Carter Celebrates the Century Mark on Her 100th Birthday


Thru the Gap Correspondent Seems like there are all types of ideas buzzing around in my head but knowing what to write for this week’s column is a bit perplexing. Maybe I’ll say something that will interest you. As I write this on Saturday, Dec. 4, my lifelong friend, Anna Carter, is celebrating her 100th birthday at Elmcroft Assisted Living. […]

Tom Hilton

Tom Hilton, 66, of Nickelsville, passed away Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 at Holston Valley Medical Center after a brief illness. Tom was born Jan. 11, 1955 to the late John S. Hilton Sr. and Sarah Opal Williams Hilton. He loved music and life and always had a smile on his face. He will be missed by all who knew him. […]

Sandra Miller

Sandra Jo (Bralley) Miller, 80, Gate City, died peacefully at home on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. She was born March 3, 1941 in Hiltons, a daughter of the late Joe and Evelyn Bralley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Stacy R. Miller (1991). Sandra retired from the Scott County School System after over […]

Yvonne Oaks

Yvonne Michelle Oaks, 59, Gate City, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 at Holston Valley Medical Center. Yvonne was born Feb. 26, 1962 in Los Angeles, Calif. and was the daughter of the late Irving and Ethel (Knight) Drapeau. In addition to her parents, her sisters, Rachel Shepard, Cathy Sioux Drapeau and Sandy Chitwood and brother, J.R. Steadman preceded her […]

Nina Shutko

Nina Rosalie (Olinger) Shutko, 68, Gate City, passed away Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 at Nova Health and Rehab. She was born Feb. 3, 1953 in Kingsport, Tenn., a daughter of the late Clarence and Edith (Catron) Olinger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Elaine Olinger. Nina was a nature and art enthusiast. She […]

Eastman Foundation Awards $10,000 to Lions Club, Appalachian Miles for Smiles

Eastman Foundation recently awarded $10,000 to Kingsport Lions Club to fund the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for a community partner that has a clear vision for positive community impact. Over the last year, Appalachian Miles for Smiles has provided services valued at more than $150,000 at no cost to patients. With the installment of the new equipment, AMS can now […]

Eastman Announces $500 Million Accelerated Share Repurchase

Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) announced Dec. 6 that it has entered into an accelerated share repurchase (ASR) agreement with Barclays Bank PLC and Royal Bank of Canada to repurchase $500 million of Eastman’s common stock. The ASR is in addition to previously planned repurchases, and the company is now targeting $1 billion of repurchases in 2021. Eastman also announced that […]

Eastman Board Increases Dividend for 12th Consecutive Year

The Board of Directors of Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 76 cents per share on the company’s common stock, a 10 percent increase from 69 cents per share. The dividend is payable Jan. 7, 2022, to stockholders of record as of Dec. 15, 2021. “I am pleased that for the 12th consecutive year, […]

Christmas Ballet

Four students from the Jenkins School of Dance are among the performers in the 2021 edition of the Intercity Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” this weekend. Dancers include Ameilia Lockhart, Party Child and Etta Sexton, mouse and not pictured – Madison Dean and Olivia Calton, who are Attendant, Soldier and other corps parts. Performances are set for Friday, Dec. 10 […]

Church Briefs

Drive-through Christmas Nativity is planned for Saturday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Thomas Village Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to attend. Brother Jacob Horton is preaching Sunday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Durham’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Terry Rhoton is the pastor. Everyone is welcome. The Rev. Earl Miller is preaching the morning and evening […]