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News 5 At Noon

Published On: Jun 22 2012 11:31:40 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 20 2014 10:09:14 AM CDT

Tune in every weekday at noon for News 5 At Noon, featuring Samantha Kozsey,  Preston Ayres and Donnie Cox. 

Keep checking this page daily for a schedule of upcoming guests on the show, a community events calendar, clips of the show, band performances and websites mentioned on-air.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The best of the best chefs and caterers in our region will whip up a tasty meal all to benefit the March of Dimes.  The event is Tuesday, October 28th at 6pm at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. It's $100 a ticket and you can buy them at the door. For more information, call 276-274-5097.

Friday, October 17, 2014

We all love food, but the key is eating healthy. That's the entire message behind "Food Day." Food City Corporate Dietitian and Tri-Cities Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics spokesperson, Audrey Kessler, says, "Food Day focuses on encouraging the consumption of healthy and sustainable food."

Here are tips from East Tennessee Wellness Roundtable’s (ETWR) “Worksite Food Day Tips” on how to make every day a nutritious one. Nearly half of our waking hours are spent at work, and many of those hours are spent in meetings and conferences. By adopting healthy meeting guidelines, your organization can help to create an environment that supports employees’ and members’ efforts to eat well and be physically active. Examples might include:

  1. Make water the default beverage.
  2. Offer fruits, vegetables, whole grains.
  3. Post calorie and nutrition facts for foods served.
  4. Have "Salad Day" - the worksite provides salad greens and employees bring healthy doppings to share.

You can also attend the Wellmont - Food City's upcoming Diabetes-Friendly Supermarket Tour. It's for all people with diabetes or not. We talk about healthy, diabetes-friendly choices, shopping on a budget, meal planning using the MyPlate method, reading food labels, using the NuVal Nutrition Scoring System. The event information is:

Diabetes-Friendly Supermarket Tour
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10am-2pm
Food City
1287 Main Street in Rogersville, TN
RSVP: 423-224-3575

For more informaiton visit Food Day or the East Tennessee Wellness Roundtable.

Offer fruits, vegetables

Inflatables, Bingo and so much more await you at the Saltville Elementary School Fall Festival. The event is Saturday from 4-6pm and then there's Bingo from 6-8pm. All proceeds benefit the school. For more information call 276-496-4751

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Sullivan Central High School Marching Band is hosting the 30th Appalachian Classic Band Festival. The event is Saturday, October 18, 2014. Several area high school bands will be participating. The proceeds go toward expenses for the band; sheet music, instruments, transportation to and from football games and competitions, etc. There will be good food and several area vendors will be there as well. The gates open at 1:00p.m. The first band takes the field at 3:00p.m. The cost of admission is $5.00 at the gate with children 5 and under are free. The direct of the SCHS band is Chris Smithson

Symphony of the Mountains has a new concert this weekend. This years Voices of the Mountains, accompanied by a chamber orchestra, will explore music from Johann Sebastian as well as some of the lesser known Bachs’. All of the music is tuneful and entertaining, yet unique in character to each composer. For show times and prices click here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The YWCA Bristol women’s Turkey Trot and Gobbler’s Gait 5K run/walk will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 a.m. The Turkey Trot is celebrating its 34th year and is one of the longest-running women’s 5K in the Tri-Cities.

The 2014 race features a certified route through the streets of Bristol, Tenn. Female participants are encouraged to register today for either the run or walk. The run will begin at 8 a.m. and the walk at 8:05. Participants will receive a goody bag and race shirt, and group winners will receive awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes. Door prizes and complimentary breakfast will be provided after the race.

Pre-registration by November 8th is just $20 and regular registration $25. For information or to register call 423-968-9444 or click here. 

The annual Camp Placid Fall Festival is Saturday, October 18th from 10am-5pm at Camp Placid in Blountville, TN. The festival is a benefit for the Camp Placid ministry. For a list of events click here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

You can participate in a Webathon Fundraiser. Help raise money to provide for student needs such as scholarships, grants, competition, testing fees, classroom supplies and special projects. The event is Thursday, October 16th from 5pm-9pm. Tune in live by clicking here.

Meet our pet of the week from the Animal Defense League of Washington County.  Call ADL at 276-245-6020.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The 37th annual Woolly Worm Festival is this weekend in Banner Elk, NC. The events are Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 6-12, under 5 years old, free. Find out more details on how you can race your Woolly Worm.

The Valle Country Fair is Saturday, October 18th from 9am-4pm. Free admission. There is a fee for parking. The event is located on NC 194 across from Holy Cross Church & The Valle Crucis Conference Center in Valle Crucis, NC. For more information call 823-963-4609.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Elderspirit will sponsor a benefit concert tonight, Friday, October 10th at 6pm. The concert will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church on Main Street.  The concert benefits the ElderSpirit community in Abingdon. ElderSpirit is a non-profit, mixed income intentional co-housing community for people over 55. For more information about the benefit concert, call Marianne Boyle at 276-525-1104.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The 16th Annual Wildlife Weekend is this weekend October 11th and 12th at Steele Creek Park. All programs are free and are located beside the Nature Center. Call the Nature Center at 423.989.5616 for more information.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Celebrate International Walk to School day. The event is Wednesday, October 8th. Learn more about walking to work or school.

