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SEEN IN BRISTOL | Downtown Bristol

The Gentlemen of the Road Tour by Mumford & Sons Historic Bristol, the Birthplace of Country Music, was honored to be one of four “Stopovers” on The Gentlemen of the Road Tour by Mumford & Sons, a magnificent international musical production. Concert organizers searched for towns with an amazing history, and Bristol’s rich heritage, passion for music, and cooperation won its place on the tour. The Gentlemen of the Road Tour’s goal was to come to towns where bands do not usually tour and to celebrate the local people, food, and music. Local business were promoted and visited by members of the Tour as they worked closely with local people to make the shows spectacular. More than 17,000 people flooded the streets of Bristol on August 11 in anticipation of the day’s festivities. The magnificent Bristol Train Station area and State Street, where the state lines of Tennessee and Virginia meet, were full of people. The festivities kicked off at 12 pm with sensational performances from Dawes, JEFF The Brotherhood, The Very Best, Justin Townes Earle, Apache Relay, Simone Felice, and Haim. Mumford & Sons, the award-winning musical sensation from England, headlined the event with an outstanding performance that began at 9 pm. The energy of the crowd was electrifying during this epic event, and that energy kept Mumford & Sons jamming way into the night. Simply amazing! The Mumford & Sons after-show party was held at The Foundation Event Facility with guest appearances and the DJ sets curated by Mumford & Sons. The after-show party was the perfect ending to a fantastic day filled with music and entertainment. One dollar of every ticket sold went to benefit The Birthplace of Country Music Cultural Heritage Center building project, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum that will tell the story of Bristol’s musical heritage. This was truly an extraordinary event for Bristol. For more information, visit www.gentlemenoftheroad.com.

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Kingsport’s ABC19 WKPT-TV is the 2012 recipient of ABC Television’s Alpha Award, station President and General Manager George DeVault announced this month. ABC19’s Director of Marketing & Promotions Jerreese Rockwell went to Las Vegas in July when the ABC Television networks top award for all of its affiliates were announced. “The Alpha Award is for the affiliate that best exemplifies the use of the ABC brand in its promotions,” Rockwell explained. Ms. Rockwell also holds the Region 6 (Southeast) position on the ABC Television Network Marketing Advisory Board. ABC 19 was singled out from all ABC affiliates for its Made in Our Hometown series, which aired for 20 nights last November. The series, which highlighted Tri-Cities area manufacturing businesses, was reported by Jim Bailey, who became the station’s Director of News and Public Affairs in January. “ABC’s World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer features a series ‘Made In America’, which highlights products that are made in America, and the businesses that make them, and ABC19 wanted to turn the spotlight on local businesses, which are employing our neighbors and pro-

Jim Bailey, Jerreese Rockwell and George DeVault

viding goods we all need and use,” Bailey said. The station is in the process of expanding its news product with an eye to reintroducing full

newscasts in multiple day parts. “There is a great deal of work to be done, equipment to install and staff to hire,” DeVault explained, ”but we are excited about returning a more complete television news to Kingsport and to win ABC’s top promotional award for our news efforts shows we are on the right track.” WKPT-TV is owned and operated by Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation, with the station located in downtown Kingsport. Photography Submitted | Story Submitted


SEEN IN UNICOI | Appalachian Christian Camp

Camp ACC Family Fun Day

Camp ACC hosted Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 23. The entire campus was open to everyone. Visitors enjoyed Splash Cove, zip lines, The Equalizer, and the 30-foot indoor climbing wall. There were also inflatables to jump and slide on, while the ball field and gym were open for camp games. A few hundred people joined in on the fun, toured the facilities, went on a nature walk through the woods, and enjoyed a picnic on the grounds. The day was a huge success. Camp ACC is a non-denominational Christian Summer Camp for youth entering kindergarten through 12th grade. Campers learn Christian principles and values in a fun and exciting way. Lifelong friendships are forged each summer as young people also discover and develop a relationship with their heavenly Father. The camp has been located in Limestone Cove in Unicoi at 512 Cross Circle for over 40 years and has been ministering to the youth of our area for 75 years. For more information, email Camp ACC at info@campacc.com. Photography by: Aja Hicks

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Nonprofit Profile

Hope Haven Ministries The mission of Hope Haven Ministries is to get the homeless off the streets, permanently employed, suitably housed, and connected to the community. Hope Haven began serving homeless men at our Dale Street facility in 1983. In 2002 we added the Maple Oak Lane facility to serve the needs of homeless women and children. We provide a community answer to a community problem. We get no federal funds. We direct every client to job and resource opportunities provided by our local community, and encourage clients to become connected to the church of their choice. We also provide emergency assistance such as shelter, food, clothing, and crisis counseling. We teach life skills to help individuals lead fulfilling, productive lives. Our programs stress rehabilitation, restoration, and a responsible attitude toward God, self, family, and society. Every client will be treated with dignity and respect, without prejudice, and provided a safe and clean environment and the opportunity to transition from dependence to independence. Methodist Church fellowship hall. Hope Haven residents will work with the First Broad Street Methodist men’s group to set up the sale. There’ll be plenty volunteers to help with checkout, pricing, carrying, and loading, and there is ample free parking at the church. This annual event combines the joy of giving to a good cause with the excited anticipation of a treasure hunt. The sale will include home decorations, electronics, household goods, toys and other children’s items, small appliances, books, furniture, holiday decorations, dishes, and more. If you have items to donate or have questions about Hope Haven Ministries or the upcoming rummage sale, please call Richard Siggins at 423-416-1258 or Joel Trigg 423-246-6012. We can also arrange for pickup of large items. This gets more difficult each year as the need increases. The economy has slowed and

And by all means, attend the sale and join the “treasure hunt.” There’ll be a Preview Night

companies are cutting costs by cutting employees. But business hasn’t slowed at Hope

Friday, October 5, at a nominal cost of $2 per person for those wishing to get a head start

Haven. For example, new residents through May increased from 66 last year to 90 this year,

scoping out the “good stuff.” The October 6th sale is free to the public. Proceeds will help

we served 66% more meals, 73% more residents found permanent jobs (14 last year, 18 this

provide housing and counseling.

year), and this year 37 residents, as opposed to 26 last year, rented their own homes. This

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is real, lasting success.

community helping our brothers and sisters in need. And check out our website at www.

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resulted in separation from his wife and his move to Hope Haven. Now he’s living in his own place with his wife and son, and just received a promotion on his new job. Success is 49-year-old Tammi who, divorced and childless after 11 years of marriage, was doing quite well for herself until she was laid off from her job and then asked to leave her home when she couldn’t pay the rent. Now she’s working and has saved enough that she actually has the option of either renting her own place or making a down payment on a house. Homelessness is not incurable. These two and many more bear witness that there is real hope. And we at Hope Haven are determined to find the funds necessary to keep this success rate growing with the growing needs of our community. Donations are always welcome and needed, but when donations don’t keep pace with community needs we turn to creative ways to bridge the gap. One way we do this is with our annual rummage sale. This year’s sale will be Saturday, October 6th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the First Broad Street

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The 2012 Evening with the Path fundraiser, presented by Eastman Credit Union and Indian Path Medical Center Foundation, was an evening extravaganza held at Fallen Oak at Reedy Creek Vineyards. Held on August 18, the Evening with the Path entertained 166 guests with live music, chef stations, and a live auction. Funds from the event will purchase an eight-channel telemetry unit for the cardiac rehabilitation department at Indian Path Medical Center. Eastman Credit Union was the 2012 Evening with the Path Presenting Sponsor. Other sponsors included Reedy Creek Vineyards – Vineyard Sponsor; Brock Services – Invitation Sponsor; Integrity Capital Management – Auction Sponsor; Gilbert Advanced Asset Management - Favor Sponsor; WorkSpace Interiors, Inc.; Christ Fellowship Church; Domtar; Bristol Tennessee Essential Services; Cain Rash West Architects; Champion Chevrolet Cadillac; Tele-Optics, Inc.; Bank of Tennessee; Able Printers; Food City; VIPSEEN; Cumberland Marketing; Style; and paper. For more information about the foundation, visit www.mountainstatesfoundation.org Debbie England and Patty Holtsclaw Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story Submitted

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SEEN IN ABINGDON | Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

Regional Campaign Kick Off Event

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The United Way kicked off its regional campaign on August 9 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. The event was hosted by the United Way of Russell and Washington Counties, and sponsored by Mountain States Health Alliance. United Way representatives from Bristol TN/VA, greater Kingsport, Washington County TN, Inc, Greene County, Elizabethton/Carter, Southwest Virginia, and Smyth County also joined in to kick off the campaign to help improve communities in their regions. Bruce Smith, a NFL Hall of Famer and Virginia native, was the keynote speaker at the event. Smith played nineteen seasons with the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins, and is considered one of the most feared defensive ends in the history of the NFL. A Virginia Tech All-American, Smith was the first pick in the 1985 NFL draft and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1996. In 1987, 1988, 1990, and 1996 Smith was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year. Smith earned first-team All-Pro honors 9 times, played in 11 Pro Bowls, and is the NFL’s all-time career sack leader with 200 sacks. Thirteen seasons of Smith’s career, he set an NFL record by having ten or more sacks per season, which contributed to him being selected for the NFL’s All-Decade Teams of the 1980s and 1990s. NFL league owners, coaches, players, and staff have been working with the United Ways for over 35 years. In recent years, the partnership between NFL members and the United Way have been raising awareness on childhood obesity and provide new opportunities for youth to live healthier lives. The 2018 goal of the United Way is to increase the number of healthy youth by one-third. United Way of Russell and Washington Counties is a volunteer organization that provides support and visibility through tools, partners, advocacy, and other resources to advance common goals by focusing on improving education, helping people achieve financial stability, and promoting healthy lives. The organization mobilizes thousands of people to give, advocate, and volunteer to improve communities across Southwest Virginia. For more information about the United Way, visit www.rwcunitedway.org. Photography by: Angela Striligas

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KOSBE Breakfast of Champions

The panelists offered their advice, recommendations, and experiences dealing with relevant business issues of today, discussing hot topics such as social media, latest marketing/communication trends, lead generation, customer retention, technology advancement, and entrepreneurship. Specific topics were addressed as well including QR codes and Facebook Business Pages. Guests participated by asking the panelists questions of their own. After the event, attendeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feedback showed they learned new information, appreciated the training, and enjoyed listening to the accomplishments, struggles, and stories of the panelists. In addition to the panel, the Breakfast of Champions honored past KOSBE Award winners and provided a time and place for winners and other business owners to network.

