KINGSPORT – Starting Wednesday, May 4, Market Street will be closed between Broad Street and Shelby Street to allow for the placement of the final pieces of the new Shelby Street Parking Garage.‚  This closure will continue through the morning of Saturday, May 7.‚  On Saturday, May 7, the closure will expand to include the closure of Shelby Street between Main Street and Center Street.‚  This closure is necessary to allow for final disassembly of the construction crane.‚  The City is hopeful that both these roadways will open again for traffic Saturday evening. Upon assembly of the final garage segments, construction is expected to continue well into the month of June as finish work is completed. Motorists are asked to use extra caution and plan ahead given the closure of these roads.

KINGSPORT – Leadership Kingsport, a program of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, cordially invites the public to the presentation of the class of 2011 Community Impact Projects on May 12, 2011 in the auditorium of the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.

These projects require class members to work with a select number of community organizations in an effort to address specific needs. Through collaborative study, recommendations are developed and presented to the community organizations during the last class day of the yearlong training program. These Community Impact projects continue Leadership Kingsport’s tradition of successfully providing opportunities for its class participants to improve and enhance the community of which they live.

This year’s Community Impact projects include:

8:00 a.m.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Welcome

8:10 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Countdown to 2017 – sponsor -‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Kingsport‚ Tomorrow,‚ Susan‚ LaGuardia‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ 

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Kingsport Birding Trail‚  – sponsor -‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  City of Kingsport – Rack Cross‚ 

9:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ Hands On! Regional Museum – sponsor -‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Hands‚ On!, Trish‚ ‚ Patterson‚ 

9:50‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  BREAK‚ ‚ 

10:45 a.m. – 11:15‚ ‚ a.m.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ Interfaith Hospitality Network – sponsor‚ Tim

‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Carter and John W. Harrison‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ 

11:20 a.m. – 12:00 noon‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ CASA for Kids – sponsor – CASA for Kids

‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Connie‚ Steere

Graduation of the class will follow at 1:00 p.m.‚ 

For more information about Leadership Kingsport,

Contact Vickie Snodgrass, Director of Leadership Programs

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

151 E. Main Street, Kingsport, TN‚  37660

(423) 392-8816

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KINGSPORT – Join the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club in celebration of the International Day of Astronomy and learn about the science and hobby of astronomy.‚  Perfect fun for the entire family!‚  All non-planetarium astronomy-related activities are free on May 7th!‚  Planetarium tickets are $4 per person.

Highlights : Paul Lewis, Director of UT Knoxvilles Space Science
Outreach and Solar System Ambassador for NASA, will report on current
missions orbiting planets in our Solar System. Bays Mountain Astronomy Club
members will also be providing a number of fascinating presentations. Learn
about telescopes and more! The club will also be hosting daytime viewing of
the sun and nighttime viewing of Saturn, the moon, and much more!

Contact Info: 423-229-9447; www.baysmountain.com

Afternoon Events: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Displays (free!): 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Discovery Theater. See many displays
featuring all sorts of astronomical topics.

Where Are We? with Brad Dunn (free!): 1:30 p.m., Discovery Theater. Learn
all about where we are in the universe. Find your place in space!

Solar Viewing (free!): 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Observatory. Thrill at viewing different
layers of the sun up close and in great detail. Safely see sunspots and
prominences. Weather dependent.

Solar System Walk with Robin Byrne (free!): 2:30 p.m., Observatory Grounds
(only if not raining). This fun outdoor excursion shows just how large the Solar
System really is. Learn about the planets and their diversity with this cool activity
for the whole family.

Meteorites: Rocks from Space with Gerald Fleenor (free!): 3:30 p.m.,
Discovery Theater. Learn about these visitors from afar and how we have learned
about our Solar System from them. Examples will be shown.
Evening Events: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Around the Planets We Go with Paul Lewis (free!): 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.,
Amphitheater (Planetarium if raining). Let’s take a look at the current missions
orbiting planets of our Solar System. Messenger is the latest entry into the quest
for knowledge of our planetary partners. We will also visit Venus, Mars, Saturn and
our own Moon.

