Northeast State hosts the Scholars Attic Sale April 6-7

Get the goods and do some good for college students at the upcoming Scholars Attic Sale sponsored by the Northeast State Community College Scholars Foundation.  All proceeds from the sale benefit Northeast State Foundation Scholarships awarded to students and the Student Needs Project.

The Scholars Attic Sale is scheduled Thursday, April 6, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday, April 7, from 9 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, next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The sale is open to the public.

Help fund Foundation Scholarships and the Student Needs Project.

Shoppers 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.  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

The Billies play Northeast State March 29

The Billies are back and better than ever. Northeast State welcomes the duo back to campus this month for a concert and two songwriting workshops open to students.

The Billies are lead vocalist Chrisie Santoni, who also plays guitar and keyboards, and Craig Smith on percussion and vocals. The duo performs a full concert – free and open to the public – on March 29 in the Northeast State Auditorium (A202) on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75. The show will feature the performance of a song written by Northeast State students during two songwriting workshops held prior to the show.

The Billies play Northeast State March 29.

The workshops are scheduled March 27 and 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. and held in the Auditorium. Prospective singers and songwriters get an opportunity to learn about creative songwriting and musical expression.

The duo coined a unique style they call Low Country Groove. Their sound mixes folk, Americana, country, pop, rock and a little dash of chill. The duo has played hundreds upon hundreds of shows in coffeehouses, farmers markets, restaurants, and college campuses.

The duo hosts two songwriting workshops March 27 & 29.

Santoni is an award-winning songwriter, having taken 1st Place in The Unisong Songwriting Contest and 1st Runner-Up Adult Contemporary in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, both for her song Mona Lisa.

Doors open for the concert at 6:30 p.m.  For information about the workshops or concert, visit The Billies’ Facebook page or e-mail


Echoes and Images student winners announced

Northeast State’s award-winning student literary publication Echoes and Images has announced winners of the annual competition. Student entries were submitted 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.

In the Fiction category, Patrick B. Cooley won first place for his work On Church Street. Chelsea Temple earned second place for The Fun Ones. Kevin Matthew Bennett took third place with Forlorn Stranger. Honorable mention went to Kristi C. Fitzgerald for Sterling Muse.

In the Non-fiction category, June 22, 2015: Inmate Intake by Wesley Payer took the first-place award. Second place went to The Boy in the Green Jacket by Patrick B. Cooley and For This Child We Have Prayed by Kayla Mullins won third place. Honorable mention notices went to Bonnaroo “Fun” Run by Daniel Radle and Ice Cream Will Never Taste the Same by Delaney Dunne.

Rainbow Connection by Emily Overbey
Rainbow Connection by Emily Overbey

Cooley also took first-place and second-place awards in the Poetry category for his poems On the Porch, in the Summer and Marmalade. Kevin Carrier won third place for his poem Drawing in a Breath from the Sky. Honorable mention notices went to these contributing poets: Thought to Thought and Toxic Marbles by K.C. Fitzgerald; To Be Me by Rachel Starnes; Smoke by Kevin Carrier; Busboy by Cooley; and Wesscourt Lane by Shelby Minogue.

Finalists judged in the Poetry category were: Cheston Axton for Another Day For Mary Shelley; Kevin Carrier for City of the Timberwolves; Shianne S. Milbourn for Washington County Animal Shelter and Tweetsie Trail; Matthew Bennett for Consumerism Museum; and Madison G. Phillips for Unlovable.

In the Visual Art category, Brad Simon won first place with Metamorphosis, a mixed media piece on paper, and second place with Bound Skull, a charcoal on paper rendering. Kayla Miller took third place with her mixed media work Split Tessellation. Honorable mention notices went to Allison Smith for Benny and Emily Overbey’s work Rainbow Connection.

Other art noted for distinction by the judges were: Emily Overbey for Angelic Shadows, charcoal on paper; Shayna Richardson for What Lies in the Dark, charcoal on paper; Hannah McClain for Emotions, mixed media on paper; Tiffany Washburn for The Skull, charcoal on paper; Jenna Jacobs for Alexithymia, acrylic on canvas; Erica Birchfield for Symphony of Ravens, mixed media on paper; and Allison Smith for Fairy Tree, mixed media on paper.

First-, second-, and third-place award winners in all categories will be published this spring in Echoes and Images.  Other winning entries will be published as space permits.  Past Echoes and Images student contestant winners have won regional awards for their work Southern division of the Community College Humanities Association’s Literary Magazine Competition.

A selection of visual art submissions will be on display and writers will be reading their works at the Echoes & Images Exhibition scheduled April 12 at 6:00 p.m in L106 of Basler Library.


Sullivan County Consent Campaign Contest open to designers

Flex your creative mind and enter the Consent Campaign Logo design contest, administered by Northeast State and open to students.

How to Enter: Contestants can enter by submitting their consent-themed logo design electronically before the deadline of March 4.

Artwork: Original artwork may be hand-drawn or digitally created and designed in any medium. Works should be suitable for reproduction on a t-shirt. All designs should fit within an 8.5” x 11” frame.

