News 5 At Noon

POSTED: 12:31 PM Jun 22 2012   UPDATED: 8:49 AM Apr 17 2014

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is honoring the best of the best. The TN/VA Scholars Program will graduate its 20th class this year. Learn more about the Scholars Program.

The Great American Clean Up is Saturday, April 26th and volunteers are needed to help. Registration is at 9am on Euclid avenue in the Old Goody's parking lot. To learn more click here.

Jonesborough's Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts has several summer camps planned for this summer. To learn more, click here.

The 11th annual Celebration of Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic and Country music is this Saturday, April 19th at 7pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol. The show features artists from ETSU bands. Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Emory & Henry is launching a new program for junior and senior high school students. The Emory & Henry Outdoor Adventure School will be a 12-day experience in the middle of June. During that time high school students will hike the Channels State Park, backpack and boulder in the Grayson Highlands State Park, navigate rivers on stand-up paddle boats, bike the Creeper Trail, raft the Noli Gorge, and hike to the summit of Mount Mitchell. In the evenings they will make camp in the back country or at area campsites.
Learn more about the Summer Adventure Program.

Just in time for Easter, Hands On! Museum in Johnson City has some fun egg demonstrations for you to do with your children. Visit Hands On! to learn how you can doing these demos at home.

Get your running shoes on. The Laughlin Memorial Hospital is sponsoring the 3rd annual cross country 5K. The event is held Saturday, May 3rd at the 4H camp in southern Greene County, Tn.

Appalachian Sustainable Development is looking for community partners for its "Grow Your Own" program. ASD needs tilling equipment as well as people to help teach residents how to farm. For more information  276-623-1121 or visit ASD.

Earth Day is April 22nd. Below is a list of events sponsored by Appalachian Sustainable Development:

Abingdon Earth Day, April 26:  Water Starts planting; Learning Landscapes and The Panicello Memorial Trail   Activity underwritten by Blue Ridge Beverage Company

When:  9am to 1pm
Where:  Fields-Penn House, Abingdon, VA

This event is designed to coordinate with this year’s ‘water’ theme at Abingdon’s Earth Day celebration.  ASD staff and volunteers will teach participants a variety of things including how to propagate new plants by placing them in water.  They will also have a selection of plants to choose from that encourage native pollinators such as hummingbirds, bees and butterflies to visit home gardens.  Instructions will be provided to help care for new plants while the roots are forming and what to do when it’s time to move the young plants into the home garden or container.  This activity is offered as part of ASD’s Learning Landscapes and Panicello Memorial Trail program.  Slated to open later in 2014, the Panicello Memorial Trail is an outdoor educational trail that features stations of learning and connects two schools, the recreation center and Abingdon town sidewalks.  Learning Landscapes is an outdoor garden classroom program designed to teach people about where food comes from and provide them with fresh, healthy food.     

Spring Garden Fair, April 26: Agro-Forestry/fruit and nut trees with ASD’s Emily Lachniet Activity underwritten by First TN Bank

When:  11am to 2pm
Where:  The Exchange Place, Kingsport, TN

Participants will go back in time when visiting this historic living history farm.  Young and old alike can tour eight original reconstructed buildings and observe four historic breeds of livestock in their natural setting.    Join Emily Lachniet of ASD for an informative workshop at 11am and learn about Agro-Forestry products, their benefits, values and availability in our region.  Participants will learn how to identify native plants and about native fruit and nut trees, all as local sources of food.  They will also learn how to care for fruit and nut trees and the growing opportunities for markets and well as the benefits of their use in landscaping.  Various varieties of trees will be available for sale and informational literature will be provided.  This activity is offered as part of ASD’s Agro-Forestry program which focuses on teaching people about native plants and native fruit and nut trees as sources of food and economic development from value added products. 

An annual event, Earth Day (this year on April 22) was created to inspire awareness and an appreciation for the Earth’s environment.  Inspiring awareness and appreciation for the environment and identifying economic development opportunities for citizens is what ASD has been doing since 1995.  ASD believes that partnerships and education are keys to creating a thriving Appalachia. 

For more information, visit ASD.

Tuesday, April 15, 2015

Shearer's Foods is hiring. If you are in need of a job, the Virginia Employment Commission's Workforce Service Section is hosting two job fairs coming up. They are today and next Tuesday, April 22nd from 9am-until-3pm at the Bristol VEC at 192 Bristol East Road in Bristol, Va.

Our pet of the week furry friend comes from the Washington County Animal Shelter. To learn more about adoption call 276-676-6210.

Pressley Ridge serves more than 5,000 children and their families each year. In an effor to continue to provide that assistance, the non-profit social services organization is hosting a family fun horse show. The horse show is June 14th at the Tazewell Livestock Market. Registration is at 8:30am and the show begins at 10am. For more information click here or call 276-979-0544.

Learn more about the upcoming events at William King Museum in Abingdon, Va. by clicking here. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Health Wagon is sponsoring two Health Fairs this week. They are Wednesday, April 16th from 9am-4pm at the Health Wagon in Wise, Va and Thursday, April 17th from 9am-4pm at the Freewill Baptist Church in Clintwood, Va. To learn more about the Health Wagon or the Health Fairs call 276-328-8850.

