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Garden Also Inside:

COCKTAILS & CUTE HANDBAGS PEAKEASY 2018 NORTHEAST TENNESSEE AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS AND MUCH MORE

Eric Blevins

Brings Comfort & Luxury to Downtown Living in Bristol


Letter from the Publisher

FOUNDER/PUBLISHER Angela J. Baker angela@vipseenmag.com CO-OWNER Mickey J. Baker CREATIVE DIRECTOR Angelica Ares angelica_a@vipseenmag.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Dianna Pilkenton diannapilk@gmail.com EVENTS COORDINATOR Allison Galloway allison@vipseenmag.com VIPSEEN LIVE! Whitney Carr whitney@vipseenmag.com

She Says ... Yay! It is spring! I am pretty sure I am a nicer person during the warmer, more colorful seasons. Well, unless I am trying on last season’s bathing suit…that tends to make me a little grumpy. All I want is to be able to eat like a bear going into hibernation without looking like one when hibernation is over. Is that really too much to ask? Nothing motivates me more than sunshine and warm weather! I begin to make a mental list of all the things I want to do all of the sudden. The list looks like this:

Morgan King morgan@vipseenmag.com

1. Lose weight before vacation 2. Get a spray tan 3. Have car detailed 4. Order summer clothes a couple sizes too small so that I will commit to #1 on this list. 5. Work on landscaping - add something new. 6. Hire a personal trainer (see #4 and #1) 7. Remodel and decorate laundry room. 8. Talk to Mickey about moving into a bigger house. 9. Talk to Mickey about remodeling the kitchen if we aren’t going to move. 10. Talk to Mickey about building a new deck 11. …and an outdoor kitchen complete with water feature and fire pit. 12. I think Jackson needs a large cedar playground out back. Check into this. 13. Basically, drive Mickey crazy.

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I’ll let you know at the end of the summer if I made any progress. What does warm weather motivate you to do? I would like to believe that I am not the only one who goes crazy as soon as the warm weather shows back up. I would love to hear your lists! Share them with me on our Facebook page @vipseen. I hope you enjoy this issue of VIPSEEN. Thank you to our advertisers!

PHOTOGRAPHY Logan Bailey Linda Coffey Katie Day Eric Donahue Allison Galloway Nathan Mays Savanna McDavid Haley White

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Home& SPECIAL FEATURE

ON THE COVER Eric Blevins

Garden Also Inside:

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Nathan Mays Photography

COCKTAILS & CUTE HANDBAGS PEAKEASY 2018 NORTHEAST TENNESSEE AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS AND MUCH MORE

Eric Blevins

Brings Comfort & Luxury to Downtown Living in Bristol

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March Contents EVENTS

52 DEPARTMENTS

7 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 16

SERVE IT UP SASSY CELEBRATE SPRING!

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VIP MUSIC FOR THE RECORD...

12 2018 Racks by the Tracks Press Conference 14 SWVA American Advertising Awards – ADDY in Vegas 15 Quaker Steak & Shake Poker Ride & Drive 22 2nd Annual 3B Outdoors National Expo 26 45th Annual Home Show 30 JCAHB Association Home and Outdoor Show 38 Tennessee Environmental Conference 39 2018 Appalachia March for Babies Citywide Kick Off 40 2018 Cocktails and Cute Handbags 42 Celebrate Black History Month 44 H.O.P.E. Black History Month Award Program 48 PEAKeasy 50 Cookie Creations 51 The High Road Agency St. Patrick’s Bash 56

NONPROFIT PROFILE SMALL MIRACLES THERAPEUTIC EQUESTRIAN CENTER

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VIP BEAUTY FIVE FABULOUS FIXES

75 PET PERSONALS 78

WIT BIT PEOPLE DO CRAZY THINGS

52 St. Patrick’s Day Bash 54 2018 NETN American Advertising Awards 55 Chinese New Year Festival 55 Signing Day, Dobbyns Bennett High School 59 March Madness Client Event 60 Savvy Scrabble Social 61 Annual Sullins Academy Talent Show 65 Blakely House Grand Opening 66 Edward Jones “Commitment to Compassion” Fundraiser 67 2nd Annual Run for Your Buns 5K 70 Buzz for Broadway Comes to Greeneville 71 AbsolutelyABLE 73 Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine 74 Live Loud Event 79 Think Pink! Pampering and Prevention 80 St. Patrick’s Day Party

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ON THE COVER ERIC BLEVINS BRINGS COMFORT & LUXURY TO DOWNTOWN LIVING IN BRISTOL

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62 SPECIAL FEATURE SUSAN G. KOMEN – JEQUITA MOORE 76 SPECIAL FEATURE WINE, WOME, AND SHOES – 2018 SHOE GUYS


What clients are saying... “I just want to say ‘Thank You’ Whitney and Morgan. You were such a joy to work with. I loved the video promo that you did for our store! I was amazed to see such a great response from it! It really helped boost my business. I’m looking forward to doing it again soon.” Lesa Horne Decor Exchange Home Furnishings Consignment

“Being interviewed by Morgan and Whitney is like having family over for a visit. They arrive with a warmth and ease allowing you to immediately feel relaxed–especially helpful if you are nervous like us! They are very well informed about the topic of conversation and come prepared with questions. We love how they play off of each other more like brother and sister. Their warmth and playful banter ease the atmosphere prior to the interview, and they always deliver very professional work. We have had the joy of working with Morgan and Whitney on at least three different occasions and always feel they pull from us the best we have to offer our clients. Our live stream on the VIPSEEN Live! Facebook page has been seen by so many and has really been a boost for us. Thank you, Morgan and Whitney! We love working with you.” David and Margaret Douthat Douthat Insurance

“Whitney, Morgan, and Angela at VIPSEEN Live! brought a fresh perspective to our company’s social media campaign. With their help, we added 1,000 Facebook likes within 6 weeks, changed the way we approach our marketing strategy with Facebook, and sold two hot tubs from the first live ‘Where the Locals Go’ broadcast. The best part about partnering with VIPSEEN Live! is that Whitney and Morgan continue to remind us ‘to have fun!’”    David Isaacs Isaac Pools & Spas


Calendar of Events / APRIL 2018 APRIL 6 4pm Corazon Latino Founders Park Johnson City, TN zakaria@etsu.edu 5:30pm Garrett’s Hero Run East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN Parentprojectmd.org/etsu 5:30pm Legislative After Hours Mixer Studio Brew Bristol, VA 276-623-1121 jroop@asdevelop.org APRIL 7 8am 2018 Tri-Cities Autism Educational Conference Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church Johnson City, TN Asaetc.org 8am Over the Edge Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, TN 1-855-971-1887 otecwe.com/Bristol 10am 2nd Annual 5K Run for a Reason Warriors Path State Park Kingsport, TN 423-247-8154 KingsportTN@uss. salvationarmy.org

10am Northeast TN & Southwest VA Light the Way Walk TVA Credit Union Ballpark Johnson City, TN 423-232-8993 Tracey.KendallWilson@tnalz.org

APRIL 13 6pm Southern Social Kingsport Farmers Market Kingsport, TN 423-247-2321 girlsincofkingsport.org

1pm Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza Founders Park Johnson City, TN info@thirstyorange.com

APRIL 14 10am Buddy Run 5K and Family Walk East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN 865-898-7828 Mistyadams2@gmail.com

5pm Western Derby Dinner and Auction Benefit 1026 Rock Springs Drive Kingsport, TN Small Miracles MaryPSmith@charter.net APRIL 10 8am American Red Cross Humanitarian Breakfast MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center

6:30pm The Third Annual Encore The Blackthorn Club Jonesborough, TN 423-926-8742 jcsymphony.com/events APRIL 19 5:30pm Go Red for Women MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center

Kingsport, TN 423-292-1000 Jackiehewitt147@gmail.com

Kingsport, TN 865-293-5115 Joette.Street@heart.org

APRIL 12 5pm Pitches and Pints The Venue at the King Centre Johnson City, TN 423-218-9744 Info@startuptri.com

APRIL 21 8am 6th Annual Bristol Half & Half Marathon Virginia High School Bristol, VA 423-963-1045

6:30pm Speedway Children’s Charities Annual Dinner Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, TN 423-989-6975 Betsy@BristolMotorSpeedway.com

werunevents.com/bristol-half-half

8am 2018 Tri-Cities Race for the Cure Kingsport Center for Higher Education 865-588-0902 info@komeneasttn.org

APRIL @ BARTER THEATRE:

AESOP’S FABLES

Book and lyrics by Catherine Bush Music by Ben Mackel Aesop is in trouble, and his only hope lies in his ability to weave fantastic stories with timeless lessons of truth. So it is that fables such as Androcles and the Lion, The Oak and the Reed, The Fox Without a Tail, The Beast in Love, The Hare and the Tortoise, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf are brought to life in this exciting, musical adventure.

6pm 3rd Annual Cocktails: Celebrate a Night in Black and White The Venue at the King Centre Johnson City, TN 423-375-9174 http://www.juniorleagueofjc. com/fundraisers/cocktails/ 6:30pm Masquerade Enchantment MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center

Kingsport, TN 423-392-8423 symphonyofthemountains.org/ get-involved/special-events APRIL 23 1pm 25th Annual Golf Classic The Blackthorn Club Jonesborough, TN 423-279-0430 info@netfoodbank.org APRIL 26 6:30pm Pie Wars: The Dough Strikes Back Carnegie Hotel Johnson City, TN YPtricities.com APRIL 27 11:30am 4th Annual State of the City, County, Town Luncheon Millennium Center Johnson City, TN 423-461-8000 hill@johnsoncitytnchamber.com

APRIL 28 9am 5th Annual Run Like a Princess 3K and 5K Race Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium Kingsport, TN contactus@princessd.org 12pm Virginia Creeper Fest Trailhead of the Creeper Trail Abingdon, VA Vacreeperfest.com 2pm Wine, Women, and Shoes The Virginian Golf Club Abingdon, VA 423-230-8592 Vickie.Hungate@balladhealth.org 2pm Boss of the Toss Cornhole Tournament Founders Park Johnson City, TN 423-461-8000 hill@johnsoncitytnchamber.com 6pm Ballet and Bubbly Chateau Selah Blountville, TN 423-863-1280 Kingsportballet.org APRIL 30 7:30am Dawn of Hope Golf Classic Johnson City Country Club Johnson City, TN 423-434-5600 Lisapawley@dawnofhope.com

ALSO IN APRIL: In the Heat of the Night Alice in Wonderland Shakespeare’s Richard III COMING IN MAY: The Lemonade Stand Sister Act

The Book of Mamaw Billy, Goat, Gruff: The Musical Steel Magnolias

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Cover Story

ERIC BLEVINS BRINGS COMFORT & LUXURY TO DOWNTOWN LIVING IN BRISTOL L

ife takes us in many directions and, many times, the road of life takes us somewhere we did not expect or even have on our radar. Such a detour of life happened to Eric Blevins several years ago, but the bumpy road that would be his life for a short time has led him to a green valley filled with a sense of accomplishment and happiness. Headed for a meeting in downtown Bristol, Blevins got a call that the person meeting him was running late so he decided to wander around a bit. “Strangely enough, in my 14 years of involvement with downtown Bristol development, I had never walked Broad and 8th Street, so I happily went exploring. I immediately noticed the building located at 201 8th Street. I walked inside and introduced myself to the existing property owner, Donna Fleenor. Donna had been operating Typewriter Sales and Service for over 20 years. Out of the blue, I asked if she would have any interest in selling the building. Donna said let’s talk and one year later I had a new building!” One of the best features of the building, according to Eric, is the amount of windows and it was what attracted him in the first place. “The property had no connecting buildings and lots of windows on all four sides, which provides tons of design flexibility. The location is also important since the new building is located just two short blocks off the main thoroughfare of Bristol: State Street. In my opinion, this offers a quieter option for loft dwellers that may still want to be close the action, but don’t want to worry about noise from restaurant and general bar activity, street sweepers, and downtown events.” After over a year of work with his architect and banker, and an investment by his parents, Eric Blevins was ready to start building his new lofts: apartments geared toward the younger generation with a name reminiscent of a time gone by. “The building that we had purchased was once a typewriter sales and service company. The second floor was filled with all of these old typewriters and I was so inspired by their industrial look, but also what they had

once meant to people that I used the name that was on some of the machines: The Remington.” Blevins and his wife have been downtown dwellers themselves. They lived downtown for over eight years, so they understand what it is that customers of a downtown home might be looking for. That is important to keep in mind because the tastes of those who will be living in a downtown environment differ from someone that wants a house in the suburbs. “We are believers in the current movement among the younger generation to live “smaller” or “tiny” as they say. The Remington lofts are larger than a “tiny house”, but the concept is similar. Less space and no yard equals more time and money to do fun things, like enjoy life. Residents will find themselves on South Holston Lake or hiking, enjoying the Paramount Theatre or just being with friends out and about downtown.” Eric Blevins is not one to skimp on materials or detail either and this is something that sets The Remington apart from many other downtown lofts in the Tri-Cities area. “Our target customer isn’t always satisfied with the status quo. They are not looking for “builder grade” cabinets and countertops, so we provided with locally crafted cabinets and top of the line quartz. I am very confident our pricing, along with smart design/character and quality craftsmanship differentiate us from traditional apartments in Bristol.” Eric boasts of the large parking lot attached to The Remington; always a plus for anyone who has struggled to find parking on a busy downtown street. He talks of a price that includes utilities so that, “Each tenant avoids paying multiple deposits and saves the time it takes to establish those accounts. It is a great benefit to know exactly what it will cost each month to live at The Remington.” Blevins can feel the synergy that exists in downtown and he is aware of the balance that it takes to live in the middle of a busy downtown. He sees so much potential for so many people in downtown Bristol that his commitment is honest, true, and unwavering.

