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Bristol, Va., leaders back The Crooked Road's plan for federal heritage designation

January 23, 2013
BY DAVID MCGEE | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER |

BRISTOL, Va. — City leaders brushed aside previous complaints Tuesday and unanimously supported The Crooked Road's plan to secure a National Heritage Area designation for the region. The Abingdon-based musical heritage organization is seeking that federal government designation to further its mission of promoting Southwest Virginia as a cultural tourism destination.

Only one resident spoke against the plan during Tuesday's City Council meeting, compared to three at the Jan. 8 session.

Concerns centered on the National Park Service — which oversees the areas — possibly having jurisdiction over property rights, local zoning and other private land-use issues. The Crooked Road has proposed legislative language that would assure no such conflicts arose, said Jack Hinshelwood, executive director of The Crooked Road.

"It clearly states a National Heritage Area doesn't change any powers at any level. It doesn't change local powers, state powers and doesn't have any effect on federal government powers," Hinshelwood said of the proposal. "It also prohibits any effect on property rights, land use and zoning, essentially prohibiting those things from even happening. The Crooked Road is engaged in promoting heritage music and has very little to do with these issues."

During public comment, city resident Michael Pollard urged council to reject the plan.

"Considering that we, as a city, don't want federal jurisdictions intruding in local decisions any more than necessary, I would greatly appreciate the city decide not to sign that resolution," Pollard said.

After a brief discussion, council members voiced satisfaction with the plan.

"There had been some concern about some of these things but when the Mount Rogers Planning District looked at it, the language had been changed to alleviate that problem," Vice Mayor Guy Odum said.

The plan has also been endorsed by U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-9th, boards of all four of the region's planning district commissions and numerous other towns and cities, Hinshelwood told the council in response to a question.

All heritage area requests must be approved by Congress.

In other action, council held first reading on a plan to expand the position of assistant city manager to as many as two people. Currently a singular position, it has remained unfilled since former Assistant City Manager Bill Dennison ascended to the top spot in January 2007.

The ordinance must undergo a second reading next month and would allow the council to appoint up to two assistant city managers and to "establish a supplemental salary by a follow up resolution. The council could also establish a supplement of an assistant or employee serving in a support position to the assistant city managers by resolution."

Council members voiced support for the plan.

"As city government has gotten more complex and more duties for our current staff, it does seem like it would be in order to create this position of assistant city manager or managers. I'm really happy to see we're looking into this," Councilman Don Ashley said.

Councilman Ed Harlow said the responsibilities have changed.

"I think we're at the point now to take a look at the assignments and maybe make some adjustments," Harlow said.

Odum said it's better to make these changes now rather than in an emergency.

"We're going to clear up this line of authority up so if Dewey [city manager Cashwell] is out of town, is on assignment somewhere, or when he's on vacation, it will automatically go to one of the assistant city managers and everyone will know where to go to," Odum said.

The ordinance also contains an emergency clause, which means it could go into effect next month immediately if a majority of the council approves it.

dmcgee@bristolnews.com

(276) 645-2532

Downtown Bristol Blog

Elvis Lives at the Paramount Center for the Arts

January 26, 2013
Elvis Lives is an unforgettable multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis' life. His iconic style, embraced by many of today's artists, continues to intrigue audiences of all generations. Featuring finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises' worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, as well as a tribute to Ann-Margret, audiences "Can't Help Falling In Love"® with this phenomenal theatrical concert experience.The show will be at the Paramount Center for the Arts on January 26 at 8p.m. Tickets cost $37.00 reserved; you can buy tickets through the Paramount Box Office at 423-274-8920 or through www.etix.com.

Pinterest Saturday at blowfish emporium: Scale Art Workshop

January 26, 2013
Come to blowfish emporium on Saturday, January 26, 12-3pm for a PINTEREST project: Scale Artwork Workshop. This is awesome in person, you will want to make these time & time again! Cost is $45 and includes everything! You must register for this workshop in advance so give blowfish a ring on 276-644-1428.

The Masters of Bluegrass at the Paramount

January 25, 2013
The Paramount Center for the Arts presents the Masters of Bluegrass on January 25 at 7pm! Featuring Del McCoury, Bobby Osborne, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, and Jerry McCoury AND introducing The Rambling Rooks, Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby, & Kenny Smith!
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CityMac Offers Great Work Space for Meetings

January 23, 2013
Looking for somewhere to hold a morning meeting? Need to have a conference room? CityMac has the answer! We have a large conference room that can hold 20 people. We can also provide food, espresso, coffee and drinks from CityMug Espresso Cafe @ CityMac. Call Kevin at 276-644-4326 or email to k.trivett@citymac.com today for more information and to get your next meeting booked.