The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner. If you can't be at the races, we have the next best thing. The Spine Health Foundation is off to the races and running for high stakes to benefit disadvantaged individuals who suffer with spinal disorder or injuries. The SHF will host Derby Day on Saturday, May 3rd at the Pavilion on the Olde Farm in Bristol, Va. For tickets call 423-467-2087.

Daniel Sage will perform tonight at the Pickin' Porch. The show is at 7pm. All Pickin' Porch shows are performed live every Monday night at 7pm at the Foundation Event Facility located at 620 State Street in Bristol, TN.  Learn more about the Pickin' Porch.

The 12th annual Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition will be held May 29th-June 27th. This year, the contest and exhibition will be at the Kingsport Art Guilt Gallery and the Atrium at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. For more information, call 423-914-5453.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Marsh Regional Blood Center is showing its gratitude for the support of its youngest donors with a new event to help them achieve their academic dreams. Marsh Regional will host a golf tournament Friday, April 25th at 11:30am at Warrior's Path Golf Course. For more information or to register, call 423-408-7500.

Our Healthy Living Segment focused on soy. Soy is a nutrient-dense food which may help prevent diseases and can assist with weight management. There are many wonderful forms of soy. Whole soy foods as opposed to supplements or isolates include:

o   Edamame – (immature, green soy beans)

o   Soynuts           - whole soybeans that have been soaked in water, drained, and baked or roasted to produce a delicious, crunchy snack food

o   Fortified Soymilk - made from pressed, mature soybeans mixed with water and usually some sugar or sweetener. Good substitute for cow’s milk if you are lactose intolerant or allergic, or eat a vegetarian or vegan diet. Most brands are fortified to contain the same amount of calcium and vitamin D as a glass of cow’s milk.

o   Tofu - also referred to as bean curd, is a soy product that is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing the curds into blocks. Tofu comes in different varieties from soft to extra firm,

o   Tempeh - soy product that is made by fermenting soybeans and binding the fermented whole beans together into a cake form. Tempeh has a savory flavor and firm texture

o   Faux meats that list the first ingredient at “tofu” - Tofurky – [organic tofu is first ingredient]

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's been seven years since that mass shooting at  Virginia Tech. More than 30 students and faculty were killed. In memory of the victims, Blood Assurance and local VT organizations will host a blood  drive. The blood drive is Wednesday, April 16th noon until 7pm at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va.

A series of classical, jazz and traditional musicians will grace the lawn of the Martha Washington Inn in April to showcase their violin, brass and 1930s charms.  the next free concert is Sunday, April 13th from 1pm-3pm. For more information click here.

With Easter right around the corner what better way to celebrate than with the YWCA eggstravaganza. This is the 11th year for the event. It will be held Saturday, April 12th from 9am-1pm at the YWCA. The pancake breakfast and pictures with the Easter Bunny are available from 9am-11am. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Reservations are required so call 423-968-9444.  

An Advanced Health Care Directive allows you to state what you want for your own medical care if you are unable to make decisions. Each year in the United States April 16th is designated as Healthcare Decisions Day. This day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage the specific use of Advance Directives to communicate these important healthcare decisions. Learn more about Advanced Health Care Directives.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Appalachian Sustainable Development is looking for participants in its "Grow Your Own" program. ASD will teach you how to farm so you can feed your family and make money at the same time. To register call 276-623-1121 or visit ASD.

The Paramount Chamber Players will wrap up their season with several concerts. They are:
Friday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, Tenn;
Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tenn and
Sunday, April 13, 3:00 p.m at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, Va.

Tickets available at the door are $12 General Admission, $10 Seniors and students are admitted free. Visit the Paramount Chamber Players to learn more.

Come join the fight against cancer with the American Cancer Society by participating in the first annual Bristol Half & Half. Run in one city across two states for one great cause! The course will start at Virginia High & end at the Stone Castle at Tennessee High. The race is Saturday, April 12th. Click here to learn more.

The Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center is sponsoring at "4 mile for 4-H" adventure run and walk. The event is Saturday, April 26th at 9am at the 4-H Center in Abingdon, VA. To learn more or register, call 276-676-6180.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

You can help feed the hungry by giving to those in need. The Junior Leagues of Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport are teaming up with Feeding America SWVA and the Second Harvest Food Bank for one of the area's largest food drives. Learn more by clicking here.

The Promise Land Animal Rescue is hosting a fundraising event Friday, April 11th from 4pm-7pm at the Tractor Supply in Marion, Va. Visit the Promise Land Animal Rescue for more information.

There's a new exhibit called "My Backyard: Interpretations of Natural Beauty." The exhibit is at the Gallery at Barr Photographics located at 152 East Main Street in Abingdon, VA. The hours are 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday or by appointment.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Austim now impacts 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. The number of children diagnosed on the Autism spectrum continues to grow each year. Learn more about Autism by clicking here.

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre has several new shows coming up. You can also book your favorite character to make an appearance for any type of party! Choose from a number of Princesses, Super Heroes, Fairy tale characters, then build your own special party by including an of our special amenities. Or book the Theatre’s Stage Door Box Office for events including entertainment such as special themed musical numbers, face painting, storytelling by experiences actors, games, costume box and skits. For more information call 423.791-4440 or visit the Theatre's website to learn more.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. To learn more about prevention, treatment and recovery visit NCADD.

The Southwest Virginia Wedding and Event Network is hosting a meeting on Thursday, April 10th at 6:30pm at Wohlfart Haus in Wytheville, VA.  The Network will be part of a huge bridal show on September 28th at the Southwest Virignia Higher Education Center. To leave more click here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Twin City Thunder football is about to kickoff their season.  If you would like lear more about the team and their first season click here.

There are several events coming up at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton.

Carter Mansion Open House
Tuesdays  Noon - 3 pm

Carter Mansion Celebration & Militia Muster
Saturday, April 12     10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 13       10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Community Plant Exchange               
Saturday, April 26  9:00 am - 10:00 am

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Mountain Music Ambassadors will perform Saturday, April 5th at 7:30pm at the Carter Fold in Hiltons, Va. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for kids under the age of 6. For more information visit the Carter Fold.

The Johnson City Symphony ends its 2014 season this weekend. Join the symphony for a concert this Saturday, April 5th at 7:30pm at the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Chapel at Milligan College. Tickets are still available. They are $35 for individuals, $30 for seniors (65+) and $10 for students. Visit the Johnson City Symphony for more information.

Lamplight Theatre raises the curtain on a new production this Friday. "No Ordinary Man" will begin its run April 4th-April 27th. Shows are Wednesday-Saturday at 7pm. Matinees are at 2pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. Visit Lamplight Theatre for more information.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

You've probably heard about a souffle', but what about a soap souffle'? You and your family can learn more about this fun science experiment by visiting the Hands On! Regional Museum.

Learn more about the many programs of the Appalachian Sustainable Development and how you can get involved. Visit Appalachian Sustainable Development.

The Knoxville Zoo is sponsoring the Magical Makebelieve Saturday on Saturday, April 26th from 10am-2pm. Learn more by clicking here.

Dave Eggar will play at the Down Home in Johnson City, TN tonight at 8pm. Eggar is a three-time Grammy nominee. Learn more about Dave Eggar or the Down Home.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Young Professionals of Bristol, a United Way of Bristol Initiative, is working with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tri-cities. Together they will host a "Bowl for Kids Sake" Thursday, April 10th from 6pm-9pm at Belmont Lanes. Learn more about "Bowl for Kids Sake."

You can hear a master storyteller April 7th and 8th at 7:30pm at the Jonesborough Visitors center. Tickets are 12 dollars. For tickets or more information, call 423-753-1010 or visit historic Jonesobrough.

To find out more about our pet of the week segment and the Wynnwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, call 423-474-6220. Learn more about the Wynnwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Elizabethton, TN by clicking here.

Learn more about the Close Kin, Our Roots Run Deep featured artists by visit Mountain Roads Recordings.

Monday, March 31, 2014

April is Autism Awareness Month. More children are being diagnosed with autism than ever before. In act, the number of cases jumped 30% between 2008 and 2010. Learn more about autism.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Shoppers delight! Believe in Bristol has started a new program called "Sunset Shopping Downtown." It begins April 3rd and runs each Thursday night through October 2nd. The hours are 5pm-8pm. Learn more about Believe in Bristol.

Cornerstone Christian Academy in Abingdon, VA will host the third annual Cornerstone Spring Fling Gala and Silent Auction. The event will be April 4th at 6:15pm at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center's Grand Hall. Learn more here.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Imagine spending time with other women professionals in positions just like yours – sharing stories and trading tips with people who’ve been there, done that, and really understand how demanding your job can be. Use this time out of the office to reenergize, refocus, and gain a fresh perspective on your priorities, your goals, and your career.  Treat yourself to a little fun and professional pampering. After all of your hard work, you deserve it! The 2014 Women in Business Conference is Wednesday, April 23rd from 8am-3pm. Learn how more about the 2014 Women in Business Conference and how to sign up, by clicking here.

Happy Tails Animal Rescue of Washington County, VA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of animals from the harm of abuse, neglect, abandonment, and unnecessary euthanasia and to the placement of animals in loving, lifetime homes. you can help Happy Tails Animal Rescue of Washington County, Va by going to Community Night on Monday, March 31st from 5pm-8pm. Twenty-percent of the profits that night will be donated t Happy Tails. Learn more about the event and Happy Tails.

The Appalachian Heritage Quilters 5th annual quilt show is Friday, March 28th and Saturday, March 29th from 9am-5pm at the Crossroads Christian Church in Gray, Tenneessee. The event is free. There will be over 100 quilts on display , quilting demonstrations, vendors, door prizes, opportunity quilt drawing, bed turning of vintage quilts, and a certified AQS quilt appraiser will be on hand to give written and verbal appraisals for a fee.

Tickets are on sale for Redefined 2014. The event is May 9th at the New Victory Baptist church in Jonesborough, TN. The service begins at 7pm. To learn more visit Redefined 2014.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Let's Eat What We Find- wild foods cooking class is Monday, March 31st from 6pm-9pm at the Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va. Visit Appalachian Sustainable Development for more information.