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Past KOSBE Award Winners reunited at the 2nd Annual Breakfast of Champions

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Breakfast of Champions Expert Panelists including Carolyn PiersonCook, Chris Bowen, David Cate, and Steve Willinger

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SEEN IN UNICOI| Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens

Libation Station and The Ligero Cigar Lounge Beers, Cigars, and Brats 2012 Libation Station and The Ligero Cigar Lounge proudly hosted Beers, Cigars, and Brats 2012, the 2nd annual beer and cigar festival, on Sunday, August 12 at Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens in Unicoi. The purpose of the festival is to allow consumers in the Tri-Cities to visit directly with the breweries and cigar-makers in an effort to promote craft beer and hand-rolled cigars. The event has become so popular that it has garnered the attention of breweries and cigar makers throughout the country. As a result, this year’s event had unprecedented participation from the best organizations the

James Teixeira, Jeremy and Brooke Beaubre, Andrew Kovacs, and Justin Fuller

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beer and cigar industries have to offer. Twenty breweries and 10 cigar makers were present. New Belgium, Highland, Abita, Samuel Adams, Wolf Hills, Blue Moon, and Yuengling were just a few of the breweries represented. Arturo Fuente, Montecristo, Ashton, Gurkha, Davidoff, Rocky Patel, and Xikar are a few of the cigar makers present. Freiberg’s of downtown Johnson City grilled up a tasty supply of brats, the perfect fare for any beer/cigar event. All festival-goers received an amazing goody bag with a Beers, Cigars, and Brats 2012 commemorative t-shirt, a 16oz Libation Station pint glass, a

Jamie and Cheryl Povlich

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commemorative sampling glass, a complimentary cigar, a Libation Station koozie, and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 3Series Mountain Bike, a Macanudo/Calloway golf bag, and many other prizes! Attendees were entertained by the funky R&B/Soul sounds of SoulFinger from Knoxville, TN. The afternoon was fun and successful, especially since proceeds of the event will directly benefit the local charity, Girls on the Run. Visit their website at www.gotrnetn.com. Photography by: Kirsten Hall |

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Jack Woolley VIPSEEN’s newest feature, the VIP Profile,

show, “Happy Days”. As a little boy,

shines a light on someone special in the Tri-

he often thought about what it would

Cities community, and for the premier edition

be like to be “one of those CIA guys,”

of this feature, VIPSEEN wants to introduce you

and never dreamed his long-lasting and

to an extraordinary American who has done

incredible career in the military would

extraordinary things, from leading troops in

take him all over the world, fighting for

Vietnam and receiving the Bronze Star twice, to

and protecting our country, even landing

being a White House and Chairman Joint Chiefs

him the nickname in the 1980s as one

of Staff advisor during the SE Asia conflict, to

of the “Wise Men,” one of three very

meeting such famous actors like Paul Newman

important senior colonels on the Army

and Jack Nicholson, and giving his time and vast

staff at the Pentagon.

experience to local companies and groups right here in the Tri-Cities area.

By the end of his sophomore year of college in 1956, he was asked to take a

“At the end of the day, it’s all about people and our connections with each other. Stay connected.”

flight physical to join the Air Force, but because of poor eyesight, he went into the Army ROTC program instead. He became Sergeant Woolley by his junior year, and when his assignment for his senior year came, Jack recalls he couldn’t locate his name

Jack’s childhood was a happy one, raised by

on the board. “Look higher on the list,” his

his mother and his aunt in an idyllic New Jersey

superior officer urged. When he did, he found

setting, similar to those portrayed on the TV

his name next to the prestigious assignment of Commander of the Corps of Army ROTC Cadets. After finishing at Rutgers, he entered the Army with what he believed would be a three-year commitment. Jack thought, “Maybe there’s something to this,” and so began his legacy of over twenty-five years of leadership with the military. At first, Jack was selected for infantry, and became a paratrooper and a ranger. However, the Army saw much bigger things in store for Jack and kept him moving right up the ranks. He was cross-trained at the Armor Advanced Course in 1964. There, as a requirement

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for a writing course, Jack wrote an

senior government officials and

article on his suggestion of how he

military headquarters all over the

would reorganize Army battalions,

world for two years. Jack during

and sure enough, those ideas are

this time had to travel with top-

now in place. In 1965, Jack was an

secret government documents in a

infantry company commander leading

briefcase handcuffed to his wrist;

200 troops in the jungles of Vietnam,

Jack was now living the James

and held the record for the longest

Bond lifestyle he had dreamed of

continuous command of an infantry

as a boy.

company. It was there that Jack earned his two Bronze Star Medals.

After advanced assignments as a

As one of the men he commanded

battalion commander and Chief

once wrote about Captain Woolley

of Staff in Germany overseeing

at the time, “Troops would follow you

3000 personnel, the Army once

through hell with gasoline on their shorts.”

again decided Jack was destined for greater things. The Pentagon

After Vietnam, Jack came back to the states and served as an aide to a

sent him to graduate school in

general officer at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, attended the Army Command

1970, to the University of Alabama

and General Staff College and was then assigned to Washington D.C. on

and Jack says, “it was one of the

the Army staff to work for George Patton’s son. He was later selected to

finest schools I ever attended.” After one year, he completed his Masters of

attend the Naval War College, the highest level of schooling, for more cross

Business Administration and then was sent back to the Pentagon.

training, and graduated in the top ten in his class. It was there he was asked to serve his country in his most venerated and While on the Army Staff, Jack was selected for one of the most prestigious

highest position yet, as a Lieutenant Colonel by presenting daily briefings

positions in his career, to be one of two men who were the Chief of Staff

at the White House. As Action Officer for Current Operations Southeast

of the Army’s worldwide briefing team. Jack developed and presented

Asia, Jack kept track of and helped operate the war in Southeast Asia.

highly-classified, multi-media briefings on the war in Southeast Asia to

As Jack recalls, “they came to me one day and said, okay, we need

“Wise Man” Wooley’s Words of Wisdom Integrity, loyalty, responsibility, and accountability are more than words… they are values to live by. There are all kinds of ways to lead people, but if you think of it like a string… you can’t push a string. Get up in front of it and it will go wherever you want it go. That’s leadership. Surround yourself with good people and then get out of the way. Bad news is not like good wine, it does not get better with age. And remember that every job, whatever it is, is a honorable job... do it well, and you’ll go on and do better. Every task is important and deserves your best effort. Get all the education you can… life will only get more complex and you need to be prepared. Do the best you can with what you have, one day at a time and trust that the rest will take care of itself. Love God. Love your neighbor. Love yourself. 30


somebody to be a White House briefer. You go to the White house every

His next tours were as the Operations Officer for 40,000 personnel and

morning. You brief Henry (Kissinger) and Al (Haig) on what’s going on

then command of a brigade of 3,000 troops at Fort Hood, Texas in the

in Southeast Asia.” Jack agreed, and he and the intelligence officer who

late 1970’s. Before retiring from the Army as a full colonel in 1982, Jack

worked with him would arrive every morning at the Pentagon at 4am,

was deemed one of “The Three Wise Men” on the Army staff at the

collect all the information from Military Assistance Command Vietnam,

Pentagon, working on various issues would come for the Joint Chiefs of

sort through all the information twenty-four hours at a time and prepare

Staff to consider. As a senior colonel, he would prepare information to be

papers and maps for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. About 7:15am, they’d go

presented to the Joint Chiefs in “The Tank”. Jack said, “Each one of us had

to Secretary of Defense’s office, who would be eating breakfast with the

a part of the world to watch over, I had the Middle East and Southeast Asia.”

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other Pentagon officials, and then

After retiring from the service, Jack found more ways to contribute on a

the two would get in the car and rush over to the White House’s briefing

more local level while working for the United Coal Company in Bristol, Va.,

room. Assembled there was the CIA, the DIA, and FBI, and Dr. Kissinger

as Senior Vice President of Administration, helping with the renovation of

and General Haig would come in and Jack would cover everything that

the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, and lastly, Jack worked fifteen

happened in all four services, in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The next

years in the food industry as Vice President of Operations for the Food

day they’d do it all over again. It was an important experience for Jack, but

Marketing Institute, coordinating international conventions and supervising

also a very serious one. As Jack cautions, “Be careful of what you say or

all operations and logistics.

write, they may buy it.” Jack met his wife Sandee, in Washington in 1969, when they found they lived in the same apartment building. They are currently celebrating 28 years of marriage together and Jack is very involved in helping with Sandee’s many volunteer organizations which have included the Bristol Ballet, the YWCA, Symphony of the Mountains, Art in Public Places and an international foundation called “Friends of Florence”. Jack is currently President of the Military Officers Association chapter in the Tri-Cities and is on the board of directors of the Paramount Center. Always feeling that he “needs to be a part of something,” and wanting something more to do, Jack now works for Bill Gatton selling Cadillacs. “Bill Gatton and that whole organization has been so good to me.” For relaxation, he golfs, goes to the ocean, and travels to Italy with his wife. When asked what he’s looking forward to now, Jack responds humbly, “Trying to continue to make contributions to Bristol, because Bristol has been really good to me. Enjoying what I do and having something to do and doing it the best I can, for as long as I can.”

