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KINGSPORT – Garbage, trash and recycling routes will run on a regular schedule on Monday, May 31, but all city offices, including City Hall, the Senior Center, Library, Renaissance Center, Civic Auditorium, and Demolition Landfill will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

For those looking to enjoy the outdoors during the holiday weekend, Legion Pool will open for the summer season beginning Monday. Also, the greenbelt and other public green spaces will be open, with Bays Mountain Park opening at 8:30 a.m. Planetarium programming will be provided at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. on Monday. Barges rides on the lake will be available at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., and a nature program on reptiles will be presented at 3 p.m.


 

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ Kingsport City Schools is pleased to offer podcasts of the 2010 Dobyns-Bennett High School Graduation ceremony online at www.k12k.com.

The podcasts feature speeches by Dobyns-Bennett Principal Lenore Kilgore, D-B Senior Class President Emily Street, and D-B Seniors Kelly Stapleton, David Roop, Lottie Stout, and Katie Williams.

Portions of the graduation ceremony are also being broadcast on the Kingsport City Schools radio station, WCSK FM 90.3.

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

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KINGSPORT – Weather permitting, Cooks Valley Road will be closed from the intersection with Harbor
Chapel Road to the intersection with Harbor Springs Road on Wednesday,
May 26, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to permit installation of large storm drain and head wall as part of the continuing Harbor Chapel improvement project.

Traffic moving towards the Harbor Chapel area on Cooks Valley Road will detour to Merrywood Avenue, then left on Harbor Drive, right on Cedarwood Drive and finally left onto Rustic Way which leads back to Harbor Chapel Road.

As always, motorists are asked to use extreme caution in the work zone and on neighborhood streets.


 

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-81 North and South between Exit 69 and Exit 74:

Motorists should be alert for lane closures on Sunday nights through Thursday nights between the hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning as crews mill and resurface the roadway. Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution traveling through this area.


SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-81 North and South between Mile Markers 57 and 63:

Motorists should be alert for lane closures on Sunday nights through Thursday nights between the hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning as crews mill and resurface the roadway. Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution traveling through this area.


SULLIVAN & WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-26 East and West at various locations between Mile Markers 8 and 20:

Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures through this area as crews install median cable barrier.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution traveling through this area.


SULLIVAN & WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-26 East and West at various locations between Mile Markers 5 and 12:

On Monday night, May 24, 2010 motorists should be alert for possible lane closures through this area between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews repair guardrail.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution traveling through this area.


SULLIVAN COUNTY, SIA serving Bristol Metals LLC (Off Weaver Pike, SR 358 at the existing Bristol Metals Rd.):
Motorists should use caution and be alert for construction personnel and equipment entering and exiting this area.


SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 75 between Washington County Line and Herron Drive:

Motorists should be alert for flag persons directing traffic at various times and watch for equipment and workers at or near the roadway through this bridge replacement project.


SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 126 between West Central Street and Plainview Drive:

Motorists should be alert for new and changed conditions through this area. Motorists should use caution and be alert for construction equipment entering and exiting the area through this drainage structure replacement project.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 126 between SR 75 and Franklin Drive:

Motorists should be alert for new and changed conditions through this area. Motorists should use caution and be alert for construction equipment entering and exiting the area through this drainage structure replacement project.


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KINGSPORT – Several water and sewer projects will require traffic changes beginning on Monday, May 24, 2010, when the Kingsport sewer maintenance department will begin repair and routine maintenance work on the sewer main located along the north bound lane of Industry Drive.

This work will require the closure of the north bound lane of Industry Drive from Wilcox Drive to Netherland Inn Road between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for the next four weeks.

Meanwhile, city contractors will be continuing sewer system work along Rock Springs Road in the Colonial Heights area. This work will require the closure of one lane of Rock Springs between Hilton Street and Running Deer Trail on Monday, May 24, and possibly Tuesday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Also beginning Tuesday, June 1, 2010, waterline work will require alternating lane closures on Memorial Boulevard from the intersection with Warpath Drive to the intersection with John B. Dennis Highway.

This construction work, expected to run through July 31, will require the closure of the two center lanes of Memorial while installing a new 12 inch waterline in the center of the road. Conversely, traffic will be shifted back onto the two inside lanes while the outer two lanes are closed for installation of two new 2 inch waterlines in the outside lanes of Memorial.

Most of the Memorial work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and possibly weekends as well, with some nighttime work running from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day.

In each instance, motorists are requested to use extreme caution while observing all detour signs and posted speed zones while traveling through and around work zones.


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KINGSPORT – Each year from May to October, Keep Kingsport Beautiful and Blue Ridge Properties strive to recognize properties which set positive examples for beautification and cleanliness.‚  Keep Kingsport Beautiful has divided the city into different territories and has a volunteer for each of these areas pick a winning property each month that exemplifies the following qualities: litter-free, well maintained buildings, well-groomed, good example in neighborhood.

