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Chef Stacy Bedingfield, Earth Fare, Chocolate Elegance, Stir Fry, and Biggies. Hundred Acres, The Squash Blossoms, and Dana Gillian Seals provided the musical entertainment. A very special thank you to all the many people involved in making this year’s event a tremendous success. More than four million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through the past 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. From the Salk Vaccine to eradicate polio in 1955, through pioneering genetic research, to promoting the B vitamin folic acid to prevent birth defects, to fighting for lifesaving newborn screening tests, the March of Dimes continues to do all it can to give every baby a healthy start in life. For learn more information about the March of Dimes and its mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality, please contact the March of Dimes office at 423-218-0043 or email Suzzi Cocklin at scocklin@marchofdimes.com.

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The Body Art Show

What is the best way to display art? Why not on God’s most spectacular canvas… the human body. On Friday October 5, 2012, the Nelson Fine Art Center was the home to a spectacular body art show put on by the members of the Body Art Guild. This event was part of downtown Johnson City’s First Friday art show. Founder of the Body Art Guild, Ren Allen, collected eight artists to paint beautiful walking, breathing pieces of art. Six of the artists painted the entire bodies of the models. While many full body art displays are nude, this art show was family friendly. All models were covered appropriately with undergarments as well as paint. Painting full body can take up to nine hours depending on the complexity of the work. The models stand for almost the entire process of painting. All the paints are non-toxic and made specifically for skin. The body art show ran from 7pm to around 9 on October 5. Cheeses, chocolates and wine were catered by Earth Fare. The entire art gallery displayed body art photography as well as fine art photography and other human body art pieces. These works of art were on display the entire month of October at the Nelson Fine Art Center located at 345 E. Main St, Johnson City, TN

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | V. O. Dobbins Community Center

Blake Leeper Day H.O.P.E Youth Leadership and Holston Medical Group hosted the Blake Leeper Kingsport Olympic Game Day at the V.O. Dobbin Senior Complex on October 13. The event was in honor of Kingsport native and U.S. A. Paralympics Champion, Blake Leeper. Blake recently competed in the Paralympics in London winning the U.S. A. a silver and a bronze medal. He was also named International Paralympic Committee Athlete of the Month for July 2012. The event gave the community the opportunity to meet and congratulate the inspirational superstar while enjoying lunch and participating in exciting games. A ceremony was also held in Blakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honor. Blake was born without the lower portion of both legs. Doctors told him and his family when he was just a small child that he would never walk. Blake never gave up; he began playing sports with prosthetics at the age of nine. He was on the varsity basketball team in high school, and now he is running for our country. Blake is an extraordinary young man that gives others the inspiration to do all that they can and not let obstacles stand in the way of their dreams. He contributes his achievements to his faith in God, hard work, determination, and overwhelming support of his family, friends, the community, and mentors. Blake wants everyone to realize that there is nothing that cannot be done when you put your mind to it. Photography by: Brian Hullette |

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Live Music on State Street 606 State Street Bristol, TN 7pm-9pm

Subway Speedway In Lights 5K Bristol Motor Speedway 6pm For more info: bristol.speedwaycharities.org

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Downtown Bristol TN/VA Christmas Open House State Street 5pm-8:30pm

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Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Cumberland Square Park Downtown Bristol 6:30pm-7:30pm

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Milligan Jazz & ETSU Ensemble Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Memorial Chapel Milligan College, TN 7:30pm

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CityMac Workshop: iPhone Basics City Mac Bristol, VA 3:30pm-4:30pm

Children's Christmas Concert Johnson City Symphony Orchestra Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, TN (Reservations Required) 423.926.8742

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William King (Hickey Freeman) Trunk Show 3135 Peoples Street Johnson City, TN 5pm

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Crestpoint Health Seminar 2011 North Roan Street Johnson City, TN 10am

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30th Annual Country Christmas Show Viking Hall Civic Center Bristol, TN countrychristmasshow.com

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Black Tie Bingo Spay/Neuter Fundraiser Bristol Train Station 6pm-9pm

Speedway in Lights Powered by TVA Open Nov 16-Jan 1 Bristol Motor Speedway

Hands on Museum Festival Gala Johnson City, TN 6:30

Junior League Follies: Ballroom Blitz Paramount Center for the Arts Bristol, TN 8pm info@jlbristol.org

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2nd Annual St. Jude Give Thanks Walk 2101 Fort Henry Dr. Kingsport, TN 8am-9am

Christmas in Olde Jonesborough Downtown Jonesborough 6pm historicjonesborough.com

Miss Virginia USA & Miss Virginia Teen USA 2013 Preliminary Competition Harrison-Jones Auditorium on the Campus of VA Intermont College Bristol, VA 7:30pm

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Santa Train Downtown Kingsport November 17th

DKA’s Diamond & Dice Banq Downtown Kingsport 6:30pm

American Cancer Society Spirit of the Season The Venue Johnson City, TN 5pm-8pm

Spirits of the Season Venue at King’s Center Downtown JC 5pm-7pm spiritsoftheseason.org

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March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Event MeadowView Conference Center Kingsport, TN 5:30pm-9pm

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Children's Storytime at Bristol Public Library 10am-10:30am Crestpoint Health Seminar 117 Boone Street Jonesborough, TN 10am Santa Claus is Coming To Town Barter Theatre 10:30am

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Jim Brickman The Paramount Center for the Arts 518 State Street Bristol, VA 7:30pm-10:30pm

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Milligan College Christmas Concert Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Memorial Chapel Milligan College, TN 7pm

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Hands On Museum "Curious Coal" Johnson City, TN For more info: 423.434.HAND

Royal Madrigal Dinners Avoca Christian Church $20/person 7pm For more info: 423.652.7653

Hands On Museum Hula Hoop Workshop Johnson City, TN 9:30am-12:30pm

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Royal Madrigal Dinners Avoca Christian Church $20/person 7pm For more info: 423.652.7653

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Royal Madrigal Dinners Avoca Christian Church $20/person 7pm For more info: 423.652.7653

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Milligan Jazz Concert Milligan College 8pm

Hands On Museum First Friday Half Price Admission! Johnson City, TN

Starving Artist Night The Venue Johnson City, TN 3-8pm For more info: 423.434.2005

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Moral Combat Fundraiser Carnegie Hotel Johnson City, TN 6pm-10pm

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SEEN IN JOHNSON CITY | Reeves Eye Institute

Reeves Eye Institute After Hours

The Washington County/Johnson City Chamber of Commerce hosted an After Hours event last month at Reeves Eye Institute. Visitors had the opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art facility, have a bite to eat and a glass of wine, and get to know the professional staff led by Board Certified opthalmologist, Dr. Don Reeves. Guests entered a drawing for Botox services, shirts, movie tickets, and gift cards. Reeves Eye Institute is a wonderful facility conveniently located on Boones Creek Road in Johnson City. They offer many services to address vision problems including Lasik, as well as cataract surgery, and routine eye care. For more information about Reeves Eye Institute, check out their website at reeveseyeinstitute.com. Photography by: Kirsten Hall | Story by: Kirsten Hall

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David Browning by: Carolyn Koesters

“You know, I’m taller than Don Knotts, heavier than Don Knotts was, I don’t really look exactly like him, but you put that uniform on, and you go into character, and you see people smiling… you see them lighten up, and I think that’s good. We need that in life.”

David and Patty, thank you for speaking with VIPSEEN today. David, please tell us a little about yourself and how your love of performing began.

David: I’m a native of Bristol, born and bred here, and I found at an early age that performance was of interest to me. I was lucky to have a teacher to steer me in the right direction. Like most performers, background is always a factor, and I came from a large family- I was eight out of nine- and was very small as a young person. I was 4’11” when I graduated high school, and performance ended up being an avenue that gave me an opportunity to express myself. I was too small to play sports and so I had a teacher, Marianne Post at Virginia High School, who taught speech and drama, and she became a lifelong friend. She opened some doors for me that I just wasn’t aware of.

What kind of performances or roles did you do early on? Ms. Post asked me to assistant direct her junior class play, because she saw I had a flair for it, if you will. I would get very, very nervous when I would get in front

of people, just to the point where I would not feel well, so she chose to put me in the role as assistant director. Any time she had a direction for one of the other kids, she would turn to me and say, “Go up there and show ‘em!” Then, senior year, she put me in the comedian role in I Remember Mama. I played a young man who was in pursuit of one of the daughters, and I had to have a conversation with the dad. We were on a bench, and he laughed and hit me on the back, and I fell off the bench. When I stood up, I guess I stood up in a funny way and the other students really laughed. And that was it. I haven’t stopped performing since.

What happened after graduation? After that, I took four classes of speech and drama a day with Ms. Post and worked in the theatre program at the high school that whole next year. The Dogwood Community Theater had a Youth Theatre program, and I auditioned for a play they were presenting at VI (Virginia Intermont), The Haunting of

Hill House. By this time, I had grown to almost 6 feet tall, sort of gangly and awkward, but I thought I was pretty cool. I auditioned and got the part of the suave guy, and that was just a big deal for me! There were lots of young people in the show and I dated a couple of the girls, and it was a big deal, a real eye-opener. The process introduced me to VI College. And September 1968, I auditioned for a play at VI at the request of the director,

The Reluctant Debutante. It was another one of those plays where I was the young guy in pursuit of the beautiful young girl, only it was an English play. The

director told me later he only cast me as a challenge to himself, because he wanted to change my broad Southwest Virginia drawl into an English accent. It was a great experience, because I worked with community actors and also college students who had a lot of acting experience. It opened doors to do other work with Dogwood. The Dogwood Community Theater is where I met Rick McVey, in their production of Mr. Roberts. Mr. Roberts needed all these sailors for their show, and they didn’t have enough, so they put out an invitation to the high school. Rick McVey, came with some buddies from Virginia High School, came with his long hair stuffed up underneath his cap, and we met each other then. The next year, Dogwood did a Pulitzer Prize-winning show, Waiting for Godot, a heavy drama. VI was an all-girls school and I was the only male in the cast. And my wife, Patty, stage managed that show, which is where we met in September of 1969. We just became friends.

