KINGSPORT – There is no doubt weve seen an amazing rebirth in downtown Kingsport during the past 10 years with $37,666,900 in new private taxable investment. Non-taxable projects brought another $129,000,000 of investment in the hospital, circle churches, and higher education.

These figures dont include the recent activity at Kingsport Press. With Mountain Region Family Medicine, Food City, and the Farmers Market, it is quickly transforming the western end of downtown.

Weve learned that when one door closes, another opens. However, when that door closes we mourn the loss and wonder what we could have done better. Thats the sign of a caring community.

To that end, we are interested in your opinion of Downtowns Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.

Please take a moment to complete the attached form and return it to the Downtown Kingsport Association or for your convenience you may respond through our website at

We plan to assemble the information and share the results in a public forum in mid-January. We would appreciate your prompt response within 48 hours.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dennis R. Phillips, Mayor
City of Kingsport, Tennessee

S. Todd Miller, President
Downtown Kingsport Association




KINGSPORT ‚¬ Residents and businesses have shown once again they embrace the needs of community agencies that are funded by the United Way of Greater Kingsport to enhance the quality of life in the greater Kingsport area.

The community connected the dots, this year’s United Way theme, by raising $3,549,101.25 to support 41 programs and United Way initiatives in the community. The campaign goal was $3.5 million, but the people of Kingsport didn’t stop when they achieved the mark.

Campaign leaders announced the final tally at a campaign celebration Thursday, Nov. 18, at Eastman Employee Center. Another campaign theme revolved around bartball, so Thursday’s event celebrated a Super Bowl victory for the successful campaign team ‚¬ Team United Way.

“This successful conclusion to the campaign is a touchdown for everyone in Kingsport,” said Pat Kane, 2010 campaign chairman. “I applaud the teamwork exhibited by my campaign cabinet members, who generated a remarkable result, but the real winners are the people who will be served by the programs and initiatives under the United Way umbrella.”

Community organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport, the Kingsport Child Development Center, the Kingsport Lifesaving Crew, Link House and Mountain Region Speech & Hearing Center will continue to serve the community effectively thanks to United Way funding. So will Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, the Salvation Army and Contact Concern of Northeast Tennessee.

Around $1 million in donor designations to benefit 10 other United Ways and 10 Community Chests is included in the more than $3.5 million raised.

“Kingsport is very fortunate to be a regional employer and many folks want to designate back to their home community,” said Executive Director Danelle Glasscock.

Greg Boehling, president of United Way of Greater Kingsport, said the total raised in the campaign conveys a positive message about the community.

“Today’s announcement is exciting news for everyone who believes in a high quality of life in Kingsport,” Boehling said. “It is fantastic to see the residents and businesses of Kingsport rise to the challenge once again and raise the necessary funds for these vital community organizations and programs.”

In addition to announcing the tally at Thursday’s celebration, campaign officials gave special Super Bowl “rings” to Kane and campaign vice chairman Monty McLaurin. Kane also handed off the ceremonial United Way bartball to McLaurin, who will chair the 2011 campaign. A group of commentators resembling a sports network studio team offered special post-campaign analysis.

“As we celebrate the success of this year’s campaign, we need to be mindful that next year’s campaign is not far around the corner,” Kane said. “I’m confident that Kingsport will rise to the challenge and win that campaign and remain champions.”



KINGSPORT — A false alarm was triggered Saturday‚ when testing a new community alerting siren system in western Kingsport. After completion of the outdoor siren test, the system inadvertently sent follow-up warning phone messages to neighboring residences due to a malfunction. There is no community alert at this time. Please do not call 911 as there is no emergency. The new system was installed recently, amid‚ an ongoing‚ evaluation of the adequacy of existing community-wide emergency warning systems.


KINGSPORT – John Adams Elementary School has been awarded the 2010 School of the Year for Excellence in Architectural Design by the Tennessee School Boards Association.

Opened in 2009, John Adams Elementary is the first newly constructed city elementary school in a decade. The 500-student school was designed by Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon and DLR Group, with the architectural concept developed through a collaborative process involving parents, students, teachers and community members. Located in the Rock Springs Community in the Edinburgh subdivision, John Adams Elementary currently has an enrollment of 250 students in grades Pre-K through 5.

The two-story facility includes an open floor plan of classroom neighborhoods that can be divided into four separate classes in each grade level. The school features a full-size gymnasium, a multi-level library including a story tower, and a community room for multi-purpose use. John Adams Elementary was designed to be an environmentally friendly school, with a geo-thermal heating and cooling system along with other energy-efficient architectural and design features.

We are pleased that John Adams Elementary has been recognized for its outstanding architectural design, said Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard Kitzmiller. The design process for the school truly exemplifies a collaborative effort; dozens of parents, community members and staff members generated design elements incorporated in the building. We share this award not only with students, parents and staff of John Adams, but also with the entire Kingsport community.

The Tennessee School Boards Association recognizes architectural firms for their excellence in design. School of the year awards are granted in five categories including new school construction of elementary, middle, and high schools, renovation and the People’s Choice Award, which is selected by the attendees to the exhibit hall during the annual TSBA convention.

