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Johnson City Mall Career Fair



H.O.P.E. Art Event



Shoe Mob at Payless



Make A Wish Chocolate Festival


Artist Profile: Cheryl Bass


Image Essentials 250,000 Pound Milestone


Music Profile: John Pafford Band


Dobyns Bennett College Signing Day



United Way Annual Luncheon


Rotary Club Date Night


Maple Lane Super Bowl Party



One Acre Café


GOLF: Its Time for Tee!


Wellmont Ceremony


Prom Time


WKPT 50 Plus Health Expo


Head to Toe Women’s Expo


JCCC Centennial Celebration


William King Museum Opening Reception



Shakti Fundraiser


66 Annual Kingsport Chamber Dinner


Valentine Tea


Pink Ribbon Honor Roll


Abuse Alternatives Wine Tasting


First Thursday with Cindy Saadeh


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The Roaring 1920’s Ball


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Letter from the Publishers PUBLISHER Angela Striligas CO-PUBLISHER Brian Hullette GRAPHIC DESIGN Angelica Ares Chelsie Gregory ACCOUNT MANAGERS Kirsten Hall Kelli Rogers April Taylor Holly McBride Lynda Fontaine CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rita Dykes Savanna Smith DISTRIBUTION Savanna Smith Bobby Flowers Susan Couch Heath Vance WEBMASTER Robert Neilson Wired Web Development PHOTOGRAPHY Mickey Baker Lynda Fontaine Linda Coffey Kelli Rogers Savanna Smith Chelsie Gregory Reese Hill Ray Austin VIPSEEN, Inc. Tri-Cities 247 Broad Street Suite 205 Kingsport, TN 37660 423.398.5321 WWW.VIPSEENMAG.COM


Connie Steere, Executive Director CASA for Kids Board of Directors Photography by Mickey J. Baker

She Says...

He Says...

Here I am already entering the third month of 2013 and I have not even had time to unpack from the cruise I took during the last week of December. Seriously?! Where is the time warp I constantly find myself falling in? And why can’t I fall into the time machine that gets me where I need to be on time, every time?

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” — John F. Kennedy

To say that we have been busy over here in VIPSEENville would be the understatement of the year (to date anyhow). However, I have to admit, I have enjoyed seeing everyone again, supporting amazing causes and the new dresses and shoes, of course! March is a subtle reminder that warmer weather is on it’s way and considering the unpredictable weather we have had this season, I, for one, am ready for some hot sunshiny days free of snow and rain! There are all kinds of events planned in the Tri-Cities during the next several months. We were placing August event dates on our calendar in January. I want to encourage each of you to get involved in your community. I can assure you, you do not have to leave your region to find some fun and possibly even enrich the lives of others by caring and supporting a cause near and dear to your heart. We were created to serve one another, to love thy neighbor as thyself. Even if it is just once a month, reach out and get connected with a cause that speaks to your heart. You will be amazed at the internal awards you reap from doing so. On a slightly different note, if you or someone you love has an interesting, heartwarming story that you would like to share with your neighbors through our publication, I would be interested in speaking with you. Send a brief descriptive e-mail to I hope to see more of you out this year, getting involved and making a meaningful difference in the community that we love to call home. Be a blessing & be blessed,

When things are going well, it’s so easy to have the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. I think as we age, it’s easy to believe we’ve seen it all…not much is new. My new reality came to me when a young man who has a passion for advertising and news media paid me a visit. With his vast knowledge and an appreciation for the TriCity region, past and present, he told me that there was a lot of “buzz in the air” that we were being labeled as the rich people’s magazine. For a moment I laughed, then I realized that he was sincere. So I said, “Well, I need to be proactive and do a better job educating our readers. Truth is, our focus is on the Tri-City community and the positive happenings in the area.” VIPSEEN is not just a magazine anymore; it’s twelve informative issues that document a little piece of history each and every month. Some people like to call us a picture magazine, but we are much more than just pictures. We believe that the magazine is a piece of tangible social media for the Tri-Cities. Recently a very distinguished gentleman walked up to me and said, “Did you know that we use VIPSEEN every month for recruiting purposes?” He said that many people come to the Tri-Cities but never realize how many things actually go on in our region. He ended by saying, “Thank you for giving us something to represent our community in such a classy way.” After this conversation, I found out there are many other organizations using VIPSEEN in that manner, as well. What a compliment to realize that the magazine is being used as such an incredible resource. Many others have shared with me that they even use our magazine for planning purposes or just to get to know who is who and how to get connected. With VIPSEEN being in many hotel rooms and in over 425 locations, I am hearing more and more ways that VIPSEEN is being used. From the little girl that thanked me for her birthday picture to the very affluent family that thanked me for sharing their charity, I have come to the realization that we really do have a little bit of something for everyone. So next time you see one of our advertisers that have given us an 85% retention rate in our magazine, give them a big “thank you” for allowing us to continue documenting the present in order to preserve a little piece of history. Thank you for allowing VIPSEEN into your homes and providing us with continued success!



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CASA hosted the 4th Annual Red Shoe Gala on February 16 at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport. A sold-out crowd of 400 adorned in their red shoes joined CASA in the magnificent event to raise funds for neglected and abused children in Sullivan and Hawkins Counties. As guests entered MeadowView, an exquisite red shoe ice sculpture was on display capturing the attention of all. During the cocktail hour, a string ensemble entertained guests as they mingled and placed their bids on more than 200 spectacular silent auction items donated by generous area sponsors. After cocktail hour, guests entered the Grand Ballroom to dine at tables that were covered with gold and sliver on beautiful black linens. Gorgeous centerpieces of silver willows, evergreen, and white hydrangeas designed by CASA for Kids Board members brought the dining tables to sheer elegance. Dinner was just as elegant as the tables, featuring filet mignon and bacon-wrapped scallops. Following dinner, Executive Director Connie Steere shared an incredible story of 15-year old CASA child.


Someone asked him how they could help him, and his response was, “Nothing, I am doing just fine because I am being raised in a safe and permanent home. But lots of kids are not! Help them, not me. Send a check to CASA!� With that point clearly stated, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey began the main fundraiser event for the Gala, a live auction of magnificent donated items. Rounding out the evening was musical entertainment of The Extraordinaires, dancing and the Red Shoe Contest.

The mission of CASA of East Tennessee (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is to improve the lives of abused and neglected children through trained volunteers who advocate for a safe, permanent, loving home. CASA provides highly trained citizen volunteers to advocate for children who come under the protection of juvenile court. For more information, visit Photography by:Mickey Baker | Story by: Rita Dykes

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Conn Connie Steere is such a loving, caring individual; her dedication to CASA has impacted so many children over the years. Connie truly believes every person holds self-worth, and she strives to prove that to every man, woman, and child. And who would have thought that it all started with a fox named Sneaky.

VIP: So tell us a little bit about you, where are you from, what was your upbringing like? CS: I grew up in Iowa, along the Minnesota border on a farm. I was the oldest of three brothers. My dad was very much an entrepreneur. It did not matter that I was a girl, we all took care of the livestock, worked the fields, baled the hay, and everything that came with life on a farm. So I learned from a very early age the meaning of hard work and bartering. A very tough man, with no formal education, Dad set high expectations for us, but yet he was a visionary and nurturer in his own right. With the expected labor of the whole family, Dad went from renting 200 acres to owning over 2,000 before I left home. He always told us if you want something, make sure you love what you do, then you yourself work hard to achieve it. He formed the Lion’s Club in our little town of 642 and served on agricultural state boards. And at the same time he was always helping something or someone to succeed, which sometimes drove my mom crazy - another project to help the community or someone who needed a break, not a hand out, but a hand up. Just one example I thought about recently. We had a pet fox because dad accidently ran over the mother with a tractor while mowing hay. He was so upset and I remember him saying this newborn kit will never survive as he has no one to teach him. Dad built a natural habitat with much freedom for him. We raised Sneaky for seven years with Shep, our farm dog. They became the best of friends! Dad helped those who needed help, but expected they would achieve from it. I learned I loved to help, too, and achieve in the process. I was my two younger brother’s second mom and teacher. And I loved school – as a child, I really looked it as a wonderful escape from the hard work demanded on the farm.

VIP: Where did you get your education and what did you first do with it? CS: Well, I went to Luther College, a small Christian college. It was thirty five miles away and I really thought I was going far from home. Luther emphasized servant leadership and my degree was in elementary education. I taught from 1968-74, teaching fourth and fifth 12

nieSteere grades. I have always loved children, not just teaching them but fostering their whole well-being. I always worked beyond the school hours to motivate their interests and challenge their potential.

My motivator for teaching beyond just the textbook was my supervising education professor, Dr. Helen Strand, who also in hindsight indirectly motivated me from teaching into social services. For interim experience, Dr. Strand sent me and other seniors to Minneapolis. All the rest went to these nice schools in the suburbs, while I was assigned to a downtown elementary school that had been fire bombed - civil rights era. The school and neighborhood were just a little scary. Dr. Strand had suggested to the principal that I should work with high risk kids. I think she knew before I knew my passion. I asked her why she had put me there and she replied saying “I think you’ll be good at working with children with problems and I want to see you do it.” She was also a tough leader – setting high expectations. That interim was also the first time I met a child, Steven, who was already labeled a ‘delinquent’ – and he was only 9 years old. I began working with him and a few others to break them down so they could actually learn. I vividly remember Steven, finally crying and relaying, “I hate this school, I hate life, and my dad is going to beat the hell out of me again for my grades.” So I told him, “we have one month and your grades will improve and maybe this time you won’t get beat.” That’s all I really could do, as when I reported the very visible signs of serve beating to that third grade teacher, she looked at me like I was absolutely crazy for caring. Steven was just trouble. (First child protection law was not until 1974 – CAPTA – Child Abuse Protection & Treatment Act. Formation of CASA programs followed in 1977). That is when I first realized so many kids do not have the environment that makes it easy for them to excel. I learned it’s not just the classroom. It is the environment they come from that either helps them succeed or fails them. And I am not talking money here. Either a child has a sense of belonging and feels they are worthwhile or they do not and that affects everything in their life. Just like Sneaky! Birth or environmental circumstances which they had nothing to do with and should not determine their fate.

VIP: So obviously this is something you have been passionate about your whole life?

together. You have to have both to succeed, especially in a service business like CASA. We have two children, Ryan and Courtney. Ryan is very much like his dad, he is in corporate logistics at Stanley/Black & Decker in Baltimore. This week he is actually in London. Courtney works in social services through the state, so she works hard to help abused and neglected children like I do. They live in Knoxville and I love that because their daughter, Bella, our granddaughter, is two years old. We are able to see her more often than Ryan’s family with their two also beautiful girls, Kersten and Alyse. It is true what they say – children are a blessing; grandchildren pure joy.

VIP: So CASA uses volunteers to help children, tell us about being a volunteer. CS: CASA was started in 1977 by a juvenile court judge in Seattle who was having nightmares trying to decide what neglected children coming to the attention of his court needed – to be removed from their own family or leave them in the home and read about them in the headlines later. The CASA model is built and succeeds in its mission to provide Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children though its volunteers – CASA volunteers. With just paid staff, we would never ever meet the need of advocating for children, but with volunteers we can. It is a matter of finding enough concerned citizens who are willing to take the time to do a very tough job, but soon learn after the professional training and guidance provided by staff, they truly can make a real life long difference. Our longest serving volunteer has served and provided a powerful voice in court for 15 years now. CASA volunteers can so help improve the lot of children at-risk of harm. CASA is all about prevention and intervention before victimized children are damaged for life. After training, volunteers are sworn in as officers of the court, so that with that earned court authority, they conduct investigations, advocate in court with their comprehensive report, monitor and report progress on the case, make surprise visits, facilitate needed services, etc. all to help the presiding judge gets the objective fact-based information they need to know what is happening to that child. CASA remains on the case until the court feels the situations have improved.

CS: Absolutely, I believe everyone has a purpose and deserves to have a sense of belonging. I believe everyone has self-worth and I want to work hard in whatever I do to help those who do not have that feeling about themselves. I feel that CASA helps me fulfill my own passion – to help overcome the injustice.