Patty: I was more backstage. I was afraid to be on

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stage. It seems to be a common thread among

children’s show and would be running up the hill for

was a connection. So when I came back, I wondered

performers, but once you feel that audience, it’s a

another rehearsal at the small theatre, and then run

what he was doing. I saw him and literally, in one

feeling you’d like to have more often. So I ended up

over to VI and rehearse… it was glorious!

second, I had the sparklers, the “oh, there you are”

doing some plays there. David and I were friends

moment, and that night we went over to VI to the

first, and then we started dating my junior year when

After I had been working steadily, and I saw in Rick

student center. I could feel the connection we had,

we were both in Damn Yankees. During that show we

McVey a true love of the theater, and we became fast

and I said, “I think we need to make a decision; do

all went as a group to go see the musical Carousel at

friends. He had auditioned for the children’s theater,

you want to move forward with this?” And David got

Sullins College, and that was our first date.

he played one of the ghosts in A Christmas Carol,

up, said he wanted to use the restroom, and when

and our friendship grew from there. I just love his

he came back down he asked me to marry him! And

David: One day, Frank and Cathy DeCaterina came

talent. In the show, Renard the Fox, we were able to

I said, “Yes, I think so!” Because I’m very traditional,

to see Damn Yankees and later called to offer me the

really work opposite of one another. We have been

and I wanted to make it official. I can honestly say

role of the Artful Dodger in Oliver at Bristol Children’s

friends now for 40 years and done so much work

that I never looked back from the moment I saw

Theater. This was a big, big musical. It was a thrill for

together.

him. I knew this is where my life was. It’s been just

me, a tremendous experience; it made me feel like I

an incredible life of 35 years together, but it���s all about the adventure of married life- our life together,

the door opener for the Bristol Children’s Theatre,

When did you and Patty decide to get married?

and for the next seven years after that, I did as many

David: So after seven years at the Bristol Children’s

goes on. Our son, Lee is in Colorado and works as

as three shows a year for the children’s theater while

Theatre, during the seventh year of working auto

a salesman in the Denver area, with his wife, and

I was also working in an auto parts store as a counter

parts, Patty came back from Northern Virginia after

our first grandchild, Lila. And Lindsay, our daughter,

man or a delivery guy. I would take all of my vacation

leaving since graduation.

has chosen to be a professional modern dancer and

wanted to leave immediately for New York! That was

every year to do a show. The next year, the next

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our children; now we have a grandchild, and it just

photographer in Philadelphia. She was on America’s

season after Oliver, Cathy did A Christmas Carol and

Patty: I came back for the alumni weekend, but it

Got Talent 2012, and was the magician’s assistant

cast me as Ebenezer Scrooge, and still today, I do

had been a year since David and I had talked. David

for Michael Grasso; and she toured 26 cities with

a one-man show as Ebenezer Scrooge. There was

had always been in my mind, and we’d had such a

America’s Got Talent. And our other daughter’s name

a time where I would be rehearsing a show for the

wonderful friendship and relationship, where there

is Liz, and she and her husband, Kurtis, live and work


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David: I worked for just a short time longer in the auto parts industry when we

So how did the character of Barney Fife come into your life?

got married in 1977. I got a short-lived offer from Southern Motors, and less than a

Tim White, who is famous for his association with bluegrass music, contacted

year later, I got a phone call from Cathy again, the founder of Theatre Bristol. She

me after he had seen a commercial Rick and I had done for a local photography

said she had just gotten a grant and wanted to hire me as their artistic director. We

retailer as the characters of Andy Griffith and Barney Fife. He was hosting The

took it. That first season I was Artistic Director, we changed the name to Theatre

Darling Boys from The Andy Griffith Show to do a concert, and he wanted me to

Bristol, we added four adult shows that year, and a touring theatre. We pursued a

emcee the show as the deputy. I said I would try to get a khaki deputy costume

state program called CETA, a government employment program to give someone

and I put something together and I went and did it, and ended up really enjoyed

an opportunity to work in a new field, and we had all these new and different kinds

it. I met the Darling Boys: Doug Dillard, Rodney Dillard, Dean Webb and Mitch

of people working with us. We did Our Town and Oklahoma, and I directed six

Jayne; they all treated me as a professional. But the audience’s reaction to me

of those nine shows and performed in most of them. And we added a school of

was absolutely amazing, truly life-altering. Not long after that, I took the job as the

theater arts that year, as well. Patty volunteered and taught, and Rick and I taught

Executive Director at the Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama in 1990.

improvisational class. We were just doing theater- doing whatever was needed, and it was just glorious for awhile. After four seasons there, keeping it all going

I started scheduling myself at churches and civic clubs from Elizabethton to

really took a toll on me, as I was trying to cover too many bases, so I left.

Greenville, and all over Roanoke, and I would wear the costume as the deputy, and go and do a little ten-minute program to make a pitch for the outdoor drama.

At that time, Patty was a teacher at Tennessee High, so it was a nice partnership

I was there for four seasons, and the second season I was there, I increased the

because she had the teaching certification in Tennessee. Rick McVey and I

attendance by 130%. I really enjoyed the work at the Trail of the Lonesome Pine.

decided to create the Empire Touring Theatre on our own. We did a children’s show which Rick wrote, called The Learning Box, which was a two-man, 45-minute

That also prompted the people at the Lonesome Pine Raceway to start using

comedy educational routine, and was the

me with a Mayberry squad car at the races

only play endorsed by the Virginia Education

and by this time, right after I had left Theatre

Association. We performed it 115 times the first

Bristol, Patty was a program director running the

year. It was based on the idea you have to fill your

YMCA child care, school-age, and after-school

mind, or your “learning box,” and you can’t take

programs, so we had retirement and insurance.

anything out of it unless you put something in. Rick played a doctor, a carpenter, an actor, and a

Patty: So that was a nice thing that provided us

teacher, and showed how each profession really

an opportunity as a couple for David to move in

used reading, math, and in the show, he finally

this direction.

presents me with a small box I could fill up with my own learning. The teachers loved it and it was

David: I had emceed the show for the Darlings

a beautiful piece.

in 1989. In 1991, Jim Clark from Nashville, who is one of the founders of The Andy Griffith

That year, we also did A Christmas Carol. He was Dickens and all the other

Show Rerun Watchers Club, called me up, and said they were having a Mayberry

characters, and I was Scrooge. We also performed “Preserve, Protect, and

reunion in Nashville at the old Opry theme park and would I like to come and

Defend” about Lincoln and Roosevelt for middle and high schools. So we had

mingle in the crowd. Don Knotts was going to be there, Otis, Charlene, the

a very active theatre right off the bat, and we wanted to be smart about it. We

Darling Boys, Thelma Lou… So I went, and at the reunion, they gave everyone

wanted to have legitimate business meetings with the schools, and it was pretty

in line a picnic lunch while they were waiting to get a signed autograph from the

successful. The following year, Rick had other commitments and I couldn’t hire

celebrities, and I thought the best use of my time was to just start horsing around

another actor, so we didn’t continue with it after that.

with them, you know, in character, making sure they were in a straight line, and TNN network was there, videotaping me. The second day in between shows, Don

Soon after Empire Touring Theatre came to its end, I got a phone call from some

Knott’s wife, Frances, come up to me and said Don wanted to talk to me. I thought

friends who were working at the mall here in Bristol who wanted me to emcee a

to myself, “Well, it was fun while it lasted.” But it was a pleasant surprise when he

fashion show. Well, the night of the fashion show, a severe storm came through

said, “You’re doing a great job out there.” At the time, Don Knotts was doing “Don

Bristol and knocked the mall’s power out just as we started, and so I got a

Knotts: An Evening with Me,” a one-man show, in which Don did not play the role

flashlight and went onstage, because we had three to four hundred people sitting

of Barney Fife, because he chose not to do it in front of a live audience. Well, he

in the dark. I told stories and basically entertained them, and the next day, I got a

asked me to open for him as the deputy, but I’d need to have about 30 minutes of

phone call from the mall manager. They offered me the marketing director job with

material, and we agreed that I would work on it. And I left on cloud nine.

a salary! So that’s how I became the Marketing Director of Bristol Mall from 1983-

Time went by and I kept doing the outdoor drama, and one of the civic groups

86. The mall ownership changed after that, and they put me on the road with three

wanted to bring in Don for a fundraiser. So when I called up Don’s manager, he

locations in Roanoke and three in Kingsport, and I didn’t like being on the road for

said, “Where have you been, we’ve been waiting to hear from you!” I told him I

business all the time.

was ready, and don’t you know, my name was on the same contract with Don

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VIP Profile Knotts. The show was at Milligan College for 1100 people. I did my 30 minutes in

Patty: My heart is up there when he’s doing it as well. We’re in it together, as

front of the stage to introduce this icon, and all 1100 got on their feet when Don

partners. He’s been marvelous about allowing that partnership to thrive, too

walked onstage. Later he told me, “I’m used to seeing them all stand up at the

and that isn’t always the case with entertainers. I’ve been working full time with

end, but a standing ovation at the beginning feels good.”