Appalachian Sustainable Development is sponsoring a "Grow Your Own Workshop - Using cold frames, covers, prepping for winter." The event is Monday, October 27th from 5pm-6pm at the Eccumenical Faith in Action. For more information call 276-623-1121.

The 7th annual Appalachian Farmers Market Association Conference is November 15th at the Virginia Highlands Community College. You need to register by Friday, October 31st. You can do so by calling 276-623-1121 or emailing

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Pet of the Week segment brought us a furry friend from the Bridge Home No Kill Animal Shelter. The Tri-Citiies Great Pumpkin Race is coming up this month. You can buy the kits and decorate your own pumpkin vehicle. The event is Saturday, October 11th form 2pm until 6pm at Stickley Farms in Bluff City, TN. Click here for more information.

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics will feature Kingsport, TN artist, Dixie Jordan, in his latest exhibit. “The Dixie Jordan Experience”will be celebrated with a gala reception and art demonstration by Dixie Jordan, to which the public is cordially invited, on Friday, 10 October from 7 - 9:00 PM in The Gallery @ Barr Photographics, 152 E. Main Street, Abingdon, Virginia. " The Dixie Jordan Experience”will hang, and be offered for sale, through 30, November 14.   The Gallery @ Barr Photographics is housed in the Greenway Trigg Building, located in the heart of Abingdon’s main street historic district.  Please call 276- 628-1486  or visit Barr Photographics.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

19th Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 2, 3 & 4 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 5 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
This four-day exhibition, sponsored by the Sycamore Shoals Stitchers, features a show and demonstrations by local quilters. Bed quilts, wall hangings, holiday and baby quilts, miniatures and antique quilts will be on display.

Scary Stories at Fort Watauga
Thursday, October 30 7:30 pm
Strange Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river! Bring the family and join us for tales of woe and terror, the weird and macabre, with a touch of wit thrown in for good measure. Don’t be afraid, Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals isn’t haunted… we think! Bring blankets and chairs for the evening event.

Primitive Trapping and Fishing Instructor: Steve Ricker
Saturday, October 18 10 am – 4pm
Cost: $35 Min: 5 Max: 10
Learn traditional methods of hunting, trapping, and fishing, using ordinary materials to survive in the wild. This class will take place outdoors, so dress accordingly.

Visit Sycamore Shoals for more information.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Take a step back in time for Bush Mill Days. The event is Saturday from 10am-4pm in Nickelsville, Va. Learn more about Bush Mill Days.

The Symphony of the Mountains has another concert coming up. Take a look at the schedule by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Knoxville Zoo is undergoing a major renovation project that is promising to make the zoo one of the best in the country. For ticket information and fall schedule visit the Knoxville Zoo.

The Hands On! Regional Museum in Johnson City is getting ready for Halloween. You can do some spooky experiments at home. The directions and materials you need can be found here.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Holly Help Spay/Neuter Fund has animals available for adoption. The number is 423-534-5656. The blessing of animals is on Saturday, October 4th at 3pm at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 700 Cumberland Street, Bristol, Va. Contact your local church to find out if they are giving blessings to pets.

And if you love Rod Stewart you will love impersonator Rob Caudill. Rob Caudill will take to the stage this Friday, October 3rd at 7pm to perform all the favorite Rod Stewart hits. The show is at the Paramount Theatre in Bristol, TN. For tickets, call the Paramount Box Office at 423-274-8120.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Talk of the town: Stop the Silence about Domestic Violence. This two-day event will feature presentations to raise awareness and understanding for both domestic violence and mental illness.  The events are Thursday, October 2nd from 4:30pm-6:30pm at Emory & Henry College, Friday October 3rd 8am -5pm at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va and Friday, October 3rd from 7pm-9pm at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va. For more information call 276-783-8300.

Enter LampLight Theatre’s Mortality Room and prepare to face your fears in the debut production of “Macabre Masquerade”. “Macabre Masquerade” performances will be October 10, 11, 12, October 17, 18, 19, October 24, 25, 26, and October 28, 29, 30, 31.   Performances nightly at 6:30 PM with additional performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 9:00 PM.  The show’s seating is general admission with a suggested donation of $8. Reservations are recommended in order to guarantee times and seating.

For Reservations and information please contact the LampLight box office at (423) 343-1766, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m or go online.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Diane and Mildred's Gospel Music Arts will perform Sunday, September 28th at 6pm at the Shiloh Freewill Baptist Church in Bristol, Va. Learn more here.

If you feel sluggish when you miss your morning meal, you have a good reason. You’re running your “engine” on empty. Eating breakfast restores your body’s supply of blood glucose, the brain’s main fuel source. Here are some easy breakfast ideas: 

Simple Breakfast Ideas

  • Cereal with sliced bananas and milk (or yogurt)
  • Fruit and yogurt smoothie
  • Oatmeal with raisins and nuts
  • Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast with apple slices
  • Leftover pizza, sliced cantaloupe and low-fat milk
  • Scrambled eggs with salsa wrapped in tortillas, sliced peaches

Learn more about eating a healthy breakfast.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

All you need to know about local farms can be found in the 2015 Local Farmers Guide. The guide is published through the Appalachian Sustainable Development. For more information about the AFMA conference and other services click here. Click here for more information ASD. Farmers can register here.

