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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

4th Annual Carousel Fine Craft Show & Brass Ring Gala 2016, March 18-20 2016





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Will Stephanos, Event & Program Administrator
City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts





The Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre                                                                     
1200 E. Center St., Suite 224
Kingsport, TN 37660   (423) 392-8414
Website:    www.EngageKingsport.com
Facebook:  Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts
Twitter:      KptCulturalArts


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4th Annual Carousel Fine Craft Show & Brass Ring Gala 2016, Co-Hosted by Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Tennessee Craft,  March 18-20 2016 at Kingsport Farmers Market

WHEN:        March 18-20, 2016 
WHERE:     Kingsport Farmers Market and Kingsport Carousel
Tickets:   Book Now at www.EngageKingsport.com
Tennessee's hand-made legacy continues…


Kingsport, TN------ The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport in partnership with the NE Chapter of Tennessee Craft (formerly known as TACA) proudly present East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia's premier juried Fine Craft show: Carousel Fine Craft Show and The Brass Ring Gala preview party March 18-20, 2016.  Free Carousel rides included!

The Carousel Fine Craft Show features professional craftspeople and artists in a variety of media that will exhibit and sell their own work.  There will be excellent Fine Furniture and Woodwork, Ceramics and Metal art, Jewelry, Glass and Textiles on exhibit and for sale to the public.  The public is invited to talk to the artists and watch live demonstrations.  There will only be high quality, hand-made wares, with no imported or commercial items allowed in the show.  This is a Fine Craft show; similar to ones held in Asheville and Nashville, featuring artists and craftspeople from throughout the Southeast.  We have an abundance of talent in this region and are very proud to showcase it. 

Fine Craft is different from Arts & CraftsFine Craft refers to the production of art or goods reliant on the maker's skill, technique and dedication to the art. Fine Craft is skillfully fabricated and displays the maker's expertise and attention to detail.  In addition, Fine Craft Shows use a jury method for choosing artists.  This is a rigorous and competitive process that ensures that only high quality work will be for sale.  This year the NE Chapter of Tennessee Craft, a statewide advocate for Tennessee's handmade legacy, has partnered with the show to help promote Fine Craft in the region.

Tennessee Craft, formerly known as TACA, provides direct support to artists year-round through professional development workshops, regional programming, scholarships and mentor opportunities. The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) was founded in 1965 to encourage, develop and promote crafts and craftspeople in Tennessee.  Tennessee Craft strives to embrace the passion of the state's first makers and the organization's founders by connecting today's emerging and experienced artists and the public with resources and opportunities to make their mark on our state's handmade legacy.

The Carousel Fine Craft Show will be held from March 18th through March 20th, 2016.   Day passes are $3 for one day and $5 for two days.   The Brass Ring Gala preview party opens the show with live music, hors d'oeuvres, and the opportunity for the public and our juried fine craft artists to have an exclusive meet and greet; and to share food, music, shopping and community spirit.   Cost of the Brass Ring Gala is $50 per person, which includes a weekend pass to the show.

The Carousel Fine Craft Show continues on Saturday and Sunday, 10 am- 5 pm each day, and feature interactive children's art activities and live craft demonstrations and talks by various exhibiting artists and members of the community.  

Site:   The Kingsport Farmers Market has quickly become a favorite location for social gatherings in Kingsport.  An original building of the former Kingsport Press, the historic setting provides a unique backdrop for events such as weddings, fundraisers and festivals.  The Farmers Market is located adjacent to the new Kingsport Carousel which opened in July 2015.  The Kingsport Carousel features 32 hand carved, hand-painted platform animals, rounding board scenes of regional history, as well as paintings of birds, wild flowers and butterflies all painted by the Kingsport community.  Work for the Carousel began in 2010 and has involved over 300 volunteers and 700 sponsors.  Rides on the Carousel are included with any ticket to the Brass Ring Gala Preview Party and the Carousel Fine Craft Show.

                Regular operating hours of Kingsport Carousel:
                Wednesday – Friday  11 am – 5 pm
                Saturday & Sunday      1 pm – 5 pm
ALL RIDES = $1
Birthday Parties & Private Rentals: (423) 392-8418



























                        The arts are transformative to places as well as individuals.
















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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Two Dobyns-Bennett Students Advance to National Level of Presidential Scholarship Program

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Dobyns-Bennett High School seniors Alexander Caviness and Theresa Cahill have been selected to apply for the annual United States Presidential Scholars program, competing with top high school students nominated across the country.  Alex is the son of John Caviness and Sabrina YuTheresa is the daughter of John and Paula Cahill.  