Marsh Regional Blood Bank Offers Tickets and Backstage Passes to Valentine's Day Concert at Paramount

January 23, 2013
Marsh Regional Blood Bank has signed on as a sponsor of the Valentine’s Day concert featuring Phil Vassar and High Valley at the Paramount Center for the Arts. “We are so excited in being asked to be a part of this great event. We hope that the concert furthers the awareness of the need for blood donations,” said Don Campbell, Director of the regional blood bank. “Valentine’s Day seemed like such an appropriate holiday to remind everyone to ‘have a heart, donate blood’. As a part of our partnership we are offering a ticket to the concert and a backstage pass to the first thirty people who come by the blood bank at any of our locations and donate blood,” Campbell continued.
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BCM press conference reveals March Mountain Stage line-up

January 23, 2013
Mountain Stage with Larry Groce Executive Producer Adam Harris will announce the line-up for the travelling radio show's next Bristol event at a press conference on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 11:30am at the Birthplace of Country Music/Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion office located at 416 State Street, Suite A, Bristol, TN.
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Sweets for the Sweet Fundraiser for Healing Hands Health Center — THANK YOU BLACKBIRD BAKERY!

January 23, 2013
Nothing says "Happy Valentine's Day" like a delicious cupcake, and that cupcake tastes even sweeter when it helps uninsured workers access charitable health care. Healing Hands Health Center is accepting cupcake orders for its third annual Sweets for the Sweet fundraiser.
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A Lesson in Glowing Light at blowfish emporium

January 23, 2013
Come to blowfish emporium on Wednesday, January 23, 6-9pm for a painting workshop: A Lesson in Glowing Light. You are welcome to BYOB to get the creative juices flowing! Cost is $40 and includes everything! You must register for this workshop in advance so give blowfish a ring on 276-644-1428.

Upcoming Events

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Day Passes on Sale Now

December 06, 2012 - August 31, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Weekend Passes on Sale for $45

January 01 - May 31, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery in January

January 01 - 31, 2013

606 State Street Gallery: January Featured Artist is Linda Hamilton & Student Featured Artist is Lurah Lowry

January 01 - 31, 2013

January Storytime, Various Youth Activities, and the Nevermore Book Club at the Bristol Public Library

January 01 - 31, 2013

Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery to Feature Twin City Photo Club in Exhibit in January & February

January 03 - February 27, 2013

Sweets for the Sweet Fundraiser for Healing Hands Health Center

January 23 - February 11, 2013

A Lesson in Glowing Light at blowfish emporium

January 23, 2013

BCM Press Conference Reveals March Mountain Stage Line-Up

January 23, 2013

Jaystorm Project at O'Mainnin's

January 25, 2013

Beer Tasting at Inari Wines

January 25, 2013

The Masters of Bluegrass at the Paramount

January 25, 2013

Wallace Coleman, the Billy Crawford Band, and Jimmie D & the B Movie Blues Band at Theatre Bristol

January 26, 2013

Elvis Lives at the Paramount Center for the Arts

January 26, 2013

Twang Bangers at O'Mainnin's Pub

January 26, 2013

Pinterest Saturday at blowfish emporium: Scale Art Workshop

January 26, 2013

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

January 26, 2013

Turkey Tracks Trio and Jim Gates and the Key Keepers at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

January 28, 2013

Intermediate Japalachian Bonsai Workshop at blowfish emporium

January 30, 2013

Andy Crawford at O'Mainnin's Pub

January 31, 2013

606 State Street Gallery presents February's Featured Student Artist: Kandee Wallace

February 01 - 28, 2013

V-Day Sale at The Purple Loon

February 01 - 14, 2013

Beer Tasting at Inari Wines

February 01, 2013

The Sound Drivers at Machiavelli's

February 01, 2013

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

February 02, 2013

Symphony of the Mountains presents CATCH A RISING STAR at the Paramount Center for the Arts

February 02, 2013

Buechner Institute Lecture by Michael Perry

February 04, 2013

Decker & Skinner at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

February 04, 2013

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

February 07, 2013

HTV's Spotlight on Music at CityMug

February 07, 2013

Sweetheart Market at 524 State Street

February 08 - 09, 2013

Beer Tasting at Inari Wines

February 08, 2013

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

February 09, 2013

Father and Daughter Dance at Bristol Ballet

February 10, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

February 11, 2013

The StereoFidelics at O'Mainnin's Pub

February 14, 2013

Phil Vassar Performing on Valentine's Day at the Paramount

February 14, 2013

Beer Tasting at Inari Wines

February 15, 2013

Ray Cashman at Stateline Bar & Grill

February 15, 2013

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

February 16, 2013

Rhythm of the Dance at the Paramount

February 16, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

February 18, 2013

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