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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Kingsport business incubator welcomes Flow MedTech

http://www.timesnews.net/Business/2017/01/28/Business-incubator-welcomes-new-tenant

Downtown Kingsport's Lamplight Theatre expanding

http://www.greenevillesun.com/entertainment/lamplight-theatre-announces-expansion-and-grand-opening/article_16632bec-5554-5795-880e-437fa5956a0a.html

$12 million private medical facility coming to Kingsport

http://wjhl.com/2017/01/27/12-million-psychiatric-hospital-coming-to-kingsport/

Kingsport's new housing options hope to retain/attract millenials

http://wjhl.com/2017/01/26/new-housing-options-coming-to-northeast-tn-in-hopes-of-bringing-millennials-to-area/

Upgrades, new apartments coming to Kingsport's MeadowView area

http://wjhl.com/2017/01/26/upgrades-new-apartment-complex-coming-to-enterprise-place-in-kingsport/

Bristol moves forward with plans to partner with Kingsport, Sullivan on Animal Shelter

http://www.wcyb.com/news/bristol-tenn-moves-forward-with-plans-to-partner-with-sbk-animal-shelter/293188910

NETWORKS CEO finds his purpose after battling life threatening illness

http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/networks-ceo-finds-his-purpose-after-battling-life-threatening-illness/article_91a87a12-32b2-589a-a2da-bc8272d99a59.html

Kingsport, Sullivan partner to hire employees for Kingsport Lifesaving Crew

http://wjhl.com/2017/01/24/kingsport-lifesaving-crew-struggling-for-volunteers-bma-hiring-employees-to-help/

Quebec-based cookie maker investing $50m in new Tennessee plant

Quebec-based cookie maker Leclerc investing $50M in new Tennessee plant

Company buying 110,000 sq. ft. facility in Kingsport, Tenn., plans to hire 100 workers over the next three years

http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/manufacturing/quebec-cookie-maker-leclerc-investing-50m-in-new-tennessee-plant-182504/

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership listed in Top 5 for Aerospace Sector



NETWORKS listed in Expansion Solutions Top 5 For Aerospace Sector
BLOUNTVILLE — The NETWORKS — Sullivan Partnership has been recognized as one of the most desirable destinations for aerospace and aviation ...

Kingsport Board of Education Meeting Notes - January 3, 2017


The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Several key items were discussed, including:
·         A report on the Transition School-to-Work Program at Dobyns-Bennett High School;
·         Recognition of the Johnson Elementary School first grade student whose artwork was chosen for the KCS 2016 holiday card;
·         Recognition of the John Sevier Middle School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams for winning 2016 State Championships;
·         Recognition of Dobyns-Bennett football coach Graham Clark for his induction into the 2016 Tennessee Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame;
·         Recognition of the Dobyns-Bennett Marching Band for their outstanding performance in 2016, including a finals appearance in the Bands of America Grand National Championship;
·         Consideration and approval of thirty-three KCS teachers for tenure;
·         Approval of Honors and Advanced Placement courses for 2017-2018;
·         Approval of E-Rate processing and consulting services agreement for 2017-2018;
·         Approval of an amendment to the 2016-17 KCS Budget;
·         Consideration and approval of a professional services agreement regarding a facility assessment and plans related to renovations to the current Sullivan North High School;
·         Consideration and approval of revisions to KCS Board of Education policies;
·         Approval of a request to exclude fall semester 2016 End of Course exam scores from calculation of final grades.
Click here to view the full meeting notes.  Have a great evening!

-Andy

Andy True
Assistant Superintendent - Administration
Kingsport City Schools
400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 200
Kingsport, TN  37660

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Kingsport Blog

Library relocates children's section for construction

http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2016/12/28/Library-relocates-children-s-section-for-construction.html?ci=stream&lp=3&p=1

Sullivan Partnership CEO named president of Tennessee Economic Partnership

http://www.timesnews.net/Business/2016/12/27/Walker-elected-2017-chair-of-Tennessee-Economic-Partnership.html?ci=stream&lp=5&p=

Kingsport planning new road

http://wjhl.com/2017/01/03/kingsport-planning-new-road-to-reduce-traffic-at-busy-intersection-but-some-homes-and-businesses-will-be-removed/

Keep Kingsport Beautiful has award-winning year

http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2017/01/02/Keep-Kingsport-Beautiful-has-productive-busy-year