David with this character for the last 13 years. Fairs, festivals, nonprofit, corporate events, formal, informal, picnic, theater… this character fits anywhere. It’s

So that was the beginning of you opening for Mr. Knotts on his tour?

improvisational acting- his show today is like a Broadway show, especially with

We ended up doing the next 11 years after that, about 20-25 shows together, at

wall.

one of the things he does, he comes in and out of character, he breaks that fourth

all kinds of different venues, like Spirit Square in Charlotte, the opera house in Cincinnati, and three shows at Opryland in the Tennessee Ballroom, and boy,

David: The Andy Griffith Show has been on the air for 52 years straight. There

you go out on that stage, with the microphones with WSM on there, there’s a lot

are a lot of people, especially in this region, that truly love The Andy Griffith Show.

of prestige there. To be standing there with my hand on Don’s shoulder… that’s

If I’m in character all the time, then I am not giving them an opportunity to share

pretty neat.

with me their love for the show. So I go in and out of character, so they can talk to me about this episode or that, and I’m getting to a point of almost doing it 20 years, even in my stand-up performance, there is an ability to do that easily and let the audience share their feelings. Recently, it’s started to dawn on me that the audience enjoys that.

Any specific performances that stick out to you? David: I was putting on my costume and my clip-on tie, on the morning of 9/11 in Spencer, Iowa. The planes hit and I called the director up for the Clay County Fair, and asked if he still wanted me to come in. He said, “David, you’ve got about 2000 senior citizens waiting for you here.” And so I worked that day- and there are moments when things are sent your way for a reason- but this character carried those seniors through that day, and me, too. But when I think about that, I could give you a litany of experiences like that with 150 engagements a year, full-time for

What do you think it is about this character that people connect to?

over 20 years, in 35 states, for over 5 million people.

David: I used to tell people that when I’m in that costume, I have very limited

Patty: There is magic that happens with an audience…

call for hesitation. I’m a conversation starter when I’m in character. I think people want that. We humans have a tendency to be a little bit stand-offish, and I think

David: In the end, going back to the community theatre days, the greatest joy I

this character opens people up. I see it over and over and over again when I

ever had as someone who worked in the arts, was taking a group of community

walk into the room. You know, I’m taller than Don Knotts, heavier than Don Knotts

people who really may not have any training in theatre, (because I don’t), and to

was, I don’t really look exactly like him, but you put that uniform on, and you go into

work with them and put up a play that they are proud of. That’s really the joy I get.

character, and you see people smiling… you see them lighten up, and I think that’s

I have led the young men who have joined this group of fellas to do the rest of the

good. We need that in life.

Mayberry characters to do a full-stage show, and none of them are professional performers, they just didn’t know they could do it, and now they feel comfortable.

Patty: It has become a good, clean, fun option for people. The Andy Griffith Show

That is the message of the arts… it’s all about sharing. I love to perform because

and the Mayberry concept is really about the softness of the heart. There’s not a lot

you’re sharing something- you are passing something along.

of shows these days that are talking about the softening of the heart, and this kind of experience is always meant to be kind and loving.

Thank you both, David and Patty, for sharing your love of the arts and preserving a treasured piece of Americana for all of us.

David: You know, I just did a program at Fort Benning in Georgia, for the Wounded Warrior Program. I had a 23-year-old soldier who had been to Afghanistan and done two tours in Iraq and he came up to me after my show and said, “You’ve helped me find my soft spot again.” And I took pictures for a good hour afterwards with those soldiers, and I don’t know who got more out of that-- them, or me. You get to a point where all your experiences lend themselves with sharing your story with others to know that they can work through, to know they can persevere, hopefully as an inspirational story. If you’re an artist, you’re an artist for the rest of your life.

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Blakley Mitchell 10th Annual Trunk Show

Hugh Testerman Jr., Justin Booher, Hugh Testerman and Jack Ford

Rob Simis

Dean Tillisson and Hugh Testerman

Hugh Testerman Jr., Jack Ford and Steve Hopper

On October 10 and 11 Blakley Mitchell held their 10th Annual Trunk Show. The show featured representatives from Allen Edmonds, Overton, Hart Schaffner Marx, and Bruno Piattelli. This event was a great way to kick off the fall season with all the latest styles for men. The show featured shoes, custom suits, sports coats and slacks, semi-custom shirts, Berle and Charleston khaki slacks, and neck wear. Blakley Mitchell has been dressing businessmen for success for over 80 years. They are known for their friendly, helpful staff and are happy to fit anyone in need of suits, dress shirts, hats, shoes, sportswear, outerwear, and formal attire. The Downtown Bristol location held their trunk show on October 10 and the Downtown Kingsport was held October 11. The event was a huge success. Blakley Mitchell is owned and operated by Hugh Testerman in Bristol and Bill Testerman in Kingsport. Photography by: April Taylor | Story by: April Taylor

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Darlene and Bernie Buckles

Frank Leonard

Whitney Taylor and Bill Testerman

Jim and Sherry Spain

Barbara Gillen and Hugh Jr.

Justin Booher and Clyde Kiser

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Music Profile CATFISH: I’m just a guy that loves blues music, playing the harmonica, and being part of a good time. VIPSEEN: First off, I have to ask about the name. Why Catfish Frye? CATFISH: Well, my last name is Frye and when Jason Lloyd of Ivy Road nicknamed me Catfish, it kind of stuck. It does have a bluesy sound and people seem to like it. VIPSEEN: I’ve noticed all of the band’s flyers carry the phrase “Blues From the Gut”? CATFISH: That is the way we play it. With most music you have the words, notes, instruments, etc, but with blues, the element of emotion is the biggest part. We don’t try to sound like anyone but ourselves and we play how we feel. We let the blues “take hold” and it just comes out. VIPSEEN: I have to ask... how does a harmonica player that does not sing, end up fronting a band? CATFISH: I played in a couple of bands that were great, but I wasn’t able to play the blues the way I want to... from the gut, of course. Life is too short to worry about sounding like someone else or like the original record. I set out to put a great band around me that “gets” what the blues is about. I had to find some great singers too. Catfish can’t sing. VIPSEEN: Tell me about your band.

VIPSEEN: What’s on your resume’? CATFISH: Well, I just started playing about 6 years ago and went crazy. You can say I am a student of youtube. I learned a lot on the net, but I also made a few trips down to the delta to get some mojo and learn from the best bluesmen in the world. I’ve been lucky enough to play at Rooster’s Blues House in Oxford, Red’s Juke, and Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale. All in Mississippi. VIPSEEN: Wow, that had to be a thrill. Any local musicians help you along your road to the blues and having your own band? CATFISH: I’m glad you asked. Four fantastic bands in the area always invited me up on stage if I was in the audience. You might say they helped me get my feet wet. I will never be able to repay the kindness shown to me by the Benny Wilson Band, Ivy Road, The Nomadz, and Driving Miss Crazy.

CATFISH: That is Aaron Faust on drums. He is one of the most sought-after musicians in the region. He sits in with several bands, but I am proud to say he considers Catfish Frye Band his main band. Not just any drummer can play the blues. Aaron gets it. He is gaining notoriety for his singing as well. VIPSEEN: Quite the line-up. CATFISH: Oh yes, the guys are great friends and my brothers in the blues. VIPSEEN: And they all sing? CATFISH: Yep! And they all add something unique and special. No egos with these guys. They just come with the blues. VIPSEEN: I’ve noticed you like to bring up special guests. CATFISH: I do at times. I’m lucky to have friends who enjoy singing the blues on occasion. Kat Rush has been fantastic. Brother Randy Broyles is always a crowd pleaser. Alan Newton, Tyler Zimmerman, and Beth Snapp have also sang with CFB. VIPSEEN: Tell me about Catfish.

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CATFISH: Well, ideally each song will create some type of emotion in everyone that hears it. It is flattering when people tell us our music makes them happy. VIPSEEN: What artists do you guys cover?

CATFISH: I have been so fortunate to be a guest player several times. I’ve played with Charlotte blues guy Matt Walsh, Nashville best guitarist and blues award-winner Bart Walker,

CATFISH: Stevie, James Cotton, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Eric Clapton, The Doors, Santana, CCR, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, Georgia Satellites, Delbert McClinton, Robert Cray, and several more. VIPSEEN: That is a very diverse group. Which one do you sound most like? CATFISH: None. We don’t insult great musicians by trying to sound like they do. We pay tribute by playing their songs based on how they make us feel. We respect the blues legends. VIPSEEN: You guys seem to use dynamics a lot in your music. Backing off, then building up... creating excitement. CATFISH: Yes! Tension and release is an important part of blues music. Again, it is about creating an emotional response. You want the audience to “feel” what the band is playing. Not just hear it.

VIPSEEN: Great resume’. Who else?

VIPSEEN: Who is the guy beating the skins?

VIPSEEN: I’ve heard your music described as fun, exciting, energetic, even sexy.

VIPSEEN: Wow, lucky you. Have you played with any full-time touring blues musicians?

CATFISH: The mojo was with me when I found these guys. They all sing and are superb instrumentalists. Most importantly, they all love and FEEL the blues. My guitarist Adam Graybeal grew up in music. The Graybeal family has several fine musicians and Adam’s dad Jim founded the Nomadz Band. It was in his blood from day one. Adam got his seasoning playing on cruise ships all over the Carribbean under the guidance of Ted Murdock who was bandleader for Ray Charles Orchestra.

CATFISH: I’ve got Will Dowell on bass. He just graduated from Atlanta Institute of Music with a degree in bass. He sings a lot of our old-school blues and does an outstanding job. He is a fine young man that will no doubt front his own band someday.

upbeat stuff that people love to dance to. Our slow blues is great for dancing as well. Some people call it “grindin” music... lol.

and most recently Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues. VIPSEEN: I’m familiar with Mac. He played with all the greats.

VIPSEEN: There is that word “feel” again. You really want people to take something away from a Catfish Frye Band show.

CATFISH: Yes, the man has some stories to tell. He had his gas can guitar at Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots recently. He and I ended up playing on the streets to promote his shows. I felt like I was in heaven. Big fun.

CATFISH: Yes, I do. If you can’t feel the blues, then you need to be somewhere else. Mac Arnold and I discussed this. If you can’t feel the blues, then you might be missing a part... lol.

VIPSEEN: Can you name the person that had the biggest impact on you musically?

