VFW Honors Cornerstone Christian Academy’s Edwards as Teacher of the Year

ABINGDON, Va. ― Jessica Edwards, a teacher at Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA), was recently presented with the 2017 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Teacher of the Year award at the local and district levels.

Edwards, the fifth-grade teacher at CCA, was recognized by VFW Post 1994 — Abingdon Memorial Post and Virginia District 12. The VFW Teacher of the Year award honors exceptional instructors for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism.

Edwards’ nomination, which was submitted by Dr. Clay Brinson, head of school at CCA, highlighted her ongoing efforts to support and promote patriotism, which include:

  • leading nearly 200 students and 40 staff last month in honoring approximately 100 local veterans as part of CCA’s annual Veterans’ Day program;
  • advocating for Boots In The House ™, a faith-based organization dedicated to supporting the emotional health and well-being of military service members and their families, by posting classroom photographs of the organization’s enlisted members and other service personnel, and leading students in daily prayers for the military;
  • sending classroom cards and care packages to Boots In The House soldiers throughout the year;
  • coordinating “Operation Blessing” with her fifth-grade students, which involves collecting personal hygiene products and other gift items to create more than 200 blessing bags that will be distributed to patients at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee; and
  • holding nightly prayer groups for our country and troops.

“I believe it is important to cultivate a heart of patriotism in our children and students so that they can be contributors to their family, church, school, community and nation,” Edwards says. “Also, it is important to lift up our soldiers in prayer daily as well as remember and respect the veterans who have returned home after serving at home and abroad. It is my hope that one day I can connect students with active and inactive soldiers so they can form relationships and have the opportunity to learn the lessons of courage, sacrifice, loyalty and brotherly love.”

Edwards’ nomination will now be judged on a state level, where winners are passed along for consideration in the national awards contest.

“Mrs. Edwards seeks to promote patriotism and love of country each day to all of her students and co-workers,” Brinson says. “She is most deserving of this award, and we are incredibly thankful that she is part of our family here at CCA.”

Located in Abingdon, Virginia, CCA is a classical, non-denominational Christian school that serves students from junior kindergarten through 12th grade. Since its founding in 2011, CCA’s enrollment has grown from 27 students to nearly 200. The school is currently accepting enrollment for spring 2018.

CCA is currently leasing space at Abingdon Bible Church, located at 16210 Elementary Drive in Abingdon. To accommodate its continued growth and expansion, the school is planning to develop a 27-acre campus adjacent to I-81 off Exit 13, conveniently situated between Abingdon and Bristol.

In 2016, CCA received a five-year accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for grades K-12. ACSI is one of 14 associations with accreditation processes that have been approved by the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) and recognized by the Virginia Board of Education. Accreditation through a VCPE-approved, state-recognized accrediting member guarantees the transfer of student-earned credits from a private school to a public school, and ensures recognition of teacher licensure credits for time served in an accredited private school.

For more information about CCA, visit www.cornerstoneabingdon.org.

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For more information, contact Dr. Clay Brinson,
head of school at CCA, at (276) 623-7164.

Abingdon Baptist Church to Host Winter Devotion Service

ABINGDON, Va. — Abingdon Baptist Church, in collaboration with Farris Funeral Service & Crematory and Frost Funeral Home, will host “The Longest Night: A Winter Service of Hope and Healing,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, in the church sanctuary, located at 361 West Main Street.

The Longest Night is a unique winter worship and devotion experience that seeks to encourage attendees who are experiencing grief during the holiday season. The service will feature performances by the Abingdon Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra, along with scripture readings and prayer.

“Every year, the winter solstice — which is the longest night of the year — takes place on December 21st,” says Rev. Parke L. Deans, minister of music and worship at Abingdon Baptist Church. “We understand the holidays can be overwhelming for someone who has lost a loved one, job, suffered a divorce or a breakup in the family, or relocated to a new area. We hope this event will uplift the spirits of those experiencing feelings of anxiety, sadness, longing and loneliness throughout the Christmas season, while giving them peace of mind and allowing the hope and power of the birth of Christ to move through their hearts.”

Admission to the event is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, contact Rev. Parke L. Deans at (276) 628-8126 or email pdeans@abingdonbaptist.org.

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Farris Funeral Service to Host Giving Tree and Food Drive

ABINGDON, Va. — Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is taking action against hunger in the community by hosting a Christmas Giving Tree and Community Food Drive.

“We know there are many individuals whose resources are spread thin in our community, especially during the holiday season,” says Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory. “We love being a part of this community, and are always looking for ways we can volunteer our time and resources to make a positive impact on the lives of others.”