You can help transport veterans to memorials in Washington, DC. The Honor Flight Northeast TN is looking for people to support our local troops. Visit Honor Flight for more information.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Have you ever wondered how a city operates? Well if so, you can join the Bristol Citizens Municipal Academy. The Academy will meet on Thurday evenings beginning at 6pm beginning October 9th-December 2nd. To register click here.

The Lincoln Theatre's fall schedule of events for 2014 is the biggest ever presented in a single season. The lineup of more than 35 performances includes some special treats. Click here for a schedule of events.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Dogwood Park Concert series in Greeneville, TN is underway. September 27th brings a Grammy Award Winner to Dogwood Park. Alison Brown and her group are on tap for the final concert of the 2014 season. Alison will demonstrate, the Banjo is not just for the boys. An amazing musician surrounded by amazing musicians promises to make for a wonderful evening of wonderful music. Mark your calendar now, it's a free concert. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain.

Josh Miller will open the show and he is just icing on the ol' musical cake. Singer/songwriter, Josh Miller will fill the park with sounds only he can produce and he is a master at his craft. Dogwood Park is certainly honored to have two awesome talents join together for this season final show.

Greeneville's own Rural Resources co-hosting this event has some great things lined up to make this a night to remember. "Buggin' for a Cure" will be going on all day at the Greene County Fair Grounds and has plans to do a drive by and you'll get a chance to see and hear some really cool vintage cars! Nothin' like a Bug! All and all this is going to be a great day in Greeneville, Tennessee. Make your plans now for September 27, 2014.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The first Southwest Virginia Ag Expo is scheduled for October 3rd and 4th at the Russell County Government Center, Lebanon. The event will offer an opportunity for agribusiness professionals to share their knowledge, products and services with the community. There are currently 42 businesses vendors, inside and outside, which include but are not limited to farm machinery, supplies and services.  For more information click here.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Join the "Old Line Skiffle Combo" and many other entertainers this weekend for the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Learn more about "Old Line Skiffle Combo" and the BRRR.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Virginia Highlands Airshow is Saturday, September 27th at the Virginia Highlands Airport in Abingdon, Va. The tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children 7-12 and free for children six and under. The gates open at 9am and the show start 12:30pm.  For a schedule of events click here.

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., Leigh Ann Agee returns to her Bristol roots to launch her children’s book, Moon Bound Girl: Melody’s Music, at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum as part of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion’s annual music festival. Seating is limited. Email your RSVP to Tracey Childress at  You can find more information about Agee's visit by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

With schools back in session, the Wilderness at the Smokies’ waterpark resort is offering a fun event on Sunday, September 21 that will offer a chance for non-resort guests to enjoy its indoor waterpark, teach children and families some important tips about a variety of wellness topics in a fun setting, and assist a local charity with funding. click here for more details.

The Symphony of the Mountains event is Saturday, September 13th. "Sax and the Symphony" is at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport. For tickets and information call 276-669-2823.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Our pet of the week came from the Smyth County Humane Society. The annual yard sale is this weekend. For more information call  276-780-7702.

Monday, September 8, 2015

The Washington County Fair kicks off today and runs through Saturday. Click here for more information.

There's been a significant change in adult drug use patterns in Tennessee. Help is available through  Frontier Health.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The battle of the bulge. Childhood obesity is on the rise. One in 3 children in the U.S. is overweight. Eating right and getting your body moving are the best ways to stay healthy. For more tips click here.

Sycamore Shoals has many events planned this month. They include:

13th Annual Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival

Friday – Sunday, September 5, 6 and 7

Friday Night Torchlight Ceremony                      6:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday                                               9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday Night Concert                                       6:30 pm

Celebrate Appalachia’s Celtic heritage! Opening with a torchlight ceremony Friday night, Clans and Family Societies will be on hand to help with family history; dance, music, food, vendors, demonstrations, reenactments of 18th & 19th Century heritage, lectures. There will be a special musical concert on Saturday evening. Admission Charge.

Gathering at Sycamore Shoals” Saturday, September 20                                        10:00 am
On Saturday the 20th of September 2014, The Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution will celebrate the 234th "Gathering at Sycamore Shoals". This is a celebration of the Overmountain Men coming together to march to King’s Mountain and defeat Loyalist forces under Col. Patrick Ferguson. We will have a Memorial Service and a wreath laying service. The public is invited to attend and to participate in the wreath laying.

Overmountain Victory Trail March
Thursday, September 25                                   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 233 years ago.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Outdoor lovers we have just the place for you. The Southwest Virginia Outdoor Expo is Saturday, September 13th from 10am until 4pm at Heartwood in Abingdon, Va. Learn about new destinations to hike, bike and kayak in our region. This is the first of its kind in SWVA and will raise awareness about the diverse opportunities available here. For a schedule of events, click here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

This month, we will celebrate the International Talk Like a Pirate Day. In honor of the pirates, the Hands On! Regional Museum in Johnson City has several science experiments you can do with your children or students. Click here for instructions.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Holly Help Spay & Neuter Fund helps hundreds of animals every year. Now you can do your part by attending "Rockin' the Knob" at Observation Knob Park in Bristol, TN.  The day of music, fun and games  is from 3:30-10pm on Saturday, September 6th. All proceeds go to Holly Help.