Right now we have about a hundred volunteers who are actively working on referred assigned cases. We desperately need double that number because right now we are only able to serve 48% of the children that are called dependent-neglected – meaning children dependent on the court for their protection and safety.

VIP: What about your family?

VIP: Now, for those who do not know a lot about CASA , can you tell us more about your organization?

CS: Well, I have been married for forty-four years to a wonderful husband – he puts up with me. We are completely opposite; I am hyper and emotional, while he is nice and calm. I believe in nonprofit and helping, and he believes in business for profit. That is what makes us so good

CS: Sure, I love to tell people about CASA for Kids, Inc. We are servicing Sullivan and Hawkins County, helping abused/neglected children within their 4 juvenile courts. We currently have nineteen motivated board directors, a hundred dedicated volunteers, and eight talented staff, plus advisors who choose to continue supporting our work. Last year, we served more children than either Nashville or Memphis. Now most people hear that and think oh how terrible we have that many neglected children. However, that is not the case. Child abuse and neglect is unfortunately rampant in every 13 | March

VIP: PROFILE community, primarily because parent(s) are choosing drugs over the care of their kids. Better that more children who are at-risk of harm have a CASA volunteer than be ‘lost’ in the system. Victimized children need CASA so they have a better chance to grow up to be all they can be. Therefore, we want to serve one hundred percent of the community’s vulnerable children. It is why the board works hard to host The CASA Red Shoe Gala, CASA Golf Tournament and CASA Road Race, so we can increase staff and have more awesome CASA volunteers. In the long run, CASA also saves a lot of money. Thirty one billion is spent on repercussions of abuse and neglect in this country because of the expense of criminal, law enforcement, mental health, health care, getting behind in school, and everything else that is connected which affects everybody’s productivity. If we would do something about bad familial situations as soon as possible, well you can see it is just the smart business thing to be doing. If children are our future (and they are), then we need all of them healthy and thriving. I hope we are gradually having the community realize that when The US Justice Department says $10 donated to CASA is really worth $400 in value, it is indeed a confirmed proven statement. So, in just one special event, if we meet the Gala goal of raising $135,000, those sponsoring and spending money at this soon to be special event will have enhanced the safety and stability of the community in the tune of $5,400,000. Whoopie!! Achievement! Outcomes achieved! Children are at their worst state when they must be removed from their home; they are angry, scared, intimidated, lost, much as any adult would be. This is why CASA tries our best to help keep the child within the family unit, as is the goal of The Department of Children’s Services. However, if the parents are found unwilling to get their parental act together, we immediately report that to the court and begin checking out the stability of grandparents, aunts, or uncles. If no one is stable or working to be, then guardianship and adoption is recommended. Outside evaluators of the CASA model have found that children are in the legal and foster care system half as long as they would be without having a CASA volunteer. This is because there is someone who is solely focused on what is best for the child. CASA volunteer - a compassionate watchdog for the child and trained investigative reporter for the court.

VIP: How do you volunteer? CS: Call us (247-1161) or get online ( and fill out an application to begin. A person has to be twenty one and has to have the time to give it their all. A person must be willing to learn. We go through a process of interviewing to see the overall intent of the person volunteering. The person must be objective and can in no way be judgmental, and they must be persistent - wanting to dig to find out just what is happening. It works both ways, the person first has to really decide if this is what is right for them, does the person really have 15-20 hours a month they can donate to CASA work; because the last thing these children need is someone else


who does not have the time for them or the real desire to commit to this hard work. Once screened with references gathered and criminal check passed, the applicant must go through the classroom training, observe juvenile court proceedings, and then mentor with an experienced volunteer. That whole training process takes about fifty hours. We are very careful who we train and approve because as a volunteer, a person actually is sworn in and becomes an officer of the court. This means they have the legal authority to make surprise visits, administer drug screens, to gather criminal, mental health, employment records and interview anyone involved in the case. It is the volunteer’s job to compile all these records and present the case assessment and recommendations to a judge. Then CASA stays on the case until the court feels it is as good as it can be. Sometimes that is three months, sometimes that is three years.

VIP: How did you get started with CASA? CS: Well, in 1995, there was an opening for a halftime Executive Director – the only staff position at that time. A judge asked me why I wasn’t applying; but at the time I was going back to school to get my master’s degree in counseling. However, the more I learned about educational counseling, the more I realized it was not what I really wanted to do. So I applied, interviewed and relayed that I would like to accept the position, but only if it was full time. CASA is beyond fulltime. I would raise the money to pay my salary myself, because CASA at that time had a total operating budget of $30,000. So I wrote some grants and began to build a network of support and recruited volunteers and board. That is how I started; it will be eighteen years in August. Our budget today is $447,408 and should be more to prevent us from telling the judges CASA just cannot accept any more cases this month until more staff are hired and more volunteers trained.

VIP: So tell us about some things that CASA deals with day to day. CS: CASA deals with working the cases, training new volunteers, program staff or Coordinators providing professional guidance and of course going to court hearings a lot, prepared to testify, too. Any day at CASA you will see CASA volunteers coming in to consult with their Coordinator, having meetings here with GAL attorneys in preparing the case and in and out they go in every direction to get information – the eyes and ears for our 6 judges. Between the two counties there are over 1,100 cases of children who are dependentneglected. It really has blown up since the drug epidemic. The neglect cases in Kingsport alone doubled from 2007 to 2011, confirmed by Kingsport’s Judge Mark Toohey. We can’t keep up; we need all the people we can get. With about half of our cases the child has not been taken from the home and we see if the family can be helped through facilitating services and realize the damage they are doing to their children. This way sometimes the child never has to be taken into care. If in foster care, we often collaborate with DCS to help monitor and sometimes we disagree on what is best for the child. The system did not create the problems of drug abuse and family breakdown. A child does not need a system – foster care alone is a temporary fix – children ultimately need a safe and permanent home where they can thrive.

operations, hire dedicated staff, work with the board in fund raising and ensuring public awareness- the marketing, writing the grants, communication with Tennessee CASA and keeping up with standards of what a certified National CASA member program should be doing also. It’s a tough job, but very rewarding. I used to work cases and miss conducting the training, but growing means adapting and all is good. We always need more volunteers though!!

VIP: Are you excited about the GALA? CS: Yes I am! It looks like we just might reach our goal this year – a sellout of 400 attendees – and generous sponsors underwriting initial success. We received about 25 reservations today. So many people and businesses have contributed unbelievable auction items - many showing up without our even asking. We are so blessed to have such a caring generous community. It is a tremendously fun event that we love to throw. There’s no place like home! And I need to get home to get those red shoes spruced up!

CASA truly assists our judges to administer justice. So let’s step up to the plate and do something about it proactively. Any neighbor, any teacher, any school is mandated to report if they know of child abuse and neglect, but CASA becomes involved only if and when the case goes to juvenile court. We as a community need a strong and stable CASA program, just as every child needs and deserves a safe and permanent home. To accomplish that, we would be thrilled to make our days even busier with scheduling more training sessions because we were swamped with volunteer applicants.

VIP: What are your responsibilities as the Executive Director of CASA? CS: As the Director, my responsibilities now are to oversee the daily

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GOLF : It’s Time for Tee I believe the season we have known all of our lives as winter is officially going through an identity crisis! If you have found yourself watching the weather closely in order to determine if it is a scarf and wool coat kind of day or if it’s going to be a vacation day from the office in order to make your 7:45a.m. tee time, then these next few pages are going to warm your heart. Our region is home to some of the most beautiful courses in the South. The rolling terrain and beautiful mountainous backdrop beckons to be enjoyed. With March now upon us, we find ourselves more hopeful of springtime weather so that we may go and enjoy a round or twenty of golf and tee time with friends.

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26 Meet the PGA Head Golf Professionals

Casey Barnes with Clear Creek Golf Club in Bristol, VA; Jake Spott with Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon, VA; Mike Crowe with Johnson City Country Club in Johnson City, TN

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e t t e u q Eti Unlike many other sports, golf is unique because there are no umpires or referees calling the shots. So the honesty and integrity of the game is left up to the players; sort of scary right? All players know they should conduct themselves in a way that respects others while exuding sportsmanship. Of course, the ability to abide by the rules is always of major importance. All these things make up the spirit of the game; but every player has thrown etiquette aside at least a few times in their career. Then there are those who think discipline and courtesy should be left to the pros. Yes, every group has one of these guys; sometimes they’re embarrassing and sometimes they’re hilarious. Are you that guy in your group? See how you measure up with Etiquette 101.

Consideration of Others No Disturbance or Distraction Players should always show consideration for others on the course and should not disturb play by moving, talking or making any unnecessary noise. This means, players should ensure that any electronic device taken onto the course does not distract other players – put it on silent. Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or the hole, when a player is about to hit. Not only is this etiquette, it’s just the smart thing to do.

On the Putting Green On the putting green, players should not stand on another player’s line of putt or when he is making a stroke, never cast a shadow over that line. Players should remain on or close to the putting green until everyone in the group has holed out, no matter how tempting driving the cart to the next hole then reversing all the way back can be.

Pace of Play Play at Good Pace and Keep Up Players should play at a good pace. A group should always try ... try to keep up with the group in front of them. Everyone knows sometimes this can be a challenge, especially with swing perfectionist guy treating every hit like it’s his chance to win the Masters. If a group does lose a clear hole and it’s delaying the group behind, someone should invite the group behind to play through.

Be Ready to Play Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When playing on or near the putting green, it is the best idea to leave bags or carts in such a position that will enable quick movement off the green and towards the next tee. When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green. Because, as everyone knows the whole point of golf is to get done as quickly as possible in order to get back to the wife.

Safety Watch Out and Be Alert All team members should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or anything else the member in play may be able to launch. Players should not play until the players in front are out of range, as tempting as it is. If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger of hitting someone, he should immediately shout “fore,” and while it is used as a warning word, every team has the guy who yells it on every hole.


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ow days, new club technology comes at you faster than a speeding golf ball. Since 2000, manufacturers have stepped up their game, and nearly every new product line is creating clubs that can increase accuracy and distance. Even in the past three years, golfers who have not updated certain clubs are missing out on advances that could close gaps in their bag and drop strokes from their game. So how have they changed? 6-10 years ago, manufacturers began increasing shaft lengths in the effort to gain distance, and to increase clubhead speed. Another advancement that became popular was adjustable weight technology. Manufacturers recognized the effect weighting can have on ball flight and began introducing this technology as a corrective measure to eliminate slices and hooks. 3-5 years ago, higher MOI – (Moment of Inertia, a technical way of expressing a club’s resistance to twisting on off-center hits) began to rise to popularity.

These higher MOI head designs meant more distance and accuracy on offcenter shots of the club head. Better graphite shafts were introduced and the manufacturing techniques began improving over previous methods. As a result graphite shafts perform more consistently than before. Finally, in the past two years lie angle adjustments have become possible. Some drivers, such as the Titleist 910, and hybrids, like the Adams Idea Pro, can now be customized either at the factory when ordering or in some cases by the golfer as they choose. Aerodynamics has improved because driver head designs now take into account the aerodynamics of the head; resulting in less wind resistance and more clubhead speed. Lighter weight components have also come into play; manufacturers are building clubs that are 50 grams lighter than they were just a couple years ago. The Cleveland Launcher XL279 is an example of a club created to use its lighter weight to increase swing speeds and distance.

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Bruce and his wife Leslea have enjoyed 11 ½ years of marriage so far, and have two daughters: Grace (4), Ella (2), and a son due any day now!

Graham Enloe PGA Head Golf Professional Blackthorne Club Jonesborough, TN Graham was born and raised in the upstate of South Carolina. He attended Coastal Carolina University where he received a marketing degree and was elected to PGA membership in 2008. Graham’s great passion is growing the game of golf.  He spent one of his internships working for the First Tee in Spartanburg, SC. He has been involved in junior and women’s instruction since he was the hired as the assistant golf professional at Blackthorn Club.  He believes that the game should be first and foremost fun for all those who play. During his tenure at Blackthorn Club he has come to love the family atmosphere most of all. In the club’s history Blackthorn Club has had only two head golf professionals and one tennis professional, this staff continuity has fostered countless long term relationships that will last a lifetime. Graham is a part of a Blackthorn staff that is committed to offering their members the highest levels of customer service. The staff can tell you what cars members drive, what their favorite drinks are, even if they want their towels wet or dry for golf!  These levels of service and camaraderie are part of what Graham says makes Blackthorn’s membership so active.  He hinted at an upcoming membership drive that he is excited about.  Graham believes that 2013 is going to be a great year for golf and for Blackthorn Club!

