Local Events

If your non-profit group is having an event that is open to the public, send the information to us and we’ll get it posted on this web page free of charge. The information also goes to our on-air announcers for possible use on our stations. 
Send your PSA (Public Service Announcement) information (event name, date(s) of event, location, times, contact number) to areaeventslist@gmail.com


The Haven of Rest Rescue Mission, 624 Anderson Street in Bristol, TN will open additional space for the homeless when air temperatures are below freezing (32 F, O C).

As a service to the community and means of communication to the homeless, a YELLOW
FLAG will be displayed when temperatures fall between 32-42 degrees Fahrenheit. When
temperatures drop below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit), a RED FLAG will be displayed
indicating that additional space is available.

Soups and *warm liquids will be prepared and available from 10am-2pm on the RED FLAG

*warm liquids may consist of soups or broth, tea, coffee, and hot cocoa.

As long as temperatures remain below freezing, shelter spaces will remain open. Those utlilizing
the shelter will be expected to maintain personal hygiene and cooperative behavior.


Sewer Extensions in Tri-Cities Crossing Area

The City of Kingsport will be performing sanitary sewer extensions in the Tri-Cities crossing area over the next several months. The focused area of this work will be on Snapps Ferry Road and Cox Hollow Road. The construction zones will be marked by signs and directed by flaggers – when required.  Drivers are asked to use caution in the area during this time. For more information, please visit www.kingsporttn.gov.

Local Flavors, Familiar Faces
Kingsport Farmers Market Applications for 2020 Vendors Now Open


Kingsport, TN – The Kingsport Farmers Market is now accepting online and paper applications for vendors for its 2020 season.

Every vendor must reapply for the market each new season. The application is available online by going to kingsportfarmersmarket.org and clicking on “Become a Vendor.” Anyone who prefers a paper application can visit Kingsport City Hall or the Kingsport Carousel to pick one up, or request one by phone at (423)392-8414.

Returning to this year’s season is the Evening at the Market series. On the 2020 application, vendors can indicate whether they are interested in participating in Evening at the Market.

Vendor acceptance, placement and dates granted are at the discretion of the Kingsport Farmers Market staff. All accepted vendors will be notified on or before April 1, 2020.

Beginning March 4th, 2020

Johnson City Public Library to Host Weekly Community Sing-Alongs

JOHNSON CITY – Johnson City Public Library is partnering with a local group of singing enthusiasts for weekly community sing-alongs. Beginning on Wednesday, March 4, these gatherings will meet in the Library’s Jones Meeting Room every Wednesday from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The sing-alongs are open to the public of all ages. People of every singing skill level are encouraged to attend; no prior practice or preparation is needed.

David Wiley, president and founder of Historic Jonesborough Dance Society, formed a steering committee of “fellow singing enthusiasts” to create community sing-alongs in Johnson City after learning about the numerous benefits they provide. Wiley explains, “Studies have found that community singing nurtures physical health, increases self-confidence and lowers feelings of depression and anxiety. It also creates social capital and develops friendship networks.”

Wiley hopes that sing-along participants come away feeling better about themselves and the world around them. He says, “Being in a community group will help you feel important and a part of something, and it will improve your mood and outlook. Plus, you’ll make new friends!”

For more information about the Community Sings program, contact David Wiley at (423) 534-8879 or wileyman2@msn.com. Learn more about Johnson City Public Library by visiting www.jcpl.org, calling (423) 434-4450 or dropping by the Library at 100 West Millard Street. Follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram for program and collection updates. 

Thru March 22, 2020

February and March Events at Natural Tunnel State Park

Wild about Wildlife Home School Program


Natural Tunnel State Park has a variety of wildlife that can be seen and heard. During this four month long program, the importance of these animals will be covered. We will meet the first and third Tuesday of each month. 

March 10 and 24: Bats
April 7 and 21: Snakes

Cost: $3 per person per program or $20 per person for the entire 2020 homeschool series.

Elementary-aged children are encouraged to come twice a month to discover the unique animals in our state park. To register, or for additional information contact Rachel Blevins at Rachel.Blevins@dcr.virginia.gov or 276-940-1643. Meet at the Cove Ridge Center.



Wednesday, March 4

3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Natural Tunnel Job Fair. Natural Tunnel State Park is currently accepting applications for a variety of positions throughout the park. Learn more about the different opportunities, talk with park staff, and have the chance to turn in an application. Job Fair will be held at the Cove Ridge Center.



