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CARE YOU CAN TRUST. The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, a proven worldwide leader in clinical research, continues to be at the forefront of groundbreaking heart care with Absorb – the world’s only fully dissolvable stent. Absorb restores heart vessels to their natural states, leaving nothing behind but a healthy artery.

As the nation’s No. 1 enroller of patients in a clinical trial leading to this breakthrough technology and co-authors of an article in the nation’s leading health care magazine describing the breakthrough, the heart institute is our region’s most experienced team – and the only one to offer Absorb.


Nothing beats the commitment of expert physicians. And to you and your family,




Letter from the Publisher



She Says ...

DIRECTOR OF SALES Felicia Conners SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST EVENT COORDINATOR Jon Lester ACCOUNT MANAGERS Lark Adams 423.612.3583 April Barnes 423.646.4626 Sally Dodson 423.612.3758 Jacqueline Joseph 423.367.6785 Becky Ramsey 423.646.9490 COPY EDITOR Lucy Honeychurch CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Lark Adams Emma Ayers Jenny Bohler Liz Bushong Linda Coffey Lucy Honeychurch Sherri Jessee Clint Kirkpatrick Jonathan Lester Savanna McDavid Beth Street PHOTOGRAPHY Mickey J. Baker Rick Bacmanski Lark Adams Emma Ayers Liz Bushong Linda Coffey Glass Jar Photography Jonathan Lester Savanna McDavid


or those of you who eagerly wait every month to read the always thoughtful letters that our Publisher contrives month in and month out, I am here to say that I hope this month you are not disappointed. Not disappointed about the letter, but the fact that Angela Baker has taken a little time off to have a baby and that this month and possibly next, you will be hearing from me. Here we are another month, another issue, but everything seems to be changing just a little. Maybe it’s because September brings the much-anticipated end of Summer and beginning of (the most wonderful season) Fall. But maybe, just maybe it’s because we will also be meeting a brand new member of the Baker family this month. September brings many changes and this September is no different. The changing of the leaves, the crisp night air, pumpkin spice flavored everything, red, gold, burgundy, orange, change that I find comforting and welcoming. Although you may think that I am crazy…diaper changes, sleepless nights, the smell of freshly washed baby clothes, snuggles, feedings, baby socks, little hands, little toes, little noses…all a welcoming and comforting feeling for me as well. I am beyond grateful to Angela for the opportunities that she has given me working alongside her to make this magazine an advocate of the many events and people that this region has to share. In her (temporary) absence, I will continue to uphold the vision of the magazine as best I can with the help of Felicia Conners, Jon Lester, and everyone else involved in the day to day production of VIPSEEN. I will close by saying that change is good. Change is expected. And just like that, when you think you have learned the way your life should be, life changes. Here’s to Angela and Mickey Baker. Welcome to the ever-changing wonderful world baby Jackson. Your “Tia” Angie cannot wait to meet you!

Angelica Ares, Creatice Director,

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University of Tennessee Head Football Coach Butch Jones and Virginia Tech Head Football Coach Justin Fuente face off in the biggest college football game in history. Photos courtesy of Tennessee Athletics, Virginia Tech Athletics, and Bristol Motor Speedway






















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Ribbon Cutting - Alzheimer’s Association Grand Opening - Wellmont CVA Heart Institute Paint the Town Purple GALA Relay for Life of Johnson City with the American Cancer Society Music Man GALA Summer Arts Camp: A Horse of a Different Color Barter Theatre & Symphony of the Mountains Press Conference A Handmade Summer Market MSHA & ETSU Family Field Day Healthy Kingsport & Reedy Creek Bicycles: Family Fun Ride Funfest Block Party KOSBE Awards Kickoff After Hours Services for Those Who have Served Wine Festival Press Conference Ribbon Cutting - Allandale Falls Red, White & Boom! Rejuvenation & Restoration Medicine Grand Opening Farm to Table Dinner Electric 94.9’s Little Black Dress Party Jason Isbell Concert United Way of Greater Kingsport 2015 Week of Caring Family Fun Day - Birthplace of Country Music Museum Kingsport 4th of July Parade Miss Virginia Teen USA Send-Off Party Homecoming FEASTival Celebration 2016 Kingsport Idol Miss Tennessee Send-Off Party Abingdon All-American Independence Day Extravaganza Ribbon Cutting & After Hours – Re/Max All Stars SEPTEMBER 2016 | VIPSEEN | 5

Happy September

Happy 9th Birthday to my baby, AUSTIN CONNERS! Love you forever!

Happy Birthday, sunshine! We hope you have a “majikal” day! We love you!

Happy Birthday to the best friend and boss EVER! We Love You Angela!

Happy Birthday to one of the best friends ever!! We love you Alice!

Happy Birthday Ernie Rumsby!

Happy Birthday Denna Hall!

Happy Birthday Alice Page!

Happy Birthday Katie Prendergast!

Happy Birthday TT! Love Ya!


Happy Birthday to you, Gen! We love you!

Happy Birthday Zachary Tyler! Lots of Love!

Happy Birthday Duane Frye!

Happy Birthday Jeff Tankersley!

Happy Birthday Shelley & Shane!

Happy Birthday Maxi....Love ya!

Happy Birthday Joanna Nash!

Happy Birthday Vann Avirett!

Calendar of Events / SEPTEMBER 2016 SEPTEMBER 1 Cherry Bounce and Realms of Earth and Sky Opening William King Museum Abingdon, VA 6 pm – 8 pm Kingsport Chamber Regional After Hours Second Harvest Food Bank Kingsport, TN 5:30 pm Sip and Stroll Downtown Kingsport 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm SEPTEMBER 2 37th Annual Eastman Road Race V.O. Dobbins Field Kingsport, TN 6 pm SEPTEMBER 3 37th Annual Eastman Road Race Toy F. Reid Employee Center Kingsport, TN 8 am Abingdon Farmers Market Market Pavillion Abingdon, VA 8 am – 12 pm Sushi At Sunset 525 Gottland Shoals Rd. Blountville, TN 6 pm – 9 pm 2nd Annual Busker Fest Mainstreet, Abingdon Abingdon, VA 11 am – 10 pm All Day Event Contact: Sara Saavedra 7th Annual Elvis Extravaganza Veterans Benefit Show Kingsport Renaissance Center Theater 1200 E Center St Kingsport, TN 7 pm Contact: Missy Miller 865-684-6082 SEPTEMBER 8 Journeys of Women Art Show IV McKinney Center 103 Franklin Ave Jonesborough, TN Contact: Kaylyn Hinson 865-394-9701

Bootleg Bash Founders Park Johnson City’s pregame party featuring The Black Lillies! Founders Park 74 Wilson Ave Johnson City, TN 6:15 pm Brewfest at Bristol 810 E State Street Bristol, TN 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm Family Fun Ride Chamber of Commerce Kingsport, TN 5:30 pm – 7 pm SEPTEMBER 9 Hokie vs. Smokie Battle at Bristol Golf Tournament Country Club of Bristol 11:30 am - onwards SEPTEMBER 10 Battle at Bristol Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, TN 12 pm Mountain Harvest Metric Unicoi County Erwin, TN All Day SEPTEMBER 11 Tri-Cities Bridal Show Holiday Inn, Exit 7 Bristol, VA 1 pm – 5 pm 2016 Tri-Cities 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Holston Valley Medical Center Kingsport, TN 9:30 am SEPTEMBER 14 IDEAcademy 2016 Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Employee Center Kingsport, TN 9 am – 3 pm Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion through September 18th 416 State St. Bristol, TN 4pm – 8pm

SEPTEMBER 17 1st Annual American Indian Festival 127 W Bear Hollow Road Rogersville, TN 10 am – 4pm Relay for Life of Unicoi County Unicoi County High School 700 S Mohawk Dr Erwin, TN 3 pm – 11 pm Rock Springs UMC “Fish Fry in the park” Rock Springs UMC 1751 Rock Springs Rd Kingsport, TN 5 pm – 7 pm SEPTEMBER 18 Reedy Creek 5K Adventure Run Cleek Farms Corn Maze Kingsport, TN 6 pm

SEPTEMBER 20 Asbury Place Kingsport Club House Ribbon Cutting 100 Netherland Lane Kingsport, TN 4 pm SEPTEMBER 24 St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer The Pinnacle Pinnacle Parkway Bristol TN 37620 Bristol, TN Opening Ceremony: 8am Runner Start: 8:30am Walker Start: 8:45am Closing Ceremony: 10am SEPTEMBER 25 The Bluegrass Half Marathon ETSU, VA, Downtown and Founders Park 7:30 am SEPTEMBER 29 Northeast State Home Coming Blountville, TN 11 am – 7 pm


Script adaptation by David Thompson, and Directed by Tricia Matthews. Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins The #1 longest running American Musical in Broadway History. This musical will razzle-dazzle you like no other. It’s the roaring twenties, and Roxie Hart is a small-time chorus dancer who will kill for fame. And after doing just that, she lands behind bars alongside vaudeville star Velma Kelly, who, with the help of hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn, has spun her crime into a media frenzy. When Flynn takes Roxie’s case, he makes her the latest tabloid sensation, setting the stage for singing, dancing cat-fights between the all-too-willing rivals, and featuring one of the greatest Kander and Ebb scores ever.





An Epic Battle Lies Ahead STORY BY LARK ADAMS


weekend, including a special Brewfest at Bristol tour and a two-state Pep Rally on Friday, Sept. 9.

For decades, NASCAR fans have called Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) their second home, flocking to this border town split along the Virginia/Tennessee state line. Known as the Last Great Colosseum, the facility is recognized, worldwide, for welcoming crowds that dwarf other events — and especially for the staff’s ability to make each visitor feel welcome.

The spectacle is made more impressive by the fact that BMS has only had 19 days to transform from one of NASCAR’s most iconic race tracks to the world’s largest football stadium. The facility hosted the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, one of the largest races on the circuit, on Aug. 21. Once the checkered flag fell, the transition from track to field immediately began. Those keeping tabs on the timeline have been able to view the work of construction crews and field installation experts through live EarthCam feeds. Compiled time-lapse videos also show the field green taking shape in record time.

Now, a whole new generation of football fans is about to discover the thrill of entering the stadium, hearing the ribcagerattling roar of more than 150,000 fans, and experiencing the dazzling clarity of the newly-constructed Colossus TV. On Saturday, Sept. 10, Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) will host the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, an epic throw down between the University of Tennessee and the Virginia Tech Hokies. First envisioned around 20 years ago, the hotly anticipated game is largely sold out — and with an expected attendance more than twice the size of this year’s Super Bowl, will likely shatter existing records to claim the title of largest American football game, ever. Adding to the fervor is a list of top sponsors joining in to help make history. Honda Ridgeline is sponsoring Bristol’s Tailgate Party, starring Kenny Chesney, The Band Perry and Old Dominion. Anheuser-Busch is bringing in country music stars Sam Hunt and Jon Pardi, and has chosen the event to debut their brand-new Bud Light Down South Tailgate Tour, an ultimate college football tailgate experience. Fans don’t have to be on grounds to help celebrate; on Thursday, Sept. 8, downtown Bristol will host multiple events to kick off the

“Making the transition in just 19 days was tight, but we’re used to tackling big challenges,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager at BMS. “For many years, it’s been our privilege to welcome more than a million guests annually and make them feel at home. We know what it’s like to stretch and achieve these larger-than-life events, and I think when people see the field, it will look and feel very natural. Our first-time guests will never guess that the last time a football game was played here, JFK was president.” Even after the Battle is over, there’s more football to be found. On Saturday, Sept. 17, BMS will host the Bucs at Bristol, the long-awaited return to Southern Conference action for East Tennessee State University (ETSU) as they face Western Carolina University. For links to the EarthCam, information on available tickets, news releases and more information on this soon-to-be legendary event, visit





month’s issue focuses on seniors, but not those who are about to graduate high school: well sort of. The seniors we are celebrating have graduated high school AND had kids and grandkids and are living it up in their twilight years. The seniors that we celebrate this month are far from giving up or packing it in and many are still very productive in their communities, churches, homes, and families. Some are parents again to grandchildren who need them, some are still working, some will be retiring, some are traveling, and yet others are integral parts of their church communities. Whatever our seniors are doing, they are doing with style and wit and the confidence that their years of wisdom will help them get through anything. We at VIPSEEN want to encourage everyone to thank the seniors in your life who help you to get through your day in small ways or big. We also want to acknowledge those who help make senior living more productive and healthier: Watauga Hearing, Associated Orthopaedics, the Alzheimer’s Association, our many senior living facilities, Akard Funeral, and our regional healthcare associations and insurance companies.

