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News 5 Guest Segments for Morning & Noon

Published On: Jun 22 2012 12:31:40 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 05 2015 11:46:34 AM EDT

Tune in every weekday at 12:00 for News 5 WCYB at Noon, featuring Preston Ayres and Meteorologist David Boyd.

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 5, 2015

The Carter Railroad Museum at ETSU is planning a rail excursion trip to ride the Big South Fork Scenic Railroad on Sunday, October 25.

Make check or money order payable to: George L. Carter Chapter, NRHS.  Please mail the ticket request form along with the signed liability waiver form to:  George L. Carter Chapter, NRHS, 519 Headtown Road, Jonesborough, TN 37659.  If you have questions – please contact Charlene McLeod at 386-717-2925.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

B’nai Sholom Congregation announces the arrival of Rabbi Arthur Rutberg after several years without a fulltime rabbi. Meet him at an End of Summer Open House on Sunday, August 30, at 11:30am. Rosh Hashanah starts the evening of Sunday, September 13. Click for B’nai Sholom’s website and Facebook page.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Jonesbrough Genealogical Society is hosting the Katherine R. Willson Workshop.

Katherine R. Willson of Ann Arbor, Michigan, will be our guest speaker for a genealogical workshop held on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Wilson is a highly acclaimed and professionally trained national public speaker. This event will be held at the Washington County-Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, Tennessee from 10 am to 4 pm. Registration is still open! If you’ve not register, seats still are open! Register today!

Registration will cost JGS members $25 and the public $30, if registered by Monday, July 20th. After July 20th, registration costs will be $30 for JGS members and $40 for the public. The Registration form is below and will be on our home page. Please follow all instructions and print and mail the form and payment to JGS, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, TN 37659. Registration form.

Event Schedule as follows:

9am to 9:45am – Registration
9:50am to 9:55am – Welcome, Gene Hurdt, President
10am to 10:55am – Little-Known & Rarely-Used Google Resources & Search Tips
11am to 11:55am – Which Way Did She Go??? Finding Those Elusive Maiden Names
12pm to 1:25pm – Lunch on your own in Downtown Jonesborough
1:30pm to 2:25pm – Solving Genealogical Mysteries with Facebook’s 4,800+ Genealogy Groups & Pages
2:30pm to 3:25pm – Seeking Dead People: Getting the Most from Cemetery Research
3:35pm to 4pm – Answering general questions, wrap-Up

It's that time again!  Marion Downtown is now accepting applications for the 29th Annual Marion Downtown Chili Cook-off, set for Friday night, July 17th.

In addition to the chili cook-off, Friday night will feature the annual "Show n' Shine" car, truck and motorcycle Cruise In on Main Street, sponsored by the Advanced Auto stores in Marion and Chilhowie. Participants vehicles are showcased up and down Main Street, and commemorative plaques are rewarded to the first 30 participants. Trophies for "People's Choice" and "Best in Show" will be awarded at 9:30pm. Entry fee is $25, where $5 will be donated to the Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club.

For a schedule of events, click here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Take a farm tour! Appalachian Sustainable Development is hosting two farm tours in July. On July 19th from 4-6pm at the Baker Homestead and July 27th from 6-8pm at Kelly Ridge Farms. Call 276-623-1121 for more information. The tours are sponsored by Appalachian Sustainable Development.

Come support The Junior League of Bristol TN-VA during Border Bash by dunking community leaders in our dunk tank! The June event was a huge hit. Let's see how great your aim is as we dunk a new group of local celebrities! This event is a fundraiser for Follies and the Steele Creek Splash Pad. $1 a ball! Click here for more information.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The 11th Annual Mountain City Sunflower Festival is this Saturday, July 18th beginning at 9am. Click here for a schedule of events.

Our pet of the week came to us from Blackjack Animal Rescue. Blackjack Animal Rescue & Catahoula Connection is a 501c3 organization. The primary mission is to rescue catahoulas, catahoula mixes and other breed animals from kill shelters in the southeast. The facility is an all breed rescue currently utilizing foster homes and a physical facility in Kingston TN where they shelter up to 12 dogs at a time. Click here to learn more.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The 42nd Annual Hungry Mother Festival gets underway Friday, July 17th through Sunday, July 19th. The weekend is filled with entertainment, food and fun for the entire family. Click here for a schedule of events.

All aboard! The third annual Railroad Day is Saturday, July 18th from 10am until 3pm at Natural Tunnel State Park. 

The chairlift that will take you down to the mouth of the naturally made tunnel. View the sheer limestone walls as you make your way to the tunnel. Check out a few engines on display from Norfolk Southern Railroad. Hike in the footsteps of early adventures as you make your way into the tunnel. In the afternoon, guests will be able to hear the roar of the train engine and feel the breeze from the train as it passes by. Listen to stories about trains of the past passing and their uses as they rolled through the tunnel. This event is open to everyone. Parking is $4 per vehicle; the cost for the chairlift ride is $3 per person and children six and younger ride free. For more information you can call (276) 940-2674.

Friday, July 10, 2015

The group The Whiskey Gentry will be playing at this event in downtown Wise, VA.

Monday, July 6, 2015

If you are looking for a few things to do this weekend, here are some options:

Shape Note Sing with the Old Field Singers
Saturday, July 11 at 10:30am
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Click here for more information. 

Second Sunday Concert Series: Locust Honey String Band
Sunday, July 12 at 2:00 pm
William King Museum of Art
Click here for more information.

Contact 211 is a non-profit telephone helpline serving Carter, Greene, Unicoi and Washington Counties in Northeast Tennessee. We provide three crucial services to the community: Information & Referrals, Helpline, and Reassurance Calls. Our services are free, confidential and available to everyone. There are several fundraising events coming up including an event at the Johnson City Cardinals game on July 10th and if you eat at Buffalo Wild Wings on Monday, July 13th and mention Contact 211, you will get  10% off your bill and the organization will benefit as well. Learn more about Contact 211 and how you can help.

Johnson City Cardinals Game on July 10th and then we are also putting Monday, Buffalo Wild Wings 10% off their bill, you get the proceed.

Friday, July 3, 2015

On our Healthy Living segment we talked about gout. Eight-million people have the condition. You can learn the signs and symptoms, by visiting the Mayo Clinic.

Border Bash in Bristol is Saturday, July 4th. Bill and the Belles and Ian Thomas & the Band of Drifters perform. Click here for more information. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Virginia Mountain Music Festival is Saturday, July 11th at the Southwest Virginia Community College. General admission is $10 per person for an all-day pass. Performances are rain or shine and will be held at the Dickenson Hall (outdoor) stage. Click here for a schedule of performances and directions to the college.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Allen LaMountain, a sports writer, joined us to talk about his book, "Appalachian League Baseball: Where Rookies Rise." LaMountain says, "Over the years of my stint covering the Appalachian League, I witnessed a great many players make it to "The Show" If you are a fan of baseball, as I am, you will enjoy discovering the history of this talent-rich league as well as the biographies of the players and managers who passed through the Appy League on their way up the ladder. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did writing it." Click here to buy your copy.

Hands On! Regional Museum joined us today for some hands on science. Click here to learn how you enjoy making and firing off bottle rockets at home.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Our pet of the week came to us from the Holly Help Spay/Neuter Fund. For more information, call 423-534-5656.

The Town of Abingdon has big plans for its summer concert series, now in its third year.  The Thursday Jams series showcases a wide range of nationally recognized bands at the Abingdon Market Pavilion each Thursday evening through July 23.

Music will begin 7:00 pm each Thursday at the Abingdon Market Pavilion, with a beer garden benefitting Abingdon Main Street opening at 6:30 pm. A variety of food truck and local vendors will be on hand offering concessions.  The events are family-friendly, and attendees are encouraged to bring their chairs and or blankets to enjoy the shows. No outside alcohol is allowed.

Click here for a complete lineup.

SCALE, Inc. provides education and analysis, workshops and technical assistance and public speaking to help build healthy food systems and sustainable economies around the nation. Learn more about some of SCALE's recent projects.

Learn more about Appalachian Sustainable Development.