"The Presidential Scholar Award is one of the most distinguished awards a high school student can earn.  To have two D-B students as Tennessee finalists is an honor for the school and a recognition to be celebrated for Alex and Theresa," said Dr. Chris Hampton, principal, Dobyns-Bennett High School. "These two students have worked very hard during their time at Dobyns-Bennett and have taken extremely rigorous classes.  I have no doubt Alex and Theresa will represent Dobyns-Bennett, Kingsport, and Tennessee exceptionally well as they continue on into the selection process."

Established in 1964 by executive order of the President, the program recognizes and honors the nation's most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in academic success, leadership and service to school and community. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrated exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Annually, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

Application is by invitation only. Students are invited to apply based on their scores on the SAT or ACT exam or their nomination by a Chief State School Officer, the year of their graduation from high school, and whether they are U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent U.S. Residents. Students who qualify will automatically receive applications. Applicants are then narrowed to 560 semifinalists, ultimately then determined as a recipient or not.  Important milestones for remaining steps of the selection process include nominees completing the national Presidential Scholars application (February), semi-finalists being announced (April), and national winners being announced (May). 

Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June for National Recognition Weekend featuring various events, enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House sponsored ceremony. During their visit, Scholars have access to important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people.

For more information about the Presidential Scholars program, please contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378.8409 or www.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html.

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).

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





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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

YES! Club at DBHS pairs high schoolers with younger students


Kingsport Times News

YES! Club at DB pairs high schoolers with younger students
KINGSPORT — A new club at Dobyns-Bennett High School pairs high schoolers with younger students and has benefits for both groups, school ...







Local school's student newspaper staff competing in 2016 THSPA contest



Local school's student newspaper staff competing in 2016 THSPA contest
KINGSPORT, Tenn. — The Tennessee High School Press Association has named John Sevier Middle School's student newspaper, The Sequoyah ...

Lady Indians capture hoops program's first district title

http://www.timesnews.net/Sports/2016/02/21/First-and-foremost.html?ci=featured&lp=2&ti=





New live and interactive planetarium program, “The Transit of Mercury featuring ‘Solar Quest,’” now showing!




Jeff Fleming
City Manager
423.229.9381 desk
423.914.9530 cell/text



From: Cole, Robert
Sent: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 3:00 PM
To: Cole, Robert <RobertCole@KingsportTN.gov>
Subject: Press Release - Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

New live and interactive planetarium program, “The Transit of Mercury featuring ‘Solar Quest,’” now showing!


On May 9th, the planet Mercury will transit the Sun. This event happens when Earth and Mercury are in just the right positions for alignment with the Sun. Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium presents a new program to bring attention to this rare celestial event.

Bays Mountain Planetarium is proud to present “The Transit of Mercury featuring ‘Solar Quest.’” In this new, live and interactive program, visitors will explore the small, rocky world of Mercury from its rare glimpses in the twilight skies to recent explorations by the Messenger spacecraft. The powerful nature of our Sun is presented through a short segment entitled “Solar Quest,” which was produced by the Buhl Planetarium at Carnegie Science Center. A live activity demonstrating the relative sizes and distances of Mercury, Earth and Sun highlights why transit events are somewhat rare occurrences. The program concludes with information about the upcoming transit and how to observe this event safely. “The Transit of Mercury” will show at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

“The Transit of Mercury featuring ‘Solar Quest’” was written and produced by Bays Mountain Planetarian, Jason Dorfman. The live content is rich with great full-dome animations, use of the Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector, and a fun activity!

Bays Mountain Park is ranked as one of Tennessee’s Top 50 Most Visited Attractions, according to the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, and welcomes over 150,000 visitors annually. It is one of the nation’s largest city-owned parks, boasting a 44-acre lake and nearly 40 miles of hiking trails across its 3,550 acres of mountains and forests. The park’s attractions include a state-of-the-art planetarium, wildlife habitats specializing in species native to Tennessee, an interactive nature center, a ropes course with zip lines, and trails for mountain bikes, day hikers, and backpackers.

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Rob Cole
Operations Coordinator
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium
853 Bays Mountain Park Rd.
Kingsport, TN  37660
423.229.9449



Kingsport Cyclocross Cup Makes "Cyclocross Magazine"



FYI
Kingsport Cyclocross Cup gets recognition in "Cyclocross Magazine".  Please see email below.


