Sign up for the 5K GLOW Run on Sept. 26

Get your glow sticks, glow-paint, and anything to light up the night when Northeast State hosts the GLOW Run on Sept. 26 at the College’s main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Sign up now for the GLOW Run on Sept. 26.

The five-kilometer (3.1-mile) GLOW Run starting time is 8:00 p.m.  The race course is mostly flat with some medium hills.  Participants can register now at

Runners can do late registration and get entry packets on the day of race between 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participants will get fitted with electronic B-tag result timers provided by We Run Events.

The race registration fee is $20 before Sept. 25 and $25 on the day of race. All runners who register before race day receive an event T-shirt.

The GLOW Run highlights the Honors Program’s participation in the Northeast State Foundation’s Because of You campaign designed to raise money for student scholarships at the College.  All entry fees benefit the Northeast State Honors Program.

Come on out and enjoy a night run at this awesome new race!  For more information, contact jbhoneycutt@NortheastState.eduor 423.354.2596.

Get funky with the Spirit of Soul Dance Band

If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear one of the area’s hottest dance bands you can on Sept. 27 when the Spirit of Soul Dance Band plays Northeast State.  Spirit of Soul will be playing favorite dance songs of the 60’s, 70’s and more.

Tickets are $10 at the door. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Center Theater at the College’s main campus, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The Spirit of Soul Dance Band takes the Northeast State stage Sept. 27.

The Spirit of Soul Dance Band has quickly become one of the area’s most popular bands, with its incredible ability to cover the best in dance music. From the 60’s best songs to favorites in the 70’s, 80’s and more including classic Soul, smooth R&B, Disco, Beach Music and Shag.

The group features three dynamic male and female lead vocalists supported by a five-piece rhythm section plus three terrific horn players.

“When we formed our group we wanted to make sure we selected songs that were the classics of that era and each one had to be danceable. We’ve added numerous new songs over the past year and will play some of them at this fantastic venue,” said Mary Duke McCartt, one of the band’s vocalists.

The Spirit of Soul performers are Fred Goodwin, Don Nickell, Howard Bloom, Tom Huddleston, Sam Huddleston, Robin Williams, Jeff Williams, Norman Gray, McCartt, Bill Derby and Chuck Gordon.

For information about tickets contact the Northeast State Box Office at 423.354.5173.

Matthew Hill to deliver Alumni Lecture Series address

Matthew Hill measures his success as a state representative by the way people greet him at places such as football games, breakfasts, yard sales, and Wal-Mart. If he hears “Hi, Matthew” or “Hello, Matthew,” he counts it as a badge of honor.

Hill likes to relate a story of a politician he watched years ago work an event. The lawmaker received formal greeting after formal greeting as he moved through the crowd. To Hill, the salutations rang false.

“It was apparent they did not view him as one of them,” said Hill, a 2001 Northeast State graduate. “That’s why I like it when I hear “Hey, Matthew” because if someone feels comfortable calling me by my first name, they’re willing to call me up when they have a problem.”

Rep. Matthew Hill, ’01

Hill, a four-term representative for Tennessee’s 7th District, will present this year’s Alumni Lecture Series address Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture is entitled: “Getting Involved and Making a Difference.”

In addition to his lawmaking duties, Hill is vice president of operations of the Information Communications Corp., having begun working with ICC and its radio stations while in high school. Presently he is the host of the nationally syndicated “Matthew Hill Show” on the IRN/USA Radio Network and is heard as Mr. Matthew on the children’s program “Bible Buddies” on WHCB 91.5 FM. He also graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor of science degree.

Hill said his radio career has been the perfect preparation for politics, teaching him the value of communication and the importance of knowing his audience.

“You don’t talk at people, but with them,” Hill said. “Even more important is listening – you can learn so much just by listening.”

In fact, Hill loves to relate small stories about his constituents and the problems and concerns they’ve brought to him. He said he isn’t always able to solve every problem, but he makes sure he does everything possible to get results – regardless of politics.

“It’s their government and I represent every one of the 64,000 people in my district,” Hill said “I’m not here to occupy space or take up time – I’m here to make a difference now while staying true to what I believe. My job is to remove the barriers so people can get access to their government.”

Hill, the College’s commencement speaker for 2012, fondly recalls his time at Northeast State, mentioning the old library in the Pierce Building and the long-gone gravel parking lots where the library and humanities buildings now stand.

“Most of all, I remember the personal nature and feeling of acceptance by the faculty and staff,” Hill said. “They really cared and took the time to listen – that pervasive attitude of service is why Northeast State excelled then and why it does now.”

Hill said he urges everyone – no matter their station of life – to pursue an education and map out goals. For most successful people, education was the catalyst for their achievements, Hill said.

“Education is a process, but for it to work it has to start,” Hill said. “When I started at Northeast State would I have known I would be a four-term state representative, have a radio career, and a beautiful family? No, and I certainly wouldn’t have all those things if I hadn’t started the process.  The important thing is to complete your education and don’t quit – no matter how hard it gets.”

In addition to his lecture, Hill will also visit several classes and talk with students. For more information about the Alumni Lecture Series, contact Rayma Gibbs at 279.7637 or

The Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Get R.A.D. this fall

A class designed to give women the basic tools of self-defense and confidence to use them begins this month at Northeast State’s main campus in Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Learn the art of self-defense via the R.A.D course at the main campus.

Women can learn the art of self-defense and survival through the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) course taught three successive Thursdays, Sept. 27, Oct. 4 & 11 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The class meets in the Upper Courtyard of the Student Activities building.

The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only class that teaches awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.  The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques, and is suitable for women of all ages and abilities. The R.A.D. program was developed through the contributions of instructors across the United States and Canada.

The course is free to women ages 13 years and older.  Registration is required.  To register or learn more, contact course instructor Francis Canedo at 423.279.3694 or

Register now for the Cornhole Tourney on Sept. 26

Yes, that was a six-foot ear of corn walking around campus today.

Thanks Matt DeLozier!

Sign up for the Cornhole Tournament happening on Wednesday, September 26, at 9:00 a.m. til’ a winner is determined.  Teams can enter tournament until noon in the Quad outside of Subway on the main campus.

The entry fee is $10 per team.  One hundred percent (100%) of your entry fee will be donated to Northeast State – Dual Enrollment Scholarships to benefit local high school students.

Donations are accepted and are welcomed!  Non-tournament, walk-up games are also on for a $5 fee.

Grand prize, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded to tournament participants.  Prizes will also be given for the best team name.

To learn more or register, please visit web page at or call or call 423.354.5141 /

Sponsored by Pizza Plus, Pal’s Sudden Service, The Colosseum, Food Lion, Big Lots, Food City, Ingles, Subway, Hamilton Meats, Neebo, Northeast State Community College, and others.