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Friday, April 21, 2017

May 16 - Long Range Transportation Plan - Public Meeting



Long Range Transportation Plan Public Meeting
Kingsport Public Library, 400 Broad Street, Kingsport, Mead Auditorium. The Kingsport Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) is ...

Holston Army Ammunition Plant celebrates 75 years



Holston Army Ammunition celebrates 75 years with tree planting
A special ceremony was held today to honor 75-years of operation at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant. Three trees were planted and dedicated ...
  

Kingsport - connect with Your GOVernment on your smartphone



YourGOV
YourGOV is an innovative citizen request application that allows community members to conveniently report non-emergency issues and service ...

Tri-Cities Aerospace Park starts to taxi forward



Aerospace Park starts to taxi forward
BLOUNTVILLE — Airport Authority commissioners passed financial and environmental initiatives on Thursday related to the Tri-Cities Airport's ...

Kingsport history lovers will LOVE this!

I love creating and hanging exhibits. It satisfies my former art teacher-self
while challenging my current archivist-self. So, when the Exchange Place Living
History Farm invited me to create the first archival exhibit for their new
museum, I said "Let's do this," followed by, "Yikes!"

You may view the latest post at
http://archives.roueche.org/?p=3904

Warmly,
Kari

A new landmark for downtown Kingsport

http://wjhl.com/2017/04/18/new-sign-unveiled-to-help-celebrate-kingsports-centennial/

Winners announced for "Visit & Renew" your Kingsport spirit

http://wjhl.com/2017/04/18/funfest-visit-and-renew-your-kingsport-spirit-contest-winners-announced/

Dobyns-Bennett Air Force Junior ROTC Exceeds Standards in Unit Evaluation Results




KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Dobyns-Bennett High School Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets earned an overall unit assessment score of "Exceeds Standards," the highest rating attainable, during a recent Unit Evaluation conducted by Headquarters Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps representative, Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) R. Wayne Barron on March 20, 2017.

"Achieving a rating of 'Exceeds Standards' is no small feat - it takes a team effort and lots of hard work," wrote Scott Lewis, Colonel (Retired), United States Air Force in his congratulatory letter to Colonel Eric Vogt, US Air Force (Retired) and Dobyns-Bennett Senior Aerospace Science Instructor. "Both of these attributes were evident throughout the course of this assessment. Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Barron, was extremely impressed with your program - from the dedication and commitment of your fellow instructor (Angelo Pellitteri, Senior Master Sergeant, US Air Force (Retired) and D-B Aerospace Science Instructor) to the professionalism and ownership displayed by the cadet corps. Your program defines the term 'successful unit' and establishes the benchmark for others to follow," he added.

In addition, Cadet Colonel Willow Hunley-Bota and Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Toscany Cope, both former Cadet Squadron Commanders, were recognized as being the top cadets at Dobyns-Bennett and were awarded the national level "Top Performer" Award by the Air Force Inspector. Current Cadet Squadron Commander Cadet Major Sydney McDougal was commended for her outstanding performance during the inspection. 

The purpose of the visit was to evaluate the performance of the AF JROTC unit and to assess compliance with public law, Department of Defense and Air Force Instructions, and the written agreement which exists between Kingsport City Schools and the Air Force that governs the proper operation of the unit. Inspections are conducted every four years.

The unit is now eligible to compete for the Distinguished Unit with Merit Award for 2016-2017, which is only awarded to the top ten percent of AF JROTC units in the world.

"Our cadets performed magnificently in the past three years since the last inspection and particularly so in the lead-up to the inspection last week," said Colonel Vogt. "Their hard work and attention to detail paid off and was recognized by HQ AF JROTC Inspector, Chief Master Sgt. (Retired) Wayne Barron."

For the current school year, D-B Cadets have performed over 2,200 community service hours to date and collected over 5,900 pounds of food for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Since the D-B AF JROTC program was established in 2006, over 500 D-B students have participated in at least one semester. Of the D-B cadets who were active all four years, approximately nine percent joined the office or enlisted ranks of the Armed Services. Of those cadets, one is currently at the US Air Force Academy and one attended the US Coast Guard Midshipman

This year's D-B AF JROTC graduates include cadets planning to join the US Naval Academy (Meaghan Allen) and the US Merchant Marine Academy (Willow Hunely-Bota). 

