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ETSU ASL Program planning campus, community events for Deaf Awareness Week

 

JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University’s American Sign Language (ASL) program is planning a week-long slate of activities in recognition of September as Deaf Awareness Month.

 

“We have activities planned for everyone who wants to learn more about our language, culture, and ETSU’s ASL minor program itself,” said Stephanie Horvath, assistant professor.

 

Deaf Awareness Week at ETSU will launch on Saturday, Sept. 18 with ASL Night at ETSU’s home football game against Delaware State University. Football game attendees are invited to come to sign, socialize and watch the game together.

 

“We have deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing community members in Johnson City who will be at the game to connect to ETSU,” said Horvath.

 

To learn more about ETSU’s ASL program, visit www.etsu.edu/crhs/aslp/sign-language.php.

New ‘Resin with Pigments’ Class Offered at Renaissance Center

Instructor Elena Corradino will be teaching a hands-on class about how to use the exciting and trending art medium of resin.

Students will learn how to use resin safely with Pro Marine Resin. Each student will use molds and also explore the world of pigments to create beautiful pieces, while learning about how resin works and how to use it in a secure environment.

The cost of the class is $80 per person and includes all materials. The class will be held 6 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21 at Kingsport Renaissance Center, Room #230.

Register online at www.EngageKingsport.com or call 423-392-8414. Please note, online sales will end 48 hours prior to the class.

Celebrate the Season at Bays Mountain Park’s Fall Fest
50th Anniversary event includes kids’ activities, live music and more

There’s no better place to experience fall than Bays Mountain Park, and for its 50th Anniversary year, BMP is celebrating the new season with Fall Fest.

All kids’ activities are while supplies last. The Fall Fest is also a great day to explore the park with Nature Quest! Complete ten items on this scavenger hunt to earn a prize. Learn more about Nature Quest at baysmountain.com/nature-quest.

To learn more about Bays Mountain Park, visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

 

Library to Host Behind the Book Series

Join Kingsport Public Library and the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library for the next installment of the Behind the Book series, featuring Rita Sims Quillen, on September 16 at 7 p.m.

Behind the Book will feature discussions with regional authors and illustrators to find out more about their books. The discussion will be held virtually via Google Meet (link available at www.kingsportlibrary.org).

Upcoming Behind the Book discussions will feature David Hrivnak and David Hoover. Visit www.kingsportpubliclibrary.org or contact Kingsport Public Library at 423-224-2539 for more information.

Community Invited to Ribbon Cutting, Open House at Kingsport City Hall 

 

The Kingsport City Hall has opened its doors, and all members of the community are invited to a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate at 415 Broad St., from 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

 

Ribbon-cutting attendees should assemble outside City Hall at 4 p.m. for brief welcome remarks. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 4:15 p.m. Attendees will enjoy refreshments and tours of the first three floors of the building until 5:30 p.m.

 

The following departments are now located at Kingsport City Hall:

 

Floor 1

  • Building Division

  • City Clerk

  • City Information Desk

  • Code Enforcement

  • Customer Service/Bill Pay

  • JACK 24-Hour Payment Kiosk (drive-through)

  • Night Deposit Box (drive-through)

Floor 2

  • Budget

  • City Manager

  • Economic Development

  • Planning

Floor 3

  • Board of Mayor and Aldermen Board Room

  • Human Resources

  • Legal/Risk Management

  • Public Information & Communications

Floor 4

  • Finance

  • Purchasing

  • Leisure Services

Floor 5

  • Archives Staff

  • Maps

Floor 6

  • Information Technology (IT)

  • Kingsport Employee Health Clinic

  • Kingsport Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (KMTPO)

  • Public Works Administration

Adventure into Acrylic Pouring This October

Adventure into the fun and unpredictable world of acrylic pouring with instructor Elena Corradino in a class provided by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts.

Those taking the class will learn everything there is to know about this exciting style of abstract art. Participants will make ten paintings of various shapes and sizes, and each will be different. During the class participants will learn five different types of pours, including a double flip cup and three ways to make “cells”. The class will discuss color theory and what makes abstract art pop and the instructor will go into detail about the materials, brands she uses and more. Everyone will leave knowing how to continue making acrylic art on their own and will take home some beautiful art.

The class will be held 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 2 at The Inventor Center, 118 Shelby Street. There will be a thirty minute break for lunch so participants can bring their own or eat local. The cost for the class is $85 per person and all materials will be provided.

Register online at www.EngageKingsport.com or call 423-392-8414. Please note, online sales will end 48 hours prior to the class.

We will be having Nascar Driver #42 Ross Chastin & his Car here @ the Lodge on September 18th, from 11am-1pm. Car #42 is Sponsored by Moose. We are raising awareness for our Charities with Mooseheart & Moosehaven. Fun for whole Family!!! Serving Hamburgers & Hot Dogs free! Free ID’s of your Children from our Safe Surfin program.
2pm we will be Celebrating our 75th Anniversary of the Lodge.
This Event is OPEN to the Public!!!!!!


1213 Stewball Circle Kingsport TN

More info email bcobblelane692@gmail.com

First annual Wheels on the Hill benefit car show at Happy Valley High School, Saturday October 9th. This will be a fundraiser for the Happy Valley High School football team. Entry fee is $20 per car. First 100 cars through the gate will receive a free dash plaque. Trophies as well as door prizes will be given. Music and food will also be available. There will be fun for all ages. Vendor spots are also available. For more information call (423) 547-4094 

Parks and Recreation Offering Inclusion Class

A program designed to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities through exercise, sports and recreation is available through the Kingsport Parks and Recreation Department.

Classes will take place on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and the program will continue through the duration of the school year. The class is for ages 22 and above and admission for each class is $2. Registration is not required and students can drop in to the weekly class at any time. Packing a lunch is encouraged but not a requirement.

For more information, please visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org or contact Renee Ensor at ReneeEnsor@KingsportTN.gov or call 423-229-2489.

Hit the Trails for the Bays Mountain Bike Rally
Family friendly biking event commemorates 50 years of Bays Mountain Park

There’s no better place to be as the leaves start to change than Bays Mountain Park. Why not celebrate the turn of the season with a little challenge? On October 2, BMP is hosting the Bays Mountain Bike Rally—and you have less than two weeks to register!

 

The registration deadline for the Bays Mountain Bike Rally is September 25.

The challenge: 50 miles for 50 years. Are you ready? Registration for the Bays Mountain Bike Rally is now open! Bays Mountain Park is partnering with All Trails Cycling for this 50th Anniversary event, sponsored by BB&T/Suntrust (now Truist Bank).

 

On Saturday, October 2, head up the mountain and hit the trails for a mountain biking event for all ages and skill levels. 

Local bike shops and SORBA Tri-Cities will be on site for an expo-type experience, as well as food trucks to grab a bite to eat after the big race. Spectators are welcome!

 

Registration for either ride is $25 per adult, $15 for ages 13 to 18 and free for children 12 and under. All ride participants will receive an event t-shirt! For the relay race, top finishers will be recognized and every team that finishes will receive a BMP 50th Anniversary souvenir to take home.

 

The pre-registration deadline for the Bays Mountain Bike Rally is September 25. To sign up to ride, please visit bikereg.com/bays-mountain-bike-rally.

 

To learn more about Bays Mountain Park, go to baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

 

 

MAIN STREET ELIZABETHTON ANNOUNCES CHRISTMAS PARADE DETAILS

Main Street Elizabethton is excited to host the annual Elizabethton Christmas Parade in Downtown Elizabethton on Saturday, December 11, at 6 PM.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Christmas on the Big Screen”.