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. There is help available for people with substance abuse problems. Learn more about NCADD or Recovery at Bristol.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), a partner in the Virginia Workforce Network (VWN), is the public employment service established to assist employers in finding qualified workers and to assist workers in finding suitable jobs. Learn about the services and the opportunities that are available here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Help your family and community plan for emergencies and disasters. The Regional Emergency Preparedness Fair will be held Saturday, September 13th from 8am until 1pm. It will be held at the University Parkway Baptist Church (219 University Parkways in Johnson City). Admission is free.

It's time to think about Flu Season. To learn more about this year's season and vaccine click here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival is Sunday, August 31st at the Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, Va at 5pm.

Featured performers for the festival this year in addition to Dr. Joe Smiddy & Reedy Creek are Dale Jett & Hello Stranger, ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, ETSU Old Time Pride Band, and Town Branch Bluegrass Band. 

Proceeds above expenses go into the Cove Ridge Foundation’s Papa Joe Smiddy Scholarship Fund.  Papa Joe is 94 years of age.  He has had a positive influence on many.  He is Chancellor Emeritus of the UVA at Wise.

Gladefest is Saturday, August 30th in Glade Spring, Va. It runs from 10am-8:30pm. For a complete list of times visit Gladefest 2014.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Head "Back to the 80's" in a new Theatre Bristol musical. BACK TO THE 80’s opens Friday, August 29th for a three weekend run (Aug. 29 – Sept 14). Performances will be on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. Reserve tickets by calling 423-383-5979.

Do you like Bluegrass and BBQ, then you'll want to participate in a fundraiswer benefitting Appalachian Sustainable Development. The event is Saturday, September 6th from 6:30pm-9pm at Hearwood-SWVA's Artisan Gateway.

Tickets are $50 for individuals, $75 for couples or $280 for 8.

For more information call 276-623-1121 or to buy tickets visit ASD.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's National Dog day. Do your part for the Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund. You can also visit the Bristol Pirates baseball game for "Bark in the Park". Learn more about Holly Help.

Downtown Jonesborough will soon hear the roar of engines during the inaugural Wheels in the Hills event that includes a motorcycle poker run and car cruise-in on Aug. 30th noon until 10pm. For more information call 423-426-3861.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Pickin' Porch Show is a weekly two-hour Bluegrass and Old-time music show hosted by "Your Bluegrass Buddy", Tim White.

These wonderful 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!

Tonight's performance at 7pm will feature Fiddlin' Carson Peters Band. All Pickin' Porch shows are performed live at Foundation Event Facility, 620 State Street in Bristol, Tennessee.

 The Albert Hash Memorial Festival is Saturday, August 30th from 10am-6pm. The festival will be at Grayson Highlands State Park in the Mouth of Wilson, Va. Learn more here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Tweetsie Trail opens on Saturday, August 30th. For all the details and to register, click here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bano Bash is the major fundraiser for the Eric Albano Youth Soccer Foundation (EAYSF), a Marion-based organization dedicated to fostering and promoting the sport of soccer for youth of all ages.

Bano Bash 2014, which will be held August 23rd and 24th at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia. Complete details on Bano Bash 2014 click here.

The Bano Bash is Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Va. To learn more click here.

The Patriot Day Program is Thursday, September 11th at 7pm at the Marion Fire Hall. For details click here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tri-Cities Upscale Affordable Consignment Sale is August 21st-August 23rd at the Meadowview Convention Center.

TUAC is the highest rated consignment sale in TN by  With over 1,000 registered consigners and more than 40,000 items, mom's around the region stand for hours in line and volunteer just to get through the door a little faster than the next mom.  It's serious shopping. More details here.

Fans who descend on the community to participate in race week activities will once again have access to free mouth, throat and neck cancer screenings that could save their lives.

These screenings will be available from 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, during Food City Family Race Night in downtown Bristol. Since 2012, the Wellmont Cancer Institute and Bristol Motor Speedway have partnered with Screening P.I.T. Stop, to provide short and painless oral and neck exams during race week.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Holly Help is working with the Bristol Pirates. Find out how this Bark in the Park will benefit Holly Help.

Learn about Holly Help by clicking here.

Barr Photographics in Abingdon, Va has a new exhibit. Gary Dagnan is showcasing his oil landscape paintings. Learn more by calling 276- 628-1486.

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's ETSU Pride Week. The event kicks off August 21st. For a complete schedule, click here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

At the Tri-Cities Greek Fest, the passion and celebration of Greece, its culture, food, and all things Greek, is something you do not want to miss. This year on Saturday, Aug. 16, the public is invited to partake of the philoxenia (Greek hospitality) that lasts all day and never wears thin.
Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church
150 Elizabeth Ann Circle
Bluff City, Tennessee 37618
(888) 537-0087

Frontier Health has a vast amount of suicide prevention resources.  You can find them by following this link.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A local church is hosting a Beth Moore simulcast event.  If you would like more information follow this link.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash opens on August 15th. It's a journey through the life of Johnny Cash, as told by his music. For tickets call 276-628-3991 or click on Barter Theatre.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Knoxville Zoo has many new and unque ways to experience the zoo at night. Learn more about the night safaris and bedtime with the beasts at the Knoxville Zoo.

Everybody loves sidewalk chaulk. The Hands On! Regional Museum in Johnson City says it's so much fun you can make your own at home. Find out here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department will host a fundraising event on Saturday, August 9th form 4:30pm until 9pm in Bristol, Va. Enjoy gospel and bluegrass music and the yummy food. 

