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MONTHLY FEATURES 63 VIP Profile: Rhonda Chafin 68 Artist Profile: Carl B. Jessee 75 Daytime Doc: Fillers and Injectables 78 Music Profile: Barlow Gin & The Hatchetmen 85 It 101: Introducing Windows 8 86 Non-Profit Profile: Young Life 93 Happy Page 95 Calendar of Events 101 New on the Scene SPECIAL FEATURES 08 Fifty Pages of Bridal Bliss 10 On The Cover: Mr. & Mrs. Logan and Alicia Patrick 12 Agota Springs: Ceremony, Reception & Day Spa 14 Top Wedding Dress Trends for 2013 16 Serve It Up Sassy! Wedding Style 18 Anderson Compounding: Taming your Inner Bridezilla 20 Love Rocks 23 Pratt’s...So Much More Than Great Barbecue 24 The Wedding Seating Chart 26 28th Annual Tri-Cities Bridal Show 29 Top 10 Tips for Marital Bliss 31 Allandale Mansion: Allandale Ambiance 35 Connie Salyer: Newlyweds Buying their First Home 36 Wrapped Around His Finger 39 Image Essentials: Wear the Dress You Have Always Dreamed Of 40 Grooms Check List: Yes, we are going there!


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Flower Power Stacie – Randy DJ: Stories of Elite Wedding Entertainment Top 10 Tips for Mothers’ of the Bride and Groom Randy Falconer: Rules of Wedding Etiquette You Might Be a Bridezilla If Vincent Tiller: Perfect Smile for your Perfect Day Trending and Timeless Wedding Cake Styles Top 10 Tips for Honeymoon Planning Budget Planning Recommended by VIPSEEN Colon Cancer Awareness Tips

EVENTS 60 Johnny Woods Farewell at the Paramount 66 Pie Wars III: Dawn of the Dough 71 The Glass Slipper Prom Preview Fashion Show 81 Boys & Girls Club Christmas Party 82 Morrison School Donation Ceremony 88 Alpha Xi Delta Xi-ti Dinner 90 KPT CCC: King College Business After Hours 97 Totem Pole at Sugar Hollow 98 Liberian Orphan Fund-raiser 103 Polar Bear Plunge 104 Kingsport Tomorrow’s Annual Luncheon Meeting 106 Bristol Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Luncheon



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She Says...

He Says...

Bridal bliss…seems fitting for this time of year, doesn’t it? Lately, it seems as if every time I log onto Facebook, or run into an old friend, I learn of a new engagement. It is truly a beautiful process or at least it should be. At VIPSEEN, we put our heads together and worked very hard and tirelessly to bring you this special issue. From venues to vacations, you will find this issue to be a great resource to help guide you through the planning process.

Now that it is February with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, my thoughts turn to love and its many forms. This day always makes me think of my grandmother. I say that because she taught me that love is the superglue that holds everything together in the most trying times. Even though, she is not here with me anymore, her love still shines upon me every day.

Of course, you will find our normal monthly events, calendar and profiles inside this issue as well. Event season slows down quite a bit right after Christmas and during the first month of the year, however, things are quickly picking up as anticipated starting with the February 1st Kingsport Annual Chamber Dinner! Followed by a Roaring 20’s Ball at the Johnson City Country Club on the 2nd, the Make-A-Wish Foundation Chocolate Festival on the 9th, Casa Red Shoe Gala on February 16th and many, many more! So get ready! A new season is upon us…one of glam and giving! I can’t wait to get back out there and see each and every one of you!


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I can close my eyes and see myself walk through the door, and there her and my granddaddy would be… sitting on the couch holding hands and just enjoying life. They never had money or valuable possessions, but the one thing they possessed was love not just for one another but for everyone around them. They taught me that love is doing everything you can do to help others build whatever dreams they have. Love means believing in someone, in something and knowing sometimes love hurts. Now that I am a parent, I can finally relate to what she was saying. I can always remember what my grandmother would say before she would spank me…” This is going to hurt me more than its going to hurt you.” Now I understand grandma…I understand! Sometimes I feel guilty because I see how my grandparents set their life aside for our family and for others on a daily basis. It is amazing how much “love” can teach us if we just allow it. They taught me that love takes time, it needs to hold history of giving and receiving, laughing and crying, but in the end it’s the love that will hold you together. I hope that some of the lessons I have learned about love can encourage you to leave a lasting legacy, for future generations. Happy Valentine’s Day!


Mr. & Mrs. Logan & Alicia Patrick PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN BY: Jim Goodwin Photography

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Bridal Bliss Bristol Chamber of Commerce


Arts & Entertainment Throughout the Tri-Cities


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On The Cover: Mr. & Mrs. Logan and Alicia Patrick

Agota Springs: Ceremony, Reception & Day Spa


2013 Wedding Dress Fashion Trends


Anderson Compounding: Taming your Inner Bridezilla


Pratt’s Catering...More than just great barbecue

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Serve It Up Sassy! Wedding Style Love Rocks


Wedding Seating Chart


Top 10 Tips for Marital Bliss


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Bridal Expo at the D.P. Culp University Center Allandale Mansion: Allandale Ambiance

Connie Salyer: Newlyweds Buying their First Home

Wrapped Around His Finger

Image Essentials: Wear the Dress You Have Always Dreamed Of

Grooms Check List: Yes, we are going there!


Flower Power


Ten Tips for Mothers’ of the Bride & Groom



Stacie – Randy DJ: Stories of Elite Wedding Entertainment Randy Falconer: Rules of Wedding Etiquette


Vincent Tiller: Perfect Smile for your Perfect Day


Top 10 Tips for Honeymoon Planning

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Trending and Timeless Wedding Cake Styles

Budget Planning

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Tell about your love story... We met when we were only 7 years old when we both were members of a traveling competitive swim team. Lo used to pinch my toes when I swam in front of him at swim practice! We dated off and on throughout grade school and college. Lo proposed shortly after we had both graduated from Radford University. What makes your mate a perfect match? We know how to handle each other in any type of situation because we have known each other our entire lives. We respect each other, and we are the best of friends. How was the question popped? Randomly! It was a spur of the moment, complete surprise on the afternoon of February 9th, 2012. What made you laugh? When we both tried putting our wedding bands on the wrong hand during the ceremony What made you cry? Logan, “When I first saw you at the entrance to the sanctuary after the doors first opened.” Alicia, “When I hugged my father as he gave me away. What were the most memorable moments? Being introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Patrick at our reception and our first dance. How did you bring it to life? Hired vendors that we trusted and shared our same vision. What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding? Ladies, it’s not always all on your shoulders. It takes both the bride and groom’s input in decision making for such a special day. Also, choose vendors that you are comfortable with and trust! 12

What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.? Making new memories and carrying on our families traditions. Why did you choose Jim Goodwin Photography? We chose Jim and Krisna Goodwin as our wedding photographers for multiple reasons. Not only did they take care of our engagement photos, bridal portraits, Save the Date cards, and wedding/reception photos, but they also were able to guide us in the right direction for any other wedding needs. Their personalities fit perfectly with ours, and we knew right off the bat that they would be great to work with. They will absolutely go above and beyond your expectations as your wedding photographer to make sure they catch every special moment on your big day. Jim and Krisna Goodwin are two of the kindest people you will ever meet, and they make it easy to become comfortable around them! We were so grateful to have both of them with us throughout the entire wedding process; they were such a big help! Jim Goodwin Photography will most definitely be our forever photographer, and we can’t wait to work with them again!

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Ceremony, Reception & Day Spa A majestic Mountain wedding venue and Day Spa is what Agota Springs has provided the Tri-Cities since 2008. Family owned and operated, this beautifully located property is on 120 wooded acres in Kingsport, offering the ideal location for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The property boasts a large Main House and Day Spa & Event building. Perched atop the hill, Agota Springs Main House offers unobstructed views of Bays Mountain. The architecture is reminiscent of a lodge out west bringing a unique choice to the area. Agota Springs’ outdoor ceremony site provides the ideal backdrop for stunning wedding photographs. Inside, a large bridal suite as well as a gentlemen’s room provide ample space for the wedding party to prepare before their nuptials. Agota Springs Main House can accommodate up to 10 overnight guests and may be rented either the night before the event or the evening after. Smaller more intimate events, 50 guests or fewer, such as bridal showers, baby showers and cocktail parties are also welcome at the Main House.

Located just down the hill from the Main House is the Day Spa & Event building. The event building features a large space which can accommodate up to 150 guests for a reception or rehearsal dinner. An expansive outdoor deck and massive stone fireplace provide additional space to entertain and add to the rustic charm and appeal of Agota Springs. Our wedding packages are customized and vary in cost depending on options chosen. We will gladly tour the property by appointment. Adjacent to the Event space is the Day Spa which provides a complete menu of treatments including, clinical skin care, massage therapy, hydro-therapy, body wraps & glows, manicures & pedicures & make-up consultation & application. The Day Spa boasts 6 treatment rooms, a comprehensive salon for natural nail treatments, relaxation area and Men’s and Women’s locker room facilities both equipped with a steam room. The Day Spa offers a variety of packages and can accommodate intimate parties for a “Spa Day.” What a perfect gift for your bridesmaids or just a great treat to yourself or future spouse! Agota Spring’s unique business model caters to those desiring to create a magical wedding experience and retreat and for those looking to enjoy a world class Day Spa. We invite you to visit us on the web at



Sheer Sleeves

Portrait Backs

Fashion trends always reoccur and this is true with long sheer sleeve wedding gowns. The lines lengthen the arms to create a slimmer effect. Light weight fabrics makes this trend comfortable.

Brides will be viewed from all angles. The back is a beautiful feature that is often unappreciated. Intricate gowns are featuring this asset in Spring 2013.

Tulle A simple light weight netting that is the statement fabric of ballerinas. Tulle is romantic and voluminous. Layers of this fabric add drama to a gown that is absolutely stunning.


Spring is near and color is here. Many 2013 trends over lap one another for example color and lace as you can see from the photo above. Bright hues are coming to a wedding near you.

Illusion Peplums Peplum injected gowns create a defined waist which is slimming for most body types. This high-fashion trend may not be suited for every bride, but the silhouette proves to be gorgeous.


Sleeves, necklines and backs are shrouded in this pretty peek-a-boo fabric. We love illusion that’s layered in beading, scrolled, winding embroideries and flyaway feathers.

Duchess Kate’s royal wedding gown influenced the lace trends. The patterns and different combinations supply a large selection to admire.

Lace Nouveau

High Necks High neck dresses are option this spring. This feature will please grandma and the modern cuts of gown will please the bride as well.

Over the Top (OTT) Your wedding day is a time when an over the top dress is very acceptable. Whatever make you feel like the bride you want to be-go for it.

Transformers Many wedding gowns now have layers and pieces of the dress that can be taken off after the official ceremony. This transformation creates a fun party dress to dance the night away. It is somewhat like a two for one dress.

Off The Shoulder Modesty, yet sexy, off the shoulder looks are fashionable and flattering.



Kick up your “red high heels” and dust off the cowboy boots, it’s not a hoe down but a Southern “all girl” bridal shower. The theme for this shower was sparked when bride-to-be and former beauty queen Mckenzi Hurt posed for an engagement photo in her red high heels with fiancé Tyler McEwen in his cowboy boots. The shower was hosted by a dear family friend, Karen Gingras, who spared no expense for this event. The couple could feel the deep love in every detail. Guests were greeted with a festive “all girl” room adorned in red and teal colors. Red roses arranged in various sized pink & cream hat boxes, mirrors, and perfume bottles, sat on each round table as the centerpiece. Nestled between two windows was a dessert buffet dressed as a girl’s vanity. There were double tall cream buffet lamps with sparkling prisms, standing in attention on both sides of the table, and keeping in theme, a black oval mirror was hung between the lamps that reflected the smiling faces of each guest as they selected the mini treats. To complete the look, a zebra bench sat at the center front of the vanity table. The dessert buffet displayed various sized and shaped hat boxes posing as cake pedestals. On a large vanity tray were butter cookies cut into various shapes including hand held mirrors adorned with red swirled wafer paper*, lipstick tubes, and monogrammed nail polish bottles. But the show- stopper was the three- inch red high heel butter cookies. Other creative foods were habanera blossoms in jumbo cupcake liners, raspberry brownie squares with a zebra chocolate


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edible transfer sheet*, meringues with cherry curd, mini cream puffs and éclairs, and mini powder puff chocolate dipped filo shells filled with marshmallow whipped cream and cream cheese filling. To create the “powder puffs,” pink cotton candy was torn into small pieces and positioned to one side of the filling. The delicacies, sweet treats and mini edibles for this event satisfied every palate. Not to be outdone, the beverage center included a coffee bar complete with flavored syrups and toppings. Cranberry punch was served in the great grandmother’s beautiful cut glass mid century bowl. Sparkling red edible “jewels” glistened around the bowl’s base. The bride stepped out in style by wearing a red off the shoulder tea dress. That is Southern Style with a capital S. Even her shoes were red “high heels” with a zebra strap. Tyler got laughs when he suggested his cowboy boots could help shape up the décor. Everyone kicked up their heels and helped create special memories for the special couple. Inspired by the shower, one young lady, Sydney, is already planning ahead. “This is exactly what I want when I have my bridal shower,” she said. Mckenzie and Tyler are living their dream. As they celebrate their second anniversary it looks like another shower is in the forecast, not a rain shower but for baby McEwen.