Participants are encouraged to decorate floats to highlight scenes from their favorite Christmas movies; “Christmas on the Big Screen” can highlight classics or new favorites. 

Entry applications are available on the Downtown Elizabethton Facebook page or you may contact Main Street at (423) 213-0090. The deadline to apply is November 28.

Main Street Elizabethton’s mission is to look towards the future with the goal to preserve culture and heritage, while striving to revitalize the hub and heart of downtown.

For more information on how to get involved with Main Street Elizabethton, contact Main Street Director, Courtney Bean, at (423) 213-0090 or cbean@cityofelizabethton.org.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!

 

September 2021- Programs and Events

 

 

 

 

Ranger Led Bike Ride

Wednesday, September 1, 2021                                                                      9 am – approx. 10 am

Admission – $5.00 (plus tax), 6 and under: Free                                             Max: 6

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

 

Join Ranger Davis for a ranger led bike ride from the park, up the Elizabethton Linear Trail to the Covered Bridge, then back to the park via the Tweetsie Trail. Total loop will be about 6 miles and take approximately one hour depending on the average ability level of the attending participants.  Portions of the route will not be suitable for pull behind child carriers.  Please dress appropriately for the weather, bring your own water and bike.  Please meet in front of the Visitor Center.  Program will be cancelled/rescheduled in the event of severely inclement weather.

 

 

Creek Critter Catchin’

Thursday, September 2, 2021                                                                         10:00 am – 11:00 am

Admission – $5.00 (plus tax), 6 and under: Free                                            Limit: 10

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

 

Join Ranger Davis for a cool and refreshing walk through the waterways of the Watauga River and discover the different creatures that call it home! Please bring footwear that you don’t mind getting wet or muddy, no flip-flops.  You may bring your own catchin’ tools if you’d like. No children younger than 5 unless supervised by parent.  Parents who wish to be present but not participate do not need to register.  Program will be cancelled/rescheduled in the event of severely inclement weather or abnormally high water levels.  All critters will be released at the end of the program.

 

 

The Gathering at Sycamore Shoals

Saturday, September 11, 2021                                                                        10:00 am

Join the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution at Fort Watauga in honor of the Overmountain Men and their victory over loyalist forces at the Battle of Kings Mountain.  The 241st anniversary of the “Gathering at Sycamore Shoals” will be celebrated with a memorial service and a ceremonial wreath laying.

 

24th Annual Fort Watauga Knap-In

Saturday & Sunday, September 11 & 12, 2021                                             10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Knapping – with a “K”– has nothing to do with sleep!  Knapping is the art of making stone tools, and the Knap-In at Fort Watauga is our celebration of Tennessee Archaeology Week.  Watch primitive skills craftsmen make arrowheads, spear points and other survival tools.  There will be demonstrations of primitive tools such as a bow, arrow, and atlatl throughout the day.

 

 

Tunes of the Time

Wednesday, September 15, 2021                                                                   2:00 pm

Admission: $5.00 (plus tax), 6 and under: Free                                             Max: 10

Registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

 

Life on the 18th century frontier could be harsh and unpredictable. Many early settlers turned to music as a source of joy and entertainment. Join Museum Curator Chad Bogart in the “Gathering Place” of the park visitor center for a glimpse into the musical heritage of the colonial frontier. See how music was a part of the everyday lives of colonial Americans and how the melting pot of early America influenced the songs and tunes we still enjoy today.

 

 

Fellowship English Country Dancing

Sunday, September 19, 2021                                                                                  1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Beginners and seasoned dancers alike are all welcome! The afternoon will include the opportunity to learn dances from different worldwide cultures.  No cost to attend. Open to anyone, with or without experience or a partner.  Meet in the Visitor Center.  Sponsored by the Sabine Hill Social Society.

 

 

Full Moon Hike        

Monday, September 20, 2021                                                                         9:00 pm

Admission – $5.00 (plus tax), 6 and under: Free                                            Max:  10

Pre-Registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

 

Our parks are closed from dusk till dawn, but this is a special occasion.  Join Ranger Cory Franklin, for a walk under the light of the full moon.  Learn about some of the monumental events that took place on the grounds of Sycamore Shoals State Park while enjoying the rare chance of seeing the park at night.

 

Night Fishing with a Ranger          

Tuesday, September 21. 2021                                                                        8:00 pm

Admission – $5.00 (plus tax), 6 and under: Free                                            Max:  10

Pre-Registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

 

Have you ever wanted to have Sycamore Shoals State Park all to yourself to fish the mighty Watauga River?  Here is your chance!  Join Park Ranger Cory Franklin for a night of fun and fishing.  Our parks are closed from dusk till dawn but on September 21st we will allow you the opportunity to fish well into the night.

 

Fishing license with trout stamp required.

Bait, tackle, or poles not included.

 

OVTA Watauga River Crossing

Saturday, September 25, 2021                                                                        2:00 pm (approximate time)

 

Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated the historic march to King’s Mountain since 1975.  On September 25, marchers will cross the Watauga River at Sycamore Shoals, just as the Overmountain militia crossed 241 years ago.

 

 

 

Lanterns & Legends of 1780:

Overmountain Militia Muster Candlelight Tours

Saturday, September 25                                                         7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:00, 8:15, & 8:30 PM

Admission – Adults – $9.00; Ages 17 & under – $5.00

Max: 15 per tour

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

 

The year is 1780 and America’s War for Independence is in its 5th year. British Major Patrick Ferguson has threatened to destroy the frontier settlements. In response, the Overmountain Men have gathered at Sycamore Shoals and are forming a frontier army to search out Ferguson and his loyalist force. Experience the sights, sounds, and emotions of the 18th century as you are guided through the historic encampment by lantern light. Meet legendary figures such as Col. John Sevier, Mary Patton, Rev. Samuel Doak, and others as they tell the dramatic story of this historic gathering which led to one of the most decisive victories of the Revolution!     

Program begins at the park visitor center. Each tour lasts approximately 1 hour.     

 

 

Overmountain Muster at Sycamore Shoals

Saturday, September 25, 2021                                                                        10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, September 26, 2021                                                                          10:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

Join us for a weekend of living history demonstrations at the encampment of the Overmountain militia before the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780.  Live some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution.

 

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, September 26, 2021                                                                          1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month.  Old time musicians of all levels are welcome.  Don’t play an instrument?  Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!