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September is FREE all month to visitors of the William King Museum in Abingdon, VA. For more info: www.williamkingmuseum.org

September is Hunger Action Month!

19th Annual Women In Business Conference @ Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Abingdon, VA. 9am-1:30pm For more info, contact: 276.739.2474

12 Johnson City Chamber Business After Hours 5:30pm-7pm 603 E. Market Street Cafe Pre-K William King Museum 1:30pm-2:30pm Ages: 4&5 Price: $7/student To register, call: 276.628.5005

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Teen Book Club Bristol Public Library 4:30pm-5:30pm

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The Farmer and the Chef @ Blackthorn Country Club 6pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGELA!!!

13 Leaping Lizards Ribbon Cutting & After Hours 5:30pm @ 1065 Wilcox Court, Kingsport Paramount Season Show (The Broadway Tenors) @ Paramount 7:30pm Brushstrokes n' More Adult Workshop 6pm-8pm $40.00 Halloween Theme

20 Reservation Required March of Dimes Wine Tasting 6pm @ Bristol Motor Suites: For ticket info: Contact Brian Hullette 423.817.7500 Creative Community Summit, Greenville, TN (www.tennesseemainstreet. org/workshop)

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MSHA Dragon Boat Race @ Wing Deere Park 9am-5pm Bash at the Barn 10am–8pm @ 1770 Grey Station Road

2nd Annual "Farm to Fork" Gala at Heartwood 6:30 www.asdevelop.org

Kingsport Alzheimer’s Walk 10-12am @ Warriors State Park

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Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Downtown Bristol

15 Octoberfest @ Downtown Kingsport, For more info: kingsportoktoberfest.com/ Mud, Sweat and Cheers Mud Run Cement Hill, Kingsport 9am Contact: Hank Brown 423.963.1046 or Hank@crazy8s.org

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Cars at the Castle / Exotic Car Show 10am– 9pm. For more info: bristol.speedwaycharities. org/events/cars_at_the_castle/ Step out Walk to Diabetes 11am @ Cumberland Square Rhythm on the River 7pm @ Rotherwood Mansion. For ticket information: www.kingsporttomorrow.org

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Kresge Krew Golf Tournament @ Ridgefields

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Elton John & Band @ Freedom Hall

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Downtown Bristol

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Appalachian Express Chorus @ Paramount 2pm

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Taste of Johnson City @Millennium Centre For tickets: 423.461.8000

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Children's Storytime Bristol Public Library 11:30am-12pm

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Elected Officials Volunteer Day 1pm-3pm Abingdon Distribution Center

Northeast State After Hours & Tradeshow 5:30pm @ Kingsport Chamber 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100

18 Phil Roe Luncheon 11:30am–1pm @ Food City Press Room 300 Clinchfield Street Kingsport

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KOSBE FREE Small Business Packaging Class 9-11am at Kingsport Chamber

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Model City Coalition Presentation @ Higher Ed Center 5:30pm

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"The Sunset Limited" @Barter Theatre Stage II For ticket info: bartertheatre.com 276.628.3991

September 2012 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Downtown Bristol

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AACA Car Show Tri Summit Bank Parking Lot 6pm-8pm Bristol, TN.

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Paramount Putting on the Ritz 6pm @ Paramount. For more info: www.theparamountcenter.com

Barter Theatre Welcomes Bill Cosby 7:30pm Fall Crawl (Downtown Kingsport), call 423.246.6550 for more info.

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The Twin City Woman’s Club presents Miss Food City Pageant @ Paramount @7pm

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HOPE HAVEN ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE Saturday October 6, 2012 8 AM – 3 PM First Road Street UMC

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Kohiki Pottery William King Museum Ages: Adults Price: $140/adult; includes supplies 6:00pm-8:30pm

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Playful Paper Projects William King Museum Ages: Pre-K thru 2nd Price: $75/student 2pm-4pm

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~ Historic Downtown Bristol ~ Dining Guide 620 State Restaurant & Venue Bistro Blackbird Bakery Borderline Billiards Bristol Grind House Burger Bar CJ & Co. CityMug Espresso Cafe Eatz on Moore Street K.P. Duty Macado’s Machiavelli’s Manna Bagel O’Mainnin’s Pub & Grill Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant Shelbee’s Vintage Cafe & Premier Catering Stateline Bar & Grille The Memory Lane Café 36

606 State Street Gallery Before the Baby Benjamin Walls Gallery Blakely-Mitchell EORZÀVKHPSRULXP Boxwood Antiques Boyd’s Bicycle Shop Bridgeforth Design Studio CityMac CJ & Co. Downtown Market Cranberry Lane Elements Goodman Jewelers Grand Antiques Inari Wines Kil’n Time Pottery Mountain Empire Comics One of a Kind Gallery Other World Gallery Pen’s Floral Rylands & Co. Jewelers Serendipity Sessions 27 Shoozies Sidetrack Tobacco Studio 6 Apparel The Fabric Gallery The Jewel Box The Pink Zebra Top Hat Magic Supply Uncle Sam’s Wes Taylor Interiors William King Clothiers Willow Creek Antiques

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~ Attractions in Historic Downtown Bristol ~ Art in Public Places â&#x20AC;&#x201D; AIPP is a community art project organized and implemented by the Art in Public Places Board with the cooperation of the Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, city governments. Please visit www.aippbristol.org to view a map of the outdoor sculptures located throughout Downtown Bristol. Bristol Busk Stop Central â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Please stop by any of our Busk Stop locations on State Street and enjoy live busking performances. For more information, please visit www.bristolbusk.com. Birthplace of Country Music Monument â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Honors the artists of the Bristol Sessions. For more information, please visit www.thebirthplaceofcountrymusic.org. Bristol Historic Markers and Monuments â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Please visit www.bristolhistoricalassociation.com for a complete listing of landmarks and monuments throughout the downtown area. Bristol Slogan Sign â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Historic electric sign celebrating its 100th year in 2010. For more information, please visit www.bristolhistoricalassociation.com. Caterpillar Crawl â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Caterpillar Crawl is a permanent scavenger hunt located downtown based on the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Bronze sculptures, designed by local artist Val Lyle, are hidden along State Street. For more information, visit www.jlbristol.org/caterpillar. Historic Bristol Train Station â&#x20AC;&#x201D; This renovated train station currently serves the community as a meeting / reception space. For more information, please visit www.thebristoltrainstation.com. Paramount Center for the Performing Arts â&#x20AC;&#x201D;7KHWKHDWHUZDVUHYLWDOL]HGLQWRUHĂ HFWWKHDUWGHFRJUDQGHXURIWKHV For more information about performance schedules, please visit www.theparamountcenter.com. Pick Bristol â&#x20AC;&#x201D;%ULVWRO¡VPXVLFDOKHULWDJHLVJUHDW7RĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWPRUHDERXWZKDW¡VKDSSHQLQJSOHDVHYLVLW www.pickbristol.com. Downtown Center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Downtown Center is home to the State Street Farmers Market during the months of May through October. The Center also hosts the Full Moon Jam concert series each year beginning in May and going through the end of October. Theatre Bristol â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$FRPPXQLW\\RXWKWKHDWUHWKLVQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WLVGHGLFDWHGWRWHDFKLQJWKHWKHDWHUDUWV Bristol Public Library â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Not just books, the Bristol Public Library hosts community events, talks, and art displays.

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Korner-Copia

Reveal Party at Korner-Copia’s Midtown Lounge

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Bridegette Kosser, Chef Jason Hall and David Kosser

The Downtown Kingsport Association celebrated with Korner-Copia at the reveal party for its newest addition, The Midtown Lounge on July 28. The lounge located inside the Korner-Copia is open during normal business hours each day and is available for rent to host private parties. Guests enjoyed a delicious array of food prepared by Chef Jason Hall, gourmet cheese, and beer and mixed drink beverages while taking in the magnificent sounds of The Kyle Bothoff Jazz Quartet. A silent auction to benefit the Kingsport Theater Guild’s 65th anniversary celebration featured art by Rob Beverly of Star Trails Downtown, art by Cindy Saadeh, a year’s worth of dinner and shows for two, Kingsport Ballet tickets, and much more. The lounge is a comfortable, upscale area within Korner-Copia, including a leather-seated bar area that serves beer and “malternative” mixed drinks. The atmosphere of the entire Korner-Copia is metropolitan and romantic. For more information, visit the folks at 200 East Center Street, Kingsport or call 423.578.7778. Photography Submitted

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SEEN IN Kingsport | The Farmers Market

Low Country Boil

for Netherland Inn

Jane and Elizabeth Scott

Herschell and Toni Cave

Jeff Fleming

Ron & Collette George and Carolyn & Steve Cook

Bonnie and Scott MacDonald

Sam and DeLois Anderson

Lee Ann Crawford and Beth Black

It doesn’t get much better than this! A Low Country Boil outside on one the best weather days this year! The Kingsport Farmers Market was the site of the delicious fundraising event for the Netherland Inn recently. The social hour began at six o’clock with guests enjoying various refreshments including wine slushes from Corey Ippolito Winery. The always-popular Benny Wilson Band played mood-perfect music as guests enjoyed the cool breeze and delighted in one another’s John Maupin and Debbie Waggoner

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Dinner began serving at seven o’clock with volunteers delivering pot after pot to each paper-lined table where they ceremoniously dumped the contents to waiting patrons.

