taught to do something ‘the right way.’” Dempsey’s studio is the old, weathered farmhouse she shares with her husband, Jake, two cats and a dog. “Surroundings matter so much,” she says, “I get a lot of previously loved things at flea markets, thrift shops…Dings and bumps add to character. Everything in my house is scruffy.” In the immediate future, Dempsey’s work will veer from her recent run of flowers, caterpillars and butterflies. She says, “I’m starting to feel like there will be a series of clothing paintings. I bought a petticoat at an auction. The waist had been let out, taken in several times. The hem had been torn and carefully mended. It had obviously been cared for and loved. I pulled it out of the trunk to wash it. There were beggar ticks—a kind of seed—on it. I couldn’t help but think, Who wore it? Who made it? How did it get torn? Were those beggar ticks from a hundred years ago, or from a re-enactment in 1992? They appreciated it enough to keep fixing it.” “Maybe I am making it up, or maybe I am catching glimpses of who these people were,” she reflects. “It’s a good story either way.” Two of Dempsey’s art pieces will be exhibited in the Jonesborough Open Juried Art Show of 2013 through June 14 at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School in Jonesborough. She attends arts and crafts festivals throughout the year. Her schedule can be found on the website,, where she can also be contacted. APRIL 2013 | VIPSEEN | 97

SEEN IN KINGSPORT Chamber of Commerce

Kingsport’s Board of Mayor an Aldermen

Meet & Greet and Candidate Forum The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce hosted a Board of Mayor and Aldermen Meet & Greet and Candidate Forum on Thursday, April 25. The event was held at the beautiful, new chamber office located at 400 Clinchfield Street. Candidates served hotdogs to attendees during the informal Meet & Greet portion of the event. Following the Meet & Greet, WKPT-TV ABC 19 news anchors Jim Bailey and Lizz Marrs hosted the Candidate Forum. Candidates for the position of Mayor of the City of Kingsport were Gary Lane and Dennis Phillips. The Aldermen candidates were Linda Buckles, John Clark, Colette George, Eric Kerney, and Tom Parham. The event was a great way to get to know the candidates, their insight on City issues, and their plans for the term of office if elected.   The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization composed of nearly 1,000 members.  The Kingsport Chamber’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area.   For more information, visit

Tom Parham, Colette George, John Clark, Linda Buckles and Eric Kearney

Photography by brian hullette | Story by rita dykes

James Philpps and Jason Meredith

Bridget Baird and Susan Lodal

Jantry Shupe and Carl Moore

Colette George, Mayor Dennis Phillips, and Eric Kerney

Montey McLaurin and Jim Bailey

Jill Salyer, Bob Feagins and Krista Palaske

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Miles Burdine and Nicole Austin

Lamar Reid and Tracy Morelock

Lafe and Heather Cook

Wayne Culbertson and Connie Steere

Party in the Heart SEEN IN KINGSPORT Downtown


Ren Allen painting faces

Buie Hancock

Little Cakes

The Bagel Exchange

riday, April 26 kicked off a weekend of fun in downtown Kingsport. Party in the Heart is an annual festival that brings art, crafts, and vendors from all over downtown together on Market Street. Some of these included Dirt Works, Charmed Southern, Saadeh Art Gallery, Two Dad’s Café and Catering, The Cottage Bakery, Bagel Exchange, 5 Crack Pots, Kathy’s Korner, Stir Fry, and many other fabulous crafters and vendors. The Kingsport Ballet performed for the crowd and was followed by local music. Some activities included the 7th annual sculpture walk, talk tours, theatre performances and so much more. The idea behind Party in the Heart is to raise awareness of local artists and crafters. These locals were doing demonstrations and also had their items for sale. The animals from the Kingsport Carousel Project were also on display, which was a big hit with everyone, especially the children. This year’s party was quite the success, and we know next year will be even better!

Olivia and Jackie Ewing

Stir Fry Café

Donald Youngblood

The Cottage Bakery


John Vachon, Davis, Meredith, and Madeline Whitfield, Angela Vachon

The Toy Shoppe

Claudia and Bill Haslton and Jonathan Odom

Doris Orr – 5 Crack Pots Pottery


Two Dad’s Café and Catering

Kathy’s Korner

Emily Jackson and Sherri Mosley

Colette and the Carvers

Kingsport Ballet

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CAC 19th Annual

Lexus Golf Tournament Photography by Brian Hullette and Savanna Smith | Story by Rita Dykes


he Children’s Advocacy Center and Lexus held their 19 Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Cattails, the beautifully kept golf course located at Meadowview just off I-26 in Kingsport. The proceeds for the tournament went to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Sullivan County. The Children’s Advocacy Center was founded in 1991 and has made history by being the first of its kind to open in Tennessee. The Center built by the community meets the needs of child victims of sexual and severe physical abuse. th

The Children’s Advocacy Center provides a child-friendly and safe place where victims can receive the help they need to cope with abuse trauma. The center instills hope and healing to victims and non-offending caregivers in many facets. The CAC joins together with other professionals through an investigative approach that allows information to flow seamlessly. The CAC helps families understand the system and refers them to the resources and services. CAC also offers community education on effective response to prevent child abuse.