Learn the effects of human trafficking and what can be done to stop it. A conference is being held March 28th and 29th at Calvary Church in Johnson City, TN. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. To reserve a seat email

Song of the Mountains showcases the best talents in bluegrass and old-time music. To learn more about upcoming performances, visit Song of the Mountains. The Carter Fold in Hiltons, VA also has upcoming events, visit their website by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

At some point, most of us will have to discuss how to take care of someone who may not be able to care for themselves like they used to due to age or health issues. Clinch Valley Medical Center has a division focused on home health. To learn more, click here.

The State Line Wind Symphony Concert is Thursday, March 27th at 7:30pm at the Virginia High School auditorium. To learn more about the concert, visit the State Line Wind Symphony.

The 13th annual Animal Chase is May third. All the proceeds benefit the Animal Defense League of Washington County. You can learn more about ADL or the race

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs opens this Friday, March 28th at the Theatre Bristol in Bristol, TN. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and children.  To learn more visit Theatre Bristol.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Carmina Burana is one of the best-known 20th century pieces. It has been used in numerous commercials, television shows and movies, ut now you'll have the opportunity to hear this brilliant work in its entirety. Join Symphony of the Mountains and 200 singers on Saturday, March 29th at 7:30pm. Learn more at the Symphony of the Mountains.

Looking for something to do for Easter? Carver Park may be just the place for you. There are several upcoming Easter events. They include:

Easter Egg Crafts and Coloring Eggs – April 16 & 17, 4-6 pm

 Easter Egg Hunt and Cookout – April 18, 4-6 pm

For more than 100 years, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program has been mentoring young boys and girls. The East Tennessee chapter has an event coming up and would like your support. The event is the Bowl for Kids' Sake. Tri Cities Locations are:

Bristol Belmont Lanes- Thursday, April 10
Johnson City Holiday Lanes- Friday, April 11
Kingsport Warpath Lanes- Saturday, April 12

Visit Big Brothers/Big Sisters for information about the organization and click here for event information.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

How do you drop an egg and keep it from breaking? It takes a lot of math and science of course.  This year's American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Egg Drop competition will be held Saturday, March 22nd from 1-3pm. Early registration is only $3 for individuals and $5 for teams. Learn more about the Egg Drop.

We all want our children to fall in love with books. Toni Gibson Seward is the author of the new book Kloey and the Lady Bug. Learn more click here.

Mix Laurel & Hardy's famed top silent comedy film "Liberty", the
first original animal actor's silent movie "Teddy At The Throttle", the 1,000
plus real pipes, pianos, harps, bells, whistles, gongs, percussions,
of the Mighty WurliTzer Organ, live film accompaniment with 20th
Year House Organist Rex Ward, a few lucky ticket  prize drawings,
and an audience rhythm instruments play along for the perfect recipe
of a March Madness Organ Film Event Finale' you just can't miss!

For more information about this final Paramount Center organ concert and short comedy film event, visit the Paramount. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The G.L.O.W. Children's Theatre Program presents the Lamplight Beacons in Precious Parabaes. The shows are Saturday, March 22nd at 10:30am and 2pm. For more information visit Lamplight Theatre.

The city of Birstol, TN hosts the 14th annual Heroes Ball this Friday, March 21st at 7pm. A $3 donation is suggested at the door. The Bristol, VA Sheriff's Department will be playing the Bristol Fire and Rescue while the Bristol, TN Police Department will be going up against the Bristol, VA Police Department. The American Red Cross will benefit from this year's event. For more information call 423-764-4171.

The Hands On! Museum in Johnson City, TN shares expriments you can do with your children. Visit Hands On! Museum for more information. 

Newton & Thomas are set to take their exciting stage show to The Down Home, 300 W. Main Street, Johnson City today at 8pm. Tickets are !4 at the door. The group is led by Mark Newton and Steve Thomas. They bring with them years of musical experience, a Grammy nomination, a CMA nomination and multiple IBMA awards. Learn more about Newton & Thomas.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Sullivan County, Bluff City, Kingsport Animal Control Center has pets available for adoption. To adopt today's pet of the week call 423-279-2741 or click here.

March is brain injury awareness month. More than five million people live with a brain injury.  It is often called the silent epidemic. Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia helps survivors and their families. To learn more, click here.

The Johnson City Area Arts Council will host its twelfth annual 4x4 Miniature Masterpiece fundraising event on Sunday, March 23rd at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City. For more  information about the event or the Johnson City Area Arts Council, please call 423-928-8229.

The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will present the Jungle Book March 21 through March 30 at the theatre located at 124 1/2 West Main Street in Jonesborough. To purchase tickets call 423-753-1010 or click here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Carter County Community Theater will present its first performance of "Love Letters" on Saturday, March 22nd at 8pm at the American Legion Watauga Post 49 in Elizabethton, TN.

Star Search 2014, a talent show and silent auction will be held on May 10, 2014 at 7pm. To learn more about the theater and upcoming shows click here.