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, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,500 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 FM, The 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





--
Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Highlighting Heroes - Nancy Fender

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Heather Cook
423-502-0541
heathercook@kingsporttn.gov
Highlighting Heroes: Nancy Fender-First Responder in Kingsport
Her job is to get help to the citizens of Kingsport whenever they need it most.

Kingsport, TN – Nancy Fender is the communications supervisor for the City of Kingsport. She leads the team of 18 dispatchers that respond to all 911 calls. Nancy makes sure emergency responders and residents get critical information during an emergency.

Nancy oversees the department that encourages the citizens of Kingsport to feel safe and protected, but her job entails much more than that. Her responsibilities include training operators, troubleshooting technology and keeping detailed operator call records. She works as city liaison to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, informing them of statewide issues and concerns. Nancy is always working to make the city a safer place.
Over 29 years with this department, Nancy has witnessed a lot of changes take place. She could recall one change in particular that lead to the most memorable moment in her career.

“In 1991, dispatch decided to start training responders on what to do during basic medical emergency situations,” explained Nancy. “This new training gave us the ability to help callers with CPR or emergency first aid instructions until paramedics got onto the scene.”

Two weeks after completing her training, Nancy took a call that would put her training into action – a woman was giving birth and needed help.

“After asking a few questions it became clear that the birth was happening immediately,” recalled Nancy. She stayed on the phone with the woman, gave her instructions and helped ensure her daughter and new grandson made it safely through the birth.

“I’ll never forget that experience. I helped bring a new life into the world, and probably saved the mother’s life in the process.”

To everyone she works with, Nancy’s pride and commitment to her position in the city is obvious. Her leadership, dedication, and compassion have earned her statewide recognition. Her outstanding work has earned her the award for the Telecommunications Supervisor of the Year for the state of Tennessee. Nancy goes ‘above and beyond’ her duties to help the people of Kingsport whenever she can.

Nancy Fender is one of many emergency dispatchers all over the country who work tirelessly to help people around them. In recognition of their efforts, April 9 – 15 is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

This weeklong period is a time to celebrate and thank people who dedicate their lives to serving the public, like Nancy. To find out more about National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, please visit www.npstw.org.

For more on Nancy Fender, visit the Highlighting Heroes section on the www.kingsporttn.gov homepage.
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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
225 W. Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
www.kingsporttn.gov


2017 Teachers of the Year


KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Kingsport City Schools has announced its 2017 district-level Teachers of the Year. Todd Wagner (grades Pre-K–4), Marsha Buck (grades 5–8), and Joanna Nash (grades 9–12) are this year's award winners.

Todd Wagner, a kindergarten teacher at John Adams Elementary School, is the district winner for grades Pre-K–4. Wagner is in his seventeenth year with Kingsport City Schools. During his career, he has served as literacy teacher leader, core coach for social studies, regional content coach for Pre-K–Kindergarten numeracy, a member of leadership teams at John Adams and Thomas Jefferson elementary schools, and a mentor for student teachers and new teachers. He has also been named a teacher of the month by Milligan College and radio station WTFM.

"The culture of Mr. Wagner's classroom is built upon a belief system that all students can achieve at high levels. This is evident as soon as you enter his Kindergarten classroom," said Adams Principal Mrs. Christy Free. "I have had the opportunity to see firsthand the impact Mr. Wagner's instructional leadership has on our students. Students are held accountable for their learning and they demonstrate skills that will support them in the 21st century learning environment. Mr. Wagner is very deserving of this recognition and to represent Kingsport City Schools as Teacher of the Year."

Marsha Buck, an eighth grade science teacher at Ross N. Robinson Middle School, is the district winner for grades 5–8. Buck has a total of sixteen years of teaching experience, and eight in her present position. She has served on the Robinson teacher leadership team, as a district teacher leader in science and as department chair in science for multiple years. She has been a member of the statewide science textbook adoption committee, a member of the KCS Teacher Leader Academy, and served as a State TN CORE Coach for Literacy in Science. Buck has been named Teacher of the Year at John Sevier Middle School (2007) and Robinson Middle School (2014), also being named a district-level Teacher of the Year in 2014. She is the current coach for the Science Olympiad team at Robinson, was selected to serve on Governor Bill Haslam's Teacher Cabinet, and was appointed by Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey to serve on the State Science Standards Review Committee.

