KINGSPORT — A water outage will be necessary Monday on Briarwood Road and Harbor Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to allow for the installation of a new pressure reducer. Residents in these areas are advised to turn off their water heaters during the installation period. If you have questions about this work, please call 423-229-9454 or 423-229-9416.


KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Keep Kingsport Beautiful, along with the City of Kingsport and Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, will host a tree planting on Friday April 1st from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Hunter Wright Stadium. This planting recognizes those who have been honored or remembered through the Tree Fund.  A total of 70 trees have been planted in the newly landscaped parking area at the stadium.  A wide variety of trees have been chosen, from Red Sunset Maple and Winter King Hawthorn to Yoshino Cherry.

Each spring and fall, trees are purchased and planted around Kingsport on public land using donations from those who wish to honor or remember a special individual by contributing to the Tree Fund. Part of the ceremony includes volunteers reading the names of those who are being honored or remembered, as well as the names of contributors.

The Tree Fund began in 1986. Since then, more than 500 trees have been planted within our community, and thousands of people have been recognized through this program. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes sponsors this community event.  Their participation allows more trees to be planted each year as a living tribute to those recognized.  Keep Kingsport Beautiful coordinates the Tree Fund program, while the City of Kingsport provides the land, labor and mulch.

For more information on how you can honor or remember someone special through the Tree Fund, contact Robin Cleary at 392-8814 or visit


KINGSPORT – Recent health screenings show that rates of overweight and obesity in Kingsport City School students have fallen in the previous two years. 

Since the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, the rate of overweight/obesity among KCS students (students who measure into the 85th percentile and above) has dropped by 4%.  In 2008-2009, the system average for overweight and obesity was 39.5% of students screened.  In 2010-2011, the system average has dropped to 35.5%. 

The rate of obesity alone (students measuring in the 95th percentile and above) has dropped by 2.7%.  These statistics exceed the state reduction averages for both categories of overweight and obesity. 

The Department of Coordinated School Health  conducts  screenings each year that include height and weight measurements so that these percentages can be obtained. 

As we all know, these statistics are absolutely attributed to a number of factors including the hard work, support and dedication of students, parents, school nutrition services, school system administration, school level administration and staff, and the tremendous contributions of our many community partners, said Misty Keller, Coordinator of School Health for Kingsport City Schools. 

For more information, contact Misty Keller at (423) 378-2147.


KINGSPORT – Spring is here and the Kingsport Fire Department offers some easy fire safety tips that will help ensure a fire free entrance to warmer weather.


Spring Fire Safety Tips:
  • – Smoke alarm batteries should be checked, and replaced if necessary.
  • – Smoke alarm units should be cleared of dust, a vacuum will do this very well.
  • – Fire extinguishers should be checked, and recharged or replaced if necessary.
  • – Electric wiring should be checked for damage, and replaced if necessary.
  • – Make sure electric outlets and extension cords are not overloaded.
  • – Air Conditioning units and electrical cords should be checked.
  • – Barbeque Gas grills (including gas hoses) and propane tanks should be inspected prior to use.‚ ‚ 
  • – Never burn yard waste or trash.‚  This is very dangerous and open burning is illegal in Kingsport.
  • – Review your family’s Fire Escape Plan.
  • – Windows should be checked to make sure they open and close properly, in case they are needed as exits.
  • – Fuels for lawn and garden equipment, etc. should be stored in an approved container only.
  • – Pesticides and chemicals should be stored in an approved container and away from children.
  • – Oil based paints and solvents should be stored in a metal cabinet.
  • – Dead vegetation should be removed from around the home.



KINGSPORT – The weeks of April 4th through April 15th will be our annual Clean-Up, Paint-up, Fix-Up Weeks. Pick-ups will be on residents regularly scheduled Garbage, Trash and Recycling Days.

We will accept the following:

  • Extra garbage placed beside the carts (please bag)
  • Large Boxes
  • 4 tires off rims
  • Small amounts of building materials
  • General Yard Waste
  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Yard Furniture

We cannot accept:

  • Liquids
  • Tires on rim
  • Paint
  • Hazardous Material
  • Propane Tanks
  • Contractor Generated Waste

We will also be doing our last loose leaf pick-up of the season during these weeks.


KINGSPORT – The Kingsport/Sullivan County GED Program is now offering student registration in Bountville every Monday at 5:30pm at the Blountville campus.‚  New student registration for the Kingsport/Sullivan County GED Program is primarily conducted at the Regional Center for Applied Technology‚ every Monday at 9:00am and 5:30pm.

To learn more about Kingsport Adult Education click here.


KINGSPORT – The Planetarium Department at Bays Mountain Park is pleased to announce their latest show creation, “A Part of the Sky Called Orion.”