Monday, June 29, 2015

More than 100 million Americans have a hard time sleeping. It’s estimated that 18 million of them have sleep apnea, however, only 3 million have been diagnosed. The danger in not seeking diagnosis and treatment can be seen in the number of annual deaths: approximately 38,000 people die annually from complications caused by sleep apnea. The Sleep Disorders Clinic at Clinch Valley Medical Center can help. Click here to learn more.

Abingdon hosts the sixth annual Red, White and Beach Party. The event is Friday, July 3rd from 6pm-9pm at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. Click here for a complete line up.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Cornerstone Christian Academy is hosting a raffle. If you win the raffle, you get a 2000 Porsche Boxster S Convertible. CCA is selling nearly 400 raffle tickets at $100 each. The drawing will be held Friday, July 3rd at Discovery Church on 242 Bethel Drive in Bristol, TN during family day to wrap up WinShape Camp. Get tickets by clicking here. Last year, the raffle generated more than $27,000. Proceeds go to support CCA's scholarshp fund for the 2015-2016 school year.

The 17th HIstoric Abingdon, Va Garden Club Home & Garden Tour is Saturday, june 27th from 10am until 5pm, rain or shine. Tickets are $10 and are available at Greer Jewelers & Necessities on Main Street in Abingdon or on the day of the tour from 9 until 1pm at the Abingdon Visitors Center on Cummings Street.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is hosting a 21st century steam excursion. It's June 26th-June 28th. Learn more here.

Sylvia Nickels has a new book, "Requiem for a Party Girl." Nickels will host a book signing at the Virginia Highlands Festival July 31st-August 9th in Abingdon, Va. Click here to learn more about the book.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Border Bash continues tonight. Margo Price and the Price Tags peform at 7pm and Cale Tyson at 8:30pm. These are free concerts along State Street in Bristol VA/TN. Border Bash will occur in the 400 and 500 blocks. Click here for more information.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum is also hosting a concert this weekend. Click here for details.

Our Healthy Living segment focused on National Dairy Month. Dairy is essential in our diets. You can learn more by visiting the National Dairy Council.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Bristol Vocal School is open for business.

  • Summer Sessions - June 29, 2015 - Aug 03, 2015 4pm - 6pm
    Ages - middle & high school students
    Location - ACMA Pickin Porch 620 State Street (2nd level)
    All round vocal and performance instruction

  • Harmony Sessions - Aug 24, 2015 - Sept 28, 2015 TBD
    Ages - 12 & up
    All round vocal & performance instruction, with primary focus on harmony & group singing
    Classes teach basic to advanced harmony by ear, covering many styles including: bluegrass, gospel, country, Celtic, barbershop, doo-wop & more

    *Classes limited to first 25 registered students

Click here to register.

The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts in Marion, Va. is committed to providing educational programs that assist in preserving and promoting southwest virginia's music, art, and crafts heritage. To sign up for classes click here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Our pet of the week came to us from the Bridge Home No-Kill Shelter. The shelter is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to homeless animals and owner released pets whose owners can no longer keep them due to difficult circumstances. Learn more about the Bridge Home No-Kill Shelter. You can also email them for more information at

On the third Saturday of every June at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition features some of the region’s best traditional musicians. The Wayne Henderson Festival is this Saturday. Click here for times and the schedule of events.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Hops & Howlers Craft Brew Festival is Saturday, June 20th. It begins at 4pm at the Market Pavilion in Abingdon. Click here for ticket information and additional event information.

Our musical guest was Steve Gilbert. Check him out.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Saturday, June 13th Lamplight Theatre in Kingsport will host a tribute to Elvis Presley. Hearing: From the King will benefit programs that support a hearing and spoken language outcome for deaf and hard of hearing children in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Reserved seats are $20.  Learn more here.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Learn more about upcoming events at the Mountain Music Museum and the Pickin' Porch.

Our pet of the week came to us from the Washington County C. C. Porter Animal Shelter. Call 276-676-0210 for more information or click here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

John S. Battle High School is celebrating a milestone.  The school is hosting a 50th reunion. It is Saturday, July 11th beginning at 3pm at the high school. If you graduated from John S. Battle 50 years ago and would like to attend the reunion, call 423-335-1555 or 276-791-0767.

Our Hands On! Regional Museum brought bubble magic. Learn how you can have some summer fun at home making science. Visit Hands On! Regional Museum for details about today's experiment.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A flag retirement ceremony will be held Sunday, June 14th at 2pm at the Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services in Johnson City. The funeral home i slocated at 3001 Peoples Street in Johnson City.  Boy Scout Troop 240 in Gray will conduct the ceremony.

Flags can also be turned into Oakley-Cook Funeral Home in Bristol.

Our pet of the week came to us from the SBK Animal Center. Call 423-279-2741 for information about the pet or to find out how you can help. Visit SBK.

The first annual Mardi Growl will be  Saturday, June 6th at the Holston River Brewing Company. Doors open at 5pm and the music begins at 7pm. $20 ticket includes entry for prizes, a commemorative t-shirt, Mardi Gras beads and one craft beer.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Woofstock is a day for dog lovers to show off their animal’s amazing abilities, view dogs demonstrating their talents, enjoy great food, and contribute to
the cause of eliminating pet over-population. Woofstock will also present a unique opportunity to educate the public of the importance of spay and neuter in the reduction of pet and shelter over-population, and to encourage a humane attitude towards animals.

Woofstock is Saturday, June 6th from 9am-2pm. Click here to register and to learn more.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Birthplace Country Music has a summer of fun! Every second Sunday through August 2015, music brings two of the region's premier museums together for one amazing concert series! The Second Sunday Concert Series, presented by Birthplace of Country Music and William King Museum of Art. Learn more here.

The Town of Marion, Va has a summer packed with events. Click here for a list.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

There are 4.7 million jobs open right now in the United States according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many of which remain unfilled due to a lack of skilled applicants. CMT and country music star Dustin Lynch are teaming up with Southwest Virginia Community College to encourage area residents to go back to school as part of the cable network’s CMT EMPOWERING EDUCATION initiative. With Lynch as the official spokesperson, the campaign highlights the important role community colleges play in providing affordable, relevant education and training aligned with the workforce needs in rural America. Learn more about Thunderclap.Here is a link to SWCC.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Patient Scrubs® are designed to alleviate most issues that the medical staff and care givers will encounter while caring for a patient. The easy accessibility with the use of their snaps will alleviate the need to cut gowns in an emergency and provide savings in cost. Click here to learn more about Patient Scrubs.

Abuse Alternatives, Inc. is committed to providing quality services through direct support and advocacy to the victims of domestic violence with the goal of eliminating the pattern of abusive behaviors from the lives of those individuals and their families. In an effort to continuing providing these services, Abuse Alternatives needs to raise money. There are several fundraising opportunities, including a golf tournament on August 14th at Clear Creek Golf Club. Click here for a list of events.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

St. Jude Children's Hospital helps save lives. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened in 1962. Jolene Watson's son, Cade, received treatment at St. Jude for a brain tumor. The Watson family has raised tens of thousands of dollars to benefit St. Jude. A fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th at the Greeneville Food City. Registration for the Bike Ride is at noon and continues form 1pm-4pm. Contact John Laster at 423-327-0680. Learn more about St. Jude.

Here are other St. Jude Fundraisers:

Putt-Putt tournament at Park Place Drive-in and Mini Golf. Saturday, June 20th in Marion. Registration is at 9am. Call 276-782-2371.

Blizzard Night for St. Jude is August 8th at Dairy Queen. Locations include exits 7, 14, 19 off of Interstate-81 in Virginia. The fundraiser is from 4-7pm. Make any donation and receive a free small Blizzard.

Help Cade Watson help other children by clicking here.

Rev your engines! It's time for the 4th annual Wheels on Historic Main Street Car Show. The event is Saturday, May 30th at 4pm. It will be set up along Main Street in Abingdon, Va. Click here for more information.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Watauga Lake Winery is having a fundraiser for the Tennessee Fisher House this Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 23 from 11:00 am-4:00 pm. The event will be held on the winery grounds for lunch. Music by the “Grindstone” will perform. There will be silent auction items, 50/50 and so much more. Help us send our support to Tennessee military families.

The Tennessee Fisher House helps military families in need. Learn more about the Tennessee Fisher House.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Plumb Alley Day is Saturday, May 23rd from 9am-3:30pm. The Alley will be filled with vendors and much more. Click here for more information.