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Back Row: David Akard III, Rae Akard, Melinda Akard, David Akard Jr., Bambi Akard, and Davis Akard Front Row: Alexandra Akard, Kodie the Therapy Dog, and Palmer Akard

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“A guarantee is only as good as the people behind it. We have been standing behind our services for over 100 years.” – David Akard, III

“It runs in the family,” is a saying that refers to characteristics that apply to many, if not all, members of a family. If the Akards have something that runs in their family, it is clearly the ability to care for people with compassion and grace during their most difficult times. For over 100 years, the Akard family has provided funeral services to families in the Tri Cities area, starting with James Barnabas (J.B.) Akard in the early 1900s when he opened a furniture and undertaking business on State Street in Bristol, Tennessee. For many years, funeral home operators had to wear many hats, and until the 1970s, funeral home hearses also served as ambulances, due to the large cargo capacity in the rear of the vehicle. Today, the Akards are working on a fifth generation of family members in the business. Melinda and David Akard Jr’s young grandson Davis works at the funeral home on the weekends, holding doors open for visitors, and carrying out chores such as emptying trash and washing cars. He is following in his Dad, David Akard III, and Aunt Bambi’s, footsteps since they also did the same things in their childhood, and are now helping their parents run the funeral home.

Melinda Akard remembers a time in her children’s life that they could have taken a break from the funeral home life, while they were both in college at the University of Tennessee. Instead, after discovering a $50 charge for roses on David’s ‘emergency’ credit card (for David’s then-girlfriend, now-wife Rae) they informed him that he would need to find a job. He promptly went to Berry funeral home in Knoxville and got a part-time job. As times continue to change, the Akard family works to consistently provide new and improved services and facilities for the families they serve. In addition to a modern and less stressful arrangement room, they work with families before their crisis times doing prearrangements. This practice allows the individual to let their wishes be known and for their arrangements to be taken care of in advance, reducing the emotional and financial stress placed on loved ones in the future. All of the Akards feel that the best part of what they do for people is provide comfort and support during extremely challenging times. An Akard family member is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. David and Melinda Akard wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Associated Orthopaedics __ Introduction

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Occupation: Orthopaedic Surgeon You recently joined Associated Orthopaedics. Can you tell us why you chose the Tri-Cities area to practice? “It seems like the first half of your life you try to get away from where you grew up, and the second half of your life, you look for some place like the place you grew up. We were looking for a place with elevation, vegetation, and not a lot of population - a place where I could do my job, and we could be happy and safely raise our kids. We love it here.” We hear that you’re an adrenaline junkie. Can you tell us about that?

Associated Orthopaedics Established 1953

“All my hobbies require signing waivers. When I turned 18, I did what my mother forbade me to do and bought a street bike...turns out I’m hard wired to move at 150 miles an hour.”



Helping people is what I do. It’s what I love. It’s hard to explain the feeling I get from making an impact on someone’s life.

Rumor has it that you are a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Navy? “That is correct. I originally joined the Navy just to pay for medical school...but ended up serving 17 years, and not regrettably. I’ve really enjoyed it. Do you specialize? Yes. I enjoy hand and upper extremity work. Area providers know me for taking care of anything from the collar bone to the finger tips.

Now accepting new patient at Associated Orthopaedics.

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Alzheimer’s Association Mid-South Chapter Kingsport


The Alzheimer’s Association opened up their Mid-South Chapter June 20, 2016 with a Chamber ribbon cutting. June is Brain Awareness Month. Kingsport Mayor John Clark presented a Proclamation to Mathew Gray, Nashville Vice President of Operations. Also present were Jan Tankersley, Manager of Development, Tyler West, Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator and Tabitha Ebbert Manager of Programs and Education. An early diagnosis is key to planning for the future. It may be hard to know the difference between age-related changes and the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Some people may recognize changes in themselves before anyone else notices. Other times, friends and family will be the first to observe changes in memory, behavior or abilities. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and supports for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit


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Wellmont Health System launched the Bill Gatton Center for Advanced Cardiac Rehab on Tuesday June 14, an initiative bolstered by a $1 million donation from the businessman and philanthropist. Wellmont officials joined Mr. Gatton and community leaders to unveil the progressive center at The Heart Center, 2050 Meadowview Parkway. This is the first of several centers to be developed by Wellmont across the region, each of which will be named for Gatton. The Bill Gatton Center is an official Pritikin ICR (Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation) location, one of only 13 such sites in the nation and the sole one in the region. Pritikin is a nationally recognized company that trained heart institute physicians and staff members so they can introduce this comprehensive program to the region. Gatton has been a heart institute patient for several years and views this gift to Wellmont Foundation as a way to thank his cardiology team lead by Thomas Bulle, M.D. “Having experienced such wonderful care from this group of physicians, I recognized the value of supporting Wellmont’s heart program,” said Gatton. The new Kingsport Center, located on the second floor of The Heart Center, is a cheerful place filled with plenty of light, windows and attractive photos of people walking, riding bicycles and stretching. The remainder of the facility includes a room for yoga classes and another with multiple computers, as well as space for walking and a large area for different pieces of exercise equipment. “Adapting a heart healthy lifestyle is an important component on the patient’s road to recovery, complementing medical procedures and medications that are often prescribed by physicians,” said Bob Franceschelli, Pritikin’s President. “Through a comprehensive and engaging series of educational session, the Pritikin ICR program teaches patients how to sustain a heart-healthy, eating plan, regular exercise and the kind of mindset that fosters healthy behaviors”. The next planned location for the Bill Gatton center will be on the campus of Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Jerry Blackwell (President, Wellmont CVA Heart Institute) ; Bart Hove (President and CEO, Wellmont Health Systems); Bill Gatton (Banker, Real Estate, Automotive Businessman); and Todd Norris (Senior Vice President for System Advancement, Wellmont Health Systems)

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ALZHEIMER’S FACTS: Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease. 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-related diseases. The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is a life-changing diagnosis of a disease that has no prevention, no slowing of progression, and most importantly, no cure. Over 18 billion hours of unpaid care. Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost our nation over $236 billion in 2016 and costs continue to rise.


s more and more families receive the unexpected diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, they are left wondering what the next step is. What does this diagnosis mean for our loved one and for our family? What are the stages of Alzheimer’s disease? What medications should be prescribed and when? Where do we go for help? Who do we turn to for guidance as we begin our journey of memory care? Who offers support for caregivers or understanding for the person living with the disease? Why did this happen to my loved one or to me? Is there a cure for Alzheimer’s disease? Many, many questions…Many different emotions to sort through before one can even begin to understand what they are facing. The caregiver feels overwhelmed and then comes that one feeling that can consume even the best of caregivers: fear of the unknown. Caregivers need support and resources to adequately supply the needs of those living with Alzheimer’s. In the beginning, it is unclear what resources are actually needed, but soon into the journey, needs become clearer. Support and informational resources become a necessity for all involved. A quote from an old African proverb says that “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” Well, it takes a “whole village” to care for those who cannot care for themselves, such as our precious loved ones who have been diagnosed and are now living with Alzheimer’s disease. That kind of love and support can come from family, friends, church members, neighbors, or anyone else who can offer support to the family as a whole, not only to the caregiver of the person living with the disease, but also to the person who has been diagnosed with this progressive brain disorder. As with any debilitating disease, to be a survivor, one must not lose hope, no matter what we are battling in our lives. This is especially true for many caregivers who have the role of caring for another human being from “diagnosis day” forward. The physical and emotional stress is overwhelming and sometimes seems endless as the minutes, hours, days, and years of living with this disease pass by. Alzheimer’s disease steals our loved ones from us. Often times our loved ones become someone we do not know. The face, voice, and body look the same, but the person inside is not who we know them to be. Our mothers, our fathers, our wives, our husbands, our sisters, our brothers, our sons, our daughters, our grandparents, our friends…forever change and not always for the best. That can become the reality for caregivers and that fact in itself is hard to accept. We want our loved ones to be who they were before the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, but in our hearts, we know that things are and will continue to change. Left is a person who may no longer know our name nor the relationship we had with them “pre-Alzheimer’s”, but here we are…caregivers… still holding on to them, still hoping to bring them back to who they once were. What can we do? Where do we go from here? Where is “our village?”

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The Alzheimer’s Regional Resource Center, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization that was established to meet the need for current resources and support in our community, as well as surrounding communities, for those caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. The Resource Center is dedicated to helping provide the most accurate resources in our community. Whether the family is just beginning their journey with Alzheimer’s, or nearing the end of the journey, there are people who have knowledge to help ensure that the person living with memory impairment is cared for in a way that maintains their dignity and respect, as well as supporting the person providing the care, which can quickly become overwhelming if support and information is not made available. The Alzheimer’s Regional Resource Center is an invaluable community outreach source for individuals and families who live each day caring for those who are stricken with this progressive brain disease. Some of the resources that are offered at no charge to the families are: • Alzheimer’s disease (and other dementia-related diseases) educational materials. i.e. literature, books DVDs, outreach sources and other • On-site, monthly support groups • On-site training for non-professional caregivers • Counseling for caregivers for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related diseases • Resources for Elder Care Law, power of attorney, living will, advance directives, conservatorship • Information on Financial resources available, i.e. Long-Term Care Insurance, Veteran’s Benefits, Tennessee Choices program and other • Contacts information for area geriatric specialists, specialty facilities and programs for behavioral health • 24/7 Telephone hotline for crisis situations involving persons with Alzheimer’s disease The Alzheimer’s Regional Resource Center staff consists of specialty-trained professionals who will listen without judging, care without criticizing, and expend all resources available to help direct the pathway of a person’s Alzheimer’s journey in the direction that will better provide quality of life, and dignity until the journey is over. On September 17, 2016, the Resource Center will host the 6th annual “Ride for Memories” Motorcycle Charity event. Annual Caregiver Conferences are sponsored by the Resource Center as well, with proceeds benefitting Alzheimer’s education and awareness. The Alzheimer’s Regional Resource Center, Inc. is proud to serve our community!

“The heart remembers when the mind forgets.”

OUR SERVICES & PROGRAMS • Ventilator and trach unit • 24 hour skilled nursing • 24 hour respiratory therapy • Pulmonary-focused rehabilitation • Comprehensive rehabilitation services (Physical therapy, Occupational therapy, Speech therapy) • Oxygen therapy, C-Pap & Bi-Pap machines, In-Wall oxygen • IV therapy • TPN • Post surgical recovery • Cardiac recovery • Stroke recovery • Wound care team • Hospice care with designated hospice suite • Dementia/alzheimer’s care • Respite care • Medicare & Medicaid certified ADDITIONAL AMENITIES • Engaging activities with a variety to choose from • Family room for special celebrations and family gatherings • Pleasant dining experience with choices • Beauty and barber shop • Podiatry, dental, hearing and vision services 26 | VIPSEEN | SEPTEMBER 2016

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reystone Healthcare Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive skilled nursing care and rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s and related dementia care, and long term care in a professional and caring environment. Greystone Healthcare offers 24-hour skilled nursing care and complex wound care. Our skilled nurses can provide wound vac services and IV therapy, along with palliative, respite, and hospice care. Greystone Healthcare provides nutritional therapy, to include G-tube, J-tube, and TPN. Greystone Healthcare also offers bariatric services and peritoneal dialysis. Greystone Healthcare provides ventilator care both in long term and weaning in our specialized respiratory care unit. With 12 semi-private rooms with piped in oxygen and wall suctioning, Greystone is able to provide much needed respiratory care for those in the tri-cities area of Eastern Tennessee. Other services provided on this specialty care unit are: C-Pap, Bi-Pap, Trilogy, High-Flow O2 therapy and Tracheostomy Care. For us the mission is ongoing; our patient-focused approach and thriving culture of unmatched awareness will ensure your loved one is in good hands.