VIPSEEN: Thanks, Catfish! Best wishes to you and your band and we look forward to the next show. Any info for anyone that might want to experience the blues from Catfish Frye Band?

CATFISH: Easy. Stevie Ray Vaughan. I saw a replay of his show on Austin City Limits and went straight and bought the DVD. He closed his eyes and released his soul to the world when he played the blues. He played the same way for 50 or 50,000. I still watch it once in a while and the chill bumps pop up everytime.

CATFISH: If you want to get your “feel good” on, come check us out. I post flyers on the Catfish Frye Band facebook page. We are available for private parties and any event where a good time is in order. Call at 423-502-9754 and email at catfishfrye@gmail.com. Love to hear from you.

VIPSEEN: I never would have thought a harmonica player as your biggest influence? CATFISH: My playing is influenced by Jason Ricci and James Cotton, but Stevie was the first to make me realize what blues music is all about. His feel and passion are unsurpassed. He would truly get lost in the blues. VIPSEEN: I’ve been to a couple of your shows and noticed that people seem to be dancing from the first song. I thought blues was more laid-back, sad music? CATFISH: Big misconception about the blues. It comes in all speeds like any genre. Actually, most of what we do is

VIPSEEN: Thanks, Catfish! CATFISH: Thank you, man, and long live the blues!


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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Main Art Center

Glamorous & Ghoulish 12th Annual Evening with the Arts The glamorous and ghoulish stepped out for an evening of skin-crawling fun at the 12th Annual Evening With The Arts sponsored by the Downtown Kingsport Association Foundation and The Main Art Center recently. Attendees were dying to get out for a night of entertainment, delicious concoctions and mingling with many artists that displayed their talents for viewing and purchase. The event featured food and beverages from B & J Chaiba Bloomer and Lisa Childress

Catering and Biggie’s restaurant with B & J arranging an

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impressive array of noshables to feast not only your eyes, but our appetites as well. The desserts, which included a chocolate fountain, were spotlighted in yet another room of deliciousness. The evening included entertainment and décor that was tastefully and beautifully done. The decor and food displays were pieces of art but the artist’s renditions on canvas and wood were breathtaking and a treat for all whom set their eyes on them. The evening was also one Martha Painter

of soothing music that included musician Mark Larkins and

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harpist Martha Painter. The night had a fabulous turn out from artists and art aficionados alike and is an event well worth the time to share. Director for The Main Art Center, Lisa Childress who expressed much gratitude to all the wonderful sponsors whom made the evening a success. For more information regarding how to get involved or to be on the list to attend next year’s event, please call The Main Art Center at 423. 392.1150 or visit their website at MAINARTCENTER1@EMBARQMAIL.COM.

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SEEN IN JOHNSON CITY | Johnson City Country Club

Serving Aces for Special Spaces

Tennis Tournament

Men’s winners Grant Taylor and Mike Keith

Ladies’ winners Susan Lance and Kristina Willis

Ladies’ winners Theresa Boyd and Emily Caveney

Men’s winners Anthony Jones and Robert White

Special Spaces Tri-Cities held a tennis tournament fundraiser at the Johnson City Country Club on October 1, 2012. In spite of the very rainy conditions that limited play to the indoor courts, the tournament was a tremendous success, raising enough money to provide a dream bedroom for a very special child. Special Spaces focuses on making a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses by designing and creating beautiful and functional dream bedrooms. Tennis Ball cupcakes by Jennifer Leonard and Sugar Rush

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Local tennis player Dusty Woodard was instrumental in the success of this tournament, organizing the event from start to finish. Although Larry Grogan and his therapy dog Scrappy Johnson City Country Club is closed on Mondays, JCCC tennis pro Pete Zannis and Chef Greg Saunders and his staff worked tirelessly on their day off to help ensure that everyone had a great day. Zannis coordinated the player line up, and Chef Greg served a delicious luncheon for the ladies and casual dinner for the men. Special Spaces Tri-Cities’ Co-Directors Tamara Marshall and Krista Wharton are very thankful for the support and efforts of many individuals and businesses throughout the community who came together to support the organization. Due to the popularity and success of the tournament, there are plans to make it an annual event. For more information about Special Spaces, please contact Tamara at 423.483.8344 (tamara@specialspaces.org) or Krista at 865.748.3445 (Krista@specialspaces.org). Please visit them on Facebook (Special Spaces Tri-Cities) or their website: www.specialspacestricities.org. Photography Submitted | Story Submitted

Tennis ball wreath made by Liz Bushong

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

Northeast State Foundation Because of You Campaign

Northeast State’s Because of You campaign was a weeklong James Peavey, Nick Haman, and Levi Hardin

fundraising event that ended October 1. The campaign raised more

Christine Webb and Ann O’ Brien

than $146,000 for new and existing scholarships almost tripling last year’s campaign. The Northeast State Foundation orchestrated the campaign that included more than 20 groups and organizations hosting various fundraisers such as a mum sale, 5k road race, chili cook-off, a benefit concert by the Spirit of Soul, and many more. Events were located at Northeast State’s campuses in Blountville and Kingsport. The top three fundraising groups were the Honors Program, the Nursing Program, and the Choral Program. The Honors Program David & Yvonne Raden and Bob Feagins

received an additional $5,000 from the Foundation, while Nursing received $3,000, and Choral gained $2,000. Citizens Bank and J. Allen Hurley, president of Vision, LLC each contributed $3000 to the campaign. Every full-time faculty and staff member also contributed to the campaign. This year’s campaign featured the social media component, Facebook to help raise funds. One of the new scholarships created by the Foundation is the Elizabeth J. Shupe Endowed Scholarship for single-parent students at Northeast State. Shupe was widowed while raising her youngest

Dana Wolfe and Deena Rohloff

son, going to nursing school, and working numerous jobs. Due to the

Melissa Ramsey, Jessica Kelso, and Larry Nelson

struggles of single parenting she wanted to help other single-parent nursing students succeed by creating an endowed scholarship. As part of the Because of You Campaign, the Foundation held a book signing for Shupe’s memoir, A Sentimental Journey to raise funds for the scholarship. For more information, visit www.northeaststate.edu. Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story by: Rita Dykes

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3803.,1&581&+3,( from Amber Barrack

1 box yellow cake mix 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin purée 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans 1 cup butter, melted Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom of 9 x 13 pan. Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour mixture into greased pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin mixture and top with pecans. Drizzle melted butter over pecans. Bake 50-55 minutes.

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2 packages frozen broccoli ½ cup of mayonnaise 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 egg 2 cups cheddar cheese (divided) Cheez-IT Crackers – finely crumbled Cook the broccoli and drain well. While broccoli cooks, mix mayonnaise, soup, egg, and ½ cup of each of the cheeses in a round casserole dish. Give broccoli about five minutes to cool before adding to the creamy mixture. Cover with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Top with crumbled crackers and dot with several pats of butter. Cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the top generously with black pepper. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until top is golden brown and casserole is bubbly.

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1 (15.6-oz.) pkg. Pillsbury® Cranberry Quick Bread & Muffin Mix 3/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats 1/2 cup coconut 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel 1/2 cup oil 1 tablespoon water 2 eggs Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, combine quick bread mix, oats, coconut, cranberries and orange peel; mix well. Add oil, water and eggs; mix well. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350°F. for 10 to 13 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.

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1 lb. Italian Sausage 1 cup chopped onion 2 cloves garlic chopped & minced 5 cups beef broth ½ cup dry red wine 1 lg. can diced tomatoes 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce 1 C. thinly sliced carrots 1 t. dried oregano (3t. fresh) 1 t. dried basil (3t. fresh) 1 bell pepper chopped 1 pkg. frozen spinach (10oz. chopped) 8 oz. parsley Tortellini (box) Parm. Cheese(or other) Remove casing from sausage and brown in 5 qt. dutch oven over medium heat. Remove sausage & reserve 1 T. drippings and brown onion and garlic in drippings until tender. Add sausage, broth, wine, tomatoes, tomato sauce, carrots, oregano & basil. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Skim any fat and stir in spinach, parsley, bell pepper, and tortellini. Cover and simmer 20 –25 minutes until pasta is tender. (I put browned sausage on paper towels to get rid of all grease. Also, I added water to thin a little just to your taste. I used a mixed tortellini.)

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9 lasagna noodles- white or whole grain 1 ½ pound ground sirloin/chuck 1 jar Ragu sauce 8 ounce cream cheese at room temp 1 1/3 cup sour cream 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese Pre heat oven 350 degrees. Brown and drain your meat, add sauce. Cook noodles and drain, pour cool water over noodles. Mix cream cheese and sour cream together. Layer in a sprayed 9x13 dish: 3 noodles, 1/3 cheese mixture, 1/3 meat mixture, 1/3 mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top. Complete 3 times. End with mozzarella cheese on top. Bake 30-35 minutes on 350 degrees. Do not brown cheese. Remove from oven and cool 20 minutes to set. Cut and serve into 12 servings or 9 large servings. Freezes well.


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1 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs 1/4 cup butter, melted 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 4 large eggs, lightly beaten 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup whole buttermilk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar 2 (1-ounce) bottles red food coloring 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup butter, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Garnish: fresh mint sprigs Stir together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Beat 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar at medium-low speed with an

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electric mixer 1 minute. Add eggs and next 6 ingredients, mixing on low speed just until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared crust. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 300°, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is firm. Run knife along outer edge of cheesecake. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Cover and chill 8 hours. Beat 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth; gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth. Spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Remove sides of springform pan. Garnish, if desired.