Flower lovers from across the region will venture to Jonesborough for the 19th Annual Garden Gala on Sat., May 23. This year’s theme and seminars include The Art of Bonsai and Fairy Gardens & Terrariums.

This day-long charity event is hosted and supported by volunteers from the Tuesday Garden Club, Schubert Club, Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners and the Southern Appalachian Plant Society.  Click here for more information.

Tickets to the seminars will only be available at the door on the day of the event.  Tickets are $10 for one seminar and $15 for both seminars.


Popular Garden Gala vendors will be located on the International Storytelling Center Plaza. For those not attending the morning seminar, the Garden Marketplace is free and open to the public beginning at 9 a.m.


The self-guided walking tours begin at 12:30 p.m. featuring ten gardens. Artists and garden experts will also be at each location to answer questions.  The tea will begin at 2 p.m. at a select location. Tours will conclude at 5 p.m. Shuttles will be available to transport guests as needed.

Tickets for the garden tours and tea only are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Garden tour and tea tickets may be purchased online at, at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center by calling 423-753-1010 or from a Schubert Club or Garden Club member.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Nickelsville Days Festival is Saturday, May 23rd. The festival's main events are heald at the Keith Memorial Park. The events this year include a 3K Fun Run, a Children's Bike Rodeo, parade and concerts. Call 276-479-3257 for more information or click here.

Appalachian Sustainable Development is celebrating 20 years. Since 1995, ASD has been working with local farmers and food producers, forest landowners and families.  This year's Farm to Fork Gala is Saturday, June 6th at Meadowview Marriott in Kingsport, TN. Get tickets and learn more about ASD.

Tuesday, May  19, 2015

Our Pet of the Week comes to us from For Pete's Sake Animal Rescue. If you would like to adopt an animal call 276-494-6718 or click here.

Do you have tickets to the Art Ball? William King Museum of Art celebrates an artist or philanthropist tha thas made a significant impact on the region. For the 2015 event, the Museum will honor award winning fantasy artist and illustrator Charles Vess! The event is Saturday, June 6th at 6pm at the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Va. Click here for more information.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Pickin' Porch comes alive tonight. The Pickin' Porch Show is a weekly two-hour Bluegrass and Old-time music show hosted by "Your Bluegrass Buddy", Tim White.
Tonight's performance features the music of SHERMAN LEE DILLON and DENNIS CASH. The mission of the Pickin' Porch is to honor the region's deep musical roots and to promote Bluegrass and Old-Time music here and around the world.
We invite you to join us Monday night May 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM.
All Pickin' Porch shows are performed live at Foundation Event Facility, 620 State Street in Bristol, TN. Learn more about the Pickin' Porch and Dennis Cash.

Friday, May 15, 2015

One-in-5 Americans suffer from allergies. Learn the signs and symptoms of allergies and what you can do to mitigate the impacts. Click here.

Bristol's Border Bash kicks off tonight. 

Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates 16 years with live music, children's activities, art, crafts, and food vendors on State Street, the place where country music was born.

The first Border Bash of the season kicks off with performances by two amazing acts, C2 and the Brothers Reed and Los Colognes, who will also perform at this year's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival.

A complete lineup can be found on the Believe in Bristol website.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Marion, Virginia is known as one of the nation's most patiotic small town communities. We try and thank our veterans and military in every way we can, and hosting the annual Memorial Day Parade & VFW Community Feed is just one simple way to show our appreciation. Locals and visitors are encouaged to line the sidewalks of downtown Marion and watch the annual parade at 10am. Then, everyone is invited to stop by the VFW Post 4667 for an appreciation lunch for veterans, active service members and the community. Click here for more details.

One of the Tri-cities largest, single day festivals is back! We're talking about "Racks by the Tracks." It is Saturday, may 16th. The day is packed with concerts, food, a road race and much more. You can get tickets at any Food City store or online. Visit "Racks by the Tracks."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The William King Museum in Abingdon is hosting several camps this summer. The dates and prices are different for each event. Click here to learn more and to register. The Museum will also be hosting the "Blank Canvas," which is a summer camp scholarship fundraiser. It runs May 2nd-June 5th. Call 276-628-5005, for more information.

Our pet of the week came to use from the Animal Defense league of Washington, Co., Va. Call  1-877-301-2290 for more information about our pet. There are several events planned to help support the League's mission and provide forever homes for dogs and cats in our region. Learn more about the League.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Abingdon Veterans Memorial Park 1st Annual 5K Race. This run is dedicated to all Washington County Veterans and honors all of Washington Count First Responders. Start and finish will be at the Abingdon's Farmers Market. Registration and Awards will b eheld at Veterans Memorial Park. There will be transportation from the Park to the Farmers Market. The Race is at 3pm on Sunday, May 24th. Click here for more information including the entry form.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport is hosting its LE Grand Tour Gala on Saturday, May 16th from 6pm-9:30pm at the Meadowview Convention Center. A raffle held that night will give away a 2015 Porsche Boxster. Tickets are $100, reserved tables are $1,000. To purchase a ticket on line visit KBGC or call 423-230-4160 ext. 231.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Clinch Mountain Gospel Concert is Saturday, May 9th on Clinch Mountain at the Mendota Community Center in Mendota, Va. Doors open at 6pm. Singing starts around 6:30pm. No admission fee.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Cystic Fibrosis Walk-A-Thon is Friday, May 8th. Opening ceremonies are at 9am. The walk will be from 9:30am-2pm.

A representative from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be our guest speaker.  Students from Bethany Holder's class will be singing.  Other children from our community with CF will be participating in the program as well.  Once again, this year 100% of proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for research towards a cure. The walk started in honor of student, Bethany Holder, who lost her battle with CF last year. Hunter Elementary School in Carter County, TN.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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.

The newest waterslide to debut at Wilderness at the Smokies resort is an exhilarating experience for thrill seekers who want splash, surprise and the sensation of extreme free-fall.

Located in the River Lodge area of the Wilderness at the Smokies resort, the Lake Wilderness outdoor waterpark not only features The Wall and the Wild Vortex and Cyclone Racer extreme slides, it also features a lazy river and a wave pool for outdoor water fun as well as the Blue Gill snack area with food and drinks, the Cataloochee Creek miniature golf course, and 10 cabanas that can be rented per day and feature a private area with furniture and flat screen TVs as well as a cabana host to bring refreshments. for more information call 877-325-9453 or visit Wilderness at the Smokies.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Our pet of the week came to us from For Pete's Sake Animal Rescue. You can call them at 276-494-6718 or visit their website.

The Exchange Place Living History Farm hosts its annual Spring Garden Fair on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, from 12 - 5 p.m.  Now in its 31st year, the oldest garden fair in the region will feature thousands of plants for sale - perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs - with the emphasis on herbs, natives and a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes and plants. The event is located on a farm at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under the age of 12. For more information call 423-288-6071.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Wine, Women & Shoes is Saturday, April 25th at the Virginian Golf Club from 2pm-5pm. Sip fine wines, savor delicious food, shop the latest in shoes and fashion accessories. All funds raised will benefit the Wellmont Cancer Institute's breast cancer screening programs. Tickets are available for pre-sale until Friday, April 24, and will also be available at the door. Get tickets to Wine, Women & Shoes.

Project Glade, founded in 2007, is a non-profit community organization with a mission to support its local government, merchants, and citizenry in revitalization efforts and sustainable development. 

Project Glade is hosting two fundraising events:

•  Golf Tournament - May 18 at Glenrochie Country Club

•  TSCA County Flair - May 30 at Southwest Virginia 4-H Center

You can learn more about the projects and how you can participate in these events by clicking here.

For more information about the golf tournament, call 276-206-0104.

For more information about the County Flair call 276-429-1276.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Author, Chuck Walsh, has a new book. It is "Shadow on Iron Mountain." Walsh has family roots on Iron Mountain. He's signing his book Saturday from 11am-1pm at the Johnson County Library in Mountain City.

On our Healthy Living Segment, we talked about osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation has additional information about what you can do to improve our bone health. Food City also has a library filled with important data.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wellmont Hospice is hosting the annual Camp Caterpillar. It is Saturday, April 25th from 9am until 4pm at Stickley Farm. The camp  offers hope and healing for people who have lost a loved one. Anyone interested in participating in Camp Caterpillar or volunteering should call Wellmont Hospice at 423-844-5252. The event is free, but preregistration is preferred. Learn more about Camp Caterpillar.

