Posted by: northeastnation | November 25, 2014

Northeast State Theater opens I, Ebenezer on Dec. 4

The holiday classic we know and love returns to the stage at Northeast State this December. Tickets are on sale now for the Northeast State Department of Theater’s I, Ebenezer a brilliant and original retelling of Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas adventure.

Adapted from the masterful novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Northeast State’s own Brad McKenzie weaves the time-traveling Christmas tale in the age of steam…and robots!

The play is a family friendly production that deals with the human side of the beloved holiday story. I, Ebenezer tells the story of bitter old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, head of a multinational company that specializes in steam-powered android automatons. He is visited by a time-traveling stranger who takes him through inserts of his past and forces him to reexamine the choices he has made as well as how his choices impact the future of himself and all humanity.


Steampunk meets A Christmas Carol in I, Ebenezer.

McKenzie wrote the adaptation through the lens of the steampunk theme. Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, a fantasy story style that involves using steam-era technology to make highly complicated and advanced machines. Typically set in an anachronistic Victorian alternative history setting. It could be described by the slogan, “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.”

The costuming, make-up, and automaton look of Scrooge’s robots reflect this alternate world and coincide with the diverging paths Scrooge’s Victorian Britain faced during the mid-19th century. Could industrial growth and capitalism sustain a decent life for the poor or a shred of humanity for the rich?

The play stays true to Scrooge’s transformation as he faces a series of time jumping with a robot version of his former business partner Marley and a spunky time traveler from the future. The beloved characters of Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim are on hand to round out the story. Audiences follow Scrooge – himself the embodiment of winter – as his cold, crooked heart is restored to the innocent goodwill he had known in his youth.
Dickens’ Carol was one of the greatest influences in rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England. While the play gives audiences joy, mirth, and life of Christmas through time, it also challenges audiences with unforgettable images of darkness, coldness, and death. The play never strays from asking the ages-old question, what does it mean to be a human being?

Production dates are Dec. 4 -6 and Dec. 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the College’s main campus at Blountville. Two matinee performances are scheduled on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and free to Northeast State students who present valid student identification.

For information about tickets or how to purchase tickets call the Box Office at 423.354.5169 or email Travis Brooks at For general questions about the productions or the Theater Department contact Elizabeth M. Sloan at or call at 423.354.2479.

Posted by: northeastnation | November 24, 2014

Official OSHA safety course set for Dec. 9-12

The Workforce Solutions department at Northeast State will present an official OSHA 30-hour General Industry course on safety and healthy work practices Dec. 9 – 12.

The course is ideal for any professional responsible for employee on-the-job safety and health work practices. This course provides successful participants with four days of information on current topics in occupational safety and health as enforced by the U.S. and Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Course completion cards will be awarded from the OSHA National TOSHA_logo_blackraining Institute to each student who successfully completes the course.

The course will meet Dec. 9 – 12, 2014. Course hours are: Dec. 9, 10, and 11, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Dec. 12: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Attendance at all four class sessions is required to receive course completion cards from TOSHA.

The class will be held on the College’s Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75.

Course fee is $399 including books and all study materials. This course is offered in conjunction with Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA). For reservations, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or

Posted by: northeastnation | November 21, 2014

String Theory lights up Northeast State Nov. 24

Old instruments and blistering new tunes. That best describes the music of String Theory, the dynamic duo of violinist Daniel Blair and cellist James Ross, Jr.

These two virtuoso musicians present an entertaining, humorous, and inspirational tour through the history of music, from J.S. Bach to Beyonce with their infectious musicianship and live show. String Theory will ignite the theater stage at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 24 at 7:00 p.m. with a free concert at Northeast State.

Blair and Ross have performed together for over 10 years playing more than 400 live performances. Through their talents, the duo adds music to their own stories, comedy sketches and inspiring messages using all genres like Classical, Pop, Cinema, Jazz, Bluegrass and even Rock. Blair’s focus in violin performance began at age 7 studying under Timothy Barrett at the Academy of Strings. He continued his musical study at the Hart School of Music, Appalachian State University and University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His accomplishments include statewide junior and senior division champion for strings under the Tennessee Music Teacher’s Association as well as being a founding member of the Tenacity Piano Trio.

Blair says his passion comes from exploring new ways to bring music to life. With violin as his primary instrument, he also composes, records, and produces music. He currently runs the string program at Blair Academy for the Arts. Ross, Jr., of Johnson City, has studied music since the age of five. He is classically trained in cello and piano.

String Theory - Daniel Blair and James Ross Jr.

String Theory – Daniel Blair and James Ross Jr.

Ross has performed with local and regional orchestras for over 10 years but truly appreciates the intimacy of small ensembles. He has performed as a live deejay as well as teaching music at Blair Academy for the Arts. He is currently completing his MBA at East Tennessee State University.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the show, call 423.279.7669 or

Posted by: northeastnation | November 20, 2014

2015 Edition Training offered for NFPA 70E Electric Arc Flash

Workforce Solutions of Northeast State is sponsoring a seminar on Dec. 5, 2014 focusing on the requirements for compliance with the 2015 edition NFPA 70E and the electrical arc flash hazard.

Understanding the definition of arc flash, along with video footage of actual arc flashes, will help participants understand this hazard. Arc flash calculations will be covered, as well as selection of proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to allow qualified persons to safely work within the arc flash boundary. Insulating voltage-rated tool and glove requirements will be discussed. Training for electrical workers and the Energized Work Permit will be covered. Techniques and ways to “engineer out” the hazard of arc flash will also be discussed.

arc flash

Arc Flash is an avoidable hazard.