Buck has also been named a First CORE Region Teacher of the Year finalist and will advance to competition in the State's grand division. Winners in the grand division will then advance to State-level competition for Tennessee Teacher of the Year.

"Ms. Buck is a leader who brings her 'A game' to the table every day," said Robinson Principal Mr. Brian Partin.  "She has successfully led student extension programs during the school year and summer that have been supportive of the STREAM initiative. Ms. Buck has also been instrumental in providing support and mentorship to her peers by serving on Governor Haslam's Teacher Cabinet and by leading professional development opportunities at the local, state and national levels. She values her role as an educator and we are blessed to have her as a teacher and leader in our school and district!"

Joanna Nash currently teaches 9th grade world history at Dobyns-Bennett High School and is in her sixteenth year as a teacher with Kingsport City Schools.  She is the district winner for grades 9–12. Nash has a total of 20 years of experience in education with both KCS and Bristol City Schools, having previously served as an instructional assistant, coordinator for the homeless education program, and coordinator for the coordinated school health program. While teaching middle school students, Nash was cheerleading coach and sponsor of the student council.  She has served as leader for the World History Team and coach for the Scholars' Bowl Team.  In addition, she has participated in the school climate committee, served as team leader for 5th grade at John Adams Elementary, taught a summer session on social studies content methods at Milligan College, and served as a KCS math teacher leader. She has also presented at numerous department in-service meetings and workshops. Nash is now organizing a trip to Europe which will provide a global learning experience for students and allow them to connect what they have learned in their world history classroom to the places and cultures studied.

"Mrs. Nash works very hard to create a learning environment that maximizes achievement for her students.  Her classes are engaging and students are equipped with the skills to apply what they have learned in very meaningful ways," said Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal Dr. Chris Hampton.  "She is also willing to roll up her sleeves to support and serve the school when and where other needs arise. Mrs. Nash is definitely a team player and an incredible asset to both our school and our system."

In addition to the three district winners, 2017 individual school winners are:

Grades Pre-K4
·         Michelle Carpenter, Pre-K Special Education, Palmer Center
·         Carla Casey, 2nd Grade, Jackson Elem.
·         Renee Polson, 1st Grade, Washington Elem. 
·         Ryan Robbins, Physical Education, Kennedy Elem.
·         Amy White, Kindergarten, Roosevelt Elem.

Grades 58
·         Jessica Chase, 5th Grade, Jefferson Elem.
·         Kathleen Donnellan, 7th Grade Language Arts, Sevier MS
·         Kristen Duncan, 6th Grade Language Arts, Sevier MS
·         Rachel Heaton, 6th Grade Language Arts, Robinson MS 
·         Heather Hobbs, 5th Grade, Johnson Elem.
·         William Miller, 5th Grade, Lincoln Elem.

Grades 912
·         Amanda Blackburn, Science, Dobyns-Bennett HS
·         Jimmy Burleson, Special Education, Dobyns-Bennett HS
·         Joshua French, Social Studies, Dobyns-Bennett HS
·         Jennifer Gilbertson, CTE, Dobyns-Bennett HS
·         Sam McCord, English, D-B EXCEL
·         Jenny Rogers, Music, Dobyns-Bennett HS

School and district-levels winners will be honored during the Kingsport Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Administrative Support Center, Tennessee Room, 400 Clinchfield Street, downtown Kingsport.

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, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,500 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 (TNCPE).

For more information on KCS, visit k12k.com, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FM, The 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




--
Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Dobyns-Bennett High School Recognized for High-Quality Music Education by NAMM Foundation


KINGSPORT, Tenn.Dobyns-Bennett High School (DBHS) has recently been named a 2017 Support Music Merit Award (SMMA) School, (Kingsport City Schools Music Department had been previously recognized as being among the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) in 2016) by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.

In cooperation with researchers at The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas and based on survey results, DBHS was one of 92 schools across the nation recognized in 2017, while Kingsport City Schools was one of 476 districts recognized in 2016. The awards program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Designations are given to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment to music education. These districts and schools set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education.