Submissions may be sent digitally in jpeg, pdf, or eps file formats only. Files must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Design files are to be submitted by e-mail to  The winning contestant will receive $50 cash.

Designs should use a Consent theme. The goal of “Let’s Talk about Consent” is to raise the awareness of what consent is and start the conversation about it about among the Northeast State community. Consent is when someone agrees, gives permission, or says “yes” to any sexual activity with another person.  Consent involves respect and it is freely given. Some popular example slogans are “Consent is sexy mandatory.” “Consent is ASKING every time” and “I Love Consent”.

Design a consent logo and submit your work before March 4.

Plagiarism is prohibited and entries must not contain copyrighted material. Contestants consent to the use and publication of their name, photographs, designs, in connection with the contest. Beyond the contest prize, contestants will not receive any other payment or compensation.

The winning designs will be selected by the Sullivan County’s Regional Health Department, based on originality, creativity, and appropriateness, as well as adherence to contest rules. All decisions made by the Sullivan County’s Regional Health Department are final and not subject to challenge.

All entries become the property of the Sullivan County’s Regional Health Department and Northeast State Community College and will not be returned.


Northeast State students, alumni win big at Kennedy Festival

With the impressive productions of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and She Kills Monsters, Northeast State Theatre participants again made their mark as nominees and winners at a prestigious theater festival competition.

Theatre students and alumni received a record number of nominations to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region IV competition held earlier this month at Georgia Southern University. The competition recognizes the best theatre work of two- and four-year colleges across the Southeast.

“We are very proud of our students and recent alumni that participated in the KCACTF Region IV festival,” said Brad McKenzie, instructor and technical director of Northeast State Theatre. “Our students carried themselves with confidence and professionalism the entire conference.”

Northeast State student winners and participants in the KCACTF Region IV festival.

Northeast State alumnus Dustin Lawson won 1st place in Allied Design and Crafts for his work on the of She Kills Monsters. He will compete in United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) later this year.

“Without Northeast State’s involvement in KCACTF, I wouldn’t have some of the best memories or experiences that I have ever had,” said Lawson, now a theatre major at East Tennessee State University. “Having graduated from Northeast State, I can honestly say the Theatre Department is one of the best around.”

Lawson also received a Don Childs Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas award. That award qualified him to take a master class with industry professionals in Las Vegas.

Art work and design by Jonathan Brooks
Art work and design by Jonathan Brooks

Northeast State student and Theatre major Shelby Ashley won a 1st place award in the Weiss Lighting Design category. Ashley created a lighting design project from sketch to stage the play Sunday in the Park with George.

Northeast State students Madison Grace Phillips and Hayley Forbes received Irene Ryan Acting nominations for their work in Monsters. Alumna Meredith Muse also won a nomination for her role of Nurse Ratchet in Cuckoo.

“Attending the festival was an indescribable experience for me,” said Phillips. “This trip provided me with newfound knowledge not only about the art of Theatre, but about my fellow thespians and friends.”

The College’s Theatre Department has established a strong record of student and faculty excellence. KCACTF proctors have nominated more than 20 Northeast State students for awards during the past five years alone.

“It was nothing short of a life-changing experience for me,” said Forbes. “It has lit a fire in my soul to delve deeper into this incredible world of theatre.”

Cuckoos NestAndrea Marshall received an Honorable Mention Weiss Costume Design Award while Andrea Greer received an Honorable Mention Weiss Set Design Award. A non-traditional Northeast State student and double major, Marshall credited McKenzie and theatre director, Elizabeth M. Sloan, for their encouragement to succeed.

“Bringing my costume design project to the Kennedy Center was a surprise and an honor,” she said. “I only have to thank both of my mentors Brad and Elizabeth, they gave me the tools and the encouragement to succeed.”

Northeast State students have competed at the festival side by side with their peers from larger four-year schools and graduate-level programs. Students present and past affirm the influence of McKenzie and Sloan for their love of theatre and dedication to help them succeed.

“I cannot thank Elizabeth and Brad enough for giving us this opportunity; Northeast State is lucky to have them,” said Shelby Minogue, a Theatre major and Weiss Design contestant. “They give us the tools and experiences we need to make it in this career, and then some.”

Nominees and winners expressed a shared the feeling of family within the department that made the program special to them. Lawson noted through the acting rounds and designer presentations, students supported each other.

“Hearing my peers announced as winners for their hard work was one of the proudest moments of the trip,” he said. “We took home five awards! If that doesn’t say something, I don’t know what will.”

McKenzie said that awards were a great honor, but seeing the students’ hard work recognized was inspiring as a faculty member. He said the winners and nominees returned from the festival with a fire and a hunger to grow and push themselves even further towards their dreams and career goals.

“We invite and challenge up and coming high school graduates and even curious community members to come see what Northeast State Theatre Department is all about,” said McKenzie. “With our recent and past successes, we are taking strides to hopefully becoming the first and obvious choice for students to get a jump-start on their careers and a solid foundation of theatrical education.”