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2023 Local Events

Blue Ridge PBS Seeks Southwest Virginia
Military Veterans of 1983 Beirut and Grenada Conflicts

Interviews will be featured in 40th Anniversary Documentary Premiering in October
Roanoke, VAu00a0 Blue Ridge PBS is currently seeking military veterans who were on active duty in October 1983 and personally involved in the bombing of the United States Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon or the United States invasion of the island of Grenada.
Of the veterans who express an interest in participating, several will be chosen to be interviewed and share their stories on-camera for a one-hour documentary slated for broadcast later this year. Produced in association with Virginia War Memorial in Richmond and privately funded by the Virginia War Memorial Foundation, u201cOne Week in Octoberu201d seeks to chronicle the stories of Virginia veterans who were present at either of the two incidents. Family members of anyone killed in action during either campaign are also invited to share their stories.
Production is well underway and multiple interviews have already been conducted in Richmond that include veterans from the eastern half of the Commonwealth. The search now focuses on veterans from and currently residing in Southwest Virginia and the Blue Ridge PBS viewing area.
u201cWe are so very proud to partner with the Virginia War Memorial to bring these important stories to light in order to honor the bravery of Virginians who courageously entered into battle, but also honor those who lost their lives,u201d says Blue Ridge PBS Executive Producer, Lisa Fenderson.
Veterans or family members interested in participating should contact Fenderson via email at [email protected] or voicemail at 540-983-1780 no later than Friday, May 19 at 5 p.m.
u201cOne Week in Octoberu201d will premiere on Thursday, October 26 at 8 p.m. on Blue Ridge PBS.

2023 Local Events
2023 Local Events

Turn off the screens, lay down the controller and put your phone on silent. Itu2019s time to take your children outside and enjoy a fun-filled day with nature at Bays Mountain Park.

The park is hosting its annual Kids at Bays Day on May 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of paid and free programs are scheduled to keep kids engaged at the park all day long. All of the animal habitats, hiking and biking trails and the Nature Center will be open for discovery and exploration.

In addition, food trucks will be on site and located behind the Day Camp cabin.

u201cKids at Bays Day is a great opportunity to get your children out of the house, away from their devices and to reconnect with nature,u201d said Megan Krager, Bays Mountain Park manager.

Kids at Bays Day is being held in connection with the nationally recognized Kids to Parks Day celebration. Now in its 13th year, Kids to Parks Day is an annual day of outdoor exploration at local, state and national parks and public lands across the country.

Organized by the National Park Trust, the mission of Kids to Parks Day is to foster future outdoor enthusiasts and help with developing the next generation of park stewards by engaging kids in memorable outdoor experiences. While discovering and exploring parks, kids learn about park stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM, and the history of our country and its amazing national treasures.

For more information about Kids to Parks Day visit

2023 Local Events
2023 Local Events

Employees needed for Kingsportu2019s summer youth program

The Kingsport Parks and Recreation Department needs hard-working teenagers and young adults for its summer youth program. By applying you would earn a little spending money, gain valuable work experience and most importantly you would be helping children stay active and engaged throughout the long summer months.


From now until May, the city is hiring attendants and leaders for its summer youth program. The jobs will run from late May until late July and average 30 to 40 hours per week.


Summer staff will be placed at various site locations across Kingsport and duties will include organizing games and activities, supervising, directing and leading the participants (ages 6 to 12). Outdoor activities will be included in a majority of the program.


Qualifications – You must be at least 16 years old, have experience working with pre-school or school aged children and/or study in the field of recreation, early elementary education, physical fitness, special needs, art, music, drama and/or experience in a related field preferred.


To apply go to

2023 Local Events

Season passes now available at Kingsport Aquatic Center

Summer is the season of swimming and now is the perfect time to purchase your season pass for the Kingsport Aquatic Center.

If youu2019re only planning to visit the Kingsport Aquatic Center during the summer, then have we got a plan for you. Our season pass entitles you to use the indoor pools and outdoor water park during the summer season. The outdoor water park will be open every day from mid-May through Labor Day, weather permitting, then weekends only through the end of September.

Season pass holders also have early access to the Outdoor Water Park 30 minutes before the regular opening time (except Sundays). Season pass prices are as follows:

  • Lilu2019 Splasher (Under 48u201d)


  • Bigger Splasher (48u2033 and taller)


  • Master Splasher (age 55+)


  • Splash Pack (4-person household)

$250 ($15/extra person within same household)


2023 Outdoor Water Park Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. u2013 7 p.m.

  • Wednesday and Saturday: 11 a.m. u2013 6 p.m.

  • Sunday: noon u2013 6 p.m.


Season passes and memberships can be purchased at and click on the u201cCivicRecu201d link, then select u201cAquatic Centeru201d from the list. You can also purchase season passes and memberships in person at the KAC front desk.

To learn more about season pass and membership benefits, call 423-343-9758 or visit

Kingsport takes steps to assist delinquent utility customers

Local nonprofit organization offers assistance for low-income households

The City of Kingsport has partnered with the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency (UETHDA) to highlight a temporary emergency program to help low-income families pay overdue water bills.

The program is called the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) and is administered by UETHDA. LIHWAP is based on a combination of annual income compared to the number of people in your household.

A single person household qualifies if they earn less than $26,469. A household of two qualifies if they earn less than $34,613. A household of three qualifies if they earn less than $42,757. While a household of four qualifies if they earn less than $50,952.

If you qualify for the program, as long as you owe at least $10 on your water bill, you will receive a credit for $250. If your bill exceeds this amount, you may be credited for the larger amount.

If you need immediate assistance due to a cut-off notice, apply in person at the Kingsport Neighborhood Service Center at V.O. Dobbins (301 Louis Street). Please use the south entrance.

You will need to bring a copy of at least one social security card for someone in the home, a copy of a driveru2019s license or an ID card of the person completing the application, along with proof of income for the last 30 days for everyone in the home over the age of 18.

The LIHWAP program is scheduled to end September 30, 2023. UETHDA has dispensed $365,000 in LIHWAP funds throughout its 8-county service area with $1.3 million remaining.

For more information on applying for utility bill payment assistance, call UETHDA at 423-246-6180.


2023 Local Events

Leesburg Ruritanu00a0 turkey shoot happening every Saturday night from 5:30 pm until about 7:00 pm.u00a0 The cost is $2.50 per round with a minimum of 5 rounds.u00a0 This is happening at 1429 Old Stagecoach Road, Jonesborough, TN.u00a0 For any questions don’t hesitate to call Carl Barker at 856-466-1695.