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The Kingsport Area Chamber hosted its 18th annual TN/VA Scholars Senior Picnic Celebration at the Eastman recreational area located near Bays Mountain on April 17. The celebration is to honor area seniors for their remarkable achievements in the TN/VA Scholars Program. Over 500 seniors from Kingsport City Schools, Hawkins, Sullivan, and Scott County schools were honored for their four years Emily Garrison, Ashli Bujak and Matthew Harrison - Dobyns Bennett School

of academic achievements and community service. The program covers eight schools throughout the districts; Cherokee, Dobyns-Bennett, Gate City, Rye Cove, Sullivan North, Sullivan South, Twin Springs, and Volunteer. TN/VA Scholars is a rewards and recognition program of the Kingsport Chamber that is sponsored by area businesses and industries. The sponsors include Eastman Chemical Company, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Canteen Vending, Eastman Credit Union, Food City, Jersey Mike’s, Pristine Springs, and Wal-Mart.

Talishia Ketcherside, Teresa Magana, and Elizabeth Wyatt – Dobyns Bennett

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Since the Civil War, Americans have observed Memorial Day in late May. While today it serves as the unofficial kickoff of the summer vacation season, its purpose is more serious than parades and cookouts: to remember the fallen in all of America's wars. Sadly, many of us are guilty of maintaining our own agenda to stop and take time out to observe the holiday and remember those men and women who gave their life so that we may enjoy the very freedom that allows us to swim when we want, hop in the boat at our leisure, invite friends over anytime and shop till we can’t stand ourselves. This year, we want to highlight some of the areas in our region that pay tribute to those who served our country and paid the ultimate price for freedom. Below, we have shared a brief timeline of how Memorial Day came to be... 1864: While the Civil War rages, groups of women begin decorating the graves of the fallen soldiers on both sides. President Lyndon Johnson, based on its 1866 observance, will later declare Waterloo, New York, the “birthplace of Memorial Day.” But Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, and several other towns claim traditions dating back to 1864. Also in 1864, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton declares the grounds of Arlington House, the Virginia home of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, a military cemetery. More than 240,000 servicemen and women are buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and each grave marker is decorated with a flag for Memorial Day. 1868: Commander in Chief John A. Logan of The Grand Army of the Republic declares May 30 Decoration Day. The GAR, a large and influential group of Union veterans, is at the forefront of efforts to encourage patriotism and is also an important force behind the drive to introduce the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. By the beginning of the 20th century, Decoration Day is widely called Memorial Day. 1971: An act of Congress officially designates Memorial Day as a remembrance of fallen Americans from all of the country's wars and moves the holiday to the last Monday in May. 1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. Carved in the polished black granite of "The Wall" are the names of the 58,249 men and women killed in the war. The stark design by architecture student Maya Lin is controversial at first, but the site is embraced by the nation as a popular and emotional Memorial Day destination. Many Vietnam veterans consider it an overdue acknowledgement of their sacrifice. 1995: President Bill Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young Sam dedicate the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington. The memorial recognizes those who fell in the 1950-1952 conflict, often dubbed "the forgotten war" because it came on the heels of World War II and was soon overshadowed by Vietnam. In the conflict, South Korean troops backed by a U.S.-led U.N. contingent fought North Korean troops backed by China to a standstill and a cease-fire that still holds along the heavily-armed border. 2000: Congress designates 3 p.m. on Memorial Day the National Moment of Remembrance. President Bush observes the Moment of Remembrance in a 2001 gathering with Pearl Harbor veterans.

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On June 2, 2003, at the request of local military veterans, the Town of Abingdon set aside, dedicated, and designated this 13-acre tract of land as Veterans Memorial Park to be a permanent place to recognize and pay tribute to all American Military Veterans and all our servicemen and women who have given and continue to give their lives for our freedom. The park is intended to give special recognition and tribute to those American servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, their liberty, and their pursuit of happiness in order that others may be free and to give recognition and honor to all those who have served and continue to serve our nation in order to preserve our freedom.

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Bristol Landfill Project/Municipal Solar Farm Ribbon Cutting 508 Volunteer Parkway Bristol, TN. 11am

Mortgage Investors Ribbon Cutting 1825 North Eastman Road, Suite 3 3pm

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Party on Market (live music and Art Walk) Market St., Downtown Kingsport 5pm-8pm 61st Annual Prayer Day 12pm-1pm For more info, contact: 423.323.4660

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Twilight Downtown Kingsport Concerts Series Downtown Kingsport 7pm

USAF Band of Mid-America “Startlifter” The Paramount 7:30pm

Banq Business Afterhours Kingsport 5:30pm

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33rd Annual Conference & Exposition MeadowView Conference Center For more info call: Eastern Coal Council 276.964.6363

Essence of the South Troutdale, TN. For more info, contact Bristol Chamber of Commerce Local Mobile Marketing Conference & Expo Millennium Centre, Johnson City 8am

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Bristol Border Bash Bristol VA/TN State Line 6pm-10pm

Kari’s Heart Foundation 2nd Annual Tri Cities Got Talent Paramount Center 7pm-9pm

Beer Tasting Inari Wines 39 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol, TN. 4pm-7pm

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The Boxcars and IIIrd Tyme Out Concert Kingsport Civic Center 6pm For more info, contact: 423.928.8835

American Cancer Society Hope Gala The Venue Johnson City 6pm-11pm

Cage Brawl 9 MeadowView Convention Center 7pm

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Theater of Ballet Arts presents “Seasons” The Paramount 4pm-6pm