 

 

For further information, Call or Text – Sycamore Shoals State Park at 423-543-5808

FIFTY-NINTH ANNUAL
Roan Mountain
Fall Naturalists Rally
SEPT. 10-12, 2021
Featured Speakers:
Friday Evening – Dr. Fred J. Alsop III – Vanishing Birds and Live-Streaming Bald Eagles
Saturday Evening Program – Cade Campbell: The Singing Insects of Roan Mountain


For 59 years the Fall Roan Mountain Naturalists Rally has drawn nature enthusiasts from all over the country to Roan Mountain, the jewel of the southern Appalachians. Some of the best naturalists in the country volunteer their time and energy to make this a landmark event for people of all ages. In order to keep participants safe due to the increase in cases of COVID-19, some changes to the rally were required.
The Fall Rally features two excellent speakers and many field trips led by top-notch naturalists. Because of the continued support of the Friends of Roan Mountain, all the Naturalists Rallies have the resources they need to prosper, and we can support other FoRM projects. Consider joining the Friends of Roan Mountain, if you are not a member. Members get free admission to all Naturalists Rally events and our biannual newsletter.
Evening and lunch programs will take place in Roan Mountain State Park’s Conference Center, and unless otherwise noted, field trips will leave from the field on the left beside the entrance to the park cabins.
Changes to the rally due to increased COVID-19:
• The Friday, September 10th and Saturday, September 11th evening programs will take place in the Roan Mountain State Park Amphitheater, instead of the Conference Center.
• Friday Registration will take place at the Amphitheater beginning at 6:30 PM
• No dinners will be available.
• All participants should keep a safe distance from others and masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Field trips Saturday and Sunday will still take place, but it may be necessary to limit group size.
Gary Barrigar – Director

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Check out the Friends of Roan Mountain Website at https://www.friendsofroanmtn.org
Or
CONTACT:
Gary Barrigar – 423 292-1298
friendsofroan@gmail.com
TO REGISTER GO TO FRIENDS OF ROAN MOUNTAIN WEBSITE:
http://www.friendsofroanmtn.org

Sponsored by:
The Friends of Roan Mountain

ETSU Health hosting September COVID-19 vaccine clinics
Clinics to offer Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines thanks to community partnerships

JOHNSON CITY – ETSU Health will continue to offer free COVID-19 vaccines throughout September on the campus of East Tennessee State University.

In addition to the one-dose Janssen Johnson & Johnson vaccine, ETSU Health will offer first, second or third (for moderately to severely immunocompromised people) doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which this week became the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available to all persons age 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is administered as a two-dose series, three weeks apart, and is available to all persons age 12 and older. It is offered in partnership with Ballad Health and First Tennessee Development District’s Take a Shot on Life campaign. For those seeking a third dose, proof of being immunocompromised will not be required but will be verbally verified.

No appointments are required. The September clinics are as follows (please note that locations and times vary):

  • Friday, Sept. 3, 2-4 p.m.

    Second floor of ETSU’s D.P. Culp Student Center

  • Thursday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Second floor of ETSU’s D.P. Culp Student Center

  • Friday, Sept. 10, 2-4 p.m.

    Second floor of ETSU’s D.P. Culp Student Center

  • Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6-8 p.m.
    ETSU’s Basler Center for Physical Activity (CPA), Casual Care room

  • Thursday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Second floor of ETSU’s D.P. Culp Student Center

  • Friday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Second floor of ETSU’s D.P. Culp Student Center

For the D. P. Culp Center vaccine clinic some parking spaces in the metered lot behind the Culp Center on J. L. Seehorn Jr. Rd. have been reserved for vaccine patients. For the CPA vaccine clinic, patients may park in lot 21 (the lot adjacent to Warf-Pickel and the main campus parking garage) and enter the CPA’s Casual Care room through the marked exterior entrance.

Following a pause of the Janssen Johnson & Johnson vaccine earlier this year 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.

More details about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are available here. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive an additional dose of the Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial two doses. More information about the CDC’s recommendation is available here.

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

Proclamation Reading for Overdose Awareness Day

Mayor Shull, along with Sullivan County Mayor Venable, will be reading a proclamation in honor of Overdose Awareness Day on Tuesday, August 31.

AveNew, a community drug education and prevention coalition in Greater Kingsport, will be hosting the event to commemorate Overdose Awareness Day at the Kingsport Farmers Market on August 31, beginning at 11 a.m. Speakers will include Alderman Paul W. Montgomery, Mayor Shull, Mayor Venable and Michelle Donaldson, area resident.

International Overdose Awareness Day aims to educate the public about drug overdose, remember the lives of people lost to drug overdose, reduce the stigma that surrounds drug-related deaths and substance misuse, and promote prevention efforts.

For more information, please visit www.AveNewTN.org.

Hit the Trails for the Bays Mountain Bike Rally
Family friendly biking event commemorates 50 years of Bays Mountain Park

The challenge: 50 miles for 50 years. Are you ready? Registration for the Bays Mountain Bike Rally is now open! Bays Mountain Park is partnering with All Trails Cycling for this 50th Anniversary event, sponsored by BB&T/Suntrust (now Truist Bank).

 

On Saturday, October 2, head up the mountain and hit the trails for a mountain biking event for all ages and skill levels. Looking to just have some fun with the family? Register for the guided group fun ride, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and travels four miles route on a non-technical forest road. If you’re up for a challenge, assemble your four-person team for the timed “50ish” mile relay at 10 a.m. The relay course will include a good mix of singletrack with some technical sections for the experienced rider.

 

Local bike shops and SORBA Tri-Cities will be on site for an expo-type experience, as well as food trucks to grab a bite to eat after the big race. Spectators are welcome!

 

Registration for either ride is $25 per adult, $15 for ages 13 to 18 and free for children 12 and under. All ride participants will receive an event t-shirt! For the relay race, top finishers will be recognized and every team that finishes will receive a BMP 50th Anniversary souvenir to take home.

 

The pre-registration deadline for the Bays Mountain Bike Rally is September 25. To sign up to ride, please visit bikereg.com/bays-mountain-bike-rally.

 

To learn more about Bays Mountain Park, go to baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

ETSU Undergraduate Admissions to host Tri-Cities College Fair

 

JOHNSON CITY – Over 50 colleges and universities from across the Southeast will be represented at the annual Tri-Cities College Fair hosted by East Tennessee State University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m. at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

 

All area high school students, prospective transfer students and their families are invited to attend this college fair, which is free and open to the public. Representatives of regional two- and four-year institutions will be present to discuss admission requirements, scholarships, academic programs, campus life and more.

 

“We know there have been a lot of disruptions in the past year and a half, and for many families, that has impacted higher education planning,” says Kristin Wright, associate director of Admissions at ETSU. “The Tri-Cities College Fair is a great opportunity to have dozens of colleges come to you, so you can explore all your options, ask questions and gain confidence in knowing the next steps.”

 

The Tri-Cities College Fair is partnering with StriveScan to make sharing student information with colleges fast and easy. Before the fair, students may create a free profile linked to a personalized barcode, which will save time by allowing students to skip filling out information cards by hand. These barcodes may be printed or displayed on a smartphone to be scanned by college representatives. To build a StriveScan profile, visit etsu.edu/admissions/tccf.

 

Masks will be required at the Tri-Cities College Fair.

           

Freedom Hall Civic Center is located at 1320 Pactolas Road in Johnson City.

 

For more information, visit the website above or contact ETSU Undergraduate Admissions at 423-439-4213 or admissions@etsu.edu. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

Back-to-School Swim Lessons at the Kingsport Aquatic Center
KAC offers American Red Cross lessons for all ages and skills

The Kingsport Aquatic Center is our region’s year-round swim facility—and since swimming is year-round at the KAC, so are swim lessons!

 

“Fall is a great time to get into the pools and learn,” said Madison Gump, KAC’s Operations Supervisor of Programming. “Classes are smaller, which means more one-on-one time for your child with our swim instructors.”

 

All swim lessons at the Kingsport Aquatic Center are American Red Cross courses. The KAC offers group, private, semi-private and adaptive classes to suit you or your child’s unique needs. Weekday classes include eight sessions, either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, and Saturday classes are four sessions. Not sure about your skill level? Don’t worry—the KAC can conduct a swim test.

 

Registration for the September session begins in person and online at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 27 and closes at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 29. Lessons begin the week of August 30.

 

If you are an Aquatic Center or YMCA member, weekday lessons are $50 for the first child and $45 per additional child; Saturdays are $25 per child and $22.50 per additional child. For non-members, weekday lessons are $60 for the first child and $55 per additional child, while Saturdays are $30 per child and $27.50 per additional child.