Derby Day is Saturday, May 2nd from 5:30pm-9pm at the Olde Farm in Bristol, Va. The event is almost sold out. It's $150 per person. For reservations call 423-467-2087. The event benefits the Spine Health Founation. SHF is the only non-profit organization in the nation directly impacting lives by providing disadvantaged people access to specialized spine care. Learn more about Derby Day.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To support Abingdon Earth Day’s 2015 theme of soil and land conservation, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) will display its compost cube featuring compost lasagna. Abingdon Earth Day is Saturday, April 18th from 9am until 1pm at the Fields-Penn House. It is Free.

Emily Lachniet, ASD’s agroforestry program coordinator will discuss ways to enhance your yard or farm with traditional Appalachian fruits.  The Spring Garden Fair is Saturday, April 25th from 11am until 2pm. It's $3 for adults and children under 12 are free.

The 5th annual "Farm to Fork Gala" is June 6th at the Meadowview Marriott in Kingsport, TN.  For information call 276-623-1121 or email Sylvia Crum at Learn more about ASD.

The town of Marion has several events coming up. For a complete list, click here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Our Pet of the Week came to us from the Animal Defense League of Washington County. You can help the organization out by eating at the Harvest Table Restaurant in Meadowview, Va, Thursday from 5pm-9pm. Learn more about the Animal Defense League of Washington County.

The Health Wagon will be hosting a FREE health fair.  Services that will be offered include: physical exams, cholesterol checks, PSAs, mammogram registration, blood sugar checks, pap smears, vision testing, hearing exams, bone density screening, prostate exams, chiropractor services, ankle brachial tests, pulmonology consults, lung function testing, cardiovascular risk screenings, diabetic foot clinic with nail care and much more. A variety of educational booths will be offered. Register for door prizes and give-a-ways.

Health Fairs will be held on:

Wednesday, April 15 at the Health Wagon in Wise, VA, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 16 at Valley View Freewill Baptist Church in Clintwood, VA,   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

For more information, contact the Health Wagon at 276-328-8850.      

Monday, April 13, 2015

Soup beans and cornbread, over-the-mountain legends and ballads, Jack tales and fiddle playing. All are part of our Southern Appalachian culture and will be celebrated by the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild during the Appalachian Roots Tribute at the McKinney Arts Center in Jonesborough on April 18.

Registration for the Appalachian Roots Tribute begins at 8:30 a.m. at the McKinney Center, followed by breakout sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Advance ticket purchases are encouraged. Full day tickets to the event and concert are $35 with admission to only the evening concert featuring Linda Goodman for $10.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010.

Bowl for Kids' Sake is about having fun to help kids. It is our largest annual fundraising event. Funds raised go directly toward matching children with caring Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers.

Thursday, April 16th: Belmont Lanes in Bristol, TN
Friday, April 17th: Holiday Lanes in Johnson City, TN
Saturday, April 18th: Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, TN
Or Wii Bowl at your office! Contact Katie at for more information about Wii Bowling.
If you would like to bowl in or near Knoxville please visit Bowl for Kids' Sake.

Tax time is here. The deadline is April 15th. Visit the IRS for some tips to protect your money.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Our pet of the week came to us from the SBK Animal Center. For information about our furry friend call (423) 247-1671 or visit SBK.

Symphony of the Mountains has a show coming up. Click here for more information.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Tricities Upscale Affordable Consignment sale is today from 9-4pm and Saturday from 9-2pm.

Cash credit and debit are accepted.

The Dollar Dash is Saturday night from 7-9 pm. Most items are marked $1. Higher ticket items will be marked $5 or $10. All proceeds from the Dollar Dash benefit Friends and Neighbors. Entry fee is $1. This is a cash only event. Visit TUAC for more.

In our Healthy Living Segment, we talked about eating healthy and exericsing. Click here for additional information.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Bristol Virginia Historic Preservation Award Program recognizes property owners and developers who engage in high-quality preservation projects within the historic districts. You can nominate someone by clicking here or by calling 276-466-9541.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Symphony of the Mountains has a strong and proud heritage. The orchestra began when a small group of musicians dreamed of having a civic orchestra in 1946. There are several upcoming events. For a list as well as prices, visit Symphony of the Mountains.

Greene LEAF, Local Educational Advancement Foundation, for Greene County Schools needs your help. If you would like to donate to the effort , you can call 423-430-3429 or send donations to:
Greene LEAF
P.O. Box 22
Afton, TN 37616

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Our Pet of the Week came to us from the C. C. Porter Animal Shelter in Abingdon, Va.  call 276-676-6210 or visit the shelter.

The Overmountain Weavers Guild is a group comprised of weavers, spinners, felters, knitters, and folks who love working with all kinds of fibers.

Their annual show at Sycamore Shoals involves a building full of education demonstrations and vendors selling handmade items related to this theme.  When guests enter the lobby they will be greeted by a fleece to shawl demo with several folks carding fleece, while others spin it into thread, and then one weaver will take it all and weave a shawl.  All in just a few hours. Additionally there will be full size floor looms in use, spinning wheels, fiber animals, natural plant dyeing, native plant fibers, and much more. The Overmountain Weavers Guild Fibers Show and Sale is Saturday, March 28th from 10am-4pm at Sycamore Shoals.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Come dressed in your 1920's outfit for a night of fun! Enjoy a four course dinner from the award winning Josh Young as The Emory & Henry Theatre department performs "Mountain of Crime." Can you figure out whodunnit? Dinner and show tickets are $75.  Guests are encouraged to "dress the part" in vintage 1920's attire. Tickets are limited and will go on sale until March 25 or sold out. Tickets may be purchased by calling the General Francis Marion Hotel at 276-783-4800 or visiting the hotel online.

Tax time is here. April 15th is the deadline to file your taxes. For tax forms and other information you may need to file your taxes, visit the IRS.

Friday, March 20, 2015

You can still get your favorite Girl Scout cookies. They are available at booths across the region through March 22nd. Customers can find a cookie booth in their area by clicking here and typing in your zip code and you’ll see local cookie booth locations and times.

In our Healthy Living segment we talked about Colorectal cancer. Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn't have to be. Screenings save lives. Visit the CDC for more information.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Johnson City Symphony has a concert coming up on March 21st at 7pm. Click here for tickets. A fundraiser to benefit the Johnson City Symphony is Saturday, April 18th at 7pm. Fiddlin' on the Greens includes appetizers and drinks as well as music. It will be held at the Johnson City Country Club. Tickets are $100 each. Call the Johnson City Symphony for tickets at 423-926-8742.

The Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest is Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th. This event is at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center at Exit 7 in Bristol. Get your two-day early bird ticket for $50. Early bird one-day ticket is $25 for either day. Tickets at the gate on Friday are $30 and $35 on Saturday. Children 12 and younger are free. For discounted hotel rates call 276-466-4100. The event is sponsored by Appalachian Acoustic Promotions. Click here for tickets and the concert schedule.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Appalachian Sustainable Development will host its first fundraiser to celebrate its 20th year. Sunday, March 29th at Steele Creek Park in Bristol, TN, rain or shine, you can participate in the "Love Local... a Food Truck Event."
 It is recommended that you buy your tickets in advance by call 276-623-1121 or visit  ASD.

For over 20 years, ASD has been creating and implementing solutions to our region’s challenges by helping farmers stay on their land, teaching people where their food comes from, and providing food to those in need and working to keep forestland viable for future generations.

Enjoy delicious items from Slammin’ Sammy’s Sandwiches, Foodie Fiction&Toni’s Hawaiian Tacos, which will source as many seasonal ingredients as possible from local farmers and food producers.

Physicians with the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute and Bristol Regional’s Primary Stroke Center have developed the first-ever "Need for Speed Heart and Stroke Expo". This free event, which will be held Saturday, March 21, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Conference Center, will help the region understand risk factors for these potential conditions. Participants will also learn about the importance of seeking treatment immediately if they are experiencing symptoms.