Liz Bushong is an expert in the three-dimensional art of entertaining. She transforms simple dining occasions into beautiful and memorable moments by adding a touch of her own “sassy” style. She makes elegance easy for her audience and encourages them to add their own Sassy touch to make it unique. Liz is famous for creating her own version of a beautifully presented table-scape – which she calls a Sassyscape ™ -and she also creates magic beyond the dining experience. In 2009 and 2010, she was selected from thousands nationwide to be part of an elite team of 100 professionals entrusted with decorating the White House for the Holiday. In 2011, she was part of seven-person team selected to decorate the Tennessee Governor’s Mansion for the holiday. Liz has been featured as the monthly guest chef on Daytime Tri-Cities, television show on WJHL, the CBS Affiliate for the Tri-Cities Area of Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. She is also the creator and host of her own one-hour seasonal television show called “Serve it up Sassy!” for the same market, which aired in 2011. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Consumer and Family Sciences from Purdue University and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She is also certified in Decorative Finishes and has been trained as a Master Gardener. Liz is the author of the Just Desserts and Sweets & Savories cookbook. Liz turns dessert into the fifth basic food group and features recipes for her signature specialty, delicious “mini-desserts and appetizers.” Liz makes her home in Johnson City, Tennessee. She continues to perfect her sassy approach to turning simple dining occasions into beautiful and memorable moments. by Liz Bushong, Serve it up Sassy! ™



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Taming Your Inner BrideZilla Stressed? Overwhelmed? Overextended?

If you are, you are certainly not alone. In fact for the vast majority of women seen in our Women’s Health Clinic, these culprits seem to be common denominators. But could the stress actually be the cause of the hormones becoming out of balance? Why certainly! In fact, STRESS is the most prevalent cause of hormonal imbalance in younger women in their 20s and 30s.

to help us through stressful situations and is vital to our overall well-being and the way in which we handle ourselves under stress.

So, in walks stress. The cortisol jar begins to overflow. This is positive in that your body is providing what you need to meet the demands of the stress. This helps prevent a nervous breakdown, which is always a plus. Now, what should happen is when the stress is over (like an argument with your spouse, for example) the cortisol stops being overproduced and returns to a normal STRESS is the level. But what happens if the cortisol most prevalent cause of jar is running over all the time? A huge mess on the table, right? Where does hormonal imbalance all of the excess go? Well in your body in younger women it is stored as belly fat. Yep. Weight gain in their 20s and 30s. in the midsection...the dreaded muffin top! You've always been able to maintain control over your weight when it has creped up in the past, but now nothing Here's how it works. Imagine for a mois working. Over a prolonged period of ment; two mason jars sitting on a table. time, those poor little adrenal glands They have little cute Pinterest- inspired become tired and can't keep up with labels on each one. One reads: Proges- the constant strain. The continuous terone. The other: Cortisol. Do you have production of cortisol to help deal with the mental image? Now imagine that life stresses leads to overworked, overthey are both filled with water almost to used adrenal glands. And just like most the top. I guess we should stop here and anything that is overworked, eventually clue you in about why these hormones they become exhausted! The result... are important. Progesterone has many someone that still has stress but no functions in the body including tightly longer has what they need to adequately controlling energy, memory, mood, sleep bounce back or deal with it. By the way, and even libido. Cortisol, in the second when this happens, down goes the sex jar, is your main stress hormone. It is drive. Testosterone and progesterone produced by the adrenal glands (small are produced not only in the ovaries, but walnut shaped glands that rest above the in the adrenals as well. You are now fakidneys). It is produced in response tigued, especially when waking up in the to stress. morning and after lunch. The things that used to slide right off our back are now It goes a little something like this. Close getting under your skin. Your patience is your eyes and take a moment to imagine running thin. You're irritable, not to menyour absolute biggest stress at this point tion the added body fat as a result of the in your life. Got it? Maybe it is your work, constant overproduction of cortisol has your children, a broken relationship, really gotten you down. You may have family or finances; perhaps it is worry even considered that you could benefit or concern for another person that is from an antidepressant at this point. You weighing you down. Who knows, maydo not feel like yourself. be it is wedding planning? Whatever it is, when confronted with the stress, the So, back to the table with the two mason body responds by producing more corjars. One filled with water representing tisol (the main stress hormone) to help progesterone; the other filled with water you deal with and meet the demands of representing cortisol. Except now the the stressor. You see, cortisol is a very cortisol jar is almost empty. Yikes! Well, stimulating hormone (which is why we if it wasn't for the fact that we would often have trouble falling asleep when we die within seven days without cortisol, have something on our mind). It is meant we could just keep on feeling tired and 20

irritable and the heck with the empty jar. Instead, we are fearfully and wonderfully made! The body compensates by essentially "borrowing from Peter to pay Paul". The progesterone jar (which controls energy, memory, mood, sleep, and libido) is still full, remember? The body will take progesterone and make cortisol out of it in an attempt to keep the cortisol jar full. Imagine if I poured most all of the contents out of the progesterone jar into the almost empty cortisol jar. This sounds good, right? Well, yes if the goal is to simply stay alive and avoid a nervous breakdown. It is done at the expense of progesterone whose tank is now almost empty. This is a genuine quality of life problem given that it closely controls your mood, energy, memory, sex drive and sleep. Sound familiar? This, my friends, is how stress can wreak havoc on your hormonal balance. You are now living with progesterone deficiency (low progesterone) that is rarely diagnosed simply because the patient often seems too young to have a hormonal imbalance or perhaps standard blood tests reveal that everything is within range. Because salivary hormone test panels have the ability to look more deeply and differentiate between which hormones are active and working and those that are inactive, it is easy to detect hidden hormonal imbalances using this testing modality. Salivary testing is the gold standard for cortisol as well, as evidenced in numerous clinical studies. Treatment is individualized but often includes natural adrenal support, specific nutrients, lifestyle modifications, nutrition, exercise, yoga and/or natural bio identical hormones that are customized to fit each patient's individual needs. So, if you start to see the emergence of Bridezilla rearing her ugly head, take heed and don't forget...stress CAN change your hormones. P.S. A good night's sleep helps build cortisol for the next day as well as progesterone, so try being in bed by 10:00pm, get your beauty sleep...for more reasons than one your body will love you for it. Guaranteed. Dr. Dera Leigh Stalnaker, Pharm D. Women's Health Clinical Pharmacist Anderson Compounding Pharmacy



Round Diamond Radiant Diamond

A combination of princess and cushion cut, radiant diamonds, have a brillant-cut facet pattern. Light bounces of this shape and looks marvelous.

Circular diamonds are the number one selling diamond shape. In fact 75% of all diamonds sold world wide are round. The hearts and arrows cut on a round rock maximizes light to show supreme brilllance. The underside of a round diamond usually has 58 facet cuts. Look at the exampleto the right and see the sparkle factor that sets a quality tone for any marriage.

Princess Diamond

A square rock with beautiful facets. The princess cut diamond is the second most popular shape. It promises to make any lady feel like royalty.

Asscher Diamond

The Asscher cut diamond is named after the Asscher brothers of Holland who produced the diamond orginally in 1902. Asscher and emberald shaped diamond are comparable, howwever the asscher is square shape with a high crown, large step facets and a smaller table.

Cushion Diamond

Also known as a pillow-cut diamond, cusion cut rocks are an antique shape. Large facets and deep cuts set the cushion cut a part from any others. They may not have an much brillance as other cuts, but still very eye catching and romantic.

Pear Diamond

A wonderful choice that marries the round and marquise shapes. Pear shapes are beautiful in any size due to all the fiery cuts. Due to the unique shape, the pear diamond accents slender fingers nicely. Simple, classic, elegance that any woman would appreciate.

Marquise Diamond

This shape looks like a football and has the greatest surface area among of all the diamond shapes. Marquise diamonds can appear larger than the carat total due to its slender shape. With this football, you’re always on the winning team.


Emerald Diamond

With simple steps, the emerald cut diamond reflects light like a hall of mirrors. The rectangular pattern aligns perfectly to create that effect. Since the insides are reflected, clarity is key when choosing this type of rock.

Oval Diamond

Like the marquise, oval diamonds can appear larger than they actually are. The facet cuts are similar to that of the round diamonds. Surrounding the focal stone with smaller diamonds is called a halo and halos accents the oval diamond beautifully.

Heart Diamonds

The heart shape the unofficial symbol of love. A unique stone that usually has a revised brillant-cut, the heart shape diamond may look smaller than it really is becuase of itscompact shape. Most heart shape diamonds sold are pendants.

THE FOUR Cs Clarity Carat The diamond’s height and weight. Inclusions are little black spots in diamond when the stone is formed. Less inclusions equal a higher sparkle. Color A diamond’s transperancy is meaFl: Flawless; this is a diamond with not sured in a scale that beings with a single inclusion, these stones are the alphabet letter D. Ratings D, E, and F are all colorless. A rating extremely rare. of D is the most expensive and as the letter grading decreases so the VVS: very, very slightly included; inclusions that are hard to spot under color value. 30x magnification

VS: very slightly included; these diamonds have very few inclusions that cannot be seen by the naked eye but may be seen under 30x magnification with a trained eye.

I: inclusions that are easily seen with the naked eye

Cut The shape and cut of the diamond. There are many shapes of diamonds. A few are shown above, but there are several other SI- slightly included; these diamonds have inclusions that you may or may not shapes to consider when purchasing jewelry. see with the naked eye but can spot them under 10x magnification.

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Pratt’ much more than great barbeque Pratt’s Catering is proud to be the most experienced caterer in the business. With over 12,000 parties and weddings on the resume since 1979, Tom Pratt and company know how to do it right. The knowledgeable staff with over 100 years of combined experience provides professional service that will make any bride sigh with relief. Pratt’s aims to take all the worry and stress out of catering from the initial visit to the big day, after all a Bride already has enough things to think about. Much more than great barbeque, Pratt’s specializes in beautiful wedding hors d’oeuvres receptions along with fabulous decorations to truly make your wedding special. Custom catering is the goal we strive to deliver and paying personal attention to every detail is our top priority. We treat each and every wedding like the special event that it is to ensure you receive the most fabulous food and service we have to offer. Pratt’s has catered more weddings than anyone else in the region, simply because of our reputation. The friendly staff, affordability, and attention to detail are what earned us such prominence in the wedding industry. We also offer many more services than the normal caterer. Our additional services include cake cutting, so everyone can enjoy the party; weddings to go, for those who take pride in helping themselves; advice for choosing other vendors at no charge, because we understand how hard it is to know where to begin; and tastings so you can choose the perfect food. We also offer a multi catering discount when you let us cater both your rehearsal and wedding.

From the most beautiful upscale setup to simple elegance, Pratt’s can plan and deliver it all. No group is too large or small for our professional staff. We have the perfect food for every budget and are certain we will exceed your expectations. Let us show you how we can customize your Wedding so it will be one everyone will talk about and remember.

