Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Citizens Police Academy
Citizens Police Academy
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Academy Start Date
Monday, September 10, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm
The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to announce that we will soon be conducting our next Citizens Police Academy. The Academy is open to people 18 years of age or older who either reside or work within the city limits. The Academy is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 10, 2012. The Academy will meet twice each week on Monday and Thursday evenings for four consecutive weeks from 6:00 until about 8:00 pm with the final class being held on Thursday, October 4, 2012.
The Citizens Academy is not designed to prepare citizens to become police officers; however, it will give citizens a chance to walk a few steps in our shoes to get the feel of what it might be like to serve as a police officer and understand why we do what we do. Citizens Academy classes include a mixture of classroom presentations, demonstrations, and hands on activities. Class topics include:
Welcome, Orientation, Justice Center Tour
Traffic Stops, Vehicle Approaches, Building Searches
Defensive Tactics and the Use of Force
Crime Scene Investigations
The Police K-9 as a Tool for Law Enforcement
Explosive Ordinance Disposal
Collision and D.U.I. Investigations
S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics)
The deadline to submit an application will be Friday, August 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm. Anyone interested needs to submit a new application regardless of whether or not they have previously submitted an application.
For more information and to download an application, visit our website at www.police.kingsporttn.gov and click on the Citizens Academy tab.
For questions, please contact:
Ptl. Thomas M. Patton
K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit
Ptl. Thomas M. Patton
K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit
General Information on Fireworks
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Fourth of July is rapidly approaching, and we traditionally celebrate our nation’s independence with fireworks.
However, Kingsport City Ordinances specifically prohibit the manufacture, use, discharge, possession, or sale of fireworks within the city limits.
Any person found guilty of violating this ordinance shall pay a civil penalty of up to fifty dollars ($50) for each offense.
The only exception to this ordinance would be a public fireworks display authorized by a permit from the Fire Chief or the Fire Marshal. Some examples of these approved public displays are the fireworks shows at Hunter Wright Stadium following Kingsport Mets ballgames, the downtown fireworks show on Independence Day, or the Fun Fest fireworks show at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.
The Kingsport Police Department recommends that you leave fireworks to the professionals. The safest way, and only legal way, to enjoy fireworks within the city limits of Kingsport is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Ptl. Thomas M. Patton
K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit
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Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10:02 AM
Jeff, it's time to send something out about the 3rd Annual Veterans Homecoming on your blog, www.vietnamveteranshomecoming.com, is the web site, you can call me at 956-3197 for more info. Thanks, sam
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I thought you'd like this:
Blake Leeper making a full run at Paralympic glory
CHULA VISTA, Calif. — His new legs arrived on a Saturday in late summer. They were made of carbon fiber, glossy and sleek and shaped like boomerangs.
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From: Don P. Moore [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Mon 6/18/2012 5:44 PM
To: Fleming, Jeff; email@example.com; kingsportBlog@gmail.com
Subject: Invitation to Dinner At The Farm ? Sunday, July 15, 2012 ? Please help spread the word
My name is Don Moore and I wanted to introduce myself. Susan LaGuardia, Roger Mowen and Doris Best at Kingsport Tomorrow and Healthy Kingsport suggested I contact you about helping to get the word out about a community event - Dinner At The Farm. The upcoming event benefits the Learning 2 Live Healthy program for the Boys & Girls Club of Kingsport, the local homeless shelter and the local food system.
My company, Community Food Project, is producing a farm-to-table dinner for 200 guest which pairs chefs, local and regional farmers and food artisans with each of the five courses. The dinner will highlight the talent, artistry and good food - local, clean, fair and humane - our region has to offer. This July 15th event is more than an amazing dining experience, it will demonstrate the power of local food and how we can harness that power to begin the process of redefining food - shifting our mindset about food from a commodity to citizenship - taking greater responsibility for our food system, community and local economy.
Community Food Project's mission is to engage the everyday cook, local farmer, chef, food artisan and policy-maker to find innovative ways to:
Demonstrate the potential power of a building a local (food) economy
Develop local food systems - farmers markets, community kitchens, artisan products, local food hubs and community organizations
Eliminate the two-tiered food system - ensure equal and affordable access to good food.
