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Sunday, May 29, 2016

It is always possible to make a difference

I am privileged to be the frequent recipient of stories like this.

This behavior cannot be dictated, legislated, or mandated.  It must come from the individual heart.

To the anonymous officer, thank you from the bottom of mine.

#ItsMoreThanAJob #ONEKingsport

Read on…

Jeff Fleming
City Manager
423.914.9530 cell/text

     I am not sure who was responsible for this particular good deed so I am sending this at the request of the recipient in hopes that it reaches the responsible officer.  I was approached by a citizen this morning who said that she was at Chick-Fil-A on a Thursday afternoon about three weeks ago.  She said as she approached the drive-thru window the young lady told her the officer in front of her purchased her meal.  It was important for her to make sure you knew where the meal went and what your gesture meant to her. 
      She has a 20 year old autistic child.  As such, her daughter is very routine driven with any variance causing significant emotional disruptions.  One of the established routines is that the she takes her daughter Chick-Fil-A for lunch at a specific time every Thursday.  So she was there to make her Thursday purchase when she received your kind gesture.  She explained that as the mother of a special needs child her days typically range from hectic to total chaos.  She discussed her concerns of trying to help her daughter gain independence before she and her husband reached an age where they could no longer do so.  She said that this particular day and the preceding days had been incredibly tough because her daughter was upset due to her father's out of town travel.  She said the kindness that you showed was uplifting and it was a bright spot in what had been several gloomy days.  She was tearful as she repeatedly expressed what your gesture meant to her.  So, on her behalf I say "THANK YOU!".
     I realize that most of you are doing similar things on a regular basis, but we rarely do we hear about the impact.  I think the overwhelming appreciation shown in this instance is a testament to the fact that it is always possible to make a difference.  Rarely is it a sweeping, monumental difference.  More often than not, it occurs on an individual level with opportunity arising out of the most common circumstances.  We all came to this job in hopes of making a difference and sometimes the world does a good job of stealing that hope.  They should know that wars are won one battle at a time.  To each of you I say, "Thank you for doing your part and fighting the good fight!". 


Jason Bellamy
Kingsport Police Department

John Sevier Middle School Journalism Educator of the Year


John Sevier Middle School Journalism Adviser Named YJI Journalism Educator of the Year
The Sequoyah Scribe Student Newspaper Receives Numerous Awards

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – David Flanary, social studies teacher and journalism adviser at John Sevier Middle School, has been named the Youth Journalism International (YJI) Journalism Educator of the Year. This incredibly prestigious award from the YJI is based on submissions from numerous countries across the globe. This is the first time a middle school teacher has won the award.

Now in its seventh year, the YJI's annual global media contest recognizes student writing and reporting, art, photo and multimedia skills in news, sports, opinion and other categories published or broadcast in 2015 by student journalists, ages 19 years or younger. A panel of experienced judges evaluated the entries, which came from high schools and individuals from around the globe who write for school papers, blogs or other media.

This year, winners span throughout 19 U.S. States, and nine countries on five continents. John Sevier's student newspaper, The Sequoyah Scribe captured 10 awards, tied with Hickman High School in Columbia, MO for the most awards won in the global contest.

"We were especially wowed by the success of a middle school competing against older students from some of the nation's most renowned high school journalism programs," said Steve Collins, YJI's board president. "Mr. Flanary is doing something right in Kingsport."

Awards won by The Sequoyah Scribe from YJI:

·         Journalism Educator of the Year – Winner – David Flanary
·         Student Journalist of the Year – Finalist – Gowri Tumkur

·         Cartoons – Honorable Mention – Valerie Fung ("Islam in Education")
·         Editorial – Honorable Mention – Valerie Fung ("Learning about Islam is an important part of education")
·         Feature Writing – Honorable Mention – Molly Turner ("Divorce affects students day to day life")
·         Profile – Honorable Mention – Maddi Rimer ("Male Cheerleader is the core and strength of squad")
·         Sports News – Honorable Mention – Harrison Barnes ("New athletic grading policy changes the game")
·         Sports Opinion – First Place – Aubrey Vincent ("Throw Like A Girl Is Demeaning And Untrue")

·         Multimedia Feature – Second Place – Gowri Tumkur ("Roof repairs at Sevier Middle")
·         Multimedia Feature – Honorable Mention – Alison Ramirez ("The language barrier at work")

"David Flanary inspires, motivates and builds students as journalists by helping them find their voice," said Dr. Holly Flora, Sevier Middle School Principal. "We are so proud of David and all of the students who are a part of our Sequoyah Scribe Newscast and Newspaper."