Saturday, March 7


5:30 p.m. – Frog Frenzy. Join park interpreters on a walk to listen to the sounds of spring, the call of the frogs. Discover the various frog species found at the park and learn about their specific frog call that is unique to each species. Wear shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Feel free to bring a flashlight, the park will have some on hand. Meet at the Stock Creek Recreation Area. Free



Monday, March 9


7 p.m. – Full Moon Hike. Enjoy a guided hike to the Gazebo and be a part of a unique experience here at Natural Tunnel. This 1.2 mile hike will take place along a semi-moderate trail. Sturdy hiking shoes and a flashlight are recommended. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Blockhouse Parking Lot. Free



Saturday, March 14


6:30 p.m. Salamander Meander. Find out what makes these amphibians so unique. Then join an interpreter as you go on an adventure to find salamanders. Wear shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Meet at the Stock Creek Recreation Area. Free



Saturday, March 21


9 a.m. – First Day of Spring Bird Walk. Join bird park interpreters and celebrate the beginning of spring with a bird walk throughout the park. Meet at the Blockhouse Parking Lot. Free


Sunday, March 22

2 p.m. – March 22: Declaring Independence on the Frontier: Backwoods Patriots and the Outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Settlers on the Appalachian frontier were caught up in the struggle against Britain, long before winning important victories in the Southern Campaign. During this presentation, Michael Lynch will examine backwoodsmen’s relationship with the American Revolution from the time of the Intolerable Acts to the outbreak of war with the Cherokees in 1776. Free

The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretive Center operates as a satellite park of Natural Tunnel State Park and is located at 371 Technology Trail Lane in Duffield, Virginia. For questions or additional information, call the interpretive center at 276-431-0104.

The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities, or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov

March 27th, 2020

The Washington County Extension Office will be holding a Breeding Soundness Clinic at the Appalachian Fairgrounds. The idea is to make sure bulls pass a breeding soundness exam before they start the breeding process. The cost is $60 per bull. To reserve a spot call 423-753-1680 by March 20,2020.

thru April 4, 2020

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant program offers free tax preparation to qualifying taxpayers in the greater Johnson City area. All of our volunteers are fully trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

VITA was established in 2007 to provide tax services to those who are underserved in hard–to–reach areas, both urban and non-urban. VITA generally offers free tax preparation to people who make $64,000 or less and need help filing their own tax returns. Well trained, IRS certified volunteers have dedicated their time and effort resulting in incremental increases in federal return preparation each year and demonstrated efficient use of IRS funds.

In 2009, Milligan began participating in the VITA Program in order to fulfill the needs of the greater Johnson City area. In its first year, one volunteer performed 35 returns, and now the program has dozens of volunteers who prepare hundreds of returns each year.

Backed by Milligan’s business faculty, the college’s VITA Program prepares students, who are trained extensively and certified by the Internal Revenue Service, to prepare returns for citizens of Johnson City, Elizabethton, and the surrounding areas. The program is sponsored this year by Bank of Tennessee.

2020 Tax Preparation Site Schedule

Milligan College will file tax returns from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on three Saturdays during the 2020 filing season:

March 21

April 4



Or call 423.461.8700 to book an appointment.


The first ever model train show is happening in Kingsport – and we want you to be a part of it! Vendors are encouraged to apply via the application found on arts.kingsporttn.gov. The deadline to apply is February 14.

This will be the first of its kind – a 2-day model train show featuring the Kingsport Model Train’s Santa Train.

For more information, please visit arts.kingsporttn.gov.

The Appalachian Express Chorus, a non-profit organization supporting music education, will be delivering singing valentines on Valentine’s Day throughout the Tri-Cities.  We sing barbershop-style harmony.  For $50, your singing valentine includes a rose, a card, and a song for your sweetheart.  Call 423-384-9992 to schedule a singing valentine.  Additional information and online ordering at http://www.appalachianexpresschorus.org/

Thru February 29, 2020

In celebrating their ‘love of transit,’ Kingsport Area Transit Service (KATS) is offering free rides for the entire month of February. The promotion includes free rides all month long on fixed route transit buses, as well as a free ticket book given to Dial-a-Ride 65/ADA/Job Assist passengers who ride in the month of February (one 24-count ticket book per registered rider).

In a continued effort to highlight the many benefits of public transportation, KATS continues to offer various promotional events throughout the year in order to encourage people to try public transit. Free rides in February is the perfect opportunity to try the KATS public transportation system at no cost to you. Make sure you take advantage of these deals and tell your friends and family.

The KATS transit center is located at 900 East Main Street. To learn more about KATS and all the services offered, please visit www.kingsporttransit.org.

8th Annual Bristol Marathon Jam

For the past 7 years Jim Graybeal and CanJoe*John along with the Notorious Nomadz Band have organized a fundraiser to help support the Fisher House Foundation.

The Foundation builds comfortable homes where military & veteran’s families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital.

These homes are located at military and VA medical centers around the world. They have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room.

This year the event will be held at 423 SOCIAL, Saturday, February 29, 2020.  This is a 12 hour event, running from noon until midnight

Thru April 17, 2020

Applications to attend the Washington County Department of Education Prekindergarten program for the 2020-2021 school year will be available at these participating schools as well as the Washington County Department of Education Central Office between March 9 – April 17. Children who will be 4 years old on or before August 15, 2020 are eligible. Simply complete the application and submit it to one of the three participating schools no later than April 17.  Upon submission, you will be given an appointment to bring the child to the school for an educational screening in May.  

A screening process of applicants will follow in May and a lottery drawing will determine if your child is accepted into the program.  An income eligibility application must be completed with verification being a 2019 tax return. Also, verification of home address MUST be provided (i.e. monthly utility bill).  Pre-K hours will be 8:15 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday and parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from school.