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Cover Story REMINGTON BRISTOL RESIDENT David is from Miami and is currently dividing his time between Miami and Bristol, David will be making Bristol his permanent residence in 2020. He is an attorney that represents SSDI/SSI disability claimant’s who have been wrongfully denied disability benefits by the Social Security Administration. He will also be representing injured workers in Virginia Worker’s Compensation matters.He works with Arrington Schelin, a Professional Corporation.

I have lived ‘downtown’ in Miami Beach and Charleston, SC. The convenience of being able to walk to all of the downtown attractions is what appeals most to me. I chose to live in Bristol because of its central location in the Tri-Cities, and proximity to my office. I chose to live at the Remington in particular because Eric Blevins made it so easy to move in. Aside from the obvious rustic beauty of the building, the spacious loft apartment itself, and the outside deck adjoining my apartment, Eric has done a great job of renovating the building. All of the appliances and light fixtures are state of the art and brand new. Eric also makes it simple to live at The Remington, with only one bill to pay for the rent each month. All of your utilities, including high speed internet, are included with your monthly rent. No utility or cable applications, deposits, or wasted time waiting for utility installations. Everything is already ready for you to move in, and all the utilities are turned on the first day you move in.

REMINGTON BRISTOL RESIDENTS

David

BATCHELDER

Ciarra and Bryan are not originally from Bristol. Bryan grew up in Missouri and has lived all over Tennessee for the last eight years. Ciarra grew up in Knoxville and has been in Bristol for the last three years. Bryan currently works for a Marketing and Advertising agency and Ciarra works for a high school ministry called Young Life.

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Bryan & Ciarra

We have lived downtown before. We lived above Benjamin Walls Gallery on State Street. It was a wonderful place to live. We love living the downtown lifestyle because it gives us the opportunity to experience a town in a different way. The accessibility to restaurants, events, coffee shops, etc. is hard to beat. We chose to live at The Remington because we loved the vision Eric had for the building. There are so many elements of the building that we love - the hardwood floors, tall ceilings, exposed brick walls. The building has so much to offer and has a lot of personality. Being able to live in a space like this is a really unique opportunity that we couldn’t pass up.


Cover Story REMINGTON BRISTOL RESIDENT

Patrick was recruited to Bristol from coastal North Carolina for a position at a growing Pharmaceutical Contract Manufacturer, UPM Pharmaceuticals. Patrick and his wife live a “modern life.” Their careers are located 400 miles apart, while their daughters attend college. They split their time between the mountains and the beach.

HATEM

Patrick D.

When I first came to Bristol in 2015 rental property was in short supply and I happened upon some low cost lofts downtown. The location was perfect. It was in walking distance to my office, restaurants, farmer’s market, and Bristol night life. The biggest benefit was it kept me active.The drawback for me was that it was low cost. I was sharing common space with students and people much younger and with different lifestyles than mine. While they were good neighbors, their hours of activity were opposite mine. So I moved out of downtown Bristol to a new complex that unfortunately for me was isolated from everything when it came to walking or biking.   I first heard of the Remington from a co-worker and was immediately impressed. I knew right away this was where I wanted to live. The lofts at the Remington have been built with comfort and privacy of the tenant in mind. The thought that Eric put into noise reduction and control has paid off to the benefit of the tenants.  The design and finish of the lofts make them very comfortable. Another valuable difference with the Remington is there is ample dedicated parking, which is unique to downtown living.   The Remington just adds to the rest of the things my family enjoys about Bristol, along with the mountains, the lake, and the music. Our new loft is so comfortable and perfect for what we enjoy and love about Bristol.

Courtney grew up in Elizabethton, TN and has lived in this area all her life. She attended college and received her bachelor degree from East Tennessee State University and a masters degree from Milligan College. She works at a new skilled nursing facility in the Bristol/Blountville area where she works as a rehab director/occupational therapist. 

REMINGTON BRISTOL RESIDENT

I have never lived downtown, but it has always been a dream of mine. My hometown of Elizabethton did not have many options as far as downtown living, and moving to a downtown area wasn’t something I considered even possible until I started working in Bristol. Prior to moving here, I found myself spending a lot of time downtown visiting the local coffee shop, watching bands play, attending Rhythm and Roots Reunion, and going out with friends at the local restaurants. When I saw an ad for The Remington, I immediately knew this was my chance to experience downtown living like I had always dreamed. The Remington combines the convenience of being close to all of my favorite spots with stylish and luxury loft living. Each unit is truly unique and very inviting. It has been easy to feel at ‘home’ here. I particularly enjoy that all my monthly expenses are combined into an easy one-time a month payment. No more worrying about bills and more time to enjoy what Bristol has to offer. 

Courtney

WINTERS

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KINGSPORT KINGSPORT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

LEE HOUSTON

MAYOR JOHN CLARK

2018 Racks By The Tracks

Press Conference PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY ALLISON GALLOWAY

Details of one of the most popular events in the Tri-Cities were announced in a press conference on Thursday, February 15th. The 11th Annual Racks by the Tracks Festival is back on Saturday, May 19th with headlining act, country star Aaron Tippin. The Ultimate Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band – Tuesday ’s Gone, If Birds Could Fly, and A Great Disaster will also be performing. In addition the music, the Wine Tasting Event, sponsored by Barefoot Wine, will return with 35 varieties of wine to try. The festival, the region’s original craft beer tasting event, will have over 80 craft beers, including gluten-free and ciders, to sample. The SPF 10K and 5K Race/Walk presented by Powell Valley National Bank has fastest course in the region and has a new starting location at the new Downtown Kingsport branch of Powell Valley National Bank. Runners can participate in the Boss Hog Challenge by participating in both the 10K and the 5K. Attendees will be able to taste the best barbecue around the region and vote for their favorites. The Quantum Leap Kid’s Station features inflatables, face painting, and other fun activities for the kids to enjoy. The party doesn’t stop when the festival is over – the Official Racks by the Tracks After Party will be hosted by Kingsport Macado’s afterwards with karaoke and drink and food specials. The Pre-Party for Racks by the Tracks is back for the 2nd year in a row – Kingsport’s Spring Wing Fling will take place at the Kingsport’s Farmer ’s Market on Friday, May 18th. Guests can try wings from over a dozen restaurants and vote for their favorites. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit RacksByTheTracks.com or call (423) 863-3998.

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WINE + CRAFT BEER TASTINGS BBQ + MUSIC FESTIVAL

Country Star

AARONTuesday’s TIPPIN Gone

LYNYRD SKYNYRD TRIBUTE BAND IF BIRDS COULD FLY + A GREAT DISASTER

CRAFT BEER & WINE TASTINGS! TH SAT, MAY 19 FESTIVAL & MUSIC: 12-10PM | TASTINGS: 2-7PM DOWNTOWN KINGSPORT

TASTING + CONCERT: $35-$50 CONCERT ONLY: $15 TASTING TICKETS WILL SELL-OUT! Proudly Sponsored by: Food City, Bristol Broadcasting (96.9 WXBQ), Libation Station & Plaza Package, Honda Kingsport, YeeHaw Brewing, Miller Lite, Barefoot Wine, AccuForce, Eastman Chemical Co., Sapporo Beer, Visit Kingsport, Powell Valley National Bank, Macado’s Kingsport, Misty Mountain Spring Water, Action Rentals, Barberitos of Kingsport, WCYB and VIP Seen


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ABINGDON KVAT CORPORATE CENTER

DRESSED UP AS A SLOT MACHINE!

TUXEDO T-SHIRTS WERE THE DRESS CODE!

Southwest Virginia American Advertising Awards -ADDY in Vegas PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY ALLISON GALLOWAY

The Southwest Virginia American Advertising Awards were held on Saturday, February 24th, and the theme was “ADDY in Vegas.” Elvis was in the building to take photos with guests, and fake cash was given out to “gamble” with on games like Blackjack and Roulette. The costumes were creative and included a group dressed as a slot machine, a Vegas bride, and even a few Blackjack dealers. Both organizations and individuals were recognized for their excellence in the art of advertising in the local first round of the National American Advertising Awards Competition.

AMBER AND GARRETT AMBURGEY

JEAN BOGGS-ROWE AND SYLVIA MUSGROVE

The American Advertising Federation of Southwest Virginia promotes, protects, educates, recognizes, and networks the quality communication professionals and students of Southwest Virginia. For more information, visit aafswva.com

ADDY IN VEGAS

KATIE WESTBROOKS AND SARAH MAST

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ALEX VEATCH, EVENT ORGANIZER AND ROB BUNCH, HIGH ROAD AGENCY

ASHLEY BOSTIAN AND KAUHLIL KING

SARA SAAVEDRA AND MARK LUAGUE


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BRISTOL FRIENDSHIP MOTORSPORTS, INDIAN MOTORCYCLE DEALERSHIP

Quaker Steak & Shake

Poker Ride & Drive PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY HALEY WHITE

DAVE HALL

THE PINK LADIES FROM FRIENDSHIP

BENNIE STOPHEL

This Saint Patrick’s Day, Friendship Motorsports invited bikers and drivers alike to come out and spread the luck of the Irish to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Mountain Empire. The fundraiser was sponsored by Friendship Motorsports and Quaker Steak and Lube located in Bristol, TN. The 88.6 mile ride began at the Indian Motorcycle Dealership and had stops in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee then ended at Quaker Steak and Lube where 20% of sales were also donated to the Boys and Girls Club for those who participated in the ride. Throughout the ride, participants were able to try out their luck at poker for prizes while helping the community. Despite the dreary weather, a good crowd of motorcyclists and cars came to participate in the ride and by the time kickstands went up at noon, the sun was shining bright and clear. Win or lose, riders were able to enjoy a beautiful Saint Patrick’s Day in Bristol while helping children in need reach their full potential. To learn more about the Boys and Girls Club of the Mountain Empire visit their website at www.boysgirlsclubme.org or follow them on Facebook.


RECIPE DEVELOPMENT, FOOD STYLING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARTICLE BY LIZ BUSHONG

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s cherry blossoms with new leaves appear and singing birds are building their nests; the glories of spring unfold before our eyes. New life begins with the budding sentiment of the season, and hosting an outdoor luncheon for your garden club or special friends is a fun way to celebrate the arrival of spring. Balance fun and formality with a nature inspired location and table setting to ensure every guest has a lovely view of God’s seasonal showcase. A table setting under a blooming tree or a garden bed full of blooming flowers would make a lovely venue for a spring luncheon. A plaid tablecloth enlivens the table-scape with bright cheery colors. Shades of pink, lavender, light green, purple, and yellow blend together and make a beautiful back ground for the blooming rose napkins at each place setting. Each setting features a crackled charger with the classic white dinner plate and dessert plate with a small cup holding a rose folded napkin. Pink, dark pink and yellow rose napkins are positioned on the plates in small bowls that are reminiscent of a bed of blooming roses. As a mother bird gathers twigs and leaves for her nest we have gathered a lovely grapevine wreath with twigs and berries for our table centerpiece. Faux woven nests with momma bird hovering over

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her speckled eggs will draw your guests to the table as they listen for the sounds of baby birds singing their hunger songs. Beside the centerpiece are two tall bunny candlesticks with striped candles. The pink and white striped candles inspired the mini cheesecake dessert.