Graham Enl


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A Great Place to Golf Clear Creek is Bristol’s finest public golf facility, offering 18 scenic and challenging holes at an affordable rate. Owned by the City of Bristol, Virginia (, this privately developed land features Bentgrass greens and Bermuda fairways (over seeded with Annual Ryegrass). Whether you’re looking for a great round of golf, quality practice time, custom equipment, or game improvement, our facility offers a wide range of services suited for every type of golfer. If you’re a beginner, or simply interested in the game, we can help you get started. Juniors will find a place to grow and connect with their peers through tournament play and our free clinic in July. We hope that you make it a point to visit us this year.

2013 Summer Rates 1 8 Holes w/Cart (Weekday): $ 31 1 8 Holes w/Cart (Weekend): $ 36 9 Holes w/Cart (Weekday): $ 16 9 Holes w/Cart (Weekend): $ 19 Senior Day (Mon. - Thurs.): $ 26 & $ 14

Clear Creek offers a beautiful practice facility with a scenic lake side backdrop. A large green for putting and chipping will improve your short game, while a spacious driving range consists of three teeing grounds with your choice of real grass or high-quality FiberBuilt Mats.

Fun & Exciting Competition

Wednesdays 9:30 April-October Ladies Invitational Sept. 18th


Perfectly fit clubs are longer and straighter. If your clubs don’t match your swing, you’re going to lose distance and accuracy. Our experience shows that golfers with the correct clubs average 25 yards longer on their drives. As PGA Professionals, we are certified club-fitters with options for top brands like Titleist, Taylormade, PING, and Callaway. With nearly two decades of experience, we are dedicated to improving your game through custom fitting, private lessons, and golf fitness. Let us assist you in making the game of golf more exciting and enjoyable.

Adam Dean, PGA Assistant Professional Adam is the 2012 Teacher of the Year, and 2-time Assistant Professional of the Year for the Tri-Cities PGA Chapter.

Casey Barnes, PGA GM/Head Professional Casey is a 3-time winner of the Richard Eller Growth of the Game Award, and 2011 Merchandiser of the Year for the Tri-Cities PGA Chapter. Our State-of-the-Art Launch Monitor gives us the flexibility to fit clubs outdoors or inside without having to worry about the elements. The major advantage of the Foresight GC2 is the accuracy. Since it only sees the first few inches of launch, the temperature and wind have no effect on the comparison between clubs. This allows us to give a consistent club-fitting, no matter what the conditions may be.

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Meet the Pros Casey Barnes General Manager and PGA Head Golf Professional Clear Creek Golf Club Bristol, VA

Casey Barnes

Casey has worked at Clear Creek for the past 14 years. During that time he completed his PGA apprenticeship under PGA Professional Luther Minor. In 2006 Casey earned his PGA Class – A membership by graduating from the PGA Professional Golf Management School in Florida. Casey graduated from Virginia High School where he was a three year letterman of the golf team and selected as an All-District golfer. He attended college at Virginia Highlands Community College. Casey has received numerous awards and honors throughout his golf career. He received “The Richard Eller Growth of the Game Award” three times, 2012, 2010 and 2008 from the Tri-Cities PGA Chapter. In 2011 he received the “Merchandiser of the Year Award”. Casey has implemented many golf programs at Clear Creek Golf Club involving our youth, ladies and senior citizens. He has conducted classes at several of Bristol’s elementary schools and has kept Clear Creek involved in youth programs. He has worked with the First Tee, “Drive, Chip and Putt”, Boys & Girls Club and the Special Ed. Casey was also instrumental in creating a Church League and other programs to promote golf. Casey works very close with the Virginia High Golf Team and the Virginia Intermont College Golf Team. He has been very instrumental in several players earning college golf scholarships. Casey, age 40, serves on the Board of Directors of the Tri-Cities Chapter PGA (Tennessee Section). He has held positions of Secretary, Vice President and was elected President in 2013. Casey attends Grace Point Church and is a member of the Optimist Club of Bristol.

Jake Spott PGA Head Golf Professional Glenrochie Country Club Abingdon, VA Jake Spott is entering his third season as the Head Golf Professional at Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon, Virginia. While growing up in the Mid-West, Jake enjoyed playing competitive amateur golf and played collegiate golf at Minnesota State University, Mankato where he majored in Business Management. After graduating from MSU in 2007, he spent 3 years in Montgomery, Alabama as the Assistant Golf Professional at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club. Not long after becoming a PGA Member in 2010, Jake found his way to Glenrochie Country Club. He takes pride in using golf as a vehicle to make an impact on the lives of people of all ages. Playing and teaching have become very important to Jake. He enjoys instructing players from beginners to scratch amateurs and is very dedicated to improving all of his students both physically and mentally so they can enjoy the game of Golf and reach their individual potential. Jake routinely plays in local Tri-Cities PGA Pro-Amateurs and Tennessee PGA Section events. He also strives to stay involved in the PGA of America frequently attending chapter, section, and national PGA meetings and currently sits as the Secretary of the Tri-Cities PGA Chapter. His other interests are spending time with his wife Abby, staying active, and reading.


Jake Spott

Meet the Pros Michael Crowe PGA Head Golf Professional Johnson City Country Club Johnson City, TN


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Michael has been with the Johnson City Country Club since the spring of 1984 when he began as an Assistant Golf Professional. He became Head Golf Professional in 1986 and is a member of the PGA’s Quarter Century Club recognizing 25+ years of membership. Mike is regarded as one of the leading golf professionals in the State of Tennessee. He is an accomplished teacher and player. He has taught several junior and amateur golfers who have gone on to play at golf programs, such as Arizona State, ETSU, and Auburn, when he coached the 1995 NCAA Champion Chip Spratlin. Among his numerous awards, Mike was named Golf Professional of the Year and was a recipient of the Bill Strasbaugh Award in the State of Tennessee. As a PGA/USGA Tournament Administrator, he excels in growing the game of golf and making sure member service is put to the forefront. He has two children, Caroline and Catherine.

So often parents and grandparents find themselves asking “When should I start teaching my child to play golf?” Well, that’s not a simple answer. For most kids, starting them about four years old is perfectly alright. That being said, there are two year olds that have been said to hit the ball pretty darn well. The key is that the child enjoys it, no matter what their age! Many kids don’t have the attention span or the desire to play dad/mom/grandparent’s favorite past time at the age of two, so waiting until four is probably the best idea for all involved. Take your child out to the driving range; make sure to get the right equipment for juniors and give very simple instructions to get them started. If they have fun, great! Keep at it until they get tired. If they don’t want to be there, as much as it may be a kill you, take them for ice cream and go home! If children are forced to play the game by their “over passionate” parents, they’ll hate it for life. Just walk away, and try again in a few months. When they are just starting, remember to keep it fun and short. Never forget the goal is to let them be excited to golf another day.

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We’ve all had them, and even more likely we’ve all been one. There is nothing worse during a round than to have to put up with some of these guys. They are the ones who leave us asking “are we on the eighteenth yet?” Swing Advice Guy

This guy knows exactly how to fix your swing even though you didn’t ask for any help. He always employs a vast array of swing jargon that only confuses you further. His favorite expression is “Wait, try this!”

The Parking Lot Pro

He always has a color-coordinated outfit, matching logos and an oversized tour bag to suggest he’s played professionally; but topped drive off the first tee suggests otherwise. This guy’s favorite expression- “These are the same shoes Tiger wears.”

The Frat Boy

We all know this guy; he’s unable to fathom a round of golf without a steady stream of adult beverages. His idea of restraint is to hold off drinking ... until the second hole. He is always saying “A few beers will loosen up that swing!”

The Volcano

He has the unique ability to allow even the most pleasant days to be soured by any bad swing, bounce, or lie. He always relies on Ball Retriever Guy to occasionally fetch clubs out of the lake. His favorite expression…well we couldn’t print that.



Mr. Magoo The Over-celebrator

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Yep, you know him. He is the absentminded member of your group who leaves an assortment of wedges, towels, and clubhead covers scattered throughout the course. He is always asking “Doggone it, have you seen my 56?”

The Commentator

This guy. He has perfected the art of the Roger Maltbie audible whisper. He always narrates your three-footer for double as if the Ryder Cup is at stake. His favorite saying: “There’s really not a lot to this putt, Johnny, but he’s got to make sure he gets it to the hole.”

The Cart Daredevil

We all want to be this guy. He reverts to his inner 13-year-old as soon as he gets behind the wheel of a cart. This guy has never met a “Cart Path Only” sign that pertains to him. His favorite expression: “Man, if only this thing didn’t have a governor!

The Rules Nazi

HE never lets the group down. He will call out innocuous violations even in friendly games. He thinks he’s doing you a favor by pointing out you’re carrying 15 clubs. Favorite expression: “No, no. Three in the water, four out, five back in the water ...”

Meet the Pros Dr. Todd Watson PGA Head Golf Professional Abingdon, VA

Dr. Todd Watson

Dr. Todd Watson is a unique combination of a Virginia Board of Medicine licensed chiropractor, a Titleist Performance Institute certified golf fitness instructor and a PGA of America golf professional. He is committed to helping all his patients live the wellness lifestyle and believes that patients should receive care to the equivalent of the best athletes in the world. Dr. Todd is a 1991 graduate of Lee High School, Jonesville, VA, where he was salutatorian of his class; a 1995 honors graduate of Tusculum College, Greeneville, TN with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science and graduated cum laude on Oct. 23, 2009 with a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Palmer Chiropractic College, Davenport, IA. Dr. Todd is a member of the Professional Football Chiropractic (PFC) and the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council. Dr. Todd meets with his patients directly to make a connection and to show that he will help relieve his patients from any discomfort. He is always updating and furthering his education to provide the best and most knowledgeable service. He exemplifies the Virginia Sports and Chiropractic slogan in his healthcare ... ‘For the athlete in all of us’. Dr. Todd and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Abingdon with their two children, Reece and Will. Dr. Todd’s office, Virginia Sports and Chiropractic is located at 453 West Main Street, Abingdon, VA. He can reached contacted at (276) 206-8202, by email or the web at

Jim Blackmore PGA Head Golf Professional and Director of Instruction The Virginian Golf Club Bristol, VA Jim Blackmore is the PGA Head Golf Professional and Director of Instruction at The Virginian Golf Club. Jim has held this position since the inception of the club in 1992. He is an accomplished player, talented instructor and consummate promoter of the game of golf. A native of Troy, Ohio, he graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1981. Jim was a member of the golf team four years at OWU. His playing accomplishments include selection as an All-American for three years and being elected into the Ohio Wesleyan University Athletic Hall of Fame. Blackmore’s professional golf career began as a custom club builder and equipment manufacturer. He has had the privilege of holding golf professional positions at Innisbrook Inn & Resort in Tarpon Springs, FL, Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort in Galena, IL and Champion Hills Club in Hendersonville, NC. His twenty-three year career as a PGA professional includes being recognized by his peers with numerous Tennessee PGA Section and Tri-Cities Chapter awards, highlighted by being selected as Section Golf Professional of the Year (PGA Professional’s highest honor), Merchandiser of the Year and Junior Golf Leader. Blackmore has also served on the Board of Directors for twelve years and as President of the Tennessee Section of the PGA of America from 2006 until 2008. Blackmore is a sought after golf instructor and club fitter. He prides himself in keeping up with the latest developments in golf equipment and instruction while continually looking for better ways to communicate and teach his students with the most current advances in training aids and video technology.

Jim Blackmore

Jim resides in the Bristol area with his wife Melissa and two beautiful daughters, Caroline and Gracyn.