We provide the highest quality of life in a caring, supportive environment where seniors are given the dignity and respect they deserve.

181 Dunlap Road | Bristol, TN 37617 | 423-323-7112 SEPTEMBER 2016 | VIPSEEN | 27

To you, it’s about finding trustworthy care for your aging loved one.

To us, it’s about providing the highest-quality home care services to fit you and your family’s needs.

Enhancing the Lives of Aging Adults and Their Families A Passion for Serving Seniors and their Families Owners of Home Instead, George and Sandra Smith, and Rick Regen founded the business out of a strong desire to serve the needs of their community’s elderly adults. Their wonderful team is completely dedicated to keeping seniors in their homes leading safe, independent and more fulfilling lives.

Committed To Trusted, Dependable Senior Home Care We understand how critical it is that you trust the CAREGiver assigned to your loved one. We thoroughly screen each of our CAREGivers and complete an extensive background check. We offer the finest CAREGiver training in the industry. And we carefully supervise each caring relationship to make sure our services are meeting your needs and expectations. Each CAREGiver is an employee of Home Instead and is insured and bonded to provide you security and peace of mind.


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We provide dependable, compassionate care at all levels, including specialty care for those with Parkinson’s disease, arthritis or those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. From brief check-in visits to round-the-clock care, we have you covered.

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The story behind the creation of Bristol’s newest senior living community begins some years ago. Lifelong friends J.J. Gillenwater, Blair Jones and Jeff Tickle were each born and raised in Bristol. After parting for college and various business pursuits, they returned to Bristol, and together formed a real estate and development company called Albatross Group, LLC. Seeing a need in their own families, as well as in the lives of friends and acquaintances, Albatross Group turned their attention to the possibility of developing a new senior living community. “We were losing people to retirement communities outside our area,” says J.J. “My own parents were looking in Knoxville and Roanoke.” Albatross commissioned a study and were encouraged by what they saw. They found the ideal site– right off the city’s main street. “The location is perfect,” says Blair, “It’s close to shopping, medical facilities and professional offices – yet quiet and secluded. We named it ‘Oak-mont’ because of our two large gorgeous oaks on campus and Virginia Intermont, meaning in between the mountains.”

The community is crafted to country club standards, offering a wide variety of services and amenities at a competitive price point. Albatross has a vision that transcends corporate competitors. “We’re bringing something unique to the community – tailored to Bristol,” says Blair. “We’ll offer such things as a putting green, a theatre, a bar, and outdoor gardening. This is a place where area seniors will want to live, as part of a community with their friends.” “When we say that Oakmont at Gordon Park is ‘Senior Living at the Heart of Bristol’, we mean it in every sense of the words”, says J.J. “We mean that the community occupies a physical site at the heart of the community, but more importantly, that Oakmont at Gordon Park has been designed with the best interests of the area’s senior adults at heart.”


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elping people to stay in their homes through a reverse mortgage or making the dream of home ownership a reality is my business and my passion. I have 17 years of experience in the mortgage industry and I still love what I do and the people I meet. I provide personal, caring customer service that sets me apart from others in the industry. I get to know my clients and there to assist them throughout the entire mortgage process – preparing them for the mortgage application process, working the realtors and professionals to assist with closing the deal, and meeting my clients where and when they need me. My clients visit with me face to face, not over the Internet and they know they can depend on me. I have live in Kingsport most of my life and am licensed in both Tennessee and Virginia. Continuing education is important to me and I regularly hold seminars on reverse mortgages and our other loan programs. I am on the Board of the Tri Cities Mortgage Bankers Association and volunteer with several organization in the community. There are several types of mortgage loan programs available, including reverse mortgages. I work closely with my clients to find the right one for the unique situation.





IT’S UP TO YOU! • Retire an existing mortgage & eliminate monthly mortgage payments • Pay off existing debt • Fund healthcare costs including RX, long-term or in-home care • Provide funds for home repairs or maintenance • Create a line of credit cash reserve for emergencies • Funds to help grandchildren or loved ones

IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE Reverse Mortgages are helping seniors across the country achieve greater financial security and enjoying their retirement years to the fullest. Imagine having the cash flow you need to remain living comfortable in your home and at the same time make repairs or renovations. I will be happy to meet with you at your convenience to discuss your needs. I find that the first meeting with a prospective client takes about an hour to gather facts – and I want to get to know you! It will be an hour well spent!

Q&A HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I GET? The amount you have available is determined by the value of the property and the age of the borrower. AM I SIGNING AWAY MY HOME? You retain title and ownership of the home.

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WHEN DOES THE LOAN HAVE TO BE PAID BACK? The loan will come due when the last borrower leaves the home permanently.


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Paint the Town


It was a night full of moments and memories. It was a night to capture those moments and those memories. Memories we will never forget. Not for one moment.

Maggie Cooper

Terri McFall, Lindsay Smith, and Robin Shrader

Everything that has been said about The Martha Washington Inn & Spa is true. It is a lodging facility that is historic and memorable. Many of us who have—or had— a loved one, family, and friend could say the same about Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia; both historic and memorable. It is no mishap that both were conjoined to raise awareness for something that affects so many. Presented by Commonwealth Assisted Living of Abingdon, the Paint the Town Purple Gala was held at The Martha Washington Inn on June 23rd, 2016, and one could not help but to feel every emotion the environment bestowed: the essence of awe; the essence of awareness; the essence to #ENDALZ.

Jan Tankersley

Cassie Parrish

Memorable words were spoken by Jim Ward, CEO MidSouth Alzheimer’s Association, who welcomed guests to the Paint the Town Purple Gala and explained the progress that has been made in 2016. Jan Tankersley, Special Events Coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeast Tennessee presented the Team Nurse award, in which Kathy Gentry of Commonwealth Assisted Living accepted in their honor, for their help spreading awareness in Abingdon, VA. Barbara Sapp and Kay Hall informed guests on the day to day life of a caregiver for those who do have Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. Continuing on with memorable moments, guests were educated on the importance of aromatherapy; sensory towels to be specific. Along with the education of sensory towel aromatherapy, guests were given scented towels to embrace between grasped hands and to smell; this activity signifies the aromatherapy activity patients undergo to stimulate memories—memories that may be quite distant.

Aundrea Wilcox and Lonnie Salyer

Patrick and Leah White

Thus, the Gala continued on...It continued on with dancing—a lovely couple in particular: Sheri and Bobby Connell, who both have been affected by Alzheimer’s in different ways— it continued with laughter; it continued with selfies; and it continued on...because that’s exactly what those individuals do who have Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. It is exactly what their caregivers, their friends, their families, and their loved ones do also. They continue on... Jeremy and Sarah Faulk


Sherri and Bobby Connell

Kathy Gentry enjoying the evening!

Barbara Sapp

Suzy Cloyd

Kay Hall

Ginny Jenkins, Jan Tankersley, and Theresa Redmond

Jim Ward

Kelsi West



Relay For Life of

Johnson City with the American


The day was hot and the sun was bearing down on the grounds of Winged Deer Park in Johnson City, but even the weather couldn’t keep hundreds of eager participants from flocking to the park in support of Cancer Research. It was the Walk for the Cure, and tents were set up all over the grounds. The view was something to be seen. Kettle Corn and hot dogs were being sold, flavored ices were being eaten, kids were playing, and teams of women and men were walking the track in purple shirts. When asked why they were walking, a member of one team replied: “To kick cancer’s butt!”

“Tumor Terminators” Jenny Breeden and Sheryl Crum of GECU

Volunteer Jo Willems

This appeared to be everyone’s goal that day. Organizations such as PLEXUS, Mary Kay, Walmart, and many others from all over the Tri-Cities had sent their staff and were open for business. The goal for the day was to raise as much money as possible to aid in the fight against the disease that has taken so many. In addition to the businesses, dance teams and musicians were out and about, performing for the large, cheering audience. A small distance away from all of the tents, a splendid car show began lining up. Beautiful, shining automobiles drove into the park as onlookers pointed and waved. The owners were obviously proud as they showed off their car’s many awards to curious inquirers upon parking. Mr. Norman Rosenbalm and Roger Meyers of “Kruise in for Kids” were anxious to talk about their organization, which raised over $30,000 dollars just last year. Many others were involved in the same sort of efforts, efforts that captured the spirit of what the Drive-In and the Walk are all about: helping people, big and small. The event featured extremely hot temperatures of over 95’ but it was not harder than cancer. The event was from 2-10 and featured live entertainment, a touching survivor and caregiver recognition ceremony, and a beautiful candlelit Luminaria service. 32 teams with over 450 participants have raised over $60,000 that provides free cancer programs and services to survivors and caregivers as well as supports life saving research for all cancers and all ages. For more information contact Jessica Poff at, 1-800227-2345, or

Meah Cox, Chasity Stacy, Sherry Carver, Sharon Thomas, Lisa Davis, April Fitzwater, Carrie Woodward, and Bridget Forester


Gabriel and Shauneille Neal

Henry Sutherland

D.C. Riddle

Estrella, Natalia, Adriana, Brigitte, Vivian, Alyssa, Patricia, Patsy, Donna, Lupe, Vivian, and Emilia of PLEXUS

Kyleigh Elliott, Rebekah Hardin, Ashlynn Guy, Marina Bailey, and Reagan Ashley




The Paramount Center for the Arts, located in Bristol, TN, showcased the timeless tale of a traveling salesman turned con artist who finds himself in love with a small town librarian, in Broadway’s Classic “The Music Man”. On June 23rd, the tale was beautifully played out on the Theatre Bristol stage, The Paramount Center for the Arts. Theatre enthusiasts gathered in the hall of the Paramount before the show to enjoy hors d’oervres and visit about. The excitement to see the award winning show was evident of everyone in the hall. After the performance, audience members got to meet the cast and take pictures with them. Then everyone was invited to the reception taking place in the grand hall of the Paramount. The unforgettable evening of talent and celebration was a fundraising event to benefit Theatre Bristol. The entire evening was Americana fare from the food and drinks to the production. Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest running children’s theatre in Northeast Tennessee. It is now celebrating its 51st season. To learn more about Theatre Bristol and find out what shows are at the Paramount this season, please visit Theatre Bristol’s Facebook page, website,, or contact them at 423-212-3625.

Tina Turner and Andrea Morton


Lori and Al Fatherree and Michael and Nancy Lester

Kim Lundin, Jane Bellamy, Beth Potter, and Elizabeth Ramsey

Margaret Akard, Amanda Robinette, and Jamie Robinette

Robin and Dan Odom

Ruth King and Steve Everhart

Vince Turner and Don Moneyhun

Margaret Feierabend, Kitty Kelly, Joe and Kathy Dunagan, and Carol Everhart

Miles Marek and Samantha Gray



Summer Arts Camp


KingsportARTS sponsored a Summer Art Camp (Arts4Kids) for children ages 3 – Rising grade 5. The camp was held at the Kingsport Renaissance Center and at the Kingsport Carousel. The main subject of the Arts Camp was horses. Students had opportunities to draw, paint and sculpt realistic and abstract interpretation of horses in a variety of media. The Art Camp was directed by Cathie Faust. Patti Lawrence was the Program Planner and Anne Thwaites was the Art Director. A Reception and Exhibit of the art was held on Friday, which was open and free to the public.

Artists hard at work!

Horses ready for the carousel!

Beautiful horses! A Horse of A Different Color!

This is so much fun!

Check out our carousel!

Gathering at The Farmer’s Market


Learning to draw!