Just one bite of this creamy mini cheesecake is sure to put a spring in your step, maybe even a hop and a jump! The no-bake cheesecakes are easy to make and layer in jumbo silicone muffin pans. The pan makes perfectly round and easy to remove cheesecakes, just pack with graham cracker crumbs and filling, and then freeze solid. When ready to serve, pop them out of the mold and decorate with fresh whipped cream and berries. Electric pink, soft pink and white food coloring and unflavored gelatin were added to the cheesecake filling to create colorful layers and stability. Spring has officially arrived bringing with it a prismatic plethora of color. Come into the garden for a gathering of friends and celebrate spring as it magically unfolds before your eyes. For decorations, inspirations and recipes to help make your special moments and everyday celebrations memorable go to my new website lizbushong.com. Helping you Make a Statement, Make it Sassy and Make it Yours! ÂŽ


Serve it up Sassy

No Bake Striped Mini Cheesecakes lizbushong.com

INGREDIENTS Crust: ¾-cup graham cracker or dark chocolate cookie crumbs (8 Oreo thins) 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (when using graham cracker crumbs) 3 tablespoons butter, melted Filling: 2- 8 ounce packages Cream Cheese, softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon lemon juice or Nellie and Joe’s Key lime juice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons cold water 1-1 ounce unflavored packaged gelatin Americolor gel paste- hot pink, soft pink and white- or color of choice Garnish: 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Fresh Strawberries or fruit of choice Pastry tip- Sultan tube, fresh berries with mint sprigs INSTRUCTIONS 1. Process cookies or graham crackers in food processor, place in small bowl. 2. Melt butter in microwave for 15 seconds then add to crumbs, stir to blend. 3. Press 1-2 tablespoons of crumbs in bottom of each silicone muffin mold. Set aside. 4. In large mixing bowl with paddle beater, add cream cheese and beat until smooth.  5. Add granulated sugar, lemon/ lime juice, salt, and heavy cream. Beat until smooth. 6. In small cup fill with 2 tablespoons cold water and one package gelatin, stir to blend. Place in microwave for 10 seconds to completely melt. Add cooled and liquid gelatin to cream cheese mixture. Beat to blend. 7. Divide the cheesecake mixture into three bowls and add food gel color, one to each bowl. Stir with spoon to blend color. 8. Using a small cookie scoop or a piping bag with no tip, fill muffin cup with dark pink filling, smooth with a spoon to cover cookie crust. Make sure to take a wet paper towel and wipe the sides of the mold to remove excess filling above the layer. Repeat process, with white or vanilla cheesecake next, top with soft pink layer. 9. Smooth top of mold so the filling is flat, use an off set spatula for this process. 10. Place in freezer and freeze at least 3 hours or over night. 11. Remove frozen cheesecakes out of mold thaw 20-30 minutes before serving. 12. Garnish with piped whipped cream and berries-decorations. WHIPPED CREAM INSTRUCTIONS:  In chilled mixing bowl add heavy whipping cream and beat on low with a wire whisk attachment.  Gradually add confectioner’s sugar and vanilla.  Beat until stiff peaks form.  Place in piping bag fitted with Sultan Tube. Pipe desserts. Garnish as desired. Yield: 6 mini cheesecakes

Helping you Make a Statement, Make is Sassy and Make it Yours!® For more ideas and recipes: lizbushong.com

Liz Bushong is an expert in the three-dimensional art of entertaining. She transforms simple dining occasions into beautiful and memorable moments by adding a touch of her own “sassy” style. For the past several years Liz been entrusted to decorate the White House for several Holidays. She is a featured monthly guest chef/designer on Daytime Tri-cities, Daytime Blue Ridge and other television shows. Liz is the author of the Just Desserts and Sweets & Savories cookbook as well as a contributing writer for VIPSEEN and Bella Magazine. See Recipes & Ideas: lizbushong.com and social media.

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Home& Garden VIPSEEN Special Feature

INTRO BY LUCY HONEYCHURCH

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pring has finally sprung again in East Tennessee and that gives us the opportunity to have our annual home and garden issue. We here at VIPSEEN love the warmer weather, the greener hills, and the plethora of gardening, home-improvement, and outdoor innovations that make living in our region so much fun. For those of you who love an active outdoor life there are expos that offer the latest in archery, boating, fishing, and camping. For the more laid-back individual, there is sure to be information at an expo for outdoor patios and entertaining. Home and Garden shows are all the rage this time of year and our magazine is full of pictures from recent shows and information on how to contact these vendors. Sprucing up the house and yard are definite to-dos early on in the year. Do you need ideas for a new stone patio, outdoor kitchen, your dream kitchen remodel, or even buying a house? Whatever your fancy or passion or pasttime; VIPSEEN has you covered in the pages to come. Call one of our featured businesses to help spring your project into action.

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20 Spring is Here. Decorating Den Interiors®

28 Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Experts Kyte’s Cabinet & Tile Sales

22 2nd Annual 3B Outdoors National Expo

30 Johnson City Area Home Builders Association Home and Outdoor Show

24 Coming Spring 2018 – Autumn Ridge Grassy Creek Construction

32 Felicia Conners, Realtor® Town & Country Real Estate

26 45th Annual Home Show

34 Garden Gnomes From Obscure Garden Treasure to Campy Yard Art

27 Simple DIY Ideas to Transform Your Backyard

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Spring is Here!

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Everything in the world around us is blooming with beautiful colors that accentuate what outdoor living is all about! It’s time to take a look around your outdoor space and transform it into a beautiful oasis – a place for family barbeques, a comfortable setting for friends to talk over a glass of wine or a cozy area for your morning cup of coffee. After all, the warm weather now allows you to extend your living space to the great outdoors. That’s where your personal designer can help make your dreams come true. Update/replace outdoor furniture – Comfortable furniture is the most important element in your design. Today’s outdoor furnishings have been manufactured to withstand all that Mother Nature can bestow. Just like your inside furnishings, your outdoor furniture is an investment and should be durable enough to last for years. Outdoor furniture has greatly evolved from the folding, vinyl strap versions of the past to beautiful pieces made of teak, steel, rattan and wicker. Many pieces look just like indoor furniture but are constructed and designed to stand up to the harshest outdoor elements. Fabrics are being manufactured to resist fading from ultraviolet rays, mildewing from damp conditions and odor absorption. The thicker and plusher the cushions, the more comfortable and enjoyable it will be for you and your guests. Make it comfortable and inviting – You should approach your outside space as a design project, just as you would the inside of your home. Separate dining, kitchen and sitting areas create warm and inviting spaces to enjoy. Nothing helps to define separate areas better than beautiful area rugs. Today’s all weather options will add a definite touch of style to your outdoor space. Consider nighttime entertaining – Developing a creative lighting plan can help you create a space with increased ambiance and functionality. Landscape lighting, overhead lighting, ceiling fans or decorative side lighting are excellent options. Fireplaces or fire pits can also be incorporated to help make the cool evenings cozy and inviting. Finally, don’t forget the front porch – Your front porch is the first thing your guests see when they visit your home, so dress it up and make it every bit as beautiful as the rest of your home. An inviting door wreath, planters with lush plants, possibly a comfy chair or bench are all possibilities in creating a beautiful and inviting entry to your home. The ideas for outdoor spaces are limitless and should be considered an important investment. We can help create a space that makes you happy and meets the needs of your family. After all, this is where memories are made. This is where your family and friends gather to share good times which will be remembered forever.

Call us today for a free consultation!

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SUSAN RICE AND TRINITY TACKETT

DARRIN MCCUGH, HANNA MCCUGH, AND CONNOR SALYER

2nd Annual 3B Outdoors

National Expo PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY LINDA COFFEY

The 2nd Annual Biggest Outdoor Expo in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia was held on the weekend of March 9-11 at MeadowView Marriott Resort and Conference Center in Kingsport. The event encouraged attendees to think about warmer days and spending time outdoors in our beautiful region.

Vendors displayed a variety of goods and information. You could buy the latest or custom-made fishing rods, handmade lures or archery supplies. Looking to plan a trip? There was plenty of information on personalized trips for outdoor adventures. You could also check out trucks, tractors, boats, and ATV’s. Many other vendors participated, including shopping for apparel and crafts. Information and seminars were presented throughout the weekend on subjects that included turkey hunting, custom rods, lures, trout fishing and many other subjects.

EMILY THOMPSON AND BRADLEY HOOVER

The event is growing in popularity and be sure to plan to attend in 2019! The event was co-hosted by 3B Outdoors and Visit Kingsport. 3B Outdoors was formed in 2006 to produce high quality, real and entertaining hunting and fishing adventures. For more information, visit their website at www.3boutdoors.com Visit Kingsport provides information about events and offers services to visitors to Kingsport. For more information, visit their website at www.visitkingsport.com

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ADAM YODER AND LABAN GRABER

MARY AND GREG DOUTHAT

DARRELL EVANS AND JESSE REDMOND

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COMING SPRING 2018!

Johnson City’s newest mixed-use development is coming soon. Featuring commercial and residential lots located in one of the Tri-Cities fastest growing and most desirable regions. Phase 1 Lots to be available this Spring. Residential Lots

Commercial Lots

Lots ranging from ¼ acre up to ½ acre with gorgeous views and centrally located just off the Bristol Highway between Johnson City and Piney Flats in a desirable and fast-growing region. Autumn Ridge is located only minutes from the interstate and Johnson City. One amenity that will set Autumn Ridge apart from other subdivisions is that we will feature a large amount of Green Space. Which will allow residents the opportunity for outdoor activities such walking their dog, going for a jog, or even having a picnic. Prices starting at $53,900.00

Autumn Ridge will feature three Prime Commercial Lots located in a thriving area along the Bristol Highway, your business will be exposed daily to thousands of potential customers and clientele along one of the TriCities busiest highways. Centrally located and only minutes from I-81 and I-26. All three lots are over 1.5 acres and are elevated above the highway, so you will standout among other businesses.

Featuring: • Johnson City School System • Johnson City Water and Sewer • Johnson City Trash Collection • Atmos Natural Gas • Charter Cable and Internet

These lots are ideal for almost any type of business and feature the following amenities: • Johnson City Water and Sewer • Johnson City Trash Collection and Dumpster Service • Atmos Natural Gas • Charter Cable and Internet


Grassy Creek Construction Grassy Creek Construction is a family owned business serving the communities we’ve been part of for more than 20 years. Licensed in both Tennessee and North Carolina we strive for quality and precision, while performing any job and ensure that every job is done with integrity and professionalism. Our business began in Western North Carolina in the Quartz mines where, we still to this day. haul ore to the mines on 40 ton articulated dump trucks and Quad and Quint axle dump trucks and use tractor-trailers to haul the finished product to warehouses and plants. In 2012 we expanded into the Tri-Cities area, where we have developed several subdivisions ourselves such as the The Sanctuary at Highland

Ridge, The Farm at Rangewood, Cedar Crest, and the commercial development where our office is located off of the Bristol Highway. We have also developed multiple subdivisions for local developers as well. Our machinery is equipped with Trimble GPS software, with this technology we are able to install utilities and roads with precision every time. Services we offer: • Residential and Commercial Site Development • Road Construction • Underground Utility Installation • Excavation and Hauling • Rock Crushing and Screening

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MARVIN EGAN, NATALIE ROBERTS, AND CRAIG FOSS

TIM SHELTON AND TIM SIMOUNET

CELIA AND EDDIE JOHNSON

45th Annual Home Show PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY LINDA COFFEY

Driving by Kingsport’s MeadowView Marriott during the weekend of March 2-4th, it was easy to see that something big was happening. The parking lot was filled with cars, but also trucks and trailers with home improvement logos on the sides. The event was the 45th Annual Home Show, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kingsport. People interested in building, remodeling, landscaping, security, home improvement mortgages, pools and spas and so much more. Entrants also enjoyed talking with different vendors and gathering information. The displays were imaginative and engaging and over 195 booths were a part of the event. Many of the vendors had “give-aways” to promote their booths.

JILL AND DAVE TURSAM

ELIZABETH DYE

Attendees were encouraged to bring in canned goods for Second Harvest. Extra tickets for the door prize were given to anyone who brought in at least three canned goods. Friday was Senior Citizen’s Day, with ticket discounts of $1.00. A children’s workshop was held on Saturday morning and each child had the opportunity to make a project. Kingsport Home Builders Association promotes their industry each year by sponsoring the Home Show, so that members can showcase the latest innovations and design trends. For more information about the Kingsport Home Builders Association, visit their website at www.kingsporthomebuilders.com

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CARLI CLARK HAS HER BOOTH READY!

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BARNES EXTERMINATING CO.

BILL ARNOLD AND ANGEL HICKS OF UPSPACING ENJOYING TELLING SHOW-GOERS ABOUT THEIR BOOTH

PINNACLE HOME IMPROVEMENTS HOSTING A SWEEPSTAKES TO WIN A $15,000 HOME MAKEOVER

Johnson City Area Home Builders Association Home and Outdoor Show PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY KATIE DAY

It was beginning to look a lot like spring on the weekend of February 16-18 in Johnson City. Thousands gathered to attend the 49th Annual Home, Sweet Home and Outdoor show, put on by the Johnson City Area Home Builders Association at the ETSU Mini Dome. Show-goers got to visit a series of booths that included new information about refinancing, landscaping, remodeling, gardening, and anything home-related.

MIMI’S CREAMERY WAS A HUGE HIT

THE HOME AND OUTDOOR SHOW STAYED BUSY ALL WEEKEND

There were many vendors at the event this year; everything from concrete to banking and sleep number beds, to a lemonade and kettle corn stand. There was something for everyone of all ages! A new event was added this year called “Battle of the Build” where local high schools competed by presenting an original home project to a panel of judges. The students were at the show to answer questions and show off their hard work. All projects were involved in a silent auction, and all proceeds went back to the respective school. For more information about the annual Home and Outdoor Show, please visit the Johnson City Area Home Builders Association website at https://jcahba.org/.

SCIENCE HILL HIGH SCHOOL’S SUBMISSION FOR THE BATTLE OF THE BUILD

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A GROUP OF FRIENDS ENJOYING THEIR DAY AT THE HOME AND OUTDOOR SHOW

THERE WAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THIS YEAR, NO MATTER YOUR AGE!

