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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Barter Theatre Youth Academy to Establish Satellite Campus in Kingsport


Barter Theatre Youth Academy to Establish Satellite Campus in Kingsport

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Solid rebound in private construction investment in Kingsport

KINGSPORT -- Kingsport's Fiscal Year 2014 building season posted solid results for private construction investment, with outlays nearly double the rate demonstrated in the City in recent years.

At the same time, an independent financial services website has recognized Kingsport as tops among "Cities on the Rise" in Tennessee given economic fundamentals, while sales tax collections show further strengthening and existing home sale are also rising.

A total of 600 building permits were issued in FY 14, with 438 residential permits and 162 commercial for a combined value of $128.26 million, according to Kingsport Development Service's Building Division. That's up from $66.35 million in FY 2013.

"This strong growth is very similar to what we were accustomed to seeing in 2007, 2008 and 2009 due to commercial and residential investment, but led in 2014 by industrial reinvestment and resurgence in residential construction in our community," City Manager Jeff Fleming said Wednesday. "It is particularly encouraging to see residential development returning to healthy levels, which shows faith in where Kingsport is heading."

Eastman Chemical Company posted the largest single building permit in City history in FY14 with a $74.31 million permit for its new corporate business center. But Eastman also pulled three additional permits totaling $1.89 million for new industrial capacity.

Residential development grew by 10 percent in FY 14, with 87 new single family housing starts, at a total construction value of $17.54 million, up 39 percent from $12.61 million in FY 2013. Average construction cost was also up in a big way to $201,595 per unit.

In the commercial space, Aldi's grocery store, Wendy's, Krispy Kreme and Cook Out Burgers represent continuing retail reinvestment on Stone Drive, while Downtown continues to blossom, adding Macado's  restaurant (under construction), facilities for a doctor and a dentist, new downtown loft apartments, and Ozark Mountain Brewing supplies, among others.
Home improvement and commercial reuse were also strong in the fiscal year, with 192 permits for additions and alterations issued at an estimated construction value of $21.63 million.

Of the total, 76 permits were for residential renovations, 31 for residential additions, and six permits issued for churches and schools.

Another 72 permits were written for commercial renovations at a total value of $17.6 million. The largest single commercial renovation permit was for $5.7 million at 2300 Pavilion Drive issued to National Healthcare Corporation.
Looking ahead to FY15, the Center on Stone is underway replacing an outdated Microtel on East Stone Drive, while a new retail location for MHC Kenworth is being constructed on the Airport Parkway, with strong interest being shown in developing the Riverbend property off Fort Henry Drive.

In 2015, additional residential development is expected to continue at Anchor Point, Chase Meadows, Edinburgh, Old Island, Polo Fields, Wind Ridge and the Summit at Preston Park.
Kingsport's Building Division is also responsible for protecting neighborhoods by working to improve, remove and/or replace abandoned or dilapidated properties. In FY 2014, 31 houses were identified as substandard. In all, 10 properties were demolished, four by property owners and six by order of the Building Official.

"When taken as a whole, it is clear Kingsport is regaining momentum," Fleming said. "We continue to focus on recruiting new jobs, retaining existing opportunities, and working to expand our housing options, both multi-family and single family residential. Expanding investment grows our tax base. An expanding base coupled with our internal focus on building efficiency and streamlining local government keeps the tax rate lower over time for all our residents and property owners."

According to NerdWallet, statistics for population growth, employment growth and income growth for the years 2009 to 2012 indicate Kingsport led the way in Tennessee, ahead of even Franklin, with double-digit growth in income and population. The report authors note that "education drives growth in Kingsport," with advanced manufacturing playing a major role in Kingsport and six of the top 10 "Cities on the Rise" in Tennessee.

Meanwhile, sales tax collections for FY 14 grew 1.77 percent. However, the first two months of FY 15 sales taxes collected in May and June were up by 5.68 percent over the previous year, while also coming in above budget projections.

And, in another positive indicator, the Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors' points out that in July, Kingsport home sales were up by 18.4 percent, representing the fifth double-digit sales increase this year. The average selling price for an existing single family home was up 2.2 percent to $162,181 last month.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Sign Up To Receive Emergency Alerts and Other Public Alerts for Kingsport

Would you like to receive Emergency Alerts and other Public Alerts on your cell phone for your community in Kingsport and Sullivan County?

The Kingsport Emergency Communication District and Sullivan County 911 has a system in place to help notify you of emergencies and hazards in our community. At citizens can enter their cell phone and address information to receive these alerts.

