Sunday, November 29, 2015
Christmas in the Country at Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, will be held Saturday, December 5, from 10 am - 4:00 pm. Fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, unique folk arts and handcrafts, herbal products and traditional holiday foods will be on sale. The celebration also features hands on activities for all ages and demonstrations of hearthside cooking and baking on the 19th century farmstead. The traditional Yule Log Ceremony with carol singing around the bonfire and a cauldron of wassail begins at 4:15 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 423-288-6071.
Kingsport Police Department
200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
K.P.D. Reinstitutes Foot Patrols for the Downtown Beat
November 24, 2015
As a direct result of the successful efforts to revitalize Downtown Kingsport over the past several years, the Kingsport Police Department has recently brought a Patrol Officer back downtown to walk the beat. With the exception of special events, such as parades and concerts, K.P.D. has not conducted downtown foot patrols in decades.
K.P.D. last utilized downtown foot patrols in the 1980's; however, as the City of Kingsport continued to grow and branch out, businesses and activities abandoned the downtown area and took up residence in malls, shopping centers, and business parks throughout the city. This transformation necessitated transitioning from foot-based patrols to more practical vehicle-based patrols, so the additional ground could be covered in a more timely manner.
But Downtown Kingsport has come full circle and is booming once again, with businesses, activities, and even residences literally flooding back into the downtown area in droves. The personal touch of an officer walking the downtown beat has again become practical and is a natural next step in promoting Downtown Kingsport as a safe place to live, work, shop, and recreate.
K.P.D. has recently had the opportunity to realign some personnel positions, which in turn has resulted in the freeing up of some funds. A portion of these monies are being utilized to finance both the Downtown Beat Officer Program and the K.P.D. Bicycle Patrol Program. While the foot patrols will be limited to downtown, the bike patrols will take place throughout the City of Kingsport with an emphasis on both the downtown area and the Greenbelt.
Initially, this will not be a full-time program, with downtown foot patrols being somewhat limited by manpower and budgetary constraints. However, the patrols will be scheduled to coincide with the prime activity time periods for Downtown Kingsport. The Kingsport Police Department anticipates that the foot patrols will be well received and hopes to be able to expand the program in the future.
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer
Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Kingsport, TN – Kingsport Ballet company members performed and won scholarships at the annual TAD conference this month in Murfreesboro.
1. Charter Communications update on high speed internet infrastructure and comparison to “Gig City” - Nick Pavlis
2. Aquatic Center annual report - Chris McCartt
PUBLIC HEARINGS – None
BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FIRST READING
1. Ordinance to Increase Retiree Health Insurance by same percentage as Active Employees - Chris McCartt
BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FINAL ADOPTION
1. Budget Cleanup Ordinance - Jeff Fleming
· $90,000 to finish 2nd floor of the Farmers Market for the Carousel Carving Studio
· $50,000 for Police Seized Vehicle Storage Lot
· $91,845 for Wastewater Treatment Plant Storage Building
· $29,000 for Wastewater Treatment Plant Centrifuge Project
2. Amend the FY 2016 General Purpose School Fund Budget - David Frye
· $130,000 for 2 teaching positions
· $325,000 for retiree health insurance premiums
· $745,000 capital outlay
· $6,321 Tennessee Arts Commission student ticket subsidies
· $481,667 returned to fund balance (due to laptops being purchased, not leased)
· $1,000,000 from fund balance to employee health insurance
3. Amendment budgets for School Employees (Active & Retired) - David Frye
· $500,000 for retirees
· $825,000 for active employees
4. Detailed Bond Resolution & Refunding not to exceed $15,650,000 - Jim Demming
1. Accept TDOT Proposal for Fort Henry Dr at Moreland/Hemlock Intersection - Ryan McReynolds
2. Cancel November 30/December 1 BMA meeting & work session - Jeff Fleming
APPOINTMENTS - None
- Accept Federal Transportation Planning Funds on Behalf of Kingsport MPO - Bill Albright
- $101,250 Bid for Beaded Yogurt for Kingsport City Schools Nutrition Services - Jennifer Walker
- Traffic Signal on Airport Parkway at Hospitality Place / Flagship Drive - Ryan McReynolds
- Medical Flexible Spending Debit Cards for Enrolled Employees - Terri Evans
- Renew the Property Insurance Coverage through Travelers - Terri Evans
- $102,900 Purchase of a 72 Passenger School Bus - Steve Hightower
- $115,287 Purchase of a 41 Passenger School Bus - Steve Hightower
- Renew Agreement with Humana as Administrator for Health Insurance Program - Terri Evans
- Amend Agreement with BWSC for Centennial Park to Include Water Feature - Justin Steinmann