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VIPSEEN

FEATURE EDITORIAL

Simple DIY Ideas

to Transform Your Backyard STORY BY GEORGE EMERSON

Many of us love the outdoors, but most of us stay inside during the warmer months because of a lack of outside entertaining space. Change that with a few simple steps. Buy furniture with outdoor fabrics. Fabrics these days are meant to withstand the elements for years, so invest in furniture that is sturdy, beautiful, and crafted to last.

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Putting down a fire pit, or building your own, is another simple project that can liven up the outdoors and bring the party out of the house and into the yard.

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Tiki torches or lamps with citronella oil can be burned to keep bugs away. Don’t like the smell? There are plenty of alternatives such as lawn sprays that kill bugs, but are safe around kids and pets. Have a shed that’s not being used? It can easily be converted into a bar to serve drinks or made into a screened room. Easy peasy brick patio. Check craigslist or the newspaper for people who are giving away salvaged bricks and lay them down for a quick and easy patio. Water features can be added as well and can either be grand in scale or kept to the confines of a simple barrel. If you have the room then add some fish, but remember to keep that water moving with a pump in order to avoid attracting mosquitoes. Even the smallest space can be transformed and for relatively little money. Pallets can be made into furniture, outdoor curtains can be hung for privacy and plants can be potted in small containers or in gutters attached to an empty wall. Any way you look at it, there is no reason not to take the party outside since, with a little planning and hard work, any yard can be transformed into an outdoor oasis.

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VIPSEEN

Garden Gnomes FEATURE EDITORIAL

STORY BY PENNY GOODWHISTLE

FROM OBSCURE GARDEN TREASURE TO CAMPY YARD ART

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hether we love them or hate them, garden gnomes sure are everywhere these days: even on the big screen! They are whimsical, large, small, plastic, ceramic, made by hand and mass produced, but one thing is for certain: they are not disappearing anytime soon. One may wonder, or not, where these delightful pieces of collectible yard art came from and a quick Internet search will point us to Germany. Garden Gnomes were first produced in German in the early 1800s and were placed in gardens and close to homes as a harbinger of good luck. According to garden.lovetoknow.com, “Originally, gnomes were thought to provide protection, especially of buried treasure and minerals in the ground. They are still used today to watch over crops and livestock, often tucked into the rafters of a barn or placed in the garden.” So how did something so special and protective morph into an object of outright indignity by some? We have an English Lord to thank for that. On a trip to Germany in 1847, Sir Charles Isham fell so in love with the handmade creatures that he brought twenty-one of them back home with him. Only one survives to this day, but the idea of a cute gnome watching over us from our manicured gardens is an idea that has endured. Garden Gnomes are not without a bit of controversy however and the argument between yea and nay can quickly turn heated. “Those silly plastic gnomes have no place being in or around any respectable garden,” says Rowena Carter of Bristol. “They are horrible little creatures that should be chucked aside in favor

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of more refined garden decorations.” Others, like an uncle of mine, love the gnomes and often request them as birthday and Christmas presents. “I have over three-hundred gnomes in my yard and garden,” says Chris Porter of Elizabethton. “I love the VOLS so I have a gnome wearing an orange hat with a T on it. I have gnomes fishing in my koi pond, gnomes waving, gnomes holding welcome signs; all sorts, really. People come by and look just because they’ve heard of my collection and want to see.” There are two sides to every argument and the idea of gnomes in a garden is apparently no different. The original terra cotta, kiln fired, and hand-painted gnomes of lore are long gone in many parts of the world. The factories in Germany that made them were decimated during the First and Second World Wars and never rebuilt on such a large scale again. What we have today is mainly resin and is mass-produced so that a gnome in one garden in probably a gnome in a million gardens. Does this make them any less lovable? Probably not. I have one in my garden that I have allowed to weather and fade to the point of being barely noticeable. I have considered repainting him so that his red is bright again and his eyes more blue, but I fear that doing so will cheapen the adorable gnome I work around each spring and summer and who watches diligently over my yard. The argument over having a gnome in a garden is not likely to end soon, but it is one worth having for true gardening enthusiasts because when does having gnomes in a garden turn from gardening to collecting? How far is too far? One, ten, three hundred? The world may never know.


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DAVID HRIVNAK WITH A TESLA SUV

JENNIFER WILDER AND ROBIN CLEARY

DANIEL REED AND AMY CRAWFORD

Tennessee Environmental Conference PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY LINDA COFFEY

The 17th Annual Tennessee Environmental Conference was held on March 12-14th at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center. The conference provided opportunities to network, connect with friends, and enjoy an educational event. More than forty presenters participated in the event, addressing the latest trends, practices and policies aimed at preserving our resources, balancing growth, improving human health and protecting the environment. The event is the state’s largest and most comprehensive educational opportunity. Kingsport Mayor, John Clark opened the conference and welcomed attendees to Kingsport. Keynote speakers included Kevin Triplett, Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Tourism Development, Robert “Bob” Martineau, Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Andy Likes, Senior Vice President of the Vandiver Group, LLC. A golf tournament was held on Monday and proceeds from the event ($4,500) were presented to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport. At the end of the conference, a tour was conducted of the Kingsport Downtown Redevelopment. The conference is planned by a committee representing academia, industry, and government and community organizations who have a vested interest in improving health, environment and our economy in Tennessee. Platinum sponsors of the event included: City of Kingsport, Eastman, TN Department of Environment & Conservation, and BAE Systems. Gold Sponsors: TN Department of Transportation and Food City. Silver Sponsors included: ARCADIS, City of Johnson City, General Shale, Lighting Resources, TVA, and Waste Industries. Entertainment was provided by local favorites, Bill and The Belles.

JUDY JARRETT AND DEBBIE ENGLAND

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KARIN BURNETTE AND FREDNA SMITH

BILL AND THE BELLES

ROBERT “BOB” MARTINEAU (TDEC COMMISSIONER)

LESLIE HAMMOND AND KAY PARKER

SUSAN STOKES


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2018 Appalachia March for

Babies Citywide Kick Off PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY HALEY WHITE

CURTIS, JOHANNA, AND PAUL MONTGOMERY, APPALACHIA AMBASSADOR FAMILY FOR MARCH OF DIMES

SUSIE RACEK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MARCH OF DIMES

THE BLUE LIGHT MAN OF KINGSPORT KMART

PAUL AND SHERRY MONTGOMERY

On February 26, the March of Dimes Foundation launched their fundraising campaign with the 2018 Appalachian March for Babies Kick Off Celebration at the Pinnacle in Bristol. For 80 years, the March of Dimes has been dedicated to improving the lives of mothers and children through activities like funding research and field trials for the eradication of polio, promoting newborn screening, and educating the public as well as medical professionals about the best practices for a healthy pregnancy. March for Babies has raised almost $2.5 billion since 1970 to help give all babies a fighting chance. One of those babies is Paul Montgomery. Paul was born at just 30 weeks and 2 days and spent weeks in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). The March of Babies Kick Off Celebration honored Paul and his parents, Curtis and Johanna Montgomery, by selecting them to represent the March of Dimes Foundation as the Appalachia Ambassador Family. As guests of honor, proud preemie mom Johanna Montgomery was able to share with guests Paul’s story and what the March of Dimes has meant to their family. “When I was in high school, I actually helped fundraise for the March of Dimes. Never did I think I would need their services, but last March, I gave birth to a 2lb 10oz preemie boy. Thanks to all the research and work that the March of Dimes does, we now have a healthy, vibrant, and independent almost one year old at home. That is why we are so honored to help this great organization.” The March for Dimes will be holding a Walk for Babies on Saturday May 5 at 9 AM at the Pinnacle in Bristol. To help give more babies a fighting chance or to find out more information about the organization, events, and fundraisers visit www.marchofdimes.org


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BRISTOL THE VIRGINIAN GOLF CLUB

SANDI NELSON AND AMY BARKER PHILLIPS

DESTINY BOUTON, MARY SHRADER, AND TIESHAWNA MCDANIEL

Cocktails and Cute Handbags PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY ALLISON GALLOWAY

The 7th Annual Cocktails and Cute Handbags was held on Saturday, February 24th. Designer bags were bid on in both a silent and live auction, and a beautiful Louis Vuitton bag was raffled off. In addition to the gorgeous designer purses, there was also designer sunglasses, a trip to Walt Disney World, and Charlotte Hornet tickets to bid on. The day was complete with a Louis Vuitton purse inspired cake and cupcakes. Proceeds from the event benefited Girls Inc. of Bristol. The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. For more information, visit facebook.com/girlsincbristol.

BEAUTIFULLY MADE PURSE-SHAPED CAKE

CORINA OAKLEY AND JONYA KENNEDY

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RHONDA NUNLEY AND TAMMY BURTON

AMY BLANKENSHIP AND GINGER MUMPOWER

MONIQUE EUBANKS AND TRACY KING

LARK ADAMS AND ROSA LIM

DESIGNER CUPCAKES


HEATHER SNYDER AND HEATHER LEE

KAT MITCHELL AND LESLIE DANNHARDT

ENJOYING COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE!

KIRA LAMARYERS AND JAMIE HORTONSTINE

STEPHANIE, ANGIE, AND LAVERNE CANTER

NICHOLE MATTHEWS AND BETH MUNCY

TIFFANY GARDNER AND CONNIE SMITH

STACEE AND HEATHER STOUT

GIRLS DAY FOR GIRLS INC!

MELINDA AKARD AND PEGGY CARTER

AMANDA NICHOLS AND LEE ANNE HITCH

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JALYNN LOVE, GIANNA LOVE, AND BARBARA WATERSON

ARTWORK DISPLAY BY CARVER YOUTH

TY-MYRA AND ROBERT STEWART

Celebrate Black History Month PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY LOGAN BAILEY

Johnson City Parks & Recreation hosted a celebration for Black History Month on February 22nd at Carver Park. All community members were encouraged to come out and celebrate with the Carver youth and recreation staff. The event featured presentations given by the Carver youth about historic black figures and the contributions that they left on our country ’s history. The event also showcased artwork by the youth as well as a performance by the “Ladies of Litness” dancers. Mr. Kenneth Herb Greenlee, the event coordinator, also honored local black entrepreneurs:

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Favored Catering The Funnel Cake Shack Taste Budz Craig’s Crown Cutz Salon Allure Money Services Queen Sheba Hair ‘Sista Act Hair Styling Studio J’Clair ’s Nail Salon Bang Bang Boxing & Fitness Gym Hair Additions Birchette Mortuary Clark Family Touring LLC DLB Pressure Washing K&D Pressure Washing State Farm Insurance (Dennis McKesson) Extreme Cleaning Services LLC Tender Lawn Care (Tony White) Pace Lawn & Landscaping Service Taylor Made Cutz (Michael Taylor) Hotdog Hut (Derek) TR Dunn Photography Palace Barber Shop Teddy ’s Painting Service

KENNETH HERB GREENLEE

SKYLAR BOYD

TYQUAN STEWART

JOYCE GOINES, TERETHA AKINS, AND VICTORIA ROGERS

After the celebration, attendees were encouraged to participate in the “Taste of the Community ” which offered $5 tickets for food samplings prepared by community volunteers and Carver Recreation Staff. For more information, please contact Mr. Kenneth Herb Greenlee at 423-461-8830. “LADIES OF LITNESS” DANCERS

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H.O.P.E. YOUTH ART DISPLAY

VICE MAYOR MIKE MCINTIRE PRESENTING PROCLAMATION TO MAKE MARCH 3RD “H.O.P.E. DAY” TO H.O.P.E. YOUTH AND VOLUNTEERS

H.O.P.E. Black History Month Award Program

QIANE HALE AND LINDA WADE

PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY LOGAN BAILEY

Help Our Potential Evolve (H.O.P.E.) celebrated its 10-year anniversary on March 3rd during their Black History Month Award Program. The program hosted guest speaker, Dr. William H. Turner, who shared a message of strength and community togetherness. The program also awarded individuals who helped to make H.O.P.E. the successful non-profit that it is today. Dr. Turner received his B.S. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky and went on to receive his Master ’s and Doctorate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Notre Dame University. Dr. Turner has focused his career on demographic studies, ethnographic studies, and programmatic interventions among people of color in the Appalachian Region. He is published extensively in national newspapers, academic journals, and books on the black experience in Appalachia.

TONI SWAVELY AND STELLA ROBINETTE (FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF H.O.P.E.)

The overarching message communicated by Dr. Turner was to not limit your capabilities by staying within your comfort zone. “Achieving your hopes depends on you going beyond your harbor bar ”, says Dr. Turner. Meaning, trust in your faith and your hope to leave the comfort of your “harbor ” and explore the greater oceans of opportunities. After Dr. Turner ’s speech, Vice Mayor Phillips presented H.O.P.E. with a proclamation from the City of Kingsport to make March 3rd officially recognized as “H.O.P.E. Day ”. Afterwards, H.O.P.E. awarded several community partners and volunteers with awards for their support of the organization over the years. The event also featured a reception sponsored by New Horizon Credit Union as well as musical selections from “Greater Life Praise Team” and “4 Him”.

SUE KOBAK ESQ., DR. ART VAN ZEE, JILL CARSON, AND ALEXIS CARSON

If you are interested in more information about H.O.P.E. or their Black History Award Program, please contact Stella Robinette at 423-276-6541.

