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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ETSU, Wellmont Health System partnering to expand nursing education, clinical training opportunities in Kingsport







August 31, 2016


ETSU, WELLMONT HEALTH SYSTEM PARTNERING TO EXPAND NURSING
EDUCATION, CLINICAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN KINGSPORT

KINGSPORT – East Tennessee State University and Wellmont Health System are partnering to expand the university's accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program in Kingsport and increase the number of nurses in the community.
The new ETSU-Holston Valley Medical Center Accelerated BSN Program is underway, with 20 inaugural students taking classes this fall semester. The program is expected to welcome 20 additional students into the fold each fall and spring semester.
Through the partnership, ETSU will provide faculty for all classroom instruction, which will take place at the ETSU at Kingsport Downtown campus. Wellmont will provide faculty for all clinical training and instruction, which will primarily take place at Holston Valley. Both entities will be involved in other aspects of student training, including interprofessional education and simulation.
"We are well aware of the acute nursing shortage in the Tri-Cities area and recognize the critical need for educated nursing personnel to sustain the delivery of quality health care to the residents of the region," said Dr. Wendy Nehring, dean of ETSU's College of Nursing. "Through this partnership, we are able to expand the number of nursing students able to attend ETSU, which will ultimately lead to more well-educated nursing professionals in our region. We are thrilled to be partnering with Wellmont to be able to do this."
As a result of the program, 20 additional students were able to start the nursing program this fall who otherwise would not have been admitted due to a lack of capacity.
Before students are accepted into the accelerated BSN program they must complete prerequisite course work. Once they have entered the program, they are on track to complete their education and training requirements in five semesters and then will be ready to take the state exam to become a registered nurse.
As a part of the partnership, Wellmont will give graduates of the program priority consideration for nursing and nurse tech jobs at its facilities.
Dr. Lisa Smithgall, Holston Valley's vice president of patient care services and the program's co-director, said this venture is an excellent opportunity to showcase the importance of serving patients in a hospital.
"Holston Valley and other Wellmont hospitals have been blessed with a history of outstanding nursing care that has improved patients' lives," said Smithgall, who earned her doctorate degree in nursing from ETSU. "Through their hard work and dedication, hospital nurses play an essential role in our care model by working with patients who are acutely ill. We are excited to collaborate with ETSU to strengthen the pipeline of nurses by creating this avenue for students to receive their clinical training at Holston Valley."
To assist the students with their hands-on experience at Holston Valley, the hospital will rely on the expertise of 10 nurses who have earned their master of science in that field, as well as about 40 other highly skilled nurses who provide patient care at the hospital. The hospital will provide a four-room simulation lab and an assessment lab, both on the second floor, which will enable students to further develop their skills as emerging professionals.
In addition to their training at Holston Valley, nursing students will receive acute care and long-term care training at Wexford House, a 174-bed Wellmont skilled nursing facility on John B. Dennis Highway.
"As a proud community member for more than 80 years, Holston Valley is committed to advancing the nursing profession by supporting the next generation of caregivers in Kingsport," said Tim Attebery, the hospital's president. "ETSU, Holston Valley and Wellmont have worked together for decades to strengthen the quality of care in our region, and this initiative is an excellent way for us to give back to a community that has extensively supported our efforts. Holston Valley stands behind our innovative and compassionate nurses, and this newest partnership recognizes the remarkable work they perform every day."
ETSU and Wellmont officially announced the partnership at a press conference held Wednesday at Holston Valley. There, Dr. Wilsie Bishop, ETSU's chief operating officer and vice president for Health Affairs, recognized the importance of educating nurses to work in the region.
"As a nurse myself, I know all too well the significant role this profession plays in the health care landscape," she said. "Today, we are taking yet another step to ensure that patients of the region continue to receive excellent care, which is one of the many things that makes Northeast Tennessee such a great place to call home."
For more information on the new program, contact the ETSU College of Nursing, at 423-439- 4578 or visit www.etsu.edu or www.wellmont.org.

                Cutline for photo: Dr. Wendy Nehring, left, and Dr. Lisa Smithgall sign the ceremonial document for the ETSU-Holston Valley Medical Center Accelerated BSN Program.
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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Classes at Art in the Heart








This Week at Art in the Heart:
  • Sculpture with Joe Pilkenton, Thursday 4p.m. 
  • Beginning Acrylic Painting, Anne Twaites Saturday 1- 4



SCHEDULE CHANGE!!

