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Calendar of Events............................................................20-21 Etiquette Page: The Pocket Square....................................24 No Place Like Home...for the Holidays..........................32-37 Non-Profit Profile: Speedway Children’s Chairities...........40 Music Scene: Benny Wilson...................................................50 Daytime Doc: Resolve Your Weight.....................................51 Artist Profile: Tony Henson.......................................................61 New on the SEEN...............................................................68-59 SEEN on the SCENE.................................................................96 HAPPY….................................................................................100


Patrick Henry Society Dinner............................................10-11 Just What the Dr. Ordered....................................................13 Veterans’ Memorial Park Dedication..................................14 Spirits of the Season...........................................................16-17 St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk....................................................18 Garden Party...........................................................................19 Denim and Diamonds: The Virginian............................22-23 Because of You.......................................................................27 Ladies Night at Sandy’s Jewel Box......................................28 Rockin’ the Hallows.................................................................29 Bonefish Media Night................,............................................30 Bowman Jewelers: Business After Hours.............................38 DKA Casino Night...................................................................43 Park Place Wine Tasting.........................................................44 Alpha Xi Delta: Xiti Dinner......................................................46 Workspace Interiors Ribbon Cutting...................................52 Santa Train..........................................................................54-56 Thrill the World..........................................................................60 Hands on! Gala.......................................................................67 Ladies Night at Ciao Bella!....................................................70 Denim and Diamonds: Bristol Train Station...................72-23 Jr. League Wine Tasting.........................................................76 Night of Smiles..........................................................................78 Serendipity Anniversary Open House.................................79 Mountcastle Open House.....................................................80 AniMILE......................................................................................82 Halloween Masquerade Party.............................................84 Haunted Half...........................................................................84 Suntrust Bank: Business After Hours......................................87 Up and Ad ‘Em Annual Turkey Trot......................................88 Girls Inc. ....................................................................................89 Breakfast Honoring Elaine Bodenweiser.............................92 Denim and Diamonds: Children’s Advocay Center.......95 Johnny Brusco’s: Business After Hours.................................97 Longhorn Friends and Family Night.....................................99 Signature Chef...............................................................102-103

Spirits of the Season...16-17

DKA Casino Night...43

Bonefish Media Night...30

on the cover Miles Burdine, Tori Kaplan, Marybeth McClain, Santa Claus, Thompson Square, and Jamie Horton event Santa Train photography by: Mickey Baker


Ladies Night: Sandy’s Jewel Box...28

publisher Angela Striligas co-publisher Brian Hullette creative director Chelsie Gregory designers Brian Godwin John Conner Trimmer account managers Mary Ann Blair Hank Brown Felicia Conners Bruce Green Shelley Parham Kelli Rogers copy editor Carolyn Koesters contributing writers Rita Dykes Kristina Twitty distribution TJ Furchess webmaster Robert Neilson Wired Web Development photography Mickey Baker VIPSEEN, Inc. Tri-Cities 423.276.9292 • 423.817.7500


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She Says...

He Says...

I remember like it was yesterday, the day I gave my heart to Jesus. My mom had gotten my brother and myself ready for church and I was wearing my favorite dress, a Christmas gift from my father. I was nine, but I knew I was born to love and follow God and I was ready. I remember a lady praying with me in the pew as I asked Jesus to live in my heart and then walking to the front of the church to profess my commitment. I remember crying because I was happy and also a bit nervous. I remember singing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ before the church, which, for those of you who REALLY know me…can imagine how lovely that had to have been. It has been since that day, that I knew He had a special purpose for me. He had a plan and for years, I have searched for and wondered what His plan was.

Now is the time of year to reflect on both endings and beginnings, and I’m beginning to envision what 2012 has in store. During the past year, my life has gone through many changes, however; the best change was accepting a new career move to start VIPSEEN magazine with a great partner. This challenge has truly changed my life, and has allowed me to pursue a true passion of mine, which is to be involved in the community and to help make a difference. VIPSEEN allows me to experience so many wonderful events in the Tri-Cities. It is simply amazing to witness all the love and especially all the actions of truly selfless people. I get excited when we have the opportunity to share all these wonderful events with you, our readers, so that you too, can experience the heartwarming, devoted, caring, and passionate stories happening all over our Tri-Cities.

To tell you that His plan was for me to begin this magazine in the Tri-Cities would probably seem comical to many, but to me, I believe it is a small part of a bigger picture. I can’t begin to thank you all enough for being such a loving, caring and inspirational community. You have filled these pages with life and love and made them beautiful. There are many out there who had no idea whatsoever this much happens right here in the Tri-Cities. God loves a cheerful giver and so do our pages. Thank you again. Last but certainly not least; I would like to especially thank our advertisers. Without you, we could not do what we are doing. Thank you for seeing the potential of VIPSEEN and believing in our vision. You are responsible for helping us spread the good word of the works in our area and I thank each and every one of you! The journey He lead me through in 2011 was amazing and I am looking forward to what God has in store for 2012. Until then, I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Angela Striligas

VIPSEEN has experienced overwhelming support from the readers, organizations, advertisers, staff, and the community, and, we fully realize that our success is because of the amazing support we receive. Words can not begin to express the deep gratitude for all the help and generosity the Tri-Cities has given to VIPSEEN. The staff at VIPSEEN is outstanding -- putting in too many hours to count into the publication to make it the success that it is today. Through the hard work and dedication of the staff, the magazine has grown substantially each month. I am confident that with the hard-working and determined VIPSEEN staff, the magazine will only continue to improve and grow. I want to send out a personal and heartfelt “thank you” to everyone working with VIPSEEN. Here is my promise to you: next year will be even more amazing, bringing more new and exciting experiences to the VIPSEEN community. We here at VIPSEEN strive to educate, promote, and bring awareness to the many great events, organizations, and businesses in the Tri-Cities area. Thank you in advance for your continued support in 2012. VIPSEEN looks forward to serving you in the upcoming year. May you all have a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year.

Brian Hullette


VIPSEEN@General Francis Inn

Don and Dr. Rosalind Reichard

Patrick Henry Society


The Patrick Henry Society held its annual dinner and entertainment event at the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA on October 28. The General Francis Marion Hotel proved again the perfect venue adorned with beautiful decor and furnishings. The event was a huge success with an amazing attendance of 177 Society guests. Guests dined on decadent Beef Bordelaise and enjoyed a spirited social hour where they mingled with other Society members. Guests were also treated to an outstanding program featuring Emory & Henry art and music majors. The Emory & Henry Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Matthew Frederick, gave an astounding performance in the adjacent Lincoln Theater. The Ensemble played themes selected from Baroque to modern jazz, and accompanied a vocal duet from “Phantom of the Opera.” The Patrick Henry Society is Emory & Henry College’s largest, oldest, and most important group of benefactors. The society formed in 1985 with 80 members and continues to grow in membership. Members of the Society give substantial donations to Emory & Henry each year. For more information on Emory & Henry College and other exciting events, visit online at www.EHC. edu. Photography by: Angela Striligas and Brian Hullette Story by: Rita Dykes

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Tom and Cindy Haskins

Joe Ellis

Tom & Sandy McGlothlin

VIPSEEN@General Francis Inn

Lina and Steve Drinkard

Kathryn and Dirk Wilmoth

Hal and Clara McHorris

Jimmy Whited, Rachel Fogg and Carter Aylor

Brad Fellows and Pat Fellows and Bill and Mary Beth Rodgers

Ellen and Bun Perkinson

Sylvia and Emmett Richardson

Rob and Mary K. Briggs

Alice and Rick Nida

Joyce and Fielding Rolston

Brooke and Bill Pendleton and Susan and John McClave

Kyra and Tom Bishop

William and Rose Marie Burriss

Doug and Barbra Armbrister

Lynda Stewart and Charlie and Joanne Sydnord

Sandy and Ed DavisÂ



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Virginia and Bob Gunn


VIPSEEN@Bristol Train Station

William and Rose Marie Burriss

Just What the Doctor Ordered! Sold out well in advance, the “Just What the Doctor Ordered!” gala proved to be a successful event benefiting Crossroads Medical Mission, the “Doctor’s Office on Wheels.” The Bristol Train Station was all decked out in Crossroads’ signature colors of blue and white. It was a fitting venue for guests to be treated to a sumptuous dinner by Troutdale Kitchens, amused by auctioneer Bart Long, and roused to their feet by the music of Spirit of Soul Dance Band. Word around Bristol was that “Just What the Doctor Ordered!” was definitely the place to be on Nov. 4. Thunderous applause was heard as Chairman of the Board, Dean Cirotta, announced plans to replace the current mobile medical clinic with a new and much-needed mobile clinic.

ginia. Clinic sites are located at community centers, homeless shelters, churches, food pantries and other outreach organizations. On the road since 2002, Crossroads Medical Mission annually provides, at no cost to the patient, nearly 3000 patient visits. In those nine years on the road, over $5.5 million dollars of free services and medications have been provided to individuals in need.

Crossroads Medical Mission, a mobile medical clinic and Christian mission, provides free healthcare to medically underserved individuals of northeast Tennessee and southwest Vir-

“Just What the Doctor Ordered!” would like to thank its major sponsors; Alpha Natural Resources, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Bristol Virginia Utilities and Johnston Memorial Hospital. Additionally, thanks go out to all of the table sponsors, guests, auction donors, committee members and so many others who helped to make the evening a success. For additional information on Crossroads Medical Mission, please visit their website at www.crossroadsmedicalmission. org or call 276.466.1600.