 

For information about other fall sessions, class levels and how you can register, visit swimkingsport.com or call 423-343-9758.

Doggie Swim 2021 set for week after Labor Day

Doggie Swim 2021, a five-day event that provides swim time for canines before Haynesfield Pool closes for the season, has been scheduled for the week following Labor Day.

Sponsored by the Bristol, Tennessee Department of Parks and Recreation, the annual event is now in its 11th year and is a much-anticipated part of summer’s end, said Recreation Programmer Taylor Harmon. Doggie Swim will be held Tuesday, Sept. 7, through Friday, Sept. 10, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is $3.00 per dog, with a limit of two dogs per person. Admission for people is free.

For the safety and security of all guests, participating dogs must be current on their vaccinations and must wear a current rabies tag and owner identification tag.  Unneutered male dogs, female dogs in heat, and puppies under six months of age are not allowed. Choke, prong (pinch), and spike collars are prohibited, but all dogs must wear a regular collar at all times. Each dog must be accompanied by a handler who is 16 years of age or older.

For a complete list of rules, please go to www.bristoltn.org/DoggieRules or contact Harmon at (423) 764-4048 or tharmon@bristoltn.org.

Vallie View Farm will be hosting a 5K Obstacle Course Race with proceeds to benefit Johnson City LXI on September 18th at Vallie View Farm in Chuckey. Fee is $40. To find out more call Mike Vallie at 865-603-9753 or visit www.vallieviewfarm.com.

To find out more about Johnson City LXI, visit www.moveLXI.com.

Keep out pollution—that’s the solution!
The local art contest raising awareness about stormwater is now accepting entries

Artists have a little over a week left to submit their designs for the 4th annual storm drain art contest!

 

Previously released:
The City of Kingsport Stormwater Department, with the help of the Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport, is seeking local artists and creative minds to paint five storm drains to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our rivers, stream habitat and aquatic wildlife.

 

To enter the contest:

  • Send a color sketch of your proposed artwork around a storm drain. Entries will be accepted via mail or email.

  • Artwork may include the street, sidewalk or both.

  • Text is encouraged to convey the educational stormwater message.

  • Be sure to include name, phone number and email.

The deadline to submit entries is August 20. Five winners will be selected by September 3. The five winning artists will receive $100 and the chance to leave their artistic talents on the streets of local Kingsport locations.

 

Sponsors for this year’s contest include Barge Design Solutions, LDA Engineering, Mattern & Craig and Now or Never Tattoo Gallery.

 

The artists will each receive one quart of red, yellow, blue, white and black paint. Painting will begin the week of September 13. For complete rules and guidelines, please visit this link.

 

“Most people don’t think about storm drains,” said Amanda McMullen, stormwater quality control technician for Kingsport Public Works. “The goal of storm drain art is to get people to notice them. Where do they lead? Are pollutants or litter going into the drain?”

 

Be sure to like and follow the Kingsport Public Works Facebook page to see progress pictures of the storm drain art once the artists get started!

 

For more information on the storm drain art contest and stormwater in Kingsport, please visit this link.

ETSU Health hosting August COVID-19 vaccine clinics
Clinics to offer choice of Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines

JOHNSON CITY – ETSU Health is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination efforts in August by offering several free clinics at various campus locations throughout the month. In addition to offering the Janssen Johnson & Johnson vaccine at all of its clinic dates, ETSU Health also will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at most of its clinics.

“We are grateful to Ballad Health and First Tennessee Development District’s Take a Shot on Life for partnering with ETSU Health to allow us to offer a choice of vaccines at our upcoming August clinics,” said Donna Noland, manager of ETSU Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics. “What a great partnership to have in this community – people uniting to vaccinate our region to ensure its overall health and well-being!” 

The one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available to all persons age 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is administered as a two-dose series, three weeks apart, and is available to all persons age 12 and older.

No appointments are required. The August clinics are as follows (please note that locations and times vary):

  • Friday, Aug. 13, 2-4 p.m.

    Second floor of ETSU’s D.P. Culp Student Center

    (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)

  • Saturday, Aug. 14, 3-6 p.m.
    Millennium Center, second floor ballroom
    (Johnson & Johnson only)

  • Thursday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Second floor of ETSU’s D.P. Culp Student Center

    (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)

  • Friday, Aug. 20, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
    Second floor of ETSU’s D.P. Culp Student Center

    (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)

  • Wednesday, Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m.
    ETSU’s Basler Center for Physical Activity (CPA)
    (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)

  • Thursday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Second floor of ETSU’s D.P. Culp Student Center

    (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)

  • Friday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Second floor of ETSU’s D.P. Culp Student Center

    (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)

Following a pause of the Janssen Johnson & Johnson vaccine earlier this year 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.

More details about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are 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 J&J vaccine and assisting with patient intake and registration, in addition to those employed by Ballad Health and First Tennessee Development District assigned to the Pfizer vaccine.

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

Kingsport Chamber Annual Dinner postponed to February 2022

 

Event rescheduled due to concerns around the large percentage of unvaccinated people and rising COVID cases in the region

 

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Chamber announced today it is postponing its 74th Annual Dinner to February of next year.

 

The difficult decision was made due to the rising number of COVID cases in the region, the increasing number of hospitalizations from COVID, the rampant spread of the Delta variant and, most certainly, the high percentage of unvaccinated people in the area.

“Kingsport’s Social Event of the Year” will now take place Friday, February 4, 2022, at 6 p.m. at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center.

 

“We know there will be a lot of disappointment and we understand people were looking forward to getting together to celebrate this great night, but we must do what is in the best interests of all parties, especially those who have not been vaccinated and are much more at risk of catching this horrific and deadly virus,” Burdine added.  “Again, please protect yourself, your loved ones, neighbors and all of us by getting the vaccine.”

Toddler Time Returns to Kingsport Aquatic Center, Plus Other Activities
KAC to host Lazy River water aerobics, rock wall climbing competition

When the big kids go back to school, the toddlers will play! Toddler Time returns to the Kingsport Aquatic Center this August, a special time where the KAC invites toddlers ages 2-5 and their parents to the outdoor play area for some quieter quality time in the water.

Visit the KAC on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting August 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for play time in the outdoor leisure pool area. Toddler Time is $3 per non-member, free for toddlers 2 and under, and free for KAC and YMCA members.

Please note only the outdoor leisure pool will be open for Toddler Time, and non-members who wish to stay for open swim will need to pay daily admission. Toddler Times is weather dependent and runs through Thursday, September 16.

There’s plenty of other fun to be had the Kingsport Aquatic Center this August! Here’s an overview of the other activities you can join in on:

Lazy River Water Aerobics Class
This water aerobics class is outside in the KAC’s 900-foot ECU Lazy River! Participants will perform exercises while moving against or with the current of the river. You can choose morning classes at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, or evening class at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All water aerobics classes are $6 for KAC/YMCA members, $5 for Senior Center members and $8 for non members.

Wacky Water Wednesdays
Visit the KAC’s indoor pools for every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m., when the KAC will have different elements of the inflatable obstacle course set up for some aquatic fun! The rock climbing wall and diving boards will also be available. Play is free with daily admission or membership.

Rock Wall Challenge
Do you have what it takes to make it to the top? On Saturday, August 21, the KAC will host its first Rock Wall Challenge from 2 to 4 p.m. Climb the rock wall as fast as you can to see if you’re the best! This event is free with daily admission or membership. Prizes will be awarded for the best times.