Here’s what some of our clients have to say... “Your catering is top notch! We loved everything. Most of all, your staff was so helpful and put me at a peace of mind during the planning. They went beyond what I expected.” “You were all wonderful to work with-from the initial planning through the final moments. We have heard so many compliments about the food and the service. We could not be more pleased.” “The food was great and the presentation was awesome. We have no doubt that we made the right pick with Pratt’s.” “There will never be words to describe the setup and quality of the food you provided for our wedding reception. We received countless compliments from our guests. Although we knew we had booked THE BEST, our own expectations were completely surpassed!” “We found no caterer who communicates more clearly, responds more quickly, provides better guidance, cares more for details, and provides better food and services. The personal attention you took in the wedding reception meant so much to all of us. You treated our daughter’s wedding as if it was your own.” “Thank you so much for all you did for us. The food was awesome and the decorations were so beautiful! We couldn’t have imagined it any better.”



The Wedding Seating Chart Do I Need A Seating Chart? If you have a small, informal reception, you may not feel you need a plan. However for larger numbers, or a sit down meal, both you and your guests may benefit from a seating chart. Guests are saved from a mad panic of trying to find a seat on a table with their friends/family and you can place people where they’ll be happiest! The wedding meal may last for 2-3 hours and is a significant part of the day. If your guests are sitting with people they get along with, it will make a big difference to their overall enjoyment of the day.

There are many options for the seating plan: · No plan at all – best for stand up buffets or small and informal events. · Assign guests to tables – you allocate guests to tables but the choice of seat is theirs.

If you remember only one thing…do what you think would make you and your guests most comfortable.

· Assign guests to seats – you specify the seats at which each guest will sit.

The Head Table Dilemma While the traditional head table (Bride and Groom seated at a long table flanked by the wedding party) is still favored by most, alternatives are often being used. The traditional layout is as follows:



Best Man



Maid of Honor



There are alternative arrangements – such as including parents/godparents or clergy on the table. Or you might want to include partners of the bridal party. Alternatively, you may want to avoid the top table altogether and have a romantic table for two.

Top Tips for Other Tables 1. Seating tables with just one family group will let them relax, but won’t do much to encourage mingling. However, a table where no one knows anyone else might be a bit daunting for most people! Try and arrange a mix on each table – so everyone knows a few people. By thinking about guests’ ages and interests you can make sure that each table is likely to get on and have fun! 2. Where to sit singles can also create a dilemma. On one hand you might want to try out a little match making, but on the other, this could be rather uncomfortable and awkward for your guests (it might be very obvious too!). Certainly avoid a ‘singles’ table but generally do whatever you feel is best for your guests.


3. If you are using round tables, the general etiquette is to seat males and females alternately around the table. If you are using long tables, seat couples opposite one another and then alternate male/females along the table. 4. The tables closest to the Bride and Groom should be reserved for the closest friends and family. 5. Give each table a name or number. Table names could be themed - for example people, objects or places that are relevant to you as a couple. Names also remove the perceived hierarchy of tables. You should create a name card for each table (your venue may do this for

you) so that guests can easily find their table. 6. If you are assigning guests to specific seats you should create name place cards. These could also show menu choices (if you are offering them) or indicate vegetarians. The waiting staff will really appreciate this and it will allow them to give a more seamless service. You should also give a paper copy of your plan to the venue so that they can see where people are seated.

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The 28th Annual Tri-Cities Bridal Show was presented on January 13 at the D.P. Culp Center located on the ETSU campus in Johnson City. The show is the oldest and largest wedding event in the Tri-Cities. Wedding professionals were available to take care of the brides needs along with amazing deals from vendors. Door prizes were given to lucky guests as well as two-dream cruise honeymoon from Cruise Planners and Summit Travel, a new car from Grindstaff Cars, and a $4500 wedding package from Bel Rae Ballroom. The mission of all the fantastic vendors was to assist brides and grooms in creating the wedding of their dreams. There were mannequin models throughout the show displaying the latest ladies and men’s wedding day fashions. Three runway style fashion shows were also presented through out the day showcasing beautiful wedding fashion. Vendors represented were: Celebrate Rentals, The Wedding Boss, Cruise Planners, Summit Travel, DJ Alan Dodson, DJ Robbie Britton, A Sharp Entertainment, Rae of Light Photography Works, Misty’s Florist, Pratt’s Catering, Men’s Wearhouse (MW Tux), Bel Rae Ballroom, The Venue at King Center, Maple Lane Farm, Jean Moree Photography, Lalonde’s Bridal Boutique, Studio Blue Ridge, Simplicity Gourmet, BC Spa, Cable Photography, Princess Diaries, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites-Bristol, TN, Team Beach Body Coaches, Tracy’s Treats, Harp Strings, Slumber Parties by Rachel, Meadowview Convention Center, Jim Goodwin Photography, Advanced Photography, Mr. Picture Booth, La Petite Sweets, A Thousand Words Photography, ARAMARK Catering, TN/VA Bridal Gifts, Rejuva Laser Skin Center, Rodan & Fields, Towncraft Marketing, Bella Bridal Network, Herbert Lee Jones Photography, Mary Kay, 2 Flowers Photography, Cake Art, Blue Ridge Studios, Video Wedding Invitation, and Grindstaff Cars.

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home at night, or when you honey calls in the middle of the day, stop, take a breath, smile, and say “Hello, sweetheart. How are you?” before launching into whatever daily business or complaints you have. Start every interchange on a basis of affection and kindness.

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control is yourself. You can’t change your spouse, especially by yelling or screaming. However, this doesn’t mean letting small resentments simmer. Deal with them before they become big deals. If your spouse does anything that upsets you, talk about it. If he or she can understand why you are upset, and you can understand why your partner does what he/she does, both parties stand a chance of finding that happy medium.

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From the regal grand staircase, where a bride can greet her guests and feel as if she has truly stepped back in time, to the formal dining room, an affordable opulence abounds. Featuring classical Georgian architecture, the antebellum mansion, better known as the jewel of Kingsport, immediately transports reception guests to a more genteel time. It is Facing picturesque Bays Mountain, Allan- estimated that 95 percent of the artwork, dale Mansion in Kingsport, Tennessee, exquisite antiques, and fine Persian carsits beneath a canopy of trees hugged pets are actually original to the home. by boxwoods on 25 acres of grandeur. However, an Allandale wedding reception Reflecting the exquisite opulence of a by- is certainly not limited to the mansion gone era, whether the wedding reception alone. With a large party on the grounds, is a large, formal affair or a casual, more guests can mingle in the mansion and intimate gathering, the Allandale ambidance the night away by renting and ence is quite simply unrivaled. erecting an adjacent outside tent. Originally the home of Harvey and Ruth Brooks, Allandale Mansion was gifted to the City of Kingsport upon his death in 1969. One of the conditions of Brooks’ will was that Allandale "shall be open to the public and held for public use and benefit." In 1983, the city government supported a group of citizens in their efforts to renovate the facilities and develop the usage of the facility. While affordably providing the “picture perfect” setting for a wedding reception to remember, for nearly 30 years, brides have graced Allandale Mansion for their special day. Steeped in Southern charm and tradition, which is surrounded by a combination of European elegance, Allandale Mansion presents an essence of historical entertaining.

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Precious metals for your precious man

Wrapped Around His Finger YELLOW GOLD

Pure Gold (24K) is yellow and has many unique elements… but is too soft for wedding bands. To make it stronger, pure Gold is typically mixed with Nickel and Copper. The number listed before the “K” denotes the parts (out of 24) that are still Gold. 18 carat (18K), 14K, and 10K are the three best carats of Gold for wedding rings. 14K Gold is the most ideal, because it won’t tarnish as fast as 10K Gold and it’s not as expensive as 18K (the higher the carat, the higher the cost). When mixed with other metals, it can be altered to these colors: white, red, green and rose.


White Gold is man-made from mixing Yellow Gold and various white metals like Zinc, Palladium and Nickel. It has a natural yellow tint, so the whiteness is then enhanced/coated with another metal called Rhodium. Rhodium itself is very white, reflective, extremely hard and virtually tarnish free. Most jewelers can reapply the Rhodium-platting, as desired, for a small fee.


Red Gold is man-made from mixing Yellow Gold with various metals, including a larger amount of Copper. The more Copper added, the redder it will look.


Although the first Platinum processing techniques date back to Ancient Egypt (700 BC), it wasn’t widely used until the 18th century. From 1901-1940, Platinum was the metal of choice until World War II. Due to governmental needs, Platinum was restricted from use in jewelry, and White Gold became the new white metal of choice. By the late 80’s, after its removal from the restricted metals list, Platinum began to regain popularity in fine jewelry. The highest level of purity available in Platinum bands is 95% Platinum and 5% Ruthenium. This particular combination is generally referred to as PLAT or PT950. This indicates the level of purity as required by the FTC (“Plat.” or “Pt.” for Platinum & “950” for the parts per thousand). The addition of Ruthenium also makes it more durable than rings made with Iridium or Cobalt. 38


With tungsten rings, you have a precious metal that can withstand the worldly elements as well as wear and tear. It definitely outlasts its counterpart in many factors. First, here is a little more about tungsten rings. They are made of a metal that is hard and dense, and doesn’t melt until reaching temperatures as high as 6,100 degrees Fahrenheit; you should know that this is the highest melting point when it comes to all metals. Tungsten rings are much harder than steel – five times harder to be exact. They are tough and can withstand a lot; only special tools used by paramedics in emergencies can cut the metal. If you decide to go with tungsten rings, you won’t have to worry about the bling effect going away or scratches and scuffs messing up your iced out gear. Many people have seen their shiny tungsten rings last for years on end. When buying tungsten rings, make sure that it contains carbide, this is what makes it scratch proof.


Under carefully controlled manufacturing conditions, Tungsten’s naturally grayish color can be permanently changed to a rich and luxurious black. The interior is also given a black coat, except for a very thin line used for metal identification. This process also improves resistance to typical wear.


This common metal is very lightweight, and has a gun-metal gray color like Stainless Steel. The highest quality is Aircraft Grade (6AL/4V) Titanium. Although Titanium is a very hard and durable metal, it can be scratched by abrasive materials like rocks, sandpaper and even Steel tools and utensils. Still, with a little polishing from a jeweler, it should look as good as new. Although a Titanium ring can be cut off, re-sizing these rings is nearly impossible due to its strength and durability. Titanium is also very safe and should not irritate or discolor skin.


Using a special Titanium Alloy, the surface color can be permanently changed to a rich and luxurious black. This style of Titanium (Black-Ti) should come with a guarantee to stay black forever.


Known as a low cost metal, Stainless Steel was first used for watches before it was made into rings. It is very durable. If surgical grade steel is used, you should be safe from discolored or tarnished skin. It also continues to look good with very little maintenance.


This was first used for jewelry when it was declared a strategic metal, and reserved for military use in 1939. Palladium is popular because it’s incredibly durable, won’t irritate the skin, virtually tarnish-proof, more scarce than Gold, whiter than White Gold (never needs to be Rhodium-Plated) and is as white as Platinum but costs and weighs a lot less. It’s equally as rare as Platinum, and the two are mined together in fewer than a half-dozen regions around the world.


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Groom’s Check List: Nine+ Months Before

Six+ Months Before • Research-have your questions prepared for: Officiant, DJ/Band, Photographer, Transportation,Videographer • Book the ones that best suit you • Honeymoon - Research destinations with your wife-to-be • Book your transportation and your accommodations

Three+ Months Before • Formal Wear - Choose your tux or suit style • Purchase your suit or tux & accessories (cuff links etc.) • Make sure all my groomsmen have their attire • Marriage Education - Sign up for some form of relationship preparation (Premarital Counseling) • My Ring - Research style & metal options (page 36) • Special Songs - Find 3 song options for the first dance • Select a song for your mother/son dance • Select a song for the garter toss • Speaking - Consider writing your own vows • Prepare a reception speech to honor your bride & thank your guests • Rehearsal Dinner - Research location options near your ceremony site (if not at the ceremony site) • Book a Wedding Night Room • Prepare some romantic touches

One+ Month Before • Marriage License - Get all the necessary paperwork Fill out & send in the required documents • Vacation request from work • Add your wife to your policy • Groomsmen Gifts - Purchase their gifts • Bachelor Party - Give your best man some ideas • Bride’s Gift - Purchase something simple and romantic • Grooming - Get a haircut (4-5 days before the wedding) 42

Remember to plan at least one last date as an unmarried couple. Go all out!