Children’s Advocacy Center

The mission of the Children’s Advocacy Center is to combat child sexual and severe physical abuse by coordinating and providing service to children and families in crisis in a safe and caring environment. To report child abuse, call the 24-hour hotline at 800.542.2873 and help protect our children. For more information, visit

Johnson City Insurance Lexus


Federal Tax Group

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JA Street

David Tipton

Workspace Interiors

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TriSummit Bank

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Bank of America

Johnson City Power Board

Johnson City Federal Credit Union

he Chamber of Commerce serving Johnson City, Jonesborough and Washington County hosted a networking expo for its after hours event on May 2. A large crowd of chamber members gathered at the Holiday Inn in Johnson City for the expo. Area businesses set up booths as informational and product marketing displays. The evening was full of fantastic door prizes ranging from a chamber dues reduction and gift cards to coolers full of goodies and oil changes. A blood drive and food drive also took place at the expo with excellent possibilities for participants to win a great prize. The expo was a unique and successful variation in an after hours event. For more information, visit

Photography by Susan Couch | Story by rita dykes

Lightwave Solar

Staff Pro

Tusculum College

Century Link

Contact Furniture Alliance Eastman Credit Union

Johnson City Wofford Bros. Ins. Agency Tammy Combs and Brandon Farmer

Jim Hunter and Becky Jones

State of Franklin Bank

Sherry Boswell, Jamie Jackson, Trish Terry, Candy Craig, and Travis Merrell

Document Imaging Solutions Authorized Agent

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SEEN IN KINGPORT Eastman Recreational Area

K ingsport A rea C hamber

Photography by Brian Hullette and Angela Striligas Story by Rita Dykes


he Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 19th annual TN/VA Scholars Senior Picnic Celebration at the Eastman recreational area on April 23. The celebration recognized area seniors for their amazing achievements in the TN/ VA Scholars Program. Keynote speaker Laura Bush, Senior Attorney Corporate Compliance at Eastman Chemical Company gave an inspirational speech to more than 500 seniors from Kingsport City Schools, Hawkins, Sullivan, and Scott County high schools. Students from Cherokee, Dobyns-Bennett, Gate City, Rye Cove, Sullivan North, Sullivan South, Twin Springs, and Volunteer were honored for their four years of academic achievements and community service. The TN/VA Scholars Program encourages students to complete high school courses in math, science, social studies, language arts, foreign language, and computer literacy. Students must also participate in community service activities while meeting attendance and grade requirements. Congratulations to the seniors that completed the outstanding requirements for the program. May you take the knowledge, strength, and skills that you have demonstrated during your high school years and use them for the enrichment of your lives and community. VIPSEEN wishes you a strong, happy, productive, and healthy life as you venture into a new path on your journey throughout life.

Gate City High School

For more information, visit

Twin Springs High School Sullivan North High School

Vanessa Addington, Kate Daffron, Gary McConnell, Lisa Pierce and Eric Freeman

Sullivan South High School

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Volunteer High School

Zach Eapeland, Harrison Emery, Malik Foreman, Megan Friant, and Katie Greear

Dobyns Bennett High School

SEEN IN BRISTOL Foundation Event Facility

Derby Day Gala

Photography by Becky Ramsey Story by rita dykes


ortheast State Foundation members turned Bristol’s Foundation Event Facility into a miniature Church Hill Downs on May 4 for its Derby Day Gala. Derby attendees were dressed in festive derby day attire from magnificent hats and beautiful dresses to colorful blazers and seersucker suits. The event was full of excitement with a silent auction, hat contests, wall-size screens, a horse, roses, photos, derby hors d’oeuvers, music, and drinks featuring the drink of the Kentucky Derby, Mint Juleps.