To learn more about everything the KAC has to offer, visit swimkingsport.com or call 423-343-9758.

Adventure into Acrylic Pouring

Adventure into the fun and unpredictable world of acrylic pouring with instructor Elena Corradino in a class provided by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts. She will teach you everything there is to know about this exciting style of abstract art!

Participants will make 10 different paintings (five wooden panels, two ceramic tiles, a wooden round, an 8×10 canvas and a deep edge 5×5 canvas) and will learn five different types of pours, including a double flip cup and three ways to make “cells.” The class will discuss color theory and what makes abstract art pop and the instructor will go into detail about the materials, brands she uses and more. Everyone will leave knowing how to continue making acrylic art on their own and will take home some beautiful art.

The class will be held 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 14 at The Inventor Center, 118 Shelby Street. There will be a 30 minute break for lunch, so participants can bring their own or eat local. All materials for the class will be provided.

Register online at www.EngageKingsport.com or call 423-392-8414. Please note, online sales will end 48 hours prior to the class.

Country music star Kip Moore to headline ETSU’s SGA Weeks of Welcome Concert

 

JOHNSON CITY – Country artist Kip Moore will headline East Tennessee State University’s SGA Weeks of Welcome Outdoor Country Concert on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m.

 

This concert, sponsored by the Student Government Association at ETSU, will be held at the Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity “Back Yard.” Admission is free for ETSU students, staff and faculty with ID.

 

Kip Moore’s stop at ETSU is part of his “How High Tour” in support of his latest album, “Wild World.”

 

ETSU students may bring two guests for free, and university staff and faculty may bring immediate family members for free.

 

A limited number of non-ETSU guest tickets will be available the day of the show at the gate for $25 each.

 

For complete concert details and guidelines, visit www.etsu.edu/concerts or call ETSU Student Activities and Organizations at 423-439-6633.

 

For disability accommodations, such as accessible seating or sign language interpreters, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services by Monday, Aug. 23, at 423-439-8346.

Kingsport Chamber & American Job Center of Northeast Tennessee to host job fair at Kingsport Farmers Market

 

 

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Chamber and the American Job Center of Northeast Tennessee are partnering together to host a job fair at the Kingsport Farmers Market on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

The event is free to attend and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes to hand to prospective employers, along with up-to-date contact information.

 

More than 60 employers with open positions are attending the job fair, including those in the administrative, industrial, manufacturing, medical, retail, restaurant and professional categories.

 

“Your Kingsport Chamber’s job fair, in partnership with the American Job Center, will bring together local businesses and our community’s skilled workforce to help businesses grow and positively impact our community and region,” said Lora Barnett, executive director of Government Relations & Workforce Development at the Kingsport Chamber.

 

“We know the pandemic has had a great impact on the hiring process, as many of our regional employers and job seekers have sought to utilize what may have been previously unfamiliar method of recruitment and career development,” said Barnett. “We are proud to host this in-person event to connect job seekers with employers.”

 

Those in attendance will also be placed in drawings for door prizes during the event. Food trucks will be parked in front of the Kingsport Farmers Market for individuals to stop and grab lunch while attending.

 

The Kingsport Farmers Market is located at 308 Clinchfield St., downtown Kingsport, at the intersection of Clinchfield Street and West Center Street.

Back to School with the Kingsport Aquatic Center
How to enjoy the rest of the summer season at the KAC

School will soon be back in session for the Kingsport area, but the summer season isn’t over just yet. The Kingsport Aquatic Center still has plenty of options for fun and fitness!

The KAC is a year-round facility, so the swimming never has to stop. Beginning on Monday, August 2, here’s how you can enjoy the pools at the KAC:

Indoor Pools incl. HMG Pool, PCF Warm Pool and Indoor Play Pool
Monday – Friday
     6 – 11 a.m. – Lap swim, swim team practice; only one lane in Warm Pool starting at 8:30 a.m.
     11 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Open swim, some lap lanes available; low diving board and rock wall
     available; water slide in Indoor Play Pool available at 4 p.m.
Saturday
     8 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Lap swim
     11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Open swim; low diving board, rock wall and water slide available
Sunday
     Noon – 6 p.m. – Open swim; low diving board, rock wall and water slide available

Outdoor Lap Pool                     
Monday – Friday
     6 – 11 a.m. – Lap swim
     11 – 7 p.m. – Open swim, one lane available until 4 p.m.; basketball hoops available at 4 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Open swim
Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m. – Open swim

Outdoor Water Park
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: noon – 6 p.m.

The Kingsport Aquatic Center also has a full calendar of water aerobics classes this August, where you can hop into the water with the KAC’s instructors for some aquatic exercise that’s easy on the joints but fun for all. Plus, stay tuned for more details on the KAC’s Rock Wall Challenge on August 21. Do you have the best time to the top?

To learn more about everything the KAC has to offer, visit swimkingsport.com or call 423-343-9758.

Hear ‘Campfire Tales’ at Bays Mountain Park
Join Jonesborough Storyteller’s Guild every Friday in September

Everyone gather around the campfire, and let Bays Mountain Park tell you a tale. This September, visit the Bays Mountain Amphitheater for “Campfire Tales,” a free storytelling event sponsored by Knoxville TVA Credit Union.

 

Each Friday night of the month, BMP welcomes tellers from Jonesborough Storyteller’s Guild, who belong to one of the oldest continuing groups of storytellers in the nation. You’ll hear two exciting stories each night, with a different lineup of tellers every Friday.

 

“Campfire Tales” begins at 7 p.m. on September 3, 10, 17 and 24. This program is free with park entry, and each night will last about an hour and a half. The first 50 kids will receive swag bags, and Knoxville TVA Credit Union will give out lanterns while supplies last.

 

The amphitheater is bench seating, and you are welcome to bring stadium chairs for your comfort. Bag/lawn chairs and outside food/drink are not allowed.

 

The Jonesborough Storyteller’s Guild have told stories live every Tuesday night in Jonesborough for over 25 years. After a year on Zoom, they are now back to live performances. You can find information on their shows on their website at storytellersguild.org or by calling 423-730-8977. Tellers are available for private shows and events. 

 

To learn more about Bays Mountain Park, visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

Register Now for 2021 Fall Adult Softball Leagues

Kingsport Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for the 2021 Fall Adult Softball Leagues.

Leagues offered this year include Church, Coed, Men’s Open and 35+ Open. The registration deadline is Monday, August 16, and the registration fee is $350 per team with a non-city resident fee of $10 per player (with a cap of $50). Teams can register online at www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org or on-site at the Civic Auditorium, located at 1550 Fort Henry Drive, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org, email JasonWilburn@KingsportTN.gov or call 423-229-9459.

ETSU to host Equity and Inclusion Conference

Registration open for virtual event Sept. 20-22 with new student track

JOHNSON CITY – Registration is open for the third annual Equity and Inclusion Conference at East Tennessee State University featuring keynote speakers and presenters from across the country. This virtual event is scheduled for Sept. 20-21, with a new student track on Sept. 22.

The conference theme, “From Discussion to Action: Bold Steps Toward Equity and Inclusion,” highlights the importance of personal action. Those who attend will build confidence when encountering situations that call for understanding, empathy and advocacy. Because these skills are relevant in a wide variety of settings beyond ETSU, the community is encouraged to take part.

Early bird registration for the Equity and Inclusion Conference is open until Aug. 31. Registration fees are $50 for ETSU employees and $60 for community members through Aug. 31; after that date, fees are $65 and $75, respectively. Student registration is free when students use their ETSU email address to sign up. Non-ETSU students may register for $25.