The TriCities Upscale Affordale Consignment has been called the best consignment sale around. The event is March 20-22nd at the MeadowView Convention Center in Kingsport, TN. With 40,000 items under one roof and more than 1,000 consigners and thousands of shoppers the TUAC Kids Sale is the place to be. To learn more visit

SOUP stands for serving others-uniting people. On the third Thursday of each month, beginning on March 20th 6-8pm, the group will gather at Woodland Hills Christian Church at 16173 Elementary Drive in Abingdon, VA.  Come share a bowl of soup and have a conversation with people in our region to discuss the issues and needs in the region. To learn more, click here.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Deeds 8:18, LLC  is a developer that was created to adhere to the teachings of Deuteronomy 8:18, which basically states that the ability to accumulate wealth is a gift from GOD. In an effort to give back to Ashe County, NC, 100% of all home sales of a new development will go to the people in need in the area. To learn more click here.

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) and the uplifting and refreshing arrival of spring (March 20), now’s the time to think and eat green. 

Here are some examples of how to get more green in your daily eating plan:

Make Pesto!  Traditionally pesto is made with basil, olive oil, lemon juice, nuts and parmesan cheese.  But you can substitute the basil with just about anything green.  Cilantro, broccoli, arugula, peas, parsley, mint.  Use pesto as a dipping sauce for bread, a spread on a sandwich or over pasta.

 Saute something green – broccoli, green peppers, green beans or kale, sautéed on the stove top with fresh garlic or onions and a little bit of olive oil is an easy and delicious side dish, for any meal (including breakfast or brunch)

Add green fruits – granny smith apples, honey dew, grapes, pears or Kiwi (the greenest of all fruits)—to salads, cereals or yogurt or a smoothie.

Make a smoothie - Shamrock smoothie
1 ½ cups baby spinach
1 medium banana
1 peeled kiwi
1 cup  ice
1 cup (lime) yogurt

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Agape Christian Mission has been helping the people of Haiti for 20 years. The latest project will put a roof on the church in Bremen, Haiti. In an effort to fund this effort, the Mission is hosting a Gigantic Garage Sale. The event is April 3-5 in Volunteer Plaza in Bristol, TN.  Learn how you can help Agape Christian Mission.

Millions of people have wounds that do not heal. The Clinch Valley Medical Center Advanced Wound Center can help. Click here for more information.

Rita Sims Quillen is a known poet, but now she's trying her hand at historical fiction. Her new book is Hiding Ezra. To learn more about the story click here.

The Sycamore Shoals Fiber Festival is this Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 10am-4pm in Elizabethton, TN. For more information, visit the Overmountain Weaver's guild.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, you may want to head to Sycamore Shoals in Elizabeth, TN. You can learn the art of weaving this Saturday, March 15th from 10am-4pm. To learn more visit Sycamore Shoals.

In celebration of moms ad kids, BABE Breastfeeding Coalition and ReadNPlay are teaming up for several upcoming events. They include:

The Prince and Princess Celebration
Saturday, April 12, 2014 9:30am-Noon
Mountain Home VA campus
For more information click here

It’s Time for Tea!
Friday, March 28th 11am-1pm
Memorial Park Community in Johnson City, TN
To register call 423-342-8008

The Great Cloth Diaper Change
Saturday, April 26th 10am-Noon
Village Pediatrics and Breastfeeding Medicine in Elizabethton, TN
For more information click here

The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens coordinates the Meals on Wheels program. Nearly 700 seniors receive meals. Learn how you can help a senior citizen in our area. Visit the Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens for more information.

The Dogwood Arts Festival is designed to promote and celebrate our region's arts, culture and natural beauty. For more the schedule of events visit the Dogwood Arts Festival.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

There are thousands of dogs and cats that need good homes in our region. For Pete's Sake Animal Shelter is doing its part find forever homes for these furry friends. For more information, check out the website For Pete's Sake Animal Shelter.

The Lions Club International is the world's largest service club organization. The local Chilhowie, VA chapter has several events coming up that help support the community efforts. They are the dances that are held each Friday night from 7pm-10pm at the Lions Club building in Chilhowie. The cost is $6. The Club is also sponsoring a golf tournament on   May 25th at the Greenway Creek Golf Course. Learn more about the Lions Club.

The 2nd annual Bristol Half & Half Marathon will be April 12th.  The race starts at Virginia High and finishes inside Tennessee High’s Stone Castle.  To register click here.

The Mission of Appalachian Sustainable Development is to create, promote and expand opportunites for communities and ecosystems. To learn more click here.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a group of conditions a newborn can have if his/her mother is addicted to drugs during pregnancy. To learn more click here. 

Each year,the cities of Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA call for nominations for the Mayors' Award for Distinction. This is the seventh year for the event which recognizes people and organizations for their efforts to better our communities. To learn more or to nominate someone click here. 

Eighty-percent of what children learn, happens before the age of five. Unfortunately, very little money is used to educate our children. Find out what is being done to counter that and learn more about the upcoming Early Childhood Summit on March 22nd by clicking here.

Friday, March 7, 2014

In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified. Eating disorders are complex illnesses that can be life-threatening. Learn more by calling the Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. or visit the National Eating Disorders Association.