The program is great for all ages, but best for seven-year-olds and up.‚  The fascinating sky lore show looks at how three different ancient cultures saw the same part of the sky we know as Orion, the‚ Hunter.‚  The cultures highlighted are Greek, Egyptian, and Inupiaq.‚ ‚ 

With a unique twist, it does so from the point of view of a person from that era and culture.‚  The show was co-written by Heather Fries and Adam Thanz.‚  The original art elements came from three ETSU students; Justin Doak, Pedro Flores, and Mikaela Minihan.‚  Most of the voices‚ came from ETSU professors; Herb Parker, Pat Cronin, and Lise Cutshaw.‚ ‚ 

The music and audio came from Bays Mountain planetarian Jason Dorfman.‚  Full-dome production and direction was headed up by Adam Thanz.‚ ‚ “A Part of the Sky Called Orion”‚ is Bays Mountains Planetarium’s third in-house full-dome production for its new state-of-the-art theater.‚  It also includes the use of‚ a Zeiss ZKP-4 optical star projector for a stunningly realistic nighttime sky.

Bays Mountain Park Planetarium‚ theater uses a new and exciting visual experience called full- dome.‚  If you haven’t seen it before, it provides hemispherical motion imagery that is above and around you.‚  Coupled with‚ an optical star projector and custom 6.1 surround sound audio, it is an amazing adventure for all.‚  To produce these shows requires anywhere from three months to over a year depending on the complexity of the program.‚ ‚ Bays Mountain Park Planetarium is‚ proud to be one of only a few dozen facilities in the world that create this type of content.‚  Most of these facilities are private media companies and are not planetariums.

This exciting program is slated to start this weekend (March 19, 2011)‚ and run through the end of May, 2011.

Shows are at 1, 2, & 4 p.m. Sat. & Sun. and 4 p.m. Tues.-Fri.

For more information please visit


Bays Mountain Parks observing sessions of our night skies and the sun have returned!‚  StarWatch is a free outdoor program allowing the public to enjoy the splendor of the night sky at the parks observatories.‚ 

Hosted by the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club, members operate the parks telescopes, as well as their own, to offer an exciting tour of the night sky.‚  Viewers can gaze at the moons craters and imagine themselves flying over in a spacecraft, and also witness celestial places of star birth and star death.‚ 

Sessions are held each Saturday night in March and April starting at 7:00 p.m. on March 12; 8:00 p.m. on March 19 and 26; and at 8:30 p.m. on April 2, 9, 16 and 23.‚  If the weather does not cooperate, an alternative activity will be held in the Planetarium.‚ 

Solar Viewing is a great way to learn about the sun, our nearest star.‚  Programs are free, after normal park entry, and are held each clear Saturday & Sunday from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the domed observatory.‚  Viewers will get to witness the sun up close and in detail.‚  Those lucky enough to see a sunspot will see a dark patch on the suns photosphere that will probably be at least the size of the earth!‚  Unlike StarWatch programs, in the event of cloudy or inclement weather, there will be no alternative program.

Annually, more than 150,000 visitors pass through Bays Mountain Park making it one of the State of Tennessees Top 50 Most Visited Attractions, according to the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

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.


The United States Air Force Jazz Band, The Airmen of Note, will be performing a concert at the MeadowView Marriott‚ in Kingsport, TN!

The concert will be held Friday, March 18 at the MeadowView Convention Center. Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert will begin at 7:00pm.‚ 

The concert is free to the public, but you must have a ticket to attend. Tickets are available Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm at MeadowView Marriott and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce. There are only 1,000 tickets available, so get yours TODAY!‚ 

This concert is sponsored by MeadowView Marriott and the‚ Dobyns-Bennett Band.‚ 

For more information on The Airmne of Note click here.


On Thursday, March 17 Nashvilles 18 South will bring their soulful southern-roots sound to the Renaissance Center, 1200 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN.‚  Reserved seating tickets are $15 and $13 for students/seniors. 18 South’s music is created by a wide array of influences. The organic and earthy quality of their sound rings with overtones of Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz and Gospel. ‚ It lends itself perfectly to their stripped down acoustic approach that is truly “Americana“. The Band member rƒ©sumƒ©s read like an Encyclopedia of Musical History and once you see them live, you’ll know why they are individually some of the most well respected musicians on the scene today.‚  Performance is March 17 at Renaissance Centers Theatre and will start at 7PM.‚  Tickets are available online (reserved seating) at or by calling 423-392-8414.‚  This concert is made possible through a grant with the Tennessee Arts Commissions Touring Arts program.