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Johnson City Country Club 32

DI N I NG - GOLF - T EN N IS - POOL - F I T N ESS - LEISU R E History:

The Johnson City Country Club golf course was first designed in 1919 by the renowned architect A.W. Tillinghast who, at the time, was considered the Dean at Golf Course Architecture. To date, the JCCC is the only remaining active Tillinghast designed golf course in the State of Tennessee. A stroll along the 6,400 yard, Par 72 course give the visitor a perfect view of the expansive tee boxes, undulating hills, deep irregular shaped sand bunkers, and tiered greens that are a unique trademark of A.W. Tillinghast. During the history of the Club, it has hosted many notables such as Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead and Babe Zaharias, just to name a few. Also, the Club has hosted many state, local and noted charity events. The following will depict what golf is all about at the Club; not to mention the other amenities available such as Tennis, Swimming, Health & Fitness and Dining.

Course Description:

For a golfer, there is no better experience than a fabulous golf course in a spectacular setting. Truly, this is what the Johnson City Country Club has to offer. From the tree lined fairways to the small contoured greens, the A.W. Tillinghast design, ranked as one of the State’s finest, provides the beauty and challenge every golfer demands. Four choices of tees enable golfers of all skill levels to equally enjoy the course. Opening with a beautiful Par 4, featuring majestic pines down both sides of the Bermuda grass fairways, the golf course gives

A Tradition Since 1913

you a hint of what to expect. Generous landing areas, strategic bunkering and a versatile green are all present, setting the stage for what is to come. As you begin to work your way towards the end of your round, Holes 16, 17 & 18 will test your abilities not only off the tee, but to the precise approaches to the well bunkered greens as well. We are a family oriented Country Club. So we encourage all members of their family to experience what we have to offer. And as always, walking is allowed at all times on the course.

Amenities: • 18 Hole A.W. Tillinghast designed course • Bermuda grass tees and fairways • Bent grass greens (pencross) • Driving range and short game practice facility • Golf Shop staffed by PGA Professionals with an excellent selection of golf merchandise • Lessons and clinics (Men’s, Ladies and Juniors) • Men’s and Ladies’ locker rooms available • Multiple tees available for all players • A friendly staff to take care of our golfers needs


1901 East Unaka Avenue Johnson City • 423-975-5520 Golf Pro Shop: 423-928-5161 Tennis Pro Shop: 423-926-8641

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Virginia Sports & Chiropractic Offers Care for the Athlete in All of Us Forty-year-old Dr. M. Todd Watson is the world's only PGA professional and doctor of chiropractic. With a busy office located at 453 West Main Street in Abingdon called Virginia Sports and Chiropractic, he offers a unique perspective to all types of patients. Due to his sports background, Watson is in demand by many athletes looking to improve their performance. Several of his current patients are state-caliber performers who want to compete at a higher level. "We repeatedly have high school athletes coming to seeing us who perform at the highest levels in golf, football, tennis, softball and basketball," he noted. When Watson began playing golf at the age of four years old following in his father's footsteps, he had no idea that the game would become his true vocation and mirror his career path. After a successful high school golf career at Lee High School in Jonesville (Lee County), Va. and a stellar four years at Tusculum College playing for Coach Bob Dibble, Watson continued his golfing dream by earning his PGA card in 2001. But a serious back injury made the scratch golfer to consider another career after a herniated disc caused the young 28-year-old to undergo back surgery. Watson was working as the golf pro at Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon when he had to undergo surgery at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He was unable to stand up straight for any length of time and he literally had to drag his left leg behind him. His only source of comfort during those pain-riddled days was chiropractic care. He states that post-surgical visits to chiropractors allowed him to recover his health. "The reason I am here now is due to chiropractic care," Watson explained. "Chiropractic care was the only type of care that provided me with any relief from the pain. The reason I am healthy today is because I manage the demands and rigors of everyday life with regular chiropractic maintenance." Watson became a true believer in the therapeutic power of chiropractic medicine that he left his job and returned to


Athlete work to improve their performance in Watson TPI’s class.

to great, one-third of our patients are suffering from chronic pain and the final third are people handling wellness/ prevention issues," he added. "We take all three types and treat them like athletes." Watson can take you through a golfspecific physical TPI evaluation and design you a custom golf workout. He offers a weekly TPI conditioning class for golfers on Saturdays at Body Works in Abingdon. "I play more of a medical professional role in TPI," Watson explained. "I understand as much about the golf swing as I do the body for the best performance." He continues working in specialized golf as this fall he begins his fourth season as head coach of the Abingdon High School golf team. He believes the line between chiro-

"I believe athletes receive the best care on earth therefore I want to treat every patient in my office like an athlete. Because we are all athletes whether we are 8 years old or 108 years old, I vow to treat you with the best care possible." – Dr. Todd Watson college at age 33 to earn his doctorate in chiropractic. He is justifiably proud of earning his TPI certification, a specialized training program available through the Titleist Performance Institute. "In 2006, I was first introduced to the Titleist Performance Institute, which basically shaped the way I wanted to practice," Watson remarked. "I knew at that point I would merge chiropractic and athletics into my practice. I've always been an athlete, especially a golfer and I wanted to be a chiropractor. "I believe athletes receive the best care on earth therefore I want to treat every patient in my office like an athlete. Because we are all athletes whether we are 8 years old or 108 years old, we vow to treat you with the best care possible." He explained that in his experience as a teaching golf pro, many times he had to re-teach students the same lessons over and over due to their physical limitations. "We basically see three types of patients: athletes who want to from good

practic care and athletes will continue to blur in the future as younger and younger patients seek professional guidance. "In chiropractic, we look at and find joints that aren't in balance and we work on correcting those and this helps with not only in golf and football but in everyday movement," he added. "We determine your functional movement and capabilities and try to improve on it. "We are just scratching the surface on what can be done with athletes in general in terms of chiropractic care and performance." He currently has patients traveling from as far away as a 100-mile radius to visit his Abingdon office. Perhaps it's his obvious regard for his chosen profession that has Watson so much in demand. "I love what I do," he acknowledged. "It's always gratifying to watch people improve their quality of life and achieve their dreams and goals and know that you may have had a small part in their success."

Because We’re All Atheletes. Dr. M. Todd

Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare and most major insurances accepted


Call today to schedule your appointment. 453 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210 (276) 206-8202 •

Wellness Starts Here. Free Consultation

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Th e Pinnacle Ach ievem ent.

The Virginian, an acclaimed 538-acre private country club community in the rolling hills of Southwestern Virginia, is about to unveil its newest neighborhood. Named Grandview, it consists of 30 carefully contoured homesites overlooking the 9th and 18th holes of the Tom Fazio championship golf course. The name is apt because each homesite provides spectacular view corridors of meadows, forests, fairways and the faraway Appalachian Mountains. This mature, successful community, named as one of the finest and best planned in America, is already home to more than 100 families residing in charming estate homes. Talented architects and planners have been working on Grandview for several years, assuring its homes will be the pinnacle achievements in this distinguished community. Outside the gates of The Virginian are the historic towns of Abingdon and Bristol, the scenic Appalachian Trail and an unhurried, uncrowded and unparalleled living environment. We invite your inquiry.

A private golf club community of 250 homesites on 538 acres of some of the most breathtaking highlands in North America. Homesites from $70,000, resale homes from $500,000. Void where prohibited by law, including New York and New Jersey.

36 22512 Clubhouse Ridge Bristol, Virginia 24202 276.645.7050

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Food City 500 Sprint Cup Race @ BMS

JC Jr League Cocktails & Catwalks 6:30-10pm Belk in JC Mall for more info:


Children’s Storytime at Bristol Public Library 11:30am-12:00pm


Harlem Globetrotters 7pm @ Freedom Hall

Children’s Storytime at Bristol Public Library 11:30am-12:00pm


Children’s Storytime at Bristol Public Library 11:30am-12:00pm




Children’s Storytime at Bristol Public Library 11:30am-12:00pm




Career fair 9am-2pm 140 West Main Street


Kid’s Color Drawing Classes at One of a Kind Gallery 4-5:30pm For more info: 423 652 2648

Nevermore Book Club at Bristol Public Library 11am-12pm

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Kid’s Color Drawing Classes at One of a Kind Gallery 4-5:30pm/

Nevermore Book Club at Bristol Public Library 11am-12pm

Government Procurement and Contracting 1-3pm @ Kingsport Chamber

Free Small Group Training: Using Facebook to promote your business 9-11am, Kingsport Chamber



Nevermore Book Club at Bristol Public Library 11am-12pm

Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow 1-4pm Meadowview




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




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






Free Planetarium Show 7-8pm @ ETSU For more info: (423) 439 6906


Kingsport Mets Business After Hours 5:30pm Kingsport Terrace




8th Annual Mt. Music Feast featuring The Boxcars 7pm @ Kingsport Civic Center. 5 For info: 423 461 7769

CityMac Workshop: iPhone Basics 5:30-6:30pm

Beer Tasting Inari Wines, Bristol 4-7pm

City Mac Workshop: Mac Basics 3:30-4:30pm, State Street


CityMac Workshop: iPhone Basics 5:30-6:30pm

Beer Tasting Inari Wines, Bristol 4-7pm

City Mac Workshop: Mac Basics 3:30-4:30pm, State Street

22 @ Meadowview, 7:30am

Kingsport Chamber Breakfast

Highlands Ballet presents Robin Hood…Prince of Sherwood @ Paramount, 7:30-10pm

CityMac Workshop: iPhone Basics 5:30-6:30pm

Beer Tasting Inari Wines, Bristol 4-7pm

City Mac Workshop: Mac Basics 3:30-4:30pm, State Street

CrestPoint Health Shamrock 4miler 7pm @ Abingdion Farmers Market

Masters of Bluegrass Paramount, 7-10pm

CityMac Workshop: iPhone Basics 5:30-6:30pm

Beer Tasting Inari Wines, Bristol 4-7pm

City Mac Workshop: Mac Basics 3:330-4:30pm /State Street


City Mac Workshop: Mac Basics 3:30-4:30pm, State Street

David Crowder @ Paramount 7:30pm

Spring Nationwide 300 @ BMS

Great America Cleanup Events 8am-3pm for more info: 423 975-2792


“Tickled Pink” Survivor Celebration – Susan G. Komen 11:30am @ Holiday Inn/ JC


Boys & Girls Club 2012 Grand Tour Gala 6pm @ Meadowview

HOPE Pancake Breakfast 8-10am 23Kingsport Applebee’s


Tri Cities Largest Garage Sale 7am-1pm Appalachian Fairgrounds


The Foundation Event Facility Open House 6-9pm @ Foundation

Third Day @ Freedom Hall @ 5pm

Appalachian Farmers Market Association Conference 9am-5pm, Slater Center 325 McDowell Street in Bristol

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Bash 6:30-11pm @ Millennium Centre for more info: 423 975 5437



Wm. King Clothier Trunk Show Johnson City Location


Wm. King Clothiers Trunk Show 12pm-7pm



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Members of the University of Tennessee’s 1998 National Championship team, Phil Fulmer, Peerless Price, and Al Wilson spoke to a large crowd at King College on January 29. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Annual Fund for Scholarships & Programs, which is one of the primary sources for direct scholarship assistance for King students. Former UT Head Coach Phil Fulmer served as Head Football Coach at Tennessee for 17 years, from 19922008. During his last 11 years, the UT Vols played in the SEC Championship game five times, winning twice. He also led the UT Vols to the 1998 National Championship. Fulmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on December 4, 2012. Al Wilson was UT’s only All-America selection from the 1998 undefeated national championship team. Highlighting his career with the University of Tennessee was 12-tackle performances in UT’s 20-17 Jeff Hall, Coach Phillip Fulmer, Al Wilson, and Will

overtime win against No. 2-ranked Florida, where he set a school record with three caused fumbles. Wilson’s entire professional career of nine years was spent with the Broncos. King University is a Presbyterian, master’s-level comprehensive college structured on a university model. Founded in 1867, the College offers more than 80 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees. For more information about King College, visit Photography by: Mickey Baker | Story by: Rita Dykes

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Eric Vance, Vinnie Vance, Kelly Graham

Ronnie Cole and Kathryn Ragan

Mark Billings and Garry Hammond

Gerald Meredith, Jason Meredith, Larry Shaver, Jen Shaver and Gail Shaver

Phillip Fulmer and Doug Vance

Angela Striligas and Mickey Baker

Charlie Taylor and Andrew Powers

Tracy & Philip Dishner

Mark and Tyler Dickenson

Max Salyer and Macon Salyer

Dan King, Jeff Hall, Phillip Fulmer, Al Wilson, Will, and

David Vance and Marc Rhymer

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Coach Phillip Fulmer with Thomas and Pat Jackson

Kris Mangrum, April Thomas, and Jack Quesenberry

James Meadows, Larry Nowlin, Jerry Nowlin and Michael Broome


Coach Fulmer

Allen Carrier, Brandy Barrett and Kevin Cole

Derek & Mica Brown

Joshua Smith and Jordan Smith

Rep. Jon Lundberg visits Anderson Compounding Pharmacy


Top 10 Reasons to go to the Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza

During a recent visit to Anderson Compounding Pharmacy in Bristol, Tenn., Rep. Jon Lundberg (Tenn. House District 1) discusses with Cleve Anderson, left, and Mark Flanary, right, the Anderson Wellness Team’s goal to provide pharmacy service at a higher level – as an information source, healthcare center and an integral part of better health for their customers.