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consisted of boiled shrimp, sausage, and corn on the cob. After the low country boil was consumed, guests were treated to an array of homemade desserts served on silver trays and brought to each table. As the music continued through the night, revelers danced the night Claudia Moody, Valerie Joh, and John Moody

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away as the evening’s weather only improved with each passing hour at the charming venue. This event has become a much-anticipated one and it’s no wonder why. A fun, relaxing evening was enjoyed by all and will hopefully be a tradition that continues for years to come.

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Kingsport Town Center

3rd Annual Wash-N-Wag Dog Wash and Fundraiser

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Washin’ and Waggin’

Dogs of all shapes and sizes came to get a bath at Sullivan County Humane Society’s 3rd Annual Wash-N-Wag. The Wash-N-Wag held on August 18 in the parking lot of the Kingsport Town Center is the largest fundraiser for the humane society. Rescue organizations, Ed Phillips and Pearson Mills

American Black and Tan Rescue

Emily McCarty

vendors, and information booths filled the area. Ziggy’s Second Chance Pitbull Rescue, American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue, the Greyhound Rescue Foundation, and SBK (Sullivan County, Bluff City, Kingsport Animal Control Center Inc,) and Miracle’s Wish were the rescues and animal advocates represented. Girls Inc. had a successful pet food and supply drive for SBK. Chloe’s Treasures, a pet specialty store in the Kingsport Town Center and The Barkery, specializing in fresh baked homemade dog treats, were on board selling amazing treats, pet supplies, and animal lover items. It Takes Two Photography, the official Wash-N-Wag photographer, donated two pet photo packages for the event’s raffle. Dogwood Dog Park was also available to sign up and provide information on the town’s only leash-free dog park. Cody with 94.9 and Jacquelyn Richman, Miss Kingsport, came out to support the Humane Society. The Sullivan County Humane Society is a group of members and volunteers that have been devoted to improving the lives of companion

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animals since 1965. SCHS works to educate people on all aspects of responsible pet ownership, including spaying and neutering. SCHS created the SNIP, Spay/Neuter Impact Program and have helped nearly 1100 pets get spayed or neutered. SNIP is designed to educate the public on the necessity of getting their pets spayed or neutered. SNIP also offers a low-cost alternative for those who cannot

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JJ Blevins and Stacey Hendrickson

afford the surgery. Laura Cochran, board member said, “Our goal is to spay and neuter animals in order to eliminate euthanasia. It is the only way to eliminate the problem of over-population and put a stop to using euthanasia as a means to control the problem.” Remember, have your pet spayed or neutered.

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Miss Kingsport Jacquelyn Richmond

For more information, visit www.sullivancountyhumanesociety.com. Photography by: Shelley Parham

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SEEN IN BRISTOL | Laurel Marina & Yacht Club

Laurel Marina Poker Run

Kids Our Age Band

Diana and Eric Moffett, Diane Washburn and Rick Duncan

Silent Auction

Kelly Vance

How would you like to win $1,000 for spending a day on the lake? On Saturday, July 28, Jimmy and Jessica Ramey from Tazewell, Va. did just that at the Laurel Marina & Yacht Club’s 8th annual Poker Run and Live Auction benefitting Speedway Children’s Charities. Awards were given for the top four best hands. Hundreds of people join the Poker Run challenge each year with the winner taking home the $1,000 purse, or using it to purchase special items at the Live Auction. Area merchants Megan Bolin

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McKinnley Marsh, Cyndi Thomas, Angela Foster and Donnie Foster

donated items that were auctioned off after the Poker Run. President and Owner of Laurel Marina & Yacht Club Dale Thomas served as the auctioneer for the evening. The auction items ranged from Bristol Motor Speedway suite tickets, The Virginian golf packages, Laurel Marina & Yacht Club annual boat slips, wakeboards, surfboards, tubes, and Bristol Tennessee Essential Services electric grill, just to name a few. After the auction, for everyone’s enjoyment, “Music at the Marina” finished out the evening. This year Kids Our Age from Kingsport, Tenn., a three-piece combo (guitar, keyboard and drums) performed for the evening with musical selections from rock to beach and everything

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between. For eight consecutive years, the event increases the funding for the charity. The past three years $10,000 were raised each year and this year more than $11,000 will be donated to the charity. It is not too late to donate, please join in raising money for this admirable cause. For more information, call Dale Thomas or Reed Thomas at 423.878.5656, or contact Speedway Children’s Charities at 423.989.6975.

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SEEN IN BRISTOL | Highlands Fellowship

Highlands Fellowship

Annual Tools for Schools Back Pack

Many prayers were answered for local parents and school staff beginning this school year. Struggling families could not afford to go out and purchase the long list of school supplies needed for their children. The school systems were feeling the effects of programs that had been cut that they depended on and they too, were praying that the supplies would come in. Highlands Fellowship wanted to be a part in meeting those needs, from not having pencil and paper to being hungry; children needed their help to make this school year a great one. So, in June they kicked off their annual Tools for Schools Back Pack Project in all of their five campuses in Abingdon, Bristol, Johnson City, Marion and Kingsport.

Jason Feathers

By the first of August, the campuses were overflowing with supplies, 304 back packs and snack items. Volunteers were ready to start sorting and packing for delivery to Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia schools. The Bristol Campus, at Exit 5 Bristol, Virginia, Small Groups alone packed 140 back packs filled with all the supplies needed to have a successful school year. Sixty-four backpacks were delivered to the Bristol, Tennessee School System assistance program Connections to be distributed to the needs in their seven schools at Avoca, Anderson, Haynesfield, Fairmount, Holston View, Vance Middle School and TN High School. On delivery day, Connections already had 50 families signed up needing school supplies. Thirtyeight back packs and all the snack items collected were delivered to Washington and Lee Elementary School in the Bristol, VA School System. This school is listed as the highest poverty-stricken school at 82% poverty in Bristol, VA. The other 38 back packs were delivered to Valley Institute Elementary in Washington County, VA School System. By no means does the need for our local school children stop here. If you are interested in helping with school supplies or any other projects for our local schools, please contact Highlands Fellowship at 276.628.3297. For Campus locations and Service Times for Highlands Fellowship, visit them at www.highlandsfellowship.com Photography by: Mickey Baker | Story by: Tracey Feathers

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SEEN IN BRISTOL | The Olde Farm

Healing Hands: On August 4, the grounds of The Olde Farm in Bristol were transformed with beautiful chandelier-adorned tents for a circus-themed fundraiser for Healing Hands Heath Center. The Cirque du Montagne event stunned over 400 guests with its magnificent ambiance. From face-painted servers, colorfully costumed dancers, to a fantastic juggler, guests were treated to a true Cirque du Soleil event. Guests enjoyed a circus-inspired dinner including big top salad, flaming shrimp and grits, beef brisket, marinated chicken breast, confetti rice pilaf, and grilled summer vegetables. Dessert was equally amazing with funnel cake, fresh berry compote, warm milk chocolate sauce, and

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The Highlands Ballet Company

cotton candy garnish. Following dinner, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey auctioned off spectacular trips to Costa Rica, Jackson Hole, Orlando, Hilton Head, and The Greenbrier. Lt. Governor Ramsey continued the auction by offering elegant jewelry from Rylands & Co., decadent wine from Inari Wines, a beautiful mosaic mirror and stunning paintings by local artists, a custom-made suit from outstanding local retailer William King, a delicious, private dinner prepared by Troutdale Kitchens, and many more extraordinary items. Healing Hands Health Center is a free health clinic serving the greater Bristol area by offering care to low-income residents who work but do not have health insurance. Healing Hands provides medical, dental, vision, chiropractic care and counseling. The center will be celebrating its anniversary of 15 years in

Amanda Rose and Jamie Vance

Laura Young and Lea Powers

October with over 40,000 patient visits, $9 million in free medications, and 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses. Co-Chairs, Stacey Pomrenke and Melissa Steward, along with committee members and the entire staff would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to The Olde Farm event staff and all who sponsored, donated auction items, and participated in the Cirque du Montagne event. Fundraising events enable Healing Hands Health Center to serve the greater Bristol community with its unmet healthcare needs. Healing Hands, 210 Memorial Drive Bristol, TN. For more information, call 423.652.0260 or visit www.healinghandshealthcenter.org. Photography by: Richard Mink

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16th Annual UMOJA Festival

The 16th Annual Umoja Festival was held in Downtown Johnson City on August 10 and 11. The festival featured three stages of live musical performances. The festival also had a parade with stilt walkers, drummers, and dancers. Various local organizations also participated in the parade. The festival showcased a variety of national and local music artists such as The Tams, Midnight Star, Unlimited, Delta Playboys, and the MJ Beck Band, among others. The 3rd Stage (Freestock) featured up-and-coming local and regional artists. Food vendors, a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play area with inflatables and a train ride, storytelling, a 5K road race, vintage cars, gospel performers, and various contests were also a hit at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival. For more information, please visit www.umojajc.org or www.yourumoja.com. Photography and story submitted

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SEEN IN BRISTOL | The Centre