Create a greater demand for local food - connecting the local farmer and the everyday consumer
Promote urban agriculture and community gardening
I believe there is boundless opportunity in the region. By tapping into the vast food resources and making these local resources the foundation of positive social change, we can create a more vibrant local food economy that serves everyone.
If you have any questions or ways to collaborate, please feel free to contact me.
PS: you can also share the event via Facebook
Don P. Moore
Founder | President
Community Food Project
connecting people to good food - nutritious, local, clean, fair and humane
Update: The date of the event
has changed to Sunday, July 15th
EXITING NEWS! Chef Nate Allen, winner of Cooking Light's Small-Town Chef Award will be one of the chefs for the event. Chef Nate was also named the "Best Chef" in Western North Carolina by winning the 2011 WNC Chef Challenge. He is owner of the farm-to-table restaurant, Knife and Fork in Spruce Pine, NC. Find out more about his food and philosophy at www.knifeandforknc.com.
Musical performance by Brad Blackwell. Brad was named East Tennesee's Best Local Artist by the Knoxville News Sentinel in 2010. He is emerging as one of the most gifted singer/songwriters on the independent music scene today. You can listen to his music at http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/song/5042011
REQUESTt: For the dessert course we request that you bring a blanket to relax on the lawn while listening to Brad Blackwell perform, enjoying your dessert and maybe even dancing bare feet in the grass.. At the end of the evening, we will collect the blankets to be donated to the local homeless shelter.3
If you are uisng a mobile device to purchase tickets CLICK HERE
We are buiding local food systems and connecting people to good food. Check out our Facebook page, LIKE it and SHARE it with your friends.
There are a LIMITED number of tickets available. Reservations close on Friday, July 6th. Buy your tickets now so you don't miss out!
Make A Donation
Can't make the event? Donate directly to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport - Learning 2 Live Healthy Program.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
KINGSPORT – A City contractor is mobilizing to begin construction on the first phase of the new Wilcox Drive Mobility Path, with work set to begin in the next three weeks. Once under construction, the mobility path project will require temporary lane closures between Lincoln Street and Industry Drive. Unlike a sidewalk, which is usually only five feet wide, a mobility path is designed at eight feet in width to accommodate both pedestrians and bicyclists. Construction work is expected to last 60 days once the project begins, and motorists are asked to use extra caution in this area for the next couple of months. Additional phases of the project are under design to carry the path all the way to the MeadowView aquatic center area.
Monday, June 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Oak Hill Memorial Park
For “A Founders Remembrance Ceremony” to unveil the refurbished
Landscape and Private Mausoleum of Mr. John B. and Nola Dennis
Sponsored by: The Kingsport “Survivors Club”
Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals, and Cremations
City of Kingsport – Kingsport Chamber of Commerce
Biggies Catering and Flowers By Copper Creek
John Bartlett Dennis- Founding Father!
Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations
“Caring for people, making a difference”
800 Truxton Drive Kingsport, TN 37660 <> PO Box 1068, Kingsport, TN 37662 <> Direct: 423-246-4631
Cell: 423-202-1353 <> Fax: 423-246-4271 <> Website: www.oakhillmemorialpark.com
Sunday, June 10, 2012
From: Cole, Robert <RobertCole@kingsporttn.gov>
Date: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM
Subject: Press Release - Bays Mountain Park
For immediate release Contact: Adam Thanz
June 8, 2012 Astronomy and Space Sciences
Astronomy and Space Sciences
New Planetarium Program Offers "Colorful" Journey
Utilizing the state-of-the-art technology the planetarium now offers, Bays Mountain Park's Planetarium Staff will take viewers on an amazing journey of the electromagnetic spectrum thanks to the newest feature program, Cosmic Colors, which begins Saturday, June 9.
The electromagnetic spectrum is the full range of frequencies, from radio waves to gamma rays, that characterizes light. Cosmic Colors, produced by the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), will help viewers to discover the many reasons for color—like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red.
This incredible voyage takes its passengers (viewers) places most have never been! Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye... Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor's office... You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur--based on recent evidence. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light!
Serving as the main feature thru the end of September, Cosmic Colors can be seen thru August 31 Monday thru Friday at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., and on the weekends at 1:00, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. An additional program, Appalachian Skies – Spring, is also offered daily at 2:00 p.m. Tickets to all planetarium shows are just $4.00 per person, per show. Park members are admitted free with the use of their pass.