For registration or more information, including details on the agenda, speakers and panelists, visit the Equity and Inclusion Conference web page at etsu.edu/equity/conference.php, or call the ETSU Office of Equity and Inclusion at 423-439-4445. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

Cloud Park to Close, Skate Park Remains Open

Cloud Park will be closed to the public beginning August 1 due to Domtar beginning an expansion project. The Scott Adams Memorial Skate Park will remain open, with parking being available at the Greenbelt Cloud Park Trail Head.

For more information, please call 423-229-9381 or visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org for other city parks to visit.

‘FL3TCH3R Exhibit’ calling for 2021 exhibition entries

International exhibit dedicated this year to ‘Protection of Voting Rights,’ adds new awards

JOHNSON CITY – Entries are sought for the 2021 “FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social & Politically Engaged Art,” which will be held at East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum from Oct. 4-Dec. 10.

This annual exhibit continues to represent the spirit of social and political movements of the country and world.

“There will be no general theme for entries except a focus on social and politically engaged artworks,” say co-directors Barb, Wayne and Carrie Dyer, who established the exhibition in memory of Fletcher Dyer, a senior ETSU art and design student who was in a fatal motorcycle accident in 2009. “However, this year’s exhibit will especially honor ‘Protection of Voting Rights,’ and continues this year to honor ‘Black Lives Matter.’”

The 2021 juror will be Michael Ray Charles, a contemporary American painter and Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Painting since 2014 at the University of Houston’s School of Art. Charles was a participant in the PBS series “Art21” in 2001 and his work explores historic African American stereotypes from the Antebellum South.

The directors of the 2021 exhibit have issued their Call for Entries to artists through Aug. 23, with an extended deadline of Aug. 31 for an additional fee. A non-refundable fee of $40 is required for submission of up to three entries, with an additional $10 fee per artwork/title over three.

Artists may view the prospectus at fl3tch3rexhibit.com/downloads/prospectus.pdf.

A portion of the entry fees funds the Fletcher Hancock Dyer BFA Graphic Design Scholarship Award, which is given annually to an ETSU Department of Art and Design student.

 

For more information on Fletcher Dyer, visit fletcherdyer.com/about.html. To learn more about the “FL3TCH3R Exhibit,” visit FL3TCH3Rexhibit.com.

Kingsport Carousel Celebrates Sixth Birthday

To celebrate the Carousel’s birthday, all rides will be free on Saturday, July 17! Enjoy some birthday giveaways throughout the day to celebrate the occasion.

The Carousel will be open for free rides on Saturday, July 7 beginning at 11 a.m. Come early and pick up your favorite produce or baked goods from the Kingsport Farmers Market, which opens at 7 a.m. The free cooking demo series, Saturdays with the Chef, will begin at 9 a.m. with free samples and recipes.

Event Schedule

  • Kingsport Farmers Market: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Birthday Giveaways: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Free Carousel Rides: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Kingsport Carousel is a volunteer-led project completed in 2015. Over 300 volunteers worked over 5 years to hand-carve and hand-paint platform and sweep animals for the working 1956 vintage Herschell carousel.  Since opening in July 2015 the Carousel has hosted over 225,000 riders. The Carousel is open to the public year-round and all rides are $1. Private parties and birthday parties start at $100 and can be booked by calling 423-392-8414.

The Carousel is currently open Wednesday through Sunday, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit EngageKingsport.com, or call 423-392-8414.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

History at Home

Seasonal Interpretive Programs – July 14 – 25

with Slade Nakoff & Matthew Simerly

COVID-19 GUIDELINES: Face masks are optional on park grounds and inside park facilities. Social distancing of 6 feet is recommended. The park visitors center closes Sat. between the hours of 11:00 and 12:00 for cleaning and disinfecting. Restrooms may close periodically for additional cleaning.

 

Program registration is requested, please visit www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

 

Carter Mansion Tour

July 16, 18, 22, 24 & 30                                                                                 1:30 pm

Adults – $9.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free                    

Tax included                                                                                                   Max:  12

Registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

 

Join park Interpreter Slade Nakoff for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house! Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the family who built it between 1775 and 1780.

 

The John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

 

Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.

 

Sabine Hill Guided Tour      

July 17, 23, 25, 29 & 31                                                                                 1:30 pm

Adults – $9.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free

Tax included                                                                                                   Max:  12

Registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

 

Join park Interpreter Matthew Simerly for a guided tour of this stately home built by Mary Patton Taylor, widow of Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor. The site has been described as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the State of Tennessee. During your tour you will have the opportunity to take in the colorful and architecturally detailed interior while learning about the influential Taylor family who called Sabine Hill home in the early 19th century.

 

Sabine Hill is located at 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

 

Please note, only portable toilet facilities are available at this time. Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.

 

Wednesday July 14th

 

2:00 p.m.        “Starting a fire with flint and steel” –Learn how to start a fire with flint and steel. Great for backpackers and hikers. Join seasonal interpretive ranger Matthew Simerly as he shows you how to make a fire quickly and easily. Matthew will show you where to find fire tinder in the woods and how to keep an ember alive until you can build a fire from it.

Thursday July 15th

 

10:30 a.m.      Evolution of firearms” –Take a look through time and see the type of guns that the pilgrims carried up to the guns used in the Civil War. Join Matthew Simerly as he explains how firearms changed over time from Jamestown to Gettysburg. See a live musket fire in real time. Learn how these tools for hunting and war work, and the history behind them. Meet on the deck outside the visitor center. Duration 20 minutes.

 

Friday July 16th        

 

2:00 p.m.        “Meet with a Continental Soldier” –Come meet a continental soldier and hear about life in Washington’s Army. Learn about everyday life and duty in camp and the hardships that a common soldier would have faced. Learn reasons why he enlisted and fought. See and handle the weapons and equipment that a common soldier would have used. Presented by Matthew Simerly inside the fort. Meet at Fort Watauga. Duration: 30 minutes.

 

Saturday July 17th

 

10:30 a.m.        “Kids militia” – Join Matthew Simerly in this fun, hands-on activity for kids from ages 5 to 12. The kids will meet in the fort where Matthew will tell them about the role the Militia played in the Revolutionary War. He then will lead them through the basic drills that a Militia man would do throughout his day. Duration: 30 minutes.

Sunday July 18th

 

2:00 p.m.        “Chat with a Longhunter” –Meet and talk with a Longhunter as he explains why he would risk life and limb on the frontier, hunting for over a year at a time away from home. Listen as he explains about what he does daily as he tells about the dangers that he would face. Learn how the Longhunters opened up the lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains so the settlers could follow in their footsteps. Presented by Matthew Simerly inside the fort. Duration 30 minutes.

Wednesday July 21st

 

10:30 a.m.      “Starting a fire with flint and steel” –Learn how to start a fire with flint and steel. Great for backpackers and hikers. Join seasonal interpretive ranger Matthew Simerly as he shows you how to make a fire quickly and easily. Matthew will show you where to find fire tinder in the woods and how to keep an ember alive until you can build a fire from it.

2:00 p.m.        Tartan Weaving” –Join Slade Nakoff as he begins the journey of creating tartan fabric on a floor loom just as it would have been done during the 18th century. He will begin with a simple check, and then progress onwards towards more complex tartans. Meet in the Visitor Center.