Alex Honeycutt and Brian Hullette

Becky and David Ramsey

Natalie Whitlock and Stephanie Savor

Rusty Little and Jill Salyers

Laralee and Freddy Harkleroad

The silent auction was filled with spectacular items such as a beach trip, tickets to Barter Theatre with dinner at the House on Main Restaurant, a wine party at Fallen Oaks, golf and lunch at Elk River, golf at The Olde Farm, tickets to the Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and much more. The hat contest was impressive with awards given to the biggest hats, best themed hats, best overall hats, most bedazzled hats, and best fascinators. Following live coverage of the 139th Kentucky Derby, the Spirit of Soul Band brought the crowd to its feet with its amazing musical renditions of Motown, R&B, Beach, and Shag. Northeast State Community College’s Foundation, founded in 1986 and made up of 40 Board members supports academic, community service, educational scholarship, and other programs offered by the College. The Derby Day Gala was a unique, fun, and successful event for the Foundation raising more than $47,000. For more information, visit

Francis Canedo, Debbie Arlington and Angela Yingling

Lynn Bothcourt, Doug Hungate, Rob Hungate, and Vicky Hungate

Bryan and Sabrina Morton

Haley Merrill and Nicole Trump

Chris Lefler, Ericka Adams, and Matt DeLozier

Tawana Teague, Anne Rowell, Beth Ross, and Greg Walters

Lane and Heather Cook

Mark Dobbs, Teresa Dobbs, and Cindy and Steven Tauscher

Hank and Natalie Whitlock

Stephanie Savor and Gary Lee

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IppolitoWine Tasting



local winery, a local mansion and a locally good cause made for a good time by all who attended the lovely local rendezvous.

The Ippolito Winery educated guests on locally grown wines with a fragrant and delicious wine tasting at the beautiful home of the Lepsch’s of Kingsport. The event was not only an educational one, but also a social one. Attendees were taught about local wine and the bouquet of flavors, while at the same time having the opportunity to mingle and feast on a plethora of delicious hor d’oeuvres made by local restaurants and guests.

Sarah, Paula, Octavio, and Laura Pinell

Emily Jackson and Tim Warren

Ted and Dee Oliver

The evening also offered a way to support our local economy and the small farmer who grew the grapes and made the fermented nectar in our own neck of the woods. Guests brought a bottle of local or favorite wine to the event and as they departed were allowed to choose from the bottles brought to take home and enjoy as a way to try a new wine.

Matt St. John and John Terhune

Rhonda Grimes and Lisa Green

Robert White, Dr. Sean White, Eileen White

If you are interested in having a wine tasting or visiting Ippolito Winery for a tasting yourself, contact for more information. Photography and Story by LYNDA FONTAINE AND RHONDA GRIMES

Ramona Cress-Slonaker and Dan Slonaker

Tony Shipley and Kevin Corey

Tracy White and Barbara Burnette

Sue Lepsch

Claudia Corradino, Laurie Norris, Marie Browning, Ann Yungmeyer

Sarah Pinell and Daniel Webb

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Tara Bacon and Linda Osborne

Meghan White, Luke Emery, Cameron Wagoner, Jenna Fabozzi

Kevin Shipley, Justin Banner, and Joe Keefe

SEEN IN KINGSPORT The Renaissance Center

1950’s Hollywood Black & White Party


rank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, they were all there…in spirit that is. The 1950’s Hollywood Black & White party had songs of the famous 50’s icons wafting through the halls of The Renaissance Center for an excellent cause. The retro evening of 1950’s glamour and style was the creative idea of the KIingsportArts team. The event’s purpose was to help raise funds for the Youth Arts Education Program that introduces children to a variety of arts and helps then build their pursuit of creative endeavors. The beautifully done event was only $30 a ticket but the entertainment, food and décor looked more like a shin dig that should cost double the price. Participants wore black and white attire to bring back the nostalgic feel of the era.

While many guests danced to the crooning melodies of Sinatra and Martin, others browsed the tables filled with silent auction items and noshed on mouth-watering delectables. The event was a successful one and I for one hope they host this event again because next time, for just a few precious hours, I want to be one of the guests dancing to Frank, bidding on lovely trinkets and reliving that fabulous Hollywood era.

Auction Items

Hannah Justis and Colin Perry

Cathie Faust and Tina Radtke

Julie Pierson, Treva Tarpley and Becky Britton

For more information on KingsportArts and how you can be involved or to be on a mailing list for the next fabulous fundraiser, visit www.KingsportARTS. org or call 423.392.8420. Story and Photography by Lynda Fontaine

Tom Calloway and Amy Boyles

Steve Cook and Carolyn Pierson-Cook

Heather and John Kunysz and Suzanne Justis

Nicole and John Martin

Elaine Barker and Caroline Glover

Scott and Emily Cureton

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Patti Lawrence, Jo Zimmerman and Kay Newell

Caroline Williams, Rachel Mancl and Chris Cameron

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