Jason Wilburn, CPRP
Parks and Recreation
Program Administrator
Civic Auditorium/Athletics
p: (423)229-9459
f: (423)246-1920

From: mike patterson [mailto:cmpattersonf4u@yahoo.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 9:23 AM
To: Wilburn, Jason
Subject: Kingsport Cup



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Cold temperatures and bright sun greeted the racers at the fifth annual Kingsport Cyclocross Cup. Forty eight racers in the Elite Men's event, and 31 Elite ...
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Kingsport's Fulkerson, Halvorsen Receive CAA Honors, Set School Records



Kingsport's Fulkerson, Halvorsen Receive CAA Honors, Set School Records
Kingsport natives John Fulkerson and Matt Halvorsen have both set Christ School team records and received Carolina Athletic Association ...

January 2016 New Business Reports

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

AAC Basketball Championships to stay on Kingsport thru 2020

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) and the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau (KCVB) have agreed to a new five-year agreement to host the men's and women's basketball conference tournaments at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn.


"We are very pleased to extend our long relationship with the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau with this new agreement for the Men's and Women's Basketball Championship Tournament," said AAC Commissioner John Sullivan. "The KCVB and the city of Kingsport have made a significant investment in the MeadowView Convention Center, which provides arguably the finest venue for NAIA basketball in the country.
"Kingsport currently hosts five of our Conference championship tournaments and we have an excellent working relationship with the KCVB and Marriott management and staff," Sullivan continued. We look forward to working together to provide a memorable experience for our student-athletes and fans for years to come."
The AAC basketball tournaments have been held at the MeadowView for the past three years, dating back to the 2012-13 season. Reinhardt University won the women's tournament crown in 2013 with Tennessee Wesleyan College capturing the men's title. Union College swept both the women's and men's tournament championships in 2014, and the Tennessee Wesleyan and Union scoring the women's and men's crowns, respectively, in 2015.
The projected dates for the AAC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments are:
"We are excited that the Appalachian Athletic Conference has agreed to extend its partnership of hosting the men's and women's basketball championships in Kingsport through 2020," said Jud Teague, the Executive Director of the KCVB. "The MeadowView Convention Center will continue to serve as the host location for the championships. The AAC continues to be a great partner hosting five of its conference championships in Kingsport."
In addition to the basketball championships, Kingsport is home to the AAC's championship events for volleyball, softball and baseball. The volleyball tournament is also held at the MeadowView and is scheduled for Nov. 12-14.The softball tournament is set for April 26-29at the new Brickyard Ball Fields, while the baseball championship will be held at Hunter Wright Stadium on May 9-12.
The AAC is a member of the NAIA with 12 full-time members and two affiliate members in six southeastern states. The full-time members are: Bluefield College (Va.), Bryan College (Tenn.), Columbia College (S.C.), Milligan College (Tenn.), Montreat College (N.C.), Point University (Ga.), Reinhardt University (Ga.), SCAD Atlanta (Ga.), St. Andrews University (N.C.), Tennessee Wesleyan College, Truett-McConnell College (Ga.), and Union College (Ky.). Asbury University (Ky.) and University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) are affiliate members in the sports of men's and women's lacrosse. The AAC sponsors championships in 17 sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and outdoor track & field for men; basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, outdoor track & field, and volleyball for women.
For more information on the AAC, please visit www.aacsports.com. To find out more about Kingsport and the KCVB, please visit www.visitkingsport.com
Emily Kilgore Thompson
Communication Manager
Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau
(423)392-8824


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Next BMA Work Session - Feb 15

              


NEXT BMA WORK SESSION -- Monday, February 15, 2016, 4:30pm, City Hall
Presentations:
- Public Works Transportation
- Project Priorities for Capital Improvement Projects

NEXT BMA MEETING -- Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7pm, City Hall
(Watch Live on Charter Channel 192)
GET INVOLVED with ONEKingsport

If you are interested in knowing more about the ONEKingsport Summit Workgroups or how to get involved, please go to www.kingsporttn.gov or contact Justin Steinmann for at steinmannj@kingsporttn.gov.

To share your ONEKingsport story, please go to www.onekingsport.com

Clean water in Kingsport


Clean Water in Kingsport

The Flint Michigan water crisis has gained national attention and has caused citizens in various cities to question and voice concerns about the quality and safety of their drinking water.
Kingsport is not aware of any lead pipes in our water distribution system. Lead in drinking water comes primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The State of Tennessee, as well as Kingsport, have several regulations in place to protect customers from lead exposure from water. Kingsport is required to have an approved corrosion control program. This is achieved by either adjusting the pH so the water is not acidic or by adding a corrosive inhibitor.
The City of Kingsport feeds a corrosion inhibitor. A corrosion inhibitor is simply a chemical compound that decreases the corrosion rate of a material, typically a metal or an alloy such as lead. Our city water holds steady at a pH of 7.3, so our water is not corrosive.

