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Saturday, September 27, 2014

“Project: Drug Drop Zone” Deposits Reach 2-Ton Mark

Kingsport Police Department

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


K.P.D.'s "Project: Drug Drop Zone" Deposits Reach 2-Ton Mark
September 23, 2014

The collections from the Kingsport Police Department's medication take-back initiative known as "Project: Drug Drop Zone" have recently exceeding the 2-ton mark!

From day one, "Project: Drug Drop Zone" was a cooperative effort between the Kingsport Police Department and East Tennessee State University's Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.  The project began on September 25, 2010 when K.P.D. held its first drug take-back event at the Rhoten Allstate Agency in Kingsport.  In just four short hours, K.P.D. collected 179 pounds of leftover, unwanted, or expired medications.  The success of this first event solidified the need for a more permanent and easily accessible collection site.

Thanks to a grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), on January 27, 2012 a permanent drop box was installed in the lobby of the K.P.D. Justice Center, conveniently located at 200 Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport.  K.P.D.'s drug collection box is accessible 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year.  To date, "Project: Drug Drop Zone" collections have exceeded 4,000 pounds.

Any prescription medications, over the counter (OTC) medications, herbals, supplements, vitamins, and veterinary medications can be placed in the box.  The department asks that no needles or sharps, biohazard materials, or illegal drugs be placed in the box.

The goals of "Project: Drug Drop Zone" are simple: 
<![if !supportLists]>1)   <![endif]>Keep Drugs off the Street
<![if !supportLists]>2)   <![endif]>Prevent Overdoses and Accidental Poisonings
<![if !supportLists]>3)   <![endif]>Avoid Environmental Contamination

The Kingsport Police Department is only one of several similar drug collection sites in the Northeast Tennessee region.  Boxes can be found at all of the following locations:

<![if !supportLists]>1)   <![endif]>Kingsport Police Department, 200 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN
<![if !supportLists]>2)   <![endif]>Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, 140 Blountville Bypass, Blountville, TN
<![if !supportLists]>3)   <![endif]>Bristol Police Department, 801 Anderson Street, Bristol, TN
<![if !supportLists]>4)   <![endif]>Elizabethton Chamber of Commerce, 500 Highway 19E, Elizabethton, TN
<![if !supportLists]>5)   <![endif]>Johnson City Police Department, 601 East Main Street, Johnson City, TN
<![if !supportLists]>6)   <![endif]>Jonesborough Fire Hall, 123 Boone Street, Jonesborough, TN
<![if !supportLists]>7)   <![endif]>Johnson County Sheriff's Office, 999 Honeysuckle Street, Mountain City, TN
<![if !supportLists]>8)   <![endif]>Hawkins County Sheriff's Office, 117 Justice Center Drive, Rogersville, TN

The United States Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have officially declared this coming Saturday, September 27, 2014 as "National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day."  Citizens are strongly encouraged to take an inventory of their medicine cabinets and bring their expired, unused, or unwanted medications to any of the above collection sites for proper disposal by local law enforcement.

Area residents are cautioned that keeping expired, unused, or unwanted medications in their home can be dangerous.  Below are some simple rules to follow:


<![if !supportLists]>1)   <![endif]>MONITOR…where they are, how many you have, and who has access to them.
<![if !supportLists]>2)   <![endif]>SECURE…hide or lock them safely in a cabinet, drawer, or box.
<![if !supportLists]>3)   <![endif]>DISPOSE…properly any expired, unused, or unwanted medications.

As a direct result of K.P.D.'s "Project: Drug Drop Zone" and similar programs across the region, East Tennessee State University has received grant funding of $2.2 Million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to launch a five-year research program aimed at battling prescription drug abuse and misuse.

The Kingsport Police Department's "Project: Drug Drop Zone" has proven to be successful beyond what could ever have been imagined.  For more information on K.P.D.'s drug take-back program, please contact:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer
K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

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

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September 12, 2014
In This Issue
Important Dates
HVMS Music Teacher Wins VH1 Keys+Kids Music Grant
MHS 6th Grade Science Students Become Biome Game Masters!
Indian Springs Collects Plastic Bags
Sullivan Central Welcomes STEM Program
Sullivan East Key Club News
Student Spotlight - Jacob Thompson - Sullivan South
Sullivan South DECA Marketing Club News
Sullivan South Conducts Flag Retirement Ceremony
Important Dates

  September 16, 2014
Last Day for Students to Eat Meals on Last Year's Eligibility
October 6, 2014
Board Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
October 6 - 10, 2014
Schools Closed - Fall Break
November 3, 2014
Board Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
November 3, 2014
Schools Closed -
Teacher Inservice
November 4, 2014
Schools Closed -
Parent/Teacher Conference Day
November 26 - 28, 2014
Schools Closed - Thanksgiving
December 19, 2014
1/2 Day for Students
December 22, 2014 -
January 6, 2015
Schools Closed -
Christmas Break
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 Holston Valley Middle Wins VH1 Keys+Kids Music Grant


Holston Valley Middle School celebrated receiving a $10,000 grant from VH1 on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Jill Wishon, the general music and chorus teacher, applied for the grant, and Holston Valley was one of 10 schools chosen nationwide. Mrs. Wishon and Mr. Lockhart, Holston Valley principal, accepted the piano and sound equipment for the school. VH1 joined the celebration by video to commend the school on its dedication to music and congratulate Mrs. Wishon. Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Director of Schools Jubal Yennie, and Birthplace of Country Music Museum representatives Thomas Richardson and Jessica Turner were on hand to help in congratulating the school for receiving the grant. To acknowledge the school's commitment to music, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum offered free admission to all of the school's 8th graders. The Patriot Pickers from East High School entertained the guests and students that attended the celebration. 


