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Live music is back in Bluff City next weekend, as the Impact Community Center hosts the Bluff City Little League Community Concerts and Kids Day on June 25 – 26, 2021 at the Bluff City Little League fields.  Events are free to the public and include live music on Friday night with Bill and the Belles, Samantha Gray/Grayson Band, and the Billy Crawford Band.  Saturday kicks off with Kids Day followed by an evening of music from Duty Free, Zach McNab, Tennessee Esquires, and Appalachian Trail. 

The two-day event is free to the public, but donations are welcome.   Proceeds from sponsorships and donations go to benefit the Bluff City Little League.

The event will take place at the Bluff City Little League Fields at 4196 Bluff City Hwy in Bluff City. Food trucks and concessions will be available. A shuttle service will be provided by the Bluff City United Methodist Church.  Shuttles will run from 5:00 p.m. until an hour after the concerts at the corner of Carter and Cedar Streets in downtown Bluff City.   Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. 

The Community Appreciation Concerts and Kids Day is sponsored by Impact Community Center, Eastman Credit Union, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Bakers Construction Services, Food City, Bluff City United Methodist Church, Pizza Plus, Wal-Mart, Sunbelts, Crazy Jacks, Sherry Grubb Photography, Lowes, and K & C Rentals.

Registration Underway for Summer Co-Ed Kickball League


Believe in Bristol and the Bristol, Tennessee Department of Parks & Recreation are teaming up this summer to sponsor an Adult Co-Ed Kickball League that will allow teams of 10 to 14 players to compete on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Each team must have at least four female players and a designated team captain, and all players must be at least 16 years old. The cost to register is $15 per player, which includes a team t-shirt. The deadline to register is June 25.

Games will be played Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. for six weeks, beginning July 6, and a post-season tournament is also planned. Games will be self-officiated, and all disputes will be settled with a coin toss.  Equipment will be provided by the City’s Department of Parks & Recreation.

To register, go to Create an account and then find Adult Co-Ed Kickball under the Programs tab.  For additional information, please call (423) 74-4026.

Kingsport Chamber and Leadership Kingsport to host Mack Riddle American Legion 67th Annual Independence Day Parade

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Chamber and Leadership Kingsport will host the Mack Riddle American Legion 67th Annual Independence Day Parade on Saturday, July 3 at 10 a.m.


The parade will start in front of the Kingsport Renaissance Center on Center Street and end in front of the Kingsport Veterans Memorial on Fort Henry Drive. 


Any business or organization wishing to sponsor or enter the parade should call the Kingsport Chamber by phone at 423-392-8800 or email for an application.

Kingsport Public Library’s New Summer Hours

Kingsport Public Library is excited to announce new summer hours.

The library will be opening 30 minutes earlier every day to accommodate community members that are out early. In addition, the library will be open every day until at least 6:00 p.m. to allow community members to stop in after work to use the computers or to pick up books, DVDs or video games.

The library’s new hours will begin Tuesday, June 1 and will be in place through Labor Day.

The new hours will be as follows:

Monday – Thursday    8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday        8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


For more information, please visit or contact Kingsport Public Library at 423-229-9465.

ETSU Health hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics for anyone age 18 and older

JOHNSON CITY – ETSU Health will host several upcoming Janssen Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine clinics. This single-dose vaccine is free and available to anyone age 18 and older. No appointments are required. 

The upcoming clinics are as follows:

  • June 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on the second floor of the D.P. Culp Student Center. Enter on the second floor entrance off of Seehorn Road (below the third-floor ramp).

The ETSU Health vaccine clinic will administer Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, which only requires one shot.

Following a pause of the Janssen Johnson & Johnson vaccine and a thorough safety review, the CDC and the FDA determined that the recommended pause of the vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume. The FDA has determined that the available data show that the vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks in individuals 18 years of age and older. More details about the decision is available here.

Faculty, students and staff from ETSU Health colleges, including Quillen College of Medicine, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Nursing and the College of Public Health, will be administering the vaccines and assisting with patient intake and registration.

For more information about the ETSU Health vaccine clinic, call 423-439-EVAX (3829). Patients with questions about the vaccine should contact their physician.

Community invited to provide input on long-range transportation plan


Community members are invited to help determine the region’s transportation needs and funding priorities for the next 25 years by participating in a short survey that is now available online.

The Bristol Tennessee-Virginia Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will use the information collected between now and June 15 to develop a long-range transportation plan that will guide decisions through the year 2045. The plan covers the entire MPO, a federally designated area that includes the City of Bristol and Sullivan County in Tennessee and the City of Bristol, Town of Abingdon, and Washington County in Virginia.

“A major responsibility of the MPO is to develop and maintain a long-range plan that considers the future transportation needs of the region and how state and federal transportation funds should be allocated,” said Transportation Planning Manager Rex Montgomery. “We revisit the plan and update it every five years after gathering additional input from the public and considering the current priorities of our region.”

The plan covers roads, pedestrian walkways, biking trails, and public transportation, Montgomery said.


Projects that have been developed through the MPO planning process include:

  • The Virginia Avenue sidewalk project and East Cedar Street improvement project now underway in Bristol, Tenn.
  • The Lee Highway widening project and development of the multi-use path in Bristol, Va.
  • Interstate 81’s Exit 14 reconstruction project in Abingdon, Va.
  • Interstate 81’s Exit 69 ramp modifications and signalization in Blountville, Tenn.
  • Providence Road relocation in Washington County, Va.
  • Vehicle replacements for local transit agencies.

The survey includes a short introduction and four questions that can be completed in about three minutes. Information collected will be compiled into a draft plan that will be distributed in August. The public will have an opportunity to provide additional input on the draft plan before it is finalized, Montgomery said.

To access the survey, please go to For additional information, please contact Montgomery at or (423) 989-5519.

ETSU offering free pharmacy summer day camp, June 26 and July 17

JOHNSON CITY – Students interested in learning more about the pharmacy profession can attend East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy’s annual summer camp, “Gatton Pharmacy Footprints.” This year, because of limited space due to COVID-19 restrictions, students can choose to attend a free day camp one of two days: June 26 or July 17, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

The camp is open to rising high school juniors, seniors and college students. Other levels may be considered on an individual basis. The registration deadline is June 19, 2021. Each camp includes a free boxed lunch.

Activities include learning about the pharmacy profession from expert faculty; conducting patient assessment procedures; discovering pharmacy compounding techniques; practicing pharmacotherapy on human simulators; hearing from students about their experience at Gatton; admissions workshop sessions; and tours of the Gatton College of Pharmacy building and ETSU Interprofessional Education and Research Center.

Learn more and register at For questions, contact or 423-439-6338.