We are in 100% compliance with regulations within our city as well as the state. The regulation and water program compliance is based on lead and copper results taken from within customer's homes.

We are proud to report that Kingsport's water meets or surpasses all the Environmental Protection Agency and State health regulation!


For more information, please review our latest Water Quality Report:

City Projects Status

City of Kingsport Projects Status

At the BMA meeting, Jeff Fleming spoke about the projects in the city. Currently, there are 41 projects resulting in over $59 million.  Jeff said, "I think it speaks to the well-organized process and professionalism of our staff that these types of projects are rarely commented on. In addition, I feel it is important to remind our citizens of the amazing work our staff is doing to benefit our city."

Jeff also referred to a hierarchy pyramid he uses to review city allocations, and in order for a city to reach its maximum potential, a base foundation must be established first. In reviewing these projects and the ones coming up, the city is taking care of those basic needs such as paving completion, storm water control and building infrastructure, which means it is primed and ready to move up the pyramid towards items such as leisure services, the arts and our culture.

The ONEKingsport summit will be an opportunity for the BMA to hear big ideas generated from the summit workgroups.  A called work session will occur on Wednesday, March 23 where the summit workgroups will present official recommendations to the BMA for consideration in the next 5 years. The goal of the ONEKingpsport summit is to develop a plan that attracts and retains new and existing residents, visitors, businesses and developers in an effort to move the city forward.

Kingsport simplifying process for historic zoning requests

Kingsport Simplifying Process for Historic Zoning Requests

The Kingsport Historic Zoning Commission (KHZC) and staff have formalized the Chairman Expedited Approval process. In order for the resident to get approval through this new process, the resident's request must substantially conform to the historic zoning guidelines. Major requests, however, must still receive full board approval.

In-house approvals are granted to ensure that minor external projects, such as roof replacements, repainting approved colors, etc., can be issued without full commission approval.

KHZC staff have used some form of in-house approval for years and similar procedures are used throughout the state.

In 2014, Dan Brown of the Tennessee Historical Commission visited Kingsport and commended the KHZC and their processes. He stated Kingsport's in-house approval could be used as a model for the state!

The majority vote is needed to amend Historic Zoning Commission bylaws and the vote passed unanimously in July 2013.

Since 2013, approximately 40% of KHZC requests have been approved in-house, showing the minor nature of most requests.

Excellence in Emergency Snow Operations

Excellence in Emergency Snow Operations
Public Works & Fleet

With the challenging weather that Winter Storm Jonas brought the area, Public Works and Fleet Maintenance did their job and went into emergency mode.

We think it is important to communicate our strategic plan regarding snow removal to help citizens better understand our decision-making process to provide safe road conditions as fast as possible.  With the snow starting and stopping multiple times, clearing roads became a lengthy process. 

Starting Tuesday, January 19, prior to the arrival of Winter Storm Jonas, we began snow operations with pre-treatment trucks. Our crews worked around the clock until Wednesday morning on pre-treatment routes in an effort to be proactive about pending inclement weather.

On Wednesday, January 20, 24-hour emergency snow operations went into effect. This means that the first shift of the day worked until 11pm at night when the second shift returned.  From then on, crews worked 12-hour shifts until all operations had been successfully concluded.

Each time the snow started again, the snow removal process started again, too. Completing snow operations takes 36 hours after the last snowflake. With Winter Storm Jonas really being 3 separate storms in a 5-day period and 450 miles of roads in Kingsport to treat, the snow removal process started and stopped multiple times. The city also spent close to $500,000 to appropriately handle this storm from start to finish.

To date, the city has used over 18,000 gallons of brine for pre-treating roadways and roughly 2400 tons of salt!


On behalf of all employees in Public Works and Fleet Maintenance, we would like to sincerely thank Ronnie Hammonds, Rodney Deel, Lewis Bausell, Greg Willis, Jason Neely, Dana Bernard and Steve Hightower, for providing excellent service in keeping our city up and running with 99% of roads being cleared in 36 hours!

Kingsport wins Distinguished Budget Award (Again)!

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
Judy Smith & John Morris

The City of Kingsport received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current budget from the Government Finance Officers Association based on work from Budget Officer Judy Smith and Budget Analyst John Morris. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement.