Congratulations Ms. Wishon and Holston Valley Middle School!


MHS Sixth Grade Science Students Become Biome Game Masters!

Students in Mrs. Graham's science classes demonstrated their mastery of the seven major biomes by creating biome board games representing their assigned biomes. Students collaborated ideas for game strategies, informational text to include, game design to complement and mirror biomes, and rules to apply. The students individually created their games using a rubric check list to insure the games included biome geography, climate/ seasons, animals and abiotic/ biotic factors, threats to ecosystem of biome, and science vocabulary. The students exceeded Mrs. Graham's expectations, and the two days of engaging in educational science games were exciting and rewarding to the students. Several students voiced that the project was challenging, but it felt rewarding and honoring to have peers successfully play their games. One student Chloe Hale stated the following during closure reflective feedback: " It felt weird being a teacher for a day. I feel like I was part of the teaching, and the players learned more from my biome game's information than paying attention to moving around my board game." What an innovative, challenging science project to engage students in research skills, art making, collaborative planning, problem solving, leadership presentation, and reflection!  





 Indian Springs Collects Plastic Bags
During the 2013-14 academic year, Indian Springs Elementary students helped the Sullivan County 4-H program reach a goal of collecting 500 pounds of plastic for recycling.  ISE collected 498 pounds of plastic.  The efforts of ISE4-H along with the UT/TSU Extension Office in Blountville diverted 705 total pounds of plastic from local landfills, instead sending the plastic to the Trex company to be reused as an ingredient in composite building materials.

Look who's enjoying the TREX bench!  Annie Grace Milam, Marleigh Pendleton, Chloe Nelson, Seth Robinette and Sophia Milam.

We are recycling again.  Please donate your clean plastic bags at ISE!!

Walter Malone is our 4-H Extension Agent.  Looking forward to a great 4-H Club school year!

Sullivan Central Welcomes STEM Program

written by Angel Cunningham, Central Journalism Student

This is Sullivan Central's first year offering STEM classes to a Freshman cohort within its course catalog. The STEM program is a combination of 5 core classes, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These classes overlap to create a rigorous learning environment for students who want to further their academic career. STEM classes last a full school year and prepare students for innovation growth that is occurring today and that will become more common in the future.


These classes are considered honors classes and are designed to challenge students by incorporating more skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and moving at a much faster pace within the curriculum. Being involved in this program is a good preparation for college because it incorporates a hardworking learning environment along with real-world concepts. It makes connections between school, community, and work which in the long run, creates a well-rounded student and critical thinker. Engineering teacher at Sullivan Central High School, Benjamin Bolt, stated that, "They [students] will be learning things that I didn't even go over until college".


In this program students begin to understand the importance of their academic career, which eventually paves the way to their future. As of 2011, 20 percent of all jobs require a high level of knowledge in any one STEM field. Therefore, being a part of the STEM program can really help students in their pursuit for a desired career.


To be part of Sullivan Central's STEM cohort, students went through an application process. This process included 3 teacher recommendations as well as a short essay. In addition to the application process, a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 was required to be admitted to the cohort.


 Sullivan East High School Key Club News
On August 30th, 14 Key Club students, their advisor, and a volunteering teacher from Sullivan East came together to provide a meal and a bagged lunch to those who needed a helping hand at Sharing Christ Mission.  The club was able to feed 179 people, the largest amount they have ever served. 



 Student Spotlight - Jacob Thompson - Sullivan South

Congratulations to Jacob Thompson of Sullivan South High School for earning the distinction of being named a National Merit Semifinalist.  Jacob is among the elite less than 1% of the top academic students in the United States as measured by the Preliminary National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).  He also has the honor of being the only Sullivan County School District student to be named a 2015 National Merit Semifinalist. 


 Sullivan South DECA Marketing Club News

The Sullivan South DECA Marketing Club has begun the 2014-2015 year by planning for a trip to New York City on December 3-7, 2014.  South DECA is designing a T-shirt, and selling ads for the back of the t-shirt.  DECA is also preparing for Homecoming activities, where we plan to sell hot dogs and doughnuts.

The DECA Marketing Club at Sullivan South has participated in a food bank, and we are preparing for Regional, State, and National DECA Competition in the Spring.  Attached is a photo of a recent DECA meeting.   Mr. Darden, Advisor, reports that the students are very enthusiastic, and the Club slogan is DECA
 Sullivan South Conducts Flag Retirement Ceremony

To commemorate the anniversary of September 11th and Patriot Day, cadets from Sullivan South's AF JROTC program conducted a flag retirement ceremony.  The brief but significant ceremony celebrated our Stars and Stripes and respectfully retired an older flag that had served her nation proudly.  A large portion of South's student body attended and were very respectful.  The faculty and students were also very appreciative of the cadets efforts.




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