The next‚  Sculpture Walk is scheduled for July 11, 2009.‚  The Curator,
Hank Foreman, will begin his Walk & Talk at 10:00am in the
Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce parking lot.‚  Following the tour,
there will be an opening reception at 12:00pm (noon) at the Gallery of
Local Artists, located at 158 Broad Street in Kingsport.‚  Please join
the members of the Public Art Committee, Artists and Curator Hank
Foreman to help celebrate the public art of Kingsport.‚  Please RSVP
423-392-8414 or


KINGSPORT – All City offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day holiday, although garbage, trash and recycling schedules will remain unchanged for the week of July 4th.

In addition to City Hall, the Library, Renaissance Center, Civic Auditorium, and Demolition Landfill will be closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Bays Mountain Park, as well as all other public park areas, Legion Pool and Splash Pad will remain open through the holiday.


KINGSPORT – Olive Garden is coming to Kingsport.

After years of speculation, rumor and a great desire by many people in the Model City, Darden Restaurants is opening its first Olive Garden in Kingsport.

Deputy City Manager Jeff Fleming said plans have been submitted to build a new Olive Garden in East Stone Commons, on the site of the old Cootie Browns.

We are not usually able to get official confirmation. . . . .

To view the entire Time-News article click here.



‚¬â€ The evidence of Kingsports strong community ties and ability to pull
through the hard times is apparent in numerous ways, and Fun Fest is
one of the more prominent examples.

Wanda Valentine, the 2009 Fun Fest chairwoman, expressed this
opinion during her closing remarks at Tuesdays Fun Fest press
conference at the Kingsport Town Center.

I think when we have tough times we especially need our families
and community, so I am very grateful for this community, Valentine
said. Fun Fest is just one example of the many blessings that we have
here because we have people like you who put it together, who sponsor
it, who attend it, and just make it all continue to work and provide
top quality entertainment for the community at a low cost.

Fun Fest will be held this year July 10-18.

To view the entire Times-News artilce click here.


KINGSPORT – Motorists should expect lane shifts and single-lane traffic on Fort Henry Drive at the Hammond Memorial Bridge as a Tennessee Department of Transportation contractor resumes Hammond Bridge repairs on Friday morning. According to TDOT, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction across the northbound bridge, clearing all traffic off of Hammond while repairs are underway. Traffic lane shifts will take place before the bridge approaches, between Hull Drive and Summerville Road. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution while traveling in the area.


Springs Road
from West Valley Drive
to Snapps Ferry Rd
will be closed to through traffic beginning on Wednesday, June 17 and
approximately six weeks for sewer line installation.‚  While local
traffic will
be allowed through, all other motorists are asked to use alternate
routes as
marked to avoid the construction.‚  Detours include Cox Hollow Road or
West Valley Road to Bishop Road to East Campground Road and back onto
Rock Springs.‚ ‚ 

To view a map of the area and alternate routes click here.


The completion of the Netherland Inn Road bridge project will require the Tennessee Department of Transportation contractor‚ to close the bridge from Tuesday morning through Friday morning to complete the final tie-ins and‚ complete the realignment of approaches to the new Netherland Inn bridge. Motorists are asked to seek alternative routes and use extra caution in the area of the bridge.


The Kingsport Police Department is currently accepting applications for
Reserve Police Officer.‚  Applications may be downloaded at‚ 
Applications must be printed, completed, and delivered to the Justice Center
at 200 Shelby Street
in Kingsport.‚ 
The deadline for submission is Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.‚ 
Applicants are required to be present for a physical agility test that will
be conducted Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at Riverfront
Park across the street from the Netherland
Inn which is located at 2144
Netherland Inn Road in Kingsport.‚  Participants should come
prepared and appropriately dressed to participate in rigorous physical
activity.‚  Applicants will not be contacted prior to the testing
date.‚  For questions or additional information, please feel free to
contact any member of the Kingsport Police Departments Training Unit
at (423) 224-2408 or (423) 229-9339.




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all citizens of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee, to all persons interested, and the public at large:‚  The regular Work Session of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee, Board of Mayor and Aldermen previously scheduled for Monday, June 15, 2009, commencing at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Room located on the second floor of City Hall, 225 West Center Street has been changed to Tuesday, June 16, 2009, commencing at 4:00 p.m. (prior to the regular BMA business meeting at 7:00 p.m.)

City of Kingsport
Liz Gilbert, City Clerk
P1T‚  6/07/09