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News 5 Guest Segments for Morning & Noon

Published On: Jun 22 2012 11:31:40 AM CDT
Updated On: Nov 21 2014 10:25:03 AM CST

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.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Morning: What do the Health Insurance Marketplace policies look like? Friday in our final segment of a special series about the Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Marketplace, we will look at the options for residents and the criteria these policies must meet to be in the Marketplace. The SWVA Community Health Systems will offer free help navigating the process, Saturday at the Washington County Public Library in Abingdon, Va from 9am-4pm. Call 888-531-8354 or by visit their website.


For a mouth-watering, gourmet-tasting, and memorable thanksgiving, be adventurous.  You may start a new, healthy family tradition.  For inspiration, visit Food City with over 60,000 recipes available.

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. The Morrison School in Bristol, Va. is doing its part to help out. Learn more about the Morrison School or find out how you can participate in Giving Tuesday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Morning: Community involvement and partnerships to help with Health Insurance Marketplace information and enrollment is the focus of Thursday's special segment. We find out what volunteers are doing to get the word out about the available insurance plans. Commonwealth Covered is a grassroots organization aimed at helping people in need. The SWVA Community Health Systems will offer free help Thursday at Healing Hands Health Center in Bristol, TN from 9:30am-3pm. Help is also available Saturday at the Washington County Public Library in Abingdon, Va from 9am-4pm. Call 888-531-8354 or by visit their website.

Noon: The weekend before Thanksgiving has become "The Official Kickoff to the Christmas Holiday Season" for the Town of Marion, Va.

The events include:

The Kaleidoscope Christmas Parade on Sunday at 3pm.

Marion will host their 6th annual Christmas Market ALL weekend November 21st - 23rd. Hours of the market are Friday 3pm til 8pm, Saturday 10am til 7pm and Sunday Noon til 5pm.

The Kiwanas Club of Marion will host their annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday 8am til noon at the First United Methodist Church, cost is $4.00 per person.

The town will be hosting a ceremony to unveil the amazing Totem Pole on Sunday, November 23rd at 1:30pm, right before the annual Christmas Parade.

For more information on all the weekend activities, call 276-783-4190 or click here. 

Wilderness at the Smokies is gearing up for the holidays. There are several events planned. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Morning: What does a person look like who might benefit from learning their options thorugh the Health Insurance Markeplace? In day three of our week long series focusing on the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace, we talk with Monica Hall with the SWVA Community Health Systems. We will look at the criteria for applying and the importance of shopping around for the best plan for you. The SWVA Community Health Systems will offer free help Wednesday and Thursday at Healing Hands Health Center in Bristol, TN from 9:30am-3pm. Help is also available Saturday at the Washington County Public Library in Abingdon, Va from 9am-4pm. Call 888-531-8354 or by visit their website.

Noon: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver perform at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN on Saturday, December 6th at 7pm.

The Lincoln Theatre is playing host to the Black Lillies this weekend. The concert in Marion, Va is Saturday, November 22nd. Learn more about the Black Lillies.

The Lincoln Theatre is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a major fundraising event in 2014.  The non-profit arts organization is working to raise funds to continue its unique programming, one of the most diverse schedules in the region, and grow to offer new arts events in the future.  The Lincoln is conducting a raffle fundraiser with the Grand Prize being a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Crew Cab truck. 

Tickets for the Truck Raffle are $100 each, but no more than 1,000 tickets will be sold. The final drawing will be held on Saturday, December 20 at The Lincoln Theatre.  For contest rules visit the Lincoln Theatre or call 276-783-6092.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Morning Show: In day two of our week long series focusing on the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace, Monica Hall with the SWVA Community Health Systems says tens of thousand of hard-working people will be without insurance because the commonwealth chose to not expand access health care. Financial help is available. You can contact Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems by calling the number 888-531-8354 or by visit their website.

Noon Show: Our pet of the week came to us from the Greyhound Grescue Foundation of TN. The greyhound rescue group holds Meet and Greet events every 4th Saturday at the PetSmart in Johnson City.  This month's is this Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00pm. For more information you can also call 423-357-4815.

All over Virginia, you can hike pieces of history. Joe Tennis took his love for hiking and history and put them together for a new book called, "Virginia Rail Trails - Crossing the Commonwealth." You can meet Joe at a couple of book signings. They are  Thursday, November 20th from 3 until 6pm at the Barnes and Noble in Johnson City and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Coomes Center Craft Show in Abingdon.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Morning Show: Today, we started a week long series focusing on the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurace Marketplace. This weekend marked the start of the enrollment period. All this week, we are looking at the benefits of the insurance plans, the costs and the help that is available.  Click here for more information about the basics of the Health Insurance Marketplace. You can also get help by calling 888-531-8354.

Noon Show: In Clintwood, Va there are several events coming up. They include:

Ron Short & The Possum Playboys is Sunday, November 23rd at 7pm at the Jettie Baker Center. Tickets are $10. Call 276-926-8550.

