Vaughn Named Digital Specialist for Corporate Marketing

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Eric Vaughn has been named digital specialist for Corporate Marketing, a division of The Corporate Image, an integrated communications firm headquartered in Bristol, Tennessee.

In his position, Vaughn is responsible for the development, implementation and results measurement of strategic digital marketing campaigns that increase competitive visibility for clients through Search Engine Marketing (SEM), social media engagement, audience targeting and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Vaughn has nearly two decades of experience in marketing, advertising, SEO, customer relationship management, media relations, graphic design and social media. Prior to joining Corporate Marketing, he served as a commercial services architect at Eastman, where he identified and formulated information technology and design solutions. Vaughn’s background also includes serving as system director of marketing communications, interactive marketing manager and art director for Wellmont Health System.

“Eric’s analytical, creative and results-oriented skill set is unique, and he’s well respected in the marketing industry, particularly in the digital arena,” says Christine Riser, vice president of Corporate Marketing. “He is a key addition to our group as we deepen our digital and traditional marketing capabilities for the long-term benefit of our clients.”

Vaughn earned a Master of Business Administration degree in healthcare administration from King University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from East Tennessee State University.

“This is a great opportunity for me to contribute to the success of an award-winning organization that is highly regarded for providing its clients with proven results and exceptional service,” Vaughn says. “I look forward to working with the Corporate Marketing team and its many client partners.”

Vaughn resides in Kingsport, Tennessee, with his wife, Christi, and children, Hannah and Caleb.

Established in 1997, Corporate Marketing designs, develops and implements targeted marketing and advertising strategies for clients. Corporate Marketing’s parent company, The Corporate Image, was founded in 1993 and is an integrated public relations and marketing firm that specializes in strategic corporate communications.

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For more information contact
Christine Riser, vice president, Corporate Marketing, at 800-476-7459
or visit the company at
www.corporatemg.com.

The Corporate Image Garners Six Awards from Public Relations Society of America

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Corporate Image (TCI), a Bristol, Tennessee-based integrated communications firm, recently received a half-dozen honors at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Tri-Cities Chapter awards dinner, held May 16 at Our House Restaurant in Johnson City, Tennessee.

The annual awards recognize excellence in public relations for client work produced in 2018. Public relations professionals from PRSA’s Memphis, Tennessee, chapter judged entries on multiple criteria, including creativity, planning, research, execution, results and effective use of budget.

TCI received three first place Awards of Excellence in the categories of media relations, print newsletters and electronic newsletters. In addition, TCI received two second place Awards of Quality in the public service category. One third place Award of Merit was given to TCI in the writing category.

“We value these awards, which are based on measurable results and the evaluation of industry peers, because they recognize the effectiveness of our work on behalf of our clients,” says Jon Lundberg, president and CEO of TCI. “Our daily goal is to deliver measurable successes for our clients through highly customized and efficient communications strategies. In pursuit of that objective, we have had the good fortune to establish many long-lasting relationships with clients throughout the Southeast, something we’re very proud of and grateful for.”

Chartered in 1947, PRSA is the world’s largest and foremost organization for public relations professionals. PRSA is responsible for representing, educating, setting standards of excellence, and upholding principles of ethics for its members and, in principle, the $4 billion U.S. public relations profession.

Founded in 1993, The Corporate Image is an integrated public relations and marketing firm that specializes in strategic corporate communications. TCI’s marketing division, Corporate Marketing, designs, develops and implements targeted marketing and advertising strategies for clients.

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For more information contact
Robbie Phillips, vice president, The Corporate Image, at 800-476-7459
or visit the company at 
www.corporatepr.com.

Judge Returns Opioid Lawsuit to Tennessee State Court

Ruling denies request by major pharmaceutical distributor to remove the case to federal level

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A ruling issued May 22, 2019, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee has helped clear the way for a 19-county lawsuit against major opioid producers and distributors to move forward in state court.

The ruling, issued by Judge Aleta A. Trauger, denied a motion by McKesson, a pharmaceutical distributor and defendant in the case, to remove the case to federal court. Trauger also denied a joint motion by the defendants to stay proceedings. The case has now been returned to the Circuit Court of Cumberland County where it awaits trial.