Cirotta Table


Jeff and Jennifer McQueary

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Sandee and John Wooley

The Browders

Dale and Katie Johnson


Photography by: Brian Hullette • Story by: Rita Dykes

Photography by: Brian Hullette • Story by: Rita Dykes

VIPSEEN@Kiwanis Park


Veterans Day 2011 in Johnson City was a very heartwarming, emotional, and celebrated day. After five long years, the Johnson City/Washington County, Tennessee Veterans’ Memorial Committee unveiled the Veterans’ Memorial. The memorial represents veterans in the region that have been killed, are missing in action, or are prisoners of war. An extraordinary crowd of over 1000 people gathered in Kiwanis Park in Johnson City to witness the unveiling of the memorial. The ceremony began with three rifle shots, the raising of the American and Prisoner of War flags, and words shared by United States Representative, Phil Roe. A ceremony by Rolling Thunder’s Chapter 4 honored those missing in action by an empty chair, with a table holding a lighted candle, an upturned glass, and a white vase with a single red rose. Upon completion of the ceremony, it was time for the unveiling of the memorial. The parking lot on the east provides entry through an arched gateway

displaying the theme, “Freedom is Not Free.” Concentric rows of curved black granite walls with the names of those who served lead to the flagpole and the sacred chamber core of six taller granite monument slabs with the names of those killed in action, missing in action, and prisoners of war. The convex side of the core features campaign maps and battles that emphasize the “Freedom is not Free” theme. Surrounding the core’s perimeter are the flags and monuments for the five branches of the military. The southwest gate faces the VA Cemetery and opens to a gathering plaza for special memorial events that accommodates 250 people. Everyone is welcome to visit the memorial to remember those past and present that fight for our freedom. Remember to thank those who are keeping America free. For more information, visit

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VIPSEEN@Millenium Center

SpiritsOf The Season Event Photography by: Bruce Green Story by: Kristina Twitty

Leta Hals, Kim Greene, Jessica Lindsey & Amy Mooney

Filled with a spirit of giving, an afternoon of holiday wines, spirits, and music paired with delectable food prepared by Chef Jean Claude, was held on the evening of November 12 at the Millennium Centre to benefit the Johnson City Office of the American Cancer Society. Sponsored by One Stop, Bowman Jewelers and the Millennium Center, the blacktie optional event featured a perfect mix of wine and food for any preference. In the front

Charles Pope & Lori Courtney

hall, tables that stretched the length of the ballroom were decorated with silent auction items given by local businesses, including a beautiful diamond pendant from Bowman Jewelers which was worn on display. Inside, tables lined the outside wall of the grand ballroom, with servers offering a wide selection of wines and spirits by the taste with cards at each table listing the names of tastes offered and recommendations with a smile.

WJHL Crew: Nate Moribito, Sara Diamond, Amy Lynn, Melissa Hipolt, Josh Smith, Rob Williams

Steve & Ashley Grindstaff and Scott Wildman

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Lea Anne & David Wiles and Phil & Rena Scharfstein

Doug & Cara Ledbetter

Tara Trent, William Bell, Chrystal Brown, Crystal & David Hawk, Cathy Cannon

The American Cancer Society provides community-based services to enhance the quality of life of cancer patients and their families. Services benefiting from the event included Look Good...Feel Better, Reach to Recovery, Support Groups, Transportation Assistance, Road to Recovery, and the Wig Room. For more information and locations for these services call 800.227.2345, or visit online at

Dr. Rob & Annette Clemons

Alan and Sally Dodson

VIPSEEN@Millenium VIPSEEN@Millenium Center Center

Robin Williams, Bianca Greene and Linda Bowman

Michelle Stevens & Kevin Russell

Phil Scharfstein & Mel Bowman

Phyllis Cornett , Danielle Overton & Shelley Williams The Millers Paula & Wayne Abadie

Peggy & Dr. Jeffrey Fabozzi and Dan & Ramona Cress

Kell Harvey & Laurie Lynn Matt & Amy Mooney

J. P. Maczka, Brianna Mullins, Heath Fields, Leslie Day & Jon Darby

Gail & David Lefemine

Harold Ross, Caroline Scharfstein and Drew & Sarah Poret

Dan Berndt and Cyndi Worley


VIPSEEN@Kingsport Town Center

St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk. On Saturday, November 19th, Tri-Cities residents joined walkers across the country in taking steps in the fight against childhood cancer as they participated in the national Give thanks. Walk held at the Kingsport Town Center. This was the 1st time the Tri-Cities participated in the event. Over 411 walkers attended and walked the lower level of the Kingsport Town Center. The goal was to raise $30,000 and over $46,000 was raised. This national event helped kick off the 8th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, which encourages consumers to “Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not.” St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.


Thanks and Giving was created in 2004 by Marlo Thomas and her siblings Terre and Tony Thomas, children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas. Funds raised by the campaign support the lifesaving work of St. Jude to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Photography and Story by: Mary Ann Blair

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VIPSEEN@ Dr. Lorio’s House

G a r den Pa rt y Gardening? Fundraising? How do these two things go together? The Blue Ridge Garden Club of Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee not only bring together a group of like-minded gardeners but uses club funds to support community service projects. Previous projects have included landscaping the Children’s Advocacy Center of Washington County; cleaning and landscaping the Bristol Public Library, the Bristol Train Station, and a Habitat for Humanity dwelling. The members also created and donated the floral arrangements for the Paramount’s Puttin’ on the Ritz fundraiser; the floral arrangements not only adorned the Paramount for the event but were also auctioned at the end of the night to benefit the Paramount. In a different vein, the garden club visits Grand Court to work on projects with residents. Friday, November 18th brought together members and their friends for a fall soiree that was hosted by Morgan and Toni Lorio and Matthew and Jeannie Williams. The silver gleamed, the candlelight glowed and the spirits flowed. Amid good food, wine and fellowship, funds were raised for the garden clubs next project. A fall-inspired menu along with an open bar which included Dr. Lorio’s special apple martini mix was enjoyed by all. The silent auction included many distinctive donated items. Each member contributed to the overall success of this evening.

Toni & Dr. Morgan Lorio

Sid Oakley and Ron Guest

Stan & Kathy Littleford

Peggy Cooper and Joan Link

The Blue Ridge Garden Club was formed in Bristol Tennessee/ Virginia in the 1940’s. It is accredited by the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs. Some of the members are the daughters of original founders. This garden club has created and continues in the tradition of supporting many Bristol community projects. The members meet once a month for a garden-inspired program.

Manya Hughes and Judy Wood

Chris Littleford and Laura Slaughter

Jack & Nancy Butterworth and Bill Woods

Matt & Jeannie Williams

Ann Woods and Jack Butterworth

Barbara Daniel and Jane Shore

Ron & Joan Guest and Joyce & Sid Oakley

Margaret & Eddie Whitaker

Photography by: Bruce Green • Story Submitted






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5 Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 10-11:30AM (women only) 12-1PM (lunch hour) 5:30-7PM • 7:30-9PM

6 Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 9-10:30AM 4-5:30PM • 6-7:30PM

7 Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 10-11:30AM (women only) 2-1PM (lunch hour) 5:30-7PM • 7:30-9PM

8 Java N’ Juice Business Before Hours at Broadstreet Regions Bank 7:30am Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 9-10:30AM 4-5:30PM • 6-7:30PM Ferguson After Hours 1000 Quality Circle Boones Creek 5:30pm


The 15th Annual Bristol Christmas Tour of Homes 1:30 to 6:30

Miss Johnson City and Miss Historic Jonesborough Pageant at ETSU DP Culp Center 7pm Acoustic Christmas at Freedom Hall 6:30pm Planetarium Shows, Bays Mountain Raptor Center 10am Nutcracker Paramount Center for the Arts 423-274-8920



Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 10-11:30AM (women only) 12-1PM (lunch hour) 5:30-7PM • 7:30-9PM

Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 9-10:30AM 4-5:30PM • 6-7:30PM

Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 10-11:30AM (women only) 12-1PM (lunch hour) 5:30-7PM • 7:30-9PM

Children’s Ornament Workshop Bristol Library 4pm-6pm

Bristol Senior Show Choir presents Christmas is the Best Time of the Year at the Paramount - 7:30pm

Bristol Senior Show Choir presents Christmas is the Best Time of the Year at the Paramount - 7:30pm

Bristol Senior Show Choir presents Christmas is the Best Time of the Year at the Paramount - 7:30pm

18 Speedway in Lights Bristol Motor Speedway 6 to 10pm


Speedway in Lights Bristol Motor Speedway 6 to 10pm

Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 9-10:30AM 4-5:30PM • 6-7:30PM Property Experts Business After Hours 207 Boones Street, Suite 2000 Johnson City 5:30pm Bristol Senior Show Choir presents Christmas is the Best Time of the Year at the Paramount - 7:30pm

19 Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 10-11:30AM (women only) 12-1PM (lunch hour) 5:30-7PM • 7:30-9PM


20 Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 9-10:30AM 4-5:30PM • 6-7:30PM Speedway in Lights Bristol Motor Speedway 6 to 10pm

21 Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 10-11:30AM (women only) 12-1PM (lunch hour) 5:30-7PM • 7:30-9PM Speedway in Lights Bristol Motor Speedway 6 to 10pm

22 Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 9-10:30AM 4-5:30PM • 6-7:30PM Speedway in Lights Bristol Motor Speedway 6 to 10pm

Christmas Movies Bristol Public Library 2pm


26 Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 10-11:30AM (women only) 12-1PM (lunch hour) 5:30-7PM • 7:30-9PM Speedway in Lights Bristol Motor Speedway 6 to 10pm

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Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 9-10:30AM 4-5:30PM • 6-7:30PM

Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 9-10:30AM 4-5:30PM • 6-7:30PM

Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 9-10:30AM 4-5:30PM • 6-7:30PM

Speedway in Lights Bristol Motor Speedway 6 to 10pm

Speedway in Lights Bristol Motor Speedway 6 to 10pm

Speedway in Lights Bristol Motor Speedway 6 to 10pm

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Joyful Stillness Yoga Class 8-9:30AM


YWCA Hosts 13th Annual Luncheon and Silent Auction at Bristol Train Station @ 11:30am Nutcracker Paramount Center for the Arts 423-274-8920 Historic Blountville Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling 6pm, Sullivan County Courthouse, Blountville

10 The Battle of Kingsport Memorial Rotherwood Bridge, Kingsport Ceremony 10am Breakfast with Santa at KP Duty Bristol, TN for more information call 423 764 3889 Nutcracker Paramount Center for the Arts 423-274-8920

1818 Christmas Party and Wreath Festival Netherland Inn - Kingsport 6-8pm


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Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 10-11:30AM (women only) 12-1PM (lunch hour) Ronnie Millsap in Concert Paramount Center for the Arts 423-274-8920 www.theparamountcenter. com

Breakfast with Santa at KP Duty Bristol, TN for more information call 423 764 3889

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Christmas Eve

Speedway in Lights Bristol Motor Speedway 6 to 10pm

30 Joyful Stillness Yoga Classes 10-11:30AM (women only) 12-1PM (lunch hour) 5:30-7PM • 7:30-9PM Speedway in Lights Bristol Motor Speedway 6 to 10pm


Speedway in Lights Bristol Motor Speedway 6 to 10pm


Friends of Kingsport Center New Years Party 8 PM-12:30 AM

Corporate Retreats/Dinners, Catering, Holiday Parties and, of course Memorable Weddings

VIPSEEN New Year’s Eve Bash at Meadowview Covention Center 8pm until... St. Dominic’s Parish Life Center, 2517 John B. Dennis Hwy Kingsport TN Reservations only: 423-288-2668 New Year’s Party at Ridgfields Country Club for more information call 423-392 -8938 Saturday Night Fever New Year’s Gala for Kari’s Heart Foundation at Carnegie Hotel 7pm -1am

