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Monday, June 22, 2015

Five local standouts on TACA All-Star East volleyball roster



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Five local standouts on TACA All-Star East volleyball roster

Longtime member Randy Montgomery leaves Kingsport BOE


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Longtime member Randy Montgomery leaves Kingsport BOE


Kiwanis reading program serves Kingsport children



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Kiwanis reading program serves Kingsport children


An evening with the blooms on Roan Mountain.


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An evening with the blooms on Roan Mountain.

Keep up fight against obesity by hooking up with Healthy Kingsport


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Keep up fight against obesity by hooking up with Healthy Kingsport

All fired up: Kingsport firemen share spicy, sweet station fare


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All fired up: Kingsport firemen share spicy, sweet station fare

July 28: Calling All Kid Friendly Organizations




WHAT: 6th Annual Back to School Expo 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 28 from 3 - 6 p.m.

WHERE: Kingsport Town Center, 2101 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN 37664

Kingsport City Schools are currently securing kid friendly organizations for vendors at the 6th Annual Back to School Expo held at the end of July.

If the organization can answer yes to one of these three questions, they should reserve a free table.

1.)  Do you offer lessons, athletics or other fun and educational opportunities for Kingsport kids?
2.)  Do you offer programs, services and activities for kids in the Kingsport City Schools area?
3.)  Do you have important information to share with area kids and their parents?

There is no registration fee or cost to attend. Vendors receive one complimentary table, chair and table skirt. This is a great resource for parents and there will be entertainment and activities for the kids. There are no designated sections for vendors; the first 50 confirmed vendors will have their preference of an upstairs or downstairs location.

Vendor tables may be reserved by contacting Marybeth McLain at (423) 378.2123 or mmclain@k12k.com. 

This event could not be made possible without the support from our partners, Kingsport Town Center and Kingsport Times-News.

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNPCE).

For more information on KCS, visit k12k.com, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FMThe Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, or call (423) 378.2100. We're social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).



Marybeth McLain
Communications Editor
Kingsport City Schools
400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 200
Kingsport, TN 37660


Did you know that for every dollar in sales tax collected,
50 cents is shared between city and county schools?
Be Loyal – Buy Local … #ShopKPT!





--
Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Kingsport's Buck to join first Governor's Teacher Cabinet


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Kingsport's Buck to join first Governor's Teacher Cabinet

Dobyns-Bennett's Rebekah Haren finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year


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Dobyns-Bennett's Rebekah Haren finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year

Theatre Guild announces 2015-16 lineup, including new downtown series



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KTG announces 2015-16 lineup, including new downtown series


Tri-Cities Regional Airport is slowly growing revenues and passengers


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Tri-Cities Regional Airport is slowly growing revenues and passengers

Raw water intake gets major upgrade


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Raw water intake gets major upgrade

Kingsport boosting Internet bandwidth




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Kingsport boosting Internet bandwidth


Ailshie puts high school needs as top priority in facilities recommendations


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Ailshie puts high school needs as top priority in facilities recommendations


Kingsport Senior Center achieves accreditation



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Kingsport Senior Center achieves accreditation


Death Comes to Broad Street


And by death, I don't mean murder, mind you, but I do refer to a sad passing
just the same. The loss of 1920s-era painted brick advertising.

You may view the latest post at
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posted.
Warmly,
Kari



First annual wine festival coming to Downtown Kingsport

http://www.wcyb.com/news/1st-annual-wine-festival-coming-to-kingsport/33679738

New director no stranger at The Oasis


Kingsport Times News

New director no stranger at The Oasis
The board of directors for Oasis of Kingsport has chosen a new executive director to run the day-to-day operations of helping women with basic ...




Wellmont, MSHA announce work groups to lay out merger plan


Bristol Herald Courier

Wellmont, MSHA announce work groups to lay out merger plan
KINGSPORT — Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System jointly announced Wednesday they are creating four community work ...
Kingsport Times News



Kingsport police officer continues to improve after massive stroke


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Kingsport police officer continues to recover after massive stroke
KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) - The Kingsport Police Officer who suffered a massive ... That sale will be held at Holy Mountain Baptist Church in Kingsport.

New Planetarium Show at Bays Mountain!

