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KINGSPORT — Celebrate Black History Month in Kingsport with a series of events at the Kingsport Renaissance Center, beginning with two free Black History Workshops to be held Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

At this event, Minister Joya Bush Cannon will present “The Black Presence of the Bible,” followed by Deaconess Linda Scofield who will facilitate “Inventions of Great Black Minds.”

For the complete schedule of Black History Month events at the Renaissance, please click here.

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KINGSPORT — As snow continues to threaten the region, here’s a look at the City of Kingsport’s salt use over the past six years as well as a description of available removal vehicles and staffing priorities.

Winter 2004-2005  6 events  821 tons of salt

Winter 2005-2006  5 events  794 tons of salt

Winter 2006-2007  5 events  348 tons of salt

Winter 2007-2008  4 events  1240 tons of salt

Winter 2008-2009  7 events  1365 tons of salt & 1850 gallons calcium chloride

Winter 2009-2010  9 events  4076 tons of salt & 2100 gallons calcium chloride

 6 year total  36 events  8644 tons of salt

 Six year average 6 events 1441 tons of salt

As of January 26th, 2011, Public Works had responded to eight snow events, using about 2,417 tons of salt and 3,500 gallons of liquid calcium chloride. Kingsport currently stocks 600+ tons of salt.

About 60 Public Works employees work 12-hour shifts during every snow event. Kingsport has 420 lane miles of roads. To maintain these roads, the City has 24 vehicles ready for snow removal, including: 10 four-wheel drive‚ pickups with snow plows and salt spreaders; nine single-axle dump trucks equipped with plows and salt spreaders; four similarly equipped tandem-axle dump trucks; and one single-axle dump truck with a snow plow and Liquid Brine tank.

If conditions warrant, City crews pre-treat roadways up to 36 hours before a storm arrives.

Given available salt supplies, city crews will focus on Priority I and Priority II roads, as well as neighborhoods with steep terrain. Storm responses can vary, particularly in severe events, or in response to situations as they arise on the ground.

For Immediate Release

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Board of Education budget committee will meet Thursday, January 27 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, January 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, February 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The meetings will be held in the Central Office conference room, located at 1701 E. Center Street. Budget requests will be presented by principals and department administrators.

Kingsport City Schools Budget Committee is made up of members of the Kingsport Board of Education and Kingsport City Schools administrative team. The public is welcome to attend each committee meeting.

For more information, please contact Amy Greear, Director of Communications at (423) 378-2123.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. An earlier, colder and snowier winter season has the Tennessee Department of Transportation implementing new strategies to conserve resources during snow and ice removal operations. Winter weather started affecting Tennessee roads in November of last year and TDOTs arsenal of salt is being used at a faster rate than our supplier can replenish reserves.

An active winter weather season has increased demand for salt and has slowed efforts to replenish stockpiles, said TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges. We are working closely with our salt supplier to fill orders as quickly as possible. In the meantime, it will take our maintenance forces longer to clear all routes of snow and ice as we try to conserve salt.

TDOT will employ some of the other techniques available to clear roadways during weather events in the coming days and weeks. Crews will increase the use of salt brine and calcium chloride, both of which can successfully melt snow and ice from roads, and will help stretch existing salt supplies until new salt shipments arrive in early February. TDOT will also use its fleet of snow plows to remove any snow accumulation from interstates and state routes.

In early January, TDOT shifted salt from the western and middle parts of the state to East Tennessee, where supplies were depleted by several winter weather events. However, all four regions of the state are now experiencing lower levels of resources.

Once salt reserves are restored, TDOT will resume typical snow and ice removal operations on all state routes, TDOT Maintenance Division Director Greg Duncan said.  Until our salt supplies are replenished, we ask that motorists and residents use extreme caution as we face several more weeks of winter.

For more information on travel conditions on interstates and state routes across Tennessee visit www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 511 from any land line or cell phone.  Travelers can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information.  Motorists are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly.  Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle.  TDOT advises drivers to Know before you go! by checking traffic conditions before leaving for their destination.

To view the Winter Weather Fact Sheet click here.

 


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KINGSPORT ‚¬â€ The Tennessee State Cyclo-cross Championship, scheduled for Domtar Park on Saturday, will be an international event sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale, and will see the return of Adam Myerson, Boston, defending state champion in this open event.

The Kingsport Cyclo-cross Cup is the first UCI Cyclo-cross event to be sanctioned in the state, and one of only three UCI races in the Southeast. The event is under a class 2 UCI sanction, which means a minimum prize list of $2,500 for men and $1,500 for women.

