KINGSPORT – The Second Annual Crazy Cardboard Boat Race is coming!  Don’t miss the opportunity to build a boat (or just watch them sink) – the BMA versus the KCS BOE!  Fun for the entire family.  The event is sponsored by St. Dominic School, Armstrong Construction and Chef’s Pizzeria and will occur at 9am on Saturday, July 16 at Legion Pool.  Your entry must be received at the FunFest Store by 12:00pm (noon) on Friday, July 15.  Registration will be accepted the day of at the Legion Pool.

Ages 9-17 must have parent or legal guardian consent to participate in races.

Ages 9-12 must have parent/guardian present at the event.

For complete rules and registration form, please click here.


KINGSPORT – Two new red-light safety camera approaches will be added to Kingsport’s traffic safety program starting Thursday monitoring the westbound lanes of West Stone Drive and Netherland Inn Road and eastbound lanes of West Stone and University Boulevard.

Implemented four years ago, Kingsport has realized more than a 60 percent reduction in safety camera violations since the start of the program.

“There has been considerable and justified debate concerning traffic safety cameras over the past few years at the local, state and national level,” Kingsport Deputy Police Chief David Quillin said Wednesday. “And most of that debate centered on the proper penalty and conditions for deployment of safety cameras, but not the central fact, which remains the same, and that is traffic safety cameras work.”

In Kingsport, positive changes in driving practices have occurred despite safety monitoring at only 3 percent of 390 red light approaches in Kingsport.

Kingsport’s original RedFlex contract covered up to 10 intersections, a number which Kingsport will reach with the two new intersections. However, not every “approach” of every intersection is monitored at these intersections.

Meanwhile, Quillin also noted that Tennessee’s new safety camera law does not permit citing a motorist through electronic means for making a right turn on red without coming to a complete stop.

“We do think this change confuses the traffic code to some degree,” Quillin said. “Existing law remains that a motorist must come to a complete stop on red before making a right turn on red, and our road officers will continue to keep a keen eye out for this type of violation.”

Overall, Quillin said the Kingsport Police Department continues to evaluate traffic safety enforcement techniques and the results of those efforts.

“We feel we have made great strides in making Kingsport a safer place for the motoring public, and red-light safety cameras have played an important role in those improvements,” Quillin said. “The west end of the City along Stone Drive is an area we have been looking at for some time for safety camera deployment, bringing geographic balance and a reduction in the potential for accidents.”


KINGSPORT – For perhaps the first time in Bays Mountain Park Planetariums nearly forty year history, visitors can enjoy two different shows in one day.‚  Beginning July 1, a second planetarium program will be offered to park visitors daily at 2:00 p.m.
The updated format means the planetariums main feature can still be seen at all other regularly scheduled program times, but the 2:00 p.m. show each day will feature a program that has previously been shown since the planetarium re-opened its doors in spring 2009.

The addition of the second show will not only allow visitors an optional program, but it will also give those who may have missed a previous show the chance to view it.‚  Additionally, it also provides fans of a particular show the opportunity to see it again.

Serving as the main feature thru at least the end of August, Planetary Visions is best described as an adventurous tour of the Solar System and is a great show for the entire family.‚  The inaugural second show is Connections, the program that launched the planetariums grand re-opening.‚  Connections is a wonderful blending of imagery and music offering viewers an amazing experience designed to show how we connect with nature, the night sky, and the Cosmos.

Planetarium shows can be seen Monday thru Friday at 1:00, 2:00 (alternate/optional show) and 4:00 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00 (alternate/optional show), 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.‚  Tickets are just $4.00 per person, per show.‚  Park members are admitted free with the use of their pass.
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.


KINGSPORT ‚¬ The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Kingsport Alderman Ken Marsh, Kingsport Alderman Larry Munsey and Kingsport School Board Member Wally Boyd as the grand marshals for the Mack Riddle American Legion 58th Annual Independence Day Parade.

Ken Marsh Larry Munsey

Wally Boyd

Presented by Alpha Natural Resources and SunCrest Healthcare, the parade is hosted by the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce.

The parade will take place Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m.

The parade will begin on East Center Street in front of the Kingsport Renaissance Center and end at the Kingsport Veterans Memorial on Fort Henry Drive.

