Northeast State Theatre presents “The Neverending Story” April 12-15

An exciting adventure novel and memorable film come to life on stage in Blountville when the award-winning Northeast State Community College Department of Theatre presents the fantasy play The Neverending Story – Atreyu and the Great Quest opening in April.

Evening performances are scheduled April 12th, 13th, 14th at 7:30 p.m. Three matinée performances are scheduled April 12th, 13th, and 15th at 2:00 p.m. All shows will be held at Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theatre on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. For information about tickets visit, call the Box Office at 423.354.5169 or email

Based on the novel by Michael Ende and adapted for the stage by David S. Craig, The Neverending Story stretches the limits of epic adventure and childhood imagination. The play is being produced by Northeast State Prof. Elizabeth M. Sloan and directed by Prof. Brad McKenzie.

Young Bastian Bux steals away to read a mysterious new book called “The Neverending Story” in the library of his school. The book transports him to the magical land of Fantastica which is being destroyed by an evil force called “The Nothing.” A young royal known as The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu is an unlikely choice but accepts the quest.

As his journey begins, Atreyu experiences The Nothing and discovers its thoughtless destruction. He is guided by a dream to the Swamps of Sadness, and learns he must find The Childlike Empress a new name. With this new direction, He faces the Ygramul the Many and befriends Falkor the Luck Dragon. He solves the three trials he must endure to meet the mysterious oracle Uyulala. She tells him that only a human child can give the Empress a new name.

As The Nothing continues to engulf Fantastica, Atreyu faces his final test – the sinister werewolf, Gmork. Can Atreyu triumph and defeat The Nothing? Will he find a human child who can bestow a new name to The Empress?  As he becomes enthralled by the story, Bastian realizes that his imagination is the key to changing the fate of both Fantastica and his own world.

Northeast State Theatre students and faculty have distinguished themselves as being among the top college theatre programs in the region. Students annually compete and win awards for their acting and technical creativity at the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

This play is being presented by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill. Northeast State students with a current NeSCC student ID are entitled to one free admission ticket. Students can pick up their free ticket in person at the Northeast State Box Office in the Fine Arts Building.  For general questions about the play, contact Elizabeth M. Sloan at or call at 423.354.2479.

Northeast State hosts the Scholars Attic Sale April 5-6

Get a great deal on some cool gear and help fund scholarships for students at the annual Scholars Attic rummage sale happening April 5th and 6th at Northeast State Community College.

Sponsored by the Northeast State Scholars Foundation, the Scholars Attic sale happens Thursday, April 5, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Friday, April 6, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The sale is being held in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room, A110, of the Student Services Building on the College’s Blountville campus.

The sale is open to the public. All proceeds from the sale benefit Northeast State Foundation Scholarships awarded to students and the Student Needs Project.

Scholars Attic - Sale Flyer 2018Shoppers can browse a variety of items including adult and children’s clothing, household goods, small appliances, furniture, books, DVDs, and toys.  All purchases must be made by either cash or check only.  Items must be picked up and removed from campus at the time of sale.

Northeast State Foundation Scholarships are competitive scholarship awards based primarily on academic merit with consideration given to a student’s major, county of residence, and leadership skills among other selection criteria.

The Student Needs Project provides help for students facing non-academic and socioeconomic factors that impact their lives and ability to attend college. The Project directs campus initiatives focusing on food security, resource development, emergency funds, and transportation.

For more information about the sale, contact the College’s Office of Scholarship Programs and Student Needs at 423.279.7637 or

Alpha Iota Chi chapter welcomes new members

Northeast State welcomed more than 50 new members to its Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for the 2018 spring semester.

The new members were welcomed into Alpha Iota Chi during an induction ceremony held Feb. 25 at the Blountville campus. The ceremony was led by Jane Honeycutt, the chapter’s faculty advisor and coordinator of the Northeast State Honors Program. Northeast State President James King served as keynote speaker for the ceremony.

The newest members of Alpha Iota Chi are: Samantha Allen; Mattie Atkins; Miranda Barbe; Myra Bower; Jerika Boyd; Jacob Buchanan; Dylan Bullman; Madison Camus; Angela Cobble; Shaylin Depew; Paige Dew; Kimberly Dulaney; Hannah Faucher; Indya Fraysier; Michelle Green; Samantha Greene; Kassandra Greer; Gretchen Hausler; Savannah Honaker; Aaron Hooper; Summer Hunley; Miranda Jennings; Christopher Jones; Elizabeth Jones; Ashlynn Kelly; Eric Lawson; Deborah Lowery; Barbara Mazzella; Chandler McCrary; Cassandra McKinney; Donna Morelock; Tristan Morley; Joseph Moyers; Morgan Musick; Amanda Oler; Samantha Parrish; Reagan Penix; Trevor Peret; Kristen Pierce; Sophia Quick; Heather Rogers; Jacob Roller; Brandon Scott; Josiah Smythe; Grace Stevens; Gavin Strawn; Teresa Tavarez; Madison Trinchera; Joseph Trivette; Alexander Valdez; Robin Wilson; Johnna Wood; and Katherine Wyland.

New members of Alpha Iota Chi.

To qualify for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, a student must be enrolled full-time in an associate degree program, have completed at least 12 hours of college-level coursework, and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average. A college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter extends membership invitations to students meeting these criteria.