WATERCOLOR: Painting Without a Safety Net! Taught by Nancy Jane Earnest has been rescheduled for  OCTOBER 26, 10 -1 $50

Fran Rathburn, mosaic artist at Art in the Heart, will be teaching a workshop on how to create this beautfiul Jeweled Trinket Box. We are so happy to have her lead this class. This box will be crafted from your own personal items such as buttons, tiny sea shells, beads, etc. or choose from Fran's collection. You will be guided through the entire process to make this personalized keepsake. Contact the gallery for complete list of tools and items to bring to class.
Don't Miss This Great Class!!

OCTOBER 1, 10 - 4  $65

Art in the Heart Gallery
We have a HEART for local artists!
246 Broad St., Kingsport, TN 
423-480-9702
 

Arts 4 Kids Weekly Classes
Thursday September 1, 2016 Group art classes taught by Anne Thwaites for kids ages kindergarten through 6th grade. A variety of art projects and media will be explored focusing on 2D fine art: Drawing, painting in acrylic and watercolor, pastels, etc. Lessons include landscape, still life, animals, portraits, and mixed media.



Arts 4 Kids Weekly Homeschool Class
Thursday September 1, 2016 Group art classes taught by Anne Thwaites for kids ages kindergarten through 6th grade. A variety of art projects and media will be explored focusing on 2D fine art: Drawing, painting in acrylic and watercolor, pastels, etc. Lessons include landscape, still life, animals, portraits, and mixed media.



Sculpture Class with Joe Pilkenton
Thursday September 15, 2016 Joe Pilkenton's name is synonymous with carving having contributed greatly to the creation of the Kingsport carousel. His deep love for sculpting comes through in his teaching of the art. Come a join him for a 6 week journey into the art of sculpture. Clay will be provided. Class dates are September 15, 22, 29 and October 13, 20, 27



Beginning Acrylic Painting
Saturday September 24, 2016 Acrylic painting class for beginners. Introduction to the wide range of possibilities for both figurative and non-figurative artwork using acrylic paint and collage, . Taught by Anne Thwaites. Call gallery for supply list.



Jeweled Trinket Box Workshop
Saturday October 1, 2016 Learn to make this unique Jeweled Trinket Box with Mosaic Artist Fran Rathburn. This box will be crafted from your own personal items such as buttons, tiny sea shells, beads, etc. or choose from Fran's collection. You will be guided through the entire process to make this personalized keepsake. Contact the gallery for complete list of tools and items to bring to class.



Fused Glass Plate
Thursday October 13, 2016 Originally from Rochester, New York, Karen Hitchock has taught fused glass classes for over 10 years. Students will learn how to safely handle glass while cutting shapes and assembling pieces to make a beautiful glass plate. They will also learn about different types of glass and their usage. At completion of class, instructor will take completed projects to fire for the student. All supplies are furnished.



Shaker Spoon Basket with Joy Smith
Saturday October 15, 2016 Joy Smith is an expert in Nantucket and Shaker style basketry, with over 25 years' experience. She splits her time between Kingsport, Tennessee and Norfolk, Virginia. In this class students will learn to make the Shaker Spoon Basket with Woven Black Ash splint Handles or Bonnet Handle. All materials will be provided. Each student will leave class with a finished basket.



Fused Glass Pendant Class
Wednesday October 19, 2016 Fused Glass Pendant workshop with Karen Hitchcock - Originally from Rochester, NY, Karen Hitchcock has over 12 years experience making and teaching the art of fused glass. She studied at Corning Glass Center, Oatka School of Glass and Alfred University perfecting her craft. Each student will have the opportunity to make up to 10 different pendants using glass provided by the instructor. The cost of the class is $50 and all supplies are provided. Come make gifts of art in glass for your friends and family...or yourself!



Portrait Drawing
Saturday October 22, 2016 In this class students will learn a basic approach to drawing the portrait in charcoal on paper. Working from a model, the class will cover analyzing form, proportions in features, perspective and using line and edges. Drawing experience is must for the this intermediate class. Students will need to provide charcoal drawing paper, charcoal pencils or sticks, a kneaded eraser and a large drawing board for class. Instructor - Donna Bird



Watercolor: Painting Without a Safety net
Wednesday October 26, 2016 Unleash watercolor in all its lusciousness! Dance with color. Be bold. Be free. Your paintings will stem from simple suggestions that invite you to experiment with technique and design in order to make the medium your own. Instructor Nancy Jane Earnest will offer personal assistance as needed. Suitable for those new to watercolor as well as seasoned painters who would like to work with more spontaneity. Ages: high school and up.