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VIPSEEN@The Virginian

Sullins Academy families and faculty glittered at the “Denim and Diamonds” themed annual auction held at the Virginian Clubhouse on Saturday, November 5. This event has grown from a small, backyard barbeque hosted by parents to a major fundraising social for Sullins Academy and continues to be organized by parent volunteers. From a small gathering to raise money to purchase textbooks, this event has grown to approximately 200 attendees making purchases that directly benefit the operating budget of the school. Themed baskets donated by parents lined the entrance into the Silent Auction

Brigitte and David Mehl

Doug and Tammy Gooch, Rob and Jamie Harris

Pam Glasscock and Veronica Hurley

Beth Hurley and Katy Davidson

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area, where local patrons provided a variety of items ranging from photography, spa treatments, wreaths, and trips. Teachers got in on the event by donating their time to students with bid items such as a shopping adventure, a movie afternoon, and a soccer clinic. The main event, the Live Auction, presented 30 items including 11 student art projects -a crowd favorite. The auctioneer for the evening, Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, kept the bids high and the audience entertained. Sullins Academy is an independent, co-educational day school, founded in 1966 in Bristol, Virginia. With a current

Yolanda Istfan and Mary Shredder

Stevan and Alison Rainero

Dante Buerano and Becky Pittman

enrollment of 251 students in preschool 3 through eighth grade, it serves students from the Tri-Cities to Abingdon and Lebanon, Virginia. Sullins offers a diverse curriculum with core subjects and weekly enrichment classes such as Latin, Spanish, art, physical education, public speaking, drama, music, and computer instruction. Multimedia classrooms with state-of-the-art technology prepare students for challenges of the 21st Century. Sullins Academy is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and offers year-round enrollment.

Carla Shumate, Suzanna Senter and Andrea Carroll

Terri Gregory, Ramona Harr and Phillip Cavatoni

Terri Gregory, Mary Margaret Justis, Beth Hurley and Katy Davidson

Lt. Governor of Virginia Ron Ramsey...the auctioneer

Cindy Burke and Melissa Steward

Linda and Andy Kristofek

Photography by: Felicia Conners • Story by: Rita Dykes

VIPSEEN@The Virginian

Hughes Melton and Mark McGlothlin 2012 MDX

Paul and Kelly McNamara

Margorie Musick and Victoria Hanson

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Kaye Crutchfield and Melissa Steward

Bill Gatton Acura 2909 North Roan Street Johnson City 423.282.2493

Michael & Margorie Musick, Andrew Hanson, Johnna & Saul Hernandez and Alex Jones


The Pocket Square: Don’t Get Dressed Without It

Believe it or not, the pocket square is one of the most important accessories in a gentleman’s wardrobe. Sporting a pocket square is certainly not a requirement, but it sure puts the finishing touches on a jacket. If you only have one pocket square in your wardrobe, it should be the solid white linen – it truly goes with everything in your closet. We have always felt that if you are wearing a jacket (meaning a blazer, a sport coat, or a suit), you should always wear a pocket square – besides, what do you think the pocket is on the jacket for? It’s not for a tire gauge or a pocket protector.   One of the most fun things about a pocket square is that it gives a jacket some personality. One of the most popular looks today is wearing a navy blazer or a sport coat with a nice pair of jeans. If you put a pocket square where it belongs, you add an extra bit of style that will set you apart from the masses.    There is no set rule as to how you should wear a pocket square – let your own personality dictate this. Just having ½ to ¾ of an inch of pocket square protruding from your jacket pocket truly complements the overall look. 

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Pictured above are three of the most popular folds for pocket squares. The black and white houndstooth sport coat shows a “flat fold,” which is the most formal of all folds.  This particular fold is the best to wear with a tuxedo as well. The navy chalk stripe suit is paired with a “puff fold,” which is best when using a patterned pocket square because it allows you to show more of the fabric, displaying the pattern of the pocket square to its best advantage. The windowpane sport coat shows a “four corner fold,” which shows all four points of the fabric. All are acceptable in their own unique way, and all of them add that little extra finishing touch to round out the overall look.   The beauty of the pocket square is that you can use whatever fold suits your mood. Wearing a pocket square is certainly not mandatory, but it will bespeak your attention to detail.   The pocket square is a small but very important part of a gentleman’s sartorial propriety in dress. Don’t leave your jacket naked – don’t leave home without it…


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VIPSEEN@Northeast State

President Janice Gilliam and Alex Holt

Amber Yates and Wayne Basler

Andrea Richardson and Jim Stewart

Daniel Jeter and Etta Clark Eastman

Anna McLeod and Wayne Basler

President Janice Gilliam Ann Rowell

Darla Scott and Billy Harrah

Carolyn Keys and Jim Stewart

Tony Hewitt and Cody Gilliam

Dwight Ferguson and Dana Gilmore

Linda Clark and Ferida Abdu

Josie Carmody and Steve Campbell

Will Saulsbury and Wayne Basler

Thomas Adams and Etta Clark Eastman

Julia Colgrove and Wayne Basler

BECAUSE OF YOU Photography and Story Submitted

Heather Cook and President Janice Gilliam

We’re here to get you there

Northeast State’s Foundation held its first annual Because of You campaign to raise money for student scholarships. The campaign ended on November 14 with a fantastic reason to celebrate National Philanthropic Day the very next day. Students, faculty, and staff did a phenomenal job with the campaign. The Because of You campaign raised $50,329.29 internally throughout the campus. The Foundation exceeded its goal by 20% in participation, and 80% in donations! Money raised went directly to the students by increasing scholarship amounts and creating new scholarships. The Foundation held a student reception on October 24, giving the donors and the recipients the opportunity to meet one another. Northeast State feels it is ready to reach out to the community for additional support, by the example set with the magnificent response from the campus itself. The Foundation wants everyone to know that just because the Because of You campaign has ended that the need still exists, and donations will be gratefully accepted throughout the school year. For more information on Northeast State Community College Foundation or to give to this great cause, call Heather Cook, Executive Director at 423.354.2439 or visit them online at


VIPSEEN@Sandy’s Jewel Box

Sandy’s Jewel Box Ladies Night Sandy Reiger

On November 18, 2011 Sandy held the 2nd annual Ladies’ Night Out at Sandy’s Jewel Box. The evening focused 100% on raising money for needy families for the holiday. 59 ladies turned out for this grand event and our target amount was exceeded again and everything needed for these Families was met. “What a GREAT feeling it is to GIVE! It is true indeed, It’s better to give than to receive!” Throughout the evening

Giovanna with her Grandma

beautiful pieces of jewelry and collectables were given away to the ladies from Sandy. “I feel so blessed to have such gracious and giving customers. Our evening of giving was spectacular. Ladies’ Night Out will be a tradition at Sandy’s Jewel Box and I look forward to doing it again next year.”

Melinda and Macey Upchurch

Konnie Minter and Judy Hensley

Amanda Durham

Kimberly and Kay Ladd

Donna Quindry Irene Mitchell, Janet Harvey and Barb McGavock

Debbie Phelps and Janice Herrin

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Tammie Feathers and Stephanie Sager

Dolores Gellene and Debbie Cleaveland

Pam Blair and Gail Adkins

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The first annual Rockin’ the Hallows was organized by Strategic Placement Group the Saturday before Halloween in downtown Kingsport. People braved the freezing temperatures to enjoy kids activities, 6 phenomenal local bands, eat some good grub, drink beer and have the chance to win $1000. The bands included Kids Our Age, Zaffire, Ivy Road, Benny Wilson Band, Wolfcreek and Spank. A giant jumbo-tron displayed all the band performances for the crowd to watch as

well as a flat screen in the VIP room so the sponsors and their guests could watch the bands in the comfort of heat. Soul Food Fridays provided food for the VIP section, Holston Distributing provided beer and Pepsi provided soft drinks. Celebrate Studios sponsored the $1000 Halloween Costume contest. They plan on having a even bigger and better Rockin’ the Hallows in 2012!! Photography by: Brian Hullette and Angela Striligas Story by: Shelley Parham


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Bonefish Grill Charity Night As part of its Grand Opening festivities, Bonefish Grill hosted the Hands On! Regional Museum for a special Charity Night on Saturday, November 5. The energy and excitement of the new opening of a restaurant loved by many in the Tri-Cities and the support of a local charity sold out the 200 tickets for the event in just three days. Over $8,300 was raised by a silent auction and drink tickets purchased by guests to benefit the museum and their mission to create a dynamic, educational, fun environment which stimulates discovery, thought and understanding through interactive exhibits, programs and events in the arts, sciences and humanities. With spectacular ambiance and music at the restaurant’s newest location in Johnson City, supporters enjoyed appetizer-size samples of the entire menu, featuring fresh seafood including salmon, shrimp, crab cakes, sirloin, and refreshing and creative cocktails along with a wide selection of wine. Coupling great-tasting food with a welcoming bar that features an array of bar-fresh cocktails, extensive craft beer selections, and an adventurous wine list, Bonefish Grill will excite and delight guests no matter what their mood. We welcome them to Johnson City and thank them for their immediate contribution to the children of our region by supporting the well-loved Hands On! Museum. For more information on the Hands On! Museum, please call 423.434.HAND or visit, or For more information on Bonefish Grill, visit Photography by: Bruce Green • Story by: Kristina Twitty

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The Home of

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Dorothy knew what she was taking about when she clicked her heels and repeated “there is no place like home” three times! VIPSEEN couldn’t agree more, especially during the holidays. For many of us, our homes are our haven, a place we can go to find comfort, peace and family. The outside world offers so many distractions and chaos second by second, that being able to safely make it home and walk through the front door is as good as a warm embrace. VIPSEEN will be introducing an in depth monthly feature titled ‘No Place Like Home’ in spring of 2012. 32 •

This feature will highlight different homes in our region and the owner’s story as to why they chose that particular home, unique characteristics and showcase pictures displaying design and architecture. In this issue, we thought we would go ahead and give you a sneak peek at a few of the gorgeous homes in our region to show you a sampling as to what is in store for the 2012 feature! A big and gracious THANK YOU to all of the homeowners for allowing VIPSEEN to come into their home and capture the next few pages of beautiful pictures.

