Southern Living magazine published a special supplement section in its August edition just on Tennessee, and a two-page story on the Kingsport Greenbelt was the cover story on that section.
The two-page story talked about the Greenbelt, gave a little information about the history of the Greenbelt, and spoke with several people active in promoting the walking trail. The article mentions the bluebird houses along the trail, as well as the landscaping done by Master Gardener Carlotta Paulsen.
Kitty Frazier, Kingsport parks and recreation director, said she does not know how Southern Living came to learn of the Kingsport Greenbelt.
“They were the ones who contacted us, but I don’t know where they got the lead for it,” she said.
Southern Living contacted Kingsport over a year ago about doing an article on the Greenbelt, sending a travel writer to spend two days in Kingsport, walking the trail and talking to people active in promoting and enjoying the Greenbelt.
After making the call that the story was worthwhile, Southern Living sent a photographer to the Model City for another two days to take pictures along the Greenbelt for the feature story.
“They decided after having conversations over the phone, it was a worthwhile project to consider for an article,” Frazier said, noting Kingsport found out in June the article would be published. “Since then we’ve been working with the editorial staff and travel writer to finalize the article.”
Frazier said the most significant aspect of the article is it was the feature for the supplement section of the magazine, which focused just on Tennessee and was distributed throughout the state.
“It’s certainly something to be very proud of — that our community has a showplace and a showpiece to be able to extend to the rest of Tennessee, and we hope people will come to visit and find out more about our trail,” Frazier said.
Though the article is the first feature article about the Kingsport Greenbelt, this is not the first time the walking trail has received regional or national publicity.
Last year, Walk Magazine named Kingsport the 2008 Best City for Walkers, noting the Greenbelt and the walk race event held in the city during the year.
And Frazier said the Greenbelt won a Millennium Trail award from the White House.