The event includes a Seconds Count 5K which will begin at 9 a.m. on the Bristol Regional campus. Seconds Count participants can choose whether to run or walk the race, and everyone who preregisters is guaranteed a special-edition T-shirt. To register click here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Our Pet of the Week segment came to us from the Black Jack Animal Rescue.  If you would like to adopt the pet or any of the other animals at the rescue call 423-340-2138.

It is time to help those in need. The Second Harvest Food Bank Northeast Tennessee will host its annual Food Drive this Saturday, March 21st. Members of Junior League will be at local Food City stores collecting donations. Learn more about the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Wellmont Hospice is hosting its first-ever Heroes Until the End conference, Wednesday, March 25, from 8:15 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Bristol Regional’s Conference Center. It will provide valuable insight and information for anyone who interacts with veterans at the end of their life. Preregistration for the conference is recommended, as space is limited. The event costs $20 ($10 for a half day) for the public and is free for veterans and their families. To register call 423-844-5252.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Black Mountain Shine performed for us on our noon show today. Formed by two brothers and two lifelong friends, Black Mountain Shine have a history of making music together. Click here to learn more.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Tyler Williams band is performing on Friday, March 13th at The Down Home in Johnson City. Tickets at the door are $12. They are $8 for students. Learn more about the Tyler Williams band.

Hamlet struggles with loss. Hamlet wrestles with doubt. Hamlet fights to survive. We are Hamlet.

The Barter Player Encore Company brings you William Shakespeare’s Hamlet as you’ve never experienced it before. The Barter Player Encore Company is made up of Barter Player alumni with a passion for making Shakespeare accessible to our audiences. Bringing the text from the page to the stage, the Encore Company sets Hamlet in a place very like our own world full of loss, fear and betrayal.

Ticket information and a complete list of Barter productions here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Harlem Globetrotters will be dribbling down the court of Freedom Hall on Monday, March 23rd at 7pm. Tickets are still available.  Click here for details. Learn more about the Harlem Globetrotters.

Clinch Valley Medical Center is proud to offer a comprehensive Vascular Screening. By participating in this screening, you are taking steps to living a longer, healthier life! For more information call 276-596-6060 or to schedule a screening call 276-596-6185. You can also visit the Clinch Valley Heart & Vascular Institute.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"For Pete's Sake Animal Rescue" brought us our pets of the week today. They are available for adoption by calling 276-494-6718. Learn more about "For Pete's Sake Animal Rescue."

The Northeast State Community College Police Department is excited to again offer a free Self-Defense Course designed specifically for women. Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) is a program where students learn and practice realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. RAD training is a comprehensive three-day course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and transitions into hands on defense training.

To complete this program you must participate in all three sessions!  The sessions will be conducted on March 17, 24, and 31, 2015 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. in the Student Services Building near Subway. Historically, these classes fill up fast and we can only accept a limited number of students!

To sign up please contact Officer Jessica Sword ( or Officer Beau Joyner (  You may also call 423.323.0255 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. to register.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

There’s a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, so this month we will be exploring rainbow science! The Hands On! Regional Museum has this experiment on their website. Click here for details.

The Johnson City Symphony has two more concerts this season. The concerts are Saturday, March 7th and Saturday, March 21st. Click here for more information and tickets.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The YWCA Junior Board of Directors is gearing up for its 7th annual Prom Dress Sale February 26-28, which will feature hundreds of gently used prom dresses, shoes and accessories. A community service project of the YWCA, the Prom Dress Sale features all dresses for just $25; high school girls can also obtain vouchers from their guidance counselor. 

The sale will take place in the gymnasium at YWCA Bristol, 106 State Street in Bristol, Tenn., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26-27 for students only. The sale will be open to the public Saturday, Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. “We will have several volunteers on hand to assist with selecting dresses of all styles, lengths and sizes and to help each girl feel special in the gown she selects,” said Crystal Allison, chair of the Prom Dress Sale. Dressing areas will also be available.

The 2014 sale featured over 800 new and gently used dresses. The project served approximately 350 students from 5 states and 48 schools.

The YWCA accepts prom gown donations year around. For more information, please call YWCA Bristol at 423.968.9444 or email

The new YWCA New Wellness Program, Spring into Shape, is open to the public, and women 13 and older are encouraged to participate. For $10 a week, participants receive unlimited access to the gym and wet area, which includes a whirlpool, sauna, and steam room. Program classes will be held Monday through Thursday at 6 a.m. or 6 p.m. Saturdays at 9 a.m. the trainers will lead free runs open to the public.


For more information or to register, call 423-968-9444 or visit the YWCA front desk at 106 State Street.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Our pet of the week today came from the Blackjack Animal Rescue. For more information call 423-340-2138 or click here.

The Krüger Brothers with Symphony of the Mountains- Award-winning Bluegrass trio The Krüger Brothers will join Symphony of the Mountains to perform "Music from the Spring." Opening act will be the ETSU Bluegrass Band. The show is Saturday, February 28th at 7:30pm at the Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport. Get tickets to Symphony of the Mountains.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Marathon Jam is this Saturday, February 28th from Noon-Midnight at 16th Street Bristol, TN at the Merrimac Room at the VFW.  The event benefits The Fisher House at Fort Bragg. Call 423-645-8353 for more information.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Drone Jamboree Flight Competition 2015! On, Saturday February 21st, 2015 at 9:00am there will be a quad copter competition at the UVa-Wise Convocation Center in Wise, Virginia for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Competitors will be split up according to age groups and will be representing their troops. The competition will be an obstacle course where competitors will race against the clock as they go through a variety of obstacles. The event will be hosted by Sky-tech Aerospace and Rocketry team. Find out about the Drone Competition.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Age of Elegance and Sensibility

Fri. February 20th    7:30pmFirst Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN
Sat.  February 21st  7:30pmThe Paramount Center For The Arts, Bristol, TN
Sun. February 22nd  3:00pmSinking Spring Presbyterian, Abingdon, VA
 The Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert


  • Clarinet Quartet in E flat, op. 2 No.1 by Bernhard Henrik Crusell

  • Songs of Cello and Piano by Gabriel Faure

  • Piano Quartet in A major, op. 26 by Johannes Brahms


Every musical age has a cultural milieu that focuses the composers of that generation. In this concert, TPCP celebrates an age of elegance and sensibility, a time frame roughly spanning 1750-1850, when composers were interested in conveying emotional range in a graceful and sophisticated manner.  We present three great works to illustrate this sentiment: a rarely heard classical clarinet quartet by Bernhard Crusell, three Faure songs set by the composer for cello and piano and one of the most beautiful and lyrical pieces for piano and strings, thePiano Quartet in A Major op. 26 by Johannes Brahms. Appearing in this program: Craig W. Combs, piano; Eugene Jones, clarinet; Luis Casal, viola, Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello; and guest artist Tessa Lark, violin.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Souper Senior Day is Saturday, February 21st from Noon until 3pm. The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens Activity Center will host the event. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Tickets include ten samples of a variety of soups and all the fixings. Proceeds benefit senior citizens in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Barter Theatre in Abingdon has a new show that opens Saturday, February 14th. Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" opens this weekend at 2pm. Season passes are also available. Visit Barter Theatre for ticket information about this and other shows.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Tennessee Cancer Coalition and Wellmont are teaming up to do a hereditary colon cancer seminar/cooking demonstration.   The event is Monday, February 23rd at 6pm at Food City on Eastman Road in Kingsport.  Registration is limited to the first 30 people. Those interested in attending should call 423-578-8553 or email no later than Wednesday, Feb. 18.

The Appalachian Express Chorus is offering Singing Valentines. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the inaugural installment of the Corner Gallery’s 2015 exhibition series with a collection of Old Master styled oil works entitled "Reflections of Italy: Old Master Style” by Damascus, Virginia artist, Gino DiDio.

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Nashville Connection Heroes Salute is Thursday, February 19th at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tenn. Registration begins at 6pm and auditions begin at 6:30pm. The cover charge is $10 per person, $15 per family. Military with ID can get in free. Finals will be held in Nashville on July 24, 2015 during the week of the official Nashville Connection – Heroes Salute event, July 21-26, 2015. Call Nashville Connection for more information at 864-350-1807.