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A good time was had by all Thursday Nov. 17th at Bowman Jewelers Chamber Business After Hours. Bowman’s kicks off the holiday events each year by hosting this event for what is now the 10th year straight. People in the know come flocking in each year just as years past Linda and Rob Bowman gave away approximately $1,000.00 in genuine jewelry door prizes. Johnson City Country Club and Lavish cosmetics donated gift certificates as well. Food was provided by Chuck Richani owner of Johnnie Brusco’s and beverages were provided by both the Englands owners of Cartridge World and Rob Sampson of Cherokee distributing. Larry England had the pleased over pouring crowd in his handsome tuxedo. Everyone enjoyed viewing all the new exciting lines of jewelry that Bowman’s has added to their collections this year such as Judith Ripka, Rachell Bianca, Ecce, and the newest watch line Raymond Weil. There were many wish lists filled out by the ladies in attendance during the event making shopping for the husbands easy this holiday season. Don’t miss this event next year it’s one of the best. Mark you calendars now for the next one scheduled at Bowman Jewelers on February 9th just in time for Valentine’s dreams.

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Bristol Chapter of SCC and the numerous non-profit organizations they support.

Speedway Children’s Charities is more than just a fundraiser. Local chapters are partners in change, working with a broad range of people and organizations to identify and resolve pressing issues dealing with children in their communities. Because theconcern unique conditions “Ourof sole at SCC is in to every help acommunity, child in need” the issues Speedway Children’s Charities address are determined locally. Challenges ranging from learning disBristol Motor Speedway’s chapter of Speedway Children’s abilities, broken homes, in and childhood cancer are on thein Charities was founded 1996 to aid children agencies agenda for the local chapters of SCC and the numerous Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. non-profit organizations they support. Although priorities for Speedway Children’s Charities are Bruton Smith, Chairman of the Board of Speedway set locally, they have one common goal - to ensure every Motorsports, Inc., began child in need be given the tools to build a better, brighter Speedway Children’s Charities and healthy future. Together in 2010, they awarded more in Charlotte, N.C. in 1982, as than $2.8 million to over 370 non-profit organizations. a memoriam and legacy to his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who passed away at a very young age. Given his experience, Smith became passionate about wanting to help children in need and Speedway Children’s Charities was created focusing on communities surrounding SMI speedways. “Our sole concern at SCC is to help a child in need,” says Smith. Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities was founded in 1996 to help children in the surrounding area of BrisOperating tol Motor Speedway by Bruton Smith, Chairman of theas a Board of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Therenon-profit is a chapter founof Speedway Children’s Charities at each ofdation, Speedway Bristol Motorsports’ six motorsports facilities. Speedway Operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Bristol Children’s Speedway Children’s Charities is governed by a boardis Charities of local trustees whose sole purpose is to distribute theby a governed funds raised each year to qualified local children’s-based board of local 501(c)(3) organizations. Ms. Claudia H. Byrd serveswhose as trustees the director of Bristol Speedway Children’s sole Charities. purpose The Bristol chapter has distributed over $6.5ismillion dolto distriblars since its inception. ute the funds Major fundraisers for the Bristol chapter include the501c-3 Ulraised each year to qualified local children’s-based timate Bristol Experiences Online Auction, Drag-are organizations. One hundred percent of the Bristol funds raised way Celebrity Golf Benefit presented by Alpha Natural channeled to the agencies. Ms. Claudia H. Byrd serves as Resources, Baker’s Construction Services Golf Tournathe director of Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities. ment, Ride-along program with Richard Petty Driving Experience, SCC Live Auction, Sharky 500 and flagship Speedway Children’s Charities is more than just about fundraisers: Speedway In Lights Powfundraising. The Bristol Chapter works with a broad range ered by TVA, Johnson Controls Ice Rink and HVAC Chill of people and organizations to identify and resolve pressing Hill. issues dealing with children in the community. Speedway In Lights is a holiday light spectacular, stretching over 4.5 miles. More 2 million lights brighten Challenges ranging fromthan learning disabilities, broken thehomes, lives of area families and represent a holiday tradition and childhood cancer are on the agenda for the in the Tri-Cities. 40 •

On Nov. 17 this year, the night before the 2011 opening of Speedway In Lights at BMS, SCC dispersed a record $660,000, including the $50,000 Jeff Byrd Grant, to 84 local non-profit agencies, the most organizations ever to receive grants in a single year. That amount brings the total raised by the Bristol Chapter of SCC over the past 14 years to more than $6.5 million. In the last three years alone, nearly $2 million has benefited children’s agencies in Northeast In 2010 BMS added 300,000 dancing Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.LED lights and created the Symphony of Lights in turns 3 & 4 of the Waltrip Grandstand. The 2011-2012 season of Speedway In Lights marks the Among the agencies receiving grants in 2011 were CASA for fifteenth year of the holiday light spectacular. Kids, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, Haven of In November 2011, the Bristol SpeedwayEquestrian ChilRest Rescue Mission, SmallChapter MiraclesofTherapeutic dren’s Charities awarded a record-breaking $660,000 to area Center, Hope for Tennessee/ children’s agencies during the Night of Smiles event at Bristol Frontier Health, Bread of Life Motor Speedway thanks to a phenomenal year of support and Children’s Ministry by Bread fund-raising. of Life Food Pantry, Friends

The inaugural Jeff Byrd Grant, a of $50,000 estabRussellendowment County Library, lished this year in honor of the former president and general Holston United Methodist manager of BMS who passed away lastfor year, was awarded Home Children, Hope to New Clothes For Kids who will use the funding to build an Center, New Clothes for Kids area where children can come to and pickAbuse out their own clothes. Alternatives.

While a number of events are held throughout the year at Bristol Motor Speedway to raise funds, the major source of funding for Bristol SCC is Speedway In Lights powered by TVA. This holiday light extravaganza, held annually on the grounds of Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway, is one of the largest in the South. More than 100,000 people are expected to take the 4.5-mile tour this year, which features more than 2 million lights and over 200 displays.

A total of 84 agencies received grants this year, also establishIn addition to, other fundraisers held ing a record. Claudia Byrd, executive director of the Bristol throughout the year to benefit the non-profit organization, Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, said setting new includin the Speedway In Lights 5k Run/Walk. The 5k is marks for number of agencies receiving aid and the amount of held prior to opening night of the light show, allowing parmoney allocated shows the giving nature of our region. “We ticipants a sneak peek of the event. Other fundraisers include are absolutely overjoyed with the amount of money we were Sharky a rubber shark raceyear, held in Beaver Creek able the to raise this500, year,” she said. “Last I believe, was the on the speedway grounds, golf tournaments held before first time we hadn’t surpassed the previous year’s total, andthe to NHRA event inreally June sure and during thegoing August NASCAR race be honest I wasn’t we were to be able to this andhad thesoUltimate Bristol Experiences Aucyear.week, But we many great events and got Online such amazing tion,from which place prior both the March and August support thistakes community andtobeyond that we ended up NASCAR races. with a record amount. “We certainly couldn’t do this without all the special people who volunteer their time and efforts – they are the most caring and compassionate people in the world. We’re so very fortunate too that the folks in this community always, always support us. All of these people open up their hearts because they want nothing more than to help children in need and without all of us working together toward that goal, none of this would be possible.”



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The Kingsport Civic Auditorium was buzzing with 200 enthusiastic guests for Casino Night, and Taste of Downtown on November 12. There were 14 gaming tables featuring dealers to teach participants how to play the different casino games. Adding to the excitement were both a silent and live auction, raising $10,000 for downtown Kingsport. What event would be complete without great food? Eleven downtown restaurants provided a delicious array of food, and desserts for the Taste of Downtown. The restaurants represented were: TK’s Big Dogs, Happy Hostess, La Campina, Korner-Copia, Divine Cafe, Two Dads Cafe, The Bagel Exchange, Stir Fry Cafe, Bonfire Smokehouse, Beef O’Bradys, and Babycakes.

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The fun-filled night was sponsored by: Tennessee Electric, Barkum LLC, Comfort Systems, Eastman, Grant Tire & Automotive, Indian Path Medical Center, Jacobs, Lakeview Marina, Regions, Tele-Optics, Workspace Interiors, and WKPT Television. Money raised will benefit the Downtown Kingsport Association in its efforts to improve downtown revitalization. For more information on the Downtown Kingsport Association and community events, visit DKA’s website at www.

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Park Place Wine Tasting

Ridgefields Country Club held the wonderful wine-tasting benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association, Mid-South Chapter on November 6. Comfort Keepers, Park Place Liquor & Wine, and The Club at Ridgefields sponsored the event. Guests were able to sample over 25 varieties of wine from 6 different distributors. Money raised will benefit people in need right here in the Tri-Cities. This event was a great way to have a good time while benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association, Mid-South Chapter. Kelli Spain, Development Coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association, Mid-South Chapter joined guests for this fun-filled evening. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s is also

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one of the leading causes of death in the US. The Alzheimer’s Association is a hard-working organization meeting the needs of many patients, caregivers, and families. Join in the fight against Alzheimer’s and make every day a day to remember. If you were unable to attend the event and would like to give to your local Alzheimer’s Association, contact Theresa Bright with Comfort Keepers at Learn more about Alzheimer’s and ways you can help by visiting or by phone at 423.928.4080. If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the Alzheimer’s 24/7 helpline at 800.272.3900.

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On November 19, 2011 Alpha Xi Delta Sorority at East Tennessee State University, hosted their first annual Xiti Dinner to raise money for Autism Speaks. In April 2009, Alpha Xi Delta proudly announced their partnership with Autism Speaks and has raised over $400,000 dollars for the organization. The Xiti Dinner was held at the Double Tree Hotel in Johnson City, where over 200 guests attended and the chapter raised over $4000.00 for Autism Speaks. The dinner included a pasta buffet, and Dr. John Morris, as our guest speaker. Our goal for the dinner was not only to raise money for Autism Speaks, but to raise awareness of what autism is and how many children & families it affects daily. Alpha Xi Delta at ETSU will be hosting a Walk Now for Autism 5-K in the

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Benny Wilson Band When did you start the Benny Wilson band? BWB began in 2001.

Who are your band members and how long have they been with you?

Gary Sutherland (guitarist/vocalist) and Tommy Starnes (bassist) are original BWB members since 2001. Chris Simmons (drummer) joined in 2003, and shortly thereafter, Bill Bentley (keyboardist) joined the band.

Who or what inspired you to start the band?

Musicians spend years playing lots of music that we really don’t really enjoy. We decided to play stuff we like and hope others like it as well. We all love classic rock so we started there. All BWB members have input on the music and that is why we have such a good variety.

What is the funniest thing that ever happened while performing?

That is a difficult question! I guess the funniest thing was this year at the Maggie Valley Harley Rally when Bill and I dressed up as the Blues Brothers. Bill became an instant star! He looks just like Belushi. We were performing “Soulman” and when I looked at him all I could do was laugh. I thought to myself, is that the same guy that plays keyboards? He was hilarious.

