PEAK Newsletter 6/13/17

A quick update. Happy Tuesday!  Here’s a quick update on what’s going on in PEAK.  Click any of the graphics to learn more.         Have a great week!    – The...

Professional Development: Mental Strength

MENTAL STRENGTH     Life is full of challenges, and how you handle those challenges can have serious ramifications on the direction of your life.  More times than not it is easier to simply throw in the towel and give up rather than face those challenges, but success in any realm of life requires that you be a warrior and press on.  More so then physical prowess, this requires mental toughness.  Following is a list of thirteen thoughts and actions from leadership expert Jim Rohn and published through Success Magazine that you can incorporate into your daily routine to aid you in developing mental strength. 1. Don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself.  Everyone has setbacks, but how long you are set back is dependent entirely upon how long you dwell on those negative circumstances. 2. Don’t give away your power.  No matter your circumstances, you have control over your actions and attitudes. 3. Don’t shy away from change.  Change is one of the only constants in life, so embrace it. 4. Don’t waste energy on things beyond your control.  There is only so much your brain can process each day, so focus that energy on what you can control. 5. Don’t try to please everyone.  You will never be able to, and trying to do so will be a never ending drain on your energy. 6. Don’t fear taking risks.  It’s a cliché, but it is true: fortune favors the bold. 7. Don’t dwell on the past.  Focus on improving the present and the future. 8. Don’t repeat other’s mistakes.  Learn from them. 9. Don’t resent the success...

PEAK Newsletter 5/30/17

A quick update. Happy Tuesday!  Here’s a quick update on what’s going on in PEAK. Have a great week!  We hope to see you Sunday!   – The...

Professional Development: Turn it Off

TURN IT OFF Rest is a necessary component of life.  While we may sometimes deny it and instead try to push forward in the name of productivity, experts and even common sense tells us that we all need time to rest.  Numerous books have been written explaining how the human body weakens without proper time to rest, and that productivity actually increases when we take time regularly to rest. When it comes to resting, we often unknowingly have in our possession an instrument which can actually make it difficult to rest: our cell phones.  While it is true that cell phones can be used for recreational purposes, whether for gaming or taking pictures with friends, our phones are often a link to our work and business and environments.  While you may not realize it, this means that you are never truly “out of the office.”  Instead, you become accustomed to having your clients, employees, or prospects being able to call you at most any time.  And while you may think that you can simply ignore your phone when you need to, chances are that you will likely still check it frequently, just to make sure that someone has tried to reach you. So today I would like to challenge you to do one thing.  Just one simple “life hack” that experts suggest will aid you in taking time to rest.  Ready?  Here it is: Turn your phone off. Trust me, I heard the “No!” that your mind just shouted at this suggestion.  The first time I ever heard this idea, I confess that I actually laughed out loud at...

Professional Development: Financial Peace

FINANCIAL PEACE The average student loan balance is $29,400*.  Over 77% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck.  Over 89% of Americans buy things they can’t afford.  These are just a few of the many statistics regarding debt in America.  The good news, however, is that you don’t have to be a statistic. Financial advice comes in all shapes and sizes.  While there isn’t necessarily a “one-size-fits-all” road map to financial success, there are basic principles that can be applied towards getting out of debt and managing your finances.  These include: Making a budget and sticking to it.  Use apps/websites such as Mint, or your own bank’s software, to automatically track and budget every expense. When your income increases, don’t raise your standard of living by the same dollar amount  Instead, save and invest a portion of your new income. Related to #2: Live within your means.  Keeping up with the Jones is almost always a guaranteed path to debt. Eliminate credit card interest (never carry a balance). If at all possible, always use cash rather than credit or financing to make a purchase. Dave Ramsey is one individual who speaks about debt and how to escape it, and much of his knowledge comes from his own experiences.  Dave had generated a million-dollar real estate business by age 26 but then lost it all due to debt and bad financial practices.  Since recovering, he has sought to teach others how to responsibly handle their own finances.  While his book Financial Peace goes into greater detail, he freely shares the basics of his road map plan for escaping debt: Get $1,000...

Meet the Alderman Candidate: Robert H. Williams, M.D.