JC Circus Arts rebranding, expanding to Downtown Kingsport

http://wjhl.com/2017/01/02/jc-circus-arts-rebranding-expanding-to-downtown-kingsport/

BMA Highlights December 20, 2016




BMA Highlights for December 20, 2016 Meeting
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BMA Highlights

From the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.
Bobby Harmon
L to R: Alderman Segelhorst, Bobbie Harmon, Cynthia Harmon, Robert Harmon
Bobbie Harmon Wins Award of Merit
Bobby Harmon recently received the Award of Merit from TN Chapter of American Public Works Association. The Award of Merit is a state-wide award given annually at the TCAPWA Conference. The Award of Merit recognizes the dedicated service of the public works personnel at the operations level who perform responsibilities in an exceptionally efficient and courteous manner.

Harmon, who has been employed by the city for nearly 39 years, is a foreman who oversees sewer maintenance. The city consistently receive notes, letters, phone calls, and emails about the exemplary work completed by Harmon and his crews. Even more impressive is the fact that these customers are usually experiencing one of the worst issues anyone could face in their house or on their property, sewer backup. The fact that these customers take time out of their day to show appreciation proves the dedication that he has, and the example he has set for those who work alongside him.

Congrats Bobby!
#GatlingburgStrong
Kingsport Fire Dept #GatlinburgStrong
On November 28, our friends and neighbors in Gatlinburg, TN sent out the call for help containing a wildfire that had spread throughout their community. Kingsport is blessed with a great group of firefighters who were willing to answer that call.

The first call went out at 7:17 p.m. on Monday evening and only 13 minutes later at 7:30 p.m, a team of five firefighters and an engine truck were already in place and heading to help. A new crew of five or 6 firefighters was sent every night for the next four nights. They worked 24-30 hours before a crew arrived to relieve them. All Kingsport firefighters returned home by December 3rd.

The Kingsport Fire Dept. had a total of 825 man hours assisting. They worked search/rescue efforts, fought fires, and assisted with clean-up operations.

We're very proud to have such an altruistic and selfless fire department. Thank you Kingsport Fire Department!


Scott Boyd
Scott Boyd serves as the "District Coordinator for Mutual Aid" covering 8 counties and includes all fire departments and rescue squads. When Gatlinburg sent the call for help in battling a wild fire in their community, he immediately took action. He coordinated and sent crews/vehicles to assist by working closely with TEMA (TN Emergency Management Agency).

He worked tirelessly to coordinate deploying firefighters and apparatus going to Gatlinburg from Station 1. He fielded over 300 calls to set up the teams for deployment and handled over 1,000 calls weekly. He left for Gatlinburg to help on Thursday December 1st and returned late on December 2nd.

Thank you Scott for your dedication and hard work!


For more information on the Kingsport Fire Department helping Gatlinburg, please click here.
Kingsport Jaycees Bring New Life to Nativity Scene
The Kingsport Jaycees is the civic group responsible for putting the nativity scene up and taking it down since 1966, as well as maintaining its upkeep. Last year, the group launched a full-scale refurbishing project to fix and enhance the current scene characters to their original glory.

Through community members and the Jaycee partners, the project was a huge success. Thank you Debbie Waggoner and team. Take a drive through Church Circle and check out their amazing work!