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1 batch simple cornbread 2 batches buttermilk biscuits 1 large onion, diced 4 tbsp fresh chopped sage 2 celery ribs, chopped fine 3-5 garlic cloves, diced 3 1/2 cups chicken broth 1 egg

Cook biscuits and cornbread two to three days before you plan to make the stuffing. Allow to cool, then crumble the breads in a large bowl to dry out. Some large chunks are fine. Mix the breads, sage, onion, celery, garlic and three cups of the broth together. Season with salt and pepper. The mix will be wet, but should still be a bit crumbly too. Stuff the neck and body cavities with as much of the stuffing as you can. Cook the bird as you normally would. For the dressing, add the rest of the broth and the egg to the remaining bread mix. Stir to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The size of the pan you need will depend on how big the bird was. You’ll want the dressing to be about an inch to an inch and a half tall in the pan, so a 2 1/2 to 3-quart casserole dish would work well for a larger bird. Make sure to grease the pan and smooth the dressing into the pan. Cook for about 45 minutes at 350. The edges should be crisp.

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2 ½ pounds sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and sliced or cubed 1 to 2 tbsp dark brown sugar 1 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ginger ½ tsp nutmeg ¼ cup maple syrup 2 tbsp butter 1/2 to 1 cup pecans, chopped 3 apples, chopped Place all ingredients in a slow cooker except for the pecans and apples. Cook for about 2 hours. Add pecans and apples, stirring ingredients. Cook for another hour or until sweet potatoes reach desired tenderness. You can cook this longer to allow the sweet potatoes to turn into mashed sweet potatoes or less time to maintain their cubed texture.


SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness 10th Anniversary

Anytime Fitness located at 1664 East Stone Drive in Kingsport celebrated its 10-year anniversary with special events on October 10. Anytime Fitness offered new members to join its gym for only $10 and gave all members the opportunity to win one of ten fantastic prizes in its Top Ten Referral Contest. Anytime Fitness is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Members have a key to access the gymâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cutting-edge strength training and cardio equipment anytime that fits into their busy lifestyles. Once you are a member, you can access one of its facilities in more than 1800 locations worldwide at no extra charge. For more information, visit www.anytimefitness.com. Photography by: Madison Perkins | Story by: Rita Dykes

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Kingsport Chamber Building

ETSU Meet the Team ETSU Athletics, TriSummit Bank, The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, and the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted the Kingsport Meet the Team Rally on October 23. The rally was held at the Kingsport Chamber building located at 400 Clinchfield Street. Chamber members and guests welcomed ETSU President, Dr. Brian Noland, Athletic Director Dave Mullins, Head Coach Murray Bartlow, players, spirit squads, and Bucky the mascot to the after-hours event. The event was filled with meet-and-greets, autographs, and delicious food catered by Divine CafĂŠ. Guests enjoyed being a part of the Rally as they offered encouragement and support to the athletes, staff, and spirit teams. For more information, visit www.etsubucs.com. Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story by: Lynda Fontaine

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Rotherwood Mansion

Rhythm on the River

at Rotherwood Mansion

Kingsport Tomorrow hosted Rhythm on the River at Rotherwood Mansion on Saturday, September 29. Friends and colleagues enjoyed fabulous food, wine, and fellowship while being entertained by Brad Blackwell. The marvelous event was a success due to local businesses contributing in many aspects. Kingsport Tomorrow is extremely grateful to First Tennessee Bank, Southeast Culinary College, Fantasy Limo, Action Rentals, First Community Bank, BAE Systems, Reedy Creek Vineyards, and VIPSEEN Magazine. There were many other businesses locally that donated auction items making this a fun-filled evening. A special thank you to Diamond Exchange for its generous donation of 50 pairs of earrings for the auction. The ambience and history of Rotherwood Mansion truly set the tone for the evening as guests enjoyed the beautiful mansion. Money raised at the event allowed local residents to contribute to their community by equipping Kingsport Tomorrow with funding to continue participating in projects such as the Veterans Memorial, Corporate Closet, and many more. For more information about Kingsport Tomorrow, visit www.kingsporttomorrow.org. Photography by: Holly McBride | Story by: Holly McBride

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Cement Hill

0XG5XQ Over 400 people got down and dirty at the Toys for Tots Mud, Sweat, & Cheers Mud Runs on Saturday, September 22 in Kingsport, TN. The kids got things started with a 12-andunder Kids Mud Mile, and then the adults got into the action with a 5K Mud Run. The course wound through the General Shale property with obstacles along the way with a rowdy finish complete with blaring music and a splash in the famous mud pit just before the finish line. The event was managed through a cooperative effort of the Marine Corp League, We Run Events, and Eastman Health and Wellness with special thanks to General Shale. After the Mud Run, participants cleaned up courtesy of the Kingsport Fire Department and then stayed for Kingsportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oktoberfest festival. Net proceeds went to the Marine Corp Toys For Tots program. Sponsors were Host Engineering, Borla, General Shale, Domtar, and Master Sergeant John Hicks.

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SEEN IN BRISTOL | Bill Gatton Chevrolet-Cadillac

Bill Gatton Ribbon Cutting

The Bristol Chamber of Commerce held an after hours and renovation celebration at Bill Gatton Chevrolet-Cadillac on October 11. Guests enjoyed an evening of networking and touring the newly renovated showroom. The showroom at Bill Gatton Chevrolet-Cadillac featured a spectacular replica of the iconic Bristol welcome sign that is located in downtown Bristol. A ribbon-cutting ceremony also held by the Bristol Chamber headlined the events of the evening. Bill Gatton Chevrolet-Cadillac, conveniently located at 1000 West State Street, has been in business since 1967 and was awarded the Best New Car Dealer award by the 2010 Johnson City Pressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice Awards. For more information, stop by the showroom or visit www.billgatton.com. Photography by: Angela Striligas | Story by: Rita Dykes

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The Paramount Center for the Arts Foundation in Bristol held a Tuscan style event, Puttin’ on the Ritz... Italia. The event was a fundraiser to benefit Bristol’s crown jewel of the arts: The Paramount Center. Puttin on the Ritz… Italia featured The Singing Chef, Andy LoRusso. The Singing Chef is the author of the best-selling cookbook, Sing & Cook Italian. The recording artist and celebrity chef is truly a one-of-akind phenomenon. Thousands for all over the world have raved over the fun-filled shows and magnificent meals of Chef LoRusso. The event began with local talents Tommy Curtin, Cameron Lugo, and Rex Ward providing the amazing pre-dinner entertainment. Following the pre-dinner entertainment, guests had a fantastic time as the chef put on an incredible show by preparing an outstanding meal as he sang his way through the courses. The four-course dining event took guests through an amazing, authentic Italian experience. Silent and live auctions with magnificent items featured by area businesses rounded out the evening’s events. The Paramount Center, constructed in 1931, was restored in 1991 to the gorgeous venue that it is today. The interior is filled with Venetian-style murals that help the art deco ambience remain with phenomenal 1930’s charm. As the area’s top performing venue, the Center continues to bring the gift of the arts to the Tri-Cities. For more information, visit www.theparamountcenter.com.

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | The Club at Ridgefields

Kresge’s Krew Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Kresge’s Krew held its fourth-annual Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament at The Club at Ridgefields on September 9. PGA Tour pro golfers made their way to Kingsport to play for the charities of Pinnacle Ranch, Small Miracles, Mountaineer Music Therapy, Breakthrough Foundation, Autism Society of East Tennessee, and Appalachian Behavior Services. The tournament was a magnificent experience for amateur golfers as each team consisted of one pro and 4 amateur golfers. Pros participating in this year’s tournament were Art Sellinger, Phillip Pettitt, Kyle Thompson, Will Wilcox, Craig Perks, Wes Roach, Matt Bettencourt, Scott Brown, Tommy Gainey, Jeff Corr, Robert Gamez, and tournament founder, Cliff Kresge. Clif and Judy Kresge formed Kresge’s Krew Foundation with the desire to raise autism awareness. Cliff’s son, Mason, suffers from autism and is the inspiration that prompted the Kresges to form the Foundation. Kresge’s Krew Foundation takes positive action in assisting with the financial needs of those affected by autism. Hundreds of thousands of dollars raised from the Pro-Am weekends during the past four years enabled the foundation to help many people. The Foundation assists individuals along with local, regional, and national Autism Associations. Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old with one in less than 100 children diagnosed with autism. For more information, visit www.kresgeskrew.org.

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SEEN IN JOHNSON CITY | The Castle

Cars at the Castle On September 29, more than 100 exotic and rare cars from all over the world were center stage at the “Castle” in Johnson City. The Cars at the Castle event hosted by Wayne Thacker, owner of the Castle, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. Bentley High Point sponsored the spectacular car show that featured cars from McLaren, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Wayne Thacker’s personal collection, and many more. Panera Bread hosted the VIP on the Dock event during the car show for sponsors and exotic car owners. A beautiful illuminated tent served as the dining room for the lavish dinner prepared by Levy Restaurants. The soft array of the lights on the beautiful grounds set the tone for the elegant dinner served to more than 150 guests. Champion Chevrolet sponsored the dinner and Reedy Creek Vineyards provided the wine for the event. Silent and live auctions featured a Challenger car lift, an extraordinary racing experience provided by Rezoom Motorsports, a trip to St. Petersburg, and much more. Cars at the Castle, an event to raise funds for the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children Charities, raised over $43,000 for the children of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities was founded by Bruton Smith who serves as the chairman of the board of Speedway Motorsports Inc. Mr. Smith founded the organization in 1996 for the sole purpose of helping children. There is a chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities at each of Speedway Motorsports’ six facilities. A nonprofit organization, Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities is governed by a board of local trustees whose sole purpose is to distribute the funds raised each year to qualified local children’s-based 501(c)(3) organizations. For more information, visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com. Phil Bachman and Martha Bachman

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business education and earned an MBA from East Tennessee State University in 1984. With college teaching and family run small business as back ground, Scott has been While at ETSU, Scott served as a Graduate assistant to the Bureau of Business

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and Economic Research and the Chair of Banking which began his banking

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career in Bristol TN-VA. He accepted a Management Internship in Bristol with the