End of Summer Bash

Boys & Girls Club of the Mountain Empire

Lois Clarke, LaDonna Boardwine and Pam Walton

Cody Zirkle and Greg Weaver

Ryan Fabbri

On August 11, The Boys & Girls Club of the Mountain Empire celebrated with their End of the Summer Bash at The Centre in Bristol. Since 1976 this celebration was created by the Street family; third generation Jim and Barb Street of JA Street were on hand to reflect on the amazing organization. A silent auction offered everything from an oversized plush Coca-Cola bear to a collectorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mini Little Debbie Golf Locking Coin Bank. A unique raffle item, the rolling Whiskey Wagon, was a sight to see, and included Godiva Chocolates, soda and of course, whiskey. The evening was not complete without the Phantoms; guests had the opportunity to enjoy an amazing live band to finish off the summer celebration. Boys & Girls Club of the Mountain Empire includes Bristol TN, Bristol VA, and Abingdon. This agency thrives on assisting youth by serving families with after school and summer camp programs to encourage boys and girls by teaching educational programs mixed with a whole lot of love and care, and great fun. The passion and drive of the board members, Director and staff is truly contagious and inspiring. Keep up the great work! Adam Huges and Jennifer Combs

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Artist Profile

Art in Public Places

Art in Public Places is a community art project

multi- media events, art shows, and performances

organized and implemented by the Art in Public

at numerous venues, art galleries, museums, public

Places Board with the cooperation of the Bristol,

festivals, and uncommon spaces in his native city

Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, city governments.

of Detroit, MI. He has curated an ambitious series

The goal of AiPP is to install art in public spaces

of public programs, education workshops at the

in Bristol for the enjoyment and enrichment of

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) since

the community. Artist submissions are solicited

the museum’s opening in 2006. Hernandez has

throughout the nation, and an expert juror, who is

acted as co-curator of several MOCAD exhibitions, including considering Detroit, Radio Caroline (as part of the traveling Broadcast exhibition), and the internationally renowned Shrinking Cities exhibition. Benjamin Hernandez’s primary interest lies at the point where art intersects everyday life and the exploration of art’s inherent ability to create a sense of community.

sculptures for personal and corporate collections. You can view Hanna’s winning masterpiece at the selected by the Art in Public Places Board, judges the

WCYB Plaza.

entries.

Wayne Trapp of Vilas, N.C. won with his powder-

The Art in Public Places project began in 2006 with

coated mild steel sculpture entitled “Sail Away”. The

the installation of six sculptures in the downtown area. The public response to the original exhibit was immediate and enthusiastic, drawing interest and debate from various sections of the community, including art students from Vance Middle School and St. Anne’s School. AiPP also supports several youth art initiatives in the community. The citizens of Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, private citizens, area businesses, and foundations support Art in Public Places. AiPP has a board of directors including; Candy A. Snodgrass, President, Barbara Neimezak, Vice President, Cam Collins, Secretary/Treasurer, Neile Asbury, Ben Collins, Bill Hartley, Holly Mancl, Mary Jane Miller, and Jessica Turner. The project has continued to build on its initial success, bringing new sculptures to downtown Bristol each year. AiPP plans to continue bringing public art to Bristol, increasing both the quantity and quality of our entries each year. The 2012-2013 competition was the largest to date with more than 50 entries. This year’s juror, Benjamin Hernandez, selected nine winning sculptures. Artist, curator, writer, filmmaker, and producer Benjamin Hernandez has worked for 15 years organizing Photography by: AIPP

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Story by: Rita Dykes

Winners of the 2012 -2013 competition are Hanna

idea from Wayne’s piece came from a recent beach

Jubran, Wayne Trapp, Davis Whitfield, Joseph Bigley,

trip where he observed a preponderance of sailboats

Paris Alexander, Jon Mehlferber, and Adam Walls.

and buoys. Wayne graduated from the Art Institute in

Hanna Jubran of Griemsland, N.C. won with his rusted steel sculpture entitled “Personal Space”. Hanna’s work addresses the concepts of time, movement, balance and space. Hanna has competed in competitions all over the world

Pittsburg, but continued studying various facets of art at Carnegie Mellon, Arts Student League, Pratt, and Ohio State University. Wayne has an impressive list of corporate clients who own his work. You can view Wayne’s winning masterpiece at Bristol Public Library.

with every symposium he participates in; the

Davis Whitfield of Mountain City, Tenn. won with his

sculpture created is retained as part of the town

cor-ten steel sculpture entitled “Tango for You”. Davis’

or organizations permanent collection. Hanna

sculpture is an abstraction of two lovers dancing the

is consistent in his pursuit of creating enjoyable

tango. The taller form represents the man, the other f


in Sculptural Dimensional Studies from Alfred University.

Adam Walls of Laurinburg, N.C. won with his steel sculpture

Joseph is an adjunct professor of sculpture at Appalachian

entitled “Mother and Child”. His sculpture is an abstract of

State University. You can view Joseph’s winning masterpiece

a mother and child depicting a child nestled next to their

at the Bristol, Tenn. Courthouse.

mother. It is most effective when rain pours from the mouth

Paris Alexander of Raleigh, N.C. won with his carved

of the larger form into the mouth of the smaller form. It

limestone sculpture entitled “Jacob’s Ladder”. Paris has been working on the portal series for the last 12 years and has produced dozens of works related to or inspired by the barrier doorways. Jacob’s Ladder has a direct lineage by working with the rectangular form of a doorway. Paris’ work has been exhibited widely in galleries, universities, museums, as well as in numerous public and private

form with its bulleted cut-outs represent the ruffles of the tango dress. Davis graduated with a double major in painting and sculpture from Delta State University. For ten years, he has been the apprentice

is symbolizing the sharing of nourishment, love, and life

to renowned sculptor and painter, Wayne Trapp. When

between mother and child. Adam has been creating large-

Davis is not working with Wayne, he spends his time

scale sculptures for ten years. Art and teaching have been

finding his own voice in the world of art. You can view

his lifelong pursuits. You can view his winning masterpiece at

Davis’s winning masterpiece at Cumberland Park.

Anderson Street Park. Beth Nybeck of Kansas City, Mo.won with her stainless

Joseph Bigley of Boone N.C. won with his cast bronze,

steel entitled “Break Away”. Her sculpture embodies the

steel, and brass sculpture entitled “Formal-ly #1”.

blur and rush that happens when one dares to run to a

Joseph’s work was derived from observations of interaction

rhythm they have developed and in the direction they have forged. Beth received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Northern Iowa. Her emphasis area and passion are in sculpture working primarily with metal. She uses commissions. His work is included in the collection of Wake Med, Duke University, Saks Fifth Avenue, the R.C. Kessler Collection, SAS Institute, former president Bill Clinton, and Senator Bob Dole. Paris is an instructor in sculpture, drawing, and anatomy. You can view Paris’ winning masterpiece at the Bristol Public Library. Jon Mehlferber of Dahlonega, Ga. won with his steel sculpture entitled “Monolithic”. His work was inspired by the simple, graceful curve that results from bending a thin strip of wood. His sculpture was intentionally rough hewn and scarified that is reminiscent of marks found on some African masks and sculptures. Jon received both his MFA in Sculpture and his Ph.D. in Art Theory and Criticism from

between humanity and nature. His sculpture is a symbiotic relationship between the two by the push and pull between humanity and nature as may be interpreted through the sense of implied movement. Joseph is a visual artist working in various media and methodologies. He received an MFA

the University of Georgia. Jon’s artworks have been featured in more than one hundred exhibitions across the U.S. and internationally. Jon is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Georgia. You can view his winning masterpiece at the Anderson Street Park.

abstraction as a method of manipulating forms and ideas into sculptures. Beth’s work has been exhibited in Iowa, Florida, Kansas, Nebraska, Indiana, Missouri, and now in Tennessee. You can view her winning masterpiece at The Downtown Center. For more information, visit www.aippbristol.org.

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Kingsport Town Center

Belk Bridal Expo

Storybrook Farm

The Belk Bridal Expo on August 19 was hosted by Cheryl Trivett, Accessories, Shoes and Home STM, of The Belk Department Store in the Kingsport Town Center. The event honored upcoming brides getting ready to look for dresses and plan their big day! Along with local vendors, a fashion show was held to showcase dresses

Kathy Kennedy with Cruise Planners and Sally Dodson with Bel Rae Ballroom

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provided by Annie’s Room and Tuxedos from Moon Tuxedo. Hair and makeup for the models was generously provided by the Hair Benders Salon staff.