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Bike at Bays Mountain 10am-2pm For more info, email: events@ntmba.org

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eWaste Recycling Event Johnson City 9am-3pm

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"Railroad Heritage Days" Johnson City 10am-3pm www.memrr.org

Bluegrass on Broad Republic Steel Downtown Kingsport 7pm-10pm

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VIPSEEN@Holston Valley Medical Center

Skivvy Skoot 5k

The first annual Skivvy Scoot 5K, a joint effort by Gastroenterology Associates and the Wellmont Cancer Institute, was a huge success. The 5K began and ended at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport on April 1. Over 330 registered runners came dressed in fun, tasteful underwear worn over their running clothes to help raise awareness for colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Many runners and walkers participated in honor of colon cancer survivors or in memory of someone they lost to this disease. March is designated nationwide as colon cancer awareness month, and this local event capped off a month-long campaign to bring attention to this deadly, but largely preventable disease. Since colorectal cancer can be prevented through the early detection and removal of polyps, the money raised by the Skivvy Scoot 5K will stay in our area to fund screening colonoscopies for those who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford them. Screenings generally begin at age 50 for those at average risk and at age 45 for African Americans. Those at higher risk may need to start screenings at an earlier age. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to talk with your physician about your personal risk factors and develop a plan to be screened at the appropriate time. For more information about Gastroenterology Associates, visit www.gastrotn.com. For more information on Wellmont Cancer Institute, visit www.Wellmont.org/hope. Photography by: Brian Hullette

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Third Annual Spring Gala

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Debbie Helton and David McGee

The Bristol Public Library Foundation held its third annual Spring Gala at the beautiful Bristol Train Station on April 13. The Spring Gala is the largest fundraising event of

the year for the foundation. The gala’s theme, “Bella Notte” was spot-on because it truly was a “beautiful night.” Dinner, drinks, and dancing were only part of this elegant evening, as world-renowned New York Times’ best-selling author Adriana Trigiani, was the special guest for the event, sharing her humor of her childhood. Adriana was raised in a large Italian family in the small coal-mining town of Big Stone Gap in southwest Virginia. Her debut novel and critically-acclaimed best seller was Big Stone Gap. Adriana is loved by millions worldwide for her magnificent novels of breathtaking, heartwarming, and humorous writings. Her latest novel, The Shoemaker’s Wife, is a love story based on her grandparent’s life, full of drama, extraordinary detail and romance. Guests not only had an outstanding evening of events, they also received a copy of The Shoemaker’s Wife to add to their collection of epic novels. Funds raised at this event went to benefit the Bristol Public Library Foundation and Library programs. For more information, visit www.bristol-library.org.

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Jurnee's Journey

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A Brownie Girl Scout troop decided to gather food and blankets as a community service project for the Johnson City Animal Shelter. When all the items were collected, the girls set out to hand deliver them to the shelter. As the troop was admiring the adorable puppies and precious kittens, one girl noticed something strange: it was overcrowded. She asked her leader what happened to the animals when the shelter had no more room. Her leader revealed the truth and told her they are euthanized. This eight-year-old Brownie was devastated. How could someone take away a life just because there simply is not enough room for it? After researching, the girl discovered that 6 million animals are euthanized every year in the United States alone. Determined to help animals, the girl who decided to make a change is our very own Jurnee Carr from Gray, TN. In 2007, at the age of 12, Jurnee founded Jurnee’s Journey: Helping All God’s Creations which provides support to no-kill rescue groups and promotes the importance of adopting from a shelter, as well as spay/neutering to control overpopulation. To date, Jurnee has raised about $25,000 and donated the funds to animal rescue groups such as Sullivan/Washington/Greene County Humane Societies, Journey’s End No-Kill Animal Society, Kingsport Dog Park, ASPCA, HSUS, PAWS Chicago, Fix-It Foundation, and many others. She was also recognized by the Humane Society of the United States for her efforts and asked to participate on their National Youth Advisory Board. Last July, Jurnee competed for the title of Miss Teen International 2011 in Chicago. Contestants from every state as well as several different countries competed in Interview, Evening Gown, Fitness, Fun Fashion and On-Stage Question. Also receiving the Most Photogenic & Online Voting Awards, Jurnee captured the national title and has been making appearances all across the country, reaching out to animal rescue groups everywhere. The crown has catapulted her efforts to help animals on a national level as she has made it her goal throughout her year's reign to donate to a Humane Society in every state she has the opportunity to travel to. Not only has she been able to reach out to Romania Animal Rescue Group internationally, but she has also met many celebrities! Aaron Tippin, Leighann Touey, The Band Perry, and many others! Her crowning moment was also displayed in New York’s Times Square the day after she was crowned Miss Teen International. On March 10th, Jurnee hosted the 100-year anniversary of Girl Scouts called “The Great Girl Gathering” at the Mall of America, in Minneapolis. Invited by the Girl Scouts of America, 50,000 fellow Girl Scouts had the opportunity to hear her story as she emceed the main event and signed autographs. This high school junior has overcome the obstacles that face animals and fought for them with all her might. “I encourage you to visit your local shelter and adopt a furry friend! Most people stereotype shelter dogs and cats as ‘dirty’ or mean,” says Jurnee. “Remember, a pet is the only being on earth that loves you more than it loves itself. Every pet deserves a loving, forever home and your love.” Check out www.jurneesjourney.org to learn how you can save the life of an animal! Photography & Story Submitted

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United Way Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