  
Bays Mountain Planetarium has a new show entitled "Exploring New Horizons." It's about the New Horizons spacecraft mission to Pluto. The show covers the history of planetary discovery, especially that of Pluto, and takes you to the outer reaches of our Solar System. The program is great for all ages, but best for 3rd grade and above. The program includes a live activity to discover how difficult it was to discover Pluto. In addition, the show ends with a live update on the mission and Pluto as well as a brief tour of the current night sky.

The Pluto flyby of New Horizons takes place on July 15, so you'll be seeing much about it in the news.

The show was produced by Planetarium and Exhibits staff here at Bays Mountain and we're excited to have you visit and see the program. The new show will run through the summer at 1 and 4 p.m. daily. A 5 p.m. show is added for the weekends. The 2 p.m. show is currently "Appalachian Skies - Spring." It's a live tour of the current night sky.

We hope to see you this summer!


Thanks,

Adam



 






                  Adam Thanz
                  Astronomy & Space Sciences Program Coordinator - Planetarium Director
                  Bays Mountain Planetarium
                  853 Bays Mountain Park Road
                  Kingsport, TN 37660

                 (423) 224-2532 - phone
                 (423) 224-2589 - fax

                  thanz@kingsporttn.gov



Dump the Pump Day 2015




For Immediate Release June 12, 2015
CONTACT: CANDACE SHERER
(423) 343-9711
KINGSPORT AREA TRANSIT SERVICE

KATS CELEBRATES TENTH ANNUAL NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY TO BE HELD ON JUNE 18
Dump the Pump.  Ride Public Transit.
With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, KATS announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the tenth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 18.  The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump.  Ride Public Transit.”

Beginning Monday, June 15th-Friday, June 19th, KATS will be offering 25 cent rides on all the fixed route busses. Customers will be able to enter a drawing for free monthly bus passes. On Thursday, June 18th, KATS will be distributing their signature bags at the transit station while supplies last.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2015 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and to take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.  Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money.  According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,394 annually by downsizing to one car.  

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive.  Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization. 

WHAT:  10th Annual National Dump the Pump Day
WHERE: Kingsport Area Transit Service 109 Clay Street   
WHEN:  Monday, June 15th-Friday, June 19th 2015 
*** Special giveaways on Thursday, June 18th***



   

Candace Sherer
Kingsport Area Transit
KATS-Kingsport Area Transit Service
423-343-9711

Photos: Kingsport Carousel nears completion


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Folks You Should Know: Deep-rooted love of photography is in Ann Fortney's blood

