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Photo gallery: A lovely afternoon at Bays Mountain Park

KINGSPORT — Folks were enjoying the warm weather earlier this week by spending some time at Bays Mountain Park. Cameron Hege and his 2-year-old son, Oliver, came up the mountain Monday morning, walked across the dam and along the banks of the reservoir. Usually, Hege and his son come up...
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Ello water bottle uses Tritan Renew material

Ello, a manufacturer, wholesaler and online retailer of sustainable food and beverage containers, is offering reusable water bottles that are made using Tritan Renew material from Eastman, Kingsport, Tennessee. Tritan Renew material that has 50 percent certified recycled content, which is achieved by allocating recycled plastic scrap to Tritan Renew using a mass balance process that’s certified by International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC). The new Eco Ello Tritan 26-ounce water bottle is available in Target stores in the U.S. and online.
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Cider of the Week!

From this Tennessee cidery’s Single Origin series, this is exclusively Winesap apples from a singular farm. Made sparkling via the ancient yet affordable méthode ancestrale (Google it), this cider is light on aromas but heavy on flavor and texture. Dried apple, earth and lemon peek out on the nose but come in full force on the palate, where approachable fruit meets big bubbles that pop with apple gusto and lemon luster, finishing full and dry.
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Meet some dragonflies during Saturday event at Warriors’ Path

KINGSPORT — If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with dragonflies, now’s your chance. Warriors Path State Park will hold its 11th annual Dragonfly Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two dragonfly experts will lead the event, and participants will have plenty of time to observe and learn about these interesting insects.

Visitor Spotlight Surveys

Traveling to Norton this summer? We want to hear from you! The city has partnered with Country Cabin II, Lincoln Road Coffee Lounge, Stone Mountain Adventures, LLC, and Sugar Hill Cidery to conduct Visitor Spotlight Surveys this June, July, and August. Visit one of the above businesses between June 15 and August 31 and mention you'd like to fill out the “WanderLove” survey. Fill out the survey in person or online and you’ll be entered into a monthly prize drawing. Note: Visitors must be from outside Norton, Wise, Dickenson, and Scott counties to be registered for the drawing. #getoutsidenortonva #explorenortonva #wanderlove #loveva.
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Bronze award project brings sensory garden to Roosevelt

Three Kingsport-area Girl Scouts have earned the Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Level Girl Scout can achieve. Elainea Wells, Lauren Lloyd and Isabella Lyons, members of Troop 1083, collaborated to add a beautiful sensory garden to the pollinator garden at Roosevelt Elementary School. The sensory garden contains items...
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HEDELT: Wilderness Road State Park tells story of mass migration

Wilderness Road State Park, in Lee County near the Kentucky line in the southwestern tip of Virginia, has one simple and overriding mission. It tells the story of the hundreds of thousands of brave and sometimes desperate souls who used wagons, horses or their own two feet to travel the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap, into Kentucky and beyond, in the late 1700s.
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Hiding in plain sight

Times News reader Kathy Wust recently captured photos of some little bandits. She spotted them on her deck in the Preston Forest neighborhood of Kingsport. “My immediate mental caption was ‘Hiding In Plain Sight,’ ” Wust wrote in an email. Wust said she needs to remember to bring in her bird feeders at night. Shown at left, the raccoons climb onto Wust’s deck while below the raccoons eye the bird feeder.
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Food City sees expansion, Starbucks addition

KINGSPORT — The current construction at Food City on Clinchfield Street in Kingsport will offer shoppers added space and a Starbucks location inside the store. Food City President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Smith told the Times News the store is expanding by about 10,000 square feet. The project will include added grocery space as well as a Starbucks location.
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Editorial: Don't let the kids tell you they're bored

Stuck for things to do with the kids? Pile them in the car and head for the Kingsport Public Library on Broad Street, which has just moved into the next phase of its reopening. The facility is now open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, closing at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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Kingsport creating new park along Holston River

KINGSPORT — The Model City is expanding its recreational reach to the banks of the Holston River later this year with the creation of a 24-acre park. Riverbend Park will be built behind the Walmart Supercenter on Fort Henry Drive, stretching from Riverbend Drive to Wesley Road, according to conceptual drawings provided by the city.
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Local events to celebrate Free Fishing Day

Saturday, June 12, is Free Fishing Day in Tennessee and anyone (resident or nonresident) may fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters. Even better, youth anglers ages 15 years old or younger may fish free the entire week beginning June 12 and running through the following Friday. This...
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Enjoy bird walks, crafts and more during Summer in the Park

KINGSPORT — If you’re in the mood for some nature discovery, check out the next round of Summer in the Park events at Warriors Path State Park. The park’s annual series of activities recently kicked off for the summer, and there is no cost to participate. Below is a rundown of some of this week’s offerings.
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Celebrating Bays Mountain Park

Bays Mountain Park and the Kingsport Times News are teaming up this year to celebrate the park’s 50th anniversary with a series of contests highlighting the majesty of the mountain. To kick things off, in April and May we invited community members to share their favorite photos from the park...
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Editorial: Bays Mountain Park adding Legacy Trail

A great park can never have enough hiking and biking trails. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium is adding a Legacy Trail to its 40 miles of trails that cover most of the 3,550 acres of the park. It’s an appropriate and exciting addition, and at 3.75 miles, will be the park’s longest trail.
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Saturdays with the Chef returns today

Saturdays with the Chef makes its return to the Kingsport Farmers Market on June 5. Discover how to take advantage of those peak season produce items with creative tips and new recipes from local chefs. “We’re excited to be able to bring back some of our programming this season,” said...