Plaintiffs bringing suit against a number of opioid producers and distributors include the district attorneys general of Tennessee’s Thirteenth, Sixteenth, Seventeenth, Twenty-Second and Thirty-First Judicial Districts. Included in that group is lead district attorney for the case, Bryant C. Dunaway, who represents Tennessee’s Thirteenth Judicial District.

“We are very pleased with Judge Trauger’s decision to deny removal of the case to federal court,” says Dunaway. “We continue to work toward our goal of holding the defendants accountable for the deliberate and illegal distribution of Schedule II narcotics in our state, and the damage they have brought to our region as a result. We look forward to trying this case on behalf of Baby Doe and the communities we represent.”

The 2018 suit brings two causes of action under the Tennessee Drug Dealer Liability Act (DDLA) against producer defendants Purdue Pharma L.P.; Purdue Pharma Inc.; The Purdue Frederick Company; Endo Health Solutions Inc.; Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.; and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.; along with pill mills and drug dealers. Count I is brought on behalf of plaintiff Baby Doe, while Count II is brought by the district attorneys general on behalf of their respective districts and the 19 counties they represent. The suit demands judgment against the defendants for damages, seeks restitution for the plaintiffs and an injunction to stop the flood of opioids to the region.

“We applaud today’s ruling that ‘when a state such as Tennessee has crafted an independent response to opioid abuse that does not rely on federal law to impose liability, the appropriate forum for such causes of action are state courts,’” says Gerard Stranch, managing partner for Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings (BS&J) PLLC of Nashville. “In this case the defendants failed to establish a recognized basis for federal jurisdiction, and we’re very pleased that the way has been cleared for this complaint to move to trial.”

This week’s memorandum and order followed a Cumberland County Circuit Court ruling last February denying the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case and declaring that the lawsuit could move forward in litigation.

Visit www.tnbabydoe.com for additional facts, resources and documentation surrounding this issue.

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Merj Enters CBD Arena, Bringing Large-Scale Industrial Hemp Cultivation and Processing to Northeast Tennessee

BRISTOL, Tenn. — A transformation is taking place in Northeast Tennessee, one that could propel the region to being recognized as the hub of hemp production for the Southeast and beyond.

For many years, Merj family farmlands supported stocks of cattle and crops of corn and alfalfa. Now, following the 2018 Farm Bill, which provided for industrial hemp cultivation, the first of many Cannabis sativa seedlings are going into the ground.

Merj is a vertically integrated company focused on the production of high-quality, full-spectrum cannabinoid (commonly known as CBD) products derived from hemp. Established in 2018, the Bristol, Tennessee-based company is at the forefront of a surging interest in the plant, which has attracted the attention of medical researchers and entrepreneurs for its potential range of therapeutic effects.

Hemp is also under the eye of investors, with deals valued in the hundreds of millions taking place on a near-weekly basis. Major financial institutions predict the market to grow exponentially as premier companies such as CVS, Walgreens, PepsiCo, Walmart and Target are either already stocking CBD-based items on the shelf or exploring the integration of CBD into product lines.

“The 2018 Farm Bill triggered a fundamental shift in the way America does business, on the kind of scale you see maybe once in a generation,” said Russell Leonard, founder of Merj. “This is a very exciting time, one that’s bringing a sense of hope to people who are looking for products that can help soothe and balance their lives. It’s also creating a new sense of purpose for those in the agriculture industry, and providing our region a unique opportunity to play a central role in this emerging market.”

Merj is one of the larger hemp growers in Tennessee, with resources that include nearly 200 acres of licensed grow space in Sullivan County — as well as a new, 18,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art processing facility designed to process biomass, extract CBD compounds, and test the finished product for purity and potency.

Hemp contains a complex mix of compounds, including phytocannabinoids and terpenes, that seem to interact with the human nervous system on the molecular level. In particular, medical researchers are studying how these compounds influence the endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors in the body that help regulate pain, inflammation, mood, mobility and more.

Hemp lacks the psychoactive compound known as THC that produces a sense of euphoria. Because industrial hemp contains less than .3% THC, it is legal for sale and use throughout the U.S. and dozens of countries worldwide.

“It’s not yet fully known how the dozens and dozens of compounds found in hemp interact with our nervous systems, so we’ve invested in extraction processes that help preserve full-spectrum integrity of our products,” Leonard said. “We want to make sure that all the goodness in these mountains goes into what we provide our customers.”