Bring these items: -A list of family, wedding party and vendor phone numbers for the best man -All wedding attire (Make a list so you don’t forget something) -A red rose (for your bride) -A wedding card (for your bride) -A written copy of your vows (if applicable) -Bride’s engagement ring and wedding band -Emergency Items (your best man should pack these for you) -Entertainment for your groomsmen while you wait for the ceremony to start -Envelopes with final vendor payments (if applicable) -First Night Items -Gum/breath mints -Hotel reservation information (if applicable) -Lint roller -Luggage -Marriage license -Money/travelers checks (if applicable) -Plane/travel tickets (if applicable) -Spare shirt for the reception (in case you get sweaty during the ceremony)

Pre-Ceremony • Be ready for pictures • Have transportation plans for after the wedding • Prepare and present the gifts to your bride • Write in the wedding card, and have your best man deliver it to your bride, along with the red rose, about an hour or two before she walks down the aisle • If you wrote your own vows, make sure your Officiant has a copy of them (and your bride’s) to bring to the wedding • Designate at least one groomsman as the point person for vendor questions

Ceremony • Have a fun/unique entrance. • Hold her hand at the alter. • This is a great way to be close and show your love. • Look her in the eyes as often as possible. • This will add so much power and meaning to the moment. • Don’t lock your knees. • Falling is not something you want to do. • Really enunciate when you speak. This way all the guests sitting behind you (especially the older ones) can hear what you’re saying. • Put the ring on her left hand (the actual finger next to her pinky). • Don’t second guess yourself if you see/feel the engagement ring on her other hand. The wedding ring is meant to go on first (closest to the heart). Your bride will put the engagement ring on the appropriate finger later when no one is looking. You don’t want to get this wrong… trust me.

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• Guests - Compile my list of family & friends • Expenses - Assign a budget for each of your expenses • My Guys - Select my best man, groomsmen & ushers • Venue - Find 3 possible locations

Wedding Day

Special flowers for your special day Floral arrangements are beautiful accent at any event, especially weddings. It seems that flowers make the perfect touch this one-in-a-life-time occasion. The history of arranging flowers is derived from many cultures. The first discovered formal flower arranging of bouquets in center pieces originates from Egypt as early as 2500 B.C.E. The lotus flower, which is considered sacred by ancient Egyptian culture, was used in most of the found arrangements. Other cultures, around the world, regard plants in many ways. In ancient China, 207 B.C.E., Monks were well versed in flower arranging. Plants and flowers were used in certain rituals and ceremonies. Chinese Monks believed the use of flowers should be used sparingly because all life is sacred even plant life. The monks shared their knowledge about flowers and plants with Japanese Monks who began flower arranging in their country. These were not the only ones using plants in everyday life.

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Greeks and Romans used herbs, plants, and flowers for garlands and wreaths. These were worn to embellish the body. Also, flowers were also tossed on the ground before walking. In most traditional western weddings, a flower girl will toss petals on the floor before the bride walks down the isle. Europe was next in taking this art form to the next level. Prosperous families would have their homes decorated in the 1700s. Examples can been seen in Dutch paintings. Floral organizing has its place in history in every culture. By looking at the photographs, one can see that flower arranging is an art-form that completes even the smallest of weddings.


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"Stacie and Randy Carroll made our wedding spectacular! The services they provided were what made our wedding into the fantasy wedding of our dreams. Not only was the music perfect, the games and many extras they included had our guests’ full attention the entire evening. They also made sure that the ceremony flowed smoothly and that everything was timed perfectly. Everyone said that it was the best wedding that they had ever been to! Stacie and Randy are the utmost professionals but also so pleasant to work with and fun that I would recommend them to anyone. I'm very thankful that we chose to have them dj our wedding." -Tamara Chafin, Bride ~ 9-15-12

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Traditionally, after the engagement is announced, the groom’s parents reach out to arrange a get-together, but there’s no need to stand on ceremony. Often the bride and groom will invite both sets of parents to a dinner to meet and discuss initial thinking about the wedding plans.


It can only cause friction for you and potential stress for the kids. You both should be in it for them.


These days, no matter who is paying, “the bride and groom are the captains of the team, and they’ll say what happens and when,” says Sharon Naylor, author of Mother of the Groom (Citadel Press, $16) and The Mother-of-the-Bride Book (Citadel Press, $16). Too much input from you can cause them a lot of stress when you should be trying to be their support system.


If there are elements you’d love the wedding to have―a certain ethnic tradition, a mother-son dance―choose the most important one (or few) and present it as a request.


“Tell the couple, ‘Here are some of the things I might be able to help with―just tell me what you want,’” says Naylor. “That will often get you invited in to help more than if you try to bulldoze them.”


“Make sure that what you volunteer to help with is realistic,” she says. “Especially on the weekend of the wedding, with family in town, you may not want to be stuck ironing tablecloths for a big party you offered to host.” And you don’t want to cause panic when someone has to be recruited at the last minute to fill in for you.



Custom says once she has chosen hers, she lets the mother of the groom know the color, length, and style so she can choose a complementary dress (keep the wedding photos in mind). Both moms should stay away from whites and the colors of the bridal party.


Don’t start calling relatives as soon as the engagement is announced. To avoid an etiquette gaffe, wait until the guest list is finalized and you know how many people on your side can be accommodated.


“If you’re not crazy about some person or some element of the wedding, keep it to yourself,” says Naylor. “Otherwise, that gossip will inevitably end up floating around at the wedding, and it could cast a shadow on the couple’s big day.”


If you’ve paid for a part of the wedding or honeymoon, consider presenting them with something sentimental, like a family heirloom. Or, from the registry you might choose a pie plate your son or daughter will use at every holiday and think of you. This is a way to say, ‘We welcome you into the family,’ and reflect that there’s life after the wedding.

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Rules of Wedding Etiquette I would like to review several rules of etiquette prior to the next wedding you attend: 1. Never ask a woman when she is due unless she just informed you she is pregnant. 2. Never answer if a woman asks how old you think she is. 3. When you see a woman in public with a child, never tell her she has a cute grandbaby unless you have certain knowledge that she is not the mother. Regarding rule number 3, weddings are a time to celebrate the union of two people in love.

Never answer if a woman asks how old you think she is.

They are also a time to see who is “holding up well” and who is not. Several generations are represented at weddings: The children, running around and full of wedding cake. The young adults, celebrating their friend’s special day. The parents, calculating the bills and encouraging their remaining single children to elope. Lastly, the wise, all knowing grandparents who hold their tongues while the young couple recite vows, knowing that the bride and groom have no idea what they are getting into. Within this social melting pot, we try to find our place. I speak now to the importance of behaving and looking “age appropriate.” It goes without saying that the parent’s generation should not be drinking shots with the young adults, nor should they attempt dance moves that could tear clothing or cartilage.

to be mistaken for the grandparents. Perhaps more unfortunate is the parent who has had too much “work “done, trying to be mistaken for a sibling of the bride or groom. The goal of facial surgery should be a natural, refreshed look. At Accents Facial Plastic Surgery, my goal is to provide such results. Several components of care go into this process:

-Listening to your concerns and getting to know you so I can understand your wishes. -Discussing a treatment plan tailored to your desires and having a clear understanding of reasonable expectations. Recovery time, anNever ask a ticipated results, and finances are all woman when in this discussion. she is due unless considered -Understanding that cosmetic surgery she just informed is a process rather than a procedure.

you she is pregnant.

While I will not review rules of conduct, I do have some thoughts regarding appearance. The issue of cosmetic surgery inevitably arises at this point, and I would like to share my philosophy on this matter. As someone who performs cosmetic facial surgery, my goal, and hopefully yours, is to help you look great for your age. Using the example above, the parents do not want

My goal is to provide the surgical, post-surgical, and personal care needed to make this process satisfying and rewarding to the patient.

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YOU MIGHT BE A Mom & Dad Are Eating More Ramen Noodles than a Kid in College. You have just announced you are getting married and your folks are footing the bill. Good for you! Just remember to budget their hard earned cash just as you would if it were yours. This should be a happy experience for all people involved, so to ensure everyone is on the same page, sit down, discuss a wedding budget that won’t empty their 401K account, and STICK TO IT.

You Find Yourself Waking Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed...

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You are calling, but no one is answering. You may have overstepped the boundaries of friendship with all the demands and unwarranted diva-like attitude. Not even the best of friends can survive the bridezilla. Remind yourself they are there to help you however, they aren’t your personal slaves.

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You are angry. Period. Your bridesmaids disgust you and you are secretly considering new ones. Your fiance can’t do anything right, even the roses he sent to lighten your mood were the wrong color. STOP. Smell the roses. You are planning for the happiest day in your life, don’t make everyone miserable in the process. Ask for help to alleviate some of the stress you may be experiencing.

Your Gift Registry is Equal to the Cost of a Small Mansion Unless your last name is Rockefeller, be considerate of your guests. Think about what you actually need and use on a regular basis. Family and close friends will probably want to shell out a few bills on you, but the majority of guests want to keep the gift close to $100. Wedding Gifts are a physical symbol of best wishes to the start of your life start together. Remember it’s the thought that counts.

Glamour Shots??

Last I checked, glamour shots were out and reality was in. Use this logic when preparing for your wedding photos. Yes, it is your special day, but that is no excuse to leave family and friends out of your wedding photos just because they exceeded the weight specifications you e-mailed out six months ago or didn’t go for weekly facials two months prior. Include all your family and friends. These are your wedding photographs, they should showcase all those who came to show you love and support.


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Set a budget straight from the beginning and be open with your cake decorator. It will make the process much easier and smoother for both parties.


When meeting your cake decorator for the first time, bring as much information as possible; theme of the wedding, colour of your dress, bridesmaid dress and inspiration from the room and flowers. It will make the selection easier.



Think twice about ordering a novelty wedding cake. I know they can be fun and quirky, but remember, you will have to look at those pictures for the rest of your life.


Good on you to try to make your own wedding cake but remember the magic word is practice, practice, and practice even more to avoid any stress and disappointment.


It doesn't have to be a traditional fruit or sponge cake. Be inspired; go for chocolate, red velvet or carrot cake and mix the Before accepting an offer from a friend or family member layers. Make sure you taste them. Reme- to make your wedding cake, ask to see their work and ber it must taste as good as it looks. taste the cakes. Be honest with them, without offending them, instead of feeling sorry on your big day.





Before confirming your order, find out who will deliver your cake on the day and more importantly who will set it up. Too many brides forget about this.

Why not save money and let your guests enjoy your delicious cake by serving it as a dessert, instead of waiting till late in the evening when people are too busy partying.


Too often forgotten, you must make sure you display and light your wedding cake where your guests can see it in its full glory.

If you're planning to keep your top tier of your wedding cake for a christening or anniversary, make sure it's a fruit cake inside. The best way to keep it is to freeze it. Your cake decorator should be able to re-ice it for you for the new occasion.

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The sooner the better. Your travel agent wants to make your honeymoon perfect, so they’ll work as long it takes to achieve that. Planning ahead allows time to budget accordingly and get the necessary documents together.


Yes, Seychelles, Maldives and Fiji are amazing honeymoon destinations, but not if you have only one week for your honeymoon. Picking an exotic location is ideal if you have enough travel time and don’t mind long flights. Some locations require over a day’s traveling time and you will need to adjust to a time difference.


Airline fares play a significant role when planning your budget. If you are a frequent traveler, save your mileage and try to use your accumulated mile points. Many credit cards also offer airline mileage awards that may assist you as well.


If you are getting married on a Saturday, you may want to rethink traveling the next day, especially when traveling to the Caribbean as most flights leave in the morning. Also, the month that you marry may affect

Discuss with your fiancé exactly what is most important for you to experience while on your honeymoon: Adventure, relaxation, touring, a little of everything? Communication is the key! Once you have a general idea, discuss with your travel agent and they will be able to provide options of where to go and stay.

5. WHAT KIND OF RESORT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? ALL-INCLUSIVE? WOULD YOU LIKE ADULT-ONLY? Many resorts offer all-inclusive options, allowing you to know ahead of time exactly how much you are going to spend. Some resorts go one step further and include excursions or catamaran sailings with their all-inclusive packages. Adult-only resorts are a great choice for your honeymoon. Some family oriented resorts may also offer an adults-only section. If you choose a hotel that isn’t all-inclusive and you’re on a tight budget, many resorts have menus on their website so you can get a general idea of what you might spend on meals.