APPOINTMENTS
  • None
A. PUBLIC HEARINGS APPROVED 7-0
  • Annual Annexation Plan of Services Report (all on schedule)
B. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FIRST READING APPROVED 7-0
  • $649,286 to improve Enterprise Place for The Retreat apartments
  • $2,327,819 for Colonial Heights Water/Sewer Phase IV
    • Area between middle school, Fort Henry Drive & I-81                             
  • Approve agreement and hire 3 firefighters for Kingsport Lifesaving Crew
C. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FINAL ADOPTION APPROVED 7-0
  • 1392 Ridgecrest Avenue annexation (by request)
  • $120,000 for Rolling Drive waterline installation
  • $1,000 donation from GRC & Cain Rash West to Library
  • $2,285 grant from FM Global to Fire Department
  • Streamlined construction permitting through QLP program
  • Enterprise Place (postponed to future meeting)
  • FY17 City Budget Adjustment
    • $71,080 to renovate space for detectives, update jail control room with desks/consoles and surveillance cameras
    • $1,000 donation from Hunter Wright for Centennial Park
    • $53,085 from Visitor's Enhancement fund to Brickyard Park Shade Structures Project
    • $13,186 to Centennial Project from closed projects
    • $14,002 to Higher Education Maintenance/Improvements from City Hall project
  • FY Schools Budget Adjustment
    • $30,265 increase to estimated revenue for Other Local Revenue from TN SCORE supplemental funding for K-2 literacy program
    • $9,925 decrease to estimated revenue for Special Education High  costs to match the actual amount received
 D.OTHER BUSINESS 
  • Renew utility easements on Army property (Ridgefields area)
  • Sewer easement with CSX Railroad on Lincoln Street
  • Agreement with Cartegraph for data hosting (Public Works)
  • $142,735 for ongoing MeadowView renovations (in budget)
  • Authorize redevelopment incentive for The Blake at Riverbend
  • $80,000 contract for odor & corrosion control at sewer lift stations
  • $51,766 annual contract with TDOT for transportation planning (MTPO)
  • Amend MeadowView hotel contract extending room revenue sharing
  • Authorize KEDB to negotiate an incentive for 50 jobs at Sheridan Square
  • Retroactive approval of architect/engineering services for KATS
  • Authorize KEDB to negotiate an incentive for mall redevelopment
CONSENT AGENDA
  • Apply for grant from Arts Commission
  • Grant certificates of compliance for 9 package stores
  • Approve Tri-Cities Joint Legislative Agenda
In Case You Missed It...
Christmas Poem
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from OneKingsport.
Highlighting Heroes: Steve Hightower
NEXT BMA WORK SESSION -- Tuesday, January 17, 2016, 4:00pm, City Hall
- OneKingsport Update
- Sevier Terrace Update
- Audit, Sales Tax, Wellness Clinic, Safety, Projects Status


NEXT BMA MEETING -- Tuesday, January 17, 2016, 7:00pm, City Hall
- Watch live on Charter Channel 192
- Watch live on our website here


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BMA Highlights December 6, 2016





BMA Highlights for December 6, 2016 Meeting
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From the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
Together for Tomorrow
Together for Tomorrow Partnership Initiative 
Dr. Lyle Ailshie provided information regarding the 'Together for Tomorrow' partnership initiative. The effort launched in 2015 with Kingsport City Schools, Bristol TN City Schools and Sullivan County Department of Education on a mission to work together to partner in education to expand opportunities for all students. Through this unprecedented collaboration, our school systems propose a reconfiguration of educational facilities -- including some new construction -- that will result in the sharing of resources and educational spaces as well as a significant enrichment of curriculum and programs. 

For more information, please click here for the presentation. 
City Manager for a Day
L to R: Jacob Mullins and Jeff Fleming  
City Manager for a Day
The purpose of 'City Manager for a Day' is to encourage young students, with an interest in some form of government, to have an opportunity to learn more about the city and how it works.

Jacob Mullins, from Robinson Middle School spent the afternoon with our law enforcement, as he has an interest there, and City Manager Jeff Fleming. He then had dinner with the Board of Mayor and Aldermen at Chef's (a before meeting tradition). Finally, he led the pledge of allegiance and participated in the BMA meeting. 

Jacob Mullins is in 8th grade and has achieved a perfect 4.0 throughout his academic career. He also has received the academic excellence award every year, the Citizenship award for both 6th and 7th grade and the Spanish award.

He is preparing for a career in medicine or jurisprudence and possibly politics. Jacob lives in Kingsport and had a great experience being city manager for a day!
AARP Recognition
L to R: Mayor Clark, Margot Seay, and Bucky Seay
AARP Age-Friendly Community National Recognition
National Volunteer Rep for AARP, Margot Seay, is very proud that Kingsport was named one of only 121 communities in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities in the US and the first one in the state of Tennessee. To receive this recognition, Kingsport had to demonstrate its adaptability to an aging US population. Features such as walkable streets, better housing and transportation and the opportunity for residents to participate in community activities are just a few examples of why Kingsport is a great place for aging residents.