Travis Howze is a Marine Corps veteran and a former police officer and firefighter. Tragedy forced him to change his career and now he's making people laugh. He's performing at the Comedy Zone in Johnson City tonight and tomorrow night. Learn more about the Funny Under Fire Comedy Tour.

If you have cabin fever, Sycamore Shoals is the place to go. The park has several events coming up including:

Spinning: Beyond the Basics
Sunday, March 16, 1:30 pm - 4 pm
Cost: $40 includes fleece (1st time students in this class) 
$15 for returning students

Beginning Chair Bottoming              
Saturday, March 29, 9am - 4pm
Cost: $30 plus cost of materials - reed & string

For more information visit Sycamore Shoals.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra has been wowing audiences for more than 40 years. This Saturday there is another show with featured guest, Chu-Fang Huang on piano. To learn about this concert or the other events planned for the season visit JCSO.

Dollywood opens the new season of fun on Saturday, March 22nd. To learn more  about the schedules as well as upcoming events and ticket prices visit Dollywood.

Hop aboard for the next Tastes of Town Tour in Abingdon, Va. The next tour is March 18th and features tastings and drink pairings at these locations: Glenrochie Country Club, Wildflour, JJ's, Wolf Hills Brewery, Bellas' Pizza and Anthony's Desserts. For more information on this tour or an upcoming one, call 276-274-5483 or click here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lymphedema occurs when the lymph system is damaged or blocked. Thursday, March 6th is National Lymphedema Day. Find out more about this disease, the treatment and what you can do to help at the National Cancer Institute website.

Now you can do science experiments at home thanks to the Hands On! museum in Johnson City, TN. Learn more by visiting the museum's website. 

Darin and Brook Aldridge's fifth album Flying is available now. This dynamic couple has been wowing audiences around the country with their bluegrass/acoustic sounds. Click here to learn more about Darin and Brooke.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Believe in Bristol will host its fifth annual Downtown Showcase on Thursday, March 6th.  The event will feature a signature dish from many downtown businesses as well as music, a fashion show and live and silent auction. The event is from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Foundation Event Facility at 620 State Street in Bristol, TN. For more information visit the Believe in Bristol website.

There are many animals available for adoption. Visit the Black Jack Animal Rescue to learn more.

The Appalachian Farmers Market Association will host the 6th annual Winter Conference and Market. This year's theme is the safety of local food and agriculture. The event is Saturday, March 22nd from 9am until 4:45pm at the Slater Community Center in Bristol, TN. To learn more visit the AFMA website.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Lamplight Theatre in Kingsport, TN presents Shenanigans 2014 March 7th-9th and march 14th-16th. Laugh away the winter blues with some knee-slappin' combedy and let a talented cast of performers help you reminisce of favorite musicals gone by. Learn more about this performance and the Lamplight Theatre by click on their website.

The Pickin' Porch show is a weekly two-hour bluegrass and old-time music show. These performances feature the very best singers, musicians, and groups to be found anywhere and most of them hail from right here in the Country Music Birthplace. Check out what is coming up on the Pickin' Porch. The Pickin' Porch is canceled for tonight due to the weather, but will be back next week on March 10th. To learn how you can take a cruise with some local musicians  visit the Acoustic Cruise website by clicking here.

The YWCA is hosting a Prom Dress Sale this week. The sale will take place in the gymnasium at YWCA Bristol, TN from 2pm-6pm on March 6th and 7th and 8am-Noon on March 8th. For more information visit the YWCA website.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Chamomile and Whiskey will perform Friday, February 28th at 10pm at O'Mainnin's Pub in downtown, Bristol, TN. Learn more about this group at Chamomile and Whiskey.

March is National Nutrition Month. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Nutrition stations with information and prizes will be scheduled for the following Food City locations:

Thursday, March 6, 5pm-7pm, Food City, 500 Forest Drive, Jonesborough, TN
 Thursday, March 13, 5pm-7pm, Food City, 1205 N. Eastman Rd., Kingsport, TN
 Thursday, March 20, 5pm-7pm, Food City, 1315 Euclid Ave., Bristol, VA
 Thursday, March 27, 5pm-7pm, Food City, 2755 Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville, TN

To learn more about National Nutrition Month visit this website.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Interstate Career Fair is going on today from 1pm-4pm at the Millenium Center in Johnson City, TN. If you are in the market for a job this is the place to visit today. Organizers say there are more than 70 businesses looking for new hires. Bring your resume and dress professionally if you plan on attending.

Clinch Valley Medical Center announces their exciting new Radiation Oncology technology.  Introducing Agility,  21st century technology for the advanced treatment of cancer. Learn more by visit the hospital's website.

It's never too early to begin thinking about summer and what's summer without the beach. Now you can get a taste of that at the "PetTacular Beach Party." The event will benefit the Bristol Humane Society. Find out more by clicking here.