The outstanding services of exceptional individuals were recognized at a special breakfast hosted by Piccadilly Cafeteria and the United Way of Greater Kingsport. The Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast was held on Tuesday, April 17 at the Kingsport Town Center’s Piccadilly location. Area nonprofit and community organizations selected volunteers to be recognized during this event, which featured guest speakers Gordon Hertel, Jane Henry, and Lora Barnett. April is National Volunteer Month and the City of Kingsport recognized local volunteer efforts by designating April 15-21 as Volunteer Appreciation Week in Kingsport. Banners were hung along the main streets of Kingsport celebrating volunteers and Mayor Dennis Phillips issued a proclamation lauding the efforts of volunteers and their contributions to improving the quality of life for all residents. Phillips read the proclamation during the breakfast event. “The Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast is designed to recognize volunteers who contribute their time and talents to the agencies and organizations they serve,” said Frances Cottrell, Coordinator of the 2012 Volunteer Breakfast. “Piccadilly has graciously hosted this event for our volunteers for multiple years and we appreciate all those that make this event so meaningful.”

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Recipients honored during the breakfast include: Tommy Stanley, Carolyn Doerfert, Rhonda Smith, Jeremy Troyer, Debbie and Donna Free, Dr. Rodney Watson, Keith Harkleroad, Debbie Masters, Terry Oldfield, Bunky Seay, Bill Anderson, Regina Gullion, Reverend Michael Lombardo, Mack Lowe, Judy Carver, Carolyn Butler, Genalis Hardy, Connie Kincaid, Jim Hutchins, Dr. S. Krishnamoorthy, Cary Skeens , Heather Dorey, Bonnie and Fred Booher, Kresant Flanary, Jodie Funderburg, Ed and Joyce McEntire, Dale Bishop, Brian Wallen, Diana Hurley, Michelle Keegan, Bilee Moore, George Taylor, George Bradley, Ken Hopkins, Bob Shelton, Ann Millman, Valerie Davis, Linda Potts, Joyce Wolfe, Ruth Phillips, Joe and Anita Reilly, Michelle Souder, Jean Head, Betty Parise. Brenda Moriarty, Barbara Maston, Dr. Robert and Jeanne Jernigan, Barb Kitchevar, Heather Rowland, Amy Absher, Sam Jones, Lesa Phillips, Lorrie Alderman, Betty McGrady, Gail Preslar, Doris Bush, Melissa Gilliam, Barbara Crawford, and Loretta Pierce. For more information, visit www.uwaykpt.org. Photography by: Brian Hullette

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East Tennessee State University’s local Gamma Phi Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi held their tenth annual benefit for the local Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House at Maple Lane Farm on March 24. The Ronald McDonald House is the international philanthropy of the sorority, and these young women work all year long in preparation for the big event, collecting auction items as well as volunteering at the local RMH located next to Niswonger’s Children’s Hospital. Since 2002, the chapter has raised over $150,000. The chapter had a large turnout, with a mix of Alumni, fraternity brothers, friends and family attending. Grindstaff KIA was the entertainment sponsor, providing the services of DJ Alan Dodson and Mr. Picture Booth. These young ladies raised over $17,000 that will directly benefit the families at the local RMH. Everyone in our community is encouraged by the ladies of Alpha Delta Pi to visit, volunteer, or donate to our own Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House.

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Banana Flip

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Food City officials announced April 11 that the retail supermarket chain is bringing about the return of yet another regional favorite – the Banana Flip. “Over the last few years, our company has reintroduced a number of regional favorites that are now part of what we refer to as our Legacy Brands,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. Day Time Tri-Cities

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Cream, Terry’s Snack Foods, Kern’s Bread, Lay’s Meats and now, the Banana Flip.” The decision came about as a result of a recent article written by

Steve Godsey and Dennis Phillips

Vince Staten, metro columnist for the Kingsport Times-News. In the article commending Food City on their Legacy Brand products, Staten made a personal request that the retailer consider bringing back the Banana Flip, a Kingsport favorite. The Banana Flip consists of a light airy sponge cake folded into a half-moon shape and filled with creamy banana flavored filling. Wayne Anderson and Lisa Christian

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Food City shoppers can expect to find these mouth-watering treats on the shelves of their neighborhood store on their next visit. “We’ve done an excellent job duplicating the original Banana Flip,” concludes Smith. “I think our loyal customers will be very pleased with the results.” Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, Food City currently operates 104 retail food outlets in the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.

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Featuring Bills Khakis

Bill Thomas and William King

Willam King, Bill Thomas, Woody Appleby, and Geoff Bodenhorst

Bill Thomas and Bill and Charity Hayes

The Johnson City store hosted a Prep Party on March 29, featuring two of the most sought-after “preppy” lines available today. High Cotton Ties owner, Mr. James Hill, gave a presentation to a large crowd about how the cotton used to develop the bow ties is grown and harvested in North Carolina. Mr. Joe Overfelt with Southern Tide was also present showcasing the new collection of Southern Tide’s knits, shorts, bathing suits, jeans, t-shirts, and woven shirts. The events were a great way to kick off the arrival of so much magnificent clothing found at Wm. King Clothiers. For more information, visit www.wmkingclothiers.com. Photography by: Brian Hullette and Bruce Green | Story Submitted

Roger Johns and Jeff Tickle

Dr. John and Sarah Phillips, Becca Powers, Patrick Saavedra, and Jennifer Greiner