"Dobyns-Bennett has a long-standing tradition of excellence in music education," said Dobyns-Bennett High School Assistant Principal Richard Brown. "Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Choir, A Cappella Choir, String Orchestra, Music Technology, Advanced Placement Music Theory, and History of Rock are offered every year at D-B with over 800 students enrolled at any given time. Musical groups from Dobyns-Bennett have performed at numerous high-profile events throughout the United States and in several countries. Our students frequently earn All-State performance status and are awarded music scholarships from colleges and universities throughout the country."

The excellence and progress of the DBHS music department are led by teachers Ross Bader, Lafe Cook, Bryan Daniels, Patty Denmark, Ryan Gilbert, and Jenny Rogers.  The Dobyns-Bennett music program is supported by extraordinary middle school and elementary school music programs, led by teachers Rachel Cinnamon, Lydia Elam, Hensley Hefner, Kim Hutchinson, Debbie Johnson, Sandra Kerney, Carole Makowski, Angela Miller, Hunter Mullins, Shauna Slemp, Connie Treadway, Seth Wallingford, and Rachel Zollinger.  Dobyns-Bennett assistant principal and former music teacher Richard Brown serves as a supervisor and supporting administrative liaison for the Kingsport City Schools Music Department.

"Studying music has intrinsic benefits and, on its own, is core to learning.  Links between student success and music education have now been demonstrated by brain researchers in multiple studies," said Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation. "The schools and districts our foundation recognizes are building on that connection between music and academics. These schools and districts are models for other educators who see music as a key ingredient in a well-rounded curriculum that makes music available to all children."

A list of the 92 schools receiving the 2017 Support Music Merit Awards can be found here. A list of the 476 districts receiving the 2016 Best Communities for Music Education can be found here.

Founded in 2006, the NAMM Foundation represents the generosity and philanthropy of the music products industry. A supporting organization of NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, the NAMM Foundation is funded through trade association activities and donations.

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, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,500 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 (TNCPE).

For more information on KCS, visit k12k.com, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FM, The 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




--
Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Vendor Application Open for Christmas Connection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Beth Estep
423-392-8414
christmasconnection@kingsporttn.gov

OPEN CALL for Vendor Applications for 38th Annual Christmas Connection

Kingsport, TN – Calling all artists, artisans, creatives, and craftspeople of all trades! Applications are being taken for those wishing to exhibit in this 3-day event, which is by invitation only. All applications are reviewed by a selection committee, taking various factors into consideration in order to create a high quality, attractive show having a good mix of artistic creations.  Application deadline is July 1, 2017.  There is no cost to apply.

The Christmas Connection, an event sponsored by the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, is celebrating 38 years of artistic creations in 2017. A very well established cultural event in Kingsport, the event hosts the region’s best craftspeople, artisans, artists, and creatives.  People from our region and beyond look forward to The Christmas Connection year after year.

This year’s event will take place the first full weekend in November, Friday through Sunday, at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. Free admission to the public!

Dates/Hours:
Fri. Nov. 3: 12Noon – 7PM
Sat. Nov. 4: 10AM – 5PM
Sun. Nov. 5: 12Noon – 4PM

Applications deadline is July 1, 2017.

To access the vendor application from the city website, and for more information visit www.KingsportTN.gov or www.EngageKingsport.com
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About the Office of Cultural Arts
The Office of Cultural Arts (OCA), part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. We operate the Renaissance Arts Center, the Farmer’s Market, the Kingsport Carousel, the Carousel Fine Craft Show, Kingsport Public Art Program, Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, Art in the Heart Art Gallery, and a broad range of support to the area’s arts organizations. The OCA works in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the "Friends of the Cultural Arts" group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.

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
225 W. Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
www.kingsporttn.gov


Job Opportunities at Kingsport Aquatic Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chassy Smiley
423-343-9760
Kingsport Aquatic Center is Hiring Multiple Positions

Kingsport, TN – Looking for a fulfilling summer job with competitive pay? The Kingsport Aquatic Center is hiring lifeguards, water safety instructors, gate attendants and concession stand members to start the summer season.

The Aquatic Center outdoor waterpark and Eastman Credit Union lazy river will open in May while the indoor pools are operational throughout the entire year.

Lifeguards are required to take the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course. This course provides entry-level lifeguards with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. Other procedures taught are breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness.

