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Monday, July 25, 2016

Kingsport community 'gets in the game'



Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN  37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)


On Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM, a Christian Men’s Event titled “Get in the Game” was held at Central Baptist Church, located at 301 Carver Street in Kingsport, with over 300 men in attendance.  Organized by Pastor Greg DePriest of Christ Fellowship Church, and Pastor Perry Stuckey and Deacon Paul Montgomery of Central Baptist Church, the primary goal of “Get in the Game” was to encourage men to become engaged as leaders in their homes and throughout their communities and serve as positive role models for youth. 

One of the highlights of this event was guest motivational speaker, Jonathan Evans, who currently serves as Chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys.  An accomplished athlete, Jonathan played college football for Baylor University and went on to play fullback in the National Football League from 2005 to 2009.  He is the son of Dr. Tony Evans, a respected evangelical pastor, teacher, and speaker, and author of the book “Kingdom Man.”  Jonathan co-wrote the book “Get in the Game” with his father. 

During the event, an offering was collected from those in attendance.  A check for the total of $1,659.51 was then presented to the Kingsport Police Department to be used for Law Enforcement Benevolence.  Lieutenant Tom Wayt was present to receive the check for K.P.D. and had this to say: “I am completely overwhelmed by this showing of leadership, support, and generosity from these members of our community.  It is times like this that make this job worth doing.  On behalf of the Kingsport Police Department, I would like to express our sincere gratitude.”


Pictured left to right in above photograph: K.P.D. Lieutenant Tom Wayt with Jonathan Evans

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


Miss Kingsport more than just a title for Tessa Gonce


Miss Kingsport more than just a title for Tessa Gonce
Gonce entered the Miss Kingsport pageant in honor of her late grandfather, Jimmie Holman, who passed away in January 2015. Gonce said that she ...




Miss Kingsport more than just a title for Tessa Gonce


Miss Kingsport more than just a title for Tessa Gonce
Gonce entered the Miss Kingsport pageant in honor of her late grandfather, Jimmie Holman, who passed away in January 2015. Gonce said that she ...




Sevier County coverage: Aquatic Tournament in Kingsport

http://www.themountainpress.com/sports/sac-achieves-success-in-kingsport/article_332bccb9-c0b9-5659-a672-c0acbbc1fa9c.html

Cookeville coverage: 7th grade Division II AAU National Championship game in Kingsport.

http://herald-citizen.com/stories/7th-graders-win-aau-national-championship,16375

Kingsport native Ty Hayworth represents Wake Forest at ACC Media Day

jeff.fleming.kingsport@gmail.com has shared a video with you on wjhl.com:


Wake Forest which finished 3-9 last season is coached by former Tennessee offensive coordinator Dave Clawson.
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Kingsport native Ty Hayworth represents Wake Forest at ACC Media Day

jeff.fleming.kingsport@gmail.com has shared a video with you on wjhl.com:


Wake Forest which finished 3-9 last season is coached by former Tennessee offensive coordinator Dave Clawson.
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Kingsport native Ty Hayworth represents Wake Forest at ACC Media Day

jeff.fleming.kingsport@gmail.com has shared a video with you on wjhl.com:


Wake Forest which finished 3-9 last season is coached by former Tennessee offensive coordinator Dave Clawson.
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tournaments, conventions generate millions for Kingsport

http://wjhl.com/2016/07/13/tournaments-conventions-generate-millions-for-kingsport/

New Monarch Butterfly Carving and Carousel 1st Birthday Celebration




Jeff Fleming
City Manager
423.229.9381 desk
423.914.9530 cell/text

From: Batara, Adrienne
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 8:13 AM
To: Batara, Adrienne
Cc: Stephanos, William
Subject: Press Release: New Monarch Butterfly Carving and Carousel 1st Birthday Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
William Kai Stephanos
423-392-8414
The Monarchs Are Arriving in Kingsport
A new Monarch butterfly carving debuts at Kingsport Carousel to inspire conservation and awareness

Kingsport, TN – Albert Perry, carver and painter for the Kingsport Carousel, has completed a new addition to the Carousel: The Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed! Inspired by local Monarch butterfly advocate Janet Hall, Perry has carved a new sweep animal with the hope that it will increase public awareness about Monarch butterflies and inspire people to learn how we can help them. This is perfect timing, as sightings of live Monarchs have been made in the last couple days in Kingsport, opening up the annual migration of this spectacular creature to the area.

Create Habitat for Monarchs: Butterfly enthusiasts are encouraging residents to plant milkweed and help create more sustainable natural areas for the Monarchs. Planting milkweed is a great way to help other pollinators too, as they provide valuable nectar resources to a diverse suite of bees and butterflies. Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.), and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. With shifting land management practices, we have lost much milkweed from the landscape. For more info on planting milkweed, please visit Monarch Joint Venture.
The new Monarch butterfly carving joins the Kingsport Carousel just in time for the big 1st birthday celebration coming up on Sunday, July 10. Help us celebrate with a wonderful day of activities and fun for all ages. The Kingsport Carousel first opened to the public on July 10, 2015 and has now seen more than 86,000 riders. It has been a fabulous first year and we couldn’t have done it without YOU, the public!

Carousel 1st Birthday Celebration and Official Fun Fest Block Party Sunday July 10, 2016: From 1–7 p.m., the Carousel will be open to the public and several food trucks will be on site. The public is encouraged to bring their own picnic or sample goodies from the visiting food trucks. We will have face painting, carousel temporary tattoos, balloon animals, games, music, art activities for the kids (of all ages) and more, and of course – Carousel Rides! Wear a Carousel T-shirt or Fun Fest T-shirt and get a free ride! The folks at Kingsport Idol will be hosting a karaoke session from 2-5 p.m. There will be performances from some of the current season finalists and from former contestants. The public will have an opportunity to sing as well. From 5-7 p.m., the Kingsport Theatre Guild will be performing numbers from their upcoming shows High School Musical, Into the Woods, and Oklahoma.

The Kingsport Carousel is now running on its summer schedule. Regular business hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. All rides are $1.00. Private rentals and children’s birthday party packages are available. The Kingsport Carousel has an active volunteer roster and welcomes others to join in on the fun. Local residents that have a passion to be in a happy place and share a joyful experience love it.

For more information, visit www.EngageKingsport.com, visit the Kingsport Carousel at 308 Clinchfield Street in Kingsport, or call the Carousel directly at (423) 343-9834. Follow Kingsport Carousel on Instagram and Facebook!
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The Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinated and engages the public with a creative community. Programs and partnerships include” Art in the Heart Gallery, Public Art Kingsport, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Kingsport Carousel, the Carousel Fine Craft Show, Christmas Connection Arts & Crafts Fair and more. They provide a broad range of support to the area’s art organizations. They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the ‘Friends of the Cultural Arts’ group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization. The Kingsport Carousel Project has been a joint effort of more than 300 volunteers and 700 sponsors along with the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Engage Kingsport Inc. and a wide variety of community partners.
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Adrienne Batara
Marketing and Public Relations Specialist
City of Kingsport
P: 423-343-9791
C: 423-440-0442
225 W. Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660


WCYB Kingsport public housing to receive improvements




Kingsport will be providing the remaining $3 million to fund the rehabilitation of its public housing. The decision came in a board of mayor and ...


 

Borden Park to receive major upgrades


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Borden Park to receive major upgrades
KINGSPORT — One of Kingsport's oldest parks, located in the heart of the Borden community, will be getting a major upgrade during the next three ...

WJHL Revitalization underway in downtown Kingsport




Revitalization underway in downtown Kingsport
Kingsport City Manager Jeff Fleming said Wednesday the city is proud to help support this revitalization effort and do so by providing grants to things ...

Officers recognized at KPD ceremony

http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2016/07/16/Officers-recognized-at-KPD-ceremony

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Breathe Easy!

Terri Evans
Kingsport Aquatic Center and YMCA Go Smoke & E-Cig Free
 
Check out the video highlighting the Breathe Easy event.

BMA Meeting Highlights - July 5, 2016

A. PUBLIC HEARINGS 
  • None
B. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FIRST READING APPROVED 7-0
  • Appropriate $6,150 for Tennessee Arts Commission for mural arts program
C. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FINAL ADOPTION 
  • $450,000 grant for Borden Park improvements APPROVED 7-0
  • Amend Chapter 86 Solid Waste in Code of Ordinances APPROVED 6-1
  • Budget Cleanup & Consolidation Ordinance APPROVED 7-0
    • $38,250 to purchase buses for transit, $115,547 to new Transit Center, close project
    • $102,785 from Water Pump Station Generator to SCADA project, close project
    • $228,768 from Sewer Motor Control Replacement to WWTP Improvements, close project
    • $25,000 from concessions to Parks & Rec Athletics to purchase concession supplies
 
D. OTHER BUSINESS
  • $270,000 professional services agreement for roadway condition assessment APPROVED 7-0
  • $224,672 annual agreement with KHRA to rehabilitate/redevelop all public housing APPROVED 7-0
  • $154,712 contract amendment for Raw Water Intake project APPROVED 7-0
 
E. APPOINTMENTS -- APPROVED 7-0
  • Appointments and Reappointments to Tree Advisory Board
    • Dan Wernick
    • Rebecca Thomas
    • Dr. Timothy Martin
    • David Williams
  • Appointments and Reappointments to Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee
    • Bob Jack
    • Brad Hoover
    • Pam Mahaffey
 
CONSENT AGENDA -- APPROVED 7-0
  • Agreements & subleases for LMU, King & Milligan to use Phillips-Campbell Hall
  • Right-of-way easement with Kingsport Power Company
  • Release agreement for Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Company
  • Approval Issuance of Certificate of Compliance for retail food stores to sell wine
    • Aldi #81, 2617 East Stone Drive

The Greenbelt - a destination city asset

Greenbelt
The Greenbelt - A Destination City Asset for Kingsport
 
Enjoy the Greenbelt via video...then go and enjoy it in person!
#healthykingsport

A complete transformation of public housing

KHRA
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats (or in this case, houses)

Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority (KHRA) has worked diligently to move forward with the implementation of the Midtown Neighborhood Transformation Plan, and all their work has paid off as the BMA approved an  agreement with KHRA to rehabilitate/redevelop all public housing.

For a total of $4.5 million in city funding, this investment yields $50 million in state, federal and other funds to completely rehabilitate public housing. It is projected to support 199 jobs and yield an economic impact of $21,737,273.

KHRA Presentation

For more information about the Midtown Neighborhood Transformation Plan, please click here.

City staffer takes lead of national organization

Terri Evans
L to R: Alderman Mitchell, Terri Evans
PRIMA President Terri Evans

City of Kingsport's Risk Manager Terri Evans has been selected to serve as the next president of the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) for 2016-2017. Evans has held the Risk Manager position since 2001 and has been a city employee since 1984.

PRIMA is a one-stop resource for risk management resources and networking opportunities for public-sector risk managers. Evans joined PRIMA more than 20 years ago and has been involved in the organization at both a state and national level.

Evans officially became PRIMA's 38th president last month. Congrats Terri!

City starts "News of the Week" in Times-News

News of the Week
News of the Week

Starting July 6 in the Kingsport Times News, citizens will find 'News of the Week' from the City of Kingsport. It will include city-related information presented in an engaging format. Content will come from all departments, and we will be informing our readers of things going on in our city.

By communicating relevant information on a regular basis, Kingsport citizens can become better informed and perhaps more involved in their community. Engaged citizens are the best ambassadors for our great city!

We hope you'll look for the 'News of the Week' section every Wednesday!  For a sneak peek of the first edition introducing our new page, click here.

Monday, July 04, 2016

BMA Meeting Highlights - June 21, 2016

PUBLIC HEARINGS 
  • None
B. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FIRST READING 
  • $450,000 grant for Borden Park improvements APPROVED 7-0
  • Amend Chapter 86 Solid Waste in Code of Ordinances APPROVED 4-3
  • Budget Cleanup & Consolidation Ordinance APPROVED 7-0
    • $38,250 to purchase buses for Transit, $115,547 to new Transit Center, close project
    • $102,785 from Water Pump Station Generator to SCADA project, close project
    • $228,768 from Sewer Motor Control Replacement to WWTP Improvements, close project
    • $25,000 from concessions to Parks & Rec Athletics to purchase concession supplies
 
C. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FINAL ADOPTION
  • Ordinance to Adopt the FY16-17 Budget ($166,589,523)  APPROVED 4-3
    • Includes Mayor’s compromise proposal
    • $8 sanitation fee, maintain current property tax rate
    • Includes CIP (capital improvement plan)
    • Includes ONEKingsport funding at a lower rate than initially discussed
  • Ordinance to Adopt the FY16-17 Water Fund Budget ($11,128,200) APPROVED 7-0
  • Ordinance to Adopt the FY16-17 Sewer Fund Budget ($11,009,200) APPROVED 7-0
  • Materials Agreement for Edinburgh Phase 9 Development  APPROVED 7-0
  • Amend FY17 School Health Insurance Budgets for Active/Retired Employees APPROVED 7-0
  • Amend the FY17 General Purpose School Fund Budget APPROVED 7-0
  • Amend the FY17 Schools Federal Projects Fund Budget APPROVED 7-0
  • Amend the FY17 School Special Projects Fund Budget APPROVED 7-0
  • Adopt the FY17 Urban Mass Transit Budget APPROVED 7-0
  • Adopt the FY17 Metropolitan Planning Project Grant Budget APPROVED 7-0
  • Adopt the FY17 School Public Law 93-380 Grant Project Fund Budget APPROVED 7-0
  • Adopt the FY17 Special Schools Projects Grant Fund Budget APPROVED 7-0
  • Ordinance for the FY17 Community Development Block Grant Budget APPROVED 7-0
  • Ordinance for the FY17 Emergency Solutions Grant Budget APPROVED 7-0
  • Prohibit Smoking Anywhere on the Property of the Kingsport Aquatic Center APPROVED 7-0
  • Prohibit the Use of Electronic Smoking Devices in Any City-Controlled Building APPROVED 7-0
 
D. OTHER BUSINESS
  • Reconcile and adjust $41,732 in uncollectable property tax for Tax Year 2005 (represents 0.145% of the total levy, 99.855% collected) APPROVED 7-0
  • Chromebooks for all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students in Kingsport City Schools APPROVED 7-0
  • Execute agreements with various organizations for services in Fiscal Year 2017 APPROVED 7-0
    • Kingsport ARTS (Arts Council of Greater Kingsport)
    • Children's Advocacy Center of Sullivan County
    • Downtown Kingsport Association
    • First Tennessee Development District
    • First Tennessee Human Resource Agency
    • Holston Business Development Center
    • Kingsport Chamber Foundation for Keep Kingsport Beautiful Program
    • Kingsport Art Guild
    • Kingsport Ballet
    • Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority for Redevelopment Program
    • Kingsport Lifesaving Crew
    • Kingsport Theatre Guild
    • Sullivan County-Kingsport-Bluff City Animal Control Center
    • Symphony Of The Mountains
    • Greater Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce for the Move to Kingsport Program
    • Kingsport Office of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE)
    • Healthy Kingsport
  • Amend the Fee Resolution for FY 2017 provided for in the City Code APPROVED 6-1
    • Bays Mountain Park
    • Aquatic Center
    • Senior Center
    • Library
    • Parks & Recreation
    • Cultural Arts
    • Sanitation
  • Award the sale of three city-owned parcels which have been declared surplus APPROVED 7-0
  • Two replacement school vans from Auto World of Big Stone Gap APPROVED 7-0
  • Transfer use of unfinished space in Press Building to Schools (not EXCEL space) APPROVED 7-0
 
E. APPOINTMENTS -- APPROVED 6-0 (Alderman George abstained)
  • Reappointment to the Planning Commission
    • John Moody
 
CONSENT AGENDA -- APPROVED 7-0
  • Apply for Best Buy Foundation community grant for Library
  • Certificates of Compliance for Retail Food Stores to Sell Wine
    • Food City #605, 1205 North Eastman Road
    • Food City #657, 300 Clinchfield Street
    • Food City #664, 1911 Moreland Drive
  • Contractual agreement with TDOT for reimbursement of KATS operating expenses
  • Contractual agreement with TDOT for reimbursement of KATS capital expenses

A one-page summary of this year's city budget

To review the City Manager 2017 Budget Summary,
please clic
here.

Claudia Moody recognized for 27 years of service

Claudia Moody Retires
L to R: Claudia Moody, Alderman Olterman
 
Northeast Tennessee Tourism CEO Claudia Moody Retires

On June 30, Claudia Moody retires after 27 years as CEO of Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association. She started at NETTA in 1989 and has been instrumental in the region’s growth and expansion. NETTA markets such tourist charms Bays Mountain, Exchange Place, and Netherland Inn.

During her time as CEO, she increased membership, produced award winning publications and projects and helped to develop the Pinnacle Awards program to showcase tourism's peak performers.

Along with being CEO, she's also active in local, regional and state organizations surrounding tourism efforts. Moody served as Chairman of the Tennessee Tourism Roundtable and served as the Tennessee representative to the Appalachian Regional Commission Tourism Council. She currently serves on board of directors for Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association and is the treasurer of the Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau.

She is a recipient of the “Knights of the Roundtable” for outstanding contributions of leadership, service and professionalism in the Tourism Industry. Moody also received the first “Associate Award of Excellence” presented by the Tennessee Hotel & Lodging Association.

Congrats on a successful career Claudia and best wishes for retirement!

Above & Beyond - Aquatic Center Lifeguards

Noah Rutherford, Charlotte Reasor
L to R: Jeff Fleming, Noah Rutherford, Charlotte Reasor, Mayor Clark
 
Above & Beyond - Aquatic Center Lifeguards

On June 9 at the Kingsport Aquatic Center, Noah Rutherford noticed an unresponsive young boy in the lazy river. He jumped in and pulled the boy from the river and immediately started performing CPR with fellow lifeguard Charlotte Reasor.

When Kingsport Fire Department and EMS arrived, the boy was conscious and was taken to the hospital. It was later discovered that the young boy had a seizure and that was the reason for his unresponsiveness.

Thanks to the quick actions of the Kingsport Aquatic Center lifeguards. Noah and Charlotte, the boy's life was saved!  While they were doing there job, we are thankful for their heroic efforts.

Employees helping employees - 2016 Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Winners
L to R: Caleb Gore, Tanner Shivley, Austin Catron, Britney Rochette, Sydney Chambers
 
2016 Scholarship Winners

The KHRA and Kingsport Municipal Employee Dependent Scholarship Program award scholarships to dependent children of a current KHRA or City of Kingsport employee. The applicants must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, have a good citizenship record in the community, and must be attending an accredited college or other post secondary institution.

Caleb Gore = $1,000 scholarship (includes the $500 Sarah Edline Campbell Scholarship)
Emily Montgomery = $1,000 scholarship (includes the $500 Tilden Fleming Memorial Scholarship)
Hope Johnson = $1,000 scholarship (includes the $500 Larry Fleming Memorial Scholarship)
Emily Rhoton = $1,000 scholarship (includes the $500 Louise McCartt Memorial Scholarship)
Tanner Shivley = $1,000 scholarship (includes the $500 Prentiss McReynolds Memorial Scholarship)
Austin Catron = $1,000 Dennis Phillips Scholarship
Britney Rochette = $750 scholarship
Makenzie “Katie” Bledsoe = $500 scholarship
Sydney Chambers = $500  scholarship
Kayla McCracken = $500 scholarship


Congrats to the 2015-2016 scholarship winners

June: Keep Kingsport Beautiful Award Winners

Beautification Awards
Keep Kingsport Beautiful Awards for June

Residential winners: Shane and Kristi Hutchins, Blackheath Road; Stan and Kim Pace, Rivermont Circle; Fred and Dorothy Wallin, Belmeade Drive; Nevada and Elena Darnell, Hermitage Drive; Skip Norrell and John Stewart, Hammond Avenue; Cathy Jennings, Essex Drive; Jeff and Suzi McKee, Spearhead Court.

Business winner: McDonalds, Ft. Henry Drive.

Church winner: Waverly Road Presbyterian Church.     

Redevelopment Award: Main Street Pizza, Main Street.

Gov. Bill Haslam names Kingsport Healthier Tennessee Community



Gov. Bill Haslam names Kingsport Healthier Tennessee Community
KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Kingsport has been named a Healthier Tennessee Community by Gov. Bill Haslam and Rick Johnson, president of the ...





Ramsey named grand marshal of Kingsport's 4th of July Parade




Ramsey named grand marshal of Kingsport's 4th of July Parade
KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce announced on Monday that Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has been selected to serve as ...


 




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.