The event will be broadcast live on WAPK My Tri-Cities at 10 a.m. and rebroadcast Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m. on WAPK My Tri-Cities.

These three outstanding leaders have given a tremendous amount of time and dedication to Kingsport for a number of years, Kingsport Chamber President & CEO Miles Burdine said. Honoring Ken Marsh, Larry Munsey and Wally Boyd as grand marshals in the Mack Riddle American Legion Independence Day Parade is just a small way to show our thanks and gratitude for the loyalty and commitment they have given to our city.‚  We thank them for their service and leadership.

Ken Marsh

A native of Kingsport and graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School, Ken Marsh received a Bachelor of Science degree in transportation from the University of Tennessee in 1960.

During a transportation career that spanned more than 50 years, Marsh held several key leadership positions for Mason & Dixon Lines, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and Eastman Chemical Company.

In 1955, Marsh enlisted in the Tennessee National Guard.‚  He received his Gold Bar in 1960 and he served in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps as a platoon leader.‚ ‚  In 1962, Marsh was promoted to captain in the Tennessee National Guard and eventually became company commander of an Armored Calvary unit.

In 1995, Marsh and others founded Marsh Investments LLC, where he is currently vice president and chief financial officer.

Marsh has been very active in his community, including being a member of the Kiwanis Club of Kingsport and a member of Waverly Road Presbyterian Church.‚  Earlier this year, he was elected to the board of directors of Rail Solution, an advocacy group for improved rail freight and passenger services across the United States.‚  Marsh has served on the Kingsport Historic Planning Commission and the Kingsport Planning Commission.

A train historian, Marsh operates a bookselling business specializing in railroad titles.‚  He authored Clinchfield in Color, a visual look into the railroad that played a central role in the founding of Kingsport.

In 1999, Marsh was elected to serve his first term as alderman for the City of Kingsport.

Re-elected in 2003 and 2007, Marsh spent each term concentrating on restoring financial strength and flexibility to city government.

He and his wife, Patsy, have one daughter, Katherine.

Larry Munsey

A native of Appalachia, Va., Larry Munsey received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Milligan College.

In 1965, Munsey began his career at Eastman Chemical Company and held a number of key leadership positions.

Munsey retired in 1999 as chairman of the board and treasurer of the Holston Defense Corporation.‚  From 1999 to 2000, he served as president and CEO of Silver Creek Technologies.

Munsey has been chair of Kingsport Tomorrow, president of Girls Incorporated of Kingsport, president of the National Association of Accountants ‚¬ East Tennessee, and a‚  member of the National Association of Corporate Treasurers Board of Directors, Eastman Credit Union Board of Directors, the University of Virginias College of Wise Board of Trustees, Wellmont Foundation Board of Directors, Holston Valley Hospital & Medical Center Board of Directors and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, among many other community activities.

Munsey was vice mayor for six years and a member of the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen for the past 12 years, making him the third longest serving member in Kingsports history.

Munsey is currently the minister of Union Christian Church in Dot, Va.‚ 

He and his wife, Norma, have been married for 46 years.

Wally Boyd

Born in Kingsport, Wally Boyd graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1970.‚  He attended Wake Forest University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1974 and a masters of business administration in 2003.‚ 

Boyd began his career by operating Oakwood Markets until 1995, at which time he was president of the Tennessee Grocers Association.

During his career, Boyd was a member of the Small Business Administration Regional Advisory Board, a delegate to White House Conference on Small Business and executive director of Kingsport Tomorrow from 1998 to 1999.

Boyd currently operates and manages commercial property and is a realtor with Bob Callahan Realtors.

In 1991, Boyd served his first term on the Kingsport Board of Education and was re-elected to serve four additional terms in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007.

He was president of the Board of Education from 1993 to 1995 and again in 2010 and 2011.

Involved in various community activities, Boyd has served on several boards including the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center, Kingsport Economic Development Board, United Way of Greater Kingsport, Frontier Health, Friends In Need and CASA, among others.‚  He is also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, along with golfing, writing and songwriting.

He and his wife, Jan, have three children, Emily, Laura Ann, and McClure, and three grandchildren.

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, visit 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.