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CHAIBA BLOOMER (H.O.P.E. BOARD PRESIDENT)


GERRY HARRISON (RECIPIENT OF H.O.P.E. VOLUNTEER AWARD)

SHANEQUA CARPENTER ACCEPTING AN AWARD FOR H.O.P.E. YOUTH LEADER OF THE YEAR

JA-NAYA HAMLER AND TIARA HUGES

LEISA JENKINS ACCEPTING AN AWARD FROM LINDA BRITTENHAM FOR HER VOLUNTEERISM WITH H.O.P.E.

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RON CARSON (VICE PRESIDENT OF H.O.P.E.) AND DR. WILLIAM H. TURNER (GUEST SPEAKER)

ALLISON RUSSEL ACCEPTING AN AWARD FROM CHAIBA BLOOMER FOR TAYLORED VENUE AND EVENT’S SUPPORT OF H.O.P.E.

MELANIE BUCHANAN AND BEVERLY BOLING


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For the Record... “Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don’t have any surface noise. I said ‘Listen, mate, life has surface noise.’” ~ John Peel

“Sitting in a room, alone, listening to a CD is to be lonely. Sitting in a room alone with an LP crackling away, or sitting next to the turntable listening to a song at a time via 7-inch single is enjoying the sublime state of solitude.” ~ Henry Rollins

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here are a colorful collection of quotes from as many colorful characters in every creative arena available regarding the importance of vinyl recordings and their personal attachment to it. The word tangible always shows up. To read the liner notes. The crack or the hiss. The physical size or the single. The 45. The 78. A multitude of adjectives and reasons for loving it. All for the love of it. It’s a pure documentation of the particular moment in the studio on that particular day for that particular artist. Any recording is true, but vinyl has this legendary status attached to it. It has presence. Attitude. Tonality. The Boss of recording mediums. Record Store Day began in 2007. Held on a Saturday in April to “celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store.” To showcase specific records pressed solely for that day. Unique releases by hundreds of equally unique artists pressing rare B sides, live performances, alternate versions, all different for each country, all on vinyl. In fact, 2013 was a huge vinyl sales year and it’s been increasing each year. Even spawning a second day, Record Store Day Black Friday, with a splash of holiday uniqueness and a completely different list. For this collector, it’s such a sweet day when they release the list. Some say it can help and hurt the industry. Making exclusives available on one of two days provides the voracious listener and avid collectors with rarities. However, with the last of the final major labels pushing it, it may end up in the hands of someone buying up the collectibles and turning them into a profit on other sites. I lead with the love in my heart and say, regardless, vinyl is being produced and selling at a rapid rate; so it’s still a big win. With the increasing sales per year, due in part to the novelty of the physical medium and in partnership with the two Record Store Days, it satisfies everyone. The collector and the fan. Add a digital download, as most (if not all) vinyl sales do, and you have the two most popular mediums currently available. Dating back to the mid 40’s and existing well into the mid 80’s (and even currently really) this area was and is home to many record labels. Kingsport, Bristol, Johnson City and many other cities in and around this area were home to labels that used this particular medium. The vinyl record. From country and hybrids of country, to rock, square dancing and rhythm and blues. All a product of the influences of this area, local men and women steeped in this region and it’s mountainous spirit, soldiers returning from war sharing tales of travels and sounds from across the world, all on 45 singles. Blending the current tones of country and bluegrass with the beginnings of soul, rock and even some rockabilly. Labels like Moss Records and Kingsport Records were all home to this amalgam of sound. Mostly renegade recording techniques and budget

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by design joined forces to create sounds that current major label studios have spent years trying to emulate and current collectors have spent countless hours researching and resurrecting. One such collector and fan is Lonnie Salyer, a true Kingsport native currently employed with Kingsport employer, Eastman, in the procurement, packing and design division. Having always been a collector of things local, first with baseball cards of local heroes, the move to vinyl was already in motion. It should be noted that Lonnie entered into this interview with an armful of 45’s, otherwise known as the 7 inch. Just big enough for the newest single song and an acceptable higher fidelity replacement to the more brittle 78 shellac records. This hobby that Lonnie has fortunately challenged himself with (and what makes this reporter so excited) is his love for the vinyl record medium and in particular, the history of vinyl in this area. We owe this man, and several others, a debt of gratitude for this service. Listing his love and appreciation of music, coupled with his interest in history, were the deciding factors that threw him into this journey to “discover local history one dusty record at a time.” A possible beginning might have been a tough search for a particular artist. A single by Kingsport, via Knoxville, artist Sticks McGhee. It was truly a slippery slope from there. Over the years, quickly adding to his collection artists recording on all of the local labels in this area around the same time. Collecting. Local. History. Lover of Music. It’s all there. With this natural progression of things, a man with a collection like that needs his own show. In walks a chance meeting with WBCM Radio Bristol and Birthplace of Country Music producer, Kris Truelson. This meeting led to Lonnie hosting his own show on Thursday evenings from 5-6pm. “Digging’ With Big Lon” has been on air since September of 2017 on 100.1 FM Radio Bristol. Lonnie loves the “current freedom the internet provides” which in turn allows him further access and reach in his search for these rare items. This is all helping with the preservation of it all. A true fan for collecting and preservation and not for resale. To “rewaken the spirit of the musicians” and forever securing their spot at the front of the stage in our history. One single


at a time. To “give back” with the exact emotion and energy that all of this music initially gave to him. After all, “Music Is Life.” The Life of Record Store Day may have begun in 2007, but a few years later Backdoor Records reopened on Walnut Street in Johnson City, with new owner and avid collector and lover of vinyl, Kelly Davis. Providing the area with anything anyone might need on vinyl, “the way the artist intended,” Kelly added. With the original facility closing in 1991, Kelly came to Johnson City, via California, and with his personal collection and purchasing the leftover cache from the original owner, Kelly opened under the same name in 2009. “It was originally going to be a burrito shop,” Kelly stated but established quickly that a need for a record store in this area was vital. Toss in a diverse and musically eclectic staff, capable of servicing all needs and questions, has aided in spinning Kelly and his amazing crew well into their 10th year of Record Store Day, this year being held on Saturday, April 21st. “It’s our two best days of the year. They are lined around the building”. With an emphasis on the tangible, his love for vinyl transports him back to his childhood. Trips with his mother to record stores as a child reminding him of the good space those shopping excursions put him in where records did, “nothing but make me feel good.” With that massive collection, turned inventory, the record store became a meeting place, a gathering spot where connections were made over like minded musical tastes. Providing “comfort”, music was always the helpful component that “washes the soul”. Feeling the current emotion with which Kelly was using to propel his love of music and vinyl into the air I opted to ask him, “What does music mean to you?” “Man, music means the world to me.” A long pause. In that pause, I was transported myself, to my childhood and growing up in record stores. The lines I waited in for midnight sales. The eureka moments of discovering something new. running the alphabet forward and back, in hopes of a rare single from a favorite artist, only to find a release I wasn’t ware of. Everything I became began in and around these record stores in my area. The smells of old vinyl. The weighted feel in my hands. The reading of the liner notes, a lesson in music every day. Then, sharing all of my new finds with my friends and bandmates, which I still do. I realized I had done that for the better part of my life. That moment in Backdoor Records took me to a time when live music was important. When normal every day Life wasn’t so noisy. When people believed in their scene and helped cultivate it. it joined me to Lonnie and it was joining me to Kelly in our collective adoration for all mediums we love, the atmosphere it created and the emotion it had and continues to give to me time and time again. The emotion that was causing us both to dry our eyes and breathe in those familiar smells for a moment and exclaim, “that felt good.” As if on cue, two gentlemen entered into the store and Kelly’s day had begun. This place I hold so dearly was beginning it’s day. One of the gentleman was wearing a cut off sleeve jean jacket adorned with a Who’s Who of band logo patches. The other, a well tailored suit and cowboy hat, reminiscent of a Carter, or a Louvin, or a Stanley. Both were retrieving special orders and claiming their rare collectibles. Both excited and chatty and reveling in the childlike enthusiasm of what music means to them. IT’S LIFE. IT MEANS THE WORLD. IT’S OUR STORY. WHAT’S YOURS?


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KINGSPORT TAYLORED VENUE AND EVENTS

JAMIE HARRIS AND MARY MASSARUEH

EMMA CLARK AND DANA GLENN

PEAKeasy ANGIE MARSHALL AND TINA RADTKE

PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY ALLISON GALLOWAY

It was a party fit for the prohibition era! The Fifth Annual PEAK event took place on Saturday, March 3rd with a speakeasy theme. As guests walked into the venue, it didn’t look like a party was taking place…until you received the password when picking up your ticket. After giving the password to the man in a pinstriped suit, the doors opened and guests were taken back to the roaring ‘20s. There was plenty to do - take photos with the fun props in the photobooth or cut a rug on the dance floor. Spend your fake money that comes with your ticket by betting it on a poker game or investing it in the stock market, but watch out for the stock market crash! The “police” even stopped by to try to catch the organization in charge of the party and breaking prohibition!

KAYLA SOLESBY AND CODY WOODS

JORDAN BAILEY

Proceeds from the event benefitted PEAK. PEAK - Professionals Engaged in Advancing Kingsport is an organization developed to recruit, retain and refine Kingsport’s young professionals. For more information, visit ypkingsport.com. JENNIFER KUCHTA AND LINDSAY SMITH

BRIAN AND ADRIA DICKENS

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JESSICA QUILLEN AND JOHN CUNNINGHAM

WHITNEY WRIGHT AND VICTORIA PETERS

CELIN ALVARADO AND LOGAN MITCHELL


MELODY TAYLOR, KAITLIN ASBURY, AND LAURA MCMILLAN

BRIANA AND TRAVIS

MELISSA AND CHRIS SANDERS

HAYDEN AND LAURA

THE FUZZ CAME TO BREAK UP THE PARTY!

DAVID MILLER AND MICHELLE OBERGFELL

JEREMIAH AND ERIN CLARK

LESLEY HANNA AND TIFFANY HAWLEY

MATT AND TIANA STOREY

LINDSAY POWERS, MARIA BYRD, AND HOLLY MUSICK

THE STOCK MARKET CRASHED!

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JOHNSON CITY JOHNSON CITY COUNTRY CLUB

JOHNSON CITY BREWING COMPANY PROVIDED UNIQUE BREWS WITH EACH FLAVOR OF COOKIE

HAOWEI CLAIRE TONG AND MARGUERITE HOGAN

ELIZABETH KRAMER, WENDY WOODS, KAREN ROWELL, JENNIFER KNIGHT, KATE STRICKLAND, HAOWEI CLAIRE TONG, BECKY LUNSFORD, AND DEBORAH HARLEY-MCCLASKEY (COOKIE CREATIONS COMMITTEE)

Cookie Creations

JENNIFER AXSOM ADLER AND WARREN ADLER

PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMITTED AND BY KATIE DAY | STORY BY KATIE DAY

Girl Scout cookies can be used for more than just satisfying a sweet tooth! On Saturday, February 24, Girl Scouts of America hosted the first annual “Cookie Creations” where they take the delicious Girl Scout Cookies, and use them to make delicious food, like; breaded chicken tenders, crusted salmon, and much more. This event was unique because with every cookie, there was also a beer brewed to compliment it by Johnson City Brewing Company. Not only was this an event to share the many ways you can eat girl scout cookies, it was also a presentation honoring the Girl Scouts of America, specifically honoring those in the Appalachian Region. Local Girl Scout Abby Jack, with her mother Stacy, was honored for all her work in the community with the organization. Abby spoke highly of her time in the Girl Scouts, saying, “Girl Scouts helped me to try new things … I’ve been challenged to try new skills outside of my comfort zone.” The Girls Scouts are a proud staple in our region because of all the great work they take part in to better our community. For more information about Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachia and ways to contribute, visit www.girlscoutcsa.org.

GIRL SCOUT ABBY JACK WITH HER MOTHER STACY

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LYNNE LAWSON FUGATE ADDRESSING THE CROWD

WILL BARRETT, MARKET PRESIDENT OF THE BANK OF TN, AND GUESTS

GIRL SCOUT TROOP 978 VOLUNTEERS, INCLUDING JC BREWING OWNER KAT MITCHELL AND TROOP ADMINISTRATOR RACHEL STILTNER

GIRL SCOUT BOARD MEMBER LEIGH HORNSBY AND GUESTS


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THE HIGH ROAD AGENCY

ALICIA PHELPS, APRIL BUNCH, ROB BUNCH, AND LARA POTTER

The High Road Agency

St. Patrick’s Bash PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY HALEY WHITE

STACEY “STACK” AMOS, CREATIVE DIRECTOR THE HIGH ROAD AGENCY

MILES BURDINE, KINGSPORT CHAMBER PRESIDENT/CEO

BRIANNA TAYLOR, EMILY THOMPSON, LARA POTTER, AND AMY MARGARET MCCOLL – KINGSPORT CHAMBER

On March 15, The High Road Agency (HRA) hosted an early St. Patrick’s Day Bash to celebrate the opening of its new office in Kingsport. Complete with green cocktails, decor, delicious food from East Coast Wings and cupcakes from Little Cake, the luck of the Irish was definitely present for the grand opening, which drew a large crowd. HRA is a full service marketing solutions firm with other offices in Johnson City and Bristol, Va. Its team offers everything from traditional media, sales and marketing, graphic and web design, video and audio production, to research, public relations, event planning and more! Clients include Bristol Motor Speedway, Visit Kingsport, the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, and The Birthplace of Country Music, just to name a few. HRA is dedicated to serving clients all over Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and is excited to now welcome clients to the new Kingsport office, located at 247 Broad St., Suite 302. To learn more about HRA and its services, visit www. thehighroadagency.com or follow them on Facebook. Join them in taking the High Road!