Follow the yellow brick road to the Magical Kingdom of OZ. Dress as your favorite OZ character and join the fun. The movie, The Wizard of Oz, will be shown. The event is Friday, February 28th from 6pm-9pm at the Memorial Park Community Center. For more information call 423-434-5749.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Song of the Mountain showcases the best talents in bluegrass and old-time music from the heart of the region. The concerts are held monthly at The Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va.  SteelDrivers headlines the show this weekend. For more information contact the Song of the Mountain

The Paramount Center for the Arts has several new shows coming up in March. To find out how to get your tickets check out the Paramount website.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The American Advertising Federation of Southwest Virginia is pleased to announce the 2014 Downton Addy's Gala. The event will be held at the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, Va. For more information, click here.

The Sullivan County, Bluff City, Kingsport Animal Control Center helps thousands of animals every year find good homes in the region. To learn more, visit SBK.

The Singing Cookes will be performing at Chilhowie High school Thursday, February 27th at 7pm. Visit The Singing Cookes website to find out more.

Monday, February 24, 2014

It is important to take care of your teeth when you are young so they are healthy and strong when you are an adult.  February is Dental Health Month. The Southwest Virginia Health Department recommends people  follow these suggestions:

· Brush twice daily with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste,
· Use a soft toothbrush to clean teeth and gums,
· Avoid soda  and energy/sports drinks that contain sugar - drink more water,
· Get dental sealants on teeth to prevent cavities
· Learn to use dental floss daily,
· Wear a mouth guard to protect teeth while playing sports and
· Have regular dental check-ups, at least once a year.

It's tax time and there's no time to waste. For all of your tax information  visit H & R Block for details. 

Spring is just around the corner and Tree Makers 2014 is here to help you as you plant and care for your trees. The Tree Makers 2014 event is Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8:30am-3pm at Steele Creek Park Lodge. You must pre-register by Wednesday, February 26th by calling  423-764-4023.

Schedule of Events!

8:30 am — Light breakfast and check-in
9:00 am — “The Edible Landscape”
10:00 am — “Right Plant. Right Place”with Joe Thomas, Thomas Hollow Nursery
11:00 am — “Proper Selection and Planting”
12:00 Noon — Lunch and Break
12:45 pm — “Trees in the Field: a Health Walk”with ETSU Arborist, Travis Watson

Friday, February 21, 2014

The 3rd annual Marathon Jam rocks the Tri-Cities this weekend. The event is this Saturday, February 22nd from noon until midnight. The international fund raising event will benefit the Fisher House Foundation. The event will be held at the Hacienda Los Limon at 329 Eighth Street in Bristol, TN. All proceeds go to the Fisher House Foundation which provides support to military families.  You can find out more about the Marathon Jam by clicking here.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

There was no noon show due to Olympics coverage on NBC.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

You can help furry friends in the Tri-Cities and eat a good meal at the same time. it's called the "Spay-ghetti" dinner. The Sullivan County Humane Society hosts this 3rd annual event on Friday, February 28th from 5-9pm. The fundraiser is being held in conjunction with World Spay Day, which is an international campaign of the Humane Society of the United States that promotes the benefits of spaying and neutering pets. Tickets are $15. For more information visit the Sullivan County Humane Society.

Get your fresh vegetables and fruits! Visit the Abingdon Farmers Market. The winter market is open the first and third Saturday's in February and March from 10am-Noon. Find out more about the Farmers Market and the upcoming events by clicking here.

Are you in the right financial shape to retire? Do you need some guidance in your investments? Visit the website for Carrier, Maurice and Webb Wealth Advisors for additional assistance.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

There are thousands of dogs and cats in local animal shelters. The Animal Defense League of Washington County, VA offers financial assistance to local residents to get their pets spayed or neutered. To get more information call 276-245-6020. You can also contact the Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic in Bristol, VA at 276-591-5790 or the Paws of Hope Animal Wellness Center in Bluff City, TN. at 423-391-0224.

The 18th annual Leon Kiser Memorial- Tribute concert is Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7pm at the Foundation Event Facility in Bristol, TN. To learn more click on this link.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The Clinch Valley Medical Center is performing a unique heart catheterization procedure that has many benefits to patients. To learn more about Clinch Valley and its services visit their website or you can visit the American Heart Association website.

Get out those good books. It's time to Read Across America. Learn more about this day that highlights the importance of reading and find out where there are special events scheduled to celebrate by clicking here.

Monday, February 17, 2014

It's tax time. Do you need help? Milligan College's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is offering free, IRS-certified return preparation. To learn more about this program along with the dates and times click here.

The City of Bristol, TN has a new communications tool. It is called the City Voice. It is the first ever e-Newsletter. The City Voice will cover events and activities of the city, city services, updates on Council meetings, contact information for the city, dates and places of meetings, etc. To subscribe to the newsletter, go to the city's Facebook page or the city website.

If you are looking for something fun to do, then Johnson City is the place you need to visit. On March 1st at 6:30pm at the Carver Recreation Center, the Johnson City Parks and Recreation will host the fifth annual Johnson City's Got Talent contest. Admission to the event is free, donations will be accepted at the door. Audition dates will be:
-February 20: Music Solo, Ages 15 & under, 5:30-7:00pm
-February 21: Music Solo, Ages 16 & over, 5:30-7:00pm
-February 24: Dance/Variety, Ages 6 & over, 5:30-7:00pm
-February 25: Vocals w/Instrument, Ages 6 & older, 5:30-7:00pm
Entry Fee: Single act - $5, Group - $10 (2 or more).

