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L.C. King Manufacturing Spotlighted During National Manufacturing Day

L.C. King Manufacturing Company was spotlighted during the Annual Manufacturing Day, a national event with 1500 companies across the country being spotlighted. Tennessee’s events are sponsored by the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services and Bristol’s very own L.C. King Manufacturing Company 24 7th Street is the spotlight industry for Friday morning’s tour at 9:00 AM. Mayor Lea Powers stated, “The L.C. King Manufacturing Company has been an integral part of the Bristol community for over a century. The King family has demonstrated that with hard work, dedication and determination a small family operated business can be a player in today’s global manufacturing environment.” L.C. King Manufacturing Company has been producing Pointer Brand overalls, jeans, jackets, and many other apparel items (and brands) for more than 100 years in Bristol, TN. Their products are manufactured using legacy processes, and each item has the pride of the L.C. King Staff built-in. This will be different than other manufacturing plant tours. You will experience the history, and feel the energy and passion that drives this amazing company.

“Very few cities can boast that they are home to the oldest continuously operating cut and sew company that is still in the founding family’s ownership in the United States. We are proud of their recognition and grateful for their contribution to the city,” said Shari Brown, Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of Bristol, Tennessee. L.C. King Manufacturing Co. has been making garments in Bristol, Tennessee since 1913. Denim jeans, overalls, chore coats, carpenter jeans, hickory stripe jackets, and much more. Their iconic line made from the beginning is Pointer Brand workwear. Owned by a fourth generation King (Jack), L. C. King Mfg. Co. is the oldest cut and sew factory in American still owned and run by the founding family. “We are proud to be in Tennessee to represent manufacturing in the state. We recognize how important it is to create and sustain jobs in this sector. The garment industry is not gone from the South and we will keep doing everything we can to make it stronger,” Jack King, CEO and Owner, L.C. King Manufacturing Company.

For more information please contact Shari Brown at (423)989-5500 or sbrown@bristoltn.org.

King Univerity's Coats for Kids

King University is sponsoring its annual coat drive, Coats for Kids. New and gently used coats are being collected at local elementary schools, the YWCA, Craig’s Cleaners, and Bristol CVS pharmacies now through October 18th. Monetary donations can be dropped off at King University also. Coats will be distributed on October 25th in Kline Hall on King’s campus from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Various student organizations will be present to have games and other activities for children while they wait. For more information, contact Julie Roberson at jarobers@king.edu or 423-652-6310.

King University is a Presbyterian, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 80 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports.

Blackbird Bakery Hatches New Artwork and Promo Video

Be sure to check out the new artwork by CarolynDameronbeing featured in The Nest at Blackbird and don't miss their phenomenal new promo video!!

http://vimeo.com/107645928

When you visit the bakery, you will feel as though you stepped back to a time when neighbors and shop owners knew each other on a first name basis. Although the specialty of the house is doughnuts, you will also find delicious pastries and desserts ranging from mouth-watering baklava and brownies, to cheesecakes, cupcakes, and pies.

Update on Sessions Hotel

Here's an update to everyone who loves The Sessions Hotel already and are waiting for the doors to open! Drawings have been completed and the necessary information has been submitted for review and approval (an arduous process but necessary for financing utilizing tax credits). Demo work will also begin in the next couple of weeks and an interior designer will be meeting with the team in Bristol next week to get a peek at the first concepts of the interiors — guest rooms, restaurants and spa. While it's taking us a bit longer than expected get this all together, all good things come to those who wait!! The Sessions Hotel is still targeting a winter 2015 opening! For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/TheSessionsHotel

2014 TWIN CITY PHOTO CLUB PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION WINNERS

Twin City Photo Club is happy to announce the winners of its Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion photo competition. Below are the winners by category.

2014 TWIN CITY PHOTO CLUB PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION WINNERS

BEST IN SHOW:

LINDA LEONARD

YOUTH:

TAYLOR DIXON

BEST OF BRISTOL:

1. DEBBIE DILLARD
2. DEBBIE DILLARD
3. BRAD McCROSKEY

HONORABLE MENTION: MATTHEW MILLS

FESTIVAL / EVENT:

1. TERRI CAMPBELL
2. RANDALL DALTON
3. PAM CONLEY

HONORABLE MENTION: DEBBIE DILLARD

LANDSCAPE / PLANT:

JEFF LEVINE
AUDREY DALTON
REGINA SHINALL

HONORABLE MENTION: TERRI CAMPBELL

ANIMAL:

1. BUD SHINALL

2. REGINA SHINALL

3. JEFF LEVINE

HONORABLE MENTION: CHERI FULLEN

ALTERED IMAGE:

1. JACKIE DENNISON
2. DEBBIE DILLARD
3. MANDY BARKER

HONORABLE MENTION: TERRI CAMPBELL

Inanimate:

LINDA LEONARD
REGINA SHINALL
TERRI CAMPBELL

HONORABLE MENTION: CARLA HARMON

PEOPLE:

1. REGINA SHINALL
2. REGINA SHINALL
3. CHERI FULLEN

HONORABLE MENTION: MATTHEW MILLS

Downtown Bristol Blog

Bristol Community Information Meeting Announced for Mountains of Music Homecoming

Abingdon, VA: The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail in cooperation with Believe in Bristol and the Birthplace of Country Music will host a community meeting to share exciting plans and information for all those interested in the Mountains of Music Homecoming scheduled for June 2015. The meeting will be held on October 16th, at 5:30 p.m. at Believe in Bristol, 36 Moore Street, Bristol, Virginia.



State Street Farmers Market

State Street Farmers Market was opened in 1999 with the support of 4 different governmental agencies: the City of Bristol Tennessee, the City of Bristol Virginia, Sullivan County Tennessee and Washington County Virginia. The market is open on 8am — 12pm Saturdays from May through October each year. Additionally, the market opens mid-week on Wednesdays July through September from 3pm — 7pm. The market is located at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street. The market's operations are overseen by the Parks and Recreation Department. There is a Market Supervisor on sight each time the market is open to answer any questions the public may have or to assist vendors participating in the market.



George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion

“What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn’t come every day.” — A Special Theatre Bristol Production by the Youth Service Board. The Theatre Bristol Youth Service Board presents Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw, October 10, 11, and 12 in Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace, 506 State Street, Bristol, TN.The Theatre Bristol Youth Service Board is made up of youth from the Tri-Cities who love theatre and Theatre Bristol. The YSB members currently include James Altman, Ashton Bishop, Cassidy Brunson, Haley Brunson, Kaylie Crain, Benjamin Fitton, Daniel Freeman, Camille Gray, Emma Kennedy, John Mullins, Kevin O’Bryan, Seth Peterson, Nick Reynolds, Nicholas Thompson, and Matthew Torbett.



Health Education Series 2014: October Topic is Osteoporosis

The October Health Education Series: 2014 will feature Dr. John Chandler, Jr., talking about Osteoporosis. The event will be held October 9 at 6:30 PM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library. Osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. While women are most often the victims of Osteoporosis, men can suffer the same bone loss and brittleness. Dr. Chandler will discuss what Osteoporosis is, how it impacts us today, and what it costs society in lost function and in dollars. He will also discuss how to recognize Osteoporosis, how it can be treated, and how it can be avoided.



There's Always Something Happening at Quaker Steak & Lube!

Be sure to check out all of the great October events happening at Quaker Steak & Lube!



Upcoming Events

Kristen Cothron and The Darkside at O'Mainnin's Pub

October 8

Health Education Series 2014: October Topic is Osteoporosis

October 9

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center: Samantha Gray

October 9

Cha Cha Lesson to Be Held at Bristol Ballet

October 10

George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion

October 10–12

Cranford Hollow at 620 State Restaurant

October 10

The Grand Ole Uproar at O'Mainnin's Pub

October 11

Pickin' Porch with The Mash Brothers and Slim Pickens at the Foundation Event Facillity

October 13

Bristol Community Information Meeting for Mountains of Music Homecoming

October 16

Bristol Community Information Meeting Announced for Mountains of Music Homecoming

October 16

We are the World Free concert in Cumberland Square Park Hosted by the Crisis Center

October 18

Pumpkin Palooza at the Downtown Center

October 25

The Paramount Chamber Players Tenth Anniversary: An American Celebration

October 25

Believe in Bristol's Masquerade Progressive Loft Dinner

October 30

Machiavelli's 6th Annual Halloween Bash

October 31

Believe in Bristol's 10th Annual Downtown Loft Tour!

November 1

Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives

November 1

Vetertans Day Parade in Downtown Bristol!

November 8

YWCA Turkey Trot & Gobbler's Gait 5K

November 15

The Bristol Music Club will A Scholarship Benefit and Anniversary Gala at the Paramount Center for the Arts

November 22

Support Local Businesses on Small Business Saturday!

November 24

Downtown Bristol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony hosted by Bristol Virginia Utilities

December 1

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