KINGSPORT – Kingsport City Hall will be closed on Monday, July 4th, 2011 in observance of Independence Day.‚  There will be no changes to‚ garbage, trash and recycling schedules for the 4th of July Holiday.‚  All routes will be serviced on their regular days next week.‚  The demolition landfill will be closed to the public on Monday, July 4 and reopen on Tuesday, July 5.

KINGSPORT – The community is invited to attend the Mack Riddle American Legion 58th Annual Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 4th @ 10:00am in Downtown Kingsport.‚  The parade will begin on Center Street at the Kingsport Renaissance Center and end at the Kingsport Veterans Memorial next to Dobyns-Bennett High School.‚  The parade will also broadcast live on WAPK-My Tri-Cities at 10:00am and rebroadcast on Saturday, July 9, on WAPK-My Tri-Cities at 2:00pm.‚  For more information about the parade, please contact Karen Jobe at or 423.392.8800.


KINGSPORT – In an effort to reduce impaired driving crashes and removing the intoxicated driver from the roadways, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a DUI Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 02, 2011 from midnight to 2:00 AM. The Kingsport Police Department is conducting the checkpoint in their ongoing effort to make the streets of Kingsport safe for the residents and visitors.


KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting and open house for KOSBE Award winner, Picsee Studio on Thursday, June 30, at 3 p.m. at their new location, 115 E. Market Street, downtown Kingsport.

A Customer Appreciation Soiree to say thanks to their clients and to meet and mingle with potential ones, will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at their new location and the first 25 people will receive swag bags. A photo booth will be set up for random acts of crazy and fun photos and bard and refreshments will also be provided.

Picsee is a 2010 KOSBE Award Winner in the Young Entrepreneur category.

With a dream of capturing irreplaceable moments and turning them into works of art, Picsee has a team that believes the events of life should be documented, no matter how big or small.

Picsee was founded in 2008 by Becky Jones and Jennifer Bolling, from an overwhelming shared passion for family relationships and expressive and heartfelt photography. Later that year, Christy Steadman brought her photographic talents to the team, becoming co-owner soon after.

The five of us are driven by our loves for life, style and creativity, said owner, Jones. Our philosophy is simple. We believe that every couple and every family is different and that their photography should follow suit!

2009 was a banner year for Picsee, as the trio moved to their downtown Kingsport location, photographed many new clients and hired Cristy Eagan as studio manager and production assistant. They were awarded the Simply Canvas Studio of the Month in October 2009.

We dont like to put our clients in a -sit here and say cheese box, said Jones. Our brides and grooms dont usually look straight at the camera and sometimes we crop kids heads out of the frame. Rules were made to be broken.

Nothing excites us more than finding out what makes you tick and using that to inspire a unique and significant session, totally tailored to you! Jones added.

Photography is more than just taking pictures, we spend a lot of time getting to know our clients, their unique stories and making sure they have a wonderful, meaningful experience. said co-owner, Steadman. We needed to expand. Last year we were booked for the entire year by April, we had to turn clients away and it broke our hearts. We decided to hire a new photographer and look for another location.

Luck would have it that Cindy Saddeh Fine Art needed to expand the art gallery and into the Picsees former location. With that little push from God, we partnered with STYLE (who was also thinking of relocation) and John and Angela Vachon of Urban Synergy to find our next office space, said Steadman. It was scary to move with the economy the way it is, but we knew deep down, this was the best choice for our business to thrive.

To date, The Picsee Chicks, as the team are commonly referred to, say 2011 has been just as successful and they have added another talented photographer, Beth Corpstein to the team while relocating to their new office space at 115 E. Market Street (across from their prior location.) On June 21, 2011 Picsee was awarded the Redevelopment Award of June by the City of Kingsport.

To view their work visit, and browse through categories that range from babies, couples, engagement, families, generations, kids, maternity, pets, products, seniors and weddings.

Not only does Picsee take photos locally, but the team will also go out of state and island hop for a client.

Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Studio visits by appointment only.

For more information on Picsee Studio call (423) 230.8074, visit, read their blog at,, or follow them on Facebook, Picsee Studio, Twitter, @picseestudio or e-mail,

It is the intent of KOSBE to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their businesses, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the right partnerships. In partnership with Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC) at ETSU, KOSBE can more effectively serve the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses. For a complete listing of services, tools and resources, visit

The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBAs funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.