10 - Three Words.... Chocolate, Toasted Coconut, Jalapeño 9 - Unlimited samples of delicious and unique Craft Beer 8 - Get your picture made with Brewski, the gigantic Thirsty Orange 7 - Try Beer infused with incredible fruits and tasty stuff 6 - Live Music by a Wise Old River, Last in Line and Damon Waffle 5 - 100+ unique and speciality craft brews to sample.... then repeat... 4 - Make memories inside the Beer Booth (Photobooth) 3 - Iron Brewer Challenge and the Hoopers Ball 2 - Drink craft beer you'll never get anywhere else 1 - BECAUSE YOU’RE THIRSTY! SMITH BROTHERS

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Cleve Anderson, left, recently hosted Rep. Jon Lundberg (Tenn. House District 1) on a tour of Anderson Compounding Pharmacy in Bristol, Tenn. With recent discussions regarding compounding pharmacy practices across the nation, this tour was an unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the leading compounding pharmacy in our area. This visit will help lead the way in changing Tennessee’s Board of Pharmacy’s Regulations so that all Tennessee Compounding Pharmacies will be held at this high level of safety and integrity. Anderson Compounding is the Gold Standard and ahead of the curve of safety integrity. 43 | March



Friends Neighbors, Inc. l

Friends and Neighbors was formed in 2011 to help the children in Kingsport City Schools who came from homeless families. Their goal, then and now, is to be involved in helping these children and their families achieve a more stable home environment. Friends and Neighbors is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of individuals who contribute their time, talent or funds to help these families obtain affordable housing.



Who are these people? Where do they come from?

Where does the money come

A 12 member Board of Directors is made up of representatives of faith based organizations, service providers, city government and the private sector. Their responsibility is to create a community working together to reduce homelessness - one family at a time.

Many local churches have responded to Friends and Neighbors with donations, special fundraisers and in-kind donations where individuals have given their time to help the few dedicated volunteers. Since August of 2012, donations have included a car for families who need transportation, three homes, and volunteers and financial support from several churches and organizations.

How do they do that? To create any successful operation, you must create awareness. In 2011, little was known about homelessness in Kingsport. Clark Jenkins, the late Senior Minister of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, challenged the community to be aware of the homelessness in our area and to do something about it. The problem began to be researched and it was found that there was so much the community did not know about the homeless children. In response, a speaking tour of civic clubs, Sunday school classes and outreach committees was organized to educate the general public of the need to help these citizens who were experiencing a tough time in their lives. One concerned individual came forward and donated a house. Friends and Neighbors Incorporated was created to receive this house and the mission began. We now have 14 families working through a two-year plan that requires the families to have gainful employment, case management, and a commitment to perform 250 hours of community service. They make a relatively small monthly rent payment with Friends and Neighbors providing a subsidy or negotiated rental payment. Community leaders often refer to it as a hand up program, not a hand out program.

from to support these efforts?

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | MeadowView Friday, February 1 marked yet another historic event for the Kingsport Chamber. The Chamber celebrated with its 66th Annual Dinner at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center. The Chamber’s largest event of the year hosted another record-breaking crowd of more than 1,800 guests. The Kingsport Chamber continues to hold the record for the largest annual dinner among Chambers nationwide. Guests attending Kingsport’s “Social Event of the Year” were treated to an amazing dinner, an incredible look-back presentation of achievements by Kingsport, the Chamber, and its members during 2012, a preview of another exciting year ahead, and phenomenal entertainment. “The team at WJHL News Channel 11 was honored once again to host this incredible evening of celebration,” said Dan Cates, Kingsport Chamber 66th Annual Dinner chair and WJHL News Channel 11 president and general manager. “To continue to have another record, sold-out crowd for this event year after year speaks volumes to the high quality of the event and the hard work of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.” 2012 Kingsport Chamber Chair Etta Clark, with Eastman Chemical Company, and 2013 Kingsport Chamber Chair Monty McLaurin, with Indian Path Medical Center, congratulated the outstanding membership of the Kingsport Chamber and praised the leadership of Kingsport Mayor Dennis Philips, the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen, City Manager, and staff for the accomplishments of 2012 and for the city’s partnership with the Chamber. The Kingsport Chamber presented its very prestigious Lifetime Member Award to Payne Marshall. Marshall served as the twenty-sixth president of the Chamber in 1972. The award honored Marshall for a lifetime of outstanding service to Kingsport.

The event had more than 100 corporate sponsors. Eastman Chemical Company served as title sponsor and WJHL News Channel 11 was host sponsor. Holston Valley Medical Center was the entertainment sponsor, Eastman Credit Union served as concert hall and stage sponsor, King University served as education sponsor, Indian Path Medical Center was the associate sponsor, Holston Medical Group was the program sponsor, Food City was the printing sponsor and Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations served as reception sponsor. “The team at WJHL News Channel 11 was honored once again to host this incredible evening of celebration,” said Dan Cates, Kingsport Chamber 66th Annual Dinner chair and WJHL News Channel 11 president and general manager. “To continue to have another record, sold-out crowd for this event year after year speaks volumes to the high quality of the event and the hard work of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.” For more information, visit Photography by: Mickey Baker, Angela Striligas, Chelsie Gregory and Savanna Smith Story by: Rita Dykes

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | MeadowView Convention Center

Pink Ribbon Honor Roll Brunch The Pink Ribbon Honor Roll Brunch was held in honor port of corporate, individual, and foundation donors, of the top 25 individual fundraisers for the 2012 Susan third party event fundraising, hundreds of volunteers, G. Komen Race for the Cure. The brunch was held

survivors, activists, and the Race for the Cure, the Tri-

at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention

Cities affiliate is able to raise funds to provide grants to

Center on February 8. Dr. Bernie Tisdale spoke on the hospitals, health organizations, and non-profit comimportance of regular mammogram imaging and the

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Cindy Saadeh Art Gallery

FIRST THURSDAY The Downtown Kingsport Association

pottery, glass, fiber arts, and prints. The

sponsors the First Thursday Event on the

spectacular artwork is ever changing with

first Thursday of each month in downtown

new artists featured at Cindy Saadeh.

Kingsport. Many downtown businesses

Cindy Saadeh offers painting parties as

extend their hours until 7 pm to provide

a great way to celebrate a birthday, just

consumers to shop or dine at their

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visited the Cindy Saadeh Fine Art located

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SEEN IN JOHNSON CITY | Johnson City Country Club

The Roaring 1920s Ball The Johnson City Country Club was all jazzed up as members celebrated the centennial anniversary on February 2nd with a Roaring 1920s Ball. The cold, snowy night did not stop members from showcasing their 1920s attire as they celebrated the monumental occasion. Upon entering the club, guests received a glass of champagne and piano music filled the air while Dr. Alan Ongtengco serenaded the guests with his outstanding Jazz musical renditions. Guests were treated to an incredible 1920s meal prepared club chef Greg Saunders. Waldorf Salads, olives with salt, stuffed celery, and jello were just a few of the 20s dining collection. Dinner also featured a beef carving table, raw bar, “Chicago Style” pasta station, and an array of delicious appetizers and

Jackie & Gary Mabrey

Gaye Cooper and Kim Robinson

deserts. An original drink was even created for the event called the Cen-tini. The Cen-tini was made with Mountain Dew, a drink that was first made in Johnson City and served at the Country Club. Photographs, casino games, music, and door prizes were all highlighted events of the evening. The fun continued until guests exited the Country Club where they received 1920s Nestle treats of Baby Ruth, Butterfingers, and Milky Way candy bars. Coordinated by Club Social Director, Chuck Minton, chaired by Patty Holbrook, and supported by Beth Poland and Tamara Marshall, the Roaring 1920s Ball was a tremendous success of celebration of the

Patty Holbrook and Beth Poland

club’s centennial anniversary. For more information, visit

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Rich Hall


Cindy Bolton and Frannie Jones

Laura & Brett Thomas

Tony & Cathie Ferro

John and Dottie Webb

James Robinson Victoria and Linda Bowman

Phil Pindzola and Angela Striligas

Debbie & Larry England

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SEEN IN JOHNSON CITY | Johnson City Country Club

Helen and Harold Whitson

John Holbrook, Skip Cooper, and Dave Sentell

Tammy Martin and Cameron & Tina Bailey

Lisa Jones and Katy Pindzola


Polly & Todd Wiley

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These fashionable gowns come in a huge variety of styles, and it’s easy to find one that flatters your figure in the perfect way. This style is characterized by skirts with short hems in the front and long in the back. They are so popular because they allow you to show off your legs and shoes while still enjoying plenty of coverage. They also make it easy to let loose on the dance floor while maintaining an elegant and refined look.


If you’re going for a chic and feminine style, one shoulder or one sleeve gowns are the look. One shoulder gowns and single strap dresses are hot, trendy, and totally striking. They are an elegant look with a youthful but sophisticated feel that is perfect for prom. Let this be the year to show off your fashion savvy, not to mention those cute shoulders in a fabulous one shoulder dress.


A mermaid dress is the perfect way to rock your amazing curves on prom night. The style is so popular; you’ll find a stunning array of gorgeous mermaid gowns almost anywhere you look. The painted-on designs highlight every last curve, and their flared skirts produce a balanced and eye-catching look. They are available in a breathtaking selection of colors, designs and materials, so finding a unique and enticing option is a breeze.


When it comes to prom dresses, you can never go wrong with sequined, sparkling styles. From radiant rhinestones to sparkling stones, these usually short dresses are one of today’s hottest styles. Whether you’re looking for something that will make you glitter from head to toe, or if you’d prefer a sleek look with a few strategically placed shimmering accents, finding what you need couldn’t be easier in 2013. At prom, a sequin dress will make you an absolute standout on the dance floor. The lights will reflect off your dress to give you a glittering radiance that will make you the star of the show.


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A Look Back at Popular Prom Fashions For more than eighty years, Prom has been witness to the ever-changing dress trends of young women. From sensible formal attire in its early years to the tragedy that was fashion in the 1980s, each generation has their own idea of what the “correct” dress trend is.

1960s 1930s As imagined, the style of the 30s was very conservative and low key especially since money was no luxury for anyone. These dresses tended to be very sleek and form fitting around the waist, while flowing towards the bottom. Usually the dresses fell below the knee as it was improper for young ladys in this time to show legs above the knees. The 30s welcomed the large, long rouged sleeves and an oversized collar, but they were not as outrageous as the second time around.

1940s This is the decade when the prom dress began to poof below the waist. Thus the princess gown was born- thank you 1940s! The style fell right above the ankle in order to show off the small, but newly trendy 3 inch high heels. The neck line moved from overly sized to somewhat lacy and some would say racy neck, although the ruffle on the line did not disappear. Short gloves were a must in the 40’s. Any color from white to pink to yellow was considered fashionable.