It is extremely gratifying to have our talents and efforts recognized on the state level.‚  I am very proud to have been a part of the team that provided such a unique and wonderful new school for my home town, added Terry Cox of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon.

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



Kingsport, Tenn.­ Kingsport Town Center is pleased to announce the addition of The Childrens Place to the retail tenant mix at Kingsport Town Center.

Construction on the 4,200 square bart retail space is scheduled to begin early January 2011 with a target completion date of in the second quarter. The new store will be located near Belk on the lower level of the mall.

The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc., is a leading national specialty retailer of children’s merchandise, ages newborn to 14 years old.  The Company designs, contracts to manufacture and sells high-quality, value-priced merchandise under the proprietary “The Children’s Place” brand name.  As of July 31, 2010, the Company currently owns and operates 977 The Children’s Place stores in North America and its online store,

As a growing specialty retailer of clothing and accessories for kids, The Childrens Place provides a high-quality, focused merchandise selection at prices that represent a substantial value relative to its competitors. Current fashion trends in a broad color palette are offered as coordinated outfits specifically designed for children.

The Children’s Place creates freshness in its stores by introducing seasonal merchandise lines throughout the year. Each store offers spacious, bright and airy shopping that is a friendly and convenient atmosphere for both children and adults.

Each shop is clearly identified and dedicated to serving the needs of Girls and Boys (sizes 4-14), Baby Girls and Boys (sizes 6 mos.-4T) and Newborn (sizes 0-12 mos.). Customers also are able to shop at their convenience in our online store,

The Childrens Place commitment to the welfare of children continues to be an important endeavor, proudly supporting many national and local charities that focus on improving the lives of children.

With the addition of Childrens place to the tenant mix at Kingsport, we are also pleased to announce that Intellithought will install wireless internet connections throughout the common areas of the mall just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Kingsport Town Center is the only regional mall in Kingsport, Tennessee serving  a  thriving and growing trade area. Originally named Fort Henry Mall, the two-level, 529,000 square bart center is anchored by Belk, Sears, JCPenney, Marquee Cinemas and more than 60 national and specialty retailers. For more information, visit


KINGSPORT – City Hall as well as most city offices and services will be closed Thursday and Friday of next week in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Closures include the Kingsport Public Library, Kingsport Area Transit System, Kingsport Senior Center, Renaissance Center, the V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex, Civic Auditorium and Bays Mountain Park.

Bays Mountain Park will reopen on Friday; the Library will reopen on Saturday, with other offices, including Kingsport Area Transit System and the Demolition Landfill, reopening on Monday. As usual, all public green spaces will be open to enjoy during the holidays, including the Greenbelt and Riverfront Park.

In addition, due to the growth in service volume, the normal Thanksgiving Holiday schedule for garbage, trash and recycling will change this year.

*  Garbage, Trash and Recycling normally collected on Monday and Tuesday will be collected on Monday.
*  Those with collections regularly on Wednesday will be collected on Tuesday.
*   Garbage, Trash and Recycling normally collected on Thursday and Friday will be collected on Wednesday.

These changes allow your Streets & Sanitation crews to also enjoy the Thanksgiving season with their families. On behalf of the City of Kingsport, please enjoy the holidays and drive safely.


KINGSPORT – The Animal Rescue Coalition will be hosting “Christmas for the Animals”. They will be set up in front of Barebart Chameleon and River Mountain Antiques on Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.on Sat. Nov. 20.  Everyone come by and join us for refreshments (people and pets). They will also have homemade dog treats, bandanas, bottle babies, lap quilts and other Christmas items. They will also be **Exclusively Selling** a local print called “Shed a Light On A Global Tragedy”. This has been a yearlong project. This large print is mosaic candle made up from one thousand of the animals faces that came through the local shelter last year. AMAZING!!! If you would like to donate bard for the animals, we will have a container available. Be sure to stop by and say hello!


KINGSPORT – The 2010 Kingsport Santa Train Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, November 20 starting at 3:20 p.m. in downtown Kingsport!

The 68th Annual Santa Train will be rolling into Kingsport at 3:08 p.m. at your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

Entry forms for the parade are available at your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce or you can download the form here.

Professional Cline’s floats are available for purchase.

Christmas Parade Information:

Line up on Main Street at 2 p.m.

You must enter Main Street from the Sullivan Street entrance.

Parade Route:

The parade will begin at the corner of Main and Cherokee, proceeding down Main, turning right onto Clay, then right onto Center Street, right onto Wexler and will disband at the corner of Wexler and Market Street.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ With property tax season underway, the Kingsport Finance Departments Customer Service Center will be open on extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays, through November 30 to accommodate those who wish to pay their property tax bill in person at City Hall, 225 West Main Street. To avoid lines, customers may want to try early morning or late afternoon service hours, or use the payment drop box located just behind City Hall on the Shelby Street side of the building. Mail-in payments with a postmark on or before November 30th will be considered timely. A 2 percent late penalty accrues December 1, with an additional 2 percent penalty applied January 1, 2011. An additional 1 percent penalty is added each month after January.