United Way, Industrial Development Board, and the Noon Rotary Club, and currently

Bank of Virginia in 1985. Over a six year period, he progressed to Assistant Vice

serves on the Bristol Tennessee Essential Services Board which provides electricity,

President of Commercial Lending. C & S Sovran tapped him for a two year stint

cable, internet, and phone service to the Bristol community.

as City Executive in Bristol before First American National Bank hired him as Bristol City President in 1992. During his seven year tenure with First American, Scott

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SEEN IN SURGOINSVILLE | Techni-Glass

The Murphy Family

Techni-Glass Inc., located in the Phipps Bend Industrial Park in Surgoinsville, hosted a picnic for its employees to celebrate its 15th Anniversary on September 22. The celebration was an enormous success with over 200 attendees. Everyone enjoyed delicious food and live musical entertainment. The band, No Category, made up of Techni-Glass employees provided the entertainment. Employees were encouraged to bring their families to join in the festivities. Games were available for the children while the adults participated in several door prize drawings. Techni-Glass is a fabricator of flat glass tempered products that are shipped across the nation, Canada, and Mexico. The company produces glass products for some 30 industries including; appliance, wood doors, commercial lighting, aquariums, sporting equipment, sport arenas, retail display systems, shower doors, insulated cooler doors, garage doors, hotel furniture, and many more. Pat Murphy, president and CEO along with five other employees including his wife Charlene and son Jonathan, Kevin Lipe, and Bill Gibson began Techni-Glass in 1997. The company began in a 15,000 square foot building and has grown into 70,000 square foot facility with 70 employees. In 2003, Techni-Glass was listed in the INC 500 magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies with an outstanding ranking of 293. For more information, visit www.techni-glassinc.com. Photography by: Lynda Fontaine |

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Warriors’ Path State Park

2012 Tri-Cities Walk to Defeat ALS

The 2012 Tri-Cities Walk to Defeat ALS was held at Warriors’ Path State Park on October 13. Many walkers came out to support the fantastic cause. Funds raised for the Walk continue to support the ALS Association Tennessee Chapter in providing vital services to ALS patients and their families across East Tennessee. Phil Timp and his Walk team, Team Timp, were the honorary Walk team for this year’s event. Phil is an area executive and motivational speaker that continues to be an inspiration to the association as he selflessly raises awareness for ALS and works extremely hard at fundraising to help find a cure and provide patient services. After the Walk, walkers were treated to the musical performance of rising area music star, Brad Blackwell. The concert made a perfect ending to a great day of fundraising for the ALS Association Tennessee Chapter. The ALS Association funds vital research initiatives aimed at finding a cure for ALS. ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a debilitating neuromuscular disease. The association’s vision is simply to create a world without ALS. The ALS Association strives to make its vision into a reality through its mission of leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. For more information, visit http://webtn.alsa.org.

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SEEN IN BRISTOL | The Virginian Golf Club

Dixie Huff, Donna Anderson, Denice Smith, Betty Jo Whitman

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Pinkalicious! Beautiful women donned their pink best to gather in the pink adorned club which served a delicious lunch cuisine in lovely pink boxes that just tickled everyoneâ&#x20AC;Śwellâ&#x20AC;Ś pink! The pink occasion hosted by The Women of The Virginian raised money Carol Mcglothlin, Christa Kilgore, Donna Anderson

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for the Susan G. Komen Rally for the Cure cause. The event included golf, bridge, mah-jongg, door prizes, a silent auction and a lovely lunch. One special item in particular being auctioned off was a handmade guitar shaped in the style of the familiar pink ribbon and carved from rare pink ivory wood. The special item was crafted by Andrew Smith as a way to honor his grandmother who is a breast cancer survivor herself and was also in attendance at the event. Guests attending the function held at the Virginian Golf Club did so for women of our area who could not otherwise afford to get the necessary

Sonya Hillman & Shannon Gay

Helen Scott, Erin Downs, Brennan Rockett

treatment they need to fight this dreaded disease. Each year the Rally for the Cure event honors members who have suffered from cancer and survived, and also for those who have lost the battle. The affair was a beautifully orchestrated one, and although much needed capital was raised for a good cause; a day of fun and fellowship was enjoyed as well.

Photography by: Lynda Fontaine

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Nancy Wood, Linda Riley, Judy Wood, Sharon Penny

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Jennifer Godsey & Judy Wood

Andrea Ford & Laura Young

Barbara Morris, Ellen Haring, Peggy Carter, Becky Avirett

Ann Nairn, Lola Wells, Tina Viers, Anna Hayes

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SEEN IN JOHNSON CITY | Downtown Johnson City

Friends of Olde Downtowneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Friday Event

As with every first Friday of the month, Friends of Olde Downtowne presented its First Friday event on October 5 from 6 to 10pm in Downtown Johnson City. The streets were closed to traffic as downtown restaurants, pubs, and merchants welcomed everyone with special promotions. Music filled the air in Majestic Park as John Suits, The Aaron Jackson Band, and The Whiskey Sticks preformed. Donations were made by many for the benefit and needs awareness of the flood-devastated Buffalo Mountain Camp. The Johnson City Arts Council entertained the kids with a spectacular Halloween Street event. Children were invited to wear their Halloween costumes, decorate masks, create mystical animals, and listen to enchanted tales. Nelson Fine Art Studio featured an impressive body art exhibit. Artists used paint to transform their models into head-to-toe and front-to-back works of art. For more information on First Friday events, visit downtownjc.org.

Photography by: Kirsten Hall | Story by: Kirsten Hall

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When only the best will do! Caroline's has many gift options for you this holiday season. Come in today and see our vast selection of faux fur styles to keep you warm this holiday season. 132 W. Center Street Kingsport, TN 423.245.8226

The perfect holiday gift from the Michael Golan collection available at The Jewel Box in Downtown Bristol. 523 State Street Bristol, VA 276.669.1136

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | MeadowView Convention Center

The Junior League of Kingsport’s

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Carol Jackson, Phyllis Hill & Nancy Tate

Sharon Duncan & Lindsey Ray (President & President Elect)

The Junior League of Kingsport held its Holiday Market event at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center on October 11 – 13. The Holiday Market is the primary fundraising event for The Junior League. The Market supports many charitable community projects that benefit the women and children of the Tri-Cities. Joyce Brogden & Kim Pruitt

Nancy Tate & Carol Guest

Stefanie Cooley & Ashley Hobbs

Shopping at the Holiday Market was a fantastic experience. Vendors featured everything from fine art, clothing, jewelry, gifts, collectables, to home decor and gourmet foods. Many came out to support the Junior League during the magnificent three-day event of shopping while supporting a great cause. The Junior League of Kingsport’s mission and vision are one and the same; it is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Kingsport actively gives back to the community through a variety of projects. Whether it is working to pack backpacks for children in need or teaching at its preschool to children undergoing cancer treatments, JLK is making a difference in the Tri-Cities area. The Junior League is currently working in projects such as; Community Connections, Children Exceeding Expectations, Feed the Kids Backpack, Project Kids in the Kitchen, JKL Community Service Scholarship, and the Junior League of Kingsport Mini-Grants Program.

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Chelsey Lee & Leslie Ridings

Sydney Cooper & Louise Ammons

Erin Leonard & Claudia Leonard

Laura Guthrie & Jessica Grigsby

Suzanne Chiles & Cary Boggs

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SEEN IN BRISTOL

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum Construction Announcement On Thursday, October 19 the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance excitedly announced that construction would begin the 1st of November for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The former Goodpasture Motors property, located on the corners of Moore and Cumberland Streets in beautiful, historic downtown Bristol, Va., will be renovated to house the magnificent museum. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, all construction and design of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will meet the best practices criteria of the American Association of Museums under the guidance of the Smithsonian. The museum is scheduled to be completed by August 2014 just in time for the Bristol Motor Speedway’s night race and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion. The Birthplace of County Music’s board president, John Rainero stated that the Birthplace of Country Music board not only sees the museum as a great achievement for the organization, but for the region’s musical, cultural heritage. The Bristol Sessions, which Johnny Cash called the single most important event in the history of country music and its legacy, will have a home in the museum. Designers are already working with the Smithsonian on the project. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will include the rich history and future of Bristol’s country music heritage. There will be an area designed for rotating exhibits from the Smithsonian and its affiliates which will allow for new and exciting exhibits. Educational spaces will be available for students to participate in traditional music lessons. Smithsonian internships will also be available without leaving Bristol. The museum will also house a 100-seat performance theatre for lectures, seminars, and live musical recordings and broadcasts. Not only will the museum be an incredible learning experience, it will generate a significant amount of revenue for the region. For more information, visit www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org. Photography by: April Taylor | Story by: April Taylor

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VA 5th Dist. Del. Israel O’Quinn, VA 1st Dist. Del. Terry Kilgore, Leah Ross, John Rainero and TN Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.


SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Symphony of the Mountains

Symphony of the Mountains Edgar Meyer-Transformations

Edgar Meyer and Joseph Falconer

Jenny Smith and Jimmie Self

Sean Claire and Sandee Woolley

Cherylonda Fitzgerald, Edgar Meyer and Marie Cole

Reach for the Stars is the theme chosen for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Symphony of the Mountains Concert season, and not only were those stars reached, they were grasped and shared in luscious combinations of tones and notes that delighted the audience. Edgar Meyer, a foremost bass player who has been hailed to being to bass what Yo-Yo Ma is to cello, helped open the season with his gift of music in both the area of composing and performing. The concert exceeded expectations with the remarkable virtuoso and will certainly be remembered as a highlight with symphony goers. Meyer has performed and recorded with such living legends Anita DeAngelis and Ed Gerace

Jack Woolley and Cornelia Laemlli-Orth

as Bela Fleck, Yo-Yo Ma, and Mark Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor. After the last note echoed through the auditorium, many attended a reception with Meyer as the guest of honor. The room quickly filled with fans of the musician who were given an opportunity to meet and greet the man who is considered as one of the greatest, if not the greatest bass player in the world.

