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Monday, October 31, 2016

KPD goes "back to blue" - new uniforms for the centennial year



KPD goes back to blue for city centennial
According to Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton, the possibility of changing up uniforms had been discussed for quite ...

The Kingsport Greenbelt



The Kingsport Greenbelt
... shoes and bring the pets along. Welcome to the Kingsport Greenbelt - an amazing 9-mile linear walking, hiking and biking trail in Kingsport, Tenn...





Kingsport City Schools Announces “Back the Blue Day”


KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Kingsport City Schools (KCS) has designated Tuesday, November 1, 2016 as "KCS Backs the Blue Day."  Members of the Kingsport Police Department (KPD), KCS Student Resource Officers (SROs) and KPD K-9 Units will be honored in a variety of ways for their ongoing service to the students and staff of Kingsport City Schools.

"The Kingsport Police Department is a valuable asset to our community and partner with Kingsport City Schools," said KCS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lyle Ailshie.  "We are fortunate to share a great relationship and value the ways the KPD works to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  Back the Blue Day is just one way we can show how appreciative we are for what they do on a daily basis."

A thank-you breakfast will take place at the Kingsport Justice Center from 5:45 – 9 a.m. on November 1 for patrol officers and administrative staff as a way to show appreciation. In addition, students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to wear blue on November 1 to show support of KPD. Photos and videos will be posted throughout the day on district (Facebook/Twitter) and school (Twitter) social media sites using the national hashtag, #BacktheBlue.

Officers are invited to visit schools during the day and the KCS/KPD School Resource Officer program will be highlighted at the November 1 Board of Education meeting, which will also include a formal recognition presented to the KPD by the Kingsport Board of Education.

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 7,300 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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Kingsport Blog

Kingsport Library Receives Best Buy Foundation Community Grant



Kingsport Public Library Receives Best Buy Foundation Community Grant

Kingsport, TN – The makerspace at the Kingsport Public Library is growing. Through a $5,000 grant from the Best Buy Foundation Community, the library is creating a Teen Tech Club and expanding the current makerspace offerings.

The Teen Tech Club, taught by library staff, will conduct a series of 4-5 month long courses for teens using makerspace technology. Teens who complete the course will be given leadership opportunities to volunteer to help organize and run a workshop for interested adults. The library will also have open lab times for anyone in the community to use the makerspace facilities, except for the 3D printer which the public uses by submitting print requests to the library staff.

Libraries have always been a place to explore ideas through books, but with the advent of the makerspace movement, libraries are now places where ideas can be discovered. This grant will help the library provide technology that would not normally be available to area teens and provide them with the opportunities to take their untapped skills and knowledge and unleash them in a makerspace. 

The library’s makerspace already includes a 3D printer, scanner and stop-motion animation station.  Items that will be added to the makerspace through the Teen Tech Club include: Raspberry Pi, Cubelets, Snap Circuit, Makey Makey and Lego WeDo 2.0.  This variety of items allows teens to go from simple coding and computer programming with the Cubelets to more sophisticated coding and computer programming with Raspberry Pi.

For more information, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org.
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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.”


Adrienne Batara
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City of Kingsport
P: 423-343-9791
C: 423-440-0442
225 W. Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
www.kingsporttn.gov


Kingsport Central Dispatch Personnel Continue to Excel and Impress




Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN  37660

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







The Kingsport Police Department recently reported that three employees of Kingsport Central Dispatch had achieved their Emergency Number Professional (ENP) Certification.  Since that time, another Kingsport Central Dispatch employee has achieved this certification. 

Just last week, Richie Hite, Technical Services Coordinator, successfully completed his ENP examination, making him the fourth Kingsport Central Dispatch employee to receive this esteemed designation.  The Kingsport Police Department would like to take this opportunity to highlight Richie’s achievement, thank him for his service, and congratulate him on a job well done.