1950s It was in the 50’s that dresses went strapless, or at least to thin straps and exposed much of a girl’s neck and shoulders. While the 40’s may have introduced the poof below the waist, the 50’s perfected it! These dresses were full of tulle to achieve a lot of poof and could be found in floor length or mid-shin length. Ruffles on the bottom half of the dress was in style and quite common. Pastel colors were the popular choices for prom dresses of the 50’s. 60

Hello legs! Dresses above the knee became popular in the 1960’s and lace came back on the scene. Many dresses from this decade had no sleeves; but some covered the whole neckline, while others had “spaghetti” straps. The poof from the decade before completely disappeared; most of the 60’s dresses were slim and sleek. A bow tied around the waist was a staple of “cool.” Crazy patterns were most popular during this psychedelic era.

1970s There were two distinct styles in the 70’s. One style was sleeveless and simply wrapped around the neck- the beginning of the halter top as we know it. However these dresses were no normal halters, these were halters with a deep “v” cut and collars- big, pointy collars. The other style was just the opposite, long sleeves were also popular. Ofcourse these were not normal sleeves; they were very oversized (as if someone had let the air out of them) and were tightly cuffed about mid-forearm. With or without sleeves, almost all prom dresses from the 70’s were long and flowy.

1980s This is the decade when fashion um…took a walk on the wild side. Metallic colors, sequence, and anything that glittered and sparkled were considered in style in the 80’s. As long as the prom dress had huge… HUGE sleeves and came in any neon color you could think of, you were sure to impress everyone and be the best dressed in the room. These dresses were massive at the top and the bottom.

1990s The crazy 80’s oversized dresses proved to be too much to last too long. Dresses in the 90’s were very slim and sleek. A scoop neckline was the trend as well as a scarf that matched the dress. Off the shoulder deep “v” necklines were also a hit in this decade. These dresses came in all lengths from above the knee to the floor.

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The Chamber of Commerce representing Johnson City, Jonesborough and Washington County, The Mall at Johnson City, Washington County Economic Development Council, and the Johnson City Economic Summit hosted a Career Fair on February 7. The fair was held at The Mall at Johnson City just off of Roan Street. A large crowd came out to the fair to gather knowledge on the employment opportunities and training that the Tri-Cities has to offer. The fair was designed to enable regional employers and colleges, universities, apprenticeship programs, and the military to provide information to the public. While the Career Fair’s desired result was to inform youth of job


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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Downtown Kingsport Association

H.O.P.E. and Art on Main Street

Richie Hicks and Rebekah Morgan

Brooke Bundrant and Brenda Bundrant

Carolyn Cox, Scott Huff and Monique Hall

Stella Robinette and Brooke Bundrant

Linda Kincaid, Unome "the artist" and Veronica Camp

Main Art Center and Downtown

H.O.P.E. is a non-profit organization

Kingsport Association partnered

dedicated to the education of youth

with H.O.P.E. for its black history

and to enhance the lives of all who

month celebration and fund raising

are involved in its programs. H.O.P.E.

event. The event was powerfully

standing for; help our potential evolve,

named, Unity a Community Affair. The

focuses on building future leaders

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for both the present and future. The

February 7. The event brought unity

organization also teaches youth to

to all by showcasing many talented

give back to the community. H.O.P.E.

artisans of the community as a part

offers programs such as H.O.P.E.

of an ongoing effort toward promoting

Educational Summit for ages 14 to 18,

and developing the life long skills and

Employment Fair for our Resources of

future careers of the young leaders.

Tomorrow, Black History Celebration,

H.O.P.E. is a diverse organization that

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provides job shadowing opportunities

Origins, Back to School Celebration,

and lessons on succeeding in

and Been There Done That.

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Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kingsport provided 250 Club members with new shoes through the generosity of Payless Shoe Source. The Club was selected as an official partner of Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless Shoe Source. The Boys and Girls Club developed the idea of a “Shoe Mob” by taking 28 children at a time to the Payless located in the Kingsport Town Center where the children used their certificate to purchase a pair of shoes. The children walked quietly to their appropriate size area where they worked with the store manager, Shelly and her staff, to pick out the perfect pair of shoes. Some of the children used their math skills to discover that if they purchased a lower priced pair shoes, they could also purchase a pair of socks. One young lady selected two pairs of shoes and a pair of socks with her certificate!


to remedy this problem. By helping families that struggle to provide their children with basic essentials on a daily basis, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport, in partnering with the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program, hoped to relieve some of the stress that parents experience during the holidays and bring joy to as many children as possible.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport’s mission is to provide a 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. For more information, visit

This is the fifth year of the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program. Although studies show that properly fitting shoes are essential for children’s health and development, a striking number of children do not own a pair of shoes that fit. Payless and the Boys and Girls Club are working Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story by: Rita Dykes

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Make-A-Wish Chocolate Festival

SEEN IN KINGSPORT | MeadowView Convention Center

Chocolate lovers from across the Tri-Cities joined together to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee on February 9th at the beautiful MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport. The festival was held in conjunction with the

Holston Valley Broadcasting Group 50 Plus Expo. Chocolate Festival attendees received mouth-watering, bite-size treat samples from 30 area restaurants and businesses. This year’s festival introduced the Northeast Tennessee Chocolate Festival 2013 Pageant. Amazing musical and magical presentations provided the event’s entertainment, while shopping at the silent auction added to the festivities of the day. Featured in the silent auction were weekend getaways, stunning gift baskets, gift certificates, and much more. Wish children were available for photos and interviews prior to judging event booths for the Wish Child’s Choice Award. Proceeds from the Chocolate Festival go to make children’s wishes come true just as it did for Avery. Avery is a 5-year-old boy who loves playing cars, watching the Disney Channel, pretending to be a police officer, and eating junk food. Unlike most 5-year-olds, Avery’s days also include medications, daily counts and hospital visits to treat his leukemia. Make-A-Wish is making Avery’s wish come true by sending him and his family to Disney World this spring. The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 when a group of volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer. The foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the

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world, with 65 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 40 minutes. For more information, visit Story by Rita Dykes | Photography by Mickey Baker

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SEEN IN BRISTOL | Image Essentials


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VIPSEEN was invited to Dobyns-Bennett High School for National Signing Day on February 6 where seven young men signed to play college sports.

Jacob Weismann – Defensive Lineman Maryville College

Warren Austin – Soccer East Tennessee State University (ETSU)

Warren Austin and Austin Pate, D-B soccer’s players signed on to play soccer for two different colleges. Austin will join the ETSU soccer team while Pate signed to play for Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Both Austin and Pate started for the Indians soccer team during their freshman year. During their high school career, Pate played 63 games while Austin played 70 games for the Indians. Trevor Gilliam, defensive lineman dominated during his last two years at D-B with 4 forced fumbles and 132 tackles. Gilliam also played on offense as a tight end where his blocking led to 12 touchdowns and 8 pancake blocks. Gilliam signed with the University of Charleston, West Virginia. Maryville College gains another one of D-B’s finest, Jacob Weismann. Weismann’s position as defensive lineman played a large part of the Indians’ 2012 success. Weismann is putting his education as his main objective during his Maryville College experience while having a great time playing football.

Malik Foreman led the Indians during his last two years as a defensive back and wide receiver with 1269 running yards and 17 touchdowns. Foreman also returned 3 kicks for touchdowns on special teams. He finished with the Indians with 1500 rushing yards, 460 receiving yards, and 41 touchdowns. Foreman will be flaunting the orange and white as he plays for the University of Tennessee. DeVaun Swafford will soon begin his tenure as a Tennessee Volunteer. Swafford advanced the Indians’ as defensive back, running back, and corner back. Swafford had an incredible career with rushing for over 2600 yards in 305 attempts ranking 2nd in recent history since 1982. He had 59 total touchdowns, 47 rushing, 10 thrown, and 2 returns. Team caption, Thomas Edwards led the Indians’ offense into his astonishing final season as offensive lineman. Edwards left with 92% in blocking, led with blocks for scores and had 29 pancake blocks. Edwards is yet the third Indian to sign with the University of Tennessee this year as a preferred walk-on. Congratulations on a job well done and best wishes in your college journey! For more information, visit

Photography by Angela Striligas | Story by Rita Dykes

Austin Pate - Soccer Messiah College, PA

Devaun “DBO” Swafford – Defensive Back/Running Back University of Tennessee

Kanwaldeep Singh and Charis Hickson

Thomas Edwards Preferred Walk-on Offensive Lineman University of Tennessee

Trevor Gilliam Defensive Lineman University of Charleston (W.VA)

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United Way Leadership Giving Event Thank you for giving ... thank you for being involved ... and thank you for caring. The United Way of Greater Kingsport is indeed thankful for all the generous donations they have received this past year, and asked members of the Leadership Givers program to come forward and enjoy a lovely reception to show their appreciation. The reception held at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Center was warm and inviting for those who selflessly gave of their time talent and treasures so that others may have the opportunity to have better lives. The feast was catered by Divine CafĂŠ and Catering and included a plethora of food and drinks. The ambiance was comfortable and lovely though through the glass doors the air was frigid and biting.

Keener and Nancy Mallicote, Beverly and John Perdue

The theme this past year was Give Hope a Hand and so many did. Some of the sponsors for the Leadership Giving recognition program include BAE Systems, Bank of Tennessee, Brock Services, Ltd., Citizens Bank, Domtar, Eastman Chemical Co., Eastman Credit Union, First Tennessee Bank, Frontier Health, Hunter, Smith & Davis, Jacobs Field Services, and TriSummit Bank. In the words of the United Way Worldwide call to action ... LIVE UNITEDGIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER. For information on how you can donate to the United Way of Greater Kingsport or to be a Leadership recognized giver you may call 423.378.3409 Story and Photography by Lynda Fontaine


Phil and Traci Begeley

Robert and Martha Funke

Janice and John Brooks

Janyce Dudney, Chip and Kandy Childress

Cathy and Doug Spriinger

Mary and Jos DeWit

Leslie and Gary Keefauver

Clint and Lisa Robinette

Doris and Jerry Bush

Dan Dietrich and Bill Dudney

Bill and Monica Fortenberry

Mary and Larry Bailey

Danelle Glasscock and Roy Harmon

Darren and Michelle Eskind, Ann Rhem

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Story and Photography by: Sam Bass

“The wild stallion lifted his head and sniffed the air, his herd quietly grazing in the meadow below. Almost in slow motion, “Wildfire” reared up, his mane and tail gently flowing in the breeze...”


“I imagine my creations before I begin sculpting them,” said Kingsport artist Cheryl Lawson-Bass. “Wildfire is the most recent, but there have been many others: motorcycles, roosters, peacocks, a blowfish, a ram, a lion, a butterfly, an American Bald Eagle and all manner of other critters.” Born in Kingsport and raised in Big Stone Gap, Cheryl is a native of the Tri-Cities region. She calls her creations “Tyme Pieces” and meticulously sculpts each piece from parts harvested solely from old, worn and discarded watches. Aside from a cutting edge adhesive, Cheryl uses no other materials in sculpting her creative interpretation of motorcycles and whimsical critters. “I’ve always loved miniatures and clocks, so when I saw a miniature motorcycle made from watch pieces on Facebook I wanted one,” Cheryl said. “I’ve tinkered with one art form or another all my life so I decided to try to make one myself.” After several cycles Cheryl’s husband challenged her to make a grasshopper. She did. It sold and “Tyme Pieces” was started. But making Tyme Pieces takes a lot of time (forgive the pun) and painstaking patience. “Before I can even begin a sculpture I must completely disassemble the watches. Every part is saved,” said Cheryl. “Backs, crystals, pins, springs, gears, cogs, hands, tiny little screws, levers, circuit boards, and band parts ... each and every piece of the watch is separated and organized, then reorganized 74 by size.”



After each piece is thoroughly cleaned, she can begin.


...making Tyme Pieces takes a lot of time...