Kingsport Emergency Communication District, Sullivan County 911 and City of Kingsport Public Works department utilize Geo-Cast Web from Cassidian Communications as their emergency notification system. In addition to residential and business records in the existing database, this system offers citizens the option of self-registration for non-land line phone users.

Geo-Cast assists emergency communication workers with notification to citizen concerning events such as the need for evacuation due to a hazard material spill or release and information or description of a lost or missing child in their neighborhood.

Public works uses Geo-Cast to notify customers of changes in their services such as scheduled water outages or upcoming line repairs in the area.

Please click here to enter the Self Registration Portal or go to

Thank you.

Barry J Brickey
Public Education Officer
Kingsport Fire Department
130 Island Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
Office: 423-224-2820
Cell: 423-444-2101
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Animal Reporting and Response Procedures

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN  37660 • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)


Kingsport Police Strive to Clarify Vicious/Nuisance Animal Reporting and Response Procedures
August 20, 2014

The Kingsport Police Department has recently become aware of some confusion regarding the reporting of, and the official response to, vicious and nuisance animals within the City of Kingsport; therefore, some clarification on these procedures is in order.

Approximately four years ago, the City of Kingsport turned over all animal control issues to the SBK (Sullivan County, Bluff City, Kingsport) Animal Control Center.  As such, SBK Animal Control Center now investigates these matters.  With that being said, there is certainly a distinct difference between a nuisance animal (barking dogs, pets running at large off leash, etc.) and a vicious animal that is a genuine threat to the safety and welfare of the public.

SBK Animal Control Center is located at 2141 Idle Hour Road in Kingsport, and can be reached by calling 423-247-1671.  An SBK representative is available to answer the phone during regular business hours which are 9:00 AM until 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  During regular business hours, animal control officers are available to respond to all calls, with priority given to calls involving vicious animals that are a danger to the public. 

After hours and on weekends, all calls to the SBK Animal Control Center are forwarded to an answering service.  If the call involves a nuisance animal that is not an immediate threat to the safety and welfare of the public, the information will be collected and referred to an Animal Control Officer to investigate on the next business day.  However, if the call involves a vicious animal and/or an actual animal bite incident, SBK Animal Control Officers are on-call and available to respond 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.  It is important to understand that their response time to a call-out may be as much as 30 minutes to an hour depending on the call location, time of day, and other factors.

While the Kingsport Police Department typically does not investigate calls involving animals, K.P.D. Officers are always available to respond to situations where a vicious animal is an immediate danger to the public.  In such an event, citizens are encouraged to contact Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111 or in a genuine emergency simply call 9-1-1, and a Patrol Officer will respond.  In almost all situations, and especially after hours and on weekends, a K.P.D. Patrol Officer will have a faster response time than an SBK Animal Control Officer.

In the meantime, citizens are reminded that the City of Kingsport does have a “leash law,” which means allowing animals to run at large is prohibited by city ordinance.

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer
Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

A Day with Davy Crockett

> Contrary to the popular song, David Crockett was not born on a mountain top in
> Tennessee. A friend and I recently visited the Davy Crockett Birthplace State
> Park. Along the banks of the Nolichucky River, visitors can examine a replica
> cabin and read detailed narrative boards about the former politician, soldier,
> and frontiersman.
> You may view the latest post at
> Warmly,
> Kari

Kingsport Oktoberfest - Back to School

Kingsport Oktoberfest - Back to School
2014 Kingsport Oktoberfest | Live Music | Das Kidzone | 100+ Craft Beers | Wiener Dog Race | Craft Artisan Market | Food Court | Beer University | Stein Hoisting | Cornhole Tournament | Craft Beer Dinner  | Family Fun
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Craft Artisan Market

More than 45 of the finest artisans and craftsman from around the region -including woodworkers, sculptors, jewelers, painters, knitters and more - will showcase their work along Main Street. They'll be surrounded by Bavarian Cuisine, the Craft Bier Garden and plenty of family friendly entertainment.

Looking for that unique craft or gift for someone special? Come on out to the Oktoberfest and visit some of the wonderful Artisan Craft Vendors.  


Come to Beer University for all your back to school needs

Earn your degree and come to Beer University for all your back to school needs.   Beer University runs throughout the day and is FREE to all ticket holders of the Kingsport Oktoberfest Craft Bier Garden

Learn all about Craft Bier in each of the 45 minute classes ranging from Barrel Aged Brewing to How to Start a Microbrewery.  Of course, while you are learning at each class, we will make sure you have a full glass. 

We feel that a Craft Bier Garden isn't complete unless we provide you the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the beer.  It is this 'Growing to Glass' education that brings a full appreciation of Craft Breweries.   You get access to Beer University with your Craft Bier Garden Sampling Ticket, along with your commemorative tasting glass.