Many resorts offer amazing honeymoon packages that can be purchased for a certain amount or are complimentary when booking a certain room category with minimum nights. The packages can include a romantic dinner on the beach, complimentary massages, breakfast in bed, free anniversary stays and many more. Your travel agent will be able to advise you on packages as well as price points and room categories that could include such benefits.


Most tour companies that travel agents utilize only require a minimum deposit with final payment, usually due 45 days prior to departure. Ask your travel agent about payment plans should you need one. Airlines dictate the rules for the payment of airline tickets. Most require full payment within 24 hours of making the reservation.


Some destinations do require Visas; your travel professional will be able to advise you of that requirement and assist in obtaining them. Also important is what type of passport you are traveling under, as many countries now require passports valid 6 months after entering country. If you’re traveling to an exotic destination, it’s best to confirm with your doctor if they suggest vaccinations for travel in those regions.


There are hundreds of circumstances that could cause you to cancel your trip, return home early or force you to seek emergency medical treatment while traveling. Travel Insurance provides protection for your travel investment in case an unfortunate situation arises, such as sickness, bad weather, or civil unrest at your planned destination; just to name a few that one may find themselves in when they plan to travel domestically or abroad. Some health plans, Medicare and Medicare supplements may offer little or no medical coverage outside the United States. Cruise evacuations can be costly and may cost over $100,000. This could be financially devastating for many travelers. Travel insurance also provides the peace of mind that you are not alone when you are really in need.



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Farewell to


Longtime WCYB anchorman, Johnny Wood co-anchored his final newscast live from the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol on Friday, December 21. The center was filled with well-wishers that have admired and watched Johnny on their television sets for many years. Johnny spent 44 years on the air with WCYB and will be missed immensely not only by co-workers but the public as a whole. WCYB and the City of Bristol even named the road between the WCYB’s and the Bristol Train Station, “Johnny Wood Way.” The “Farewell to Johnny” broadcast featured a walk down memory lane of the many years of Johnny’s career with WCYB. He got his start on the radio station at ETSU, which led him to his first job as the night man on WOPI. In March of 1968, he began his long reign with WCYB as the “sports guy.” In 1979, he took the anchorman’s position on WCYB’s morning newscast at 6:30 a.m. He struck gold when he began “Johnny’s fishing


Report.” Johnny has been a fishing enthusiast ever since he made his childhood play ground, the Holston River. Next to his wife, son, and three grandchildren, fishing may be his next greatest love. Viewers love Johnny, and he loves them. He has been an icon for many, many years and will be greatly missed by his news followers and his co-workers. He has been a friend and just an all around “guy next door,” to many in the Tri-Cities. Everyone at VIPSEEN will miss you Johnny, we wish you all of the best in your retirement. Hope you catch “the big one,” just make sure you get a picture! For more information, visit Photography by: Earl Neikirk/Bristol Herald Courier | Story by: Rita Dykeses




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So is that what led you to Second Harvest?



has had a passion for feeding people since she was young, this passion has helped shaped her life. Being a wife, mother, and community ambassador always keeps her on her toes, and she loves every minute of it.

It is, I have always loved helping people. Back in 1992 when my daughter was two I needed some time off. So when I began working again early in 1993 it was with Second Harvest. It just fit, it felt right. When I learned more about what position was open and about the staff and board, I knew it was where I wanted to focus my energy and talent.

What was your first job at Second Harvest?

I was hired as the Executive Director. Then the organization was small, we were located in Elizabethton. The poverty level was much less than it is now. As the food bank has grown though so has the hunger and the poverty level. We have really branched out to meet the needs. There have been key staff and Board Members who have been involved in the growth of the operation.

What does your daughter think about what you do?

Well, she is 22 years old and a senior in college and she got married in October. It is very interesting that she has focused her efforts in the same field. She is majoring in nutrition, and I had no idea. She has been involved with the food bank for as long as she can remember so I feel like that has influenced her a lot. She has volunteered her time working with our kid programs to help teach them about nutrition. She is passionate about nutrition just as I am about feeding people.

Other than tremendously growing, how has Second Harvest changed and improved since you began in 1993? We have grown from a budget of about $200,000 to 2.8 million dollars. This is because we have needed to start new programs, expand our services, meet the growing needs, and purchase food that is not donated. Half of our budget is for purchasing food. A lot of our growth is to make sure we are serving all we can and that needs don’t go unmet.

How do you allocate the food?

Where are you from and where did you go to school?

We have 200 food pantries and soup kitchens that we work with in the region. They really depend on us for 100% of their food needs. So if we don’t have it potentially someone in need could go without.

I am local, I grew up in Bristol. I have stayed here my whole life other than living in Abington for a few years after I got married. This is home; my roots are deep here with family and friends. I even stayed in the area to go to college. I went to Virginia Intermont.

What is your degree from VI?

I have a degree in Business Administration. I worked while I was in college, it was very important to me to work through school. I worked at KVAT Foods Inc; it was actually my first job. That is how I learned about the food bank. We had donated and worked with them on a few projects. I was interested and wanted to learn more about the food bank. I have always wanted to give back, even in high school I was in programs for helping families. Working with food and people in need has always been a lifelong passion.



What special events does Second Harvest hold to raise money and fund these wonderful programs?

Our two main events are our Annual Golf Tournament coming up April 29. Many golfers from the region support our tournament every year. Our Farmer and the Chef event is planned for September 13. In this event we partner local farmers with local chefs for an evening of culinary excellence as well as a silent and live auction. One thing we’ve loved being involved in is the Drive to End Hunger, a NASCAR sponsorship that allows us to team up with racing and raise food and funds locally. We do many other things throughout the year and we embrace every opportunity we can. From our involvement with Drive to End hunger to being featured in an NPR radio story, we take every chance to create awareness and raise money for the organization.

What is the difference in Feeding America and Second Harvest?

Feeding America is our national organization formally Second Harvest, the program is the same but the name has changed. We have made the decision not to change our name just yet. We changed it to Second Harvest in 1991 and have had much success with that. We still are a part of Feeding America and have switched to their logo, we just feel keeping our name keeps us local and in tune with the community.

Other than the soup kitchen and pantries, what other programs does Second Harvest have?

We operate a mobile food pantry and have a mobile unit that distributes food. We are one of 5 food banks in Tennessee and one of 200 in the Feeding America Food Bank Network in the country. A lot of people in our region still don’t realize the size of our bank and the area we cover. One of the reasons I love my job is due to our talented staff. The staff work very hard to secure grants like American Idol Gives Back. Funding was allocated through Feeding America and the show donated funding for 10 mobile food trucks throughout the nation. Second Harvest received one of those ten. We distribute about 100,000 pounds of food to 35 different sites on a monthly basis with that truck. We are going into rural sites of unmet need and “food deserts” and dispersing food. The truck is always on the move. We have our food for kids program; it is where we provide a bag of food for children every two weeks. We are in 135 schools serving over 4,300 children. It operates throughout the school year with the help of the school systems. We started it about ten years ago because we began to get calls from councilors asking us what they should do about hungry children.

Is this job ever emotionally difficult?

You know, it is especially when you go out and see the faces of hunger. We encourage our staff and volunteers to go out and distribute with the mobile food bank. There have been some instances with the elderly where they come up crying because they are so grateful for us. They truly did not know where their next meal was coming from because they are living off of social security and trying to make ends meet. We love to take volunteers out with us to get to know these people and to see their struggle.

When do you believe the need is at its highest?

We believe it is in the summer, not during the holidays. When there are approx 30,000 kids in our region who are eating free and reduced lunch during the school year, most times these kids don’t have anything to eat when they are not in school. We’ve got to get out and do more during the summer months, and that is when there are no food drives and donations. We helped about 1,500 kids this summer and we know there is more and sincerely want to help.

Are in need of volunteers?

We are always in need of volunteers. Last year we had over 10,000 volunteer hours which is a huge number. If I can do anything I want to be an ambassador out in the community to be able to let everyone know what we do on a day to day basis. We try to get key people in the community to become aware and get involved. Can you imagine what it would do for our organization? We have some incredible people that volunteer every month. We want to know what everyone thinks because after all, this is the community’s organization so we try to keep everyone involved.

What counties do you serve?

We serve all eight counties of Northeast Tennessee starting with Hawkins and Greene, back up to the North Carolina Virginia border.

How has your role in your career since 1993 affected your role at home as a wife and a mother?

It has affected our lives a lot. When I first came to the food bank, I was a young mother trying to figure out if I wanted to stay with Second Harvest, and if I wanted to have any more children. There was never a good time for another child so I think of the food bank as my second child. I am thankful to have such a supportive husband because there have been many stressful times, from getting in new 66

Do you ever see yourself doing anything other than this?

Well, you know I love what I am doing here and as long as I am meeting the goals and vision of the food bank, I hope to stay until I am ready to retire. I still think that empowering young people and get them to give back is key. If I can be a community volunteer to get young people engaged in the food bank then I meet a personal goal. We are doing that in high schools through food drives.

When you’re not working to feed East Tennessee, what do you do to relax and unwind? buildings to adding new programs. This career has definitely changed me professionally and personally. My husband has really believed and supported me because he is personally involved with hunger as well. He is a school teacher and sees the hungry kids and what we are able to do to help them.

Your career has been both rewarding and heartbreaking at the same time, how do you do it?

It is very much both of those things, but you know, I love the work. It is not about me, there are so many talented people who love it just as much as I do. We don’t have much turnover on our staff and I am grateful for that. They really make a difference and make it a team effort. These people believe in making a difference and along with our board members and volunteers we can and we do.

What is the best part of being the Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank?

What would you say is the best part of being the Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank? Wow, where to start. It is knowing that we are making a difference and the time I put into this is really well spent. Knowing that if I have to put in extra time it is so someone will be fed. I put time into going to afterhours gatherings so I can spread the word of the food bank. The same goes with the staff, we are always informing people about what we do. So many people have no idea how chronic our hunger problem is. Right here in Northeast Tennessee 1 in 4 people are hungry; over 100,000 people in 8 counties are in poverty. If everyone stopped to listen to that I know everyone would want to make a difference, and they do.

There have been a lot of changes in my life since our daughter left. She was really involved in 4H and so for about 10 years we were helping her show sheep. It was good wholesome family time. So since she has gone we have gotten to slow down. I love horses and we have a few as pets, we used to ride them when they were younger. We love water so we go fishing and take boat rides. We love to drive through the mountains and on the Blue Ridge Parkway with the top down in my VW bug.

What is one thing on your bucket list?

One thing that my husband and I want to do is take a long drive on highway 1 from San Diego all the way to Seattle. One of these days we hope to do that. That is the one bucket item that is reasonable and that we will be able to accomplish.

Last but certainly not least, how can people help?

Everybody can do something. They may not have the financial resources so they can give their time. They may have the financial resources and we hope they will share and donate. They may want to do both. Even being an ambassador and informing people about Second Harvest and what we can do with a dollar (provide 4 meals) is a large help. If everyone could get involved in hunger relief and believe it is real and it is not just people who don’t want to work. That is not the face of hunger in Northeast Tennessee, it is children and the elderly and that is who we serve.

Over the past 20 years what is one of your favorite memories?

I think just branching out and being able to feed more people is a great memory. Moving to a bigger facility is one of the best because we knew then we would be able to bring in more food and expand our programs. One of my favorite things is food rescue. This is where we go to places such as the race track and transfer food from their kitchen to ours. It is a very rewarding experience to know we have rescued a tractor trailer of food that was just going to be thrown away. It is hard work but being able to see the agencies and how happy they are to help is a great feeling. Then taking the food to the elderly lady who is crying with joy makes everything worth it. It is awesome work because you know that you have made a difference. That is when it really touches home, feeding people is what makes me excited.





Dawn of the Dough Pie Wars III: Dawn of the Dough, took place January 20th in downtown Johnson City at The Charles. Pizza connoisseurs came out

and donated some of their hard earned ‘dough’ to support CASA of Northeast Tennessee.