Nighttime Viewing (free!): 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Observatory. Spectacular views
of celestial delights await you. Savor a wonderful view of Saturns rings, be awestruck by the distance to galaxies, and feel like youre flying low over the moon
with the Bays Mountain Astronomy Clubs telescopes. These views and more will
be seen at our Observatory. A live presentation about what is up in the night sky
will take place in the Planetarium if the weather does not cooperate.

Contact Info: 423-229-9447; www.baysmountain.com

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KINGSPORT – The Dobyns-Bennett High School Future Farmers of America is currently holding its Spring Plant Sale through Wednesday, May 18.‚ 

The sale will feature foliage and flowering hanging baskets, impatiens and house plants, and will be held at the Dobyns-Bennett greenhouse located on Center Street.

The greenhouse will be open on school days from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.

For pricing, hours, and more information, please contact Kerrie Bradford-Sluder at (423) 378-8503.

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KINGSPORT– Shortly before 11:00 a.m. this morning, a small fire occurred in a gymnasium storage closet at Lincoln Elementary School, which was quickly extinguished by the sprinkler system.  The building was evacuated as a precaution, with all students moving to their fire drill locations on the Lincoln campus.  No students or adults were injured in the incident.

The Kingsport Fire Department responded to the scene and assisted in securing the area.  The situation was contained to the closet area and did not extend to any other parts of the building.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the KFD and Fire Marshal.

After holding in their drill locations for approximately 45 minutes, students were cleared to return to the building and resume normal classroom activities.  Lincoln will remain on its normal schedule for the remainder of the day.

For more information, contact Andy True, Kingsport City Schools Administrative Coordinator at (423) 378-2130

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KINGSPORT — Loss of power to a pump station in the Moreland Drive area could impact water service Thursday morning in the Colonial Heights area, including the Rock Springs Road area. However, city crews were working at 4 a.m. Thursday to try to deploy a mobile generator prior to losing service.
According to AEP, it could be well into late morning before all power is restored. The pump station moves finished water to storage tanks in the Colonial Heights and Rock Springs area.
If crews are able to get temporary service to the pump station by 7 a.m. or 8 a.m., customers should notice no or little impact to their water service. However, Colonial Heights and Rock Springs area residents should be aware there could be temporary interuptions or low pressure situations until lunchtime Thursday.

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At 9:18 the NWS in Morristown issued a tornado warning for extreme eastern Hawkins County, Sullivan County, and extreme north Washington County in East Tennessee. Virginia counties under the warning are Russell, Scott, Washington and the city of Bristol. The warning in scheduled to expire at 10 p.m.

At 9:15 p.m. Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Colonial Height in Kingsport. Radar shows the system moving northeast at 70 mph.

All of Northeast Tennessee is under a tornado watch / thunderstorm warning until midnight Wednesday. Residents are advised to seek shelter, stay indoors‚ and tune into the latest television, radio and internet broadcasts for storm updates throughout the night.

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KINGSPORT – Congressman Phil Roe, R-1st District, will be on hand at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at Fire Station 1, 130 Island Street, in downtown Kingsport to present a major SAFER grant award to the City of Kingsport. At the event, Congressman Roe will also reflect on the life and service of Assistant Fire Chief Denver Lisenby, who served the citizens of Kingsport from 1947 until his untimely death in the line of duty in 1972, when Assistant Chief Lisenby apparently suffered a heart attack en route to a fire call.

The federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant award of $488,886 will assist in the hiring of up to six firefighters, providing funding sufficient to cover the costs of two years of service.

The public is welcome to attend the presentation and event.

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KINGSPORTThe Kingsport City Schools Board of Education work session originally scheduled for Thursday, April 21, 2011 has been cancelled.‚  The next meeting of the BOE will be a called meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in the Dobyns-Bennett Field House Alumni Hall.  The purpose of the meeting will be to review and approve a proposed FY 2012 Budget.

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For more information, contact Andy True, Kingsport City Schools Administrative Coordinator at (423) 378-2130.

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KINGSPORTThe Kingsport City Schools Board of Education will hold a special called meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in the Dobyns-Bennett Field House Alumni Hall.‚ The purpose of the meeting will be to review and approve a proposed FY 2012 Budget.

For more information, contact Andy True, Kingsport City Schools Administrative Coordinator at (423) 378-2130.

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