The city has received this award for the past 22 years, and it is Judy Smith's 13th consecutive year to receive this award.

Please join us in congratulating these individuals, along with the entire Finance Department, on their great work and dedication to our city!

BMA Highlights February 2, 2016




BMA Highlights for January 19, 2016 Meeting
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BMA Highlights

Please find below highlights from the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

This newsletter is a new and improved version of your BMA highlights. We hope you enjoy the new template as we continue to strive for excellence in communicating with our citizens.  
Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
Judy Smith & John Morris

 
The City of Kingsport received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current budget from the Government Finance Officers Association based on work from Budget Officer Judy Smith and Budget Analyst John Morris. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement.

The city has received this award for the past 22 years, and it is Judy Smith's 13th consecutive year to receive this award.

Please join us in congratulating these individuals, along with the entire Finance Department, on their great work and dedication to our city!
Excellence in Emergency Snow Operations
Public Works & Fleet

 
With the challenging weather that Winter Storm Jonas brought the area, Public Works and Fleet Maintenance did their job and went into emergency mode.

We think it is important to communicate our strategic plan regarding snow removal to help citizens better understand our decision-making process to provide safe road conditions as fast as possible.  With the snow starting and stopping multiple times, clearing roads became a lengthy process. 

Starting Tuesday, January 19, prior to the arrival of Winter Storm Jonas, we began snow operations with pre-treatment trucks. Our crews worked around the clock until Wednesday morning on pre-treatment routes in an effort to be proactive about pending inclement weather.

On Wednesday, January 20, 24-hour emergency snow operations went into effect. This means that the first shift of the day worked until 11pm at night when the second shift returned.  From then on, crews worked 12-hour shifts until all operations had been successfully concluded.

Each time the snow started again, the snow removal process started again, too. Completing snow operations takes 36 hours after the last snowflake. With Winter Storm Jonas really being 3 separate storms in a 5-day period and 450 miles of roads in Kingsport to treat, the snow removal process started and stopped multiple times. The city also spent close to $500,000 to appropriately handle this storm from start to finish.

To date, the city has used over 18,000 gallons of brine for pre-treating roadways and roughly 2400 tons of salt!


On behalf of all employees in Public Works and Fleet Maintenance, we would like to sincerely thank Ronnie Hammonds, Rodney Deel, Lewis Bausell, Greg Willis, Jason Neely, Dana Bernard and Steve Hightower, for providing excellent service in keeping our city up and running with 99% of roads being cleared in 36 hours!
Kingsport Simplifying Process for Historic Zoning Requests

The Kingsport Historic Zoning Commission (KHZC) and staff have formalized the Chairman Expedited Approval process. In order for the resident to get approval through this new process, the resident's request must substantially conform to the historic zoning guidelines. Major requests, however, must still receive full board approval.
  • In-house approvals are granted to ensure that minor external projects, such as roof replacements, repainting approved colors, etc., can be issued without full commission approval.
  • KHZC staff have used some form of in-house approval for years and similar procedures are used throughout the state.
  • In 2014, Dan Brown of the Tennessee Historical Commission visited Kingsport and commended the KHZC and their processes. He stated Kingsport's in-house approval could be used as a model for the state!
  • The majority vote is needed to amend Historic Zoning Commission bylaws and the vote passed unanimously in July 2013.
Since 2013, approximately 40% of KHZC requests have been approved in-house, showing the minor nature of most requests.

City of Kingsport Projects Status

At the BMA meeting, Jeff Fleming spoke about the projects in the city. Currently, there are 41 projects resulting in over $59 million.  Jeff said, "I think it speaks to the well-organized process and professionalism of our staff that these types of projects are rarely commented on. In addition, I feel it is important to remind our citizens of the amazing work our staff is doing to benefit our city."

Jeff also referred to a hierarchy pyramid he uses to review city allocations, and in order for a city to reach its maximum potential, a base foundation must be established first. In reviewing these projects and the ones coming up, the city is taking care of those basic needs such as paving completion, storm water control and building infrastructure, which means it is primed and ready to move up the pyramid towards items such as leisure services, the arts and our culture.

The ONEKingsport summit will be an opportunity for the BMA to hear big ideas generated from the summit workgroups.  A called work session will occur on Wednesday, March 23 where the summit workgroups will present official recommendations to the BMA for consideration in the next 5 years. The goal of the ONEKingpsport summit is to develop a plan that attracts and retains new and existing residents, visitors, businesses and developers in an effort to move the city forward.

