I spent Sunday afternoon at the Eastman Employee Center for the 65th Annual Miss Kingsport/Miss Sullivan County 2019 Scholarship Pageant.
Nine beautiful, talented, intelligent young ladies put on a great performance, beginning with a high-energy opening number based on “Rocky Top.” Oh, to have that energy again! The stage was decorated with University of Tennessee inspired footballs, pom poms, flowers, signs and all things orange and white! As the contestants competed in swimsuit, talent, evening gown and interview, there were performances from the current Miss Kingsport and Miss Sullivan County, and appearances by many current and former beauty queens - and even a king!
For those of us in the audience, it was enjoyable watching and listening to all that was going on onstage, but we heard some stories and saw lots of pictures that let us know what a tough competition this is.
Many of these young ladies are leaders in their schools, active in the community, high achievers in the classroom, orchestra and choir all-state honorees, and already working hard at accomplishing their goals. The judges had very difficult decisions to make, and former Miss Kingsport Melissa Buckles Wood did an outstanding job as emcee. Her beautiful voice is still as strong as it was “back in the day,” and she looked every inch a queen.
A huge community event such as this cannot happen without many, many people, but I have to say that Mary Hamilton and her family did a wonderful job coordinating all the rehearsals, appearances and pageant requirements, among a million other details. Kingsport is so lucky to have you, Mary!!
And best of luck to our new Miss Kingsport, Madison Noe, and our new Miss Sullivan County, Savanna Phillips!
Noe, 20, is a second-year student at Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. She is the daughter of Debra Schubert and James Noe. Phillips, 19, is studying clinical psychology at East Tennessee State University. She is the daughter of Rhonda and Wes Phillips.
Congratulations to both of these talented young ladies!
Another Saturday with the Chef
The July 14 “Saturday with the Chef” at the Kingsport Farmers Market introduced us to Chef Wagar Malik of the newly-opened Mockingbird Café on Netherland Inn Road (second location). It literally opened the day before (July 13) so he was really operating in high gear that morning.
Malik made “Savory Summer Squash Pancakes” with a topping made of sweet peppers, fresh garlic, lime juice, jalepeno, and maple syrup. As he prepared the dish, he explained a little about his culinary philosophy and the fact that he chooses to work with locally-sourced ingredients. This is so nice to hear, especially seeing all the vendors at the market and knowing how difficult the growing season has been so far with so much rain and so much heat! It is such a difficult way to make a living, but we are so thankful for your efforts!
All of the chefs’ dishes have been so good, healthy and delicious, but I have been pleasantly surprised by how many children have been trying these new (to them) recipes and eating lots of vegetables and fruits. Don’t forget: recipes are available at each session, as well as samples.
A History Lesson
I am excited to announce that George Webb of Rogersville will present a program on Pressmen’s Home at the August 10 meeting of the Kingsport Historical Society. The meeting is free and open to the public at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. Please note: The meeting is on the second Monday in August.
According to George, “Pressmen's Home was the headquarters of International Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Union of North America. Located in Hawkins County, in what was known as Happy Valley. There, the Hale Springs Resort had operated for years, but was closed and for sale when George L. Berry visited in 1909, thought it would be a perfect place for the union's headquarters, and convinced the board to move there. Berry was born in Happy Valley. It would be known as Pressmen's Home from then on. Pressmen's Home was a complete and self-sufficient community. Conventions were held there from 1911 to 1948, when their headquarters moved to Washington, D.C. The impact of Pressmen's Home to the East Tennessee economy was dramatic. Printing companies were begun in Rogersville and surrounding areas in order to allow graduates of the printing school to remain in this area to work. The property has gone through numerous development projects, all of which were abandoned or went bankrupt. Most of the buildings are gone today, burned or torn down.”
Want to learn more? Be sure to join us at the Kingsport Historical Society meeting on Aug. 6.
Oh, Say Can You See?
I caught up with Doug Hylton and asked him a question that has been on my mind the past few weeks: what is the correct way to acknowledge the “Star Spangled Banner” when it is played at baseball (or any kind of athletic event). The answer is:
1. Stop talking.
2. Stand still, put down anything you might have with you
3. Place your right hand over your heart for the entirety of the song.
4. If the song is being sung, sing along - even if you don’t know all the words (but learn them).
It is a matter of respect for our country and our flag. We don’t have to think very hard about individuals who paid the ultimate sacrifice or would give so much to live in our country, even with its problems.
* I want to thank all you who reached out on the recent Dickson School article. I heard from a former Preston Woods neighbor, Rick Heppert, who informed me of another site, a webpage, so if you haven’t found all there is to know about Dickson, please visit http://dicksonelementary.com/. And thanks, Rick and everyone who responded; it was great to hear from you!
* And speaking of school... Stella Robinette informed that H.O.P.E. is working with AT&T to host a Back 2 School Bash on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those in need can get free school supplies for children in grades K-8 at AT&T, located at 1817 E. Stone Drive. Presented by H.O.P.E. and AT&T, the event is free and open to the public. Anyone who'd like to make a donation of school supplies or book bags can drop those off any time before July 26 at AT&T. To learn more, call (423) 276-6549.
July 29: The Morningstar Flute Ensemble will present a concert at 3 p.m., July 29 at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport. A reception will follow. Donations accepted at the door.
July 31: The Kingsport City Schools will hold its Ninth Annual Back to School Expo from 3 to 6 p.m., July 31 at the Kingsport Farmers Market. Everyone is invited to attend.
I’ll see you Out & About!
Katherine Scoggins is a Sunday Stories columnist who highlights local happenings and community organizations twice a month in Out & About with Katherine. To share photos from a community event, add an event to our calendar or invite Katherine to attend, email email@example.com.