CRAIG AUGENSTEIN, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE LAMAR TRI-CITIES

MATTHEW POTTER AND JOHN PENDLETON

KATIE WESTBROOKS DESIGN STRATEGIST AND CHELSEA EIK MARKETING CONSULTANT/PROJECT MANAGER – THE HIGH ROAD AGENCY

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KINGSPORT MEADOWVIEW MARRIOT CONFERENCE RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER

MCDONALDS ASSOCIATION OF THE TRI-CITIES

RON AND SONJA BENNETT

MARION AND KAREN BAILEY

St. Patrick’s Day Bash PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY LINDA COFFEY

There were a lot of leprechauns at MeadowView on Saturday, March 3rd. The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Bash was held in the Grand Ballroom, featuring auctions, dinner, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and live entertainment by SPANK. The event was sponsored by Stifel Investment Services for the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. The Gareth’s Bakery Sponsors included Holston Valley Medical Center and McDonald’s Association of the Tri-Cities. Money raised went to support the Ronald McDonald House, which is a home-like atmosphere for critically ill children and families of the children receiving medical care in any local hospital. Haley and Nathan Magstadt spoke to the crowd about the services they have received at the Ronald McDonald House in Johnson City while they provide care for their newborn son. The house provides a place to do laundry, fix a meal, catch some rest, and comradery with other families. It enables families to remain close to their children as they are receiving care from the hospital.

MARY GRABLE AND CRYSTAL BURLESON

Families were interviewed on a video that relayed the value of having such an asset in our community. A highlight of the evening was the “Kilt Man” Contest. Local men collected funds and wore a kilt to the event. Hugh Ferguson was named the winner and collected $3,240. Greg Schuette came in second with a total of $2,246. To learn more about the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House and to learn ways to support the House, visit www.rmhsa.org.

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HALEY AND NATHAN MAGSTADT

DOUG AND JAMI STANLEY

JESSICA AND JAMES DENHAM

TINA ISON


KARA AND MARK PAGE

BRIAN AND ALLISON ROGERS

AMANDA AND DUSTIN HOLDEN

HOLSTON VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER

RON BENNETT

STIFEL EMPLOYEES

LISA AND TUCKER CARTER

HUGH FERGUSON, WINNER OF THE KILT CONTEST

MALEE TAYLOR, JASON AND KAY THORNE, AND DIONNE GANGER

TRACI WILLIAMS AND AMANDA BACHMAN

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CLAIRE AND KRISTEN

RICHARD JACKSON AND ELIZABETH SAULSBURY

CHRISTIAN AND HILLARY SCHMID

2018 Northeast Tennessee

American Advertising Awards PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY ALLISON GALLOWAY

You’re in Vice City, baby! Saturday, February 17th was a night straight from the 1980’s at the Miami Vice themed Northeast Tennessee American Advertising Awards. Guests wore their pastel blazers, scrunchies, and neon clothing, and enjoyed dinner and dancing. Both individuals and organizations were recognized for their excellence in the creative art of advertising. The American Advertising Federation of Northeast Tennessee serves the community through a variety of events, services and networking opportunities. For more information, visit aafnetn.com.

JORUNN AASEN AND JESSICA OWENS

SHELBY HENRY AND TIFFANY HAWLEY

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AIMEE DAVIS

MATT MOORE

KYLE DAVIS

CHRISTIAN SCHMID, SHELLEY PASLAY, AND CANDICE SWEET

JESSICA FLAGG, SHEENA BARNETT, AND JESSICA OWENS

JUSTIN HARTSELL AND BRI MORELOCK


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COLONIAL HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH

JINGHUA YUAN, HELEN HOU, XIAOFANG DONG, AND YIPING LU

ANGIE WINTERS AND CONSUELO

Chinese New Year Festival PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAVANNA SMITH | STORY BY KATIE DAY

Many people in the Tri-Cities area were excited to learn more about culture at the Chinese New Year Festival celebration held at Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Kingsport! The Tri-Cities Chinese Association and East Tennessee Chinese Culture Center hosted the Chinese New Year Festival on February 17. Hundreds gathered to ring in the Chinese New Year and celebrate the Chinese culture together! 2018 is the year of the dog and is said to be a year of hope. The Chinese year lasts from February 16, 2018 – February 4, 2019. The celebration was a family-friendly event, with things for everyone to do! It was very enjoyable for those who went. For more information about the Tri-Cities Chinese Association, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TCCATN.

CHUANFU LI, HAINING AN, DAVID QIN

DOBYNS-BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

DREW CHRISTIAN AND DAWSON PIERSON

COACH GRAHAM CLARK ADDRESSING THE AUDIENCE ABOUT BOTH THE PLAYERS’ ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT THEIR FOUR YEARS AT DOBYNS-BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL.

Signing Day, DobynsBennett High School PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY KATIE DAY

Two football players at Dobyns-Bennett High School signed to play collegiate ball on February 7, 2018, National Signing Day. Dobyns-Bennett went 8-4 this year which ranked them 18th in the state. Dawson Pierson signed to continue his football career at East Tennessee State University. His friends and family were present to celebrate the big day with Dawson. Drew Christian also signed to continue his career at the University of Virginia at Wise. His family and friends cheered him on, too! Coach Graham Clark said, “This is a great day for us…they ’re going to be great fits where they ’re going.” Both players said they were excited to continue to the next level of the game they love so much. They also stated that they are happy to be so close to home so their families and friends will be able to attend their games. The community looks forward to watching these young men excel in their new adventures!

KATIE LING AND BJ JONES

DAWSON PIERSON’S FAMILY CHEERING HIM ON AS HE SIGNS WITH EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY.

FIRECRACKERS FROM OUR CHINA ANGELS FAMILY GROUP

CREECH FAMILY

THE FAMILY OF DREW CHRISTIAN SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT WHILE HE SIGNS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA AT WISE. LARRY AND BRENDA NUNLEY WITH MARGARET CHILDRESS

NAN ZHANG AND WEI

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Therapeutic Equestrian Center Inc. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.�

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mall Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Ind. is a Christian-based, non-profit organization, founded through love to enhance the physical, emotional, social, behavioral and cognitive growth of persons with special needs and disabilities through equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). We accomplish our mission through three unique programs that enhance the personal growth, development and life skills, serving diverse populations: Therapeutic Horsemanship for those with special needs such as autism, cerebral palsy, Charge Syndrome, A-T and Down syndrome. These students receive physical strength and sensory integration through the horse’s texture, color, aroma, sounds and gait, which closely mimics the human walking gait. As students learn to positively engage with their horse, soft and self-determination skills are

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learned. Equine-Assisted Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a strength-based program for children and youth providing pro-social, leadership and work/collegereadiness skills through the utilization of equine-assisted experiential learning activities. Critical thinking skills are also a key factor aiding in problem solving and educational success. Positive behaviors such as healthy boundaries and a willingness to try new things are then nurtured as the horse facilitates teachable moments for our Instructors. The majority of PYD students come from a background of disparity, poverty, and neglect. Our amazing horses work to develop the resiliency necessary for the students to move forward and connect with their community and a brighter future. Horses Empower Heroes (HEH) assists veterans with navigating post-military life, including PTSD, substance


disorder, TBI and poly-trauma. HEH promotes the recovery, stability and self-sufficiency of veterans by assisting with the transition from mere survival-mode into resiliency and hope through traumafocused, relationship-rich EAAT. By fulfilling our mission, Small Miracles reaches its goal of enhancing the lives of individuals with special needs/disabilities and empowering them to engage in life to their fullest potential. Small Miracles wants everyone to realize that they are loved, validated and have an important role within their family and community and have a future full of promise.

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KINGSPORT MEADOWVIEW MARRIOT CONFERENCE RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER

CATHY RHINEHART

TONI AND RICH EVERROAD

JENNIFER, JAKE, JULIANNA, AND JEFF BINGHAM

March Madness Client Event PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY LINDA COFFEY

B&H Wealth Strategies hosted a March Madness Client Event on Thursday, March 15th at MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center. As Clients arrived, they received a Bracket Sheet to fill out for March Madness. A prize will be awarded to the person with the winning sheet. The group enjoyed an evening watching the current games on various television sets, a full buffet of hor d’oeuvres and talking about basketball.

CHRIS AND JEANNA JENKINS

LARRY WILSON AND NANCY LESTER

Tom Taylor of “The Tom Taylor Sports Show” provided a Facebook livestream during the party. The show is available on his Facebook page as well as B&H Wealth Strategies. Jeff Bingham welcomed the crowd and introduced his “team” of employees and family, stating that the firm is more effective when there is a team creating a positive culture. He introduced Silver Oak Securities Back Office to the crowd, via a television feed. Silver Oak Securities is a leading independent registered investment advisor and full-service broker dealer. Mr. Bingham also introduced Dr. Tom Rogers and the staff of Performance Medicine. B&H Wealth Strategies is putting an emphasis on health and preventative medicine practices. A new partnership was announced with Performance Medicine and clients of B&H will receive a discount at Performance Medicine. Prizes were given to the winners of a Basketball Trivia Contest. The winners of the Bracket Challenge will win: 3rd Place, a gift certificate to Results Salon & Spa; 2nd Place, a bottle of Silver Oak Wine and 1st Place, tickets for the Bristol race. For more information on B&H Wealth Strategies, visit their website at www.bhretire.com

A LOT OF MADNESS IN ONE ROOM!

GINA AND PRESTON SALYER

DONALD AND SYLVIA WADE

CATHY RHINEHART, NAN-C STALLARD, SHERRY BINGHAM, AND JAKE BINGHAM

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KINGSPORT SAINT PAULS EPISCOPAL CHURCH

JANNET AND TERRY HURET, LYNDA AND SPENCER SNOOK

MEREDITH AND REBA BARBER

Savvy Scrabble Social

ROY AND JESSE TUCKER

PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY HALEY WHITE

March 9, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church hosted the 12th annual Savvy Scrabble Social fundraiser to support the Literacy Council of Kingsport. The Savvy Scrabble Social game night fundraiser was complete with hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, a silent auction, and a lot of friendly competition. Participants could play in the multi-round Scrabble Tournament in teams or play individually; they could also bid in the silent auction on an array of prizes donated by some great local sponsors. All the proceeds of this event went to benefit the Literacy Council of Kingsport. The mission of the Literacy Council of Kingsport is to provide tutoring to adults and children in order to improve their literacy skills as well as achieve their individual goals. These tutoring sessions are free and provide trained volunteers to improve basic adult literacy, teach English lessons, and tutor children and youth. For over 30 years, the Literacy Council of Kingsport has helped build a stronger community through the power of literacy. In America, 36 million adults cannot read or write above a third-grade level. Last year the Literacy Council of Kingsport helped 147 adults achieve their literacy goals. To learn more about the Literacy Council of Kingsport visit www.literacycouncilofkingsport.org.

WILSON WORLEY LAW FIRM TEAM

HANNAH AND JOHN GRUBB

TINA MORRISON AND SPENCER SNOOK, FUNDRAISING CO-CHAIRS

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BENNETT LITTLE, MC

SILENT AUCTION

EMILY DOTSON, CHANNELLE VESSEY, AND PEGGY BALDOCK


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BRISTOL SULLINS ACADEMY

Annual Sullins Academy

Talent Show STORY BY JUDY STAMPER | PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMITTED

On Thursday evening, February 22, the excitement was palpable as twenty-six acts prepared to present their talents at the annual Sullins Academy Talent Show presented by the school’s Music and Performing Arts Department. At Sullins Academy, we strive for children to develop the confidence needed to get up and perform in front of a crowd of their peers, faculty members, parents, and guest judges. Casey Goetz, Kasey Buchanan, Ruth King, Bella Raye, and Angela Baker graciously shared their time in judging the acts. It is a very rewarding experience when you have been given the opportunity to shine and you hear that rousing applause. The jitters are replaced by huge smiles as the children capture the audience with their talents. Mrs. Jill Wishon, teacher for the Arts at Sullins Academy, did an exceptional job discovering and organizing this remarkable showcase performance by the children. Everyone in attendance was treated to an exceptional presentation of vocal, dance, and comedic talents. Above all, the children were the true winners of the evening as they learned another lesson in believing in themselves and having the fortitude to embrace their opportunity to shine!

