Traffic-Report_5Kingsport – Traffic on Gibson Mill Rd. will be impacted on Monday, February 1st, 2010 for water line construction.‚ ‚  Due to this construction, crews will be directing single lane traffic on Gibson Mill Rd.‚  all day.‚  Expect slight delays.‚  The construction is scheduled for one day only and traffic on Gibson Mill Rd. will resume to normal on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010.

NETTC-News

On Feb. 17th, the Northeast TN Technology Council (NETTC) will host Congressman Phil Roe as he discusses legislation affecting technology and our region. The Town Hall will be held at the Kingsport Higher Education Center. A tour of the center will follow. For more details visit www.nettc.org.

The Northeast Tennessee Technology Council has partnered with 1st District Congressman Phil Roe to sponsor a "Technology Legislation Town Hall" at the Kingsport Higher Education Center on Wednesday, February 17th from 8:30am-9:30am. Congressman Roe will give a brief presentation on technology related legislative issues, with Q&A. Kathy Thacker, Director of the KHEC, will be providing a tour of their new facility after the Town Hall.

A light breakfast and social time will be held from 8:00am-8:30am.

The Kingsport Higher Education Center is located at 320 W. Market St., Kingsport, TN 37660-4222. For directions click here.

Reservations are requested, and can be made at http://nettctlth.eventbrite.com. There is no charge for this event.

A special thanks to our sponsor, Eastman Chemical Company.

Please contact the Northeast Tennessee Technology Council at info@nettc.org for more information.

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The Kick Off of Black History Month Celebration

Tuesday, January 19th at 4:00pm

Come out and help us kick off Black History Month on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 4:00pm.‚  The Kick Off of Black History Month Celebration will be held in the Renaissance Center Atrium Gallery at 4:00pm.‚ 

This year’s kick off celbration will feature the Black History Month Art Show. This event will showcase some of the area’s best local artists and some of the area’s finest pieces of art.‚  In attendence will be Dr. Harvey Jenkins.‚  Dr. Jenkins is the former professor of art at Fayetteville State University.‚  His love for art has allowed him to both teach and inspire with his art.

Also in attendence will be Don Hickman.‚  Mr. Hickman is a Kingsport native and author of Truth Matters, a murder mystery inspired by true events. As a former FBI agent and the former head of Investigations for the TVA, Don Hickman always has a story to tell.

So come out for the art, history, stories, friends and so much more.‚  Don’t miss out on this year’s Kick Off Black History Month Celebration!

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S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership is a program for rising sophomores, juniors and senior in all high schools in our area.  Home schooled students are also welcomed.  S.H.O.U.T.! stands for Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow.

The S.H.O.U.T.! program is a week long seminar that will provide education and exercises in team building, community service, leadership skills, career mentoring and diversity. 

There will be two sessions of the S.H.O.U.T.! Youth Leadership Program this summer.  The first session will be offered June 7-11, 2010.  The second session will be held June 21-25, 2010.  S.H.O.U.T.! Youth Leadership Applications are due by February 1, 2010.

A downloadable application from and reference forms are available at
www.kingsportleadershipprograms.com

Audit-Report

KINGSPORT ‚¬ Kingsports Board of Mayor and Aldermen received a clean opinion on the Fiscal Year 2009 audit of city finances, with no reportable weaknesses or deficiencies.

The FY 2009 audit, which Audit Committee Chair & Aldermen Larry Munsey called exceptional, was an improvement over the previous year audit which listed only three findings.

This is truly an exceptional report with really no issues at all, and given the things were doing around higher education, MeadowView, road projects and water/sewer enterprise funds, there are a large volume of projects underway right now, Munsey said. We receive an unqualified/clean opinion, which is the highest opinion a client can receive from any auditing firm.

Really, our staff is due a great deal of praise, because they are doing an excellent job of staying on top of things and ensuring our city stays in a strong financial position.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, Kingsport posted $12.9 million available in the unrestricted fund balance, with another $2.3 million receivable to the fund balance over the next few years as the Cattails Golf Course enterprise fund repays the general fund for the initial golf course construction.

At the same time, the City posted strong unrestricted balances in the Fleet Fund, essentially a sinking fund used for vehicle replacement, with $3.9 million on hand, while internal service funds covering property insurance and health insurance also maintained strong balances of $3.5 million each.

For the ninth year running, Kingsports Consolidated Annual Financial Report & Audit received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.

City Manager John Campbell also noted that Kingsports bonds continue to be covered by AA- rating by Standard & Poors, the highest rating from S&P ever held by Kingsport. At the same time, Kingsport currently posts a tax rate of $1.94 per $100 of assessed value, the third lowest rate of all time.

Even in difficult times, this report demonstrates that the Board and staff are proving sound stewards of the taxpayers dollars, City Manager John Campbell said Tuesday. Our staff is doing an excellent job of keeping projects well-accounted for, and keeping Kingsport in a great position moving forward into this New Year.

Kingsports audit is available online at KingsportTN.gov.‚  To view this report click here.

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KINGSPORT – Kingsport City Schools will hold a Snow Make-Up Day on Monday, February 15. School will be in session on this day to make-up the missed school day on Friday, January 8.

For more information, contact Kingsport City Schools at (423) 378-2100.

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Kingsport Fire Department talks about the different types of extinguishers and the proper way to use them.

Snow-1With more snow in the forecast, road crews are out and about treating the roads.  City crews began putting salt down on State Routes at about noon.  
Crews pretreated some City streets yesterday through this morning with liquid salt.  Crews will be running two shifts throughout the day and night.