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

My remarks at Mayor Dennis Phillips retirement reception

When Dennis Phillips was first elected Mayor, I remember telling him, “One day you’ll be a former mayor”.  What we didn’t know…is that it would take ten long years.  
All joking aside, we had a conversation about how short two years really is.   You’re elected one year and spend the next year running for re-election. 
And the cycle continues.   
Then you find out that the average time for a major project from planning to fruition is 5-10 years.
And you realize that not much gets accomplished in one term.
It takes years of sustained effort by a succession of elected officials and professional staff to move our city in a positive direction.  We each carry the torch for one leg of the race.
Mayor Phillips realized that.  When we cut the ribbon on projects finished during his early years, he invited previous mayors, aldermen and even city managers to join in the celebration.  He convened gatherings of former mayors and aldermen to seek their wisdom and solicit their support on important initiatives.  He realized that just because you no longer serve in an elected capacity, doesn’t mean you stop loving this city. I’ve often quoted Keith Wilson who said, “A community’s progress is measured in quarter centuries, not quarters.”  Dennis Phillips understands that concept.
When I think of Mayor Phillips, I think of that old country song…“Daddy’s hands were soft and kind when I was crying.  Daddy’s hands were hard as steel when I’d done wrong.”
He was always the first one at an employee’s home to comfort them in time of need.
He was always the first one to call them out if they were slacking.  
He talked to everyone.  From the custodian to the CEO, he always made anyone he came in contact with feel special. 
He is generous beyond measure.  He loves making wishes come true.  Once, I overheard a conversation where the topic was Duke basketball.  The person said they’d been unsuccessful their whole life in trying to get tickets to Cameron Indoor Arena.  It was just a passing comment.  Without being asked, nor with any expectations, Mayor Phillips made a couple of phone calls and the tickets were his.  A wish came true.  That’s what he loves doing. 
Long before I was city manager, he told me that I should occasionally pick up the tab if I saw a group of employees and their families at a restaurant.  He’d make sure I was covered (with his money, not taxpayer dollars).  So I did.  The look on their faces when the waitress anonymously told them their bill was paid in full?  Priceless.  He taught me to pay it forward.
He is fearless.
When a smoke shop opened in Highland – a cancer to that community – he said enough.  When they filed a federal lawsuit.  He said, “so be it.”  Oh by the way, we won.
When the ACLU threatened the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.  He said, “Onward.”  They backed off.
When the nativity scene in Church Circle was at risk of being removed.  He made sure it would never be at risk again.
When an application fee prevented someone from getting their GED, he removed that barrier.
I could go on and on about the bold, positive things he did.
But you learn what “the public eye” really means.  You have no privacy.  Your life, and the life of your family, is constantly under scrutiny.  
Yes, it takes a very special person to accept this often thankless role.  And Dennis Phillips is a very special person.
Public officials – elected and appointed – put themselves in the crosshairs of public criticism. The latest issue du jour can inspire someone to run for office for a single reason.  Kingsport has a history of electing people who have a broader vision for the community as a whole. 
Each leader brings a different style.  Some are commanding, some are visionary, others are consensus-builders.  Some are democratic, others are pacesetters, and still others are coaches.  There is no singular leadership style that defines success.
One thing’s for sure, Dennis Phillips’ style is anything but “politically correct”.   In a world when we’re often told anything we want to hear, his brutal honesty was refreshing and welcomed. You may not like what he said, but make no mistake you knew where he stood on the matter.  
Bottom line:  In his words, he could count to 4 – and that’s all that was required for an affirmative vote.  And he got things done – and at the end of the day it was rarely a split vote.  But on the rare occasion when it was, everyone quickly recovered and returned the next meeting to conduct the people’s business.  That’s good government.  That’s Kingsport.
The past 10 years have been transformative for our city.  We’ve witnessed major investments in education and quality of life. 
Borrowing from a Times-News column:  “Anyone bothering to look notices that downtown is undergoing a renaissance, that derelict commercial properties are being redeveloped and repurposed, that the Greenbelt is being improved and expanded, that opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment continue to increase.”
Last year, at this very place, I made similar remarks about our retiring City Manager, John Campbell. 
The Mayor, as chairman of the board, and City Manager, as chief administrative officer, are a powerful tandem.
Together, Dennis Phillips and John Campbell took the idea of a higher education center and grew it into an “Academic Village” of five buildings.  Today, there are 2,800 college students in Downtown Kingsport.   The number of residents with a college degree increased from 18% in 1999 to 32% today.  And the median family income increased from $30,000 to $53,000 during the same timeframe.
The results were noticed by Harvard and Mayor Phillips was treated like a rock star when he shared the Kingsport Story “in the round” at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In honor of that accomplishment, we have a little surprise. 
For months now, we’ve been floating an idea – one that received overwhelming support.  Recently, the Mayor and I were driving downtown and he noticed a blade was missing from the Academic Village sign at the corner of Clinchfield & Market.  I made up some story about a vehicle damaging the sign.  Mysteriously the signs for Blazier-Wilson and Pal Barger remained untouched.  Only one blade was missing. There’s a reason. 
Today, I’m happy to announce that henceforth the Kingsport Center for Higher Education will be known as “Phillips-Campbell Hall”…and…if the students shorten it to PC Hall, then that’ll be a little reminder that Dennis was anything but PC – and every student that walks through those doors…for generations to come…will benefit as a result.   
Congratulations and thank you!  It’s an honor to serve on Team Kingsport.
by Jeff Fleming

June 18, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

Kingsport Food City manager brings home national awards


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Kingsport Food City manager brings home national awards
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Mark Hubbard is the manager of the Food City off Eastman Road in Kingsport. He's been named "Store Manager of the Year" by the Food Marketing ...



May 2015 New Business Reports

Attached please find the May 2015 New Business Listings. Includes monthly and last 12 months.  Also included in pdf and xls format.




Thanks!
Lynn Tully
Lynn Tully, AICP
Development Services Director
City of Kingsport

Ph: (423) 229-9319

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Signs commemorate historic State Route 1





WCYB

Signs commemorate historic State Rt. 1, US Hwy. 11W
ALLANDALE—For almost a century Tennessee State Route 1, better known in Northeast TN as U.S. Highway 11W, has provided transportation for the ...