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ou may recognize Jequita Moore and her daughter, Addilyn, from our advertisements for the 2018 Tri-Cities Race for the Cure®. The image taken by photographer Jessica Leigh captures what it means to be More Than Pink®. As a breast cancer survivor, mother, and registered nurse, Jequita is strong yet tender, both a fighter and healer. As the face for this year’s Race, she has stepped up as an advocate for local breast health programs and national research in the hopes that her daughter will never have to hear the words “you have breast cancer.” Moore was diagnosed with Triple Negative Stage II Ductile Carcinoma in April 2017. She underwent 5 months of chemotherapy treatment, followed by a bilateral mastectomy and hysterectomy. Less than a year later, she has completed treatment and is adjusting to post-cancer life. She sat down with us to share her experience and encourage others to take a proactive approach to their health.

SHARE WITH US ABOUT YOUR LIFE IN MARCH 2017, BEFORE YOU WERE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. WHO WERE YOU? First I was a human. Some might think that sounds strange, but I had faults and had successes like anyone else. Second I am a Mom and then a wife. I had my dream job, as a flight nurse, and a wonderful life. I had been married for 17 years and had a 6 year old daughter, Addilyn. TELL US ABOUT YOUR BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS. I found a lump in my breast. Before I got to the doctor it became very inflamed. I was not worried, as we had no immediate breast cancer in our family. I just thought it might be a cyst. Within a month I had a mammogram, a biopsy, and was diagnosed with Stage 2 Ductile Carcinoma, Triple Negative and BRCA-Positive (hereditary BReast CAncer gene). WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST THOUGHT WHEN YOU RECEIVED THIS DIAGNOSIS? I knew God would give me the strength to handle what he had in store for me. I was not going to let cancer consume my life. My husband and I wanted to keep it as normal as we could for our daughter Addilyn. WHAT DID YOUR TREATMENT ENTAIL? Following the diagnosis, I went to my first appointment, thinking we were going to discuss my treatment plan, little did I know that when I walked into that appointment, they were ready with the plan and ready to start that day. My treatment plan was to receive 5 months of chemotherapy, followed by surgery. I did not have to undergo radiation therapy. My nurse navigator attended appointments with me and was there is I needed to call back and ask any questions about what was discussed in my appointments. She also scheduled appointments for me for the next steps. HOW DID THE TREATMENTS GO? I was three treatments short of finishing the plan when my doctor, Dr. Fried, said that my body was telling us that it had enough and I was unable to take anymore chemo. I felt that I had failed. Cancer was defeating me because I couldn’t finish.


But, the chemo worked so well that when the surgeon went to remove the tumor, there was none to be found. This taught me that you need to listen to your body. It will tell you when to rest. If we listen our body will tell us what it needs. I worked all but one day during chemo. I was determined that it was not going to consume me. SO EVEN THOUGH THE TUMOR WAS GONE, YOU STILL HAD SURGERY. Yes, because of being BRCA-positive. I was proactive and had a bilateral mastectomy and a hysterectomy. In a period of 3 months I had 3 surgeries - one emergency, for a blood clot. DID YOU HAVE TO TAKE TIME OFF OF WORK DURING TREATMENT? Yes. It probably was the toughest. When you have cancer, life is dictated by appointments, treatment schedules and regiments. It is when you are done and have down time that it can hit the hardest. You have time to reflect and it becomes overwhelming what you have been through. When I started to feel down my husband would call me out on it before I realized what was going on. DID YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A REGISTERED NURSE PREPARE YOU FOR BEING A CANCER PATIENT? No, I am a PRN, a flight nurse, who works with patients in emergency situations. Some staff thought the same when I came in for my appointments. I would have to remind them, I may be a nurse, but today I am a cancer patient; teach me how I am to clean out my port. WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING A MOM TO A 6 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER DURING TREATMENT? We didn’t tell her that I had breast cancer. We told her that Mommy was going to be sick for a while and that she was going to lose her hair. There would be days that I would not be able to go out and play with her, but I would be able to the next day. We never used the word cancer, although she figured it out. She had a craft project at school for St. Jude and they discussed who kids that would be receiving their work and how they were being affected by cancer. She put two and two together. When she came home and told us about the project, she said, “Mommy, they have cancer, like you.” YOU TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE INHERITED GENE FOR BREAST CANCER (BRCA). ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS DEVELOPING CANCER? Yes, my Mom and brother have both had genetic testing. We have also discussed when my daughter is old enough to make sure she is tested. It is sad to know that my daughter will need to be tested, but we must be proactive. Cancer is not a death sentence. You have choices. Don’t let it control you.

WHO DO YOU THINK HAD THE HARDEST TIME COMING TO TERMS WITH YOUR DIAGNOSIS? My mom. The word Cancer just scared her, as her Mom died of ovarian cancer. Even though that had been years ago and treatments and outcomes have greatly improved, all she could visualize is her Mom and the struggle she had and then her death. WHAT WAS THE SOURCE OF YOUR STRENGTH? Addilyn, my husband Bud and my Mom. Most of all Addilyn, because I would not accept her growing up without a Mom. YOU RETURNED TO WORK AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR. HOW HAS THE ADJUSTMENT BEEN FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY? It is ongoing for the whole family. Addilyn is ok with me going to work, but if she or I have to go anywhere else separately, she worries. SO, IF WE WERE TO ASK, WHO IS JEQUITA MOORE TODAY, WHAT WOULD YOU RESPOND? I am still a human person, who has had faults and successes. A Mom and a wife who takes nothing for granted. I realize life can change in a moment. Cancer will always be on my mind and it plays a big part in my life, because I will always wonder if it will come back. Every 31 hours, someone living in the 8-county Tri-Cities Region of Tennessee will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s 281 people whose lives will be forever changed in 2018. Another 60 or so breast cancer patients in our area will lose their lives to the disease this year. That’s why Susan G. Komen® East Tennessee funded $93,498 for mammograms, diagnostic procedures, and financial assistance for breast cancer patients in 2017-18. Our grant recipients use these funds to assist the uninsured and under-insured in obtaining life-saving care and support that they otherwise would not have been able to receive. During the previous grant cycle, Komen East TN funding provided 437 screening mammograms, 23 diagnostic procedures, and diagnosed 12 women with breast cancer. This is the first year that the Tri-Cities Region has been able to provide financial assist to breast cancer patients undergoing treatment, and it is estimated that 65 patients will be assisted with items such as gas cards and utility bills this year. Join us on April 21 at our Tri-Cities Race for the Cure® at Kingsport Center for Higher Education (300 W Market Street). You will have the opportunity to meet Jequita and her family and other men and women in our community that are Survivors and Fighters. They all have amazing stories that will move you. It is a day of celebration and healing for anyone that has been touched by breast cancer. Visit our website www.KomenEastTN.org to find out how you, too, can be More Than Pink®. www.vipseenmag.com | april 2018

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Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport 2018 The Grand Tour LAS VEGAS – FIRE & ICE Saturday, May 12, 2018 • 6 pm

MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center Think Rat Pack, Elvis, Marilyn, Wayne! Think Sparkles! It’s Vegas, Baby! Sponsored Storefronts • Exquisite Food Stations • Wine Mock Casino • Entertainment • Live & Silent Auction Tickets: $100/Each Reserved Tables for 10 - $1,000 Call 230-4160 Ext. 231 Abingdon Olive Oil Co.; ABVisuals, Buffalo Wild Wings, Joanna Hoover-Glovier Re/Max All Stars; Horizon Credit Union; Home Depot; JK’s Kollections; Panda Express; Price & Ramey; Things Are Looking Up; Express Delivery of Tri-Cities


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Blakely House

THE BLAKELY HOUSE

INTERIOR OF THE BLAKELY HOUSE

Grand Opening PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY KATIE DAY

A transitional Veteran’s Home is coming to the Tri-Cities, assuring that homeless veterans in the area will have a place to stay.

INTERIOR OF THE BLAKELY HOUSE

VISITORS OF THE BLAKELY HOUSE ENJOYING THE GRAND OPENING

VIPSEEN attended The Blakely House grand opening on February 15. The Blakely House, which can house up to 15 veterans, is located at 371 Blakely Drive in Rock Springs. Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness (ARCH) is opening this transitional house with the help of Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council, who donated $5,000 to the cause. The Blakely house will not only provide a home for Veterans in need, it will offer support, such as food, utilities, training in life skills, and access to mental healthcare during their stay. The community is proud to have this house in the community, and if you are looking for ways to support, contact the ARCH office.

ERNIE RUMSEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF TC-MAC, AND ANNE COOPER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ARCH

If you are a male veteran interested in staying at the Blakely House, you can visit the ARCH office at 321 Walnut St., Johnson City, TN, or contact ARCH services at 1-800-989-CARE.

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JOHNSON CITY ONE ACRE CAFE

LAURIE AND BOB O’NEILL

RENEE AND ABBY

LINDA AND CURT

Edward Jones “Commitment

to Compassion” Fundraiser PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY ALLISON GALLOWAY

Cindy Thurlow’s Edward Jones office in Boones Creek hosted their first fundraiser in their 3-part event series for 2018 entitled “Commitment to Compassion.” Guests were treated to a delicious dinner at One Acre Café and had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items, and Cindy Thurlow, event organizer, sang for the audience.

MATT AND ANDREA PENDLETON

ASHLEY AND MIKE

In addition to their Commitment to Compassion fundraisers, Cindy Thurlow’s Edward Jones branch is planning a celebration of veterans for July and a children’s charity fundraiser for December. Since Edward Jones is the national presenting sponsor of the Alzheimer ’s Association, they also fundraise throughout the year for that organization. All proceeds from the night benefitted One Acre Café. One Acre Café is a nonprofit organization that provides a meal to anyone in need in exchange for volunteer service. One Acre Café’s mission is to nourish the body, replenish the soul, and grow the community so that all might be fed. For more information, visit oneacrecafe.org. PAM WALKER, EMILY BOWMAN, AND LINDY WALKER

DALE AND REBECCA MYERS

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MICHELLE WATTS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ONE ACRE CAFÉ

CINDY THURLOW AND HOPE SHEESLEY


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KIM AND KATIE KELLEY

SARA DOUGLAS AND RYAN HENDERSON

LISA SHANKLE AND CHANTAL SEXTON

2nd Annual Run for Your Buns 5K PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY ALLISON GALLOWAY

The 2nd Annual Run for Your Buns 5K took place on Saturday, March 3rd at Franklin Woods Community Hospital. Over 300 people showed up to walk, jog, or run to raise awareness for colon cancer and promote regular screenings. The race takes place every year in March because it is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

DONNA THOMAS AND ASHLEY STONE

DENISE WILSON

ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, GO!

TRACY BLACK AND MALLORY MCGHEE

After the race, Franklin Woods Community Hospital hosted a free health fair where local health ambassadors gave more information about the importance of early colon screening and how it can save lives.

JOHN AND STEPHANIE

MONICA AND ALANAH HART

MONA HYLTON AND HALEY BOWMAN

FRIENDS THAT JOG TOGETHER, STAY TOGETHER!

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Five Fabulous Fixes BY SHERRI JESSEE MODEL: NADIA HAIR & MAKEUP: SHERRI JESSEE PHOTO: JASON SETIAWAN

LOOK TWO Faux Finish.Tuck ends under and pin to create a faux bob.

LOOK ONE Wonderful Waves. Spray with a heat protector and wrap hair on a 1� Sam Villa Wand. Comb through with a wide tooth comb.

LOOK THREE Golden Goddess. Brush through the waves and add jewelry to give a bohemian touch.

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LOOK FOUR

Gypsy Rose. Create a deep side part held in place with a flower.

LOOK FIVE Easy Up. Use your hands to sweep hair high on the head. Swirl and pin.


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LISA AND TUCKER CARTER

COOKIE MCKINNEY AND KAREN CLARK

CLARISSA STRONG AND KELLI HEINS

Buzz for Broadway Comes to Greeneville PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY LINDA COFFEY

Allandale Mansion was alive with the sounds of Broadway on Thursday, March 22nd. A party was held to create “buzz” about the upcoming production of “Broadway Comes to Greeneville.” Guests had the opportunity to meet and talk with Gary Mauer, Elizabeth Southard, Shelton Tison, and Michael Horsley. Heavy hors d’oeuvres were served as guests mingled prior to the fireside chat.

SHELTON TISON

MICHAEL HORSLEY, MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Broadway songs were performed by Gary Mauer, Elizabeth Southard, and Shelton Tison. They were accompanied on the piano by the music director, Michael Horsley. The Broadway stars also shared some funny stories relating to their performing careers. Gary Mauer has been touring with “The Phantom of the Opera,” playing the role of the Phantom. He also stared in Phantom on Broadway, as well as “Les Miserables.” He is married to actress, Elizabeth Southard. Elizabeth has starred on Broadway and in the touring company as “Christine” in “The Phantom of the Opera”. She has toured in “The Sound of Music,” “The Mikado,” “Nine,” and “Three Penny Opera.” Michael Horsley is the Music Director/Conductor for the Music Theatre Department at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Shelton Tison was the 2017 winner of “Broadway Comes to Greeneville.”

