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Monday, January 31, 2022

Mrs. Valtenia Summers Sparrow passing announcement

The family of Mrs. Valtenia Summers Sparrow has announced her passing.  She went to be with Jesus on January 20, 2022, in Bowie, Maryland. 

Her parents were Viola Summers and Henry Summers.

Please keep the family in your prayers.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Randolph Watterson remembrance


Randolph T. Watterson departed this life on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.  He was born August 15, 1960 in Kingsport, TN.

Randolph was preceded in death by his mother, Wanda Watterson; grandparents Clinton and Fannie Watterspm; aunts and uncles Adrian and Mildred Watterson, Joan and Charles Valentine, and Fred Fugate.

He leaves behind his brother, Terrance (Kenna) Watterson;  aunts, Barbara Bell and Betty Fugate;  uncle, Andrew Watterson; nephew, Marcellas Watterson; and a host of cousins and friends.

Memorial services for Mr. Randolph Watterson will be conducted Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 1 PM at the Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church, Kingsport, TN.  The family will receive friends from 12 PM until the hour of service.

Sunday, January 16, 2022



Special announcement... the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade is being postponed from MLK Day, January 17th.

The decision was made on Sunday afternoon, the day before.  Click twice on the "play" button below to listen to the announcement:

The new date for the MLK Day commemorations will be Saturday, February 5th.  Parade participants will gather at 11:15 AM at the old Rikki Rhoten Insurance Building, corner of East Sevier Avenue and East Center Street and the parade will begin at 12 Noon..... the luncheon will  start at 1 PM and will still be a drive-through outside the Douglass Community Room at the V.O. Dobbins Community Center, 301 Louis Street.... and the Candlelight Vigil will be at 6 PM at the Shiloh Baptist Church on East Sevier Avenue (that event will also be live-streamed at

  Meanwhile, enjoy some of the snowfall below that Riverview got today (Sunday), that postponed the events, by clicking on the "play" button twice below.

          A good night to stay inside in Riverview!

Friday, January 7, 2022

Youth Summit Announcement

               Save the Date:

        Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022

Martin Luther King Jr. Youth

Summit Achieving the Dream 

         through Education,

     Leadership, and Service


           Kingsport Center for Higher Education

          300 W. Market St. • Kingsport, TN 37660

                                10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

                      Open to 6th – 12th graders

Inquiries:  Nescc–Off–Inc– or 423.354.2503

         Registration Form:

Upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Events

Here's a list of upcoming and continuing events up to the celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 17.

If you wish to contact the event organizers, please click on the pictures below to enlarge them, then write out the link addresses in the event of your choice into your browser.

Riverview Snow? Oh Yeah!


The latest snow blast yesterday nipped the Tri-Cities area with an average of 3 inches.. some folks got more, others got less.

Above, this is what Riverview woke up this Friday morning on January 7th.

Enough to cover the ground, but not slush the streets.  16 degrees, at 11 AM, 22 degrees by 1 PM.  As you can see in the picture above, it was trying to snow again.

Please don't forget to call and check on our seniors, loved ones and shut-in's.. make sure they have food, medicine and heat.  

Elsewhere around Kingsport using the WCYB cameras, this is the morning view from the DB Stadium.

East Stone Drive, above, appears to be clear with no snow.

Our friends in Johnson City above appear to be able to move around at normal speeds with a couple of inches of snow.. much less than they got a few days ago.


Over the mountain in Boone, North Carolina, they got their usual mountain snow above, at least five inches, more or less in some spots.

For our friends at the Appalachian African-American Cultural Center in Pennington Gap, VA the snow was a little heavier in the picture above.

To the west of Kingsport, traffic was moving pretty good in West Knoxville in the above picture.

Meanwhile, Middle Tennessee took the brunt of this storm.  When the snow in the picture above began in Nashville beside Nissan Stadium looking at downtown, weather forecasters already knew the Nashville area would get a lot.  It still caught folks off guard.

Nashville traffic is finally moving after getting about 8 inches of snow, give or take, in the picture above.  Businesses are closed and folks are encouraged to stay inside and avoid travel.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Douglass Alumni Mask available


COVID 19 is raging on, but there is still protection against people who have not been vaccinated.

The Douglass School mask is still available for $11.25 (that's $10.00 for the mask, plus $1.25 for mailing).  Make checks payable to the Sons and Daughters of Douglass.

You can order one by sending the money to our secretary, Charlotte Maxwell at:

Douglass Alumni Mask

P.O. Box 2460

Kingsport, TN 37662-2460

If you'd like to avoid the mail and get yours in person, you can get the mask for $10.00 by making arrangements to meet Charlotte at the V.O. Dobbins Community Center.

Board Meeting postoned


Because of the weather, the scheduled Board Meeting of the Sons and Daughters of Douglass Alumni Association for Saturday, January 8th is postponed.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on February 12th.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Snow, snow everywhere, but home


Hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Year's weekend.

Snow blanketed parts of  Tennessee from Nashville and southern Middle Tennessee on up through Knoxville with a dusting, and right on up the valley to Tri-Cities and western North Carolina, and then well into Southwest Virginia, southern West Virginia and central Carolina.  Ranges from a dusting to 7 to 10 inches.. even Church Hill-New Canton got about 4 inches.

But apparently, no snow at all in the homeplace.

The above picture is from the rooftop at WJHL-TV looking at Tannery Knob in downtown Johnson City.

The picture below is from a live picture at the V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex tower looking at Riverview, at right around the same time as the above pic.  I'd say, Riverview dodged a bullet.