CASA NETN is a nonprofit, community based, volunteer service organization. They work hand in hand with the juvenile courts in

Johnson City, Washington, Greene, and Unicoi Counties.What this actually means is caring, dedicated volunteers acting on behalf of abused and neglected children who must depend on the juvenile

courts to ensure that they will have a safe, stable, and caring home. There are children at risk in our community who very much need

CASA’s special support and advocacy. Grants and Tennessee State funding are just not sufficient to sustain their work, or to allow them to expand their capacity to meet a growing demand.

Young Professionals of the Tri-Cities did an excellent job hosting a head to head competition, and with ten entries this year there was

lots of taste-testing going on! The Little City Roller Girls, Big Daddy Voodoo and Man vs. Pizza were all part of the event entertainment this year. The Charles hosted the contest and what entertaining

hosts they were! DJ Shorty Tripp kept the crowd on their feet and

the calories down by spinning their favorite jams! After all the pizza

was gone and the votes had been counted, Pizza N Gyro Italian and Greek Cuisine came out on top making their pizza the best in the Tri-Cities; followed by Scratch Brick Oven and Main Street Pizza.

Congratulations to the Pie War Pizza Cup Winner Pizza N Gyro, lo-

cated in Boones Creek, which is new to the area so be sure to stop by and try them out!

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Native and lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia, is an artist who has come full circle in his artistic expression. After spending many successful years in commercial art and design with his own sign company, Bristol Sign, he has reflected back to the canvas and expanded his talents in oil painting to include watercolor, acrylic, and wood carving. Jessee was born in Honaker, Virginia and spent his childhood days helping with the family farm, while occasionally stealing away to “paint” pictures on the hillside rocks and barns. After serving in the U.S. Army, he married Betty Ruth Perry and located to Bristol, Virginia. From there he traveled to Ohio to Alabama gaining experience and expetise in the field of commercial art. After settling back to Bristol, he worked for Tickle Brothers Sign Company painting billboards and eventually opened his own sign company. Carl’s work caputures the beauty of brightness of nature in simple, natural settings. His realistic style is both refreshing and pleasing to the eye. “The philosophy that drives me to paint, is the challenge of capturing the beauty of various elements of creation and translating that onto canvas,” Jessee says. Through the years, Carl has partcipated in art shows and taught art class locally. Since retiring from Bristol Sign, he has not only became more involved in the arts, but opened a framing, art supply, and giclee printing busines. You can stop by Carl B. Jessee Art & Frame Shop to look at his artwork or get supplies for your own. VIP Seen asked Carl some questions: Spring Awakening


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What jobs have you done other than being an artist? Owned tropical fish store, mechanic, welder, Owner of Bristol Sign What memorable responses have you had to your artwork? The responses about the Sugar Hollow Totem Pole. It exciting to hear about it. What do you dislike about your work? The finished product doesn’t always suite me. Why do you like about work? Realism - I like to know what the subject is.

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Why do you do what you do? Because I like a challenge and the variety of the differnt art works. What’s your background? A sign painter. How would you describe your style? Realistic.

What is your dream project? Since I do have a history in commerical art, I’d like to paint a large sailboat. Also, I’d like to be in charge of building a bridge over a river.

Tell us about your work? Outdoor signs, billboards, neon signs, murals, gold leaf lettering trucks, Bristol Motor Speedway-early years (All of Larry Carrier’s work-even the sashes for the beauty queens). Fine art oils, acrylics, colored pencil, wood carvings-large and small, water colors.

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to. Norman Rockwell, Bill Brinkley, and many other local artists.

How has your practice changed over time? I plan more now before I paint or carve.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Treat people like you would like to be treated.

What art do you most identify with? Painting - Billboard art. What’s your scariest experience? I was up on a crane truck and took hold of a live wire and I couldn’t let go. What’s your most embarrassing moment? When I misspelled words on sign work.

Most inspirational place? Big A Mountain - Honaker, VA

Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you had absolutely had to do? Yes, as a teenager, I painted and lettered on barn wood to practice which I loved. What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created? The Totem Pole. Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet? Pottery, clay, sculpture.



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The Glass Slipper presents

2013 Prom Fashion Show It was an afternoon of fashion and flair on January 12th in the Kingsport Towne Center. The Glass Slipper Boutique located in both Norton, VA and in Kingsport, revealed this years newest Prom Fashions. Several beautiful models showed up to show off the looks that are trending. Miss Kingsport, Jacqueline Richmond, was the leading model for this fashion show. The Glass Slipper specializes in prom, formal, pageant and wedding gowns. The store also carries MISS ME jeans, BCBG, and other awesome labels that are hard to find in Kingsport. They can also design and produce any style of custom evening gowns or special occasion dresses (petite, plus size, lightly or fully beaded, long sleeve, etc.) as a one of a kind custom designer dress just for you. Brad Lovell Photography was there capturing the models freeze frame style as they made their way down the catwalk. The owner, Teresa Boggs, introduced each girl as the came out and shared the designer of each gown modeled that day. She also assured the crowd of excited and anxious young ladies & their parents, that each dress is registered at the time of purchase along with the event it was selected for to prevent the dreaded accidental twinkie mishap! To find out more about The Glass Slipper, visit them in Norton or in Kingsport at the Kingsport Towne Center or check them out on line! Photography Courtesy of Brad Lovell Photography Story by: Angela Striligas








INJECTABLES AND FILLERS At Performance Medicine we work hard to provide the latest and most effective methods to help you look and feel your best. Cosmetic treatments are one of our most popular services for healthy aging. Injectable treatments are a passion of mine. I have spent a lot of time and training refining my skills while learning the best techniques. Performance Medicine offers a variety of injectable treatments, the most common being Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse. Each of these injectables work differently, yet with the same goal: to reduce the signs of aging by diminishing frown lines, forehead creases and other unwanted lines along the sides of the nose and mouth. What I love most about these products are the fact that: they are non-surgical, provide dramatic results with very few side effects, and most patients are able to return to their normal routine that same day.

Upcoming in February is our special Performance Medicine LADIES NIGHT OUT, a semi- annual event for our fabulous ladies! (Johnson City - Feb. 21 - 6pm and Kingsport Feb. 22). A great opportunity to observe and/or try out a

cosmetic treatment! There will be refreshments, giveaways, and great discounts on products and services! Dr. Rogers and myself will be there to answer any questions about the injectable treatments, plus assist you in whatever health goals you have set for 2013! So please bring your friends and enjoy the evening! Mention reading this article and receive a free gift that night! FEBRUARY |



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Colon Cancer is often a silent disease that has no symptoms. When symptoms are present, this can indicate that the disease has progressed to a harder to treat stage. One in twenty people will be diagnosed with colon cancer. This is a cancer we can do something about. Beginning at age 50 (age 45 for African Americans), all men and women should be screened for colorectal cancer. There are different screening tests (stool occult blood, flexible sigmoidoscopy, double contrast barium enema, virtual colonoscopy, and colonoscopy) and everyone should discuss the pros and cons of these screening modalities with their physicians. A recent study conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers indicated that there is an association between increased screening by colonoscopy and lower colon cancer rates. A colonoscopy is considered the gold standard of colorectal cancer screening methods for its ability to view the entire colon and both detect and remove polyps during the same procedure.



- Men and women age 50 and older

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon (large intestine) or the rectum. It develops from adenomatous polyps (grape-like growths that can appear on the lining of the colon and rectum) that may become cancerous over time.

- People with personal or family histories of colorectal cancer or benign (not cancerous) colorectal polyps

- People who smoke


- People who are overweight or obese, especially those who carry fat around their waists

-Colon Cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in both men and women with an estimated number of over 143,000 new cases in 2012

- People who are not active and don’t exercise

- People who drink alcohol in excess, especially men

-It is estimated that there were over 50,000 deaths in 2012 which makes colorectal cancer the second leading cause of cancer related deaths

- People who eat a lot of red meat (such as beef, pork or lamb) or

processed meat (such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs or cold cuts)

-Colon cancer is preventable – early screening allows for removal of polyps that may progress to cancer

- People with personal histories of inflammatory bowel disease

-Colon cancer is treatable and beatable when detected early (5 year survival rate is 90% when colon cancer is found early and treated)

(such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)

- People with family histories of inherited colorectal cancer or

-Less than 40% of colorectal cancers are found early because screening rates are low

SYMPTOMS: Unfortunately, colon cancer often has no symptoms at all until it’s at an advanced stage. If symptoms do appear, they may include:

inherited colorectal problems

WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF COLORECTAL CANCER? First and foremost get screened regularly to find and remove polyps.

- Diarrhea, constipation, vomiting - Feeling that your bowel does not empty completely - Unexplained weight loss - Constant tiredness - Blood in stool (either bright red blood or black, tarry stools) - Finding that your stools are more narrow appearing than usual - Gas, bloating, fullness, cramping


Usually cancer does not cause pain so it’s important not to wait to feel pain before seeing your physician if you experience any of these symptoms.

Typically the most unpleasant part of having a colonoscopy is the bowel prep prior to having the procedure. This is one of the most important steps of the process. In order to safely maneuver through the natural curves of the colon and adequately see the lining, the colon must be cleaned and free of stool. You will be prescribed a cleansing method, which usually involves drinking a flushing solution, laxatives, and/or enemas. In most cases, you are asked to consume only clear liquids and eat no solid food the day before your procedure. Your physician will provide advice on which medications are safe to use up until the day of your colonoscopy.

- A high fiber (vegetables) and low fat diet. Consume a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant sources; specifically: Choose foods and beverages in amounts that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Eat 5 or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day. Choose whole grains in preference to processed (refined) grains. Limit your consumption of processed and red meats. - Folate, calcium, and post-menopausal estrogens each have a modest protective benefit against colon cancer - Recent observations suggest regular use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin may decrease colorectal cancer - In addition to maintaining a healthy weight, adopt a regular, vigorous exercise plan - Cessation of smoking

These are two of the main reasons patients are given sedation. If polyps are found in your colon, your physician will remove them. Polyp removal does not produce pain. Biopsies will also be obtained if any other abnormal tissue is seen. The exam itself usually lasts 15-45 minutes. You will recover from the medication effects quickly. You should plan not to drive a vehicle the rest of the day. Please contact our office or talk with your physician about screening for colorectal cancer. It could save your life.

A colonoscopy is typically an outpatient procedure. You can expect to spend less than half a day for completion. Sedatives will be administered to produce a relaxed state. Your gastroenterologist will maneuver the colonoscope through your bowel. Air is placed into the colon for distention to allow good visualization. In some people this can create cramping. Turning the colonoscope around corners of the colon can also cause discomfort. FEBRUARY |



BARLOW & The Hatchetmen What is “rockabilly” music?

Rockabilly was a term coined in the 1950’s, a combination of the earliest form of rock with hillbilly music. It’s a mix of western swing, gospel, classic rhythm and blues and rock. That’s part of what I love about it – the lines of genre blur more in rockabilly than anything else, so we musicians can dabble in different styles. Rockabilly started just down the road in Cookeville, TN. Carl Perkins swept the nation with his new sound and people jumped on board, including Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, and Wanda Jackson. We wrote a song about that – “Tennessee Rock N Roll” and the chorus says “it’s hillbilly music with a whole lot of soul.” For us, that sums up rockabilly pretty well.

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How did Barlow Gin & The Hatchetmen combine that with jazz? Easily, actually. We love the big band swing and brassy jazz sound of the 1940’s. While we enjoy doing a lot of the old jazz standards such as “Summertime” and “Cry Me A River,” we also have a lot of fun with some of the big band classics like “Minnie the Moocher.” Mixing a little of the older styles, such as scat, with a rockabilly beat and a brassy horn line makes for some fun music. We’ve found that people of all ages enjoy it too. It seems to be music that spans generations.

Are you local musicians? Yes. We’re home based out of Bristol and three of our players live there, but we have two that live in Johnson City, two in Abingdon, and one in Marion. There are a lot of us. We spread out.