In order to be certified as an ENP, applicants must first meet eligibility requirements that include a combination of experience, education, and professional development in the 9-1-1 field. Candidates then must pass a rigorous examination that demonstrates a mastery of the comprehensive knowledge base required of emergency number program management.

The ENP program was established by the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) in 1994 as a way to establish a benchmark of performance for professionals in the 9-1-1 field.  There are currently 1,122 ENPs in the United States, but only 48 in the State of Tennessee, 4 of whom are employed by Kingsport Central Dispatch.

As previously released:

Three employees of Kingsport Central Dispatch have recently received State and National recognition for their exemplary performance as 9-1-1 professionals.  The Kingsport Police Department would like to take this opportunity to highlight their achievements, thank them for their service, and congratulate them on a job well done.

On September 20, 2016 Nancy Fender, Communications Dispatch Supervisor, was named “Dispatch Supervisor of the Year” by the Tennessee Emergency Numbers Association (TENA) at their annual conference held in Chattanooga, TN.  Employed by Kingsport Central Dispatch since 1988, she has also been certified by the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) as an Emergency Number Professional (ENP) since 2013.

In addition to Ms. Fender, two other employees of Kingsport Central Dispatch have recently achieved their ENP Certification.  Catherine Matt, Communications Specialist, and Christy Swiney, Communications Shift Leader, both achieved their ENP Certification in August 2016.  Ms. Matt has been employed by Kingsport Central Dispatch since 2000 and Swiney since 2005.

In order to be certified as an ENP, applicants must first meet eligibility requirements that include a combination of experience, education, and professional development in the 9-1-1 field. Candidates then must pass a rigorous examination that demonstrates a mastery of the comprehensive knowledge base required of emergency number program management.

“By achieving this certification, these ladies have distinguished themselves as leaders within the 9-1-1 field and displayed their commitment to the citizens of the Kingsport Emergency Communications District and to their chosen profession,” said Lieutenant Steve Hammonds, Executive Director of Kingsport 9-1-1.

The ENP program was established by NENA in 1994 as a way to establish a benchmark of performance for professionals in the 9-1-1 field.  There are currently 1,121 ENPs in the United States, but only 47 in the State of Tennessee, 3 of whom are employed by Kingsport Central Dispatch.

Kingsport Central Dispatch moved into the new 7,500 square foot, state-of-the-art, 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center in Downtown Kingsport in October 2015.  Central Dispatch had previously been housed in a cramped 1,000 square foot space on the second floor of the Kingsport Justice Center since 1989.  Prior to that, Central Dispatch operated out of the basement of the Civic Auditorium.

Kingsport Central Dispatch personnel include the 9-1-1 Director, a Communications Supervisor, a Technical Services Coordinator, 4 Shift Leaders, and more than a dozen Communications Specialists.  Collectively, the employees of Kingsport Central Dispatch handle roughly a quarter of a million phone calls each year, nearly 50,000 of which are emergency calls to 9-1-1.

Over the past 20 years, Kingsport Central Dispatch has only increased the number of Communications Specialists from 14 to 16.  Meanwhile, the number of citizens calls for Police, Fire, and E.M.S. service and the population, square miles, and road miles of the City of Kingsport have all increased exponentially.  This exemplifies true dedication to public safety by continuing to provide excellent 9-1-1 service in the face of significantly increased work volume.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY NUMBER ASSOCIATION: NENA serves its members and the greater public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations, and education issues.  With more than 10,000 members in 48 chapters across the United States and around the globe, NENA promotes the implementation and awareness of 9-1-1, as well as international three-digit emergency communications systems.


Pictured left to right above: Richie Hite (Technical Services Coordinator), Nancy Fender (Communications Dispatch Supervisor), Catherine Matt (Communications Specialist), and Christy Swiney (Communications Shift Leader)

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


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bellafina Chocolates Gifts to Benefit United Way

Tri-Cities, Tenn. (October 18, 2016) – Bellafina Chocolates has partnered with United Way of Greater Kingsport to offer a new way for businesses to support the 2016 Community Campaign.  Through November 17, companies may place corporate gift orders and designate 100% of the net proceeds to benefit United Way.  More information is available at www.BellafinaChocolates.com/CorpGifts.

