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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kingsport Police Department Meritoriously Reaccredited



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Kingsport Police Department Meritoriously Reaccredited


March 27, 2014



The Kingsport Police Department was first accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 1992.  K.P.D. has maintained CALEA accreditation for 22 years, being reaccredited in 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2011.


On March 22, 2014, the Kingsport Police Department’s Chief of Police, David Quillin, and Accreditation Manager, Sgt. Steve Hammonds, appeared before the CALEA Commission in Garden Grove, California where K.P.D. was awarded Meritorious Reaccreditation Status, an award reserved for agencies that have been continuously accredited for 15 years or more.


Chief Quillin issued the following statement regarding this most recent reaccreditation: “Our continuous compliance with the many, many standards set forth, demonstrates our commitment to provide professional police service to the citizens of Kingsport.  I know that both the police department and the community take pride in our partnership with CALEA, which is universally recognized as ‘the Gold Standard in Public Safety.’”


There are five general phases in the accreditation process consisting of Enrollment, Self-Assessment, On-Site Assessment, Commission Review and Decision, and Maintaining Compliance and Reaccreditation.


CALEA Accreditation is accomplished through compliance with a highly regarded and broadly recognized body of professional standards.  These standards address six major law enforcement areas including:

1)   Role, Responsibilities, and Relationships with other Agencies

2)   Organization, Management, and Administration

3)   Personnel Administration

4)   Law Enforcement Operations, Operational Support, and Traffic Law Enforcement

5)   Detainee and Court-Related Services

6)   Auxiliary and Technical Services


The benefits of CALEA Accreditation include greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil litigation, staunch support from government officials, and increased community advocacy.


For additional information on CALEA, please visit


A photo taken during the March 22nd presentation is included in this release.  Pictured in the photo, left to right, are: Stephen DeBenedittis (Former Mayor of the Town of Herndon, VA and current member of the CALEA Board of Commissioners), Sgt. Steve Hammonds (Accreditation Manager, Kingsport Police Department), David Quillin (Chief of Police, Kingsport Police Department), and J. Grayson Robinson (Sheriff (retired) of the Arapahoe County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office and current President of the CALEA Commission).





Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit



Older Americans Month: May 2014

U.S. Census Bureau News

Profile America Facts for Features - Older Americans Month: May 2014

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Older Americans Month: May 2014
A meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens resulted in President John F. Kennedy designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to pay tribute to older people across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter’s proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.
43.1 million
The number of people who were 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2012. This group accounted for 13.7 percent of the total population. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population  Estimates <>

92.0 million
Projected population of people 65 and older in 2060. People in this age group would comprise just over one in five U.S. residents at that time. Of this number, 18.2 million would be 85 or older. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Projections <>
2.4 million
Projected number of baby boomers in 2060. At that time, the youngest baby boomers would be 96 years old. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Projections <>
The year in which, for the first time, the population 65 and older would outnumber people younger than 18 in the U.S. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Projections <>

Income and Poverty

The 2012 median income of households with householders 65 and older, not significantly different from the previous year. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012, Table 1 <>
The percent of people 65 and older (3.9 million) who were in poverty in 2012. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States:  2012, Table 3 <>
Median net worth for householders 65 and older in 2011, down from $203,015 (in 2011 dollars) in 2005. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Net Worth and Asset Ownership of Households: 2011 <>
Percent supplemental poverty rate for those 65 and older, equating to 6.4 million people. Excluding Social Security would leave the majority of this population (54.7 percent or 23.7 million) in poverty. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2012 <>
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9.6 million
Estimated number of people 65 and older who were veterans of the armed forces in 2012. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey <>


Labor force participation rate for men 65 and older in 2012, up from 17.6 percent in 1990 and significantly higher than the rate for women 65 and older at 13.4 percent (8.4 percent in 1990).Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey Table B23001 <http://factfinder

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

News From Sullivan County Schools

March 28, 2014
In This Issue
United We Read
Innovation Academy Accepts Apple Distinguished Award
Sullivan County Farm Bureau Poster Contest Winner
Walk a Mile in Someone Else's Shoes
8th Annual Egg Drop Competition
Holston Valley News
Sullivan Central High School Key Club News
Raider Clean-Up Party
Sullivan County Students Act in Theatre Bristol's Snow White

Important Dates
 March 31 - April 4, 2014
Schools Closed - Spring Break
April 7, 2014
Board Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
April 18, 2014
Schools Closed - Good Friday
May 15, 2014
East Graduation - 6:00 pm
Central Graduation - 8:00 pm
May 16, 2014
South Graduation - 6:00 pm
North Graduation - 8:00 pm
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United We Read
The United Way of Greater Kingsport and Sullivan County Schools join together in the United WE READ initiative. Literacy kits were distributed to all 2nd grade students at Sullivan Gardens and Ketron Elementary School. The purpose of the kits is to engage students and their parents/caregivers in literacy-related activities that support classroom instruction. Each kit contains a book, book-related activities and manipulatives, sight word flashcards, sound cards, and more. The goal is to help ensure all children in Greater Kingsport are reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade.


Innovation Academy Accepts Apple Distinguished Award
Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee accepted the Apple Distinguished School Award on Tuesday night.  Katherine Hughes, the K - 12 development executive for Apple Education, presented the award to Dr. Jubal Yennie, Superintendent of Sullivan County Schools, Dan Wells, Chairman of the Sullivan County School Board, and Randy Montgomery, Chairman of the Kingsport City Schools School Board.  She remarked that Innovation Academy is the first school ever to receive the award for two years.  Innovation Academy is one school out of 220 in the nation to receive this award and is one of two in Tennessee. 

