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

Posted by: northeastnation | November 3, 2014

The Brock McGuire Band at the RCPA Nov. 4

Let the melodies carry you to the glens and hills of the Emerald Isle when the superb Brock McGuire Band performs at Northeast State on Nov.4.

This Irish traditionalist quartet of musicians plays Northeast State on Nov. 4 at 130 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the College’s Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the main campus in Blountville.  Both shows are free and open to the public.

Passion and precision, authenticity and diversity: these are the hallmarks of the Brock McGuire Band in concert. They are steeped in tradition and perform it with abiding respect and creativity. The band’s repertoire runs wide and deep; their tight, tenacious blend of instruments emphasizing mostly Irish music but also sprinkling in impressive arrangements of American Old Timey, Bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions.

In May 1989, Brock co-founded the group Moving Cloud with McGuire. This County Clare-based band produced two albums for Green Linnet Records, including their 1994 self-titled release that was selected by U.S. music critic Earle Hitchner as the best Irish traditional album of that year. Paul’s CD collaboration Humdinger with Enda Scahill was voted “Irish Music Album of the Year” by the Irish Times and “Instrumental Album of the Year” by the Irish American News.

The Brock McGuire Band

The Brock McGuire Band

Residing in County Clare, button accordionist and melodeonist Brock and fiddler McGuire are two of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional musicians and have been at the forefront of Irish music for many years through their joint work with Moving Cloud. Manus is also a founding member of Buttons & Bows, and both bands, ranking among Ireland’s finest, have helped to introduce international audiences to the virtuosity of their playing.

A multiple All-Ireland champion born in Athlone, County Westmeath, and now residing in Ennis, County Clare, Brock pursued a solo career through the 60’s and 70’s by mastering the single-row, two-row, three-row, and five-row button accordions. His illustrated lecture “Irish Traditional Music in America – The Golden Era” has been widely acclaimed.

Born in Tullamore, County Offaly, raised in Sligo Town, and residing in Scarriff, East Clare, McGuire is an Irish fiddler who blends dazzling technique with faultlessly far-ranging taste. He has recorded ten albums, including three with Buttons and Bows, two with Moving Cloud, and two solo albums: Saffron and Blue (Green Linnet) and Fiddlewings (Shelly River Music).

Performing with the band are Garry O’Meara, a brilliant banjo, mandolin player & vocalist; and Denis Carey, an acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger. The Brock McGuire Band’s latest CD Green Grass Blue Grass, the collaboration with 14-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs, is now available from Compass Records.

Sponsored by Northeast State’s Cultural Activities Committee, the show is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Posted by: northeastnation | October 29, 2014

Be a mentor and make a difference with TN Promise!

So you want to mentor a student for Tennessee Promise? Northeast State would love to have you!

tnAchieves, a partnering organization to Governor Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise is seeking to bring more than 6,000 volunteer mentors statewide to support the Tennessee Promise initiative. Northeast State is seeking mentors for Sullivan, Washington, Carter, Unicoi, and Johnson counties.

Who can become a tnAchieves Mentor?
• Any individual who wants to invest 10-15 hours annually assisting 5-10 high school seniors with post-secondary success
• Must be 21 years or older
• Subject to a background check

To become a tnAchieves mentor, you must…
• Apply online by November 1
• Complete mandatory mentor training by Dec. 15
• Attend mandatory January Team Meeting
• Attend mandatory March Team Meeting

An effective mentor…
• Makes initial contact with students before January Team Meeting
• Reminds students of all meetings and deadlines
• Attends January and March Team Meetings
• Encourages students to reach their potential
• Assists students with community service opportunities

TN Promise needs mentors to work with students.

TN Promise needs mentors to work with students.

Data confirms that working with a mentor further enhances a student’s likelihood of entering the post-secondary pipeline. In fact, UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research found that students participating with tnAchieves are nearly 21 percent more likely to enter college.

