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Posted at: Friday, August 16, 2019
This week brought significant milestone announcements for both Kingsport City Schools and Sullivan County Department of Education.United WE READ supports our educators in their daily work to achieve literacy growth for ALL students. So when the official results return and that growth is clearly showcased, we love to highlight their great, ongoing work.This past spring, we featured the historic gains that Sullivan County Schools have made through their long-range strategy and adoption of the...
Posted at: Monday, July 29, 2019
KINGSPORT — Nearly 20 million adults reported battling a drug addiction in 2017, according to a national survey, with the cost of lost productivity, healthcare issues and crime-related expenses topping $740 billion.Tennessee is not immune to the problem. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that in 2017 there were nearly 1,300 overdose deaths involving opioids in the Volunteer State — a rate higher than the national average of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 people.Drug abuse and...
Posted at: Monday, June 24, 2019
KINGSPORT – More than 1,000 volunteers completed 133 projects for 26 nonprofits during the 27th Annual Regional United Way Week of Caring, June 17-21, according to the United Way of Greater Kingsport. The financial impact of this year’s Week of Caring is estimated at nearly $150,000 for a cumulative 6,000 hours of work. The collaborative weeklong volunteer project kicked off June 17 with a region-wide breakfast hosted and sponsored by Bank of Tennessee. The meeting, attended by...
Posted at: Friday, June 21, 2019
United Way of Greater Kingsport 2019 Week of Caring  KINGSPORT – The 27th Annual Regional United Way Week of Caring in the Tri-Cities region is in full swing, spanning from June 17 – 21, 2019. In Kingsport alone, over 1,000 volunteers completed 133 projects throughout the region for 26 nonprofits. The financial impact of this year’s Week of Caring is estimated at nearly $150,000 for a cumulative 6,000 hours of work. The collaborative volunteer project week...
Posted at: Monday, June 17, 2019
 United WE READ’s Camp Read to Lead is in the midst of a third summer of growth. The 2019 theme is “Super Reader, Super Self!” focusing on each child’s unique talents and strengths, including being great young readers! More than 60 campers are experiencing an opportunity to gain a love for reading, boost their confidence, improve literacy abilities, build a personal library of 10 to 20 new books and other school supplies, and participate in weekly field trips...
Posted at: Monday, June 10, 2019
At our meetings, the Kingsport Neighborhood Commission always invites citizens to share concerns with us. Many of you came to us last year, and that’s why our top priority this year was to return the favor. Sometimes the first step in finding a solution to a problem is to see it for yourself. On a hot Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago, the Neighborhood Commission set out together in a couple of vans to do just that. We rode through Kingsport, making stops in Fort Robinson, Lynn Garden...
Posted at: Monday, June 10, 2019
KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Area Transit Service will begin operating out of its new facility at the corner of Main and Sullivan streets on Monday.And also beginning that day, due to the “learning curve” for riders and drivers, KATS will be offering free bus rides on all routes for the remainder of the month.“We hope this encourages people to utilize Kingsport’s public transit service and learn the new routes at no cost to them,” said Chris Campbell, KATS...
Posted at: Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Whether your memories of grade-school spelling bees are great or terrible, the Literacy Council of Kingsport is offering another shot at spelling glory.The organization is hosting its very first Spelldown, an adult spelling bee fundraiser, on June 10 at Gypsy Circus Cider Company, 2654 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport. It costs $15 for individuals to participate – and coming to watch is free. Gypsy Circus will donate $1 of for every pint served, and hot dogs with gourmet toppings will also be...
Posted at: Thursday, April 04, 2019
Posted at: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Kingsport Chamber Spotlight showcases United Way of Greater Kingsport in an informative segment discussing the theme, goals and varying aspects of this year's campaign with Director of Resource Development and Communications, Mandi Cambre, and Campaign Chair, Bill Trapp.  The feature provides a brief overview of how United Way of Greater Kingsport is fighting to address problems within the community and get to the root cause of these issues, while highlighting ways to ...