Then May 23rd-25th, Johnson City Parks and Recreation will host the Horton Sports Memorial Day Fast Pitch Classic.  To learn more about these events and others,  visit the Parks and Rec website.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Underhill Rose is on the road. 2013 was a banner year for the trio. Their album, "Something Real," was named one of the top 100 Americana Albums of the  year. Learn more about Underhill Rose by clicking  on this link.

The American Red Cross is seeking nominations of those who have performed heroic acts, saved lives or performed outstanding service to their country or community. The Red Cross is looking for individuals and organizations that have made a difference through their acts of courage, selflessness, compassion, generosity and kindness.  To learn more abuot the Celebration of Heroes click here. The deadline to submit nominations is February 21, 2014.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A new production is beginning at Lamplight Theater in Kingsport. magical metaphorical production takes center stage in February at LampLight Theatre.  Told in “Cirque Du Soleil” fashion, this theatrical presentation is guaranteed to stir everyone’s “childlike” imagination. Fans of “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “Lord of the Rings” will appreciate this uniquely staged show.   Additional performances for Imanol’s Epiphany will be held nightly Feb. 15th, 21st, and 22nd at 7:00 p.m.   Additional matinee performances will be held on Saturdays –Feb. 15th and 22nd at 2:00 p.m. and on Sundays – Feb. 16th and 23rd at 3:00 p.m.  Doors will open one hour prior to performances.   Reservations are required and can be made by calling the LampLight box office at (423) 343-1766, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at Please indicate reservations for dinner theatre or the performance only.

A book signing for Edith Cullop's book "I Gotta Be Me" is set for Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Grand Court Bristol.  The event will also feature a sampling of recipes included in the book.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN is one of the premier venues for entertainment. This weekend "The Hit Men" will perform. The event is Saturday, February 15th at 7:30pm. To learn more about this show or others on the schedule for 2014 visit the Paramount website.

For the seventh year in a row, the Virginia Lottery is teaming up with the Virginia PTA and Supply Room Companies for the "Super Teacher" Awards. To nominate your super teacher, click here.

Every year area teens have an opportunity to "Go Green" by donating their prom gowns to the YWCA Prom Dress Sale. The event is March 6-8.  You can drop off your dress donations to the YWCA Bristol or Belk locations in Bristol, Kingsport or Johnson City. All proceeds from the sale benefit YWCA youth development and outreach programs. Visit the YWCA website to learn more about the sale or other community programs.

The mission of Girls Inc. of Bristol is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. They do this through various academic activities and programs. To learn more about Girls Inc. and an upcoming event to raise funds for these efforts click here.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Promise Land Animal Rescue will host the "Someone to Love" benefit dinner and silent auction. The event will be held this Friday, February 14th from 6pm-8pm at the Cedar Bluff Baptist Church in Atkins, Va. To learn more about this event that will benefit local animals in our region, please call 276-686-8522 or visit the Promise Land website.

The 2014 CASA for Kids, Inc. Red Shoe Gala will take place February 15th at the Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport, TN. To learn more about this important organization that helps children in our region, click on their website.

There is help for veterans in the Tri-Cities area. The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing is kicking off a program to get veterans back to work. To learn more about the upcoming classes visit the SWVAM website.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine's Day is this Friday! If you are looking for a fun activity for your children, then the Hands On! Regional Museum is the place to be. The museum is offering food and activities for your little ones.  You do need to pre-register to participate by February 13th. For information you can call (423) 434-4263 ext. 100 or click here to fill out the registration form.

Friday, February 7, 2014

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Blue Bell Creameries has been around since 1907. Regardless of the weather, ice cream is a yummy treat. Check out the Blue Bell website to learn more.

The Lincoln Theatre is one of three existing Art Deco Mayan Revival theaters in America. It's located in Marion and the 2014 season is in full swing. Check out the schedule of performances on the Lincoln Theatre website.

Now through February 28, 2014, admission to the Knoxville Zoo is half-off, which means you can visit the zoo for less than $10 during Penguin Discount Days. Learn more by clicking here.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

In need of a new furry friend? There are many dogs and cats that are available for adoption at our region's shelters. To adopt our special friend from today's noon show please call 276-429-4436.

Love is in the air. Valentine's day is next week and there is a dinner/dance you may want to check out in Marion, VA on February 15th. If you are planning a wedding, mark your calendars because  the General Francis Marion Hotel will host a Wedding Showcase on February 22nd. The event will be a great place for you to meet photographers, caterers, musicians and much more. To learn about these events and others happening in Marion visit the town website.

The LampLight Theatre is a non profit facility designed to provide quality entertainment and promote Christian values. To learn more about several upcoming events visit the LampLight website.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Great Winter Soup Cookoff is Saturday, February 8th from 11am-2pm at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Awards will be handed out at 2:30pm. The cost is $5 for adults, free for children under the age of five. Proceeds benefit local education programs. To learn more go to the Higher Ed website.

Whether you are a business looking to hire or someone in need of a job, help is available. The Virginia Employment Commission offers many free services to both job seekers and employers. To learn more visit the Virginia Workforce Connection website.