Promised Land Animal Rescue has an adoption day on Saturday, August 23rd from 10am-2pm at the Tractor Supply in Marion, Va.  They will also have a yard sale on Saturday, September 6th from 8am until 2pm at Grace Lutheran Church in Rural Retreat, Va. Learn more about the Promised Land Animal Rescue.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bark in the Park is Thursday, August 7th at Cumberland Square Park. Registration is at 6pm and the events begin around 6:30pm. This is your time to celebrate your four-legged friend and share his or her talents with the Tri-Cities. Learn more about the Bark in the Park

The 2nd annual Little Ironman 5K and Mini Mudder to honor the memory of Josh Adcock. The event is August 24th. For more information click here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Charity Poker Run to benefit Greene Leaf is Saturday, July 26th. It is at the U.S. Nitrogen Wharehouse in Midway, TN. Registration is at 9am. The ride will start around 10:30am. The cost for one rider is $10 and $15 for a rider and passenger.

The Child Advocacy Center Golf Tournament is Monday, August 4th at Ridgefields Country Club in Kingsport. Call 423-279-1222 for more information.

The Symphony of the Mountains is this Sunday, July 27th at 6pm at the Allandale Mansion in Kingsport, TN. For tickets call 423-392-8423. For more information call Symphony of the Mountains.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's time to sign up for football. It's flag football. Boys and girls can play int his fast paced fun football league comingi n the fall. Early registration is through July 25th. Late registration is July 25th through August 8th. The season begins September 6th and continues through November 1st. Games will be played on Saturdays at Steele Creek Park. For more information call 423-764-4023.

The wolf auction is Friday, September 12th t 6pm in the Tent on Barter Square in Abingdon. For more information and to check out some of the wolves visit Main Street.

Remember lava lamps? They're back and now you can make one at home. Hands On! Regional Museum in Johnson City has all the details.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Ride for Noah is Saturday, July 26th from 10am until 6pm at Rogersville City Park. There is a $10 donation per rider. Learn more about this fundraising effort and the foundation at Just 4 Kidz.

This is the final week for the outdoor drama, "Liberty" at Sycamore Shoals. The show is at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Fort Watauga Amphitheater. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 55 and over ad $5 for children ages six-17. Ages five and under are admitted free.  Learn more here.

The 2014 Appalachian Fair runs from Monday, August 18th through Saturday, August 23rd. The entry forms for the Appalachian Fair 4-H Exhibits are due Friday, July 25th to the fair office. Entry forms can be entered online at the Appalachiann Fair or faxed at 423-477-3853. They can also be mailed to P.O. Box 8218 Gray, TN 37615.

The SBK Animal Center in Blountville needs your help. To learn more about the shelter and the animals available for adoption visit SBK.

Monday, July 21, 2014

UMOJA will host a runway show on Saturday, July 26th. It's at the Charles in Johnson City. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $20 for 18 and under, $10 for 17 and under or for people with an ETSU ID. For more call 423-426-2851.

The Pickin' Porch is tonight. Jonathan Buckner and Chosen Road perform tonight at the Foundation Event Facility, 620 State Street, in Bristol, TN. Admissioni s free, but an optional donation of $5 per personis appreciated. Learn more about the Pickin' Porch. You can also learn more about the Chosen Road.

Friday, July 18, 2014

It's Friday and that means Border Bash in Bristol. Due to the weather, the music is being moved inside. The concerts will be held at the Stateline Bar & Grill on State Street. Music starts at 7pm with the Al Scorch Ensemble and then Loves It at around 8:30pm. All other outside kids activities are canceled due to the rain. For more information visit Believe in Bristol.

Snacks! They're a vital part of our daily lives. Are you eating the right ones for your health? For some healthy eating tips, visit here.

The Rotary Club of Washington is sponsoring the 2nd annual "Service Above Self" 5K & 10K. It is Saturday, July 26th at 8:30am along the Virginia Creeper Trail in Abingdon, Va.  The race will be chip timed. Register for the race online.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

If you love chili and old cars, then you need to head to Marion, Va this Friday, July 18th, from 7pm til 11pm for the 28th Annual Chili Cook - off and Shine n' Show Car Show. Learn more about the Cookoff and Car Show.

The 10th annual Mountain City Sunflower Festival is this Saturday, July 19th  from 9am until 5pm. The live music, food, crafts and much more are located in downtown on Main and Church Streets. Click here to get a complete schedule of events for this one-day festival.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Appalachian Sustainable Development sponsors the 2014 Farm Tours & Suppers:

Spring Ridge Farms
Monday, July 21st 5pm-8pm

Roffey Cattle Co.
Monday, July 28th 5pm-8pm

Double Y Livestock
Monday, September 22nd 5pm-8pm

Porter Valley Grass Farm
Monday, September 29th 5pm-8pm

To RSVP call 276-623-1121 or email Appalachian Sustainable Development at

The Beginner Crochet Camp is Tuesday, July 22nd through Saturday, July 26th from 1pm-4pm at the "One of a Kind Gallery" in Bristol, TN. The cost of the camp is $75. You can register online at or call "One of Kind Gallery" at 423-652-2648.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It's all about the kids. That's the focus of the upcoming Kidville race for March of Dimes. It's a 5K run/walk on Saturday, July 19th at 8:30am. The race takes you down the Virginia Creeper Trail in Abingdon, Va. To register, click here.