Vendors for the Bridal Expo include: 1. Nancy Corey Winery and Wedding Venue 2. Rainbow’s End 3. Magical Moments 4. 31 Gifts 5. Crabtree Photos 6. Storybrook Farm 7. Moon Tuxedo 8. Cake Gallery 9. Designer Cakes 10. Brixey Studios 11. Food City 12. Cruise Planners 13. Photo Tech 14. Annie’s Room

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Hair Benders Salon

Hair Benders Salon Open House The Hair Benders Salon Open House 2012 was tons of fun for the attendees and their staff! It was a wonderful way to connect with the local community while offering free treatments and great discounts in their retail department. Clients were able to learn unique styling tips from their educated staff and in-house Redken Artists. Everyone had a great time sipping on wine and indulging in cupcakes, while learning how to make our morning routine a little easier. The monogram jewelry was a hit with the attendees, and they also took full advantage of the amazing chair massages from Back to Basics Massage Therapy, located next door. Participants loved the Shellac polish service by nail technician, Diane, along with the facials, waxing, and deep conditioning hair treatments offered. Hair Benders also had gift card drawings every 30 minutes to keep the excitement and energy high. Overall, the whole night was a huge success. We look forward to seeing what wonderful surprises they will have next year! Visit their website at www.hairbenderssalon.com or find them on facebook. Photography by: Kelli Rogers | Story by: Kelli Rogers

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SEEN IN LIMESTONE | Crumley House

Polynesian Beach Party

June Barrett and Jim Powell

Nancy Hope-Major and Odie Major

April Edwards and Angie Anderson

Cheryl and Jim Haselsteiner

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment… sand beneath your feet, colorful tropical plants, and Hawaiian leis… now add balmy temperatures, blue skies, and the aroma of pineapple chicken. Now open your eyes… yes, you are still in Northeast Tennessee; however, this description came to life as many fortunate guests attended a wonderful event that turned a little corner of our world into a tropical paradise at the Polynesian Beach Party at the Crumley House for Brain Injury Rehabilitation. The annual affair is a fun, festive way to bring awareness and raise funds for the center. Attendees came donned in their tropical finest and upon arrival were given a Hawaiian floral lei to wear that added to the feel of the islands. The event consisted of an array of delicious food choices catered by the Crumley House Staff and overseen by Chef Angie of Café Pacific. Ryan and Jody Wagner, owners of Happy Hour beverages, graciously donated the refreshments, which included delicious sangria. As guests nibbled on appetizers and strolled around the silent auction items, they also had the opportunity to pose for a free photo with an ocean backdrop as a souvenir or have a personal caricature drawn by local artist William Morrison. After the “islanders” had their fill of what seemed like an endless reverie of delectables, the live auction began and guests vied for items including a big screen television, trips, and private flying tours. The evening continued with entertainment by The Spirit of Soul Dance Band, and in the musical lyrics of the Polynesian crooner Don Ho himself, partygoers danced “in the misty moonlight along the tropic fire light, everything was alright.” Photography and story by: Lynda Fontaine

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Ryan and Jody Wagner

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John Abe Teague, Phil & Pam Roe, and Vickie Teague

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William Morrison and Bobbie & Eddie Huffine

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Bowman Jewelers held their first ever Antique Trunk Show by Singer, Inc on Thursday, August 16. Friends of the store, as well as the community, were invited to view jewelry from the estates of such celebrities as Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne,

Monica Honeycutt, Jan Kazmier, and Robin Williams

Dick George, Richard Banks, and Chris Cooper

Candy Stieler and Maggie Cooper

Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, Cher, and Bette Midler. The event started at noon and ended at 8pm with refreshments served from 5:30 to 7:30. Maple Lane Farms displayed an amazing spread of delicious food.

Beverages were provided by

Cherokee, and wine was sponsored by Cartridge World. Later in the evening, more than $1000 worth of door prizes were given away. Lucky winners were treated to certificates

Terry Kazmier, Candy Stieler, and Bernie Moseley

for products and services from Renovus Medi Spa as well as beautiful jewelry from Bowman Jewelers. Bowman Jewelers has been an active part of the community and a fixture in the jewelry business in Johnson City since 1927. Their store is located at 2111 North Roan Street, and they can be reached at 423.282.8101. Photography by: Kirsten Hall | Story by: Kirsten Hall

Aaron Larkin and Paula Wells

Ashley Grindstaff and Angela Striligas

Winner of a $500 gift from Bowman Jewelers, Kevin Estep

Victoria Bowman Duever, Rob Bowman, and Linda Bowman

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Kingsport Theatre Guild, Inc. is one of the oldest

dramas, comedies, and thrillers.

community theaters in Tennessee. This year marks

nails, hardware etc. They would like leftover paint, even small amounts of any color is very useful.

its 65th year of continuous operation and it will

Imagination Theater was created in 2005 to develop

Our costume leads can use old curtains and large

start with an Anniversary Bash, September 15, 7

youth interest in theatre. Sponsored by the City of

amounts of fabric for creating costumes. They

to 10 pm, at the Renaissance Center. The KTG 65

Kingsport and the Tennessee Arts Commission,

are always on the lookout for unusual items, funky

Anniversary Bash is an evening with friends, great

Christy Reese Vance started the program with an

shoes, wigs and costume jewelry, purses and hats.

food, drink, and fabulous entertainment. The $65

eye towards showing young actors how to discover

Office supplies such as printer paper, tape, and

ticket includes a season pass for the 2012- 2013

their own creativity and talents. All of the subsequent

notebooks are always appreciated. To schedule a

season.

Imagination Theatre directors have enhanced the

dropoff, please contact the office at 423-392-8427.

program excellence. Each year they produce a

Specifics for the 2012- 2013 season include an Old

J. Fred Johnson, one of the city founders, may

play specifically for school groups. This year’s

Classic Bomber Jacket. We need pink everything

have been Kingsport’s first prominent thespian.

production is “Pinkalicious”.

- fabric, tights, socks, wigs, jewelry, gloves, skirts,

He appeared in a 1920 theatrical production titled

vests, scarves and shoes – pink, pink, pink!

“Everybody’s Husband” for the benefit of a future

The Renaissance Players formed several years ago

public library. It wasn’t until 1947, however, that the

with Stan Sanders taking the lead. This group of

KTG’s production of “Swingtime Canteen” was one

official community theater, Kingsport Theatre Guild

senior actors, directors, and technicians provide

of the highlights of Fun Fest 2000, as were Fun

(KTG), was formed and presented its first

Fest 2002’s “Joseph and The Amazing

formal production, “Yes and No”.

Technicolor Dreamcoat” and 2003’s “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To

Through the years the Kingsport Theatre

The Forum”.

Guild performed in a variety of venues, including a barn on Eden’s Ridge,

“An arts organization that exists for 65

school auditoriums, church fellowship

years requires the vision, commitment,

halls, a community center on Sullivan

and determination of many people. The

Street, a Fine Arts Center on Church

Kingsport Theatre Guild appreciates the

Circle, and, currently at the Renaissance

businesses and individuals who support

Center.

community theatre through sponsorship, volunteerism, and audience attendance,” In 1992,

states Sharon Hormel Hurd, organizational

KTG

consultant for arts and cultural projects.

expanded its board of

depth to the KTG. Currently, they provide a pool of

directors to include

senior actors for upcoming productions and events.

more community

Community volunteers are the actors and are the

representatives and

behind- the- scenes technicians. Volunteers work

in 1993 hired its first

closely with theater professionals and staff to ensure

staff person. Since

high-quality productions. The KTG provides a

that time, much has

valuable educational experience for all of those who

been accomplished.

participate, whether as actors, musicians, crew, or

Edgar Allan Poe – Oct 20- 28

Growing audiences

technicians. The KTG logs an average of 8,000 to

and increasing

10,000 volunteer hours a year.

The Neverending Story – Nov 9- 11

financial support from local businesses

Kingsport Theatre Guild is a 501(c)3 nonprofit so all

and individuals have

your donations are tax deductible. The KTG is reliant

enabled the Kingsport

and appreciative of all donations, and they support

Theatre Guild to

up-cycling! The KTG encourages the community to

offer a year-round

prevent items from going to the landfill. They would

schedule of musicals,

love construction project leftovers: paint, lumber,

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Who or what inspired you to start the band? There were a few names thrown around early. Folk Soul Revival was put together as a sort of literal description of our sound. We play folk instruments, with soulful lyrics and harmonies. Revival seemed to represent the fact of us coming together as a band to play. Nowadays, the energy on stage and in the crowd makes it feel a little bit like a revival every time we play. (Brandon Sturgill)

Who are your band members and how long have they been with you? Daniel Davis, Justin Venable, and Brandon Sturgill have been playing in the group since it was formed in 2008. Daniel Vanover came into the mix in March of 2011. Dan Witt is the latest addition, starting with us this past New Year’s. (Daniel Davis)

What type of music do you play? ‘Appalachian Throwdown’ or ‘Rowdy Roots’ music. (Daniel Vanover)

What is something that most people would never know about the band? Something people don’t generally know about the band, well, we were all original members of KC and the Sunshine Band. Of course, we were all replaced before the band got big. (Justin Venable)

If you could play with anyone on stage who would it be and why?

As far as people, I’d like to share the stage with one day, my vote is for Jimmy Buffet. I’ve always loved him and I just think our two energies would completely compliment each other. He seems like he would be a ton of fun on stage. (Dan Witt)

Where was the funniest place you have performed? I think the funniest place we’ve played, lately, would be the Kickstarter video we did in the bathroom at Martin’s Downtown in Roanoke VA. We hauled Sturgill’s stand up bass and a guitar in this tiny little men’s room and played a new tune the boys had been working on. Fellas kept walking through to the stalls wondering what in the world was going on. Pretty comical. (Dan Witt)

What big things do you have coming up? We’re still riding the wave of this brand new album being released, but aside from that we just headlined in a Bluegrass festival

in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We also have a show coming up in December in New York City with Grammy award-winning cellist Dave Eggar. This is Dave’s stomping grounds so we look forward to branching out and pulling in some of his fan base. Plus, I think we’re all stoked to play music in NYC. (Dan Witt)

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SEEN IN BRISTOL | Bristol Motor Speedway

Regional Business After Hours

Kevin White, Corrina Reynard,and Ben Igou

Delegate Israel O’ Quinn, Congressman Phil Roe, Congressman Morgan Griffith ,and Moore Hallmark of the US Chamber of Commerce.

