Kingsport City Schools will begin classes on August 08, 2011, and due to the extra amount of traffic in and around the Kingsport City Schools, the Kingsport Police Department will be assigning extra traffic patrols in and around each school zones.

For the past several years, the Police Department has assigned officers and used high visibility patrols in the school zones to reduce crashes, assist traffic movements and keep parents and students safe. This year, a grant through the Governors Highway Safety Office will allow the Police Department to assign extra officers to patrol surrounding streets beyond specific school zones.

Officers will be doing the extra patrols during the morning and afternoon hours before classes start and ending after classes are completed for the day. The Kingsport Police Department wants to remind motorists to use full caution in the school zones, be vigilant for children and parents walking to school, watch for school buses loading and unloading students, plan ahead, and prepare to be patient due to the extra traffic and sometimes changing traffic patterns.

Traffic Supervisor Sergeant Joe Earles also stated the Kingsport Police Department is dedicated to making the roadways safe for the citizens of Kingsport.


Monday August 1st will be Don Spivey day at Hunter Wright Stadium.‚  Don has been the only announcer at Hunter Wright Stadium since it’s opening in 1995. With that in mind, the community is invited to come and celebrate Don Spivey’s continuing service to athletics in Kingsport when the Bluefield Blue Jays challenge the Kingsport Mets at a 7 p.m. home game. Not only has Spivey served as the only announcer at Hunter Wright, but he has aslo announced hundreds of other youth tournaments as well as bartball and basketball at Dobyns Bennett High School. And, in recognition of Spivey’s decades-long support and contributions to‚ Kingsport athletics, the first 500 spectators to arrive at Monday’s game will get in FREE, and also receive free bard and ice cream.‚ ‚ 


KINGSPORT — KingsportArts will be holding a very special Cocktails in Paradise fundraising effort to support the program and it’s youth art education components.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. As part of the benefit event, a silent auction will be held to bid on items including a Hilton Head Island condo package, a Gatlinburg condo package, one rental of the Allandale Picnic Pavilion, a Pat Summitt autographed basketball in display case, Bristol race tickets, David Clapp photography lessons and many other items.

Entertainment will be provided by The Diamonds, an East Tennessee based jazz group that will be playing swing, groove-funk and Latin jazz.

For tickets or more information, please phone 423-392-8420 or visit on the web.




After Hours – Madagascar
Thursday, August 4,2011
5:30 pm
Location Madagascar Coffee Company
Join us for an After Hours at Madagascar on Thursday, August 4, at 5:30 p.m.
Contact Information Kim Jones
For More Information http://www.kingsportchamber


Kingsport, TN (PRWEB) June 16, 2011

Located in Northeast Tennessees Tri-Cities region, Kingsport, an award-winning community of 50,000, is the home of Eastman Chemical Company and a number of other advanced manufacturing industries. It is also the home of the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM), a new addition to downtown Kingsports Academic Village, which was recently recognized by Harvards Kennedy School of Business, and the National League of Cities. Kingsports Mayor Dennis Phillips is especially proud of his citys commitment to education and training.

Weve invested more than $20 million dollars of taxpayers money into the Academic Village, the mayor said. That initiative has brought national attention to Kingsport and really spurred economic growth.

Jeff Fleming, assistant city manager for development, has the figures to prove that Kingsports educational investment has paid off. When you compare 1990 to 2010 in Kingsport, the citys population has increased by 30 percent, and the median family income went up by $20,000 a year, Fleming said. The poverty rate went down, while the number of Bachelors Degrees and Associates Degrees went up. Collectively as a community, we all are doing the things that we need to do to be sustainable for the long term.

Its possible to get a four-year degree as well as dozens of degrees and certificates in everything from nursing to welding at Kingsports Academic Village. The RCAM facility works closely with industry to provide training for high tech manufacturing jobs. In fact, RCAM was conceived by the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a joint venture comprised of Eastman Chemical Company, Domtar Paper, local and state governments, and Northeast State Community College.

RCAM is a 26,000 sq. ft. facility designed specifically for advanced manufacturing training. The combination of knowledgeable instructors and state of the art training simulation equipment, like its virtual welder, provides graduates with the skills they need to hit the ground running in nearly a dozen apprenticeship programs lasting two to four years.

Domtar provided the land for RCAM and it has already benefited from the apprenticeship program. We just graduated our first class of five apprentices from the Domtar Paper Mill, Charles Floyd, Domtars mill manager and vice president said. As journeymen they now earn 60 percent more in terms of their take home pay, and they have the skills and the knowledge that we need to efficiently maintain and operate the complex, precision equipment in the mill.

Industries throughout the region and beyond are looking to RCAM to help them replace some of the more than 76 million Baby Boomers retiring during the next 10 to 20 years. Their exodus will create a skills crisis as they take their lifetime knowledge with them leaving job vacancies that demand advanced training. Miles Burdine, Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerces CEO, believes facilities like RCAM can fill the gap.

RCAM serves as a link between workers needing new skills and manufacturers needing qualified workers, Burdine said. People call me all the time asking for jobs and I tell them that regional employers have jobs, but they need skilled workers to fill them.