 

Thursday July 22nd

 

10:30 a.m.      “Working Leather” –Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates and discusses the leatherworking trade during the 18th century while creating a Scottish sporran fit for a Jacobite. Meet in the visitor’s center. Duration: 30 minutes

 

2:00 p.m.        Dress to Impress” –Fashion was just as important to people in the 1770’s as it is for people today. From hats to shoes, seasonal interpretive ranger Matthew Simerly will show the ins and outs of the fashions of 1770’s including what men would have worn, from a gentleman in good standing to a pioneer on the frontier.

 

 

Friday July 23rd

 

10:30 a.m.      Evolution of firearms” –Take a look through time and see the type of guns that the pilgrims carried up to the guns used in the Civil War. Join Matthew Simerly as he explains how firearms changed over time from Jamestown to Gettysburg. See a live musket fire in real time. Learn how these tools for hunting and war work, and the history behind them. Meet on the deck outside the visitor center. Duration 20 minutes.

 

2:00 p.m.        The Colonial Gunsmith” –Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates and describes the work of a gunsmith during the 18th century, along with the methods of the trade. Meet in the visitor’s center. Duration: 30 minutes.

 

Saturday July 24th

 

10:30               “Finger Weaving” –Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates finger weaving while he works on a beaded strap for a powder horn. This is a program for all ages. Meet inside the visitor center. Duration: 30 minutes.

 

2:00 pm.         “Chat with a Longhunter” –Meet and talk with a Longhunter as he explains why he would risk life and limb on the frontier, hunting for over a year at a time away from home. Listen as he explains about what he does daily as he tells about the dangers that he would face. Learn how the Longhunters opened up the lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains so the settlers could follow in their footsteps. Presented by Matthew Simerly inside the fort. Duration 30 minutes.

Sunday July 25th

 

10:30               Meet with a Continental Soldier” –Come meet a continental soldier and hear about life in Washington’s Army. Learn about everyday life and duty in camp and the hardships that a common soldier would have faced. Learn reasons why he enlisted and fought. See and handle the weapons and equipment that a common soldier would have used. Presented by Matthew Simerly inside the fort. Meet at Fort Watauga. Duration: 30 minutes.

 

2:00 p.m.           “A Shoemakers Work” –During the 18th century shoes were a long process to make. Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates and describes the everyday work of a cobbler during the 18th century while he continues work on a pair of colonial shoes. This event will be held inside the fort. Duration: 30 minutes.

 

 

1651 W. Elk Avenue- Elizabethton, TN 37643            423-543-5808

 

On August 6th the Johnson City Public Art Committee will host a 5 x 5 Art Exhibit & Fundraiser featuring over 50 area artists and over 170 artworks for sale. All 5-inch x 5-inch artworks will be sold for $25. Also on offer this year are ceramic vessels made by local ceramicists and accompanied by seasonal floral arrangements. Each vessel and flowers will be sold as a set for $50. As they peruse the exhibit, attendees will enjoy a live musical performance by jazz quartet Adrian Nuñez, Hunter Sparks, Noah Wise, and Parker Lewis.
As in previous years, all artworks will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Therefore, attendees are encouraged to arrive promptly. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Johnson City Public Art.
The exhibition will be held on August 6th at The Pavilion at Founders Park, 105 W. Main St., in downtown Johnson City from 5:55 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information on Johnson City Public Art visit https://jcpublicart.com/.

Co-ed Kickball League begins Tuesday, July 13
Who: Adult Co-Ed Kickball League
What: Sponsored by Believe in Bristol and the City of Bristol, Tennessee’s Department of Parks & Recreation. Games are self-officiated and disputes will be settled with a coin toss.
When: Tuesday, July 13. Games begin at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m.
Where: Rotary Field, 401 Ash Street.
Play begins Tuesday, July 13, and will continue each Tuesday and Thursday night for six weeks. Each team consists of 10 to 14 players, including at least four female players and a designated team captain.

 

Keep out pollution—that’s the solution!
The local art contest raising awareness about stormwater is now accepting entries

Are you a local artist with a passion for keeping the environment and Kingsport clean? Do you have an artistic talent for conveying a message within your art? The City of Kingsport Stormwater Department, with the help of the Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport, is seeking local artists and creative minds to paint five storm drains to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our rivers, stream habitat and aquatic wildlife.

 

To enter the contest:

  • Send a color sketch of your proposed artwork around a storm drain. Entries will be accepted via mail or email.

  • Artwork may include the street, sidewalk or both.

  • Text is encouraged to convey the educational stormwater message.

  • Be sure to include name, phone number and email.

The deadline to submit entries is August 20. Five winners will be selected by September 3. The five winning artists will receive $100 and the chance to leave their artistic talents on the streets of local Kingsport locations.

 

Sponsors for this year’s contest include Barge Design Solutions, Kingsport Imaging, Mattern & Craig and Now or Never Tattoo Gallery.

 

The artists will each receive one quart of red, yellow, blue, white and black paint. Painting will begin the week of September 13. For complete rules and guidelines, please visit this link.

 

 

Be sure to like and follow the Kingsport Public Works Facebook page to see progress pictures of the storm drain art once the artists get started!

 

For more information on the storm drain art contest and stormwater in Kingsport, please visit this link.

Bays Mountain Park to Host ‘Cinema Under the Stars’
Park will screen ‘Friday the 13th’ in August, tickets on sale now

Spend Friday the 13th at Bays Mountain Park… if you dare! Knoxville TVA Credit Union presents Cinema Under the Stars: Friday the 13th (1980, R) on Friday, August 13.

 

Come out and watch this classic slasher flick in the Bays Mountain Amphitheatre, surrounded by the spooky woods. Think you can survive the night? Pick up an “I Survived Friday the 13th at BMP” t-shirt to commemorate the evening!

 

Tickets are available via Eventbrite here and are $10 per person. Please note that children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian in order to attend an R-rated movie.

The amphitheatre is bench seating, and you are welcome to bring stadium chairs for your comfort. Bag/lawn chairs and outside food are not allowed at Cinema Under the Stars.

 

Entrance to the outdoor amphitheatre opens at 7:45 p.m. The movie will begin around 8:45 p.m. Run time is 1 hour 35 minutes.

 

“I Survived Friday the 13th” t-shirts are $22 each and are available to bundle with your ticket purchase on Eventbrite. BMP will only have limited quantities of shirts at the event, and they’ll be $28 each then—so make sure you grab yours at checkout!

 

To learn more about Bays Mountain Park, visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

This July, We’re Sharing Our Parks and Recreation Story in Kingsport

Month-long national celebration highlights the impact parks and recreation has on

communities across the country

 

This July, Kingsport is celebrating Parks and Recreation Month. A variety of activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities — including a social media campaign requesting stories and pictures from the community, various summer camp activities and a free outdoor movie at Miracle Field.

 

Other programs and events offered by Kingsport Parks and Recreation this month include: an Outdoor Volleyball Tournament at Eastman Park at Horse Creek, the Eagles Nest Disc Golf Tournament at Borden Park, a One-Pitch Adult Softball Tournament at Brickyard Park, the Spin, Sprint and Splash Triathlon at V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex, Allandale Mansion Open House & Tours, Croquet at Allandale Mansion and Pickle In The Park Pickleball Tournament at Riverview Park.

 

Kingsport is celebrating Parks and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), by inviting our community to share their experiences, memories and stories about what parks and recreation means to them. Visit Kingsport Parks and Recreation on Facebook to share your stories and pictures!