A word about 18 South:

18 South was born in the dining room of a house on the quiet Nashville Street, 18th Avenue South.‚  The band is the coming together of six musicians whose one common desire is to create a band defined by nothing other than its music.‚  18 Souths music reflects the divergent musicianship and experiences of its individual members.‚  Meet 18 South:

  Texas native Jon Randall Stewart got his start playing bluegrass around the Dallas area.‚  Having moved to Nashville over 20 years ago he has become one of Music Citys top session players, singers and producers.‚  A Grammy and CMA award winner, Jons career has run the gamut of touring the world with Emmylou Harris and Sam Bush, to releasing several major label albums, to writing the smash hit ‚¬Whiskey Lullaby with Grand Ole Opry legend and Country Music Hall of Fame member, Bill Anderson.‚  In 18 South, Jon brings all of his talents to the front: his pure tenor lead and harmony voice, distinctive acoustic guitar and mandolin playing and his songwriting.

  Jessi Alexander was raised in Jackson, Tennessee.‚  The argument could be made that Jackson lies at the crossroads of American Roots music and her style represents the best of Memphis and Nashville.‚  Jessi made the country charts with critically acclaimed Sony/BMG album, Honeysuckle Sweet.‚  Additionally, she has become an in demand studio vocalist and songwriter.‚  Her song ‚¬The Climb, co-written with John Mabe and recorded by Miley Cyrus, had a run of 15 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart.‚  Jessi brings to 18 south not only great songs but also delivers them with a voice, as one might imagine, country, bluesy and drenched in southern soul.

  Keyboardist Jimmy Wallace is a road veteran as well as an ace studio player.‚  He is equally at home on Piano and B-3 Organ.‚  Jimmys playing is a definite reflection of his Louisiana roots.‚  Additionally, Jimmy is a soulful vocalist and songwriter.‚  18 South performs several of his compositions including one from a series of songs he is currently writing based on the characters of the Peanuts comic strip and animations.

  Guthrie Trapp came to Nashville from the Gulf Coast.‚  With the ability to play many different acoustic and electric styles, he is at ease in any genre of music.‚  Guthrie is one of the most in demand guitarists in Nashville.‚  From Bluegrass to Blues, Rock, Jazz and Country, Guthries playing covers it all.‚  The last few years have seen Guthrie performing with Patty Loveless on her ‚¬Mountain Soul II tour as well as the challenging dynamics and genre bending sounds of the Jerry Douglas Band.

  Larry Atamanuik is the official groove master of 18 south.‚  Cutting his teeth in the Toronto club scene as a teen, Larry first reached the national spotlight as a member of the seminal rock band Seatrain.‚  A drummer sensitive to the dynamics of acoustic instruments, Larry has been the first-call for many Nashville artists include Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss and Union Station and the Alison Brown Quintet.

  Bassist Mike Bub is a 20-year veteran of the music scene in Nashville.‚  In addition to spending 13 years with the Grammy award winning Del McCoury Band, Mike has had the opportunity to work and record with many of bluegrass musics first generation artists.‚  The past few years have seen Mike stretching his boundaries on the upright bass touring with Vince Gill, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Tim OBrien, Shawn Camp and Danny Barnes.

Performances are made possible through grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission, SouthARTS and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Book your seats ONLINE or call 423-392-8414 (M-F, 8am-5pm)‚  Tickets will also be available at the door each Thursday night, beginning at 6pm.



2011 Save the Dates

Engage in the Arts Every Thursday in March!


3/17/11 18 South from Nashville, TN

Larry Atamanuik [Drums] and Mike Bub [Doghouse Bass] hold down a

deep and unmovable groove behind Jimmy Wallace’s rich vocals and slamming Orleans Style Piano that in turn gives Guthrie Trapp the opportunity to freely express his fluid and versatile guitar style. With Jon Randall’s mournful tenor vocals and solid guitar playing, the band provides a perfect venue for Jessi Alexander to nail the audience to the wall with her smoky heart wrenching vocals. Renaissance Center Theatre / 7PM / $13 – $15

3/24/11 Tellabration! Tellers Rela Edwards and the Doc McConnell Yarnspinners present an evening of Storytelling, open mic opportunities and membership invitation. Renaissance Center Theatre / 7PM / Free Admission.‚ 

3/31/11 Lightnin Charlie and the Upsetters Band will take the Audience on a Journey Through 80 Years of American Music, beginning with the 1927 6th Street Recording Session in Bristol Renaissance Center / 7PM / $8 – $10

Detailed Information Coming Soon…

(all events are subject to change)

About Kingsport Renaissance Center

Kingsport Renaissance Center is one of the citys most prominent landmarks, serving as a center for the arts, senior citizens activities, and as a facility for meetings, weddings, receptions and seminars.

For directions and more information about the Renaissance Center call (423) 392-8416 or visit or