In addition to processing its own biomass, Merj plans to offer extraction and testing services for other industrial hemp farmers.

“We feel very fortunate to have decades of farming knowledge and business ingenuity backing this operation,” Leonard said. “We’re well positioned to enter and compete in this market, which I believe will have transformational effects on our region’s identity and success.”

For more information, visit www.merjcbd.com.

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Manufacturers Chemicals Celebrates Centennial Anniversary

Greenway beautification project included in company’s thanks to community

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A cornerstone of the regional business community is celebrating its centennial anniversary with a beautification project for the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway.

Cleveland-based Manufacturers Chemicals, a division of Synalloy Corporation, is a producer of lubricants, surfactants, defoamers, reaction intermediaries and sulfated fats and oils. The company was established in 1919 — a year when Woodrow Wilson was president, the Grand Canyon was first designated as a National Park, and the first rotary-dial telephones were installed on the East Coast.

Today, Manufacturers Chemicals generates approximately $45 million in annual revenues and has 60 employees. The company’s products are used in a number of household items, including paper, carpeting, textiles, paint and personal care products, as well as material applications that support the automotive, mining, agriculture and petroleum industries.

As part of its anniversary celebration, Manufacturers Chemicals welcomed industry partners, community dignitaries and regional representatives to a luncheon Thursday at the Cleveland Country Club. During the event, Greg Gibson, president of Synalloy Chemicals, and Craig Bram, president and CEO of Synalloy Corporation, announced a $25,000 donation to the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. Funds will be used for the construction of a stone gateway at the Mohawk Trailhead of the 5.5-mile linear park.

“Not many companies make it to a 100-year milestone, and we’re grateful for the community support that has allowed us to do so,” Gibson says. “This contribution is our way of expressing our appreciation to the region by investing in a community resource that’s enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors to Bradley County.

“Many people ask what contributes to this kind of long-term success,” Gibson says. “It’s important to be adaptable and resilient, of course, but I think that a strong focus on positive relationships with customers, employees and the community is essential. Those key elements, combined with our commitment to provide a safe, family-focused working environment for our employees, are why we can celebrate this landmark occasion.”

As it enters a second century of business, Manufacturers Chemicals continues to invest in its capabilities. The company currently has two capital investment projects under way, one which will double its ability to produce flaked products for use in household, industrial, institutional and cosmetic markets, and a second that will increase hot oil reactor capacity.

“As we move forward, we’ll continue to cultivate positive relationships with customers, co-workers and the community,” Gibson says. “We have a number of business partners and employees who have worked with us for decades, and it’s proved to be a wise investment on all fronts. We’re very thankful for that.”

About Manufacturers Chemicals

Established in 1919, Manufacturers Chemicals operates a 120,000 square-foot, full-service chemical manufacturing plant in Cleveland, Tennessee. The company manufactures lubricants, surfactants, defoamers, reaction intermediaries, and sulfated fats and oils for a variety of products and industries, including paper, carpet and textiles, industrial chemicals, metals and mining, agriculture, paint, latex additives, automotive, petroleum and personal care. The company was acquired by Synalloy Corporation in 1996 and continues to serve as a low-cost regional contract manufacturer for medium and large chemical companies.

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For more information, contact Greg Gibson,
president of Manufacturers Chemicals,
at (423) 476-6518.

WCSA Earns Top Ranking in Operations, Performance for Ninth Consecutive Year

ABINGDON, Va. – For the ninth consecutive year, the Washington County Service Authority (WCSA) has been awarded the highest possible ranking in operations and performance excellence for water utilities by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

WCSA received a 2018 Excellence in Waterworks/Operations Performance Award for the Middle Fork Drinking Water Plant following a 12-month analysis of data by the VDH Office of Drinking Water.

Each year, through Virginia’s Optimization Program, the VDH recognizes drinking water plants that perform above and beyond minimum standards by optimizing and running their treatment process efficiently and effectively. The primary purpose of the program is to reduce risks to public health associated with drinking water.

Of the 131 conventional surface water treatment plants evaluated by the VDH during 2018, WCSA was among 15 that received a gold award, while 58 received either silver or bronze awards.