What type of music can people expect to hear when you perform? I would say A to Z…country, rock, and soul. We perform music from the seventies to the present.

Who has been your greatest influence?

I have had several influences over the years. When I first started performing, it was Elvis. Then came the Beatles…whew, I was blown away! Later on, believe it or not, Michael Jackson influenced me. I had to learn how to do the Moonwalk! It was too cool not to learn. I love live music because you can always see something you can use in your performance. You can also learn what not to use…lol!

What are some things that most people would never know about you?

I get nervous before every performance. Most people wouldn’t know I have an environmental health degree from ETSU. Go Bucs! 50 •

If you could play on stage with anybody of your choice, who would it be and why?

Man, only one? If I could share the stage with anyone it would be the musicians that I have lost along the way. What I mean by that are my fellow musician friends that have passed away.

If you had to pick a different career what would you choose?

Nothing, lol! Maybe a beer taster? Just kidding...not really! I would have pursued a career as a physician’s assistant if music had not worked out. I had returned to school to pursue that when I was hired to play music by Janie Fricke.

Bio: Wilson says he began performing at the age of three years old,

but over the past 30 years of performing, he has come a long way from standing on top of a bar stool belting out his grandfather’s favorite tunes.

Packing venues in Myrtle Beach, Asheville, Atlanta, and Knoxville with his high-energy country, classic southern rock and heartwrenching original songs, he has had some of his greatest success in the Music City itself, Nashville. Wilson has charted on Country Music’s top 40 with his popular hits “Acres of Diamonds” and again with “Fool’s Moon.” The energetic, crowd-pleasing performer has been a mainstay on the local and national music scene for the last three decades and has performed and opened for top acts, including touring with Janie Fricke, collaborating with the likes of T.G. Sheppard, and opening for Tim McGraw, .38 Special, Marshall Tucker, and Michael Bolton. Wilson does not like to put labels on music which ranges from southern rock to country, to rhythm and blues. Whether it’s working up the crowd with rock n’ roll standards or bringing them to tears with his heartfelt original tunes, he has found a way to connect with audiences, making him one of the most popular performers to ever come from Rogersville. Lately, Wilson has been concentrating on his songwriting, collaborating with some of the top songwriters in the music business, including another Rogersville native, award-winning songwriter, Kim Williams.

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The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 1 at Workspace Interiors’ new site and showroom at 200 East Main Street in Kingsport. Workspace Interiors is a full-service commercial design and interior furnishing company servicing the Tri-Cities, Knoxville, Southwest Virginia, and Chattanooga for 30 years. WorkSpace Interiors’ focus is understanding and meeting customers’ needs by providing creative solutions, high quality furnishings, and friendly

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Santa Train The Santa Train made its historical 69th annual 110-mile run from Kentucky through Virginia, then into Tennessee on Saturday, November 19, 2011. The Santa Train’s route begins in Pikeville, KY and finishes in Kingsport, TN, just in time to end up in the Christmas Parade. Santa’s celebrity guests aboard the train this year were the husband and wife country music duo, Keifer and Shawna Thompson, better known as Thompson Square. Thompson Square was joined by many of Santa’s special helpers, distributing gifts from the train as well as greeting the crowds and handing out gifts.

Volunteers expressed the event as a humbling and life-changing experience.

The Santa Train is the world’s largest parade, making 14 stops (and greeting hundreds at each stop,) handing out over one million dollars of gifts, and making people’s lives a little better. The Santa Train also gives a special gift that lasts a lifetime. The Santa Train Scholarship Fund is a four-year, $5000 award given to at least one student each year that lives near the Train’s route. Children were not the only ones excited, as people of all ages shared in the Train’s thrills. While some wanted to be as close to the train as they could get, others watched from a distance. Thousands stood along the route waving, shouting, taking pictures, and waiting for that glimpse of Santa. Some even traveled hours to partake in this wonderful display of love, hope, generosity, and Christmas joy.

The Santa Train could not be possible without the outpouring of volunteers and donors. The Santa Train was co-sponsored by CSX Transportation, Food City, the Kingsport Tennessee Area Chamber of Commerce, and Kids Wish Network. A special thank you goes out to all involved to make the Santa Train once again a huge success.

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Many heartstrings are pulled each year: from the caring and hardworking event planners, volunteers, performers, generous donors, parents, friends, families, children waiting anxiously along the tracks, to those witnessing from afar -- all experienced the warmth, shed the tears, smiled the smiles, and witnessed the true meaning of Christmas... love.

To learn more about the Santa Train and ways you can help, visit Photography by: Angela Striligas, Brian Hullette and Mickey Baker Story by: Rita Dykes

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The first-ever Tri-Cities “Thrill the World” Johnson City event raised more than one thousand dollars to help support the Johnson City Downtown Clinic. The event was held on Oct 29 at the King’s Centre. During the event, guests were able to meet and greet various local sponsors such as Little Chicago Tattoo Company, Energy Fitness 24/7, and Earth Fare. Express It Face and Body Art zombified several guests and Madison J Photography took spooky portraits. Representatives from the clinic, Dr. Charles Stuart and Clinic Director Sue Reed, greeted guests and provided blood glucose and blood pressure screenings. Big Daddy

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Voodoo from the Little City Roller Girls emceed the event.

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pharmaceuticals they need at a low cost. The clinic never turns someone away due to an inability to pay. Individuals with health insurance are encouraged to A total of 19 dancers participated in the official dance use the clinic to help offset the costs of those who are to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” in hopes to set a new uninsured or under insured. Have your yearly physiworld record for the largest simultaneous dance to cal or get your immunizations at the clinic to help “Thriller.” They danced with cities all over the world those in greater need. For more information about such as: Sydney, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; San Juan, the global event, visit For Puerto Rico; Istanbul, Turkey; San Francisco, Caliinformation on the Johnson City Downtown Clinic, fornia; and New York City, New York. visit them online at http://health-centers.findthebest. com/l/2602/Johnson-City-Downtown-Clinic. Money raised for the clinic will be used for the “Mooney’s Account” which helps patients obtain the


Growing up in a small farm town 30 miles North of Nashville, TN there wasn’t any art to look at. I watched my older brother draw Spiderman and comic book characters at age 3 - thinking this was magic!

to create - to escape. My interest in art led me to obtain my BA at Western KY University and East TN State University with my MFA. I moved to Nashville from the mountains to teach for a while - only to return a few years later to the beautiful landscape of Kingsport, TN. I reside there with my wife Jamie - daughter Olivia and son Adam. Art has and always will be a part of my life and is still as magical as it was to me over 30 years ago. This body of work started from an experimental painting I did 3 years ago and developed into something I wanted or needed to pursue artistically. It has evolved into what I feel is a strong representation of both masculine and feminine, raw and untamed and yet pleasing and sophisticated. My paintings do not represent objects that I am copying. This lack of subject matter allows me to become freer with the paint and the application. I paint with intensity - energy - authority -and let the painting take me where it wants to go. Contrary to the opinions of those who do not understand art, I do not just throw paint around the canvas in a random way; however, while there is a design element to my work, I still leave a lot of room for the painting to breathe and take its own shape. The work is done in one sitting and at a rapid pace, keeping the strokes raw and natural. While working on this series, I have explored many different ways to apply paint. I started primarily using a brush, but often ended up using my hands and fingers, caught up in the energy of creativity. After breaking my right hand in three places last year, brushwork became very painful. I started using my hands almost exclusively. Using my hands was an excellent form of physical therapy for my hand,

but also an opportunity for me to satisfy my need of being more intimate with the paint itself. Using my hands, I can create texture by scratching the canvas, introducing movement by pulling my fingers rapidly through the surface, or adding details by flicking the paint with my fingertips, etc. I think this series is more me than anything I have completed over the years. Maybe this is because I know myself more now than ever before. I have always believed art saved me and that painting not only teaches one about art but more importantly teaches one about life, who they are, where they are going. Local abstract artist, Tony Henson, is showing at Knoxville’s Emporium Center at the emerging artists Balcony Gallery Jan 6-27 with a reception Jan 6 as part of the First Friday there. Contact info: 423.360.1543


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For many years, the opal has tried to shake off rumors and wives tales about the stone bringing bad luck. Perpetuated by folk lore, mistaken identity, superstitions, family tales and disgruntled diamond traders, the opal has had a pretty tough life! I can't believe I still hear, "Oh No, I can't buy an Opal its bad luck,� in my store today 182 years after the rumor was first started. The saddest opal saga is the oft-repeated misconception in the last of Sir Walter Scott's novels, Anne of Geierstein (1829), which irrevocably linked opal to misfortune. Having not read the third volume, the public jumped to the conclusion that the heroine has been bewitched, that her magic opal discolors when touched by holy water, and that she dies as a result. The opal, which actually belonged to Anne's exotic grandmother, turns out to have turned pale as a warning to its owner against poisoning (which was the actual cause of her grandmother's death). Even so, this single work plunged opal prices to half in just one year and crippled the European opal market for decades. Scott really never meant to represent opal as unlucky. Queen Victoria, however, did much to reverse the unfounded bad press. Queen Victoria became a lover of opals, kept a fine personal collection, and wore opals throughout her reign. Owning a fine opal can only be good luck. Come see our rare black opal at Sandy's Jewel Box and see what great luck it brings.


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Loving Touch Memory Care: Now, even more care. New: Enhanced Memory Care Services to Enhance Lives Appalachian Christian Village now offers secure, advanced memory care capabilities designed with best practices for Residents suffering from memory challenges, including Alzheimer’s and dementia. This addition to Pine Oaks, called Loving Touch Memory Care, encourages social involvement, personal development and appropriate stimulation for memory care residents. The spacious outdoor garden at Pine Oaks enables Residents and guests to enjoy the beauty of nature in a safe gu environment, and trained staff to provide care and activities that stimulate cognitive abilities while promoting fun and social engagement.

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Christmas in Candy Land


Hands On! Regional Museum was transformed into “Christmas in Candy Land,” decorated for the 23rd Annual Festival of Trees on November 18. The evening’s events make up the museum’s biggest fund-raiser each year, with all proceeds dedicated to over 20 permanent educational interactive exhibits and hands-on programs for all ages. Last year, over 70,000 visitors enjoyed the museum.