Thanks for your dedication Margot!
To read more about the AARP Recognition, please click here.
Tom Segelhorst attended the BMA work session on December 5, 2016 as the alderman fulfilling Michele Mitchell's seat. Segelhorst's term will end in June 2017. Welcome back Alderman Segelhorst! 
APPOINTMENTS APPROVED 6-0 (Segelhorst abstained)
  • Reappointments to E-911 Board
    • Eddie Wampler
    • Mary Margaret Denton
A. PUBLIC HEARINGS APPROVED 7-0
  • 1392 Ridgecrest Avenue annexation (by request)
B. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FIRST READING APPROVED 7-0
  • $120,000 for Rolling Drive waterline installation
  • $1,000 donation from GRC & Cain Rash West to Library
  • $2,285 grant from FM Global to Fire Department
  • Streamlined construction permitting through QLP program
  • Enterprise Place (postponed to future meeting)
  • FY17 City Budget Adjustment
    • $71,080 to renovate space for detectives, update jail control room with desks/consoles and surveillance cameras
    • $1,000 donation from Hunter Wright for Centennial Park
    • $53,085 from Visitor's Enhancement fund to Brickyard Park Shade Structures Project
    • $13,186 to Centennial Project from closed projects
    • $14,002 to Higher Education Maintenance/Improvements from City Hall project
  • FY Schools Budget Adjustment
    • $30,265 increase to estimated revenue for Other Local Revenue from TN SCORE supplemental funding for K-2 literacy program
    • $9,925 decrease to estimated revenue for Special Education High  costs to match the actual amount received
C. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FINAL ADOPTION APPROVED 7-0
  • $696,396 for miscellaneous annexation utility improvements 
  • $23,225,000 Public Improvement Bonds (Series 2016) 
General Fund
Streets: Local Road Improvements - $3,800,000
Facilities Maintenance: School Buildings - $750,000
Transit: Bus Garage Grant - $400,000
Transit: Transit Center - $376,300
Bays Mountain: Dam Repair - $370,000

Parks: General Park Improvements - $350,000
Fountain for Centennial Park - $350,000
Facilities Maintenance: City Buildings - $330,000
Library Improvements: Small Starts #2 of 5 - $250,000
Bays Mountain: Road Stabilization - $230,000
Parks: Lynn View Site Improvements - $200,000
Greenbelt: Greenbelt TDOT Match - 185,000
Public Works Mowing Equipment - $170,000
Allandale: Repair and Maintenance - $130,000
Greenbelt: Greenbelt Improvements - $100,000
Streets: Sidewalk Extensions and Repairs - $100,000
Fire: Ladder Truck Equipment - $85,000
Fire: Firehouse Software Upgrade - $75,000
Fire: Generator for Station 5 - $45,000
Streets: Grounds Vehicle Holdover Replacement - $40,000
Traffic: Flashing Yellow Upgrade Program - $40,000

Total - $8,376,300

Project Inspire/Reinvest
MeadowView Renovations: 20th Anniversary - $3,500,000

Water
Master Plan water upgrades - $1,730,000
Water treatment plant facility improvements - $1,200,000
Tri-County tank replacement - $600,000
Total - $3,530,000

Sewer
Colonial Heights sewer extension phase 5 - $2,500,000
Wastewater treatment equalization basin - $810,000
West Kingsport sewer lift station replacement - $4,140,000

Total - $7,450,000

 D.OTHER BUSINESS 
  • Amend Resolution No. 2017-082 (fix minor typo) APPROVED 7-0
  • $138,843 for Bar Screen rebuild at Wastewater Plant APPROVED 7-0
  • Renew self-funded health fund excess insurance coverage APPROVED 7-0
  • $120,824 for two high-top passenger vans for KATS APPROVED 7-0
  • Reject bids for two 22 passenger mini buses for KATS APPROVED 7-0
  • Letter of Intent for City-County Schools Facilities Plan APPROVED 5-2 (George, Olterman nay)
CONSENT AGENDA
  • None
In Case You Missed It...
State of the City - 2016 Year in Review
New Years Eve Signature Centennial Event
NEXT BMA WORK SESSION -- Monday, December 19, 2016, 4:30pm, City Hall
- Keep Kingsport Beautiful
- NETWORKS
- Legislative Packet
- Sales Tax, Wellness Clinic, Safety, Projects Status


NEXT BMA MEETING -- Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 7:00pm, City Hall
- Watch live on Charter Channel 192
- Watch live on our website here


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Kingsport, Tennessee 37660

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Kingsport Blog
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.