“WCSA has the largest permitted capacity and serves the largest number of service connections in the Mount Rogers Planning District, and has consistently been a top performer in the Virginia Optimization Program,” says Eric R. Herold, PE, VDH district engineer for the Mount Rogers Planning District. “Of the 10 conventional surface water plants in our district, WCSA’s Middle Fork Drinking Water Plant was one of four to receive a gold award.”

The mission of Virginia’s Optimization Program is “to encourage waterworks to provide water with a quality that exceeds minimum regulatory standards (i.e., as perfect as possible) and to operate water systems in an exemplary manner (i.e., as effective and functional as possible).”

“It is a great honor to receive this top-level performance score nine years in a row,” says Robbie Cornett, general manager of WCSA. “This award demonstrates WCSA’s long-standing commitment to providing safe, potable water for our customers that meets or exceeds the standards set forth by the VDH.”

Over a period of time, through research and plant performance studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Water Works Association and the waterworks industry, the VDH has developed performance goals for clarification and filtration processes in surface water treatment plants. For Virginia’s Optimization Program, drinking water programs throughout the commonwealth submit monthly operation reports containing operational data.

More About WCSA

The WCSA serves approximately 22,000 water connections and 2,300 wastewater connections in Washington County, Virginia, and surrounding areas. The water system consists of an estimated 900 miles of water line, a 12-million-gallon-per-day surface water treatment plant, a 3.1-million-gallon-per-day membrane filtration plant, two springs, one well, 29 pump stations and 22 water storage tanks. The wastewater system consists of approximately 70 miles of wastewater collection lines, 29 lift stations and two wastewater treatment plants. For more information about WCSA, visit www.wcsawater.com.

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For additional information, contact Robbie Cornett,
general manager, at 276-628-7151, ext. 224.

Canadian National Railway Co. Countersues Former Exec, Demands Multi-Millions in Damages

Action prompts filing of amendment to original discrimination complaint

MEMPHIS — On the heels of a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a former executive of Canadian National Railway Company (CN), the company and two subsidiaries have struck back with their own lawsuit, along with a demand for a seven-figure monetary punishment.

The suit, filed Tuesday, April 16, comes in response to a March 2019 complaint by former General Manager Tracy Miller that outlines CN’s actions of discrimination and interference with his opportunities for future employment. CN subsidiaries Illinois Central Railway Co. (IC) and Grand Trunk Corporation joined their parent company in the counterclaim.

The March complaint filed by Miller, who was employed with CN and IC from 1994 to 2019, alleges that despite his excellent employee record and high regard by his peers, he was passed over for promotion at least five times beginning in 2015, while white employees with less experience and time with the company advanced instead.

Nashville-based Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings (BS&J) has now filed a second amended complaint on Miller’s behalf, incorporating the retaliatory suit in its argument for evidence of discrimination. The claim was filed April 22, 2019, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee at Memphis.

“Months after Mr. Miller’s departure from the company, CN continues to engage in vindictive conduct against him,” said Joe P. Leniski Jr., attorney with BS&J. “As stated in our second amended complaint, CN only began pressing for the return of resources gained through the exercise of his well-earned stock options once Mr. Miller brought his claims of discrimination — even though CN has been in possession of all facts within their counterclaim for several months. This timing clearly demonstrates an intent to intimidate Mr. Miller for his action in asking to be offered the same respect and opportunities as CN’s white employees.”

Miller’s initial claim, filed in March, alleges that the defendants discriminated against Miller because of his race. Additionally, the claim alleges that the defendants are preventing Miller from accepting employment with Canadian Pacific Railway or other competitors by selectively enforcing a non-compete covenant against him. The suit notes instances in which CN did not enforce similar covenants against six white CN employees who left the company to join industry competitors.

CN’s counterclaim alleges breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation and unjust entitlement. It seeks an order disgorging the amounts Miller received from stock options, an award of damages in excess of $1 million, and other damages and fees.

“This is an instance where a multi-billion dollar corporation is targeting the life work and savings of one individual, asking for exorbitant damages in repayment for wages and options that Miller has fairly earned,” Leniski said. “It also attempts to block him from accepting employment equal to his experience, an act that CN should understand is vindictive and unfair, especially in light of their past requirements for in-house training on matters of equal opportunity employment.”

Miller’s initial claim marked the fifth time in 10 years that an employee has brought suit against CN on the grounds of racial discrimination. This comes despite a 2010 consent decree in which CN and its subsidiaries agreed to implement substantial and regular anti-bias training for its Human Resources and management staff.