Sounds like you have varied backgrounds. How did you and the other band members get together? We started as a core group, just me, Mack Partain, and Chris Young. We spent over a year working up a concept, a style, and a sound that we wanted. Some of our music is very easy, some not so much. We spent a lot of time just learning each others’ tendencies. A lot of the jazz standards aren’t formatted. There’s a basic construction, but it’ll be different every time you hear it because what we do is different. The musicians follow the singer, instead of the singer following the musicians. If I modulate, or lengthen a song, or cut a song short, they follow me. It means we all have to be paying attention, but it also means that the listener gets a unique show. The musical community’s support has been truly unbelievable. Once word of our concept spread, lots of musicians expressed interest and we were able to bring in the rest of our group. There is an amazing level of talent in this area. There are players that have toured all the world, Grammy award musicians, and local bands that are just as good as some of the international “popular” bands. Several amazing songwriters are in our area too. There isn’t anything in the world like live music, and it’s even better when you can hear the artistry behind it. Our area has a wealth of talent in every genre you can imagine. Rockabilly, jazz, and swing weren’t represented in our area, though. So we’re excited to be doing something different and new for people. How do you find the time to rehearse and perform?

dynamics, write new material – there’s always a way to be better. Always. I grew up in the theatre, and learned that there are always 10 people waiting to take your place, so we try to be close to perfect. All of us are of the same mindset. For us, it isn’t about just “feeling” the music, it’s about putting on a quality show for the audience. We know there are a lot of options out there, so if people take the time to come and see us, we’re going to give them our all. It’s what they deserve.

Are there places you play regularly? There are certainly places that we’ve played more than once, but I wouldn’t say we’re regulars anywhere really. We’re brand spanking new, though. We haven’t been a band for 6 months yet!

How can your fans find your schedule? The best place is on our webpage, and on Facebook. We also list with BandsinTown on our Facebook page and Pick Bristol.

What else should we know about Barlow Gin & The Hatchetmen? We are a family-friendly band that’s just as comfortable playing for the late-night bar crowd as we are the family-oriented festival. We’re versatile and can play as a full band, a half band or even an acoustic duo. Our music is fun, and people of all ages seem to recognize that. We’re working on our first album and hope to have it out towards Rhythm and Roots time – that’s another thing people can watch for on our website. We enjoy collaborating with musicians of varying genres, and supporting our local scene. Yes, we’re a little different from some other bands that people may be used to. But different is good – it’s what keeps life interesting!

We rehearse every week. It’s important to us, so we make it happen no matter what. We fine tune things, work on FEBRUARY |


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More than 200 members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport were selected to attend a fantastic Christmas Party on December 21. As Santa made his stop at the Kingsport location children were filed with excitement and anticipation as they anxiously waited to tear into the beautiful, shiny packages. The party was filled with games, activities, and yummy food. The event was made possible through generous donations of area businesses, a Donor Mail Campaign, the JCPenny Holiday Help Campaign, the “Kids Can” Campaign, staff, and volunteers.

child-care organization through the Department of Education and participates in the State of TN LEAP/ STEM program.

The club’s vision is to provide a world-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through its doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. A smile that lights up a child’s face when he/she finishes a project; a word of encouragement from the staff and volunteers; and the nutritious meal provided to each member every day is what the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport is all about.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport has four facilities in the Kingsport and Rogersville communities and serves over 1,400 boys and girls annually. The club averages 272 children For more information, visit per day with the majority of these children coming from low-income, single-parent households, and are considered at-risk for Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story by: Rita Dykes academic and social failure. The Boys & Girls Club is a licensed





Donation Ceremony

The month of December was a monumental month for Morrison School in Bristol, Va. as donations were generously given to help support the magnificent educational institution. On December 17, the school received a visit from distinguished guests, James and Frances McGlothlin, the First Lady of Virginia, Maureen McDonnell, and Governor McDonnell’s Chief of Staff, Martin Kent. The McGlothlin’s, longtime friends of Governor and Mrs. McDonnell, invited the First Lady to visit the school and to participate in the donation ceremony. The McGlothlin’s play an extremely vital part in Morrison School’s success by raising much needed funding. In the month of December alone, they raised $730,000 for the school. The McGlothlin’s continue to raise funds for Morrison School to ensure it continues to make an immense positive impact in children’s lives.

During the ceremony, Virginia’s First Lady presented the school with a wonderful $2500 donation from her foundation, FLITE (first Lady’s Initiatives Team Effort). Mrs. McDonnell praised Morrison School for the exceptional service it provides to Virginians by offering a place most parents only dream of being able to access for their children with learning disabilities. Mrs. McDonnell also praised Dr. Morrison for her “vision and heart” in co-founding the school. Dr. Sharon Morrison and her husband, Arthur founded the Morrison School in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing an exceptional education platform for children with unique learning needs. Students attending the school range from the extremely gifted and talented to average to low average ability. The students all share a common ground of needing of a different approach to education than that is offered in public and private schools. Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story by: Rita Dykes

Barb & Jim Street, Maureen McDonnell, Larry Clarke and Fran McGlothlin

Jim McGlothlin, Sharon Morrison, Martin Kent, Maureen McDonnell, and Fran McGlothlin

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Fran McGlothlin and Maureen McDonnell (First Lady of VA)

Morrison High School Classroom 84

Morrison Middle School Classroom




IT 101:


In case you were not aware, Microsoft released Windows 8 just a few months ago. The reception has been mixed as many technical review sites have given glowing reviews of the system, but sales have been slower than Windows Vista! So should you get it? What should you know before buying a computer with Windows 8? The single most important principle to understand about Windows 8 is how Microsoft designed the same interface for both tablets and desktops, giving them the same “look.” Both tablets and traditional computers (laptops and desktops) have the same “tile” interface with the same side-scrolling action that will look familiar to iPad users. Overall, creating an interface this way results in a product that looks and works quite well on a tablet, but performs poorly on traditional computers. With that in mind, Windows 8 runs even better than Windows 7 from a performance and stability standpoint. Windows 8 has new features that technical people like us appreciate, but will likely be lost on or ignored by your average computer user. We also recommend a third-party utility that by-passes the entire Metro interface, providing a traditional desktop that acts just like Windows 7. This utility also adds back the Start button!


Increased stability and performance. Once the “App Store” is populated, installing programs will be even easier. After installing the utility mentioned above, I use my copy of Windows 8 even more than Windows 7 (both are installed on the same computer for troubleshooting purposes). The file transfer window is great improvement, but not a feature many people will care about. Installing Windows 8 is even faster than Windows 7.


As is typical with a new version of Windows, installing printers has been an adventure. Not all the printer manufacturers have updated drivers and software for their printers, so please check in advance before upgrading, especially if you have a multi-function (scanning and copying) printer. Brother printers have worked well with Windows 8, while HP printers have had greater compatibility problems. Additionally, the new Metro interface with the tiles has been affectionately dubbed “the Fischer Price interface” because of the almost “kiddy” look. While this can be entirely by-passed, it seems strange that the most efficient way to use Windows 8 is by disabling a core feature that Microsoft spent considerable time developing. By far, the Metro interface is the single worst feature about Windows 8 and makes little sense to use on a desktop or laptop.

So, should you buy Windows 8?

Each person has different needs, and the best course of action is a detailed discussion about your individual situation. We still recommend Windows 7 for our business clients, but the ability to disable Metro increases the opportunities to recommend it to home users. Call us today for more information! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can find us at or by calling (423) 343-5160. By Jonathan Evenden. Reproduced with the expressed permission of Aegis IT Solutions. FEBRUARY |



Our Commitment to High School Kids

No matter where high school kids live — in small towns, suburbs or big cities — Young Life’s commitment to them is the same. We take them as they are, place no expectations on them and seek to understand their world. We also offer them fun, adventure, direction for the future and hope, not to mention lasting friendships that could change their lives forever.

Out There in the World of Kids

In Young Life, we give kids the first word. We go into their lives with open ears and listen. We know that kids don’t care what we know till they know how much we care. In Young Life, we call that earning the right to be heard. It’s not hard to pick up what kids are saying. They want to be respected and feel safe. They want to live life abundantly — and that means having massive doses of fun, but it also means discovering who they are and what they were made for. So, in Young Life we invite kids into respectful relationships and into more fun and adventure (at club and camp, for example) than they can imagine.


What is it about Young Life club that makes it the best night of the week for thousands of kids every week? We like to think of it as a party with a purpose. It’s controlled chaos that’s almost impossible to describe, but kids know it when they see it. And before the party ends, we share a simple message about God’s love for them. After all, that’s what the celebration is all about.

paign”) is a weekly meeting for kids who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through study, service and leadership. We consistently see kids’ lives changed in the process as they encounter Jesus Christ. Young Life leaders also encourage these kids to celebrate their faith through participation in a local congregation.

Leadership Opportunities

High school kids may be selected for monthlong sessions during the summer to serve at Young Life camps as part of the work crew. They help make sure camp is an unforgettable experience for the campers by doing things like serving meals, washing dishes, doing yard work, folding laundry and cleaning cabins. They also delve deeper into their own faith and serve alongside know other kids from all around the country and the world. Young Life leaders may consider a high school kid a potential leader for WyldLife, the ministry to middle school kids. As a WyldLife leader, they’ll build friendships with middle school kids, go to WyldLife events and camp. Under the direction of their leader, Campaigner kids are often asked to take on a leadership role within their own Young Life club.


Another way to serve while kids are in high school is as a “buddy” at a Capernaum camp. As a “buddy,” students will be paired up with a kid with disabilities and join him or her for a week of Capernaum camp.


There may also be other leadership opportunities available, so ask a Young Life leader or contact the Young Life began in Young Life office near you to the early 1940s in response find out more about those to an emerging adolescent and the opportunities subculture, the center of which mentioned above. was the world of the high school.

Kids consistently tell us that Young Life camp is the best week of their life. That’s a rousing (and unsolicited) endorsement! But how else would you describe a week where deep relationships are forged in the midst of mind-boggling fun and where you experience and listen to what we believe is the greatest love story ever told? Campaigners (a name that points back to the early days when Young Life was known as “The Young Life Cam-

Kids’ lives revolved around their school; the first Young Life leaders realized that to reach kids who had no interest in organized religion they would have to understand and be present in Youth culture has changed dramatically in the last six decades. Kids enter adolescence earlier that world. and make the transition to adulthood later. And the high school experience is both changing and varied across the country and around the world. But, the high school years are still a time when most teenagers make important life choices, including what they believe about God. And so Young Life is there in the world of high school — learning kids’ names, hearing their stories, having fun and sharing with them the great news of a God who loves them.






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Xi-ti Dinner G A M M A T H E TA C H A P T E R

Nationally, Alpha Xi Delta (pronounced alpha-zee- delta) partnered with Autism Speaks April 2009 and has proudly raised more than one million dollars. As the largest autism advocacy and research organization in the world, Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes and prevention of autism; finding treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. The sisters of Gamma Theta plan many events to raise funds for the national philanthropy. We have raised over $6,000 for Autism Speaks. This is double the national’s goal for the chapter. In the fall semester we host a Xiti Dinner and in the spring we host a 5K on the East Tennessee State University campus. All of the proceeds go to Autism Speaks. The sisters also aid the cause locally.


Gamma Theta hosted a Xiti Dinner November 10 at the Holiday Inn in Johnson City. Over 300 guests enjoyed music by the Biscuits and Jam, a bluegrass band, while bidding on items and eating a delicious dinner. Kandy Childress, Theresa Joyner, and Teresa Boggs were the key speakers. They informed the audience Autism, having children with the disease, and the many obstacles they face everyday. Autism effects many on a regular basis. The event was educational and fun. To learn more about Alpha Xi Delta or Autism Speaks, please visit

Photography & Story by: Chelsie Gregory




Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

Business After Hours

The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce business after hours event at on January 24 was sponsored by King College. The event was held at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education. Located at 300 West Market Street. Chamber members enjoyed an evening of fellowship while being treated to tasty food and drinks.

A representative from King College spoke on the exciting change coming up in the near future for King College. On June 1, the college will officially become a university and will be renamed King University. The private school was founded in 1867 has been named many times in U.S. News & World Report’s best colleges listing. The change will enhance the value of a King degree for past, present, and future graduates. The Kingsport Chamber also recognized King College for being an immense asset to the higher education programs offered in Kingsport. For more information, visit www.

