Kingsport Fire Department Wants You To Be Safe This Grilling Season:

Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your Memorial Day kick-off barbecue unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. A grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.

Safety tips

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Charcoal grills

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Propane grills

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.


KINGSPORT – City Hall, the Public Library, Senior Center, Renaissance Center and most Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, May 30, in observation of the Memorial Day Holiday.

However the Greenbelt and Bays Mountain Park will be open on a regular schedule, while Legion Pool and Splash Pad open for the Season this Saturday.

There are no changes to garbage, trash or recycling routes for Monday, May 30 and these services will be provided on a regular schedule. However, the demolition landfill will be closed on Monday.


KINGSPORT – The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kingsport is proud to be offering Summer Adventure Camp 2011.‚  This year the camp will have many trips, programs, activities, and crafts planned for your children.‚  The membership fee for the Boys & Girls Club is $10/weekly and is based on income level.‚  The camp is offered to children ages 6 – 18.‚  Below you will find a weekly summer camp schedule.‚  To learn more and to sign up visit www.kbgc.org.


KINGSPORT – Water service on Meadow Lane from Center Brook Circle to Meadow Brook Drive will be interrupted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 23rd, to allow for repairs to a main line valve. Residents are advised to turn off hot water heaters while this work is underway.


KINGSPORT – In partnership with Food City and in honor of the Kingsport Press employees, the Carousel Project is selling bricks that can be inscribed for the Kingsport Press Memory Fountain.  Sales will be on-going with the hope that the majority can be sold prior to the May 25 deadline.  Dont delay, buy your brick now.  Bricks can be purchased on-line through a new non-profit initiative  www.EngageKingsport.com

Food City has designated a space for a fountain constructed of bricks from the original Kingsport Press.  The fountain will be located directly under the re-constructed Kingsport Press water tower on the former Quebecor plant site.  Pavers around the fountain can be inscribed to honor family members or neighbors.  Pavers can be purchased with a Press icon or Carousel Icon or can be text only.  Proceeds from the sale of inscribed pavers will benefit the Carousel Project. 

The Carousel Project is projected to open a fully functional antique carousel with hand-carved animals in the summer of 2013.  Currently all 35 animals and chariots have been assigned to carvers.  The project also has a 1956-vintage Herschel frame that will be repainted and restored.  It takes many communities 5 years to get to this point.  For more information call 423-392-8416.

Volunteer Carver Joe Pilkenton works on his buffalo for the Kingsport Carousel.


Greetings from Engage Kingsport

Next Paver Order is May 30th

Choose Plain Text

Carousel Icon – Press Icon

What will YOUR brick say?



Proceeds will benefit the Carousel Project to build and operate a menagerie style carousel in Kingsport.

All contributions are tax deductible.

For more information call 423-392-8417

•Web orders will require a follow up call to confirm TEXT on paver.

Volunteers / Join us for a light lunch on Friday May 27, 2011

Engage Kingsport is in need of some data entry and proof readers!

Contact 423-392-8417

If you are available to help for about an hour. 12:00-1:30

 Engage Kingsport is a non profit 501(c)3 organization – The mission of Engage Kingsport is to support the Cultural Arts Division – City of Kingsport in providing abundant and excellent cultural and heritage opportunities and engage the residents and visitors of the City of Kingsport, the Northeast Tennessee Region in active participation.


KINGSPORT – An expansive treasure of Kingsports history and heritage assembled by the late Muriel Miller Clark Spoden has been donated to the Kingsport Archives by her husband, Hal Spoden, and children, Clark and Diane.

Ms. Spodens broad research collection includes more than 80 boxes of material that has not yet been cataloged. The material must first be sorted, arranged, preserved and carefully stored, while an archival finding aide similar to a card catalog will be developed as well. Original materials will be preserved, with scanned copies to be made available for public access.


In addition to research, Muriel Spoden was a prolific author, penning a historical map of the Long Island of the Holston, as well as:


⤠An American Ancestry of the Clark-Morton and Tyman Millar-Adams Families

‚§Historic Sites of Sullivan County

⤠Early Years on Bays Mountain

⤠The Ancestors and Descendants of Richard Netherland, Esq. (1794-1832)

⤠The Netherland Inn Chronicles

⤠The Long Island of the Holston: Sacred Island of the Cherokee Nation

⤠Kingsport Heritage: The Early Years 1700 to 1900


Muriel Spoden was born in Birmingham, Alabama and moved to Kingsport in 1951.  She became enraptured by the rich Kingsport history and dedicated her life to researching that history, as well as working to preserve the integrity of Kingsports historic buildings. In addition to co-founding the Netherland Inn Association, Ms. Spoden served on the first-ever Kingsport Historic Zoning Commission.


Husband Hal Spoden was an important collaborator on many projects, taking photos for illustrations, drawing maps and helping restore Netherland Inn. The Spoden familys donation fills a critical gap in the Archives materials, which principally date to the Citys incorporation in 1917 and later.


The Muriel Spoden collection adds a massive amount of research on the history of the area, especially early Kingsport, which is an area that has been sorely lacking in the archives, Kingsport Archivist Brianne Wright said.  This is an invaluable addition, particularly regarding old Kingsport and the Boatyard area, which will be cherished and preserved for future generations. This is truly a most generous gift, and on behalf of the City of Kingsport, we deeply thank the Spoden family for entrusting the fruits of their labors to the Archives.


Meanwhile, the work of processing the materials has just begun, with The Friends of the Archives supporting the effort by providing funding to hire an intern to work with Wright to process the materials. 


This is a large amount of material and we know the public will be anxious to see it, so we are trying to process it as quickly as we possible to make it available to other researchers, said Kingsport Public Library Manager Helen Whittaker. We hope to have at least some of the collection available by early fall. Check back with the librarys website, www.kingsportlibrary.org, or the archives website, www.kingsportlibrary.org/archives, to see when items are going to become available for review.


KINGSPORT -‚ The City of Kingsports Sewer Maintenance Department is in the process of installing a new sewer line on Bloomingdale Road from Asbury Street to Orange Street, impacting traffic flow in this one block segment of Bloomingdale beginning Monday, May 16th, and running through May 27th as weather permits construction. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution in the work zone and watch for flagmen to signal traffic flow.

¯»¿¯»¿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: Barry and Louisa Gianunzio, Glen Alpine Road; Kim and Cheryl Harvey, Exchange Court; John and Jan McMurray, Cooks Valley Road; Larry and Pam Large, Ridgeview Street; Mildred Ringley and Gail Dingus, Oak Street; Jamie and Carroll Childress, Nottingham Court.

Business winner: Flowers by Copper Creek, Shelby Street.

Church winner: Mountain View United Methodist Church, Orebank Road.
Redevelopment Award: Buffalo Wild Wings, East 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.