Residents of Washington County and surrounding areas who want to participate are asked to donate a non-perishable canned food item or jar of peanut butter during the food drive. Donations will be accepted Monday, Nov. 27 through Wednesday, Dec. 20, and may be placed under the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Main Street Chapel, located at 427 East Main St. in Abingdon, Virginia, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

All collected donations will be distributed by Ecumenical Faith in Action, a nonprofit organization located in Abingdon that provides food, medical and financial assistance, and counseling to more than 1,350 individuals each month.

For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or email farrisdirector@gmail.com.

About Farris Funeral Service & Crematory

Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is the only Washington County, Virginia, funeral home that has been owned and managed by the same family throughout its history. This continuity provides the organization unparalleled perspective on the services, administrative assistance and emotional support needed during the bereavement process. Farris’ spacious facilities offer a number of conveniences, including a full-service reception center available for gatherings and meals, comfortable meeting areas and ample parking. Administrative offerings include assistance with the filing of essential documents, as well as a number of grief education and counseling programs. For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or visit www.farrisfuneralservice.com.

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For more information, contact Kim Farris-Luke,
president/owner of Farris Funeral Service & Crematory,
at 276-623-2700.

Cornerstone Christian Academy to Host Open House on December 6

ABINGDON, Va. ― Families that are interested in learning more about Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) can attend an open house on Wednesday, Dec. 6, and get a first-person perspective of the school’s offerings.

Scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., the open house will give visitors an opportunity to attend CCA’s weekly chapel service, visit classrooms and meet with teachers. To RSVP for the open house, contact aboggs@cornerstoneabingdon.org or call (276) 623-7164.

Located in Abingdon, Virginia, CCA is a classical, non-denominational Christian school that serves students from junior kindergarten through 12th grade. Since its founding in 2011, CCA’s enrollment has grown from 27 students to nearly 200.

The school is currently accepting enrollment for spring 2018.

“CCA is empowering the next generation to impact the world for Christ by providing an excellent college preparatory education within the context of a Biblical worldview,” says Dr. Clay Brinson, head of school at Cornerstone. “For families who might be considering CCA, or even those who are not familiar with the school, this open house will provide an insightful and comprehensive look into why Cornerstone is an outstanding experience for both families and students.”

CCA is currently leasing space at Abingdon Bible Church, located at 16210 Elementary Drive in Abingdon. To accommodate its continued growth and expansion, the school is developing a 27-acre campus adjacent to I-81 off Exit 13, conveniently situated between Abingdon and Bristol.

In 2016, CCA received a five-year accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for grades K-12. ACSI is one of 14 associations with accreditation processes that have been approved by the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) and recognized by the Virginia Board of Education. Accreditation through a VCPE-approved, state-recognized accrediting member guarantees the transfer of student-earned credits from a private school to a public school, and ensures recognition of teacher licensure credits for time served in an accredited private school.

For more information about CCA, visit www.cornerstoneabingdon.org.

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For more information, contact Dr. Clay Brinson,
head of school at CCA, at (276) 623-7164.

Poor Boy Lawncare & Landscaping, General Shale Recognized for King University Restoration Project

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — General Shale, one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers, and Poor Boy Lawncare & Landscaping received an honorable mention in the 2017 Hardscapes North America (HNA) Awards for a King University restoration project.

The awards are the North American Hardscape Industry’s top honors for outstanding, professionally designed residential and commercial outdoor projects. First-place and honorable mention awards are presented annually for projects featuring clay, concrete or porcelain pavers, segmental retaining walls, or a combination of hardscape products, including natural stone, masonry veneer and mortared walls.

Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials.

More than 55,000 of the company’s wire-cut red clay brick pavers were used in the restoration of King University’s Oval, an iconic walkway and community space that occupies the heart of the school’s main campus in Bristol, Tennessee. The entrances to King’s Chapel, Parks Hall and the E.W. King Library were included as part of the project.

“We are delighted that our clay brick pavers have been incorporated into King University’s campus,” says Charles Smith, president and CEO for General Shale. “The Oval is a central feature of this 150-year-old institution, and it’s an honor that the timelessness and durability of our products were chosen to preserve and maintain the beauty of King’s historic grounds.”

BurWil Construction Company of Bristol, Tennessee, served as the general contractor for the project, and Poor Boy Lawncare & Landscaping of Johnson City served as the subcontractor. Representatives of Thompson & Litton in Bristol and the Brick Industry Association recommended the design for the restoration.

General Shale’s product played a key role in maintaining the 19th-century Georgian style of the Oval, which reflects the architectural theme of King’s campus. The walkway, which was first paved with bricks in 1962, had shifted and settled from decades of foot traffic and weathering, creating the need for repair and refurbishment.

“Over time, the Oval had deteriorated from long-term use and weather,” says Adam Dennison, owner of Poor Boy Lawncare & Landscaping. “King wanted the clay brick pavers to not only be durable, but also match the feel of the campus and its surrounding buildings, and General Shale had the perfect product.”

Restoration took place over a three-month period during the summer of 2015. The new surface does not incorporate the use of mortar, which makes the pathway more durable and easier to maintain.

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers. Founded in 1928, the company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures in a wide variety of masonry materials to complete any residential, commercial or specialty architectural project. These materials include brick, thin masonry, stone, outdoor living products, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone, Columbus Brick and Pipelife Jet Stream products.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates sales and manufacturing facilities in 15 states and provinces, in addition to a network of 31 retail showrooms and more than 300 affiliated distributors across North America. The company grew even stronger in 1999 when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is General Shale’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

General Shale is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

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Farris Funeral Service November Learning Series Focuses on Grief During the Holidays

ABINGDON, Va. — As part of its 65th anniversary this year, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory will host the final installment of the Farris Funeral Service Learning Series at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, at the Forest Hills Chapel, located at 19415 Lee Highway in Abingdon, Virginia.

Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, will present “Hope for the Holidays: A Conversation About Grief.”

“When a loved one has died, the idea of facing the holidays can be overwhelming,” Farris-Luke says. “Feelings of anxiety, sadness, longing and loneliness can seem magnified, and events meant to bring families together are sometimes difficult to handle. This event provides attendees with methods for understanding and coping with these challenges, and helps them find hope in embracing what matters most during these special days.”

Admission to the event is free of charge and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided, and each attendee will receive a keepsake and resource guide on dealing with grief during the holidays.

For more information or to RSVP, call (276) 623-2700 or email farrisdirector@gmail.com.

About Farris Funeral Service & Crematory

Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is the only Washington County, Virginia, funeral home that has been owned and managed by the same family throughout its history. This continuity provides the organization unparalleled perspective on the services, administrative assistance and emotional support needed during the bereavement process. Farris’ spacious facilities offer a number of conveniences, including a full-service reception center available for gatherings and meals, comfortable meeting areas and ample parking. Administrative offerings include assistance with the filing of essential documents, as well as a number of grief education and counseling programs. For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or visit www.farrisfuneralservice.com.

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For more information, contact Kim Farris-Luke,
president/owner of Farris Funeral Service & Crematory,
at 276-623-2700.

Domtar’s Kingsport Mill Reaches Million-Hour Safety Mark, Receives Governor’s Award of Excellence

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — On Wednesday, Nov. 8, state officials presented Domtar’s Kingsport mill with a top safety award, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement in employer-employee safety programs for the prevention of workplace injury. As part of its qualification criteria, Domtar’s Kingsport mill had to accumulate 1 million hours worked without a lost-time or restricted-duty incident.

“Safety is a core value at Domtar, and we’re proud that TOSHA has recognized our efforts in this way,” says Bill MacPherson, mill manager. “We’re grateful to say that while this is the first time our Kingsport mill has been publicly recognized, thanks to our employees, the 1 million-hour milestone has been reached multiple times in the past by both the Kingsport mill and by our Ridgefields Converting facility.”

Guests and speakers at the event included James Flanagan, assistant administrator for Tennessee OSHA, David Blessman, Volunteer STAR Recognition Program manager, and Randy Cassell, president of Kingsport’s Safety Council, among others.

“Domtar’s Kingsport mill has demonstrated a strong commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace,” says Flanagan, who presented the Governor’s Award of Excellence. “The evaluation criteria for this award are challenging, and this company has worked extremely hard to meet and exceed the standards the award requires.”

Domtar ranks as Kingsport’s third-largest manufacturing company, with approximately 400 employees at its mill and Ridgefields Converting facility.

“We’re very thankful for the dedication of our employees,” MacPherson says. “Milestones like these are possible because of their ongoing commitment to safety awareness.”

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About Domtar

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 10,000 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.1 billion, and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.

For more information, contact Kezia Murphy,
senior human resources advisor at Domtar’s Kingsport mill,
at 423-392-2710.

Domtar’s Kingsport Mill to Receive TOSHA Governor’s Award of Excellence

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Domtar’s Kingsport mill will receive the 2017 Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) Governor’s Award of Excellence at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

The Governor’s Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding achievement in employer-employee safety programs for the prevention of workplace injury. To qualify for the award, Domtar’s Kingsport mill was required to accumulate 1 million hours worked without a lost-time or restricted-duty incident.

Speakers at the event will include Bill MacPherson, mill manager of Domtar’s Kingsport mill, and Randy Cassell, president of Kingsport’s Safety Council. Guests attending on behalf of the state include James Flanagan, assistant administrator for Tennessee OSHA, and David Blessman, STAR program manager.

The award presentation will be held at Domtar’s Kingsport mill, located at 100 Clinchfield Street in Kingsport. Guests must check in at the security office. Business casual attire is recommended and closed-toed shoes are required. The event will be held indoors; however, in the event of inclement weather, please bring a coat and/or an umbrella.