Photography by: Bruce Green • Story by Kristina Twitty

The event included the “Showing of the Trees” exhibit for nearly two weeks prior to the evening, displaying designer decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces. Decorated by designers from all over the region who volunteered their time and talents, each piece was a one-of-a-kind creation that made for a beautiful addition to the Candy Land décor of the Museum, complete with a backdrop for fun photographs of guests and friends. The evening began with a silent auction of over 100 items including all greenery items, a variety of spa, dining, entertainment, edible gifts, sports packages, and other items donated by local businesses. The Main Event, “The Night of Lights Gala” benefit auction was emceed by Josh Smith, WJHL News Channel 11, and featured fine jewelry, food, sports memorabilia, travel and recreational packages, and much more. Main Street Cafe and Catering prepared a delightful selection of shrimp and pasta, meatballs and noodles, and desserts. A voice auction, hosted by Travis Royston, provided the guests with a last chance to take home something special. The evening finished with dancing with music provided by SPANK.

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CrestPoint Health Johnson City Chamber of Commerce held a ribboncutting ceremony on October 3 at CrestPoint Health located at 208 Sunset Drive in Johnson City. Supporters and well-wishers gathered for the ceremony in support of CrestPoint.

The Johnson City Chamber of Commerce welcomed Regions Bank to Jonesborough with a ribbon cutting on November 16. Regions Financial Corporation is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, trust, securities brokerage, mortgage, and insurance products and services. The new Jonesborough Regions Bank branch is located at 301 W. Jackson Boulevard. For information on services offered, call 423.282.7617 or visit their website at

Krispy Kreme Grand Opening At 5:30 a.m. on November 15, the eagerly awaited “Hot Light” will shine bright at the grand opening of the Krispy Kreme Johnson City Doughnut Factory, located at 1100 West Market St., Johnson City, TN 37604. Grand opening activities to include fun prizes, commemorative t-shirts, tasty treat sampling and more.

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CrestPoint is a provider-owned health solutions company. Mountain States Health Alliance, Frontier Health, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, and Unicoi Hospital are the owners of CrestPoint Health. CrestPoint Health’s mission was to better service the health and wellness needs of the people who live and work in the communities they serve. CrestPoint offers health benefits administration for medical, pharmacy, dental, and vision. CrestPoint wishes to deliver happiness by simplifying life’s journey for its members and partners. For more information, visit them online at or call 423.952.2111.

Sweet CeCe’s Frozen Yogurt & Treats

The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce welcomed Sweet CeCe’s Frozen Yogurt & Treats to Kingsport with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, November 15. Sweet CeCe’s, located at 1880 North Eastman Road, offers a delicious variety of fat-free frozen yogurt flavors, and wonderful candy, cookie, and fresh fruit toppings. Patrons create their own tempting and highly-personalized, creative yogurt treats, that are sure to please. Sweet CeCe’s believes in supporting local communities by getting involved with fundraisers and non-profit events. For more information, visit Sweet CeCe’s online at www. or follow them on Facebook.

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Charmed Southern, owned by Jackie Ewing and managed by Marjorie Woods, celebrated with balloons and delicious refreshments. Charmed Southern offers unique products for the home, as well as beautiful antiques. They also offer in-home design and staging consultations. During the holiday season, Charmed Southern will offer complimentary tea tasting and free gift-wrap with purchase.

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Downtown Kingsport Association welcomed Charmed Southern to 220 Broad Street by hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 3. Stacey J. Eubanks, Executive Director with the Association and Mayor Dennis Phillips along with local merchants were present to show their support.



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Cary Street The Johnson City Chamber of Commerce welcomed Cary Street Partners to Johnson City with a ribbon cutting and open house on November 16. Cary Street Partners is a regional wealth management and investment-banking firm. Cary Street Partners is committed to providing superior wealth management, and investment banking services to individuals, non-profit institutions, and corporations. For more information, visit Cary Street Partners and Managing Director, Maureen Maclver, at 2335 Knob Creek Road, call 423-328-1970, or visit them online at

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Ciao Bella!, an exclusive women’s boutique, located in Johnson City, proudly provides their customers with beautiful and extraordinary fashion designed by top designers in the industry.

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Donna Walker, owner, is extremely passionate about fashion and style. She feels good once she makes you look good! Donna has attended fashions shows worldwide in search of the latest and greatest in the fashion industry so that she can bring it back home to us right here in the Tri-Cities. From casual to cocktail, Ciao Bella! has the perfect piece for any occasion. This past November Ciao Bella! began ‘Ladies Night’ on Thursdays to promote fashion and fun in a relaxed atmosphere while offering light h’ordeuvers and wine.

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Denim & Diamonds

Ann and Hal Youngmeyer, Susan Taylor and Dr. Gary Andes, and Mary and Ardie Ardemagni

The second annual Denim and Diamonds event was held at the beautiful Bristol Train Station on November 18. Fourteen amazing couples were the hosts for the Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic benefit. The evening was filled with the talented sounds of the band Ivy Road, delicious food, and a live auction. Auctioneer Max Richardson donated his time to hold the auction. The donated items for the auction included Christmas wreaths, pumpkin wreaths, a patriotic centerpiece, sterling silver snowflakes, jewelry, a MackenzieChilds hand-painted Santa, a three-foot-tall Santa, and Christmas topiaries. Guests had a wonderful, fun-filled evening while supporting a worthy organization. The Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic is a non-profit organization that is greatly funded by donations, fundraisers, and grants. The clinic has been in operation since 2005, providing reduced-cost spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats. They have performed over 55,000 surgeries in less than 7 years. The clinic and its 18 devoted employees are working very hard to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats taken into shelters. Events such as Denim and Diamonds coupled with the generosity of the general public helps the clinic with its mission and saves the lives of many dogs and cats.

Dr. Jennifer McCall Ketron and Wayne Ketron

The mission of the clinic is to provide targeted, high-volume, reduced-cost spay and neuter services in an effort to reduce the dog and cat overpopulation problem. It is the clinic’s focus to serve pets whose owners may not be able to afford spay/neuter services for their pets. For more information, call 276.591.5790 or visit the clinic’s website at

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The Bristol Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Toyota of Bristol on October 27. The ceremony was for Toyota of Bristol’s re-grand opening. The centerpiece of the ribbon-cutting ceremony was an ornate, gold handled Katana samurai sword. The Katana sword, which is kept in its special place inside the dealership, adds a unique display for viewing by visitors. Toyota of Bristol has upgraded its facility including upgrading the exterior, expanding the service area, creating a new car delivery area, and upgrading the customer lounge. Special guests were Mayor David Shumaker of Bristol, TN, Mayor Ed Harlow of Bristol, VA, Members of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, and Toyota officials from Nashville and Cincinnati.

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Stop by Toyota of Bristol at 3045 West State Street and let Daniel Johnson, general manager and David Hudson, owner, know what you think about their beautiful upgrades. For more information, visit them online at Photography by: Brian Hullette • Story by: Rita Dykes John Tester, Lynn Fuller, Stephanie Snelson-Guinn, Randi and Jason Searcy David Hudson, Andrew Gilleland and Daniel Johnson

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When the power goes out, is your loved one at risk? No matter how far away you are from your loved ones, you can still show you care. Cold weather can cause some major damage. A power outage in the winter could be detrimental, especially to the elderly. Precison Electrical can ease your worries by installing a back-up generator. The gift of a warm and cozy home is priceless.

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Story by: Rita Dykes Photography by: Bruce Green The Junior League of Bristol welcomed more than 150 guests to its second annual winetasting event at the Bristol Train Station on November 12. The event was a great success, raising over $10,000 to fund the Junior League’s community projects such as; Backpacks for Kids, Caterpillar Crawl, and Party with a Purpose. The Junior League, in partnership with SJ Strategic Investments, the premier underwriting sponsor, developed an impressive sponsorship brochure with 43 local business ads. SJ Strategic Investments and First Tennessee Bank, along with all of the other sponsors, made this event possible at no cost to the Junior League.

The Bristol Train Station offered guests a beautiful venue as the high-spirited crowd listened to the sounds of Clay Prewitt from These Undowners. Guests enjoyed five featured wines from Abingdon Winery, beer donated by Stateline, and delicious dishes prepared by Chef Jassen Campbell and his students from the Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College. Guests dined on wonderful chicken galantine,

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smoked pork, lamb pizza, lobster rolls, and butternut squash panna cotta. The event came to an end with a wine raffle of two cases of wine donated from area liquor stores. The Junior League of Bristol would like to thank everyone for their donations and help in making the event a huge success for the Bristol community.

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Night of Smiles The Night of Smiles event at the Bristol Motor Speedway on November 17 was a magnificent night for 84 of the area’s children’s charities. Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities awarded a record-breaking $660,000 at the Night of Smiles event. One of the grants awarded this year was the Jeff Byrd Grant; a $50,000 endowment was established this year in honor of the former president and general manager of the Bristol Motor Speedway. The Jeff Byrd Grant was awarded to New Clothes For Kids, which will be used to build an area where children can go to and pick out their own clothes. Some of the other charities receiving grants were; CASA for Kids, Big Brothers and Sisters of East Tennessee, Haven of Rest Rescue Mission, Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Hope for Tennessee/Frontier Health, Bread of Life Children’s Ministry, Friends of Russell County Library, Holston United Methodist Home for Children, Hope Center, and the Tazewell County Association for Retarded Citizens. Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities is a non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of needy children in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Children’s Charities would not be able to help these wonderful charities if it weren’t for the people in the area, and those who also volunteer their time, donate their money, and just simply want to help make a child’s life better. The Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities would like to thank everyone involved for giving children a brighter tomorrow. For more information about Night of Smiles and Speedway Children’s Charities, visit them online at Photography by: Shelley Parham Story by: Rita Dykes

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Celebrating its 4th Anniversary this November, Serendipity is a ladies’ boutique that opened in November of 2007 in downtown Bristol VA/TN, featuring trendy styles and designer clothing labels. Sarah Jane Hull, Fashion Designer and owner of Serendipity, is a young business woman who graduated from Virginia Tech with dual degrees in fashion design and merchandising management. After working for Adrienne Vittadini, an Italian fashion designer, she returned to Bristol to write a business plan for a boutique, but never intended to open a store in her hometown.