Flanary's students, in their letters about him and the work they produced, made a compelling case. "He truly believes that we can write about anything," said Molly Turner, sports editor of the school paper, The Sequoyah Scribe. "If there is an article we want to write, he always tries to make it happen."

"Mr. Flanary the first middle school teacher to win this award, oversees a topnotch student paper that reaches out beyond the school's walls but doesn't neglect what's happening close to home. It's a model middle school publication that only a compelling, caring teacher could guide," stated a write-up on

In total, The Sequoyah Scribe student newspaper program has won 34 awards for the 2015-2016 school year.

Flanary was born and raised in Germany as the son of a U.S. military serviceman. He became interested in journalism as a middle school student, when he began writing for his school's student newspaper. He continued writing for his high school and college newspapers and, as a teenager, wrote freelance for the German newspaper Die Rheinpfalz. Flanary returned to the U.S. in 1999 at the age of 15. He has taught middle school social studies in Kingsport City Schools for the past eight years. During this time, he started The Sequoyah Scribe student newspaper and its broadcast companion, The Sequoyah Scribe Newscast. Prior to KCS, he worked as a substitute teacher, and tutored Math and German at the University of Virginia's College at Wise.

Flanary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in History and a minor in Political Science, from the University of Virginia's College at Wise. He also participated in the "Reynolds High School Journalism Institute" for journalism advisers at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Finalists for the YJI Journalism Educator of the Year award include: Brian Panepinto, Hillcrest High School, Jamaica, NY; Matthew LaPorte, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, NV; Rob Lindquist, Thomas Jefferson High School, Council Bluffs, IA and Tracey Yates Thompson, Buffalo Island Central, Monette, AK. For a complete list of all award winners, click here.

Youth Journalism International (YJI) has been educating the next generation of news professionals and talented teens since 1994. Formally incorporated in 2007, it is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit public charity. For more information about YJI, visit

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, 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

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Mardi Growl to raise money for Kingsport/Sullivan Animal Shelter

Omaha World-Herald

Mardi Growl event to raise money for new SBK consolidated shelter
The Sullivan County, Bluff City and Kingsport Animal Center's second annual Mardi Growl event will be held June 11. This year money raised from the ...

Downtown Concert Series

Twilight Alive & Bluegrass on Broad Concert Series
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Twilight Alive Concert Series

The Twilight Alive Summer Concert Series, which includes Bluegrass on Broad, takes place each summer from May to July. It is free and open to the public. Concerts take place at the corner of Market Street and Broad Street. You are encouraged to bring your own chair, but no coolers or pets please.

Bluegrass on Broad is the Thursday night series that begins at 7 p.m. each night. Twilight Alive is the Friday night series that begins at 7 p.m. and starts this Friday night with Scott Miller!
There is plenty of parking at the Parking Garage at the corner of Market Street and Shelby Street. There are also public restrooms there.
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D-B Excel Named a Blended Learning Universe School

D-B Excel Named a Blended Learning Universe School 

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – D-B EXCEL (DBE), a non-traditional high school program of Kingsport City Schools (KCS), has received the prestigious Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school designation by the Clayton Christensen Institute.  DBE is one of four BLU schools in the state of Tennessee and is the only high school-level program in the state to carry this designation.

"It is certainly an honor for D-B EXCEL to be named to the BLU school list," said DBE principal Shanna Hensley.  "Our unique blended learning structure provides an innovative approach to personalized learning, and the BLU school designation not only recognizes the quality of the program, but also helps us share D-B EXCEL with a larger audience."

DBE is a program of choice for high school students in Kingsport City Schools.  Through an engaging curriculum and an innovative, supportive culture, students accepted into the DBE program excel in one of three personalized learning paths:  virtual, blended, and combination.  Virtual students complete their coursework at home and only attend the DBE campus when they are in need of additional support, blended-learning students complete their coursework on the DBE campus, and combination students complete their coursework partially at home and partially on campus.  These three options provide students with necessary support while maintaining flexibility and personalized pacing.

The Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, dedicated to improving "disruptive innovation," primarily in the areas of health care and education. For more information about CCI, visit

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins counties. 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, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FM, The 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

ETSU report: Job growth strong in first quarter

"The report noted all three cities enjoyed strong employment growth during the quarter. Employment grew 2.9 percent in Kingsport, 2.4 percent in Johnson City and 1.8 percent in Bristol."

Kentucky's Hannah Casey named Santa Train Scholarship recipient

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Chamber has announced Hannah Casey from East Ridge High School in Lick Creek, Kentucky is the 2016 recipient of the Santa Train Scholarship, sponsored by Domtar.

The Santa Train Scholarship was established in 1989 and is a four-year, $5,000 scholarship ($1,250 each year) awarded annually to a graduating high school senior along the 110-mile Santa Train route.

There are 23 high schools along the route which stretches from Elkhorn City, Ky., through Virginia and into Kingsport.

Students apply for the scholarship and the winner is selected by the Santa Train scholarship committee. The winner is chosen based on grade point average, extracurricular activities, a counselor or teacher’s recommendation and financial need.

Casey is currently at the top of her class with a 4.0 GPA. She plans on attending Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky to major in Elementary Education.

After losing her father to colon cancer in 2008, Casey says that no matter what she does, she knows she will make her father proud.

“I just hope that somehow I can pursue my dreams for him,” Casey said.


Casey has been involved in many extracurricular activities and completed countless hours of community service. Some of these include PCYLC Full Council, Kiwanis Fall Festival, Coats for Kids, Headstart Thanksgiving Boxes, Spread the Love Campaign, Christmas Toy Giveaway and many more.

“Each time Hannah drops by my office, I feel uplifted by her sweet spirit,” said Krista Bell, Guidance Counselor of East Ridge High school. “Having known her since she was a child, I can attest that both her character and her circumstances make her the best candidate for this honor.”

For seventy-four years now, the Santa Train has been running through Appalachia delivering 15 tons of new toys, clothes, candy and gifts to thousands of children in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. With a 110- mile route and 14 stops, the Santa Train touches many lives and provides memories that will last forever.

“Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, so the Santa Train was always the beginning of the Christmas season for me,” Casey said. “My whole family goes so I have the memory of my dad putting me on his shoulders so I could see Santa and whichever celebrity was making an appearance that year.”

The Santa Train is sponsored by CSX, Dignity U Wear, Food City and the Kingsport Chamber.


The Kingsport Chamber is a private, non-profit business organization composed of nearly 1,000 members.  The Kingsport Chamber’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area.

Programs of the Kingsport Chamber include:  Communications & Development; Downtown Concert Series; Education & Workforce Development; Fun Fest; Government Relations; Healthy Kingsport; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport ChamberZone; Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau (KCVB); Kingsport Leadership Programs (Leadership Kingsport and S.H.O.U.T.!®); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Membership; Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; and Tennessee/Virginia Scholars.

For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to or call (423) 392-8800.  We’re social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Chamber, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.


June 2016 Bays Mountain Astronomy Club Newsletter Now Online

Hi All,

The latest issue of the BMAC Newsletter is now online! Here's the link:

Fun Fest 2016 Concerts announced

Fun Fest Announces Sunset Series Entertainers:
The Fray to Close Fun Fest

Kingsport, TN- Fun Fest 2016 (July 15th-23rd) is proud to announce the entertainers for the 2016 Sunset Concert Series. Newsboys will kick off the series on Thursday, July 21st followed by Charlie Daniels Band on Friday, July 22nd. The festival finale will be The Fray on Saturday, July 23rd.

Thursday night’s Contemporary Christian Concert will open up with Crowder. As the David Crowder Band has now put a period at the end of its sentence, a new chapter is emerging for front-man, David Crowder. As the next paragraph begins, David Crowder will take the stage performing with his new collective, simply called, Crowder. Fans can expect more of what they've always loved about Crowder through the years - the songs, the worship, musical innovation - and now they get to be a part of the new beginning. Crowder’s debut album, Neon Steeple, was released in May 2014 with the Neon Steeple tour launching alongside it.

The headliner for this year’s Contemporary Christian Concert is Newsboys. If you were to draw up a blueprint for a successful music career, the final plans couldn’t help but resemble Newsboys’ trajectory. They’ve defined Christian music for more than two decades, only to blow up expectations as they’ve recreated themselves again and again. Impossible to pin down, these musical shapeshifters move fluidly between rock and pop, worship and dance, to the delight of their legion of fans. Their live shows exhibit a kind of energy that, if it could be bottled, would power entire cities. Along the way, they’ve sold more than 8 million units and amassed eight Gold® certifications, 33 #1 radio hits, four GRAMMY® nominations, two American Music Award nominations and taken home multiple Dove Awards. In addition, their chart-topping, Platinum®-certified single, “God’s Not Dead,” inspired Pure Flix’s 2014 hit film of the same name.
The Thursday night concert is presented by Honda Kingsport, Tele-Optics, Inc., Carter-Trent Funeral Homes and 88.3 WCQR.

The Friday Night Concert kicks off with, 2015 America’s Got Talent semifinalists, Mountain Faith. Mountain Faith has played their unique brand of music to audiences at colleges, civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, festivals, parks, and churches across the United States and Canada. Their fresh Appalachian take on gospel, bluegrass, folk, R&B, and pop music has earned them televised appearances on Daystar and the 2015 season of America’s Got Talent

Headlining the Friday Night Concert is 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, The Charlie Daniels Band. Daniels is best known for his number one country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", and multiple other songs he has written and performed. Daniels has been active as a singer and musician since the 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.

The Friday night concert is presented by Appalachian Power, Domtar, Wendy’s and WXBQ.

Fun Fest 2016 will end the week with opener American Authors and headliner, The Fray. American Authors' career-defining RIAA triple-platinum #1 hit "Best Day Of My Life" continues to resonate across the Top 40 nearly three years after its release. Most recently, they reached TOP 50 for HOT AC (Adult Contemporary) chart. They have appeared on CBS's "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," NBC's "The Tonight Show" and "Late Night with Seth Meyers," NBC Universal's "Ellen," ABC's "Good Morning America," FOX 5's "Good Day New York," VH1 "Morning Buzz Live," the CW's "The Carrie Diaries," TBS's "Conan," the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, and "Live with Kelly and Michael." The band has also headlined the Honda Civic Tour, and toured as support for One Republic.

The Fray:
Denver-based foursome, The Fray, formed in 2002 after high school friends, Slade and King, bumped into each other at a local guitar shop. In 2005, the group achieved national success with their debut self-titled release, featuring the hit singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” which went double-platinum. The release also earned the band a 2010 Grammy nomination.

Eastman is the presenting sponsor for the Saturday Night Concert. 

The Sunset Concert Series will take place on the Brock Services Stage at J. Fred Johnson Stadium. Additional Series sponsors include Eastman Credit Union, Cigna, WCYB, and the Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau.

G&K Services’ Friends of Festus VIP packages are a value-added option for concert-goers.  Friends of Festus reserved seating packages are priced from $50-$70 per seat.  The package includes a reserved parking area close to the stadium and a $15 Fun Fest merchandise gift certificate.  A limited number of Friends of Festus packages will be available beginning June 1st. You can purchase your package visiting the Fun Fest Office at 400 Clinchfield St. or by calling (423) 392-8836.

Beginning May 23rd at 10 a.m., online Sunset Concert Series general admission tickets can be purchased at Single night tickets for Thur. and Fri. night can be purchased for $10 each and for Saturday night, $15 from May 23rd - 31st. Beginning June 1st-July 14th, ticket prices will increase $5 to $15 and $20. For the week of Fun Fest, beginning July 15th, ticket prices increase to $20 and $25. GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY AND SAVE!! Tickets will be available for purchase at the Fun Fest Store beginning Friday, June 24 at 9 a.m. at 400 Clinchfield St., Ste. 100.

Lucy Fleming
Fun Fest Director
400 Clinchfield St, ste 100            
Kingsport, TN 37664
423.392.8809 (w)

EnviraGlass purchases Heritage Glass, bringing 100 full-time jobs

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Shively named KCS Athletic Director

Kingsport City Schools Names Shively as KCS Athletic Director


KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Kingsport City Schools has named Larry Shively as KCS Athletic Director. Shively will be responsible for the oversight, coordination, and direction of all district athletic programming.


"We are excited that Larry will bring his extensive athletic experience and passion to this leadership role for Kingsport City Schools," said Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie.  "In selecting an individual to oversee not only Dobyns-Bennett High School athletics, but also guide athletic programming for the entire district, it was critical to find the person with the right combination of knowledge, skill, desire, and innovation.  As a D-B graduate with a long history of athletic leadership and a strong desire to take our programs to the next level, we feel that Larry is the right individual for this exciting task and will unify our entire community around the vision of having a world-class athletic program."


Shively is a 1992 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in history from the University of Tennessee in 1997. He earned his Master of Secondary Education degree from Milligan College in 1998.  During his 19-year career as a social studies and history teacher, he has also served as an assistant football and baseball coach at Shelbyville Central High School, assistant football and baseball coach at Science Hill High School, and head football coach at Happy Valley High School. Most recently, Shively has taught U.S. History and Government and served as an assistant football coach at Dobyns-Bennett.


"I am honored, blessed, and humbled to lead and serve the student-athletes and coaches of Kingsport City Schools," said Shively.  "We have an unrivaled tradition of success in producing championship-level athletes and teams that are recognized nationally.  Our goal is to provide a world-class experience for our student athletes as they progress through our school system.  Ultimately, we strive to have an educationally-based athletic program that reinforces strong character, competitiveness with class, sportsmanship, and love for our community. Roll Tribe Roll!"


Shively and his wife Misty, have two children, Sara and Trey.


Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins counties. 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, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FM, The 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).





Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Terri Evans named president of Public Risk Management Association

Cover of May/June Public Risk Management magazine.  Terri will be inducted as national president at the upcoming conference in Atlanta.

More evidence that our employees are of the highest professional caliber.

Certainly “Above and Beyond”!  Congratulations, Terri!

Jennifer Ackerman, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA)
700 S. Washington St., Suite 218
Alexandria, VA 22314

Kingsport's water gets high marks in yearly report

Kingsport Times News

Kingsport's water gets high marks in yearly report
According to the latest water quality report released by the city of Kingsport, water in the Model City is not only clean and safe to drink, but well below ...

Hundreds of volunteers conduct clean sweep of Kingsport

Keep Kingsport Beautiful Recognition
L to R: Robin Cleary, Director of Keep Kingsport Beautiful and Alderman Duncan.
Keep Kingsport Beautiful Clean-Up Recognition
The April Clean Sweep Kingsport event attracted hundreds of volunteers to help clean up Kingsport. Volunteers walked downtown Kingsport, the entire Greenbelt, through parks and neighborhoods such as Riverview, Lynnview, South Central, Highland and others. Kingsport Public Works had crews working alongside volunteers all day as well.

Listed below are some overall stats regarding the productive day:
  • 333 total volunteers
  • 806 hours worked
  • $18,594 worth of volunteer labor
  • Over 15 tons of litter, trash and brush collected
Not only did dedicated volunteers make this event possible, but there were several local organizations that donated supplies and sponsorships. Businesses included BAE, Eastman, Eastman Credit Union, Indian Path Medical Center and HMG. Nonprofit organizations that volunteered included many Girl Scout troops, New Vision Youth, PEAK and others.

Thank you to everyone involved - Kingsport is fortunate to have citizens that care about their city!

Celebrating Public Works Week

Celebrating Public Works Week
L to R: Jeff Fleming, Ryan McReynolds, Mayor Clark
Celebrating Public Works Week
The week of May 15-21 has been declared Public Works Week. Kingsport Public Works services are vital to the health, safety, and overall well-being of our communities. Public Works services include engineering, sewer, stormwater, streets and sanitation, traffic and drinking water.

You can help celebrate Public Works Week by attending Public Works Day on Tuesday, May 24 at the Farmer's Market! From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Citizens can take a look at equipment displays, talk to Public Works employees, view demonstrations and see several presentations explaining essential daily operations. There will also be children activity stations featuring painting a manhole cover and microscopes set up to look at bacteria.

It's very important for the public to understand the important role the Public Works department plays in our city each and every day. Without the efficiency or dedication of the Public Works staff, our city wouldn't have clean streets, beautification efforts or exceptionally clean drinking water.

Thanks Public Works Department for all you do!

Above and Beyond - Officer Mike Campbell

Officer Mike Campbell
L to R: Jeff Fleming, Chief Quillin, Officer Campbell, Alderman George
Above and Beyond - Officer Mike Campbell
On October 13, 2015 a New York resident and his 83 year old mother were traveling in a motor home southbound on Interstate 81 on their way to California to spend the winter. While inside the City of Kingsport, the engine died leaving them precariously stranded on the side of the interstate with countless vehicles including numerous tractor trailers flying by.

The man wisely called 911, and Kingsport Police Officer Mike Campbell was dispatched to provide assistance. The man later sent a note to Chief Quillin, sharing his experience and complimenting Officer Campbell for his courtesy and professionalism. An excerpt from the note reads as follow:

“I called 9-1-1 and Officer Mike Campbell showed up. He should be commended for how he dealt with the situation. He helped my crippled mother, who was very scared, talked to my insurance company to dispatch a tow truck, and took us to a motel where we stayed for four days until the motor home was repaired. He also gave me his personal contact information in case we needed further assistance. If the rest of your police force is anything like Officer Campbell, you should be proud!”

Officer Campbell truly went above and beyond!

Keep Kingsport Beautiful Awards for May 2016

May 2016 Keep Kingsport Beautiful Awards
Keep Kingsport Beautiful Awards for May 2016
Beautification Awards are given each year by Keep Kingsport Beautiful. Robin Cleary, recognized above, will attend a BMA each month through September to recognize residents and businesses with superb beautification efforts.

May 2016 winners include:
Greg and Mary Easley
Craig and Letitia Fritz
Nancy Rolen
Mike and Stephanie Warner
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Jones
Scott and Karen Schallon
First Broad Street United Methodist Church
Arby's on Fort Henry in Colonial Heights
Redevelopment Award - 5 Points Property, Heath Guinn 
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.