Cyclo-cross is a mixture of road and mountain biking. The bike looks like a road bike you might see in the Tour de France, with the main difference being wider, knobby tires like a mountain bike, and cantilever brakes like a mountain bike. Courses are a mixture of grass, pavement, dirt paths, gravel, sand and mud, in any combination.

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Kingsport City Schools Announces Snow Make-Up Day

Kingsport City Schools will hold a Snow Make-Up Day on Monday, February 14. School will be in session on this day to make-up the missed school day on Wednesday, January 12.

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

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. ‚¬ Kingsports MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center is once again soaring to new heights.

City of Kingsport and Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce officials today joined with MeadowView leaders to cut the ribbon on the award-winning resorts new Executive Conference Center, a $15 million expansion that will bring millions of new revenue dollars to Kingsport.

The two-story, 30,000-square-bart wing is a first-class, upscale venue with a country club look and feel.‚  The new addition encompasses a 5,000-square-bart ballroom, two U-shaped, state-of-the-art amphitheaters (one 60-seat and the other 160-seat), two executive boardrooms (seating 30 people each), a state-of-the-art media conference room, a stunning grand staircase and a wine cellar with space for special parties and events.

‚ MeadowViews new Executive Conference Center is a stunning and powerful addition to what has already become a very successful facility, MeadowView General Manager Andy King said. The Executive Conference Center is a tremendous addition to this entire region in terms of what we can offer for meetings and reception space and it gives MeadowView the opportunity to sell to an entirely different segment of customers we werent able to target before and greatly increase our competitive edge in the Southeast market.

‚ After fifteen-plus years, MeadowView has proven time and again to be one of Kingsports greatest assets, Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips said. With these latest public and private improvements to the property, we have created an even stronger Conference Center that will continue to attract visitors to Kingsport for years to come.‚  At the same time, when joined next year by the new aquatic center, we will have put a solid foundation in place for continued private development in the MeadowView area, which is fast becoming the premier business location in the Tri-Cities.

MeadowView makes an annual $25 million impact on the local economy.‚  That number is expected to soar with the opening of the new Executive Conference Center.

‚ MeadowView already means millions of dollars to our local economy and this new addition will mean even more business and a tremendous amount of new revenue for Kingsport, said Pat Kane, Kingsport Chamber Chair and senior vice president for marketing and communications for Wellmont Health System.‚ 

A beautiful and spacious pre-function area surrounds the new ballroom on the upper floor and contains spectacular views of the Cattails at MeadowView golf course.‚  Three new balconies containing outdoor furniture also accompany the upper floor.

A new verandah was also created that leads guests around The Meadows restaurant to the new wing.‚  A new terrace with seating was also built outside the restaurant and the resort has also added beautiful new landscaping in the adjoining courtyard.

In addition, the expansion includes a new road extending behind the resort that leads to a new 100-space parking deck and a separate entrance that provides quick and convenient access to the new wing.‚  Just inside the entrance is an elevator with direct access to The Meadows.

The Meadows is also set to undergo a major and complete renovation and upgrade later this month.

The Executive Conference Center will cater to high-end meetings, retreats and conferences, with each of the new rooms featuring the very latest in state-of-the-art technology, high-end furniture and first-class meeting amenities.

The beautiful artwork that adorns the new wing was purchased from local Kingsport artists.

The meeting facilities have the latest technology features in an upscale environment with luxurious interior space, King added.‚  The second floor ballroom will be the premier venue for any social event with breathtaking views of the Cattails Golf Course.‚  The new building also enhances the Meadows Restaurant and the parking deck will allow customers direct access for breakfast, lunch or dinner.‚ 

‚ MeadowView has been a hugely successful resort and this new Executive Conference Center addition will take MeadowView to an even greater level of success,‚  Kingsport Chamber President & CEO Miles Burdine said.‚  MeadowView continues to surpass all expectations and the community is very excited about what the new wing will mean to Kingsport.

The new Executive Conference Center is magnificent, Kingsport Convention & Vistiors Bureau Executive Director Jud Teague said.‚  The additional space sets the stage for Kingsport to be the regional leader for meetings and conferences.

Marriott is very proud to open this magnificent new facility that what is truly unlike any other facility in our region, King added.‚ 

In 2008, MeadowView and Eastman Chemical Company completed a $15 million expansion and renovation of the hotel portion of the resort.

The hotel expansion and renovation added 110 new guest rooms, ten of which are executive king rooms, and the complete renovation of all existing 195 guest rooms, which included all new furniture, paint, carpet and wallpaper, the latest technology enhancements and new 37-inch flat screen televisions in each room.