"The United Way of Greater Kingsport and their partner agencies serve so many threatened children and families in our community" said Brenda Barnicki, Founder and President of Bellafina Chocolates.  "So this partnership is a natural fit with our mission to help children suffering from disease, poverty, abuse, or neglect."

Bellafina Chocolates specializes in gourmet truffles and can customize gifts with a company's logo on the packaging and even on the truffles themselves.  They ship across the U.S. and orders can be placed during the campaign for delivery any time.

"We are excited about this new way for companies to participate in the campaign," said Danelle Glasscock, executive director of United Way of Greater Kingsport.  "Many companies are already planning to purchase some type of gift to recognize their customers and employees, so this seems like a simple way to give back at the same time!"

If interested in learning more about gift options, companies may contact the company at (423)292-2271, by email at admin@bellafinachocolates.com, or online at www.BellafinaChocolates.com/CorpGifts.  Order by November 17 and mention United Way of Greater Kingsport.
About Bellafina Chocolates:  Bellafina Chocolates is an artisan chocolate company whose sole purpose is to help threatened and vulnerable children around the world.  All proceeds, net of costs, benefit charities helping children threatened by disease, poverty, abuse, or neglect.  Bellafina Chocolates truffles, chocolate bars, and other divine creations are available online, in the Bellafina Chocolates Gift Shop at 123 Cherokee Street in downtown Kingsport,Tennessee, and in selected gift shops and natural food stores.  More information about this KOSBE-award winning company can be found at www.BellafinaChocolates.com.

Brenda Barnicki
Founder and President
Bellafina Chocolates LLC

Visit our new location at 123 Cherokee Street, downtown Kingsport TN. Gift shop open weekdays 10am-2pm.





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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Sports tourism remains strong for KCVB



Sports tourism remains strong for KCVB
KINGSPORT — Sports tourism continues to be a strong revenue generator for the businesses and hotels of the Model City, with Kingsport hosting 26 ...





Students celebrate National Chemistry Week with Eastman



Students celebrate National Chemistry Week with Eastman
KINGSPORT — Fourth-grade students from across the region this week have been generating electricity, watching firemen make fire (and a loud pop) ...

Healthy Kingsport distributes thousands of water bottles to school children



Healthy Kingsport distributes thousands of water bottles to school children
KINGSPORT — One key to healthy living is by starting with good habits early in life. The Healthy Kingsport initiative is doing just that this week by ...

KATS Ridership Sees Significant Increase Over Last 5 Years



KATS Ridership Sees Significant Increase Over Last 5 Years

Kingsport, TN – Over the past year, Kingsport Area Transit Service (KATS) total ridership was 178,237 riders. This is a 2 percent increase in total ridership compared to the 2015 total and a 19 percent increase over the last five years.

The 2 percent increase is especially significant given that five of KATS six fixed routes were modified and updated mid-year, the average price of gasoline was lower than the previous year and there were a number of closures and reduced service hours due to harsh winter conditions.

Efforts to build ridership, such as having monthly promotions like trivia and wearing green, helped KATS continue to see positive results. The monthly promotions were well received throughout the communities KATS serves.

One area of growth that KATS is particularly proud of is the positive increase in the Dial-A-Ride service, which is a curb-to-curb advanced reservation van service for seniors and people with disabilities. The Dial-A-Ride service saw an annual increase of 28 percent over 2015 and a 43 percent increase over the last five years.

KATS continued progress and success shows that people want transportation options and public transit is an essential part of the local transportation network.

For more information on the transportation services KATS provides, please visit www.KingsportTransit.org.


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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.”