Ms. Hughes remarked that STEM education is changing the way public education is perceived today.  Within the walls of Innovation Academy, Apple saw visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional development, student success and learning, and a flexible learning environment.

David Burns, director of STEM Networks for Battelle, told the audience, "We're talking about you behind your back all the time in a positive way.  There are people all across the country talking about what happens at this school."

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Bays Mountain to crack down on off-roading | Kingsport Times-News

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Energy Boom Fuels Rapid Population Growth in Parts of Great Plains; Gulf Coast Also Has High Growth Areas, Says Census Bureau

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Energy Boom Fuels Rapid Population Growth in Parts of Great Plains; Gulf Coast Also Has High Growth Areas, Says Census Bureau

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    Oil- and gas-rich areas in and near the Great Plains contained many of the fastest-growing areas in the U.S. last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released today. Areas along and near the Gulf Coast were also home to several high-growth communities.
      Of the nation’s 10 fastest-growing metropolitan statistical areas in the year ending July 1, 2013, six were within or near the Great Plains, including Odessa, Texas; Midland, Texas; Fargo, N.D.-Minn.; Bismarck, N.D.; Casper, Wyo.; and Austin-Round Rock, Texas.

County/Metro Area
      Micropolitan statistical areas, which contain an urban cluster of between 10,000 and 49,999 people, followed a similar pattern, with seven located in or adjacent to the Great Plains among the fastest-growing between 2012 and 2013. Williston, N.D., ranked first in growth (10.7 percent), followed by Dickinson, N.D. Andrews, Texas; Minot, N.D.; and two areas in western Oklahoma (Weatherford and Woodward) also made the top 10, as did Hobbs, N.M.

      “The data released in today’s population estimates report provide an important look at the fastest-growing counties and metro areas,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “Coupled with yesterday’s Economic Census report results, the Census Bureau’s population report provides a bigger picture of why certain areas may be growing or shrinking, which is critical for business and government decision-making. The Commerce Department’s ‘Open for Business Agenda’ supports making our data easier to access and understand, so that it can continue enabling startups, moving markets, protecting life and property, and powering both small and large businesses across the country.” 
      “As the first results from the 2012 Economic Census revealed yesterday, mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industries were the most rapidly growing part of our nation’s economy over the last several years,” Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson said. “A major reason was the energy boom on the Plains, which attracted job seekers from around the country. Combining data about America’s people, places and economy gives businesses and government the information they need for good investment and policy decisions.”
      The nation’s fastest-growing metro area between 2012 and 2013 was The Villages, Fla. Its population rose by 5.2 percent over the period. The Gulf Coast metro areas of Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, Ala., and Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., also made the top 10 list.
      U.S. metro areas with populations of 1 million or more in 2012 grew 1.0 percent, compared with 0.5 percent for those with populations of less than 250,000. The 1,335 counties not inside either a metro area or micro area had a collective population decline of 35,674 between 2012 and 2013, with more than six in 10 of these counties losing population. Overall, 51 percent of counties in the United States gained population between 2012 and 2013. In 68 percent of counties, births outnumbered deaths. Net migration (including both domestic and international migration) had a positive or neutral impact on population growth in 45 percent of counties.
      Many counties in or near the Great Plains appear in the lists of fastest-growing counties. Williams, N.D.; Stark, N.D.; and Kendall, Texas, were all among the five fastest-growing counties with populations of 10,000 or more (Williams ranked first nationally). Meade, S.D., and Hays, Texas, also in the Great Plains, made the top 10 list as well. North Dakota counties appear many times in the top-five lists when looking at the fastest-growing counties within different total population size categories (such as those with fewer than 5,000 people, those with 5,000 to 9,999 people, those with 10,000 to 19,999 people, and so forth).
      Among the 10 fastest-growing counties in the vicinity of the Gulf Coast were Sumter, Fla.; St. Bernard Parish, La.; and Fort Bend, Texas. See a series of Rankings.
     Other highlights:
Metro areas
  • Houston had the largest numeric increase between 2012 and 2013, gaining about 138,000 people.
  • The nation’s metro areas contained 269.9 million people in 2013, up about 2.3 million from 2012.
  • Most metro areas (289 of 381) gained population between 2012 and 2013, with 92 losing population.
  • Metro areas grew faster than the U.S. as a whole between 2012 and 2013 (0.9 percent compared with 0.7 percent).
  • Of the 50 fastest-growing metro areas, net migration was the largest contributor to population growth in all but five. The exceptions (in which natural increase was the largest contributor) were Ogden-Clearfield, Utah; Provo-Orem, Utah; Dallas-Fort Worth; Washington, D.C.; and Salt Lake City.
  • New York continued to be the most populous metro area, with 19.9 million residents on July 1, 2013, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago.
  • Sierra Vista-Douglas, Ariz., had the largest rate of decline from 2012 to 2013 (-1.7 percent); Youngstown, Ohio, had the most sizable numeric loss (just under 3,000).
Micro Areas
·         Dunn, N.C., had the largest numeric increase among all micro areas, growing by 2,855 people between 2012 and 2013. The other two micro areas gaining 2,500 or more people over the period were in North Dakota (Williston and Minot).
·         The nation’s micropolitan statistical areas contained 27.2 mil

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

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 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 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.