The Ralph Stanley Museum Craft Show is December 6th from 10am-4pm. For more information call 276-926-8550.

"A Virginia Mountain Christmas" is Saturday, December 13th at 7pm. Tickets are $10. The Appalachian Express Chorus with special guests The Mellow Fellows will perform. Click here for more information.

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kingsport will hold its 6th annual Christmas Bazaar to raise funds for the church’s community outreach programs.  The Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 in Berndt Hall at the church, located on the corner of Watauga and Ravine Streets.

Bazaar goods are handcrafted by parishioners who have held weekly workshops since September to create holiday décor, unique household items, woodworking, knitted and other needlecraft items, baked goods, and gifts for family and pets.  Also featured is a very popular jewelry booth with gently used jewelry donated by women in the church and friends.  A group of dedicated volunteers collects and organizes jewelry donations and prices items very reasonably to sell.

Lunch is available for $8 from 11:00 – 1:30, and a fashion show will be held at 11:30 showcasing featured bazaar items that will be modeled by Saint Paul’s Day School students.

Admission is free and the community is invited to stop by and enjoy the festive holiday shopping. Tickets for lunch will be available at the bazaar or may be purchased by calling the church office at 423-245-5187.  For more information, you can also visit their website.

Friday, November 14, 2014

It feels like winter and that's a good thing because Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville kickoff the 25th anniversary of Smoky Mountain Winterfest. Smoky Mountain Winterfest is family fun for all ages that begins November 10, 2014 and continues through February of 2015. Learn more about Winterfest.

Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from problems in how insulin is produced, how insulin works, or both. People with diabetes may develop serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and premature death. Click on Diabetes to learn more.

Food City is hosting a Diabetes-Friendly Supermarket Tour Tuesday, November 18th from 10am-11:30am at the Moreland Drive store in Kingsport, TN. Call 423-224-3575 to register.

On Saturday, November 22nd at 3pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol, The Bristol Music Club will present A Scholarship Benefit and Anniversary Gala in celebration of 100 years of the club. The event will include a fashion show by Massengill's of Johnson City, a musical program provided by Lydia Smythe, Piano, Martha Eason, Soprano and Daniel Blair, Violin and a festive reception in the lobby of the theater. A string trio comprised of Benjamin Dawson, Bethany Dawson and Cameron Lugo will be provide music for the reception.  All attendees will also be entered in a drawing for several wonderful door prizes.

Tickets are $20 and can be bought from any Bristol Music Club member or at the door.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

What does it take to make a winning football team? What does it take to go all the way to the sate championship. Ron Bales has written a book about his time as coach at Chilhowie High School. "From Young Braves to Mighty Warriors" is available. For a preview click here.

Shirley Jones is in the region. She will be at a celebrity event Thursday. All proceeds go to the Barter Theatre's annual fund for Artistic Excellence. The show is at the Barter Theatre Main State at 7:30pm. Tickets are $50. Click here for more information and tickets.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This Saturday November 15, 2014 Scouts and adult leaders from the Sequoyah, BSA will be returning to neighborhoods throughout the region to complete their annual Scouting for Food Good Turn Project sponsored locally by Food City.

People who received bags recently are reminded to fill them with canned good items and set them on their porch early Saturday morning for pickup.  People not receiving bags may participate by taking canned good items to a local Food City Store or by purchasing an already stocked food bag at Food City.

The project annually collects more than 200,000 cans of food in the 16 counties covered by the Sequoyah Council.  The drive started last weekend as Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and volunteers visited neighborhoods throughout Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee to deliver more than 150,000 bags provided by Food City.

The bags have a list of suggested food items to donate.  Scouts will begin collected as early as 8:00 a.m. this Saturday.  The food will be taken to area collections centers where the food will be sorted, boxed and turned over to a local food distribution agency to benefit needy people in each community.

The good turn project is part of a nationwide appeal undertaken by The Boy Scouts, which has more than 3.5 million members.  Food City has served as the sponsor in the Sequoyah Council since its inception in 1988, provided the bags as well as physical and financial support.  More than 5.3 million cans have been collected in the 26 previous Scouting for Food campaigns.

 The food is distributed in the communities in which it is collected.  Many food banks report stocks from Scouting for Food campaigns lasting up to six months.

The Bristol Historical Association will commemorate its 35th anniversary year with a special event this weekend.

Sunday, November 16th from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, an Anniversary Gathering will be held to exhibit association and Bristol history as well as displays portraying current projects of the association.  Among these projects there will be a slide presentation on the restoration of the Robert Preston House being restored at Exit 7 and an educational video that is presented in Bristol elementary schools. Refreshments will also be provided and special music will be provided by Bristol’s Own Dixieland Band.  The event is open to the public and will be held at the Bristol Public Library.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens (AASC) has some exciting things coming up in the next few months!  Our congregate nutrition sites will be hosting a contest between themselves to increase membership as well as developing new activities for each site and our annual Bowl-a-thon to fight senior hunger will be November 21.  For more information call 276-964-4915.