Miles Burdine, Mayor Dennis Phillips, Bob Feagins and Dr. Jordan

Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story by: Rita Dykes

Carolyn Corp and Donna Baker

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Sue Perry and Glenda Bobalik




Happy Birthday Ken Vance

CJ Hallock

Ben Collins

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Alexis Wilson

Andrew Vance Bob Feathers

Amanda Wilder

Ben Rasnick

Mighty Quinn

Ann Lee

Billie J Minton

Amanda Bracken

Bertina Dew

Brittany Darnell

Eric Redmond

Jane Bachman

Feesha Conners

Jenny Rogers Jill Rust


Jim Wozniak

Erin Coffey

Jeff Beagley

Jules Rosario

Krista Wharton

Leanne Trivett

John Vachon

Kristy Lane LeAnn Hughes

Marlon Conners

Kate Van Huss

Dana Bacon

Phyllis Cornett

Sam Taylor Tina Kirk

Randy Broyles

Tom Pratt Jr.

Sherry Jones Carrier

Steve Wilmoth

Selena Payne

Ben and Andy Rogers

Martin Bagwell

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Father and Daughter Dance at Bristol Ballet 3pm— 5pm For more information email or call 276.669.6051




Bridal Fashion Show Belk Kingsport Town Center 1-4pm








Life Extension Seminar “Heart Health Vitamins” Performance Medicine 109 Jack White Drive Kingsport 6pm

Author Bonnie Thurston Bristol Public Library 7pm

Kingsport Chmaber of Commerce host Developing Financial Projections 9-11am



Eating Alabama Documentary Marth Street Culp Auditorium-ETSU 7pm








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


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


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


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


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


Phil Vassar Performing at the Paramount

Valentines Day


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Interstate Career Fair Millennium Center 1-4pm


Ladies Night Out Peformance Medicine 3135 Peoples St. Suite 400 Johnson City 6pm



The Beaver Creek Storytellers 606 State Street, Bristol 7pm to 9pm

Kid’s Art Hour One of a Kind Gallery children aged 5-7 4:30-5:30pm

The Mall at Johnson City Career Fair 4pm-7pm





Inari Wines Wine Tastings-Education Bristol 4-7pm


Inari Wines Wine Tastings-Education Bristol 4-7pm

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Kingsport Chamber Fourth Friday Breakfast MSHA Alliance Meadowview 7:30am-9:00am


Kingsport/Johnsn City Rotary Club Benefit Carnagie Hotel 6pm

Inari Wines Wine Tastings-Education Bristol 4-7pm

Inari Wines Wine Tastings-Education Bristol 4-7pm

Sweetheart Market 524 State Street 4-8pm

Kingsport Chamber 66th Annual Dinner MeadowView Reception – 6pm 1 Dinner – 7 pm

Inari Wines Wine Tastings-Education Bristol 4-7pm


Rhythm of the Dance Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol 7:30pm



Third Day Colton Dixon, Josh Wilson Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City Doors Open: 6pm Starts: 7:00pm


Sweetheart Market 524 State Street 10am-6pm

CASA Red Shoe Gala at MedowView 5:30pm





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TOT EM PO LE at Sugar Hollow January 7th marked an exciting day for Carl B. Jessee, a local artist and business owner, because the largest piece of art work he had made was installed at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol, VA. Carl experimented with small wood carvings and decided to use that experience on a much larger scale.

Eagle: Guardianship, Vision, Judgement

Jessee was the designer and leader of this project, but he did have help. Glenn Goad, Phil Topa, Mary Jane Bradbury, assisted carving the forty foot tall piece of art. Carylon Dameron and Carl painted the vivid

Cardinal: Passion, Grace, Nobility

post. All that assisted are local artists and friends, fans of CBJ.

The large tree that the totem pole was carved from was logged from the forest around Bristol Sign Company, which installed the item. Animals and plants native to Virginia are portrayed on this carving. Totem poles are used to tell stories and communicate ideas using symbols. The colors of the totem pole compliment the bright hues of the playground. Despite the freezing weather, a large audience gathered to celebrate the new landmark. Bristol City Officials lead the dedication ceremony. Stop by and look at this new land mark.

Racoon: Mischief, Cleanliness, Curiosity, Versatility

Squirrel: Prudence, Resourcefulness, Play Fox: Wisdom, Cleverness Beaver: Dreamer, Emotion Owl: Wisdom, Protection

Phil Topa, Mary Jane Bradbury, Glenn Goad, Carolyn Dameron, and Carl B. Jessee

Councilwoman Catherine Brillhart and Kevin Dye

Vice Mayor Guy Odum and Councilman Ed Harlow

Mayor Jim Steele and City Manager Dewey P. Cashwell, Jr.

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Liberian Orphans

Touching one life at a time‌ This is one of the mantras of the Christ Children’s Home Education Fund that is working full force on their School of Promise Project. The focus of this incredible idea is to build and provide Christian education for orphans in Liberia, West Africa who otherwise would not have the opportunity. These children have been devastated and orphaned by fifteen years of civil war in the country that killed an estimated three hundred thousand citizens and now depend upon the mercy of others for sustenance that will give them a chance for of a brighter future.

Katy Walker and Shasta Miller

Adolphus Hall

Adolphus Hall along with his wife Nyemphu Karmue-Hall has dedicated their time and energy to help this dream become a reality for these children. CCH was founded by Mr. Fungbeh and Neyoe Karmue in 2009 and continues to provide a loving home; education and medical care for orphans from villages and communities in Liberia. The relaxed and entertaining evening was held recently at The Venue in Johnson City and featured a slide show depicting life in the West African region. The event was a rare opportunity to feast on authentic Liberian food catered by N & K Variety Food Plus located at 1015 E.Unaka Ave. In Johnson City and enjoy traditional dance and music from the region as well. The foundation is hoping to host another fundraising dinner soon. If you are interested in attending one of these worthy and delightful evenings, you may contact Adolphus Hall at 423.631.6308. If you would like to make a donation to help build a Christian school for the orphans of Liberia you may access their web page at Photography and story by: Lynda Fontaine

Adolphus and wife, Nyempu Karmue-Hall, leading dance procession

Kickey, Mrs. Neyor Karmue

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Brian Green and Kevin Ellis

Bishop Amos Gbaa and Pastor Benjamin Kisoni


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CENE Blackburn, Childers & Steagall January 10th was an exciting day for Blackburn, Childers & Steagall as the Kingsport Chamber of Kingsport welcomed them to their new location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The staff of Blackburn, Childers & Steagall, chamber members, friends, and family came out to celebrate the opening of the new facility. Blackburn, Childers & Steagall, is a certified public accounting firm that has been in business since 1961 and employs over 90 experts in accounting, taxes, and consulting. The goal of the firm is to provide quality professional and business services that meet and exceed their clients’ expectations without compromising sound professional or personal ethics. For more information, visit

Bomba’s Fresh Italian Restaurant Bomba’s Fresh Italian Restaurant celebrated its opening in historic Jonesborough with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 10. Members of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce joined Alex and Breelyn Bomba and guests for the memorable celebration. Bomba’s conveniently located at 125 East Jackson Boulevard is a family-owned and operated restaurant serving all of your Italian favorites. Breelyn and Alex Bomba treat guests as part of their family; so much so, you will feel like a guest in their home. The Bomba’s support local farmers and merchants by incorporating fresh ingredients into their recipes whenever possible.

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A crowd gathered at Sportsman Marina in Abington, Va. on January 5 to brave one of the coldest days of the year as many took the plunge into the South Holston Lake. The Polar Bear Plunge, organized by Travis Richards has been an annual event for five years at Sportsman Marina. Participants took comfort in bathrobes and a roaring fire prior to the plunge. Bystanders dressed in warm clothing came to the marina to support and cheer for the Polar Bear plungers. Some participants have taken the plunge each year while others were new to the event. The Polar Bear Plunge has been a phenomenon in many parts of the US and in other countries as a fundraising tool, to celebrate New Years, or just for fun.

Laura Halm

Travis Richards

For more information on Sportsman Marina, visit Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story by: Rita Dykes

Jared Beaty

Kerry Haynes, Carolyn Haynes & Rick Hagy

Erika Sexton

Karen Davis & Nacole Dykes

Carolyn Haynes & Travis Richards




Annual Luncheon Meeting The annual luncheon meeting for Kingsport Tomorrow was held on January 17 at V.O. Dobbins Community Center. The theme of the meeting focused on what Kingsport Tomorrow and community partners are working on with the Healthy Kingsport committee to improve the health of the community through efforts to increase physical activity and healthy eating. Guest speaker, Chris Campbell, Transportation Planning Coordinator for the City of Kingsport and active member of Healthy Kingsport spoke on the health benefits of walking and/or biking to the destination of choice. Campbell said, “Kingsport is designing community projects that are supportive of active travel which also creates recreational opportunities, promotes health and can even lower health care costs.” He also stated that some of the factors that influence active living are: having destinations within walking, biking, and transit distance, having sidewalks, trails, bike accommodations, creating inviting settings for travelers, and ensuring these places are safe and accessible for all ages, abilities, and incomes. Walking and bicycling for daily transportation are important ways to get regular physical activity, but such active travel has decreased dramatically over the past few decades. Campbell ended by saying, “We realize that our economic vitality, public health, and transportation systems are intrinsically connected and that having more transportation options will improve the City’s livability, wellbeing, and retail vibrancy.”

Two more items included in the luncheon’s agenda were an award presentation and the transition of Chairman. The Flame Award for exceptional volunteer service was presented to the planning committee for the 3rd Annual Regional Healthcare Symposium that was held on October 27, 2012. The Chairman of the Board position also transitioned from the 2012 Chairman, Tony Wilder to the 2013 Chairman, Colette George.

Tony Wilder, Alan Meade and Dr. Debbie Rice

Jeanette Scalf and Sam Jones

Carolyn Cox and Paul Montgomery

For more information, visit Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story by: Rita Dykes

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Jennifer Salyers and James Kelley

Hiram Rash and Pat Breeding

Steve Oglesby and Mark Tucker




Annual Awards Luncheon

The Bristol Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards luncheon at the downtown Foundation Event Facility on Friday, January 4. More than 400 attendees joined the Chamber for lunch as awards were given to extremely deserving individuals. The crowd came to their feet as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey accepted the award. Ramsey has served the area for many years as a state senator while he has also served as Tennessee’s Speaker of the State Senate since 2007. He became the first Republican State Senate Speaker in 140 years and the longest-serving Republican speaker in Tennessee history. While the various political achievements are remarkable, Ramsey received the chamber honor for his longtime successful career as a business owner, realtor, and auctioneer. Ramsey was “blown away” with the honor and graciously thanked the audience for their support and friendship. David Dorsey was honored with the Membership Volunteer of the Year Award. The Convention and Visitors Bureau Service Award went to Jeff Broughton, City Manager of Bristol, Tn. and Dewey Cashwell, City Manager of Bristol, Va. Mary Ann Moffatt received the Keep Bristol Beautiful Award and the Leadership Service Award recipient was Tammy Henkel.

Amy Shuttle, Brenda Griggs, Vicki Viers, Paula Hurt and Chelsea Gammon Bristol Chamber of Commerce


Israel O'Quinn, 2012 Chamber Board’s Chairman named some of the Chamber’s exciting accomplishments during 2012. An accomplishment not soon to be forgotten was partnering with other local organizations to pull-off one of the largest events in Bristol, the Mumford & Sons concert. Bristol was one out of seven locations worldwide chosen by the group to perform during its Gentlemen of the Road Tour. O’Quinn announced the new Chairman of the Board for 2013, Larry Shaver. Shaver has served as a BB&T Bank executive for many years and brings his experience on board as he takes the Chairman’s seat this year. For more information, visit Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story by: Rita Dykes JA Street


Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey and Israel O’Quinn

Israel and Emily O’Quinn

BB&T - Event sponsor


Greg Harvey and Julie Bennett - BMS

Food City Table - Event Sponsor

Mike Miller and Lori Hawkins Bill Gatton Automotive Event Sponsor

Stacy and Curt Pomarankie

Barry Akers, Ryan Fabbri, Craig McMillian, Jim Sells and Gary Malcolm First Bank & Trust


Lea Ann Razar, Vanessa Bennett, Miles Burdine, and Kim Jones Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

Jack Dempsey (WCYB) and Joy Madison

Leighton Hart, Peggy Littleton and Jerome Julian Bristol Regional Medical Center Nancy Beverly, Mary Young and Josie Russell - King College

Martin Bagwell, Rafel Zabala and Dustin Morelock

Kelly Price, Linda Evans and Kristie Helms - ECU

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