The role is simple but significant as our mentors help students reach their potential. At its core, tnAchieves mentors complete an application, choose their preferred high school, complete a one-hour training session, attend two one-hour meetings, and communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text as they transition from high school to college.

If you are interested in becoming a tnAchieves Mentor, visit For questions please contact Graham Thomas at 615.604.1306 or

Posted by: northeastnation | October 27, 2014

The Tyler Williams Band plays Northeast State Oct. 28

Four accomplished artists brought together under the lead singer’s banner to make some of the best contemporary music in the region take the stage at Northeast State this month.

The Tyler Williams Band plays a free one-night only show at Northeast State on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the College’s Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the main campus in Blountville. The performance is the keynote event for Disabilities Awareness Week on campus.

Singer, songwriter Tyler Williams, born in central Ohio, is a young man with big dreams that started when he was just two years old. At age four, he began playing piano attracting the attention of everyone around him. Although Williams was born with Cerebral Palsy and became blind at infancy, he remained determined in his pursuit of becoming an entertainer.

Tyler Williams

Tyler Williams

Over the years, Williams refined his skills playing with some of his heroes such as the legendary Tony Rice, Lonesome River Band, and Balsam Range. His hard work has produced a powerful voice and original style. He assembled a group of regional all-stars ready to move forward into the entertainment world.

Williams’s band is composed of Ashley Davis, Aaron Smith, and Megan McKamey – all gifted individual performers in their own right. Davis learned piano from her mother and picked up guitar on her own when she was 12 years old. She played with The Parsons and Sweet Potato Pie throughout her college years. In 2007, Davis recorded her first solo album, “Fiddlin’ with Les,” which is titled in honor of her musical mentor.

Smith first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and soon learned how to play efficiently off recordings from artists such as Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Blue Highway, Alison Krauss & Union Station. While still a teenager, he traveled full time with semi-professional band, Still Waters and ultimately attended East Tennessee State University to study in the prestigious Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program. Davis quickly gained recognition with his guitar work and tenor singing and has also become fluent on mandolin and banjo, as well as working on bass.

McKamey started playing banjo at the age of 9 when her Papa Conner told her she could have his old banjo if she learned how to play it. Now at age 21, she has already had many successes in her musical career including playing with one of her most influential banjo heroes, J.D. Crowe, in the filming of Tim Farmer’s “Homemade Jam.”

Sponsored by Northeast State’s Cultural Activities Committee, the who is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Posted by: northeastnation | October 24, 2014

Northeast State commemorates Disability Awareness Week Oct. 27-31

Northeast State commemorates Disability Awareness Week Oct. 27-31 focusing on individuals who have battled and triumphed over disabilities. The Northeast State Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is sponsoring a week-long series of events where students and guests will discuss how they overcame challenges associated with their disabilities.

The week kicks off on Monday with a film festival including The Blind Side the true-life story about NFL player Michael Oher, Forrest Gump about everyone’s favorite Southern boy, and Soul Surfer the story of surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark attack. All films will be screened in the Auditorium (A202) and include free popcorn and drinks.  Films will also be screen at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education on Monday, Oct. 27.

The week’s keynote event is a concert by the Tyler Williams Band at noon and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the main campus. Williams was born with Cerebral Palsy and became blind during his infancy. That didn’t stop him from playing music and continuing his dream to become an entertainer.
A student panel discussion entitled, “In Our Shoes” brings together Northeast State students and faculty to discuss their own challenges with the disabilities that changed their lives and how they learned to manage them. This event begins at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in the Auditorium.

The week closes on Thursday, Oct. 30 with a lecture by Jason Oliver at 9 a.m. in the Auditorium. Oliver battled through learning disabilities as a student. Through his own experiences, he has become a learning disabilities advocate, helping people fulfill their dreams through individualized service planning.

Informational displays about disability services at Northeast State are available at all the College’s teaching sites. For more information about the week’s events or services provided by CSD, call 423.279.7640.

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