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Greg Harvey, Brandon Cross, and TJ Thomas

Chamber members from across the Tri-Cities gathered at the Thunder Valley Drag Way in Bristol, on July 30. Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City, and Washington County Chambers of Commerce joined forces for the regional event. Guests were welcomed by Chairman of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Virginia Delegate, Israel O’Quinn. Chamber members were honored to observe the Spirit of Enterprise Award Presentation. Moore Hallmark, Executive Director, U.S. Chamber Southeast Region Chamber Office, presented the awards to Tennessee Representative, Phil Roe and Virginia Representative, Morgan Griffith. The U.S. Chamber seeks out crucial issues to businesses and evaluates how members of congress vote on the issues. Roe and Griffith voted for well over the 70 percent required to receive this prestigious award. Following the presentation, guests mingled and networked with members of neighboring Chambers while enjoying food and drinks in the comfort of a deluxe suite in the Jeff Boyd Tower.

Lisa Tolliver and Keisha Perkins

Debbie Davis and Julie Eades

The night was not over with the food; chamber members had the opportunity to partake in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The brave-at-heart strapped themselves into an 800-horsepower dragster provided by Doug Foley’s Drag Racing Experience. For those who dared to venture down the quarter-mile track, they experienced a thrill like no other. Make no mistake, no one left the event without experiencing the sounds that gave Bristol Drag Way its famous name, Thunder Valley. For a link to your area chamber, visit www.uschamber.com. Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story by: Rita Dykes

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Boys & Girls Club Check Presentation A donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol on August 14 was a tremendous surprise to the Club. The James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol, Va. along with the Todd Wagner Foundation of Dallas, Texas presented a check in the amount of $250,000 to Eric Clark, Boys & Girls Club executive director during a ceremony at the club’s main facility. The generous gift will enhance programs and enrich many children’s lives by helping the Club maintain its mission that has been in place since 1949. James McGlothlin is the founder, CEO, and chairman of The United Company in Bristol, Va. Mr. McGlothlin, a native of Grundy, and his wife Frances are active philanthropists in education and arts-related causes. The McGlothlins gave the Boys & Girls Club praise in its success of the positive impact of life-changing events in the lives of many children and families. Todd Wagner, founder of the Wagner Foundation, is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who has achieved considerable success in the fields of technology, media, and entertainment. During the 10 years of the Foundation’s existence, it has donated millions of dollars to the enrichment of atrisk children and residents of underserved communities. The Wagner Foundation is a supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation. The Boys & Girls Club of Bristol consists of four Club facilities seeking to provide every child with the essential tools for success. The vision of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bristol has grown and changed with the needs of the children. The Club strives to improve each child’s life by implementing self-esteem, courage, and positive values through educational programs. Programs in character and leadership development empower youth to support and influence their club and community, sustain meaningful relationships, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others’ cultural identities. For more information, visit www.bristolclub.org. Photography by: April Taylor | Story by: Rita Dykes

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SEEN IN ABINGDON | Heartwood

Second Annual “Farm to Fork” Gala Heartwood, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway and Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) announce the Second Annual “Farm To Fork GalaCelebrating the Taste of Local”. The event will be held at Heartwood, Exit 14, I-81, Abingdon, VA., Saturday September 8. The event will provide attendees an opportunity to connect with ASD, its programs benefitting the region, feast on magnificent dishes prepared by three acclaimed chefs, enjoy great regional wine and beer, listen to live, old-time string band music and participate in a live auction of magnificent regional artwork. Attendees who wish to participate will also have the chance to win one of seventy-five gift boxes containing a handcrafted item made by a Heartwood artist. The Corklickers will provide music for the evening. Tickets: $100 Person or $175 Couple

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From top to bottom: Will Pippin, Derinda Larkin, M. Jo Bowen, Seth Jervis, Mike Williams, Kathy McDavid, Alice White, Dan O’Leary, Colby Hurd, Robin Todd, Justin Jones, Alan Anderson, Shirley Warren, Jim Rigsby, Stacey Johnson, Cathy Turner, Teresa Jervis, Susie Fields, Mike Lane

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SEEN IN BRISTOL | Foundation Event Facility

Return of the Killer Shrews Premiere Fundraiser

Actor James Best and wife, Dorothy

Actor Pat Moran and

Hollywood stars illuminated State Street

and Bruce Davidson. The film was pro-

in Bristol on July 28 as the Birthplace of

duced by James and Dorothy Collier

Country Music rolled out the red carpet

Best and Pat Moran, directed by Steve

for the premiere of Return of the Killer

Latshaw, and written by James Best, Pat

Shrews. Bristol’s historical film premiere

Moran, and Steve Latshaw.

Amy Lynn and Morgan King

took place at the Foundation Event Facility. Stars that walked the famed red car-

Bristol’s first Hollywood production pre-

pet included James Best, Jennifer Lyons,

miere served as a fundraiser for the Bris-

Rick Hurst, Bristol’s very own David and

tol Speedway Children’s Charities. Bristol

Patty Browning, along with co-star Patrick

Speedway Children’s Charities provides

Moran, and director Steve Latshaw. As

funding for nonprofit organizations that

the stars stepped out of their limousines,

meet the needs of children located

the crowd greeted them with claps,

throughout Northeast Tennessee and

cheers, smiling faces, flashing cameras

Southwest Virginia. The Bristol Chapter’s

and genuine southern hospitality. It was

vision is for every child to have the same

if Bristol had transformed into Hollywood

opportunities no matter what obstacle

itself. The spectacular evening included a

they are facing.

Actor Jason Shane Scott

Becky & Wally Jones

Belton & Jerry Caldwell

Bill & Amy Lancaster

reception and delicious dinner, followed by the movie premiere on three of the

A special thank you to David and Patty

Foundation’s new 16-foot screens, an

Browning, and James and Dorothy Best

auction including one of James Best’s

for making Bristol home to yet another

original paintings, and dancing rounding

sensational historical event, and for

out the evening. Attendees experienced

contributing to the great work of Bristol

a once-in-a-lifetime, magnificent evening.

Speedway Children’s Charities.

Return of the Killer Shrews, a Coal Train

For more information on Return of the Kill-

Productions, Best Friend Films, and

er Shrews, visit www.killershrewsmovie.

Generic Film Group sequel of the origi-

com. For more information on Bristol’s

nal 1959 classic, The Killer Shrews, star

Speedway Children’s charities, visit www.

James Best, John Schneider, Rick Hurst,

bristol.speedwaycharities.org.

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Dewey & Sandy Cashwell

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Debi & Roger Yarbrough

Drew Lumpkin & Nicole Farrar

Bradyen & Brice Lay and Charlotte Guthrie

Connie & Charles Moffatt

Heather Smith, Jason Smith and Jennifer Smith

Geoff & Julie Newman

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Erika Cashwell & Nicholas Paloian

Gail Childress and Tammy Carrier

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Jennifer & Shawn Ranbo

Jennifer Lyons, Actress

Jerry Kirk and Sharon Farmer

Jan, Adam & Alan Newsome

Jerry Vencill

Jim and Teresa Bowman

Rebecca Pippin & Claudia Byrd

Jim Maxwell and Laura Smith

Sam & Debbie Culbertson

Joann & Dr. Ed Hatcher

Samantha Miles and Kenneth Junkin

Joyce & Sid Oakley

Sandra & James Lundy

Rob & Mary Hall

Sharon & Ken Smith

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Tiffany & Chris Tatum

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Keisha & Patrick Gould

Kristina & Karl Heisler

Linda & Morgan King

Linda Kennedy and Kelly Grahm

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SEEN IN KINGPORT | Action Rental & Sales

Action Rental & Sales

Celebrates 30 Years

Teresa McDavid, Lisa Richards, and Marcia Dockery

Gena Mockabee, Paul Nottingham, and Donnie Bingham

Peter Bronax and John Blackford

We’ve all been in the position where we have said to ourselves, “This would be so much easier if I only had (insert your own answer here).” In Kingsport, Paul and Debbie Nottingham have built a business focused on helping people have that item when they need it, for as long as they need it, and the company is celebrating 30 years of success. For the past three decades, people in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia have relied on Action Rentals for high-quality tools and equipment in good working order. The company’s experienced professionals provide a superior level of service, showing customers how to properly use the equipment they rent and answering any questions they may have. “A happy customer is a repeat customer, and we want to be our customers’ first choice whether they call on us every week or just occasionally,” says Paul. “Our folks know how to use everything we rent, and we take time to show our customers how to use the equipment so they will get the best possible results from their effort.” Connie and Leland Leonard

Nottingham says the company’s customer base falls into three primary categories: do-it-yourselfers, professional contractors, and people planning events. Event planners use the company’s tent and party rental division, which was established in 1995 in response to customer demand. Debbie Nottingham and her team work with customers who need everything from linens for a wedding reception to a cotton candy machine for an employee event or an inflatable for a child’s birthday party.

Debbie and Paul Nottingham

“We encounter quite a few customers who don’t plan events on a regular basis,” explains Debbie. “It’s really enjoyable to show people all that we offer and help them plan an event that is both successful and memorable.” So the next time you find yourself in the predicament of pondering how much easier a job would be with a certain tool or how much better your party would go with say, a chocolate fountain, remember Action Rentals. Chances are they have just what you need. Action Rentals and Sales is located at 1861 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm, and Saturday, 7:30am to 3pm. To learn more, please call 423.246.5181 or 1-800-8RENTAL, or see the company’s website at www.actionrentalkpt.com. Photography by: Shelley Parham | Story Submitted

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CASA Ribbon Cutting

It was time for CASA for Kids, Inc. to celebrate and celebrate they did! On August 9, 2012, CASA hosted an open house at 310 Shelby in downtown Kingsport. The festivities began with an official ribbon cutting with Kingsport’s Mayor Dennis Phillips and Chamber CEO Miles Burdine holding the ribbon as CASA Executive Director Connie Steere proudly cut away. CASA’s own board of directors hosted, supplying refreshments for all. Hundreds in attendance enjoyed the evening, celebrating that CASA for Kids, Inc. now owns their own building, thanks to a very generous anonymous foundation board. The event also gave CASA the opportunity to publicly thank Katie, Jim, and Laura Rogers for recently selecting CASA as a recipient of their own JnL Foundation, right before Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and wife Sindy arrived to introduce Alan Hill with AT&T who presented CASA with a $5,000 check. CASA For Kids, Inc.’s mission is to provide Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA Volunteers) for abused/neglected children in Sullivan and Hawkins County. For more info: www.casa4kidsinc.org

Photography by: Brian Hullette

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8" SUB SANDWICHES

All of my tasty sub sandwiches are a full 8 inches of homemade French bread, fresh veggies and the finest meats & cheese I can buy! And if it matters to you, we slice everything fresh everyday in this store, right here where you can see it. (No mystery meat here!)

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Same ingredients and price of the sub or club without the bread.

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Layers of provolone cheese separated by real avocado spread, alfalfa sprouts, sliced cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. (Truly a gourmet sub not for vegetarians only . . . . . . . . . . . peace dude!)

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GIANT club sandwiches My club sandwiches have twice the meat or cheese, try it on my fresh baked thick sliced 7-grain bread or my famous homemade french bread!

#7 GOURMET SMOKED HAM CLUB A full 1/4 pound of real applewood smoked ham, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, & real mayo!

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Choice roast beef, smoked ham, provolone cheese, Dijon mustard, lettuce, tomato, & mayo.

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Real genoa salami, Italian capicola, smoked ham, and provolone cheese all topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and our homemade Italian vinaigrette. (You hav'ta order hot peppers, just ask!)

#10 HUNTER’S CLUB®

A full 1/4 pound of fresh sliced medium rare roast beef, provolone, lettuce, tomato, & mayo.

#11 COUNTRY CLUB®

Fresh sliced turkey breast, applewood smoked ham, provolone, and tons of lettuce, tomato, and mayo! (A very traditional, yet always exceptional classic!)

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Fresh baked turkey breast, provolone cheese, avocado spread, sliced cucumber, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, and mayo! (It's the real deal, and it ain't even California.)

#13 GOURMET VEGGIE CLUB® Double provolone, real avocado spread, sliced cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, tomato, & mayo. (Try it on my 7-grain whole wheat bread. This veggie sandwich is world class!)

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Roast beef, turkey breast, lettuce, tomato, & mayo. An American classic, certainly not invented by J.J. but definitely tweaked and fine-tuned to perfection!

#15 CLUB TUNA®

The same as our #3 Totally Tuna except this one has a lot more. Fresh housemade tuna salad, provolone, sprouts, cucumber, lettuce, & tomato.

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Fresh sliced turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato, & mayo. (JJ's original turkey & bacon club)

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CENE April Hamby-Crabtree’s Allstate Agency The Bristol Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of April Hamby-Crabtree’s Allstate Agency with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 12. Guests were welcomed by April and her staff at the new office located at 1701 Euclid Avenue in Bristol, Va. The new Allstate Agency offers a wide range of insurance policies to protect personal needs such as family, homes, and vehicles. April can help prepare strategies to achieve the financial goals of her clients. At Allstate, a licensed insurance professional is available 24 hours every day. Allstate offers more than 75 years of experience to meet the needs of their clients with easily filed claims and prompt service. April’s knowledge and understanding of the people in the community allows her, as a personal financial representative, to provide clients with an outstanding level of service.

For more information, stop by and visit the fine folks at the Euclid Avenue location or call them at 276.356.9119.

Ken’s Hot Dog Hut The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Ken’s Hot Dog Hut’s second location on July 31. Chamber members, friends, patrons, staff, and family members came out to participate in the opening of Ken’s Hot Dog Hut at 145 West Center Street in downtown Kingsport. Ken’s Hot Dog Hut offers more than just nine varieties of hot dogs; the Hut serves everything from biscuits, beans, corn bread, salads, nachos, baked potatoes, sandwiches, BBQ, and soup. For added customer convenience, reserved parking spaces are available in the parking garage behind the Hot Dog Hut. Visit the fine folks at Ken’s Hot Dog Hut Monday through Saturday. To view their menu and hours of operation, visit www.hotdoghutkpt.com.

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Vision LLC, The Foundation The Bristol Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Vision LLC, at The Foundation on August 7 at 620 State Street in Bristol, Tenn. A large crowd of Chamber members and guests came to The Foundation to celebrate with Vision LLC. Guests were treated to delicious cuisine and drinks as they enjoyed their magnificent surroundings at The Foundation. What better venue to hold a party, wedding, or event than in the heart of Bristol, the Birthplace of Country Music? The Foundation has been the home to many events due to its energy, experienced staff, and space. The Foundation can host as many as 500 guests and has smaller venues within the space for smaller parties. For more information, visit www.foundationeventfacility.com.

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Imperial Medicine On Thursday, July 26, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting and an open house for Imperial Family Medicine. Imperial Family Medicine offers a full range of services including family medicine, therapy, weight management, pain management, geriatrics and more. Dr. Vijay Singh opened Imperial Family Medicine in May of 2011. Imperial Family Medicine applies their motto “Simple and Sincere Medicine” to their patients every day. Imperial Family Medicine is open 7 days a week and is located at 645 East Main Street in Downtown Kingsport. For more information, call 423.245.1560.

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CENE Bristol Bass Pro Shop Today city officials joined hundreds from the community in welcoming Johnny Morris, Founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops to the Bristol Tennessee groundbreaking ceremony held at the Exit 74 site. On hand for the festivities were Richard Childress, of Richard Childress Racing, Mike Helton, NASCAR President, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and TV Host Bill Dance among other dignitaries.

Photography by Earl Neikirk/Bristol Herald Courier

Steve Johnson of Johnson Development recalled how quickly the partnership between he and Morris was formed and actually came to being in just the last month, “When asked by Johnny, why Bristol? I pointed out that he needed to be in Birthplace of Country Music and home of Bristol Motor Speedway. Johnny, I just think that country music, racing and Bass Pro Shops are a good combination.” Johnson reported that grading would begin on the site in October and the pad for the building would be ready in January 2013. The new Bass Pro Shop should be ready for Christmas shopping in December of 2013. Bristol Tennessee Mayor Joel Staton commented that there was no better place for a Bass Pro Shop, than in the mountains of East Tennessee. Staton continued, “From almost anywhere in our region you are only minutes away from a lake, river or mountain.” Johnny Morris, Founder of Bass Pro Shops said, “We are very excited to bring Bass Pro Shop to the Tri-Cities area and be a part of this unique quality development. The area’s long history of hunting and fishing tradition along with the highly visible and accessible location make this the perfect place to better serve our many customers and outdoor enthusiasts that visit and live in this beautiful part of the country.”

Innovation Academy The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting and meet-and-greet for the grand opening of the Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee on Friday, August 2. Officials from Kingsport City Schools and Sullivan County Schools welcomed guests to the Academy located at 149 Brookside School Lane in Bloomingdale. The Academy is a platform school of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) school is a joint venture of the Kingsport and Sullivan County school systems. The new Innovation Academy is currently a sixth and seventh grade school but will eventually house grades six through twelve. For more information, call 423.292.2271 or visit: www.ianetn.org.

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The Virginian | 22512 Clubhouse Ridge, Bristol, VA | 24202 | 276.645.7050 | www.thevirginian.com

15246 Turnberry Court

15381 High Meadow Trail

15077 Washington Way

14812 Springview Ridge

14554 Highlands Trail

Magnificent 4200 +/- sq ft home nestled atop a wooded, rolling 1.06 acre lot on a peaceful street. Four bedrooms, four full baths and one half bath. Many improvements have been made by the current owners including addition of new ceiling fans & light fixtures, new custom pantry, new laundry room cabinets & granite. Master bath cabinets reconfigured along with installation of granite. New custom built mud room with lockers, water cooler closet and built-in desk. Bedroom over garage has new walk-in closet and new bathroom with marble counters. Screened-in back porch and fenced back yard.

Wonderful home in the Highlands section of The Virginian. Hardwood flooring throughout main living areas with tile in the bathrooms. Top quality appliances and granite counters in the kitchen. 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Copper guttering and downspouts. Bonus room over the two car garage. Beautiful stone fireplace with gas logs in the great room.

Custom built home located on the 4th hole of The Virginian. With over 8400 square feet, featuring 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, 3 fireplaces, 3 car garage, exercise room, recreation room, media room, study and a bonus room over the garage. It has 3 heating and cooling units. This home is beautifully landscaped with a concrete circular driveway. A stone entry way makes a warm, inviting feeling as you enter the home. Plantation shutters throughout. All kitchen appliances convey.

Fabulous house overlooking the 5th hole of the golf course and one of The Virginianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lakes. It is a corner lot on a street with many multi-million dollar homes. Home features four bedrooms, four full baths and one half bath. Also includes a new addition to the home. A circular concrete drive makes parking a breeze for visitors. The house is tastefully constructed with rock and brick. Wonderful landscaping on the lot is over the top. The two car garage is heated and cooled. All window treatments included.

New Listing!! Traditional, brick home overlooking the 3rd Fairway of the Golf Course! Open floor plan with lots of windows. Kitchen completely renovated in 2007 with new appliances, cabinetry, counters, fixtures and flooring. Master bedroom on the main level with walk-in closet. Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors and newer carpet in bedrooms. Spacious family room in basement plus lots of extra storage, even space for a golf cart! Covered back porch wooded back yard perfect for peaceful relaxation. Located on a cul-de-sac street.

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