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Randy and Betsy Sharrow

Mosley and William King

Tom McGlothlin, Woody Appleby, and Geoff Bodenhorst

VIPSEEN@Wm. King Clothiers

William King Trunk Show


VIPSEEN@Wm. King Clothiers

William King Trunk Show

Featuring High Cotton & Southern Tide

Tracey and Steve Hawkins, Nathaniel and Jenn Sproles

Shelby Frye, Grace Norman, and Katie Dransfield

Joe Overfelt, Roger Johns, William King, James Hill

Roger Johns and Dr. Tim Gardner

Becca Powers and Jocelyn Michael

Julia and Tony Martin

March was a busy month for Wm. King Clothiers. On March 15, Wm. King Clothiers for Ladies held a showing at their Bristol store to introduce three new vendors to their ever-expanding ladies’ department. Sheridan French, Johnstons of Elgin, and Tuccia di Capri were the featured designs of the evening. Ladies were able to look at the new spring inventory and preview the fall collections that will arrive in August. On March 22, the Bristol store held a Bills Khakis trunk show with special guest, Mr. Bill Thomas, owner and designer of the world famous khaki pant company. Mr. Thomas greeted many of his fans during the show. Wm. King Clothiers and Bills Khakis have had a long-standing relationship since 1990. Wm. King Clothiers was the first store in the country to offer the “washed” khaki that has become a staple in gentlemen’s wardrobes.

Joe Lyle & James Hill

Dan Emmel

Joe Lyle and Roger Johns

Joe Overfelt, Roger Johns, and James Hill

Jeff Barger and Bill Hardin

Chris Shields, Wil Sterchi, and Bo >PSRLZ

Taylor and Carson Stevenson

Curt Jackson and Roger Johns

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VIPSEEN@Banq

Kingsport Newcomers Move to Kingsport hosted a young professionals social on April 12 at the beautiful Banq building located on Broad Street. The social was held on the rooftop overlooking downtown Kingsport. This event provided young professionals to network together while learning what Kingsport has to offer the emerging business community. Social mixers provide excellent opportunities to meet leaders of the community, keep in touch with upcoming events and new businesses, as well as make new friends. Kingsport is thriving with new businesses, events, and entertainment. One goal of Move to Kingsport is to promote the city, enticing the young professionals to accept positions of employment and choose to make Kingsport their home. Miles Burdine, Dennis Phillips, LeAnn Rasar and Monty McLaurin

Photography by: Brian Hullette | Story by: Rita Dykes

Dillon Burroughs, Patrick Bolton, Becky Rockwell, and Cameron Shawver

John Vachon and Lisa Williams

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Lauren Hollingsworth, Ben Mallicoate, Jen Kim and Cassie Hudson

Seth Jarvis and Dillon Burroughs

Muhammad Hussain, Kelsey McNally and Hina Ansar

Diana Hoffert and Katy Voitt


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Etta Clark, Dennis Phillips, John Clark, and Mike Mclntire

Keep Kingsport Beautiful hosted the Spring Planting Ceremony for the KKB/ Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes Tree Fund on Friday, April 13. The ceremony took place at the new Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce location at 400 Clinchfield Street. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes have sponsored this program for over 25 years. Trees planted included red maples, river birch, white oak, and Kwanzan cherry. This planting recognized those who had been honored or remembered through contributions to the Tree Fund during the previous six-month period. Part of the ceremony included volunteers reading the names of those being honored or remembered, as well as the names of contributors.

Kenny Byrd â&#x20AC;&#x201C; In memory of Mary Ruth Byrd

Kayla and Joe Deel

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. 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 423.392.8814 or visit www. keepkingsportbeautiful.com.

Robin Cleary and Larry Childress

Photography by: Brian Hullette

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Lisa Norris and Sharon Edwards â&#x20AC;&#x201C; In memory of Sheridan Edwards

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VIPSEEN@Maple Lane Farm

JDRF

Night of Hope

“A Night of Hope” fundraiser event was held on April 14 at the beautiful Maple Lane Farm in Johnson City. Maple Lane Farm has been the gracious host of “A Night of Hope’ for the past four years. This year Earth Fare and Food City came onboard with delicious food for the event. Mr. DJ, Alan Dodson, supplied the entertainment and photo

Stephanie Schumaier and Grant Summers

Tony Drinnon and Jayne Jenkins

booth for the event. A silent auction was also held with over 100 items donated by area businesses. The items included everything from gift certificates for massages, manicures, and car care to a fitness membership, Pawley’s Island vacation, Bristol Motor Speedway tickets, jewelry from Bowman Jewelers and many more gracious donations. This was the fifth year that Larry and Debbie England held the

Ashley, Baron, Bentley, and Steve Grindstaff

Stacy Wilcox, Lynnsey Lewis, Lindsey Orsburn and Rylie Scott

fundraiser in honor of their son, Russell, and others who are suffering with Juvenile Diabetes. Russell was diagnosed at the early age of nine. Ironically, the Englands had helped raise money for a friend’s child just weeks prior to Russell being diagnosed. The event was held to raise money for Russell’s walk team in the 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes. More than $12,000 was raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization to fund the international research for type 1 diabetes. The foundation was created in 1970 by parents whose children had the disease. The mission of the JDRF is to find a

Lisa Harris and Blaine Turner

Max Tawney and Debbie England

cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. During the past 40 years, the organization has grown to more than 100 locations worldwide and has been awarded more than 1.6 billion dollars for diabetes research. For more information or to join a Walk team, visit www.jdrf.org.