Eastman Chemical Companys Brian Miller, division superintendent of maintenance and services, agrees with Burdine that RCAM is a working solution to the skills crisis facing the nation. In the next three to fours years, we anticipate losing another 300 to 400 employees due to retirement, Miller said. Weve got to have a good solid pipeline of new employees coming in to fill that need.

RCAM is already fast becoming a national model of industry funded and supported facilities for both traditional and non-traditional students seeking advanced manufacturing technology training in key areas such as general technology, chemical process operations, electromechanical technology, electrical technology, and welding/metal fabrication.

Jeff Frazier, RCAMs director of training and development, is confident that the RCAM concept will spread. As we incubate the idea of technology training, we can provide students with the right tools to succeed, Frazier said. If we can show them that manufacturing careers are not only exciting, but rewarding, then weve added an intrinsic value to their lives that might not otherwise be there.

For more information about Kingsport Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing, visit, or call 423.354.5149


KINGSPORT – Water line work associated with the Netherland Inn Roundabout project will require the closure of the intersection of Industry Drive, Netherland Inn Road and Center Street each night beginning at 9 p.m. and running through 6 a.m. The closures will begin Tuesday, July 26, 2001 and run through Saturday morning. For travelers on Netherland Inn Road, Riverport Road will be the designated detour route. All motorists are asked to plan ahead if they regularly use this route at night time, and please use the utmost caution in work zones.


KINGSPORTThe City of Kingsports Wastewater Department will be conducting sewer inspections on the system along Industry Drive beginning on Monday July 25th and continuing through Wednesday July 27th.‚  The work zone will be at different locations during the course of these three days, and will definitely impact traffic between Wheatley Street and the railroad underpass at Airgas.‚  Motorists need to be aware that flagmen will be present and the motoring public is asked to please use the utmost care and caution in the work zones


The Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) and
Domtar Paper Company

invite you to attend the


Thursday, August 4, 2011
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

305 W. Main Street
Kingsport, TN 37660



For more information, contact
Steve Fletcher at (423) 392-2786.



Allen Bradley‚ 

American Stainless

Applied Industrial Technologies

Ashby Co




Clyde Bergemann

Crouse Hinds




FSA Lighting

General Electric





Industrial Applications

Kendall Electric



Lilly Company

McJunkin Redman


Omni Cable


Philadelphia Mixer

Sealing Specialists


Sola Hevi Duty


Thomas & Betts

Valley Equipment

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce | 151 East Main Street | Kingsport | TN | 37660


KINGSPORT – In April the Kingsport Fire Department received a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant of $488,886 from the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. Kingsport Fire Department applied for this grant in 2010 to help keep our fire protection and life safety at a higher level. Chief Craig Dye said, These new firefighters are greatly needed. These firefighters and the opening of Station 8 later this year will help us maintain the superior fire protection and medical response that our citizens expect.  Our request for this grant was accepted thanks to help from Congressman Phil Roe.

Federal Emergency Management Agency grants are awarded to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards. Three types of grants are available: Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER), and Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S).


KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport is pleased to announce that Lynn Tully has accepted the position of Planning & Community Development Director filling the position left vacant when Alan Webb retired earlier this year after 27 years of service.  She assumes the position on August 1.

 With nearly 16 years experience – 11 in Atlantas rapidly growing North Metro – Tully brings a diverse background that will help shape Kingsports future growth. 

Lynn brings a track record of success in managing planning programs in a variety of growth scenarios, said City Manager John Campbell. She has experience in every demographic situation from developing rural communities to booming suburbs. And critically, Lynn recognizes that the citizens of Kingsport expect future development to be managed by balanced, but not overly cumbersome, regulation.

Tully will be responsible for directing Kingsports strategies regarding planning, zoning, annexation, as well as community development and redevelopment.

Kingsport is well known for its legacy in planning and its relationship to renowned planner John Nolen. Students across the country study this city, said Tully. Its a tremendous professional opportunity.

Tully is very familiar with the City of Kingsport, working her way through the planning ranks from planner to senior planner to principal planner at the city while her husband was pursuing his graduate degree at Emmanuel School of Religion.

I loved my time in Kingsport. It is rewarding to come back and see the amazing transformation that has occurred in the last ten years, Tully said. And I very much look forward to helping continue that success.

Its readily apparent that Kingsport is an engaged community and ultimately its up to the community – represented by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Planning Commission – to decide what our direction should be. I stand ready to listen to that direction, and in conjunction with Kingsports excellent planning staff, craft the policies critical to Kingsports continued success.

Tully is a certified professional planner, recognized by the American Institute of Certified Planners, with additional education emphasis on leadership and economic development.  She currently serves as director for District 2 of the Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association. Tully holds a bachelors degree in architecture and a masters in city planning from Georgia Tech.  Lynn is married, and she and her husband have 3 school age children.

Tully was selected from a pool of 17 candidates hailing from 12 states.

Shes a great fit for our organization, said Jeff Fleming, Assistant City Manager for Development. She understands Kingsport, has all of the professional credentials, and brings invaluable outside experience  She believes in the concept of pragmatic idealism – recognizing the ideal, but determining whats practical for the local community.  Kingsport is a very special place.  It is large enough to have amenities normally reserved for larger communities, but small enough not to have negative issues like high crime and traffic. We have an awesome responsibility to continue to shape this community for future generations and Lynn and our current staff are poised to do just that.