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Jan Jennings and Maggie Jessee

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Four years later, she has reason to celebrate the success of her shop and the place she has earned in the hearts of her customers. Last year, her second location opened in Johnson City. Both the young and the young at heart, with budgets of all sizes, will be delighted with her selections which include denim from 7 for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, Joe Jeans, Paige Premium Denim, Prvcy, Level 99, Hudson, William Rast, and Red Engine. Her casual selection features BCBGeneration, Mac and Jac, Sisters Knits, Lilla P, 525 America, 3Sisters, and more. She also carries intimates, accessories, and handmade, customdesigned jewelry and designer shoes.Their goal is for “every woman to have a serendipitous fashion experience.” With brand names like these, they have a great start. With their personal attention, they’ll have your heart. Located in Bristol: 705 State Street, Bristol, VA 24201 276.644.9695; Hours: Mon - Sat 11am-6pm, and in Johnson City 3018 Peoples Street Johnson City, TN 37604 423.282.4245 Mon - Sat 11am-6pm. Sarah’s blog, keeping her customers in touch with new things, sales, and current events can be found at:

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Photography by: Bruce Green Story by: Kristina Twitty Gregory Isbell Co. Fine Jewelry, The Frame Gallery, Gourmet and Company Shop, and The Tennessee Store held their doors open just a little later than usual to host customers and friends at the 15th annual Holiday Open House to kick off the holiday season. At Gregory Isbell’s, guests were treated to a beautiful spread of wine and caper-covered cold salmon, shrimp, and cheese and crackers. Gourmet offered wine and tastes of beverages served in the restaurant or sold in the shop. Ready for Christmas shoppers, the stores were beautifully decorated, adding to the festive feel of a relaxing evening.

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This is a great opportunity to bless those who are less fortunate. Through a partnership with the Azil Foundation, the goal is to help raise money in order to donate vitamins for children in Haitian orphanages. We have a goal of raising enough money to provide each child with multiple month’s worth of vitamins. Providing these children with 19 essential vitamins and minerals will help support a healthy immune system, eye health, as well as strong bones. For $15, you are able to provide a child with a month’s worth of nutrition. However, there is no gift that is too small. All donations are very much appreciated.

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Nightmare on Broad The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce sponsored Nightmare on Broad, a mysterious and marvelous masquerade dance at the Stir Fry Café on Friday, October 28. Stir Fry Café’s upstairs party room was the perfect venue for the Nightmare! The evening was a blast, with lots of dancing and people rockin’ out to a live band while enjoying delicious refreshments. There was a great turnout of people dressed in all kinds of fun costumes! The prize for the best costume was $200.00. It was a night to be remembered and one to look forward to next year. For information on Kingsport Chamber’s events, visit them online at For more information on Rockin’ the Hallows, other events, and the many things that Kingsport has to offer, visit Photography by: Brian Hullette • Story by: Rita Dykes

Haunted Half Marathon Two races were included in the Rockin’ the Hallows event on Saturday, October 29. The Haunted Half Marathon, teamed up with Kingsport Urology, made the race events a public awareness platform for prostate cancer. One race was the Haunted Half Marathon, a wicked, fast, doubleloop course that began in beautiful downtown Kingsport. The second race was the Boo to Brew four-person relay race. A record-breaking 1000 runners participated in the 3rd annual racing event. There were 80 four-person relay teams for the Boo to Brew race, truly an amazing number of teams. Many runners were dressed in costumes to add a very festive vibe to the racing events. Josiah Leuenberger won the men’s Haunted Half Marathon with a fantastic time of 1:09:06. Susan Rollins won the women’s marathon with a wonderful time of 1:26:16. The G Vegas High Rollers won the Boo to Brew relay race with an impressive time of 1:26:16. After the races, the runners were treated to Fat Tire beer and delicious barbecue from Bonfire Smokehouse, making every runner a winner. Gold sponsors were Appalachian Orthopaedics and Fat Tire Beer, and Silver sponsors were CrestPoint Health and Express Signs. For more information, visit the Haunted Half Marathon’s website at


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SunTrust’s beautifully renovated office building was the perfect venue for Johnson City Chamber’s Business After Hours on Thursday, November 3. The Chamber also celebrated with SunTrust by holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of the major renovation of SunTrust’s main office location. The renovation began in mid-July and was completed just in time for the After Hours event and ribbon-cutting celebration. SunTrust’s main office has been at 207 Mockingbird Lane, Johnson City since 1983 and was able to remain open throughout the renovation process. Jerome Julian, SunTrust’s City President, said, “The renovation enables us to provide an even higher level of service for our clients. Our updated interior is inviting and we invite everyone to come see our new look and experience the difference at SunTrust.” For more information on SunTrust, visit them online at

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The City of Johnson City, in partnership with Mountain States Health Alliance, held its sixth annual Up & At ‘Em Turkey Trot on November 24. It was a beautiful Thanksgiving morning for the record-breaking 3652 runners/walkers to venture through the historic, tree-lined streets of Johnson City. The 5k race had a new course this year, beginning on State of Franklin Road and finishing inside the beautiful Cardinal Park. The Up & At ‘Em program was created to fight for a healthier lifestyle for the citizens of Johnson City. Its mission is to improve the health of the citizens of Johnson City by creating an active, healthy community. All proceeds from the event go to support the Up & At ‘Em school program. There were several divisions for the race, however; the school divisions were two of the largest divisions. The school divisions were separated into the small school division and the large school division. In the small division, the school had to have a school enrollment of seven hundred ninety-nine or less, and at least thirty students/staff complete the race to quality. The large division had to have a school enrollment of eight hundred or more and at least fifty students/staff complete the race to qualify. In the small school division, first place went to Fairmont Elementary, second place went to University School, and tied for third place were Town Acres Elementary and Woodland Elementary. In the large school division, first place went to Science Hill High School, second place went to David Crockett High School, and rounding up the top three was Elizabethton High School. The prizes in each division were $1000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place. Event directors for this year’s event were Jenny Brock and Charles Harmon. We Run Events provided management and timing for the event. For more information on the Turkey Trot and other events, visit the City of Johnson City online at Photography by: Jennifer Holt and Phillip Crum Story by: Rita Dykes

VIPSEEN@Girls Inc.

Girls Inc.

Johnson City • Washington Co. Thanksgiving desert and coffee! Girls from kindergarten to teens shared a special evening with family and friends. Guests were entertained with drama, song and even a “Turkey Trot” dance to celebrate the holiday season. Girls Inc JC/WC provides after school and summer camp programs year round to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold! Photography by: Bruce Green • Story by: TJ Furchess

Serving Authentic Pit Smoked

Chicken • Brisket • Pork

11-7 Tues-Thurs 11-8 Friday 12-7 Saturday Eastern Star Rd (Exit 10 off I-26) Kingsport, TN • 423-349-6437 DECEMBER/JANUARY

Bill Boyd, George DeVault, Jane Rasar, Dana McMurray, Jerreese Rockwell, Paula Wells, Jennifer Bruner, Tracy Morelock, Kathy Gentry, Lamar Reid, and Bob Haywood Not pictured: Mark Peace

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Are you an Independent Intellectual? Ready to Design your personalized Graduate Degree Program?

Develop an Interdisciplinary curriculum. Combine courses in history, sciences, languages, music, etc. • MALS not only allows students to design a unique program of study that crosses departmental boundaries, but also allows them to focus their studies in areas where courses exist, but for which there are no specific degree programs. • Flexible elective programs of study are available, including: • Appalachian studies - Culture, language, literature • Social behavior, education • Concentrations in Archival studies; Gender and Diversity • Archival Studies Graduate Certificate (can be completed entirely online)

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MALS graduate Jane MacMorran, former U.S. Scottish Fiddling Champion designed her own master’s program and now teaches at ETSU!


VIPSEEN@Meadowview Convention Center

Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

Honors CFO Elaine Bodenweiser Former Chamber Presidents

Elaine Bodenweiser

Friday, November 18th was a special morning for the Chief Financial Officer of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Elaine Bodenweiser. Chamber members joined together with past presidents of the Chamber at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center for breakfast in honor of Elaine’s 25 years of service. Elaine is a graduate of East Tennessee State University as well as a graduate of the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management. She also served as an instructor for the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management, sharing her knowledge of finance and leadership to Chambers across the nation. Elaine created the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship in the late 80’s and it continues to flourish. She also helped start the Move to Kingsport program, which brings thousands to Kingsport each year. Elaine has organized, led, and played a vital role in many programs throughout her 25 years with the chamber. She even served as interim CEO and President in 2005 and 2006 while the current CEO and President, Miles Burdine, was serving our country in Iraq. Elaine and her husband took center stage to accept a token of love, appreciation, admiration, and gratitude in honor of her service and devotion to the Chamber and to Kingsport.

Lisa and Jim Morris

Nicole Austin and Conrad Caseem

Rhonda Chafin, Valentina Escobar-Gonzalez, Joette Street and Connie Steere

Frances Cottrell, Susan LaGuardia, Jamie Bass and Dian McMurray

Lucy Flemming and Cheryl Harvey

Nichole Huff and Terry Williams

To learn more about the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, visit them online at Photography by: Brian Hullette Story by: Rita Dykes 92 •

Stella Robinette and Paulette Fox

Smile for the camera!

Angela Striligas and George DeVault

Brad Hoover, Tony Hewitt and Tom Segelhorst

Alan Hill and Jeff Hostetler

The Bates

DECEMBER/JANUARY Specializing in one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories for contemporary women N9002029.01F N9002029.pdf Oct 7 2011 16:03:03

Saturday December 31 3:30




50%-90% Off Retail! 2 Locations in the Tri-Cities

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Johnson City


1805 North Roan Street Johnson City ~ 423.282.2357 Mon to Sat 9am-9pm Closed Sunday

1163 North Eastman Kingsport ~ 423.245.8573 Mon to Sat 9am - 8pm Closed Sunday


Lindsey Harman Kristy Haynes and Lyndsey Marlar

Glenda Fillers, Michelle Dotson and Debbie Chapman

Tammy Hodge, Angie Green, Lemy Dao and Erin Williams

Erin Williams, Suzy Williams and Tammy Hodge

Dr. Rob & Annette Clemons and The Fields

Amanda Reedy, Sarah Phelps, Rosemary Haynes, Fallon Canup, Caitlin Martin, and Nonie Bennah

Denim & Diamonds

A night of dancing in denim drew blue-jean, jean jacket and jean skirt-clad dancers of all ages for a night of music by a DJ, and great food and fun on the spacious floor of The Venue downtown, above Main Street, to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of the 1st Judicial District. Simply decorated with mason jars holding tea-light candles or tall, slender bouquets of bare branches sitting on bluejean runners, the décor matched the casual and fun feel of the event. A delicious homemade buffet dinner was provided by supporters of the CAC, and off to the side, a black backdrop made the perfect set-up for any kids-at-heart to pick a moustache, funny hat, or over-sized glasses for whimsical photos taken and emailed to them commemorating the evening. The mission of the Children’s Advocacy Center is to combat child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse by coordinating and providing services to children in a safe, caring environment. To offer a safe place for children to talk about their experience, the Children’s Advocacy Center was begun as a private, not-for-profit organization. It involves child protective services, law enforcement, prosecution, mental health, medical, education, and other resources in a community response to child abuse. The CAC involves Washington, Unicoi, Carter and Johnson County’s child protective services, law enforcement, prosecution, mental health, medical, education, and other resources in a community response to child abuse. For more information about this beautiful fortress for children or how you can help, contact the Children’s Advocacy Center at: or call 423.926.6528. To report child abuse, call toll free 877.542.2873.