Meet the Candidate – Robert H. Williams, M.D. What is your profession & background? I moved to Kingsport, TN in 1974 via Cookeville, TN, Memphis, TN and a 3 year stint in The U. S. Army Medical Corp, Europe. I was 32 years old. I practiced Internal Medicine and Cardiology here in Kingsport for 32 years, retiring in 2006.  I am married to Anne Compton Williams and have two daughters and four grandchildren. Why are you running for Alderman? Three months ago, I became more interested and concerned about the prescription opioid epidemic.  This was about the time that I became aware of the upcoming Alderman race.  One thing led to another, and here I am.  I am an independent thinking, conservative leaning pragmatist.  I have the time and interest to tackle the job of Alderman.  In addition, I plan to use this position to assist me in the growing drug problem that is infiltrating all levels of our lives. Why are you positive about Kingsport’s future? Kingsport has been around for a long time.  It has a strong foundation in business and industry. We are blessed with a strong and willing workforce, plus we live in a fantastically beautiful part of the country where we can enjoy outdoor activities and attractions literally in our own backyard. Who wouldn’t want to work and play where we do? Spread the word, and businesses and industries will come. What will you do to make Kingsport even more attractive to a Young Professional? First, I will reaffirm my support for the businesses and industries we already have.  I try to follow the basic rule...

Meet the Alderman Candidate: Mark Vicars Jr.

Meet the Candidate – Mark Vicars Jr. What is your profession & background? I started my own business at the age of 18, which I recently sold to pursue my dream of being an educator. Currently, I am a student at Northeast State Community College, pursuing a degree in History with a double minor in Economics and Secondary Education. I am currently engaged to a fellow dog lover. My little family means the world to me. I enjoy the outdoors, sports, and board games of all kinds. Why are you running for Alderman? As a lifelong resident of Kingsport, I am passionate about this city. I believe city government should exist to enrich the lives of its citizens, rather than tax them solely for the sake of revenue. Our city government needs to start living up to its word, and stop making empty promises. As someone preparing to enter the education field, the city should continue to make efforts to support education on all levels, while also striving to help all Kingsport citizens, in all their communities. I believe it is long overdue for a fresh voice and perspective to come to Kingsport government. Why are you positive about Kingsport’s future? I am positive about Kingsport’s future because I see more people trying to make a change in the community. I may not always agree, but if somebody is doing what they think it right to help the community I will try my best to understand their point of view. What will you do to make Kingsport even more attractive to a Young Professional? I would love to start a...

Meet the Alderman Candidate: Tom Parham

Meet the Candidate – Tom Parham What is your profession & background? I was educated in Kingsport and graduated from ETSU with a degree in finance.  I did graduate work at Emory University and UT.  I retired from Tennessee Eastman after nearly four decades of working in a variety of management positions.  In addition, I have spent more than 40 years in public service in my church, Boy Scouts, YMCA, Greenbelt Committee, NETWORKS, and many others.  I am currently president of PETWORKS, our regional animal shelter.  I have been on the BMA for eight years. Why are you running for Alderman? I enjoy being active in City Government, and feel I am making a positive difference.  I’m proud of the accomplishments we’ve achieved during my time on the board, and want to see some current projects, most notably the construction of the animal shelter, to completion.  I feel that my knowledge and experience are an asset to the board.  It is very important that we continue on a progressive path. Why are you positive about Kingsport’s future? I’m excited about Kingsport’s future!  We currently have the lowest cost, lowest debt city in the region, with the highest bond rating.  Our schools consistently have excellent ratings, we have wonderful opportunities for higher education and workforce development in a wide variety of fields that lead to high paying jobs, and, through NETWORKS, we have added 1500 new jobs this year.  We are seeking growth in housing, and this growth will provide more jobs. What will you do to make Kingsport even more attractive to a Young Professional? I believe that we should ensure that opportunities for involvement...

Meet the Alderman Candidate: Colette George

Meet the Candidate – Colette George What is your profession & background? I am the Broker/Owner of Blue Ridge Properties and have been a Realtor for 25 years. I have served as a Kingsport Alderman since 2013. My community service includes 10 years on the Planning Commission, Visitor and Convention Bureau, Junior League, Women’s Symphony Committee, Girls Inc, K-Play, Rotary of Kingsport, Junior Achievement, and Meals on Wheels, just to name a few. Why are you running for Alderman? Kingsport is my home and I chose to move back here to grow a family business and raise my children. Like other parents, I want my sons to raise their families in Kingsport. For that to be an option, we must use our resources wisely and efficiently to provide economic opportunities and improve quality of life for all our citizens. Why are you positive about Kingsport’s future? My vision for the next four years is to foster economic opportunity and growth as well as improvements in quality of life for our citizens. The Aerospace Park project should be a priority as it provides the greatest opportunity for thousands of good high-paying jobs and sets a precedent for cooperation between all the government entities in Northeast Tennessee. What will you do to make Kingsport even more attractive to a Young Professional? I built a new building on Broad Street. I believe we need to continue to invest in our downtown area. With new high-paying jobs, we will bring in more Young Professionals. Business and activities that cater to Young Professionals have a better success rate with greater number of that age group in our city....