The C.C. Porter Animal Shelter in Abingdon, Va has dogs and cats available for adoption. To find out more call the Animal Shelter at 276-676-6210 or visit them online.

The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) offers rafting, paddling, zip lines and events that promote youth fitness this summer. To learn more at NOC to plan your next trip.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area will present the 36th season of "Liberty!" the official outdoor drama of the State of Tennessee. Veterans night is Thursday, July 17th when veterans and one guest are admitted for free. Saturday, July 19th, an interpreter for the hearing impaired will be signing the play as it is performed. Find out more at Sycamore Shoals.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Kidville Race for March of Dimes is a 5K run/walk and a one-mile run for kids. It is Saturday, July 19th at 8:30am on the Virginia Creeper Trail in Abingdon. For more information click here.

The Remote Area Medical (RAM) will be offering free eye care, dental and medical care. The event is Friday, July 19th-Sunday, July 20th at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Wise, Va. Registration is at 6 o'clock each morning. Details can be found at the Health Wagon.

Come on out to Hungry Mother State Park for 3 days of epic music, delicious food, handmade arts & crafts and lots of family fun for all.

Friday, July 18th, 2014 from 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday, July 19th, 2014 from 10:00am -6:00pm
Sunday, July 20th, 2014 from 10:00am -5:00pm

Free Admission.
State Park Parking Fee: $6/day or $9/weekend
(shuttle from downtown Marion available all weekend)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jonesborough Storytellers Guild brings spooky Graveyard Tales from Appalachia to the Rocky Mount Historic Site on Saturday, July 19 at 7 p.m.  Stories for this year’s theme, Tales from the Graveyard, are sure to bring a chill on a hot July evening.  This year’s special set design is by Hunter Graybeal and his committee of David Claunch, Jim Foote, and Jeff Stratton.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students.  Graveyard Tales is not recommended for children 12 and under.

Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC will host "A Grand Night for Singing." The Rodger & Hammerstein's musical is scheduled for July 16th-July 19th at 7pm and July 17th, July 19th and July 20th at 2pm. For tickets click on Summer Theatre.

How do you pick the right place to go on vacation? What do you do if something goes wrong? You call in the professionals like Joy & Company. For more information contact Joy & Company Travel.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Color X-treme 5K Fun Run is Saturday, August 16th at 10am. It winds through the Virginia Highlands Community College campus, leaving participants covered in a rainbow of colors.

The event is being sponsored by the VHCC SGA, and all proceeds will support a scholarship program for second-year students at VHCC who exhibit outstanding leadership abilities.

Registration is $20 in advance (before Aug. 1) and $25 after that. Teams of six may participate for $100. The registration fee includes a commemorative race t-shirt and a bag of color. For more information or to register click here.

The Laney Jones Band takes the stage tonight. The show is at O'Mainnin's Pub at 10pm on State Street in Bristol, TN. Learn more about Laney Jones.

The Laurel Marina & Yacht Club will host the South Holston Lake, Speedway Children's Charities On Water Poker Run. The event, which has grown steadily over the past eight years, has raised over $80,000 for the Bristol Motor Speedway based charity. Cost for participation is a suggested donation of $35, and a $1,000 cash purse will be awarded to the winning hand

The event is Saturday, July 12th at 3pm at the Laurel Marina. For more information call 423-878-3721.

On July 10th, Laurel Marina & Yacht Club, in conjunction with the YWCA of Bristol, will present Home Afloat, Houseboat Tours. The tours begin at 6pm at Laurel Marina & Yacht Club.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at Laurel Marina & Yacht Club, 191 Shady Ford Road, Bristol, TN. The cost of the tour is $50 per person or $75 per couple. Proceeds will benefit the YWCA of Bristol. To register, contact Laurel Marina at (423) 878-3721.

Do you remember playing with Silly Putty? It's a childhood favorite and now you can make it at home. Learn how from Hands On! Regional Museum.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area will present the 36th season of "Liberty!" the official outdoor drama of the State of Tennessee.

Sycamore Shoals will hold the outdoor drama at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays through July 26 at the Fort Watauga Amphitheater. More details here.

The Holly Help Spay/Neuter Fund is working with the Bristol Pirates Baseball Team to help animals in need. Learn more about our furry friend or how you can participate in upcoming fundraising events by clicking on Holly Help.

District Three Senior Services offer a variety of opportunities To learn more about available funding andg rants call 1-800-541-0933.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Pickin' Porch is every Monday night at 7pm.  The VW Boys perform tonight at the Foundation Event Facility in Bristol, TN. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. You can learn more about how you can participate in a cruise with musicians in November. Learn more about acoustic cruise.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area has several upcoming events. They are:

Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals - Our 36th Year!

Thursday – Saturday, July 10 - 12, 17 - 19 & 24 - 26      7:30 pm           

Tennessee’s official outdoor drama, presented by local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga.   See the Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands.  These settlers formed an independent government, made treaties with the Cherokee, defended their homes, and fought a British army at the epic battle of King’s Mountain.  Bleacher seating is available in the Amphitheater.  Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.  Admission Charge.

 Summer Art Show                                                                                

Art show and sale runs through July 27th. This multi-media exhibit is two art shows in one:  “12th Annual Judged show” and the “20th Annual Watauga Valley Art League Member show”. Learn more here.