 

“Kingsport Parks and Recreation strives to make our community a great place to live by providing opportunities for physical activity, family fellowship, experiences with nature and community engagement,” said Kitty Frazier, parks and recreation manager. “Keeping yourself active is key to a healthy lifestyle and we encourage everyone to enjoy our many wonderful city parks throughout the summer and year-round.”

 

To close out a month of celebrating, join Kingsport Parks and Recreation on July 30 for a free showing of the movie The Sandlot (rated PG) at Miracle Field. The event will begin at 8:00 p.m. with the movie starting as soon as the sun goes down. Free popcorn and water will be available, along with games and prizes, prior to the start of the movie.

 

NRPA encourages people that support parks and recreation to share their park and recreation story, as well as why their local parks and recreation professionals are important to them, with the hashtag #OurParkAndRecStory.

To learn more about Parks and Recreation Month, visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org and www.nrpa.org/July and be sure to follow along on Facebook.

 

This July, We’re Sharing Our Parks and Recreation Story in Kingsport

Month-long national celebration highlights the impact parks and recreation has on

communities across the country

 

This July, Kingsport is celebrating Parks and Recreation Month. A variety of activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities — including a social media campaign requesting stories and pictures from the community, various summer camp activities and a free outdoor movie at Miracle Field.

 

Other programs and events offered by Kingsport Parks and Recreation this month include: an Outdoor Volleyball Tournament at Eastman Park at Horse Creek, the Eagles Nest Disc Golf Tournament at Borden Park, a One-Pitch Adult Softball Tournament at Brickyard Park, the Spin, Sprint and Splash Triathlon at V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex, Allandale Mansion Open House & Tours, Croquet at Allandale Mansion and Pickle In The Park Pickleball Tournament at Riverview Park.

 

Kingsport is celebrating Parks and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), by inviting our community to share their experiences, memories and stories about what parks and recreation means to them. Visit Kingsport Parks and Recreation on Facebook to share your stories and pictures!

 

“Kingsport Parks and Recreation strives to make our community a great place to live by providing opportunities for physical activity, family fellowship, experiences with nature and community engagement,” said Kitty Frazier, parks and recreation manager. “Keeping yourself active is key to a healthy lifestyle and we encourage everyone to enjoy our many wonderful city parks throughout the summer and year-round.”

 

To close out a month of celebrating, join Kingsport Parks and Recreation on July 30 for a free showing of the movie The Sandlot (rated PG) at Miracle Field. The event will begin at 8:00 p.m. with the movie starting as soon as the sun goes down. Free popcorn and water will be available, along with games and prizes, prior to the start of the movie.

 

NRPA encourages people that support parks and recreation to share their park and recreation story, as well as why their local parks and recreation professionals are important to them, with the hashtag #OurParkAndRecStory.

To learn more about Parks and Recreation Month, visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org and www.nrpa.org/July and be sure to follow along on Facebook.

 

Free, fun, family event~ come see hotrods, show cars, muscle cars, ratrods, gassers, drag cars. Lots of great Food Vendors, BBQ, ice cream, fried potatoes, pizza, chicken & burgers to name a few. Wyldeheart & “The Man in Black” will be providing some great live music, you can have your pictures made with “Smokey the Bear,” and maybe even Barney Fife.. burnout competition at 4pm as well as a 50/50 raffle to benefit St.Jude’ Children’s Research Hospital. Largest car show in Western North Carolina, and only in Poplar! Call 828-688-3612 or email mistyhughes@mcsnc.org. Sponsored by Carolina Pushrodz.

KSC@LynnView, a branch site of the Kingsport Senior Center is looking for an exercise instructor on Fridays between the hours of 8am – 2pm. Must be certified. Please text or call 423-341-3856 for details.

 

ETSU Health hosting July 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 throughout July. This single-dose vaccine is free and available to anyone age 18 and older. No appointments are required. 

The July clinics are as follows:

  • Thursday-Friday, July 8-9

  • Wednesday-Friday, July 14-16

  • Wednesday-Friday, July 21-23

All of these clinics will be on the second floor of the D.P. Culp Student Center from 2-4 p.m. 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.

Bring the entire family to Peace Free Will Baptist Church in Morristown, TN, July 12 – 16 each night from 6:00 – 8:30 pm for Mystery Island VBS. We will track down the one true God who is revealed in the Bible. There will be skits, Bible lessons, games, crafts, music, and dinner nightly. To pre-register, call the office at (423)587-6773. The church is located at 600 S. Davy Crockett Parkway, right beside Walters State Community College.

Kingsport Customer Service Center Moving to New City Hall
Customer Service center to open at 415 Broad St. on July 12 

 

Kingsport residents accustomed to paying utility bills or property taxes or applying for a business license in person will do so at a more convenient location starting next week.

 

The City of Kingsport Customer Service center will open in the first floor of the new City Hall at 415 Broad St. on Monday, July 12. This move is a major milestone in the city’s consolidation of four government buildings and multiple departments into one location to better serve the community.

 

Residents should note that the existing Customer Service center at 225 W. Center St. will close on Thursday, July 8, at 5 p.m. for the transition. The Payment Annex at 109 Clay St. will be open through Friday, July 9, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and close after that date, consolidating with the Customer Service center in City Hall starting July 12.

 

The night deposit box at 225 W. Center St. will close on July 6.

 

“When Customer Service opens in our new City Hall on July 12, it will mark the completion of moves for the majority of our teams, allowing us to better serve residents in one convenient location,” Kingsport Deputy City Manager Ryan McReynolds said. “I appreciate the patience and support from the community and the diligence of our city employees for making this transition as smooth as possible.”

 

The new location is ADA-compliant with more than 270 nearby parking spots, including 75 at the new City Hall building. Parking is also available on Clay Street and New Street and at Kingsport Library and 5 Points.

 

All departments except the Building Division and Maps will be open in the new City Hall building by July 12 in the following locations:

 

Floor 1

  • Building Division –  opening July 14 in City Hall

  • City Clerk

  • City Information Desk

  • Code Enforcement

  • Customer Service/Bill Pay

Floor 2

  • Budget

  • City Manager

  • Economic Development

  • Planning

Floor 3

  • Board of Mayor and Aldermen Board Room

  • Human Resources

  • Legal/Risk Management

  • Public Information & Communications

Floor 4

  • Finance

  • Purchasing

  • Leisure Services

Floor 5

  • Archives Staff

  • Maps – opening TBD

Floor 6

  • Information Technology (IT)

  • Kingsport Employee Health Clinic

  • Kingsport Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (KMTPO)

  • Public Works Administration

The Chillin & Grillin in the Glades BBQ & Music Festival will be held on July 16th & 17th on Main Street in Downtown Wise, VA. There will be a steak contest, kid’s cookoff & BBQ contest that is open for anyone to enter. There will also be a kid’s corner, craft vendors, the Grillmaster 5K run, a food court with plenty of delicious BBQ and concession foods, as well as 2 days of great concerts culminating on Saturday evening with ZZ-KC and Big Gun, two of the top tribute bands in the nation!

Lyrics On The Lawn 2021 in Greeneville Tn @ The Dickson-Williams Mansion.
Thursdays in July from 7-9pm.

July1- Smooth Sailor

July 8- Mic Harrison and The High Score
+ Chaz

July 15- Samantha Gray Band
+ The Color 7

July 22- Brandon Rohr
+ The Dependents

July 29- Barstool Romeos
+ Lonesome Pine

******FREE ADMISSION*******
Food Vendors available at 6:00. Bring your chair or blanket.

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 www.kingsportlibrary.org or contact Kingsport Public Library at 423-229-9465.