“If it doesn’t come on a watch, it doesn’t go on a Tyme Piece, and it takes many hours to complete a sculpture,” Cheryl said. “It isn’t unusual for me to tear down an almost completed piece because I’m not satisfied. I want to ensure my clients receive only my best effort.” When asked about her inspiration, Cheryl turns to her faith. “I believe all of God’s creation is an inspiration,” said Cheryl, “and I like to think that He guides my hand in interpreting His creation through my watch part sculptures.” Tyme Pieces are fragile creations and are not toys. Each sculpture comes with its own little enclosure, a comfortable ‘home’ for its protection and easy viewing.

Cheryl’s Tyme Pieces can be seen at Blowfish Emporium in Bristol. Contact Bethany Wilson at 276-644-1428 for more information or Cheryl Lawson-Bass:

“I’ve tinkered with one art form or another all my life...” PEACOCK

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The Rotary Club Dinner & Dance The Rotary Clubs of Kingsport and Johnson City hosted a dinner-dance on February 14th at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City. The event was organized by Judith Fischer of the Kingsport Club and Sarah Schumaier of the Johnson City Club. The evening began with a silent auction, followed by an Italian feast. After dinner, the bidding began on vacation trips, a winery party, and a derby party. After the bids were placed and prizes won, the band “Unlimited� got the party started on the dance floor. The District Governor of Rotary District 7570, Woody Sadler and his wife Lori, were honored guests for the event. The net proceeds from the evening benefited the Polio Eradication Fund. In 1979, Rotary International decided to end the disease of polio throughout the world. A goal they are getting close to reaching.

Richie Torbett and Paul Montgomery

Judith Fischer

To find out more, visit Photography & Story by: Linda Coffey

Cham & Traci Percer

Vivian Crymble and Colonel Woody Sadler

Bill & Sarah Hawk

Witt & Helen Langstaff

Lafe & Heather Cook and Becky & Bob Jones


Curtis Montgomery & Johanna Morales

Trish & Shawn Weems

Ben & Meredith Berry, Stephanie Schumaier & Grant Summers

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The 11th Annual Super Bowl Party and Chili Cook-Off was held at Maple Lane Farm and hosted by David Meredith and Bernie Moseley. Despite the snow and cold weather, more than 100 guests showed up to enjoy great food and company. Young children had fun playing games while the rest of the crowd enjoyed friendly competition between chili recipes and football teams. It was definitely an event that people enjoy attending year after year. Photography and Story by Lynda Coffey

David Meredith and Bernie Moseley

Mike Larkin, Charlie Milner, Stephanie Sherwood, and Melissa Butler

Terry & Valarie Meredith

Rick Ramsey and Betty Martin


Brian Barker and Tim Stinnett

Jordan Meredith and Landon Honeycutt

Connie & Joe Slaughter

Rachel Barnes and Candy Stieler

Doug Ledbetter and Brandi Woodall

Joel Prochilo, Carolyn Alexander, Steve Floyd, and Roger Bailey

Chad Baily and Mark DeWitt

SEEN IN JOHNSON CITY | International Storytelling Center

One Acre Café


More than 300 guests attended the

through portion control. If diners are

First Seed Event at the International

unable to pay, they can volunteer

Storytelling Center in Jonesborough.

for one hour for a meal and those

The event to introduce the “eat all you

interested can participate in a job-

want, pay what you can” movement

training program. The same types of

coming to the Tri-Cities this fall was held

public outreach restaurants have been

on January 26th. Guests were treated to

a success in other areas across the U.S.

mouth-watering food prepared by Main Street Café and Catering while enjoying

Each person attending the event

the musical sensation of Ben and Amy

received a packet of pumpkin seeds

Jones of The Scapes.

upon arrival. They were asked to plant

Jan Orchard, Renee Boughman and Michelle Watts

those seeds with the knowledge that Speaker Renee Boughman, Executive

as they watch those plants grow, One

Chef from F.A.R.M. Café in Boone, North

Acre Café will be growing within the

Carolina and board member for One

community and preparing to open its

World Everybody Eats Foundation gave

doors at about the same time that the

an inspirational speech educating and

pumpkins are ready to harvest. The

filling guests with excitement for the

event raised $7000 that will help

opening of One Acre Café’ in downtown One Acre Café reach its goal of the Johnson City.

fall 2013 opening.

The concepts for the restaurant are

For more information or to support the

astounding. One Acre Café will be a

mission of One Acre Café in nourishing

community nonprofit restaurant that

the body, replenishing the spirit, and

focuses on making sure everyone

growing the community so that all might

can enjoy a fresh, hot meal and all are

be fed, visit

Eric & Emori Barnes

Bart & Karen Smith

welcome. The restaurant will also be an “eat all you want, pay what you can” establishment that will partner with local farmers, and strive to eliminate waste

Carleen Clay Baker

Photography by Brian Hullette Story by Rita Dykes

Jan Orchard and Beverly Jenkins

Jeannie Orapello and Peggy Fabozzi

One Acre Café Volunteers

Rachel Edens and Adam Dickeson

Mike Anders, Mike Orapello, and Anthony Quinn

Kenneth & Donna Campbell

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SEEN IN BRISTOL | Bristol Regional Medical Center

Wellmont Honors DR.

Dr. Christopher Kennedy and Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi


Dave Crockett, Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi, Bart Hove, and Dr. Jack Butterworth

Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi was recognized for his monumental contribution to the development of exceptional cardiovascular care. Bristol Regional Medical Center renamed its echocardiography lab in Dr. Zaidi’s honor. The medical center held a ceremony on January 18 to celebrate the Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi Echocardiography Diagnostic Center. Dr. Zaidi introduced Bristol Memorial to echocardiography in 1977 where he served as medical director of the lab until he retired earlier this year. He was praised for his innovative approach that improved the heart program at the medical center with echocardiography that saved many lives. Dr. Zaidi is an extremely compassionate, respected, humble, and a tremendous asset to his patients and the community. Dr. Zaidi served as a clinical professor of medicine and a professor of family practice at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, medical adviser for Bristol Life Saving Crew, president of the Bristol Regional medical staff, and board member of Wellmont Health System. For more information, visit Photography Submitted | Story by Rita Dykes

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Dr. Pierre Istfan, Dr. Arun Rao, Dr. Chris Kennedy, Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi, Dr. Jerry Blackwell, Dr. Mark Borsch, Dr. Jonathan Burress and Dr. Matt Luff


Alistair Zaidi, Molly Zaidi, Audrey Zaidi, Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi and Tariq Zaidi


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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | MeadowView Convention Center

OVER 50 Green Tech Environmental

Edward Jones Investment

Snyder’s Memorial Gardens

Hundreds came from all around the Tri-Cities to the 26th Annual WKPT Radio 50 Plus Expo on Saturday, February 9th, at the



Church Brothers

MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center. The Expo was hosted by radio personality Elva Marie. The 50 Plus Expo, a cross between a health fair and a trade show, was geared toward active adults. Sixty exhibitors were available to demonstrate new products, describe services, provide health screenings, and financial advice. There were many door prizes given away every hour including two large screen televisions. The Gilbert Advanced

Holston Medical Group

Woodmen of the World

Asset Management MONEY MACHINE was on stage giving a few lucky people a chance to grab flying dollar bills. The 2013 50 Plus Expo was presented by CrestPoint Health, Elmcroft Senior Living, and WKPT Radio. For more information, visit Photography by Brian Hullette

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Asbury Place

Collart Chiropractic LLC

GAAM Girls

Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union


CrestPoint Health

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SEEN IN KINGSPORT | Christ Fellowship Church

Head to Toe WOMEN’S E X PO

Beth Fraizier, Donna Godsey, and Marie Roberts

Sara Hooker, Tommy Snapp, Sandra Reese, and Scottie Dancy

The Head To Toe Women’s Expo, a fundraiser for Young Life Kingsport was held on February 9 at Christ Fellowship Church. The expo was filled with venders from the area including Ashley Holland with Pampered Chef, 31 representative Amy Carter, Jennifer Rogers featuring Mary Kay Cosmetics, Carey Pace of Carey Pace Photography, Rachel Ritter with Scentsy, Anytime Fitness, LiveFit Medicine, and many more. Many area businesses donated wonderful items for a large silent auction. The event was a smashing success with droves of women having a blast shopping while supporting Young Life. The idea of hosting the expo came after a former Young Life leader, Becca Perry, hosted a Premier Designs Jewelry event where she donated the majority of the proceeds to help send Young Life kids to summer camp. The event was such a success that the idea to reach out to women in the community led to the Head to Toe Women’s Expo. Sara Hooker chaired the event with a group of dedicated women for the past two years.

Lyne Belcher and Jessica Thorpe

Rachel Walter , Sara Hooker, and Brian Eiselstein

Young Life is a ministry that reaches out to high school and middle school youth in the Kingsport area. Young Life currently has adult volunteer leaders participating in ministry at Central High School, Dobyns-Bennett High School, North High School, and South High School students in our community. Adult volunteers understand the importance of reaching youth in their surroundings while building bridges and making friendships. The volunteers share God’s love by genuinely caring about their needs, heartaches, joys, and triumphs. For more information, visit

Rachel Walter , Sara Hooker, and Brian Eiselstein

Ashley Holland

Photography by Brian Hullette | Story by Rita Dykes

Carey Pace and Jennifer Rogers

Anytime Fitness/Crossfit “Shifty” Powers

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SEEN IN JOHNSON CITY | Johnson City Country Club

Johnson City Country Club


Shirley Carter and Millie Henderson

The year 2013 marked the 100 anniversary of the Johnson City Country Club. The club’s historical and centennial committees began planning for the celebration in 2009, researching the club’s history and organizing events. On February 1st, more than 100 dignitaries, members, and guests attended the opening ceremony for the Johnson City Country Club’s Centennial Celebration. The ceremony included speakers, U.S Congressman Phil Roe, State of Tennessee Senator Rusty Crowe, Heritage Alliance Director Debra Montanti, Vice Mayor Phil Carriger, and President/CEO of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce Gary Mabrey. Club President Christy Price Rabetoy and General Manager Charlie Oliver accepted declarations and resolutions from the dignitaries. Congressman Phil Roe presented a statement that he read on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives recognizing the Club’s Centennial. This statement will become part of the congressional record. Both the Congressman and Senator presented national and state flags that were flown over the respective capitals. An Honor Guard from ETSU ROTC program performed a flag raising accompanied by Eagle Scouts from the Wexler family.

Valeda Jones, Liz Biosca, and Carol Ferguson

A luncheon followed, and plaques, that will be placed throughout the club’s property were presented by Centennial Co-Chairmen Karel Elbers and Tony Ferro to one of the founder’s grandsons, Adam B. Crouch III. The families of Lewis Wexler, Richard Beeson III, and Jan Hagan accepted plaques for former family members contributions to the club. Club professional Mike Crowe and Bill Henderson will also have plaques dedicated for their outstanding contributions to the Club.   For more information, visit Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story Submitted

Cathy Ferro, Charlene McGough, Robert McGough, and Mary Stevens



Beverly Smith, Bowen Wexler, and Felicia Wexler

William King Museum


Leila Cartier and Calliope Koesters

Jack and Sylvia White

Lee and Stacy Jones

William King Museum hosted a public reception on February 7th to celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions. More than 105 guests enjoyed magnificent artwork, delicious food catered by Gadabouts and incredible musical entertainment by local musician Amythyst Kiah. Artists Sean Pace and Robert Sulkin presented their artwork Fantastic Sara Cardinale and Marcy Miller

Mechanics in the Contemporary Regional Gallery. Sean Pace of Asheville,

Charles Vess and Amy Smith

North Carolina and Robert Sulkin of Roanoke, Virginia are imaginative engineers in the studio. Pace creates mixed-media sculptures that often have a complex network of motors and gears. A large number of his work is fully operable and present commentary on social issues. Sulkin is a photographer who creates sculptures for the sole purpose of photography. When the desired photograph is obtained, the sculptures are destroyed. In the Cultural Heritage Gallery the Virginia Dulcimer: 200 Years of Bowing, Strumming & Picking was presented with more than 60 dulcimers on display. The exhibition came from the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum of Ferrum College, which included the oldest known signed and dated dulcimer. The dulcimer is one of the most popular symbols of mountain music. The exhibition explores the dulcimer’s long journey from northern Europe, to the mountains of Appalachia and eventually into the hands of folk musicians across the nation. Artist Alison Hall’s drawings were showcased in the Panoramic Gallery. Her artwork is mostly plain air on surfaces of gesso that she creates. Hall spends her time between Roanoke, Virginia and Todi, Italy. William King Museum is located at 415 Academy Drive in Abingdon, Amythyst Kiah