Annually, more than 150,000 visitors pass through Bays Mountain Park making it one of the State of Tennessee's Top 50 Most Visited Attractions, according to the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.
One of the nation's largest city-owned parks with 3,550 acres, Bays Mountain Park features 40 miles of hiking trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, wildlife habitats, fun exhibits, a 44-acre lake, ropes course with zip line, trails for mountain biking and much, much more.
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium
853 Bays Mountain Park Rd.
Kingsport, TN 37660
Friday, June 08, 2012
"There's no place like home!" is the famous line from Dorothy to Toto at the end of the Technicolor movie, The Wizard of Oz. I've been contemplating the concept of home and community recently as many folks have come across my path discussing how much they love Kingsport, growing up here, and the people here. Many folks are trying to find their way back "home" because of aging family members in our community.
I personally remember growing up in Alabama with a friend named Tommy. All Tommy ever talked about growing up was how he couldn't wait to leave the small town in Alabama where we were from. He went furthest away to college than any of the rest of us. Guess where Tommy is now? He is leading Sunday morning contemporary worship at the church we grew up in and teaching English at the neighboring high school. We all laugh when we may think of a "Tommy" in our life that we know, but there is something about that pull of home and community.
Kingsport is a great place that many of us now call home. Whether born here, grew up here or an employment opportunity drew us to the area, it is a wonderful place to call home. What I appreciate about this community is that so many people invest their lives here into making this community and the lives of others a better place. There is an authenticity to the people here, a love for their families and for their teams, and an appreciation for the natural beauty of the area. Most inspiring is how people here continue to take the volunteer spirit to the next level--with a true spirit and desire to improve lives in our community.
I'm thankful for the United Way of Greater Kingsport. Through this organization, we are able to pull together for "collective impact" (a new buzzword from our recent UWW Conference) many different organizations in our community to contribute to improvement on the basic building blocks of life: education, income and health. Together, we advance the common good and create a better life for all. Together, we are making a difference; yet, there is still more to be done. Thank you for making Kingsport your home. Let's embrace it together and keep working to make a great home even better. After all, "There's no place like home."
United Way of Greater Kingsport
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CASA for Kids, Inc. | 317 Shelby St. | Suite 206 | Kingsport | TN | 37660
From: Pam Curtis <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, May 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM
Jeff – would it be possible to send the following info out in your email? I have finally, after years of a mother's begging, convinced my son his photography could be enjoyed by other people and he should give them an opportunity to see it and own it. He has a showing at Cindy Saadeh's gallery on Market Street on July 5 so, as a "starving artist" he is using the kickstart program to purchase supplies to prepare his prints for the show.
Please see the attached link and thank you very much for your time.
Here's the link to my project which is now live.
Indian Springs Baptist Church
325 Hill Road
Kingsport, TN 37664
From: Lucas G McHam <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, May 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Subject: Dobyns-Bennett percussion ensemble
To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was looking through your blog and didn't see this, so perhaps you could give them a shout out? Dobyns-Bennett percussion is in yet another competition, this time through Black Swamp percussion. There is a "Fan Favorite" vote section here ( http://www.blackswamp.com/t-bsp-showcase.aspx) and the video entry they submitted is here ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGYcGBvwHO0). If they win then they stand to get some cool new equipment for the ensemble to use.
Thanks! And if I overlooked it on your blog, thanks again!
From: Sander Daniels <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Subject: Tennessee achieves 'A' grade from small businesses for low cost of hiring and tax code
I've seen your work at the Kingsport Tennessee and think a new study we'll be releasing may be right up your alley.
I'm Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com - we're a site where you can easily hire local help (photographers, tutors, carpenters, etc.). We've partnered with the Kauffman Foundation to conduct a survey of 6,000 of the small businesses on our site. We've ranked the friendliness of states and cities towards small business, and we have just released the rankings for Tennessee. Tennessee excels, ranking as the #6 least costly state nationwide for hiring a new employee.
You can see the early release of Tennessee's results here: www.thumbtack.com/tn
The rankings are based on a survey of real small business owners, like wedding photographers, auto mechanics, and yoga instructors.
I've included a bunch of additional info below - do you think this could be an interesting story for your audience?
Small businesses award Tennessee A grade as nation's #6 least costly for hiring new employee
"Tennessee's greatest asset is that it does not charge income tax to residents. As a small business owner, this makes it easier for me to operate because it is one less tax obligation I have to meet, both for myself and for any employees I might eventually have."