For more information, feel free to contact (423) 434-4923 or email teachercenter@wcde.org 

Thru April 25, 2020

Bristol TN to offer lifeguard certification courses

 Community members interested in gaining lifeguard certification are invited to register for either of two upcoming American Red Cross courses that will be offered by the Bristol, Tennessee Department of Parks and Recreation.

The first session will be held Friday, Feb. 28; Saturday, Feb. 29; Friday, March 6; and Saturday, March 7. The second will be held Friday, April 17; Saturday, April 18; Friday, April 24; and Saturday, April 25. The class will meet Fridays from 4-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Viking Hall pool. The cost of the course is $50.

Participants must be 15 or older before the final class session and must complete all online assignments and attend all class sessions to gain certification. The certification is valid for two years.

To register, please go to bristoltn.recdesk.com. If you have questions or need additional information, please email Karen McCook at kmccook@bristoltn.org.

Thru April 30, 2020

Applications to attend the tuition-based Boones Creek Elementary Pre-kindergarten program for the 2020-2021 school year will be available beginning March 9, 2020 at the office of Boones Creek Elementary School, the Washington County Department of Education Central Office, 405 West College Street, Jonesborough, Tennessee or download from the website at www.wcde.org.  A completed “hard copy” of the application must be returned to the Central Office in Jonesborough (405 West College Street) by April 30th, 2020.

  • Children must be 4 years old on or before August 15, 2020
  • Documents required:  Child’s official birth certificate     Child’s Social Security card

    Tennessee Immunization Certificate/physical form

    Proof of address (e.g, utility bill)

  • Pre-K hours will be 8:00 am – 1:30 pm with extended child care available until 6:00 pm for an additional cost
  • Pre-K will follow the Washington County school calendar
  • Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from school daily
  • Pre-K classroom capacity: 20        Number of classrooms: 1
  • Students will be selected based on order of applications received
  • Cost: $125 per week
  • All applicants will be notified of their status once applications have been verified and processed.  A screening date will then be scheduled in May.

 For more information contact Hannah Duncan (423) 753-1100 or email duncanh@wcde.org.

February 21, 2020

Wild about Wildlife Home School Program


Natural Tunnel State Park has a variety of wildlife that can be seen and heard. During this four month long program, the importance of these animals will be covered. We will meet the first and third Tuesday of each month. 

February 21: Frogs & Toads
March 10 and 24: Bats
April 7 and 21: Snakes

Cost: $3 per person per program or $20 per person for the entire 2020 homeschool series.

Elementary-aged children are encouraged to come twice a month to discover the unique animals in our state park. To register, or for additional information contact Cheyenne Mullins at Cheyenne.Mullins@dcr.virginia.gov or 276-940-1643. Meet at the Cove Ridge Center.

February 12, 2020

Kindergarten Registration for Washington County, TN Schools

WHO:      Children who will be 5 years old on or before August 15, 2020

WHAT:    Kindergarten registration for children entering Washington County, TN

                  Schools in the Fall of 2020

WHEN:   February 12 or March 3 between the hours of 4:00-7:00 pm 

 WHERE: All Washington County, TN elementary schools (These schools include

                  Boones Creek, Fall Branch, Grandview, Gray, Jonesborough Elem., Lamar,         Ridgeview, South Central, Sulphur Springs, West View)

BRING:   Child’s official birth certificate, Social Security card, Tennessee Immunization

       Certificate/Physical form, proof of residence address 

For more information call (423) 434-4923 or email teachercenter@wcde.org 

February 13, 2020

The Kingsport Aquatic Center is hosting two conference swim meets this February: the Mid-South College Conference Meet and the AAC Conference Meet. To help you plan your visit to the pools, the KAC would like to advise the public of changes to its regular operating schedule.

Mid-South College Conference Meet (Feb. 6 – 8)
Feb. 5: HMG Competition Pool closed noon to 5 p.m. for swim meet practice
Feb. 6 – 7: Pools open to public 5:30 – 7 a.m.
Feb. 6 – 8: Entire facility closed

AAC Conference Meet (Feb. 13 – 15)
Feb. 12: HMG Competition Pool closed 5 to 8 p.m. for swim meet practice
Feb. 13 – 14: Pools open to public 5:30 – 7 a.m.
Feb. 13 – 15: Entire facility closed

If you are attending either meet to spectate or compete, please be mindful and park in designated event parking areas. The KAC’s neighbor, the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA, will still be open and operating.

For more information on the AAC or Mid-South meets, visit aacsports.com or mid-southconference.org. For more information about the Kingsport Aquatic Center, visit swimkingsport.com or call 423-343-9758.

March 28, 2020

The Tri-Cities Toy and Hobby Show to benefit Rolling Thunder and Supplies for Soldiers is 9-3 on March 28th at the Farm and Home Building at the Appalachian Fairgrounds. Admission is $5 with children 12 and under admitted free. All proceeds will benefit both charities. There will be over 150 tables of various types of merchandise for sale including: comics, trading cards, record albums, vintage toys, action figures, Legos, miniatures, Hot Wheels and much more.