Get Safe! Tri-Cities June 26th - June 28th




Luke Noce
Safer Tri-Cities Inc.

Get Safe! Tri-Cities
Community event offers free training for Safety, Self-Defense, and Health

Kingsport, TN: Local Non-Profit Safer Tri-Cities Inc. teams up with Tri-Cities Krav Maga to bring the region a weekend full of free training and events, designed to improve individual and community safety and health. June 26th- June 28th Tri-Cities Krav Maga will host a various activities for people of all ages, including child fingerprinting, kids anti-kidnapping and anti-bullying training, college preparedness classes, basic self defense classes, weapons defense seminars, senior citizens safety, fire safety, disaster preparedness, fitness/healthy living classes, and more.

Our goal is to provide these activities to raise awareness and increase peace of mind, general well being, and a better quality of life to all people in the Tri-Cities Region, and North Eastern Tennessee. We want people to understand that a safe, happy life is possible for them, and their families, with the right information and training.

About Safer Tri-Cities Inc.: A local NPO formed to provide the Tri-Cities Tennessee Region, with the information, materials, and training needed to improve safety for individuals, businesses and communities. Some current projects include free safety training, providing safety equipment to low income families and children, and participating in community improvement programs.

About Tri-Cities Krav Maga: Based in Kingsport, Tri-Cities Krav Maga is the regions premier self-defense and fitness studio. Krav Maga is a martial arts and self-defense system. It is the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, and has been taught to hundreds of law enforcement agencies, and thousands of civilians in the United States. Krav Maga is a simple, effective self-defense system that emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques, and realistic training scenarios. It must work under duress, without taking a very long time to learn.
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Airgas names national branch of the year winners 2015





Airgas Names National Branch of the Year Winners for 2015
In the large branch category, the Mid America Region's Kingsport, TN branch and the Midwest Region's Elk Grove Village, IL branch took top honors.
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Eastman joins together for sustainabilty





Eastman Chemical joins Together for Sustainability
KINGSPORT — Eastman Chemical Co. said Thursday it has joined Together for Sustainability (TfS) through the finalization and acceptance of its ...
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Dobyns-Bennett HS needs top priority in facilities recommendations



Kingsport Times News

Ailshie puts high school needs as top priority in facilities recommendations
KINGSPORTKingsport City Schools would need more than $30 million for school facilities improvements in the next few years, according to a ...
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Warriors Path kicks off 'Summer in the Park'



Kingsport Times News

Warriors Path kicks off 'Summer in the Park'
With the kiddos out of school and the days growing longer, why not get out and enjoy one of the more beautiful parks our area has to offer? The park ...

Literacy Council receives $10,000 grant from Dollar General Foundation



Kingsport Times News

Literacy Council of Kingsport receives $10000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Literacy Council of Kingsport recently received a $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its growing literacy programs.






Region rounds out Top 5 in exports growth in U.S.



June 03, 2015

Region rounds out Top 5 in exports growth in U.S.

The Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) including Kingsport/Bristol TN/VA rounds out the top five U.S. Metropolitan Export areas in the country in terms of export...… Read on

Exploring Kingsport's "White House"


Kingsport Times News

Historic Places: Exploring the history of Kingsport's 'White House'
Allandale Mansion and a great part of the grounds were left to the City of Kingsport by Harvey Brooks when he died in 1969. One of the conditions of ...
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Mark Houser qualifies for US Senior Open



Kingsport Times News
Kingsport's Mark Houser qualifies for US Senior Open golf tournament
HOT SPRINGS, Va. — Warriors Path head professional Mark Houser qualified for the U.S. Senior Open on Monday. Houser birdied the par-3, 18th ...

Greater Kingsport YMCA summer programs designed to 'hop the gap'


Kingsport Times News

Greater Kingsport Family YMCA summer programs designed to help youth 'hop the gap'
Between each school year, there's a gap called summer that can bring challenges. The Greater Kingsport Family YMCA's new initiative Hop the Gap ...





Second phase of Sullivan Street improvements begin


Kingsport Times News

Second phase of Sullivan improvements ready to begin
Kingsport also plans to remove the traffic signal at the intersection of Sullivan, Clay and Charlemont during this phase of the project, and in its place ...





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.