Residential winners:‚  Rick Mullenix, 272 Rivers Edge Court; Lynn Bates, 1620 Crescent Drive; Don and Susan Mitchell, 3905 Thorton Drive; Gary and Dena Smith, 4012 Rick Slaughter Court; Mr. and Mrs. Scott Coen, 1229 Sussex Drive; and Helen and Harold G. Childress, 4157 Harbor Chapel Road.

Business winner: Asbury Place at Steadman Hill, 1300 Bloomingdale Pike
Church winner: Saint Luke United Methodist Church, 2600 East Center Street

Redevelopment Award: Holston Medical Group Medical Plaza, 105 W. Stone Drive

Keep Kingsport Beautiful is an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and a program of the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce.‚  Keep Kingsport Beautifuls mission is to involve the community in responsible solutions for a clean and beautiful environment.


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KINGSPORT – The Dobyns-Bennett High School graduation ceremony has been relocated to the Buck Van Huss Dome due to inclement weather.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin Saturday, May 22 at 10 a.m. The event was originally planned to be held in J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

For more information, contact Dobyns-Bennett High School at (423) 378-8400.


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KINGSPORT – Continuing improvements to Harbor Chapel Road will require the closure of the road Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. as contractors work to complete the project in 30 days.

The project will widen shoulders, provide a new pedestrian mobility path, and add greatly to overall safety for those who live in the area.

Road closures will begin Monday morning, although emergency and school bus traffic will be permitted to travel through the work zone. At a minimum, the work is expected to take 30 days to complete depending on weather and scheduling.

"We fully understand the importance of this route to the community, which is why we are undertaking a $1.6 million reconstruction, to facilitate greater safety and allow residents on bart or bicycle to safely enjoy their community, "

Kingsport Community Relations Director Tim Whaley said Friday. "We certainly apologize for any inconvenience, and have tried our best to move this project forward with the road remaining open. However, by closing Harbor Chapel for a short-time, we can accelerate the completion date and minimize the overall impact to the community."

While closed, contractors will be pouring a new concrete sidewalk and laying asphalt.

Although local traffic will be allowed to access Skyland Drive from Memorial Boulevard via Harbor Chapel, through traffic will be directed further east down Memorial to Cooks Valley Road, and back west up through the valley.

Even if a bit indirect, city traffic engineering staff chose the detour route as the most conservative, direct path that avoids neighborhood streets, and easiest for those unfamiliar with the Cooks Valley area.

As always, motorists are asked to used extreme caution in both the work zone and nearby neighborhood streets.

For a map of the detour, please click here.


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KINGSPORT – Abilene Drive between Skyland Drive and Lakeland Drive will be closed Tuesday, May 18th to allow a new sewer manhole to be set in place as part of the system-wide lift station improvement project. Abilene will be closed between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. to faciliate the improvements.


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KINGSPORT – Keep Kingsport Beautiful and the Sullivan County Constables have joined efforts to stop people from littering while in their vehicles.

Named 50 and Go, the program was introduced thanks to the leadership of State Representative Tony Shipley and his support of the Tennessee Litter Law, TCA title 39, Chapter 14, Part 5.

Constables will issue citations to any individual throwing litter from a vehicle.  The litterer will be fined $50 if the litter amount is less than 5 pounds, and will avoid a court appearance and further costs. If the charge is disputed, the accused can face additional fines and possible further action.

To introduce the program to the area, a warning period will begin immediately and end June 1.

The 50 and Go program is an important effort to keep people from littering and to keep our community clean, said Andy King, Keep Kingsport Beautiful chair and general manager of the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center. Keep Kingsport Beautiful is most appreciative to Representative Tony Shipley and Sullivan County Mayor Steve Godsey for their support and leadership with this strong partnership.

Concerned citizens can also assist efforts of litter prevention by calling The Tennessee Department of Transportations litter hotline, 1-877-8LITTER, when a littering action from a vehicle on state roadways is witnessed.  Visit www.tdot.state.tn.us/environment/beautification/litter.asp for additional information and/or to do an online report.

Constables operate as individual officers at no cost to the citizens or governments of the county. Constables provide their own uniforms, vehicles, fuel and equipment and stand ready to aid or assist all citizens and/or agencies within the county. Their mission is to provide additional law enforcement presence in the county and to assist and supplement the county sheriffs office and city police department.

Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a partnership of the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce.  An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Kingsport Beautiful has won more than 60 national, state and environmental awards. For more information contact Keep Kingsport Beautiful at 423-392-8814 or visit the web site at www.keepkingsportbeautiful.com.