  

37th Annual Christmas Connection Arts & Crafts Fair


It’s Christmas Connection Time!
37th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair to be held November 11-13 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium

Kingsport, Tennessee - Kingsport’s Christmas Connection, a free admission event and open to the public, is sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts. It’s celebrating 37 years of arts and crafts in 2016 and is held in the Kingsport Civic Auditorium, located at 1550 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport.

DATES/HOURS:
Friday             Nov. 11             12 Noon - 6 PM
Saturday        Nov. 12             10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday           Nov. 13             12 Noon - 5 PM
    
Christmas Connection is an ongoing favorite staple in the community and region.  It is a very well established cultural event in Kingsport, hosting the region’s best arts and crafts vendors. The Civic Auditorium will be filled with holiday wreaths & floral arrangements, primitive & country crafts, Christmas ornaments, pottery, stained glass, woodcrafts, handmade soaps and lotions, fabric crafts, needlework, doll clothing, jewelry, dichroic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, leather crafts, basketry, paintings, figurines, candles, baked goods and much more!

Continuing in the 2016 show, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books – a truly unique item for anyone in your family. Look for them in the Civic Auditorium West Room.  Also joining us again this year are the artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center. Make sure to stop in the Civic Auditorium History Room and check out their beautiful crafts.

Outside, patrons will find kettle corn being made fresh all day. Favorite fried food items will also be available for purchase at the parking lot entrance.  The Christmas Connection CafĂ© will be serving up country favorites on Saturday like homemade soup beans & cornbread.  And don’t miss all the yummy baked goods at the entrance provided by the Kingsport Ballet and Suzuki Talent Education.

The holidays are fast approaching and this is an excellent opportunity to grab some holiday cheer, support master craftsmen and find unique gifts and treasures. Shoppers can spend the day shopping inside, out of the weather and amongst quality arts and crafts.

For more information on the Christmas Connection event, please visit www.kingsporttn.gov and search Christmas Connection or call 423-392-8415.

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About Cultural Arts
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.

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.”
  

Highlighting Heroes - Bill Donoho, Firefighter


Kingsport Firefighter Follows in Father’s Footsteps

Kingsport, TN – Bill Donoho has been working for the City of Kingsport for 27 years. Donoho is a fireman, engineer, and paramedic. At a young age, Donoho was inspired to become a firefighter by his father, who helped start the first responder program in the state of Tennessee. Donoho got involved with the medical side, started taking fire training classes, and fell in love with the job.

Donoho risks his safety every day, but still has a strong love for his job. “My favorite part of the job is to be able to help people in need,” stated Donoho in a recent interview.  While the scariest part, according to him, is most obviously going into a fire, but maybe not for the obvious reason. He described going into an active fire as nerve-racking because “you never know what is going to happen, you don’t know what’s there. Most of the time it’s like running in with blinders on. You never know what you’re going to run into.” Donoho states he’s had many close calls while on the job, and has even fallen through floorboards and had debris fall on top of him. Donoho, however, just considers this all part of his job, and easily accepts these risks every day that he goes to work.

While he enjoys his work, certain parts are harder than others. Donoho describes the toughest part of his job as the physical and mental fitness required to deal with the job itself. Firemen need to maintain their physical fitness to be able to do their job, but according to Donoho, the mental fitness aspect is even harder. He stated that, for many, the job doesn’t stop when they leave the station; many firefighters take the job home with them. Being a fireman requires not just physical strength, but mental strength as well.

Bill Donoho is a firefighter, engineer, and paramedic for the City of Kingsport, and he is a true hero within his community. Donoho works hard both on and off the clock to help make Kingsport a better, safer place. He not only values his job, but believes in the difference he is making to improve his community and to help those in need.
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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.”

KATS has significant increase in ridership over last five years

KATS has significant increase in ridership over last five years

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Kingsport Senior Center - The Fun Begins at 50!



Kingsport Senior Center: The Fun Begins at 50!