The SOTM season has only begun with several concerts still to look forward to. For more information on how you may get involved or to acquire tickets, please call the symphony office at (423) 3928423 or you can access their E-mail at info@symphonyofthemountains.org or look online: www. symphonyofthemountains.org to view the schedule. John and Melissa Roberts

Rose Marie Burriss and Amelia Harris

Photography by: Lynda Fontaine | Story by: Lynda Fontaine

The Woodmansees with Suzanne Kerney-Quillen and Garick Zikan

George Figueroa

Mary and Mike Tully

The Falconers and Darryl Fontaine

Phil Barringer and Teresa Lundberg

Food City Servers

Gina Caldwell and Kara Poorbaugh

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | MeadowView Convention Center

Tennessee Association of Realtors Convention

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The Tennessee Association of Realtors® (TAR) held its annual convention at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport on September 19 – 21. The convention was host to 480 real estate professionals from across the state. This was the first time the convention has been held in Northeast Tennessee. The convention’s theme “Race to Excellence” could not have been more appropriate. The convention is a mixture of events and education beginning with a preconvention social with comedian James Gregory, then to Bristol Motor Speedway for the “kick off” reception with entertainment, track laps, and hot air balloon tethered rides. The next evening everyone enjoyed entertainment and dancing on the patio with Benny Wilson. Friday morning started with an inspirational breakfast with Beth Holloway, leading up to the formal main event where Randy Thomas, was inducted as TAR’s incoming president. Thomas is the first TAR president from Northeast Tennessee since Jewell McKinney served as president in 2005. National

Sharon and Darrell Duncan

Association of Realtors’® President, Moe Veissi installed Thomas and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey installed the other incoming TAR officers. The evening came to a close with entertainment by The Catalinas. The event was more than just festivities, a full schedule of education classes where Realtors® got their continuing education credits were taught by nationally known instructors. The preparation and execution for the event took much work and planning by the TAR Convention Committee led by Chair, Sharon Duncan, along with members from our local associations. The event also served as an opportunity to showcase the area and its housing market to real estate professionals who have never visited the Tri-Cities. For more information, visit www.netartn.org. Glenn and Sue Turner Photography Submitted

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Neal and Marguerite Clayton, Randy and Beverly Thomas, Sue and Glenn Turner

Randy and Beverly Thomas, Nia and Eamon Alshie

Carol Lott, Milton Shockley, Sue Turner

Carol DeGreen, Bob Quillen, Linda Robinson

Connie Strickland, Edie Swaim, Carol Pitts, Linda Brandon

Heather and Louie Leach

Dee and Phil Bardes

Steve Harding and Lois Killebrew

Rosemarie Fair and Rick Tobey

Pug and Kyra Scoville

Tom and Marilyn Adams

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Domtar

Mud, Sweat, and Gears Cyclo-cross Series

On September 29 and 30, Kingsport Parks and Recreation and the Tri-Cities Road Club hosted the Mud, Sweat and Gears Cyclo-cross series. There were 283 cyclists from across the region that participated in the event. This kicked off the beginning of the 9th season of the MSG series, and the 8th time that Domtar Park has hosted a cyclo-cross race over the past 4 years. Cyclo-cross is a mixture of road and mountain biking. The bike looks like a road bike, but has wider, knobby tires like a mountain bike, and cantilever brakes like a mountain bike. Courses are a mixture of grass, pavement, dirt paths, gravel, sand and mud, in any combination. Courses are minimum of 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; wide, 1.6 miles long, and are closed, marked by plastic fence posts and caution tape. Each race usually has one set of artificial barriers that extend across the course, the barriers are 16â&#x20AC;? tall and require most riders to dismount, run across the barriers while carrying the bike, and then remount after crossing the barriers. Some riders are able to bunny hop the barriers. Races are 30 to 60 minutes long depending on the skill level of the racer. Categories are provided for beginners, Juniors, Masters, and Pro. The MSG event was sponsored by the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kingsport Parks and Recreation, Piney Flats Bicycles and Fitness, Hampton Trails Bike Shop, Energy Fitness and the Tri-Cities Road Club. The next MSG event that will be held at Domtar Park will be Fall of 2013. Please visit msgcross.com or contact roadclub@gmail.com for more information. Photography by: Holly McBride

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SEEN IN BRISTOL | Appalacian

Appalachain Sustainable Development Blues Plate Special A dreary night, cold and blustery… a night when one needs to warm the soul, a perfect time for a Blues Plate Special! On October 6, 2012, Friends of Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) gathered at The Cradle on 618 State Street in Bristol to nourish bodies and souls with trueblue soul food served up Eatz on Moore St and stop-in-your-tracks blues music dished out from Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues Band. Classic guitar from TK Treadwell paired well with fried chicken, cornbread, mac and cheese, collard greens and soup beans followed by blackberry cobbler, the creamiest cheesecake ever, and even more desserts concocted by Lisa and Mark Canty from Eatz on Moore St. Mac Arnold and the Plate Full of Blues Band began to jam while artist Mark Anthony of Painted Note Studios painted a scintillating portrait to the music—watching the piece take shape was just as fascinating as the performance on stage. High notes, beat poetry, and captivating solos proved so irresistible that the dance floor was packed all night. Mac Arnold provided the benefit concert to support ASD’s sustainable agriculture efforts. An organic farmer in Greenville, SC, collards and the blues are his specialty. He strives to promote access to fresh vegetables in school and group homes and gives musical lessons and instruments to young children. His whole lifestyle reflects his belief that “The blues and food have been together since day one.” Find out more on www.macarnold.com. If you would like to learn more about helping increase access to healthy foods in the Tri-Cities region, contact ASD at 276-623-1121 or email asd@asdevelop.org. Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story Submitted

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | MeadowView Convention Center

Kresge’s Krew Gala An Evening with the Pros Comedy, music, and professional golfers were the perfect combination for a fantastic evening with the Kresge’s Krew Foundation. Kresge’s Krew held its fourth annual Gala at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center on September 8. The Gala, a kick-off event to the Pro-Am Golf Tournament, also served as a reception for the professional golfers that donated their time and talents to help raise funds and awareness for autism. The MC for the event was the hilarious comedian turned golf writer, Michael Collins. Collins had everyone laughing, and so the Gala began with lighthearted excitement which set the tone for the entire evening. A

Cliff and Judy Kresge

magnificent auction was held to raise funds for autism. The donated auction items ranged from golf clubs to a autographed 2012 Masters flag by none other than Masters Champion, Bubba Watson. As if all of that was not exciting enough, guests danced the night away to the incredible musical sounds of the ‘80s party band, Rubiks Groove. Cliff Kresge, a former All-American golfer at the University of Central Florida and a tour professional for more than 10 years and his wife, Judy, are the founders of the Kresge’s Krew Foundation. The Foundation’s focus is for a greater awareness of autism and to raise funds to assist with the financial needs of those affected by autism.

Ben Edwards, Rick Tunnell, Brad Hoover, and Craig Dennison

For more information, visit www.kresgeskrew.org. Photography by: Shelley Parham

Tommy and Shonda Foster

Monique and Quinn Eubanks

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | MeadowView Convention Center

Barbara Tolbert

Liz Dotson

Dr. Kent Blazier

David and Janet Wright

Stan Pace and Neil Mosley

Tom Nornhold

John and Cherril Maupin

Brad Blackwell

Dr. Chet and Jennifer Guest

Carol Ann and Judy Kresge

Tiffany Denyer

Mayor Dennis Phillips and Dave Clark

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Kingsport Higher Education Center

Kingsport Chamber After Hours and Book Signing The Northeast State Community College Foundation’s Because of You fundraiser supported Kingsport Chamber After Hours event on September 25. The event was held at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education. A book signing by Elizabeth J. Shupe in recognition of an endowed scholarship created in her name for single parent nursing students at the College. Shupe’s memoir, A Sentimental Journey, was recently published by Outskirts Press. Northeast State Community College’s Foundation was founded in 1986 and consists of forty board members. The Foundation supports academic, community service, educational scholarship, and other programs offered by the College.

Dr. Heather Cook, Dr. Melessia Webb, Ms. Shupe, and Jantry Shupe

For more information, visit www.northeaststate.edu. Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story by: Rita Dykes

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Warriors’ Path State Park

Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday, September 8 was the official kickoff to the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. A crowd of 240 participants gathered at Duck Island inside Warriors’ Path State Park in Kingsport to begin the walk. Individual and team walkers made the event a tremendous success, raising more than $26,000 to end Alzheimer’s. Funds are continuing to multiply from generous donations to the association. The walk was an excellent way to unite friends, families, co-workers, and the community. Everyone walked with the same goal… to end Alzheimer’s. The walk also featured food, entertainment, a health and fitness area, a kids’ zone, and a canine corner.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s by utilizing the funds raised by walks and other fundraising events. The walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Walks are held in more than 600 communities nationwide, so that Alzheimer’s awareness, research, and support grows each year. The Alzheimer’s Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care, to provide support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The association’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death. There have been remarkable advances in the treatment of Alzheimer’s; however, scientists and researchers are continuing to search for more effective treatments and ultimately a cure. Alzheimer’s affects all of those surrounding the patient but no one is alone; the Alzheimer’s Association offers an incredible 24-hour, seven-day-a-week helpline. The Alzheimer’s Association is a trusted resource for reliable information, education, referral and support to millions of people affected by the disease. For more information, visit www.alz.org or call the helpline at 800.272.3900.