The instructor, Bob Huddleston, is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee and serves on the NFPA National Electrical Code-making Panel 6 as voting principal member.

Who should take this course?  Individuals interested in furthering their electrical training.

Class Dates: Dec. 5, 2014
Course Hours: 8 a.m. – Noon
Location: Blountville Campus, 2425 Highway 75
Fees: $195.00 per participant (includes all materials)

For assistance with registration or additional information, please contact Diana Harrison: or 423.354.5520.

Posted by: northeastnation | November 19, 2014

Student club, Theater Department host drag show tonight

Lights, special effects, and an array of stars from classic fairy tales will take the stage when the Gay-Straight Alliance student club at Northeast State hosts its second annual Drag Show on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Regional Center for the Performing Arts at the College’s main campus in Blountville.

Going with the theme “Twisted Fairy Tales” the show features several talented performers dressing in costume as favorite characters from famous Disney productions. A handful of cast extras also provide support during the performances. The Northeast State Theater Department will bring their stagecraft expertise to the show with lights, music, and special effects for each performance.

Performers will be playing the famous roles of Maleficent and Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Ursula and Ariel from Little Mermaid, and several other fairy tale characters. The show performances are expected to last one hour.

Admission is free and open to all. For more information contact 423.279.3694.

Posted by: northeastnation | November 14, 2014

GSA club hosts week on transgender issues

The Gay-Straight Alliance student club at Northeast State will host a series of events during the week of Nov. 17-20 focusing on Transgender Remembrance Day on Nov. 20.

TG week Nov 17-20On Nov. 17 the GSA will screen several films in the Auditorium (A202) at the main campus. The films cast a spotlight on transgender issues throughout the past decades. The screenings begin at 10 a.m.

The College welcomes artist Rebecca Kling to campus on Nov. 18 for a lecture at 12 noon and 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Kling is a transgender educator/comedian/activist transgender artist and educator. Kling incorporates conversational storytelling, personal narrative, humor, movement, video projection, and more. Learn more at her website,

The Northeast State Theater department and the GSA are partnering to host a Drag Show called “Twisted Fairy Tales” on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Regional Center for the Performing Arts of the main campus. The show features a list of fairy tale performers who will take the stage with lights and special effects.

A question and answer panel is also scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium. The panel seeks to answer questions and dispel myths about transgender issues.

For more information about the week’s events, visit

Posted by: northeastnation | November 11, 2014

Ribbon cutting for new Veterans Center at Northeast State

Northeast State unveiled its new center for student veterans on this Veterans Day – a space all their own to recline, relax, and be comfortable in the company of other vets.

The center is a long-time wish come true for Pat Chandler, Northeast State’s coordinator for Veteran Affairs, who has worked with veterans since she started with the College in 1968.

“I just feel like they are a special population and they deserve this,” Chandler said. “I think it will make the transition from the military to college easier. I want them to feel welcome and safe here, and part of the academic community – part of something just like they were in the military.”

The center is located in the Student Services Building on the Blountville campus. The room – aided by donations from Grand Home Furnishings and Schewel’s Furniture – sports two sofas, a recliner, two study carrels, computers, and academic and community resource materials.

Special touches include new flooring, flags from all military branches, and an American flag flown in Iraq. Soon, a flag flown over the national capitol on Veterans Day will adorn the room. The center also has multimedia equipment for hosting presentations.

The Veterans Center (A101) at Northeast State.

The Veterans Center (A101) at Northeast State.

Chandler envisions the center having hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and staffed by veterans who are also Federal VA Work-Study students. She said veterans may also use the room after hours by contacting Northeast State police for entry.

Chandler said the center dovetails with recent efforts by the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Education to ensure the success of veterans in academia. The efforts strive to create a culture of trust, connectedness, and support across campuses, ensuring that faculty and staff have the resources they need to help vets succeed.

“I wanted a place for them to go to decompress and talk to other vets,” Chandler said. “It’s easier for them to talk to each other rather than civilians who don’t know what they’ve experienced.”

VA coordinator at Northeast State Pat Chandler talks to the media.

Pat Chandler, VA coordinator at Northeast State,  talks to the media about the Vet Center.

Chandler said other support mechanisms in the works include a survey of veterans about services they may need and having staff/faculty veterans wear insignias identifying themselves as a support network.

“I can’t say enough about the community and our own Plant Operations staff,” Chandler said. “They have just taken the idea of the center and run with it. Everyone has been so supportive about the effort.”

The center is located in Room A101 in the Student Services Building. The opening followed the College’s annual Veterans Day Celebration held today in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

Posted by: northeastnation | November 7, 2014

Northeast State sets Veterans Day ceremony

2014Northeast State will commemorate Veterans Day with a special ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 11:00 a.m. honoring the sacrifices and return of the nation’s servicemen and women at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts theater on the main campus in Blountville.

The Northeast State Singers will perform the national anthem and present a musical salute to the armed forces.  Northeast State professor and United States Air Force veteran TSGT (Ret.) Allan Anderson will serve as master of ceremonies.  The ceremony will include a recognition of attending veterans, presentation of national colors and service colors, and the MIA/POW Table tribute to soldiers listed as missing in action and former prisoners of war.

Northeast State serves scores of students classified as veterans, many of whom have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. The event is open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact 423.354.2598 or

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