Will & Katie Graybeal and Julie Pryputniewicz.

Lindsey Harman & Aimee Long

Lyndsey & Rich Marlar.

Kristina Twitty and Sabrina & Todd Fields

Aaron and Amy Jensen

Beth & Neil Poland and John & Tamara Marshall.

Photography by: Bruce Green • Story by: Kristina Twitty

Nonie Bennah. Carey Lewis Lemy Dao


Dobyns-Bennett High School Band Receives The Bob Hope Band Scholarship Award

Eastman Credit Union donated $100,000 to the Wellmont Foundation today, Nov. 10, for the purchase of the da Vinci Surgical System to enhance the level of care at Holston Valley Medical Center. The foundation is raising funds to acquire the robotic system, which enables physicians to perform surgeries with less discomfort for the patient. Among the many procedures for which da Vinci can benefit patients are prostatectomies and hysterectomies and many cardiac and thoracic surgeries. “Eastman Credit Union is always proud to provide assistance that improves the lives of those in the communities we serve,” said Olan Jones, president and CEO. “This was a unique and powerful opportunity to bring even more technology to Holston Valley and make a significant difference in the lives of those around us.”

Fall Tree Fund Planting Keep Kingsport Beautiful Keep Kingsport Beautiful, along with the City of Kingsport, hosted the fall tree planting for the KKB/Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes Tree Fund on Friday, November 4th at The Farmer’s Market on Clinchfield Street. The November planting marked Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes’ 25th year of sponsoring the KKB Tree Fund. A total of 10 Armstrong Maple trees were planted along Center Street. This planting recognized those who had been honored or remembered through the Tree Fund during the previous six month period. Part of the ceremony includes volunteers reading the names of those who are being honored or remembered, as well as the names of contributors. Each spring and fall, trees are purchased and planted around Kingsport on public land using donations made to The Tree Fund by those remembering a loved one, friend, or special individual. The Tree Fund began in 1986. Since then, more than 600 trees have been planted within our community as a living tribute to the thousands of people who have been recognized through this program. Keep Kingsport Beautiful coordinates the Tree Fund program, while the City of Kingsport provides the land, labor and mulch. For more information on how you can make a memorial donation to the KKB Tree Fund, contact Robin Cleary at 392-8814 or visit

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Alex Heise from Dobyns-Bennett High School Band receiving a $5,000.00 scholarship from The Bob Hope Band Scholarship Award. The band also received a $5,000.00 award. On his left is Amy Kule; to his right is Wesley Whatley. Photo by

The Rogersville Heritage Association

Christmas Under Many Roofs Ah, the twinkling lights, the wreath on the door, the beautifully decorated mantels, the fresh evergreen hung on the banisters, the smell of cookies in the oven, the taste of warm cider…… All these and many more make up the signs and sounds of Christmas in Historic Rogersville. The Rogersville Heritage Association is proud to announce the 2011 Christmas Tour of Homes- “Christmas Under Many Roofs” is a fitting theme as the season is celebrated in beautifully decorated homes and historic buildings. In keeping with the rich tradition of Southern hospitality, homeowners and the RHA invite you and yours to tour these beautifully decorated structures on Saturday, December 10 from 3 pm- 8 pm. Bonnie Blue Farms, Hale Springs Inn, the Arnold home, the Smith-Robertson Home, The Amis House and the Rogersville Presbeterian Church will be decked in festive holiday décor as you indeed get a view of how each celebrates “Christmas Under Many Roofs”. Tickets to this event are $15 if purchased prior to December 10th and $20, the day of the tour. You may purchase tickets at any of the following Rogersville locations: Otis Home Center, RHA Office (Depot), Green Bank, Mountain Star Mall, Hawkins Co Chamber of Commerce or in Kingsport at Charmed Southern. These buildings are some of Rogersville’s architectural gems-an absolute must for architecture buffs and history enthusiast alikecome and explore this unique collection of picturesque structures and celebrate with us, “Christmas Under Many Roofs.”

VIPSEEN@Johnny Brusco’s Pizza

Kingsport Chamber & Johnny Brusco’s Pizza

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Amy Millard and Chuck Richani

Bob Feagans and Danielle Goodridge

Johnny Brusco’s Pizza was home to the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours on November 3. Johnny Brusco’s, located at 1700 North Eastman Road in Kingsport, was a fun and entertaining venue for the event. Chamber members enjoyed networking while dining on Johnny Brusco’s New York-style pizza, subs, salads, sandwiches, strombolis, and other tasty Italian selections on the menu. Founded in 1977, the company is one of the fastest-growing chains in the southeast with 65 restaurants. For more information or to place an order, call 423.247.5646 or visit them online at

Photography by : Brian Hullette • Story by: Rita Dykes

Amanda and Alex Looney

The Cooks

Jane Rasar and Wayne Fortney

Ryan Burton and Seth Jervis

Kathy Richards and Robert Ley

Ann O’Brien and Tyler Clinch DECEMBER/JANUARY

The Nation’s Number One Party Band – PARTY ON THE MOON Returns to Kingsport’s Social Event of the Year! TICKETS GO ON SALE IN JANUARY! CALL YOUR KINGSPORT CHAMBER AT 392-8800!

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VIPSEEN@LongHorn Steakhouse VIPSEEN@LongHorn Steakhouse

grand opening

LongHorn Steakhouse celebrated its grand opening at 1750 East Stone Drive in Kingsport on November 21. The new restaurant employs around 85 team members and seats more than 240 guests. LongHorn is well-known for its western atmosphere, hospitality, and hearty cuisine. LongHorn features its signature Flo’s Filet, the bone-in Outlaw Ribeye, hand-cut salmon, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs, mouth-watering Parmesan-crusted chicken, and many more delicious fresh never frozen dishes.

The Boys and Girls Club

Tom Prat and Noi Phomduangsy


Karen and Lynn Jobe

For more information, visit the fine folks in their new Stone Drive location, or visit LongHorn’s website at Photography by: Brian Hullette and Angela Striligas Story by: Rita Dykes

The Leinbach Family

Sara and Friends

The Helms Family

Pal and Sharon Barger

The Glasscock Family

Steven Starnes, Jason Meredith, Ken Weems, and Rack Cross

Karst family and Cooper family

The Flowers Family

Caylor Harrison, Sarah Lett, John David Harrison and Frank Lett

The Moore Family

Bobbie and Dennis Phillips

The Rasar Family


HAPPY... Congratulations!

Happy 1st Anniversary Anna & Lance Pearcy!! - Deb Pearcy

Baron & Bentley are Beautiful!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIAN!! from your vip fam

Happy 7th Birthday Storm! Love Mom, Chris, Dad & Linzi

Happy Birthday Aidan! We love you. Mom, Dad, & Sithney

Happy Anniversary Dad & Tammy!!

Happy Birthday Whitney


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Love you much!! Felicia ;)

Kiss the Bride! Congrats Jamie & Xavier!

Happy 7th Birthday Kendrick Rockwell Love Brian & Mom

“Happy Sensational Sixty” Birthday Donna

Love ...”Queen Birthday Ladies”

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Regan

HAPPY BIRTHDAY we love you!!!!

Happy Birthday Mike! Love, Chelsie, Valmer, Pedro, Plinko & Tom

Happy 61st Anniversary

Glenn and Gladys Haynes!

Happy Birthday Nana!!

Congratulation Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gibson Welcome to the family Whitney “Gibson”!!

Our Most Precious Gem, Giovanna Victria Rieger, turns 1 year old. Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday Derwin! Love you, Yo favorite sister! HaHa

Happy 17th Birthday Kayla!!! Love Mom & Dad

Happy 5th Birthday John Waskiewicz

If you have any photos for birthdays, anniversaries etc. email • Photographs need to be 300 DPI • First Come, First Serve



VIPSEEN@King Centre

The March of Dimes Signature Chef Gourmet Auction was held on November 1 at the King Centre in Johnson City. The Signature Chefs paid tribute to the culinary excellence of leading local chefs. Guests enjoyed elegant combinations of gourmet culinary creations as well as varieties of magnificent wines. The evening was also filled with the fun and excitement of both a silent and a live auction. This event was truly one to be remembered.

Roosevelt himself. The foundation established a polio patient aid program and funded research for vaccines. After the vaccines effectively ended the polio epidemic in the US, the mission shifted to premature birth and birth defects with research breakthroughs that have helped save thousands of babies’ lives. Join the March of Dimes in its support of healthier babies, help raise awareness, and bring an end to premature birth.

The March of Dimes’ mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Its mission is carried out through research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies’ lives. The foundation was established by President Franklin Roosevelt to fight polio, a disease many suffered from during that era including President

For more information on the March of Dimes and ways you can help, call the Johnson City office at 423.461.8840, or visit them online at

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Photography by: Brian Hullette • Story by: Rita Dykes

VIPSEEN@King Centre

Marcy Walker and Heidi Dulebohn

Smile for the camera


Dr. Jeff Schoondyke MD, MPH, FACC, CCDS Julie Bentley, FNP-BC Dr. Jeff Schoondyke, MD

Julie Bentley, FNP-BC

Julie Bentley and Dr. Jeff Schoondyke looking over PET Scan Results

Dr. Jeff Schoondyke and Julie Bentley FNP at Karing Hearts Cardiology are always accepting new patients, and with offices in Johnson City and Elizabethton, they are always close by. Whether you are in need of a cardiologist for the first time, or if recent events and changes in health care policies have left you without a cardiovascular provider, call Dr. Jeff Schoondyke... a cardiologist who really cares for you.

1303 Sunset Drive • Suite 5 Johnson City, TN 37604 423-926-4468 fax: 423-928-4838

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Karing Hearts Cardiology accepts all Major Medical Insurance Companies Including TNCare & CIGNA

Shannon Alvarado Medical Assistant with patient Phyllis Todd

Terry Turbyfield, LPN with patient Margaret Burke


SATURDAY, 12.31.2011 • 7PM - 1AM • Hors d’oeuvres WEAR YOUR • Gourmet Meal BEST 70’S AT TIRE! • Live Entertainment • Silent Auction • Champagne Toast at Midnight (ALL INCLUSIVE)

$75 each

Purchase tickets at All proceeds go to Kari’s Heart Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity benefitting families with hospitalized children.


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