To schedule your free confidential counseling appointment in a private setting by TSBDC-certified counselors in person, online by phone or e-mail call Marybeth McLain at (423) 392.8825 or e-mail,

For more information about the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and your Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), visit and or call (423) 392.8825. Were social too; follow us on Facebook, Kosbe – The Small Business Connection, Twitter, @KOSBEConnection, LinkedIn group, KOSBE – The Small Business Connection and our YouTube Channel, KOSBEConnection.



KINGSPORT – Kingsport City Schools is pleased to announce two principal appointments, effective July 1, 2011.

Dr. Chris Hampton has been named interim principal of Dobyns-Bennett High School. Dr. Hampton has most recently served as the Kingsport City Schools Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, after spending 7 years as an Assistant Principal at Dobyns-Bennett. He has worked for a total of 14 years in Kingsport City Schools, also having previously served as a special education teacher and guidance counselor at D-B. Dr. Hampton has a B.S. in Special Education, a Masters Degree in Counseling, and an Ed.D. in Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University.

Dr. Hamptons appointment as interim principal is for the duration of the 2011-2012 school year. A decision regarding a permanent appointment will be made at a future time.

Dr. Holly Flora has been named principal of Andrew Jackson Elementary School. For the previous two years, Dr. Flora has been the Kingsport City Schools Literacy Coordinator. She has worked for Kingsport City Schools for a total of 15 years, having previously served as a teacher at Lincoln and Washington Elementary Schools. Dr. Flora has a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Milligan College.  She also holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and an Ed.D. in Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University.

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



Lightning Safety for You and Your Family

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Each year in the United States, more than 400 people are struck by lightning. On average, between 55 and 60 people are killed; hundreds of others suffer permanent neurological disabilities. Most of these tragedies can be avoided with a few simple precautions. When thunderstorms threaten, get to a safe place. Lightning safety is an inconvenience that can save your life. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) collects information on weather-related deaths to learn how to prevent these tragedies. Many lightning victims say they were caught outside in the storm and couldnt get to a safe place. With proper planning, these tragedies could be prevented. Other victims waited too long before seeking shelter. By heading to a safe place 5 to 10 minutes sooner, they could have avoided being struck by lightning. Some people were struck because they went back outside too soon. Stay inside a safe building or vehicle for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last thunder clap. Finally, some victims were struck inside homes or buildings while they were using electrical equipment or corded phones. Others were in contact with plumbing, a metal door or a window frame. Avoid contact with these electrical conductors when a thunderstorm is nearby!

What You Might Not Know About Lightning

All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous. In the United States, in an average year, lightning kills about the same number of people as tornadoes and more people than hurricanes.

Lightning often strikes outside the area of heavy rain and may strike as far as 10 miles from any rainfall. Many lightning deaths occur ahead of storms or after storms have seemingly passed.

If you can hear thunder, you are in danger. Dont be barled by blue skies. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat. Lightning leaves many victims with permanent disabilities. While a small percentage of lightning strike victims die, many survivors must learn to live with very serious lifelong pain and neurological disabilities.

Avoid the Lightning Threat

Have a lightning safety plan. Know where youll go for safety and how much time it will take to get there. Make sure your plan allows enough time to reach safety.

Postpone activities. Before going outdoors, check the forecast for thunderstorms. Consider postponing activities to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation.

Monitor the weather. Look for signs of a developing thunderstorm such as darkening skies, flashes of lightning or increasing wind.

Get to a safe place. If you hear thunder, even a distant rumble, immediately move to a safe place. Fully enclosed buildings with wiring and plumbing provide the best protection. Sheds, picnic shelters, tents or covered porches do NOT protect you from lightning. If a sturdy building is not nearby, get into a hard-topped metal vehicle and close all the windows. Stay inside until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.

If you hear thunder, dont use a corded phone except in an emergency. Cordless phones and cell phones are safe to use.

Keep away from electrical equipment and wiring.

Water pipes conduct electricity. Dont take a bath or shower or use other plumbing during a storm.