“We want people that want to make a difference instead of just making money,” said Chassy Smiley, assistant manager at the Kingsport Aquatic Center. “Lifeguards get paid to make the community a safer place. You get to enjoy a job that’s rewarding instead of just something to do.”

If you’re thinking you’d like to be a part of a team of individuals that work together to save lives, the next two class series start Friday, April 7 and Friday, April 21. There are prerequisites to taking the class and there is a $175 class fee. The fee includes all six classes, a rescue mask and a valid 2-year certificate, if certification is obtained.

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 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. A seasonal outdoor water park offers recreational activities from mid-May to early September. Seasonal, annual and daily rates are available. 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 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
225 W. Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
www.kingsporttn.gov


Board of Mayor & Aldermen - detailed agenda & voting results - April 18, 2017

APPOINTMENTS 
  • Anita Campbell, Board of Zoning Appeals
A. PUBLIC HEARINGS
  • Annexation Annual Plan of Services Report - Colonial Heights/Bays Mountain
B. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FIRST READING APPROVED 7-0
  • School budget increase for wireless internet access in lower elementary grades
  • Pedestrian access across Holston River and Sluice bridges on Wilcox Drive
C. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FINAL ADOPTION APPROVED 7-0
  • Annexation (by request) for construction of 7 new homes on Seaver Road
  • Donations for commissioned artwork for the Children’s Area at the Library
  • Appropriating school bond funds from Sullivan County (click here for $ breakdown)
  • $2,769,307 for Colonial Heights Phase V water and sewer
    • (Chesterfield, Centerbrook, Oakmont and Heatherview area)
  • $55,000 self-funded amendment to budget for Senior Trips
 D.OTHER BUSINESS  APPROVED 7-0
  • Application and contract with VDOT for transit planning
  • $522,000 Phase 1 Improvements at Borden Park
  • $117,445 purchase of cab/chassis with grabber loader
  • Full release of lien to Von and Gloria Lewis (paid in full)
  • Reject bids, renew existing life insurance and long term disability
  • Supplement request for Indian Trail Drive Extension Project
  • TDOT grant contract amendment for Stone Drive Multi-Modal Access Phase 1
  • Agreement with Frontier Health for school counseling services
  • Annual grant for Transit ($430,031 local / $430,031 state / $1,227,562 federal)
  • Assignment of lease to SBK Animal Center (Petworks)
  • Amend professional design services agreement for Water Treatment Plant
CONSENT AGENDA  APPROVED 7-0
  • Approve offers and TDOT agreements of sale for Eastern Greenbelt Extension

Carpenter's Helpers Ministry - repairing homes for 30 years

Kingsport Library's Children's Area Update
L to R: Alderman Parham, Rev. Joe Green, Alderman Duncan, Alderman George, Noell Brickell, Jim Hale, Danny Howe, David Lively, Vice Mayor McIntire, Bill Campbell, Cloyd Clips
 
Carpenter's Helpers Ministry

A dream and vision of Dr. Dick and Peg Owen, Carpenter's Helpers Ministry started in 1987 and has continued to repair homes for the low-income and elderly in our community over the last 30 years.

Through the transformational ministry came a partnership between Kingsport Housing Authority and Redevelopment and First Broad Street United Methodist Church, where the Carpenter's Helping Ministry operates. 
The partnership has helped to stretch the value of the KHRA funds since the labor for repairs is volunteered, and in the short span of working together, the list through KHRA of homes needing repair has been reduced significantly.

With the leadership and dedication of Danny Howe, the Carpenter's Ministry continues its great work.

Holston Medical Group celebrates 40 years

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L to R: Dr. Alan Meade, Dr. Sam Breeding, Dr. Scott Fowler, Wesley Combs, Mayor Clark 
 
Holston Medical Group Celebrates 40 Years

In October 1976, Holston Medical Group (HMG) secured a grant from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation which allowed HMG to recruit primary care physicians to our area, meeting the needs of the community.  

HMG has grown from 5 primary physicians to a multi-specialty group of over 150 physicians and mid-level providers. HMG holds many firsts for our region, including the first provider of after-hours care, first fully-integrated use of electronic medical records, first OB/GYN to offer robotics surgery and more.

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to Kingsport, Holston Medical Group!
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.