PTK advisor Dr. Jane Honeycutt and the chapter officer team.

The Alpha Iota Chi chapter has achieved five-star status, the highest level of participation in Phi Theta Kappa activities. The society supports the four hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship designed to give members opportunities for personal growth as well as service to others. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,200 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States and four countries.

Lighting the candle of knowledge.

Echoes and Images student winners announced

Northeast State’s award-winning student literary publication Echoes and Images announced winners of the annual competition. Student submissions were made during the fall semester in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Visual Arts. A panel of judges, who are experts in each category, selected first-, second, and third-place award winners earlier this semester.

Robin’s Nest by Taylore Bivens (Reprinted with permission)

In the Fiction category, Hunter Eaton earned the first-place award for his work Cardinals. Jessica Howington took second place for A Pen With a Pulse, and Ethan Lyle won third place with In Flight.

In the Non-fiction category, Makayla Adams took first place for Something Blue. The second-place award went to Megan Street for her work When the Rooster Crows.  Anna Rosenbalm took third place for 19066-084. Honorable mention notices went to The Strongest Bond by Madeline Rash and Hate by Taylor Laughren.

For the Poetry category, Matthew Bennett claimed the first-place award for his poem Pondering at the Drive-Through. T.S. Griggs took the second-place award for Cars. The third-place award went to Hunter Eaton for his work Birds Beyond Buildings. Honorable mention notices went to these contributing poets: Abigail Hines for Ashes of an April Love Affair; Bennett for My Western and Homestead Ablaze; Chandler McCrary for Rhyming Depression; and Jessica Suarez for Sycamore Shoals.

In the Visual Art category, Brad Simon won first place with As above, so below, a color pencil and pastel work on black pastel paper. Emily Overbey earned second place with Off With Her Head, a mixed media on Bristol board work. Haley King received the third-place award for her work Earning My Collaging Patch, a collage on canvas.

A Starry Night by Samantha Koniak (Reprinted with permission)

Honorable mention notices went to Runzhou Zhu for Freedom, an India ink on drawing paperwork and Samantha Koniak for A Starry Night, an acrylic on canvas.  Other art noted for distinction by the judges were: Jose Tavarez for Lucerne Swans, photograph; Taylore Bivens, Robin’s Nest, collage on illustration board; David Gonzalez, Tessellation, ink and color pencil on Bristol board; Shayna Richardson, Kaleidoscope, mixed media on Bristol board; Jenna Jacobs, Goya, graphite on drawing paper; Cassandra Parker, Midnight Magic, mixed media; and Brad Simon, Dead Lights, ink on Bristol board.

Freedom by Runzhou Zhu (Reprinted with permission)

First-, second-, and third-place winners in all categories will be published this spring in Echoes and Images 27.  Other winning entries will be published as space permits.  A reading and art exhibition of this year’s winners is scheduled April 12 at 6:00 p.m., in L106 of Basler Library.

Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute Show set Feb. 24 at RCPA

Northeast State hosts the 22nd annual Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute Show on Saturday, Feb. 24.

This year’s guest of honor and featured performer will be bluegrass and gospel legend Larry Sparks. The former lead vocalist for Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys formed his own band, The Lonesome Ramblers, in 1969. He has released more than 60 albums and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2015. His awards include the 2004 and 2005 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Male Vocalist of the Year Award and the 2005 IBMA award for Album of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year for his album “40.” (See Larry Sparks perform here:

The show takes place at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts, 2425 Highway 75, Blountville.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets can be ordered at or by calling 423-354-5169. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:00 p.m.

Each year, The Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute Show raises money for music-related nonprofit organizations in memory of the late bluegrass artist Leon Kiser, who was the bandleader of the Holston Mountain Boys for more than 30 years. Kiser was also a prolific concert promoter in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

“It’s a great honor to be part of the Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute Show,” Sparks said. “I think it is very important for me and other established artists to support programs that promote bluegrass music and help younger artists to develop their talent. We must all pull together to keep bluegrass alive. We can make some new paths but never forget the old paths and learn from them the real bluegrass music the way it should be played and sung from the heart.”

Proceeds will benefit the Benny Sims Scholarship Fund and the Leon Kiser Scholarship Fund at East Tennessee State University, as well as the ACMA Mountain Music Museum, which recently reopened in a new location in downtown Kingsport. The museum is owned by the nonprofit Appalachian Cultural Music Association (ACMA), which produces the Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute Show.

“It’s great to see how the music community comes together for this event every year,” said Tim White, who will emcee the benefit, along with Rick Dollar, the museum’s director. “Performers volunteer their time and talent to raise money to raise awareness of mountain music and support promising young artists.”

White, who hosts the nationally syndicated public television concert series “Song of the Mountains,” will also perform at the upcoming benefit with his band, Troublesome Hollow. Other performers who are scheduled to appear include Earl “Hump” Doyle, Raymond McLain, Morehead State University’s Mountain Music Ambassadors, Kaitlyn Baker, the Kiser Family, Cork Lickers, Breaking Tradition, Cedar Valley, Kenny Morrell, Duty Free, Saplin’ Grove, Brandon Lee Adams and Grant Maloy Smith.

The show will also pay tribute to the Old Hickory Tree Store in Bristol, which was a popular hub for live, regional bluegrass music for many years.

For more information about the show, visit