The CASA for Kids “Red Shoe Gala” is Saturday, February 14th at the Meadowview Convention Center. Cocktails are at 5:30pm and dinner is served at 7pm.  Call 423-247-1161 for ticket information.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Are you curious about keeping honeybees?Have you ever considered how vital they are to our survival? How do honeybees differ from other insects and why is that important?   Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is providing an introductory class in beekeeping, which will be taught by Mr. Joe Schultz who is an experienced beekeeper; he lives in Elizabethton and is a member of the Washington County Beekeepers Association. He has successfully completed the Tennessee Master Beekeeper’s course. In addition to the questions posed above, during this introductory class, Mr. Schultz will explain the function of bees in our society and why they are vital to our continued survival. He will share how the State of Tennessee endorses “backyard beekeeping” and offer suggestions for anyone interested in this vital pursuit, along with sharing some local resources for supplies and equipment. Additionally, he will address any questions you might have related to beekeeping.  This introductory class will be offered at the Sycamore Shoals State Park on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 2 - 3 pm. If you’ve have considered or ever wondered about keeping bees, this time is for you. And best of all, it’s free—you don’t even have to pre-register. Looking forward to seeing you then!

 Carter Mansion Winter Tours - Join historic interpreter Ramona Invidiato for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house, the John and Landon Carter Mansion. Walk through the rooms of this elegant frontier home and listen to the walls of raised paneling echo stories of days gone by. The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad St.., Elizabethton, TN. Tours are Tuesdays Noon-3pm. They may be canceled due to significantly inclement weather, please contact the main park to confirm. Call Sycamore Shoals for more information about these and other events at (423) 543-5808.

It is National Wear Red Day is today. One in three women die of heart disease and stroke every year. Click here for more informaiton about heart disease and how you can lead a healthier lifestyle. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A special seminar at Bristol Regional Medical Center will provide valuable tips for handling one well-known aspect of sports: injuries. Bristol Regional's trauma program will host the event Saturday, Feb. 7, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Monarch Auditorium. It will feature sessions led by a team of experts who will discuss prevention, recognition and treatment of sports-related injuries. For more information about this seminar call 423-844-2107. In addition to the seminar, Bristol Regional will hold a Heart Saver First Aid and CPR workshop from 1:30-5 p.m., also in the Monarch Auditorium. The cost is $38.50 and requires preregistration. To sign up, please call 423-844-3951.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Winners of TruTV’s Fake Off in Dec. 2014 and on Americas Got Talent. These classically trained dancers from New Orleans, take story telling to an entirely new level. Animals and characters; created from frames built onto the dancers and lit with led glow wire, stand 13’ - 16' tall and perform to bring the classic stories from your childhood to life. Don't miss this chance to bring your family to a historic theater to experience  an out of  bounds  performance. The show is this Friday, February 6th at 7:30pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN. For ticket information click here.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so for this month’s At Home with Hands On! segment, we will be experimenting with some sweet candy science!  Click here for instructions.

Monday, February 2, 2015

A few years ago, Frank Kilgore and Kathy Shearer published Far Southwest Virginia: A Postcard Journey. Approximately 5,000 copies were sold in two printings. Since then, Kilgore has continued to gather additional postcards, old photos, letterheads, and vintage newspaper items for a larger version which includes the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and the city of Norton. This new book is much larger than the original version. It comes in at 320 pages and more than 1,000 images. Order your copy by clicking on Far Southwest Virginia: A Postcard and Photographic Journey. If you’d like to mail a check instead, just send it to Spiral Publishing, P. O. Box 340, St. Paul, VA 24283. Please note that you’re purchasing Far Southwest Virginia.

Nothing says "Happy Valentine's Day" like a delicious cupcakes from Blackbird Bakery and that cupcake tastes even sweeter when it helps working, uninsured individuals access quality, compassionate, charitable health care. Healing Hands health Center is now accepting cupcake orders for the 5th annual Sweets for the Sweet Cupcake Fundraiswer. Order your sweet for the Sweets for the Sweet Cupcake Fundraiser.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Woolly Mammoth Day Breakfast is Saturday, January 31st at the Northwood High School Cafeteria in Saltville from 830-10:30.  Tickets are 10-dollars for adults, five dollars for children under 12. Visit the Museum of the Middle Appalachians for more information.

The Hands On! Regional Museum in Johnson City has a new exhibit. The world-renowned exhibition, “Our Body: The Universe Within” is a limited-time, artful presentation consisting of actual human bodies and organs. The exhibit opens February 7th. Visit the Museum's website for ticket information.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Soup, Song & Service" is this Friday from 6 until 9 o'clock at the Southwest Virginia 4-H Center. The event will raise money for the Bristol Faith in Action.

Kingsport City Schools is now accepting nominations for the inaugural class of the Kingsport City Schools Hall of Fame, which will be inducted in July, 2015.  Established to honor and recognize employees that have made significant contributions to KCS and its students, the Hall of Fame will serve as the keystone award celebrating the district’s history of excellence. Nomination Applications for the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will be accepted through May 1, 2015.  The nomination form and additional information can be found on the Kingsport City Schools district website.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The 66th annual rotary frolics are Friday, February 6th and Saturday, February 7th at 7:30pm at the Barter Theatre. Tickets are available from members of the Rotary Club of Abingdon. For more information call 276-492-2060 or 276-628-4469.

The C.C. Porter Animal Shelter is in Abingdon, Va. For more information about the pet of the week call 276-676-6210 or visit their facebook page.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In a time of great frustration, need or even uncertainty, the last thing you want to do is flipping through a phone book seeking information or assistance that you need immediately. Call Contact Concern and let them do the searching for you. Contact Concern To learn more about Contact Concern, visit their website.  You can also help Campbell's Cause by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The 7th Annual Appalachian Farmers Market Association is gearing up for its conference and winter market. It is Saturday, February 21st at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. For more information call 276-623-1121 or to register visit Appalachian Sustainable Development.

Abingdon based, Boy Scout Troop 222, just celebrated its 50 year anniversary. To learn more about the troop and Boy Scouts click here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Our pet of the week is from the Blackjack Animal Rescue. You can call 423-340-2138 to learn more about the pet or the center or you can click here.

Leigh Anne Hoover is out with a new adult Christian book, "For Better or Worse…Unless Annulment Comes First." The book explores the blessings amidst her own family's wedding tragedy.You can get a copy online including on Amazon.

Monday, January 19, 2015

YWCA Bristol is accepting nominations for YW Tribute to Women, an awards program that recognizes outstanding women in the Tri-Cities region.

“Every year I am amazed by the amazing women nominated for this award and humbled by everything they’ve accomplished,” said Kathy Waugh, YWCA executive director.

Women may be nominated by an organization or business for this prestigious award in one of four categories: Arts, Business/Professional, Education, and Volunteer Community Service.  Candidates should be leaders who have experienced significant growth and/or achievement in their areas of expertise.  Judges residing out of the states of Tennessee and Virginia will select three exemplary winners in each category, and these award recipients will be honored at an awards banquet on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

“Tribute to Women is an excellent opportunity to celebrate employees or volunteers who have made significant contributions in the workplace or community,” said Christine Uthoff, YWCA Tribute to Women Publicity Chair.

Nominations can be submitted online or mailed to YWCA Bristol at 106 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620 by Feb. 15, 2015. Forms are also available at the YWCA front desk. The awards banquet will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Bristol, Va. Holiday Inn. For more information, please call 423-968-9444.

The Miss Tennessee High School Scholarship Pageant 2015  is Saturday, February 7th at 2pm at the Tennessee High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5. They are on sale now at the Viking Hall Athletic Office. All proceeds go back to the students, this year proceeds will be used to repair , renovate much needed work out facility in the gymnasium. Fifteen young ladies from freshman to seniors are competing .

Each contestant  has picked a charitable organization that is close to her heart or had impacted her or her family.  They are collecting funds a dollar per vote for her charity.  The contestant that raises the most money for her organization will be  crowned Miss Tennessee High People's Choice Award 2015.

Friday, January 16, 2015

There are several events happening this weekend to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. In Abingdon, a march will be held Saturday along Main Street at 1:30pm. At 2pm, a program will be held to talk about the life and legacy of Dr. King and what we can do going forward. The events are free and open to the public.

In Bristol, Va, Lee Street Baptist Church will host a celebration at 4pm tomorrow.

