The George L. Carter Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) and East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum will sponsor a scenic spring train excursion and steamboat ride on Saturday, June 13. Tickets must be purchased by May 30.

The price for the excursion is $95 for adults and $80 for children ages 3-12. Younger children may ride free. The fee includes bus transportation to and from Knoxville, a 90-minute steam train ride and a luncheon cruise on the Tennessee Riverboat The Star of Knoxville.

Ticket order forms and liability waivers are available at the Carter Railroad Museum on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or online at the Mountain Empire Model Railroaders website.

In our Hands On experiment this week we explored the different weather patterns by creating a tornado in a bottle and a cloud in a bottle! Clic here for materials and directions so you can do this experiment at home.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Join the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. There are several Relay for Life events planned across the Tri-Cities. The Washington County Relay for Life is Saturday, May 9th at 10am at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The 2015 Relay for Life of Smyth County is Saturday, May 16th at 3pm for the Survivor Reception and opening ceremonies at 4pm. It will be held at the Chilhowie High School Football field.  For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society. You can find a Relay for Life event happening in your community by visiting the website.

The Scott County Humane Society is rebuilding its shelter in the county. Fire destroyed it earlier this year. In an effort to raise funds for the ongoing mission to save animals and find forever homes, the Humane Society needs your help. On May 30th, there is a huge yard sale. The sale is at the Old Food City Building on Highway 23. For more information about the yard sale, call 276-452-7247.  You can also visit Humane Society for information about the mission.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Lamplight Theatre in Kingsport is hosting a Women's Conference. Glenda Smith from Atlanta, Ga will speak on "From The Mundane to The Insane: Is Life a Mission Impossible?" The event is May 2nd at 10am and 7pm. Tickets are $10 per person per event or $15 per person for both times. Visit Lamplight for more information.

The Lamplight Children's Theatre is putting on the production of "Lux Aduro" beginning on May1st-May 3rd and May 8th and 9th. Tickets and show times can be found here.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Aundrea Wilcox is the Executive Director of the Kingsport Chamber's Small Business Program. She's also a two-time author. Her latest book is "Super Woman Smarts." You can read an excerpt from it by clicking here. You can also visit the Super Woman Smarts Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The "AutoWorld Mountain Empire Community College" golf tournament is Friday, May 8th at the Lonesome Pine Country Club in Big Stone Gap, Va. Proceeds from the tournament go toward scholarships for Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) students. To learn how you can donate to the scholarship fund, contact MECC Foundation. You can also call Jeri Bledsoe at 276-523-2400, ext. 287.

The Haysi High School final reunion is scheduled for Saturday, May 9th from 2pm-6pm at the Haysi High School Gymnasium. For more information about the reunion, call 276-365-5282.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Doctors say the best way to prevent lung cancer is to never smoke or to stop smoking now. Low-dose CT scans provide earlier detection when lung cancer is most treatable and curable. Screenings are available at Clinch Valley Medical Center. Call 276-596-6135 or 276-596-6180.

Our pet of the week came to us from the Holly Help Spay Neuter Fund. The Bristol-based organization focuses on the spay sterilization surgeries for dogs and cats. Call 276-466-5375 or visit Holly Help for more information about our pet of the week or to learn how you can help their mission.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The 18th annual Garden Faire is Friday, April 24th from 930am-6pm, Saturday, 9:30am-6pm and Sunday, 11am-5pm at the Higher Education Center at exit 14 in Abingdon. Proceeds help fund community projects; to name a few, the gardens at the Children’s Advocacy Center,  the Abingdon Senior Center, rain garden andtree planting at the American Chestnut Farm, Habitat for Humanity, Grow Your Own and Earth Boxes etc.    There are several seminars planned for the day. For a complete list visit or call 276-676-6309.

The Sullivan County Soil Conservation District board will hold their annual tree and shrub sale Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 until 4:00 at the Earhart Campground All proceeds from the sale go to our scholarship fund. Lots of nice plants at great prices! Mark your calendar and plan to stop by! Call (423) 323-7431 Ext. 3 or visit the Sullivan County Soild Conservation District for more information.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Paramount Chamber Players presents Spirituality and Idealism, the ensemble’s final program of its Tenth Anniversary season, on April 24, 25 & 26 performing music that evokes images of nature’s beauty juxtaposed with music that edifies the spirit.

Performances are on Friday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, TN; Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN; and on Sunday, April 26, 3:00 p.m. As part of the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, Va.

Tickets available at the door are $15 General Admission, $12 seniors, and students admitted free. On Saturday evening, tickets are also available through the Paramount Box Office 423-274-8920. Tickets for the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series performance on Sunday afternoon are available at the door for $10 adults, free for students.