Organized Outdoor Activities

Many people enjoy outdoor activities. Its essential for the people in charge of these activities to understand the dangers of lightning, have a lightning safety plan in place, and follow the plan once thunder is heard or lightning is seen. Many outdoor activities rely on volunteer leaders, coaches or sports officials to make safety decisions. Make sure the leaders of these activities follow a lightning safety plan. Dont be afraid to ask, and dont be afraid to speak out during an event if conditions become unsafe. You could save a life!

What You Should Know About Being

Caught Outside Near a Thunderstorm

There is no safe place outside in a thunderstorm. Plan ahead to avoid this dangerous situation! If youre outside and hear thunder, the only way to significantly reduce your risk of becoming a lightning casualty is to get inside a substantial building or hard-topped metal vehicle as fast as you can. In addition, you should avoid the following situations which could increase your risk of becoming a lightning casualty.

Remember ‚¬ there is no substitute for getting to a safe place.

Avoid open areas. Dont be the tallest object in the area.

Stay away from isolated tall trees, towers or utility poles. Lightning tends to strike the taller objects in an area.

Stay away from metal conductors such as wires or fences. Metal does not attract lightning, but lightning can travel long distances through it. If you are with a group of people, spread out. While this actually increases the chance that someone might get struck, it tends to prevent multiple casualties, and increases the chances that someone could help if a person is struck.

Act Fast If Someone Is Struck by Lightning!

Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge, are safe to touch, and need urgent medical attention. Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death for those who die. Some deaths can be prevented if the victim receives the proper first aid immediately.

Call for help. Call 9-1-1 or your local ambulance service.

Give first aid. Do not delay CPR if the person is unresponsive or not breathing. Use an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available.

If possible, move the victim to a safer place. Lightning can strike twice. Dont become a victim.

Stay Informed About Storms Listen to NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards

There are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes in the U.S. each year. While the National

Weather Service (NWS) issues severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for storms that produce damaging wind or hail, watches and warnings are NOT issued for lightning. When you hear thunder, there is an immediate lightning danger. As a further safety measure, consider purchasing a portable, battery-powered, tone-alert NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards. The radio will allow you to monitor any short-term forecasts for changing weather conditions. The tone-alert feature can automatically alert you when the NWS issues a severe thunderstorm watch or warning.

Lightning Statistics

  • Most lightning strikes occur either at the beginning or end of a storm.
  • The average lightning strike is six miles long.
  • Lightning reaches 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, four times as hot as the sun’s surface.
  • A cloud-to-ground lightning channel can be 2 to 10 miles long.
  • Voltage in a cloud-to-ground strike is 100 million to 1 billion volts.

Did You Know?

  • Lightning is underrated as a risk because it usually claims only one or two victims at a time and does not cause mass destruction of property.
  • Lightning affects all regions. Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, and Colorado have the most lightning deaths and injuries.
  • Damage costs from lightning are estimated at $4-5 billion each year in the U.S.
  • Around the earth there are 100 lightning strikes per second, or 8,640,00 times a day.
  • What is commonly referred to as heat lightning, is actually lightning too far away to be heard. However, the storm may be moving in your direction.
  • There are approximately 100,000 thunderstorms in the U.S. each year.

Striking Statistics

  • Americans are twice as likely to die from lightning than from a hurricane, tornado or flood.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates there are 200 deaths and 750 severe injuries from lightning each year in the U.S.
  • 20% of all lightning victims die from the strike.
  • 70% of survivors will suffer serious long-term effects.
  • Annually, there are more than 10,000 forest fires caused by lightning.

Who’s at Risk?

  • 85% of lightning victims are children and young men aged 10-35 engaged in outdoor recreation and work activities outside.
  • 70% of all lightning injuries and fatalities occur in the afternoon.
  • Most lightning deaths involve people working outdoors and outdoor recreationists
  • Lightning in remote terrain creates dangerous conditions. Hikers, campers, backpackers, skiers, fishermen, and hunters are especially vulnerable when they’re participating in these activities.
  • Many survivors of lightning strikes report that immediately before being struck their hair was standing on end and they had a metallic taste in their mouth.
  • Long-term injuries from a lightning strike can include memory & attention loss, chronic numbness, muscle spasms & stiffness, depression, hearing loss, and sleep disturbance.
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For More information go to

NWS lightning links, forecasts, assessments:

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