Clean Water in Kingsport

The Flint Michigan water crisis has gained national attention and has caused citizens in various cities to question and voice concerns about the quality and safety of their drinking water.
Kingsport is not aware of any lead pipes in our water distribution system. Lead in drinking water comes primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The State of Tennessee, as well as Kingsport, have several regulations in place to protect customers from lead exposure from water. Kingsport is required to have an approved corrosion control program. This is achieved by either adjusting the pH so the water is not acidic or by adding a corrosive inhibitor.
The City of Kingsport feeds a corrosion inhibitor. A corrosion inhibitor is simply a chemical compound that decreases the corrosion rate of a material, typically a metal or an alloy such as lead. Our city water holds steady at a pH of 7.3, so our water is not corrosive.

We are in 100% compliance with regulations within our city as well as the state. The regulation and water program compliance is based on lead and copper results taken from within customer's homes.

We are proud to report that Kingsport's water meets or surpasses all the Environmental Protection Agency and State health regulation!


For more information, please review our latest Water Quality Report:
PUBLIC HEARINGS
  • Amend the code for building permits in historic districts
  • Amend the Zoning Ordinance to create the B-2E Central Business Edge
  • Rezone Portions of Downtown from B-2 to B-2E, Central Business Edge
  • Amend the B-2 Central Business District to accommodate proposed uses
B. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FIRST READING
  • Ordinance to condemn properties for Colonial Heights Phase 3 sewer (Quail Creek, Mourning Dove, Partridge Place) 
  • Condemn Property for the Indian Highlands Park Parking Lot Project
C. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FINAL ADOPTION
  • $3.2 million upgrades to water/water for Beechwood/Foothills/Buchelew
    section of Colonial Heights annexation
  • $92,668 of funding to emergency repair/rehab of low/moderate housing
  • $116,025 School funds to purchase property at Park/Center and Overlook
  • Kingsport Power (AEP) franchise agreement/fees
  • Budget cleanup ordinance for Fiscal Year 2016
    • $32,000 from Library Improvements to reimburse Street Resurfacing for cash needed for FY16 Library MOE.
    • $30,000 from Justice Center for Marketing and Public Relations
    • $250 received from the Douglass Alumni Association to Parks/Rec operating
    • $15,000 from Fire Station #5 Generator project to fund a match for a grant to purchase Cardiac monitors.  This money will be reimbursed to the Generator project through FY17 CIP.
    • $76,103 received from the State to Border Region project
    • $26,000 from Land Acquisition to Police Seized Vehicle Lot Improvement project for surveillance cameras and other improvements.
    • Transfer $44,000 from the Cooks Valley Road project to the Reedy Creek Terrace Bridge project.
    • Transfer $19,000 from Veterans Memorial project to the Brickyard Park Ball Field project for additional electric and site items needed.
    • Transfer $69,566 from the Lincoln Street Resurfacing project to the Rotherwood Green belt project.
    • Transfer $20,000 from the Granby/Lewis Lane/University Blvd. project to the Lincoln St./Cooks Valley project. 
    • Transfer $37,512 from the (MPO015) MPO Administration project to the (MPO016) MPO Administration project to fund a consultant for the Long Range Transportation Plan.
    • The Water & Sewer projects were closed by transferring funds from the old projects to the new projects.  $78,684 was transferred from the Water Plant Improvements project (WA1200) to the Water Plant Improvements project (WA1505) and $51,477 was transferred from the Lift Station Telemetry project (SW0902) to the Lift Station Telemetry project (SW1603).
D. OTHER BUSINESS
  • Purchase of 4 Heart Monitors from Physio Controls, Inc. for Fire Department
E. APPOINTMENTS
  • None
CONSENT AGENDA
  • Right-of-way easement with Kingsport Power on Sherwood Rd for Raw Water Intake
  • Adoption of the Sullivan County Basic Emergency Operations Plan               
NEXT BMA WORK SESSION -- Monday, February 15, 2016, 4:30pm, City Hall
Presentations:
- Public Works Transportation
- Project Priorities for Capital Improvement Projects

NEXT BMA MEETING -- Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7pm, City Hall
(Watch Live on Charter Channel 192)
GET INVOLVED with ONEKingsport

If you are interested in knowing more about the ONEKingsport Summit Workgroups or how to get involved, please go to www.kingsporttn.gov or contact Justin Steinmann for at steinmannj@kingsporttn.gov.

To share your ONEKingsport story, please go to www.onekingsport.com
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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 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.