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SEEN IN BRISTOL | Kil’n Time Studio

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Original works from a dozen artists were on display during Studio Centric, a one-day show and sale held at Kil’n Time Contemporary Ceramics Studio in downtown Bristol. “Bristol is lucky to host a large and growing arts community,” said Sylvia Musgrove, director of Kil’n Time. “We realized that among our staff and friends there are potters, painters, sculptors, photographers... tons of talent. The show gave

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everyone a chance to see that creativity in one spot, and also gave us a way to say thanks to the artists who support our Bowls Make it Better event.” The show offered patrons the chance to see works from well-known, prolific artists, as well as others who produce lovingly crafted pieces in smaller numbers. “Some artists, like Val Lyle, Aleta Chandler and Nadya Warthen-Gibson pursue their arts full time and have broad portfolios,” said Musgrove. “Others are teachers,

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curators, office workers, business people — people who also love to create, but focus their time on a few special pieces each year.” Selections included works from Christine Berg; Aleta Chandler; Howard Dale; Amy Davis; Greg Howser; Herbert Lee Jones; L.E. Kincaid; Val Lyle; Bethany Neese; David vanWyhe; Walking Tree Pottery; Nadya Warthen-Gibson and; Kathy Winters. Response was very positive, noted Musgrove, and plans are in the works to hold the next show in the spring of 2013.

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Innovation Academy

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The region’s first science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) middle school, Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee hosted the “If I Had a Hammer” event on September 26. “Hammer Math” is a new hands-on technique that teaches math through a system of real-world applications. The Hammer Math curriculum compliments the goals of STEM schools by integrating science, technology, engineering and math allowing multi- academic disciplines to complement one another in an interdisciplinary approach by promoting real-world problem-solving applications. Students actually picked up a hammer, put their math skills to the test and built a small house. Twenty-five fifth grade students and 20 seventh grade students participated in building a small, colorful structure large enough for the entire class to fit inside. Witnessing the Hammer Method at work as the students constructed a structure that large was incredible. If I Had a Hammer, Inc. was created by former carpenter Perry Wilson. Wilson had a learning disability that made it very difficult to understand math in school; however, when he became a carpenter the job required math skills by a hands-on approach. The hands-on approach taught Wilson the fundamentals of math rather quickly. Hammer math is exactly that, a hands-on approach to mathematics that connects every math lesson physically, visually and to the written word. The method has been taught and increased scores over 64 percent more than 500,000 students in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. The New York Times selected If I Had A Hammer as one of the top new education programs in the country. Hammer has been featured on CNN and in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, other news outlets, and now in VIPSEEN! The student’s work was on display at the Straight to the Top Education Conference at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center on Friday, September 28. For more information, visit www.ianetn.org. Photography by: Brian Hullette and Sarah Muncey | Story by: Rita Dykes

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SEEN IN BRISTOL | Healing Hands Health Center

Healing Hands After Hours

The Bristol Chamber of Commerce held an After Hours event at the Healing Hands Health Center on October 18 in honor of the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15-year anniversary. Chamber members enjoyed an evening of celebration and fellowship. Healing Hands Health Center provides medical, dental, podiatry, chiropractic, eye care, and counseling services. Healing Hands only charges a nominal fee for their services to individuals who otherwise cannot afford health care. Healing Hands has a small staff and over 200 dedicated volunteer medical professionals who provide services. Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center provides diagnostic testing while other area medical organizations and specialists accept referrals from Healing Hands at a no cost or low cost to patients. The local Lions Clubs help fund eyeglasses. Prescription medications are also provided at a reduced or no cost to the patients. For more information, visit www.healinghandshealthcenter.org. Photography by: Mickey Baker |

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For more information, stop in and visit the fine folks at Heirloom Antiques or call 423.470.9559.

Bristol BBQ The Bristol Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Bristol BBQ on October 9. After being friends for close to ten years, Matt Ludwig and Benson Lai decided to embark on a new journey together, combining their hobbies and passions to start up a drive-thru BBQ restaurant in Bristol. For years, Matt Ludwig has always enjoyed cooking, especially making barbeque. The atmosphere, process, and the time put into the BBQ ritual just brought back good old memories from being a child making BBQ with his family and from being at tailgate parties in college. Benson Lai has been in the restaurant business since 2004 and currently has a full-service establishment in Kingsport, and has always enjoyed providing great products and service to the patrons. Bristol BBQ is one of a kind due to the type of smoker they use, called “The Big Green Egg”. It’s a ceramic smoker that weighs over 200 lbs and they currently have four in their smokehouse onsite. Everything Bristol BBQ has on the menu is made on-site, including their own rub and BBQ sauce. They offer catering service for any event. They are located at 730 Volunteer Parkway. Their restaurant hours are Monday-Saturday: 11am-8pm. You can find them on the web at www.bristolbbq.com and on facebook, or call 423.573.2227.

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Tuesday December 4, 2012 5:30 p.m. Indian Path Medical Center Main Lobby Please join us for a recognition ceremony, lighting of the tree followed by a reception in the Indian Path Medical Center lobby. What is Tree of life?

The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tree of Lifeâ&#x20AC;? is an initiative that will allow you to remember loved ones during the holiday season. A donation will illuminate a light on the Tree of Life, which is located on the grounds of Indian Path Medical Center. This is an opportunity to remember or honor the birth or death of a loved one or to honor someone such as a teacher. For every $10 donation, a light will be added to the tree.

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Donations will go towards the purchase of three air mattresses and one magnifying reader device which will be used in the Indian Path Medical Center Emergency Department. As one size does not fit all, the Emergency Department is providing senior specific care through the use of these items. It's very important to focus on each patient age population. This supports our patient-centered care focus at Indian Path Medical Center. For more information, please call Vivian Crymble, IPMC Foundation Coordinator, at 423-857-7108 or e-mail CrymbleVL@msha.com. Indian Path Medical Center Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors.

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SEEN IN CITY | Carnegie Hotel

Safe Passage Domestic Violence Shelter

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Safe Passage Board and Volunteers

Stephen Dixon, Robin Crumley, Jason Cody, Kevin Whalen and Larry Spouse

The Safe Passage Domestic Violence Shelter held its 8th annual Reverse Raffle and “fun” raiser event at The Carnegie in Johnson City on October 4. It was an exciting “Denim and Diamonds” themed event full of sensational silent auction items and a chance to win $5000 in the reverse raffle. Guests were treated to a delicious dinner followed by an evening of music and dancing. The event was a tremendous success raising funds for a wonderful program. Safe Passage is a domestic violence program provided through The First Tennessee Human Resource Agency that offers survivors of family violence a safe place to begin the process of breaking the cycle of violence in their lives. Safe Passage also provides emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, counseling, advocacy, transportation, referrals and follow-up services for victims of domestic violence. The program is not just for women and children; it is for men, as well. Safe Passage is located in Johnson City and serves Washington and surrounding counties. Since opening their doors in 1996, Safe Passage has helped over 4000 victims and their families through its shelter and outreach programs. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call the 24-hour crisis line at 423.926.7233 to begin the journey toward a brighter and safer tomorrow. Photography by: Brian Hullette

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Netherland Inn

Netherland Inn Quilt Show

Susan Passen and Gloria Altonen

Cloyd Conant, Toni Smith, Janice Hurd

Nora Bailey and Ailsie Straley

Take a break, relax, and simply follow the trail of giant quilt patches that dot the sides of historic and beautiful barns in our regions rich and lush countryside. The Northeast Tennessee Quilt Trail goes through our own backyard and will delight those who venture to these destinations with a backdrop of artistry that take guests back in time.

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Lynn Altonen and Andy Passen

The Netherland Inn recently hosted a showcase of 137 quilts from area artists. The quilts were displayed throughout the Inn and gave guests the opportunity to not only see the creative pieces of art but to also enjoy the historic setting which added to the grandeur of the craft. The display took place October 5-7 and while attendees strolled the manicured grounds to the quilts, they also had the opportunity to partake in a homemade lunch or treat themselves to one… or two of the many tempting desserts.

Janet Gillenwater with her mother’s (Zelma Mitchell) winning quilt

Several volunteers were available to answer questions about the Inn and the quilts. The event cost $5.00 with the proceeds benefiting the Inn and the event. For more information about the Quilt Trail or how you can get involved with the Inn, please call 423.246.1104 for the Inn or log onto www.QuiltTrail.org . Part of the Northeast Tennessee Quilt Trail

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INN The 5th annual Sharky 500, a fundraiser for the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, came to Beaver Creek on October 13. Beaver Creek is located between Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway, making it the perfect place for a race. 10,000 blue rubber sharks were released simultaneously into Beaver Creek to begin the race. Shark owners from all across the country anxiously awaited for the big finish as their sharks floated around the curves and down the straightaways as they made their way to the finish line. The first shark that crossed the finish line won its owner, Todd Benfield of Daniel Island, S.C. the 2012 Ford Mustang pace car from the Bristol Motor Speedway. The gorgeous black Mustang with rich red interior provided by area Tri-Cities Ford

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Hayley Dietrich, Susan Ojanen, Sindy Ramsey, and Dixie Pruitt

dealerships paced the field for the NASCAR events at the Bristol Motor Speedway in 2012. Paul Lucas of Midland, Texas took home the second-place win of $5000 in furniture from Grand Home Furnishings. Third place went to Mark Mullins of Big Stone Gap, Va. awarding him a four-night stay at the Wilderness of the Smokies which included water park and adventure forest passes. The 4th through 10th place winners included; Craig Schmeer of Hilton, N.Y., Tammiann Henderson of Kingsport, Tenn., Larry Brewer of Elizabethton, Tenn., Butch Downs of Bristol, Tenn., Amy Sink of Bristol, Tenn., Bonnie Burke of Johnson City, Tenn., and Shelia Armfield of Fairmont, W. Va. All of the top ten finishes went home with outstanding

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prizes. Since the beginning of the Sharky 500 five years ago, the event has raised more than $220,000 for children’s agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. All of the proceeds from the shark sales benefit the Bristol Chapter

Emily Gray (Operation Christmas Child)

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