Barter Theatre & Symphony of the Mountains


Kathleen Bundy, Communications Specialist, Barter Theatre

Lindsay Powers, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

On July 8th, a press conference was held in the large auditorium of the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport, TN to announce the exclusive details of one of the most exciting partnerships of the year. Abingdon’s Barter Theatre and the Symphony of the Mountains will be bringing a one-of-a-kind theatrical production of “Chicago” to Kingsport! This exciting event will combine Barter’s actors and SOTM in a way that is unique to both organizations. During the conference, conductor Cornelia Laemmli Orth and Barter Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Richard Rose revealed the intentions of the producers to bring out the best in both the music and the acting. This will be achieved by utilizing a minimalistic style of production which will “allow audiences to better experience the full impact of the play’s incredible score.” Laemmli Orth and Rose also emphasized the unique opportunity that the audience will have in listening to an entire orchestra accompany a theatrical production, as most plays are accompanied by no more than 7 instruments.

Kelly Price, VP of operations for Eastman Credit Union; Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director at Barter Theatre; Bob Feagins, Kingsport Chamber; and Cornelia Laemmli Orth, Music director for the Symphony of the Mountains

As many theatre enthusiasts know, this is not the first collaboration between SOTM and Barter Theatre (with performances such as “Cabaret” and the wildly popular “Les Misérables” under their belts), and it is unlikely it will be their last! This special performance of “Chicago” will take place at the Toy F. Reid Center in Kingsport on November 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased by calling 276-628-3991 or by visiting




Emma Grace and Walker Anders sell lemonade to support the Elephant Sanctuary

The Bramble, located in Erwin, opened their doors on Saturday, July 9th for a “Handmade Summer Market”. Several locally owned handmade small businesses set up booths for the event. Shoppers could find something for everyone….hair bows, tooth pillows, jewelry, personalized items, woodwork decorations, and many other handmade crafts. The owners of The Bramble, Jamie Rice and Kristin Anders are active in raising funds and awareness for the Elephant Sanctuary through The Bramble Elephant Trust. They had many items for sale to benefit the trust. Emma Grace and Walker were actively selling lemonade to help the elephants. Angelica Markland, owner of Artistic Icing, created this event as an opportunity for local businesses to open their booths to the public. It is the 7th event she has organized at The Bramble and she hopes to have another market soon. Check out the Facebook page for The Bramble for more information about community events.

Jamie Rice (Owner of The Bramble), Angelica Markland (Event Creator), and Kristin Anders (Owner of The Bramble)

The Bramble

Julie Johnson of Personize It (Erwin)

Gary Schwenke of Rebirth Wood Creations (Erwin)

Gale Kupec of “Just Clip It”! (Kingsport)

Erin Brackett of Uncorked and Reloaded (Elizabethton)

Michelle Elliott of Burlap and Lace (Johnson City)





Local kids got the chance to work with East Tennessee State University athletes and coaches to learn new sports and perfect their skills during Family Field Day, hosted by ETSU and Mountain States Health Alliance on Saturday, June 25. The free community event, which was at the ETSU Minidome, attracted families from throughout the area for a day of fun and fitness. At Family Field Day, children ages 5-13 were divided into groups and rotated through six different clinics that included basketball, football, track and field, volleyball, golf and soccer. ETSU players and coaches from all sports were there to teach the kids. Scrubs the bear – the Niswonger Children’s Hospital mascot – was there too! And while children were learning different sports, parents took free fitness classes, taught by The Wellness Center instructors.

Tara Chadwell, Kelsey Fergeson, Nicole Moore, Kate Strickland, and Dereka Allen

Family Field Day was part of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic, a 10-day series of events spread out across Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia that benefits the children’s hospital.

Skye, Gavin, and Wyatt Rodebak

Front: Angie Milan, Ed Milan, Broch Trivette Middle: Jacob Milan, Mike Powell, Michael Walsh, Back: Luke Milan, Charles Adams

Thomas and Trae Wampler, with Scrubs the Bear

Football Players: Ryan Power, Arteviur Smith, Austin Galzen, Spenser Brien, and Corey Colder

Track & Field Team Members: Simeon Roberts, Nick Harvey, Josh Roth, Noel Charley, Mathew Warren, Carl Oberfeithonger


Holly, Joshy, and John Melendez

Fagv Grem Ballah and Luke Tabor Balluh

Scott Carter and Marsha Hammond Julian Watkins and Johnathon Forbes

Lizanne and Ellakate Woodson

Joshy Melendez and Scrubs the Bear

AJ Owen and Landon Owen

Steve Forbes and Jason Shay





hen Austin Moody considers what it is that is most important to him, his face relaxes into a smile and he responds, “that’s easy; Investing in people’s lives and making a difference in an important and meaningful way. That’s what I learned by experience growing up in Kingsport.”

Those who know the Kingsport, Tennessee native well would not be surprised by his answer. People in Nashville who are getting to know the aspiring country songwriter and artist aren’t surprised either. Both groups have seen it in the way Moody approaches not only life, but also his work,

“I loved growing up on the farm, and was as country as they come,” Austin said. He is sitting in his music publisher’s office, located on the banks of a winding creek in a wooded area in Berry Hill, a community that is part of Nashville, yet distinctly separate. It is the perfect spot for a country boy to write and record. “I was the kid in the Roper boots and John Deere belt buckle. My pets were a possum named Opie and a horse named Jingo Rodriguez. And my dad was always playing bluegrass music on the truck radio. I can’t imagine a better childhood.”

“We all need people in our lives who believe in us, and push us to be our best selves.” whether the job is writing a song, or milking a goat (more on that later!), Moody is all in. These days, it’s more about country music and writing songs that are infused with honesty and integrity. But it wasn’t all that long ago that Moody was driving around Kingsport in a classic red truck with a head full of dreams and, like most kids, no real concrete plan on how to achieve them. 48 | VIPSEEN | SEPTEMBER 2016

Growing up in Kingsport, he embraced being a farm boy from the get go. From the age of 10, he was a member of 4H and very active in livestock competitions. Simultaneously, he was getting into music—bluegrass specifically -- and by the age of 14, he was pickin’ a banjo and singing in a local bluegrass band. And he wanted to learn to fly. He has vivid recollections of sitting in a little blue swing in his backyard and dreaming


of the day he could fly a plane. And sing country music. But back then he just didn’t see how those things might be possible. Moody credits his mother with inspiring him to believe in himself—no matter the dream. And as a boy, he had the big dreams, but sometimes lacked the confidence to pursue them. “My Mom gave me the belief in myself. She told me if you’re going to dream, dream big and make it happen. I needed to hear that. We all need people in our lives who believe in us, and push us to be our best selves.” Moody says he was lucky to have a great support system around him when he was living in Kingsport, including his Jr Air Force ROTC instructor at Sullivan South High School, Lt. Col. Bill Powley. The Lt Col has since retired from the high school, but is still inspiring young people through the Tri Cities-based Flight Foundation, an organization that offers high school students the opportunity to learn to fly. Moody had never let go of his dream of learning to fly, but as he explained it, it wasn’t easy for his middle class family to pay for flight school. But with the help and determination of his parents and Lt. Col. Powley’s connections, Moody had his pilot’s license by the age of 17.

job for years. In Austin’s case, he was working two. But by far the more interesting one involved the goat. “I love music, and I was going to do what it took to support myself while I tried getting my foot in the door. One of those jobs was milking 100 goats every day. Twice a day. It paid the bills and definitely reminded me of where I came from.” Any successful songwriter will tell you that the best songs are those that people can relate to, that strike an honest chord and that tell a story. Moody’s writing was just that and beginning to draw attention from more of the people who could help him achieve his dreams. One such person was award winning songwriter D Vincent Williams, who has written a number of hits, including Rascal Flatts’ big single “I’m Movin’ On.” Williams heard Moody’s music and stepped in as a mentor. “All you have to do is hear his voice once to know he has something special,” Williams said. “After you meet him, it’s hard to decide which is more impressive, his undeniable ability and charisma or his character. There is no doubt Austin is a great talent, but equally impressive is that he is such a fine young man.” Moody will tell you that his life has been a series of interesting connections to people moving him in the right direction and offering him small, random opportunities. He will also tell you that once these opportunities are put in front of you, the real work begins. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to throw in the towel, because it is hard work pursuing your dreams. But every time I felt that way, God would throw me a bone, and something positive would happen. It is persistence that will get you there. Persistence and faith, and a lot of good people along the way.”

It is amazing what a little confidence will do for a person. That boost gave Moody the courage he needed to approach country singer Marty Stuart following a local appearance. Moody laughs when he recalls the meeting. “Bear in mind I was all set to enlist in the Air Force, so here I was, buzz hair cut, no facial hair, about as straight-laced looking as they come approaching these long haired musicians, telling them I was a country singer and songwriter. Fortunately Marty’s bass player, Paul Martin, let me grab a guitar and play him some of my stuff. Two weeks later I was commuting back and forth to Nashville and writing with him.” Once again in Moody’s life, someone stepped up and not only gave him confidence, but a way into what is considered a highly competitive and sometimes cutthroat industry. It wasn’t long before the young singer/ songwriter decided to go all in, and moved to Nashville. Remember the goat? Time for him and 99 of his friends to enter Moody’s life. A songwriter doesn’t just walk into Nashville and magically get a publishing deal. A record deal is even more difficult to come by. No one is waiting at the Welcome To Nashville sign with a contract wrapped in hundred dollar bills. Most aspiring artists are going to work a full time


“That experience and accomplishment fueled something in me,” Moody recalled. “I never thought becoming a pilot was possible, much less getting my pilot’s license just a year after I got my driver’s license. It opened my eyes. I was an average student—a farm boy who loved country music. This got me to thinking—if I could do this, what else might be possible?”




Healthy Kingsport & Reedy Creek Bicycles


Weather forecast for Kingsport, TN on Friday, June 17th, 2016: highs in the upper 90s, winds light and variable, chance of laughter and smiles...100%.

Emily Carrier, Isa Belle Landry, Ryan Shipley, Karen Sochon, and Gordan Sochon

Healthy Kingsport and Reedy Creek Bicycles hosted the Family Fun Ride in celebration of the official launch of Healthy Kingsport Bike Night. Kicking off at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce parking lot–but not without the encouraging voice from executive director of Healthy Kingsport, Kandy Childress–more than 60 were in attendance (including men, women, and children of all athletic levels). The Family Fun Ride was not without its supervision and safekeeping. The ride remained secure by police personnel, Darell Johnson and Ralph Cline–but we didn’t have any doubts. Before long, the 30 minute, 5-mile bike ride around the Greenbelt and downtown Kingsport ended as it began...with laughter and smiles. Things would have ended perfectly there, right? I suppose you are right, but these hard working individuals deserved a reward–a healthy one!

Logan Bailey and Kandy Childress; Executive Director, Healthy Kingsport

Preceding the ride, many visited Healthy Kingsport “Eat Good, Feel Good” restaurants such as Barberitos and Beef ‘O’Brady’s; families, including the family of Tony Williams, owner of Reedy Creek Bicycles, rewarded themselves with healthier options. But I think everyone rode off that night with a reward of some sorts. Their laughter, smiles–and health! –Says it all.

Hannah Cutshal with Lynn, Xavier, and David Tully

Darell Williams and Ralph Cline


Miles Burdine, President, Kingsport Chamber and Roger Mowen, Chair, Healthy Kingsport Advisory Counsel

Kitty Frazier, Tony Williams and family, Ben Way, Kandy Childress, and Michael Meece




Mike Lattier, chairmen of Funfest, and Michelle Lattier

Indian Path Resources Center team: Angie, Laurel, Crystal, Tanya, and Lisa

Laurel McKinney, manager of Indian Path Health Resources Center

The Kingsport Town Center was the place to be as The Funfest Block Party was held on July 9th, 2016. It was as jamming and exciting as it’s ever been. Smoothies that were equally healthy and delectable were provided at the event. The Indian Path Resource Center gave away many prizes to kids and adults. Model City Wrecking Crew provided a great show playing their hearts out for everyone. Funfest chairmen Mike Lattier and his wife were in attendance as they watched and enjoyed the show.