Border Bash starts with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6pm. Live music begins at 7:00pm with Adam Faucett, followed up by Josh Daniel & Mark Schimick Project  around 8:30pm. As always, Border Bash is free to the public! Click here for more information.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The town of Marion, Va will host a July 4th celebration. The 5K Freedom Run is at the Holston Hills Community Club on Friday, July 4th. Registration starts at 7am. Early bird registration is $20, and fee is $25 day of event, with proceeds benefitting Marion VFW Post 4667. For race registration or information, contact Olivia Hall, Executive Director of Marion Downtown at (276) 783-4190.

Without fireworks this year, the town will have a Blues Festiva. Admission is free. !” Bands kick off with Glen Body & The Blues Cruisers at 5, and include The Bloodkin Jam Band AND an “All-Star Blues Jam” at 10pm to wrap up the concert. Learn more about the Marion events here.

Zach Ross and his band, "A Great Disaster" perform  Saturday, July 5th from 8pm-10pm at the Down Home in Johnson City, TN. Learn more about this band by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Would you like to own a porsche? Now's your chance. Cornerstone Christian Academy is raffling off a porsche this Friday, July 4th at 8pm.

The drawing will coincide with the festivities that take place during the annual Independence Day celebration at the Harry L. Coomes Recreation Center in Abingdon, Virginia. CCA officials will be on site beginning at 4 p.m. to sell remaining tickets for the drawing. Individuals may also purchase tickets by visiting . Tickets are $100 each.

The Knoxville Zoo is proud to announce its new Wee Play Adventure. The area will open July 19th. Iti s designed for pre-school and elementary-aged children. Wee Play Adventure will encourage an exciting search for lizards of all types and includes the chance for a close-up encounter with Khaleesi and Drogo, the zoo’s two Komodo dragons. Visit the Knoxville Zoo for hours and prices.

In honor of Independence Day, there's a patriotic tribute at the Lamplight Theatre.

Performances of the Patriotic Tribute 2014 will be July 5th at 7:00 pm, July 6th at 3:00 pm, July 11th – 18th  at 7:00 pm, and an additional matinee on July 12th at 2:00 pm. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children 5 and under are admitted Free. Monday the 14th and Tuesday the 15th are Kingsport’s Fun Fest events, and tickets for these evenings can be purchased at the Fun Fest Store. Tickets for these two Fun Fest events are $7 for all to attend. Doors will open one hour prior to all performances. For more information call 423-343-1766 or click here.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The "For Pete's Sake Animal Rescue" needs your help. To adopt a furry friend, visit their website.

The Happy Tails Animal Rescue is hosting the Golf Fore Paws Tournament. The event is Saturday, July 19th. The deadline to register is July 13th. Learn more at HTAR.

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Flag Retirement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, July 19th at 11:00 a.m. They will be taking place in the parking lot of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street in Johnson City, TN.  To learn more about how to handle flags click here.

Charles Shanks, Jr. just released his new book, "Unseen Hands." It follows his first book, "The Light." To learn more about these books, click here.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Forbes Family Laser Display will run from June 30th through July 5th. It begins at 8pm each night at Big Johns Building Supply at 238 East Elk Avenue in Elizabethton. The event is free, but donations are accpeted.

Redhead Express performs tonight at Woodmen of the World located at 1997 Long Crescent Drive in Bristol, Va.  The concert begins at 7pm.

Tea is a popular drink around the world. This is National Iced Tea Month. Learn the benefits of tea, by clicking here.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Lees-McRae Summer Theatre 2014 has been delighting audiences for 30 years. The new summer season is underway.  Kiss Me, Kate is the first show. For a complete list of times and events, click here.

July 4th is around the corner, next Friday to be exact, so it's time to start thinking about all of the events that are happening to celebrate Independence Day in Bristol

Thursday, July 3 - Free Music and Movies in the Park
Cumberland Square Park, Historic Downtown Bristol
Concert by the band - “Shooter” at 6:30 pm - Sponsored by Bristol Virginia Parks & Recreation Department
Movie - “Man of Steel” at 9:00 pm - Sponsored by BVU
*Dress the kids up as Superman for a “Super March” pre-movie parade*

FRIDAY, July 4 - Star-Spangled 4th of july
3:00 pm Parade Line-up on Morrison Blvd
5:00 pm Bristol’s Independence Day Parade - State Street
6:00 pm Events in Cumberland Square Park
Special Recognition of all Veterans Presented by Danny Hill
“Cool Down to a Summer Evening” Kids bring your swimwear and join us! Sponsored by BVFD & BVU
Bristol’s July 4th Photo Contest Winners Sponsored by Twin-City Photo Club
Celebrate Bristol Miss & Mr. Photogenic Contestant Winners Sponsored by Kroger
Family Fun Events in the Park Including:
Inflatables, Petting Zoo, “Eating Contests”, and much more.
Food, Beverage, and Craft Vendors Available
Free Watermelon - Sponsored by Kroger
6:00 pm Star-Spangled Car Show TriSummit Bank Parking Lot & Adjacent Lots - Sponsored by Antique Automobile Club of America
6:15 pm Great American Lions Club Rubber Duck Race, Cumberland Square Park/Beaver Creek Basin
7:00 pm Adam Faucett (
8:45 pm Josh Daniel & Mark Schimick Project (
10:00 pm Fireworks in Historic Downtown Bristol near Cumberland Square Park!

