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The Medal of Honor Luncheon


Attend the Medal of Honor Luncheon hosted by Your Kingsport Chamber and Leadership Kingsport and presented by Raymond James and BAE Systems. The event is honoring  Hershel “Woody” Williams (USMC, Ret.), recipient of The Medal of Honor in World War II – The Battle of Iwo Jima. It will be held on Tuesday, September 20th from 11:30am to 1pm at Food City on North Eastman Road.

RSVP by Friday, September 16th. Seating is limited.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Melissa Gilliam at or (423) 392-8820.

| The Medal of Honor |
The medal of honor was created by Congress and signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861.
The Medal of Honor is our Nation’s highest military decoration. It is bestowed by the President of the United States, in the name of the Congress, upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.”
In its over 150 year history fewer than 3,500 individuals have received the Medal.
| The Battle of Iwo Jima |
U.S. Marines invaded Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, after months of naval and air bombardment. The Japanese defenders of the island were dug into bunkers deep within the volcanic rocks. Approximately 70,000 U.S. Marines and 18,000 Japanese soldiers took part in the battle. In thirty-six days of fighting on the island, nearly 7,000 U.S. Marines were killed. Another 20,000 were wounded. Marines captured 216 Japanese soldiers; the rest were killed in action.
The island was finally declared secured on March 16, 1945. It had been one of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps history. After the battle, Iwo Jima served as an emergency landing site for more then 2,200 B-29 bombers, saving the lives of 24,000 U.S. Airmen. Securing Iwo Jima prepared the way for the last and largest battle in the Pacific: the invasion of Okinawa.
The flag-raising atop Mt. Suribachi took place on February 23, 1945; five days after the battle began.
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Look to the Stars


Kingsport Theatre Guild will present “Look To The Stars” on September 15, 16 and 17 at 7pm at Shabby Allie’s Boutique in Downtown Kingsport

Look To The Stars was the winner of our 2015 Playwriting Competition and was written by local, Sam Lamon, who appeared on stage at KTG many times when he was younger and is currently enrolled at Emory & Henry.

Look To The Stars is a comedic drama that follows 6 individuals as they drift in and out of each others lives over the course of a year and the relationships they form.

This show is unique because it has not been published yet and is not available to other theatres. It also stars some first time actors in TV personalities Jon Hamlin and Karen Elkins from the local Fit4Life TV show. Rounding out the cast is East High theatre teacher, Peggy Russell, making her way back to the stage after many years and theatre veterans Michael Shaerin, Sean Read and Kaylie Andra.

KTG will be returning to Shabby Allie’s Boutique in Downtown Kingsport for this show.


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What’s your 100?

The City of Kingsport has launched a campaign called “What’s Your 100?”. It is an effort to encourage businesses and individuals to get involved with the centennial celebration.

Some examples include donating 100 hours to a nonprofit or giving the 100th customer something special. It also could mean doing something in the spirit of the centennial such as a restaurant having a centennial special, a brewery having a centennial beer, waiving 100 fees, or doing something grand like you’ve never done before (personal or professional).

DKA will be releasing the top 100 things you may not know about DKA starting January 1, 2017. A new fact will go out each day for 100 days. We are also giving away $100 Downtown Gift certificates to those people turning 100 in 2017.

The City of Kingsport will share the ideas, specials, etc on  They will create a section to promote all the businesses that participate. This is no cost to you and another fun and free way to advertise your business!

Please let us know by December so we can start promoting it at our New Year’s Eve Centennial Celebration Downtown!

Please let me know if you have any questions or feel free to contact Heather Cook, the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the City:


Heather Cook

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

City of Kingsport

P: 423-229-9413



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CrossFit Fast Break!

CrossFit is having an open house for their noon Fast Break class the week of October 3-7, completely FREE for anyone to drop in and workout during the lunch hour! They are also offering the CrossFit 101 class at this time to any and all who want to learn more about CrossFit!