MeadowView now features 305 guest rooms, enabling the resort to substantially increase business by more than 33 percent and pouring an additional $7 million a year in revenue into the Kingsport economy.

In addition to being a huge source of revenue for Kingsport, MeadowView has also been the catalyst for major developments around its property.

Since MeadowView opened in 1996, the surrounding property has witnessed incredible growth, with more than $88 million in private investment construction projects, including the headquarters of Eastman Credit Union and Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, a Holston Medical Group medical facility, and the Katherine Square and Sheridan Square business and medical complexes, among many other hotels, restaurants and businesses.

Property values in the MeadowView area have soared from $2.7 million three years before MeadowView opened to more than $88 million just last year.

From 1998 to 2008, property value in the MeadowView area skyrocketed 289 percent from $22.6 million to $88.2 million.

In total, MeadowView makes an annual economic impact of more than $25 million on Kingsport.

MeadowView also continues to garner global awards and remains the Number One Marriott in the World for customer intent to return and one of the top Marriotts in the world for its superb guest satisfaction and excellent customer service.

MeadowView was selected recently by the readers of Meetings South magazine as a Best of the South property in the Southern United States, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands.‚ 

Just last year, the MeadowView Marriott was once again recognized by guests as the number one Marriott in the world in terms of Overall Customer Satisfaction, number one in Quality of Food, number one in In-Room Dining and Room Service, number one in Guest Intent to Return to the Hotel and number one in Room Cleanliness, and Best in Class in guest satisfaction, solving problems, spirit to serve/service and bard quality.

MeadowView has also won the Top Hotel Operations of Excellence Award from Steritch International, marking the third time in four years the resort has garnered the honor and making MeadowView the only Marriott property to have ever won the award more than once.

Nestled in the rolling barthills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center provides a magnificent resort setting, plus state-of-the-art conference facilities, to accommodate all corporate meeting needs. MeadowViews luxurious accommodations offer guests well-appointed guest rooms featuring upgraded bedding and ergonomic work areas.‚ 

In addition to scenic grounds and a convenient central location, this award-winning, smoke-free resort in Kingsport offers full-service conference resort amenities, nearly 100,000-square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, a modern fitness center, business center and numerous dining options including the three meal Meadows restaurant, the Courtyard Lounge and the Courtyard Cafĩ featuring Starbucks⨠and the Cattails at MeadowView championship golf course.

A unique and productive partnership between the city of Kingsport and Eastman Chemical Company, the MeadowView Marriott is located just off Interstate 26 in Kingsport, just 90 miles from Knoxville, Tenn., and Asheville, N.C.

For more information on the MeadowView Marriott expansion and renovation project, call MeadowView Marriott General Manager Andy King at 423-578-6540.

For more information about the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center, call 423-578-6600 or visit meadowviewresort.com.

The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization comprised of nearly 1,000 members.‚  The Kingsport Chambers mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area.

For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.‚  Were social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.

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Bob Feagins

Executive Director of Communications & Development

Kingsport Tennessee Area Chamber of Commerce

423-392-8800

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KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport Public Art Committee is seeking artwork for the Fifth Annual Sculpture Exhibition in Kingsport, Tennessee.‚  Dates for the Exhibition are May 2011 through March 2012.‚  Works can be in any media, must be suitable for outdoors and may be functional or non-functional, temporary in nature or permanent. ‚ The Sculpture Walk will be curated by Hank Foreman, Director and Chief Curator of the Turchin Center for Visual Arts at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.‚  ‚ Additional information on the Kingsport Public Art Program n be found at www.PublicArt.KingsportTN.gov

The temporary exhibit will be located in the heart of downtown Kingsport on Main and Broad Streets.‚  A citizen-led effort has enabled the City of Kingsport to acquire seven sculptures in the past three years.‚  Annually a full color brochure and catalogue are produced and distributed as well as a digital video.

Application Info

Works: Functional and non-functional, temporary and permanent work in any media suitable for outdoor public space.‚  Works may be available for purchase.‚  Up to 10 works will be selected for this exhibition.

Eligibility: Open to all professional artists over the age of 18.

Exhibition: 11 months.‚  May 2011 ‚¬ April 2012

Stipend: Each artist who is selected for the exhibition will receive a $1000 stipend per artist/piece.‚  Selected artists are responsible for transportation to and from the site, and are encouraged to be on site to oversee installation.‚  Most installation costs regarding site prep will not be the responsibility of the artist.

Purchases: One or more works may be purchased at the discretion of the Public Art Committee at the conclusion of the exhibition for inclusion in Kingsports permanent collection.

Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 PM (EST) on March 18, 2011 (no exceptions).‚  Application directions and an example are provided below. ‚ ‚ Applications can be sent at kingsportpublicart@gmail.com

Contact:

Bonnie Macdonald – Cultural Arts Administrator
Renaissance Center
1200 East Center St.
Kingsport, TN‚  37660

Phone: 423-392-8416

E-mail: macdonald@KingsportTN.gov


Timeline/ Deadlines

March 18, 2011

Deadline for receipt of application materials

March 25, 2011

Selection

March 31, 2011

Artist Notification

May 4, 5,6, 2011

Installation Dates

May 5, 2011

Sculpture Walk Reception

July 16, 2011

Sculpture Walk and Talk with Curator


Selection

An ad hoc sub-committee of the Public Art Committee will review all proposals submitted.‚  Additionally the Committee will be advised by a guest curator.

Selection Criteria

The committee will use the following criteria in the selection process:
Suitable for an outdoor setting and safe to the public.

Pieces should represent diverse materials and perspectives.

Pieces should have been created within the last three years.

Terms

The City of Kingsport and the Public Art Committee accept no responsibility for the costs incurred by the artist in responding to this Call to Artists.

The artist is responsible for transportation to and from Kingsport.

Application Guidelines

Proposals must include the following:

1. Completed application (included at the end of this RFP)

2. Current resume

3. Artist statement

4. At least one and up to three photos of the submitted piece.

5. Compile these requirements into an Adobe PDF or a Microsoft Word document and e-mail to KingsportPublicArt@gmail.com.


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KINGSPORT – Kingsport City Schools has received high marks in academic achievement, scoring above the state average in all core subject areas on the Tennessee Department of Education 2010 Report Card.

The school system received As in student achievement for math, social studies and science. The system received a B in achievement for reading/language arts, falling one point short of the A range.

We are pleased with the results of the state report card, said Dr. Richard Kitzmiller, Superintendent of Schools. Our teachers and students have met the challenges of the more rigorous curriculum and testing. We continue to work toward improving our academic achievement so that all students are college- and career- ready upon graduation.

According to the report card results, the school system improved its student graduation rate from 93.1% in 2009 to 94.8% in 2010. The state graduation rate average is 86.1%. In addition, the 2010 average ACT score for Kingsport City School students remained steady at 22.2, with the state average at 19.6.

All Kingsport City Schools, with the exception of John Sevier Middle School, met federal No Child Left Behind Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) for 2010. John Sevier Middle school was targeted for improvement in the subgroup of students with disabilities, meaning that the students in this subgroup performed below the AYP benchmark. Tennessee uses the Target status as an early warning signal so that schools can take corrective action to avoid becoming a High Priority School. Kingsport is addressing special education needs system-wide by providing focused professional development in working with students with disabilities for all teachers, utilizing funding provided by the federal Race to the Top initiative.

We have established a plan at Sevier to address this area which includes new 90-minute blocks for reading and mathematics and formative assessments to identify specific skills needing improvement.  We are infusing more content-specific instruction in special education classes and increasing collaboration between special education and content area teachers, added John Sevier Middle School Principal Cookie Greer.

System-wide value-added scores which measure academic growth from year-to-year are also an area of concern, according to KCS Director of Accountability Dory Creech. Statewide, school systems were prepared for lower value-added scores due to TVAAS recalibration and the significant changes to curriculum and testing. 2009-10 was a year of transition for all school systems in Tennessee, said Creech. The expectations have been raised and our new state assessments are much more rigorous. I am very pleased with how are teachers and staff have taken on this challenge and worked to raise student achievement.

The full TN State Report Card, including specific information on the Kingsport City Schools and individual schools, can be found on the Kingsport City Schools website at www.k12k.com. For more information on the state report card results, please contact Dory Creech at (423) 378-2125.

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KINGSPORT — Kingsport continued to pre-treat major roadways and bridges throughout Sunday and into Monday morning in preparation for the latest in a series of winter snow events.

As with all localities in the region, Kingsport has a plan in place to manage this event with salt reserves at lower than desired levels.

“Everyone in the region is continuing to struggle with salt deliveries,” Public Works Director Ryan McReynolds said Sunday night. “With salt reserves at lower levels than we would like, our top priorities will focus on the treatment of major routes, bridges and steep hills. Hopefully, there will be a break in the weather this coming week that will allow Kingsport and our neighbors to replenish salt supplies.”

Motorists are asked to plan ahead recognizing that it will be difficult to clear all neighborhoods for the duration of the storm, with snow expected to last all day Monday. As always, motorists also are asked to use extreme caution.