Purchase tickets here! 

Electric 80's Night Run-
August 29th
Come celebrate the 80s, big hair and all with the Electric 80s Run starting at 8pm. This timed nighttime 5k race gets the party started with your favorite 80s jams. Free Electric 80s wristbands for first three weeks of registration. All participants who register before 8.21.2014 receive an Electric Reflective LED Light Band and commemorative Electric 80s Shirt.

After the race, a surprise 80's movie will be played in the amphitheater.  Music will be jamming on the course with DJ Kutzu.

Kingsport Oktoberfest is excited to have Holston Valley Broadcasting Group on board for radio promotion of our event. With six radio stations in the Tricities, Holston Valley Broadcasting delivers the best music and sports to the region. 

A One Day FREE Oktoberfest for the Entire Family
Check out our Fall list of events:
  • Electric 80's 5k - 8.29.2014 - Johnson City, TN
  • Oktoberfest Beer Dinner - 9.11.2014 - Kingsport, TN
  • Smoke and Fire 5k - - Kingsport, TN
  • Kingsport Oktoberfest - 9.13.14 - Kingsport, TN
  • Masked Superhero 5k - 10.18.2014 - Johnson City, TN
  • S'mores 5k - 11.8.2015 - Johnson City, TN
  • Attack of the Big Beers - 11.15.14 - Charlotte, NC
We're now timing races with ChronoTrack!
Fabulous 5 Series - Johnson City/Kingsport - August-November 2014
Check out for complete information and dates!
Ozark Mountains Brewing Supplies
Ozark Mountains Brewing Supplies is the largest home-brew supply store in the Tri-Cities and Ozark  carries  the equipment, supplies and ingredients for all your beer, wine, distilling and soda needs.
They  are committed to serving customers and strive to continually improve and diversify the products and services we offer. They  value customer's loyalty and feedback and welcome any suggestions about products they  have or products you would like to see us to keep in supply in the future.

Kingsport's Own - Sleepy Owl Brewery
What kind of festival would the Kingsport Oktoberfest be without Kingsport's own, Sleepy Owl Brewery !   With the Kingsport Oktoberfest happening in Sleepy Owl's front yard, we are excited to have Brian, Heather and the Sleepy Owl team at the Craft Bier Garden.
You want something special, Brian has you covered with some amazing beers for the Craft Bier Garden and for the Thursday Oktoberfest Bier Dinner.   Get your beer training ready by visiting Sleepy Owl Brewery, so you are ready for the Kingsport Oktoberfest.  

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100th Anniversary of Panama Canal Opening: Aug. 15, 1914

100th Anniversary of Panama Canal Opening: Aug. 15, 1914
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The Honey Dewdrops & My New Favorites 9/17

My New Favorites opens for The Honey Dewdrops. 


My New Favorites is the union of five musicians with radically different musical backgrounds. Two of them are classically trained. Two can't read a note of music. Individually, they play old time, bluegrass, rock, gospel, jazz and classical. Together they are a fusion of all those styles. Speaking of fusion, check out how piano, organ and clawhammer banjo happily coexist on their track, "Got To Have That Giving On Your Mind." Or the rock and roll accordion solo on "Go". Or check out the four part harmonies in "Meet Me In The Water" and "Long White Robe."

Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series presents an evening with The Honey Dewdrops on Saturday September 13, 2014 at The Renaissance Theatre in Kingsport, TN. In the 2012 liner notes to The Honey Dewdrops' third album Silver Lining, there is a small black and white photograph of six friends, their faces framed by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Catawba, Virginia rising to tangled heights in the distance. This off-the-cuff snapshot offers a glimpse into what inspires husband and wife Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman. In Silver Lining we feel the presence of the natural world invited back in - unplugged, unvarnished, surrounded by new and old friends, loved ones, fellow troubadours. We mourn the loss of the land in songs like "Hills of My Home," an elegy to the aftermath of mountaintop removal, and we rejoice and become uplifted in the Townes van Zandt-like simplicity of lines like "Laying low and flying high / Showing where the colors hide / In the space between you and I." By the end of the record, we become part of a new photograph, we too become "together tied," to name another one of the indelible tracks off Silver Lining. "Home like water collects us by and by / And reaches over distance / to hold us together tied," the duo sings. This is the experience of hearing The Honey Dewdrops: to be suddenly pulled out of daily orbits, and brought back down to the enduring truths that reside in kindred people and places.

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Engage Kingsport | 1200 East Center Street | Kingsport | TN | 37660
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.