- Entertainer, Nashville
There are a lot of "business climate rankings", but there aren't any that draw upon considerable data from small business owners themselves. The Thumbtack.com Small Business Survey is the only survey to draw data from an extensive, nationwide universe of job creators and entrepreneurs themselves in order to investigate the best places in the country to do business.
"After a two-month survey of over 6,000 small business owners nationwide, Tennessee ranked very favorably across a variety of categories," said Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com. "Small businesses continue to feel squeezed by the current economic realities, and state and local policies can mean the difference between success and failure. In a variety of areas, Tennessee seems to be doing a great job helping its small businesses succeed."
Some of the key findings for Tennessee include:
- Tennessee excelled in a variety of categories earning 'A' grades for the small business friendliness of its tax codea and its zoning regulations.
- Surprisingly, women-owned small businesses in Tennessee felt much more comfortable economically than did their male counterparts. Female entrepreneurs were 38% more likely than male entrepreneurs to rate their company's current financial situation as "good" or "very good".
- Although Tennessee ranked highly in many categories, it earned only a 'B-' grade for its overall small business friendliness. This is partly the result of Tennessee small businesses' concern over their future economic prospects, for which the state ranked #30 nationwide.
- Eastern Tennessee is the state's stand-out region, receiving #1 rankings for 5 of the 17 categories rated by small businesses.
- Small businesses run by liberals seem to be doing significantly better than small businesses run by conservatives. Liberal entrepreneurs in Tennessee were 25% more likely than the state's conservative entrepreneurs to rate their business's financial situation as "good" or "very good".
"I've had no problems whatsoever in establishing and maintaining my business here in Tennessee. I don't think that I would be as happy anywhere else as I am here."
- CPR instructor, Murfreesboro
Thumbtack.com surveyed 6,022 small businesses across the United States. The survey asked questions about the friendliness of states towards small business and about small business finances, such as:
- "In general, how would you rate your state's support of small business owners?"
- "Would you discourage or encourage someone from starting a new business in your state?" and
- "How would you rate your company's financial situation today?"
Thumbtack.com and Kauffman ranked states and cities against one another along 15 metrics. The full methodology paper can be found here.
What is Thumbtack.com?
KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU and the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) will host a free Small Group Hands-On Training Class: Get Found Online on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, downtown Kingsport.
The workshop is offered free of cost, but registration is required.
This interactive training session is limited to five (5) participants for an intimate one-on-one training approach. Participants must already be in business and bring their own Wi-Fi compatible iPad, tablet or laptop to connect.
Five primary topics will be addressed:
1. Google Places for Business Listings
2. Business Facebook Pages - Building Your First or Updating Your Current
3. Using Pinterest for Business
4. Free Website Self-Assessment
5. Introduction to Small Business Survival Training
"We are adding this new approach to our training events to enhance our training efforts," said Aundrea Wilcox, senior business counselor with the Tennessee Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University Kingsport Affiliate Office and executive director of KOSBE. "Not everyone learns the same and we hope to offer more small group hands-on training events monthly if the interest is there."
Facilitated by: Aundrea Wilcox, senior business counselor with the Tennessee Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University Kingsport Affiliate Office.
The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Advanced registration is required and must be received by June 18, 2012. Participants must already be in business and bring their own Wi-Fi compatible iPad, tablet or laptop to connect in order to be eligible to register.
It is the intent of KOSBE to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their businesses, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the right partnerships. In partnership with Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC) at ETSU, KOSBE can more effectively serve the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses. For a complete listing of services, tools and resources, visit kosbe.org.
The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.
To schedule your free confidential counseling appointment in a private setting by TSBDC-certified counselors in person, online by phone or e-mail call Marybeth McLain at (423) 392.8825 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and your Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), visit tsbdc.org and kosbe.org or call (423) 392.8825. We're social too; follow us on Facebook, Kosbe – The Small Business Connection, Twitter, @KOSBEConnection, LinkedIn group, KOSBE - The Small Business Connection and our YouTube Channel, KOSBEConnection.
Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE
Administrative Coordinator, TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office
Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship
400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, Kingsport, TN 37660
WE'VE MOVED!! Our new address is: 400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, Kingsport TN, 37660 - Phone numbers and e-mails are the same.