Photography by: Mickey Baker | Story by: Rita Dykes

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Dave Youland, Carol Keene and Cheryl Youland


Cara Ledbetter, Debbie England, David Meredith, Linda Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dell Bowman, and Ashley Grindstaff

Sarah Haas and Vanessa Westmoreland

David Merideth (Fancy Pants)

Victoria Bowman Duever, Angela Keith, Rob Bowman, Melissa Grigg and Amy Butler

Andy & Mindy Kilby and Rachel & David Copenhaver

Jeannie Elliott and Amanda Bacon

Angela Striligas and Cheryl Youland

Larry, Debbie, and Russell England

Heather and James Michalski

David Meredith, Brian Trent, Kelli Rogers, John Henry, Dr. Tom Rogers, and Amy Lynn Henry

Sally & Alan Dodson and Debbie England

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VIPSEEN@Ridgefields Country Club

Comfort Keepers and Ridgefields After Hours

Jill Salyers, Kim Pace and Haley Pace Stan Pace, Jack Hennopp, Bob and Laura Feagans

Ridgefields Club and Comfort Keepers hosted a wonderful After Hours at The Tavern at Ridgefields on April 19th, 2012.

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Aundrea Wilcox and Jan & Terri

Comfort Keepers is a widely-recognized leading provider of quality in-home care to seniors and other clients who need help with the activities of daily living. Comfort Keeper’s goal is “to enrich the lives of our clients as we enable them to maintain the highest possible level of independent living in their own home for as long as possible.” For more information on Comfort Keepers, please call 423-246-0100 Dave Clark, Bobbie Phillips and Barb Clark

Shane Davis and Jodi Grecol

Theresa Bright, Jack Hennopp and Linda Bambino

Linda Cradic, Spensor Snook, Linda Robinson and George Cradic

Terri Kazmier and Miles Burdine

Bob and Terrie Haywood

Photography by: Shelley Parham

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VIPSEEN@MeadowVie

Boys and Girls Club Grand Tour Gala Each spring, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport conducts a Grand Tour Gala and Porsche Raffle to raise financial support for various programs and activities. The 2012 event was held on April 14 at the Meadowview Resort and Conference Center. Attending this worthwhile event were 285 CeeGee and Jeff McCord

supporters from the surrounding community. Various businesses and individuals donated their time, financial support, and items to make this successful fundraiser, with the Gala raising over $115,000 and the Porsche Raffle raising another $119,800! After a reception hour, dinner, and live/silent auctions, the Bag a’ Cats Band provided the evening’s entertainment with guests dancing the night away to some awesome sounds. A highlight of the evening was the Champion of Youth Awards, which were presented to four couples, all of whom are longtime

Shauna and Marcus Wilcox

Terrie and Bob Haywood

supporters of the Club: Sharon and Pal Barger, Dr. Jerry and Emma Lee Miller, Jerry and Susan O’Connor and Allan and Betty Rothwell. Each couple received a handcrafted bowl provided by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport’s wood shop members. Additionally, a plaque will be placed in the club lobby recognizing their commitment to the youth, community and Club. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport has four facilities in the Kingsport and Rogersville communities and serves over 1,400 children annually. The majority of these children come from low-income, single-parent households, and are considered atrisk for academic and social failure.

Linda and John Buckles

Sharon Barger and Brian Hullette

The Great Futures Vision provides a world-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through the doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.kbgc.org.

Photography by: Brian Hullette

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Gerald and Susan O’Connor

Tommy and Amy, Andrea and Brandon Mowell


Dennis Phillips, Emma and Jerry Miller, and Bobbie Phillips

Eddie and Tara Bateman

Lisa Beilharz-Tyler, Allen and Betty Rothwell, and Gary Tucker

Brandi and Mark Clevinger

Beverley Perdue,Mary Easley, and Nancy Bovender

Angellette and Max Richardson

Jerry and Emma Miller

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Dennis Phillips, Angelina and Brad Pitt, and Bobbie Phillips

Barb and Jim Street

The Giveaway

Lisa Beilharz-Tyler, Pal and Sharon Barger, and Gary Tucker

Amanda and Andy Eidson

Danelle and Chris Glasscock Dennis Phillips, Betty and Allen Rothwell, and Bobbie Phillips

Dennis Phillips, Gerald and Susan O’Connor and Bobbie Phillips

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Lisa Beilharz-Tyler, Gerald and Susan O’Connor, and Gary Tucker

Tammy and Mark Winegar

 Marcia Buck and Dreana Mowen

J David Johnson and Trina Emory


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VIPSEEN@Johnson City Country Club

Libation Station and Plaza Package Wine Tasting

Kerry Schutt and Joey Nickles

Amanda Calhoun and Andrew Owen

Chris Hansen and Stefanie

Jay Shilling and Bill Graham

Libation Station and Plaza Packages held its sixth annual wine tasting event at the Johnson City Country Club on April 20. More than 100 Plaza Package customers came to the sold-out event to taste over 25 different wine varieties from around the world. Guests were also treated to delicious food prepared by the great chefs at the Johnson City Country Club. Libation Station has opened a separate facility next to Plaza Package

Linda and Lynn Palmer

Amy Mahoney and Libby Flippo

Al Digregorio and Alex Carter

located at 4471 North Roan Street in Johnson City. The new facility has a 400 square foot humidor, 27 tap growler selections, and is home to The Ligero Cigar Lounge. The Ligero Cigar Lounge is a unique smoking lounge for members featuring a 47-inch flat screen, an 11-foot HD flat screen projection TV, a pool table, fireplace, personal humidified lockers, WiFi, and a 400-foot walk-in humidor that is wrapped and sealed in Spanish cedar. Plaza Package has also expanded to over 7000 SKUs and an enormous selection of beers, wines, and spirits. For more information, visit www.libationplaza.com. Photography by: Brian Hullette

Angel Blackwell, Michelle Pierson and Keyssa Marcano

Steve Barnett and Craig Wassinger

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Karen Hollman, Tara Tilson, Monica Gonzalez and Casey Ergle

Danielle Bayles and Ross Carter

Mark Watson and Angie Brady

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1. Go bowling. Make a day of it: shoot pool, have pizza or subs, and just have fun. Some moms don’t get out a lot, caught up in the housework and tending kids, so she might enjoy a day of exercise and laughs. 2. Breakfast in bed. What better way to surprise mom on Mother’s Day than with a lovingly-prepared breakfast in bed.

4. Go with your mom to get photographs together. You’ll

treasure these photographs, and she will, too. The photos do not have to be ordinary - consider fun photo studios where you dress up like you’re in the Wild West or similar photos. Make sure you have an appointment in advance. 5. Go skating. Ice or roller skating rinks are usually open year-round and are a great option for spending time with mom. 6. Take your mom shopping at a store that specializes in something like coffee, spa and bath products, or something else your mom will like. You do not have to go to a great expense, if you are on a budget, just let her pick out an item or two.

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3. Take Mom to the movies. Let her choose the movie, you take care of the snacks and drinks. She will have a great time and every time she sees it in the future, she’ll think of you.


7. Take your mom to a place she enjoyed as a child. Over the years you’ve likely heard your mom mention towns or special spots she either visited often or where she used to live, so by taking her to one of these spots, you’ll be bringing to mind many wonderful memories of her life. 8. Take Mom for a massage. Who wouldn’t love to relax and unwind, and enjoy a nice massage? Join her and have a massage for yourself, too. 9. Take your mom swimming. There are indoor pools if the weather is bad. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the day.

10. If you’re an older child with younger siblings, Mom might enjoy all of you taking her to the zoo. Moms are all about seeing their children happy - even on her special day. The zoo will thrill the little kids and Mom alike. 11. Hire a maid. Doing this for a day, or longer, could put smile on Mom’s face. Make Mother’s Day sparkle by hiring cleaning and cooking services as gifts for that special day!

12. Plan a mother-daughter outing to a spa to receive a relaxing pedicure, manicure, facial, and Swedish massage. There is not better way to relieve stress than to have an hour or two of complete pampering.

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Photography by: Brian Hullette, Angela Striligas, and Amber Barrack Story by: Rita Dykes

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Bristol Recovery for Women Spring Gala

Bristol Recovery Road for Women, Inc. hosted their First Annual Spring Gala on Monday April 9 at The Troutdale. The weather was perfect for guests to enjoy a scotch and cigar tasting on the upper deck at the house. Dinner was created by “A Taste of Troutdale,” featuring six restaurants from Troutdale Kitchens. Guests progressed through the house from course to course and room to room enjoying fine wine and cuisine such as shrimp and grits, ravioli with goat cheese, or a delightful crab cake. Delicate and delicious desserts provided the perfect ending to a casual stroll through their tasty dinner experience. The excitement of the evening followed dinner. Guests gathered in the ballroom for a lively auction conducted by Bart Long and Ben Zandi. This dynamic duo entertained the crowd as they had fun participating in the many bidding wars on various items such as dinner for six by a local chef, a ladies’ quartz stainless-steel watch, and a bathroom granite vanity and cabinet. A lovely oil painting, “The Dress,” by local artist, Elizabeth Punches, found a wonderful new home after the auction. But the most exciting part of the auction happened when the bidding ran up on a full-page ad space, donated by Angela Striligas from VIPSEEN Tri-Cities Magazine. Photography By: Mickey Baker |

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VIPSEEN@Bill Gatton Acura

Bill Gatton Acura

Business After Hours

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Justin Wilcox, Seth Paul, Steve Darden, and Larry England

Business After Hours at Bill Gatton Acura in Johnson City took place this past April. As if getting to the end of the workday wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rewarding enough for many of the people who came out to network, but they also got to enjoy delicious pizza from The Mellow Mushroom, win really exciting door prizes, and peer into the windows of many hot new Acura vehicles inside and out of the showroom. (Of course, the option to buy was readily available.) Business After Hours is a social/networking event that usually lasts from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It creates an opportunity for people to visit a host business and network with other Chamber members. At Business After Hours you will have the chance to introduce yourself to other members, exchange business cards, and establish new business contacts. If you would like more information on hosting a Business after Hours at your business, contact your area Chamber of Commerce.

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Kingsport Rotary Wine Tasting

Fred and Dorthy Wallin

Debbie Folk, and Judy Maness

Mike Feliu and John Fals

The Kingsport Downtown Rotary Club enjoyed a food and wine pairing fundraiser dinner on Thursday, April 19. The event was hosted by Mike Feliu of Rush Street Neighborhood Grill and chaired by Rotarian Jon Fales. Attendees were treated to a delectable five-course dinner prepared by award-winning Leigh Anne, Rhonda Miller and Vicki Tunnell

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culinary chef Jerry Feliu. From shrimp and smoked sausage paella, to smoked salmon tostada, stuffed quail, and New York strip with porcini mushroom sauce, Rotarians and their guests enjoyed each course with an appropriate wine pairing. Throughout the evening, dinner guests were also educated on the origins of the various wine selections and the chosen pairings. In addition to a palate-pleasing party, the event also raised money for the Kingsport Downtown Rotary Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rotary Park. The park that is located behind the old Washington Elementary School in Kingsport has been an ongoing project for the club.

