Kingsport mayor extends Valentine's Day following winter storm

Kingsport mayor extends Valentine's Day following winter storm

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KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) - Even though the snow storm "Smochi" hit the region this week making it hard for many people to get out and shop for their Valentine, one local mayor has decided to extend the festivities through Sunday.

According to a City of Kingsport Proclamation, Kingsport Mayor Dennis R. Phillips proclaimed Feb. 14-16 as "Sweetheart Weekend," which will give loved ones the opportunity to take advantage of Valetine's Day sales and discounts with many merchants in Kingsport throughout the weekend.

Phillips said in the proclamation that he wants "all lovers and hopeful lovers to not miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to express their devotion to those they truly care for."

According to the proclamation, approximately 151 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, $1.057 billion is spent on candy sales, 198 million roses are produced -- 73 percent are bought by men and 14 percent are bought by women sending themselves flowers.

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