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Engage Kingsport Inc. - 1200 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN, 37660, (423) 392-8414
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Fall leadership conference draws 640 students to Kingsport

Kingsport to issue $23 million in bonds

Kingsport native John VandeVate honored for his research work

Kingsport native John VandeVate honored for his research work

D-B coach inducted into 2016 state hall of fame

D-B coach inducted into 2016 state hall of fame: KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Dobyns-Bennett High School Head Football Coach Graham Clark was recently announced as a 2016 inductee into the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Kingsport marking its centennial with four big events in 2017

Kingsport marking its centennial with four big events in 2017: KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Kingsport will celebrate its centennial in 2017 with four signature events, according to a written statement from the city of Kingsport.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Press Release: Outdoor Water Park Closes for Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kari Matheney

423-343-9758

karimatheney@kingsporttn.gov

Kingsport Aquatic Center Outdoor Water Park Closes for Season on Sunday

 

Kingsport, TN – Kingsport Aquatic Center Outdoor Water Park closes for the season on September 25th.  All the indoor pools will still be open and the water aerobics classes will still be held.

 

The indoor Olympic pool and three heated pools are open year round and are open to all swimmers. The indoor pool hours are Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

 

The Aqua Run will be available during the weekend hours starting October 1. The Aqua Run is an inflatable obstacle course for swimmers to climb on, involving different hurdles and a slide to reach the end.

 

After September 25th, the Aquatic Center staff will maintain the pool until the final outdoor pool event, the ‘Drool Party.’ The ‘Drool Party’ will be held on Saturday, October 1st from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event is open to all dog owners and their dogs that want to swim in the outdoor water park before the cleaning process for winter starts. Dogs must be up-to-date on current vaccines. Please bring records or a receipt from your veterinarian. Admission is $5 per dog and humans are free. The Outdoor Water Park will be closed for the season after the ‘Drool Party.’

 

The Outdoor Water Park will reopen in May of 2017.

 

For more information, please visit www.swimkingsport.com or call 423-343-9758.

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About the Kingsport Aquatic Center

The Kingsport Aquatic Center is the region's newest and most comprehensive indoor-outdoor public aquatic and recreation facility. Located in Kingsport's Meadowview district at the base of iconic Bays Mountain, the center provides area residents and visitors with the best in health, fitness and recreation features in a safety-focused environment. The Kingsport Aquatic Center features the area's only indoor Olympic-sized pool, the HMG Competition pool, plus year-round swim courses and American Red Cross-certified water safety and lifeguard training. An outdoor water park is open seasonally. For more information, visit http://www.swimkingsport.com.

 

About the City of Kingsport

Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) 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.  The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3500 park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory.  Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives.  While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”

 

 

Adrienne Batara

Marketing and Public Relations Specialist

City of Kingsport

P: 423-343-9791

C: 423-440-0442

adriennebatara@kingsporttn.gov

225 W. Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

www.kingsporttn.gov

 

 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Kingsport: From your dear mother

Archiventures has posted a new item, 'Kingsport: From your dear mother'

Any letter that comes into the archives where I volunteer that mentions 'hogs'
and 'lard' in the same paragraph is guaranteed to get scanned.

You may view the latest post at
http://archives.roueche.org/?p=3670




Sullivan school officials remember Fleming, Bright



Sullivan school officials remember Fleming, Bright
Kingsport City Manager Jeff Fleming is his nephew. Rafalowski said she came to know Bright, a former Board of Education chairman who served ...

Kingsport Businesses: Do You Have an Emergency Action Plan?


KINGSPORT, Tenn. – KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Small Business Development Center ETSU – Kingsport Affiliate will host DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: DO YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN? on Thursday, September 29, 5:30-7:30 PM, at your Kingsport Chamber.  The training is co-sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), American Red Cross and your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

Did you know that up to 40% of small businesses don't survive an emergency, with 80% going out of business if not back up within the month. American Red Cross Ready Rating™ can guide your business, organization or school with simple, measurable steps to become better prepared for emergencies. An emergency can happen to anyone, if an emergency strikes, will your business be ready? Learn how to minimize losses, enhance productivity, and gain trust with your employees, and get back on your feet in the case of an emergency.

As a Participant you will leave the event with:
• A 123 Assessment that assesses possible threats and consequences
• American Red Cross Ready Rating™ Scorecard that provides current readiness level
• Ready Rating Next Steps Report that provides customized recommendations and a ranking of implementation actions according to resources required
• An Emergency Response Plan to outline steps to take before during and after an emergency
• Additional assessments, tools and resources developed by Red Cross experts
• Sources of disaster funding

If an Emergency happens, be ready!

Speaker(s): Jeff Hostetler, American Red Cross
This is a free training, but pre-registration is required.  Please R.S.V.P. online at http://bit.ly/RedCross26 or to Katie Prendergast at 423.392.8811 or kprendergast@tsbdc.org
The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact Katie Prendergast — 423.392.8825; kprendergast@tsbdc.org; 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660.

The Tennessee Small Business Development Centers Network, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, is an accredited member of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, participating universities and community colleges, and regional support partners. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA and other program sponsors. All information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. All information, events, and/or prices are subject to change or withdrawal. The Tennessee Small Business Development Centers Network shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints. Please confirm the information with the listing party.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Katie Prendergast at 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, TN  37660 or at 423-392-8825.

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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Sullivan sales tax revenues grow



Sullivan sales tax revenues grow
And sales tax collections from businesses within the city of Kingsport continue to make up the bulk of all such collections, with more than $3.04 million ...

44th annual Exchange Place Fall Folk Arts Festival

Kingsport, TN – For the 44th consecutive year, Exchange Place Living History Farm will be hosting the Fall Folk Arts Festival on its historic and picturesque grounds at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, Tennessee.  This annual celebration of traditional folk arts and the harvest season will take place on Saturday, September 24 (from 10 am until 5 pm), and again on Sunday, September 25 (noon until 5 pm)Admission is $3, with those under the age of 12 admitted free.  All proceeds benefit the animals who live year-round at Exchange Place, as well as the continued restoration and preservation of the site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

As a very special highlight of this year’s festival, the Overmountain Weavers Guild (OMWG) will proudly be presenting Appalachian Textiles: Traditions in Cloth, in the two ground-floor rooms of the still-in-progress Burow Museum.  It is being done in honor of Suzanne Burow, a founding member of the OMWG and one of the driving forces behind the preservation of Exchange Place Living History Farm.  It will feature antique coverlet weaving patterns of Northeast Tennessee and Virginia, discovered by Mrs. Burow in a variety of farms throughout our region in her effort to preserve antique spinning and weaving equipment.  The Burow Museum is being named in honor of her and her late husband, Richard.  This exhibit will display many woven examples of Mrs. Burow’s discoveries, the equipment used in the process and preparation of fiber, and the spinning and weaving required to make the coverlets. 

In addition, the Guild and Exchange Place are honored to have two important guest demonstrators as part of this major showing.  Alan Dewey and Milissa Ellison Dewey, who live and work in Asheville, N.C., will be on hand throughout the Festival to demonstrate their crafts.  Alan is an expert in the preservation of antique spinning and weaving equipment.  He will be evaluating the spinning wheels at Exchange Place, discussing and demonstrating repairs, and will be happy to assess any spinning wheels that are brought to him by area residents throughout the weekend.  Milissa will be demonstrating heritage weaving on her antique barn loom (passed down through five generations!), weaving Civil War-era cloth from yarn she has spun herself on her own antique spinning wheels.

Passing on the knowledge and skills of yesteryear to the next generation is always an important focus of the weekend, and that tradition continues.  In addition to the OMWG, artisans such as basket makers, broom makers, quilters, wood carvers, doll makers, and even a blacksmith or two demonstrate their handicrafts and sell their wares. Handmade jewelry, home-made note cards, soaps, rugs and many other items will be available from vendors scattered about the farm, and the Harvest Market will be brimming with plants, autumnal produce, and seasonal crafts.

In the log kitchen, the Eden’s Ridge Hearth Cookery Society will be working with our energetic Junior Apprentices, preparing some of the foods the Preston family would have eaten in the 1840s and 1850s as they get ready for the newest Exchange Place event – Heritage Day, which will be held on Saturday, October 8; more information will be forthcoming soon.

Another Exchange Place tradition is the wide variety of hands-on activities. Strong-armed stirrers are always needed around the kettle to help make apple butter.  Children are encouraged to do farm chores and play with toys of long-ago, as well as created folk art and meet the animals who make Exchange Place their home, including our horses, cow, sheep and Jenny, our very talkative donkey, and our newest residents: our guinea hog, Millie, and her four piglets.  There is always plenty of food, including kettle corn, funnel cakes, baked goods and more.  And as always during festivals, the grounds of the farmstead will be alive with music. Old and new favorites will be playing throughout the weekend; a complete schedule is listed below.  (Please note, however, that it is always subject to last-minute changes.) 