Additional information about the suit can be found at www.bsjfirm.com.

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About Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC (www.bsjfirm.com)  

For more than 65 years, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC has been known for the quality of its advocacy and the integrity of its attorneys. The firm enjoys a national reputation of prominence in the complex litigation arena for its work in class actions, shareholder derivative claims, securities, ERISA, labor and employment, and other complex cases, both at the trial and appellate levels.

Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC is dedicated to providing a full range of legal services to its diverse clientele. In addition to providing quality legal services, the firm is proud of the professional and civic leadership its members have provided, both locally and nationally. The firm’s former managing partner, Jane Branstetter Stranch, was nominated by President Obama to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and now serves as a judge on that court following her confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and was named among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report for 2019, receiving the highest possible Nashville ranking as a Tier 1 in two practice areas.

CBS to Showcase The American Legends on April 20

September 2018 tournament at The Olde Farm raised a record $56.6 million for Mountain Mission School

BRISTOL, Va. — On Saturday, April 20, CBS will showcase The American Legends charitable golf tournament, recapping the day in a half-hour special that will air nationally beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST.

Held at The Olde Farm in Bristol, Virginia, on Sept. 10, 2018, the event featured golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Lorena Ochoa, Tim Finchem, Betsy King and Lanny Wadkins; football icons Peyton Manning and Dan Marino; and NBA star player and coach Jerry West, all competing in support of Mountain Mission School (MMS). The day’s charitable total: $56.6 million raised for the school’s endowment fund, an amount that is the record for the largest, single-day charitable gift in PGA TOUR history.

“This was an amazing event that brought together some of the most accomplished and admired names in sports history,” says Marc Eubanks, club manager at The Olde Farm. “It was a wonderful day of camaraderie and sportsmanship, and we’re very grateful to our partners at the PGA TOUR for helping us share it with the many fans of our legends and all the supporters of Mountain Mission School.”

Located in rural Grundy, Virginia, MMS provides shelter, nourishment and high-quality education for children, ages toddlers to teens. Many of those at the school have been rescued from poverty, abandonment and violence, and since its opening in 1921, MMS has helped thousands of children from the U.S. and 70 additional countries, relying solely on charitable gifts rather than state or federal support.

Chris Slone, president of Mountain Mission, says that students, faculty and staff will gather to watch the tournament broadcast as part of the school’s 98th birthday celebration, which also takes place this coming weekend.

“The spirit of fellowship and giving at the event was just amazing,” Slone says. “Our patrons and partners have helped ensure sustainability for our next 100 years. We will be able to improve the lives of thousands more children as a result, and we are incredibly grateful for such abundant generosity.”

Title sponsors of the event included Gregory Pharmaceutical Holdings, makers of Blue-Emu®, Food City, Johnson & Johnson, and the United Company.

For more information on the event, visit www.theamericanlegends.com. Those who want to learn more about the school or donate to Mountain Mission School may do so at www.mmskids.org.

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Joint Special Meeting Results in Amendment to Wastewater Service Agreement for Washington County

Modification will expand public wastewater services to hundreds of residents and businesses, increase jobs and bring additional revenue to Abingdon

ABINGDON, Va. – The Abingdon Town Council, Washington County Board of Supervisors and Washington County Service Authority (WCSA) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the wastewater service agreement between all three entities at a joint special meeting held Tuesday evening.

This action, which amends the 2010 agreement, enlarges WCSA’s existing wastewater service area to include most of the Wilson District, located in western Washington County, produces additional jobs and increases Abingdon’s annual revenues.

In addition, the amendment enables WCSA to complete a long-envisioned expansion of sanitary sewer services to residents and businesses in the western portion of Washington County. In 2018, the service authority secured $18.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service to extend a sewer conveyance system to residents and businesses along Lee Highway and Jonesboro Road between Exit 13 and the city of Bristol, Virginia. Approximately 111 existing residents and businesses will immediately receive public wastewater service as a result of this project, while an estimated 731 additional existing residents and businesses will have access to public sewer service when the overall expansion project is complete.