On Monday, January 19th, the 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade is from noon until 1pm ending at Shelby Street in Kingsport.

Holston Habitat for Humanity celebrates Dr. King with community service on Monday, January 19th. To learn how you can help, call 423-335-5573 or visit the website.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To find out more about author Anita Wheeler and her book Millionaire Mindset visit her Facebook page.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

For Pete's Sake Animal Rescue is helping animals in need. To learn more about this organization or to adopt one of the many animals call 276-494-6718. You can also visit "For Pete's Sake Animal Rescue" on the web.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Barter Theatre's opening production is Road to Appomattox. It’s 150 years ago and General Robert E. Lee is fleeing Richmond, hoping to rearm the Army of Northern Virginia and mount a campaign to retake Richmond. It’s also 2015 and Steve “Beau” Weeks decides to retrace the steps of Lee’s army in hopes of finding his roots through his family’s history. But will this confrontation with history bring renewal or will it end his marriage to Jenny? Click here to purchase tickets.

The Tri-Cities Bridal Show is Sunday, January 11th from 1-until-5pm. It is at the Millennium Center in Johnson City, TN. For more information, visit the Tri-Cities Bridal Show.

Monday, January 5, 2015

"The Farm Show USA" is January 17th from 9am-6pm & January 18th from Noon-5pm at the Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport, TN. Call 423-676-9953 for more information.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

If you would like to adopt our pet of the week, or want more information about Holly Help Spay and Neuter you can visit their website or call 423-534-5656.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Lamplight Theater:

Lamplight Theater is hosting a sophisticated evening for couples and single adults to celebrate the New Year. Two options are available this year including an exquisite, catered dinner, deserts, coffees and teas in addition to party favors and a show for $30.00 per person.  The show only with party favors is $12.00 per person.

Visit the theater website for more information.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


1.  Pet of the Week:  If you would like more information about our pet of the week, Gypsy, call Siberian Husky Assist at 276-791-7122

2.  Knee Replacement:  To find out more information about the new form of total knee replacement call Mountain States Medical Group at  (276) 783-9752.

Friday, December 19, 2014


  1.  Define “Processed”
    1. What does it mean for a food to be “processed”?  We often associate it with convenience food or ready-to-eat food.  But is that accurate?  And does it inherently mean “unhealthy?”
    2. “Food processing” literally means to transform raw ingredients into another form.    At the end of the day, all foods fall on a spectrum of processing, from completely unprocessed to minimally-processed to highly processed. 
    3. Some forms of processing strip nutrients from foods and add undesirable chemicals. But processing can also do many desirable things, such as killing pathogens (pasteurization) or adding or creating beneficial compounds (probiotics).


  1. Spectrum of Processed foods
    1. Unprocessed – the food we eat is exactly how it existed in nature (eggs, bananas)
    2. Minimally Processed
      1. trimmed, sliced or diced, prepped for convenience (bagged spinach, cut vegetables, frozen fruit)
      2. par-cooked, cooked and/or mechanically altered to reduce cooking time – (rolled oats, canned tomatoes, canned bean, peanut butter)
    3. Moderately Processed
      1. These are foods whose raw ingredients have been transformed into something new and different.
        1. whole grains ground into flour to make bread, pasta, cereal
        2. milk cultured or churned into yogurt, cheese or ice cream;
        3. Potatoes peeled, seasoned and cut into ready-to-bake fries;
        4. meat trimmed and ground into burger patties.
    4. Highly Processed –
      1. nothing that goes into a product is in its natural state
        1. Ready-to-eat foods — such as crackers, granola and deli meat — are more heavily processed.
        2. The most heavily processed foods often are frozen or pre-made meals and microwaveable dinners.
  2. Take away
    1. While some processed foods should be consumed with caution, others have a place in a balanced diet.
    2. Usually the more processed a food, the less nutritious it is. But moderately processed foods can be perfectly healthy as daily staples – if chosen wisely.
    3. Choose products with fewer ingredients, lower amounts of sugar and sodium and avoid trans fat (partially hydrogenated oils).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Noon: Abingdon native, Amanda Nickles and her band Nickles Road have a new album out. You can hear some clips by clicking here.  You can also like the band on facebook.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Noon: "It's a Wonderful Life" presented by Oakley-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory plays Sunday, December 21st at 2pm. Rex Ward and Sullivan East Bluegrass Band will play at 1pm. The show is at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN. Click here for tickets.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Noon:  The City Youth Ballet of Johnson City is again bringing to our community the full-length ballet, "The Nutcracker" set for Dec. 19-21 at the Gregory Center at Milligan College. For ticket information, click here.

SBK Animal Center brought in Lily who is up for adoption. She is a 3-year-old dog who needs a loving home. Learn more about Lily and how you can help SBK by clicking here.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Noon: The Ransom Notes performed on our noon show in preparation for their stage show tonight at the Pickin Porch. The band now calls Tennessee home and recently released a new CD, "Journey's End." Click here to hear a sample.

Get your tickets! Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion has its Pre-Sale Weekend Passes for $50 (plus Bristol, VA admissions tax) through Dec. 31. It is the best price for Weekend Passes all year. Dates of the 2015 festival are September 18-20. During the pre-sale, Weekend Pass wristbands will come with a special holiday design, packaged in a limited edition holiday gift box, while supplies last.  Weekend Passes can be purchased online at, at the Museum Store at Birthplace of Country Music Museum (closed Mondays), Bristol Mall Customer Service Desk, and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Morning:The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre has developed a reputation for being one of the best small theater operations in Northeast Tennessee. Performances are scheduled throughout the year so the theater is always busy. The Theatre is next to the Historic Eureka Inn and is a short walk from the AmericInn and Jonesborough’s award winning bed and breakfasts. The Christmas Story runs through December 20 with evening performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and $13 for seniors and students. For tickets, please call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010 or visit the website.

Noon: Our Healthy Living segment focused on giving a gift that promotes health. For your secret Santa, neighbors or in-laws, homemade gift baskets and food mixes in a jar are delicious, budget-friendly, health-promoting gift solutions. 

  1. Gift Basket Combo Ideas
    1. Breakfast – oatmeal, jar of honey, box of tea, citrus fruits.
    2. Baker – Whole wheat flour, canned pumpkin, walnuts, dried cranberries (include muffin tin, cup liners).
    3. Year Round Grillers – basting brush, skewers, no sodium all-purpose dry rub, fresh-herb marinade.
    4. Italian Dinner – whole wheat pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, basil, wedge of parmesan cheese (put in colander, if like).
  1. Food Mixes in a Jar – attach recipe cards.  Punch whole a
    1. Cornbread Mix – flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, dry milk powder, cornmeal.
    2. Oatmeal Cookie Mix – flour, rolled oats, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, white sugar, chocolate chips.
    3. Chili Mix – kidney beans, chili powder, dehydrated onions, garlic salt, oregano, salt, cayenne pepper.
    4. Lentil Soup Mix – lentils, split peas, beef bouillon granules, pearl barley, minced onions, Italian seasoning, long grain white rice, macaroni noodles. 
    5. Fruit & Nut Bar Mix – coconut flakes, chopped dried cherries, chopped unsalted nuts (in a ziplock baggie: ground flaxseed, sea salt).

Get some recipes here.

P. Buckley Moss will have her works on display at the Up Against the Wall Gallery  at 316 East Market Street in Kingsport, TN. Ms. Moss will be signing her creations on Saturday, December 13th from 10am-4pm. For more information call 423-246-7210.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Noon: Home With Santa Set for Dec. 13 in Jonesborough

At Home With Santa will be held on December 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center and International Storytelling Center.

At Home With Santa has been a tradition in the region for more than 22 years and gives families an opportunity to build memories with their children and share in all the games and activities that have been planned including ice fishing, storytelling, decorating cookies, crafts, pictures with Santa, face painting and many more activities.  Carriage rides will also be available to transport children downtown for a photo with Santa Claus.

One of the most popular activities includes a shopping area just for children ages 12 and under called the Santa Mart.  Santa’s elves and other volunteers will help children select gifts for their family members and friends and then help the children wrap them.  All items are priced under $2. At Home With Santa is made possible through local sponsors and volunteers.  For more information, please contact the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010.

