Meet your new Neighborhood Advisory Commission

Matthew Lane • Dec 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport has officially created a neighborhood advisory commission, which was one of the five major initiatives to come out of the One Kingsport visioning process two years ago.

The commission has three main responsibilities: to strengthen neighborhoods, provide a communication channel between the neighborhoods and the city, and to advise the city on solving various problems within the community.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week approved the appointments to the 12-member board. Here's some information about the folks serving on the commission, according to biographical information provided by them to the city.

Lora Barnett (Colonial Heights) is a community volunteer and currently provides contract services to the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce working on fundraisers and the annual chamber dinner. Previously, Lora was a paralegal and court administrator for several attorneys and a judge in criminal and chancery court for 15 years.

Angela Braan (Midtown) has lived in Kingsport since 2015. She and her family relocated from the Washington D.C./Maryland/Virginia area, where she was born and raised. Angela served four years in the U.S. Army and currently owns Cassia's Salon and Spa in Kingsport.

Al Crymble (Holston Hills/Cliffside) is a life-long resident of Kingsport, former systems engineer for IBM and following retirement started a small company, MidRange Inc. His community activities over the years include working with Volunteer Kingsport, the Rotary Club of Kingsport, the Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association and the Kingsport Board of Zoning Appeals.

Jennifer Egan (Green Acres) was one of the original Trashbusters at Fun Fest, a graduate of Leadership Kingsport and one of the people who helped found Rascals in downtown Kingsport. Jennifer is currently working to establish a neighborhood association for Green Acres.

Ted Fields (Fall Creek) was born and raised in Grundy, Va., and spent years working for BB&T Bank, eventually rising to the position of vice president. Ten years ago, he joined TriSummit Bank and then in May started working for Pathway Lending. He has served on a number of boards in the community, including the United Way, the chamber, Keep Kingsport Beautiful and the Rotary Club.

Wallace Grills (Borden Village) has worked at Eastman Chemical Co. and Tele-Optics, both as an ISO and safety coordinator and has chaired the Workforce Investment Board for the state of Tennessee. Wallace has been involved with the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., the United Way and the Alliance for Business and Training.

Janice Irvin (Preston Forest) is a graduate of Milligan College and ETSU and currently the principal of Kennedy Elementary School in Lynn Garden. Irvin describes herself as someone who values communication and relationships.

Jamie Jackson (Edinburgh) along with her husband started a local construction company (Jackson Jones) in 1998, then became a special education teacher in 2000. Jamie has directed weddings on the side for the past 20 years and three years ago became the on-site wedding director for the Chateau Selah wedding venue in Blountville.

Deborah Mullins (Cooks Valley) grew up in Kingsport, graduated from ETSU and the University of Tennessee and began teaching in Blount County. She moved back to Kingsport in 2008, began teaching at Dobyns-Bennett High School, but after caring for her 98-year-old grandfather, she found a passion in serving the elders of our community. Mullins is currently the director of sales and admissions coordinator both Preston Place and The Village at Allandale.

Margot Seay (Preston Woods) currently serves on the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, the First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, Healthy Kingsport Leadership Board, the Kingsport United Way Aging with Choices Vision Council, Second Harvest and the Kingsport Hunger Task Force.

Jessica Slaughter (Midtown) lives in Kingsport with her husband, Matthew, and both were born and raised in the Model City. The couple have three children, and Jessica serves as the PTO president at Lincoln Elementary School and volunteers as a Girl Scouts troop leader.

Spencer Snook (Ridgefields) is a retiree of Eastman Chemical Co. and an active realtor with Blue Ridge Properties. Spencer is an elder at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church, a member of the Kiwanis Club and past fundraising chair of the Literacy Council.

The commission will hold an organizational meeting on Jan. 10 from 3-5 p.m., with the location to be determined. Regular meetings will be held on the last Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The first one is scheduled for Jan. 25, again with the location to be determined.

Any member who misses three meetings within a year will be removed from the commission and replaced with someone else.