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Sam Jones appointed to Buckle Up for Life National Curriculum Committee

Sam Jones appointed

Local leaders celebrate Sam Jones' recent appointment to the committee.

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Samuel Jones is now part of the Buckley Up for Life National Curriculum Committee, Bristol's Promise announced in a press release last week.

Jones is currently the program coordinator for Bristol’s Promise Buckle Up for Life Program and has been involved with the current Buckle Up for Life Curriculum for the last seven years. He has instructed parents, caregivers, teens and children using the Buckle Up for Life Curriculum. Jones fills a role on this committee where his many years of knowledge as a Child Passenger Safety Tech will help make changes to the Buckle Up for Life Curriculum which will be used by grant partners nationwide.

Jones has been a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician since July 2014. He earned an undergraduate degree from UVA-Wise (History) and Masters of Arts from Liberty University (Human Services: Marriage and Family). He lives in Bristol, VA with his dog, Hero. When he is not volunteering with Bristol’s Promise running the Buckle Up for Life Program, he enjoys reading about military theory and history.

Bristol Music Club set to met Dec. 8

The Bristol Music Club will meet on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. at State Street United Methodist Church. Robert Greene, organist, will present “Chorale Preludes for Christmas.” The public is invited.

Bristol TN/VA Metropolitan Planning Organization seeks feedback on transportation plan

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Bristol TN/VA Metropolitan Planning Organization is now accepting community feedback on a draft of the 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) designed to guide transportation projects in the region for the next four years.

The draft document is currently available online at and can be viewed at the town halls in Bristol Tennessee and Virginia and the Town of Abingdon. It can also be viewed at the Sullivan County Courthouse and the Washington County, Virginia Government Center Building.

Comment cards are available at each of the locations. Comments will also will be accepted via email at All comments received by noon on Monday, Nov. 28, will be incorporated into the final TIP document that will be presented for consideration by the MPO Executive Committee at its 10 a.m. meeting on Thursday, Dec. 16.

The Bristol TN/VA MPO serves the City of Bristol and Sullivan County in Tennessee and the City of Bristol, the Town of Abingdon, and Washington County in Virginia. The MPO works jointly with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration to administer the local transportation planning process. For additional information about the TIP, contact the City of Bristol, Tennessee at (423) 989-5519.

Cold weather clothes collected in Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Collection bins have been placed throughout the City of Bristol Tennessee in preparation for the annual Spread the Glove campaign that distributes cold-weather items to those in need throughout the winter months.

Since its inception by the City of Bristol's Office of Community Relations in 2015, the program has collected and distributed more than 4,200 items throughout downtown Bristol on cold winter days, according to a release from the city. According to the release, the city will work directly with non-profit community organizations to ensure the donated items reach those in need.

Those interested in assisting in this effort may place items in specially marked bins located at:

• Bristol Tennessee Municipal Building, 801 Anderson Street

• Slater Community Center, 325 McDowell Street

• Bristol Tennessee Fire Stations

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• 211 Bluff City Highway

• 1109 King College Road

• 500 17th Street

• 361 Exide Drive

• 1404 Highway 11W

For additional information, contact the Office of Community Relations at or (423) 764-4171.

HMG Highlands Allergy and Asthma Center welcomes Brenda Bentley

Brenda Bentley

Brenda Bentley

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Holston Medical Group welcomes, Brenda Bentley, FNP-BC, to HMG Highlands Allergy & Asthma Center, located at 933 Highway 126, Bristol, Tennessee.

Bentley comes to HMG with 14 years of clinical practice experience as a family nurse practitioner with eight of these years devoted to caring for clients with Asthma, Allergy and Immunology disorders, a release from HMG said.

She began her health care career with an Associates Degree as a Registered Respiratory Therapist, followed by a Masters Degree in Nursing from East Tennessee State University as an Advanced Practice Nurse.

In her free time, Bentley enjoys spending quality time with her two adult daughters, reading, traveling and gardening. She loves to travel and is especially fond of historic locations and enjoys reading historical fiction as well as a good mystery.

For more information on HMG Highlands Allergy & Asthma Center or to schedule an appointment, call (423) 844-7000 or visit

Parkey Promoted to Director of Public Relations at Corporate Image

Keeli Parkey

Keeli Parkey

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Keeli Parkey has been promoted to director of public relations for Corporate Image (CI), an integrated communications firm headquartered in Bristol, Tennessee.

As director of public relations, Parkey’s responsibilities include overseeing CI’s project management team as it executes strategic media and communications campaigns a release from CI said. Parkey recently served as project manager for CI, which included handling client projects that involve research, writing and media relations.

Parkey joined CI in 2021 after spending most of her career as an editor and managing editor for newspapers in Northeast Tennessee, including The Erwin Record. She was part of The Erwin Record staff that won the Tennessee Press Association’s (TPA) General Excellence Award in 2014. Parkey also won several individual TPA awards during her career. A native of Unicoi, Tennessee, Parkey holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and a master’s degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville.