KINGSPORT – Dobyns-Bennett High School will host its second annual Arts Festival this Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1.

The event will showcase the artistic talents of Dobyns-Bennetts students during a Gallery Hop" on Friday and will feature performances by members of the Dobyns-Bennett band, orchestra, theatre and chorus groups on Friday and Saturday nights.

Art classrooms have been transformed into galleries, with displays of student artwork throughout. A special exhibit in the band building on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. will feature the works of Dobyns-Bennett seniors throughout their high school career.

In addition, the student art and literary magazine, Impressions, will be released Friday, April 30 and will be sold during the Gallery Hop and at the Senior Art Show.‚  On Saturday, Amanda Carruba, DB art Student, will receive the 1st purchase award for her design used on the cover of Impressions magazine.‚ ‚  Her original artwork will be framed and displayed in an exhibit at DB.

Parents and guests attending the event are asked to sign in at the front lobby of the high school. A complete schedule of activities is listed below. For more information on the Dobyns-Bennett Art Festival, please contact the Theatre, Chorus, Band, or art departments at (423) 378-8400.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 30

Art Set-Up 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
String Ensemble (Band Room) 6p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Show Choir‚  (Orchestra Room) 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Various small group performances by musicians and actors 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Show Choir (2nd performance) 7:40 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 1

Senior Art Show (Building Wide) 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Small String Ensembles 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
1 Act Play 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Various small group performances by musicians and actors 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.


KINGSPORT – The Arts Council of Greater Kingsport (ACGK) will host the second biannual Arts Council Arts Crawl: A Passport to the Arts in Kingsport on April 29, 2010, 5PM-9PM. This unique collaboration unites artists, residents, and businesses for the purposes of increasing exposure for area artists, providing easy access to arts and entertainment for residents, and raising funds to be used to increase the awareness of the growing arts community in Kingsport.

Our first Arts Crawl, September 24, 2009, was so popular we have decided to do it twice a year. The events will be on the last Thursdays of April and September.On April 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., visitors to the downtown Kingsport business district will be able to take a trip through the arts by picking up an Arts Crawl Passport under the State Theater Marquee, 157 Broad Street. The passport will include a list of, and directions to, the participating galleries and other venues: BANQ, Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Studio, Ripper Arts Studio & Gallery, Downtown Kingsport Association Gallery, Kingsport Ballet, River Mountains Antiques, Style, Suzanne Barrett Justis Fine Art Studio and Gallery, The Gallery of Local Artists, and Up Against the Wall Gallery. In addition to the venues, we will have our own roving Becky Thatcher and Tom Sawyer from Kingsport Theatre Guild and the Kingsport Big Read Project.

Passport holders will sample a delightful array of hors d’oeuvres created by downtown restaurants while sipping on wine from a souvenir glass. Participating restaurants are: Bountiful Sweet Creations, Sherrie’s Cafƒ© Catering, Bone Fire Smokehouse, Chef’s Pizzeria, Happy Hostess Restaurant & Catering, Divine Cafƒ© & Catering, La Campina Mexican Grill, The Courtyard, and Stir Fry Cafƒ©.

Sponsors for this event are Countryside Vineyards & Winery, Sam’s Package Store, Absolute Communications, and all the great downtown restaurants and galleries listed above.

Tickets for the Arts Crawl are $30.00 per person in advance and $35.00 purchased the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased online at Tickets will also be available for purchase on the night of the event under the marquee at the State Theater, 155 Broad Street.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Greater Kingsport at 423-392-8420.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ Installation of a new sewer lift station will require the Tuesday closure of a section of Abilene Drive between Skyland Drive and Lakeland Drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists are asked to seek alternative routes and use extra caution in the work zone.


KINGSPORT – Mayor Dennis Phillips will host the Mayors Prayer Breakfast on May 6th at 6:45 a.m. at the Civic Auditorium in conjunction with the nations 59th observance of the National Day of Prayer.‚  The program will feature invocations for different aspects of the community led by clergy and other community members.‚ 

In addition, the program will feature music from the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Band and Kingsports own Carla Karst along with a keynote address by author and former University of Tennessee basketball player Dane Bradshaw.

I am honored to host a breakfast where our citizens can unite in fellowship and prayer for a healthy, thriving and vibrant community, said Mayor Dennis Phillips.‚  This breakfast also is a time of renewal as we work to meet the challenges presented to us each day, and a celebration of the freedoms available to us as Americans.‚  And let me add that the steering committee has worked hard to ensure a great event this year, and I thank them deeply for their efforts to build a stronger Kingsport.

Tickets are $5.00 each and may be picked up at either the main desk at City Hall (225 West Center Street) or the Parks and Recreation office at the Civic Auditorium (1550 Fort Henry Drive) beginning Monday April 19th.‚ ‚  ‚ 

The breakfast will be catered by Pratts Restaurant with the serving line beginning at 6:45 a.m. with musical entertainment beginning at 7 am and the program starting at 7:20 a.m.


KINGSPORT – Kawoni, the female wolf that escaped Saturday has been returned back to the wolf habitat.‚  She was the last of the wolves that remained free after a large limb from a green (live) tree fell breaching both fences of the enclosure.‚  Following her recovery, park officials reopened all trails and park roads used for hiking and mountain biking to public access.

Kawoni was located in field on a farm just outside park boundaries.‚  She was then successfully darted with a tranquilizer allowing the search team of staff and volunteers to approach and secure her for safe transport back to Bays Mountain Park.‚  Upon her arrival, Kawoni was placed in a separate enclosure from the other wolves where she underwent a close physical examination by park staff and is doing very well.‚  After allowing her a couple of days of rest, park officials will then begin to reintroduce her back to the pack.

Park officials estimate this most recent breach occurred sometime during the night on Saturday resulting in the escape of five of the parks seven wolves.‚  Following a phone call by a resident living on park grounds advising of a possible problem, staff arrived by 9:30 a.m. Sunday and immediately began recovery efforts.‚  Within three hours, four of the five wolves had been successfully returned to the habitat.

This latest incident occurred as park officials were preparing to begin the introduction of planned measures designed to improve the security of the wolf habitat.‚  Following the December storm that resulted in similar fence damage and also resulted in the wolves escaping, park staff with the aid of certified arborists identified and addressed trees in and around the wolf habitat that needed to be removed and trimmed.‚  Trees identified as immediate threats or dead were then cut down and removed.‚ ‚  Further plans call for the addition of utility poles around the perimeter of the habitat to help provide greater strength and resistance for the fence.

One of the nations largest city-owned parks with 3,550 acres, Bays Mountain Park features 38 miles of hiking trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, wildlife habitats, fun exhibits, a 44-acre lake, trails for mountain biking and much, much more.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ Permanent repair of a water line in the Colonial Heights area will require a water outage on Thursday beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the area around the intersection of Rock Springs Road and Moreland Drive ranging all the way back Rock Springs to Fort Henry Drive to the general vicinity of Fort Patrick Henry Dam. Currently, the line is leaking and must be replaced with repairs expected to be completed by to 2:30 p.m.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ The Kingsport Board of Education will host a town hall meeting on Monday, April 26 to solicit input and answer questions regarding the 2010-11 Kingsport City Schools budget.

The informal question and answer session will be held at Robinson Middle School, Room 205, beginning at 7 p.m. Board of Education members will speak briefly on the status of the Kingsport City Schools budget and results from the recent community survey. The public is invited to ask questions related to potential budget cuts and expenditures.

For more information, contact the Kingsport City Schools Office of Community Relations at (423) 378-2123.



KINGSPORT John Adams Elementary School will host a Community Open House on Saturday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The general public is invited to attend this special event, especially those residents who are newly annexed to the city of Kingsport. Tours of the school will be available during the open house. Representatives from Kingsport City Schools and the City of Kingsport Planning Department will also be on hand to answer questions about John Adams Elementary and other city services. Food and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact the Kingsport City Schools Office of Community Relations at (423) 378-2123.



KINGSPORT A Tyrannosaurus rex has been spotted on Broad Street in
downtown Kingsport. No, its not an April Fools joke.

Paleontologist Jerry Jacene (previously of Cookeville) has been
working for the past four weeks to get his business up and running in
downtown Kingsport and plans to have a soft opening on Saturday.

The business is called The Prehistoric Exhibits Company and is
located in the old Lazer Tag building on Broad Street, catty-corner to
the Kingsport Public Library.

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KINGSPORT – Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips is hosting the Mayors Prayer Breakfast this year, on May 6th at the Civic Auditorium.‚  The program will feature various individuals to lead invocations for different aspects of the community.‚  In addition, the program will feature music from the ETSU Bluegrass Band and Kingsports own Carla Karst along with a keynote address from Mr. Dane Bradshaw, former University‚  of Tennessee basketball player.

The breakfast will be catered by Pratts Restaurant with the serving line beginning at 6:45 am with musical entertainment beginning at 7:00 am and the program starting at 7:20 am.‚ ‚  ‚ 

Tickets are $5.00 each and may be picked up at either the main desk at City Hall (225 West Center Street) or the Parks and Recreation office at the Civic Auditorium (1550 Fort Henry Drive) beginning Monday April 19th.

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