Kingsport, TN – The Kingsport Senior Center is a community resource dedicated to enriching the quality of life for area seniors. It is reserved for those aged 50 years young and up. The National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) accredited the Kingsport Senior Center in May of 2015. The Kingsport Senior Center joins only seven other centers in the State of Tennessee in national accreditation.

The main facility includes a fitness center, computer lab, pottery workshop with three kilns, basketball courts, shuffleboard, billiards room and a workshop. There are seven branch sites that senior center members can take advantage of in the Kingsport area.

NEW! Colonial Heights Baptist Church           NEW! Bloomingdale Baptist Church
108 Colonial Heights Rd, Kingsport                3220 Bloomingdale Pike, Kingsport

Forest Ridge Manor                                        Lynn View
1252 Bloomingdale Pike, Kingsport                257 Walker Street, Kingsport

V.O. Dobbins Community Center                   Kingsport Aquatic Center
301 Louis Street, Kingsport                             1820 Meadowview Parkway, Kingsport

First Broad Street United Methodist Church
100 E Church Circle, Kingsport

Membership
For those interested in joining the Senior Center, you must be at least 50 years of age. If you’re a Kingsport city resident, the cost is $25/year. For Sullivan County residents, the cost is $45.00/year. For out of county residents, the cost is $70/year. Your membership is free if you have Silver Sneakers through your insurance company. If you’d like to join the Senior Center, please stop by and register. For questions, please call 423-392-8402.

Locations & Hours
The Kingsport Renaissance Center serves as the main site for the Senior Center. It’s located at 1200 E. Center Street. The Senior Center hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Senior Center has a branch site that also houses program and activities. The Lynn View site, located at 257 Walker Street, is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Other local sites are also used for specific events and will be noted in event information.

Activities
Many programs are held at the Senior Center and other sites. Roughly 150 programs are available every week, including classes, seminars, and special events. A few of the classes members can take advantage of are basic tai-chi, strength training, volleyball, Zumba fitness, and meditation. Various programs offered to members include quilting, beginning clay, basket weaving, shuffleboard, rook and karaoke!

The Senior Center also offers trips for its members. On October 7, the Senior Center will take a trip to Fairview, North Carolina, to the Fall Festival and Farm Tour in Hickory Nut Gap Farm. On November 11, the outing will be to the Dan’l Boone Inn and shopping at the Mast General Store in Boone, North Carolina. On November 15, the Senior Center will take a trip to Sevierville, Tennessee.

If the Kingsport Senior Center sounds like the place for you or a family member, feel free to stop by and check it out. If you have questions, please call 423-392-8402.

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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.”


Dobyns-Bennett High School Makes Newsweek America’s Top High Schools 2016: Beating the Odds


Dobyns-Bennett High School Makes Newsweek America's Top High Schools 2016: Beating the Odds

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Dobyns-Bennett High School has been named by Newsweek magazine as one of America's Top High Schools 2016: Beating the Odds.

Only 500 public high schools were included on the Newsweek America's Top High Schools 2016: Beating the Odds list out of more than 24,500 public high schools in the country. The "Beating the Odds" list seeks to identify schools that do an excellent job of preparing their students for college while effectively supporting students facing challenges such as economic disadvantages.

Newsweek collaborated with Westate to produce the 2016 rankings. Each year, the methodology has been fine-tuned slightly, but stayed true to the following factors that have proven to be the best indicators of college readiness: graduation rates, participation in college-level classes via Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, and acceptance into a two- or four-year college.

All data submitted was from the 2014-2015 school year. Schools are ranked in two (2) steps: Threshold Analysis: a high school achievement index is created based on performance indicators (i.e., proficiency rates on state standardized assessments) using data reported by states to EDFacts at the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking Analysis: schools are then surveyed that meet the threshold criteria to obtain in-depth data on the following college readiness indicators: Number of counselor FTE; college acceptance and enrollment; SAT and ACT participation and performance; AP/IB/AICE participation and performance, and dual enrollments. The equity analysis was dropped for the 2016 rankings due to limitations in the EDfacts data. Review the full methodology.