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VIPSEEN@Bristol

Special Spaces for Gabriel Worley A group of sixteen volunteers worked throughout the day on March 31st to create a very special space for 5-year-old cancer survivor Gabriel Worley of Bristol, Tenn. The volunteers created a “Grave Digger” monster truck-themed bedroom while Gabriel and his parents enjoyed the day at the Ripley‘s Aquarium, courtesy of Special Spaces Tri-Cities. When the family returned home at the end of the day for the big reveal, they were greeted by surprise guest, Randy Moore, Bristol’s own “War Wizard“ monster truck driver. Gabriel’s dream bedroom makeover was sponsored by People’s Community Bank and three teenage boys: Will Botts, Sam Massey, and Cooper Williams, and their friends’ generous donations from a birthday party. The day’s lunch sponsor was Subway and Mickey Baker. Gabriel’s bedroom featured a “Grave Digger” monster truck bed, custom-made by volunteer Kendall Shipley. The bed’s artwork was skillfully done by Tom and Pat Tolson and Special Spaces Co-Director Tamara Marshall. The mattress was donated by Mark Matteau of Sleep Zone. Cleates Murray and his company, Murray Supply, replaced Gabriel’s bedroom window, ceiling fan, bathroom sink/ vanity, and bathroom floor. Other makeover items in the room included lamps, a custom-made growth chart with monster truck magnets, a new TV/DVD combo, a computer and printer, monster truck pop art (created by local artist Lorrie Malcolm), crayon art (by Brooks Gaut), new carpet, desk, and chair (donated by Allen Carpet and Interiors), new chest of drawers (donated by Ashley Furniture), and checkered flag curtains with a Grave Digger pennant valance (created and sewn by volunteer Beth Poland). Several volunteers worked many hours priming and painting the walls of Gabriel’s room and bathroom, and building and decorating a bathroom cabinet. Gabriel’s makeover was a time to celebrate the good news that he is cancer-free for the first time since being diagnosed with acute lymphoblast leukemia (ALL) in July 2009. Photography by: Mickey Baker | Story Submitted

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VIPSEEN@Grindstaff Kia Elizabethton

Grindstaff Kia Business After Hours Grindstaff KIA held Johnson City’s Chamber Business After Hours on March 22 promoting their first annual BAS-KIA-BALL Event. Fifteen people will be in the running to win a brand-new KIA Rio, three of which were drawn at the Chamber Business After Hours by Morgan and Amy from DayTime Tri-Cities. The Top 15 will be reduced to a top three finalists on March 30, and then those three finalists will find out live, after the conclusion of the NCAA Championship, who has won the car by trying out their key in the car’s ignition. Always eager to entertain their guests, Grindstaff KIA provided entertainment by DJ Alan and Mr. Picture Booth, Alan General Sales Manager Shawn and Mary Brown, Ashley and Steve Grindstaff

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3 bedrooms and 4 full baths. Fabulous kitchen with high quality Wolfe & Sub Zero appliances; customized kitchen cabinets; top drawer dishwasher-ultra quiet; water filter on sink, under counter lighting; quartz countertops; extra quiet compactor; pantry (bar) area w/ icemaker, sink & extra cabinets. Insert in fireplace w/remote control, tray ceilings, ceiling fans, customized shelving with fold-down ironing board in master closet. Sound system throughout house. Plumbed for central vac. Large bonus room over garage that can be used for office or 4th bedroom w/ full bath. Open floor plan, great for entertaining. Garage is heated and cooled with sink plus built-in cabinets. Screened porch, top-of-the-line shutters, irrigation system. Crawl space has a moisture barrier lining.

Incredibly beautiful all brick home on a hillside with panoramic views of lakes, mountains & golf course. Two story with a lower walk-out area onto a brick porch. Main level walks onto a wrap-around veranda looking down the 5th fairway and onto a brick terrace that overlooks the 4th green. House is virtually maintenancefree with Pella architectural series ultra-violet free clad casement windows & doors. Interior features custom paint, hand-crafted wainscoat & crown molding. 10’ ceilings on main level and 9’ on second & lower levels. Framburg lighting fixtures throughout. All closets have Classic Closet Storage Systems. Kitchen with 2 work stations, island, Corian counters, Bosch electric oven, Miele dishwasher, commercial 6-burner gas oven range & sub-zero refrigerator. Plantation shutters throughout much of the home. Media room equipped with Bose speaker system.

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Walk/Run Againist Child Abuse

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Missy Shelton and Michelle Livingston

The first annual Walk/Run Against Child Abuse event was held on March 31 at Indian Trail Middle School in Johnson City. The event began with the 5K Walk/Run followed by a day full of music, activities, and educational booths on child abuse awareness as well as how to prevent abuse. There were activities for the entire family while learning more about strengthening family resources and developing health and well-being skills. Nearly 200 participants ran or walked in the 5K, while hundreds more came out to enjoy the other activities of the day. A candlelight vigil was also held in honor of all children that lost their lives due to child abuse as well as honoring those who are survivors of abuse. The event raised funds for the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advocacy Centers in Blountville and Johnson City. These two centers provide services for Washington, Sullivan, Carter, Unicoi, and Johnson counties. The Walk/Run Against Child Abuse was originated by Missy Shelton of Elizabethton. Missy had witnessed a tragedy due to child abuse before moving to Elizabethton. She was stunned that she had not seen the signs of abuse until it was too late for a neighboring child. From that day seven years ago, Missy began her mission to educate, bring awareness and raise funds for the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advocacy Centers. Missy, along with the help of many organizations and individuals of the surrounding areas, made the event a big success. Join Missy and all of those involved in the prevention and awareness of child abuse and help put an end to these terrible crimes against children. Look for the second annual Walk/Run Against Child Abuse in 2013, or ask how you can help support this crucial cause. For more information, call 423.930.7850.

