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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Press Release: New Kingsport Academic Village Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Heather Cook

423-502-0541

heathercook@kingsporttn.gov

New Kingsport Academic Village Website

 

Kingsport, TN – Tennessee’s best higher education opportunities are all in one location – The Academic Village in downtown Kingsport. Through the collaboration efforts of the City of Kingsport, Northeast State, Milligan College, Lincoln Memorial University, East Tennessee State University and King University, individuals can take classes and earn their degrees from these participating colleges.

 

The best and most current place to find information about The Academic Village is their newly launched website – www.kingsportacademicvillage.com. Through this site, potential students can decide which college is the best fit along with learning about the degree programs, classes required, and what classes are offered.

 

Classes are held at The Kingsport Academic Village, a 6 building, $12 million, 54,000-square-foot facility. With lecture halls, computer labs, engineering labs and more, students will be able to get the education and degree they want with the best and most up-to-date equipment.

 

For more information, please visit www.kingsportacademicvillage.com.

 

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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 3,500 acre 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

 

 

Press Release: Highlighting Heroes - Steve Hightower: Mechanic to Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Steve Hightower

423-224-2434

stevehightower@kingsporttn.gov

Mechanic to Manager: A Lesson in Change

Loyalty is what Steve Hightower knows. Leadership is what he does.

 

Kingsport, TN – From his roots as a mechanic to his past twenty years as a manager, Steve knows that change is a must. For Kingsport, Steve creates positive change that yields efficiencies, time and time again.

 

Steve is the Fleet Maintenance Manager for the City of Kingsport. This department keeps fire trucks, police cruisers, snowplows and all of public works’ vehicles running smoothly.

 

With 37 years of on the job, Steve continues to find innovative ways to increase productivity in his department.

 

During his time as manager, the fleet department received these recognitions:

·         Top 100 Green Fleets Nationwide – given to those who use alternative fuels for city vehicles

·         Emissions Reduction Award – given by the Governor for the State of Tennessee,

·         1-star certified green fleet award – also given by the State of Tennessee

 

In order to receive these recognitions, Steve and his department works hard to improve all city vehicles. “These awards shows us, and the tax payers, that we are going in the right direction,” explained Hightower.

 

The “green” fleet is now over 40 vehicles, which has reduced fuel costs 34% in the last year. Currently, the city is saving $1 per gallon by using propane instead of gasoline.

Steve’s dedication to his job allows him to feel a sense of pride in what his department has accomplished through this recognition and others like it.

 

From his early days as a mechanic, Steve understands the importance of his job. When asked what his department does, Hightower responded, “It’s our job to make sure all of the departments can provide services to the city.”

 

Often Steve and his team’s work is not seen by the public. However, their role in the community is undoubtedly important.

 

Inspiring Steve is simple. “The opportunity to make sure that any fire truck or police car is getting where it needs to go at any time to ensure safety. They can get their job done because of the work we do.”

 

For more information about Steve, please visit www.kingsporttn.gov.

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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 3,500 acre 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

 

 

Friday, December 09, 2016

Press Release: Waterline Work on Havenmore Drive & Moreland Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hank Clabaugh

423-229-9324

hankclabaugh@kingsporttn.gov

 

Waterline Work – Havenmore (Woodhaven) Dr & Moreland Dr

 

Kingsport, TN – As part of the City of Kingsport’s ongoing process of utility improvements in the Colonial Heights area, waterline and fire hydrant installation work will occur on Havenmore (Woodhaven) Drive beginning at the intersection with Moreland Drive from December 12 until December 23.

 

Merkel Brothers/Franklin Construction will be the contractor performing this work for the City. 

 

The construction zones and detours will be marked by signs.  Drivers are asked to slow down and use caution in the area during this time. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Hank Clabaugh with the City of Kingsport Engineering Division at 423-229-9324 or hankclabaugh@kingsporttn.gov.

 

Thanks for your cooperation during this improvement process.

 

For more information, please visit the ‘Notices & Outages’ page on www.kingsporttn.gov.

 

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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 3,500 acre 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

 

 

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Press Release: Make Your Own Jewelry and Frosty Snowmen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

423-392-8415

bethestep@kingsporttn.gov

 

Upcoming Holiday Workshops at Art in the Heart Gallery

 

Kingsport, TN – Come make your own art at the Art in the Heart Gallery! Check out the classes below.

 

Fused Glass Pendants

Make your own jewelry in the form of glass pendants on December 8 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All supplies are provided and the cost is $50.

 

Instructor Karen Hitchcock has over 12 years’ experience and will help you create up to 10 pendants that you can keep or give as gifts to friends and family.

 

Make Your Own Frosty Snowmen

With the help of the Art in the Heart Gallery and a Frosty Men Workshop, you’ll have three frosty snowmen to decorate your home. All supplies are provided and the cost is $50.

 

Instructor Joy Smith, a master basket weaver, will teach this unique basket class on December 10 at 10:00 a.m. Participants will weave two basket sculptures and receive materials to complete a third at home.

 

The Art in the Heart Gallery is located at 246 Broad Street, Kingsport. For more information about this class, please visit www.engagekingsport.com or call 423-480-9702.

 

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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 3,500 acre 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

 

 

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.