Jan Knipe and Alison Hall

Neel Rich , Tammy Martin, and Buckey Boone

Virginia. The Museum features five exhibition galleries, artist studios, a museum store, and outdoor sculpture garden. Educational programs in the visual arts are offered year-round for both children and adults, and school audiences are served by in-house and outreach programs. William King Museum is an experience, a place of engagement and excitement of the visual arts. For more information, visit Photography by Brian Hullette | Story by Rita Dykes

Leila Cartier and Tracy Neek

Lan and John Dew

87 | March


SHAKTI IN THE MOUNTAINS Shakti in the Mountains welcomed the new-

and who support the mission of the Sexual

est member to the building on January 24th

Assault Center. I am grateful the Tri-Cities

by hosting a “Stand Up, Speak Out” Talent

has a place that offers these much needed

Show benefiting the Sexual Assault Center of

services for free, and that they have chosen

East Tennessee (SACETN). Over 40 people

to partner with Shakti in the Mountains.”


came to listen to the talents of Charis Hickson, Cathy Jo Janssen, Susan Lachmann,

Shakti in the Mountains, located at 409 East

Della McGuire and Allison Mullins while

Unaka Avenue in Johnson City, hosts several

enjoying a delicious reception sponsored by

benefits every year as part of their mission to

Earth Fare.

grow and to nurture the shakti (creative) energy in all humans. In addition to housing ser-

Kim Bushore-Maki, founder of Shakti in the

vice organizations and private practitioners,

Mountains, was pleased by the turnout and

Shakti in the Mountains also offers classes

said the positive response is a reflection of

and workshops guaranteed to make you feel

increased awareness the community has

good and loved. To learn more about this

about the need for sexual violence response

great community center and some unique

services. “Unfortunately, our community has

opportunities, check out their web site:

a need for an agency that provides therapy,

advocacy and education services to survivors of sexual violence. It is heart-warming to see

Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story Submitted

so many people who understand this need

Melissa Donnelly and Stephanie Langley

Kim Marcus, Kate Van Huss and Allison Mullins


Kim Bushore – Maki and Jeisi Martins

Della McGuire and Laura Blankenship

Caroline Barnette

Kanwaldeep Singh and Charis Hickson

Heather Herrmann and Erin Willis

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

Cooking Along the Crooked Road

Asheville Eats! The Ultimate Tour for Foodies May 7, 2013

Enjoy a truly unique culinary experience at some of Asheville’s most outstanding food venues. You will travel by luxury charter bus from Abingdon. The first stop is the prestigious Biltmore for a private cooking demonstration and lunch with the chef. Next, tour Asheville’s premier chocolate shop before soaking in some downtown history with a 2 1/2 hour walking tour to five of Asheville’s favorite eateries and a microbrewery. Delicious food and wine will be generously sampled as you are treated to special attention from the chefs. Bon Appetit!

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Wine Tasting Event Heather Moore & Melissa Warren welcome guests to the Wine Tasting event.

Dr. Greg Chudzig brought many “toys” for serving wine

Al & Loretta Arrants

Dave & Mary Ann Maples

Peggy & Greg Chudzik

Jeff & Kathy Johnson (Executive Director of Abuse Alternatives, Inc.)

Robin & Gary Bagnall

Abuse Alternatives, Inc. hosted a “Top Shelf Wine Tasting” to benefit the services of the organization. The event was held on February 16 at the Holiday Inn in Bristol, Virginia. A menu of Shrimp Cocktail, Mini Crab Cakes, and Beef Tenderloin was paired with the wines. A silent auction was conducted to raise funds for the organization. Many wine items, art work, and local services were available for bidding.

Terry Smith & Larry Kirksey

Phyllis Allan serving one of the wines

Denise & Jonathan Mai

Dr. Gregory Chudzik shared his knowledge on Italian wines while participants enjoyed samples of wines from the region of Verona. Dr. Chudzik believes that “wine is fun, wine is not snobbery, it is not mysterious, it is an important part of every evening meal.” He certainly made event fun and entertaining. Abuse Alternatives, Inc. is committed to providing quality services through direct support and advocacy to victims of domestic abuse. For more information, go to their website at or contact Kathy Johnson (423) 652-9093.


Brian & Kathryn Waddle bid on an item in the silent auction.

Larry Kirksey, Debi Poulton, Maureen & Bill Moffet

Cathy & Rick Armstrong

Bill Mayes (art framer) displays photography by Benjamin Wells of Bristol Gallery

Floor plan for the new building.

Photography by Linda Coffey | Story by Rita Dykes

Members of the Board of Directors for Abuse Alternatives, Inc.

Mon., Mar. 25 • 7pm Freedom Hall Tickets available at or at the Freedom Hall Box Office.

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Johnny’s BBQ and Asian Eatery’s Grand Opening Johnny’s BBQ and Asian Eatery held its grand opening in the Kingsport Town Center on February 1st. The eatery is the third restaurant that Benson and Mee Mee Lai own in the Tri-Cities. Located in the former Chick-fil-A space on the lower level of the Kingsport Town Center, Johnny’s BBQ and Asian Eatery offers a delicious variety of food such as mouth watering hickory smoked pulled pork, fantastic Chinese cuisine, and magnificent Sushi.

The Eatery also offers party trays for your special event. Stop in Johnny’s BBQ and Asian Eatery at The Kingsport Town Center (2101 Fort Henry Drive) and treat yourself to an incredible lunch or dinner. The eatery is open Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm and Sunday: 1:00 - 6:00 pm For more information, call 423.276.5472 or follow them at

Image Essentials On February 7th Image Essentials hosted the com-

After 12 years it was about time for Image Essen-

and fitness clinic in the Tri-Cities. Their exclusive line

munity as everyone gathered to celebrate the ribbon

tials to move into a newer, larger space. They can

of health, wellness, nutrition, and anti-aging products

cutting of their new location. They have opened their

now easily and conveniently accommodate their

can still be found in their new location; and of course

doors at 1430 Volunteer Parkway Unit #10 in Bristol;

always growing number of clients. The ribbon cutting

their mission “lose weight and gain a new lifestyle”

they were very pleased with the support they re-

coincided with their “lost 250,000 pounds” event that

has and will always stay the same. So, come check

ceived. The premier weight loss, health, nutrition and

celebrated the huge milestone of weight loss.

out their new location at 1430 Volunteer Parkway Unit

fitness center was also announcing their member-


#10 in Bristol to see how they can help you start a

ship to the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and was

While Image Essentials has relocated, make no

honored to learn they have become a gold member.

mistake they are still the top weight loss, nutrition

new lifestyle.


CASH MOB The Downtown Kingsport Association sponsored a cash mob event at Style located at 113 East Market Street. The cash mob hit Style on February 7. Business owners are unaware of when a cash mob is going to hit their establishment to spend at least $20.00 each during the event. Style offers a unique combination of custom framing, gifts, accessories, paper, jewelry, and home decor. Two framing experts with over 35 years of experience

Debi McLaurin and Katie Westbrooks

specialize in framing original artwork, sports memorabilia, diplomas, jerseys, and much more. New and exciting frame moldings and merchandise enhance Style on a regular basis. Visit the downtown boutique to experience a one-ofa-kind atmosphere where you are sure to find a unique treasure for a gift or to spruce up your home or event. For more information, visit

Photography by Angela Striligas | Story by Rita Dykes

Leslie May and Julie Gunn

Pam Rehart and Heather Cook

Rod & Linda Gemayel

Jeff Fleming and Byron May

James McQueen, John Perdue, John & Angela Vachon and Debbie Taylor

Mary Bailey and Claudia Corradino

Lisa Summer and Phyllis Gibson

93 | March

VIP: Music Profile

THE BILLY CRAWFORD BAND When you are good at what you do… you are in high demand. But when you excel at something, then you might find yourself extremely busy! We finally caught up with Billy Crawford and Rex Boggs of the infamous Billy Crawford Band.

I landed a gig playing for the sensational Deborah Coleman. We toured 22 countries and I learned a lot about life on the road. Not only was I the only white guy in the band, but I was also the only one with Black Gospel experience! Deborah was from a big city up north and some of her band members had never even been to church. I am so thankful for my southern roots!

How do you count success at this point in your careers? Billy said, “Simply, it is just staying in love with music! Both men agreed that they have primary jobs and families to nurture, so going back to long road trips is not really an option for them at this time. However, they both left the

Who are the band members? Billy Crawford plays lead guitar and vocals. Rex Boggs handles the lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Jay Corder wails on the saxophone. Jerome Heitmann keeps it real on the bass guitar. And Gary McGonagall embraces the beat on the drums.

Share with us Billy, what have you been doing lately? This past Thursday Rex and I recorded for Heritage TV out of Virginia. We focused mainly on classical Delta blues and it afforded me an opportunity to play my 1931 National Guitar. Also it gave us an opening to discuss blues history. It was a blast! Friday night I sat in with the Jacob Tipton Jazz Trio in Johnson City at the Nelson Fine Art Center. Then Saturday, in Morristown, I finished up an East Coast tour with the legendary Chicago blues man Wallace Coleman.

How did you guys get started in music? Billy’s immediate response referred to his upbringing in church. Rex spoke of his father who was quite a musician. During his travels, he learned a lot of different styles and when at home taught them to Rex. “Those are some of the fondest memories of my life,” stated Rex. Between Billy and Rex, they have complied over 70 years of singing, writing and performing. Crawford expounded about playing the guitar and how it has maturated into a spiritual reverence for him. Billy emphasized, “It is simply a worship thing! Being thankful for the talent of which I have been blessed.” In his formative years he learned to play Southern Black Gospel music, which helped him tremendously when he was touring. At this time, most of the true blues performers were black artists. Billy hungrily absorbed their licks and riffs storing them for later use.


door wide open as to what the future may hold for them.

What would you like to accomplish with your music? “Record. Record. Record,” stated Crawford succinctly. I want to document and pass on what I have learned. Billy’s young son is learning to play the guitar. Rex was little more philosophical with his reply, “I just want to be content with what I have.”

Billy plays his heart out and shares his inner most soul with the spectators. He

“I just want to be content with what I have.”

Tell our readers a little about your experiences with fans.

was always consistently done this! It sets a high example for all of us to follow.

What would you like your fans to know? Rex was quick on the draw and said, “That rhythm guitarist are sexy too!” And just like that, “Sexy Rexie”

ended the interview!

Most of the next hour was filled with laughter and stories. Here is just one that Billy shared.

Do you remember those Heaven’s Gate group and of course the comet?


They are the ones that ended up committing

Hometown: Bristol, TN

mass suicide. Well, one of the members started following the band with whom I was playing.

Record Label: Triple Shot Records

She would pass me all of these yellow post-it notes telling me to come to the light and try to convince me to talk with her. I still have many of

Booking Agent: Bill Bryant 423-416-2150

those notes in my collection.

Press Contact: Tom Netherland

A few more minutes and a few more memories

later Rex summed it up. Probably the hardest and yet the most rewarding audiences to play for are the ones that are small in number. It is an intimate setting and it is easier to read whether or not they are into the music. However, much of the time, those are the fans that really get what you are doing and become some of the most supportive friends we have. In all the years that I

have played with Billy, no matter how many people are there… tens, hundreds, or thousands…

95 | March


WE RUN EVENTS We Run Events held its annual party at Domtar


Cabin, Kingsport, Saturday evening, January 26th. The party is an appreciation event for the sponsors, race organizers, volunteers, and runners who have supported the We Run Events’ races throughout the year. Special Recognition awards were presented to crew members and others for their devotion to the sport of running in the Tri-Cities. Thanks to Holston Distributing for the beverages and Todd Freeman Productions for the DJ services. Everyone had fun! Photography & Story Submitted


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