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VIPSEEN@Holiday Inn

YW Tribute to Women

Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women

Kathy Waugh and Shannon Helton

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viewed through the fields of art, business, education, and community service. The program empowers women by providing corporations, organizations, and businesses an opportunity to recognize their outstanding achievements. The 2012 award recipients in the arts category are Ruth Jerauld Hill Goodpasture, Sarah K. Davis, and Margaret D Helvey. Each of these women have worked in many facets of the arts in the Tri-Cities, and

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with many different programs and organizations. Award recipients in the business category are Kathi Lowe, Ann Fleming, RN, BSN, MPA, and Virginia Frank. For many years, these three women have been leaders in the Tri-City community and beyond in the fields of health care and community wellness. Award recipients in the education category are Dr. Rosalind Reichard, Mary Anne Sowers, B.A., M. Ed., and Susan Lodal. Each of these women continues to achieve greatness in educating the children,

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Bel Rae

Grand Opening On April 20, 2012, Sally and Alan Dodson’s all new Bel Rae Ballroom celebrated its grand opening. This unique Art Deco-styled event’s facility is located at 102 Belmont Drive, Bristol, Tenn., just off Weaver Pike. The building has some locally famous history. In the late 1950’s, Larry Carrier built this building as the original Bristol bowling alley called Larry’s Lanes. Through the years it has been the location of several businesses, but recently, Those Wedding People stepped in and bought the building. Construction began September 6, 2011 with help from contractor, Clayton Gideon, owner of Dream Builders. Clayton shared the dream and vision of the Dodsons and 7 months and 14 days later, we present to you, Bel Rae Ballroom. With a seating capacity of up to 280, Bel Rae Ballroom can accommodate any type of celebration – weddings & receptions, birthday and anniversary parties, proms, corporate events, wine tastings, fund raisers… the list is endless! From the beautifully-tiled entry, stained glass window, unique hand-painted murals and a floor-to-ceiling backlit glass waterfall to the 650 sq ft bamboo dance floor, you will be amazed with the beauty of this fantastic facility. A fully-equipped prep kitchen, bride and groom dressing rooms, a dedicated hair/ makeup room and even a private dressing room for vendors adds to the uniqueness of Bel Rae Ballroom. Please come visit, take a tour and consider hosting your next event at Bel Rae Ballroom, you will not be disappointed.

Lori Muller, Sarah Otis, Nina and Mike Sakellar, and Mike Munsey

For more information or to schedule a tour, call 423.612.3758, 423.383.7577, or visit www.BelRaeBallroom.com, or www.ThoseWeddingPeople.com. Photography by: Mickey Baker

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A steamy evening of delectable food, dancing and signature cocktails â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Venue at King Centre in Downtown Johnson City Saturday, May 12, 2012 6-11 p.m.

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Wellmont Health System Please make your reservations today.

Call Cara Ledbetter at 423-975-0675. Cost is $150 per person. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.

Tickets may also be purchased at tricitieshopegala.org


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Denise DePriest

50th Birthday Celebration One of the Tri-Cities’s leading community servants, Denise DePriest celebrated her 50th birthday on March 24. Denise celebrated with friends and family at The Chateau Selah in Blountville. Denise is a financial adviser whose passion is to inspire change both locally and nationally. In part, she seeks to enhance the quality of life of all women, regardless of background, through empowerment and the establishment of principles that promote financial security. When she isn’t busy making a difference, Denise enjoys biking, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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Denise graduated with honors in Business Administration from Milligan College. She is currently employed at Gilbert Advance Asset Management, Inc. as a financial advisor. Prior to her employment with GAAM, she served as the executive director of Family Ministries at Christ Fellowship where her insightful leadership, organizational skills, and passion for helping others contributed to the growth of the Fellowship. Due to the love Denise has for the Tri-Cities, she has also donated her time and talents to organizations such as; Greater Kingsport Arts Council, Leadership Kingsport, State of Tennessee’s Families First Program for Sullivan County, and currently serves on the Indian Path Foundation’s Board of Directors. Happy Birthday, Denise, from VIPSEEN!

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Susan and Chris Sloane

Margaret and David Douthat

Michael and Donna Bird

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Wayne and Sue Kirk

Angelletta and Callie Richardson

Scott and Pam Fogle

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Lamar Reid - May 3

David Lee Meredith - May 4

Jim Buchanan - May 5

Mike Miller - May 5

Stan Pace - May 6

Kristina Twitty - May 6

Jerreese Mosley Rockwell - May 6

Christy Moore - May 10

Kathy Kennedy - May 12

Trish Hillman Weaver - May 13

Brittany Williams - May 13

Evan Patrick - May 13

Robin Williams - May 14

Wayne Fortney - May 16

Tim Flannagan - May 16

Tamara Hutson Marshall - May 18

Martha McGlothlin Gayle - May 18

Paula Swartzenburg Dukes - May 19

Terri L. Cox - 50 years old - May 20

Courtney Whitson - May 21

Carol Conduff - May 21

Jeremy Livesay - May 22

Greg Hauk - 41 years old - May 23

Rob Neilson - 43 years old - May 24

Laura Steel Woods - May 27

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Jamie Church - May 6

Richard Keen - 37 years old - May 24


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