Joe Ball, Lawson Garrett, Dwight Brown and Gary McKinney (drums)




Adam Gray and Keith Nakoff

KOSBE’s mission: to help small business owners and entrepreneurs navigate the rough waters of small business ownership and management. Held at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce on July 7th, 2016, KOSBE’s mission came into play by sponsoring an ‘After Hours’ event, bringing together a plethora of business owners in one place. Provided by Barberitos, the evening began with sustenance—to fuel the minds of these business owners and entrepreneurs, of course—while Chairman of KOSBE, Jane Hillhouse spoke words of encouragement and appreciation to all who came. All past KOSBE award winners were present, which were brought forth and congratulated, along with some new winners by KOSBE’s Executive Director, Aundrea Wilcox.

Aundrea Wilcox, KOSBE Executive Director

It was an evening overflowing with social interaction and business dialogue. After all, it is “KOSBE After Hours”. KOSBE is now accepting applications for the 2016 KOSBE Awards until October 5th, 2016. To learn more about the KOSBE Awards, visit

Mike Jennings, Christe Jennings, Jane Rasar, and Kaye Ball

Dave Clark, Don Fenley, and Ernie Rumsby



Services for Those Who Have Served STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMMA AYERS

Byron Dickerson, Army Veteran

Retha Patton of Eastern Eight, and Ed Ellis of HUD

Emmett Carrell (Korean War Vet) and Walter Caldwell (Balkan War Vet)

Brenda Ford of United Health

It isn’t easy to be a soldier; every citizen in America knows that much. What every American does NOT know, however, is the difficulty associated with being a veteran. There can be problems in every aspect of a veteran’s life. Because of this, Johnson City’s Munsey Memorial Church hosted an event in which several organizations came together to assist veterans with any issues they might be facing. Whether it be medical, related to lifestyle, or even pertaining to insurance, many businesses exist solely to provide care for those in need. The makers of this event endeavored to put every such business together in one place on June 17th, and invited veterans from all over the Tri Cities to peruse the available options for assistance. For example, for those veterans seeking to start their own business, the Small Business Development Center of ETSU provided information regarding free advising sessions. Aid and Assist at Home had sent Mr. Derek Flack to aid Veterans with any questions they may have. Aid and Assist is a “personal support services agency that provides non-medical care to seniors and the disabled in the comfort of their homes." Many other businesses such as these were set up in booths, with employees ready and willing to help! A hot lunch was also provided to the vets, and they clearly enjoyed themselves as they sat and talked amongst themselves about stories from the past and their dreams for the future. Thankfully, those futures can be more secure, thanks to the efforts of those businesses and the vision of Munsey Memorial Church.

Bob Justice, SBDC at ETSU; David Tiller, SBA; and Ernie Rumsby, Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council

Derek Flack of Aid and Assist

Brett Mclain, Richard Mclain, and John Jolley

Jennifer Lilly and John Brandon of the SSA

Jennifer Berven, director of Insight Alliance

Charles Young, Vietnam Vet




2nd Annual


Lombardy. Mosel. Bordeaux. Perdue. When a wine connoisseur hears the word ‘wine’, they tend to envision the charming terrain of vineyards in Lombardy, Italy; Mosel, Germany; Bordeaux, France. However, guests did not have to travel abroad to attend the 2nd Annual Wine Festival Press Conference on Friday, June 29th. Hosted by The Downtown Kingsport Association in the Perdue Courtyard, guests sipped on refreshing sangria as they were welcomed by Sherri Mosley. Mosley addressed the attendees—as she often does; with a smile and eloquent conviction—about the event that was held on Saturday, August 6th, 2016. Mosley continued on with acknowledging the core committee, which included the following: Lisa Williams, Penny Gray, Tiana Story, Lynn James, Emma Clark, Beverly Perdue, Anita Campbell, Anissa Kittrell, and John Barber.

Kingsport Mayor John Clark

Proceeding Mosley’s introduction, she brought to the stage Lisa Williams, Event Chair of the Kingsport Wine Festival. In a voice that was as charming as her disposition, Williams expressed her excitement for the 2nd Annual Downtown Kingsport Wine Festival; which includes sixteen wineries—up six from their initial wine festival launch—all of which offer wines from Tennessee. Recognition was certainly not ignored during the press conference. Alderman Tommy Olterman; Vice Mayor, Mike McIntire; and Mayor John Clark were all present—donning sartorial sophistication. Closing the press conference, Mayor John Clark spoke on the One Kingsport vision: retaining and attracting residents, businesses, developers, and visitors; all of which benefit from the Kingsport Wine Festival. “It really transcends generations; so we have young, middle aged, and seniors all partaking in this great event.” Mayor John Clark continued, “We designated a Healthier Tennessee Community, and last time I checked, consuming red wine is a healthy thing. We need to consume as much as we’d like.”

Lisa Williams and Beverly Perdue

The 2nd Annual Wine Festival Press Conference ended soon thereafter. And while I didn’t leave Italy, Germany, or France; Downtown Kingsport Wine Festival, you had me at Merlot.

Lizzie Thomason, Johanna Montgomery, and Logan Bailey


Beverly Perdue and Sherri Mosley




On Tuesday, June 14th Allandale Falls Apartments held a Ribbon Cutting for their newly redecorated clubhouse and pool renovations. Built in 1974 as Broadmoor Apartments, Allandale Falls is one of the largest apartment complexes in Kingsport offering 1,2 and 3 bedroom units. Allandale Falls sits on 28 acres with beautiful mountain views, is convenient to major shopping, and zoned for Kingsport City Schools. The complex offers several amenities such as Swimming, Fitness / Tanning room, Basketball Court, Picnic Shelter, Playground, and a Preferred Employer Program. Allandale, along with Crosscreek, Brandy Mill and The Landings on Silver Lake are currently owned and managed by The Valcap Group, based out of San Antonio, Texas. The four properties make up Kingsport925. Be sure to follow Allandale and the other properties on Facebook to keep informed of rental information and specials.

Jennifer McQueen and Mayor John Clark

Christie Willis and Tami Egan

Alderman Darrell Duncan, Mayor John Clark, and Lori Newberry Payne, Greg McClellan

Theresa Bright, Tami Egan, John Crawford, Jennifer McQueen, Mayor John Clark, Greg McClellan, Alderman Darrell Duncan, Christie Willis, Ryan Edwards, Melinda Stapleton, and Lori Newberry Payne

Serve it up Sassy



rooding over what to serve this Saturday morning for brunch? Celebrate family time together with a casual down home farm-totable buffet. Get egg-cited about serving easy-to-make-recipes featuring eggs as the main attraction. Sausage and Egg Breakfast Twist, Grits Quiche and Eggs Benedict are not your spur of the moment sunny side up or scrambled eggs, but they do have egg-cellent presentation and individual flavors. So let’s get crack-in! Whether you make hard boiled, soft boiled, scrambled, omelets and frittatas; eggs are versatile, inexpensive, easy to prepare and a solid source of protein. To compliment the farm-to-table buffet our egg menu features hearty country cooking. The sausage and egg twist is everything you need in one loaf. Purchased frozen bread loaves are thawed and filled with two different fillings, one loaf is filled with red bell peppers and

cream cheese scrambled eggs and the other loaf is contains cooked sausage and Monterey Jack cheese. The two loaves are rolled into a six-inch wide log, filled and twisted together to form one loaf of bread. A decorative three-inch slit in each of the top sections of the twist reveal’s the fillings inside. The twist is glazed with an egg wash and sprinkled with grated Parmesan and dried oregano before baking. When sliced you see a two-toned bread one side is scrambled eggs and the other side is sausage. It’s a sausage and egg biscuit in yeast bread. The grits quiche is not egg-actly your normal quiche. Baked in a cast iron skillet, seasoned grits are flavored with bacon and Worcestershire sauce, caramelized onions, and cheddar cheese. An egg mixture covers the baked grits and baked again to create the quiche. The dish is garnished with bacon bits, chopped green onions and sliced cherry tomatoes SEPTEMBER 2016 | VIPSEEN | 57

encircled like a bulls-eye on top of the baked quiche. We served it up sassy in a cast iron skillet for the down home feel however; the quiche can be baked in a spring form pan and sliced in individual servings for an egg-stra-special presentation. Eggs Benedict might sound fancy and egg-stremely intimidating to make but they are very simple to assemble. English muffin halves are toasted and layered with Canadian bacon or ham, a poached egg and covered with Hollandaise Sauce. The traditional hollandaise sauce is made with raw “fresh” eggs, lemon juice, and salt and warmed melted butter. Because the traditional method is made with raw eggs we opted for an Egg Beater® version. Egg Beaters® are pasteurized which is a good thing when it comes to sauces and preventing illness. Eating raw eggs could in some cases make you ill with salmonella. But if you have a strong immune system and use fresh eggs the traditional Hollandaise sauce is divine.

Every buffet table should have a stunning centerpiece. The autumn floral arrangement is a vibrant mix of orange and yellow sunflowers, goldenruby red alstroemeria and brown eggs. The brown eggs accent the glass hurricane and hide the container with the flower stems. These eggs are hard-boiled for the duration of the arrangement and should be kept in the refrigerator until serving the brunch. After the brunch, return arrangement to the refrigerator if you plan to eat the eggs later. To keep the arrangement fresh avoid direct sunlight if serving an outdoor buffet. Eggs are perishable and must be stored in the refrigerator. When properly handled and stored, eggs rarely spoil. Whether you are hosting a Saturday brunch or serving breakfast for supper, these egg dishes will be your new go-to recipes and give your guests something egg-citing to crow about. Rooster’s crow but hens rule the roost, so get crack’n and stir up a few egg-cellent dishes for your next down home meal. Helping you Make a Statement, Make it Sassy and Make it Yours!®

Eggs Benedict-Black Forest Ham

INGREDIENTS: 3-English Muffins cut in half 6 eggs 1 tablespoon white vinegar 12-thinly sliced Canadian bacon or Black Forest Ham Egg Beaters ® Hollandaise Sauce recipe 3 English muffins, split in half, toasted INSTRUCTIONS: Poach eggs; fill saucepan with 3” of water add vinegar and bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium. In separate shallow pie plate, fill with warm water, set aside. Add one egg to the water gently without breaking the yolk. Add remaining eggs to water. When eggs become opaque and whites are no longer runny about 3 minutes, transfer the eggs with slotted spoon to the bowl of warm water to keep warm while assembling. For each Benedict, place one toasted muffin half on serving platter, layer bacon or ham, then poached egg, cover with Hollandaise sauce, serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings

Egg Beaters Hollandaise Sauce ®

INGREDIENTS: 1/3 c. egg substitute (i.e., Egg Beaters, etc.) 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice Pinch of white ground or red pepper 1/3 c. butter INSTRUCTIONS: In a blender mix egg substitute, lemon juice and pepper or process in food processor. In glass measuring cup, melt butter in microwave for 50 seconds or until melted. With blender or processor running, pour warmed butter through the lid. Sauce will thicken slightly. Keep sauce warm by reheating in microwave at 5-second intervals. Serve immediately. Yield: 1 cup

Make a Statement, Make it Sassy and Make it Yours!® Liz Bushong is an expert in the three-dimensional art of entertaining. She transforms simple dining occasions into beautiful and memorable moments by adding a touch of her own “sassy” style. 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. For more information about Liz go to or 58 | VIPSEEN | SEPTEMBER 2016

Bacon-Cheddar-Caramelized Onion-Grits Quiche

INGREDIENTS: 4 slices of bacon cut in half 2¼ cups whole milk 2 tablespoons butter ½ cup stone ground grits-not quick grits 2 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon ground pepper 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 large sweet onion, peeled and sliced into rings 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese-divided 3 large eggs 1 cup half and half 1/2-cup heavy cream Garnish: bacon bits ½ cup chopped green onions 5 small cherry tomatoes

INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 350. Spray medium 10”cast iron skillet with cooking spray and cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon, crumble and set aside. Drain grease from skillet reserving 2 teaspoons. Add sliced onions and butter to skillet with reserved bacon grease. Add sugar to caramelize onions until soft and golden brown. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add milk, 1-teaspoon butter to a boil over medium heat. Gradually whisk in grits, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce and ½ teaspoon salt whisking constantly until thick and creamy, add 1-cup shredded cheese to grits stir to combine. Let stand 5 minutes off heat to cool. Meanwhile mix one egg in a custard cup and whisk in 2 tablespoons warmed grits to egg mixture. Add egg mixture to grits and stir. Bake skillet of grits in oven for 25 minutes at 350 until set and browned. Remove from oven sprinkle remaining cheese over warm grits, spread to edges add caramel onions. Let stand 5minutes. Reduce oven to 325. In mixing bowl, combine half and half, cream, and eggs, 1- teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon ground pepper. Pour egg mixture over grits bake for one hour and 15 minutes or until mixture is set. Remove from oven let sit 5 minutes before garnishing. To garnish, add crumbled bacon to center followed by chopped green onions and sliced cherry tomatoes to the outer edge of quiche. Optional baking pan: 9” spring form pan. Add additional eggs if using larger skillet. Yield: 8-10 servings

Sausage and Egg Breakfast Twist

INGREDIENTS: 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk, reserve white for egg wash 1/2 cup half and half ½ cup whipping cream 1-3 ounce package cream cheese, softened ¼ cup diced red bell pepper

¼ teaspoon salt and pepper 4 ounces sage sausage, cooked and drained ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 2 frozen bread dough loaves ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon dried oregano

INSTRUCTIONS: Place frozen bread loaves vertically on lightly sprayed parchment lined baking sheet to thaw. Preheat oven to 375. In small skillet fry sausage until done and drain off grease. Using food processor, process cream cheese and whipping cream until smooth, add 2 eggs plus one yolk, half and half to mixture. In separate small skillet, add olive oil and scramble the egg mixture. Remove from heat, place in small bowl and add red bell pepper and seasoning. Lightly sprinkle flour over loaves of thawed bread. Roll dough into a 6”width, creating a well down center of each loaf. Spoon scrambled egg mixture in well of one loaf, spoon cooked sausage down center of remaining loaf. Sprinkle Monterey Jack cheese over the top of the fillings. Mix water and egg white together to create an egg wash. Brush dough edges with egg wash pinch edges together to seal and form into a log. Place logs seam side down in an “X” pattern on baking sheet. Starting in center of loaf, crisscross ends of dough to form a twist. Cut a 3”slit in each top section of the twist to reveal the fillings. Brush loaves with egg wash and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and dried oregano. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, cool 5 minutes before slicing. Twist inspired by Pampered Chef. Yield: 6-8 servings



Red, White,


Runners, Walkers, Volunteers and observers gathered early on July 4th for the 7th Annual Red, White & Boom 4 Miler. The event was co-sponsored by Fleet Feet and First Broad Street United Methodist Church. The course started and ended at First Broad Street U.M.C. in downtown Kingsport. Everyone was invited to a delicious pancake breakfast after the race, provided by First Broad Street U.M.C. Kingsport Community Ministry Center (KCMC) will benefit from a portion of the proceeds. The State of Franklin Track Club provided electric chip timing for the race.

Female Overall – Hannah Cutshall

First Broad Street UMC volunteers

Porter Bradley wins the race!

Cindy Lemons heads up the kitchen crew!

Rev. Harrison Bell welcomes participants

Emma and Rachel Baumback with Abby Studer

Phil Horner

Nancy Tate (Event Organizer)

Ready, Set, Go!


Rachel Mascola, Amanda Schaefer, and Cheryl Honeycutt



Rejuvenation & Restoration


Dr. Sonya Saadati, D.O. and her staff celebrated the opening of Rejuvenation & Restoration Medicine (R&R Medicine) this past July. A native of California, Dr. Sonya Saadati has been practicing medicine here in the Tri-Cities area for the last 18 years. She is a Board Certified Family Physician, Fellowship trained in Anti Aging Medicine and a Board Certified Osteopathic Physician. She also has specialized training in office cosmetic procedures that she has been practicing now for a number of years. Their services include Hormone Balancing/Replacement, Functional and Anti aging Medicine, Cosmetic & Aesthetic Procedures, Personal Fitness Training with private training studio, Healthy Weight loss programs, Nutritional/Food Sensitivity Testing, Infra red Sauna services, Acute Care Visits & Sports Physicals, Detoxification, State of the art Skin Care Services, and Osteopathic Manual Therapy. The business is located at 28 Midway Street, Lower level Bristol, TN.




The Downtown Kingsport Association holds its 3rd Annual Farm to Table Dinner on June 25th, 2016 at The Social. As the doors open to the Farm to Table Dinner, everything was set; the venue: an environment that was both rustic and elegant all the same. The Farmer’s Market provided the fresh produce displays (which guests were able to take home). Music was provided by the soundings of a soprano saxophone, to truly embellish the ambiance that the dinner showcased. The venue was full of attendees, conversing with one another concerning the dinner about to take place. Soon thereafter, guests were asked to take their seats by Beverley Perdue, President-Elect of the Downtown Kingsport Executive Committee, where she welcomed all the guests for attending the Farm to Table Dinner, specifically recognizing Mayor John Clark and his lovely wife, Etta Clark; City Alderman of Kingsport, Michele Mitchell and her husband Mark; former Mayor, Dennis Phillips and his wife, Bobbie Phillips. Lastly, Sheri Mosley and Emma Clark, from the Downtown Kingsport Association, were acknowledged with the roaring of cheers and applause as the two stood and warmly embraced one another. TriSummitBank, a major sponsor for the event, was also recognized. Perdue continued to thank those who made Farm to Table possible— including KC St. Louis, owner of Abingdon Olive Oil Company (the entirety of each course had olive oil pairings, in which KC St. Louis explicated on); Sleepy Owl Brewery, who donated two kegs of beer to pair with the courses; Hook N Ladder’s “Dream Sickle” Moonshine to cap off the evening. Perdue said a fond adieu as she welcomed Martin Bagwell, chef of the Farm to Table Dinner.

Abbie Russell, Allison Galloway, and Kylie Larkin

Stacy Blevins

John and Heather Kunysz; Pete and Mara Owens

Karen Sensabaugh and Theresa Redmond Jamie Larkins and Patricia Lane


Tracey Kittrell

Angela Vachon and Stephanie Lyons Chef Martin Bagwell

Cassie Honaker and Anissa Kittrell

Diana Vaughn and Karen Aprahamian

Olivia the Olive

Diane Quinn, Keta Hawley, and Liza Howle

Keta Hawley, Michele Mitchell, Mary Quinn, and Diane Quinn


Stepping up the Manners Game; Do your part fellow Southerners! T


rends come and go. Clothing, decorating styles, and even certain words or phrases go out of style almost as quickly as they came in; however, there is one thing that never, ever goes out of style – manners. It’s no secret that we have rules of etiquette and demeanor here in the South. Most of those rules are unwritten, but extremely important nonetheless, because they are what distinguish us from our neighbors to the North. I’m not sure if this newfound lack of manners is due to overuse of technology, obstinance on the part of the millennials, or some sort of Northern-born conspiracy, but it’s troubling to say the least. One thing is for certain; it’s time for true Southerners to step up our game when it comes to modeling manners and teaching them to our children. For example, when did the use of “ma’am” and “sir” after every ‘yes’ or ‘no’ go out of fashion? I’ll tell you when: It didn’t. It’s still very much appropriate. Nay, encouraged. Mamas, teach your daughters to dress like a lady, not a lady of the evening. Daddies, teach your sons to open doors for ladies and to give up their seats to the elderly, unless, of course, the elderly person is crotchety, in which case they can pretend they didn’t notice them standing there. But parents, in every case, please teach your child to say “please” and “thank you”. It’s an endearing thing to hear come from a child’s mouth and when they grow up, using “please” and “thank you” will make even the most ugly rant sound polite. Do not ask me how I know this. Sadly, this manners issue runs deeper than just ‘please’ and ‘thank you’; it spans the depths of common decency as well. For instance, when you are in a crowded waiting room, it is obnoxiously rude to continue in a loud phone conversation. You are not that important and neither is your phone call. People do not care to hear your personal drama. It’s also very improper to make eye contact with someone and not smile. I promise smiling will not kill you. Try it sometime. It is; however, very proper to engage in small talk with people you don’t know in checkout lines, doctor’s offices, malls, gas stations, and the like. It’s called “socializing”. It’s what civilized people do. We don’t always enjoy it, and it’s typically a big waste of time, but it’s what separates us from the barbarians. Just because much of your life is lived through cell phones or computers, don’t let it affect your ability to act and interact appropriately. If you don’t have them already, acquire some people skills. Say hello to people you don’t even know, unless, of course, they’re creepy. It’s okay not to address creepy people and/or perverts. When you make an appointment, show up on time. Nobody has time to wait on your selfish, inconsiderate butt. Bragging is also inconsiderate. Stop doing it. It’s completely rude and everyone hates a bragger. People especially hate those who brag about doing “charity work” or about having a ‘perfect life’. Besides, nothing says, “I’m insecure” like tooting your own horn. If you are a person who brags often, please know that people are making fun of you. Lastly, expand your vocabulary. Stop overusing words that are not in the dictionary, especially those of the four-letter, potty-mouth variety. You might think it’s cute, but ever yone else thinks you’re daft.


Please and thank yo -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. 64 | VIPSEEN | SEPTEMBER 2016



Electric 94.9’s Little Black Dress Party STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY JON LESTER

Meet Daya, the seventeen year old Pop newcomer who is slaying the music scene, while setting the scene as an example for young [girlies]. With hits such as “Sit Still, Look Pretty”, “Hide Away”, and being featured on ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ by The Chainsmokers—which has pulled in a substantial 120 billion views on Youtube. It is safe to say that Daya will be here in days to come.

Julia Price

Victoria and Rebecca Howard

On July 7th, 2016, Electric 94.9 hosted the Little Black Dress Party (presented by Tan 2000) at Tupelo Honey Cafe in Johnson City, TN, where Daya was the headliner. You couldn’t help but to witness the charmed-like essence the event bestowed. It was eye-opening—and refreshing—to hear lyrics such as “But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world”, “Yeah, that is where I’m gonna be, because I wanna be”, and “No, I don’t wanna sit still, look pretty”; to witness a plethora of [girlies]— encompassing an assortment of ages—sing along with Daya. It was at that moment in time you noticed a change in dialogue and conviction. What began as a dialogue between a musician and fans, ended with a dialogue between a seventeen year old and friends.

Elli Walker, Abby Smith, Kelsey Bailey, Macy Miller, and Elizabeth Karst

Cameron Beier and Andie McDowell

Autumn Stamper, Kelley Kindle, Lindsey Burrell, and Candice White

Heather Scalf and Kaylie Foster

Abigail and Chairs Williamson

Daya performs Tyler Jones, Allie Scott, Ashley Watson, Stephanie Burton, Randall Kibort, and Heath Owens




Jason Isbell


More than 2,000 people packed East Tennessee State University’s Thomas Stadium to support Niswonger Children’s Hospital on Saturday, June 25, when Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Isbell performed in the first-ever concert at the stadium. The event kicked off with John Moreland, a talented singer-songwriter from Oklahoma.

Leyla Gregory and Chloe Jones

Morgan Tresor and Whitney Jordan

Shortly after 8 p.m., Isbell – who won Grammys for Best American Roots Song, “24 Frames,” and Best Americana Album, “Something More Than Free,” – took the stage and put on a concert that captivated the crowd. Isbell’s album was released last July and debuted at number one on the “Top Rock Albums” chart, the “Folk Albums” chart, and the “Top Country Albums” chart by Billboard Magazine. It landed at number six on the Billboard 200. The concert was part of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic, a 10-day series of events that benefits the region’s only children’s hospital.