The Town of Jonesborough will host its annual lighted Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

Jonesborough Christmas Parade: Presented by the Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Department, the 2014 Christmas Parade theme is “Winter Nights and Christmas Lights.” The parade will feature live music, floats lit with Christmas lights, horses, antique cars and more.  With more than 75 entries, Jonesborough’s annual lighted parade has become a Christmas tradition in the region.  Entries will compete for four awards, with cash prizes ranging from $100 to $200.  Awards are given based on conformance to the parade theme, incorporation of music (live or not) as well as use of Christmas lights and decorations.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 13th on Boone Street and will progress west on Main Street, ending at the Washington Avenue intersection.  Call 423-753-1010 or visit for information.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Morning: 'An American Turning Point: the Civil War in Virginia" is December 11th at 7 o'clock and December 18th at 7 o'clock at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. This is a free event for the public.

Noon: The New Opportunity School for Women  is designed to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income, under-educated, middle-aged women in the Appalachian region. The free 3-week residential program is held in May at Bluefield College. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Animal Defense League was founded in 1982. The main objective of the ADL is to raise awareness of pet overpopulation and to highly encourage and assist in providing spay/neuter surgeries to the animals in our region. We also offer assistance to those caring for feral cat colonies. Every animal that is sterilized has the potential of preventing thousands of births over a period of several years. Not only are there health and behavioral benefits of sterilizing your pets, but it is the only solution to pet overpopulation and the end of euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals. To find out about our Pet of the Week, Darcy, call (877) 301-2290 or click on ADL.

Song of the Mountains will host a new concert on Saturday, December 13th at 2pm at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va. Tickets are $25 for reserved seating. Learn more about this concert and other upcoming events here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

A reception is planned for an exhibit at "The Gallery @ Barr Photographics" on Friday, December 12th from 7pm-9pm. The Gallery is locate don East Main Street in Abingdon, Va.  Please call 276- 628-1486 or visit the Gallery.

A Journey Through Bethlehem is not a play, not a pageant, but a Christmas experience. The First Baptist Church of Fall Branch, TN is putting on the event December 13th-December 16th nightly between 6pm-8:30pm. For detailed information and parking options, click here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Morning: The Intercity Ballet Theatre in Kingsport, TN will perform The Nutcracker December 11th and 12th at 9:30am and December 12th and 13th at 7:30pm at the Toy F. Reid Auditorium at the Eastman Employee Center on S. Wilcox Drive in Kingsport. For ticket information visit the Intercity Ballet.

Noon: Though we show less skin during the winter, it's still important to nourish it this time of year. Good nutrition is key to healthy, smooth skin and can provide a defense against dryness and UV damage. Our expert with the Healthy Living segment provided us with several tips. Additional information can be found here.

Sycamore Shoals plays host to several events this holiday season. They include:

Christmas at the Carter Mansion
Friday & Saturday, December 4& 5

Guided Tours begin every 20 minutes 6pm–9pm    

Tours by Reservation Only – Please Call 423-543-5808

Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays.  Enjoy music, refreshments and historic interpreters acting out scenes from an 18th century Christmas. This Christmas celebration is by reservation only and space is limited. Contact the park during  regular operating hours for more information.

Winterfest Art Show
Month of December until January 4th

Kick off the holidays at Sycamore Shoals!  The Watauga Valley Art League exhibition and sale begins with a reception on December 1 with great opportunities for holiday shopping! Artwork from the Watauga Valley Art League will remain on display during regular park hours throughout the month of December until January 4th.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Morning: Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School will be accepting registrations for all ages through Dec. 19 for its Spring Education Classes that will begin January 26 and continue through April 19, 2015.

To register, or for additional information, contact the McKinney Center call 423-753-0562. To view a full class schedule click here.

Noon: The Blue Moon Dinner Theatre has another new show. For ticket information and show times call 423-232-1350.

Appalachian Sustainable Development strives to provide opportunities for residents by providing food, education and the tools needed for successfully providing for themselves. Learn more about ASD.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Morning: The Lee Theatre in Pennington Gap, Va presents "An Evening with The King and Prince of Bluegrass Music". Dr. Ralph Stanley & Nathan Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys perform Saturday, December 6th at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Call 276-546-4000 or 276-546-1177. Click here for more information.

Noon: The Peter Mayer Group is coming to the region bringing the 14th annual national Christmas Show, "stars & Promises: Evergreen. The show is Monday, December 8th at 7:30pm at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va.

Tickets are $20, and can be purchased online at Peter Mayer or the Barter Theatre or by calling the ticket office at 276-628-3991. Proceeds benefit Barter Theatre.

Hands On! Regional Music showed us how to make our very own snowglobe. Click here for instructions.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Morning:  The Friendship Family of Dealerships is encouraging the public to donate new and gently used bikes this holiday season. The Dealerships will then give the bikes to children in need. To find out how you can get a bike or donate one, visit any of the Friendship Family of Dealerships.

Noon: Our Pet of the Week segment introduced us to Meggie. She's a one year old, Collie/Shep Mix. A family would be a perfect fit for Meggie. For information about Meggie call 276-494-6718 or visit "For Pete's Sake Rescue Animal Rescue".

Usher in the Christmas Season with an enchanting tour of historic homes. The 18th Annual Bristol Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Sunday, Dec 7th from 1:30 to 6:30. Click here for more information.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lamplight Theatre in Kingsport is getting ready for a new Holiday special. "The Indescribable Gift - The Story of St. Nicholas" begins this Friday. For a complete list of show times and prices visit Lamplight Theatre.

"A Down Home Christmas" Holiday Concert- Join Symphony of the Mountains, Voices of the Mountains, Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy, Mountain Mission School Choir and the First Presbyterian Church of Bristol's Handbell Choir to ring in the holiday season with the joyous sounds of new and old Yuletide favorites. Stay for a cookie and punch reception with a special visit from Ol' Saint Nick. This concert is at the Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport, TN on Saturday, December 6th and at the Southwest Virginia Higher Ed Center in Abingdon, Va on Sunday, December 7th. Click here for more information.

Friday, November, November 28, 2014

The Virginia Ballroom Golden Aires will perform a concert on Wednesday, December 3rd at 1pm. The event is at the Abingdon Senior Center (300 Senior Drive) in Abingdon, Va. The concert is free. Call 276-3631 for more information.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Noon: Theatre Bristol is opening its holiday production of "Scrooge the Musical." The show runs November 28th and 29th, December 5th, 6th, 12th & 13th at 7:30pm. Daytime only: November 30th, December 7th & 14th at 2:30pm. For ticket information click on Theatre Bristol. 

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide you with all your Part A and Part B benefits. To learn more about Medicare Advantage and how to enroll visit

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Morning: Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia is a community-based, state-supported initiative that strives to ensure all children 0-5 are ready for Kindergarten. An event being held December 4th is geared toward Childcare providers. Click here for more information about the First Annual Tender Loving Caregivers Conference.

Noon: Our Pet of the Week segment comes to us from the Blackjack Animal Rescue. To adopt our furry friend, call 423-340-2138. For information about the Blackjack Animal Rescue, click here.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post is hosting a fundraiser. It is December 6th at noon. 
First Annual VFW Benefit Festival
VFW Post 6975
14 16th street in Bristol, TN

For more information call 276-791-9629.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Morning: Rosedale Baptist Church in Abingdon, Va invites you for a "Visit to Bethlehem." The performances are December 5th, 6th and 7th. You can begin your journey any time between 7pm and 8:30pm each night. For more information call 276-628-7004.

Noon: George Balanchine’s visions of sugar plums took a lesser known Russian ballet featuring national dances and made it into one of the most popular ballets of all time. As the Bristol Ballet prepares its “The Nutcracker” confections, it is part of a well over 100-year-old tradition. The performance of the Bristol Ballet's "The Nutcracker" is December 4th and 5th at 10am for school children. Public performances are December 5th at 7:30pm, December 6th at 12:30pm and December 7th at 2:30pm. Tickets are $6 children under 6, $12 students and Seniors and $15 for adults.  Click here to purchase tickets.

The Southwest Virginia Star Project started many years ago with just five children and has grown to help approximately 1,000 children in the counties of Russell and Buchannan.  Find out more about the project and how you can help, click on SWVA Star Project.

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.