Kingsport Building Inspector Named Tennessee Code Official Of The Year
KINGSPORT -- Keith Bruner, a 10 year city employee in the City of Kingsport Building Division, has been name Tennessee Code Official of the Year, the first time a building official in the region has been recognized with this honor.
Mr. Bruner worked for the cities of Church Hill and Surgoinsville prior to joining the City, and has served as a volunteer firefighter in Hawkins County in years past. Keith also holds multiple certifications in building, fire, building plans, zoning, and plumbing, electrical and mechanical areas. He was first certified as a building inspector in 1994 and as a fire inspector in 1995.
Keith has been actively involved with the Upper East Tennessee Building Officials Association, serving as president in 2007, and was awarded Code Official of the Year of the local Chapter. This State of Tennessee award places Keith into consideration as national Code Official of the year.
"Keith is a true asset for the City of Kingsport, and exhibits all the best traits that we look for in public servants," City Manager John Campbell said. "He is smart, dedicated, hard working and customer focused. I want to thank Keith and the entire Building Department for working especially hard over the last several years to streamline services, providing the best possible service to both residential and commercial customers while ensuring the public is protected through safe building practices"
Startup Online Small Business Offering Surveillance Security Solutions Pledges to Give Back 10% of Earnings to Local Nonprofits
Kingsport – August 7, 2008 – Today, Jantry Shupe, currently the Manager of Oak Hill Funeral Home and a member of the City of Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen, has launched a new start-up company based in Kingsport, Tennessee.The online superstore WWW.SHUPESECURITY.COM offers direct shipment of over 300 high performance security-related products for home or business use that are not available in local stores, from affordable fuel protection and anti-theft gadgets, PC-based home security systems, spy cams, wireless and remote video cameras, to portable video recording systems, complete surveillance and protection systems, body-worn hidden cameras and listening devices.
Businesses and consumers have increasingly turned to surveillance and security equipment to mitigate risk and protect irreplaceable and priceless assets.Major retailers use a combination of security equipment to not only secure premises against would-be-thieves, but to monitor and track shopping activity such as buyer habits, traffic patterns, and customer service.Individuals continue to seek out and implement the best available protection for their families and valuables."Customer pull is definitely driving the current security boom," says, Jantry Shupe, founder of Shupe Security Company."Studies indicate that nearly five billion dollars will be spent by the year 2010 on surveillance cameras alone --be it for consumer or business use.We all have renewed interest in protecting what is ours, because we have to work harder and longer for nice things, and thieves and criminals are a lot smarter and less obvious than they used to be."
Shupe Security Company is founded on a fundamental philosophy of giving back to the community.Presently, Jantry Shupe serves the community as a member of: the Symphony of the Mountains Board of Directors, Tusculum College President's Advisory Committee, Sullivan County Government Relations Committee, Eastman Chemical Company Community Advisory Panel, and generatioNEXT Magazine Editorial Advisory Board.Shupe says, "These volunteer activities may seem like a lot of work, but giving back to the community and being involved in local economic development is an integral part of our vision and is just the right way to be. That is what makes our region so great, and that is precisely why I have decided to give back ten percent of our quarterly earnings -- be it great or small –to various charitable organizations as an act of community spirit."WWW.SHUPESECURITY.COM will give ten percent of quarterly earnings to various community nonprofit organizations based on need and proposed use of the funds.
Shupe is planning to distribute the first donation at the beginning of the fourth quarter 2008, contingent upon sales since July.Proposals will be accepted through the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), which will help Shupe review the anticipated plethora of solicitations on a quarterly basis going forward.
All of the products available at WWW.SHUPESECURITY.COM are legal to own and most items are manufactured and warehoused in the United States.Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are accepted to buy merchandise online at WWW.SHUPESECURITY.COM.
When asked how the new business startup will impact his current workload, Shupe said, "Starting up a home-based online small business versus a traditional bricks and mortar business enables me to continue to invest the majority of my time performing my duties as the Manager of Oak Hill Funeral Home and City of Kingsport Alderman.The advantages of an online business versus an offline business are vast. The risk and startup cost are low and it takes less time to get underway and manage.No matter what I am doing or where I am, people from all around the country are able to visit to my website 24 hours a day, and I can work on my business when it is convenient for me, so it will not interfere with my current responsibilities."
Kingsport Public Works Manager Named Official of the Year
PUBLIC WORKS – ROGER CLARK AWARD
Mayor Phillips asked Public Works Director Ryan McReynolds to come forward and share regarding an award presented to one of the City's Public Works staff.Mr. McReynolds announced that Streets and Sanitation Manager Ronnie Hammonds was recently awarded the Roger Clark Award at the Tennessee Public Works Association meeting for exemplary service in public works for the entire state of Tennessee.
The annual statewide award is named for former Kingsport Public Works Director Roger Clark, who died unexpectedly during the height of his career.
Sullivan County Posts Population Gain for 3rd Consecutive Year
The Census Bureau recently released its County population estimates for 2007.
Sullivan County's official population is 153,519, nearly 1,000 higher than the previous year.
The turnaround is significant because Sullivan County actually registered modest decreases in population each of the four years from 2000-2004. This marks the 3rd year in a row that Sullivan County's population has increased.
Sullivan continues to be the largest county in the 260-mile I-40/I-81 corridor between Roanoke, VA and Knoxville, TN.
Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s www.MeadowViewResort.com and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at www.BestPlaces.net). The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.