For more information, contact Kezia Murphy,
human resource advisor at Domtar’s Kingsport mill,
at 423-392-2710.

General Shale Announces Acquisition of Columbus Brick Company

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — General Shale, a leading U.S. manufacturer of brick, today announced that it has acquired Columbus Brick Company, a family-owned manufacturer located in Columbus, Mississippi.

The acquisition adds a robust portfolio to General Shale’s extensive masonry lines, and expands the company’s presence into new geographic areas yielding high levels of brick wall share.

“Along with introducing a unique, premium brick line into General Shale’s product offerings, Columbus Brick Company brings a well-cultivated customer base that spans 18 states,” says Charles Smith, president and CEO of General Shale. “Columbus Brick delivers a long track record of high-quality products, as well as distribution channels that ideally complement our own delivery system. The acquisition provides General Shale with the opportunity to increase our U.S. footprint through additional locations in the Midwest and South, and we are excited to bring this outstanding company under our umbrella.”

Columbus Brick Company is a family-owned, fourth-generation company that manufactures a variety of face bricks and custom shapes in a broad range of colors, textures and styles for residential and commercial applications. Established in 1890, the company is the only U.S. brick manufacturer to offer genuine paper cut brick. Columbus Brick can manufacture a maximum of 140 million brick units annually and employs 75 individuals.

Going forward, Columbus Brick Company will retain its name as a subsidiary of General Shale and fall under the leadership of Charles Smith. Al Puckett, Columbus Brick’s former CEO, will serve the company in an advisory capacity, and Ed Thebaud, general manager, will continue to oversee day-to-day operations.

Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer. The company is one of the largest North American brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers. With a sizeable network of sales facilities, retail showrooms and affiliate distributors, General Shale is present in more than 15 states and provinces throughout North America. The company was founded in 1928 and currently employs 1,270 individuals.

“This acquisition demonstrates General Shale’s commitment to advancing our mission, which is to remain the preferred solutions provider of building materials in North America,” Smith says. “It also ensures Columbus Brick’s exceptional masonry products will remain in the marketplace for many more years to come. Both companies are committed to maintaining our solid customer and distributor relationships, and we will continue to support those relationships going forward.”

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers. Founded in 1928, the company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures in a wide variety of masonry materials to complete any residential, commercial or specialty architectural project. These materials include brick, thin masonry, stone, outdoor living products, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone and Pipelife Jet Stream products.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates sales and manufacturing facilities in 15 states and provinces, in addition to a network of 31 retail showrooms and more than 300 affiliated distributors across North America. The company grew even stronger in 1999 when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is General Shale’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

General Shale is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

 

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General Shale Introduces Industry-Unique Impressionist Brick Series

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — General Shale, one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers, announces the launch of its new Impressionist Brick Series, which provides architects with longer, thinner brick units for unique and sophisticated design options in both commercial and residential projects.

Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials.

Offered in brown, gray and red tones with two distinct textures, the Impressionist Brick Series is defined by exaggerated unit lengths and shallow face heights. With demand for elongated bricks continuing to grow, this new product line enables architects to bring a fresh dimension to their projects by emphasizing the linearity of a building’s façade, resulting in a dramatic visual presentation.

“The Impressionist Brick Series delivers additional choices for establishing creative impact, and lends itself well to the rectilinear design trend seen in many of today’s architectural projects,” says Charles Smith, president and CEO of General Shale. “Longer, thinner brick units are striking elements for contemporary designs, and allow architects to achieve that aesthetic, whether by using them in a singular bond pattern across the entire façade or by combining varying patterns for a stunning effect.”

Whether incorporating the brick with matching mortar for a monolithic effect, using contrasting mortar for visual interest, or mixing brick sizes to achieve a multi-layered pattern, Impressionist’s wider profiles offer more opportunities for architectural designers who seek to establish a distinctively modern look, while retaining all the benefits of masonry walls.

Along with bringing timeless appeal to new residential and commercial builds, the Impressionist Brick Series may also be coordinated with older, historic brickwork to impart a more contemporary aspect to a project, allowing a renovation to successfully bridge the gap between traditional and modern design.

The Impressionist Brick Series is available in Andover, Rothwell and Wexford Fog in a wire-cut texture, and Bedford Brown, Keswick and Manchester in a smooth finish.

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers. Founded in 1928, the company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures in a wide variety of masonry materials to complete any residential, commercial or specialty architectural project. These materials include brick, thin masonry, stone, outdoor living products, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone and Pipelife Jet Stream products.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of more than 40 retail showrooms and over 300 affiliated distributors across North America. The company grew even stronger in 1999 when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is General Shale’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

General Shale is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

 

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