The Sullivan County 4-H Club will again be on hand to organize the always-popular Scarecrow Challenge, which encourages individuals, groups and families to continue the tradition of making a scarecrow and being creative at the same time.  People interested in having their scarecrow judged should deliver it to the barn nearest to the parking lot after 8 am on Saturday; winners will be announced at 3 pm Sunday.

One of Exchange Place’s most popular events every year is Witches Wynd, a Halloween-based storytelling adventure, and tickets go on sale for the first time during the Fall Folk Arts Festival. Only a limited number of tickets are available, and they sell out quickly (generally within days), so we encourage people to purchase them at the Festival. Tickets are $8 apiece and will be found at the Museum Store, which is located between the Roseland building and the white caretaker’s house. This year's Witches Wynd will take place on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, beginning each night at 8 pm.

For more information, you may call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071, write to email@exchangeplace.info, or visit our website at http://exchangeplace.info

Exchange Place is a living history farm whose mission is to preserve and interpret the heritage of mid-nineteenth century farm life in Northeast Tennessee. Exchange Place is a non-profit organization maintained and operated entirely by volunteers and is supported by donations, fundraisers, memberships and grants.

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MUSIC SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
TIMES
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
KINGSPORT COMMUNITY BAND
10 – 11 a.m.
{gates open today at noon}
STATE STREET STRING BAND
11 am – 12 noon
{gates open today at noon}
THE HONEYCUTTS
12 noon – 1 p.m.
MILISSA DEWEY
CHARLOTTE AND ART ELLIS 
1 – 2 p.m.
POOR VALLEY GIRLS
DON BURGER
2 – 3 p.m.
STRAWBERRY JAM
MARTHA EGAN AND STUDENTS
3 – 4 p.m.
SWEET ADELINES
RENAISSANCE STRINGS
4 – 5 p.m.




Leading with Efficiencies - Operational Excellence Awards





Leading with Efficiencies: Operational Excellence Awards
Kingsport, TN – The city is taking a proactive approach in making sure our water is the best it can be and it shows. The water consistently meets and/or exceeds EPA and State regulatory standards. Kingsport water department strives to surpass minimum requirements by participating in the Partnership for Safe Drinking Water.  The partnership is a national initiative developed by EPA and other water organizations representing water suppliers striving to provide their communities with drinking water quality that surpasses the required federal standards.

The Kingsport water department not only cares about the quality of water the residents have, but also their staff. They invest in ongoing training and networking opportunities to help them stay current in the water profession.

In July, the City of Kingsport Water and Wastewater Collection Division and the Wastewater Treatment Plant were presented with two prestigious awards.

Water and Wastewater Collection Division Wins Excellence Award
The City of Kingsport Water and Wastewater Collection Division and the Wastewater Treatment Plant were presented with two prestigious awards.
The City of Kingsport Water and Wastewater Collection Division was presented with the Excellence in Water Distribution Operations Award from the American Water Works Association. The award is given to recognize distribution staff across the Kentucky/Tennessee region for their exceptional performance in meeting all Federal Drinking Water Standards and overall initiative to excel at the business of producing safe water for customers.

The City of Kingsport is placed in a category of distribution systems that have over 33,000 customers. There are approximately 473 registered public water systems in Tennessee so receiving this award is quite an honor.

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment. 

Wastewater Treatment Plant Wins Operational Excellence Award
The City of Kingsport Wastewater Treatment Plant received the KY/TN Water Environment Association (WEA) Operational Excellence Award. This award is presented to wastewater treatment facilities who have achieved permit compliance during the previous calendar year by having no more than one violation of their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The Kingsport Wastewater Treatment Plant had zero violations for 2015.

A wastewater treatment plant is a place where the biological processes that must happen require numerous decisions that must be made on a daily basis to make the good bacteria and organisms happy and operating efficiently.

There are nearly 4,000 opportunities to incur a NPDES permit violation at any given time. Compliance of 100 percent does not happen without significate effort and considerable knowledge of the processes.
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About the City of Kingsport
Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) 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.  The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3500 park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory.  Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives.  While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”

Photo (L to R): Public Works Water/Wastewater employees -Jason Starnes, Jason Brooks, Chad Austin, Ryan McReynolds, Jim Gilreath, Lawrence Myrick, Niki Ensor, David Gillenwater, Norman Eichmann, Tom Hensley
Photo Credit: Chris Alley

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


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.