Bays Mountain Park has free admission
Weyerhaeuser awards $75,000 in grants
Kingsport YMCA raises $620,368
KINGSPORT - Bays Mountain Park will be open free to visitors Monday through Friday while the Nature Center is closed for maintenance and improvement. On Saturday, the Nature Center will reopen at 1 p.m., and the parking fee of $3 per vehicle will resume. While the Nature Center is closed, visitors still will have access to all animal habitats, and all hiking and mountain bike trails will be unaffected. Park staff will be on hand throughout the week. For more information call 229-9447 or 229-9449 or visit www.baysmountain.com.
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Nineteen community projects in Tennessee received a total of $75,000 in grants from the Weyerhaeuser Co. Foundation in 2006, including eight in the Kingsport area. Weyerhaeuser employs about 650 people in Tennessee with operations in Antioch, LaVergne, Memphis, Brownsville, Cleveland, Knoxville and Kingsport. The mission of the foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities where Weyerhaeuser has a presence. The Kingsport area recipients were Sullivan South High School, $1,500 for computer lab software and learning tools; Sullivan Central High School, $2,900 for upgraded equipment for honors and AP science courses; United Way of Greater Kingsport, $2,500 for the 2006 campaign; Kingsport Chamber Foundation Inc., two awards of $1,300 for the Leadership Kingsport program; Dobyns-Bennett Band Boosters Club, $1,000 for a new drum major stand; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Sullivan County, $1,000 for 2006 unrestricted support; Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Kingsport, $1,000 for unrestricted support; and Tennessee Forestry Camp, $1,000 for the Tennessee Future Farmers of America Forestry Camp program. Recipients of Making Waves grants included the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kingsport Inc., $2,000 for a cheerleading program.
KINGSPORT - The Greater Kingsport Family YMCA has raised $620,368 in its fund-raising campaign for a new facility. The YMCA is currently operating in a temporary location in Franklin Square off Eastman Road. The new facility will more than double the size of its temporary home and will provide more opportunities for additional fitness programs, sports, character development, summer camps, and an indoor recreational family swimming pool. The organization provides activities for all ages and has nearly 3,000 members. Family memberships make up more than half of the membership base. The YMCA is a nonprofit organization, and financial assistance is available for all programs offered, including memberships. In 2006, the organization provided more than $125,000 in financial assistance. For more information about membership call 247-YMCA. To give to the capital campaign call 247-GIVE.