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Friday, October 31, 2014

Keep Kingsport Beautiful Newsletter

KKB has a new communication and marketing tool that we are very excited about….a quarterly newsletter!  Below you will find the first issue which contains stories on our many summer/fall events and programs, as well as information on making a donation to the Tree Fund and becoming a Clean Team member.  You will also find details on our upcoming America Recycles Day event and our Sponsor's Corner feature.  I think this will be a very good way to keep the community up to date on KKB and our activities and events.  Please feel free to share the newsletter with anyone who may be interested in our recycling, litter prevention and beautification efforts. 



Keep Kingsport Beautiful
Fall 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue: 

Conservation Camp
KKB & Fun Fest
Sponsor's Corner
Upcoming Events


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Keep Kingsport Beautiful Tree Fund
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Donations may be made in any amount and will be combined with other contributions to purchase trees to be planted on public lands twice a year.

America Recycles Day
November 15, 2014
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Kingsport Police Department
Drug Drop Off

Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that has won over 65 state and national awards as an affiliate of both Keep Tennessee Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful.

Our mission is to involve the community in responsible solutions for a clean and beautiful environment.

Conservation Camp for 4th Graders

Over 750 fourth grade students from Sullivan County, Kingsport and the Bristol school systems attended the annual Conser<![if !vml]><![endif]>vation Camp for Fourth Graders held September 9-11 at Warriors' Path State Park.

Republic Services marked its fourth year as the Title Sponsor for Conservation Camp. Keep Kingsport Beautiful conducts the camp each year, with assistance from Warriors' Path State Park and various other supporters.

Conservation Camp introduced students to a variety of environmental learning activities. Students rotate through 13 stations, ranging in topics "Making Paper and Forestry Conservation" by Domtar, "Watersheds and Water Conservation" by TVA, to "Alternative Energy Sources" by Hands On! Regional Museum. The staff at Bay's Mountain Park was  also in attendance with Chia, the park's Black Vulture.

Chef's Pizzeria, Arby's in Colonial Heights and Food City in Colonial Heights generously provided lunch for our instructors and volunteers. KKB would like to thank all of those who gave of their time and resources to make this very special learning event happen!!

KKB Fun Fest 2014 ;

The 29th Trash Barrel Paint-In, sponsored by BB&T, took place on Tuesday, July 8 on the grounds of Allendale Mansion for th<![if !vml]><![endif]>is Fun Fest event. With over 250 barrels painted and over 350 people in attendance, this was the largest turnout for the Trash Barrel Paint-In in the last 4 years. Trophies were awarded to winners in 7 categories.  Thank you to BB&T for 9 years of sponsorship and Walmart on Ft. Henry Drive for donating spray paint, as well as to the volunteers and Chamber staff that worked this event.  Trash Barrel Paint-In 2015 is scheduled for July 7th....mark your calendars! 

<![if !vml]><![endif]>Trashbusters, sponsored by AEP, had over 100 volunteers work 250 plus volunteer hours during Fun Fest 2014!  Many thanks to the KKB Council for working a Trashbuster shift this year.  KKB, Fun Fest, the City of Kingsport and AEP were pleased to announce a Focus on Recycling during Fun Fest.  Blue recycling bins were placed adjacent to trash barrels at Mardi Gras, Rhythm in Riverview and The Taste.  Trashbusters are dedicated volunteers who patrol the festival areas setting a good example for everyone attending by pointing out recycling bins and trash barrels and encouraging Fun Festers to be responsible for their own trash, ensuring that Fun Fest remains a litter free event!! Volunteers receive a FREE Fun Fest T-shirt!!! 

KKB also manned an information tent where they answered questions regarding the city's curbside recycling and drop off recycling programs, as well as distributed education materials on recycling and litter prevention. The "Environmental Education on the Go"  mobile recycling and litter prevention classroom was open to the public  as well.

KKB and Fun Fest will be looking for individuals, families, church groups, civic clubs, and business/employee groups to serve as Trashbusters during Fun Fest 2015, July 10-18.  Trashbusters also offer an excellent opportunity for area teens to earn community service hours towards TN/VA Scholars requirements.

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Much of Keep Kingsport Beautiful's success is made possible by the support and involvement of our sponsors.  Each issue, KKB will use this space to highlight one of our many partners in recognition of how their support benefits KKB's programs and the community. 

Republic Services has been the Title Sponsor of Keep Kingsport Beautiful's Conservation Camp since 2011.  Held in outdoor classrooms, Conservation Camp provides a variety of educational opportunities centered around conservation and sustainability.  Thanks to the sponsorship of Republic Services, over 3,000 4th grade students from Kingsport, Bristol and Sullivan County School systems have been able to attend camp over the last four years.     

Republic Services of Tri-Cities offers a full range of waste removal options and equipment to efficiently and economically meet waste collection needs.  They serve residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout the Tri-Cities area, providing customized non-hazardous solid waste and recycling services. 

Thank you to Republic Services for your continued support!  Because of sponsors like you, Keep Kingsport Beautiful is able to keep Kingsport clean and beautiful!


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Robin Cleary
Keep Kingsport Beautiful
400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100
Kingsport, TN  37660
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