ROD AND LIZ BIOSCA, ELIZABETH SOUTHARD AND GARY MAUER

The event is chaired by Betty and Bob Cooper. They chaired the event in 2017 and have already committed to chairing it again in 2019. Ballad Health Foundation and Consumer Credit Union are the presenting sponsors for the event. “Broadway Comes to Greeneville” will be held on Sunday, April 29th, 3:00 at Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Several local children and youth auditioned to be in the performance with the Broadway stars. It will be a great afternoon of song and dance with all proceeds going to Niswonger Children’s Hospital. Tickets are available at www.npacgreeneville.com or by calling the Box Office at (423) 638-1679. BETTY AND BOB COOPER

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MALESSA FLEENOR, LINDA HARRIS, AND KIM WHEELER

SEBASTIAN BAKKEN AND HIS ARTISTIC ABILITIES!

BETH SMITH SHARES INFORMATION

AbsolutelyABLE PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY LINDA COFFEY

The Arc of Washington County hosted this event to promote abilities instead of disabilities during Disability Awareness month (March). The event, held at Boones Creek Christian Church, gave an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments and educate the community about seeing the abilities in each other. There was a lot of joy and laughter in the gymnasium as everyone celebrated the diversities that bring us together in support and compassion for the abilities of each person. FAITH ANN

ELLAREY

A popular part of the day was the talent show. Participants sang, told jokes, and played instruments to the delight of the audience. Many local agencies set up booths to provide education and support. Several people showed their abilities through their artistic talent. They were selling paintings, note cards, and hand-made items. And of course, there were opportunities for food treats! The Arc of Washington County is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower persons with disabilities and their family members to make and control decisions that affect their lives. They assist the people they serve in choosing living arrangements, work options, faith communities and community participation. To learn more about The Arc of Washington County, visit their website at www.arcwc.org.

DORIAN HAWKINS SHOWING HIS ABILITIES!

TOMMY SCHUETTE AND JOY BLAIR OF “POP ARTS”

MELISSA BUCKLES AND LAUREN FABRIZE

THE CREASY GREENS

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CROSSROADS CHRISTIAN CHURCH

THE SPECIAL GUESTS WALKING THE RED CARPET INTO PROM.

MANY VOLUNTEERS AND “BUDDIES” WERE PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE EVENING

JURNEE CARR, MISS U.S AND VOLUNTEER AT NIGHT TO SHINE, DANCES THE NIGHT AWAY WITH HER BUDDY.

Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY KATIE DAY

Prom came early for thousands across the world, and in our local community, on February 9, 2018. Crossroads Christian Church in Gray, along with 540+ churches globally, hosted A Night to Shine sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine is an annual prom that celebrates the special needs people in communities all over the world.

ALL SMILES WHILE WALKING ACROSS THE STAGE BEING CROWNED BY LOCAL BEAUTY QUEENS.

DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY

When they arrived at the church, they were greeted by many volunteers and “buddies” who kept them company all night! The honored guests then walked the red carpet into the prom where there was music and dancing. Dinner was served throughout the evening. The night closed out with a special message from Tim Tebow and everyone being crowned either a Prom King or Queen! All in all, this was a wonderful night filled with celebration, love and lots of fun!

MISS JOHNSON CITY POSES WITH FRIENDS ON THE NIGHT TO SHINE

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GEORGE BROWN, MD AND KIERA BROOKS

SAM AND TIM HUDDLESTON

ROGER WHITAKER AND KYLE BORNE

Live Loud Event PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY LOGAN BAILEY

Libation Station hosted its first cigar event of the year on February 28th in their private Ligero Cigar Lounge. The lounge hosts regular events for members and non-members throughout the year. This kick-off event was offered free to members and tickets were sold for non-members. The featured cigar company was, “Camacho”. Numerous selections of their cigars were available for sampling at the event. Camacho explains its uniqueness best, “As the foundation for the Camacho brand, our legendary Original Corojo tobacco is present in six of our core cigars. Whether it’s wrapper, binder, filler or all three, the historic intensity and full-on flavor of this world-renowned tobacco is key to the balance of these Camacho smokes. Uncompromising integrity. Impeccable craftsmanship. Your chance to smoke a legend.”

KYLE AND ANTHONY MERDIAN

N.Y. JOE DALOIA

The venue offered a relaxing environment for attendees to unwind and socialize with fellow cigar-lovers. Along with cigar tastings, beer was provided by Depot Street Brewing, and an array of hors d’oeuvres were provided by Sam’s Club. To find out more about Libation Stations future events, visit www. libationplaza.com. If you’d like to learn more about Camacho, please visit their website at www.camachocigars.com. CAMACHO CIGAR OFFERINGS

PETE NICKLES AND DAVID EZELL

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PHIL ARDIRE, JIM MORAN, AND CHUCK KACZMAREK

JIM RHINEHARDT AND BRAD PETERSON


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My name is DUKE and I am 3 years old. I love to run and play. I am a little shy around strangers, but I am sure I will get over that pretty quickly. I would love to have a forever home with you. PHOTOS BY LISA CORNWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

We are all friendly with people and other cats. We have not been dog-tested, though. BLACKY is 2 years old. DIVA is 1 year old. CASPER is 2 years old.

DIVA

RED is my name and playing is my game. I am 4 years old. I haven’t been around too many dogs like me, but I would love to have a meet and greet with another dog to make sure we got along. I do love cats, though. My family here have been great to me, but I would love a forever home. Please take me home with you. I know we will get along.

I am RHETT and I am 2 years old. I am a Plott Hound. I love people. I need a family with a big heart and lots of time to let me run around with my nose to the ground.

BLACKY CASPER


Wear great shoes. Save local lives! Saturday, April 28 2–5 p.m. The Virginian Golf Club Bristol, Virginia Buy your tickets today, and make it an afternoon to remember Individual: $100 Sole Sisters (two tickets): $150 VIP Individual: $150 VIP Sole Sisters (two tickets): $250 VIP Table (six tickets): $1,000 VIP tables include a bottle of wine for the table and personal Shoe Guy attendant. All VIP tickets include reserved seating and upgraded swag bags.

Wine Women & Shoes is a can’t-miss event, featuring: • Best in Shoe awards: You can win prizes for Sassy Stiletto, Wonderful Wedge, Fabulous Flat and Bodacious Boot. Each winner will receive a $100 Zappos gift card. • Golden Ticket: Enter to win a trip to Napa Valley. • Magazine cover photo shoot: Grab your sole sisters and strike a pose for a souvenir photo. • Wall of Wine: You can win a top-dollar bottle. • Buy a Spot: Enter our raffle for a high-end designer purse. • King of Sole competition: With an online donation, you can vote for your favorite Shoe Guy. • A high-energy fashion show. • Fashion marketplace: Shop the latest styles from Beauty in Stone, F&W Style, Lips that Last by Amy Herndon, Monkee’s, Tucker’s Twinkles, JK Kollections and more. • Silent and live auctions, held by mobile bidding – so be sure to bring your smartphone. Get a sneak peek of the great trips up for bid at winewomenandshoes.com/balladhealth. Proceeds from Wine Women & Shoes will help Ballad Health Foundation improve access and affordability for breast cancer screenings. Through earlier detection, we can help women live out their dreams – by outliving cancer.

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GAAM Wealth Advisors

Subco East, Inc.

Kingsport Chamber

Bristol Motor Speedway

Mayor of Kingsport

Who will be crowned King of Sole? Andy Dietrich

Dr. John Ehrenfried

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Stephen Glovier

John Hunter

Champion Chevrolet

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Virginia State Police

Mountain States Credit Union

Blair Jones

Martin Kent

Morgan King

John Kunysz

Alan Levine

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United Company

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Ballad Health

Rusty Little

Dr. Mitchell Mendrek

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Dr. Greg Russell

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Ballad Health Foundation

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With a donation to Ballad Health Foundation’s breast cancer screening programs, you can vote for your favorite Shoe Guy to win the King of Sole competition. King of Sole voting and Shoe Guy bios are available online at winewomenandshoes. com/balladhealth.


People Do Crazy Things… R

ecently, I was in line at the grocery store behind a mother and her ill behaved three year old. I say the child was ill behaved, because it would be socially unacceptable to call him a spoiled brat and I’m sure some of you reading this would send me hate mail. That is, if I actually had a VIPSEEN email address; which I don’t, so just write the hateful email in your mind and send it to me telepathically, okay? Anyway, moving right along, the child was throwing a complete tantrum because the mother would not buy him candy. The mother, rather than snatch him up and have a “come to Jesus” meeting, began to try to negotiate with him. As he screamed and called her ugly names that he should not even know, much less say, she calmly reminded him that sugar is ‘not good for us’ and continued to try to bargain with the tiny terrorist. As I listened to that grown woman plead with the little hooligan, it occurred to me that many times seemingly intelligent people do totally idiotic things.

them so we no longer have to see their cleavage or pictures of every meal they eat. We get into arguments about politics even though we know that we’d be more likely to grow a third eye than to sway the other person’s opinion. It’s craziness, I tell ya, craziness.

Have you ever wondered what makes us do the stupid things we do?

Can anyone tell me why people love to take selfies in their bathrooms? Of all the places in and around your home, you think your smudged bathroom mirror provides the most inviting background? Speaking of mirrors, it’s a fact that here is very little that we aren’t willing to do in the name of beauty. Seriously, one of the top selling beauty products sold on Amazon contains snail mucin and people swear it has given them amazingly smooth skin. I wonder who was the first person to think, “I bet snail mucous would feel good on my face”. Snail mucous! People do some ridiculous things and smearing snail excretions on their face is one of them.

For instance, why do we complain about things that are beyond our control? We gripe about gas prices, the weather, and traffic, but we have absolutely no control over any of those things. We complain about the ridiculous things people post on social media instead of just blocking

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We humans do and say all sorts of odd things. For example, why do some people call it, “tomato ketchup”? Is there any other well-known kind of ketchup? And why do some people say, “underarm deodorant”? Who is putting deodorant on other parts of their body? When we’re hungry, we check the fridge several times in the same day as if some sort of new food will magically appear. Surely, I can’t be the only person that starts a diet every Monday morning and finishes it by lunchtime that same day. Okay, maybe I am the only one who does that, but at least I admit that it’s a dumb thing to do.

Am I the only person who thinks it weird that some grown men spend their evenings playing video games? Or how about smoking? I’ve never quite figured out what could be refreshing or desirable about placing a stick of tobacco into your mouth and setting fire to it. Have you ever filled out an online quiz so you could find out more about yourself? You have? Well, it’s just plain crazy to think answering some random questions online is going to reveal secrets about yourself that even YOU didn’t know. Come on, people, you have to admit those quizzes are nuts. I could go on for days about the crazy things people do. We like to think of ourselves as sane and that everyone else is a little on the crazy side, but the truth is, we’re all a little crazy, we all do dumb things, and it’s all AOK.

Love, Beth Beth is a wife to Stephen, mother of 2 boys, and business owner who is passionate about Jesus. She likes the color orange, good grammar, and junk food; she detests misspelled words, laziness, and mouth noises of all kinds. She is also passionate about helping people create residual income by working part time from home. www.bethstreet.myrandf.com 78

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HALEY WHITE

PEGGY CRUMWELL

DAN AND MELINDA BROWN

Think Pink! Pampering and Prevention PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY ALLISON GALLOWAY

On Tuesday, January 30th, Think Pink! Pampering and Prevention took place at Memorial Park Community Center in Johnson City. It was a free event designed to emphasize the importance of breast and cervical cancer screenings. There was a health fair with information on services and tips for women’s health care along with snacks, guest speakers, and free manicures and massages. Elizabeth Renfro from the University of Tennessee Washington County Extension hopes to make it an annual event. JENNY JESSUP

JESSICA WADDELL

ETSU BILL GATTON COLLEGE OF PHARMACY STUDENTS

SIERRA SPENCER-MITCHELL AND ZILIPAH CRUZ

The University of Tennessee Extension Washington County provides research generated information and publications from the University of Tennessee for agriculture, suburban and urban populations. For more information, visit washington.tennessee.edu.

TRACY BUCKLES

ELIZABETH HALL

MELISSA CAPPS AND SHANNON GAMBRELL

MILLIE HANSON AND KATHIE LEWIS

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BRISTOL WAREHOUSE 817

CATHERINE BRILLHART AND DONNA HALE

MAUREEN AND JAMES GAYNOR

St. Patrick’s Day Party

DR. KEITH PERRIGAN (SUPERINTENDENT OF BVPS), VICIE DOTSON (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BVPS EDUCATION FOUNDATION), JO HUTTON, AND KRISTY EDWARDS

PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY LOGAN BAILEY

St. Patrick’s Day at Warehouse 817 in Bristol, VA was a night to eat, drink, celebrate, and raise money for the Bristol Virginia Public Schools (BVPS) Education Foundation. The Education Foundation sponsored the event which hosted musician HB Beverly, heavy hors d’oeuvres, party favors, raffle items, drinks, and a whole lot of fun! All proceeds from the party support BVPS Education Foundation, which provides high school senior merit/need-based scholarships, teacher creative classroom mini-grants, schoolwide funding for selected academic programs,and permanently named endowed scholarships. For more information about this event, please contact Vicie Dotson at foundation@bvps.org.

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