Dobyns-Bennett High School is ranked 316 among the 500 U.S. High Schools.

"We are extremely proud that Dobyns-Bennett has once again been recognized as one of America's top high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine," said Dr. Lyle Ailshie, Kingsport City Schools Superintendent. "I believe this recognition is a true testament of the hard work of our students, faculty and staff. Providing the opportunity for all students, regardless of economic status, to have a world education and prepare to be successful in college is of the upmost importance."

This is the ninth time D-B has been named to a Newsweek Top High School list. The lists were published in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 and now 2016. In 2014 The Daily Beast published their own listing. Nine (9) Tennessee schools were ranked on the 2016 listing. Complete listing of the 500.

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 7,300 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).


John Sevier Middle School Principal Named a 2016 National Distinguished Principal




John Sevier Middle School Principal Named a 2016 National Distinguished Principal

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Dr. Holly Flora, John Sevier Middle School Principal, is among 58 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation and abroad who have been named as 2016 National Distinguished Principals (NDP) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). The NDPs will be honored today, Oct. 7 at an awards banquet at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of a two-day program.

Established in 1984, the National Distinguished Principals program recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. The principals will also have the opportunity to share best practices. The 58 principal honorees are selected by NAESP state affiliates and by committees representing private and overseas schools. 

"This is an outstanding accomplishment for Dr. Flora and for Kingsport City Schools," said Dr. Lyle Ailshie, Kingsport City Schools Superintendent. "We applaud Dr. Flora's leadership and dedication to the students and staff of KCS.  Our community is fortunate to have her as an integral part of our leadership team."

In May 2016 Flora was named a 2016 Tennessee National Distinguished Principal. She is serving in her second year as principal at John Sevier Middle School.  Prior to that, she served as principal at Jackson Elementary School and as KCS System-Wide Literacy Coordinator.  During her time at Jackson, the school was designated as being in the top five percent in the state for performance, as measured by overall student achievement levels, and for year-over-year progress, as measured by school-wide value-added data.  Before her administrative roles, Dr. Flora taught at both Lincoln Elementary School and Washington Elementary School. In addition, she is a current Tennessee Principals Association board member and has served in several leadership roles since 2012 including vice president, president elect, present and past president.

"This recognition is a reflection of the hard work of all of those with whom I have had the privilege to work," said Flora. "I am fortunate to work in a school district with colleagues who go to work each day and strive toward a shared vision for students that is better than our current reality. I have also worked alongside phenomenal teachers a both Jackson Elementary and at John Sevier Middle School who are determined to make a positive difference in the lives of students. The support that we receive from our community and from families is inspiring and it empowers and equips the educators of Kingsport to provide a world-class education for all students."
NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly congratulated the class of outstanding principals, noting their significant influence on the students, schools, and communities they serve. "Principals are uniquely positioned to impact the academic, social, and emotional success of all students," she said. "These exceptional leaders have proven their commitment to providing a high-quality, well-rounded education in their schools. The National Distinguished Principals program recognizes these well-deserving principals for their extraordinary passion, dedication, and contribution to their schools, their students, and their communities."
Flora received two undergraduate degrees from Milligan College, achieving a Bachelor of Science degree in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She received a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), and a Doctor of Education from ETSU in Educational Leadership and Policy.
It is particularly fitting to acknowledge the work of principals in October because it is National Principals Month, which was established to recognize and honor the contributions of school principals and assistant principals toward the success of the nation's students, and encourage awareness of their significance. A list of the 2016 NDPs and their biographical information can be found here.
The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), founded in 1921, is a professional organization serving elementary and middle school principals and other education leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas. For more information on the National Distinguished Principals Award Program visit naesp.org.
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 7,300 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).


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.