Robin and Jeff Williams

JJ Murphree, Bridgett Murphree, and Candy Johnston

Karen Clark and Petra Becker

Jason Isbell


John Moreland

Lizzie Thomason, Logan Bailey, and Johann Montgomery


United Way of Greater Kingsport


The 2016 United Way of Greater Kingsport (UWGK) 24th Annual Week of Caring ran from June 20 – 24 2016. Over 1,000 volunteers completed 126 projects throughout the region for 28 member agencies, two schools, and two area nonprofits. The financial impact of this year’s Week of Caring was an astounding $146,306.60 for a cumulative 6,210 hours of work.

Employees from Rodefer Moss at Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority

The week kicked off on June 20th, with the traditional Regional Project, which was co-sponsored this year by United Way of Bristol and Regions Bank. The Regional Project rotates between several local United Ways (United Way of Bristol, United Way of Washington County TN, United Way of Southwest VA, United Way of Elizabethton and United Way of Greater Kingsport) each year. Regions Bank has served as the sponsor of the Regional Project since its inception in 1992, helping numerous local health and human service agencies and communities. Regions Bank, local United Ways, and volunteers from companies and organizations came together to improve the lives of program participants of the Bristol Regional Counseling center (a division of Frontier Health). As a collective group, the volunteers assisted the Regional Counseling Center with cleaning, painting, landscaping, and several other projects. “Regions Bank is pleased to announce its 24th annual partnership with United Way for the Week of Caring campaign,” said Kristan Ginnings, Regions’ Vice President of Business Services and Week of Caring Steering Committee Coordinator. “It is through our continued support and funding of events such as the Week of Caring that we are fulfilling our promise to our customers, our associates, and our community.”

United Way of Greater Kingsport Staff and Volunteers at Bristol Regional Counseling Center

Horse from Small Miracles

Miles Burdine and Staff at Miller Perry Elementary School

Joe Fleming, Joel Mears, and Craig Denison

The remainder of the week was filled with 124 service projects involving over 1,000 volunteers. Local companies and organizations (Eastman, Domtar, Brock, Appalachian Power, Eastman Credit Union, Bank of Tennessee, Tri-Summit Bank, PEAK, Brown Edwards, Trane, Rodefer Moss, Wellmont, Indian Path Medical Center, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Kingsport Waste Water) provided light construction and maintenance services, landscaping, painting, and several other projects, including interactive events for youth. Examples of projects include: a Domtar team working to paint, clean, and garden at CASA for Kids, teams from Brock and Wellmont filling food boxes at Second Harvest Food Bank, a Brown Edwards team doing landscaping at Hope House, Appalachian Power and Wellmont teams painting the Holly Hills Learning Center, a Rodefer Moss team painting the Dogwood and Cloud apartment playgrounds, a PEAK team cleaning the Family Promise Center, an Indian Path Medical Center team holding a volunteer picnic for Contact Concern, an Eastman Credit Union team cleaning and beautifying the Holston Counseling Center, a Tri-Summit team painting Indian Springs elementary, a Kingsport Chamber of Commerce team painting Miller Perry Elementary, a Bank of Tennessee team assembling Meals on Wheels bags, a Trane team cleaning Mountain Regions Speech and Hearing Center, and Eastman teams across the area at American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Advocacy Center, Contact Concern, Frontier Industries, Girls Inc., Hay House, Holston Children and Youth, Holston Counseling, Hope House, Indian Springs, Link House, Literacy Council, Meals on Wheels, Safe House, Salvation Army, Shepherd Center, and Small Miracles. These are just a few of the many different projects that took place over the course of one week. “The thing that always sticks out to me is attitude of the people working on these projects. No matter how hot or how dirty or how difficult the work is, they are always smiling and having a good time,” said Ken Walker, who has coordinated Week of Caring for over a decade. “We are very blessed to live and work in the Tri-Cities. We have people who are willing to get out and do things for the good of community and we have companies that will allow them the time away from work to do that.” “Week of Caring exemplified what it means to drive and inspire community change,” said Becca Sutphen, UWGK Community Impact Director. “It is truly gratifying to see our community come together for 24 years running to donate their time and efforts to helping our nonprofit agencies with projects that would otherwise be difficult to impossible to complete. We are thankful to all the businesses and organizations who worked together to make this week a terrific example of the power of volunteerism.”

PEAK members at Family Promise of Greater Kingsport

United Way of Greater Kingsport’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to address local health and human service needs effectively. The vision of the organization is a better life for all where everyone in our community has the opportunity for a quality education, financial stability, and good health. The core values (caring, collaboration, excellence, integrity and service) guide the organization in achieving the mission and vision.




“Family Fun Day” at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY EMMA AYERS

On July 9, Bristol’s own Birthplace of Country Music Museum hosted another “Family Fun Day”. This event was an opportunity for families with small children throughout the area to come to the museum and acquaint themselves with some of the cultural heritage commemorated within—and what better way is there for kids to acquaint themselves than with crafts? In an effort to pay tribute to that, which put Bristol on the map, kids were able to fashion instruments such as quirky harmonicas and mini drums to take home. There’s no doubt about it: parents were enjoying themselves too! As glue stuck to their hands and glitter fluttered about, smiles were bright and laughter filled the air. Scotty Almany, Education Manager, revealed that this was the point of the Family Fun Days. He wants folks to have a great time at a museum so wholly devoted to celebrating the history of their city. Did you and your kids miss this summer’s Family Fun Days? Check out the museum’s calendar to see more upcoming events by going to and taking a look at this month’s calendar!

Jan and Dylan Seabolt had some fun.

April Nelson jumps in for a smile with son Connor

Family Fun Day at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!

Jaden Buffalo

Sara Beth and Scotty Almany Dace Rodefer bears a grin!


Education Manager, Scotty Almany shows Dylan the ropes.

Opal Bailey

Cadence Kress

“The Longest Train I Ever Saw” Breanna Rash


Terrific Textural Transformations.


Celeb Stylist shares her tips for glamorous hair. LOOK ONE:

In The Beginning Starting at the bottom, underneath layers of hair and working toward the top, and working in small sections, mist hair lightly with a heat guard, then flat-iron lengths smooth and sleek (Jessee used a Sultra Seductress Flat Iron). Pro stylist tip: Be sure to follow your comb as you flat-iron for perfectly smooth results.


The Second Style Tease the crown section and lightly brush hair toward the back; secure lengths in back with bobby pins. Pro stylist tip: Cross two bobby pins in an X formation to lock them into place. Touch up where needed with your flat iron and gently bevel the ends.



The Final Look Release the bobby pins and create loose waves by wrapping large sections of hair around a 1.5-inch barrel curling iron (Jessee used Sultra Seductress’ Bombshell Curling Wand). Pro stylist tip: When wrapping hair around the iron, alternate the direction for each new section. For an edgy finish, leave the ends of each curl out for extra texture.




Gracyn Blackmore, Miss Virginia Teen USA Send-Off Party STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY LINDA COFFEY

Gracyn Blackmore, Miss Virginia Teen USA 2016, is a 16-year-old Bristol, Virginia native. She will be leaving for Las Vegas on July 22 to compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant. Friends and family gathered for a send-off party on July 13 at The Virginia Golf Club.

Gracyn Blackmore and Kim Nicewonder

Lynne and Jack Orcutt

A beautiful cake was provided by Unique Cake & Catering of Bristol for the occasion. Kim Nicewonder, Executive Director of Miss Virginia USA and Miss Virginia Teen USA, works to provide a positive impact on the lives of each contestant in the pageants. Gracyn is looking forward to the “Active Wear� portion of the competition, which replaces the swimsuit competition. She is excited about meeting the amazing girls who will participate in the pageant and making memories to last a lifetime.

Melissa, Caroline, Gracyn, and Jim Blackmore


Babs Smiley and Julie Vega

Barbara Hendrickson, Dr. Bernard Tisdale, and Kim Block

Mollie Fox, Amy Morris, and Edie Cannon

Gracyn and her friends!


63rd Mack Riddle American


Independence Day was celebrated in Kingsport with the 63rd Mack Riddle American Legion Fourth of July Parade, held on Center Street. There was a great turn out to celebrate the independence of our country. Most people were wearing red, white and blue as they cheered the parade participants. Veterans received standing ovations from the crowds and local school bands provided the soundtrack for the event. The parade is the longest running consecutive 4th of July parade in the USA.

Mack Riddle Memorial float


Congressman Phil Roe

Grand Marshall, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and family

Whitney Carr, Morgan King, and Emily Carrier

Frankie Williams waiting for the parade.





Fresh food is important to many in the East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia regions. With the richness of our soils and the talent of the many farmers throughout the area, we are known for the bold flavors and the beauty of our natural foods. The Feastival was part of The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming Festival, which is designed to bring our regional music together with other elements of Appalachian artistry. To kick off the event, a cocktail hour was held for guests in the William King Museum of Art. Both the Museum and The Crooked Road welcomed guests as they dined on finger foods and listened to bluegrass band “The Pointer Brothers”.

Marian Katz and Russell Belcher

Jenna Wagner and Michelle Workman

Sarah and Spencer Strickland

Rob and Sandra Epperly, Jim Archer, John Kilgore, Nancy Doucett, and Jackie Archer

Sam and Martha Varnery

Following cocktails, the FEASTival was moved to Heartwood by way of Abingdon Town Trolleys. There, attendees were greeted with a beautiful table for every party. Introductions were made by Dr. Katie Hoffman, Dr. Jean Haskell, Todd Christensen, The Honorable Terry Kilgore, Jim Archer, and Randy Rose. Keynote speakers were master artisan Neil Jefferson Fredrickson, and food writer Sheri Castle. A concert was given by featured Heartwood musicians “The Church Sisters”, to whom everyone enjoyed relaxing and listening. The chef himself, Charles Parker, also came out to introduce the meal, which consisted of such delicacies as Crudités, Roasted Corn and Black Bean Fritters, Bacon-Roasted Rosemary New Potatoes, and Fresh Snap Beans in Lemon-Butter Sauce, among other offerings. Every course was made using only local ingredients, and the change was a taste to savor. To finish off the night with a sweet ending, fruit-stuffed crepes with sweetened goat cheese and sorghum whipped cream were served. By the end of the evening, after all of the delicious food and the new friends made, guests returned home with their stomachs full and smiles on their faces.

Chris Lemmon of Legacy Anglers, Michelle Bowtan, Eve Fisher, Gary Fisher, Gary and Elizabeth Mesa-Guido

Zach and Savannah Alvis

Israel O’Quinn, Food City Executive, speaks on the importance of fresh food




2016 Kingsport Idol:


In the Kingsport Farmer’s Market on July 12th, 2016 at precisely 6:00 P.M., the 2016 Kingsport Idol Semifinals were mere moments away from beginning. The crowd was comfortable in their seats, awaiting a show— and unbeknownst to them—would be a show enriched with captivating performances by an assemblage of local vocal Tri-Cities talent. Kingsport Idol coordinator and host Mark Kilgore took the stage with a voice that bestowed articulation, conviction, and relatability—skills only Mark Kilgore could execute impeccably. Soon thereafter, the semifinals began; and full of immaculate vocal performances—seriously, all the performances were iconic. Thus, the semifinals continued, and the final nine were chosen: Vashti Perry, Tabitha Wheeler, Megan Wolford; Charles Sanlin, Mackensie Hardison; Jared Erwin, Lauren Potter; Brandy Dulanely and Patiance Gardner.

Tabitha Wheeler

However, their journey did not end here.

The Finale

Lauren Lyons

We’ve known the Tri-Cities region exudes talent. And on July 30th, 2016 at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center, the best of the best of the 2016 Kingsport Idol competition came to win. Proceeding red carpet interviews, which occurred before the finale, attendees overfilled the entire venue with signs of their favorite contestant in hand. The ambiance and stage were both set for a night of vocal perfection. Mark Kilgore, as he did before, greeted the audience with warm conviction, excitement, and encouragement to all the contestants that were moments away of competing for the title of the 2016 Kingsport Idol winner. The nine contestants performed two songs each to be judged by the panel of judges, which consisted of Linda Murphy, Aundrea Wilcox, Steve Kormormi, William Stephanos, and Lance Stinson.