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Fall for Downtown Folk Fest and Pepper Festival

Stroll through the streets of beautiful, downtown Kingsport, TN and enjoy this Mountain Celebration. Meet local artisans and get an early start on Christmas shopping at our arts & crafts booths. Pass the time listening to live music as you visit local businesses including antique and specialty shops. Take in the smells of fresh apple butter and homemade cooking.
Historic downtown Kingsport welcomes you to to usher in the autumn season with Folk Fest on September 24th!

Special performances inside 

LampLight Theatre during the day!

Live Bluegrass & Folk Music Artists

Children’s Activities

Bounce House

Arts and Crafts Booths

Petting Zoo

The Kingsport Pepper Festival 

Chili Eating Contest

Hot Pepper Eating contest

Face Painting

Country Cooking

And Much, Much More….

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Macado’s Battle of Bristol Patio Party!

We are more than happy to be able to sponsor and host Downtown Kingsport’s pregame patio party for the big game: the Battle at Bristol. The concert is free to all the want to come. We will have great specials on food and drinks with an outside bar. Come support your favorite team with your colors and enjoy the party of the year with Catfish Frye Band and karaoke by Absolute Entertainment. Don’t forget your lawn chairs!!

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What is the Downtown Kingsport Association?

What exactly is it that you do? What is Main Street? We hear questions like this quite often and are so excited to be able to explain what we do and what our role is in the Kingsport community. In a nutshell, we are the “neighborhood association” for the Downtown Business District. We are a certified Main Street program that is recognized by the state and at the national level. We follow the 4-point Main Street approach which is a unique preservation-based economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts by leveraging local assets.  These assets range from historic, cultural, and architectural resources to local businesses and community pride. Our board and membership is made up of community volunteers and stakeholders that serve on each of the four points of the program.  The four committees are Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring.


Billboard jpeg          The Organization committee establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in the commercial district. We recruit board members and volunteers that are charged with raising money for the program through fundraising, membership drives and donations.  The DKA office served as the headquarters for the July 17 flood last year and was able to raise over $65,000 in support to distribute appropriately to over 17 businesses that were affected by the flood. We hold an annual dinner each year which is our primary fundraiser that helps us sustain our program.


Holiday Loft (2)      The Promotion committee takes many forms, but the main goal is to create a positive image that will rekindle community pride and improve consumer and investor confidence in the Downtown business district.  We coordinate different advertising campaigns and then match our members advertising dollars. We also coordinate retail promotions, commercials and special events like open houses and last year’s highly successful Holiday Loft Tours.  The DKA also started the concert series 15 years ago and it is still thriving today and managed through the Kingsport convention and visitors bureau.



2015 MembershipThe Design committee’s goal is getting the Downtown business district into top physical shape and creating a safe, inviting environment for shoppers, workers, and visitors. We educate and encourage business and property owners to take advantage of façade grants to improve their buildings. We plant flowers downtown each year to brighten and welcome customers and visitors. We coordinate bench sponsorship to replace the old wooden ones that are outdated. We also apply for state and federal grants to implement street scape projects. This year we installed 17 dog waste stations to keep our downtown clean and healthy and we are in the process of installing two “parklets” (see above picture) on Broad Street to encourage people to come and eat downtown.

Economic Vitality

Ribbon cutting picture  The Economic restructuring committee’s role is to focus on strengthening our community’s existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base. This is accomplished by retaining and expanding successful businesses to provide a balanced commercial mix, sharpening the competitiveness and merchandising skills of business owners, and attracting and recruiting new businesses that the market can support. We work with the small businesses and help them market and advertise themselves to be able to compete with the “big box” stores. We also have three new restaurants locating on Broad Street with extended business hours and two businesses have already expanded into larger buildings. We have also developed a retail and restaurant recruiting brochure. (If we were awarded this grant we would use it to go toward the printing of said brochure.)

Our organization has been in business since 1974 and began as a merchant association. However, when Main Street was founded in 1980, Kingsport became one of the first in the state of Tennessee to become a designated and certified Main Street community. We are proud to serve our community and we enjoy working with small businesses. Just like small businesses have challenges we experience them too. As a not for profit we are always faced with raising money and competing with other non-profits for those same dollars. We appreciate this opportunity Kingsport Digital has provided to give us a chance to win these dollars. If we were to win, we would invest it back into the downtown business district; the core a

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