“This modification to the original agreement is the result of a lot of hard work that has been put forth by committed individuals on behalf of the town, county and WCSA — people who are determined to achieve the best possible outcome for residents and businesses in our community,” says Robbie Cornett, general manager of WCSA. “This project is the next step in a long line of forward-thinking objectives that will provide the backbone for a sewer conveyance system along these two corridors (Lee Highway and Jonesboro Road).”

Currently in the planning stages, the project is expected to take approximately three years from initial design to completion and will be executed in a series of phases.

“We are very excited to obtain sewer service for this area,” says Dwayne Ball, member of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, who represents the Wilson District. “I believe that it will be a great asset to the area and will promote business growth in the county. Many neighborhoods in the area will benefit from the line extension as well.”

Since 2011, WCSA has invested approximately $15.3 million to complete four wastewater service projects, resulting in access to public wastewater service for 386 existing residents and businesses, and provision of a half-million gallons per day of wastewater capacity to the Oak Park Center for Business and Industry at no upfront cost. Along with providing a much-needed service to existing and future residents and businesses, these past and current projects account for 169 direct and 371 indirect jobs. According to the Water Research Foundation, for every $1 million invested in a water or wastewater project, there is a direct impact of five jobs and an indirect impact of 11 jobs.

These investments also bring added revenue for the town of Abingdon. Upon completion, the sewer conveyance system project is expected to generate an additional $290,000 in new annual wastewater revenue. As adjoining neighborhoods are connected to the system, the town is expected to receive a total of $340,000 in new annual wastewater revenue.

More About WCSA

The WCSA serves approximately 22,000 water connections and 2,300 wastewater connections in Washington County, Virginia, and surrounding areas. The water system consists of an estimated 900 miles of water line, a 12-million-gallon-per-day surface water treatment plant, a 3.1-million-gallon-per-day membrane filtration plant, two springs, one well, 29 pump stations and 22 water storage tanks. The wastewater system consists of approximately 70 miles of wastewater collection lines, 29 lift stations and two wastewater treatment plants. For more information about WCSA, visit www.wcsawater.com.

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For additional information, contact Robbie Cornett,
general manager, at 276-628-7151, ext. 224.

NewSong and Chris August to Perform on April 13 in Support of Cornerstone Christian Academy

ABINGDON, Va. ― NewSong and Chris August, well-known performers in contemporary Christian music, will take their Spring 2019 Arise My Love Tour to Highlands Fellowship in Abingdon, Virginia, on April 13 at 6:30 in support of Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA).

Proceeds from the concert will benefit CCA’s Scholarship Fund, which enables the school to maintain an affordable tuition and provide scholarships to assist parents seeking a Christian education for their children.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, NewSong’s accolades include 20 albums, 20 No. 1 Christian radio singles, a No. 1 mainstream adult contemporary hit, a GRAMMY® Award nomination and induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, among numerous other achievements. The group founded and hosts Christian music’s largest annual tour, the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, which exploded from a single show in 1995 to the world’s No. 1 first-quarter tour for four consecutive years, according to Pollstar. One of the most beloved bands in Christian music, NewSong’s discography includes such defining songs as “Arise, My Love,” “The Christmas Shoes,” “Rescue” and “I Am A Christian.”

Throughout his relationship with Fervent/Word Records, August has released three albums — “No Far Away,” “The Upside of Down,” and “The Maker.” August has also experienced great radio success along the way with hits such as “Starry Night,” “Center Of It,” “7×70” and “The Maker,” and was recognized at the 42nd Annual Dove Awards with “New Artist of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year,” and “Pop Album of the Year.”

“This is an excellent opportunity for those who enjoy Christian music to listen to incredibly accomplished performers who are coming together in support of Cornerstone Christian Academy,” says Dr. Clay Brinson, head of school at Cornerstone. “We look forward to joining the community for what promises to be a fun and exciting night of worship.”

Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.itickets.com/events/418133. General Admission is $20, and Artist Circle tickets, which are reserved for the first two rows of seating, are $30. VIP tickets are $40 and include the first two rows of seating and a special meet-and-greet opportunity with the musicians from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Highlands Fellowship is located at 22417 Watauga Road in Abingdon.

For more information, visit www.cornerstoneabingdon.org or call (276) 623-7164.

Located in Abingdon, CCA is a classical, non-denominational Christian school serving students in junior kindergarten through 12th grade. The school is currently accepting applications for fall 2019 enrollment.

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 (276) 623-7164.