Vashti Perry

Megan Wolford

Whilst watching the finale, and briefly spending time with the contestants backstage, there was something quite apparent that I witnessed. Kingsport Idol may have seemed like a competition to the audience, but you quickly realize that it was so much more than that; it was truly a group of friends—no, family—doing what they love, together. Thank you to the following sponsors: Knoxville TVA Credit Union, Bays Mountain Park (Overall Sponsors); Stage and Sound Finale – Cross Country Mortgage; Music Doctors, ABC Tri-Cities, VIPSEEN, Model City Groove School.

Katie Bledsoe


LaRee Ball

Charles Sanlin

Mackensie Hardison

Brandy Dulaney

Aundrea Wilcox, judge

Lance Stinson, judge

AGE GROUP WINNERS 8-13 14-17 18-24 25 and up

Brandy Dulaney Jared Erwin Mackensie Hardison Vashti Perry

Tabitha Wheeler Jared Erwin

Megan Wolford

Vashti Perry

Mark Kilgore

Patiance Gardner

Lauren Potter


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Miss Kingsport, Tess Gonce; Miss Johnson City, Hannah Everhart; Miss Historical Jonesborough, Jacquelyn Crawford; Dr. Richard Jackson; Miss McMinnville Peyton Wilson; Miss Sullivan County, Whitney Shelton; Miss Watauga Valley, Madeline Hubbard

A heartwarming Send-Off Party was held at Changes Medical Spa & Laser Center on June 7th, 2016. A number of those in attendance came out to wish the East Tennessee contestants the best of luck. All were heading to the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant on June 18th in Jackson, TN. In conjunction with the Send-Off, a ‘salute to mothers’ took place; with uproarious stories that filled the room about their mothers. Lori Crawford was selected as Pageant Mother of the Year, winning a $500 service gift package from Dr. Jackson and Dr. Shelton at Changes. Representing East Tennessee – Miss Kingsport, Tessa Gonce; Miss Johnson City, Hannah Everhart; Miss McMinnville, Peyton Wilson; Miss Sullivan County, Whitney Shelton; Miss Watauga Valley, Madeline Hubbard; and Miss Historic Jonesborough, Jacquelyn Crawford. Also present for the send off – Miss Greene County Iris Princess, Camryn Sponcia; Miss Kingsport’s Teen, Desiray Bacon; and Miss Sweetheart, Kaileigh Siddons.

Moms and a dad with the lovely contestants

Miss Greene County Iris Princess Camryn Sponcia; Miss Kingport’s Teen, Desiray Bacon; Miss Sweetheart, Kaileigh Siddons



“Do I match my socks with my tie? Do I do a solid sock? No, I think I’ll go with stripes. Actually, polka dots seem nice.” Evade the confusion by going a step further— sock your socks to the drawer (or the floor). Convince your friends and co-workers that you’re trendy—not lazy. [?] AVamp: front portion of the shoe, beginning behind the toe, extending around the eyelets, tongue and back part of the shoe.



our footwear is the last thing we consider and the first thing out the door.It’s about time that our footwear takes the lead— there’s a pun there. Let us lead with the left in the ever so classic shoe: The Monkstrap. Detailed above in a plain-toe navy [1] and a chocolate brown [3] hue, this shoe style is essential for every man’s wardrobe. The Monkstrap shoe comes in a single or double strap, and is referred to as the dressiest of shoes—and quite versatile. While you can pair this shoe with slacks, try opting for a chino pant or jeans to really command the scene.

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Continuing toward the right, we have The Blucher (AKA Derby) in a handsome oxblood [2] and fire orange [4] hue. The Blucher is a shoe that is constructed with a vamp [?] that is made of a single piece of leather Look at you! You’re walking at a sprightly speed, and now on your fifth step. While the hue is similar to the monkstrap, the shoe style differs completely. Introducing The Oxford (in a half brogue cap toe style) [5].

FOOT NOTE Oxblood bids a daunting execution. For a felicitous execution, Oxblood should be paired with navy or gray.


Actions we perform in a repetitive daily motion become etched in our memory— especially the actions that began during childhood. One of those monotonous actions would be tying our shoelaces—and what plodding a task that can be. Why not brighten the experience with shoelaces that are bright in color. You’d be surprised how that minuscule alteration can alter your entire ensemble. My recommendation is shoelaces from; made of 100% cotton, these 30 in. laces come in over 20 colors ($3 each pair). Tie that into your budget.


Seen on the Scene ECU HONORS LOCAL HEROES KINGSPORT - Eastman Credit Union officials, city leaders and Aquatic Center personnel gathered on Wednesday, July 13th to honor local heroes, Noah Rutherford and Charlotte Reasor, lifeguards at the Kingsport Aquatic’s Center Lazy River, who saved the life of a little boy found unresponsive on June 9th. “The Aquatic Center does an excellent job training and preparing their staff. No one appreciates the valiant efforts of these individuals more than this little boy’s family, but we, at Eastman Credit Union, are honored to have the opportunity to show our gratitude to Noah and Charlotte for their responsiveness in saving the life of this child,” said Olan Jones, president and CEO of ECU. The city of Kingsport joined ECU in the recognition ceremonies. The BMA recognized both lifeguards at a board meeting in June noting the quality of the many hours of training that all Aquatic Center life guards receive. “Noah and Charlotte were doing their job, and we are thankful that in an instant, their training and instincts kicked in, resulting in a life saved. We are proud of Noah and Charlotte, and all of our lifeguards for taking their job seriously and being the unsung heroes every day,” said Chris McCartt, Assistant Kingsport City Manager. As the official sponsor of the Lazy River and a major contributor to the Learn-toSwim program at the Kingsport Aquatic Center, ECU officials awarded plaques to both lifeguards for their service. “We are proud to present these awards to Noah and Charlotte for their heroism,” said Jones. In 2012, ECU committed financial support to the Kingsport Aquatics Center. The YMCA/Kingsport Aquatic’s Center are neighbors to ECU’s corporate headquarters in Kingsport, TN.

UNITED WAY SELECTS CAMPAIGN CHAIR, SETS DATE FOR KICK-OFF Elizabethton, Tenn. – United Way of Elizabethton/ Carter County has named Corey Paulson Chair of the 2016-2017 Campaign, “A Community United.” He will be the keynote speaker at the Campaign Kick-Off on September 15 at the Community Room of Medical Care, PLLC. Paulson is the director of marketing and communications for the Southeast Market at Mountain States Health Alliance. A resident of Elizabethton and a graduate of Carter County Leadership Tomorrow, Paulson has committed a significant part of his life to serving his community.

NATIONAL PUBLICATION NAMES HANCOCK COUNTY HOSPITAL ONE OF 50 CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS TO KNOW SNEEDVILLE – Becker’s Hospital Review has named Hancock County to its 50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know list for 2016. A critical access hospital provides no more than 25 inpatient beds, has an annual average length of stay of less than 96 hours for acute inpatient care, delivers around-the-clock emergency care and is located at least 35 miles from another hospital. This certification from Medicare enables Hancock County to earn cost-based reimbursement, instead of standard fixed reimbursement rates from Medicare. “Our selection to the Becker’s list is another way to recognize the exceptional care our dedicated team of physicians and other professionals provide our patients every day,” said Rebecca Beck, Hancock County’s president. “We appreciate the support we receive from the community and are grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact on patients who entrust their lives to our care.” The inclusion of Hancock County is the latest national recognition for the facility, which in 2015 was one of 20 critical access hospitals chosen by the National Rural Health Association to earn a best practice designation for patient satisfaction. In 2012, the national organization picked Hancock County as one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the country for quality. Another success for the hospital occurred when Hancock County scored 94 out of a possible 100 points in the National Pediatric Readiness Assessment for 2015. That was higher than the Tennessee median score of 89, which was the highest among all states in the country, and the national median of 69. The assessment was conducted by the National Pediatric Readiness Project, a multiphase quality improvement initiative to ensure all emergency departments in the country have the essential guidelines and resources to provide effective emergency care to children. “Hancock County Hospital plays an important role in our delivery of rural care, and we’re thrilled to have attained this designation from Becker’s,” said Eric Deaton, Wellmont’s chief operating officer. “Our hospital was born through a partnership with the community, so we celebrate this honor with the leaders of Hancock County whose vision helped make this facility possible.”

“My family and I love Elizabethton and I enjoy doing my part to make this community even better,” Paulson said. “I believe everyone doing their fair share for their community is what it takes to make a difference.”

WILLIAM KING MUSEUM OF ART WELCOMES BACK FORMER DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER Abingdon, VA -The Board of Trustees along with the staff welcomes back Betsy K. White as the Director of William King Museum of Art.

“A Community United” will be the message and theme of the campaign. United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Carter County by bringing organizations and individuals together, according to McKinney. Reaching the 2016-2017 Campaign goal of $125,000 is the first step in that process.

Betsy’s extensive knowledge and experience is a valuable asset to the continued development of the Museum and it’s programs due to her being founder and a longtime previous director.

“We’ve already raised almost $22,000,” McKinney said. “If everyone will come beside of us and help us raise the rest, this will be the first success of a new, revitalized United Way for their community.” The Kick-Off Luncheon will officially launch the 2016-2017 Campaign and will begin at noon at 1500 West Elk Avenue. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. For more information, contact Josh McKinney at or (423) 543-6975. To give toward the upcoming campaign, visit United Way’s website at

In August the Museum hosted two opening exhibits...which also served as a welcome back party for Betsy. The event was part of Abingdon First Thursday. For more information please contact the Museum at 276.628.5005 or visit www.





Abingdon All-American

Independence Day


It was a hot and fun filled day at the Abingdon All-American Independence Day Extravaganza, celebrated in Downtown Abingdon at the Market Pavilion on July 2nd, 2016. Presented by the partnership of Town of Abingdon, the Abingdon Parks and Recreation Department, and Abingdon Main Street (a non-profit organization affiliated with the National Main Street program), the day was full of free festivities for all to enjoy. These festivities included live historian reenactments, Fife and Drum corps on site, a live DJ for the kids, foam pit and crafts (sponsored by Paper Moon Studio), and a performance from Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin. The Extravaganza was also filled with food trucks that provided treats such as Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Funnel Cakes for attendees to enjoy.


Re/Max All Stars Ribbon Cutting and After Hours Momentum Group Real Estate STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAVANNA MCDAVID

Re/Max All Stars opened their doors to the community and invited everyone to celebrate in their newest addition on June 23rd, 2016. Now part of Re/Max All Stars, the Momentum Group Sales Team is bigger and better than before. Owner Joana Hoover-Glovier was a part of Re/Max before she moved to East Tennessee to begin the Momentum Group sales Team. So when the Momentum Group began taking off, it only made sense to her to join forces again with one of the biggest real estate companies in the country. Family and friends from across the community came out to celebrate with the Momentum group. There was food, fun, music and dancing all evening. To officially welcome the Re/Max All Stars to Kingsport, the Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting and Mayor John Clark welcomed them to the community. To learn more about the Re/Max All Stars, visit

The celebration centered on the history of Abingdon and attracted people of all ages. The night was capped off with a colorful firework display for everyone to enjoy. In small towns such as Abingdon, it is great to see a community come together to celebrate their history of Independence and freedom with one another.

Joanna Hoover, Janice Gray, Josh Coon, Scott Dishner, Patty Meade, and Garrett Cunningham

Rhonda Manis and Denise Dula

Michael Henningsen, Brian Riek, Katie Denton, Caleb Denton, and Mike Sheffield

Mary Shill and Sherri Mosley

Hannah and Anna Luck

Lashira Davidson and Clint Kirkpatrick


Aaron Garland

Rachel Denton, Emily (the horse), and Tom Vaughan

Rachel Mosley, Patrick Shull, Don Henley, and Pamela Costagliola

VIPSEEN September 2016  

Battle at Bristol University of Tennessee Virginia Tech Senior Living Recipes Music Man Gala Austin Moody Alzheimer's

VIPSEEN September 2016  

Battle at Bristol University of Tennessee Virginia Tech Senior Living Recipes Music Man Gala Austin Moody Alzheimer's