SATURDAY, July 5 - Support the Bristol Pirates Night
6:30 pm Watermelon Eating Contest at Home Plate - Sponsored by Kroger
7:00 pm Home Game

Click here for more information.

The summer event series is set at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, TN. For a complete list of events, times and dates, click here.

Public safety and the environment are top priorities of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. To learn more about DMME, you can call 276-523-8100 or visit their website.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What do mentos and diet soda have in common? Well when combined they can create quite an explosion. Learn how you can do this experiment in our Hands On! Regional Museum segment.

Winnie-the-Pooh loves stealing honey from the beehive, drinking condensed milk and hanging out with his friends Eyeore, Piglet and Rabbit. Now he's about to embark on a whole new adventure in a new show at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va. The show runds June 24th through July 19th. For a complete list of times and dates, visit the Barter Theatre.

Have a cup of tea and help some local students in the process. Black's Fort Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting its annual "Sentimental Tea". The event is Wednesday, July 9th at the Abingdon Senior Center. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 276-628-7853.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The 24th annual Volunteer State Auto Show is this Saturday, June 28th from 10am until 4pm at Hardin Park in Greeneville, TN. The registration fee is $15 per car. The show will be open to all rods, classic, custom and muscle cars. Visit them on facebook.

The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre presents its annual 1940's USO show June 27th through July 13th.  For show times and ticket prices visit the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre.

The Jack Russell Rescue is in need of good homes for its pets. If you are interested in adoption, call 276-676-6210.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Don't miss, Liberty Celebration 2014. It's at the Toy F. Reid Employee Center Friday, June 27th at 7:30pm, Saturday, June 28th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. This is the 11th patriotic concert. Details here. 

 The 2014 Jonesborough Days Festival will begin Thursday, July 3rd at noon and continue throughout the weekend, ending at 10 p.m. on Saturday July 5th with the much anticipated fireworks show that can be seen from downtown.

The annual parade will take place on Friday, July 4 at 10 a.m.  Festival hours include Thursday, July 3rd from noon to 10 p.m., Friday, July 4th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 5th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. Visit Jonesborough Days for information.

The Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, features entertainment legend Dolly Parton, Steve Marin and Vince Gill. The recording project includes 16 of the original songs from the Bristol Sessions. It is set to be released in October. Learn more at the Birthplace of Country Music.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Abingdon Garden Club will host the 16th annual garden tour this Saturday, June 21st from 10am until 5pm at homes and gardens in the region. Tickets are available at the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau on Cummings Street from 9am until 2pm. Tickets will also be available for purchase at any of the gardens.Tickets cost $10. Learn more by clicking here. 

Song of the Mountains fundraiser concert is a 2pm matinee on Saturday, June 21st. This year's matinee concert will feature more than a dozen groups presenting a fun blend of bluegrass and Americana music, comedy, and more. Read more about the Song of the Mountains.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The 68th annual Rhododendron Festival is this weekend. The festival is held at Roan Mountain State Park Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd from 10am until 5pm. Click here for exact times.

The Richlands Freedom Festival is Friday, June 27th from 6pm until 10pm and Saturday, June 28th from 9am until the fireworks around 10pm. For details about events and the times, visit the Richlands Freedom Festival.

Dr. Greg Griffith has set up a new no-scalpel, no-needle, painless vasectomy clinic in Bristol, TN.   This is a first in this area.  The process of vasectomy is advancing and Dr. Griffith has developed what he hopes can be a "starting point" for additional clinics to be developed throughout the country. Learn more here.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Ride for the Shelter Pets Poker Run is this Saturday, June 21st from Blountville to Johnson City. Registration is at 9am and Kickstands up at 11am. For more informationc all 423-647-6488. Proceeds benefit the SBK animal center. Learn more about SBK.

The Wayne C. Henderson Musical Festival is Saturday, June 21st at the Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Visit Wayne C. Henderson for times of the shows.

The Motocross Championshiop is Saturday, June 28th at 1pm in Blountville, TN. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for kids 6-11 years old. For more information click here.

The Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness is designed to educate Tennesseeans on how to lead healthier lifestyles. Visit the "Healthier Tennessee" website for more information.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The season of the Trail of the Lonesome Pine kicks off this Friday, June 20th at the June Tolliver Plahhouse in Big Stone Gap, Va. 

Gates open at 7pm. Pre-show 7:15. Drama begins at 8:00 pm. Shows are every Thurs, Friday and Saturday except Juy 4th. It runs through  August 23.

Admission for adults $18 , seniors and military $15, children 6-12 $1-, preschool children Free.

For information and tickets: 276-523-1235 / 800-362-0149.

Six performances of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat” will open on Friday, June 20th, and continue Saturday, June 21st, Sunday, June 22nd, Friday, June 27th, Saturday, June 28th, and Sunday, June 29th. Evening performances on Friday and Saturday will be at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees will be at 2:30 pm. Tickets available now online or call the Paramount Box Office at 423-274-8920, Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. The show will open with a gala event with special $15 tickets. All tickets are already priced with group rates for everyone, including families, church, and community groups at$12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Gold Circle seating is also available by calling 423-383-5979.

The 4th Annual State of the Arts is aweekend-long celebration that plays host to a large variety of arts and entertainment activities held throughout Historic Downtown Bristol on June 20 — 22, 2014. Learn more at Believe in Bristol.